B is for Betsy

So this isn’t a tutorial, I just wanted to share something that I made for my mom real quick. Her name is Betsy and her birthday is coming up, so I thought I’d make a little doodad for her to hang in her classroom! 

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(Sorry for the rough quality of the picture!)

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I’m really not sure how I feel about it though. I had this vision in my head but I think my outcome turned out to be a little on the tacky side. 

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If you’re curious, all I did was buy a letter “B” from Hobby Lobby and glue layers of scrapbook paper onto it. I also glued gold ribbon along the sides and glittery flowers for a nice accent. 

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Hopefully she’ll like it! (But she sort of has to…she’s a mom)

Melt my puppets, melt!

It’s been quite a long time since I last posted a project but I finally had enough time last night to make one that’s been on my to-do list for awhile! image

This is probably one of the cheapest and easiest projects a person can do! Not to mention, it looks great anywhere you put it AND makes a great gift. SO, let us get started shall we?

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What You’ll Need:

* Canvas (mine is 8”x10” but you can go smaller if you don’t want your crayons so spread out)

* Two packs of Crayola crayons

* Heating lamp (You can get them at any Walmart!)

* Glue

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The canvas and the crayons together cost about $6! The heating lamp was about $16 but I see it as an investment for future projects.

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Time to get started!

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First, take your first pack of crayons and line them up in the color scheme that you’ll want them to melt with on the canvas

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Now, tear off the wrappers of each crayon. Make sure ALL the paper is off, because the crayon won’t melt properly if not.

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After the wrappers are off, take your crayons one by one and glue them evenly onto the top of your canvas. It doesn’t matter if the glue melts while heating it, so don’t worry about getting something super strong!

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After this, take your heating lamp and plug it in! Make sure to have your canvas leaning on the wall at a good angle so that the drips will run fairly well. ALSO, make sure to have some newspaper at the bottom to catch whatever drips off the canvas. Start pointing the heating lamp at the first few crayons.

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At this point, you’re just playing the waiting game. You should be able to melt about three or so crayons at a time!

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After you melt all the crayons to your liking, take the second pack of crayons and glue them where the original ones were placed!

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And voila! You have a melted crayon project. As I said, it’s incredibly easy. The only difficult part is sitting for awhile having to melt ALL the crayons.

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Drunk Octopi Want to Fight You

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So, let’s start off today’s activities by just saying wow! I had an overwhelming response to my first post. Thanks for making me feel all fuzzy inside :)

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Today’s main event: KEY HOLDER! *loud applause*

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am notorious for losing my keys. I can waste up to thirty minutes trying to find them, only to have them located somewhere random…like under my mattress. So to save myself some precious time for when I head back to school, I made myself a handy dandy key holder!

Let’s get started shall we?

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Medium-large plaque of wood

Paint and paintbrush for application

Two pages of matching scrapbook paper (one for the background and one for the title)

Modge Podge and paintbrush for application

Somewhat large letter stickers

Key appliques (or whatever little cute things you think would add a nice pop to your piece)

Hot glue gun

Two hooks (or more depending on your number of keys) Mine look like drunk octopi :D

Drill

Screwdriver

Something to be able to hang it with (I’m only vague about this because I’m not sure what I’m going to hang it with it. I need to know if my apartment will allow me to put holes in their precious walls! Ticky tack may be my new best friend this semester).

I already had the Modge Podge, drill and screwdriver. But with the purchase of everything else, this project cost me a total of about $12! I got my hooks at Home Depot and the rest of my supplies from Michaels.

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1…2…3…GO!

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1. First thing I did when I got back was take out my wooden plank and sand it down a bit. Depending on what kind you get, it shouldn’t require much! I just sanded the edges a bit so it was smoother and rounded more on the sides.

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2. After it’s sanded down to your preference, it’s time to paint! I went into my garage and set it on some old newspaper. I’m working on a desk for my apartment (pictures coming soon!) so I had purposefully picked out some scrapbook paper that would match the purple paint I already had laying around. 

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3. Take your paint brush, dip it in your paint, and start painting your wood in even strokes and in one direction. This will give it a smooth texture. I only painted the front and the sides. The back will be facing the wall, so I didn’t waste my time with that.

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4. Wait about ten minutes or so for the first layer to dry completely. After it is completely dry, paint on another layer in even, smooth strokes. Wait for that to dry completely and then add two more layers using the same process. This should give the plaque an even coat!

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5. After your plank is completely dry, take your background piece of scrapbook paper and put it facedown. Then, put your plank facedown and trace it so that the scrapbook paper will be in the shape of you plaque. 

*Unfortunately, my plaque had a weird shape in the front which made it a little difficult to trace! My scrapbook paper doesn’t fit it perfectly, but you have to make mistakes to learn from them! :)

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6. After the paper is traced, cut it out. 

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7. Taking your plaque and your Modge Podge, apply Modge Podge to the front of the wood EVENLY and smoothly. This will keep the paper from wrinkling or having air bubbles underneath it. 

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8. Once the Modge Podge is applied, carefully lay your paper down. Make sure it lines up with the edge of your wood and is centered evenly! If you feel it’s not laying flat, take a credit card to smooth it out.

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9. Wait about thirty seconds for your paper to set in place and then take up your  Modge Podge again and apply an EVEN and smooth coat over the paper. The smoother you do it, the less textured it will dry out. Make sure it is completely dry before you start your next step. 

