Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crochet

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY Sign Holder

Hey there! We have a craft show coming up this weekend and we have been so busy preparing! But today I  made some super easy, super quick sign holders for our display! 



All you need is a baby food jar, a popsicle stick, a mini clothespin, a hot glue gun, fabic, scrapbook paper, or paint (if you wish to decorate the jar), and sand, pebbles, or something to weight the inside down!





I started by glueing the mini clothespins to the top of the popsicle stick:


Then, I put a big glob of hot glue in the bottom of the baby food jar and placed the popsicle stick upright inside it. Make sure you hold it in place until the glue is dry! 

Then, I filled the jar with sand to help keep the popsicle stick in place and keep it from falling over!


And to finish I simply glued fabric around the jar to decorate it!
Quick, easy, and cute!




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY Framed Silhouettes

My brother's 22nd birthday was August 10th. He had sent me some ideas of what he would want as a gift, and with those ideas was a Sherlock Holmes framed silhouette that he found on Etsy. And of course, like most things, when I saw it I said... "I can make that".

So, I decided to not only make one but three, each one corresponding to a tv show or book that he loves. I purchased 3 identical frames and black and white scrapbook paper from Michael's.


(Sorry about the picture quality, I took these from my phone.)


 Sherlock Holmes:
I started by finding a Sherlock Holmes silhouette on Google and printing it out. I also found an online Sherlock Holmes book, copied the first page, and used word to edit and format the text to fit the background of my frame. (For all three, I used the Courier New font to make the text look like it was from an old book. I also stretched the title across the top as you would see in a book) I printed it out on white cardstock/scrapbook paper.
Using scissors (or an x-acto knife) I cut out the silhouette. Then, I traced it onto my black cardstock/scrapbook paper and used the scissors to cut that out as well. Then to finish, I simply used a glue stick (which is the best when gluing paper) and glued the silhouette on the center of the text!

 Doctor Who:
The second picture I made was of the T.V. show Doctor Who. I used the same method, only I printed out a script and I cut out a silhouette of the Tardis (a time machine/police box from the show).

 C.S.I:
And the last one I made was of the T.V. show C.S.I. I couldn't find a copy of the book or a script online, so I thought it would be neat to copy information about the show for the background. I just used Wikipedia and copied parts of the page! Then, I made a hand print silhouette to go on top!

These were fairly easy to make and my brother absolutely loved them! They are also very inexpensive and make a great gift!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY T-Shirt Tanks

These "do-it-yourself" t-shirt tanks are so easy and inexpensive to make. I decided to make these for my fitness classes, but they are also great for summer!

All you need is scissors and a t-shirt!
When choosing a shirt you can either use a size or two larger, which I did, for a baggy tank top or you can use a t-shirt that is your size for a more fitted look. 
(I found these from Michael's for less than $5)


When making all of these tanks, I started by cutting off the sleeves and the neckline. I decided to plunge low for the sleeves, but you can cut as little or as much as you like.
Same thing goes for the neckline!

Then:

For the "cord" style (my bright blue and white shirts), I pulled in the straps and used a scrap piece of t-shirt to wrap them together.
Begin by tying the scrap t-shirt in a knot towards the top, wrapping it around a few times, and end it by knotting the end of the scrap piece to the shirt and tucking the ends.
You can make the cord long or short.

For the "tie" style (my pink shirt) I simply pulled the straps in and tied them together with a knot, allowing the end of the ties to hang down.

And for the "weaved" style (my dark blue shirt) I used this tutorial:
"T-Shirt Weaving" and I did it to the back of my shirt!



Friday, May 4, 2012

Birthday Banners!

A few days ago we made the banners for Quinn's 1st birthday party! One is to go on the outside of the house that says "Happy 1st B-Day Quinn" and the second one that goes around her highchair says "Birthday Girl"!


They were both made the same way using:
  • Scrapbook paper (3 colors)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Cricut or stencils
(You are going to want to figure out how many "flags" you are going to need on your banners; this depends on how long it needs to be and how many letters you are going to use.)

We started out by cutting all the scrapbook paper horizontally. Half a sheet of scrapbook paper made one flag.

We decided to layer the flags so we did two different colors!

Next, we took the half sheet of paper and and bent it in half vertically, then we gently creased the the bottom of the paper. (this made sure that we found the exact middle of the paper. If you would rather use a ruler and measure the center that is fine too.)


Next, we cut the paper from the top edge and the center mark that we just found.


We did this for both sides and had our perfect triangle-shaped flags!
For the lighter pink (the top flag) all we did to make it that inch smaller was:
  • Lay the flags on top of eachother
  • Pull the top flag up about an inch or two
  • Cut the top off
 Next after that, we used the Cricut machine to cut out our letters, glued them on using craft glue, used a whole punch to punch out two holes on the top of the flag, and used to ribbon to finish our banners!





 And as for the highchair banner, instead of adding letters to the flag we just made one center piece!





Monday, March 26, 2012

Quinn's Birthday Outfit!

We are getting closer and closer to June, and that means Quinn's first birthday!
I've been doing some planning and I came up with an idea for her birthday outfit. The theme is light pink and dark pink ladybugs with green as an accent color.
And yesterday I crafted it all together in just a few hours!



So here's how I made this outfit:


I took a quick trip to Michael's and got:
  • Two different colors of tulle
  • A pack of 1/2" elastic
  • 1/2 yard of fabric (had A LOT left over)
  • Embroidery needles and thread
  • 2 matching flowers (optional)
  • Cute iron-on patches (optional)
And the onesie I got from Wal Mart for $3!

I started with the onesie.
First, I printed out a "1" on the computer and cut it out to use as my stencil.
Using the back side of the fabric (and making sure to flip your stencil backwards!),
I used a pencil to trace the "1" on the fabric.
I cut out around it, leaving about 1/2" around it.
Then, I made little cuts inwards at the corners so that I could fold the extra under evenly.
I folded all the sides down and pinned it into place.

Using a basic stitch, I stitched the "1" down all the way around.
 After that I followed the instructions on the patches packaging and added the iron-on ladybug!


When that was done, I moved on to the skirt.
 The tulle I bought from Michael's was pre-cut and was the perfect width (6in)
I used both rolls entirely (20 yd of the green,  10 yd of the sparkled pink)

 
Pulling the tulle from the roll, I cut it all into strips about 16 in long.

I measured the elastic (a little bigger than) the size of her hips.
Make sure to leave about 2 in extra to over lap the ends, and sew together.
Then, I took a strip of tulle and folded in half.
I took the loop at the seam, wrapped the ends around the elastic, and back through the loop.
Then pulled tight!

Repeat all the way around!
I used the pattern 2 green strips, 1, pink strip, 2 green strips...etc.

Then for details:
  • I made a matching headband (with the same fabric as the "1", some elastic, and one of the flowers)
  • I attached the other flower to the top of the skirt to match
  • I'll probably get some cute sparkly shoes to pull it all together!






Monday, March 19, 2012

Re-Painted Table



A few weeks ago my Aunt gifted me a little white "tea-party" table for Quinn's room. I absolutely loved the table but since it was older and had some obvious wear, I thought it would be a good idea to repaint it!

Here is the table before:

I started by painting the entire table pink.


Then, using a circle sponge applicator I polka dotted the top with white polka dots.



After it dried, I simply sprayed everything with Mod Podge and it was done!





Quinn approved and loves it!