Upcycled Dinner Plates

I recently got some new bowls and plates and was about to drop off the old ones at Goodwill, when I realized I could have some fun painting them. I started out by painting the plates a brown color, and when it was mostly dry I¬†used a paper towel to scrape off about half of it (scraping it towards the outside edge). That way, when I painted the yellow and teal on top it had a distressed look underneath. Once that layer was dry I used sandpaper to rough up the ridges. Then I used a white acrylic paint pen to draw the design in the middle. Lastly I sprayed the whole thing with clear sealant and threw some glitter on it. ūüėČ I’ve still got about twice as many plates left, and I might just throw in some other colors as well and put up a whole wall of painted plates!

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Finished painted dinner plates. I’ll be hanging these in a cluster on my wall soon. I’ve got some more to make…

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Before: plain white dinner plates

Supplies used: various colors of craft paint, paint pen, paintbrush, sand paper, clear spray sealant, and glitter

Supplies used: various colors of craft paint, paint pen, paintbrush, sand paper, clear spray sealant, and glitter

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Freshwater Pearl Necklace

I am a big fan of pearls. There are so many possibilities with freshwater pearls- they come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Even so,¬†I tend to gravitate towards the whites or creams or pale pinks. Those are my favorite!¬†I found inspiration for¬†my necklace below¬†from this Sundance necklace. I really love the Sundance style but don’t have the money to buy the jewelry, so¬†I like to recreate it for a reasonable cost. This necklace cost under $10 to make! The chain was repurposed so that made it even better.

I attached three pearls to each other using a jump ring, then I attached three clusters of pearls to three different places on the brass link. I made five of those. Then I attached them all together using jump rings and then attached the strand of pearls to a large decorative brass headpin on each end. I finished it by putting a double chain on each side and closed it with the hook and eye clasp. Love it!

Supplies: brass chain, white fresh water pearls, bead tipped head pins, brass decorative links, heart hook and eye clasp, and a bunch of jump rings. I actually ended up taking out the large brass rings.

Supplies: brass chain, white fresh water pearls, bead tipped head pins, brass decorative links and head pins, heart hook and eye clasp, and a bunch of jump rings. I actually ended up not using the large brass rings.

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Finished fresh water pearl necklace.

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The finished necklace is 18 inches long and fits nicely below the neck.

Cute Hairbow holder

I found a super cute framed hairbow holder here¬†at¬†Mom & Wife and couldn’t wait to make one! I¬†bought these white plastered open back picture frames at Hobby Lobby and decided to have some fun painting them. I ended up making two- one for a friend who was having a baby and one for my own little girl.

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I used a glaze craft paint to paint the decorative raised areas on the frame. Then I used Mod Podge to adhere white iridescent glitter to the white parts. Then I drilled holes along the bottom and screwed in the hooks (easily found in the framing/hanging section of a store). Then I sprayed the whole thing with a clear protective spray pain. Lastly I hot glued the ribbon onto the back.

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Blank Hobby Lobby frame. This one was much faster to paint.

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This one was a little more time consuming to paint (okay that’s a huge understatement!).

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The finished frame. I LOVE the way it turned out! And I’ve got plenty of room to hang more head bands and bows.

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The glitter is pretty subtle, but you can see it pretty well in good lighting. I love the big flower, just adds a nice finishing touch.

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The finished baby shower frame. We threw a hair bow themed baby shower party for a friend. Instead of games, we had a table set up with hair bow crafting supplies. My friend went home with enough adorable hair bows to do her daughter’s hair up different every day of the month! It was so much fun.