Hang it Where you Gather!

Hi friends! When we bought our home 20 years ago I had requirements, it mist have a bathtub and a fireplace! I have never regretted having a fireplace and we use it often and love to change up the decorations every few months. I saved the mirror from my childhood dresser and placed it on the mantle years ago and it doe a good job of enlarging the space and gives me a fun place to hang a wreath or banner.

FIY I use a slim wreath hanger when I want to hang a wreath over the mirror and I put two small eye hooks on the sides of the mirror frames for hanging banners. This makes it easy to change things up. Also you might recognize my bouquets on the ends of my mantle because I used one as a subject for this painting tutorial a couple weeks ago. Because we use our fireplace real plants and foliage would dry out too fast so I like to use faux greenery. I highly recommend checking out the better faux flowers and garlands available at a crafts store as you will get a much better quality compared to the dollar store or department store. Feel free to fill in with the Dollar Tree berries and such but if you need a full garland or bunch of flowers try the crafts store and use a coupon or wait for a sale because the good stuff is pricey!

Today I am going to show you how I made the banner on my mantle. It would be really cute hung on a door, archway or even a hutch so make it to fit your needs and decor. Put it where you like to gather! Also this would be a sweet housewarming gift if you did a couple last name or “welcome”. The options are endless!


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Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Prep your wood slices. Sand if necessary, wipe off dust and paint the background a light color. I use a light sage green. I let a rim or raw wood exposed at the border for a rustic look. Let dry.
  2. Stamp wreath using peg stamps and pigment ink. Pigment ink will resist fading. Heat set.
  3. Use foam stamps and black acrylic paint to spell “gather” on the slices or another word you like. Alternatively you can use a letter stencil or freehand them.

As you could see from my mantle I removed the ribbon as I tend to favor a more simple decor these days but you can embellish your banner as much or as little as you like! That’s why DIY is so great, you get the perfect thing for you! You can find more mantle decorating ideas here. Happy crafting!

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Wow! Big Unicorn Paper Sculpture!

Hi friends! Paper is an amazing material. You can bend, fold and twist it and make really neat stuff like this big unicorn wall art!

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I wish I knew about these when my kids were little, this would have been a wonderful party or room decoration! Watch the video to see how I made it!

This huge wall mounted unicorn was made from cardstock and an inexpensive template from today’s sponsor Origadream! LIMITED TIME SAVINGS: Save 10% on all products in Origadream Etsy shop with coupon code LINDSAY

Supplies:

  • Unicorn Papercraft PDF Template
  • Thin, strong double-sided tape (I used Scor-Tape in 1/8″ & 1/4″ widths)
  • Cardstock (I used #65)
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Scoring board (I used a score pal) or you can use a bone folder/butter knife and a ruler to score fold lines.
  • Time and patience:)

Tips!

  1. This kit comes with very detailed illustrated instructions. Either print them out or have them open on your computer as you work in case you get confused.
  2. Work in an assembly line fashion: Cut all pieces, score and fold all pieces and add tape to the back of tabs before assembling. *Having a friend help you will make it fun and save time!
  3. Plan on 8-12 total hours (printing, cutting, scoring, folding and assembling) to complete this project.

I love that you can make these paper sculptures to inexpensively make a big impact in your home.  They are surprisingly sturdy too! If you have a party coming up or just want a way to add a bit of whimsy to your home check out Origadream and make something awesome! Happy crafting!

Cute Upcycled Furniture Project! DIY Upholstery!

Hi friends! I’m back with a couple more gifts I made, or should I say refinished!

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These storage benches were rescued from the basement after one of my girls asked for a pretty gold bench with a white fur seat for her room. The request was mentioned a couple of days before Christmas and after my shopping was complete but then I remembered the old benches they used to have when they were little for holding dress-up play clothes. I decided I would refinish both of them, one for each of my girls for a last-minute gift. They loved them and I have a bit less clutter in my basement now! watch the video to see how to do it and how I made the custom cushioned seat. You could use that technique to turn any storage trunk or toy box you might have in your basement into a storage bench. Imagine the treasures you can make! Why buy new when you can renew?

Supply list: Keep in mind you probably have everything you need in your stash and substituting is totally fine. Everyone’s furniture will be unique and that is part of the fun! I have provided a supply list with links for your convenience and affiliate links may be used if available.

