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Halloween Decor – DIY

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header-bannerI tried to hold out for hubby to get the decorations down from the attic but just couldn’t wait any longer!  I’ve been waiting three weeks to put up my decorations and started thinking…I really don’t want to use the kiddie decorations I’ve been using the last 10 years.  While there are some cute things in there, I really wanted to update my stash.  So here are a few DIY decorations you can do and they will take you about 30 minutes each!

Burlap Halloween Bannerhalloween bannerI’m a sucker for burlap,  so it was easy to decide what my theme was going to be.  So with that.  Let’s start with the burlap Halloween banner.  It’s about 60 inches wide and will work with almost any size mantle.  Each flag is 5.75 inches wide (9 flags total).  I cut out all the flags and then printed this for the letters.  Here comes the easy part.  Just place the letter behind the flag and trace with a sharpie!  Done.

Spooky Wooden Blocks
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So rather than re-post a whole new how-to on this little cutie…I will just shoot you the link.  I added in some of my own extra letters though to spell our our family name and some other cute words.  That’s where your creative brain kicks in.  You can find the toot here.  Have fun with it!

Spooky Bats
wall batsThis was, I think the coolest decoration and one of my most favorites!  I found a PDF on Pinterest and picked out the best looking bat.  I then made this file spooky bat template and printed it out on white card-stock.  I then cut them out, traced them on black card-stock, cut them out, used a ruler to fold the wings in the middle and taped them up on the wall.  I put them on the fireplace too for a cool effect.
fireplace batsSpooky Toilet Monster
toilet monsterOkay y’all.  This one was my first decoration and the kids LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!  So easy.  I measured the area I wanted to use, used black card-stock, used a ruler to get the angle right, made some fingers like so, cut out two white eyes and then added some black for the middle of the eyes.  I taped on the monster and let my kids find the creature on their own.  Wish I had recorded their reaction.  It was cute.

Creepy Spider Burlap Banner
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Last but not least.  The creepy spider burlap banner.  I found a cool picture on pinterest (yeah, I know) of a spider.  I recreated it in Illustrator and made three sizes.  I saved a PDF just for you spooky spiders.  My table top is 48 inches long so I just designed it to be on the table top, not the ends.  So I printed out the template and placed it under the burlap.  I used a black sharpie to trace the shadows of the spiders.  I then added “paint” splotches around the banner.  I got the cool web from Dollar Tree to put in the middle.  Cool huh!

That’s all I have for now.  Be looking out for cool toot on how to make a cool wooden “Happy Halloween” sign to put as a cool center piece, up on the mantle or in your entry way.  Have a happy Wednesday!

DIY Burlap Cross – Doorhanger

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I LOVE crafting.  It fills my “joy/in a good mood” tank!  Every time I get to do a craft (uninterrupted), I get giddy and my heart starts to race.  I started this craft a week ago and my sisters house and just finished it today.  There are loads of cool things you can do on the internet with burlap.  I found this design on Pinterest but she used a wood cross of sorts.  It was not burlap AND she charged way too much for me to just go buy it.  So my crafty self came up with this design.

You’ll need:
2 yards of burlap
acrylic paints and brushes
hot glue gun
15-20 plastic Walmart type bags
pen/pencil
butcher paper

1. So, come up with the design and draw it on some butcher paper.  Make it pretty big (like you are going to actually sew around the cross).  This step took me three tries to get it the exact size I wanted.  2. When you have your design figured out, use a pen to trace the design onto the burlap. 3. Paint the cross with whatever design you want.  I used the chevron design (because it’s popular right now).  You’ll need to let it dry before you move on.  I let it dry over night (or for 3/4 hours).  4. Cut out the painted part of the cross.  Leave the other yard for later.  5. Then hot glue (*USING GENEROUS AMOUNTS OF GLUE) the part of the cross up to where it “t’s”.  Stuff the cross with plastic bags, using a pencil or ruler to get it “stiff”.  Parts of your burlap might come unglued…so glue those parts back.  6. Continue gluing the edges of the cross to get the rest of the cross “stiff” with the plastic bags.  7. Now, cut a strip of burlap to make a bow.  Hot glue that in desired location.  8.  Finally, use a spare piece of burlap to hot glue to the back so that you can hang it on a door hanger.

