Painted Feather Sneakers

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Spellbinders but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies with my readers whom I love and think they will too.

Hello Makers! I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with my daughter, especially during the summer. Now that she’s 9, finding her own style and picking out her outfits and doing her own hair are things she’s starting to do more and more. So when she asked me if we could make her some new shoes, I thought it was the perfect craft… especially with back-to-school season coming upon us quickly. New school year usually equals new shoes. Here’s what we came up with…

Didn’t they turn out so cute? They were really easy and fun to make, so I thought we’d share the how to with y’all so you can make some too!

You’ll need:

Using the Platinum 6 and the feather die, cut out vinyl feathers. Yes that’s right… this sweet machine cuts through vinyl and super smoothly too.

My feathers were cut in seconds. Look at those clean cut lines too. 

Peal the back off the vinyl feathers and place them on the sneakers. Smooth out the vinyl and make sure the edges are pressed down really well to prevent bleeding.

Remove shoe laces and then stuff your sneakers with newspaper to prevent painting the inside of the shoe. I also covered the tongues with newspaper to keep them white. Cover the surface with plastic and spray your shoes with the fabric spray paint (found at your local craft store and please read the directions on the bottle before painting). Originally we taped off the plastic soles of the shoes, and as we were painting we changed our minds and pealed the tape. It’s personal preference, really.

Allow dry time between coats of paint and be sure to turn the shoes in all angles so that you can be sure you cover the shoe completely. 

After the fabric paint is completely dry, carefully peal off the vinyl feathers, and remove the newspaper.

I love the bright the white tongue and feather against the teal paint. They really turned out so great.

My daughter loves how they turned out. Although I helped and supervised this project, she was definitely apart of all steps and had so much fun creating her new sneakers. 

Would you like to win a Platinum machine of your very own?! I promise  you that you’ll love everything about it and the projects you can make using it are endless. All you have to do is enter the giveaway form below. Simple, right?! And, if you want even more chances to win, visit the other blogs participating in this giveaway and enter there too! We are giving away 3 Platinum 8.5 Machines!! Woohoo! Plus you’ll get a chance to see what creative idea they came up with using the Platinum machine. The giveaway will close on July 21, 2017, at 11:59PM MST and will be announced shortly after that. Best of luck! 

 
 

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Kitchen Reveal: Easy Kitchen Update

Hello friends! I am so excited to share our Kitchen Reveal with you! It has been a long time coming and I’m very pleased with the turn out. What do y’all think?


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Nice and bright and natural, right? I love it. I’m sure you’d like to see the BEFORE of the kitchen so that you can really see the difference…

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Oh. Em. Gee. Now this isn’t the before before. When we moved into this house, the kitchen had yellow-y cabinets, stained yellowed counter tops, linoleum for flooring, no backsplash, no hardware on the cabinets, etc. So we started the updating when we moved in 6 years ago…but life happened and it just never got finished (notice the unfinished backsplash to the right?). Now that we are selling our home, we have been plugging away at our punch list. 

First we removed all of the cabinets doors and drawers as well as the hardware (hinges and knobs). We cleaned everything thoroughly and used a can of Krylon Brushed Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze to respray all of the hinges to matche the knobs. As the hinges dried, we masked off the cabinets with painters tape and newspaper and got to work painting.

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I used a roller on the big surfaces (cupboard doors, faces of drawers, sides of cabinets, etc.) and a brush for cutting in and smaller areas. My choice of paint was DecoArt’s Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting. The great thing using chalk paint is that it’s not necessary to prime or sand your surface first. Cuts out a lot of the work and time!

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I did 3 coats on the kitchen cabinets, allowing dry time in between each coat. Once I was finished painting with the Chalky Finish paint, I moved on to the wax. Directions for using the wax are right on the container. It’s pretty easy- paint the surface, let dry, and then buff to desired sheen. 

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Once all cabinet surfaces were waxed and buffed, we put the drawers and doors and hardware back on. Then we finished up the slate backsplash…

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Which I am completely in love with. Look at those corners! All the heart eyes. It’s quite fabulous being married to a professional contractor. He has taught me and continues to teach me so much. Because you know- saw it. wanted it. made it.

