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Many people have asked to see my decorating so I have created a new category that is ironically called “My Interior Decorating” so that you can find examples of my work quickly and get inspired for your own homes.

So, to start, here is what I’ve done with my entryway.

This was our entryway when we moved in.

And this is our entryway after I got my hands on it.  It is still a work in progress though.

I free hand painted the tree mural to accent the archway and to give a huge impact when you walk into my house.  The clay flowers I made just for fun for spring (when these pics were taken).  The tutorial for those is here.

This mirror and sconces were thrift store finds for under $15.  I am in the process of finding an old chest to put underneath for storage and a place to put keys when you walk in.

I painted this picture on what used to be the backboard of a mirror.  I didn’t want to pay the big $ to get it professionally framed so my sis-in-law came up with the idea to hang it in the middle of a larger frame.  I pretty much LOVE it.


And thats my entryway so far.  I’ll post more as it comes together!

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I’m so excited to see that this blog has gained a little following!  I’m thrilled that I can share all my crazy projects with you and I love the comments and feedback as well as the ideas that you all are having for your own projects!  I would LOVE to see your versions these projects and would love to post them on here for others to become inspired!  If you have a completed project from one of these diy craft tutorials and would like to share it for us to see please shoot me an email with a pic of your project at catcart2@hotmail.com.

As for today’s project, I think you’re going to love it!  Especially if you liked the rose necklace tutorial a while back since this is more flower art with clay.  The difference is this is to adorn your walls!  A great way to add some springtime decorating to your home.  I had this idea when I walked through my entry way the other day and thought to myself how I’d like to spruce up my tree mural (if you’d like to learn how to do a simple wall mural you can find that tutorial under the decorating tab) for spring.  Here is a pic of my entry way with my tree mural:

I knew I wanted something 3-dimensional and temporary that I could easily “hang” on the branches for spring.  After hitting up the $Dollar Store I was inspired by thumb tacks and lightweight clay thinking I could easily configure those two things into some fun and colorful flowers for my tree.  But, if you don’t have a giant tree mural in your entry, you can still use these cute flower push-pins in a cluster around a mirror, scattered between springtime family photos, or year-round as a cute wall accent in a little-girls room.  Okay then, heres the breakdown:

Cost: $2-$10 depending on if you’re lucky enough to find the clay in the $Dollar Store or at the craft store (its about $6.50).


  • Sculpey Ultra Light clay. I only found it in white, which worked great for my since I ended up watercoloring it at the end anyway.
  • Thumb tacks.  I used white headed tacks.
  • Toothpick.
  • Oven.
  • Baking sheet.
  • Rolling pin.
  • Tin foil.
  • Flower cookie cutter.  I got mine at the $Dollar Store in a pack of 5 different cookie cutter designs.
  • Acrylic craft paint in desired color (optional).
  • Paint brush and water cup.

Most of this stuff you most likely have in your kitchen besides the clay.  I believe that Walmart also carries this clay in their craft section so check that out if you don’t have a craft store nearby.  Are you ready?  Lets make some flowers!

