Saturday, August 26, 2017

BECOMING AN ADULT: DIY College Lamp to Adult Life




So I don't know if you are anything like me, but after college I had a lot of stuff that was great for a dorm room, but not so great for an apartment or house. Like this lamp for example.

 
I got this lamp from Wal-mart for like 10ish bucks. It screams college student! After graduating, I wanted to become more adult in my decor choices. So I decided to sell the lamp above and buy a new one. But DANG lamps are expensive! I can't afford a crazy expensive lamp, I just graduated. After coming to the gruesome realization that I would have to keep my college lamp or live in the dark, I came up with a way to make my lamp transition with me from college to adulthood. Here is how I did it!

Supplies:
  • Black Lamp
  • Rag
  • Gold Spray Paint (the kind that mimics a gold metal)
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Water
  • Painters Tape
Additional/Optional Supplies:
  • Fake Succulents
  • Macrame String
  • Wooden Beads
Steps:

  1. Clean off all the dust and gunk from your lamp (don't lie we all know ya lamp is nasty)
  2. Remove the "shades" (whatever those things are that surround the light bulb...I don't know what it is called).
  3. Now you have two options for step three. It depends on the final look you want to achieve. So if you want a more spotty, antique, brassie look follow step A. If you want a more updated industrial look follow step B.
A. Spray paint the entire lamp, including the shades, a solid gold. Allow time to dry. Then take the black acrylic paint and mix it with water. I would say 3/4 water to 1/4 acrylic paint. Dip the rag in the paint/water combo and rub across the spray painted area. This should create that spotty antique look. If the spots aren't as dark as you would like them to be, add more paint to your paint water mixture. You may want to test different stroke patterns to see which you like best, but I had the most luck by wiping the rag all the way across the surface and then lightly dabbing the areas I had just wiped. But make it however you would like it to look because it isn't going in my house. 

B. If your lamp was not black to begin with, paint it all black. If it is already black, paint the lamp shades solid black using the black acrylic paint. Allow time to dry. Then, lightly spray paint the lamp gold allowing the black to shine through. This should give it a rough textured industrial look. 


Here are what the two different methods will get you:




Additional steps:
  1. Add the fake succulents to the base of the lower lamp (as seen in photo at the top)
  2. Add a macrame piece or yarn of any kind in strips to cover the lower flexible rod.

Hope this helped take you one step closer to successful adult-ing.

-B


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tennessee Tristar Pumpkin

For Tennesseans, the TN flag is just a classic symbol of their love for this beautiful state. So, I decided to make a tristar pumkin this year. Basically, I got a pumpkin and cleaned it out. Then I traced out the two circles. Then, I slowly but surely chunked out the circle without cutting all the way through. Then, the easiest way to get the stars would be to use a star-shaped cookie cutter. I did not have one, so I made a star on a notecard, cut it out, and traced it onto the punkin. Then I cut out the stars. Also, to cut these things I used the pumpkin carving tools you can get at the store (I got mine at Hobby Lobby).

-H



Monday, May 26, 2014

Boy Meets World Shoes

Hey Y'all!

So I made some Boy Meets World themed shoes! To make your own you will need: white fabric shoes (I bought mine from Target), a variety pack of sharpies (both fine point and regular), a pencil, and a design in mind.

Let's begin!

1.) draw your ideas in pencil to get positioning correct.(If needed, you can practice the sketches on paper first to get it perfect). In the picture mine has already been outlined with black sharpie so that y'all can see it easier. I put quotes on mine, as well as the logo.
2.) Then color in with the regular size sharpies. Beware of bleeding from the sharpies.

3.) Enjoy!



If y'all have any questions or need help with ideas just email me at flapjacksandflannel@gmail.com! I can custom make a pair for you! You can buy a custom pair on our Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FlapjacksandFlannel

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Flower Ball



What You'll Need:
Bouquet of Fake Flowers
Styrofoam Ball: pick any size

NOT PICTURED:
Hot Glue 
String/cord/rope
Safety Pin 








First off, I wanna start by saying that fake flowers can be extremely expensive, but the craft stores put them on sale. So, be sure to wait it out and buy the flowers when they are on sale. I got all my flowers for 50% off at JoAnn's this past weekend, so it can be less ridiculous. 

Let's BEGIN! 

To begin, the flowers need to be removed from the stems.




















If your flowers are made like the one pictured below with a piece of plastic connecting the flower to the stem, you can just gently pull on this piece away from the stem and the flower will be ready to go. However, if your flowers just directly connect to the stem, you can use wire cutters to cut the flower away from the long stem while still keeping atleast half an inch of stem in order to poke it into the styrofoam. 




















