How to Paint Metal

How to paint metal, a rusty metal gate makeover to boost curb appeal. My husband and I decided to tackle the simple weekend DIY project, painting our metal side gate. It looked really worn and rusty and needed a little TLC.




So needless to say we needed to figure out how to paint metal. It’s hard to believe that it is the same gate. Here is a BEFORE and AFTER photo.

How to Paint Metal

There’s a big difference, huh?? It looks like the photos are different sides but they are not. Same side, just much better! This project is simple and can be done over the weekend (due to drying time). It’s a simple and easy way to boost curb appeal.

You can use these instructions for painting patio furniture and the like. Here is my tutorial on How to Paint Metal.

Time: Weekend Project

Materials: This list has some recommended supplies from Amazon that are my affiliate links.

  • Wire metal brush (paint section of hardware store)
  • Spray Primer (We used Rust Destroyer)
  • Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (We used hammered black)
  • Hose (optional)
  • Two wood horses (optional)
  • Old blanket
  • Newspaper
  • Tape

Instructions:

We didn’t have a workbench so first, we disassembled the gate door and placed it atop of two wooden work horses. Next, using the wire brush, gently scrub off any rust or paint on the entire door both front and back. This is an important step because the rust removal alone can transform the appearance of the gate.

How to Paint Metal

Here is what it looks like after scrubbing. I would even recommend doing this step and stopping if your paint isn’t too bad! You can see the transformation already.




How to Paint Metal

To remove the paint chips and rust debris, we hosed it off and let it air dry outside. We found this to be the quickest and easiest way to remove debris from this type of gate.

Next, use a primer for metal. We ran into a friendly handy man at Home Depot and he recommended Rust Destroyer. It is a red primer and stops rust all in one. We used almost two cans (two coats) for this entire gate. Follow the instructions on the can for drying times. Make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area. After using it, I would highly recommend it.

Be sure to check out my article for when and how to use primer for DIY painting projects and furniture makeovers.

How to Paint Metal

Meanwhile, we used newspaper and tape to protect the wall and painted the metal gate supports (or whatever you call them…ha!).




How to Paint Metal

Finally, once the primer was dry, we painted the gate with two coats of spray paint made for outdoor metal. We used black hammered Rust-Oleum spray paint. Once it was dry, we re-assembled the gate.

How to Paint Metal

Ta da! Here is the before and after photo again!

How to Paint Metal

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How to Paint Metal

Candles – DIY Ideas

When it comes to home decor or self-made gifts, there’s nothing better than personalized DIY candles that can deliver an all-new look to your room as well as keep your loved ones reminded of you. Here are DIY  ideas that are brilliantly beautiful, unbelievably easy, yet simply wonderful when it comes to turning your candle making projects into a child’s play and prove that there’s a candle for everything !




Gold-Dipped Log Candleholders By Lifeovereasy

Candles - DIY Ideas

Supplies:

  • Wooden logs, cut to lengths from 3.5 to 10 inches long
  • Wood boring drill
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Woden primer
  • Newspaper
  • Votive candles

Here you can see the process of cutting some birch logs.

Candles - DIY Ideas

Once the logs are cut and drilled, you can get to the fun part – painting!

Candles - DIY Ideas

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Cinnamon Candle

Candles - DIY Ideas

Supplies

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Unscented candle
  • Rubber Band

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

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Holiday Tree Lights

Candles - DIY Ideas

Supplies

  • 8″ cone template (left + right), 6″ cone template, 4″ cone template
  • 4 pieces of heavyweight cardstock
  • parchment paper
  • 2 – 12″ lengths of 1/8″ dowel
  • small blade
  • aspic cutter in star shape
  • rolling pin
  • air dry porcelain or modeling clay
  • 4 LED tea lights
  • wet rag or paper towel or tiny sponge
  • glue or tape

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

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Pink Candles

Candles - DIY Ideas

Supplies : Candle Holders

  • Glass yogurt pots
  • Gold paint or PVA glue
  • Foam Paint brush
  • Glitter baby
  • Optional: Masking tape

