Melted Crayon Canvas Art

I saw this and had to make it.

HERE is the link to it on Pinterest.

Supplies:

  • A glue gun that you can ruin (one that takes the larger size of glue sticks–not the mini ones). COST: $4.00
  • Crayons (with the paper peeled off) COST: $2.00 (I bought two boxes, I only needed one box, 64 count)
  • Canvas. COST: $15.00
  • Long, skinny ballpoint pen (like this one, but without the cap on)

TOTAL COST: $21.00

Here’s what you do:

1. Do this outside (or in a garage).  The melting point of crayons is much MUCH faster than that of glue sticks.  That being said, they splatter a little as you’re learning how it all works.

2. Sit in a chair with the canvas leaning back on your knees (like below).

3. Practice with the glue gun before you start on the canvas.  Use a similar color to whatever color you want to start with.

4. First, drop the crayon into the glue gun shaft, and then, holding the top of pen, “push” the crayon through the gun.  Then pull the pen back out. (Because the crayons are smaller than the glue sticks, they don’t activate the “trigger”, and the best way to get the crayon to come out of the gun is to push it through–like you’re loading a cannon).

5. Repeat across the canvas.  You can vary the angle of the canvas against your knees to get different patterns of drips.  The crayon comes out in an almost water-like consistency.

**Yellow was really difficult for me to achieve.  Once you start feeding the crayons through the gun they melt in there (and on the sides of the gun too), so the colors do naturally mix a little as you go.  You won’t need as many crayons as you think you will, but you will use several crayons as martyrs, as you’re trying to switch between colors).

Here’s how mine turned out

And here is a close-up of the texture that the dried crayons make on the canvas (one of my favorite parts!)

I’m linking up to Home Stories A2Z today.

Basket weave paper art

This was my inspiration piece from Pinterest.

Supplies:

  • White computer paper (or other kind of paper)
  • Food coloring
  • Shredder, scissors, tape, and a frame

Here’s what you do:

1. Over the sink, drip different colors of food coloring around the page.  Wet the page enough to smear the colors around, but not too much water to turn it all brown.  Trust me, I did this several times.

2. Let it air dry.  I tried to dry mine with a hair dryer because I was impatient, and I ended up having to start again when all my colors bled into, yet again, a brown hue.  Just let it air dry overnight.

3. **Something to note: Because of the weaving pattern, you’re going to need twice amount of colored paper.  So if you’re looking to cover a large area, make sure you make two pages with the food coloring.

4. Run the sheet through a shredder.

5. Line up as many rows of strips as wide as you want your art.  Tape that line (at the top) to a table or a piece of paper.

6. Weave paper in from left to right through the rows you’ve taped.

7. When you’ve made it the length you want it, carefully move the tape on the top row from whatever you taped it to, to the inside of the matting of a frame & tape the bottom in place as well.

And you’re done!

Canvas tree art

This was my inspiration picture.  I wanted some large (inexpensive) art for my dining room, and I love the symbolism of trees.

This was originally from JCPenny, but it was no longer available for sale, so I decided to make it myself.

Supplies:

  • 3 canvases (mine are 15″x30″; JoAnn Fabrics has them 40% most of the time)
  • Grey paint (used from a different project; eggshell finish)
  • White acrylic paint (or white wall paint)
  • Small art paint brushes
  • A pencil, an eraser, and a large paint brush

Here’s what I did:

1. I painted the three canvases grey and let them dry overnight.

2. I set all three next to each other (as they would hang on the wall) on a table and stated sketching my tree design in pencil.  I printed out the inspiration picture and just drew freehand–no one would know if it didn’t look exactly like it.

3. Once I was content with my pencil sketch, I started painting with the white acrylic.  The acrylic paint took probably 3-4 coats.  If you want to speed this process up, use a white wall paint instead–that would probably only take 2 coats.

4. Let it dry.

5. When it’s completely dry, you can use the grey paint to cover any errant pencil marks not covered by the white paint.

Here is how mine turned out:

And a close up of some of the branches

DIY Glass Bubble Chandelier

Here is the inspiration picture that I came across online one day.  My immediate reaction was, “I MUST MAKE THIS!”  It’s unique and an immediate conversation starter.  I absolutely love how mine turned out.

