After a while, the unbearable summer heat starts to run you down. With the sun hot on your head, you’re forced to stay indoors and sweat it out. Then boredom starts to set in. It is during these hours that the opportunity to be productive and creative presents itself.
With a handy glue gun and random objects in the house that need some DIY upgrading, you can fill up the many afternoons with much needed creativity.
Here are a few nifty ideas.
- Mason jars and vases – The yellowing glass vases that your mom keeps for her flowers needs a do-over. Take your glue gun and write in your most legible font inspiring word(s). Love. Beauty. Peace. You get the idea. You can even glue on your name. Once that’s done, paint the entire bottle in one shade. (Use wall paint for best results.) The glue gun should have effectively created a beautiful embossed design.
- Personalized art – Buying art may take a hefty sum from your wallet, but you can make equally interesting art pieces for your own home at a fraction of the price. First take a canvas, then stencil on your design. Go over the outlines with glue gun. Let it harden and set, before painting the entire piece with the color of your choice.
Stained glass effect – This technique looks best with large glass vases or glass cookie canisters. First sketch your design on paper that will fit into the jar. Once you’re happy with the design, slip it into the glass jar and secure with type. You can now use your glue gun and outline the stencil. You can paint the areas outlined by the glue gun with transparent, colored acrylic paints to create that stained glass effect. (You can purchase paints that are specifically used for glass at your local crafts store.) To better set the design, apply a coat of high-quality varnish.