Pinteresting: An attempt to be Creative

Once in a while, I take time from running and working to focus on a more creative side of myself. I have a continuous on and off again relationship with scrap booking, which I’m hoping will be back on again this winter. But over the past couple months, my friend Marissa and I have fallen into the black hole of attempting Pinterest crafts. Some have been easy and some have been hard, but we’ve tried to keep them as simple as possible. So I’d like to share a few that we’ve done and give you my advice if you try any of these. With the new house, I’m trying to find more and more ways to make it feel like home, so this very well could be a reoccurring post.

1. Painted vases

Inspiration:

Results:

My attempt

My attempt

My Thoughts: We thought this would be a lot easier than it looked. It turned into a long drawn out project due to waiting on paint to dry. All in all, I was happy with how they turned out and hope to make a few other sets someday.

What you’ll need:

  • Vases
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes

We painted the inside of the vases with at least 3-4 coats of paint and had to wait a long time in between each coat. If you rushed too quickly, the paint could still be wet and come off. Also, the more intricate the vase, the more difficult it will be to cover the glass entirely.

My advice, use simple vases and spread this project out over a couple of days to make sure that the paint is completely dry.

2. Painted Canvas

Inspiration:

Results:

My attempt

My attempt

My Thoughts: This is probably my favorite project so far. I used multiple colors to give it more depth and I was surprised with how well it turned out.

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Blue painters tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic Paint

I marked off spaces at random and tried not to put the same colors next to each other. For the most part, it turned out pretty good. We originally used masking tape to mark off our spaces, which can lead to some bleeding in the paint, but I definitely recommend using painters tape instead. This was perfect in our dining room at the apartment and really brought out the colors of the furniture. It’s a little too small for our new living room, but I can’t imagine getting rid of it.

3. Home made wreath

Inspiration:

Results:

My attempt

My attempt

My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure where to begin with this one, but once I got started, it was really easy. The hardest part was picking out yarn colors and accessories for the wreath.

What you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam wreath
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun & extra glue
  • Seasonal accessories

Tie one end of the yarn around the wreath and wrap until you get all the way around. Then tie the other end and hide it on the back side of the wreath. Glue any accessories you want to add and make sure they line up for when you hang the wreath.

I really enjoyed working on this and plan to do a few more for other seasons and holidays.

So there you  have it, some crafts I’ve been attempting all thanks to Pinterest. And now if you ever want to make these you’ll know what to look out for and tips on making it right!

Have you ever done a Pinterest project? Ever tried any of these? What projects would you suggest?

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