Showing posts with label mod podge & decoupage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mod podge & decoupage. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How to make Halloween luminaries with recycled glass jars

If you're looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with kids, look no further than your recycling bin! 

With a little help from Mod Podge and tissue paper (or napkins) you can transform empty glass jars to adorable Halloween luminaries. 

These recycled glass jar luminaries are easy to make and a perfect first Mod Podge project. 

This Halloween luminary project I designed was featured on Hands on Crafts for Kids in December of 2015. 

While the version of my Halloween luminaries aired by Hands on Crafts for Kids is a little different than the way I designed it (they used Elmer's glue instead of Mod Podge for example), watching the video below will give you the basic technique for making them.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Adorable kawaii unicorn craft project - turn an empty jar into a rainbow unicorn. It's the perfect unicorn gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff!
If you love rainbow unicorns, you will LOVE this adorable kawaii unicorn craft!

Hi Creative Green Living friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a super fun kawaii unicorn craft with you. Rainbow unicorns are the most magical creatures. So, of course when looking for inspiration for my latest recycled craft, I went in a kawaii unicorn direction.

Inspired by the magical rainbow unicorn, and this unicorn mason jar succulent planter takes the prize for "most coveted" of unicorn crafts. It would make the perfect gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff. 

Hosting a unicorn party? Make a bunch of these rainbow unicorn mason jar planters and use them as party decorations. They double as the perfect unicorn party favor!

This project is easy to make in an afternoon and a fun craft for tweens and teens. Absolutely adorable, and when you see how simple it is, you'll be kawaii unicorn crazy, too!


Friday, March 30, 2018

How to make a seashell crown or DIY mermaid tiara
If you have dreams of being a mer-princess, this beautiful mermaid crown is for you! Every mermaid princess needs a spectacular seashell crown to top their long flowing hair. This DIY headpiece isn't hard to make and will be sure to impress whether you are partying at a festival or trick or treating for Halloween.

I originally designed this mermaid crown to be part of little girl's mermaid Halloween costume (full mermaid costume tutorial here) but it is definitely sophisticated enough for the adult mermaid as pictured. 

If you use my tutorial to create your own mermaid crown, let me know! Share a picture in the Creative Green Living Tribe or tag me on Instagram.

Friday, March 23, 2018

learn how to make a fairy house
Have you made a fairy garden yet? You can check out the fairy garden I made last year, here

This year, I'm upping my fairy garden game with a DIY fairy house that I made myself. 

But this isn't just any fairy house! This fairy house is made from recycled materials AND it's solar powered! 

The solar powered roof collects sunlight during the day--and then at night, the windows of the fairy house will glow! Sweet!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to make stemless DIY glitter wine glasses with dishwasher safe Mod Podge

These DIY glitter wine glasses are perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to your holiday gatherings. 

My DIY glitter mugs are one of my most popular projects ever and people have been asking me if the same technique works for wine glasses and it does! 

It is important to keep in mind the 30 day cure time for these glasses so if you want them for Christmas, be sure to get started now so that they have time to cure and become totally waterproof and top rack dishwasher safe.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

This post brought to you by Wayfair.

Do you diffuse essential oils in your office or home? I love having my diffuser going - especially at night in my bedroom and in my office while I'm working. After a while, though, it's easy for your counter or desktop to get cluttered with the little bottles of oil. This situation was the inspiration for my craft challenge from Wayfair.

Wayfair recently asked me if I wanted to participate in a Craft Swap Challenge (um, yes!). Each blogger who signed up was sent one of four inexpensive items from Wayfair and you craft it up and send it to a secret partner. 

I was assigned Kristin of Modish and Main. I poked around on her site and in her social media feeds to get an idea of her style so I could make something she would love. I saw that she likes to use essential oils and I thought it would be fun to transform the Malden Driftwood Linear Picture Frame I was sent into a little essential oil stand to keep her desk or dresser neat and tidy when using a diffuser.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Welcome to Craft Lightning Day 2! Yesterday, I showed you how to make an a super cute giftable plant container. It's a quick and easy way to dress up a small plant or flowers to give as a gift! If you missed it, click on the photo to go to that tutorial:

What's this Craft Lightning business? Glad you asked! This week, with the help of my friends Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie of The Country Chic Cottage I'm going to bring you a new recycled craft each day PLUS feature 8 other recycled crafts. Its a veritable recycled crafting extravaganza!

Today I have easy to make plant markers using clothespins. They even coordinate well with the planter we made yesterday to make a super cute gift.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

I love decorating my garden with funky art pieces - especially when they are kid made! When a palette of Glamour Dust paint landed on my porch along with a bag of rocks, I knew we'd be in for a fun, kid-friendly art date! Turn your rocks into plant markers, doodle on them and scatter them about or just make a collection of sparkly rocks to brighten things up.


