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DIY – Painted Pillowcases with Fabric Paint

DIY Painted Pillowcases with Fabric PaintDIY – Painted Pillowcases with Fabric Paint using Fabric Paint supplied by Artistic Den – see their website

Thank you to Artistic Den for supplying the brilliant (in brightness and quality!) Fluro Pink Fabric Paint, that I used to paint plain white pillowcases and turn them into designer scalloped painted pillowcases. I bought a packet of plain white pillowcases from Target (Australia) that were just $12 (for the pair) – BTW… 500 thread count and Australian Cotton and very nice quality! So with these, some other simple supplies and Fabric Paint (no more than $10), you too can make these adorable pillowcases.

You will need:

  • Fabric Paint from Artistic Den – there are MANY different colours to choose from! Check out their website at You will need 1 or 2 of 15ml tubes for this tutorial.
  • Pillowcases – Pre-washed and seam ironed very flat where you will be painting
  • Scissors
  • Eraser (yes, that ‘knitted’ heart is an eraser! from a previous DIY)
  • Cylinder object like a glass for a tracing template
  • Pencil or Non-permanent Fabric Marker (that comes out in the wash)
  • Small piece of plain cardboard (for scallop template)
  • Fine Paintbrush. Also dish / plate for paint (not pictured)
  • Plastic envelope or plastic shopping bag (very flat)

IronDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint Tutorial
How To:DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint Tutorial1. Use your glass or object to create the scallop pattern on the cardboard, taking into consideration the way it lines up across the pillowcase and also the depth of the design

2. Cut out your design on the cardboard with scissors = template

3. Line up your template on the pillowcases – don’t forget if the pillowcases have that ‘edge’ part, remember to rotate the pillowcases accordingly

4. Lightly pencil (or marker) around the template.

5. Use your eraser if the pencil is too dark. Enough to see though!

6. Stuff your plastic envelope / bag into pillowcase to prevent bleed through

7. I like to use a flat, fine paintbrush, but whatever works for you

8. Put a small blob of paint at a time onto a dish and make a start

9. Continue painting your way across the pillowcase

10. According to the Fabric Paint instructions from Artistic Den, to achieve maximum fastness after first airdrying, you should heat set for approximately 4 to 5 minutes at 150°c (302°F)

11. My iron works on fabric type, but after researching SILK (or polyester) is the correct temperature. If unsure, try on an inconspicuous place or a tester piece first

12. The paint slightly changes colour when ironing, but reverts back


DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialSo happy with the DIY Painted Pillowcases! This is just one design of an infinite amount you could try with fabric paint. Pillowcases are basically a blank canvas, so let your imagine run wild! Artistic Den has many colours available if you are not into such fluro bright colours as I am 🙂DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialThe knitted crochet cushion I made myself too. I saw one on Etsy many months, if not years ago and could not find it any longer, so I taught myself crochet (Thank You YouTube) just so I could make this cushion! It is made with fluro pink acrylic, grey wool and I stitched it to a black (fabric) cushion.DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialThe crochet cushion is actually 4 x 4 squares, but I realised that the photos look like it is 4 x 3.

DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint Tutorial
DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialThank You Artistic Den for the Fabric Paint! Remember to check out their range of not just Fabric Paints – but all sorts of Craft paints including kids, face, glass and oil paints, as well as drawing and colouring supplies, modelling, plaster and more!


DIY – How to Make Clay and Coffee Body Scrub with Free Printable Label Sheet

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-AdorablestDIY – How to Make Clay and Coffee Body Scrub.  This is a very simple recipe that you can use with or without the coffee. The coffee used in this scrub is actually from used pods – refrigerated as soon as used, so as to keep fresh. They work great as an exfoliator! Today is St Patrick’s Day, so this includes GREEN clay, but you could also use kaolin or any other body clay. Read on for the full tutorial …

I made a batch of this earlier, but wanted to make sure it didn’t dry out, lasted and kept fresh – and so I can finally give the go ahead and say that it works and keeps great! I didn’t mean for it to coincide with St Patrick’s Day, but since it contains GREEN clay, well let’s just go with that!

DISCLAIMER: Please TEST a small batch to make sure this is suitable for your skin. Some people may find just the (Green Clay) and Soap Free Wash is enough for their skin. Adding the coffee will of course make it more exfoliating and cinnamon can affect some people. Use your common sense, as with all ingredients that you are using on your skin.

You will need:

  • Green Clay. Or kaolin or any other clay that suits your skin.
  • Dermaveen (in Australia). Or a compatible ‘Soap Free Wash’
  • Used Coffee Pod. Must be freshly used and refrigerated immediately after.
  • Container for mixing
  • Spoon 
  • Small Scissors or Nail Scissors CLEAN!
  • Container. Clean and airtight. I think you know where mine is from 😉
  • Printer if you want to print the FREE PRINTABLE LABELS I’ve made for this scrub
  • Sticky tape or Laminator if you want waterproof labels


How To:


Firstly, I need to stress that everything must be CLEAN. Wash your hands and all your implements you’ll be using. In the pictures you may see my fingers all mucked up – this is just so you could see the texture of scrub being made. Even if making for yourself or especially if making for friends as gifts, consider hygiene 🙂 This is also why I only use freshly used and immediately refrigerated coffee pods, as I have seen some not looking too great, if left in the machine for days.

