DIY Painted Plates

#DIY Painted Plates by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

I made these painterly plates for summer and I've been using them every day!

I really didn't want to be eating paint along with my pasta, so I'm happy to report the Pebeo 150 Porcelaine Paint I used still looks as fresh as the day I painted them many months ago.

This DIY is quick way to update your dinnerware without splurging on a whole new set.

#DIY Painted Plates by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
#DIY Painted Plates by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
#DIY Painted Plates by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Wash and dry your plate to make sure you don't get any dust or specks in your design.
  2. Start your painterly dashes in the middle of the plate.
  3. Extend your painting around the plate to create even spaces between each dash.
  4. Follow the instructions on the Pebeo porcelaine paint bottle for curing the paint onto your plate - I did mine for the 'dishwasher safe' drying process:  35 minutes at 150°C (300°F), in a domestic oven (at a stable temperature), after drying for a minimum of 24 hours.
  5. If using these in the dishwasher, use the ECO programme and always place them in the top rack.
#DIY Painted Plates by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Of course, I had to do mine on colourful plates as I always struggle to stick to white.

I hope these add the perfect amount of painterly fun to your kitchen this summer.

TIP: I picked up these plates from target for $2 each on sale and they were gorgeous even before I painted them.

DIY Pom Pom Party Placemats

DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

I have a lot of friends who are have kids now and I'm always trying to think of fun ways to make them excited about meal times (let's face it, not a lot of kids love their veggies!).

These 5 minute DIY party pom pom placemats will get them running to the table! I made these for my favourite magazine - Frankie - and my nieces still adore them.

DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. 1/2 metre each of different coloured gingham fabric (makes 2 placemats)
  2. Glue gun
  3. Pom Poms
  4. Pinking shears
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Cut your gingham fabric into rectangles depending on what size you'd like your placemat.
  2. Glue the wrong sides together and cut the edges with the pinking shears once the glue has dried. This will prevent threads forming.
  3. Place your plate down to make sure you don't get any random pom poms underneath where the plate sits (that will make mealtime even messier, trust me!).
  4. Glue your pom poms on.
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

It's probably wise not to serve cute cupcakes like this at dinner!

This little DIY should ease the trauma of those veggies however and make mealtime a lot more fun.

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Teach the kids to recycle and reuse with this fun gift tag project.

If you have left over glitter, you could go paint some animals too!

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. Magazines
  2. Glue
  3. Scissors
  4. Glitter
  5. Cardboard for backing
  6. Hole punch
  7. Ribbon
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Cut a rectangle from your cardboard backing.
  2. Use this a template to cut your magazine into rectangles too - make sure your template covers the pretty part of the magazine your want on your gift tag.
  3. Glue both sides together.
  4. Punch a hole at the top.
  5. Apply some glue to the parts of the tag you want to glitterize.
  6. Sprinkle the glitter onto the glue and let dry.
  7. Thread a ribbon through the hole and tie.
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

TIP: You could also use magazine pages with fun typography or words, of glue a variety of pages to your cardboard backing for a jigsaw effect.

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

If you're not feeling very crafty or you don't have time to clean up a glitter mess, you could download these cute polka dot gift cards instead.

DIY Pretty Painted Leaves

DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

The leaves are starting to turn at my place and as I was sweeping them up today I remembered this pretty painted leaves project I did back in the days of Love From Ginger.

This is a relaxing. Sunday crafternoon DIY that the kids and the hubby could join you in doing. Imagine a giant vase of these gorgeous leaves on your dining room table!

DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. Acrylic paints
  2. Paint palette or an old plate 
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Scissors
  5. Cotton thread (I used gold thread)
  6. Dried leaves
  7. Sewing needle
  8. Branch
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Paint your leaves in assorted colours and patterns. 
  2. Once the leaves are dried, sew them to your branch using the thread.
  3. Display your branch in a beautiful vase and enjoy the pretty pops of colour from your new fall leaves.
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

I'm such a sucker for colourful things and with this project you could make a whole variety of different branches to suit the different seasons of the year.