Last year, I bought a cheap, cheap side table for my patio — I think it was under $6. The glass top was painted a pretty blue on its underside, but over time, the paint had almost completely peeled away. Not a good look!
I scraped and scraped to remove the remaining paint, but there were a couple areas that were attached with rivets, and I couldn’t get under the rivets to get rid of the little patches of blue. This was not a good look either!
Knowing I had little to lose, I looked in my craft stash for colorful paper, intending to decoupage it onto the underside of the glass. I found a bright floral tissue paper that I hoped would serve to camouflage the unwanted blue specks. Fortunately, I also had some outdoor ModPodge to use as glue.
This photo shows the outcome. Up close, it’s definitely flawed, but I figure few people will be examining it carefully. I think it lends a nice plop of color to an otherwise boring section of my backyard. Score one for me!
I made a pretty ornament using a $2.00 paper mache ornament from Hobby Lobby and an inexpensive decorative paper napkin. Read the rest of this entry
Yes, I’m obsessed. I made another bracelet this morning. This time, I painted the bracelet purple and stuck on some pansy stickers I had in my craft collection. The stickers were designed for scrapbooking. I had to finagle the flowers a little to get them to remain flat, but once that was accomplished, I gave the whole bracelet three coats of gloss ModPodge. I love it!
If you’re interested in making some bracelets, here is the link I used to order them from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/imagine-Bangles-Narrow-Unfinished-Bracelet/dp/B01FWJGWS2/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1466106108&sr=1-2&keywords=wood+bracelets.
I love, love, love this project! Using plain wooden bracelets, I transformed two into high fashion!
My first project was the green and yellow one. Using an old calendar page with some impressionist art, I cut out small strips of color.
I then painted on gloss ModPodge to the outside of the bracelet, about 1/2″ at a time, and glued down the strips. Messy but easy. I let the strips hang, not yet gluing them to the inside. I gave the outside one good coat of ModPodge to ensure the strips were glued down well. I went on to another project (pickling cukes from my garden!) as they bracelet dried.
Then I tackled the inner part of the bracelet. I first trimmed the strip ends to make them more uniform. I forgot to take a picture of this step until I worked on the second bracelet.
About an inch at a time, I glued down the ends with ModPodge. I used my fingers to press and rub them until they were well stuck. I then used two longer and wider strips to glue along the inside, making sure to cover any wood they still showed. I gave it all an additional coat of ModPodge to seal it, and set it aside to dry.
For my second bracelet, I used a map of Louisiana from an old atlas. I made sure I cut some strips so that place names would show. I glued the “Louisiana” label to the inside after following all the procedures described above.
I’d be hard pressed to tell you which one I like the best, but I know I’ll do this project again soon. Cheap, easy, and attractive? My kind of project!