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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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DIY Map Crafts

This craft project was a fun way to celebrate and remember some of the places I have lived and traveled.

I used the following supplies:

  • Glass gems
  • Maps
  • Mod Podge (gloss)
  • X-Acto Knife

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I began by cutting out the cities I visited over the years from old road and maps I printed from websites.

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Next, I spread a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the glass stones and on the front of the map pieces. Then I pressed them together and let them dry for a couple of hours.

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Finally, I trimmed the paper with the X-Acto knife.

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I placed the map stones in a large glass vase that is sitting on bookshelf in my bedroom. I think these stones are an awesome reminder of where I’ve been. It’s nice to have another representation of my travels to go along with photos and souvenirs.

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Here are some other projects I completed using maps:

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What are some unique ways you like to keep track of your travels? Please share your thoughts and comments!

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Painted Chalkboard Organizer

I saw this chalkboard organizer at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and I couldn’t leave the store without buying it. The best part is that I had a 50% off coupon, so I only spent about $7.50!

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I knew that I was going to spray paint it because I had two cans of paint left over from an earlier project. I also knew that I wanted to add a map to the organizer because I’m kind of obsessed with all the map crafts I found on Pinterest.

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I started by covering the chalkboard with masking tape and paper, then I spray painted the wood.

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Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze is one of my favorite colors. I enjoy using Krylon spray paints because the paint dries quickly and the nozzle doesn’t get clogged.

 

After the paint dried, I began to decoupage the strips of map on the organizer using Mod Podge (satin).

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I applied a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the map strips as well as on the four wooden boards. Then I adhered them together and removed any wrinkles or bubbles with my finger.

I let the paper dry for a couple of hours before I used an X-acto knife to trim the edges.

For the last step, I applied another layer of Mod Podge to seal the map.

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This chalkboard organizer is hanging on the wall in my bedroom/office. I love it because I can leave myself notes throughout the day, and I can store my mail without it getting lost under a pile of papers on my desk.

 

I hope everyone enjoyed this project. Please feel free to like, share, and comment.

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Friday Craft Roundup

I’ve been working on a few craft projects this week. With all the craziness that is going on in the world today, it’s almost therapeutic to unplug everything, grab some paint, and just clear my mind by making something beautiful. I love doing these projects because I enjoy giving them away to friends and family. People really appreciate receiving things that you spent time painting, building, or sewing with your own hands.

The first project was painting this bird house I found at Michaels Craft Store.

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As you can see, someone spray painted it while it was still in the store, so I bought it as is for about $2.99! I love a good deal!

These are the paints I used on the bird house. I mixed in the liquid sealer and paint together to help the paint adhere better to the wood. I used the Mod Podge (Satin finish) as a sealant after I finished painting the house.

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It took me a while to paint this little house, but I love the way it looks. Now, I have to find a way to hide it from my four-year-old son. He told me it was “his house”!

The second project is this bead wreath:

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The idea for this wreath came to me when I was trying to figure out what to do with a foam craft ring I bought for $1 at Dollar Tree. All I did to make this wreath was paint it with white acrylic paint, then I hot glued the clear, plastic beads on the wreath after the paint dried.

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Last, but not least are my burlap bags that I stenciled with acrylic paint.

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This project was fun and easy because all I had to do was paint the bags and wait for them to dry.

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I’m excited because I’m thinking about all the different ways I can use these bags: cosmetic bags, wallets, craft bags, etc.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Lots of joy and love went into making these projects. Please feel free to share and comment.

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Customize Chair with Mod Podge

I enjoy working with Mod Podge and discovering all the different projects I can create with it. I saw lots of posts on Pinterest where people used Mod Podge to decoupage furniture with objects like paper, leaves, fabric, etc. I thought it would be a good idea to use some of these techniques and give one of my chairs a makeover using wrapping paper, spray paint, and Mod Podge.

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As you can see, this chair needs lots of attention. I started off by cleaning up the chair with warm water and soap. It was dusty and dirty from years of neglect.

After the cleaning, I took the chair outside and painted it with Krylon ColorMaster Paint+Primer (white,gloss). I used about two cans to fully cover the chair.

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I didn’t do anything else to the chair until the next day. My personal preference is to let the paint settle on an object before I start working with it again.

On the next day, I began cutting the wrapping paper to fit the chair. This was the hardest part because the chair had some weird angles on one side. I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge on the chair and on the back of the paper with a foam brush. Then, I glued the paper to the chair while using my finger to help smooth out any bubbles.

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I also used an X-acto Knife to help trim some of the wrapping paper.

I let the paper dry for 2-3 hours, then I sealed the chair with another layer of Mod Podge.

 

Here is the finished chair:

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I think the chair looks awesome, and my husband also thought it was impressive. I might try this technique on some other furniture and with some different wrapping paper.

 

I hope you all like the chair. Please feel free to share and comment.

 

 

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DIY Globe

In honor of Earth Day, I made this globe using a ball, paint, sales paper from a dollar store, and Mod Podge. This is a fun and educational craft project that you can do with children. Adults can use this opportunity to teach children about geography, the planets, recycling etc.

I bought a plastic ball at a dollar store for about $1.50. I also took a stack of their sales papers to use for the project because most of those papers either end up in the trash or all over the parking lots.

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I cut long strips of the paper and began gluing them around the ball using Mod Podge.

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I waited about an hour until the paper was dry. Then, I painted the strips using a foam brush and Pool Blue acrylic paint. (I used two coats of paint, letting each coat dry about 30-40 minutes before moving on to the next step.)

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I found this awesome continent printout at terrellfamilyfun.com. I cut out the continents and glued them on the globe.

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Finally, I sealed everything together with a coat of Mod Podge.

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My son couldn’t wait to get his hands on this “globe”!

 

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DIY Disney Crafts

These craft projects are for anyone who is a Disney fan. My son loves anything that has to do with Disney characters, so I make sure to create projects that he will enjoy.

1. Disney Snow Globe

I made a snow globe with a Snow White figurine, canning jar, glue gun, white glitter, and glycerin.

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I poured water, glitter, and one drop of glycerin into the jar.

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Next, I glued the figurine to the lid.

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Then, I turned the figurine over into the jar and screwed on the lid.

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How cute is this? It really does look like snow is falling on Snow White!

 

2. Disney Character Magnets

I found some packs of glass stones, Disney stickers, and Mod Podge at a dollar store to help create these adorable magnets.

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I began by spreading Mod Podge on the back of the stones and front of the stickers. Then, I glued the two together, let them dry for about two hours, then added the adhesive magnets.

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My son loves playing with these magnets!

 

3. Mickey Mouse Wreath

I used a 12 in. craft ring, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, and a Mickey Mouse hole punch.

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I cut out the Mickey Mouse shapes with the hole punch.

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Then I glued the shapes on the ring with Mod Podge. After a few minutes, I got tired of waiting on the Mod Podge to dry, so I used my hot glue gun instead.

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Here is the finished wreath:

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I hope you enjoyed this blog post. The crafts were so much fun to complete. I’m happy that I was able to find majority of the supplies at discounted prices at dollar stores. I like sharing affordable projects with readers because I know how expensive craft projects can get. Please feel free to view other projects on this blog, and share your thoughts and comments.