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DIY: Katy Perry Costume

RTR347A4Katy Perry is always known to be objective when it comes to her song-to-outfit choices. Along with her queer music, she’s also known for her quirky signature style. From the eye-popping colorful wigs to the Candyland-inspired clothes, this Roaring singer’s style is anything but ordinary. Let’s learn how to make a Katy Perry costume as a DIY project at home.

Buy a blue wig. Katy’s signature look happens to be the blue, blunt straight with bangs wig. They can be bought in most Halloween costume shops or be ordered online.

Buy a pair of glittery blue shorts. You’ll notice in most of her outfits, Katy loves anything sparkly.  If you cannot find glittered or sequined shorts, you can buy regular blue shorts instead then work on your crafty hands by gluing some sparkles yourself. Shorts should be slightly high-waisted and fitted.

DIY cupcake bra. Now this is the defining piece for this project, so you’ll need to do it right! To make it yourself you’ll need;

  • Basic Light Blue Bra
  • Two Small Paper Plates
  • White Spackling Paste
  • A Paintbrush
  • Super Glue
  • Colorful Sprinkles
  • Red Gummy Candies

To make the cupcakes, you have to;

  • Lay paper plates upside down. Dip paintbrush into the white spackling paste and thoroughly coat the rounded bottom part of each plate. Allow it to dry for 20-30 minutes.
  • Put the sprinkles individually using super glue. When you’re done, super glue one red gummy candy or “cherry” onto the center of each plate. If you do not have red gummies, you can simply use any other small and red object that looks like a cherry.
  • Attach the “cupcakes” to the bra. You can do this either by super gluing the plates directly onto each cup of the bra or by gluing a ribbon at the bottom of each plate and then sewing it onto the bra.

Do your makeup. Apply some false black eyelashes to achieve Katy Perry’s signature wide-eyed look. Put on some light pink lipstick, and you’re ready to go to Katy Perry’s St Louis ‘Prismatic Tour’ happening on August 17, at Scottrade Center.

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Easy DIY Unfinished Bar Stools Cover

Barhocker_fcmSummer is near. This means longer days and nights well spent with your friends and loved ones relaxing at the pool, beach, enjoying barbeque parties and the like. It can also be a great season to spend with doing crafts at home. In this post, we will talk about how you can update the look of your unfinished bar stools with new covers to make it suit the summer season much better and thereby contribute a refreshing look  to your home.

You will need the following materials for this project:

  • Any colorful fabric
  • Freezer paper
  • A pair of scissors
  • Iron and elastic cord
  • Ruler

This project is very simple. Just follow the very easy steps below.

  1. Measure the diameter of your unfinished bar stools from lip to lip.
  2. Make a freezer paper template by simply adding 3 inches to your bar stools’ diameter and dividing it in half. For example, if your unfinished bar stools measure 14 inches, your template will measure 8.5 inches (that is 17 inches divided by 2).  Cut the template and fold it in half twice thereby creating a square.
  3. Using a ruler, mark the center point of the freezer paper. In the example provided above, that would be 8.5” at each mark.
  4. Now, cut the template.
  5. Before proceeding to the next step, measure the template again just to make sure that it is 3 inches wider than the diameter of your unfinished bar stools.
  6. Iron the glossy part of the freezer paper down to the fabric. The freezer paper tends to stick to the fabric after being pressed. This lets go of the need to pin the template to your iron. And since the freezer paper template can still stick again and again, you may use it all over in your next unfinished bar stool makeover.
  7. Following the measurements of the freezer paper template, cut the fabric.
  8. Peel the freezer paper template away from the template.
  9. Grab your elastic cord and sew it to the back side of your fabric in a zigzag stitch pattern. While sewing, make sure to constantly stretch the cord slightly so that it will fit your unfinished bar stools like a glove.
  10. Repeat steps 1 to 9 to make covers for your other unfinished bar stools.

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How to Create the Best Video Using Windows Movie Maker

x-movie-maker6Whether if it’s for a gift, corporate presentation, or just a personal hobby, we’ve all wanted to create our very own video. Luckily for us, there are lots of video-making software available today. One of them is Windows Movie Maker that comes installed with the Microsoft Windows OS. I recommend using Movie Maker in Windows 7 as it has more modern transitions and allows for more flexibility.

You can do lots of things in Movie Maker. I recently did a fan-made music video of Imagine Dragons 30 Lives and it was fairly easy. Start creating your own video with these easy steps:

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the interface.

Once you open the software, take time to familiarize yourself with it and get a feel of how to navigate the tools. Look for how you can add photos, videos, music, and also edit its appearance and transitions.

Step 2: Add photos or videos.

When you’re done with that, add the photos or videos you wish to include in your video. Remember that you can’ add music before you add photos; it always has to be vice versa. This is because the software layers the song with the photos. Don’t worry, you can add or remove more photos/videos later. You can adjust the duration the photo/video appears in the video.

Step 3: Add music.

You can now add music to your video. You can split or trim the audio if you wish. You can also add transitions like fade in, fade out, and others. You can also slow it down or make it faster.

Step 4: Add transitions for photos and/or videos.

Once you’ve arranged your photos/videos and made it appropriate for the audio, you can now add appropriate transitions. Transitions are used to achieve smooth flow of visual elements in your video and also to highlight important elements in the photos/videos.

Step 5: Insert captions.

Don’t forget to add captions! This is how you can effectively convey your message. In the case of creating a music video, you simply add the lyrics to the video. For personalized ones, you can input absolutely any text you want. You can also use transitions and effects to emphasize certain texts.

Step 6: Polish and publish!

Finalize your video by adding a few retouches here and there, and voila, you can now save it on your computer or any memory stick!

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