Search your cupboards and you are sure to find an old metal tray.
Now look through you stash of paints. If you are anything like us you will find an array of paints. I choose to use my lovely chalk paint. I have used this jar for many projects and it is still quite full.
Next drill a small hole into the top of tray.
Paint the tray.
You will need a few coats of chalk paint (each application must dry for 24 hours before you re-apply).
How was this for easy???
Now you have a special gift or do you give yourself a gift?
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We are Chameleon Girls the Mom & Daughter craft fighting team.
Together we tackle sewing, cooking and crafts.
Today we are making a
House Warming Gift for a Librarian???
A Lamp made of Books
What do you'll need to make lamp?
Hard Cover Books
Drill & Bit large enough for lamp rod to fit
4 Wooden Feet
Mod Podge- Matte
Paint- Brown and Black
1. Glue the wooden feet to the base. We used a wooden plack from Michaels. We did not need to sand (insert smile).
2. Paint the base and feet brown. Mix black paint with water to make runny. You do not need to make much. Paint base & feet black wipe with damp cloth. This will give you an old weathered look.
Yep that's the color we want.
3. Stack books to see how many you will need.
4. Measure center of base and books with ruler and pencil.
5. Drill base and each book. You will want to grab an old telephone book for this, so you don't drill a hole into your table.
6. Slid your thread rod through the hole. Screw on the nuts and tighten against the washer. For stability, it is best to start with the largest book. Play around with the books to see that you like the combination. Take a picture so you will remember what your stack of books look like.
7. Glue the largest book to the base and then each book- big to little
BTW- do not use plain glue, use Epoxy Glue!!!
We used Gorilla glue- bad, bad, bad!
It dries yellow and fluffy, not clear.
7. Smash, Smash, Smash the books!!!!
It will seem like the books are bubbled, but keep at it.
8. Slide a washer and nuts on top of last book and screw down tightly.
With all your weight you will need to squish the books as you tighten the screw.
I do mean ALL OF YOUR WEIGHT! I was on the books with my knees.
Did I mention SMASH the books down?
9. Now that the books are nice and tight- Mod Podge the book pages.
10. Follow the directions on the lamp kit.
Did I mention the room-mate works at a Coffee House?
We are going to re-do the lamp shade with....
You guessed right!
The Coffee Lamp Shade is for another day
If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. Mother Teresa
We have seen lots of beautiful Fancy Rubber Gloves. So we wanted to come up with our own version.
NO-SEW Ribbon Rubber Gloves
Rubber Gloves (check under your kitchen sink)
1. Measure across top of glove while pulled flat. Mark with pin the center of glove. Mark with pencil 1" from center. Continue in both directions marking 1". You will end about 1/2" from edge. Then mark from center on both sides 1/4".
2. Cut with Exact Knife each mark the size of your ribbon. Make sure you cut both layers while cutting. This way you only have to cut 6 times (and the cuts are lined up). If you wold like to have the ribbon gather cut the slit smaller than the ribbon.
3. Feed your ribbon starting from either slit from the center of glove. This way your bow will be on top.
Do you ever have that last second gift? Teachers, Neighbor, Friend.... Now you have a quick, easy, no-sew present.
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Mother Teresa
I am so excited about the Spring Fling Gift Exchange that was held over at Living My Life on Purpose. Each person who signed up for the exchange sends a gift to the person who commented before you. You get a gift from the person that commented after you. I thought this was a great idea!
What do you think about Gift Exchange? Would that be something you would be interested in? Maybe we can do a Summer Gift Exchange. I always enjoy getting goodies in the mail.
I did a little research on the person that I am sending a gift and found out she has two little girls. So, I am going to send a little goodie for her girls.
It's that "Hoppy" time of year and Spring is in the air, so we are going to make felted Easter eggs.
What you will need:
To start you will need a clump of roving. If you are unsure how much wool you will need, start small. You can always add more woll. Lightly pull the roving apart.
Never cut the wool! You know how long hair gets tangled, but short hair does not? Think of your wool as long hair and learn to love the tangles. BTW- Tangled is a cute little movie.
Fluff the wool by pulling the layers lightly.
Next, roll the roving into a tight, round barrel shape. As you are rolling tuck in the ends.
Needle the surface of the rolled-up wool. Always insert the needle straight down and pull straight up. In other works, in and out. Since the felting needle is extremely thin, it is very easy to snap. The needle is also VERY sharp, so watch your fingers.
While you jab, sculpt into an egg shape. Your egg will become firm.
Once your egg is firm you can add the decorations. Take thin layers of roving and jab into egg in your desired pattern. Because the egg is already firm, there is no point to insert the needle all the way in.
Here are a couple of extra friends.
It's so much more friendly with two. Winnie the Pooh