DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes

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Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations!

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!

As a new step-mother I am freshly reminded of how much waste a family of four can make. And while my city has a recycling program, I love that this project utilizes common cereal boxes and turns them into lasting outdoor Halloween decorations. Not only is it nice to create something lasting from trash out of the recycle bin, but hopefully this project will also inspire your own creativity by encouraging you to find new ways to make use of craft materials you may ordinarily toss out.

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!

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!

DIY Halloween Tombstones

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need (for Each Tombstone):

large cereal box
Krylon Natural Stone Decorative Aerosol, Granite Finish
Tim Holtz block Upper Cling Foam Stamps, optional
craft paints
craft glitter, optional
clear outdoor sealer
liner paint brush
masking tape
two 12″ wood skewers
strong craft glue
pen or marker
scissors

What to Do:

Begin by cutting off the top front and back flaps of your cereal box. These are basically the flaps you use to close the box. Make sure to leave the side flaps intact.

Next, using a pen or marker, draw a half circle about 1-2″ down from the top of the box on the front of the cereal box. It should form a tombstone shape when it meets the edges of the box. (Be sure to draw the line so that when the sides of the box are rounded over the top of the tombstone, they meet or overlap in the middle.)

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!

Carefully cut off the top front portion of the cereal box along and above the line you just drew.

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!

Save the portion of the box you cut off the front so you can trace it onto the back of the box. Then cut off the top back of the cereal box.

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!

Now round the sides over the curved edges of the box you just cut until they meet in the middle.

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!

Then tape the sides of the box down onto the edges of the tombstone shape you cut.

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!

Follow with more tape, taping the sides of the box all the way around the curved tombstone top.

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!

Now carefully open the bottom flap of the cereal box. Cut two lines vertical lines on either side of the back bottom flap. Then cut two more small horizontal lines off each of the vertical lines you just cut and fold the flaps you created over. Now cut a small square out at the top of each flap, just big enough for your skewers to fit through.

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!

Place your wooden skewers inside the cereal box and tape them in. Then close and tape the bottom of the box up with the skewers sticking out. Reinforce with more tape as needed.

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!

Now spray paint your tombstone on all sides using the decorative stone spray paint. Once the first coat dries, apply a second coat. Spray excess paint in some areas, then use dried leaves or paper or even your fingertips to distress the paint so it looks like weathered, chipped stone.

Apply additional paint as needed once the second layer dries if desired.

Once the decorative stone spray paint has fully dried, you are ready to add details to your DIY Halloween tombstones. To do this, use a strong craft glue on your foam letters in your desired message. (I used E6000 craft adhesive.)

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!

Then use craft paint to add details to the lettering as well as to paint a border along the front edge. I found a liner brush and black paint worked great for this.

Now lightly brush on red accent paint as desired. In addition to using a brush for this step, I also used my fingertip to apply additional paint in areas.

Next, lightly sprinkle glitter into the wet paint as desired. (I used iridescent and red glitters for this step.) Blow off any excess glitter you don’t want.

Finally, spray on a layer or two of clear outdoor sealer. This will help to not only protect the craft paint you added, but also help keep the glitter in place. Once you’ve made your DIY Halloween tombstones, all that’s left is to display them!

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!

To do this, simply insert the skewers into the ground to hold the tombstones in place. Use your fingers to push the skewers into the ground as far as you can as pushing on the top of the tombstone can cause the skewers to come loose inside.

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!

You can then add leaves and even Halloween lights and spiderwebs around the tombstones as desired to set the scene.

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 enjoyed my tutorial for making your own DIY Halloween tombstones, then you may also like my other DIY Halloween crafts including my moldable 3-D DIY pumpkin spice soap, my DIY Halloween cream eyeshadows, my DIY preserved organ Halloween jar decorations inspired by American Horror Story and my free printable vintage Halloween apothecary labels.

DIY Halloween grease paint makeup. This DIY is a must try if you've been disappointed with both the quality and ingredients found in store bought Halloween cream or grease face paints in the past.

Also be sure to check out my guest post at The Nourished Life blog for making your own DIY Halloween grease paint makeup. This DIY is a must try if you’ve been disappointed with both the quality and ingredients found in store bought Halloween cream or grease face paints in the past. Additionally you can find more Halloween crafts and decorating ideas on my Halloween DIY Projects & Ideas Pinterest board.

Do you have other creative ideas for upcycling your recyclables or for making Halloween decorations? I’d love to see what you come up with! To share your DIY Halloween projects and creative recycling ideas with me, be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you share them on instagram so I can take a peek!

