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TUTORIAL: Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art - Last week, I posted a preview of the simple, inexpensive wall art my mom and I created. Now I’m excited to show you how you can make a one-of-a-kind coffee stirrer masterpieces too! I’m big on projects that anyone can do. And this is one of those projects. If you can smear paint on wood and use scissors, you can make this easy art. Here’s all you need to get started: 1. Additional Supplies: 5. Okay, first things first. So, once you’ve got your palette, it’s time to paint your frames and your coffee stirrers! My mom and I did our painting as the sun was setting, which is always a questionable decision.

I was going for the reclaimed driftwood sort of look. Once your coffee stirrers are painted, it’s time to trim them to fit into the frame(s) you’ve chosen. I found the quickest way to do this is to measure one stick to be the length you need it and then use it as the guide for trimming all the others. After I finished the set of three, I realized I didn’t like the red splashes of color. Christmas Lights in 8 Bedrooms. Posted by rd on Thursday, November 3, 2011 · Countdown begins before Christmas!

And timely enough I’ve found these beautiful Christmas lights adorned bedrooms. They are so lovely I can’t stand it! Here’s a few discoveries, hope it inspires you! [source: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight] Always in Wonder: Living Room Makeover, Part 1: Herringbone Wall. Remember a couple of days ago when I posted the sneak peak picture, and told you that I went through 2 large rolls of Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape in one day? Well today I am going to show you the finished product. Our hard work totally paid off, and the wall looks so good. I saw this picture on Pinterest, and it was love at first sight. I’ve always loved herringbone pattern in fabric. This wall was created by Laurie, and featured on Design Sponge. And there’s even a short tutorial on how to recreate the herringbone patterned wall. The first thing we did was paint all of our walls. After painting the wall gray we found the center of our wall, and began measuring, marking, and taping off our vertical lines.

Next, on our vertical lines of tape we measured down every 10 inches. Once everything was taped off we painted every other row with Dutch Boy’s Refresh Ultra White. You can see how the gloss changed the sheen of the Modern Classic and adds a subtle dimension to the pattern. Linking up to: DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas. Chalkboard paint has become all the rage.

And it’s uses for creating home decor pieces that you can personalize with the swipe of a piece of chalk have become seemingly endless. I love this idea for spray painting wine bottles and then personalizing them with a faux label or design. These bottles can be used simply as decorative pieces, vases for your favorite flowers or even as pricing structures for store products. Here are a few other ideas that are easy to craft and simple to love! 1. Chalkboard Door. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Have chalkboards made their way into your home yet? How to Make a Kids Floor Cushion {inspired by Land of Nod. Helpful tips. Paper flower tutorial. I thought some of you would enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make those little paper flowers I used as part of my table setting a couple weeks ago.

The credit for these go to Martha Stewart (I saw this idea nearly 10 years ago in her magazine, but haven't been able to find it on her website). So here I go.. Step 1: Draw a spiral on a 4x4" square sheet of paper Step 2: Cut out spiral along lines you have drawn Step 3: Begin rolling up the spiral from the outside Step 4: Keep on rolling until there's no more left to roll Step 5: You're done! I used a slightly heavier weight paper for this one, but you can use normal paper as well. Note: You may use a bit of glue or double-stick tape to keep the flower from unrolling and loosening up with time. How to Make a Woven Button Coaster | ThreadBanger - D.I.Y Fashion & Style. Print Hula Hoop Rug Page | Crafts | FamilyFun.

Crystal Enamel Drinking Glasses. My kids are old enough that we can all use glass to drink out of now. However, it seems they haven’t outgrown using a million cups everyday to drink from. There’s always a sink full of glasses because they take a new one whenever they get a drink. I thought about doing monograms or even names, but I really wanted a set of drinking glasses that were more stylish and grown up. So instead, I went with the color code system. It all started with this box of drinking glasses I bought at the thrift store for $3.54.

The set includes 6 tall glasses and 6 short glasses. There are six of us, so that’s just perfect! In case you’re wondering how I got this pretty effect, I used DecoArt’s new Crystal Gloss Enamels. They dry clear and were perfect for this project! Then I added decorations by dipping the handle end of my paintbrush into the enamels and dotted them onto the glasses. I created flowers using this method as well. They need to dry for 48 hours. Mismatched Chair Bench. DIY: Blueprint-Inspired Holiday Project. Our own Angelica completed a DIY project over the holidays that's positively brilliant. She writes: After a series of failed baking adventures I realized it was time for me to transfer my love for YumSugar and food magazines to CasaSugar and design magazines. In the spirit of the holidays I picked a Light Bright project from this month's Blueprint magazine. I must admit, I'm a much better painter and craftswoman than I am a baker so the project was definitely a confidence booster.

The Blueprint picture is on the left, my replica is on the right. To find out how to make your own replica, just read more What You'll Need stretched canvaspaintbrushesgroundcloth or newspapers to protect your floorpencilawlwhite twinkly tree lightscraft glue You can find the complete Blueprint directions here.

Iron Craft Challenge #1 - Iced Willow Branch Candleholder. Crafty Weekend. My friend, Olivia, came over today because she wanted to make some painted glasses like I had done in February. Since I can not sit idly by while other people are being crafty, I made these two new glasses. The favorite for me is definitely the squid, only heightened by the fact I used purple and yellow on it which makes it look way more awesome than I could have ever dreamed. It took me a little while to finish due to all the curves, tentacles and whatnot.

Also, I mixed some of the paints into a more varied tonal range this time around. This octopus is based on one from the front of a "thank you" note another friend had given me. Tornadoes and Tigers: Against the wall. One. two. three. four Hi readers, my name is Amanda and I write a blog called Here Comes the Sun. Dane has been a friend of mine for many years now- in fact he was a groomsman for my husband on our wedding day and his gorgeous wife was one of my bridesmaids! We also got the chance to be in their bridal party when their wedding day came around as well, so needless to say we know each other pretty well! Anyway I am happy to be here today and share a few interior pictures that have been inspiring me. I tried not too pick things that are too girly (apart from the teacups- sorry Dane) because I’ve never blogged on a guys blog before and it’s a bit of a learning curve!

Anyway I hope you enjoy these pictures and have a very nice Christmas! Thanks for having me Dane Amanda Thomas Here Comes the Sun. Shape Book Tute « Cheeky Magpie. I’ve had an overwhelming response to this project and everyone wants a tutorial, so here you go. First off, gather your supplies: - book for dismembering, paperbacks are great - template (I made half an apple out of a thick piece of chipboard) - exacto knife with a very sharp blade - clips - glue stick - snot dots - ink or paint for coloring and something to apply it with - decoration or embellishments Step 1 My paperback book was too thick so I split it in half using my blade. Step 2 Lay the template down on the book and cut the pages around the template. Step 3 Remove the cut paper leaving the template in place. Step 4 Once the book is cut, trim any rough edges you don’t want. Step 5 For color, I used ink refill and diluted it a bit because I wanted it to soak in to the paper.

Step 6 Once the edges were done, I applied the ink/water mixture to the inside of the pages by using a “flip and wipe” method. Step 7 Once the book is dry you will need to stretch the spine so it opens. Step 8 Step 9 Step 10.