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Stenciled Pillowcase Project:
Fabric Painting; An Alternative to NeedleCrafts
If your like me, you may not have time for needlework crafts
like crocheting, quilting or knitting. I have the utmost repect for
those That have the patience for these endeavors. I myself, have
no patience at some things, and when it comes to crafting and
creating, I have no patience to wait to see results. So if your
like me, then I must suggest an easier way to craft with fabric.
Fabric Paints can also be found in the craft section of the store. Comes in a variety of colors, just be careful to read the labels,
Some fabric paint is washable and can be washed out. So be sure
To choose fabric paint that is tougher than water.
Here are a couple of projects I just did with fabric paint.
What you need :
Fabric paint ($3.97)
Paper plate to use as a palette
I had all but the fabric paint on Hand
Put some newspaper down then spread the fabric you want
to paint, on top of it. Tape your stencil to the area of the fabric
you want to paint. Put a little of the paint on the paper plate,
trust me when stenciling fabric, you'll have plenty of paint left
over. Use your brush to brush paint over the stencil on the fabric.
Then Let dry for 4-5 hours.
It takes less than 10 mins, to paint, that keeps this project on my
easy list. It's easy to paint, and the results are quickly attained
using the fabric paint.
A lot of what you can paint can be used as gifts to, and can allow
you to personalize without the hassle of embroidery work.
Other items besides pillowcases, you can use and personalize with Fabric Paint are: Curtains, sheets, slip-covers, tablecloths, fabric placemats, runners, luggage, t-shirts, lamp shades, fabric storage cubes and fabric shower curtain.
So go on and customize your fabric in your decor. And do it the easy way, just paint it. :)
Keep it Easy!
Added March 22, 2015
Stone Look Bathroom Accessory Project: High End Look for Less
I have yet to see Stone looks in bathroom so I figured I would create some, when I wanted something different in my bathroom. This project is way too easy as all it recquires is a can of Stone accent spray paint. With this paint u can dress up those plain ceramic accessories into something a little more high end without the high-end prices.
What you need:
1 Can Stone Accent Spray Paint (my cost $3.00, was on clearance)
1 Ceramic Soap Dish (90 cents, clearance)
1 Ceramic Toothbrush Holder (90 cents clearance)
1 Ceramic Soap Dishwasher (90 cents clearance )
Painters Tape No cost already On hand
Box-cutter/ Utility knife No cost already On hand
Total cost for me was $5.70
NOTE: If u already have ceramic accessories on hand u will only
need to buy the paint. If u dont have, you can keep cost down by
shopping thrift stores for what you need. I found my bathroom
accessories at Dollar General for 75% off of Clearance, they
were about to do inventory. Which I talked about in the Easy
Tape off sections that you dont want to paint with painters tape.
Score and remove any excess tape with your utility knife.
Then spray paint your items and let them dry.
Drying time will
Take 2-3 hours or possibly longer depending how deeply you sprayed, this paint is textured so it takes a while. But I know you've got other things to do while its drying. I did turn over the soap dish to paint the bottom and let dry another couple of
I like this project final look. It really gives your bathroom a more dressier appeal. Plus thenew texture of the items dont show fingerprints and smudges dont show up, which can make your day easier since you wont be cleaning them as often. Anything thats easy to make, and easy maintence is a wonderful thing.
Other things you can use this stone accent spray paint on are:
lamps, vases, flower pots, candle holders, kleenex holders and
of course garden accessory pieces. This is a great way to add
some texture into your design and decor.
Keep it easy!
Yvonne Doñate, E.L
Added March 15, 2015
Cork Coaster Magnet
If you've got some left-over fabric laying around then this project may be the thing to personalize your home office, with a lil bit of something crafty.
What you need:
Cardboard ( I used Cereal boxes)
Coaster pack ($3.84)
Fabric swatch ($.97)
Magnetic Buttons (1.94)
Cool whip or other lid
Ice cream Pint lid
Glue (I used fabric glue)
NOTE: (Don't buy the Coaster pictured, Too thin, I had to go back to Wal-mart & buy ja pack of plain cork coaster for a few dollars more.)
1st trace a circle on the cardboard using the cool whip lid as a template. Cut your circle out of cardboard.
Then use the Ice Cream pint lid to trace a smaller circle inside your circle so you can make a ring. Be sure to center it.
TIP: to cut center out poke a hole in the very center and cut a + sign to the inner line. Then it should be easier to cut out the center.
TIP: you can use your "Donut" to make another "donut"
Next place your "donut" on the Fabric and cut out a square around it.
Next apply glue to the side of the "donut" you don't want to see and press the fabric on it and let dry 2 hrs before trimming the around the ring.
NOTE: be sure are gluing the back side of the fabric to the ring.
Trim the ring and you can bend a little to cut the center.
Affix the coaster to the back of the ring using glue. I had wood glue on hand so I used it. Give it a good press or two and allow to dry, about 1 hr.
Affix the button magnets to the back of the coasters, simply peel and press! I used 3 magnets per coaster.
Then hang and push your pins in.
This is is about 30 minutes of work time and 3 hours of drying time which means you can get plenty of other things done while it dries.
And using things you have in home like lids as drawing templates keeps it easy & CHEAP!
Keep it Easy!
Added Jan. 25, 2015
Frosted Glass Project
If you have some glassware that seems plain and ordinary, consider this easy project that takes about 30 minutes actual work time.
What you'll need:
A spray can of Frosted Glass Paint
Stickers or peel-able wall cling shapes
A utility knife or box cutter
A Vase, Votive Holder, or other glassware
Note: if u don't have any glassware but want to try this easy project, I purchased two plain glass Votive holders for 77 cents and the Vase for 97 cents at Wal-mart. Check thrift stores and flea-markets for deals too
Use painters tape to tape off sections of glass you DON'T want painted, including adding stickers of shapes or letters. I used peal-able butterfly wall clings.
Shake your can of Frosted Glass paint, then spray paint over the entire surface of the vase and/or other glassware.
Let dry and apply a second and/or 3rd coat,drying in between. I went for lightly frosted 1-coat.
Once your done with all the spray painting and its dry, I let mine dry overnight.
Remove the tape and peel-able stickers.You may need to score the tape and stickers before removing. This is where the utility knife comes in handy.
My best advice is be creative, you can make these Vases have Stripes, horizontal or vertical or simple shapes like squares and triangles, or you can use shapes birds,flowers, or simply use letters and spell , L-o-v-e,or some other meaningful word.
Have fun with it. I like this project because it can fit any taste or preference and any decor.
And it is easy, and not time-consuming or tedious. As a single mother, my time is valuable, as I know it is to you too whether your single or not, man or woman, parent or not, we all just want more time, & more easy.
NOTE 2:I found various types of Spray paint, including Glitter Spray paint (think accessory in a child's room , Mirror (think really classy decor piece for a more formal space or centerpiece) and Christmas is coming, would make great homemade gifts or a decor piece for the Holly. There is even chalkboard spray paint you can make a cute vase for the kitchen and write notes and reminders, Save a tree and stop buying sticky notes,ha!
If You already have the Vases and painters tape The cost will be less.
My cost $8.45 For 3 decorative frosted glass pieces
I spent 30 minutes actual work time. Did not include drying time Since your not really working ,ha.
If you have an easy, less expensive crafting project, Please share it in the comment box below, and it could be featured on the site.
Thank you, Keep it Easy!
Yvonne at E.L.
Added Sept 27, 2014