Thursday, 31 May 2012

DIY Decoupage Project - Personalized Glass Dish

The weekend is almost here! How has your week been?... hectic, stressful, uninspiring?? Well I have two weekend projects to share that will help you unwind and rekindle your creativity! They were actually birthday presents that I made for my Mum and she was so pleased with them, I thought you would appreciate them too. Here goes!

The first is a decoupage project, which is a fun way to transform and personalize everyday objects like this glass dish... Isn't it lovely! (I'm quite pleased with myself lol)

Finished Decoupaged Glass Dish

I drew my inspiration from these two tutorials on Crafty Nest Blog and

You will need:
  •  A glass dish or plate
  • Scrap-booking paper with a pattern/image of your choice. (Printing images on your home printer will not work in this case because the ink will run... trust me, I learned the hard way!)
  • Decoupage medium - for this I simply used 3 parts Ponal glue to 1 spart water. Fancy name, but it's basically diluted glue.
  • A medium-sized paint brush to paint on the decoupage medium
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint/acrylic paint in your desired colour(I found that the spray paint worked better on the glass.)
  • A sponge applicator if you are using acrylic paint
  • A pencil
  • Clear varnish or spray enamel for the finishing coat.

Decoupage Supplies
Supplies for the task!

Image Cut-out
My Paper Cut-Out

Decoupage Medium
My Decoupage Medium


Use your pencil to trace the shape of the bottom of the dish/plate onto your scrap-booking paper. Take your scissors and cut the shape out. Make sure your paper cut-out fits the area you want to stick it to and ensure that the glass is clean (use a little Windex if necessary). Next, use the paint brush to apply the decoupage medium (diluted glue) to the are you wish to stick the paper. In this case, It was the bottom, outer-side of the glass dish. Then, carefully stick the right-side of the paper cut-out onto the base of the glass dish. Don't worry if it looks a bit blurry on the inside - the glue will dry to a clear finish. At this point, some people put another layer of the decoupage medium on and then another piece of blank paper in the same shape to strengthen it. I didn't bother to do that because my paper was card stock and I felt it was adequate. Once you've applied the glue, let it dry for at at least 30 - 40 minutes... If you still see wet patches, let it dry for longer.

Once it has dried completely, you will move to the next stage which is painting the outside of the dish. At this point, if you have decided to coat the outside with a more translucent colour like white, I would recommend that you do several coats of white spray paint as opposed to painting it with white acrylic - trust me on this one! I learned from trial and error! The spray paint will give you a more even finish.

Once you have applied a satisfactory number of coats, you can either leave the exterior blank and move on to varnishing it, or you can opt for another paint finish. I decided to apply a sponged finish to my dish. I mixed up a lovely pale, green, acrylic paint mixture (my mum's favourite colour is green ;-) and I applied it lightly with a sea sponge (you can get these at local craft/hardware stores). This also complemented the pattern on my paper cut-out.

Painted Exterior

Sponge Finish

Once that was completely dry, I then added 2 coats of clear, spray enamel for the finishing touches and VOILA!!!

Inside Glass Dish

Be sure to advice the recipient on how to care for the item. I would not recommend that a dish like this be used in the microwave or oven. It's more suitable for light use. Gently clean it using a sponge with a little dish-washing liquid and then pat dry with a kitchen/paper towel.

Don't you think this makes a fantastic gift!!? I'll share the other project with you next time. So stay tuned!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

DIY Project - Homemade Sugar Scrub

I recently shared some ideas for Crafty Mother's Day Gifts. See post here.
I decided to take my own advice and make something for the special Mums in my life. I chose to make a really lovely sugar scrub using this Tutorial from the Maybe Matilda Blog. They turned out to be adorable gifts! :-) I was quite pleased with myself. (Of course I made a little extra for myself... who doesn't want to feel pampered... especially on those days when you have aching feet. lol)

What's great about this project is that it uses natural ingredients and you can use it for any occasion - birthday, Christmas, baby shower, get well... you name it! Additionally, you can vary the mixture to come up with lots of other sweet-smelling combinations. (I'm planning to try Peppermint or Lavender next time...) See the slideshow and instructions below if you want to give it a try. (You should definitely try it.)

It's really simple to do. Here's what you'll need:
  • some jars (you can always re-use jam jars once you're finished the contents);
  • granulated (white) sugar;
  • olive oil (or any other nutritious body oil e.g jojoba, almond oil);
  • essential oil (I used grapefruit this time);
  • some decorative paper for labels;
  • glue (in the tutorial they used Mod Podge but ponal works fine too) and;
  • ribbons, string, etc for the finishing touches.

Labels - To make my labels, I went onto the computer and used Microsoft Word to create a suitable shape (in this case a circle) with my wording inside. I then 'copied' and 'pasted' it so that I had enough for all my jars, then I printed them. After that I cut them out. I then cut out some slightly larger circles from the decorative paper in order to frame my labels. Once they were all cut out, I stuck them onto my jars with Ponal. I then tied some jute string around the mouth of each jar and topped it off with little wooden charms I got from a bracelet my sister threw out.

Sugar Scrub - For the sugar scrub I put 3 cups of white sugar, 1 cup of oil (you can use a little more if you prefer) and about 40 drops of my grapefruit essential oil... essentially 10 drops per jar... but you can add more or less depending on how strong you want it to smell. Then you mix it all up and spoon it into your jars and VOILA! - You have your very own homemade sugar scrub!

Homemade Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Sunday, 13 May 2012


A little Inspiration for Mums on Mother's Day! 
We could not be here without you! 
Wishing you all a wonderful, fun-filled day! 

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Friday, 11 May 2012

DIY Mother's Day Gifts

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I know you'll appreciate some gift ideas that you can try at home. I found this great idea for a Mother's Day Tissue Flower Card on
All it requires is:
  • some tissue paper in different colours for the flowers, 
  • card stock for the card, 
  • a pair of scissors to cut circles of different sizes out of the tissue paper, 
  • a pair of tweezers to scrunch the tissue into flower shapes,
  • some glue to stick them to the card and,
  • some paint for the flower stems (marker's or crayons can work too.
Here's my version:

Tissue Flower Mother's Day Card - Start
Tissue Flower Mother's Day Card - Work in Progress
Tissue Flower Mother's Day Card
Tissue Flower Mother's Day Card - Finished Product

Click here to see the full Mother's Day Tissue Card Tutorial. You can tweak it to your liking. I plan to find a nice little quote to put inside my card... Can't wait to give it to her! Now I've got to get cracking on the gift... ;-)

For other great gift & decor ideas, check out the links below:


...And for some kiddie craft ideas try:

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


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Thanks to all the teachers that have, and are, positively changing lives! 
Keep doing what you're doing! 
We appreciate you.

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