Here’s the after picture again…

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Much lighter and brighter with Everlasting on the cabinets! I think this was a great easy kitchen update and will benefit us for real estate purposes.

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Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our easy kitchen update! I’ll be back soon to share our master bathroom… EEK!

Here’s a breakdown for you. These are the projects that we have completed in the kitchen:

  • Flooring (slate from Floor and Decor) 
  • Counter Tops (faux granite laminent done by a friend)
  • Backsplash (slate from Floor and Decor) installed by my husband 
  • Knobs (Home Depot)
  • Paint on the walls (Behr paint called Oakburl)
  • Paint on the cabinets (DecoArt Chalky Finish in Everlasting)
  • Wax on the cabinets (Decoart Creme Wax)
  • Hinge update (Krylon Brushed Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze Satin)
  • Grout and glue for flooring/backsplash (Home Depot)
  • Paint brushes and rollers (Home Depot)
  • Tools (Ryobi)

 

I was not compensated to write this post, however, DecoArt did supply me with the Chalky Finish Paint and Wax to paint my cabinets). All ideas and opinions are my own and I only share products I love and feel my readers will love too.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Hi makers! It is Michelle from Delicate Construction and I am back with another fun kids craft! This is a great activity to have in your back pocket on those long summer days. Most of us have all these things in our cupboard as we speak and this is a fun way to keep the kids busy but still having a blast! Check out this DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

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This paint is so simple to put together, all you need is cornstarch, water and food coloring or liquid water color (both work, sometimes at the school we have more color options when using the watercolors, but at home I use the food coloring and it works great!).

I do a one to one ratio so if I throw in a cup of cornstarch, I put about a cup of water. There is really no science to this, you just want it to be kind of a milky liquid. After it was all mixed, I poured it into a variety of bowls. Old plastic ones are best.

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Lastly, I added colors to each bowl. One thing I should mention is that while both are non toxic, the food coloring mixtures stained hands much more than the water color mixtures. All of it did com out for Avery in the bath that night but I thought it was worth mentioning. 

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Then you pass out some brushes, older ones if you have them, and let them go to town!

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The kids can of course paint the concrete or driveway, but Avery and her friends also had a blast painting a textured wall nearby as well. I love how bright the colors were and how much fun they all had!

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The pictures were great and it was such a fun change up from ordinary paint and brush on paper!

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I hope you and your kids have fun with this idea this summer!! What is one of your favorite summer activities to do with the kids?
 

Chalky Finish Vintage Chair

One of my favorite things to do is repaint furniture. If I can turn something old and brown into something bright and new, sign me up! I found this vintage wooden chair in Facebook garage sale group and knew that it had to be my next project. Check out my Chalky Finish Vinage Chair now!

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Isn’t she pretty?! Here she is before I gave her a new look…

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She’s cute, but I envisioned her even cuter with a fresh coat of paint! I snatched her up for $8 and got out of of my favorite Decoart products…

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  • (1) Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz – Escape
  • (1) Americana Decor Creme Wax 8oz – Deep Brown
  • (1) Americana Decor Varnishes 8oz – Light Satin

After wiping down the chair to make sure it was clean and free of dust, I painted it with the Chalky Finish Paint first.

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I allowed dry time and rinsed my brushes, then I went back at it with the deep brown Creme Wax. First brushing it on and then wiping it off with a lint-free rag.

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Doesn’t it make your hear SO incredibly happy?! After the wax dried, I used a sponge brush to paint on the light satin varnish. 

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After I let the varnish dry, the adorable Chalky Finish Vintage Chair is complete!

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Hello darling!! I think I am in love! I added her to my front porch. I’m sure she will travel to many parts of our home. Best $8 I spent in a long time!

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Do you love to paint furniture? What’s your favorite Chalky Finish color?

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Refurbish that flea market find or hand-me-down piece that just doesn’t fit in with your decor with Americana Decor Chalky Finish. Send pictures of your project to Decoart to enter to win fabulous prizes! Get more information HERE#chalkyfinish #secondchances

 

I was compensated and provided with Decoart products for this post, though all opinions and ideas are 100% my own and I only share products I think my readers will love.

