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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 12.19

Hello Style Spotters! I hope the holiday season is in full swing for you all, and that you’ve got time planned to spend with family and friends! If you’re like me, you haven’t even started thinking about gifts or decorating or all those holiday shenanigans yet–and that’s ok. I’ve pulled together a few last-minute options for you to take a look at.

 

I love this simple copper card tree holder tutorial from The Nest. It’s perfect for showing off all the cute cards you receive this holiday season while adding extra Christmas cheer to your home at the same time.

 

 

Want a new way to wrap all those presents? Take a look at these cute DIY wrapping paper ideas from Hello Natural. What a fun way to add a little homemade flair to an already awesome gift.

 

 

I have a horrible track record with mittens. It seems like the day after I get them, they get lost. For the mitten-losers out there, try this adorable sew-your-own tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. Find an old sweater and start sewing! Hopefully you won’t lose your handiwork (Terrible pun intended. Bear with me).

 

 

Last minute holiday party? Look no further. Try this awesome Colorful DIY Christmas Party guide from Paper & Stitch. Go wild with bright colors or tame with more traditional red’s and green’s. Either way, you’ll have a room your guests will be sure to remember!

 

 

And looking for that last-minute hostess gift? Try these etched wooden spoons from Design Mom to help them cook with style. Cheap, easy and fun, whoever you give them to will love them!

 

 

And there you have it! Enjoy the holidays, friends! See you next year!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

Photo Canvas DIY: 2 Ways

Do you love photo canvases, but don’t really have the budget to buy them? Well today I’m going to share 2 ways you can make these neat creations without breaking the bank. The first way we’ll use iron-on transfer paper to transfer an image to fabric, then print onto tissue paper and Mod Podge the image! Trust me, it’s easy. They are great gifts, or just keep them for yourself to decorate your home.

Iron-on Fabric Photo Canvas DIY

Supplies:

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 1/2 yard of white fabric
  • fabric iron-on paper
  • iron
  • high quality photo
  • scissors
  • staple gun and staples

Directions: 

- Let’s start with printing our photo onto the iron-on transfer paper. Set up your photo on your computer. Flip it horizontal so the image is “backwards”. The image will iron-on the correct way when transferred to fabric. Note: if you don’t have a printer, you can take an image to a local print shop. I’ve brought my iron-on transfer paper to a local printer in the past and they printed on it for me. Just call them and ask. You can also ask them to flip the image for you, if you’re not sure how.

- Iron-on the image onto the fabric (following your iron-on transfer paper instructions). Let cool and peel back paper. Trim the fabric to an 11 x 11 square.

- Center the image on the front of the canvas. Carefully flip over and staple the fabric onto the back of the frame. Fold fabric corners on the top and bottom of the frame. Note: if you mess up and the image isn’t even over the canvas, just pull out a staples and start over.

- You are done! The cool thing about this project is you can use an old canvas frame. Have a painting you don’t like anymore? You can just staple this fabric over the painting. Just pull the fabric off if you get tired of the image.

Total cost: under $15

Mod Podge Tissue Photo Canvas Diy

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 8.5 x 11 printer paper
  • 8 x 8 image
  • white tissue paper
  • painters tape
  • acrylic sealer spray
  • Mod Podge
  • paintbrush
  • white acrylic paint
  • printer

Directions:

- Let’s prep the picture. Carefully smooth out and tape the white tissue paper onto the printer paper (you’re printing onto the tissue paper). Put it into the printer and print your 8 x 8 image. Let the printed image dry completely. Note: while taping the tissue paper onto the printer paper, make sure the tissue is very smooth. If it’s too wrinkly it will print weird.

- In a well ventilated area wearing a mask and eye protection, spay a very light layer of acrylic sealer spray onto the printed tissue image. Let dry for an hour. Carefully remove the printed tissue paper from the printer paper. Trim the sides of the tissue paper (leave a 1/4 inch border around the image).

- Grab your canvas and apply a very light layer of Mod Podge. Very carefully place the printed tissue image onto the mod podged canvas. Carefully smooth out the image from the center out. Apply one more coat of Mod Podge over the tissue image to seal the picture. Let dry for a couple of hours.

- Use the white acrylic paint to cover the side of the canvas (to cover any excess tissue that folded over the side). Apply 2 – 3 coats of the paint.

- When the paint is dry, you’re done!

Total cost: around $10

I hope you enjoy! Let me know how this Photo Canvas creating goes!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: $5 Macrame Plant Hanger

The 70′s called and it wants macrame back. That’s not going to happen because I love a cute macrame plant hanger. They are so cute and I love them. You can put flowers or succulents in your hangers, or how about some herbs? Wouldn’t these be cute with a mini oregano hanging out in there? A little grouping of herbs hanging in your kitchen window?

