DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall That Will Wow Your Neighbors

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Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O’ Lanterns that don’t last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Hosting your own pumpkin paint night is a snap. I simply provided boxed wines, snacks, paints and craft supplies while my guests brought their own paper mache pumpkins. If you don’t already have an arsenal of craft supplies on hand, you could also request that each guest bring a small container of paint and/or their own brushes in addition to the pumpkin of their choice. A pumpkin paint night is also a great idea as an alternate adult or teen Halloween party!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Following are some of the highlights from my pumpkin paint night I hosted last week when my friends and I created our own DIY painted pumpkins. But don’t forget to read to the end to see how you can recreate my sparkle painted pumpkin – plus more fall craft ideas!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Everyone that attended had their own fantastic ideas for how to paint their pumpkins.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Whitney added orange and black stripes to her pumpkin while Allison created a bright and cheery teal and white pumpkin with pink glitter swirls and yellow accents. (Allison’s husband was in attendance too, however he worked on painting a t-shirt as a part of his Halloween costume.)

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

My friend Cathy created a multi-face painted pumpkin.

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So as the pumpkin was turned you were presented with a new face! How cool is that?! (Be sure to hit play to see all of the painted pumpkin faces!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

She also painted a wooden “poison” Halloween sign.

And I, of course, painted a sparkly glitter themed pumpkin! Here’s how it was done.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

DIY Painted Pumpkins with Glitter

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Materials & Supplies:

Paper mache pumpkin
Teal & lime green paint
Matte Mod Podge
Foam brushes
Krylon Glitter Shimmer Spray
Strong craft paint
Glitters
Ribbons

Instructions:

Cover your work surface with newspaper or a paper towel to protect it from paint. Then, using a foam brush, apply teal paint to the entire body of the pumpkin minus the stem. Allow the first coat of paint to dry completely then apply a second coat.

Once dried, use a foam brush to randomly apply Mod Podge to a front section of the pumpkin. Then sprinkle blue and green glitter onto the wet Mod Podge.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Once the Mod Podge dries, use a strong craft glue – I used E6000 craft adhesive – to glue a scrapbook chipboard phrase of your choice onto and across the front of the pumpkin.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Next, paint the stem of your pumpkin green. Then, while the paint is still wet, gently blow blue glitter into the wet paint on the pumpkin stem. Once dry, finish your pumpkin with 2-3 coats as desired of perfectly pink Krylon glitter shimmer spray.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Finally tie teal and green ribbons onto your painted pumpkin’s stem. I used long pieces of ribbon and tied the two ribbons together into a bow twice. Then I tied the leftover long ribbon ends into a bow again but this time I tied the teal and green ribbons into bows separately.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

If you like our ideas for DIY painted pumpkins, then also be sure to check out these other no carve fall pumpkins. You may also enjoy my project for making DIY Halloween tombstones from upcycled cereal boxes. You can find that Halloween DIY here. Or gather even more fall inspiration from these non-food bath and body Halloween treats including anatomically correct heart bath bombs and bloody brains on foam deli meat trays.

DIY Cream Eyeshadows! If you love makeup as much as I do, then you're going to want to check out these DIY cream eyeshadows! Not only are they super pigmented, but they also contain eco-friendly glitter! So not only will you feel great about wearing a product you've made yourself, but you can rock out the sparkle too!

If Halloween makeup is more up your alley, then you must check out my color customizable, bold DIY cream eyeshadows. They also have glitter. Or alternately, you may prefer my recipes for making your own DIY Halloween grease makeup paints. You can find that DIY via my guest post at The Nourished Life blog.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages!

Prefer seasonal fall projects to Halloween? Take a peek at these amazing artisan fall soaps for inspiration or learn how to make my 3-D moldable pumpkin spice soap. You can also learn how to make your own natural pumpkin spice roll-on perfume (also via a guest post) or check out this fantastic collection of twelve fab fall skin care recipes you simply won’t be able to resist.

Also be sure to follow my Halloween DIY Projects & Ideas Pinterest board for even more great fall crafts ideas along with my Jonesing for Crafts and DIY Bath & Body boards. In addition, you can find and follow me on Instagram as well as G+TumblrFacebookTwitterPinterest and Blog Lovin’. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.


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Must Have Wine & Cheese Night Party Essentials

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Without a regular wine & cheese night it’s possible my sanity would go flying out the window. I mean who couldn’t use a night out with the girls, some wine, a fab cheese board and some crafty DIY projects or card games?

