DIY Sharpies dishware

I saw all these ornate Sharpie cups on Pinterest recently and thought how hard can it be? And would the Sharpie wash off? The answer is it isn’t hard and it will stay if you handwash them.

Project difficulty: 3

Start off with a plate (or whatever you desire to make). I got this Dollarstore plate for $2.50 CAD. And oil based Sharpie. I read quite a few blogs and they all say to use oil based.

Then start your design. If you make a mistake, you can use alcohol to whip off the Sharpie. I used nail polish remover and it worked.

Once you are done with your design, let the paint set overnight. Then put it in the oven at 350 F and leave it in for about 30 minutes.

I made a mistake of taking it out of the oven right after when it was done baking. The oven glove smudged the paint off as the paint has not set. I was lucky I was able to fix the smudges. And there you have it, your own decorative plate.


Displaying seashells from vacations

I just came back from St. Maarten last night. While in the water, we collected some shells. I came home and was not sure what to do with all the shells.

I found a small glass jar so I bottled up the tiny shells.

There aren’t many in the bottle now but I do plan to collect more in my future travels. I can then add to my collection.

I then surround the jar with the larger seashells and put then in my existing display box. While searching for shells, I also found a broken piece of a large shell. Wish I have the whole thing. 

If you know what it is, please let me know. I then put the broken piece on top of the display box. Who says you need to put everything inside the box?!

I am sure the broken shell will be a conversation piece. And since the display is by the front door, if guests miss it coming in, they sure will see it while leaving.  There you have it, this only took a couple of minutes to do. And now I have a display of my new seashell collection.

What did you do with your seashells?

DIY Yarn ball pendant light 

A while back I saw a yarn ball pendant light and thought it was really neat. Then our TV team did a DIY version of it so of course I tried it out.  Worked like a charm!

Project difficulty: 5

The best thing is you can customize the colour! After watching the video I bought the yarn,  fabric stiffener and a beach ball. And that’s all you need. Just follow the video and it will work out perfectly.

Don’t try all the Pinterest alternatives like using Modge Podge or starch paste. They do not work! I tried them and this is how they turned out.

Not very strudy. Spend the extra buck and buy the fabric stiffener. You won’t regret it.

Easy DIY customized photo canvas

This project is quick and easy. The hardest part is to figure out which picture you want to use.

Project difficulty: 2

For this project, you will need:

  • Photo
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Black poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Blank canvas (I got 8″X10″ and 9″X12″)
  1.  Print out photos either at home or at photo developer. I got mine at Walmart. I printed 8″X10″, 5″X7″ and 4″X5 3/4″. It all depends on if you want a boarder or not.
  2. I learned each canvas was slightly different size.  So I placed the photo on top of the canvas and trimmed off the excess. 
  3. Paint the whole canvas black. Make sure to paint the sides of the canvas and let the paint dry.
  4. Once the paint is dry, dilute the glue with a little water. Then paint the back if the picture with the glue solution. Place it on the canvas, then paint the whole picture with the solution. 
  5. Let the glue solution dry and you are done.

Painting laminate furniture

I moved into my husband’s condo almost two years ago before we were married. His furniture were mostly hand-me-downs from family & friends. Definitely not my style. So when I stared at faux wood side tables everyday, I decided to paint them.

Project difficulty: 3/10

1. Clean the piece you want to paint with soap and water

2. Use a primer to prime the piece so the paint will hold

3. Let primer dry. I sped up the process by using a fan

4. Paint your piece with colour desired. I painted mine black as a base. Let the first coat completely dry and then put on a second coat. I would like to adhere wallpaper to the top later but haven’t done yet. Will update later.

5. Make sure the last coat is completely dry before placing anything on top.