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No Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Fall

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Are you looking for no carve pumpkin ideas for fall? These hand painted pumpkins are sure to make a stunning addition to your fall home decor! Whether you need inspiration for crafting your own DIY no carve pumpkins or are looking to buy pre-made painted pumpkins, you’ll simply love this painted fall pumpkin collection!

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Fall or Halloween! Are you looking for no carve pumpkin ideas for fall? These hand painted pumpkins are sure to make a stunning addition to your fall home decor! Whether you need inspiration for crafting your own DIY no carve pumpkins or are looking to buy pre-made painted pumpkins, you'll simply love this painted fall pumpkin collection!

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Fall

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas! Decorative Fall Metallic Pumpkins for Fall from Lolly Birds! These lightweight pumpkins vary in color and shape and are painted in metallic acrylic paint for a fun, non spooky, universal fall decor! #fall #pumpkins #halloween #homedecor #nocarvepumpkins

Decorative Fall Metallic Pumpkins from Lolly Birds. These lightweight pumpkins vary in color and shape and are painted in metallic acrylic paint for a fun, non spooky, universal fall decor! Find them here.

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas! Hand Painted Polka Dot Pumpkins for Fall from Pearle's Painting! These pumpkins are hand painted one dot at a time and made from polyresin to last a lifetime!

Hand Painted Polka Dot Pumpkins from Pearle’s Painting. These pumpkins are hand painted one dot at a time and made from polyresin to last a lifetime! Get yours here.

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas! Floral Painted Pumpkin from Coloring Home Design! Add some flair to your fall decor with this hand painted craft pumpkin. Use it as a centerpiece or place it on your mantel or side table to decorate your space for fall.

Floral Painted Pumpkin from Coloring Home Design. Add some flair to your fall decor with this hand painted craft pumpkin. Use it as a centerpiece or place it on your mantel or side table to decorate your space for fall. Buy it here.

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas! Elegant Silver Fall Pumpkins from The Holiday Corner. Why not add something really unique to your fall decorations this year with this set of silver and orange ceramic pumpkins? They are sure to make a stylish addition to your fall tablescape or home decor!

Elegant Silver Fall Pumpkins from The Holiday Corner. Why not add something really unique to your fall decorations this year with this set of silver and orange ceramic pumpkins? They are sure to make a stylish addition to your fall tablescape or home decor! Find the set here.

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas! Whimsical Checkered Painted Pumpkin from Michele Sprague Design. This whimsical hand painted resin painted pumpkin makes a grand addition to your fall decor inside or out!

Whimsical Checkered Painted Pumpkin from Michele Sprague Design. This whimsical hand painted resin painted pumpkin makes a grand addition to your fall decor inside or out! Buy it here.

No Carve Halloween Pumpkin Ideas! Custom Painted Mr. &  Mrs. Frankenstein Halloween Pumpkins from Tori Draws Daily. These amazing hand painted pumpkins glow under a blacklight making them perfect for your upcoming Halloween party! And if the Frankensteins aren't your thing, you can request your own custom design!

Custom Painted Mr. &  Mrs. Frankenstein Halloween Pumpkins from Tori Draws Daily. These amazing hand painted pumpkins glow under a blacklight making them perfect for your upcoming Halloween party! And if the Frankensteins aren’t your thing, you can request your own custom design! Get yours here.

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas! Halloween Jack O' Lantern Decorating Decals from Vineyard Vinyl! If painting spooky faces on your Halloween Jack O' Lantern is proving to be overly time consuming for your busy schedule, then try these vinyl stickers instead and whip your pumpkin into a spooky traditionally inspired Jack O' Lantern in 5 minutes flat!

Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Decorating Decals from Vineyard Vinyl. If painting spooky faces on your Halloween Jack O’ Lantern is proving to be overly time consuming for your busy schedule, then try these vinyl stickers instead and whip your pumpkin into a spooky traditionally inspired Jack O’ Lantern in 5 minutes flat! Get them here.

Hand Painted Fall Pumpkin Mason Jars from Natysha's Vintage Home. If painted pumpkins aren't really your style, how about pumpkin painted mason jars? These hand painted mason jars are painted with chalk paint, decoupaged and then sealed using finishing wax. Pop in a solar light and watch them glow!

