Friday, April 15, 2011

Decoupage Map Trash Can

The kids bath has a map theme and the boring white plastic trash can was really getting on my nerves. Since we now live in the DMV area I thought covering the trash can with a map of D.C would be fun.  I'd never worked with decoupage before so this is my inaugural project!

Here's what you need...

I cut out specific landmarks such as the national monuments that I wanted to be clearly displayed and adhered them first...

The next step is sort of like doing a puzzle where you actually cut the peices to fit. The "Roseanne" puzzle. If you never saw that episode it's a hoot!

Here is the final product after filling in all the gaps and giving it three coats of decoupage...

**Tip- Inbetween coats of decoupage, wrap your paint brush in plastic wrap. This will prevent the glue from drying and the brush from getting hard.**

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Thread Wrapped Easter Eggs

While searching "the mother land", aka I came across thread wrapped Easter eggs. While they were beautiful and elegant they were a little too fancy for my taste. After all, I'm a casual gal. I decided to search the wide world of blogging to see if anyone else had their take on these little thread wrapped darlings. In my search I found  a blog with brightly colored eggs that I loved! Unfortunately she didn't provide a tutorial so after a few takes I came up with my own tutorial and here it is...

Hot glue your thread to the top of your egg,

Paint the craft glue onto your egg and tightly wrap the thread,

Continue to tightly wrap the thread eliminating any gaps in between colors