Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Calm and Relax

Today's craft was a special order made for my neighbor.  She picked the fonts and the paper and then I got to do the creating.  I think these would be so fun to personalize for kids' rooms.
I started with the letters. I cut them on my cricut. After the letters were done, I then chose what size I wanted each board to be and cut the paper out accordingly.
I then took my paper and  traced on the wood and cut out each piece.

I then figured out the placement of each board and drilled hoes on each side of the board.
I then glued 1/4" dowel pins into the holes.

I then glued all of the pieces together.

After the glue dried I then painted the edges and back of the boards, since the paper would cover the front.
I then mod podged the paper to the boards and then added eye screws to each end of the plaque.
I then tied jute to each eye screw.
My neighbor was very pleased with how they turned out. Which was a nice relief for me, since it's always hard when someone has a visual in their head and you try to capture it and reproduce it.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Applique birds

Aren't these just the cutest things? I saw these awhile ago and just loved them and had to make some of my own, and they turned out great!

Early Bird

night owl
They were super easy to make, I just found some clip art that I liked, but here are some other options. I also hand cross stitched the writing. So fun and easy.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Doll clothes

S0, on blog land I have seen  this website for awhile that has free patterns for doll clothes. Well one day Cassdiy and I were bored, so we decided to give it a go. Cassidy helped me sew the first two dresses, then I went a little crazy with the sewing. I found an old swimming suite and used every inch of it to make 3 new swimming suites.

Cassidy helped me make the two red dresses and I made the middle one and the purple one below.
     Like I said I went a little crazy. I even made panties and hair bows to match their dresses.

Then I made shirts and more hair bows for them.  Cassidy said that they needed skirts, so I made skirts!

These last two, we made to give to one of Cassidy's friends. I hope they love them as much as I have loved making them. Happy sewing!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cabinet Door Easter Wreath

I needed an Easter wreath for my front door. I decided to make my wreath with fabric and I added it to an old cabinet door. Seeing this on my front door makes me smile. It's a happy welcoming sight.
I will now show you how I made my wreath. You will need to start with a Styrofoam wreath form. I decided to make my form since I had some Styrofoam on hand. I created my wreath by tracing bowls to get the size I wanted. I cut it out with an exacto knife and then wrapped the form with ribbon.
I then gathered some fabric scraps and ripped into strips. I then took the strips and glued them to plastic eggs. I started at one end of the egg, glued the fabric to the egg and then wrapped the fabric around the egg and glue it. I continued this process until the egg was completely covered. I used regular sized eggs and small eggs to create my wreath.

Once I had all of my eggs covered I glued the eggs to my wreath form.
I even added ribbon for a fun variation.

I then took an old cabinet door painted it blue and then added my wreath to it by drilling a small hole in the cabinet door and strung ribbon through the hole to hang from my door. I then added a bow to complete the wreath.

I love how springy and bright it looks. And I love it on the cabinet door.

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Linking to: skip to my lou, uncommon, oopsey daisy
lil luna, sweet little gals, someday crafts, the 36th avenue, cheap crafty mama,

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

General Conference Activities for Activity Bags

I made General Conference bags and put together activities to go inside each bag. If you missed the post on how I made the bags, you can go here to catch that tutorial.
I made puff paint by using 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1/2 water mixed it, added food coloring and then poured into these Wilton plastic bottles. I bought the bottles at Wal-Mart for $2.00 for a 2/pk. Each batch fit in the bottles perfectly.
I made these felt fish a few years ago for my little guy and he still loves them. I have a mini blow up pool we will have ready for the fish to go in the "pond".
Mr. and Mrs. Potato head. I am pretty sure these will be a big hit.
Book of Mormon paper dolls. When I saw the printable here, I knew it would be perfect for one of our activities.
Temple lacing card. Printable found here.
Color by number printables found here. I was going to make homemade watercolor paints, but I have quite a few already, so once those are used I will make some. If you are interested in making watercolor paints of your own you can find the how to here.
Just like "Don't Eat Pete" - Printable found here.
Temple matching game.
For this one I just grabbed some of our dot markers and some art paper.
I made homemade play dough and then found these play dough mats and made them smaller so they would fit into the bag.
Apostle match game found here. I made two sets, the first set I made the two-sided cards which I used for the tic-tac-toe game and the second set for this matching game, but left the backs blank. Tic-Tac-Toe Apostle style. When I was at Hobby Lobby buying felt to make the bags, Jaden wanted me to buy the dinosaur felt and asked me to make him something with it. So I came up with this tic-tac-toe. It's played just like tic-tac-toe, we will throw the bean bag on an Apostle card taking turns until someone gets three in a row. There is information on the back of each card that we can learn more about the Apostle while playing if Jaden chooses to do so. This foam kit I had on hand. It is a jungle picture frame. Anything foam would work.
I gathered some Popsicle sticks and glue and I will let creativity begin.
President Monson puzzle found here.
All of the activities in each bag ready for General Conference to begin. If you don't have the same things on hand that I did, search around your house, you may be surprised with what you have and what you can come up with to put inside the bag.

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