DIY: Old Fashioned Glasses

(studiodiy/palmspringsstyle)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Glasses
-Printable Starburst Motif (printable pattern template here, or design a stencil yourself), Printed on Cardstock
-X-Acto blade
-Cutting mat
-Liquid gold leaf
-Blue painter's tape
-Paintbrush

Step Two:
"First, cut out a rectangle shape around the starburst pattern. Then use your knife to carefully cut out the starburst shape from the rectangle, leaving you with a stencil. Rip off a piece of painter’s tape and tape it to your cutting mat. Place your stencil over top and carefully cut out the starburst shape from your tape."

Step Three:
"Peel your stencil off your mat and adhere it to your glass where desired, and then repeat the above steps until you have as many starbursts as desired on your glass. It is so so so important to run your fingernail over all the little cutouts of the starburst once it’s taped on the glass to ensure it is sealed on there well! This will prevent the gold leaf from leaking through the stencil."

Step Four:
"Open your liquid gold leaf and while working in a well-ventilated area, stir it well with your paint brush. Paint a thick but even coat over the starburst shape. If you find you need more than one coat, go ahead and add a second coat."

Step Five:
"Let dry thoroughly, then remove your stencils and you are done! If you do find that any starbursts didn’t turn out perfectly, you can use a toothpick or a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to remove any unwanted gold leaf."

 

Now fill your glasses with your most favorite cocktail and you are ready to party, mid-century style!

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Southern Summer Spruce Up: Fixing Up Your Back Yard Country Style

Garden Style

Start a flower bed with some southern favorites:
Sunflowers
Hydrangeas
Daisies
Rhododendrons
Daffodils
Roses

Or veggies and fruits:
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Lettuce
Blackberries
Peaches
Apples
Figs
Strawberries
Squash
Blueberries

Fun Garden Craft:
DIY Vertical Herb Garden
(
greenupgrader.com)

Wood, Wood, Wood and More Wood

Wood furniture may require a bit more maintenance, but the southern style of something crafted is worth it. Anything from arm chairs to love seats to benches to simple crates as ottomans.
Picnic Table
(thisoldhouse)
Chairs
(diyncrafts)

 

Lighting: Mason Jars Are Multi Purpose

Mason jars could quite possibly be used for anything and everything from in the kitchen to the living room to the backyard. How about hanging some mason jar string lights or lanterns? Spend an evening on the back porch with the best mood lighting. Use Christmas string lights or mason jars filled with fireflies!
(sunset.com)
(diyncrafts)

 

Grillin' And Such!

Throw a bit of pizazz into your grill area with some fun DIY projects:
Grilling Island 
(diynetwork)
Hanging Grill
(tumblr)
Build a Grill Caddy
(thisoldhouse)
Stove
(ikeahackers.net)
Smoker
(instructables)

 

Child's Play

Keep the backyard the coolest place to be this summer for the kids. Check out these super fun backyard DIY for the youngsters!
(woohome)
(woohome)
(woohome)

 

It's Five O'Clock Back Here

Can't forget the fun for the big kids too--have fun creating fun bars and drink areas and accessories.
Bar Cart
(thisoldhouse)
Pop Out Bar
(turtlesandtails)

 

So Many Projects!

Check out here, here, here, here, and here for more DIY backyard projects.

Garden Arbor
(thisoldhouse)
Outdoor Shower
(sunset)

Have an awesome summer!