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Funky Frosted Wine Glasses [DIY]

There’s nothing I love more than mixing up a nice refreshing skinny cocktail on a Saturday afternoon. The best part about experimenting with unique drink combinations is enjoying the end result in a fancy, fun cocktail glass… Because sometimes the glass you sip from is just as important as the drink itself! I fell in love with a pair of frosted cocktail glasses I came across the other day, so I decided I had to make some for myself using a couple old boring wine glasses I had at home!  diy-frosted wine glasses

DIY Frosted Wine Glasses

step 1

Start with two glasses of your choice, I chose to use bubble base wine glasses (which I LOVE drinking cocktails from =) ).  Next, you’ll need a small bottle of Deco Art’s Frost Gloss Enamel paint, along with two colors of Deco Art’s Gloss Enamel paint and of course, a small tipped paint brush.

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  step 2

Use a small tipped paint brush to create a design around the rim of your glass.  My artist skills are extreamly limited so I painted a simple zig-zag pattern ;)  Next, I painted the stem of my wine glass in the same color.

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step 3

Now that you’ve added a little color and funky design to your glasses, it’s time to frost them!  Creating frosted glass is super simple with Deco Art’s Frost Gloss Enamel paints.  Simply fill in all the areas you’d like to frost with a light coat of paint.  I chose to frost the base and body of my glass…

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The only area I didn’t frost was the rim above the painted zig-zag…

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Once you’ve got your cocktail glasses looking good, go ahead and bake them in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  This will make the finish dishwasher safe!

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5 Mintute Spring Wreath [DIY Tutorial]

I was whirling around my house last weekend trying to tackle some much needed Spring cleaning when I opened up my (rarely used) front door only to find I STILL hadn’t taken down my red rosewood Christmas wreath! AHHH!  I felt like one of those people that leave their Christmas lights on in July…not a good look…as I pulled down my Christmas wreath, I remembered that I’d bought a garland of “greens” on my last trip to the Hobby Lobby (love that place!).  I had an old branch wreath frame laying around too, so I quickly threw together this simple, yet beautiful Spring wreath!  When I say quickly, I mean record timing…this entire Spring wreath took me no more than 5 minutes to make!

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[5 Minute] DIY Spring Wreath

Gather up:

one medium wreath frame (the twisted branch wreaths are only $1 at the Dollar Tree =) )

one 6′ garland of greens (I purchased mine from the Hobby Lobby, on sale for $7.50)

at least nine round white coffee filters

twist ties

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First things first, we’ll make the faux hydrangeas for our Spring wreath.  Last Spring, we made en entire wreath using coffee filter hydgrangeas.  The coffee filter flowers are super easy to make!

First, flatten out three coffee filters, layered on top of each other.

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Next, fold them all together in an acordian-like method…

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Cinch the middle of the filters with a twist tie…

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Starting with the inside pedals, pull up the sides of the coffee filters…

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Your flower should now look something like this…  I made three of these for my wreath, but you can make as many as you prefer!

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Now the your faux flowers are done, set them aside while we move onto adding the greens to the wreath.  Simply wrap your garland of greens around the wreath frame. Secure it to the wreath by wedging pieces of the garland between the wreath branches every few inches.

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The last step is adding the coffee filter flowers to your wreath! You should have pieces of twist ties stemming from the inside of each flower, simply secure the flowers to the wreath by wrapping the twist ties around the wreath’s branches…

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That’s it!  Your 5 Minute DIY Spring Wreath is complete! 

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Get Organized with DIY Shelf Labels

If there’s one department I’m seriously lacking in, it’s organization…I’m constantly re-arranging and searching for ways to organize & de-clutter.  The problem is that I’m so bad at organizing, most of the time I end up with a bigger mess than I started with!  It’s super frustrating.  Now that I have the Picklee shop, it’s really forced me to search out organizing solutions that really WORK.  A couple weeks ago, I was faced with the challenge of creating a display for our fabulous aromatherapy collection (if you’re not familiar, it’s an amazing collection of essential oils used for healing from within).  I tossed around lots of ideas until I came up with a thought to create DIY shelf tags using just clothes pins and cardboard! 

These worked perfectly for my display, but they would be great for organizing shelves at home to! Think shoes, clothes, toys, cleaning solutions, toiletries…everything!

 

DIY Clothes Pin Tags

I started out with a few strips of cardboard, cut from some boxes I had laying around.  First, I created labels for each of the products and printed them all out on heavy weight paper (regular copy paper will do too), my labels were 3″ L x 2″ W.

