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!  

Two 1″ x 18″ table rounds
Thin metal spoons *make sure you can bend them
Rit Liquid Dye in Sunshine Orange and Scarlet
1″ screws 

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!

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!

3/4 yard of fabric (cotton, twill, canvas)
Sewing machine
Pearls, Googley Eyes
Fish Tanks Rocks (Aquarium Gravel)

 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

Stepping Stool DIY

I’m short!  There, I said it! I can’t reach the top shelf in my kitchen and I have always resorted to crawling up on the counter like a 3 year old trying to get to the cookie jar.  It’s UGLY!  I finally decided to make a kitchen stool that serves as an extra seat at the table and a fine way for me to reach the top shelf in my cabinets without breaking a leg!  The awesome thing about this stool is that you can paint it to match your decor in minutes.  I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and DecoArt stencils and I love the way it turned looks.  Extend the support and seat and you have a bench that seats 2-3 people!  

In my kitchen, poised to help me get to the top shelf!

2 (1” x 12”) pine boards, 17” long
1 (1” x 12”) pine board, 13” long
1 (1” x 12”) pine board, 18” long
12 (2-inch) finishing nails
Wood Glue

 Draw a line down the center of both sides of each of the two 17″ long boards
Add glue to the line and position the 13″ long board on the line

 Flip it over and nail the 17″ board to the 13″ board
Add glue to the other side of the 13″ board 
Center the other 17″ board on top and nail it in place
This creates the bottom of your bench

 Center the seat (the 18″ board) on top of the base
Adhere it to the base with more wood glue
Draw a line through the center and along the sides directly above the 17″ boards on the base
This will help you place your nails
Nail the seat in place

Paint the entire bench in Lace
Stencil 4 rows of the harlequin on each side of the seat with Serene
Stencil the harlequin on both sides of the bench 

 Stencil the French Bakery Stencil in the center of the seat with Relic 
Using the straight edge of the stencil, add a frame around the seat
When dry, coat the entire bench in the Light Satin Varnish
When the varnish is dry, paint on a small amount of creme wax and rub it off with a damp cloth
to give it an aged look 


Nesting Easter Eggs DIY

It’s that time of year when every chocolate bunny runs in fear from me!  It’s also that time of year when I stock up on plastic eggs and wonder why I need 400 of them.  This year I tried something a little different with my egg and painted them like nesting dolls.  I thought it would be a fun gift for my nieces and nephews but instead I fell in love with them and decided to keep them for myself. I roll that way sometimes.  For this project, all you’ll need is some Americana Acrylic Paint in a few different colors.  How creative you get is up to you!
Comfy and cozy
Plastic eggs in different sizes
 1. Start by painting the face with Americana Flesh Tone
2. When dry add the hair with Dark Chocolate
3. Next, add the eyes
4.  Add the cheeks directly under the eyes
5. Paint either a tiny heart or red dot for the mouth
6. With white add a dot in each eye for sparkle
7.  Decorate the face with more white dots
8.  Start with a headband across the forehead
9. Create an onion dome shape in dots around the head
10. Finally add some dots under the chin and you’re done!
A family gathering

Shoe Makeover-Downton Abbey Style!

The ladies of Downton Abbey have discovered the Spectator Pump and today I’m showing you how to get the same look with just a little bit of paint and a pair of shoes in need of a makeover.  It’s easy with some Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint and a couple of ribbon bows glued on with E-6000!
Spectator pumps are the most popular shoe ever created (besides the sneaker) and reached their height of popularity in the 1920s.  Since then we’ve seen a version of this shoe in every fashion season since.  Try this project on a pair of white sneakers if you’re not a fan of heels.  Have fun!
The “Lady Mary” Shoe
Classic Spectators for men and women
Basic shoes
Permanent marker
Ribbon bows
1.  Draw the design on the toe of each shoe
2.  Draw the design on the heel of each shoe
3.  Fill in with an Americana Multi-Surface Paint in a color you like and let dry
 4.  Mark with a pencil every 1/2 inch around the edges of your painted areas
5.  Paint black dots over your marks as shown
6.  Draw in your stitches with a permanent marker on both sides of the painted dots
7.  Glue small ribbon bows on the toes of each shoe with E-6000 glue so that they are
permanently adhered and you’re done!

Dyed Fabric Boho Bangles

If you follow me anywhere on the internet you know I’m a fan of boho style.  Anything colorful, beaded, wrapped, embellished, you name it, I’m all over it.  This week I finally conquered my fear of dying fabric and created these boho style dyed fabric bangles.  I used Rit Liquid Dyes and it was like painting on cloth with watercolors.  I loved it!  Rit has tons of different colors so pick your favorites for this project.
My niece, Ani!
Rit Liquid Dyes in colors you like
1/2 yard of cotton fabric
Glue gun
Wood bangles
1. Fold your fabric at an angle
2. cut it on the fold and then cut 1″ wide strips
3. Lay them in newspaper
4. Spray them with water
 5. Paint them with Rit Liquid Dyes as shown
*You can layer the colors and let them bleed together
 6. Leave them on the newspaper and put them in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds
7.  Rinse them in the sink until the water runs clear
8. Microwave them again for 45-60 seconds or until the strips are dry
9. Glue one end of a strip to the inside of a bangle
10.  Wrap at an angle showing about 1/4″ to 1/2″ of fabric as you wrap
11.  Glue down the end of the strip and start again until the entire bangle is wrapped
You’re done!

Mrs. Patmore’s Canisters DIY

Miss Downton Abbey?  Need a little reminder in your house until next season starts?  Why not make a set of Mrs. Patmore’s canisters for your kitchen?  I have to say that she is, hands down, my favorite character on the show.  The best scenes are when she’s being a mother to her poor orphan assistant Daisy….Those scenes always make me choke up.  For this project I used Americana Chalky Finish Paints for Glass from DecoArt.  They are dishwasher safe, have a beautiful matte finish AND work perfectly as a chalkboard surface.  I love this paint!  I also used power tools to create my lids from scratch but you don’t have to.  There are plenty of canister sets out there in need of a makeover!  Have fun.
One for Lady Edith, Daisy and Lady Mary
The lovely Mrs. Patmore
These are now in my kitchen
Ceramic containers OR a set of ceramic canisters
Contact paper
Accent stencils (I used Botanical Garden from DecoArt)
1/4″ thick plywood
Wood knobs
Sanding blog OR sander
2 yards 1″ wide ribbon
Chalk (optional)
1.  Trace the rim of your container on the plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw
2.  Sand the edges with a sanding block or a sander
3.  Trace a smaller circle (one that fits inside the mouth of the container)  This will secure the lid so that it doesn’t slip off.
4.  Cut it out and sand it like you did the first lid
 5.  Using E-6000, glue the smaller circle to the underside of the larger circle
6.  Glue the knob to the center of the larger wood circle and let them dry for about an hour before you start painting them
8. When dry, tie a 14″ piece of ribbon around the knob.
9.  Cut out an oval about 3 1/2″ wide
10.  Trace it on some contact paper and cut out
11.  Apply it to the container and then fill in with the Americana Chalky Finish Paint for Glass
  12.  Remove the contact paper and place your accent stencils on each side of the painted oval
13.  Fill in with paint and let dry and then remove the stencils
14.  Bake the containers at 325? for 30 minutes, let cool and bake again.  This will make them dishwasher safe
Decorate your painted labels with chalk and display your canisters with pride knowing Mrs. Patmore would be very proud of you!

Rocket Ship Stencil DIY

Every kid loves a rocket ship (even this big kid) and this stenciled t-shirt and pillow couldn’t be easier to make!  I used FREEZER PAPER.  Yup, you heard me……Plain old Reynolds Freezer Paper. It has a plastic coating that can be ironed on fabric to create a crisp stencil in which to fill in with paint.  You’re going to LOVE this technique!  Use Americana Multi-Surface Satin paints (which are washable) and you’re ready for blast off!  Try different shapes and have fun!
You’ll need:
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints in Orange, Blue and Grey
White cotton fabric (1 yard)
Pillow stuffing or pillow form
Sewing machine with matching thread
 Draw a rocket ship, fold it in half and cut it out so it’s symmetrical
Fold another piece of paper in half and cut out some flames
Fold some freezer paper in half and trace your cut out pieces on to the fold
 Carefully cut out the shapes in the freezer paper
Iron the freezer paper on the t-shirt OR on your pillow fabric
Fill in the shapes with the Americana Multi-Surface paints and let dry
Peel off the freezer paper and enjoy your new Rocket Tee!
 For the pillow, repeat the process for the t-shirt and then cut out some stars in the freezer paper
Fold your paper in half and then half again to create 4-point stars
Repeat the process from above for the rocket ship and flames
Peel off the freezer paper when the paint is dry
Fill in some stars with gray paint for the pillow
Stitch the pillow together using 1/2″ seam allowance and fill with stuffing
Stitch the pillow closed and you’re done!

Dior Inspired Cluster Necklace DIY

I’ve been noticing this beautiful Dior Cluster Necklace in every fashion magazine this spring.  It’s only custom order and it’s priced at $4,500!  I made a version of it for $5 and I think it looks amazing.  I used pearl trim which is inexpensive and comes in an endless array of colors!  It’s just like Mardi Gras beads, but much smaller and on a roll.  Check at JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores or on for a nice variety.  Make sure to stock up on E-6000 glue, too because that’s all you’ll need to put this terrific necklace together!
My gorgeous niece, Ani modeling for me!
You’ll Need:
Plastic hair band
Pearl trim
Transparent tape
Add some glue to the end of the headband
Tape the end of the pearl trim in place and start wrapping the headband
Add more glue and keep wrapping until you reach the other end
Cut about 100 pieces of pearl trim in various lengths (from 3″ to 6″)
Add about 2″ of E-6000 glue along the end of the now beaded headband
Place your longer strands on top of the glue, one strand next to the other like fringe
Shorter strands toward the back of the choker
Flip the choker over and repeat the process to create fullness
Let the necklace dry for at least an hour
This is the original Dior Necklace and my inspiration.