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Supplies : Pink Candles

  • Melt and pour candle wax
  • Candle wicks with metal base
  • Wax coloring + fragrance of your choice and small pipette
  • Wooden spoon and large heat-proof pot
  • BBQ skewers
  • Sticky tape

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas




Color Block Candles

Candles - DIY Ideas

Supplies

  • Dixie Cups
  • Wax (available on Amazon)
  • Crayons
  • Wicks (available on Amazon)
  • Votives
  • Popsicle sticks (for stirring)

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

Candles - DIY Ideas

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Candles - DIY Ideas

How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

Do you love a challenging DIY project as much as we do? Don’t be intimidated by this DIY Light Bulb Terrarium project; you don’t need a green thumb to make it! Working in such a small space and with natural elements is really gratifying and a great opportunity to get your creative juices flowing. And it’s fun to break things!

These DIY light bulb gardens are also thoughtful gifts that can be customized with seasonal items – think little pumpkins or X-Mas trees! – or with natural elements like air plants that reflect your surroundings. This project literally only took us under an hour— although shopping for all of the elements could bring the total project time up to about two hours!




There are endless possibilities when it comes to your DIY Garden Light Bulb project. Consider our how-to below as a guide only, as there are a lot of choices when it comes to the miniature decorations that can fit inside the terrarium. Themes are totally up to you! Whether you decide to add water to an underwater terrarium or colored water for a flower vase is all a matter of YOUR preference.

Scroll down for directions to make your own, and to see the three ideas we decided to run with for our gardens!

How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

DIY Light Bulb Gardens

Materials

  • Light bulbs
  • Protective glasses
  • Protective gloves
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Chopsticks
  • Your fillers: rocks/pebbles, moss, plants, sand and/or miniature decorations for the season

Crafter’s Tip

  • When shopping for greenery, look for air plants. Preserved moss usually can be found at craft and garden stores.

How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

Directions

  1. Remove the metal tip from the bottom of the bulb using the pliers.
  2. Hold one of the sides with your pliers and pry off the edge of the metal tip. The thin metal will bend easily.
  3. Next, remove the black glass, using the needle nose pliers to get into the hole. (A tiny screwdriver works, too.)
  4. Once the glass is cracked away, carefully use a screwdriver to break the inner glass tube, using the leverage from the screwdriver. Be sure to wear your gloves and protective glasses!
  5. Pull out the remaining wires and break off any glass still showing.

Now that you’ve prepped your light bulbs, fill them with whatever you want! Here are the fun and fancy variations we chose to do— and instructions for how we did them, so you can make them too!

Creative Ways & Options to Transform Light Bulbs into a Garden Bulb

   Light Bulb Terrarium

How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

  1. Choose your base. Here we used a piece of wood and hot glue to keep it steady. Using a paper funnel, we added sand to the bottom of the bulb. (This method is also how we added the small pebbles.) Add the preserved moss and the air plants, small end first. Use the chopsticks to arrange the elements using a few small movements. Add tiny toys!

    Underwater Terrarium

    How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

  1. Follow the above steps for the Light Bulb Terrarium, then just add water! Add some sea shells, too, or a tiny ship. Note that the only other difference is the base. If you choose a stone like we did, use a glue gun to adhere the bulb.




    Light Bulb Vase 

    How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

    1. All you need to do here? Just add food coloring and water! All you’ll need after that is one single flower and a galvanized steel wire. The steel wire is the base in this project. It works as a perfect holder!

    Did a “light bulb” go off for you while watching and reading these instructions? Will you try this? What other themes and decorations would you want in your little gardens?

    How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

    Source: http://tiphero.com




    How To Make A Garden In A Light Bulb

Magnificent Bath Mat – DIY Ideas

No more slipping on wet tile and cold feet right out of the shower! This DIY towel bath mat is an elegant and easy solution to your post-shower woes and a classy touch of decor for your bathroom. The best part of this DIY project? You’re using recycled materials!

