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

Friday, August 21, 2015

DIY Marker Board...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper
I've got more than a couple of these marker boards around the house and I love them. I have them in the hallway, the kitchen, the office. They're easy and cheap and they bring in whatever pop of color or pattern I'm looking for.

Start with a frame - I like the simplicity and affordability of the Ikea frames.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper

Remove the mat from the frame and cover it with paper. I find that wrapping paper works great. I've had great luck with TJ Maxx and Home Goods wrapping paper - great colors and modern patterns.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper

Tape the paper in place around the mat and replace the mat in the frame.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper
Hang them on the wall, lean them on a shelf, stand them on a counter - you've got a marker board. Regular dry erase markers write on the glass and wipe off without any problem.

We use the ones in the hallway to hold quotes, reminders and lists.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper
The one in the kitchen was used to write love messages between family members.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper
The ones in my office I don't usually write on - I just like the color they bring to the room, but occasionally I'll write a quote on them.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Marker board using a frame and wrapping paper

When you want to switch things up - find a new wrapping paper and the look is updated in no time.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks...

My friend made a beautiful coffee filter garland for her daughter's birthday party. I loved everything about it and when I decided to throw a baby shower for my niece I gave it a shot. It was just as cheap and easy as I was hoping for.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
You can find hundreds of instructions searching pinterest - they're all pretty much the same. Here's just a few tricks I learned in the process.

First off - I used 1000 filters (although not all of them ended up being strung, I ran out of time!) I used the larger filters that are for 12-16 cup coffee makers.

Many instructions tell you to put color water in spray bottles and spray the filters. This would've taken forever to dye 1000 filters. After dying 25 filters with a water bottle I became more efficient.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
I mixed water and dye in a medium sized bowl. I then separated the filters out into groups of 50 (my filters came divided at 50 filters). I took the entire stack and dipped them in the bowl.
Each bowl of water covered 100 filters and then I would mix another bowl of water and dye. Each bowl had different ratios which gave a great color variance.

Some stacks I would dip just one side and let the color bleed to the other. Some stacks I only dipped the outside edges. Others stacks I saturated the whole stack.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
I then separated that stack into smaller stacks and layed them across my backyard to dry.

Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower
They took a warm Arizona afternoon to dry and once they were dry I threw them in a large garbage sack.
Life with Fingerprints: Coffee Filter Garland tips and tricks, Grand Adventure Baby Shower

Then it was time to string them. 1000 filters could make one 8 foot garland with really dense filters. I needed more than 8 feet so I spaced my filters using clear drinking straws cut into 1/2" sections.

Using fishing line and a sewing needle I strung 2 filters and then a 1/2" straw section, 2 filters, straw section...repeat.

The finished product was several 6 foot garlands that I hung from the ceiling using command strips.

They were the main focal point of the shower. The wow-factor. And they were so darling I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them. So...they're now sitting in my attic just waiting for someone else to have a baby boy so I can throw a party!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Easy Pennant Banner...

Here's my latest post at HowDoesShe.com - it's not too late to make some 4th of July decorations!
Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
One of the easiest decorations that is in my holiday arsenal is the pennant banner. I use them for holidays, birthday parties, wedding and baby showers and more – I’ve got a lot sitting in my closet. And I think I’ve used just about every material to make them: Wood, paper and fabric. Wood is heavy and hard to hang. Paper is the easiest – but buying cute scrapbooking paper isn’t always cheap. Fabric is my favorite because of the durability – but its also the most time consuming because you have to finish edges (unless you’re going with burlap and frayed edges is expected.)

But here’s my secret weapon- use oilcloth fabric and you don’t have to finish the edges and they don’t fray. You get the best of both worlds. Here’s a decoration you can hammer out in 20 mins.

Buy some festive oilcloth – think washable tablecloth material. I’ve seen some fabric stores with great selection but it’s hit or miss. I usually buy oil-cloth online – even then selection is not near what it is for fabric.

Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
Easy Pennant Banner Tutorial
Cut strips of fabric (mine were 6″) and then cut out the shapes of your choice. Triangles are always a safe route. Squares are fun. Sometimes I mix it up like I did for this patriotic banner and mix shapes.
Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
The next secret weapon to make this project a breeze: extra wide double fold bias tape. It’s double fold which means all the edges are finished.
Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
I like to lay the tape out and line them all up so I can adjust what needs to be adjusted. Then slip your fabric in the tape and sew from one edge of the tape to the other. I’ve done enough of these that I usually pin the first flag and eyeball the rest.
Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
You’re done. I wasn’t kidding about this being a 20 min project. 15 minutes of cutting. 5 minutes of sewing. It took me longer to get a step stool and hang it than it did to make it.
Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
Easy Pennant Banner TutorialI had some scraps and made a miniature pennant for our chalkboard. I didn’t have extra bias tape so I ran the sewing machine from one piece of fabric to the other with a half inch gap and it worked great.
Easy Pennant Banner made with oilcloth fabric and bias tape
Happy decorating!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Grand Adventure" Baby Shower...

