Old jam jars can be easily transformed into new gifts with a bit of paint and an old candle. For instructions on the wax portion of this project, please refer to: http://www.woodlandfairy.com/old-candles-into-new/. This is a 3 step project, and takes 2 days for drying time.
Pour paint into a bucket and place the jar into it. Swirl it around a few times to cover the bottom, then dry upside down. Once dry, take a brilo pad and gently scrub the paint “drips” off leaving an even painted bottom. Wash off any reside and air dry.
Cover up any logos using a base coat of paint. Taking a second color, drizzle it in a messy pattern for a decorative effect. Depending on the thickness of the paint, you may need to allow the lids to dry overnight. Be careful removing the lids as excess paint will lift.
Now you’re ready to wick and pour your recycled wax into the jar. Perfect way to regift half burned candles into new treasures.
Stopped into the local Goodwill a few weekends back, and found 3 metal file folders, which were in good condition. What likely brought them to their demise is the terrible shade of hot pink and electric blue, painted over them. They also resembled high school locker doors, with 3 slits on the front, leading me to believe they were leftover from someone’s college supplies.
To give new life to these folders I spray painted them with bronzed black spray paint. Once they dried, I covered up the “locker” slats with ribbon. Perfect cheap storage solution for my home office.
This project is a quick solution to messy bulletin boards and tacks. Head on over to your local Dollar Tree and pick up:
Tray of any size/shape
In addition to these items, select some chalk based paint at your local craft store.
Be prepared to layer 2 to 3 coats of paint and allow 24 hours for final drying.
I found small wooden trinket boxes at my local Dollar Tree, and scooped up 3 of them. The first one, I decided to make a vintage/altered art design for it and make use of some peacock feathers that a coworker gifted me. For this project I used the following:
- Unfinished wooden box
- Distress paint, 2 colors
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper tissue (for rubbing alcohol)
- Glitter pen (gel)
- Elmer’s glue
- Scrapbook paper
- Random vintage art downloaded from the internet, sized for the trinket box
- Peacock feathers
- A penny coin
This project is a 2-day project for drying times. Paint the unfinished box using 2 layers of distress paint. As the box is a porous material, the first layer will not crack.Once your second coat dries, take a penny and begin to randomly scrape at the paint to give a weathered, antique look. Apply your second color of distress paint to accent corners of the box. Dry overnight.
The next day take tissue and apply some rubbing alcohol on it. Dab the tissue around the box to lighten and distress the paint further. Next apply globs of glitter around the box and smooth the gel out to accent the cracked paint. Dry.
Now you’re ready to decorate the box. I used scrapbook paper to make 2 thin strips like old vintage suitcase straps. I cut out a vintage lady and placed her portrait into a bottlecap and doused it with glue. I let it soak up and wiped the excess glue out with tissue.
Let me know how your vintage trinket boxes come out! Enjoy!
Love designer vases, but not the price? (Sounds like a pitch I know *smile*). Head over to your local Dollar Tree and purchase some glass vases. Using craft paint (I used left over outdoor craft paint), pour some into the vase and twirl the vase around (using your hands) to get the paint to move. Using a second paint color randomly pour it onto the internal sides and continue hand twisting the vase. When you have the majority covered, place the vase upside down onto a surface and allow the excess paint to drip out. This will create random streaks much like those expensive designer vases in those bed and universe places.
Expect an over night to possibly 2 days drying time depending on how much paint you used. Once dry, I sealed it with a layer of Mod Podge for a glossy look. Remember that this project is for decoration only and I would not suggest eating or dining with painted glassware. Enjoy!
Patio chairs need some help over time especially with wear and tear use, so instead of throwing the chairs out I restored them using some fabric from Hobby Lobby. Unscrew the cushion (if applicable) and using a staple gun, staple the fabric onto the cushion. Trim the excess fabric and staple down any loose ends (so it doesn’t hang). I did this freehand with no measurements with the fabric. Just cut a bit extra so you have enough room to staple on. Be sure to “tug” the fabric for a smooth fit before each staple. Now you have a “new” chair.
Hope you enjoy this summer redo and have a great Memorial Day weekend.
For a quick party idea, or unique recycle decor, take bubble liquid (cheap at the Dollar Tree) and Glow Sticks (available there too!). Pour the soap into a bottle, then crack the sticks to activate them. Carefully cut off the top of a stick and pour it into the bottle. Cap, shake and watch the glow. These don’t last for long but afterwards you can use a blacklight to keep em glowing or refill them if you are hosting a party.
Thanks to Emi and Jana for inspiring me to recreate their bottles!
With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to share one of the first household tricks my mother taught me when I moved out. Vinegar and baking soda = bubbly cleany stuff. This “foam” is natural, green, and dedorizes, cleans, kills bug eggs, plus removes rust. Simply sprinkle baking soda around the drain, and then “wash” the soda down the drain by pouring vinegar onto it. The combination will foam up, and rinse away any extras with water.
Words of wisdom I still use. Thanks mom!
For Dad’s birthday I wanted to combine two of his favorite things: birds and zombies. Yes I said zombies! Dad’s a big Resident Evil fan, while I’m a fan of The Walking Dead on AMC. Using some outdoor paint, and popsicle sticks, I created a “bird” hideaway from all the evil zombie bugs and animals out there. The birdhouse was premade, purchased from my local Michaels. To construct the “beware” sign, I snapped popsicle sticks and glued them together to form a sign. One of my fave creations of 2012!
YAY! The paper rose wreath is ready and I have it proudly displayed on my guest bathroom door (because for some odd reason people keep trying to enter the closet instead of the bathroom … don’t ask hahaha). The paper roses are made from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine (one entire issue) and held together with super glue. I used a braided wood wreath from the Dollar Tree as my base.
Instructions for making the roses are available at Dozi: http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html.
I know Mom is going to want one once she sees my blog post:) Excuse the dog hair in the pics, Indiana is blowing his winter coat!