Friday, July 1, 2016

Curiosity Cabinet DIY

I've been obsessed with making a curiosity cabinet for a while, but had no idea where to start.  Should I start with an Ikea shelf? Maybe a simple bookshelf?  I was stumped!  Finally, a few weeks ago on my morning run I saw an estate sale and dragged my sweaty self in there to poke around.  There it was.... a rickety cabinet they could barely give away!  This cabinet had broken glass, loose doors and 20 layers of paint....It was PERFECT!  Now even though this makeover took several days to complete, I truly enjoyed every minute of it.  My favorite part is the plastic dollar store mirrors turned into decorative corners!  Who knew?!  Remember, make messes, hit yard sales and always Make Your Mark! 
Almost ready to drag into the house!
Not quite filled with everything, but getting there!
Check out my BUTTERFLIES & BIRDS UNDER GLASS video!
Found the drawer handles on a discarded dresser!  (I keep a screwdriver on my keychain)
See I went from this to this!
Watch the entire process here
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
Old cabinet or shelf
Ornate plastic mirrors (got mine at the 99c store)
Sander, Jigsaw & Dremel
12" x 24" 1/4" thick plywood and 1" screws
Book pages
Americana Glazing Medium and Americana Acrylic color you like
 1. 2. & 3. With your jigsaw, cut out the front panels and carefully remove old handles and glass
4.  Sand the entire piece to remove cracked paint and warping
5. 6. & 7.  Create a pediment pattern for the top, cut in 1/4" plywood, sand and attach to the top with 1" long wood screws
8. & 9.  Remove the mirror from the plastic frames, cut into 4 equal pieces and clean rough edges with a craft knife
10.  Glue them in the corners with E-6000 Glue and tape them in place while they dry
11. & 12.  Stir the Maxx Gloss and paint the entire face and sides of the cabinet (not the inside)
 13. 14. 15. & 16.  Coat the inside with Americana Decoupage, mist the book pages with water and apply to the cabinet walls and sides.
17. 18. & 19. Using a soft cloth, add the Metallic Luster to the ornate corners and new drawer handles
20. & 21.  Edge the cabinet, drawers and details with a metallic gold paint marker
22.  Add the new drawer handles
23. & 24.  Mix the Americana Glazing Medium with equal amounts of water and about 15% acrylic paint and then glaze over the decoupaged book pages.
Fill with curiosities!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pleated Lampshades DIY

I've always wondered how to make pleated lampshades and I could never figure it out!  BTW, I still haven't figured it out.  Instead, I devised my own special way of doing it that's fool-proof!  Yup, I'm the fool who had to invent another way to make pleated lampshades.  Turns out, I'm just fine with this technique because it's seriously hard to mess up.  The best part is there is absolutely NO sewing!  None!  Just a little ironing and some glue.  I'm all IN.  Remember, make messes, invent new solutions and always Make Your Mark!
My cluster of pleats


Watch how to make them here!
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
Lampshade with wire base 
Glue gun
Iron
Fabric
Ruler
Scissors
HERE'S HOW
1. & 2.  Remove the cover from the old lampshade and scrape off any glue with a craft knife 
3. Fold the fabric on a diagonal matching the straight edges
4. 5. & 6.  Measure 1" lines from the diagonal fold and then cut the fabric in 1" wide strips
*Cutting on the diagonal is also known as cutting on the bias which is why it's called bias tape
7.  Thread the 1" bias strips through the bias tape maker and iron as you pull it from the tip
*This is how you make bias tape
8. & 9.  Hot glue the end of the bias tape to the rim of the wire shade and start wrapping from top to bottom overlapping every 1/4" to 3/8"
10. & 11.  Optional:  Trim the shade by hot glueing the edge of piece of bias around the rim.  Finish it by folding over the raw edge 1/4"
12.  Glue the other edge of the bias on the inside of the shade 
Make a pendant or add them to a fun lamp base and you're done!

Pleats please!



Friday, June 24, 2016

Birds and Butterflies Under Glass

Part 2 of my Curiosity Cabinet series is here!
I love the Museum of Natural History in NYC.....LOVE IT!  Not only is it suggested donation only, you can easily spend an entire summer day in there escaping from the brutal heat.  Not bad for a buck, right?  I often find myself imagining what it would be like to live in a room filled with the birds, bugs and butterfly specimens.  Something about how they're displayed makes me feel like I'm stepping back in time.  You can easily make your own versions of these displays with simple supplies that you can find anywhere.  Don't feel like forking over the cash for the feather butterflies?  Just print some out on your home computer.  Yup, they look just as good.  Remember, have fun, use your imagination and 
never forget to Make Your Mark!
My tiny version of the Museum of Natural History
Fill glass jars with printed vintage bug images......DONE
Next week we'll tackle how to make a cabinet to house your curiosities

Watch the video tutorial here!
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
Glass Jars and vases
Faux flowers
Faux feather birds and real twigs
Wood disks
 HERE'S HOW
1.  Paint your wood disks with the Vintage Brass Americana Decor Metallics
2. Glue twigs in the center of the disks
3. A simple straight twig for the butterflies and fuller for the birds
*Make sure your glass vases easily fit over the twigs
4.  Paint the twigs with more Vintage Brass
5. & 6.  Glue the faux birds and flowers to the twigs and then glue the mouth of the glass to the base
7.  Glue printed and feather butterflies to the long, straight twigs 
8.  Glue the tall thin vase over the butterfly twig
9.  Print out vintage bugs, place them in upside down glass jars and then glue a large shooter
 marble on top

Create different heights by using candle holders

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Faux Bugs In Resin

Curiosity Cabinet Part 1  
A while ago I became obsessed with curiosity cabinets and decided I wanted to make one and then fill it with handmade curiosities.  These faux (plastic) bugs trapped in resin are my first of several projects. I know they're a little creepy but let's face it, not quite as creepy as the REAL bugs trapped in resin.  Poor little guys.  I love that you can paint toy plastic bugs and make them look like rare beetles using DecoArt's Metallic Lustres.  Truth be told, I went a little nuts making these so if you leave me a comment I'll enter you to win one, OK!  Have fun, make messes 
and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Love the metallic shimmer!


