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Plastic Bin Makeover

We did it again. Couple of my blogger friends and I got together and decided to make a challenge to each other with target’s dollar bin. On this challenge we decided to use $1 plastic bin makeover. At first I did not have any clue what I was planning to do with this bin. I did not have anything that I need to organize or needed to use for so what to do?  Then when I was outside watering my succulent it came to me! Why not use it as a planter for my many succulents. However, just having a white bin was not going to do it. I always need to do something extra.

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I had two vision for the bins and I did not know which one I was going to like most so I decide to to both and see which one looks best at the end. The good thing is that I got two white bin for $1!

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The first bin I used black chalkboard paint and I sprayed it. I also did a couple of hole on the bottom to make sure the water will drain if I over water it.

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I then spray painted the other white bin with silver metallic paint.

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Once it was ll dried I added the soil and my succulents.

Now tell me which plastic bin makeover looks best to you?  I am thinking of keeping one on my porch and one in my home. I do love having greenery in the home. Come and take a look at what my other fellow bloggers did with their dollar bins.

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Happy crafting,

Loren

 

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Mod Podge Collage Clay Phone Case

Collage clay mod podge was not something I thought at first I would be interested in but it definably grew on me. I just saw how your can do so much with it and I just happen to have some in my craft closet. I had initially use it to decorate my ice cream sundae glasses but now I though it would be fun to decorate my phone case. I like to show my personality as much as I can especially since I can be a shy person when I meet people at first. It always fun to have something that can initiate conversation.

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The good thing about mod podge collage clay a phone case is that you can add anything you wish to your phone case. I decided to maybe try to do some theme phone cases. Maybe do a Halloween theme since its right around the corner.

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The first thing I did was add the collage clay on top of the phone.

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I added Halloween buttons that I found at Joann’s jewelry section. I just enjoy Halloween and I wanted a case that would show that off! The collage clay take 24 hours to dry so you can change it around as much as you want.

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Give collage clay a try and tell me what you think!! I did one case all grave yard themed and the other spider filled. I had purchased a couple of resin flower from an etsy buyer. I do think it helps add a little something special to it.

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Stay Crafty,

 

Loren

 

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Chalkboard World Globe

I am excited about finding this world globe at Costco! I found it right before school started and its was defiantly a deal. I got it for $27 which is cheap due to world globe being so popular and it super hard to find one for a good deal. I just had to grab it and run. My hubby was not happy that I got it and but it looks so cute on my home now my chalkboard world globe.

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Chalkboard painting is super easy to do and it does not take a lot of work. Just good weather and some time out of your day.

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I used black chalkboard paint and sprayed the entire globe about 3 coats of chalkboard.

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Once it what dried I took chalk and went over the indentation of the map with the chalk. The globe that I purchased had the land masses raised up which made it easy to go over it with chalk.

 

Now i can write Boo or Happy Holidays!  You can’t go wrong with a globe. I was so happy I did get it because I did try to purchase a globe that was smaller and broken at a retailer and they only discounted it for 4 dollars! So the total came to $20 and it was so not worth it! Retailers are really not the best place to get them all the time. Here it is your chalkboard world globe.

Happy Crafting,

 

Loren

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Recycled Soda Bottles Planters

Gold is very popular right now and I find myself wanting to use it everywhere in my home. When the opportunity came to recycle some old soda bottles, I knew what color I wanted to use! I always feel terrible throwing out the soda bottles and I’ve been saving a few bottle to recycle and to find something creative to do with them. While they sat next to my trash can begging me to do something with them and I finally figured it out! I wanted to make gold soda bottle planters.

The first thing I did was cut the bottles in half. Beware that it will be a little tough and you want to try not bending the bottle in half.
I will be using the bottom of the bottles as planters which I pierced a couple of holes to let the water come out.
I used gold spray paint to cover the soda bottles. I got my spray paint from Walmart from all places! I am just in love with it, and got a little sad when they stop carrying it. I wished I would have gotten more when I had the chance.
I just love my new recycled soda bottles planter in gold! I am enjoying the touch of gold i have added to my home and this planters will be a wonderful new addition.
I got a few plants from Trader Joe’s which I love shopping at for plants. They always have just what I am looking for and at times things I did not even know I needed.
Now I have beautiful gold planters to go with my décor. If I could only figure out what to do with the top part of the soda bottle that I did not use.  What will you do with your soda bottles?
Stay Crafty,

                                                           Loren

 

 

 

 

 

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Golden Star with String Lights

Gold is the color that everyone is in love with and so am I! If I could, I would paint everything in gold! I’ve been waiting to embellish my string light in my living. You might be wondering why I have them now that Christmas is long gone and the reason is additional lighting and I enjoy the warmth they give to the room when all the light are turned off. I am actually thinking of adding some to my baby girl’s rooms but that’s a craft project for another day. 