  • Old wooden bench, trunk, toy box or other furniture you want to refinish
  • Paint: I used chalk paint but you can use acrylic paint or leftover latex house paint (you can tint the house paint with acrylics if it is not the color you want.) My recommendation for this project is chalk paint because often old furniture can be a bit beat up and chalk paint hides the flaws and is quick to apply.
  • Plywood: If you are not upholstering directly to a seat you will need to cut a piece of plywood to match the size of the seat. Often if you buy the wood at a home improvement store they will cut it for you.
  • Foam cushion to match size of area to be upholstered
  • Heavy duty stapler: I have an Arrow Power Shot but this one made for furniture upholstery is half the price.
  • Fabric or a blanket cut 4″ larger on each side than your foam.
  • Stencil (the paris sign one)
  • Acrylic paint pens (I added doodle over the thick stencil lines on the gold bench with Jane Davenport paint over pens because I though the thick black lines looked dated)
  • Hot glue
  • Assorted paint brushes

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Directions:
1. Clean the furniture inside and out with a rag damp with warm soapy water and let dry. *Note: if you are using regular acrylic or glossy house paint I suggest you prime the furniture. No need to prime if using chalk paint.

2. Paint the furniture including the inside of the bench for a fresh and clean surface. You will probably want 2 coats.

3. Stencil over the dry paint if desired.

4. Make the cushion. Cut plywood and 2″ foam cushion the same size as the bench and then cut fabric 4″ larger on all sides. Center the foam and plywood over the fabric and wrap it around stapling the fabric to the back of the plywood.

5. Glue the seat to the bench with hot glue.

My husband and I have refinished many pieces of furniture in out home and so have the kids. I think getting in the habit of looking at something you have and thinking “How can I make this work better” is a wonderful skill. It makes your home personalized and keeps things out of the landfill and from cluttering your basement.  I love knowing that something is one of a kind and there is a special satisfaction in doing something yourself especially when you give new life to something at would otherwise go unused. I hope you are enjoying the last weekend of 2018 and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Craft: Napkin Decoupage!

Hi friends! I am always looking for cute mugs to hold my pens and brushes. A couple of weeks ago my pens were getting a little too cramped in their current condition. Then I saw a brand new plant pot in my stash and I know what I had to do…Decoupage!

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Learn how to deal with the delicate nature of printed napkins in today’s quick and easy tutorial then make one for your brushes!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

Directions:
1. Paint pot white (You need to do this because the napkin will become sheer when you adhere it. Let dry.

2. Separate the printed napkin sheet from the white backer and tear into manageable pieces and then adhere the napkin pieces to the pot overlapping where necessary to achieve the coverage and look you want.

3. Accent the rim with a contrasting color if desired.

Oh, one more thing…

Just a heads up that my online school may be down from 11pm Eastern Time tonight (June 6) for about an hour for scheduled maintenance. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Thanks for crafting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

How To Tint Glass at Home {Super Easy!}

Hi friends! Sometimes you come across a really cool techniques when you are trying to do something else, this is one of those times!

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I got tired of my watercolor brushes rolling off my table as I worked and also It’s better (according to experts) to dry your brushes flat rather than in a cup so I thought I would like a brush rest. Since I am cheap frugal I decided I could probably find a really funky colored glass ashtray at the local antiques mall that would be delightful (and cheap) for this job. Believe it or not I only saw one ashtray at the antiques place and it was not delightful but I did find two shallow clear pressed glass bowls with fluted edges that would do the trick. Best of all was the price $1.25 for the set! Score!

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Above you can see the lovely tinted glass I eventually ended up with. I loved the technique so much I also tinted a glass flower frog (I have two of these large clear ones so I figured “why not?”) and that can hold pencils or crayons that I am using in a  project so I can keep track of what I use. Originally I thought I would try to get a really rich deep color but after using a bunch of ink I was really unhappy with it.

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As I went to clean off the thick ink it left behind a tint and it was beautiful! Sometimes you have to go through that “Hot Mess” to get to the good stuff! Want to try this for yourself? Watch the video and see how!

Supplies! *Amazon affiliate links used

  • Some clear class objects *items with a cut, pressed or embossed design work great!
  • Alcohol ink *This is a good mixing set or you can get smaller sets of the Ranger inks.
  • “Rubbing” alcohol in a spray bottle (*I used 70% from the drugstore, grocery store or dollar store)
  • Small square of craft felt and q-tips for applying color *I make my own craft felt applicator but cutting up 9″x12″ sheets of acrylic craft felt into 1″ squares, you can also buy them cut into squares by Ranger but they are more expensive
  • *You might want rubber gloves, LAVA soap will remove all of the ink from your skin but your fingernails can get stained!

Directions:
1. Wash the glass and then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol to remove any fingerprints.

2. On the underside of the dish (or inside of a jar or vase) dab or wipe on the ink using a small piece of craft felt. You can use a Q-tip to get into any nooks and crannies. If the color is too dark add some alcohol to the blending felt to dilute the color.

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*You want to do this on the bottom or inside of the object because alcohol ink can have a dull look on the surface, this way the shiny class will be on the outside and the glass will appear to be colored all the way through. You can even put water in the jar or vase after it is colored, just take care when cleaning it by washing with a soft cloth.

