This Spring I’m feeling more enthusiastic than usual about sprucing up my surroundings. My husband and I bought our first home this year and there are still many bare walls in need of arts and crafts. What better way to spruce things up than with pretty stencils and paint! Stencils and paints are on sale and I’m busy drafting up projects for wall art, patio art and some newly decorated accessories to make with my pretty new supplies.
I’m enamored with the Folkart Bird stencils. I can’t wait to use them on my husband’s herb planters. The chalkboard paint also gives the planters such a clean bright quality.
In celebration of National Craft Month I thought I’d compile a big list of inspiring and helpful craft tips from Craft Experts like you!
Sew Many Ways has brilliant tips for organizing your Sewing and Craft Room. Check out this blog for some crafty inspiration! One of my favorite ideas I found on Karen’s site is this tutorial on how to File Your Fabric.
“In the spring – I take all the scraps and thread that come from my serger and put them outside along with used dryer sheets and lint and bits of yarn – there are many colourful bird nests in my neigbourhood.” – Susan M. from Gatineau, Canada.
I have to admit, I’ve never actually tried glass painting before, and I knew I would need to do some research before trying it out for myself. There are so many different effects you can achieve using glass paints and vases. You can find inexpensive glass at the dollar store or even in the top shelf of your kitchen cabinets! My husband and I have a constant battle over the mason jars in our house – he uses them for canning and I use them for decorating. Once he’s used them once or twice, I wash them out and hide them in hard to reach cabinets. Once you’ve gathered your extra glass containers and pretty paints check out some of these tutorials for design ideas and tips.When your projects are complete feel free to post pictures of your new glass decor in the comment section!
These Modern Mason Jars are a great way to re-use or reclaim the mason jars in your own kitchen! Once you’re done with this project those old mason jars won’t be hiding any longer. These would be great for holding crafts supplies, or decorative knick knacks on a modern mantle place.
I love LOVE it when gifts come in clever boxes. In fact I’ve got quite a collection of boxes gathered over the years but I’m always on the look out for more. and with Valentine’s Day, Mother’s day and Father’s Day all coming up, there are lots of chances to use some of these cool DIY boxes to hold goodies, treats and small gifts!
Since moving into my new house I have been on the look out for budget friendly decorating tips. I’ve been scouring antique malls for solid inexpensive furniture and searching the internet for inspiring tutorials to personalize and refurbish my furniture finds. Decoupage with favorite fabrics and card stock and Mod Podge seems like one of the most inexpensive, fun ways to make over furniture. Here are some of the best tutorials for projects I’m excited to try out.
I was reluctant about setting up my office and filing system until I found this great tutorial on making over metal file cabinets. What a brilliant idea, and a great way to inspire me to keep up with my paperwork.
Every year, about this time, I start thinking about what on earth I’m going to pull together for classroom valentines this year. With kids at two schools with varying rules for what is and what isn’t allowed, dark hints from my older child that things need to be “cool” and my own ever pressing desire to do something new and exciting, I’ve been on the hunt for some new and improved Valentines ideas. Here are some of my top contenders.
Some of the classrooms at my daughter’s school are strictly no treats, even for Valentines Day, so this tic-tac-toe Valentine is a good no-candy option. And since kids always love new pencils, the inclusion of a new, heart themed writing instrument will be quite the bonus!
I love using mirrors to create dynamic decor in small spaces. Small mirrors are inexpensive and fun to work with. Here are some new ideas for getting crafty with small and mid sized craft mirrors in your home.
Driftwood has become very popular in home decor lately, and I’m a big fan of this trend. I love any decor that incorporates natural elements, especially beach related, into my home. This driftwood mirror brings a touch of the seashore home.
This tutorial is so useful! I have a few broken platters and pieces of china that I’ve been saving to use in a crafty way. This platter to mirror would be a lovely addition to my stairway mirror collection, or in a nursery or guest room.