Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

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Need some inspiration to spark your own creative side? This collection of creative instagram accounts reflects the talents of artisans and small businesses that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with!

Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You! From small artisan businesses to creative artists, the wonderful people behind this collection of ten creative instagram accounts are just a few of the gems you might not have stumbled across otherwise. I hope you enjoy their creative spirit as much as I do. And, that in turn, they are able to inspire your own creativity and style.

There are so many wonderfully creative people in the world. And many times, a large number of them go overlooked. Not because we aren’t looking, of course. More like a sign of the times.

The information overload that comes with our rapidly evolving digital age means that we are able to explore and discover more than ever before. Google maps can give us a street view, for example, of what it’s like to walk down a road in Dublin, Ireland without ever leaving home.

At the same time however, just as it was before the age of the internet, there are wonderfully creative people we simply never get the chance to discover.

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With trends a constant popularity contest to see who can come out on top it’s no surprise. Those who’ve already been discovered rise to the top while many of us feel like we’re still sitting on the sidelines. Hopefully this collection of creative instagram accounts will open up your world a little bit more and give some less known artists the chance to shine.

Creative Instagram Accounts

From small artisan businesses to creative artists, the wonderful people behind this collection of ten creative instagram accounts are just a few of the gems you might not have stumbled across otherwise. I hope you enjoy their creative spirit as much as I do. And, that in turn, they are able to inspire your own creativity and style.

BONUM Atelier Soap

A soap artisan and teacher from South Korea, this account inspires with creative handmade soaps and a behind the scenes look into the world of soapmaking.

L’Apothicaire Plush

Samantha of L’Apothicaire Plush shares unique one of kind and limited edition bath and body products available in her Etsy shop. From bath bombs and shower steamers to soaps and wax melts, all of Samantha’s products are given individual attention – many of which are hand painted to resemble tiny works of art.


Silver Lining Soap

Did you know that black light soaps are actually thing? Silver Lining Soap pushes the limits of creativity on her YouTube channel where she shares her soapmaking process for making blacklight soaps – inspired by 80’s posters, of course! – planetary galaxy soap and even a fresh take on unicorn soaps!


Stonebridge Soap Company

Launching in August 2018, this Canadian soap company reminds us of the beauty that is present in simplicity. Her wonderful collection of handmade soaps reflect simple yet elegant designs that remind us of the beauty that can be found in nature.


Brooklyn Floral Delight

If ever in New York City I would not miss the chance to visit this awe inspiring bakery! In addition to simply stunning floral, succulent and even unicorn cakes, you can also take floral icing classes to learn how to make your beautifully decorated desserts from master artist, Jiahn Kang.

This creative instagram account is a wonderful source for those of you who enjoy decorating artisan soaps with soap “icing.”


AstroBarn Design

Sometimes deciding on packaging and labels for your own handcrafted products is even harder than making them in the first place. This is where AstroBarn comes in.

This creative shop offers a stunning collection of roller bottles like you’ve never seen like pastel colored bottles as well as frosted bottles with gold foil lettering. In addition you’ll also find fun pre-made labels and essential oil journals. Her instagram account is a mix of all of these things with warm photos of her family and her watercolors sprinkled throughout.

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Eucca

From Martha Stewart and David Tutera accredited designers, Eucca shares their love of carefully crafted flowers and succulents on this instagram account that reflect the offerings in their Etsy shop of the same name. So whether you’re looking for inspiration to create a stunning spring terrarium or you’re shopping for on trend succulent creations for your wedding, you won’t be disappointed.

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Shimmer & Luxe

If you love sparkles, shimmers, pastels and mermaids, then you must explore the world of Shimmer & Luxe! Another one of my favorite creative instagram accounts, the UK company Shimmer & Luxe sells affordable little luxuries for a blissful bathtime on Etsy where you’ll discover a unique collection of bubble bars, body butters, cream soaps and wax melts.


Sunbasil Soap

After a decade of soapmaking, Sunbasil Soap – who can also be found on Etsy here – continues to bring us bright, cheery and whimsical soaps for every occasion. With new products and photos added with each new holiday and every new season, there’s always something new and fun to discover!

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While there’s not a lot of information attached to this instagram account, the photos speak for themselves. Filled with bold colors and metallic micas, these artisan soaps will encourage you to stretch the boundaries of your own soapmaking talents.

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Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe

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This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone’s favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This party perfect, golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! This homemade body butter is a must have for seasonal holiday parties. Not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

Plus, this fun sparkly pumpkin spice body butter is a vegan friendly moisturizer so everyone can join in on the fun. Keep reading to learn how to create this party perfect body butter below!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter! Plus it's vegan friendly!

Glitter Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

1.25 oz. refined shea butter
1.5 oz. kokum butter
.25 oz. candelilla wax
1 oz. pumpkin seed oil
.3 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
.4 oz. biodegradable gold glitter
.05 oz. pumpkin spice fragrance oil
1/2 mL vitamin E oil (optional)

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to make my pumpkin spice body butter recipe as you’ll be weighing out all of the necessary ingredients with the exception of the vitamin E oil.

If you are planning to make more homemade bath and body recipes in the future, I highly recommend purchasing a Baker’s Math scale. Weighing ingredients is not only more accurate than using liquid measurements, but it also allows you to easily re-size a recipe by a percentage and figure the correct percentage of essential oils, fragrance oils and preservatives that you would need when changing a recipe or developing your own.

Begin by weighing out the shea butter, kokum butter and candelilla wax. Combine in a double boiler and heat over medium to medium-low heat until melted. Alternately, you can also combine your ingredients in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or a glass scientific beaker and heat in a microwave until melted at 40% power. (I’ve found that glass beakers come in super handy especially when making cream eyeshadows and lip balms!)

Once melted, remove from heat. Then weigh out the pumpkin seed oil and stir into the melted butters and wax. Follow with the fragrance oil and kaolin clay, weighing each ingredient first, then mixing into the body butter. Using a plastic graduated transfer pipette, measure out 1/2 mL (or about 10 drops) of the vitamin E oil and mix in.

Finally, weigh out the glitter. (I used eco-friendly biodegradable glitter from The Sparkle Party.) Use .4 oz. of glitter for a bold look or half the amount for a more subtle appearance. (Alternately, if glitter isn’t your thing, you can simply omit it entirely.) Whisk the glitter into the body butter mixture with a fork until well combined.

As the body butter starts to thicken, remix, then spoon into an eco-friendly 4 oz. brown paperboard jar with a lid. (You can find these recyclable, renewable and biodegradable brown paperboard containers at SKS Bottle & Packaging in a variety of sizes.)

Vegan Friendly DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

Once your pumpkin spice body butter fully solidifies, cap and label your container as desired for personal use or gifting. Washi tape and scrapbooking/planner stickers are a simple and easy way to add a bit of pizazz to your jars.

If you want to recreate my pumpkin spice body butter recipe to sell, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products.

Unicorn Glitter Butter! This magical unicorn glitter butter recipe is perfect for parties and summer festivals! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it's applied!

If you like my golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe, then you may also like my recipe for making a fun, kid-approved unicorn glitter butter! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it’s applied! You can find my unicorn glitter butter recipe here.

Orange Mint Body Butter Recipe

If you prefer glitter on special occasions only, then some of my other homemade body butter recipes may be of interest to you. You can browse my full collection of homemade body butter recipes at Soap Deli News blog here. Also be sure to check out my new body butter recipe for making an orange mint body butter at The Nourished Life blog.

For more homemade skin care recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on all of your favorite social media platforms including G+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.

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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!

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

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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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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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