Cool Plaster Texture with Hot Glue & Reusable Molds!

Hi friends! I am a big believer in playing with your art supplies and enjoying the process. Sometimes a project doesn’t come out as good as you would like but there is always something you can learn from it! I think we are afraid to “waste” our supplies so we admire them on a shelf but if you do that for too long you will start to feel badly that you haven’t used the things you bought and that feels wasteful too. Grab those precious supplies and play with them! You either succeed or you learn! I did a bit of both today:)


I love knowing how to use the reusable mold making product (win!) so I will be able to cast replicas the next time I find a one-of-a-kind treasure and I adore the faux plaster effect I got by spackling the hot glue! I love that I can give a plaster/stone look to anything I like now! I have to admit I am not crazy about the plant pot I decorated as a whole but the techniques I discovered were worth the play! Watch the video to see it all come together!

You can find the supplies I used  from our sponsor Smart Art!

THE SUPPLIES in the MAY Smart Art Box

  • COMPOSIMOLD ORIGINAL 6OZ-When melted this molding material is 100% reusable. Many casts can be made using the same mold. It is a great material for artists who want to learn and become more involved in sculpting, modeling and mold making without the worry of mistakes or wasting material. This flexible, rubbery thermoplastic is great for small mold parts that require a stiffer mold making material. It is compatible with many different casting materials including clays, plaster, cement, epoxy, polyurethane and many others.
  • COMPOSISTONE 1LBComposiStone is light gray in color, harder than plaster and smoother than cement. Mixes 2 1/2 powder:1 water (by volume), with a 5-10 minute working time. Use ComposiStone for lawn and shelf ornaments, sculptures, craft parts, and other general applications.
  • CRAFTER’S ACRYLIC PAINT BLACK This non-toxic acrylic paint is ideal for simple base coating and craft projects. Designed to brush out smoothly and evenly, it covers in one or two coats and can be intermixed. This fast-drying, permanent paint can be used for general arts and crafts, stenciling, ceramics, school projects, home decorating and decorative painting.
  • DAZZLING METALLICS ACRYLIC COLORS 4- 2OZ BOTTLES Made with finely ground metal flakes, these bright, water-based, non-toxic acrylic colors are ideal for adding metallic accents to most projects. They can be used on wood, canvas, plaster, metal, resins, ceramic bisque, papier-mache, Styrofoam, paper, poster board frames, lamps, vases, figurines, candles, candle holders and fabric. Great for painting, sponging, faux finishing, and adding metallic accents to art, craft and home decor projects.
  • PRINCETON ARTIST BRUSH CO. SELECT ARTISTE BRUSH SET 3PCS Princeton’s Select Artiste mixed-media brush sets feature a variety of assortments of brushes that work well together. Specially designed by artist Willow Wolfe, these high quality, short-handled brushes are made to last. With their robin’s egg blue colored handles, they will be a beautiful addition to your existing brush collection as they go above and beyond basic brush shapes and sizes.
  • PRIMA MARKETING RESIN OWL Use this detailed resin owl to create a mold using the ComposiMold materials. Create many castings to use as a variety of decorations such as charms, ornaments, or mixed media pieces.

**** I did not use the owl mold, I used checkers but you can mold anything you like. I also used hot glue and a plant pot as well as a spatula from the encaustic smart art box.

Need a variation?

It just occurred to me that you could use kraft paper dipped in paper mache paste to cover an object to get the wrinkly plaster texture, let dry completely and paint black as we did with the hot glue texture and then dry brush the metallics. That would be a great solution to get that look on a large surface or if you are working with children and don’t want to use hot glue. The only downside would be drying time and potential warping if you were working on a paper/cardboard surface like a paper mache box of journal cover.

There are so many ways to create! The next time you sit down to craft try not to focus on the end result and just enjoy the process! That is why we create! We could always buy something pretty from the store (probably for less than we spend to make it even) if that is all we wanted but there is something magical in creating something new with our hands and hearts, don’t you think? Til next time happy crafting!



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Pretty Spring Collages!

Hi friends! Today we are going to decoupage some canvasses for spring/summer decor!


Some calendars are too pretty to throw away and I came across this pretty one I got at the dollar tree a couple years ago when I was cleaning my craft room. I added some mulberry paper, vellum and paint to make two 16″x20″ canvasses to hang on either side of my mirror over my fireplace. Watch the video for full step by step instructions!


1. Cover canvas with mulberry paper using matte mod podge (wrap excess paper to the back for a finished edge.
2. Adhere vellum/tissue and then adhere cut-out shapes with mod podge.
3. Let dry.
4. Apply rose paint mixed with mod podge to make a glaze to the edges of the canvas. Repeat with brown and black to make it look antique.
5. Add screw eyes and water to the back of the canvas frame and hang on the wall!


Video sponsored by LAVA Soap! Visit the LAVA Soap website for money saving coupons and to find a store near you! Thanks for watching! If you have any ideas of what I should put on my mantle to go with the collages let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Quick Spring Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies!

Hi friends! Are you looking for a fast and fun Spring project? This project can be made quickly and inexpensively using a 10″ wreath form from the dollar tree. You can use this same method to make larger wreaths as well, you just need a bigger Styrofoam wreath form if you want to do that. I recommend that if you are doing this with kids (it would be a great classroom or Sunday School craft) that you stick to the 10″ wreaths because it won’t take as much money, supplies or space to make. Why is Styrofoam so expensive anyway? Probably because it is an ecological nightmare which brings me to the other great thing about this project, it is all put together with straight pins so you can easily undo and redo it as many times as you like so you can keep reusing it season after season and not feel bad for your Styrofoam consumption.


