Archives for March 2014

Easter Egg Topiary Tree and Candy Dish

This holiday home decor item does double duty!

Super Simple with Terri O EASTER

Materials Needed:

10-inch terra cotta saucer
4-inch terra cotta pot
1 5-inch styrofoam egg
70 medium-sized paper roses
Paint, any colors
1 can Folk Art High Shine Glaze
1 wood dowel, cut to desired length
1 small bumble bee decoration
E6000 glue
Superfoam
Shredded paper, any color
White glue
Ribbon, as desired

Step 1:

Paint terra cotta saucer and pot desired color. Once dry, glaze with high shine glaze.

Step 2:

Using E6000 glue, glue bottom of pot to saucer.

Step 3:

Use E6000 glue to secure Superfoam in bottom of pot.

Step 4:

Insert dowel into styrofoam egg; permanently attach with E6000 glue. Insert bare end into pot.

Step 5:

Dip rose stems in white glue. Insert stem into styrofoam egg. Repeat process until styrofoam is completely covered.

Step 6:

Use E6000 glue to attach bumble bee decoration.

Step 7:

Tie ribbon into a bow; place on “trunk” of tree.

Super Simple Shelf with Painters Paint Markers

Like to color?

Terri O uses Painters Paint MarkersCan you use a shape template or draw a little freehand?

Painters marker Super SimpleI found this shelf at a yard sale for a $1 and I had these Painters Paint Markers in lovely spring colors: lilac, ocean, tangerine,citron, and coral. The set is called Sherbet Swirl.

Let’s get started!

You will need Painters, scratch paper and whatever you are decorating.

You may also need shaped templates.

To get the pens started, shake well and then press the tip down onto your scratch paper for about 8 to 10 seconds until the ink fills the tip.

Now you are ready to paint.

Tip: Remember this is wet paint, so if you are using a template, do not drag the template through an image you already painted.

It took about 20 minutes  for the paint to dry.

Now I just have to figure out where to hand this cute shelf.

Super Simple Painted Shelf

 

 

 

Flower Petal Vanity Lights

super simple flower bulb

Materials Needed:

Aluminum roll flashing
Acrylic paint
Cutting board
Utility knife
Scissors
Metal primer (Rust Oleum)
High-heat enamel spray paint
Flower petal pattern (you trace)
* 3 or 5 bulb vanity light bar

Step 1:

Use your petal pattern and trace design over flashing material.  Use scissors to cut out pattern, and utility knife to cut hole in center of flower. You may need to cut the hole larger, depending on the size of your bulb fixtures.

Step 2:

Paint flower flashing cutouts using primer and paints. We used yellows, whites and oranges for our bathroom. Follow directions on bottle and cans. Let dry.

Step 3:

You’re ready to install your petals. SAFETY TIP: Turn off light before installing. To be extra safe (and considering you can still see) shut off your circuit breakers. Make certain there is a metal or plastic barrier ring between your petal design and your light socket. DO NOT LET FLASHING TOUCH ELECTRIC PORTION OF THE FIXTURE, OR THE LIGHT BULB DIRECTLY.

Helpful Hints:

Materials available at craft and home improvement stores.

Stacked Veggie Vase

vegerable centerpieceThis is a super simple centerpiece that is sure to get you marks for cleverness!

As shown, you will need:
Brussels sprouts, mini carrots, radishes, flowers, vase w/water

Most any vegetables will work, but think about using bright colors.

Simply add flowers and water. 

Remember! This centerpiece will only last about a day!

Painted Patio Umbrella

Decorating an umbrella is a super simple project to craft alone, but why not share the time with a friend outdoors while the kids are playing? Just a couple of hours later and you’ll be ready to sit under this umbrella and toast your creativity!

Materials Needed:super simple with terri o

Canvas market umbrella
Painters tape
Yardstick
Pencil
2 3-inch rollers
Paint pan (small)
Fabric paint (acrylic, 2 oz.) 3 bottles orange, 3 fuschia, 1 silver
Water
Dragonfly rubber stamp
Small paint brush

Step 1:

Remove canvas umbrella from stand. Spread umbrella over a table or flat surface.

Step 2:

Decide where you want your dragonflies placed and begin stamping, using the silver fabric paint. (We placed ours throughout the middle of the umbrella.) Place them at different angles so they don’t “fly” in the same direction.

Step 3:

Use painters tape and tape off a 2-1/2-inch stripe up from the edge or border of umbrella. Use roller and coat stripe with orange fabric paint. While still wet, remove tape and gently place along very top of freshly painted stripe. Let first coat dry. The second color (fuschia) goes above the first stripe. Tip: You’ll want to slightly water down your paint before you roll it, but if it’s too watery, the paint will quickly absorb to the underside of umbrella. Some of you might actually like this look better! Test mixture first.