You'll love these fresh fun ideas for making your party pop! Must Have Wine & Cheese Night Party Essentials! Everything from stemless wine glasses and cheese boards, to the perfect wines and wine markers! Plus the new must join monthly wine membership program!

Since I love to host I’ve slowly been filling up my sideboard and bar cart and decorating my conversation space with all the comforts a girl needs. And, to save on time and a trip to the store, I joined a new monthly wine club membership called Winc.

Winc! The amazing new monthly wine club! Winc not only saves me the hassle of guessing which wines I may or may not like by making recommendations based on my profile and how I rate the wines I receive, but I can also swap out any  or all of the wines they've chosen for me with my own picks. Bottles start at just $13 with free shipping when you buy four, and I can pause or cancel my monthly membership at any time.

Winc not only saves me the hassle of guessing which wines I may or may not like by making recommendations based on my profile and how I rate the wines I receive, but I can also swap out any or all of the wines they’ve chosen for me with my own picks. Bottles start at just $13 with free shipping when you buy four, and I can pause or cancel my monthly membership at any time. (But seriously. Why would I ever want to do that?)

So not only do I feel better about my wine selections from Winc than I do about randomly trying a new mystery wine I picked up at the grocery store, I’m always able to have wine on hand for guests that I can feel good about! With the wine handled the rest is just cake. (If you’d like to sign up for Winc, you’ll get $20 off your first purchase! Simply join here.)

You'll love these fresh fun ideas for making your party pop! Must Have Wine & Cheese Night Party Essentials! Everything from stemless wine glasses and cheese boards, to the perfect wines and wine markers! Plus the new must join monthly wine membership program!

Wine & Cheese Night Party Essentials

If you’re still trying to tackle the purchase of those must have party essentials, then be sure to check out my collection of amazing wine & cheese night party essentials below. And don’t forget to share your wine & cheese night success story as a hostess with the mostest in the comments!

This extra large cheese board from Red Maple Run is perfect for hosting large parties during the holidays, special events or simply a girls only wine & cheese night!

The Cheese Board.

This extra large oak cheese board from Red Maple Run is perfect for hosting large parties during the holidays, special events or simply a girls only wine & cheese night! I also love the gold rimmed agate cheese boards from Wynn + Whiskey.

These hand stamped cheese markers from Vintage Garden Art are a must have wine & cheese night party essential!

Cheese markers are another must have accessory for your wine & cheese night. Knowing which cheese is what means less time reviewing the cheeses and more time enjoying the night! I’m extra fond of these hand stamped cheese markers from Vintage Garden Art. These fun and timeless cheese markers are made from silver plated vintage flatware that has been hand cut, filed, stamped and tumbled.

I also really like the handmade ceramic cheese markers from Wishing Star Pottery as well as the chalkboard inspired black clay cheese markers from Manuel Marino Ceramic.

These hand blown stemless wine glasses from Miss Mac Glass are must haves for your next wine & cheese night!

Pour Another Glass.

These hand blown stemless wine glasses from Miss Mac Glass are must haves for your next wine & cheese night! With a blended design between a highball and a modern stemless wine glass, each of these artisan stemless wine glasses offers a little extra weight in the bottom so it’s comfortable to hold.

Another great option is a set of stainless steel wine glasses. Not only will these wine glass not break like glass can, but this gold colored glasses also offer performance vacuum insulation to keep your drink cool. Pair them with beautiful slip on or magnetic stemless wine glass markers and you won’t have to worry about guests forgetting which glass is theirs!

Must have wine & cheese night party essentials! Without a regular wine & cheese night it's possible my sanity would go flying out the window. I mean who couldn't use a night out with the girls, some wine, a fab cheese board and some crafty DIY projects or card games?

Bar Cart Beauties.

A bar cart is an easy way to not only add extra storage space, but it also makes it easy to transport everything you need for your wine & cheese night to the same space that the festivities are taking place in. I have this rose gold metal, glass and leather bar cart that I purchased from Target this year.

Industrial Bar Cart! I love this this brilliantly designed industrial bar cart from Fry By Design that offers three storage levels and a hanging wine glass rack. 

But I’m also quite fond of this brilliantly designed industrial bar cart from Fry By Design that offers three storage levels and a hanging wine glass rack.

