Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tattooed Plaster Hands (Fornasetti Inspired)

Have you seen that awesome plaster of Paris hand project made with rubber dishwashing gloves?  Well I finally decided to try it and make a set of Fornasetti inspired decorative plaster hands.  These would be great for displaying jewelry or just to have as a conversation piece on your table.  Either way, they are super fun to make and I think they look fantastic!  Hey, when you get a chance, google Piero Fornasetti and see his amazing body of work.  I think you'll love it.
My trio of tattooed hands!
I can't decide where to put them in my house
Some pieces by Fornasetti (one of my favorite designers)
Watch the video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
Plaster of Paris
Clip art images
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint in Cottonball
Drill
Jigsaw
Staple gun
Rubber gloves
Paintbrushes
 Draw a 3" diameter circle on the scrap wood
Drill a hole on the circle's edge so that you can insert the jigsaw blade
Cut out the circle with the jigsaw
Staple the rim of the rubber glove to the cut out hole
 Fill the matching glove with water and pour it in a mixing bowl
Add the plaster until it is the consistency of pancake batter
Pour it in the glove, squeeze out any bubbles, and let dry overnight
Cut out the clip art images
 Remove the plaster hand from the rubber glove *You'll have to cut it off
Paint the plaster hand with the Americana Multi-Surface Satin in Cottonball (white)
Spray the images with the E-6000 Spray Adhesive
*Clip around the images so that they lay flat on the curved areas of the hand
Coat everything with Minwax Polycrylic and let dry




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy #ThursDIY!

Happy #ThursDIY possums!  Check out the ten awesome projects we have to inspire you this week.  Everything from funky Christmas trees to fruity Christmas stockings......There's something for everyone on this very holiday #ThursDIY.  Enjoy!

 Cathy Attix embroiders a beautiful sweater that is just J'adorable!  http://www.trinketsinbloom.com/embroidered-sweater-diy/
 Heather Mann features clever acorn place cards......Fall and fabulous!  http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2014/11/chalkboard-acorn-place-cards/
Margot Potter makes Naughty look Nice with her latest stamped metal project:  http://icanmakemetalstampedjewelry.com/diy-naughty-nice-earrings/
 Make gorgeous faux coral using twigs from your backyard with this easy tutorial:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFnZQesYUF4
Cathie Filian makes it snow with collage clay (it looks good enough to eat)  http://youtu.be/78z5erZ1j7A
Stephenie makes a beautiful drift wood wreath......Perfect for a beachy holiday:  http://mycraftyadventures.com/2014/11/18/driftwood-wreath-diy/
 Jader Bomb makes sequin ornaments to sparkle UP that tree!  http://ilovetocreateblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/how-to-make-sequin-ornaments.html
Love these mint green pine cones!  Dipped and delish.  Here's how:  http://www.uptodateinteriors.com/2014/11/pinecone-swag.html
Deck your halls with this fabulous funky Christmas tree by Aunt Peaches.  You've got to see the crazy stuff she puts on this tree.

Fruity Christmas Stockings from My Poppet!  Here's how:  




Saturday, November 15, 2014

Faux Coral Centerpiece DIY (Tony Duquette Inspired)

I love the work of Tony Duquette, I always have.  He was an amazing designer who could create magic from absolutely nothing. Definitely look him up if you get the chance.  Today we're taking twigs from the backyard and creating faux coral centerpieces that are perfect for your next fancy dinner party.  When it's not in the center of your table, just put it on the fireplace mantle and enjoy it!
Now get outside and start gathering twigs.... This project is just plain fun.
Tony Duquette also loved malachite 
I decided to have a little absinthe while I was taking my photos (kidding)
Watch the video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
Fish tank rocks
Seashells
Twigs
Large plastic lid
White glue
Hot glue gun
Paintbrushes
Pearls (optional)
Score your lid with a sharp object like a craft knife
Hot glue your twigs to the base with a generous amount of glue to create your coral
Apply a generous amount of white glue to the twigs with a paintbrush
Sprinkle with fish tank rocks and let dry
Paint the coral with the Dark Scarlet and Lipstick
Using E-6000, glue seashells and pearls to the base of the coral
Paint any exposed lid with the Glorious Gold metallic paint
Beautiful!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy #ThursDIY! Ten fun projects to pull your gown down....

