Decorating Plastic Drawers

I had seen this idea on Pinterest a long time ago about covering the ugly plastic drawers with scrapbook paper.  There is a tutorial from the blog Simply Living, which is where the photo was originally pinned from.

Over the last few months, I have been slowly but surely reorganizing and redecorating my scrapbook/craft room and thought that this would be a great was to make my set of plastic drawers look a little less ugly.  I also needed to make good use for them with all of these craft supplies I have strewn about the room.

This was a very quick and easy project.  Not to mention it makes the drawers look less messy when you don’t see all of the supplies floating around inside.
Here is what you’ll need:
  • Scrapbook paper (3 sheets of 12 x 12)
  • Mod Podge (glossy finish)
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Sponge brush
Step One:  The first thing you’ll want to do is wipe out the drawers, especially the front inside face.  This is where you’ll be adhering the scrapbook paper to the plastic.

Step Two:  Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to size to cover your drawer.  Since the drawers I am using are longer than 12 x 12, I also cut out a piece of white paper to attach to the end of the drawer.

Step Three:  Apply mod podge using the sponge brush to the front inside face of the drawer.  Lay down the long strip of scrapbook paper and apply another layer of mod podge.

Make sure to push out all air bubbles.  Also, on the plastic drawer, try to clean up excess mod podge from the edges.  Leave the drawers cracked open to air dry.

   

Finished Product:  Simple as that!  Decorate as you like.  I added numbers to my drawers with a white back in the open space.  Here is the before and after shots.

BEFORE:
AFTER:
This will work with any plastic drawers, big or small.  Just be sure to measure out the scrapbook paper first and don’t be afraid to be creative and add other embellishments or shapes.

Let me know how you updated your ugly plastic drawers.  Leave a comment below!

Julie

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Ornament and Cookie Exchange – Ornament

This year for Christmas I was invited to my first Christmas Ornament & Cookie Exchange Party.  A friend of our family has invited me and I was excited to get started on finding some great ideas on Pinterest!

The ornament I decided to make is a glass globe covered in old/vintage book pages that are written in German.  I also printed a tag that said Noel and added gold glitter to the ornament.  I love it because it’s DIY vintage!  I love anything vintage and what better way to dress it up for a Christmas tree than to add a lot glitter.

Here is what the original ornaments looked like from the blog Flea Market Style:

Since her blog is just about what she found at a flea market/craft shop and didn’t have much in the way of directions on how to make the actual ornament, I decided to take a chance and make my own with some variations.  Here is a photo of my final product:

Instead I used gold glitter and distressed my paper to give it a antiqued look.  Since she didn’t have a how-to, I am going to add it below on how I made my ornament.

Items Needed to Make Ornament:
  • Clear glass bulb ornaments
  • Mod Podge (glossy finish)
  • Vintage print papers from a book, newspaper, etc.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (walnut stain)
  • Paint (gold)
  • Glitter (gold)
  • Tacky glue
  • Hemp yarn/string (tree hanger and tag)
  • 2 paint brushes (paint and mod podge)
  • Sponge (distressing ink)

I found a great shop on Etsy called Sadie Olive, which has tons of vintage items for sale at really great prices–this is where I found the vintage books.  If you search on Etsy, you can find anything you’re looking for–it’s my new favorite website!

Note:  It’s best to do everything in stages if you are making a lot of ornaments at once, like me.  I’ll need to make 17 ornaments total, so I am doing them in batches of 6.

Step One:  It’s best to start by separating the hanger part from the ornament bulb.  Since my ornament tops were silver and I was going for a gold look, I painted the tops gold.  I set them aside to dry and began to work on the ornament bulb.

Step Two:  Rip up the sheets of paper you are using into smaller pieces.  I usually started with 3 bigger pieces that would cover the entire top then used smaller pieces to form around the rest of the bulb.  Once I had my pieces torn, I distressed them with the Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain).  I made sure to lightly distress the edges and lightly dabbed the face of the paper.

Step Three:  Begin the mod podge process.  This will be quite messy, so you will want to do this over a paper plate or put down a sheet of wax paper.  First, I applied a very thin layer of mod podge to the glass ornament in the spot where I would begin.  Be sure to cover the full area the paper will cover.  I then laid down the paper and began to bend, fold, and tear some of the edges to create a more smooth surface on the round bulb using my fingers.  I then added a light layer of mod podge on top of the paper and smoothed it out again with my fingers, being sure to get out any air bubbles and to flatten the paper as best as possible.  I did this piece by piece, until my entire bulb was covered.

Note:  Since you are using such a thin layer of mod podge, by the time you have finish the bottom half of the bulb, the top half should be dry enough to set back in the holder to finish drying.

