Thursday, April 18, 2013

Artsy Craftsy Part 3: Painted Picture Plaques

Remember in Part 1 when I said I wanted to hang a bunch of pictures, but didn't want to spend the money on a bunch of new frames? You do? Good, because that's the same problem that sparked this project (that and Pinterest!). I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a bunch of these wooden plaques in varying sizes and shapes. They ranged from $1.50 to .75 cents, but if I had gone when wood crafting supplies were on sale, they would have probably been 40-50% off!
 I started by painting the entire plaque either blue or gray with acrylic paint and a sponge brush. Even though I knew the picture would cover the area I painted, I just painted it anyway...for fun? I'm not sure why, I just did! Moving on!

Then I used Mod Podge to stick the picture to the wood and to "seal" the picture and add a glossy top coat. I am a Mod Podge beginner and I don't know if it was because I used a foam brush or because I only applied 1-2 coats, but it dried very textured, like brush strokes.
For the irregular (ie: not rectangle) plaques, I just laid the picture on top of the plaque and made creases where the border was so I would know where to cut off the excess. Easy peasy.
 The pictures were kind of bubbly before the the Mod Podge dried, but they were gone after it dried. You can see some of the bubbles on Natalie's forehead on this one.
We also bought a baggie of little "wall hangy things" which Steve nailed to the back of the plaque so they could be hung to the wall. You could probably use command strips if you didn't want to put a bunch of holes in the wall. So this is the finished project!
So that's it for my Artsy Craftsy project series for now as I have ran out of money to buy supplies Haha!
'til next time...
Michelle

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Artsy Craftsy Part 2: Painting & Recycling Glass Bottles

First of all, Hubert's Lemonade is awesome. Secondly, I love the simple, rounded shape of the bottle. I love clear glass bottles, jars, etc, because the simplicity is so beautiful to me. However, I also love colored glass. I saved a few of the lemonade bottles to put flowers in once spring came, but then I was on pinterest and saw pictures of PAINTED glass bottles. Boom, inspiration.
Steve and I took the labels off and the sticky-yuck stuff off with some homemade goo-gone. I wasn't planning on making goo-gone at midnight, but a quick pinterest search gave me simple directions (equal parts oil and baking soda. Yupp, that's it.)
My living room colors are blue, gray, and white and I already had some blue and gray paint from a different project. I used acrylic paint because that's what I had, but if you were planning on putting real flowers in the bottles, I would suggest using enamel paint instead (because it's waterproof). I used far too much paint on the first bottle because I didn't have a good technique. I used way less on the second. Just squirt some paint and hold the bottle so the paint goes all the way to the bottom, then turn it on it's side and let it move across the bottle until it pretty much stops. Watching paint move is a slow process and takes patience, but it's also kind of relaxing to watch in my opinion. After it stops, add another long line of paint and repeat until the bottle is covered. Gravity is your friend when trying to cover little missed spots without adding extra paint.
This is the first bottle I did with lots of missing spaces.
After they were completely covered, I turned them upside down on a small tupperware container. I saved the extra paint and put it back in the paint bottle. It didn't stain the tupperware either.

Ta-da! Here's two of them. This was SO. SIMPLE. I did this while both kids were awake if that tells you anything.

Here's the finished project. Those white flowers weren't my first choice. I originally wanted one white gerber daisy in each bottle, but WalMart didn't have any and I didn't have the time or energy to go to Hobby Lobby. Now that I'm looking at the picture, the flowers in the two bottles on the right are too high. I need to cut them down to match the one on the left. And yes, it bothers me that the bird and the blue bottle don't match exactly, but I love that little bird (Hobby Lobby, $4 with 40% off coupon). I think I'm more of a perfectionist than I thought after re-reading that paragraph. Oops.
And there it is. I think the shelf is a TAD too high on the wall, but Steve hung it without consulting me first. I'm not really going to complain though, I'm just happy that he got it hung up at all. There is no stud above the tv so we had to use some finagling to even get that shelf up (haha, I say "we" like I had anything to do with it). Also, ignore those cords that are showing everywhere!! Ugh.

This whole project cost probably $3? The lemonades are about $2 each, but that's including the actual lemonade which I didn't use on the project. The two bottles of paint are .78 cents each and I used maybe 1/4 of it on each bottle. The stupid flowers were the most expensive at $3, but I only used half of them.

Overall, I love how this turned out. Simple, yet beautiful.
Hope you like it!

-Michelle

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Artsy Craftsy Part One: Glitter Clothespin Hanging "Collage"

This is the beginning of my "crafting series". If you don't already know, I'm obsessed with Pinterest. I used to be creative when I was a kid, but I think old age just robbed me of every creative bone I had in my body! Now I need Pinterest to get the creative wheels spinning. Well, except on this first project. I came up with this one all on my own! I wanted to have a collage of Steve and I on the wall in our bedroom, but I didn't want to buy a bunch of frames (cheap) and I didn't want to just tape pictures to the wall like my 14 year old self did. So I came up with a pretty simple plan. First, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some clothes pins, mod podge, and gold glitter, and black string (I already had the black paint). Then I did this:
I love glitter. Then I found one picture from each year Steve and I have been together (not counting 2013), made them black and white, and printed them off. Steve hung the string for me and I hung up the pictures in order.
And that was it! I want to add some more to it, like a romantic quote above the pictures on the wall, but that's a craft for another day. It takes me SOOOO long to complete a project that would take someone else one day. I can only do about one step of the project once every couple of days because the kiddos don't let me do one thing for very long. Including this blog post! I'm writing as fast as I can while Konnor eats a snack and watches The Cat in the Hat and Natalie is napping.

That's all for now!

-Michelle