Search Results for: DIY

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

Do you love mercury glass as much as I do?  I have paid quite the pretty penny over the years for a few small pieces to set around my home, but I hate to pay for something if I can make it myself.  I don’t know why I didn’t try DIY mercury glass sooner – I saw lots of people showing how easy it is years ago, but I only tackled it just recently.  I saw these pretty clear beaded glass lanterns in Jo-Ann and they inspired me to finally jump on the bandwagon.

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!I experimented with several different techniques that I had come across, but what I discovered is that getting a gorgeous mercury glass effect couldn’t be easier and is practically fool-proof.  I’m ready to transform ALL the clear glass I can find!  All you need is a few supplies and you can tackle this project, too!

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!


  • water bottle with light mist spray function
  • Looking Glass spray paint by Krylon
  • clean clear glass lantern, vase, tray, votive, etc.

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

  1. Gather your supplies and find a well-ventilated, protected work area.  Be sure the glass is clean and free of tags, labels, or dirt.  Remove handles or other components that you won’t be painting.  Cover the outside of the container if you’re concerned the paint will spread to unwanted areas (I didn’t cover these and they were fine!) We’re going to be working on the inside of the glass container (or bottom side if you choose to paint a tray or platter).DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!
  2. Shake the can of Looking Glass spray paint for several minutes to get it well mixed.  We will first add a light layer of spray paint to the inside of the lantern and will immediately follow with a quick mist/spray of water.  Spray the paint in short bursts and try to spray lightly enough that the paint doesn’t pool and run.
  3. As soon as you’ve sprayed the paint into the lantern, shoot it with a quick mist of water.  When the water droplets hit the damp spray paint, they will form the spots and bubbled effect that makes mercury glass look so aged and cool.  Allow the paint and water to dry completely – 30 minutes or so.
  4. Repeat layers of spray paint and water droplets until you have the look you desire.  I added 2-3 layers for each lantern.
  5. Don’t be alarmed if your paint does pool or run – try to tilt the container to spread the run-off so that it adds to the overall texture of the paint rather than drying as a streak running straight down the lantern.  You can also tip the glass upside down on some paper towels to remove excess water/paint.  DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!
  6. I experimented with using a vinegar/water solution and did not find much, if any, difference from using plain water.  I also experimented with sponging some areas with metallic gold/bronze paint, but ultimately couldn’t see any difference in the finished lantern.  Because we’re layering the paint and water while the paint is still wet, it doesn’t matter if you spray the water first or the paint, but I seemed to have less running and streaking when I started with the paint as outlined in these instructions.DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

So there you have it!  DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns for the win!  Don’t they look so good?  I’m really happy with how they turned out.  Why did I wait so long?

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

These lanterns are gorgeous in the home or as part of your outdoor decor (keep them protected from wet weather).  They also look beautiful glowing with candles in the evening!  As soon as the weather evens out, they’re going to live on my deck tables!!  I think this would be such a great project for a Mother’s Day gift, too!  Happy crafting!!



**This tutorial was initially published at The Creative Spark.

DIY Snow Globe Ornaments

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

The break from school over the holidays allows for some extra crafting time.  Last year, I made these beautiful snow globe ornaments and I was thinking about doing some more this year because they’re just so pretty.  There’s just something so magical about a snow globe, don’t  you think?

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!You can find tiny trees, animals, and other figurines on ebay or etsy – there are so many choices out there.  You will need:

clear glass ornaments with open bottom (I found mine at a local craft store)
Deco Art Snow-tex
iridescent buffalo snow flakes
miniature bottle brush trees
Bleach and a glass jar for bleaching the trees
white glue
glitter (silver, iridescent, gold)
small mirror rounds to fit bottom of ornament
ribbon/ric rac/ trim
hot glue and glue sticks

How to bleach bottle brush trees for snow globe ornaments

Step 1:  Begin by placing the bottle brush trees into a container with 1 part Bleach : 5 parts water.  Wait until all the color is removed from the trees.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 2:  Rinse the trees with clean water and set aside to dry.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 3:  Use a foam brush to apply white glue or mod podge to the bristles of the tree.  Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Silver, iridescent, or gold glitter look great – you could really use any color glitter!

