Wednesday, July 27, 2011

3D photo display . . .

Framing a photo is not the only way to display a great picture.  This project adds dimension to your favorite memories.

 I started with 6"x6" foam core.  It can be purchased at the craft store and the framing department can cut it to size.  
*for a less expensive option the dollar store sells a thinner version in a poster size, you can double it up and use a ruler and x-acto knife to cut it yourself

 I used this fun picture of my cousin Samantha's son, Jack.

I traced around the square in the first corner and cut it out.

Continue until all of the picture has been divided.

I used Mod Podge to glue the photo onto the foam core.

This is what it looks like before you put it together.

It fits together like a 3D puzzle.

 Again I used Mod Podge to hold it together.

It's such a fun way to display your photos.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

magnetism . . .

Magnets are up year round on all of our fridges, but often they are devoid of any decorative value. This is an easy project to add some fun to your kitchen.

I started with some colorful straws,

and used 4 for each magnet.

 Cut them into descending lengths.

Shred one end

on each of them.

Begin with the longest length and insert longest to shortest.  

You can make a couple slices in the ends so they will easily fit into each other.

I wrapped the end in packing tape before I cut it off,

and lastly, I glued on a magnet.

The finished product looks so cute on the fridge.

Friday, July 22, 2011

cheap artwork . . .

 I needed a quick and easy update on wall that had become very stale.

I don't scrapbook, but I love, love, love scrap booking paper.

 If you buy a pad of the paper the colors and designs are coordinated so you really can't mess this up.

 Draw around the frame and cut it out.

 Since I don't like to commit to anything :-) I just taped the paper in.

 I had a couple of mats so I added them to the large frames.

 It sure helped to update the area.

Art doesn't need to be tricky or expensive, simple and cheap can be just as chic.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

fancy footwork . . .

Flip-flops and sandals are a summertime must have.  However, at the end of the day you are left with some seriously dirty feet!

These dish scrubbers are sold 4 for $1 at the dollar store.

I used fishing line and a large needle,

and sewed the scrubbers together to form a mat.

You can scrub your feet clean in the shower and the mat can be tossed in your washing machine weekly to sanitize it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

time capsules . . .

It's so cute to see what little treasures kids collect on their summer vacations.  This project is a great way to organize and save their memories.

 I started with photos of my two favorite little globe trotters taken during their trips and printed on regular copy paper.

 These containers were perfect, but you could use big empty vitamin bottles, or old cookie tins.  Just look around your house and you'll be sure to find something.

 Measure it, 

 cut a strip of cute paper then glue the photo on.

 Glue the paper right onto the container.

 I used stickers to record the date and location of the vacation.

It's a great visual reminder of how much fun they had.

 Be creative and capture their personalities.

 It's so much fun to see all the souvenirs.

 Great for sentimental storage.

How amazing would it be to start your kids with a collection of their childhood summer memories?

Happy travels.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

revamp . . .

Sometimes a quick coat of paint can give new life to even the homeliest of home goods :-)

I saved this fantastic lamp from a co-workers trunk right before it was to meet it's demise.

I had some leftover grey paint that has zero VOC,  so it's environmentally friendly and has really low fumes.

I gave it a good coat.

Then I hung out with this giant poodle as the paint dried.

After searching for a new lamp shade, I realized they are ridiculously expensive so I just sprayed the old one white,

and let it thoroughly dry.

I cut some strips of cute paper . . .

they can be taped right on to the lamp . . .

a splash of color can really change it up.

It's a really easy fix.
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