Spray paint is a fun way to make old things look new! Here is a ceramic swan we bought for twenty five cents at a thrift shop.
I added a coat of spray paint, a gemstone eye, and a touch of nail polish for the bill. Now it looks perfect in my bathroom. And it’s a great place to store cotton balls.
Once we got started, we found other objects to transform with spray paint too. We’ll post some of those later!
1. Clean object before painting. Allow to dry.
2. Add coat of spray paint following directions on can.
3. When paint is dry, add details. I used nail polish to paint the bill, and I glued a plastic gemstone on for the eye.
This is a fast and easy craft. An adult should help with spray painting. We used the back of my old science project board to protect other surfaces from paint. This worked great!
It is hard for us to throw away old books, but sometimes they just aren’t useful anymore. When books have canvas-like covers, we’ve started saving the covers for other projects before throwing the rest of the book away. Here is a Valentine’s Day card we made from a book cover this year.
This was super-easy to make. All you need is hot glue and cool stuff to glue to the cover. Notice we cut some hearts out of book pages to go with the theme. Here is another cover we made into a get well card. We love the way the texture on this book cover looked!
This is a craft we plan to do again, so expect to see more examples of book cover cards here soon! So far, everyone we’ve sent a book cover card to has loved them. Your friends and family will too!
To see this Valentine’s Day craft we posted last year click HERE.
Tis the season to buy Christmas decorations for 90% off! So there’s no better time to pick up some really cheap craft supplies and get busy! One thing you can do is to make a beaded curtain for your doorway with Christmas garland beads! We picked up some yesterday and paid only 80 cents for four garlands. My cousin and her dad made the curtain above. Directions are below.
1. Beaded Garlands
2. Tension Rod for window
3. Duct Tape
1. Cut beaded garland to desired lengths.
2. Set tension rod to the correct length for your doorway.
3. Run a long piece of duct tape along the length of the tension rod, with sticky side extending down.
4.Lay beaded strands on the sticky side of the tape, using the ruler to space them evenly apart.
5. When Beads are positioned correctly, add second piece of duct tape over them and wrap around the top of the tension rod.
6. Press tape down over beaded strands and all around them to secure.
There you have it! Now you can really make an entrance!
We’ve done duct tape crafts here before and we wanted to share this perfect way we found to organize duct tape! We were about to throw out this old paper towel holder when we realized we had a great use for it. All we did was put the duct tape over the rods. Now it is ready to use!
Old Paper Towel Holder
Rolls of Duct Tape
To see some of the things we have made using duct tape click on these links:
Duct Tape Belt
Duct Tape Purse
Duct Tape Wallet
My mom came up with this idea when my brother and I were younger. This is a way to be reminded of the weeks of advent every time you open the refrigerator. This craft can easily be modified to create a menorah.
4 or 5 short Popsicle sticks (or long ones cut in half)
1 large Popsicle stick (tongue depressor)
Glitter and chenille sticks or colored markers
Sequins if you want
Make the short Popsicle sticks look like candles by covering them with glue and glitter OR color them with markers. We have made them both ways.
Make the large Popsicle stick look like a wreath by wrapping it with chenille sticks or coloring it with a marker.
Add sequins or other decorations to the wreath if you like.
Wait for Popsicle sticks to dry. Then attach magnets to the backs using hot glue.
Now you are ready to add a candle for each week of Advent!
*Note, if you do not have a tongue depressor, cut a piece of card stock into a tongue depressor shape. You can also use card stock for the candles.
I had to do a school presentation about myself earlier this year. Part of my grade was on how attractive my display was. We didn’t have any poster board that would work, so we got the idea to cover a piece of cardboard with an old t-shirt. We just cut the cardboard to the right size, slipped the t-shirt over it, and pinned back the sleeves with duct tape. Then I glued the items I needed to display right on the t-shirt with hot glue.
It worked so well, I will probably use the idea again!
Another idea we had was to use short Popsicle sticks to label the items. I wrote on them with a thin Sharpie. This also worked great!
Piece of Cardboard
Directions are above!
We thought it would be fun to gather up all of our Halloween crafts into one post. If you like what you see, click on it. It will take you to the post that gives instructions on how to do the craft.
Classy Glassy Halloween Pendants
Halloween Table Tree
Painted Treat Jars.