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$5 Challenge — 3 different Dollar Store Tiered Tray Ideas {and a Chevron stencil printable}

9 Feb
 

Studio 5 called me up a couple weeks ago and asked me if I would take the $5 Challenge. 
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Of course I couldn’t resist!!
So I headed over to my favorite place — The $ Store and scoped it out. I decided to make a few tiered trays. I have been loving Enamel Paint ever since I made my mustache glasses. 
I wanted to make some Chevron Platters. 
Kind of nautical for Spring! 

I ended up making three different kinds of Tiered Trays from the Dollar Store. 
The first were Painted Chevron Plates. I picked out two plates and my Dollar Store was out of glass candlesticks, so I had to go scrounge around a few thrift stores to come up with enough for my projects. But they ended up being between .25 and .50 each so score!! 
 I made a Chevron template on my Silhouette and printed it off on vinyl and then stuck the vinyl to the plates. Then I painted over the stencil with Plaid’s Enamel Paint.
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Here’s a tip — do NOT let the paint dry and then peel off the stencil because your paint will peel off too. You need to peel off the stencil while the paint is still wet.
Then I painted some pennants on one of the plates and a flower on the other. You can use a pencil on your plates and then paint over the pencil marks. And obviously, you can paint anything you want. I was also thinking that a big number would be cute on the top plate.
{total cost — $2.50}
I have made a Chevron Stencil that you can download if you want to use it. You can either trace the chevron pattern on Contact Paper and cut it out with an x-acto knife. 
Or you can trace the stencil onto stencil material and also cut it out with an x-acto knife. You can find stencil plastic at your local craft store. 
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Then bake the plates in the oven for 20 minutes to set the paint. Once baked, the plates are dishwasher safe. This paint is technically not supposed to come in direct contact with food, so use a doily or something when putting your food out.
The second type of tiered platter I made was — A Triple Tiered Platter. 
{total cost — $4.00}
 I got this idea from Joy’s Hope. She made some last Spring and I have been obsessed with them ever since. Super easy. Just get three of the silver platters at the Dollar Store and spray paint them different colors. Then spray paint a couple of candlesticks too. You can attach the candlesticks to the platters with Gorilla Glue, E6000 or 9001.
{total cost — $3.00}
The third platter I made was — Mod Podged Pizza Pans.
I also found the pizza pans at the Dollar Store. You take strips of paper and mod podge the paper on the trays. Then there is a spray you can spray over the top that seals the paper.
{total cost — $1.50}
I have a complete tutorial on how to make these here — Mod Podged Tiered Trays.
So if you have a big event coming up, or just need some unique serving pieces, head over to the Dollar Store and make some trays!!
Here’s the video — if you want to take a look 🙂
xoxo

PS – I’m linking this up to Sarah’s

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Painting my door and stenciling a rug for my front porch!!

6 Jan
I painted my front door!
It used to be this brown color. This picture is a couple years old and you can see even then there were some nicks in the paint. Suffice to say — it needed a new paint job pretty badly!! 

I decided to go with black because it’s classic. But my porch needed something to go with the new paint job. I have loved Cutting Edge Stencil’s Houndstooth Stencil from the first moment I saw it.
So I thought it might be fun to stencil a houndstooth rug for my porch!! 
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Cutting Edge Stencils sent me one of their amazing Houndstooth Stencils as part of The DIY Club.  Then I headed down to my local hardware store and found an indoor/outdoor rug for $19.99! So I brought that home and got to work. 

The first thing that I did was I taped the edges of the rug. Since the rug was a different size than the stencil, I wanted a nice, crisp border going around the edges of the rug. 
Then I started stenciling at one corner of the rug. I used the same paint that I used to paint my front door. And I also used a foam roller.  
**One tip I recommend is to have a piece of newspaper handy to roll the excess paint from the roller before you roll it onto the rug. 
**Another tip is to not push too much on the stencil as you roll – it can stretch. 
I pushed a little too much and it made my lines a little wonky, but overall I really love my new rug! 

