Thursday, May 14, 2015

Old Lamp gets a New Light

Give a thrift store lamp a Nautical Makeover!

I'm so in love with how this lamp turned out. I was browsing my local thrift store this morning and found this perfectly simple ceramic lamp for $7!! Well, lucky me, I needed a lamp for my toddler's room. This one was begging for a little TLC. What do you think??

BEFORE, poor little guy

AFTER, set sail!


+ Lamp in need of a makeover
+ Rope
+ Cute Fabric for lamp shade
+ Fabric Glue
+ Hot Glue Gun
+ Some clothespins
+ Twill Tape (optional)

1. With your hot glue gun, apply about 6" of glue at a time, starting at the bottom, preferably where the cord comes out. Stick your rope along the glue line, spiraling up until you are happy with the amount of rope. It's so relaxing and fun, don't forget to stop! I considered roping the whole thing, but I like the eggshell color of the lamp beneath. Red would be so cute too... or yellow... or green!

(I also had to remove the felt bottom and re-thread the center pole to straighten out the lamp. I also had to reshape the lamp shade holder thingies. What do you expect for $7?? Just get your pliers out.)

2. The Lamp Shade:
+ Cut your fabric about 2" wider than the height of the shade so you can fold it over the edges. Then cut it about 2" longer than the circumference.
+ Iron a 1/2" hem on the short edges of the fabric. This will be your finished edges.
+ Using your fabric glue (hot glue gun glue can melt as the lightbulb heats up), apply a line of glue along the seam of your lampshade. Stick the iron-hemmed edge along this seam.
+ Now begin applying glue along the top and bottom edge of your shade, about 4-6" at a time and roll your fabric around the shade, making sure it stays straight, with 1" on the top and bottom edges.
+ Clothespin as you go to hold the fabric in place.
+ When you finish gluing all the way around, glue the other folded edge down on top so you have a nice clean finish.
+ You can either simply trim the excess inside the lampshade, or glue down cording or twill tape. I didn't bother yet, but may go back and add some twill tape.


What a mood this sets! 

Now my little guy "gets aboard his ship" rather than climbing in bed!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Make your own Crayons!

Alright, you've seen them before. But I finally got to try them and they're so fun and playful, I had to share!

Here is the easiest tutorial you will find yet:

So you have a crayon stash that looks like this, right? Right.

But did you know it could look like this??...
What you'll need:
1. Old crayons (Crayolas work best)
2. Cute mold that is oven safe at least to 175*

1. Remove crayon wrappings. My 2 & 3 yr old boys LOVE doing this part. Not my favorite. Perfect.

2. Break crayons into pieces small enough to fit in your molds. 

3. Fill molds with crayon pieces. I chose to mix similar colors which made a swirl effect. Very cool. 

4. Bake at 275* F for about 10-12min. Check on them at 10min. If you don't see any lumps, they are done. I found that if I "overbaked" them, they would separate colors in layers more.

*NOTE* Be sure to use silicon baking molds that are oven safe. Some are only safe to 175*. You can still use those, just cook a little longer until the crayon pieces are melted.

Allow to cool fully (at least 15 min) before removing from molds. Silicon are the easiest because you can bend and peel them away from the sides. I have not tried cast iron or metal molds, but people say they just pop out when cool. 

5. Pop out and Enjoy!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Moustache Valentines

Well, my little guys are in preschool now and that means passing out valentine cards!!! Soooooo cute!!!! Of course I cannot just buy some licensed cards. icht. I'm sure the boys will love receiving them, but I cannot bring myself to buy them.

SOOOO, there I was at the dollar store looking at the little goodies and I spotted packages of stick on mustaches (7 in a package for $1). All the rage, right? I instantly think of my slogan and put these together today. I just added the mustache stickers with double stick tape and voila!

Please feel free to download and use these. I added their names in a cute chalkboard font (or just add their names with a metallic silver gel pen or white crayon.

I printed these on white cardstock on a black & white printer. The printer adds a border, so i added a white border only to the inside of the cards, not the perimeter, if that makes any sense. You may have to play with your printer settings, but here you go!! I think the kids will enjoy looking in the mirror and laughing about wearing  silly mustaches.

Since there were 7 mustaches for $1, I spent $4 plus some cardstock I already had at home. woohoo!