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Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments

Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | Revamperate Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | RevamperateEvery day, it feels more and more like Christmas as I see more decorations going up at home, at work and everywhere else. I just wish it weren’t going by so quickly! I’m happy to say I’m almost done with holiday shopping though, so I’ll just give myself a little pat on the back. Considering I’ve worked in retail for the last FIVE Christmases, I am happy to stay away from the malls this time of year. As inviting as the sales are, I don’t miss the craziness of holiday shoppers stressing me out. That being said, I’m totally looking forward to my (hopefully) last round of holiday shopping this weekend. Renegade Craft Fair is coming back to LA this weekend, so you know where I’ll be!

Anyway, if you’re still looking for easy dollar decor for the holidays, look no further. These floating ornaments will cost you almost nothing! You’ll need:

  • Clear fishing line
  • Clear thumbtacks
  • Plastic Christmas ornaments
  • Scissors

It’s probably as easy as you’d expect – purchase several ornaments from a dollar store (usually sold in bulk for a dollar) in different colors or patterns that match your holiday decor. You can also buy large packs of complementing ornaments from stores like Target for pretty cheap.

Cut several varying lengths of clear fishing line, ranging from 1-3 feet depending on your home. Tie one end of the line tightly to the ornaments and the other to thumbtacks, and pin them to your ceiling about 6 inches apart in no particular pattern. Keep the ornaments hanging at varying lengths and several inches apart for best results.Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | Revamperate Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | RevamperateI hung these ornaments above my dining room table, acting as a type of centerpiece in an area where I had less holiday decor. I also had to take into account the fact that I have a cat who loves to jump on my tables and counter tops, so I didn’t want the balls hanging too low. These would also look pretty in a corner, perhaps with longer strings, or you could hang them in your window if you have a short overhang to stick the thumbtacks.

Have fun with it and enjoy decorating for Christmas! After all, you only get to do this once a year.

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Halloween Decor: Painted Pumpkins

DSC_0980DSC_0937Only one more day til Halloween, which means only one more day for Halloween crafts! That’s the real tragedy, isn’t it? Well, when it gets this late and you’re looking for a last minute craft to decorate your home for Halloween, there’s nothing better than good ‘ol pumpkins.

While carving your pumpkins may the traditional route, painting them can be equally adorable and a little pop of color to your home. Instead of going with tradition this year, Andrew and I painted our pumpkins bright colors with fun patterns to brighten up the dining room, plus added some glitter to one to really make it pop. This is really easy and will even prolong the life of your pumpkins because they haven’t been carved!  DSC_0966DSC_0971Go ahead and get out of your pumpkin comfort zone! Paint them bright colors that aren’t necessarily “Halloweeny” and add patterns that YOU love. In our case, I painted a lavender pumpkin with gold herringbone lines one pumpkin, and Andrew painted his light blue with gold polkadots (he wasn’t really sure what was up with this whole “painting pumpkins” thing). Paint the stems a matching color for more uniformity and color! To decorate the small pumpkin, I covered it with Mod Podge and rolled it in a mixture of purple and silver glitter with a white painted stem.DSC_0965It may not be conventional, but they’re definitely more like me! Plus, I can keep them around after Halloween for a colorful table piece.

Halloween Decor: Paper Garland Curtain

DSC_1064 DSC_1106Despite having a cat who has to chase and attack anything that hangs or moves, I love having hanging decor (like these paper bats or floating candles). It’s a bit of a gamble having these in the house with Oliver, but I’ve been able to make it work so far by leaving them just a little too high for them to reach. He’s very upset about this.

With tradition of my love for hanging decorations, here’s another Halloween project that you can reuse from year to year and won’t cost you much at all. You might even have the supplies already in your closet. I made this stitched paper garland curtain to dangle from a tension rod at the opening of my small hallway. It turned out to be a perfect fit and a nice Halloween decoration that is well out of the reach of my cat (despite his best efforts).

Here’s what you need:

  • Tension rod
  • Black thread
  • 1 1/2 inch circle punch
  • Black and orange construction paper or cardstock

DSC_0943First, use the circle punch to cut out as many circles as you can from the black and orange paper. Use what you have – I had black construction paper and orange cardstock, so I worked with them. If you’re buying new supplies, construction paper would be easier to manage because it’s thinner and less expensive, but the cardstock does look a little nicer. I varied my pattern with two columns of black followed by one of orange because I had more black paper than orange, and I thought black had a spookier feel to it.DSC_0967 DSC_0970Once you have a whole bunch of circles, load your sewing machine with black thread, lower the needle into the bottom of one circle and begin to sew down the middle. Go slowly if you can and use a tight stitch. When you near the end of the circle, place down another, lifting the foot if needed, and continue to sew circles together until the garland is about 3 feet long (that’s up to you and the size of your doorjam). At the end of the garland, lift the needle and foot, and pull the thread so that you have at least 5 inches to cut away. You want this extra thread to tie the string to the tension rod, leaving a few inches between each string until your door jam is filled (I used 11 strands).DSC_1097 DSC_1036With that, your curtain is complete and you have a creative way to add Halloween decor to your home, and in my case, bring some excitement to my otherwise dull hallway. Happy Halloween and happy decorating!

Halloween Decor: Harry Potter Floating Candles

DSC_1102 DSC_1150If you’re familiar with Harry Potter, you probably remember the massive amount of floating candles in the Great Hall. Well, Andrew and I are pretty big Harry Potter geeks, so this floating candle craft turned out to be the perfect decoration for our first Halloween together in our apartment. It’s not too often that Andrew gets excited about crafts, but this one was actually HIS idea, and it came out wonderfully.

Here’s what you need:

  • Paper towel tubes (or wrapping paper tubes cut to size)
  • Clear fishing line
  • Clear thumbtacks
  • White colored paint
  • Cream colored paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Short tea lights (the tall ones will be very difficult to hang)
  • White cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Clear glue

Paper towel rolls are the best size for these candles, but if you can’t gather enough (we made 7) you can also cut wrapping paper tubes to the size you want (just make sure they are big enough around to fit a tea light). Trace the bottom of the tubes onto a piece of white cardstock and cut out the circles. Use a clear but heavy duty glue to stick the circles to the bottom of each tube.

While the glue dries, paint the entire tube white and let it dry completely. It might need two coats. Once dry, use your glue gun to glue around the very top of the tube and drizzle it down the sides to give the appearance of dripping candle wax. Set aside to harden. One the hot glue is dry and hardened, paint over the drips with a cream colored paint – this will show off the contrast between the candle and the dripping wax.

Next is the hard part because you have to be kind of exact. Hold the tea light in the very top of the tube, where you will want it to sit inside of the candle, and measure where it ends. This is where your fishing line will cross and your light will balance on top of the line, so it’s important that you mark the exact point that you want your light to sit on top of.DSC_1140DSC_1158Using a sharp object like a thumbtack or safety pin, pole one hole on each side of the tube where you measured the bottom of your light. Thread the fishing line through the holes, leaving about 2-3 feet of line for the tube to hang from. Turn on your tea lights and set inside of the tubes, sitting on top of the string. Depending on size, it might not be a perfect fit, but that’s ok! You can use a little tape to hold it in place if needed, but you don’t want to glue the tea light to the tube because you will need to be able to turn it on and off.DSC_1106 DSC_1141Tie the ends of the fishing line to thumbtacks and carefully hang from the ceiling at varying heights. Turn off the lights and prepare to be amazed by the spooky Harry Potterness of these floating candles! We hung them above our dining room table, making our own (very little) Great Hall and creating a gorgeous ambiance. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Succulent Planter

DSC_0563To celebrate the beginning of fall and to autumn-ify my apartment, I picked up a miniature pumpkin, along with several small succulents to fill it with for a fall centerpiece. While I don’t enjoy pumpkin foods, I still really enjoy the smell and aesthetic of them this time of year.

To make this centerpiece planter, you’ll need a miniature pumpkin, approximately 5 inches, and a knife, spoon and three of the smallest succulents you can find. If you prefer, you could even paint your pumpkin or coat it with glitter for a different feel.DSC_0554 DSC_0550Cut a hole in the small pumpkin, about 3-3 1/2 inches wide, and hollow it out with a spoon, scraping everything out that you can. Use your knife to clean up the sides of the hole as best you can. Then carefully place your succulents inside. You will probably need to loosen the soil around the roots and let it fall to the bottom of the pumpkin in order to fit all three of the plants insides and still have soil on the bottom.

Depending on your pumpkin, you might find that you need more soil, but I didn’t need any more than what came in my small succulent pots. Clean up the sides with a paper towel once the plants are inside and your planter is complete. DSC_0565Put it on a table, shelf or mantle for beautiful autumn decor that will brighten the room. Just remember, a carved pumpkin won’t last forever, so when it begins to spoil, you’ll want to move out your succulents and discard the pumpkin.

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DIY Lamp Makeover

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One person’s trash is another’s treasure. In my life, this is always true. A friend of mine picked up this cute old fashioned lamp at a garage sale and passed it on to me. Recently, I finally got around to making it over with a new color and a new shade.

For a project like this, you’ll need:

  • Spray paint that works on multiple surfaces (I recommend Rust-Oleum)
  • Clear or sealant spray
  • Fabric
  • Wrapping paper (any)
  • Spray adhesive (I recommend Elmer’s Craft Bond)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

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Above is the original. First, I cleaned the base of the lamp because it was pretty dusty and the paint needs something to hold on to, so the cleaner the better. I removed the shade and took the base outside to spray paint it yellow to match the new fabric I chose for the lampshade. I covered the cord and top with masking tape and spray painted a coat of sun yellow on the base. After that dried for a while, I sprayed it with a second coat. My favorite brand of spray paint in Rust-Oleum, which you can buy at Home Depot for fairly cheap. It works on just about any surface. When it’s dry, spray a coat of clear sealant over it to provide some extra shine and seal the paint.

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While the base was drying, I got started on the lampshade. You may want to iron your fabric first. I always do!

Start by tracing your lampshade onto the backside of a piece of wrapping paper. I recommend using wrapping paper because it will likely be long enough and thin enough to trace, cut and move easily. Place your lampshade at the corner of the paper and roll it upward, keeping track of where you started and using your pencil to trace one side of it. Put it back at the corner and trace along the other side. Depending on the shade, it may go straight or it may curve like mine did.

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Cut out the piece of paper. Lay it around the lampshade to make sure the size is appropriate. Then trace this shape onto the backside of your fabric. Use the scissors to cut approximately a half inch outside of the shape you made on all sides. You’ll want this extra space to fold over the top and bottom and to fold a seam at the end of the fabric. When the shape is cut, once again lay it over the lampshade to see how it will fit. Spray the piece of fabric with a thin layer of adhesive and carefully begin laying it around the lampshade. I recommend Elmer’s Craft Bond for spray adhesive because it is the only one that I have tried so far that truly works for fabric projects.  Ignore the one in the photo. I learned this was not the correct choice for this project. Go slowly, smoothing the fabric out as you go. My lampshade wasn’t flat, which made it more difficult. This project is easier with a flat lampshade.

When you get to the end, fold the fabric over and glue it down. Carefully use the adhesive glue or even a small amount fabric glue to fold the top and bottom edges down into the shade.

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Once the shade felt secure and the base was dry, I put the two together for a cute addition to my desk! Personally, I like yellow in small doses rather than large, and I love the way this lamp turned out with the grey contrast of the lampshade.

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Add Color with Unique Side Tables

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This is a quick, easy tutorial for making personalized side tables that reflect your home. I came up with this idea when my roommate and I picked out pillows at IKEA that have a doodle-like design on them. She found some old haggard-looking stools, so I came up with the idea to paint them to match our new pillows.

You can recreate an old table or stool from your home or pick one up at a garage sale for next-to-nothing. To begin making your personalized side tables, you will need some basic acrylic paint. Choose several of your favorite colors at Michael’s, which offers a wide variety at a low price. Because you will be going over the paint with a Sharpie, remember to choose colors light enough for the Sharpie to be visible over the paint later.

At Michael’s or Home Depot, you may also want to pick up a can of clear spray paint to use as a sealant. The only other items you will need are a couple of medium sized paintbrushes, a regular-sized Sharpie, and some everyday paper towels.

Depending on the stool or table you’re painting, you may also want to buy primer, which is inexpensive at your local Home Depot. Unfortunately, I don’t have a before picture of these stools because I didn’t plan on this blog a year ago, but I used primer in my case because the original stain on the stools didn’t look very nice. If the piece is  a dark color, primer would be a wise choice.

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If you feel the need to use primer, first prime the section of the piece that you plan to paint. Once the primer is dry, begin painting large chunks with your colored acrylic paint. It does not need to follow any pattern. Follow it with a second coat. Give this plenty of time to dry before moving on to the stenciling.

If you are unsure what to draw, outline it first in pencil. It should erase easily and will be visible enough to see over the paint. Next, trace your doodles in Sharpie. If you mess up, simply paint over your mistakes, but it may take a few coats.

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Take your time and draw whatever reflects your home. If the Sharpie appears light, trace over it a second time as you see fit. Once the ink is dry, take it outside and generously spray the clear spray paint over the top. This will keep the marker from wearing away easily.

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For only a few dollars, you’ve revamped an old piece of furniture that once blended into the background. I get compliments on mine all the time, and it’s nice to know my stools are one of a kind.