Mod Podged Coasters

This is a super simple mod podge project. I found glass candle bases at an overstock store. I mod podged the paper to the underside, and let it show through. On the very bottom I did a very generous coat of the mod podge in case of any spills. I didn’t do it for these ones, but a felt piece glued to the bottom would make a nice addition to the project, to further protect your tables.

Stolen Goods: Super Quick Tutorials

I don’t need much direction when it comes to reading other people’s tutorials. Usually. I see a picture or something in the store and try to copy it when I get home. So here are some pictures from the last few things I have done.


My (Super Quick) Pumpkin Jar Tutorial:
1. Mix food coloring with mod podge
2. Paint on jars
3. Cut out paper faces and mod podge
4. Let dry and add ribbon
5. Put candle inside and light 🙂


(Yes my craft room is constantly messy, fooled you right?!?)


My (Super Quick) Pennant tutorial:
1. Cut and Zig-Zag stitch Traingles
2. Sew to ribbon

Getting Dirty with Mod Podge- Glass and Yarn Art

I wanted to play with my new bottle of mod podge, so here’s what I made.

Cut out all of your pieces of yarn first.

Paint a layer of mod podge around the entire glass. Then dip them in modpodge ( I put mine on a paper plate to the side, you don’t want random yarn fibers hanging out in the mod podge canister later) and stick them on your glass. The mod podge makes a nice clear texture So you want it to be textured all over.

That’s it! Now I have some funky labeled jars in my bathroom instead of just plain ones. Have fun crafting!

Meal Planning Made Cute


I’ve been seeing these cute meal planner boards all over the blogosphere and in stores. I wanted one, so after my intense yard sales day I found a frame to use. This would make a great Christmas Gift Idea for those of you planning Christmas early.

I forgot a before picture so this was after one coat of cherry stain. I found the stain in a small 2 ounce bottle on clearance at Wal-mart. I bought it because it was only 50 cents and we needed to cover up some scratches from moving our table.

The frame was much too light to match our kitchen so I brushed on about 5 coats of stain. I then brushed the edges with a stiff brush to make them look a little bit darker. I did this to the crease also. Distressing the frame would work well here too, but I wanted to save myself a step.

My husband came home right after I had finished painting the frame and wanted it for his office. Good thing I bought 2 frames!

In between coats of paint I worked on the paper arrangement. I chose to layer the butterfly paper in the back, the strip of tan textured paper on the left and a title of the leafy accent scrapbook paper. This could be done to look amazing in a million different ways.

I created the printed Jamer’s Dinner Menu on Adobe Photoshop. The question of the day was, If you were a restaurant what font would you be? I figured we would most likely be a steakhouse. My husband was teasing me, we have a western room (the guest bedroom, not the kitchen) and thought I was going to put it in there instead of the kitchen. You can buy the printed design on my etsy or order a custom one if you don’t want to make your own.

I used scrapbooking tape to arrange all the paper against the backing of the frame, and cut and pinned the vellum down with a brad in each corner. I even mod podged my marker to look cute.


I have it standing on a metal picture frame holder now, I might try some super duty magnets later. Now I can be organized in my kitchen and it’s cute! If you want one already finished for you, click here.

Dad's Old Magazines- Refridgerator Magnets

My dad was having a hard time throwing away his old magazines, so he felt better giving them to me. They were going out the next recycling day, but I decided to cut them up and make some word magnets from them. His magazines were all too ‘manly’ and it was hard trying to find words that weren’t “appliances”, “powerful”, or “software”.

First, gather all of your supplies. You will need magazines, magnets (those ones businesses give out to advertise and are stuck on your phone book), glass gems (mine were bought at the dollar tree craft section), scissors for paper, scissors for cutting the magnets, mod podge, and a paintbrush.

Next, you can start looking for words. Try to find a good selection of words, plenty of adjectives, verbs, nouns and pronouns. Think of how you would make sentences with these. Measure with an average sized gem to see how your word will look with it.


If you are using the free magnets from your phone book or from other businesses it helps to peel the advertisement part from the magnet. It usually leaves the white paper stuck to it, but that looks like a better background than the ad for your smaller words.


Once you find plenty of words its time to start getting messy. Dip your paintbrush in the mod podge and paint the flat side of the gem. Then stick the word onto the gem so that you only see the backside of the word. Paint over the word, and then stick the gem plus the word onto your magnet. Cut out around the magnet and then you can let your finished magnet dry.

It’s important to cover the whole back of the gem with the magnet or else it won’t be strong enough to stick to your fridge. Also, make sure that you don’t use too thick of paper, it can also make the magnet too heavy. If you don’t want to worry about it, buy some magnetic tape or magnets from the craft store.

Now you have a whole set of cute word magnets and you can leave fun (or funny!) messages on your fridge (or magnet board…. tutorial still to come!) Here’s my listing on etsy.com if you would rather me make these for you. Special orders are available. Thanks for reading!

WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE -Poster Frame Mirror

We saw this idea at a trading post near the Grand Canyon and it was a super cute idea. I may be a little biased but I think mine looks much better, it’s a little less trading-posty/cheesy. I made it for our cowboy themed spare bedroom, but since then it has turned into a nursery.

Materials:
Plywood
Mirror
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Cardstock (or stencils)
Tacky Glue
Hot Glue
Leather Cord
Frame Back

Directions:
1. If the plywood isn’t cut to the size you want, have it cut at the store or cut it at home. I had my husband do it, he’s the best!

2. Use a few browns to paint it like wood. I had a few helpers and we all just swiped brown up and down in random places until it was covered.

3. Make stencils for the words using cardstock or thin cardboard (think: cereal box). Make sure that you don’t cut out the negative spaces. If you don’t want to make stencils, they can be found in home improvement stores and craft stores.

4. Using a sponge brush or a stenciling brush and dab paint onto the stencils. For more on stenciling check out this post here on how I stenciled charger plates.

5. After all the paint is dry, glue your mirror onto the plywood using tacky glue or some sort of super glue.

6. Using hot glue, put the leather cord around the edges of the mirror.

7. Finally, add a frame back and hang on the wall.

That’s all folks! I loved mine, but we decided against having a cowboy room in the house once we did the nursery so my sign was sold for way too little at a yard sale. Hopefully it is well loved and that the one you make will be well loved too!