star wars perler bead garland

star wars perler beads

2 little known facts about me: 1- i love to do puzzles, but pretty much only at christmas.  i totally become anti social, unless you want to do a puzzle with me, then i’ll talk to you the whole time.  i just have a hard time walking away from the puzzle.  my family all knows this.  sean was the best this christmas and got me TWO new puzzles (though i will happily do old puzzles over and over).  one of them was a hideous cat puzzle, which is hilarious because he and i are not so much fans of the felines.  the other fact, similar to puzzles, is that i love to work (play) with perler beads.  i try to convince my kids to do them with me, but really i am happy to do them alone as well.  its just that perler beads are definitely a “kid” activity, so i need to at least get them to start with me, then, if i have to, i’ll finish up on my own ;)

star wars perler beads

this christmas break, we had quite a few veg out days, so we got out the basket of perler beads that we’ve had in the rotation of use for several years now.  we even used them for gracie’s craft camp party!  here’s the thing about perler beads, and i guess lots of kids crafts in general: you make something with them and then what?  you hang a melted plastic bead creation on the wall?  in an effort to be more thoughtful about what we bring into our home, or what we give away to have a purpose, we had to think about what we were going to put our time into.  my kids, the girls especially, are so into pinterest.  its fairly safe, for the most part, but there have been several times that i’ve had to mark pins with inappropriate content.  the girls found some adorable examples of perler bead creations and we all decided to make a bunch of little star wars characters, then string them together like a bunting and pass them along to our trio of younger boy cousins who are big star wars fans (the youngest could hum the star wars anthem before he could talk).  our creations had a purpose, and even better, a home (that wasn’t mine).

star wars perler beads

we found our inspiration here, here, and here, and had to just make up a few of our own characters on our own.  also, please forgive our portrayal of rey – we just had run out of beads and were trying our best to make her look human, though she looks a bit more monkey-like, unfortunately!

star wars perler beads

star wars perler beads

we have a giant multi-color bucket of beads (i’d say get it at michael’s or hobby lobby with a coupon), and then we’ve bought specific colors if we needed them, like these.

hopefully this can help your star wars loving kids (or you) make your own perler bead creations!

modern jewelry dishes & Sharpie paint markers

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as the supervisor and display lead at Fred & Betty’s thrift store, i am often searching for new ideas of thrift store crafts to share with our followers on Instagram.  there are so many clever ideas available, but not always modern, so i decided to create my own!

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after picking up several glass dishes, small bowls and containers from the thrift store, i headed to Michaels to pick up some new Sharpie oil-based paint markers, and a couple new bottles of acrylic craft paint.  my goal was to create several styles of ring & jewelry dishes.  i had been wanting one to set on my bedside table to put my earrings in at night (i always forget to take them off until i lay down!), and i wanted to make more for gifts.

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these Sharpie markers are awesome!  they work on virtually any surface: wood, metal, glass, pottery, rubber, plastic, stone… and they come in lots of vibrant colors.   for my purposes, i went with gold and silver metallic markers, and glossy black.  they are AP certified and xylene free.  as always, i pulled up my Michaels app on my phone to get a coupon (#neverpayfullprice).

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i had so much fun thinking up different designs for each different type of dish!  i used painter’s tape on the backside of my dishes to tape off the areas i wanted to keep clear, and just used a knife to scrape off any acrylic paint that bled under.  then i used my Sharpie paint markers to add in all the fun details!

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aren’t they so fun!  and they are all different.  some i used Sharpie on the back side then painted over it.  others i used the Sharpie on the backside only in areas that i had not painted.  and still on others i used the Sharpie on the top side of the glass which added another dimension with the Sharpie designs on top and paint color underneath.

here are some details of my favorites:

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for the design above, i taped off a section, painted it, then drew a floral design free hand all over the unpainted section, then highlighted part of that with a layer of acrylic craft paint behind the Sharpie flowers.

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the light color required several coats of paint.  spray paint may have been faster, but i really like mixing my own colors, and i couldn’t find the exact color i wanted in a spray.  after getting a solid pale peachy-pink, i used the metallic gold Sharpie paint marker to draw starbursts on the inside of the bowl.

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for this larger design, i taped off 2 sections on the back and painted them, then layered a simple free handed scallop design on the front.  i learned if i made a mistake that nail polish remover on a q-tip worked great to remove tiny errors!  after they were finished, its a good idea to seal the back sides with a clear coat.  also note, these are not meant to be food safe, but for decorative purposes only.

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i love how pretty they all turned out!

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and now the tough decision is… do i keep this pretty bowl beside my bed?

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or this vintage-made-modern tray?  these are life’s big decisions, you guys ;)

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Be sure to check your local newspaper and online for Michaels coupons while supplies last! All Sharpie Paint Markers are BOGO 50% off at Michaels June 5th through 11th and again June 19th through 25th while supplies last.

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