Birthday Crown for the Baby Boy

Baby Boy’s first birthday was coming up a couple of months ago, and my mother-in-law and I were planning the details for his party. We knew we wanted to do a smash cake, and my husband’s family got Baby Boy an adorable little outfit for the festivities! Since I had a little extra time on my hands, I thought about making him some sort of birthday crown. I had seen several online, but I did not want to buy something that small that would only get used once.

This is where the piles of felt I have in storage came into play. Making my son a special crown for his birthday sounded like the perfect idea!

Supplies:

  • Felt: I used three different colors
  • Fabric cutter or scissors
  • Iron for the felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric crayon or pencil

Instead of looking up a DIY, I thought I would wing it and hopefully come up with something new and fun to post on the blog. Here are the steps I took:

First, I ironed the felt. Sometimes when I am crafting I skip this step, but since I was going to use this crown in photographs, I thought it would be best to take the extra time. Then I cut the felt. I had a detailed list of my dimensions, which I seem to have misplaced. I guess that’s mom life :P. From the photographs, it looks like I cut the main piece to about 6 inches x 12.5 inches.

 

 

I then marked on the fabric how wide I wanted the points of the crown to be, as well as where I would have the two sides meet up to make a circle. I divided the length of the crown evenly between 12 inches, as the extra 0.5 inches would be used for bringing the crown together. I made the height of the points about half the height of the crown.

 

 

 

Next, I used the fabric glue to make the crown circular. For the 1, I free handed the cutting with scissors. I am sure you could find many templates online, though! I glued this on with fabric glue as well.

 

 

Lastly, I added a thin trim along the bottom to give it a little more personality.

 

 

Although I did not add any string, I would recommend it if you are planning on having your baby wear it for an extended period of time. This crown was just made for pictures, so we “expertly” balanced it on his head.

 

 

I love how fast this project was. It also has the potential to be used for any birthday and even with pets! Let me know what you think!

XOXO…PB

Making a Father’s Day Card with Your Baby!

This Father’s Day I wanted to make some fun DIY cards with my little baby. He is still pretty young, so we had to opt for finger paints. For Mother’s Day, we sent everyone cards with his hand print on them. It was a little difficult coming up with a different idea for Father’s Day, but I’m going to show you what we did!

First, I cut out cardstock to fit in some smaller envelopes we had around the house. If you want straight edges, I highly recommend getting a paper cutter. I use mine for so many projects, and it is bound to come in handy!

Next, I squirted a couple of globs of finger paint onto our baby’s high chair tray. While closely monitoring him (I did not want him to eat it!) I let him play around with it and then helped him smear and decorate the cards.

 

 

Once we had all the cards done, I set them out to dry. A word of caution: do not let them dry on paper towels like I did! The paper towels WILL stick to the paint, making it difficult and messy to peel the dried cards off. I recommend something like wax paper instead.

 

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I thought I would add a little personal touch to the cards by cutting out hearts from leftover scrapbook paper I had. If you don’t have scrapbook paper, you could do something else to add some flair!

 

 

I glued the little hearts onto the painted and folded cardstock. Once they were dry, they were ready to be written in and sent out.

 

 

What Father’s Day projects are you doing?

XOXO…PB

 

 

Decoupaged Trays DIY

Hello Everyone! Today I’m going to tell you about some more fun trays I made. These mod-podged beauties were a pretty easy and quick diy, so it’s a perfect evening or weekend project! Plus you can use scraps of leftover scrapbook paper or wrapping paper you love. You could even use Christmas wrapping paper for a holiday specific craft!

The steps to this are pretty simple:

  1. Starting with an unfinished tray, first apply stain or paint and let dry overnight.
  2. Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to fit the inside of the tray. You may need to smoothly join two pieces together or make it a funky collage!
  3. Put down a layer of mod-podge with a paint brush.
  4. Lay down your scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.
  5. Smooth it out using a credit card or store card you don’t use anymore. Mod-podge washes off pretty easily, so it’s up to you!
  6. Let the mod-podge dry!
  7. Apply a layer on top of the paper.
  8. (Optional) Put a layer of polyurethane over the painted or stained portions of the trays.

AND YOU’RE DONE!

Dip-Dyed Ombre Curtains for a Nursery

With a baby on the way, I wanted to do as many special touches for his nursery as possible. This included making a little canopy backdrop for his crib. Today I will tell you how I made dip-dyed curtains for my little baby boy’s room.

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First, I wanted to go with more of an aqua/mint color for his nursery. I am just not a huge fan of baby blue! I picked up the following supplies from my local Walmart – I have to do most of my craft shopping at Walmart since I live in a small town:

-Set of white curtains (length depends on your preference)

-Aqua colored fabric dye

-Salt

-Gloves to protect my hands from staining

-A bucket to hold the fabric and dye

-Grocery bag

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(Apparently I’m not good at taking non-blurry photos!)

