Garden Markers {DIY} #TBCcrafters

Last week I became tired of the boring old glassware in my kitchen. There was nothing special about it. It was just clear, plain glassware. I am so much more of a colorful person than that!
To my luck, a few days ago I was browsing the internet and came across Balls’ new vintage throwback canning jar and it was like fireworks went off. Of course! We drink out of mason jars all the time, and now these ones were pretty enough to place on display in a gorgeous vintage blue color. I ordered a few cases and lined them up in my window style cabinet.
Perfection 🙂
Now what to do with the lids? I obviously didn’t need them since I was using the jars as my everyday glassware. There was no way I was throwing them out though. . I could find something to do with them. Then I had my Ah-ha moment. Its spring and I am working on starting my garden. These lids would make perfect garden markers.
Want to know how I made them? Of course I am going to tell you!
What I used:
Canning Jar Lids
Small Wooden Dowels
Chalkboard Paint
Paint Pen
Screwdriver and bit
How I made them:
I Began by painting only the inner disc of the lid with chalkboard paint. It will take several coats to cover. This takes time. . .
Using a screwdriver and bit, I screwed a small hole in both sides of the outside lid. Make sure the holes line up. You will be pushing your wooden dowel through the holes. I made mine small, just big enough to slide the dowel through, but it was tight. I didn’t want my lid to slide down the dowel.
Once the inner lids are dry, place the lid back in the outside shell with the painted side facing up. I slid the dowel in behind the inner lid to hold it in place.
Now I can write on the chalkboard paint with chalk (it will wash away if using outside) or a paint pen (which is what I used).
How fun! Now I wont forget what I planted where. I just love re purposing!!
Let Your Garden Grow
<3 Dick and Jane

Create Your Own Custom Wall Art #TBCcrafters

I enjoy changing my house decor for the seasons. Each spring I bring out items to decorate my home that remind me of the beach. Last year after taking a trip to Florida I came home and created one of these wall art piece from the inspiration I felt on this trip. Since hanging it in my home, I have had numerous compliments on this one particular piece of artwork. Creating this piece wall art was super easy! So today, I decided to show you how I made this piece of art and help you create your own custom home decor.
What I used.
– Canvas (any size you want)
– Fabric (large enough to cover your canvas)
– Thick, round paintbrush
– Stencil – I purchased my stencil on etsy
– Hot glue gun
 – Paint (fabric or all purpose)
How I did it.
– Lay out my fabric on a hard surface and place my stencil on the fabric where I want it.
– Tape down the sides of the stencil so it doesn’t move while I am painting.
– Using a thick, round headed paintbrush tap downward with paint to cover the entire stencil. Do not use regular painting brushstrokes.
– Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry completely.
– Once the paint is dry, place my fabric over the front of the canvas where I want it positioned.
– Flip the canvas over and trim the fabric down leaving just enough fabric on each side to wrap around the back of the canvas and tuck in.
– Using my hot glue gun I placed a line of glue on the back edge of the canvas and pull the fabric around to stick.
– Continue the last step all the way around, pulling and gluing the fabric to the back of the canvas.
– Tuck the remaining fabric under the back tabs. Too much access fabric it will show on the front of the art piece, so trim it down.
– That’s it, its ready to be enjoyed. 
Have any questions about how I made this? Leave a comment and I will get back with you.
Thanks for joining us today! We are anxiously waiting for summer to arrive.
<3 Dick and Jane

Create a Hair Accessory Holder {Repurpose} #TBCcrafters

Each morning in my house is a huge scramble to get ready.
 “Come here Jane, I need to do your hair”.
“Jane, where did all of your hair bows go”?
Jane just shrugs her shoulders.
This is the missing bow mystery that we face on a daily basis in our home.  Poor mom spend tons of money buying adorable hand crafted hair bows for Jane to wear just to have them disappear two days later. This mystery may be solved if we could just find the little goblin that steals things in our house. I’ll bet that goblin who is wearing all of our socks has a pretty cute hairstyle. . all done up in beautiful bows.

Since I just cannot seem to find that dear little goblin, I will have to take a different approach. Today, I am going to help prevent this mystery and create a new, safe home for Jane’s hair bows. This way we will always know where to look for them. It a pretty easy little project and did not cost me more than $10 to make.

