Before we know it, Easter will be upon us... which means that it's high time to get some Easter eggs in a basket! (Or in this case, a white tray). Today we're sharing a quick and easy way to decorate eggs using spray paint and few adhesive stickers. Click through to check out the full tutorial.
I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint.
Like many bloggers and freelancers, my laptop is my life! So having a cushioned laptop sleeve to protect it is really important whenever I travel with it. My boring foam laptop sleeve just needed an upgrade to feel more personalized, so I figured out this fun way to add some bold, graphic lettering to the front to really make it pop.
Do people buy tablecloths anymore? Everywhere I turn, there's a new way to update an old or plain one. And this graphic print is stunning for sure! And was created with something you have in the kitchen!
Popsicle sticks have grown up and are ready to shake off their persona as a kids-only craft supply. Their first foray into real world decor? A bold, Moroccan-inspired side table!
When a DIY project idea comes from two sisters who run a modern stationery company, you know it's going to be awesome!
Okay, hold on while I have a big ol' "DUH!" moment...
...phew, that was intense. Thanks for waiting. But really, how obvious of an awesome coat rack idea is this??! Seriously, guys. Using a bold, graphic dart board as a coat hanger is straight brilliant.
All you need to do is sink those bad boys (aka darts) good and deep into a great-looking dart board, like the one Julia Schenk from the blog Philuko does here, and your entryway is set. Simple, practical, and great looking: the three magical components of DIY home decor.
Check out more over on Philuko!
While cameos and silhouettes of loved ones have been found in homes for, well, a long long time, they have recently made a comeback in more modernized forms - like this easy DIY plywood version!
I am diggin' these 7 rules to understanding design and designers. Especially number 7. The j-peg is
Artwork. For my money, it's the number one way to add personality to a room. Sure, a $25 can of paint can make a big impact, but I'll take a white room with loads of art over boldly painted walls any day.
But, of course, you can't just go to the artwork store and scan the aisles until you find just the right piece of scale and color that matches your decor. Real art takes time to create, and fetches appropriately not-cheap prices, and isn't widely available at the local shopping center. Sure, family photos are nice, and an artfully framed poster will do, but don't you dare head to that kitchen and bath supply shop and paw through the faux-Tuscan paintings.
Instead, make your own. Quickly, easily, inexpensively, and no artistic ability required.
- Computer and printer, or pen and paper
- craft knife
- spray adhesive
- spray paint
- Staple back canvas, or plywood
- Contact paper, or sheet vinyl (available with the cutting machines in the craft store)
How To Do It
Canvases are usually reserved for fine art: oil or acrylic painters, set up on an easel somewhere, mixing colors on palettes with knifes. But, I think they're great for all kinds of art projects, even those using spray paint. They are, you know...actually, a blank canvas.
I'm not talking high end custom stretched gesso primed stuff that the pros use. I mean the buy one get one free deal at the local craft store. They come in standard sizes, and are always on sale. Never pay full price for one of these...They're usually at least 40% off, or come in some combo deal. If that one major chain doesn't have them on sale, the other one most always does. Look up this week's circular online, and then hit the sales. I got 11 x 14" for $8.00 this week. Deal.
Paint your entire canvas with a base coat of a solid color of spray paint. Even if you want your background color to be white, do a coat of white paint anyway. It'll look much more natural, and smooth out any irregularities in the surface.
I used Krylon Dual paint, which is a paint and primer in one. That way, you could do this on canvas, plywood, an old sheet of plexiglass, or even some sheet metal, and you'll get even coverage.
While that coat dries (less than thirty minutes if you put it in the sun), create a stencil for your art. I just printed out a number in a typeface I like onto regular paper, and then laid out my sheet vinyl and traced the outline with the craft knife. You can also print your art directly onto full sheet sticker paper, and cut your design from there.
I've taken to using roll vinyl for stencils. You can get it at the craft store, next to the Cricuts and Cuddlebugs and other machines. It's thicker than contact paper, and repositions a lot easier. It also produces less of those little papercut hairs that always clog my corners. It's not more expensive than contact paper, but it's shorter, so that affects your project size.
Contact paper, sticker paper, or masking film will all work well here.
Affix your stencil to your canvas. I actually like to use a bit of extra spray adhesive here, since contact paper isn't super sticky, and we want to make sure there's no "ghosting" - that little bit of spray paint that can sneak under the edges of a stencil. Press everything flat, guaranteeing your edges are secure, then use painter's tape, newspaper, extra contact paper, etc, to cover the rest of your canvas, including the edges.
Go outside and spray your second color. If, after a first coat, the base color still pokes through, like my white on black, don't add more paint just yet. Allow it to dry for ten minutes or so, then do a second coat. You'll find the paint is actually more opaque as it dries, and you'll get nice even coverage.
Allow to dry for another ten minutes, then pull off the stencil. Set somewhere warm to cure.
See?! Custom, graphic art in less than forty-five minutes, and for under $10 for a medium sized piece.
I created the multi-colored one using for different stencils, applied to a base coat. This would be super easy using a shaped paper punch from the papercrafting aisle.
And I did this two-color dimensional letter J, on a piece of scrap plywood. It looks great with the canvases to switch up the textures.
Spray paint, friends. It works.
Got your own awesome DIY project using spray paint?
Have you ever made soap? I haven't, but I've always wanted to give it a go, and this tute REALLY makes me want to give it a go. The supplies are minimal and the process seems
First of all, I absolutely love this redone metal TV tray. I'll be honest, I snub those old sets of metal tv trays at GW or SA. I've never been a big fan of that whole tv tray concept. But this easy tutorial on Design Sponge has me rethinking my old mindset. Besides, tv trays are the perfect double for handy side tables at a gathering.
Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I've ever undertaken. During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but......
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Michael Corleone, Godfather III
I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall. No, no, no!! I won't do it....