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!