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How to create a colorful tray from a cheap picture frame

Posted in CREATE WITH ME
on August 3, 2017

A lively and colorful decorative tray couldn’t be simpler to create when you start with an inexpensive box picture frame! 

decorative tray

MAKE A DECORATIVE TRAY FROM A PICTURE FRAME

Using a decorative tray in your home decor is a super easy way to infuse style and color. And, with so many ways to use it, a tray is an economical choice as well! Here are some ways I’ve used trays in the past:

  • Turn an ottoman into a side table by adding a tray on top
  • Show off a favorite collection of items – plants, accents, pictures in frames – anything goes!
  • To corral bathroom or makeup items
  • Add flowers or plants for a fun centerpiece
  • As a serving tray – can’t forget that one

Sometimes, things are even more special when you can customize them. Today I’m showing you how you can make this versatile piece for under $!10.

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Even better, it’s time for another Create With Me challenge!  I skipped the month of June – just too much going on with my kids home for summer –  so I am extra excited to be back for the month of August.  You voted for our team to create with picture frames!  There are so many great projects you can create with picture frames, but one of my favorite things to do with a picture frame – precisely an inexpensive acrylic box frames – is to create fun and unique decorative trays!

oversized ottoman tray

Here’s what I used to create this fun, colorful tray:
  • An 11 x 14 acrylic box frame – I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but this is a great deal!
  • Nail polish in various colors, including clear
  • Navy blue high gloss acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Make your tray

    ottoman trays

  • 1.To create your tray, turn the box frame over, remove the “box” meant to hold the picture in place, turn it over, and voila – a tray!

  • 2. To make sure you get a crisp edge, add painters tape around the inside edge of the frame.

    3.Paint clear nail polish around the inside edge of the painter’s tape to minimize any seepage.

    4. Next, paint the bottom of your tray with your acrylic paint. Allow it to dry between coats.

    decorative ottoman tray

  • 5. Now it’s time to add some color! You can add any pattern you want with your nail polish – I went with a series of dashes alternating my colors. Allow your tray to drive for a full 24 hours before using it to give the nail polish a chance to cure.

    6. Style away!

decorative tray for coffee table

I love how mine turned out, and I can guarantee you’ll be seeing it around my home. Have you done a picture frame make-over? We’d love to see what you’ve come up with! Post your pictures to Instagram using the hashtag #createwithmeprojects!

 

diy decorative tray from picture frame

Now it’s time to vote for next month’s material! Take the survey below and tell us what you want to Create with Me for September – then let’s take a minute to figure out how we’re already talking about September!

Thanks so much to Samantha of Little Bits of Home for hosting such a fun challenge!

 

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How to Makeover a $1 vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, OUTSIDE
on June 6, 2017

A simple dollar store craft that takes a $1 vase from plain to wow with painted pineapples! Perfect for your summer home decor.

Dollar Store Craft: Summery Candle Holder with Pineapples

Yay! Yes, it’s the first Tuesday of June –  by the way, what?! how?! – which means it’s Create With Me time!

Our task for June was to show you our favorite dollar store DIYs and crafts! My take on the challenge: a candle holder makeover with pops of pretty pineapples, perfect for summer. …And, suddenly it’s as if I’m a star in Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Pretty Marvelous.

Be sure to read to the end of this post for more dollar store ideas and fun and of course, to place your vote for next month’s challenge!

You may remember back at Christmas when I created these monogrammed wine glasses using a method similar to the one below. I loved these glasses SO much and couldn’t wait to try the application again!

How to Makeover a $1 Vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples

 

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1.  All-purpose acrylic craft paint worked fine for this candle holder but if your project will use drinking glasses or other glass items that will often be washed use a water-based paint specially formulated for glass painting. When cured, it is top-shelf dishwasher safe.

You will need:

 

PREPARE GLASS SURFACE

2.  Wash your glassware in warm, soapy water to remove dirt, dust, and grease. When dry, use a paper towel dampened with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and wipe the outside of the glass to remove any residual soap film. Set aside and air dry for 10 – 15 minutes.

APPLY STENCIL OR PATTERN

3. My vase was all about whimsy, so I arranged my pineapple stencils in an irregular pattern, almost like polka dots. If you’re using a purchased stencil, cut out each pineapple from the stencils and apply them to the glass using a spray adhesive, arranging them until you’re happy with the pattern.

ADD PAINT

4. To paint, dip your brush into the paint and move the paint over the stencil. Add more paint as needed. Use two coats of each color – Decoart Americana Multi-surface Paint – Lemon Zest to the fruit and Decoart Americana Multi-surface Paint – Green Beret to the stem of the pineapple stencil.

