Your Mama is so fashionable that Gucci, Prada and Fendi call her on a daily basis to get insight into upcoming fashion trends.
Everyone needs a bag for the lake, beach, or farmer’s market this summer. So we decided to create one with a vintage flair using homemade yo-yo’s. Continuing with our “Do-it Yourself with Yo-Yo’s” crafts, we have decided to add some color to a brown burlap bag and a black and white chevron bag using yo-yo’s to make flowers.
Following the instructions on the package, if using the Quick Yo-Yo Maker, or making your own, cut a circle. Using needle and thread, hem the edge of the circle so that you can pull your thread to gather the center of the circle together. Once you have done this, use your needle and thread to sew the center securing the yo-yo. Next, sew a button of your choice to decorate the center of the yo-yo making it look like a flower.
Next, using a thick green yarn, create stems for your flowers. We chose to braid our yarn, creating a thicker stem look.
You are now ready to make leaves! Using the green fabric and scissors, cut any shape of leaf that you would like to use for your flowers. Once you have done this, you are ready to add your vintage flowers to your bag.
Arrange your flowers, stems, and leaves according to the design of your choice and simply sew or glue to attach them in place. Viola! You have a new hand bag for the summer!
Story by Leisel Caldwell
This little mid-century modern desk is a different from most of my redos, but I could see its potential the second I spotted it on Craigslist. It had great bones and just needed a facelift. I had been searching for a small desk to put in the “college boys” room since he took most of the furniture with him last fall.
I decided on a neutral gray that would complement the color scheme I had started in his room. It would also blend with other areas of the house since I am always a threat to rearrange furniture.
I added some scrapbook paper to the inside of the drawers to freshen them up. It’s such an easy fix, just choose your paper and use “Mod Podge” to glue it down.
It serves as a desk for when the kids are home from college on the weekend and need to catch up on homework or study. Well, it’s there anyway. . .
It could also be a sweet makeup table with an added a mirror. With plenty of storage in the side drawers, it's versatile and could also be used as a mail drop/bill paying station where I keep my laptop.
For now it stay put as a study desk, but I may wake up one morning and it will be the target of another “Not Too Shabby” project getting a new color and new home!
Story by Lynn Amason
Hi, I am Carmody of Paper & Fox, a DIY blog, full of crafty projects and clever ideas. I am a big upcycle and thrift store fan. I love when something as simple as paint and a little creativity can turn a tired piece of furniture into something really spectacular. I grew up and live with my family in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte supplies us with some pretty awesome thrift stores. My husband and I treat thrift store shopping as a competitive sport. I think that I knocked it out of the park with this little project.
My Funky Junk Craft project started with a trip to Goodwill, where I came across a lonely wood bookend in the shape of a shell. I love all things nautical and water related, so this guy jumped out at me. This poor bookend did not even have a mate. It was weathered and probably spent some time outside, but it had a great shell shape and was only $1.99.
I knew my bookend needed a friend, so I kept my eyes peeled for something to act as the other bookend. I was lucky enough to find a metal seahorse hook at Value Village Thrift Store a week later. I am guessing that the seahorse was intended to be a coat or bag hook. Anyways, it was now mine and I purchased it for a whopping $2.50.
My first step was to create a base for the seahorse hook. I used a one of my toddler’s wood building blocks and an L-bracket. If you run into my toddler, don’t tell him I took his block.
Then, I spray-painted the sad shell bookend, block with L-bracket and metal seahorse a dark gray I chose Rust-Oleum Satin Granite spray-paint. The cost of the can of spray-paint was $3.60.
Once the paint was dry, I attached the seahorse to the base that I created with the block. There were two holes conveniently in the center of the seahorse. I used my drill to attach the seahorse to the wood block with screws.
Each bookend matched after being coated in dark gray paint, but I wanted a little more out of them. With copper craft paint that I had from a previous project, I painted the bottom of each bookend. My goal was to have the modern “dipped” look and a patina effect all in one. I think these two mismatched bookends make a great team. Currently, I have them in my office and like how they look against the blue walls. What do you think? This was an easy project that cost under $10 to create. Easy and cheap is a great combination… for Funky Junk Crafts.
I hope you enjoyed my Funky Junk Craft project as much as I did creating it. For more crafty projects and clever ideas, please visit me at PaperandFox.com.
Nothing says "Welcome" like bright colors, especially in the summertime. Unfortunately, our old welcome mat, left behind by previous homeowners, was nothing of the sort. It was faded, dirty and pretty sad looking, but I didn't really want to get an entirely new mat and this one had a nice design. All it needed was some love and color!
Begin by prepping your mat for painting by hosing it down. Get all of the grime and debris you can off of it.
After it's dry, you're ready for the spray paint. You will probably need a few coats. This took the entire can and I still had some spots that were grayish due to the kind of material of this particular mat. It both worked in my favor and caused a bit more work you'll see in a minute.
After the white layer has dried you can go to town with your bright colors. Paint it as if you were filling in a coloring book, adding as many coats as needed. Here's where the grayish areas come in. The outer border turned out great in gray but I still had areas that shouldn't be gray. If this happens to you as well, just go over those spots with a small brush and some white acrylic paint.
If your mat is in a place that is not exposed to the elements, i.e. a carport, outdoor paint isn't a must have. However, if it will be in a sunny, uncovered area, you may want to spend the extra few cents for the outdoor acrylics.
I'm loving our "new" mat and I think it's much more welcoming!
Story by Kelly Genn