Perfect in my cabinet with my other projects (coming soon)

Watch the video tutorial here
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
*Dries matte so it's the perfect paint for this project
*Got my mini cake molds at the dollar store
Paintbrushes
HERE'S HOW
1. & 2. Paint the bugs in the black Americana Acrylic and let dry
3. & 4. Embellish the bug with DecoArt's Metallic Lustres
*Mix colors like Brilliant Turquoise and Elegant Emerald
5. & 6. Mix a batch of Glaze Coat making sure to follow the instructions to a "T"
7. & 8.  Pour the Glaze Coat into the molds and then pop the air bubbles with a small torch or long arm lighter
9.  Place the bugs in face down, cover the filled molds and let cure overnight


Remember, leave a comment and you're entered to win one of my little treasures!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Boho Bench Makeover

Not sure about you but I have several pieces of furniture that look like they're ready for the trash heap!  This bench was still pretty sturdy, but the wood was wrecked and more than once I've had to remove a splinter from my rear end!  A little sanding and some Americana Decor paints and it was ready for a new life as the centerpiece of my colorful, boho patio.  Always think twice about tossing old pieces of furniture.  It's amazing what a coat of paint and a stencil can do.  Have fun!  Make messes!  Oh, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
I love it!
Grabbed these pillows on Amazon for a song!

See how easy it was to makeover here!
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
Bench in need of some love
Sander
Americana Decor Metallics in Antique Brass
Stencil brush and paint brush
Masking tape
Optional: Cosmetic sponges
HERE'S HOW:
 1. & 2. Sand and wipe down your bench to remove any splinters.  This also helps remove some of the dirt!
3. & 4.  Paint the entire bench in Americana Decor Satin Enamel in the color of your choice
5. & 6.  Stencil your design in the center and on the edges (or arms) of your bench with Americana Decor Metallics Antique Brass
7.  For smaller accent designs, tape around the center of the stencil
*Cosmetic sponges are terrific for painting stencils.  Get a bag at the 99c store
8. When dry, sand the hard edges of the bench
*This is a lovely way to outline the shape of the bench
9.  Since my bench is outside all year, I protected it with Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish
Have a seat!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mixed Pattern Pendant Lamp DIY

Years ago I was on a show called While You Were Out on TLC (which still airs on Discovery Family, BTW).  We gave an unsuspecting homeowner a room a makeover in two days, mostly to their delight, bus sometimes not.  Because we were always on a budget, this hanging pendant lamp became a staple for me.  It's bold, can be made to match any room and allowed me to spend my budget on more important things like sofas and rugs.  I often find sets of lampshades at thrift stores which are perfect for this project, so keep an eye out when you're shopping.  These were $2 each.  Remember, have fun and make messes...Oh, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!

Spicing up the patio
Watch how I made them here!
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
2 Matching lampshades
Fabric of choice
Glue gun
Butcher paper, ruler and scissors

HERE'S HOW:
1. & 2. Carefully roll the lampshade on the butcher paper (while tracing the edges with a pencil) to create the pattern and cut out
3.  Pin and cut on folded fabric
4. & 5. Spray the lampshade with E-6000 Spray Adhesive and press the fabric to the shade
6.  Hot glue the edge of the fabric down 
*use very little hot glue for this
7.  Match the fabric seams and glue the shades together with E-6000 Glue 
*don't use hot glue because the heat of the bulbs may cause your glue to melt
8. . Hot glue the 1/2" bias trim around the side to cover the seams, center and edges of the pendant
9.  Fold the end of the bias over 1/4" to give a clean finish
 Hang and enjoy!



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Faux Stained Glass Feathers

A few weeks ago I saw some amazing stained glass feathers and instantly wanted to learn how to make stained glass.....Cut to me realizing that this new hobby might be a little more involved than I anticipated.  I decided instead to use some of my favorite paints from DecoArt (Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels) to create faux stained glass feathers.  You know what?  I love them just as much and they were soooooo much easier to make.  Plus, I made a ton of them and just put them everywhere.  You will, too.  Remember, make messes, have fun and always Make Your Mark!
 Hang them from a cheap-o embroidery hoop like I did!
Hang them from a curtain rod for a beautiful boho look!

See how easy they are to make here!
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
*These can be baked on glass for a permanent (dishwasher safe) stained glass look
Embroidery hoop
Yarn
*You could use old plastic folders or even clear plastic take-out lids
HERE'S HOW
1. & 2. Design your feathers on white paper and place the clear plastic over the top
3. & 4. Trace the design with the Americana 3D Opaque Gloss Enamel and let dry
5. - 8.  Fill in the designs with different colors of the Crystal and Frost Gloss Enamels and let dry
9.  Cut out each feather
10.  Tie four pieces of yarn around the embroidery hoop so that you can hang it
11. & 12.  Tie yarn to the end of each feather and then hand from the embroidery hoop
Boho Beautiful!
Love they way they look in my window
Floating in the wind