  1. Lay a couple feet of tin foil out onto a table.
  2. Knead the clay in your hands to soften it and make it pliable.  I only used less than 1/2 of the clay in the package to make 9 flowers.  Use as much as you want!  You can even vary the flowers shape and size if you have more than one flower cookie cutter.  Get creative and explore your options!
  3. Form the clay into a ball and roll it out with a rolling pin (I have a silicone rolling pin that didn’t have a problem sticking but I’m not sure if the clay would stick to a wood one.  If so, you can spread the clay out with your hands) to about 1/4 inch or so.  It doesn’t have to be consistently a 1/4 inch, but try to make it somewhat even.
  4. Grab your flower cookie cutter and begin cutting out your flowers like you would with sugar cookie dough.
  5. Peel away the extra clay and carefully transfer your clay flowers to your baking sheet.
  6. Take a toothpick and press lines halfway into the clay where the petals would be separated.You just want to make indentions with the toothpick, not separate petals.   This way the flower stays sturdy but you’re able to shape it a bit easier.
  7. Pull the petals upward and gently pinch along the indentions to create a 3-d more realistic looking flower.  Pull and curl the petals this way and that to make each one unique and more flower-like.Heres a look at all of mine after I shaped the petals:
  8. Poke a hole through the center of each flower with your toothpick.  This is where the push-pin will go when they’re done and ready to be hung up.  I also made small dots around the center of my flower but found later that the push-pin covers most of this detail, but you can add it if you’d like.
  9. Bake your pan of flowers in your oven according to the clay package recommendations.
  10. Once the flowers have baked and cooled you can do lots of different things.  Here are some ideas: You can leave them alone and white and hang them up; you can spray them with a high-gloss spray enamel to make them more modern and chic; you can spray paint them a color to match your decor; you can use glitter-glue to highlight the petals for a cute little girl’s room; you can “dye” them with a tea-bag dye to make them old and weathered looking; OR you can do what I did and use your acrylic craft paint and water to give them a watercolored look.  If you’re going to do the last option, READ ON!  If not, have fun creating your own flower pins anyway you’d like!
  11. Make a “paint pallet” by covering a plate in foil and squirting your paint color onto it.
  12. Dip your brush in water and water down your acrylic paint to the desired consistency.
  13. Paint your entire flower with your watery paint.
  14. With a paper towel, blot and wipe the flower from the center out a bit to remove some of the paint toward the center.  Leave a generous amount of the paint in pools along the edges of your petals.
  15. Touch up the edges by adding paint if needed.
  16. Let your flowers dry.
  17. Insert the push-pins through the hole in the flowers center (NOTE:  When rolling out your clay for your flowers, be sure to measure how thin to roll it out against your push-pin as you will need for a good portion of the pin to be coming through the back of your dry flower in order to adhere it to the wall).
  18. Stick your new flower push-pins into your walls however you feel so inclined!  How pretty!Yay!  That was FUN!  And now I have a million more ideas for this kind of project running through my head!!  I hope you liked this tutorial!  Check back soon for some spring FASHION tutorials like:  “How to Make an Elegant Spring Fabric Bouquet Necklace”, and “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Birdcage Veil”!  Happy crafting everyone!

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Hi everyone!! I know its been a while and I’m so excited to get some new tutorials up for spring!  I have been feeling “bluesy” (blame it on the medication and the weekly injections I have to take for my high-risk pregnancy) and so I thought I’d spruce up my house (and myself) for spring to get my mood up and creativity flowing again.  I made a trip to one of my favorite $Dollar Stores and found some great stuff that has inspired some new springtime projects.  I could hardly wait to make this easy DIY pillow and I’m SO loving the way it turned out!  Hope you do too!  I thought since my last tutorial was on applique that this would be a nice follow up now that you’ve had a chance to discover the world of transfer webbing!  Heres the breakdown for this simple and inexpensive spring throw pillow:

Cost: $2-$8 depending on what you have on-hand.


  • 2 cloth place-mats in the same color (or coordinating colors if you want a different color on the back).  I got my pink place-mats at the $Dollar Store.  They have tons to choose from usually and I LOVED the bright colors that are there right now!  Perfect for spring!
  • Scrap fabric or quilting fat quarters in coordinating colors/designs.  I used 3 fabrics for my pillow making the bird out of the busiest fabric.
  • Coordinating or contrasting thread.
  • Pillow batting or poly-fill.  I took apart an old pillow I didn’t like anymore and used the batting.
  • Transfer webbing.  This is the iron-on adhesive that allows you to stick your applique to your pillow before you stitch.  I LOVE this stuff and use it ALL THE TIME.  You can sometimes find it (or versions of it) at Walmart in rolls or you can buy it at the craft/fabric store by the yard for about $2 a yard.  You barely use any of it for these little applique projects so even 1 yard will go a long way.
  • A dry iron.
  • A sewing machine with a simple straight stitch.
  • Scizzors and a needle and thread.
  • The bird and branch template from this tutorial (if you’re not feeling confident in freehanding it).

