Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Flower Clip Tutorial

Have you noticed these cuties for little girls? I figured out how to make them for about a quarter. That's right 25 cents. Pretty incredible I know!!! Forget making ribbon bows they take much longer and these turn out so much cutier.

You will need the following:

Flowers- I've found them at the dollar store, but this week they are even cheaper at Michaels. I got these bunches for 79 cents a piece this week!

Hair clips-Get them from a beauty store. I bought this 100 pack for 5 bucks!

Jewels--Michaels has a good selection, plus use the 40% off coupon for an even better deal.

HOT glue gun-this thing always burns me, but the other type won't stick the flower to the clip.

Now for the steps:

1. Pick apart a few flowers you think will go well together.

Keep the "bud" because now you are going to layer the petals back on the bud.I'll show you...

Use smaller petals first.
Add more layers...
and more...
and more..
untill you like the fullness.
Now sandwich the bud together. The front and back.

Like this...
Now carefully glue the jewel in the middle. Have an ice cube ready to relieve any dang burns!

Almost done!
Now use a little felt to glue the flower to the top of the clip.

I like to put some ribbon around the bottom of the clip to it's safe on baby's head.

Last enjoy all you creations. One you get it down you can make one in about 5 minutes. I'm due with a girl in about a week, and I can't wait to get these cuties on her!

The ribbon ones were fun, but took a lot longer and I don't think they look quite as good.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Coming out of hiding...

I feel like I'm coming out of hiding. Sorry I haven't been blogging lately, but to tell the truth I haven't done any remakes since last summer. I just finished a few projects and I thought I'd share with you a cute sconce set and giant key that I remade from the thrift store.


(Still haven't finished the middle flower hanger thingy)


Isn't it fun! These were super easy to create. I love the look of oil rubbed bronze, but I had a hard time figuring it out. I went from rubbing acrylic gold paint on black to buying "oil Rubbed Bronze" spray paint color. Then I tried this last method. It is the easiest and cheapest way to get the look. I will break down this method just for you!

1. Spray the item gold.

2. Lightly spray the item black or brown to desired look.

3. Let dry.

4. Spray with clear flat spray paint.

5. Done and done!

Super easy and super fast. Love it!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Junk Party

I know I'm a little late on this junk party, but I guess I just lost track of time. Well here's the update on the chairs. I really enjoyed this project and finished them in only two days. We have had a BBQ with them and my guests were very comfortable using these $1.00 chairs. Who woulda thunk?? Well here's the rundown of the entire transformation.

This is a close up of what kind of shape they were in before the transformation. As you can see there is paint spilled all over them. That was annoying to smooth out. I used steel wool to scrub it away.

This is just after I gave them a thorough washing. I took the chair pads off and set them aside to reupholster.

Added a coat of primer. I just had one can of primer so I had to make it last. I decided if I needed more I would just seal it with another coat when I was all done with the painting.

Okay I have to brag about this deal. If you are lucky your dollar store will get spray paint, and if you are really lucky you will get a brand name. Well I guess I was really, really lucky because I bought this BLACK KRYLON spray paint on 88 cent Tuesdays at my Honks Dollar Store. That's right people $0.88 for name brand spray paint.

Here's another tip for reupholstering outdoor furniture. Get an outdoor table cloth and use it at your fabric. I got this bag for $4.00 at Walmart.

Be sure you get the most for your money. Get the largest oblong shape. They all cost the same no matter the size, so get the largest amount and you will have enough vinyl to do a dozen chairs!

Darn birds! This chair was out only 15 minutes before it became the target.

To reupholster, I added a little more fluff and stapled the fabric tight around the edges. This was truly one of the easiest project I have completed. The hardest part was the painting, it always seems that is the hardest, but I can't complain for it only was $12.00 for these chairs! That's right $4.00 chairs, $4.00 paint, and $4.00 covers. Pretty great day I must say!

Isn't it just so cozy! They are just the right size for the table. If I didn't know any better I would have thought it was a set. SWEET!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Another outdoor chair remake!

Went to the thrift store yesterday and low and behold I found a set of outdoor chairs. They are really grungy and I could see people throwing these out to the dump, hence the price tag:

I'm so glad I found them. They are well made, without any of the feet missing, and they are very sturdy. They have been used as painting chairs I suspect, but I could see their potential, and for only one dollar, I could not just pass them by. I got four chairs for only four dollars.

And I'm thinking they will go nicely with this sitting area after I remake them. As soon as I am finished with the transformation I will post the after pictures. In the meantime check out Joys of Home's apartment transformation here. It is fantastic! Also join the party, it's going to be fun! Just click on the icon at the top of my blog and it will take you right to the junk party makeover.

Oh I am so giddy!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Lilacs and Updates

The lilacs are blooming and it just so happens that purple is my favorite color. This space needed an update with flowers, so a little pruning on the lilac bushes and...

A splash of color! Doesn't the space just look brighter? Now my home smells of a garden! Don't you just love my microwave in the corner? Just keepin' it real!
I love this space and it is so fun to change it up. I'll be sad when I have to throw these out, but the orange mini-rosebush is beginning to bud and orange will also be a great color for the space. Nothing beats a free update and bouquet of fresh cut flowers.

I wish I could send you the fragrance of a lilac bush! Summer is now just around the corner. I just love this time of year because it isn't too hot and we don't have frost every morning. I hope you all now want to get out there and do something outside!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What I've been dreaming of...

I love to garden, and this is hard as a renter. I live in the country, so I can have a garden and such, but it really isn't mine. Well I have started to change my attitude. I will be living here for probably another year, so I am trying to make my surroundings more enjoyable. Lately I have been redoing flower beds and and making a sitting area. I want to spend a lot of time outside this summer, and I want to enjoy what I'm looking at.
Today I was dreaming of a beautiful yard and new projects for me to conquer. I went to Better Home and Garden to look at all the beautiful pictures. This week is supposed to be beautiful so I know I will be working on the yard. Here are a few pics for you to enjoy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Finally a new post

So I know I haven't been blogging lately, but I've been keeping myself busy. This is what I have been up to lately...

Isn't it fun. Totally new chairs! Just think, these easily could be rotting at the dump right now!

Because this was such a huge transformation, I'm gonna give you the rundown. First I took them completely apart to see what I could do. Even after rusty screws, bugs, and spiders I saw the potential of the chairs.

I was kinda freaked out about how I would be able to reupholster them, until I saw these little claws. Now I wasn't sure how I was going to lift them out, but I was going to at least try.

The key was to push them from the front to the back with a pair of round nose pliers. I think I hear the birds singing!

Now I had to figure out how to hide those holes. I'm not a welder and duct tape wasn't going to cut it.

I went ahead and did the primer, and meanwhile went to the store to figure out what to do with those holes. I asked a person in hardware what they recommended, and they showed me a putty that is used for steel and metal. So I ended up putting it over the holes and letting it cure for about a day. I then took my power sander and let it work its' magic. Seeeeee the difference!

Look no holes!!!! Don't you love the fabric! Just perfect. I didn't want it to get too weathered, so here's a little tip:
Dollar Store vinyl shower curtain cut to cover the fabric!

I know your dying to know how much this cost me... the total was $6.00 for paint, $5.00 for metal putty, and $10.00 for fabric/vinyl. That's a total of $21.00 for two like new outdoor chairs! Happy Dance!!! The cushions were free cause I just used fluffy blankets that were going to go to the thrift store.

As a side note I found those pillow for clearance at $2.50 a piece, and if I get tired of them I can just used them as a pillow form for another pillow case!