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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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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 Mon, 13 Apr 2020 02:49:23 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12092 DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels
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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DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

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:

  • Cotton Towels
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl – Black
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl – Coral
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl – Rose Gold
  • Mini Crafting Iron
  • Silhouette Cameo 4

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

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.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

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

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Coastal Style

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Formal Style

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

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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STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/stem-project-idea-how-to-make-a-diy-popsicle-stick-catapult/ Sun, 22 Mar 2020 20:34:31 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11512 STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult
Get your little ones ready to soar by launching objects across the house and testing how far they go with this DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult! Building a catapult is a classic STEM activity for young kids.
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STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Hello all, today I’m sharing how to make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult. I made this back in the Summer on the Darice blog as a classroom activity.  But this is a project that can be done anytime!

Get your little ones ready to soar by launching objects across the house and testing how far they go! Building a catapult is a classic STEM activity for young kids. Tell your kids to get their thinking caps on and start building their catapult!

STEAM Stats:

Building a popsicle stick catapult is a great project for kids to be creative while building their engineering (creating a machine), math (measuring height and distance) and science skills (gravity and force).  Yet truly having to think in order to complete the given task.

Let’s Get Started!

DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult Supplies:

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 1 –

Stack six to eight sticks and rubber band them together at both ends.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 2 –

Rubber band two stick together.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 3 –

Slide the stack of sticks in between the two sticks that you already banded together.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 4 –

Next, use a rubber band to secure all of the craft sticks together.  I would demonstrate this part to all your students.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 5 –

I used a hot glue gun to help secure a bottle cap to the end of the catapult. This is a perfect spot to set your pom pom balls.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 6 –

Finally let the kids design and paint their catapults.  Make sure to have lots of paint options and thin paint brushes available!

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

They can get as creative as they want with this step!

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Place your object on the catapult, and use 1 finger to launch it in the air!

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

To make this even more challenging try different shapes, sizes and weights to test how far each object will go! Mark each spot so you can talk about longest and shortest distances afterwards.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my Popsicle Stick Catapult. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to answer them!

Looking for more STEAM activities then check out my book Brick Building 101!

Brick Building 101 - STEAM Activities for kids

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Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/nautical-spring-vase-with-decoart-new-enchanted-paints/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:52:24 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12274
I tried out DecoArt's new Enchanted paints! I show you how to make this nautical spring vase using their Iridescent topcoat!
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Good afternoon everyone!  Today I’m sharing an exciting new post! 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 Enchanted Paints and Shimmers. I love being apart of their team and trying our all these new products.

I was really excited to step out of my comfort zone and try this new product. I love the idea of incorporating this iridescent look into a nautical feel.  Not so much anchors and lobster.  But just going to with nautical color palette, with the navy blue and pairing it with the Enchanted Blue.

I think this results turned out beautiful!

Spring Vase Supplies Needed:

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! 

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Here’s a little detail about the new Enchanted paints from the DecoArt Blog.

Americana Enchanted
This iridescent topcoat acrylic captures the dazzling effect of a peacock feather or mimics the exquisite beauty of a beetle wing with these translucent interference colors. For the most dramatic effect, use over Enchanted Ultra Black Basecoat or other dark colors.

Americana Enchanted Shimmer
Millions of luminous particles recreate the unique sparkling shimmer of a butterfly wing in this shimmering iridescent topcoat acrylic. The larger iridescent particles create the most unique iridescent finish on the market today!

So let’s gather our supplies and get started!

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Step 1 – Paint Vase

I went over the entire vase the the Navy Blue paint.  Only one coat was needed.  I did need to go back and touch up some spots, but that was it. It dried pretty fast, so let sit 5 minutes.

The Enchanted paint really POP against darker colors as well, so this navy blue was perfect color choice.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

This is my FAVORITE blue out of all the DecoArt blue colors!

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Step 2 – Tape off Vase

I pulled out my “trusty” washi tape, and sectioned off my vase.  Make sure to seal those edges so none of the Enchanted paint bleeds through.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Step 3 – Add Enchanted Paint

Now the fun part….  Adding our Enchanted paint!!! When adding my paint I used a flat paint brush and made sure I kept the paint going in one direction. Starting at the painter tape and working my way towards the bottom of the vase in one stroke.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

I did a total of two coats, letting the first coat dry 5 minutes.  While the paint is still wet I removed my tape. Look at that beautiful bottom!

