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Washer Suncatcher/Wind chime

I made it through ANOTHER round of the One Crafty Contest! I still can’t believe I was voted in as a contestant let alone that I’ve made it so far! Thank you to everyone who has been voting and sending me kind words of encouragement. You can find all my past projects and read about my participation in the contest HERE.

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime
The latest round required us to use glitter. My entry was this washer and cookie cutter suncatcher/wind chime. It was NOT, however, my first project, and was really only half of what I wanted my final entry to be.

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime
(it’s  hard to make out the letters without the glitter coloring each letter)

I worked SO hard on garden art made out of washers. I spelled out the word “bloom” with different sizes of washers and made the curves of the letters into flowers. I had the whole thing glued together (I even super glued my finger to a cookie sheet in the process). I had the washers glittered, but then I moved it to keep it safely away from my kids, and the whole thing broke since the super glue wasn’t set yet! I had planned to make it the top of my wind chime instead of the rod I used. So instead, I added the cookie/fondant cutters to my final project so it wasn’t so plain. I guess it was meant to be though, because the final project was good enough to put me in the top 5!

This project was actually pretty easy, but really time consuming. It required A LOT of drying time.

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime
I covered cookie sheets with aluminum foil and then put wax paper on top. I started by laying out the different sizes of washers until I had a pattern I liked. Then I decided how many colors of glitter to use and what order they would be in. I filled the center of each washer with Mod Podge. It worked best to fill it with a thin layer, but not so thin that it would pull away from the sides as it dried. To prevent drips, I filled a children’s oral syringe with the Mod Podge. It worked perfectly! I filled the cookie cutters the same way.

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime
Then I sprinkled on the glitter and waited, and waited, and waited for it to dry. Because of the deadline for the contest, I ended up putting the cookie sheets in my oven on the lowest temperature to speed dry the Mod Podge. The cookie cutters were especially slow to dry, so they spent several hours in the oven! I would have preferred to let it all air dry. The oven made some of the wax paper fuse to the back of the washers. The ones that did air dry popped right off the wax paper.

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime
(here you can see the wax paper that fused to the back of the washers and some undried glue in the cookie cutters)

When it was mostly dry, I shook off all the extra glitter. The Mod Podge dries clear, so it created a little window in the middle of each washer with suspended glitter (unfortunately the pictures don’t show this well). Then I laid out all the washers the way I wanted it to look in the end, but upside down so I could glue strong fishing line to the back of each piece.

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime
I primed and spray painted a wooden dowel in a metallic silver to match the washers. I tied on each string of the wind chime, measured carefully so they were evenly spaced, and then glued each of the tied strings to the dowel so they wouldn’t slide around. All that was left to do was hang it up!

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime

DIY Washer Suncatcher/Wind Chime
(So pretty! I actually used ultra fine iridescent cosmetic glitter for all the white pieces to give it extra sparkle!)

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Love Notes – DIY Frame

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I’ve decided to hop on the “I love you because…” bandwagon.
This craft is so popular, I don’t know who to give the original credit to.
It’s a never-ending love note.  The glass in the frame makes it dry erasable.

The Supplies
1.
picture frame
2.
paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, printed paper)
3.
dry erase pens, crayons, or pencils

The Directions
You really don’t have to go out and buy a fancy frame.  You can buy a cheap one or pick one up from a thrift store or yard sale and give it a makeover. I bought a plastic $3 frame from Walmart.  It started out black, but I wanted it white.  Easy fix? Spray paint! Unfortunately, a big gust of wind blew some grass and dirt onto my last coat of paint, leaving little bumps. Sigh.

Decide how your want your “I love you because…” image to look.  You can use scrapbook paper, regular paper, wrapping paper, or really any kind of paper. Even fabric. I used scrapbook paper and stickers for my letters.  You could also write the phrase on your paper or print the whole thing out.

Put your paper in the frame, and use a dry erase utensil to write your love notes!

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I decided to use kids’ dry erase crayons.  They aren’t as bold as markers, but are much easier to clean up, especially if the words get stuck on after awhile. I also like that they come in a variety of colors.

I upcycled a food container to hold the crayons, sharpener, and eraser cloth.  I covered it in coordinating scrapbook paper and painted the cardboard rim black. You could also put magnets or velcro on your pen and the back of the frame to keep them out of sight.  Since I have a bunch of crayons, I wanted a container for them.

These are so easy to make, I might start giving them as gifts – weddings, anniversaries, Valentines Day, and birthdays!

My final cost to make this project was just under $4!  The crayons cost an additional $3 and change.

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Your opinions and thoughts mean a lot to me.  I would love for you to leave me a comment below.  Thanks for stopping by today.

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Nursery Mirror

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L’s nursery has been one craft after the other.  He’s almost 1 1/2 and I still haven’t finished everything! Oops! Hopefully, I can work up to a ‘big reveal’ post before he grows out of his room!

I found a mirror at Walmart that I really liked for his room, but it wasn’t the right color.  So, easy fix? Spray paint!!
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I started by taping the inner edge of the mirror. (ignore the fingerprints)
Sorry, I don’t have a picture of the mirror before I started taping it off.

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Then, using the packaging the mirror came in, I cut out a circle to cover the mirror and taped everything again.  I may have gone overboard, but I didn’t want to take any risks of getting paint on the mirror surface.

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Then I took it outside and used a few coats of white paint + primer spray paint.  As you can see, I also painted the grass.  Oh well… 😉

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Here it is hanging in the nursery.  Not much to see right now, but more nursery posts coming soon!

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