This display shows that tiered trays don’t have to be elaborate and how you can use items around your house to create themed tiered trays. The display will be available at our booth at The Gray Wall in Sullivan, Missouri, just in time for the 4th of July. I also will have quite a bit of cobalt blue depression glass from my own collection that will be available. It is so beautiful, but I just don’t have room for it anymore. And how perfect for your July 4th celebrations!
Once I gave this little garden gnome a patriotic outfit with paint pens, I had to go on a hunt around my house to find things to display with him.
The tiered tray was a bronze color until I gave it a hammered black spray paint makeover.
I love this tray as you can change out plates on it. Right now it holds two plates from my colbalt depression glass collection.
The USA and July 4th are just stickers that will come off and you can reuse the little cup and teapot for other holidays. Dollar Tree carries a variety of letter/number stickers.
The colbalt blue vase from my collection on the left is perfect for this theme. It has an eagle design on one side and George Washington on the other. And the goblet with the stars and the colbalt blue insert and red flower inside is perfect!
I’m still working on a red/white/blue bead garland, but it will be ready when this display and my colbalt blue collection goes to the booth this week!
Our microwave quit working. We got rid of it, but not before I salvaged the plastic ring with rollers that goes under the glass plate.
Ok. I saved the glass plate, too. I’m sure it will become a project at some point.
Yesterday, I had an idea for the ring.. 💡 I used it as a frame for a wreath!
I cut the little rollers off and cut strips of drop cloth about 6” long. I tied each strip onto the frame, fraying them as I tied. I pushed them together as tight as possible.
It made a 12” wreath.
I love it hanging from a vintage window I have. Sorry about the pics. It is rainy and overcast today and I was having trouble with the reflection in the window glass. I smudged out my reflection as best I could (you’re welcome), but hopefully you can see how pretty it is anyway.
I’m on a kick of creating early morning projects lately. Today’s came to me out of the blue, thinking of supplies I had on hand. I love when inspiration strikes and what’s in my mind actually works out!
However, it should actually say “The earth laughs in snow in Missouri in late April.” Missourians all over hurriedly covered budding plants the last few days in preparation for the snow and freezing temperatures. So this image made me feel better at looking at snow in my yard still today.
Step 1: I had a couple of sheets left of this stiff canvas paper I bought several years ago. I knew I wanted to print an 8×10” sign out on it. I did a search for you and found, at this time, you can purchase the canvas and water color combo for a good price on this site on eBay. It isn’t easy to find, but I’m sure you can find it or something similar other places, too. This Printworks brand I used is made for ink jet printers.
Step 2: Next I went in search of an image to print on my canvas paper. I found the perfect free image on this amazing blog “Harbour Breeze Home”. Thank you so much for sharing. It printed out perfectly on my canvas paper. It looks like it is a water color painting on canvas!
I made the wooden slats for the top and bottom by cutting a balsa wood slat from Hobby Lobby to size (with scissors), sanded, and then stained it with the brand of chalk-style paint we produce “Missouri Limestone Paint Company” paint. I added a bit of water to “River Bottom Dirt”, painted it on, then wiped it down with a paper towel. This really helped enhance the grain in the wood.
I then used Gorilla Glue Clear Grip to glue the paper onto the slats and the jute rope for hanging.
And there it is …. hanging on my wall next to another DIY I did, using a Oui Yogurt jar, a macrame hanger and a banana stand. But that’s another project! 🙂
I searched and found an easy way to paint wooden beads that worked for me.
I also used our brand of chalk style paint, Missouri Limestone Paint Company which we produce for our small business. In this project I used the colors “Field Corn” and “Coal Shovel”.
I used two of the little throw away plastic containers that come with some of my Home Chef meals. I wash them out and store them away to use as needed. But any little container with a lid would work. I choose to use ones you can throw away after use. Who wants to wash out paint containers?
My first project was to make a small “bee” garland, so I wanted yellow and black beads.
I poured a little yellow paint into one of the containers and added the beads. I put the lid on securely, the shook and rolled the beads around inside.
I then threaded the beads onto a bamboo skewer from Dollar Tree. I took a small artist brush and smoothed the paint out a bit and then, holding them on the skewer, I made sure they were separated.
I held them with one hand and with the other, I used a hair dryer to dry them, turning the skewer as I dried them. This took just a few minutes. I alternated between heat and air drying.
I then sealed them by spraying them with Mod Podge matte sealer, holding the skewer and turning it as I sprayed. I dried them again with the hair dryer.
I did the same with the black beads.
And here is my finished project, shown with another project I made. I have enough beads painted to make another.
When a friend contacted me to see if I would like a large bag of Oui yogurt jars, I jumped at the offer. I’d been seeing many different ideas on using them for projects. Better yet, she had already cleaned them and…..she delivered! I couldn’t wait to try adding a transparent color to them!
