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Flowers with Acorns and Lentils

pottery barn vase filler acorn craft projects

What you need:

  • 5″ square vase
  • one box of acorn filler
  • few handfuls of dried lentils
  • plastic water bottle
  • Exacto knife
  • autumn colored flowers

Here’s what you do:

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  1. Place plastic water bottle inside square vase, centering it.  Fill square vase with acorns around water bottle to determine proper height, mark.
  2. Remove plastic bottle and use Exacto knife to cut water bottle to marked height.  Smooth cut edges with scissors, if need be.
  3. Center the cut bottle in square vase again, this time filling lower 1/2 inch or so of square vase with dried lentils to stabilize plastic container.  Fill acorns around plastic bottle, making sure there are no gaps where the plastic bottle can be seen.
  4. Fill bottle with water and arrange cut flowers.

Wine Cork Key Chains

Wine Cork Key Chains

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Take one cork, stack descending size washers of different colored metals to the top and bottom, and screw in an eye screw. They also look great if you simply use a screw on the bottom instead of dangling the bead. Then attach a key chain and you’re done. If you want a bit of extra strength glue the washers together.  Within just a few minutes you have some great stocking stuffers!

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Tissue Poms and Flower Gift Toppers Courtesy of Lia Griffith

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Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? My loft was bursting with family Sunday morning. My sister and I made a tasty breakfast while our four teens hunted for 125 filled Easter eggs. I think we may have had as much fun filling and hiding as they did finding the eggs. To continue with the sweet pastel, fluffy bunny tail and spring flower theme, (I am just not quite ready to be done with Easter) today I am going to give you a quick and easy tutorial on how to make these tissue mini poms or flower gift toppers. You may be seeing these poms show up again for party decoration in a future post. . . they are just too cute! I am seeing a perfect decoration for baby showers, bridal showers, princess parties and even Mother’s Day. So let’s pull out all that leftover tissue and make some of these pretty mini poms! ~ Lia

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Tissue Mini Pom Tutorial


Craft sources for this project: Tissue Paper | Scissors | The Twinery Baker’s Twine | Washi Tape | Hole Punch

MAGIC Decal Tutorial with Free Printables! Courtesy of The Painted Hive

Some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals.

Amongst other things, I mentioned how wonderful they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one drawback – although it’s somewhat tough it’s not especially durable. So, whilst it’s perfect for ornamental purposes, it’s not ideal for more practical applications….until now that is!

Magic decal coating paper is a product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers durable – yes, even dishwasher resistant!

If you’re already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers!

My recently aquired assortment of SLOM jars from IKEA were awaiting some DIY craftiness and seemed the perfect victims candidates for my first magic decal experiment.

As there may be several brands of magic decal coating paper out there, each with slightly differing application requirements, for clarity in this tutorial I will specifically pertain to the particular product I used which I attained from here. The paper seems a little pricey though you can create several decals from one sheet so in reality the individual decals are actually quite inexpensive.

The paper I received came with three sheets of waterslide decal paper (distinguished by a blue watermark on the back) which you print your image onto, and three accompanying sheets of the magic coating paper (distinguished by attached translucent protective paper).

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

1. Image to transfer. Use anything you like. I made up my canister labels in Photoshop. I wanted them to be a bit different and quite typographic so decided to style them based on dictionary definitions (my artwork is attached as a free printable if you would like to use them – see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the end of the post to view and download!).

2. Inkjet printer.

3. Decal paper (blue watermark on back). Decal paper comes in clear or white. I’m using the clear paper because I want a transparent background around my image.

4. Magic paper (attached translucent protective paper).

5. Laminator. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.

6. Scissors.

7. Water.

8. Soft cloth.

9. Item to embellish. As already mentioned, I’m using my plain SLOM jars from IKEA.

10. Microwave, oven or hairdryer.

THE PROCESS

1. Print your image onto the glossy side of your decal paper (DO NOT mirror your image) using an inkjet printer. Allow to dry thoroughly. I created my canister labels in Photoshop and have attached them below as a free printable (see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the end of the post to view and download!).

2. Separate the translucent protective paper from the magic paper. Do not throw the translucent paper away.

3. Place the magic paper gloss side up on your table. Lay the decal paper printed side down on top of the magic paper. Place the translucent protective paper gloss side down on top of the decal paper (the translucent paper is designed to act as a protective barrier of sorts between the decal paper and laminator heat).

Note: As my image took up the entire sheet of decal paper I did not need to trim around it first. If you are working with a smaller image you may wish to cut roughly around it with scissors.

