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1  Cigar Box Turned into Sea Shell Storage in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ashleyfitz on: July 24, 2013 09:56:39 AM
This guy was bound for the trash. I heard him about to be thrown away and stopped his impending demise. When asked what I was going to do with it, of course my response was, Well I do have a lot of shells to use And so I did.

Things you need for the project:

Hot glue sticks/gun
Shells (I used capiz shells, but you could use whichever type you'd like)
Paint
Small/detail paint brushes

I covered the top in shells, progressively adding and making sure there werent any holes. This required several layers. At this point, it looks a bit homemade and not so chic, but once you cover the rest of the box in paint, it starts to look like something you could find at HomeGoods!



I made sure to carefully paint around the gold hardware (it was just too cute to cover with beige). I even covered under the edges of the shells so that the original wood color wasnt showing ANYWHERE.



Its currently acting as my change box where I throw all those extra coins I just dont want to carry around. Because it was a cigarillo box, it's a bit smaller than the traditional cigar box, so it's great for little bits and storage. This project cost me.drum roll please. $0. I had every supply already so I didnt need to purchase a thing. Gotta love those little crafts that keep your wallet intact.



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2  Outdoor Slip Cover Pillows in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ashleyfitz on: July 24, 2013 09:07:32 AM
First, measure around your pillow form. I left about an inch around each side. This is more because Im not totally proficient at the sewing machine. Giving myself some extra room just in case my stitches arent straight insures that the pillow covers will fit.



Second, cut two pieces of fabric for the front and back of the pillow cover. I cut the second piece slightly larger than the first, so that it would still be the same size after hemming the cut edges. Cut the larger piece in half. This will be the back envelope part of your slip cover.



Third, iron down the sides that you will add the hem to. Then hem/serge with a stitch that you are comfortable using on your machine.



Fourth, pin these pieces to the other larger side piece. Make sure you do this inside out! I accidentally sewed an entire pillow, only to remember I didnt put the pieces inside out so half had the inner part of the fabric showing. What a pain to take out all those stitches! After sewing around the edges, flip your fabric right side out and cover your pillow form. Ta-da!




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3  Piano Bench Gets New, Stylish Life in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ashleyfitz on: March 31, 2013 07:29:48 PM
I took the seat off of the bench and removed the old cover. Make sure that your fabric is ironed and not creased. Then, I recovered it using upholstery nails (the original ones from the bench). This saves staples and if they've been holding down the fabric this long, they can keep doing their job. You can also just staple around the edges to make sure that all is secure, so that if you're sitting down and getting up from the bench, you're not taking the new fabric with you!

While the bench top is removed, wipe down the bench form of any cobwebs, dirt, dust, etc. Spray with primer. Give at least one coat (two if you're covering dark wood or wood with a thick coat of poly). Then spray at least two/three coats of your chosen color. Let dry and reattach bench top.

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Full tutorial with more pictures: http://ashleyfitz.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/and-finally-a-bench-dont-rain-on-my-projects/




FULL POST: http://ashleyfitz.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/and-finally-a-bench-dont-rain-on-my-projects/
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4  Vintage Earrings Become Magnets and Push Pins in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ashleyfitz on: March 31, 2013 07:23:06 PM
Have some funky hand-me-down clip earrings? Are you ever going to wear them again? (NO!) Why not make them into something functional, instead of letting them take up space in your jewelry box?

So heres a super easy tutorial on how to take your out of date clip earrings into this century.

My earring collection, before the re-do:

Step one: snap off the clip backs. Using the backend of a hammer, pry off the backing of the earring. This can be done with your hands, but some of the older jewelry is stubborn and wont snap easily. I did about half with my brute strength (haha) and half with the help of the hammer.

Snapping off the backs:

Step two: gather your thumb tacks. I used gold thumbtacks, mostly because its all I had around the house. It also helped that the majority of the earrings I was using were gold. Heat up your hot glue gun and place a bead of glue on the head of the tack. Be careful here, not only because of the hot glue, but youre putting a hot substance on metal. It can get a little iffy. Place the tack with glue flush against the back of the earring. Hold until you cant feel any movement between the tack and the earring. If it doesnt fit on flush the first time, just wiggle with it (wiggle with it, wiggle with it, yeah). OR-- If you have a magazine you're finished reading, stick the pin into the magazine to let the pin cool.

