Monday, April 20, 2015

DIY Mason Jar Light

Do you love creative ideas that bring light and life to any decor!  I do!  Here's a wonderful design and concept from All Things Heart and Home.

I've been following her blog for a while now and just love the ideas and creativity.   The concepts are fun, fresh, and the instructions make the projects very doable!

If you have the time, swing by her All Things Heart and Home blog and take a look!

As always, thank you for stopping by Sweet Home Designs!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DIY Cottage Chic/Shabby Chic Miniature Flower Pots

Hey Everyone!  Thanks again for stopping by Sweet Home Designs!

Today I've put together a couple of really sweet Shabby Chic Miniature Pots!

These items have been posted in my Etsy Shop!  Please stop by and have a look!

Peach and Blue Miniature Flower Pot

Blue and White Miniature Flower Pot

Pink and White Miniature Flower Pot

What you'll need to recreate these items:

Glass Votive Holder
Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paint
Oven (for curing)
Dried Flowers
Tacky Glue

Using a sponge paint brush and Martha Stewart's multi-surface paint, paint your glass votive with 2 coats of paint.  Wait an hour between coats for better coverage.

After painting the votive, place it on a cookie sheet (an old one), and bake it in the oven @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Turn off the oven and let them cool in the oven.  This will cure the paint.

Then use the sandpaper to scuff up the outside to give it that cute Shabby Chic look!

I took some raffia and twine and wrapped underneath the lip of the votive.  I glued it with Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  Then I took some flowers and arranged them along with some charms and buttons.

I decided to add the dried moss for fun, topped with a couple more flowers!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Love Little Storage Jars!

Hey everyone!

Thanks again for stopping by Sweet Home Designs.  Today I added an adorable Storage Jar to my Etsy Shop.

This was another easy project to put together and would make a really nice teacher gift, Secret Pal gift, or "Make her Smile" gift.

I headed over to my favorite craft store, one of them anyway, and found this little jar.  It was too cute to pass up so I brought it home and decorated it for gift giving!  I used some florals I purchased from Wild Orchid Flowers and my button and twine was from Stampin' Up!

I think it turned out pretty cute!  It was fun to do and I hope that whoever selects it is happy to give it! Or keep it ;)  I mean, you can always use another piece of "cuteness" around...right?

Have a blessed day!

Monday, April 13, 2015

DIY Cute Mason Jars

Hey everyone!

Thanks for joining me today!  I added a couple great Cottage Chic gift/home decor items to my Etsy Shop Sweet Home Designs.

I found this DIY video and decided to give it a try.  This was really fun and easy to accomplish.

Basically, you head over to your favorite craft store and pick out a couple of Mason Jars.  Any brand will do.  I chose Kerr.  The video also recommended Martha Stewart's Multi-Surface Craft Paint.

You basically, paint the jars with 2 coats of paint.  Waiting an hour between each coat.  If you don't wait long enough the first coat begins to "gum" up and pull away from the waiting is good!

After both coats are applied; put your jars in the oven at 350' for 30 minutes.  Yup, you're baking the jars.  Then leave them in the oven until it has completely cooled down.  Pull out the jars and your ready for distressing.

I used a mild grain of sand paper and gently rubbed over the writing on the jars.  I also "scuffed" up the jars themselves for an additional Cottage Chic look.  As you can see, I added a few embellishments and Wah-Lah!  They were complete!

Thank you for stopping by!  Let me know what you think.