Monday, February 10, 2014

Burlap Wreathe

I'm totally in love with how this burlap wreathe turned out!  I'll admit that I'm very partial to the color red and burlap in red is amazing!  The wreathe itself was really easy to make but a little on the pricey side.  I bought a 9" wide roll of burlap and needed 1 1/2 to complete the project. The rolls of burlap were $20 each so if you can find a good sale on it that would be a bonus.

My first step was painting my wreathe red.  Next I used a kitchen bowl to trace and cut my circles out. I used a brown washable marker to trace the circles.  It washed right off my bowl afterwards and I could see the lines on my burlap.

Once my circles were cut I folded them in quarters and pinned them in the wreathe.  This technique of pinning is much easier with felt, but using a wider pin head works.  You could sew the ends and then hot glue it, but I try to avoid using hot glue for something I may use outside in the summer time because of the heat!  This is how it looks in progress.

I love changing out the wreathes on my welcome sign for the different seasons.  I think this wreathe would be cute for Christmas, Valentine's and 4th of July!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Valentine Box

Last year for school my son had to make a creative Valentine Box!  He loves playing with Legos so we decided to make a Lego style box!  It was so easy and super fun!

The first step was to glue hot chocolate or coffee cup lids onto the top of a shoe box.

Next I let him pick out a spray paint color and we (him with a lot of supervision) went to town spray painting it!
After the paint dried we added some stickers and that was it!  Yes there are some streaks and the lids are not glued on perfectly straight but we sure had a lot of fun making it together!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Gratitude Tree

I absolutely love November!  It's a time where everyone reflects on the blessings in their lives.  Gratitude is a quality that we are trying to instill in our children.  

This year I thought it would be fun to create a gratitude tree out of vinyl lettering. Of course you could recreate this with butcher paper or construction paper.   Each day we write on a leaf things that we are grateful for.  I committed everyone to write at least one thing per day that they are thankful for.

What is amazing is that it is actually hard to only write one thing.  Once we start thinking about something that we are grateful for more and more things come to mind!

I can't wait to see the tree by Thanksgiving!  It will be wonderful to see all of the leaves full of gratitude!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tips For Using Stain With Vinyl Lettering

If you want to use stain on your signs for a little bit more rustic look always apply the stain AFTER you apply the lettering!  If you stain first and then apply the lettering it will be very difficult to get the lettering to stick and you will most likely be very frustrated!

I like to you cheese cloth to rub the stain into the wood.  Go slow and be gentle so you don't ruin your lettering.

A little stain goes a long way!  Don't over apply:)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Painting With Vinyl On Canvas

I love using vinyl to paint with.  It is awesome to work with on an old piece of wood, but I hadn't tried it on canvas until this month.  This idea was inspired by a project one of my friends did.  I loved how hers turned out so I wanted to try something similar.

First I started off with a stained canvas.  I had originally stained this canvas to make a welcome sign for my front door, but then I make a welcome sign with a wreathe and then had just never decided what to put on this.  I thought having a little darker look to the canvas would be a fun more rustic look.  I love how it turned out, but it's hard to tell from the photo.  Without the stain it would be stark white, (also a great look, but I wanted it a bit more muted this time.)

The next step is putting the vinyl on your canvas.  When you use the "negative" of the vinyl it works like a charm for painting.  Fit the entire vinyl to your canvas for easiest results.  If you are going to use spray paint then tape the edges as well.  I just brushed the paint on this time with a sponge brush.

This is what it looked like when I got it all painted.

After I removed my vinyl I touched up a couple of places where I wanted a bit more paint and then this was my finished project!  Next time I wouldn't mind trying to stain afterwards just to see what that was like:)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thank You Gifts

This year one of my friends and I put our heads together to come up with a delicious thank you gift!  She makes the most wonderful salsa.  So we put our talents together to come up with these cute and yummy gifts!

By adding a little vinyl to the mason jar we thought it would be more fun for putting something cute in when the salsa is gone.   We either put the last name initial or the first name initial.  I thought it would be fun to print the initial in everyone's favorite color, but in the end we decided to go with cream because it looks the best with the salsa. 

I saw these avery labels at Wal Mart and I thought they would be so fun to print thank you on and put on the top of the jar!

These labels fit a bit better on the wide mouth jars.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Vinyl On Canvas

I absolutely love decorating with vinyl on a canvas.  This piece of art has an amazing story behind it.  Using a canvas as a backdrop for your vinyl gives your space a wonderful look.  

Adding vinyl to a white canvas is an awesome look.  When you are applying the vinyl on canvas you need to be careful that you apply enough pressure so the vinyl will adhere to the canvas, but you want to be careful not to stretch the canvas when you apply the vinyl.

My sister painted this canvas and then we added the vinyl to it.  The marble painting and the old fashioned writing give this an old fashioned, sophisticated feel. 

Using a smaller canvas can be the perfect addition to a shelf!

This idea was inspired by a friend of mine.  I printed vinyl that fit the canvas exactly and then removed the letters so the vinyl acted as a negative and then I actually painted the wording on.  The other thing that I tried with this canvas that I absolutely loved was I actually stained it!  I didn't want the look of the stark white canvas this time, but I didn't want a painted look... just more of a light antiqued look.  It worked like a charm.  I always like to let my projects dry for 24 hours after applying stain.  Next time I might trying painting my canvas first and then adding the stain just to see which one works better and if it produces a different look.