DIY exposed brick wall

Our house is more than just a place we lay our head down to rest – it’s our home. We spend a great deal of our lives inside our homes ans that makes it critical to ensure that we decorate and instill a sense of belonging and happiness in our surroundings. A fun and unique way to do that is by decorating your walls, and a truly fun and unique way to do that is by creating an exposed brick wall look. Although this might seem at first glance to be a construction project, it’s actually just a facade. Let’s take a look at how you can go about creating your own exposed brick wall inside your very own home.

What You’ll Need

  • plate easel
  • Red and orange paints
  • Newspapers or premade paper mache mix
  • White sand
  • Tan construction paper
  • Hairspray
  • Superglue

What To Do

  1. Using your paper mache that you’ve either bought from the store or made yourself with newspapers, begin by molding some thing brick shaped items.
  2. Glue your paper mache “bricks” to the wall using the super glue at even intervals, leaving a bit of space between each one.
  3. Using your red and orange paints, mix up a few different shades on your plate easel. Optionally you might look into getting a black table top easel discount if you’re not used to holding your paint.
  4. Paint your bricks, taking care to switch up the shading so that they don’t all match exactly.
  5. After the paint dries, use super glue to line the spaces you’ve left between your bricks with a nice layer of white sandy paste – this will complete the effect of a brick wall.
  6. Take your construction paper and cut it into irregular slices, gluing them in sections atop your brick. This will give the effect of a wall that is crumbling away to expose the brick underneath.
  7. Finally, spray the entire thing down with a nice layer of sticky hairspray and sprinkle it with sand, giving it a nice worn look.

How to make wire name card holders

Name card holders create an extra personal touch to your well thought out tablescape. If you love having your friends over for potlucks and pride yourself in paying attention to the detail when decorating, crafting these simple name card holders can make your gatherings more special and intimate!

Supplies needed

  • 18 gauge wire in a color of your choice
  • Cardstock in a color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Clear ID badges (optional)

Directions

    1. Take the wire and create a base shape. In the picture above, it is a swirl, but you can make other shapes like a heart, four leaf clover, etc.
    2. Bring the wire up to make about 2 inches, or longer depending on your preference.
    3. For the top, you can create a circle like above that wraps around twice like a key chain ring  so you can slip a name card in between.
    4. To finish the name card holder, use your pliers to snip the wire at the end.
    5. For name cards, use your scissors to cut the cardstock in any shape you desire.
    6. You can print names onto the cardstock in advance and cut them out after, or you can use decorative pens like turquoise pens or gel pens to make unique handwritten cards.
    7. If you have ornately decorated your name card holders to give away to your guests at the end of your gathering, you can place the cards in clear id badges before fastening them in to the name card holder to protect them from getting ruined by the wire.

There you have it! This is a very basic tutorial for making a name card holder, but you can get more creative in choosing different materials to use for its construction and decorating. Share ideas and techniques you used below in the comments section!

Tips and tricks for having professional quality art

One of the most important things that you can have as an artist is an array of the right tools at your disposal. While I’m certainly no artist, I do know a lot of people who draw and they swear their lives by the Prismacolor brand. We’ll be going over a couple of the basic tools that you might want when it comes to drawing the most professional and high quality art that you can.

What you’ll need

What you can do

Once you acquire the impressive set of tools, you’ll be set for any inspiration that may come your way. Here’s a quick rundown of how you can take care of your new tools.

  • Make sure to store all of your art supplies in a cool, dry area. When it comes to canvases, water can ruin the texture. And especially when it comes to your markers, you don’t want them to be in a place where they can get too hot and be destroyed.
  • Another tip that you can consider when it comes to all of your supplies is to use them in conjunction with one another. The best way that you can use your Prismacolor tools is to make sure that you use them together. The markers bring out the colored pencils and the colored pencils bring out the markers.
  • The reason why these puppies are so good at bringing out the best color in your art is because of the pigment that they use in the ink. It’s very highly concentrated and therefore transfers onto paper very well.
  • One final tip for using these tools is to take care of them. Treat them well, and they will last you for as long as you can possibly think.

Good luck and have an amazing time with your artwork!

How to save money on a home reception

If you’re looking to decorate your home for either a formal event such as a wedding reception or anniversary party, then you’ve come to the right place for ideas. Decorating your home on a budget is not as daunting a task as it may seem at first, you just need to plan accordingly and smart. Read on so you can see what you can do to spruce up your home for any event and have your home be party-ready.

Decorations

If this is going to be an event that’s for a couple then romance should be at the top of the list. To set a romantic mood, buy items that will help people know the occasion encourage the guests to feel comfortable. Buying candles are a great idea because they’re not only inexpensive but they are perfect for setting the mood. Don’t ever forget about centerpieces. These can either be placed on the tables that are around the house for the food or they could be set up sporadically throughout the home so it can keep the theme consistent. Using items like wedding flower stands is one trick to use flowers that the bride may have used in her bouquet or to bring out the colors that the bride chose as a part of her motif.

So make sure you

  • Get centerpieces that catch attention
  • Use candles to set the mood
  • Keep the theme consistent

Food

If you’re looking for some easy but inexpensive ways to serve your food choosing an out of the ordinary shape of paper plates may bring uniqueness to the event that you’re holding. Using something like square paper plates would be a wonderful addition to serving the food that you intend on having for your guest. Something that wedding coordinators also like to do is have something like colored glasses that guests drink out of, instead of the normal boring clear glasses, get something that has a blue color to it. It’ll keep the look bright and fun while the guests are happy eating and dancing.

So when it comes to food keep in mind to

  • Use bright colored glasses to create interest
  • Have the guests use unique shaped plates

There are many more ideas that you can do to save money for a wedding. What are some ways that you’ve tried for wedding planning?

How to decorate a tissue box cover

Tissues can run out quickly, and while many brands make colorful and printed box designs, a lot of them are just not my taste. If you are someone like me, who loves to create custom and unique pieces that complement your home décor, making your own craft tissue box cover is a right up your alley!

Supplies Needed

  • Tissue box cover (of any material you choose – ceramic, porcelain, plastic, etc.)
  • Glue gun

Optional Supplies

  • Embellishments of your choice like:
    •  decorative pearls
    • jewels
    • buttons
    • fake flowers
    • ribbon
    • lace

Decorating your tissue box cover

For the experienced crafter

If you are a frequent crafter who makes your own craft embellishments with fabric (like the craft flowers shown above) and secure them onto your craft tissue box with a glue gun.

For the practical

You may also simply use fabric to create a slip cover which can be fastened on your new tissue box and thrown in the washer. It is not recommended that you include too many embellishments on this type of cover.

For kids

You and your child can decorate a craft tissue box cover in a safer way by not using a glue gun, but rather colored thermal labels, which come in many bright and shiny colors and can be cut into different shapes and designs! This allows of easy and neat application.

What are some ways you decorated your tissue box cover?

Do it yourself puzzle

 

Today we’re going to be taking a departure from the recent slew of clothes related projects here at Craftcorners and get back to our roots with a classic paper idea. This blog post is going to be all about how you can make your very own puzzle from scratch. This is a very fun project for kids and adults alike, but children will especially appreciate it because unlike with other endeavors, they can be involved in every step of the process. There’s nothing quite like taking an idea and making it into a real and physical item completely from scratch – so what are you waiting for? Let’s get to it!

What You’ll Need

  • Blank drawing paper.
  • Cardboard or thick construction paper – decorative index cards can work too.
  • Markers and pens.
  • A pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue.
  • Hairspray.

What To Do

The idea behind this project, as mentioned previously, is to make a puzzle completely from scratch. That means we’ll have to start by actually creating a picture! Have at it and remember to encourage creativity, but keep in mind that the more abstract the picture is, the more difficult it will be to put the puzzle back together. Coat the picture with several layers of hairspray, allowing for drying in between. This will protect it from wear.

After you’ve got your beautiful picture, its time to start designing your puzzle. Flip your picture over and break up the paper into whatever puzzle pieces or blocks you prefer. For ease of use, first timers, and younger children: try making a simple “pizza slice” pattern. You can make this as complicated as you like though, and shape templates can really help.

Once you’ve got your design, cut it up! Place the cut up pieces atop your cardboard or tough paper and glue them on, cutting them out again after they’ve dried. Now you’ve got a nice durable puzzle to play with!

How to decorate your child’s room with stickers

I used to love putting stickers on my headboard when I was a child, which of course drove my mom insane! Well, here’s finally a fun activity where you and your partner can do to decorate your baby nursery or child’s room with wall decals and stickers. The best part? No one gets in trouble.
Before you decorate the room, make sure you and your partner have planned in detail where each sticker will go. Unlike normal stickers, once these are one, they stay there! Here are some decorating ideas.

