DIY Art: Mini “Paperweights”

During one of my trips to the warehouse in search of things to repurpose for the model home, I came across these glass stones.  I’ve actually never seen anything quite like them before: larger than glass beads, but small than a paperweight.  Very much like a nice sized river rock.  Having grabbed my attention, I snatched them up and brought them home in hopes I could find a creative way to use them.

Their creative use was found floating around Pinterest {seriously, what creative ideas don’t exist on Pinterest?!?}.  Having seen several diy glass magnets there, it dawned on me I could use that technique to make some sort of DIY art with my glass stones.  The one I pinned happened to be by The Creative Place, which is the tutorial I used as guidance for this piece.  Adhering images to the stones reminds me so much of pretty paperweights I envied as a child.

Cost:

I really did search online to find the exact same glass stones, but no luck.  However for the purpose of calculating a cost I did find glass that was very similar.  The only difference that is evident through the picture is these pieces are uniform in shape.  No biggie.  I’m sure the same effect will be achieved.  Having said that, cost should be $10 or under – since there will be ample Mod Podge and Liquid Nails left over for several more projects to come.

Difficulty:

Easy

Materials:

  • Glass Stone Pieces {$6}
  • Computer
  • Photo Editing Software
  • Printer
  • Xacto Knife
  • Cutting Mat {or at least an old magazine}
  • Mod Podge (I used Matte) {$5}
  • Scissors
  • Small Artist Brush
  • Piece of Colored Paper {$.50}
  • Small Board, Cut to Length {determined by number of stones you want to use, their width, and desired spacing} and Painted {$3}
  • Liquid Nails {$5 – with just a dent of it used from this!}

How To:

  1. Find images you’d like to use.  I don’t know the laws of copyright, so proceed at your own risk! 😉  I knew I wanted butterflies, so I just used the Images tab on a google search to minimize lollygag time.  {I can’t be the only one to enter a site searching for something specific only to veer off following something completely unrelated.  This must be what our dog is like when she’s following the scent of a rabbit, only to get side tracked by a squirrel.}
  2. Measure glass stones – width and height if they are irregular in shape.  {If using glass that is not uniformly shaped, just use the measurements of the smallest stone.}
  3. Using photo editing software, size chosen images according to stone measurements.  The software doesn’t have to be anything fancy schmancy or anything.  I used Microsoft Publisher, which typically comes standard with the Microsoft Office package.
  4. Print, and carefully use xacto knife carefully cut out each image.  You will want to do this on top of a cutting mat, or magazine if you don’t have a mat.
    • Tip: if you plan to use a colored background, you are better off to cut on the inside of the image line.  Otherwise any remaining white left from the paper will stick out like a sore thumb. 😉
  5.  Use brush {or fingers if in a pinch} to apply Mod Podge to image.  Coat as evenly as you’re able – but don’t fret if there’s brush marks.
  6. Set flat side of glass stone onto Mod Podged image and press down firmly.
  7. Allow to dry.
    • Alright people, here’s a fork in the road.  If you are content with the stones appearance, go ahead and adhere them to the board.  If not, continue to the next step to create a background color that’s different from what stone will be displayed on.
  8. Trace stones onto paper – each individual stone if they are not consistent in shape.
  9. Cut out the traced shapes.  This is another time where too little is better than too much.  Cut shapes slightly smaller than image traced.  You don’t want to see the edge of the paper peeking out from behind the glass now do you?  You are trying to create the illusion that the paper is part of the glass – not paper glued onto the back of glass. 😉
  10. Apply even layer of Mod Podge to paper.
  11. Align glass and paper shapes.  Set stone down onto paper, press down firmly.
  12. Allow to dry.
  13. Place stones on board, and space evenly.
  14. To adhere stones to board, apply a generous dollop of Liquid Nails to the back of one stone and press firmly onto board.  Continue until all stones are adhered.
  15. Allow adhesive to fully dry. 

-Carrie

Me and these butterflies are headed over to these fabulous blogs:

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime , Not Baaad Sundays @ Lamb Around, Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things, M.M.M. @ C.R.A.F.T., Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou, Craft-O-Maniac Monday, DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff, MTW Cuter Mondays, Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do, Mad Skills Party @ Mad in Crafts, Motivated Monday @ Be Colorful

Sew Cute Tuesday @ The Creative Itch, Take a Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm, Anti Procrastination Tuesdays @ New Nostalgia, Tutorial Tuesdays @ Hope Studios, Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I’m Topsy Turvy, Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Talent Tuesday @ Wintage Wanna Bee, Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just a Housewife,

Tip Me Tuesday @ The Tip Junkie, Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework, Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss, Inspiration Board @ Carolyns Homework, Creative Boggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime, Tuesday To Do Party @ The Blackberry Vine,

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