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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas crafts...part 5...

We're getting closer to Christmas which means my crafting is coming to a halt as I prepare to send out Christmas cards, attend programs and neighborhood gatherings, etc. Here's my final craft for this holiday season: A 3 1/2 foot star that sits atop the entertainment center. This was the fastest and cheapest project out of all the projects this week. $4.50 and thirty minutes and that includes staining.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
I bought the cheapest 1x2 wood that Home Depot sells. Less than $2 a piece. I cut 5 identical pieces and laid them out on the driveway to form the star, no fancy angles, just 90 degree cuts. Once I had it lined up, I nailed (with my nail gun but a hammer would be equally as easy).
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Due to the nature of semi-thick pieces sitting on top of each other, the last piece that I nailed wouldn't lay totally flat. So I used a scrap piece to shim it so I could nail it flat.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Within 5 minutes I had the whole thing stained and my little sidekick never left my side!
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Holiday Star, Christmas Craft
Most the projects I showcased this week all reside in the entertainment center (that was nonexistent last year) - it took a lot to get it holiday ready!


Check out the other posts from Christmas Craft week
Christmas Crafts Part 1
Christmas Crafts Part 2
Christmas Crafts Part 3
Christmas Crafts Part 4
Christmas Crafts Part 5

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas crafts...part 4...

This is how holiday crafts go for me:
I see something on the internet or in a magazine that strikes my fancy.

So I purchase all necessary supplies.

Craft ends up taking far longer than anticipated, which means the craft isn't complete by the time the holiday arrives.

The unfinished craft goes into a holiday box only to be rediscovered the following year which is when I pull it back out and attempt to finish it by the time the holiday arrives.

Case in point: These lovelies just came out of a bag half finished. But here they are in all they're glory - and I have a lot of them, far more than fit in this vase!

Here are the details:
I bought large Christmas bulbs through ebay - a large box of them. However, I've heard of people using strands that were burnt out (the largest Christmas bulbs).

Using a brush, I painted the bulb with Elmers glue. I poured glitter over the bulb and used my fingers to lightly press the glitter into the glue. I finished them off by spraying them with a clear glossy spray paint, so the glitter doesn't rub off. A little tip: Martha Stewart glitter is superior, however, it is a little more expensive. I hadn't ever thought about the differences in glitter but all are not created equal! MS glitter is really fine and seems to be extra sparkly. I love the look. You can find a multi pack here or probably at Michaels. I used sterling (silver) and garnet (red). I also used blue and green MS glitter on my alphabet wall (here) for the letters u and f.

Check out the other posts from Christmas Craft week
Christmas Crafts Part 1
Christmas Crafts Part 2
Christmas Crafts Part 3
Christmas Crafts Part 4
Christmas Crafts Part 5

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas craft...part 3...

Remember my love for napkin pillows? Combine that with my love for holiday decorations and we've got holiday napkin pillows!
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, pillows made from store bought napkins
These napkins were $3.19 for two at Target which makes them the cheapest pillow cover ever! And the gold and silver dots have a nice shimmer to them making them even more fun.
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, pillows made from store bought napkins
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, pillows made from store bought napkins
I paired them with red pillow covers we already had and our couch is now feeling festive.
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, pillows made from store bought napkins

Check out the other posts from Christmas Craft week
Christmas Crafts Part 1
Christmas Crafts Part 2
Christmas Crafts Part 3
Christmas Crafts Part 4
Christmas Crafts Part 5

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas crafts...part 2...

Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Christmas craft using paper straws and an Ikea frame
Ikea has the cutest red frames right now for 6.99. They are the perfect accessory for a holiday decoration/print.

Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Christmas craft using paper straws and an Ikea frame
Grab some cute wrapping paper and some fun and festive paper straws - this project takes no time!

Remove the glass from the frame and wrap the frame backing in wrapping paper. To create the tree, cut each straw 1/4" smaller than the previous straw. You can put the straws at a diagonal, cluster them in threes like I did or put all the straws horizontal and stack them.
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Christmas craft using paper straws and an Ikea frame
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Christmas craft using paper straws and an Ikea frame
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Christmas craft using paper straws and an Ikea frame
*I found these straws in the party section at Target as well as the holiday section at Target.

Check out the other posts from Christmas Craft week
Christmas Crafts Part 1
Christmas Crafts Part 2
Christmas Crafts Part 3
Christmas Crafts Part 4
Christmas Crafts Part 5

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Crafts...part 1...

For some reason the smell of cinnamon mingled with Christmas music makes me want to get my craft on. Of course, December is not an ideal month to spend hours crafting. But I find it therapeutic during this crazy season to sit in the stillness of the night with Christmas music in the background (while Steve studies away in the offices) and create. This week is craft week on the blog!

I scoured through my holiday pinterest board and came across this idea. Easy enough to replicate!

My sister was in town over Thanksgiving and jumped in on the fun. I purchased 1 2x6 (8ft in length) and created three sets. I very carefully cut all the trees using my miter saw. I can't say it too many times, be careful! There wasn't a whole lot of measuring in this project. I determined I wanted trees at different heights so I eyeballed most of it.
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, holiday forest out of 2x6 wood
I was lucky to have a helper sanding while I was cutting!
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, holiday forest out of 2x6 wood

Painting was quick and easy as they only required one coat - so you can still see some grain. Even after one coat I used a paintbrush with a little water to wash some paint off.
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, holiday forest out of 2x6 wood
Using the end of a paintbrush I dabbed some white paint on the trees and they were done. I love that you can paint them to match your unique style of Christmas decor. I painted two gold trees but I think a gold and silver shimmery set might be fun.
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Craft, holiday forest out of 2x6 wood

Check out the other posts from Christmas Craft week
Christmas Crafts Part 1
Christmas Crafts Part 2
Christmas Crafts Part 3
Christmas Crafts Part 4
Christmas Crafts Part 5

Monday, November 10, 2014

Place cards the kids can make...

My Halloween decorations are officially put away (aside from the black wreath which I keep forgetting to replace) which means it's on the next holiday! Family Thanksgiving assignments are out and as expected we're in charge of place cards (probably because I'm the only one that cares - and I have kids that want to do it!). So, here's some ideas that are kid-friendly and super easy.
Life with Fingerprints: Kid crafts, Thanksgiving Place Cards
Fold ribbon in half to make the turkey feathers and glue them to the back of a piece of kraft or construction paper.
Life with Fingerprints: Kid crafts, Thanksgiving Place Cards
Life with Fingerprints: Kid crafts, Thanksgiving Place Cards
Use gold metallic paint to paint feathers (I purchased a bag of feathers at Michaels for 1.99). Paint half the feather gold with a couple coats and use a fine sharpie to write names on it.
Life with Fingerprints: Kid crafts, Thanksgiving Place Cards
Cut kraft paper to 8.5x11 and fold into a boat using these instructions. Tape construction paper to a toothpick and put it in the middle of the boat.
Life with Fingerprints: Kid crafts, Thanksgiving Place Cards
Use the kids fingers to create this work of art with some craft paint and googly eyes.
Life with Fingerprints: Kid crafts, Thanksgiving Place Cards
It's hard to remember my kids were ever this little - and even then they were helping with the place cards!

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
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