Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Egg Planter

For a unique twist on the traditional Easter egg, give eggshells second life as planters. Fill the planters with different types of plants, such as these colorful alyssum seedlings. Involve the kids in planting and caring for the little Easter garden.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Color in the lines

Magnify the hues of gifts from the garden with a kaleidoscope of colored pencils hot-glued to a glass vase or jar. Fill the vase with your favorite blossoms and tie a bow around the bottom.

Tattoo Eggs

Print images on tattoo paper, cut them out, and adhere to blown-out eggs, following package instructions.

Easter Treasure Box

Remember those shoebox dioramas you made in grade school? We've given them a crafty Easter twist with purchased white shadow boxes decorated for spring. Cover the inside backs of the boxes with bright paper, then tuck in mementos from Easters past. Or, choose a less temporary springtime theme using an artificial bird's nests, eggs, and feathers.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Leaf It Out

Test Run - Work out color combos on a sample board to make sure you like the palette before you paint your final project. Here, a sample board tests out slightly overlapping the leaves which results in layers that create a jungle effect.

Give a cabinet personality with a fa├žade of large tropical fronds. Stenciled on an artist's canvas from the crafts store, the fronds are rendered in three green hues. Stencil one leaf colour, let it dry, then reposition the stencil, slightly overlapping the first to add another colour. Turn the canvas into a door by screwing on hinges and a painted wooden knob.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Art Panels

With a roll of wallpaper you can create a trio of dramatic art panels.

Two ways to get the look:

Apply sections side by side using a level and wallpaper adhesive, following the manufacturer's instructions. Then frame with painted moulding.

Find 3 picture frames, fill the interiors with the wallpaper and hang equally apart. easy peasy.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pineapple Express!!

Welcome guests to your table with a pineapple motif--a universal sign of hospitality. In a reverse stencil technique, paint the table ivory using flat latex paint. Then cut the pineapple pattern from adhesive shelf paper and stick it on. For graphic pop, place the pineapple off centre and let it bleed past the table edges. Paint the table again using an orange hue. When dry, peel off the shelf paper and reveal the pineapple! I love it!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Diy - Shopping Cart

I spied this today and had to share, a definite DIY if I've ever seen one!
A few wooden crates, cans of paint and 4 wheels and Tah, Dah! Nifty shopping cart!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Paper and Plaques

Use those pretty bits and pieces of paper you can't bear to part with for this wall-art project. Local crafts stores carry inexpensive wood plaques in tons of shapes and sizes. Paint the plaques, cut the paper accordingly, and adhere. Finish with a coat of polyurethane if desired.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DIY - Round Wall Decor

Carved ready-made ceiling rosettes make an impressive wall display. Painted in graduated shades of yellow, the discs add style to a living room. Made of urethane and available at most home centers for less than $50, they are lightweight and easy to hang.