See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

DIY Upcycled Pink Flamingo Wall Hanging

Have you ever seen those country wooden geese at the thrift store? They remind me of an old kitchen painted dusty rose and blue. Not my style at all. Yuck! The last time I came across one I was struck with inspiration. I have wanted to add a flamingo to my wall for a while and this would be a perfect base. The hardest part is figuring out the legs. Well guess what! I figured it out and I’m finally ready to share this awesome makeover at the Monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Find out how to turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome DIY upcycled pink flamingo wall hanging.

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

 

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Materials

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 1

Clean your wall art.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 2

Paint a coat of white over the entire goose.

Step 3

Let the paint dry.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 4

Paint a second coat of white paint.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 5

Start adding red paint as seen in the photo above before your second coat of white dries.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Tips:

  • Only brush your paint in one direction to give the illusion of feathers.
  • Leave a white area in the middle of the wing.
  • Add the red paint more heavily on the tail, base of the neck, and the top of the head.

Step 6

Set your goose off to the side to dry.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 7

Now it is time to form the legs. At the end of one of your pipe cleaners (about 1 inch from the bottom) twist a second pipe cleaner.

Step 8

Snip off the excess of the twisted pipe cleaner so that you are left with 2 claw-like ends.

Step 9

Next, bend your pipe cleaner at the ‘knee’.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 10

Cut a second pipe cleaner in half.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 11

Fold each half into an upside down triangle.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 12

Attach one triangle, point side down to the end of your pipe cleaner opposite the claws. Do this by twisting the open points around the end.

Step 13

Repeat step twelve on a fresh pipe cleaner.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 14

Next, wrap tape around the triangle end of your pipe cleaner legs.

 

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 15

Continue wrapping the legs until they are completely covered.

Tips:

  • Thoroughly cover your pipe cleaners with the tape paying special attention to the joints.
  • Wrap your tape in a way that adds volume to your legs. The tape is to make them bigger as well as secure them.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 16

If needed, fix the bend in your clawed leg.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 17

Place your legs on a paper towel and cover with a coat of white paint. Set aside to dry.

Step 18

Now, mix together a small amount of red and yellow paint to get a dark red-orange.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 19

Next, add the orange to the dark red areas on your goose.

Tip:

  • It’s fine if your paint hasn’t quite dried yet.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 20

Lastly, paint the black beak and the eye. Set aside to finish drying.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 21

Add a second coat of white paint to your legs.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 22

Without waiting for the second coat of white to dry, dab your legs with black paint.

Tip:

  • The black should be heavier at the bottom and lighter on top.

Step 23

Allow your paint to dry completely before moving on.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 24

Attach your legs to your swan with hot glue.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 25

Secure the bent leg to the straight leg with a dab of hot glue.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Now hang your flamingo on the wall and enjoy. Can you believe how amazing this turned out? Who would have thought you could turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome flamingo wall hanging with pipe cleaners and some tape? This is my favorite thrift store makeover so far! *Insert giddy girl squeal here.* Before you run out to buy your own ugly goose, make sure you check out the awesome projects from my friends below!


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Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Easy DIY Valentine Gift Card Box

Did you miss 15 Totally Awesome Valentine Gifts for Guys last week and wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Dress it up a little instead of sticking it in a boring card. This easy DIY Valentine gift card box can be whipped up quickly to add some pizzazz to your man’s Valentine’s gift. Giving it in something handmade adds a little extra love to your gift almost effortlessly.

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Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

 

Wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up with this easy #DIY #Valentine gift… Click To Tweet

 

Materials

Step 1

Cut your tissue paper into squares.

Tip:

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 2

Take the lid off of your box and set it to the side.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 3

Spread glue on the bottom of your box.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 4

Add squares of tissue paper to the glue.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 5

Continue covering your box and lid with glue and tissue paper until your entire box is covered.

Tip:

  • Do not add too many layers. If you do, your lid won’t go back on. Your box will also take longer to dry.

Step 6

Next, allow your box to dry.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 7

Add your washi tape to your box so that it looks like a present.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Tip:

  • Start on the bottom of your box and cover it first. Then add your lid to the top to easily line up the top “ribbons”.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 8

Next, add your Valentine sticker to the top, center of your box lid.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 9

Now cut a strip of your cardstock that is 1-2 inches wide.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 10

Fold your strip of cardstock accordion style so that you have 9 small rectangles.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 11

Write your Valentine’s message on the center 7 rectangles (leaving one black at the top and one blank at the bottom). If you want, you can totally steal mine:

For all you do

Throughout the year

Here’s a gift

To bring you cheer!

