Materials for Stenciling

One of my favorite things to do in my crafting projects is stenciling. With a Cricut machine, I have the flexibility to create almost anything…But I still had difficulty if the stencil was made out of paper or plastic material. The stencil would always move or shift or the paint would bleed. My projects would be ruined or just look “off”/wrong.

I started to cut out stencils using an indoor vinyl material. The outcome and the ease of the project was a game changer. The stencil placement is easier, the stencil doesn’t move and the stencil creates clean lines with no paint bleeding.

An indoor vinyl is slightly more expensive then regular paper but it is always easy to find good deals on Amazon. I would rather spend a little more to have to the project look good then skimp on materials for a project that doesn’t look right.


Stencil Project

Till we meet again,

Anne at Annie’s Bug Blog



DIY Bunny Wreath

Easter time is coming up and I have two little ones who enjoy this holiday. I always enjoy setting up little holiday items around the house and Easter is no exception. This is a how-to for a super easy Easter Project…..a Bunny Wreath. This is quick and a super low cost project.

What you need:

  • 3 – 8 in. grape vine wreath (many dollar stores have them)
  • 1 – 12 in. grape vine wreath (many dollar stores have them)
  • Floral wire (had some from Michael’s)
  • flowers, optional (got mine from a dollar store)
  • wire cutter

First, I simply bent two of the 8 in. wreaths. It breaks apart pretty easily when you fold it by hand and not much effort is required.


I wrapped floral wire around the broken two pieces to create an ear. Do this step again to create 2 ears. Attach the ears to the last remaining 8 in wreath to make a head with two ears. Attach the head to the large 12 in. wreath.  (If I had brown spray paint on hand, I would spray paint the floral wire to hide the green. Just a suggestion)



I added a couple of flowers and hung it by a ribbon. Done! I told you… Cute and Simple!

Bunny Wreath

Till we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog


DIY Mason Jar Sign

I tell you…. I am ready for Spring. March is here and Mother Nature keeps giving us small glimpses of Spring only to take it away from us. Grrrrrrrr.

When dreaming of Spring, I see vibrant flowers and mason jars filled my mommy lemonade. This is the inspiration for my sign and my hope that Spring is near.

To make this sign, I used:

  • Common wood
  • Brad nails
  • Stain
  • Cricut machine (Don’t have a craft machine, I can help. Visit my etsy store**)
  • Indoor Vinyl
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glue Gun
  • Fake flowers from a dollar store

I used common wood for a lot of my projects. It’s cheap, light and easy to cut. I cut three 3.5 in x 12 in boards and nailed them together using a scrap piece along the back side of the sign.

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I stained the board using General Finishes Java gel stain (seriously the best stain on the market. Super easy to use and dries quickly. I don’t get paid to say it either! ha!). Rub the stain in and let it dry.

Next, I cut a mason jar silhouette using my Cricut machine (my most favorite crafting item…Not paid to say that either!) with an indoor vinyl. I use an acrylic white paint on the mason jar stencil. After I let the paint dry,the jar looked incomplete to me so I decided to add text inside of the jar. A simple “Home Sweet Home” is always a welcome/popular sight!


After letting the paint dry, I used the hot glue to place some flowers to the top of the jar. Any color will do. Just a splash of spring flowers to create texture to the sign and give it a POP!

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This sign is already being sent off to a home but need to make at least one more for myself. It turned out so sweet and springy!

**I did update my Etsy shop for this stencil and much more. Custom orders are welcome. Click on link.

Until we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog




Pallet Sign

Oh Pallet, How I love thee so. I love seeing pallet projects on Facebook and Pinterest. A girlfriend contact me and asked if I could make a pallet sign……AND I jumped right on it. I couldn’t find a pallet that was the exact right size and length but just only meant I had to get a little creative!

Below is a picture of the pallet mid-way through the process (excuse the toy army guys scattered on the floor…’s just how we roll in our house).

Half way palletI used my cricut machine  to cut out the simple font letters/saying with vinyl material. When stenciling, I like to use a vinyl material because it is sticky and doesn’t move around on me. I used a classic white chalk paint for the letters and used a bright blue acrylic paint for the heart.