4. Laminate your stack of three papers together on low speed and at low temperature.

Note: Laminating pouches are not needed. Laminating is performed to fuse the decal paper and magic coating together. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.

5. Discard the translucent paper. Your decal paper and magic paper should now be fused together. Trim closely around your image – you can see it quite easily through the paper if you hold it up to the light.

Note: By nature, waterslide decals have a very fine, slightly translucent carrier film. On close inspection this will be visible on completed transfers. As my image is text alone with no border I experimented with techniques and found the neatest finish to be a nice even box (trying to mimic the outline of the text just looked messy). If your image has a distinct border then trim approximately 2mm all the way around it (leaving a small buffer ensures you get a good seal).

6. Dampen the back of the decal paper (watermarked side) with a cloth until it becomes translucent. Wait around 15 seconds then gently peel the paper away completely.

Important: Ensure you remove the watermarked decal paper only at this stage.

7. Quickly immerse the decal in a shallow dish of water to dampen the other side then position it, image side down, on your item, smoothing it down with your fingers and a slightly damp cloth to remove excess water.

8. Carefully slide off the backing paper and manipulate the decal into its exact position then continue to smooth it until it is water and air bubble free.

9. Finally, set the decal by either:

Baking in an electric oven for 8 minutes at 150 degrees celsius.

Cooking in a microwave for 5 minutes on low.

Blowing with a hairdryer for 5 – 10 minutes.

Although I was hesitant, I did find the courage to run these babies through the dishwasher (twice, just to be certain) and they didn’t show any signs of distress. I was honestly AMAZED! Of course, given I have only had them for a few days I can hardly vouch for their longevity so advise hand washing for frequent use.

As I mentioned, there is a very faint translucent background (which is the case with waterslide decals) though once the canisters are filled it’s barely noticeable.

I am super stoked with how these turned out – absolutely love! Don’t forget to download your complimentary printable sheets of labels below!

UPDATE

If you’d prefer the labels without the work you can now buy them in easy ready-to-apply format from my little on-line store here.

And excitingly, along with the PDF file, you can also now download the free PSD version of my labels below! Enjoy!

Spray Bottles DIY Project

This project is so simple.1. Remove labels from bottles. (You can soak them in hot water and dish soap for extra help)

2. Dry and clean

3. Pick your spray paint choices: Seen above is Satin Ivory. I Use Krylon Brand Spray Paint.

4. Spray paint box carrier too!

You get the idea…

Some spray painting tips… Cover area with newspaper or drop cloth first. Wear a mask or be careful not to inhale fumes. Don’t spray into the wind!!! Wait for your first layer to dry and stick the bottle on your finger to get a good coat around the bottom sides.

Aren’t these a cute, cheap project?

I usually like matte finish, but the glossy texture on some of these gives them a nice new sheen. And baby jars make the cutest little mini vases or containers!

I do have to note, these are not “safe” to use for any type of liquid consumption. They just look cool and won’t damage flowers or decorative pieces.

Cute idea right? Especially on a budget! You could do this for wedding centerpieces, parties etc… I have spray painted wine bottles, vases, jars… you name it, I’ve probably painted it.

Another idea for a centerpiece would be to take tons of different sized items and paint them one color and or have a line of vases down a table… you get the idea.

Bottle Cap Tray by Sweet Something Designs

If you plan to do this project, be aware that it is not a thrifty project…however it can be….bottle caps are recycled, trays can be found on sale….but the acrylic water, while not super expensive, is not exactly cheap. I have explained the process in the manner that I did it back then and I still use the tray to this day for exactly what I made it for. I have spilled coffee on it, sugar, made a mess on the tray and wiped it clean with a wet towel. What seems to be the biggest issues are that the acrylic is not hardening like mine did. I can not explain the reason behind it, other than the companies have changed their formula??? I do not know…my remedy for that is to spray a couple of layers of polyurethane sealer on it, that should get rid of the tackiness. So don’t give up, don’t throw in the towel, there is a solution for every problem…even in this craft project.

I like using trays for various tasks around the house and was on the look out for one to keep my coffee station area nice and tidy. Enter Hobby Lobby. HL is known for it’s deep discounts and that is where I found the most hideous pink glittered tray I have ever seen. (Vase is from Goodwill, it got painted too….) It was under three dollars and I could only hope that primer would cover up that glitter-gone-wrong!


