artsy-fartsy mama: August 2014

Home Command Center with Wallternatives

Sponsored by Wallternatives

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Moving to a new home can be both exciting and utter chaos. You suddenly have no idea where anything is when you need it, and life is practically and literally turned upside down. Eventually, though, things start to get back to a new kind of normal. Having an area in our home dedicated to schedules, reminders, and organization has helped so much during our transition to get life back on track. 

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I previously worked with Wallternatives to decorate my daughter's bedroom. I absolutely love their WallPrints™ Fabric Decals and wanted to try out their ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals and knew just the spot for it to go. I already hung up my Dry Erase Calendar, my daughter's Chore Chart, and Key Hanger, but the wall next to it was just needing something.

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With my husband's help, the Horizontal Week Schedule Chalkboard Vinyl Wall Decal was fairly simple to apply to the empty wall. Clean the wall before applying the vinyl, and use a measuring tape and a level to make marks on the wall where it should go.

Before applying the vinyl, run a scraper (or credit card) over the front of the entire decal so that it will stick to the transfer paper better. Slowly peel up the transfer paper and rub the scraper across any areas that aren't sticking. Have a friend or spouse nearby to help you - it will be almost impossible for you to do it on your own without disaster.

Once you have the transfer paper with the decal peeled up, it's time to apply the vinyl to the wall! Start at one end and line your decal up with the marks you made. Even though the vinyl is removable and reusable and leaves no adhesive residue, it won't be fun trying to adjust the entire decal manually if you stick it in the wrong place. Rub the scraper over the transfer paper to get the decal to stick to the wall, and keep in mind that you can work out any bubbles once the transfer paper is peeled off.

When the entire decal has been stuck to the wall, start at one side peeling the transfer paper. Use the scraper for any vinyl that isn't sticking to the wall. You can work out any bubbles with the scraper or by peeling up a corner of the vinyl and resticking/scraping so that it lays flat.

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ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals have a slight surface texture that makes them a perfect surface for writing or drawing on it with chalk, and just wipes clean with an eraser, damp towel, or sponge. I prefer to use chalk markers in different colors and a damp paper towel cleans it right up. The decal measures about 43" wide x 24" high, so it filled up my empty wall beautifully. The chalkboard vinyl can be applied to any flat, smooth surface such as refrigerators, doors, and painted walls. And since vinyl isn't permanent, it would be a great way to dress up a dorm or apartment!

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I'm so happy with how my home command center looks, and it feels great to be organized and know what's going on in our week. There's still more I need to add to organize our lives, but for now this has helped tremendously. The ChalkTalk™ Chalkboard Decals are fantastic and come in a variety of designs, and I'm looking forward to getting more for my office and other rooms in my home.


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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Building with LEGO® Juniors



Have you heard about the newest Lego® product? Lego® Juniors is designed to give children age 4-7 a great first experience with Lego® bricks through iconic, fun, and easy-to-build models.

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Lego® Juniors sets help kids transition from the larger Lego® Duplo blocks to a smaller version of the original (and more complicated) Lego® sets. These sets come with everything you need, including quick start elements and numbered, pre-packed bags that can be built without help from Mom or Dad – which makes any small builder extra proud.

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Though the sets are set up to be easily built by any child ages 4-7, my husband was just as excited to get building as my daughter was. He sat by her the whole time to show her the directions, and to be there in case she needed a little help. She loved getting to spend time with her dad, and it was so fun watching them build the entire Lego® Juniors set together. 

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The more she built, the more I saw her confidence grow. She was so proud of herself for putting the pieces together all on her own. The instructions were easy for her to follow and the numbered pre-packed bags were quite helpful for her to know exactly which ones she had to choose from for the first time building.

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Because the Lego® Juniors sets are smaller and easier for children in the 4-7 age group, it helps set kids up for successful, non-frustrating, experiences for them to make and re-make the sets as instructed, or help them become "Master Builder" by using their imagination to build unique creations. The Lego® Juniors bricks are also conveniently the same size as any other Lego® set, which helped the decision to get my daughter started on Lego® building an easy one!

