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

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day; Gumball machine...

Happy week of love! My kids are gearing up for their Valentine's Day class parties are so excited to give their valentines.

This year, Hallie came home with her box assignment (Last years here) and said she wanted to create a flower pot. She's a girl who knows what she wants...so we searched the internet for "flower pot" ideas. In our search, we came across this gumball machine because it used a flower pot bottom for the top. She loved it, but still wanted a flower pot. We kept searching and in the end she changed her mind and wanted the gumball machine - but only if she could also give gumballs to her class mates. Fair enough. My "sky-is-the-limit" mentality is definitely rubbing off on my daughter. I'm obviously not the person to correct her. So we worked together and made it happen.

Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box It really was quite easy and took very little time. We started with an oatmeal canister and a plastic 1 gallon fish bowl from petsmart (I was able to use Steve's employee discount for the first time in over three years). Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box We cut a hole in the canister and spray painted it, as well as a 6" terra cotta pot base, a nice cherry red. Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box We hot glued a bolt on top and on the side and cut some tin foil to act as the opening of the gumball machine. I knew we had a tube of 1 inch gumballs (from World Market) stashed away in the office from Christmas two years ago that we could fill the fish bowl with. And wouldn't you know, I brought the tube out of hiding and the majority of the gumballs were gone...we have some sneaky kids and I was reminded I need to have better hiding places! Luckily my niece came to the rescue with some old gumballs from a machine in her room. She warned us not to eat them because they were really stale - which made them perfect for our application! Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box We didn't attach the bowl to the canister or even the flower pot base to the fish bowl. They all just sit on top of each other. That's the only way she was going to be able to transport it to and from school without my help. She was one excited girl walking out the door this morning with this in her hands - love her excitement for projects and love that in her mind anything is possible.

I took one look at it and thought it was way too much work. But she convinced me it was doable. And it was. It was actually easy. Love my "sky-is-the-limit" girl. Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Homemade Christmas...

The gift I look forward to giving the most each Christmas, is the gift I make for each of my kids and husband. It's never something crazy, often times very simple, but its made with my hands and I spend a lot of time planning out each gift in hopes that they love it as much as the love I put into it. (previous years can be found here, here, here, here and here)

I present homemade Christmas 2013.

As per tradition - Bennett received his gospel ABC book (just as each of our kids have received their book when they're 2 or 3 years old). It's a hardbound book that I designed in InDesign and printed through blurb.com. Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 I made Hallie and Hunter matching gifts this year, I knew they'd both enjoy it: bean bag chairs for their rooms. I found a great pattern for the "rollie pollie" on-line from danamadeit.com (found here) that made it really easy to make. I'm not an experienced seamstress and even I could pull this off, zipper and all! I found the navy buffalo check from Ikea and the orange print from Hobby Lobby - to match their rooms. They're quite fun and the kids love them. Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Steve and I decided our homemade gift for each other would be combined and we chose a room in the house to work on over the break. The guest bathroom is receiving a complete overhaul and I'll share pictures soon, we're still a ways from finishing.

Cannon's homemade gift: I created him, nine months in the making. I figured that was a pretty good gift this year!

I've already got a pinterest board of ideas for next year...never too early to get a jump on it!

Monday, January 6, 2014

DIY Marquee Take 2...

After making the marquee number for Hallie's baptism dinner (here), I was ready to try my hand at it again. I thought about making a "JOY" marquee for the holidays, but I never got around to it. And then the opportunity presented itself: I was helping with my nieces wedding dinner and I knew a fun monogram marquee would be awesome. I worked with my friend Kristin and since there wasn't a lot of time to pull it off (especially since Christmas was just around the corner) we simplified the process.

Instead of cutting the letters out of plywood, sanding, priming and painting - we used the paper mache letters from Joanns. The benefit to making them from plywood is the ability to make them any size and any font your heart desires. But we were on a tight time frame and we weren't picky.

We removed a strip from the back side using a utility knife so we could push the lights through and hide the cords. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee We measured where we wanted the lights to be placed. The globe lights were purchased from Target and came 25 lights to a strand. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Using a speedbor flat drill bit, we drilled the holes for the lights, making sure the hole was just large enough for the base of the light to fit through. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee We spray painted them a metallic gold color and attached them to a fabric covered board to put in a frame. It hung on an easel at the wedding dinner and also made an appearance at the wedding! Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Photo Credit: Shannon Elizabeth Photography

I'm now searching for the next marquee idea...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Deck the halls...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY wreath hanging The wall that had a haunted house, then fall garland, now has a variety of wreaths made from a few embroidery hoops, holiday greenery and some fishing line. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when there's not a holiday to decorate the wall, I might just need to come up with a long-term decoration for that spot. But for now, I love the simplicity of a few wreaths. Life with Fingerprints: DIY wreath hanging Life with Fingerprints: DIY wreath hanging

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving garland...

