Archives for February 2014

The 50 Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made

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50 Best DIY Mirros Upcycled Recycled and Eco Friendly Decor with Mirrors @savedbyloves[pinit]

Have you ever been to a house with no mirrors? Yep, we all use them. Today I am sharing my favorite DIY mirrors, upcycles, hacks and revamps from the most creative people gracing the blog world.  You will be amazed.  It helps you look good, so help it do the same.  If breaking it brings bad luck, maybe beautifying it will land you that winning lottery ticket!  If not, you are left with a cool mirror that you made.  Everyone wins.  Enjoy!


DIY Wood Slice Chalkboard Art

Hello friends, it’s Barbara from Chase the Star, and I’m so excited to be back here to share some more crafty goodness!

Chalkboard paint is one of my favorite crafting mediums, it’s so versatile, and works with just about every decor style. I have it all over my house; on walls, furniture, everywhere! Most recently I used chalkboard paint on a wood slice for a new and fun art piece..

Chalkboard Wood Slice Art

Wood Slice Chalkboard Art via #ChaseTheStar for Saved By Love Creations #chalkboard #valentinesgift #diy #craft

Talk about easy DIY art! This would make a great gift; here’s how you can make one:

Materials:

7-9″ Wood slice

Chalkboard craft paint (I used Americana)

Chalk

White painter’s pen

Stencil of your choice (I used a set by American Crafts)

Brush (foam or bristle)

Chalkboard Paint on a Wood Slice! Easy Wall Art! Wood Slice Chalkboard Art via #ChaseTheStar for Saved By Love Creations #chalkboard #valentinesgift #diy #craft

Directions:

Step 1:

Make sure your wood slice is free of dust and add a coat of the chalkboard paint to one side. Allow it to dry a few minutes.

Handmade art Wood Slice Chalkboard Art via #ChaseTheStar for Saved By Love Creations #chalkboard #valentinesgift #diy #craft

Step 2:

Go over the chalkboard paint with a light coat of chalk. Then wipe it off.

Chalkboard Art Wood Slice Chalkboard Art via #ChaseTheStar for Saved By Love Creations #chalkboard #valentinesgift #diy #craft

I just wiped it down dry so that the wood grain stands out but you can choose to remove the chalk with a damp cloth if you rather the grain not show.

Step 3:

Using the painting pen and your stencil add the message you like! I went with the phrase “U & Me” but you can put your family’s initial, or other cute and fun wording!

Easy Wall Art! Wood Slice Chalkboard Art via #ChaseTheStar for Saved By Love Creations #chalkboard #valentinesgift #diy #craft

You can add a sawtooth hanger on the back to put it up on a wall. Or just lean it on a mantel, or even lay it flat on a nightstand or entry table!

DIY Gift Easy Wall Art! Wood Slice Chalkboard Art via #ChaseTheStar for Saved By Love Creations #chalkboard #valentinesgift #diy #craft 550x

I can’t wait to put this up on my bedroom wall!

Do you love chalkboard paint as much as I do? How do you use it to decorate or craft?

For more creative DIY ideas stop by Chase the Star, and follow me on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram!

See you next time!

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How to Print on Burlap with Free Spring Printable and DIY

[pinit]DIY how to print on Burlap with free Printable wall art @savedbyloves[pinit]

Hi there everyone!
I’m so happy to be back chattin’ with you!
Do you love the look of burlap prints?
If you do, this is your lucky day because I’m going to teach you how
to make your very own right in the comfort of your home!
Honestly, this whole project took me less than 15 minutes to make
and I absolutely adore it!

