Friday, December 7, 2018

Sparkling New Year's Centerpiece DIY

This year I thought I'd go a little less traditional for my New Year's centerpiece.  I used leftover wood scraps from earlier projects and grabbed some fairy lights on Amazon to add a little magic.  The key with any centerpiece is to go high and leave lots of room on the table for the champagne and snack trays.  Toss in a few ornaments from your tree and a strand of sparkly garland and you're ready to ring in the new year.  However you decorate for the new year, just make sure you add some sparkle!  Oh, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Got the mylar streamers for a song at a party store!

Laugh every day!
Watch how to make my centerpiece here!
STUFF I USED
Unicorn SPiT Sparkling
E-6000 Glue
Allure Glitter in Crystal and Silver
1" x 12" wood trim pieces (5 per star)
4" x 4" wood blocks
1/4" thick dowels about 10" long
 HERE'S HOW
1.  Drill a hole in the center of your wood blocks
*The drill bit should be the same diameter as your dowel
2.  Stain 5 pieces of the 1" x 12" trim with the Unicorn SPiT Sparkling in your color scheme
3.  Add Allure Glitter in Crystal to add even more sparkle to the trim
4.  Stain the wood blocks with Unicorn SPiT Sparkling in two colors
5.  When everything is dry, sand the edges for a distressed look
6.  Glue the 1" trim pieces to make a star
7.  Glue a dowel on the back and let dry
8.  Stencil a design on the wood using a pallet knife and Allure Glitter in Silver
9.  When everything is dry, assemble the pieces and wrap the star in fairy lights
To an amazing New Year!
Happy 2019!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

70s Faux Glazed Lamps

The 70s have been influencing everything from fashion to home decor for a while now and I don't think it's going to stop any time soon.  From high wasted jeans to stoneware, we are in the thick of my childhood!  One of my favorite things about the 70s was the beautiful glazed stoneware.  All of those gorgeous shiny colors dripping down big coffee mugs and pottery made me super happy.   These lamps give that 70s feel without having to put them in a kiln! You can mix up some DecoArt Pouring Medium and make them to match your decor.  Pick out some 70s paisley fabric and makeover the lampshades while you're at it.  Try to upcycle thrift-store finds if you can and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
Hippy, drippy chic!
Love the way the colors blend together!

Watch how I made mine here!
STUFF I USED
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints
DecoArt Pouring Medium
Americana Spray Sealer in Gloss
Old Thrift Store Lamps
Funky Cotton Fabric
Glue Gun
Braided Trim
 HERE'S HOW
1.  Mix 50% Pouring Medium with 50% paint in a squeeze bottle and shake
*I chose 3 different colors of blue for one lamp and 3 green for the other
2.  If you have one, a lazy Susan is great for this project!
3.  Starting with the lightest color, slowly spin the lamp on the lazy Susan while squirting
the paint around the very top letting it drip down the sides
4.  Repeat the spinning and squirting with the next darker color letting it blend with the first color
5.  Keep alternating colors until you get a design that you like
6. - 9,  I repeated the process with 3 different colors of green on another lamp
10.  Once the lamps are completely dry, spin and spray them evenly with 
Americana Spray Sealer in Gloss
11.  Cut 2 pieces of fabric the height and circumference of your lampshade
*My shade was 9" x 34" so I cut two pieces of cotton fabric that size
12.  With your glue gun, pleat the fabric along the top rim of the shade all the way around 
13.  Once you've circled the top, glue and pleat along the bottom while pulling the fabric taught
14. Trim the excess fabric
15.  Tuck some trim into a pleat and glue it around the top and bottom of the shade
Voila!

From trash to treasure!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Neon Cardboard Ornaments DIY

Amazon.com is my drug of choice.  It really does make my crafty life easier.  While perusing for some cardboard shipping materials a few weeks back, I found this NEON corrugated cardboard....I immediately ordered it BEFORE I knew what it would become.  That's how I know I have a problem!  Cut to a 2 a.m. ornament making binge on my kitchen table where these little gems appeared.  Grab a stack and start gluing.  It's easy!  It's never a waste to buy things that inspire your creativity and help you Make Your Mark!
Brighten up your tree!
Love the sparkle!


