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TV Tray Makeover

Today’s blog post is all about making old things look new again.

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This TV tray has been in my home for several years. It mostly sits in a corner collecting dust. I couldn’t wait to use my chalk paints to give it a makeover.

First, I had to clean the tray because it had a lot of dirt and dust on it.

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Next, I painted the entire tray with one coat of the FolkArt ® Home Decor™ – Maui Sand Chalk Paint. I let it dry for about 1-2 hours.

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Then, I painted the tray with a coat of Waverly® Inspirations Chalk Paint – Plaster.

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After the last coat of paint dried, I used a stencil to draw designs on top of the tray.

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Finally, I distressed the tray with sandpaper and sealed it with Clear Wax.

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I enjoy using chalk paint because I don’t need to prime or prep surfaces. I can apply one or two coats of paint and be finished with my project in a couple of hours.

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10 DIY Winter Crafts

It’s very cold and snowy outside, and that means spending a lot of time indoors. Pass the time and keep yourself entertained by making these winter theme craft projects.

***Click on the photos for links to the tutorials.

1. Mercury Glass Vases

Mercury Glass

 

2. Glitter Pine Cones

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3. Sock Snowman

Sock Snow Man

 

4. Pine Cones Wreath

Pinecone wreath

 

5. Winter Scene Cloche

Winter Scene

 

6. Pom Pom Wreath

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7. Snowman Mason Jar

Snowman Mason Jar

 

8. Sweater Lampshade

Sweater Lampshade

 

9. Popsicle Sticks Snowflakes

Popsicle Sticks

 

10. Let It Snow Sign

Let it snow

 

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Where We Met Shadow Box

I enjoy finding ways to celebrate love. I also enjoy hearing about how couples met and eventually got married. I made this project as a way to have a cute reminder of where I met my husband.

Supplies I used:

  • 10 in. x 10 in. Shadow Box
  • Road Map
  • Mod Podge
  • Red Card Stock
  • Chalk Paint (Colors: Plaster and Maui Sand)
  • Sandpaper
  • Foam Brush

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1. I began by removing the glass and backing from the shadow box.

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2. Next, I painted the frame with 2 different colors of chalk paint. I let the paint dry 1 hour between each coat. Then, I lightly distressed the frame with 150 grit sandpaper.

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3. I cut a piece of a state road map and adhered it to the frame backing with Mod Podge.

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4. Finally, I cut a heart shape out of the card stock and glued it on the map to show where I met my husband.

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I put the shadow box back together, and displayed it on my mantel.

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Simple and pretty!

This shadow box would make a lovely gift for a bridal shower, engagement party, wedding, or anniversary.

 

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DIY Floral Centerpiece

This floral centerpiece is the perfect project for weddings, parties, or a table in your home. It only took me about 20 minutes to complete, and all the supplies came from dollar stores.

Supplies I used:

  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • 7.9 in. x 1.5 in. Floral Foam Ring
  • Artificial flowers
  • Candle
  • Pencil

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1. Cut the flowers and leaves from the stems.

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2. Poke holes into the floral foam ring.

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3. Apply glue into the holes with a hot glue gun, and stick in the flowers. First, cover the top. Then, cover the sides.

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4. Arrange the flowers close together so that the foam ring is no longer visible.

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5. Put a large candle in the center of the ring, and enjoy the beautiful centerpiece.

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Glitter Office Supplies

I’m one of those people who believes that you can never have too much glitter in your life. Yes, it gets everywhere, but I love it! That’s why I decided to glitter my office supplies. My house is now extra sparkly after I finished this project.

Materials I used:

  • Scissors
  • Magnetic Clips
  • Small Stapler
  • Tape Dispenser
  • School Glue
  • Foam Brush
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Gold Glitter
  • Masking Tape
  • Clear Sealer

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1. Tape the silver part of the stapler and the blades on the scissors.

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2. Paint the office supplies with gold spray paint.

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3. After the paint dries, use a foam brush to cover the supplies with a thin layer of glue.

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4. Cover your work area with paper or anything to catch the falling glitter. Then, begin sprinkling the glitter over the supplies. Let the glitter and glue on the supplies dry overnight.

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5. Seal the glitter by spreading a thin layer of glue on the supplies or by spraying them with a clear sealer.

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The supplies are ready to use once the sealer dries.

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Go grab some glitter and have fun!

