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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                                      


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.     ..

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:

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                             

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                        

Saran Wrap                                                      

paint brushes                                                  

sponge brushes *25 for $5.17                       

heavy grit nail file (or sandpaper)                   

decoupage scissors small for intricate cutting

Moss Green Acrylic Paint                               

Cafe Mocha Acrylic Paint                               

More Lovely Napkins                                      










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:

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. 

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                       

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)               

Lo Tac painters tape                                                    

Stainless Steel Saucepan (11 dollars)                         

Melting Pot    * Best seller                                             

Tea Lights, (100 for 12.99!)                                          

Tongs *you won’t need these if purchasing the melting pot

Chip Brushes         *24 for 12.00                                      

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!



How To Decoupage over Wicker

Have a wicker basket laying around?  

Instead of throwing it out, why not reuse it? Keep magazines in here, the doggies toys, reuse it as a trash container to perfectly match the boudoir. Or like me, you can use it for the lint that comes out of your dryer.  I mentioned in the video that this wicker basket has seen better days, it’s a little beat up….but for what I’m using it for who cares? There’s a clunky plastic container there now. I love to have pretty things around me…even when I’m doing my laundry. I also mentioned that you want to make sure you have a napkin with a background color that matches your spray paint. Yes, you can use chalk paint or acrylic but it’s so so much faster and easier to use a spray paint. I especially love to use these: 

You can click on that link and get the color that you want, you may want an off white or another lighter color. You always need to use a lighter color when working with napkins. This brand of spray paint? I’ve used it on shoes, fabric, wood, glass and plastic. I love NOT having to have 5 cans of spray paint sitting around when just the one would do the trick! And of course, we will want to look at the lovely selection of napkins…

or these:  

I wish I had seen these first! These are adorable! 

how about some roses? 

This always happens! I want to stop writing my blog post and go buy all of these napkins! Inspiration is hitting me and it’s hitting hard! 

Decoupage with Any Napkins you like 

Did you know that can click on any link and enter a search phrase for what you’re looking for? How about looking up Punch Studio napkins? Or Michel Design, IHR or Cypress Home…

I could go on forever! But let’s not forget the most important tool in our arsenal. Napkin Decoupage glue….

Here are a few other items that you may want in order to finish this project. 

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                             

I’m listing this glitter which has all 3 types of Martha’s Arctic glitter because it seems to me that the 4.5 ounce bottle is selling for too much on Amazon. I wouldn’t buy it and I won’t pass along those kinds of Non-savings to you either. 

Aqua Brush                                                   

Triple Thick spray glaze                                

Chip Brushes                                                 

And in case you’re looking for that Laser printer…’s my favorite:

That’s all Folks! There aren’t a lot of items to buy this week (which is a good thing) but that also means the project is that much easier to do! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook.

When you hit the like button and then the follow button on my Facebook page, you’ll get notified every week (on Facebook) when I put a new video or blog post out! 

Would you like to have a look at my line of papers on Zazzle? Here’s the link for those. I would not recommend you use these on wicker but they’re great for glass, wood, plastic, metal, I could go on…

& as always, have FUN! 

How To Do an Image Transfer over a Kitchen Towel

You can use any Image you would like to transfer…

You may have a favorite picture, or you may want to have a look around the Graphics Fairy. But you will want to make sure that you are using a laser print. Most of us have multi functional printers in our homes and those printers are normally not laser printers. They are ink jet printers. The ink is not permanent. The ink will run and bleed. For this project you will either want to use your own laser printer, borrow a friends, or if you’re here in the US you can go to any copy center and make copies yourself. All of the copiers in the Copy centers use laser prints. (with the exception of some of the very large printing copiers) If you would like to purchase a laser printer or just read more about it you can do that here:  

This printer is retailing on Amazon (which the above link will take you to) for 40% off list price right now. (July 5th 2017) 

I used 2 graphics from the Graphics Fairy that felt like they belonged in the kitchen-including the image of the sheep/lamb above. I especially loved the French script on these. Something you may want to keep in mind….if you’re not sure how to print in reverse, you may want to choose any image that does not include script or words of any type for your graphic. That will make it easy to just print the image you want and work from there. There are some graphics that include script on the Graphics Fairy that are already flipped (reversed) for you, so that you can easily print them out too. 