Voila!  You’re finished!!!  Go craft something cool.  Shoot me a picture, so I can see.  🙂

DIY Fabric Wreath

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I realize it’s been a while since the last post.  Having two children (one who has stopped napping all-together and the other usually sleeps an hour) makes it hard for me to craft during a no-more-nap-time schedule for me.  I find the only time I have to do anything crafty is at night and by then, I’m tired!  As I said before, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  100% of that reason is we added a new bundle to our blessed family!  He’s three months old and we are SO BLESSED!  He just recently started sleeping through the night so I FINALLY have a little more time.  So with that…this is the craft I’m going to show you.  As I said before, I don’t have a lot of time these days.  The wreath above is the one I made for the hospital door.  Then I brought it home to put on my son’s door.  It took me a total of one hour to do and I got SO many compliments on it.  I apologize for not having any pictures of how to do it.  It’s so easy, anyone can do it.  I promise.  Here’s what you’ll need.

Straw Wreath – get it at Walmart
*don’t take of the plastic and buy the smallest of the two they carry

3 – 4 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric
*I would get four if you’re not good at improvising

floral picks
*usually down the same isle you find the wreaths

ribbon to match your fabric

letter stickers

Okay so cut all your fabric about 1 1/2 inch thick at 12 inches or so long.  Tie each of the four pieces of fabric to your floral pick and pin into your straw wreath.  Do that all the way around your wreath until you’ve covered your wreath completely.  Then take some ribbon and place at the bottom of the wreath to put the baby’s name on.  I got scrap-booking sticker letters for mine.  They stick on hard-core so be careful you won’t need to adjust later.

There’s only a couple tricky things you need to know.  First off, don’t pin your picks so close together or you’ll need more fabric.  I actually had to adjust my picks several times before it looked just right.  Also, the sides of your wreath won’t be completely covered.  If you want a more fluffy wreath than mine, buy more fabric and put your picks closer together.  I’d suggest taking your ribbon, create a hook and hang your wreath up before you pin a whole lot so that you can see how the fabric will fall.  Also, be prepared for lots of frayed material bits all over your floor and clothes.  🙂  Have fun with it!  Post pictures of your creations.  I’d love to see them.  Oh and I will be creating another one soon with actual pictures if you want to wait for that post.  Happy October ya’ll!

Father’s Day Gifts – No Peeking Hubby

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So I’ve been trying to get as much crafting done as possible before baby three comes (three weeks!!!).  Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, what a perfect reason to craft.  I’ve found a ton of great resources.  Since this is a FATHER’S DAY POST…hubby, you aren’t allowed to read!  So go away!  🙂  The Mom Bot was the main resource I used.  She had several crafty ideas to help me along on this adventure.  So thanks Mom Bot for your sweet craftiness!  My hubby and FIL will love their gifts.  Make sure if you use one of her crafts, you tag back to her so she gets the credit!  Moving on.

DIY gift ideas for men | TheMombot.com

Image below; courtesy of  The Mom Bot

We are on a tight, TIGHT budget so I didn’t spend any money on any of this stuff.  It was great!  Here’s the craft I worked on:

1-DSC_0012 (2)It was so easy ya’ll!  I had my son draw his image on a piece of paper, I traced it and then embroidered it onto a handkerchief I already had (bought a whole set of them for $6 at Walmart).  He hasn’t seen it finished yet but I know he’ll be happy to see it in color, on something ready to give to Papa!  I am really excited to do more of these.  I won’t tell you what other crafts I worked on from this page, in case I have spying eyes.  Just know, they were great ideas and I can’t wait for hubby to see them!  Have a great Father’s Day ya’ll!

DIY Wooden Plaque with Custom Phrase Tutorial

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Hey ya’ll!  The ladies are getting together to craft for a cause for our craft night.  This time we are working with a group called Embrace, which provides first apartment kits to teens who “age-out” or foster care without a family.  These teens leave care with little more than the clothes on their backs.  For more information on this local group click here.  As promised, to the ladies of the church…I created a tutorial for the craft we are doing.  So let’s begin!

Here’s what we’ll be making:
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*please note, for craft night…you’ll need to paint your board, pick your font and phrase and print out your phrase before going to craft night.  Jenny will not have a computer at the ready for you to plan this part out.  So be prepared.

