By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!
Celebrity Craft Professional Mark Montano’s latest book the Big-Ass Book of Bling is full of enough projects to cover you in bling from head to toe! Learn how to make glittery statement jewelry that will turn heads! Visit our friend Mark Montano’s website and Youtube Channel for even more crafty and DIY bling ideas!
I’ve said it a thousand times. I love a lady in big jewelry. Big jewelry means big fun and I’m never wrong about this! You can make this any size you want, but I had to go all out. By the way, the next time you’re at a party, look for the lady with the big jewelry and hang out with her. She’ll be the most fun.
By Home Decor Contributor Typhanie, from the blog Shoebox Decor.
I’ve wanted to try this project for some time now. I love the thought of this mirror in a little girl’s room or some chic boutique hotel. I hope you guys love it and give it a try. Let me know if you have any questions…Happy Decorating Everyone!
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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.
The Holiday Season is closing in on us quick. That means another year of assorted tins full of popcorn and cookies. I have a collection of these tins, they have different cartoon characters in holiday outfits, Dogs in front of the Christmas Tree or snow scenes. You know these tins, I know you do. I keep them because someday I’ll use them, but I don’t because I don’t really want a huge tin with a Golden Retriever in front of a decorated tree in my living room year round, (not to mention that we don’t even have Golden Retrievers).
My new dilemma is my daughter and her collection of tiny little animal toys. There has to be a thousand of them and they do not fit into one carrier.
I came up with the idea of using these tins to store her things. We are just going to make them fit our house a little better.
This is so simple, spray the tin white or with Primer to cover the design completely. After that is dry spray the tin the color you want, we used Ballet Slipper Pink. Don’t forget the lid too. When the paint is dry, apply vinyl stickers or decoupage if desired.
Such a nice storage unit for tiny pieces and it recycles something destined for the trash.
By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.
One of the many things I think of in the fall is scare crows, which then in turn makes me think of black crows. This year I wanted to make some decorations for fall, not just for the holidays. So I thought it would be fun to make a family of black crows.
A few weeks ago we went on a camping trip and searched for some great pinecones to use, but were very unsuccessful. So I ended up having to buy them, so if you don’t find your own pinecones rest assured you can purchase them to make these cute crow’s.
I found that when painting pinecones it is best to use spray paint. It is a LOT easier to get it covered that way. Depending on the age of your children, you may choose to do the painting yourself (I did). However the rest of the project can be done by the kids. Remember though to supervise the kids when using the glue gun.
Start by spray painting your pinecones black. It is best to do this outside.
Once your paint dries bring your pinecones inside and glue on your googly eyes.
Then cut a triangle out of your orange felt (this will be the beak).
Glue your beak onto your pinecone.
Next glue your small straw hat on to the top of your pinecone.
Finally glue your black feathers onto the sides of your pinecone to finish off your crow.
These make a great fall decoration for your home or they make a fun toy for your kids to play with (as long as they are old enough not to eat it or the items you glued to it).
By Craft Celebrity Mark Montano, from the blog Mark Montano’s Big Ass Blog.
Silver Antiqued Mirror
I like the look of antique crafts and silver leafing paints. Silver leafing looks very elegant. Antiquing isn’t a new technique, but finding a new way to add an antique look is always fun. This Silver Antiqued Mirror is done with 3 easy steps. You just need foil tape, gold & green acrylic paint and metallic spray paint. Take a look, it’s easy and looks great.
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As a little girl I wanted a Barbie Dream House so bad! My sister and I had one out of shoe boxes, plastic crates, and fabric scraps that we spent hours playing with. Mark Montano took it to a whole another level with her version of Barbie’s Dream House. Also since the invention of Glitter Blast Spray Paint, this house is Barbie’s Dream.
By Home Decor Contributor Typhanie, from the blog Shoebox Decor.
So your flatware is looking a bit flat and you would really like to spice them up a bit. Well here is a great way to add some color and decoration to your utensils. I love this project because you can easily create a pattern that matches your favorite dishes, which will definitely make your table setting pop.
Measure where you would like the decoration to start, then use a strip of painters tape to mark the spot.
Place the top part of the utensils inside the Ziploc bag and close it. Or you can choose to just tape the top of the utensil with painters tape.
Prime the front of the flatware. Wait 10 to 20 min till dry then prime the back of the flatware. Drying is key, so I used a paint can to balance the utensils while they dry. This made it easier to flip the spoons and keep them from touching anything while they dry.
Once your primer is dry add your base color to the front and back, and repeat drying instructions. My base color is white.
While your base color is drying use your stencil to cut out the designs in your painters tape.
Once your base color is dry start to add the designs you have cut out to the flatware. You can arrange them any way you like. I only added the stencil designs to the front of the spoons but you can choose to do both sides.
Paint the front and back of the flatware with your top coat. Don’t spray too close or too heavy because this will cause the paint to peel more than you would like.
Once the top coat is dried completely you can remove the utensils from the plastic bag and begin to peel off the design tape.
Remove all remaining tape and enjoy your new flatware.