So in typical holiday-obsessed fashion, I completely decked the halls all day Sunday. It may have been 80 degrees outside but our house is twinkling, glittery, and smells like “Sparkling Snow” 24-7. I love it! I don’t really think I have any corners or wall space left for more Christmas DIYs, but I just had to find a spot for this one. I’ve been wanting to make this glitter deer head canvas the first time I saw it on Pinterest. I wanted to change it up just a little bit so I added some thick black stripes to the background. I love how it turned out, and from a crafting difficultly level I would rank it a 6 out of 10. Which basically means….TRY IT! Here is a simple tutorial on what you will need and how I made mine.
- First go ahead and print out THIS deer head template onto cardstock (scroll down two photos)
- Canvas (mine was 12″x 16″)
- Gold glitter
- Small bottle of black gloss acrylic paint
- Large and small paint brush
- Liquid gold marker/pen **I’m convinced this made all the difference
- Blue painters tape
- Elmer’s glue
- Clear enamel spray or hair spray
Step 1: I printed out the deer head then enlarged it by 20% on my printer/copier onto two sheets of cardstock. Taped them together and cut out the silhouette (you can leave it an on an 8×10 if you want I just wanted mine a little larger)
Step 2: I marked off 2″ wide stripes on the canvas with a pencil and the yardstick (just divide evenly based on the size of your canvas)
Step 3: Use blue painter’s tape to mask off the stripes you don’t want paint on. Wrap the tape around the sides to the back so you can paint the edges too. Once the blue tape is on, paint the black gloss paint on the alternating stripes. Allow to dry. Then remove the painter’s tape.
Step 4: Place the deer head cutout on top of the canvas and trace with a pencil.
Step 5: Once you have traced the whole template, remove and go over the pencil with the liquid gold marker. This is a huge step a lot of the tutorials skipped, but I think it’s so important. It’s hard to get clean edges with the glue so the gold marker will give you a perfect outline.
Step 6: Use a combination of your large and small paint brush to fill in the outline generously with white glue. The thicker you put the glue the more dimensional it looks. Try to stay slightly within the gold outline so the edges stay crisp.
Step 7: Dump on the glitter and let it set for about a minute. When done shake off into a paper grocery bag (so you can pour the excess back into the container). If there are any spotty areas you can touch them up with glue and glitter. I also used a dry paintbrush and brushed away any glitter that fell outside the lines. When done give a light coat of enamel spray or hairspray to keep the glitter in place.
I think by now you know I am a bit of a craftaholic. Let me tell you…this is one of my favorite DIY projects I have ever done. I just love how it turned out and keep moving it all over the house because I can’t get enough of it. The only problem I am left with is which household items should I choose to cover in all that leftover gold glitter? Lookout mason jars, I think I’m coming after you next! Happy crafting!
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Well it’s happened. I opened one small box of Halloween decorations, put out a pumpkin here and there…and you know what comes next right? 200 trips (ok 3) to Michael’s, crafting while the kids nap, blowing up my Pinterest Halloween folder full of ideas, and hanging up way too many spiders and cobwebs than I care to even count. It’s that thing that happens when we get that little taste of cooler Fall weather…we snap and head right into Holiday crack out mode! And maybe crafting isn’t your thing, but you know you started baking something, bought new warmer clothes, or looked up Halloween costumes already! If not, that’s ok…it just means you aren’t crazy!
So here it is…the START of the Halloween happenings around our house! I’m still stuck on what I’m going to do outside but I have until October 1st right?
Have you gotten into the spirit of spook yet in your house?
Nathan has been a broken record the last week asking me to make our own play dough. I think this was an activity they did at school last week and obviously he thought it was so cool that he became OBSESSED over it. He knows I look up how to do things on YouTube so he’s been constantly shoving the iPad in my face asking me to look up instructions on how to make it. Yesterday was his lucky day.
We headed out to the store and got the following ingredients: Flour, Vegetable oil, Salt, Cream of tartar and Kool-aid packs in various colors
In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix well (salt, flour, cream of tartar, Kool-Aid). Then add the oil and boiling water to the dry ingredients and mix this with a large spoon until it becomes very firm. It should be cool enough to handle after a few minutes of stirring. Lay out some wax paper and flour for the last step. Use your hands and roll it in some more flour if it feels too sticky.
I pre-measured all the ingredients and put them on the table for Nathan so he could be the little mixologist. He thought this part was really cool…that way he could tell Daddy he “made it all by himself”. (Mommy added in the boiling water though!)
The Kool-aid is the best part. It makes the dough smell really yummy…so yummy that Shane took a little nibble and was definitely shocked by how much salt was in it. At least he won’t be doing that again! I was so surprised by how awesome the texture of this play dough was….it really felt like the real thing but smelled so much better.
