Neon Spray-Painted Pots

I’ve been seeing a lot of neon lately on everything, including planter pots.  So I bought some cheap planters from IKEA (to the tune of $.54) and some neon spray paint from Home Depot.  I just love the pop of color!

What you’ll need:

  • Planter pots (mine are ceramic, but you could use terra cotta or something similar)
  • Spray primer (optional)
  • Spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • A plastic grocery bag

What to do:

1. Use the painters tape to tape a line around your pot where you don’t want the color.  Make sure that the tape is tight against the pot.

2. Put a plastic grocery bag around the base (or top) of the pot that you want to protect.  Use more painters tape to attach the bag to the already-existing painters tape line on your pot.

3. Use a primer first, then several light coats of spray paint.  Dripping spray paint is bad news.  Avoid that by using light coats, holding the can 12″ away from the pots, and using a back and forth motion.

4. Let the paint completely dry, then carefully peel off the plastic bag and then the line of tape on your pot.

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Plastic Bag Holder

Okay, if you’re anything like me, you hate throwing plastic bags away (but you’re terrible at bringing your reusable bags to the grocery store!)  My collection of plastic bags was getting out of hand and I knew there had to be a cute solution to it.

So, I perused Pinterest (per usual) until I found an inspiration.

Check out Martha Stewart’s version— she’s so creative.  And, this is super cheap.  In fact, you might be able to make it from all things you already have.  Who doesn’t love “F-R-E-E”?!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • old dishtowel (I liked all mine, so I just bought a $1 from Goodwill)
  • strip of elastic
  • safety pin
  • sewing machine (super easy straight stitching only!)
  • a piece of fabric to make a hanger with (about 2×8″)

Here’s what to do:

1. Lay out your dishtowel with the nice side facing down.  Take one of the short ends of the dishtowel and fold it over– just enough to make a small pocket hole for the elastic. You can get all fancy and pin it first, or you can be lazy like me and just eyeball it while you’re sewing.

2. Attach the elastic to the safety pin and use the safety pin to thread the elastic through the pocket hole.  Once you get it all the way through, secure both ends of the elastic together on the safety pin until the end.

3.  You’re folding the dishtowel in half (long ways) now.  Just make sure that the wrong sides are facing out.  Sew another seam (following the seam lines) along the length of the towel.

4. Now, take the piece of fabric you’re going to hang your plastic bag holder with and fold it in half length-wise.  Sew a simple seam.  Then turn the hanger inside out so the rough ends of the fabric are inside the hanger.

5. With the plastic bag holder still inside out, sew one end of the hanger to one side of the top, and then the other side of the hanger to the other side of the top.

6. Tie a knot in the elastic.  You want a big enough hole to pull a bag out of, but not so big one will fall out on its own.  Hide any excess elastic by stuffing it in the pocket holes.

7. Now turn it right side out and you’re all done!

I got 35 bags in mine– and really, who needs more than 35 bags at any one time?  Feel free to toss the rest of your plastic bag stash without guilt!

DIY Earring Holder

This is a really fun (and useful!) craft that I whipped up a while ago– I just forgot to share it on here!

I hated having all my earrings mixed up in a box.  Trying to find a match and having to untangle a ball of earrings was never fun.  I saw a picture of something similar, so I gave it a try.  Who knew it would be this easy.

What you need:

  • Frame
  • chicken wire (You can buy this at any hardware store. Choose the width of the wire that works best for you; I liked my slots small enough that I could get many pairs of earrings on, but big enough that I didn’t have to remove the plastic backings on each pair to put them on the grate.)
  • Wire clippers
  • Work gloves
  • Hot glue gun

What to do:

1. Remove the glass from the frame and discard.  To discard broken glass (or panes) put it in a cardboard box, tape it up, and write glass all over the box before dumping it in the trash.

2. Turn the frame over and lay the chicken wire over the back opening to figure out what size you’ll need it to be.  Cut out.  The wire is really sharp, so wear gloves while cutting/handling it.

3. Lay the wire down where the glass used to be and hot glue it to the back of the frame.

Voilá!  Now just hang it on the wall.  It’s a fun way to show off your earrings, keep them untangled, and optimize your work space.

Here is the dresser in my closet with all my jewelry and makeup.  Who knew getting ready in the mornings could be so fun.

Today I’m linking up to Pretty Handy Girl’s DIY Talent Parade Link Party.  Check it out HERE.

My Weekend Projects

It was a busy weekend for me, and while I don’t usually post everything I’m up to here on my blog (and reserve it instead for DIY tutorials), I thought I’d share some of the smaller weekend projects I was up to.  Just for kicks and giggles.

First off, I’m contemplating some serious landscaping changes in my front and backyard.  Consider this “Part 1” of 8,000,000 in my landscaping saga.  But, to liven up the walk to my front door (and to work on creating some symmetry, I planted some cheap-o baby boxwoods from Home Depot.  They’re almost too cute to handle.  Plus, digging out the weeds and planting something in that blank spot really changed the look of my front walk.

