Spruce up a simple glass jar, candle holder, vase, or any glass item with this simple and super easy DIY craft.
All you need is acrylic paint. I purchased a red and white paint from Hobby Lobby for only $1.09 a bottle. Some matching glitter. Make sure your paint and glitter match as much as possible. Paint brush and some paper plates, napkins, news paper, something to catch all the falling glitter.
Put some paint on a plate. Don’t need much at all.
Paint the edges or area of the glass you want to be glittered. I am only doing half of vase around.
Sprinkle glitter all over the entire painted area of the vase. Be careful when turning the vase around. Glitter will fall, all over! Turn vase several times making sure glitter is completely covered all paint.
Dust off any loose glitter using a dry paint brush or napkin.
Let dry completely. At least several hours or overnight.
That’s it. Super simple and now super cute!!!Written by Toni Thomason - - Visit Website
I have this space in our home that is between our living room and dining room that was just screaming for something to be placed there. I already had painting that I loved but nothing below it. I needed a table, a bar, something. After searching stores, yard sales, neighbors garages, everywhere, I could not find anything I wanted or liked or was in our price range. So, after seeing some ideas on Pinterest, I thought “Why don’t we just make one?” After the initial laughter from my husband faded, I convinced him this was the best way.
I found this post on Pinterest about a table they made for only $20.00. Perfect!!!
We headed right to Lowe’s to price the wood and get started. After seeing prices for the wood, we left there and headed to Home Depot. Not any cheaper. $20 to create a table??? Not likely. More around the $50 to $60 range.
We decided to go ahead and try it and see how it works. But, for $50, we knew it had to come out perfect. We followed the instructions on the site about sizes, brackets, and more.
- 2 (two) 1×12 boards
- 2 (two) 1×6 planks (Said to get cedar, but those were double price)
- 2 (two) wood brackets
- Wood Stain
Total price was $48.00. But we had the nails, extra brackets, screws, hammer, saws, etc.
We followed the directions and cut one board in half to create the legs, attached with brackets for the top, stained all the pieces. Cut the side pieces and assembled all together. After a bit of adjusting and re cutting the wood and 3 days later, we finally finished. We are by no means carpenters and handy people. But, I think we did a pretty good job for our first table to ever create.
I am very happy with how it turned out. I think I may have to make another one for our bedroom at the bottom of our bed.Written by Toni Thomason - - Visit Website
We were asked to help celebrate a lucky little boy’s 8th birthday on Saturday October 26. The party was held at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, TX. The theme, Lord of the Rings.
Once i heard the the theme, I was super excited. LOTR is one of my favorite trilogies and I just love the franchise! So, when his mom, Aimee, who happens to my very best friend and creative assistant here at Creative Designs by Toni, asked me to help, it was a very loud squeal and an excited YES!!! We got right to work creating a custom fabric banner, food tent cards, signs, and more for the celebration in Middle Earth.
Hand glittered candles flanked the custom cake from Kimberly and Loren’s Sweet Treats.
We custom made the fabric canvas banner using craft moss, canvas flags, and paper leaves. Using a specialty vinyl for the name.
Twigs, wood tree rounds, metal and wood baskets were used for the food and snacks.
LED candles added a special touch.
Custom food tent cards made for each item.
We made this shirt special for the birthday boy.
Enjoying some goodies!
It’s movie time. We were treated to a private screening of a Lego version of Lord of the Rings.
Happy Birthday Andrew!
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When we moved into our new home just over a year ago, it was move in ready! Well, except for the master bedroom. My husband loved the color, a light baby blue, but I thought it was hideous. I mean, I am all for blue, but it was just not my style for the bedroom. I wanted soothing colors and it was just too bright and babyish for me.
However, the room is so large, that we weren’t sure we wanted to take on the challenge of painting it our selves. After calling around to several companies, my husband decided to just paint it himself.