Three bath towels quickly turn into a designer no-slip bath mat. The designer look will impress your family while providing your four-legged friends a warm spot to lie on the tile.

Rugs can tie an entire room together and this DIY bath mat can introduce colors recently used for a bathroom remodel or act as a focal decor piece.




So you save money by using towels already being swapped out for new ones. And you don’t need to be crafty as this entire project is less than ten steps. With this video, you’ll be a pro and you get to create something super functional.

DIY Bath Mat

Materials

  • 3 different colored, regular-sized bath towels
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Upholstery thread

Directions

Place a bath towel on a cutting mat and use a rotary cutter to cut into strips, 3 inches wide. With scissors cut the borders of each strip. Repeat with remaining towels.

Magnificent Bath Mat - DIY Ideas

Line up 3 strips, one of each color. Pin in place at the end and sew together. Remove the pin.

Magnificent Bath Mat - DIY Ideas

Begin with one strip then repeat with the remaining two. Fold the sides in toward the middle, then fold in half. Pin in place every 3 – 4 inches the entire length of the strip.

Magnificent Bath Mat - DIY Ideas

Braid the three strands together. Remove the pins as you braid. Sew on more strips when you reach the end and repeat the folding and braiding until no more strips remain.

Magnificent Bath Mat - DIY Ideas

Twist the rope braid into a coil, start in the center and stitch the rug together. When you come to the end, securely sew the tip of the braid to the outside edge of the coil.

Magnificent Bath Mat - DIY Ideas

Finishing the edge: Fold the end over on itself so the frayed edge is hidden and sew together to secure.

Magnificent Bath Mat - DIY Ideas

Crafter’s Tips

  • Make sure the needle is facing away from you so there is less chance of sticking yourself!
  • It is nice to use a towel that has a grid texture as it makes it easier to cut.
  • The strips do need to be wide enough so you can fold them into themselves. The wider the better.
  • The bath towels can be replaced with old T-shirts.
  • If you want to further evolve this DIY project, consider making the “bath mat” into a smaller scale project like placemats. Use any fabric you like!

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Magnificent Bath Mat - DIY Ideas

DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids

I don’t know about your kids, but mine change their minds about what they want to be for Halloween almost every day. We need all of the ideas we can get over here. That’s why I’ve rounded up  awesome DIY Halloween costume ideas to make at home. Your kids are sure to love at least one of these costumes!




Last Minute Despicable Me Minion Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Make and Takes

This Minion costume is for those kids that change their minds last minute about their Halloween costume. All you need for this costume is a yellow winter hat, pipe cleaners, and a toilet paper roll.

Last Minute Despicable Me Minion Costume from Make and Takes

House Plant Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Oh Happy Day

I love the creative and original idea for this kid’s Halloween costume. It’s different, simple to make, and everyone will love it.

House Plant Costume from Oh Happy Day

Love Bug Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Real Simple

Let your child’s imagination fly with this adorable Love Bug costume. Add cut-out hearts to an outfit, add some antennas, and you’re done. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Love Bug Costume from Real Simple

Woody From Toy Story

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

The Girls With Glasses

Woody is such a fun costume to make and be for Halloween. It is a character that everyone will recognize.

Woody From Toy Story from The Girls With Glasses




Cow Halloween Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Primary

This costume is like no udder! It’s easy, cute, and warm for that chilly Halloween night.

Cow Halloween Costume from Primary

DIY Macaroni and Cheese Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

DIY Network

This costume is good enough to eat. If your kids like to eat mac and cheese, they’re going to LOVE being it for Halloween.

DIY Macaroni and Cheese Costume from DIY Network

Pineapple Baby Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Lines Across

How adorable is this baby pineapple costume? Best part is- you can make it yourself at home! This costume is great for those places were its still a little warm out on Halloween.

Pineapple Baby Costume from Lines Across

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