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.
You can find the article here.
As a crafter there are many supplies and products I need to achieve the desired results. Manufacturers are only too happy sell me the products I need…, but wait! These things can get quite expensive. The following recipes and/or techniques are what I have come up with for making artificial snow paint, crackle paint and decoupage glue mediums. The retail price of anyone of these products is very expensive for a very small bottle or jar. My recipes cost pennies and provide enormous savings at the cash register.
Artificial Snow Paint Medium
Things You Will Need:
White acrylic paint
Small mixing bowl
Cut a foam ball in half using a serrated knife. Hold the two halves over a paper plate and rub them against each other to cause the foam to flake off. Keep rubbing until you have at least a 1/2 cup of foam flakes.
In a small mixing bowl, measure and pour in 1/2 cup of foam flakes, 2 tablespoons white acrylic paint and 1/4 cup craft glue. With a spoon, combine the ingredients thoroughly.
That’s it! Really! Apply the snow paint in the same way as the store bought version.
Add water to thin, and more foam flakes if your want to thicken.
Crackle Paint Medium
Things You Will Need:
Paint, two colors
White school glue
Paint your project using your chosen base coat color. Allow the paint to dry. The base coat will show through the cracks of the topcoat color.
Work on one side of your project at a time. Position this side flat and facing up. This will prevent the glue from running during application. Apply a thick layer of white school glue to this surface.
Apply the topcoat color to the wet glue. Using a hairdryer, dry the paint and the glue. The topcoat and glue will crackle as it dries.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all sides of the project have been crackled.
Decoupage Glue Medium
Things You Will Need:
This recipe is so simple, I feel guilty calling it a recipe. There isn’t even enough information to warrant actual steps. Simply mix equal amounts of white glue and water in a jar, shake to mix and start decoupaging.
Depending on the use of your finished product, it may need to be sealed. That’s okay, you had to do that with the name brand mediums too.
Tip: Stock up on white school glue during the back-to-school sales.
Wow! Halloween totally flew by!
I’ve had unexpected family emergencies and family obligations the last few weeks that have kept me away from the blog. My efforts have all been put into keeping up with my paying gigs so blogging had to go to the bottom of the list.
Things aren’t completely back to normal yet, but all work and no play makes me cranky.
I’ve been working on new projects for Christmas tutorials and Christmas craft shows. Those things will be popping in here soon, but until they do, I thought I would post a little blast from the past.
These fall project tutorials are some of my favorites from the past.
I also used the Fabric Tube Pumpkin Tutorial to make the chenille pumpkins.
Click on the highlighted titles to take you to the posts.
Well, I should probably just say “styling” as I have never styled it before. Gasp!
Let me explain.
My house was built in 1907. Things have evolved a lot since then. There is not parking or a driveway in front of the house, but we can still see faint evidence that a driveway may have been there in the past. The front faces the road, but is hidden from view by trees. The driveway that is here now comes off the road, winds through the barns and ends up at the back of the house. Absolutely everybody comes to our backdoor. There really isn’t anything that hints where the front door is.
Sooo…for years we haven’t given it much thought…until now. I decided it needed a little sprucing up. It just looked lonely and sad.
The area is secluded, but the size of the stoop has always stumped me. It’s so small. Finally I came up with an idea that would expand beyond the stoop. Since it would be a good place to curl up with a book, I worked a chair into the design. I’ll have more on this chair in a later post.
…and dry brushed.
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Use an oversized or outdated pair of jeans to create a sturdy tote bag. You can use this bag all year long and store everything you need.
Repurpose an old velvet wall hanging and turn it into a tote. Easy fabric crafts like this one are perfect for beginners but look sophisticated at the same time. Choose fabric with a vibrant pattern so your bag stands out from the crowd.
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