 

Next, I cut out a piece of cardboard (3″L x 2″W) for each of my labels….

 

After every was cut, I used just a bit of hot glue to attach a cardboard back onto each tag.

Using the hot glue again, I attached the clothes pins to my self (one for each tag)…

Simply open up the pin and insert your tags!  This is great because you can change out your tags anytime as needed!

Here’s how the entire display turned out! 

I needed some of that stress relief essential oil after tackeling this project ;)

 

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Old Painted Books for the Valentine’s Mantle Display [DIY]

To warm up the house a bit for Valentine’s Day, I made these great faux antique glass candle holders to put on my fireplace mantle…but I knew I wanted to add a little more to the vignette.  I don’t like to go all out with pink and red Valentine’s decor scattered around the house (I’m really just not into the color pink), but I figured one little splash of it wouldn’t hurt!  I completely obsessed with elephants, and I got these amazing white lacquer elephant bookends as a gift recently…I knew I wanted to display them on my mantel, but I wanted to use books that had a nice, clean look.  I had nothing of that sort in my house…so I decided to create it!  I used basic, old books and simply painted the spines!  I love the way my old painted books turned out!

Creating this romantic Valentine’s mantle display was literally the easiest project ever…

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I started out with three vintage books that I didn’t mind painting, a little coral pink acrylic paint, and a number stamp


Next, I used a small paint brush to brush the paint onto just the spine of the books…

To tie the books together, and add a little extra detail, I decided to use a stamp to number each book, 1, 2 & 3…Once the coral pink paint dried, I applied a light coat of white mixed with silver paint to the stamp and stamped each book…

Here’s the books stamped with their numbers….

That’s it! Here’s how the books now look on my romantic Valentine’s mantle!

These DIY Painted books are part of our 10 Minute Transformation Series!

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Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Romantic Faux Antique Glass + Giveaway [Valentine's DIY]

Like it or not, the most romantic day of the year is approaching!  With just a few short days left before Valentine’s Day arrives, why not add a little romantic touch to spark up some romance at home?  In my opinion, there’s nothing more romantic than a little candle light…just add some Norah Jones and a bottle of wine and now we’re really talking ;)  Hint, Hint to all the men out there that say they’re not the “mushy” type…it doesn’t take that much!

Today’s DIY will help you create that subtle Valentine’s ambiance in your home on a dime…you’ll even have a chance to win a special something for yourself too ;)

DIY Faux Antique Glass [Valentines DIY]

Grab some basic glass pieces, I picked up two round votives and two glass candle sticks from my local dollar store for under five dollars.

Next, apply a messy coat (yes, I said messy, this paint job should not look perfect since we are aiming for the antique look) of gold metallic paint.  I used Americana Gloss Enamels Paint in Glorious Gold.  Americana Paints are should be available at your local craft store.

Once the gold paint has dried, apply a very light, messy coat of silver metallic paint over it.  Don’t cover all of the gold, try to leave some gold spots showing.  For this step, I used Americana’s Silver Sage Metallic paint.


Once the silver coat has dried, use steel wool to rough up the painted surface on the glass.  Allow some of the clear glass to peak through, make for a beautiful effect once you have candles lit inside the votives.


Once you get the glass looking nice and old & scratchy, it’s time to add the candles!  Light em’ up, dim the lights and crack open a bottle of wine…bring on the romance!

Now it’s my turn to share a little love with all of you!  In honor of the most romantic day of the year, our good friends at Deco Art offered up this fabulous Valentine’s Day paint package!  Just in time to create some romantic V-day crafts!

Enter to win this wonderful package!

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite part about Valentine’s Day.

2. Like Picklee on a social platform you don’t already like us on, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, then tell us you did so in your comment below!

A winner will randomly be selected announced tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Good luck!

***UPDATE***

The winner has been selected!  Congratulations to Samantha Ellis of Petersburg, VA!  You will receive this fabulous Valentine’s Day paint package from Americana Paints!

 

 

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DIY Engraved Wood Signs [Tutorial]

I’m not usually big into art and signs with quotes and sayings…but I can appreciate a cute little saying every now and then.  I’m especially a sucker for beachy [I wish spell check would stop telling me “beachy” is not a word…it is in my vocabulary!] quotes & sayings.  I always have lots of scrap wood laying around that I like to find uses for, so the other day I decided to turn one of them into an engraved sign!  Of course I chose one of my favorite quotes to put on it…anyone who lives near the coast can relate this ;)
How to make an engraved wood sign [tutorial]

All you’ll need for this project is a piece of wood to engrave, two paint colors, and a printer!