Happy

Valentine’s

Day!

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 12

After you’ve written your Valentine’s message, glue the top blank rectangle to the underside of your lid.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 13

Next, glue the bottom blank rectangle to the front of your gift card.

Step 14

Allow your glue to dry.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 15

Place your gift card in the bottom of your box with the glued side up.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 16

Lastly, place your lid on the box.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Now you can turn procrastination into a pretty present. Your husband will appreciate the thoughtfulness and you’ll love how quickly it comes together. Your husband can totally reuse the box later to surprise you with an easy gift. You have to love that multipurpose packaging! Planning a date night for Valentine’s Day, too? These free printable Marriage Conversation Cards are the perfect, quick date night addition whether you’re staying home or going out! Print yours out today.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

DIY Pokemon Card Valentines

We’re back again with another awesome Pokemon Valentine idea! Since so many of you love the Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box and because my oldest still loves all things Pokemon, I’ve created another fun DIY for you. These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Your little Pokemon trainer will be ecstatic to help you make these for his or her school Valentine’s party. Make yours today for a fully awesome party day!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! #Pokemon #Valentine Click To Tweet

 

Materials

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 1

Fold your card inside out so that the white is on the outside.

Step 2

Turn your card so that the folded side is at the bottom.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 3

Cut your card in half down the center so that you have 2 smaller folded cards.

Note:

  • Set one card to the side.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 4

Next, cut the top half off of the front flap of your card. When folded, your card should now be half red and half white from the front.

Note:

  • Set aside the piece you cut off for later in the project.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 5

Now cut a 1.5 inch strip from your black cardstock.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 6

Trim the strip of black cardstock to the width of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 7

Attach your black strip to the white flap on the front of your card so that half of it overlaps the red.

Note:

  • Do not add glue to the red portion of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 8

Next, grab the piece of your card that you cut off in step 4 and draw a circle on it with your compass.

Tip:

  • Do this on the red side so that your pencil marks do not show in the finished product.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 9

Cut out your circle and trace around the edges of the white side with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 10

Attach your circle to the center of your black strip.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 11

Next, carefully add glue to the inside edges of your card.

Note:

  • The width of your glue runner will be too big to leave a large enough pocket for your Pokemon card. Place your card on a piece of scrap paper and run your glue runner so that only ¼ of the glue is on the card edges.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 12

Now, write “I Choose You” in the center of your circle with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 13

Next, write “From” and draw a line at the bottom of your card for your kid to sign.

Step 14

Repeat steps 1-14 until you have made enough cards for your child’s class.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 15

Lastly, open a pack of Pokemon cards and add one to each Valentine.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Now your child will have an awesome, unique Valentine to hand out at his or her party this year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that your kid will get to keep any of the extra Pokemon cards (sorry, Mom). It’s also a fantastic alternative to candy Valentines. Pair these DIY Pokemon card Valentines with this recycled Pokeball Valentine Box to complete the whole theme. Your little Pokemon trainer will love you for it!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

DIY Monogram Valentine Wreath

Yesterday I shared 9 DIY Valentine wreaths with you to kick off the Merry Monday Link Party 140. Today, I want to show you how to make this adorably girly DIY monogram Valentine wreath. This year’s wreath really ramps up the glitter quotient to the next level. It is the perfect easy update your door is looking for. You can also use it as wall décor for your Valentine’s party! Multi-tasking holiday décor is the best for busy moms like us.

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If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

 

If you’re loving all things pink and sparkly then this #DIY monogram #Valentine wreath is for you! Click To Tweet

 

Materials

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 1

Remove any packaging and staples attached to your wood monogram.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 2

Cut up coordinating tissue paper into squares.

Tip:

  • These do not need to be even so don’t get bogged down on this step.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 3

Add a dollop of glue to your monogram and spread it until you have a thick, even layer on a small portion of your outer circle.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 4

Fold up a square of tissue paper into a pseudo-flower shape. See picture above for reference.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 5

Attach to your monogram by placing the “stem” part into the glue. Press firmly for a few seconds before releasing.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 6

Continue adding folded tissue paper squares and glue until your entire outer circle is completely covered.

Tips:

  • Alternate shades of tissue squares as you go to achieve the look pictured.
  • Be sure to place folded squares tightly together. This gives your wreath a nice, full look.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 7

Next, cut the strings tied around your shower pouf that hold it together.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 8

Unravel it and cut a length of pouf that is about double the length that you want it to hang. Tie the ends together in a knot and trim the excess off of the end.