Thankfully it did! I primed and painted it glossy white


Don’t ask me how I thought of using bottlecaps in the bottom of it…I really don’t know, I just wanted something fun and funky. I spray painted a whole bunch of them in my three favorite summertime colors, Blue Ocean Breeze, Ivy Leaf and Pumpkin Orange, and some white, all from Krylon. It actually took some time to collect this many caps, I wanted to do this earlier in the summer, it just took a while!


Just a word of caution if decide to try this project, make sure the handles are high enough, giving you plenty of room to contain the fluid and whatever you are submerging. At least half inch clearance.

I started laying the caps in and played around with the pattern until I was happy. The staggered pattern really worked with not too much wasted space (it wasn’t a perfect fit).

Next, I used what is called acrylic water to pour over the caps. Now this 2 part epoxy is sold at HL and Michael’s, but I found it the cheapest at Walmart, in their Floral Dept. I followed the directions, mixing the compounds and poured it on. It’s self-leveling, which is great! The tough part was waiting the 48 hours, because it cannot be disturbed at all, and my house is full of disturbances!!! 🙂 Luckily, the acrylic hardened without any incidents, and was ready for use!

It turned out really cute and retro funky, just what I wanted!! It will keep my coffee messes contained!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re inspired! I bet a lot of different things could be “captured” under the acrylic! Pictures or buttons, anything!

I’ve had some questions about some of the caps floating up a little after the acrylic was poured. A few tricks I can suggest: pour very slowly and watch for floaters. Use something like a skewer or toothpick to push the cap down (not your fingers). Also, “tap” the tray a few times too on the counter to release any air bubbles. Finally, if the floater just won’t settle, lift it out, let the acrylic settle into the space and then put the cap back down in the liquid. Any of these methods should work.

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

Nothing better than a “fancy” mason jar : )
Get your glitter and glue out girls because we’re making fancy jars again!

Aren’t these perfect for an engagement party? Wedding? New Years!?

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I think the black one is my favorite!

Here they are in action : )

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

What you need:

Spray Paint

Mod Podge

Paint Brush

Glitter

Directions

1. Turn your jar upside down on a piece of cardboard and spray your jar.

2. Let dry for 1 hour.

3. Using a paint brush, brush some Mod Podge on the bottom portion of your jar. Then sprinkle with glitter. It’s best to do this in sections so your glue doesn’t dry. If you want to seal your glitter you can put another coat of Mod Podge over the glitter.

Notes: Be careful with these jars. Spray paint will chip if scratched and you should not get the outside of the jar wet. These are decorative jars.

15 Easy Ways to turn T-Shirts into Jewelry

You know I’ve got a weakness for repurposing just about anything. Today’s foray into style hackery comes in the form of t-shirts! With help from a bit of copper tubing, a few brass rings, and our trusty needle nose pliers, see how we turned 3 t-shirts into 15 pieces of jewelry, perfect for everything from summer festivals to fancy springtime soirees.

Materials:
– copper tubing
– t-shirts (the soft ones work best)
– brass rings of various sizes
– copper chain
– gold chain
– gold key rings
– cord ends
– gold clasps + jump rings

Tools:
– tubing cutter
– hand saw
– needle nose pliers
– fabric scissors
– fine sand paper

For materials, I hit up the hardware store to stock up on copper tubing and these cool brass rings. I recommend taking a picture of these things to your hardware store if you want to get the same goodies. The rest of our materials are pretty standard issue in the jewelry department.

Old worn out t-shirts work best for jewelry-making as they aren’t as stiff as brand new ones. I went with navy, gray, and black.

1. Flirty Fringe Necklace

To get your t-shirt fabric to curl, cut it into 1/2 inch strips and pull to stretch. When you let go, your t-shirt material should curl into a cord-like shape. You’ll use this method in just about every piece on this list. For this necklace, simply fold a piece of material in half, loop around the chain, and pull through. This type of knot is technically called a Lark’s Head but we always refer to it as topsy tail.

This would be a great finishing touch to a maxi dress.

2. Tiered Copper Necklace

First, I’ll show you how to properly cut your copper tubing. Place a piece of tubing in your tubing cutter to score your copper. Then use a handsaw to cut. Sand the edges smooth and you’re done.

To create the necklace, I stretched out 5 pieces of material, varying in length by about an inch. String the copper pieces on like beads and center them on each strand of fabric. Use a cord end to secure both ends of the fabric, then attach a jump ring and keychain as a clasp.

I love the linear look of this piece.

3. Deco Dangly Earrings

For these little beauties, I cut two pieces of material and a chain about 6 inches in length. Loop them together and pull them onto two brass rings, topsy tail style. Use needle nose pliers to attach earrings hooks and you’re good to go.

