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Tea Canister

My sister recently found a really cool tea and spice shop in our local downtown called PA Dutch Tea & Spice Company.  I was so excited about all the impending loose tea I was going to buy, that I had to find some place to store it all!  I had just finished the tea in this box, so it was the perfect solution!  Yes, it was a tea box to begin with, but a very specific tea box and I was looking for something a little more general.  On a side note…my mom made my tea basket (in the picture) before I was even born.  Isn’t it fantabulous???

We finally visited the tea shop today (I painted the box about a week ago in anticipation!) and I loved it!  One whole wall of any spice you can possibly imagine and another whole wall of loose teas!  Flavors I’ve never heard of like Rootbeer Chai and Chocolate Rooibos.  I opted for Rose Rooibos and Mango Green Tea….heavenly!  They smelled so yummy, I’m surprised we didn’t buy them all!

Materials needed:

  • Canister (mine is metal, but plastic could be used)
  • Paint (I used dark blue, light blue, and white)
  • Paint brushes
  • Corks
  • Knife to make stamps
  • Mod Podge
  • Stencil for lettering (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Make sure you start with a clean canister.  This is what mine used to look like!  Not bad, but like I said, not the tea I planned on storing in there!
  2. Coat the entire outside with a few layers of your base paint.  I think it took three coats for mine to cover completely.
  3. You can make the stamps while you wait for the can to dry!  Use a knife to carefully carve shapes into the top of a cork.  I chose a straight line and a petal sort of shape.  I like the cork because it adds some texture to the print, but you can certainly use a rubber stamp!
  4. Once the canister is dry, use your stamps to create a pattern.
  5. Next is the lettering.  I free handed, but you can use a stencil or stamp or whatever else you prefer.
  6. Touch-ups may be necessary at this point.  You should do these before sealing your project in the next step.
  7. Time to coat with Mod Podge!  Make sure your canister is completely dry and then get to coating!  I chose two layers for durability.
  8. Add the tea!  Voila!

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No Sew Kid/Pet-Friendly Placemat

My critters are messy.  Dripping water, throwing food…you name it!  Hence the inspiration for the placemat.  This super easy placemat is sealed with Mod Podge (non toxic!), so you just wipe with a damp cloth to clean!  This would work great for babies, kids or pets.  Just keep in mind that Mod Podge doesn’t react well with heat.  Remember to wait until the Mod Podge is completely dry on each step before moving on to the next (this shouldn’t take too long).

Materials needed:

  • 12″ x 18″ fabric for the top
  • 16″ x 22″ fabric for the bottom
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge

Instructions

  1. Place the top fabric (right side up) in the middle of the bottom fabric (right side down).  There should be 2″ of the bottom fabric showing around all sides.
  2. Cut a 2″ square out of each corner of the bottom fabric.
  3. Fold each visible rectangle of bottom fabric in half lengthwise.  Iron the fold.
  4. Fold these new rectangles on top of the top fabric.  Iron the fold.
  5. Temporarily unfold these folds.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the area just over the top fabric.  Refold the crease you made in step 3 and smooth the fabric out.
  6. Remove the top fabric.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to area of the bottom fabric where the top fabric just was.  Smooth the top fabric onto this area.
  7. Apply Mod Podge to the corners of the bottom fabric rectangles.  Fold the corners down to make triangles.  This will make sure all raw edges are hidden in the final project.
  8. Apply Mod Podge to the remainder of the bottom fabric still visible and refold the crease you made in step 4.  Smooth out the fabric.
  9. Apply at least two layers of Mod Podge to the entire project front and back.  This will ensure the fabric is completely protected from whatever your kids/critters want to spill on it!
  10. Your placemat is now complete!  I told you that was easy!


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Another fun frame!

I already mentioned the fact that I have a bunch of beat up picture frames.  I’ve already showed you how to paint and stencil a frame.  Well, here’s another one!  This one is covered in a fun blue fabric to suit this adorable picture of my nephew and his dog!  This picture was taken by Mr. B’s Photo Shoot, who also took the pictures in my About Me page.

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Fun fabric a few inches larger than the frame
  • Mod Podge

Instructions:

  1. Cover the top surface of the frame with Mod Podge.
  2. Lay the frame face down on the wrong side of the fabric.  Be sure to center the frame on the piece of fabric.
  3. Turn the frame and the fabric over and smooth the fabric into place.
  4. Use scissors of a rotary knife to cut the fabric out of the center of the frame.  Leave enough fabric to cover the inside lip of the frame.
  5. Clip the inside fabric diagonally to the corners of the frame.
  6. Apply Mod Podge to the inside lip of the frame and smooth the fabric over it.
  7. Apply Mod Podge to the outside edges of the frame and smooth fabric over it.
  8. Trim the excess fabric at the frame’s corners as close as you can.
  9. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the frame and smooth the loose fabric over it.
  10. Apply two layers of Mod Podge over the entire piece of fabric.  Always wait until each layer has dried before reapplying.
  11. Once the Mod Podge is dry, you can add a picture and your frame is complete!

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Recycled Flower Pot

My apartment complex doesn’t recycle, so I always feel guilty throwing recyclables away.  Therefore, I try to re-purpose my “trash” before disposing of it.  My inspiration for this project comes from the following three facts.  Fact 1:  I have been holding on to this coffee canister for weeks trying to come up with a new job for it.  Fact 2:  I have some baby spider plants in need of a home and no spare pots to put them in.  Fact 3:  I am always drawn to the fun pots at the store, but hate paying the elevated prices for these planters.  Brilliant idea!  Make my own fun planter out of a container destined to sit in a landfill for all eternity and find a home for my baby spider plants at the same time!

