Shannon Berrey

Upcycled Wreath

Monday, December 16, 2013


Ya'll know I'm a bit of a saver. Ain't no shame in my game. I see the potential in pretty things and I know that once they have been outgrown or used, a new recycled project is on the horizon.   

 Alex of the blog Northstory, is a kindred spirit. Using some saved work socks, some wooden doodads she found at a thrift store, a piece of foam core, a couple of embroidery hoops, some felt and a little yarn, she ended up with a Christmas wreath.




I mean how darn cute is this upcycled wreath??? 


For all the detailed instructions and pictures, visit Northstory.


 

Thanksgiving printables

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Don't consider yourself crafty, but you would love to have some fun Thanksgiving decor? As long as you have a printer, you are all set! I have rounded up some of my current favorite downloadable printables. Enjoy!  

Thanksgiving Food Cards:




Cup wrap:



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Chalkboard Print:




Thankful chain:


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Signs:



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Be Thankful utensil holders:



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Bread wrap:



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Print:



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Candle wrap:




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These Coloring Pages and Word Search would be great to keep the kids entertained while the Turkeys finishing up:



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Word Search:



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And at the end of the meal, you can let your guests take home leftovers in these cute bags that you run through the printer:





Superhero centerpieces

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Good grief, guys, where has the week gone?? We have somehow circled back to Throwback Thursday already...again. 
Dang if that doesn't happen every week. 
So, I'm throwing it back to the Superhero Gala, because I realized I never shared with you how I made the centerpieces. 







I designed 4 different super sayings with 4 different shapes. We needed 40 centerpieces which meant 80 pieces total {a front and a back}. We had them printed at A - Z Signs and Engraving in Waynesville. {I highly recommend them if you are local!} The shapes were printed on black corrugated plastic and the image was a vinyl sticker that the printers attached to the plastic. 

During our Gala's at Harrah's, the lights are turned down low. Each centerpiece has to look great from every angle and my goal is to always have them lit in some way to achieve the biggest impact. I wanted my finished centerpiece to look like a vintage lighted marquee sign. 


The only problem was, we had to use battery operated string lights and they don't come as a 'big round bulb'. Trust me, I looked for those suckers for months...
{actually, I did find 1 company, but they were something like $40 a strand. yea, not happening} 

 

So, I finally settled on these LED's. I ordered a 20 light strand that was spaced 6" apart and required 3 batteries. {We got a discount because we ordered 45}

I measured and marked 10 dots every 5 1/2" in a circle around each piece {that's as far as each light would stretch}. Using a phillips screwdriver, I punched a small hole through each marked dot. {You can see the holes in the yellow boom below}


Angie was an awesome assistant!

Then starting at the bottom hole, we punched the LED lights through each hole in one side and then punched them through the back 'mirror image'. {this left them connected}. You have to really work the light into the hole. You want it to be tight so that it doesn't slip out. Using electrical tape, tape the battery pack to one side, near the bottom. 



To create the sides, I used {tons of} black poster board that I cut into long 5" wide strips. I hot glued them together, end to end, to create miles of continuous poster 'sides'.

 

This is where it gets real tricky. Laying one 'wham' face side down, we balanced a glass inside so that the other 'wham' side could have something to balance on while the 'sides' were attached. 



The 'wham' and 'zap' signs were fairly simple shapes and we were able to follow the edges with the black sides. Using black electrical tape, we held the edge of the black strip perpendicular to the edge of the sign with 6" strips of tape. 



The 'pow' and 'boom' are shaplier*, so we needed to tape those to create an interior circle because following those edges would have been a nightmare. 

 

*When I asked my friend google this question:


This popped up: 



So, I may or may not be making up the word. Thanks for nothing google. 
anyhoo...


After the top gets attached, carefully flip it over and continue taping the other side.This takes a loooooong time. We left about a 3" hole open on the bottom so that we could reach the on/off button on the lights.






All finished and waiting to be put out on the tables at Harrah's.




 



If you want to see all of the details and pictures of the Super Gala, check them out here.


The easiest DIY Bottle Candleholders

Thursday, November 14, 2013




Just like I hate throwing away jeans, t-shirts, cute shower curtains, or old bathing suits, I also hate throwing away bottles, jars or great food containers.



 Remember when I turned wine bottles into chalkboard vases?? Well, I have another large stash of collected bottles and a need for some candle holders for the upcoming holidays. 

This project is sooooo easy. You can't mess these up! Grab your bottles, clean them, soak them to remove any labels and, if necessary, use a little Goo Gone to get rid of any stickiness. Then, give it a good soap and water bath to get rid of the Goo Gone which can leave an oily residue.    




I used Gold Metallic spray paint, paint pens, metallic sharpie and Rub N Buff. 


 

   This first one is a Worcestershire bottle. You can use any type of tape. This is masking tape that I cut into different widths. Press the edges of the tape down tight.



With your finger, simply rub a tiny bit of Rub N Buff into the glass. It dries immediately. Pull your tape off and voila!.



Done!



This wine bottle was simply striped equal distance and sprayed with several light coats.

  

This Kahlua bottle was done in a chevron patter. I don't spend much time with math, I just eyeball it. Trust me, it looks better with some imperfections -- that's the beauty of handmade!  I also sprayed this one. 



And the last wine bottle was simply done with a gold paint pen and a silver metallic sharpie. I just drew little circles and filled them in.



What was going on when I grabbed my empty bottles from my Riddling Rack??

 






And proof that I don't have any candleholders... I only have 2 candles!! 

 



I have only just begun!!  






Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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