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 4:  Use a spatula or foam brush to mound a bit of the Snow-Tex in the center of the mirror round.  Check to be sure the glass ball ornament will fit onto the mirror and outside of the snow mound.  Otherwise the ornament won’t be able to sit flat.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 5:  Place trees and small figurines into the Snow-Text while it is still wet.  Mound a bit more snow or push it around the bases of the trees.  The Snow-Tex will dry hard and hold the objects in place.  You could also secure with a little hot glue once the snow tex is dry.  Allow to dry before continuing.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 6:  Place 1-2 Tablespoons of buffalo snow into the glass ornament.  Before adding glue, be sure to dry fit the ornament onto the decorated mirror base – too much buffalo snow will cover the scene – adjust as needed.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 7:  Holding the ornament upside down, add hot glue to the rim of the opening and quickly place the mirror onto the ornament.  The hot glue dries quickly.  You can also use glass glue but it takes longer to dry.  Add more hot glue around the rim to secure.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 8:  Cover the uneven edge between mirror and ornament by hot gluing ric rac or ribbon around the perimeter.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Enjoy!  These ornaments make the loveliest gifts for friends and add sparkle and charm to your own tree!  Have fun!

Winter Village DIY

Winter Wonderland Village

Although I usually spend my time sewing or baking, I actually really love sitting down to do some good old-fashioned paper crafting.  There’s something very relaxing about it.  After dressing up our mantle with the new fur and flannel stockings, I wanted to add some woodland glimmer to the rest of our family room.  I spent the good part of a day combining paper and glitter and snow and glue to make a great winter village!  I’ll show you how I made mine if you’d like to make one, too!

Winter Wonderland VillageSupplies:

heavy patterned cardstock – choose paper with small print so that it shows on the tiny buildings!
glitter cardstock
Cricut cutting machine
Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge
Cricut Scoring tool (or bone folder)
craft snow/
white glue or hot glue
glass dome
miniature trees and/or animals
flameless LED tea lights

(all supplies are available at Jo-Ann)

Winter Wonderland Village

Begin by finding the desired size and shape of buildings that will fit under your dome.  Using the Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge or online software, select the desired shape.  Use scrap cardstock and your Cricut machine to cut a few sizes and quickly assemble just the basic structure.  Once you have the correct scale for your village, cut the buildings from patterned cardstock.  I cut one set from patterned cardstock and one from glitter cardstock for each building shape (church, house A, house B, etc.)  This way, I could mix and match patterned houses with glittered roofs and vice versa.  Other details were cut from a third sheet of cardstock.  Cut the inner piece (this is the same shape as the main building, but without windows) from vellum so that you can “light up” the windows with a flameless candle.

Winter Wonderland Village

Once your pieces are all cut, use a scoring tool (the pointy tip Cricut scoring tool works really well for this even though the cartridge is older so the machine can’t do the scoring for you.) and a ruler to score along the lines that the machine notches for you.  Fold along all the scored lines.

Winter Wonderland Village

Use white glue or hot glue to assemble the parts of each structure.  Glue them together to form the buildings.

Winter Wonderland Village

You can add little accents to the buildings, too, like a tiny bell (mine isn’t exactly the right shape for a church bell, but it works fine!) or a wreath, etc.

Winter Wonderland Village

Winter Wonderland Village

Add snow along some of the roof lines by adding glue and sprinkling on the snow material in small sections.  Alternately, you could add snow to the entire roof.

Winter Wonderland Village

Winter Wonderland Village

If you’ve used vellum for the inner structure pieces, you can place a flameless LED tea light under the structure for a warm glow throughout your village!

Winter Wonderland Village

Now, place your buildings on a bed of snow atop pedestals or pretty glass dishes and cover them with glass domes to keep the snow flurries at bay and add to the charm!

Winter Wonderland Village

Winter Wonderland Village

Have fun building your own gorgeous winter wonderland village!

5 DIY Halloween Cupcakes

5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!#DIY4Halloween Halloween is just days away!  What projects are you still working on?  I know things get all crazy in the days right before a holiday and then I remember at the last minute that I volunteered to bring cupcakes….always happens.  So!  I’ve put together 5 awesome ways to decorate your Halloween cupcakes that anyone can do in a pinch!  I found the supplies to make these cupcakes at Jo-Ann.  These DIY Halloween cupcakes are being shared as part of their sponsored Halloween campaign – a HALLOWEEN TO DIY for!! 5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

Mummy Cupcakes

5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

Supplies: White Decorator Icing (or desired base color – it will peek through the mummy strips) “Wilton “Mummy” Cupcake Decorating Kit kitchen scissors Instructions:  These cupcakes are so easy to make!  Spread a layer of icing over the top of your cupcake – no need for it to be neat or smooth.  Use kitchen scissors to cut strips of sugar-dusted fondant (“mummy strips”) and place in semi-straight lines over the top of the cupcake.  The kit has the strips rolled into sections that each cover one cupcake, so it makes it really simple!  Lay a strip or two at an angle across the cupcake.  Place two small dots of icing in the desired place for the eyes (also included in the kit).  Gently press the candy eyes on top of the icing.  Presto!5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

 Easy Decorative Paper-Topped Cupcakes

5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make! Supplies: Frosting – any kind Edible Decorating Paper (Sugar Sheets) Decorative Toothpicks/Cupcake Wrappers (optional) Instructions:  These Sugar Sheets from Wilton couldn’t be easier to use.  Spread a nice layer of frosting on top of your cupcake.  Cut a shape out of the sugar sheet and plunk it on top.  I cut simple circles (and used my scrapbooking circle cutters to do it).  The sheet cuts easily with a knife and is pretty soft, flexible, and thin.  I think you could even use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.  Add a decorative toothpick to the center or leave them as is!  There are tons of Sugar Sheets in various patterns and colors at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores and they’re only a few dollars per sheet – I bought this houndstooth print at the Wilton store when I was there in the spring, so I’m not sure about the availability of this specific pattern, but there’s a nice damask and zebra in black and white available at Jo-Ann online. 5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

Candy Corn Cupcakes

5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

Supplies: Decorator Icing Orange and Yellow Gel Food Coloring Candy Corns Piping Bag and large coupler set Tip #1M Instructions: Use for coloring to tint icing yellow and orange.  Place into plastic Ziploc baggies.  When ready to use, snip the corner off the bottom of the baggy and place inside piping bag with open corner pushed down into the tip.  Using tip #1M, pipe two swirls around the cupcake of each color, yellow, then orange, then white.  Top with a candy corn.  Please note:  These make quite the top-heavy, yet excitement-inducing cupcake.  You can use a smaller tip for smaller icing mounds.  Also, make your swirls just inside the top of the cupcake and then decrease the diameter of each subsequent swirl to decrease the risk of the icing spilling over the edges of the cupcake once it’s done. 5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

Ghost Cupcakes

5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make! Supplies: Decorator Icing in white Pre-Colored Black Decorator Icing Piping Bag and couplers Tip #2A (uses the large coupler set) Tip #2 (uses the small coupler set) Instructions:  With Tip #2A, pipe two stacked swirls of white icing (the second swirl a bit smaller than the first) on the top of the cupcake.  Hold the tip vertically and squeeze a pool of frosting on the top center, keeping the tip close to the base – as you release pressure on the piping bag, quickly lift the tip straight up to make a point.  Attach Tip #2 directly onto the black icing container and pipe two eyes and a mouth. 5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

Spiderweb Cupcakes

5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make!

