How to Repair Tarnished Gold Jewelry

Every girl loves her costume jewelry. It is easy to find exactly what you are looking for, very inexpensive, and you can own such a variety. But what happens when your favorite gold necklace or bracelet starts to tarnish? Because these pieces are costume jewelry they can lose their shine and beauty quickly if you wear them often. But I found a way to repair almost any piece of gold jewelry you have.

photo

The best part is, it’s a very inexpensive fix. All you need is a can of Krylon Premium 18kt. Gold Metallic Spray Paint.

photo 2

 

Take your tarnished jewelry and give it 1-2 even coats of this paint and you will have your jewelry looking as good as new.

*Make sure to shake the can well before spraying otherwise you won’t get the full metallic effect.

After you’ve done this you can spray a coat of gloss finishing paint to give it a little bit more shine. I just opted not to on this piece.

photo

Happy Crafting!

Advertisements

How to fix faux leather boots

There are two things I know to be certain. First, leather boots are expensive. Second, faux leather boots tatter easily.

I found a great way to fix your faux leather boots for extremely cheap!

IMG_3874 IMG_3889

On the left, my boots before I spruced them up. On the right, practically a new pair of boots!

Here’s what you need:

1. paint that matches the color of your boots

2. Modge Podge

3. 2 small paint brushes

First, you take one of your small brushes and paint a thin layer of Modge Podge on the site of the tears. The most important thing about this is to make sure you let the Modge Podge dry completely.

Second, mix your paint colors so that it will match your boots as closely as possible. Then paint multiple layers of the paint onto the tears. Do your best to blend the paint into the actual color of the boot so that no change in color is visible. Also, make sure to let this coat dry completely.

Lastly, paint a final coat of Modge Podge over the area you painted.

Let the boots dry and then they are like brand new!

IMG_3891

Happy Winter and Happy Crafting!

A Pinterest inspired Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving only a few short weeks away, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips and tricks for a Pinterest inspired Thanksgiving.

In my opinion, holiday decorations are in the little details. So here are my top favorite “little details” to spruce up your home this Thanksgiving season!

1. Painted Pumpkins

While carving pumpkins is great, it is slowly becoming a thing of the past. You carve a pumpkin for Halloween and within a few short days it begins to mold and ends up in the trash. Now you are left with no pumpkin decorations and money in the trash.

I painted three small pumpkins this year. They added beautiful decoration to my room and lasted well over a month! The other great thing about pumpkin painting is that you can design it any way that you’d like! Check out Pinterest for some stunning painted pumpkins to provide you with inspiration!

IMG_3578

2. A Thanksgiving Banner

I have been in multiple homes this Thanksgiving season where they have had a banner of some sort across their fireplace mantle or on a big window. The great thing about a banner is that they are easy to make, inexpensive, and you can use it every year.

All of the banners I have seen were made with burlap. Although, there are many tutorials that can be found online. I plan on making one to use every Thanksgiving by following I Heart Nap Time’s tutorial.

This tutorial uses stencils and paint to draw the letters, however, I have seen banners done by printing of letters, cutting them out, and gluing them on. Another option may be iron on letters. Give this project a chance! There is a lot of room for creativity.

Banner sayings:

Count Your Blessings

Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving

Thankfulness

3. Thanksgiving Dinner Table Name Tags

While this detail is small and definitely not necessary, I think it is a great idea if you are going to have a large group over for Thanksgiving dinner. I helps you to make sure you have enough seats and it gives a personal touch to your decorations.

4. Thankfulness List Place Setting

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is hearing what each person is thankful for. In years past, we have gone around the room and said aloud what we were thankful for, or we’ve written it on a little piece of paper. But this year I am going to kill two birds with one stone. To add decoration I am going to get brown butcher paper and cut out place mats and write on them “I am thankful for:.” Then I’ll let the guests write what they are thankful for. I got this idea from Pinterest.

The reason I love it so much is because it will save your tablecloth from some terrible stains, provide some more decoration for the table, and allow the guests the opportunity to share what they are thankful for in a unique way.

