DIY White Boards

DIY (do it yourself) crafts are my new interest. Just google it and you are instantly flooded with some of the cutest ideas ever!

Just recently I came up with my own DIY idea! I felt very creative! My idea was to take wooden picture frames, paint and decorate them and turn them into white boards. Kate added to this by deciding to put some cute paper behind the frame. We ended up making seven for different friends’ birthdays and graduations! Here is how they turned out:

What you need:

  • A frame (easier to use a smooth frame than one that has decorative ridges cause the hot glue stays better)
  • Spray paint (black or brown)
  • Cute paper
  • Cloth pins (NOT paper clips I’m not sure why my brain wants to call them paper clips cause they aren’t!)
  • Paint (coordinates with the paper)
  • Pictures or note cards with quotes or verses to put in the paper clips
  • Hot glue

1) Sand the fram down and spray paint or hand paint it.

2) Paint the paper clips  cloth pins. 😛  You’ll want to do this carefully cause the cloth pins can get painted shut and then they are a PAIN to try and open.

3) Wash the glass in the frame (we got ours for real cheap at a thrift store so they were dusty)

4) Cut the paper or papers to fit the glass.

5) Hot glue the cloth pins onto the frame. (warning- we have had some fall off)

Notes-

*If the paper was too “loud” or “busy” we simply put a piece of white, “see-through” paper that calmed the other paper but still let it show through.

* Hot glue is painful, I still have a scar…

This particular frame was hard to spray paint so I “antiqued” it with some sand paper to cover the bad spots. I think it turned out nicely!

For one of the frames we added buttons…

I think these frames turned out perfectly though there is plenty of room for personalization, adjustments, and new embellishments!

L

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Melting Crayons

If you’ve never tried this, you need to! There is so much scope for creativity in this project. Grab a canvas, some crayons and a hair dryer and have fun!

I’ve been itching to try this for months and one of my friends gave me the supplies to do it for my birthday! We had so much fun planing out what we were going to do.

Next time we hope to get two square canvases and each do half a heart of crayons on each one!

I’ve also learned to call the colored wax coloring instruments “CRAY-ONS”! 🙂

L

Frames!

I found this idea on the internet when looking for crafts to do when Awesomesitting (a.k.a. babysitting for older children).

All you need is Michael’s $1 frames, paper, paint, Mod Podge, brushes/scissors, sand paper, and a good attitude! It really was quite easy.. the second time through (once my sister gave me sand-papering lessons!)

I am so excited with how mine turned out!

 

 

Here is the helpful tutorial I followed: http://tidymom.net/2009/mod-podge-frame-tutorial/

 

Enjoy =)

– KS

A New Cover

Hey All! Since school is over, I have begun working away at my list of things I’d like to do this summer. One of the things that I wanted to do was to recover my sketch journal.

Mark me, there is nothing wrong with the normal cover, but why leave it plain if you have the time to make it pretty.

Sadly, this is not my favorite sketch pad, but I am sure it will grow to be. My absolute favorite sketch book is missing which irritates me to no end, so I won’t dwell on it. It is just my favorite cause it has all the drawings that I consider “good” and I liked ’em a lot. This journal has some okay drawings….

Dogwood Blooms

A drawing I did from a picture of us three girls being goofy. Becks turned out all right but I never got Katie’s mouth right, so it got cropped… 😛

My personal favorite, a pastel drawing of a picture of a rusty water fountain… sadly the foliage didn’t turn out too well… I got tired of drawing leaves and smudging it too look like a lot of bushes

Anyways, this is the best of what this journal contains, but I will be adding to it, so hopefully the quality will improve!

So, I decided to redecorate it! A few summers ago, my aunt taught us how to do a similar procedure. I took her ideas and ran with them.

I chose my paper and used Yes! paste to glue to the cover. (Yes! Paste is amazing!!)

Cute, eh? I think so!

Next, I found some quotes that I like from Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Narnia, The Swan Princess video, as well as some scripture.

I ripped the paper to make a frayed, “messy” edge. I got the messy part right for sure!

Then I painted the paper with a tad of white paint to mute the print. Then I placed the quotes on the sketch book and used modge podge to apply them and covered the book with it to “protect it”.

After the first coat I applied another layer of “the podge” just for good measure….

Both sides

I like it a lot! 🙂 It is not the cutest it could be, but it is just perfect for me!

Here are the quotes I used:

  • “And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” Anne of Green Gables
  • “Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” Anne of Green Gables
  • “It’s so far…” “It’s the world, dear. Did you expect it to be small?” The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 
  • “‘Little Raphael,’ as her sisters called her, had a decided talent for drawing, and was never so happy as when copying flowers, designing fairies, or illustrating stories with queer specimens of art.” Little Women
  • “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12: 12.13
  • “What else is there? She says, “Is beauty all that matters?”, and you say, “What else is there?” “It was dumb. I know!” “You should write a book: How To Offend Women In Five Syllables or Less.” Swan Princess

L

Granny Squares Galore!

Well, I can only stare at old blog posts for so long, so I decided to share some of my endeavors at crocheting.

Both my grandma and an older lady from our church taught me how to crochet at different times when I was little. However, being the dreamy (or absent minded, it just depends on your perspective) child that I was, I easily forgot what I had learned and only made long chains that I finger crocheted. They were of little use, well, unless your Caleb. Caleb used to make HUGE, never ending chains that were as long as our van! He would then use them to booby-trap his bedroom just in case we had any visitors. 😉

Well, once I got older, I discovered that there were so many more things one could do with yarn and a needle than making chains. A good friend of mine, Michelle, is very adept and crocheting and so I went to her. We hung out together for an afternoon and she skillfully guided my hands into making this…

You may ask, “What is that?” Well, I’m not exactly sure! I was going to make a scarf, but it wasn’t long enough. So I have made a large square that could be used to cover a pillow, but in the mean time I have attached it to the back of my desk chair for fun.

But thankfully I’ve been able to make some better things with my new found skills! Next I made Becky a scarf for Christmas last year. I hadn’t really thought about making anything else for awhile until my piano teacher saw Becky’s. My teacher thought it was adorable and asked me if I’d be willing to make and sell some. I evaded a direct answer with a laugh but pondered the idea of making another one, this time for her.

Becky's Scarf

I have decided to use a beige-ish taupe with deep red flowers for accents. While we were picking out the yarn, Mom found a gray and red that she liked. And so I have yet another scarf I am working on. I have most of the squares made for each but am waiting for some more yarn to finish them up.

One gray square for Mom's scarf

Beginning to stich them together.. the flowers will be made of the red yarn.

The squares for my piano teacher's scarf. The flowers will be in the red.

I have also picked out some colors to make a granny square quilt for myself.

The colors for my scarf

My Yarn!!! 😀

One of my squares

All these projects have kept my bag quite full! Talk about too many irons in the fire! But I do enjoy this relaxing pass time and I try to squeeze it in whenever I can; this includes while watching videos, listening to audio stuff, before going to bed, riding in the car, etc. All these projects have kept my crocheting bag quite full!

Hopefully soon I’ll be posting some more crafting things that I have discovered! I have just recently found a new hobby – reading craft and DIY blogs. Believe me, there are so many cute things you can do. My next one, which has to wait till after the SAT, Teen Pact, and ACT are done, is book page flowers for my room! I’ll post more on that later!!

Laura