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It's so important to inspire children to create at an early age to help build self-confidence and creative thinking skills. Construction play does that and more. I loved watching my daughter played with the sets for hours after she was done building. It was fun watching her take the knights and the other characters for rides on the carriage, and locking people up in the jail. She thought it was so funny that the skeleton peeks out through the jail window and being able to really use the catapult to take out the "bad guy".

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My daughter is one to *always* follow instructions when it comes to things like Lego®, but as we encouraged her to build whatever she wanted, it was incredible to see her gain confidence in her ability to bring her creative ideas to life.

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Lego® Juniors sets are available in stores now, and will make fun gifts for birthdays and Christmas. You can keep up with everything Lego® on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



Safe-to-Eat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Today is my birthday, so I'm sharing one of my favorite treats! Cookie dough is good for the soul, and it is one guilty pleasure that I can't resist. Here is a safe-to-eat recipe for cookie dough (like saying it's not safe will stop you anyway) that literally takes just a few minutes to mix together with ingredients you probably already have. So, let's celebrate my birthday together by eating some cookie dough!!

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2+ cup chocolate chips (I always add more...)

Directions:
  1. Cream together butter and sugars until light & fluffy.
  2. Add in milk & vanilla, then slowly add in flour.
  3. Add in desired amount of chocolate chips.
If for some reason you don't want to eat the cookie dough all on its own or you need some other way to use it so you don't eat it all in one sitting, you can also use this recipe for putting it on top of brownies, or freezing it then crumbling it up to put in your ice cream!
 

DIY Chalkboard Heads

Sponsored by FloraCraft Make It: Fun®

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I'm so excited to announce that I'm a part of the 2014 Make It: Fun Team with FloraCraft! Each month, I will be creating something with FloraCraft supplies to share with you. This month's theme was foam heads. When the box arrived in the mail, I was honestly stumped at what I was going to make, but my daughter thought they were the coolest things ever!! Turning them into chalkboard heads was the perfect solution to keep my daughter happy and entertained with her new "friends"!

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To make these fun chalkboard heads, you'll of course needs some FloraCraft® Foam Heads, and some chalkboard paint. You can use liquid chalkboard paint or spray paint. Though keep in mind if you use spray paint to spray each coat lightly and to spray about 15-18 inches away to prevent the heads from melting.

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I poured the chalkboard paint into a small tray and painted light coats with a sponge brush. They look quite creepy...and I don't know about you, but this look is inspiring me for some Halloween crafting!! Anyway, I just wanted to show you how it might look like a craft fail as you first get started, but each coat makes a world of difference. You can see the difference between one and two coats on the female foam head.

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I ended up painting about five or six coats of chalkboard paint on each foam head. Be sure to let each coat dry completely before adding another. Let the heads dry overnight before using.

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Once the head is completely dry and no longer tacky, it's time to play! We decided to use chalk markers instead of regular chalk because I would think the regular chalk would dent the head as you draw. I didn't try it though, so it may not be a problem. If you decide to use regular chalk, be sure to "season" the head by rubbing chalk on it, then wipe it off.

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We had so much fun drawing on our chalkboard heads! Simply draw with your markers, and use a damp cloth or baby wipe when it's time to clean it off and start over.

A little word of advice: different brands of markers may work better than others. The Bistro Chalk Markers cleaned off great, while the Pentel brand (the blue) did not come off so easily. I highly recommend testing a small area of the head with the marker before coloring the whole head to make sure the head will come clean.

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My daughter loved playing with these foam heads, and I'll admit I had some fun, too!! If you want to make some for yourself, they would also make for a great place to jot down notes and reminders!

Visit FloraCraft on Pinterest and Facebook for inspiration and to see what the rest of the Make It: Fun Team created with their foam heads.


Front Door Makeover

HUGE thanks to Modern Masters for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When you move into a new (to you) home, you need to expect to do a little bit of work to get things looking how you want it. We just finished giving our garage door a facelift using Modern Masters Front Door Paint. Next on the list was our front door.

The front door was dented, scratched, and just looked worn out. To make matters worse, there was a glass door attached that was both hideous and useless. When the glass door was closed, it made the front door so hot that you could literally burn yourself! It also baked the paint on the door and warped part of it. Not good.