Ok! Thats it!  Ready to go?

  1. If you’d like, print off these bird and branch templates I made from my own pillow design to use as a stencil for your pillow.  Or, you can find an image online, or freehand draw your own quirky version of a bird and a branch.
  2. Choose your fabrics for the bird and the branch and cut out rectangles large enough to use as those elements.
  3. Roll out some transfer webbing and lay your cut pieces down onto the nubby side of the trans web.  Cut around the fabric making the trans web pieces as close to the same size as your fabric pieces as you can.
  4. Keeping your nubby trans web sides inline with your fabric pieces, adhere the trans web to the fabric with a hot dry iron (or as instructed on trans web packaging).
  5. When both your branch fabric and your bird fabric pieces are cool, flip them over and trace your template image (or freehand draw an image) onto the paper side of your fabric with a marker.  Its okay if you have to redraw again until you get the desired look you’d like in the appropriate size etc.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  Nothing I make ever is!
  6. With your sharp scizzors, cut out your design elements.
  7. Carefully remove the trans web paper backing from your fabric pieces.
  8. Grab one of your place-mats and arrange your bird and branch onto the front of it how you’d like it.
  9. With a hot iron (some trans web requires steam at this point), iron your applique to your place-mat.
  10. Once your place-mat and applique has cooled, take it over to your sewing machine and stitch the edges of the applique down.  If you’d like you can actually skip this step since its not too likely that you’ll be washing this pillow too often and the trans web will adhere it fine temporarily.  But, I like to stitch around all my appliques with contrasting thread just to secure it a bit more and give it some more character.  And don’t worry about it looking a bit “messy”!  It just adds to that character!
  11. Set your appliqued place-mat aside for a minute and grab your third fabric for your flowers.
  12. Cut your flower fabric into roughly a 1&1/2″ strip.  
  13. Fold your fabric strip over and over itself into a square.
  14. Cut the stack into rough circles.
  15. Stack circles by twos to use as your flowers.
  16. Take one of your double stacked circles and scrunch it together in the middle to make it ruffley.  Using a needle and thread stitch through the base of your ruffle flower a couple of times to secure the folds.
  17. Sew your little flower bud onto your tree branch applique.  I sewed mine through the center of each flower to open them up a bit more and to make them lie somewhat flat.
  18. Try to place your flowers randomly using as many as you’d like.
  19. Once your place-mat front is complete and all your flowers are securely sewn into place, take your other place-mat and line it up under the top one (wrong sides together if your place-mat has “wrong” sides).
  20. If you’d like you can pin your sides together for more stability while you sew.  Head over to your sewing machine again and sew both top and bottom place-mats together with a topstitch and about a 1/4 allowance.  BUT leave a section unstitched so that you can add your batting here in a minute.  TIP:  when going around the corners, reverse stitch a few times to secure the corners and keep them from pulling when you stuff the pillow.
  21. Grab your pillow batting and begin stuffing your place-mat pillow paying special attention to the corners and stuffing it as full as you’d like.
  22. Topstitch your stuffing opening closed and YOU’RE DONE!! Now find a cute place to showcase your new cheery pillow!

How fun was that!?  So easy and cute it just makes me SMILE!

Hope you enjoyed this springtime tutorial!  Please remember to share this blog with your friends and family and keep coming back to see more!  Next:  How to Make Easy 3-D Flower Push-pins for your Walls!See you soon!  Have fun crafting!

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I know I said I’d show you guys how to do this so I finally am!  Sorry about the wait, but I think you’ll find it was worth it!  This is a BEAUTIFUL and easy DIY accessorie project that will “wow” everyone who sees you wear it.  This necklace is especially befitting for the spring (I LOVE SPRING!!) and I figured since it is Easter this weekend it will be the perfect compliment to your Easter ensemble.  The thing I like most about this project is that it is cheap (of course) and unique in that each rose turns out a bit different and you can customize the colors to any you’d like.  So lets just jump into it then shall we!

