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Sorry.  No before pics of this one.  I had instructions that we could not repaint the walls and that our budget was $300 for this makeover.  We kept all the existing furniture and tweaked it a bit.  I painted the once dark stained wood dresser an antique white to match the white iron beds.  Also I found new “teenagery” bedding to replace the sunflower “little girl” quilts that were there and painted the mural and accents on the furniture to match.  The client (who was my 13 year old little sister)  really wanted lime green as an accent color so I tried to really incorporate that into the room.  I think we did pretty good for our tiny budget!  Heres the pics:

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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).

Supplies:

  • 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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I thought it might be fun, since I’m new at this and all, if I let you guys pick which project you want to learn for Wednesday’s post.  There are SO many things that I want to do and would love to show you but just to keep things from getting too complicated I’ll give you some options.  Here they are:

  1. Custom Kids Shirt with Applique:
  2. Antiqued Clay Rosebud Necklace:
  3. Simple Mod Wall Mural:
  4. Custom Silhouette Art:
  5. Vintage Inspired Cocktail Hat:So there you go!  5 things I can teach on Wednesday!  Which will you choose!?  Just post a comment to cast your vote for the project you’d like to see the most! 🙂

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