How to Begin our Image Transfer onto a Kitchen Towel

You may want to practice this on an old pillow case. Since I am strictly using these towels for decorative purposes only ( The paints and gel medium will render them useless for cleaning or drying) I made sure to work on a flat material. You know how most kitchen towels are already absorbent and fluffy-ish? I went to the dollar store and purchased a set of 5 towels for 4.44. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t find plain flat white, I knew I was going to paint them anyway. If you have a plain white towel or pillowcase, you can follow these same instructions and skip the painting. I do not think these will be machine washable. The paint and the gel medium make them dry so that they are stiff and I don’t think the gel medium will hold up in the washing machine. You could try it but for me? I’ll only be cleaning these towels with a damp cloth. I also experimented with acrylic paint and chalk paint. I use chalk paint for everything these days and I am always asked if a project that I have completed will work if using acrylic paint instead of chalk paint. I took one towel and painted acrylic paint on one side and chalk paint on the other. (This picture is showing the transfer drying on the chalk paint side-while the acrylic paint is drying on the other side) Also? I diluted the chalk paint. 1 teaspoon of chalk paint to 2 tablespoons of water. Mixed it up and brushed it over my surface. It’s best to work on a craft sheet or a piece of freezer paper (shiny side up) so this paint doesn’t go through to your surface. I then painted the other side of the towel with this stunning color by Martha Stewart, it’s one of her multi surface paints and even though it says it’s Pearl, it has some metallic brilliance to it also. This color is called Pearl Aquarium  which is included in this set.                 

I’ll list all of the supplies and links below so you can get what you want. Don’t forget—you can also buy anything else that you need on Amazon while you’re shopping through my site. No need to buy what you want here then have to sign out and sign into Amazon all over again. The chalk paint dried within minutes so while the pearl paint was drying I started to work on the transfer. I used an artists bristle brush to apply Matte Gel Medium over the area where I was going to apply my transfer. I tried to center the transfer then I added the medium. I will always use this product to do transfers. I made sure to apply a very heavy coat of the medium. Since you’re working with absorbent fibers you will want to make sure that the gel sinks in-you will also want your image to transfer properly.   I have used every other medium under the sun for transfers and maybe because I work on so many different types of surfaces, I prefer the Matte Gel Medium. It’s all I will use when it comes to transfers.   While the gel medium was still wet I applied my transfer with the image face down.   (You can see barely see the image through the paper)  Right away to make it easier later on in the project, I dipped my fingers in a cup of water  & placed some of it around back of the paper. You can now see how the image is  beginning to show through.  While it’s wet I am going to very carefully wipe away some of the wet paper. The paper will clump up into little lumps as you wipe it away-but be careful…the idea is not to remove all of the paper yet, you are only beginning the process to weaken the paper. In essence you are going to remove the paper and leave only the image behind-on an invisible gel medium. Once I’m done I’m going to put this outside to dry since it is a sunny 90 degree day in July here on the East Coast. By the time I was done applying this transfer my Pearl Paint had dried so I followed these same steps and applied a Rooster Image transfer to that side. I’ll follow all of the same steps here. Once everything dried I dipped my fingers in water and began to remove the rest of the paper. You can also use a rough wet rag to remove the paper but you will have to be careful since if you’re overzealous you can pull away some of your transfer as well as the paper.      You can see the difference once I’ve removed all of the paper. There is a large wet spot around the image so we’ll let it dry.  Back out into the hot sun I go.  I am using the wet rag over the rooster to remove the paper because the gel medium dried a lot harder over the paint. I believe it’s the paint and not the gel medium. The acrylic paint dries to almost a thin layer of plastic-and is not porous-unlike the chalk paint that dries to a very flat (no shine whatsoever) finish and is quite porous making it perfect for transfers. 