Step 9

Attach your pouf hanger to your wreath by slipping the end opposite your knot through the knotted end around the top of your wreath.

Tip:

  • After you have attached your pouf hanger, fluff your tissue around it. This keeps the continuity of your wreath.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 10

Now, spread glue on the top half of your “L” in the center of your wreath.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 11

Sprinkle your glitters over the glue.

Step 12

Add glue to the remaining half of your “L”.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 13

Again, cover with your gold and pink glitters.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 14

Allow your wreath to dry completely.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 15

Lastly, spray your glittered letter with acrylic spray sealant to prevent it from dropping glitter everywhere.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect. I do want to let you know that I wouldn’t hang this on your front door if you do not have a screen door. The tissue paper needs some protection from the elements. Another option is to hang it on the inside of your door so that you can see it whenever you’re in your home. Check out even more fun Valentine crafts like this glittery Zombie Valentine’s Card and these delicious heart-themed Valentine treats!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

DIY Princess Bride Subway Art

We’re back again with the Monthly Movie Blog Hop! Last month we loved creating our Christmas movie posts so much that we’ve decided to make it a monthly hop. This month we are featuring Princess Bride. From delicious recipes to fun crafts, you will find tons of ideas to delight your inner geek-girl! Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

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This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

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Materials

 

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

Step 1

First, choose your four quotes. I used:

  1. “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
  2. “Inconceivable.”
  3. “You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.”
  4. “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

 

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

Step 2

Next, sketch out how you want your words to appear on your canvas.

 

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

Step 3

Cover each canvas with a coat of black paint.

Tip:

  • Remember to cover the edges of the canvas as well.

Step 4

Allow the paint to dry.

 

Step 5

Sketch out the designs on the painted canvases with your colored pencil.

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

Tip:

  • If you need to erase you can but have some black paint on hand to cover any areas that require touch-ups.

 

Step 6

Go over your pencil lines with white paint. Allow the paint to dry.

 

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

Step 7 (Optional)

Paint a second coat of white over the areas that need it. This will be necessary for large areas (like the letters on the “Inconceivable” canvas).

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

This month we are featuring Princess Bride. Start right here with this DIY Princess Bride subway art because your fandoms deserve to be shown off.

This DIY Princess Bride subway art was so fun to make. Of course, getting to watch the movie while I made it didn’t hurt. I chose to go with black and white as a nod to the Dread Pirate Roberts’ outfit. If you want to match the color scheme you already have in your home, choose colors that do so. I still would recommend only 2 colors per canvas to create the bold look. Before you go, get your Princess Bride fix by checking out the other awesome recipes and tutorials from my friends. You might be inspired to host a movie night soon!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Thrift Store Village Art Makeover

It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning. It is always so much fun to peruse the local thrift stores for unique items that call to you. You never know what kind of treasures you’ll come across. 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

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The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

 This thrift store village art makeover became a modern glam piece of artwork! #diy… Click To Tweet

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Materials

  • Thrift Store Village Art (or you could cut one out of wood)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Sponge Brush
  • Gold Leaf Foiling Kit
  • 2 Small Paintbrushes (1/2 inch)

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 1

Cover your village art with a coat of white acrylic paint using your sponge brush.

Step 2

Allow your paint to dry.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 3

Put on a second coat of white paint and allow it to dry.

Step 4 (Optional)

Depending on the condition of your thrift store village art, you may want to add a third coat as I did. Mine was still quite vibrant so it needed this extra coat.

Tip:

  • You want to still be able to see a faint outline of the details through the paint.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 5

Trace the faint outlines of doors and windows with your foiling adhesive and one of your small paintbrushes. Feel free to take some creative liberty during this step.

Step 6

Allow the adhesive to dry until tacky and then cover with your foil sheets.

Step 7

Gently press down on the sheets to better secure to the adhesive.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 8

Next, slowly and carefully brush off the excess foiling with your dry paintbrush.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 9

Lastly, cover your foiled areas with the sealant from your foiling kit.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 10

Allow the sealant to dry completely and then display as desired.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

I am absolutely in love with how this thrift store village art makeover turned out! It’s bright, shiny, and abstract which make it beautiful. I had all of the materials on hand already except the village art which only cost $2! You simply can’t find artwork this gorgeous for that kind of price. After you make this DIY project be sure to check out the ideas from my amazing creative friends below!

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.