What did I use?
– Spray Paint
– Empty Oatmeal Container
– Fat Quarter of Fabric
– Old Plate (or a cheap one from the dollar store)
– Candle holder for a base
– Glue (I used hot glue and modge podge)
How did I make it?
1. I Began by covering a empty oatmeal container in modge podge glue and carefully rolled my fabric around the container. Smooth out any creases or bubbles along the way.
2. Using modge podge again, I folded in the fabric under on each end. One side will fold into the container and the other side can tuck the fabric up underneath the bottom. Allow to dry.
3. Using spray paint, I coated the plate and candle holder until completely covered. I allowed it to dry. 
4. Once everything has dried, I glued my candle holder to the bottom of the plate using hot glue (or any type of glass glue). Second, I glued the covered oatmeal container to the top of the plate.
5. I also added fabric to the top of the oatmeal container top using modge podge. To do this I simply cut a circle out of fabric and press inside the lid.
That’s it. It looks adorable and keeps everything neatly in place!
Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Thursday!
<3 Dick and Jane

Laundry Room Makeover #TBCcrafters

 
Every once in a while I get the itch to re-decorate my house.  It normally starts off as a twitch while I am cleaning and look up to see a piece of furniture that looks out of place, or a spot on the wall that looks too bare. I don’t know what it is, but when something looks off kilter I quickly begin to dream up ways to put it back into a jive.

A few days ago while I was doing laundry in my, less than to be desired, laundry room I felt the itch. This room , however, can hardly call itself a room. Its more like a hallway with a washer and dryer in it. But no matter what it calls itself, it still needs help. Desperately. So as I placed the dirty laundry into the washing machine I glanced around the cramped, dingy room and dreamt of ways to make it a masterpiece. First, I need to take a large garbage bag to the cupboards which hang just above my washer and dryer. They need to be put to better use than being filled with junk papers and odd ball items which can find no other rightful home. Next, I want to paint the bare wood cupboards white and replace the lackluster hardware. Finally, I dreamt of creating a small rack to use for hanging clothes to dry or stacking folded clothes on. My plans all sounded wonderful, and I wanted a genie to blink her eyes and have it all transformed; however this job has turned out to be no easy task for me. This dream is going to take me awhile. So in order to get my creative juices brimming and keep myself motivated I made a quick and easy wall decor project to hang on the first wall I see as I enter the room. These letters will serve as the inspiration I need to make this room into my dream.
 
Each letter of the word “W-A-S-H” is made of a cardboard letter which I picked up at my local Michaels store. I believe they were about $2.99 each at my store, but were featured in their weekly sale when I grabbed them.
 
 
After much deliberation on whether to paint or decoupage my sign, I decided to go with a matte black chalkboard paint. I felt that the “old school” elegance of the chalkboard paint would fit well within my manifesto. So each letter was carefully painted, allowed to dry and re-coated to cover.
 
 
When the letters were completely dry and ready to hang, I got a whim of an idea to add some faux chalk marks to the letters. To do this I used a white Sharpie permanent oil based marker. I tagged the “W” with some floral pin stripping and added a 2 cent symbol to the “H”.
 
 
Hanging my creation on the wall took a little bit of creativity since the letters come with no sense of hanging hardware. Luckily, my husband took charge of this for me and made them look nice. We simply used a nail and hammer to create a hole in the middle back of each letter and used the small hole to hang over the nails in the wall. Easy right?
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed my “little” tutorial today and stick around to see the rest of the big reveal within the next few months. I’ll be sure to leak out a few sneak peaks along the way!
 
Be sure to also check out the rest of the crafts in today’s blog hop. There is a lot of inspiration to be shared.
 
Always Be Creative
<3 Dick and Jane

 

{How To} Hanging Kitchen Towel #TBCcrafters

If you have young kids (or maybe even teenagers) in your home you should be able to agree with me on this one. Kitchen towels NEVER stay where you put them! My kids are constantly running into the kitchen and knocking the towel hanging on the stove onto the floor or running off with it completely. So when I’m finished preparing meals, wash my hands and turn to dry them. . its gone. Now I have to truck through the house with dripping hands to find a replacement towel. Talk about frustrating. Ive learned this lesson the hard way and now I make my towels a little bit harder to steal.
Hanging Kitchen Towel
What did I use?
Towel
Pot Holder
Button
Thread and Needle or Sewing Machine
My method used:
1. Match the right side of the towel with the right side of the pot holder.
Tip: The right side is the side you want to show when your finished, the pretty side
2. Turn the pot holder so the loop to the right. Also make sure the towel is horizontally longer matching up with the loop.
3. Find the middle of the pot holder and the middle line of the towel, line these two up.
4. With the towel on top of the pot holder (right sides touching) begin to sew a straight line down the middle crease line of the towel, bunching the towel as you move through. You want the entire width of the towel to scrunch down to the same size as the pot holder.
5. Next, add a button on the opposite side of the pot holder from the loop.
6. That’s it! Its ready for display.
<3 Dick and Jane

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Valentines Notepads DIY #TBCcrafters

 
Valentines Day is fast approaching and this year will be Jane’s first Valentines Day party at school. We’ve began to noticed all of the Valentines day cards popping up in the stores and talked about whether she would like to buy some pre-made cards or make something together to hand out. Boy am I proud! Jane went for “make something”!
 
