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The Easiest DIY Project To Try This Weekend

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    If you've ever found yourself in the rabbit hole that is our executive creative director Piera Gelardi's Instagram feed, you're not alone. Even though we work alongside Piera in the office during the week, it's her weekend IG snaps of impromptu photo shoots, getaways to L.A., and trips to museum exhibits that have us jonesing to do more before Monday rolls around. So, when we're on the hunt to take our weekends up a notch, why would we go anywhere else than straight to the woman herself?

    We called shotgun in the Ford Escape for Piera's recent weekend getaway to the R29 Beach House, where she hosted two days of DIY fun for her pals. Yes, there was a bit of beach bumming and poolside lounging (who cares if summer's over?), but there were also tie-dyed tees, makeshift photo booths, and off-the-cuff spontaneity that turned an average weekend in Montauk into a craft-tastic one.

    Of course, we're not just going to show you the highlights of our ECD's weekend — we're going to show you how to get it. From P's step-by-step guide to pulling off your own tie-dyed weekend complete with tips on the best meta Polaroid snaps, this is everything you need to take your next hangout sesh with your friends to the next level. Time to get crafty.



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    Before getting down to business, Piera and co. spent Friday evening at Montauk Point, taking in the sunset, searching for inspiration, and getting into a DIY state of mind.

    Montauk Point Lighthouse, 2000 Montauk Highway; 631-668-2544.

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    The gang — musician and artist Hisham Bharoocha, baker Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop, prop stylist Anthony D’Argenzio, and social worker and all-star Instagrammer Kate Thompson — knew DIY tie-dye shirts were on the weekend itinerary. But, when Piera saw that they were all wearing shades of blue, she decided that indigo would be the color du jour.

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    Piera's always had a DIY spark in her — she's been creating nearly all her life. Her general approach is to be spontaneous and just go with the flow, but for those who are just starting out and aren't quite as adventurous, go into a project with a plan of attack whether that means printing out step-by-step instructions or writing down a detailed list of supplies before hitting up a craft store. Piera and gang are heading to the local Michael's for all their DIY needs.

    Michael's, 1440 Old Country Road, Riverhead; 631-284-2201.

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    For a successful tie-dye party, here are the basics Piera stocked up on:
    - five cotton T-shirts
    - one large sheet of fabric for a makeshift photo booth backdrop
    - several bottles of blue dye
    - 1 lb soda ash or the smallest amount you can find
    - 1 lb urea or the smallest amount you can find
    - rubber gloves
    - 1 pineapple — kidding!

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    Before jumping into your tie-dye project, make sure to take precautionary measures so that the dye doesn't stain anything. Piera and gang covered the deck with tarp, swapped their clothes for swimsuits, and wore rubber gloves. Nobody wants blue hands as a souvenir for the weekend.