Saturday, October 26, 2013

Shrinky Dink Butterfly Necklace DIY

Shrinky Dinks are BACK and better than ever!  You can now print images on Shrinky Dink Ink Jet paper on your home computer and create everything from jewelry to keychains.  
Make a double strand!
Here's the how-to video
Print out these images on 8 1/2 x 11 Ink Jet Shrinky Dink Paper for your own Butterfly Necklace.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Boho Glass Plates DIY

After searching for fun dishes at every flea market and thrift store, I decided to make my own from 99c store glass plates.  I wanted something handmade that someone could actually eat off of them and this process worked perfectly.  All of the spray paint and decoupage is on the underside. Using positionable spray adhesive is the key when applying the doilies.  Watch the video to see exactly how it's done.  I've included the images for these dishes, so print them out and make a whole set.
Have fun!  xoxo, Mark

Here's how to make them! 

Large doilies
Gold spray paint
Spray paint in a color you like
White spray paint
Positionable spray adhesive
Scissors & Craft knife
White glue
I printed this image at 51%, but it might be different on your printer.  
 I printed this image at 148%, but again, it might be different on your printer.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Table Decor Ideas......

I have always loved decorating with things that are easy to come by.  Twigs, leaves, fruit, glass plates and cotton fabrics.  This fall table setting was created with things you probably already have or can easily find.  I love altering dollar store glass plates the most.  Last year I used butterflies and birds.  This year I'm decorating with leaves from my back yard.  Make sure to watch the video to see exactly how it's done, OK!  Happy Fall, everyone. 
How-to video
You'll need:
Glass Plates
Krylon Gold Leaf Pen
Copies of leaves
Minwax Polycrylic
1. With a Krylon Gold Leaf pen, edge the underside rim of a 99c store glass plate 
and let dry.
2.  Make copies of real or silk leaves on your home copy machine.
3.  Carefully cut them out.
4.  Add Minwax Polycrylic to the face of the cut out.
5. Glue it to the underside of the plate and coat the rest of the plate with the
Minwax Polycrylic.
You'll need:
Wooden rings
Hot glue gun
Printed names (from your home computer)
Thin, matching ribbon
Hole punch
1.  Hot glue leaves to a wooden ring.
2. Print out the names of your guests on card stock.
3.  Cut out the names, punch a hole in each one.
4.  Tie the names to the napkin ring with a ribbon.
You'll need
Real and faux leaves
Minwax Polycrylic
Glass vases
1.  Press your real leaves so that they're flat (or you could iron them between wax paper)
2.  Using the Minwax Polycrylic, adhere them to the glass vases and let dry.  

Monday, October 7, 2013

Safety Pin Feather Jacket DIY

A few years back I was snooping around at a flea market and someone was selling a 10 lb. bag of safety pins for 5 bucks.  How could I pass it up?  Well, they sat in my work room for quite a while before I decided that I had to use them for something....ANYTHING!  This is what happened.  I love safety pins on clothing but it's really hard to find something truly unique to do with them.  This fit the bill for me and it's one of my favorite projects in THE BIG ASS BOOK OF BLING!  What a terrific way to spruce up a jean jacket, blazer or even a skirt.  Have fun fashionistas and let me know how it goes if you make this project.  I always love hearing from you.
Safety Pin Feather Jacket DIY!
Here's the fun how-to video!

You'll need 
Safety Pins (about 100 per feather)
E-6000 glue
12" of rhinestone chain per feather
1.  Position the rhinestone chain on the back of your jacket.  This will be the spine of the feather.
2.  Draw a line where you want it to be.
3.  Add a thin layer of E-6000 glue to the line
4.  Place your chain on the glue and let it dry for about 1/2 hour.
5.  Starting 5" from the bottom of the chain, start adding safety pins  evenly up each side.
 6.  Continue at an angle so that it looks like a feather.

7.  Create a point at the top.
8. Add smaller safety pins at the base to create "fluff".
I added 3 feathers to this jacket
Here you go!