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We began the process by removing the door hardware and sanding the entire door with a palm sander. There were dried drips from the last paint job, scratches, and dents all over the place. The best advice I have to give for this step is to sand it as best as you can. It's harder to fix any spots you may have missed once you've painted over them!

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We also got rid of the glass door!! It already looks so much better with it gone. Then we noticed how thrashed the door frame was. It was still usable (thank goodness), so we just reattached the door frame with my Ryobi Cordless Finish Nailer and filled the holes in the door and all the scratches, nail holes, and wood gaps in the frame with wood putty.

Once the wood putty was dry, we went over them with the palm sander, then wiped it all down with a damp rag.

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Once everything is prepped, it's time for the fun part!! To keep the same look to our front door, but just *better*, we went the color Ground from their Front Door Paint product line. Modern Masters Front Door Paint comes in 24 colors, all based off of an "Emotional Color Wheel", so there really is a shade for every personality! If you aren't sure what color will look good on your home, you can try out the free app (available on both iPhone and Android) to instantly see how Front Door Paint can transform your door!

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We used both a brush and a roller to paint the door and frame. It helps to paint the recessed parts of the door with the brush, then go over with a roller. The first coat will take a couple of hours to dry. Our door needed about two coats, and the paint dries to a beautiful satin finish that will NEVER fade. I can't believe the difference the front door paint made to our home.

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Now that our door is looking fabulous, it's time to save up to change out that light and get a new front porch rug!! Updating your home can be a lot of work, but it's so amazing to see the changes you can make to give your home some curb appeal!!

You can purchase Modern Masters Front Door Paint in selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware stores. It's also sold on Amazon.com and on the Modern Masters Website. They've been adding retailers to their Pinterest Map, so follow them to see if there will be a location selling the paint near you!


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

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Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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DIY Geometric Earrings

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I'm always looking for more statement jewelry, and I'm really loving the geometric trend happening right now. Most geometric jewelry that I've found is either not in my budget, or just isn't the pattern I want. So, I decided to make my own for less than $5 a pair with my handy Cricut Explore machine!! 

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To make these DIY Geometric Earrings, you'll need:
Geometric Earring Pattern
Colored Cardstock
Earring Hooks
Jewelry Pliers

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The thing with any geometric pattern is that the lines need to be perfectly even. I uploaded my geometric design into Cricut Design Space™ so I could cut multiple shapes and have them be exactly the same. The machine cut out all the shapes I needed in about a minute, and all I had to do was switch the dial and press the "Go" button.

It would have taken a lot longer and used up most of my patience if I were to try to cut them by hand (which is totally doable, by the way).

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First, let me just point out how perfect the top hole of the earring was cut out. That tiny hole is about 1.789 mm big, and the Cricut cut it like it was no big deal!! Blows my mind every time.

Using the Cricut tools, I weeded out the design and carefully lifted each earring piece using the spatula tool.

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One piece of cardstock was a bit flimsy to use as an earring. So, using the Elmer's CraftBond® Fine Line Glue Pen, I carefully glued 4 pieces together. Since each design is cut exactly the same, they should line right up without a problem.

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The glue dries pretty fast, but give the earrings a little bit of time to dry. You don't want any of the papers to shift or tear. You can tell almost immediately that they are more stable than the single pieces and lie completely flat. I also love how the white along the edges makes the design pop.

At this point, you can spray some acid-free spray paint over the earrings to protect them and keep them lasting longer.

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Open the loop of the earring hook with some jewelry pliers and hook the earring on. My cardstock was textured, so you can tell a front side and back side. Make sure the front is facing the right way before you close the loop on your earring hooks.

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Now your earrings are ready to wear or to give to your BFF (or both - you could cut hundreds of these things in no time!). They add a fun pop of color to any outfit!!

Please click through the following links to check out the amazing bloggers on my team!



Artsy-Fartsy Mama Brassy Apple Cloudy Day Gray Happy Together Kori Clark
Maddycakes Muse Michelle Edgemont No. 2 Pencil Our Thrifty Ideas Sew Woodsy

Disclosure: I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network. I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own.


