Beautiful Handmade Paper DIY

Many of you have asked how to make handmade paper since I started posting photos of my own.  Well, here you go!  I have two friends who inspired my paper making obsession. The first is Arnold Gummer who is a paper making genius!  The second is my friend Robert Mahar who gave me the skinny on how to create

my own screens from inexpensive
Ikea frames and by-the-yard plastic screen from the hardware store.
A rainbow of colors
My favorite color…..green using marigold petals and leaves from my yard
Golden yellow and pinks with flower petals, large chunks of newsprint and gold flakes
YOU’LL NEED
Blender
2 flat frames
2 rubber bands
Newspaper or any recycled paper
Americana Acrylics (to color your pulp)
Plastic screen (1 yard should be plenty)
Large bin
Staple gun
Glitter, leaves, flower petals, gold leaf flakes
Remove the glass and cardboard from your frames, you only need the frame
 Cut two pieces of screen the exact size of your frame
Staple one piece of screen to the flat side of one frame making sure it’s taut
Sandwich the stapled screen in between both frames with a rubber band
*Flat sides together
Rip up about 2 sheets of newspaper or several sheets of copy paper
Fill your blender 3/4 full with water
Add Americana Acrylic Paint to the water
Blend until the paper becomes pulp
*It will look cloudy
 Pour the contents into a bin and add more water if you want
With the plain frame on top, scoop the pulp from the bin catching it on top of the stapled screen
Carefully remove the top frame and place the extra piece of screen on top of the pulp
Using a sponge, remove as much water as you can from the pulp
Carefully peel the flat, wet pulp from the screen and place it between two sheets of newspaper
Place a pressing cloth on the newspaper and iron the flat pulp until it’s dry and becomes a sheet of beautiful paper
*You can also let your pieces dry naturally overnight

 

Striped Pom Pom Scarf DIY

Need a fun scarf to spruce up your fall wardrobe?  Why not make one in minutes with stripes and pom poms!  These are so easy to make, you might want to make a few and wrap them for the holidays.  No need to sit there and stitch on each pom pom either.  E-6000 Fabri-Fuse makes it as easy as 1-2-3!

Danielle sprucing up her basic jean jacket!
Twins!
YOU’LL NEED
Sewing machine
Pom Poms
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
Scissors
2 yards striped fabric
 Fold your fabric and measure 12″ to 14″ inches along the length
 Cut it out
 Zigzag stitch along the edge using a wide stitch
 Glue pom pons along the edge of the scarf
Allow to dry overnight

 

Easy Marbling for Halloween

I love anything marbled….ANYTHING!  This year I decided to share my secret technique for marbling and show you how to use it on some real and fake pumpkins.  Once you master this, I promise you’ll be addicted.  Happy Chic Halloween!

My Halloween table setting
Scary-chic!
YOU’LL NEED
5″ deep plastic bin
Pumpkins
Glass dishes
Krylon metallic gold spray paint
Rubbing alcohol
Paintbrushes
Paint your pumpkins with the Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Carbon (black)
Clean your glass dishes with rubbing alcohol
Paint the dishes with the black Americana Gloss Enamel
Bake the glass dishes twice for 30 minutes letting the oven cool in between baking times
*This will make them dishwasher safe
Fill your bin with water
Spray a small amount of Krylon metallic gold spray paint on top of the water
Quickly roll your object from one end of the water to the other to pick up the gold paint
Let everything dry on newspaper
Done!

Couture Lace Coat Dress DIY (Made from a short blazer)

Danielle had an old blazer in need of a makeover, so we extended it (using only ONE zigzag stitch) and added lace to give it a couture feel.  We both love the way it looks.  It’s the perfect couture coat dress for fall.  Grab some E-6000 Fabri-Fuse and some embellished lace fabric and you’ll be runway ready in no time!
Danielle rocking her new lace Couture Coat Dress
YOU’LL NEED
1 Blazer
2 yards heavy cotton or wool fabric
2 yards embellished lace
Sewing machine
Scissors
Straight pins
Fabric chalk
 Lay one side of your blazer flat
Place the folded fabric under the blazer
*Line up the straight edges of the fabric with the front of the blazer
With a ruler, draw an extension on the fabric (I added 12″ to this blazer)
 Once you’ve drawn the extension on the fabric, cut it out
Remove the pins and add 1/2″ to the top of the extended fabric
Pin the pieces to the base of the blazer
 Zigzag both pieces to the bottom of the blazer using a wide stitch
Cut 8″ up from the edge of each side of the lace fabric
Cut out several of the lace designs that are left in the middle of the fabric
Place the edge of the lace fabric on the extension of the coat and glue in place
Add pieces to the collar, cuff and anywhere you need to fill in
Pin and glue in place and let dry overnight
Done!

 

Striped BEETLEJUICE Table Setting DIY

The art direction in the movie BEETLEJUICE is wonderful and let’s face it, the movie is really good, too!  I decided to make a Beetlejuice inspired table using an old record player and some mismatched glass dishes for my Halloween gathering.  BTW, painting dishes on a record player is very relaxing… Once you start, you won’t be able to stop.

The great thing about painting glass dishes is that you can eat off of them
because you paint on the underside.
The flowers are my favorite and super easy to make.
YOU’LL NEED
Old record player
Americana Gloss Enamels in Sand and Black
Americana Acrylics in Black and Orange
Thick wire
Glass dishes
Paintbrushes
Tape
Cardboard
Wire cutters
Rubbing alcohol
Manila folders
 Cut several layers of cardboard the size of your record player
Cut a small hole in the center so it lays flat on your platter
*This is your work surface
Clean your glass dishes with alcohol
Turn on the record player and draw a line on the cardboard so you can center the plate
Tape it in place
Turn on the record player and paint your stripes starting with the light colors first
Paint the glasses the same way
Bake twice at 350° for 30 minutes letting the oven cool in between baking times
 Cut 4″ x 4″ squares out of a manila folder
With the acrylic paint a large black circle with an orange center
Trace and cut the flowers using my flower template
Overlap the petals to create dimension and tape together
Use heavy gage wire for the stems
Flower template
Done!

 

Danielle’s Beautiful Backsplash!

Last week my amazing assistant Danielle said she wanted a funky backsplash for her bathroom like the one I have in mine.  Being the awesome boss that I am, we gathered tons of different stuff and created one especially for her crazy artistic style!

We used everything in my crafty junk bin to make this magical mosaic and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  Other than buying the grout, we had everything we needed
to put it together!
An up close shot of my backsplash
Danielle’s new backsplash made to fit her tiny sink
Here’s a shot that includes my crazy baby head night light!
YOU’LL NEED
1/4″ thick plywood
Jigsaw
Grout
E-6000 Glue
Beads, dominos, gems, bottle caps, tiles, small mirrors, seashells
 Cut out the shape of your backsplash in the 1/4″ plywood and sand the edges
Create your design using all of your doodads
Glue everything in place with E-6000 glue and let dry overnight
Cover the entire backsplash in group and with a damp sponge,
remove the grout to expose the glue on pieces
*Make sure to really clean the pieces before the grout dries
*You can also use plaster of Paris

Painted Constellation Dishes DIY

Using glass plates and bowls from the dollar store you can create a star studded table setting that’s sure to please. Heck, bring the entire universe to your table!  Since we’re painting on the underside of the glass, you can actually eat off of these plates and they’re dishwasher safe…..How fantastic is that!
I love the way these turned out!
You’ll Need
Print out of constellations
Americana Gloss Enamel in Black (optional)
Paintbrush
Rubbing Alcohol
Glass dishes
Print out this constellation in gray scale (to save ink) and ON THE MIRROR IMAGE SETTING
*The reason you want to print this on the mirror image setting is because you’re working on the opposite side of the plate.  When you flip the plate over the constellation will be in the right configuration
 Clean the underside of the dishes with alcohol
Pick your constellation and draw it on the underside of the plate
Edge the plate with the Krylon Short Cuts pen to give it a finished look
Add tiny stars with the silver metallic Krylon Short Cuts Pen
Blend the Napa Red and Dioxazine Purple Gloss Enamels on the center of the plate
Before it’s dry, add the Midnight blue and blend
Coat the entire back of the plate with midnight blue (or black) and let dry
Bake twice for 30 minutes at 350° letting it cool in between baking
Done!

Stunning Couture Earrings DIY

It’s all about big, beautiful couture earrings for fall and I’m going to show you how to make your own with just a few simple supplies.  I used large stone beads and rhinestone chain to create these stunners!  Why not make yourself some expensive looking accessories to spice up your wardrobe?  Make an extra pair for a gift and cross someone off your shopping list!  Just get out there and rock the runway, ladies!

Danielle showing off her new earrings

Add even longer chain for shoulder dusters

Try using glass gems or fused glass pieces instead of stone beads.  Instructions for these
are in my book, The Big Ass Book of Bling
YOU’LL NEED
Aluminum flashing (any hardware store)
Tin shears or serrated edge scissors
E-6000 Glue
Rhinestone chain
Silver and gold chain
Large stone beads
Clip on earring backs
 Once you’ve figured out the design, trace around the stones on the aluminum flashing
Carefully cut out the shapes adding 1/4″ all the way around each shape
Glue the stones to the corresponding shapes with E-6000 Glue and let dry for 30 minutes
Cut rhinestone chain to size and glue it around each stone on the 1/4″ extension with
more E-6000 glue and a toothpick
Turn the pieces over and connect them with more glue and long pieces of chain
Add the earring clips and let everything dry for at least 1 hour

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!
YOU’LL NEED
Americana Decor Multi-Surface Satin Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
Canvas
Small paint roller
Paintbrushes
Cardboard
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
Chain
Jump rings
Lobster Claw
Pliers
Toothpicks
 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