Materials needed:

  • Plant needing a home and potting soil
  • Container large enough for this plant
  • Something to punch holes through container (I used a large screw and screw driver)
  • Piece of fabric large enough to cover the intended area (fabric on completed project will be slightly darker than original fabric)
  • Paint in a coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brushes

Instructions:

  1. Begin by removing all labels from from the container.  Thoroughly wash the container and allow to dry completely before proceeding.
  2. Punch a few drainage holes in the bottom of the container.  I made three holes, but this is dependent on the size of the container and the holes.  This prevents the soil from becoming overly soggy and keeps the plant from rotting.  Just remember to use a drip tray under your pot!
  3. Decide which area you wish to cover with fabric.  I chose the flat area in the middle of my canister.  Paint any area that you do not intend on covering with fabric.  You do not need to paint the very bottom or the entire inside of the container.  You only need to paint the inside of the container to just below the soil line.  Multiple layers of paint may be necessary to achieve full coverage.
  4. Measure the height and the circumference (the distance around the container) of the section you intend to cover with fabric.  Add 1″-2″ of fabric to the circumference measurement to allow for overlapping.  Carefully trim any frayed edges.  Paint a small section of the container with Mod Podge and place the first end of fabric over the Mod Podge.  Smooth out the fabric.
  5. Continuing painting on the Mod Podge and smoothing out the fabric until you run out of fabric.  Allow the container to dry before continuing to the next step.
  6. Touch up any painted areas that need touching up.  Coat any area that is painted or covered in fabric with Mod Podge.  Overlap the Mod Podge onto the unpainted surfaces to ensure complete coverage.
  7. Apply two more coats of Mod Podge.  Wait until the project is dry before applying the next layer.
  8. When the container is completely dry, add your plant!  If you are new to potting plants, this video provides an excellent tutorial.

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Fun Heart Frame

I started collecting picture frames in college.  None of them match (but I have already told you about my eclectic tastes in decorating).  Since college I have moved about 6 times.  Needless to say, many of my frames have seen better days.  This particular frame had several chips across the front detracting from the overall appearance (I forgot to take a before picture).  Rather than trash the frame, I decided to give it new life.  Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I picked a heart theme.  Not exactly a genius concept, but I like it!  Husband isn’t thrilled to be featured in a pink frame, but he can deal 😛  Sorry about Husband’s tongue in the picture…I have very few pictures of him without a goofy face.

On another note, I edited my instructions for the Easy Refurbished Dog Collar to include interfacing inside the collar.  This will make the collar stronger and last longer!

Now, back to the picture frame…

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Different colors of acrylic paint (I chose white and three shades of pink)
  • Stencil with different size hearts
  • Sponge brushes
  • Mod Podge

Instructions:

  1. Wipe down your picture frame to remove any dirt or dust.  Paint your base color on the frame.  You may need to use several layers to achieve full coverage.  Wait for each layer to dry completely before starting the next layer.
  2. Pick several different sizes of heart stencils to add variation to the frame.  Start with the largest size and position it on the frame.  It is ok if the heart runs off the edge a bit as long as you position it so that it still looks like a heart.  Use the sponge brush to lightly apply a layer of a contrasting paint color through the stencil and onto the frame.  Repeat this process with different colors on different sections of the frame.  Be creative about their placements!  If some of the edges of the hearts don’t come out clean you can touch them up later or paint another heart over the rough spot.
  3. Wait for the paint to dry and repeat step 2 with a slightly smaller size heart.  You can begin overlapping some hearts using different colors of paint.
  4. Repeat this process for any other size hearts you wish to use.  I used two smaller heart stencils.
  5. Wait for the paint to dry and use the base color to touch-up any misshapen hearts or stray spots of paint.
  6. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal your frame.
  7. Once the frame is completely dry, you can add the picture of your Valentine!  Voila!  Super easy and really customizable.

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Word Art – wall decoration

This fun project allows you to “paint” a meaningful word on your wall without …um… paint!  The materials are also recycled!

Materials needed:

  • Cardboard (I used cereal boxes,  but you can use a thicker cardboard if you prefer)
  • Magazines
  • Glue (I used tacky glue, but any sort of paper glue should work)
  • Mod Podge (or your sealer of choice)
  • Hangers and nails (I made hangers out of pieces of index cards with holes punched in them)

Instructions:

  1. The first thing you need to do is choose a word!  You can pick an inspirational word, name, monogram, letter, or even a whole phrase if you’re feeling ambitious!  Now you need to decide what you want your word to look like.  Try typing your selection into a word processor and testing different fonts to see if one strikes your fancy.  Be sure to choose a font with wide enough letters to be able to glue color to them.
  2. Once you have chosen your font, it is time to draw your lettering on the cardboard.  If you chose a cursive font like I did, don’t worry about fitting the entire word on one piece of cardboard.  You can glue the pieces together before moving on to the next step.  Feel free to print your letters and glue them to the cardboard if you do not want to draw them.  Now you need to cut the letters out.  A box cutter or utility knife can be helpful (but not necessary) at this point.
  3. Time to gather your color!  Flip through old magazines and cut out any clips of color you may like.  Glue the clippings onto the cardboard letters in a pattern you find appealing.  It is ok if some of the clippings overlap the cardboard.  You can trim these or fold them around the back.
  4. When you have thoroughly covered the cardboard, allow the glue to dry.  Coat the entire front of the word with a layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry before moving on to the next step.
  5. Now its time to affix the hangers.  I cut out strips index cards about 2″ x 1″ and punched a hole in the top half of it.  I then glued the strips to the back of my letters with the hole at the top.  When the project is complete, you can hammer nails through these holes to hang it!  Coat the entire back (including the hangers) with Mod Podge and allow to dry.
  6. Repeat layers of Mod Podge on each side until satisfied.  I have 3 layers on each side.
  7. Hang your word and enjoy!

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