Tissue Paper Pom Poms Tutorial

A few months ago I shared with you the reveal of my youngest daughter’s bedroom.  I had just one more project that I wanted to do in her room before it was completely finished but I just hadn’t had a chance to get around to making them.  This summer, with the help of my three girls, we finally were able to find the time to make some  Tissue Paper Pom Poms.

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The room needed some more color and I was having a hard time initially deciding on how to decorate her room to fit her sweet personality.  She LOVES the color pink, so I knew I would try to find ways to incorporate that into her room.  I had a blank space above her headboard that I felt empty, but I wasn’t sure what to put there.  These tissue pom poms fill the space nicely and add some needed color and whimsy to her room.

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You will not believe how easy these are to make!  These are all over the internet, but I will share with you how I made mine.

Materials needed for one Tissue Pom Pom:

15 Sheets of Tissue Paper ( larger sheets make a larger pom pom)

thin piece of wire of twist tie

scissors

fishing line

command strip hook (or small nail or tack)

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  1. Place all 15 sheets of tissue paper together.
  2. Fold into an accordian with the folds so they are evenly spaced measuring from 1 to 2 inches in width.  This will vary depending on how large your tissue paper is to begin with.
  3. Cut the tips of the folds so that they are rounded at each end.  You can also cut them into a point if you prefer a pointy look pom pom.  Mine were rounded.
  4. Fold the accordian in half and then wrap the wire or twist tie around the middle of the accordian.  The fold will show you were to put the wire.
  5. At the end of the top of the wire be sure to make a loop.  This is where you will attach the fishing line to hang the pom pom from the ceiling.
  6. Spread out one half of the accordian and pull apart one sheet at a time from the bottom (so you don’t tear the sheets…as I learned from experience).
  7. Continue this for each sheet so that you form a ball shape.
  8. Turn over to the other half and repeat for the other half.Fluff out the tissue paper so that it is full all around the pom pom.
  9. Tie the fishing line to the loop.  I used a double knot to secure it firmly.  I didn’t want them to fall on my daughter when she was in her bed…although they would be super soft.  Leave the fishing line long.
  10. Determine where you want the tissue pom poms hanging from the ceiling and then tie the fishing line to your nail so it reaches the right length.
  11. Nail into place (or use your tacks or command strips).

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These are really pretty easy and quick to put together compared to these Tissue Rosette Kissing Balls that I have in my middle daughter’s room now.  I found my tissue paper at a local party supply store and was able to find several colors I liked.  I really love how they finish off the room.  These would be fun in a nursery too wouldn’t they?

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I have seen them used for shower and wedding decor as well.  Such a fun a versatile little craft that you can whip up while catching up on your favorite movie or television show! I don’t always take a lot of time to sit down and watch tv, so sometimes I enjoy crafts that give me an excuse to catch up on a show!

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I am now getting requests from my other girls to add a couple of these Tissue Pom Poms to their rooms!  I might even want some for my room…not sure the husband would go for that though (haha!)

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If you missed the other details of her room and are interested, you can find more details and photos in this past post…Girls Room Reveal.

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DIY Wooden Letter

A couple of months ago, I instagrammed a picture of my daughter’s unfinished room and her blank walls looking for some suggestions on how to decorate a really long wall…(the wall just opposite of this one).  I feel like I really struggle with filling in the small details and so I put off the finishing touches.  But, an upcoming mother-in-law visit and a baby shower finally gives me the motivation I need to get. it. done!

Shelf-decor My baby girl’s (who am I kidding…she’s 6) room is almost finished and today I am sharing a little sneak peek.  This girl is CRAZY for pink.  So we added a lot of pink touches in here in a couple of different shades and added a green accent color.  I kind of love it.  And…that is really saying a lot because I used to dislike the color pink.  Having three girls has changed that.

