Tray DIY

My sister Sheri found these room service trays and she gave me three of them. These were very heavy and quite large.

I have used my DIY skills and challenged myself to get creative. So far I have completed two of the trays. I want to do them all different.

The first one is done using tile, grout and mirror flakes used for vases and epoxy which by the way was quite a challenge for us. Once we figured out why it was not getting hard we sanded it and tried one more time and it worked. There is only one low spot in the whole tray. The first challenge we had was how to get the flakes in just the areas I wanted without moving. We poured a small amount of epoxy into the side areas then waited a little bit and sprinkled in the mirror flakes. We then waited until the epoxy dried before we poured anymore over it.

The second one I painted with a mix of brown and grey and I used Modge Podge and kept coating it letting it dry in between the coats. I think I did about 5 or 6 coats. My grandmother always told us when we were kids that the key to decoupage is light even coats until no edges can be felt. I found these postcards a few years ago on eBay and they worked out great for this.

The black one is my favorite I think its the sparkly mirror stones, the glitzy glamour look. and the epoxy shine. It goes with nothing in our house but I love it.

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DIY again

I love crafting stuff and especially doing DIY stuff.

I found some prints I fell in love with and my original plan was to mount them on canvas that was until I found this old headboard.

I have not seen anyone do this exact thing so I wanted it to look perfect.

My mind started working overtime. I knew I wanted grey chalk paint so I mixed up my own using plaster of Paris and a Valspar sample from Lowes. When using chalk paint no sanding is needed.

I put two coats of the grey paint on letting it dry for a few days in between then I sanded it lightly by hand and waxed it using Minwax finishing paste wax. I waited awhile and buffed it out using a clean soft cloth.

The prints could have been put directly on the headboard BUT I wanted to add dimension without using traditional matt techniques. I bought the whole piece of matt board for $9.00 at Hobby Lobby and my husband and I figured up the spacing between the prints vs the spacing around the prints. We cut out matt board to go behind the prints. Placing the prints directly on top of the matt board. The prints are 11″ x 14″.

Last year after the Christmas holidays I found this cotton streamer on clearance for like $3.00 I snatched it up knowing I would find a use for it. I love clearance.

Now I have a new wall hanging for our dining room wall and I love it. This might just be my all-time favorite DIY.

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Oopsie Hypertufa

Many times when I am mixing up Hypertufa I have left overs and I have to hurry and do something with it.

A few times I ended up with some containers I was making that were to shallow its very hard to figure out the right depth without it being to thin on the bottom of the container.

I needed a solution so finally I came up with the idea of turning the shallow planters into candles.

I ordered some soy wax it came with wicks, I already had Citronella and Lemon Grass essential oil and some coconut oil to use for the carrier oil. I had to buy some more  acrylic metallic paint because I love it lol.

These candles are for outdoor use to deter mosquitoes.

The large copper one has 4 wicks it is for my sister Sheri, the purple one is for our daughter Jeanelle it has 3 wicks and the small one wick one is for us.

I get so much pleasure from making things for other people I truly enjoy doing that. I have a much harder time making stuff for myself.

Oopsies can always be repurposed into something else. I have a few more things in mind for some scraps that I will be sharing soon.

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DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

Using the tan colored coffee filters, a flat styrofoam wreath and some hot glue I was able to create this beautiful wreath.

I poked a writing pen into the styrofoam then I added hot glue to the hole twisted the end of the filter and poked it in. I did burn my fingers a lot so be careful.

I attached some burlap ribbon for hanging it.

This was a 14″ wreath and it took about 200 filters. Buy more than you will think you will need because you have to do the outside of the front, the front and the middle inside just not the back.

I had less than 2 hours in the project and it is like a big pile of ruffles.

I truly enjoy making stuff that does not take me forever to do.

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DIY – Garden Angels

I had been seeing the garden angels on Pinterest and knew I needed to make some.

All you need is an old shutter, acrylic paint, sponge brush,  a few thin boards or paint stirrers for the neck and arms, a large plastic saucer plate, spray paint, screws, and jewelry and flowers if you want.

I did not want to fully cover the shutters with paint so I left some white showing to add dimension. I used a sponge brush on the shutters and I spray painted the plates for the faces.

I am always collecting shutters so  I had everything for both of these angels already.

The green/ yellow one is for my sister’s yard and the blue/ purple one is for ours.

On my sisters, I used newer wider cedar fence boards for the wings on mine I used old cedar pickets that had been painted and aged so I had to sand them down.

I found 4 more shutters so I can make some more. I love the way these turned out.

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DIY – Front porch wreath and decor

I love to make stuff and since Pinterest came along I am one happy camper. I pin a lot of stuff that gives me inspiration.

Since it is fall already I made a new grapevine wreath for the front door then I decorated our small front porch.

Everything for this I already had. Including some old artificial daisy flowers that I took off the stem and then spray painted them in fall colors and they turned out amazing. That is what the close-up picture is for is to show you how they turned out.

That is not all I crafted this week but I will save some to show you next week.

Crafting and making stuff allows me to relax and destress plus it is good for the mind.

Life is good!

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