Football Game–Boys Room Decor and Game

A couple of weeks ago I shared a sneak peak of this subway art dresser as part of a Silhouette Giveaway and Project.  The dresser is part of my second oldest son’s room redo after his older brother (who used to share this room) moved into his own room which I share here: Boys Room Makeover

For a Lowes challenge, recently we were challenged to use Pantone’s Color of the Year in a project.  Now I have spent the last year and a half transitioning green out of my home décor.  My house was full of green and now it is not.  So this was particularly challenging for me simply because I had no where to use it in my home, and I am not a fan of making something that I was not going to really use.

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So I racked my brain about something that I could feel authentic about for my home’s style right now.  I was right in the middle of working on my son’s room, who LOVES sports, especially Football, Lacrosse and Baseball and he wanted a sports themed room.  This kid loves to play the paper football game.  You know the one where you make a triangle football out of a piece of folded paper and then shoot it through your opponents fingers that are shaped like a field goal?  So I decided to make him a football field to play it on and to also double as room decoration. 

Here is how I made it.  I took a piece of plywood and cut it down to measure 38 inches x 20 inches.

My husband is such a perfectionist and insisted that this small field be the exact proportions of a standard football field.  He played football in college and also is a huge fan of the sport, so I had to let him get his way on it, but let him do all the math to figure it out.  I will just tell you the measurements so you can copy them if you want.

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Then I painted it with Valspar Signature paint with Pantone’s Color of the Year: Emerald Green.  It took two coats.  After the paint had dried I used a ruler to mark out the yard lines and goal lines on the field.

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Then took my silhouette and cut out the yardage lines and numbers and laid them every 2 inches apart.  I painted the end zones blue.  Then painted a varnish over the entire field to protect the vinyl and to keep it from peeling off.

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I added some side pieces to make it into a box and simply used some flat door moldings that I had painted white.    We cut two side pieces on the length 38 and the end pieces 20 and the extra width of the wood to make them match up. 

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We glued them in place and held them together with clamps to dry.

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The field goals we made out of cutting a small wooden dowel for the base and then a square wooden dowel.  We glued them together with wood glue and then drilled hole in the end zone for them to sit in.  You can glue them in place or just make it so they can be removed if needed. 

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We opted for the latter since my son likes to use this for his little football and soccer guys to play on as well.  He puts a little soccer net on the field sometimes.

Now this sits in his room as décor when he is not using it. 

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I am pretty happy with how it turned out…especially because he actually uses it.  That is always a bonus.

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DIY Pallet Headboard

So…I promised this DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial that we made for my son’s room, several weeks ago…oopsie.  I don’t know what took me so long to finally share this…but nevertheless…here it is for those of you who are interested.

I decided to build the headboard after seeing my friend Char from Crap I’ve Made’s pallet headboard for her daughter’s room.

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This is one of the simpler projects we have made.  The hardest part is getting those darn pallets boards off the frame.  Those nail/screws are brutal.  We pried a few off and then just ended up chopping the boards off of the pallet with a chop saw…so much easier!

Some people have raised concerns about possible chemicals in pallets.  If this concerns you, simply use other boards.  You can also google how to make new wood look old.

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Here is what you will need to make your own Pallet Headboard:

Materials and Sizes:

2 – 2X6 48 inches in length

1 – 2X4 61 inches in length

1 – 2X4 50 inches in length

2 – ½ inch plywood pieces 10X22 inches

Enough 40 inch long pallet boards to make a width of 61 ½ inches

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We made the frame by placing the 61 inch 2×4 piece at the top and 2×6 pieces on each edge of the 2×4.

We then placed the bottom of the 50 inch 2×4 28 inches from floor end of the 2x6s.

Then you will need the plywood pieces to provide support to the connections of all the pieces (we inset the plywood ½ inch from the top and side to make the piece hidden from view on the completed head board).

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Flip the frame over and lay out the pallet boards on the frame (we had the top and sides over lap the frame by ¼ inch).

Use wood glue and a staple or nail gun to adhere the boards to the frame. Stain and varnish completed the finish.

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We drilled holes (aligned with the bed frame) in the bottom of the 2×6 posts of the headboard and then bolted the bed frame securely in place.

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That’s really all there is to it.  Such an easy project and it has been perfect in my son’s room.  To see the entire room reveal you can go here:  Boy’s Room Reveal.  We also made a fun Pallet Map for my son’s room.  You can see that here:  Wood Pallet Map.