These have such a great simple silhouette.

4. Fringed Pipe Pendant

Loop short pieces of fringe onto a piece of copper tubing, string chain through the tubing, and you’re done!

I love the long pendant style for a smaller piece like this.

5. Brass Ring Statement Necklace

I used all three t-shirts for this one. The method of putting the rings on is just like my washer bracelets. You loop one ring through, then the second one. Then you pull your fabric over the second ring and weave it through the first one. Pull it all the way through, then weave back through your second ring. Pull tight and repeat until you get a pattern that looks like ours. Braid the excess material and clasp at the end using cord ends and a clasp.

How awesome is this piece?

I have to admit, it might be my favorite one of the bunch!

6. Triangular Dangly Earrings

These kind of look like a triangle instrument with pigtails! Pull a piece of fabric through a small piece of tubing (a little less than an inch). Use a small cord end to create a triangle shape and snip of excess material. Use pliers to attach earrings hooks and pull a bit of chain through the tubing to finish the look. I recommend squeeze a little bit of glue into the tube to keep the chain in place.

These would look great with a high sock bun and simple black strapless dress.

7. T-Shirt Friendship Bracelet

I’ve always gotta return to the friendship bracelet. For this one group a bunch of skinny t-shirt strands with one braided piece, secure with cord ends and wear!

This is definitely a classier take on the friendship bracelet.

8. Braided Chain Necklace

Taking a cue from a chunky braided necklace, this slightly tiered number is a breeze to make. Make five braids using chain and two colors tf t-shirt material. Clasp them on both ends using cord ends. Attach jump rings to the ends of each braid and attach to gold key rings. Add another length of chain and that’s it!

Okay so maybe this one’s my favorite?

Looks pretty darn cute with those feather earrings, right? I’ll show you how to make this right now!

9. Fabric Feather Earrings

Cut two pieces of t-shirt material into the shape of feathers. Use scissors to snip along the edges to give a more feathery vibe. Attach cord ends to the top and use pliers to attach to earrings.

It might be cool to try making a layered pair with all three colors of t-shirt fabric.

10. Chunky Brass Ring Bracelet

The method for this is the same as our Brass Ring Statement Necklace (#5 on this list). Loop rings through and then secure with cord ends and a clasp.

The rock seems to like it, don’t you think? 😉

11. Minimal Copper Strand Necklace

For this one, take two pieces of gray t-shirt fabric and one piece of copper chain. Braid all three and secure at each end with cord ends. String a piece of copper onto the necklace and that’s all!

This one is definitely on the more subtle side, and would look great layered with a pendant necklace or two.

12. Gold Cuff

I used one of our trusty brass rings for this one! Simply loop two pieces of fabric through the ring, secure at the ends with cord ends, and clasp.

13. Chunky Braided Necklace

Similar to the braided chain necklace, this one is made of three black fabric braids. Secure with cord ends and use a jump ring to pull them together. String a few brass rings over all three braids and add chain to finish it off.

This looks like a piece straight from H&M and cost less than $1 to make!

14. Flouncy Jersey Necklace

This flirty number is bouncy, flouncy, and such a fun piece to wear. Cut 10-20 strands of t-shirt material to the same length. Secure with as many cord ends as you need and use a jump ring to attach each cord end to a key ring. Add enough chain so that it fits over your head, and you’re done.

15. Mega Fringe!

Last up, mega fringe! This is just like the first necklace but with much longer pieces of fringe. I Love It!

Have you turned old t-shirts into new things? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Initial Impression

You all know that I love letters. Mostly because I think typeface is beautiful, but the fact that they’re also quick and easy doesn’t hurt either.

(Hobby Lobby magnet, tied on to a plain white box.)

You can make initials out of whatever you’ve got laying around.

Fabric.

Pennies.

You could even get all hoity toity and use bedazzled ornaments like Martha does.

When I saw this idea I was inspired to go even bigger…..without getting too big…..that “R” is kinda creeping me out.

I printed up my letter on the computer, then cut it out using the fanciest cardboard I could find.

You could skip the cardboard, but I wanted it sturdy enough that it wouldn’t rip. I grabbed a book from my stash, otherwise known as “Things Our Dog Chewed Up That I Can Still Use”, glued it to the cardboard, then cut it out.*

* If your paper isn’t as transparent as mine, you could glue onto the printed side of the box, which would give you a plain white back. I just did both sides.

Add some ink to the edges if you want, punch a hole on top, and tie it on.