I have a serious predilection for all things gold which makes me incredibly happy that I found this post at Brittany Makes on finding the perfect gold spray paint. Clockwise from top, Montana Gold Acrylic, Design Master’s Gold Medal & Brilliant Gold, Rustoleum’s Metallic Gold and Krylon‘s 18K Gold.
Category Archives: DIY
via Camille Styles
- 8 ft piece of 1×2 lumber, cut in half (this can be done for you at any home improvement store)
- 9 curtain rods
- spray paint
- wall anchor
- Spray paint 1×2 lumber pieces and let dry.
- Using the ruler and a pencil, mark every 5 inches down the length of the wooden pieces.
- Use drill to attach curtain rod hooks on pencil marks.
- Measure desired distance between both wooden pieces on the wall (about 3 ft apart), then level and secure to wall by drilling screws into anchors.
- Slide wrapping paper rolls onto rods, and place into rack.
Did you know how simple it was to re-grow your own scallions? Well I didn’t, until now. I came across this easy peasy tid bit at Homemade Serenity‘s blog and scallions will never be the same again.
The next time you buy green onions (which I will be doing today because not only are they delicious but look how pretty!) just don’t throw away the white ends. Simply submerge them in a glass of water and place them in a sunny window. Ta da!
The onions will begin to grow almost immediately and can be harvested almost indefinitely!
- Periodically (every 3-4 days) change the water in the container.
- While you are rinsing the container rinse your onions under the running water. Loosen the roots slightly so that clean water can get through (careful not to rip the roots).
- Do not over fill the container. You want to cover the roots and most of the white part, not the green!
- Be sure they are getting enough sunshine!
- Just snip the green as needed and they will keep growing. If your onions are growing faster than you are using them just chop them up and freeze them to use as needed.
via Live Creating Yourself
- 1 oversized cork board
- 1.5 yards of duct cloth
- 6 packs of upholstery nailhead pins
- 1 can of spray adhesive for fabric
- 10-20 mini nails (or a staple gun)
First step… Iron, iron, iron!
- Spray the adhesive all over the board, excluding the frame, and lay the fabric on it flat, as best as you can
- Use gloves! (because the adhesive will soak through the fabric as you flatten it)
- Spray outdoors. Not only is the adhesive stinky but it’s super hazardous to your health
- To secure the edges of the fabric to the back of the board, use small nails to pin it in place (a staple gun will work best if you have one already lying around)
- Begin inserting the nailhead pins along the edge of the cork. You shouldn’t need a hammer for this and you can space the pins as you like.
Et voila! A stylish and super easy over sized inspiration board to pin all your favorite photos!
via Camille Styles
A simple yet beautiful centerpiece of Paperwhites that is so easy, even black thumbs can do it!
- Paperwhite bulbs (they can be stored in a dark place for up to 6 weeks)
- Wide container with low sides
- Stones or beach glass
- Spread a 2″ layer of stones in the bottom of your container
- Place a layer of Paperwhite bulbs very closely next to each other, root end down
- Add a layer of stones around the bulbs to stabilize them, leaving the tops of the bulbs exposed
- Add water until it reaches the base of the bulbs, and set the container in a spot that does not get direct sunlight
- Watch them carefully, and add water every time the level gets 1″ below the surface
- After a few days, the bulbs should be sprouting green
- At this point, move them to a sunny spot and change your watering routine with the secret ingredient for preventing the Paperwhites from toppling over…
- Hard liquor. Ta Da! Using a tiny bit will stunt the growth of the Paperwhites just enough so that they don’t get too tall and fall over (It does not interfere with their big beautiful blooms!)
- In order to determine the amount of liquor (vodka, tequila, whiskey, etc.) you’ll need to use, check the bottle for the percentage of alcohol, then mix with water according to the following chart:
- 20% Alcohol = 3 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
- 25% Alcohol = 4 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
- 30% Alcohol = 5 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
- 35% Alcohol = 6 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
- 40% Alcohol = 7 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
What are your favorite tips for successfully growing bulbs indoors?
