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

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

Friday, March 20, 2015

Easter Decor...

With Easter just two weeks away, we're a little behind in pulling out our Easter decor but it's a high priority for the weekend!

Hallie and I were at the store this week and I found myself putting several Easter decorations in the cart only to realize I couldn't remember what we already had...so I committed to get everything out before buying yet another moss covered bunny.

Here are some fun decorations we made last year that we're excited to pull out again.
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Easter framed art using Pellon and a homemade frame
Easter Bunny Frame

Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids
Easter egg salt dough garland

Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts
Painted Easter Eggs

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DIY Foil Prints...

I know gold is totally in right now: Gold hardware, gold frames, gold jewelry, gold dipped ___ (fill in the blank). And yet, I don't have gold anything. It's one of those finishes that I like when I see it in other people's homes, but I can't commit to it in my own home. But one thing I can commit to: Gold foil prints. They're all over Etsy and I love the punch they add to a bookshelf. Let me tell you: these are as easy as they are cheap.

Here's my post from HowDoesshe.com this month:
Gold foil prints are in and they are easier to create than I could have imagined. You only need three things to complete this simple project: A laser print, toner reactive foil and a laminator.
Life with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foil
First, create your black and white graphic (get the shamrock here) and print on a laser printer (which uses toner). We have an ink jet printer so I sent the file to my local print shop (Kinkos, Staples) and spent 14¢ to have it printed on card stock. Little tip – save yourself another trip and print 2 or 3 just in case you mess up!

Life with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foil
Make sure your print is free from any dust or fibers (it will make it so the foil doesn’t stick in those areas.) Carefully roll out your toner reactive foil (find gold at amazon or purchase a variety of colors by the yard here) to completely cover your black and white image, gold side up.

Life with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foil
Place a piece of plain printer paper over the top and carefully send it through your laminator. In order for this to work properly, the foil must get hot enough to bind to the black toner. I originally sent it through the laminator with card stock over the top and it didn’t work. My laminator also came with a laminating envelope which was too thick as well for the foil to get hot enough.

Life with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foil
Once it comes out of the laminator and cools, you’ll see how the gold is stuck to the toner.

Life with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foilLife with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foil
The only thing left to do is slowly pull the gold foil back and you’re done.

Life with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foil
Life with Fingerprints: Make your own gold foil prints with toner reactive foil
Quotes, holiday prints, cards…go crazy. Gold foil everything. You know you want to try it!

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