The Fastest Way to Dye a Tote. Period.
We always try to bring reusable totes to the grocery store or market, but we just aren’t big fans of the ones you get at the checkout counter. So instead of being resolved to carrying any old market tote, we decided to make our own using only four supplies!
– Canvas tote
– Spray dye
– Painter’s tape
1. Sketch a few designs, then decide on your favorite and start taping.
2. Cover up the areas you don’t want dyed with scrap paper.
3. Time to start spraying! For a more speckled look, hold the spray further from the bag. For a more solid look, hold it up close.
4. Once you’ve sprayed all areas, gently remove tape. Let dry overnight before using!
Now let’s dive in!
Start by gathering your materials. Sketch a few designs and then decide on your favorite.
We’re going to only use tape for our first two totes.
SOLID DYED GEOMETRIC TOTE
We’ll be using the solid dye technique for this tote.
Start by taping off your pattern. Beginning with the purple section, cover up the other parts of the tote you don’t want dyed, then spray away. Repeat with remaining two sections. Gently dab the excess dye puddles on the painter’s tape with a paper towel, then gently remove tape. Let dry and you’re done!
OMBRE DYED GEOMETRIC TOTE
This tote uses the combo techniques of solid and speckled dying.
Tape your pattern onto the tote and cover up all but one section with scrap paper. Solid dye the section, then remove the scrap paper and gently spray lighter mists on the exposed sections. Repeat with other sections, gently remove tape, and let dry.
TWEED PATTERNED OMBRE TOTE
This tote is probably the simplest of the bunch!
Lay tweed stencil at the top of the tote centered with the handle. Gently spray dye over stencil and the upper half of the tote. Rinse stencil and repeat with the bottom half of the tote.
DIAGONAL TWEED TOTE
Probably the most unique of the bunch, we love using our tweed stencil to create diagonal stripes.
Start by taping the stencil into place and covering up the exposed areas with scrap paper. We went for an ombre look so gently spray the dye over this section. Move onto the next section by matching up the tweed pattern, taping, covering, and spraying again. Repeat until the diagonal is completed and then repeat again with another color. Let dry completely before using!
We love these totes so much we’ll definitely be using them for more than market and grocery trips!
What are your favorite easy DIY projects? Let us know in the comments section below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com