Month: November 2016

DIY French Christmas Liquor Bottle Upcycle Decoupage

img_3446Before we upcycle or repurpose this liquor bottle, I’ll give you a few ideas about finding them. We have a favorite restaurant that we go to often. Since I already know the bartenders, I have asked them if I could have certain unique liquor bottles when they are done with them.  I ask relatives to save bottles for me, I go on Freecycle and request unique liquor bottles-for free of course. We also have Craigslist and I’ve gotten a few bottles there. You can do a search on line for pretty liquor bottles-then request the ones that you like on Freecycle or Craigslist. I have also found some lovely bottles in the Goodwill store, garage sales and once in a blue moon-along a path where I walk.  With all of that said…Ready to use some French Script, vintage looking tulle and wooden snowflakes on your bottle? I know I am. Of course we’ll add some glitter and even some mica. Mica is a mineral and it has a look that’s similar to very thin slivers of aged glass.  Here’s the supply list…and since my site goes through Amazon, please remember that you can do all of your shopping here, not just the supplies that I recommend. A Very happy Thanksgiving to you all!


French Script Tissue Paper                       

Vintage Mica Flakes                                       screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-10-57-29-am

Bare Wooden Snowflakes                                  screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-38-46-am

Rose Gold Glitter                                              

Chalk Paint- select your color                           

E6000 Glue                                                       

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                  

Triple Thick Top Coat (apply with brush)           

Triple Thick Top Coat (Spray on)                        






How to Make 7 Stunning Borax Crystal Christmas Ornaments Step by Step

If you haven’t seen my video on how to crystalize bottles I’ll include the link at here.   But for today? I wanted to show you how to make these easy Borax Crystallized Christmas Ornaments.  After making the bottles I had a lot of requests for this one. There are quite a few video’s on youtube already showing these but they are quite short. They don’t mention a lot of the steps, missteps and other options when it comes to making these lovely gems. img_3306  It is also not clear exactly how to make the ornaments using pipe cleaners. I spent the whole weekend working on some ideas of my own and I’m sure you’ll come up with some ideas of your own too! I had to turn the comments off on my site since I was getting heavily spammed from another country. You can contact me on my Facebook page, Upcycle with Decoupage or on my youtube channel @ patioelf. It does take a while for me to get back in touch with you. (Usually a little over a week now) And if you have a question that you would like answered a little faster, you can visit that Facebook page. All of these items are sold through Amazon, so if you have Amazon Prime, you get all of the same features. You don’t have to stick to my list of items either. You can get all of your shopping done while you’re buying any of these supplies. If you’re in another country-please do a Google search for Borax or a Borax substitute since I don’t know about specific products or goods in other countries.  Watch the video here:


Martha Stewart 24 Pack Multi color Glitter                   

Thin Chenille Pipe Cleaners (100 pack)                       

Fuzzy Chenille Pipe Cleaners (100 Pack)                     

Ritt Dye (link is for Scarlett)                                           

search also for Green, blue, pink -any color!

Triple Thick Glaze Spray                                                

Iridescent Viva Decor Glitter Paste                                 

Iridescent Sequins                                                         


DIY Mixed Media Gourd Christmas Decoupage

Here’s the supply list for our project this week but first, let’s have a look at how this gourd turned out. gourdthmb                                                                                             You can watch the “how to” video here :                  

