Sunday, August 3, 2014

DIY: Painted Pots

need to take your average terra cotta pots to the next level? paint them!

what you'll need:

terra cotta pots and coasters (any size!)
spray paint
painters tape
a complimentary paint color (we used non-spray paint for the accent color)

start by applying a coat (or two) of spray paint on your pots. be sure to check the dry time on your paint, so that it's dry before you apply the accent color.

tip: be sure to paint the inside of your pots, so that whatever is visible once the plant is in there is the right color (and not terra cotta).

we painted the coasters in the accent color, to add a bit of fun.

once your base color is dry, use painters tape to create the shapes you want (we did triangles and diagonal lines).

give it a day to dry (trust us!) before you remove the tape.

and voila!

find some succulents or your favorite plant, and you are done!

what colors did you combine? what plants did you use? 

happy crafting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY: String Art

we found many inspiring pictures of string/nail art, and thought we’d try our hand at the latest Crafternoon

finding a good how-to for this craft was tough, so hopefully this helps you out!

what you need:
wood (our boards varied in size and cut, as well as source - some came from thrift stores, some from old fences!)
~100 nails each - they sell gold and bronze as well as silver
string of your choosing (we each brought a spool of thread of varying weights and colors)
printout of shape/word/etc. you want to create
painters tape (helpful to initially position the shape)

begin by positioning your shape/word printout where you want on the board, and loosely tape the edges

next, get out the hammer and nails

depending on your shape, you can first put a nail at every major corner, then fill in the additional nails evenly between the sections, or you can attempt to go around the shape evenly spacing the nails (I guess it depends on how much of a perfectionist you are!)

don't nail the nails in all the way: they should be in far enough to be stable but sticking out so as to wrap the string around them

once all of your nails are in position, remove the paper printout

you can gently rip it, assuming you don’t want to use the printout for anything else

pick a starting point, and tie the string in a double knot around the nail
you will go back at the end to trim the extra tail of string

you can either outline your entire shape at this point, or start randomly twisting the string around nails - the SF logo was done by outlining first, and the California state shapes wasn’t pre-outlined, both look great!

now keep stringing away!
keep going until you like how much string is on your nails
tip: the string needs to be kept tight, loose string causes unravelling and much frustration

as an alternate option: put the string on the outside of your words, so that the void of string is what makes the word/shape visible - yes!

when you've strung to your heart's content, tie a double knot on the last nail and trim the extra tail of string

string art complete!

if you want to put a little heart for your favorite place, just place the nails and string around them!

what did you create? send us photos!

p.s. this craft is not for the faint of heart - be prepared to be worn out, as displayed below :)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Easy DIY: Heart Tea Bags!

this is a super easy craft to make, perfect for a thoughtful gift! 

what you need:
coffee filters
embroidery thread
loose leaf tea

start by cutting out your tea pouch from the coffee filters

put two coffee filters together and cut out your desired shape

next you'll thread your needle and sew around the edges of your two filters

you can sew them a few ways, but as long as they are held together with no gaps it will work!

tip: it helps keep your stitching even if you poke the holes before threading through 
if you're using a larger needle for the embroidery thread, a thinner needle can help poke the holes

before you finish your stitching, add your loose leaf tea inside, then finish and close it up

and you're done! 

you should now have a super cute tea bag to give to a friend or keep for yourself

if you're making multiples, you can use coordinating colors or keep it consistent

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DIY Baby Name Letters

these letters turned out really cute and weren't too hard to make!

what you need:
wooden letters
glue / hot glue gun

first, choose what fabric you want for each letter

trace your letter over the fabric with pencil (back side) and cut about 1/2" - 1" around that line
that will be the main piece of fabric

you'll notice that this doesn't cover the curved parts of the letters very well

for any edge that doesn't get covered by the original fabric, cut a piece of matching fabric to cover that part

even if the fabric has a pattern, it shouldn't show much because it's on the edge

overlapping on the back is fine

glue those curved edge pieces down first, then start on the main piece

start from the top edge and work your way down, gluing only the edges of the fabric

you shouldn't need to glue the front of the letter to the fabric,
only the edges should be enough to hold it down

once you get all your letters done, then you can add embellishments, like fabric flowers and buttons

to make fabric flowers, take a long, skinny piece of fabric and twist it, 
then turn it around in a spiral gluing it along the way

now you're done!

makes for a great present, though you probably want to make sure there is room for it in the nursery!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Baby Shower Craft: Bunting!

I just realized I never posted baby shower crafts from my best friend's baby shower!

Jessica and I (Brianne) along with my other BFF Ari helped lead a craft at the shower and it was a big success!

look at these cuties

materials you will need:
fusible tape (magic!)
poster board (for stencils)
fabric pens
pinking shears
iron (& board)

before the shower prep:
 the first step is to pick out your fabric

Amanda's nursery theme is yellow and gray, and we found some really cute fabric to match!

next, decide how big you want your flags to be
(you don't want them to look like the Nightmare Before Christmas)

we made ours 5 inches across and 6 inches down to the point, creating an isosceles triangle

the easiest way I found to draw them was to keep the 5" section on the edge of the paper, draw a 6" line down the poster board right in the middle of the top edge, and then use a ruler to draw the sides of the triangle

depending on how many guests there are, make an appropriate amount of flag stencils

you'll also want to have stencils for people to use on their flags

we google searched for simple images to use
here are some ideas: heart, flowers, giraffe, elephant, numbers, letters, shapes

just print out the shapes and then cut them out on your poster board

you should have all this prep work done before the shower, then bring everything along for the guests to create!
it's a good idea to have an example for them to see as well

at the shower instructions:
 start with making your flag

turn fabric to the back side to trace so the marks aren't on the front
fold over your fabric to trace it putting the top edge on your crease, that way your flag is double ply and you can pull your string through the top

we had our guests write blessings on the back of their flags, giving the craft a little more of a personal touch! 
it also allows the less-crafty people to participate more

once the blessing is written, over to the ironing board to stick the flag sides together

take 2 pieces of fusible tape and put them on the inside edges of your flag
leave about 1/2-1 inch at the top open

the fusible tape should have directions on the package
on ours, it said to iron with a damp cloth 10 seconds on each side

look at my cute little sister

ironing is fun!

after the sides are ironed together, pick out what shapes you want on your flag

it's good to have a mix of simple and busy, and 1-3 shapes is best

trace the backside of the fabric with your choice of stencils and cut them out (pencil works better than pen for not bleeding through)

 decide how you want to arrange the cutouts on your flag, then use fusible tape 
& the iron to stick them on in place


it doesn't take too much tape to get them to stay on since this will be just hanging somewhere rather than worn or used

look how great they turned out!

we found they weren't holding up very well just strung through at the top, so I went back in with a sewing machine to sew the very top of the flags just about a quarter of an inch down, making the string easier to go through them

since I'm so late in posting this, here's a bonus: a pic of little miss Layla now!

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