  Supplies: White Frosting Pre-Colored Black Decorator Icing Tip #2 (uses the small coupler set) toothpick spider rings (optional) Instructions:Use a knife or spatula to frost a smooth flat top on the cupcakes with white icing (you could use colored frosting, too).  With the small tip #2 attached to the black icing tube, pipe a center dot and then 3-4 rings around the top of the cupcake – like a bullseye.  Using a toothpick to drag the black icing from the center dot out to the edge.  Repeat the dragging motion in equal segments around the cupcake – about 6-8 segments – kind of like slicing a pie.  Top with a toy spider/spider ring! Speed up cupcake decorating with pre-made frosting that tastes good and can be piped for decorating! One more thing:  I usually like to make my own frosting, but sometimes that extra step is just the final straw in running out of time to make something special.  For these cupcakes, I used this pre-made frosting that is available at Jo-Ann.  It’s made my Wilton and you know what?  It actually tastes pretty darn good!  It’s great for coloring and piping.  And if you use a coupon, you’ll probably spend less than buying the butter and eggs to make a couple batches of Swiss Meringue Buttercream (my personal favorite, though kids probably prefer this type of icing).  Just wanted to give you my two cents on this stuff because I’ve been wondering about it for a good long while! 5 Awesome DIY Halloween Cupcakes that anyone can make! The community at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores would love to see YOUR last-minute Halloween projects!!  Share your projects by tagging them #DIY4Halloween and you could be featured.

 You can see loads of projects and inspiration by clicking here!  

**This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. I share only my honest opinion and personal tips/inspiration. **

DIY Leggings Tutorial

Simple way to make DIY Leggings that turn out great!

With the cooler weather, I’m finding myself sewing more with knits and cozy fabrics.  I’ve found that the quality of knits varies greatly and I was eager to try out some of the Riley Blake knits, as I haven’t used them before.  I loved these basic striped knits because they come in every color – I only got the orange and black for now, because I knew I’d be doing a Halloweenish post, but after sewing with them and having the girls wear them day after day (after day), I will be ordering some additional colors.  The fabric is a thicker cotton jersey knit – so perfect for kid and adult basics like tees and leggings – I have a wider stripe on my cutting table right now for a top for myself.  My girls live in leggings most of the fall and winter – they’re perfect with a tunic or layered with dresses and cardigans.

Simple way to make DIY Leggings that turn out great!
Today, I’ll show you how to sew up a pile of DIY leggings by making your own pattern from a good-fitting pair of leggings already in your child’s dresser!  You can use the following steps and create a paper pattern for the leggings or simply cut directly into the fabric.  This tutorial was originally posted on the Riley Blake Design Team blog.

You will need:

1 yard of cotton jersey knit
1″ wide elastic
ball point or jersey sewing machine needle
pair of well fitting leggings or leggings pattern
serger (optional)

Let’s get started:


Turn the sample leggings inside out and lay them flat with the side of the leg along a vertical fold in the fabric you’ll be using.  You want the stretch to go side to side.  You can go up to about a size 7/8 with a yard of fabric (be sure to pre-wash to allow for shrinkage!).

Draw a line or cut out one leg.  You want to cut about 3/4″ below the cuff to allow for hemming.  You also want to cut 1″ above the waistline to allow for the elastic waistband.  Notice that the waist on the finished sample leggings comes in just a bit – cut the top of your leg piece straight – the elastic will pull it in when finishing.  Also, use the backside of the pants as your template – we will adjust for the front in a subsequent step.


Cut two symmetrical legs on the fold.  Be sure to match stripes vertically and between the two legs if using a patterned fabric.


Working on one leg at a time and with right sides together, sew from the crotch down to the bottom along the inner leg seam of the pant leg.  Repeat for both legs.  Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout this tutorial unless indicated otherwise.  A serger is helpful for this sewing project, but not necessary.  When you are not using a serger, be sure to use a ball-point needle on your sewing machine and a narrow zig-zag stitch or a stretch stitch.

DIY-Leggings-4RBTurn one leg right side out.  Open the top portion of the inside out leg and tuck the right side out leg inside.  Match the seam lines and adjust the legs until the one leg is exactly lined up inside the other leg.


Pin the two legs together around the center front and center back lines.  Be sure to match the crotch seams and then work out to match up the pattern extending to the waist.  Sew together.


Your leggings will now look like the above picture.  You may wish to stitch over the crotch seams a few times for reinforcement.


Turn the leggings right side out.  Now, we’re going to adjust the waistline to create a front rise that is a bit lower than the back rise.  Open the waist of the pants and pull the front seam to the right and the back seam to the left – see picture below.


Cut a gently curved line from about 1″ down on the front seam up to meet the top edge at the back seam.


Now, when you lay the leggings back out flat in front of you, you’ll notice the back waistband is higher than the front waistband (you can adjust the rise difference for your child, if you like – 1″ is a good average).



Cut a 1″ wide piece of elastic approximately 1″ shorter than your child’s waist measurement.  Place the two ends of the elastic together and form a circle by stitching a zig-zag stitch back and forth over the two ends.  Place a pin to divide the elastic circle into four equal parts.


On the inside of the pants waistband, match each pin in the elastic circle to the corresponding front, back, and side of the waistband.  Your elastic will be a bit smaller than the waistband.

DIY-Leggings-15RBSew the elastic to the top of the waistband, gently stretching the elastic evenly while sewing to fit it into the waist.  Do not stretch the fabric waist itself.  Be sure you’re using a serger or a stretch stitch here.

DIY-Leggings-16RBTurn the attached elastic into the waistband (toward the wrong side) and pin into place.


Use a narrow zig-zag or stretch stitch to secure the waistline hem by stitching about 3/4″ from the top edge.


Press the bottom edges of the pant legs up by 3/4″.  Use a stretch stitch, zig-zag, or twin needle to finish the leg hems.  All done!

Simple way to make DIY Leggings that turn out great!

Have fun sewing with the Riley Blake line of knits!  They have some houndstooth coming in that I’m just dying to get my hands on!  And some really, really sweet children’s prints.  Let’s see – I should probably add a link here for you to see the knits for yourself:  Riley Blake Knits here


Okay!  Are you ready for Halloween?  One week to go!!!  I banged out a sequin “movie star gown” for Grace this week and Olivia is excited to wear her Christmas dress from last year for her angel costume.   I still need to figure out some kind of warmth-providing cape for Addison because even though she said for ages and ages she was going to be a kitty cat again, alas, she’s decided on none other than Elsa.  And we know that costume was made for her summer birthday party.  Somehow, all my kids are ending up in handmade Halloween costumes, which is kind of awesome after all.

More DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

DIY Halloween Costume IdeasDo you have your costumes together yet?  Do you dress up as a family, just dress up the kids, put a lot of effort into your own costume?  I’ve been ignoring the looming deadline, but finally asked the kids what they want to be.  Thankfully, my little one assured me that she wants nothing more than to be a black kitty again, so it’s just the older two that need costumes.  eek!  The kids like to encourage me to expand my DIY Halloween Costume experience.  I tried to toss out ideas for some of the costumes that have been used in the past, but there were no takers.    Dorothy?  

Dorothy Costume Tutorial

Little Red Riding Hood?




princess-gownPrincess Sewing Pattern

Princess Dress Sewing Tutorial

Princess Gown Bustle Skirt Tutorial

ELSA???  Anyone?  Please?

Elsa Dress Sewing Tutorial No?  I have an order for an angel costume, so I can see myself getting way too carried away with the creation of some fabulous wings like this DIY Angel Costume:

DIY Angel Costume

I also have an order for “movie star”, which apparently means lots of sequins??…and an excuse for another trip to Jo-Ann!  Here’s my daughter’s inspiration:

Movie Star Costume

Wish me luck!!  At least I have my kitty cat ears done!  Here’s a so simple Halloween Headbands tutorial I shared over at I Heart Naptime last week:


Or maybe you just need to add a pair of easy DIY Leggings – I’m sharing a tutorial over at Riley Blake Designs blog today!


Here are links to even MORE Halloween costume tutorials and inspiration if you’re finding yourself in a similar position to me!  GOOD LUCK!!  You have two weeks – GO!!

DIY Halloween Ideas

 Loading InLinkz ...