Mod Podge is one of my favorite mediums that l use when attempting to turn crap into a craft project…
And? It’s cheap and easy, so if I don’t like it, I haven’t committed a lot of time (bad enough) or money (yikes! worse!) to the project.
Like most frugal/crafty Mommies, I love Goodwill, Target clearance sales and yard sales.
This was a Goodwill find. It was a dollar. (Actually, I think I over-paid. It’s apple green with a damn cow on it for crying out loud.)
This is what it looks like now. Due to my freakish inability to throw away even a scrap of paper, I already had everything I needed.
I hated the lampshades on the chandelier in our dining room. The ones I liked were about $20 a piece (multiplied by 6? Um, I don’t think so!) I found these lovelies at the thrift store yesterday for $2 a piece. Much better.
I was hurrying because I wanted to post them in time for Xazmin’s Mod Podge event, so I am actually quite unhappy with the lopsided, wavy way the trim was applied to the bottom.
(If anyone asks, I’m going to tell them I did these while I was drunk. Then they’ll be impressed that I managed to keep the rest of it together OK.)
This project is my favorite. Orchids last forever and I don’t kill them anywhere near as quickly as I kill the other houseplants. This little tin was at the thrift store. It was a dollar as well.
I glued on little wooden feet, painted them and the trim with black paint and added some of the aforementioned paper I cannot throw away. Added an orchid. All done.
Great Job. I need to start trying to do stuff like that. It looks like alot of fun. TFS
Wow! If I hadn’t seen the before, I’d never have believed the jar and lampshades ever looked like they once did. What a difference. Great job and thanks for helping me to think outside of the box.
you are crafty! I need to head over to her blog and check that out 🙂
They all look fabulous Vivienne!
I think the cookie jar is beautiful! I love the other things too though!
I think I like the phrase “crap to craft” even better than “trash to treasure”!
Thanks for linking up. I love your projects!
Becca @ The Texas Darlings says
These are so good- and I don’t notice the lopsided trim at all!!
My problem? I don’t have an ounce of craftiness in my body…..
You guys are so good at this, you’re killin me!!!
wow~! You are crafty! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to do those things you just did! I think they turned out amazing:)
Um, WOW! Every single project is going into my “to copy” file. Love them all!
Ok I cannot see beyond the ‘junk’ to get it to the ‘treasure’ stage when I go out browsing, it must be a gift I don’t have – they look fantastic! Evie wanted to know why you covered up the cute cow 🙂
Wow! Those look great! Gives me a new idea for my chandelier that I don’t like!
BTW: I didn’t speed up to scare my jogger or anything. But the thought very briefly crossed my mind, the jogger was a person who made me cry on a daily basis in the 4th grade. And yes, it’s pathetic that I remember her… : (
They all look awesome, would never have thought of doing that to lampshades. Love it! Your last project is my favorite too, it looks great! You are funny and talented, cannot get better than that!
Connie Weiss says
great job!! I’m amazed!!
You are awesome!!! How do you make it all look so easy?
Love all those projects!
Housewife Savant says
I love your craftiness!
Alicia @ boylerpf says
Totally impressed! Love the jar and the lamp shades don’t even come close to looking the same.
Oh I love it, I think your Goodwill store is priced better than ours, that cow jar would probably have been two or three at ours. I was there and could not believe the prices, “sky high”. I’ve never attempted mod podge onto ceramic but I love how it came out, there is no way I’d have looked at that cow and been able to see what you turned it into! I also love the orchid container, how clever to add feet. The lampshades came out darling too, I know what you mean about the prices for those. I looked recently and got sticker shock myself. Great projects!
I feel so unworthy!
I must get back in the swing of things and reagin control of my inner Martha!
Just in case you have more jazzy paper and cool embellishments my last name starts with a T!
V you crack me up everyday. I love reading your blog. The Crap to Craft is classic!!! I love the Not worth a $1 cookie jar. It is beautiful! Everything is is beautiful too but the cookie jar is over the top. Great job!!
Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says
Love, love, love every single thing! And what a makeover on that hideous cow 🙂
Can you come to my house and do some fancy projects like these for me? I’m super impressed!
O.K. those are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! What amazing projects! LOVE them!
Hope you have a wonderful night!