Now, I am hoping to really update the room completely with accents, pillows, and pictures on the wall, but for now, a fresh coat of paint will work. It’s amazing how a simple coat of paint, can transform and entire room. Nothing has changed in the room, except for the paint. Same furniture, same bedding, same lack of decor!
We are continuing our craftiness with these super easy and super spooky DIY Halloween Mobiles. We spent our morning crafting these spooky monsters out of toilet paper rolls and some paint. My 4 year old loved painting and making his monster super scary and insisted on hanging them in his room. No complaints there!
What you need:
Empty toilet paper rolls (at least 3)
Paint and paintbrushes
scrap book or construction paper
ribbon or string
embellishments (Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, stickers, etc.)
How to make:
Start by painting your toilet paper rolls any color or style you wish. The spookier the better.
Blake painted his with Captain American and The Hulk in mind.
Once they are all painted. Let dry a few minutes. Ours didn’t take long to dry at all.
Add spooky embellishments like googly eyes, crazy arms, spooky spiders, and anything else to make your monster scary.
Punch a hole into the back of your roll and tie ribbon or string through each one to attach.
Now, we did not do it perfectly. The idea was to string a ribbon through EACH roll SEPARATELY at different lengths and tie the ends of the ribbon together to form a mobile.
However, when you have a 4 year old who insisted they all be on the same ribbon together, so they wont be scared, it’s hard to argue with that.
So, cut 3 different lengths of ribbon, tie through holes on back of rolls and tie the loose ends together and hang
Cut one long piece and string all three together tieing at each hole and continuing to the next, then hang.
Happy Halloween!Written by Toni Thomason - - Visit Website
It’s that time of year once again where the hot weather is gone, finally, pumpkins are everywhere and leaves are turning a crisp orange and red. It’s fall and usually that means the start of football and the start of The State Fair of Texas.
Each and every year for 4 weeks in September/October vendors, exhibits, food innovators, rides, games, concerts, livestock, and more travel from around the country and set up shop in the greatest state fair around. The fair is the perfect place to taste the areas best homemade pies, purchase locally made and grown foods, watch a cooking demonstration, see all the new cars and trucks for the upcoming year, pet and feed a giraffe, camel, and goat all in the same location!
There are museums, exhibits, showcases, arts and crafts contests, livestock auctions, petting zoo, and lots and lots of food!! Fried food to be exact. After all it is Texas! Fried bacon, fried snickers, fried Thanksgiving dinner! You name it, it has probably been fried and sold at the fair.
We, of course, visit each year and the boys love it. We usually head to the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit. Kids learn all the ins and outs of working on a farm. The get to pick apples from the orchard, milk the cow, gather eggs from the chicken, round up the wool from the sheep, and plant the seeds in the garden all while feeding the animals in the process. At the end of they exchange their food for money at the grocery store and get to purchase an item from the general store. Don’t worry, it’s all pretend with fake food and animals but the kids love it! The event was closed when we went this year due to rain, but have enjoyed it many times in the past.
(Photo from 2012)
(Photo from 2010)
After the farm visit we head to the real farm animals and pet and feed the cows, goats, and even the giraffe.
Superman made an appearance this year. Well, his suit did anyway.
FRIED BACON! It’s not really as good as it sounds, but still tasty.
The fair is famous for it’s Fletchers Corn Dogs. They are so yummy and we never forget to chow down on a few. Of course served with mustard.
We attend the fair each and every year and have taken the boys since they were born. They look forward to it and now that they are older they can really enjoy it. Even though it was a rain evening here we managed to have a good time. The boys went through 3 fun houses, road countless rides, and even won a minion!
If you are ever in the Dallas area in late September or early October, be sure to check out The State Fair of Texas, you will not be disappointed.Written by Toni Thomason - - Visit Website
A few weeks ago, my very best friend and assistant here at Creative Designs by Toni, was asked by one of her classmates to help her plan her upcoming wedding. She asked me to help with a few details and to help her on the day of. Of course I said yes. So after months and months of planning, decorating, shopping, making phone calls, sending emails, and more planning the big day was finally here.
