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How to: Hand Painted Mug

How to: Hand Painted Mug
October 17th, 2011 I’ve been wanting to try porcelain paint for a while, and it’s just as amazing as I anticipated. You have to give it a try. The holidays are coming up, and hand painted coffee/cocoa mugs would make great gifts! Supplies: porcelain mug (mine is from CB2) Pebeo Porcelaine 150 outliner (available at Dick Blick) There are transparent porcelain paints that you apply with a brush and outliners which are thicker and opaque. How to: 1.

How to: button calender By Diane Gilleland I know calendars (and clocks and address books) are quickly becoming computer-centric tools, but I like the old-school charm of this desk calendar. Make it once, and you can use it forever – just move the numbers to their correct location each month, and change the nameplate! Materials Picture frame, 11″x14″ or 16″x20″, see belowSheet of foam board or 1/2″-thick corkRuler Craft knife Piece of woven fabric, about 24″x30″ Spray adhesive Masking tape Scissors 42 large buttons, 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter 42 flat-head thumb tacks 5 sheets card stock, for numbers and nameplatesDownloadable name/number template 3/4″ circle punch, optional E-6000, or similarly strong glue Water-soluble fabric marker Fine-point Sharpie 2 squares of wool or acrylic felt 1 sheet of Friendly Felt, or lightweight chipboard Sewing machine and thread 2 sets Velcro dots plus 22 “loop” style dots (the softer half of a Velcro pair)Greeting card envelope Directions Step 1: First, prepare the background.

Colorful Silverware! « Spearmint Kitchen Pin It a cute DIY project to spiff up your old silverware for spring. doesn’t everyone have a set of old silverware? i keep a set underneath the sink and it could definitely use this makeover. wouldn’t it be fun to use this for your picnics? Pin It all you need is:spray paint metal primer, spray paint, painter’s tape, and sandwich bags Pin It see the full DIY @ via Pin It

How to: photo clip frame Confession: I am compelled to take pictures of flowers and insects. Problem: I don’t usually choose these to send to the printer. Solution: a photo clip frame. Credit: I saw something very similar to this at Pier 1 a few weeks ago and decided it would be a perfect way to display a bunch of my flowers and bugs; I also decided that I had everything on hand to make one…so I did. The original costs 28 bucks; mine cost 0 bucks. Unbeknownst to me, this project actually started at the end of last summer when my boo and I were out taking our nightly constitutional and came upon a box sitting in a neighborhood yard. What I used for this project: Drill/Dremel1mm drill bit (or roughly the same size at the largest wire used)1mm (19 gauge) wire.33 wirewire cutterpenciltape measurepliersandpaper, paint, brush18″ x 20″ wooden picture frame How I made it: I sifted through my stash of frames and settled on one of the 18 x 20′s. I sanded it down and gave it a couple coats of white semi-gloss. Like this:

Salvaged cupboard door = serving tray I noticed this stash of cupboard doors at my local salvage yard. The white one was the perfect size to make a serving tray. The old drawer pulls—also found at the salvage yard—made ideal handles. How to make a serving tray out of a salvaged cupboard door Supplies cupboard doorblack acrylic paint (I used Liquitex in Ivory Black)black spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum semi gloss)clear spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum lacquer)white house paint (I used leftover paint from my antique bookshelf makeover)4 machine screws2 drawer pulls (large enough to fit your hand)4 felt pads (I used 3/4-inch)wood fillersandpapernewspaperFloral swirl pattern Tools pencil and hi-polymer (white) eraserdrill and drill bitscrewdriversmall paintbrushesrulerpainter’s palette or paper plate 1. 2. UPDATE: You asked for the pattern, so you got it. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

How to: Fix Clothing If you own any pieces of clothing, it wouldn't hurt to know how to fix them. Here are the top ten basic ways to fix your wardrobe against any tears, stains, or just a bad fit. (Need help? 1. Peter Dazeley/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images Come on. 2. Rain Blanken Mending a seam is so quick and easy that it should never be a reason for tossing out your clothes. 3. How to repair a broken zipper. 4. Replace your missing zipper pull or just make a cool new one out of your favorite key chain. 5. Wine stains, grease stains, grass stains...vinegar can knock them all out! 6. Drawstrings are easily lost, or even damaged. 7. As much as I love my jeans, I'm not really that nice to them. 8. Clothes that have linings tend to be more expensive to purchase. 9. When it comes to pants, it’s all about the fit. Check out the step-by-btep instructions 10. DIY Fashion Don't you hate finding the perfect pair of jeans that have just the right fit, except in length?

Day 63 – DIY Corona Glasses I cannot even tell you how excited I was when I found this pin explaining how simple it is to cut glass bottles. For our first anniversary, my husband signed us up for a glassblowing class. It was awesome and we had a great time. You can cut glass bottles at home using materials you probably already have on hand. glass bottles yarn nail polish remover lighter sink full of ice water sandpaper 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. The hardest part about this project is getting the cut in the right spot. You can make more than just drinking glasses. Source: Crafty Scrappy Happy Related posts:

Anthro-Inspired Serving Tower There are some beautiful serving pieces cropping up around blogland, using all sorts of great materials, and I’ve been wanting to do something similar. In browsing Anthro a couple of weeks ago (I know I know, I actually went in the store – but I had a good friend on speed dial in case I succumbed to anything too crazy) I came across a serving tower made from beautiful white dishes and cups, stacked on top of each other. Now because I was in an Anthro-high-price stupor, I did not take a picture of this lovely item. And of course it is nowhere on line. This is the closest thing I could find on their site. I wanted mine to be a bit more colorful though . . . I scoured our local thrift store and found a great selection of pretty plates and cups. In trying to decide what would be best to glue these dishes together I came across the DIY Club Challenge – which requires you to use certain projects to participate. I added the glue to the base plate. And placed the dessert plate on the glue ring.