Supplies:
piece of wood
(you can use any size, for this tutorial I used a 1X6)
acrylic paints
paint brushes
computer
bible – pick your favorite verse to help guide a teen in their adventures

So, I chose to do this craft for my kids.  I’m actually doing something further with this board but for the purpose of showing the ladies how to transfer text onto a piece of wood to paint, this will work just fine.  I am using a 1X6 piece of wood that I got at Home Depot.  You can actually use a pretty piece of wood that had finished edges if you want.  You can get any pretty plaques at Michael’s for around $5.  Maybe less if you have coupon.  Paint your piece of wood.  I actually tried to do something with a pattern on my wood for the background.  You can get as creative as you want with this.  Paint it, scrape it, rough it up a bit.  Whatever you want.  Here’s mine:
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Next you’ll want to know what phrase or bible verse you’re using for your board.  After you’ve figured that out, measure your board.  I used illustrator to plan out my text.  Make sure you use a font that is forgiving and not very complex!  When you print out your text it will obviously not fit on one 8.5X11 sheet.  So you’ll have to print it out in bits.  It will look like this:
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Now, cut out your pieces and lay it out onto your board like so:
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Trace your font with a pen, make sure you press hard and don’t use a real sharp pen.  Like this:
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When you’ve done a few letters, carefully peel back the paper and see if you can see an indention like this:
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If you can see an indention on your wood, then keep going…otherwise go back and do it again, pressing harder a second time.  It should all look like the above picture before you take off the blue print on your wood.

After that, you’re ready to paint your wood.  I got all my acrylic paints from Walmart for $.60 or less!  Since I’m doing this project for my kids…I’m using multiple colors.  You use whatever fits your design.06-DSC_0011 (3)
Now pick a small paint brush to paint your wood.  I used a very tiny bush like this:
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Here’s some of the finished text:
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Now the only thing left is to put on the hangers.  Here’s what I used:
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Hammer these to the back of the board like this:
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I love the way it turned out and I’m excited to show the kids their new way of displaying their artwork.  I’ll have a finished tutorial on what I’m making soon so check back!

Rag Quilt Tutorial

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Okay, so I have to confess…I didn’t JUST do this quilt.  I did it back in February but as promised.  I’ll try not to take any breaks from my blog for a while in the effort to help you craft something fun!  My friend from across the way has a little girl.  I’ve mentioned her before.  She’s the one I made the Secret Santa Key for and the Bling Sling for.  She’s a little pistol, let me tell you.  We are always on a budget (which is a GOOD thing or I’d go nuts with our non-existent cash) so I found some material to make her a quilt.  She loves to play Eye-Spy on walks her mom and I take.  So what better thing to make her than and “Eye-Spy” quilt.  Right?!?!?  Seriously.  These quilts are SO easy, you don’t need a tutorial.  If you know how to sew straight lines, you’re set!

What you’ll need:
1. 4-5 Yards of fabric (depending on how long you want it)
2.  4-5 Yards of back fabric (could coordinate with the front pieces)
3. Batting (again this depends on your size quilt)
4. Sewing Machine
THAT’S IT!

Okay so for the fun part.  Cut all your material in strips.  I cut mine about 12 inches wide.  It’s easier if you cut each patterned material at the same time.  So all my pink fabric was cut all at once.  Then line your fabric with your batting and your backing.  Do that for all your pieces.  Then take two strips (all assembled of course) with the backing of each assembled strip faced together.  Sew all the way down the edge.  Repeat that step for however many strips you have.  Then do you standard edging (I made my own bias tape…sort of) for the edges.  Then, YOU’RE DONE!  Yeah, I said it…DONE.  Easy as pie!  Now go, make one for this cool weather or as a gift.

 

Back In the Saddle…Again

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Okay, so it’s been a while since I posted last.  To be honest, I have been crafting…just no time to post anything.  So this is what I’ve been working on.

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Once I had these complete, I could focus on the fun stuff.  Creating my daughters Halloween costume.  She’s all girl and there is no stopping this little diva from getting into SOMETHING pink for Halloween.  My sister-n-law made me an apron like this
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My daughter wears it all the time.  She almost never takes if off.  In fact, it’s a great thing for her to wear when she’s eating because it really does keep all the food off.  But mostly, she likes to wear it because it looks like a dress.  Forgive the picture.  It was from my mobile.  She loves twirling in it.

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So because of her love for this apron, I just had to make her a dress to play in.  What better thing for her to play in but her very own princess dress.  I laid out the original apron, traced in and took my daughters measurements.  I measured from her collarbone to the length of what I wanted her dress to be.  I also measured around her chest and added two inches.  Basically I copied the “make-up” of the apron.  I also found this great tutorial for adding tulle to the dress.  I had to make it as frilly and girly as I could.  I didn’t actually sew up the back seam until I added all the tulle.  I used 4.5 yards of tulle and added straps of tulle for the shoulders.  I also did a “V” in the back with elastic loops and tied it with the a pretty ribbon.

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Isn’t she a cutie pie.  Now, if I could just get her to get out of it.  So glad to be back posting!  See ya’ll again real soon.