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Facebook. Untitled. Furniture Flip: DIY Chalk Paint Dresser. You may remember that a few weeks ago I introduced you to some fabulous new site contributors. You’ve since heard from Holly (events and party design), Kendra (Blogger tutorials) and Emilie (Photography). Today, I am excited to introduce you another amazing woman. Meet Ann Marie! Ann Marie is an Arizona based blogger with a furniture refinishing business and an ETSY shop on the side.

Her DIY furniture flips have been featured on some of the biggest sites online. Amazingly, she is able to fit all this in whilst raising four children with her husband and blogging at Twice Lovely. Ann Marie’s posts will be filled with all the details she puts in to each “Furniture Flip.” I picked up this sturdy old dresser from the local Craigslist. I’ve been hearing about different methods of making your own chalk paint at home. (It actually ended up being way too much paint for the body of this dresser, and I would think a half recipe would cut it for most projects.) And here are the beauty shots. Yep! Wow. Homemade Microwave Puffy Paint. DIY paint that puffs up in the microwave? Sounds like a surefire hit to me! I saw this idea on Mommy Labs awhile ago and filed away for a rainy day.

Today just happened to be the perfect combination of rain and bored kiddos, so I whipped up a batch – quick, easy, and SUPER fun! We started with one cup of flour and mixed in 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter. We divided our mix into four parts and put them into snack size Ziploc baggies along with some food coloring. Part of the fun was squishing it all around to mix up the colors! Rubber band the baggies like you would if you were icing a cake and snip off the teeniest little bit of the tip. Paint away! We made about ten paintings this morning, and we still have plenty of paint leftover so that Sawyer can have a chance to try it when he gets home from school too. How To Make Chalk Paint. Have you heard of Chalk Paint? It’s quickly becoming the newest rage in the DIY circle, especially after a blogging conference this summer when a ton of bloggers were given little jars of very expensive Annie Sloan chalk paint.

So many blogs I’ve read lately have been talking about it and it looks like a great product but the price? Wow! Unless it comes with someone to paint the furniture for me, I’m just to cheap to pay that much. Chalk paint is not chalkboard paint. It is a matte finished paint that is usually thinner and great for distressing/antiquing of pieces. A year ago when we moved into this house the previous owners left us a very sweet gift that I love but I didn’t like the finish. In person it was dark and hard to see the words when it was just sitting on the shelf. I knew I didn’t want a heavy coverage on it and I wanted it to be a matte look. So today I got busy and made chalk paint. So how do you make it? Chalk Paint 1 Cup Paint (any color) 1/4 cup hot water Bobbie. Crafts. Puffy Paint. I can't believe I've never tried this project before. It was so easy and fun that I ended up doing it three times this week... first with my own kids, then as a project at my son's school, and then with our music class.

I have a little bit of PTSD after working with lots and lots of squirrelly little 4 and 5 year olds. In particular my own kids, who tend to just dump out all the paint, smear it all over their bodies, and then run away screaming. They can engage with art projects sometimes, but it's a delicate trick... figuring out what will draw them in. This project was perfect because the bottles are just so irresistible to squeeze that no one could deny their hypnotic powers.

And the finished products all ended up looking really cool... not that that is necessarily necessary.... Puffy Paint 1 c. salt 1 c. flour 1 c. water a healthy squirt of food coloring or tempera paint. Put in squeeze bottles for Puffy Paint Paradise. Lana's Podge DIY. I have seen many tutorials on making your own version of Mod Podge that I just had to try it myself.

For those of you that don't know what Mod Podge is: It's a glue that is normally used for decoupaging, but a lot of crafters also use it for pretty much everything else, because it attaches on almost every surface giving a sheer finish.The down part of Mod Podge is, is that it's kinda expensive. It's not as expensive to not make me buy it, but for some projects I could use a cheaper version. There are a lot of discussions going around saying that the homemade version is not the same thing as the 'real deal'. And let me just be clear by saying that this is not the same as Mod Podge. It's a formula that has similar qualities as the real recipe, but it's not the same. This being sad, I still needed a cheap glue that's similar to Mod Podge for my smaller projects. And to finish it of, I made a fun label and gave it my own name;) Want to know how to make my homemade podge?

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Homemade Mod Podge. We all know how expensive Mod Podge is at the craft store, right? And since there are so many projects which use it, I thought I could find a homemade version online. Love pinterest! This is seriously the easiest DIY project I have ever done. Supplies: A Jar (I rescued an empty Tostitos Creamy Spinach Dip Jar YUMMM which was on its way out to be recycled)Elmer's White Glue (I used two 4 fl oz bottles)Water Before I made the Mod Podge, I washed out the jar and spray painted the lid silver.