The first great-grandchild is on its way to the Pothier family. When I heard the exciting news I quickly claimed - if Kathryn, the mama-to-be, can make her way to Phoenix (they live in Wisconsin) I will throw her a family baby shower. (I'm always up for a fun party!) She loves us enough that she came for a visit!

This woman has to be one of the most talented pianists you'll come across and it only seemed appropriate to throw a "Grand Adventure" baby shower with a delicious crepe bar.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
A fabric banner with two simple banners - piano music and gold circles.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
I tried my hand at coffee filter garlands for the first time and I'm in love. Simple. Cheap. Big impact.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Baby boy already has a name - he is going to be a 5th generation Robert, or Bobby. Kathryn's mother had a picture of her when she was just a little girl holding her little baby doll and on the back of the picture, dated "1990", it read, "Singing to Baby Bobby". Way back when, Kathryn had a baby Bobby in her arms and she'll have one in her arms again shortly. We displayed the picture on the TV.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
I'm not typically a shower game kind of person, but we had all the girl cousins there and I knew games would be fun for them so we played two little games. The first - we examined a tray of baby items and they tried memorizing everything on the tray.
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
The second game - we divided into two teams and we went back and forth singing songs with the word "baby" in it. Even the young girls contributed songs and it was fun to listen to the performances!
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
Life with Fingerprints: Grand Adventure Baby Boy Shower; crepe bar, fabric bunting, coffee filter garland
What's hard is knowing she's going to have that baby in Wisconsin and we're all going to have to wait to hold him!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kindergarten drive-in...

End of the year means end of the year projects. Which means a whole lot of time going into those projects. The entire kindergarten makes cardboard cars and takes them to the Drive-in movie at school. We did the same project for Hallie and I was kicking myself for not keeping it and having Hunter repaint it.

My next thought was to build a car out of wood so I can use it for the next kids - but I couldn't figure out how to make it light enough that he could carry it on his own.

Hunter and I went to Home Depot to pick up some supplies. It was a Saturday and I was wondering how I was going to fit everything in. When I got home Steve was willing and ready to go. I've become so accustomed to doing everything without him, so to have him home on a Saturday and having the time to help was totally foreign. I let those two go at it and I'm so glad I did. I often get to help with school projects but Steve doesn't and he actually quite enjoys it.

They decided on a rocket as opposed to a car. Rockets go faster and they have more buttons than cars do.
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Hunter painted the whole thing by himself, including the USA on the top.
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
He was pretty proud of the control panel. He explained what each button did - he really thought it through!
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship
Life with Fingerprints: Kindergarten Drive-in, cardboard car, cardboard rocket ship

Thursday, April 30, 2015

DIY Fabric Wall Mural...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
A while back I came across a world map mural that I loved and I knew exactly where to hang it - in Cannon's room. I didn't pull the trigger for almost three weeks and by the time I was ready it was gone. I called the company and begged for them to find one in a warehouse somewhere, but they had nothing for me.

I was convinced that I wanted a large mural map to sit on the wall behind the crib.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
I searched high and low and I couldn't find anything I liked as well as the one that slipped from my hands. So I improvised.

I decided to iron fabric to my walls. Yes, you read that right...iron. I've used pellon before in craft projects and it worked like a breeze. I was hopeful that I could get it to stick to my orange peel texture walls and it worked just like I had hoped.

I started out by laying out the wall to scale on my computer. (Anyone that reads this blog long enough will know that I always draw everything to scale on the computer first!) When I knew how large I wanted to make it, I carefully laid the countries in their final size out on a banner to be printed at staples.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron

I took some time and cut out each country. I picked out my fabric for each country, attached the pellon and then traced the country on to the pellon and cut out. It's a little monotonous to cut out the detail of every country twice - but it seemed like the best route at the time. Now that I own a projector, I would probably just trace it using the projector which would save at least one session of cutting out countries!
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
Once the countries are cut out, pull back the pellon and tape them to the wall for placement.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
With a warm iron, slowly run the iron over the fabric and make sure to get all the edges.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
The pellon attaches nicely to the wall and can just as easily be removed. I did learn this the hard way as my son's crib was next to the wall and while he was in his crib he liked to pull the edges on one of the countries. The good news is I found out it doesn't leave a residue!

It was apparent I needed to move the crib and we haven't had any problems since. I love the statement that it makes and it was a fraction of the cost of the original map mural I had my eye on.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Fabric Wall Mural - create your own wall art using fabric, Pellon and an iron
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