Cost: $0 for me (since I had everything on hand) but about $8-$15 depending on what you already have


  • A set of jewelry making tools (round nose pliers, wire cutters, flat nosed pliers).  I got mine at Walmart in a set of 3 for about $7.
  • Sculpey Clay.  Or other polymer clay of your choice.  They have a huge variety of colors for about $2 per block.  I usually stock up when they go on sale for half off.  I typically get the primary colors plus black, white, and brown and then mix them myself to whatever I need.
  • Acrylic craft paint.  I like to use brown, and sometimes metallic gold and silver to get the vintage/antique look to my roses.
  • A craft knife or utility knife.
  • A bead reamer or a skewer.
  • A medium paint brush.
  • Paper towels.
  • A water dish.
  • A palette.  I use a plate covered in tin foil.
  • A glass baking pan.
  • An oven.
  • 5-9 medium to large size beads in a coordinating color to your rose color pick.
  • Jewelry chain, jump rings, clasps, and eye pins.

If you’re serious about making jewelry its worth it to get familiar with the basic techniques to jewelry making.  I am honestly not a pro at all but found that a lot can be done with my cheap supplies and tools and some basic techniques.  Also, on a side note, I get a lot of my jewelry findings at The Dollar Store, Walmart, and my local craft store when they’re half off so its really not that expensive a hobby to have.  And its nice to have some supplies on hand to whip up last minute gifts for friends and family that are classy and handmade and look way more expensive than they actually were to make.

To help you out on this front, heres a link to a great site that will teach you the basics you’ll need to complete this project as well as help you with future jewelry making endeavors.  And if you need a little more to get you started, heres a couple more sites I found that I thought were clear and concise: http://www.jewelry-making- instructions.com/beaded-links.html ,http://www.making-jewelry-now.com/jewelry-making-instructions.html .  There, seriously easy huh?  With just those simple skills and your Walmart tools you can make literally hundreds of amazing pieces of jewelry.  Now to the part I’m going to really teach today.  How to make the vintage inspired clay rose bead that is going to completely MAKE this necklace.  Ready?  Here we go.

  1. Decide what color(s) you’d like to make your rose.  When I do this project I usually make a few different color options and do them at the same time just to make it worth the effort and to use as “give-aways” to my friends (cuz you know they’re going to want what you’ve got when they see your awesome necklace).
  2. If needed, mix your clay to get your desired color.  If for some reason you missed kindergarten and first grade and never learned how to “mix” colors, refer to a color chart.  I mixed red, blue, and white to get my pastel purple colored clay, green, yellow, blue, and white to get my turquoise colored clay, and white and yellow to get my pastel yellow clay.  Or you could just take the easy road and buy the exact color you’d like since they have plenty of color options at the craft stores to suit your needs.  Although if you forgo the color mixing, you still might want to work and knead your clay to make it a little softer and more pliable to work with.
  3. Once you’re clay feels pliable enough and is the desired color, pull off a small section and roll it into a ball (about the size of a pea).  Then using your fingers, smoosh that ball of clay flat and smooth (but not too thin since you want your rose petals to be durable after baking) to form a small disk of clay.
  4. Next, roll one of the edges of that clay disk in towards the other edge to form your rose center.  Don’t smoosh it together too much since you want the edges somewhat loose to peel down and turn a bit to make them look a bit more realistic.  Heres what you should be aiming for:
  5. Don’t worry if its not perfect.  If you don’t like your rose center, just reform it into a disk and start again.  You’ll get the hang of it soon and then you can set your center aside and work on the outer petals by using the same idea; start with a portion of clay (a bit larger than pea sized now), roll it into a ball, and smoosh it into a disk.
  6. Now we form the rest of the rose by taking these disk-like “petals” and wrapping them around the rose, overlapping the rose center’s seam like so:
  7. See how it is already starting to look like a rose?  To make the petals more “real”, pinch, pull, and bend the edges of the petals up and/or down to get that life-like effect.
  8. Now continue making your petal disks and wrapping them around the center being sure to somewhat overlap them and being careful to make larger petals as the rose grows outward.Don’t worry about the excess clay that is underneath.  I use it to hold on to as I work and then cut it off with a utility knife before I bake it.
  9. Continue working your clay petals around the rose until it is the desired size and fullness that you like.
  10. What do you think?  Aren’t you amazed at how easy that was!  Now take out your utility knife or craft knife and gently carve off the clay “stem” that you’re holding on to.  I try to make my roses pretty flat in the back so that they aren’t too bulky on the necklace and have less of a tendency to flip around while wearing it.
  11. Try not to handle the rose too much on top since you want to maintain the look of your petals and not accidentally squish your pretty flower too much.
  12. Next, take your bead reamer or your skewer (toothpick or needle works too), and create a hole through the base of your rose from one end to the next to allow it to be strung onto an eye pin later.
  13. Lay your little rose bud beads out on a glass cooking dish and heat your home oven to 275 degrees (or whatever the clay package suggests).
  14. Bake your clay roses according to the time suggested on the clay packaging.  I use Sculpey clay and usually bake around 6-12 roses at once at 275 degrees for about 12 minutes.  The package says 15 minutes for 1/4 inch clay but I like to somewhat “under-cook” my clay roses so that they are a tiny bit rubbery and not too brittle when they’re cool.  I just have found that it makes them a little bit more durable and lets face it, you are not going to want your new work of art to fall apart on your neck later!
  15. Let your clay roses cool completely.You can see I made some smaller roses to use as rings later if I feel like it.
  16. At this point you can use your rose as a bead and wire it to a necklace, you can coat it with a glossy finishing spray, or you can continue on to find out how to antique it a bit (which is what I prefer.  I think it just gives it a little something extra and makes it more unique).
  17. Prepare your antiquing supplies.  Heres how I set mine up:You can see I have my coordinating beads picked out (this helps me decide what colors, and how much, “antiquing” I want to do), my water glass to dilute my paint and rinse my brush in, my painting palette with squirts of my “antiquing” colors on it, another foil wrapped plate to set my wet roses on to dry, and my paper towels to wipe off the excess paint.
  18. For these three colors of roses I chose to use a goldy-brown metallic craft paint and a darker brown flat craft paint to give my roses the vintage look I wanted.  To do this, wet your brush and generously dilute your metallic color and simply wash it over the entire rose, being sure to get it into every nook and cranny, and then while the paint is still wet, use your paper towel to rub off the excess.  This will just ever so slightly tinge the petals a shimmery gold with a heavier application in the crevices.
  19. Once that first coat of paint has dried somewhat, do the same technique using the darker brown.  This will allow the paint to seep into the crevices of the petals and give the flower dimension and depth as well as slightly stain the rose an antique-brown tone.  You can do this multiple times if you’d like, applying your diluted brown paint with the paint brush to the entire rose and then wiping off the excess to allow the original color to come through and leaving a brown paint deposit in the crevices.  Heres a look at what I did with the brown and the gold paint:After it was covered in the diluted paint I wiped off the excess to get this result:Not a HUGE difference but it actually adds a lot of character to the once flat looking rose.
  20. Once you get the desired antiqued effect you’re going for you can just let your pretty roses dry while you work on assembling your necklace using the basic techniques you learned from the links at the beginning of this tutorial.  Oh and just so you can see the difference, heres a look at what the “antiqued” roses look like compared to the non-painted roses:And heres a look at how I assembled my necklace:
  21. Basically what you want to do is pick out an odd number of coordinating beads (an odd number so that a middle bead falls in the middle of the necklace instead of a space), and link them together using eye pins and the wire looping technique you now know.  This will be the center of your necklace.  The rose will be asymmetrical when alls said and done.
  22. Then, using an eye pin and the same looping technique, slide the eye pin through the roses beading hole you gave it and attach it to one end of your beaded chain. For this necklace I used large brown pearls and antiqued brass eye pins and chain to play off the turquoise antiqued rose.
  23. Finally, finish off your necklace by measuring out your chain, attaching the clasp to the center to get the thing on and off, and attaching the chain to your beaded chain and rose.  TIP:  I think this necklace looks the most flattering when the rose sits right along or right under your collar-bone, so adjust the length of your chain accordingly.

There you go folks!! Are you amazed by the beautiful thing you’ve just created?! Believe me, you won’t be the only one!  Be sure to make extras since I guarantee there will be some jealous friends wanting a look-a-like asap!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and had fun making this awesome necklace!  Play around a bit and create some more wonderful pieces…maybe earrings or a ring to match?  And definitely take the time to learn those basics.  I use those simple techniques a lot when I make jewelry and they’re sure to show up in later tutorials!  Alright then!  Have fun crafting and stay tuned for my next special holiday tutorial; “How to Make a “Hopped Up” Easter T-shirt for You or Your Little Ones”!

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Hey everyone!  Hope you had fun making your custom DIY fabric art!  If you have done any of the tutorials for yourself I’d love to see how they’re coming together so post a pic!

A few days ago I asked you guys to vote on a project you’d like to learn how to do and I got several mixed responses so I’ve decided to start with the Mod Wall Mural and then teach the Clay Rose Necklace and the Baby Onesie Applique on other days so everyone’s happy.  I’m thrilled to see you’re all excited to learn and I promise that I will get to those tutorials asap!

I first created this mod looking painted wall mural in my little sister’s room in Idaho.  She wanted me do redecorate her room for her birthday to help her out of the “quilted and sweet” young room she had to a more mature and fun “teenagery” room.  We had to use her existing furniture and my parents didn’t want her to repaint her dusky blue walls so it was a bit of a challenge to combine her new tastes into her old stuff.  But, I really was pleased with how it all turned out and I think the wall mural really helped pull things together.  Heres her new room:And then heres the mod wall mural I did to tie it all together:

I think you’ll be surprised at how inexpensive and easy it is to create an impact like this with a little bit of paint.  Also, you don’t need to feel like you have to be a teenager to use this mural in your room.  Coordinate the colors to match your decor and make the blooms as big or as small as you’d like.  You could also do this same thing as a neutral just for a bit of an eye-catcher without being super powerful by simply painting it in the same color as your wall color but a few shades darker or lighter.  I used the same colors and design in my sister’s bathroom over her toilet on a smaller scale to make it look like flowers coming out of a vase.  So are you excited to learn how its done!?  Great!  Here we go:

Cost: $10-15


  • Blank Stencil Sheet(s). I bought 3 sheets to make 3 different stencils for my flower buds.  You can find blank stenciling sheets at crafts stores and some Walmarts.
  • Exacto Knife.
  • Sharpie.
  • Repositionable Spray Adhesive.
  • Craft Paint or leftover wall paint from other rooms, whatever you’d like.  I used 3 colors (pink, lime green, and white) for my sister’s mural.
  • Paint Brushes. A small one for the finer details like the grass and the stems and a medium one for the larger areas.
  • Stencil Brush or “Pouncer”. I just used a cheap foam pouncer and then refined the outline of my buds with the smaller paintbrush.

And thats it my friends!  Time to get it done!

