Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chalkboard Halloween Town...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
When my bff and crafting buddy came to visit a couple weeks back, I taught her how to use the jig saw. She had never used one before and she made these with ease, that's how easy this is. You might remember my large scale Halloween town that sits behind my dining room table. I created a pattern off of them and made a table size Halloween town that is just as fun and cute.

Download the pattern and print it to scale over a couple pages - the tallest house is 22". Trace the pattern onto MDF and cut using the jigsaw.

Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
We painted the houses with chalkboard paint - however I'm thinking black glitter would also be fantastic.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
In order for the houses to stand up connect them using small hinges. One tip: when installing the hinges, space the houses apart as far as possible which will give you more movement of the hinge.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town
Dress them up with some chalk drawings and you're set.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Chalkboard Halloween Town

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lego guy face cut-out...

Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
We've been prepping for a lego celebration for someone special's birthday party coming up. We made a surprisingly easy Lego guy face cut-out for kids to take their pictures with. The best part: no paint required. You need a poster of the image, spray adhesive and a piece of wood or even cardboard.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
I searched high and low to find a printer to print a 4ft tall picture of a Lego guy. I had quotes coming in at $80, which was not happening for a kids birthday party. When I had nearly given up hope of a photo op station - I came across Walgreens who prints banners - 2'x6' for $25 (they always have coupons for their print shop which can get you 40% off). I was a little skeptical at the quality for that price, but I was pleasantly surprised. It printed true to color and was as crisp as the original photo.

The banner came 24" wide, which is exactly the width of "Project Boards" from Home Depot, so no cutting of wood. Keep your banner rolled up because it makes it easier to work with. Spray the top six inches of the board and line up the top of the poster and press into place.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
Spray the next 6-8 inches and slowly unroll the banner smoothing out as you unroll. Keep spraying, smoothing and unrolling until you reach the bottom.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
Hunter was in heaven. What kid obsessed with Legos wouldn't love a life size mini figure?!

I told him I needed to cut out his face and a look of horror came over him. "Don't ruin my Lego guy". The only reason why I made this guy was to cut out his face! I let it hang out in the house for a couple days and after the newness wore off Hunter wasn't nearly as sad to see his face go.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Photo Op; Lego Mini-Figure Face in the Hole, Face Cut Out
I used a jigsaw to cut out a circle. I first cut picture side up (which leaves a rough edge) so I could see where I needed to cut and then I flipped it picture side down and went around the circle again to create a nice clean edge on the front.

The kids then took turns pretending to be Emmet. Pretty entertaining. Especially the voices.

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Napkin Pillows...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Quite possibly one of the easiest projects I've given myself: Napkin pillows. I've been making these for years - long before my love for intense power tools! Sometimes it's just nice to know I can start and finish a project in 30 minutes!

I'm always on the lookout out for cute cheap napkins - Pottery Barn always pulls through for me. Their napkins are 20" squares and they always have some fun patterns.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
These really do come together so easily.

Since they're napkins, they're already cut to size and the edges area already finished - this makes you already half way finished! I use an invisible zipper as a way to close them - you could use buttons, ties...whatever you're comfortable with.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Invisible zippers used to be really intimidating to me, but a quick search on youtube can give you step-by-step instructions and put your mind at ease.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Once your zipper is sewn on, sew the remaining three sides.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Make sure you open the zipper just a bit so you have a way to turn it right side out. After the corners are sewn, trim them so you have less bulk when you're trying to make a clean corner right side out.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
This makes a 19" pillowcase which works well for a 20" pillow form. Always make sure the pillow is slightly larger than the case so it fills better.

That's it. Done and done.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Sewing...

I've got a girl who decides she wants to do something and then is relentless until it happens. (Like mother, like daughter, right?!) So goes the story with sewing. She found out her older cousins were taking a sewing class several months back and claimed she wanted in on the fun. I thought it was a passing idea and pushed it off. And then it came up again, and again...and again. I knew at this point, until that girl spent time at a sewing machine she was not going to let it go! I pacified her interest for many months telling her it was the perfect Idaho summer activity. And you better believe once we got to idea she asked, "when do I get to start sewing?" There's no time like the present and we created a 5 project course to wet her appetite and build some skills!

