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Blood Splatter Napkins DIY

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It has kind of been killing me that we haven’t been able to do a Halloween DIY this year so I decided to throw one together in literally 5 minutes the other night with some things I already had with the addition of white napkins I picked up at Target.  You will notice by the pronounced fold in them that I did not wash them before I did the DIY because I was being lazy.  I would recommend that if y’all try this, you do not follow my lead.  Anyways, if you guys are having friends over for Halloween and looking for a last minute idea to spruce up the table setting, this is it.  I used black paint instead of red for the “blood” because I thought it looked more sophisticated and less gory that way.  But red would probably be more realistic if that is what you are going for.

Blood Splatter Napkins diy blog copy What you’ll need:

– napkins

– black craft paint

– textile medium (can be picked up at any hobby/art store)

– a paintbrush

What you’ll do:

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1.  Mix up your paint for use on fabric.  The rule is one part fabric medium to two parts paint.  I eyeballed it.  Then mix it all in with your paint brush.  After that, spray or drop a bit of water in at a time so you have a very thin paint in some areas and thicker in the middle.

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2.  Take your paint brush and load it with thin paint and start splattering by shaking paint onto your napkin.  You can paint on thicker paint for darker areas.  Just do it however you think looks good.

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3.  Paint your hand thickly with paint.

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4.  Before it has a chance to dry at all on your hand, bring it down in the middle of the napkin and smear downward using your other hand to hold the top of the napkin.  When you do this step, be sure to pay attention to where you will be folding the napkin so the hand will be visible.

Let dry and you are good to go.  I would also wash these puppies by themselves for the first time so black paint doesn’t bleed on your clothes.  The textile medium helps hold the paint on and I have used it before with success but you can never be too careful.

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Starry Lantern DIY

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I have had a plain, unopened paper lantern sitting one of my craft boxes for a couple years now and I decided that this weekend was finally the time to do something with it.  I came up with this idea unsure of how it would work out but I think all said and done, it looks pretty cute.  Bonus… It doesn’t get any more simple than this in terms of DIYs.

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What you’ll need:

A plain white paper lantern

Spray paint in a color of your choice- I chose the dark blue here in an effort to make the “stars” stick out more

A skewer or some  other long sharp object

What you’ll do:

1. Unfold your lantern and hang it up outside somewhere.  I used a bungie cord and hung it from a tree.  Then spray paint it the color of your choosing.  I did 2 coats to make it darker.

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2. After dry, take your skewer and pierce a bunch of little holes in it.

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3.  Insert a lightbulb in the top (following the instructions that came with the lantern) and call it a day.  Since I hung mine outside and I already had bistro lights in my tree, I just pulled the cord a little tighter and worked several of the lights into the lantern.  I am not sure it impacted the effect at all to have the other bistro lights around it.  It may actually have been more dramatic if it wasn’t surrounded by light as well.

If anyone tried this with a different color, let me know how it goes.  I would be interested to know how the light shines through in the pierced spots.  I also thinking making some larger holes and some smaller would be pretty as well.

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Quick Copper Vase DIY

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Here I am again, telling you something was a DIY when in fact it is really just reusing an attractive beer bottle as a vase.  I realize I am sneaky.  Corey finished off his alcoholic beverage and I thought well wouldn’t that look lovely with a little bit of copper contact paper on it.  So I literally just cut off a 4″ piece from the contact paper and stuck it onto the amber bottle.  Not quite perfect but pretty good for free.

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I won’t show you the other side of our front porch which has a headboard that I am in the middle of spray painting.  The chairs could do with a bit of painting as well.  I’ll probably get to that right in time for next summer.

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