Glass Paperweights DIY

It was time to clean out my pantry and get rid of some of my glass tea lights.  I have no idea how I’ve collected so many!  Now if you’re crafty you know that a good paperweight is always needed.  I use them for holding fabric when I’m cutting AND for my stacks of papers which seem to fly away when the AC turns on.  These are terrific because you can fill them with any image you want.  Antique photos would be perfect!  Just make sure to copy them with a laser printer at a copy shop.  If you use inkjet copies, you’ll need to coat them on both sides with a clear acrylic.  Make sure to let the Glaze Coat cure in an unoccupied part of the house or outside under a box.  Have fun!

You can also fill them with objects like dice or coins.

My lovely trio

YOU’LL NEED
Laser printed images
Scissors
Glitter
Plastic cups
Disposable wood stirrers

 Laser print your images
Cut them to fit inside of your glass tea lights

 Pour equal parts of Glaze Coat into two separate cups
Stir thoroughly for 5 minutes
Fill the tea light 1/4″ full

Place your image face down and tap in place
*You’ll be seeing the image from the bottom
Fill the tea light the rest of the way
Add 1/2 teaspoon glitter and stir
Let cure overnight outside or in an unoccupied part of the house

Summer Lounge Chair Makeover

You’ll definitely want to make some snazzy chairs to mark your spot on the shore if you’re heading to a big body of water this summer!  These are basic beach chairs that sell at Target for 8 dollars each.  With a little paint and trim,  I turned them into the best seat on the beach!  Use any motif from starfish to your initials.  It’s up to you.  Just make sure wear sunblock, OK!  Oh, and make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after you eat to jump in the water.

Not headed to the beach?  Make them for the back yard and turn on the sprinklers!

See the video tutorial!

YOU’LL NEED
Beach chairs
2 yards of pom pom trim per chair
Americana Multi-Surface Paints in Neon Blue and White
Masking tape
Contact paper
Paintbrush
Craft knife

 Use masking tape (or painter’s tape) to make stripes on the chair
Fill in the stripes with Americana Multi-Surface Paint in Cotton Ball and let dry
Create your graphic on contact paper and cut out with a craft knife

 Apply the contact paper stencil to the back of the chair
Fill in with Americana Multi-Surface Paint in Neon Blue
Add a line of E-6000 Fabri-Fuse to the edges of the chair seat and back

Add the trim to the edges and let dry
Paint the details on the graphic if needed

Thurs-DIY in July!

We’re back!  Our Thurs-DIY gang is gathered and ready to inspire you with some terrific weekend projects.  This week there are 8 DIY projects ranging from fashion to home decor, so there’s something for everyone!  Hop around and make friends with these lovely people.  I promise, they don’t bite.
Happy Thus-DIY!

Margot Potter makes a longitude/latitude necklace that is super clever!  Latitude with attitude:  http://icanmakemetalstampedjewelry.com/diy-longitude-latitude-

Cathy Attix Spray adds some class to a plain white beach hat with her Dyed Beach Hat tutorial:  http://ilovetocreateblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/spray-dye-beach-hat.html

Make Fruit Serving Trays from basic wood table rounds found at any hardware store: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGwEh03KG4s&list=UUt4zycubX8BJZ8pZhZ4w8ow

Learn to make a Men’s Shirt Skirt (with real waistband) by watching my in-depth sewing tutorial here.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrhuP-OuB_8

Kathy Cano-Murillo makes gorgeous Henna Inspired Lamps:  http://www.craftychica.com/site/2014/07/painted-chimney-lamps/

Cathie Filian makes a Gothic Sweet Bracelet that my nieces would flip for!  http://www.plaidonline.com/gothic-chic-bracelet/5568/project.htm

Heather Mann makes Emergency Candy Bottles for the sugar addict in all of us!  http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2014/07/tutorial-emergency-candy-bottles/

Debi Beard makes a table from vintage yardsticks.  I want one on my patio!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUXXQTBz1II&list=PLE1FA2F6411D356CB

Beautiful Summer Fruit Trays DIY

Need some fun summer trays for your outdoor dining?  These couldn’t be easier to make!  Standard 18″ table rounds and thin metal spoons for handles and you’re halfway there.  I dyed the wood with RIT Liquid Dye which works wonderfully as a wood stain.  Make sure to check out the RIT studio for tons of other ways to use RIT!  

