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Pinterest Challenge update: #2 Deco-mesh Carrot Wreath

on March 22, 2013

I did this a bit out of order, but I got a little excited about a holiday craft and.. well, here we are!

My friend Melinda is a constant source of inspiration, has killer style-sense, and always has the most unique ideas for crafts. If she wasn’t one of my favorite people, I might just have to hate her because she is most definitely an IT girl, really. Luckily, she’s also super funny, and bakes yummy stuff for us that makes my butt wider whenever I eat it all just looking at it.  Not to mention, she lives across the street from me, is one of the few people who actually reads this blog, and knows exactly where to find me.. so, of COURSE I love her! Just kidding. I really do.

So much so, that when she told me about her idea for a fun carrot wreath out of deco-mesh to round out her Easter decor, and asked if I would give it a try.. well, of course I had to help. Ironically, this was also on my pinterest challenge list, so, it was a win-win for both of us! That was yesterday. It was a little more work than I had anticipated, but I was really pleased with how it turned out. I hung the wreath on my door, right where she could see it from across the street,  and decided I would tell her I was keeping it, mostly kidding, of course. Only, she didn’t see it, and I got too excited to show it to her and drove it over to her house. Yes, from across the street. Anyways, she loved it and I hope you will too. You can find the tutorial for this project here. That makes one, count ’em, one item off of my pinterest challenge list! Maybe I can pull this off after all.. Go me!

Peter Cottontail called – he wants his Egg Stand back

on March 20, 2013

Hi All! As always, it’s craziness around here, and I’m working on 15 things at one time – all of which I hope to share with you over the coming weeks. My strategy on dealing with mass chaos has always been to attend to whatever is screaming loudest… With Easter fast approaching, the holiday has become the latest screamer, and I’ve taken a very short break on decorating bedrooms to focus on a bit of holiday decorating.

It all started a few weeks ago, when the PB Kids catalogue arrived with all kinds of yummy, dreamy Easter decorating ideas. This page in particular caught my eye.. I am a lover of all things Easter, and I am partial to all things platter. Put it on a pedestal and I’m all yours! There, in the middle of the page, is an awe-inspiring egg platter. Say it.. aweeeee, and beams of light shall shoot down from the sky! Angels will sing! But, seriously, although the egg platter is gorgeous, the $69 price tag is a bit steep for me. Today’s post is all about a recreation of something similiar, with a much more reasonable price tag.

For this project I used the following:

1. A $3.99 resin egg platter I picked up at Kroger in the holiday section – color is unimportant, as 
    you’re going to paint it
2. A $1.50,  2-3″ resin bunny that I found on sale at Michaels
3. A round porcelain cake platter that I already in my collection
4. Krylon Fusion for plastic spray paint, in antique white
5. My trusty glue gun and some hot glue

Step 1: In a well protected and ventihilated area, paint the bottom of your platter, using short even sprays and light coats to prevent running. Let each coat dry well in between and be sure to get the edges. This it not what I did. I put the bunny on first and THEN tried to paint the bottom. I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that it was a bit difficult, given that it wouldn’t lay flat. Sigh.

Step 2. When the bottom is dry, attach the bunny to the top of the platter using hot glue.

Step 3. Paint the top AND bunny, again, using light coats, until well covered.
Step 4. When dry, place your platter on your cake stand and voila! An egg-stand!

Step 5. Add eggs. To come soon.

This seemed like a win-win to me. It’s pretty, it’s multi-functional, and it’s cheap. See? Win-win.
I’ll be back soon with more fun ideas for Easter. Until then, cheers!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

on March 11, 2013

The past few years have seen a pretty big shake up in room ownership in our home. Last year, my oldest baby flew the coop for college and got his own apartment. Recently, my oldest baby girl flew away as well. My tween girls, who’ve been sharing a room for the past few years, barely waited for the bodies to cool, and couldn’t get the furniture out fast enough before they were claiming their own rooms. It was a sad time for the mama (at least until the decorating bug kicked in!), what with all of the shake ups, but it was such an exciting time for the girls. The last time we’d decorated their shared room, they were 4 and 5 – at 8 and 9, it was time for something a little more funky and grown-up. While K opted for a “Paris, fashion” themed room, B requested a “music, zebra” themed room – with a sunburst mirror – she was very emphatic – “I REALLY want a sunburst mirror.. Oh, I REALLY want a shoe chair – in Zebra Print.” We ix nae-ed (sp?) the chair but decided the mirror could be a really fun accessory for her new room.

I needn’t say my project was on a budget… but I said it anyway. I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for this mirror, given that it would be acting as an accent for the room, which meant that making it was probably my best option.

Even after much searching on Pinterest, I wasn’t able to find an example that would fit my needs.  I decided to combine two different mirrors that I did find –  this lovely bamboo mirror, which was exactly the shape I was going for, and this recycled paper one, which had the other elements I was looking for – cheap and readily available materials. We were off! Basically, I followed the tutorial found here, with a few tweaks.

For this project I used:

  • An old (fat) In Style magazine
  • A base of some kind – I used the cover of a scrapbook paper book 12×12
  • A small round mirror (mine was 12″)
  • A wooden embroidery hoop, matching the size of the mirror 
  • Round wood beads
  • A hot glue gun
  • Spray paint in your choice of finish

Step 1: Carefully tear out the pages from your book or magazine, and roll them in to cones. I did this by wrapping my page around a long handled wooden spoon as you’ll see below. I then used a spot of hot glue on the finishing corner to hold the page in a cone shape.

Step 2: Glue your mirror to the base. Then, glue your embroidery hoop to your mirror – I did NOT do this and wish I had, so, go ahead and add the hoop in now. This gives you something to “butt” up against and makes placement easy-peasy.
Step 3: Begin gluing your paper cones on to your base, ensuring you place the tip of the cone as close to the embroidery hoop as possible. Continue adding cones until you have covered the entire base.
Step 4: Add the beads. I found the beads just finished everything off nicely, and really changed the look of the mirror. I used about 1/2″ round, inexpensive wooden craft beads, attached by hot glue, and placed them on the edge of the embroidery hoop. I found the beads in the kid’s craft area at Walmart in a tub that looked something like this:
Step 5: Attach a picture hanger on to the back of the mirror for hanging. I used a sawtooth hanger and hot glue aplenty to secure the hanger on the back of the base. It ain’t pretty, but it works!
Step 6: Spray Paint both the front and back of the mirror with your choice of finish, ensuring to get the ends of the cones, as well as any visible spaces. I used Krylon Metallic spray in gold. I had to do about 3 or 4 coats to cover.

Step 7: To get the uneven appearance of the sun “bursts”, I measured and cut around the outside of each paper cone. I used 11″, 10.5″, 9.5″ and 8.5″ and followed a pattern of 11″, 10.5″, alternating 9.5″ and 8.5″ in length. I marked the measurement and cut on an angle to create the point.
Step 8: Enjoy your mirror!


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