Month: August 2017

Must Love Pink Decoupaged Birdhouse With Butterflies 

That’s the link that will take you to my store on Zazzle! 

All good decoupage projects start with just the right paper, or image. You don’t have to love pink in order to do this project though. A birdhouse can be any color you want it to be.Let’s get our papers first then we can get the rest of our supplies.  

Birds Need Homes especially in the Winter…

Would you like to keep this outside or indoors? You don’t have to add the lovely butterflies although truth be told, I could make butterflies this way all day. Using the coffee filters, the punch that I have and these Pearl Paints by Martha Stewart. Imagine making these glittery little butterflies and adding them to your Christmas tree….how about an Easter Basket?? Perfect for Springtime….but for now I want to be able to see Butterflies during the upcoming fall and winter months. 

You may want to google birds in your area to see what types and sizes of homes they prefer. This little opening is perfect for the little wrens that like a small little nest. A Woodpecker would never seek out a home like this, they prefer to make their own homes. Right in the trees… Several other birds though do seek out cozy little abodes.     Today’s project may be the perfect little home for a romantic minded little birdie. 


Here’s the supply list and links for what you’ll need for this project. Don’t forget, you can do all of your Amazon shopping through my site! 


Please note: Prices listed below may change/these prices were in effect as of August 23 2017/ Upcycledecoupage is not responsible for price changes made by sellers. 🙂

Wooden Birdhouse                            

$10.99 (free shipping with Prime Membership

XL Teflon Craft Sheet/Matt                 

$19.99 & Free shipping 

Martha Best Sellers metallic and Pearl paints

            $22.51 Free ship

Napkin Decoupage glue                                 

Glitter Assortment                                           

Butterfly Punch                                               

Look! It’s got 3 different punches! I use this all the time! 

Flat back gems  *assorted                                              

e 6000  w/ precision tips                                                  

pop dots                                                                          

Decoupage scissors                                                        

Paper Glaze                                                                       

Liquid Pearls *7                                                                



DIY Artist’s Journal Idea Book from Address book

                                        The Before                                                                        The After 

DIY  Artist’s Journal using an Address Book

You can see how beat up the original address book was….and how it looks now. A little chalk paint, decoupage glue and glitter….and it’s like new. You could even use an old address book and paint over the pages with chalk paint so you can use the book all over again, this time for your creative ideas. I have to admit, I have about 4 different places where I write down my ideas. I keep a pad in the bedside table because I am constantly getting ideas while I’m going to sleep or waking up. Yup, I sure do, I dream about decoupage. But that pad has to stay upstairs, so I keep another pad near the computer where I’ll get ideas galore after looking on Pinterest. I keep notes on my Iphone, and then there are the variety of napkins in my pocketbook that all have all types of mad scribbles all over them. Have a look at this weeks Youtube video and see where I’ll be keeping all of my notes from now on. I will carry this book with me everywhere, and in the event that I forget it, (I have to make it a habit first) I will still have the backup pads all over.
In the meantime, here’s the supply list and the links next to them so you can buy them right here!   If you like the napkins don’t hesitate, they sell out very quickly. Punch Studio has some of the most beautiful napkins you’ll ever see.  If the napkins you want are sold out, click on the link, and enter exactly what you’re looking for, an example would be Music themed napkins -or purple hydrangea can also do a search for Punch Studio napkins or Ideal Home Range Napkins, floral napkins, French themed, fruit, etc…
Address Book (this one is Moleskin)                                                          
Chalk paint Sampler                                                                          
decoupage scissors                                                                                
Triple Thick Glaze                                                                                      
Matte Gel Medium   * for Transfer                                                            
Trio of roses napkins                                                                              
punch studio Pink Paisley napkins                                                            
Punch Studio Seahorse napkins                                                              
Punch Studio Butterfly Damask                                                                

DIY Decoupage & chalk paint a tea pot Beach themed

How to Paint and Decoupage a Beach Themed Teapot 


you can watch the DIY Video here:

First let me say two things….I have had these napkins for years and I can’t find them anymore-so I am sorry that I couldn’t find them to put here on my post, (thought I did find several other beautiful napkins!) and the second thing is, I am only using this teapot for decorative purposes. For that reason I was happy to find this beat up one in the thrift store. It’s one of those items where someone probably wondered if they should donate it or not wondering what good it would be to someone-AND this turned out to be one of my favorite projects. I love most things to do with the sea having grown up frequenting the Jersey Shore way before it became world famous. Memories of my families on both sides, going to the shore. Parents would set up blankets, bring the coolers with lunches and drinks, the bags full of sunscreen and of course a radio. While the kids all ran into the ocean as if it was a candy store. Night’s were then spent on the boardwalk-I wasn’t one to go on the rides like most of my cousins but I did love to hang out with my Grandma Conlon. I loved both of my grandmothers, but this Grandma liked to play the machines where she would win toys and trinkets for all of us. There were 16 grandkids and we were just as happy with the toys that came out of the machines as we were with the toys that came from the toy store. She used to give me coins because I got very good at winning on those big glass machines that had the claws on them. I didn’t even care that I wasn’t winning something for me, I was making my Grandmother happy and that made me feel pretty special. 

Hydrangeas and Butterflies

Even as a young child I always remembered seeing those canvas awnings around most of the homes along with large family sized porches…and hydrangeas. Maybe that’s another reason why hydrangeas are my favorite flower. The few times that I have seen the butterflies land on the hydrangeas I thought it was magical somehow. It was certainly pretty and I was born with that artistic leaning- so I was very drawn to the flowers and the butterflies, still am. That’s how our beach inspired teapot was created. I was missing the shore. I found the teapot in the thrift store and knew I could make it pretty again. 

