Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cardboard Artwork

This is probably one of the most inexpensive pieces of artwork I've ever created. I always save corrugated cardboard to reuse later. It's sturdy and has one smooth side, making it ideal for all kinds of projects. I was in the mood to paint, but was all out of 8 x 10 canvas, so I raided my cardboard stash.

I used an XACTO knife to cut the cardboard down to size (using the glass panel that came with the frame as my template) and painted one of my simple, whimsical cat paintings. *See the original ACEO here. The frame was a resale shop find (2 identical frames for one dollar!).  The saying "Does this sweater make me look fat?" was printed on my computer. Voila! Instant original artwork!

I used artist acrylics, but you could easily do this with kids using inexpensive tempera paints or even markers. Just remember to save all those free sheets of cardboard that come with all kinds of things!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lola's Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Although it's nearing the end of September and it's still in the 90s here in North Texas, fall is just around the corner. I can smell the pumpkin pie now!

Not only am I mom to three wonderful grown children, a grandma to two beautiful grandchildren (and another one on the way!) I'm also the mom of two adorable fur babies. They love a yummy treat as much as we do and they especially love these simple, delicious treats. We hope your fur babies will too!

*pure canned pumpkin doesn't have any added sugar or other sweetners - much more nutritious!

Friday, September 18, 2015

PVC Pipe Bathroom Storage Idea

Need a neat and tidy way to store those hairdryers and curling irons away while not in use? The Family Handyman suggests using PVC pipe. Keeps things out of the way, but convenient and at the ready when needed! 

Directions, according to The Family Handyman: "Use Velcro tape to attach 5-in. lengths of 2-in.- diameter PVC pipe to the vanity door to hold the curling irons. Do the same thing with 3-in. pieces of 1-1/2-in.-diameter pipe to hold the cords. Just measure your curling irons to see how long your “holsters” need to be. *Let your curling irons cool before you stow them away."

The Ultimate Craft FREE Book

Thanks to Fave Crafts and Michael's Stores for creating another FAB and FREE craft book!

This book is packed with awesome projects and patterns. Something for every crafter, to include:

  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Paper Crafting
  • Jewelry Making
  • Fabric & Sewing
  • Home Decorating
  • Seasonal 

*DIY Mom is not affiliated with Michael's Stores or Fave Crafts. I just love sharing valuable freebies whenever possible :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wood Jewelry Box Drawer Art Assemblage

Are you ready for another recycled art assemblage idea? This one is super simple and cost me absolutely nothing except my time (which was extremely minimal). I had a salvaged wooden jewelry box, rescued from a resale shop lying around for years. It wasn't in bad shape, but I decided to repurpose it and get several projects out of it. 

I removed the drawers (I'll use the skeleton and the remaining drawers for other projects later):

I painted one of the smaller boxes using a couple of shades of metallic paints (I love dabbing gold paint here and there to give just the right amount of highlights...always using my fingertip to keep it as light as possible). I cut out a house silhouette, using some cardstock scraps I had in my paper stash. Then, to add some extra interest, I used one of my handwriting stamps in an antique brown. I added the windows and roof shingles with watercolor pen. The "Recollections" sticker was part of a sticker sheet I'd had lying around for ages. The little pine tree came in a package of several varying sizes purchased at the Dollar Tree. The knob on top of the box is just a wooden disc I'd had left over from a project quite a while ago. This can sit on a shelf or be hung using a sawtooth hanger glued on to the back of the piece. I'm sure an actual photo of your house could be used as well. What a great housewarming gift this would make! 

This really is a project you can do with the kids. I used hot glue to attach the house (first to a small piece of cardboard so it would look three dimensional) and the tree, but small children can use a good tacky glue to protect those little hands.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Recycled Wooden Fence Art

I mentioned in another post that I rescued one fence panel that a neighbor had left on the curb for trash pickup. The wood was in excellent condition, so of course I grabbed it. Well, the hubs grabbed it for me. I've been getting a lot of mileage out of that one fence panel and I wanted to share just a couple of things I've made so far (other than using it as the platform for my "Early Snow" art installation piece).

In the piece above, I dismantled the fence so I'd have a stack of individual wood planks to work with. My husband cut them down into manageable pieces. Then, I centered one dog-eared panel in the center and offset the other two on either side. I used wood glue between the pieces and held all three pieces together using strapping on the back (see the exposed strapping on the piece below). The screw holes and bracket "ghost" were left intact. I sanded the edges to round them out a bit and gave the entire piece a quick go over with the sander to create a rustic feel.

I love the look of a beach cottage, so I used some pastel colored craft paints to make each wood piece a different color. Two wood scraps create the shelves. Olaf seems quite happy in his hula skirt, playing the ukulele.

The art installation piece above was so much fun to make and cost literally pennies. I already had the metal "Hello" sign, which I'd purchased a while back at my local Michael's Store - I think I paid a dollar for the package of four different sayings. 

The planks were lightly brushed with various craft paints. They're attached together using incredibly inexpensive pipe strapping (comes in a fairly long roll and purchased for under two bucks at Walmart), which I attached slightly askew for added interest. I didn't like the look of the brand new, shiny metal, so I lightly spray painted the strapping with a rusty red color after the piece was put together. Overspray? Who cares? I think it gives it a more funky look. 

The flower heads were from a thick branch found on the ground during a walk with the dogs and the stems are branches from my own yard. My hubby sliced discs from the thick branch using the chop saw. The old gnarled knot in the center plank gives the piece character. 

I hope I've inspired you to recycle some old found wood. Now you can be on the lookout for discarded fencing to take home for your stash, since you never know when a creative idea will hit you. These ideas would easily work with pallet wood too.

Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jewelry Box Diorama Hobbit House

Here's a cute craft you can do with the kiddos. Remember those dioramas you made in school? The ones where your mom had to dig a shoe box out of her closet and you filled it with clay figures and other findings? This is a take on the diorama and it's so simple and super inexpensive you'll want to make several of them.

I used a cardboard jewelry box I saved from a while back. I hot glued the boxes together to create a backdrop and then painted the "scenery" with craft paints. Then, I made salt dough, formed some into a Hobbit-style house, "baked" it in the microwave, painted it and hot glued it inside the box. I used one toothpick, snapped in half and set in a couple of dabs of hot glue. Small children will need assistance hot gluing, but tacky glue could probably used as well. Then I added two tiny bits of fabric, folded over and glued to wire I strung from each toothpick "post" to create the clothesline. I guess I'm on a laundry kick lately.

I think this would be a great party craft activity. What child wouldn't want to take home their own handmade party favor? You can buy the jewelry boxes in bulk at supercenters and craft stores.

Happy Crafting!