I mention the wreath size because you are not going to gain a lot of bulk on this wreath. This is the same size form I used for my Christmas bauble wreath (glue method) but that one ends up being much larger because you are adding chunky ornaments all around it. This wreath pretty much ends u the size of the form so if you want a door size wreath you will want it bigger. Just measure before you buy:)

Full instructions in today’s video!

You can find most of the supplies you need at the dollar tree and you can order online and have it shipped for free to your nearest store. This is handy because my store often runs out of the good stuff:) You must buy 4 wreath forms if ordering online though so you might try my Christmas Bauble wreath or split the order with friends or make some to sell at a craft fair! It is still cheaper than one wreath form at the craft store! Look at your own craft stash to see what you have that will work on a spring wreath before buying new, if you need supplies I have shopped around and found decent prices on the basics. Affiliate links below.


Be creative and use the supplies you have on hand to make your wreath fun and unique! I hope spring has spring in your part of the world, we are just starting to get a peek of it in Maine! Today is supposed to be sunny and 63 so I think I will try to enjoy part of my day outside! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a Trendy Hanging Shelf for Under $20 with The Idaho Painter!

Hi friends! Today Chris Berry, the Idaho Painter is going to teach you how to make this stylish hanging rope shelf in under 2 hours and for under 20 bucks! If you enjoy this DIY check out the other home improvement projects on The Idaho Painters YouTube channel!


Watch the step by step tutorial to see how it’s done!

I think this looks great and would really go with a beach themed cottage. Is it summer yet? Thanks again to Chris The Idaho Painter for allowing me to share this video with you. Til next time happy crafting!

Abstract Fall Wall Art in Acrylics {no painting experience needed!}

Hi friends! Once a month I make a quick and easy art project for HGMM. They want projects that anyone can do, even if they have never picked up a brush before. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, then this is the perfect beginner tutorial.


Watch the video to see how we build up the fun fall wall art!


  • Acrylic paint (I used regular and metallic Turner Acryl Gouache)
  • 16″x20″ canvas
  • A variety of brushes for painting and stenciling

You can use different stencils and motifs depending on the season or your personal tastes! Thanks for watching and til next time happy crafting!

Toy Box to Sports Equipment Storage Makeover!

Hi friends! When my son outgrew his toy box it was eschewed onto the porch to hold baseball and softball gear. It is real wood and in great shape but it had a bright yellow paint job with accents of sharpie doodled on by a young child.


I can’t believe I didn’t take photo of the before, at least you will see it on film:) I am really pleased with how it came out. I tried wet distressing on chalk paint and that was way cleaner and easier than sanding for a distressed look. Why am I telling you all of this? Just watch the video and watch the transformation!



*Note, you can use a wax if the piece will be indoors but this toy box will live on the porch so I opted for a urethane based topcoat.


The great thing about chalk type paint is how it covers and preps in one step and the ability to wet distress it back. It is a bit more pricey than other acrylic paint but the quality of the paint and the ease of use makes up for it. Also you can use the coupon code FRUGAL to save 10% on your order at our sponsor Heirloom Tradition Paint. Do you have any furniture makeover plans? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I Painted My Couch!

Hi friends! Have you ever started a project and thought “What have I gotten myself into?” I had met my Waterloo. I could have started with a small upholstered chair seat but no, I had to paint my huge living room sofa that we use every day. Well, you know what they say about painting a couch, once you start there is no turning back.


This is how the couch started out, it was all the rage back in 1988, and while I like the shape of it the colors were not my cup of tea.  Also, the skirt has to go.


And after a few hours of labor (and skeptical looks from my family) this is what I ended up with:


Watch the video to see the transformation and learn what to do and what no to do when painting your fabric furniture! The step-by-step tutorial is about 14 minutes, after that I go over troubleshooting and frequently asked questions so if you are considering painting a couch stick around til the end.


Supplies from Heirloom Traditions Paint SAVE 10% with coupon code FRUGAL
Fab! Tinted and All in One Primer/Sealer
Chalk Paint in Basque and A La Mode
Chalk Paint Brushes

Other supplies: Kraft paper bag, fine grit sanding sponge, vacuum

1. Apply a coat of Fab tinted primer on clean and vacuumed fabric. Let dry and sand with a paper bag.
2. Apply a coat of chalk paint, do not dilute with water. Let dry.
3. Sand fabric gently with a sanding sponge, then follow up with a brown bag.
4. Repeat sets 2 & 3 if desired. I did one coat because I liked having the strips show through.
5. Apply one coat of Fab! All in One sealer and let dry. Finish with a light paper bag sanding.

ALWAYS vacuum after sanding and before proceeding with another coat of finish.

By using these supplies and following these steps your painted furniture will not peel, crack or transfer color to anyone’s clothing. the FAB! makes your water based paint more flexible and durable so it can move with your fabric upholstery. It also makes your fabric easier to wash which would be great for a playroom or outdoor furniture! Honestly my couch is a bit stiffer than it was originally but the final coat of FAB! softened it noticeably so see the project through to the end!

Project estimates:
Large couch:3 fab kits (more if porous material) 2 quarts paint
Love seat: 2 fab kits, 1 quart paint
Chair: 1 fab kit, 1 quart paint (you will have leftovers so make accent pieces!) If you have a set of chairs with upholstered seats only a quart of paint and i FAB! kit should suffice.

Let me know if you have questions in the comments below and good luck!I want to thank Heirloom Traditions Paint for sponsoring this post and thank you for stopping by! Til next time happy crafting!

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