Wood Pallet Map Tutorial

Several of you requested the tutorial for the wood pallet map we made for my son’s room that I shared with you the other day.  This was a super simple project and cost literally nothing for us other than the cost of the map.  You can’t beat that now can you?

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First of all we picked up some pallets for FREE at our local nursery.  They will allow you to take up to 8 pallets before they charge.  Score!

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Then comes the tough part.  These pallets have some serious nails holding them together.  It takes some serious muscle strength to get these planks off.  We ended up cutting off the two ends right up to the nails and then just pulling out the middle nails.

Then I took a heavy duty file and sanded down the edges and the rough spots of each plank.

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Make sure you have enough pallets to have a bit of overhang on the map so you can see your pallet wood.  It gives it an antiqued look.  You can cut your map down a bit so that it fits better too, which is what we did.

We connected the pallet planks together with a piece of plywood on the back and then glued them into place with Gorilla Wood Glue (my favorite wood glue).

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We found our map on Amazon for a $1! They had a few different styles and we went for a more Old World look.

Trim around the edges in a non-patterned way to give it a more worn look without crisp clean edges.

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Then take a candle and burn the map around the edges.  We did this outside and had a pitcher of water on hand….just in case.

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We burnt the map all around the edges and then even burnt some holes in the middle of the map in some of the less prominent areas on the map.

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Lay your map onto the wood pallets.  This next part you will need and Exact-o Knife to cut the map into long strips.  Now I debated about cutting the map, but I wanted the individual wood planks to show through and give some detail to the map.  I was worried that if I just Mod Podged the map without cutting it, it would just be a flat map.

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I am SO glad I decided to cut the map.  It added so much more detail and un-perfectness to the overall look.

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We recruited the kids to help us hold the map into place while we cut it.  We did not want it to move at all and mess up the cut.

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We cut the map one section at a time.  When we had a new strip, we Mod Podged it onto the individual plank.

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We purposely left a small space between each plank.

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After all the strips were glued onto the pallets, we let it dry completely.  Then we put two coats of water-based polycrylic in a satin finish on the map to keep it nice and protected.

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I LOVE it! And so does my son!  He wants to pin the places he has been to on this map as well.  What do you think?

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I was inspired to make this map when I came across this image (below) on Pinterest.  I searched all over to find the original source of the map so I could link back and give credit to who made this and I could not for the life of me find out where it is from.

My search led me to believe that it may have been sold at Hobby Lobby a while ago. If anyone knows where I can find the original site for this I would love to know so I can give them credit and a link!

 

Boy’s Room Reveal

We finally got around to re-doing my oldest son’s bedroom and adding some fun boys room decor.  He and his younger brother have shared a room since the time the younger one was 18 months old.  My second and third children are 19 months apart in age, so my son was forced out of the crib and into his brother’s room.

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As they got older, and bigger we decided to turn the guest bedroom into our oldest son’s room.  It didn’t make a lot of sense to keep a room empty for guests when our two boy’s were crammed in one room on top of one another.  So we just moved him over into that room but had essentially left it the same…with yellow walls and a flowered bedspread.

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He has been in the room for over a year and a half now.  And I will tell you what…this kid is not a little boy anymore.  He has grown over 9 inches in the last year or so, taller than my height of 5 foot 9 inches and quickly gaining on my husband’s 6 foot 4 inches.

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He will be turning 15 here very soon and I think I am having a bit of a “mom meltdown”!  Where has the time gone?  In three very short years he could be out of the house and serving a mission for our church or off to college.  THREE years!?!  I have only THREE summers left with this kid before things change.  Three years goes by so fast!

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So, I made it a priority to get his room finished so that he could actually enjoy it while he is still around…sniff, sniff!

We put the other furniture in storage (the headboard and dresser which were ones that my parents had bought for me when I was a teenager) and made a headboard out of some old pallet wood.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some pictures of this process.  I will share a full tutorial for how we made it here shortly.  Best part…the headboard cost us NOTHING but a little elbow grease!  You can’t beat that!

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We picked up some shelves at Lowes and some décor at Hobby Lobby to add some color to his room.  My son’s favorite color was orange.  He wanted orange walls…I did not.  Orange is my least favorite color.  So we made a compromise…I got my gray walls and we found him this fun orange bedspread at Target.  It is still there right now if you are interested.  And…I actually really love the bedspread…and so does he!

