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Freezer paper stencil…DIY

Freezer paper—have you ever used it? I hadn’t. I assumed it was for just placing things in the freezer—oh how wrong I was! This little craft is so cheap- so fun- so multi-purpose—-your mind will blow with all the uses!!!

I grab a t-shirt—that had already been washed (no fabric softener =) . I used one that I already had. I never really wore it too much—quite frankly it is just way too orange. So, I thought, perfect for a Halloween shirt–am I right?!?!

You will need to following for this craft:

Some Freezer paper, fabric paint, sponge brush, shape of your choice and a washed t shirt. You could also use a cotton tote bag—jeans…etc….see what I mean (you can go crazy with this application—after you see how easy it is!)

The first step is to find a shape you would like to use. I had a ghost available so that is what I used. Cut out a piece of Freezer paper large enough for your shape.

Then trace that form on the dull side of the freezer paper and with scissors, poke a hole in the center and cut out. You are creating the stencil.

Now, place the stencil on the t shirt where you would like it to be. With a hot iron–adhere the freezer paper stencil (shiny side will be down on the shirt). Run the iron back and forth a few times. Amazing right! I KNOW. The stencil will be adhered to the shirt.

Put some paint on a paper plate. Place a piece of cardboard in between the shirts front and back. Start painting the edges first—pouncing up and down gently until the shape is all filled in.
When you are done, let it dry for about 30 minutes. Then gently peel the stencil paper off—WOW, look at what you just made!!!! Now, think of the possibilities! Initials on pillows…tote bags….t shirts…jeans….etc….! Make something this weekend!! Great kids craft! Share with me what you make!!!
Be inspired to be clever!
Check out the pillow covers I made on my etsy site….
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Pinecone Swags DIY

I hope you are all enjoying my blog =) So fun to get these ideas out in the universe! Here is a fabulous idea for any room in your house. The steps are simple—the look is fabulous!

Get your hot glue gun out (JOY!) and warm it up! You will need about 6 large pinecones for one arrangement. I made two for my walls. You will need some grograin ribbon. I used dark brown. About 1/2 yard per pine cone. Hot glue one end of the ribbon to the pinecones–let dry. When all 6 are dry–hold them up and stagger the ribbons so some hang lower then others. Tie the ribbons together by tying a knot at the top. Cut the ribbons at the top to be even.

Want to know how I made the cool fabric covered frames??? Stayed tuned my friends!  And remember Be inspired to be clever!!

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Fall Mantle 2010

The mantle is one of my favorite seasonal projects! Thought I would share my fall mantle that I have up right now.

The silhouettes are from last year….but I love them so! Very easy to make! Take a profile picture of your little person—or dog—or husband, friend…whatever. Print it in a 8×10 paper format. Cut out the profile and then trace it in pencil onto a large piece of black cardstock.Taking extra care around the mouth and nose–the most distinct parts =) Then carefully cut out the silhouette. I positioned mine on the bottom edge of the paper to have a clean straight bottom.

Then mount the cut out onto a canvas frame ( I think I bought a 2 pack on sale at Michaels) I used rubber cement to mount—it will not bubble or buckle the paper. Place the frame upside down to dry and place some heavy books on top. Let dry.

I then just painted with gold metallic paint on the top and bottom band–to pull the colors together a bit. Perfect! Every year I will look at these and see those little peanut noses and little smiles—so cute!

Here is a list of the best way to do these silhouettes (so sorry I don’t have pictures to go along with this craft) I made these a few years back—so all I have is the final product.

  1. Take profile pictures (nice 8X10 frame filled with the subjects face)
  2. Print onto an 8X10 piece of paper.
  3. Cut out the profile–taking care around the nose and mouth
  4. Place the cut out profile onto the black cardstock (can use any color you want really )
  5. Trace the profile (taking note which way you want the profile to face)
  6. Carefully cut out the profile.
  7. Using rubber cement (or glue) paste the profile onto a 11X14 canvas.
  8. Turn the canvas upside down to dry on a flat surface and place some heavy books on top to assure adhesion.
  9. After it is dry you can paint the top and bottom band of the canvas—or leave it plain.

Also, I bought a couple faux pumpkins and a squash—sprayed them gold too! Love it!
Color on the wall is Ben Moore….

philipsburg blue


Be inspired to be clever!

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Pottery barn lanterns knockoff DIY

So I am a bit obsessed with those super large, cool, black iron lanterns that Potterybarn has in the newest fall catalog. But, I am not willing to fork over the $150 +++ bucks to just have them sit on my front porch. I needed to figure out a way to create that look on a budget. Here is what I have come up with….

See those lanterns on the bottom left—yeap–made those!!

Total spent is about $20….some supplies I already had. I bought 6 square dowels from Lowes. I had scrap wood at home to use for the tops and bottoms. The sizes are 10 inches square for the tops and bottoms. You will need to pieces for each lantern that you make. The size is really up to you. Although if they are too tall the liquid nails has a hard time holding in place the wood dowel. I suppose if you are using these inside—you could get away with using hot glue—but it wouldn’t hold up to the outside elements.

I made 3 lanterns….mine are all different sizes. So I cut 4 pieces of 1/2 inch plywood into 10X10 squares. I cut a piece of mdf wood that I had laying around into two 5 inch squares ( for my small lantern)

Then I began to put the pieces together (very excited!!) Grab some liquid nails (LOVE THIS PRODUCT !!!!) Makes everything sooooo easy! I placed my dowels about 1 inch in from each edge. Place a dollop of glue on one end of the dowel. Hold in place on the base of the lantern. You may have to hold it steady for about 20 seconds….then you should be able to steady it and let it go gently. It takes about an hour to set hard—but let the whole piece dry over night to be sure.   Finish gluing the rest of the dowels.While those dowels are drying, glue any ornament on the top of your lantern top piece. I uses a door stopper and a block of wood =) It all looks great once you paint it all the same color! Let those 4 dry for an hour before you glue the top on. After an hour, dollop again with the glue onto the tops of the dowels and set in place the top of your lantern. I waited an hour to prime it grey—and then another hour to black it gloss black.

So what do you think??? Is your eyed fooled into letting you believe this is from Potterybarn????? But hey, for about $20!!!!

I finished my out with a couple of glass containers from the dollar store and a fake candle. Since we have a spot light on our door at night—the candles won’t really matter. But….if you wanted to you could use candles inside a glass jar—that would look awesome!

Some other ideas—-maybe make a few for a dining display or maybe a mantle??? Or paint them different colors (bronze, or metallic or gold….) Share with me what you do! I love to hear!!!

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