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Posted by admin_upcycle on August 17, 2017

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 napkins..you 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)                                                                http://amzn.to/2vK3Z9o    
Chalk paint Sampler                                                                               http://amzn.to/2vJJ8TJ     
decoupage scissors                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2fMPRIF   
Triple Thick Glaze                                                                                            http://amzn.to/2vJDfWG    
Matte Gel Medium   * for Transfer                                                                   http://amzn.to/2vK63hE   
Trio of roses napkins                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2vEMSr7 
punch studio Pink Paisley napkins                                                                   http://amzn.to/2vJNZnI   
Punch Studio Seahorse napkins                                                                      http://amzn.to/2i6TdXJ  
Punch Studio Butterfly Damask                                                                         http://amzn.to/2fMSz0N 
Posted by admin_upcycle on August 10, 2017

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: https://youtu.be/0WGmDYJIzK8

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                                                                    http://amzn.to/2hLXCza

Mica Flakes * Mother of Pearl                                                         http://amzn.to/2vGlb21

craft sand                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2vkIcXv

Elmers Glue                                                                                    http://amzn.to/2vnExGt

Coarse Glitter * Martha Stewart                                                      http://amzn.to/2vkqkM1                    Triple Thick clear Top Coat                                                            http://amzn.to/2vkDJUp

craft pearls Ivory and white                                                           http://amzn.to/2vkMDBz   

aprox 50 seashells asst size and shapes                                      http://amzn.to/2vkMKNv                                                

White Chalk Paint  (Adirondack color)                                            http://amzn.to/2fthgPq                       Seaside Villa colored Chalk paint                                                   http://amzn.to/2vnPbgq

Glacier Colored Chalk paint                                                            http://amzn.to/2fuhuWy 

Pouncer Sponge brush                                                                    http://amzn.to/2vnXwRe

Professional Splatter Brush                                                              http://amzn.to/2vQ9OoH

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                                  http://amzn.to/2hLILVa

Shades of Indigo Butterfly napkins                                                   http://amzn.to/2uHZMRp

Caspari Dayrol butterfly napkins                                                          http://amzn.to/2uHq1aA

Aporia Butterfly *and flower napkin                                                        http://amzn.to/2vkEexG

Hydrangea Napkins                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2vkD2e2

Blush Hydrangea napkins                                                          http://amzn.to/2hLgq1t

Butterfly and Hydrangea Napkin                                                http://amzn.to/2uqDyYZ


Posted by admin_upcycle on August 3, 2017

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                                                                     http://amzn.to/2uIABBI

Hi-sided  Kitty Litter Box                                                                        http://amzn.to/2uMvxdG   

Standard Kitty Litter Box (like the one used in video)                             http://amzn.to/2uMj1Lx 

Spray Paint for Plastic                                                                              http://amzn.to/2eWyFQy  

Scroll Furniture Inlay  *see image below                                                   http://amzn.to/2eXl0sc 

Americana Chalk Paint Sampler                                                                 http://amzn.to/2hbY7C5   

E 6000 Glue                                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2uJ0qS3   





Posted by admin_upcycle on July 27, 2017

How To Chalk Paint & Decoupage a Metal Pitcher

You can Watch the video by using the link below: 


Before I begin I just have to say this….. I have been making youtube video’s for about 4 years now and I have learned so much. So when I listen to one of my earlier videos like this one…let’s just say that I am not very pleased with how flat my voice sounds or how stiff I seem. I had not yet realized what an extraordinarily friendly bunch of people decoupagers are. It’s thanks to so many of you that I got better, I warmed up and I realized, we’re all here trying to do the same thing. Make our lives better and prettier and help each other. So bare with me on this video please. I’ve come along way. 

DIY Decoupage Video using chalk paint over Metal

That little blue highlighted link above will take you right to the video for this charming and romantic watering pitcher. It always makes my day when I can find something at a Goodwill store that I can turn into something that’s so pretty. One word of caution. Some metals are Galvanized meaning it’s got a coat of oil around it. While chalk paint requires very little prep work, you would want to make sure that a bare metal pitcher is oil/grease free. You can swish it around in some hot soapy Dawn, (you can use any dishwashing liquid-Dawn tends to be the strongest) and wash it like it’s any other piece of dish ware that you have. If the pitcher is like this one and it’s already been painted, you may just want to wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol just to remove any oils from being handled. That said…let’s take some chalk paint which you can purchase right here.     ..http://amzn.to/2tIwgQ5

and paint over our pitcher. Here’s what mine looked like while I was painting it. In the video the brand of chalk paint that I am using worked wonderfully as I painted it onto my surface —the problem was that after a month of not using the paint, I went to back to it, opened it and saw nothing but clumps.  I bought another jar thinking that one must have been old. I’ve learned over time that there are variances in chalk paint. They are not all alike and I decided instead to use the brand I list here since I can open the jar anytime I want and I still have a smooth clump free chalk paint. You can see how heavy handed I am with the paint….This is one of those cases where I would ask that you do as I say not as I do…and cover your whole surface. I’m using a chalk paint color that matches the background color of my napkin -( I do not think they even make these napkins anymore, the ones that are used in the video. So here are a few other alternatives that are lovely also. )


