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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vinyl wall decals on: August 05, 2008 11:36:29 AM
These are awesome - I wish I'd known about this before meticulously hand-painting circles on my son's nursery walls . . . in a house that we just sold!

Where'd you get the mat cutter thing? Somewhere like Michaels?

The Donna - I found it at a locally owned craft store called Pat Catan's, but I'm sure you can find it at any craft store. They had different shapes too.

Next time!  Congrats on selling your house though!!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vinyl wall decals on: July 28, 2008 07:29:05 PM
Thanks everyone!

I don't know how easily they will come off after they've been on for a while (this is the first time I've done this), but they were very easy to reposition as I was putting them up.

Vinyl shelf lining was about $2.50 per roll, paint was about $3 per can.  Really the only big cost would be if you purchase some type of cutting tool.  I found something to cut those shapes at a craft store for about $15 (I think it was for cutting photo mats).

A set of 12 decals costs $37 at a certain online wall decal retailer.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl wall decals on: July 28, 2008 05:56:12 PM
I needed to cover a large area of wall where our stairs are, so I decided to put decals up.  When I shopped on line for them, I realized it was going to cost a ton of money to do what I wanted to do, so I decided to make them myself. 

You'll need:
-vinyl shelf liner
-small "sampler" size cans of latex paint in the colors of your choice
-foam paint brushes (less brush strokes are visible on your finished project)
-something to cut out the shapes (I bought a tool that cuts ellipses)

I cut out a bunch of different sizes, and taped them all down on some newspaper.  I'm sure you could use double sided tape, but I just rolled some tape loops.  You'll need to put two coats of paint on your decals.  Don't try to put too much paint on them or else you'll have major curling problems.  Use more tape if you need to, to keep them from curling too much.  Also, make sure the first coat is completely dry before you try to do the second coat.  You may need to let it dry overnight, up to two days.

After the second coat has dried, peel and stick!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Sushi Charms/Toys on: June 17, 2006 05:12:04 AM
Those are awesome! It's so cute that you're able to take them apart. How creative!
5  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Re: vinyl records on: June 17, 2006 04:59:15 AM
Another good place to look are flea markets. Especially in the summer, when they have the outdoor vendors, there are people who only sell vinyl - you can usually find what you're looking for!  There's one at the old Memphis drive-in, and, if you're up for a drive, Jamie's flea market in Amherst & the Hartville flea market are also really good.  You could also try Suite Lorain - they've got tons of vinyl, though it's a chore to look through unless they've just organized it.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: drink umbrellas + ikea lantern = lamp! on: June 16, 2006 11:27:32 AM
Very pretty - stunning when it's lit up!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Woven Felt Pillows on: June 16, 2006 11:14:08 AM
Yes, the brown felt is all one piece (well, I cut two squares, one for the back of the pillow, and one for the front - then stitched them together). The design is only on one side - the back is plain. I was only going off pictures, and a poorly scanned page from the original book - so on my first pillow, I accidentally cut the whole design out, instead of just cutting the slits and leaving the felt piece attached on the two sides.  Angry I had to trim off about 2 inches of pillow - they were supposed to be bigger.  Even so, I am totally thrilled with the results.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Woven Felt Pillows Pictures Wrok on: June 16, 2006 07:53:34 AM

These pillows require very little sewing - only a blanket stitch around the edges to finish the project.  


I saw the idea for this on the Swapatorium blog.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: mattress vest on: May 05, 2006 07:47:46 PM
Neat! "Do not remove this vest under penalty of law!!"
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Baby Food Jar Article Help Needed on: April 13, 2006 09:20:59 AM
Or you can make tiny snowglobes out of them.
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