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Today I am sharing how we made this DIY Wooden Letter T for her shelf.  It really is pretty simple.  It helps that her letter is just straight lines.  Why not just buy one?  It’s true, the craft stores are filled with wooden letters…but honestly…there were very few that were large enough that I also like the look of.  I tend to be a bit picky about these things if you haven’t noticed.  So I drew one out the size and shape I wanted that fits my style…simple and classic.

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We used the Rockwell BladeRunner to cut out the lines we had drawn on the piece of wood.  The BladeRunner blends performance characteristics of a jigsaw and bench top scroll saw.

Then I sanded the Letter T and painted it this lovely shade of green.  To get the color of paint to match her pillow, which I made using this pillow cover tutorial, I took the pillow into my local paint store and found a paint chip that matched it very closely and just purchased the small sample size.

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Stay tuned for when I share the entire room with you! I have one more project to finish up in here!

And…I have a fun giveaway coming up here tomorrow that *might* have something to do with this Wooden Letter Tutorial AND my DIY Lighted Letter Tutorial!

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DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2

Recently I shared with you how we made this Tufted Headboard for our youngest daughter’s room.  I just covered the first part for how we made the bed and the cut out headboard. Today, I want to share with you how we did the actual Tufting.

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To see the first tutorial you can find it here:

{DIY Tufted Headboard—Part One}

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You will need the following supplies to make your Tufted Headboard:

  • Piece of MDF board cut to your specifications
  • 2 inch foam (we found ours at JoAnn’s)
  • Drill and 3/8 inch Drill Bit
  • Quilt Batting
  • Waxed Thread (JoAnn’s)
  • Button Making Kit with enough buttons for your project (JoAnn’s)
  • Material for the tufted headboard
  • Staple Gun and Staples

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(Cut your MDF (if needed) to the specific size you need.  Ours was cut out from the headboard, so we did not need to cut it anymore).  See Part One for more details on this:

{DIY Tufted Headboard—Part One}

Figure out where you want your buttons.  Do you want a square tuft or a diamond tuft?  We went for the diamond tuft.  Draw a dot with a pencil on the headboard where you will be drilling your holes.  Then drill all the way through the MDF board with a drill and drill bit.  We used a 3/8 inch drill bit.

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Cut your foam so that it fits your MDF headboard with just a tiny bit of overlap around the edges.  We had to piece ours at the bottom.  We added the piece to the bottom where it would be more hidden by the pillows on the bed just incase it didn’t piece well together.  We did not end up having any issues with this though at all in our finished head board.

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Cover both the MDF headboard and the foam with your quilt batting.  Then pull the batting around the sides and secure it using a staple gun to the back of your headboard.  Pull it so that it is nice and tight with no puckers or ripples on the front of the headboard.  This will hold everything nicely in place and will give you a nice smooth finished product.  Cut off any excess quilt batting.

*You will most likely need two people to do this and the following steps.

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Now take your Fabric you are using for your headboard and wrap it around the headboard the same way you did the quilt batting.  Be sure to be very careful with the edges.  Pull the material tightly and secure with several staples on the back of the headboard.  Trim any excess material.

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Set aside your headboard and use your Fabric scraps to make your tufting buttons.  Simply follow the directions on the back of the package and make enough buttons for your headboard.  We used the buttons that were 1 1/8 inches in size.

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Take a large needle, we used a very long and large quilting needle that had a large eye.  It needs to be able to be long enough to go through the 2 inch thick foam and the headboard.  We threaded the buttons onto the needle with the waxed thread and doubled it for strength.

My husband was at the back of the headboard and I was at the front.  He poked the needle through the hole from the back end, just to make a small hole so we could see where to put the needle and thread so the button would be in the right spot.  Then I took the needle from him and threaded it with the button (or you can use two needles so you don’t have to keep swapping).  I pushed the needle through the front and he took it on the back.  I pushed the button in to make a deep tuft while my husband pulled from the other side and simultaneously stapled the thread several times on the back of the headboard to hold the button in place.

