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nailed it

twisterfishcrafts nailed it (6)

My ten year old wanted to make his big sister a special Christmas gift. A few weeks before the holiday they were both saying “nailed it” over and over and over to each other. Together we decided to get a piece of wood at the craft store, spray paint it, then hammer nails to form the words ‘nailed it’. He chose the font, and I did the nailing, because it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to nail those little things into the wood and he just couldn’t manage the hammer. This project took a few days and many sore fingers, but it was well worth it! His sister loved the present and it’s now displayed in her college apartment for all to see.

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gold hearts on glass bottle

twiserfishcrafts gold hearts bottle (8)

A few things I love:

  • IKEA
  • gold
  • decorative tape (such as washi tape)
  • spray paint
  • bottles
  • unique stuff

So there you have it. That list was my inspiration for this project. And it turned out GORGEOUS, if I do say so myself. Which I just did!

twiserfishcrafts gold hearts bottle (1)

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painted vase


twisterfishcrafts painted vase

Recently I saw a pin on pinterest that got me excited due to it’s simplicity and because the results looked spectacular. You can see the site here.

So I tried it. I bought the paint she mentioned, and took one of my dollar store vases and got to work. The vase I had is tinted blue so I thought silver paint would look nice with it.

Notice her vase is a nice straight cylinder. Mine is not. Do you know how hard it is to tape around a vase that is curvy,while trying to keep the lines straight and not have any gaps? It’s not easy! But, the results are still beautiful!  Next time — because there will be a next time — I’ll use a straight vase.

The process:

#1: Prep (I decided on three stripes.)


twisterfishcrafts painted vase prep


#2: Paint (I did three coats. It didn’t take long for each coat to dry.)


twisterfishcrafts painted vase paint


#3: Remove tape and allow to dry completely.


twisterfishcrafts painted vase finished



#4: Display with other pretty things.


twisterfishcrafts painted vase display


painted canvas — song lyrics

twisterfish crafts song lyrics canvas (16)

I love painting canvases and I love words, so painting words on canvas is a favorite of mine. My daughter has been playing Ingrid Michaelson’s music while home on spring break, and I have fallen in love with the song, You and I. My daughter and I went to the craft store, purchased a black canvas (yahoo! that way we didn’t need to paint it black before putting the stickers on!), and some lower case stickers that not only had lots of each letter, but were on clearance. Then we went home and started the process.

Note to self: Never purchase stickers on clearance. There might just be a good reason why they are being sold cheaply.

Here are the photos of the process. Overall, we’re happy with how it turned out!

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animal magnets

twisterfishcrafts animal magnets


I’ve had this project pinned to a board on pinterest for a long time. When I was making other animal projects (you can see one of them here) I also made some of these.

Here’s the link to where the idea came from on the site Lovely Indeed. (Click on that link to see her instructions.)


I found inexpensive plastic animals that had a visible seam. They divided in half easily by working a straight edge around the seam.

Then I painted each half of each animal a different color. Spray paint worked best, but I did use craft paint on a few of these.

My animals were hollow, so I didn’t need to drill a hole for the magnets. At my large home store I found super magnets in a few different sizes. I stacked a few of these super magnets together then used super glue to attach to a flat magnet. Then super glued the back of that flat magnet to the plastic animal.

Ta da! Tell me, who wouldn’t want a blue dinosaur’s butt as a magnet?

painted animals

twisterfish crafts painted horse (2)

twisterfish crafts painted giraffes

So this was really, really fun to do. I’ve been wanting to do it for about a year and now that I finally have tried it, there will be many painted animals in my future.

