Easy Abstract Art DIY

Everyone can use a little color in their world, so why not make some simple abstract DRAG art and freshen up your decor! Pick your favorite colors and you’ll have something for you wall worthy of MOMA! Grab the kids and have them help. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this technique!

 Is it upside down?
Try hanging several together….
I may leave these out in my garden!
Americana Decor Multi-Surface Satin Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
Small paint roller
Roll several colors of paint to cover the entire canvas and let dry
Squeeze your favorite colors along one entire edge of the canvas
*Be generous with the paint
Take the flat edge of a piece of cardboard and drag the paint straight across the canvas
Take a new piece of cardboard and continue along the edge until the canvas is completely covered
Add more colors to cover up any “holes” you may have
For a different technique, try using a wavy motion when dragging the paint across the canvas

Rock the Locks Jewelry DIY!

Have you been seeing padlock jewelry in every fashion magazine lately?  I know I have!  Even though some of the looks are pretty outrageous, you can still get in on this look in a very cool way with tiny brass locks from your local dollar store. For just a few bucks you’ll be able to rock your locks and be right in style for the fall!  

Some of these are little over the top, but I like the idea.
 A bejeweled lock set ready for a fashionable night out!
Danielle rocking a simpler version without rhinestones 
Wear several at a time
You’ll Need
Jump rings
Lobster Claw
 Cut 4 pieces of chain to fit around your neck
Attach them to the lock and add jump rings and a closure at the back to create your choker
Add jump rings and earring wires to the keys to create earrings
Add jump rings and wires to create earrings with the tiny locks
Using a small bit of E-6000, glue on your small metal charms and let dry
Add rhinestone trim to the edges of the locks for some extra sparkle


Why not add a little GEO to your next party by making these super chic napkins and envelopes? GEO is popping up everywhere and these couldn’t be easier to make.  Grab some 99c store envelopes and simple white cotton fabric and you’re ready to go.   Hey, how about making someone a set of stationery or napkins as a gift? I know I’d love it!
My table ready to go!
You’ll Need
Americana Multi Surface Satin Paints
White cotton fabric
Sticky back foam
Wood blocks
Sewing machine
 Cut the sticky foam to the size of the wood block
Draw and cut out your design
Peel and stick the foam to the wood block
 Spread out your paint color on a paper plate or flat surface
Stamp your wood block into the paint
Use a brush to fill in any spots
Carefully stamp on the fabric
Stamp the envelopes
Stitch around the napkins several times with matching thread
Stitch around the very edge of the envelopes
Now send out those invites for your next party

Resin Rings and Knobs DIY

Danielle, my assistant, is a resin artist and suggested that we fill my heart shaped silicone molds with resin to make rings and knobs.  Such a fun idea, too.  We filled out hearts with everything from glitter and confetti to micro glass and perler beads and we used my favorite 2 part epoxy (resin) product, Famowood Glaze Coat and ended up with fantastic results!  Make sure be in a well ventilated area when working with Glaze Coat or heck, just go outside!  
Danielle rocking her new glitter filled Glaze Coat rings
These are the knobs we made for my tiny colorful dresser
Screws and nuts
Buttons, glitter, beads and Confetti
Craft knife
Plastic cups
Silicone mold
Cut your cardboard in squares
Cut out section of the cardboard so you can slip on the hose clamp just under the screw
*Make sure it’s secure
Cut small holes in the center of the cardboard squares for the screws
Mix equal parts of the Glaze Coat for 5 minutes
Pour 1/4″ in each mold 
Fill with your glitter, buttons and confetti
Pour the Glaze Coat almost to the top of the mold, but not quite
If you notice bubbles, blow on top of the filled hearts until they pop
Carefully position the head of the screw inside a Glaze Coat filled heart
Position the screw part of the hose clamp inside the heart
Make sure the cardboard does not touch the Glaze Coat
Let dry overnight OUTSIDE under a cardboard box or in part of the house you’re not occupying

Dollar Store Mirror Makeovers!

I love decorating on a budget.  Mainly because I change things up so much it can get expensive buying new things all of the time.  That’s why I can’t resist the the swirly, ornate plastic frames and mirrors they sell at the dollar store because I know that with just a little coat of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, they’re going to look like a million bucks!  Add some varnish and creme wax and they’ll look vintage and expensive.  All that glamour for one dollar!  Who can resist it?  Cluster several of them together and you’ll have a amazing wall for less than 15 dollars.
Why not hang several different styles together?
Paint them all the same color and create an amazing wall
Plastic dollar store frames
Old cloth
 Paint your frames with Americana Decor Chalky Finish and let dry for about 30 minutes.
Coat the entire frame with the Light Satin Varnish and let dry for another 30 minutes.
Paint on the Crème Wax and immediately wipe off with a damp cloth leaving the wax to
expose the details.
Hang several in a row!

