Glitter Frame

Over the last year I’ve noticed in growing popularity of glittered frames at places like Target and Walmart. While i find this a cute idea to frame favorite girly memories, or frame winter wonderland photos spending $7.50 + tax on a 4×6 photo frame seems a bit extravagant in my mind. It may just be because I’m Poor, so I found a great way to make my own via Pinterest.

The supplies you’ll need will be glitter in the color of your choice, Mod Podge, a wood frame, and a paintbrush. You can get 4×6 wood frames at Michaels for $1.00, and Mod Podge, paintbrushes, and glitter can be found at your local craft store, or Walmart.

I chose pink glitter, mainly because I already had it. To start you will paint a nice even layer of Mod Podge on to the frame. I found this easiest to do in sections, so that the glue doesn’t dry too quickly.

Paint in sections to prevent drying

After painting a 1 to 1 1/2 inch section pour glitter over the wet glue. Then slowly and carefully pat the glitter down on the glue and shake excess onto a plate or newspaper.

Pat lightly with finger, do not rub as it is still wet

Once you have covered the entire frame in glitter let the frame sit for 10 minutes or so. Then take the paint brush and paint another thin layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it. It will look white and appear to be covering the glitter but after a couple hours it will completely dry clear.

Glittered frame

Now you have a beautiful glitter frame for around $5 or less if you already have some supplies.

Makes a great gift for girlfriends, mothers, and daughters and is a great way to put a sparkly frame around a favorite memory.

The Bucket List

Lately I’ve noticed a very popular trend on Pinterest, bucket lists. I think keeping a bucket list is a neat idea, but I wanted something a little less virtual for displaying my bucket list and reminding myself of my aspirations.

So when I found the idea to create a way to display my bucket list I was excited. This project requires a  larger amount of supplies that past posts,  but it’s worth it. This project is somewhat of a two for one post, as I’ll tell you how to decorate even more with your bucket list.

You’ll need chicken wire, a picture frame (I used an 8 1/2×11), preferably made out of wood, wire cutters, a stapler, a small bucket, clothespins, and if you want to decorate your clothespins, paint brushes, mod podge, and glitter.

supplies

Now if you want to add a little bit of personality to your clothespins you can paint them, or paint them with glitter. To paint them with glitter you first start by using a small paintbrush to paint on mod podge (you can buy mod podge at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Walmart). After painting a layer of mod podge you can then take another paint brush and brush on the glitter over the glue. Now you have a sparkly way to display your dreams and aspirations.

Now before moving on to the next part I cannot stress enough that when working with chicken wire you NEED to wear gloves, preferably work gloves, but the main idea is to have your hands protected. Now I purchased the chicken wire at Fleet Farm (they also sell wire cutters there), a sizable roll will run you about $6-7. I also recommend you purchase the hexagon shape chicken wire as that is what will work best for the project.

Once you’re ready to cut the chicken wire you will use wire cutters to cut the chicken wire into a piece a little bit larger than the frame you purchased for the project. You will need the extra wire to staple the wire to the frame.

After cutting down your wire you will remove the back of your picture frame and the glass as well. Then you will staple the chicken wire to the back of the frame, a heavy duty stapler is best for the project, but a regular one will work (it’s just not as sturdy).

back of the picture frame

After securing the chicken wire you can turn the frame back over. Because I used a thicker frame I decided to write bucket list on the top with a Sharpie paint marker, you can find this at any local craft store, I believe I purchased mine at Michaels.

Then you can take the clothespins that you’ve previously painted in glitter and use them to display the items you wish to put on your bucket list. You can also hook a small bucket to your bucket list with a clothespin or you can use an ornament hook to attach it to the frame as well. I purchased my bucket at Hobby Lobby for $2. After you do something on your bucket list you can drop it in the bucket for safe keeping.

Finished project

This project can be completed in the $10-25 range depending on how much of the supplies you need to buy. The entire project can be completed in 30 minutes, less if you just use regular clothespins.

I think this is a cute way to display and remind yourself of all the things you want to do. I believe that if you have something to look at each day reminding you of your goals and aspirations you are more likely to try harder to get to them.

So write down your goals and dreams and get out there and accomplish them!

Quick last minute gifts

In this day in age, we are constantly on the go, so it’s no surprise that occasionally we may forget something once in a while. I have to admit to myself that every once in a while I forget a birthday or celebration that requires a gift.

I once read somewhere that a good go to gift is a candle, and have since stored extra candles, just in case. Many might say that guys wouldn’t exactly love the gift of a candle, but I think they enjoy candles more than they’d like to admit. Or maybe it’s just that they don’t like to admit why they are using them.

But as many people can confirm, I like to add a personal touch to my gifts. I think they offer more sentimental value than a movie out of the $5 bin or a shot bought at the bar. So today I used glitter to add a little color and fun to a cheap candle.This of course is another idea from Pinterest.

While glitter may sound messy, it’s a fairly mess free project. You’ll need just a few things to start- A candle, double sided tape, glitter, and a plate. The glitter can be found at Target, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels.

supplies

To start you’ll want to take a 7-9 inch strip of the double sided tape and wrap it around the candle. This can be done in many different ways, with as many strips of tape as you want. I chose a very basic design with four simple bands wrapping around the candle.

After doing this project myself, I would recommend just a few changes. First I would consider using paint brushes to paint the glitter on to the tape. Second I would recommend placing one strip of tape and then adding the glitter before adding the next strip. These are just a couple things that will make the project even easier.

glitter on plate

What I did next after applying the tape was to pour out my choice of glitter on to a plate. I chose blue today, as I
 felt it was the perfect color for the recipient of my gift. Before I realized that a paint brush would have been very helpful in this project, I used a different method. I poured glitter onto the plate and rolled the candle through it.
 I should mention that it does not take a lot of glitter, so don’t pour too much. I probably poured a little over a tablespoon out on to the plate and still had plenty left over. After covering the tape in glitter, I carefully brushed off the excess glitter between the tape to reveal my finished project.

 

The whole project took about 10 minutes including clean up. A decorated candle is a a quick, simple, and personal gift for the people you love.

finished candle