We took out cookie cutters, Legos, and other utensils and the boys each took a huge ball of play dough and went to town! I think they had a piece of the dough in their hands at any given point of the day. I could see why Nathan thought this was so cool at school and wanted to recreate the fun at home. We sealed up the play dough in Tupperware containers and popped them into the fridge. I read they should keep for a long time this way. If not, we will gladly have fun making some more!
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Yesterday the boys and I worked on part of the gifts we are going to send out for Mother’s Day in a few weeks. My mom and Greg’s mom live across the country from us so we know they love anything tangible that is a reminder of the boys. What’s better than seeing their little hand prints on something they made and knowing they can carry them around anywhere they go?
These totes are great on their own, or you can use them as a gift bag and fill with other goodies for Mother’s Day….photobooks, a frame, gardening tools, candles, jewelry, bath and body products, baked goods etc. Here are some simple instructions for how we made ours.
What you’ll need:
-Canvas tote (Micheal’s had a huge selection ranging from $2-$10 based on size & quality-these are just the $2 ones)
-Fabric paint (green for grass/stems, black for the writing, and whatever colors you would like for hand print flowers)
-Pencil (to sketch out placement of writing)
-Paper grocery bag or cardboard
I used a paper grocery bag and slipped it right into the canvas bag. It fit inside the tote perfectly so the paint wouldn’t seep through to the other side of the bag. Next place the bag on a hard surface and paint on the grass and where you want the flower stems. I did two flowers so there was one for each boys’ hands. If your child is old enough they can definitely help with painting this part.
Once the green paint dries it’s time to have your children come help with their hand prints. Nathan liked squirting out the paint on a paper plate and rubbing his hands all around in it. This didn’t work for Shane (complete mess), so I suggest just applying paint directly on your child’s hand if they are younger. Wait for their hand prints to dry then go back in and touch up the leaves & stems if you need to.
After the flower hand prints dry you can add any writing you would like. I went in with a pencil and sketched in where I wanted the lettering to go, then went over it with black paint. Let the paint dry completely and then remove the paper bag. Fill with their favorite things or give it to them as is. Hope you give it a try….Happy crafting friends!
If there is anything you will come to learn about me it’s that I am wreath obsessed. I have them hanging all over our house, and I will change up our front door with each passing holiday and season. While I could go crazy and transition my Valentine’s Day wreath into a St. Patty’s Day one and then an Easter wreath…I’ve decided to keep things simple and make one I can have up for all of Spring. See how easy I made that for you? And in the spirit of saving time and money I will go ahead and say this is one of the simplest ones I have made in both effort and supplies needed. It also just so happened to turn out to be one of my favorites too!
All the supplies I used were from Michael’s. You will need:
1 large twine wreath (I believe this is a 16″)- $5
1 bag of Spanish moss- $4
1 large roll of burlap- $6
1 wooden birdhouse- $1
1 branch of Easter eggs- $1 (you can use whatever kind of egg you like. I just picked these for their size and because they were the least expensive)
1 birds nest- $2
1 small bottle off white acrylic paint- $.50
Of course I used some coupons, and took 50% off that burlap roll. I ended up spending less than $15 for everything. You will also need a hot glue gun, glue sticks, scissors and a paint brush.
I started with painting the bird house and 3 of the eggs in the off-white paint. You can get creative here with color or you can go the more simple route like I did. I also cut off the rope from the bird house and painted over where it was originally connected.
Then I made a huge mess and started glue gunning on the moss. I would add a pretty good amount of glue and add moss in about 6″ sections. 1 bag will stretch nicely across this size wreath. Use the whole bag and shape it when you are finished, filling in some patches you may have missed.
I then used my glue gun to attach the eggs inside the birds nest, and then attached both the nest and birdhouse to the wreath with the glue. You could also use wire to attach these items, that way you can take them off if you would like and add other items with the changing of holidays.
Then take your burlap roll and cut a really long piece that you can trim after you are done according to the length you want to hang it. I cut about a 9′ piece. String the burlap through the wreath and pull it right to the center so the wreath is dangling from the middle point of your burlap ribbon. Hold the burlap on both ends and tie a knot about 12″ up from the top of the wreath. This is where you make a bow and pull the loops out as big as you would like them. Fluff them out a little and shape them to the size you would like. Let the additional burlap hang down and trim the ends so they are even. Then cut again at an angle to give it a more finished look.
Hang on your door with a wreath hanger from the point of the bow’s knot. This will make sure it is securely attached to your door and at a strong point on the wreath. Stand back and enjoy your beautiful new wreath that took about $15 worth of materials and about 15 minutes of your time! Happy crafting and bring on that Spring weather!
Holidays are my favorite excuse for getting crafty and adding some festive DIY projects to our home decor. With February a day away, I thought it would be fun to share some of the Valentine’s Day crafts I have completed. I think I have hit my quota for all things pink and glittery this past month, but that’s what makes this one of my favorite holidays to get festive with! Moving forward I will try adding some of my favorite projects to my blog with the addition of some simple DIY tutorials. I hope you enjoy them! Here’s to spreading some love in month of February!! xo