Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Personalized Painted Mug

Baby, It's cold outside! Even in North Carolina. 
I got the girls together, along with a couple of their friends 
and we crafted up some new personalized mugs!
 We used the following supplies; Oil-based Sharpie's (I got mine at Hobby Lobby). 
It's very important that you use oil-based paint markers (like these Sharpie's) 
otherwise it may come off when you run it through the dishwasher.
 White ceramic mugs. I found these at Wal-Mart. 
Use of an oven in a well ventilated space.
 I cut jumbo plump letters with my Silhouette. But you can use a scrapbooking sticker too. 
 Apply the sticker to the center of the mug, burnishing the edges. I made sure that I placed the letter so that it would be facing out when I was drinking. You may not prefer to do it this way though.
 I started with the silver pen and placed dots all around (and a little over) my letter.
 Making sure not to go too fast, or you will end up with little lines and not dots!
 After I added the right amount of silver. I added red. And then added a little more silver and then a little more red. Until I was happy with the shape and the amount of dots.
 How cute is that! I think it may even make the hot chocolate taste better!
 We used a different color combination for each person in our family.
 Before you go ahead and boil your water for your own hot chocolate, 
you'll want to bake the mugs in an oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. 
This will help the paint to "bake" onto the mug and resist wearing in the dishwasher.
I left them in the warm oven (turned off) for a couple of hours as well.
These would make great gifts, party favors or a craft for a birthday party!
Enjoy and stay warm!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DIY Jewelry Stand from Terracota Pots

I am lovin' this fun, new and easy jewelry stand from simple terra cotta pots!
Before I show you exactly how I put this whole thing together, look at some of the other great uses:
I painted some of the acorns to match my fall decor.
Or how about some rocks and coffee beans. Oh the aroma!
But my favorite is for earrings, necklaces, bracelets and watches. 
It's so nice to be able to slip things off and add them to my colorful display!
So now I'll show you how I did it!
 I bought three terra cotta plates at Lowes
 and three coordinating pots.
 I used Gorilla glue to adhere them together. I decided not to use the little pot in the end.
 After the glue was dry I painted out the whole thing with some craft paints
(you know the kind in the little bottle!)
I used some a glaze I had mixed up a million years ago, called Tobacco Stain.
I rubbed it all over the pots and plates.
I love the finished look. 
This was such a easy project and it look absolutely adorable with all my jewelry on it!

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