DIY: Tissue Paper Tile Coasters

Tile coasters were one of my first DIY projects I posted on this blog and one of the things that I still use in my house everyday. BUT I'm really tired of looking at these, so I made some really simple new tile coasters using a bunch of stuff I had floating around my craft cabinet.

You'll need: Ceramic Tiles, Mod Podge, Acrylic Sealer, a Sheet of Self-sticking Felt, Scissors, Foam Paint Brush, and different colored tissue papers. I also used a patterned tissue paper with a white background so the pattern would show through.

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Starting with the patterned tissue paper, rip pieces of tissue paper and glue to the tile using Mod Podge. You'll want to paint a layer of glue on the tile, press the piece of tissue paper down and then paint a layer of glue over the tissue paper. Try and keep the paper from becoming too wrinkled, but some wrinkles are okay. 

Layer the pieces of paper to create a random pattern that is slightly different per tile. Use the corners of the paper at the corner of the tile. Each time you add a piece of tissue paper, include a layer of glue.

Once you've placed the tissue paper pieces where you want them, apply a final coat of glue over the entire tile and sides, and let it dry completely. Once the glue has dried, apply 2-3 coats of sealer over the top and sides of the tiles to seal everything. Let dry completely.

Cut your self-sticking felt sheet into 4 even sides pieces and attach to the bottom of each tile. Done.

DIY: Reupholstered Vanity Stool

You know those projects that you buy all the supplies for and then let them sit around for months until you actually get around to doing them? That's what this project was. This little vanity stool has been upholstered with this zebra fabric for years now. And though this was the first time I had reupholstered anything, it didn't quite fit the style I was going for in my bedroom anymore. I bought this floral fabric from Joann's and then proceeded to let it sit around until one Saturday morning when I couldn't take it anymore and it needed to happen right then and there. That's just how my brain works, I guess.

Reupholstering something like this vanity stool, or these bar stools, is really fairly simple. Here's how it goes.

For this projects, you'll need whatever you are covering, fabric, a staple gun, and maybe a flat-head screwdriver.

First, I removed that paper I had stapled to the bottom of the cushion. Then lay out your fabric, place the cushion upside down on top of it and cut the amount you'll need. You want the fabric to be about 2-2 1/2 inches larger than the seat. Place the cushion in the center.

Start by wrapping the fabric up over the bottom of the cushion and staple in place. Be sure that the seat is in the center before you place that first staple.

Once that first staple is in, work your way around the seat pulling the fabric tight and trying to keep it as smooth as possible. 

The trick (I don't know if "trick" is really the right word, but oh well) is to pull the fabric and see where it wants to lay. Mine usually ends up in the fan-like pattern you can see below. But the goal is to get the top and sides to be as smooth as possible. You honestly don't really care too much what the bottom looks like. Work your way around the cushion and stapling the fabric in place. If you mess up, just remove the staple with your flathead screwdriver and do that section again.

It's not completely perfect, but perfection doesn't matter to me that much. It's for my own home and to be honest, not-perfect-floral-print is so much better than faux-zebra-print-fur. That's how I look at it.

Once you get all the way around, cut the extra fabric off to neaten things up. Reattach the cushion to the base and you are good to go.

It's such a tiny element to my bedroom, but to me it makes such a difference. My bedroom is a mixmatch of furniture and nothing really matches. Someday I'm going to sand down that vanity completely and paint the whole thing charcoal gray and replace the hardware. I've also been saying that for about 8 years... But, at least I have a cuter vanity stool in the meantime.

DIY: Glitter Star Cupcake Toppers

So Christmas has come and gone, but the party season hasn't! New Years is right around the corner, and maybe you have some last minute holiday parties this weekend. Or maybe you just want to make a plate of cupcakes look even more special for your family. Either way, these toppers are festive, glittery, and very easy to throw together last minute. 

You'll need glitter scrapbooking paper, bamboo skewers, glue, scissors, and tape. I would use washi tape, so they are still pretty from the back. If you don't have bamboo skewers, you could use toothpicks or popsicle sticks.