Shoe and t-shirt makeovers!  Glitter and giveaways!  Lace and buttons!  It's all in this week's #ThurDIY.  Hop around and make some friends and tell them I sent you, OK.  Now heat up that glue gun and get glittering.  xoxo, Mark

Aunt Peaches makes tassel napkin rings that, let's face it, could be worn as a fab piece of jewelry, too!  She rocks.  http://www.auntpeaches.com/2014/11/diy-tassel-napkin-rings.html 
Make this art deco inspired angle necklace with a simple item from the hardware store: 
Stephanie makes beautiful gratitude jars......I LOVE these!  http://mycraftyadventures.com/2014/11/12/gratitude-jars/
Heather Mann makes very cute Glitter Deer Bookends perfect for the holidays:  http://blog.darice.com/home-decor/glitter-deer-diy-bookends/
Cathy Attix upstyles a basic tee with lace trim......Genius!  
http://www.trinketsinbloom.com/diy-t-shirt-lace-cuffs/
The marvelous Margot Potter rounds up her monthly favorites on her latest YouTube video.....She looks good, too!   http://diydoyenne.com/monthly-must-haves-video/
Make button lid jars with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint and use up that cabinet full of jars you've been saving for a project!  Great for sewing supplies!  
Cathie Filian has a delicious new book out called DecoDen Desserts
(and she's hosting a contest and giving away tons of stuff to celebrate!)  http://handmadehappyhour.com/2014/11/11/giveaway-decoden-desserts-and-mod-podge/
Gorgeous gold leaf planters make the perfect holiday gift! 
Love Meagan upstyles some basic black heels for the holidays here:  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Art Deco Necklace DIY

Head to the hardware store (or dig around in your toolbox) to make these fashion forward, art deco inspired necklaces.  I used cabochons, but you could use gems or even semi-precious stones.  Put it all together with 
E-6000 and you'll be right on trend!
Super chic necklace with turquoise cabochons
....Another in pink and purple!
Watch the video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
Drill
Chain
Corner brackets
Cabochons
Jump rings and lobster claw closure
Wire cutters
Pliers 
Piece of scrap wood
Drill a small hole on the corner of the corner bracket
Cut 7 to 8 pieces of chain about 5" long
Attach the chains to a jump ring and then to the hole on the corner of the corner bracket
Add chain to the sides of the corner bracket to create your necklace
Experiment with your cabochons to create your design
Glue the cabochons with E-6000 and let dry for at least 2 hours
Done!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Button Jars DIY

I love a good recycled jar project and this one is cuter than a kitten riding a puppy.  With just a little chalky finish paint and some black cord, you can have an entire set of button jars to organize everything from your sewing accessories to your beading supplies!  Why not make an extra set to give as a gift this holiday season.
My new sewing supply jars
I can't stop making these!
Watch the video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
Drill
Scrap wood
Hammer
Jars with metal lids
Sanding block or sandpaper
Wax
Black cord
Paintbrush
 Hit your lids with a hammer to give them an aged/beat up look
*Not too much, they still need to fit on your jars
Mark your holes and drill them
Paint the lids with black chalky finish paint
After the black paint is dry, rub wax along the edges and dents on the lid
Paint the lids again in different colors
Lightly sand the lids to expose the black paint on the dents and edges
Thread with the black cord
Tie a knot on the underside of the lid
Done!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello and Happy #ThursDIY!

It's #ThursDIY and we have 12 fun and fabulous projects to get your creative juices flowing this week!  Check out the beautiful paper flower Aunt Peaches made from a simple paper plate!  Lia Griffith is back with beautiful acorns and I whipped up a yummy butterfly cape for my awesome assistant, Danielle!  As always, have fun, hop around and make some new friends.

The marvelous Margot Potter makes a gorgeous 
stamped photo pendant.....Charming!  
Cathy Attix makes a super fun and furry slap bracelet:  
Make any jar an acorn candy dish with this recycled cardboard project!  
Lia Griffith makes beautiful acorns from crepe paper here: 
Make a beautiful butterfly cape with just 1 1/2 yards of fabric 
and one very long straight stitch!  
Aunt Peaches creates the perfect flower (from a paper plate) for any dinner party here!
Paper bag hack by A Piece of Rainbow.....How cool is this!  
Cathy Filian makes the perfect hostess gift. I mean, who doesn't need a candle?  
Cathy Attix made two projects this week and here she makes a terrific 
zipper skull tunic...She's super talented!  
Matchstick Mirror from A Beautiful Mess.....Awesome!  
Heather shows us how to make Christmas angels just in time for the holidays.  My
mom whips out her angels every year at this time.
 http://blog.darice.com/basics/art/thakful-handmade-angels/
Gorgeous Paper Diamonds.....Fun for the holidays and a fun
ornament idea for your tree or table.