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.
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)
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!
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:
Cricut machine (Don’t have a craft machine, I can help. Visit my etsy store**)
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.
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!
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!
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…..it’s just how we roll in our house).
I 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!
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!
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.)
Pins…..lots of pins
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.)
Once 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!!
One of my first sewing projects was a stuffed kitten that I found at an Etsy shop, CreateJoyMakeStuff. (Click on the name to direct you to the shop and the kitten plans). I picked this plan out of the other sewing plans on Etsy because I liked it’s simple “Engineering Plans” (and was at a great price point). Each step of the plan is accompanied by a picture to give you an idea of what it should look like each step of the way. It’s hard to mess up with that. It holds your hand throughout the project.
Pick out some soft fabric of your choice and a bag of filler to stuff the pet. I picked out a purple polka dots flannel (super cuddly), a grey minky for the inner ears and a cotton simple pattern for the belly. The learning curve is very short and everything you need to know are in those detailed directions!
This project is a great beginner project and takes an afternoon to finish!
Side note…I add a small cotton ball of lavender oil and included it with the kitty’s stuffing….just to give a calm, pretty scent.
These days, you can teach yourself to do anything on Pinterest and Youtube. Don’t know how to sew? There are millions of tutorials on Youtube to teach you how. You could have a wealth of knowledge in the sewing world or you can have zip, nada, zero… you can find a tutorial to suit your experience level.
If you are a new at sewing or if you are experienced, this will be a cute little gift that any girl would enjoy!