Happy Valentine’s Day Stalking Beauties!
It’s your resident DIYer reporting back for a Pinterest hit or miss. Because February is the month of love and friendship, I decided to do a themed craft and took on the task of creating my very own centerpiece that I can reuse every year. The original post came from a blog called Wedding Wire. It just gave you ideas of things you can do, but it had no directions or instructions on how to do it, so I just decided to put my little ol’ noggin to work. I decided to buy and use the following:
- Wooden letters from my local Michael’s craft store
- Glossy Red spray paint @ Michael’s
- Puff Paint @ Michael’s
- Studded heart white vday flowers @ Michael’s (they also had them in red)
- 2 Packs of beans from my local Dollar Tree store
- 1 Pack of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates @ local grocery store
- 2 Cute red flower shaped place mats @ Dollar Tree
- 2 bunches of flowers @ Dollar Tree
- 1 Drop Cloth @ Dollar Tree
- 1 Pack of gloves @ Dollar Tree
- 1 Borrowed Crystal vase from my mom
- 2 Decorative ceramic plates from my house
- 16 Decorative red stones from my personal stash
I was a little wary about using spray paint, but I got the idea from another blog called G*Rated where they give you a DIY on spray painting beans. I think this is where I missed because I didn’t have enough time to get a shallow box to spray paint the beans in, so I used printing paper to lie them flat and have them dry in between coats. I also used glossy spray paint (because I like shiny stuff, lol) and the directions said that flat paint works better and boy did I learn my lesson. So, if you decide to spray paint beans, make sure to get flat paint, a shallow box and follow their directions to the “T”.
When spray painting the letters, make sure to wait about 30 minutes between each coat. I used a total of 3 coats, so that was about an hour and a half of just spray painting letters! Also make sure to leave them out to dry overnight. I was pressed for time so I decided to use a blow dryer to finish drying them up. I also didn’t end up using the puff paint to add that extra decorative effect like the original picture showed, but it still looked pretty damn good to me
This is how my spray painted beans looked like
White wooden letters turned to glossy red
Tips for Success:
- Time, Time, Time, This is a 24hr project because of the spray paint
- It’s a messy project so make sure to wear clothes you are not afraid to get dirty or wear an apron
- Use gloves unless you want paint all over your hands
- Technically you can buy all the materials at Michael’s, but I like to shop around for deals and use what I have around the house. If you do hit up Michael’s, make sure to use your weekly 40% off coupon! They even have an app for Apple and Android with mobile coupons so you can always be prepared.
- Have Fun!
Let me know what you think or if you have better suggestions for painting on wood or beans!