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Posted by admin_upcycle on June 22, 2017

How I Made A Tip Jar with a Mason Jar Decoupage & a Transfer

Don’t you love the Graphics Fairy? 

Before I begin my blog posts I like to give you the link to the video so you can watch it, then read along if you have any questions,- also feel free to make purchases that you need below. Here’s the how to video: https://youtu.be/3moafwLaVpQ 

I used a lovely Black and White image of a flower girl in the video and  here is the link to the graphic from the Graphics Fairy.  http://thegraphicsfairy.com/gorgeous-antique-flower-girl-engraving/  

One caution about going over to the Graphics Fairy. Make sure you have some extra time when you visit this page, it’s equivalent to walking through a beautiful garden where you just want to stop and look at every single flower..  You will be inspired-and you may want to use a different printable. They have it all on the site so have a look around. 

Decoupage and Image Transfers…perfect together!

 Before you make your jar you may want to decide if you want to go with a colorful project or black and white, or monochromatic. *Use only one color but different shades of that one color. For me I wanted to stick with a more monochromatic theme, using black and white but several different shades of blacks like grays and silvers. If you would like some napkins that would match this project have a look at these beauties. (link to purchase is just below image) 




or how about something like this? Also beautiful    


and one more:                                                         


Along with the chalk paint. I do want to mention that there is a product that is made by Zinnser here’s a link for you to purchase it or read about it. http://amzn.to/2sPE3KR 

by the way, it is a few dollars cheaper if you buy it here than in your local hardware store….  One of the rules of painting is that you should only use an oil paint over and acrylic paint, but never an acrylic paint over an oil paint. The reason being that it takes forever for the oil paint to dry, and if you add a quick drying acrylic paint over the top of the slow drying oil paint, you will get cracking or chipping. Perhaps the fact that this is a spray paint and it therefore goes on much thinner….you can break that rule here. I have used this product on my glass jars and bottles, tiles and porcelain Christmas houses, in order to protect them forever. Now though-with the popularity of chalk paint I am thinking this is a non issue. I spray the glass with the Zinsser, let it dry for a few days, (I tend to spray several projects at once and keep them in a safe dry storage area so they are ready to be worked on in the future) then I add the chalk paint. The reason I mention this is because even though the chalk paint is good, it will not last as long as the Zinsser product. If your project is going to sit on a shelf making the room it’s in look even more lovely, you can skip the Zinsser. If you are going to be moving it in and out of storage (for holidays) or using it as a tip jar, you may want to actually go ahead and use the Zinsser. If you’re making coasters, you really want to use the Zinsser. If you’re using the Zinsser you also want to keep this out of your oven, do not put this chemical in your oven. Air drying is fine. If you have a dry unused room where you can let it degas, even better. If you are going to go on ahead without using the Zinsser, remember that you do NOT have to put these projects in the oven to dry. I am impatient and I tend to be working with a deadline, that’s how I discovered the oven method and the right temperatures. 

As the video shows, you would want to first paint your item, dry, do your transfer, dry, then decoupage your napkins over the surface. Don’t forget you can also make something like this for that special niece or nephew but turn it into a bank. If you would like a matte finish (no shine at all) you will want to use this product as your top coat to protect your work. 

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                             http://amzn.to/2sPQoyC

If you would like to add glitter over the matte varnish once it has dried you would want to use an additional product like this. Clear Adhesive for Glitter           http://amzn.to/2tK8FK2

If you would like to use what I used… Triple Thick                  http://amzn.to/2rzOuhv

Here are the additional supplies I used and you may also want.

Chalk paint          *any light color                                            \http://amzn.to/2tK8YVt

Roll clear crystal beads                                                          http://amzn.to/2toMhXB

Glitter *extra fine Silver                                                           http://amzn.to/2rRndXi   

Silver or Gold Sequin Tape                                                     http://amzn.to/2rRPI6S 

small roller brush                                                                    http://amzn.to/2ttRflT

Modeling Paste (for fill ins)                                                     http://amzn.to/2tOsO1Q

parchment paper                                                                   http://amzn.to/2sQCtHR

napkin decoupage glue                                                         http://amzn.to/2sBnvU6

Crystal embellishments                                                          http://amzn.to/2rDsqCF

adhesive crystal swirls                                                            http://amzn.to/2sQSCNu

Laser Printer                                                                           http://amzn.to/2sVQuoa

Upcycle with Decoupage Book                                             http://amzn.to/2tOvgWf


Posted by admin_upcycle on June 15, 2017

DIY Beach Vacation Decoupage Box

Don’t you just love Beach Decor? Especially when you make it? Decoupage.

