Stenciling on Glass: Make a Beautiful Table Top

Why, oh why, would I paint over a beautiful stencil I just finished painting? Why paint over it like this:

How to Paint a Stencil on Glass

Because you must paint over the stencil design to get to this:

Stencil Painted on Glass Table Top

There is a method to what might look like madness!

This was once a plain ol’ clear glass table in our family room. Then metallic paints and a stencil took it from blah to beautiful. See all the details about how to do it at Paint + Pattern, where I share my method for stenciling on glass.

Take a look around your home – do you have any clear glass surfaces that could use some color and pattern? If so, head on over to Paint + Pattern to see how you can make that glass more exciting!

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Stenciled Wall Art Inspired by Indian Jali Windows

I’m thrilled to announce something new and inspiring for you! It’s a blogzine  called Paint + Pattern from Royal Design Studio, the stencil company that has inspired my creativity so much over the past years. And, I will be a contributor there, sharing projects and creative ideas several times a month. I’m super excited that today Paint + Pattern is featuring a cool stenciled wall art idea I created that uses BOTH stencils and patterned scrapbook paper:

Stenciled Wall Art with Decoupage Scrapbook Paper

It was so fun play with both stencils and scrapbook paper, and layer patterns upon patterns. I call this stenciled wall art “windows to the world.” It’s inspired by jali windows in India. But you are welcome to steal the idea and combine stencils and patterned papers in any way you like. I hope you are inspired to try this!

For the how-to DIY details and a story about the jali inspiration, visit the post at Paint + Pattern.

Whenever I am posting at Paint + Pattern, I’ll share a (hopefully tantalizing!!) photo with you here and a link to the post over there. All of us at Paint + Pattern are excited about sharing a world of color, paint, patterns and inspiration with you there. And once you’re at Paint + Pattern, I just know you’ll be clicking around all over the place … I certainly am, and pinning too, there’s so many visual delights there. Enjoy!

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DIY: Stenciled Plate Chargers for Table Settings

Wow, color psychology really can do a job on you. I don’t mean like, red gives you energy and blue relaxes you. Rather, right after I write that I’m not a fan of Pantone Radiant Orchid as the color of 2014, suddenly a Krylon purple shimmer spray paint can jumps off a store shelf and into my hands! How does this color marketing work?! Mysteriously. Subconsciously.

Well, after putting a super-deep-dark purple Japanese kimono obi on our dining room table as a runner, purple got stuck in my head. And then this is what happened next with purple:

Table Setting with Stenciled Plate Charger

Not content with being across the entire middle of our table, purple creeped in under the plates! And now there’s a crazy mix of patterns going on there too.

And perhaps I should eat my words about purple on these plates, huh?

Just to play around and see if I liked it, I got $1 plate chargers at Michaels along with Krylon shimmer spray paint. This paint is more interesting than plain spray paint, less brash than metallic paint, and more subtle than glitter paint. It’s shimmery – exactly what it’s called!

Krylon Shimmer Metallic Spray Paint

It took three light coats of spray paint to cover gold plastic chargers. I painted only the top sides.

Next I stenciled the rims of the chargers:

Purple Stenciled Plate Chargers

I used the Persian Lace Border stencil from Royal Design Studio and randomly turned the stencil this way and that, painting through it enough to get pattern around the rims. So, each charger is unique:

DIY Stenciling on Plate Chargers

If you use plastic chargers from the craft store, this is an inexpensive and easy way to spice up your table with some pattern and color! You can take a risk and try out a color you’re not sure about. Or maybe a color that contrasts wildly with your plates. That’s what I did here with purple, green and orange.

Stenciled Charger Under Celadon Plates

So go ahead, take a risk with a new color – you might like it!

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DIY Picture Frame Tray with Sequins & Scrapbook Paper

When I spotted scrapbook paper with hot pink sequins all over it at Michaels, I thought of my sister. The only way it could have been more perfect is if it had fur on it too. That might be a bit much. But not for her!

I made a little tray out of a picture frame with the paper:

How to make a scrapbook paper tray with a picture frame

I also thought of my sister when I saw this on Pinterest:


That explains the hot pink sequins!

Here are supplies to make the tray …

  • 2″ deep picture frame found at Michaels at 2-for-1 sale. (I already posted another DIY tray tutorial with the other frame)
  • 12″ x 12″ square of scrapbook paper (I found this sequined paper at Michaels)
  • Stencil and paint
  • Two cabinet drawer handles

Supplies to make a tray from scrapbook paper and picture frame

This project is ridiculously easy. First, remove the matt from the picture frame. Leave the glass in place.

Cut the scrapbook paper to fit in the frame (you can use the matt as a guide). Put the scrapbook paper in the frame. Put the backing back on the frame and secure it.

Making a picture frame tray with sequined scrapbook paper

This is what you should have:

How to make a scrapbook paper picture frame tray

These steps are so super easy, but this tray doesn’t have to look easy. You can get crazy creative with various papers and patterns. You could piece together several papers under the glass. You could paint the frame. You could put personalized mementos under the glass along with the scrapbook paper (stamps? postcards? show or concert tickets?). My tray is small but you can get a large frame for a larger tray and that gives you more room for creativity.

Now, while putting the glass back in the frame, I pushed too hard and there was a small crack. So I filled it with wood filler:

Fixing a crack in a picture frame

Then repainted the frame black, and painted some tribal stencil pattern with silver paint on the sides. I thought the tribal pattern would be a cool contrast with the sequins. The stencil is from the new Raven+Lily line at Royal Design Studio:

Raven and Lily Tribal stencil painted on picture frame

As an optional step – but I think this helps it look more like a tray – you can attach  drawer handles to two sides of the picture frame. I unfortunately didn’t get a photo of this step but it’s self-explanatory. This is why it helps to get a very deep picture frame, so you can fit handles to make it look like a tray.

And that’s it! Done! That’s #8 in the “12 DAYS, 12 DIYS” series.

Now can you believe, sometimes my sister has a life-size silver glitter skeleton in her craft room? I thought a photo of the skeleton holding the tray would look really cool. But for now the skeleton has been put to bed in a box in their garage. Maybe in a future post we’ll see it …


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