It makes such a stylish statement!!

Shelley made me a really cute House Number vinyl, but it’s been so cold that I haven’t been able to put it on yet 🙂

Have a great day!!
xoxo

PS — It has been so fun to see YOUR favorite projects of 2011. I have spent the last few days going over them and they are amazing!!! I will be wrapping up my favorites tonight and announcing who won the custom brooch! 


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Quatrefoil Obsession Update

28 May
Thanks for your sweet comments on my Quatrefoil Stencil/Project.
I wanted to share a couple projects that people made with the stencil I shared:
Amanda from Imperfectly Beautiful made this wonderful canvas.
And Julie from My Lil’ Budget Book turned this entertainment center from this:

to this:

So cute! And here’s something really cool. Ashley from Cute as a Fox contacted me and asked if she could turn the stencil into a
Cricut SVG file. How cool is that?
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I am still trying to figure my Cricut out, but Ashley says that In order to use a SVG file with your Cricut you will need a software called Sure Cuts a Lot — which allows you to cut any True Type Fonts, and shapes from your computer. You don’t have to buy cartridges anymore! You can purchase the software here. They also have a huge forum where you can download tons of images ready to cut.

Once you have the software installed, there is a button that looks like a little present and says SVG on it. You click on the button and choose your SVG file to import. Then you can size it how you need it and print

it to your Cricut machine. So much easier than cutting it out.

Thanks Ashley!!!
If you want to use the Quatrefoil stencil with your Cricut — HERE is the free SVG file that Ashley created!
If you don’t have a Cricut, and want to use the regular stencil — HERE is the link.
And, if you have made something using the stencil, let me know – I would love to feature it!
XOXO
PS – I made a quatrefoil wreath — I will be sharing it next week 🙂

Quatrefoil Obsession Update

28 May
Thanks for your sweet comments on my Quatrefoil Stencil/Project.
I wanted to share a couple projects that people made with the stencil I shared:
Amanda from Imperfectly Beautiful made this wonderful canvas.
And Julie from My Lil’ Budget Book turned this entertainment center from this:

to this:

So cute! And here’s something really cool. Ashley from Cute as a Fox contacted me and asked if she could turn the stencil into a
Cricut SVG file. How cool is that?
https://i1.wp.com/www.infobarrel.com/media/image/2368.jpg
I am still trying to figure my Cricut out, but Ashley says that In order to use a SVG file with your Cricut you will need a software called Sure Cuts a Lot — which allows you to cut any True Type Fonts, and shapes from your computer. You don’t have to buy cartridges anymore! You can purchase the software here. They also have a huge forum where you can download tons of images ready to cut.

Once you have the software installed, there is a button that looks like a little present and says SVG on it. You click on the button and choose your SVG file to import. Then you can size it how you need it and print

it to your Cricut machine. So much easier than cutting it out.

Thanks Ashley!!!
If you want to use the Quatrefoil stencil with your Cricut — HERE is the free SVG file that Ashley created!
If you don’t have a Cricut, and want to use the regular stencil — HERE is the link.
And, if you have made something using the stencil, let me know – I would love to feature it!
XOXO
PS – I made a quatrefoil wreath — I will be sharing it next week 🙂

Quatrefoil Painting Project — with free printable

18 May
I love quatrefoil — what a wonderful shape. So steeped in history — I may have a slight obsession with medieval historial fiction…. Anyway, I have been wanting to make something with a Quatrefoil shape for a while now.

Note — a Quatrefoil wreath is coming up soon.
In honor of The CSI Project’s first challenge — Paint, I made a couple of painted quatrefoil projects out of an old stool and a big tray.
Come over to The CSI Project for the tutorial and HERE is the stencil.

Updated to add: I had a few people ask me the color of the paint on the stool — it’s Folk Art #444 Patina. Also, I’ve updated the links to The CSI Project. I am about to remodel my bathroom and am hoping to do it in this color and white. Blissful!

I’m linking up to these fun places today:
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And, have a Terrific Day!
XOXO