Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Easy Yarn Monogramed Letter

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Since we've moved into our house I have talked about making an "M" wall being that "M" is our last initial. Ever since my husband made and gave me a Sea Shell "M" for Christmas, I have been collecting M's and recently decided to make a few. The yarn "M" was very easy to make and super cheap!

How you need to wrap your letter depends on the letter you are decorating, every letter is different. I am going to show you how I wrapped the letter "M".


Supplies:

  • Yarn - I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn because it was the only color that matched our room but you can use any kind you'd like
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Cardboard Monogramed Letter cut out
  • Scissors
  • 1-2 Soda Tabs


How To:

1. If you haven't already, cut out the your monogramed letter. I drew my letter the size I wanted with a sharpie and cut it out using an exact knife. I used a diaper box for my cardboard.

2. Start at the bottom corner of your letter. Hot glue the end of the yarn on the back of your letter and wrap it around the front, hot glue the yarn onto the back. Add hot glue to the bottom of the letter and wrap the yarn on the bottom thus covering the whole bottom of the letter.

NOTE: Only use the hot glue on the back of your letter to avoid seeing it through the yarn on the front.



3. Add a little hot glue to the back of your letter and begin to tightly wrap the yarn around the letter until you come to a stopping point. Cut the yarn and hot glue it to the back of your letter to secure it. Don't over do the hot glue because it dries fast.


4. If your letter has more than one corner or section like the letter "M" does, repeat steps 2 and 3 until your letter is completely covered.

I wrapped my letter, "M", in five different sections. Every letter will be different.

The middle point of the "M" was tricky to wrap because you want to cover the point. The picture below shows you how I stared wrapping the fifth section of my "M" to cover the point.



5. When your letter is completely wrapped, cut and tie off the end of the yarn. I wrapped the end of my yarn around another piece of yarn on the back, tied a knot, and hot glued it under the yarn. The knot helps secure the yarn and keep it from unraveling.

6. Add a hanger or two.  Since I used cardboard for my letter I was able to hot glue a soda tab onto the back center of my "M" to hang it by. Depending on the size and shape of your letter you may need  to use two soda tabs.

If you have a wood letter I recommend using a saw tooth hanger to hang your wooden letter. The soda tab hanger works for my letter because it is very light.

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Now that you are finished, hang your new Yarn Monogramed Letter up for everyone to see! They are great for decoration, monogramed letter walls, baby shower gifts, etc. You can make them any color you want, any size you want and spell out any word or phrase you want. There are so many things you can do with the Yarn Monogramed Letters and the benefit is that they are super easy to make and  cheap!

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Our Monogramed "M" Wall for now!

Check out some of my other homemade letters:



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Salt Dough Jewelry Dish


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My mother-in-law and I share the same birthday which just so happened to fall on Father's Day this year so needless to say we had a busy weekend celebrating. I asked my husband if he had any gift ideas for his mom and he said she always laid her jewelry out on the dresser so possibly a dish or jewelry holder for her to set it in so it doesn't get knocked off. I instantly thought of salt dough. I knew we had all the ingredients already and that you could make ornaments, hand print plaques, jewelry, etc... so I figured we could make a dish out of it too.

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The Salt Dough Recipe we used:

½ cup of salt
½ cup of flour
¼ cup of water

Mix.  Create.  Bake at 200˚ for 2-3 hours until hard.   Let cool.   Decorate.

The time depends on the thickness of the item you are making. Thicker items like bowls need to bake longer than thinner items like an ornament.

This recipe made the amount of Salt Dough pictured above. It was enough to make a small, medium, and large bowl. If you have only a couple items to make I recommend using this recipe. If you are wanting to make a ton of ornaments I recommend doubling the recipe and using 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour, and ½ cup of water.

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Salt Dough Jewelry Dish

Supplies:


How To:


1. Mix the salt, flour and water in a mixing bowl until it thickens. It should feel like dough. If it is too runny add more flour, if it is too hard add more water.

2. Flour your surface and roll the dough flat.  (The flour keeps the dough from sticking)

3. Create your shape. We used a smaller bowl to create a perfect circle then used a spatula to lift and move the circle without tearing the dough.



4. Place the dough in a Glass Baking Dish and press it into the dish to form it's shape. 




5. Bake at 200˚ for 2-3 hours until hard. Let cool.

The time depends on the thickness of the item you are making. Thicker items like bowls need to bake longer than thinner items like an ornament. We baked the jewelry dishes for about 2.5 hours.

6. Once the dishes have cooled, carefully remove the salt dough from the dish so it doesn't break.




7. Decorate your jewelry dishes with acrylic paint. Let Dry. 




Since this was a gift for my mother-in-law we let our two year old paint the jewelry dish. Once it dried I used a paint pen to write, "We Love You!" on the front and on the back I wrote who it was from and Happy Birthday. 

8. Once the paint dried, I sealed the jewelry dish with Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray and let it dry. You can use any gloss spray you want. The gloss spray helps lock in the paint so it will last longer and it gives the jewelry dish an extra shine. 

