Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fall Vase

It's almost fall and I AM SO READY. Please excuse the Jaguars mug, it is ALSO football season. So, I saw a picture on Pinterest, and I wanted it. But, it didn't have any directions except use hot glue and twine. Well, the hot glue didn't work out so well for me. So, here's what I did, and it turned out pretty well.

The Finished Product:

What You Will Need:
  • Dollar store vase
  • Jute twine (dollar store find!)
  • Glue Gun
  • Elmers Glue
  • Foam paint brush
  • Silk flowers (also, dollar store, hurray!)
Let's Get Started:
 Caviat: We started with using hot glue and it didn't work so well. So, my mom came up with an idea!

1. Paint vase with a foam brush dipped in Elmer's Glue!
2. Slowly, and extremely patiently, wrap twine around jar. We worked from the bottom of our vases up to the top, and that worked really well.
3. When you get to the part of the vase where it starts to get narrow again, use hot glue to secure it. This part is time consuming, but it's definitely worth it so you don't have to go back and fill in the holes.
4. Arrange silk flowers in your vase. I DO NOT have the patience to arrange flowers, so my mom handled this part. Looks good, don't you think?
5. OPTIONAL: Tie ribbon around vase to make it more fall-ish.
I LOVE how fall-ish this looks. It totally satisfied my obsessive need for fall decorations. YAY

Monday, August 20, 2012

Decorative Trays

Hey Guys! This project is super simple and SUPER fun. I just love the way it turned out. I think it's my favorite thing we have done so far. The only caviat, is that it is a little time consuming waiting for the acrylic to dry, but you can accomplish the whole project in one day.

The Finished Product:

What You Will Need:

  • Wooden trays (we bought ours at Michael's. They were on sale and you got two - one large and one small)
  • Spray paint (another sale at Michael's - $0.99!)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pazzle, Cricut, Sillouette, or if you don't have that, pop over to the dollar store and grab some pre-cut letters from the teacher section!
  • Pourable acrylic - save your good 40% coupon for this one. It's a little pricy ($14.99)
  • Scissors or Xacto knife
  • Double sided tape
Let's Get Started:

1. Spray paint your trays. Since I was doing two, I did one green (for me) and one white (for a friend). I love the Krylon spray paint because it promises to dry in ten minutes (really more like twenty if you want a good coat).

2.  Cut scrapbook paper to fit bottom inside of the tray. My mom used a Xacto knife to cut exactly the right size, but scissors work fine.
3. If you are cutting letters or shapes, go ahead and cut them now. If you are using pre-cut shapes or letters, go ahead and grab them.
4. Arrange your cut-outs on top of the scrapbook paper. We used double sided tape to stick the letters down so they did not float when we poured our acrylic.
5. Mix acrylic according to directions on package.
6. Pour acrylic over the arranged letters and scrapbook paper. Use a popsicle stick to spread it evenly. The bubbles will work themselves out - so don't panic!
7. Let dry overnight. Voila!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DIY Wedding

Sorry I've been missing! We had a bit of a crisis in the C family household these past couple of weeks, but never fear, I have some cute past projects to whet your whistle until next week when I will be doing an ACTUAL project with step-by-step instructions.

These are the images from my wedding. My mom and I made everything by hand. It saved us a TON of money and it was super fun.

 This is just printed straight onto cardstock. We ordered 200 unpainted handles and hand painted them white. We tried to spray paint them, but they absorbed the paint. Then we used spray adhesive and double sided tape to stick the fans to the handles. Lastly, add ribbon. VOILA! Way cheaper than ordering programs and WAY cuter.

 This is my favorite thing. My mom discovered these ADORABLE baskets in a store when we were shopping with my grandma. They had handles, so she just added ribbon and hung them from pew bow holders. She picked out pretty silk flowers that matched (from the dollar store!) and stuck them in the basket. They were beautiful.

 Easy, print onto cardstock and glue. Done.

 AHH! The most popular item. I can't say that it was actually cheap, but it was so much fun. Clearly, just order some glass apothecary jars, candy in your colors, and go to town. I LOVE IT! (My mom did make those pinwheels, though!)

Shutterfly gave me a free 8x8 book. So, because I am SUPER cheap, I filled it with pictures of Rob and Myself and we used it as a guest book.
Also, in this picture is the seating chart. Super easy, just list the people and their table. Have Costco print it straight onto foam board.

My wedding was proof that my mom is a genius!

There, lots of little projects to hold you until next Saturday! YAY!