These ideas are simple and unnecessary but they will add so much to your Thanksgiving decorations.

I hope that you’ll give these a try. Let me know how you decorate for Thanksgiving! I am always looking for new ways to spruce up the home for the holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Crafting!

How to refurbish a mirror- vintage style

I recently came upon a beautiful, antique barn door that I instantly feel in love with.  However, I wasn’t quite sure how to incorporate it into my room as decor. After some brainstorming I came up with a great way to spruce up the room with this one-of-a-kind piece of decor.

photo

I took the mirror that I previously had in my room and removed the fabric border that was wrapped around the edge. I then cleaned the mirror so that it looked like new!

Then, I took the barn door and wiped it down so that I could bring it inside. I leaned it up against the wall where I wanted the mirror to be and then I placed the mirror in front of the door.

The best part about this project is that it required no nails, screws, or tools of any kind!

Last but not least, I took burlap ribbon(purchased from Michaels) and tied a big bow. Then using a few push pins I attached it to the mirror!

photo

This is one of the easiest projects I have ever done and it adds so much to the room! Give it a try! You can find old barn doors like these at a local flea market or an antique mall but you may have to look hard.

Comment and let me know what you guys did to spruce up mirrors in your home or how you’ve used barn doors as home decor. I can’t wait to see what you guys have some up with!

photo

HAPPY CRAFTING!

How to make twine wrapped letters

photo    photo

Home decor is an important element to making any home feel like your own. However, we all know that home decor can be expensive! Lately, I have been seeing decorative letters at stores like Anthropology and Pottery Barn.  I decided to make my own version though at a much cheaper price!

Here’s what you’ll need:

photo

 

  1. block letters (I purchased mine from JoAnn’s at very reasonable price.)
  2. Twine or Jute string
  3. decorative buttons
  4. scissors
  5. hot glue gun

*Important note* Each letter will be a little bit different when it comes to wrapping it with the twine.

First, take the twine and cut it into 3 inch long pieces in order to cover the edges of the letter. As you cover the edges of the letter it should look something like this. Use the hot glue gun to secure the pieces of twine to the letter.

photo   photo

 

After you have glued the twine down to the ends of the letter you can begin to wrap the twine around the letter. Periodically you should use some glue as you’re wrapping the twine to better secure the twine.

Make sure that you wrap the twine tightly so that gaps are not left between the twine.

Good luck making your twine letter! If you have any questions on how to make a twine letter or if you have any ideas of other ways to make decorative letters, let me know!

Happy Crafting!

 

Cheap and easy Father’s Day gift ideas

photo

Father’s Day seems to be one of the most difficult gift giving celebrations for me.  Luckily, I have found some inexpensive ways to give that perfect gift to your dad or husband.

Here’s what you need-

photo

  1. construction paper
  2. Mountain Dew
  3. Gum
  4. Jelly Beans
  5. Rubber Cement
  6. Father’s Day card (or to save money you can make your own!)
  7. ribbon
  8. mini clothespins
  9. alphabet stamps
  10. stamp pad

If you’re a regular crafter, I’d be willing to bet that you can find most of these in your house.

It will also help if you have access to a printer.

1. I bought some of my dads favorite treats: Mountain Dew, Jelly Beans, and gum. Pick some of your mans favorites, get a little creative!

2. I found some great sayings for candies, drinks and treats online at Crafts by Friends. You can almost find any saying for any occasion for any candy!  Once I found my sayings I spruced them up on the computer and then printed it out.

3. I then used rubber cement to glue the sayings to construction paper just to make it look a little better.

4. Finally, you end up with this.

photo

If you need help coming up with sayings for your next gift of treats let me know!

Happy Father’s Day

&

Happy Crafting!

 

Washington, D.C

Who says we can’t be creative through other outlets? Maybe you’re computer savvy. Check out Animoto! A website were you can make professional quality videos. Watch my video below to see if it is something you might be interested in trying.

Washington, D.C.

I challenge you to expand your creative abilities this week. Be adventurous with your crafting!

Happy Crafting!

