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DIY Sparkly Phone Case

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

So I’m starting to think that I should have named this site something like ‘All that Glitters’, considering how many glittered projects there are!  After seeing some of the projects I’ve done a friend asked me if I could make a phone case for her with a turquoise glitter….of course I could!

*If interested in making glittered washable glassware click here

*For basic glittering directions click here

I knew it would have to be pretty durable, as most of us throw our phones in our purses, counters, floors, etc.  This meant a few more steps than a typical glitter project, but nothing difficult.  If you want to make one for yourself or a gift follow these directions:

What you’ll need:

  • A plain phone case (or anything you want to have durable glitter… such as a camera case, compact mirror case, etc)
  • A strong adhesive for a base coat.  I used E-6000
  • A permanent adhesive for the glitter.  I used Gem-tac
  • Glitter
  • Lacquer spray to seal the glitter

This is what I did to make the case:

  1. First thing I did was folded a piece of tape (or use double sided tape) to adhere the inside of the case to a little soup box.  This made it easy for me to work around the case as I needed without smudging anything.
  2. Applied E-6000 to the phone case and let it dry (basically super glue).  I just speared it on smooth with my finger.   The reason I put this on first was to create a surface that the glitter would stick to and not easily scrape off over time (like the smooth plastic of the original case)
  3. I used a paint brush to apply a layer of Gem-tac and then sprinkled the glitter. I used this adhesive instead of Mod-Podge, like most glitter projects, because it’s more durable.  I let this dry and then tapped off the extra glitter.
  4. After  24 hours I sprayed a coat of lacquer on the case to seal it.  Since it will be getting so much use I sprayed a few coats of it throughout the day.  I let it all dry another 24 hours before using it.

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She’s Crafty

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | 1 comment

Two years in a row I’ve had girlfriends over for ‘Brunch and Crafts’.  If you had told me 10 years ago that this is something I would be doing on my weekends I never would have believed you.  Well, I’m not 23 anymore and these sorts of get-togethers are a good ol’ time.  Last year there were a bit more mimosas flowing than this year, but that’s what happens when over half the women are pregnant now!  Nevertheless, sitting around and catching up with girlfriends is always a good thing to do.

Very simple concept:  come over for brunch, bring a craft and it’s supplies, bring a food item to share.  I supply the main dish, bread, drinks, etc.  It’s a great way to follow through on a project you’ve been meaning to complete or to try something you’ve seen on Pinterest or a magazine.

A little gift for the girls that came:

What to do with the corks from one of our favorite things (wine)?  Make coasters, of course!   A little hot glue and you have one inexpensive and easy holiday gift.  The girl that made these also hot glued corks to magnets to make wine cork magnets.

A different friend used corks to make this cute wreath.  She lightly colored them with a translucent white spray paint, hot glued them around a wooden ring, added a couple fake flowers, and wallah!  An idea to add something to the center is to hang the letter of your last name in the middle.

Both myself and a friend made these chic & sparkly deer decorations.  My friend found an image online and enlarged it to fit the 11 x 14 blank canvases.  We then traced the outline of the deer, used paintbrushes to fill it in with mod podge, and then sprinkled glitter on it.  I used a chunkier gold glitter and my friend used a finer bronze glitter.

Ladies getting their craft on.

 

 

 

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Glitter glassware so it’s washable!

Posted on May 3, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | 8 comments

I’m a sucker for glitter.  It just makes everything so much prettier and glassware is no exception! The question is…how to wash glitter?  To see what I use for glittering Click Here .  For another project on glittering a phone case click here.

If you love the glittered goblets, but aren’t the crafty type that’s ok!  You can purchase a set from me.  If interested please Email me to figure out glitter colors, glass type, quantity, etc.

The only added step that you need to do to make stemware washable (hand wash only) is to spray 1 or 2 coats of clear sealant over the top of the glittered area (enter ‘how to glitter’ in the Search the Site section at the top of this website). I use a glossy top coat.  Tape plastic over the part of the glass that you don’t need to cover with a clear coat.

I’m taking these to an overnight Bachelorette party this summer.  The bride loves sparkles, so we are all going to wear glitz and sequins as a theme. I thought glittered wine glasses will be the perfect addition to the party. We’ll use them that night, be able to remember which glass is who’s, and the bride can take them home with her.

With summer approaching I need to have a set to help celebrate July 4th!  For more 4th of July ideas Click Here

Nothing says Christmas like glistening sparkly champagne glasses!

Make glasses to match your wedding colors, any holiday, or a whole set of just black or silver glitter for a posh look.

I made this set for my book club when I hosted and we read ’50 Shades of Grey’.  For more ideas on a gray themed party Click Here

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May Day Flower Baskets

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | 1 comment

One of the nice things about have a child is that I’m able to do some of the things I used to when I was a kid…May Day baskets being one of them.  Granted, Lauren is only 14 months old, but she gives me an excuse to do things and have them be from ‘her’.

I found some clearance Easter pails for 50 cents, spray painted them, and planted petunias (even if our neighbors don’t have green thumbs petunias seems to grow through anything).  Happy May Day!

 

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How to Glitter Eggs (or any item)

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

Glittered Eggs:

I think glitter is the most fun.  Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on.

  1. What you’ll need:  modge podge, a cheap paintbrush, glitter, and plastic eggs (or whatever item you are glittering)
  2. Brush the glue onto the egg…yes, this is messy.
  3. Sprinkle glitter all over the egg…yes, this is messy too.  You’ll probably need to rinse your hands off after each egg, so you can work on the next one.
  4. Let them dry overnight.  Set up around a centerpiece, in a glass bowl, or hang them on a tree!

 To see some glittery washable glassware Click Here

For sparkly DIY votives Click Here

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How to make tissue paper poms / tissue flowers

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

I love tissue poms.  They are such an inexpensive and easy way to decorate and really make a room festive.  The nice thing about using tissue flowers as decoration is that tissue paper comes in a ton of colors and it goes a long way.  You can glue them onto sticks and make arrangements in vases, you can string them up across a room or tree, or you can tape or tie them to almost any surface.

You will need:

  • Tissue paper, a scissor, floral wire, and a wire cutter

1.Depending on the size you want the tissue flowers to be you will vary how small you cut the tissue paper (if you cut it at all).  For small to medium size poms I recommend 9-12 sheets of paper.  For larger poms I recommend more sheets of tissue in order to keep them looking full.

2. Fold the tissue, accordion style (you don’t need to put a hard crease on the fold) and cut a piece of wire (about 5 inches seems to work well).

3. Twist the wire around the middle of the folded paper

4. Cut the ends of the tissue.  Cutting the ends in various ways will change the look of the finished tissue flowers.

5. Carefully pull apart the tissue.  To prevent and reduce tearing, I recommend separating by a few sheets at a time and then pull apart individual pieces.

*You can save the scraps that you cut from the ends of the poms to use as confetti or to fill glass votives or jars for extra decorations.

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