The wedding was to be held outside in Palmer, TX on Saturday October 5, 2013. With the ceremony location to take place near a pond and the reception inside a large barn. Aimee had her job cut out for her. Having to transform the entire space from top to bottom in less then 24 hours was going to be true challenge.
We headed out to Palmer on Friday evening and got right to work. After spending hours cleaning out the barn area, setting up and cleaning the tables and chairs, placing vendor tables, and delegating lighting tasks, we called it a night. But, we started right up again first thing, bright and early. Setting tables, candles, everything was getting done. The weather was looking fabulous and sunny and warm. However, just as unpredictable as Texas weather is, she really showed us. At 10:00am the weather was nice and warm and sunny. At 11:00am, it was freezing cold, windy, and raining! We had to rethink and re plan the entire event and only 4 hours to do so!
Moving the ceremony inside was our only choice, but had to be done. With last minute changes and decor issues, we managed to make the wedding a success. Check out some photos from the event below.
We set up a hand made bar with signature drink signs, candles, and more.
Let’s Eat, Drink, & Be Married Signature Drink Sign can be purchased HERE.
For cocktail hour, guests grabbed up a mason jar complete with chalkboard labels for the night.
Painted wine bottles, decorated mason jars, and candles decorated the tables.
Candy bar to end the wonderful night.
We created this Cards banner for gifts from guests. Check out our ETSY shop to purchase your own pennant banner HERE.
A sweet ending to a happy beginning rustic chalkboard can be purchased HERE
Beautiful cakes provided by the super talented Loren of Kimberly and Loren’s Sweet Treats.
Customize Chalkboard Bar menu can be purchased HERE.
We went the newlyweds off with a sparkle! To get your own mini chalkboard, check our custom made chalkboards HERE and HERE.
Sweetheart table for the bride and groom.
Congratulations to the happy couple. We were so thrilled to be able to be a small part of the wedding. Aimee did a fantastic job at planning this entire event!!
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It’s almost Halloween and we are deep into the Halloween crafting at our house. If you are a Pinterest addict like me, I am sure you have seen this craft floating around on there as well. It seems super easy right?? Just as ALL pinterest projects seem simple enough, we thought we would try this one out.
I have mentioned before, that we are huge book readers and lovers here. But, sometimes the cute little puppy books we read just doesn’t appeal to my 6 year old and the more advance series are too much for my 4 year old. 2 years age difference, well actually 19 months, may not seem too big, but when the 6 year old is in his 2nd year of school and around other 6 and 7 year olds and experiencing all of their likes and dislikes, his preferences change dramatically.
He no longer enjoys the cutesy Spot lift the flap books. He wants the monsters, zombies, trucks, and things that boys naturally do. But, those things are still a little out of reach for my 4 year old. He is still into puppies, Mickey Mouse, and all the cute lift the flap books. So, with Halloween approaching I found a great list of books perfect for my school aged son that is great for ages 5 and up. Some are even good for my 4 year old, but this list is made just for my oldest.
We are HUGE fly guy fans. So, Fly Guy and the Frankenfly is a perfect addition to our collection.
We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt is a perfect book to read together to both my 4 year old and my 6 year. Not too scary fun.
We see Crankenstein every morning! LOL. This is perfect to explore their emotions.
Who needs a pet dog or a pet rock when you can have a pet ghost! My First Ghost comes complete with your very own ghost and instructions on how to care for it.
Braden brought this book home from school the other day and I was skeptical. The carrots seemed really scary and I didn’t want them thinking their food was going to scare them. But, Creepy Carrots was a hit and one of his favorites.
Who doesn’t love a good Halloween party??? Especially when its in a Black Lagoon! The Halloween Party from the Black Lagoon is sure to get you in the Halloween festivities.
No body wants to be the boy who cried wolf. Oh, wait. BIGFOOT!! The boy who cried BIGFOOT is one to add to your library.
Happy Halloween Everyone!
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