It’s the perfect medium- along with some paint and glitter,  to turn a plain box into something that’s not only usable but pretty. Now that it’s summer time? I felt especially inspired to do something with an ocean theme. For one thing the pretty napkins that you’ll need are back in season. Just like at Christmas-time when see all of the beautiful napkins with Santa, Holly and Reindeer on them. Now is the time you’ll find the most bountiful supply of ocean or sea themed napkins.  You can purchase the napkins here. Below the link is the image of the napkin you may want. : http://amzn.to/2sBbTTm    



You can watch the how to video here:  https://youtu.be/45Yb2qkfde8


You may also want to go with a gentle Starfish theme http://amzn.to/2t2DWIL  

like these:  you may like the crab theme but want a different background like these napkins. http://amzn.to/2spHZ4b 

Whatever your choice is, you can find them here. If you click on any of the links on this page you can enter a search for any type of napkin. Mermaids? Seashells? School of fish? What reminds you most of the shore or your favorite summer vacation spot? See the links to the rest of the supplies below. 

Repurposing a Liquor Bottle Box

One of my absolute favorite things to do is upcycle. Call it repurposing, upcycling or just decorating that certain item that you haven’t thrown away, knowing you would use it one day. My garage is full of those kinds of items. (Not to worry-we can still fit our car in the garage, I’ve got it under some form of control) So when my husband got this bottle of Bourbon as a gift, he knew exactly what I was thinking as he took the bottle out of it’s decorative wooden box. “Dan, ” he said, “I don’t know who is happier about this gift since you and I both know what she is going to do with this box.”  I’ll be sending him the video tomorrow. As soon as this box was dry and ready to use I began to put all of my nails polishes and supplies in it. But they were all different sizes, and a few of the bottles extended up over the top of the box. That wouldn’t do. Then I remembered that only a day ago I was thinking that I needed to find another way to store my paint brushes. Not only do I already have too many brushes, but I was storing them on a table top where I do my video’s, and instead of having one container with all of my brushes in it, I had about 5 and one of them was huge. It was the video I made showing you how to repurpose and decoupage a large plastic bottle. Like the size of a very large bleach bottle! I’ll still need a special jar for certain brushes, but all of the rest of them fit nicely into my new ocean themed box. Since my work table sits in a sunny location I am loving that the glitter on this box is drawing my eye right to this part of the room. Why is it that glitter makes me so happy? So does the ocean, so this was the perfect project for me – I hope you enjoy it too.

Amazon Prime

I hope you have Amazon Prime. The most common question I get by far is, “Where did you get those napkins?” I can tell you that the majority of the napkins that I use were purchased on Amazon. As were all of the incidentals that are needed to complete the projects I show you how to do. With free 2 day shipping and in some area’s one day shipping? I spend so much money there! If you want to order from my site, you don’t have to just stick to the items on my page. You can buy anything else you want while you’re there! 

Here’s the list of the other supplies you’ll need along with the links for you to purchase. You can always just head on over to Amazon by clicking on the link to read about the items too if you want. 

Whipped Spackle                                                                                   http://amzn.to/2sBllWV 

Craft Spatulas                                                                                        http://amzn.to/2stplZK   

Medium Sanding block                                                                         http://amzn.to/2stGFhc

Chalk Paints (several colors)                                                                 http://amzn.to/2s2hwZW

Chip Brushes                                                                                         http://amzn.to/2spZi4Q

Artists brushes                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2sbDTu9  

Napkin Decoupage glue                                                                       http://amzn.to/2s27g3w 

White Pearl Paint                                                                                  http://amzn.to/2sBDuDT

Martha Stewart Glitter asst.                                                                  http://amzn.to/2rsINWM

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                                                              http://amzn.to/2sByDCH

Flexible Toothbrush                                                                              http://amzn.to/2stMPya

Elmers Glue All                                                                                     http://amzn.to/2rx5Vyr

E6000 Glue                                                                                           http://amzn.to/2sBsoik

Starfish                                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2t3m4gW

Triple Thick Top Coat                                                                            http://amzn.to/2stUDzE 






Posted by admin_upcycle on June 7, 2017

How I decoupaged this Salvaged Glass Window

Vintage, Salvaged or Old Window Sitting around? DIY Decoupage it! 

