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Repurpose, Reuse & Upcycle with Paint

Giving new life to old things can be very gratifying. From that broken old chair in your basement to those outdated candlesticks in your closet, all they need is a touch of paint and voilá! You have great new things to decorate your house with! You will be amazed at how easy it is to upcycle when you have the right paint.

Chalk or Chalky Finish Paint

Chalky Finish

This is a great paint to use on furniture, but it works well on so many surfaces. Wood (sealed or not), metal, plastic and glass offer a great surface for this paint. The best part of using chalky finish paint is that you don’t need to do any prep work – no sanding or priming is required! Just make sure the surface is free of loose dirt or paint and you’re ready to go. The hardest part will be choosing your color! Add a coat of wax when you’re finished and your old chair will be unrecognizable!

Chalkboard Paint

Chalk Paint

Chalkboards are all the rage these days and there’s nothing cuter than turning an old frame or a silver tray into a new chalkboard. Chalkboard paint comes in several colors in addition to the traditional black, so have fun with it.

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint

There are many multi-surface acrylic paints options out there. These are great to use on most finishes and they are an inexpensive way to transform a plain old container into a beautiful vase!

Spray Paint

Spray Paint

Probably the fastest way to transform your stuff; spray paint is a great solution and there are many colors and finishes to choose from. A few thin coats on most any finish will give you great coverage. Just be sure to use spray paint on a protected surface and in a well-ventilated area.

What have you upcycled with paint? Show us on Instagram and Facebook using #MadeWithMichaels! For more upcycling project ideas check out our Recycle Pinterest Board.

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DIY Floral: Dip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!

Spring is in the air and flowers are in full bloom; sounds like it’s time to spruce up your home décor with some quick and easy floral designs. While we’d all love to surround ourselves with fresh flowers every day, weekly trips to the local flower shop can put a bit of a strain on our schedule (not to mention our wallets), and no one likes when beauty becomes a chore. So what’s a gal to do?

Embrace the world of faux flowers! Available in a rainbow of colors and styles, floral stems can add brightness and life to any room. From roses and lilies to ranunculuses and lilacs, our stores have tons of seasonal blooms to choose from, so take your pick and let’s get started.

Put that old standby vase back in the cabinet. It’s time to freshen up your floral décor with this trendy DIY take on vintage glassware. Get the look of dipped paint without all the mess with our Dipped Milk Bottles project.

Dipped milk bottle stepouts

Everything you need to make your own dipped milk bottle floral arrangement.

Easy enough for even a beginner, this painting project whips up in a snap. By using masking tape and foam pouncers, you get more control over the paint while keeping drips and drops to a minimum. Simply tape off the area you want painted, pounce away with your paint, peel off the tape, wrap your floral bundle and voilà!

You can create one for your desk or a bunch for a party—they’re so cute and quick to make that we bet you can’t stop at just one! Single them out on party tables to create you’re very own Parisian sidewalk café, or use them to create lovely tablescapes for a baby shower. They’d also make fabulous gifts that look wonderful in kitchens, bathrooms or any room in the home.

Dipped soda and milk bottle vases

To add a little variety, consider using different types of bottles (think soda bottles and mason jars), or mix up your paint hues and finishes—a stylish chalky finish is sure to stand out. Share your projects with us using #MadewithMichaels. We’d love to know how you would use them!

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Reci-Peeps®

Wilton ProductsIt’s no secret that we are Peeps®-obsessed over here. Not only are we snacking on the marshmallow treats for our 3pm sugar boost, but we’re in love with the Wilton® line of Peeps® products. There are bunny & chick shaped cookie cutters, pans and molds; they even have a giant 3-D Chick Cake Pan. We’ve gathered up some Reci-Peeps to inspire you this Spring.

Bouquet of Bunny Peeps®

Bouquet of Bunny PopsThis Bouquet of Bunny Peeps®  can be made in no time flat and is sure to be a hit at your Easter gathering.