YOU’LL NEED
Two 1″ x 18″ table rounds
Thin metal spoons *make sure you can bend them
Rit Liquid Dye in Sunshine Orange and Scarlet
Drill
1″ screws 
Paintbrushes
Pencil

Stain one table round with the RIT liquid dye in Sunshine Orange to create the orange tray
Draw a line 1 1/2″ from the edge of the tray
Fill in the line with Cotton Ball Multi Surface Paint to create the rhine
With a ruler, draw your orange sections

 Paint over the lines 
Fill in the center and paint on the seeds
Paint the edge with Orange Sherbert
Let dry for an hour

Paint the second table round with Scarlet to create the watermelon tray
Draw a line 1″ from the edge and fill in with Cotton Ball
Paint the edges with Turf Green
Add some Cotton Ball to the Turf Green for a lighter shade to create the stripes on the edge 

Coat both trays with Minwax Polycrylic
Mark each end of the spoon
Drill holes in each end of the spoons
Bend into a handle shape and screw into the sides of the trays
 

Super Easy Jeweled Phone Case

Everyone loves a terrific cell phone case and these were made from dollar store jewelry pieces and
E-6000 glue which now comes in black and white!  You don’t need anything else.  Just cluster on your jewels and get gluing.  No more Decoden supplies and messy silicone!
Have fun!

Danielle rocking her bejeweled cell phone cases!

YOU’LL NEED
Black rhinestone trim, beads and gems
Crystal rhinestone trim, beads and gems
Basic cell phone cases (I got mine at the dollar store)

 Cut your rhinestone trim to fit the case and make sure to cut out a space for the camera
Figure out the gem placement and photograph it so you can remember!

Glue everything in place with clear E-6000 glue
Sprinkle with iridescent glitter if you want a little more sparkle
Let dry overnight

Cut and glue the rhinestone trim to the size of your case
Glue on with BLACK E-6000 glue
Add gems and glitter and let dry overnight

Tote Bag DIY

This SEAHORSE TOTE BAG diy is perfect for the beach AND it will get you noticed at the supermarket when the summer is over, I guarantee it!  Use the basic tote bag pattern and then decorate them any way you want.  Cities all over are banning plastic bags so it’s time to start creating your tote bag collection for everything from groceries to garden supplies!

Just in time for beach weather!

YOU’LL NEED
3/4 yard of fabric (cotton, twill, canvas)
Sewing machine
Iron
Pearls, Googley Eyes
Fish Tanks Rocks (Aquarium Gravel)
Fringe
Paintbrushes

 Cut a 20″ x 45″ piece of fabric for the body of the tote
Cut two 14″ x 2″ strips for the handles
Stitch the handles lengthwise using 1/4″ seam allowance
Turn them inside out with a tube turner (make one with a wire hanger if you don’t have one)
Center and pin them 1″ below the edge of the the 20″ sides of your fabric

 Fold the edge of the fabric twice over the handles and pin in place
Stitch across on the fold
Pin up the handles and stitch them in place
Pin the sides and a 2″ pleat a the bottom of the tote
Stitch down the sides of the tote using 1/2″ seam allowance

Clean up the edges and secure with E-6000 Fray Lock
*This will keep the edges from fraying

Print this out if you need some guidance

Fold 10″ of freezer paper in half
Trace the seahorse pattern close to the fold
Cut out with a craft knife
Iron the freezer paper on to the tote
Fill in with Peach Silk

Glue on googley eyes, pearls and fish tank rocks to create the bottom of the tote
Add bubbles with Chick and highlights to the seahorses with Jade

Mermaid Cuffs DIY

I grew up in Colorado with a bathroom that was decorated in seashells.  My mom was obsessed with them.  It wasn’t until I was 19 years old that I actually saw an ocean, but even before then I loved anything and everything about living on the coast. Even if you live miles away from the ocean, these cuffs are perfect accessory to wear with your favorite summer outfit.  Dressed up with a fancy dress or down with a t-shirt, you’ll feel like the beach is just down the street.

Danielle with her new Mermaid Cuffs

YOU’LL NEED
Pearls and pearl cabochons
Paintbrushes
Minwax Polycrylic
Transparent tape

 Mix 2 teaspoons each of the two parts of your Smooth On #325
Pour it in your molds and let set for about 15 minutes
Remove from the molds while the pieces are flexible and tape them to the wood bangle
Let them harden for another hour
*They will harden to the shape of the bangle making your piece look polished

 Remove the hardened pieces
Paint them with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in gold

Paint your wood bangles with Americana Acrylics in a color of your choice
Coat the bangle with Minwax Polycrylic

Glue your dry pieces to the bangle with E-6000
Tape them in place while the E-6000 dries
Add pearls and cabochons with more E-6000
You’re done!

