First off, I apologize for being so MIA. I was out of province for the month of August, and then school started! And I wasn’t able to crafty procrast like I wanted too.
But here I am!
I loved this craft, its easy and fun, and useful!
Wine glasses! I bought a pack of 6 for $10.00 from Ikea
Acrylic paint and paintbrushes- Pick a few colours of paint, but make sure you have white to make different shades of each colour! Dollarama, $1/bottle, $2/pack of brushes
Use your white paint to make different shades of each colour. You will want about 4-5 different shades.
Take the bottom of your paint brush and apply spots! Place the dots randomly, and make sure to use equal amounts of each shade.
Once you have finished your glasses, place them on a cookie sheet, pop them in the oven, and turn the heat to 350F. Make sure you put the glasses in the oven while its heating up, not once it reaches 350F, or the glasses will crack.
Leave the glasses in the oven for 30 minutes (starting the timer when you put the glasses in, not when the oven reaches 350F)
Turn the oven off and leave the oven door open after 30 minutes. Let cool.
You’re set! Have a drink to toast your good work!
P.S: To keep your design from fading, hand wash your glasses instead of putting them in the dishwasher
Now this is one easy DIY. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. But I think it would look cute if you had a couple lined up. Maybe as a dinner table display. Could also be a candle holder. I’ll let you decide.
Empty, washed Tuna can (or similar sized can)
Wooden clothes pins (you can use plastic, I like the woodsy look though) – Dollarama, $2 for a pack of 60
Optional: soil and plant, or candle
Optional: Acrylic paint if you wish to paint the pins
Clip pins around tuna can. plant your plant OR insert candle
Optional: paint your clothes pins
So capital-E Easy. I almost need a “very easy” category for this one.
I have had this small white table for a while. I inherited it from my mom (inherited might be a bad word, I think she’d prefer stole “borrowed”). It was made for her when she was my age, living alone in the big bad world. Its roughly a foot high and is perfect for my plants.
Through re-potting, watering, etc it became really dirty. After wiping it down, I realized it needed a new coat of paint… and maybe a little jazz.
This isn’t rocket science (although I’d like to use this moment to randomly shout out to Chris Hadfield) – but its a nice reminder that some items just need a little TLC to look their best again.
This is what I used, and how I did it:
Piece of furniture I wanted to spruce up
Acrylic paint (might not last years on end, but that just means I can give it another make over!)
Brushes, plastic bags (or newspaper)
Cover floor with bags (newspaper). Place furniture on top
Paint base color (in my case white), let dry.
Use painters tape to make stripes
Paint over non-taped sections with color of choice (I was actually aiming for a very dusty very very light purpley-grey, I got more of a lavender. C’est la vie)
Let partially dry – remove strips of tape. You don’t want to let it completely dry because then the paint risks coming off when you pull the tape off.
I have seen so many versions of this craft all over the web, so much so, that I doubted it would even need an introduction!
But, just in case, and without further adieu..
The Plastic Spoon Ombre Vase (pictured on the far right, behind the white birdie)
Materials (all available at Dollarama)
Acrylic Paint – buy one base colour, i.e. purple, blue, etc. and buy white so you can make different shades
Glue gun and sticks
Any type of jar (I used an old coffee canister)
Cut off the heads of the spoons. I needed 12 heads per row. Try to guestimate how many you’ll need by measuring your jar
Line your spoon heads on newspaper or a plastic sheet in as many rows as will fit on your jar (I had four rows)
Take your base colour and create your different shades. Play around, adding more and more white paint for each row of spoons.
Once you’ve perfected your colours, begin painting your spoon heads, each row the same colour.
Let your spoons dry. While they are drying, you might consider painting your jar or canister. I painted mine black.
Once everything is dry, begin glueing the spoon heads onto the canister. You can arrange your spoon heads from dark to light or light to dark, facing up or facing down, your choice! Although it seems most people agree the downward direction of the spoon head is more attractive.
Do you like it? To be honest, I am slightly indifferent towards mine. It looks kind of funny. But the examples I’ve seen look really pretty, so maybe I will give it another go.
Check out Addicted2Decorating for a pretty example. In fact, check out her whole website. It’s awesome 🙂