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/rBxDI_U-CHo

But I would also like to show you the still pictures of this romantic shabby chic window. Now that I have finished it . 

Did you ever find something on the side of the road and KNOW you could do something with it-but you weren’t quite sure what? It can be overwhelming right? Do I paint it? Leave it alone? Hang it? How do I paint it? Can I do this? For me, I have to do a couple of things in order to get to the point where I’m enthusiastic about getting this one. For one thing, I had a need for it in a spot in my bedroom. Is need the right word? For me, yes it is. I have to be able to see romantic things around me, things that inspire me. Things that keep me smiling and remind me of what makes me happy. Only because there are those mornings when I wake up after a bad dream and I’m so annoyed with someone. My husband? A friend, Verizon. Depends on what the dream was about. I also know I’m being irrational.  I stay there in bed surrounded by at least 4 animals, sometimes 5 if my one cat decides to come up in bed. I chat with each one of them and pet them, tell them how important and special they are, and I look around the room. When I open the shades in our bedroom I see tree tops and birds and the current weather. In the bedroom? I see the new sea foam green that we painted the walls, I believe it’s called Garden Twilight. I see the nautical vintage clock I have above the TV, and I see several pieces that I have decoupaged. All to my liking. Not something I bought, but something I made. My husband loves contemporary furniture which doesn’t exactly fit in with shabby chic. But like most couples we’ve learned to compromise with one room this way and another one that way. Or a mix of the both in a room if we can get away with it. When I looked over towards the top of the dresser and saw only glass….I just had to add something to it! It can’t just be white and bare. By the way, how about those little pink lights around the outside? I can only find those at IKEA and they won’t ship them -darn. We go to IKEA about every 4 months and I’ll stock up on things like these lights that I can’t find anywhere else. So back to our Salvage window.

Another Necessary Step in the Decoupage Process

Do you know that for me, I HAVE to get out into nature. I can look all over Pinterest for ideas, but for inspiration I have to have to have to get out no matter what the weather. I live on the East Coast of USA, an hour from the ocean and a mile from the Beautiful Delaware River. I always have to find my way towards some body of water. I’m sure it’s the negative Ion’s that flood my system and always make me feel happy for no reason, the sunshine, the trees, the vegetation and the wild life. 

I mean, how can I not be happy when I step outside of myself and my home and have a look around at all of the prettieness going on around me? I know that’s not a word, it just should be. 

I tend to be one of those people who habitually says, “I don’t have the time!” But I notice that seems to be for the things that need to get done, or that I don’t want to do sometimes. I also noticed that it became a habit to just keep repeating that. I had housework to do, bills to pay, blog posts to write, and video’s to make! But when I get out in nature, all I need to do is relax and take it all in. That’s when I get inspired. That’s when I can feel what I want to do with my projects. For this window I suddenly went from being overwhelmed and not having any time to do it to knowing that I was so ready to get this done, I went home and got right to work on it.  I know you may not live near a body of water. You may live in a city, but I’m sure there is a spot somewhere – where you just feel inspired, or calm or just better about life. I used to live in an area where I felt inspired by driving to this one parking lot in an upscale office building. The car was always safe and warm, and the parking lot was designed so that it was like a park. There was shade where I needed it, fountains, birds singing and for me a break from a desk job where I heard a lot of complaints all day. I hope you find that time and place for yourself. You will never ever regret taking that time out for yourself. 

Something else I wanted to mention before you have a look at the supplies. Did you know that you can purchase anything and everything you need on Amazon through my site? If you’re shopping for bath towels, vitamins or dog toys, you can still get all of that on Amazon with your Prime membership through my site. Click on any of the links below to get what you need and when you’re done getting your decoupage supplies, you can click on search and continue on with your shopping. * Napkin patterns change all the time and some napkins are not available anymore. You can also click on any link and do a search for the specific napkin pattern you would like. Floral, botanical, nautical, etc. 

Happy Pasting my friends! 

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project. 


Decoupage Glue                                                                  http://amzn.to/2s4KXLS 

Stencil used in Video                                                            http://amzn.to/2rMg1No

Level                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2s4MWji

Painters tape                                                                          http://amzn.to/2qX18a0

Small spouncing brushes                                                        http://amzn.to/2rWfYkz   

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                           http://amzn.to/2s4TYVr   

Rose Napkins (multi color)                                                    http://amzn.to/2sgzsAL    

Rose Napkins Pinks                                                               http://amzn.to/2s4zWdz   

Decoupage scissors (curved)                                              http://amzn.to/2sgJHF9  

Saran Wrap                                                                            http://amzn.to/2s4BEM1

Brush Set                                                                               http://amzn.to/2rMEoea

All of these brushes for 15 dollars! 