Painted Pencil Name Sign

It’s time to show those teachers how much we appreciate them! Can you believe the end of the school year is already upon us? Some of you might be like “wait… but you’re a homeschooler!” Yes, but we also have Art, Music, Theater, Cooking Class, and Soccer. Lots of teachers and coaches to show our appreciation to! Today I am sharing a simple DIY project that your child can help with. This handmade Painted Pencil Name Sign is sure to make that special teacher smile! 

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I used an 18 inch fence slat and cut one end into a point with my saw. Then I sanded the piece of wood until it was smooth. 

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Next I set up a paint pallet for my daughter complete with her art apron and plenty of paint brushes. I let her paint the entire pencil, and I went back after to touch up spots and straighten a few lines. 

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Once the paint dried, I gave my daughter a black Sharpie and she wrote her Art Teacher’s name in the center(ish) of the sign. I love little kids’ handwriting and I think it gives this gift such a special touch. 

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After, we flipped the sign over and stamped it with my awesome Laura Kelly self-inking stamp from Expressionery. LOVE it and I use it on all my signs now. 

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Last, we pulled out our Me and My Peeps Laura Kelly notepad from Expressionery and my daughter wrote a thank you note to her teacher to attach to the pencil sign with baker’s twine. Isn’t it the cutest notepad?! I personalized it to match our family. Love. 

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Right now you can get 30% off sitewide at Expressionery using the coupon code TEACHERAPP at checkout (valid 4/25/15-5/25/15). 

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You can also enter to win a self-inking stamp and set of small notepads from Expressionery! How fun is that?! Good luck friends and let me know if you make a Painted Pencil Name Sign for your awesome teachers this year! 
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I was compensated for this post, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own. I only share things I love and think my readers would love too!

Rustic Planter Box

Hi there friends!

I’m so excited to share today’s project with you because it’s just too much fun. We made this during the last Mine for the Making Craft Class that I offered a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve been so busy with my daughter’s birthday and Easter that I haven’t had a chance to photograph it and get a tutorial written up. So I carved out some time especially for this post. Check out this beautiful Rustic Planter Box! Perfect for spring, but can be used year round!

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This was pretty easy to build and super fun to paint. Here’s what you need to make your own:

  • 3 pieces of 24 inch long fence slats 
  • 2 pieces of 2 3/4 – 3 inch long fence slats
  • saw (table or jig)
  • sander
  • drill
  • screws
  • sandpaper (optional)
  • Decoart Chalky Finish (2-3 colors)
  • Decoart Crackle Medium
  • paint brushes

 First, cut your fence slats to the desired lengths and sand all surfaces and edges. 

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Next, you will use your drill to put all of the pieces together. The 3 longer pieces are for the 2 sides and the bottom and the 2 smaller pieces are for the ends. 

Once your planter box is put together, you will prime the wood with your choice of primer. Allow it to dry.

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When the primer is dry, it’s time to put on your first coat of Decoart Chalky Finish. I used Treasure and Yesteryear and kind of wiped them onto the planter box imperfectly. Once the box is covered (I did all sides except the bottom and the inside of the planter box), allow dry time.

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Next, you will take a clean paint brush and paint the planter box with Decorart Crackle Medium. You want to paint this in one direction and you only need a thin coat of this. Allow dry time once surface is covered.

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Now you are going to paint your top coat of Decoart Chalk Finish and I chose Everlasting for this step. You want to do a thin coat of this also and try not to work the brush too much over the crackle medium. As it dries, you will start to notice the cracks in the top coat and the colors underneath peeking through… my favorite part! After it dries, you can rough it up even more with sandpaper. 

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Now it’s ready to fill with mason jars full of flowers! Or fresh fruit, pinecones, candles, river rocks…the options are endless! I put mine in the center of my dining room table. LOVE!

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We had a great time making these planter boxes and painting mason jars to put in them. We used Decoart Chalky Finish on the jars too and they turned out so awesome. Plus, check out the adorable Bunny Butt Burlap Banner we made for Easter! You’ll have to wait for that tutorial for next Easter, as I couldn’t get it up on the blog prior to Easter this year. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends! Let me know if you end up making a Rustic Planter Box!

 

Decoart supplied me with the paints for this project, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own and I only share things I love and think my readers will love as well. 

Folding Chair Makeover

Last year I shared my Craft Room Reveal as well as my Two-Tone Chair Makeover for my desk and I am still just as in love with these projects as I was the first day. My daughter and I spend A LOT of time in the craft room. This is where I work on projects for the blog, sign orders from my shop, and it’s also where we homeschool most days. That being said, I needed more seating in this room… rather than having to drag another chair in from the dining room. And because I’m cheap frugal, I decided to use what I had already. Let’s bust out the spray paint and do a Folding Chair Makeover!

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She’s so pretty, isn’t she? I promis you that she was NOT pretty at all before…

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Ew, right?! All I did was grab a few cans of my favorite colors of spray paint, a damp rag to clean the chair up, and a drop cloth to put the chair on while I painted it outside. 

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I used Rustoleum, which has a primer in it, but if your paint does not have a primer in it, I highly recommend primering your chair first. This while ensure that the paint on your chair will last much longer. 

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After I painted the entire chair twice and allowed dry time, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a vinyl heart. I applied it to the chair and painted the inside (by hand) pink. Because well… pink hearts. 

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There’s one more folding chair out in my garage that I’m planning to makeover as well. Pretty much nothing is safe from pretty paint in my house. The after is just SO much better than before, you can’t help but #paintallthethings.

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Do you love to paint as much as I do? What’s your current favorite color?

Two Tone Chair Makeover

Hi friends and Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going well so far…it seems to be flying by for me. 

A couple of weeks ago I shared My Craft Room Reveal with you, and in case you are wondering- yes, it’s still my favorite room in the house. And if you remember, I still needed to paint my desk chair but was having a hard time deciding exactly what to do. Well, I finally decided how to paint my chair… Here’s my Two Tone Chair Makeover. 

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Do you love it? I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® on the chair… Old White and Province. I really love the two tone look. 

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Here’s a BEFORE photo so that you can get a better idea of what I was working with. This is the chair I did all of my junior high, high school, and college homework in. I’ve had this chair since I was in 2nd grade!! This will be the 2nd time I’ve painted it and by far the easiest. 

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As I mentioned in My Craft Room Reveal post, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is so easy to use and you have minimal prep time. I painted my chair with two coats of Chalk Paint® and then I applied the Soft Wax with my special Annie Sloan Wax Brush, the very same technique I used on my desk. 

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I love that the brown peeks through the Old White and the Province. Gives it a pretty, shabby appeal. 

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I added a strip of vintage floral fabric and tied it into a bow… everything is prettier with a bow on it. Am I right?

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And now, I am happily sitting in my pretty Two Tone Chair typing up this post. I’m so happy to be utilizing this space! Thanks for stopping by my friends! I will see you in a couple of days for Pinterest Feature Friday!

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*Find full details on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in My Craft Room Reveal post. 

Hand Painted Photo Matting

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I’m excited to introduce you to the last of our MFTM contributors, Siri from Of Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings. Siri and I actually attend church together and she was my daughter’s beloved chorister prior to having her adorable baby. Siri will be sharing home decor tips, tricks, and tutorials each month…I am so excited, aren’t you?! Today she is sharing an awesome idea- Hand Painted Photo Matting. 
 
So just to introduce myself a bit since this is my first time guest posting on Kara’s awesome blog, 
I am a full time mommy to my Little Muppet and the choco labs. 
I am married to my dream guy. 
I love strawberries in my lemonade. 
Whales and tigers are my favorite animals. 
I’m a certified special education teacher and a photographer!
Bascially I think life is too short to not do the things you are passionate about. 
 
photo by my amazing friend Rennai of Ten22Studio
 
One of the things I’m passionate about is home decor. 
I try to make the place that I live into a place that I love to see!
The way my home looks affects the way I feel in it. 
I want my home to be a beautiful place that I long to see so that when I am in it I feel calm, happy, and inspired. 
 