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Finishing Touches

I think that Enchanted paint gives this vase a nice POP! It still goes with my nautical/coastal feel of my living room without making it feel out of place.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

I love the little touches of navy blue in my living room, like the garden stool, throw and touches of blue in the Rae Dunn pillows.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Extra Craft!

For my next vase I wanted to experiment a little with the paint colors.  Do something a little outside the box for me.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

This is a great example of what the colors look like against the ultra black basecoat. I wanted to go for a more modern galaxy feel.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I know we are going through some trying times right now.  But let’s all stay positive and keep our heads up. For me crafting is a great distraction, as I’m sure it is for most people. Even being distracted by writing this post up is a help for me.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

If you try this product out, I would love for you to share what you made with me!

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear!

Stay Safe!

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How to setup a Classroom or Art Room Organization https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-setup-a-classroom-or-art-room-organization/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-setup-a-classroom-or-art-room-organization/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 01:41:15 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11552
I'm sharing an easy classroom or art room organization post. This will make it easy for students and teachers to find everything that is needed for their day's art lesson.
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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great week!  Today I’m sharing an easy classroom or art room organization post with you that I did over at the Darice Blog at the beginning of the school year.

As a parent who has helped redecorate some of the teachers classrooms at the school, this area is a must.  I will show you a super easy way to organize some of your supplies.

For this post I’ve gathered up all the must have supplies you’ll need to get your art area setup! I am planning on setting up an art room for my boys school in the near future, so this rolling cart will be a perfect fit for that art room and help me keep the room organized throughout the year..

Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for Art Room Organization:

For the art space I’m setting up at the boys school I wanted to get the most important supplies needed to get started. These are the basic BUT most important supplies needed to get any art room setup.

Here’s a look at all the supplies to get your art room organized.

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Since I wanted to get this rolling cart organized, I pulled out my “trusty” Silhouette cutting machine to add labels to the front of each drawer.  This will make it easy for students and teacher to find everything that is needed for their day’s art or craft lesson.

Setting up Classroom or Art Room Organization

The 10 drawers makes is easy to have all your supplies together in one space and is still small enough to have several carts on one wall in your art room.

Setting up Classroom or Art Room Organization

A favorite decor touch I love to add to any art space are the posable art mannequins.  They give that perfect art room feel, don’t you think?!?

Setting up Classroom or Art Room Organization

Easy way of Setting up a Classroom or Art Room

Now that you’re organized you’ll be excited and pumped to get your school year started!

Easy way of Setting up a Classroom or Art Room

There are many more great art supplies that can still be added to a second rolling cart in your art room.  Here are a couple more great supply ideas!

  1. Molding Clay Set
  2. Pastels
  3. Glitter
  4. Palette Trays
  5. Chalk
  6. Bingo Markers
  7. Foam Brushes

Easy way of Setting up a Classroom or Art Room

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project.  Please let me know if  you have any art room organization questions!

Looking for more ways to organize your art space?

Check out this paint organizer I made last month for the craft room.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

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How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-make-a-spring-flower-shop-sign/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-make-a-spring-flower-shop-sign/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:05:51 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12197 How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign
Spring is in the air! So to get the house ready for Spring I made this Spring Flower Shop Sign with my Silhouette Cameo 4.
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How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

I’m back with a new post using my Silhouette Cameo 4!!  I promised you a project after my last Silhouette 4 unboxing post.  So today I’m sharing a Spring Flower Shop sign I made using the new machine.

A couple weeks ago I was in Kirklands and came across this beautiful Flower Market sign,  but it was almost $40.00.  I loved the look but didn’t want to pay the price, plus it was a little to big for what I needed.  So I decided I was gonna make one of my own.  I already had all the supplies on hand!

So let’s get started!

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.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Flower Shop Sign Supplies Needed:

  • Silhouette Cameo 4
  • Wood Shadow Box
  • Black Vinyl
  • Paint
  • Transfer Paper

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 1 – Paint Shadow Box

I went through my craft supplies and found this wooden sign to use for this project. I grabbed some white and black  acrylic paint to get started.  I painted the edges first with the black, then went around the rest with the white acrylic paint.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 2 – Find Phrase

Since I knew I wanted to make a Spring Flower Shop sign, I just went into the Silhouette Library and typed in “Flower Shop”.  It gave me a TON of options to choose from.

