Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DIY Antique Mercury Glass

Today I am going to show you how to make dollar store & thrift store items look like they are made of antique mercury glass.  I got the idea from Pinterest, of course. :0)  Here are some mercury glass lamps from Pottery Barn.  Don't you just LOVE?  


glass vases (or anything made of glass)
squirt bottle
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint (you can get it from Walmart for like $8 I think)

I went to the dollar store and got several sized glass vases.  I also bought a few table lamps from a local thrift store.  I wanted to put one on a side table in the living room and then two on our bedside tables.  This project is very easy and cheap!  


1. You take the squirt bottle full of water and squirt directly onto the glass.  Depending on how many spots you want on your finished piece determines how much water you should spray on it.  I say trial and error is the best method since these glass vases are so cheap.  I did spray a generous amount onto each vase though.  Make sure your squirt bottle is adjusted to a setting you like before you spray it on too.  I had mine somewhere in the middle; I didn't want it to be too much of a mist and I didn't want it to be big splatters either.  

2.  Before the water dries, spray the paint directly onto the glass over the water spots.  Make sure you shake the can of spray paint for a long time before you use it so that it doesn't drip.  

3.  Let it dry.  And you are finished!  That's it!   

My friend Janet made some with me too!

You can see she is squirting water on top of the paint.  Sometimes we felt like there wasn't enough water marks on the piece so we would just spray some more water on and then spray paint on top of it again.    

Sorry I didn't take pictures of the finished pieces.  I need to get better at my picture taking.  Lesson learned.  :-)

 Here is one of the lamp's I bought from the thrift store.  It was in an outdated shade of brassy gold.  I wouldn't recommend buying a lamp like this for your project though.  My advice to you is to find a lamp base made of clear glass.  You know, those lamps that are clear and hallow on the inside?  The reason I say this is because you don't get quite the same look because there are no see-through marks where the water was and the paint wasn't.  Regardless I still think it gave the lamp a pretty cool look.  You can see it's almost as if the paint looks like it beaded up.  

 Here is a picture of the finished lamp in my living room.  I bought a burlap lampshade on sale from Home Goods and attached it to the base.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Heart Doily & Pendant Banner

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I wanted to share with you the Heart Doily & Pendant Banner I made for Valentine's Day.  :-)  I used twine for the string to hang the flags on, bought the heart doilies from Michaels, and the flags were cut out of scrapbook paper from Michaels.  I tied some linen ribbon into bows onto the twine to add an extra something to it.  I hole punched two holes into the flags to string the twine through them and simply taped the whole banner up onto the mantle.  This would be easy to make for any holiday.  You can have fun with it and make it your own unique banner with different scrapbook paper, etc.

My wonderful husband gave me a dozen roses this morning (so sweet of him!) and I decided to use them as part of the decor on our fireplace mantle to go along with the banner I made.  I placed each rose in random old bottles I had collected last year (for our wedding).  The LOVE sign was from our wedding too.  Ps.  Sorry for the TV in the pic, I couldn't really take the picture without getting it in it.  Oh well!

If you want a fresh perspective on Valentine's Day, visit my sweet friend Bekah's blog je*m'appelle*bekah.  I love her advice to guys who feel the pressure to get something special for their Valentine and think it is just a "Hallmark holiday".

She put the true meaning of love perfectly, "If nothing else, this should be a day of being thankful for the definition of love: God. God is love. God is the creator of love, God is the one who allows us to feel the beautiful emotion of love. He is the only One who never fails and never disappoints."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY Wedding Seating Chart

My mom, dad, sister, and I helped make the seating chart at our wedding.  All of my family was onboard at this point in the wedding planning because it was getting to be crunch time.  

Here is how we made it:

- I started by taking a very large frame and painted it white.  

- Then I sanded it down to look distressed just like I did for the chalkboard menu frame. 

- My dad cut a large piece of cork board to fit inside the frame. 

 - Then I sprayed an even thin layer of Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Spray onto the surface of the cork board and gently spread some linen fabric over the front of the cork board being careful not to leave any air bubbles beneath the fabric.

