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Pinterest Craft Ideas 2.0

Hello Crafting Friends!

So since I know that the craft ideas I originally posted a long while back were well received, I decided to do another grouping of craft ideas brought to us by Pinterest.com! Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Summer Lovin’ Had Me A Blast:

Next week I am going to have a “Fall” installation of this from Pinterest, with a few nationwide activities to add in for Fall Festivals and Events! Hope you all enjoy these craft (food, kid & adult party fun) ideas as much as I enjoyed looking them up! Go get your craft on and let me know if you try any of these, and how they work out!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Anniversary Gift Acrylic Painting

Hello Craft Friends,

I apologize for how long it’s been since I’ve done a true “craft” post, it’s been a bit crazy trying to find something to do that I think others would like. And to be fair, this idea (actually going painting) was actually my friend’s idea, not mine.

However we saw a Groupon deal for a company called Wine & Design (Charlotte location of course), and we decided to go painting one evening together. Now, we didn’t indulge in theย wine part, however this is a place you can bring your own snacks and bottles of wine to enjoy throughout the class. It was a really cool concept, really fun class, and we will be doing it again for sure!

Anniversary Painting – Two Love Birds!

That all said, once we decided to do the Blue Love Birds class, we had our date chosen, and now we just needed to figure out what we would do with our paintings. My friend had a wall in her house in mind, while I decided that it would make a perfect 33rd Wedding Anniversary gift for my parents! So there, we had our plan all done, woohoo!

We get to the class early, as instructed, and got setup with our aprons, acrylic paints and brushes. We got to chose our stool to sit on, and decided to go by the windows so we could have the sun with us. It is a second story location, so it’s a pretty view into the neighborhood it’s near. Now to paint!

Start with your blank canvas on the easel, and paints & brushes nearby!

Paint your canvas completely black to set the background up!

Outline everything with white, then color in the white-for-good parts with more detail!

Detail your blue, pink and purple as desired, and finish up your correction touches!

…and voilร ! A gift that just needs a frame to complete it!

Because I am real shy, I asked the people at the studio about frames, and they said they actually have some wood frames that they sell from a guy who makes them locally. Since I figured that it would cost about $250 to frame it at a fancy place, and the frame was very cool looking, I decided to spend the $35 and get one from the studio. What do you think?

Framed Paining Anniversary Gift

My parents, the ultimate ‘love birds’, absolutely loved this work I did. Granted I get my craftiness from my mom, so they are both pro-homemade gifts, however…they still liked it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So try something like this out for a ‘fancy’ craft project, and check out your local art studios for frames before you buy a canvas – to make sure you can frame it in your price range and your canvas fits in alright! ๐Ÿ™‚

Craft You Later,
Beth

Snowflakes falling in my globe!

So a friend of mine has a great blog with her sister, twodelighted, and a few entries ago they posted this great craft idea where they recreated the Anthropologie $45 Snow Globe (non-liquid). And not for $45. Yay for DIY genius!!!

I decided to attempt it, so I went to Hobby Lobby and spent a whopping $17.82. I bought a high-temp glue gun, glow-in-the-dark glue sticks, 2 mason jars with lids (one wide-mouth & one smaller), white glitter, a 4-pack of miniature evergreen trees, a pack of miniature light strands, and a pack of miniature white doves.

Gotta love trying to craft something and finding out that WHOOPS there was a dust bunny living there, or AYEYAYAY how does a grease splat appear there in the middle of my beautiful creation?!? So in the interest of avoiding the Home Alone face-slaps, I started off by wiping the jars down with a cottonball soaked with rubbing alcohol. Next I cut the light strand into 4 equal lengths, and hot-glued one length around each of 3 trees to look like a Christmas tree. Then I hot-glued a few doves on each of the trees. Taking the lids off the mason jars, I hot-glued the trees in the middle of the round inserts of the lids (not along the edges – give the tree space!). I spread a little extra hot glue around the base of the lids, and on the trees, then sprinkled the glitter all around – over a large bowl! Man that stuff spreads around like wildfire in a drought! Let this dry about 5 minutes, which lets you de-gunk your fingers from all that glue you have on you now (don’t lie, you know it’s there!).

I took the excess glitter, and about 1/4″ inch more, and dumped it into the actual mason jar. Then I took the tree-decked-out lid and carefully put it (upside down) into the jar, and screwed the lid on tight. Up-end the snow globe and watch the glitter fall all around your pretty trees – and not all over you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Best part is that you can adjust whatever you need to as you go, just make sure that you shake the jar (upside down, lid-side-up) a few times to make sure no glitter is lying in wait, ready to scream FREEEEEDOM!!!! once you take the tree-lid out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That is my clean advice for you. Nice thing is that I have enough to make one more smaller jar, if I just pick up 1 more $1.29 jar from Hobby Lobby! So thanks to the girls of twodelighted, for under $20 I have 3 Snow Globe Jars that would have cost over double that each from Anthropologie! Take a peek and let me know what you think of my attempt!

Next up for the Snow Globe Project: figuring out how to make them with liquid and non-clumping glitter! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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