Crafts by Courtney https://www.craftsbycourtney.com How-to Crafts and DIY Parties Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:46:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.10 3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/3-easy-diy-back-to-school-sign-ideas/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:44:36 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11573 3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas
Today I'll show you how to make 3 different Back to School signs for your kids this upcoming school year. All you need is your Silhouette Cameo to get these DIY signs done in no time!
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3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school.  My boys start school at the end of July, so I wanted to share some Back to School Signs I made for the boys last year.  Usually I’m scrambling the night before, not this year!!

Today I’ll show you three different Back to School Sign ideas you can make for your littles ones first day of school!

I’ve taken a first and last day of school photo with everyone of my boys since they started school.  It has become a special family tradition for us, and I LOVE looking through the old first day of school photos and seeing how much each one of them have grown.

So let’s get started!

DIY Back to School Sign 1

I will start with the more complicated Back to School sign first.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Material Needed:

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 1. I used my “hand dandy” Silhouette Cameo to come up with my first day of School sign phrase.  In the Silhouette library they have several First Day of School sign options to choose from.

Once my design was ready, I measured the chalkboard and then resized my design in Studio to make sure it would fit nicely.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 2. Next, I cut out and weeded all the phrases.  Since each phrase is a different color I had to “ungroup” the phrase and cut them out each individually.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 3. Using transfer paper I adhered the first part onto the chalkboard.  Next I added each phrase.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Honestly it seems like a lot, but it’s really very simple.

Step 4.  Finally grab your chalk markers and fill in the answers!

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

This Back to School Sign can be used for many years!

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

DIY Back to School Sign 2

This Back to School sign is another one I made using the Silhouette cutting machine, but a lot less steps.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Material Needed:

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 1. I used the Silhouette Cameo again, and come up with my first day of school sign phrase.  I didn’t need to use the Silhouette library for this sign since I kept the phrase simple.

Once my design was ready, I measured the wood circle and then resized my design in Studio to make sure it would fit.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 2. I went over the entire wood circle with a paper towel and my gel stain.  Just wiping the stain on the wood.  Let dry 20 minutes.

Step 3. As with the first sign, I needed to cut the “First Day of and Grade” separately then the chalkboard banner. I used my “trusty” transfer paper to add my phrase once it was weeded.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 4. Next I cut, weeded, and added the chalkboard banner.  This is where you will write the grade every year with a chalk marker.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

DIY Back to School Sign 3

Finally, I will show you a simple sign you can make in 5 minutes.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Materials Needed:

  • Chalkboard
  • Chalk Markers

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

All I needed to do for this sign was get a simple chalkboard sign and chalk markers. You can get as creative as you want.  My oldest is starting 5th grade and he likes to keep things simple, so I knew this sign was for him.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

As always thanks for stopping by, I’m looking forward to the first day of school to show these signs off!

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Please let me know if you have any question on making these signs, I’d love to answer them!

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Silhouette Alta Plus – First Project https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/silhouette-alta-plus-first-project/ Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:05:00 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12383 Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project
I'm sharing a quick and easy post using the Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer. My first post is some nautical pieces made with the 3D printer.
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Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Hello everyone, I’m at it again teaming up with Silhouette to talk about the new Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer.  My last post I did an unboxing of the Alta Plus and showed how easy it is to setup your machine.  This post I wanted to show how to make your first project.

I decided to keep it simple for my first project and make some coastal items.  If you know me then you know I’m all about a coastal crafts.

So let’s gather up our machine and supplies and get started!

Alta Plus 3D Printer Project Supplies Needed:

A big thank you to Silhouette for sponsoring this post! This post contains affiliate links, which help to support this site at no extra cost to you.

Getting Started

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 1 – Add your Platform

With the new Alta Plus the platform already has platform tape on it.  But after a couple uses you will need to replace it.  Five extra come in the box.  But if you need to buy extra platform tape, you can get it on the Silhouette website.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

The platform just POPS into place!

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 2 – Add Filament

Now it’s time to add your filament! Pick your color and place the tube on top. Feed it through the top loop and pull the lever pushing the filament through until it reaches the print head.

