Happy Spring, my friends! I’m so excited that Spring is officially here. It’s already getting warmer outside, we’re slowly getting the Spring jackets and rubber boots in rotation, and I’m chomping at the bit to start digging in the garden. Even though Spring is a little slower to arrive up here in Alberta, Canada, I like to start making our home feel fresh and Springy inside ASAP. This unique and pretty wall hanging was made from a doily I found at Value Village, and I think it’s so unique and Spring-like. It didn’t take long to make, it only cost me $4, and I love its boho vibe! Let me show you how to make it.Continue reading
The materials for this project have been hiding under my kitchen table (a.k.a. my craft table, a.k.a. our microwave table) for several months and I finally had a chance this weekend to put them all together and make this pretty DIY jewelry holder!
This project only took me a few hours and I really love how it turned out. I tried some hand painting just for something different, but it would also look nice decorated with decopauged fabric or stenciled paint. The glass knobs are a feminine touch, and I’m more than happy to display my necklaces as pieces of art on my wall (most of them are by my talented friend, Bella’s Beaudoir of Jewelry).
paint (I used latex paint samples I bought from testing colours for our new house)
knobs (I used pretty glass ones)
Sand the tray thoroughly (the back of this tray was laminate, so it helps paint to stick and look nice and smooth). Paint all sides and crevices carefully with a brush (I used Valspar’s Tempered Gray for my main colour).
Let the coat dry, and then paint another coat.
I chose to add some hand painted details inside the boxes of the tray with white paint (Valspar’s Ultra White) and one of my daughter’s little craft brushes, but you could also skip this step or try painting with a stencil (or painting the back panels a different solid colour). The options are endless!
One of the best furniture painting tips that I learned last year was to always finish up with a few coats of clear Varathane to protect the paint and give it a satiny smooth finish. I used two coats on this project.
Next, attach the knobs to the tops of each compartment. I used super glue instead of a drill – it was a lot easier and it seems to be holding well!
Screw the little cup hooks along the bottom of the tray (I used 5). I started trying to do these by hand, and then finally gave up and had my hubby drill pilot holes so that they were easier!
This tray happened to have a nice ledge at the back that I used to hang it, but if yours doesn’t you’ll need to attach some kind of picture hanger to the back.
I didn’t have enough knobs for all of my panels, but I’ve decided that I’ll leave the big one knob-free. It looks cute as a little brooch or bracelet shelf!
Oh, this is a much better (and prettier) way to store my necklaces than the jumbled mess I had on my dresser before!
It’s amazing what a little bit of paint and glue can do (and how much I’m falling in love with this soft, gentle gray as a potential colour for our new house)!
When it comes to frugal crafting, I like to repurpose regular household trash into new craft projects. One of the items I like to use are empty baby food jars. These little jars can be repurposed into many different types of craft projects.
You can paint them or leave them plain. One of my quick and easy ways of decorating them is to just glue 1/4″ wide ribbon around the lids rim and then glue a powder puff or fabric pillow on top. You can accent your powder puff with a satin ribbon bow or leave it plain.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Bath Salt Containers (fill with your favorite homemade bath salts)
2. Bubble Bath and Bath Oils
3. Hold Desk Supplies (staples, paper clips, rubber bands, pencil leads, etc.)
4. Craft them into a pin cushion
5. Hold Sewing Supplies (needles, bobbins, buttons, snaps, etc.)
6. Hold Craft Supplies (buttons, beads, brads, eyelets, etc.)
7. Hold Loose Tea and give it as a gift
8. Candle Holder (pour candle wax into them or just sit a tea light candle inside it)
9. Tooth Pick Holder
10. Party Favors (decorate them for party favors and fill with candy)
11. Blowing Bubbles Solution (make homemade bubble solution for the kids)
12. Mini Candy Dish (fill with small candies like M&M’s, Jelly Beans or Tic Tacs)
13. Sand Art (purchase colored sand and let the kids make sand art inside the jars)
14. Homemade Body Butter Containers (fill with homemade body butter and body lotions
15. Lip Balm Tubes Organizer (You can fit 4-5 standard lip balm tubes inside)
16. Gift Jar Container (all kinds of jewelry will fit inside for gift-giving)
Repurposing your empty and clean baby food jars into useful and pretty crafts is a great way to save them from your local landfill. So, the next time you are getting ready to trash an empty baby food jar, think of all of the crafty things you can create with it.
Shelly Hill is a mother and grandmother living in South Central Pennsylvania who enjoys crafting, sewing and scrapbooking. Shelly has been crafting for over 30 years. You can visit Shelly’s online craft site at http://passionateaboutcrafting.blogspot.com for FREE craft project ideas and FREE craft patterns.