Watch how to make them here!
STUFF I USED
*You can easily make 50+ ornaments with this stack
HERE'S HOW
1st ORNAMENT Steps 1 - 6
1.  Cut 2 strips in the same color 12" x 1" and 4 strips 12" x 1 1/2" in different colors
2.  Cut the 1 1/2" wide strips in 1/2 diagonally to create long triangles
3. Roll and hot glue the 1" strips into a disk for the center of the ornament
4.  Roll and hot glue the triangular stripes into tiny cones
5.  Glue the cones on the flat sides of the disk
6.  Glue the rest of the cones evenly around the disk
2nd ORNAMENT Steps 7 - 11
7.  Cut 4 different colors of cardboard in the following sizes:
4" x 4"
7" x 3"
7" x 2"
12" x 1"
8.  Glue and roll the 4" x 4" piece to create a tube
*This is the center
9.  Glue and roll the 7" x 3" piece around the center tube
10.  Glue and roll the 7" x 2" piece next
11. Finish by gluing and rolling the 12" x 1" piece around the center
3rd ORNAMENT Steps 12 -15
12.  Cut two 1/2" wide strips in one color and two 2 1/2" strips in another color
*Cut the 2 1/2" strips on the diagonal to create long triangles
13.  Glue and roll the 1/2" wide strip into a disk
14.  Glue and roll the long triangles in to long cones
15.  Glue the cones to the flat sides of the disk
LET'S EMBELLISH THE ORNAMENTS
16.  Cut a 3" piece of metallic fringe and glue a loop to one end
17.  Hot glue and roll the fringe trapping the loop in the center to create a tassel
18.  Hot glue a loop in the top of each ornament and a tassel at the bottom
19. & 20.  Embellish the ornaments with Allure in Silver Glitter
*Add more glitter while wet if you want!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Boho Renaissance Ornaments

These ornaments are inspired by Shabby Vintages Studio.  Check out her work on Pinterest!  For mine I added tons of color,  seed pearls, glitter and some favorite images to make them fit my aesthetic.  I named them Boho Renaissance Ornaments only to realize later that I have a Victorian image mixed in...Things happen.  It's the wild west when you're making Christmas ornaments.  Once again I used my  re•design with Prima molds and the basswood round ornaments from Walnut Hollow.  Like all of my projects, you can use the images you want.  I'd love to see a set with vintage family photos.  Fill your tree with handmade ornaments and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Renaissance with a dash of Victorian!
Pearls and snow glitter make them even more Christmas-y!

Watch how to make them here!
STUFF I USED
re•design with Prima molds
Birch Ornaments from Walnut Hollow
Renaissance images
E-6000 Glue
Renaissance images
Print to size
HERE'S HOW
1.  Trace around your basswood round ornament on the back side of the image
2.  Decoupage the image onto the basswood round
3.  Stencil over the image with Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass to give it an illuminated feel
4.  Sponge around the edges of the ornament with more Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass
5. Mix the 2 part plastic and fill the re•design with Prima molds
*The 2 part plastic hardens in about 15 minutes or so
6.  Wipe off the residue on the molded pieces and paint with Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass
7.  Dry brush the pieces with different colors of Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint
8.  Hot glue a thin ribbon on the top of the ornament and a tassel at the base of the ornament
9. & 10.  Sandwich the ribbon and tassel top between the ornament and painted molded pieces
11.  Using white glue, add seed pearls to the edges
12.  While the glue is still wet, sprinkle with snow glitter and let dry

Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Corrugated Cardboard Ornaments DIY

Recently I got some corrugated cardboard in some packaging and like that weird kid who only cares about the box and not the gift, I went crazy!  So crazy I bought another huge roll of it on Ebay to keep making things with it.  My first project was these ornaments...I LOVE them!  Just roll them up with a little glue, paint and then glitterize them.  So easy!  Kids will love making them, too. I used DecoArt Extreme Sheens because they come in bright, metallic colors.   Definitely grab a few next time you're at the craft supply store.  Remember to use up that holiday cardboard and always 
Make Your Mark!
Just a few of my shiny new ornaments!


