Chalkboard Banner

I have a super simple Chalkboard Banner that I recently made with my Cricut Explore machine to share with you today! This Chalkboard Banner is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or Holiday.  And it is re-usable for a lot of different things by simply changing what you write on the banner itself!


This is the perfect time to right as we start getting into the Holiday Season!  To make this, you will need the following materials.

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Scrapbook Paper in coordinating colors of your choice

Chalkboard Vinyl or Chalkboard Contact Paper

String or Twine

Hole Punch

Chalk or Chalk Pen



1.  Cut out the outer layer of the banner in different colors of card stock according to your color and design preferences and as many as you need.

2.  Cut out the Chalkboard Vinyl.  One for each colored card stock banner.

3.  Stick the Chalkboard Vinyl banner onto the card stock.

4.  Punch a hole in the top corners of each banner.

5.  Put each banner onto a piece of string.

6.  Hang and display different words for the different occasions and holidays.

If you would like to make it right now, simply click on the green “Make It Now” button below.  This will take you directly to the Cricut Design Space where you can cut the project out now for only $1.98.



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*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut.  I may have received product and or compensation, however all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

How to Build a Crate

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on this Christmas Crate that I shared with you the other day.  I always appreciate hearing from you.  As promised, I am sharing with you HOW I made this DIY Crate so that you can learn how to build a crate too.


Like I mentioned in a previous post, if you are not inclined to using power tools and building your own crate, you can buy a crate at Michael’s.  They are unfinished so you could paint it a color of your choice or stain it.  OR…you can make one!


If you make one you will need some wood.  I found this wood in an old pasture and the owner gave it to me for FREE! I LOVE the color of aged wood so I personally did not do anything special with the wood.  If you don’t have old wood, you can always use new lumbar and then paint or stain it, or you can google how to age new wood.  I have never done it…but have heard you can do it with good results.


You will need the following to build your own crate:

  • a 24 x 14 inch piece of base material (we used left over MDF board)
  • Six 1×4 boards 24 inches in length (this was the size of the boards we used)
  • Six 1×4 boards about 15 inches in length
  • Six 1×2 boards  9.5 inches tall which is about 1 inch shorter than the height of the crate (we cut 1×4’s in half)
  • nail gun (or hammer and nails)
  • wood glue
  • drill
  • jigsaw


1.  Attach the front and back bottom boards to the base with some wood glue and nails.

2.  Attach the vertical support board to both ends of the bottom board and then in the middle with wood glue and nails.

3.  Attach the side bottom boards in the same manner.


4.  Attach the middle boards in the same manner.

5.  Take your top side boards and cut out some handles using a jigsaw.  We cut them into an oval shape.  This is totally optional though.

6.  Now attach your front, back, and side boards.

That. Is. It!  Viola!!  Your very own crate!  Now you can make it your own and add a fun stencil to make it look like a vintage shipping crate…in this case, add a North Pole Freight Co. Stamp for some fun Christmas Décor.


To make my stencil, I simply designed it in my Silhouette program and then cut it out in some vinyl.  I then pulled the lettering out of the stencil and created my own stencil so I could paint it onto my crate with some black paint.


Simply attach the vinyl to the crate and then take a brush and stencil right onto the crate.  When the paint has dried simply peel away the vinyl.


Since the paint looked to “new” to look aged, I simply took a lightweight piece of sandpaper and gently scuffed up the lettering to give it an aged feel and look.


Fill the crate with some pine boughs, Christmas lights and some wrapped presents…in this case some empty boxes.  I simply wrapped them with some brown paper and some linen grain sack gift bags.  I actually made the linen grain sack bags and will be sharing that tutorial with you here soon as well!


And, because I like to share…I have provided the stencil for you to use as well.  I have it as a svg Silhouette file or a pdf for you to download based on what will work best for you.

You can download the free printable here:

*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”.

{North Pole Crate Stamp}


Looking for a slightly different style of “vintage” crate?  Check out this crate I made last year which is now perched in my family room!

