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DIY Nursery Wall Art

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DIY Nursery Wall Art

One of my favorite things about Charlotte’s nursery is the wall art I made for her.  This is something I wanted to do as soon as I found out I was having a girl!  I was researching DIY nursery projects, and I found some wall art ideas that seemed perfect.


3af95-img_1923Button Initial – I decided to do this with Charlotte’s first initial.  I added a lot of my great-grandmother’s buttons from her collection in this project! She saved many buttons in her time, and I inherited one of her boxes of buttons many years ago.  So, personalizing this craft for my daughter with buttons from her great-great grandmother means a lot to me.  You can see the different specks of color and can even make a game to search for different shaped buttons…there is a button in the shape of a teddy bear, can you see it?

Supplies:

  • wooden letter(s)
  • sand paper
  • white acrylic paint
  • medium paint brush
  • buttons, your choice of size and color
  • tacky glue
  • wall art hanger

Instructions:

  1.  Sand down the wooden letter’s edges with sand paper until smooth.
  2.  Paint letter white, and let it completely dry.
  3.  Lay all the buttons out on the table and tacky glue them on the wooden letter one by one. Tip: trace the wooden letter on a piece of paper and pre-lay the buttons how you’d like to glue them on the letter.
  4. Lay a heavy book over the buttons once they are glued to the letter and let dry for 30-60 minutes, until the glue is completely dry.
  5. Secure a wall hanger on the back of the letter.

af4dd-img_1925Fabric Wall Art – I really liked the idea of using different fabric patterns and colors for wall art.  I painted the nursery walls gray and decided on white furniture, so pops of color are necessary!  There are so many fabrics to choose from…I wanted the colors to go well together and patterns that complemented each other, so I stayed with pastel girl colors and animal prints.

Supplies:

  • 6 fabric squares
  • 6 embroidery hoops ranging in size from 7 inches to 12 inches
  • white acrylic paint
  • tacky glue

Instructions:

  1. Paint embroidery hoops white and let them completely dry.
  2. Cut the fabric into circles a little larger than the hoop size and iron any wrinkles out.
  3. Secure fabric in the hoop and tighten the clasp at the top of the hoop.
  4. Glue down the excess fabric in the back of the hoop with tacky glue.
  5. Put something heavy over the hoop to help weigh it down while drying. Let dry 30-60 minutes or until glue is dry.
  6. Use clasp at the top of the hoop to hang it on the wall.

Combining the projects together, I had nursery wall art that was personalized for my baby girl!  I hung it securely above where her crib was going to go.  I was able to stand in front of it when I took pregnancy belly pics because we didn’t get her crib until later.

I love that it was an easy DIY project and it didn’t break the budget for nursery decorations!


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DIY Glitter Heels

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My sister did a lot of DIY projects for her wedding day, and we are working together to showcase these projects on my blog! I’m very excited to feature one of Amy’s fabulous wedding accessories: DIY Glitter Heels.

Amy shared with me how it all started…

“I searched for hours online in an effort find the perfect wedding shoe. The vision I had in my head never matched perfectly with the thousands and thousands of shoes I sifted through online. I wanted something that represented my personality with a pop of color, but I also wanted it to be comfortable in a low heel. (Plus I didn’t want to be taller than my groom! He is only a few inches taller than me.)

It was hard to find the right mint color in the style of shoe that I wanted. The more I looked, the more frustrated I got. There are some companies that allow you to custom design your own shoes, but that can cost hundreds of dollars. I was hoping to spend around $50, but definitely no more than $100. Do I compromise on color? Do I compromise on price? But it’s my wedding, I wanted the perfect shoe!

I was talking with my friend about my shoe struggles when she suggested I make my own glitter heels. She had done it for a Dorothy outfit she’d made (hello ruby red slippers!). I was already DIYing so many other wedding projects, why not add one more to the mix? It seemed like the perfect solution to my budget/color/heel-size issues.”

