how-to tuesday pour paint pots

Pour Paint Pots
I originally saw the idea for these pots here, using big pots & rainbow colors. I decided to give them a whirl at the party with a wide range of colors and very small pots. Here is what we did…

Pour Paint Pots

Supplies:
-scrap cardboard
-foil
-a small terra-cotta pot spray painted white
-masking tape
-acrylic paints (I found the cheaper paints work best, the Martha Stewart brand ones tends to be too thick and would not spread like the cheaper paints. I found mine at Michael’s on sale 2 for $1)

This project is perfect for people of all ages & all skill levels!

Pour Paint Pots

Pour Paint Pots


Crumple your tinfoil to create a base for your pot. You want this base to hold the pot in the air away from the cardboard. Also make sure that the tinfoil is not touching the edge of the pot.

Pour Paint Pots

Cover the hole in the bottom with a small piece of masking tape.

Pour Paint Pots

Now you are going to begin dripping your paint. Start with a slightly larger sized blob on top of the pot. Then choose another color and make a slightly smaller blob on top of that. Continue with various colors. Each one will be a little smaller and you will notice the paint spreading out toward the edge.

Pour Paint Pots

Pour Paint Pots


Each time you add more paint it is going to begin to push the paint over the edge in large drips.

Pour Paint Pots

Once the drips are going over the edge you can start a new circle of paint somewhere else on the top of the pot.
You can keep going until your whole flower pot is covered, or leave it with areas of white with colorful drips down over the edge.

Pour Paint Pots

Pour Paint Pots

Allow your pots to dry overnight and for up to 24 hours just to ensure that all the paint is dry. Once dry you can use a screw driver to re-poke the hole in the bottom of the pot. If using your pot as a flower pot (instead of a pencil cup, or small container) make sure to coat your paint with a water proof sealant since the acrylic paints are water based. I think adding a nice glossy sealant would look great anyway as it will really bring the shine back to the colors. If you have any “bumps” of paint drips around the top edge of your pot after it has dried you can also lightly sand these down if you want a smoother appearance.

How To Tuesday – Cross stitch Cat

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Today I wanted to share with you a little cat face cross stitch pattern that I made. Even if you have never cross-stitched before, its really easy to learn! This video I found teaches you all the basics in just five minutes (it really is that easy!) You can print my pattern here.
You can always change the colors to make the cat match your own cat too :)

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A nice little project for those days when you are feeling catty :)

How To Tuesday – Blythe Knitting

****Thanks so much everyone for the feedback on the thermos fabric, I’m glad I went with my gut then and just ordered the first color way :) I really appreciate all the helpful comments!

Blythe Knitting

Today’s “how-to” is super simple and really quick to make too. I thought it might be fun to create little knitting needles & hanks of yarn for my poor neglected Blythe dolls :) If you don’t have a doll who needs knitting supplies, then maybe you could make them as a present for The Borrower’s instead?

Blythe Knitting

Supplies:
-Toothpicks (these can be painted if you’d like)
-2 small beads (flat ones work best, but you can use round too for round beads do not cut the ends of the toothpick but add glue to tip and insert into hole of bead)
-super glue
-leftover sock yarn, or embroidery floss

For the needles, cut off about 1/4 of an inch on one end of each toothpick, giving you a flat edge. Super glue a flat bead in place. I recommend using the super glue “gel” (and always use caution with super glue!) Super simple and they fit perfectly in my Blythe’s hands…

For the yarn…If you are already a knitter (or know one) you probably have some leftover sock yarn. This works great! You want to create a loop of the yarn about 8-9 inches in diameter and use scraps of yarn to tie the ends in place.

If not embroidery floss works well too…

Blythe Knitting

Open up a hank of embroidery floss and you will see it’s pretty long. If you double it over on itself it will create a more manageable size hank to work with.

Take the loop of yarn or embroidery floss in both hands (one finger into each end of the loop almost like playing cat’s cradle) turn the ends of the loop in opposite directions and the loop will want to curl up on itself. Then just tuck one loop end into the other. It might take a few tries to get it right.

Blythe Knitting

Blythe Knitting