Thursday, July 2, 2015

Coastal Star-Spangled Scrap Wood Decor



I saw a version of this decor using a wood fence post and wooden stars on Pinterest. Here's a coastalized version using scrap wood and starfish!

Supplies

  • Scrap wood - whatever you have on hand is the point of this project! 
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Starfish
  • Epoxy gel glue
  • Sandpaper and Handsander (if you have one)

Instructions

  1. Sand the scrap wood to remove any splinters. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth.
  2. Paint a block of blue - large enough to incorporate two or three starfish. Make sure you paint the sides, especially if you have thick wood.
  3. Paint two rows of red. Allow the red paint to dry slightly before adding a white row.
  4. Paint a row of white. Allow paint to dry, completely.


  5. Use a hand sander with fine sand paper to lightly wear down the paint - giving it a weathered look.
  6. Using epoxy glue, glue the starfish on the blue area of the board, allow to dry.
  7. Flip the board over and add rope or jute to hang your decoration.




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July {Festivity} Buckets



Behind Christmas, the 4th of July is our family's favorite holiday. We tend to treat it a bit like Christmas with lots of decorations, great food with family and friends, and a weekend full of celebrating.

As part of our 4th of July traditions, I make up 4th of July buckets for anyone that will be joining us. As soon as the Dollar Tree starts putting Memorial Day supplies (hint hint: Red White and Blue), I start stocking up. Bubbles, tattoos, light up jewelry, pin wheels, hair accessories, you name it. It's like stocking stuffers with an Americana feel.




Nothing is overly expensive, but since we usually travel, there are great novelty items for kids to play with and enjoy. If anything gets lost - no big deal. If anything gets broken - no big deal! It's just for fun and festivity!

This year, we are going with friends to stay at a Marina and spend the weekend on the water. I got each of the girls mini sand buckets for them to collect beach treasures and then I monogrammed the buckets (because even Dollar Store trinkets need a monogram). I added lots of fun wearables and glow sticks. I even found a few stragglers left over from last year's bucket and threw those in as well!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Batik {Mickey Inspired} Americana Shirt



I have always wanted to try Batiking and I know that the art is not as easy as it seems, but I found this great Batik look-alike at Pink and Green Mama (the name alone makes me think we should be friends). I used her technique to create our Mickey Americana Shirts!

Supplies

  • Elmer's Glue - GEL, MUST BE GEL
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Stencil - or freehand if you've got the talent
  • T-shirt(s)
  • Cardboard (to protect the back of your shirt from the glue and acrylic)

Instructions

  1. Place a piece of cardboard inside of the shirt - so that the back is separated from the front.
  2. Using the Elmer's Gel Glue, "draw" designs on your t-shirt -either trace using a stencil or freehand. 
  3. Allow the glue to dry for several hours on your material.
    NOTE: Try Pink and Green Mama's technique and let it dry in the sun. I did not and it took about 24 hours for the gel glue to dry!


  4. Using acrylic paint, paint over the designs. Make sure you paint "outside" of the lines so that the batik comes through!
    NOTE: For a watercolor look, add a little water to the acrylic paint.
  5. Allow your t-shirt to dry completely - we waited 24 hours.


  6. Fill a sink or tub with hot water. Remove the cardboard from inside of your t-shirt and soak the shirt for 10-20 minutes. Use your hands to work the glue out of stubborn areas. I also used an old toothbrush to brush away some of the larger flakes that "cling" to the wet material.
  7. Allow the shirt to dry and then add any embellishments you like!