After I removed "Halloween town" (as seen in this picture here) from the dining room - the large wall looked painfully empty. I have some incredible long-term plans for the space - but long-term in this case could be a while. So.... Life with Fingerprints: DIY Thanksgiving garland I'm going to seize every holiday opportunity to decorate the space. I figure with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I could have the wall decorated at least three months out of the year. And if I throw in Valentine's, Easter and Fourth of July that's another 3 months - I've got half the year taken care of!

I used the die cut machine at the scrapbooking store to cut circles out of fabric. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Thanksgiving garland I sewed a bunch of circles together and hung them from a dowel. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Thanksgiving garland I'm loving how much color it brings into the space. I just might use this idea again for another holiday - how fun would hearts be for Valentine's??

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Nursery Curtains...

Making progress on the nursery front. I worked on the curtains this week, same look and style as Hallie's room and the office.  photo 20130828-DSC_4199.jpg  photo 20130828-DSC_4201.jpg  photo 20130828-DSC_4203.jpg I thought I would move on to painting the dresser (the same dresser that Hallie and Hunter used) but we've had a change of plans. Bennett was climbing on the drawer and completely broke it last week. Good thing I didn't spend the time painting it before he started acting like a monkey. Now I'm on the lookout for another dresser!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Making Crayons...

Erica, the babysitter we used while we were in Milwaukee, and girls camp and Steve's birthday weekend is absolutely fantastic. She became friends of our family when my sister lived with us because they were good friends. She's older, more mature and loves kids. It will come as no surprise that my kids would much prefer her over me because she's just more fun. Case in point: crayon making. We hadn't seen Erica for a few weeks and she called up to ask if she could come make crayons with the kids. Who would refuse that offer? Making crayons was always something I made a mental note of doing with the ridiculous amount of broken crayons around the house but it never actually made my to-do list.

She brought all the supplies over and worked her magic - she has a spell over my kids because I know had I attempted this same project, one kid would've cut their finger while the other burned their hand on the pan spilling hot wax on the other kid. Luckily no such casualties arose!

The kids chose some crayons and started peeling off the wrappers and Erica carefully cut them into small pieces. Life with Fingerprints photo 20130712-20130712-DSC_2963.jpg Life with Fingerprints photo 20130712-20130712-DSC_2961.jpg She bought a small muffin tin from Goodwill for $.25 and Hallie and Hunter carefully picked out colors to blend in each tin. Life with Fingerprints photo 20130712-20130712-DSC_2957.jpg Life with Fingerprints photo 20130712-20130712-DSC_2968.jpg We put the muffin tin on an old cookie sheet and put it in the oven at 225 degrees. The old cookie sheet is really just to protect your oven because once the wax melts it gets a little messy. It only took about 10 minutes and the wax was completely melted so we pulled it out to let it cool (in the fridge). Once they were completely cooled they popped right out of the tin. (not that she'll ever want to use that tin for food again, it's became a permanent art tool!)

The kids thought it was the coolest project ever. What was funny was the next morning I went to the fridge to grab the milk and I saw the small muffin tin full of crayons in the fridge. I removed the tin and placed it on the counter. Just a few hours later I was back in the kitchen with the fridge open and I saw the crayons back in the fridge. I asked both Hunter and Hallie why the crayons kept ending up in the fridge. Hunter was the first to pipe up, "Because I don't want them to melt." Naturally he thought if they didn't stay cold they would liquify again. Silly boy!

Thank heavens we have a fun babysitter to do the art projects that as a mom I never get around to doing!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Curtains...

While my mom was in town I roped her into helping me with some curtains. I've made lots of curtains over the years. More recently I've made these and these which both used a hidden tab top.

However, my living room curtain had to be different. The curtains for my living room were being hung on an industrial rod (here) which meant I needed to create a curtain using drapery hooks so I would have the capability to remove them on the off chance that some disobedient child used my curtains as a napkin. Luckily, I've trained my kids better than that but just in case they have a lapse of judgement.

Life with Fingerprints: DIY lined curtains using drapery hooksI had my mom assist me in making ten button holes on the top of each panel (modeled after a set I bought at Pottery Barn Kids a few years back) for the drapery hooks to slide into; the hooks we used didn't have a sharp edge to pierce the fabric. I've had the best of intentions of making these curtains for over a year now with no progress. My mom was able to give me the necessary push to get them done. It's amazing how some fabric can transform a room. Love them. *I purchased the fabric at tonicliving.com
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