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Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project

Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project

Upcycle your old glass globes inexpensively and easily to create beautiful outdoor table lighting, festive holiday decor, beautiful mantle accents and more. There is no limit to where a can of paint, an old globe light and a battery operated tea light can take you!



Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


Have an old light globes in the closet from from an update and wondered what to do with it? How about making a holiday or seasonal decor that is close to the original purpose?

This example is orange “pumpkin” for Halloween. This can be set up as mantle decor in an entire patch if making a few, or used as an accent if making only one or two. How about making a dozen or so and lighting up the porch on Halloween or for Christmas? Or using a lighter color for the backyard table and garden parties?

Since these are glass, it is necessary to watch where they are placed. While no live candle should be used, kicking the glass over could result in it being broken.

Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


Supplies Used;

• Glass Globe Light Cover (choose globes that have a texture) If you don’t have them on hand, they are found very reasonably priced at thrift stores or yard sales. The more interesting, the better. The globe needs to have some texture, so in this case interesting is not only good, but necessary!
Spray Paint
Sandpaper
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
• Wide Mouth Mason Jar Ring
• Twine or Raffia Ribbon
• Scissors
Battery Operated Tea Light

Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


• Wash globes well in hot soapy water, dry completely. Rub down globes with a rag or paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol – this helps remove any residual oil or fingerprints, and allows for better paint adhesion.

• Once dry, take globe’s outdoors to spray paint.
• Hanging your globe from a nearby tree branch is a good way to get complete paint coverage, but watch out for over spray! Hold up a piece of cardboard on the opposite side of where the paint is being sprayed to catch any paint over spray.
• Spray the first layer lightly. This creates a tack coat that will allow other coats will stick well too.
• Dry 5 minutes.
• Spray another coat or two of paint allowing for dry time in between until desired coverage is reached.
• After final coat let dry 2-3 hours.

Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


• Since these globes have texture, this gives an gives an easy surface to rub off paint with sandpaper and let light shine through.
• Once the paint is completely dry, sandpaper and scrub off paint only on the raised, textured areas.
• Wipe away dust with a damp paper towel.

Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


• Apply hot glue to mason jar ring and press into bottom of globe to create a stable base for your globe light.
• For decoration, wrap some Twine (or Raffia Ribbon) around the screw in indentation of the light base. Pull tightly to knot.

Upcycled Globe Light Cover Project


• Drop in a small battery operated tea light. Do not use a flame candle.

If you are looking for a simple project to upcycle old globe lights, give this easy project a try. You could do green or red for Christmas, orange for Halloween or Thanksgiving, Blue, Yellow or Pink for summer; the ideas for the seasons and the holidays are endless.


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Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick

3 decorated witch's brroms leaning against a tree, house and gardens in background




Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick

Simple and fun to make Halloween Witch’s Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch’s broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!

As we approach Halloween, it has become time for me to think of the decor I’d like this year. While I do decorate for fall, I switch it up in October for Halloween. This year, my foyer is going to be spooktacular!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


I saw a photograph some time back from someone who made a glitter witches broom with a regular corn broom. The photo was just that: a photograph. It did not lead to anything with directions. And while the corn broom was super cute, it wasn’t quite what I wanted for my foyer Halloween decor. I wanted an “authentic” witch’s broom!

Of course I looked through all the costume shops, places that sold holiday decor, and other usual suspects for a witch broomstick, but they were none to be found at a reasonable price that were over 3 feet tall. All I could think of is what kind of witch only uses a 36 inch broomstick? One that can shrink herself with magic?

I wanted a 5 foot or 6 foot tall broomstick, so I googled and googled and found a few handmade creations on etsy – for $50. That was too rich for my blood considering my plans for said broomstick. I then asked Hubby to help, and he went on a mission too.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


Eventually, I found these awesome cobweb brooms at Smith Brothers for $14.99 each! Sold!

So now how to color the bamboo in the broomstick? Well with glitter spray paint of course! I had to decide between Rust-Oleum Glitter Spray and Krylon Glitter Blast. The reviews for both were underwhelming, the Krylon having some spectacularly bad stories.