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We picked up these awesome gray lockers at the  NPS store in Salt Lake City (a salvage and freight recovery company that sells used industrial and office items at a great price).  We picked these babies up for $25.  They had a dent on the side, but it popped right back out with a good hit with a mallet.  There were a bit difficult to maneuver into our basement and through a freakishly weird hallway.  We barely got them in with a fraction of an 1/8 inch to spare.

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This kid loves maps and geography so I knew I wanted to work that element into the room somehow.  I found a map on Amazon for $1 (with a $3 shipping fee haha), but it was perfect.

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We bought it and then put it onto some of our left over pallet wood from the headboard. For the Wood Pallet Map Tutorial click here:  Wood Pallet Map Tutorial

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I am so happy with how it turned out.  I was inspired by a picture I found on the internet and will share that with you when I share the tutorial.  It is one of my favorite parts about his new room.

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This kid LOVES to be around the water.  He is on the High School swim team and just this past week started playing Water Polo with the High School team.  He is still in Jr. High here but is a freshman (Jr. High is 7th through 9th grade) and is allowed to play on the High School teams.  It keeps us busy, but we are enjoying watching him become a man-child ;)!

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We didn’t want to buy him a new dresser since most of his clothes are stored in his closet.  But we found a great deal on a tool chest drawer set over Christmas at Sears and are using that as a dresser.  I figure he will be able to take it with him when he moves out.  He is pretty handy and helps quite a bit on the projects we do around the house.

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I am so happy this is finally finished.  And, now that his room is finished, we have moved on to repainting and refreshing my younger son’s room to make it his own.  And at 12, it might be time to get rid of those Mickey Mouse sheets…!

Light Sabers/PVC Swords

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Do your kids (boys in particular) love swords and/or light sabers? Mine do. In fact everything at our house can be turned into a sword with a little imagination. We saw some of these swords at a craft fair a few years ago and decided to make some on our own. They are super easy.

Here is what you will need to make one:

swim noodle
26 inch length of 1/2 inch PVC pipe
1/2 inch PVC end cap
electrical tape
knife or hacksaw for cutting pipe and swim noodle

Take your PVC pipe and cut a length that measures 26 inches (or adjust according to what will fit your child best). Take one end of the PVC and wrap about 6-7 inches up the pipe with electrical tape. This is optional, but my boys really like the extra grip and the feel it provides. Place the end cap on the end of the pipe with the electrical tape. This is where your kid will hold the sword.

Take your noodle and cut off a 19 inch length. **You will need to use a swim noodle that has a hole down the inside of it. Then simply slide the noodle onto the length of PVC pipe. And there you have it…a sword or light saber.

We have a outdoor use only policy and strict rules about not hitting one another with them. The swords can only touch swords. They are only to be used in pretend combat as they could do some serious damage. My boys have also used them as baseball bats to hit tennis balls around our backyard.


Hamburger Cupcakes

My son just recently celebrated his 11th birthday.  He wanted something fun and different than the traditional cupcake.  I had remembered seeing some Hamburger Cookies from Disney’s Family.com a while back as part of their April Fool’s Food Series and Bakerella made some fun hamburger cupcakes here.  Since my son is a huge hamburger fan, I thought it would be fun to make him some Hamburger Cupcakes too.  This is an idea that has been out there for a while, but was new and fun for us.

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They were really easy.  I simply made up some yellow cupcakes and baked them normally and then let them cool completely.  Then I whipped up a batch of our favorite brownies and poured them into a a greased muffin pan so that the cups were only 1/4 full.  These are going to be the hamburger patties so you don’t want them to be very thick.

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Cut the tops of the cupcakes off.  You will use the two pieces of the cupcake as the top and bottom hamburger buns.  You may want to cut the bottom of the cupcake down a bit if your cupcakes are too tall so that it looks more realistic.

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Then I took some coconut and placed it into a Ziploc baggie to make some lettuce.  I added a few drops of green food coloring and shook the coconut up so that it was evenly colored with the coloring.

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Then simply take some of your favorite frosting and dye some of it red and yellow to represent mustard and ketchup.  Add a few globs of each to the top and bottom buns.  Sprinkle with your lettuce over the top of the brownie.  This makes for a pretty quick and easy birthday dessert, and a happy birthday boy.  He LOVED them and said they tasted ALMOST as good as his favorite hamburger!

