How to Paint Wooden Beads

How to Paint Wooden BeadsAfter sharing the recap of my bead decorating workshop yesterday, I thought it was only fair to share some tips and tricks with those of you who couldn’t make it!

How to Paint Wooden Beads

What you’ll need:

Acrylic Paint + Brush
Skewers
Wooden Beads
Tape

How to Paint Wooden BeadsWrap a bit of tape about 2-3″ down on your skewer. If your beads are larger than that, position the tape lower on your skewer; you should have skewer visible from the top of the bead. I’ve found that it works best when you wrap the tape a few times around and then wind it down the skewer, that way the bead fits snuggly over the tape rather than resting on top.

Paint with acrylic paint. You will most likely have to give your beads a second coat. To dry, place skewers in a glass! Be sure not to overcrowd your cup so that the beads don’t touch while they’re still wet.

How to Paint Wooden BeadsYou can either leave as is when you dry, or then seal them with a layer of ModPodge. If you want your beads to last without scuffing, I recommend sealing them.

Remove from skewer when completely dry and do with as you please! I love making wooden bead necklaces because the possibilities are essentially endless, not to mention it’s so much cheaper than buying something new. You can also make really cute keychains, like this one Becky made!

How to Paint Wooden BeadsSo fun don’t you think?! You can also rearrange your beads at anytime, making it super easy to mix them up depending on your outfit or the occasion.How to Paint Wooden Beads

How to Line Envelopes

Time: 40 minutes (for set of 10)
Materials: envelope, paper, tape runner, bone folder, scissors, pencil

How to Line Envelopes As if I haven’t said this enough, the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Part of why I love the season so much is because of the cards. I love to receive them (especially the funny ones), but I also love sending them. To give mine a little extra oomph this year, I lined the envelopes! Here’s how:

How to Line Envelopes Depending on your envelope, you may be able to buy an envelope liner template. I decided to make my own, by opening up an envelope and measuring/tracing the space I wanted to line. Once you have your template, it’s pretty easy!

Trace and cut out your liner. You don’t want the liner paper to be too thick, otherwise it might be hard to get the envelope to close. Place inside your envelope and fold as if you were sealing it. Press the outside with a bone folder to get a crisper/cleaner fold.

Open back up and secure the liner in place with the tape runner. You don’t need to worry about the paper further down, just the visible part. Press with a bone folder and you’re done! It’s such a great way to add a personal and beautiful touch to any card, don’t you think?

How to Line EnvelopesI ordered our cards from Minted this year LOVE them. If you’re short on time, but still want your envelopes lined, Minted will do that for you! They will also address your envelopes for free, which honestly was a huge help considering how busy things are around this time of year. How to Line Envelopes

How to Line Envelopes

 

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Tips & Tricks: Hanging a Gallery Wall

5 Tips for Hanging a Gallery WallYou may have noticed in my office makeover that I have a gallery wall above my desk. Let me just confess now that it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years (literally years here folks) but just now finally got around to doing. If you’ve been coveting gallery wall images on Pinterest but have yet to hang any art, don’t worry– you are certainly not alone. Here are my 5 tips for actually hanging a gallery wall! Continue reading…

How To Press Flowers

Time: 10 minutes + 4-6 week wait time
Materials: flowers, scissors, blotting paper, heavy book

How To Press FlowersAs I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!

How To Press FlowersIt’s best to press flowers when they’ve been freshly picked. I found these stems throughout the neighborhood, but if you happen to buy yours, I recommend pressing the same day you take them home.

How To Press FlowersIf you don’t have blotting paper, you can also use wax paper. Paper towels may leave an impression on your flowers (if textured), and newspapers tend to shed ink.

How To Press FlowersDepending on how you plan to use your dried flowers, you may want to snip your stems. This step is completely optional and will vary depending on the type of flower you’re working with.

How To Press FlowersPlace flowers between two sheets of blotter (or wax) paper, making sure the petals do not touch one another.

How To Press FlowersPosition your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.

 

I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!