We walked around the store and came across some little notepads. For some reason, these little notepads are a “big thing” in kindergarten. I have noticed Jane has been coming home from school with little notes from her friends on these little notepad papers. So, we bought some to hand out as Valentines. We (I should say Jane) also decided that we were going to need some crayons to go with them. So, we picked up some crayons. After a little thinking, here is what we came up with for our “special valentines” for school.
 
Valentines Notepads
 
Side Note: We found notepads that were already pretty, but if you find ones that are plain just use pretty scrapbook paper to decorate the covers. We will probably buy some stickers to decorate our covers as well.
 
You will need:
 
Mini Notepads
Crayons
Elastic (1/4″)
Thread & Sewing machine
 
 
How to make yours:
 
1. Start by wrapping the elastic around the notepad and sew it together to form a circle. This will need to be the right size to slide onto the front notepad cover.
2. Do not cut the excess elastic, leave it as one long piece.
3. Use the excess elastic and bunch it to create a small loop on top of the large circle you made first.
3. Sew a straight line on the elastic to hold the loop into place.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 four more times to create 5 loops in the elastic.
5. Cut the remaining elastic from the circle.
6. Slide the crayon holder onto the notepad and add your crayons.
7. That’s it! The crayons will stay put on the cover, ready for love note writing.
 
 
Jane is super excited to hand these out to her friends and I hope your kids will enjoy them too!
 

 
Sending you some Love,
<3 Dick and Jane
 

Rose Pomander Tutorial #TBCcrafters

I’m super excited that Valentines Day is quickly approaching because it is by far my favorite holiday.  The reason may or may not be because of all the pink color. 🙂 Just kidding. . sort of.  I actually really just enjoy celebrating love overall. Love is a very important part of life.
If you too enjoy celebrating Valentines Day and using decorations in your home then this post is for you. Today I am going to share with you how to make a rose pomander ball using crepe paper rolls. These pomanders look cute just sitting on a vase or you can add a stick to the bottom and a planter to make a topiary! There are so many uses for these and they are super easy to make. So lets get started.

You will need:

  • 2 rolls of colored paper streamers ( The dollar store usually carries them cheap)
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • 3″ Styrofoam ball (or your size choice)
Directions:
  1. Start by cutting a strip of paper streamer about 24″ long. You will want to vary the length each time to make different sized roses.
  2. Fold the paper over about 1/3 of the width the entire length of the piece.
  3. Next you will want to start at one end and roll the paper into a rose between your fingers. Its best to twist the paper once in awhile to get a more realistic look.
  4. Add a small dot of glue at the end when you finish to keep the rose from unraveling.
  5.  Next add glue to the bottom of the rose and affix to your Styrofoam ball to cover.
  6. Once you cover the entire ball, find a nice vase to display it on and your done!
With LOVE,
<3 Dick and Jane
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Picture Perfect Artwork #TBCcrafters

I am so proud. Both Dick and Jane are very artistic; just like their momma. However the daily art projects can leave me with a full fridge door and a messy looking kitchen.  So I got a little creative to try and bring harmony to my kitchen once again while still displaying their artwork proudly.


As many of my readers know, I love to garage sale , thrift store, garbage shop.  I love taking something that was destined to be thrown out and turning it into a new prized possession.  One of my favorite items to pick up while browsing thrift stores, etc is frames! I love old wooden frames, especially the ones with a lot of texture or design. It doesn’t matter if they are missing their backs or glass, I still pick them up. There is so much you can do with them!
So when I wanted to find a way to display my kids artwork in the kitchen I turned to my salvage frame pile and pulled out a few of my favorites. First, I cleaned them up with a light sanding. This helps to remove some of the old paint so the new paint will stick better.
Once the frame is lightly sanded, take a damp cloth and gently wipe off any dust from the frame. After it is dry, spray paint the frame with your favorite color(s). Always remember to paint the back first so the front doesn’t smudge or stick to your table when you flip it to paint the other side. Its better if the back is messed up a bit rather than the display side.




After my frame was completely dry I can choose to either lightly sand again to create a distressed look (as I did on the teal frame) or leave it saturated with paint (like the orange frame). Finally flip the frame to work on the back side and using hot glue permanently adhere round heavy duty magnets all the way around the frame.
Now, I can pick my kids favorite artwork to showcase and let it shine! The frame will stick magnetically to the fridge.  
tip: before putting the magnets away test your frame out on the fridge. if your frame is too heavy you may need to add more magnets to keep it from sliding down the fridge.