I went in search for paper mache stars at my local craft store and I found super cute paper mache star wands. I purchased four and gold spray paint.
When I got home I cut all the stars in half so I can have double the amount of stars and removed the sticks that made the wand. I had to be very careful because I was cutting them by the seams and at times I miss and almost cut my fingers. I started cutting the stars with a X-acto knife but it was easier using a small scissor.
I spray painted the stars first with gold spray paint, followed by glitter spray paint. The reason I used two different spray paints was because the glitter spray paint is very clunky and will not over the entire star evenly.
Once they were dried I made small piercing in the center of the star and attached them to the string lights.
Now I have golden twinkle stars in my living room and I love how they look. 
Stay Crafty

Loren

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St. Patrick’s Day recycled bottle kids craft

I got the most wonderful idea to recycle does soda bottles you might have just finished. Instead of throwing them out why don’t you make a cute little leprechaun cauldron with a pot full of gold. We all love finding gold at the end of the rainbow especially when it has chocolate coins. It’s a fast and easy craft that you can do with kids and they will love finding out the coins are not what they seem.


I cut the plastic bottles in half. Let me tell you that it does take some muscle to cut them but it was easy while using my new scissor from  friskars . They will cut threw almost anything very easy.
Then I stray a light coat of black primer on the bottles before applying a black acrylic coat. Acrylic paint won’t stay on the plastic bottle by itself so applying a coat of primer helps keep the paint on the bottle.
After that I went ahead and made a belt out of felt for the top of the plastic bottle and I wrapped it around.
Once that was completed I just needed to add the magic gold coins and the project is complete for Saint Patrick day. The funny thing is I usually don’t celebrate Saint Patrick’s day but since I got little kiddos holidays seem to be more important. Life seems to change a lot once you have children and I think is for the best. How do you celebrate your Saint Patrick’s day?
Stay crafty,

Loren

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Making a Dream Catcher

I’ve been seeing a lot of dream catchers around and I have been having the urge of getting one for my room and by kiddo’s rooms. However, they can be a little price and I decided to try my hand at making one! I got very lucky one day going to see my friend at her house and I saw that they were having garage sale and decided to pop in and the loveliest lady had the cutest crochet dollies for a $1 each. I just needed to have them and I knew exactly I was going to use them for, after a quick wash I got to work.


I first purchased a 10 inch embroidery hoop, found at any craft store and wrapped around white muslin strips. I did this with both parts of the hoop.
I then centered the doily on the embroidery hoop as best I could and closed the hoop. The fit was very tight due to the muslin being wrapped around the hoop so it will take some gentle push to get in to close.
After that I place strands of lace at the bottom of the hoop. I have to say that the most expensive part of this hoop was buying the lace, hehe.  However, I do think that the lace helps make the piece.
Now I have my every own dream catcher! I still think its missing something and I might add some piece of jewelry to see if that helps but for now I have one of kind dream catcher.
Stay Crafty,

Loren

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Wood Grain Stencil on a Gold Heart

Mod Podge is coming out with some very nice stencils and one of my favorite is the wood grain stencil. I just love the detail the stencil and was so excited to start working with it. I decided to use the stencil one of my wooden hearts. I wanted to use my gold spray paint on it to make the wood grain stencil pop! 

I first painted the heart a cream color to get it prepare for the stencil.  I then applied the stencil which pealed easily and was applied fast on the heart. 
I went outside and spray painted the stencil with gold spray paint.
Now I have my very own gold stencil heart to go with my décor.  
What will you use your stencil for?

Loren

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Kids Craft with Hand Prints

I know that Valentines came and went but I had this lovely wooden heart that I got at Joann’s a little while back and I wanted to do something special with them. I’ve been doing a lot of crafts with my little man lately and I decided that this project needed my little man help.  My kiddo loves to get his hands messy any chance he gets and this was the perfect project for him. However, be warned you will need to be awry of runners and by that I mean kiddos who love to run around the house with painted hands! I have hear horror stories of little one just bolting the first chance they got and painting the house with little finger prints while their parent stand there in shock and horror. Haha, I laugh now but I would be pulling my hair out if it happened to me!


Enough about children with tiny evil intentions and imagine a world where children do as you say, hehe. I painted the wooden heart white.
Once it was dried I painted my little kiddos hand black, the entire time telling him to stay still and praying he did, then followed with a run to the bathroom to wash his hands as fast as I could.
I decided that the wooden heart still needed something, so I decided to stencil the word love on the heart in black.
I got the stencil at the CHA show and it one of Martha Stewart.
Ta-da! Now you have a beautiful wooden heart with hand prints of your kiddo. It can be a memory plague for yourself or maybe for the grandparents. 
 Stay Crafty,

Loren

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How to make a ring with beach rock

When I first came to California I spend almost every weekend at the beach and collected the most beautiful white rocks I could find. I have a full bucket of them now and I still have not figured out what do to with them until today. I decided to make them into rings. Some I will leave the beautiful white and other I will make cute designs to. The best part is that you will only need a couple of things to make this cute little ring.


I got rings at the local craft store and some E6000 to glue the rocks to the rings. I did not know if it was going to work at first but it did!
After the glue has dried I went to work trying to figure out designs. I use the word love on the first ring because Valentines is around the corner and it seemed fitting.
I also used a gold sharpie to do the gold dots on the second ring because gold is in right now.
You are able to make them and put your every own style into each ring. I am thinking that I will use words on my ring rather than try to make designs. Then I can show everyone the kind of mood I am in. I like how easy it was using a sharpie on the rocks so I could get the perfect design on them.
So tell me what word would you like to have on your rock ring?

Loren