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cutting a tshirt 15 comments
For my birthday one year, me and my husband went to a video game midnight release party for the Xbox One. I got a t-shirt as a door prize and guess what? The date, my birthday, was printed on the arm. I decided to make something special out of this tee. Here’s how I did it: First, I folded the t-shirt into thirds. Then, I cut 1/2 inch slits along the folds. I unfolded the shirt and stretched it to make the edges of the slits curl.   Finally, I folded the sleeves and cut them, too. Yup, that’s my birthday! […]

How to Cut an Awesome Web T-Shirt


Rug made out of a waterhose 47 comments
I needed a cute little outdoor rug to add some color to my hammock area. Luckily, we were about to throw out an old hose. I snatched it out of the trash and went to work. With just some zip ties and spray paint I was able to get just the look I wanted. Basically, all you do is coil the hose around itself and use zip ties to secure one coil to the next. While you coil, make sure that the ends of all of the zip ties are on one side. The side with the ends will be […]

How to Make an Outdoor Rug with a Water Hose


thrift store birdbath
Recently, we remodeled our bathroom.  We were left with a sink with an old sink from the demo. We tried to give the old sink away, but no one needed it, so I decided to turn it into a birdbath. First, I removed the sink from the pedestal. Then, I buried about 4 inches of it to make it stable.   I ran to the local Goodwill and grabbed some old dishes to use in my birdbath. I ended up getting a serving platter, a smaller plastic tray, a pretty glass and a little crystal bowl. It all cost me […]

How to Make a Birdbath out of Junk



vintage decorating 21 comments
Originally published April 16, 2014 The wall in my dining room was boring when you compared it to the rest of my home. I had to do something with it. I’ve always like the look of old, vintage prints. I remember my grandma had a tea pitcher with vintage ads printed on it. I loved looking at it while drinking a tall glass of sweet tea (Oklahoma, yall!). A few years ago, I rescued this old book from a 100-year-old farmhouse that was being torn down. (I got this cabinet in the same house!) Here’s my hubby tearing down the […]

Awesome Inexpensive Vintage Wallpaper Using Books


Solo Cup Craft 58 comments
My daughter bought a plant terrarium kit at Hobby Lobby and loved it, so we made our own at home. Here’s how we did it. First, poke holes in the bottom of the cup using a nail. Then, fill the cup with soil and add a seed or small plant. Tape another cup on top the cup containing the plant to form a dome. Then poke holes in the top using a nail.   When it rains, little drops of water will drip into the terrarium and excess water will go out of the bottom.

Homemade Plant Terrarium: Solo Cup Craft


wall hanging using hobby lobby decoration
My friend Josh is planning on moving, so we have been scouting Hobby Lobby’s clearance isles for decorations. His theme for the living room is “autumn” so we were looking to snatch up anything we could use to give the feel of a sunny October afternoon. Low and behold, we found this metal wall decoration: And it was half-off! It was leaves, but it wasn’t fall leaves. I assured Josh that I could jazz it up with some paint so he snatched it up. At home, I broke out some acrylic paints in fall colors and got to work. First, […]

How to Transform a Hobby Lobby Clearance Item



homemade milk glass 20 comments
Follow my blog with Bloglovin I like to store things in Mason jars, but sometimes the things I store in them are ugly. The answer? I made faux milk glass using nothing more than household paint. The results are pretty and concealing at the same time. First, you pour about a cup of household paint into a clean Mason jar. Then, you rotate the jar to coat the inside of the jar with the paint. Once the inside is fully coated, pour out the rest of the paint. Let the jar dry over night and bam! Milk glass.  To learn more about […]

Mason Jar Crafts: How to Make Homemade Milk Glass


I just did a DIY for CNET that I think you’ll love! You’ve probably seen cloud lamps floating around Pinterest, well I figured out a simple way to make one in less than an hour. Here are the instructions for making a cloud lamp. Bonus tip: If you use an LED light that can change colors your cloud can have a bunch of different dreamy effects. Here are some photos of my finished lamp:

How to Make a Cloud Lamp


easter wreath DIY 68 comments
This year, I wanted to do something a little different for our Easter wreath. My kids are a little older, so I decided to use all of their old plastic eggs to make a wreath. I wanted to something different with the base, too, so I made a wreath form from a shipping box. Take a look: First, I folded down all of the flaps of the box. It looked like this when I was done: There was a crevasse area from the flaps… So I filled it with Easter grass: Then I hot glued Easter grass all over the […]

DIY Plastic Egg Wreath for Easter



How to add straps to shoes
I just bought a pair of flats that I love, but the straps were too small. So, I cut the straps off, but then the flats wouldn’t stay on my feet. You are going to love my solution. You can do this to any pair of flats that you have laying around the house and it looks great! Plus, it is super easy to do. Here’s how I did it: You’ll need ribbon and a yarn needle. Cut the ribbon at an angle so that it with thread the needle. Also, cut the old straps off of the flats. Poke […]

Update Your Flats in 10 Minutes DIY


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You may already know that I’m an artist. I run Art Questions Answered and do illustrations for books and magazines. Sometimes I like to experiment with new mediums. This time, I used metal that I found on the side of the road, in my junk drawer and laying around the house. You can make metal art, too. There’s no welding involved. All you need is some E-6000 glue and a canvas.  Take a look at my process:

Recycled Metal Art Anyone Can Do





crochet a tshirt rug 17 comments
I hate to throw anything away, so you can imagine how happy I was when I realized that you could make yarn out of old t-shirts! I was even happier when I realized you can crochet rugs with t-shirt yarn. Here’s how you can do it, too!  How to Make T-Shirt Yarn Making t-shirt yarn is super easy. I like to do it while I watch television at night. 1. Cut your t-shirt in a circle. Take a look at the illustration. You simply start cutting and go around and around the tee until you get to the armpits. Easy-peasy. 2. […]

How to Make a T-Shirt Rug


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I drink wine and think the bottles are so pretty. I have rows of colored glass bottles in my living room windows (take a look, below), but I wanted to go a step further.I saw a liquid soap dispenser on Pinterest made from a Jack Daniels bottle and figured I could do the same with a wine bottle. I picked a pretty green one and topped it with a pump saved from an old bottle of lotion. Here is how to make the Bottle Top Mirror.

Wine Bottle Soap Dispenser Craft



how to make art with grout 55 comments
After redoing my kitchen’s backsplash, I had a lot of grout left over. I ended up using it to make some wall art for my bathroom as part of my bathroom makeover. Here’s how I did it: First, I taped a piece of cardboard to the back of a picture frame using Frog Tape. Masking tape would work, too. I picked an old, weathered frame for my wall art. Next, I flipped the frame over and filled it with grout using a putty knife. Make sure to get the grout right up to the edge of the frame. This is what […]

Super Cool DIY Wall Art Using Grout


This post is a simple and quick solution to stuffed animal storage. Screw a cup hook into the wall, latch a canvas bag onto the hook and plop stuffed animals into the bag. Here’s how it ended up looking in my daughter’s room:As you can see, I hung up a large stuffed animal (with thumb tacks) beside the bag so that it looks like the plushie is holding the bag. Fun right? If you hang the bag low enough, your child can snag their favorite animal from the canvas bag anytime they like.

DIY Stuffed Animal Organizer


Today I want to share with you a wall treatment I came up with. As a kid I used to do potato prints on paper to make homemade wrapping paper. Well, now I’m doing it on my walls. Pretty funky cool, huh?That design was made by:  Cutting a potato in half, long-wise Cutting the pieces in half again Sticking a plastic fork into the back of a potato piece so it is easier to hold Dipping the potato piece into house paint Sticking the potato on the wall over and over again It turned out pretty nice, huh? This is one wall in my […]

DIY Potato Painting Wall Treatment



DIY Lampshade 63 comments
This is a super quick craft for anyone that wants to change an old lampshade in a snap. My daughter grew out of this beautiful skirt, but I couldn’t give it away. I noticed that it is about the same size as the lampshade on my floor lamp and it color coordinated with my living room. Hahza!All I did was run a bead of hot glue around the top of the shade’s frame (I didn’t remove the old fabric) and then stuck the waistband to the frame. The skirt was a little bigger than the frame, so I pinched the waistband every […]

Amazeballs Lampshade DIY Using a Skirt


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How did I cover the tear without sewing? I used decoupage! Yep, that’s paper on there, not cloth.First, I tore a page from a quilting calendar that I have been saving since a press trip to Helena, Montana in 2008.I balled up the calendar page over and over again until it was soft like fabric. Then, I just glued pieces of the page to the purse using decoupage glue. I finished with a sealing coat of glue. It looks great!Here are the steps in pictures:    

No-Sew Patchwork Purse DIY ReMix


If you’re like me, you have tons of magazines laying around. Girl, that just doesn’t work for me! I was tired of the clutter, so I decided to whip it up into fabulous home decor. My mom gave me some fantastic vintage wallpaper scraps, so I used that and a cereal box to make a magazine holder. What You Need: Cereal box Scissors Marker Wallpaper scraps Hot glue Here is what to do: Cut the flaps off of the box. Draw a line diagonally from one of the top corners to halfway down the box on both sides. Cut the box […]

Cereal Box Magazine Holder Craft



    I have a red print dress that hasn’t fit since the diet miracle of divorce left me three dress sizes smaller. Needless to say, when my new husband and I got together I gained it all back, and then some. So, the dress hasn’t fit in almost six years.Today, I got tired of it taking up room in my closet without serving a purpose and I took a pair of scissors to it. No, I didn’t hack it up. I turned it into a cute new, bigger dress using color blocking. Color blocking is huge on the runway, so I thought […]

Upcycled Color Block Dress DIY