Tree decal for your nursery

Tree nursery stickers are very popular at the moment, as they liven up your nursery, do not take up any space, and are fairly easy to apply. First, make sure you’ve wiped the area you want to apply your decal, so ensure your wall is clear of dirty and grease. Before you peel off your decal and stick it to your wall, it would be best to position it exactly where you want it, and mark where the top should end up once you stick it on. Also, plan to start peeling from the bottom and work your way up to ensure that your sticker will not be crooked or misplaced. Once you are done, you can place smaller decals on your tree like birds, leaves, flowers or fruit.

Alphabet wall stickers

Alphabet wall stickers are also a great way to let your child decorate their room once they are older. They can get creative and use them to decorate with photos (shown above), their door (ex. Brian’s Room or Alicia’s Closet), or even their favorite quote which would line one of their walls. These are very versatile and you can use them around the house for many other things. For example, you can create a board and label it as “weekly chores” for you and your kids to fill out, or you can put your children’s name above their cubbies in their play room.

Whatever you choose to use them for, wall stickers are a great way to decorate your wall without creating a mess. How did you choose to use decal and stickers to decorate your room?

DIY Decorating your own flower pot

 

 

Do you have an excess of flower pots hanging around your yard? Do you feel like they’re just drab and dreary? Well in just a few simple steps you can solve that problem to not only add some extra accent to your yard, but accent the flowers in the pots as well. Here’s how you can decorate your own flower pot.

Things you’ll need:

Clay flower pot

Crayola paint set

Paint brushes

Stencils (optional)

Tape (optional)

What to do:

This might be a great activity to do in your backyard, on a patio table. This is even a wonderful craft idea for children who plan on planting their own flowers or herbs. Giving children the freedom, challenge and reward of not only creating and decorating something that they will eventually eat helps them grow and understand hard work and perseverance.

Pick out the pot that you want to use, and make sure it has a hole in the bottom so when you eventually water it the water has a place to go. If you use a stencil this is the time to take it out. Use some tape to stick it to the side of the pot and paint over your design. If you choose not to use stencils then this is where the creativity happens. Maybe paint more flowers of the same kind that you end up planting in the pot. Or even better, paint the name of the flower or herb that you’re planting on the front of the pot. This will allow for easy identification and help children learn the names of certain flora. Keep in mind to paint the pots before you plant anything in them or place any soil in the pot. Once you’re done painting and you’ve allowed the paint to dry, add any plant that you want! Have fun decorating and let us know how your adventure turns out.

How to make a Decorative Wall plate

Decorative plates are a great way to express your personal style and choice. They are simple to make, so give your creativity a leap and make whatever you want with them. With a little skill, thought and inspiration, you can turn any image that inspires you into a piece of art. Display your talent for others to appreciate. Here is how to make a decorative wall plate.

Material needed:
  • Clear plate
  • A picture
  • Foam brushes
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint
  • Decorative wall plate holders, wall plate rack

Instructions:

  1. Buy a clear plate from a crafts store. These plates are available in different sizes, so pick the one that you wish to you. On the other hand, if it a wall project, then pick different sizes in a pattern you want to display on the wall.
  2. Then select a picture to use for the project. This could be anything that you like family photos, nature, animals, a pattern etc. You can also choose a assortment of photos to display.
  3. Now using the computer, crop or enlarge the size you want. Print out the paper copy of the photo/photos. Trim the photos, if needed.
  4. On the back-end of the plate, use a foam brush to evenly spread, a layer of Mod Podge.
  5. Position the photo in the center of the plate and bring it at eye level to ensure that the photo is placed and positioned correctly.
  6. Use the foam brush to release out any bubbles between the photo and plate. After that cover the entire photo with another layer of Mod Podge and let it sit till Mod Podge dries out.
  7. Once dry, choose a decided color to paint the plate. When the paint dries up, coat it with Mod Podge to protect the paint.
  8. When it is totally dry, you are ready to hang the plate. If it a single plate, a wall plate rack would be fine. But if you have done it like a wall project, choose some decorative wall plate holders to display your selection.

Do share your experience doing this. Or if you have already done this, share your method with us.

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