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Glass jars turned vintage

Glass jars turned vintage
Lately I've been intrigued by those lovely vintage blue glass jars you see on the tables of chic outdoor weddings. I did a little bit of research on these, to see how economical they were in bulk, and found that they can range anywhere from $5-$15 per jar, depending on how rare they are. I was a bit surprised by this, and thought there had to be a better way to achieve the same look, so I went in search of a way to "dye" a regular quart sized jar, to mimic the look of the old Ball Perfect Mason Jars. Here's my photo recap: I used a product called Vitrea 160, which is a transparent color for glass, in a shade called turquoise. I flipped my jar upside down and placed it into another plastic tupperware container, then brushed the outside of the jar with the mixture in thin, even strokes from top to bottom. The best part of this project (besides the fact that it's super easy) is that it's cheap. NOTE: This project is best suited for use with flowers and water, rather than with candles.

DIY Fabric Garland My niece’s first birthday is quickly approaching and I’ve decided to try out a few projects for her upcoming party. First up is a fabric garland to decorate the walls and ceiling. I couldn’t wait to share this latest project because it turned out to be so easy and super fun to do! I wish I had a birthday party to celebrate every month just so I’d have an excuse to make these. More pics and step-by-step instructions after the break! Materials Needed: Sewing Machine Fabric Pellon / Interfacing Iron Rotary Pinking Cutter Scissors Satin Ribbon Coordinating Thread Instructions: 1. 2. 3. This would make a great gift after the party or a whimsical touch to a child’s room or baby shower, the possibilities are endless… Happy crafting! *Tip: I only made my flags single-sided but this could easily be done with fabric on each side.

D.I.Y. Oversized Fabric Garland Chandelier Make a statement piece in your home out of supplies you already have on hand! I designed my oversized fabric garland chandelier to fit over our table but you could also use it in a corner that needs a little more excitement, above a reading nook in a child's bedroom, or as the backdrop for your next holiday party. You'll need: 1 wire cooling rack, 2-3 yards of fabric in different shades, 1 strand of twinkle lights, 1 white extension cord, lace, chenille, embroidery thread, a needle, two hooks that screw into a wall, a drill. 1. cut strips of fabric in varying widths (1/2" - 2") for depth. 2. create texture with strips by stitching loosely through them with embroidery thread and then bunching them up before tying a knot. Spread them out evenly along your thread and leave enough string at the end to tie it to the cooling rack. 3. 5. 7. 9. Drill a pilot hole in your ceiling and hang a strong hook where you'd like to hang your chandelier.

Resolution Subway Art – Tutorial This was my submission from the SYTYC “New Year’s” Challenge….I finally won a challenge! That puts Dana and I into the final two this coming week! I haven’t made resolutions for the past few new years because I usually forget about them after a few weeks. This year as a family we came up with a short list of things we wanted to focus on everyday and I made the list into a large piece of art. I love that this large 3 foot high wood piece is reminiscent of an early 20th century subway sign. It is durable enough to hang in an outside eating area: It is simple enough to rest on a side table: And it is bold enough to display on a mantle as the focus of a room: Here is how I made it: Step 1: I bought a ready cut 2′ x 4′ piece of wood from my hardware store and had them shorten it to 2′ x 3.’ Step 2: I also bought long wood molding strips that were 1/2″ wide and 1 1/2″ deep. Step 9: I printed out my resolutions on regular sized paper. Visit the following tutorial too!

say YES! to hoboken: DIY: Big Bow Pillow This is the big bow pillow I made yesterday. I started with this tutorial to make the actual bow. Although I made both the bow and the middle piece much much wider. Ta dah! copyright 2014 liz stanley // all rights reserved How To Mix Chalkboard Paint in Any Color We love using chalkboards as backdrops for displays and parties (like this one here!). So we were super excited to learn that you can create your own custom colors-and it's really easy! We first learned how from Martha Stewart whose tutorial you can read here. She recommends that you use latex paint, but we tried it out with acrylic paints with much success. Here's how you too can create your own chalkboard paint... Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!) 1. 2. Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. Have fun creating any color combination you like!!

DIY Aluminum Lanterns using Upcycled Radiator Perforated Metal Sheets I originally came up with this idea as a good way to practice before I made a pendant lamp for our home, using the cloverleaf pattern below, and I just had to share them with you. Inspired by Moroccan lanterns, I used perforated metal sheets often used on radiator covers to create little lanterns and vases. You can also thread wire or ribbon on them to mark table numbers. They look as cute in daylight as they look when lit! - perforated metal sheets or upcycle them from used radiator covers (found in places like here) - tin snips + fine sand paper for metal - 20 or 22 gauge wire - flat pliers - spray paint Create templates on a piece of paper to play with the proportions before you begin cutting the metal sheet. Thread both ends of your cylinder using 20 or 22 gauge wire and twist tight using pliers. View Step-by-Step Instructions

Wine Bottle Wall Vase Hey hey!! I love my project that I am sharing with you guys today! Check out my Wine Bottle Wall Vase! These are the supplies I used to make them. The threaded rod is super easy to cut. If you don’t want to cut your threaded rod, you can also purchase a pack of small ones already cut for you like this from Lowe’s… You will also need a wine bottle or another bottle with a skinny neck. The rest is super easy too! After cutting my boards (or you can have Lowe’s cut them) I stained them using my very favorite… This stain is amazing! Now for assembly! I positioned my flange where I wanted it on my board and penciled the marks to pre-drill. After drilling a small hole in each space I attached the flange with my wood screws. Then I took one of my threaded rod pieces and screwed it in with my hand as far as it would go… And then I added the bottom half of the hanger to it like this… I attached my wine bottle with the other half of the ring hanger like this. Then, I added a sawtooth hanger to the back.

wednes-diy i’ve got lots of great diy inspiration for you all today so lets get right to it! one of our readers made this bike lock inspired by our dog leash DIY! i love the fabrics she used…this is a great way to jazz up your bike lock, just wrap different scraps of fabric around it! another reader, autumn, sent this awesome project she made for her environmental perspectives class, in which they were required to create an interior or apparel item made entirely out of recycled materials. she made an up-cycled outdoor chandelier using an old wire basket, recycled glass jars, various necklaces and chains found in her dresser, a coat hanger to hang it up and a little bit (or a lot) of creativity! speaking of outdoor parties, i can’t get over these string chandeliers from the blog wednesday! the seem like they would be so much fun to make: check out the tutorial here. and here’s a similar project from shannon south that uses lace doilies! hmmm…which project to try first…