 

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DIY Chalk Painted Mason Jars

I am in love with white decor and have researched beautiful and fun ways I can add the color inside my home. Chalk paint is very popular at the moment, and I wanted to use it for this project. When I saw some white chalk paint for sale at a low price, I immediately bought a couple of bottles and painted some old mason jars I had in my cabinet.

Supplies

  • 3 Mason Jars (size: 1 qt.)
  • Foam Brush
  • Chalk Paint (Colors: Plaster and Maui Sand)
  • Jute Rope
  • Key Embellishments
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks

1. Clean jars. I cleaned them with dish soap and warm water.

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2. Paint. I applied the chalk paint with a foam brush. I used the darker colored paint first, let it dry for about 2 – 3 hours, then I painted a coat of the white chalk paint.

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3. Distress the jars. After the paint dries, distress the jars with sandpaper. I used 150 grit sandpaper. Sanding is probably one of my least favorite things to do, so I completed this job very quickly, and mostly sanded the raised parts on the jars.

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4. Add embellishments. I spread glue around the mouth of the jar with a hot glue gun. Then I wrapped the jute rope on top of the glue. I also tied a key embellishment on one of the jars for decoration.

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5. Add Flowers. You can use real or artificial flowers. I chose artificial flowers because they were cheaper and will last longer.

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Simple and pretty!

 

 

 

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DIY Sequin Monogram Letter

I had a lot of sequins left over from one of my holiday projects that I could not let go to waste, so I decided to make a sequin monogram letter. This letter craft is so sparkly and colorful. It’s also one of the easiest projects to do. Use it for parties, weddings, holidays, or decor for your home.

Supplies

  • 7 mm Sequins (bought at Dollar Tree)
  • Tacky Glue
  • 13.5 inch Letter (bought at Michaels)
  • Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush

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Start by painting the letter. Let it dry.

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Spread a thick layer of tacky glue on the letter. Begin at the bottom, and work your way to the top. Sprinkle sequins on the letter.

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Let the letter dry for several hours. Shake off any excess sequins. Tie a string around the top part of the letter, and hang it on your wall. Enjoy!

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Pom Pom Wreath

Today’s blog post is all about yarn! I like to buy lots of yarn when it’s on sale because you can do so many things with it. Yarn is not just for knitting and crocheting. I saw dozens of yarn and pom pom wreaths during the holidays, and I finally had enough time to make one for myself.

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I love how soft and fluffy this pom pom wreath is. The white yarn is perfect for winter.

Materials I Used

  • 12 in. Wire Wreath
  • White Yarn (1020 yd)
  • 3 3/8 in. Clover© Pom-Pom Maker
  • Scissors

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The most important part of this wreath is making the pom poms. Buying a pom pom maker was a good decision for me because it was easy to use, and I was able to make a lot of pom poms in a couple of hours.

The steps are simple: wind the yarn around the pom pom maker, cut the wound yarn, tie it with thread or a cut piece of yarn, remove pom pom and shape to finish.

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Leave the strings on the pom poms to tie them around the wreath. First, tie a pom pom on the top two rings. Then,  tie another pom pom on the bottom two rings. Continue these steps until the wreath is completely covered. It took me about 40-45 pom poms to cover the wreath.

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So pretty and cozy!

 

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Decorative Thumbtack Balls

I am such a craft hoarder! My closet is full of craft supplies that I have not used. It is so hard for me to pass up ribbons, fabrics, paints, and other products when they are on sale. I usually stockpile everything and tell myself that I will make some awesome project, but it doesn’t happen. This year, I am challenging myself to use everything in my supply closet. My goal is to create more and buy less. I am going to resist shopping when I receive all those 40% and 50% off coupons from my favorite craft stores.

This new challenge inspired me to make the craft project featured below.

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam balls (I bought a bag that had multiple sizes ranging from 1.5″ – 3 “)
  • Thumbtacks (Each ball will use about 100 – 200 thumbtacks depending on the size.)

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Directions:

Place thumbtacks around styrofoam ball until it is completely covered.

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Let each thumbtack slightly overlap. Repeat steps for each styrofoam ball.

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***This next step is optional. I had some silver and white glitter left over from the holidays and decided to add some to the thumbtacks.

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The last step is to display the thumbtack balls in a glass bowl or vase.

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Pretty simple, right? It’s amazing the things you can make from cheap products found at dollar stores!