Project 1
Hallie had never even sat in front of a sewing machine so we were starting with the basics of all basics - straight stitches. She practiced and practiced on scrap pieces of fabric until she turned out 4 scraps that looked like this.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew

Project 2
She proved she was ready for a new challenge. We moved on to a simple beaded necklace with directions from HowDoesShe.com
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
We ended up buying wooden beads instead of marbles (much lighter to wear around the neck) and she's ready to make one in every color to match her school outfits!

Project 3
Continuing with her only mastered skill - straight stitches - project 3 was a pillowcase. We went to Joanns and she picked out 1 yard of fabric. We used an existing pillowcase to make a pattern and she went to work again.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Who needs a pillowcase because I know someone for hire!!

Project 4
We threw a curved line in this project and it was a little difficult for her, a knit headband from HowDoesShe.com She had to learn to leave the needle in the fabric, lift the foot and rotate the fabric. Throw that on a stretchy knit and it was hard. So she went really slow, painfully slow, and kept going and it turned out better than I expected.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew

Project 5
The culminating project was her very own skirt to wear. This is what she had been dreaming up the whole time she talked about sewing, she wanted to make a skirt. There are a hundred different skirts you can sew and many of them have an elastic waistband (which would require more help and training on my part) so I was excited to find instructions for a knit skirt with a knit waistband. Head over to SimpleSimonAndCo.com to find the pattern and instructions.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
It was seriously so easy and came together so well. Because we were working with a knit, I had Hallie sew the pieces together and then I serged the edges after to make sure it held well.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
The sense of pride and accomplishment that washed over this girl when she first tried this skirt on was priceless.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
You better believe I have one excited girl for her first day of school outfit!

After she completed her final project, I was seriously amazed. She did so well and kept wanting more. We made several trips to the fabric store for more supplies so she could keep sewing. I helped her cut everything out, but she was the one behind the machine. She's ready for more. She's planning Christmas presents and more outfits - I love it.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew


Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Easter framed art...

Did you know that you can use Pellon for more than sewing projects?

You can and it's amazingly easy and cheap. I was in an Easter crafting mood and came up with a wall hanging using Pellon. You attach the Pellon to fabric and cutout whatever shape you'd like and then iron it on to your wooden surface. Easy peasy.
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Easter framed art using Pellon and a homemade frame
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Easter framed art using Pellon and a homemade frame
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Easter framed art using Pellon and a homemade frame

Check out my step-by-step tutorial at HowDoesShe.com.

For more Easter crafts check out here and here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Easter craft for adults and kids...

While the kids were painting their salt dough ornaments - I was painting my own eggs. Who says painting eggs is just for kids?!

Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts

Here's what you need: Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts I found 2 1/2" wooden eggs on amazon (here), some leftover Rustoleum stain in classic gray and the same Sharpie oil-based paint markers that the kids were using for their project (here).

Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts Stain your eggs your desired color and let dry completely. Using the paint markers, go to town making all sorts of fun designs. I found that on some areas of the egg, the paint really seeped into the egg and I had to go over it a couple times to make it pop. I'm assuming if you sealed the eggs after staining you wouldn't run into this problem. Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts Between the kids salt dough eggs and my wooden eggs - we've officially painted the obligatory Easter eggs for the year!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easter craft with kids...

One of our spring break crafts was to make salt dough egg ornaments. (Found the idea at designmom.com) Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids We made our favorite salt dough recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water (I add a smidge more water if the dough is a little crumbly)

Roll out the dough to a consistent height (about 1/4 in) and then use an egg shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. Use a straw to punch a whole in the top. Lay on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for an hour or an hour and a half (until the dough is hard). Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Once the dough is cooked and cooled - start painting. You can paint with a brush or go the easy route and spray paint them like we did. Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Then using a paint pen (we used an oil based paint marker made by Sharpie - found at Home Depot and also at Joanns) make all sorts of fun designs. What I love about this is it is kid-friendly and age appropriate for young and old. Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids In no time we had a wide variety of designs ready to go. I originally planned on hanging them on our Easter tree - but I like them just as much hung as a garland above our piano. We'll have to make some more to go on the tree! Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids
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