Peeps® 3-D Chick Cake

3-D Chick Cake Wowzers. Make this 3-D Chick Cake for the next Easter party you go to and you’ll never be asked to bring chips and dip again.

Bunny Cookie Pops & Peeps Party Cupcakes

Cookie Pops & CupcakesAs usual, treats on a stick are a fan-favorite. So you won’t miss the mark when you bring in Bunny Cookie Pops. Looking for something easy, yet homemade? Add bunnies and chicks to the tops of your cupcakes and you’ll be ready in a flash!

Do you love Peeps? Share your reci-peeps with us in the comments!

- Jillian

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Easter Baskets for Everyone

Creating Easter baskets for your loved ones is always a fun activity. Personally, I love finding little trinkets and toys that I just know my nieces and nephews will love. Michaels has Easter Basket Stuffers for just about anyone you can imagine! From bubbles to Star Wars to My Little Pony – you’re sure to find something for everyone. We’ve crafted some baskets with specific people in mind. Take a look!

For the Dog Lover

Boo the Dog Easter Baskets

For the Football Fan

Football Plushie Basket

For the Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

For the Bunny Rabbit Buffs

Plush Bunny Basket

For the Little Bitty Ones

Plushie Basket

For the Loom Lover

Rainbow Loom Easter Basket 

For the Metallic Admirer

Metallic Shiny Basket

For the Artist

artist basket

For the Yarn Fanatic

yarn basket

Who are you making Easter baskets for this year? Share your basket stuffers with us in the comments!

- Jillian

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6 Fun Easter Egg Crafts

What’s more fun than gathering around the table and decorating Easter eggs with your family? This tradition is celebrated in many households each Spring. While I always loved dip-dyeing hard boiled eggs, many egg hunts included plastic eggs filled with treats. But you can do more with them! Plastic and papier-mâché eggs make great family crafts! I’ve rounded up 6 Easter Egg crafts you can enjoy with the entire family.

1. Plastic Egg Fortune Cookies

Fortune EggsNot only is this perhaps the simplest project ever, it’s also a pretty genius idea for those that are wanting to limit sugary goodies in their kid’s Easter baskets. Fortune eggs are also great for school parties and fun exchanges around the office.

2. Easter Egg Mini Clay Pots

Clay Pot EggsBasically anything that comes in ‘mini’ is my favorite. These tiny clay pots make perfect egg holders!

3. Découpage Easter Eggs

Decoupage Eggs Tissue paper découpage is a classic craft. Bring papier-mâché eggs to life with this simple technique!

4. Framed Twine Wrapped Eggs

Twine Eggs in a FrameI bet you never thought you could decorate your home with plastic Easter eggs! Just wrap them in twine and suspend from a painted frame.

5. Metallic Succulent Eggs

Succulent EggsLet your eggs bloom with these Spring Succulent Metallic eggs.

6. Terrarium Easter Eggs

Terrarium Easter EggThese Terrarium Easter Eggs are easily my favorite! It’s like creating a tiny diorama scene inside your egg. Kids will love this one!

Looking for even more ideas? Check out my segment on The Broadcast for a fun Chalkboard Egg craft!

 

- Jillian

April-Fruit

April Trend // Fresh Fruit

Fruit Craft Trend

Ripe for the picking this season is fruit, fruit, fruit! Ok, so maybe I have an affinity for some Carmen Miranda vibes, but this fresh trend goes from food to fashion and is in no danger of decomposing any time soon. As we venture towards summer, lettuce take a few risks and don our favorite fruits (sorry for the bad vegetable pun).

Fruit Crafts

Clay molds give life to a golden strawberry necklace, while wood plaques provide the perfect surface for fruit slice coasters.  Create a bountiful textile with fabric paint or doodle strawberries onto your fingertips with a DecoNail Art kit. 

1. Golden Strawberry Necklace
2. Fruit Slice Coasters
3. Berry Nails
4. Pineapple Print Tee
5. Watermelon Slice Earrings

Make Carmen proud and add these bursting fruit accents to your ensemble!

- Sara, Trend Expert