Your a Mod Podge fool! Actually, you’re pretty darn crafty – sober or not! I would have never thought of covering that little cow canister. you’re an inspiration! ~ Robyn
Nutshell Berry says
What the hell is mod podge? I can sew, but that’s about it. I rarely walk into a craft store because I know the craft police will arrest me for even being there.
Is this mod podge a technique or a product?
wow… those are awesome!
Ok, this isn’t fair…you’re funny, witty, beautiful…and now we have to add crafty to the list!
I’m loving the monogramming! Mod Podge is my fav thing to craft with too. I just haven’t had the time to do any projects lately. The lamp shade are sooooo cute! They look great!
Hope you have a fabulous Friday!
Liz @ Sugarplum Creations says
Oh my goodness, I am impressed. I am beyond impressed (is there a word for super-de-duper impressed?!) Those lamp shades are gorgeous, dear! Can you come to my house and help me with my junk? 🙂
Mama King says
Wow! It is amazing what you and some mod podge can accomplish, I am amazed! The cookie jar is boggling my mind! I didn’t even know you could mod podge on ceramic let alone have it come out so elegant!
That Girl says
The Chicken Lady says
For as long as I’ve known you, you have always been able to transform hideous things into treasures. Remember the chair you recovered in Vancouver? I remember being so impressed with how awesome it turned out. You inspire me to keep looking at your blog to see the stuff you’ve done! 🙂 hee hee
Infarrantly Creative says
Wow and I just thought you were my personal cheerleader…so much more talented than I gave you credit for 😉 I am in love with your damn apple green cow makeover…FABULOUS
Super cute projects! Thanks for stopping by and giving me some comment love!
So inspiring!!! I’m heading over to Goodies today to find some deals!!
wow, crafty girl! you should do a tutorial. i love your mod podge mania.
That is AMAZING!!! And you had me laughing out loud over that one dollar cow. LOL!!! Someone decided when I got married that I needed to collect cows. Somehow word got out. That’s all I’m sayin’. All cow items in my home have since gone to pasture.
You are SO talented!
~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says
I really love your little tin thing! Nice job with the paper you can’t throw out. I have lots of ideas but no paper. Where do you find this stuff (cute paper)?
Thanks I enjoyed your post
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~
Kim @ Manning Family Tree says
OMG!!! You are just too dang funny! I love your posts. And your projects turned out fabulous! I’m going to have to remember that “drunk” excuse. Only problem, I don’t drink. Do you think it will still work? Thanks for the laugh & the fabulous results.
A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails says
The jar transformation is great! You did a superb job on everything!
FOR THE SAKE OF TIME says
Great Work! You are so creative. I loved reading your blog. You make me smile on this Monday morning.
Wow, love your finds and what you did – Fab job !
Hugs ~ Kammy
Really great stuff! I especially love the canister…gorgeous! (and boy, was it ugly before!)
Mrs. Petrie says
I want to go to GW right now and get a cannister to fix up! Yours is amazing. 🙂
Wow! Great finds and I just love what you did with them!
Wow! You made that canister look amazing! Very impressive! Love all your projects!
First of all, I love the title of your blog. Very funny and so true! Love how those projects came out. Do you use regular scrapbook paper or something lighter? They seem so seamless.
Love the jar make-over!
Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says
Holy crap, I can’t even believe you did that with paper! Was it tissue paper? I’m so impressed. Love the decal on the front of the jar! This stuff makes me giddy!
Anna See says
wow! what an eye! i am feeling seriously inspired.
I am sooooo looking for a cow canister the next time I go to Goodwill! :o) That turned out awesome!
I can totally relate to not being able to throw stuff away. Are you my long lost sister??
Great job on everything!
All of your projects look so good! I’m especially intrigued by the canister…I’ve been collecting big canisters from the thrift store so I can make a matching/coordinating set. Did you use spray paint? I’m kind of afraid it will scratch off of the ceramic stuff easily. Did you put some kind of sealer over it? Awesome work!
Victorian Lady says
You were a miracle worker on the cow thing! 🙂
I have been looking for black toile decoupage papers…is that what you used on the canister? It’s so pretty!
michelle@everyday celebrating says
I”m really inspired!!!!! Great stuff! Thanks!
You absolutely crack me up! You think, talk and Craft crap exactly like me!! I can’t wait to see what you are up to next! PS: LOVED the drunken excuse. You are so “me”!