Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

I’ve had these black corduroy shoes in my closet after I bought them and they weren’t as useful as I expected. They were too dark and awkward looking to match with my current outfits, so I made them over using a white fabric puff paint, black fabric paint, single-hole clear plastic beads (to look like buttons), Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, and white ribbon.

What do you think?

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

DIY Slip-On Shoes Makeover

Heart to Hearts (recycled tissue paper craft)

Recycled tissue paper can be reused by making it into this ring of hearts craft project. Project idea from Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts, Photo by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings.

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This project is super fast and easy. Use the same method as when you make paper snowflakes, but cut half of a heart shape instead. Unfold and you have a ring of heart to hearts. Place on a table or counter as decoration. I added several single hearts (made by cutting a half heart into folded paper) to fill in the spaces between the rings. Also, if you use new paper, they wouldn’t be as wrinkly.

Project idea came from Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations.

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Christmas Card Ornaments

Yesterday I cut up a card the local Hallmark store sent last month. It had pictures of ornaments that I cut out and put up on the wall. Later I will probably use a hole punch so I can add ribbon and hang them like real ornaments.

The card used as raw materials in this paper ornaments project by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

The card Mark’s Hallmark sent

Christmas Card Ornaments on Wall by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Ornaments held up with painter’s tape.
I’ll punch holes and tie thin ribbon on them to make real ornaments later on.

Paper Bag Decoupage Frame

A few weeks ago I got a new chair and it came with an abundance of brown packing paper. I’ve wanted to try a paper bag decoupage since I saw it in a DIY book as a faux leather look, and since I had the paper, and found an undecorated craft frame in my room, I decided to try it.

Paper Bag Decoupage Frame

The finished frame

Paper Bag Decoupage Frame Close-Up

Close-up for texture

How I did it:

Step 1: Mix 2 parts water and 1 part white glue.

Step 2: Crush and wrinkle the brown paper until it softens a bit.

Step 3: Rip pieces of the brown paper so the edges are rough. Make different shapes and sizes.

Step 4: Decoupage! Two ways to do this: One – Paint the frame in the glue mixture, then place a piece of the paper on the frame, and cover with more glue. Or, two – Soak the paper in the glue mixture, wipe off the excess glue with your fingers, and place it on the frame. Smooth down to the frame.

Step 5: When you place the next piece, overlap the pieces. Cover all the frame and when you’re done with however many layers you want, seal the whole thing with the glue mixture and let dry.