Monday, October 31, 2011

"S" is for Star

Glittered paper star wreath


Made from old paperback book pages, add some glitter and presto:



Looks like a delicate pastry made for the walls.



Here's how I made the paper star:

1. Using a 3D cardboard star shape (thank you Grandma) slice in half:


2. Prepare paper rolls.
Carefully remove old paperback pages.


Tear in half for a more squarish shape.
Roll into cone shape and hot glue.



3. Make lots of paper rolls:


4. Start by gluing rolls onto star points:


Then in the crevices:


5. Fill in all the between sections:


6. Add the next layer leaving top portion of previous layer exposed:


7. This star has 2 layers with an extra layer on top only to emphasize the points:


8. To add the glitter, brush on white glue just on the edges of the roll, doing only a few at a time:


9. Shake glitter onto glue (be sure to do this over scrap paper to collect the excess glitter for re-use).



Hang and enjoy


Previously I shared a rectangular version here:


But the star is definitely better suited for Christmas:


And I just made some mini star ornaments too:


Get the full tutorial on these little ones here.


I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Tuesday Timeout @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"S" is for Spiders

Kid's craft: styrofoam spiders


This is it, last Halloween post for 2011.

Super easy, fast and fun kids decoration.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Type Tray Repurposed

Type tray turned in an Advent calendar.

type tray repurpose project

type tray advent calendar

Although the countdown has not begun yet (we still have 58 days!) we are ready.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"S" is for Script

Handpainted holiday sign in script:


And the backside:


This is one big sign - about 36"w x 30"h.
Heavy and thick too.


A customer, AnnMarie, brought me this piece:


Her brother had constructed and carved the frame to mimic a sign they had in their family as youngsters.

AnnMarie needed me to paint the sign.

I came up with these drawings:


She approved and I started painting.


I did pull some inspiration from historical postcards found via Google:


And everything came together in the end:


Here's how I made the sign:

1. Basecoat the inner rectangle two coats red.
*Tape off outer frame edges.


2. Print out lettering to size, layout, trace around edges with ballpoint pen to create indent in wood:


3. Paint inside indent:


4. Sketch holly, ribbon and candy cane details with pencil.
Paint, layer up the colors starting with the darkest green first:


5. Make leaves more realistic with lighter green on edges:


6. For candy cane paint white background first:


7. Add red details and holly:


8. Stain edges with Minwax Ipswich Pine.
Seal with 3 coats Helmsman exterior grade satin poly.


Definitely a different project, fun and nostalgic.


The details are perfectly simple:


And just to see the difference a little paint can make:

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Thanks AnnMarie for a great Christmas project.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style

Friday, October 21, 2011

"S" is for Stockings

Personalized Christmas stockings:


Made especially for a couple soon-to-be married and their dog.


And surprisingly I made these back in September but just received the Ballard Designs catalog and saw their version:



Although similar, they used linen and velvet whereas I used drop cloth and gingham, there is a big cost difference.


And I think my version is a bit more fun.


Here's how I made the stockings:

1. Using a paper template layout two layers of drop cloth:


2. Cut around edges leaving 1/2" seam allowance and extra length at the top for cuff:


3. Cut gingham cuff piece - 5" x at least width of stocking x 2:


4. Cut two cuff pieces to fit width of stocking, add medium weight fusible interfacing to stiffen.
Cut loop piece from drop cloth: 2" x 10":


4. Sew cuff onto top edge of stocking, both pieces, right sides together:


4. Press gingham upwards for finished look:


5. Place both stocking pieces right sides together and sew around edge leaving top open:


6. Trim curves for smooth seams:


7. Press cuff side seams open:


8. Turn stocking right side out, pull cuff down onto stocking leaving about 1" of gingham at top edge and press cuff edge:


9. Pin gingham down onto top edge of stocking:


10. Top stitch cuff into place around top edge:


11. Fold remaining raw edge of gingham up and under and stitch only the gingham finished edge:


12. Prepare the loop piece by folding the drop cloth in on itself and stitch closed down one side:


13. Prepare the letters for personalization.
Print out letters, apply heat'n'bond adhesive to wrong size of red fabric be sure to leave paper backing in place:


14. Using a light box, place the name backwards onto the light box and line up your fabric.
Trace around letters right onto the paper backing:


15. Cut out letters, keeping paper backing in place.


16. Remove paper backing and iron into place on cuff.
Stitch around edge of letters for finished look. 
(You can barely see the stitching in these pictures but I used a blanket stitch around all the edges.)


17. Sew in the loop, reversing multiple times for reinforcement.
Hang and love.


Simple personalized stockings make a perfect decoration.


Here's view coming down the stairs:


I know it's not even Halloween yet but Christmas will be here before we know it.


It's never too early to start all those Christmas projects.


And these folks will have some cute stockings for their First Christmas together as a married couple.


I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry