Sunday, March 18, 2012

Music Stand Makeover Tutorial

 Turn your old music stand new again with a bit of stand paper, spray paint designed for metal (in a color of your choosing), and some time.

Here's my "Music Stand Makeover".

Here is a music stand that I have that is starting to show some wear and tear.  It has some rust on the bottom, paint is chipping off and it is getting some scuffs and scratches.  It looks like a stand that you might also find at a garage sale or in your basement.  You can easily give it a new life and a new look.  

You can see the paint is chipping off and the rust on the feet.  

Sand down the stand with some sandpaper to paint chipped area smooth.  Then, wipe clean with a wet cloth.  

See, no more chipped areas.  The feet are all sanded down.  
I used Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X Satin Finish Spray Paint in Wildflower Blue.  
Put your stand on some cardboard or plastic in a well-ventilated area or outside.  Use short bursts of paint about 12-16" away from your stand.  Put on thin layer of paint, let it dry completely then put another layer of paint.  

There's me spraying the stand.  Pictures via my 8-year old son.   I promised him I'd include it in the blog since he took the picture.  ;)  Thanks, son.  
Completely covered stand waiting to dry.  

After it's completely dry, you've got a stand with a whole new life to it.   I've always wanted a neat-o, cool-color stand, but never had the money to buy one.  Since I used a stand that I already owned, this cost me all of $3.00!    I can't wait to surprise my students next week with this cool Wildflower Blue stand!  I think they'll love it, because I know I do!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fabric Pom Pom Tutorial

DIY:  Fabric Pom Pom Tutorial

What you need:  
Sharp scissors
Chinese lantern (my lantern was 9.5".  You could very easily make your pom-pom smaller)
fabric--I used 3 yards for my 9.5" lantern.  
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks--lots and lots
Something about 3.25" across to trace a circles onto the fabric.  I used my sandwich cutter.  
Chinese Lantern before I started applying fabric.

Trace your circles onto your doubled up fabric and then cut into squares, then cut into the circles.  
Fabric doubled up and ready to be cut into two circles.
This is a pile of about 200 circles.
I made about 700 circles!  I cut while I watched TV.  

Add a small dab of hot glue to the center of the circle. 

Fold in half.  

Add another dab of hot glue to this folded piece.  

Fold in half again.  Hold until the hot glue cools a bit and the glue is set.  

Do over and over and over.......
Put the glue directly on the lantern, alternating the direction you place your fabric piece. 
Hold your fabric piece until the glue sets.  
About a quarter of the way through the the process.
Be sure to alternate the direction you put your fabric pieces.
Once the lantern is completely covered, tie a ribbon from the lantern frame and hang.  

After you do it about a gazillion times, you will have this super cute fabric pom pom!
Now I'm off to make two more for my music studio!