9 Reasons A Sharpie Is A DIYers Must-Have Tool

1. They can be used as a wall treatment!

They can be used as a wall treatment!

If you haven’t seen the awesome Sharpie walls all over Pinterest, go take a look. People are skipping the colorful paint, and using Sharpie to put fun designs on an accent wall.

2. They can be used to create fun furniture!

They can be used to create fun furniture!

Seriously, you can take any old table or bookshelf and jazz it up with Sharpie oil-based markers. What?!?!? Head to NellieBellie for the full tutorial.

3. They can create customized dishes of all kinds!

They can create customized dishes of all kinds!

Every DIYer understands that customized dishes are a must-have. But they’re spendy! Use sharpies and a little heat to create whatever patterns and customizations you want on your dishes. You’ve probably seen this done a million times on mugs, but it works with other dishes too!

4. They can be used on throw pillows!

They can be used on throw pillows!

5. They also work on rugs!

They also work on rugs!

Buy a cheap rug…and some Sharpies. Get different colors if you want. And then go to town and create the exact design you’ve always wanted!!!

6. They work on upholstery, too!

They work on upholstery, too!

You might not be as daring as this person, who allowed his children to do all the drawing. But you get the point. Why pay for expensive upholstery when Sharpies will do the job?

7. They make fun holiday decorations!

They make fun holiday decorations!

Sure, you could probably search enough and find these ornaments already completed. But why go to the work and cost when you can just make them yourself. Or better yet, have little kids make them!!!!

8. They work on fabric!

They work on fabric!

Seriously, is there anything DIY Sharpies can’t do???

9. They work on lamps, frames, and more!

They work on lamps, frames, and more!

That was a serious question. For real; what CAN’T Sharpies do???

Ahh The Tranquil Sights Of The Mosaic Table

Mosaic tables are an amazing accent to any place indoors or out, they come in different sizes and shapes.  I prefer the round tables more with iron accents but then again I love Mosaics, tables tops, stepping stones, coasters, trays  and lights and ohhhh……. I better stop this post is all about Mosaic table tops Below are a few examples of the different ways people use mosaic tables from the large tables to the little table you are going to fall in love with Mosaics probably as much as I do. Click to enlarge    Click to enlarge Sunflower mosaic table. Weather you go large and elaborate or keep it small and simple you will love the end results of all your had work.   Now if you are interested in how to make a mosiac table top well I have instructions below but keep in mind the there is an abundace of choices as to how it will all look in the end so be a little creative and have fun. 

Step 1: Getting the Table Base Ready Before starting the procedure the tabletop is prepared. The tabletop has to have a plywood surface so that the tiles can stick firmly. If the tabletop is wooden then a piece similar in measurement is cut and fixed on the tabletop. Holes are drilled and nuts and bolts are used to hold the two surfaces together. Another very good suggestion is to use an iron tabletop that has a mesh of metal as surface. This way the holes have to be made plywood depth. The wire mesh holds the bolt from the other side.

 

Step 2: Preparing Table top Sides The tabletop has to be bounded by the sides before the tiles are fixed in place. Wooden trim serves the purpose. This trim has to be soaked in water for a few hours. This makes it soft and compliant. Wetting the trim helps form a round table boundary. These pieces are hammered in place with the help of small nails. Make sure that all the boundary is secured. Step 3: Preparing a Stencil for Mosaic Work A large paper is taken and cut according to the shape of the tabletop. Using this a scale a pattern is drawn. This pattern is followed later. This pattern is now drawn on the prepared tabletop. Step 4: Preparing Tiles for Mosaic Work The tiles are taken separately and wrapped in a towel. This package is then lightly beaten with the help of a hammer. Upon opening the towel tile pieces are obtained. This procedure is repeated with different colored tiles. Placing each separately. Step 5: Placing the Tile in Mosaic Pattern The broken smaller pieces are set together. Glue needs to be splattered on the surface before tiles are set up for a mosaic pattern. At this stage white putty is also used to fill gaps. This has to be left to dry. The maximum drying time is one day. Step 6: Using Grout When a mosaic pattern is achieved, the tiles being broken leave larger gaps between tiles. There is a material available at local paint stores. It is called grout. Basic colors are purchased; these are then mixed with the grout to give different shades. The grout mixture is used to fill the broken edges of tiles. A moist sponge is best as a wipe for cleaning the surface.  Step 7: Applying Gloss Coat When the mosaic table is complete, a last coat of high gloss fluid should make the surface shiny again. This resin is left to dry for hours till it reaches its final look.  

 

Painted Bottle Vases, turn clear bottles into beautiful vases with glass enamel.

Painted Bottle Vases, turn clear bottles into beautiful vases with glass enamel.

If you are a true handimaniac, you are probably accustomed to painting bottles or jars outside. Here, you will have to do it inside.

That is right, no more easy ways. Let’s use unusual syringe technique. Just follow This full tutorial and detailed photos, to create your own Painted Bottle Vases.

Painted Bottle Vases CollageWhat you need:

Tools:

  • A big syringe
  • A paint brush
  • A bowl to mix the paint

 Supplies / ingredients:

  • Few transparent bottles and jars
  • Watercolors or wall paint
  • Plastic tubes of different sizes (easy to get at florists)
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First gather all transparent bottles and jars you’ve been storing for a long time. Prepare tools such as syringe, paint brush, and a bowl. Next, think of colors you’d like to use for your project (they can be totally different or in one gradient, for example sunny), and plastic tubes of different sizes that you can get from florists.

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Now, it is time to mix your colors to get the tones you like. Use a little bowl and paint brush to do it. Few drops of water will help with that, but do not use it too much. Everything depends on the paint type if it is watercolor or a wall paint.

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After preparing your favorite tone, fill a syringe with it. You will ned 80 – 100ml to cover the interiors of larger bottles.

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Pour the paint into the bottle.

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Move the bottle every way around, so that the paint covers each corner and walls evenly.

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Once covered, let the bottles stay upside down for several hours. This way all the excess paint will pour out. You can do it in a sink or on some absorbent paper.

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After that, put them back, clean all the excess paint and let them dry completely (it usually takes couple of days).

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In case you have used watercolors, you can not fill your amazimg bottles with water, because the paint will come off. Now it is a good time to put those plastic tubes inside, so that it is possible to decorate your bottles with fresh flowers.

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You can use almost any cut flowers to decorate your bottles with. Here you can see white daisies, yellow freesias and paniculata. It is so simple, and yet such an eye catching home decoration. Perfect for refreshing your house or for a gift.

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