When in doubt… SPRAY PAINT IT

It is my sunshine on a rainy day… It is the wind beneath my wings…. and yes, I would even go as far to say God must have spent a little more time on it. True, there are several things that I could place into these categories, but none as COLORFUL, as  INSPIRING, as…  The Spray Paint Aisle at Wal-Mart.

POP QUIZ: Can you find the SPRAY PAINTED items in this room????

Yes, there are few aisles at Wal-Mart I frequent more than the spray paint aisle (except MAYBE the aisle where they sell Miley Cyrus’s clothing line… but isn’t that everyone?? ). 

A $2.97 can of spray paint (and that’s the high-end of the price spectrum!) offers endless possibilities when it comes to art, decorating and recycling. That’s right… despite what the EPA may say, cans of aerosol spray paint are [sorta]GOOD for the environment! According to statistics, spray paint reduces the amount of garbage sent to landfills by 43.5% (kids & students out there… I would NOT use that statistic for any type of graded assignment).

Rather than throwing an item away, or passing by it at a yard sale, stop and ask yourself, “What if I SPRAY PAINTED IT”. With spray paint, you can…

  1. Make something old & dirty look new & pretty
  2. Change the color or finish of something so it coordinates with your existing decor… tying the whole room together! 🙂
  3. Cover up & prevent rust
  4. Add super neat-o crackle, hammered metal, and other textural effects
  5. Quickly paint unusual shaped objects
  6. Incorporate it into canvas paintings & other art projects

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. EXAMPLES:

I bought BOX LOADS of frames at the Mercy House for 50 cents/each and sprayed them with a HAMMERED finish.

My room needed a pop of color, but a collection of vintage family or sepia-tone photos would look great!

This "tree" candle holder use to be black, but it was too blahhhh for my dining room, until I SPRAY PAINTED IT!

Another candle holder that use to be boring black (Goodwill, $2). I painted it with the same hammered spray paint I used on the frames so it would coordinate in the room!

Spray paint some pine cones or potpourri to add some pizzazz!

Rather than painting these canvases green with acrylic paints and waiting for them to dry before moving on with the design, I evenly SPRAY PAINTED THEM!

One day I'll get around to adding pictures to this frame... but this is just an example of something that use to be super tacky and old-looking. Now it has "vintage charm" and adds a pop of color to my room!

I even SPRAY PAINTED my dog BLUE, transforming him into Babe the Blue Ox for Halloween! (Before you call PETA on me, it was hair spray paint, not the real stuff)

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3D Foam Paint for “Big Kids”

If anyone tries to tell you that you can’t make lovely expensive-looking art (I’m talking TJ-Max and Ross worthy!) using Shaving cream and White School Glue… SLAP THEM SILLY AND SHOW THEM THIS:

Yea, okay…. it’s not that great. I messed up. Got angry….and its been sitting amongst other half-done projects and craft clutter in my spare bedroom (which also houses a shrine to my husband’s high school baseball career).

NONETHELESS, if you’re into painting (and you don’t have to be a good painter to create good paintings!) then you should definitely try using the recipe I posted for 3D Foam paint! I used it to create fluffy whimsical clouds and textured wild flowers:

Like I said, I messed up and will probably never finish this painting… note the bottom left corner of the painting. I tried to paint non-3D stems over the 3D puffy flowers… obviously, this does not work. I probably could have recovered from this blunder and finished the painting, except I’m stubborn as a dirty mule.

But you can learn from MY mistakes and experiment on your own. Try using different ratios of shaving cream, glue & paint.

Paper Hydrangeas (aka Frilly Balls?)

These are 2 flowers glued together to form FRILLY BALLS!

Whether they are truly deserving of the name Paper HYDRANGEA is up to you. Maybe you prefer to think of them as Paper Frilly Balls?

REGARDLESS, they’re fun to make (at least I think so!) and can be used in a variety of different ways. Decorate gift boxes, attach to hair clips, or…

Spruce up an existing centerpiece!

Just keep in mind: Paper + Fire = Yowza!

Attach  to napkin rings, or attach the flower to wire and create your own ring!

Please pardon my horrible napkin rolling skills 😦

Get festive…make some decorative garland for the Holidays or your next party!

To make this, hot glue two hydrangeas together over ribbon, fishing line... etc.

Make a “flower” arrangement!

Yeaaa... obviously I just stuck those in there for the picture. But you get the idea!

… SO, are you a Hydrangea-FrillyBall-Fanatic yet?!

I COULD sit here and type some very detailed how-to instructions, complete with photographs & witty captions. OR, I could spare myself the trouble and pass the job on to someone else!

Just CLICK HERE, and if those instructions don’t do it for you, there are also a lot of how-to videos on YouTube that show you how to make these lovely little darlings.

If you try the link and you try the video instructions and you STILL can’t do it… give up. OR, find your crafty-est friend and have her (or him?) make it for you! Just smile your prettiest smile and politely say to them:  Hey, Try THIS [and give it to me when you’re done!]…”