Crafts and recipes on the cheap for the normal person

Wine Bottle Vases March 16, 2013

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 2:33 am
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Recently we’ve been trying to be classy in my apartment and start drinking some wine. Mixed reviews on what’s good and what isn’t so far but we’re getting there. Now me being the hoarder I am, I wanted to save some of the wine bottles we’ve been finishing, I swore I’d find some way to use them, I just wasn’t sure how. The other day I was bored, and feeling crafty so I dug up the wine bottles and decided to do something with them once and for all.


The project I came up with is insanely is and it looks so cute! Here’s what I did:

  • Supplies: wine bottles, spray paint, paint and paint brushes
  • I used hot water to get the labels and the sticky stuff off of the bottles.
  • Once that was done I spray painted them silver with some spray paint I had, this part was a bit tricky since I didn’t want to touch the bottles and get spray paint all over me. I wish I had taken a picture for you guys, I literally put the bottle in the grass upright and moved around it with the spray paint, I can’t imagine what my neighbors thought.
  • Once that dried I free handed some lines onto the bottles, DON’T try using duct tape, I thought I’d be smart, give that a shot, not a good idea. If you have painter’s tape go for it, otherwise I freehanded it and it turned out ok.
  • Paint whatever you feel so inclined to paint on there. I did one with a few lines and one with just a bold one in the middle.
  • For decoration I stuck some fake flowers in them that I got from Michael’s for a dollar.

And voila you’re done! I told my roommates I would actually use those bottles!


Button Bowl February 26, 2013

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 1:46 am
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I saw this really cool button bowl on Pinterest the other day, it didn’t have the best directions so I decided to wing it and make my own! The product is incredibly cute! While it was cute just an FYI this is incredibly time consuming it required a lot of glue! So here’s how you do it:

1. You’ll need:

  • A balloon
  • Buttons (I used two packs of 130 and used almost all of them)
  • Mod Podge or Glue (or you could be like me and use both)
  • Paint brush
  • Something to hold the balloon while the glue dries (I used a cup)

2. First paint a layer of glue onto the balloon, I let this dry almost completely, it created a sort of sticky film

3. Starting with a little area at a time paint glue onto the balloon and attach the buttons, this part was super messy but fun! I rubbed the glue around with my fingers because the paint brush kept sticking to me.

4. Let it dry completely, while you’re waiting occasionally check on the balloon and make sure the buttons aren’t sliding, if they are just push them back up.

5. Once it’s dried paint a layer of glue (I switched to Mod Podge at this point) and let it dry, I let it sit overnight

6. For good measure I put yet another layer on after this (I invested this much time why would I want it to not work!)

7. Once it’s dried completely cut a slit at the top of the balloon and let it deflate, WARNING when I did this turns out the bottom part of the bowl hadn’t dried completely. Because of this I had to do another layer of glue on the inside of the bowl, not sure if you were more patient if you would have to do this.

And ta-da that’s it! You’ve got a super cute bowl made out of buttons and glue! Let me know if you try it!



Book Safe February 20, 2013

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 4:08 am
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The problem I have this time of year is Valentine’s Day falls a week before my anniversary with my boyfriend.  So this year, instead of doing cheesy gifts all around I decided to make Valentine’s day funny!  My boyfriend and I have a few running jokes in the relationship so I decided to use one for the holiday!  I decided to hide his “vices” (nothing dirty, coffee and cigars” in a safe place no one would like for them!  In one of my classes a girl showed us how to make a “book safe” I had never heard of this but thought it was the coolest idea in the world!  The premise is this: you take a book, hollow it out, and can keep things in it, it’s kind of like the fake rock to hide your key. It wasn’t all that difficult to make, although my hand still hurts a little from cutting all the pages, here’s how to do it:

1. Here’s the supplies you’ll need:

  • A book (I got mine at a local used book store, it cost me $1.00)
  • Box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Mod Podge or Glue
  • Plastic bags

2. Wrap your front and back cover and a few pages at the beginning of the book in the plastic bags, these first pages will be the ones left open to cover the hollow book.

3. Spread Mod Podge or glue over the sides of the book, all three sides, this will glue the pages of the safe together. Let this dry

4. Once it’s dry, take your ruler and pencil and decide where you want your safe to be, mine was about a half inch from the edges.

5. Now the fun and stress relieving part begins! Take your box cutter and cute along the lines you just drew, rip the pages out and continue until your safe is as deep as you want it!

It’s really that simple! I had a problem of my being a little rugged in the corners but it gave it a nice sort of worn look to it. Take a look and try it yourself!

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Sharpie Mug February 14, 2013

Filed under: DIY Decor — LaurenTamony @ 2:17 am
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It was my best friend from high school’s birthday this past week and since we’ve been friends for so long I’ve almost run out of good birthday ideas.  When I saw on pinterest the idea of baking coffee mugs to make sharpie permanent I decided I had to give it a try!  And who better to try it on than a friend who wouldn’t judge me anyway!  I’ve heard mixed reviews from people about the sharpie staying on, I didn’t have any problems here’s what I did:

I bought a coffee mug at the dollar store, I figured if this didn’t work at least I didn’t spend to much.

I outlined my design on the mug first with eyeliner.  I read about this trick somewhere and it was a lifesaver!  I was able to play with my design and the eyeliner washed right off!

I put it in the oven and THAN started preheating the oven.  I didn’t start the timer until the oven preheated though.

I baked it for 30 minutes and left it in there until it had cooled.

Overall it turned out great!  I ran some water over it after I took it out and the design stayed for the most part.  It did smear a little on the one side but otherwise I can’t complain!  Let me know what’s happened if you’ve tried this, I’d like to know other reactions!