2 Litter Pop Bottle Bird Houses / Feeders

11206106_10153324262358330_5635269280080404694_nSuch a really cool idea. Cut the bottle in half. Top half make into scalloped type of cut. Cut hole in the bottom half. Decorate with paints and trim and left over doo dads – just make sure none of it makes noise because it might scare of the birds. Make a loop with thin wire and with two punched holes in the lid (use a push pin or if you want use a very small drill hole. Make the top half go over the bottom half and glue with epoxy or E6000.

Baby Toes & Foot Art

10356157_10152806461798457_1344159066502825304_nHow cute and simple – use non-toxic paints like finger paints. Make different colors and sizes by using different kids toes. Makes a great present for the Grandparents or a gift for Mothers or Fathers Day! Finish with straight simple lines for the stem and add an extra few strokes under the foot imprint.

Cool Painted Rock Idea – Minion

6490258fe7c38eedc357caf8fd4a9defMake design using black sharpie markers (Trace around googly eyes to get exact size), then paint yellow, then paint, light blue, then paint darker blue, add googly eyes and put silver puff paint around eyes. You may want to sharpen the black edges by going over them in black sharpie again. In the picture he is glued to another rock and put into a pot of grass. He could be glued to the top of a wooden stake to put in your garden. Here he is small scale – but he could easily be made on a boulder with the help of an adult and bigger brushes. I would also put three coats of polyurathane to keep the colors vibrant in the sun.

Painting – Considering Color and Design

The color of a room can affect the way that it feels in a big way. You will do well toe ensure that you think carefully about the way in which you are going to decorate your home, as the feeling that color and designs can give a place will be instrumental in making your house a home.

It is sometimes difficult to know where to start, so aside form the pointers below, have a flick through a couple of design magazines and blogs for inspiration as to what kind of thing you want to do with your space. Spend some time looking at swatches, and put testers up when you know that you are definitely going to paint the walls. Some people make the mistake of putting small testing swatches of color near to each other, and this can make it hard to get an impression of how the room will look when you have the full walls covered in that color. Try to go large, and if the color is going to be butted up against another color, then do the swatches close to the other color, and away form the other examples that you are to choose from.
Painting - Considering color and design
One thing that you must keep in mind when you are looking through your design inspiration sources, is the size of the room and the type of room that you are dealing with. You may love the look of a the large ball room in the palace of versailles, but unfortunately, not many people have the same amount of space, nor the level of incredible detailing required to pull of the same style and color that was used there. Try to look at spaces that are similarly sized and shaped to your rooms, to ensure that you don’t go for something that looks good in the magazine, but feels ridiculous in your flat! The general rule is that darker colors will make a room look smaller, but in the sense that you might want to cultivate a feeling of intimacy with the color, this might not matter.
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Many people go for plain white, and it is a color that will never clash nor go out of fashion, however, you do need to make sure that your walls are pristine if you are going to go with such a clean color, as any grubby marks or cracks in the walls will create a feeling of dirtiness and dilapidation pretty quickly!

Have a think about the detailing in the furnishing of the rooms, and how that may affect the painting of them. Do you have high skirting, or an architrave running around the top of the room? Are the door and window famers ornate or plain? These things will affect the look of the room, and choosing whether or not to paint them the same colors as the walls is difficult. Detailing should be done in white realistically if it is going to be different from the rest of the wall color, but some pick their window frames out in black for a bit of a different feel. If you have tall skirting and an architrave, then a deep color and white detailing will give a great feeling of old grandness to the room, especially if it is a big one! This is quite a bold statement to make however, and you should certainly think carefully about it in advance, as making the wrong stepo with such a thing could leave you feeling like you had over egged it a little!

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Wire Spool End Table

What a great idea for a dorm or a country rustic home interior style. These are usually thrown away from companies that use cable (cable companies, electricians) and make a great strong piece of furniture. First it does need to be cleaned very well with soap and hot water and a hard bristle scrub brush to remove grime and dust. Dry. Sand away any stamped names or images as those will be hard to cover. Cover with one coat of primer to seal off the wood and allow paint to cover and not soak into the raw wood. Paint your favorite color (or colors). Add dowels that are minimum of 1/2 inch thick (but thicker can give a more bold appearance). Paint out the dowels and spool one last time to ensure good coverage. Coat with polyurethane to seal. On the bottom add rolling casters or other re-purposed “feet”. If you want a little cleaner look you could add a top just a little larger in diameter then the spool top.

Valentines Day Heart Frame

Materials:

  • Wood Frame
  • Yarn
  • Pony Beads
  • Acrylic Paint – Baby Pink
  • Acrylic Paint – Primary Red
  • Sharpie® Fine-Tip Permanent Marker – Black
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft Smart® All Purpose Glue
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plate

Instructions:

  1. Remove cardboard backing from frame, set aside.
  2. Paint frame Pink, let dry.
  3. Dry brush frame with Red, let dry.
  4. Cut flowerpot shape from cardboard from the inside of the frame to create flowerpot.
  5. Wrap yarn around fingers to create flower. Tie center with yarn.
  6. Trim ends of yard and fluff for flowers.
  7. Make 4 yarn flowers. Make flowers different sizes.
  8. Glue pony beads to centers.
  9. Brush flower pot with glue and wrap yarn around to cover.
  10. Glue flower pot to frame as shown, glue flowers in place.
  11. Draw leaves on frame with black marker.

Thanksgiving Apron

Material List:

  • Americana® Acrylic Paint
  • Creatology™ Wiggle Eyes
  • Container of Water
  • Paper Plate
  • Paint Brush
  • Glue Gun (Adult Use Only)
  • Iron-on Transfer Paper
  • Sharpie® Fine-Tip Permanent Marker – Black
  • Iron
  • Paper Towels
  • Fabric Medium
  • Iron-On Transfer Pen
  • Child-Size Apron

Instructions:

  1. Trace patterns onto tracing paper. Flip design face down. Use Iron-on transfer pen to trace over reverse side of designs. Position design on apron ink-side down. Press over design with iron. Lift corner of paper to check for design transfer. Remove paper.
  2. Mix paint colors with Fabric Medium 2:1 on palette.
  3. Use Lamp Black to paint feathers.
  4. Use Titanium White to paint feather tips.
  5. Use Honey Brown to paint head and wings.
  6. Use Cadmium Yellow to paint beak. Let dry.
  7. Use Honey Brown to paint line work on feathers.
  8. Use marking pen to do lettering and outlining.
  9. Let dry 24-48 hours. Heat set: Place pressing cloth or brown paper bag over painted design. Set iron on temperature appropriate for fabric type. Press design for 30 seconds with iron. Follow label instructions for laundering information.
  10. Position and adhere wiggle eyes on face.