Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DIY Initial Key Holder

Made this cute key holder for a friend. I love it! 
And it was really easy to make.

What I used
8"x8" piece of wood (I got a piece of wood at Michael's in the clock making section)
6"x6" piece of burlap (I got a pre-cut square from Hobby Lobby)
Furniture Nails (I used bronze-from Amazon)
7/8" Cup Hooks (I used white ones from Lowe's)
Deep Earth paint for wood (Valspar sample size from Lowe's)
Churchill Hotel paint for initial (Valspar sample size from Lowe's)
Stencil for letter of your choice (I cut my own stencil with my Silhoutte Cameo)
Brushes for painting
Tape measurer
1/16" drill bit
Sawtooth hanger

What I did
First, I painted the piece of wood the color my friend wanted. I used two coats. 

While the paint was drying, I used my Silhoutte Cameo to cut out a "C" for a stencil. I cut it out on some scrap vinyl so it would stick to the burlap. If you're using a pre-brought stencil, I suggest using some removal adhesive to keep the stencil in place. I applied the stencil to the burlap. Using a small amount of paint, I filled in the stencil by dabbing my brush, so that the paint would not spread under the stencil. 

After the initial dried, I removed the stencil. At this point the wood paint and initial paint were dry. I decided to go ahead and nail in the sawtooth hanger before I added the burlap. I nailed in the furniture nails at each corner of the burlap. 

Next, I measured across the bottom of the wood to idenify where I wanted the hooks to go. I used the 1/16" drill bit to drill pilot holes for the hooks, then screwed in the hooks.

That's it. 

It didn't take long at all to do. The painting and waiting on the paint to dry took the longest.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

DIY Tablet Stand

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was such a neat way to repurpose a cutting board. The blog I looked at was Mamie Jane's. Her tablet holder is way cuter than Pottery Barn' my opinion. She is very clever and used a Scrabble letter holder as the slot to hold a iPad mini fits perfectly. To keep her tablet stand upright, she used a kid's building block...which looks like it works nicely. 

For my own tablet stand, I pretty much did everything as she did except the building block for the stand. I don't have children so I didn't have those awesomely perfect blocks to use. When trying to think about what to use as my stand, I decided I wanted to be able to fold up the stand and put it away if I wanted to. I was looking around our house when my mom suggested I use a wooden spatula. I had to cut the spatula to get the right height for propping the holder up. After that, I bought a small hinge so I could fold down the spatula stand. The screws were too long for the cutting board and the spatula so I used E6000 clear adhesive.  I spray painted the front of the cutting board and the letter holder. Also used the E6000 to glue the letter holder to the cutting board. I didn't want to spray paint the spatula so I just left the back of the board and the spatula how I found them.

Here's how mine turned out!

 The app on my iPad Mini is Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. I have the I had to get the app...when I saw it was free with the Apps Gone Free app one day.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DIY Change Jar

I love this project. It makes perfect sense to have one of these in a laundry room! Imagine all the change you could collect if you put it all in a jar when you are emptying pockets before washing clothes. You could just have a bowl or jar out on a shelf, but why not make your own super cute "Keep the Change" holder. These would make great gifts as well.

What you'll need:
7x11 piece of wood
Clear sealant
Stencil letters/vinyl cut letters
Paint brush
Sawtooth hanger
Mason jar
Pipe clamp sized to fit mason jar
Flathead screwdriver (or a dime)
Sander (optional-for distressed look)

What you'll do:
First, I painted the piece of wood and let it dry.

While the paint was drying, I used my Silhouette to cut out "KEEP THE CHANGE" on vinyl. Stencils can be used if you don't have a cutting machine.

Next, I applied the vinyl. 

To make sure I put the letters in the right place, I laid the transfer tape down on the wood and placed the jar where I wanted it. 

Then I applied the letters and removed the transfer tape.

After the letters were on, I painted a coat of clear sealant and let it dry.

After the sealant was dry, I flipped the piece of wood over and nailed in place a sawtooth hanger.

Time to add the most important part, the jar! To attach the jar, I first positioned the clamp with the open and closing part on the side where I could easily access it to loosen and tighten it. This is important because it's how you remove the jar to empty it.