I cut off the top two rows of the pallet to make it the desired size and not so long. Then, I made 3 cuts in between the vertical posts. I inserted leftover/scrap common wood to create the shelving (ALWAYS KEEP SCRAPS..never know when you can use it again). I nailed the shelving down with nail brads.

It’s simple project that took very little time but makes a big statement!


finished palletTill we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog

Stenciled Monogram

My friends are putting the finishing touches on the nursery for their little bundle of joy. They bought a cute frame and lined the back with a burlap material. It was super cute! They came to me for a swirly monogram stencil and I was so excited to try to do a new stencil….. and I went straight to Pinterest. There are many different ways to monogram and many free fonts to choose from.  The free font I picked is listed here.

After downloading the free font, I uploaded the monogram image to my Circuit Design Studio and cut the stencil out with vinyl. Once the vinyl was cut, I put on transfer tape on top. With the swirly lines, it is so important to use transfer tape to ensure correct placement. Please do not try to do it by hand!! It will only cause headaches, frustrations and more work. Plus, the grid of the transfer tape is sooooooo helpful with placement.


The monogram was then painted on to the burlap backing with acrylic paint. The best tool to use for painting on a fabric that can bleed easily is to use a cheapy sponge. Make sure to use very little paint on the sponge and paint in thin layers with the paint completely drying in between coats.

They did all the hard work and the end result is amazing!! This would also be perfect for any baby shower or birthdays too… I think all girls are a sucker for a good monogram. But now, I can’t wait to do one for myself!

MonogramTill we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog

Sewing a Minky Blanket

When making a blanket, my favorite material to use, hands down, is Minky. It’s soft and velvety, but it’s not the easiest material to handle when sewing. But you can do it if you try….just need a little patience.

What you need:

  • 2 yards of minky material and 2 yards of any material (another minky, cotton, flannel, etc.)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins…..lots of pins
  • Patience

I picked a grey minky material and a simple cotton. Lay the right side of the material facing each other. (FYI….I went to a local business for the embroidered monogram on the cotton material. This is purely option, but perfect when making a personalized gift.)

IMG_2614Once the material is lined up, next is to pin, pin, pin, pin, pin and lots more pinning. The minky material likes to move and slip out of alignment. I pin everywhere (even in the middle on the blanket) to keep it straight. This process can be tedious but will be worth it when it you are sewing the blanket.


Time to sew! I used my standard needle and all purpose thread. Sew all around with an 1/2 inch seam and leave a small opening…..roughly 2-3 inch. Remove all the pins and I double check to ensure no pins are left behind. Inside out the blanket through the small opening and push open the seams at each corner. Hand stitch the small opening closed. Done!!

IMG_2616Till we meet again,

Anne of Annie’s Bug Blog

Paint and Stain Furniture

I love, love to paint. I am definitely not a artist by any mean but I can follow lines  and use painter’s tape. For Christmas, my mother bought me a old vanity from Craigslist that I have been dying to get my hands on. I wanted to put the piece in my Master Bedroom. The painting and staining may be a process but it is easy steps to get to a completed project.

First, take off the hardware and wipe the whole piece clean. I wanted to stain the top part dark so I used General Finishes Gel Stain in Java. (This is my absolute favorite stain because of it’s color and easy use. I definitely recommend this stain.) Java Gel

Use a sander to sand off the existing finish and expose the natural wood so the stain soaks up nicely but wipe down the piece again to clean off the debris from sanding (there is usually lots of dust). Stain the piece with as many coats of stain to get to the desired color you are looking for.

After staining, apply painter’s tape to protect the stained sections and start painting with chalk paint. With chalk paint, you will not need to prep/sand the area. Chalk paint is great way to paint wood without all the extra time for prep work. After the couple coats of  chalk paint has dried, apply a coat of clear wax and wipe off with a rag. I wanted to highlight the decorative pieces so I then lightly applied a dark wax on top of the clear wax to bring attention to the detail.

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With sanding and wait time for paint, the piece takes longer then the day but each step is relatively simple. Have an old furniture piece or don’t like the look of a piece, try painting with chalk paint. There are many chalk brands and even more color options. Give it a try…you may amaze yourself. Happy Painting!

COmpleted vanity

Till we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog