DIY Paper Mache Mounted Unicorn Head Wall Plaque

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DIY Paper Mache Mounted Unicorn Head Wall Art

Looking for something to DIY this weekend? I’m partial to this DIY Paper Mache Unicorn Head Wall Plaque. Not only is it a great way to upcycle those newspapers, but it’s super cute! And hey, unicorns are also the official animal of Scotland! Learn how to make your own with a step by step photo tutorial at Lil Blue Boo. For more fab DIY project ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge

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Don’t let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Since I haven’t yet had a chance to get my own hands dirty since my getting back from my vacation, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share another weekend project. This tutorial was created by my coworker, Erica. She is, like many of us, on the fast track to becoming a bonafide Pinterest addict. So lately she’s been trying new craft projects she’s discovered on Pinterest on a pretty regular basis. You might recall the DIY crayon canvas artwork she brought into the office recently. Or perhaps you remember the pretty handmade tile coasters she made for me last Christmas. Her next project is going to be a DIY pallet coffee table.

However, just before I left for vacation, Erica shared her step-by-step photos of her newest project for making DIY Mod Podge canvas photos. This photo transfer method is super easy and lots of fun. Learn how to transfer your photos to canvas using Mod Podge via the step-by-step photo transfer tutorial below!

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Materials Needed to Transfer Photos to Canvas:

Art Canvas, same size or larger than your photograph
Matte Photograph, of choice
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Scissors
Clear Acrylic Sealer
Paint and/or Decorative Scrapbook Paper

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step 1:

Cut the photo you’ve chosen to use to fit your canvas if necessary. If you’d like a decorative border around the front of the picture, cut the photograph so that it’s slightly smaller than the canvas dimensions.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #2:

Erica chose to use polka dot scrapbooking papers as a decorative edge for the side of her Mod Podge photo transfer canvas. If you’d like a decorative border on your photo transfer canvas as well, then complete this step first.

Cut paper into strips to fit along the edges of the canvas you’ve chosen for your photo. Next, use Mod Podge to glue the paper strips along all sides of the canvas. Do this by applying Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas first. Then place the papers onto the Mod Podge. Finally, brush an additional layer of Mod Podge over the papers. (The parts along the edges that left uncovered will be painted later on.)

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #3:

Once the papers have adhered to the sides of the canvas, you’re ready for the next step.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas where the picture will be applied.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #4:

Now center the photo you’ve chosen to transfer to canvas onto the front of canvas. Press the photo into the glue, then brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photograph.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #5:

Once the Mod Podge dries, simply brush black paint (or another color of your choice) around the edges of the photograph. Do this on the sides of the blank canvas that had been left exposed as well.

(This step can be neat or messy depending on your own personal taste. There’s no right or wrong way to do this step!)

Once the paint dries, seal the photo canvas with a clear acrylic spray. (I’ve always used Plaid brand in matte or gloss.) Your new photo canvas masterpiece is ready to display as soon as the glue dries!

Now that you know how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge, you can get started on creating a unique accent wall for your home!

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Pinterest Inspired DIY Artwork for Home & Office

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DIY Crayon Canvas ArtworkMy co-worker Erica, who made me a set of lovely coasters last Christmas, has been getting her craft on recently to bring some new life to her office here at work. Inspired by projects she discovered on Pinterest, she created a lovely collection of new “attire” for her blank walls. (Please excuse the quality of these pics. I photographed them with my cell phone.)

Crayon Canvas Paintings - DIY Art Project for your walls that's both inexpensive and easyErica made these crayon “paintings” from a box of crayons – with back to school right around the corner you can pick these up for super cheap! – artist canvas, a hot glue gun and a hair dryer. Simply use a hot glue gun to glue crayons along the top of a blank canvas, then use a hair dryer to melt the crayons so the colors run down the canvas creating a one of kind work of art.

