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DIY Map Art

Today, I am sharing another map craft project! I am a little obsessed with collecting maps and using them in my home. Maps are not just for directions. They can help you tell a story or commemorate a happy time in your life.

I recently bought a roll of map wrapping paper, and I knew I wanted to use it to make some type of wall art. This wrapping paper is so lightweight and easy to use. I was able to complete my project in under an hour.

Supplies I Used:

  • Map Wrapping Paper
  • 11″ x 14″ Picture Frame
  • Mod Podge (Satin)
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Sharpie Marker (Black)
  • Chalk Paint (White)

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Steps to make the map art:

1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame.

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2. Paint the frame with 1-2 coats of chalk paint. Let it dry for about an hour.

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3.Cut a piece of the map wrapping paper to cover the frame backing.

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4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge on the frame backing. Then, cover it with the map paper. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles in the paper.

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5. Use a black Sharpie marker to write a quote on the glass. Since I do not have nice handwriting, I printed out some words (Segoe Script font) on paper and used it as a guide to trace on the glass.

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6. Finally, put the frame back together. You can either hang it on your wall or display it on a table or desk.

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Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your comments below!

 

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Paint and Glitter Jars

I’m in the mood for some pretty decor. That means a lot of things in my home are about to get a makeover. Nothing is safe!

As many of you may know, I like to save and reuse food containers. Glass pasta sauce jars are perfect for craft projects. I feel so creative when I think of new ways to use old things. It also helps me save money because I don’t have to go to a store and buy more jars and supplies.

This project is fun and versatile. I can use the jars as table centerpieces for my home or as decorations for a party.

Supplies I Used:

  • Krylon Spray Paint (Color: Ballet Slipper)
  • Glass Jars
  • Extra Fine Glitter (Gold)
  • Mod Podge (Gloss)
  • Blue Painter’s Tape
  • Foam Brush.

 

1. Wash and dry the jars.

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2. Cover your work area so that you won’t get paint everywhere. Turn the jars upside down and apply two light coats of the spray paint. Make sure the paint dries between each coat. Only paint in a well-ventilated area. I let the jars dry about 3 hours before I moved on to the next step.

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3. Wrap the painter’s tape about 2-3 inches from the bottom of the jars. This is the area where you will add the glitter and Mod Podge.

4. Use a foam brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge on each jar. Cover the bottom of the jars with gold glitter. Let the glitter dry for about 1 hour, then seal it with another layer of Mod Podge. Let the glitter dry again for about 1-2 hours.

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5. Cut out strips of ribbon to tie a bow around the mouth of each jar.

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6. Add flowers and display your new decorations!

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I decided to place the jars on my mantel along with a small birdcage I bought from Michaels.

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Decorative Wooden Hangers

Instead of my usual craft tutorials, I am using today’s blog post to share with you some photos of one of the projects I made for myself. I love decorative clothes hangers because they are the perfect way to make my closet look beautiful and organized. I recently bought a set of plain, wooden hangers that I gave a shabby chic makeover.

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The thing I liked most about this craft project is that it was a fun way to express my creativity. I took a glue gun, some ribbon, beads, paint, and embellishments and made designs on the hangers. I didn’t plan or over think what I was going to do. I just went with whatever I felt at the time and added some feminine and pretty decorations to the wooden hangers.

 

Enjoy the photos, and hopefully they will inspire you to decorate your own hangers!

 

 

 

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Craft Roundup: Decorate Office Supplies

Welcome to another craft roundup! Every week I will share with you some of my favorite craft projects. The theme for this week is decorating office supplies.

Have you ever bought some items and thought they would look better if you added your own designs? Well, that’s how I felt about the supplies I bought for my office. There’s no way a crafty and creative person like me can have a plain stapler and pencils sitting on her desk!

  • Glitter Pencils – Apply glue around the top part of the pencils, sprinkle glitter on the glue, then let the pencils dry for about 1-2 hours. Seal the glitter with another layer of glue.

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  • Gold Painted Clipboard and Notepad – Apply designs to the items with a gold paint pen.

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  • Glitter Thumbtacks – Apply glue to the thumbtacks, then cover them with glitter. Seal the glitter on the thumbtacks with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

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  • Glitter Office Supplies – I completed this project about a month ago. I like the sparkly supplies so much that I wanted to share them again! (click here for tutorial)

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Enjoy, and join me again for next week’s craft roundup!

 

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Map Lined Envelopes

Today’s blog post is about two of my favorite things: maps and stationery.

I enjoy using maps in craft projects, and I also enjoy adding decorations to all the plain and boring office supplies that I own. I recently found a stack of envelopes hidden in my desk. I knew they would look perfect with a map makeover!