Step 4:

While your umbrella is drying, you can start painting your maize rug. Set your cardboard template over one rug square at a time. Anchor down. Spray square with a coating of orange paint. Move template to the next square and spray with the silver paint. Alternate until all squares are covered. Let dry. Tip: If you get too much paint in one square, lightly rub with sandpaper.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint Kids Can Make

Fun Spring time projects for the kids:

sidewalk chalk paint craft

Play dough

1 cup of flour

½ cup salt

½ water

Mix in a bowl to make a dough. If your dough gets too sticky add flour as needed. Add food coloring if you want.

You can air dry your project or bake it in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Sidewalk chalk

1 ½ cup corn starch

1 ½ cup water

Thoroughly mix then pour a cupcake tin. Add food coloring to make your favorite colors. Let dry. Depending on the weather it may take a couple of days.

 

Sidewalk chalk paint

1 cup corn starch

1 cup water

Mix thoroughly and pour into several small containers. I used a cupcake tin. Add food coloring and paint away.

Spring Topiary Tree

Once your materials are gathered this project takes about an hour.

You will need: Topiary with Terri O
Foam base, any size
Container for decorative foam base, any variety
Wooden dowel, cut to desired length
Foam ball, any size
Silk flowers, any variety
Decorative items (i.e. small fruit, bees, etc.), optional
Tacky Glue
Wire cutters
Ribbon (optional)

1: Glue foam base to interior base of container.
2: Place a small amount of glue on one the end of dowel. Insert glued end of dowel into foam base.
3: Place a bead of glue on remaining end of wooden dowel. Push foam ball onto wooden dowel until dowel reaches approximately halfway up the foam ball.
4: Use wire cutters to clip stems of silk flowers to desired length.
5: Place a small amount of glue on the end of each flower stem; insert into foam ball. Repeat process until entire ball is filled with flowers.
6: Place glue on ends of decorative items; insert into foam ball.
7: Form ribbon into two bows; place glue on the backsides of the bows and position on either side of the wooden dowel.

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Are your ready to plant? Me too!

super simple gardening tips

Seed starter:

Use an old cupcake tin. Add cupcake paper and fill with WET soil. Plant your seeds and wait for them to sprout!

To test your soil:

1. Add about 1 cup of your soil to a container such as a glass mason jar

2. Add a 1/2 cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or gets fizzy like soda it’s alkaline.

If there is no reaction….

1. Add another cup of soil into another container.

2. Add a half cup of water and mix, then add a half cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzes your soil is acidic.

If your soil is acidic you can add wood ash or lime, if it’s alkaline add sulfur or pine needles.

Courtesy of:

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/gardening/ht/Soil_Test.htm

All natural Aphid spray:

1-2 tablespoons of dish soap to one gallon of water. Don’t spray in the hot sun!

Courtesy of:

http://houseplants.about.com/od/pests/a/Aphids.htm

Feed your indoor plants:

2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to one gallon of water. Water once a month. Epsom salt helps encourage growth!

Courtesy of:

http://gardening.about.com/od/organicgardenin1/f/Epsom_Salts.htm

Natural weed killer:

Sprinkle baking soda on weeds and around garden to keep weeds from spreading.

Courtesy of:

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/doityourself/qt/Weed_Killer.htm

Cheers to your green thumb! You can watch the video on Sonoran Living.

And… if you need more gardening, try out these links:

Container gardening

Garden in a bag

Whiskey barrel water garden

 

Handprint Tablecloth

This is a 30 minute project you can do with children.

You can make make shapes with the handprints or even place them in a pattern!

Make in the morning on a warm day super simple handprint table clothand you’ll be ready to set the table for dinner.

Materials Needed:

Tablecloth (Cotton blend works best.)
Plastic to put underneath tablecloth
Acrylic paint(s) — colors of your choice
Textile medium
Bowl
Sponge
Thin paintbrush (optional)

Step 1:

Iron tablecloth. Lay plastic underneath cloth to prevent paint from soaking through.

Step 2:

Mix paint and medium in bowl, following directions on textile medium bottle.

Step 3:

Use sponge to paint palm of hand. Spread fingers and press hand down firmly on tablecloth. Repeat with as many hands as you want.

Step 4:

If you want to, you can paint an edge around the hands using a small paintbrush.

Helpful Hints:

Make sure the paint is completely dry before storing or washing. If handprint is light, may want to paint over using a paintbrush.

Popsicle Puzzle

popsicle craft

Do you have little ones home for spring break? Here is an easy craft you can do with them that teaches fine motor skills in a super fun way.

The more popsicle sticks you have the bigger the color. You can often find a bag of 100 at the dollar store.

Makes a fun craft for a child’s birthday party.

Materials Needed:

7 or 8 popsickle sticks (The more you have, the bigger your puzzle.)
Tape
Markers

Step 1:

The more similar the sticks are in color, the better. Line them up and tape them down on each side.

Step 2:

Draw your design using markers (We made a multicolored star). TIP: Place a dot at the end of each stick along one side for an easier puzzle solution. If you want more of a challenge, skip the dots.

super simple puzzleHelpful Hints:

Popsickle sticks can be purchased at most craft stores for about $1.50 for 500. Unfortunately, they don’t include the popsickle part!