DIY: Felt Garland

November 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Felt Garland DIY

Cheap and easy DIYs are hard to come by. But one day I was itching for a craft and was determined not to pay a penny for it. Instead, I knew I could make something out of all the leftover craft supplies I had lying around.

And surprisingly, the craft I came up with turned out to be one of my favorites ever.

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  • Felt
  • Stencil
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Needle and Thread (not pictured)

I had this stencil from a silly project I did back in the day. It was the most precious little bird though. So I thought he might be cute in felt form.

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And turns out, he was!!

But you could choose any stencil you like – stars, polka dots, letters – anything.

All you have to do is trace the stencil over the felt several times to get the most bang for your buck. Then cut it out – you’ll want really good scissors for this. Preferably ones made for cutting fabric.

Then, just thread a needle and go in through the front-facing side of the tail and out through where an eye would be on the head of the bird. That way the thread would be facing out the back, instead of visible on the front side. You might even find it helps to put a little tape on the back where the thread meets the felt to hold them in place and keep them from sliding.

About six worked best for my mantel. But you could do less and hang them across small windows at the top, or even across an entire wall.

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I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

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DIY: Mod Podge Bookshelf

October 18, 2013 § 4 Comments

When you find yourself wanting new furniture, do you go through a similar process to this?

Self: “I want new furniture. Hmmm, let’s see what I can find on Pinterest, and Pottery Barn, and Crate and Barrel.”

…Two hours of internet searching later…

Self: “Well, that was fun and depressing. I can’t afford any of this. I’ll go check Ikea’s site and see what I can get there.”

…Twenty minutes later…

Self: “Well, who knew that cheap ole Ikea isn’t really that cheap? Seventy bucks for a bookcase is ridiculous! Well, Target it is.”

And you end up buying this $30 bookshelf that is pretty plain and terrible quality*.

So what do you end up doing to make it work in your house filled with items that reflect who you are? You can Mod Podge it!

All you need:

  • An old book
  • Mod Podge
  • A paint brush

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While the materials and the process are easy, it does take quite a long time for something the size of a bookshelf. But if you have some spare time, plop yourself down {on a regular basis} in front of a good movie or Netflix TV show and just take it shelf by shelf.

First, you’re going to want to clean the bookshelf. Then, you’ll tear out the pages of your book. Take an individual page and paint the Mod Podge onto both sides. Holding the wet page in your fingers, swipe a little bit of the Mod Podge onto the space on the shelf where you plan to place the sheet. Then, adhere the page to that spot, doing your best to make sure it’s flush to the flat surface, with no air pockets. That being said, air pockets are nearly inevitable, so have a little grace with yourself.

Beware that the Mod Podge is going to cover your hands with a really awful residue. But if you just continue to wash them every so often, you’ll be just fine. You might even come to enjoy peeling off the long sections… I know, I’m weird.

Repeat this process until one whole shelf is finished. After it’s complete, I recommend adding a final layer of Mod Podge to the entire shelf and then letting it dry. Do this for every shelf and for the frame, and after a lot of long hours, you will have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation for your house.

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*{Is that crazy of me? I think I have a really warped view of what furniture costs. It was probably that $15 couch I got from Goodwill in college that ruined me forever.}

DIY: Decorative Clock

July 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a good DIY project on the bloggie blog, so I am really excited to be sharing this one! I am slowly but surely making progress on the unfinished rooms in my house. It’s really difficult when you move somewhere new and you just want to go crazy decorating… but you have no money. So, I have a lot of fun when I can update existing items to make them look new for our new spaces.

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In this particular project, I took a clock we received for our wedding and updated it to be a little more our current style. While I think that it needs a tiny bit more work, I’m very pleased overall with the {almost} final look.

For this project, you will need:IMG_9513

  • A clock
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Spray paint in your color preference
  • Primer
  • A drop cloth
  • Mod Podge
  • A paint brush

First, begin by disassembling the clock. For mine, it was as simple as loosening the brackets, removing the backing and popping off the clock arms.

Next, you will want to lightly sand your surface, wipe it down with a soapy rag and let it dry.

After it dries, it’s time for the fun part! Begin spray painting, keeping the can at 10-12 inches from your surface as you spray. Be sure to do this outside in a well-ventilated area, with a drop cloth. Preferably on a day without humidity (which is a rare thing in these parts lately). It took me three rounds, letting the paint fully dry between coats. If I were to do it all over again, I would probably have used a primer considering how dark the original surface was and how sheer my paint was. …Also, don’t forget to spray paint your clock arms.

The nice part of this project is you have plenty to do while the paint is drying. Grab your fabric and place it over your clock face to make sure you cut a piece that is large enough.

IMG_9562After that, flip your fabric face down and place the glass on top. Trace it with a light Sharpie, or even a pencil, and then cut out the fabric.

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This next part is potentially the most tedious — sizing the fabric just right for your clock face. There is probably an easier way to do this, but I just kept cutting around the edges a wee bit until it fit just right. Then, you’re going to want to cut a tiny hole in the middle of your fabric to make room for the clock arm pieces. This was easier than it looks. Just pinch the fabric in the middle so your fabric is hanging like you’d imagine a handkerchief would. Then cut a tiny slit at the top. Start very small, you can always increase the size if you need to, but you can’t reduce it if you cut too large of a hole.

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After that, I recommend ironing the fabric just to make sure you’re giving the best presentation possible. Then, paint a layer of Mod Podge on the clock face and a tiny bit on the back of the fabric. Do this quickly so it doesn’t dry and carefully place the fabric onto the clock face.