Watch how to make them here!
STUFF I USED
DecoArt Extreme Sheen
Wire
Metallic Gold Pipe Cleaners
Corrugated Cardboard
Glue Gun
DecoArt Craft Twinkles
Pattern for Ornaments
Print out for reference, but you'll need to cut your patterns 
on larger paper.  I used a large manilla folder for
my patterns.
HERE'S HOW
1. & 2.  Trace  & cut your pattern from corrugated cardboard
3.  Starting from largest piece to smallest, Roll and hot glue them together
4.  Paint them with DecoArt Extreme Sheen paint and let dry
5. Glitterize them with DecoArt Craft Twinkles
6. Add a wire to hang them from the top using a dab of hot glue
Optional:  Add a pipe cleaner at the top for some extra sparkle

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Boho Heart Ornaments DIY

My tree is all about bright colors this year and these soft, boho heart ornaments are just the ticket to make it POP!  I used neon colors on my Gel Press and embellished them with glitter Allure from 
E-6000.  I'm excited to be bucking tradition this year and going nuts with a tree that is filled with things that make me feel the joy of the season.  I say, do what makes you happy and
don't forget to Make Your Mark!  



Watch  how to make them here!
STUFF I USED
Gel Press
Cotton fabric
Sewing machine
Poly-fil Premium Polyester Fiber Fill
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Lime Glitter, Metallic Orange and Pink
Americana Acrylics in Sizzling Pink, Pink Explosion, Scorching Yellow, Torrid Orange
Electric Blue, Laguna Blue Aqua Sky
Pom poms
Beads from BeeBeeCraft.com
HERE'S HOW
1.  Dot your Gel Press with Americana Acrylics in Sizzling Pink, Pink Explosion, Scorching Yellow and Torrid Orange
2.  Distribute evenly with your brayer
3. Press & pull the cotton fabric
4.  Dot the Gel Press with Americana Acrylics in Electric Blue, Laguna Blue & Aqua Sky
5.  Spread evenly
6.  Place a stencil on top
7.  Press the fabric on the Gel Press again and transfer the stencil by
gently pressing the fabric on the stencil
8.  When dry, cut two hearts from the Gel Pressed fabric
9.  Stitch them using 1/4" seam allowance making sure to leave a 2" opening
10.  & 11. Stuff with Poly-fil and stitched closed
12.  Wrap a tassel maker with matching yarn
13.  Tie the bundle at the top and a contrasting yarn around the neck
14.  Slip off the tassel, cut the loops and trim
15.  Stitch a tassel, pom pom and bead to the tip of the heart
16.  Embellish with Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint

  Bo-ho-ho-ho-ho! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cardboard Loteria Ornaments

I'm all about having a colorful, Mexico/Boho inspired tree this year and these Loteria House Ornaments are going to be perfect for it!  I've included all of the printouts I used AND the pattern for the house so all you have to do is print out the images, cut out some cardboard and start gluing!  Try using photos of your family or pets or even vintage Christmas cards for this project.  It's up to you and your amazing creativity!  Remember to make a few of these ornaments for your friends...Oh, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Use any kind of image you want!
The Allure Glitter looks amazing on these!

Watch how I made them here!
STUFF I USED
E-6000 Spray Adhesive
Wire & Craft Bells
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint
Loteria Images (below)
Cardboard
Glue Gun
Papel Picado Images (below)
HERE'S HOW
1.  Trace and cut the patterns in cardboard (below)
2.  Score along the score lines
*This makes bending them into shape so much neater
3.  Glue the pieces together
4. & 5.  Cut and glue the loteria images to the sides of the house using E-6000 Spray Adhesive
6. & 7. Cut and glue the papel picado triangles to the roof and base
8.  Poke a hole in the exact center of the base
9.  Glue the pieces together
10.  When dry, accent the edges with Allure Glitter or Gloss in matching colors
11.  Attach a bell to the end of a 5" long wire and thread it through the house from the bottom 
through the point on the roof
12.  Bend a loop on the roof and hang
Print these for the sides of the house
Print for the roof and base of the house
Print on standard size paper

Feliz Navidad!