Friday, November 20, 2015

Turn an upcycled glass candle holder into a painted planter for succulents

desktop succulent planter lisa fulmer

Once the deliciously fragrant candle was gone from inside this 4" red cylindrical glass candle holder, I thought it would be nice for some kind of holiday decoration. I don't have houseplants, but I do like a small desktop plant, so I chose some succulents to put in this little red glass pot.

stenciling glass jar lisa fulmer

To remove the last bit of wax and wicks, fill the candle holder with hot tap water and let it soak for several minutes. The remaining wax should float to the top to remove and wash the glass. If not, the hot water will soften the wax enough to easily scoop out with a spoon.

To accent the red glass with dots, I used an adhesive stencil with some gold metallic glass paint - now the pot has a little holiday spirit that will still look good the rest of the year.

stenciled glass candle holder lisa fulmer
Load a stiff stenciling brush with a small amount of paint - less is more with stencils to prevent paint from seeping under - which can happen even with adhesive stencils if you overload the brush with too much paint.

Pounce the brush straight up and down - tap it across the stencil to fill in the design, then carefully peel off the stencil and reposition it as needed to repeat the pattern.

Follow the glass paint directions for curing - you can let it air-cure for a few weeks or put it in the oven for quicker curing.

After that, the paint shouldn't scrape off the glass and you can even put it in the dishwasher.

Let the paint dry overnight before handling the pot for planting - even then, you want to handle it carefully to avoid nicking the paint.

I put about 1" of pea gravel with a few larger, grape-size stones in the bottom for drainage, then transplanted my succulents. I aerated the soil and roots after pulling each one out of the original nursery pot, arranged them in my little glass planter, and tucked them in snugly.

It sure is cute on my desk - we'll see if I can keep these little greenies alive!

stenciled glass succulent planter lisa fulmer

Monday, November 16, 2015

Altered sketchbook cover

altered journal cover lisa fulmer

One of my favorite favorite projects!! I recently altered my plain black sketchbook cover to make it more beautiful to have sitting out on the coffee table, ready for me to write and draw anytime. Layering a variety of contrasting surfaces and textures in the same color family is something I really enjoy doing. Simple construction that really pops!

Click here for my tutorial on the FaveCrafts blog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Miniature clay cornucopia for Thanksgiving

miniature clay cornucopia thanksgiving lisa fulmer

This colorful miniature cornucopia is only about 5" long. Made with air-dry clay, it looks super cute by itself as part of a Thanksgiving table setting, plus it doubles as a holder for a small menu or place card. 

I have a good friend who delights in making miniatures for doll houses and boxed displays. Once I started working with Activa Products, manufacturer of clays and molding materials, I thought I might like to try making a mini something. 

My eyes and fingers couldn't quite work at the traditional 1/12th scale that most miniaturists prefer, but believe me when I tell you, making a cluster of grapes that were each about the size of half a TicTac was challenging enough, lol.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Handmade Holidays blog hop and giveaway!

puppy placemat lisa fulmer

I'm happy to be part of the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop - so many talented crafters, bloggers and designers have come together to share great ideas for handmade gifts. So skip the mall and create something wonderful!

I came up with a fun way to make a gift for the family pet - a customized placemat to put under their food and water dish. It's stamped with my favorite new colors of Colorbox Crafter's inks from Ann Butler Designs for ClearSnap.

  • 12" x 12" white cardstock
  • 12" x12" solid color cardstock or fabric
  • Colorbox Crafter's inkpads
  • Rubber stamps
  • Paper trimmer
  • Two 14" squares of clear vinyl
  • Sewing machine
  • Clear gel glue
  • Straight pins
clearsnap inks ann butler

Stamp a random pattern across 1-2 sheets of cardstock with a variety of stamps and ink colors. I used a large rubber stamp with screened back dots, plus a few different foam stamps.

stamped cardstock lisa fulmer

After the ink is dry, trim the cardstock into 3" squares.
Glue the squares into a mosaic on top of a sheet of colored cardstock or fabric.

mosaic stamp art lisa fulmer

Add a stamped card with the pet's name on it.
Sandwich the mosaic between 2 sheets of vinyl (centered) and pin the sandwich together on all four sides.
stitching vinyl lisa fulmer

Stitch around the outside edge of the mosaic, removing the pins as you go.

