DIY coasters

I have been making coasters out of wood, concrete, and plaster.

My crafting or DIY is one way I can keep my mind active since I am getting older.

The plaster ones tend to get bumped and the paint chips off I have not figured out the solution to this yet.

The concrete ones are great and seem to have no issues.

The wooden ones my husband cut out of cedar fence pickets. Hobby Lobby sales a set of 4 for $3.99 and the pickets were $2.50 each we got about 12 coasters out of a picket.

I tied them with twine and they look so cute.

I start making these things and before I know it I have so many who knows what I will do them with all lol.

Maybe I will try and sale some stuff after I get plenty of them made.

I used metallic paints because I love them so much and they come in so many colors. As you can see I stenciled some, painted some, taped some for stripes and monogrammed some.

Who knows maybe I can sell some of these.

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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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Hypertufa

Hypertufa is a rock like concrete planter that is much lighter than straight concrete.

Anything from a plastic container, flower pot, stainless steel bowl, plastic bowl, boxes etc can be your molds.

All the supplies are available for about $20.00 – $25.00 and this is plenty to make probably 6 – 8 things depending on the size.

The first batch I tried equal parts of Portland Cement, Peat Moss, and Perlite. I found this to be a bit too crumbly.

Next, I tried 1 1/2 times Portland Cement to 1 part everything else and this seemed to work out better. Let it sit for a few minutes to see if the texture is sort of like oatmeal add more dry ingredients or more water to get it the right consistency.

Spray molds with a nonstick spray and start putting in the mixture molding it to the sides and bottom as you go. It is sort of like a texture type clay mixture.

Place it in the bag for 48 hrs turn the mold over gently to release on a flat surface let dry another 24 hours. Then place in the sun for a week or so. After that soak it in water overnight and then it is ready to plant in.

Notice all the textures that show up in this planter it makes for a very natural looking container that is very lightweight. The Aloe Vera is very happy in it.

I will be making a few more things now that I have the ratio figured out correctly. I want to do a big trough.

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New swing

My sister’s neighbors were throwing away this old glider, and 4 metal chairs. They were all very rusted and needed some new bolts some TLC and some paint.

We snagged them all and decided to make the glider into a swing. The only issue is we have had to move the chains several times because it was bucking us out lol. I think finally we have it where it needs to be which is different than this picture.

One chair of the four has been painted and it’s a moss green I am not sure what colors the rest of the chairs will be. They just do not make chairs like this anymore the new ones that are similar are not near as heavy.

You know what they say one person’s trash is another person treasure.

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DIY – Concrete projects

I LOVE playing with concrete even though its hard to mix up and pour.

Recently I have been making stepping stones.
I buy the glass marble flat rocks for decoration they are cheapest at the dollar store.
The square mosaic tiles come in a sheet at Lowes and Home Depot.
To start out I bought a large plastic food tray at Walmart in the summer stuff, and some metal bowl pans in the dog section. I had a few plastic buckets from the dollar store to use.

Instructions:
Spray your mold with any nonstick cooking spray.
Mix up your sakrete as directed.
Pour some into the mold, then add the wire then pour the rest.
Let it sit 15 – 20 minutes and add the stones if they sink wait a bit longer.
Let dry overnight and they fall right out of the molds due to using the nonstick spray.

If you want to make a flower pot you will need a mold and something as the insert which will have to be weighted down. Use the nonstick cooking spray on the outside of what you are inserting in the middle and spray your mold just like before. I used some square containers and then inserted the plastic flower pots and weighted them down with rocks.
Wait about the same amount of time to insert your stones as above. You can use rocks like I used on the bigger one. Let dry overnight and both of the molds should pop right out. I made a mistake and did not allow for the drainage holes so make sure to do that first.

You can get about 4 stepping stones per bag of sakcrete maybe 5 if you do the smaller ones.

I love anything DIY and playing with concrete is fun and inexpensive.

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DIY Windspinner

My husband came up with this idea of using old portable fan blades and making it into a wind spinner.

He spaced the blades a little different so you can see the green and yellow at the same time. This is made using two fan blades.

He had to buy some bearings, metal dowel, locking collars and a T everything else we had already.

Next, he will be making some single ones because we have two more blades but they are different so they will not work together.

Use your imagination to recycle & come up with something really unique. DIY is a way to be creative & challenge yourself into designing.

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