Thursday, January 26, 2012

Love Blocks

A while back, when Valentine's Day seemed like it would never come, I found a tutorial for these blocks on the Oopsey Daisy Blog. You may view the original tutorial with pictures here, or keep reading to see how I did it.

In order to make this, you will need:
A 2x4 block of wood (cut into four pieces)
Spray paint
Scrapbook paper and Cardstock
Mod Podge
Glue Gun

I let Adam have a little fun with this one and cut the 2x4 into four pieces: one 6in block, two 7in blocks, and one 8in block. I gave each piece of wood a few coats of black spray paint and sanded the sides.

To make the letters, I picked a font, printed it out, and traced each letter onto cardstock. Since I don't have any fancy machine for cutting, this is what I resorted to. I cut the letters from the cardstock and they were ready to go.

Next, I traced each piece of wood onto scrapbook paper and cut them out. Using Mod Podge, I put the different patterned paper onto each block of wood. Another coat of Mod Podge was used to adhere the letters, and a final coat of Mod Podge went on top.

When that completely dried, I added the ribbon using a glue gun. I followed the tips from Oopsey Daisy and only put ribbon around the sides and top of each block so they would stand nicely. Simple as that! Now you can make one for every holiday.

-any colors
-any paper
-any letters

Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Letter Photo Art

I found a really cool tutorial on the Shanty-2-Chic blog, and couldn't wait to try it! With Christmas right around the corner(when I came across this), I decided to whip up a few for gifts. They were a big hit, and I may even have to make my mom a "Laundry" one.

In order to make this, you will need:
A 2x10 piece of wood
4x6 pictures frames (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
Spray paint in the colors of your choosing
Hot glue gun
Letter pictures

First, I picked my letters be clicking HERE. There are a ton of letters to choose from, and they are absolutely free!

Next, I spray painted both the wood and the picture frames, both needed several coats. Once they were completely dry, I put the pictures in the frames and pulled the support piece off the backing of frame. I then determined the placing of each frame on the wood. When I got it just right, I began gluing. I used a hot glue gun, so it wasn't long before the glue dried and I could see my finished product.

- For longer names/words, you may want to use 3x5 frames and a smaller piece of wood.
- A thinner piece of would should be used if you would like to hang you letter art on a wall.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Craft Goals

In 2011, I spent a lot of time on pinterest, adding craft projects to my DIY board. Some of these crafts I tried, some I would still love to try, and some, I know I will never take the time to complete. With that being said, I have compiled a list of crafts that are a must to complete in 2012.

#1: Vinyl Letters on Blocks of Wood- I have been wanting to make at LEAST one of these for months now. Every time I see them, I fall in love all over again. A saying for every holiday would be fabulous, but this year, I'll settle for just one. 

#2: Chalkboard- would be so fun to write cute little messages on! 

#3: Handmade Flowers- For hair clips, headbands, necklaces, or to add the perfect touch to a craft project, I really need to learn how to make some flowers. Most of all, I would love to make a white flower for my hair for the wedding reception. 

#4: Frame Tray- this is adorable for a coffee table. A smaller one would also be nice to set my perfumes on. Frame, fabric, and drawer handles.

#5: Beaded Chandelier- it would be fabulous to have a real light in there, but I would settle for one just for decoration. This one is beautiful!

#6: Wine Cork Creation- Wreath, cork letters, or just a bunch of corks in a frame. Let the drinking begin!

#7: A craft with silverware (for the kitchen)


#1: Finish favors
#2: Card Box
#3: Letter M
#4: "And they lived happily ever after" sign
#5: Hangers
#6: day-of sweatshirt
...the list just keeps growing

I can't wait to get these crafts started. BRING IT ON!
What are your crafting goals for 2012?

Happy Crafting!