The great thing about this project is you can make the heels match your desired color in any style heel you want – all for a super low cost! No hoping the color matches, and no compromising on what you want. My sister made the heel exactly as she wanted it and was very happy how they turned out! See below for supplies, instructions, and tips.

DIY Glitter Heels

“I bought cheap white heels in the closed toe, low heel style I wanted from Amazon. With Amazon Prime, it only cost me just over $33 for the shoes. Other than that, my only cost was the glitter, modge podge, and sponge brush. Which means I made my own wedding shoes for less than $50!”

Supplies:

Glitter insight: If you can’t find the right color glitter to match your desired color, no problem! Mix multiple colors together to get the right look. Think of it like mixing paint – you’ll have to play around with it for a while but you will get to the right color. My sis bought light green, teal and white that combined to make her wedding mint color. She was able to match the glitter to her sample mint swatch from the bridesmaids dresses perfectly!

Tips:
  • Stick with white or nude as your shoe’s base color. This will guarantee the shoe color won’t impact the glitter color once you start gluing.
  • Use extra fine glitter. The larger the glitter, the harder it will be to have a smooth look to your glitter shoe.
  • Glue in sections rather than trying to spread glue on the entire shoe at once.
  • Save your glitter! You’ll run out quickly if you don’t reuse the glitter that doesn’t stick to your shoe. Place a sheet of wax paper underneath your work station to pour back in your glitter container.

Instructions (originally from Something Turquoise):

  1. Start by painting a coat of modge podge (decoupage glue) onto a small section of the heel. Keep your glue strokes as even as possible. If you have excess glue lines after your brush strokes you need to smooth them out, or else the lines will show.
  2. Then shake on the glitter. Apply it liberally and tap the shoe on the table to remove excess. This is where you use a piece of wax paper to protect the work surface and save the excess glitter. You can carefully pat certain areas of the glitter into the fabric if you need to.
  3. When that section is complete, carefully move onto the next. If there are areas of the heel that you don’t want glitter, you can tape them off. Since holding the shoe can be a bit awkward, only paint one side at a time and let it dry for at least an hour before moving on.
  4. Apply a second coat of glitter, and a third if necessary. The steps are the same for the second coat, paint on the decoupage and add the glitter. Don’t apply more than three coats or the glitter will more easily peel off rather than stick to the shoes.
  5. Once completely dry, you will need to paint your new glitter shoe with two coats of decoupage to completely seal the glitter. Each coat needs at least an hour of dry time, if not more. To be safe, let them dry for 24 hours before you wear them.

“I did notice on some of the edges the glitter started to peel up after wearing them a while on the wedding day. It didn’t bother me because you couldn’t tell unless you were staring at the shoes and it didn’t happen until after pictures were taken. Treat your shoes gently so they stay picture perfect for all the photo ops! After that, go crazy.”

DIY Glitter Heels

Wedding photos by Carlson Photography


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DIY Garter

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I made garters for my sister to wear on her wedding day. Her wedding colors were mint and coral, so I made one in each color. She was able to have one as a throwaway for the garter toss and one to keep. It was an easy DIY project that I documented from watching the following YouTube video.

See supplies and instructions below. If you get stuck anywhere in the instructions, I would suggest checking out the video for a visual reference.

DIY Garter


I also sell garters at my Etsy Store for $5


Supplies:

Instructions written out from following this YouTube video:

  1. Use measuring tape to measure thigh and multiply by 1.5 (this is your final number.)
  2. Measure ribbon the length of your final number (add 1 inch for seam allowance.) Cut Ribbon.
  3. Burn ribbon ends lightly with lighter.
  4. Fold Ribbon in half and pin ends together.
  5. Sew the ends together ½ an inch from the end, stop at halfway point and snip loose threads.
  6. Press the seam allowances down and sew them down. Always sew ribbon with wrong side facing down. The part that has the opening will be inside of your garter.
  7. Fold ribbon in half lengthwise and sew the seam along the fold connecting two halves of ribbon together.
  8. Cut a piece of lace measuring your final number plus ½ an inch. Sandwich and pin it between the two sides of ribbon starting at the inside opening. Go until you reach the opening again. Overlap the lace a tad and add last pin.
  9. Sew along the pin line. Snip threads.
  10. Cut a piece of elastic. Wrap around thigh and test the tightness you want it to be.
  11. Attach safety pin to one end of elastic and put a pin through the other end. Feed the elastic through the inside opening until you reach the other side. Overlap and pin elastic together, then sew.
  12. Tuck everything inside the opening and distribute the fabric evenly.
  13. Find the middle front. Make a tiny mark and hand sew charm on that mark.

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DIY Halloween Costume: Girl Pokeball

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DIY Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner! I was late deciding what costume I wanted to make for my 14 month old daughter this year, so I had to make sure it was an easy DIY!

I got inspiration from a Pokeball costume I saw on Pinterest, and decided I could make something very similar for my little girl to wear. Not only is Pokemon very popular right now, but my husband also plays Pokemon Go…so I thought it would be a cute and trendy costume!

I even found some Pokemon beanies that my husband and I could wear to be part of the Pokemon theme…my daughter has to “catch us.” I also found some Pokemon stuffed animals she could carry around for props.  I included the DIY supplies and instructions below.

DIY Halloween Costume

Supplies:

Optional:

Instructions:

Note the measurements were specific for my daughter who is size 18 months. This costume could be made for any size, but adjust the measurements accordingly.

  1. Trace a 5-6″ wide circle on cardboard or heavy paper (I used white poster board and a bowl to trace my circle.) Use scissors to cut out the circle.
  2. Paint the circle white (if it isn’t already) and let dry. Paint a black ring on the outer edge of the circle, and draw a smaller circle directly in the center so it looks like this:DIY Halloween Costume
  3. While the paint is drying, you can assemble the tutu. Cut a piece of elastic to fit around the waist and give an extra 1/2″ for sewing.
  4. Cut white tulle fabric into 2 inch strips. I used a total of 2 yards (could have used up to 3 yards) and cut the fabric in half lengthwise before cutting 2 inch strips. (My strips were approximately 28″ long by 2″ wide.)DIY Halloween Costume
  5. Fold each strip of white tulle fabric in half, place under elastic, and pull the ends through the loop securing it around the elastic. Pull tight, and repeat until all fabric strips are used. Distribute evenly around elastic. Overlap the elastic ends by 1/2 inch, and sew together.
  6. For the belt, fold the black tulle fabric lengthwise (the piece I used was 1.5 yards long.) Find the center, and hot glue the painted circle to the fabric. (I cut a second circle and glued it to the back of the belt to secure it around the fabric.)
  7. Assemble costume with the red longsleeve bodysuit and black or white pants. I made sure the belt was long enough to tie a bow in the back.

DIY Halloween Costume

I think it turned out really cute! It was a very low cost and an easy DIY Halloween Costume. I can’t wait for Halloween to come so we can go out and catch Pokemon, and maybe some candy too. What are your costume plans this year?

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DIY Spiderweb Pumpkin

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This is a fun and easy DIY pumpkin painting project! I got the idea a few years ago from Rachael Ray Every Day‘s Halloween issue. You can pick big pumpkins, small pumpkins, or even fake pumpkins to use again next year. I’ve included the supplies and directions below.

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Lay down a table cover while painting.
  2. Make sure the pumpkin is clean of all dirt and dust before painting.
  3. Use foam paint brush to apply black paint to the pumpkin, let dry completely and apply a second and third coat if needed.
  4. Use small paint brush and white paint to create vertical lines in the pumpkin grooves, let dry completely. Add white curves between the vertical lines on the top half of the pumpkin for the spiderweb.
  5. Once the pumpkin is dry, you can use it as Halloween decor on your front porch or in your home!

Let me know how your Spiderweb Pumpkin turns out!

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