Crafts

Dip, Dry, Draw, Sip Wine Glasses

It’s summer and now that we are in Step 2 and are allowed to have larger gatherings outdoors, people are starting to gather for barbeques and pool parties. But it’s always an annoyance when you set your drink on the table and when you come back, there are 3 other identical glasses. What to do? What to do?

I have the perfect solution for that problem – chalkboard paint!

That’s right! This craft is so useful and easy that anyone can do it! And your guests will thank you for making it easy to keep track of which drink is theirs!

Supplies

To complete this craft, you need a couple of basic supplies:

  • Wineglasses (however many you need, depending on your party size)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • A container for the paint. This container must be able to fit the bottom of the glass inside it.
  • Painter’s tape for a clean upper line (optional)
  • Waxed paper

Directions

  1. Pour the paint into the container. Fill it to roughly the depth you want the paint to come up the sides of the glass.
  2. Optional: Wrap the stem of the glass with painters tape at the point you want the chalk paint to stop.
  1. Dip each glass in the paint, being careful to only get the outside of the glass. Do not get any paint on the interior of the glass or on the top few inches of the exterior (where your lips will go when taking a drink) as most chalk paint is not food/drink safe.
  1. Remove from the paint and allow all the excess to drip off.
  2. Place on waxed paper to dry. Alternately, you can stand them upside down or use a couple of flat bamboo skewers to elevate the glasses off the table slightly.
  3. If needed, remove the painters tape after about 15 minutes and allow to dry completely.
  1. When party time comes, write each person’s name on the chalk paint and voila! No more mixed up drinks!

You can experiment with this technique too! You aren’t limited to wine glasses. Tumblers, highballs, etc. would all look great. Don’t stick with just a standard straight line either. The glasses below were dipped at an angle, giving the glasses a high end look. Lastly, chalk paint is available in many colours – you don’t have to stick with just black (unless you want to!). The possibilities are endless!

Cheers!

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DIY Upgrading an Interior Door

Is your home looking old and tired? Does it need an upgrade? One of the biggest impacts you can make in a house (after paint and flooring) is your doors. But they can be expensive to replace. So why not upgrade them instead? Evan and Katelyn show you how they took their plain slab door and turned it into a custom piece that looks very high end on a very reasonable budget. The price of lumber is higher now than when they made the video, but it is still much more cost effective than replacing your doors.

Video via EvanAndKatelyn

If you try your hand at upgrading your doors, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation! We would love to see it!

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DIY Outdoor Solar Chandelier

I love a beautiful outdoor space, don’t you? My only problem is being able to enjoy it at night without spending a fortune to make sure I can see it while still having it look good. That’s when Do-It-Yourself videos come in handy! A few things from the dollar store, a can of spray paint and a couple of hours of work, and you can have a pretty chandelier so you can enjoy your backyard after the sun goes down!

Video via Rachel’s Unique Crafts
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DIY Outdoor Sofa with Hidden Storage

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time to highlight a woodworking project! With everyone getting their outdoor spaces ready for summer, I thought this would be a great project for a woodcraft enthusiast to tackle. Outdoor furniture is so expensive. If you have the time and skills (and a few tools!) you can save yourself a LOT of money by making your own outdoor sofa. And what is a custom build without a little extra oomph? Storage space is always at a premium, so why not build it in?

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DIY Jewelry Trays – Imprinting Air Dry Clay

Today’s craft tutorial shows us how to make our own jewelry trays out of air-dry clay and imprint them with leaves you can find out and about now that spring is here. I love this craft, as it is not only easy to make, but you can also customize it. Pick colours that match your home. Don’t care for the leaf designs? You can use flowers or anything with an interesting texture to truly make this project your own!

Video via Jana Kunnert

If you try your hand at making your own jewelry tray like this, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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DIY Raised Planter Box

It’s April and that means that, while we can’t plant our gardens just yet, we can get everything prepped and ready to go. I love gardening, but I hate how my back and legs hurt after a morning crawling around on the ground. I’m no spring chicken anymore! That’s why I love today’s DIY project – making your own Raised Planter Box! All the joy of gardening, all the satisfaction of growing your own food, the sense of accomplishment from making something, and none of the aching muscles!

Video via Wicked Makers

If you try your hand at making your own Raised Planter Box, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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DIY Faux Stone or Ceramic Vases

Have you liked the look of stone vases but not the weight (or the price) of them? Then we have the perfect solution – create your own! Follow Caro’s tutorial to take any old vase or jar from the back of your cupboard and give it new life by painting it to look like the stone vases that are so popular now, and at a fraction of the cost!

Video via Caro Rostran

If you try your hand at making your own DIY stone or ceramic vase, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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Easy DIY Spring Wreath

Follow Jennifer of Jennifer Decorates as she shows you how to make this beautiful spring wreath. Hang it on your front door to help welcome spring to your neighbourhood or hang it on a wall inside your home where you can see it more!

Video via Jennifer Decorates

If you try your hand at this project or any other crafts we have posted, share a picture with us! We would love to see what you have created!

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DIY Mason Jar Vases

Almost everyone has mason jars hanging around in their house somewhere. If you are like me, there is a collection in the back of your kitchen cupboard. Maybe it’s time to pull them out and give them a new purpose. Follow this great tutorial to learn how to paint and distress them to turn them into beautiful, inexpensive vases.

Video via The Creative Glow

If you try your hand at making these mason jar vases, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation. We would love to see them!

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Adorable & Easy Dollar Tree Valentine Girl Gnome DIY!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Why not make an adorable gnome to decorate your home? These super-cute gnomes are quick and easy to make and because everything is from the dollar store, they are budget friendly too! If you try your hand at making a Valentine’s gnome – or even a whole gnome family – send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

Video via Crafty Sher Cupcake
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DIY String Globe Lanterns

This is a another great craft that will allow you to customize your lighting to match your décor. You pick the colours, you pick the size, you wrap it and let it dry. Don’t need a lamp? Make smaller ones for tabletop decorations in your home. This craft is a great one to do with the grandkids too! Instead of a bouncy ball that you deflate, you can even use a balloon and pop it after! Try it out and don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished products!

Video via MADE Everyday
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Blinged Out Pumpkins

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What you need:

  • Black spray paint
  • One pumpkin
  • Assorted craft jewels

Trade in the traditional jack-o’-lantern for this glamorous alternative. Simply spray-paint a pumpkin black (or buy a black plastic pumpkin) and add your favorite “bling” for some pizzazz.

Find this and more at : https://www.hercampus.com/lifestyle/9-festive-crafts-halloween