- My sister printed out the title and guests names with a fancy font she found onto some nice card stock paper.  We organized everyone by last name on our seating chart.  I thought it would easier for everyone to find their name this way.  

- My mom found some decorative pins at a hardware store and used them to pin the guests names on the chart.  

- The wooden heart was left over from the table numbers I made so I added a little personal touch by writing onto it with a brown paint pen, "Find Your Table" and stuck it onto the board with the pins.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gift Ideas

When Jon and I were researching bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts we had a hard time coming up with something unique and meaningful to give to each member of our wedding party.  We wanted the gifts to be something special and something that they would use after the wedding too.  After looking around quite a bit, here is what we came up with.

I gave each of my bridesmaids a turquoise cotton stretchy dress.  I bought them for my bridesmaids to get ready in the day of the wedding since they were comfortable, they slip on and off easily so it wouldn't ruin makeup and hair, they were the same color as our wedding, and they could be worn again.  I bought myself a white one to wear (since I was the bride and the bride always wears white :).  I also gave them their turquoise beaded necklaces they wore in the wedding and the flower hair clips I made for them to wear in the wedding.  

Here is a picture of the girls all in their dresses as we were getting ready.  The dresses were from Target.  :)

Jon gave each of his groomsmen a branding iron and a pair of branded grilling gloves.  Each branding iron was unique because each one had the first initial of each guys last name.  The initial was also branded on the grilling gloves that came with it.  I think it is safe to say that the guys loved their gift!  I mean, what is more manly than grilling a piece of meat?  ;)  Now they get to personalize each piece of steak they grill with their last name initial.  

If you are interested here is a link to the website that we bought them from.  It was perfect because it was a specific package just for groomsmen.  http://www.barbecuebrandingirons.com/pkg_brand_gloves.htm 

If you are interested we also got gifts for our ring bearers, flower girl and guestbook attendant.  For our ring bearers, we gave them each a baseball bat that had their name, the title "Ring Bearer", and our wedding date engraved on it.  I'm pretty sure they love this gift since they are both really into sports.    

For our flower girl and guestbook attendant we got them each a pretty bracelet with a heart-shaped charm on it with the first initial of their first name.  They looked sort of like these.  

We got the bracelets from an engraving store in our mall called Things Remembered.  Here is a link to the online store.  http://www.thingsremembered.com/

Friday, September 16, 2011

From Wedding Decor to Home Decor

When purchasing items for our wedding I always made sure it would be something I would want to use later for decoration in our house.  Here are some pictures of items that have been taken from wedding decor to home decor.  

Birds and birdcage at our wedding

Birds and birdcage in our home (on our mantle) 

Mason jars and card box (lantern) at our wedding

Mason jars and card box (lantern) in our home

Antique bottles at our wedding

Antique bottles in our home

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How to Make a Chalkboard Menu

I made a chalkboard menu to display at our wedding so guests could see what they were having for dinner.  Here is how I made it!  :)

First I took an old frame and painted it white.  

Then I roughed it up with sandpaper to make it look weathered.  

Then I sprayed it with some Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer so that the frame would be protected.  

After that I took a smooth piece of wood (had my dad cut it down to the right size so that it would fit in the frame) and sprayed it with some Krylon Chalkboard Paint.  

Once it was dry we placed in the frame and wrote down the menu with some white chalk.  There you have it!  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DIY Fabric Flower Hair Clips

Today I want to share with you the fabric flower hair clips my sister and I made for my bridesmaids and flower girl to wear at our wedding.  They were really easy to make.  No sewing involved!  We just took several different turquoise patterned fabrics and some ivory tulle and started making them.  Each one was a little unique from the next because we mixed up the fabrics.  If you are interested in making them yourself you can find a great tutorial at Little Miss Momma.  Instead of making the girls headbands to wear, I made hair clips.  I bought some alligator clips and glued one side of the clip in between two pieces of felt.  I think they looked great in the girls hair; it added that extra pop of turquoise color I wanted!  

 Photo credit: Mark Janzen Photography