On the back of the glitter paper, draw stars and cut them out. You're going to have glitter everywhere, but just embrace it. It's better to embrace it. I cut out 3 different stars and then traced them. 

If using bamboo skewers, you'll want to cut them to the size you want. Use the washi tape to attach your stars to your skewers. Bam! Done. Instant festive cupcakes.

In case you were wondering, those cupcakes are Chai Tea Cupcakes. :)

DIY: Confetti Ornaments

Confetti is fun. There isn't really any other way to explain it. It's fun. So when our Christmas tree started looking a little bare, I decided to throw together some Confetti Ornaments to add to our ornament collection. Here's what you'll need to make your own.

You'll need plain glass ornaments, a package of confetti, Mod Podge, and a paint brush.

Start by painting a layer of Mod Podge onto the glass ornament. I painted about 3/4th of the way up, leaving the top 1/4 plain, but you can also paint the entire ball. You'll want to paint a decent coat, not too thin.

Once painted, immediately roll in confetti and set aside to dry. If you are making more than one, repeat that process again with the other ornaments and let them all start to dry.

Don't worry if the entire ornament isn't covered and you can still see some glue through the confetti, we are going to add another coat of confetti.

After letting the ornaments dry for maybe 5 minutes or so, add another coat of Mod Podge over the confetti. Don't worry if the confetti moves around, just press the glue and confetti down and try to eliminate any bald spots. Once you've covered the entire thing in glue, roll it again in confetti and set aside to dry a bit. Repeat with other ornaments.

After another 5 minute drying time, coat the ornaments in another layer of Mod Podge. This is the top most layer, so many sure to eliminate any bald spots and let it dry completely. Once it's dried, you will no longer see any white glue, as it will have turned cleared. I let mine sit overnight.

I love the way these ornaments reflect both the sunlight during the day and the Christmas lights on our tree at night. Packaged in a nice box, they could also make a great hostess present or an easy gift for someone you just need a little something for.

Candy Corn Paper Cupcake Topper DIY

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These Candy Corn Cupcake Toppers are great for your Halloween parties, or maybe just to want to make someone feel extra special when you give them a plate full of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Whenever you chose to do with these toppers, they add a cute little something-something to embrace the fall spirit.

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For these toppers, you'll need toothpicks; orange, yellow, and white printed scrapbooking or cardstock; plain cardstock; scissors; and glue dots or glue stick.

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Cut out a candy corn shape out of the plain cardstock. Mine was about 1 1/2 inches tall. I cut one out, and then used that as a stencil to make a half dozen more that were the same size.

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Start with your white patterned paper and cover the top third in the paper. I applied my glue dot to the plain paper, and then stuck it to the sheet of patterned paper and cut the shape out that way. This provides a straight edge and less cutting than cutting out a small section, then gluing, then cutting again.

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For the center orange section, cut out a strip that's as tall as a third of your candy corn shape, glue, and trim to the right size.

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For the yellow section, line up your yellow paper and glue the entire paper down. Trim to size, similar to adding the white section.

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Ta-da! Quirky patterned candy corn shape! How cute is that? Mixing patterns is part of the fun.

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Apply some glue to the toothpick and glue to the back of the candy corn. If you are using an actual normal-sized toothpick, use some kind of liquid glue (tacky glue or Mod Podge) to glue toothpick to the back of the candy corn. Cut a small strip of paper and apply over the toothpick, creating a foundation for the toothpick to stick to. I hope that makes sense...

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Stick those babies where they belong... I just love the mix of patterns!

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This is a great project to use up some scrapbooking paper scraps or even extra fabric that's been sitting around your craft cabinet. Or at least, that's where I found my paper. And those toothpicks can be found next to the regular toothpicks in the supermarket. Since I have an entire container of them now, I'm sure more cupcake toppers are in the near future. They're just so cute and fun!

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Disclaimer: I don't even like candy corn, but this is my second candy corn craft. It's such a festive color combo.