Month: October 2016

Give Thanks-A DIY to show your thanks

Hello Everyone!

Ever have a rough day? I am sure that everyone has had a rough day, at least once. Well that was my day yesterday. There was nothing in particular that was bad, it was just rough overall, and that is the way it stayed until the end of the day. At the very end of the day I went shopping and my friend was able to join me and it just made my day a whole lot better. It was wonderful to see her and it made a great way to end my day.

And that got me thinking, that even though my day may have been rough I can always give thanks. I am thankful for my family, friends, and my work, and this blog. Even if everything is not going according to plan, I am still thankful. So after I got home I went straight to my craft room and made this piece that says Give Thanks. It was cathartic to make it and it is a great reminder to always be thankful, even when it is hard.

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Materials

I used stuff that I had in my craft room, which was nice to use up what I already had

  • I had these plastic dog tags that I found at Who Gives a Scrap. If you don’t have anything like this you can make your own with card stock.

dog-tags-ready-to-alter

  • Metallic Paint

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  • Gesso, brushes, mod podge, glue, letters, sandpaper
  • Paper, ribbon, burlap, and anything else you need for the background

Instructions

I saw these dog tags awhile ago and I thought they would be perfect for a project, but I wasn’t sure what. I  think they worked perfectly for this project.

I roughed up the surface with sandpaper then I applied a layer of black gesso

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Once they gesso dried I sponged on different metallic paints. I kept on going until I found a look I was happy with. Then I added glitter letters to the tags to spell out Give Thanks.

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For the background I Mod Podged on different papers I had in a random fashion. Then I added some ribbon and burlap and a faux pearl necklace to add more interest and texture.

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Then I added string to the dog tags and then I glued it all together and put it in a frame. Now it is ready to hang and be a daily reminder.

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I am pleased with how it turned out. How do you give thanks and what are you thankful for?

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Transforming Your Old Figurines

Hello Everyone!

Meet Issac. He is my new friend that sits on my desk at work. It was a simple task of transforming an old figurine from a golden owl into something amazing. Why is his name Issac? No particular reason except I asked my son what his name should be and Issac as suggest, and the name stuck. Perfect name for an owl.

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Now, I will admit I particularly like birds, especially Owls. But, when I saw this disguised looking owl at Goodwill I knew that he had to come home with me.

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I just love how professional he looks with his suit and tie, He looks so serious. And the fact that he is a bust of an owl just cracked me up.  But he was gold. I didn’t think he really liked being a 70s fantastic golden owl, so I decided to help him out.  As I looked him over I noticed that he was white under his label so my thought is that he was originally white, which would be really cute as well.

But he needed to be Oil Rubbed Bronze.

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Protect your work space and spray in light, even coats, repeating as necessary. When he is completely covered let him dry. Once he is dried he is ready for display and he is ready to impart his wisdom.

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I love covering my thrift finds with spray paint. I painted this Candle Holder,  and these Porch Lights, and these lanterns.  You never know what I will paint next. 

DIY Skeleton Jewelry and Hair Clips

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Another day in Oct and another Halloween Craft. This time it is some DIY jewelry.  This is perfect for people who want to celebrate Halloween without going for the full blown costume. You can wear this at work or school without going over the top and it is easy to take off if needed.

Skeleton Jewerly

This is an easy project that looks so cute when you are done. First find some plastic Skeleton Garland. I found mine at the Dollar Store.

Skeleton garland

Then take it apart. I used different piece for different types jewelry and hair clips.

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I used the arms and legs from 1 skeleton to make hair clips. Just cut off the arms and legs and hot glue them to an alligator clip.

hair clips

arm bones hair clip

For the bracelet cut off some arms and legs, then punch a hole near the top. I used a needle punch, then I added jump rings to connect the pieces. Add a clasp and you are done.

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bracelet

I make a pair of skull earrings by adding jump rings and a french hook. Easy to do, and so cute when completed.

skull earrings

For the necklace I just added a jump ring to the top of a whole skeleton. I also made a necklace out of just the head.

skeleton necklace

I also made a hair clip out of a whole skeleton. This one was fun to wear.

skeleton hair clip

The skeletons made great jewelry and hair clips, they were fun to take apart and reassemble in new ways. And since they are light weight they are easy to wear for long periods of time.  These are great for almost anyone to celebrate Halloween or for anytime when they want to wear skulls and skeletons.

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DIY Halloween Erasers

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Update: Check it out this post has been added to Fun Family Crafts!!!

One of the best ways to spruce up your desk is to add some custom DIY erasers.  They are so easy to do and they look so cute on your desk at work or school. They also make perfect gifts, or they would be tons of fun to make at a party.

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Materials:

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  • Eraser Clay (I found this one on line at Amazon, but there are different brands, so pick one that works for you)

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  • Molds (I used ice cube trays from the Dollar Store, or you can free form your designs)

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  • Oven

Instructions:

The first thing you do is knead your clay. You want to warm it up and make it pliable and easy to work with.

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Once the clay is easy to work with then press it into a mold you like. ( I used a mold because shaping things out of clay is not the easiest thing for me. Molds just made the process a lot easier) You can make almost anything out of the clay. It is really easy to work with.

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Once you have your design pop it out of the mold. I just put a little on the bottom of the mold then I popped it out and added a layer on the bottom of the design to smooth out the bottom. You can also add enough clay to fill the whole mold. It does make a larger eraser, but it looks really cool. You can layer colors or mix them to make a new color. There are so many possibilites.

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Bake the erasers according to the directions and let them fully cool before using.

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They actually work. When I first got this product I thought they might be a little gimmicky and not work well, but I was pleasantly mistaken they actually work really well!

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They turned out so cute I think I might need to make more for every holiday!

 

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DIY Faux Stone Pumpkins

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I hope your October is going well! I can’t believe how fast it is flying by! In fact the whole year is going too fast.

To celebrate everything pumpkin I made this easy, diy faux stone pumpkins.

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Materials:

  • Pumpkins ( I used ceramic ones from the dollar store, but almost any pumpkin will work)
  • stone-pumpkins-before-pic
  • Spray Paint Primer
  • Rust-oleum stone spray paint

Instructions:

After cleaning your pumpkin and protecting your work surface spray a coat of primer on all the pumpkins on all sides

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Now it is time to paint. Have you seen this faux stone spray paint? It is awesome! I have a feeling that everything will become faux stone. The texture and look changes the closed you get to your project. It is a versatile tool that I have a feeling I will be using a lot in the future.

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For 1 pumpkin I wanted to to use the darker color so I sprayed a base of oil rubbed bronze before the stone.

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Then go to town painting the pumpkins. I did add a layer of the lighter color to the darker pumpkin because it was not matching well. But just keep going and paint layers according to the directions until you are happy with the results.  I am thrilled with how they turned out! So very cute

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If you want you can spray a  sealer over the top to protect them.  I think these would look really cute outside as part of your outdoor decorations. Just be sure to protect them first.

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And here they are as part of my DIY Painted Halloween Village display.  I think they added a nice touch to the display.

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DIY Painted Halloween Village

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Halloween is fast approaching, and of course I get it in my head that I want to do some new Halloween decor.  At least this year I am getting it done before Halloween and not after, haha.

I saw a Halloween Village at the Dollar Store and thought it would be perfect to paint for Halloween

finished-village

Materials:

  • Ceramic houses (I found mine at the Dollar Store, but there are a lot of options out there. You could even use Christmas houses)
  • Metallic Paint
  • Gesso
  • Brushes, Stucco, Beads

Instructions:

When I saw these houses I thought that they were very cute, but the colors were not great. I didn’t think that they went together very well and the figurines were terrible.

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before-houses

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Before the painting fun I had to prep the houses. I cleaned them then added a layer of Stucco to the roofs and anywhere there needed to be a rough detail. Then I added some beads to the grass area.

