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Thursday, November 14 2013

Tray makeover: Add mo personality

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A ’stache-themed makeover for Movember, the moustache-growing charity event

Unlike a sofa, a tray is something you can make over frequently to update your decor.

It’s essentially the ‘accent pillow’ of the coffee table that can be more jazzy and trendy, adding personality to those neutral furniture elements in the home.

Tray makeovers are as varied as the moustache, so to whet your palate, we will show you two easy ways to get mo personality using Mod Podge, paper and chalkboard paint (the moustache theme is optional).


Paper tray: Tray (repurpose an old one or buy a new wooden/plastic one at craft/dollar store), Mod Podge, acrylic paint (Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Pea Shoot), paper (used moustache scrapbook paper from Michaels, 99 cents) and scissors/X-acto knife. Chalkboard: Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint in black, chalk, painter’s tape. 

How-to: Mo trays

1. Paper:

  • This moustache tray used paper for its makeover, specifically ’stache scrapbook paper I found at Michaels (99 cents).
  • I bought unfinished wooden trays from a craft store and sanded the surface. I then painted the outside and inner rim of the tray with acrylic paint. (Martha Stewart Craft Paints in Pea Shoot).
  • Mod Podging: To decrease wrinkles and bubbles, apply a medium layer of Mod Podge and place paper on top, smoothing it out gradually with a brayer/baren (or a flat edge) if you can. *Tip: Let this dry before you apply the top coat of Mod Podge.
  • For more tips on Mod Podge wrinkle reduction, head here.

2. Chalkboard:

  • I liked the wood and chalkboard look as-is, because this way its motifs can change with what you draw.
  • Place painter’s tape around the sides to keep paint from straying from the bottom.
  • I painted three layers of chalkboard paint in the centre, letting it dry in between. Then let it sit for 24 hours, rub chalk on the chalkboard surface to cure it and you’re good to go.


Friday, November 8 2013

Movember DIY: The board trim

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For those of us who can’t grow enough visible facial hair to participate in the global month-long charity event Movember, mo-themed craft projects are a fun fuzz-free alternative.

This week I bring you a cork DIY. Why cork? It’s easy to trim, not unlike a moustache. Even at the finer points, it doesn’t disintegrate and you can cut it with regular scissors into whatever shape you like. And, despite its porous and uneven surface, it’s pleasantly paintable for that added pizzazz.


Cork tiles ($13 for a set of four at Staples), masking tape, paint, scissors, tracing paper, pencil.

How-to: Mo corkboard

  1. If you’re going for a mo, cork tiles are great because this makes it easy to get your moustache even. Cork is also available in a large roll, if that suits your desired shape better.
  2. There are a few ways to get the mo outline on your tiles. I taped tracing paper to one tile and freehanded half a moustache. Then I put tracing paper on top of this and traced my half-moustache drawing to get the other side. I wanted to see both sides on paper first to make sure I liked the way the moustache looked together — it’s hard to tell when you’re just looking at one side. (You could also print out a moustache from the Internet instead.)
  3. With half a moustache shape on paper taped to your tile, start cutting it out with scissors.
  4. For tile two, flip your half-a-mo cork cutout, place it on top of your second tile and use that as a guide so it’s even. Trace around the cutout mo with a pencil and then cut along this line. After both pieces are cut out, place both half-moustaches together to be sure the edges line up.
  5. Sand any ugly edges carefully; cork can come off in chunks.
  6. Painting: With masking tape, mark off where you want the painted trim to stop. To get a smooth line you’ll have to carefully round the tape (I ripped the tape into small strips). And keep measuring the width (mine is about an inch) as you go around the mo with tape. Make sure both sides line up.
  7. After painting a couple coats of acrylic paint, let it dry and remove the tape.
  8. Mount on a wall and enjoy your mo board!


Moustache pins/magnets


Rust-oleum primer + paint in white, black Sharpie, tape, stick.


  1. First I taped some old fridge magnets to a leftover piece of wood that keeps coming in handy.
  2. Then I took it outside (very important) and sprayed it with Rust-oleum paint/primer out back by the dumpster. I’m sure the mystery spray-paint splotches are driving my building manager craaazy!
  3. To get a moustache, I used the same technique as when I tried to get mini mos on my nails. 
  4. You draw two circles and then use the tip of your Sharpie to make a flick at the bottom for the curly end.
  5. If you’re making cork pins, glue thumbtacks to the back. If you want fridge magnets, leave as-is! Stachetastic.


Saturday, November 2 2013

Movember, a round-up

Last year I sort of went mo-cray-cray and did five weeks of Movember projects. When a girl is inspired, she’s inspired!