*Step 7 I’ll show you how to heat up the machine

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 3 – Add Cables and Turn Machine on

Add your USB cable and power cable to the machine and computer.  Then flip the green power switch to turn on.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 4 – Open Silhouette 3D and Pick Design

Now we’re ready to pick our design.  Silhouette 3D comes with some free designs to start with or you can purchase some in the Silhouette design store.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 5 – Size Design

Now it’s time to size our design. I decided to make my shell a little larger for this post.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 6 – Setup Print

Head over to the 3D Print section of the tab bar and click the quality drop bar.  There are several options for print quality, but for this project we will do Standard.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 7 – Load and Heat Filament

We’ve already loaded our Filament, but now we want to heat it up to get started printing. Click the spool icon on the right, and wait for the machine to heat up.  It takes a couple minutes for it to heat up.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 8 – Print Design

Now we’re ready for the fun part, PRINTING!! Woohoo!!

All you gotta do now is click to print button and the machine will start printing.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 9 – Wait for Design to Print

It shows on the right hand tab side the time it takes to print your design.  To print this shell it took and 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

It was pretty interesting to see the process it takes to make a 3D design.  My boys had a blast watching it and has some ideas of their own as to what they want to make using this machine.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 10 – Remove Design

Finally we need to remove the design from the platform.  Grab the “hand dandy” spatula and gently remove your design.  It takes a few try’s to remove the design from the platform.  Alexis over at Persia Lou had a tip about covering the platform with a glue stick to help remove your design.  She has some great tutorials on her blog about the Silhouette Alta as well, make sure to head over and check those out!

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Finishing Touches

After I finished my first project I had to make some more!  It became addicting!

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project Coastal 3D Craft

Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer - First Project

I hope this tutorial was helpful and shows you how easy it is to use the new Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer.  This was an easier project to do, but my next post I will be trying something new! So stay turned for that!

Toni over at The Sprinkle Factory has a great tutorial on how to make cookie cutters, using the Silhouette Alta that you should check out!

As aways if you have any questions about the new Silhouette Alta Plus please don’t hesitate to ask! I will help answer any questions that I can or find out the answers for you!

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Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/coastal-wall-art-pour-painting/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:16:04 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12173 DIY Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting
Create easy DIY Coastal Wall Art, using DecoArt's Pour Paint Medium. This is a fast and easy coastal project you can have done in no time!
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DIY Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Hey everyone! I’m at it again with another pour painting project, but this time I’m making some Coastal Wall Art.  I love doing pour painting projects and I love sharing them with everyone.

The effect of each paint pour is as unique as you are!  You are not going to get two of the same pictures with this project. That’s what I LOVE about pour painting, it’s easy to do and the results are always breathtaking.

Let’s grab our supplies and I’ll show you how to get started!

Pour Painting Supplies Needed:

Step 1 –  Pick out Paint Colors

I wanted this project to have a somewhat beachy water vibe, so I picked out mostly blue colors and paired them with white and black.

Step 2 – Add Paint to Cups

Fill up your paper cups halfway with paint. It’s basically the whole 2 oz bottle of paint.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 3 – Add Pouring Medium

Now it’s time to add your pouring medium.  Fill up the rest of your cup with the pouring medium. 1:1 ratio for this project.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 4 Stir Paint

I always use a paper straw to stir up my paints.  Make sure to stir your paint and pour medium together throughly.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 5 – Prep Work

This can be a pretty messy project, so I always lay a table cloth out for the paint to fall on.  Once I’m done, then I can just toss it in the trash.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Sit your canvases on cups, this way the excess paint can drip off onto the table cloth.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 6 – Start Pouring!

Now it’s time to start pouring your paint!

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

I start in the middle of the canvas and just keep pouring the paint on top of each other.  Once I have enough paint I pick up the canvas and start moving it around a little.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

All the excess paint will start pouring off the sides.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

After a couple hours use a paper straw and wipe any paint that is dripping on the sides.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

This is VERY important, let paint dry 24 hours.  I know you’ll be tempted to touch it and see if it has dried in 10 hours, but it’s not gonna be and your going to leave a finger print.  Learn from my mistakes!

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Add some command strips to the back and your ready to hang on the wall!

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

They just look so bright and airy in the kitchen space.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Here is another look with this pieces of art.  I added them to my boys gaming room.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Are these just not beautiful pieces of wall art, that you made yourself! Just a couple supplies and you have your own custom work.