In the video I used Annie Sloan chalk paints. Her paints are not that easy to find. I have used the paints listed below to do other ocean themed projects and they’re a nice substitute. The video was made a while ago so I’ve learned from people’s comments that they can’t just run right out to buy the Annie Sloan paint. If you have it, great, but if not, I’ve supplied the links to the colors you’ll need to complete this project. Don’t forget, you can buy anything that you like while you’re on Amazon, you don’t have to sign out after buying what you need for this project. You can get what you need/want, then continue to shop for everything else you’re looking for. 

Have fun friends! 

Here’s the supply list. 


Small Curved scissors                                                          

Mica Flakes * Mother of Pearl                                               

craft sand                                                                             

Elmers Glue                                                                          

Coarse Glitter * Martha Stewart                                                                Triple Thick clear Top Coat                                                  

craft pearls Ivory and white                                                    

aprox 50 seashells asst size and shapes                                                                            

White Chalk Paint  (Adirondack color)                                                         Seaside Villa colored Chalk paint                                         

Glacier Colored Chalk paint                                                   

Pouncer Sponge brush                                                          

Professional Splatter Brush                                                    

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                        

Shades of Indigo Butterfly napkins                                         

Caspari Dayrol butterfly napkins                                                

Aporia Butterfly *and flower napkin                                              

Hydrangea Napkins                                                                       

Blush Hydrangea napkins                                                

Butterfly and Hydrangea Napkin                                      


DIY Make the World’s Prettiest Cat Litter Box Decoupage

How to Decorate & Decoupage the prettiest Kitty Litter Box  For supply list, skip to center of page..

10 years ago my husband told me about these feral cats that hung out at his shop. He has a landscaping business, and the cats used to sleep under the trailers especially when it rained. He said that once in awhile he would get down on the ground with the cats hoping they would approach him. One of the cats did. She was clearly not a feral cat. As the summer ended and the colder months approached my husband told me that he thought he might be feeding the friendly cat too much since she was getting fat. I didn’t think much of it except that it was very sweet of him to take this cat under his wing. It was getting near the time of year when the weather would become cold, blustery and sometimes snowy…and he mentioned that it was a good thing this cat was gaining weight to survive the winter.  “But- added, it’s so funny, she’s getting a beer belly.” I asked what he meant by that and he said that instead of gaining weight all over, she was only gaining it in her tummy. I told him that meant she was going to have kittens and that we now had to take her in. Those kittens wouldn’t survive the winter or the streets. He brought her home and we named her Molly, and for a couple of months, Molly wasn’t wild about me. She loved my husband and even though I fed her, when I tried to pet her, she would slink back just enough to let me know she was uncomfortable. I was afraid she would bite me or swat at me, so I left her alone. When she finally had the kittens, I found it hard to believe that she only had 2 kittens, and sadly the first one was born dead, and it’s hind legs had never quite formed. The second kitten was alive and in perfect shape. We took both of them to the Vet’s office the next day to make sure they were both ok. I also wanted to make sure that no kittens had gotten stuck in the birth canal. All was fine and the receptionists seemed to love Molly. They said, “What a sweetheart this cat is…” I think both of us -Molly and I were a little leary of each other in those early days. From that day on we became besties and she is on my lap more than anywhere else in the house these days. We named the only kitten Boo Boo because he looked a lot like Boo Boo the bear as a baby. We reasoned that since she only had one kitten we couldn’t give him away. We had one cat but she was 19 years old and we knew we would not have her much longer. Here we are ten years later and Molly and Boo are inside cats preferring to have a litter box on both floors of our house. I was so tired of the plain plastic containers that I decided to decoupage one of the boxes, and that’s how our project was born. 

Getting the most out of your Kitty Litter- A hack of sorts….

You know how kitty litter is so expensive? – I mean that it’s not cheap and the fact that we’re just going to throw it away and then buy more to throw away? That’s expensive.  We buy it for the best price ever at one of the big box stores, and even though it’s a good brand it’s not the new one that’s out on the market called Slide. The Slide product advertises that it will not stick to the sides or bottom of your kitty litter box. You know what? The ads are true. Of course it’s a little bit more expensive, so what I do is add a couple of inches of the Slide to the bottom of the kitty litter box and add the regular clumping litter over it, another couple of inches. There’s my hack….This way I keep scooping off the top, and when I do clean out the litter box, it all slides right out. That is a huge time saver AND I don’t have to wear a dust mask. 

Supply List

Plastic Kitty Litter Box 

Small curved scissors

Hydrangea napkins 

Spray paint for Plastic

Napkin Decoupage Glue

Triple Thick Spray Glaze

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter

Medium Grit Sandpaper or Nail file

E6000 Glue

Furniture Onlay

*Jewel or old piece of jewelry to fit over screw hole in Onlay 

If you want to add a different color over your spray paint  you can use chalk paint.   Chalk paint tends to give a velvety rich look to a piece making plastic look more like stone-that step is optional though and I did not use it in the video.

You can click on any link below to get all of the products. You will be taken to Amazon and thank you! It really helps me out when you make your purchases on Amazon through my links.  

High End Kitty Litter Box                                                           

Hi-sided  Kitty Litter Box                                                                 

Standard Kitty Litter Box (like the one used in video)                    

Spray Paint for Plastic                                                                      

Scroll Furniture Inlay  *see image below                                          

Americana Chalk Paint Sampler                                                          

E 6000 Glue