Beados Crafternoon

In my daughter's opinion, there's nothing better than an entire afternoon dedicated to playing with friends and "working on projects". Thanks to Beados, my daughter was entertained for hours and we made a "crafternoon" of it!

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In just three steps, the kids can create their own Beados characters all by themselves! The best part is that each Beados character is made with beads that stick together with just a few sprays of water. Because there are no irons or glue involved, it's a mess-free and safer activity that encourages kids create all on their own! Beados are for both boys and girls ages 4 & up.

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Beados provided us with craft mats for the kids to work on. To prevent any confusion or any "he/she stole my spot!", there's even a space on the mats for the kids to write their names! This way everyone can create together, but have their own workspace.

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For a fun-filled crafternoon, the Beados™ Quick Dry Design Station was such a lifesaver! It's an all-in-one kit for creating multiple Beados characters. The kit retails for $19.99 and includes 500 beads, tweezer pen, bead pod tray, two display trays, six design templates, spray bottle, and the quick dry fan to help the Beados creations dry faster (though they can also air dry with no problem).

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It was so fun watching the process of creating a Beados design. The craft mat has a light dotted pattern, so if you didn't want to create any of the designs from the templates, you could easily draw your own!

To start, fill up the bead pod storage tray and place a design card under one of the display trays. I love that the storage tray keeps your Beados bead colors separated and all in one place. It's also quite helpful when kids are sharing!! Just put the tray between two mats and let them create!

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The tweezer pen is easy for little hands to use to pick up the beads. The design is easy to see through the design tray, and all you have to do is place the beads over the pattern. Kids can also easily change the color of beads to create a unique version of the design. This is also a great activity to develop those fine motor skills!

Though it's safe for kids to touch and hold the beads, try to use the tweezers whenever possible. Do not touch them at all if your hands or the beads are wet.

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Once the design is in place, fill the spray bottle (which is the perfect size for little hands, by the way) with water and spray 5-6 sprays over the design about 10 cm away. You can spray it more if it doesn't seem to be enough (a few of ours needed more), but keep in mind it will take a little longer to dry.

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Once you see the beads fusing together, you know you sprayed enough water. Let them dry for at least 15-20 minutes using the Quick Dry Station. Use a design card to carefully peel up the design, and you're done! For a little more stability, turn the design over and spray the back. You may need to let the design dry overnight before playing with it.

Wash hands and design trays thoroughly with soap and water after use. Also, keep Beados away from small children and do not eat them!!

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Once the designs are completely dry, you can display them on a display stand, or attach a suction cup to hang it on display! The kids will be entertained for hours.

If you have questions or are having any trouble with your Beados, check out these tips & tricks and FAQs.

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The Beados™ Activity Pack is chock full of even more Beados fun! Retailing at only $14.99, it makes for an affordable gift that any kid will love, or adds more supplies for a crafternoon.

The activity pack lets kids create their own Beados world which includes 600 beads, tweezer pen, large play pad with bridge, scene card, eight design templates, two design trays, bead pod storage tray, suction cups and display stands, and instruction booklet. It's available in two themes: Family Mansion (shown) and Teapot Café.

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You can also purchase Beados™ Themed Refill Packs. They retail at $7.99 and are available in six different themes. Each refill pack includes 500 beads, six design templates, one small play pad, one scene card, a bead storage tray, three suction cups, two display stands, and an instruction booklet.

Beados are now available at Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us.

This post is sponsored by Beados. All opinions are 100% my own.


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!

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DIY Glitter Lamp

Since moving into a new house, there is one room that I've claimed as my new craft room. There's a lot of work being done, but it's looking SO fantastic! Unfortunately, there is very little decoration (yet), but I see it more as a blank canvas just needing a bit of color and sparkle.

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This lamp is the first of many craft room decor projects to come, and I'm thrilled with how it turned out!! It's has all my favorite elements: gold, gorgeous, and of course, covered in glitter!! Just the thing to get my craft room starting to more like a place to sit and be inspired.

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I've had the idea of wanting a glittery lamp for a while now, but didn't know exactly how to do it myself until I saw the Ikea Brån lamp. I love the shape, and glittering the inside of a glass jar or bottle is one of my favorite things to do (I've got a few tutorials already using this technique). I also purchased a white Jära Lampshade to go with it (don't forget your light bulb when you're at Ikea!).

