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Friday, March 31, 2017

Geometric Succulent Terrarium DIY!

 Geometric Succulent Terrarium DIY!
Can you tell how I made this!?
I bet you can't guess.
The best part is it is CHEAP!
 It was a lot more work than I anticipated.
Maybe there's a better way...if you think of one,
let me know in the comments!
 You will need:
Rotary cutter and mat
Old CD CASES
(didn't see that one coming, did you!?)
Stained Glass foiling tape in copper


You'll also need hot glue/gun
and some pliers.
This terrarium is a dodecahedron...a 12 sided shape.
You'll need this pentagon pattern.  Print it off your desired size.
You'll need 11 faces...one will be open.
11.
That's not as easy as it sounds...but it's cheap, right!?
DIY's are sometimes more work than just buying it.
For the 11 that I got cut the right shape, there was at least 13 that didn't work.
Fractured, broken, chipped, cracked and wrecked.
This was discouraging and I was going to chalk it up in the "fail" category...


But let's have a go at it, shall we?
But I had a stack of CD cases that I wasn't going to do anything with.
I would have just had to throw them away anyways, so I persevered.
Use the pliers to remove all the edges from the cd case.
Then trace the shape with a sharpie marker.
Then use the rotary cutter, and a ruler if you aren't steady...
Roll over the lines about 6-7 times on each line.
Then turn the plastic over and repeat on the other side.
You can use a ruler to keep the lines straight...
but I got more and more sloppy as I went on.
It was so discouraging.
Broken shards of plastic sprayed all over the house too.
So there was a lot of clean up.
I tried using a bandsaw, hacksaw, dremel tool...but all of those just
fractured the plastic quickly.
This was my last resort.
Once they are cut, use a Mr. Clean eraser and remove the sharpie lines.
Perfect-ish...but did I mention cheap?
11 plastic pentagons.
Some are crackes and chipped, uneven...
But we can make up for it in the gluing stage.
Now, here's where I made another critical error.
Don't start gluing this together on your table!!!!
Place a silicone baking mat down first.
Then glue it all together.
(I had a huge mess on my table and had to pry it up with a spatula)
Much better.
You can see the glue is not perfect, it's globby and lumpy.
Whatever.
Now start the taping.
Start in the opening, putting half the tape inside and half outside,
covering that sharp plastic edge.
Then go over each and every section with the 1/4" tape.
Essentially each line will be 1/2" because I reinforced it with 2 rows.
All over the faces.  Then patch up any little pieces where there are gaps.
Fill in and press the tape down firmly.
It hardly used any of my tape!  I could do a couple more with this one roll!
Which makes it a really cheap DIY!
Then it's done!
Isn't it fun!!!?
Lots of work.  Lots of wondering if it would work.
Ugh...is there a better way?
Now, it's just plastic, so it isn't going to support a lot of weight,
but I found a handful of small rocks, even sand and seashells would be just fine!
Cactuses and succulents would be fine too!
Just spray them with water...nothing too wet, since it's not water tight.
It's cool and I made it!
Can you believe it was made from CD cases!???
Awesome!
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Big Dial Wrist Watch!

This is a fabulous watch!
It's a perfect first watch for a kid that is ready to keep track of time.



This watch has a big dial.
It's really big.  But it's so cool.  The digital display is perfect and easy to read.
The watch sets up really easily.
It's awesome.
My sons each have a big dial watch and they love to pretend
they are wrist communicators--just like in Star Wars.
It's easy for my boys to keep track of time.
They love the stop watch and timer features.
They time themselves as they run obstacles around the yard and try to get the best time.
They jump and run over rocks and logs!
They talk into their watches just for fun!
And the best part...they come home at the exact right time!
These big dial watches are a great price and they are water resistant up to 50M,
so great for sweaty sports and even swimming!
Lots of great features!



More details here

I received this product at a reduced price in exchange for
my honest opinion



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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Framed Agate Slices!

Framed Agate Slices!
Make a fabulous and natural piece of art for decor!
You will need agate slices.  These range in sizes and price.


I use gold gilding liquid leaf from Plaid
Then paint the edges of all the agates in glimmering gold!
You will also need some simple frames.
I painted mine white with paint from Plaid Crafts.
Then replace the glass in the frame and a white piece of paper inside.
Then use a little hot glue and glue the agate slice right on the top of the glass.
Add some fancy calligraphy on the agate for a finishing piece of art!
I love the shimmery gold and the sparkly crystals!
They glisten and sparkle.
Great for gifts and wall decor!
Check out these other posts for Agate slices too!

Place Cards


Agate Coasters


Faux Agate Slices!



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