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At this point, it’s time for reassembly!! Place your clock arms back on, place the glass and the clock into the frame and fasten on the back. (Remember, I need to go back in with another can of spray paint to make sure that it evens out nicely and none of the darker base shows through. Primer should help you avoid that issue.)

Then survey your beautiful creation and display it in a beautiful space!

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DIY: Initial Print

June 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Remember how I love prints? (See here, here and here.) Well, I can’t really afford to spend $20 a pop on every one I like.

So I decided to take a shot at making one on my own. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the final product!

If you’re up for trying it too, you’ll need:

  • a canvas or thick paper
  • a thin paint brush (several sizes would have been better)
  • paint colors of your choice
  • a paper plate (for mixing paints)
  • paper towels and water for cleaning your paint brush

There isn’t much of an explanation for this one, so I’ll just show you how it was done:

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If you aren’t really up for it, but would like to have one of your own, leave a note in the comments and we can talk through a custom design. (That’s a bit precocious considering it’s my first design — but I’ll get better each one I make!)

DIY: Father’s Day Card Part Two

June 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Now that you’ve created your bow-tie, it’s time to make the card. So I purchased some greeting card/post card paper at an office supply store like six years ago that I’m still working through. You can use that, or you could use a heavy cardstock and just fold it really nicely. You’re just going to hot glue the bow-tie to the top of the card, or the middle, or wherever you want it to go. IMG_9186 It’s so cute… something about bow-ties to me… ugh, I just love them! After that, it’s your choice. You could use markers or paint pens or stamps. (Or if you wanted to, you could print directly on the card and just hot glue the bow-tie after the fact.) But I chose to paint my message on the front. It was so fun and so easy! First, I began with a navy paint…

Then a turquoise highlighter. And finally a chartreuse highlighter.

You might want to make little tweaks here and there. And the final product ended up looking like this…

IMG_9208I don’t know about you, but my dad has an issue with accepting gifts… especially any he thinks you *might* have paid money for. So to have dedicated time beforehand to specifically hand-make him something… he’s going to die. It’s the perfect gift for mine. Hope it helps with your Father’s Day gifting!

DIY: Father’s Day Card Part One

June 14, 2013 § 2 Comments

I am terrible with remembering holidays. I always tell friends happy birthday on their birthday party day, not their actual birthday. I show up to wedding and baby showers with a Target gift card purchased roughly 20 minutes before the shower. And I especially don’t remember Mother’s and Father’s Day.

But THIS year, I have my stuff together. This year, I’m going to give our dads Father’s Day Cards that rock – on the actual day!

To make these cards, you will need:

  • A sewing machine
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • A ruler or tape measurer
  • Some leftover large scraps of fabric
  • Heavy cardstock

You begin by cutting your fabric. You’re going to cut one strip to be 9 x 4 in. and a second to be 2.5 x 1.5 in. Take  the 9 x 4 in. piece and fold it hot dog style with the printed sides facing each other.

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You will want to sew the long side and one short side of your folded fabric, leaving one of the top ends open.

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Next, flip the fabric outside-in and pull tight.

Now, you’re going to want to fold the ends of the fabric in towards each other so they line up next to each other in the middle.

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Once you feel like you’ve got it centered right, apply a dab of hot glue to one end and then the other to set it.

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Turn the fabric so the clean side without the folds is showing. Pinch the fabric towards you hamburger style and apply a dab of hot glue to set the pinch.

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Turn to the folded side again and fold and hot glue the fabric above and below your last dab of glue. This is a little hard to explain with words, so hopefully the pictures clear things up.

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When you turn it back around to the front, it should look like this:

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Now for the last step of the bow-tie. Remember that little 2.5 x 1.5 in. of fabric you cut at the beginning? It’s time for him! Fold the edges in to make a clean thin strip. Put a dab of glue on the back and adhere it to the back of the bow-tie.

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Wrap the strip around the middle of the bow-tie and secure with one more dab of glue in the back. You’ve got a sweet little bow-tie now!

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Whew! That was enough for me for one day. Tomorrow, I hope to come back with making the card portion of this little crafty craft.  Happy bow-tying until then!

DIY: Glitter Animals

June 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

I love do it yourself projects. It’s so fun to spend an evening crafting and end up with a unique and heartfelt addition to your home. The best DIY projects are the ones that are quick and easy. And this one is 100% of both. All you need are:

  • Toy animals
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Two bowls

These little sweeties were so cute, I almost didn’t want to cover them up.

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But knowing how fun these would be when we were finished, I pressed on.

First, hold one of your animals by a leg and start covering the rest of the body with Mod Podge. Go ahead and apply your Mod Podge to the whole body before applying the glitter, it will stay wet enough.

Once you have covered the whole sweet pea in your glue, pour on the glitter. Be generous with it the first couple of times… your bowl will catch the excess.

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Set aside the animal to dry and start on the next one. When covering with the glitter this time, just use the excess from the first bowl over the second. You can begin to transfer this glitter back and forth so your glitter lasts longer!

This guy was getting nervous about being tarred and glittered like his friends…

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But after he went through the whole process, he really liked it! Look how pretty he is!

Once you have let them dry, go back and finish the remaining leg(s).

Here are my lovelies at the end of their makeover. How beautiful they look!

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The whole process took me about 30 minutes. And now I have some pretty additions for my mantel.

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I can’t wait to share their new home with you soon!

*craft inspiration from Martha Stewart*

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