 

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After the texture was dry I added a layer of black gesso. This gave me a blank canvas to work on. I did have to go back and touch up areas that I missed.

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After the gesso was dry it was time for the fun painting! I used metallic acrylic paint and I mixed some Mica Powder with soft gloss gel for the green. I just dry brushed the colors onto the housed, adding and blending as I went. Once I was happy with the look I went on to the next house, until I was finished with the project.

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Here is an up close picture of the detail of one of the houses and the bridge.

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And here it is on display in my home. I really liked this project, it was fun to watch the housed change right before my eyes. Good thing I bought more houses from the Dollar Store, now I can create even more villages, haha

finished-houses-in-my-home

 

Dragon Mixed Media Canvas

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I am loving mixed media! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite forms of crafting. I love finding objects and combining them to create art.
This project is a Finnabair inspired mixed media. She is wonderful and her projects inspire me to create new things and expand my horizon. And I find that the more mixed media projects I do the better they turn out. It is fun to see how different my techniques is since I started.

This time I did a Dragon themed collage. I found the really cute ceramic dragon and built the piece around that.  Here is how I made this collage.

mixed-media-dragon

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Found objects, papers, rhinestones, microbeads, stencils
  • Papers, stencils
  • Soft Gloss Gel, 3D Gel, Mica Powders, paint brushes, gesso

Instructions:

I had these really great old papers and doilies that I used as a base. The papers are a little fragile, but they make and interesting base.

base-layout

I glued the papers down with soft gloss gel and I added a top coat of soft gloss gel to protect the paper. The fragile, old papers did end up bubbling a tiny bit, but I think that adds to the character of the piece. The papers were just really thin and the gel soaked through and caused tiny wrinkles.  Let it dry before going on.

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Next start arranging a layer on the canvas. I used a plastic heart and some lace and cork at this stage. I also used a stencil in the corners and added micro beads to the wet paste to add texture and interest.

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Keep adding layers to create interest and details.

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Once I was happy with the arrangement I used black gesso on the collage in the middle and I edged the canvas in black gesso. I faded the gesso out from the center to blend into the canvas.

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Next I started painiting. I added mica poswers to water to make a mist that I srayed in areas. But mostly I dry brushed the paint on the canvas. I mixed mica powders with soft gloss gel to create a paint.

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Just dry brush paint all around, hightlighting high points and emphasing different points of interest.

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Mixed Media is tons of fun and I can’t wait to complete my next project.

detail-of-mixed-media-dragon

Tonight I am taking an embroidery class so I will share what I learn and have some new projects for you in the coming weeks.

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DIY Halloween Paper Lantern

Hello Everyone!

Halloween is fast approaching so I thought it would be fun to do an easy Halloween DIY. I have been doing a lot of mixed media projects that take a long time so easy was right up my alley.  The glitter that I added is hard to see, but trust me when I say that they are so cute.  This was a fun and easy way to spice up a dollar store paper lantern.

paper-lanterns-finished-hanging

 

This is such an  easy project, let’s get started.

Materials:

~ Paper lantern (I got mine from the dollar store, I thought the cat design was really cute)

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~ Sitckles or White glue and glitter

Instructions

This lantern was so cute I couldn’t pass it up, but it was lacking in the glitter department, so I decided to help it. I don’t know if you can see, but it is nice and plain, and not glittery. But not for long!

paper-lantern-before

The first one I did was with Sickles. I just outlined the cat with black glitter Stickles and that made it so much cuter. Stickles are great, I used them for almost everything. Such and easy was to add glitter, and relatively mess free.

paper-lantern-stickles     paper-lantern-finished-stickles

The second one I wanted to see if glitter would look just as cute, and it did! Just take white glue and spread it in sections on the cat and pour black glitter on it.

paper-lantern-white-glue      paper-lantern-finished-glitter

I loved how they turned out! When they are lit you can’t see the shiny, glitter as well. But this way they look sparkly even in the day time.

paper-lanterns-finished-hanging

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