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November 17, 2014

The simplest glass painting craft idea: DIY vase

Madigan made… an easy painted glass vase.

Simple craft idea: an easy painted glass vase

If you asked me what were my top three favorite craft mediums

I would tell you, in no particular order: “Paint. Glitter. Decoupage.”

But you probably already guessed the latter two since I’ve made so many glitter craft projects and since I am a contributor on the blog Mod Podge Rocks.

But paint? Yes, paint is one of the best and simplest mediums to craft with!

A coat of paint is such an easy way to transform an object. You can make cheap and easy home décor with paint and glass containers… and it is easier than you think to paint glass. I love that you can paint glass any color! (Not sure what paint to buy? Check out my tips for which glass paint you should use. You also can use spray paint on glass with the right prep work.)

Painting the inside of a container gives your object a pretty hue but the outside of the container looks smooth and clean.  The effect of paint on the inside of glass can mimic the look of expensive art glass or vintage glass pieces (like milk glass). If you cure the paint properly, you also may be able to use water inside the container (for flowers… I would not let the paint come in contact with any food or drink). Let me show you how to paint glass using this little vase I made for the shelving in my kitchen.

Simple craft idea: an easy painted glass vase

How to paint the inside of a glass container:

Find a glass container or vase you like. Clean it out with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry.

Simple craft idea: an easy painted glass vase

Pour your glass paint (again, check out which paints I like to use on glass here) into the vase. Use a liberal amount. Swirl the paint around to cover all of the inside surfaces.

Prop the container upside-down and allow the paint to drain out of the vase and dry thoroughly overnight. Repeat with another coat of paint if you wanted a more opaque look. Use a craft blade to trim/scrape any of the dried paint that extended beyond the interior of the container.  Allow the paint to cure following the manufacturer’s recommendations. (some directions will advise you to bake the piece in an oven)

Simple craft idea: an easy painted glass vase

Super easy. Super simple. Super cute. Right? With the holidays coming up, I suggest grabbing some jars and metallic or holiday colored paint and getting busy! Colored vases could make pretty gifts or holiday centerpieces!

November 10, 2014

How to make a simple DIY blanket

Madigan made… an easy DIY baby blanket.

How to make a simple DIY baby blanket

Brrr! With the temperatures dropping this month I thought I’d share a cozy and cuddly craft to warm up your morning.  I made these simple flannel blankets before our baby was born… they are a great handmade gift you could make this fall for a child you may know. (They also could make a great adult lap blanket if you wanted sew a larger version!)

I think I’ve told you before that my sewing skills are very basic. (Read: I can sew straight lines… don’t ask me to do much more than that!) And I can assure you that making these blankets could not be easier for a beginner sewist. All you are doing is sewing up a simple square shape (using fun fabrics, of course!).

How to make a simple DIY blanket

I used soft cotton flannel in coordinating patterns and colors to make these blankets. Most flannel fabrics come 42 inches wide, so I just cut my fabric in a 42” x 42” square as a base.

How to make a simple DIY blanket

I pinned the fabric with the right sides together and stitched around the square shape with about 1 inch seam allowance, leaving 4 to 5 inches of the perimeter ‘open’.

I cut the corners off the fabric (being careful not to cut to the sewn lines), trimmed the seam allowances if needed and then turned the piece right-side out through the opening.

Then, I ironed the fabric to get a crisp edge on the blanket and topstitched around the perimeter edge. (The topstitching closed the section of the stitching I left open to turn it right-side out.) That’s it!

These blankets are so simple to make… I want to make more soon! (When I have time between diaper changes and naps with this cutie, right?)

How to make a simple DIY baby blanket

These blankets are quite handy with our baby. They are warm and great to use for playtime on the floor or to cover up for a walk with in stroller. Perfect for cuddling on a cool fall day!

How to make a simple DIY blanket

November 3, 2014

Amazingly Simple DIY Coasters

Madigan made… easy DIY coasters from tile.

