Sunday, June 21, 2015

DIY Junk Drawer Collage

This DIY Junk Drawer Collage is super easy for you to do in an afternoon, and it's a great opportunity to go thru those drawers with the weird things you think you'll need 'someday'.  One of my most favorite things to do is mixed media and collage. And this new Aleene's Rapid Dry adhesive really got my attention because it's perfect for my favorite kind of project.  It dries fast, it's a gel consistency, and it holds like a super strong magnet.  
Wanna see how I did it?  

Here's what you'll need:
First, grab a drawer that's running over with junk.  You know the drawer.  It's the one that you have to get a kitchen knife to open it, and you get your finger stuck in it when you try to close it!  Then you'll need something to glue everything to.  I chose this ampersand symbol I found at Michael's that's a heavy chipboard.  And you're going to need a fabulous glue.  The Aleene's Rapid Dry Mixed Media Adhesive is perfect.

Spray paint your letter or symbol with black spray paint, or whatever color you want for your background.  Be sure it's a matte finish because if it's glossy, the adhesive has to work a lot harder to stick.
Next, lay out all your junky bits on the painted chipboard.  I used tons of buttons to fill all the gaps.  Now's the fun part....pick up on piece at a time and apply glue to the back, then press it back onto the board to adhere.  It's okay to work slowly, because the adhesive works best when it's allowed to set a minute or two before you press the two pieces together.  That's all there is to it!
Of course, I just had to add a tassel.  I used the PattieWack™ Tassel Maker to make a 5-inch tassel with four colors of yarn.
Then I made a 3-inch pom-pom and tied it to the top of the tassel.
The pom-pom has 3 colors of yarn, so it really adds to the eclectic look of the finished collage.
I hope you like it!  Now you have a reason for keeping those weird and wonderful bits of junk, and can turn it into a fun and funky junk drawer collage.  If you have ANY questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

DIY Father's Day Burlap Banner - Washer Panache!

Father’s Day is coming up, and I thought it would be fun to send my Dad a burlap banner made with washers, burlap fabric and Aleene’s® Easy Squeeze Turbo Tacky Glue.  Even if your Dad has everything he needs, he can always use a reminder that he’s loved, right?  And I wanted a handmade gift that I could put in a priority envelope, and then ship it from California to Oklahoma.  So this is perfect! 

Here’s what you’ll need.
  • Aleene’s Easy Squeeze Turbo Tacky Glue
  • Burlap Fabric and Red Felt or Corduroy
  • Metal Washers in 2 sizes
  • Scissors, Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat
  • Upholstery Needle
  • Yarn and Twine
  • Tassel Maker or Cardboard
  • Chalk
Step One:  Cut 5 triangles, 7 inches wide and 12 inches long from the burlap.  Here’s a tip…. To prevent fraying, be sure that the selvage (finished edge) of the burlap is at the top of the triangles.  Now cut a rectangle 7 x 12 inches from the burlap, and a 7inch heart from felt or corduroy.

Step Two:  Glue around the edges of the heart and glue to the center of the burlap rectangle.  Glue the washers onto the fabric to spell “WE” and “DAD”, making sure that the glue comes up around the edges of the washers to hold them securely.  You can also squeeze additional glue around the edges after you have them all in place. 

Step Three:  Sew across the tops of the finished pieces to hold them all together, using a large upholstery needle and yarn.
Step Four:  Make tassels.  Of course, I simply had to add tassels to my Father’s Day Banner! Wind yarn 20 times around the 4-inch tier of the PattieWack™ Tassel Maker.  
Tie it at the top, bind the neck, cut the bottom and pull off the tool.  

And it looks pretty cool to bind the neck with heavy twine.  Follow the photos to loop, wind, insert, pull and then trim for a perfectly seamless binding.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have ANY questions 
feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

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