Here are a few mo-projects to keep you occupied while I work on next week’s projects.

1. DIY shower curtain — if you dare!


2. Mo T-shirt



3. iMo phone case and moustache tea bags



Thursday, November 22 2012

Trial, error and Movember DIY


Not every DIY is a success. Its trial and error nature means that sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. These DIY experiences are still valuable because learning how not to do something is as important as learning how to do something.

I don’t know what about Movember screamed ‘shower curtain’ to me, but as soon as I had the idea, I knew it had to be done.

Unfortunately for my drawing hand, because of the pattern I chose, it had to be precise and there was no artistic Hail Mary that could save me if I wimped out halfway.

You cannot imagine the finger cramps, neck cramps, tears, back pain, lost sleep and despair that occurred during the 10-plus hours it took to trace, and the three late nights it took to colour-in this 6-foot-tall, 6-foot-wide monster in time for deadline.

However, the beauty of this Amazing Race-like ordeal is that I explored all the things not to do so that you can, dealing with a variety of variables, execute the shower curtain design of your dreams, instead of your nightmares.

Let’s talk pens

Paint pens are this awesome invention that produce an opaque paint effect on glass, metal, plastic, wood and more. They come in oil- or water-based colours and have the precision of a pen without the water, brushes and sloppiness of the real thing.

Unfortunately, each brand behaves differently. I found the Sharpie brand to flake off on a shower curtain, while the Craft Smart brand worked perfectly fine — until they ran out shortly after I had started. I went through eight of these before hitting the one-eighth mark.

If you are drawing something other than an intense pattern that will use up a ton of paint, you can go with paint pens. Alternatively, you can try duct tape pens (expensive) or a plain permanent marker (cheap). Tip: Buy pens from a place with a great return policy. *Editor’s note: After use, the second type of paint pen flaked off, therefor nulling any recommendation for paint pens. Don’t use them on this material!

It’s all about testing

This shower curtain was a heavy-duty 100% vinyl hotel-grade shower liner, so its texture was more like smooth plastic than weaved cloth, which meant I could use one fat Sharpie marker on the whole thing without it bleeding and ruining my design. I found this out by testing how the permanent marker wrote on the inside of the curtain at the bottom. It bled like crazy on my old shower curtain (100% polyester), but worked perfectly on this one. Save yourself the headache and go heavy-duty vinyl.


  • 100% vinyl shower curtain ($10 @ HomeSense)
  • permanent marker ($1.50) 
  • stencil (optional)
  • printer (optional)
  • pencil

[howot]How-to: Mo shower curtain

  1. Find a shower curtain or liner made from 100% vinyl.
  2. The curtain doesn’t have to be a light colour, but I traced my image and had to be able to see through it. With a stencil, this wouldn’t be an issue.
  3. You can freehand a design or trace a stencilled pattern or picture. I made a moustache pattern in InDesign and printed it out, but any pattern from the Internet, or proper stencil kit from a store will work.
  4. Trace your design out in pencil first.
  5. After rigorous testing, plain old permanent marker is best as long as you’re using a vinyl curtain that won’t let the pen bleed. So get a fat Sharpie in any colour and start filling in all your traced moustaches.
  6. Remember to take breaks.[/howto]

Tweet me @JuliaDilworth if you try this out!

Friday, November 16 2012

Mo-over your closet for Movember


Everyone has shirts that have fallen out of rotation. You won’t wear them for months, maybe even years, and yet they remain — desperately clinging to life on a plastic hanger. Whether they’re out of style, out of favour or just sooo last week, it’s time to put them out of their misery.

Fear not, stage-1 hoarders, if you can’t bring yourself to give them away to the brothers and the sisters, you can make an old, forgotten shirt new and desirable again with a Movember-themed makeover (or mo-over).

Movember, also known as the excuse to go mo-crazy, is in full swing, and this week’s moustache-themed project is just one more way you can show your support for the Mo Bros who have valiantly donated their faces to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

Moustache tee

Thankfully, the inept puffy paints of the 80s have been superseded by Sharpie fabric-staining pens that offer the precision a mo requires ($18.50 from Opus Art Supplies). No lightly coloured shirts, hats or shoes are safe!


Mo tee how-to

  1. Find a shirt and use bull clips to secure a hard surface where you want to draw your moustache shape (these pens go through so a separator is mandatory).
  2. Make sure it’s centred!
  3. To make an easy-to-trace stencil, you can print one out from the Interwebs or make your own by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out half the ’stache, just like you did with hearts in grade school.
  4. Trace around shape with a pencil first and then colour it in.

Find Julia on Twitter at @JuliaDilworth or email her at julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca