DIY: Stenciled Glass Tabletop

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Good morning Thursday readers!

I found something that’s super cool that I thought I should share with you, for anyone who has a table with a glass top inset who wants to spruce it up.  I am using this tutorial from Nomadic Decorator as a how to, and you can go to her website to check out the full tutorial for this and other really neat ideas.

Now that you’ve seen it, don’t you want to make it? You will need some tools and supplies for this project. Obviously, your clear glass surface (that has been cleaned with glass cleaner), a ruler, a stencil of your choice, stencil brushes and stencil cream paint. You can see the specifics of brand and paint colours in the original tutorial. There are paints that are designed for glass, though you can be a little less concerned about that if you are painting the underside of a table that won’t get bumped, scratched or cleaned. Which you use is up to you though.

With stenciling on glass, you need to paint your colours in reverse – so your background should be the last thing you paint. You will also want to make sure that your glass is clean so that dust, fingerprints or anything else won’t be forever painted onto the glass. So the first step is to do any foreground detail you would like first, and this blogger did copper specks all over, so she did that first by flicking a brush with paint on it to get a very fine spray.

The next step is to use the ruler to find the centre of the table, and put the centre of your stencil there. After your stencil is where it should be you can use one paint colour or a combination of hues to paint your design. Just remember to use your stencil brush properly, so rather than brushing in strokes, you will be tapping the brush up and down onto the stencil, so that the paint doesn’t run, or move the stencil or have a harsh blending of colours. This will almost be like painting with a sponge. Remember that you can have the paint be as thick or thin as you choose, and this technique will allow for a smooth transition between multiple colours. This tutorial mixes 3 different metallic shades, but use whichever colours speak to your soul. Just make sure your design paint is thick enough that you won’t see your background colour through it. You might need a couple of layers for this.

Your last step is to remove the stencil and use your background colour to paint over the entire stencil, making sure to get to all the edges. Again, you might want to do this in a couple coats to make sure that you get good coverage. You can also use a bigger stencil brush to speed the process along.

Though I can’t take credit for it, I thought that this was just a beautiful way to give new life to old pieces of furniture, and gives an option to those who are shopping through second hand and vintage stores a new idea for how to turn a regular coffee table (or something larger…) into something with a definite wow factor.

Happy crafting!

~Megan

 


Retro Video Game Shadow Boxes

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My husband and I have started a collection of the games we grew up on (NES and SNES mostly), but this person blows our simple little plastic cases out of the water.

Designed and made by Glitch Artwork, these shadow boxes give a bit of art and style to your gaming collection. They layouts are well thought out and visually appealing; so much so that the gaming cart isn’t the first thing to grab you. Quite a feat when it takes up about 1/4 of the space.

If you’ve got your own collection, or maybe a few favorite games you’d like to keep, I’d recommend giving their shop a look. The frames range from $35-75 and are definitely a way to class up your home, while still showing your gaming love. 🙂


DIY Doorknobs.

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Good morning Thursday Crafthackers!
I found something that’s a super cool, super cheap way to do an update to your kitchen cabinets, closets and wherever else might use a knob. I bring you, from The Painted Hive, a fabulously easy and cheap doorknob tutorial (you can find the full one here, with a plethora of photos) that can look super cool when it’s done.

These are super easy and you don’t need many tools or supplies. You will need some plain timber knobs that you can find at any hardware store (in whatever size would work for you), spray/craft paint, clear matte spray sealer, scissors, a paint brush, an adhesive (mod podge a similar craft glue will work just fine), and images, paper (as well as a printer and a connection to the internet will make this much easier), and paint to match the images you’ve chosen.

Notice how the colours of the knobs match the background colours of the images – this will help keep the illusion of seamlessness.

 

Your first step is to use your computer to create or find an image that you’d like to see on your knob and scale down to fit on the size that you’ve chosen. Print your images out onto regular copy paper, and colour match the background of your image with the paint you are using for your knob. Then, you can go ahead and paint the knob your colour, and be sure to let it dry.

Lightly spray your images with a clear matte sealer. This will give your images a protective coating and stiffen them slightly to keep the ink from running and the paper from bubbling and buckling when you’re gluing them.

 

Once they’re dry, cut the images out, cutting as closely as you can to the symbol using very sharp scissors or a craft knife.
Using your paint brush, apply a thin coat of adhesive to your knob, and while the glue is still wet, position your image in place. Press down firmly and smooth out any air bubbles, making sure that you keep your eye on the edges and that they are all nicely attached.

When you’re done, give your knobs a few sprays of the matte spray sealer. For extra protection finish off your project with a few coats of brushed-on clear acrylic poly too.  And you’re done!

You can do this with almost any image you can find, so be creative and find ones that speak to you.

Hope you guys enjoyed this, have fun, and as always…

Happy Crafting!

 

~Megan


DIY Holiday Essential Oil Blends

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There’s nothing quite like the smell of the holidays. Weather you prefer baked goods, fresh pine, or maybe peppermint, the holidays likely have a special smell in your memory. So today I’ve brought together a list of custom essential oils blends made by Healthy Happy Momma that you can make to help achieve that perfect holiday smell. 🙂 These blends will work in and essential oil diffuser (like this one from doTERRA or  Amazon) but if you don’t have one handy you can also use a pot of hot boiling water on the stove that you add the oil scent to. More water will need to be added as it evaporates, but it’s a cheap and easy solution if you don’t have or care to buy a diffuser.

I recommend looking at what oils are required for a scent style that you like before rushing out to buy one to help save you money, but many of these can be found online, and I tried to pick ones that weren’t special blends so you weren’t limited to a brand line. You could also look at getting an empty glass vial so that you can mix up half an ounce to keep on hand all season long, or maybe give away as a custom gift. 🙂

Cozy by the Fire
2 drops White Fir +  2 drops Cinnamon Bark + 1 drop  Clove + 1 drop Cedarwood

Christmas Energy
4 drops Peppermint + 4 drops Wild Orange

Christmas Cheer
3 drops Lime + 3 drops Wild Orange + 2 drops Cinnamon + 2 drops White Fir + 2 drops Cypress +  2 drops Bergamot + 1 drop Eucalyptus

Winter Wonderland
4 drops Peppermint + 3 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Cypress

Gingerbread
3 drops Ginger + 2 drops Cinnamon Bark + 2 drops Clove + 1 drop Nutmeg

Oh Christmas Tree
3 drops Douglas Fir + 2 drops Cedarwood + 1 drop Juniper Berry

 


Constellation Luminaries

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I love space. I find it to be so beautiful and filled with so many questions and not being in space kinda bums me out sometimes. While these aren’t space, they’re still pretty awesome.

Made by etsy artist Modern Mud, these are hand made ceramic luminaries with holes and lines that imitate the major constellations. The design was originally a wedding commission, they turned out so lovely that Naomi Singer decided to make them available to the world. 🙂 My space needs certainly appreciate this decision.

These candle holders mean business too. Measuring about 7″ tall, they can hold a small votive or even a pillar candle! I’m already picturing them paired with some of my favorite scented candles and the view is beautiful and smells great. 😉 She also makes all sorts of other delightful ceramic items such as ring dishes, vases and even personalized holiday ornaments. 😀 All of her work is in this same simple and clean style, so I highly recommend giving her gallery a look.


Back to School Crafting

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Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday!

I’m a guest blogger on CraftHackers today!  My name is Lindsay and I own a small business called Stamps & Stitches.  I’m a general crafter as in I do a little bit of everything – card making, cross-stitching, scrapbooking, and knitting.  You can see what I’m up to on my Facebook page!

Today we’re going to talk about crafting for back to school.  It’s a great time of year for everyone to learn something new, not just the kids!  Learning different crafts is in my opinion the best kind of learning!  It’s also never to early to inspire your kids with a bit of extra creativity and get started on those teacher’s gifts that you might give out at different times of the year.

Let’s start out with the teachers’ gifts.  How adorable is this apple clay jar?  All you need is a clay pot, some paint and either some clay or a marble for the top.  And don’t forget the leaf!  It’s the finishing touch!  Here are the instructions and don’t forget to fill it with the teacher’s favourite goodies!

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Next up, I am sure your teenager would love to decorate their lockers to make it their own and unique.  How about some hand-made bottle cap magnets?  You and your teen can decorate them to fit their specific style and interests!  These instructions include graphics to turn your bottle caps into super cool clocks but get out your paintbrush and any design will do!

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Finally, how are you going to keep your kid’s space or even your crafting space organized?  Take some old cans (especially those that don’t have sharp edges), decorate them with some pretty designer paper and glue them together into a cool shape!  For this particular craft, all you would need is some empty cans or containers (try to gets ones that are all the same size), some decorative paper, paper adhesive, hot glue to glue your cans into whatever shape you like and your imagination!  Having each container hold a different type of item is the perfect way to keep your kids organized and have them WANT to put away their pens and markers!  I know I’ll be using this one in my craft room, nevermind the kids!!

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I hope you’re all enjoying the silence with the children off to school and are getting some crafting done!

Craft on and make sure to share with us what you’re working on!

– Lindsay


Cascading Flower Garlands

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Hi Thursday readers!

 

 

I saw some ideas for paper flower garland backdrops and garlands to hang from trees and I decided that I wanted to share that with you with a lovely little tutorial for making paper lei garlands. This tutorial is from Natashalh is super easy, just a little time consuming, and you don’t need too many supplies. You’ll need some cardstock in whatever colours you’re choosing for your garlands, some twine (you can use baker’s twine) a large darning needle which you can find at any sewing or craft store, some flower templates, a pair of scissors, hot glue gun, a round pencil or pen as well an option of using white glue/tape and a measuring tape.

You can find links here for the large garland, and here for the small garland if you need templates for your flowers and they can also be found in the tutorial itself. First you’ll want to figure out how much garland you’d like to make as you don’t want to have to make a lot of flowers only to not use them. The flowers will look good anywhere between 3″ and 6″ apart, and so if you’re wanting to make 10 feet of garland then you will need at least 30 flowers. You can mix and match sizes and colours in whichever way you like, and if you’re making a backdrop, you’ll need many strands.

 

Next, you’ll need to print your templates and cut them out, Your next step is to start glue gunning your flowers together. You’ll notice that there’s a part of the flower that isn’t like the rest, where there’s a cut open slit. This “V” shaped cut also has a little tab. This little tab is where you’ll be gluing your flowers together and all you have to do is bend the tab towards what will be the inside of your flower, place some hot glue on the edge and stick it to the other side of the “V”, making sure to line up the edges.

Hold in place until it has a brief chance to cool.Though it doesn’t really matter where you glue it (on the over or underside), they will look better if the tab is glued inside.

 

Your next step – once your flowers are dry – is to curl the petals. You can do this easily by curling them around a pencil. You can also try rolling them in the direction you’d like them to curl, and you can use your preference for having the curls turn inward or outward from the flower’s centre.

Measure your twine and make sure to add about 6″ to compensate for the knots you’ll be tying to secure your petals. Thread one end of your twine through the needle and use a piece of clear tape or glue to keep it from slipping (absolutely optional!)

Tie a good sized knot (or a couple knots on top of each other if they’re small enough to let your flowers slip over them) and thread your first flower, making sure the petals are pointing down. You can go through the hole in the flower’s centre or make a new one. It doesn’t matter as long as your knot will keep it from falling off.

Continue tying knots and adding flowers until the garland is as long as you’d like, and if you’re going to hang your garland horizontally, then you’ll need to knot the last flower you string on both sides. And you’re done!  They look beautiful and you can even add a couple different sized flowers together to bulk your garland up. Remember you can coordinate your colours and choose your lengths… just be aware of how many flowers you need to cut.

Happy crafting!

 

~Megan


Zelda Gate of Time Clock

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So besides all the Pokemon GO action that’s been going on this past week, the one game that has stayed on the back of my mind since E3 is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’m a huge Zelda fan and the hype for this game for me could not be more real. As a result I’ve started lurking around the Zelda subreddit and stumbled across this beauty.

This is a custom made clock by reddit user nobo13 that’s based off the Gate of Time from Twilight Princess and it’s beautiful. I can only speculate as to the entire process of how it was made but my guess would be cut glass (or thick plastic) with a holographic foil done over the etched on designs. It’s a stunning piece regardless, and they say they do have plans to sell them in the future so keep an eye on this subreddit post if you’d like to hear more on them in the future, or stalk their etsy store instead. 😉

~Nicole


Atomic DIY

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Hey Thursday Crafters,

I have a cute little geeky DIY that you can use for any occasion and customize ever so slightly to match whatever decor you are making them for. These are little wire wrapped atoms from Ruffled Blog.

Depending on what you’d like to use these for you can use different colours of wrapping wire and you can also change the beads that you use as the nucleus. You can even buy some smaller beads to orbit on the wires, if you so choose, and remember, that you can add glitter to any of these with some spray adhesive and loose sparkles, so there’s lots you can do! But I’ll just give you the basics for how you can put them together and then you can let your imagination run wild.

The beautiful thing is that the only things you need to make these are beads of your choice, wire of your choice and wire cutters. Your first step is to thread your wire through your nucleus bead, and wrap both ends around so that it won’t move.

Start from measuring at your ring finger, and then wrap the wire around your fingers 3 or 4 times (depending on how many orbiting threads you’d like.

When you’re ready, cut the wire at the back of your fingers.

If you want to have any beads orbiting on these wires, you will need to add them now and move them to the different strands.

At this point, you will need to gather the strands together at the mid point (where you cut your wire) and wrap the tail end of that wire around all of the strands to pinch them together and secure them.

Your last step is to open the loops into an atom shape, or wherever you would like them and then to take your beginning bead and wrap the point where your loops all intersect so that they’re secure and won’t move.

And it’s as simple as that, ladies and gents. Use them as decorative pieces on a table setting, or hang them from fishing wire.

I hope you enjoyed this little, simple diy.

~Megan


Beautiful Sun Jars

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Hello Thursday Readers!

I have a super cool tutorial for you, especially for all the parties that will be coming when the weather gets nice and warm. They’re called sun jars and I think they’re super cool as the idea is that you can leave them out in the sun to charge so that they can glow through the evening’s darker hours. I love that they are reusable as well, and they  are super pretty. I’ll admit, they do take a little deconstructing that requires a couple of tools, but it is all pretty straightforward and I will link you to the full tutorial from Life Hacker so that if you you would like you can see an expanded version of my simple explanations.

 

You will need a few things before you get started. You will need 4 Mason jars that have lids that can be locked down and hermetically sealed – you can buy these at any hardware store for a pretty reasonable rate, and most of the lids for jars like these are pretty uniform, which is the important part. You will also need glass frosting spray paint (those who read my posts know that I love this stuff, and you can find it at hardware and craft stores), you will need sun lamps – the kind that you stick in your garden that charge during the day and glow at night. You can find these at hardware stores, and I’ve seen them at dollar stores, so take a look around and find the cheapest option for you.

There are a few tools you’ll need to aid in assembly: Pliers, a large, flat head screwdriver, a small Phillips head screw driver, packing tape, and possibly some snips that will cut metal, depending on which lamps you buy.

Your first step is to frost the jars. On the outside. But you will need to keep the lid clear, so please aim carefully or you can cover the lid with plastic wrap to avoid getting any frosting paint on it. Please follow the directions on the bottle.

Next you will need to take apart the original lamps. The original poster used some lamps from Lowes which you can find in the lighting section. They’re the “Portfolio Solar Black Pathlight” item#190519. Taking apart the solar lamps is much simpler than you might think. Use a screw driver or a skinny chisel to gently pry the solar panel loose from the aluminum housing. The wires and important stuff are nearly dead center so as long as you don’t shove the screw driver in deep or jerk it up hard, you’re very unlikely to damage anything.

Once you have the panel pried away from the housing you’ll see three glue-like smudges underneath. These smudges are some sort of silicone-like paste used to cover the screw heads. We didn’t bother to scrape it away, just push the head of a small Phillips head screw driver into it and start unscrewing. It isn’t very thick and scrapes away when you pull up the screw – see below!

Gently wiggle the electronic guts free from the aluminum case. The guts are pretty simple and sturdy, if you need to gently pry with the same screw driver you used to pop off the solar panels, everything should be fine.

This may look complicated and like delicate and dangerous work, but it’s not, really. just be careful not to damage any wires and you’ll be fine!

Unless you want to have to resolder everything, you’ll need to cut the aluminum housing to keep everything intact without the hassle of repairing all the wires. We used a small pair of snips to snip the aluminum and then two needle nose pliers to pull the metal apart and slip the panel and guts free. If you don’t have snips you can use two pairs of pliers to gently flex the metal back and forth until it snaps.

This is what your finished, disassembled  product should look like.

Once you have these, you will just need to secure them into the tops of the Mason jars. You can be more secure than using tape, but tape seemed to work just fine and was pretty easy. So I would stick with that. You can glue or caulk it if you’d like, but me? I’d stick with this easy and cheap and clean alternative, so long as everything holds together okay.

Now here’s the coolest part. If you’d like your glow lamps to be coloured, you will need to attach a filter. All you need for this, are plasticized labels from water bottles like Aquafina for blue and Gatorade for the orange/red tint. As long as the label is very translucent, you shouldn’t see a drop in the lamp brightness, either, which is super awesome. All you need is a 1″ square from the label and tape it over the light, though you’ll just need to tape it down very securely so you don’t get any white light escaping out of the sides.

There you have it! A super cool diy that looks really complicated that isn’t really that complicated at all. Have fun!

~ Megan