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

Step 3 – Cut and Weed Phrase

Once I finally selected the design I wanted, I brought it over to Silhouette Studio and sized it to fit my shadow box. I selected vinyl, glossy.  Then the blade setting automatically changed.  With this new Cameo 4 you choose your material in the software and the machine automatically sets the blade.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Now it’s time to weed our phrase.  Most of my signs I use the vinyl as a stencil, but this time I actually decided to use the vinyl for my phrase.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 4 – Add Transfer Tape

Once you have weeded your phrase it’s time to add the transfer paper.  This will help transfer your phrase to the wood perfectly.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Peel the white part off the back of the phrase.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 5 – Add Phrase

Lay your phrase on the wood sign.  Make sure to smooth out any bubbles with your scraper.

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How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

Next, gently remove the transfer tape.  Now we have a perfect Spring sign!!

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Finishing Touches

Now I’m ready to display! I know it’s still Winter and we have a couple more month until Spring is finally it. But I couldn’t wait to start getting the house ready for Spring.

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I found these beautiful tulips at TJMaxx last week and I knew it would pair up great with the Flower Shop Sign I made.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

I recently redecorated my living room. If you follow my Instagram, then you see the changes! I think this Flower Shop sign makes a great addition.

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project!  if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-rainbow-unicorn-craft/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:59:11 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11836 DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft
Unicorn crafts are all over the place! I wanted to create a simple rainbow unicorn craft, that would be perfect for any unicorn theme party.
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DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I’m sharing a craft I made over at the Darice blog.  A rainbow inspired craft. But not just any rainbow inspired craft, a rainbow unicorn craft. I’ve been eyeing these wooden unicorns on the Darice site for awhile now. I knew they would make a cool kids craft. What kid doesn’t LOVE a unicorn craft right!?!

This project would be perfect to decorate for a unicorn or rainbow themed party as well!  You can even set up a kids craft table for anyone to make their very own unicorn to take home.

Let’s get started!

Rainbow Unicorn Supplies Needed:

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft

Step 1 – Paint Unicorn

Let’s pick out our paint colors! I went with a fun pastel rainbow color palette for this craft. Bright and cheerful is what this craft is all about!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft

Two coats of paint was all that is needed for each unicorn. Let each coat dry 5 minutes.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Step 2 – Add Glitter Paint

Now it’s time to add some sparkly glitter to the unicorn horns.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Just paint on your glitter and your set!  Depending on how much glitter you want, you will need to add more coats.  I did a total of three coats for these unicorns.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

So SPARKLY!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Step 3 – Add Details

Now it’s time to finish up by adding the eyes and mouth! Use a pencil to draw out first.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Then go over with a thin paint brush and black paint.  Now we’re finished and these unicorns are looking AMAZING!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

Step 4 – Paint Hello

I really wanted to add another fun element to this craft project and make something that would be cute to add in a room.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

Paint the outside border of the Hello first. I went with purple for a nice surprise POP of color.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

Then go over the front with your rainbow color palette.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

This Hello and rainbow unicorns are going to look great together.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

I really think I need to work with this color palette again soon!  With three boys I don’t usually work on kids craft projects like this. I’m more of a dinosaur craft mama!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my Rainbow Unicorn Craft!  I hope this craft inspires you to make some fun colorful rainbow unicorns too!

Looking for more rainbow craft, then check out my adult themed unicorn craft I made a couple years ago.

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Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/makeup-organizer-with-leopard-and-decoupage/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 19:25:33 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12194 Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage
Todays project is a plain organizer that I gave a chic makeover to! I tuned it into a cool makeup organizer with some paint and decoupage.
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Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

Hello everyone! I’m finally getting this chic Makeup Organizer post I did for DecoArt on my blog!

I’m sure a lot of us out there need to get our makeup area organized, but always put it off. Not anymore ladies! This organizer is the perfect size to do that, but I needed to give it a little pizzazz first. Something more my style.

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 an organization project using this oranizer.  But this month we could use ANY DecoArt product, so I had to go back to my roots and use DecoArts Decoupage.

If you’ve followed my blog over the years then you know I’ve done a TON of decoupage projects.  You name it, I’ve done the project.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 2oz – Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 8oz – Cotton Ball
  • Small drawer organizer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Gold shimmer leopard faux suede trim
  • Cutting machine

Full Tutorial Here!

Head over to the DecoArt Blog and see how I was able to give this makeup organizer a cool new look an the before picture.

Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

This was such a fun project to do, I made this a month ago and I’m actually using it!  It’s works so well, and I love that surprise POP of leopard when I open the drawers.

How to Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

Easy Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage How to Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

As aways thanks for stopping by, and checking out my latest project this DIY Makeup organizer.

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