Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Jars

I have a hundred jars in my cabinets.  If you follow me, you know that I love a good jar makeover, so I save every one!  You might also know that I'm kind of a hoarder.  It's a trait I share with many of my crafty friends.  This year I went a little Christmas crazy and turned some of my instant coffee jars into stained glass, sparkly vases and lanterns.  Yup, you can either put a candle in them OR a pretty Christmas flower arrangement.  My favorite part of this project was frosting the top and bottom of each jar using simple white spray paint.  Have fun and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Filled with Christmas foliage!
Filled with candles!

Watch how to make them here!
Glass jars
Unicorn Spit
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint
Rust-o-leum Lacquer 
Krylon White spray paint
Pinecones and ribbon
White glue
1.  Lightly spray the top and bottom of each jar
2. Draw your leaves and berries with the black Allure
3. Create Evergreen sprigs with Green Allure
4.  Mix Dragon's Belly Unicorn SPiT with a small amount of white glue
5. Fill in the leave design
6. Mix Molly Red Unicorn SPiT with white glue and fill in the berries
7. Use Allure Glitter in green & red to accent the Evergreen sprigs, leaves & berries
8.  Coat your jars with lacquer and let dry
9.  Tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar and glue pinecones over the knot
11. & 12.  Fill with either candles or Christmas flowers
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Three Easy Christmas Projects!

It's that time of year when I go Christmas CRAZY!  I finally got to use my bag of tiny bottle brush trees with a Pinterest inspired candle DIY I've been anxious to try!  I also printed out some vintage Christmas card images (find tons on Google) to make some cute little wall plaques/ornaments that would make fun gifts for your friends if you're stuck for something.  I even got to use the extra large pinecones I've been saving since summer to make little Christmas trees! For all of these projects I used small Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds and I still have some left over to make gifts for friends.  Have fun decorating for Christmas and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Pinecone Christmas Tree
 Vintage Image Christmas Ornaments
Snow Globe Candle Holder
Watch how to make them here!
 STUFF I USED for the Pinecone Christmas Tree
Large Pinecones
Wood blocks
Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds
Krylon Spray Paint in Metallic Gold and Emerald Green
Large colorful pony beads
Sprinkle snow
Deer Ornaments 
Small wood star
STUFF I USED for the Snowglobe Candle Holder
Large wineglass
Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds
Small snowman ornament 
Small bottlebrush trees
Snowflake ornament 
White ribbon 
STUFF I USED for the Christmas Plaques
Vintage Christmas images
Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape

Presenting my Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape!
I used a Cricut for some of these projects but it's not necessary.  Use what you have!  Graphics for the plates are included below.  Don't worry about being traditional, use your favorite colors and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Ready for my colorful, intimate Thanksgiving dinner!
I got this image from a dollar store calendar and love it on my new plates!
Use a pool noodle for a wreath base and you're half way there!
Watch how to make the entire table here!
Glass Plates
Peacock printout (below)
Pool noodle
Blue cotton fabric
Glitter ribbon (99c store)
Glue gun & packing tape
Print the peacock image on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and enlarge (on a laser copier) to 11" x 17"
Upload to your Cricut 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Snowflake Pillows!

When I was a kid, I could hardly wait to help my mom decorate the house for the holidays. There were little glass ornaments on side tables, the 3 Wise Men on the coffee table and candles adorned with tiny pinecones and holly dotted here and there. When I got my own house I was fully educated in how to change things up for a holiday or new season.  These snowflake pillows are my fluffy way to celebrate the winter season and to decorate for Christmas.   If you wanted, you could use red instead of light blue.  Totally up to you.  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing lots of easy DIY projects that you can make to jazz up your holidays, so stay tuned and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark! 
Do you want to build a pillow?
Can't wait to snuggle up with my hot chocolate!

Watch how to make them here!
Light blue cotton fabric
Sewing machine 
Rhinestones & white pompom trim
My fluffy trio 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cardboard Crowns DIY

Who doesn't need a cardboard crown?  The metal versions are just so beautiful, but a little out of my price range for a decorative item, so I thought it would be fun to craft one up the old fashioned way........with cardboard and glue.  Hey, a little paint and some Mardi Gras beads and no one will even know you made it from a box!  Use them to decorate for the holidays or to wear with your King Arthur cos play costume.  Remember to recycle and always Make Your Mark!
 Perfect for my holiday decorating!

Watch how to make them here! 
Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass
Pearls & rhinestone trim
Newspaper and cardboard
Americana Decor Decoupage in Matte
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Innocence, Treasure and Artifact
Hot glue gun and white glue
1 1/2" foam balls
1. & 2.  Cut 6 arches in cardboard and newspaper
3.  Cut a 22" x 1" wide strip of cardboard for the band
4.  Glide all the pieces along a table edge to create a slight curve on each piece
5.  Glue the 22" long piece together to create a band
6.  Glue the arches evenly around the band and clamp in place with clothespins while they dry
7. Hot glue the tops of the arches around a foam ball
8.  Decoupage newspaper over all of the pieces of the crown
9.  Mist the entire crown with water and set a small weight (I used the water bottle) on the foam ball and let it dry
10.  Hot glue bead trim down the center of each arch
11.  Hot blue rhinestone trim around the band
12.  Add a decorative edge with hot glue around the edges of the arches
13. & 14.  Base coat the crown in Vintage Brass and then dry brush the color of your choice over the gold
15.  Paint another crown in gray and sponge DecoArt Metallic Lustres on top
16.  Embellish with rhinestone cup chain or trim to finish
To wear to your coronation!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Faux Stained Glass Leaf Mobile

There is nothing more beautiful (to me) than fall leaves....except fall leaves that you can enjoy all year long.  A little Crystal Gloss Enamel paint and some plastic and you'll have gorgeous fall leaves dancing on your patio for as long as you want!  Scatter them on your Thanksgiving table or hang them in your window to color the light.  This is a terrific project that the entire family can take part in, too!  Have fun and don't forget to Make Your Mark!

 Hanging in the back yard and dancing in the breeze!

Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels
Embroidery hoop
Plastic sheets
 Watch how I made them here!
Happy Fall!