If my home is chaotic and crazy, then it usually reflects how my life is too. 
If my home is clean and in order, then my life usually is too.
Don’t get me wrong, a little chaos is good, needed even, but just not too much chaos. 
 
I like to match colors, 
I like to fill my home with light, 
and I like to fill my walls with memories that always make me smile. 
 
 
So today I’m sharing a little trick to help with matching colors on your wall hanging photos. 
 
Have you ever worked really hard to find just the right frame to hang a certain photo,
But then the matting inside the frame doesn’t match?
Since I am a photographer, I have a thing for colors matching. 
 
Peanut Brittle Art created a lovely custom watercolor of my little family, 
and I found just the right frame at IKEA for only a few bucks!
I LOVE their RIBBA frame collection because it is simplistic and fresh, 
not distracting you from what you put into the frame. 
 
 
Only problem was that the matting was slightly too small, 
and it was also off white. 
 
My daughter’s entire nursery is accented with bright white, 
like the edges of the frame are, 
so I didn’t want the off-white to dull the gorgeous painting
or distract from the lighting. 
 
Bright white always brings more light to a room. 
 
So I used a mat cutter to make the inside of the matting just the size I wanted it. 
Then I needed to fix the color. 
I fetched some of my handy dandy acrylic paints, 
(you can find these at Michael’s in any color under the sun)
and a sponge brush.  
 

 

I chose the colors that I wanted 
(white and blue since blue is the other color in my daughter’s ocean themed nursery)
and poured out some of each. 
I took the blue (which I wanted to see more of) and painted a layer over the whole matting.
 
 
 
I made sure to have something under it while I did this so I didn’t paint my table. 
I then mixed a little white in a time with long straight strokes. 
The result was giving me my “ocean themed look” 
and already looked a million times better than the off-white that it was before. 
You could do this technique and mix white with any color back ground for a whimsical, clean look. 
 

 

Finally I put my matting back in the frame and hung it all up!
It turned out so nicely
and brought just the right amount of ocean waves to the collage it is in.
Don’t settle with a matting that doesn’t match just because you like the frame. 
You can make it all work!
 
 
Check out my blog to see my daughter’s nursery tour coming later this month!
Thanks for reading!
 

 

Distressed Glitter Heart Sign

Hello there and happy Friday! 

This year I shopped around my house and used what I already have on hand to decorate for Valentine’s Day, but I really wanted a new wooden sign to display on my entry way table. So I whipped up this cute Distressed Glitter Heart Sign. It was an easy DIY decor project and I think you’ll really like it. I love the look of the distressed wood and the bling of the glitter together. 

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Are you ready to make your own? Here’s what you will need:

  • 10×10 sanded wood
  • white primer 
  • aqua spay paint
  • clear satin spray paint
  • mod podge
  • glitter
  • red craft paint
  • sponge brush
  • sand paper
  • heart/LOVE vinyl stencils

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How To:

I cut and sanded my piece of wood myself, but you can easily purchase a piece of sanded wood from the craft store. Prime the wood with white twice, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. Then spray the sign with aqua and allow it to dry. White the paint was drying, I designed and cut out my vinyl stencil using my Silhouette. If you don’t own a vinyl cutting tool, you can purchase adhesive stencils from your local craft store. Once the aqua paint is dry, distress the wood with the sand paper. Then apply the vinyl stencil onto the wood and smooth out/press down firmly. Use a sponge brush to paint the hearts with Mod Podge and then get your glitter on… sprinkle glitter all over the hearts. Use a clean sponge brush to paint the word LOVE with red. Carefully peel off the vinyl stencil and discard. Once it’s dry, spray the entire sign with the clear satin spray paint to seal everything. DONE!

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 It’s so pretty. It goes great with my other Valentine decor. You can change the color choices to whatever matches your decor best. And just for fun, you can check out my other handmade signs HERE

 Thanks so much for coming by today! During the My Favorite Things Giveaway, I asked what you wanted to see more of at Mine for the Making and many of you said crafts and DIY projects. Thanks for inspiring me to create this crafty little DIY project! More to come for sure :)

If you liked this Valentine’s post, check out my Valentine’s Heart Argyle Wreath,  Painted Heart Burlap Banner, and Glittery Heart Block!