Select a piece of wood to engrave and apply a base coat of paint to it.  I always have scrap wood laying around, my piece of wood actually came from an old table I took apart!  I chose to paint my sign in CeCe Caldwell’s Nantucket Spray to give it a beachy feel.

**For best results, I recommend using chalk paint because it will sand off and give the cleanest finish in the end.

Next, decide what your sign will say!  Again, I went with the beachy vibe, so mine said “Sandy toes, salty kisses”.  Print your message in whatever font you’d like your sign to be in.  Cut it out and arrange it on your sign.

Next, using a ball point pen (preferably one you wouldn’t mind ruining!), trace the text onto the wood.  Press hard as you go, the key here is for the pen to engrave into the wood!

After you’ve finished tracing the letters, your sign should look a little something like this!

Next, use your second paint color and a tiny paint brush to paint over the engraved text.  I chose CeCe Caldwell’s Cinco Bayou Moss, the gold was a great contrast on the pale Nantucket Spray

After you’ve painted on the text and it’s dried, take a super fine grit sand paper and rub lightly over the text.  You will see the paint on the outside of the letters sand off, while the engraved portion of the text remains!  You can touch up any areas that rubbed off too much, if you need to. This will also give your sign a nice, weathered effect!

Here’s how the finished product should look!

Now all I need is a sandy beach to dig my toes into…ah well, summer will be here soon enough!

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DIY Lavender + Flax Owl Heat Pack

Now that the rush of the holiday season is behind us, I say it’s fine time to start focusing on other important things like relaxation and our own wellness =)  I know that I’m a big hypocrite when it comes to this because I’m always running around trying to cram 17,000 things into one day (as I’m sure many of you do as well)!  At any rate, every now and then I try to squeeze in a little R&R…I was in this frame of mind the other day when I decided to create today’s adorable DIY =)  I’ve seen a few DIY heat packs around the web and I’ve always thought they’d be fun to make, so I went ahead and made my own the other day!  I sewed my heat pack into an owl shape then filled it with flax seed and lavender, I absolutely love the end result… and it forced me to relax on the sofa with it for a bit ;)

DIY FLAX + LAVENDER OWL HEAT PACK

GATHER UP:

Two pieces of fabric, approx 9″ H x 8″ W

Two small pieces of scrap fabric (for eyes)

One small piece of orange fabric (for beak)

1/4 cup dried lavender buds

1/2 cup flax seed

3/4 cup rice

METHOD:

Cut your owl shapes out of fabric.  Start with the owls head, cutting an oval shape with ears (remember you need a back and front, so cut two pieces of fabric on top of one another). The size of my body was approx. 9″ L x 8″ W. Next, it’s time to cut they eyes.  Cut two circles approx. 3″ in diameter, using a solid colored fabric. Then two more circles approx. 2″ in diameter, using a coordinating print.  Finally, cut two more circles approx. 1″ in diameter in the same solid fabric you used for the large circles.  Last, cut out an orange triangle for the beak.

It’s time to make the owls eyes.  Begin by sewing the medium sized circles onto the middle of the large circles.  Next, sew the small circles onto the bottom of the medium circles….

Now it’s time to attach the owl’s eyes and beak to his face!  Use a sewing machine or needle and thread to attach the eyes and beak to the owl’s face.

Next, sew the front and back of your owl’s head together using a sewing machine or needle and thread.  Make sure to leave a small open space (about 2″)  on one side so that you can fill your owl heat pack with the flax, lavender and rice.

Now it’s time to fill up your owl heat pack with flax, lavender and rice!  I chose to fill a separate pouch then insert that into the owl.  You can simply pour the flax, lavender and rice directly into the owl or fill a separate pouch and insert that if your heat pack fabric is thinner.  I made my pouch by sewing two squares of fabric together, simple!  Once you’ve filled your owl with the materials, simply sew him closed!

Your handmade owl heat pack is now complete!  Throw him into the microwave for 30 seconds to warm him up, then use him to relieve sore muscles or simply snuggle with!

Now you just have to remember to make some time for a little rest & relaxation!

 

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Fabric Scrap Christmas Cards [DIY]

“Sending Christmas Cards!”…I just can’t seem to get that phrase out of my head from the infamous 12 Days of Christmas song!  Why you ask? I’ve been busy making Christmas cards from fabric scraps!  I got the idea from a recent Fresh Picked Friday’s post I published with similar Christmas cards using fabric scraps…Since I have a bajillion pieces of fabric scraps, I knew this was one project I had to try.  I decided to make reindeer faces out of different fun prints, then draw on the reindeer’s features.  This was such a fun project, and it saved me from having to spend a lot on Christmas cards too!  Here’s how my fabric scrap Christmas cards turned out…

I just love how each card is unique and one-of-a-kind! Plus, I ended up personalizing the cards a bit depending on who I was sending them too; for example, my friends with new babies received a card with two big reindeer and a little baby reindeer =)

These DIY Christmas cards were super easy to make.  First, I picked up some blank card stock with envelopes for $5 at Target (I love that place!)

