Monday, October 28, 2013

Chalkboard Vase

{Tutorial & Easy DIY}

I’ve mentioned recently my love for chalkboard paint. 
After creating the pumpkin chalkboard, I wanted to paint something else.  Looking around my house for what I already had, I thought it could be fun to paint a vase!
There are lots of different options already on Pinterest, but here is what I did with mine.

What you will need:
* Vase {mine was a rectangular glass vase}
* Chalkboard paint
* Painters tape

I wanted just a portion of the vase to be ‘chalkboard.’  {But you could paint the whole thing too!}
First, I decided how wide I wanted my ‘chalkboard’ strip to be.  Then I put painters tape on the glass above and below the width of the chalkboard size I wanted.

Next, I painted the open area between the tape. 
Let it dry, and then paint another coat with the chalkboard paint.  I ended up doing three coats.

When the paint is dry, carefully peel off the tape. 
Now, put something fun in your vase and chalk-it-up!

I had planned to tie a thin strip of burlap around the vase and put something festive and ‘fall’ in the vase.

Little man, however, saw it and decided it would be a perfect place for his Legos to hide.   
Sure, why not!  
I guess the vase is multi functional!  And, since you easily erase chalk, it can have multiple identities.

What will your vase hold?!

Monday, October 21, 2013

'Shine Bright, Like a Pumpkin'

 Glitter Pumpkin Tutorial and easy DIY project

Sometimes my little man surprises me.   
Actually, he surprises me all the time, but in this case, I’m referring to his suggestion for a ‘crafty’ thing.
The other day I threw out a suggestion to him that we should decorate a pumpkin. 
His response?  ‘Yes Mommy! Lets decorate a pumpkin with glitter!’  
The Lego-lovin, Superhero-wanna-be, makes-everything-into-a-gun, kid came up with this idea.    
I wasn’t sure how to respond. But I liked the idea!

We ventured to the dollar store and found some little pumpkins I thought we could ‘glitter-up.’ 

Then we made a stop at the craft store for some glitter.   And, after having a long debate about which color glitter to buy  {he was adamant about green or blue, and I was thinking something more neutral}, we compromised with a multi color glitter. 

It turned out to be quite a fun {and messy!} little project.   
I put the glue on, and he would throw {literally!} the glitter on. 

At one point I commented on how shiny the glittery pumpkin looked and, without hesitation, he started singing ‘Shine bright like a pumpkin’ {to the tune of ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’ by Rihanna}. 
The kid cracks me up.   Never a dull moment, I tell ya!

Now that little tune has become something we say and laugh about together.  And, when I see the sparkly pumpkin all I can think is ‘Shine bright like a pumpkin.’

If nothing else, the glittery pumpkin makes me smile. Especially when I think about our new ‘shine bright like a pumpkin’ tune!

It’s the little things in life, right?

Now, Let the sparkly fun begin! 

Supplies needed:
* Pumpkin {I bought mine at the dollar store}
* Glue
* Glitter
* Bowl for glitter
* Wax paper or something to put on the table while decorating

First, make sure to lay down some wax paper or newspaper to cover the surface where you will be working.  Glitter gets everywhere! Everywhere!

Pour glitter into a small bowl.

‘Paint’ glue onto the pumpkin.   I used a small paintbrush, but you could use a foam craft brush too.  

Scoop glitter up with a spoon and pour onto pumpkin where painted with glue.  Little man used his fingers to scoop the glue, which worked, but it resulted in more glitter on his fingers than the pumpkin!

Let dry.  Repeat on other sections of the pumpkin until completely covered with glitter {or you achieve desired look}.

And done! 
Now you have a new pumpkin to add a little sparkle to your fall d├ęcor.

Shine bright!  In this case, like a pumpkin!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Chalkboard Pumpkin

I kind of love chalkboard paint.  In fact, if I wasn’t living in a rental house, I have all sorts of idea of what I could do with it! 

I can’t paint any walls or cabinets, but I wanted to paint something with chalkboard paint.

When little man and I went to the dollar store to buy pumpkins for another project, we bought a four pumpkins.   Since we only used one, I thought
I’d try to paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint.   Why not!? 

I do like how it turned out.  And, little man loves coloring all over the ‘chalkboard’ pumpkin!  

Super easy.  Inexpensive.

And, a different and fun new surface for little man to decorate!

Make one today!! 

Blue- eyed boy and his pumpkin chalkboard creation!


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