Thursday, January 30, 2020

Valentine Treat Boxes

How many paper towel and tp rolls do you toss every week?  A decent amount I'll bet! Why not use them for this cute treat box project?  I created my doily printed papers with my Gel Press added gems and gold hearts.  This was a truly enjoyable project and a great way to upcycle something we toss every day!  Use what you have, my crafty friends, and always Make Your Mark!
 I admit it...I opened one and ate the candy!
A little curling ribbon always makes things more fun!

Watch how to make them here!

Happy Valentine's Day, my sweet friends!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Vintage Valentine Wreath with Upcycled Lids

When I was a kid I loved Valentine's Day.  I loved that every kid in the class gave a Valentine's Day card to every other kid in the class and for some reason, it brought us all least for a day.  My favorite art projects were the boxes we would make to gather them all up.  Shoe boxes covered in hearts and glitter and whatever else we could glue on.  Some looked like characters, others looked like Cinderella's shoe boxes and others looked like they were being stabbed to death with a brush and tempera paint!  Still, they all got filled with suckers and cards and Hershey's kisses.  These Valentine's remind me of those days.  Use your memories for inspiration, my sweet friends, and always Make Your Mark!
Cowboys, cowgirls, bunnies and kittens!
Link to images HERE
 So very sweet!

Watch how to make this wreath here!
Link to images HERE

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Hanging Glass Lanterns - Faux Blown Glass

Ever since I got my bottle cutter last year, no glass bottle in my house is safe.  I'm constantly slicing and dicing them to create whatever comes to mind!  I was recently at an Italian restaurant (love pasta) and saw these small hanging lanterns around the bar and wanted to replicate them in some way.  This is what happened and I LOVE THEM!  They look like blown glass and the glow is just beautiful.  Experiment, try using thing you normally toss and always Make Your Mark!
Beautiful when the sun starts to set 
Use battery operated tea lights if you're worried about open flames
Should I hang them in my living room?
Watch how to make them here!

Happy UPCYCLING, my friends!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Stained Glass-tic Beads DIY

It actually makes me sad to see the big plastic salad containers just tossed into the bin after just one use.  So much waste and soooo much plastic.  It's frustrating.  Daily I challenge myself to find things to make with what most would consider garbage and I take that challenge very seriously.  Recently I remembered a Tyvec bead project using a heat gun and thought that the technique just might work on these salad clams.  Guess what...It did!  Add a little bit of Marabu Alcohol Ink to give them some amazing color and you have some beautiful, stained glass beads!  Think out of the box (or in this case, salad clam) and always Make Your Mark!
Attached to paper clips for art journals
Strung with gold spacers for jewelry!

Watch how to make them here!

I just can't make these fast enough!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Gorgeous Decorative Candles DIY

I originally made these candles for the holidays, but I love them so much they're going to stay out for the rest of the year or until they're gone!  I used real wax pillars for these, but honestly, the battery operated pillars would have been a better choice.  Still, I'm just super happy with them.  I painted the hot glue pieces with metallic silver and then added some Galaxy Glitter to make them sparkle even more.  If you haven't tried using hot glue in silicone molds, it's addicting!  Hot glue is also much more sturdy than most clays and you can shape it with a hair dryer!  
Be a mad scientist when you're creating and always
Make Your Mark!
 Nothing like a crystal ball to magnify the candle glow!
Clustered on a silver thrift store tray

Watch how to make them here!
LINK to my favorite molds:
Fill a mini cloche with your favorite souvenirs!

Decorate the way you want!  It's your home!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sea Glass Jewelry with Images

I'm obsessed with making my own DIY Sea Glass.  My rock tumbler is constantly rotating with a new batch for my projects!  When I figured out how to add images to the glass without a big hassle, my mind was just blown.   Watch how easy it is to make in the video below and just in case you want to make some for yourself, here's a link for everything I used including the rock tumbler:
Have fun and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Delicate and magical
I made mostly necklaces, but earrings would be lovely, too! 

Watch how to make them here!
Large, flat pieces are the best canvases for your decals

Enjoy!  xo, Mark