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How to Paint a Wood Grain Tumbler with Alcohol Inks

Today we are going to learn the steps required to make a beautiful faux wood grain tumbler. It is much easier than you are probably imaging right now. Before we get started you will need to gather a few things. I have compiled this list along with my associated affiliate link so you can get everything in one spot and be ready to create a beautiful wood grain tumbler.

Once you have all of your supplies, your first step is to wipe down your tumbler with the 91% alcohol.

After you have clean the tumbler and ensured that it is free of dust and particles, spray paint the tumbler until there is an even coat of white paint.

Spray Paint Your Tumbler
Three Coats of Spray Paint

Once you have an even coat, prepare the rest of your supplies. You will need a small cup of 91% isopropyl alcohol, a couple of paper towels and your make up brushes. I normally use two to three different size brushes. Dip your brush into the alcohol and wipe off the excess onto your paper towel.

Dip Your Brush in the Alcohol
Remove Excess of Alcohol

I will also use a foam brush to use apply the initial coat of alcohol ink. Add 3-4 drops of two different brown toned alcohol inks directly yo your brush. Apply the ink by making straight lines around the entire tumbler.

Add a few drops of each color
Apply in around entire tumbler
Tumbler has a complete coat

When you get to this point you have a choice. you can stop here and add clear coat and epoxy or you can make a knot. If you wish to make a knot you will need to select a smaller brush.

Grab a smaller brush to make a knot

Decide where you would like for your knot to be located and begin moving the ink around to the desired knot shape. (If these instructions ever get confusing, jump to the bottom of this post and watch the YouTube video that demonstrates the process.)

Push the Ink to form a knot

You will continue to do this, adding ink as you create new rings.

Add as many or few rings as you want

Once you have completed your knot you can choose to make additional knots or seal the tumbler. To be honest this is a step that I sometimes skip, hence no photo for sealing the tumbler. Please note that best practice is to seal in the ink. You can do this by spraying it with Krylon Clear Coat. After this step you could apply epoxy and a decal.

Watch this YouTube video to help you even more.

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I would love to see your creations. Please share your comments, questions, projects and request below in the comment section.

Until next time, peace to you! See you soon.


How to Remove Epoxy from a Stainless Steel Tumblers

I recently started to make custom stainless steel tumblers ( and one of the first things I did was ask people if I could redo the tumblers that they had. This saved me money and gave me items to practice with. I wish I could say that I had the foresight to take some before pictures, but I did not. Nevertheless, I want to show you just how easy this process is.

You will need the following items:

  • Acetone
  • Rubber gloves
  • Foil sheets (aluminum foil rolls will work)
  • Tray
  • Paper towels
  • Large Plastic Bag (not shown)


The first step in the process is to soak a paper towel in some acetone and lay it across the cup/tumbler. Repeat this process until you cover the entire cup.


Once you have your cup cover in paper towels soaked in acetone cover the entire cup with the foil sheets.


Place the cup in a bag and seal it up. Let it sit. Depending on how much epoxy and paint you have on it, it can take a few hours to loosen up the epoxy. I normally leave my cups overnight but you check them after 2-3 hours. I found these bags at the Dollar Tree.

in bag1

The last step is taking the cup out of the aluminum foil and wiping it down with acetone to get any paint residue off.

Epoxy off

Once you clean the cup up and let it dry, you are ready to begin your next project.


I hope this was helpful. For you visual people, I have a video on YouTube that you can watch and see the process first hand.


Make Your Own T-Shirt with a Cricut and Easy Press

Hello ProcrasCreators!! Now that you have joined the Cricut family (Welcome) let’s put that machine to use. One of the first ways you can use it is by making your own T-shirt. You can make them for your kids, friends, your business or yourself. It is a quick and simple project, so let’s get started.

Using Design Space

You can use the images in Design Space or you can upload an image into Design Space. That is what we are going to focus on today. If you would like to use an image in Design Space you can watch the Youtube Video at the end of this post to see how.

Upload a Photo to Design Space

upload image button

In Design Space select Upload in the lower left-hand corner, then select upload image.


On the next screen, you want to select Browse. Take note of the acceptable file extensions underneath the browse button.

find your file

Find your file and select open.

design space image naming

Name your file, add tags and hit save.