DIY Vintage Crate Tutorial

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Fall Sign

For those of you who follow along with The Idea Room on Facebook and Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been on a little adventure this past week.  I was invited by a group of Israeli students (who are part of the Stand With Us organization) and the Israel Tourism of Ministry, to spend 5 days with them on an amazing foodie tour,  Taste of Israel.

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Israel and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation.  Truth be told, I was not sure it was legitimate due to the amount of spam mail I receive on a daily basis.  But it was real…and it happened!  I had an amazing time in so many expected and unexpected ways, and I can’t wait to share more about it with you here in later posts!


But…today, I am going to be sharing with you a Fall Sign that I wanted to share with you while I was in Israel, but I just simply ran out of time and energy to get it ready before I left, and there were more pressing things to attend to…like snuggling with my sweet little girl and watching Despicable Me for the 27th time.


Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons of the year.  I am so grateful to be able to live in an area where we have four seasons because each one brings new things to look forward too.  One of my VERY favorite songs is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and I knew that I wanted to be reminded of this in this season of Thanks and Gratitude.

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The sign itself was really easy to make.  And the best part was that I made it with scraps of wood I had laying around from older projects…which means it was pretty much FREE!! Who doesn’t love that?!

I just took some pine tongue and groove boards (which I had left over from the kitchen plank ceiling) and cut them down to 24 inches in length.  The sign is 3 boards high and measured 11 inches in height.

I glued them onto a thin piece of plywood with the same measurements of 11 (h) x 24 (w) inches.  I then stained the wood with one of my favorite stains, Minwax’s Red Mahagony.  After it had dried, I used some thin wood strips of wood (1/4 inch by 1 inch) to make a small frame around the edges of the sign.  I stained it as well and then secured it to the edge of the sign with a couple of really small nails and some wood glue.

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Then, I cut out a stencil for the words with my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a stencil by laying it right where I wanted the words to be on the sign.  Then I covered the rest of the sign with some painters tape and paper so that the sign would not get any spray paint any place other than the words.

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Then I lightly sprayed the words with white spray paint.  This way the words have a really soft quality to them.  Then when the paint was dry, I removed the stencil and paper and ran a light sandpaper over them to give it a distressed look.


I really like how the words are offset to one side as well.  I also love how every time I see this sign, I start singing that song.  I feel like it has been a great reminder to me for the real reason of the upcoming Holiday Season.


And, if you are interested in the Fabric Pumpkins I also have displayed, I shared how I made them a couple of years ago here: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial.


Valentine’s Day Crafts gift and milk bottles—Silhouette promotion

 I was recently sent some Double-Sided Adhesive paper from Silhouette and challenged to come up with a creative way to use it and make some Valentine’s Day Crafts.  I have never used this before and I have to tell you, I was really quite surprised with how much I enjoyed it.


Before we get into my project and how I made it, let’s get the Silhouette February Promotion details out of the way.

This month Silhouette is offering a pretty good deal to The Idea Room readers…


If you need a Silhouette Portrait, you can get it and the Double-sided Adhesive Starter Kit for a great deal.  Already have a Silhouette?  Then use the code IDEAROOMand get the starter kit for $12.99.  To take advantage of this deal simply click on the following link or the Silhouette Promotion image above and get started on your Valentine’s Day Crafts.

Order Silhouette February Promotion

Alright, now onto how I made these glittery milk and gift bottles.


  1. I found some fun heart shapes in the Online Silhouette Store and downloaded them.
  2. Sized them in the Silhouette Software to 1.5 inches in width.
  3. Cut them out according to the directions on the Double-Sided adhesive box.
  4. My settings were:  Speed: 3; Thickness: 33; Blade setting: 6 using my mat and a double cut.
  5. Peel off the back yellow layer of paper on an individual heart.

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  1. Placed onto clean “milk” bottles (which are repurposed Starbucks Frappucino Bottles)
  2. Peeled off the white top layer and made sure all the adhesive was pulled out of the negative space area where I did not want any glitter.
  3. Dust glitter over the sticky adhesive and then using a clean brush, brushed away the excess glitter.


Then fill the bottles with your favorite drink.  These bottles can be used at a Valentine’s day party in the classroom, or with your friends and family.


For Valentine’s Day we usually have a nice candle-light family dinner.  I think I will be including these as part of the table settings this year!