Mod Podge Scrapbook Paper Wall Covering Art DIYThese works of art were created using square canvases, scrapbook papers, mod podge and paint. Simply cut scrapbook papers to fit the canvas size and use mod podge to adhere the decorative papers to the front of the canvas. Once dry, paint around the sides of the canvas – based on Erica’s paper choices she used brown paint – and lightly brush paint around the edges of the papers on the front. Let dry and hang!

DIY Ruler Clip Board OrganizerErica also made a place to hold and organize her important notes and phone lists she uses on a daily basis. She purchased jumbo clothespins, painted them black then glued them to a yard stick. She initially tried to hot glue the clothespins but found that they didn’t hold with hot glue. I recommended E-6000 glue (craft adhesive) since it holds just about everything and it worked like a charm.

For more ideas for art projects, be sure to visit and follow my Art Class Board on Pinterest. For diy decorating ideas and inspiration, follow my For the Home Board on Pinterest. And finally, for home and office organizing tips and diy’s be sure to follow my Home & Office Organization Board on Pinterest.

Cute Custom Pet Portrait Giveaway

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If you’re a pet owner like me you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that your pet – dog or cat, perhaps hamster or snake – is lovingly adored and a thousand times more spoiled than you’d like to admit. But that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being the awesome pet owners that we are. So what to do? Well, I certainly think we should embrace the fact.
Custom Cartoon Family Portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits
In order to help you remain a bona fide addict and hapless slave to your pet, I suggest immortalizing your furry – or perhaps scaled – darling with a custom pet portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits. Cute Cartoon Portraits is a shop devoted to custom commissioned portraits of your beloved pets, family, and friends. Each illustration is created especially for you using your very own pictures! Additionally, you’ll also find a wide selection of pre-made cartoons that have been placed on greeting cards and wall art prints.
Custom Pet Portraits from Cute Cartoon Portraits
Joanna, the artist behind Cute Cartoon Portraits, has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. She has training in classical animation as well as Motion Design and loves drawing. And, because she finds such great inspiration from custom drawings, she’s sponsoring a giveaway and offering up one of her Custom Pet Portraits to one lucky winner! This is a personal custom digital portrait created from YOUR photos. The winner will receive a digital copy in any size that he or she chooses which can then be taken to his or her local printer. This prize is valued at $60.

In addition to custom portraits of pets and families, Joanna also serves up super cute baby shower invites, wedding and save the date invites, pins and pendants. If you just can’t wait to see if you’ll be lucky enough to win, you can order from Cute Cartoon Portraits through September 1, 2012 and save 25% off your purchase when you enter coupon code: LOVEANIMALS at checkout. Shop online at http://www.cutecartoonportraits.com or on etsy!

But don’t let that stop you from entering! Everyone has a chance to win as long as you’re 18 or older. Simply enter via Rafflecopter below by a minute after midnight Eastern Time on August 10th, 2012.

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Pink Houses and Mosaic Toilets

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My neighborhood is kind of awesome. It’s in a historic district so it’s filled with all of these really great, old houses. In fact the house I live in is over a hundred years old. It’s also an arts district so we have some really creative houses throughout the neighborhood and even on my own street.
I live right across the street from what looks like a dollhouse. It’s a beautiful old Victorian with lots of pinks and blues. There are a lot of these and many of them are in fabulous, non-traditional house colors including bright greens and purples.
Here’s another just down the road. I particularly like the way the window boxes are done on this house.
I think by far my favorite house on the street though is this one. It just has so much character. I can’t wait to see what the yard looks like in spring once everything is in bloom.
Plus it has some rather interesting mosaic sculptures out front. Like this mosaic sink that is being used as a planter.
And even a mosaic toilet sculpture turned planter. The shark on top really cracks me up.
I’m also a huge fan of their awesome garden box out front. It’s like a miniature green house.
And there are old doors that have been painted and re-purposed as a privacy fence.
What are some of your favorite places and what makes them appealing to you?