Handi Mandi TV – DIY Valentine Art

Want to surprise your loved one with an original piece of hand made art?

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NOTE: This is simple and easy to do, but make sure you set aside some time to do it. Depending on how much detail, texture, size of canvas, etc, this may take you a few hours.

You will need the following supplies:

DOLLARAMA:
Canvas
Paint Palette
Paint Brushes (Assorted Sizes) / Sponge / Old Toothbrush
Acrylic Paints: (Christmas) Red
White
Black (if you want to darken the red in some sections of your art, add some character), Gold (optional)
White Tissue Paper
Liquid Glue
Water
Small cup
Yarn

Write a personal message or poem, or perhaps the lyrics to a special song.

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Handi Mandi TV: DIY Jewellery Display – Vintage & Artsy Futuristic

DIY Jewellery Display out of old picture frames, hardware cloth, paint and more.

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I’m getting more organized this year and that includes making something to display my jewellery where I can see it, so I’ll be prompted to wear it more often. I made two frames, one for my mom and one for me, and it cost me approximately $20 for both. This will alternate if you already have some of these items or you can find a better price. You can also compensate for the cost if you make additional ones and sell them. (If I were to sell the ones I made, the larger one would be $35 and the smaller one $30, simply b/c it was painted).

What you will need:

THRIFT STORE:
Vintage and/or carved wood frames (Bible’s For Missions $2.00 each in the wharehouse, ask clerk for assistance, prices may vary)
Vintage Door Knobs to match frame (you may need to repaint them to match)

WAL-MART:
Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Gold (or another metallic of your choice) [the hardware cloth already comes in silver, so repaint it to match your frame as desired]
OPTIONAL: Hot Glue Gun (depending on the thickness of the base of your door knobs, they may not screw on all the way b/c of the tight space)

HARDWARE STORE:
Hardware Cloth (smallest roll was approx. $7.99)
1/8″ or 3mm Peg Board (smallest size and you can ask them to cut it down to desired sizes for you)

DOLLAR STORE:
Acrylic Paint
OPTIONAL: Sand Paper (My door knobs needed to be sanded down in order for the paint to adhere)
OPTIONAL: Hot glue for glue gun

PAINT STORE (that sells wallpaper and gives samples):
FREE samples of wallpaper (if you cannot find desired pattern or colour, you can choose a plain white with or without embossing and paint yourself)

GARAGE/ TOOL SHED:
Pliers
Snips
Hammer
Electric Hand Drill
Drill Bits (for Pre-Drilling the holes for your door knobs to prevent your frame from cracking)
Bits (to push screws into your frame for door knobs)
Square bit (to hammer staples into frame if they’re longer)
Industrial Staple Gun
Industrial Staples
Electric Saw or Chop Saw (to cut your boards to desired length if they don’t do it at the hardware store)
Measuring Tape
Work Gloves
OPTIONAL: Handy Assistant knowledgeable in construction (My brother Stephen helped me)

RUMMAGE:
Tape
Scissors
Ruler
Marker
Sponge (check your cleaning supplies)
Old Rag (or you can use an old sock and cut open)
Paint Palette or paper/plastic plate
Newspaper

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Handi Mandi TV – Christmas Decor: Decorative Porch Planter

Deck out the porch with this decorative Porch Planter.

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Here are the items you will need, most of which can be purchase at the dollar store:
DOLLAR STORE:
Seasonal Planter (for spring)
1 package of Large Christmas Ornaments (3 large bulbs will do)
1 package of Small Christmas Ornaments (4 used in this tutorial)
*Optional: Small pack of 40 lights
*Optional: Craft Paint Palette
Craft Acrylic Paint in Black
Small pack of Glue Sticks (unless you buy bigger bag at Wal-mart with glue gun)
Painter’s Drop Cloth
Rubber Gloves
Steel Wool
Kabob Skewers

WAL-MART:
Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Satin White
Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Silver (or another metallic or your choice)
Glue Gun (small $4 one)
*Optional: Glue Gun Gluesticks

FLORIST:
1 Aquafoam Brick
Some free small packages of flower food

RUMMAGE (that means go find it in your house or out in nature somewhere):
Small box
Newspapers or Flyers (or you can steal them from your neighbours recycling, lol)
Pine Cones (you can purchase the cinnamon oil scented ones at Wal-mart)
Greenery (Christmas theme: pine of your choice, or cedar)
Large Tupperware container
Water

Handi Mandi TV – Christmas Decor: Super Easy Candle Centerpiece on a Budget

Need some extra sizzle for your Christmas dinner table? Look no further.

Most of this can be purchase at your local dollar store, a popular shopping venue in North America for all those of you viewing from around the world. Since you may not have such discount stores I would suggest either rummaging up some old decor or shop at a second-hand shop or flee market for used goodies and then pick up on the Christmas sales at places like Kroger for the next year.

Purchase:
*Decorative plate (long rectangle works best)
*Candle holders (cup shaped, enough to fit on your plate with some room to spare)
*Candles or tea lights & Lighter or matches (unless you already have some)
*Small decorative ornaments or decor that will fit on plate
*Krylon Brilliant Metallic Indoor Aerosol Can (silver, gold, or a colour that will go with the rest of your Christmas decor) [usually $5 a can]

Purchase or Find in nature:
*Pine cones (if you are following last week, you may have some left over) [some can be purchase at Michael’s Craftstore and most usually have been scented with cinnamon, yum]
*Moss or Christmas tree-like Pine (you will need to keep watered or replace when dried out)
*Artificial cranberries or other small fruit
*Coffee beans (yum!)

Rummage:
*Cardboard box and/or newsprint, opened cereal box, etc (this is where recycling comes in handy)
*Cutlery knife (to scrape the paper sticker off your purchase decor that couldn’t peel off)
*Nail polish remover, Goo-Gone or Purell hand sanitizer (all will work to get rid of any glue adhesive left over from stickers pulled off your decor)

Handi Mandi TV – Super Thrift Shopathon: Collective Haul Outfits

I want to start off my thanking my wonderfully patient mother who took the time to take all these pictures for this weeks episode. Secondly, I apologize for the low quality of the pics as I had to use two programs and neither of which were Photoshop, unfortunately.

The day after coming back from shopping in the States (Chesterfield), I went shopping at the Value VIllage 50% Off Super Sale. Here’s all my tips and tricks to preparing yourself for your Super Thrift Shopathon: Appropriate Attire, Resources to Keep on Hand or on the Brain and Nourishment. Happy Bargain-Hunting!

*Please note that some of the garments did not have tags indicating the brands and everything is under $10 per piece of clothing with the exception of where I’ve indicated as such in the picture caption*

Napoleon Romance
Eclectic Fusion - Wool Vest, $20 @ Manitoulin Island Thrift Shop; Winners Tights, $10-15

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Spanish Rose
Good Girl Gone Wild

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Fresh Prep - American Eagle Blazer purchase for $15 at Liquidation World
Dark Bloom

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Club Hopper
Mixing Business with Pleasure - Target Canada Blazer $10-20

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Fiesta
Pretty in Pink

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Flirting Drape
Easy Breasy - Walmart Wrap Belt $10-15

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Military Babe
Youthful Expressions

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Mystic Fortune
Tennis Lessons

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Working Hard
Bright Burst

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G.I. Jane
Casual Leisure

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Punk'd
Punk'd 2.0

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Bollywood
Summer Fresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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