Rub a small amount of glue between the edges of the vinyl, outside the stitching, to seal the mat. This step helps protect the paper inside from moisture whenever you wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

stamp art pet placemat lisa fulmer

You can use this same process to make placemats for your family, customized with your kid's names and stamp art. 

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Black and white handmade gift basket

black and white handmade gift basket lisa fulmer
When it comes to handmade gifts, my family has probably had their fill from me, lol. We all have sooo much stuff, nobody really needs anything. This is where baked goods and other consumables come in handy - but don't buy the pre-fab shrink-wrapped boxes filled with preservative-laden shelf-stable cheeses and sausages. Instead you can fill a lovingly handcrafted gift basket with something you baked yourself - or how about natural candied almonds from the local farmer's market? Yum!

This month, the Designer Crafts Connection is showing off lots of great ideas for handmade gifts. 

I refashioned the Halloween paper pot I made last month into an all-purpose black and white gift basket. After removing the orange embellishments, I touched up the pot with a little more black paint and reinforced all the seams with gaffer tape, inside and out. This will give it longer life and make it much more useful for the recipient to display or even regift later.

reinforce paper pot with gaffer tape lisa fulmer

I adhered the concentric paper circles to each panel and embellished with a bit of bling. I placed a bag of gourmet treats inside and it's ready to give any time of year.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Etched glass pitcher

etched glass pitcher lisa fulmer

This glass pitcher wasn't easy to photograph, between the glare and the etched image getting an echo-ey reflection because the glass is so thick - but trust me when I say it looks really pretty!

I used my trusty etchall® creme with a preview sample of one of their new etchnet™reusable silkscreen stencils. Right now there are Halloween stencils available, with new designs coming out soon.

My sample stencil was a bouquet of flowers. I liked the cluster of flowers just by itself, so I trimmed away the bunch of stems. I realized later that I didn't need to cut it away, I could have just covered it with painter's tape, d'OH!

I etched the flowers five times, snugly taping the stencil against the curve of the glass and nesting the clusters right beside each other to create a random repeat design. I stopped at five because I liked the overall organic shape, but it would be pretty to keep etching all around the pitcher, too.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Paper placemat, napkin ring and place card with Little B - plus a giveaway!

placemat place setting little b embellishments lisa fulmer

With a little help from my friends at Little B, I turned a couple sheets of plain cardstock into a very cute placemat with a matching napkin ring and place card. Transform your next ladies' luncheon with some cute custom touches like this!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Wedding cake table sign

Here's my latest project for the Activa blog - their Hearty White Lightweight Clay is perfect for making layered wedding cakes, embellished with pearl pins and paper flowers. Quick and easy enough to make one for every table. Click here for the full tutorial.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

DIY wedding party favors

Here's another project I made for the Activa blog for DIY brides - make a huge bowl of air-dry clay medallions so guests can pick their favorites. These aren't just wedding party favors, they can be used as pendants or fridge magnets, too. Gather up your favorite rubber stamps, some pretty iridescent paints and you (and a friend) can easily knock out a few hundred over a weekend. Click here for the full tutorial.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Halloween cardboard candy pots

halloween cardboard candy pots lisa fulmer
For the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop today, our theme is Halloween decorations. Of course the only part of Halloween I really care about is the candy, so I dug through my stash and pulled together everything I needed to make a couple cute candy pots.

I've had these white cardboard pop-up flower pots sitting in my stash for a few years, so it's high time I put them to good use. I also had one lonely sheet of Halloween paper left from last year, plus I always have orange and black solid cardstock on hand. Yay for crafting with my stash!

halloween cardboard candy pot lisa fulmer

First I painted the pots inside and out with just one coat of black gesso - I love the flat finish you get, and no brush strokes. Then I used some different paper punches to create my embellishments and adhered them to the pot with double-stick tape and dimensional adhesive foam pads. I had a little wood chalkboard sign on a stick from another project that I covered with paper and stuck inside a Smoothfoam ball at the bottom of the large pot. I glued Joy embroidered letters to spell "candy" on a little paper banner for the small pot. 

halloween cardboard candy pot lisa fulmer

Then I had to go out and buy candy to take these pictures...sigh. You know this open bag of candy won't make it to Halloween in my house.

Click the DCC logo in our sidebars to hop between the designer's blogs to see more Halloween decorations. Visit the DCC blog to see a link-up with even more bloggers' ideas, too!