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How to Make a Wooden Door Hanger (Wreath)

Welcome back! Some of us love to show our holiday or seasonal spirit by decorating our homes to include our doors. Today we are going to take a few minutes to go over step-by-step directions on how to make a door hanger/wreath.

You will need the following:

Your first step would be to either to cut your wooden circle and sand it or make sure your puchased circle is smooth.

After your circle is ready, you can add paint. I have been using Plaid Enterprises products to include their FolkArt and Waverly paint.

While your paint is drying, you can cut your vinyl saying or picture. You can either apply the vinyl or use it as a stencil and paint on your design.

You should seal the design. I use mod podge.

After your seal has dried, you are ready for ribbon. I use about 6 stripes (about 9 inches) along with tulle or a thinner ribbon.

Using a heavy duty stapler, you need to make a loop and staple each ribbon strip into the shape of a bow.

You can also add some tails to your ribbon.

Once you have everything in place, you will need to add screw eye pins and twine so that you can hang your beautiful creation.

Your project is now complete. Go hang it on your door or give it away as a gift. If you want to see more ideas or leave the work to us visit our shop (https://procrascreationdiy.com/product-category/door-decor/).

Print to Cut Vinyl – How Long Does it Last?

Print to Cut Vinyl – How Long Does it Last?

If you are considering making shirts and are researching some of the materials that you can use to start the process, I’m sure that you have come across the print to cut option. This option allows you to put pictures on a shirt, among other things. When making an informed decision most people also want to know how long will this stuff last. Surely you do not want to purchased a bunch of materials only to find that it does not hold up well.

In a recent YouTube video I share a few shirts that I have made back in January 2019 and show how they are holding up in September 2020. As you can see in this one example the difference is drastic.

The shirt above is about a year and nine months old. The manufacturer’s package notes that printable heat transfer (print and cut) material last for about 50 washes. In addition, the packaging notes that if you wash the item inside out in cold water on the gentle cycle you will have longer-lasting results.

If you are interested in this material I normally use Silhouette’s Printable Heat Transfer paper dark (https://amzn.to/35QgmVu). I have also used Print Works (https://amzn.to/32I2jzo). This is an inexpensive option and a good way to start making t-shirts.

If you are looking for something that will last longer, you may want to look into sublimation or DTG. These printers infuse the ink to the fibers of the shirt and will last the life of the shirt. I have recently purchased a sublimation printer from Heat Press Nation (https://shrsl.com/2ihyr) and will give you updates as I start to produce products.

For more examples of print to cut life spans watch this video…

Alcohol Ink Beach on a Shiplap Tumbler

Alcohol Ink Beach on a Shiplap Tumbler

Hello ProcrasCreators! In the last post, I demonstrated how to paint a shiplap design on your tumbler. Today we are going to take it a step further by adding a beach or ocean scene to the bottom of the shiplap tumbler. I know that you are just as excited as I am so let’s not waste anymore time. Let’s get started!

You will need the following to complete this project from the beginning:

Once you have caught up with us by completing the shiplap steps it is time to mix and add the epoxy. I use Amazing Clear Cast which is a 1:1 mix. For this project I used a total of about 10ml (5 ml each side). Place the tumbler on your cup turner and add a thick coat of epoxy.

Now add your inks. I used three different colors of blue (Ranger) and white (Pinata). I started with the darkest color at the bottom and added the other two colors additional colors.

All colors were added to a little below the halfway point of the tumbler. To give the appearance of foamy wave the white alcohol ink was dropped in varies places.

At this point, applied a little heat using my heat gun for only a few seconds.

Pick up your turner and allow gravity to work. Shift it towards the top and the bottom of the tumbler. This is one of the most important steps. The shift of your tumbler moves your alcohol ink around, giving the tumbler the overall look of an ocean. Do not let the alcohol inks run all the way to the top of the tumbler. I would stay less than 60% so that your shiplap still has time to shine.

The tumbler should stay on the turner for at least 14 hours to give the epoxy time to cure. Clean up the inside of the tumbler removing any rouge epoxy with a razor blade, wash and use. You did it!!!

How to Paint a Shiplap Wood Grain Tumbler

How to Paint a Shiplap Wood Grain Tumbler

Welcome to ProcrasCreationDIY. Today we are painting a shiplap pattern on stainless steel tumblers. If that is not exciting enough, we are adding a beach or ocean scene to the bottom of the tumbler in my next post. Both effects are created with alcohol inks. I am using a mixture on Pinata and Range alcohol inks.

To start this project you will need the following items:

The first thing you will need to do to prep your stainless steel tumbler. To do this, clean it by using your isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel. If there is any gummy residue from the label you can also use a razor blade to remove any build up. Once the tumbler is clean ensure that it is dust/particle free.

After you have cleaned the tumbler you will need to cover it with a base coat of white spray paint. I normally use one of the 2X Rustoleum flat white or matte white sprays. You may need to do 2-3 coats for an even base.

While your base coat is drying, you can start cutting your tape (electrical, painters, etc.) into varying lengths. I normally use the 3/4 size but of course you can use whatever size fits your project or is readily available.

Once the base coat is dry, place the strips around the tumbler. Start this process by placing the tape 1/8 of an inch from the top of the tumbler and slowly apply the tape as evenly as possible. You want to ensure that you are staggering the tape seams, just a wood floor would have staggered seams.

For the grout you can either use alcohol ink or use spray paint. Choose a color for the grout that will compliment the alcohol inks that you plan to use. If you choose to use spray paint, 1-2 coats would be appropriate for this step. If you choose to use alcohol ink, apply the ink to the open grout seams, let dry and add a clear gaze or sealant.

Now you can remove the strips of electrical tape.

For the next step you will brush on the alcohol ink. This should not be coated perfectly even. Have fun with it. You will find that you can make areas darker or lighter depending upon the amount of alcohol ink used and the amount of brush strokes.

To finish off the look you will take you sharpie and add dots to the end of each board, giving it a rivets effect.

That is part one of this project. As stated above, we will ad a beach scene in part two.

Enjoy the Time-lapse of the process

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 (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProcrasCreation) 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)

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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.

Acetone

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

foil

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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.

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No-Sew Cushion

See my Youtube video on how I completed this task. https://youtu.be/qlLKUT38XgM

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

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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.

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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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