You probably already know how much I love an inexpensive project. When I can put together a craft quickly and for free, it may be one of the best things in the world! And these Painted Fieldstone Bookends are just the ticket.
Recently, we were tilling the field at the Country House (we plan to plant that area with grass soon) to add space to our yard and we found tons of fieldstones. Of course, it seemed completely natural (pun intended) to use a some of these free stones for a project. After a conversation with my sister, I finally chose to use the fieldstones as bookends, but the needed to be gussied up just a bit.
The supplies used for this project included:
- Fieldstones w/ Flat Sides (size is subjective)
- White Acrylic Paint
- Small Paint Brush
- Pencil w/ Eraser
- Flat Head Pin
For the polka dot rock, I pushed the pin into the end of a pencil eraser for more stability and dotted each little paint circle in a line, creating several rows around the stone.
The striping technique was even easier. I just used a small paint brush to paint on each stripe.
After a few minutes of drying, these Painted Fieldstone Bookends were ready for use. I put them in my son’s room to hold up several of his favorite Shel Silverstein books next to his bed for easy access. We always love reading a little story here and there.
The bookends could even be used as a simple, yet rustic paperweight. I love that I was able to use these cool fieldstones from our property to make a speedy craft.
Thanks so much for checking out my Painted Fieldstone Bookends! The best crafts are free, so if you find a fieldstone around your house, you should definitely try making some of these.
Hey there, friends! I have a new post up at Domestically Speaking. These Utensil Stamped Dish Towels would make a great teacher/hostess gift that you could whip up at the last minute. Head on over and check them out!
It’s the middle of August and school will be starting in the next couple of weeks for our kids. Since our summer is officially coming to an end soon, I’m a little bit sad to see those warm lazy days go, plus our youngest will be going into Kindergarten, which always pulls at a mama’s heartstrings. However, with a new school year comes more homework and reading, so I thought I would share these fun and easy to make Vintage Animal Bookmarks with you.
These sweet bookmarks are so cute and would be great to slip into a card or package for your favorite bibliophile. Plus, you can whip them up in just a few minutes and only need a few supplies.
- Vintage Animals (Printed On White Cardstock)
- Colored, Textured, or Patterned Cardstock
- Glue Stick
- Laminator (or Clear Contact Paper)
I chose an adorable bunny for my daughter and a cool blue fish for my son (both images from The Graphics Fairy), although these would work great for an adult too. Find your favorite animal and let’s get to work!
To start, cut out the animal shape with scissors. Keep your scissors handy, because you will definitely need them a few more times.
Next, using the glue stick, attach the animal to the back side (non-textured/patterned side) of the colored cardstock.
Then, cut around the animal again, so that the print is on one side and the texture/pattern in on the reverse.
Finally, fire up the laminator, run the animal bookmarks through, and cut them out, leaving a little bit of extra edge. (If you don’t have access to a laminator, you can sandwich the bookmarks between pieces of clear contact paper.) This last step will give them some much need durability.
How cute did these vintage animal bookmarks turn out? I love that little bunny. Which animal would you choose to use?
Every once in a while, I will have an amazingly awesome idea for a project. However, this idea was not entirely my own. One weekend while at my parents house, I was trying to come up with some quick craft ideas. My brain was mush and I could not think of anything worthy of my time. Lucky for me, my parents are pretty creative people themselves and my Dad piped up with the idea of making carpet coasters. Genius! I took the idea and ran with it. (Thanks, Dad!)
After some more deliberating, I decided that the carpet needed to be a fairly thin, low pile piece so that glasses would be able to easily sit on top without spilling. It also needed to be cheap and waterproof. Here’s what I rounded up to make the carpet coasters:
- Indoor/outdoor carpet
The indoor/outdoor carpet I chose was just a very simple (and inexpensive) dark gray style that would go with most decor. I made sure that the bottom of it had a waterproof rubber backing, since I wanted to prevent any sweat from glass beverages coming contact with a table. The rubber also helps to hold all of the fibers in place after the carpet is cut.
To make your own, first use the open end of a mug and trace around it onto the back of the rug with a pen to create the shape of the coaster. You could choose any shape for your coaster, but I preferred mine to be round.
Next, using sharp scissors, cut out your shape.
In just a few minutes, you can have a set of four coasters cut and ready to go!
If you are making these coasters as a gift, you can continue to cut out sets from the existing carpet piece. However, I just needed four coasters, so I decided to cut the rough rug end to match the other and it is now perfectly useful in front of our door. So, nothing is wasted!
Aren’t these great? You could place them on an end table or coffee table to give your guests a spot for their drink or use them outside during a bbq. So easy and useful!
If you get ambitious, you could even add some fun designs, like stripes or polka dots with paint in a contrasting color to make these babies pop! Plus, there are tons of neat patterns and colors for indoor/outdoor rugs for you to choose from!
This post was originally published at Domestically Speaking on February 29, 2015.