One of the best things about moving into this house was the fact that the former homeowners left us so many awesome things. They left us a lot of artwork. We donated some and kept some. I liked the frames of some of the pieces we kept, but not the actual picture in the frame. So I decided to get crafty.
A couple of weeks ago, in my weekend in photos, I showed you a picture of a really cool candy jar that I made. I've been wanting a little candy jar of some sort for the longest time. I think it's the old lady in me or something, but I love having candy sitting out. It reminds me of my grandma because she almost always had a little dish of candy sitting in the living room. So when I saw the Darby Smart kit to make one I knew I had to have it. I was actually a little confused when I saw the supplies to make it, but then I realized how genius it was. I'm actually a little sad I didn't think of it myself. It was also super easy to make. Here's how I made my Darby Smart Kit Lil' Piggy Candy Jar.
Supplies you'll get:
- Clay Pot
- Spray paint in color of your choice
- Plastic fish bowl
How I did it:
1. I started by spray painting the lid, pot, and lil' piggy. I found this a little harder than I thought. It's mostly just me and the fact that I thought spray paint would be easy and fast so I think I rushed it. Man that stuff is finicky and has a mind of its own! Especially when you're panting the pot. The pig and the lid were much easier.
- Make sure that you hold the spray paint can about 10 feet or so away from whatever you're painting. If you don't you will never get it even.
- Open a window or do it outside because the smell will fill the room pretty easily.
- Make sure to cover anything and everything around where you're painting. I might have a gold table now from spray paint.
2. Let everything dry. Believe me when I tell you this -- let the damn stuff dry. I was so excited to get it together that I definitely didn't give it enough time. So when I went to put the second coat on it ended up making everything a hot mess. The paint came off in places and then was uneven. Seriously, hot mess. I was able to fix it by dabbing it a little with a paper towel and all was right again.
3. Glue it all together. I glued the two pieces of the lid together. Then glued the pig to the lid and the plastic bowl to the pot. Then I let it dry overnight. Don't worry about how messy this looks, you won't notice it once it's all glued together.
4. Fill with candy and eat a few pieces. I actually waited a couple of days to put candy in it to let it all air out. I'm a weirdo and I was a bit afraid that the fumes would make the candy taste funny. I used jelly beans leftover from our trip upstate and I'm planning on putting M&Ms in it once we finish those (as you can see it won't be long until I need to refill it). I really love it and I think it adds a little fun to our room decor.
I feel like every month I say the same thing -- this Darby Smart box is my favorite. And this month is no different. I seriously would have never thought to buy any of this stuff. Even if I did I would have thought it would be so much harder than it was. This month's project was a clock.
Wooden circle White & black paint Gold pen Paint sponges Clock kit
At first I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with it. I knew I wanted to hang it in the kitchen, but I wasn't sure how I wanted to paint it. Mr. T suggested writing something on the clock and so the bacon clock was born.
Next it was time to put the numbers on. The numbers are self adhesive, but I didn't trust that they would stay on so I decided to use a little glue from a leftover project. I started with the 6 and 12 since they have certain positions on the clock. Then I put on the 3 and the 9 (with the suggestion of Mr. T) which helped to know how to space all of the other numbers. Then I added the rest.
Then I wrote the words. It was actually pretty easy. I love the way the pen writes. I intentionally made them "messy" so I wouldn't have to worry about making them perfect. I also practiced on a piece of paper first.
Then it was time to put all of the clock parts on. The kit comes with really easy instructions so I just followed that, added a battery, and BOOM I have a clock.
We decided to hang it on the wall above our bathroom door in the kitchen (yes, it's weird that our kitchen is right off the bathroom). And the clock is with it's bacon and beer friends from the wood burning kit I received a few months ago.
Etsy is a a bride-to-be's dream. They have everything on there. And I do mean everything. The best part is that the stuff is mostly homemade. So not only does it fit with our theme and with all of the DIY things that we are adding to the wedding, but that means you can find some different stuff.
I just received April's Darby Smart box (a metal stamping kit) and I am in love. There's so many possibilities that I am trying not to stamp everything that's metal in my apartment.
Short on space (and cash)? Here's an easy way to use your handy skills to make a closet using a few easy to find and inexpensive supplies.