Drop Cloth Meets a Microwave Plastic Ring

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.

Hanging Canvas Print DIY

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!

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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! 🙂

Painting Wooden Beads

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.

Oui Jars Transform into Faux Depression Glass

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:

I also used a hair dryer with this technique and some metallic silver paint

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.

The tray was a vintage gold Home Interiors mirror. I painted it with the metallic silver and added legs I purchased from Amazon. They are called Woodpeckers and are the 2” size.

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. 🙂

Not a Oui jar, but a pendant shade I added to my light fixture. I used the same method on a clear glass shade.

See the tutorial for the Pendant Glass Shade here.

You CAN Decoupage Napkins onto Fabric

I know ….. because I tried it.

I do quite a bit of decoupage and my favorite technique is the iron on method. My thought was if you can iron on wood, it would make even more sense to iron on fabric. I was right!

I had quite a few little cotton bags from Amazon I’ve been using to make little pillows for my tiered tray displays. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VL9RQZC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_TSEKH7F0D3ZVXGWB8TNB

I have been stenciling on bags and stuffing them with poly fill, but I have so many beautiful napkins, I wanted to try to use napkins. So ….. I did.

The first thing I did was cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the bag so I didn’t get the gel medium I used on the other side of the bag. I could paint the top of the bag white as this will make the napkin really stand out, but this cotton bag is so light, it should work fine as is.
I use Omni Gel (I purchased this on Amazon but I have seen it in craft stores) as I love how easy it is to apply. You can, however use Mod Podge to decoupage, among other mediums. I’ve even used water-based polyurethane sealer!
I daubed the Omni Gel on with a makeup sponge. I ended up using more than what I have on the plate.
I covered the whole front of the bag, even over the drawstring. Later, I almost regretted that as it kind of glued the napkin to the drawstring, but a little pushing worked it loose and it was fine.
I immediately removed the cardboard so it wasn’t glued in. I think a piece of heavy vinyl or plastic might even be a better choice. And then I used a hair dryer to quickly dry it.
I have collected so many beautiful napkins it was hard to choose, but I chose the one with hummingbirds because of the pretty spring colors.
Napkins are usually 2 or 3 ply. This one is 3 ply. You need to pick at the layers on a corner to peel all the layers off until you are left with the printed transparent layer.
I then cut the napkin to fit the top of the bag and cut a piece of parchment paper to place over the napkin when ironing. The parchment paper is crucial!!! Do not forget to use it or you will have napkin stuck on your iron.
I put the piece of cardboard (not shown) back inside. This gave it a nice solid base and kept the two sides of the bag separated. I then started ironing with the small crafting iron I purchased on Amazon but any craft store carries them. I would lift up the parchment paper every so often to make sure the napkin was sealed onto the bag. You can use a regular iron, but this one is very handy for getting into small spaces. Note to self: do not move the little stand after iron heats up so you can take a picture. The wire gets really hot and seared my finger nicely. Ouch!
I then stuffed the bag with poly fill (you can get this at any craft store or even use the fill from an old pillow). I pulled the drawstring tight and tied a knot to hold it.
My tiered tray pillow is now completed and on display.

Tiny Banner for Tiered Trays

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.

A Chalkboard Menu Planner

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. 😁

An Ingenious Craft Room Peg Board

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.

What a mess!

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.

Hmmmm.

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.

Stencil over Burlap – love it!

I was inspired by another crafter to paint and stencil over burlap sooo…

  • Dollar Tree 6”x 6” sign with beaded hanger (Love these – they come in natural wood and black)
  • Christmas tree wood cut out – come in a pkg. of 5, I think)
  • I have a stash of burlap bag so used a piece of one
  • Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “January” (or any brand of white chalk paint will work)
  • Farm cow image printed on card stock

I hot glued the burlap on the back side of the sign. Worked well but next time I think I will use Emer’s adhesive spray. You could turn the sign back around later and have a different sign so I might glue burlap on both sides next time and do a reverse stencil of some kind in the natural burlap for a different look.

Update: I did do the back, too, stenciling a farm cow. I now have 2 signs in one!

I used the natural frame. I dry brushed a bit of white paint over it and the beads for a little different look.

I then used scotch tape and taped the Christmas tree onto the burlap to help hold it and daubed white chalk paint all around the stencil and the burlap.

That’s it! How cute! You can hang on the wall or even on a tree. These would make cute stocking stuffers Zoe Christmas gifts. Great project to do with kids.

I’m a True “Fan” of this Garden Ghost Family

Meet Gus, Gertie, and Georgie, my latest project. They are a happy garden ghost family….not scary at all!

Boooo!!!

Who knew when I bought a small ceiling fan with short blades at a yard sale several years ago, one of the blades would become Georgie. My original intent was to paint the blades for my grandson’s bedroom with a bunk bed, but never got around to doing that. So Georgie and his three friends have been patiently waiting for some action.

Then, along comes our neighbors doing some remodeling, and gifts us with a ceiling fan and a ceiling fan with lights. I’ve already started making lanterns with the light covers, and am now the proud owner of two different sizes of fan blades from this gift. 🤗

So what’s a crafter to do? And then it hit me….. make some spooky? families for the yard. I put them up against a door and Yes! I could see a dad, mom, and kid. Can’t you?

1. Prep – I cleaned them thoroughly with Windex, my go to cleaner.

2. I filled in the holes with KwikWood, my favorite wood repair putty, just so I’d have more of a finished look when finished. After all, who wants a ghost with holes in his head?

3. Once the filler was dry, I sanded it and scuffed up the blades front and back with 220 sandpaper.

4. Then I painted each side with our paint brand Missouri Limestone Paint Company in “January”, a pure white. I used two coats.

Smile for the camera!

5. Next, I free hand drew their faces on a piece of card stock and cut them out to use as stencils. I traced the faces onto the blades with a pencil, then used a black oil-based Sharpie paint pen to color them in.

6. I didn’t want them falling over in the garden and getting hurt so Danny found 3 4×4” blocks about 4” tall and screwed them to the wood blocks. These happened to be left over pieces of treated lumber he had stored away in the shed. He left a bit of the treated lumber showing just so the fan blade would be resting on the ground.

7. My final step is spraying them with Varathane SPAR Urethane to protect them from the weather. Fan blades are a manufactured wood product (MDF). Even though they won’t be out in the weather for a long period, this will help keep them nice for many Halloweens to come.

And here they are again! They seem so happy to be in the garden. I’m a fan! How about you? 🥰

Happy Halloween!

I’m now making two more families. These are for my kids. The first set is complete and has been delivered. We have Dad, Mom, sister, brother, and can’t forget the family dog.

Getting started!

Our granddaughter helped screw each one to a block of wood so they would stand up without falling over. A girl is never too young to learn to use a power tool.

We put mom and dad on a bit of a slant toward the kids. And here they are!