We repeated this process for all of the buttons.

Be sure to push in each button the same so that they are even in the front.  This is important for the overall look of your tufting.  We ended up fixing one button that was not pushed in far enough after inspecting the final headboard.

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That is it! You should be done with the tufting! Wasn’t that easier than you thought it would be?

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We then took the headboard and inserted it into the cut out from the original bed.  This now gives us a nice frame around the headboard and also hides the sides of the tufted head board and gives it a nice clean finish!

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On the back of the headboard, we screwed in some metal brace plates to hold the head board in place and so that it would not fall out on our little one’s head.  This secures it nicely in place.

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I have to tell you…this is seriously one of my FAVORITE projects we have ever built.  I LOVE it! I can’t wait to finish up the rest of her room.  The other side is currently a mess.  Next thing up is to paint her dresser!

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I had many ask about her night stand.  It is from Target and it is a few years old and is a hand me down from her older sister.  It was white and in need of some serious TLC.  So I cleaned it up and spray painted it gray with Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Granite in a Satin finish.

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Would love to know if any of you end up making one! xo

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*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

You guys! I am so excited to finally be sharing the DIY Tufted Headboard and bed we just finished making  for our youngest daughter.  This bed has been in my head for a couple of years now and it is so exciting to finally see something you have been thinking about for so long become a reality…a reality that you actually LOVE!

I was contacted by Dremel and was challenged to take part in their Dremel Weekends Challenge and I knew that I would finally have an excuse and the push I needed to tackle this project!

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This is the third headboard (second whole bed) we have made for our girls and I am always surprised at how easy it actually is.  The beds/headboards we made, I shared with you here: DIY Headboard & Bed and here: Pallet Headboard if you are interested.

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I think that this bed is my favorite!  We have had such a crazy last couple of weeks at our house and I am surprised we were able to get this finished.  But we were planning on surprising our daughter with the bed for her birthday so we spent a late night getting it all finished so it would be ready on time.  I love it when a deadline forces you to get something done!

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The entire process was actually pretty simple.  I was a bit nervous about the tufted headboard and was quite pleased with how easy it actually was.  It just takes a bit of time so keep that in mind if you want to give this a try at your house.

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I will be breaking this down into two separate tutorials since it was pretty involved.  I will be sharing how we created the headboard form today and the tufting later.  WE made the bed frame using Ana White’s tutorial for her Twin Farmhouse Bed, but modified it so that we did not have a foot board.

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Step 1:  We took a 4 x 8 sheet of 3/4 inch MDF board and had Lowes cut it to measure 41 inches wide by 50 inches tall.

Step 2:  We decided we wanted to go with a Belgrave style headboard shape.  I wanted to have a bit of a white frame around the tufted material and we decided that the best way to get a clean look with the curved detail was to cut out the center of the board and use that as our tufted headboard, which would be able to slide right back into place.  This would hide the edge of the tufting and give it a nice clean look.

Step  3:   We took a large bowl and used it as a pattern for the side of the headboard.  The larger the bowl, the less of an arc you will have…which is what I wanted.  The edge/corner of the cut out from the bowl on each side measured 5 inches.

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Step 4:  Then you will need to cut out the middle section.  The middle section (the tufted headboard part) measured approximately 36 inches wide by 25 inches tall.  This gave us a 2.5 inch frame around the top and the sides with 28 inches on the bottom for the base of the headboard (which the bed frame will later attach to).

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Step 5:  We used Dremel’s Saw-Max to cut out the inner section of the headboard frame for the straight cuts.  It was so easy to use and you can start cutting right in the middle of the board.  We also used it to cut the boards for our bed frame.  It is nice to have when you don’t want to pull out your larger table saw.  We found it to be really manageable (especially in a woman’s hand) and it comes with blades to cut through metal and masonry.

For the curved portion, we had to take a small drill bit and drill a few holes along the curve so that we could cut the curves with a jig saw.