Once I wiped away all of the paper and let the both sides dry I brought the towel back in to take pictures of it in my kitchen.   Here is how the side turned out with the chalk paint on it. I folded the sides inward like I would with any other kitchen towel and placed it between two of the other towels that came in the set. You can see that I used an off white chalk paint for this side. Here’s how the other side of the towel looks.   I wanted to take a better picture of it so you could see that some of the image got wiped away.    It still looks pretty and a bit more vintage. I like that I can turn this towel around depending on my mood. If I have someone over on 2 consecutive nights I can hear them asking me if I put out a new towel since the night before. Some of my friends are very artsy too and they do notice these things. I had to much fun doing this project, I hope you give it a try. Sometimes it’s nice to do a transfer along with decoupage and a lot of times it’s just nice to simply do a transfer. Have fun with this! And I’ll be back on youtube next week with a new video. 




Matte Gel Medium                                          

watercolor oil or acrylic Paint brush set (best seller)          

chalk paint                                                      

Kitchen Towels                                               

This is a set of 7    28 x 28 inch all white 130 thread count kitchen towels.   $16.49 ! That’s a good price! Think of the gift ideas! 


DIY Decoupage & Transfer a Canvas bag that lasts!

Decoupage and an Image Transfer over Canvas..Here’s how…

You can watch the video here:


We live near a dollar store but it’s one of those dollar stores that also sells Mattresses and party supplies. It’s an odd store to be sure, but they have a whole lot of “stuff” that I somehow always seem to need. Who doesn’t need a Cowboy Boot shaped Candle? I was happy to see a bunch of these canvas bags in the bag of the store. Looks like their whole family had been saving these bags for decades. There were company logo’s all over them, promotional slogans (like the one above) and names from boutiques and Dr.s offices. My Doctor never gave me any kind of bad like this. I was lucky to get an appointment-never mind a gift bag. I knew I could decoupage over these words so as long as I stuck with a lighter colored canvas bag, I was ready to upcycle and use these bags. In  the stores I end up paying a couple of dollars for the plain ones that fall apart after a year, or 10 dollars for the bags that have pretty decorations on them. I knew I could make this bag to look just like I wanted it to. I headed on over to the Graphics Fairy. You can have a look over there too but a word of warning, if you have never been to this site, you will need a long long time to see all of the goodies they have on this site. 

You can print some of these images already reversed if you are looking for any kind of writing. If you know how you can also print the images out on your own printer in reverse. I mentioned this in the video but I finally broke down and got a laser printer. Since I was doing so many transfers and the ink jet prints were running, bleeding or fading when I tried to do the transfers I knew I had to get a laser printer. Here’s my favorite, and it is a color printer.  

Before you purchase a laser printer, keep this in mind. Laser printers have come a long way and the colors now look just as good as the ink jet printers. They are more expensive though and to keep the prices down some manufactures will make the printer a printer only. Meaning you can’t make copies with it, can’t scan with it or use it for faxes. Since we have an office in our home we have another (ink jet) printer that does all of that. I bought this laser jet not realizing that it didn’t have all of the bells and whistles because I didn’t read about it. I assumed that it came with all of the above mentioned. That was my fault for being too excited about the printer and not reading about it-but it turned out, I didn’t need this printer to do all of that anyway. If you need something that does have the extras you would need to pay more and it’s a bit more than an ink jet printer, but the prints are waterproof which is why I bought this. The cartridges tend to be more expensive than ink jet printer refills too. Just so you’re aware. 

I also mentioned in the video that I just found out that you can waterdown chalk paint. I had no idea! There are video’s all over youtube about people painting furniture, and I mean the cushions!!! with this watered down mixture. I liked that I was able to experiment with this on a Canvas bag rather than finding out that I didn’t like it on a piece of furniture. I made a copy of the image I wanted from the Graphics Fairy, printed it out in reverse and took a hold of my Matte Gel Medium. Here’s the link to purchase that..

And applied my transfer. Once I finished the transfer and that was all done, I began to decoupage. 

