Sequin Bag DIY

I’ll bet you have at least 1 bag ready for an upstyle!  You know which bag I’m talking about. It’s the one that’s gathering dust (under your bed) that you just can’t seem to get rid of because you know for sure one day you’ll drag it out and rock it.  Guess what sister, you’re probably never going to use that bag again so why not give it a new life with this simple technique?  At least you can have some real fun with it before you finally donate it to a worthy cause.  Heck, drag it out for New Year’s Eve and show everyone how it’s done!

Danielle showing off the New Year’s Eve clutch!

She’s wondering if I’m actually going to give it to her!

 YOU’LL NEED
Bag in need of an upstyle
Large gems
Multi-color sequins
Paintbrush
Old paintbrush

Pick a color of DecoArt’s Dazzling Metallics to match the bag

 Paint it and let it dry

 Grab your E-6000 Glue

 Squirt it on (be generous) and spread it around with an old paintbrush

Sprinkle on the sequins and pat them in place

Add a large gem to the closure, let the whole thing dry and you’re done!

Happy New Year!
xoxox, Mark

Magazine Snowflake Ornaments!

Grab the kids and make a ton of these beautiful snowflakes for your tree!  I know, I know!  These look like those huge tissue paper roll thingies that you see all over Pinterest.  I’m happy to say that these are much smaller and more delicate and perfect for your holiday decorating. Plus, you don’t have to go through 40 rolls of tp to make them.  All you’ll need are some old magazines and a few very basic supplies.
Merry Christmas!

 Try different colors like light blue or pink

I went a little nuts making these…. It’s like craft meditation.

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
Wax paper
Glitter
White glue
Magazine pages
Scissors
Paintbrushes
Pencil
Thin ribbon

 Cut magazine pages in half (side to side, not top to bottom)
Roll one sheet around a pencil and add another sheet when you get to the end
*This will make your tubes nice and thick
Glue the end of the paper down
Cut the tubes into 1/2″ long pieces
You’ll need about 8 tubes to make one ornament
Lay out wax paper

 Squeeze some glue on the edge of your wax paper
Dip the pieces in one by one and build your snowflake
When dry, paint with the gold Americana Multi-Surface Satin
Brush glue on the edges and sprinkle with glitter
Add a ribbon through one of the ends and hang on your tree!

Magical!

 

Matisse Pillows DIY

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC is having a Matisse exhibit until February and if you can get there to see it, I’d recommend it.  It’s wonderful!  When I was a kid my mom had a poster of the very famous Blue Nude in our hallway and I loved it. Many years later I was wandering around the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and was surrounded by several of Matisse’s famous cutouts.  They were HUGE and took up entire walls and I was completely blown away!  As a tribute to this amazing artist, I decided to create some pillows inspired by his beautiful paper cutouts.  I hope you enjoy them.

I love the shapes and the mix of colors

A fun way to have art in the room that’s not on the walls!

Some inspiration

 YOU’LL NEED
Heavy white cotton fabric
Cotton broadcloth in different colors
Pillow stuffing
Iron
Sewing machine
Scissors
Matisse inspiration

Lightly draw out the shapes on the colorful broadcloth fabric and then cut out
Figure out the placement on your pillow fabric
*I made my pillows 20″ x 20″
Carefully squeeze the E-6000 Stitchless glue around the edges of your cutouts

 Iron the cutouts in place until the glue disappears
Pin the back of the pillow over the ironed-on cutouts
Using 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around the pillow and leave an 8″ opening so that you can turn it right side out
Clip the corners at an angle
*Clipping the corners leaves less bulk in the corners when you turn it right side out

Stuff the pillow and stitch closed
If you want to, create yarn tassels for the corners in different colors and stitch them on

Done!

 

Twinkling Lights Room Divider

I decided to skip having a Christmas tree this year but I still wanted something with twinkling lights in the room and I remembered something Danielle and I saw on Pinterest way back when.  It was a room divider made with branches and twinkling lights and we were both obsessed with it.  We finally (after weeks of hunting and gathering) were able to figure out how to put one together….and here it is!  Did you know that it’s nearly impossible to photograph twinkling lights?!  We must have styled this 14 times before we got these photos.  BTW, now is the best time to gather up your white lights and tree branches.  Better yet, wait until after the holidays for inexpensive lights to weave through your branches.

