Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mod Decoupaged Eggs

I have been throwing around ideas for decorating Easter eggs for a few weeks. I was going to do burlap wrapped, then washi tape decorated, then fabric wrapped, and I finally decided on decoupaged.

I used ordinary plastic eggs, Mod Podge, and this fun wrapping paper from Michael's.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Burlap Initial Plaque


My sweet friends Cortny and Ben are getting married very soon. We recently held a bridal shower for Cortny and I immediately knew what I wanted to do for her as a gift. She is a fun, crafty, DIY lover so I knew she would appeciate what I made for them.

This was the FIRST project I made using my Silhouette Cameo! I bought the W template from the Silhouette Online Store and added Cortny and Ben's names. Then I loaded black adhesive-backed vinyl into my machine and let it do all the work.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easy Stenciled Nautical Tote


I had another post all set to publish today but I just couldn't get excited about it. I wanted something different and fun and new. So much for having projects done ahead of time and waiting in the queue!!

I made a quick trip to Michael's after work to pick up a pack of canvas totes, craft paint, stippling sponges, and ribbon. I had a 40% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket, after all!!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut an anchor stencil out of freezer paper. You could also print one out, trace it onto the paper, and cut it out by hand. Make sure you use freezer paper and not wax paper. Freezer paper is only waxy on one side.

Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Paper Flowers

I recently bought a template for a multi-layered flower. I didn't have any real plan for it, I just thought it would be fun to try. And I was right! This may be my new addiction.

To look at it, you would think it was very complicated to assemble. There are a few steps but the process is fast. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the pieces but it could be done by hand also.

I ungrouped the images of the template because I wanted the stamen pieces to be a contrasting color. I simply moved them to the side and formatted the flower pieces to fit a letter sized sheet of paper.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Chevron Burlap Wreath

When I saw these rolls of adorable hot pink chevron and polka dot burlap ribbon they went right into my basket. As I continued to wander through Hobby Lobby I came up with a game plan: Burlap-wrapped Easter/Spring Wreath.

I had this wreath in mind when I created the Pottery Barn Inspired Easter Eggs because I knew that blue would look good with the hot pink. And with the addition of a sweet bunny it would be perfect!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pottery Barn Inpired Easter Eggs

When I saw these Pottery Barn Easter Eggs I knew I had to make them. Now, at $20, they are a great deal but I can never resist the challenge of re-creating something I love.

I am making a Spring Wreath and decided these eggs would be the perfect accent for it. Of course, I have to put my own spin on things! I used real eggs, blown out, and I dyed them using RIT Dye.

The idea to use RIT Dye came late one night when I was trying to fall asleep. Does that happen to anyone else? I found a post from the RIT Dye blog that included custom color recipes (how beautiful are they??!!) I had such a hard time deciding on a color. I finally went with Aquamarine because it would really pop against the colors of the wreath and the lettering would show well on it.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cottontail Bunny Garland


I have been dying to try cutting fabric with my Silhouette Cameo for a while. Since Easter is coming up, I decided to make this adorable cottontail bunny garland using paper-backed burlap.

First, I downloaded a bunny template from the Silhouette Online Store. This template was a bundle of 5 bunnies, so I ungrouped them and selected the bunny that was facing away. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Repurposed Canvas Wall Art

I have had this canvas painting for years and was starting to get a little tired of it. When looking through the One Kings Lane website I came across this painting and it ended up being the inspiration for this project.

The first step was the spray paint the entire canvas gold.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DIY Stenciled Coasters

I've been on the look-out for projects I can make with my Silhouette Cameo. I wanted to try my hand at stenciling so I decided to make stenciled cork coasters.

I found a set of 6 cork coasters at Hobby Lobby. I cut several stencil designs out of cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I was really wanting to make a couple that said "drink" and "hello."

Monday, March 10, 2014

Anthropologie Inspired Gold Lace Mirror

I am a bargain hunter. I may have mentioned that before once or twice... okay, A LOT! But it's something I take pride in.

I was browsing the Anthropologie site when I fell in love with this mirror. Isn't it beautiful? It's out of my decorating budget but never fear! I decided to make one myself.

I found this mirror candle plate at Hobby Lobby. It was regularly $9.99 but, thanks to a sale, I got it for $5. I found this gold metallic trim at JoAnn Fabrics for around $2.50 and bought 2 rolls bringing my grand total to $10 and some change. I made a $250 mirror for $10!!! Bargain Queen!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Target Inspired Wall Art

A few weeks ago this wall art from Target popped up on my Instagram feed. They were asking how people would style it. Well, of course, my first thought was "I can make that!"

My list of materials was short and simple:

wooden skewers //  hot glue gun // Krylon gold spray paint

** side note: I found thin wooden dowels after I had finished this project that would work also **

I began by laying a foundation of skewers all facing the same direction but with varying space between and varying angles.Then I laid more skewers on top at angles in the opposite direction forming a cross-hatch of sorts and glued. I continued to layer the skewers in different directions until I had the pattern I was looking for, hot gluing as I went. * Finally, I spray painted the entire piece gold.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DIY Gold-tipped Feathers

I recently made a very exciting purchase -  a Silhouette Cameo. I have been wanting a cutter like this for a while so I did some research and decided on the Cameo bundle set from Amazon. Let me tell you... this thing rocks!!! I have only had it a few weeks but I have already made many projects.

Today's project was inspired by the gold-tipped feathers I saw on the One Kings Lane website. You find them here, here, and here.

The feather template I used was free from the Silhouette Online Store (every week they have a free pattern) All I needed for materials was cardstock from Michael's, gold paint, a paintbrush, thin wooden dowels, and my hot glue gun.

I created varying sized feathers on several colors of cardstock using the Cameo. After gently removing the feather from the cutting mat, I hot glued it along the wooden dowel for support and also as a kind of "stem" since I wanted to put them in a vase.

Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY Cupcake Stand

I am so excited to bring this post to you today. Partly because I love the project and partly because I love the person I created the project for!

My friend, Ashley, is a fabulous baker and cook. On her blog, Spoonful of Flavor, she makes amazing food. Desserts, baked goods, salads, main dishes. One of her specialties is cupcakes so when I saw these cupcake stands I knew I had to make some for her.

3 inch wood candlestick // laser-cut wood disks // hot glue gun // acrylic paint // spray lacquer

I had a hard time finding the candlesticks in a store so I ended up ordering them from DC Woodcrafts on Etsy.  I wanted to put my own spin on the stands so I bought laser-cut disks from Michael's instead of plain ones.
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