Stunning Saintly Statement Choker

Grab some beautiful dollar store saint bracelets, a few supplies you already have and make something amazing to wear.  Whether you’re a saint or a sinner, this statement necklace is sure to keep you safe!  Put it all together with E-6000 glue and you’ll have a one way ticket to style heaven.
Danielle rocking her new Saintly Statement Choker
 The details!
Sewing machine
E-6000 Glue
Small pieces of denim or heavy fabric
Dollar store saint bracelets
Large flat beads
Small seed beads
Jump rings and lobster claw
 Cut to identical denim pieces in a crescent moon shape about 5″ wide
Straight stitch them together with a contrasting thread
Cut your saint bracelets apart
 Figure out your design and glue the pieces on with E-6000
 Add more E-6000 around the saint medals and sprinkle seed beads
Allow everything to dry for 1 hour
Cut tiny holes on each end and add jump rings
Attach 3 chains in varying lengths to the jump rings
Attach more saint medals to the hanging chains
Attach chain and a closure to finish it off

Danielle’s Bohemian Headboard

Danielle (my assistant) needed a new headboard for her room that reflected her free artistic spirit, so we put our heads together and came up with something absolutely NUTS!  We used unexpected materials and lots of color.  My friend Vicki O’Dell inspired me to use joiner biscuits from the hardware store which worked perfectly for our vines and wooden clothespins made the perfect trim!
Danielle styling her outdoor boho bedroom
4’x6′ piece of 1/2″ thick plywood
400 wooden clothespins
Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Innocence Pink and Serene Blue
Rit Dye in Sunshine Orange, Apple Green and Golden Yellow
Sanding block or sander
E-6000 or Wood glue
Unwrap your clothespins
Pull off the spring in the center of each one
Prepare your Sunshine Orange Rit Liquid Dye in a large bowl with hot water
Soak 300 clothespins in the Sunshine Orange Dye for about 30 minutes
 Dye the other 100 clothespins in Golden Yellow Rit Liquid Dye
Place the clothespins on newspaper to dry after 30 minutes
Dye all of the 300 joiner biscuits in Apple Green Rit Liquid Dye
Let them set for 30 minutes and then dry them on newspaper
 Mark the center of your plywood on the 6″ wide side
Create the shape of the headboard with large sheets of newspaper
Cut and trace it on the plywood
Carefully cut out the headboard shape and sand the edges
Paint the headboard in the colors you chose
*We used Serene Blue for the top and Innocence Pink for the center on this design
Arrange your dyed clothespins and joiner biscuits in your design
*Play around with them until you get it just right
Carefully glue each piece down with either E-6000 Glue OR wood glue and let dry

HOT! Glam Rock Chain Cuffs DIY

Why not whip up some Glamorous Chain Cuffs to wear on your next night out!  Mix up gold and silver and they’ll match everything in your wardrobe.  Use a little ball chain from the hardware store in brass and silver to really spark it up.  Now get out there and rock out!
Danielle rocking her Glam Rock Chain Cuffs
Flat metal cuffs
E-6000 Glue
Chain in various sizes and metals
Ball chain in silver and brass
Rhinestone chain
Wire cutters
Transparent tape
   Measure and cut the chain to the size of the cuff
Add E-6000 glue to the center of the chain with a toothpick
Place it carefully on the metal cuff exactly in the center
The best glue for jewelry making!
Continue gluing the chains to the center part of your cuff and let dry for 30 minutes
When the center part of the cuff is dry, carefully glue down the ends and secure in place with transparent tape
Let everything dry for at least one hour

High End Beaded Pillows DIY

If you love the look of high end beaded pillows but aren’t willing to spend 40+ hours stitching on every single bead, why not try this beaded pillow project!  Get that high end look and impress your friends with your beautiful decor and your talent!  All you’ll need is E-6000 Fabri-Fuse and an awesome stencil!  Beaded pillows can now be made in the time it takes for the glue to dry.  Here’s how!
I love this flower pillow!
My fancy beaded denim pillows!
1 yard heavy cotton
1 yard heavy denim
1/3 cup seed beads per pillow
Spray adhesive
Sewing machine
Straight pins
Pillow stuffing
Cut two pieces of fabric 19″ x 19″
Pin and stitch together using 1/2″ seam allowance and leaving a 5″ long hole
Clip the corners at an angle
Turn right side out and press flat
 Spray the stencil with a light coating of spray adhesive
Center it on the pillow
Fill the stencil with a generous amount of E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
 Remove the stencil and sprinkle the beads on the Fabri-Fuse
*gently press down the beads if you need to
Repeat with the other areas of the stencil
Add a coating of clear acrylic IF you feel you didn’t use enough glue
*This will insure that you don’t lose any beads
For larger, more intricate stencils stick your stencil to the fabric
Squirt a generous amount of glue along the side of the stencil
Spread the glue with a piece of cardboard like a squeegee
Remove the stencil
Sprinkle the beads and let dry overnight

Constellation Desk Organizers

Spaced out at your desk?  Need to get a bit more organized?  Why not recycle a standard shipping box from the post office and make these awesome CONSTELLATION ORGANIZERS!
My favorite part of this project is the stars made from stick-on gems.  These are perfect to spruce up your office or organize your locker.
My trio of constellation organizers
These would make Captain James Kirk jealous!
Print out of constellations
Priority shipping boxes from the post office (or recycled)
Stick-on gems
Craft knife
Assemble the box
Draw a line from corner to corner with a pencil
Intersect the line 3 1/2″ up from the base of the box on each side
Draw a curve where the lines intersect on each side
Repeat on the other side
Connect the 3 1/2″ lines on the sides of the box
 Cut along the lines with a craft knife
*This will give you two organizers
Cut an extra piece of cardboard 3 1/2″ by the width of your box plus 3″
Score 1 1/2″ in on each side and bend to create flaps
Glue the flaps to the inside of the mouth of the box to create an area for pencils
Print in gray scale to save ink
Paint the entire box with Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint in Black Tie
When dry, lightly draw your constellations in pencil
Mark over the lines with a silver Krylon Short Cuts metallic paint marker
Connect the lines with stick-on rhinestones
Make hundreds of dots with the metallic paint pen to create the night sky
You’re done!