When you are dyeing fabric, it is best to make sure that the fabric will take the color well. I used a sailcloth fabric, which I would not recommend doing again. Here is an article for the best fabric for absorbing color.

Mixing the dye is a fairly straightforward process. Just follow the instructions on the packet! Salt is actually used with the type of dye I used, so that’s why it’s included in the list of supplies.

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Once you have it mixed up, you can put your fabric in the bucket to absorb the dye. In order to get the ombre look, gradually add more and more fabric length as time goes on. You can also do the reverse and take out the fabric as time goes on so it does not get as saturated. I used a plastic grocery bag to protect the part of the curtains that I wanted to stay white from getting splashes of dye on them.

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Once you have left your fabric in the dye for the amount of time desired, make sure to rinse all the dye out as much as possible. If you want to wash your item, this is especially important as it keeps the white sections from absorbing the dye. I did not wash mine as I wanted to make sure the dye would not leak. After rinsing out the curtains, I simply dried them on a clothes line. Then, I hung them up in the nursery!

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My mom got me adorable little elephant wall mounts, which I used to drape the curtains. You can get a similar one from Amazon below. I hung the curtains from a rod on the wall.

*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

Furniture Overhaul 2: Shabby Chic Soft Pink End Table

Have you seen those large, intricate end tables at thrift stores lately, circa the 70s, I believe? They are not the best to look at in their dark, dated condition, but they can be updated easily with a coat of paint! I went to a thrift store a couple years ago and got one for only $1! For solid, non-laminate wood, this was a STEAL!

Unfortunately, when I did this diy, I didn’t get a good before picture of the end table, but I got a few pics of the process. I can say that it looked similar to this end table when I started!

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I chose a light, blush pink for the paint color. If you haven’t noticed, that’s one of my favorite colors. After a few coats of paint it looked like this:

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You can see that it had drawers instead of doors, like the table in the first picture. I took out the drawers and painted them separately. If you keep them in the table while you’re painting, it just won’t look good when they’re pulled out. Next came the distressing! I used this Valspar antiquing glaze. It works perfects if you want to brush it on, but make sure to wipe off any excess so it doesn’t look intentionally distressed.

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The glaze sets perfectly into the detailed section of the drawer! After I finished glazing, I did a couple coats of polyurethane, then I spray painted the hardware gold! Here is some gold spray paint you could use: Krylon 1000 Premium Metallic Spray Paint, Gold.

I was able to sell this beauty at a local festival. I loved making it!

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*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

Patterned Tray DIY

I recently bought a set of five trays from Joann Fabric. It was actually a mistake on my part; someone on Etsy requested a custom order and then never got back to me! Definitely a lesson that you shouldn’t expect someone to follow through on a custom order unless you get it guaranteed.

So I now had a set of unfinished trays to play around with. I decided to make my own set of unique trays to maybe sell at a craft show or on Etsy someday.

For this patterned tray, the first thing I did was have my husband stain it in a weathered oak stain. I love the grayish tone of this stain. I couldn’t do it myself because of the fumes and my pregnancy. I’ve since bought a mask 🙂

When staining, I generally use an old rag made out of a t-shirt. Wipe the stain in the direction of the wood grain and when you are done, make sure to wipe of the excess.

After I let it dry for a day, I got some cream colored paint and a stencil from Walmart. You can get a similar one from Amazon here: Plaid:Craft Martha Stewart Large Stencils 3 Sheets/Pkg-Arabesque 8.75″X16.75″ 11 Designs. I used a sponge brush specific for stencils.

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When you are finished with one section, you pick up the stencil and overlap it in order to keep the pattern going. I made the mistake of not making sure the stencil was all the way down, so some paint did leak out under the stencil layers.

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I decided to remedy the situation by sanding it down and making it look more used.

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The last step is simply to brush on a layer of polyurethane to help protect the wood. You now have a beautiful and unique handmade tray!

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*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

Personalizing Wedding Cake Servers

For my wedding, I wanted a vintage feel without spending a ton of money. One way to do this is to DIY the details! I’m going to go through with you today how I personalized my wedding cake knife and server. The set I bought was only $10 at Walmart. Here is the set that I ended up getting. Apparently, I am not good at taking non-blurry photos (I apologize!)

 

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So here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • A plain serving set for wedding cake
  • Martha Stewart paint that is safe for glass (it will help prevent the pain smudging off)
  • Glitter if you like it 🙂
  • Old or broken jewelry (I used some cheap jewelry and rings that I got at stores like Forever 21 and Rue21)
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire cutters for cutting jewelry
  • Painter’s tape

You may want to wear gloves if you don’t want to get paint on your hands!

