Many teenagers enjoy making things for their bedrooms that personalise and add colour to their space. It is not difficult to create homemade, inexpensive decor for the space. You and your teenager can make a project together or you can present it as a gift. Homemade decor also makes for creative and inexpensive gifts for holidays and birthdays for other children on your gift list. Such items also sell well at craft fairs and flea markets to provide extra income for the family budget.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Glass jar
- Acrylic paints
- Cotton swabs
- White glue
- Paper towels
- Clear glaze, liquid or aerosol
- Cork board
- Hot glue gun
- Silk flowers
- Pushpins or thumbtacks
Wash an empty glass jar -- such as a Mason jar, mayonnaise container or olive jar -- inside and out with warm, soapy water and allow it to dry.
Pick acrylic paint colours that coordinate with the existing decor or bedding in the teenager's room. Mix the acrylic paint with equal parts of white glue to help the paint stick to the glass. The mixture needs to be thick so it won't run down the jar.
Paint a design onto the glass jar. If the teen enjoys sports, look to soccer or baseball for design inspiration. Alternatively, paint funky flowers or use a cotton swab to make polka dots.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly according to the directions on the paint.
Seal the design by spraying on or brushing on a clear glaze and allow it to dry. Fill the containers with pencils, markers, faux flowers or any other items you desire.
Painted Glass Containers
Cover an inexpensive piece of cork board with denim or another fabric that matches the decor in your teen's room. Purchase enough fabric to stretch around to the backside of the cork board.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the fabric edges on the backside of the cork board.
Pull the flower heads and plastic centres off silk flowers that coordinate with the room. Separate them carefully, leaving the silk flower petals with holes in the centre. Lay them on a flat surface in the order you take them apart.
Apply a drop of glue to the underside of a pushpin or thumbtack. Insert the thumbtack into the centre of the smallest flower petal. Add layers of flower petals and glue until the flower is back together on the pushpin. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before using.
Use the flower pushpins to hold notes, pictures or other lightweight items on the notice board.
Tips and warnings
- Use a paper towel to erase mistakes on the glass jars, or to begin again if you do not like the design. Do this as soon as possible before the paint dries.
- You can find clear glaze at craft and hobby or discount stores.
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