Friday, December 9, 2011

Whimsy Jars

These cute Whimsy Jars were an inspiration from a coworker of mine! Fill the jars with seasonal items to celebrate the holiday to come.
Items Needed:
Three Candlestick Holders (all the same size)
Black Spray Paint
Three Jars of different sizes with lids
Wood knobs
Hot Glue Gun w/Glue
1) Spray paint the candlestick holders, jar lids, and wood knobs. You'll want to do this in an area with good ventilation (outside or in the garage if possible) and put newspaper or cardboard underneath to avoid a big mess. Make sure to to get around all the edges. This may take a few coats of paint and drying time in between each coat. Wait until paint is completely dry.
2) With the hot glue gun, glue candlestick holders onto bottom of jars. Hold stable until glue is firm.
3) Again, with the hot glue gun, glue wood knobs to top of jar lids. Hold stable until glue is firm.
4) Fill your Whimsy Jars with fun seasonal objects, tie bows on top, and smile cuz it is beautiful!

Decoupage Dresser/Nightstand/Table Top

Ever wanted to create something fun and unique for your little tikes room? I did. I started out with an old brown dresser and old ugly brown nightstand. I sanded them down, painted them black (waited for them to dry), and added new knobs... Now for the really fun part! I decoupaged the top of them! Want to know how? It was easy!
Items Needed:
~Modge Podge (flat not glossy)
~Scrapbook Paper
~Elmers Glue Stick
~Hard Ruler
1) Wipe down area that you wish to decoupage, making sure it is dust and dirt free. I used a dry microfiber cloth.
2) Place the scrapbook paper lying flat on top of surface you want to cover and arrange how you would like it to appear.
3) Use your ruler and mark with a pencil on the scrapbook paper where to cut.
4) Cut out squares of scrapbook paper.
5) With the Elmers glue stick, glue the scrapbook paper pieces to the surface of the wood where you would like them to go. Use the flat end of your ruler while doing this to flatten out any bubbles, lumps, or other unflattering flaws.
6) Once all the scrapbook paper squares are glued down and you like what you see, paint on the Modge Podge and wait for it to dry.
7) Apply one to two more coats of Modge Podge afterwards and you have a finished product! REMEMBER that the more coats of Modge Podge you use the more the paper will look and become a part of your table top. However, too much Modge Podge will make the images in the scrapbook paper look cloudy... so don't over do it!