Super easy DIY coasters made from tile (these would make great handmade gifts)

I hate to say it…but the holidays are right around the corner. Can you believe there are only 51 days till Christmas!?

Do you want to give out a few handmade gifts for the holiday but you don’t have much time? Or money? I have an easy and inexpensive DIY gift idea that you can make this season!

Over the past 10 years, I’ve occasionally made these simple tile coasters for friends, colleagues and family. They make great presents for teachers, co-workers, and neighbors. I was cleaning out my craft supplies this summer and found a few leftover sets of the coasters. I wanted to show them to you because I thought y’all would appreciate this simple craft project!

Super easy DIY coasters made from tile

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To make these coasters, you start with 4”x4” porcelain tiles. You can find loose tile inexpensively at Lowes or Home Depot. You will also need a pretty stamp. Keep in mind that sometimes the image does not stamp ‘cleanly’ on tile, so I prefer motifs that will look good faded (like the fern stamp I used ). Finally, you also need  self-adhesive round felt pads, clear acrylic spray sealer, rubbing alcohol and a multi-surface stamp ink pad. (The type of stamp pad is important. You cannot use a regular craft stamp pad… it needs to work on many surfaces. I prefer to use  StazOn ink pads .)

First, clean the tile surface with rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry. Then, firmly stamp your image onto each tile. You can use a different image for each coaster or the same for all of your coasters.

Super easy DIY coasters made from tile

Generally, I’ve found that the StazOn stamp ink is pretty durable on tile. It is even resistant to liquids. But to help keep the ink from moving at all, I often do bake the tiles after the ink dries. (Place the tiles in the oven and turn the oven on to 300 or 325 degrees and bake for about 30 minutes. Allow the tiles to cool completely in the oven before removing them.) Then, I’ll spray a few light coats of a clear acrylic sealer over top, too, to be extra sure that the ink does not come off.

(I think that a waterproof/dishwasher safe decoupage like Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge would also work well to seal the image on the tile. The manufacturer of StazOn recommends sealing stamped tile with Diamond Glaze . I’ve never used it but that product might be another good option.)

Once the image is sealed, place felt pads on the bottom corners of each tile and the coaster are ready to use!

I like to give these coasters out in sets of four. To wrap them, I’ve placed them in boxes, clear bags or just tied with ribbon. Since 4x4 tile is relatively cheap, each coaster set can cost only a couple of dollars to make!

They are a lovely handmade gift to give someone, don’t you think?

Super easy DIY coasters made from tile (these would make great handmade gifts)

October 28, 2014

DIY Gift Bag Craft Idea

Madigan made… a simple DIY decorated gift bag.

simple DIY decorated gift bag idea

I’m always amazed at how much it can add up when you give someone a gift. Between the greeting card, the wrapping paper, the ribbon and the gift bag… sometimes what is wrapped around the gift costs more than the actual present!

That is why I try to get creative… I often make my own easy handmade cards and I try to keep my gift wrap simple. You can decorate inexpensive, plain gift bags instead of buying your own.

I want to show you another easy way you can customize your own gift bag with scrap paper. I used this gift bag for a birthday present this summer, but you could easily change the colors or motif to make a custom bag for any occasion!

Let me show you how to make your own cute gift bag:

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Instructions:

DIY gift bag idea

To make this bag, it was pretty simple.  In fact, my instructions for you are pretty brief. First, I punched out a bunch of floral shapes using the flower craft punch. Then I attached them to the front of the gift bag using the adhesive dots. I attached mine in a random, scattered pattern. That was it!

Cute and easy DIY gift bag idea

 

The beauty of this project is that you can customize the colors (or punch shape) to your occasion or holiday. It is an easy way to customize your gift wrapping AND use up some scrap paper, too! And… it is an economical way to save when giving a gift.

October 20, 2014

Easy Baby Costume: Conversation Heart

Madigan made… a simple newborn Halloween costume.

