School is out for the summer, and that means loads of down time. Need a kids craft idea to keep little hands busy? Making a mini fish tank is inexpensive and fun (even if you're a grown up!). I actually pulled the idea for this project from my own childhood. When I was a kid, I made one of these mini fish tanks for my dollhouse. I remember being so pleased with myself, because it looked so real with the tinted water, and the fish could actually float! This kid-friendly craft project is easy to execute, and with drying time included can be completed in about an hour.
Get ready, gang, because this is a fast one! I love having art all throughout my house, but I don't love buying frames. They're so expensive. I don't own any rare art, so it seems silly to buy frames that cost more than the original artwork itself. I like the trending, vintage-y look of a scroll frame, but enjoy the freedom of being able to switch out art pieces, like with a traditional frame. So why not both? With a bit of magnetic tape and some baseboard trim, this DIY hanging poster frame is not only cheap, but also super fast to make, and ridiculously simple.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to play with a new tiling product called Bondera TileMatSet. Simply put, Bondera is pressure sensitive sticky back on a roll that eliminates the need for mastic and thin set when tiling walls, countertops or splash-backs. It's billed as VOC free, mess free, and it allows immediate grouting after tile installation. Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too. I mean, it's sticky back tape for goodness sake! How's that going to hold heavy tile??
A few weeks back the folks from Elmer's offered to send out some glue to sample and as I'm a fan of glue, I was more than happy to accept the offer. The glue under consideration was their Carpenter's WoodGlue Max, Carpenter's WoodGlue, Multi-purpose Glue-All and All-Purpose Glue-All Max. The first three have been recently reformulated, so testing was in order.
This morning we had a little crafty holiday party in my studio. Everyone brought projects they've been working on. We ate, drank, laughed, glued and glittered our way into the afternoon. I couldn't resist photographing this little be-hatted snowman made from an empty POM Wonderful bottle. This will be filled with M&M's and given away as a cleverly repurposed, handmade gift. When Janet arrived, she had already spray painted the bottle white. Next, she
At first glance, The Agua Table by Brazilian designer Domingos Tótora seems to be a take on the Noguchi coffee table using some perfectly round stones to balance the glass top. But, check out the process photos to see how this base was created from recycled cardboard and glue.
I'm totally making some. How-to to follow.
Sometimes, you've got an image you need to stick somewhere, the soft pixelatedness of inkjet sticker paper simple won't do. Sir Brittanicvs provides a recipe for some homemade adhesive to place on a contact paper substrate that gets your message where it belongs.
Your design(s) printed out on paper
A wide brush
Tupperware container OR jar
Packaging tape OR Clear Contact Paper
A few weeks ago, fellow Curblier ericson posted a question regarding crackle finishing. Ericson’s conundrum was that he is in the Phillippines and was unsure if he would be able to find the crackling medium used in the process. I’ve always had my suspicions as to what the medium was, but–and let me stress this–I really have no clue as to its chemical make-up. That being said, I went about doing a bit of experimenting anyway. This is the outcome.
Sometimes you just gotta make stuff stick together. In case you're bewildered concerning the best bonding agent, have a look at THIS to THAT. It's a delightfully simple site that tells one, basically, how to glue stuff to other stuff.
Can't beat that.