  1. Determine where you’d like your mural to go.  When choosing a spot for your mural keep in mind that this is something to be proud of and chose a place that will showcase it like in between two windows, in an entryway, or even on a back door would be really sweet and fun.
  2. Determine what colors you’d like to use.  I used 3 colors that I picked based on the colors that were in my sister’s bedding.  Coordinate your colors to the room that the mural is going in.
  3. Like the last tutorial on fabric silhouette art, find an image (I often use google images) of any type of flower bud you’d like to use that has a distinct line keeping in mind that you will only be seeing the bud as a silhouette on the wall.  I actually chose 3 different bud images of the same kind of flower so I had more detail and difference to my wall mural “layers”.
  4. Again, like the last tutorial, blow each bud image up to as large as you’d like (as long as it fits onto your computer paper which is about an 8″x11″ sheet) and print them off to use as your mural image.
  5. Take a sheet of your blank stencil plastic and trace the outline of your bud onto the stencil plastic with a sharpie.  This can be done by simply placing the printed image behind the stencil plastic and carefully going along the outline of the bud.  You should be able to see through the plastic enough to see your image and trace it easily but if you need to you can take both layers to a window (as long as its light outside) and this will help backlight your image and make it easier to see where you need to be tracing.
  6. By now you should know where I’m headed with this…
  7. Using your sharp exacto knife, carefully carve out your newly traced image on your stencil plastic to create your bud silhouette stencil.
  8. Repeat the process for all 3 buds if you’re using different images per color/layer for your mural.
  9. Determine how you’d like to layer your mural…as in…which color you want in the back…which bud will coordinate with that color…and so on.  Are you following me?  I hope this is easy to understand, because it really is an easy project.  Basically just refer to the mural pic above to see what I mean.  For example, I started with my white painted flowers first, let those dry, then did my green painted flowers intersecting and overlapping the white ones and let those dry, and then ended with my pink flowers overlapping and intersecting with both the white and green last.  If you’d like a more simple version, just stick to one paint color and one bud stencil and overlap however you’d like.
  10. Once you have a “plan” in your mind you can either pencil it onto your wall, draw it out on a piece of paper, or just go at it (thats what I tend to do…I like to just dive into things…I’m impatient that way I guess).
  11. Take your first bud stencil and spray the backside with your repositionable spray adhesive to save you from having to try to hold it in place as you stencil.  Stick it to your wall wherever you’d like (keep in mind you want the buds to look random so some will be high and some will be tilted and some to one side and some low,etc…) and then with your “first layer” color stencil in the image.  If your walls are textured like my sister’s are you might get a little bit of seeping in spots, but you can take your small brush and even those areas out by hand after its all dry so don’t stress about it too much.
  12. Next continue moving the stencil around the mural area, placing buds randomly about.  You may need to re-apply the spray adhesive to get your stencil to continue sticking after a couple moves or so.
  13. Once you have the desired amount of buds in your “first layer” color, pull stems down from the buds to the floor in the same color with your small/medium paint brush.  Some can be bent to one side, some straighter, some a little wavy, it really doesn’t matter too much since this project looks a little sweeter if it is somewhat imperfect I think.  (I tend to like projects that look “intentionally imperfect” since they are less stressful and easier to be proud of.)
  14. Fill in the bottom of your mural area with some wispy blades of grass in the same color.
  15. OK! Sit back and look and take a break while that first layer dries.
  16. Once its dry you can start on the second layer, either using the same bud stencil or another that you made, (I made 3 different stencils for mine, one to go with each color I used) and repeat the last 5 steps with your last two colors.  Be aware of your NEGATIVE spaces (spaces in between each painted area) and try not to get too uniform in your flower placement (unless thats what you want…actually this would look pretty cute as a line of daisies in a row…).
  17. Step back and admire your beautiful wall mural!! FABULOUS!!!

And thats that!  I think that I might have “over-explained” this one a bit, but I try to write these in the most comprehensible way that I can.  Really though, once you know that all this is is a homemade stencil and some freehand painting, its pretty easy to get it done.  Have fun doing this in your own home.  I’d love to see pics of your projects so be sure to post them when your done!

Stay tuned for Friday’s tutorial on “How to Make an Antiqued Clay Rose Necklace”!!

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