DIY-Glitter Quote Canvas

Hey Cats!

Every Tuesday, my friends and I get together to watch Pretty Little Liars. These past few weeks, we have baked cookies or done some other activity before we watch, since our only other chance to hang out with each other is on the weekends! Yesterday, we decided to craft for our college houses, and we all ended up painting something. My friend Kinsey painted a cross for the cross wall she and her roommates are going to have, and my friend Joy re-painted a canvas with a C.S. Lewis quote to hang in her room. I chose a little different approach, and painted a canvas with a quote from my latest favorite movie- The Great Gatsby. This idea popped into my head a few months ago, but I haven’t had the desire opportunity to paint until yesterday! It totally doesn’t match the colors my roommates and I chose, but they approved anyways!

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Isn’t it fabulous?  Kinsey helped me with the lettering, which brought back memories of painting spirit signs in high school for cheerleading (we were true artists, let me tell you!). I LOVE that “party” is in glitter, I think it turned out really well, and it pops exactly how I wanted it to! I painted over the pencil outline in the gold paint, then spread the glitter on with a paintbrush. Next, I went outside and shook the excess off the canvas. Once the letters were dry, I coated the entire painting in ModPodge, leaving the glitter letters for last. I was terrified that it was going to dry white, but it dried clear and gives the painting a nice, glossy finish! This is one of my favorite quotes from Gatsby, and it basically sums up how I feel about college and life in general-a little fun is good for you! I love making decorations for my college house, and I have a few more up my sleeve, so stay tuned!

What’s your favorite DIY decoration?

That’s all for meow!

DIY- Nautical Wastebasket

Hey Cats!

It’s been SO LONG since I’ve posted! I’ve been super busy with camps and getting ready for college, so I haven’t really had time to blog, much less craft! This is something for my dorm room, and I feel like it’s kinda cheating, because I painted it with my friends at the beginning of summer. But I’m going to share anyways! As I may have told you, my room is a beach theme. I wanted to incorporate the theme without making it look like a tacky beach house, which has been slightly difficult. I thought that the little rope detailing on this trashcan gave it just the right touch of nautical-ness. You can definitely change this up to match whatever room you’re wanting to put it in. I’ve actually painted one for my room at home, and my sister painted one for our bathroom. It’s a great way to add a pop to a room, and it’s a good small project when you’re feeling slightly crafty. Anyways, here’s what you’ll need:

– 1 wooden trashcan (I’ve always gotten them at Hobby Lobby)
– Acrylic paint of your choice (navy & white for stripes)
– Masking tape (for making stripes)
– Hot glue gun
– 1 piece of clean rope that will go around the top of your trashcan

Here’s what you do!
1) Paint your trashcan in whatever color or pattern you’d like. For my stripes, I painted the entire trashcan white (I’d recommend using multiple coats). Then, I placed masking tape in straight lines, leaving stripes in between the tape that were the width of the tape. Make sure you press down the edges of the tape so the paint doesn’t seep through. Paint the spaces in between the tape and remove the tape when it’s dry! I also recommend painting the inside and bottom of the trashcan for a more polished look.
2) Next, cut your rope to a length that will go all the way around the top of the trashcan, giving yourself no more than an inch extra.
3) Tape the ends of the rope so it doesn’t fray.

4) Glue one end of the rope to a corner of the trashcan, making sure it lines up directly. You should use a thin line of glue and will probably have to hold it down a while for it to stay.

5) Continue gluing the rope onto the trashcan in small sections.
6) When you reach a corner, chances are (unless you use super skinny rope) you will have to cut the corner in order to turn. Just glue the rope all the way to the corner and then just skip the pointed part of the corner. This is a little hard to explain, so just look at the picture 🙂

7) Continue gluing the rope until you reach your starting point. You might have a little rope left over, but don’t cut it off!

8) Take the extra rope and glue it on top of the other rope, as if you were going to wrap it around again. This time will require LOTS  of glue, and you’ll probably need to hold it down for a few minutes to make sure it sticks.

I know this looks a little messy, but just put this part against the wall 🙂

And you’re done! Here’s what it looks like!

I’m super excited about this, and I can’t wait to see it in my dorm room in 6 DAYS!!! OMG. That being said, since I’m going to college and might have actual social events to attend, I’m not really sure how often I’ll be crafting. I won’t give it up of course, but it might not be such a giant part of my vida anymore. 😦 BUT I’m taking all my stuff with me! I have a tub to put it in and everything! So, until next time, whenever that may be!