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DIY Polymer Clay Hearts

DIY- Polymer Clay Valentine’s Day Ornaments

I have a small ornament tree that is perfect for year round holiday decorating. I love the idea of hanging small ornaments on it, but hate buying them for all of the various holidays. So, I wondered how could I make Valentine’s ornaments for a nominal cost. Perusing the holy grail of craft ideas, Pinterest, I found polymer clay. That’s all I needed for inspiration.

So, after a quick trip to my favorite craft store, I was ready to get my hands a little dirty.  I set out to create these super cute Valentine’s Day ornaments.

Supplies 

To make them you will need one small package of Sculpey III ®, a heart shaped cookie cutter, a doily, ribbon, a knife and a small dowel for rolling out the clay. I bought the starter tool set for polymer clay, it was all of $10 bucks and I figured I would get a lot of use out of it.  I also picked up wax paper to roll the clay out on.

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Directions for Polymer Clay Ornaments

Take a little of the clay in your hand and warm it up by playing with it. Think of it as play dough.  Then, place it on the wax paper and roll it out to about a ¼-inch thickness.  Next, place the doily on top of the clay and press it into the clay with the dowel.  This will leave a pattern on the clay.  When you have the pattern the way you want it, cut out a heart with the cookie cutter.  Once I had the heart cut out, I took one of the tools to place two small holes in the tops of the heart to run a ribbon through.

To finish the ornament, bake it in a 250-degree oven for about 15 minutes.  Any longer and it may burn; any less and it may not cure properly.

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Notes

Polymer clay is durable and does not necessarily need to be sealed. It’s plastic clay and is said to hold up to the wear, weathering and washing.  Still, you may choose to seal your polymer clay creations.  To seal it, brush it with a thin layer of a product called Varathane. I would recommend not letting your kids do this part.

For more info check out these resources:  The Blue Bottle Tree and Waterlily Charms

Dixie Belle Paint Review

Dixie Belle Chalk Paint Review

A few summers ago I became infatuated with chalk paint.  It requires no sanding, or priming. Simply prep a piece to be painted by wiping it down and then starting to paint.  I was thrilled to be asked to review Dixie Belle Chalk Paint and I knew exactly which project I would tackle.

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A while back, my mother gifted me these amazing cake tables. I loved the shape and height of them, but the color left a lot to be desired. They were an odd royal blue and went with nothing in my house. I knew that at some point I would paint them; it has not been a priority though. Now I can say they are done and they look fabulous!

I have tried other chalk paints before on the lower end of the price scale, but had not tried theirs yet. It is a better quality than the chalk paints I have used from Michael’s or JoAnne’s and sells at a higher price, still it’s not as expensive as the brand that shall remain nameless. I like that Dixie Belle comes in two sizes and a wide variety of colors.

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For my cake table project, I choose their Buttercream. It’s a warm cream that brightened up the tables beautifully. I expected it to take multiple coats of chalk paint to cover the blue and it did. I painted almost three coats over the blue and let each coat dry before applying the next. I then painted a clear coat over it to give it a little glossy shine.

They sent me stain and a wax, but for this project, I wanted the tables to be less aged and more one-dimensional. I have a few other small projects I intend to work on as well, and will try the wax out then.

I have to admit; I did not follow the instructions, and realized I could have thinned out the paint with a little water. It may have helped it to go on more smoothly. Honestly, I do not think I would have had a better outcome had I watered it a bit.

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Tell me what you think? Did these come out beautifully? I think they are my new found favorites.

*Sponsored Post – Dixie Belle Paint Company sent me some paint for the purposes of this review.

DIY- From Drab to Fab With Fresh Paint

A few months ago my folks were packing up their home to move to the Carolinas.  I drove up to spend one last evening and pick up a few of my things they had.  On that trip, my mom had a few things set aside to be donated.  Among the donations I found a fabulous wicker bathroom shelf, Mom asked if I wanted and said I could spray paint it any color I wanted. Well, of course I could, I don’t tell people a can of spray paint is a girl’s best friend for nothing.  A fresh coat of paint is the easiest and most economical way to take something from drab to fab.

The shelf was a dull cream with no personality to speak of.  Can you say boring?

Before the paint

Before the paint

I chose Valspar’s Tropical Foliage spray paint.  It is paint and primer in one.  Wicker can be tricky to paint, and it took two cans for full coverage.

After the paint

After the paint

I knew I wanted to go with a bright green, taken from a new shower curtain to compliment the other colors in the guest bath.

A while back I found the gorgeous drawer pulls made with a silvered glass.  At the time I bought them, I had no idea what I would use them for.  As the paint dried, I knew the pulls would provide a bit of bling and a welcomed contrast to the finished piece.

So, what do you think?