Thursday, March 26, 2015

18 Elegant DIY Memo Boards

Hey, y'all!  I hope you're enjoying spring so far.  I sure am.  I love the warmer days; I always start getting the "makeover everything" bug when it's warm enough to spray paint.  Along with the makeover bug comes the "I want to organize everything" bug.  One space that gets really unorganized quickly in my house is my small work area in the living room.  Of course, a great way to organize an office or work space is with a DIY memo board.  I recently created a Hometalk clipboard of 18 Elegant DIY Memo Boards.
There are memo boards made from all different kinds of materials: metal, a drawer, a metal baking sheet, and even a pile of junk.  Of course, I had to include my memo board that I made over last year.
My memo board started out as a plain cork board, but with spray paint and a monogram, I made it totally chic and fun.  You can find my memo board {HERE}, and lots of other memo board inspiration via my Hometalk clipboard {HERE}.  While you're visiting Hometalk, be sure to follow me!

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What's the weather like in your area?  What crafts or projects are you itching to get started on as the weather warms?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Easter Bunny K-Cup Sleeves with Free Cut File

Hey, y'all!  I have the cutest little Easter project to share with you today!  Are you a coffee fan?  I drink a cup every morning.  I have a Keurig machine, so I always use K-Cup® Pods to make my coffee.  Because of this, I think getting a K-Cup® Pod for a gift would be a fun treat.  That's how I came up with the idea for my project today: Easter Bunny K-Cup® Sleeves!  I'm giving you the free cut file so that you can make your own, and if you stick around until the end of the post, I'm sharing 16 other Easter projects from my talented blog friends.
Easter Bunny K-Cup® Sleeves with Free Cut File
If you want to make your own bunny sleeves, you'll need to first download the free cut file that I created for you.
Free Easter Bunny K-Cup® Sleeve Cut File
You can download the file {HERE}.  Once you download the file, you'll need to ungroup the body from the face and inside of the ears.
Cut the K-Cup Sleeve Easter Bunny bodies from card stock.
Remove the face and inside of the ears from the body and cut the body from white paper or card stock.
You can absolutely stop at this point and draw your own faces of the bunnies, or you can cut the faces from vinyl like I did.
If you'd like to cut the faces from vinyl, place the eyes, mouth, nose, and inside of the ears on the page and cut them out.
Once you have all the pieces cut, it's time to put the bunny K-Cup® sleeves together.
First put the inside of the ears in place.
Then use double sided adhesive to attach the paper body around a K-Cup®.  Notice that the ears face inside, not outside.
Using transfer paper, attach the face to the bunny body.
Once the face is in place, add the nose, and your Easter bunny sleeves are complete!
Make K-Cup Pod Easter bunnies for friends to put a little hop in their step.
Make several of the bunnies and pair them with a coffee mug to create a fun Easter basket for the coffee lover in your life.
Easter Bunny K-Cup Sleeves with Free Cut File--The perfect cute Easter treat for the coffee lover in your life!
Or make the sleeves for recycled K-Cup® pods to create cute little bunnies for an Easter table setting or ornaments for an Easter tree.  Whatever you choose to use the cute little Easter bunnies for, I'm sure they'll bring a smile to people's faces.

Now are you ready for more Easter inspiration?  
Check out these awesome Easter projects from some of my talented blog friends.
17 Easter Projects--Perfect for spring!
From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:
Pastel and Gold Painted Flower Pots by Happy Go Lucky // Spring Chick Wreath by Fynes Designs // Simple Bunny Garland by Lil Mrs Tori // DIY: Peek-A-Boo Bunny Bag by Minted Strawberry // Pom Pom Tail Easter Bunny Printable by TitiCrafty // Easter Bible Verse Printable by A Cup Full of Sass // Felt Bunny Pouch for Easter Treats by Do Small Things with Love // Gold & Watercolor Geometric Bunny Art by Spool and Spoon // Moss and Twine Wrapped Easter Bunny by The Southern Couture // Spring Keychains by The DIY Dreamer // Cross Canvas by Vintage Gwen // DIY Ribbon Bunny Easter Wreath by Sweet Tea & Saving Grace // Floral Chalkboard Easter Prints by Dawn Nicole // Quilted Easter Decor by Nap-Time Creations // Crochet Egg Garland by 4 You With Love // Easter Bunny K-Cup Sleeves with Free Cut File by Pitter and Glink // Paper Easter Baskets by Crafting in the Rain
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Friday, March 13, 2015

DIY Pastel Shadowbox Shelf

Thanks, Minted, for sponsoring today's post!