Magnets should ALWAYS be kept out of the reach of Children! They are dangerous and harmful if swallowed!

<3 Dick and Jane
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Thursday Craft – DIY Holiday Table Runner #TBCcrafters


This week I have been busy creating table runners for a local craft show that I take part in each year.  I have been working on a new runner to showcase which is made with reversible sides and a hand painted snowflake on the ends. It turned out so pretty that I decided to share how to make this runner with all of you. Hopefully you will enjoy its beauty in your home during the holiday season as we have in ours.


To make this craft I used the following items

Martha Stewart Stencil Brush Set 3/Pkg- Plaid Crafts
Martha Stewart 32250 Cut Your Own Adhesive Stencil Paper
Martha Stewart 32226 Transfer Paper (optional)
Martha Stewart 32014 2-Ounce Acrylic Satin Paint, Pool
Martha Stewart 32185 2-Ounce Acrylic Glitter Paint, Sugar Cube
Martha Stewart Crafts Knife
2 yards Premier Prints unprinted birch fabric
2 yards ZigZag Girly Blue/Twill fabric
With the above items I was able to make three identical runners if I cut the materials properly. 

The method I used:
  • Begin by folding your fabric with the selvage edge together. Cut about 1″ off and discard the selvage edges.
  • Measure 18″ width and make another cut. You want your fabric to be 18″ wide by 72″ long. You should be able to yield 3 fabric strips.
  • Repeat the first two steps with the second fabric pattern.
  • Choose one strip from each fabric pattern, place them with the right sides together.
  • Sew a 1/2″ seam all the way around the fabric, leaving one short end un-sewn so you can turn the runner the right side out.
  • Turn the fabric right side out and iron both sides to press your seams.
  • Fold the open ends inward to create a seam and iron to hold.
  • Sew another 1/2″ seam all the way around the runner on the right sides.
Painting my Runner
  • Begin by making your stencil.  I made a snowflake but you can do any pattern you choose.
  • Print the pattern of your choice on regular printer paper (I found my design by using a search engine for “snowflake stencil printable”)
  • You can either use the transfer paper and transfer the image to your stencil paper to cut out or simply place the paper on top of the stencil paper and trace the image with your craft knife.
  • Once your stencil is cut, place it on your runner where you choose.
  • Using your stencil brushes, tap the paint straight down over your stencil making sure all of the open spaces are painted.
  • Follow your main paint with the glitter paint in the same manner.
  • Repeat to the other end of the runner. The stencil can be used many times.
  • Carefully remove the stencil and allow to dry.
That’s it! Now you can showcase your work on your table for your holiday feast and everyday up until then. If for some reason you don’t want to make this beautiful runner yourself you can always hop on over to our store and just buy one.  🙂
Happy Crafting! <3 Dick and Jane
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Craft It Thursday – DIY Spice Rack #TBCcrafters

If your cupboards are anything like mine, then they are less than desirable when trying to find spices when you need them to cook.  I usually end up opening the cupboards over my head to grab a spice only to have everything else fall out on my head and into my meals.  Well, I’ve had enough! I decided to make a fun and functional spice rack that will fill the wall space behind my stove; which is also lacking in design. 

This fun DIY craft came in at under $15.00 to complete!

Here are the supplies I used:

Cookie Sheet(I purchased mine at Walmart for only $0.95!)
Spray Paint
Favor Tin Kit 25/Pkg-Silver( Or glass baby food jars)
ProMAG Flexible Heavy Duty Magnets 19mm Round
Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
OOK 50652 Small Sawtooth Hangers with Nails Tidy Tins, 25 sets


My method used:

  • I started by spray painting my cookie sheet. This took a few days to dry and re-coat, so plan ahead.  After my cookie sheet was painted, the rest was simple and took only minutes to complete!

  • I glued one magnet to the back of each tin or jar. They stick magnetically to the cookie sheet.  I chose to do straight lines across, but you could also make a design like a heart, circle or square.

  • Now in order to hang this rack on my walls I needed to add a saw tooth hook to the back of the cookie sheet.  I just glued it on.

  • I decided to leave the tops of my spice containers clear so I could enjoy the colors of the spices inside.  The Wilton favor tins come with printable labels and a free template to create your own labels.

  • I added my spices and enjoyed! I think this little DIY projects adds a lot of color and “spice” to my kitchen.  
Happy Crafting!  <3 Dick and Jane
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