Use Shimmering Vases to Create Ambience in a Room

Terri_O_makes_antique_looking_vasesThese vases take just moments to create and they glow beautifully!

This project is perfect to create some ambiance for any occasion. The technique I am using is to give the glass an antique look. It’s super simple and you can create any color you like.
IKEA offers many sizes and styles of glass vases. I choose three different heights.

Glass vases:
Large Cylinder skew # 602-233-28
Medium vase (Bladet ) skew # 301-221-99
Small vase (Bladet) skew  #601-505-31
Small push lights skew # 802-448-67

In order to create the antique look you will need:
1 part vinegar 3 parts water in a spray bottle
For paint I used Krylon Looking glass for silver mirror look and gold

To create the antique look:
1.    First clean the inside to remove dust.
2.    Lightly spritz inside of vase then quickly spray paint the inside. Be careful to not over spray. Less is better! Let dry.
3.    Place push lights at the bottom of the vase. Enjoy!

Watch the how-to video on Sonoran Living.

IKEA
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DIY Name Sign with Cardboard and Yarn

 

teenage room decor TerriO

 

Decorate your room with your name on the cheap! I found some cardboard boxes in the back of a truck headed for the junkyard. So I saved them, cut them up and turned them into wall art. Here is what you need:

Yarn
Exacto knife
Cardboard
Marker
Glue or glue gun

I used a ruler to help gauge the size of my letters. I wanted them to be fairly uniform in shape. Simply glue one end of the yarn to the cardboard and wrap it. If the letter has a hole in it like the letter A, simply cut out one side and bend it back. This way you won’t have to push your yarn through a hole which will take forever! After Noon on 8-14-14 you can watch the segment on Sonoran Living to see for yourself.

 

Simple Way to Make a Mosaic of Vacation Photos

Want to display your family vacation photos in a geometric way?

Here’s a super simple  technique for a scrapbook page or an interesting photo collage in a large frame that you will be excited to show off to family and friends!

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Before you decide what to do with your photos I suggest you make copies if you don’t have them on a drive. Some of my older photos I actually had to develop! Remember those days? So before you cut or glue double check to make sure you have other copies.

To make the mosaic design here are a few tips:
1. Try to tell the story. Just pick a few pictures as your centerpiece then add other photos around them to help expand on that photo.
2. Don’t throw away all of those photos that did not turn out, you can use them to cut up as fill.
3. Use a non-water based glue. I prefer to use Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner.
4. Glue you pictures to a hard surface such as heavy duty card stock or even colored cardboard.

To make the shadow box I picked my favorite photo and added some shells inside the frame. Remember you can use anything like ticket stubs, hotel napkins, event programs and so on.
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Decorative Corkboards

This is a super simple way to create a memo board for a bedroom or family message station.

cork memo board Terri O

You can buy packages of 12×12 corkboards at Target or Wal-Mart. These boards can be painted and glued. I suggest doubling them up because they are very thin.

Supplies I used to decorate them:
Stencils
Trim
Peel and stick rhinestones
Stamps
Flowers

Simply Beautiful Faux Raku Vase to Make

Terri Ouelette simple raku vase

Isn’t this stunning? I made these vases and so can you!

My hats are off to potters who mold clay and hand-fire in raku style, but I do love the simplicity of this technique to get a similar effect with the copper and eggplant hues.

Are you ready?

Good, let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

Block of black Premo clay (made by Sculpey)
Wax or cardboard paper
Various shades of Pearl Ex
Hand-crank pasta maker (DO NOT use machine to make pasta after working with Sculpey clay!)
Glass vase
Plastic knife
Fine-grit sandpaper

Step 1:

Slice a thin piece of Sculpey clay and feed through pasta machine. This should give you a nice, flat piece of clay to work with.

Step 2:

Pour out a small amount of Pearl Ex powder onto working space. Use your fingers and spread one color (or several) at a time over your black clay. The more colors you use, the prettier your piece will be! Overlap colors — get creative!

Step 3:

Once your clay is pretty well coated, you can start ripping small sections off and place them onto your vase. Leave jagged edges; overlap your clay — whatever helps give it texture. Repeat until vase is completely covered. (You may also want to cover the inside lip of the vase as well.)

Step 4:

For additional texture, use a piece of fine-grit sandpaper and go around your vase, gently pressing your clay down.

Step 5:

Place vase on a cookie sheet and bake according to directions.

 

Let Your Light Shine -Painted Light Bulb Craft

Oh! This craft is so much fun!

Great project for older “tweens”.

Super Simple with Terri O

Materials Needed:

Low-wattage light bulb (40 watts or less)
Porcelain Paint

Step 1:

Using the porcelain paint, choose a design and paint it on the light bulb. You can use several different colors if you want to.

Step 2:

Do not paint the metal part of the light bulb.

Step 3:

Do not bake the light bulbs in the oven, even if the porcelain paint says to in the instructions.