And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

DIY Whalecome Baby Card

Celebrating a new life on the way is always such a blessing. Whether it is a couple’s first child or their fifth, it is still an occasion to celebrate. One of my favorite things to include with gifts, besides a DIY baby book, is handmade cards. The fun of cards for babies is that you can be super cutesy with them. No one has ever looked at anything baby-related and said, “Nope, that’s tacky. It’s just too adorable.” This DIY Whalecome Baby card is a perfect handmade card that fits the adorable baby motif!
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This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Materials

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Step 1

Orient your card so that it opens up from the bottom.

Step 2

Add a strip of striped scrap paper to the right side of the front of your card. Trim any overhang.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 3

Ink your whale stamp and stamp on the bottom left of your card front.

Note:

  • I centered mine in the bottom side of the card not covered with paper.

Step 4

Next, cut out a small rectangle of your plain scrap paper.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 5

After you have cut your rectangle, round the corners and write “Whalecome Baby” in the center with the fine tip end of your marker.

Tip:

  • Add extra definition, as pictured, by tracing over “Whalecome” with the broad tip end of your marker.

Step 6

Next, chalk the edges of your rectangle with your chalk ink. (See the picture in step 5 for reference.)

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 7

Attach your rectangle in the center of your scrap paper strip with adhesive foam squares.

Tip:

  • Put one square in each corner and 1 square in the center to make the rectangle more stable on the card.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 8

Finally, add gemstones to the top left of the card, centered above the stamped whale image.

Tip:

  • Start with the largest gemstone in the center first. Next, add your smaller gemstones on either side.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 9

Next move on to the inside of your card and stamp your sentiment with pigment ink.

Step 10

Immediately after stamping your sentiment, cover it with your holographic powder.

Step 11

Shake off excess powder and return to the container.

Tip:

  • I have this awesome little tray with a pluggable spout that makes it super easy to put the excess back into the container.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 12

Next, blast your powder-covered saying with your heat tool to emboss. Allow it to cool before closing your card.

Tip:

  • If the heat causes your card to curl a little, place it between some heavy books to flatten it back out.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! I’m secretly hoping more of my friends have some babies so I can make some more. Plus, you know, babies are so adorable and loveable! Any expecting momma will be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful, handmade card attached to her baby’s gift. In case you haven’t notices, I’m absolutely in love with the cute little animals on these stamps. You can check out the coloring page I made with them in this DIY Coloring Book!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. Create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days! #GoldfishMoments #ad

3 Creative Activities to Rock Snow Days

Being a parent is a full-time job and you’re never off the clock. Unexpected snow day can throw a wrench in your routine making you stressed or frustrated. I get it. Your responsibilities don’t stop because school is closed. Instead of letting snow days aggravate you I want to challenge you to see them another way. Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. They provide you with moments you can’t replace. Goldfish brand knows this, too, and together we want to help you create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days.

Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. Create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days! #GoldfishMoments #ad

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DIY Look and Find Book

This is an incredibly simple way to get creative on a snow day.

Materials

  • Small Toys
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Phone
  • Small Photo Album

Step 1

Gather a collection of items: small toys, art supplies, and other small objects.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper.

Step 3

Have your kids fill their paper with small items. Let them have fun with it and get as creative as they want.

Step 4

Sprinkle Goldfish crackers over the scene your child has created.

Step 5

Take a photo of the scene using the edges of the construction paper as a guide.

Step 6

Do this for each child. Feel free to let them dump the scene after you’ve photographed it and make another.

Tip:

  • Let your kids keep creating as many different scenes as they want. The more pictures you have, the better you can fill their Look and Find books.

Step 7

Print out the photos and place them in a small, inexpensive photo album.

Tip:

  • Be sure to print out multiple copies of each photo if you want each child to have his or her own book.

 

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Goldfish Cracker Mosaic

Make macaroni art a thing of the past with Goldfish cracker mosaics. This low-mess activity will make it easy for your child to discover their inner artist.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Mix your flour and water in a small container to create a non-toxic paste.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a small bowl of Goldfish crackers.

Step 3

Show them how to create their mosaics by painting flour paste on the back of a Goldfish cracker and attaching them to the construction paper.

Tip:

  • If your child wants an idea to follow you can draw a shape or outline on the paper before he or she starts adding Goldfish crackers.

Step 4

Allow their artwork to dry then hang it on the wall to display.

 

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Stop Motion Video

This is a fun, creative activity that will have your kids excited for days! They will love coming up with the story, making the background and costumes, and showing off their movie masterpiece. If you’ve never made a stop motion video before, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. GoldfishTales has an awesome video tutorial to help you out but essentially it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

Think of a story and create your background.

Step 2

Place your Goldfish crackers on your background and take a picture each time you move it.

