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DIY Accessories with Mod Podge Melts

DIY Accessories with Mod Podge Melts: LauraBrayDesigns.com

 Mod Podge Melts Selection Mod Podge Melts Purple Heart

Last weekend, my daughter was a little emotional. She usually gets that way when I've been working a lot. The best way to reconnect with her is a little crafting time, so I broke out my new Mod Podge Melts goodies and we spent a good two hours, holed up in the studio, making fun Mod Podge Melts DIY accessories. Hair clips, earrings, rings were created, much fun was had, and a lot of bonding happened. I desperately hope that, as she grows up, we can still find a way to connect over crafts.

Mod Podge Melts are incredibly easy to make. Just follow the instructions on the packaging. You can also watch some great videos on the Plaid website. Once your melts are made, the real fun can start! Get out your sequins and crystals and jewelry findings and start creating!. Initially, we used craft glue to attach the melts to the findings, but they popped off. Plaid recommends that you use a drop or two of the melts to attach the findings. I'm thinking hot glue might work too.

Mod Podge Melts Olivia

Sweetheart Pillow

Painted heart pillow by Laura Bray

I think the easiest way to update your home decor is by changing out your throw pillows. If you use pillow covers, it's easy to store and switch them out. Today, I'm showing you how to create a sweet, heart pillow just in time for Valentine's Day! Supplies to make a Sweetheart Pillow Tulip(R) PillowContinue Reading

Weekend Project: DIY Terrarium

DIY Terrarium with faux succulents

Terrariums are still really trending. But what if you love the look, but have a "black thumb"? You make a faux terrarium of course! I put mine together in all of five minutes and I never have to water it! Supplies for a DIY Terrarium Glass container Rocks-I found a bag of small rocks atContinue Reading

CHA Trade Show Time

It's almost time for the yearly Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show! It's the highlight of my working year. I love to see all my fellow designers, get in touch with my clients, and make new connections. If you are visiting this website because you met me on the show floor, please click here toContinue Reading

My Favorite Projects of 2014

Dyed Tea Box

In my last post, I shared a list of my readers' favorite posts. Or at least what Google Analytics thought were my readers favorite posts. Today, I want to share MY favorite projects of 2014. Dyed Tea Box-I created a Dyed Tea Box for Rit. I love how it looks and I still use itContinue Reading

Most Popular Blog Posts in 2014

Powered Sugar Donuts

It's that time of year again! Everyone is counting down the "Most or Best or Whatever" of 2014. And I'm joining in. Here are my five most visited blog posts in 2014. 5. Baked Donuts-This post has been a favorite for years! And my Pintest Board of donut recipes is always a favorite too.  4.Continue Reading

Red & White Candy Felt Ornaments

Felt Red and White Candy Ornaments by Laura Bray Designs

Last month, I made a cute, felt tree skirt for the Kunin blog. You may have noticed on the post the cute, felt, candy ornaments I showed. They are so quick and easy to make and you only need scraps, so I thought, if you need a last minute gift, you might want to whipContinue Reading

Faux Chalkboard DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Faux Chalkboard DIY Holiday Gift Tags

This week the holiday madness begins. While I'm trying to be very careful to keep things down to a dull roar around here, it's a very busy week. I don't know about you, but I'm really trying not to say yes to everything. I stop before I commit and make sure it's something I reallyContinue Reading

Doodle Ornaments

Doodle Ornaments with LauraBrayDesigns.com

As many you know, I'm the on the Smoothfoam Design Team. This month we were all challenged to use the Smoothfoam balls to create beautiful ornaments. There are about million ways to create an ornament from a Smoothfoam ball, but I finally settled on simply painting and doodling on mine. I kind of love it.Continue Reading

Lamp Makeover with Krylon

Makeover a Lamp with Spray Paint: LauraBrayDesigns.com

Can you believe this lamp makeover? The lamp used to be "Shabby Chic". It had an off-white, crackle kind of finish and pink shade. It used to live in my daughter's nursery. She outgrew the lamp and so did I. I found it in the garage the other day and just happened to have aContinue Reading