Hand Painted Fall Pumpkin Mason Jars from Natysha’s Vintage Home. If painted pumpkins aren’t really your style, how about pumpkin painted mason jars? These hand painted mason jars are painted with chalk paint, decoupaged and then sealed using finishing wax. Pop in a solar light and watch them glow! Get them here.

For more great fall decorating and no carve pumpkin ideas, be sure to check out my fall favorites on Etsy. Additionally you may also enjoy my Halloween favorites and pumpkin spice bath & body finds.

If you’re looking for fall or Halloween DIY ideas, then be sure to follow my Halloween DIY Projects & Ideas Pinterest board. You can also find and followme on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.


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DIY Pumpkin Jars for Fall Gifts & Home Decor

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Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

Darice 7 oz. Glass Craft Jar (1095-98) with Metal Lid
aluminum foil
White Original Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
clear acrylic sealer
E6000 glue
pottery tools (optional)
craft paints
craft paint brushes

What to Do:

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Begin by crumpling up aluminum foil into an apple or pumpkin shape in the size you’d like your pumpkin jar topper to be.

Once you are satisfied with the basic shape, knead your polymer clay until it’s soft and pliable. Next, roll out a large circle of clay, about 1/4″ thick.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Shape the clay around the aluminum foil. Cut out sections as needed in order to remove excess clay. Blend the seams together so it’s a solid layer of clay over the foil.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Once the entire ball of foil is covered with clay smooth the sides and add a pumpkin stem.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Use a potter’s rib or similar to add indentations around the diameter of your clay pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Next, shape 1/4″ thick clay around the outside lid to your jar. Create a slight indentation in the clay for your pumpkin to rest in.

Leaving the clay attached to the jar lid, bake the lid and the pumpkin together in a 275°F oven for about 15 minutes on a baking sheet. Then remove from the oven and allow it to cool.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Using craft paints, paint the jar lid and the pumpkin as desired. Allow the paint to dry, then spray the two pieces with several coats of clear acrylic sealer.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Once the sealer has dried, glue the pumpkin to your jar lid using E6000 glue.

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Your pumpkin jar is now complete!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

DIY Pumpkin Jars! Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin jars for fall from polymer clay and paints! These fun jars are great for stashing candy or other treats inside while also adding to your fall inspired home decor. Alternately, these DIY pumpkin jars are also great for gifting! Simply fill them with homemade pumpkin spice mix, attach a tag and gift them to neighbors and teachers!

Fill your pumpkin jar as desired or decorate your jar for gifting!

To create your own pumpkin spice mix for your DIY pumpkin jars, combine 3 Tablespoons of ground cinnamon with 2 Tablespoons each of ground ginger and nutmeg and 1 1/2 teaspoons each of ground cloves and allspice and mix well. Alternately, you can purchase organic pumpkin pie spice to use in your jars.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holders has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

If you enjoyed this project, then you may also like my tutorial for making a DIY cactus ring holder! Also made using polymer clay and the same jar as my DIY pumpkin jars, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings!

Pumpkin Spice Soap Recipe! Learn how to make your own fall inspired DIY pumpkin spice soap made with real organic pumpkin via the homemade soap recipe and soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog! These make great seasonal gifts for teachers and neighbors too!

Alternately you can also learn how to make your own pumpkin spice soap with my homemade pumpkin soap recipe that uses real organic pumpkin! You can find my recipe and soapmaking tutorial here.

For more fall inspired DIY projects, be sure to check out my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board. Or simply follow all of my Pinterest boards here.

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Kitchen Table Makeover (Or rather, how I brightened up my drab kitchen!)

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Brighten up your drab kitchen with a bright, beautiful kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new furniture, it’s also a great way to express your own personal style.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

As my current kitchen is rather small and dark, even with a picture window, I was able to brighten up the entire room by just painting the top of my kitchen table in bright and sunny colors. Keep reading to see the transformation and to learn more about my process!

The Story Behind the Table

So basically I was starting with my husband’s hand-me-down kitchen table. It’s a basic black dinette table with a set of four chairs that barely squeezes into our eat-in kitchen. When we got married in May and I moved back to Roanoke and into my husband’s house, the finish on the table was already damaged. It no longer shined like the chairs and the rest of table and the finish looked “patchy.”

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Having it in my head that I was going to paint the table top at some point anyway, I took advantage of the kitchen table as a craft table. Between one rather somewhat therapeutic craft night with my friend Bambi in which the start of repainting the top somehow turned into it looking like it was covered in mud, and then the spilling of fragrance oils and nail polish base on others, I ended up leaving it more wrecked than it started out. (You can see a somewhat frightening retelling of part of that saga here.)

