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)
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

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
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
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
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.

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
2 3-inch rollers
Paint pan (small)
Fabric paint (acrylic, 2 oz.) 3 bottles orange, 3 fuschia, 1 silver
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.

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.

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All natural Aphid spray:

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

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Feed your indoor plants:

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

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Natural weed killer:

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

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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