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Today’s DIY post is simple, yet oh so striking (and cheap, which I love!)

These bottles are jazzed up using a hot glue gun, and some spray paint.  Just find some old bottles from the recycling, scrub them clean and get the glue gun hot.  Make sure to not mess the hot glue on the jar (something I would do!), because it could look quite messy.

I love how striking, yet simple the one word ‘Love’ is on this bottle.  Once a word is written on the bottle and is dry, use spray paint to quickly paint the jar.  I love how this one uses a paint with a pearl finish-very elegant.  By using spray paint, it will go much quicker than applying paint with a brush and will not cause any lumpy bits to form around the word.

You could use these jars just as decor around your home (in groups of different sizes/colours), or as vases or even as table decor.  The opportunities are limitless.

Thanks to Buzzfeed for this great idea.

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in DIY

 

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Gold leaf vases & bowls for a uber luxury look

I found this article in the latest Ideas Magazine and it inspired me to get creative.  I have never heard of gold leafing before, but I’m giving it a try this week.  The difference between this technique and say, just painting gold paint onto an object, from what I’ve discovered, is that this creates a look much more alike to real gold, whereas gold paint will most likely have streaks and still look like paint.

It is similar in technique to decoupage-you paint a thin layer of glue onto the object, wait for it to get a bit sticky and then gently place a piece of the gold paper onto the glue.  You can finish it off with a coat of varnish as an optional extra.

The Deckle Edge sell gold leaf at R65 for 25 14cm x 14cm sheets.  Apparently you don’t need to buy the glue, you can just use diluted cold/wood glue.

In the article, one great idea which they had was to paper mache bowls and then gold leaf the inside of the bowl, while painting the outside of the bowl another colour (they used black and white).  To paper mache bowls, all you have to do is blow up a balloon, cut out and stick the bottom of a polystyrene cup onto the top of the balloon (for a base), and use diluted wood glue to stick layer after layer of newspaper around the top of the balloon & polystyrene base.  It’s easiest if you rest the balloon upside down in a mug so it stays put.

I’m in the process of making my paper mache bowls at the moment…hopefully a post next week will be my finished products!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in DIY, Miscellaneous

 

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DIY jug

I cannot take credit at all for today’s post, my wonderful friend Tiffini Mylroie made it for me as a Christmas present last year.  After a couple of years of spending lots of money buying Christmas presents for each other which weren’t particularly memorable, three of us decided to make each other Christmas presents.  So each December holiday we all frantically get crafty, and I have to admit that both of my friends always far outdo my creativity!

Tiffini bought the jug, and used a crackle effect decoupage, as well as hand-painted the black flower design onto the outside of the jug.  She followed this off with a light coat of varnish.  I love using it to put a bunch of red roses in-very striking!

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in DIY, Miscellaneous

 

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