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Friday, February 28, 2014

Our new little guy will be here in just a few short months and the nesting bug has bit me hard. I stay up at night thinking about adorable woodland themed nursery / big boy room combo ideas. When I was pregnant with K, I made him a monogram that matched his room theme (blue and brown spots and puppies). So it only seemed natural to make new monograms for the woodland room theme.

The key craft supply that really makes these awesome is the woodgrain stencil from Mod Podge Rocks! This is my friend Amy's craft supply line. Read more about them on Mod Podge Rocks. She is so creative - I would have never thought in a million years to pair a stencil with Mod Podge but it works and it's awesome!

I love that they are self-adhesive which is great for preventing bleeding of paint or Podge. And they are only $4 at Michael's! I used a 50% off coupon and got mine for just $2!


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Friday, January 31, 2014

How to put glitter on a coffee mug and make it dishwasher safe

I first made these DIY glitter mugs for my mom who LOVES sparkles. 

She had just moved into a new home and needed a housewarming present. 

These mugs are easy to make and the best part is: they are dishwasher safe!

Of all the ways to make DIY mugs, doing glitter mugs is by far my favorite. I've gotten great results using Martha Stewart glitter, Recollections glitter from Michael's and even dollar store glitter. 

Just be sure to use Martha Stewart decoupage medium OR Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge -this is the only way to make them dishwasher safe! 

Did you want to learn how to glitter wine glasses instead? Get that tutorial here! 
How to glitter wine glasses


Monday, December 9, 2013

Do you run into the same problem I do every year regarding what gift to give your mom? I'm stuck in an interesting spot because my mom's love language is gifts (mine, too!) but she also rarely needs anything. So even when you can't figure out what Mom needs or wants, handmade gifts make a great option because moms love things their kids made just for them.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

I've been going Halloween Costume Crazy! Most of my costumes are for boys but when I found out one of my friends wanted help coming up with a mermaid costume for her little girl I was delighted to get involved! We made the tail with pants instead of a skirt to make it easier for an active girl to do her thing without worrying about tripping or wardrobe malfunctions.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This post is brought to you by Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.
My husband says I have a "glass jar problem." If a glass jar comes through our house, chances are we're keeping it. They are just so darn useful for everything from food storage to crafts (like these great luminaries I'm about to show you from the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club) - why in the world would you throw them out?!

Dollar Tree asked me to check out their Value Seekers Club (confession: I was actually already a member!) and to recreate one of their October crafts. I was immediately drawn to these luminaries and figured they would be a great way to use up some of my glass jar stash. Of course, if you don't have a glass jar stash (ahem) you can pick up lots of great jarred goods at Dollar Tree or even vases and candle holders to use instead. I may or may not be guilty of checking out their grocery section just to look for glass jars I like the shape of (don't tell Joe!).

This is what the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club version looks like:

Cute, right?! I'm sure you can see why I was drawn to this project.

I made mine a smidge differently than Dollar Tree - in part because I wanted mine to live outside. Check out how I made mine below. 

Supplies (for the CGL version)


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

If you're like me, the Fourth of July tends to sneak up on you. Whether you're having a party at your house or expected to show up somewhere else looking like you have it together, coming up with a Fourth of July craft can feel daunting. Well no longer! Each of these crafts takes less than 30 minutes to make - meaning that you could even whip up more than one of these in time for fireworks!

Fast Crafts for the Fourth of July:

Saturday, June 1, 2013

As much as possible, I want my son to be involved in the crafty gifts we give for holidays. This is a fun way for Dad to wear something special from the kiddos to work that's a little more subtle than a puffy paint "Best Dad Ever" t-shirt or a kid-painted tie.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I have been thinking about this project for a long time so I am really happy with how well it came together. This is a fun way to give your petshop-engraved tag some flare (you can personalize the unengraved side). OR use it as a way to update your contact info on an out-of-date tag by printing off your contact info on a tiny piece of paper and following these same instructions.

Dimmensional Magic gives the tags the professional, finished look of enamel but is non-toxic. These tags are water-resistant but the Dimmensional Magic is not waterproof so be sure to remove their tag if you take your dog swimming.



Step 1: Podge your paper
Coat your dog tag with a thick layer of mod podge. Flip it over, podge-side-down and smooth the paper on top of it. 

Step 2: Let it dry
Let it lay as pictured with the tag on top of the paper to dry for about 2 hours.

Step 3: Cut it out
Use a craft knife to cut around the outer edges of the dog tag. Remove excess paper and smooth edges with nail file if needed to remove jagged or torn edges.

Step 4: Stamp and seal
Use the ink pad and rubber stamps to spell your pet's name on their tag. Allow to dry before coating the tag and edges with another coat of glossy mod podge. Allow to dry

Step 5: Dimensional Magic
Use the dimensional magic to cover the top of the tag all the way to the edges. 

Step 6: Dry
Allow to dry for at least 3 hours or overnight before attaching to a jump ring and adding to your pet's collar.

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