Arts & crafts from the comfort of your home

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Sometimes the hardest part of doing a craft project is dragging yourself to the craft store 20 minutes away to buy all the supplies that are sometimes necessary.

Charlotte Smith is the blogger behind Ciburbanity.com and she stopped by Good Morning Connecticut on Saturday to show us some of her expertise. One of the themes of the projects on her blog are quick and easy transformations you can achieve with cheap and simple supplies.  Smith says crafting doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

1. Marbleizing with shaving cream:

Squirt a thin layer of plain shaving cream into a shallow pan.  Take some paint (any craft or house paint wild do) and drip it onto your shaving cream.  With a toothpick, swirl the paint around.  Place a piece of paper onto the shaving cream and gently press down.  Remove the paper and use a piece of cardboard to scrape away the excess shaving cream and the marbleizing paint will be left behind!

2. Adding flare to your containers with nail polish

Got any plain containers or vases? Why not freshen them up by decorating with leftover nail polish? This shouldn’t be used on anything that will come in contact with food to be safe, but simply paint a pattern onto your container with nail polish and let it dry!

3. Turning old jars into decorative accents

Our recycling bin is ALWAYS filled with jars and some of them are no different than storage containers I might by at Homegoods.  To take these jars from simple to sophisticated, pour a small amount of paint into the bottom of your jar and slowly let it swirl around the inside and up the sides of the jar.  This probably won’t stand up to water, but is a great way to store pencils or paperclips or other small items.

4. Sharpie embellished linens

Transform a simple white pillow case or napkin into a fun graphic statement.  Find a Sharpie (they now come in dozens of colors) and start scribbling! Perhaps you can write out your favorite song lyrics or quotations or just settle for fun doodles!

5. Freezer paper stencils

You can use freezer paper from the grocery store to make simple effective stencils.  Cut out the word or the shape or the letter you want to stencil with scissors or an exacto knife.  Using an iron, apply some heat and your freezer paper will lightly adhere to the fabric.  Go over it with paint and then peel the freezer paper off revealing your stencil!

6. Washi Tape wall decor

Washi tape comes in more patterns than you know what to do with, so why not use it as a temporary way to add some flare to your walls! Similar to masking tape, washi tape is gentle enough to use on most walls (test first!) but sturdy enough to stick around until you’re tired of it.  A simple cross pattern can be fun and graphic in any space!

Charlotte Smith is currently in the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, which is on stands now.  The last page: “I Did It” is the name of her feature article.

For more information, please visit www.ciburbanity.com.

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