Or you could gift the jars to a special friend as a nice little Valentine’s Day gift along with some VERY RICH chocolate sweets!  Your friends will thank you!


For the fun Heart Shaped Cookies in the photos, I simply took a favorite Chocolate Drop Cookie Recipe and cut the cookies with a heart shaped cookie cutter.  Then made a cookie sandwich by spreading some delicious Cream Cheese Frosting in between the two layers.


Cause seriously…if you are going to eat a treat…it might as well be a good one…right?  All things in moderation of course.  So limit yourself to 2…or 3 depending on the type of day your having…haha!


And just because I am obsessed with making labels lately…I made some fun “Bottled with love” labels.


You can download them here….

Bottle With Love Labels

You have to be a FB fan to gain access to the file.  Click on “Get your free gift” at the top of the FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.


You can attach the labels as a fun gift tag, or attach it directly to the bottle itself.


Pretty fun little gift if I do say so myself.  The best part? You can use this idea for so many different things…a birthday party, gifts, showers, bridal showers…etc.

Oh…where do you get the fun Hershey Kiss Valentine’s Day labels you ask?  You can find them by heading here…

Hershey’s Kiss Valentine’s Day Labels

One last thing…be sure to use the code IDEAROOM get the Silhouette Promotion.  The offer is good through the 14th of February.  You also can only get to this special offer using this link…

Order Silhouette February Promotion

Have any questions about the Silhouette Promotion or Silhouette in general or any question…feel free to ask in the comments!  Happy Crafting! xo

*Disclosure:  I was given a Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Kit by Silhouette.  However, all statements and opinions are mine.

Laundry Room Sign

I am back with another great deal from Silhouette! This one is usually the favorite deal, the Sihouette Cameo and Vinyl Bundle! Want to take home this great bundle for $269.99?


I also have a tutorial so you can make a sign for your laundry room, like the one I made for the DIY blogger house.

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Let’s get the deal details out of the way first for those of you who may be interested.

This Silhouette vinyl bundle includes:

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12″ x 12″ cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD
  • black 12″ premium vinyl
  • white 12″ premium vinyl
  • 12″ transfer paper

Want to snag up this deal while it lasts? Well you can do that by simply clicking on the blue link below, and entering the code: IDEAROOM upon checkout!

Order the Silhouette Vinyl Bundle Now!

Use the code: IDEAROOM

*This deal runs from August 23, 2012 through the 31st!

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All right, now let’s talk about how I made this laundry sign. I simply took a scrap piece of plywood that I had laying around and cut it so that it measured about 18 x 8 inches.

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I painted it yellow and then antiqued it with Martha Stewarts Tintable Antique Effect and some brown paint. Simply mix the two mediums together and paint it onto your board. Then take a lightly wet sponge and remove it from the areas you want less antiquing effect.

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I let the paint dry and made up this laundry sign template on my Silhouette CAMEO machine and cut it out on some black premium vinyl (which you can pick up today for a great price :)!!

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Then I simply transferred the vinyl to my painted board.

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This sign was then used to decorate the DIY Blogger House. Want to make one for your house? You can get this exact same template on the Silhouette online store. Just search for Laundry signs and you can’t miss it!

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Silhouette CAMEO deal

I have a great deal for you…and a project!


Silhouette CAMEO™


Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition

= $269.99

Use Code:


*To take advantage of this great deal you can click here!

This deal is good from March 22 through March 28, 2012!


Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing

*If you by chance already have a CAMEO and just want the Designer Edition Software then you can purchase it for 50% off!!

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I was able to test out the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition for myself and decided to whip up a shirt for the upcoming movie premiere of The Hunger Games!  I might be just a little bit excited!!

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In fact…I made one for my son too!  I was able to take an image and manipulate it so that I could cut the silhouette image of it out in some black heat transfer material and then iron them onto some shirts.  A quick and easy way to add some fun to a fun night out! 

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What about you?  Are you going to see The Hunger Games?


Remember…if you are interested in this great deal, you can get it by following this link…

Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Silhouette Deal

{use code IDEAROOM}

Deal is good through March 28, 2012.


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