Gluing the new backing:

Step three: marvel as your work cools before putting it into your pinboard.

You can also swap out the pins for magnets and add some flair to your refrigerator!

Finished project:
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5  Antique Jello Mold Candles in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ashleyfitz on: March 31, 2013 07:05:27 PM
This was a GREAT (and affordable) craft to complete as a gift. I used it for my mother and step mother in law. They loved their candles!

**I picked up some wax, wicks, and candle scents from our local Michaels.

First, I chopped up the wax so that it would fit nicely into the tins. Then, I carefully placed all the tins into my crock pot and turned the crock pot to high, put the lid on and left it alone. I used my crock pot for a couple reasons. One: I very quickly realized that Michaels did not have any microwavable wax options, so I was stuck with double-broiler options. Two: I dont have anything to make a double-broiler with, so theres that. Yes. I am a bit inept and ill-equipped in our kitchen, so I had to go the crock pot route. After the candle wax is completely melted, add your scent to the wax, stir, and then plunk your wicks into the wax. Then, turn off your crock pot. You can just leave your happy, little candles in the crock pot to cool. They look completely adorable and the scents can be customized to your liking. I used cinnamon, lavender, and vanilla for the different shapes.



The full tutorial, plus pictures, can be found here: http://ashleyfitz.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/guess-whos-back-back-again/
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6  Feather Boa Wreath in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ashleyfitz on: March 31, 2013 06:59:39 PM
All you need for this craft is 15 minutes, a hot glue gun, some foam hearts (if they're glittered, even better), a feather boa, and a wreath form.

Start by gluing the knotted end of your boa to the wreath form. Then wrap the boa around the wreath form, but not too tight. You can leave blank spots because of all the feathers and the hearts youll add. Only glue in three or four sections as you weave the boa around your form. Then the fun part. Lay out how you would like your hearts to go, or just freestyle them on. I found a valentine kit on sale with a ton of sparkly hearts in it that would be perfect for this craft, but you could just get foam cut out hearts too. Apply enough hot glue to the backs of the hearts and place them on your feathered form. Then, voila! A beautiful, and kind of funky, wreath to celebrate the holiday of looooooove. This project only took me about 10 minutes and I think its a really cute project. Plus, it was a project completed under $10!

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7  Ugly Yardsale Find Becomes Bedroom Artwork in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ashleyfitz on: March 31, 2013 06:50:19 PM
Hey all!
 
We inherited a huge sleigh bed that made our old bedroom wall art look like dollhouse furniture. I found a 1980's/1990's art piece in an old barn sale that had a good base. It's frame was sturdy and the backing was strong. It also already had all of the necessary brackets for mounting. I decided to cover the entire thing with fabric (rather than frame the fabric. All you need for the project is the item you're covering, staple gun, staples, and fabric. I used a little over two yards of fabric to cover the 5 foot by 4 foot piece. I stapled the fabric directly to the frame. Be careful to not pull the fabric too tight or in a certain direction, especially if you are using a geometric fabric. This will make it look messy.

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Whole tutorial can be found here: http://ashleyfitz.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/questionable-taste-becomes-art-re-doing-artwork/
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8  Seashells in Shadowboxes in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ashleyfitz on: March 31, 2013 06:44:52 PM
Hi all!
 I'm currently transforming my home office into a more seashore/serene place to work. I just got back from Florida and had some lovely ocean finds to display in my office. I purchased several different shadow boxes (from both Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics). I didn't like the backgrounds they came with, either black felt or just paper, so I used a burlap scrapbook page to cover the backing and make it a bit more nautical. All that is needed for the project is burlap, shadowboxes, your items to display, and hot glue!

A picture of a few of the final products can be found here:


The entire tutorial can be found here: http://ashleyfitz.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/on-display-on-display-on-display-shadowboxes-for-the-office/

Enjoy!
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