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10 Chalkboard Paint Ideas and Recipe Posted by: Cathy on Jun 18, 2011 Tagged in: Untagged I've been seeing some gorgeous ideas with chalkboard paint so I decided to go out and buy some. I was quite surprised at the cost of it so perhaps you would like to make your own. There's a simple recipe here. So now we have our paint, what shall we do with it? Painting plant pots to easily label them would be a great idea, especially when I'm bringing on my seedlings. Labeling all the jars and pots in the pantry would sure help me to find things quickly. Having a chalkboard on the pantry door is a great place to write your shopping list. A wonderful way to recycle some bottles. A chalkboard heart would be lovely to send your loved one little messages. A great way to label boxes and know what's inside. Stones are cheap and I sooooo need these reminders! Painting up an old globe, would make a great gift for the man in your life. Of course paintboard paint does not have to be black! For tutorials on how to market yourself online, go here.

Creative Kismet & Blog Archive & little guiding stars - StumbleUpon Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share!

DIY Photo Frame For Several Photos Here is a simple yet stylish photo frame that can accomodate quite many photos at once. The idea is very simple. Fasten twines on the empty frame and hang photos using clothes pins on them. You can use a frame you bought or a frame you made by yourself. To make it you just need to find some wood strips, sand them, paint or stain them and fasten together with the staples and nails.

Carol Endler Sterbenz’s decoupage plates + winners Last week, I blogged about Carol Endler Sterbenz’s new book Homemade: The Heart and Science of Handcrafts . This week, I’m honored to welcome Carol as a guest nester! “This straightforward technique can be used to decorate plain glass plates in any style or size you want. Tutorial and photos after the jump! X-Acto contest winners Thank you to everyone who commented on the Craftiness with X-Acto knives post. How to make Carol’s decoupage plates Note: Featured here is a plate decorated with a repeat pattern of sized images of a dancer’s head, but you can choose different art to suit your personal style and taste. Supplies and tools Spanish Dancer , original art (right click/control click on the image) dessert plate, 7” (17.8 cm) in diameter, in clear glass self-adhesive bumpers decoupage medium acrylic craft paint, in color, as desired acrylic medium-and-varnish brushes: narrow watercolor and sponge manicure scissors craft knife felt-tip marker poster putty glass cleaner paper towels

How to Make Leaf Skeletons - The Idea Room - StumbleUpon I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. You need washing soda, not baking soda! Gather your leaves. Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves. You will add 3/4 cup of washing soda and 4 cups of water to your pot of leaves. Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. When 1.75 hours are up fill a glass baking dish with cool water. I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. If you’re still with me, this is what I ended up with… I have a maple leaf which turned out not so well. 37.1Kstumbleupon

t-shirt pom poms Learn how to turn old t-shirts into pom poms! T-shirt Pom Poms are so much more durable than tissue paper ones. And I think they look loads better! got an old tee or two {or 20!} that you don’t wear anymore? turn them into *pretty little pom poms! Supplies t-shirts, 1 per pom pomscissorscardboard use round objects to trace circles onto cardboard to make 2 templates like those shown above. i used a roll of tape and my camera lens cap…. the diameter of the outer circle is 6.5″ and the diameter of the inner circle is 2.5″. you can play around with different template sizes to get different sized pom poms. cut your t-shirt into 1/2″ strips. i only used from the arm pits down on each shirt. . take one strip and one template and place strips as shown close to the inner circle. sandwich the strip by putting the other template on top. take a fabric strip and place on cardboard with the end even with the outer edge. continue winding the strips around the template until you reach the other side.

Domestic for Dummies: Fall Pinterest Project: DIY Coasters Is everyone ready for today's Pinterest challenge? I know I'm excited to share my project and can't wait to see what everybody else came up with. Pinterest in general just makes me tinkle in my pants with joy! So let's get to it! Lately I have been obssessed with games like Words With Friends, Wordosaur, Scrabble and any other word games that make me use my noggin. If you ever want to play with me you can come over. Online these babies go for $26, but with a little crafting and an old scrabble game, these can be yours for practically free! Here are the materials you need: 64 scrabble letters (check yard sales, thrift stores, or order some on Ebay or Amazon if you don't have any on hand)1 thin cork board (buy at any craft store)1 x-acto knifesuper gluehot glue gunmodpodge/sealer Step 1. Arrange 16 letters to make 4 words that you are happy with on your coasters (Ex. Step 2. Glue letters together using a thin layer of super glue leaving about 15 seconds to dry between each letter. Step 3.

Paper Flowers - Anyone Can Do That | FindInspirations.com - StumbleUpon Japanese Kusudama, this tutorial is featured on Craftuts Anyone can do that, I assure you. The proof: I can, just take a quick look at my result below. And, believe me, I am neither meticulous nor particularly patient. Below you can see my very first attempt to create paper flowers. What you will need to make your own Kusudama paper ball? 1. 3. 4. (optionally) I prefer torn paper instead of cut. You have to start with a single petal. Now you have to glue your 5 petals into a flower. Apply the glue to only one side of each petal, except for the last one, in this case cover both sides with glue. Your first flower is done. Don’t glue every petal right after you make it. When all 12 flowers are finished you have to glue them together. When two halves of Kusudama Flower Ball are ready you have to glue them together.

DIY Planter Box Centerpiece Hey friends! After finishing my mirrors in the dining room, my table started to look naked! So… I dressed her up today. This is a super easy project and I LOVE the results! This is the wood I used for the project… 2 – 1x6x4 whitewood boards 1- 2×4 stud Total for wood was under $10… Yippee! I also used Gorilla Wood glue to attach it all together. I cut my 2×4 the same length as my other 2 boards (4ft) I used wood glue and nails to attach the 1×6′s to the 2×4 like this… Then I cut 2 small pieces of from my stud to finish off the sides. I made some dings all around the whole box, and I also used some furniture upholstery nails around the whole thing because I like the way they look. I decided to try a new product out to finish my box. It’s Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain. I LOVED it. The Rust-Oleum stain dries in no time. It’s also much less stinky and sticky than the others I have used. Once it dried I was all finished. I used the 12 ounce sauce bottles from their site (SAU12) What do you think??

upcycled Fliepi | Flickr - Fotosharing! Glass Etching | Make It and Love It - StumbleUpon Have you ever done any glass etching? Well, neither had I before today. But wow. Check out my new and improved etched Trifle Bowl. The perfect bowl for desserts of all kinds…..and even a great place for fresh fruit on the counter. Glass etching is also a great way to stamp your name on your pyrex dishes, to make sure they come back to you. And how about adding a little extra detail, just because…… (Edited to Add: The font used here is called Smiley Monster and I downloaded the font for free here.) Sweet in every way. Are you wanting to make your own? (This technique permanently etches your glass. First, you’ll need a piece of vinyl with an adhesive back, like the vinyl you buy for vinyl wall decor. Then peel away the shapes, leaving the negative space all in one piece. The Silhouette code for the bird/branch is: bird_on_branch_C00044_23067 01/18/2010 Then peel the vinyl backing away. Then place your vinyl against your glass, making sure to center the image just where you’d like it. Good luck!

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