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Starting to Get The Hang of This DIY Thing

I have been on a roll lately! Since I am moving into an apartment in the fall, I really wanted to get a head start on my home decor. Here are the projects that I have done lately.


Wooden Candle Holders

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I found this wooden candle set at the Goodwill for $4. I bought a small can of spray paint for $3 and some medium sized white candles for $2. After I took the finish picture I ended up using sand paper to make it look just a tad bit more distressed. 


My L!


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I really wanted something to go on my room door. I decorated a wooden L, which I got at Michael's for $4. I used a small bottle of 67 cent acrylic paint and a pack of rhinestones which were $3. I used tape to make sections so that I would have perfect stripes. Coral is one of my favorite colors, and I LOVE how this color came out!  

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First Canvas Art

This project didn't really turn out as well as I had anticipated it would. I'll probably be doing another one soon. For now, I'll just give tips so that you won't make the same mistakes that I did. 

1. Start by mod-podging your base paper down. Your base paper is the pattern that your letters or design will be. You will get a different look for each type of paper that you use. If you use any type of photo paper or glossy paper, it will crinkle; which would be okay for a certain type of project. However, use card stock or a thicker paper for a more neater look. 

2. After your mod-podge has dried, place adhesive letters onto your canvas. Make sure that your letters are stuck to your canvas well enough or else your paint will bleed through underneath.  

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3. Paint your whole canvas. I used spray paint, however next time I will probably be using acrylic. Spray paint doesn't work as well. You can make the coat of paint as thin or as thick as you would like, depending on the look you are going for your project. 

4. After your paint has completely dried, carefully peel your letters off of your canvas art. Add any finishing touches, as well as a clear sealant. For the word "made" on my canvas I used mosaic mirror pieces and a hot glue gun to apply them.  

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