Instructions: Empty glue into jarFill the empty glue bottle with water and pour into the new jar with the glue (Ideally, you want 50% glue and 50% water)Shake, Shake, SHAKE the jar That's it! You can get a little fancy and create a label too if you want. What do you think? Attempting Aloha: How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint - DIY. Aloha! Today I'm going to teach you how to make your very own chalkboard paint. FROM SCRATCH! Yep, I first learned the secret ingredient from the craft queen herself via her Martha Stewart Living Magazine. In their version, they used a flat paint like you would purchase in the paint section at a hardware store, but I really just wanted a smaller quantity to do a few Honeysuckle accents around my house and for Valentine's gifts, so I thought I'd do some experimenting on my own with regular old acrylic craft paints and different proportions.

Here's what you will need: Dry Non-Sanded Grout (purchased this huge tin at our local City Mill hardware store for $1.50...this will probably last me forever) Acrylic craft paints - White, Black, and Bright Magenta (Apple Barrel line by Plaid, found at Wal-mart) NOTE: Our craft stores here on the island are somewhat lacking, so I wasn't able to find anything perfectly matching Honeysuckle. Measuring spoons and cups Mixing cup or bowl (Hey, look! Make It: Chalkboard Paint. Yes you can. Chalkboard paint is ridiculously easy to make. The great thing about making it yourself is the array of colours you can make it in! Do a small project like a message board or go big and turn your kids play room into one big chalkboard! Ohhhhh… all the kids from the neighbourhood would surely be over if that were the case!

Follow along for the recipe and some tips! *Update! 1 Cup of latex house paint or acrylic craft paint 1 TBSP of non-sanded tile grout Mix together until there are no lumps. Yes. Paint your surface with the mixture. Let it dry completely. Get some chalk. Draw! And just in case you were wondering… clean up is no problem.

I popped my chalkboard into an old frame I had. *Amendment*If you find the chalkboard surface is too rough once dried, sand the surface lightly with a fine grit sand paper, then, using the side of a piece of chalk, rub it across the entire surface of the board. Plaster of Paris Method Hey all. Do it yourself. Wednes-DIY: Making Natural Dyes. Pin It I have been wanting to experiment with natural dyes for a while now, and with all the great new fall colors that have been popping up on our website (and featured in our monochromatic trend) I decided that it was time.

This is such a fun, environmentally friendly project that takes a little time, but very little cash. For today’s DIY I’ll tell you about what natural ingredients you can use to make natural dyes, and what shades of color they will yield. What I got: red cabbage, lemons, oranges, beets, yellow onions, blackberries, blueberries, spinach. For bluish/purple dyes: Blackberries and red cabbage can be used to make bluish/purple dyes.

For pinkish/red dyes: Beets and blueberries can make a really lovely dusty rose color. For copper/orange dyes: I never realized what a beautiful color yellow onions can have! For yellow dyes: Orange and lemon peels can be used to make a soft pale yellow dye. For green dyes: Finally, spinach can be used to make a beautiful shade of green. Now what? Natural Non-Toxic Wood Stain with Coffee, Berries and More | The Money Pit. How to Make Elmer's Glue Spray. How to Make Glue | Homemade Glue Recipe. During their childhood, kids use a large amount of glue. Most of them are chemical mixtures with no ingredients listed on the packaging. You can only imagine what’s in there. Preschoolers love pasting and collage, as well as tasting anything that comes close to their mouths.

Besides the awful taste, shop bought glue might not be the perfect substance for their tummies. School kids have (hopefully) learned not to lick the glue, but having it on their skin and, occasionally, all over them, isn’t good either as we know that our skin absorbs anything that’s put on it. Try this old trick to prove it: rub a clove of garlic onto the soles of your feet and after a while you’ll feel the garlicky taste in your mouth! Whether you would like to avoid a chance of your kids digesting chemical glues, make your house greener and as chemical free as possible or just want to avoid buying stuff and reducing wasteful packaging, the recipe above is a sure winner.

How to make non toxic homemade glue P.S. Packing Tape Image Transfers | Lil Blue Boo. I love image transfers. It’s something I’m always using in my journals but there are so many other fun uses for them. All you need to make a transfer is a photocopy of an image or words and packing tape. You can also use printouts from a laser printer or magazine pages. Inkjets will not work because they are not heat based toner. So take some photos to the copy machine or tear some pages out of your favorite magazine to get started.

First, take a strip of packing tape and place it over the images you want to transfer: Then use the back of your scissors or the side of your fingernail to make sure the tape is adhered firmly: Next, dip the tape and paper into a bowl of water to wet the back: Using your fingers, start to rub off the paper from the back of the tape: Like magic….your image is left behind on the tape! I like to use the transfers to wrap special letters before I mail them.

It’s like having custom tape: Another idea is to take a small canvas and use the images for artwork: P.S.