Thursday, January 31, 2013

Easy DIY Super Bowl Football Field Table Runner


This DIY Super Bowl table runner is made of turf carpet that I bought at Home Depot. I like using the turf as a table runner because it only cost $3ish and I have no problem throwing it out if food gets on it. You can also use the same instructions and idea and make anything from a Super Bowl rug to even a Super Bowl door mat.

What you will need:

  • Indoor/Outdoor turf
  • White tape
  • Scissors

I wanted to make a smaller table runner, so I only needed 1 1/2' of the turf. The turf at Home Depot comes on a 6' roll, so that was perfect for what I was making. If you want a larger piece, you can buy the same product at Lowes, where is comes on a 12' roll. Always be friendly to whoever helps you out, the lady only charged me for a foot.

Lay your 6' x 1 1/2' piece of turf out and tape the edges so that the rug doesn't unravel. 

Now you can start taping down decorative lines so that your table runner looks like a football field. You can look at an online photo and get really detailed for this part. You can ever add numbers and end zones. I wanted a simple design so I just randomly taped lines. 


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Chet Chat January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY Mardi Gras Picture Frame

This is an easy way to decorate for Mardi Gras. Frame your favorite and craziest picture from last year! Follow the instructions below to make your own Mardi Gras frame.

What you will need:

  • An old frame
  • Mardi Gras beads (if you live in New Orleans, you will probably have a bag full somewhere in your home)
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors 


Start from the bottom corner and glue down a row of beads. Make sure this first row is as straight as possible.

Now you can start building up. Just keep going.

Alternate colors to bring interest. Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. 

This frame will be shown as a DIY on Fox 8 Morning news! Enjoy

Monday, January 14, 2013

Men's Fashion 2013

Want to know all of the Men's fashion trends for 2013? Check out Chet tomorrow on WVUE FOX8 at 12;15 PM. He will give you all of the hottest trends for the New Year.

Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Home Decor Trends

Monday, January 7, 2013

Chet Chat #211 - December 2012

Saturday, January 5, 2013

DIY Puffy Paint Table Runner

If you haven't  heard yet, the color of the year is emerald green. But just because there is a new popular color every year, does not mean that you have to change out all of you existing decor. One way you can incorporate emerald green pops in your home is by making your own DIY table runner out of a painter's drop cloth. Follow the instructions below to make your own.

What you will need:
  • Painter's drop cloth
  • Puffy fabric paint
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

Wash, dry and iron the drop cloth you will be using. Decide on what size of a table runner you would like to make. The standard width is 10, 12 or 15 inches and the standard length is 54, 72, 90, 108 or 120 inches. After you decided on the size, cut out your shape with an extra 1/2 inch on all sides for hemming.

Hem the edges of the painter's cloth to prevent fraying.

This is what the back side will look like.

Now you can start to paint. I didn't have a plan, I just started to create random patterns.

 The tajeen dish (an arabic serving dish) above was my inspiration for the designs. 

Let the paint dry over night. You can start using and washing your table runner after 72 hours. Enjoy!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

DIY Mardi Gras Leather Mask

I LOVE these masks! They are so easy to create too. Follow the directions below to make your own one of a kind Mardi Gras mask.

What you will need:

  • Tracing paper/film
  • Scrap paper
  • A pencil
  • A piece of 6oz. leather
  • A bowl of water
  • An exacto knife or leather scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Polyacrylic spray

Sketch out your own mask on a piece of scrap paper.

Trace one side of the sketch you made on tracing paper or film. Now fold the paper in half and copy what you just traced on the blank half of the paper. Confusing I know! You must do this because you want a symmetrical mask.  

Now you can transfer your mask stencil onto a piece of 6oz. leather. Look for leather dealers locally or buy online for a deal. 

Use an exacto knife or leather scissors to cut out the mask. Be extra careful with this, you don't want to cut yourself or make unnecessary cuts in your leather mask.  

Soak your cut out mask in water for 1-2 minutes until you can easily mold it. Hold it up to your face for a perfect fit. Allow your mask to dry overnight. 

Paint your mask with acrylic paints and decorate it with feathers and jewels. You can spray it with a polyacrylic spray to preserve your piece of wearable art.

DIY Beaded Fleur de Lis

This Fleur de Lis is the perfect Mardi Gras decoration. But since we live in New Orleans, we can get away with displaying it all year. Use it as an ornament for your front door or even as hanging artwork indoors. Follow the instructions below to make your own DIY Fleur de Lis.

What you will need:

  • Foam core or cardboard
  • Newspaper (and a lot of it)
  • Box cutter
  • Packing tape
  • Clear drying glue
  • Hot glue
  • Mardi Gras beads (all the same shape/size) 

 Cut out a Fleur de Lis out of newspaper. Fold the newspaper in half so that it is symmetrical. 

 Trace the cut out newspaper onto foam core or cardboard (anything you have around the house)

Use a box cutter or exacto blade to cut it out.

Ball up newspaper and tape it to the cut out. You can ball up as much newspaper as you want to make more of a relief. 

Now you can start gluing Mardi Gras beads onto your masterpiece. Use hot glue to adhere beads on all the edges. I like to use hot glue in the beginning because it dry quickly, although I would not use it for the whole project because it doesn't hold as well as other glues. You can use any clear drying glue to adhere the rest of the beads onto the fluer de lis.