Fake a beach glass look

Are you landlocked but still want the look of beach glass?  I have found the easiest diy ever to fake the look of depression glass or beach glass using junk store glassware.

faux beach glass

Fake beach glass bowls

Using matte finish mode podge, food colouring and any glass vessel around you can easily create a pretty decorative piece. Certainly not for use with food but these would be lovely for display as a group at a beachy themed wedding or party.

I picked up a couple of very inexpensive pieces of glassware at Value Village. I think pieces with a lot of texture work best for this application but you can try any sort of finish. I mixed matte mode podge with food colouring drops until I got the colour I wanted and started painting. I applied two coats, letting the first dry for about an hour in between. That it! The finish is a lovely soft matte just like beach glass and imagine the variations in colour you can work with.

Beach glass bowls

 

Snowy White Clay Trees | snowy clay trees

three clay trees

I first saw these little trees on Pinterest made in green polymer clay. Following the link I was taken to a blog that seemed to have gotten the image off Pinterest so I can’t tell where the original idea came from.  I love these little trees so much but I wanted to make mine in white polymer to make them look snow laden. Imagine how cute they would be grouped as a forest in the centre of a dinner table? Here’s how I made mine:

clay christmas tree

Starting with white polymer, oven cured clay bought at the craft store, form a small cone. Using nail scissors, which are perfect because of the curve of the blades, snip from the top all around the cone flicking up slightly as you pull the scissors out. Make sure that you are snipping in an irregular way so that your branches aren’t lined up one on top of the other.

clay tree method

Follow the manufacturer’s directions for baking. (mine was about 20 minutes at 250 degrees) and you’re done! If you are going to make a number of trees make sure that your clay cones are different sizes for a more natural grouping.

snowy clay trees

Leather Tassels | leather tassels

leather tassels

Tassels swish and swing and add a bit of flair. Who can resist a tassel? Bag charms are having a moment right now so I wanted to see how I could make my own tassel version.

Here’s what you’ll need and how to make them:

  • leather scraps (mine come from a fabric store and cost 50 cents each)
  • cutting matt
  • xacto blade or box cutter
  • metal or metal edge ruler
  • hot glue or super glue
  • a key ring or a ball chain section

leather tassel making

Cut out a straight-edged rectangle of leather and lay it out on the cutting matt. Either measure or freehand cut strips as parallel and as straight as possible along the whole length of the leather leaving 1/4 to 1/2 an inch at the top.

Turning it over to the back side glue a thin strip of the leather in a loop to one end with the hot glue. Then lay a bead of hot glue along the upper edge and roll the leather tightly making sure to align the top edge.

rolling tassels

Attach a  short piece of ball chain to the leather loop and it is ready to adorn any bag or zipper. The beauty of something like this is when you get bored you can simply swap it out or remove it.

tassel tops

In the photo above you can see the tops of the grey and white shorter tassels and how they are rolled. In this version the leather loop is much longer so it didn’t need the chain,  just use the loop to attach to a bag or tote.

tassel key chain

The photo above is of a more masculine tassel which has an attached key ring from a freebie give-away. Another piece of leather was cut and glued on inside-out as an added trim.  These would make fantastic and easy stocking stuffers.

tassel top

 

 

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