In the end, I did go with the Krylon Glitter Blast because I could get orange. I also used the Grape Glitz for my purple broom, and the glitter sealing spray.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick Instructions:

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


After opening up the box of cobweb brooms, I assembled one by inserting the handle, turning it upside down and pressing. That was it. I heard a “click” and knew it was attached.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


I did not assemble the other two brooms. I planned on keeping one natural just in case I decided to use it… as a broom! The two I did not immediately assemble due to plans for painting the bamboo bristles – I did not want to get paint on the pole.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


I painted these over the grass – I was concerned about overspray and ventilation, so the painting was done outside. I chose to work on the grass because any overspray would be gone with the next grass cutting! I placed down two cardboard boxes… one for each broom base.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


I shook the Krylon Glitter Blast for 2 minutes, then, with long even strokes, sprayed. I used Krylon Orange Burst on one broom and Krylon Grape Glitz on a second broom.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


I then waited the 20 minutes the can suggested for dry time. I turned the broom over, and sprayed the other side. I also sprayed the sides.

I used two cans of Krylon Glitter Blast for each broom. There were a lot of bamboo bristles in these!

If I had left the glitter paint it as is without the sealer these would have been the glitteriest, shiniest, most sparkliest brooms you had ever seen! But, I was worried about the glitter dropping off at some point, so I sealed the broom bristles. It is still glittery, but not as glittery.

Note: after finishing these broomsticks other colors I think would look great are black or green. BUT, I have not used either so can’t be 100% certain. I like the purple one I did best because it is so vibrant (and why I have a feeling green would look fantastic). However, the orange shows better in the sunlight.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


I waited a full day for the paint to dry before attaching and decorating the handles.

You can see some sparks in that photo. This is where my photography skills failed me. These sparkle and snap in the sunlight, even after the sealer has been applied!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


This was my collection of “creepy” decorations and ribbons that I had available to choose from. I used 15 feet of 2 1/2″ ribbon to cover the stick and allow a drape. I paid special attention to covering the blue where the handle attached to the bristles wrapping that several times to conceal it. I also used ribbon and paddle wire to make a bow (and bought one). The bats were hanging bats that I cut the hangers off of and attached to the bristles with hot glue. The spiders had clips on the back. Highly recommend the clips!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


I did attach each handle before decorating it. (I was afraid of knocking off the ribbon when I inserted the handle into the base after decorating it, so attached before decorating.) Once I attached the handle, I wrapped my chosen ribbon around the shaft. I started at the top by using a rubber band to hold the ribbon in place. I hot glued it last. Every 4-5 turns I put a dab of hot glue on the ribbon and shaft to hold it in place. I did not do this on the broom I “might” use, and there is a real difference in ribbon-gap and stability. Still, if I ever plan on using that non-glittered broom as a functioning broomstick, I had to be able to get the ribbon off the handle!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


Once the ribbon was attached, I added a bow (with wire), and clipped on some creepy crawlers. I hot glued a few bats to one broom, and wired a dark bird to a different broom.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


That was it!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


The work time on all three brooms was approximately two hours. This was a fast and easy work project, although it DID take some time to allow the paint to dry. If you wanted to do this yourself, figure 20 minutes in between paint coats and sealer coat, and then an hour after you can work on it to be sure it is completely dry (I still recommend waiting overnight).

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


Decorating took about 20-30 minutes per broom. Turning the ribbon around the handle without getting it stuck was the most time consuming, and that took under 10 minutes.

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


Materials I used to make 1 Witch’s Glitter Broom:

• 1 Cobweb Broom
• 2 cans Krylon Glitter Blast – I used Krylon Orange Burst that I picked up at a local hardware store, and Krylon Grape Glitz that I purchased at Amazon (where it was cheaper).
• 1 Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer (I used one can for both brooms, and still have leftover)
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
• Ribbon (I used 2 1/2″ x 15″ of ribbon to cover the stick and allow a drape. You also need enough ribbon for a large bow.)
Paddle Wire
• Wire Cutters
• Scissors
• “Creepy” Decor. I bought the bats, spiders and bird used to decorate by broomsticks at Michaels. The clips on the spiders made it super easy to reposition them until I found the placement I liked best!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!


If you are looking for a simple project to dress up your Halloween decor or Witch Costume, give these Glitter Brooms a go! They are so easy, unique, and pretty!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick; simple and fun to make Halloween Witch's Glitter Broomstick Tutorial DIY project. With just an hour of your time, and you have a wonderful 6 foot tall witch broomstick to make your Halloween decor, or costume, complete!



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How to Make a DIY Family Photo Collage That LASTS!