My inspiration picture is from the Frou Frou Fashionista.  I based a lot of my supplies from her list too, but I knew mine was going to be smaller.

Here are the supplies:

  • A grilling grate (mine is about 12″ in diameter, I got it at Goodwill) COST: $1.99

  • Chain to attach the grill (I bought about 4′ from Home Depot) COST: $2.28

  • Canopy Kit to attach everything to the ceiling COST: $4.99

  • Fishing line (I borrowed some from my dad, but pick something that can handle some weight) COST: FREE
  • Craft (or floral) wire (18-22 gauge, something strong enough to hold the glass, but not too tough to bend) COST: about $4.00

  • Pliers, wire cutter, a large nail, and scissors

TOTAL COST: $75.98

Here’s what I did:

1. I laid out the light kits from Ikea and decided how long the needed to be from the ceiling.  I cut cords shorter (and cut off the plug) and stripped some of the plastic off the end to expose the wires.  We then wound all 3 of the white wires together and all 3 of the black wires together.

2. I measured the distance from the ceiling that I wanted the grilling grate to hang down.  I decided on about 13″.  I cut the chain accordingly and attached the chain to the grill in 3 even spots.  I joined all the wires into one chain at the top.

3. I strung the light kits through the grate and attached the top of the chains to the canopy kit hook.

4. We turned off the power and then we held everything up to the ceiling and wired the light kits into the ceiling and attached the canopy kit completely.  Make sure to flip the power back on and check that the lights work before you move forward.

5. I cut about 3″ sections of wire, folded them in half tightly, and then wrapped the wire around a large nail to create a loop in the middle.

6. Tie the end of the fishing line to the loop. (Use several knots to make sure it’s secure.)

7. Push the wire through the hole in a glass ball. **Once you string the wire into the ball it’s really hard to get it back out.

8. Hold the string (with the glass ball on the end) up to the grate and decide how long you want it to be.  I hung all the larger ones first and then filled in spaces with the smaller balls.

9. Cut the fishing line and tie securely to the grate.

10. Continue tying the glass balls on.  And you’re done!

I LOVE the pattern this light creates on the ceiling!

Everyone loves this light–and I’ll admit, i like being able to tell people that I made it myself!

I’m linking up to Home Stories A to Z Tutorials & Tips Link Party today.  Check out all the other tutorial posted there!

Pinterest Challenge: DIY State art

This was my inspiration piece from Pinterest.  It’s from an Etsy artist (her store is called Curiously Wrought, definitely check her stuff out).  I loved it and wanted to try it out myself.

Here is the link to my pin on Pinterest HERE.

Here are my supplies:

  • A board (not particle board), mine was about 12″x14″.  I was too lazy to cut it. Cost: FREE
  • 2 packages of wire nails (I used #17 x 1″ 1.75 nail head) COST: $2.60 (for both)
  • A picture hanger for the back of the board COST: $2.97
  • Crochet cotton (I used the “fine” kind).  Found in the yarn section of craft stores. COST: $1.49
  • Paint for the board.  I bought one of those tester kits and it was more than enough. COST: $2.94

TOTAL COST: $9.97

Paint the board.  Give it plenty of time to dry.

I printed out my state outline and taped it on the painted board, but I should have just used it to draw a pencil outline on the board.  Nailing through the paper actually caused some problems for me–not recommended. Instead, put the paper outline on the board, use a metal/plastic blunt edge to trace around the state and create a small indentation in the wood to create your line.  **I’ve tried this, and it worked really well!**

Start nailing around your outline.  Keeping a tiny bit of space between the nail heads is preferable.

Draw a heart outline and add nails.

Remove the paper.  (This is where I ran into trouble, little bits of the paper stuck near the base of the nails–you can see it in the picture below–and I spent at least 15 minutes picking out the paper I could with tweezers)

Choose a starting point to weave the yarn and tie to the state outline.  Pull the yarn to the heart and then back to the state outline.  Continue around the state.

Add the hardware to hang your art to the back.  Measure to make sure it’s centered.

Done!

I’m linking up with Young House Love (one of my absolute FAVORITE blogs) for their Pinterest Challenge.  Check out their blog, you’ll be blown away.

I’m being featured on Daily Do It Yourself today, check the post out HERE.