Sprinkle your clay into your container and gradually add squirts of the soap free wash. Mix gently with a spoon.

Keep adding until the mix is able to be rolled and squished, but still hold its shape.

It actually feels like a nice, lightweight texture – nougat like maybe? At this stage you can use just like this, without the coffee and it is a lovely, very slightly exfoliating scrub.

To keep going making the Clay and Coffee Scrub, just keep the clay mixture aside and then open your (cooled) coffee pod with scissors.

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Adorablest-Steps-9-16Before experimenting for this How To, I had never ventured into a used coffee pod before. This brand has a filter on the top and the bottom. I’m not sure if all pods are made like this?

Gently pry the filter out and add the coffee grinds to your green clay and soap wash mix. Depending on how grainy you like it, keep adding, but don’t make it too harsh.

Optional – You can add just a TINY amount of cinnamon. Be careful as it can stimulate the blood vessels of the skin.

Ensure completely mixed through and then fill your chosen container with your fresh batch. I keep mine in the fridge for freshness, but use within a couple of weeks.

I DON’T have sensitive skin on my face, therefore I have used this on my face as well as my body in the shower – but some may find it too harsh for their face. It is good a ‘Gardener’s Soap’ to help remove dirt stains on your hands too.

As mentioned before, use your common sense and TEST A BATCH FIRST! Everyone is different. I actually did a test of this on someone and the cinnamon, let’s just say, really brought their blood to their face – looked like they’d spent 3 hours in the middle of the day sun! It settled down and there were no long term consequences, but this ingredient must be used sparingly or not at all.

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Free-Printable-AdorablestDIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Adorablest-2Click Here for the FREE PRINTABLE CLAY AND COFFEE BODY SCRUB LABELS to finish your project. If you’ll be using the scrub in a wet area (and your printer ink may run), consider covering with sticky tape or laminating if you really want to keep the water out. Mod Podge may also work here to attach, seal and protect.

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Adorablest-1There we have it … hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know if you make some.

Please Note: FREE PRINTABLE Labels for personal use only and not for commercial product or for re-sale – Thanks!


DIY – How to Paint Pots to Look like Cement – FULL Step-by-Step Tutorial

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-TutorialMy previous post How to Paint Pots to Look like Faux Cement awhile back showed the results of this painting technique and now I have re-done another pot and this time took photos of all the steps involved along the way.

So here is the FULL TUTORIAL – Complete with Step-by-Step Instructions.

I have showed larger images and the steps, PLUS down the bottom of the page, you’ll find a handy reference of summarised images (smaller format), to help if you are actually doing the tutorial while on a tablet or phone.



You will need:

  • A plastic pot. Old as long as structurally sound, or buy a cheap plastic one.
  • Sanding Block or Sandpaper
  • Dust Mask. If your pot is old, or avoid windy days for sanding.
  • Soft cotton rag. I used an old flanny shirt.
  • Paint Brush. I used a 2″ or 5cm brush.
  • Container for Mixing Paint. An old plastic takeaway container works!
  • White and Black Paint. I used leftover ‘house’ paint – seems to last.
  • Aluminium Foil. About the size of a piece of paper.
  • Plain Paper. 1 piece only.
  • Disposable Rubber Gloves.
  • Newspaper. If you have nowhere you can safely make a mess.
  • Water.

How to:

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-2Sand the pot with a sanding block or sandpaper.

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-3Ensure all over sanding coverage in random patterns to minimise the shine.

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-4If it is an older pot, you may make a bit of dust. If this is the case, avoid sanding on windy days or wear a mask.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-5Wipe dust away thoroughly with a damp cloth rinsed in water.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-6Pour some white paint into your takeaway container. First coat of paint is … white.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-7Use a criss-cross pattern to ensure it really gets into the ‘grain’ of the plastic.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-8Work in sections and as it is starting to dry, use the tip to ‘stipple’ the paint in places to create texture.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-9Move around and continue to paint in a criss-cross pattern and stipple randomly.

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-10Don’t forget to do the internal ring of the pot too. Just enough and the soil will cover the bottom part.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-11Mix a little black paint into the white to create a light grey. If you have green, you can add a tiny bit (optional).


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-12Use the same technique as before. Criss-cross and stipple to your hearts content. Random is better.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-13Also as the paint was almost dry, I dragged the paintbrush along in areas to create a drier looking texture.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-14It looks okay as is, but there are a couple more steps to completion. At this stage rinse your brush out clean.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-15Add MORE black to your mixture to create a darker grey. Grab an additional takeaway container of water and dampen your rag completely first before putting in the paint. Notice the paint is marbled – that’s okay too.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-16Now use your soft rag to ‘sponge’ onto the pot. Work only in small sections.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-17BEFORE it gets too dry, rub the rag (you may need more water) to soften the look of the ‘splodges’.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-18Rubbing helps create a texture where some of the lighter shades show too, like real cement or concrete.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-19Again, you could leave like this, but there is just one more step.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-20Hopefully you rinsed your brush out from a few steps before, because you will need black or very dark grey on your brush. Add a little paint to a piece of aluminium foil. Add water as required. Put on your rubber gloves.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-21Flick across the bristles of the paintbrush to create paint splatters or ideally small dots. The paper is for practice.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-22When you have your technique down, splatter paint on to the pot. Above is what worked best for me – I tried to get a photo to show, but at the time I had no one to take a photo for me, so I am balancing trying to hold the brush and the camera. I think you can get the gist of it. I flicked the brush across my fingers onto the pot. Always splatter from directly ABOVE the pot, in case it dribbles down the sides rather than splatter around the pot.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-23Hope you put on your rubber gloves! You’ll need them!

