Fabulous Fabric Plant DIY

I have a black thumb….You wouldn’t know it by my yard because everything just grows in California.  Whenever I intentionally plant something, it dies.  My mom, however, can grow an avocado tree from a seed.  For this reason, I’ve decided to make all of my plants out of fabric.  This way they’re green all year long and I don’t have to remember to water them.

Paint them in any color to match your decor!

 They do very well outside, too!

They won’t leak on your books!

White cotton fabric
18 gage wire
Decorative pot
Styrofoam block
Wire cutters

 Cut several different sizes of long triangles that are 3” at the base
Press them in half
Add E-6000 Stitchless to the inner edge and press closed
*Make sure not to close the base of the triangle
You will need about 30 triangles depending on the size of the plant you want

Paint the center of each leaf on both sides with the color of your choice
*I used Turf Green and lightened it with white
Paint the edges in another color
*I used Chick
Cut wire pieces 3″ longer than each leaf and insert into the leaves
Shape the Styrofoam block to the size of your pot
Add the leaves to the block and create your plant


Graphic Poppy Pillows DIY

It’s been a dull gray winter and I’ve decided to make some colorful, graphic pillows for my patio furniture. There’s something exciting about mixing bold colors with black and white stripes…… It seems to make them POP even more, don’t you think? The awesome thing about these pillows is that they’re practically NO-SEW since the poppies are appliquéd with E-6000 Stitchless Glue. Just add a little glue along the edges and press into place. It’s that easy!

Sewing Machine
Red, black, orange, and black and white striped cotton fabrics
Pillow stuffing

 Cut out 3 poppies per pillow
*One 8″ and two 6″ in diameter
Figure out their placement on a 19″ x 19″ square of striped fabric
Add E-6000 Stitchless glue around the edges of the poppy pieces
Assemble and iron in place until the glue disappears

 Add another 19″ x 19″ piece of striped fabric on top of the pressed poppies
Pin and stitch around the edges using 1/2″ seam allowance
Turn right side out and outline the poppies in orange and black gloss Allure
When dry, stuff the pillows and stitch closed

Hello summer!

Gilded Edge Valentine Wreath

I have a confession to make…..I don’t like decorating for Christmas, but for some reason decorating for Valentine’s Day is my THING!  I’ve always loved everything about the holiday.  The colors, the hearts, the champagne, the candy and the candy….Yes, I know I wrote that twice.
Head to the dollar store for some pool noodles before they run out!  They are the perfect base for almost all of your wreath projects, hands down.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

A close up of my heart filled wreath!

A trio worthy of my heart

Pool noodle
Duct tape
Pind and red paper
Krylon Metallic Gold Short Cuts Pens
Fuzzy yarn
Glue gun

 Bend the pool noodle into a circle and close with duct tape
Lightly score the edges with a craft knife if it doesn’t make a perfect circle
Paint large stripes with chalky finish and let dry
Wrap fuzzy yarn around the wreath and glue ends in place with a glue gun

Cut out tons of paper hearts in red and pink in various sizes
Edge each heart with a gold metallic paint pen
Hot glue several sets of hearts, back to back, over a 1 yard lengths of fuzzy yarn
*This will create kite tails to hang from the base of the wreath
Make about 5 of tails
Hot glue the hearts all around the wreath
Hot glue the kite tails to the base of the wreath


Candy Hearts Ornaments and Wind Chime

I’m sure by now you know how much I love Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint (I’d eat if I could).  A few weeks ago I realized that some of the colors were right out of a box of Valentine’s Day conversation hearts!  It was at that moment I decided to create a project just so I could use those colors…..and here it is.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Candy hearts swaying in the wind

They look good enough to eat!

Heart molds
Plaster of Paris
Wire cutters
12″ piece of wood molding

Cut 4″ long pieces of wire and bend them in a “U” shape with curved ends
Mix water with some plaster of Paris
Fill the molds about 1/2″
Place the “U” shapes in the plaster and let dry
Remove from the molds and paint with chalky finish

Mark every inch along the 12″ piece of molding
Drill holes where you marked
Paint the molding and let dry
Arrange your plaster hearts
Cut ribbon to the desired length
Thread the ribbon through the holes and tie the hearts on each end
Add ribbon to the holes on each, tie in a bow and hang


Valentine’s Day Accessories!

I LOVE beads of all kinds….I always have.  Perler beads (aka Hama beads) are some of my favorites to work with, too!  They’re colorful and super cheap and I never feel guilty about using tons of them to make my projects.  Head to Ikea for big tubs of them for just a few bucks!  Since it’s Valentine’s Day I decided to make a few fun pieces of jewelry for my friends to celebrate the day.  Valentine’s Day is one holiday you can wear your heart on your sleeve….Or in your hair…..Or around your neck…..Or on your feet!  Go for it!

Huge rainbow hearts make a terrific statement piece
and tiny hearts look terrific in your hair!

 Small hearts in different colors of pink make a terrific charm bracelet
that doesn’t make any noise!

 Little bows make the sweetest shoe clips

Finally, a big rainbow heart makes the perfect key chain

Perler bead peg board
Parchment paper
Chain and jump rings
Lobster claw
Clip on earring bases
Key rings
Wire cutters and pliers

Heart patterns

Place your perler beads on the pegboard
*For the key chain you want to leave out one bead so you can add the key chain
Place the parchment paper on top of your pattern
Iron on low heat until the beads have melted together
Add the key chain

Make smaller hearts in all different colors of pink and red
Add jump rings on the edge of each heart
Attach to a chain bracelet

Connect three large hearts side by side
Add chain and a closure to create the necklace
With E-6000, glue bobby pins to the back of smaller hearts
When dry, pin in your hair
Glue small bows and clip on earring backs to small heart to create shoe clips
*Glue the clip back to the heart so the flat side will sit flat against the foot


Glitterized and Painted Valentine’s Day Candles!