Easy Halloween Baby Costume: A Conversation Heart

This year is our little munchkin’s first Halloween!

When I was growing up, our family often made our own costumes and I couldn’t resist creating a simple outfit for our baby. I wanted to make a quick and easy girl’s costume for her that was cute and fun. Our Little C is such a sweet gal that a conversation heart candy seemed appropriate!

This baby costume would also be a cute idea for a Valentine’s Day outfit, too!

My biggest challenge was what traditional conversation heart saying to use on the costume. I debated between “Hug me” and “Cutie pie”…. as you can see, I decided on “Hug me”! This baby girl is so cuddly and lovable, that the saying  I chose seemed very appropriate!

To make this easy costume, I cut out a heart shape from pink felt. Then, I made a freezer paper stencil for the saying on the front. I cut out the letters using my crafty cutting machine and ironed the shiny side of the paper down to a white onesie. (If you didn’t have a cutting machine, you could handwrite the letters using puffy paint or buy iron-on letters from the craft store for a more professional look.)

DIY baby costume instructions

I painted the lettering in the stencil using a dark pink craft paint. Then, I attached the felt shape to the onesie using iron-on tape. (fabric glue would’ve worked, too)

I love that this costume was easy to make. By using a long-sleeve onesie shirt as the base, this costume will be comfy and warm for her. I could’ve made the heart shape bigger, but I wanted her to be able to move without feeling restricted. (Plus, I was limited by the size of the felt sheet I bought.)

Easy Halloween Baby Costume: A Conversation Heart

And if you wanted a baby update, I’m happy to report Little C is growing by leaps and bounds! She is full of sweet smiles lately! She sort of found her hands and is happily batting at objects this week. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our happenings during my maternity leave.

October 13, 2014

DIY Burp Cloths from Diapers: 3 Ways

Madigan made… baby burp cloths from cloth diapers.

How to make baby burp cloths from cloth diapers: 3 easy ways!

You know someone is having a baby when that wave of baby gear and gifts starts to flood their house. My husband and I were both surprised and grateful about all gifts everyone gave us for our little girl. As my due date approached and my baby showers were over, I started to sort and organize all of this cute gear. (Who knew we needed all of this stuff to raise one very tiny human?!)

It was then that I realized that while we had tons of cute clothes for our babe… we had no burp cloths to clean her up!

What’s a crafty (pregnant) girl to do? It seemed silly to go out and spend $10 to get one or two burp cloths at the store… I knew I could make my own!

Traditional cloth diapers are very absorbent and can be used as simple baby burp cloths. And I knew with a little crafting, the diapers could be decorated to make cute burp cloths.

I decided to make a bunch of baby burp cloths from cloth diapers and I decorated them in 3 ways… let me show you how you can make your own!

 

ONE: Paint the fabric to make graphic patterns on burp cloths.

freezer paper stencils on baby burp cloths

Cut out small, fun shapes in freezer paper using paper punches. Iron the freezer paper “stencils” to the diaper fabric with the shiny side down in the pattern you want. Gather some craft paint in fun colors and some fabric medium. Mix the craft paint with the fabric medium (usually a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio, but follow the instructions that came with the medium). Paint the stencil shapes and allow the paint to dry. Peel the stencils off the fabric to reveal your cute shapes on the burp cloths. Set the paint by ironing the back of the diapers or tossing the cloths in the dryer (again, follow the instructions that come with the fabric medium you used).

You’ll end up with cute and graphic burp cloths like these:

Use freezer paper stencils to create DIY baby burp cloths

 

TWO: Sew fabric to the cloth diapers for fun, colorful burp cloths.

Sew fabric to the cloth diapers for fun, colorful baby burp cloths.