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-24Finished! You can coat with clear if you like but …


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-25The pots I painted from my original post have taken a beating out in the Queensland weather (even though I said they probably wouldn’t be outside – they have been!) for months now and are still fine, so a clear coat is optional.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-26So that’s it – How to Paint Pots to look like Cement FULL TUTORIAL finally complete. Not that difficult, but taking the photos along the way has hopefully helped to show the entire process now and what’s involved. Hope you found it useful.


So here are the How to Paint a Pot like Cement / Concrete images in a SUMMARY for you too.


Available in PDF Download Also –





Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this tutorial and how it worked out for you!

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DIY – How to Make Stars from Straws

diy christmas stars straws tutorial adorablestDIY – How to Make Stars from Straws. You can can use for Christmas Stars!

This is a really easy last minute DIY and you can use these stars for Christmas tree decorations, gift embellishments or make a garland from them. The best thing is, they are cheap to make (from everyday straws), but give that Himmeli Scandi look that is meant to look minimalist! Read on for the easy tutorial.

You will need:

  • Plastic or Paper Straws. In your chosen colour(s)
  • String. Natural or coloured
  • Scissors and Ruler.

How to:

diy christmas star from straws tutorial steps adorablest

Gather your supplies.

Measure or just cut into equal lengths – 5 pieces create a star

Start by threading one straw and continue until all are on the single string

Tie a knot (not too tight). This sort of forms a ‘house’ (hexagon) shape. The next part is just practice …

Twist once, then bend (not the straws themselves, but between the straws) the two underneath to ‘catch’ under the others

Then ‘spread’ and fan out to make a star shape!

It might take a little while to get the hang of it, but then it is simple. If you bend your straws too much, just try again!


For a garland, thread the string back through again along the ‘horizontal’ line of the stars and thread on as many as you want! Just remember to leave a little string at the end to tie or tape to your wall or tree.


DIY – Marble Christmas Ornaments

diy white carrara marble christmas ornaments adorablest tutorialDIY – Marble Christmas Ornaments – in White Carrara Marble Style. Not so much a tutorial, but a basic How-To, as these are so easy to make! If you haven’t decorated your tree yet and / or just want something minimalist to string up, try these. I’ve also included a quick How to Make Old Metallic Ornaments Clear.

I made these last night as a spur-of-the-moment thing and did not take photos of the steps, but it is really so simple.

You will need:

  • Clear Ornaments
  • Black Nail Polish or Black Enamel Paint
  • White Nail Polish or White Enamel Paint

How to:

  • Release the ‘cap’ from the ornament.
  • Pour in white nail polish and swish around. Try to coat the entire ornament inside. Hold that finger tight! Note: be careful as the raw edge of the top of the glass ornament can be VERY sharp. Hold a little tissue there to protect your skin if it helps.
  • Leave to dry for just a few minutes. You don’t want it completely dry.
  • Pour in a tiny amount of black nail polish from the top and let it slide down and ease into the glass ornament.  Don’t DROP it into the bottom as this will create a big splodge.
  • This time gently swish and rotate to create lines like marble does. If you mix too vigorously, you will end up with just a grey ornament.
  • Leave to dry. An empty toilet roll works great 🙂 That’s it!

Points to Note:

  • If your nail polish is very thick (mine was a little), I added a tiny amount of nail polish remover which seemed to do the trick.
  • I used all my glass ornaments last time for my DIY – Sprinkles Ornaments. Rather than buy more, I used some OLD ones, that were about to be 50c for the lot in a garage sale we’ll be having soon. Here’s how I did it …

How To Make Old Metallic Ornaments Clear:

  • Remove all the caps (being metal – it is not good for metal to be in bleach)
  • Soak overnight in bleach or domestic cleaner.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water. At this stage, the old blue ornaments were grey.
  • WEARING GLOVES, Pour a small amount of neat dish washing powder (not liquid – it doesn’t work) into the ornament. Dish washing powder is caustic – Wear Gloves!
  • Swish around and then add a little water, swish some more. Leave to soak overnight, completely covered in the solution of water and (dissolved) dish washing powder.
  • Rinse with water thoroughly. Hopefully you will have sparkling clear ornaments now.
  • Attach your metal hanging parts as is or respray them. I sort of liked the old look – see below 🙂

diy-white-carrara-marble-christmas-ornaments-adorablestdiy white carrara marble christmas ornaments adorablestEasy DIY Marble Ornaments for Christmas!


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