  1. Cut any old rings you want to embellish the handles with with the wire cutters. I cut the rings once in the back so I could put the ring around the handles and they would still be continuous.
  2. Use the glue gun to adhere the rings around the handles. I put my rings around the base of the servers.20150904_140136
  3. I used a bracelet with charms and cut off my favorite charms to add a shabby chic/vintage look to the servers. I chose a charm of a cameo, and one with an old-looking key.
  4. For my set, I used a hot glue gun to wrap gold ribbon around the server handles where I wanted to place the charms. Make sure it is lined up nicely!
  5. Hot glue the charms on top of the ribbon. I kept some of the chains that the charms came off of so I could glue them on easily. If you want to have a more professional look, glue on the back of the serving utensils.  20150904_141355
  6. I wanted gold accents on my servers, so I chose to paint the area of the utensils above the charms but not on the actual part used to touch the food for safety. Use the painters tape to section off the painted area.s
  7. Use a small brush to apply the Martha Stewart paint. I did a couple of coats to hide the silver.  20150904_141553
  8. Wait a day or two for it to dry, and remove the tape. You now have a personalized cake serving set for a fraction of the cost of a professional set!

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You could even add initials instead of jewelry. Let me know any other ideas you have for decor in the comments 🙂

Here is a pic from my actual wedding!

 

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Drying Flowers: A Somewhat Crafting Fail

Before I start this post, let me direct you to the perfect tutorial for drying flowers without pressing them, from the makers of Borax:

http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/how-to-use-borax-dry-flowers/

Here you’ll find a great video tutorial!

However, my attempt at drying flowers wasn’t quite as successful. I watched this video a couple of times, but when I sent my husband off for supplies, I asked for corn starch instead of cornmeal. I noticed my mistake before I set my flowers to dry, but I wanted to see if the corn starch could be used as a substitute. Here are some photos of what I did:

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As you can see, the flowers dried just fine. Unfortunately, the corn starch covered everything in a fine white powder. Something I can continue shaking off them gently, and perhaps it gives them a shabby chic look?

Turquoise Vases DIY

Have you seen the beautiful vases that are circulating around Pinterest? I know I loved what I saw, but when I clicked the link, there were no instructions for how to make them! So I attempted to make my own, and loved the results.

What you need:

  1. Glass Vases
  2. Spray paint in a turquoise color, or another light shade
  3. Liquid gold leaf, like this kind from Amazon. –This stuff is not safe to be used with contact with food.
  4. Sandpaper (120 grit is fine)
  5. Rubber gloves
  6. Spray paint topcoat (matte)

Here’s what I did:

  1. Buy some glass vases from your local thrift store. The more intricate the crystal pattern, the prettier the result.
  2. Clean the vases off so you have a clear surface to paint on.
  3. PUT ON GLOVES
  4. Pour a few drops of the liquid leaf into the bottom of the vase. Have the vase on a surface that can get paint on it, and turn the vase upside down so the liquid in the bottom run down the sides of the vase. Swirl the vase if needed to get as much as possible of the inside covered.
  5. Paint a thin layer of liquid leaf on the outside of the vase. This is an optional step, but will help the gold shine through better.
  6. Let the liquid leaf dry.
  7. Spray paint the outside of the vase in the color of your choice. It is a good idea to wear gloves in case any rogue spray paint shoots out. Make sure to get the bottom of the vase, and sometimes this is missed when spraying the outside.
  8. Let the spray paint dry.
  9. Sand off spray paint on any of the glass ridges, and to the desired amount you would like. The more the sandpaper, the more aged it will look.
  10. Spray paint the final layer of clear matte topcoat.

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Cat Nip and Sachets! A Smelly and Quick DIY

Not a lot of people use sachets anymore, but I find them a charming addition to your drawers, and they give that rustic, just-like-grandma-used-to-do-it feel. I remember making a sachet that I hand-embroidered for a class in high school.

In this project all you need is two 5″x5″ or 4″x4″ squares of cutout fabric. Lay the good sides of the squares facing outward, yes outward! The stitching goes along the edge and is visible. Stitch around 3 sides of the sachet. Once you have a good tight-stitched pocket, fill the open end with either catnip for a cat pillow or toy, or lavender or some other great smelling ingredient! You can also try batting with essential oil rubbed in it. Here are my two finished sachets. I used pinking shears to make the edging. What a fun and quick diy!

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For the sachet with the catnip, I drew a small cat face on the fabric with a fabric marker.

XOXO…PB