I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.
I remember the first time I saw John Derian's gorgeous decoupage work. I also remember the sticker shock a look at the price caused. Yikes! Lucky for me, it's not all that difficult to create your own glasswork with that Derian-inspired look.
Today we've got a "before & after" and a "how-to" all rolled into one. I hope you're ready! Let's see how this 10-year-old Ikea desk gets transformed with some paint, fabric, and a bit of wallpaper.
A couple dec'd (as in decoupaged!) wrapped switch plates would be great little somethings for dads and grandfathers this Christmas. Installed at the front and back doors and in guest rooms, they're a lovely greeting for holiday company. And best of all...they're super fast and easy to make!
Here's the ingredients you'll need to whip 'em up:
- light switch covers, old icky ones work great for this
- mod podge, matte finish
Last week I was perusing Pottery Barn when I spotted an 'etc.' Typeface Canister for the bath. I picked it up, checked the price--on sale for about 9 bucks--and put it into my shopping basket. As I continued to ogle PB's inventory, it occurred to me that my bathrooms have tile floors. One bump and this canister was going to turn the place into a Greek restaurant. Sadly, I returned the canister
Grave Violet makes those inexpensive composition notebooks look like a million bucks! She assures us it's very easy to do, which makes it ever better.
With the help of some 4" square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.
To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:
One boring weekend, Mr. Peacock decided to collage. And oh, what a collage he collaged. Using some library books, photocopies, and some handy scissor work, Mr. Peacock decoupaged the nonsense out of his ceiling. And with his handy how-to, you can too!
1. Pick your pattern
2. Find the images
5. Clean your surface
If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place. For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings. Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition. Your family and friends will treasure...
A hundred postage stamps or so, an Ikea table and some Modge Podge and you too could have a charming creation much like this:
Its creator, Volcano, seems to have used the mid-sized Klubbo, but the Lack would work great.
Todd Oldham manages to keep his cool while making a decoupage table with the always effervescent Amy Sedaris. Note to Bravo, give this woman her own decorating/how-to show already, will ya?