Sunday, July 20, 2014

Aggie Family Portrait

This first appeared on the Deals show, but I wanted to include the tute on my blog...  My husband is super cautious and doesn't like for us to have anything on our cars about our kids, sports, schools, etc.  So, I wanted to make some easy art which would have these popular collegiate stick families you see on everyone's cars, but make it nice enough to hang on our wall.

I channeled my best Bob Ross and am quite pleased with the results!!  In the early mornings, when the kids wake up before 6 AM during the school year, we can actually catch some episodes of the Happy, little tree guy on our local PBS station!!  My kids love him, but I digress...  This was super easy, though I had a little challenge, which if you watched the show I didn't have my husband's sticker on the art project.  The show we taped is here...

Alas, my husband did not graduate from my alma mater.  He didn't even attend the school, so I didn't think it was fair to put his sticker on the art project as an Aggie, even for the show.  So, I had to sub the Aggie Dad and paint my husband's school initials on the project in his school colors, which took four coats of pain pen to color his jersey yellow.  Be patient, it will cover with several light layers.

I have included a tute, but I think it's pretty self-explanatory...  If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a note!  :)


Trim (optional)
Hanger (optional)
Collegiate Stickers (Found mine on clearance!)
Paint Pens
Wood glue
Rubber bands/clamps
Homemade Stain


  1. Cut down your wood and sand down the edges.  You may also have your home improvement store do the cutting for you.  Mine is 12 inches, square.
  2. Use your sponges to paint out the background scene you want for your sticker family...  Be easy on yourself, it's meant to be cartoon-y.
  3. You can either use your stickers and create your family picture or use the paint pens to draw your family in. 
  4. Paint your trim with the homemade stain...  I did five coats (you can tell the original color of the wood, next to the stained one) and didn't bother letting it dry in between coats...  I like how forgiving the vinegar solution is.
  5. Glue your trim around the picture and secure with rubber bands/clamps.  I let mine dry for 24 hours, just in case.
  6. Place the hangar on the back.
  7. Admire your unique, wall art in the days, weeks, months to come!
How do you like to decorate on the cheap?

Take care, 

See the second strip in natural with the other strips in 5 coats
Wood square
Cheapest art supplies ever!
Very complex drying clamps (rubber bands!)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Failed Knock Off Tiered Stand to Better!

Ok, so this tiered stand has been around forever and everyone's done it, right?  Well, I thought, I could do it too!  Well, I was wrong!!  I followed many of the steps fellow bloggers wrote about, but my stand stunk!!  No matter what I tried, a bigger all-thread, pre-cut pipes, different washers, it just didn't work!  It was wobbly and terrible looking!   I was angry, why couldn't I make this stand, like so many people have before me?  Why?!

Galvanized Metal Tiered Stand
Well, after a few months of looking at these pans, I could no longer use...  I mean can you really make a cake in a pan with a hole in the center?  I had a Eureka moment!  You know these moments, when you basically make lemonade out of your terrible lemon, fail of a project...

Here is where the flashback occurs, which again was a different fail....  Last summer, I made some mason jars on top of wooden candlesticks as a centerpiece for our picnic table...  I had planned on putting tea light candles inside them.  Sounds cute, right?  Well, it was very cute, but DANGEROUS!!  The mason jars were just too big and would tip over really easy, not a good thing for open flames.  So, since I had only hot glued the painted candlesticks to the mason jars, I just pulled them apart and stored them in the garage...

Flash to current time and enter the painted, wooden candlesticks!  Hey, I could use those candlesticks perfectly on tiered stand!!  And I love the red color!  I actually like mine better than the inspiration!

Wooden Candlesticks (I used four little ones to add height to the bottom of my stand and 2 in the layers)
Hot Glue
3 different sized cake pans

  1. Put a couple of coats of paint on your wooden candlesticks.
  2. Heat up the old glue gun (you trusty friend!) 
  3. Turn the biggest pan upside down on a level surface and grab your 4 short candlesticks.  Start a solid bead of glue on the top of the candlestick and adhere, face down on the edge (about an inch from the edge.)  Repeat this process three more times, basically making a square with the candlesticks in the corners on the round bottom of the biggest pan.  Turn the pan over and let dry.
  4. Find the centers of each of the pans and mark with a pencil, on the top and bottom of each pan.
  5. Grab one of the tall candlesticks and apply a solid bead of glue along the bottom of the candlestick and center it in the center of the biggest pan.  
  6. Do the same process with the medium pan.
  7. When the biggest pan is dry, apply a bead of glue to the top of the candlestick and center the medium sized pan on top of the candlestick.  This is easier to do since you have the candlestick already adhered to the top of the middle pan.  Just make a line from the bottom candlestick and the top candlestick for the two pans.
  8. Finally, apply a bead of glue to the top of the medium pan's candlestick and set the top, small pan on top.  I totally eyeballed this to get it close.  If you don't set it perfectly, just peel them apart and start again.  Hot glue is pretty forgiving for this project.
  9. Let dry for 24 hours and begin using!

I am really pleased with my 'lemonade' and love using this stand!  Sure, if I were a REAL blogger, it would have beautifully decorated cupcakes and delicate frosting, but get real, I am a MOM of 3 boys!!  I have go to snacks and lunch box fixin's organized in it on the counter!!  I still love it anyway!

What is the best thing you have made from a project fail?

Take care!

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