This looks just beautiful in the evening

 I think this would also make a beautiful headboard

YOU’LL NEED
6 – 24″ long 1″x3″ pine boards
6 – 60″ long 1″x3″ pine boards
24 -1 1/4″ wood screws
18 – 3/4″ wood screws
Drill
4 – 2″ long hinges
Thick galvanized wire
Wire cutters
Paintbrush
Wax
Sanding block
12 – 60″ long branches

 Create four 24″ x 60″ frames by connecting each corner with two 1 1/4″ long wood screws
Connect the frames together using the 2″ long hinges
*make sure that the frames are in a zigzag pattern
Drill three screws on the top and bottom of each frame leaving 1/4″ sticking out

 Attach the galvanized wire around the 3/4″ screws from top to bottom
on each of the three frames
*You will be attaching the branches to these wires
Paint the edges of the room divider with the Rustic Chalky Finish paint
*You can be messy with this color
When dry, rub wax over the Rustic paint
Paint the entire room divider in the Serene Chalky Finish and let dry

Sand the edges of the room divider to expose the Rustic color underneath and to give the room divider a shabby chic/antique feel
Cut about 30 – 5″ long pieces of wire
Attach the branches to the wire that was stretched from the top to the bottom
of each frame of the divider
*Clip the branches that extend over the edges
Wrap the white Christmas tree lights around the branches and plug in!

Done!

 

Fornasetti Inspired Ikea Hack

There are many reasons I love shopping at Ikea (cinnamon rolls, meatballs, soft serve)….. I also love the furniture because it’s easy to embellish and alter!  This week I’m taking a basic Ikea chair and giving it a Fornasetti inspired makeover with just a few images and some E-6000 Spray Adhesive.  Since I discovered this non-toxic spray adhesive, I’ve been going a little nuts with it.  It makes decoupage super easy.  I was able to make this chair in just a couple of hours, spray paint and all.

One of my lovely new Fornasetti inspired chairs

 Make a set!

 I love the way this turned out

YOU’LL NEED
Ikea Chair
Clip art images of your choice
Spray water bottle
Paintbrush

Image of Lina Cavalieri
  She was a famous opera singer who is featured on many of Piero Fornasetti’s pieces.

Clip art butterflies to print out

St. Peters Basilica

Spray paint your chair black
Cut out your clip art
Spray the front of your clip art pieces with water
Spray the back of your clip art pieces with E-6000 Spray Adhesive

Adhere the images on your chair and flatten with a dry cloth
*This will also take off some of the moisture
When the images are dry, carefully edge the chair with a gold Krylon paint pen
Using Gold Americana Multi Surface Satin, tape and paint 3″ up on the foot of each leg

Done!

Cardboard Christmas Trees DIY

Why not use up those black Friday boxes to make some super cute ornaments for your table top or tree?   I make these trees about 5″ tall so they’re perfect for ornaments, but you could make them 12″ – 15″ tall for a table or your mantle.  Wrap them with lights or garland and you’ll have something even more amazing.  Hey, I’d love to see what you’re making this holiday season….Why not send me a photo at MarkMontanoNYC@aol.com and let me share it with everyone?!

Sprinkle some epsom salt and you have the perfect setting!

Cover them in book pages or music sheets

If you don’t want to paint ornaments, why not use stick on rhinestones?

YOU’LL NEED
Glue gun
Ruler
E-6000 Spray Adhesive
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints
Cardboard
Craft knife
Paintbrushes
1/4″ wide ribbon
Stick on rhinestones

 Figure out the size you want your tree by simply drawing a triangle
Trace the triangle 3 times, side by side
Cut out the shape with a craft knife
Score the other two lines so that you can bend it in shape
Hot glue the ends together
Trace the base on more cardboard, cut and glue it in place

 Create garland with hot glue
Paint the tree a green of your choice
Dry brush gold over the garland and along the sides
Paint multi color dots or stick on rhinestones for ornaments

Try covering your tree with old book pages or music sheets
Spray torn sheets with E-6000 Spray Adhesive
Dry brush the edges with metallic gold
Paint dots in your favorite color
Hot glue a ribbon bow to the top

Make them in several sizes for your mantle or table decor!
Merry Christmas!

