Inspiration Execution

Thanks to Pinterest (don’t know what that is? I recommend this brilliant how-to-use Pinterest post written by a very talented blogger)(spoiler alert: it was me) I’ve been inspired to make a bunch of stuff recently. Or at least attempt to make a bunch of stuff. I’m having some extreme spray-paint related angst. I am TERRIBLE at spray painting stuff. It’s a really debilitating condition, like people who can’t park straight or say “supposably”. So I gave up on a few ideas and wandered around Michael’s Crafts staring at other kinds of paint until I was struck with new, better ideas. I think I’ve used up all my crafting energy for the next month and a half though so don’t worry about me trying to turn this into a craft blog.

Here are my successful non-spray paint related crafts from this weekend:


Buttons + corks = stamps

They actually work pretty well! Even better on soft stuff, like bubble mailers.

Corks + hot glue = trivet. I KNEW drinking all that wine would come in handy.

Scrabble Letter Shadow Box

Toddler involved craft project:

My little Picasso helped me paint

This is the glass from an $8 frame I bought at the craft store. I helped Little Evan paint directly on one side with green, blues and white. After it dried I painted over his paint with yellow. When I turned it over, this is the side that shows through the frame.


Then I Googled "quotes about creativity" until I found one I liked, printed it on clear full-sheet label, trimmed it a little and stuck it on the front side of the glass. Voila: Art! The two other frames are just plastic paper holders from Staples. It takes 3 seconds to switch out the pictures so it will be a rotating display of Little Evan's creations.

Inspiration for some of the projects found here on my Crafty Pinterest board.

Now, does anyone have any suggestions for turning a plain beige metal filing cabinet into something prettier? AND DON’T SAY SPRAY PAINT.

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11 Responses to “Inspiration Execution”

  1. Amanda says:

    I was planning on doing a similar post at the end of the week! Balloon wreath… homemade potato chips…. thank you card. Pinterest will be the death of me. Or keep me busy for the next few weeks.

  2. Sarah-Anne says:

    ohmygoodness, those crafts are too awesome!!

  3. andrea says:

    Ahhhh, love! How about some decoupage for your filing cabinet? Or cover it with a lovely wallpaper? Both are easy and work great in square or rectangular objects. Plus, no spray painting is involved.

  4. molly says:

    I love that scrabble photo. Totally addicted to Pinterest :)

  5. You made one of the scrabble things! I’ve been wanting to, but I need to decide what it should say. The stamps are cute too.

  6. MKP says:

    I looooooooooooooove those button stamps – that is so freaking bril I can’t even stand it. My brother has a ludicrous cork collection, and I have a weakness for button bags at flea markets. Hmmmm…

  7. TMae says:

    Dude, does Martha know you’re nipping at her heals?

  8. Nicole says:

    Love those! Especially the painting. I always frame Matt’s abstract colorful things from school. It’s kind of scary how well they go with the rest of the house.

  9. Kimberly says:

    I loooooove the painting! And you are so brave to paint inside with your toddler! I can’t even use crayons without issue.
    I covered my uglyfile cabinets in my classroom with contact paper. You can use the clear stuff & put pics underneath, or just get a pretty pattern. It’s not as permanent & polished looking as decoupage, but a heck of a lot faster.

  10. Gretchen says:

    Love your cork creations – and you have good taste in wine. My wedding was at Jonathan Edwards :-).

  11. Megan says:

    I love the little button stamps. There might be some of those in our future. I also have a giant bare wall in my kitchen that I want to be a spot to display small child art work, but haven’t decided on something that is easy to change out and looks nice as well. Might have to look farther into that. I second the decoupage or contact paper solutions for your filing cabinent.

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