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Unconventional Art

I had a sample piece of wood laminate (from my last shopping trip to SCRAP) and it happened to fit perfectly into one of my unfinished frames.   I was looking for a project for a while and stumbled upon this PIN on Pinterest showing a framed giraffe silhouette cut from decorative paper.  It sparked many ideas and I began sketching them out.  I happened to need a bit of wall art for my bathroom, so I landed on the idea of a sand dollar.  Instead of using decorative paper, I decided to make the sand dollar out of felt with a bit of embroidery detailing.  I painted the frame a nice aqua color and then glued the finished piece to the wood laminate backer.  In very little time, I now have a nice piece of handmade art for my bathroom wall.

giraffe inspiration

Original PIN inspiration

project start painting the frame

Painting the frame

painted frame

Wood laminate piece inserted into frame

start of sand dollar start of sand dollar next

Starting to create the sand dollar in felt

finished sand dollar

Finished piece

Tin Can Transformation

Every time I open a can of veggies or soup, I think about the many project ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest.  After collecting a bunch of cans, I thought it was time to give one of the projects a try.  I was drawn to the visual on one pin I found.  However it didn’t have a project associated to it.  So I made up my own version based on the inspiration.  The finished products can be used to store office supplies or make-up brushes or anything you can think to store in them.

Supplies:

  • cans in various sizes (or all the same if that is the desired end result)
  • decorative papers (or tissue paper)
  • Glue
  • sponge applicator
  • Rub’n Buff in antique gold
  • metal brads (if desired- or any other decorative items)

original pin can

Original Pin inspiration

supplies

Cans and the papers to cover them

glue

Use the sponge applicator to apply glue to can

base paper

Cut paper to size and wrap around can- I used a two-handed twisting motion around the can to ensure that the paper adhered completely & applied extra glue at the overlap seam

paper stripe

Adding the center band

paper completepaper on all 3

The brown center band applied

adding gold

Applying the antique gold Rub’nBuff – I love this stuff!

gold accents on can

Adding the metallic finish to the top and bottom edges and blending on the paper

gold paper flowers

I made paper flowers that are finished using the antique gold and metal brads

small can complete

I glued the paper flower direct to the finished can

cans complete

The completed trio

cans in use

The completed cans in use

medium can complete

Coaster Reuse Take 2 – Christmas Ornaments

As the holiday season begins, the onslaught of catalogs also begins.  I was thumbing through a “Land of Nod” catalog and came across these cute ornaments.

inspiration

The inspiration

It made me think about those cardboard coasters that I have lying around.  So I set to work assembling Christmas-looking papers and accents.  I dug into my button supply (I have thousands of buttons that I have inherited through the years from grandmothers and great aunts).  Then I started assembling the ornaments.  I used glue to set the papers to each side – one side at a time in order to trim the edges neatly around the coaster.  And the embellishments followed.  Here are the results:

supplies ready to go

Assembling the supplies

painted wooden pieces

Painted wooden pieces

buttons

One of my 10 button drawers (the metallics)

setting one side

Setting paper to the first side

side one cut

First side cut out

setting side two

Setting the second side

both sides ready

Both sides finished- ready for embellishments

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The finished ornaments

Animal Frames

Friends of mine are having a baby very soon.  I wanted to make something special for them.  I looked through my arsenal of crafty supplies and decided to make some framed artwork.  I had a metal giraffe and turtle that I wanted to integrate into the design.  Using 2 frames, I selected some wood laminate scraps to use for the backdrop.  I painted the frames – the one for the giraffe got a coat of metallic copper and the turtle’s got a coat of dark espresso brown.  From there, I selected fabrics from my decorator sample books from SCRAP (still keeping me crafty!).  Cutting them into squares, I placed them around the frame and started gluing.  I added yarn around some of the pieces on the giraffe frame to accent the colors.  After trimming all the excess edges around the frame, I glued the animals in place.  I really like how they turned out.  I only wish I had a few more animals so I could make some more!

giraffe comboturtle combo

Giraffe and turtle materials ready to go

painting frames

Painting the frames

measuring and cutting squares

Measuring and cutting the fabric squares

laying out the giraffe laying out the turtle

Laying out the fabric on frames

giraffe frame ready turtle frame ready

Frames complete – ready for their animals

finished giraffe finished turtle

The final products

Crafty Coasters

You know those cardboard coasters that many people collect from different bars?  Before tossing them into the recycle bin, I wondered if there was something I could do with them.  Pinterest to the inspirational rescue.  I discovered two different ideas and kind of morphed them into my own take on it.  I didn’t have decoupage, so I checked out Pinterest and made my own. I grabbed some interesting papers and those cardboard coasters and decoupaged away.

coaster pin inspirationoriginal pin coasters

Original inspirations from Pinterest

decoupage diy

DIY decoupage

materials ready to go

Decoupage, coasters, sponge applicator

prepping the papers

I shredded the papers to apply to the coaster

starting to decoupagesaturate the coaster

I had to thoroughly saturate the coaster and paper to ensure adhesion

fully glazed

four completed

prop them up on cardboard scraps

I propped the coasters up on scrap cardboard to dry so they didn’t stick to the work area

trim the excess paper

After they completely dried, I trimmed off the excess paper along the edge

completed coasters

The four completed coasters

coaster in use

Coaster in use

pretty presentation

Tie them nicely with ribbon or yarn and they are a great handout at showers or weddings

(or simply a nice handmade gift for someone)

Recycle Glass In An Artful Way – Part 2

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I really enjoyed creating the different looks and combinations for the original yarn bottle projects.  There are limitless possibilities that one can achieve by using different yarns and embellishments.  I was inspired to see if I could use a combination of yarn and some of the decorator fabric samples I got at SCRAP.  I started with a spaghetti sauce jar and used 2 different yarns with 4 different fabrics.  I am really happy with the way the flower embellishment pulls it all together in the end.

Materials

The material and yarn combination

fabric start

Setting the fabrics first

chunky yarn

Topped with the chunky yarn

thin sparkly yarn

Completed the skinny yarn part

completed yarn wrapping

The final yarn/fabric wrapped bottle

finished product

And just a little flourish to pull it all together

up close of flower

Flower detail – 2 fabrics with 2 braided yarns wrapped in the center

Fancy Frames from Affordable Materials

A friend of mine asked me if I would think about art projects that kids could do, but would look good enough that people would purchase them.  Pinterest has a zillion ideas, so I started there.  However, one night while trying to sleep, I had an idea about a frame that could potentially fit the bill and was cheap to make.  I scribbled my idea in my notebook next to my bed and left it for a rainy day.  Yesterday was that rainy day.  I had a frame on hand from Michaels that has a heart cutout for the photo.  It cost a whopping $1.

frame and idea

It started with a frame and an idea….

I searched through the decorator fabric samples I had on hand and decided on a pattern.  Then I accented it with felt and another solid, textured fabric and some variegated yarn.

materials

The materials

I created 3 different sizes of hearts to use as a template and began cutting them out of the materials.

hearts drawn on fabriccutting out hearts

Tracing and cutting out the hearts

In order to avoid any wood show-through on the finished product, I painted the frame a dark blue.

painting the frame

Painting the frame

After it was dry, I used Tacky Glue and began placing the hearts on the frame – placing them in all different directions and overlapping.

starting to place hearts

Starting to place the hearts

To accent the patterned hearts, I “traced” them in yarn.  This makes them pop against the other colors.

layered and accented with yarn

“Tracing” the hearts in yarn

I used the yarn to finish off the interior of the heart and outline the outer edge of the frame.  I think it looks a lot more expensive than its humble beginnings.

finished frame

The finished frame