Your file has now been uploaded to Design Space (yay!).  You can upload it and others into your current project. When you select an uploaded file Design Space puts a green box around it and list it at the bottom of the page.  Once you have selected all of the files that you want, hit Insert Image.

Preparing Your Image


sizing design space

There are several ways to size your image.

1. Unlock this button and you are able to shrink it or make it wider.

2. These arrows allow you to resize while maintaining the ideal proportions of the image.

3.  Allows you to rotate the image.

You can also resize by using the toolbar option at the top of the screen, especially if you know the exact dimensions.


color choices

You can change the color of the image to give yourself an opportunity to see what it could look like with different colors and you can separate what you want to cut by color and it will place it on separate mats.

You can change the color by selecting the colored circle next to the image on the right-hand side and then select your desired color. Once you have the image the way you want select Make It.

Mat Preparation


Once you hit Make IT button, it will take you to the mat page. You can move your image around on the mat. You can also move an image to a different mat or hide the image by selecting the image you want and clicking the three dots on the upper left-hand side.

design space mirror option

If you are using an iron on design with words, you will need to mirror the image. I would suggest mirroring everything at one time so that you do not forget to do so and waste HTV vinyl.

Once you have made your mat adjustments, hit continue at the bottom of the page.

Connect, Material & Cut

iron on buttons

The software will automatically look for your Cricut (make sure you cut it on). Once it has made a connection you need to select your material type from the popular menu or you can select Browse All Materials.

all categories

After hitting Browse All Materials, you can either scroll down to your desired selection or hit the arrow next to All Categories and select the general material that you want.

category choices

It will then take you down to everything that falls under that overarching category. Select your material and hit done.

Cricut Machine

cricut buttons

The Cricut arrow button will then start flashing.

vinyl on mat

Determine how much vinyl you need and apply it to the mat. Note: Keep the plastic covering that comes with the mat so that you can reuse it and preserve your mat.

cricut guides

Place the mat under the guides and hold it there. While holding it there, hit the flashing arrow button. Once it makes it initial adjustments the Cricut button will flash. Select the Cricut button and the machine will cut the image. When it finishes the arrows will flash again. Hit the arrow button to release the mat.

vinyl mat removeable

When removing your vinyl from the mat, pull the mat away from the vinyl and not the other way around.

weed the design

Almost there. The next thing to do is to weed your vinyl. You are going to remove everything that you do not want to adhere to the shirt.


You can use the Cricut BrightPad to assist in the weeding process. It is more helpful with glitter vinyl than it is with regular vinyl.


weeder trash

While weeding, it is nice to have a bowl, bucket, or empty tissue box to have a place for the scraps.

Cricut Easy Press

press setting

The Cricut Easy Press comes with a quick guide for heat settings. You can also visit the Cricut website to figure out the settings. I set the temperature at 305 degrees for 20 seconds.


iron the shirt

While the Cricut Press was warming, I ran the press over the shirt to prepare the shirt for the vinyl.

transfer tape on shirt

Then I placed the vinyl on the shirt ensuring that it was centered and level. Once I had everything in place, I set the Cricut Easy Press on the design and started the timer.

disperse the heat

Once you pick up the Cricut Easy Press, you can shake out the shirt to disperse the heat.

remove transfer tape

Slowly pull the transfer tape away from your design.

craftingphd shirt

You did it!!!!! I’m so proud of you. Please leave comments and questions below. If you are a visual learner and need more help, watch the video below.

See you all the next time!!!

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Industrial Pipe Shelving

This project added a great look to my ProcrasCreation DIY space. I was actually using the pipe to add legs to my door desk and had some leftover pipes and decided I would use them to make shelving above my upcycled bookshelves (See that project here

 I needed the following items to complete this project. You can click on the relate links to buy these items from Amazon:

The first thing that I did was paint the shelves. I started with white chalk paint and then I decided I wanted them darker so I used gray. To give the board a distressed aged look, I sanded them and randomly added some of my wall color.Distressed Board

From there I started on the pipe and fittings. I had to scrape off all of the stickers and clean the pipes with the Goo Gone.

Scraping the Pipes

After all of the pipes were cleaned, I added white and green painted to each pipe and pipe fitting creating the aged look.