So last Wednesday afternoon, being somewhat burnt out with bath and body projects, I dug out my collection of craft paints I keep on hand for DIY craft nights and went to town. In retrospect, I probably should have primed the table first. But once I had started I wasn’t going back. Luckily the paint seems to have stuck rather well. Following is a photo retelling of my kitchen table makeover.

My Kitchen Table Makeover

Before the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

During the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

After the Kitchen Table Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Once I finished painting my table, I sealed it with multiple thin coats of a Devine Color by Valspar Clear Sealer Topcoat that I picked up at Target. (They do also sell a paint and primer that bonds to wood, metal, glass, plastic and other surfaces.) Its luxe glossy finish both seals and protects and I felt it also gave my finished kitchen table that extra pop.

My bright and sunny kitchen table makeover was inspired by the work of artist, Hillary Hardison!

Incidentally, the colors for my kitchen table makeover were inspired by a wax painting titled, Wanderer 2, that I purchased from my friend Hillary Hardison. Previously employed by our local art museum, the Taubman Museum of Art, Hillary has since ventured into self employment as a full time artist.

Additionally, she has plans for a once monthly paint night in the works for about half the price of established paint nights. The focus is less on structure and more about interacting and having fun while creating. (Kind of like my DIY crafts nights!) She will also be teaching structured three-hour art workshops on weekends if you’d like to learn a new skill.

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 here.

Anyhow, if you’re thinking of repainting some of furniture in your home, be sure to check out this tutorial on how to paint furniture (the right way and not how Rebecca did it) at Centsational Style blog here before getting started. Not only does it cover proper priming, but there’s also information on sanding, filling holes and gouges, and choosing the right paint brush for the job.

And, if you do decide to makeover a piece of furniture in your home, I’d LOVE to see it! Simply share it with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I don’t miss it!

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DIY Dachshund Magnet for Your Fridge

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Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This adorable magnet is great for displaying your children’s drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

I created my DIY dachshund magnet using the same dachshund silicone mold I used to create my darling dachshund melt and pour soaps. In addition to this mold you’ll also need some polymer clay, paints, glue and magnets.

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

DIY Dachshund Magnet Tutorial

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

dachshund silicone ice cube tray
white original Sculpey oven bake clay
craft paints
craft paint brushes
clear acrylic sealer
strong magnets
E6000 glue

What to Do:

Begin by kneading the polymer clay until it’s soft and pliable. Then press the clay firmly into one of the cavities of your dachshund mold.

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

Allow the clay in the mold to “firm” back up for about ten to fifteen minutes, then carefully remove the polymer clay from the mold cavity.

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

Once you’ve removed the dachshund shaped clay from the mold, use a small amount of clay to form an ear for your dachshund. To do this, first knead the clay until soft and pliable. Then create a teardrop shape with the clay.

Press the clay onto the dachshund where his ear would be and gently shape it to look like an ear. Smooth the clay out around the base of the ear so it stays attached to the body, and press your finger into the “drop” of the teardrop shaped clay to flatten out the ear.

Now place the clay dachshund on a baking sheet in a 275°F oven for 15 minutes.

Once you’ve baked the clay, remove it from the oven and allow to cool.

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

Use craft paints to paint your clay dachshund as desired once the clay has cooled. I used a combination of colors so my DIY dachshund magnet would look like my own dapple colored miniature dachshund.

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

When the paint has fully dried, spray the magnet with a clear acrylic sealer. Allow the sealer to dry.

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

Now flip your clay dachshund over and adhere two magnets to his back using E6000 glue.

DIY Dachshund Magnet! Learn how to create a super cute DIY dachshund magnet for your fridge! This super cute magnet is great for displaying your children's drawings or photos on the refrigerator. Or, use this little guy to keep coupons or recipes handy and within easy reach!

Once the glue dries, your dachshund magnet is ready to be displayed on your fridge or any other metal surface that your heart desires!

Want to switch it up a bit and make another? Check out more awesome variations of handmade dachshund magnets here.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Ready to make something else? Hop on over to my dachshund soap tutorial here to learn how to make your own lavender & chocolate scented dachshund soaps!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holders has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

Or check out my cactus ring holder tutorial here for another great craft project that uses polymer clay!

If you enjoyed my DIY dachshund magnet tutorial, then be sure to check out my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board for more great DIY craft ideas. Or simply follow all of my Pinterest boards here. You can also follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

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