Old Stencil Ornaments
There’s always something that needs a transformation and when I went through my stencil suitcase I realized I just didn’t use these old brown stencil templates anymore. I still like the vintage look of them, but I have newer stencils that work for actual stenciling. Not one to get rid of anything, I decided to try a little restyle.
It took me a few tries to get the look I was going for, but I think I nailed it.
The fronts were dry brushed with white paint. While the paint was still wet, they got a dusting of crystal glitter.
I “painted” the backs with glue and pressed them onto burlap scraps. When the glue dried I cut the burlap around the edges of the stencils.
A line of craft glue was added around the edges, then the glue was sprinkled with silver glitter. I left them alone for a bit to dry. Well, that’s what I told myself, but really it was because I didn’t know where to go from there.
And then it hit me by accident. A happy accident. I was working on another project and bits and pieces happened to fall on the stencils. I liked the way they looked, so I kinda went with it.
A punched hole with a ribbon hanger…
…and a bow completed the look.
Restyled Ice Skates
I have quite a collection of ice skates that I have been saving for just the right project. This is one basket. I’m pretty sure I have another in my storage unit.
The skates in this basket were all black, but they were not going to stay that way. First things first, they all got a thorough cleaning and were laced up tight. Some had broken laces and some didn’t have any laces at all. I removed broken ones and then pulled out my stash of laces to replace any that were missing. It didn’t matter what color the laces were, they were not going to stay that way. Instead of a bow, I knotted the tops and cut off the excess. Finally I masked off the soles and used a cream wall paint to sponge paint the boot part of the skates. I sponged right over the laces.
After the paint was dry I covered everything with Mod Podge. By everything, I also mean the bottom of the boots and the blades. While the MP was still wet, I sprinkled them with crystal glitter.
When I was young, the roller skating rink was a favorite place to hang out. If you were really cool you had your own skates and didn’t need to rent them. Of course if you had your own skates you also had the big pom poms hanging from the laces. Those big pom poms inspired the huge bell on the front of my ice skates. I gave the bell a coat of MP and sprinkled with glitter before I wired it to the top of the skate laces.
I used strips of ripped fabric for the hanger and the tie around the ankle. To attach the hanger I drilled a hole through the top-back of the boot.The floral arrangement was achieved by first stuffing the shoe part of the skate with newspaper and then inserting green floral foam into the ankle section. A few floral picks and greenery were all it took to create a small winter arrangement.
Lastly, a little tag with “Let It Snow” printed on it was pinned to the tie around the ankle.
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Restyled Doll Furniture
I’m still here! I know it has been forever since I last posted and I am truly sorry about that. Recently my best friend passed away following heart surgery. Sitting down to write anything has been extremely difficult, but here goes.
My husband and I went to an auction last month and we hit the jackpot. I had a customer asking for doll furniture so these little gems had to come home with me.
Surprise, surprise. I seemed to be the only one interested in them and I got them for a song.
Everything needed repairs, but nothing major. After cleaning and sanding they got a base coat of white paint.
I distress-sanded everything, but the highchairs needed a little something, something to make them more special. I decided to dry brush with pink paint and I made a stencil of a rattle for the chair backs.
The little bags on the chairs are little totes I made that I filled with a toy baby bottle, plate and spoon.
The baby bed received more than a paint makeover. I recovered the base board with blue ticking, then made a mattress using a white chenille bedspread. Lastly, I made a pillow and doll blanket using an old vintage cutter quilt.
Check out this doll baby buggy. I haven’t done anything with it and I don’t know if I will. I’m kinda thinking I’ll keep it and use it to display crafts at shows. I think it’s adorable.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Christmas Wine Bottle Decorations
Don’t throw your empties away!
Check out my new tutorial article for five wine bottle projects. Decorate your home or make several to give as gifts.
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Wooden Door Peg Racks
These peg racks turned out even better than I thought they would.
I’ve had a stash of old wooden doors for years, but with moving to a smaller house they had to be put in storage. I’ve been on a quest to reduce our storage space for over a year and have finally got two large units down to one unit half the size of the original two. That’s great, but most of the stuff that is left in the unit are things that I use for my projects. The only thing that makes sense in having them is to actually use them. It was time to repurpose the doors.
My husband and middle son cut the doors for the racks.
Since the doors are so old, the vibration from the saw caused a few of them to come apart so reconstruction was the first order of business.
After cleaning them up and sanding them I got out my stencils.
I really liked the natural aging on the doors so I decided not to add paint. Instead, I added a stained wax over everything. I am so glad I did. I think they look amazing.
The pegs were also stained and waxed before adding them to the doors.
Some nice heavy-duty hangers on the back completed the racks.
My first craft show of the season is this weekend in Arkansas City, Kansas at the Last-Run Car Show. If you are in the area, come check it out.