Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Solar Lights

From the time I started blogging, one of the easiest projects I have shared has remained one of the most viewed posts. I first published my Upcycled Pickle & Olive Jars back in 2012...



So, when Southern Holiday Life asked me a year ago to contribute a DIY project for their magazine, I decided to incorporate a new version of my popular jars. 
With tomorrow being the first day of Fall, I thought it was the perfect time to share my Fall Solar Lights.


Here's what you'll need:
Clean Jars
ModPodge
Patterned Paper Napkins
Paintbrush
Scissors
E6000 Glue
Jute
Solar Lights
Paint

Cut the napkin to fit around the jar where it will overlap slightly.

Napkins are typically 3 or 4 ply. Separate the layers so that you are left with only the layer with the pattern. If you don't separate the layers, the napkin won't adhere well to the jar.

Add a coat of ModPodge (or other decoupage medium) to the jar. Then add the napkin...

Add another coat of ModPodge over the napkin...

Set aside to dry.

Add E6000 to the rim of the jar and wrap with jute.


You could stop here and use them as they are, or add a candle...


Or you can take it a step further!

Remove the top of an inexpensive solar light...

Paint the light being careful not to cover the solar panel...

You could glue the light onto the jar, but I didn't. I just set it on top. This way I can easily change it. 





My jars have been on my back porch for a year now and are still working!
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Trunk Makeover


Every month we decorate the porch at Junk Mama's General Store to go along with the season or theme of an event we are hosting.
Junk Mama's is located in a 100 year old house, known as The Perry House, in Fayetteville, GA. It has a beautiful large porch that we really get to have a lot of fun decorating. 
We recently had an event to celebrate the 100 year birthday of the house. The mayor and other people from the city government came out, as well as people who were related to people who had lived in the house. Needless to say, we wanted the porch to be pretty. 
We had everything in place, but still needed a coffee table. Cindy, the owner of Junk Mama's General Store, had an old trunk, or trooper foot locker, that was the perfect size for what we needed. But, it was black...


I asked her if I could paint it, and being game for anything, she said yes. Together we decided that Holy Guacamole from The Dixie Belle Paint Company would be the perfect color.
So, I painted the trunk with the beautiful shade of green, then used Dixie Belle's whitewash glaze and went over it.
I wanted it slightly distressed so I took a little of the paint off the metal.
The painted trunk was just what the porch needed...
If you're ever in downtown Fayetteville, stop by and see us. We'll sit on the porch and visit awhile!
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shabby Chic DIY Teacher Bracelet

 Teach: verb; to cause or help (someone) to learn about a subject by giving lessons.


Teaching is one of the most important professions there is. Now that school is back in session, this bracelet will make a great gift for you to show your appreciation for the teachers in your child's life. 

Supplies:
Bangle Bracelet
Cotton Fabric
Lace Ribbon
Pearls
Metal Blank
Dictionary
E6000 or Tacky Glue
ModPodge
Paintbrush
Pencil
Scissors
Sandpaper
Paint
Rag


Cut slits in the fabric about 1 inch apart. Tear the fabric into strips. Tear the fabric rather than cut so that the edges are frayed.

Add a dot of E6000 to the inside of the bangle. Place a strip of fabric on the glue and begin wrapping around the bangle. Secure the end of the strip on the inside of the bangle with glue. Overlap different patterns of fabric until the bangle is covered with fabric.




Wrap lace ribbon around the bangle securing with E6000.


Place the metal blank, found in the jewelry supply section of the craft store, over the word, teach, in the dictionary, trace around it with a pencil, and cut it out. 



Add ModPodge to the blank with a paintbrush and adhere the paper. Smooth out any bubbles and add a top coat of ModPodge. Allow to dry and sand the edges if the paper is larger than the blank.


Use a damp rag to add a thin coat of paint, in a color that coordinates with the fabric, to the edges of the paper.


Glue the metal piece onto the bangle and add a row of pearls around it with E6000.






Other words such as love, art, joy, etc. can be used in this definition DIY project to create a variety of bracelets for any profession or personality.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shutter Makeover With Sea Spray


I love this old shutter but wasn't crazy about the color.
So, when The Dixie Belle Paint Company asked me to test out their new product, Sea Spray, I knew that it would be perfect for the shutter makeover.
Sea Spray is a powder you add to paint to add texture to the piece you're painting. Following the package directions, I added the Sea Spray to the color Hurricane Gray, also from Dixie Belle.
Once thoroughly mixed, I painted it onto the shutter using a chip brush. 

Even though I wasn't crazy about the green color, I still wanted a little of it to show through, so I didn't cover the shutter completely.
I dragged the chip brush lightly across the Sea Spray after the shutter sat for a few minutes and had started to dry. This knocked down some of the peaks and also added more texture.

Once the Sea Spray had dried completely, I painted the entire shutter with the color Drop Cloth.
 When the Drop Cloth was dry, I sanded the shutter to reveal the Hurricane Gray and the original green color.

I then stenciled a French logo onto the shutter and sanded over it.
To add even more "age" to the shutter, I added Dixie Belle glazes Grunge and Black.

 The shutter looks as though it has been painted many times over the years. I love the result of the Sea Spray!





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