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Posted by admin_upcycle on November 17, 2016

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.  https://youtu.be/VN1VAFHnBo0   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: https://youtu.be/gr4MfHS21g4

Borax                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2girAZM

Martha Stewart 24 Pack Multi color Glitter                             http://amzn.to/2fYQg9e

Thin Chenille Pipe Cleaners (100 pack)                                 http://amzn.to/2giXfLO

Fuzzy Chenille Pipe Cleaners (100 Pack)                               http://amzn.to/2eHLqgL

Ritt Dye (link is for Scarlett)                                                     http://amzn.to/2gj5ZkV

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

Triple Thick Glaze Spray                                                          http://amzn.to/2gj2OK5

Iridescent Viva Decor Glitter Paste                                           http://amzn.to/2fYRZLN

Iridescent Sequins                                                                   http://amzn.to/2fYTcTa


Posted by admin_upcycle on November 10, 2016

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 :  https://youtu.be/XMfCS4oKdGs                  

   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. http://amzn.to/2fAnvND 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                                                              http://amzn.to/2eDIzjZ
  •   Craft Sea Sponges                                                                          http://amzn.to/2fEeGB9
  •   Chalk Paint                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2fz2hPZ
  • Upcycle with Decoupage                                                                 http://amzn.to/2fmKOtA
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  • Case of Gourds                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2fEeEJG
  • Small Pouncer Sponges                                                                    http://amzn.to/2eDG4OL
  • Adhesive Holiday stencils                                                                 http://amzn.to/2eDJNMg
  • 6 X 6 script stencil                                                                             http://amzn.to/2eM8pWp
  • Script Rubber Stamp                                                                         http://amzn.to/2fTc0oi
  • Spar Varnish (Waterproof)                                                                 http://amzn.to/2eM7d5i
  • or Triple Thick Spray Glaze                                                               http://amzn.to/2eM7aGA
  • Coarse Nail File                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2fEh8b0
  • Christmas Napkins- Reindeer                                                            http://amzn.to/2eUJI7Y
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  • Blue Green themed Ornament Napkins                                           http://amzn.to/2g01mv8                                                                           screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-4-41-34-pm
  • Cream & Ivory Christmas napkins                                                     http://amzn.to/2eMhs9Jscreen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-54-57-pm
  • Martha Stewart Craft Paint Roller                                                     http://amzn.to/2fza408
  • 3 pc Aqua Brush                                                                               http://amzn.to/2fEksTb
  • Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                                  http://amzn.to/2fTcNpo
  • Flat head brush set                                                                           http://amzn.to/2g08pnv
  • Martha’s Fine Glitter Set                                                                    http://amzn.to/2fTwsW6 screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-7-46-22-pm


Posted by admin_upcycle on November 3, 2016

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.   http://amzn.to/2fwCpbq

  • 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                                                                  http://amzn.to/2fpjgTU
  •    Large 16″ Ampersand sign                                          http://amzn.to/2f94YXZ
  •    Love Sign                                                                     http://amzn.to/2fjY8zi
  •    Welcome Sign                                                              http://amzn.to/2enGfkd
  •    Welcome Sign 2                                                           http://amzn.to/2ef5CSg screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-50-27-pm
  • Christmas Themed Napkins                                             http://amzn.to/2fjgIq7   screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-53-06-pm
  • Cream Colored Christmas Napkins                                   http://amzn.to/2fjfLhr   screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-54-57-pm
  • Peacock Blue and Purple Christmas Napkins                    http://amzn.to/2eBpksf    screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-56-49-pm
  • Cardinal, Reindeer, Santa Napkins                                      http://amzn.to/2ef93s7    screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-57-50-pm
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                                                http://amzn.to/2eBqN1W
  • Triple Thick Glaze                                                                    http://amzn.to/2efg6Rj
  • Coarse Metal Nail File                                                            http://amzn.to/2eBpXSv
  • Color Laser Printer ON SALE                                                  http://amzn.to/2fwY5UI



Posted by admin_upcycle on October 27, 2016

DIY Thanksgiving Floating Candle Centerpiece Decoupage

img_2703Did you ever go to one of those homes where there is a very large center piece sitting on the table? I mean it’s so big that you have to look around it in order to communicate. It’s rude to move it if you’re at someone else’s house so you just leave it be and end up applying some Ben Gay to your neck once you get home. I like to keep it simple and in  this week’s project  “The Thanksgiving Floating Candle CenterPiece with Decoupage.”…I started with a bowl like this. http://amzn.to/2dL4nK9 and  added quite a few elements to this bowl. I used coffee filters, decorative fall napkins and even gold foil on a paper towel with my trusty “Happy Thanksgiving” Stamp. I also added Iridescent paint, chalk paint and some stunning metallic paint that’s made by Viva Decor. http://amzn.to/2fdt5s0     I will be using the Viva Decor metallic paints even more in future projects because every single time I open the jars I am taken a back by the lovely colors and textures of this paint.