As always thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/alta-plus-unboxing-and-setup/ Wed, 17 Jun 2020 16:53:33 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12363 Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup
I’m at it again teaming up with Silhouette to unbox and setup the NEW Alta Plus!! I was very excited to get the opportunity to work on a project like this.  I’ve never done anything with 3D printing before, so this was a little out of my crafting comfort zone. But sometimes we gotta try […]
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Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

I’m at it again teaming up with Silhouette to unbox and setup the NEW Alta Plus!! I was very excited to get the opportunity to work on a project like this.  I’ve never done anything with 3D printing before, so this was a little out of my crafting comfort zone. But sometimes we gotta try something new, right?!

So let’s get started and set this machine up!

Some Facts:

The Silhouette Alta® Plus is a 3D printer that is perfect for beginners and experts alike. This printer can create a variety of 3D models using PLA filament (1.75 mm) and is compatible with Silhouette’s standard filament and specialty filament. Make everything from custom cookie cutters and keychains to cake toppers and jewelry pieces.

Getting Started

You’ll need to go to the Silhouette Setup link.  If you have not already setup up an account this is where you will do that.  If you have an existing account you will just need to log in.

https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/setup

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

Step 1- Register Machine

On the back of the machine you can find the serial number there.

Step 2 – Machine Setup

Next go over all the content in the box to see if you have everything.  Here is a list of what will be in your box when you open it.

Contains:

  • Silhouette Alta® Plus 3D printer
  • Power cable and USB cable
  • Loose filament spool (color: white, approximately 60 grams)
  • Filament spool holder
  • Platform (with applied Platform Tape Sheet)
  • Replacement Platform Tape Sheets (5)
  • Hex key (for machine adjustments)
  • Rod (for filament adjustments)
  • Nozzle cleaner tool
  • Keys (to lock/unlock the case)
  • Silhouette 3D™ software (download)
  • 25 exclusive designs (download)
  • 1-month Silhouette Design Store subscription ($25 credit value) (available after tool registration)

Step 3 – Download Software

With Alta Plus you will need to download a different software other then your Silhouette Studio.  Silhouette 3D and Silhouette Studio work together.

Step 4 – Get Your Free Content

When you sign up you get a 1 month free subscription and a $25 credit to start experimenting with your machine!

Here are a couple examples of designs I purchased.

Step 5 –  Learn to use Machine

Now it’s time to learn about the machine!  There is a PDF to learn about the software and the machine, I highly suggest reading both.

When I do my next post and first project I will go into more detail and show you how to add the filament, tape to platform, etc. I will make sure to update this post and add the link.

Here are a couple quick pictures from my next post!

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

As always thanks for stopping by, I hope this post has gotten you excited about the new Alta Plus machine.  Stay tuned for my next post where we will make our first project.

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Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/personalized-lantern-project-decor-3-ways/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/personalized-lantern-project-decor-3-ways/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:33:02 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11940 Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways
I loved the idea of having a lantern project that you can change through the seasons by just changing a couple things. Using some vinyl and your Silhouette cutting machine you can do just that!
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Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Hello all!  Today I’m sharing a new Silhouette project for the house. I loved the idea of having a lantern project that you can change through the seasons by just changing a couple things. That’s what decorating all about right?!  Using some vinyl and your Silhouette cutting machine you can do just that!

It’s a simple home decor project you can have done in no time! I also think this would make an AMAZING wedding or housewarming gift for someone.

Let’s get started and I’ll show you how simple it really is to make!

Lantern Supplies Needed:

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 1 – Pick out Vinyl

Lets start off by picking out our lantern and vinyl.  I choose this lantern because it had a lot of real estate on the front to work with.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 2 – Pick and Cut Phrase

Now it’s time to pick out our phrase for the front of the lantern.  I went into the Silhouette library and found several phrase options I wanted to use for the project.  Make sure to measure the front of the lantern for your perfect sizing.

Step 3 – Weed Phrase

Cut your phrase on blade setting 3. I then used the weeding tool to remove all the excess vinyl from the design.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 4 – Add Transfer Paper

Next use transfer tape to transfer the design to the front of the lantern.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Smooth with a scraper tool and carefully remove the transfer tape.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Voila!!  See how easy that was to do!

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 5 – Decorate Your Lantern

Now it’s time to decorate the inside of the lantern.  My favorite was of course adding candles.  But your can add the succulent tree, shells, moss, plants, etc., to the inside.

I made three different looks for this post to give you a couple ideas for inspiration.

Farmhouse Inspiration

I paired this lantern up with this beautiful Succulent plant.  The plant also looks amazing on the inside of the lantern but for photo purposes I placed the plant next to it.

