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Technically I’ve been an adult since I turned 18 but I hadn’t really felt like a true “grown up” until this year. This year, I gave gardening another shot with a lemon tree and managed to successfully keep it alive for longer than a week. I finally established an understanding for the “quality over quantity” concept. I quit smoking, cut out drinking and, I even learned to cook. Besides giving up smoking, learning to cook was probably my proudest “I’m a grown up now” moment. My entire life’s diet up until this point has consisted of mac-n-cheese, ramen noodles, cereal, and an occasional meal cooked by someone else. Now that I am a pro at so many delicious recipes…or maybe just a handful, a very small handful of recipes, I felt the need for proper cooking attire. This leads me to today’s DIY tutorial!

I came across two plain aprons at Lulu in Acireale and thought they’d make for a great DIY project. I got one black and one white because I couldn’t decide on which one of my two favorite colors I liked more.


I used acrylic paint to design them but my guess is that fabric paint would be a better option. I handmade my stencils out of printer paper but I highly recommend either purchasing stencils already made or at least using proper stencil paper to make them on your own. I made the mistake of using construction paper and it was a disaster as I’m sure you can imagine.

Keep scrolling to check out what I did and let me know what you think!

They ended up actually being “his and hers” because I’m only 5’2″ and they were so long! I didn’t notice until after I had already painted the black one so I just made some adjustments to the white one by chopping up and knotting the bottom.


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    Ali Rost May 4, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I’m a food blogger and absolutely love these! So creative to make your own stencils. They make the aprons so pretty and whimsical.

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      HIShadiaHarper May 5, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Ali! I love your blog and will definitely be trying out some of your recipes!


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