Don’t throw your empties away!
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Blue jeans and hot glue, what could make a girl happier? Okay, maybe I’m an unusual girl…but I think you’re gonna like this too.
Happy Labor Day! I’ve been laboring for a few weeks now as I am preparing for three back-to-back craft shows that start at the end of this month. I’ve been taking lots of pictures and I thought I should finally get something posted.
This chair started out a bit raggedy. I bought it at the Rose Hill citywide yard sale a few months ago. It’s actually a child’s chair…well, more like a pre-teen chair. The upholstery looked like a cat had used it as a scratching post. I considered doing a normal re-upholstery job on it, but as stated before,…I’m an unusual girl. I decided to use a new batch of old blue jeans and hot glue.
On this chair I used 3 adult-size, men’s jeans. I picked them up at a local yard sale. Size matters. If you are looking for jeans to do a project like this, choose jeans that have a lot of fabric.
I cut them up into rough squares and basically hot glued them right onto the chair. How easy is that!!Hot glue it hot! 😉 When applying glue, I got as close to the edge of each piece as possible while still being able to pick it up and move fast. This did leave about 1/4 inch around the edges unglued. After the chair was completely covered I did go back and apply craft glue just under the sections of all the exposed edges.
I first covered the cushion with jeans, but I thought it made the chair look too busy. I dug through my fabric and found a good size piece of denim that worked perfectly to cover the cushion. I wrapped it like a present and hot glued.
The stars were made from the same fabric as the chair cushion. They were all glued using craft glue.
I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!
I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…
…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.
I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.
After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.
Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.
Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.
My brother has been replacing his fence and I have been lucky enough to be the recipient of the old wood, as well as scraps of the new wood.
Restyle a vintage train case into a shabby chic case for organizing your vanity or corralling your photos and journals. This romantic container could also be used to display small vintage collectibles.
*This is a project I had originally published on FaveCrafts.
Things You Will Need:
Train case (overnight bag)
Light-colored, flat latex paint
3 1/2-inch wide lace
Satin ribbon scrap
Remove the lining from the inside of your train case. The lining is glued in, so in most cases simply prying up an edge with a knife will allow you to grasp it and pull it out. If you encounter stubborn areas, cut it loose with a craft knife. Discard the lining.
Close the case. Use a wet rag on the outside of the case to remove dust and dirt.
Paint all sides of the case, including the hinges and latches, using a light-colored, flat latex paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat with additional coats if necessary. Since old cases tend to soak up a lot of paint, I like to use wall paint left over from previous home improvement projects. It’s a great way to use up that little bit left in the can and it prevents the added cost of purchasing a large quantity of craft paint.
Undo the latches on the case and lightly paint over the areas that didn’t get painted when the latches were closed.
Lightly sand the surface and the edges of the case. Lightly sand over the metal of the latches and hinges. Wipe away the sanding dust using a dry rag.
Insert the blade of a craft knife in the gap between the lid and the case bottom. Allowing the gap to guide you, cut through the dry paint that is gluing the lid closed. After you have cut all the way around the case you will be able to pull open the lid.
Rip old book pages into 2 to 3-inch pieces. I used ripped book pages left over from other projects. They came from a variety of old books. Even though they didn’t match, the contrast of different book pages added interest to the project.
Working in one small area at a time, apply decoupage medium to the inside of the train case using a sponge brush. Place a book page piece over the medium. Smooth out the wrinkles and seal with a layer of medium over the paper. Repeat with additional book page pieces, overlapping their edges, until the inside of the case and lid has been completely covered. Allow the decoupage medium to dry.
Using a measuring tape, measure around the horizontal circumference of the case and add 24 inches. Using this measurement, cut a length of 3 1/2-inch wide lace. Wrap the lace around the case and tie the ends in a bow on the front.
Cut a 10-inch scrap of satin ribbon that coordinates with your paint color. Thread a key on the ribbon and tie the ribbon around the handle of the case. Using craft glue, attach a small flower to the key. Arrange and glue additional flowers to the lace bow.