Monday, October 31, 2011

Holiday Tray

It's almost Halloween so I need to move it fast and get this blog and a few others out! I did a few fun little projects over the last week or so, and they were both fast and easy. I found an old, ugly wooden serving tray in the back of one of my cupboards. (Excuse the not so professional photography lately. Broke my camera and am now using my cell phone camera. Not good. Dear Santa...)

The not-so-lovely tray before
I thought it would be fun to make a serving tray that I could re-use for any holiday. First, I spray painted it black, then grabbed a large sheet protector.
The scrapbooking ones for the larger books fit perfectly and I just had to cut about 3 inches off one side and an inch or so off the top. I put a piece of scrapbook paper inside (reversible makes it fun to change it out) and then just stuck a few little spider cut outs inside.

If you just tape them down, you can remove them for the next holiday. I thought they would look great for Thanksgiving also, so I will put the leaves in next week for Thanksgiving.
I also had a white candy dish I had made at Easter (glued a bowl on top of a candle holder). I spray painted it, yet again! This time I did black and put a top coat of glitter spray on top. It looks great on the counter with candy in it.

This little tray re-do is awesome for serving hot chocolate or snacks at a get together. I'm pretty sure I'll be using it somehow over the next 24 hours!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Glam Pumpkin

I'm loving that it's Halloween time. Not just because of the idea of forcing my family into costume, but because of the awesome decor ideas. I have made a few pumpkin projects so far this holiday, and this glam one is the first. Not much about this is actually re-purposed, but it could be if you can't find the lace for this project.
You can use a real pumpkin, but I bought a fake one, since they look real and will actually be around next year! I saw a picture of a pumpkin covered in black lace and wanted to re-create it. For some reason, black lace is really hard to find around here. Puzzling. If you wanted to re-purpose something in this project, I saw a few black lace shirts and camisoles at Savers, which could be used. (I saw these after I bought the fabric...of course!) So instead of lace, I found this great sheer fabric that had little sequins sewn into it. I cut a hole in the top for the stem, and then hot glued the fabric to the bottom. The photo I saw said they had sewn a running stitch into the bottom of the fabric and pull it tight. Obviously, that's way too close to sewing for me, so the glue gun came out. I figure if it's on the bottom, who's going to see it? 
I found some glittered up leaves (I think it was part of a former poinsettia) and glued them on, and it was done! My glam pumpkin took very little time, but has a great effect.