Monday, December 31, 2018

Rainbow Lucky Star Banner DIY

It's the last day of 2018 and I wanted to make something that embodied my hope for 2019.  A rainbow of colors, shooting stars to represent hope and some sparkles to remind me to keep shining.  This banner is perfect for a kid's room, a craft room or as party decor.  Check out the video below to see how I made it.  I wish you an amazing 2019 filled with love, success and hope. 
Happy New Year and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Oly-Fun fabric from Fairfield World is really easy to work with!
 Craft Twinkles by DecoArt is the BEST glitter paint out there.  I love it!
Hang these over a doorway OR on a kid's headboard
Watch how to make this here!

Keep it colorful, my friends!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Trash to Treasure Thrift Store Flip

I always appreciate a good thrift store.  Give me 20 minutes and $10 and I'll come out with something amazing for an upcoming DIY project.  Lamps, vases and frames are in abundance at most locations and they're so easy to paint and decoupage to match your decor.  For this random set I used flowers printed from my home computer, Stick & Style Stencils from Redesign With Prima and Americana Decor Texture Medium in Bright Gold.  DONE!  These 3 elements can turn any 3 random pieces into an amazing vignette for your home.  I've included the flower images I used below.  Make sure to check out the video to see exactly how I did it.  Happy hunting and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
 I adore this set!
The Texture Medium gives dimension and richness to the pieces
Toss in some books and a plant and you're golden!
Watch how I did it here!
Images to print 

Happy decorating!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Cute Decorative Birdcages DIY

A few simples supplies make the cutest decorative wire birdcages.  Give them as gifts, make tiny versions for your Christmas tree or hang them in your home with a plant inside!   So many ways to incorporate them in your world.   The supplies to make these are easy to find, too.  If you really don't want to use wood, try some cardboard with a little paint.  Find a way to improvise and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
 So Tweet!
Grab a roll of 16 gage wire at the hardware store and you can make 20 of these!
I used Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds for the bases
Watch how I made them here!

Fly away home!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Harlequin Stained Glass DIY

I had the awesome luck of meeting the folks from Shardworx ( a few months ago and have been obsessed with their beautiful glass ever since.  When I ran across these window panes on Craigslist, I knew exactly how to use their amazing product!  For a while I was totally stumped at how to make the harlequin separations and thought about using thin trim from the hardware store but didn't want to have to cut all the pieces.  Yup, I'm kind of lazy that way.  Instead, I used wood clothespins and I think they look amazing!  Remember possums, use what you have and always Make Your Mark!
Such beautiful colors!

Watch how to make it here!
SHARDWORX.COM glass in different colors
Famowood Glaze Coat Epoxy Resin
Wood Clothespins
E-6000 Glue
Old Window Pane
White Spray Paint
1.  Cut paper the size of the glass
2. Fold the paper on the diagonal both ways to create an "X"
3.  Draw your harlequin pattern evenly using the "X" as your guide
4.  Tape the paper under the glass so you can see it on the side your working on
5.  Take the wood clothespins apart and spray them white
6. Glue the clothespins along the harlequin lines with E-6000
*You can trim the clothespins with heavy duty scissors if you're careful
7.  Fill each diamond with a different color of Shardworx glass
8.  Mix the Famowood Glaze Coat 2 part epoxy resin according to directions and then
drizzle it over each diamond until all of the diamonds are coated.
9. Pop any bubbles with a long-arm lighter or small torch and then
cover and cure overnight

Love it so much!

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!
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
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!
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints
DecoArt Pouring Medium
Americana Spray Sealer in Gloss
Old Thrift Store Lamps
Funky Cotton Fabric
Glue Gun
Braided Trim
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

From trash to treasure!