Step 4:

Let dry for 24 hours. Put in a lamp and let it bake on its own.

Age a Wheelbarrow

Need to age a wheel barrow for a planter and can’t find one at a yard sale or vintage shop?

Here’s how you do it!

Super Simple with Terri O

Materials Needed:

Brand-new metal wheelbarrow
Synthetic bristle paintbrush
#80 grit sandpaper or block
Modern Options Primo Primer
Modern Options Iron Metallic Surfacer (dark gray)
Modern Options Iron Metallic Surfacer (rusting solution)
Stripper (for wooden handles)
Gray stain (for handles)
Grinding wheel (to de-nub tire)
McCloskey’s Aging Glaze Asphatum (used to make color uneven)
Gloves
Newpaper (to protect work surface)

Step 1:

Take wheelbarrow apart (remove tire, handlebars, etc.)

Step 2:

Lightly sand metal portion of wheelbarrow. Apply two coats of primer (using a disposable brush).

Step 3:

Apply one coat of the metallic surfacer in dark gray. Let dry 2 hours. Apply a second coat. Let cure for 24 hours. (Don’t forget the tire! Use the grinding wheel to “de-nub” the tire to make it look a little more worn.)

Step 4:

Now it’s time for the rusting solution. Apply a generous coat, using downward strokes. You should see the metal start to “age” within about 10 minutes. For a more rustic look, apply a second “overlap” coat.

Step 5:

If you’d like to age the handles as well, strip the varnish off the wood and stain with a dark gray stainer. Apply aging gel over that.

Happy Spring Duck Sign

You need to be able to draw simple shapes to craft this project: Half an egg, a banner and a ducks head and eyes.

Here is the duck bill: (right click to download)

duck bill

Materials Needed:

Fun Foam, white, yellow, orange, magenta, light green and light blue
Dimensional paints, shiny mint green, shiny yellow, shiny black, pearlescent pink, pearlescent white
Tracing paper
1 10-inch wire
2 5-inch wires
Pen
Scissors
Glue

Step 1:Super Simple with Terri O

Trace, transfer and cut out the pieces from the indicated foam colors (See pattern).

Step 2:

Use a pen to outline the duck, bill, egg, flowers, leaves and banner.

Step 3:

Use black paint to dot the eyes. Use pink paint to dot the flower centers, outline and detail the bow and draw the banner flower. Use green paint to letter “HaPpY SpRiNG” on the banner. Use yellow paint to dot the banner flower center. Use white paint to decorate the banner with dots. Add a tiny white dot in the yellow flower center. Let dry.

Step 4:

Glue the egg and bill to the duck. Glue the bow to the egg top.

Step 5:

Glue the flowers in a cluster in the egg center with three leaves on each side.

Step 6:

Use the 10-inch wire to make a wire hanger from end to end of the banner top. Use the 5-inch wires to attach the top bow corners to the lower banner corners.

Windsock Bunny DIY in 30 minutes

Rabbits, bunnies, and hares, oh my! Whatever you call them, they are awfully cute.

And they can run at speeds up to 18 mph. That might be a bit windy for this sock, so put it where the breezes blow.

Perfect for Easter and spring!

Materials Needed:Terri O bunny wind sock

1 sheet light pink fibre craft foam
1 sheet white fibre craft foam
Westrim Fun Foam, blue, orange and black
3 pink pipe cleaners
2 1-inch white pompoms
Pink and white crepe paper
Aleene’s tacky glue
1-1/2 inch button
1 yard string, yarn or ribbon, for hanger
Ruler
Pencil
Scissors
Stapler
Hole punch

Step 1:

Cut blue foam in half lengthwise to ensure straight cuts.

Step 2:

Cut out white headpiece and place head about halfway over 1 blue strip; glue to secure.

Step 3:

Trace 2 ears onto pink foam, cut out and glue to front side of each white ear.

Step 4:

Hold 3 pink pipe cleaners together and twist in middle to form whiskers. Staple twisted area of whiskers to lower half of white head piece, centered between ears.

Step 5:

Trace nose onto orange foam, cut out and glue to center of whiskers. Trace eye pattern twice onto black foam, cut out and glue above nose.

Step 6:

Glue 2 pompoms right next to each other under nose.

Step 7:

Trace bow tie pattern onto pink foam, cut out and glue to center of blue foam beneath face. Glue button to center of bow tie.

Step 8:

Cut 6 pink and 6 white 1-yard lengths of crepe paper. Alternating colors, glue to bottom edge of blue foam on reverse side.

Step 9:

Wrap blue and white foam around to form a tube; staple edges together to secure.

Step 10:

Punch a hole on each side of bunny head at top, just behind ears, about 1/4 inch down. Tie ends of string, yarn or ribbon through holes for a hanger. If desired, when ears have dried, curl them forward around finger to shape.

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.