Category Archives: DIY

Thankful Burlap and Felt Banner

Disclosure:   As a member of the Laura Kelly Design Team, I received product from Sizzix/Ellison for use in my blog posts.  The opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Thanksgiving is upon us.  And I’m feeling really thankful this season.   I’m thankful for my family and my friends.  I’m thankful for a house to live in, food to put on the table and a bed to sleep in.  I’m thankful for a car to drive.  I’m thankful for my husband’s job and for my job.  I’m thankful for my church and church family.  I’m thankful that my children go to a great school.  And I’m thankful to be healthy!  My list of thankfulness could go on and on and on.

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Lately I’m obsessed with banners!  I love to make them as much as I love hang them in my house!  They are easy to make and you can make them any ways that you want!   They can really make a difference in your home, even if it’s just for a little color!

Just recently Sizzix sent me this amazing banner die designed by Lori Whitlock.  I used it, along with some of my favorite dies by Laura Kelly, to create this amazing Thankful banner!  This banner die might be one of my favorite dies ever!

Materials used:

Directions:

  1. First, I cut out all of the pieces needed for the banner.   The ShaggiChic felt is a little thicker so I cut them individually.  Sometimes you can cut multiple pieces in one run through of the Big Shot. 

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With the burlap I placed a piece of paper underneath the burlap each time I did a cut.  I didn’t want the fibers of the burlap to get all over the die.   Putting the paper underneath really helped.

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2.  Once all of my pieces were cut out, I started putting the banner together.  I glued the pumpkins to the burlap banner pieces.  Then I added the letter and the stem.

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3.   Usually I like to use ribbon for my banners, but lately I’ve liked using jute rope.  Jute rope goes really well with the burlap!  And I love the natural look of the jute rope!

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I hope you like my Thankful burlap and felt banner.   I love it so much that I want to keep it out longer than just the Thanksgiving season.  I hope that you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Disney World Savings Bank

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Kids just do not realize how much Disney World costs, especially when you don’t live there and you have to get a place to stay.   And if you are like us, we like to stay on the Disney property.   We have worked really hard to help our children learn about saving and spending money.   They’ve learned that if they want something, they have to save their money for it.  

Well, in preparation for an upcoming trip to Disney, I decided to make my boys a Disney World Savings Bank!  Aside from their allowance money, we’ve decided that every cent or dollar that we have will go into our Savings Bank.   We will use this money for fun things like souvenirs and extra treats!   So, the more they save, the more money they have to spend!  We are fortunate that we are going at a time that they offer the free dining plan.  That is helping to save A LOT of money!

Now, I will tell you the steps I took to making this fun and easy Disney World Savings Bank!

Materials needed:

-A Shadow Box Frame

-A fun piece of scrapbook paper (I used this cute Mickey paper, but you could use any kind that you want if you are making it for something other than Disney!)

-A drill

-Black Paint and a paint brush

-Glue Runner

Vinyl (affilate link)

-Electronic Cutting Machine (I used the Sizzix Eclips2 (affiliate link)

-Design/Cutting Software

-Money!!!!!!

Steps:

  1.  I removed the glass and cardboard backing from the frame and then drilled a hole in the top big enough for money to fit through.

Frame and Drill

2.  I measured my scrapbook paper to fit to the cardboard backing.  Then I painted the edges of the cardboard backing with the black paint.   Once the paint was dry, I put the cardboard backing into the frame and used a pencil to trace the hole that I cut from the frame.  I removed the cardboard backing and drilled a hole making it a little bigger than the lines.   

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3.  Using eCAL2, I used a castle .svg file and a quote about money from Walt Disney.  I know that the quote had a different meaning than the saving of money for a trip to Disney, but I still like the quote and well……”It takes a lot of money to make these Dreams come true.”  That quote helps put into perspective for the kids that it does indeed take a lot of money to go to Disney!   I then cut it out with white vinyl.

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4. After the vinyl was cut, I weeded the excess vinyl.  I have to say that there is something very relaxing about weeding vinyl!   Using the hinge method, I placed the vinyl on the glass.

5.   I put everything together, making sure that I lined the holes up.  Then, I gave Benjamin all of the money that was in our change jar.   He went to town on putting all of the money in the Disney World Savings Bank!  

     Benjamin filling frame          filling high

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Hope you like my Disney World Savings Bank idea!!!   It was fun to make and the boys love putting their extra money in there.   Every so often, they want to count the money to see how much is in it and then they have fun putting the money in it again!   

Until next time…….

 

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Teacher’s Name Banner featuring Laura Kelly’s Apple #2 Die from Sizzix

Disclosure:  I am a member of the Laura Kelly Design Team and received product to provide product reviews and to write about in blog posts.  

 
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If your children aren’t in year round school like mine, it’s time for yours to go back to school!   I am excited to share this Teacher’s Name Banner that would be perfect for a teacher to hang in their classroom or right outside of the classroom.   It’s super simple and is a no sew project!  Your children could even help with cutting out the pieces!   I love making homemade crafts for my children’s teachers.  