   

Step Four:  While your bulbs are drying, get your ornament tops that you painted gold and add a thin layer of mod podge, then shake on the gold glitter on the top and around the edges.  It’s easiest to first roll the edges in the glitter, then shake the glitter on the top.  Tap it lightly to shake off excess glitter and let sit to dry.

Step Five:  Now it’s time to glitter the bulb.  Use a light layer of mod podge and spread it on top of the paper.  Then you will use the tip of your finger and dab it in a the gold glitter and then dab your finger on the bulb to stick to the mod podge.  It’s easiest if you do this in rounds, starting from the top of the bulb and working your way down.

Step Six:  While everything is drying, you will make your tags.  I decided to handwrite my tags and use the leftover pieces of paper from my vintage paper.  I also distressed the edges and both sides of the tag with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain).  You could also use a piece of neutral colored paper and print out the word Noel, cut them down to size and antique the edges.  Make sure when you cut your tags, you leave room to punch a hole in the tage to hang it on the ornament.

Step Seven:  Finally, you will assemble all of the parts.  First you should put the ornament top back into the bulb.  Then add the hemp yarn to your tag and wrap it around the base of the top piece with the gold glitter.  I used Tacky Glue to keep the hemp yarn attached to the bulb.  Then you will add a piece of hemp yarn around the top hanger as the hook.  And you are done!

It’s a little messy and labor intensive, but they are so worth the effort and look gorgeous on the tree!  (Just don’t make 17 of them at once).  You could use any size ornament and use any color scheme:  gold like mine, or more silver like the original photo, or other colors!  Customize it to your heart’s desire!

Have fun creating and let me know if you were inspired by this post and what you made.  Leave a comment below!  :)

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DIY Christmas Photo Magnet Gifts

After making the Ceramic Tile Photo Frame (see post), I was inspired to find other fun ways using mod podge to make photo gifts.  One idea I had was to use the old magnets that were on my fridge as the base of a project.  You know, those ugly ones that you’ve gotten in the mail or have multiple of the same one from a store.  Why not personalize them to have something pretty on your fridge?  It is quick, easy and you can do multiple at a time.  Be as creative as you’d like.  This would be a great idea for kids to help and give as gifts to Grandparents or friends.

Items You’ll Need:
  • Old magnets
  • Favorite photo
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush

Step One:  Trim the paper, and photos down to size of the magnet.

Step Two:  Begin the mod podge process–a layer of mod podge on the magnet, then lay down your first piece of paper, then add another layer of mod podge.  Press out the bubbles and repeat for each layer of paper or photo.

Note:  If you plan to write on the paper, make sure to let it dry completely.  You can also test it on a scrap piece of paper, letting it dry, then putting some mod podge on top to make sure the ink won’t smear.

Finished Product:

Set out to dry and you’re done!  Easy, fun, handmade Christmas gifts.

Let me know how your Handmade magnets turned out!

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo “Frame”

I have been finding so many cute DIY projects lately.  I especially love the Ceramic Tile Photo “Frame.”  I had some leftover ceramic tiles in our house from the bathroom floors that I decided to use, and of course I had scrapbook paper and photos!  The tough part was picking out the photo and coordinating paper.  It is a cute and easy project to create in just an hour.

Items Needed:
  • Ceramic Tile (can get at Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc. for less than $1)
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Photo
  • Sponge brush (to use for mod podge)

First you want to make sure that you clean off the ceramic tile.  Just wet a rag and wipe it down and dry thoroughly.  Next, you want to cut and size everything that you want to put on the tile.  I cut out a square piece of scrapbook paper, trimmed down my photo, and also cut out letters that spelled LOVE.  You could add anything that you would want for this part that is flat/thin.  Here is what I did to my materials before I started using the mod podge:

It’s best to lay down a piece of wax paper before beginning the mod podge process.  You will apply mod podge to the ceramic tile first, then set down each sheet of paper (if layering) and mod podge inbetween each layer/piece of paper.  Add the next sheet of paper or photo, then apply the mod podge, and repeat until all of your items are on the tile.  Make sure that inbetween each layer you are pushing out all of the bubbles before adding the next layer of paper.  Also, you want to make sure that you swipe your lines in the same direction before adding the next layer and try to get ride of the large “goupy” lines and spread the mod podge somewhat thin and even.  Here are some photos of that process:

You want to let your tile sit out until it’s dry.  This project was very fast and easy and could be done for very cheap when you make multiples.  The Mod Podge was about $9.99 for the large bottle, but I used a coupon at JoAnns so it cost less.  These would be great gifts for family during Christmas.  You could also buy small tiles and make coasters.  I displayed mine on a photo frame easel in our living room:

Hope you have fun creating your own DIY Ceramic Tile Photo “Frames”—let me know how they turn out!

Here is the link to the original photo on Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/pin/86342517825638356/

Here is the link to the original blog post - http://theaudreys.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-gifts.html

Also, here is a link to a YouTube video tutorial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2W4d8rTeyI