Also, while at Goodwill I found a great lamp and vase on sale.  Perfect pieces to take home and spray paint.  They make fantastic pops of color in the room.  I was too lazy to go back to the store to get spray paint primer, so I didn’t use any– it didn’t seem to make a difference.  Light, even, multiple coats is the key.

I’ve been looking for some glass canisters to set on my awesome new faux granite countertops, so I was ecstatic to find some. Also, while I was at Home Depot I finally picked up some succulents.  They make great greenery here and there.  Coupled with my new glass canisters they look amazing.  And dog food/treats have never looked quite so fancy before.  It’s a big step up from an old peanuts container I’ve been using for the last year and a half.

And my last project was tackling a room of my house to caulk.  On my list of quick, cheap transformations, caulk comes in #2 (Paint is #1)  Unfortunately it’s not quite a beauty shot, but it’s a small thing that I notice every day.  Of course I only had the energy to do the baseboards, door casements, and windows in one room before I completely ran out of steam.  Oh-well, one room at a time!

DIY Monogrammed mugs

This is a really simple, but personalized gift to give someone.  Not to mention incredibly inexpensive.

Here’s what you need:

  • Mugs (You can get these at Goodwill, Walmart, or Target for inexpensive) $1 per mug
  • Porcelain Pen (purchased at a craft store like JoAnns or Michaels) $7
  • Pencil – FREE
  • Monogram printed (to size) on computer paper – FREE
  • Ballpoint pen – FREE
  • Scotch tape – FREE
  • Scissors – FREE

Here’s what to do:

1. Take a piece of computer paper and color all over it with pencil.  This is a way to create your own transfer paper– I didn’t want to purchase any, so I made my own.

2. Cut out the monogram.

3. Cut out an appropriate sized piece of “transfer paper” the size of your monogram.

4. Put the two pieces of paper together– transfer paper pencil side on the side of mug, monogrammed side facing up.  Tape in place on the mug.

5. Use a ballpoint pen to trace around the outline of the monogram.

6 Remove the tape/paper and be careful not to smudge the pencil outline.

7. Use the porcelain pen to trace the outline (and fill in the letter).

8. Allow the paint to dry for a full 24 hours.

9. Bake the paint on for 30 minutes at 300°F

You can also draw other things on the side of the mugs.  Just print out an outline and draw it on.

And here’s what it looked like colored in.

What crafts have you been working on lately?

Magnetic scrabble tiles

I saw this idea online and thought it was genius.  And super simple.

Supplies:

  • Scrabble tiles (I bought a use game at a thrift store, but you can also buy spare tiles for fairly cheap on eBay) COST: $1.50
  • Magnets (strong ones will probably work better) COST: $4.00
  • Glue gun with glue sticks  COST: FREE (already owned one)

Total Cost: $5.50

This is one of the easiest things I’ve made.  All you have to do is hot glue the magnets to the back of the scrabble tile.  DONE.  Seriously.

This would make a really fun gift idea, or just something fun for your own fridge.

DIY yellow cluster necklace

(Original post from my Blogger; visit http://megeletto.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-yellow-cluster-necklace.html to view it.  And please also excuse my poor-quality iPhone pictures.)

I loved this necklace, but couldn’t find it anywhere online to buy–according to a Marie Claire webpage the original price was $190.  So I decided to DIY it instead.

Time: about 2 hours

Cost: $15.27 (metal necklace supplies: $9.97; beads: $5.30)

Here’s what I bought (everything from Michaels Craft store, except the beads.  The beads were from www.usbeadery.com):

*Chain

*Clasp set

*Eye Pins


*Beads (2 sizes) from www.usbeadery.com

Acrylic opaque yellow round 18mm
Acrylic opaque yellow round 12mm

You’ll also need some wire cutters & pliers.  Here are all of my supplies

First, cut your chain to the desired length, then attach your clasp set to the ends.  Remember that the beads will make the chain a little bulky in the end.

Then, start with your larger beads.  Take an eye pin and string it through the bead.  Then use your pliers to bend the eyelet of the pin over so it lays flat against the bead (I liked this look better in the end, and I was unable to find pins like in the inspiration pictures–flat head–that were big enough to hold the beads on).

Then string your eye pin onto the chain

Cut off some of the excess eye pin with your wire cutters

Then use your pliers to bend the eye pin around to secure the bead to the chain.  Loop the loose end around like you’re trying to insert it into the hole of the bead.  You’re essentially creating a loop with the eye pin.

Continue beading the large beads, then move on to the small ones, filling in the holes as you like.  I held the necklace up each time to see where I wanted to add more to.

And then you’re done.  Super easy.
Here’s a side by side picture for comparison: