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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Crafts

 I just love Christmas!  Here are a few crafts I made this year.  I wanted to update my No Peeking sign.  It works pretty well, except when I hang it and start wrapping gifts, inevitably, someone will start breathing through the crack under the door and then start asking me what I'm doing in there.  Hehehe.  
This one measure 1x6x8.  I drilled 2 holes through the board for the ribbon hanger to attach.  Then painted the entire board white and then put the vinyl stencil on and painted the colors I wanted, then ripped the vinyl off.  Then distressed it by sanding he edges and over the top a little and then rubbed a walnut oil ink over the top and sides. 
 The next 2 were made in the same way as the one above, but they are larger.  These boards measure 1x12x14 each.  We love the movie ELF!  Such a fun one.

 This Nativity measure 1x10x24.  I painted the board red.  I used Americana Napa Red (best red ever!) then put the vinyl stencil on and painted white.  I only did one coat of white, if you do more sometimes the paint will peel off with the stencil.  It's better to go light!  When it was dry I ripped off the vinyl and sanded the edges and across the top a bit.
 This one was made the same way with the same colors and above but the board measures 1x8x24.
 This sign was made the same as above also but the board measures 1x10x18.
This one is made with 3 pieces of wood that measure 1x6x15 each.  Then they are screwed together on the backside with 2 pieces of wood.  I painted them all white, put the stencil on and stenciled the red on.  Especially on pallets, it's important to go light on the paint because it will bleed everywhere if you don't.  A nearly dry brush and dabbing is the way to go.  If it does bleed, when it's dry just scrape at the part that bled over with an exacto knife and that usually takes care of most bleeds.  I rubbed the edges and top with the ink pad like above too.
 This board measures 1x12x24.  I painted the board white, then put the vinyl stencil down and used Americana Napa Red, Americana Light Hauser Green, and Americana Winter Blue Paints.  
This one measures 1x6x8 and I painted it white, then put the vinyl stencil down and used the Napa Red again and the Winter Blue again also.  I screwed a couple eye hooks on top and knotted a ribbon through.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving

 I had a super fun Thanksgiving craft day last week!  We made all sorts of fun projects and I was very grateful to add to my collection as well because I just didn't have very many things "Thanksgivingy" except for a million pumpkins.  :)  This is what we made:
Up above, we made the 5 blocks on 2x4x4.  Super fun and easy project.
 This one was my favorite!  There's always, always, always something to be thankful for.  I screwed 4, 1x4x30" boards together and then we stenciled on the saying.  Super cute, and I loved seeing all the different colors people chose for the same design.  It was neat!
 Gather here with Grateful Hearts was done on a 1x12x14 board.  We used the vinyl as a stencil.
Gather together is on a 1x6x30 board.   
 Give Thanks is on a 1x6x12 board.
 Gobble Gobble is on a 2x8x12 board.  I love how this one turned out.  
Happy Harvest is on a 2x6x12 board. 
And last but not least, Thankful to be Together is on a 1x8x27 board.  So so so fun.  :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A few more fun Halloween projects!

 A friend of mine and her kiddos came to visit me for a few days and while she was here we stayed up late crafting and crafting and crafting until I was so burnt out on crafts.  That has NEVER happened before!  My fingers hurt and my hands hurt.  It was crazy!  We knocked out these Halloween crafts and a billion Christmas ones that will be posted at a later date.

I love these BOO blocks.  They fit on a 2x8x12 piece of pine.  First you paint your entire block, then stencil on the damask pattern.  Then last you stencil on the BOO and sand and ink the edges.  They turned out super fun!
 When my friend came to visit she brought with her tons of goodies from The Wood Connection, I was in heaven!  This witch came unfinished.  I painted her black and then used Mod Podge and glued on the green glitter paper.  Quick project!
 This 31st also came from The Wood Connection and basically I did the same thing as above.  I painted them all black and then used paper (these are from Michaels) and traced the shape, cut it out, and glued them on.
 She also brought me these unfinished wood pennants to make banners out of.  I used Halloween papers and made this one, and on the back side is Christmas, which I will post at a later date.
 We also made this Halloween countdown.  I had seen the design on Pinterest.  It's reversible. This side is a Halloween countdown, and the other side is Christmas.  Super fun!  I love how they turned out.  This is on a 1x12x24 board.  And all the lettering is stenciled on.
These last two projects were fun too.  The creeping one is 2x8x12.  The Something Wicked one is on a 1x12x14 board.  They are both stenciled on.  Super fun projects made even more fun with friends!  Thanks for the visit!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Halloween Craft Day Fun!

I had a Halloween Craft Day this month that was so fun!  We made this Subway Art board.
It measures 1x12x24.  I painted the board black.  After that was dry, I added the vinyl as a stencil and painted all of the lettering white.  After that was dry, I went back and added orange here and there.  The white paint underneath the orange made it "pop" more.  Otherwise it would have just been so much darker and disappear into the black paint.  Then you rip off the vinyl and you're done!
 We also made this Happy Halloween Pallet Art sign.  I had a million small pieces of pallet in my garage, and it was an awesome way to use those all up.  The board in the back measure 1x10x24.  The pieces on front measure anywhere from 5"-6".  I think it was most fun to find chunks of pallet wood with nail heads still in them and knots and cracks.  Then I just used wood glue to attach them.  I tried nailing them on, and it totally split the weathered pallet wood in half.  Sad.  So glue was best.  Unless you pre drill....but that would mean patience which I don't have.  :)
 We did these simple little trick or treat blocks.  They measure 2x8x8 and the lettering is just vinyl.  Super quick project.  I like those kind.  ;)
 These little fellers are each made on 2x4x4 blocks.  They are super fun and quick too  They are different colors of vinyl, and so like above, it was easy.
This block is made on a 2x6x6.  It looks really good against the larger trick or treat block.  It is painted black with silver vinyl lettering.  
I just love fall.  Now if only the weather would fuller cooperate!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crafts for the Home

 I just finished up making a bunch of crafts for the home.  This laundry room sign is 
1x10x30, painted black and I stenciled on the lettering so I could distress the entire thing.
 This little sign is for our family room.  It is 1x12x15 and is painted black with the lettering stenciled on once again.  I think any of these signs would have looked fantastic with color or shimmer, but it was just a black and white kind of day for me.  Keeping it simple.  :)
 I love this design.  It is on a 1x12x13 board.  The board is painted black and the lettering is stenciled on with white paint.
 This one is for the kitchen, it is also painted black with the lettering stenciled on in white.  It measures 1x12x13 finished.  I think it would have looked fantastic on a 1x10x13 board though.  I saw the design on Pinterest and tried to mimic it, it's not exact, but  these fonts and scrolls were easier to work with.
I had to make a new No Soliciting sign for our home....ours was stolen off the front door!  Hahaha, still makes me laugh.  This one is painted black, the lettering is white vinyl, then I went over the entire thing in Mod Podge for outdoors.  I put a couple eye hooks on top an then tied a ribbon through them.  Hopefully this one won't get swiped off the house!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

4th of July Crafts.....a very belated post

 The summer has just gotten away from me, and I thought I had posted these crafts when I made them in June, but I had not.  Oh well, I'll post them now, however late they are.
I made the reversible blocks up above out of 2x4's.  Here are my measurements for them
cut 3 @ 6"
cut 1 @ 5"
cut 3 @ 4"
I painted the edges of all the blocks black and then found scrapbook papers in patriotic and summer themes.  I cut the paper just slightly smaller than each block measures, and used Mod Podge to glue them down.  Then I cut my lettering our of black vinyl and stuck them to each side of the blocks.
 For this Pledge board, I used wood that measures 1x12x24 and cut the vinyl as a stencil, that way I could paint words in the colors I wanted.  

For the God Bless American board, it measures 2x10x24.  I also used the vinyl as a stencil and then wrapped bakers twine around the board and cut a star out of burlap.  I lightly painted the star to make it stand out a little more on the board.
The Let Freedom Ring board measures 1x12x18.  I used the vinyl as a stencil.  The paint is an antique navy blue, it nearly looks black in the pictures, but it is actually not.  I had made something similar a year or two before, but decided to use less colors on this one.  Now I can have one by my fireplace and one by my front door.  :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Simple Things Pallet Art

Pallet projects are the most fun to make!  Every single one turns out so different, even if you use the same paint color on all of them, they all vary because of the aged wood.  On this one above, you need 6 slats from an old pallet.  They can all vary in width too, it just make it more fun.  

I cut 5 boards at 30", and then I cut the last board in half exactly.  It is the braces across the top and bottom on the back side of the pallet art.  I used wood screw to screw it all together.  

Then on 2 of the boards, I mixed 1/4 paint with 3/4 parts water and washed the boards.  The other three boards I left natural.  I loved the looks of them and didn't want to change it.  I used vinyl as a stencil and put it down as best I could.  The vinyl does NOT stick well to old weathered wood, so it is important to dry brush the paint on so it doesn't leak under the stencil.  After the paint was on, I ripped the vinyl off and it was done.  I love it and I loved how everyone's in the class I was teaching, turned out differently.  

Monday, May 12, 2014

Go into the World & Do Good and Be Awesome Today

 At the last craft day we had, I wanted to do a couple generic fun boards that could work for so many things.  Mother's Day/Birthday Gifts/Kids Room or Family Room Decor/End of Year Teacher Gifts, etc.  These are two of the seven projects we did that week.

Up above, the board measures 1x12x12 and is painted black with white vinyl.  Super quick and easy board.
This board was really large, the picture is deceiving.  It measure 1x6x30.  It is also painted black with white vinyl.  I've seen this design everywhere and think it is super cute.  :)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

This is my new Family Rules Board.  We have another one that's larger too that I love.  I'm thinking I need one by every door in this house, so the kids will see it every time they come in the house, and every time they leave the house.  But will they read it and follow it....probably not always, but I like it anyway.  :)

This one is on a 1x12x24 pine board.
I painted the board black, put on a vinyl stencil, painted the lettering white and ripped off the vinyl.  I then distressed it with a sander and this is what I got in the end. :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Grandparents House Rules Board

This Grandparent's House Rules board was a super fun one to make.  It would be super cute with words highlighted in different colors too.  I bought the design file from My Vinyl Designer.  
It's a super fun one you can do for Mother's Day/Father's Day/Grandparent's Day.
They have a Nana/Papa version too.  Super cute idea.

This one I made is on a 1x10x24 pine board.  I used brown paint, and then used the vinyl as a stencil and then painted the lettering on with a cream color.  I ripped the vinyl off and sanded it to distress it on the edges and a bit over the top too.  Super fun!  :)

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Stars at Night are Big and Bright....

 I've been wanting to make these two signs for a good long while now.  So glad I finally got around to it!  They are both made on a 1x12x12 piece of pine.
I used Americana Napa Red paint on both.
The top one of the state of Texas was done as a 2 part stencil.  First the chevron pattern was painted in white and gray, and then when that was dry, I did a stencil of the state of Texas in red and hand painted the heart on.  If I were to redo it, I think I'd go with a lighter gray so that it wouldn't show through the red.  I had 3 coats of red on there, and the color was getting too dark for my liking so I stopped.  Anyway, I'm still pretty happy with it.  :)
The hey Y'all sign was done using the fonts KG Strawberry Limeade, and a simple Times Bold font.  I like it so much. :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

These are the gifts, plus two more that aren't shown here, that I'm going to give to my kids teachers this year for Teacher Appreciation Week.  
 This first one is a design I've seen on Pinterest.  I loved it and tried to recreate it, I had to change a font because it wouldn't cut in vinyl nicely, but I still like it so much.  This one is on a 1x12x12 board.  It's painted black, and I used the vinyl as a stencil and just used white paint, then ripped the vinyl off.
 This is the board I've done for years, my design that I'm pretty darn proud of, except this year I changed one font (it cuts a lot cleaner) and updated the swirl too.  I love it!
 For the past couple years I've been giving the teachers monogrammed Hand Sanitizer too.  The large jars come from Sams Club, and then I just cut the monogram out of whatever is that teachers favorite color and tie ribbon and tulle around the tops.  Super easy and quick craft....except getting the labels off the jars is plain awful.  But, that's ok.  It's still worth it.
My last craft is this board.  It is on a 2x8x8 board.  I saw this saying floating around pinterest also and had to get it on a board.  It made me laugh.  :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

6 foot Young Womens Theme Board

 A friend asked me quite awhile ago if I could design the Young Womens Theme to fit a 6 foot board, and I thought, why haven't I done that before now??!!  I would love that in my girls room, instead of the poster that falls down constantly and has ripped corners from younger siblings getting a hold of it.  ;)
So this is what I came up with.  It is on a 1"x12"x6' pine board.
The center portion with the values on it is on a separate board.  I routered the edges of the values board to give it more dimension and character.  I also painted the values in their assigned colors.
 I used moulding from Lowes on the top and bottom of the board and then there are two teeny tiny little strips next to the moulding.  If you look close in the picture you can see, the first is a scallop, and the one just under it is little raised bumps.  Those are from Michaels.....on the doll house supply aisle.  They have some REALLY cute petite mouldings that are perfect for crafts on that aisle.
 The font I used for the entire board is KG Strawberry Limeade and it's free.  You can find it HERE.
Here's a pic of the finished 6 foot board.  I really love how it turned out, and it's a lot more sturdy than the poster!