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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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

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!

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

Melted crayon art tips

Over the past year, melted crayon art has become very popular. In my quest to find different craft projects to do, I stumbled upon a type of crayon art that creates an impressionistic painting. I should have known it was too good to be true!

Photo Credit- The Full Moxie

Photo Credit- The Full Moxie

(Feel free to follow the tutorial to the craft above.)

Needless to say, when I attempted this beautiful artwork it did not work at all. So I figured a good idea for this week would be tips to make the perfect crayon art.

If you decide to try the crayon art above, here are some things I would have done differently.

  1. I would have broken the crayons into much smaller pieces. Much smaller than seems necessary.
  2. I also would not have used as many crayon pieces. A little bit goes a long way.
  3. I wish I would have realized how runny the crayons will become. When I melted them with the iron, I thought it would melt to a gooey substance. However, it becomes very runny, so make sure you do this project on a thick layer of newspaper so that you don’t ruin anything.

Here are some general melted crayon art tips:

1. The best way to peel a crayon is to use an X-acto knife to cut the wrapper off.

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2. With the blow drying technique, make sure you don’t overheat the crayons, because it will become too runny.

3. Lastly, the brand of crayon may play into the final product. I would advise trying different products to see if that helps to get your desired result.

Please let me know if you discover unique melted crayon art. I’d love to get to the bottom of the best way to do melted crayon art! Let me see your masterpieces!

Happy Crafting!

How to make wooden picture plaques

Moving to college this year, I have had the opportunity to redecorate in a way that I never did at home. Also due to the fact that I am in college, I need to decorate on a budget! For people of all ages and incomes, decorating can be outrageously expensive! One of the greatest ways to decorate a room or home is with pictures of the people you love most. However, you hit a roadblock again because frames are so expensive. But there is a new and simple way to frame pictures that is becoming very popular. Wooden picture plaques are a great way to add zest to any room and can be done with very little money and time!

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Here is what you will need:

  • 4×6 wooden plaques (They can be purchased at Michaels)
  • ModPodge
  • Amazing GOOP- Craft Arte (or any contact adhesive)
  • sponge brush
  • ribbon
  • 4×6 pictures
  • paint
  • sandpaper (If you have never used sandpaper, check out 5 Tips to Using Sandpaper.)

1. First, you need to paint your wooden plaques. I painted mine gray.

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Let them dry completely before continuing to the next step.

2. I wanted a vintage or worn look to my wood so after I painted them I used some sandpaper to take away some of the paint. Here is what mine looked like after I used the sandpaper.

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3. Now you are ready to glue the picture down. First, you need to apply a generous coat of ModPodge to the wood using a sponge brush. This is what mine looked like with the ModPodge.

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Now go ahead and place your photo on the center of the plaque and apply another coat of ModPodge over the picture.

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Apply ModPodge generously!

4. If you want to apply a second layer of ModPodge you can, but be sure that the first coat is COMPLETELY dry. Otherwise, the ModPodge will get clumpy. For even better results apply one coat ModPodge and one coat High Gloss Varnish.  Once again, make sure the ModPodge is totally dry before you apply the varnish.

This is the varnish I used. It will protect the paint from chipping and keep the color from fading.

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*Make sure the ModPodge is completely dry before applying this.*

5. Now you are ready to attach the ribbon. Measure how you want your picture to hang so know how short/long to cut the ribbon. Mine were probably close to a foot long. Then, use Amazing Goop, or any strong adhesive, to glue the ribbon to the back on the plaques. Use a ruler to make sure you have the ribbon spaced out evenly on both sides.

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6. Now just give them a couple hours to dry and then they are ready to go up on your walls!

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If you want more picture plaque inspiration check out Stay at Home Who?

Show me what your finished picture plaques look like! I can’t wait to see them!

Happy Crafting!

How to make a beaded safety pin bracelet

Designer jewelry can be so expensive! I am always looking for ways to achieve a designer look for less. This week I was inspired to explore beading. I did so in an unconventional way though. Rather than beading on string, I used safety pins and I achieved this stylish look. 

Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet

Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet

Here are your step-by-step directions!

What you’ll need:

  • small beads (Looking for specific beads? Check out DesignerBeads)
  • safety pins
  • elastic string
  • clear nail polish (to seal off the tie of the string)

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1. Start with your open safety pin (be careful not to poke yourself) and put beads on the open end.

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Do this until you have around 40 beaded safety pins.

2. Then, cut two pieces of the elastic string. I cut mine about 8 inches long; you want to make sure you have enough left over string to tie the knot once all the safety pins are on.

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3. String one of the pieces of string through one end of all the safety pins. Make sure you use the same end for all the safety pins.

Then, do the same with the other piece of string on the other end of the safety pins.

4. Then, tie the two ends of the first string together and the two ends of the second string together. You’ll then have something like this.

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5. Now the easy part. Tie your knots a few times, to be sure they won’t come apart. Then cut your excess string.

6. Last, seal your knots with a drop of clear nail polish.

Now you’ve made your own designer knock off! You’re sure to get a lot of compliments when you wear this beauty!

Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet

Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet

Want some more beading inspiration? 

Katie’s Beading Blog

Cozy Sister’s Jewelry Making Blog

Happy Crafting!

Have you done any safety pin crafts recently? I am looking for some more safety pin jewelry. If you find any, or make some on your own, let me know. I love to see others creative juices flowing!