Meet Ashley Brown‘s “Right Hand”, her secret weapon. A beautifully organized binder to keep a “master calendar”, to-do’s, must-do’s, grocery lists, coupons, and other important everyday information. Basically, a conglomeration of everything you’ll need/want to be keeping track of.
This Martha Stewart binder is the perfect size to keep at your desk while small enough to throw in a bag when going out to run errands.
Divided into five sections:
Products used in the binder as pictured:
- A 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 3-ring binder (here)
- 2 Zipper Pouches (here)
- Memo Tabs + Sticky Notes (here)
- 5 Tab Dividers (here)
- Lined Paper (here)
- 18-Month Calendar (here)
- Color-Coding Labels (here)
- A Few Paperclips (here)
- A pencil! (here)
- Personality check. Make sure you pick out a notebook that really reflects your personality. If you like how it looks, you’ll enjoy using it and be more likely to keep it updated.
- I take that back! Especially when it comes to your calendar, make sure you jot down things in pencil (or erasable ink).
- Keep it simple. If you’re trying hard to make your notebook “perfect”, labeling the sections can be pretty daunting. There are so many things you can keep track of! Just think about what’s most important to you on a day-to-day basis and go from there. Also, the broader your subjects are, the more likely you are to get good use of them.
via Katrina Lomidze
If you’re anything like me then you have at least five powder compacts that are broken and lying somewhere at the bottom of a drawer. Here’s how to resolve this unsightly, messy and expensive problem. This works for any kind of powder based makeup, bronzers, blot powders, eye shadows, etc.
- Add a few small drops of 75%+ based rubbing alcohol (the higher the alcohol concentrate, the faster it will dry but any percentage will do if you leave it overnight)
- After adding the alcohol to the broken powder it will seep through and the powder will become soft
- Smudge the soft soaking powder around, making it into a paste-like substance and re-form it by smoothing it out with your finger (use the back of a spoon to make it really smooth)
- Let it dry overnight for best results
Easy peasy! Go ahead and try your new ‘old’ makeup!
via The 36th Avenue
What You’ll Need
- DecoArt CeramicsPaint (Gloss Enamels for Ceramics)
- Flat Brush
- Vinyl Stencils
- Clean all mugs to be stenciled and let dry completely (follow directions on CeramicsPaint label)
- Make sure the shape of your lettering is flat (the stencil will wrinkle a bit due to the shape of the mug)
- Add tape around the edge
- Paint the stencil by using taps, not side to side or up and down motions (once coat should do)
- Remove the stencil as soon as you’re done painting
- In case of the paint bleeding through, use a pin to clean up the design
- Let air dry for an hour and put mugs in the oven for 30 minutes at 350º
Forget the same old resolutions that you’ve been meaning to accomplish for the last few years, this year, resolve to DIY your way through 2012! Focus on five essential crafting techniques that will keep on giving throughout the new year.
Like knitting, one of the most functional crafts out there. With a bit of yarn and time, you can cover your apartment, pets, and loved ones in snuggly projects. Craft Snob has a super helpful Knitting 101 tutorial to get your new year and new hobby started on the right foot.
Preschool teachers everywhere hit the nail on the head with this one. Making candles is easy enough for a kid to do, and utilitarian enough to fit in any grown-up home. You can pair any number of scents or waxes with the molds or free-form shapes of your choice. This tutorial from Mom in Madison uses a craftily cut orange peel for the candle base.
To get started on this one, plan on ransacking your local thrift shop and upgrading some old furniture with modern twists. With this thorough tutorial from Peony & Pear Tree, you should be sitting (on) pretty (things) by spring.
You probably haven’t thought about the crafting potential of paper-mache since that miniature version of Frog and Toad are Friends you made during summer camp. But this year, you may start seeing new takes on the process pop up everywhere from local trinket shops to upscale home goods stores. These teacups from Ann Wood could be just the project to get you back into chewed paper.
If Read More has landed itself again in your resolutions list, you’ll probably be excited to see this bedside bookmark abode from Curbly, which will help satisfy both your DIY and bookish bents. You may want to start by reading up on the proper technique for using a handsaw and rotary tool.
Perfect New Year‘s eve shoes? I think so!