Boat People

Born in Québec, Canada, Ari is a creative entrepreneur who co-founded Boat People Vintage in 2010. DIY blogger, her creations have been seen millions of times worldwide through her blog and social network.

Her passion is to share inspiration and creative ideas to express personality through style and home decor. Vegetarian and eco-business owner, she promotes alternative art de vivre through DIY style and home decor.

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Revisit the fashion of the 90s by making your own fun and colorful hair scrunchies! This lesson from Boat People takes you through simple steps of making a scrunchie - start to finish. You'll need a scrap of fabric, scissors, a needle and thread, a safety pin, and some 6mm elastic. The lesson even includes some stylish suggestions for how to wear your new scrunchie!

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Breathe new life into old clothes, bags, or other fabric items by adding custom stamped designs! In this lesson, the founder of Boat People Vintage teaches you to shape a stamping pad, apply fabric paint, then stamp away! The paint takes just five minutes to dry, and you'll need only a brush, pen, wood-carving knife, stamping pad, and fabric paint. Follow these tricks to create a unique design, or borrow available art (Batman tank-top, anyone?) to make your own fashion.

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Cleaning out your closet gave you a ton of room—so many old and tired pieces were taking up valuable space! But don’t despair, and certainly don’t go buy a whole new wardrobe. Instead, learn how to rework an old and tired outfit. In this lesson from Boat People, learn how to turn an old fitted dress or tee into a chic and modern new look, without sewing a stitch! Your wardrobe will be updated in minutes, and your wallet will thank you for not making an expensive trip to the mall.

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Become a twinkle-toes... literally! This lesson from Boat People teaches you to brighten up a pair of old thrift store shoes by adding sparkle to the toes. This fun and easy project uses just glitter, mod podge, a brush, and some masking tape. Tape off the end of the shoe, brush on some mod podge, and apply the glitter. For added glamour, swap out the laces for a shiny ribbon!

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Want to make your own beautiful lace shirt? This lesson from Boat People teaches you to make a caftan or box top style lace shirt with just lace, scissors, pins, a needle, and thread! Learn how to fold your lace, cut out your neck hole (be sure to check the fit), and sew up the sides, leaving sleeves or arm holes. These stylish shirts look great over a colorful tank top or sports bra.

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