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Do you have a child who would love to have these as their birthday dessert?

Personalized Product Spiral Notebooks

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Need a quick and easy project?  Make some notebooks (big or little) a bit more fun.  We have all seen the notebooks that you can dress up with scrapbook paper and a little bit of Mod Podge…why not reuse some cardboard from the boxes of some of you and your families favorite products?  Anything will work…cereal boxes, soda can boxes, or twinkee and hostess cupcake boxes or even some of the movie sized candy boxes! 

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Take some spiral bound notebooks, which should be easy to find this time of year with the back to school sales going on.

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Unbend one end of the wire spiral so that it is smooth and flat on the end and gently untwist it from the top of the notebook.  This turned out to be pretty easy.  Just be sure to firmly hold the notebook papers with your other hand so they stay lined up nicely so you can add the wire again when finished.

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Remove wire completely and set aside.  Take the old notebook cover and place it over your cardboard box and determine exactly what you would like your new cover to be.  Trace around it with a pen or marker.  Cut out the cardboard piece.  Place the old cover on top of the new cutout cover and mark with your pen where to make the holes.  Then take a large sewing needle and gently punch a hold through each of the marked dots.

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Place your new cover over the top and hold all the papers so that they are lined up.  Insert the spiral wire back into the holes and gently twist the wire so that it encompasses all the papers and works over to the other end of the notebook.  Gently bend the two end pieces of wire back in.

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And that is it!  Such an easy 5 minute project.  I think these would be a fun gift for your kids friends or for your kids themselves.  It is so easy that most kids could help make them too.  And who doesn’t like to make something that is unique and fun and represents something that they enjoy?

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What kind of notebook would you make for yourself and/or kids?

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Star Wars Finger Puppets

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I have been so excited to share with you my latest creation…Star Wars Finger Puppets!!  I had so much fun making these and my two boys were eager to fill my head with all sorts of Star Wars Trivia.  They helped me to come up with the outfit choices for each character to make sure I had them just right.    Part of the reason I am so excited about them is that they are for BOYS…and of course girls too!  But most of the time the projects I share are geared toward little girls since my youngest three are…well…girls!

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Star Wars is STILL as popular as it was when I was growing up.  And my husband is a huge Star Wars fan…me?  Well, I have seen almost all of the movies…but can’t remember much about them after the original Star Wars.  So my boys and husband were a big help with this project.

Anyone else have any big  Star Wars fans?

Well, these Star Wars Finger Puppet Patterns are now available for sale in The Idea Room Store.

The patterns are colored and have step by step instructions so that you can make your own to look just like the ones in the pictures.

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{my friend let me borrow her son to help model some of the puppets…isn’t he cute?}

All 12  Star Wars Characters are included in this tutorial for one great price!

Darth Vader

Luke Skywalker

Han Solo

Princess Leia

Yoda

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Chewbacca

C-3PO

R2D2

Storm Trooper

Jawa

Ewok

The Star Wars Patterns and Tutorials are now available for $4.00!

*The pattern can be purchased through PayPal and will be sent to you via email within 48 hours from the time of purchase.  I am a busy mama…I try to check my email fairly often though when I can so most likely you will see it sooner.  Make sure your email address in your PayPal account is current.  If you do not receive your email check your spam folder as sometimes they end up in there.

To purchase the patterns follow this link:

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Father’s Day Soda Bottle Covers

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend.  Ours started off with a bang…literally.  My husband was on his way home from work when he got rear ended at a stop light.  He is just fine and his car only has a small amount of damage.  So we are feeling grateful.  We had some big plans to finally get our flowers and garden planted but we had so much rain that we were unable to get them planted.  Hopefully today…I can’t wait and it is already so late in the season that we are running out of time.  We did manage to get some swimming and a BBQ in and finally repainted our playroom.  We were also able to pay respect to some of our family members who have passed on.  I can not believe that summer is here and that Father’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. 

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I thought it would be fun to come up with another easy little gift item for Dad or for the Father’s in your life.  This one is so simple.  All you need is to grab a six pack of his favorite beverage and add some of these fun little “cover-ups” to personalize them.