If you’re looking for a vintage inspired bar cart, then definitely consider the Annie Bar Cart from Inspire Q. This glam bar cart evokes the Art Deco era with its bold finish and a hardware. Plus it has a holder for three bottle of your favorite wine! Alternately, the Silverwood Bar Cart comes in a hammered bronze finish and also offers two tiers of storage as well as dedicated wine holders.

The Wine.

While Winc has me covered in the wine department, if you’re already at the store browsing for cheese selections, I highly recommend Three Thieves Pinot Grigio. It’s light and refreshing and at just $10 a bottle the price is right. If you prefer a sweeter white wine, Schmitt Sohne Riesling is also good and equally budget worthy.

My friend, Bambi, recommends the Matua Sauvignon Blanc if you prefer a drier white or for reds the Alamos Malbec and the Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon. While my friend, Hillary, is currently digging the Fitch Pinot Noir, Villa Appalachia Corvina Reserve 2010 (out of Floyd, VA paired with gorgonzola cheese), Open Kimono Sauvignon Blanc, and the Fincastle Cabernet Franc 2010.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

If you’re looking for an easy and fun DIY to pair with your wine & cheese night, be sure to check out my post for creating DIY coasters for a make and take craft night! Or discover more great DIY ideas on my Pinterest boards.

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DIY Gelli Printing – Monoprinting Without a Press (A Tutorial)

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Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

My friend, Hillary Hardison, recently ventured into self-employment as a full time artist. In addition to creating her artwork, which includes a mix of encaustic paintings and mixed media collages, Hillary is also teaching art classes. DIY Gelli Printing was the first class she taught as the owner of Hardison Art LLC.

Hillary not only offers Saturday art workshops which enable you to learn a new skill but she also hosts Wine and Art Wednesdays on the second Wednesday of every month. (You can register for upcoming classes here.)

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

Hillary’s first Wine and Art Wednesday was this past Wednesday. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this event in which she taught DIY gelli printing. Everyone had an absolute blast. Not only was the process of learning how to create gelli prints an informative and rewarding experience, but Hillary’s bright and positive personality made this class a complete gem.

What is DIY Gelli Printing?

Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Made using mineral oil and a hypoallergenic polymer material, this vegan monoprinting gelli plate is both vegan and latex free. As it’s not made using gelatin, which was the traditional method, there’s no shelf life so you are able to use your gelli plate over and over again.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

As I enjoyed Hillary’s class on DIY gelli printing so much, I thought it’d be fun to share the process with you all as well. Following is my step-by-step tutorial on DIY gelli printing using the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

DIY Gelli Printing with Hillary!

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Materials & Tools:

Golden Fluid Acrylics or similar
Gelli Arts® gel printing plate or a starter kit
non-shiny papers

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

texture tools (such as stamps, leaves, bubble wrap etc.)
spray bottle with water (optional)
stencils
brayer

Instructions:

Begin by gathering all of your materials, then cover your work surface to protect it from paint.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Apply a few drops of acrylic paint to your gelli plate.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Then use a brayer to smooth the paint out across the surface of the entire plate.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Press paper (or fabric) firmly onto the gelli plate with the paint side up.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Then remove the paper. You’ve now created the background for your first gelli print!

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

For the next step I used a stencil. Once again add a few drops of paint to the gelli plate, then spread the paint over the surface using a brayer.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Place the stencil on top of the gelli plate with the paint side up.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Now press the paper you just printed, image side down, firmly on top of the gelli plate and stencil. (The paint dries quickly so there’s not a lot of waiting.)

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Remove the paper from the gelli plate. You’ve now successfully created a second layer to your print.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Your gelli plate will retain the portion of the stencil not printed.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

So you can also press a fresh piece of paper on top of the remaining paint on the gelli plate to create a ghost image.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Continue creating your print by repeating the previous steps with different stencils and materials. Alternately, you can also roll paint onto a stamp to add to your work.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

Or try adding additional details by painting free hand using a paint brush.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Here’s a shot of me with my first ever gelli print! These are so quick and easy to create that I made several different prints.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Here is an example of some other gelli prints that Hillary made, including the one she is holding, to demonstrate the process.

Another fun thing to try with your gelli plate is to apply rubber combs, stamps and brushes to the painted gelli plate to remove paint before printing. You can also use a spray bottle with water to spray the paint loaded gelli plate prior to printing for a neat effect.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Once you’ve finished making your prints, clean the gelli plate with hand sanitizer and a paper towel. Then place the gelli printing plate between two sheets of copy paper for storage.

