5 Ideas For Tiered Cosmetic Stand

Create-Pretty-Tiered-Trays-with-glass-plates-and-glueCreate pretty tiered trays using wine glasses, cups and plates for displaying trinkets in your home. A rewritten post from 2013. I was looking on Pinterest and found cute stacked cosmetic trays, I had craft moment making an Up-cycled Makeup Stand , as a craft project and a need to organize my makeup.
Completed-Makeup-Tier-TrayAs I visit Pinterest, (a habit I have) and I’m sure others do too, I found some pretty makeup organizing ideas and remember finding a book at the library that was full of ideas using dishes you already have at home to make serving trays and the like with just hot glue. Or if you want it to be permanent you could use UV6800.  I wish I could find that book again, that was about 10 years ago.

You can actually make temporary tiered trays, then put them in the sink with hot water and remove the hot glue, put them away for another day and creative moment when you need something fun or pretty.

A lot of my inspiration came from photos on Pinterest

Three Tier Tray made of Glass
Melissa Smith on Pinterest

3 glass plates, 2 tall shot glasses from PierOne and blue marbles (Christmas Tree Store) to make a pretty makeup display.  Just use a hot glue gun to secure them all together and you have a stylish way to display and organize the makeup you use every day.

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Artsy Chick Rules

Artsy Chick Rules // A pretty 3 tier tray made for jewelry. Using old plastic plates, glasses and chalk paint and E-6000 adhesive.(Use outdoors as there are heavy fumes). I sealed the entire tray with a Pearl Coat Spray Paint.

How to Make a DIY Candlestick Jewelry Stand
Crafivity Designs

Crafivity Designs // So simply but elegant. This one as you an see if for jewelry.
A fun idea that comes from Craftivity Designs for a simple and inexpensive jewelry tray inspired by none other than…Kate Spade with all the cute plates they create.

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 Confession of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer  // Making the jewelry tower with thrift store cups, saucers and plates including some candlesticks for the pedestals.  Oh-My-Heartsie-Makeup-Tray
I went to the thrift store and found 3 plates and 2 wine glasses, but when I got home and started working with the space I had to use on my desk, I decided on just using 2 plates with the one wine glass.  To have more surface area on the bottom plate, I set the wine glass to the back.
This way I have access on the bottom for larger items.

 Oh-My-Heartsie-Makeup-Tray-2 The project took me all of 5 minutes, once my hot glue gun was heated. If you would want your pieces to be permanent you could use an art glue like E6000 Craft Adhesive, 3.7 Fluid Ounces ( available in craft stores).
 Completed-Makeup-Tier-Tray I have seen so many great ideas but I wanted something simple and elegant at the same time. There are so many possibilities with glass plates, wine glasses, candlesticks, bottles, cups, dishes and plates. They can be white, clear, patterned, faux silver platters or any combination including wood of course or all the new tinware you can find.

I have seen the cutest serving trays made stacking plates and cups for parties that are disposable.  I would love to see polka dot dishes made into a tiered stand. The possibilities are endless!! It would be great for creating one for cupcakes or Petit fours or small desserts for parties. Any kind of dishes that you can stack and that would be stable could work!!

What dishes do you have you could use right now to create something fun.
All you need are a few dishes, odd wine glass and a hot glue gun and or the the E6000 230010 Craft Adhesive for a permanent cement

There are so many possibilities you can see in the Pinterest Board. Use melamine dishes, summer prints, or even at the holidays very inexpensive plastic-ware could be used.  Leave it to your imagination, what would you create? 

Follow Vanessa Vander Pol's board 3 Tier Trays on Pinterest.

Have you seen these kinds of serving/stands created?
What kind of ideas do you have?

I entered the Craft Challenge and added this project to the Craft Challenge over at Redoit Yourself Inspirations

Using Liquor Bottles For Gorgeous Decanters

So I was reading an interesting article the other day and about glass containers and I decided to look into it because we have so many different glass vessels that are used in so many different ways, think about it. They’re probably all over your house I know they are in my house, including ones used for crafts, we paint them we put decals on them we decorate them and we put them on display. That’s a great way to upcycle.