Chalk Paint (Sampler kit)                                                       http://amzn.to/2s4R1nC

Large Spouncer Brush                                                          http://amzn.to/2r6ATx3

Elmers Glue (White)                                                               http://amzn.to/2rCbMpq

Chip Brushes                                                                         http://amzn.to/2qXCiqm







Posted by admin_upcycle on June 1, 2017

How To Repurpose a Plastic Bottle with Decoupage

Gotta Love Decoupage! 

So I took this Dawn dishwashing bottle,  And turned it into this….to keep near my sink.                                                       You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/qpQI5ER9VFo     

    We use these two accessories so often.  My husband enjoys a glass of wine and likes that big uffy glass cleaner-while I tend to like to scrub everything before I put it in the dishwasher. (Why do I do that )      I see them several times a day so I decided that I wanted something to store them in that looked pretty. But what? Glass? Easy to find but not practical around the sink for everyday use. I wondered what I could use that would fit nicely in this one little spot on my sink where the Dawn Dishwashing liquid bottle was. Then it “Dawned” on me. Alright, that was bad, I know, but I am wondering if I should bring this bottle with me for inspiration from now on. Anyway, I knew I could cut the plastic, I knew I could decoupage it and waterproof it, I also knew I could find kitchen themed papers easily. I know what some of you are wondering. “Don’t you make kitchen themed papers?” They are coming. They are in the future project box.Which is not an actual box although now that I think of it, why isn’t it? This is how I think….I could decoupage a box! I could make a DIY Youtube video showing you how to decoupage a box! I digress. Let’s get back to my dish accessory container. First of all, I’m excited to say that my all time favorite decoupage glue is finally available with free shipping on Amazon! Yay!!! You can find that right here: http://amzn.to/2qC8zU0  Even though I’ll still suggest the Spar Varnish, I am so impressed with this decoupage glue that comes to us from Germany. I have German blood in me, my husband is German and there is just something about a German car. They sure know how to make things and make them well. But let’s get back to getting our kitchen to look pretty. 

Design your DIY project to match your home.

Have a look at these lemon, botanical, viney French themed napkins…Can’t get much more kitcheny than that. You can get those napkins here: http://amzn.to/2rVKGdL   But what if you prefer Hummingbirds, Orchids and French script? you can get those here: http://amzn.to/2qHzi0x and they look like this….Now—THAT is romantic…perhaps you have a different theme in your home, Maybe a Victorian theme? http://amzn.to/2rGlKra  this link will take you to these napkins……. What about Baroque? 

Imagine this sitting on your sink proudly! You can get those here: http://amzn.to/2rqx5KS   You may just prefer some lovely cheerful Daisies like these: You can get those here: You know what I love about this particular pattern? The actual petals are white, meaning you can paint the background white and have the daisies really stand out! Which brings me to the paint you’ll need to use. 

How to Decoupage on Plastic

It’s very important to use a product that is meant to adhere to plastic. Plastic is not only flexible but it’s so slippery that you need special paint in order to retain whatever design you put on your bottle. Here’s the solution for that. http://amzn.to/2rqUCv5  As of today the price is less than FOUR dollars!! on Amazon. With free shipping. It would cost me more in gas and the price of this in the Hardware store to run out and get it! How does Amazon do it? So you may have noticed that I have the Matte finish for sale here and there’s a reason for that. For one, you’ll be adding a top coat/varnish over your finished project anyway, never mind the decoupage glue, so you can add the shine at the end. But for me, a matte coat as the base of any of my projects just makes my napkin or tissue paper pattern stand out that much more and it seems to adhere better. It is best to use the same color paint as the background color of your napkin. If your napkins have a cream colored background you can go ahead and click on that link above next to the can and search cream plastic spray paint, or whatever light color you have. This is the main ingredient you will need in order to make this project a success. Well, that and your amazing talent…

Supplies Needed to Decoupage on Plastic

Napkins, click on the links above and if you don’t care for the napkins I’m showing you can still do a search for the exact napkins you are looking for. Here’s a head’s up for you. Michel Design, Punch Studio and Ideal Home Range all have lovely napkin choices. When you click on any of the napkin links above you can enter any of those into the search and maybe you’ll want to grab a cup of tea or coffee while you peruse all of the beautiful napkins that you’ll see. Of course you’ll also want that spray paint just for plastic above and these following items. 