Hey, y'all!  I don't know about you, but I am thrilled that spring is a week away.  We have had some very nice spring-like weather in SC the past few days, and that has me even more excited about the change of seasons and, of course, spring break!!!  Today I have such a pretty project to share with you that just screams SPRING!  With the weather warming up, I was able to work with my dad and power tools to create a beautiful shadowbox shelf featuring a lovely gift wrap Minted sent me.
DIY Pastel Shadowbox Shelf Featuring Gift Wrap from Minted #sponsored
Are you familiar with Minted?  Minted is a leader it cute kids art and stationery, and they have many more beautiful products, including fabric and party decor.  I was recently contacted by the company about doing a post using their products.  I spent a few hours browsing the site.  (It's easy to do, y'all!)  I found the PRETTIEST wrapping paper, and it inspired my shadowbox shelf.  To use the paper though, I first had to create my shadowbox.  (Well, I could have bought a shadowbox, but what's the fun in that?!)
How to Build a Shadowbox Shelf
To create the shadowbox, my dad and I cut a 1x6 in half using our table saw.  We then cut two pieces at 11" and two at 14".  We arranged the pieces into a simple box shape and nailed them together.  I bought some door molding from my local hardware store to create the frame.  We used our miter saw to cut the molding at 45 degree angles and used nails to attach it to the wooden box.  We then cut a piece of thin plywood the size of the back of the box.
It's easy to build a shadowbox from scrap wood.
Above is what it looked like when we finished the building process.  (Note: the thin plywood backing is not attached yet.)  I used caulking to fill in the nail holes and any gaps at the corner of the molding and around the box.
Using gift wrap as backing for a shadowbox adds a great pop of color and pattern to a room.
Once the construction of the box was complete, it was time to work on making it pretty.  I got out my pretty gift wrap from Minted.  This paper is called the Simple Snapshot Wrapping Paper.  It comes in a set of five sheets, and it's perfect for adding a pop of pattern to something like my shadowbox.  And, yes, you can wrap gifts with it too!  ;)
How to Back a Shadowbox with Gift Wrap to Add Color and Pattern
I traced the thin plywood onto the back of the paper and cut it out.
Mod Podge gift wrap to plywood to add pattern to a plain shadowbox.
I then got out my trusty Mod Podge and a sponge brush to adhere the paper to the plywood.
Mod Podge is great for adhering paper to all types of materials.
I brushed a coat of Mod Podge onto the plywood.
Gift Wrap from Minted is the perfect pop of color and pattern for a plain shadowbox. #sponsored
And carefully smoothed the paper onto the plywood.
How to add pattern to a plain shadowbox.
Once it dried, I covered the paper with a coat of Mod Podge to protect it.  Then I started working on the shadowbox frame.
Paint a shadowbox mint for a pop of spring in your decor.
I got out a big paint brush and a pretty mint-colored chalky paint.
Pretty Mint Chalky Paint
I brushed a couple of coats all over the shadowbox and frame--inside and out.
Distress a frame with sandpaper to make details pop.
Once it dried, I used 220 grit sandpaper to rough up the edges a bit to help the detail in the molding pop.
Wax seals chalky paint.
I finished the shadowbox by covering it with a coat of wax.  (I followed the package directions for applying the wax.)
Attaching a plywood backing to a shadowbox.
All that was left once the wax dried was attaching the plywood to the back of the shadowbox using a hammer and some small nails.  I must admit that since I'm a perfectionist I did end up painting the back of the plywood.  No, no one will ever see it, but it would have bothered me if I wouldn't have.  (I can't be the only one who is bothered by weird stuff like that!)
The Perfect Spring-Inspired DIY Shadowbox Shelf
Y'all, the combination of the Simple Snapshot Wrapping Paper with the mint frame is just perfection!
DIY Pastel Shadowbox Shelf--Gift wrap from Minted adds a pop of pattern for spring! #sponsored
I can put anything in the shadowbox shelf.  This gold ampersand looks great in it!
Mint paint and floral gift wrap make a plain shadowbox pastel perfection!
The gold color brings out the color in the leaves.
DIY Pastel Floral Shadowbox Shelf
Flowers look really pretty in it too!  Do you see the gold bow around the flower arrangement I made? Minted sells ribbon too, and that's their Gold Glitter Ribbon.
Make a wooden shadowbox and dress it up with paint and gift wrap!
And you know what else looks great with the shadowbox?  My brand new address book.  Yes, you guessed it: it's from Minted too!  This one is the Woodland Botanicals Address Book.  (You can get a planner or notebook in the same design.)  I just love the pretty flowers and the subtle wood grain on the cover.
DIY Pastel Floral Shadowbox Shelf--The perfect touch of spring for your home!
Since my dad and I mainly used scraps (besides the molding) to create the shadowbox, it was really inexpensive to make.  And I love that I was able to take a plain wooden shadowbox and make it pretty with the help of Minted.  I have another style of gift wrap, and I can't wait to come up with a project for it!
This post was sponsored by Minted.  While I received product to use in my post, all opinions are 100% mine.  To find out more about my disclosure policy, see the "Fine Print" tab at the top of the blog.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