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Source Pinterest: Recycling glass bottles from science labs

How many glass containers could you count in your home right now? I know my coffee maker has a glass carafe and I have juice containers, storage containers, candles and all of the bottles that food products come in and then shaker flasks that are used for making salad dressings with olive oil and vinegar or even all those mason jars for food storage.

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Source Pinterest: Modern use of shaker flasks

Originally shaker flasks were created for science labs and testing facilities and other industries and come in all sizes for testing products in labs. But today as you can see they can be used for a home decor project.

modern-flasks
Source Pinterest: Modern Flasks

Next time your shopping take a look at all the products that come in glass containers at the grocery store. Everyone is worried about plastics and recycling; it got me to thinking about recycling, but they don’t make much fuss about recycling glass as we hear about plastics being used and being recycled.

So I am going to make an effort to upcycle glass with this group of glass bottles I have saved. I found a great article here on Wikipedia

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What kind of glass recycling have you made, do you have ideas?

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Zen Your Home Out With These Gorgeous Decorating Ideas

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Floral Oil Painting: Tips and Techniques for Beginners

Tips-and-Techniques-of-Floral-Oil-Painting-for-BeginnersThe spring season is on the horizon, and various plants will soon bring out their beautiful flowers. Many artists are waiting for this season to do one of their favorite activities: floral oil painting

If you are an aspiring artist who loves flowers, this is the right time to practice your skills in painting. If you have no idea where to start, this guide will help you in determining what materials to buy and the proper techniques to make your art easier.

List of Oil Painting Materials for Beginners

As a beginner, you may be overwhelmed by the intricacies of painting in oils. However, with some outstanding basic skills and the right materials, you can easily overcome your apprehensions. Here are some of the necessary painting materials you will need in a floral oil painting:

  • Painting brushes – As a beginner, you will need several student-grade bristle brushes in various sizes. Purchase six brushes: two sizes 2, 6, and 12. Every pair must consist of a flat brush and a filbert brush. The former requires to have a squared-off tip, while the latter must have a slightly rounded tip.
  • Oil paint – Because you are still learning, you should buy the cheaper but good quality paint. Some of the popular colors that you can select are cadmium red, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, titanium white, ivory black, permanent alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, and cadmium yellow light.
  • Turpentine or mineral spirits as paint thinner – You can only clean oil paints with mineral spirits or turpentine. Purchase them at a home improvement store rather than an art store because they are cheaper there.
  • Palette – You will use it to mix the paint you will need.
  • Charcoal pencil – You need to sketch out the flowers you want to paint, and you can do them using charcoal pencils.
  • Canvas or painting surface – This is where you will paint your flowers. As a beginner, you may use a piece of paper first to practice.
  • Painter’s easel – Buy an easel that can be adjusted to your height and hold your canvas securely.
  • Linseed oil – You will use the oil to facilitate the mixing of paint. This material is optional, as you can still paint without it.
  • Old newspaper – You need to clean your brush when utilizing another color in your painting. Newspaper cuttings are excellent materials for squeezing the paint out of your brush.
  • Palette knife – You will use this material for mixing paints.

Tips on How to Paint the Correct Way

Painting with oil can scare off a lot of beginners. Here are some tips to help you do it the right way:

  • Grip the brush handle to your arm’s length to gain the best degree of control.
  • Practice your brush orientation.
  • Familiarize the use of light, medium, and heavy strokes to attain your preferred results.
  • Maintain the purity of your color to preserve its intensity.
  • Utilize two color mixtures if possible.
  • Do not over-mix your colors to maintain the vividness and interest to your paint.
  • Use your palette knife to create exciting strokes.
  • Try to use of wet-on-wet and dry-brush techniques.

Floral painting arouses the creative mind in you. As a beginner, you may also buy some floral oil paintings done by professional painters for you to better appreciate the beauty of the genre.
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