Step 3

Add all of your photos to your favorite video app and play.

Tip:

  • If you need app suggestions, check out the Goldfish how-to video.

This is an absolute blast! My kids and I had so much fun brainstorming and creating. Right now Goldfish Brand wants to inspire you to create your own stop-motion video as a family with an awesome contest. Get information, tips, and ideas at GoldfishTales.

 

Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. Create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days! #GoldfishMoments #ad

These 3 creative activities to rock snow days are so much fun you will find yourself looking forward to snow days as much as your kiddos! Enjoy the opportunities to have fun together. Create smile worthy moments that become cherished memories for years to come. Don’t forget to visit the GoldfishTales page to submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Unique DIY Wedding Guest Book

Weddings are expensive. Even when you DIY everything you are still looking at a hefty chunk of change. Add to that the fact that you want your wedding to be unique and special and it can seem like an impossible task. Last year I had the awesome privilege of being a part of some of my best friends’ wedding. I helped them with decorations, photos, and the inevitable emergencies that crop up on the big day. One of my favorite projects from the wedding was this unique DIY wedding guest book.

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This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Materials

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 1

Remove all of the packaging from your canvas.

Step 2

Place your wall sticker in the center of your canvas.

Tip:

  • The adhesive on these probably won’t be strong enough to keep it in place, especially once guests start signing it. Make it stronger by applying Mod Podge to the back before attaching it to the canvas.

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Step 3

Allow Mod Podge to dry completely.

Step 4

Have guests sign your canvas during the wedding with Sharpie markers.

Tip:

  • Easily make this match your décor by choosing coordinated marker colors.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 5

After the wedding, seal your entire canvas with Mod Podge and allow it to dry completely.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come. The best part is that you can change the style by simply changing the wall sticker and colors. I already had the canvas for this project so it literally only cost me a dollar! Even if you have to buy the canvas you are still only looking at a few bucks to create a unique wedding memento that will last forever. That is much less than a traditional guest book would cost you. Be honest, how often would you open your guest book to look at the signatures anyway? Mine went in a box after the wedding and I never looked at it again. Don’t let that happen to you. Save your money and enjoy your special day long after it ends.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

DIY Etched Mugs without Vinyl Stencils (2 Different Methods)

Custom etched mugs are an easy and inexpensive gift idea. That is why you see them as Father’s Day, Christmas, Birthday, and even groomsmen’s gifts. Unfortunately, most of the tutorials that you see for them require cutting a stencil out of vinyl to adhere to your mug. What do you do if you don’t have any vinyl or you are still waiting for that cutting machine? That is what I wanted to find out so I made DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best: a plastic stencil and sticker outlines. Find out the outcome and my tips below.

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Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

 

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Method 1: Plastic Stencil

Materials

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 1

First, make sure that your mug is clean. Giving it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth is sufficient.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 2

Place your stencil on your mug where you would like the design and tape into place with your packaging tape.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 3

Before doing anything else, put on protective gloves. You don’t want to get the etching solution on your skin.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 4

Open your etching solution and apply over your stencil using a paintbrush.

Tip:

  • Brush towards the center of your stencil openings. This will help keep the solution from getting under the stencil and give you cleaner lines.

Step 5

Allow to sit according to the time on your etching solution directions.

Step 6

Put your gloves back on and rinse off your solution. Once the bulk of it is off, remove your stencil and rinse off any remaining solution.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 7

Dry your mug and you are finished.

Method 2: Sticker Outline

Materials

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 1

Again, make sure your mug is clean.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 2

Cut out the stickers that you want to use. Be sure to leave excess around the edges.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 3

Pull off only the inverse of the letters and stick them to your mug where you want your design.

Tip:

  • Remember to add the centers of letters that have openings.

Step 4

Before doing anything else, put on protective gloves. You don’t want to get the etching solution on your skin.

Step 5

Open your etching solution and apply over the inside of the sticker outlines using a paintbrush.

Step 6

Allow to sit according to the time on your etching solution directions.

Step 7

Put your gloves back on and rinse off your solution. The sticker outlines will soften and wash off along with the solution.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 8

Again, dry your mug and you are finished.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Both of these methods for DIY etched mugs without vinyl were successful. However, the sticker outlines method resulted in cleaner lines. The removal of the sticker outlines and etching solution is also much easier. Also, both of these methods work if you only have stencils or stickers available to you. My overall opinion is to go with stickers if you have them. They seal everywhere which results in a beautiful, clean design. Have any DIY alternatives you want tackled? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can come up with!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.