Glitter                                                                                     http://amzn.to/2rWb72V

*Martha makes the Fireiest Glitter ever!

Straws                                                                                   http://amzn.to/2rGkYKN 

E6000 glue/clear with precision tips                                       http://amzn.to/2rqNteu

Clothespins                                                                             http://amzn.to/2rWfR90

Viva Decor Decoupage glue                                                   http://amzn.to/2rGb2Rg

Spar Varnish Spray                                                                  http://amzn.to/2rVX1Pl

As you’ll notice in the video it was a bit challenging to add the straws around the top of my surface, and I mentioned that was because I didn’t use the correct applicators over my E6000. Hot glue will not work over this project and I did try it though I thought I would have problems with it. The E 6000 will hold up under all of the wear and tear this will get being near your sink. And Don’t forget about using that top piece! it came in so handy when I wanted to add bird food to my feeder. I get these huge bags of bird food from Costco but i can’t lug them around the yard-filling the feeders. So I bring the feeders to the bag and use my very well rinsed container. For now though, I’m loving my new container! And I didn’t have to go buy it! 

Posted by admin_upcycle on May 25, 2017

How I Weatherproof My Decoupaged Terra Cotta Pots

Got Terra Cotta – Pots or Planters, Like this one? 

How about we turn it into something that looks like this. Watch the video here:      https://youtu.be/SFnhKvd4mMc         This is one of the few times when I will not be using chalk paint-I’ll be using Martha Stewart’s Multi surface paints like these. http://amzn.to/2qXRzun I may have said in the DIY Video that these come in a pack of 12 but it looks like I should have said 10. These colors are stunning. I use them on bottles, cans, boxes, and of course, planters. Terra Cotta is very porous.  For that reason you have to seal it to make it waterproof and weather proof. Here’s the main reason I used these paints as opposed to chalk paints. These paints can be baked on in order to make the item you’re working on, waterproof. The paint becomes permanent. You do not have to bake your project, and in some cases you can’t. If you prefer not to bake your project you can leave this to air dry for 21 days. You can’t use it or add anything over the top of the paint for 21 days while it cures. That’s not very practical for today’s purposes though. We want to decoupage! We want to add a UV protectant, and we want to put this outside for the spring and summer. So here’s how we can cure this a lot more quickly. 

Make sure your paint has dried for at least one hour, it must be dry to the touch, no tackiness before you put it in the oven. So if you’re working on a terra cotta pot, paint it, leave it dry for at least one hour (longer is fine-if you can’t get back to it until later in the week, no problem) Place your pot in a room temperature oven. Set the oven to 350. When oven reaches 350 set your timer for 30 minutes. Allow oven to cool back down to room temp with your pot still in it. Then remove. Then we can begin to decoupage. I wanted to make sure I had napkins that flowed in an upwards direction. Like these. So that it looks just like flowers are growing up the pot! You can purchase these napkins here: http://amzn.to/2rS3O9x

Now we can Decoupage our Terra Cotta Pot! 

I took a fine artists brush like this one, (a filbert brush)  which you can purchase here:http://amzn.to/2rVVyoc to wet the area of the napkins I wanted to use. I tore the flowers out from the napkin – making sure I didn’t separate them yet (you want to make sure you are only decoupaging with the top ply of the napkin) I then began to decoupage. Once I was finished decoupaging …

Let’s add the waterproofing to our terra cotta pot now. 

it’s all about the Spar Varnish. This is the varnish that is used on boats, whether they go into a lake, the ocean or just sit in someone’s driveway. The surfaces of a boat usually get all of the elements depending on where you live but they certainly take the brunt of the sun and the water. For that reason you need to protect them with something specific, and that would be this: http://amzn.to/2riLTMt    If you are outside of the US, you can google “Spar Varnish” in your country and see what comes up. I am not sure if this is available in all countries. You’ll notice that the label says it is meant to be used over Exterior Wood. Just so you know, I have been using this for years over my decoupaged projects and it works perfectly. 

Here are some of the other items you’ll need for this project. 

Viva Decor Napkin Decoupage glue                                                  http://amzn.to/2qXX5gz