Cut a panel of some cute (prewashed) fabric that will fit down the center of the diaper. (I used two vintage floral printed sheets.) Fold over and iron the short ends of the fabric to fit along the edges of the diaper and sew these ends down. Leaving the unfinished edges out, then sew two lines along the edges down the middle of the diaper. Allow 1/2 to 1 inch of the fabric outside the stitched line. Trim excess fabric from the edges to create about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Using scissors, cut the fabric overhang almost to the sewn line to create fringe. Wash the burp cloth at least once prior to use to enhance the fringe-y effect.

(Alternatively, if you don’t like fringed edges, just fold over and sew down the panel of fabric for a cleaner look.)

I love how the vintage fabric adds a little charm to something so utilitarian:

Sew vintage fabric to cloth diapers for fun, colorful baby burp cloths.

 

THREE: Add stitched lines to the diapers for textured burp cloths.

Add stitched lines to the diapers for textured burp cloths.

This approach is super easy, just a little time consuming. Use your sewing machine to sew a bunch of stiches lengthwise down the center of the diaper. Use different colored threads and styles of stitches to create a pretty, quilted texture. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line to prevent the threads from coming undone. The beauty of this approach is that you can create your own unique stripe-y pattern. I didn’t worry too much about sewing straight, evenly spaced lines… I wanted a more random look. (TIP: Thread your machine with one color thread and run stitch lines over all the burp cloths you are working with… then change thread color and run more lines, etc.)

I love the resulting striped texture of these burp cloths:

All three styles of these burp cloths are getting a regular workout in our house these days with our sweet little girl. You can make your own for personal use… or they’d also make a great baby shower gift for someone you know, too!

October 7, 2014

Simple DIY Headboard: Guest Bedroom Update

Madigan made…  a simple, modern headboard.

simple DIY headboard idea

When I’m faced with a room décor decision… I have to remind myself that the simplest solutions usually are the best!

With the upcoming arrival of our little girl, this past spring my husband and I knew we needed to shift things around in our upstairs bedrooms. We first turned our old guestroom into our little girl’s pink and gray nursery. But the big debate for my husband and me was what to do with the other spare room, my bright and colorful home office:

colorful modern home office

We asked ourselves: Do we keep the office space? (If you remember, it was originally pegged to be a future nursery until we had infertility issues.) Do we look for a nice sofa with a sofa bed in it? Or do we just convert it to a guest room? At the end of the day, we concluded that we needed a guest room with a real bed in it, but we’d keep my office desk in there to give me a small space to work when needed.

I loved the color scheme (teal, green, orange and white with gold accents) of the room when it was an office. Except for the slipcovered futon couch, I decided to keep most of the décor and furniture from that space. We just added a bed (from the old guestroom) and moved some things around. 

To ground the space and give it a focal point, I made a very simple headboard for the bed. Since all of the other furniture in the space was white (my white desk and white painted side table), I wanted the headboard and bedding to be white, too. To tie the headboard into the color scheme, I added some green and gold trim along the edges.

So, when I was six months pregnant, I decided to make my own simple headboard for the room. I considered several different ideas for the design of it (Do I use an old door? make a padded headboard?) but I ended up using just a plain, white piece of wood to serve as a simple headboard. If you can hang a heavy picture on your wall, you can make this headboard! (Though, if you are six months pregnant, I do suggest enlisting a little help to move and hang it!)

Simple DIY headboard idea - if you can hang a picture, you can make this headboard!

To create this headboard I used a precut panel of melamine shelving (3/4” x 23 3/4” x 4’). It was the perfect size for a headboard for full sized mattress and only cost $14 at Home Depot. Plus, I loved that the melamine surface will be easy to clean and required no painting! The edges just needed a little finishing.

To turn the board into a headboard, I first painted the raw edges of it with kelly green craft paint.

Then, I glued some green braided trim around the perimeter of the board using a combination of hot glue and white craft glue.