 *Ignore the double pencil lines on the right picture above…we had initally thought to have a 2 inch frame and changed it to a 2.5 inch frame at the last minute to give the headboard more stability…which is a choice I am glad we made.

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Step 6:  After the middle section has been cut out…find some cheap labor to clean up your work site. :)…Sand both pieces of wood well and then paint the outer frame. 

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I will share how we made the tufted headboard in a later tutorial next week!  I will include a link to it here when I have it ready!

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In the meantime…I need to figure out what to hang above her bed now.  I am terrible at the final staging of a room!  Any suggestions?  You guys are always so helpful with these sort of things!  I make the big items and you help me decorate mmm kay?

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Using some existing supplies we had on hand we were able to make this bed for just over $110 which is a pretty good price for a bed…especially a tufted bed…and the best part?  You can make it so that it fits your style and tastes EXACTLY!!  I like that!

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*I was provided a Dremel Saw-Max and a gift card to complete this project from Dremel.  However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

Flower Headband—Scribble Challenge

I was recently involved in The Scribble Challenge with a group of other creative bloggers.  We were sent a VERY RANDOM box of crafting supplies and were challenged to use them all to make something fun and creative.

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When I first opened the box, I was stumped. I don’t normally craft with feathers or glitter, so I knew this was really going to take some creative thinking on my part.  I was also given some fabric squares, wool roving, chalkboard paint, and some glittery brads.

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When I looked at this picture above I realized that the chalkboard paint I had also received was missing…sorry about that.  Here is a picture of what it looks like…

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I debated doing a few different things but ultimately decided upon the one that I felt most reflected my own style of crafting…and since I have three girls…it couldn’t have been more fitting.  I made a flowered headband.

I took 5 different pieces of the fabric squares (I have only 4 pictured below as I decided to add one more at the last minute) and cut two into flower shapes. One larger flower and one the same shape but just a bit smaller.  Then I cut the third piece into a circle that was smaller still.  I took a white feather and cut it at the top and the bottom so that it was about the same size as the circle.  Then finally I cut a very small flower for the top of the barrette.

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I layered the flowers, and the circles, on top of one another in the order shown in the above picture.  (The extra largest flower I added to the bottom of the flower).  I used the glittered brad to hold them all together by sticking the pointed end through all the layers.  I used the glue gun and added some small drops of glue in the fabric of the flower to pucker it up and give it a 3-dimensional look.

Then I made a little ball out of the wool roving.  To do that I simply gathered up a good amount of the wool and scrunched it up into a ball.  Then I added a little bit of soap to my hands and rubbed the wool into a ball in between the palms of my hands.  While standing at my sink I let the hot water run.  Then I kept running the hot water over the wool while continuing to roll it between my hands. 

When the wool is in the shape that you want it to be, turn the water to cold and rinse it a few times to tighten up the wool so that it will keep its shape.

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Then I glued the felted ball onto the brad to make the center of the flower. 

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Glue a barrette or clip onto the back of your flower so that you can attach it to a headband (that I blinged up a bit with the glue and glitter) like I did below…

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Or wear the flower without the headband!  

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And…to use the chalkboard paint, I thought you could make some of these same flowers and then clip them to a little chalkboard sign (which I made out of the box the supplies came in).  Then you can have some fun little table place settings for your spring parties, birthdays or Easter Dinner!  Then your guest can take home their new hair barrette as a party favor!

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Ultimately, I was happy to have been able to create something that my daughter’s actually were fighting over.  I think I will have to make some various versions of these for the other two girls.  What do you think?  What would you have made if you were given these supplies?  I would love to know!

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Valentines Day Crafts – Candy Rings

I have actually had these pictures taken for several days and totally forgot to share them with you…womp…womp! So I realize this may be too late for you to make some Valentine’s Day Candy rings this year unless you want to make a fun Valentine Craft with your kiddos and have the supplies on hand or have time to run out and get some quickly.