My mother-in-law loved her jewelry dish and said she will think of us every time she sees it. The jewelry dish is a great gift to give and it is unique because not very many people can master a two year old's painting skills. I also decorated the smaller jewelry dish and tried to give it a tribal design. I am currently using it to hold my rings when I need to take them off. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and your jewelry dishes turn out great!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Orange Cookie Bars


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These cookie bars were really easy to make and they tasted a lot better than I was expecting them to. If you like orange sherbet, orange cake or orange muffins, you will love these orange cookie bars.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Pillsbury Orangesicle cookie mix
  • 1 container of Pillsbury Orangesicle Frosting
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 15 x 10 x 1 cookie sheet
  • Sugar Sprinkles - optional

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Serving: 20 cookie bars
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

1. Mix your ingredients together in a medium bowl until they form a dough.

2. Spread dough into 15 x 10 x 1 cookie sheet.

3. Bake at 370˚ for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let Cool.

***Follow the directions and oven temperature on the cookie box. You just have to bake it longer or it will be doughy in the middle.

4. Cut the cookie in half. Frost one half of the cookie. I used the entire thing of icing but you can save some if you would like icing on top of your cookie bars. 

5. Place the other half of the cookie on top of the frosting. It is ok if it breaks, the sprinkles will help cover it, plus you won't be able to tell once you cut it into bars.

6. Optional: Sprinkle sugar sprinkles on top for decoration.

7. Cut into bars. I cut it 5 x 4 to create 20 Orange Cookie Bars. You can cut them as big or smalls you choose. Enjoy!

Keep in an air tight container or wrap with plastic wrap to keep them fresh.

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Here is what the Orange Cookie Bar looks like up close, Yum!





Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Children's Spool Stools


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A while back I came across two small wooden spools that someone was getting rid of so I grabbed them in hopes of making a craft out of them. They sat in our garage for a while but I finally got around to turning the wooden spools into cute children's stools. The stools are fairly easy to make and affordable. A little trial and error occured but my husband and I finally figured out an easy way to make the stools. The Children's Stools are made to match the No-Sew Outdoor Pillows I made earlier this summer.

Supplies:


  • Small Wood Spool
  • Spray Paint
  • Plastic Shopping Bags
  • Outdoor Rectangle Vinyl Tablecloth - I bought my tablecloth for $3.98 at Walmart. They usually have cheap ones at the beginning of every season so if you want a bright design you will have to get it in the spring/summer.
  • Staple Gun & Staples
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

How To:


1. Spray paint the wooden spool. Let Dry. The top of the spool will be covered so you do not have to paint it.

NOTE: I ended up having to buy a second can of spray paint to fully cover both of the spools but if you are only making one stool, one can of spray paint should be enough. 


2. If you haven't already, cut a piece of cardboard and tablecloth to cover the top of the wooden spool. 
The cardboard acts as a base for the cushion. It also covers the bolts and the center hole of the wooden spool.

NOTE: I traced the top of my spool onto a piece of cardboard, then cut it out using an X-Acto Knife. I had saved a piece of the outdoor vinyl tablecloth from when I made the No-Sew Outdoor Pillows and cut it in half to use on my two stools.

3. Tack the cardboard to the top of the wooden spool using a hot glue gun.


4. Form a cushion for the stool by bunching a bunch of plastic shopping bags together. Make sure you have enough to cover the entire top of the spool and that they are a thick enough cushion for the stool. I tested mine out by sitting on it before I covered them up. 

NOTE: I chose plastic shopping bags because they are free, I'm recycling them by turning them into cushions and the plastic acts as a water repellent. Since I'm making the Children's Stools for outside I didn't want to use a material that would absorb the water and get moldy over time.



5. Lay out the tablecloth and flip the spool and plastic bags onto the tablecloth making a sandwich (see picture to the right). Make sure you push the spool down tight on top of the plastic bags to get all of the air out.

6. Begin folding/rolling the tablecloth over the plastic bags and onto the spool. You can tack the tablecloth with a hot glue gun then go back and secure it with a staple gun OR you can just use a staple gun to secure the tablecloth. Make sure to pull the tablecloth tight as you secure it.  

NOTE: This was a two person job. I folded/rolled the tablecloth and held it in place while my husband secured it using the staple gun. I'm sure you can do it by yourself, it may just take longer. 


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These Children's Spool Stools are great for inside and outside. You can use them as decoration or as a child's seat. They would make a great addition to a reading corner, a classroom or any patio. You can make the Children's Spool Stools in any color and pattern you want to match your home. 

INSIDE STOOL: If you are planning on keeping your stool inside you can use fabric instead of a tablecloth and fiber fill cotton stuffing or an old pillow instead of plastic bags if you want. 

OUTSIDE STOOL: If you are planning on keeping your stool outside, an outdoor vinyl tablecloth and plastic bags are best to use because they will help keep the cushion part of the stool water resistant.  You could possibly try a shower curtain or outdoor material but an outdoor vinyl tablecloth will be the cheapest. 

NOTE: If you are planning on keeping your stool outside, I also recommend possibly trying to attach a rod or something in the center of the stool. I have yet to do so, but I quickly found out that once it rains, it softens the center of the spool because it is made from a thick cardboard material and if it hasn't had time to dry and your toddler jumps on it, it will cause the stool to bend and possibly break. By attaching a rod to the center of the stool you will help secure the stool and hopefully help prevent the stool from bending like ours did. 

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