I love Valentine’s Day but not for the reasons you might think. Ok, maybe it is for the reasons you think….. I LOVE CHOCOLATES! Every year my dad would buy my mom a HUGE heart filled with at least 100 chocolates. It was always beautifully decorated with satin, huge bows and tons of glitter. For years she saved every one of them in her memory closet…. until the divorce. That’s when they were burned. But, I digress. When she got that box she would carefully cut each chocolate in half so that my brothers and I could find the ones we liked best.
It will always be one of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories. This year I’m making glittery pink and red candles to celebrate the holiday…… and eating tons of chocolates.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day candles for your special night!

Mix all different sizes and patterns

Tapered and/or regular candles
Fine gold glitter
White glue
Self stick labels
Hole punch

Paint the candles with chalky finish and let dry
Trace and cut hearts from the self stick labels
Glue them face down to the candles and let dry
Peel off the protective backing to expose the label adhesive
Roll in glitter and brush off excess

For polka dots, use a hole punch
Glue the dots face down to the candles and let dry
Peel off the backing
Roll in glitter and brush off excess
For the tapers, paint stripes with white glue and sprinkle with glitter


Dimensional Fabric Bracelets DIY

This is the perfect project to use those amazing fabric scraps that you just can’t seem to toss!  Why not turn them into beautiful accessories and then add dimension to them with the new Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint from E-6000!  This is also a terrific way to add new life to some accessories that you’re not wearing anymore.

Danielle wearing her new Allure-ing dimensional fabric bracelets!

Paint the inside of your bangles with colors that match the fabric

Stack them up!

Wood and metal bangles

 Wrap paper around the bangle to create a pattern
Trace the shape and then cut
Cut in fabric
Add Minwax Polycrylic to the bangle
Adhere the fabric
Coat again with the Minwax Polycrylic

 Paint the wood bangles with Americana Multi Surface Satin
*Paint the edge and inside in different colors for some oomph!
Add Minwax Polycrylic to the outside of the cuff and adhere the fabric
Add more Minwax to protect
When dry embellish with Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint and let dry

Love the mix of patterns and color here!

Record Player Striped Spring Vases

A few years ago I found an old record player and decided to use it in my art.  It quickly became one of my favorite tools.  Recently I used it to recycle some plain glass vases I’ve been collecting (you know, the ones you get with delivered flowers).  Well, the results were fantastic! I decided to use Americana Gloss Enamels because they are dishwasher safe glass paints that and I wanted them to last.  The beautiful thing is that you can leave the vases translucent or add more coats for an opaque look.  Personally, I couldn’t decide and made several.  Now get out there and find an old record player and have some fun, OK!  Try thrift stores and yard sales.

Striped and ready for spring!

An old record player
Glass vases
Rubbing alcohol

 Make a stack of cardboard disks the size of a vinyl record
Cut a hole in the center of one side to fit over the spindle
Clean your vases with rubbing alcohol
Tape a vase to the center of the cardboard
Pick your favorite colors of Americana Gloss Enamels
Turn on the record player and start painting stripes

For an opaque look, wait about 30 minutes and give it a second coat of paint

For a translucent look, only use one coat of paint
Bake twice for 30 minutes at 325? letting the oven cool in between


Ginger Jars DIY (made from recycled jars)

I have never been able to toss out a glass jar. NEVER!  I’m a glass jar addict.  It’s probably because I love challenging myself with new ways to recycle them.  This ginger jar DIY is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to make with my old jars.  Paint them in any color to match your decor and then use them for trinkets, loose teas, coffees or creamers.  When I have a cabin in the mountains, you can bet I will have a wall filled with these!

My first trio photographed in the backyard

Glass Jars
Krylon Spray Paint in Metallic Gold and other colors
Printout of flowers
Glass marbles
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat
White glue

Flowers images I used for my jars

 Spray paint the jars in your favorite colors and let dry
Carefully cut out the flowers
Evenly spread white glue on the back of your cutouts
Position them on the painted jars
Coat them with Minwax Polycrylic to protect them

With E-6000, glue marbles to the center of the lids and let dry
*You could use a large bead
Spray paint the lids metallic gold
Outline the flowers with Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Gold Leaf
Let dry and add the lids


Abstract Art Painted Dishes (Dishwasher Safe!)

I LOVE when art intersects with functional objects!  The work of Martinich and Carran is some of my favorite.  These plates are a terrific way to incorporate art and add some excitement to your next dinner party.  The best part is that they’re dishwasher safe.  Grab some white porcelain dishes at a thrift or dollar store and have a blast making these colorful pieces.  Use them on your dinner table or on your desk or dresser to hold pens or jewelry.

A few of my new colorful pieces

 Ready for dinner!

White porcelain dishes
Rubbing Alcohol

 Clean your dishes with rubbing alcohol
Add large strokes of color to you’re pieces, one color at a time
If you’re drinking from the mugs, paint 1″ below the rim
*Painted porcelain plates should be used as chargers with clear glass plates
Paint on the underside of glass plates for food safe dishes

Let the paint dry slightly in between colors
Add small dots to create splatters and drips
Bake at 325? twice for 30 minutes letting the oven cool in between

Set the table!