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Beachy Inspiration

If you know me then you know I’m ALL about coastal decor.  I added some shells to the inside for the perfect beachy touch!

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Classic Inspiration

My classic take for this lantern was just adding some moss around the LED candles, and pairing it up with that gorgeous Cacti plant.

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

I really loved how these turned out.  I think you can change out your sayings for different seasons or holidays. Halloween add a spooky saying with pumpkins inside. Christmas time add mini trees and snow.  The possibilities are endless for a project like this!

Looking for another lantern project?! Check out Angies Photo Lantern project.  This is another great project that I’ll have to add to my craft to-do list!

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DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-monogrammed-kitchen-towels/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-monogrammed-kitchen-towels/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:00:23 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12092
I made these DIY monogrammed kitchen towels using my Silhouette Cameo 4 for the house. What a simple DIY project you can make in no time!
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Hello friends, today I’m sharing some DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels I made over at the Darice Blog last month.  I’ve been a little lacking with posting new projects on the blog, since the Covid-19 started.  My kids school started homeschooling right away, so that has kept me super busy with all three kids being home.  We’ve been staying home, and trying to keep busy and positive.  I’ve only went out a few times in the last month just to get groceries for the house.  It’s wild seeing everyone in masks and having to start wearing one myself when I go out.  I’m looking forward to the future and this being a distant memory for us.

Ok now onto the craft, Darice came out with these hand towels and I’ve been itching to do a project with them!  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a holiday or non seasonal project with these.  But you could do either!  I was also excited to use my new Silhouette Cameo 4 again. I’ve done a couple heat transfer projects over the last couple months.  I’ve become kinda obsessed.

These are a great project to make for your home. I also think these would make great gifts for a wedding, hostess or house warming gift.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Supplies Needed:

This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link!

Step 1 – Iron Towels

To start off let’s pull out our kitchen towels and give them and good ironing.  Once they were ironed I folded them over nicely to start the project.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Step 2 – Find Your Design

Since I decided on making monogrammed towels, I went into the Silhouette library and found the perfect monogram for this project.

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

Step 3 – Cut and Weed Design

I cut my monogram out on heat transfer vinyl and weeded it.

Quick Tip: When doing a heat transfer project, you need to make sure you mirror the image before you cut.

Then laid it on top on my kitchen towels.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Step 4 – Iron on Design

Place a towel on top of the vinyl and with a little pressure, place your iron on the towel.  Do not move the iron around like you are ironing a piece of clothing.  Keep the iron in place and continue to add pressure for about 30 seconds.  Then peel the plastic part off.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Now you’re ready to display and use!

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

I seriously think these turned out AMAZING.  What a great personalized project to make for the home. I made three different styles.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Farmhouse Style

Coastal Style

Formal Style

As always thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions about the iron on precess I’d be more then happy to answer them.  Please stay safe out there, I know it’s trying times for everyone and all the uncertainty.  Crafting is something that helps me get through this.  Even writing this post at 10:00 pm after the kids have gone to bed is a good distraction for me from the day.

Happy crafting!

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Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/painted-stepping-stone-for-your-garden/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=10688 Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden
I love outdoor projects for the yard, they are so great and fun to do. This DIY Stepping Stone is a perfect project you can do on a budget for sure!
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Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Hello friends, I’m super excited to share a new project today! Painted Stepping Stone for your garden!

This Summer I’ve really been trying to do more projects in the yard.  Last month I made a DIY Hose Stand and I love how it turned out.  So I decided to add some more projects to the yard.   This project is perfect if you have a Silhouette Cameo 4, OR if your really good at freehand.  The possibilities are endless with a project like this!

Painted Stepping Stone Supplies Needed:

This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link!

While I was at Wal-Mart I came across these cool round stepping stones for $2.50.  I could not pass these cool stones up, I knew I wanted to do some with them for my flower bed. I was originally inspired by PMQ for Two tile makeover she did a couple months ago.

Let’s get started!

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 1 – Paint Paver

First let’s start off by painting our entire paver!  I decided I wanted white for my background color so my colors would really POP.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

I used the Outdoor Living paint for this step.  I only needed to add two coats for this step!!

