Color Blocked Wedge Flip Flops DIY

Summer is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be running around in flip flops  every moment you possibly can!  It’s just too hot to wear socks when it’s hot outside.  As much as I love flip flops, they keep you the same height God made you……and for me, that’s just not very tall.  Fortunately this tutorial will help all the height-challenged-flip-flop-wearers gain an inch or two and still be comfortable.  It’s so easy, too!  All you’ll need is a little E-6000 glue to tackle the job.
They look just like a sherbet ice-cream sandwich!
YOU’LL NEED
3 pairs of flip flops in the exact same size and style
Scissors
Something very heavy to place on top
  1.  Decide how you are going to layer your flip flops
2.  Remove the straps from the 2nd and 3rd pair with scissors
3.  Using a generous amount of E-6000 glue, adhere the middle flip flop to the underside of the top flip flop with the straps
4.  Glue the bottom flip flop to the underside of the middle flip flop
5.  Place a heavy object on top.  I used a dictionary, but you might want to use something even heavier.
6.  Let them dry overnight and you’re done!

Nesting Easter Eggs DIY

It’s that time of year when every chocolate bunny runs in fear from me!  It’s also that time of year when I stock up on plastic eggs and wonder why I need 400 of them.  This year I tried something a little different with my egg and painted them like nesting dolls.  I thought it would be a fun gift for my nieces and nephews but instead I fell in love with them and decided to keep them for myself. I roll that way sometimes.  For this project, all you’ll need is some Americana Acrylic Paint in a few different colors.  How creative you get is up to you!
Comfy and cozy
YOU’LL NEED
Paintbrushes
Plastic eggs in different sizes
 1. Start by painting the face with Americana Flesh Tone
2. When dry add the hair with Dark Chocolate
3. Next, add the eyes
4.  Add the cheeks directly under the eyes
5. Paint either a tiny heart or red dot for the mouth
6. With white add a dot in each eye for sparkle
7.  Decorate the face with more white dots
8.  Start with a headband across the forehead
9. Create an onion dome shape in dots around the head
10. Finally add some dots under the chin and you’re done!
A family gathering

Shoe Makeover-Downton Abbey Style!

The ladies of Downton Abbey have discovered the Spectator Pump and today I’m showing you how to get the same look with just a little bit of paint and a pair of shoes in need of a makeover.  It’s easy with some Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint and a couple of ribbon bows glued on with E-6000!
Spectator pumps are the most popular shoe ever created (besides the sneaker) and reached their height of popularity in the 1920s.  Since then we’ve seen a version of this shoe in every fashion season since.  Try this project on a pair of white sneakers if you’re not a fan of heels.  Have fun!
The “Lady Mary” Shoe
Classic Spectators for men and women
YOU’LL NEED
Basic shoes
Paintbrushes
Permanent marker
Ribbon bows
1.  Draw the design on the toe of each shoe
2.  Draw the design on the heel of each shoe
3.  Fill in with an Americana Multi-Surface Paint in a color you like and let dry
 4.  Mark with a pencil every 1/2 inch around the edges of your painted areas
5.  Paint black dots over your marks as shown
6.  Draw in your stitches with a permanent marker on both sides of the painted dots
7.  Glue small ribbon bows on the toes of each shoe with E-6000 glue so that they are
permanently adhered and you’re done!

Dyed Fabric Boho Bangles

If you follow me anywhere on the internet you know I’m a fan of boho style.  Anything colorful, beaded, wrapped, embellished, you name it, I’m all over it.  This week I finally conquered my fear of dying fabric and created these boho style dyed fabric bangles.  I used Rit Liquid Dyes and it was like painting on cloth with watercolors.  I loved it!  Rit has tons of different colors so pick your favorites for this project.
My niece, Ani!
YOU’LL NEED
Rit Liquid Dyes in colors you like
1/2 yard of cotton fabric
Paintbrushes
Glue gun
Newspaper
Wood bangles
1. Fold your fabric at an angle
2. cut it on the fold and then cut 1″ wide strips
3. Lay them in newspaper
4. Spray them with water
 5. Paint them with Rit Liquid Dyes as shown
*You can layer the colors and let them bleed together
 6. Leave them on the newspaper and put them in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds
7.  Rinse them in the sink until the water runs clear
8. Microwave them again for 45-60 seconds or until the strips are dry
9. Glue one end of a strip to the inside of a bangle
10.  Wrap at an angle showing about 1/4″ to 1/2″ of fabric as you wrap
11.  Glue down the end of the strip and start again until the entire bangle is wrapped
You’re done!

Mrs. Patmore’s Canisters DIY

Miss Downton Abbey?  Need a little reminder in your house until next season starts?  Why not make a set of Mrs. Patmore’s canisters for your kitchen?  I have to say that she is, hands down, my favorite character on the show.  The best scenes are when she’s being a mother to her poor orphan assistant Daisy….Those scenes always make me choke up.  For this project I used Americana Chalky Finish Paints for Glass from DecoArt.  They are dishwasher safe, have a beautiful matte finish AND work perfectly as a chalkboard surface.  I love this paint!  I also used power tools to create my lids from scratch but you don’t have to.  There are plenty of canister sets out there in need of a makeover!  Have fun.
One for Lady Edith, Daisy and Lady Mary
The lovely Mrs. Patmore
These are now in my kitchen
 YOU’LL NEED
Ceramic containers OR a set of ceramic canisters
Contact paper
Accent stencils (I used Botanical Garden from DecoArt)
Jigsaw
1/4″ thick plywood
Wood knobs
Sanding blog OR sander
Paintbrushes
2 yards 1″ wide ribbon
Chalk (optional)
1.  Trace the rim of your container on the plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw
2.  Sand the edges with a sanding block or a sander
3.  Trace a smaller circle (one that fits inside the mouth of the container)  This will secure the lid so that it doesn’t slip off.
4.  Cut it out and sand it like you did the first lid
 5.  Using E-6000, glue the smaller circle to the underside of the larger circle
6.  Glue the knob to the center of the larger wood circle and let them dry for about an hour before you start painting them
8. When dry, tie a 14″ piece of ribbon around the knob.
9.  Cut out an oval about 3 1/2″ wide
10.  Trace it on some contact paper and cut out
11.  Apply it to the container and then fill in with the Americana Chalky Finish Paint for Glass
  12.  Remove the contact paper and place your accent stencils on each side of the painted oval
13.  Fill in with paint and let dry and then remove the stencils
14.  Bake the containers at 325? for 30 minutes, let cool and bake again.  This will make them dishwasher safe
Decorate your painted labels with chalk and display your canisters with pride knowing Mrs. Patmore would be very proud of you!

Rocket Ship Stencil DIY

Every kid loves a rocket ship (even this big kid) and this stenciled t-shirt and pillow couldn’t be easier to make!  I used FREEZER PAPER.  Yup, you heard me……Plain old Reynolds Freezer Paper. It has a plastic coating that can be ironed on fabric to create a crisp stencil in which to fill in with paint.  You’re going to LOVE this technique!  Use Americana Multi-Surface Satin paints (which are washable) and you’re ready for blast off!  Try different shapes and have fun!
You’ll need:
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints in Orange, Blue and Grey
Iron
T-shirt
White cotton fabric (1 yard)
Pillow stuffing or pillow form
Paintbrush
Sewing machine with matching thread
 Draw a rocket ship, fold it in half and cut it out so it’s symmetrical
Fold another piece of paper in half and cut out some flames
Fold some freezer paper in half and trace your cut out pieces on to the fold
 Carefully cut out the shapes in the freezer paper
Iron the freezer paper on the t-shirt OR on your pillow fabric
Fill in the shapes with the Americana Multi-Surface paints and let dry
Peel off the freezer paper and enjoy your new Rocket Tee!
 For the pillow, repeat the process for the t-shirt and then cut out some stars in the freezer paper
Fold your paper in half and then half again to create 4-point stars
Repeat the process from above for the rocket ship and flames
Peel off the freezer paper when the paint is dry
Fill in some stars with gray paint for the pillow
Stitch the pillow together using 1/2″ seam allowance and fill with stuffing
Stitch the pillow closed and you’re done!

Modern Metallic Painted Pillows DIY

Metallics are HUGE in home decor right now!  Everything from pillows to wall coverings look like they’ve been fashioned from gold or silver.  I wanted a touch of it in my home so I decided to create some throw pillows with Dazzling Metallics Paints from DecoArt.  I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of pigment in the paints and how easily they covered even black fabric in just one coat.  These paints are a must have for anyone who wants to add a little GLAM to their projects.  For these pillows I used plain old masking tape, bit if you’re a fan of stencils, I say GO FOR IT!
Metallics are popping up everywhere!
You’ll need:
Sewing machine with matching thread
1 yard black fabric
Dazzling Metallics from DecoArt
18″x18″ pillow form (or stuffing)
Ruler
Paintbrush
Masking tape
Cut two pieces of fabric 19″ x 19″
Draw a line 1 1/2″ from the edge all the way around one square of fabric
Place masking tape all the way around the outside of the line you just traced
Draw a line 1 1/2″ inside of the masking tape square
Now tape on the INSIDE of the lines you just drew being careful to keep the corners at a 90 degree angle.
 Keep repeating this process until you get to the center
Fill in between the tape with Dazzling Metallics from DecoArt. I used Venetian Gold
Move the brush away from the tape as you paint.
 When the paint is dry, carefully remove it from the fabric
Pin the other square on top of your painted fabric and pin all the way around
Stitch the squares together using 1/2″ seam allowance and on one side leave an 8″ long hole
Clip the corners so that they’re crisp when you turn your pillow right side out
Turn your pillow right side out
Stuff your pillow form inside
Pin the opening closed
Hand stitch the opening together and you’re done!

