DIY photo travertine coasters

Well the holidays are wrapping up and life is getting a little less hectic! Isn’t that interesting… How we can make ourselves so busy for certain months based on a celebration of a baby in a manger… To give ourselves presents
Don’t get me wrong… I love gift giving and the beauty of family around wintertime… I just can’t believe how easy it is to get swept away in shopping, planning, pictures, decorating, etc… Phew!

Here’s a little something I made for my family members that I really enjoyed and will hopefully last a long time!
Travertine photo coasters!

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There’s a few ways to go about this and many tutorials surrounding it
I tried the tissue paper… The printer kept eating it up no matter what I did so I resorted to plain old printer paper
You do get a little smearing with the mod podge but it adds some character in my opinion

So let’s get started!

What you need:
-travertine coasters (4×4 inches) from Home Depot – they’re usually in the tile or stone section used for baths and backslashes and come in packs of 9 for under $4
The sales clerk accuse tally tried to charge me 4 bucks per tile… Eek!

-mod podge- I used glossy

-mod podge clear acrylic spray

-paintbrush or sponge brush

-cork or felt pieces with stick on backs

The moves:

1.Start with a clean tile… These are porous tiles with lots of grooves and character to them… I picked that cause I like it but feel free to use regular floor tiles
Print out a picture… Do this by opening the picture in a Word document and then formatting it until one side is 4 inches
Place over your picture and cut the picture to size…

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2. Mod podge the top of the tile then place picture over it and mod podge that… Work in light layers
Paper plates work great for this!

Make sure to press the picture into the grooves and flatten it out

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3. Sand the sides of the pic until you get your desired look… Sand the top edges too if you want more of a vintage look

4. Do another coat of mod podge

5. Do two coats of mod podge acrylic spray.., waiting 15 minutes between each
This stuff is potent!

6. Add your backs when dry and you’re done!

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Glitter mod podge canvas art

I’m excited about this post… It’s such a fun one! Sorry in advance for some of the blurry pics… Would you believe I actually have a photography website? How embarrassing….

Take a look:

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The best part about it? Glitter mod podge!!!
I was buying the supplies and the store clerk said she was so happy someone was finally buying the glitter mod podge… what?! This is like the best invention ever! How is it not flying off the shelf?! okay… Back to reality

Supplies:
-Blank canvases. I found this pack of 7 at Michael’s and got them for a great price on sale
-matte mod podge
-glitter mod podge- (or use just glitter or just matte)
-scrapbook paper
-paint brush
-scissors

As noted above, you can use just one mod podge. I used matte so I didn’t waste too much of the glitter… It’s like cookie butter for crafters!
I wouldn’t recommend glossy mod podge unless you’re going for a super shiny look… Glossy is great for other crafts like coasters but not so much for this

Here are the moves:

1. Google your silhouette choice… Under “images” I googled “cinderella silhouette”

2. If you’re free handing, I recommend chalk or something you can wipe away… Make sure to test it out! My paper was already glittery so I was working with a less porous surface that wiped well.

don’t worry if you can’t free hand! Copy and paste the image into a word document and enlarge it to the size you want… Print it out and use as a template!
Draw out the figure and cut with sharp scissors

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3. Once you’re happy with it, place it on the blank canvas and play around with where you like it best

4. Use the matte mod podge to brush the canvas and back of the cut out

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5. Now break out the glitter mod podge and cover the whole canvas… It doesn’t take much!

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6. Use your fingers to smooth the paper down and press out any excess mod podge… Then smooth again with brush

Keep an eye on it as it dries and continue to press it down where needed

7. Hang and then look at it a million times cause its soooo pretty!!!

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Recovering a chair

Want an easy project that can liven up the room in an hour?
Recover your chairs!
I got a table and chairs from goodwill ages ago and am just finishing up the work in progress… Today I started recovering them
This is what I started with:

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Blech…

So I got to work.

Here’s the moves:

1. Inspect your chair… Find where the screws are to loosen them and remove the seat from the chair

2. Turn the seat over and look at what you’ve got
In my case, I used a small flat head screwdriver to pry the staples out and pliers when needed for the little boogers that wanted to stay in their home

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3. Remove the fabric… This one was yucky… And glued to the wood. But I just used my handy dandy pliers to peel it off with some force

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4. If your foam underneath is in good condition there’s no need to replace it… Position your seat and cushion underneath your fabric to figure out how you want it to look

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let us take a break and talk material for a minute.
I had a brilliant idea at first and ordered oilcloth to cover the chairs thinking it would be great and waterproof… But then I researched a bit more and found that oilcloth has a lot of bad chemicals in it which is a no no on my list
Plus, it sticks to your skin like leather in a car on a hot summer day!
Alternative? Laminated cotton! More choices, softer, less sheen and waterproof! Score!

5. Wrap material around seat making sure to really stretch it and work around the corners by pulling and folding till it looks right! Be patient!

6. Want my secret to securing the laminated cotton?
Drum roll please…….

Duck tape! So nice! Those pesky staples just don’t pull enough for me! Duck tape works wonders! You can even cover it with some extra lining and staple over it just in case your great aunt Sarah decides to peek under the chair and inspect 😉

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7. Screw the seat back into the chair and bam! You’re done!

Wanna see the finished product?

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SO much better!

Ribbon & wreath garland

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Hey there! Man, did I fall into the blogger black hole or what?! The fall weather tends to tackle me with its cinnamon smells, holiday gatherings, and crisp weather… Love it!
Thought I’d get back in the game with a little CHRISTmas decorating!
Let’s face it… I’m cheap. That makes it a challenge to decorate for the holidays but I am pretty happy with how things are turning out.
I love beautiful banisters adorned with garland and ribbon and festive decor. I hate working with garland that cuts your hands and arms and sheds everywhere! So I came up with a simple solution…. This is soooo easy!
Take a spool of ribbon and secure it to the bannister, draping or wrapping however you wish… I used a thick burgundy ribbon with gold trim.
Next, take small wreaths and secure them where the ribbon fastens to the bannister… I was super lazy and used gift wrap ribbon… No joke.
The best part about this project? The price!!! I had the ribbon already but most of the time they’re on sale and the wreaths were a bargain at Michael’s for 50% off making them under $3 a piece! Woohoo! Garland done!!!
And the swoops in the ribbon kinda look like mustaches… A popular theme in our house right now as movember just ended… Thank you, December!!! I’m tempted to hang a banner that says, “mustaching through the snow”

There is so much more you could add to this… Glitter, pine cones, ornaments, lights… I’m going basic for now!

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