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 2 – Cut and add Stencil

Next it’s time to cut and add our stencil!  I found both of these designs in the Silhouette library.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

I started off weeding this, but I felt it was easier to add the cut to the paver, then weed it afterwards.  It really did make it so much easier.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 3 – Weed Vinyl

Now it’s time to weed the entire stencil.  Like I said in step 2, it’s so much easier this way.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 4 – Paint Stencil

NOW THE FUN PART!!  Painting (insert happy dance emoji)!!

I decided to use the Patio Paint for this part, I have so many more color options with these paints.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

After the paint has dried (which is pretty fast) it’s time to peel up the vinyl.  I made a quick time lapse video for this step on my Instagram page.  Make sure to check it out and follow me on Insta if you don’t already!

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Step 5 – Fix any Problem Areas

For some reason this stepping stone had some bleeding with the paint in areas.  I think because I was making the time lapse video, I was working a little faster then I usually would have and pulled my vinyl up too fast.  But it was an easy fix, I just went over the problem areas again with the Outdoor Living paint.

Plus I feel like it gives it a cool aged look.

Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Finishing Touches

See how cool that is!  I have pretty stepping stone to add in my flower bed.

Simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Create a simple Painted Stepping Stone for your Garden

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/patriotic-diy-dog-toy-from-bandanas/ Sun, 24 May 2020 16:18:15 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12260 Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas
Today I'll show you how to make a simple DIY dog toy using tennis balls and bandanas.
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Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project. A Patriotic DIY Dog Toy made from bandanas I did over at the Darice Blog! If you can believe this is my first dog toy I’ve made. I have made a couple dog costumes before, like this DIY Loofa costume. But never a toy.

This dog toy was so fast and easy to make, only a few supplies needed. Bandanas and some tennis balls!

I will be making more in the future for Miss Sadie, that’s for sure!  She was so excited about this toy, as I was taking pictures she would run over and grab it if I left the room.  So this dog toy is Sadie approved!

Let’s gather our supplies and get started!

DIY Dog Toy Supplies Needed:

Getting Started

Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Step 1 – Gather Bandanas

Get your three bandanas and fold them over to create long strips.

Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Step 2 – Tie Bandanas

Tie some jute at the end to keep in place.  Then start braiding your bandanas!

Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Finish off with some more jute tied at the end.

Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Step 3 – Mark Your Spot

Use a marker to mark where you want your holes on the tennis ball.

Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

I pulled out my “trusty” hobby knife and put a hole on both sides of a tennis ball where I marked my spots.

Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Then place over the braided bandanas.  You may have to adjust the size of your holes on the tennis ball. I had to go back and make mine a little bigger.

Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Step 4 – Fray the Ends

Finally get a pair of scissors and fray the ends of the dog toy.

How to make a Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

See how easy that is!!

How to make a Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

Now Miss Sadie has a new dog toy to play with! Look at that smile on her face!

How to make a Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

I made another one the same way, but added two tennis balls to each end this time.

How to make a Patriotic DIY Dog Toy from Bandanas

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project.  This DIY dog toy can be made in so many styles using Darice’s bandanas.  Your dog will be happy you did!

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Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/entertainment-center-makeover-with-chalk-paint/ Tue, 12 May 2020 15:57:15 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12345 Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint
Entertainment Center Makeover using DecoArt Chalky Finish paint. Give any piece of furniture quick makeover using chalk paint. It's a perfect DIY project.
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Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you all had a nice Mothers Day.  I sure did, we just started Phase 1 of reopening here in NC, but we decided to just stay home, relax and order some dinner in.  I knew everywhere around here was going to be super busy, especially the places I wanted to go for Mothers Day. So we had a Hunger Games movie marathon and enjoyed our newly redecorated living room.

Today I’ll show you how I gave my entertainment center a quick and easy makeover using DecoArts Chalky Finish paint.  I had the whole project done in a day!

Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed:

  • Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ – Everlasting
  • Paint Brush
  • Finishing Wax

Before back in 2013.

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

Here’s the first makeover back in 2014 using Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I loved this makeover, but my style has changed over the years and I wanted to go with a solid white look with this piece.

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

I have painted several pieces of furniture using the Chalky Finish.  Like this coffee table makeover. It’s held up great over the years from my family, so I knew it would be a perfection option for this entertainment center makeover.

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

Everlasting is DecoArts solid white color and it’s beautiful and crisp. DecoArt has lots of chalky finish paint color options.

Here’s a picture of the process, when I was shiplapping the wall behind it.  I was doing both projects at once.  My poor husband never knows what he’s gonna come home too anymore.

