Sweetest Apple Clay Jar EVER!

OK, So I missed Teachers’ Appreciation Week…I did this a bit too late but I am
pretty sure my crafty friends out there can think of lots of uses for this project.
There is nothing sweeter than using one item and transforming it into another.
This is my Apple Clay Jar…with lid.

Things you will need:
  1. Clay pot, sizes of choice
  2. Clay bottoms, sizes of choice
  3. Acrylic paints, brushes
  4. Air dry or bake-able clay (optional)
  5. Marble, hot glue gun (optional)

At most craft stores you can find these adorable mini clay pots in all sizes. They bottom

tray thingy also comes in all sizes. I originally bought these to do early seeding lessons
with the kids but I ended up using them for this project.

Place the bottom tray thing on the top of your planter-you decide if you want the ‘lid’ bigger

or smaller than the opening of your clay pot. I opted for smaller.

Paint red, or whatever color you prefer-I wanted to make an apple jar for a teacher,

so here’s my apple…

Decide how deep you need to paint the pot on the inside-this depends on how
the ‘lid’ fits on your pot. You don’t want the clay color showing.

After you are done painting, let dry. I used a marble and hot glue as a knob…

but you can use anything else you may see fit.

You can paint the knob red too if you want! Make sure there is enough glue.

Deciding that I wanted this to be an apple, I removed the marble and attached a piece of clay as a stem.

If you are using air dry clay (easier) it is OK to attach the clay after you paint. If you are using bake-able clay,
attach the stem first, bake according to instructions then paint.

It kinda looks like a pepper also, this would be great to hold dry chillies on your kitchen counter.

Maybe a few in different colors and sizes. If placing food or anything edible inside, please use a liner.
Glue a leaf onto the base of the stem in a way that it kinda stands up…

Make different colors for a party-favor filled with treats. This would be great for kids to store
their crayons in. So many ideas for this. You can write names on it with chalk, markers, paint etc.
Let your imagination go wild you do not have to stop at apples 
This little turtle will be the hit of your party to keep all your snacks ready for guests.
turtle

 

Terra Cotta Patio Lights

Bring a warm glow to any outdoor living area with this unique lamp. Durable terra cotta material endures the outside elements and adds a relaxed garden atmosphere anywhere. What’s more, you made it yourself.
 
Tip
Making more frequent, less aggressive cuts will produce better results. Using too much pressure or cutting too quickly may crack the terra cotta.

What You’ll Need:

Other Supplies

  • (1) 6″ Terra cotta clay flower pot
  • (1) 8″ Terra cotta clay saucer
  • (1) Tea light candle
  • Dust mask
  • Eye protection

STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

Draw your own design or trace a pattern on the outside of a terra cotta flower pot. Note: The bottom of the pot is now the top.

STEP 2

Using the 562 tile cutting bit and a Dremel rotary tool, start the cut by grinding into the pot at a 45° angle, once you’ve cut through the wall of the pot, continue cutting by while keeping the bit 90° to the pot.

STEP 3

The 84922 Silicon carbide grinding stone can be used to smooth the edges of your cuts.

STEP 4

Place a votive candle in the middle of the saucer and cover with the inverted terra cotta pot.
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STENCILING WITH BLEACH

 

How to Stencil with Bleach via lilblueboo.com
 It’s an easy way to customize a shirt, fabric by removing color instead of adding it.
How to Stencil with Bleach (materials) via lilblueboo.com

 Using a doily as a stencil. Place it on a navy t-shirt and spray a mist of bleach over top:

How to Stencil with Bleach (and a doily) via lilblueboo.com

Move the stencil to another location and spray again.  You can see the color starting to change at the top:

How to Stencil with Bleach (and a doily) via lilblueboo.com

Navy….turning to a dark pink/purple:

Using a Doily as a Stencil via lilblueboo.com

 

Finished:

Revamp t-shirts using bleach stenciling via lilblueboo.com

You can also use vinyl or freezer paper stencils.  Place a piece of vinyl shelf paper in between the shirt layers too:

Bleach stencil tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Use a sponge to dab the bleach around the stencil  usea spray bottle to mist around it:

Bleach stencil tutorial (using Silhouette Machine) via lilblueboo.com

Once the shirt began to change colors,  spray the back of the shirt with bleach.

Then throw the shirt into the wash and here’s the finished result:

Bleach stencil tutorial (using Silhouette Machine) via lilblueboo.com

Bleach stenciling is an easy way to add lettering to a shirt too. You could also use a bleach pen for lettering.

 

Bleach stencil tutorial (lettering) via lilblueboo.com

 

Finished!  And….hopefully it’s something  you will love and wear!

Bleach stencil tutorial (lettering) via lilblueboo.com

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It is always amazing to me when you can take something never thought of and turn it into something you can not be without.  Here is one example of that. 

Re purposed Play Kitchen 


It all started with this pre-loved TV 


The dvd player shelf was removed and all the doors were taken off for sanding and the first coat of undercoat paint.


Shelves were added to what was the cupboard to make it a fridge & freezer. Then another coat of paint.


A hole was cut in the shelf where the TV once sat and a tap was added. The fridge and freezer were fitted for their doors. Then another coat of paint.


remove the entire back of the unit and replaced it as their were holes in the original back for the TV and DVD player cords. The microwave was added to the top corner of the TV space. Then another coat of paint.


The fridge, freezer and cupboard doors went on.

The microwave and over doors have dark perspex in them to add to the real look. A ‘window’ was added by placing a photo behind a piece of clear perspex with a frame around it and attaching it to the wall. Make or buy curtains and matching tea towels. The stove top is a piece of wood with four coasters glued on it to act as hotplates the four knobs were added down the side of the stove top that all turn so it can feel like it  ‘really’ cooks.  little baskets added to the inside of the fridge door so it is like a real fridge. Then with a printed out keypad added for the buttons on the microwave and a few hanging cooking utensils the amazing transformation was complete!!