SUPPLIES:

-burlap
-card stock
-scissors
-home printer
-spray adhesive

TUTORIAL:

DIY Burlap Printable-Supplies Needed

You first step is to cut your burlap to the same size as your card stock.
Spray the card stock with your adhesive and then apply your burlap on top.
 Press down and make sure that there are no lose ends.
How to print on burlap
Now it’s time to insert the burlap into the printer.
You want to make sure the burlap in on the side that will be printed on.
For my printer, I placed it in upside down.
(Please ignore the dust on my printer. Dusting is not my favorite activity!)
if I had a flower

If you would like to print my quote, 
just right click on the image below and save to your computer.
Printing on burlap at home
Then it’s time to print your design or quote.
 I chose this quote because I thought it was beautiful
and I knew I had the perfect burlap accessory to go along with it. 🙂
Now sit back and watch your fabulous art appear.
Burlap home decor
Once it’s done printing some tutorials may tell you to remove the card stock.
But I won’t. Nope.
I am going to use the card stock to give my burlap some support for when I frame it.
I didn’t want my printable behind glass because I wanted to accessorize
with some pretty burlap flowers.
So I placed the burlap print in the frame first and placed the glass behind.
To add my flowers, I simply used my glue gun.
And that was it.
Can you believe how easy that is?
I know right. I better go stock up on ink because I am going to be
a burlap printing fool!  🙂
 Are you addicted to burlap like I am?

I hope you enjoyed this easy burlap craft. 
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Want more?  Check out 50+ Burlap Crafts and Decor Ideas!

Burlap DIY Decor

Easy Dollar Store Craft – Rosette Framed Dry Erase Board

[pinit]Easy Dollar Store Rose Soap Framed DIY @savedbyloves
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Last week I showed you a wreath and bouquet made from these pretty Dollar Tree rose soaps.  You get 9 in a package, and at the store where I live the packs are 2 for $1!  I am having a blast gluing these soaps to various things.  Today I will show you how I made this rosette framed dry erase board with them and a few basic supplies.  Wake up your sweetheart with a personalized message and breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day!

How to Make a Dollar Store Rose Frame

SUPPLIES:

Dollar Store Craft Idea

Dry Erase Board from Dollar Store

Scrap foam board or cardboard large enough to frame the dry erase board

Utility knife

Straight edge and marker

Glue Gun

Dollar Tree rose soaps

TUTORIAL:

DIY Dry Erase Board

Measure and and mark frame dimensions on foam board using straight edge and marker.  I made mine 2 inches wide and the opening to fit the dry erase board (in this case 6×8 inches).  Cut out with utility knife.

DIY Dollar Store Craft

Apply a thin strip of hot glue around the dry erase board foam frame and place your new frame on top of that.

Make a Rosette Frame From Dollar Store Soaps

Simply glue the rosettes in place with a dot of hot glue.  I went with all white this time.  That way I can use it all year round, not just on Valentine’s Day.

How to Make a Dry Erase Board

The roses made the piece to heavy to hang on the fridge with the 2 magnets that came on the back.  I didn’t really mind since I plan to display mine on a shelf.  If you want to have it on your fridge, add more magnet strips to the back.  You can get rolls of adhesive backed magnet at most craft stores.

Make a Dollar Store Valentine's Day Dry Erase Board

If you want more Dollar Store Craft Ideas, visit our 50+ Dollar Store Craft Round-up:

50+ Dollar Store Crafts to Make @savedbyloves

Easy Faux Stained Glass Mason Jars

[pinit]Martha Stewart Clings Faux Stained Glass DIY;  Easy and beautiful effect @savedbyloves[pinit]

Have you had the chance to use Martha Stewart Paintable Clings?  I have always loved the look of stained glass, and these clings give you that in a few easy steps.  My favorite part is that they are reposition-able, so you can easily remove them and place them on another surface.  Read on to see how to use them for this fun heart themed window scene on mason jars.

Martha Stewart Clings

SUPPLIES:

Martha Stewart Clings Stained Glass Jars

Martha Stewart Paintable Clings Hearts and Flowers

Martha Stewart Liquid Fill in colors of your choice

Glass surface such as windows, mason jars, bottles

Paper towels

TUTORIAL:

Martha Stewart Craft Project Web

Lay out the clings on a flat surface, leaving them on the clear backing sheet.  Paint in the designs using the transparent fill straight from the bottle.  I got lots of air bubbles, which I popped with my finger and wiped onto a paper towel.