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

Instructions

I’m doing the instruction process a little different then my usual tutorials.  When I started this project it wasn’t necessarily going to be a post on my blog.  The kids were home from school, it was a rainy day and I was bored. So what better way to keep myself occupied then starting a whole new project.  I cleared out the entertainment center, cleaned it and got started.

I just painted over the existing paint, I didn’t sand it.  Since the previous color was already pretty light, it only took a couple coats to paint the entire piece. I had to add three coats on the blue parts.

Once the paint was fully dry I went over the entire piece with a finishing wax.  I used a old washcloth to rub it in. Let everything dry overnight, and the next day you can start decorating it!

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

I’ve been working on a living room makeover this year.  This was before, then we got a new couch, rug, coffee table and light fixture.  Now it the relaxing coastal space I’ve always wanted.

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

The after!

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

Entertainment Center Makeover with Chalk Paint

We’ve been self quarantining in the house since April 15th.  Running out to grab groceries once a week. The kids have been home since around that time too, so it’s been nice having a space to sit relax and be able to spend time together in.

Painting this piece really brightens up the space.  The long goal for this living room is getting a fireplace and mounting the tv about it.  But for now this will hold me until we can do that next step.  $20 worth of paint and I have a whole new feel in this living room!

As always thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions just let me know!

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Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/glass-painting-with-new-decoart-opaque-glass-paint/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/glass-painting-with-new-decoart-opaque-glass-paint/#respond Thu, 07 May 2020 17:33:42 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12342 Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint
How to setup a glass painting party with DecoArts new Opaque Glass Paint. Were painting beautiful Spring vases with stencils.
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Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint

Good morning  everyone! Today I’m sharing an exciting new post! Glass Painting with DecoArts new Opaque Glass Paint! Last month I worked on this post for the DecoArt blog, and just now getting it over to my blog. With everything going on I just haven’t had time needed to work on my blog posts. But two more weeks and my kids start their Summer break, so no more homeschool!!!  Then I can focus more on my blog again.

As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt product.  This month our challenge was doing a project using their new Opaque Glass Paint. I love being apart of their team and trying our all these new products.

Now onto the post!

I was very excited to work on this project, I haven’t done any glass painting projects before. So this was new for me and pretty cool. I knew right away that I wanted to make Spring vases for creating a wonderful table setting. Plain glass vases are pretty easy to find and can be quite inexpensive. They are a perfect blank slate to work with and create something your own.

The new DecoArt Glass Paint™ offers exceptional coverage and durability. It is a specially formulated paint for use on glass and glazed ceramics. The self-leveling formula results in minimal brushstrokes and a smooth, even finish. It can even be baked for a dishwasher-safe, satin finish.

Glass Painting Supplies Needed:

  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – White
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Turquoise
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Yellow
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Sky Blue
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Coral
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Fuchsia
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Green
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Orange
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Soft Violet
  • DecoArt Glass Paint 2oz – Pink
  • DecoArt SoSoft Adhesive Stencil – Flora
  • Americana Reusable Stick-On Stencil – Lemons
  • Glass Vases
  • Sponge Brush

See Full Tutorial Here!

Over at the DecoArt blog I’ll show you how to setup a vase painting party the easy way.  Make sure to stop by and see the full tutorial.

Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint

DecoArt just released 28 new glass paint colors to choose from now available at Michaels!

Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint

They also released 14 new Opaque Glass Paint Markers™ to add those fine details to any project.

Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint

With everything that is going on right now.  I left links to buy these products at Micheals.com. To make this project, you can have everything delivered to your house or have in store pickup! 

Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint

Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint - Spring vase

I think the vases turned out beautiful and they were so easy to do, especially since I used a stencil.  I wish I was a girl who knew how to re hand paint but I’m not that girl.  My next best option is using a stencil. They make vase painting so much easier.

Glass Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint - Spring painted vase

Vase Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint

I am a BIG fan of the lemons painted vase!  I’m all about lemons in the kitchen right now.

Vase Painting with New DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint

This was such a fun glass painting party to work on!  You could even have a wine or coffee cup painting party with friends as another fun idea!  I just thought since we have this beautiful Spring weather that painting Spring vases would be a perfect idea and good pick me up!

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project! Let me know if you have any questions!

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

DecoArt also recently released their new Enchanted Paints last month too.  I painted the nautical inspired vase using it.

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