Sunday, March 24, 2019

Ikea Hack -MALA Paper Roll Holder

Have you ever bought something that you didn't even know you needed ?

Well I guess I do!  I hope I'm not the only one-

I saw this package at the Thrift Store.....

I did not even know what it was....but it was was wood.....
and it was a dollar !

I looked it up online and thought I would give it a try.
You hear horror stories about putting IKEA products together, but honestly this was so easy
I did not have to look at the picture.

It really looked great natural, it had a light sealed finish. I knew I would be staining or painting
the holder, so I used sandpaper to remove the finish.

The paper is easy to get on Amazon. It's about $15 for a 98 ft. roll.
That's a pretty good deal if you want to save your space from glue and paint.
 I did not have the paper roll from  IKEA that fits this holder so for now.....
 I found a roll of Postal Wrap made by Scott 3M, sometimes called Kraft Paper
at the Dollar Tree.
I asked Mr. Fresh Vintage if the roll could be cut with a saw.....

 He said- let's give it a try- and it worked!

 We measured the length of the dowel.
The other short end can be used for wrapping items to ship.

The paper fit!
This Kraft paper is thick and will hold up to paint and stain.
I will not have to change it very often.
The IKEA paper is thinner.

 The two lower side pieces easily slide in and out. The trays look like they are for pencils,

but they are not necessary to stabilize the holder.


 I decided I liked the holder without the trays.
I stained the top piece, dowel and cross piece.
Then painted the T shaped side pieces with Black Acrylic paint.
I used this stencil to add some small details.
6'' x 6''

 I keep this antique holder in the garage for paper towels!

It was my inspiration. I was going for a cast iron look-

I love that I can move it around easily! 

I added a bit of faux rust using cinnamon and glue on the screws.
Just like here!
Yes, I admit my projects are all over the place. I have a craft room...and the kitchen....
and in the garage I have my Dad's old drafting table that I love!
It's a great work area.
Do you have projects all over the place or do you work in one area only ?

Thank for letting me share my version of the IKEA- MALA with you today!
Overall I think it's a pretty good product to use for crafting even though it was originally
intended to be used for children.
 xo Lisa S

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Altered Easter Peeps Box

Hello my Peeps!
I know, but I could not resist.
Well when would I ever get to say that?
Today I bring you crafting and snacking!
Do you like PEEPS?  I have to admit I do not! I gave mine away to make this project.
I am sure you can find someone who will help you out and eat them :)
I used a small package. 

Here is a Vintage Post Card you can use.

It was the perfect size for the PEEP box.
I printed 4 on my cardstock. I made 2 boxes.
You will only need 2 postcards per ALTERED BOX.

Carefully cut your background piece.
Save the rest of the postcard for your first layer.
Use white glue to attach to box.

I used these colors below to blend into the background, top and side.

All printers are different try to match your postcard.

You can paint the white area on the box behind the top chick.
Your first 3 D layer should cover that area.

Used a straight edge to fold up 1/4'' at the bottom of postcard.
Add a few foam dots. 
Put glue only on that lower edge.
Set in front of background to give a 3D appearance.
 Cut the next layer 2 chicks and the nest.
Cut out the standing chick body ( no legs )
Cut out the egg shell.

Add foam dots to the back side.

These pieces will be the next layer.

You can add other embellishments.
I added a small bit of Spanish Moss and small cloth flowers.
On the second box,
I added some Vintage Baby Rick Rack to the edges.
I always pick these up thrifting when I find them!


Put it in my cubbie box -along with some other SPRING décor.
 Spring is coming and I can't wait!
I hope you have an awesome week- 
Thank you for visiting!
If you like this, here is one I made for
xo Lisa S

Sunday, March 10, 2019

How to Paint a Faux Chocolate Bunny

Hi Friends,

When you think of spring what comes to mind ?, baby chicks.....

This is our third day of no rain!  It's cold but the sun is out .

I can't wait to get outside to see if there are any signs of SPRING.

Yes! The Freesias' are starting to bloom.

Let's get painting!
You will need:
A plaster or paper mache' Bunny-   I found mine at the Thrift Shop

If you find a ceramic bunny with a high glossy shine, you can still paint it

but first spray with a primer made for glass.
He looked just fine white, but a bit plain. I loved his carved details !
 Here is my inspiration!
Yummy Chocolate !
Real Chocolate Bunnies are made from molds like these.

You will also need
Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint and
a paintbrush

Burnt Umber is the perfect match for Milk Chocolate !


 He looks good enough to eat!
You could leave him in all his chocolaty goodness, add a bow and call it a day-
or you could add a little more detail.

Bunny kisses
 The base has an area with some grass and flowers. I am going to paint these
and I think I will paint his eyes.
I used paint I already had-
Bluebell Blue
Butter Yellow
Hydrangea Pink
Light Green
The eyes were a Butter Yellow dot then a smaller Black dot.
The tip of the handle of the paint brush is a handy tool for making dots.
 Let your Bunny dry completely, then you could
 use a Clear Satin Sealer to protect and seal the paint.

I had a scrap of dark brown felt on hand.
I like to add felt to the under side of my crafts just as a finishing touch.
I used Tacky Glue to attach the felt, let dry then trim with scissors.


Trimmed, and a good color match
 Do you eat the ears first ?
What? What? WHAT?
I can't hear you !
In a thrifted basket like the one I had as a kid !



He found a friend!
I just love SPRING !
Thank you for stopping by and hanging out with me-
xo Lisa S 

Ikea Hack -MALA Paper Roll Holder

Have you ever bought something that you didn't even know you needed ? Well I guess I do!  I hope I'm not the only one- I s...