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Make A Chicken Wire Memo Board

Chicken wire is all the rage right now in home decor. It’s part of the vintage farmhouse decor trend. Especially popular are chicken wire memo boards.

Purchasing chicken wire memo boards in home decor stores can be very pricey, but the supplies needed to make one are extremely affordable:

  • Chicken wire (available at home improvement & garden centers)
  • Poster Frame
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple Gun

Not only is making a DIY version saving money, but it provides the chance to match the project to any decor. The possibilities for frame options are virtually limitless! The frame I am using is a very inexpensive faux barn wood frame from Michaels Stores.

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A look at the Krylon 2016 Product Line

This year Krylon is introducing some fabulous new products for both indoor and outdoor home decor projects. They will still offer their traditional spray paints that we all know and love, but this year Krylon has added some fun new paints that allow crafters like me to be a bit more creative both indoors and out. The Krylon booth at a trade show I attended displayed some fun home decor project ideas.

The booth was created to look like a home with DIY home decor projects displayed booth inside the home and outside the home. When you first entered their booth, you were greeted by this creative display of DIY outdoor home decor projects that were done using various Krylon products.

The Krylon House

One of my favorite products is their textured spray paint line. The planters below are painted with the Krylon “Stone Coarse Texture” Spray Paint. I love how they make the planters “pop”.

Krylon Planters

The texture is hard to see in this picture, but it looks amazing in person. It feels like sand but with a slightly rougher texture.

Close up of the Planter decorated with Krylon Stone Coarse Texture Spray Paint

I found the best way to use the textured spray paint is to apply even coats and allow the piece to dry for around six to eight hours between coats. I found two to three coats gave me the best results. You may find that waiting for the paint to completely dry between coats (instead of just a few hours) will give you a much nicer result.

I used the textured paint to spray paint a plastic garden statue to make it look like metal. It worked really well for me.

Water cans painted with Krylon's Chalky Finish Spray Paint

Krylon is right on top of home decor trends in both their products and their color offerings. I have seen so many fun home decor projects on Pinterest featuring various chalky paints. I loved the DIY outdoor home decor watering can project displayed at the base of the garden that also does double duty displaying the house (booth number) address. It is a really fun outdoor home decor project that uses the Krylon “Chalky Finish” spray paint.

Being able to paint metal and get a similar “Chalky Paint” result is a real bonus and time saver for me. I am going to borrow the watering can idea and paint some of the planters that line the front of my house. I think I will also place some light-reflecting address numbers (which are easier to see at night) on them to make it easier for family and friends to find my house when they visit.

Outdoor Wicker Chair DIY Project by Krylon using the Colormaster Spray Paints.

If you have some outdoor furniture you want to give a face lift, then the Krylon “Colormaster Paint + Primer”series of spray paints is a great tool.

A close up of the finish on the Wicker chair painted with the Krylon Colormaster Spray Paint.

It adheres really well to a variety of materials and gives a nice opaque coverage. The wicker chair in the photo above was originally blue and was painted using the Krylon Colormaster paint. The Krylon Colormaster line is available in a wide selection of colors and is fairly easy to find in stores.

Wicker Baskets Painted with Krylon Spray Paint.

The Krylon Colormaster “Paint & Primer” line is perfect for use in indoor DIY home decor projects too. It adheres to a variety of materials, making it easy to use for accent colors in home decor projects. I have used this paint to cover a variety of objects in my home. I love how well the paint covers, and how it looks when used.

I have found that this paint can be layered to achieve a very opaque look. It depends on the base color. I have covered beige with only one coat but found dark blue to require a second coat to give full coverage.

The sprayer tip on this can is great. I found I did not have a sore finger after painting my project like I did with other spray paint products. Another thing that keeps me buying more cans of this paint is that I found I don’t have the worries of runs or drips with this paint.

This is wonderful paint to work with, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for use. Each paint has directions on the can, and you can also find more information on the Krylon website.

 

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7 Things I’ve Learned From Starting Soap Making

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I’ve wanted to try making soap for quite awhile. About a week ago, I finally took the plunge and tried it! After making a couple of batches, I’ve learned a few lessons (some the hard way) and some tips about making melt and pour soap.

First Soap Batch

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Like with so many crafts, YouTube is your friend when it comes to learning to make soap.  Melt and pour soap, while not having the complications of handling chemicals that comes with cold processed soap, can still be tricky as you try to manage temperature and its quick setting properties. Before I ever tried to make a single bar of soap, I took what amounted to an immersion class in melt and pour soap making on YouTube by binge watching some of the best soap channels available. My favorites are Soap Queen, the channel run by popular online store Brambleberry, and Ariane Arsenault, a Canadian soap maker with an online store and a small shop on a tourist island off the Atlantic coast of Quebec. Watching a good number of episodes binge style was a great way to pick up a little tips that helped me deal with problems that came up during my first batches (or avoid them altogether). Continue Reading →

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Project | Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Butterfly

A few months ago, as part of the ongoing renovation of my craft studio, I made a Heidi Swapp Marquee Love monogram letter project for the new decor. The marquee monogram letter was a big hit with my 12 year old daughter. Since I am about to launch an overhaul of the decor in her room as well, I decided to make a Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Butterfly for her too!

For my studio I had gone with a vintage, antiqued look. But for my daughter’s room I wanted something fresher, and more fun. I chose the Heidi Swapp Marquee Butterfly that has been part of the spring collection available at Michaels Stores.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Butterfly project. Fun and easy decor for a kids room or a creative space.

To create this project, I paired the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Butterfly with a Heidi Swapp 8×8 paper pad, pink glitter tape, white glitter tape, and a set of pink lights. Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2016 | Seth Apter The Altered Page for Spellbinders

Seth Apter Spellbinders Die Line

Today, I’m bringing you a peek at the hot new Spellbinders mixed media product line from Seth Apter that was shown at the CHA Mega Show 2016 last month, as well as a look at some of his projects he had on display that were made using tools from his new line.

Seth Apter is well-known not only for his art, but also for his beautiful altered pieces. Some of you may be familiar with him from his frequent appearances in the pages of “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” magazine. His blog, The Altered Page, is the origin of the name for his product line. Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2016 Hot Products: Boye, Offray, Adtech

This year the “Hot Product” sneak peek at the CHA Mega Show 2016 was full of fun new craft products that had a wide range of age appeal. There were products for kids and adults that spanned from crocheting to cupcake decorating!

For those who love to crochet on the go, the folks at Boye have a new crochet tool called “Crochet on the Go.”

Crochet on the Go Tool from Boye

Crochet on the Go Tool from Boye

This is a pretty handy tool that includes 8 different hooks (4 on each side) that fold up into a tool the size of a multi tool pocket knife.  I have to say that using it does require a bit of getting used to it. Continue Reading →