The pipes were then screwed into the wall, ensuring that we used studs because the 2×4 boards were heavy. And here is the finished look…Industrial Pipe Shelving

I love these shelves!!! If you do too and want to see the step by step process on video, click here

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How to Repurpose a Cedar Chest into a Bench

How to Repurpose a Cedar Chest into a Bench

While searching for table legs for the farmhouse table that I would like to build, I found this old broken cedar chest. It was love at first sight. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Bench Before
Cedar Chest found at a Salvage Store. Top and most of the front was missing

I needed two benches for my new house and I wanted them to be unique and fit into the style that I was going for. This would be the first of the two.

Bench Cleaned Up

I cleaned up the wood as best I could and removed the broken front panel.

Bench with Supped Up Legs

(Excuse my mess. We are in tight quarters right now). Anyway, I had someone cut cedar legs for me. Our first attempt was legs on steroids. They were way too high. They were cut to measure 24 inches. I went back and had them cut to measure 18 inches.

My next task was to make the no-sew cushion.

No-Sew Cushion

See my Youtube video on how I completed this task.

The next step in the process was to add the new legs. I did this by using two angle brackets per leg as well as two no predrill screws that were drilled through the base of the chest into each leg. In addition, I added new trim to the entire seat opening.

Bench w Correct Legs

Then I painted the bench using a charcoal chalk paint and stained the cedar. I also put the cushion in place.

Bench Painted and Stained with Clock Table

For the final touch, I made pillows out of leftover fabric.

Bench Afer

I am so pleased with the result. If you would like to see this process in action watch

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No Sew Bench Cushion

Welcome ProcrasCreators!!

Since the last time we met I have completed two projects, a dining room chair and a cushion for my cedar bench. Today I am going to share a little about the no-sew cushion. I needed the following items to complete this project.

  • Wood
  • 2″ Foam
  • Batting
  • Material
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Glue
  • Kitchen Knife

First, I went to my local hardware store and had a thin piece of wood cut to the size of the base of the bench. I went to buy foam at my local craft store only to find that it was $49.99 a yard. And you know I did NOT buy that! I had some 2″ foam at home that was a little short in length, so I purchased some adhesive spray to connect the two pieces.

Once I got home with my supplies, I cut the foam to the size of the board using my kitchen knife. I used the adhesive glue to attach the foam to the wood.  I cut a piece of fabric and batting to size and laid the board and foam on top of it. Then I attached the foam and batting to the wood board with the staple gun. The fabric was attached using a gift wrap method.

Ta-Da!! A No Sew Cushion

No-Sew Bench Cushion

The finish cushion. Please note I am still working on the bench.

No-Sew Bench Cushion Finished

If you are a visual learner, check out this video that documents the process.

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Reupholstering an Antique Rocking Chair (Part 2)

Reupholstering an Antique Rocking Chair (Part 2)

Welcome back Procrascreators!!! Let’s jump right back into how this rocking chair was transformed into a beautiful piece that I can’t wait to add to my home.

After adding 2 coats of polyurethane, I attached jute webbing and burlap to the bottom of the seat. The springs were tied down with hemp. I originally tried jute string but it was not strong enough. The bottom of the springs was sown to the jute webbing and burlap.

Rocking chair springs tied down

Rocking Chair Jute Webbing

I had to redo the jute webbing (not shown). The videos I watched all stapled the webbing after it was folded onto the chair. I did not initally do that and the chair did not hold my weight. Once I folded it over, it held me.

Rocking Chair new burlap

I then added burlap to the top of the springs and the back of the chair.

Rocking Chair Foam Back

Seat with foam and cotton

From there I added foam, batting, and cotton to the bottom of the seat (1/2 inch foam was attached to the back of the chair and 2-inch foam to the seat).

Rocking Chair Batton Back


Batting was added to the front and back portions of the back of the seat.

The material was then added using the pictures I took when deconstructing the chair. I also added decorative trim to the seat and decorative tacks the back of the chair.


Rocking Chair finishedJPG

It turned out beautifully!!!! I am so excited that it turned out so well. I can’t wait to tackle my next procrascreationdiy project! I hope you enjoyed this.

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