Monday, September 29, 2014

Let's have some F U N

Hi! I LOVE the look of the old marquee letters and signs with their fun round bulbs. They make you think of Broadway---who hasn't dreamt of having their 'name in lights' someday? They are fabulous as home decor but can be hard to come by and when you do, they are pricey! So I decided to MAKE my own and wanted to share with YOU so you too can have YOUR name in lights!!

You could do your name, initials or a 'FUN' phrase

My version doesn't light up, but makes for a fabulous, inexpensive option that you can DIY in an afternoon

We start by purchasing the paper mache letters you can buy at any craft or hobby store. I chose the 12" size.
Cut the top layer away with a craft or utility knife

Next---paint the letter inside and out with a color of your choice. (These look great in  a glossy red too.)

After the black was dry. I brushed a bit of gold here on there over the letters to give more of a worn metallic look.

Now comes the fun part----what to use for the 'bulbs' ?---why Christmas ornaments of course!
These are about a 1" size bulb. They come in so many color options. I chose the glittered white. It helps give the project more of a feel that it is actually lit up. This is the perfect time of year to start stock piling these little beauties. Plus, don't forget to grab some up in the after Christmas clearance sales too so you can make a bunch of letters!

Twist off the tops (save these for a project later!--I re-use everything)
Grab that glue gun! Place the glue where you removed the ornament tops and place inside the letters.

That's it! You did it! Imagine the words you could make, where you could hang them, the color combinations! I'm going to go make MORE!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Pieces and Parts

Looking thru my "stash" of goodies, I kept running into THIS old ceiling light fixture. I have been pushing it around my work space for MONTHS! Should I keep it, paint it, or pitch it? Well, since I pretty much NEVER pitch ANYTHING, I decided to take it into the shop and wait for inspiration to hit.

So, that day, a friend of mine decided that she was wanting to sell a metal dress form that she previously used to display her handmade scarves. I looked at it for what it was and THEN.... I saw it! I thought, wouldn't it be neat to attach something to the top? a bowl for twigs.....the idea was forming.

Maybe do something for spring?.....moss.....banners.....burlap.........ideas rolling now!  I grabbed the old light fixture and it FIT PERFECTLY to the top! Just like they had been waiting to be united all this time. Quick.....grab the wire!

Grab some candles.....some burlap.......

I tend to get this odd sense of panic when ideas start to, HURRY, everything is going to disappear and you won't be able to create!! Hee hee! Do you get like that?

SO. Longer story short, a little wire, a little burlap, an old skirt from my stash, a mossy belt and VOILA.....

She is now a REGAL royal with her crown of candles! I love her!
I cut squares of burlap and tucked them in with the candles where the light bulbs used to go for a nice, snug fit.

I had this left over word banner that I made last spring and it fit perfectly inside the dress form.....serendipity I'd say.
Just THINK of the seasonal looks she can have all year round!
She is happy in residing at ONE VINTAGE LANE in Hartville with her other "dolled up" friends!