A lot of people find it hard and expensive to crackle, but with this technique, you'll never use crackling medium again. Pair it with a pretty design from a napkin and you'll have a work of art. All you'll need is a napkin, some Elmer's glue, a paint brush, fan or hair dryer, and some acrylic paints. This is an old technique they use to do on wood and I decided to try it on my bottle to see if it would work, and it did!
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In this tutorial, we experiment with making our own DIY fabric paint from acrylic paints by adding a couple of household ingredients, and come out with fabric paint that not only looks fabulous but is also washable - and we didn't even need to set it with heat!Over the weekend, the kids and I visited a country fair. Poking around the craft tent, I was delighted to come across some very reasonably priced, hand carved, printing blocks. I knew exactly what I wanted us to use them for - to stamp on some little muslin bags we have for another project - but we needed the stamped bags to be washable.
My grandmother, who loved to sew, inspired this month’s upcycled project. I took an old measuring cup, a stained chenille bedspread, and my grandmother’s photo and combined them into a DIY pin cushion in honor of Mother’s Day. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a pin cushion… keep reading. Sign up for my THRIFT STORE MAKEOVERS EMAIL LIST to get all my vintage, upcycled, recycled, and repurposed projects delivered straight to your inbox!
Here's a really cool image transfer technique on how to turn packing tape into great looking clear labels and stickers!
After I published this on my blog, I got lots of great questions such as " Can you use it for color images?" "Why is my sticker cloudy or not sticking?" I will share at the end some super helpful tips and tricks!
Want to turn a plain, boring keyboard into something fun and cheerful? It's really easy to decorate your keyboard using patterned washi tape - as long as you have a little patience.
Back to School is approaching and new teachers will be met. It is always fun to greet them with a little special something that will make them smile. Here are a few fun free back to school printables and chore cards you can use.
I feel so fortunate to live in a neighborhood full of strong, beautiful women and I’m so blessed to call them my friends! One of our neighbors is expecting a baby girl in a few short weeks. She already has a 2 year old boy, so we wanted to throw her a surprise “Sprinkle” to make sure she has some girly stuff for when the little lady comes!
I’ve had so much fun creating printable art, and I’ve designed another two for you! With the onset of the Fall around the corner, I wanted to keep with the theme and create these two free downloadable Pottery Barn Autumn Framed Art Knock-Off Printables!
No matter where you live emergencies and natural disasters can happen. Blizzards, flooding, high winds producing tornadoes and hurricanes. earthquakes, and wildfires are all examples of natural disasters. When you are given a few hours or even minutes to relocate, you can’t make detailed arrangements. You need to already have a plan and immediately proceed.In any emergency, the number 1 rule is: Remember to follow the directions of local officials. Check with your local emergency agency for information. All states and counties have such an agency. Follow their steps for disaster planning.
Last fall I started noticing how many of my good shirts had transitioned over to my paint and project wear pile. I'm a fairly neat painter, but the odds are not in my favor simply because I paint a lot. I don't always plan my paint time, sometimes I just grab a brush and start because the motivation or thought is fresh in my mind and I rarely stop to change clothes. My solution? I now wear aprons for painting and messy projects. It works! I can't think of a single shirt that has joined the ranks of "painting clothes" for the past few months. Now that I've found a solution to my shirt dilemma, I thought I'd add a little style to my apron wear with some colorful stenciled aprons featuring a fun, stylized bird motif. I even made a custom matching stenciled rack to give my stenciled aprons a fun place to hang out! Read below to see how to use the Royal Design Studio Birdie Border stencils to create this fun spring project.
Fall decorations aren’t cheap. Between the pumpkins and mums at the produce stands and the super cute hard-to-resist things at just about every store you walk into, decorating a house for Fall can be a budget killer. But it doesn’t have to be. I made it my mission this year to not buy any fall decor at all (except some porch stuff because I had nothing) and get creative instead. When I committed to this, I ended up finding all kinds of great ways to welcome the season without spending any money. And in my book, free is always best. I've made some suggestions for free printable resources. You can find this links on my blog!
Can you believe it is almost time for the kids to head back to school?! (Are you secretly breathing a sigh of relief too?). Melinda is so good at remembering to buy the teacher’s a gift during the holidays and at the end of the school year, so when we were talking about back to school projects the other night she knew exactly what she needed…a teacher interview.
Yes, the gift giving season is almost upon us again! Can you believe it? Well, years ago my friends and I decided that instead of buying each other stuff we don’t need, our gifts would be handmade. Honestly, it’s been a lot of fun!
Is there a needleworker or seamstress in your circle? How about making him or her a custom needle felted pincushion?
The full step by step tutorial can be found at link below.
As soon as mid-August approaches, folks everywhere start getting excited about the onset of Fall. Now, you can get ready for Autumn with two free Fall printables! Printables are so much fun and there are loads of crafting DIY projects you can do with them.
I was given a very lovely book for my birthday called Junk Genius by Juliette Goggin and Stacy Sirk. There are lots of great ideas for turning odds and ends into lovely items for your home but the one that caught my eye first was the pincushion. I’ve always wanted to make my own pincushion (odd, I know) and a lovely friend gave me some children’s play sand last year for just this occasion. It’s such a simple idea, but effective and pretty too so I thought I would pass on the instructions.
Some time ago I showed you here how quickly chess pieces and felt make a stamp. But because chess pieces only have a limited surface, I would like to show you today how to make big stamps with wood and foam rubber, for example to design your own patterned fabric with fabric paint.
I made this super cute Hello Kitty wine bottle decor out of a paper napkin and glitter. It's really easy, basic materials, looks very chic and can be used for so many things. Change the theme and you can customize it to suit anybody's liking. You can give these as a gift or use them as decor for a themed birthday party. You can even add a bottle lamp kit and turn this into a lamp. What little girl wouldn't love this in her room! This is a fun project you can make with the children as well, messy but fun. Let's get started!
There are a heap of different ways to transfer graphics onto glass though this a great DIY option which looks super professional...and so cute!I've summarised this tutorial slightly for Home Talk however you can find the complete how-to, and free printable sign, here on my blog.
One of my least favorite areas in our home is probably our laundry room. Every time I go inside it feels like those laundry piles have made babies while I wasn't looking Do they do that in your home too? Anyways, I really needed to do something to make the space a little less scary and more inviting. And the easiest way to do that is to add a little wall decor; like these oversized tags