DIY Faux Stained Glass Web

Let dry for several hours.  Clean receiving surface with rubbing alcohol and dry with lint free towel.  Apply cling and that is it!  If you don’t like the placement, you can easily remove and reposition.

DIY Faux Stained Glass Window Clings

Valetine’s Day DIY Projects from Plucking Daisies

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DIY Handmade Valentine's Day Decor @savedbyloves[pinit]

My friend Amy at Plucking Daisies has some fun DIY  Valentine’s Day projects that I want to share with you today.  I have always loved her style.  It all started over Sizzix and paper flowers.  She is my flower hero! The two of us have only spent time together in real life twice but it seems like we’ve know one another since childhood.  She brings me such joy, both through her art and her friendship.  Check out her mad skills and be inspired!

 

Recycled Cardboard Heart Banner | @PluckingDaisy #AliceInWonderland #Sizzix #RangerInk #DIY

 Recycled Packaging Heart Banner

Cupid's Arrow Valentines | @PluckingDaisy #ValentinesDay #KidsCraft

DIY  Cupid’s Arrow Valentines 

Faux Barn Wood Chalkboard Frame | Pluckingdaisies.com

Faux Barnwood Chalkboard Frame

Printable Chalkboard Valentines with Duck Brand Prism Stickers | Pluckingdaisies.com #DuckBrand

Printable Chalkboard Valentines

Bitter Conversation Hearts Valentine's Day Centerpiece | Pluckingdaisies.com

Bitter Coversation Heart Centerpiece

Find over 50 ways to decorate for Valentine’s Day:

50+Valentine’s Gifts to Make

60+ Ways to Decorate Your Home With Letters and Numbers

[pinit]60+ Ways to Use Numbers and Letters in Home Decor @savedbyloves[pinit]
Numbers and letters in decor are everywhere, and there is a good reason. They look awesome. That simple. Today I am sharing over 60 ways to incorporate handmade and vintage letters & numbers of all styles into your living space.  As always, if I missed a project you think would fit into this collection, send me a link!  Enjoy.

 

 

Easy Gift Wrap Image Transfer Valentine’s Day Frame

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Valentines Day Gift diy

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Today Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity is here to share a super cool image transfer technique using gift wrap and Mod Podge.  I can’t wait to try it out and I think you will feel the same way.  Enjoy!

My daughter is getting married this spring so when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I’m thinking of things that will also work in relation to the upcoming nuptials. Since we have some lovely engagement photos around here in need of framing, I decided that the perfect Valentine gift for my daughter and her fiance would be a pretty heart shaped frame. Not only that, but I’m currently planning the bridal shower and it’s going to be all vintage-y and pink and romantic so this works perfectly for that too.

Easy Image Transfer Using Mod Podge and Giftwrap for a Valentines Day Frame @savedbyloves

SUPPLIES:

Mod Podge

Gift Wrap

Newspaper

Frame or other surface to transfer onto

Foam brush

Acrylic or Chalky finish paint

Sandpaper

Brayer, rolling pin or credit card

 photo valframe6pic_zps3c07250d.jpgI started with one of these simple, inexpensive wooden frames from Michaels and some leftover wrapping paper. You want the paper to be pretty bright because once we transfer it onto the frame, it will come out much duller and lighter. The other supplies you’ll need are: Mod Podge, a foam brush (confession: I prefer to use my fingers!), scissors, scraps of newspaper or book pages, some paint (I’m using Deco Art Chalky Paint because I feel it has just the perfect finish for this vintage feel I’m going for) and a small scrap of sandpaper. A brayer or a rolling pin is great to have on hand too but if you don’t have one handy, you can just use the Mod Podge bottle.

