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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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Painted Wall Art

This project is all about painting and positivity. I love encouraging quotes and affirmations, so I decided to paint myself a sign that I could hang on my wall. It will be an uplifting reminder to create daily and continue to use my gifts and talents.

I used the following supplies:

  • Acrylic paint (colors: Pool Blue, Coral Reef, Yellow, Peacock Blue, Lilac Mist, New Shamrock Green)
  • Wood Plaque (bought at Michaels)
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie Paint Pen (White)
  • Flower Stencils

I began by painting the plaque with the Pool Blue paint.

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Once the paint dried, I used the stencils to draw flowers on the plaque.

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Next, I painted the flowers.

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Then I wrote my quote on the plaque using a pencil and paint pen.

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Here’s the finished painting:

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“Create Something Beautiful” is a quote I try to live by everyday. It’s also a quote I get the opportunity to put into practice because of this blog. I love what I do, and I enjoy sharing my projects with all you readers and subscribers.

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Button and Bead Art

Over the past few months, I have seen so many beautiful craft projects and art using buttons. I never had enough buttons at home to do a project for myself until I was able to buy a package of buttons at a craft store (thank goodness for coupons). Those pretty buttons inspired me to create some colorful canvas art.

I used the following supplies:

  • Acrylic paint (Peacock Blue, Pool Blue, and White)
  • 12×12 inch canvas
  • Craft glue
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Heidi Grace Designs paper tree
  • Scissors

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I began by painting the canvas with the white and Peacock Blue paint that I mixed together.

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Next I lightly painted on top of the other colors with the Pool Blue paint. I wanted the canvas to showcase different shades of blue.

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Once the paint was dry, I cut the paper tree and glued it on the canvas.

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**The paper tree was a part of the Heidi Grace Designs Project Pad which included several stickers and paper cutouts.

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The last and best part of this project was adding the beads and buttons to the canvas using craft glue. I was free to design the materials any way I wanted. I didn’t have to worry about making a mess or if the project was perfect. I just focused on trying to make whimsical-looking scenery.

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I spread a thick layer of glue on the top part of the canvas, then I added the larger buttons. I glued the smaller buttons on top to fill in any holes. For the bottom part of the canvas, I spread another layer of glue, then I sprinkled the beads until the glue was no longer visible.

Here’s the finished canvas:

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This art project is a fun activity to do with children. My son enjoyed helping me paint and playing with the buttons. I can also see this as a fun project for a craft party. Imagine spending time with your friends laughing and creating art together.

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Lamp Makeovers

I love to spruce up old pieces of furniture. Giving things in my home a makeover has been a lot cheaper than buying new furniture.

I owned these two lamps for several years, but was only using one of them in my bedroom.

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As you can see they are both old and kind of dusty. I contemplated for a couple of days about what to do with them. Then I remembered that I had some left over acrylic paint and spray paint that would look great on the lamps.

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Before I began painting, I made sure to clean the lamps with a wet rag to remove any dirt or dust

I painted the base of the lamps with the Looking Glass spray paint.

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I used white acrylic paint on the lampshades. This is my first time using acrylic paint on fabric. I had no idea how it would turn out, but I didn’t want to spend any extra money on buying fabric paint.

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It took me about five coats of paint to fully cover the lampshades. The bigger lampshade took the most paint because it was hard to cover up the gold and brown print.

 

After the paint dried, I began adding pearl beads to the lampshades using Tacky Glue.

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I let the lampshades sit for about 24 hours before handling them again. I wanted to make sure all the beads were completely dry.

Here are the finished lamps:

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I’m pleased with how the lamps turned out. It’s always nice to give something old a fresh new look instead of just throwing it away. What are some pieces of furniture in your home that could use a makeover? Please comment and share!

 

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Craft Roundup

This has been such a busy week! I’m finally getting the opportunity to share this blog post with everyone. I’ve cleaned out my camera and computer, and I found some photos of projects that I’ve never shared. I make lots of crafts throughout the week for myself and for other people. I don’t always get a chance to write tutorials for everything that I create, but I still want to share the photos with the fabulous readers and subscribers of this blog. I hope you all enjoy getting a glimpse at each project.

The first project is something I like to call a mini “LOVE” statue. I made it out of a foam poster board and glitter. Then I glued the letters on a painted wood board.

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The second project is my version of DIY Lava Lamps. This is an awesome idea to share with children. I filled each water bottle with 1/3 water and 2/3 vegetable oil. I poured about 8-10 drops of food coloring into each bottle. Then I added Alka Seltzer. The Alka Seltzer combines with the oil, water, and food coloring to create the lava effect.

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For the third project, I painted this paper decor that I bought during a clearance sale. I used the eraser on the pencil to help paint the polka dots.

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The last projects are crafts that I made for two social media events hosted by a magazine.

The first assignment was decorating Easter eggs. All I did was hot glue floral embellishments on plastic eggs.

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The second assignment was to make handmade cards. I made my cards using cardstock, washi tape, felt flowers, and a plastic flower.

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Please feel free to share and comment on any project. Have a great day!

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Mod Podge Crafts

I own a lot of scrapbook paper and Mod Podge, so it was only natural for me to create some craft projects using the two supplies. I made these lovely, springtime crafts with only a few products.

  1. The first project is a small wood crate that I bought and painted a few months ago. I was using it for storage on my desk.

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I started by cutting the paper to fit the crate. Next, I glued the paper and crate together by applying a thin layer of Mod Podge on the crate and the back of the paper. (Use your hands or some other object to help smooth out any wrinkles in the paper.) I let the Mod Podge dry for a couple of hours, then I added another layer to seal the crate.

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2. For the next project, I decorated a small wood box that’s almost shaped like a purse.

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I painted the box light yellow.

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Next, I cut the paper to fit the outside and inside of the box.

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Then I glued the paper to the box using Mod Podge.

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Finally, I let the box dry for a couple of hours.

Now I have a cute storage box for my jewelry and other small items.

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3. I used a wood tray for the last project.

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I painted the tray with Krylon Sun Yellow Spray Paint.

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Next, I cut the scrapbook paper to fit inside the tray.

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Then I glued and sealed the paper into the tray using Mod Podge.

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I love this tray because it matches the yellow flowers and candles in my living room.

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Enjoy reading this post and feel free to share and comment!

 

 

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Canvas Art

I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year. 2014 was a crazy year, and I am very happy to move on and see what 2015 holds for me and my family.

I made this art project because my goal is to surround myself with positivity. I wanted the canvas to look bright, cheerful, and to have an uplifting message written on it. I feel like a blank canvas is the best way to express emotions and creativity.

I used the following supplies:

  • White and Yellow Acrylic Paint
  • 16″x20″ Stretched Canvas
  • Paint Brushes
  • Metallic Silver Paint Pen
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Stencils

I started off by painting the entire canvas yellow. This color makes me happy and instantly puts me in a good mood.

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Next, I stenciled shapes on the canvas once the yellow paint was dry.

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Then, I used a paint marker and letter stencils to write the word “smile” on the canvas.

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Finally, I hot glued artificial flowers on the canvas and hung the art on my wall.

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DIY Halloween Mat

I love doing Halloween crafts, so I bought this $1 mat to decorate for my front door. This project is inexpensive and very easy to complete.

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I painted the mat using sponge brushes, acrylic paint, and stencils.

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After I was done painting the letters and shapes, I let the mat sit overnight to make sure the paint was completely dry.

 

Here is the finished product:

 

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