Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Guest Blogger Ms. Smartie Pants

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to introduce you guys to Laura from Ms Smartie Pants. Laura has all kind of original and fun ideas and not only does she show us her wonderful creations, she shares her secrets on how to do them ourselves! Nice. Check her out!

Hello A Little Knick Knack friends! My name is Laura and I have a little blog called Ms Smartie Pants. I am super excited to be here on Megan's blog today. I hope you will stop by my blog and check out what I love to do which is decorate and create!

I am cheap when it comes to decorating. This is a body frame I bought and used old lace curtains and some spray paint to give it a new look.

All of these frames and tea pots came from Goodwill. Again a little spray paint and some lettering and you have a little vignette.

This is art work I made for my niece's bedroom. Talk about cheap, you can't afford to not make this art! I just loved how they turned out.

In one of my first posts I showed you how to make a lamp out of this vase I purchased for less than 10.00.
Today I am sharing a project that I love to make, you can use this technique to make so many different things.
These are the 4 supplies you will need.
A picture frame, Weldbond glue (or any glue that dries clear), snippers (can be purchased at Loew's or Home Depot for under 10.00), glass marbles

Simply place a flat marble between the snippers and apply pressure until it breaks. I would suggest wearing protective safety glasses when you do this. I also hold the snippers down into a bowl so that the marbles don't fly across the room. (Note: this is glass. Obviously you can cut yourself but if you are careful you should be ok, I have done this many times and never cut myself.)

Spread some glue on your board and place the cut part of the marble on the glue. Also every marble has a flat side and a round side. I placed the flat side of the marble around the edge of the frame. It doesn't matter which way you place them just be consistent.

I think you can see what I mean here a little easier. All the flat sides face the same way.

Also make sure you pay attention to how you line them up. This is an example of what NOT to do. Notice the 2 different lines are kinda lined up.

Here is how you want to do it, stagger one row after the other, kinda like a brick wall. It helps to fill in the gaps better.

This is what is really cool about this technique. All the marbles are at different levels giving it a really neat texture.

Here is the finished project. I just love the way it looks. This is my favorite color combination because it looks like water from a distance.

Here is a little closer look. This is such and easy, and inexpensive little project. I hope you give it a try.

Kids can even do it! This project was done by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at my church.

So Megan thanks again for sharing your blog friends with me! I hope they have been inspired to try this fun project.

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants

How fun is this? Laura also hosts a link party on Tuesdays...go and join and have some fun! Thanks for visiting, Laura!


  1. i really love the look of this project i think i just might have to make my own! :-)

  2. I'm over here from Laura's. Love her blog. She has some great ideas like that cute dress form above! Adorable! I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back. Have a nice day!

  3. Love this idea. I didn't know that you could snip glass so cleanly as you did for this frame. So beautiful.

  4. Hi,

    I am a new follower. Can't wait to read more of your blog. Have a nice day!




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