How to Create Anthropologie Style on a Dime Store Budget…..

•03/25/2011 • 1 Comment

Okay so I found this lovely Anthropologie Bird Bath Stacked Bowl for $298.00 and I thought to myself what is wrong with these people?! This thing has foe bird poo and all.

I then set out on a mission, to recreate this Stacked Bowl bird bath for as inexpensive as possible. My search started at the local Dollar Tree where I found 4 ceramic bowls, 6 ceramic birds, and super glue. After collecting these lovelies I went over to K-mart where I picked up 1 can of white gloss spray paint.

Once I got ready to start this project I went into my husbands tool bag and borrowed his wood chisel and hammer and dismantled the birdies from their stands.

After the masquers I took the bowls and birds out front and sprayed them with primer that I had stored away. Let that sit and set for a couple of hours……

After the primer dried I took the super glue and began to stack them, after the glue had set I took my hot glue gun and ran beads randomly on the bowls to make my foe poo. Once the “poo” was dry I put my first coat of white paint on the bowls and birds.

So after my first coat of white dried I began to put my birdies on. Using my trusty hot glue gun I attached the birds to the bowls as similar to the Antropologie version as possible. After that I just let it all dry overnight in a safe place.  The next morning I went to check on my creation and all my birds had fallen off…..my once trusty hot glue was no longer trust worthy! I had to find a solution so I went back to K-mart and got E-6000 glue commonly used on glass. That did the trick. That needs a good 24 hours to set.

Once the 2-3rd coat of white gloss spray paint dried I brought it back in and painted the beaks of the birds with acrylic gold paint with a small brush. After the gold paint dried I was done!

This is my finished product!

If you’d like to recreate this Bird Bath as well here’s what you’ll need:

4 Ceramic Bowls

6 Birds

Wood Chisel/Flat Head Screwdriver

Hammer

Spray Paint Primer

Super Glue

White Gloss Spray Paint

Hot Glue Gun

E-6000 Glue

Gold Acrylic Paint

Small Brush

My inspiration piece cost $298.00, I personally spent $18.00 and if you have none or some of these items at home it shouldn’t cost more than $25.oo to accomplish this project. Have Fun! ~kelly

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Rolled Book Paper Wreath

•03/24/2011 • 2 Comments

 I have seen these all over etsy.com I’ve even seen people offering tutorials for $20 (outrageous!) So I’ve decided to give a free tutorial.

What you’ll need:

An old book right off your bookshelve, the older the better.

Tacky Glue/ Elmer’s Paper Glue

Card Board

Hot Glue Gun

2 ” of ribbon

Step 1: Take a page ripped out of your book of choice making sure the ripped edge is at the interior point and begin to roll it up like you are making a waffle cone. Once you get to the end before applying tacky glue make sure your cone at the top is nice and even and has a nice centered point to it. Once your cone looks good apply the glue to the inside/outside corner and roll over. You may need to hold it there for about 60 sec just to make sure it’s stuck!

Step 2: As I made my cones I laid them on the ground to make sure I made enough cones.  Once I was done and my circle was complete I cut a a circle out of cardboard I had lying around.

Step 3: Place the circle on the ground and do a dry fit with your cones all the way around. Make sure that your cones align evenly on the outer ring (the inside is not going to be all the same no matter how hard you try). Once the dry fit is complete choose a starting point take a pencil and mark right at the tip of that starting tip. Gently push the others away making sure not to rearrange their order. Take one cone at a time beginning with the one you marked and put a dap of hot glue one the back point of the cone and apply to your circle. Go all the way around making sure to go in the order you had them arranged in the dry fit.  Always check for the outer points of the cone to align.

Step 4: This is what your wreath should look like when it’s all glued on. Notice the center is not beautiful, but that’s okay we’re gonna make something to make it more attractive. You could do a number of things, I choose to make a heart. So I used some cardstock to make a template for a heart. Once I made my template I put it over the center just to make sure it was large enough. Since it was big enough I took an additional piece of card board traced my template on to it and cut it out. Now I had my heart base, but regular old cardboard is too ugly all alone so I cut out an additional heart from a piece of paper from my book and glued it onto the cardboard. Once it was attached I decided to paint the heart with some gold acrylic paint I had lying around.

Step 5: Once the paint was dry I flipped the heart over put 3 daps of hot glue on the heart where it would actually be touching the cones and gently pressed it into place.

Step 6: Once everything is dry and secure gently flip your wreath over and get your ribbon to make what you’ll use to hang this bad boy on the wall. Fold it into a pointy shape like in the picture. Remember you have a lovely heart on the front and you don’t want that to be lopsided, so take your index finger on the front and try and make a reference point as to where your ribbon should be. Once you’ve got it all aligned, lay your ribbon where you want it. Attach your ribbon with hot glue putting a dab on the left, right, and center of your point.

Cogratulations your done…..Now go hang it somewhere! ~kelly

Recycled Magazine Starburst

•03/22/2011 • Leave a Comment

 I’ve been looking at alot of home decor in stores and the internet, but I’m not going to spend hundreds even thousands of dollars when I know I can create these items for a much lesser price tag. This was created with 2 food network magazines, tacky glue,#2 pencil, wooden skewer, cardboard, hot glue, med-large cereal bowl, card stock, and a compact mirror .

Step 1: Go through old magazines and just start tearing out pages and setting aside. Make sure to get alot of colorful pages as well as just white pages with print.

Step 2: Take one piece of magazine paper and your #2 pencil. Place your pencil in a bottom corner of the paper and begin to roll the pencil up in the paper once you get to the top corner of the paper put a dab of tacky glue and continue to wrap the paper. You may have to hold it down for just a few seconds. Take your skewer and put it through one end of the rolled paper and push the pencil out. Continue to repeat this step until all your magazine pages are rolled.

Step 3: Take your cardboard and cut a doughnut shape out of it. Do not discard the rest. Take your hot glue gun and begin to put a small amount of glue at the tip of your magazine roll. Use the flat end of your skewer to push the magazine tip down. Continue to do this all the way around the cardboard.

Step 4: Take that extra cardboard and use your first doughnut shape as a guide draw another circle around that one, cut that space out and draw one more circle around the cardboard and that will be your second piece of cardboard. Carefully flip your starburst over and add hot glue to that second piece of cardboard and apply to the back of your starburst. Once attached flip back over.

Step 5: Take additional rolled pieces and hot glue them in between the pieces you attached earlier the same way. Go all the way around. Your starburst should really be looking full now.

Step 6: Take a cereal bowl medium to large in size and card stock any color you desire. Fold your card stock in half and trace the bowl on the stock. Cut it out and glue the two pieces of card stock together with tacky glue.

Step 7: Take an old compact mirror or you can go to the dollar tree and get a mirror over where the candles are and attach to your card stock with hot glue. Once that’s dry flip it over apply a ring of hot glue around the perimeter of the circle and attach to the center of the starburst.

To hang just put a finishing nail in the sheet rock and use the larger piece of cardboard on the back as your hanger.

Have Fun Creating ~kelly

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•03/22/2011 • 2 Comments

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