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Winter Pinterest Challenge Reveal

Wednesday, February 27

It's Pinterest Challenge time again! Some of you may recall the upholstered headboard I made for the Fall Pinterest Challenge, hosted by John & Sherry of Young House Love and Katie of Bower Power Blog. The challenge is simple - actually DO something that you've pinned on Pinterest.

For this season's challenge, I decided to keep with my desk prettifying theme and make some cute pen and pencil cups! After scrolling through my "do" pinboard, I found these images to use for inspiration:
Original source unknown. 
Photo by The Beauty Department
Rope-Wrapped Tin Can
Supplies:
Mini glue gun, glue sticks, rope, and a can of soup.
Difficulty level: Pretty dang simple.
Time commitment: ~15 minutes
I removed the label (and had the soup for lunch) and washed the can, so it looked like this:
Then, once my glue gun had time to heat up, I put a dot of glue along the bottom and held the end of the rope to the glue for approximately 10 seconds.
Then I continued around the can, putting a dot of glue every few centimetres and pressing the rope to the glue.
End result!
Glass-Painted Jar
Supplies:
Glass jar, Martha Stewart metallic glass paint in Champagne, small paint brush. (I didn't end up using the foam brush.)
Difficulty level: Easy-peasy. But if you're a perfectionist, you need a steady hand.
Time commitment: ~30 minutes
This jar was new, so I didn't bother washing it. I just removed the lid, squeezed some paint onto a piece of scrap cardboard, and used the little brush to paint every other line of diamonds in a pseudo-harlequin pattern.
One coat was DEFINITELY not enough.
Neither was two.
I ended up doing three coats of paint (letting them dry about 30 minutes between coats), which made the coverage nice and opaque.
End Result!
And here they are in my space:
I love the way they turned out! It was a simple and quick project and really shows that something can be both functional and attractive. Of course, it does mean that I have to have matching pens and pencils now, haha.
What do you think?

P.S. Here are the links to the super creative projects completed by Pinterest Challenge hosts, Sherry & John, Katie, Megan, and Michelle.

22 comments

  1. Love your comment about needing matching pens & pencil now! It's so true. I also love the simplicity of the project & how great it turned out.
    Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I want to wrap everything in rope now, haha

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  2. Cute and functional! Can you go wrong?

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  3. These came out really great! I love that you used a jelly jar and made it look like diamonds... beat that Kay Jewelers. :)

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  4. Of course I had to pop over! I love these so much! Especially the painted one, when its on your desk it looks so glitzy!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! Love "meeting" another Maritime blogger :)

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  5. I have some of the same "quilted" jelly jars on my desk too... hmmmm.. might have to try this idea out. I love your corner desk area!

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  6. How cute are these?! I love them! I also love your green lamp and that cute little silver cup :)

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    1. Thanks Caitlin! I'd been on the lookout for a mint julep cup for years when I finally scooped this one up a few months ago - they're not easy to find this far from the South!

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  7. love these! I've been meaning to make some cute pen holders for my desk. Right now all I have is a plastic cup, which is pretty darn sad to look at all day. I love how the painted one turned out...might have to attempt something similar this weekend.

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    1. If you do, I'd love to know how it turns out!

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  8. I love how these turned out! They also look great on your desk!

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  9. I really like this. I always keep my tin cans just in case I find the perfect project. This may be it!

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    1. Oooh! If you do it, let me know how it turns out!

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  10. I love the rope wrapped can! It looked pretty easy - and adds a nice natural element to your desk! I also love how the elements on your beautified desk all work together... green lamp, green pencils, pretty background paper in your "hello" frame. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks Steph! It was definitely easy - I totally recommend it.

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