I took regular plastic animal figures and painted them. I started by dunking the whole animal in a gallon of paint I had leftover from painting a bedroom. I think this helped to get paint in all the cracks and nooks and start with a nice uniform color. Once that dried completely, I spray painted the animal. I did many coats of the spray paint and it took a few days since it had to dry between coats, and I kept having to adjust the animal so that it was painted everywhere. (Did I have to paint the animal before spray painting it? Maybe not, but I did, and it turned out great, so I’m not complaining.) When the spray painting dried completely, I took my craft paint and painted the legs. For the large giraffe they were all the same color, but for the horse I did each leg a different color. I put glitter on it when the paint was still wet. The small giraffe was done all in purple and glitter over the whole thing. For the giraffes, I coated them with about two coats of Mod Podge once the paint was dry. For the horse, I made the process easier by purchasing Rust-Oleum automotive enamel clear gloss spray paint.

I love this project. 🙂

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That horse looks very happy, don’t you think?




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abc canvas

After making word art canvases with advice and quotes and one for my anniversary (it has our names and our wedding date along with a line from our favorite song that we danced to), I had planned to make one with the ABCs and finally finished it this week.

What I love about this one is that I used a few different fonts as well as a mix of upper-case and lower-case letters. The final piece is so cute and will be perfect for a baby’s nursery.


First I placed raised (3D) stickers onto a canvas. I used what I had leftover from other projects.

abc canvas 1

Then I applied a few coats of Mod Podge (allowing each coat to dry completely before adding the next one). I made sure to get the Mod Podge into every nook and cranny of each letter. Below is what it looked like after applying a generous coat of Mod Podge.

abc canvas 2

As seen below, the piece was nice and shiny after all the Mod Podge had been applied and had dried.

abc canvas 3

I used spray paint to cover the canvas. It took at least three coats of paint (again, I allowed each coat to dry before spraying on the next coat).  I also made sure to paint the edges of the canvas.

I attached it to a wooden frame and put on a clip for hanging.

abc canvas 4

And the finished piece!

abc canvas

life advice canvas art

My teenage daughter likes to get creative in the kitchen and will bake often, but she usually doesn’t do many crafts. Then one day recently she asked if she could use my supplies to make art for her bedroom. Of course!

She had purchased posters and decided to add homemade art by recreating a poster she had seen online. She took the words from the poster and used Sharpies and stickers to make her art on canvas. For the word “tree” she used one of my stencils and some craft paint and put it on newspaper.  It looks great!

The best part — though it wasn’t intentional — was her personal touch of painting “Make Mistakes” on top of some of the other words. The reason she did this is because when she completed the bottom line and looked at the canvas, she realized she had done one line twice. While she and I were talking about painting over that section, a friend of hers suggested writing “make mistakes” and that was the perfect solution!

life advice canvas

stencil tree on canvas

plastic painted ornaments

Last month I found adorable plastic ornaments at the craft store. They are shaped like Christmas light bulbs, and were less than a dollar each. I had the idea to paint the inside with paint that had a stained glass look, and that I had leftover from another project. I squeezed some of the paint into the ornament and swirled it around, covering most of the inside.

Well, that didn’t turn out well. The paint was too thick and didn’t give the stained glass look I wanted. So before it was completely dry, I swabbed the inside with a cotton q-tip, using a circular motion, around and around the inside. This left a nice design.

But it wasn’t enough. It still needed something. So I took glitter that I had and poured some in, then shook it to attach to the still wet paint.

Ta da! A beautiful homemade ornament, for less than a dollar.

painted plastic ornament

painted plastic ornament on tree

word art – dancing

Here is the other canvas art I did with stickers and a quote that I found online (author unknown).

This one was a bit challenging, in that I didn’t measure well at first and tried to put the quote on four lines rather than five. Once I realized the line of “you’re wasting” would not fit on one line, I had to move all the other stickers to accommodate a fifth line. So it turns out that having stickers that weren’t very sticky was a good thing — they came off easily, allowing me to reposition them.

The spray paint I used for this one was a brand I’ve not used before … and won’t use again. Even after many coats of paint (waiting for the paint to dry between coats, of course), the results were not pretty.

I gave this as birthday gift to a friend who loves to dance. I gave it to her at her birthday party but I plan on “borrowing” it from her soon so that I can fix the bad paint job!

dancing step 1 stickers on


dancing step 2 mod podge


step 3 final