Materials used:

Sizzix Big Shot
Laura Kelly’s Apple #2 Die from Sizzix
Laura Kelly’s Lemonade Capital Alphabet Die from Sizzix
Cutting Pads  (short and long)
Kunin Felt
Ribbon
Ad-tech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Fiscar Scissors

Die Cuts 1.  First, I use the Sizzix Big Shot, Cutting Pads, Felt and Apple Die to cut out all of my pieces.  I did a full cut for the apple and then for the stem and leaf, I just placed my felt over the steel blade and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot.  

2.  Then, I used Laura’s Lemonade Alphabet Die and Long Cutting Pads to cut the letters (Mrs. Winter, one of our favorite teachers!!) Adtech 3.  Once everything was cut out, I used my Ad-tech Hot glue gun and glue sticks to glue the stem    and leaves down to the apples.  

4.  I then glued them to a long piece of ribbon. Hallway

I hope you like my Teacher’s Name Banner featuring Laura Kelly’s Apple Die #2.   I had so much fun making it.  

Until next time…..

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Tulip Paint Decorated Gift Bags

Christmas is just days away and I know that everyone is busy doing some last minute wrapping!   Here is a super easy way to spiff up some plain gift bags!    Final
I got these adorable little gift bags from World Market.  They came in a pack of six and are perfect for small gifts.  I used Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint to decorate them with a monogram and snowflakes and holly!   Super easy! 
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The decorated gift bags were perfect for these ornaments I made using my Sizzix Eclips2, a glass ornament and vinyl.   ornaments
Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy gift bag decorating idea!    Merry Christmas!

Until next time……..

Craft Lightning Paint Chip Pumpkin Card and Party Bag


I’m so excited to be joining 15 minute Craft Lightning again!   The theme for this Craft Lightning by The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts and 100 Directions is Halloween!   My 15 minute craft was inspired by my awesome friend Laura Kelly!
Paint Chip Pumpkins
If you are like me, you probably have paint chips lying around in your house!  These orange, black and brown ones were perfect for these quick and super easy Paint Chip Pumpkins! materials
All you have to do is create your little pumpkin with the paint chips, goggly eyes, ribbon and glue (I used Aleene’s!) and stick it right on to your blank card!   And then write you a spooky little note inside!
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The same was done here using a cute little brown paper party bag!  Perfect for Halloween Party Goody Bags!   Inside this little party bag are a few little Halloween Lollipops from Lollipics! bag
Hope you liked these cute little Paint Chip Pumpkin Card and Bag decorations!    These are quick and easy and perfect for the little ones to do!

Until next time……..

Dresser Makeover with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Do you have an old piece of furniture that was either passed down from a family member or belonged to you or your spouse as a child?   Does that piece of furniture need a makeover?   Modern Masters Paint Company can help!

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We have an old dresser that belonged to my husband when he was a child.  It now sits in my eight year old’s room.   It was originally a dark brown and I thought that it needed to be brightened up!

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Landon’s favorite color right now is green.  He likes any color green, but his favorite color is a bright green.   Modern Masters had just the right color in their Metallics Collection.  The color is Green Apple to be exact!  And it is AWESOME!   I also wanted to paint the handles, but I chose a different color to give it a little something extra.  Landon is also a fan of the color blue and Modern Masters Venetian Blue was perfect.

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I started this project by removing all of my handles and by priming all of the pieces that I was going to paint.  On the jar of Metallic paint, the recommended primer was Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Base Primer.   This was available at Lowes.

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Once my primer was dry, I started applying the green apple metallic paint.  Once it was dry, I painted another coat.  I continued this until I was satisfied with the color covering.

Once my dresser and drawers were completely painted and drying, I painted my handles using the Venetian Blue.  Then, I let everything dry over night.

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To help seal and protect the Modern Masters Metallic Paint, I used Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection’s Master Clear Acrylic/Polyurethane UV Protective Clear Topcoat.  It made my project nice and smooth and dried completely clear.

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Once everything was completely dry, I put my handles back together and screwed them back onto the drawers.  I replaced the drawers into the dresser and voila!  It was done and I fell in love with it!

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I absolutely love Modern Masters Paints.  They cover well and look fantastic.   Landon had the biggest smile on his face when he saw the makeover that his dresser got.   And it gives his room a great pop of color!  There is just the right amount of shimmer in the paint for a kids room.

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To find a Modern Masters Retailer near you, click here or you can purchase paints at their online shop.

Until next time…….

Personalized Felt Coasters with Kunin Felt

I love coasters, especially personalized ones.   And Kunin Felt is the perfect way to make your own personalized coasters!   Check out these Letter B coasters I made using KuninGroups gray and white chevron felt and a traditional white felt. Coasters
First, I cut eight 4 inch by 4 inch squares using my Fiskars rotary cutter, mat and ruler. cutting
Then, using the eCal2 software, I cut out the letter “B” using my Sizzix Eclips2 and cardstock.  Once my cardstock “B” was cut out, I pinned it to my white felt and then cut out four felt B’s. Letter B
I pinned the felt B’s to four of the felt squares and sewed them on. letters on
Once my letters were sewn on, I placed a second piece of felt the same size to the back and sewed it together to make it a little thicker! flip it over Hope you like my personalized felt coasters!

Until next time…..