Pottery Barn Inspired Knotted Cement Rope

Ever since I saw a YouTube video on how to DIY the Pottery Barn knotted cement rope using air dry clay, I knew I had to do it.

Pottery Barn’s Knotted Cement Rope was priced at $89!

So…. last night while watching TV, I rolled some clay into approximately 1” balls and poked a hole through using a chopstick. This left a big enough hole for some thicker jute rope to go through.

This morning it was dry enough to work with. Theoretically, it would take about 3 days to dry completely, but I have painted air dry clay before it was completely dry in the past so I knew I could. I will still let it air dry now for 3 days before doing anything more with it. I used my aged stone technique to make the clay beads look like they were made of cement. I painted the beads with our Missouri Limestone Painting Company chalk paint in “Gray Goose”. I added some baking soda and kind of pounced it on to give the clay the texture of stone. Once dry, I applied liming wax then wiped excess off.

I knotted mine similar to Pottery Barn but added a tag on one end I had made. I thought it fit perfectly with my cement rope.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!

Creating Aged Stoneware

Relaxing with my crafting. I can truthfully say I am going to be obsessed with white wax for a few days. I started yesterday and have already completed 4 projects.

Project #1 – I updated a duck that already had a lot of detail.

I’ve been seeing many crafters updating vintage ceramic ducks. I bought this one several years ago. I think it was from the ‘80s.

I decided to finally update this one. What a difference a little paint and Briwax Liming Wax makes!

Julie’s Designs and Signs has a great tutorial on painting ducks. I think the ones she painted may even be from the same company, just a different design. I basically followed her tutorial. My paint was different and my wax, but the idea is pretty much the same.

https://youtu.be/MN8eWuiwbNM

I gave the duck two light coats of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk paint in the color “Trading Post”. I didn’t want heavy coat of paints because I didn’t want to cover up the texture.

First coat
2nd coat

Once both coats were thoroughly dry, I covered the duck in white wax. I use the Briwax brand white wax because I’ve had it forever. It works well.

Once the wax was on and pushed into the details well with a Dollar Store stencil brush I have, I took a soft paper towel and wiped it off.

I love the end result!!

Project #2: Mexican pottery transformed to an aged stone look

After using the Briwax Liming Wax on the duck earlier, I started looking around. I have had this piece of Mexican pottery for a long time. The texture of it was perfect. If it wasn’t, from all the videos I’ve been watching, I could easily add some texture to my paint with baking soda to get the rough look.

By painting this piece with our “Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Gray Goose”, letting it dry, then applying the lining wax by dabbing it into the paint, making sure it got onto the crevices with a stencil brush , then wiping it away carefully, I was able to get this aged stone effect.

I thought I’d try some stamps on it after and they worked great.

I added a few more stamps and this one is going on my dining room table. I’m sure I will be making some more aged stone look vases, even if they once started out as glass jars. 🙂

Project #3: An Aged Stone Look Bird Hook

I just had to do this aged stone look again. I knew this little 3 1/2” w x 5” high bird hook would work as it is a textured resin material.

I love how the dark gray paint and Briwax Liming Wax gave it a bluish tint.

Project #4: A Oui Jar transformed into a little aged stone crock

I’m still playing with Briwax Liming Wax. This time I took a plain Oui yogurt jar and made a utensil holder for some cute dessert “sporks”.

I wondered what dark green under the wax would look like. I loved the color it became.

But first I sprayed the Oui jar with a sealer so the paint would adhere well. I added several teaspoons of baking soda to my Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Evening Shade”, a dark green. The baking soda will make the paint nice and thick and grainy.

I painted and dabbed it on thick this time as I wanted a lot of texture that would be like concrete when finished. I let the first coat dry, then applied the second coat.

Once the jar was thoroughly dry, I added the white wax, then wiped it off. Love, love, love this look.

I added a couple of stamps and filled it with the colorful dessert sporks. 🙂

This turned out so well, it will be available, complete with the “sporks”!

