Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Display Pedestals


I have been wanting to make a new fun Easter/Spring tablescape.



I started out with various candle sticks, cloche, and wood pieces.


I then used by favorite primer - Zinsser cover stain .  I decided I wanted them white, so I added a few coats of the primer and didn't add any other paint.



After the paint dried, I sanded the pedestal a bit.



Lastly I put in nests, eggs, bird, & butterfly.




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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bunny Pinata

My daughter decided she wanted a bunny party for her birthday, and we have a tradition of having a pinata for birthdays, so I got to work making the pinata.

Easter Pinata

I started out with a small bunny pattern that I enlarged on a copier to the size that I wanted the pinata to be.

Then I traced the pattern twice on a heavy piece of cardboard and cut out the cardboard patterns.


Next, I glued the cardboard strips around the outside of the pattern, leaving a 2 - 3 inch gap in the perimeter so you have a place to put in the candy!



Use part of one of the cardboard strips to make a circle, triangle, or whatever shape you want.  You are going to glue this in the middle of the inside of the cardboard shape.  This makes the pinata sturdy, so when you add the wet paper mache, the pinata will not become concave when it drys.





Now it is time to mix the paper mache paste.



This is what you will need:
Flour
Water
Cinnamon (optional)


Mix the water and flour together in a 2 to 1 ratio.  For example, mix 1 cup flour with 2 cups water.  I use warm water because I like it better.  I also add a little bit of cinnamon to the mix.  I do not like the smell of the water and flour mix  -  cinnamon makes is so much more pleasant!
I use my cheap project mixer to mix the lumps out.


Now for the fun part - goooooooey paper mache.

First take some newspaper and rip it into 2 - 3 inch strips.



Next, dip the newspaper strips in the paste and run it through your fingers to get most of the excess paste off.



Then lay the paper strips on the pinata.



I usually do 2 to 3 layers of newspaper and then add another layer of paper that is the same color you want the pinata.



Then, paint the pinata. (This happens to be a hello kitty pinata I made)



Next, cut 3/4 inch slits about 1/2 inch apart on a streamer.  Then, wrap the streamer around the pinata and glue it down.



Next, cut the eyes out and hot glue them to the pinata.




Lastly, add a ribbon and you are done!






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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Shamrock


I can't believe it is already March!  I had to make fun Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day!


I started out with a wood shamrock that I pick up last year.  I already had some fun scrapbook paper, so it was a quick, easy and inexpensive project!


I took off the jute hanger so I could trace and cut the paper to the shapes of the shamrock. Then, I trimmed 1/8" off the straight side of the shapes, so that you could see the separation in the wood. 


I used modge podge to glue the scrapbook paper down and replace the jute hanger.
Quick and easy!!







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Monday, February 20, 2017

Upcycled Craft Containers

If you are a crafter like I am you are always looking for creative ways to store your supplies.
I found some really neat wood containers at I thrift store that needed a make over!



What you will need:
A container
Spray Paint - I used the zinsser primer
Paint for a hightlight
Sand Paper
Brush



First make sure your container is clean and then spray a few coats of primer and/or paint.


Next, after it has dried, sand it to give it give it an antiqued look.


I wanted to give it a bit more dimension, so I used to grey paint on the know and on the design.


I don't have a picture, but I decided to sand it a bit more after I the grey paint.



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hugs & Kisses Plate

I can't believe Valentine's Day is almost here.  I just had to finish a last minute decoration.




I used a charger that I had in craft supplies, vinyl chalkboard, and a designed a valentine saying in word.




I used vinyl chalkboard that I just stick to the plate, but you could just use chalkboard paint if you want.



I made sure the design would fit on the plate, and added the chalk.  I have a chalkboard tutorial HERE if you would like to see how I make my chalkboard designs.


I think it makes a fun Valentine decoration.




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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Winter Tags


It is winter -the days are shorter and the air is getting cooler.
It seems like there are tons of Christmas decor and projects to make, so I decided to make a project just for winter!

snowflake



First, cut the boards from a wood pallet or an old cedar fence.


Next, my handy husband cut the pieces of pallet into tags.  The large tag is about 12 inches high, the medium is about 10 inches high and the small tag is about 8 inches high.  They are all 6 inches wide.




Then, I painted the tags and sanded them a bit to rough them up.



Next, I used my cricut to cut the stencils, but a cricut is not required, any stencil will work for this.  I then painted them and pealed off the stencil.  Lastly I added the rope.  There is a full tutorial HERE on how I make my tags.



There are such a fun project!!









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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Deer Pillow

It seems like the season is flying by, and I am still trying to get some fun projects done.


Pillow


I have been wanting to do another fun deer project and Oriental Trading sent me some fun products to review and the box included these great burlap pillow covers.

What you will need:
Deer pattern - I just found one on the internet
Burlap Pillow cover - found HERE
Heat n Bond
Plaid fabric




First, iron the Heat n Bond to the fabric.



Next, trace the deer pattern on the paper of the Heat n Bond - make sure that your pattern is inverted, so it will be facing the right way on the pillow.



Then, cut out the deer.



Next, peel off the paper from the Heat n Bond and iron the deer on the right side of the burlap pillow cover and stuff!


Didn't he turn out fun!


Pillow


Oriental Trading sent me some exciting products to review and see what I thought.  They has so many fun Christmas craft products in there Christmas Store and great Christmas ideas in there Christmas Store to choose from.  









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