Our friend Kristi from Making It in the Mountains pulled together ten wonderful bloggers for this fantastic Great Crate Challenge using the wood carry all crate, found right here at Michaels! Check out all these awesome ideas.
Creating a photo transfer on wood is simple. In fact, if you’ve ever used Silly Putty to lift an image from the Sunday comics, then you understand the basic idea behind this easy technique. Instead of using Silly Putty to pull the image from our paper, we use gel medium.
First, find an image you like and print it on a laser printer. If your picture has words, you may want to flip it horizontally (think mirror image) before you print it.
Next, find the perfect piece of wood. I used a Basswood Country Round® from our Wood Crafting Section, but you can pick up wood at any home improvement store. You may even find that perfect piece of wood at home in your garage.
Cut out your image to match the size and shape of the wood, and you’re ready to get started.
Spread the gel medium on in a thick, even coat. I used Artists Loft™ Acrylic Gel Medium, but you can use any gel medium you like.
Make sure the image is face down. Then, smooth it out with a brayer or your fingers. Some bubbles and creases are okay – they add character to your artwork.
Note: Try not to get gel medium on the backside of your paper. It will only make it harder to pull your paper off once it dries.
A few hours should do the trick, but you may want to leave it overnight.
The next day…Use a damp washcloth to rub the paper away, but be sure not to rub your image too hard. You don’t want to take your picture away with the paper.
There will be some paper residue left behind, so continue to work with your image until you get it exactly how you like it.
You may also paint, stain, or sand your project to give it a more personalized look. You can even add another layer of gel medium to create a clear coat, or add brackets to hang on the wall.
Have fun with it!
According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, the average American spends 55 minutes a day searching for things they know they own, but cannot find. We did the math and that equates to roughly 7 hours a week; 28 hours a month; 336 hours a year. Soak that in.
We spend 14 days just looking for stuff.
1. Tame the jewelry drawer
2. Corral the craft area
Check out our Recollections® Craft Storage for some great pieces you can mix & match to fit any space.
3. Give the car keys their very own place to call home.
Pop one of these zebra print trays by the door and you’ll have a handy spot to drop keys and mail.
4. Reclaim use of the hall closet.
Here are a few of our favorite easy DIY storage ideas using everyday items to help you get started – one little area at a time. They’re really simple and you don’t have to spend a ton of money on supplies.
5. Hang a basket on the wall for towel storage.
Use one you already have, or check out your Michaels store for tons of baskets in all sizes and colors.
6. Use a glass container to hold make-up brushes.
Add polished river rocks, glass gems or marbles to hold the brushes upright.
7. Fill mason jars with spices and dried foods to create a utilitarian yet chic display in the kitchen.
Use fabric and twine to dress up your jar lids. And if you’re hankering for more mason jar ideas, look no further!
8. Repurpose an over-the-door-organizer for use in the pantry or guest bathroom.
Taking a storage element out of its intended environment and using it for something entirely different is liberating! Try it with some of these.
Check out our décor guide for more inspiring organizational ideas and please share your favorite tips for getting and staying organized!
Ok everyone, gather around. It is time to learn about the history of bird cages.
Wait! Come back! Don’t fly away just yet. I know, I know…the history of bird cages sounds like the beginning of a long-winded, and possibly made up, story you hear from your grandparents. I mean…it’s a cage. For birds. End of history, right? I am happy to say I was proven wrong thanks to thanks to Richard H. Randall Jr.’s research article, “A Gothic Bird Cage”. I am always ready to learn new things and Randall’s article definitely taught me more about bird cages than I knew before..
Looking through the different bird cage products and projects from Michaels I had to wonder…when did the idea putting birds in cages begin? When did we start using them as decoration?
In Randall’s article, he discusses how many ancient Greek vases depict tall wicker cages characteristic in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. He also mentions different symbols associated with bird cages. For example, he describes an early Christian sarcophagus from the Vatican cemetery that looks like a domed bird cage with the bird sitting on top of it, signifying that the soul of the person had been liberated from its earthly prison.
Wood and wicker were the most common materials used to make bird cages in medieval times. The wicker cages had a conical or rectangular shape and were hawked by peddlers along the streets. Iron cages were also common in the palaces of Louis XI and Isabella of Bavaria. In 1379.
Charles V of France had decorative bird cages made out of “gold and silver filled with birds of enamel and precious metals, set with the finest gems. These minute birds were sweetly perfumed, and the cages hung in the wardrobes and chambers of the palaces as sachets.”
Apparently the idea of decorating with bird cages has been around a lot longer than I thought. I know for a fact that I could never rock a bird cage hair style but I might be able to pull off a few bird cage decorations in my apartment.
If you want to try to bring a little of this history to your own home, Michaels has several projects that continue the history of bird cage décor. Why not try making the Bird Cage Bamboo Wind Chime, Turquoise Bird Cage succulent display, or Bird Cage Lanterns.
Have fun incorporating bird cages into your home décor!
With the holidays just around the corner, we teamed up with a few of our favorite bloggers to Think Beyond the Frame this season. We sent each blogger our Studio Décor® festive ornament frames in a variety of shapes and colors and asked each blogger to dream up five creative ways to use the frames in unique ways this holiday season. Take a look at what they came up with, it’s sure to inspire you too!
Whipperberry came up with 5 beautiful ways to use the ornament frames. From napkin rings to gift tags and even a beautiful wreath. Click through to see more ideas!
Sugar Bee Crafts made stocking holders, place settings & more!
Craftaholics Anonymous spray painted the frames for a more modern look. Love it!
Eighteen 25 incorporated scrapbooking stickers, ribbon and little premade stockings for quick and easy gifts.
Lil’ Luna had some unique ideas too! Aren’t those photo gift tags precious? What a great way to give two gifts in one!
Skip on over to our Holiday Style DIY Pinterest board to see all of the ornament frame projects and more DIY inspiration. What are you making this season?
A few weeks ago some of our favorite bloggers teamed up with us to host our Pinterest event at Michaels locations across the nation. In the spirit of the season, they also hosted Pinterest parties at home with their friends. It looks like everyone had a great party and made some awesome projects to kick off the holiday entertaining season. Take a look at some of our favorites:
Skip on over to our Pinterest board to see the rest of the blogger’s Pinterest Parties & crafts. Pin less, make more. What would you make at your Pinterest Party?