September 24, 2013
by Ed Roth, Stencil1
I sort of have a tin can obsession. I think they are a beautifully designed object. And as a container, there are so many re-uses for them. I especially like to paint them to give them so newness.
I used a basic paintbrush and various colors of FolkArt acrylics for these cans. Two coats did the trick. Final use for them?
An urban herb garden for my windowsill! Of course you can use them as pencil holders, vases, and more. What would you do with some colorful painted tin cans?
April 23, 2013
Since we’re celebrating Earth Day for the entire week, today we wanted to discuss the popular trend of upcycling. Similar to recycling, upcycling is a great way to reuse materials from around your home, and in the end it helps reduce your carbon footprint.
The trend of upcycling has seen a huge growth within the last few years. One reason this is happening is due to the large DIY niche. Many more people are looking around their homes and thrift stores, for items they can repurpose and add their own unique spin to.
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January 3, 2012
One of our favorite craft blogs, Pretty Hand Girl recently shared this easy decoupage glass plate craft project with us. It is super simple and cute. It’s also a great upcycling project. So get out some of your old dishes and give them a renewed look for this new year.
The materials you will need:
- Mod Podge Glossy
- Paint Brush
- Jar of Water
- Glass Cleaner
- Paper Towels
- Scrapbook Paper (thin works better)
- Glass Plates
- Recycled Jar or Cans to Dry Plates on
1. Clean the bottom of the glass plates with glass cleaner.
2. Trace around the plate on the scrapbook paper.
3. Cut out the circle.
Click here to see the conclusion of how to create this project.
September 16, 2011
Recycled and rehabbed projects are some of my favorite. I love to see someone take something that was once drab to fab. I came across this cool Mod Podge chair, that was made by Vivienne from the V Spot. I love this! This is such a unique and creative project. Vivienne patched up the damaged areas of the chair with spackle, then sanded, primed, and painted the edges. She used Mod Podge to cover the slats with a green, geometric print fabric. Click here to see more from the V Spot. Have you made any recycled or rehabbed projects lately?
September 1, 2011
Our friends over at Craft Test Dummies, have been churning out several great new craft projects featuring products used from the new Martha Stewart craft line. This project really caught my eye, because I love to see when anyone can take something from drab to fab. Click here to see step-by-step instructions on how this project was created.
June 16, 2011
You know we are always on the look out for inspiring projects and when we saw this awesome dog bed we were immediately hooked! The creative mind behind this masterpiece is Lucy, an artist from Florida who specializes in giving new life to old furniture. And we’re not the only ones who love what Lucy has done with this end table — her idea was so popular that she’s designed at least four different dog beds! Plaidie Laddie was so excited he couldn’t decide which he like the best. Check out Lucy’s website to learn how she made this bed and while you’re on there, make sure you check out the other dog beds she created as well.
March 2, 2011
I love it when art has a story to tell – and these distressed fruit pieces by Amanda of Crafts by Amanda surely have a great one! They came from the Salvation Army, and were probably used to hold snacks at a party . . . or maybe were displayed on some shelves . . . or perhaps even sat in the basement for many years. The point is that they are awesome now! Amanda painted, distressed and hung them, and they look gorgeous in her kitchen. Visit here for the complete tutorial; Amanda is an awesome painter, so browse around to see more fun crafts.
October 14, 2010
I’m a HUGE fan of Things With Wings. This family of four (one mom, three daughters) creates gorgeous paintings and mixed media art pieces with FolkArt and Mod Podge. I love so many things about their work, including the special finishing touches like the frames that they use. I was thrilled to find out that many of the frames and surfaces they use are thrift store finds, and I was even more tickled when I saw that they did a blog entry on how to find these treasures. I’m feeling very inspired right now to head to the thrift store and get a shopping cart of frames. If I don’t like them? I can paint them. Please visit here for all the details on how the gals from TWW find their frames. I guarantee you will want to drop everything you are doing to head to the Goodwill.
September 11, 2010
What a brilliant idea – paint chips turned to jewelry! I found this beauty over at Joanne’s J Spot, and I wanted you to see how far Joanne thought outside of the box. I never would have come up with this. I have so much FolkArt paint in my stash that I could make this, and maybe you do too. See the full post here.