Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fabric Painted Cork Board

Okay, so I love Pinterest! I got into it when I was on bedrest in the last weeks of my pregnancy. It helped pass many an hour. I digress.

One idea I loved was a saying spray painted on canvas over vinyl letters. For my project I used a cork board (much cheaper than a canvas of the same size and may serve more purposes) with acrylic paint. Here's how I did it.

1-Remove the cork from the frame. Paint the frame in your desired color. Spray with a sealant.

2-Cover the cork board in your fabric, staple it to the back around the edges.

3-Position your letters on the fabric as desired. I don't have a cricut machine so I bought a pack of vinyl letters from Walmart for about $5. You could also print your letters in the desired font onto paper and trace each one onto contact paper and stick on to the fabric or trace onto freezer paper and iron onto the fabric.

4-I used pink with white acrylic paint and swept it on with a large brush for a dimensional look.

5-When dry, remove the letters and reassemble into the frame.

I chose a portion of Romans 12:12 and hung it in my girls room. The cork board project could also be cute with your child's name, and favorite pictures pinned to it.

Other ideas using this technique could be on a mirror using chalkboard paint or glow in the dark paint on a surface in your kid's room. The ideas are endless!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fairy Garden

We created a fairy garden for my girls in an existing flower bed. It's a very inexpensive and sweet project that you and your kids can add to over time. We recruited the grandparents to make it especially memorable. I started by gathering anything I thought we could use and spread them out on a towel outside, for my daughter to explore. We also hunted around the yard for interesting sticks and rocks. What is in our fairy garden?

1-At the base of the tree is a birdhouse from dollar tree that my two year old painted and I sealed.

2-Tiles from an old bathroom remodel serve as a winding road through the village.

3-Decorative blue stones & marbles add to the landscape; items I already had.

4-A defunct two-story birdhouse I got from Hobby Lobby several years back. Wrapped in whimsical garland, it is also surrounding the base of the tree.

5-An old crystal belt winds through the garden as a sort of railroad track.

6-Unique looking sticks we gathered from the yard are planted periodically.

7-A sweet neighbor bought a few items for the girls from Blue Moon Gardens in Edom, TX (the metal bridge, tool shed & a bike leaning against the stick by the hand painted birdhouse).

8-The platforms outside the homes are the reverse sides of dominos that I stamped with leaf patterns and sealed.

9-I bought a few succulents to line the path and have a 'resurrection plant' in the pond that can live without water as needed.

10-A few pieces of a favorite broken teacup are also scattered in the garden, along with a miniature watering can, a chair and a gazing ball that I already had.

You'll be amazed at how many things you have that can add a bit of whimsy to your fairy garden! Pieces from a doll house, seashells, buttons, glass gems, glitter, tiles, old compact mirrors, etc. There were even a couple of books at my local library on how to build fairy garden furniture from sticks-let your imagination run wild!

Our next addition to the garden will be a miniature clothesline & perhaps another fairy house made with a button roof and glitter, lots of glitter...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chalkboard Paint Flower Vase

A cute and personal way to share flowers! We all have plain vases from flowers we've been given. This is a great gift that someone can continue to use by changing the message week to week, season to season! What you need: a small can of chalkboard paint, a $3 vase at Walmart, foam brush, painter's tape, chalk, choose a bouquet of flowers and you are all set! Step One: Tape your vase with painter's tape. Step Two: Paint 3 coats of chalkboard paint, letting dry 1 hour in between. Step Three: Peel off tape and clean up any stray marks with a razor blade. Step Four: Write the message of your choice. Step Five: Enjoy giving your personalized gift!