Fornasetti Inspired Tattooed Plaster Hands

I finally decided to make a set of Fornasetti inspired decorative plaster hands using a tutorial I saw with rubber dishwashing gloves.  These would be great for displaying jewelry or just to have as a conversation piece on your table.  Either way, they are super fun to make and I think they look fantastic!  Hey, when you get a chance, google Piero Fornasetti and see his amazing body of work.  I think you’ll love it.

My trio of tattooed hands!

I can’t decide where to put them in my house

Some pieces by Fornasetti (one of my favorite designers)

YOU’LL NEED
Plaster of Paris
Clip art images
Drill
Jigsaw
Staple gun
Rubber gloves
Paintbrushes

 Draw a 3″ diameter circle on the scrap wood
Drill a hole on the circle’s edge so that you can insert the jigsaw blade
Cut out the circle with the jigsaw
Staple the rim of the rubber glove to the cut out hole

 Fill the matching glove with water and pour it in a mixing bowl
Add the plaster until it is the consistency of pancake batter
Pour it in the glove, squeeze out any bubbles, and let dry overnight
Cut out the clip art images

 Remove the plaster hand from the rubber glove *You’ll have to cut it off
Paint the plaster hand with the Americana Multi-Surface Satin in Cottonball (white)
Spray the images with the E-6000 Spray Adhesive
*Clip around the images so that they lay flat on the curved areas of the hand
Coat everything with Minwax Polycrylic and let dry

 

Tony Duquette Inspired Faux Coral

Not sure if you know this, but Tony Duquette is one of my all time favorite designers.  He loved coral and malachite and was an incredible designer.   Today we’re taking twigs from the back yard to create beautiful faux coral centerpieces perfect for your next dinner party.  When they’re not in the middle of the table, put them on your mantle and enjoy their beauty!  Now get outside and grab some twigs.  You’re going to love making this project.

Tony Duquette also loved malachite 

I decided to have a little absinthe while I was taking my photos (kidding)

YOU’LL NEED
Fish tank rocks
Seashells
Twigs
Large plastic lid
White glue
Hot glue gun
Paintbrushes
Pearls (optional)

Score your lid with a sharp object like a craft knife
Hot glue your twigs to the base with a generous amount of glue to create your coral
Apply a generous amount of white glue to the twigs with a paintbrush
Sprinkle with fish tank rocks and let dry

Paint the coral with the Dark Scarlet and Lipstick
Using E-6000, glue seashells and pearls to the base of the coral
Paint any exposed lid with the Glorious Gold metallic paint

Beautiful!
 

Art Deco Inspired Jewelry DIY

Dig around your tool box (or head to the hardware store) to make these fashion forward, art deco inspired necklaces.  I used cabochons, but you could use gems or even semi-precious stones.  Put it all together with 
E-6000 and you’ll be right on trend!

Super chic necklace with turquoise cabochons

….Another in pink and purple!

YOU’LL NEED
Drill
Chain
Corner brackets
Cabochons
Jump rings and lobster claw closure
Wire cutters
Pliers 
Piece of scrap wood

Drill a small hole on the corner of the corner bracket
Cut 7 to 8 pieces of chain about 5″ long
Attach the chains to a jump ring and then to the hole on the corner of the corner bracket

Add chain to the sides of the corner bracket to create your necklace
Experiment with your cabochons to create your design
Glue on the cabochons with E-6000 and let dry for at least 2 hours

Done!

 

The Cutest Button Jars DIY

With just a little chalky finish paint and some black cord, you can have an entire set of button jars to organize everything from your sewing accessories to your beading supplies!   Why not make an extra set to give as a gift this holiday season.  I’m sure your friends will love it!

My new sewing supply jars

This set of jars is cuter than a kitten riding a puppy.

YOU’LL NEED
Drill
Scrap wood
Hammer
Jars with metal lids
Sanding block or sandpaper
Wax
Black cord
Paintbrush

 Hit your lids with a hammer to give them an aged/beat up look
*Not too much, they still need to fit on your jars
Mark your holes and drill them
Paint the lids with black chalky finish paint

After the black paint is dry, rub wax along the edges and dents on the lid
Paint the lids again in different colors
Lightly sand the lids to expose the black paint on the dents and edges
Thread with the black cord
Tie a knot on the underside of the lid

Done!