Now that I have separated flowers, I began to poke my flowers in the styrofoam. I went all the way around in a line at first keeping the flowers outer edges touching. At this point, I realized I did not have enough of the same flower, so I used some purple flowers that you will see in later pictures to fill the bottom. I left the top part bare. 



















I ended up running into another problem. My flowers were falling out of the styrofoam...so........
I turned to my trusty superglue... 



But, that didn't work either, so I turned to my even more trusty hot glue gun. Pull the flower out the the styrofoam. Coat what is left of the stem in hot glue. Then push the flower back into the original hole.



















You can stop here and leave it as a table decoration, or you can go on to make it be able to hang from something. 



















I took a large safety pin and connected my thread to this safety pin. I then eye-balled a distance in that would still be able to hold the ball without the thread breaking through the styrofoam. So, I pushed the safety pin through the styrofoam ball and tied a knot in the sting making a loop. 



















And then all you have to do is hang it up! 


Hope you have enjoyed a little bit of flower power! 

-H

P.S. I am SUPER obsessed with fake flowers right now. So, expect to see a lot of crafts with fake flowers. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

Wedding Anniversary Gift

Hey y'all! So for my grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary I made them this. It is a 50th Wedding Anniversary penny picture.


What you will need is:
 a big jar of pennies
 super glue
 frame
 stencil
 poster board
sharpie 

Each of the pennies COINcides (see what I did there.haha) with a year of their marriage. So to start you will need to go through a big jar of pennies to find one for each year starting with the year they got married and going all the way through to the present year.


 Next cut the poster board to fit into the frame you bought. Then using the stencil and sharpie, write "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY", there names, and the year if you want. 


Place the pennies in order by year and in the shape of how many years they have been married. Then glue them down and IT IS FINISHED!

Hope this makes your family/ friends very happy! Email with any questions.

-B

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bacon Roses

Bacon Roses- for the meat lover in your life.

For this simple gift idea, you'll need:
-Thick Cut Bacon (I made a dozen)
-Fake Roses
-Toothpicks
-Muffin Tin

Preheat oven to 375
Turn on some Ke$ha music (mandatory)

Start out by rolling each strip of bacon into a rose shape. Don't roll it too tight or it won't cook all the way through!

Stick 2 toothpicks through the center to form an "X" with the toothpicks.
I used a mini muffin tin and it was perfect size, but I regular muffin tin would also work. Set the rolled bacon in the muffin tins so they are hovering and don't touch the bottom of the tin.
Other tutorials want you to drill a hole in the bottom of your muffin tin so the bacon grease can drain. NO DONT DO IT!! Why would you do that?? It worked perfectly fine for me to not have it drain. It cooked in the grease, just make sure to watch it carefully and be extra careful when you take it out of the oven.

Put the bacon in the oven at 375 for 30-45 minutes. Watch it carefully! (Make sure to check that it is cooked all the way through)
While the bacon is cooking, take the red petals off of your fake flowers.

Keep the green star shaped part that goes on the underside of the flower on the stem, it will help keep the bacon from sliding down the stem. Push the star shaped piece down a bit so you have a piece of the stem sticking out. You can slide the bacon onto it like a kabob! 

Take the toothpicks out once the bacon has cooled and stick em on the stems!


Ta-da! My next experiment is to make chocolate dipped bacon roses. I'll keep you updated. 
Photo credits go to my super artsy boyfriend who was the grateful recipient of this tasty bouquet. 



Till next time,
K



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Jesus Sandals

Hey y'all!

I am going to show you how to make Jesus sandals!
You will need:

Thick, Hard Leather (I found this in a mixed bag of leather from Hobby Lobby)

Two medium size Suede Strips

Extreme power adhesive... AKA super glue

Exacto Knife (I do not have one of those so I used a wood carving knife)


Steps:
1.) trace the shape of one of your shoes to get the basic size and shape of the sole of the shoes. Do this on four pieces of leather to make the sole thick enough.
2.) Using the suede strip cut it to form the cross strap around your foot. Make sure you actually measure the strap to make sure your foot will be able to slide into it. Then glue it on. Also attach the the strip to the bottom of the first layer of leather. The other piece will go on last.
3.) using the leftover thick pieces of leather, cut four into strips. fold down and sew/glue to form a loop. Glue these onto the bottom of the first layer of leather. (I placed mine on the side near my ankle bone).


4.) Glue bottom sole on.
5.) Let glue dry and enjoy!



Disclaimer: 1. SUPER GLUE IS VERY STICKY..... 2. these shoes will not provide any arch support. They are a minimalist shoe.


Any questions? feel free to email me!

Hope you enjoy!

-B