DIY "Make Pretty Things" Graphic Tee

Hey, y'all!  If you're reading this, you probably like to make things.  Am I right?  I know I do.  When I have a day where I can craft all day long, it makes me so happy.  A quote I've heard that fits my life is, "I Just Want to Make Pretty Things."  Making pretty things makes me happy.  So when this month's Silhouette Challenge theme was Typography/Word Art, I decided a graphic tee with that life-fitting quote was the perfect project to make.  Today I'm going to show you how I made it, and I'm offering you the free cut file so that you can make your own.  Please be sure to stick around until the end of the post where you'll find 21 other Silhouette word art projects to inspire you.
DIY "Make Pretty Things" Graphic Tee--Get the free cut file to make your own!
If you want to make your own graphic tee, you'll need a T-shirt and heat transfer vinyl.
A plain tee and heat transfer material become a chic graphic tee!
I bought a roll of gold vinyl from Silhouette when they had their big Black Friday sale, and my T-shirt came from Belk.
"I Just Want to Make Pretty Things" Free Silhouette Cut File from
Of course, you'll need a design to cut from the vinyl, so I'm giving you the "I Just Want to Make Pretty Things" word art graphic I created.
Mirror a graphic before cutting it from heat transfer vinyl.
You can download the graphic {HERE}.  I've already reversed the design for you so that you can simply cut it with your Silhouette.  (If you'd like to use the design for another project, you'll just need to mirror it to "un-reverse" it.)
Use your Silhouette to cut heat transfer material and make a fab shirt!
To cut my HTV, I used the machine setting for regular Silhouette heat transfer material.  (If you're not sure what settings to use to cut your vinyl, you can always start with the machine settings and do a test cut first.)  I cut the vinyl without using the mat.  
Note: When using HTV, remember to cut it with the shiny side down.
Weed your design before ironing on your t-shirt.
Once my HTV was cut, I weeded the design.  I don't have a fancy weeding tool, so I just always use my craft knife.
Follow HTV package directions to iron your design on your tee.
After I weeded the design, I centered it onto my T-shirt and ironed it on following the HTV package directions.
"I Just Want to Make Pretty Things" DIY Graphic Tee from
Don't you just love my new shirt?  I feel like it looks like a fancy graphic tee you'd buy from a chic store.
DIY "Make Pretty Things" Graphic Tee--Use the free cut file in post to make your own!
Side Note: Photographing metallic lettering on a tee is hard work, y'all.  Acting like a goofball because I don't always know how to pose in front of the camera is not.  ;)
Excited about creating? Make a DIY graphic tee to show everyone.  (Free cut file in post.)
I'm excited (can't you tell?) about the fact that now YOU can easily make your own totally fabulous graphic tee that will make you feel just as excited as I am.
A plain tee and HTV can become a pretty graphic tee with the help of your Silhouette. (Free cut file in post.)

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

St. Patrick's Day Gift Tag with {FREE Cut File}The Fine PrintMr. and Mrs. Word ArtHe is Risen Easter Silhouette ArtDIY "Make Pretty Things" Graphic TeeBride & Groom Baseball ShirtsUsing Sketch Pens (and Markers!) For BeginnersHeart Shaped Vinyl Word ArtStar Wars Light Switch - Silhouette ChallengePallet Wood Roman Numeral Anniversary Signhow to cut LARGE Vinyl DecalsCreating Labels with Sketch Pens - March Silhouette ChallengeAin't No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-ShirtDIY Faux Enamel TagsHarry Potter Word ArtWhere the Wild Things Are Pallet Sign"At Last" Framed Vinyl Word ArtLucky Pallet SignSt. Patrick's Day Etched Glass Jar GiftThe Fault In Our Stars Inspired Shirt - Okay? Okay.Silhouette Craft Projects: Framed Irish ProverbSketch out an Inspiring Quote
1. My Paper Craze // 2. The Stamp Doc // 3. Peanut Life Adventures // 4. Creative Ramblings // 5. Pitter and Glink // 6. The Thinking Closet // 7. Single Yet Married Mom // 8. unOriginalMom // 9. Sisters, What! // 10. Where The Smiles Have Been // 11. From Whine to Whine // 12. Adventures in All Things Food // 13. Practically Functional // 14. Patina Paradise // 15. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 16. Weekend Craft // 17. Two Purple Couches // 18. Ribbons & Glue // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. Simply Kelly Designs // 21. Confessions of an Overworked Mom // 22. Get Silvered
With all these great projects to look at, I hope you feel inspired to whip up a Silhouette project of your own soon.  Happy crafting!
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