Dior Inspired Cluster Necklace DIY

I’ve been noticing this beautiful Dior Cluster Necklace in every fashion magazine this spring.  It’s only custom order and it’s priced at $4,500!  I made a version of it for $5 and I think it looks amazing.  I used pearl trim which is inexpensive and comes in an endless array of colors!  It’s just like Mardi Gras beads, but much smaller and on a roll.  Check at JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores or on Amazon.com for a nice variety.  Make sure to stock up on E-6000 glue, too because that’s all you’ll need to put this terrific necklace together!
My gorgeous niece, Ani modeling for me!
You’ll Need:
Scissors
Plastic hair band
Pearl trim
Transparent tape
Add some glue to the end of the headband
Tape the end of the pearl trim in place and start wrapping the headband
Add more glue and keep wrapping until you reach the other end
Cut about 100 pieces of pearl trim in various lengths (from 3″ to 6″)
Add about 2″ of E-6000 glue along the end of the now beaded headband
Place your longer strands on top of the glue, one strand next to the other like fringe
Shorter strands toward the back of the choker
Flip the choker over and repeat the process to create fullness
Let the necklace dry for at least an hour
This is the original Dior Necklace and my inspiration.

Alice in Wonderland Dishes DIY

I’ve always been a fan of mix and match dishes.  It makes a table more fun and less formal, don’t you think?  Lately, I’ve been on an Alice in Wonderland kick and have found tons of inspiration from the MacKenzie Childs line of furniture and dishes.  You should definitely check them out for some inspiration.  The best thing about these dishes is that they are dishwasher safe AND you can eat and drink from them because they are painted on the underside
with Americana Gloss Enamels from DecoArt.  Head to the thrift store or dollar store for a wide selection of dishes you can paint!
These would make a terrific gift, too!
You’ll need:
Fine tip permanent marker
Brushes
Ruler
Glass plates
Wine glasses
 Clean your glass with alcohol
Carefully edge the plate with the gold Krylon paint pen
Add gold to the center part of the plate also
 Draw a 1/2″ square grid on the FRONT of the plate
Fill in the squares on the back of the plate with white Americana Gloss Enamel
Next paint in the black squares with your black Americana Gloss Enamel
Add polkadots around the outer rim of the plate (try using several different colors)
Paint stripes on the base of the wine glass
Paint the stem of the glass in another color.  I chose yellow
Paint on some polkadots
Add more gold accents with the pen to finish up
Place the dishes in the oven and bake at 325? for 30 minutes
Let cool and repeat for another 30 minutes
Now have a tea party and invite the Mad Hatter!

Alice in Wonderland Chair DIY

If you follow my blogs then you know I love thrifting and roadside finds.  I grabbed this chair for $5 bucks the other day and had a blast giving it an Alice in Wonderland makeover.  Now, just so you know, I can be a bit lazy so I like using paints that don’t require a lot of sanding or prep.  Yup, I can be lazy!  For this project I used Americana Multi Surface Satin paints in all different colors.  You could also use Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints if you don’t like to sand, prime or prep!
Getting ready for tea in the back yard
Close up of the back
You’ll need
Staple gun
Ruler
Screwdriver
Paintbrushes
1 yard white cotton fabric
1 yard floral fabric
 Draw a 3/4″ x 3/4 grid on your white fabric
 
With the black Americana Multi Surface Satin paint, fill in the squares to create checkerboard fabric
 Remove the seat cushion
Draw lines ever 1″ or so across the top of the chair
Draw a harlequin pattern along the side supports
Start filling in with paint
I used black and white for the stripes and blue and white for the diamonds
 Paint the back red
Finish painting the diamonds in the harlequin pattern
Add polkadots to the red
Make more of the harlequin pattern in different colors on the leg
With newspaper, make a pattern for the center support of your chair
Cut out that pattern in fabric
Decoupage the fabric to the back of the chair with a paintbrush and Minwax Polycrylic
Add metallic gold highlights with a metallic gold Krylon Shortcut paint pen
Staple the fabric around the cushion of the chair
Replace the cushion and you’re done!