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

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Homemade Christmas 2014...part two...

I usually have my homemade gifts done far before my other shopping is complete, but this year I was a little off. I thought and planned for one larger homemade gift for the all the kids. But it wasn't working out so I had to come up with some individual gifts for them. Here's how the gifts went down this year:

I made Hallie a knit pencil skirt - the same pattern she made over the summer which has become her very favorite skirt.
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

Hunter is in Kindergarten and is starting his fascination with writing stories and drawing pictures. This roll is large enough it will probably last for years!
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

Bennett loves to hear stories about when he was younger and loves to look through the blog and recognize himself. I printed off pictures - birth to present - of him. Some have his siblings a few have us or grandparents, but mostly it's him and he loves it.
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

Cannon has no idea Christmas even took place - but he still got a gift! He'll thank me later!
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

And because Blurb is my absolute favorite - Steve also received a book: 2010 Blog book. Yes I'm behind. At nearly 400 pages they take a while to layout. It's really more of a family gift as it's an account of us, but Steve gets to open them each year when I complete one. I realize at this pace I'll always be four years behind, I'm hoping to make up ground with an extra book this year!
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building

My favorite gift I made (next to the Nativity puzzle of course) was Steve's t-shirt quilt.
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
I've been saving these shirts for years for this exact purpose. I hid them in our house in Milwaukee. I hid them in this house. I hid them driving up to Idaho so I could work on it last summer. I'm happy for it to come out of hiding. Each shirt means something and it tells the story of him: Shirts from high school, mission, our dating years, family trips, college, jobs (at least his first job).
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas gifts for everyone in the family; T-shirt quilt, blurb books, sewing and building
He was surprised. Shirts he had long thrown away suddenly back in his hands as well as the memories. The whole reason I look forward to homemade gifts!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Homemade Christmas...part one...

Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas Gifts, wooden nativity puzzle
Steve's mom made a nativity puzzle just like this years and years ago and it has become a favorite holiday decoration for the grandchildren. When my sister-in-law mentioned last year that she wanted the puzzle - I immediately knew I wanted to re-create it for their family this year when the family gift giving rotation had us giving to them (we won't give to them for another 8 years!)

This gift has been on my mind most the year. I figured I'd purchase a scroll saw sometime this year which would make this puzzle a breeze. But I didn't buy one. So I looked to use someone else's. I couldn't find anyone. The other problem was trying to find the pattern. The original pattern was out of print and try as I may, I couldn't find it. By October, I was starting to think of new ideas for gifts. But I couldn't let this great gift idea go.

In November, I found a laser cutting facility in the area, Phoenix Custom Lasering. They were great to work with and totally affordable. I took a picture of the puzzle and created a pattern from it using Illustrator and they cut it up for me - I figured if I was going to the trouble I might as well make two so we could enjoy one.

I've never tole painted so it was a little daunting. But I painted and painted...and painted some more.

For three whole weeks our kitchen table looked like this:
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas Gifts, wooden nativity puzzle
There was sheer panic when my sister-in-law was stopping by and this is how the table looked. We threw it all in a box and put it in the back room!

I finished it with 18 hours to spare! Painting it wasn't necessarily difficult - just very detailed and time consuming. If I never tole paint again...it will be okay!
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas Gifts, wooden nativity puzzle
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas Gifts, wooden nativity puzzle
Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas Gifts, wooden nativity puzzle

Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas Gifts, wooden nativity puzzle
Like the Lego costumes of Halloween...the puzzle was a lot of work that I won't do again - but still totally worth it.

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
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