Just a Few of the Crafts I’ve Done Lately – Part 2

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For the basket, I painted it an off white. I cut out and glued bunnies from a napkin to some burlap type fabric with spray adhesive, then Mod Podged them to the basket and added a little jute twine bow I made. I crocheted egg covers last year and I stamped and stuffed the little fabric bag last year, too. I sprayed plastic eggs this morning with Mod Podge pearlized spray to make a soft shimmer. I also sprayed the Happy Easter sign and attached a skewer stick to the back. I made the bow with some awesome fabric yarn I have.
I had a Dollar Tree tinsel rabbit face and purple yarn. I wanted to see if this yarn would work.
I started at the bottom and made sure the loops lay so that I covered them all the way to the neck when I wrapped the yarn around. Then I did each ear individually and started from the top, making sure the loops lay so that I covered them and ended up meeting the other loops at the neck. I think it gives her a French Poodle haircut. 😁
I reused the eyes and mouth and used felt for the nose and inner ear pieces. I had purple ribbon the exact color. I wired it on and added a jewel in the center.
She turned out pretty cute, I think.
I’ve had several friends over the last couple of years shared with me examples of crafters that have painted pinecones to look like zinnias. I got out that bag this morning and the pinecones it held were the exact kind I needed, so….. I painted and planted some. I also had the little sign so I cut the “bloom where you are planted” out of vinyl and added to the sign.
I also had these cute little tin containers so I planted some faux greenery in them.
You can bring this sweet girl out year after year. She looks good enough to eat, doesn’t she? But she is just a styrofoam bunny. I gave her two coats of a dark chocolate brown – Missouri Limestone Paint Company “French Roast”. I even gave her candy/like eyes using white and pink paint pens. I then sprayed her with a clear gloss spray to seal in that rich color. I added a bow around her neck and stuck in and glued a skewer stick in her bottom, cut to fit the bowl, to help her stay upright in the white shredded filler.
I painted, distressed, sealed and waxed a wooden bowl for her and she is now complete.
I made the Dollar Tree racetrack cloche. The interesting thing is that the white and orange gave it a pretty pinkish cast, so I left it like that. I sealed it with clear matte spray and a coat of Pearlized Mod Podge. I also added nautical rope all around and painted it, too. I added a pretty ceramic drawer knob to the top and paint dyed some gauzy fabric ribbon to put around it.
I used paperback books and covered each book with this cool vinyl wallpaper I thrifted. Made a messy bow, spray painted some keys, added a Dollar Tree wood cut out bird, and tried to used the Dollar Tree Transfer words. They didn’t want to cooperate with the uneven vinyl, so I did the best I could then hand wrote the letters over the glittery gold with a metallic gold marker pen.
I think I could easily become addicted to making these flowers. I did a lot of searching and finally started finding some using some of the vintage twisted paper I thrifted. Even the tutorial by Artful Affirmations I found on this flower was from 2016. It was very popular in the 80’s but not so much now. It looks like crepe paper, but is much sturdier. This paper, and the little heart shaped plastic box came from the grab bag I got at a thrift store.
The flower adhered inside the box is sitting on a napkin. Tutorial found on Pinterest by Artful Affirmations.
I saw a technique to use hairspray when you were wanting small crackles. It works! 🙂
I cleaned a 40 oz. tomato juice can and then sprayed it with a clear sealer to help the chalk paint adhere. I let it dry and then sprayed a heavy coat of hairspray all over. I dried it with a blow dryer then put on a thick coat of chalk paint, painting in one direction and did not go back and forth or overwork it or the crackle won’t happen. I then used a hair dryer and the crackled appear. The hair dryer seems to make better crackle. Do not use screws to attach the handle of you want it to hold water.
This was the first can I made. I had this old chippy handle I wanted to use. I attached it with screws (not a good idea if you want it to hold water. It didn’t matter on this one because I cut both ends out of the can! What was I thinking!!! I guess I thought I was going to make a smashed can basket. It holds faux flowers, nicely, though. I ended up putting a fake bottom on it because every time I picked it up, the flowers dropped out. Lol

A Bunny Tin Filled with Flowers and Greenery

I’m at my son Trevor’s helping out with the kids while Lydia is at a conference, but I brought along enough supplies to keep me busy while they are at school. 🙂

I was going to paint a duck today, but instead decided on painting this little 4 1/2” tall by 3 1/2” round embossed galvanized tin. I brought the perfect bunny framed with greenery Prima transfer I bought at The Gray Wall to go on it.

I’m so glad I did! It’s a little overcast today but the lighting seemed perfect when I used their beautiful view as a background for photos.

I usually spray a clear coat on metal or glass first but this tin was not shiny and the Mod Podge sprays I used uusially create a nice hard finish.

I painted the tin with 3 coats of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company “January” and let it dry. Then I gave it a coat of Mod Podge clear matte spray, followed by Mod Podge Pearlized Glaze spray.

I then applied the transfer. I sealed the transfer with another coat of the clear matte spray and a very light coat of the pearlized spray. I didn’t want to use too much as I really wanted the details in the transfer to show up. I just wanted a little shimmer. It’s hard to see on the photos, but it is there.

I love how it turned out and love how the photos show it off!

DIY Fabric Carrots

I made a couple of carrots for Easter. They turned out pretty cute and made a great back drop for the little stand up bunny!

They were easy to do. I saw the carrot treat bags at Dollar Tree and bought a package of two, thinking I would do something with them.

The first thing I did was cut off the green polka dot tops.

Next, I used a pencil eraser and white paint to make random polka dots on the front and back of the orange fabric.

I had some green Dollar Tree wired ribbon. I cut thin strips of various lengths, using both the wired pieces and the plain ones.

Next, I glued the strips randomly across the inside, both sides.

I pulled the drawstrings together very tight and hot glued around to keep it tight. I fluffed all the greenery and bent the wired pieces in place.

Then, I stuffed my carrots.

I glued the greenery to the inside on one side of the carrot, and then glued the other side to it.

I then glued the edges to it and anything sticking out I gathered and glued that, too.

As a final touch, I glued some jute twine to the front, leaving about a 3” length, then wrapped it around the top several times, ending back at the front, tyed a bow and glued it in place.

The final project, displayed with other items I have crafted, just in time for Easter.

Lots of Crafting Going On and Today I’m Sharing How I Made This Two-Sided Tin Can Pocket

One pocket – two different looks

I have neglected my blog for awhile, but I have been on a crafting frenzy. I have been posting on my personal Facebook page, though, until I can transfer them here, so at least they aren’t lost. You can do a search for my name, Sharon Sumner if you like to see. Most of my Facebook posts are private, but my crafts are all public. I do not accept Friends on my page, though, unless I know you. I would love for you to follow my SharSum Paint page. I sometimes post them there, too. Facebook.com/sharsumpaint. I do post most of them in my Instagram page also. You can follow along there, too. instagram.com/sharsumpaint

Today, I am sharing how I made this tin can pocket. I’ve been a little obsessed with these. They are just a can from your pantry. You open both ends, smash the bottom and decorate. You can do a Google Search for tin dan pockets and find videos popping up on how to make this. Some use a vise, some a hammer and some just stomp on them. Like this fellow crafter, Junk Gypsy. lol https://www.facebook.com/1646948723/posts/10224724308128875/?d=nu

I’ve decided my goal in life must be to come up with as many ways possible as I can in making these pockets.

It became pretty involved and took awhile, but I so love how it turned out. The steps I took have kind of became a tutorial. I’m pretty wordy so bear with me. 🙂

I had to smash my own can this morning. Danny didn’t have a supply ready for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I basically used the idea from Junk Gypsy’s tutorial 😂😂😂 by first stomping on it with my foot, but then I put it on the vise and finally used the hammer to finish it off. Glad Danny wasn’t awake yet to video me.

~ Painting the can


* I first spray the can with an acrylic sealer. This helps chalk paint adhere to metal.
* I then daubed on white chalk paint. This gives an awesome texture I love using on metal and glass.
* When dry, I sprayed the can with Mod Podge Pearlized Spray – this gave it a shimmer. If I didn’t want the shimmer, I would have used Mod Podge clear matte spray.

~ Creating the dragonfly design and Decoupaging the napkin

* I had this awesome dragonfly stamp given to me by awesome friends (formerly known as neighbors Boot Pierce and Rhonda Pierce). So I stamped a plain sheet of napkin (left from peeling off from another napkin project). I wet the sides in a jagged line and tore it. This helps to blend in when decoupaging.
* I used Mod Podge matte finish to decoupage the napkin, applying it to the can and laying the napkin down, then on top, pressing lightly into the ridges and making sure it is smooth. I dry it with a hair dryer, making sure I lightly press with my fingers as I dry it.

~ The other side is Rub on Transfers

* The other side I used the gold rub on transfers from Dollar Tree. These are not perfect and the first sheet I tried was already attached to the sheet that was supposed to come off so I couldn’t use it. The second one was ok, but the details are so delicate it was almost impossible getting it down into the ridges. I ended up just using my fingernail to adhere the butterflies. I ended up liking the distressed look it had so all was well. I then sprayed both sides with the Mod Podge spray again.

~ The hanger

* I didn’t drill holes in the can so I glued the hanger inside. I used wired jute and strung it with white beads. The beads have a shiny ceramic look to them. I’m like the crow who sees something shiny and has to have it. I found a little a couple little mini basketball nets at a thrift store. Net, who cared? Shiny white beads for my stashe? You bet! I cut off all the strings and now have a whole container of shiny white beads ….minus the 20 I used for this project.

~ Embellishments

* I thought ribbon glued on the bottom would be a cool look. On the dragonfly side I even used a few flowers from my flowers I used.
* The flowers are flocked and from Dollar Tree. These are very high end looking and beautiful. I pushed all of them into a small piece of styrofoam and glued them into the styrofoam. Then I just put the whole thing into the can.
* The shiny vinyl butterflies. I’m in love with these 3D butterflies from Dollar Tree. I glued them to skewers and stuck them in. For each side showing, just turn the butterflies around to the front.

And that’s it. This is my 5th tin can pocket…..so far. But who’s counting?🤪

Here are my others. Some are decorated only on one side, others are two sided.

Two sided

These Are a Few of my Favorite Things….

I have been cranking out a few crafts for our booths. It’s been so nice crafting in my clean craft area.