You can use the DIY gelli printing method to make handmade cards, gift wrap, fabric patches and pretty much anything else you dream up!

My friend, Hillary Hardison, recently ventured into self-employment as a full time artist. In addition to creating her artwork, which includes a mix of encaustic paintings and mixed media collages, Hillary is also teaching art classes. DIY Gelli Printing was the first class she taught as the owner of Hardison Art LLC.

If you’d like to join in on the fun at Hillary’s next Wine and Art Wednesday, you can pre-register for the class here. The next Wine and Art Wednesday is October 11th, 2017 at 6:30pm. It’s a two hour event that is held in the basement classroom of the Aurora Studio Center in downtown Roanoke, VA. Hillary will be teaching everyone to make their own beaded wine charms at the next class! (This is a make and take event.)

Alternately, you can also sign up for her Intro to Encaustic Painting Workshop that is being held on September 23rd, 2017 at 1pm.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

If you liked this DIY gelli printing project, then you may also enjoy my tutorial for making DIY Coasters. Made using blank letterpress coasters, this DIY instructs you on how to make fun and functional coasters for your home and to give as gifts.

For more fun art projects and tutorials, be sure to follow my Art Class Pinterest board. You can also follow me on your favorite social media platforms including PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Alternately, you can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

And don’t forget to share photos of the gelli prints you’ve made with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! I’d love to see the prints that you come up with!


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DIY Coasters for a Make and Take Girls Only Craft Night!

Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

This DIY coaster project is a fun way to spend an afternoon crafting! Dive into this easy weekend DIY with the kids, host a DIY craft night with the girls or simply lock yourself in your craft room and tackle these DIY coasters solo. Me being me, well, of course I chose to host another girls only craft night.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

I started by purchasing a huge stack of blank letterpress coasters. Then I gathered my ridiculous craft stash of paints, washi tapes, scrapbooking papers, glitters and Mod Podge for what was probably one of the easiest make and take craft nights I’ve hosted. Combined with the wine and great company, this is the perfect project if life is weighing you down. Everyone came up with really creative coasters to take home and I felt like it was a great pick me up for all of us!

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

So get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use! Then, of course, be sure to share your finished project using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I can see what you came up with!

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

How to Create DIY Coasters

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

blank letterpress coasters
craft paints & brushes
scrapbooking papers
clear acrylic sealer
assorted glitter
foam craft brushes
washi tape
Mod Podge Glue & Sealer
scissors or X-ACTO knife

What To Do:

If you want to make washi tape coasters, begin by applying Mod Podge to the top side of your coaster blank using a foam brush. (You can tell which side is up as the top curves down on the side to the bottom whereas the bottom is completely flat.)

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

Next, apply strips of washi tape across the top of your coaster so they line up and each tape edge touches that of the one beside it. Cover the entire top of the coaster with the washi tape. Once you’ve covered the top of the coaster, use a pair of scissors or an X-ACTO knife to cut off the excess tape from around the coaster.

Now add another layer of Mod Podge over the washi tape. If desired, you can then dust the top with glitter then cover with another layer of Mod Podge. Allow the Mod Podge to dry, then seal your coaster with several coats of a clear acrylic sealer.


To use scrapbook papers for your DIY coasters, flip the paper over so the image side is down. Then trace around the coaster on your paper. Carefully cut out the circle you traced just inside the line you drew. Then, glue the paper to the blank letterpress coaster with Mod Podge, applying one layer to the coaster, then another over the scrapbook paper once you’ve glued it onto the coaster.

Once dry, trim off any excess paper and seal with a clear acrylic sealer.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

My friend, Hillary, chose to use a combination of techniques. She used scrapbook papers, washi tape, chipboard elements and paint on her coasters!

Painted Vase DIY

And because these DIY coasters were so quick and easy to make, she also had time to paint a matching planter from an unfinished modern ceramic planter that I’d picked up at Target!

(If you like Hillary’s artwork you can discover more via her booth at the Aurora Studio Center on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, VA. Alternately, you can view and sign up for Hillary’s workshops or Wine and Art Wednesdays here.)

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

Once you’ve created and sealed your custom DIY coasters, all that’s left to do is enjoy them!

If you liked this DIY, be sure to check out some of my other craft projects on Soap Deli News blog here. Or visit my Jonesing for Crafts board on Pinterest for more ideas from around the web.

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