Once I had the clamp in the position I wanted, centered with the letters and with a little room to spare at the bottom of the wood, I took a nail (the ones that go with the sawtooth hangers) and nailed it into one of the slits in the clamp. One wasn't enough. The jar slid side-to-side, so I put another nail in the same slit and make the jar a little more snug.

After I got the clamp nailed in place, I secure the jar in the clamp using a flathead screw driver (or a dime) to tighten the clamp.

And there you have it! A cute and functional piece of wall decor for the laundry room, or wherever you want to "Keep the Change"

To add a distressed look, I took a hand sander and went around the edges to take off some of the paint.

Monday, September 9, 2013

DIY Coasters

It turns out, I'm somewhat addicted to Pinterest. Follow me on Pinterest and you'll see what I mean. I've found lots of DIY projects. I'm slowly, but surely, tackling my list of DIY projects. Time for DIY Coasters!

I thought coasters would make cute little gifts, especially if they are personalized. They are really easy and fun to make. I made these coasters for a friend. The colors match the colors in her living room curtains. The fish paper you'll see is what I used for two coasters for my friend's husband to have his own. She loved the pretty colors to match her curtains and he, being an outdoorsman, loved his fish themed coasters.

I've seen several How-to Blogs on making these coasters. Here's what I did.

What you'll need:
4"x 4" Ceramic Tiles (Lowe's)
Scrapbook Paper (Hobby Lobby)
Mod Podge (Hobby Lobby)
Self-stick Rubber Pads (I got mine at Target)
Clear Sealer (Hobby Lobby)
*I just listed where I got my stuff. You can find these things at several different stores*

What you'll do:
Clean your tile with an alcohol wipe.
Add a layer of Mod Podge to the tile then place your paper on the tile, centering it.
Next, I used the Mod Podge squeegee to rub the paper down onto the tile.
Let it dry for 10-15 minutes.

Next, add a coat of Mod Podge over the paper. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
Add another coat and let dry. 
I added three coats of Mod Podge, but you can do more or less if you choose.
After the last coat of Mod Podge is completely dry, it's time to add the sealant.
I brushed on a layer of sealant and let it dry 15-20 minutes, then added another coat.
I also did three coats of the sealant.

After everything was nice and dry, I flipped the tile over and added a Self-stick Rubber Pad to each corner.

Ta Da! You've just made yourself some cute coasters!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gone Batty!

They had been looking forward to making their "Halloween shirts" for a week.

The day finally arrived! We made these shirts today and had a blast doing it.

After the one hundredth time of being asked, "Can I touch it!? Our shirts dry?! Can we wear them?!", I used a hair dryer to speed up drying.

I got the idea from Michael's. You can get instructions and the bat template at,default,pd.html

Instead of regular white and yellow fabric paints, I used glow-in-the-dark white and yellow fabric paint.

They LOVE these shirts! To make the Glow-in-the-Dark paint REALLY glow, we would shine a bright flashlight on the glow-in-the-dark parts. So much fun!

A few weeks after making the shirts, I found a PERFECT picture frame at Target! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

DIY Picture Fame

I love my dog. I treat her like she is my child and she reminds me a lot of some three year old kids that I also love. Actually, they remind me of her, as the words I speak to them are identical to the words I speak to Roxy.

"Eat your food"
"Good Girl"

I laugh sometimes when these words come out of my mouth to the little ones because I feel like I'm talking to Roxy. Little ones from about 18 months to three years, are so similar to dogs. It's neat to me, really. Simple commands follow by positive reinforcement-works for for the little ones.

Since my dog thinks she is a human and acts so much like a young child and I do not yet have any offspring, my parents have deemed her their "granddog". My mom often refers to Roxy as her "granddogdaughter".

And what do PROUD grandparents need??? They need ways to show-off their grandchildren, of course!

So I made them this frame for them.

Here is how I made it:

12x12 piece of scrapbook paper
Modge Podge (glossy)
Foam brush
Unfinished wooden picture frame
Xacto knife
Chipboard letters, stickers, stamps, or anything you want to add to your frame!

Step 1:
Remove the back and glass from the frame.