One thing I want to mention about this week’s project as you’ll see in the video, I suggest using all napkins, or all paper towels or all coffee filters. I used all three to show you how to do them but by the end of the video you can see that the finish is a little bit lumpy. That’s because even though it’s minute there are differences in the thickness of the papers. You can though, add a different thickness of paper to the bottom of your bowl since that will sit flat. Here are the supplies that you will need to complete this project and the links for you to buy what you need. Since my store goes through Amazon you will not only be able to make all of your purchases with Amazon Prime but you will also able to shop for anything else you need from Amazon while you are shopping for your supplies. Christmas shopping already??? But of course.

  • Napkin Decoupage Glue                                          http://amzn.to/2f5pGfE
  • Fall Napkins                                                              http://amzn.to/2dGuTt1   screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-7-20-12-pm
  • More Fall napkins                                                         http://amzn.to/2eJjK8r  screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-7-26-41-pm
  • Iridescent Pearl Medium                                             http://amzn.to/2dKVosm
  • Detail Paint brushes                                                     http://amzn.to/2eRUcps
  • Fall Floral Napkins                                                       http://amzn.to/2eRUgEd  screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-1-48-05-pm
  • Flitter Glu (for gold foil)                                               http://amzn.to/2dXei2D
  •  Gold Foil                                                                     http://amzn.to/2dXdxXg
  • Bone Folder                                                                 http://amzn.to/2dL2FIP
  • Decoupage scissors                                                   http://amzn.to/2eGMTAs
  • Acrlyic Paint Set                                                           http://amzn.to/2dXiorr
  • Cone Coffee Filters                                                      http://amzn.to/2dXgdUY
  • Thanksgiving Stamp                                                    http://amzn.to/2dXjaVn
  • Happy Turkey Day Stamp                                            http://amzn.to/2eRVDnH
  • Viva Decor Orange Gold Paint                                    http://amzn.to/2ebsB1e
  • Sea Sponge                                                                  http://amzn.to/2ebruyt
  • Chalk paint  *all colors available                                  http://amzn.to/2eRWODM
  • Mini Paint roller                                                             http://amzn.to/2dL7Qb
  • Large Glass Bowl                                                         http://amzn.to/2dL4nK9
  • Floating Candles                                                           http://amzn.to/2fgD2op
  • Varnish or Top Coat                                                      http://amzn.to/2dXxKwi
Posted by admin_upcycle on October 20, 2016

Turn Toilet Paper Rolls into Faux Candles

img_2507Alright, I have to admit it. I had a hard time saying “Toilet paper” roll during this week’s youtube video.  I was raised that way, where bathroom humor was off limits and it’s never left my consciousness. So if you hear me giggle a little bit here and there, it’s because I was actually a little red in the face as I said it. Now, for the fun stuff! Decoupage! Yay!!!! It’s really decoupage using melted wax. This is so much fun! I was kind of shocked though that the Ranger Melting pot isn’t around anymore. I also saw that Ultra Thick Embossing Powder has been discontinued. Wow- I used to love using that stuff. I guess that’s how far we’ve come in regards to crafting. I still have my melting pot so it’s what I used in my video but I also have links below to both the 4 pound and 2 pound melting pot you can use to do this project. You may already know how to make candles and this bit of my blog may be redundant to you-but for everyone else….You do not want to put the melting pot (aluminum) directly over heat. You would need to put the wax in the melting pot, put the melting pot inside of a larger (junk) pot, add some water to the bigger pot, and place the pot over an electric stove top. If you don’t have an electric stove top, you can also buy a one burner stove top for about 20 dollars here in the U.S.  There’s also a link for that below.

  • 4 lb Wax Melting Pot                                                  http://amzn.to/2dYOJNR
  • 2 lb Wax Melting Pot                                                  http://amzn.to/2dYRPRO
  • Soy Wax for melting                                                   http://amzn.to/2eNp2lM
  • Portable Electric Stove                                               http://amzn.to/2erivuh
  • Chalk Paint                                                                 http://amzn.to/2e5lUmN
  • Chip Brush                                                                 http://amzn.to/2erC9WQ
  • Fall Leaf Napkins                                                       http://amzn.to/2eq0b3q
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  • Rustic Autumn Leaves Napkins                                http://amzn.to/2e5qlOh
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  • Faux LED candles                                                    http://amzn.to/2eT64tU
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