This is not food safe and you really should hand wash these. If you change your mind about the color or want the glass to be clear again you can wash off the ink with alcohol.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video…

I got this question a lot on YouTube when I posted this video: “What can I use to seal the ink?” I want to be able to remove the ink if I want a new color so I did not seal it with any top coat. This ink is waterproof and should be fine with normal wear and art room splashes. Since I have colored beads and pendants with alcohol ink I noticed that the color can wear off with a lot of rubbing.  Also I have used alcohol ink on coasters and it definitely needs more protection so what I would recommend if you are sure you do not want to be able to wash it off is to spray a coat of Krylon Triple Thick Glaze over the ink. It still is not food safe though. I hope you give this a try, it is really addictive and the results are so pretty! Happy crafting!

 

Gel Printing on Furniture!

Hi friends! Before you run away saying  “oh no, here she goes again like that time she painted her sofa…” let me ease your fears. 😀 This project is fun, easy and forgiving and will breath new life into an old piece of wooden furniture. (And nobody’s going to complain that it hurts to sit on LOL!)

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My sister gave me this old end table with a built-in bookshelf about a year ago. I had intended to paint it and sell in at the antiques shop I used to rent a booth at but that never happened. Ironically it wasn’t until I closed that chapter of my life that I had time and desire to tackle this project.

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I used a product that I really enjoy using but I don’t that often because I have put this prejudice in my head that gel printing is a big hairy ordeal when it is not. Especially when you use the smaller plates like stamps. It makes it more approachable. If you don’t have a gel printing plate can simply apply paint through the stencils with a sponge and build layers that way. I reckon you could also use “gel window clings” for a similar effect as the small gel plates, they are not as durable but I think it would get you through a project or two.

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Do you want to give it a try? Watch the video and see how easy and fun it is!

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Supplies:

Project pointers!

  1. Use chalk paint for the base coat, it alleviates the need to prime and prep the surface, just wipe it with a damp cloth before painting and you are good to go.  The matte surface also hold the regular acrylic paint you are printing with.
  2. Layer til you like it! Don’t be afraid of the “hot mess stage” just keep on adding more prints until you like the look. It get ugly before it gets pretty:)
  3. Wash your varnish brushes right away…don’t ask me how I came up with this tip. Note to self: Put varnish brushes on my next art supply shopping list.
  4. Sleep on it. If you are stuck on the design or not sure if you are done or want to do more take a break. You will have better judgement about your project after you have been apart from it.

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Unlike the poor old painted couch my family loved this project and both of my daughters wanted it so I guess I better keep my eyes open for another old end table to print on. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

Save Money & Make Your Own Kissing Balls!

Hi friends! This is by far my favorite Christmas decorating project! I was actually on the ball and decorated my porch before the snow fell. You will see the snow in the video tho!

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I was able to find most of the supplies I needed right in my yard! The rest of the supplies are common craft supplies and small christmas decorations but they are optional. I was able to get the floral foam (you need the kind that holds water) from the dollar tree locally  but I also found great deals on the foam and other supplies at Consumer Crafts if you want to shop online. BTW Consumer crafts has 25% off your total regular price purchase today with coupon code: XMAS17 and if you like dies their special of the week (ending today) is darice die sets for $5-$6. Also they finally got the Studio 71 marker sets back in stock and the 48 pack is on sale for $39.97. I know that is random but I had so many people ask me to share when the marker sets finally got back in stock because they sold out the day after I posted my Studio 71 Marker Review. Sorry for getting off track there, here is the kissing ball video!

You will need:

  • Floral foam: I used the 2 pack of 4″ round disks from the Dollar Tree OR save more money and get this block for $1.27 and cut it in half to make 2!
  • Velvet ribbon (I got 20 yard spools of 2″ on sale for $2 a roll (reg $5) at A.C. Moore because I wanted enough to wrap my porch posts too)
  • How to tie a velvet bow tutorial
  • Floral Wire
  • Twine
  • Berries
  • Wire cutters
  • Craft Sticks 
  • Everyday supplies: Scissors, hot glue & Glue Gun
  • Evergreen trimming from around your yard or from the Christmas tree off cuts at a home improvement store

Because of the floral foam keeping the evergreen sprigs watered your arrangement will last for a month or more, you could even water it if you like, just be careful because it can drip and make an icy patch underneath it (not good if it is hung over your front steps!) If you are hanging this indoors I’d put it in the sink once a week and water it and let it drip dry for an hour before hanging it again. If you have it outside in a cold climate I don’t think you need to do anything as the water in the foam will freeze and the evergreens are used to this so they stay nice and fresh. Only water if it is going to be somewhere warm I’d say. Otherwise it will have enough in the flower foam from the pre soaking to keep it looking good.

Let me know if you make one of these and how it turned out. Happy crafting!

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