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10. Now, take your second piece of scrapbook paper and cut it into a rectangle. Mine is a little large because I wanted to be able to fit the keys in as a frame, but yours can variate depending on what sort of doodads you got and the size of your letters.  

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11. After cutting out your rectangle to your liking, apply some Modge Podge to the back of it (NOT on the board itself) evenly and smoothly. Then lay the paper onto your plank of wood. Make sure to leave enough room for your hooks at the bottom!

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12. After waiting for about thirty seconds for the Modge Podge to dry, apply some more on top of the paper you just laid down. Again, apply evenly and smoothly. I know I sound like a broken record but it’s important I promise! 

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13. After that has dried completely, take out your accessories to frame the paper! Since I used keys, I’ll just refer to those for this tutorial. I would suggest playing around with the placement of the keys before glueing anything down. 

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14. After deciding the placement of the keys, take the glue gun and glue down them in their correct places. Try to keep the amount of glue minimal so that it doesn’t ooze out when the key is pushed into place. 

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15. After your keys are firmly in place, it’s time for your letters! :D You can put your name or whatever you want. I personally decided to use the word “keys”…just in case anyone got confused about my holder’s function. Just place your letters in the center of the title page to whatever your liking!

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16. These next few steps are a little tricky, especially if you’re a little slow when it comes to power tools. Like me. But I had to man up and get it done since my father was out of town. So take the first hook and place it on the lower part of the plaque. Using the holes in the hook, mark where the hook will be drilled using a pencil.

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17. JUST A SIDE NOTE, if the information that comes from me next is not correct, I apologize. I’m not power tool savvy so I had to get creative with what works :) SO, I took the drill and made a small hole in the first marking that I made for the hooks. Once it was a bit deep, I took the hook and the first screw and screwed it in with a screwdriver until it fit tightly. Do this again for the second marking.

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18. After your first hook is firmly in place, take the second one and repeat the same steps as you did for the first.

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Now you have a sturdy key holder! Use whatever you want to hang it with. I personally will probably be using a large amount of ticky tack.

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IN OTHER NEWS, I’m moving into my apartment Saturday so I will probably end up posting pictures as soon as it’s all dolled up! Also, I’m working on a new project right now. Here are some hints: scrapbook paper, Modge Podge, and FOAM BOARD. Sounds exciting, no? It’ll be a super cheap and easy way to have a pop of decor in your home. 

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Until then, goodbye my darlings.

Let’s talk coasters.

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Usually, such a thing is overlooked when furnishing a brand new apartment but I happened to stumble onto a tutorial online about some really neat “paint sample coasters”! I couldn’t resist. I mean, what’s better for an art student’s apartment? 

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What you’ll need:

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5 square blocks of wood

5 large paint samples

Modge Podge

Paintbrush (for applying the Modge Podge)

Ruler

Scissors

OPTIONAL (but highly recommended): Water sealant for that extra protection

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A lot of my supplies were bought at Michaels. Since I already had all the supplies except for the paint samples and wood blocks, this project only cost me about $7.00.

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Now let’s get started!

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1. First, I bought some square pieces of wood from Michaels. After my purchase, I took a trip to Home Depot to pick some color samples! You can also find color samples at Lowe’s, Sherwin Williams, Walmart, or anywhere that paint can be bought basically. Make sure your samples are larger than your blocks of wood.

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2. After I got home, I started my project by sanding my blocks of wood. While the fronts and backs were smooth, the sides were rough and unideal for coasters. So I sanded the sides smooth and rounded the edges a bit for a rounder, softer feel.

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3. After sanding all of my squares, I grabbed my first paint sample and traced the first piece of wood onto the back of it. I purposefully placed the tracing so that when I cut it, the names of the paint would show. Do this for each piece of wood and paint sample.

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4. After everything is traced, cut out your new pieces of paint sample. They should fit comfortably over the front of the wooden squares. 

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5. Now it’s time to bring in the Modge Podge! Take your first piece of wood and EVENLY apply Modge Podge to the front of it with your brush. After applying a nice amount, take your first paint sample square and carefully place it on the wood. Make sure it is centered and applied smoothly so that there are no air bubbles or wrinkles in the paper. 

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6. Wait for about 30 seconds-1 minute for the glue to dry enough, and then apply some more Modge Podge EVENLY on top of the paint sample. This will give it a nice gloss. Make sure to apply it evenly or it will dry textured. After the layer is applied, set this piece aside until it dries.

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7. Repeat these steps for the other four coasters.

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8. After the first layers of Modge Podge are applied to all the coasters, go back to the first one and add a second layer. When this is done, repeat for the other four coasters. Do this again and again until there is a nice protective layer of Modge Podge over the paint sample.

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When all coasters have enough layers and are completely dry, apply your water sealant so that they have extra protection against condensation and all that jazz.

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So there ya go! You are now the proud owner of some very lovely coasters.


I believe introductions are in order.

My name is Chelsea and I’m addicted to crafts.

But a little about me first. I’m a sophomore at Texas State University as a graphic design major. I love drawing, painting, graphic design, and most of all CRAFTING.

I’m hoping to use this little blog as an outlet to my crafting needs. I can post my favorite crafts that I find online and also show what happened when I tried my hand at them!