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I chose to go with a six pack of Coca-Cola bottles in the 8 fl. oz size, mainly because they were cute and little.  And cute is what it is all about right?

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I made some white shirts and ties to represent all the hardworking Dads…

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Or you can skip the white shirt and just go with a tie.

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And I included a “Hawaiian” shirt and sun visor for the Dad’s who like to play…

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Pretty simple and fun!  And of course, I have provided you with the same patterns that I used for mine.  These will fit the smaller bottles as you can see in the pictures.  If you would like to use a larger bottle, you can enlarge the printable till they fit the bottle size you would like to use or you can redraw them to fit your needs.

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To download a copy of the Father’s Day Soda Cover-ups click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Father’s Day Soda Bottle Cover-ups}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

What do you think?  Would this be something you think the Father(s) in your life would enjoy?


DIY Magnetic Silly Faces

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I recently shared this fun tutorial for Silly Magnetic Faces over on I {heart} Nap Time last week as part of a fun week of Silhouette inspired projects.  I know not many of you are able to have a Silhouette machine, but the fun thing about this tutorial, is that you don’t need to have one to be able to make these for your little ones.  All you would have to do is simply cut them out the old fashioned way.  To learn exactly how I made them you can follow along with the tutorial below.

I just recently was able to try out Silhouette’s Printable Magnet Paper for the first time.  I thought about making something more practical like cute labels for my family’s organization board, but I went for something a little more fun and creative…Magnetic Silly Faces!

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They were an instant hit at our house.  My daughter loved laughing at herself and the various ways she could make herself silly.  The best part is how easy it was to make and put together.

 

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I simply started by taking a close up picture of my daughter and then downloaded it into my Photoshop program.  I was sure to take the picture with a white background behind her (a wall) to provide minimal distraction in the finished product.  Make sure to have the person looking at you straight on.

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Crop your picture so that it is measures 8 x 10 and print it out onto a non-glossy photo paper.  Set it aside.

*You could make this smaller depending on what you would like, I wanted mine to fit in an 8×10 inch frame without a matte.  Do what works best for your needs.  You could also print it out so that it fits into a fun tin carrying case like they sell at scrapbook store for a more portable version.

In the Silhouette program I was able to download all of these fun shapes to use to make the silly faces.  With my daughters picture still up in the edit window of Photoshop, I measured how big I needed each object using the ruler grid.  For example, to determine how big the glasses needed to be, I measured where I wanted the end of the glasses to come on each side of her face and determined that the glasses needed to be 7 inches across.  Then I measured the height to be 3 inches from above the eyes to where I wanted them to sit below the eyes. 

 

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After determining the measurements needed for each item, I adjusted the sizes of each object accordingly.  It seems like a long process, but was actually pretty easy with this new Silhouette program. 

*One thing I learned is to make them a little bit bigger than the actual measurements.  I wish I made mine each a bit bigger.  I will make the adjustments when I make these for the rest of my kids {because apparently it wasn’t fair that I only made one for someone else…imagine that!?!}

When you have everything ready, print them from the Silhouette program onto the Magnet paper in your regular printer.  Make sure that you load the magnet paper properly so that it will print on the white side.  Then place it onto your cutting mat feed that into your Silhouette SD machine and line it up according to your registration marks.  Cut the paper.  I set machine to a cutting speed of 4, a thickness of 22 and used the yellow cutting blade and it worked perfectly.

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Now that the silly face pieces are cut you can take your photo and cut it so that it fits into a picture frame.  Then I took some sheet metal, that I had leftover from the same organization board I mentioned and linked to in the first paragraph, and traced the picture on it to know exactly where to cut it.

 

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Cut the sheet metal out with some tin snips.  Be very careful with this as the metal can be pretty sharp on the edges.

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Place the metal sheet into the frame and place the picture on top of it.  This makes it so you can store the silly face pieces on the back when they are not in use and keeps them nicely hidden away.

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Pretty fun and simple right??  I thought so!  There are so many different ways you could use these to entertain your kids depending on the different sizes you made them and whether you wanted them to be portable or not!

 

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This one was my daughter’s favorite.  She thought it looked just like me!  I am hoping the jury is still out on that one!

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And when the picture is not being used to make silly faces, you can use it as a regular photo to add some fun to your child’s room.  Pretty versatile right?  Thanks Silhouette for providing us with another fun media to play and create with!!

 

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