Step 2:
Lay the 12x12 paper face-down. Paint the front of the frame with Modge Podge then place the frame face-down onto the paper.

Step 3:
With the frame still face-down, take the Xacto knife and cut around the frame (outside and inside).

Step 4:
Flip the frame over and paint a layer of Modge Podge. Let dry and repeat two more times.

Step 5:
Put glass back in frame and add a picture!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Diaper Changing Pad

First things first...this is my first blog post....this is my first tutorial....please don't judge too harsh :-)
I got the idea of making a diaper changing pad as I was wandering around on Pinterest.  I found a great tutorial I liked and decided I would attempt it. Here is my take on a Diaper Changing Pad. 

The idea and original tutorial come from Homemade By Jill Blog. You can find it HERE.
Diaper Changing Pad

1/2 yard Cotton or Flannel Fabric
1/2 yard PUL or Laminated Fabric
1/2 yard Fusible Fleece or Batting
Velcro (1/2"hook, 1/2"loop)
6 inches of 1" wide Belting
Pack of 1/2" wide Double Fold Bias Tape
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Supplies: sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, etc
**I have used fusible fleece and batting. I prefer to use batting because it gives some padding whereas the fusible fleece doesn't provide much padding at all.
Step One
Measure and cut fabric, velcro, belting, batting (or fusible fleece)
Cotton, PUL, Batting:  23" x 13"
Velcro: 1/2"hook (scratchy) 1/2"loop (fuzzy)
Belting: 6"

*If you are using Fusible Fleece, fuse your fleece to your cotton fabric now

Step Two
Take your 6" of belting and fold over one end about 1/2" and pin the Hook velcro (scratchy). Using a zig zag stitch, sew Hook velcro onto belting.Fold the other end of the belting the opposite way of the hook velcro, pin in place and sew.

Next, find the center of the fabric at the top and measure 9 inches down. Mark this spot with a pin. Place belting hook velcro side down with non-velcro end at your pin mark. Pin non-velcro end in place and sew. ONLY sew the non-velcro end to the cotton fabric. The hook velcro end will remain free.

Now, find the center of the fabric at the bottom and measure 1/2" from bottom of cotton fabric and pin loop velcro (fuzzy) in place. Sew onto cotton fabric using zig zag stitch.

Step Three
Sew cotton fabric, PUL fabric, and Batting together.

Lay PUL fabric RIGHT SIDE down, lay batting on top of PUL fabric, lay cotton fabric on top of batting. You should be looking at the velcro and belting pieces (RIGHT SIDE up). 

Now, measure 7 and 3/4" from the bottom and 7 and 3/4" from the top (this allows your pad to fold). I put my ruler down and drew a line (I am HORRIBLE at sewing a straight line so it worked best for me to have a line to sew on). After I drew the line, I pinned the fabrics together at each end of the line and then two or three through out the line. Sew your fabrics together following your lines at each of your 7 and 3/4" measures :-) Ignore the bias tape in the picture below-that comes later!
*You can pin all the way across if you do not want to draw a line. Just be sure you pin at 7 and 3/4" all the way across (another reason I drew a line...I'm lazy and I hate measuring).

After you've finished sewing your fold lines, pin all the way around the edge of your fabrics. Sew as close as you can to the edge. It doesn't have to be perfect because your bias tape will cover this up! 

Step Four
Apply the bias tape.

Measure and cut bias tape for each length and each width (4 pieces total).
Take one piece of bias tape and unfold it.
Lay the bias tape onto the cotton fabric as shown in the picture below. You will want to have the bias tape laying to where you can fold the remainder over the edge of your fabric to the other side.
Pin your bias tape in place and sew along the fold in the bias tape. After you have sewn the bias tape around all four sides, fold the bias tape over the edge. 

The fold right after the fold you have sewn to the fabric should go over the edge of the fabrics. Flip your pad over to the PUL (or laminate) fabric side shows. Fold the bias tape with the pre-fold. Pin in place and sew down. The bias tape should look the same on each side. The edge of your fabric should not show once you have completed your bias tape application.

For a finishing touch, I added an iron-on applique to the velcro. I got this giraffe applique at Michael's, but there are several Etsy stores with appliques!