I'll admit it. I've been super lazy about finishing even one project since the holidays. I just have no motivation. It's cold outside, I'd have to move cars around to be able to work in the garage, the light sucks, the list goes on.
So that's why I'm not posting. I'm lazy. I haven't even taken my Christmas tree down yet - it's on a table in an otherwise blank corner of my living room, not infringing on our space in any way. Besides, I'm kinda freaked about having a naked corner again.
That said, I've just "made" the most simple hanging valentine's decor you will EVAH EVAH EVAH (sorry, The Pigpen thinks Taylor Swift is his girlfriend, and sings her shizz all day long) see anywhere.
Dollar store felt heart garland (9 feet for a dolla - HOLLA!)
Dollar store felt heart (these were on sale 2 for a dollar!)
Some sort of contraption for hanging - for the one pictured, I used a very professional thumb tack
1. Figure out how low you want your heart to hang.
2. Separate the garland at that point.
3. Glue the end of the garland to the top of your large heart.
4. Stick a thumbtack in the wall above the only window in your office (which happens to look into a hall)
5. Hang that bad boy up!
Easy frickin peasy! And it only cost me like, 33 cents to make the thing. Guess that means I'll be making one for home too.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Do you have someone especially difficult to buy for? Or do you just want to give something thoughtful, that you made with your own two hands? I've got a quick and easy tutorial for you, for something that pretty much everyone needs: Coasters.
Not just any coasters, CUSTOM coasters.
Here is the supply list:
I ended up using 2 coats of ORB to get the color and coverage I was looking for. I did need to sand down the edges once, because I was impatient and turned them over before they were fully dry (rookie mistake - doh!)
I loved the horseshoe label here!
Another elephant. And I just really liked the parrot.
Once everything was dry and pretty waterproof from the MP, I sprayed on two coats of the non-yellowing clear poly. I know some people like those thirsty-stone kind of coasters, but I've always found that the stone chills down with the liquid, and leaves a ring on the furniture anyway! Much nicer to just swab or tip the liquid out of a saucer I say...
After your clearcoat is dry, you want to make sure you protect that furniture! I found some small felt circles in the craft section of the Dollar Tree and used those on the bottoms of the coasters. They were pretty thin, so I doubled them up to get good coverage. They slid across my coffee table nicely before I figured out what the boys were doing and put the kibosh on coaster hockey. After all, these were supposed to be a gift!!
I had originally thought to tie these up with some jute twine and put a cute handmade tag on, but the project pretty much emptied my brain of creative resources, so I opted for a gift bag and lots of tissue paper.
I'm happy to report that my SIL loved the coasters. Even my bro thought they were cool. I think I'll put these on my go-to for DIY gifts from now on...