Since I had the supplies, I assumed the project was going to be a quick and easy one. Well, unfortunately, I was totally wrong. These Brån lamps don't really want to be filled up with anything... The top of the lamp is glued on with some kind of super-magical glue that makes you work to get it removed. Not that that stopped me. 

**Please keep in mind that there is a chance your lamp base could break while trying to remove the top. If your lamp breaks, it's not my fault. I'm just sharing what worked best for me. Please use safety gear and work slowly.

Thanks to Jumbo Jibbles for figuring out that using a hair dryer on high heat will loosen the glue underneath the top of said Brån lamp for easy-ish removal. Be sure to keep the heat consistent by turning the lamp as you heat and aim the hair dryer at the metal housing instead of the glass. Wearing heat resistant gloves helps a lot. We kept the heat on for a couple of minutes, then were able to work the top off. Be careful - it will be HOT! Also try not to put too much pressure on the actual base and wear gloves to protect yourself in case it does break.

This sounds scary and impossible, but it really is doable with a little patience. I'm just warning you that it does make for a little bump in the glittery road.

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After a little break from the stress of removing the light housing, we also were able to take the housing itself apart to give me just a fancy vase to work with. It takes a bit of work and some electrical savvy, so if you or someone you know can help you in the lamp and electrical department, go for it!! If you aren't just keep the cord and light housing in place to save you time and sadness when you can't get your cute, glittery lamp to work. The project can be done with the cord inside. Just keep in mind that it just might be a little annoying.

**If you do decide to take the housing apart to remove the cord, do so at your own risk.

Whew. Now that the hard part is done, it's really all a sparkly downhill road from here. You'll need some floor wax and some extra fine glitter. Any brand of glitter will do, and I personally use the Pledge brand of floor finish. It lasts forever, and this is the same bottle that I have used for numerous projects - look how full it still is!!

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Place a sticker or some tape over the hole where the cord comes out the back. Glitter on its own is messy enough, but it will all just pour out like a funnel if you don't cover that up. Same goes if you're leaving the cord inside. Seal that lamp base up!!

Pour some floor wax into the lamp base. You'll pour out the excess, so more is usually better. I poured about 1/4" in mine. Since I poured my wax in fast, it created a lot of bubbles. You don't want bubbles. Let it sit for a minute or two, or lightly blow into the lamp base and the bubbles will disappear. Once you are bubble-free, tip the lamp to about 45º and slowly turn it. You'll be able to see where the floor wax has covered the inside of the lamp. If you miss a spot, just slowly turn the lamp and change angles until it's all covered. Once you get to the top, keep turning the lamp base over a  disposable cup or bowl and pour out the excess floor wax. If you get any drips on the outside of the lamp base, wipe immediately with a damp rag or baby wipe. If you see any spots you missed after pouring out the wax (you'll be able to tell), you can always repeat the process and get the spots covered.  

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The glittering process is the same, but a whole lot more fun!! Pour the glitter in the lamp base (the more, the better). You'll immediately see some glitter sticking to the sides as you pour it in. Repeat the process by tipping the lamp base about 45º and keep turning and gradually changing your angle to cover the entire lamp. Pour out the excess glitter as you turn the lamp around to cover the neck of the lamp base into a disposable cup or bowl (not the same one as the wax).

All glitter and floor wax can be reused or poured back into the containers.

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Once your lamp base is covered, sit back and stare in awe at it's glittery wonder. I was already in love!! Let it sit in a well ventilated area to dry for a few hours.

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If you removed the cord, slowly and CAREFULLY fish the cord back up the lamp base and reassemble the housing. The wires may scratch some areas on the way through (mine sure did), but don't panic! Still reassemble the housing, but don't glue it down to the lamp base. You can pour a little bit of wax down into the side where you have scratches, and pour more glitter inside and carefully swirl and shake it around to cover them up.

If you kept the cord in, use some hot glue or some easily removable glue to reattach the light housing.

Add your bulb and make sure your lamp works, then place your lampshade on and you're all set! For under $30, you've got yourself a unique piece of art to light up your creative space.



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