LET DRY

5. You can dry your piece using one of the two methods: Air dry or oven dry. To air dry, allow the piece to dry for 21 days. Ain’t nobody got time for that! To speed up the process, place your glassware on a cookie sheet in a cold oven. Set the oven temperature to 350ºF and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off; let the glass cool completely in the oven before removing. Important: Glass must heat and cool gradually with the oven to avoid breakage. Be safe! 

CARE OF GLASS

6. Washing your item by hand in warm, soapy water, will prevent fading and ensure you can enjoy your painted glassware for years to come!

 

This little pineapple candle holder will be purely paradisiac on my deck table. Seeing it perks me right up – particularly on practically plain days, and puts a prompt smile on my face! #seewhatididthere

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More Dollar Store Makeovers

Huge thanks to Samantha from Little Bits of Home for putting together this fun challenge! Be sure to check out the other ideas for this month but before you go, be sure to vote for July!

Supply Photos via Amazon.com

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Tribal Painted Phone Case via Two Purple Couches

DIY Etched Glass Beer Mugs via My Life from Home

Watercolor Labels via Little Bits of Home

Vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples via Knock it Off Kim

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter via Making Joy and Pretty Things

DIY Copper Planter via A Purdy Little House

DIY Fourth of July Art via Our Crafty Mom

Industrial Bin via North Country Nest

 

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How to Make an Easy Boho Themed Centerpiece with Glass Jars

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, PARTIES
on May 2, 2017

Adding inexpensive mason jar pots of greenery and succulents to an easy DIY floral table runner takes a simple Boho themed table setting to the next level. Use this easy idea to wow your guests!

If you’re looking for a fast and cheap idea to set the mood for a boho themed table setting for a party or other event, perhaps you’ll find this idea helpful. To make things even easier for you, I’m sharing a free downloadable boho themed place card printable downloadable boho themed place card printable!

My daughter, K, celebrated her birthday last week. I’m one of those annoying parents that throw elaborate birthday parties every year. We don’t go crazy with gifts for our children – in my head; the party is my way of giving an experience or a memory.

But, this year, for the first time, K requested a “simple” party – a non-themed, uncomplicated sleepover. She’s a sweet girl – in so far as a teen can be – and did express concern for my head exploding over the lack of a theme.

My response

Pfft. I know how to do that about as well as Miss K knows why she rolls her teen eyes on an hourly (minute?) basis. And so, to preserve my head – I’m sure it would be rather embarrassing if my head did explode – we added a theme: Fun, Bohemian, but still simple, using florals, flamingo, and pineapple motifs.

I’ll share more details on the party later this month, but today, let’s talk about the Create with Me Challenge and glass jars!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a slew of inspirational ideas to decorate with glass jars and to vote for next month’s project! For myself, I used some old jars that I had around the house for our Boho themed table setting. You might think using jars for party decor is restricted to a country theme, but jars can also be romantic in other themes as well. Romance, eclectics, artistry all say Bohemian. Jars are also cheap, readily available, relaxed and effortless. Here is how you can use glass jars to arrange an enviable Boho style centerpiece.

Supplies

Plain glass jars (affiliate)
Aquarium gravel (affiliate)
Washi tape (affiliate)
Live succulents and cacti of both tall and short heights
Faux greenery garland
Faux flowers (affiliate)
Natural fiber or graphic table cloth (affiliates)

Directions

  1. Plant the taller succulents and cacti into the jars. Jars of varying shapes and textures can be fun and unique! Fill each jar halfway with aquarium rocks, then place your plants on top.
  2. Wrap the washi tape around the jar on the line between the rocks and the soil.
  3. Lay your table cover down.
  4. Lay out the greenery garland.
  5. Weave and scatter the flowers from one end of the garland to the other.
  6. Add the succulents and cacti to the garland, evenly staggering heights and jars throughout the arrangement.

Tips and Tricks 

You can also use fresh flowers – Look for large, open blooms and cottage or vintage buds. You can also use greenery clippings from your yard. I went with faux plants from the dollar store and cut the stems with sharp wire cutters, and found the garland at Michaels. Here (affiliate) is a similar grape leaf garland to what I used. I used a burlap runner – I liked the texture and the contrast against the softness of the flowers. Here (affiliate) is a similar table runner to what I used on our table.

Bright Bohemian Party Centerpiece

The final result left my head intact, my daughter’s eyes un-rolled, and provided a perfect setting for our boho themed table setting and centerpiece. Click here to download these adorable Boho Place Cards.

 

Here are more than a few other fun ideas for using glass jars in decorating!

Glass Jar Projects

Painted Glass Jar Vase via My Life from Home

DIY Stained Glass Look via Our Crafty Mom

Solar Mason Jar Lantern via North Country Nest

Bohemian Table Runner with Mason Jars via Knock it Off Kim

DIY Hanging Milk Jars via Making Joy and Pretty Things

Glass Laundry Detergent Dispensers via Little Bits of Home

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