On the odd Saturday morning about every two weeks or so, I am probably off teaching a class somewhere. And so my husband was shepherding the kids around to their activities. Well a couple weeks ago it was Cameron's Boy Scouts trip to the Home Depot for the 9:00am kids' workshop. Can I tell you my daughters were not amused?
Courtney and Brianna of course pride themselves in doing everything better, faster, etc. than any boy - and I must admit Courtney's little birdhouse, rainfall catcher looked very well put together. But that victory aside - it lost all its charm as soon as it got home. So this morning, I saw the sad little project sitting on the catchall front entrance hall table and asked Courtney if I could do some real home improvement on it. She didn't care what I did with it - because she was done with it.
I don't consider myself handy either. I have a little bin of this and that which I keep in the laundry room. First I found the hammer and pounded in the nails on the roof so they were flat to the surface. Then I put glue on one side of the roof. Now I know some of my altering friends like to use adhesive sheets for this step - but they are too ONE SHOT for me. I like a liquid glue that gives me a little wiggle room. So I outlined and 'squiggled' some Fabritac onto the surface.
I invert this onto the wrong side of my cardstock and hold in place for about thirty seconds. Make sure the edge of the paper is just barely visible. Loose paper edges sink altered projects. :)
Do this for all the edges you can get at easily. Obviously, it would be better to do these steps before the piece was glued together - but it is completely doable.
For the front, there is a little screw there, to hold the rain catcher. I'm going to leave it, because I feel like a little basket or something is going to hang there in the future. I cut a small v-notch in my cardstock, measuring from the straight edge of the paper and placing it alongside the screw.
And glue them on. After the glue has dried, you can use a nail file, pushing towards the unfinished edge, not pulling the paper away from the edge; to sand down any loose pieces. In this project, I had to loosly cut out the circle after the fact, and so this was very handy. Note: glittery nail files aren't required, but hey, they are fun to use. This is just me asserting my girly-girl self into the project at hand.
I used some Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glam to color it to coordinate with my project and make it sparkle.
A little Fabritace along the edges, and the gingerbread lace is attached. And now I wanted to bedeck my house with climbing vines of pearls and roses too. But don't those roses scream 'color me!' ? At least that was what they were saying to me from the moment I saw them at CHA.
So a Copic Marker (V17) does the trick. It's an Alice in Wonderland moment. I'm painting the roses... purple.
I decided to add a Petite Floral Vine along the roofline. And a mini-clamp was just the trick to make sure it adhered in place with my Fabritac. Yes, girls - the mini-clamp is another thing I found at Home Depot that is indispensable for altering things.
And that's it! I decided in the end that this would make a darling placecard holder for my dining room table when we have Easter dinner. Of course that means I will need more... but it will suit at the dinner table tonight for Ms. Courtney. So I took the packaging from the Say It in Pearls and cut it down to size for a placecard.
As a last step, I sanded all the edges with my nail file and put a light spray of Marshmallow Glimmer Mist to give it an overall shabby chic look. I glued on a little butterfly wire card holder I had on hand for holding class sample placards. Perfect!
As if the staff at my Home Depot doesn't already scatter when I enter the building. Someone once had the nerve to tell me something was in 'the hardware section'. Can you tell me what part of that store does not qualify as the hardware section? Puh-lease! To which I countered that I was looking for somethng, like copper pipe that could be cut down to make a petit four cutter, but I wanted it to be square. Thank you for returning the blank stare...take that, Home Depot.
Well let me tell you, after today - I hope the crafters descend upon the Home Depot - because girls... this house it haute!
Products used in this project:
- Indeed Cardstock, #813161
- Say It In Pearls Swirls #535667
- Flutter Vine, Violet, #533748
- Lace #529451
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