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DIY's To Keep You Booked And Busy

Its a sign of the times that DIY's are back and cooler than ever. All that extra time you're saving not commuting is perfect for a new hobby, organizing, or whipping up a new recipe. We've been testing out some easy DIY's every Saturday on IG LIVE and so we thought we'd share what we've tried so far and share the results (and let you know what worked and what didn't (there's always a learning curve to everything!).

1. Tie-dyed Socks

This DIY was really simple and used an item that everyone has laying around the house: socks. Tie-dye is everywhere right now, from cozy WFH sweatpant sets to throw blankets and pillows to ceramics. We loved this particular style of Tie-dye because it has a very organic vibe to it and you really can't mess it up. 

What you need: 

1. White socks or any item of clothes or a towel. Basically anything white.

2. Dye pigments. We got a full tie-dye kit from Amazon, but you can use any clothing pigments in any color you desire. Want to make your own. Try creating dyes with fruits and veggies you may already have at home. 

3. Cooling rack. The kind you use to cool cookies is perfect for the technique we'll be using.

4. Baking dish. Any dish that will fit securely under the cooling rack is perfect. 

5. Crushed ice. The amount depends on the garment that you are dying and should be enough to cover the entire surface. Ice maker doesn't make crushed ice? But the ice into a bag and crush with a mallet or hit the bag against the floor.

Once you have gathered everything you need its time to get started. The dying part of this DIY is very easy and takes less than 5 minutes, but you will need to let the dye soak into the fabric between 6 to 8 hours, so the earlier you start the better.

The Process

1. Soak socks (or any clothing item) in water. Remove all excess water from the socks, they just need to be damp. 

2. Scrunch up the socks and place them on the cooling rack that should be situated over a baking dish. Tip: We wanted the most interesting layering of colors so we laid out the socks with the openings in opposing directions. The scrunching can be as tight or as soft as you like.

3. Pour the crushed ice over the socks making sure that most of the surface of the socks are covered. As the ice melts the liquid will be collected into the baking dish. 

4. Now its time to add the pigments. The pigments will be used without mixing them with water. The ice will dilute the tones, but anywhere you would like a deeper tone add more pigment to keep the tone vibrant and not as water colorish. Sprinkle the pigments on top of the ice in any pattern and combination you would like. Try to keep complementary tones apart as to not create any neutral tones (unless you are like us and love a good neutral!). 

5. And that's it! Now it's time to wait between 6 to 8 hours for the dye to really settle into the fabric. After 6 to 8 hours, rinse the shirts until no dye is coming out. Then you can wash in a cold rinse cycle. And you're done!

The Final Result

 

 

2. Fried Plantains aka Tostones

This super simple recipe is a staple in any Caribbean home and is the definition of comfort food. Combine tostones with anything from fresh salsa, to guac, to fried pork chunks, to a simple dash of salt. You'll be hooked, we promise.

What you need

1. One or two green plantains. You may need to head to a Spanish market in your neighborhood to find these. Yellow plantains are more common but they are sweet and good for what are called Maduros. 

2. A saute pan and vegetable oil.

3. A can to smash the plantains.

4. Optional: Salt, pepper, water, garlic powder, Adobo, mayonnaise, and ketchup.

The Process

1. Trim both sides of the plantain. Then score with a knife the skin of the plantain to peel it. Cut the plantain in half-inch sections. 

2. Fill a saute pan halfway with vegetable oil and place on stove at medium heat. Make sure the oil is hot before putting plantains in the pan.

3. Place plantains in the pan and let them cook to a golden brown. Approximately 3 mins.

4. Take plantains out of the pan, and place on a plate with a paper towel to soak up excess oil.

5. Let plantains cool for a few minutes, then one by one place on a solid surface (kitchen counter or cutting board) and use the round of a can to flatten the plantain. 

6. OPTIONAL STEP: Fill a bowl with a cup of water and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder and Adobo each. Place flattened plantains in this bath for a few minutes to season. Then place on the plate with paper towel to remove excess water. 

7. Place flattened plantains back in saute pan to fry for another 3-5 minutes or until crispy. 

8. Remove plantains from pan onto a plate with a paper towel and season to taste. You can also dip them in Shaq's favorite mixture of 1 part ketchup, 1 part mayo. That's it! You've now made tostones. Enjoy. Need a little more help? Check out Shaq's favorite recipe here.

 The Results

 Beauties, if you try any of these DIY's let us know how it went in the comments below! Also if you have an easy, fun DIY that you think we should try let us know as well.

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