How to Make a DIY Family Photo Collage That LASTS! Want to make a lasting photo collage that tells a great story about a memorable family event?  The trip to the zoo, a wedding, a picnic or simply a lazy day in the backyard playing games and lounging poolside as family are all remarkable and important times you don't want to forget. Creating a do it yourself family photo collage that will last and last, is a wonderful way to keep those extraordinary family moments fresh.


How to Make a DIY Family Photo Collage That LASTS!

Want to make a lasting photo collage that tells a great story about a memorable family event? The trip to the zoo, a wedding, a picnic or simply a lazy day in the backyard playing games and lounging poolside as family are all remarkable and important times you don’t want to forget. Creating a do it yourself family photo collage that will last and last, is a wonderful way to keep those extraordinary family moments fresh.

A photo collage can tell so many stories, they can be fun, memories of a family member we have lost, family photos that are your favorite, the possibilities are just endless. When you create your own photo collage you want to plan ahead what you want your collage to say; the story you would like to tell when people view your collage. Once you have an idea of what type of photo collage you would like to make, you can start with these easy steps to create it.

Materials:

• 11″x14″ Blank Canvas (You will want a thicker side to your canvas)
• 1 bottle of Anita’s All Purpose Paint (Any color you would like)
• 3 Foam Brushes (The smaller sizes work great)
• 12-14 Photos that you want to use for your collage (On your computer)
• Computer printer (Black ink or Color)
Mod Podge
• Scissors

Once you’ve made a photo decision, the next step is to decide on color or black ink. You can use either so it’s really up to you which you would like to use. This collage (showed above) uses black ink for a black and white color effect. You can print out your pictures if they are already size you would like them. I use 3″X5″ photos and wallet size for my photo collages. You can resize them with Picmonkey.com if necessary. Pickmonkey also allows you to brighten, darken, clarify and crop your images. Pickmonkey is a great free tool to manipulate photos (I use it all the time, albeit the paid version). If your not sure how to use PicMonkey, this youtube video has great instructions.

How to Make a DIY Family Photo Collage That LASTS! Want to make a lasting photo collage that tells a great story about a memorable family event?  The trip to the zoo, a wedding, a picnic or simply a lazy day in the backyard playing games and lounging poolside as family are all remarkable and important times you don't want to forget. Creating a do it yourself family photo collage that will last and last, is a wonderful way to keep those extraordinary family moments fresh.


When your edited photographs are the size you would like them to be for your collage, save them on your computer and then print them out. You will have several sheets of paper with your photos on them. Now, cut your photos from the paper, and lay them side by side.

If you plan to paint your canvas to cover the sides or the whole canvas, now would be the time to paint it. If not you will continue onto the next step.

How to Make a DIY Family Photo Collage That LASTS! Want to make a lasting photo collage that tells a great story about a memorable family event?  The trip to the zoo, a wedding, a picnic or simply a lazy day in the backyard playing games and lounging poolside as family are all remarkable and important times you don't want to forget. Creating a do it yourself family photo collage that will last and last, is a wonderful way to keep those extraordinary family moments fresh.


You now want to lay out your photos around to see how they will best fit onto your canvas. While you are moving the photos around you can also trim any photos that need trimming so all the photos fit your canvas. Once you have the layout that you like for your canvas and everything is fits well. You will move onto the next step.

Move your photos off to the side, but in the exact same layout you just finagled in the last step. Make certain the photos are easy to grab as you need them.

Now that you are ready to add your photos to the canvas this step can be a little tricky:
• Place a thin layer of Mod Podge on the first edge of the canvas.
• Now, take the photo that goes on that side and place it on the area. Once you have placed the photo you will need to run your fingers over the top of it so there are no wrinkles.
• Continue this process till all the photos are placed on the collage.
• Now let the canvas dry so that the photos will be adhere to the canvas.

Your last step for the photo canvas is very easy.
• Place a thicker layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photos and then allow it to dry.
• The photos will be white due to the Mod Podge but once it dries it will be clear and leave a shine on the photos.
• This is a nice protective coat to prevent fingerprint damage, smudges, and more.

Your family photo collage should last you a long, long time!

Note: you can do this with shapes and cut-outs too for a decorative art piece.

I would like to thank Debbie Schuster from A Mom’s Paradise for sharing her Photo Collage expertise, as well as her family photographs, with us!


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