Sand & Glue Bowl

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Mix clean sand and white craft glue to obtain an oatmeal type of consistency (add small spoonfuls of water but no more than two). Clean sand can be obtained from a beach or at a craft store. Blow up a balloon or a beach ball (we had more success with a beach ball as the balloon if too tight can pop while doing this) and rest the tied end into a bowl. Start at the top and pour the liquid and allow to run down. Make sure there are no gaps – you do not want a spider web effect. Dripping is allowed. Allow to dry overnight. Repeat process to create a thick three or four layer effect. Now on the last layer you will watch for it to be almost hard – then you will flip it out over to rest on what used to be the top. You are going to do this to create a flat bottom. Too early this will form in a huge puddle  – too late and it won’t form. Its cheap and that is good because if you mess up try again.

Button Design Lampshade

374635_625988597431232_557376757_nWhat a clever way to update an old lampshade (one you already have or one you get second hand). Spray lampshade white and glue/sew old buttons on to create random or specific patterns. Use various shapes and color to create a hodge podge design or go for color specific and/or shape specific depending upon your desired outcome. Goop would be a great (more permanent) glue for this application. This has me thinking about what else could go onto a lampshade to update a room: bottle caps, hat pins, patches, scrap fabrics – it seems end less when you start and think about it.

Not Just Your Ordinary Thumbtack

Find the average office box store thumbtacks just a little to ordinary? How about a quick sprucing up with some findings you probably already have and some epoxy glue.

Some ideas include:

-Buttons

-Jewelry Findings

-Small stones or pebbles

-Small antique door knobs

-Other

Just clean the top of thumbtack with alcohol and do the same to the part of the item to be glued to the thumbtack to ensure a clean gluing. Use of epoxy is suggested, however, goop or super glue can be used for some items.

Enjoy your new addition to your bulletin board…. it will show your personality and uniqueness by adding charm or flare to an area of your home that is surely busy. I hope this brings a smile to your face every time you see your little creations.