Yeah, it’s hump day! Better known as Wednesday, but it’s a day that I am taking off of work so I’m loving it!
A few weeks back I picked up a 3-drawer side table at the Goodwill for $9.99. I think it’s an Ikea or Scan Design type. It’s the lighter/blond wood, 3 drawer with the frosted glass centers. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Anyway, I’ve been using a 3 drawer Rubbermaid tote to corral my make-up and personal items in our bathroom and thought this would be the perfect replacement. Especially for the price and I didn’t even mind the wood. I had no plans to change it, just clean it up and put it to use. There was one small water spot on the top and I thought I might be able to just remove that with a Mr. Clean sponge. It didn’t work and I didn’t take a picture of it so you’ll have to trust me. I lightly sanded the top and added two coats of white primer and no, I didn’t take a picture of that. When it dried, we brought it up to my craft room and it sat for a couple of days while I pondered on what I wanted to do.
Are you thinking I tiled the top? Nope, what you are looking at is scrapbook paper that I cut into squares. The white lines that appear to look like grout is the white primer. Can you believe it? I .love simple projects. This one was as easy as my duct tape dresser which has been flying around Pinterest.
I first cut 4×4 squares and placed them, then trimmed where I needed to.
I used glossy Mod Podge to glue the paper on and let that sit for a couple of hours. I used a roller to make sure all the bubbles were out and the paper dried flat. Over the course of 3 days I added 10 coats of glossy Mod Podge to the top of the paper, making sure the glue dried between coats. It really did turn out to look like tiles.
Have you done anything like this using scrapbook paper?
I’m linking this simple project to Monday Funday, Wow Us Wednesday, Tutorials and Tips Tuesday, and House of Hepworths,
Hi all! Happy Monday. The best fun for me is when I make something for something else. It makes me feel good. I decorated a couple of boxes not too long ago for my friend P’s birthday and shipped them off to New Jersey.
There were a lot of simple steps so it took some time but very easy to do. I probably should of taken a picture of the plain wood boxes, but I didn’t. Take a look at this post on some button boxes I did to see what they look like unfinished.
Here are the steps:
- use some sandpaper to smooth the rough edges
- paint with an acrylic paint of your choice. I used a soft blue and painted both the inside and out. I used 2 coats.
- Then I sanded down the outside just a little so a tiny tiny bit of the wood could peek through in places.
- Cut scrapbook paper the size of the box tops and glue with decopauge. Follow up with 2 or 3 layers of decopauge, letting dry between each coat.
- Spray boxes with a clear sealer
- The final touch is grabbing the hot glue gun and adding some lace
I like these so much I’m going to make some for me. They will look adorable stacked on a dresser for spring and summer. Do you do any decopauging?
Linking up to these parties this week.
Movated Monday @ Be Colorfull
Metaphorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Home Stories A to Z
Shabby Creek Cottage
TT & J
Making drink coasters from tiles has been floating around the blogsphere and Pinterest for awhile now. Well, I made some too, but I cheated a tiny little bit. Instead of buying felt or corkboard and adhesive spray to cover the back of the tiles I just bought pre-made coasters (backs complete) for a buck each at the Dollar Store. The only other items you need are a small paint brush, Mod Podge glue, scrapbook paper, acrylic spray and time.
This is so simple. Just cut squares from your favorite holiday paper. Adhere them to the tile squares using the Mod Podge. Add 3 – 4 layers of Mod Podge to the tiles, allowing dry time between layers. Spray with acrylic to be heat resistant. Voila! Holiday Coasters.
Here are some I gave to my sis-in-law. I added a large tile to look like a package.
And here’s some I did over the weekend still drying…
P.S. Linking up to the craft party at Centsational Girl, Motivated Monday, Home Stories A2Z
It was important to me to give my niece something special for her birthday, something from the heart. She is a beautiful young lady, full of drive, ideas and love. She has set her goals and she will achieve them. And have I already said I wanted to give her something special?
Scrapbook paper + a picture frame of choice + a printed poem or saying + old jewelry + tacky glue = special present for my niece.
Find the perfect picture frame and take it apart. Find your fav scrapbook paper and cut to the size of the frame. Print your favorite poem and attach to the scrapbook paper by gluing or using sticky squares used in scrapbooking. Decide on a great piece of jewelry and using pliers, take the back parts off so the pin is flat. Tacky glue to the scrapbook paper.
Look what you come up with. Don’t cha just love it?
Here’s a closer look at the pin I used…
The other part of giving gifts is wrapping it. I can spend obsessive hours focused on wrapping the gift or I can brainstorm a great idea in less then 5 minutes. You just never know. Here’s a birthday box I decorated for my niece, simple but cute, just like her…
Go to your creative side today and have fun!
I really don’t have 9 ways to use scrapbook paper. I just wanted to get your attention! I do have some ideas to share though, just not 9. I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been using and hearing about how crafty people are using scrapbook paper other than the norm…
1. Of course, scrapbooking pictures, DUH!
2. Scrapbook paper is a necessity when making special cards. If I had a copy of one I’d show you but I don’t. Use your imagination.
3. The colorful sheets make nice rooftops for birdhouses I decorate…
4. I was reading some of the projects Kate at Centsational Girl has completed. Sorry, I cannot pinpoint the exact spot in Kate’s blog where I read it, but she explained if you spray scrapbook paper with linen water it becomes wonderful drawer liners.
5. Martha Stewart thought of this one. It involves multiple picture frames and similar design scrapbook paper. I really love this. I think it makes quite a statement and is fairly inexpensive. I especially enjoy the yellow, black and white combination and am now seriously thinking of doing my guest bedroom/craft room in these colors, Clean and fresh looking yet classy.
6. My latest favorite use of scrapbook paper is one I had a brainstorm about the other day. I have this corner wall in my entry way and it has some of my favorite things. First, the little chest with drawers is one I scored at Marshals. Both the price and the chest are priceless. On top of the table is a picture of my mom with her grandkids which was taken approximately 2 months before she passed away. Also there is a precious pic from years ago when my son was 4 and my niece/god daughter was around 8. We had gone to West Edmonton Mall in Canada and I took this and still love it; chubby legs, big smiles and not a care in the world. You’ll also see to black candle sticks which I bought and painted and a hand painted vase I picked up when I was in China. Yes, I’m getting to the scrapbooking part.
The large picture on the wall is my limited edition painting of the Wizard of Oz. To the right on the bottom is a sketch of the lion’s head. It’s the pre-painting. I really needed something for the top right to balance the wall out and I did not want to spend any money. My neighbor has a frame business and he gave me the frame. I have tons, I say TONS of scrapbook paper so I picked one out that had similar colors to the picture. Now comes the brainstorm. I have lots of hold jewelry so I hot glued the jewelry to the picture. Wall art! I think I’m hooked.
I hope you like it. The picture in the frame is the actual colors. I wanted you to see the jewelry too and I’m not a photographer so it came out rather light.
What do you think?