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Rustoleum Patio Refresh

DIY Patio Refresh – a Guest Post by Lovely Indeed

Hi all! Chelsea here from Lovely Indeed, bringing you some fun summertime inspiration for your patio space. I love the summer season! The relaxed days and evenings are a perfect time to have friends and family come together for some outdoor fun. Our patio was in serious need of a summer refresh, so we turned to RustOleum and Michaels to help us update some of our patio furniture with a little pop of color. It took no time at all, and now we’ve got a fresh look on our patio so we can entertain in style.

Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint Patio Refresh

Rust-Oleum recently released a few new shades in their Universal Spray Paint line, which turned out to be perfect for our project! We chose Gloss Seaside, which is a vibrant blue that brings a beachy vibe to our space. Here’s how we updated our old black metal patio chairs in just a few minutes.

Patio Refresh - Painting Metal Chairs

We started by giving them a thorough wipe down to clean off any dust and debris. Next we took them outdoors to a well-ventilated area, and spread out some scrap cardboard on the ground to catch any overspray. After that, it was as simple as point and spray!

Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint Patio Refresh

Rust-Oleum’s Universal cans are particularly great because they have a comfort trigger so your hands don’t get fatigued from spraying. And with the paint and primer in one can, it covers beautifully. It only took one coat and a few touch ups to cover our black chairs. The cans also allow you to spray at any angle, which is crucial for a project like this one – I was able to tip the cans upside down to spray the underside of the chairs. It took just under one can of paint per chair, and just like that they’ve got a new life!

Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint Patio Refresh

We allowed the paint to dry and cure for about 24 hours and then added them back onto our patio space. We also added a few special pieces from Michaels to spruce up the area and make it our own. The faux grasses, plants, and succulents are a great idea for a small outdoor space if you don’t have a green thumb.

Faux Grass Faux Greenery Succulent Container

Add a few flameless candles, some pretty containers, and a throw pillow to make it cozy and comfortable.

Palm Leaf PillowPatio Refresh

We’re loving the new pop of color the chairs bring to our patio! It’s such a simple, quick refresh but makes a major impact. Here’s to lots of time outside this summer!

Michaels Makers Pool Party Challenge

Michaels Makers DIY Pool Party Challenge

Summer is officially in session! Bring on the sun, fun and all things poolriffic!

This month, we challenged our Michaels Makers to show us how they party at the pool. Check out how they MAKE summer fun with DIY party décor ideas, sweet treats and even playful activities for the kids.

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Are you planning a pool party this summer? Share your DIY party ideas with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

Michaels Makers MAKE Summer Fun Challenge

Temperatures are warming up and we’ve got our pool floaties ready. Summer is right around the corner!

This month, we challenged our Michaels Makers to MAKE Summer fun with trendy décor, bright summer florals, cute party ideas and some fun ways to keep the kids entertained while they’re out of school! Get inspired below:

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Show us how you MAKE summer fun by sharing your photos with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

Crafts on the Go: 10 Road Trip Activities for Kids

It’s prime Spring Break time so we know many of you are hitting the road on vacation with children in tow. No matter how many snacks you pack, you’re bound to hear an “are we there yet?” or two before you reach your destination. Keep kiddos creative and busy with these fun and mess-free road trip activities.

1. Felt Tic Tac Toe

Felt Tic Tac Toe

This tic-tac-toe board is not only fun to play, but it folds up into a handy pouch for easy traveling!

2. Travel Memory Game

Matching Game

Flex your children’s memory skills with a foam shape matching game.

3. Lap DeskLap Desk

The lap desk is a game changer when it comes to on-the-go activities. Store your books, crayons and other supplies inside the lap desk. Pro Mom Tip: pack a few dry erase markers for your kids to scribble on the outside of the tote and clean with a baby wipe for reusable fun!

4. Fishing Game

Fishing Game

The classic magnetic fishing game can be fun while riding in the car!

5. Felt Picnic

Felt Picnic

Encourage make believe play with a felt picnic. Have your kids describe what type of foods they would pack on their picnic adventure.

6. Paper Puppet Show

Dory Puppets

Print and cut out your puppet shapes in advance so your children can color them on your road trip. You’ll have a rear-view mirror puppet show before you know it!

7. Dino Matching GameDino Matching Game

Matching games are always fun, especially when they involve colorful dinosaurs.

8. Counting Abacuscounting abacus

Sneak in some learning with a colorful bead counting abacus that’s easy to make!

9. Crayola® Dry Erase Fold & Go Travel Pack

crayola dry erase travel pack

We love this Crayola dry erase travel pack. It comes with everything you need for hours of coloring fun on-the-go!

10. Morph


Morph is a super light, super fun sensory sensation.  It shapes, it builds, it bounces, it even floats!

How do you keep your kids busy on long car rides? Let us know in the comments below!

How To Build a Mini Gnome Garden

Once we saw the flower pot miniature fairy garden that our Michaels Maker Stephanie Lynn made, we knew we had to plant one of our own and fell in love with this little gnome. Whether in a veggie garden or in a flower pot, these magical miniature figurines tell the sweetest little stories.

The best part about the miniature garden is the “mini” part! It’s so simple, so fast, and so much fun. We actually potted this adorable mini gnome garden in under 15 minutes!

Here’s what you need to get started:

We used gnomes and toadstools and even a miniature garden set and wheelbarrow.

1. Fill Your Pot with Dirtfill-pot-with-dirt

Depending on the height of the plant you are planting, you may want to fill the pot half to 2/3 full with potting soil.

2. Pot Your Plantplant

Loosen up the roots on your plant and place it in the pot. Then use more potting soil to fill in around your plant to make it nice and snug.


You’ll notice we planted our dahlia flower towards the back of the pot to leave room for our gnome garden up front.

3. Add Your Miniaturesfinished-plantfinished-plant-2close-up

We added a happy little gnome, his toadstool home, a polka dot pinwheel and some tiny garden tools.

Though we only used a few miniatures and one potted plant, you can stack pots and layer them stories high to create bigger and better fairy or gnome gardens. Tip: Make sure your pots have adequate drainage so your plants can breathe.

Have you used any Michaels miniatures to create garden scenes? Share your creations with us on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured in our inspiration gallery!

Craft Crush | July

Summer is in full swing. Are you overheated yet? These hot temps are keeping me in the pool or in the A/C. The latter leaves me lots of time to pin projects that are inspiring me… now I just need to get to crafting them! Here’s a little round up for my July Craft Crush:

Craft Crush July

Clockwise from top left:

Tissue Paper Banner by It all Started With Paint // Banners are the quickest way to dress up a party or a backdrop. Make one like this for your next summer gathering!

DIY Stenciled Kitchen Canisters by No. 2 Pencil // How fancy are these? Yet, so simple to create.

Crochet Hippo Hat by Repeat Crafter Me // Ok, I know it’s about 100° outside right now, but start crocheting this cute little hat now and it will be ready in time for cooler temps.

Fringed & Fabulous Tank Tops by I Love to Create // Crop tops are really not my thing this summer, but I’d love to create this in a longer version as a swimsuit coverup. Bring back tie-dye!

Scalloped Beverage Bucket by Plaid // If this doesn’t scream summer pool party, then I don’t know what does. Such a cute way to dress up your cooler!