 The link above the napkin will take you to Amazon where you can purchase these but make sure you get the correct color chalk paint, since the background of these napkins looks to be an off white rather than a stark white color. 

and if you’re a beginner, these would be very safe to work since they do have a white background. 

you can purchase these here: http://amzn.to/2uvra8q

And of course we’ll need some other supplies. Don’t forget, my site goes through Amazon, so you can click on any of the links above and it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase what you need for this project but also get whatever else you need while you’re on Amazon. You don’t have to sign out and sign back in again to continue your shopping. Here’s the list of the other supplies you’ll need.  Upcycle with Decoupage is on Facebook & if you head on over and like and follow the page you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video or blog post out! Have fun friends! 

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                       http://amzn.to/2tI92t2

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

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

paint brushes                                                           http://amzn.to/2uVpIgB 

sponge brushes *25 for $5.17                                 http://amzn.to/2tIjhhd

heavy grit nail file (or sandpaper)                             http://amzn.to/2uVqV7T

decoupage scissors small for intricate cutting         http://amzn.to/2uvPSFJ

Moss Green Acrylic Paint                                         https://youtu.be/n1aOzVjujfs

Cafe Mocha Acrylic Paint                                         http://amzn.to/2uBomGT

More Lovely Napkins                                                http://amzn.to/2uBtWsV










Posted by admin_upcycle on July 20, 2017

How To Decoupage with Wax over a Luminara Flameless Candle

Decoupage With Wax? But How you ask…..

It’s so easy and fun, I think you’re going to love this craft. You may even have every supply that you need on hand. If you don’t want to use a craft iron which you can purchase here: http://amzn.to/2tHkjFa

you can use the “paint on” method that I show in the video. You can purchase napkins here or you may some lovely ones in your stash that you have been saving for a special occasion. http://amzn.to/2trie50 

If you are not wild about roses or this particular pattern you can still click on any link on this page and enter a search that is specific to what you’re looking for. Do you want Blue Hydrangea napkins? Aviary themed napkins? French Script? Or would you like to see what your favorite designers are offering? You can search for Michel Design napkins, Punch Studio or Cypress Home. There are other designers out there too. I have been collecting napkins for as long as I can remember. I used to buy them before I knew what to do with them…and I have a few oldies that have been out of circulation for years now but I’ll always find used for them. Back to our project…did you know that you could decoupage using wax? About 3 years ago I was watching a video where someone took a Christmas image that she liked, and placed it over a candle. She placed wax paper over the image and then used a blow dryer to heat the wax enough where the image would settle into it and the wax from the correct side of the waxed paper would hold the image over the candle. Naturally as a crafter like you – I experimented with all types of papers. Some were too thick, (Card Stock) some were too crisp, (Newspaper and magazine) and before long I realized that this craft would work with napkins but I had another idea. I decided to do a faux encaustic look over glass jars. 

Dreamy Romantic Decoupage

The end result was so impressive I began to turn bottles, jars and votives into this wax covered decoupaged pieces. It had a very old fashioned look to it and with the endless supply of napkins available-I knew this could keep me busy for months. Especially around the holidays. So I got the following supplies together and made the video above for you to watch and see what I did. As always, don’t forget that you don’t have to purchase just what I list on my site here, You can click on any link and search for anything else you need so you can continue to shop on Amazon without leaving the site. Here’s what I used for this project and the links are right next to it if you would like to purchase that item or just read about it. 

3.5 X 5 (tall) Luminara Flameless Candle                                 http://amzn.to/2tHW1Lr

The remote is included in this set which always costed me an extra ten dollars! Please note that there is only candle in this purchase. 

Glass Candle holder Plate (6 inches around)                         http://amzn.to/2tHxs1h

Lo Tac painters tape                                                              http://amzn.to/2tg5vOF

Stainless Steel Saucepan (11 dollars)                                   http://amzn.to/2tg5vOF

Melting Pot    * Best seller                                                     http://amzn.to/2tgkDLG  

Tea Lights, (100 for 12.99!)                                                    http://amzn.to/2tgodW9

Tongs *you won’t need these if purchasing the melting pot   http://amzn.to/2vDwUum

Chip Brushes         *24 for 12.00                                             http://amzn.to/2tg9fiX   

You may want to shop for Tulle or Lace to match your napkins. The link for the craft iron is above.

Don’t forget to hit like and follow on my Facebook page too, Upcycle with Decoupage, this way you’ll be notified automatically when I enter a new blog post or make a new video every week!

have fun Friends!