Full Length RIT Dyed T-Shirt Dress (from 4 dingy tees)

Summer is finally here and so are long days at the beach.  If you’re needing a comfortable beach cover-up OR something that you can toss on over your bathing suit and wear to dinner, well then look no more!  This full length dress/beach cover-up is just what you need.  I took 4 dingy t-shirts and sewed them together for this dress and the Rit Liquid Dye was perfect for giving the fabric a new life.  Think twice before you toss out those old t-shirts because it’s RIT TO THE RESCUE!

Danielle in her new summer dress
Directions for her necklace are in The Big Ass Book of Bling

You’ll need
Sewing machine
4 t-shirts
Rit Liquid Dye in Navy Blue (or your favorite color)
Rubber bands
Scissors

 Cut off the bottom hem and sleeve hems of shirt 1.

Fold shirt 2 in half down the center and place the sleeve of shirt on the fold just below the neckline
Trace a sleeve extension from the cut sleeve down to the hem of shirt 2  as shown
Cut along your lines

Cut across the chest of shirt 3 right under the sleeves
Also cut off the hem of shirt 3
This will be the mid-section of the dress

 Cut across the chest of shirt 4, right under the arms.  Do not cut off the hem.  The hem of this shirt will be the hem of the dress

Time to stitch the sleeves together

 Fold your sleeves right sides together and stitch the edges together using 1/2″ seam allowance
Putting right sides together, match the seams and the raw edges and stitch them together.

 Stitch shirt 3 to the bottom of shirt 1
Stitch the raw edge of shirt for to the bottom of shirt 3

Pick your dye color
Tie rubber bands around the dress
Dye and rinse until the water runs clear
Wash and dry your new dress

Button Stepping Stones DIY

It’s officially summer and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been working in the yard trying to make it look amazing.  As many of you know, I have a craft house that is about 100 feet from my main house and my grass was getting a little worn from the back and forth.  I finally hauled a bag of rapid set cement to my back yard and made these super cute button stepping stones. This project was really fun, especially the painting part.  Try different sized lids or bowls for different sized buttons.
Most importantly, have fun!

A little section of my garden path

I went a little button crazy

 You’ll need
Americana Decor Ultra Matte Varnish
Rapid Set Cement (Home Depot)
Non-stick cooking spray
Large lids in different sizes (I like plastic)
4 matching small plastic caps
Paintbrush
Craft knife

Pick your lid (or flat bottom bowl) for your button mold
With a craft knife, score the inside of the small lids and the area where they will be glued on the lid
Scoring (scratching) your surface will help the glue stick better

Fill the caps to the rim with hot glue and glue them in place on the lid
After the glue has dried, spray the mold with non-stick cooking spray

Mix enough rapid-set cement to fill your mold.  Follow the instructions on the box
Fill the mold and allow to cure.
Rapid set cement sets in about 20 minutes!

Remove your cement button
Paint with Americana Decor Chalky Finish in a color you like
Add dimension with Crème Wax

Create your garden path

Thrift Store Blazer No-Sew Makeover

Thrift Store Blazers are just one of my obsessions.  I love making them over for myself and friends and have been doing it since I learned how to sew.  During my entire career as a fashion designer I have loved the work of Christian Lacroix.  The moment I saw his bubble skirt I was hooked!  For this project I married two of my favorite obsessions, thrift store blazers and Christian Lacroix.  The best thing about this project is that it’s NO SEW and can be done without threading a single needle!

Danielle rocking her new 80′s Christian Lacroix inspired blazer

Just a dab of his opulent work

You’ll Need
Gold lace and trims
Gems
Scissors
*If you don’t have gold lace, paint white lace with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics

 Figure out your lace and gem placement
Pin it in place if you have to so that it doesn’t move around
*I like to photograph it with my phone while I experiment
Glue it in place with E-6000 Fabri-Fuse

Glue trim around the edges and make sure to add some to the shoulder area
If you don’t have gold lace or have a hard time finding it, paint regular white lace with
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in a gold tone
that you like