I am a crafter who likes quick results but still want to produce a quality product as I usually sell my creations. Except this one. The final result reminds me of depression glass and is so beautiful! I loved my project so much I kept it for myself. 😌 I do have more jars, though. 😏
My friend’s jars were already cleaned, but I have read that it can be a little difficult to remove the label and the glue around where the foil lid was. Some have found soaking them for 30 minutes worked. Others report using Goo Gone, and an emery board on the lip will remove stubborn glue there.
I had watched some tutorials that just seemed too time consuming or I know wouldn’t work for me (coloring the inside of the jar, or spray paint, or painting it on are a few techniques that come to mind.)
I have painted glass with a special technique and baked it before with excellent results, but I have also skipped the baking and used what I call my magic finishing spray and the finish becomes as hard as rock and passes the scratch test even before curing. My magic spray is shown in the photo above: Mod Podge Pearlized Sealer. I usually purchase mine on Amazon. It is hard to find in craft stores.
This technique I’m using here has worked for me so well when using chalk style paint on glass (and metal) I thought it should work well with Mod Podge and food coloring. And it did!!!
If your jars are free of glue and have been washed thoroughly, it is time to create some faux depression glass! Here are the supplies I used:
Step 1: Wipe down your clean jar with alcohol to make sure there are no oils on it. Try not to touch the surface of the jar with just your fingers now. Use a paper towel to pick it up.
Step 2: I used the dishwasher safe Mod Podge. Again, I usually purchase from Amazon because I’m not close to big craft stores, but this is normally available there. I do not use this type because I think these will be dishwasher safe afterwards. I don’t. I’m not recommending washing them at all. Dust them or use a damp cloth, but avoid hand washing even. These also are used for decoration only, in my opinion, not for food. I use it because it is glossy and I think not as thick or sticky as regular Mod Podge. Any glossy should work, though. As you can see it looks rather opaque, but trust me the glossy dries clear. Matte will not.
Mix your Mod Podge and food coloring. This is tricky because as you can see the color I mixed looks nothing like the jar does when dry. It is a little trial and error. I was going for the look of the teal colored vintage insulators. In the photo I realized I had to much green at first so I added more blue. This color ended up being perfect.
So…. I would suggest you try a couple of tablespoons of Mod Podge and about 4 drops of blue food color. You might not even need any green.
Step 3: I wrapped my hand in a paper towel and put my 4 fingers inside the jar. The reason for doing this is that the paper towel and my fingers made a snug fit and the jar didn’t move on me. Also, it kept my hand from getting too hot when I used the blow dryer to dry my coat of Mod Podge/food color combo.
My trick to get a really neat texture on glass is to daub on what you are applying onto the surface with a makeup sponge (like you are stenciling.) I buy these at Dollar Tree. Best of all, I just throw them away when finished. I just daubed the mixture all around, turning my hand to reach all the jar sides. Don’t worry about the lip. I later daubed some metallic silver on it.
Step 4: I mentioned I was an impatient crafter, so a hair dryer is my best friend. I made passes of heat and shots of cool air, finishing with the cool air and not getting too close to the jar, until I felt it was dry enough to do a second coat. It will be a bit tacky, but that’s ok. (I’m just showing the hair dryer here. I couldn’t take a pic and dry at the same time, so I’m not really drying that close!)
I then applied a 2nd coat. You can see the 2nd coat makes it a bit darker when applying, but once dry you can really see the difference.
Step 5: Use the hair dryer again, getting it as dry as possible. I admit, I rushed it a bit. It was still a bit tacky. But, truthfully, I think Mod Podge always stays a bit tacky. 🤷🏼♀️ You could wait awhile to see if it goes away, or you could be impatient like me and move on to sealing it. 😬
Step 6: Now is the time to seal your jar. I missed taking a photo of this step but I basically turned the jar upside down on a piece of plastic, and sprayed all around with the Mod Podge Pearlized Glaze sealer. Again, don’t worry about the rim. I recommend wearing a mask for this step and have good ventilation. It doesn’t take long for this to dry to the touch. Just a couple of minutes. But then I used the hair dryer on it, too. After about 15 minutes, lightly try the scratch test. Hopefully, you will not get any scratch marks. And it will continue to cure and get harder.
Step 7: Final Step: Use another makeup sponge and daub over the rim lightly with a metallic silver to give it a vintage look as well as a finished look. I use Rustoleum metallic water-based paint I got from Menards. But any will work.
And now for individual photos! I can’t tell you how pretty this is on the table. I used timed battery operated votives that stay on 6 hours and automatically go off and back on again at the same time as I first turned them on. Again, I found these on Amazon.
I loved doing this so much, I just had to see what the red food coloring would do, so I tried a couple of tablespoons of the Mod Podge and about 4 drops of red food coloring. Beautiful! Although, if doing it again, I would use less drops for an even lighter pink.
Oui French Yogurt jars are the best! Can’t wait to make more projects with these jars!
I’m on a roll with these jars. Here’s a couple more things I’ve made. 🙂
A Valentine Craft – A Tiny Banner from Dollar Tree Dominoes
I’ve come up with a way to use these flat wooden dominoes from Dollar Tree! I bought some of these thinking there had to be a way to use them in crafts and this morning, it hit me….💡 Tiny banners for tiered trays…..or other ways you can think of.