   As you can see there is a small opening there for birds but in this case that was only to show you how to do it in the video. A little paint, some Christmas Napkins, French Script Stamps, French Script Stencils and of course I had to add glitter. Since my Gourd is a blend of blue and green colors, I decided to use a very fine blue and green glitter. That’s my product mention of the week, the package of glitter that you can purchase right here. I’m writing this blog post on November 10th 2016 so this particular set of Glitter is being sold at an Amazing Discount… 18.44 instead of 32.99!!! I can’t wait to get mine. Have a look at these….screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-54-32-amThere are colors in here to match every holiday, every color and any occasion! Don’t mind me – I am huge fan of glitter and all that is sparkly….Gives everything a magical touch, especially around Christmas!  I am listing 2 different sets of the glitter because the one above contains more than the one below. You may not want as much glitter or you may be reading after this sale has ended. I have included the drill here in case you would like to turn your Gourd into a birdhouse. Personally-I find myself using that drill a lot more than I thought I would. Not only does it come in handy for drilling, it also has become a necessity in my craft room. We’ll be using it more along the way.   I also want to add that  Decoupage seems to be the first thing we do besides painting-then we add on whatever else we want after that. Papers, stamps, stencils and whatever you can think of that you would like to add to your Christmas Gourd. But please don’t be discouraged if you are not quite wild about your first mixed media attempt. It may take some time until you like what you have done. Then again you may just have a knack for it and be able to create something that you love on your first attempt. There are several amazing Mixed Media Artists on youtube. You can get even more ideas from them and of course inspiration. Don’t forget that Upcycle with Decoupage is also on Facebook. If you go on over and click the “Like” then “Follow” button on the top right part of the page, you will get a notice on your facebook page every week when I publish a new video.

  •    Walut Hollow Creative Drill                                                    
  •   Craft Sea Sponges                                                                
  •   Chalk Paint                                                                            
  • Upcycle with Decoupage                                                       
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  • Case of Gourds                                                                       
  • Small Pouncer Sponges                                                          
  • Adhesive Holiday stencils                                                       
  • 6 X 6 script stencil                                                                   
  • Script Rubber Stamp                                                               
  • Spar Varnish (Waterproof)                                                       
  • or Triple Thick Spray Glaze                                                     
  • Coarse Nail File                                                                       
  • Christmas Napkins- Reindeer                                                  
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  • Blue Green themed Ornament Napkins                                                                                                            screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-4-41-34-pm
  • Cream & Ivory Christmas napkins                                           
  • Martha Stewart Craft Paint Roller                                           
  • 3 pc Aqua Brush                                                                     
  • Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                        
  • Flat head brush set                                                                 
  • Martha’s Fine Glitter Set                                                           screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-7-46-22-pm


DIY Beginners Decoupage Glitter Encrusted Welcome Sign Christmas

Let’s Decoupage a Christmas Welcome Sign and encrust it with GLITTER.  Is Christmas complete without glitter?

This week’s video is something I have wanted to do for a while. Decoupage a letter, although in this case it was several letters. But I do have to say that even though I found the prettiest napkin for this project, I knew that this Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter would really make this stand out. Especially if you stand it up near Christmas lights.You can read about it here or buy it.

  • This video is for beginners but it will also help those of you who may not be aware of a few of the other tips that I include in the video. I also make sure to keep the video running in real time as I explain the step by step instructions. Since my links will take you over to Amazon, you are eligible for all of the same benefits if you are a Prime member. Free shipping, and one or two day shipping times. Now that’s exciting!   Here are the rest of the supplies you’ll need -and don’t forget, you can buy anything else you need while you’re shopping through my links. Not-just what I am selling here. If you decoupage as often as I do you’ll also want to have a look at the laser printer that has gone on sale before Black Friday! What a deal..
  •    Aqua Brush                                                        
  •    Large 16″ Ampersand sign                                
  •    Love Sign                                                           
  •    Welcome Sign                                                    
  •    Welcome Sign 2                                                  screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-50-27-pm
  • Christmas Themed Napkins                                      screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-53-06-pm
  • Cream Colored Christmas Napkins                            screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-54-57-pm
  • Peacock Blue and Purple Christmas Napkins              screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-56-49-pm
  • Cardinal, Reindeer, Santa Napkins                                screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-57-50-pm
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                                      
  • Triple Thick Glaze                                                          
  • Coarse Metal Nail File                                                  
  • Color Laser Printer ON SALE