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magazine art

Today I’m sharing a fun, easy project that you can do with your kids or whenever you get a free minute.  It’s an old-school craft project.  Remember…

diy art using clippings from magazines

I always have a stockpile of blank art canvases because I love giving them to my kids and having them unleash their creativity.

magazine art collage

It’s also a great way for Mama to flip through her stockpile of design magazines and get rid of them once and for all.  I grabbed about 5 magazines and cut out words or short phrases that caught my attention.

make a magazine clipping art collage

I’ll give you one guess why I cut this one out.  ;)   Kids.

diy magazine art collage

Or this one.

magazine art collage diy

After 30 minutes I had a nice collection of words.

diy art using magazine clippings

I then brushed a light coat of the all-surface Mod Podge onto a small section of the canvas and started placing my words randomly.  This took me about 45 minutes.  Once the Mod Podge was dry I brushed a light coat over the entire canvas.

make a colorful magazine clipping art collage

I wanted to finish off the edges a bit so I grabbed my black electrical tape and wrapped it around the canvas.

colorful pop art using magazine clippings

Then I added silver thumb tacks on two edges for a funky effect.

bold colorful magazine clipping art collage

add tons of color to your walls with magazine clipping art

I decided to replace this framed piece in our downstairs bathroom.  I like this abstract picture, but wanted to add some more color.  I don’t have magazines in any of our bathrooms because I want you in and out, thank you very much.  So this is a tongue-in-cheek way for me to provide my guests with some “entertainment” in the loo.

free colorful art using magazine clippings

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free colorful art made with magazine clippings

I’m currently working on another canvas with just QR codes.  I thought I’d provide some interactive fun in the loo as well.  Is that T.M.I. or what??  :-)

diy art using clippings from magazines

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DIY: gold+black glam bowl

make your own glam black and gold bowl

Is it Monday again?!?!?!  I think our weekend breezed by because we were busy [aka I was busy] DIY’ing.

Any chance I get to involve my two kiddos in my projects I jump on it.  And of course…the messier the better!  While they were still sleeping on Saturday morning I rummaged through the black hole that is our garage and grabbed some supplies:

  • Balloons
  • Mod Podge [multi-surface]
  • Craft Paint Brushes
  • Newspaper

This is the easiest decoupage project and so much fun [if you like to get messy, which we do!].

STEP ONE:

Start by ripping up your newspaper into strips of all sizes.  Now blow up balloons of differing sizes.  Note:  your bowl will be much sturdier if you make your balloon a small-medium size. 

STEP TWO:

Prep your work surface!  I laid out a couple of trash bags on the kids’ craft table.

diy_a glam gold and black bowl

diy a glam black and gold bowlDon’t you just love the bed-head!!!

diy a glam gold and black bowlDon’t cross this line!!  Kids.

STEP THREE:

Now simply place your newspaper strips onto the balloon and paint over them with Mod Podge. Of course be sure to leave an opening!  Once this layer was done we hung them outside to dry. The more layers you add, the harder your bowl will be.  We did 3 layers on our bowls.  The bowls were completely dry and ready to paint after two hours.

diy_a glam black and gold bowl

make a diy gold and black bowl

STEP FOUR:

The most fun part [for Mama]….painting!  Pop the balloon and choose your colors.

make a diy black and gold bowl

I chose Gold Chrome and Black Montana spray paint.  I have read all the buzz lately about this brand of spray paint and I decided to see if the hype was worth it.  In a nutshell….I LOVE THIS PAINT!  The quality is amazing and the gold chrome is just gorgeous.

I turned my bowl over on a piece of cardboard and sprayed the outside black.  Once that was dry [this paint dries fast! 20 minutes] I turned the bowl over and painted the inside gold.

make a gold and black bowl diy

STEP FIVE [optional]:

If you find that your bowl just isn’t hard enough I recommend giving it a few coats of spray glaze.  I had this on hand and decided to test it out on one of our bowls.

make a black and gold diy bowl

This added some extra strength to the bowl and also added a nice shine.  Let it dry completely and enjoy your glam little masterpiece!

make a gold and black diy bowl

make your own glam gold and black bowl diy

make a glam gold and black bowl diy

The look is very organic and I like those projects the best.  My kids are so proud of themselves [and so is their Mama!].

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make your own glam black and gold bowl

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DIY: Nate Berkus Inspired Mirror

diy black and white chevron mirror

Ready for another crazy DIY?!?  Would you believe me if I told you this mirror is made of the following:  $1 plastic plate charger / an old shoelace / a mirror tile from IKEA* / Sharpie marker / Paint Pen.  I only spent $1.00 on this project and that was for buying the plastic charger!  Everything else was found on a treasure hunt in my garage.  [*I checked IKEA’s website for these mirror tiles and do not see them for sale.  I did however see that Hobby Lobby has craft mirrors for $3.99]

I picked up a gold plastic plate charger at Michael’s and glued the mirror tile onto it using Gorilla Glue.  I was a little heavy-handed with the glue and the next morning I had foam leaking out everywhere!

diy black and white chevron mirror using plate charger

diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

After I chipped off most of the crunchy glue boogers I was left with this ugliness and the dilemma of how the hell to make it look decent.  Let the garage rummaging begin!

black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

First off, I found this old shoelace in some dusty corner of the garage and covered up the messy glue residue.

diy a black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

This is loooongest shoelace I’ve ever seen, but I’m sure glad we had it on hand.  I thought about leaving it as is, but pushed myself to make it something gorgeous.  So out came the black Sharpie!

make a diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

make your own diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

I love chevron, especially black+white chevron.  So…a chevron mirror I was to have!   I free handed this ENTIRE design, but it’s easy if you let any fear or hesitation go.  I started with a zig zag pattern around the edge, then filled the lines in a bit to give them more weight.

diy your own black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

Once that was done, I brought out my white Painty pen and added now a white zig zag adjacent to the black one.  I kept repeating this process…

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

Black zig zags

make a diy black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

Then white zig zags

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate charger

make a diy black and white chevron accent mirror using a plate charger

Almost done!

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers diy

Once my zig zags reached the shoelace I simply colored in the triangles and it was done!

making a diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers diy

I took these pictures at night thus explaining the yellowish tone to the pictures.

diy a black and white chevron accent mirror using plate chargers

AND HERE SHE IS!

diy your own black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

I decided it looked best in our master bathroom on top of the chunky shelves I recently made [stay tuned for that tutorial!].

black and white diy chevron mirror using a plate charger

making diy black and white chevron accent mirror using a plate charger

I would say this mirror took about 1-2 hours to make, not including glue drying time.  It’s such a fun project and I think the results are pretty amazing.

diy black and white chevron mirror

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