Then,I started out by cutting pieces of fabric into these round shapes for the reindeer’s head.  I simply cut a wide round bottom, then a small round top like this…

Next, I used a few light swirls of Elmer’s Glue to attach the fabric to my blank card stock…

For this next step, I used fabric paint “pens”, but you could use regular paint, or even markers for a similar effect.

Using my fabric paint pens, I drew the antlers, eyes, and smiles onto my reindeer. You can be creative with this step and have fun with creating different personalities for your reindeer =)

Next, I used a red fabric paint pen to draw the big red noses on my reindeer…this is what really makes them ;)

Now all you have left is to wait for the cards to dry, then personalize each one with a message on the back side!  Who would’nt love to receive one of these handmade Christmas cards?!  I know I would ;)

If you like these DIY Christmas cards, check out these DIY paper mache Christmas ornaments!

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Paper Mache Newsprint Ornaments [DIY]

One of my favorite things about Christmas is setting up the tree and admiring all the ornaments I’ve collected through the years.  Most of my ornaments have either come from places I’ve visited or bring back special memories.  This year, I decided to make a few of my own ornaments after I discovered these amazing Newsprint ornaments on Terrain

After falling in love with these ornaments, I figured I might be able to make my own DIY version!  I ended up creating a few different ornaments, but the first was the funky flamingo!  So I started off with a simple paper mache recipe:  3 parts flour to one part water, and a dash of salt.


Next, I added a bit of paint to give the flamingo it’s pink color.  I used a transparent gloss enamel paint by Deco Art because I wanted to be sure the newsprint on my flamingo would show through, all while keeping it’s signiture pink color.  I slowly mixed in the paint until I arrived at the perfect pink color…is it true that flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp?  I’ve always wondered….??

Next, I used 16 gauge wire to create my flamingo body…this took a bit of time to get it just right…

I stuffed a little paper inside the flamingo’s belly to keep it’s shape! Next, I cut newspaper into small strips to get it ready for the paper mache…

To apply the newsprint to the flamingo, I dipped it into my flour, water and paint mixture then simply stuck it onto the flamingo’s body…

I applied two coats of newspaper to the flamingo then let it sit out and dry for about two hours.   He looked great after this, but I decided he needed a bit more color, so I used the Americana transparent gloss paint again and brushed on a very light coat.

My flamingo ornament turned out so great, I decided I would make a few more animal ornaments to go along with him!  I ended up making a whale, seahorse, and a silly octopus…these are the colors used to create them (by Deco Art, Americana):

Here are the rest of my Newsprint ornaments!

Which newsprint ornament is your favorite?

Feeling extra creative?  Check out Deco Art Paint’s 12 Days of Christmas for many more Christmas ornament ideas using their paints!

You can find these ornaments available for purchase at Picklee on Spring!

 

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Up-cycled Burlap Pumpkin Wreath {DIY}

Yesterday, I posted a fun Fall DIY on making pumpkins from nylon stockings.  So part two of the project is putting those pumpkins to use!  I decided to use my nylon pumpkins to create a new Fall wreath!  This DIY Fall wreath could not have been simpler to make.  The only material it required was burlap and of course foam tube for the wreath.  Here’s how my Burlap & Nylon Pumpkin Wreath turned out…

Fall Burlap Pumpkin Wreath {DIY}

For this Fall wreath, all you will need is burlap and a foam wreath base.  I like to use 3/4″ pipe insulation, which is available at any hardware store (find it here).  A six foot length of the foam tube only costs $1.18 and it works perfectly for making wreaths!  This little tip will save you lots!  I cut the foam tube to size, then used duck tape to attach the ends together.

Cut your burlap material into 2″ wide strips (and as long as you can make them).  I used recycled coffee bags from a local coffee shop.

Wrap the burlap strips around the wreath base, use hot glue to secure them to the wreath.

Now its time to attach the nylon pumpkins to the wreath.  Click here for the simple DIY on how to make these pumpkins.  Use hot glue to attach the pumpkins to the burlap wreath.

Here’s a close up of the completed Burlap Fall Pumpkin wreath…