I love this upcycle so much! I snagged these shelves at a dumpster outside of the dorms at my university. People are unbelievable when it comes to throwing things out! Many of them live out of state and have to fly or drive home so they have no choice but to throw out lots of stuff. My sister once found a down comforter and an Ipod dock in the dumpster at her school!
So anyways I grabbed these and wanted to wait to figure out what to do with them. Since school has ended I've also been trying to clean out my closet and came across a bunch of old maps! So I came up with this idea for these shelves and it fits my bathroom perfectly!
Here is the before and an after!
Mod Podge, Maps, Exacto-Knife
1. Peel off any paper existing on the shelves, where you are going to lay the maps. If you want to paint the shelves any other color, do that now as well.
2. Figure out what area of the map you want to use. Cut the map into a smaller section so it is easier to manage, but not as small as your shelf size.
3. Put your map into the shelf and press into the corners to make creases. Run your exacto knife along the edges.
4. Put a very thin layer of Mod Podge on the shelf, then put your map section on. Use a heavy object to try to get any bubbles out. Let dry.
5. Put another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the map to seal it up!
Here's a quick and easy one! And now you wont have to greet and say goodbye to people because your rug will do it for you. I've been meaning to make one of these for a long time and was always looking for a plain outdoor rug to do it on, but everywhere I looked they only had rubber ones or ones that had writing on them already. So I decided to just do it on the rug I've had outside for a couple years. Its going to get dirty anyways so I tried it out!
Before starting I washed it as best I could. I really like this woven rug because its a lot easier to paint than some of the bristle ones that I've seen it done with. Some people use stencils for this project by printing out your font and then using an exacto-knife and spray paint, but I figured that would be harder than doing it free hand, and I didn't have any spray paint! So I just printed out my font (Lobster Two) and then made some reference points for the size and started painting with some white fabric paint from Hobby Lobby. Do several layers to make it clear, and use a piece of paper to help with the sharper edges. These also look really cute in Helvetica!
For some reason, it seems like I usually stick to making the unhealthy stuff while Amy does the healthy stuff and I plan to continue that streak.
Anyway, these are sooooo delicious. It tastes almost tangy for some reason with the brown sugar/salt combo!
BAKED BROWN SUGAR FRIES
Baking potato (one or two)
Salt & Pepper
1. Cut up potato into steak fry strips. Try to keep them uniform in size. Heat oven to 475 degrees F.
2. Place the fries in a bowl of warm water for about ten minutes. This will help soften up the inside.
2. Cover a baking pan in aluminum foil then spread about 3 tablespoons of olive oil on the pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the fries.
3. Place the fries on the pan and cover with aluminum foil. Place in oven for 5 minutes, remove aluminum foil covering and place back in oven for about 10 minutes. Remove fries and sprinkle brown sugar evenly on them. Rotate the pan and bake another 10 minutes. YUM
Sorry we have been so MIA this past month (or three). Amy has been so busy at work and I am finishing up my final semester! I also work in toxicology research so I have been going to conferences to present on top of school and finals and all the things that graduating includes! So closeeee. So the blog has unfortunately been put on the back-burner lately, but I plan to pick up again with full speed this summer! Here's a little project I did this past weekend because I just needed to make somethingggg. I needed a new shower curtain for my upstairs bathroom and decided to make one! I got a white sheet from the thrift store that already had the top end sewed, so it pretty much already looked like a shower curtain. To get the holes right I just laid my old shower curtain on top and made marks for the points to cut holes. And of course you still need to use a plastic liner with this. Then I got to drawing! You can also used colored crayon with this.
SUPPLIES: Sheet Crayons RIT fabric dye (found at wal-mart or anywhere really!)
DIRECTIONS: 1. Draw on sheet with your crayons. Try to keep your crayon sharp in order to show up crisper. Use your old shower curtain for measurements on the size. 2. Cut holes for the shower hooks. 3. Dye! I chose a black dye because I wanted a charcoal color. I used a huge metal pot and a metal spoon to dye it, and just kinda kept adding dye until it looked right! 4. Rinse out with water until water runs clear. Let Dry. Now take a shower, ya turkey!
This homemade dog treat requires two things, sweet potato and an oven! You'll want to cut the sweet potato into slices around a quarter-inch thick; if they are too thin they will be more crispy and less of a chew, if it is too thick the heat of the oven wont be able to penetrate very deep. So a quarter inch turned out perfect for me. I even eat them myself sometimes. Amy and I are both obsessed with our dogs and will try to do some more dog-oriented recipes. No Cats Allowed here EVER. If you like this and want another homemade dog treat recipe, check out these peanut butter treats Amy made!
Place all your slices on a baking sheet and set your oven as low as it will go. Mine went to 200 F. By keeping it as low as possible you do more of a dehydration instead of an actual bake. I checked mine out and flipped them all over about halfway in between and all together they probably sat in the oven for 4 hours but pull one out every once in a while and check out the consistency.
To store I took an old jar and printed out a label to glue on, then put some mod-podge over to seal. I finished by spray painting the lid.