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They literally just take seconds to make but can be worn to provide a little extra festivity to your day. Or you can whip some up really quickly and give them to someone special. valentines day candy rings 2wm Of course we had some empty ring forms laying around which I found after cleaning up my craft room recently *ahem*!! We simply took some Sweet Tart Conversation Heart Candy and glued them right onto the ring forms with some hot glue. They held up really well and then when my little one wanted to eat her ring, we simply broke the candy off. Part of the candy broke off and left a perfectly good piece of candy for her to eat…sans glue. valentines-day-crafts Now, I personally would not eat the candy after wearing it…but this particular child has no qualms about that sort of a thing… Valentines-Day We also tried our hand at making some jelly candy rings. We just simply stuck the candy right onto a ring pop form like we used on these past Candy Rings. valentines-day-gifts Such a simple idea that your kids can help you create. And would be a fun little gift idea or a party favor for a little ones birthday. Change up the candy and make them fit other holidays too for greater flexibility! Valentines-Day I hope all of you have a Great Valentine’s Day!! Pin It

Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops

Guess what?  I have another version of my Oreo pops…Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops.  Are you getting tired of these yet?  A sickness I tell you.  But this time I had a good reason for making them…at least that is what I keep telling myself.  My daughter just had a birthday and she LOVES Minnie Mouse.  Ever since we had the good fortune of meeting Minnie Mouse at Disneyland last fall.  So for her birthday it was an obvious decision to have a Minnie Mouse birthday party.

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I made some of these fun Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops.  They were really easy once I figured out you had to “dip” them in two different stages.  Here are the supplies you will need to make them.

Wilton Candy Melts (Midnight Black) or chocolate

Double Stuff Oreos (I need to buy some stock in that company)

Bite Size Oreos

Popsicle Sticks

red ribbon

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Slide the popsicle sticks into your Double Stuff Oreos very gently by holding the cookie in one hand and sliding the stick with the other.  Then take one bite size Oreo cookie and separate it into two halves.  Scrape out the frosting with the edge of a knife.  Slide the smaller cookies into the top of the Oreo to make her ears.  Lay them out onto some wax paper.

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Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it is melted to a smooth and creamy consistency.  Now “dip” the Oreos into the candy.  Now I don’t actually dip them but rather take a spoon and smooth it onto the front of the Oreos.  You need to be very careful when doing this as the ears can come off very easily.  Just do the front and then set it onto the wax paper.  Do this for all of your Oreos and then pop them into the freezer.  After 20 minutes you can take them out and then cover the back side of the Oreos with the candy.  Make sure to cover the ears and the bottom of the stick well so that they do not fall apart.  Once they have been popped in the freezer again, they will be really sturdy and you should not have a problem with them falling apart…even if you accidently drop the tray onto the countertop!  Not that I may have done that…just saying!

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Then take some ribbon and tie it into a bow around the base of the Minnie Mouse head to add a pop of color and detail.  Serve them to your party guests or send them home with this fun and tasty party favor!  Who wouldn’t love a Minnie Mouse Oreo Pop?

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Chalk Board Tees and More

I have been wanting to make one of these fun Chalk Board T-shirts and finally had a chance to get around to making one now that the kids are back in school.   The chalk board cloth may or may not have been sitting in the JoAnn’s bag on my craft room floor for almost 4 months now….   I had wanted to make some for the kids for their last day of school with a big chalk board square on the back of the shirt so all of their friends could sign it like a yearbook.  Then I thought it would be fun to get a picture of it!  But…alas…it never happened.  I just never found the time.  But I totally plan on doing it this year!

And I am really glad I finally made them.  They are a lot of fun and my kids LOVE them.  And I like that they are a fun and unique way to let your child’s personality show.  The possibilities are endless.

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And you are never going to guess just how easy it is to apply.  I found my chalk board cloth at JoAnn’s in their specialty fabric section.  I believe is was $4.99 a yard…but I bought it a while ago and my memory is not what it used to be! 

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I simply made a simple pattern of the shape I wanted to make the chalk board cloth into and cut it out.  It cut so easily and smoothly.  As you can see, I used chalk to make an outline of the pattern and then just simply erased it.

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Then I just glued it onto the shirts with this Fabri-Tac.  So EASY!!!  I was going to sew it, but figured I would give this a try as I was too lazy to pull out the sewing machine which has been in storage since school got out in early June.  Some day, maybe I will get the energy to pull that baby out again!  And so far, with some use and a couple of washes, it seems to be holding up really well.  Bonus!

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Before you can write on the cloth with the chalk, you will need to “prime” it by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the surface of the cloth.  Then simply wipe it off and it is ready to go.  I did this after each washing too.

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I also made my son this tie t-shirt!  He loves it and thinks it is a great option for wearing to church.  Not really what I had in mind, but fun to wear around the house.  How fun would this be on a little baby onesie?  I think I will make one for the next baby boy gift I need.  Or how about a chalk board in the shape of a  little guitar?  Or flowers?  Or Mickey Mouse?  Or for pictures on the first day of school with their grade written on the shirt!  Gah!

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So many fun ways to dress up a simple t-shirt and make it a lot more fun and unique.  And…I am planning on using the left over chalk board cloth for another fun and unique project.  Stay tuned for that one!

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If you were to make one…what would you use it for?

Make Bead Necklaces

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I am so excited about this latest project…how to make bead necklaces!  Ever since I saw those adorable gumball necklaces over at One Charming Party (whose site I LOVE)…I have been wanting to make them for my girls…and if I am being completely honest…MYSELF!!  So cute right?  Well, I have kept my eye out for gumballs and just never came across any colors that I loved without having to order them online.  Well, one day while perusing the craft store (which happens more often than I would like to admit) I spied some wooden beads!  BINGO!  I had my “gumballs” and I could make them exactly the colors I wanted.

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And they are so EASY!  I simply took the wooden beads and painted them with acrylic paint.

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I put each bead onto the end of some skewers that we had left over from some summer BBQ’s so that I could paint them easily.  Then I carefully pushed them off the skewer and onto a paper and left them to dry completely.  Then I painted them with a high gloss finish.  I just used a bottle that can be found right next to all the acrylic paints.  I forgot to take a picture of it…but any glossy varnish will work.  I wanted them to have a glossy finish much like the gumballs do.

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I painted several in some fun and bright colors and added some polka-dots to some since I seem to be loving polka-dots lately!

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After the beads are completely dry, cut about 3.5 – 4 feet of ribbon (depending on the finished length you would like the necklaces to be).  I used 3.5 feet and that seemed to be a great size so that all three of my girls could share and wear these necklaces. 

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Line up your beads to determine the pattern you would like them to be strung on the ribbon.  Take your middle bead and thread it onto the ribbon so that it is in the exact middle.  Tie a knot on each end of the bead to hold it into place.  Then leave about an inch of space (or more depending on your preference) and tie another knot.  Thread your next bead on the ribbon and tie a knot directly on the other side.  Now do the same on the other side of the middle bead.  Continue with the process so that you thread one side and then the other.  This will ensure that you have the same amount of ribbon at the end of each end bead on the necklace.  I put seven beads on each necklace and feel that an odd number looked better than an even number of beads.

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The possibilities are endless!  You can also find other great beads at your local craft store if you don’t feel like painting them yourself!

I love that these are so fun and cute and so INEXPENSIVE!!  I also think these would be a great classy gift for a little girl for her birthday from a friend.  Or a fun activity to do for a little girl’s birthday party so the guests could each take one home.  Or Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers…Or make them to give to a mom/grandma for Mother’s Day!

We have been wearing these around town for the past few days and have already had several compliments on them! 

Now I am looking for some classier beads to make one for myself!

 

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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