I felt like the headboard needed something else, so I brought in some gold accents by hammering brass thumbtacks through the trim. To help secure the tacks, I dipped the pointed end of each tack in glue before hammering them down.

faux nail head trim using brass thumb tacks for a DIY headboard

To hang my new headboard on the wall I used two French cleats or picture/mirror hanging kit . (<—affiliate link) A French cleat is two angled metal strips that interlock and hold the piece up securely. You attach one piece to the picture/mirror you want to hang and the other piece on the wall.  (I made sure to use heavy duty wall anchors when attaching the metal strips to my wall.)

I love the white bedding with the white headboard… it is simple, clean and fresh. All the bed needed was a little bit of color and the colorful DIY pillows I used prior in the office were the perfect addition.

I moved the pictures from the colorful gallery wall art around to surround and frame the headboard.

bright and colorful guest room decor with a simple DIY headboard

My white bamboo trimmed desk sits next to the bed. It will be a little place I can work from… plus our guests can use it as a nightstand, too.

bright and colorful guest room decor with a simple DIY headboard

Now this bedroom feels light and bright, just like our office did. And the clean white headboard is the perfect focal point! Simple is always best in my book!

bright and colorful guest room decor with a simple DIY headboard

September 30, 2014

DIY Halloween Garland: Witches Hats

Madigan made… a fall craft for Mod Podge Rocks!

DIY Halloween Garland: Witches Hats

Where does the time go? September is almost over already! I officially have zero fall decorations out in our home, but I have a very cute and cuddly excuse! (Who, by the way, is doing well! She is starting to smile and already weighing in at ten pounds! Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with us.)

But, I should tell you that in my preparation for my time off to take care of our little bundle of joy I did make one Halloween craft earlier this summer. Join me over at Mod Podge Rocks to see how to make this cute DIY witch hat Halloween garland. It is a simple, sweet and slightly spooky way to decorate for the fall!

September 19, 2014

China/library cabinet update: adding a little color

Madigan made...   A simple update to the back of our china cabinet.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

In our pre-baby preparation, my husband and I tried to get several house projects done this summer. We knew that we might not get to many once the baby is born.

I'm so glad we took advantage of those opportunities! Most of my days today are spent nursing, tending to dirty diapers and cleaning up spit up with our daughter. And, of course, soaking in all that precious baby goodness!!!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that this summer we painted and updated our front office area on the first floor. We were ready to get rid of the yellowy gold color and go for more neutral, lighter tan. It's the same paint color we used in our family room and in our foyer. It was towards the end of my pregnancy that we got to this project. I didn't have the energy to paint by that point, so we hired a painter. Best decision ever!

Other quick updates we did in the room included changing out the curtains to something lighter and brighter. We installed wide blinds in the windows. I went longer and wider with the white curtain panels.  I think that they helped open up the space and make the room feel bigger.

We moved some of the furniture around but we left our large wood desk on the wall next to the window – I did not really change anything here.

But you also may have noticed that I added a little color to the china/library cabinet. The back of the cabinet is now a beautiful turquoise blue.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

It helps to set off the white books and pink and gold accessories displayed in the cabinet.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

I added the blue color to the back of the cabinet by cutting pieces of foam core panels that fits snugly in the back of each shelf section. 

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

Then, I wrapped the foam tightly with a deep turquoise fabric. I adhered the fabric to the foam core with duct tape to the back of the panel.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

Each piece slid into the back of the cabinet and stayed there on their own because I cut the foam shapes so closely.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

Using my easy envelope pillow method, I also brought in more color to the room with several pillows in deep pink colors and turquoise fabrics.diy envelope pillows

diy envelope pillows

I'm glad we made these changes in this room. Not only does the room feel lighter and brighter, it also will be more conducive with the baby down the road because we moved some of the furniture around.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

The new arrangement opened up the space (for play time with the baby down the road on the floor) and also allowed for us to make room for this important piece of furniture:

While I'm off on maternity leave and while the baby is still very little, we set up this portable crib for naps and diaper changes without leaving the first floor.

I love that with a few tweaks, this room is now more colorful and brighter… and ready to grow with our family’s changing needs!