The best way to teach children with art

Children play such a huge part in our world today.  They are the future generations that will take over for us once we are gone.  That being said it is important that we raise up Godly children to be Godly men and women.  One of the best ways to teach children about God, and just good morals in general, is through art.  Art has been proven to be a great method of teaching and therapy.  Schools, hospitals and parents all over the world use art for fun and teaching. I have a few good tips for all you crafters out there to use when it comes to working with children.

1. The simplest of crafts will entertain kids. Examples: coloring pages, paper airplanes, etc. Don’t stress over crafts for your kids, anything can entertain them if you make it seem exciting!

2. Companies like Oriental Trading or ABC Distributing offer great craft supplies. They typically come prepackaged and individually wrapped which makes for an easy set up and clean up. You an also buy in bulk for parties or Vacation Bible Schools.

3. Turn to Pinterest! There are so many great ideas for crafts made of things that you probably have sitting around your house.

4. There are a ton of FREE coloring pages offered online for nearly any event/activity you could think of! Just Google free coloring pages, and the opportunities are endless.

Crafting is also a great way to stimulate children’s minds.  It encourages and strengthens creativity in ways nothing else can do. With summer coming up, I encourage you to plan 3 or 4 crafts that you and the kids can do together a week.

If you find any great children’s crafts, let me know! I’d love to see what you guys can come up with!

Happy Crafting!

How to make a banner for any occasion

I love throwing parties! I have so much fun decorating, designing, and planning for a party. I have discovered that decorations go a long way. They can make or break a party! However, I am fully aware of how expensive decorations can be. It’s ridiculous! I think that I may have found a solution to expensive decorations. A banner can go a long way at a party, celebration, or just decoration for the holidays. Possibly the best part of this solution is that it is absolutely free!

photo

Shanty-2-Chic has a wonderful link to FREE printable letters!

Here, you can find every letter and some punctuation to make any banner you want.

Supplies-

  • construction paper
  • your printed-out letters
  • rubber cement
  • scissors
  • clothespins
  • ribbon

1. Cut out your letters along the black lines. Then paint some rubber cement onto your triangle-shaped letter and glue it to a full sheet of construction paper (you could also use burlap for a fancier look).

photo

2. Then using scissors, cut the excess construction paper off so that it leaves a border around the triangle. If you own a cutting board, this would be a fantastic time to use it!

3. Then take your letters, some ribbon and some clothespins to complete your banner. I used mini clothespins that I bought at Target.

photo

4. I would recommend laying out the ribbon on the floor then connecting the letters with the clothespins and lastly hanging it on the wall.

Now you have all you need to make a banner for any and every occasion! Your banner will be the talk of the party!

For more party planning ideas and tips to throw the greatest party check out Hostess with the Mostess

Happy Crafting!

The perfect gift for any guy: bacon flowers

If you are like me, you love the holidays and celebrations. However, I hate having to shop for the men in my life! They are all so complicated to shop for! Recently, a friend introduced me to what I think just might be the perfect gift for any guy, and I am so excited to share it with you!

Drumroll, please…Bacon Flowers!

IMG_6922

Men have it easy; when all else fails they can buy flowers! But woman don’t have that easy way out, at least we didn’t. But now we do!

Here are the step-by-step directions!

Supplies-

  1. thick cut bacon
  2. toothpicks
  3. fake roses- can be bought at Michaels
  4. broiler pan

First, roll the bacon slices with the fatty side, or thicker side, facing inwards. Then place toothpicks through the bacon in order to hold it together. You can then cook the bacon on a broiler pan according to the package, or until crisp.

IMG_2610

Second, take your fake flowers and pull the flowers off the stems.

IMG_8401    IMG_2885

Lastly, place your cooked bacon buds on the stems where your flower petals used to be. I would recommend washing the stems before placing the bacon on them. No glue or anything is needed. The bacon buds should just fit right in!

And now your bacon flowers are finished! Try and create your very own bacon bouquet!

Get creative and make an even more lavish bacon bouquet! If you do, send me your pictures. I’d love to see your creativity!

Happy Crafting!