I made one to see how they would look, but you can see they work great! I just had to share so you could run out and get a supply of these dominoes. They are generally in stock, but I did see you can buy anywhere from 4-32 packages online. You might have to pay shipping to your home for smaller quantities, but for at least 36 ordered, I think you can have them shipped to your store.
These dominoes are raw wood on the back and paper on the front.
The wood is thin Balsa wood, like the little wooden airplanes you put together. I cut this one into a banner shape with scissors. I tried a craft knife later, but strong scissors worked better. I sanded the edges smooth and drilled small holes for the baker’s twine, also from Dollar Tree.
To get the aged wood look, I painted both sides with white chalk-style paint and let dry. Then I watered down a little dark walnut gel stain and used a paper towel to wipe it on and wipe off. I did just a bit of white on top again. Just a bit. Then sanded each one just a bit. The sanding really distressed them nicely. I hadn’t done the final sanding on my sample.
I painted right over the paper. I did both sides, but the back is raw wood so I don’t suppose you’d have to finish it.
I had some hearts I cut from vinyl but you could also use stickers. Dollar Tree did have a lot of those.
If you use generic string or jute twine and removable vinyl, you could easily change out your banner for any season. Stickers might be harder to remove, but maybe not.
Don’t you hate planning meals and grocery lists for those meals, then think? Why did I buy this? What did I plan for meals? When did I plan to make the meals? A Chalkboard clipboard with a template stenciled in paint (or cut from vinyl) lets you fill in the name of the meal with a chalk pen and then wipe it all away, ready for the next week.
I purchased this clipboard from Dollar Tree and painted it with chalkboard paint. It may have come from Dollar Tree or possibly Dollar General.
I used a cut file I purchased with a commercial license from https://dawnnicole.co so I could legally sell the menu planning clipboards I created.
However, if you want to do this for yourself personally, the template is free for that.
I cut out a stencil on my Silhouette machine for this project and stenciled it with our brand of chalk-style paint “Missouri Limestone Paint Company” in the color January. You can also use permanent vinyl.
The first time before using chalk on it, though you need to prime it with a layer of chalk. Then clean it off. This keeps older messages from showing as a ghost image after it is erased.
I may just start planning some meals and buying some groceries regularly now. 😁
I have been doing a lot of crafting lately. I have an area in my basement for crafting and when I first put it together it was good. But, it was closed in on 3 sides and I had nowhere to really organize.
So I have basically taken over my dining room table.
I needed to reclaim my dining room table and stop with the constant mess all around. So I started researching craft room ideas. I noticed many had peg boards.
I mentioned it to Danny about how overwhelmed I was with the clutter and mess. We talked about how to attach one and that several made frames to attach and then framed around them to dress them up.
We first rearranged the area for my crafting area by switching where we had a daybed. It is amazing how much that opened up the area.
He came up with an idea he was sure would work. He wanted to attach the peg board to two bifold doors and make it free standing. So last night we went to Lowe’s and purchased a peg board for around $20. I also bought a box of hardware for $13 and we have more here. We had two nice bifold doors with hinges someone gave us and got to work.
This literally took just about an hour to put together. We started with it on the floor. Danny was afraid he wouldn’t be able to get up once he got on the floor, so with my back that has been giving me trouble with sciatica, I put all of the screws in on one side and enough on the other until we could stand it up and he finished it up. As I was starting to get up off the floor, he provided some sage advice. “Take your time getting up,” he said. I gave him one of those long suffering wife looks and replied. “I don’t think that will be a problem.” 😂
I was a little leery thinking it might fall over but he assured me it won’t. I did make sure my table was up against it but I think he’s right. It probably would be good to add another door in the middle just for stability, but honestly, it is fine the way it is. It just has some movement in the peg board. I can’t wait to start organizing. Right now I am just adding things. I am finding Dollar Tree wire baskets work well.
I can see the TV fine when sitting at the table. I have one of those bright lights next to it. I have a refrigerator in my laundry room and I have a bathroom nearby. Danny may not see me for Hoya on end now.
Now I’m thinking there was a reason he was so eager to make this happen. Lol
I will add final pics here. I have several shelving units to go through, too.
I am a teeny bit obsessed with gnomes. It started last Christmas. I made quite a few of them. They sold really well.
So, of course, I couldn’t help myself. I have gnome fever again this year. I decided to change up the look a little.
Here are a few more gnomes I’ve made …. so far.
My latest project is the reason for this post. I purchased the image of the 3 gnomes from the Silhouette Design Store with a commercial license. I knew I would be using them quite a bit, they are so darn cute.
So last night, I cut a larger stencil from contact paper with my Silhouette machine. I used it, a chalk paste mesh stencil of snowflakes, and my own DIY chalk paste to create this cute design on a clipboard from Dollar Tree I had painted with chalkboard paint.
I could have wiped it off with a damp cloth and used the clipboard again, but it turned out so cute, I sealed it with an acrylic clear coat and made it permanent.
It can now be used as decor or as a clipboard …. or both!