Crafts

Flea Market Swap Makeover – #swapitlikeitshot

I’m joining over 30 other bloggers this week in the great Flea Market Swap, and today is Day 1! We sent each other a mystery box with fun flea market or thrift store finds, all under $15. Our challenge was to transform the contents of said box into something fabulous! 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotBrandi from Don’t Disturb this Groove sent me a box full of goodies; fabric, wicker paper plate holders, some cute candle sticks and a scalloped wooden bowl. 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotIf y’all have been reading this blog for very long, you probably know I love to pick up these wooden bowls at thrift stores. I’ve transformed them with paint to be anything from just “catch-all” bowls to planters. I was excited to get another one in my box to do some magic on! 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotI started by spray painting the outside of the bowl in white. I just used some spray paint from my stash. It took about 3 coats of paint to get full coverage. 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotSome of the paint seeped through to the edge, but that wasn’t a problem because I had plans for the inside of the bowl as well. 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotI wanted to give the inside of the bowl a gold leafing treatment. I found a liquid version that has the consistency of paint at my local craft store. If you’re going to try this, I would definitely recommend using it outside. The fumes are pretty strong. 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshot

 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotI “painted” the entire inside as well as a little past the edge. I wanted a more organic shape {like the bowl} and so I didn’t tape it off.

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotIt’s great for the coffee table, or to help corral my jewelry. I’m thinking it will be the new home for all of my bracelets. :)

You can hop over to Artsy Chicks Rule to see what I sent Nancy and what she did with it! And be sure to check out the rest of the girls’ projects this week. I can’t wait to see what everyone else did with their thrifted finds! 

 

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Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshot

 

CRAFT FAIL {Book Review}

I was given an advance copy of the book to review. All words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

Do you remember last year when arm knitting was all the rage? All of the cool kids were making these beautiful, cozy scarves for the winter….and “it was so easy” ! Well, I tried my hand at this craft called arm knitting. I knew I was going to have a new beautiful scarf to add to my collection, and that’s what everyone was going to get for Christmas, too! Well…I tried…and I failed. I found myself in a tangled up ball of fuzzy blue yarn. 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...in stores now!

I have had my fair share of Craft Fails, but I don’t usually post them here. I figured my readers would rather see my projects that were a success and turned out beautifully. I’m rethinking that stance after flipping through Heather Mann’s Craft Fail : When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong*. Because y’all…these Craft Fails are hilarious! I love a good laugh {and love to make people laugh….even if at my own expense}, and this book is definitely full of laughter inducing moments! 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...in stores now!

You will find horribly entertaining photos, hilarious anecdotes, and even some tips on how to avoid failing at certain craft projects. If nothing else, it will make you feel better about your own “Nailed it” moments. ;) 

Craft Fail by Heather Mann...available now!

Craft Fail* is available on shelves now! If you need a laugh, don’t hesitate to grab your own copy! It is sure to entertain! :)

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Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

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Happy Monday, y’all! I have a fun craft project to share with you today! I’ve talked before about how we have a ton of kids on our block and how we like to make their Trick-or-Treating experience a little more fun for them. Along with having our dog in costume, we like to decorate the front porch in fun, non-scary ways {especially since most of the kids we see are little ones}. Thanks to Mod Podge, we’re stepping it up a notch this year in the decor department. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsI am so excited about our glow-in-the-dark pumpkins! This is a very simple project, but it adds a whole lot of fun! Who doesn’t love stuff that glows in the dark? To make your own glow-in-the dark pumpkins, you will need: 

  • A pumpkin — faux or real will do
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
  • A foam craft brush
  • A pencil 
  • A permanent marker

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe first step is to paint a coat of Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge on your pumpkin. The more coats you paint on, the better your pumpkin will glow. I did a total of 3 coats. Allow each coat of Mod Podge to dry for about 15 minutes before applying the next. I set mine on my Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat to dry. It worked better than just newspaper or wax paper because it don’t get stuck to the mat. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsWhen you are finished coating the pumpkin with Mod Podge and it is completely dry, you can sketch on a message or image with a pencil. When the pumpkin is glowing, your message will have a sort of silhouette effect. I found a scripty font online to use as a guide for my “Happy Halloween”. If you’re not as confident in your freehand abilities, you can use a transfer method. Print out your image and color the back of the image with pencil. Place the paper against your pumpkin {pencil side down, print side up} and trace the words or print in pencil. This will transfer the graphite to your pumpkin. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe next step is to fill in your words or image with a permanent marker or paint. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsAllow your pumpkin to “charge” in UV light. Either sitting it in the sun or using a black light works well. Then, when it gets dark you will have a fun glowy pumpkin! 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

 

Isn’t that great? Everything is more fun with glow-in-the-dark! You can find more crafty ideas here:

DIY Faux Sugar Skulls with Collage Clay by Mod Podge

3 DIY Decoden Cell Phone Cases with Mod Podge + Dollar Store Jewelry

Plaid Blog – Introducing Mod Podge Modeling Clay

Plaid Decoden Pinterest Board

Plaid Website

The Plaid Palette Blog

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Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

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