Super Craft Saturday: Pallet / Reclaimed Wood

I found a free pallet on the side of the road so I loaded it up into my car.

I have some thoughts floating in my head of what I’d like to do, but I have yet to decide.

I looked at a lot of ideas online and found the following link with a lot of wood project ideas.

75 reclaimed wood projects

What would you do if you had a pallet or what have you done with a pallet? What is your favorite re-use project?

Edited–Super Craft Saturday: Sequin Wrapped Beads

To my subscribers: Please disregard my earlier post from tonight. I apologize for posting in error!

Many of my friends and family would consider me crafty. Although I can do and have done crafts, I do not think I’m more crafty than the next person, I’m just more open to learning new things.

If I see something in the store or online that is expensive to purchase, and I can see that it’s easily constructed, I’m apt to spend more money on the supplies to create my own version. Then if it goes well I will make more to give as gifts. And depending on how interesting the item is I will occasionally sell the item.

I do think of myself as artistic and I have moments of creativity. However, to make a craft, I do not think that one needs to be creative or have special skills. With all the projects and tutorials online (Uh, Hello Pinterest), crafts are a dime a dozen. Almost any craft I have ever completed has usually been inspired by someone else. Even if my project turns out a little differently.

More than anything, if I create or craft something, even if it is a replica of someone else’s project, I feel a sense of accomplishment. To me using my motor skills is therapeutic. Whether it be time consuming or a quick project, focusing my mind on the task at hand relieves a lot of stress and occupies my thoughts with creative energy and expression versus mundane daily tasks.

Some people have said “I don’t have the patience for that.” But if they were to actually try, they may be surprised.

I have never taken a jewelry making class, but reading a Martha Stewart tutorial for a project inspired me to make a necklace.

Here is the Martha Stewart tutorial if you are interested: Sequin-Wrapped Beads.

The next picture is my version. The cost of this project was very inexpensive and I ended up giving it to my BFF Tash, in Texas.

 

The only thing I had to buy for this project was the glue to attach the sequins and the wooden beads, I already had the sequins and ribbon. For the ends of the ribbon I used a lighter to burn the edges and seal them to prevent fraying.

I share my projects with friends and family not to brag or boast, but to hopefully inspire others to try something new.

What have you made with your hands lately?

 

 

Super Craft Saturday: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

One of my friends is hosting a dinner/fundraiser for the March of Dimes and she asked if I wanted to participate by donating an item to be auctioned off. Of course I jumped at the opportunity and started a wood sign project.

Today I’m sharing a short tutorial of how I made the sign.

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I glued 2 boards together and set them in place with a thin strip of wood that was cut in 1/2. Gorilla glue works every time!

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I spray painted the board white and then taped off the letters E A T. I was going to do this differently until I realized I could create them with tape because they have straight lines.

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I then painted each square a different color–this was just my preference.

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Because I used acrylic paint for the colors, when I removed the tape some of paint came off too which is fine because I wanted it to be more rustic.

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I then sanded the edges and scuffed up the sign to give it a worn look. And here’s the finished project.

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To tone down the white and make it look less new, I thinned out some tan acrylic paint with water and painted it over the whole sign, then wiped off most of it.

Once it dried I sprayed 2 clear coats to make a seal. I then added picture saw tooth hangers on the back. And lastly I glued on some silverware.

My inspiration came from a sign I saw on Pinterest from another blogger. Here is her Eat Sign.

Now I just need the drinking merry part…. Maybe just a drunken Mary? That sounds like a drink name. Ok maybe it’s just late and I need to go to bed!

See y’all tomorrow! 😉

Ang

Super Craft Saturday: Painting Furniture

One of my favorite craft projects was an old side table I painted and and stenciled.

Here’s the before pic:

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I removed the front handle and painted the table with a grey colored spray paint. Then I painted the handle with black spray paint. After it was dry I reattached the handle.

I then used a wooden wall hanging to trace the word “Laugh” on the table top–like this one:

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I filled it in with white acrylic paint.

And here’s the finished table.

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Super Craft Saturday: Handmade Wreaths

I have never been a fan of those Christmas wreaths. You know the green circles with a few ornaments or fake snow?

But last year I discovered a new trend that was so eye catching I had to learn about it. I researched, found different styles and searched for insider tips. I won’t say I’m an expert, but I have learned the methods of how to make deco mesh wreaths and I like it!

Deco Polymesh is a great sturdy material and is ideal for use in outdoor decorations. The mesh material is non-flammable and holds up well in different weather conditions. However, I don’t suggest you leave a deco mesh wreath out in a snowstorm or hurricane!

Here’s an example I made using deco mesh for this fall.

Today I’m also sharing a special project for my friend’s mom. My friend Amy asked me to design a wreath for her mom’s birthday. The theme is country and I was told she loves the combo of blue and red together.

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