TUTORIAL:

 photo valframe7pic_zps2c6bb7dc.jpgNow, check your frame before you get started to see if there are any little rough edges that could use a bit of a sanding. Spread some Mod Podge all over the front of the frame. Here’s a little hint: If you want to try to get more even coverage, spread a medium layer of Mod Podge on the frame ensuring that you get it all over, including right in the corners and all around the heart shaped opening. I put mine on somewhat sporadically because I really wanted to get a “shabby chic kind of effect” with it. Even if you do get complete coverage, just remember that this is not a perfect transfer process and it will still come out looking somewhat distressed.

 photo valframe8pic_zpsad13d204.jpgLay your paper face down onto the Mod Podged frame and here’s where your brayer or rolling pin can come in handy for getting good adhesion to the frame. Leave the paper on the frame for about a minute or so. You want to be able to remove the paper from the frame – you don’t want it permanently adhered! – but you also want some of the design to be left behind. You can take a peek by carefully lifting up a corner of the paper – as you start to peel it away from the wood, there should be a bit of tension and you should see some of the paper’s design on the wood.

 photo valframe10pic_zps06ee3403.jpgYou’ll have some bits of the white backing of the paper left behind as well as the printed part that you want there. Dampen your fingers and rub gently to take away some of that backing. I left a bit behind, once again to add to that aged quality of the project.

 photo valframe11pic_zps97588b29.jpgTo add to the interest of the design, I used some bits of newspaper in some of the areas where the wrapping paper didn’t really adhere. I followed the same Mod Podge procedure that I did with the wrapping paper.

 photo valframe13pic_zps6e85f25c.jpgOnce I was finished with putting on any of the papers I wanted, I went on to the paint. Now, even if you were using the foam brush for the Mod Podge application, I strongly suggest you use your fingers here. I found I had better control of the paint which is important because I didn’t want it all over the frame. I was strategic in applying small amounts of the paint very lightly to small sections of the frame and then using my finger to spread and blend it out so that it had a lovely transparent quality to it.This was also when I painted the edges of the frame. Once the paint was dry, I used a bit of sandpaper then to go over the whole frame, roughing up and distressing the paint and paper to finish off the aged, vintage look of it.

 photo valframe3pic_zps162c7b86.jpgSeal your project with a top coat of Mod Podge and let it dry. You could write a poem or message in the center of the frame or add a special photograph and you’re all set with a gift for your favourite Valentine!

DIY Wreath & Bouquet from Dollar Store Soaps

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Super easy and cheap DIY; Dollar Tree Soap Rose Wreath and bouquet tutorial @savedbyloves[pinit]

Dollar Store Wreath Tutorial

 

Ok, I will admit, I am pretty proud of this Dollar Store Craft.  I made the rose bouquet and wreath from rose soaps I found at Dollar Tree!  You get 9 in a package and at one of the Dollar Tree stores near me, I found them 2/$1.  It took 12 packages for the wreath and 4 for the bouquet.  Not only are these gorgeous, but they smell good too.  Just don’t put them outdoors.  Rain is not this project’s friend!

Dollar Store Valentine's Day Craft

The soaps come in white, pink and red, perfect for Valentine’s Day!  I plan on making an all white one for year round, since it is just so beautiful!

SUPPLIES:

Wreath Form or foam board and circular objects to trace and cut out a wreath form of your own

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun and sticks

Rose soaps

Additional Supplies for bouquet:

How to Make a Bouquet

Floral Wire

Round nose pliers

Vase

TUTORIAL:

Wreath form DIY

For the wreath, cut out your wreath form if you are making one.  If you have one, skip this step!  I traced a wreath form onto foam board.  I wanted a flat surface instead of the dimensional wreath form.  Cut out with scissors.

DIY Rose Wreath

I decided to go in color block sections.  Lay out your design then glue roses onto wreath form with hot glue gun.

Dollar Store Wreath Tutorial

Hot glue a loop of string on the back and your wreath is ready to hang.

Now for the Bouquet:

How to make a Valentines Day Rose Bouquet

Cut wire 8-10 inches or your preferred stem length.  Start a loop at one end with your pliers.

How to Make a rose Bouquet

Remove wire from pliers and use fingers to continue spiraling as until you get something like the above shot.

DIY Rose Bouquet

Add a dab of hot glue to the base of the flower.

DIY Valentines Day Gift Idea

Glue wire spiral onto flower base.

How to make DIY Rose Bouquet

When you have enough flowers, place in a vase and you are set!

Dollar Tree Soap Rose Wreath @savedbyloves