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Supplies:

  • Road Map
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • 3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″ Blank Envelopes

 

Trace the outline of the envelope on the map.

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Then, cut out the map piece and trim it so that it will fit inside the envelope.

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Finally, spread a thin layer of glue on the back of the trimmed map and put it inside of the envelope. Use your fingers to remove any wrinkles.

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Use the map lined envelopes for a travel themed wedding or party. They can also be used as a fun way to mail letters.

 

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Craft Roundup: Valentine’s Day

I have been a crafting machine over the past few weeks. I enjoy making lots of projects for Valentine’s Day. Handmade gifts and decorations are the best. I wanted to use this blog post to share with you some of the work I completed this month. I don’t always have time to post every craft project I make, so I plan on dedicating Fridays to showing off more of my fun creations!

 

  • I love wrapping gifts for Valentine’s Day!

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  • I bought a couple of $1 notepads and decorated them with hearts and other designs. I think these are easy diy gifts for children to make for their classmates.

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  • I had some red and white yarn left over from Christmas, so I made a pom pom garland.

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Here are some more of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts from past posts:

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Heart Gloves 2

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Have an awesome Valentine’s Day! Please feel free to comment below and share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decorating with Yellow

I love decorating with neutral colors, but lately it seems I am drawn to yellow decor. This week, I took some yellow fabric and yellow spray paint and made a couple of quick craft projects.

1. Repurposed Coffee Container

My husband saves containers for me because he knows I like to reuse them for craft projects. I knew that this container would look perfect with a little paint and some flowers.

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It took about three coats of spray paint to cover the container. I love how bright and cheery it looks!

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I added a bouquet of flowers to finish the look.

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2. Fabric Wrapped Heart Clock

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I made this clock last year. Unfortunately, either my son or my husband knocked it over and broke it (no one has confessed to the crime). I hate throwing my craft projects away, so I decided to give the clock a makeover.

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I removed the clock parts, then I painted over the numbers on the wood heart so they wouldn’t show through the fabric. Next, I cut out a piece of the fabric into a heart shape and adhered it to the wood heart with Fabric Mod Podge. Finally, I added the parts back to the clock.

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Yellow is such a happy color. It immediately puts me in the mood for warmer weather. I can’t wait to add the color to other parts of my house.

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Decorate Wood Hearts for Valentine’s Day

I love celebrating and decorating for Valentine’s Day. I own lots of little wood hearts and scrapbook paper that make the perfect decor for February 14.

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Supplies I used:

  • Wood Hearts
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Wood Burning Tool
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors

 

First, I used one of the wood hearts to trace on the scrapbook paper.

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Next, I cut out the paper hearts and adhered them to the wood hearts with Mod Podge.

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After the glue dried, I used a wood burning tool on the sides and edges of the hearts.

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Finally, I added bow embellishments to some of the hearts.

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I love the how pretty the hearts are, and I can’t wait to show them off for Valentine’s Day!

 

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Colorful Polka Dot Art

I love colorful art projects that are easy to paint. This project is so fun and simple that you can do it with children.

Supplies:

  • 12″ x 16″ Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint (6 colors)
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Letter Stencils

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Trace or freehand letters on the canvas.

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Pour multiple colors of acrylic paint on a plate. Dip a separate cotton swab into each color of paint.

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Use each cotton swab to make polka dots on the canvas.

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Continue using the cotton swabs to make polka dots around the letters.

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Let the paint dry for about an hour. Then, your art is ready to display!

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I love this painting because it looks like a bunch of pretty confetti thrown on a canvas. I become happy when I see it!

 

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DIY Felt Heart Gloves

Hello February! Love is in the air as we get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Thinking of unique gifts to make for this month is such a fun challenge for me. I love hearts, and I enjoy using them in my craft projects. When I saw some gloves in the clearance section at a craft store, I knew they would look adorable with some hearts sewn on them.

Disclaimer: I am not a sewing expert. I have very basic knowledge and limited sewing supplies, but this project was easy enough for a beginner like me to do on my own.

Supplies:

  • Felt
  • Stretchy Knit Gloves
  • Needle and Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors

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These two pairs of gloves only cost me $1 each!

1. Draw hearts on the felt sheets. The size of the hearts measure about 2.5 inches.

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2. Cut the felt hearts out with scissors.

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3. Put a felt heart on a glove. Keep the heart in place with a pin.

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4. Use the needle and thread to hand sew the heart on the glove. (Repeat this step for each glove.)

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5. The gloves are now ready to wear! Enjoy!

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