Posts tagged ‘diy’

April 22, 2013

chair lift

$8 thrift chair…cute curves but in dire need of a facelift…

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Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (graphite) & Soft Wax.  Cushion – new foam pad topped with creamy vinyl.

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“The discontented man finds no easy chair.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin

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February 26, 2013

special specs

Inspired by a BHG glasses case project:

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  • 7 inch felt square
  • 7 inch square of iron-on fusible webbing
  • fabric strips, ribbons, embroidery thread
  • Layer felt, fusible webbing, fabric strips.  Iron in place.

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Attach ribbon, finish top edge, add stitches as desired.

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Fold right sides together & machine stitch on side & bottom edge.  Dab a little fray-check on ribbon & embroidery thread edges, turn right-side out.

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“My grandmother is over eighty & still doesn’t need glasses.  Drinks right out of the bottle.”  ~ Henry Youngman

January 1, 2013

stick snowflake

Inspired by browsing on Pinterest…. how cute is the craft stick snowflake?!

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  • craft sticks, wood glue, clothes pins, glossy white paint

Connect 3 pairs of sticks together, then glue them to create the center star:

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Let dry.  Meanwhile, glue the “chicken feet” ends together – 6 total trios.

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Connect the diamond pieces all around using fingers & thumbs as vices, & clothes pins.  This part takes patience!

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Glue the trios onto each end point.  Let dry completely, then paint.  Hang with clear wire or strong thread.

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“It’s too early.  I never eat December snowflakes.  I always wait until January.”  ~ Lucy  (Charlie Brown Christmas quotes)

December 1, 2012

ornament wreath

Classy!

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Thrift store frame $1 & mini glass ornaments $2:

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  • paint frame with metallic paint (Folk Art 580 Taupe & 675 Champagne)
  • arrange & decide ornament placement – use 3M super strength adhesive (follow package directions) to glue in place one by one

(side note:  hot glue works….however, if the wreath is in between a south-facing front door & storm door….the heat generated may re-melt the glue…& leave the cute ornaments in a big, broken, gluey heap on the floor)

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  • attach wide velvet loop with thumb tacks on backside, hang on wreath holder
  • make a pretty bow & tape or pin in place

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Let the Christmas Season begin!

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“My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, & not the house to the owner”  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

November 5, 2012

corn door

A cute candy corn freath:

The $3 thrift store frame before:

  • paint one coat primer
  • paint upper white & lower yellow colors
  • use painter’s tape for orange color boundaries
  • remove tape & touch-up

“People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’  Well, no, I was an accountant.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres

October 30, 2012

plate pedestal

Search & rescue forlorn small plates & candle holders at your favorite thrift store or home.  The following eight items cost $4.50.

To make a couple specimens dark & creepy, paint the candle holder (these were not glass or ceramic) a metallic gray.   Then, with an adhesive product, (make sure it works with the materials!) secure plate to pedestal.

Be patient during drying & curing!  Trust me.

The next two are anytime of the year cuties.  Use them to hold small items – keys, paper clips –  or display seasonal goodies.  Raised objects save linear space & lend visual interest.

Fun is… fake rodents & spiders on Halloween….one never knows where they may lurk around here…

May 25, 2012

flag freath

Looking for a simple, easy, red-white-&-blue wreath?

  • wreath form – foam circle or a frame
  • crepe paper
  • tape

Secure the crepe paper to the back of the frame with tape & wrap around as desired.  Turning at the corners required a couple separate pieces.

A simple painted cookie cutter star, hung with elastic jewelry thread, finishes the piece.

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”  ~ Arthur Ashe

April 20, 2012

save up

A fun art activity to help kids (or adults) reach savings goals.  Especially good for visual learners.

Supplies:  envelope, printed grid, tape or glue, fine black marker

  1. Each square in the grid represents a dollar amount.
  2. Draw a picture with the black marker.
  3. As savings are stashed in the envelope, color a square.

“Money will buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail” ~ Richard Friedman

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