Decoupage using an Iron

Ever use an iron to decoupage? You know what the biggest advantage to this is? No wrinkles. Imagine using an iron and ending up with no wrinkles. Where else in your house have you seen that?  As long as you add a full heavy coat of decoupage glue to the surface you’ll do well with this project. I can’t stress enough, you have to have full coverage of the decoupage glue. I’ve made a few video’s in the past using the iron method. I will get a couple of questions from people asking me why the napkin wouldn’t stick after they used the iron. It’s always because there wasn’t enough decoupage glue used. 

Canvas Bag as Beach bag, trash bag, shopping bag, gift bag

What can  you use these for? I’m sure you have even more ideas than I do. You could even do these as shower favors. Pink flowers for a girl baby, blue for boy, misty green or a soft yellow if you’re keeping it a secret. Wedding shower? Decoupage the flowers to match the color theme of the wedding. You can even write the names of the bride and groom on the bags and decoupage around those. I already put mine in the back seat of my car and I actually used it today. My husband texted me while I was editing today’s video saying that there was a problem with his truck, I was going to have to come pick him up. I gathered up our 3 dogs, got in the car and we went to rescue my husband like he’s done for me a hundred times. Unwrapped a piece of gum and put the wrapper in my new pretty trash bag.  (The dogs will be the only one to see that for a long while since I rarely have anyone in the back seat of the car-doesn’t matter, I can see it and I love the way it looks.) Here are the rest of the products you will need. Did you know that you can buy anything else you need while you’re shopping through my site? Click on any of the links to get what you would like, and then simply search for everything else you need -since it all goes through Amazon, you’ll get the free one or two day shipping if you’re a Prime member. 

I also told you I would give you a link to a blog post that help you if you have an ink jet printer, here’s that link.

Canvas Bags, (12 for 9.39)                                              

Chalk Paint *sampler set shown below                           

Chip Brushes                                                                  

Decoupage Glue                                                            

Water Brushes  *3 for 13.44                                              

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                      

Parchment paper                                                              

Beautiful napkins                                  








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: 

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.  

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. 

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                                                   

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 

If you would like to use what I used… Triple Thick        

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

Chalk paint          *any light color                                            \

Roll clear crystal beads                                                

Glitter *extra fine Silver                                                    

Silver or Gold Sequin Tape                                            

small roller brush                                                          

Modeling Paste (for fill ins)                                           

parchment paper                                                         

napkin decoupage glue                                               

Crystal embellishments                                                

adhesive crystal swirls                                                  

Laser Printer                                                                 

Upcycle with Decoupage Book                                   


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. :    



You can watch the how to video here:


You may also want to go with a gentle Starfish theme  

like these:  you may like the crab theme but want a different background like these napkins. 

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                                                                          

Craft Spatulas                                                                                 

Medium Sanding block                                                               

Chalk Paints (several colors)                                                       

Chip Brushes                                                                               

Artists brushes                                                                               

Napkin Decoupage glue                                                              

White Pearl Paint                                                                        

Martha Stewart Glitter asst.                                                        

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                                                    

Flexible Toothbrush                                                                    

Elmers Glue All                                                                           

E6000 Glue                                                                                 


Triple Thick Top Coat                                                                   






How I decoupaged this Salvaged Glass Window

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

You can watch the video here:

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                                                         

Stencil used in Video                                                  


Painters tape                                                                

Small spouncing brushes                                                 

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                    

Rose Napkins (multi color)                                              

Rose Napkins Pinks                                                        

Decoupage scissors (curved)                                      

Saran Wrap                                                                  

Brush Set                                                                     

All of these brushes for 15 dollars! 

Chalk Paint (Sampler kit)                                             

Large Spouncer Brush                                                

Elmers Glue (White)                                                     

Chip Brushes                                                               







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:     

    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:  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:   But what if you prefer Hummingbirds, Orchids and French script? you can get those here: and they look like this….Now—THAT is romantic…perhaps you have a different theme in your home, Maybe a Victorian theme?  this link will take you to these napkins……. What about Baroque? 

Imagine this sitting on your sink proudly! You can get those here:   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.  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. 


*Martha makes the Fireiest Glitter ever!


E6000 glue/clear with precision tips                             


Viva Decor Decoupage glue                                         

Spar Varnish Spray                                                        

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!