These are just a few things of my favorite things…..

My Organized Craft Area and Decluttered Basement

We started this process the end of September. We have finally, for all intents and purposes, finished. There is still more to do and it’s a never ending process, but we are very happy with the results. Follow this link to see the beginning of this huge transformation.

And now, for more pics of my new and improved basement. We can now also enjoy the living space there once again.

A Well Dressed Cheese Box

I found this cheese box (15” round x 5 1/2” tall) when thrifting this summer while on vacation. I knew the glued on flowers had to go, but hadn’t decided how I was going to upcycle it….until today.

It’s getting cold out and that cheese box needed a sweater. I just happened to have a new red sweater that came in an Ugly Sweater kit I thrifted last year.

The first thing I did was sand off those flowers as much as I could and then I cut the sweater in half about 4” below the armpits. Then I covered the outside of the box and down the inside. The lid still fits fine around the sweater.

I glued the seams first, inside, outside, and underneath. Then I glued all around, securing the sweater to the box.

I was left with a lot of fuzz, which was hard to remove on that rough wood. I didn’t want to get out a vacuum, so I used rolled up masking tape to pick it up. It worked like a charm.

Next, I finished the rough edges by gluing sisal rope around the sides and bottom.

And then came the image I downloaded and adapted to cover up the old flowers I had mostly sanded away. This is a technique I’ve used several times now. I found this image, free on The Graphics Fairy Site. I had to do several things to get it the way I wanted, though. First, I had to make the image transparent and I cut it into a round shape using the free app Pro Knockout. But I wanted it to have a more vintage look so I uploaded it to the free website Lunapic and saved it as a pen drawing.

All of this is free, so I’m sharing my image I created here. Please credit The Graphics Fairy and this blog post if you do use it. Thanks.

Pen drawing created in Lunapic.com from a free image found on The Graphics Fairy.

I then inserted the image into a Google Document, enlarged it to fit the paper, and saved it as a pdf file. Next, I used a product called Pixi Spray to temporary adhere a piece of drop cloth to a sheet of printer paper. I trimmed the drop cloth to the size of the paper, then printed it on my personal black and white laser printer.

I am always blown away how cool this look is on drop cloth. I cut around the circle and adhered the image to the box using Elmer’s Craft Bond.

I cut the neck off and used what I learned from the wise words of all mothers, “Don’t pull on the neck of your sweater, you will stretch it out!” They are right! I pulled and pulled and stretched it enough so that it would fit around my image and then hot glued it in place. It is on there forever. 🙂 And while I was at it, I used a red paint pen and colored in the berries on his hat for just a bit of color.

This finished my cheese box. I posted it for sale on my Facebook page and it sold almost immediately!

Now, what to do with the sweater arms?? I’m thinking my early morning project will be dressing a few Oui yogurt jars. 🙂

A Decoupaged Wood Slice Tucked into a Fall Arrangement

I was making a couple of coasters with some left over tissue from another project, so I decided to make this to tuck into a fall arrangement I put together. The colors are so rich and vibrant on this tissue paper and I love how it looks in the arrangement!

This is how I did it:

1. I gathered my supplies – off white chalk-style paint, decoupage medium from Dollar Tree, left over tissue paper I made on my ink jet printer, Saran Wrap, a wood slice from Amazon, fine sandpaper, and a hair dryer. Sorry, I forgot to take pics of drying it, just don’t get the hair dryer too close, and I will dry on hot for a bit, then switch to cool a couple of times until dry.

2. I painted the wood slice with one coat of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk- style paint in “Grannie’s Lace”. The purpose of this is to have a light background showing g through the tissue paper and will make the detail of the image stand out. I used a hair dryer to help speed the drying process.

3. I then gave the wood slice a nice even coat of the decoupage medium from Dollar Tree, making sure it was all covered, all the way to the edge.

4. I carefully placed the tissue paper over the wood slice where I wanted it and then pressed it down and smoothed it out all over with a piece of wadded up Saran Wrap. This allows the tissue paper to adhere smoothly with no wrinkles. Again I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

5. I used a piece of fine sandpaper and went in a downward motion all around the edge to remove excess paper. This keeps the tissue paper from tearing. Do not go back and forth.

6. I then gave it an even coat of of the decoupage medium and used the hair dryer to help speed the drying process. Once dry, I gave it a 2nd coat.

7. The Dollar Tree decoupage medium is glossy and I wanted to tone down the glossiness a bit so once the 2nd coat was thoroughly dry, I sprayed a coat of satin Mod Podge sealer over it.

Note: As an FYI, I have heard that glossy decoupage is much more water resistant than matte or satin, so often people will use the glossy for the first coat and after will tone it down with Matt or satin as I did here.

I now have a beautiful embellishment to tuck into my Fall display.