Supplies: 

  • Colorful yarn
  • Cute mini planter
  • Plant (I used a succulent)
  • Scissors

Directions: 

Step 1: 

Cut out eight 36 inch long pieces of yarn.

Step 2: 

Tie a big knot to keep all your yarn pieces together. This knot will also be the center of the bottom of the hanger.

Step 3: 

Split up the yarn into four sections (2 pieces per section).

Step 4: 

Tie a knot in each section. The spacing from the main center knot to the first section knot is up to you. Since my planter is tiny, I tied my first knot about 1/2 inch from the center. These set of knots should be somewhere under the planter base. Repeat this step with all four sections (the first set of knots are highlighted in pink).

Tip: feel free to test the planter in the yarn as you go along. This will help you place the knots properly.

Step 5:

Next, grab a piece of yarn from one section and match it with a piece of yarn from it’s neighboring yarn section. Check the image above for help. Repeat with all four sections. Again, the length from one knot to the next will depend on the size of your planter. These knots should be located in the bottom 1/2 of your planter (the second set of knots are highlighted in yellow).

Step 6:

Repeat step 5 to make another set of knots. These knots should be located around the top 1/2 of the planter. Repeat with all 4 sections (the third set of knots are highlighted in blue).

Step 7:

The last set of knots should be located somewhere above the planter (see image for reference). Tie all the yarn pieces into a final knot a couple inches above the last set of knots (you’ll see the fourth set of knots above the plant).

Step 8:

Tie a loop above that fourth knot. From here you can braid the remaining yarn, put some beads on, or just plain tie a loop. It’s completely up to you.

These items would also be SO cute as little gifts and/or party favors!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I made this cute little planter for my ebook: Make Your Day


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 23 Budget Friendly Handmade Valentine’s Gifts!

Trend: Handmade Valentine’s Gifts.

First, sorry I’m bringing up Valentine’s in early January, but it’s just around the corner and it always sneaks up on me. In our home we try to spend very little for the Valentine’s holiday. That means if there are any gifts, it’s handmade or food (my husband is a wonderful cook, so I love that). I’m prepping some ideas to make a couple of gift items for my hubs, friends, and family. I hope you enjoy my inspiration.

Painted Love Mug: Lacquer & Linen.

 Painted Heart Bag: V and Co.

Faux Wood Candles: At The Picket Fence.

XOXO Pillows: Craftaholics Anonymous.

Leather Heart Coin Purses: Fabric Paper Glue.

LOVE Pillow DIY: The Paper Mama.

Faux Love Rocks: Matsutake.

Heart Coasters: Food + Femininity.

Wood Burned Spoons: Craftberry Bush.

Heart Hex Pendant: I Try DIY.

Date Night Jar: Southern In-Law.

Fringe 3-D Heart: On Julep by Hank and Hunt.

Message In A Bottle: Camille Styles.

Geometric Wall Heart: Oleander and Palm.

Glittery Heart Boxes: The House that Lars Built.

Heart Stitched Card: Dandee.

Kissing Thaumatrope: The Brooding Hen.

Floating Heart Backdrop for those romantic photos: Hank and Hunt.

Bacon Hearts: The Paper Mama.

Heart Potato Chips: Beard and Bonnet.

Strawberry Hearts Cupcakes: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Heart Shaped Fruit Skewers: Life in Wonderland.

Wine Label Valentine’s Printables: Just Add Ginger.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Striped Painted Glassware

I know we’re past Christmas, but there are still reasons to celebrate! We’ve got New Years, Valentines, and my birthday (hee) just around the corner! Let’s toast to all these good times with my Striped Painted Glassware! Earlier this year I created a separate design to be included in Make Your Day ebook my friend Chelsea and I built, but we later realized a mistake in the original pieces and needed to scrap the idea. I’ve edited and perfected this glassware and now it’s ready to share with you, and I LOVE how they turned out.

Make a set for your New Years toast, here’s how:

Supplies:
- Martha Stewart Glass Paint: white, gold, and blue
- new or thrifted glassware (tip: it’s hard to paint clean lines on tapered/curves glassware, I suggest straight glassware if you can find it)
- rubbing alcohol
- paint brush
- washi tape

- optional: X-acto knife

Directions:


- Clean and dry your glassware. Follow this with a wipe down with rubbing alcohol and let dry

- From the top of your glasses, measure down 1 – 2 inches from the opening and wrap around a piece of washi tape. The Martha Stewart Paint is not food safe, so you need to give enough room so your mouth won’t touch the paint.

- Measure up from the base of the glass about 1/2″ and wrap a piece of washi tape around it.

- Time to tape off the vertical lines. The washi tape I used was 1/2 inch wide, so I tried to create 1/4″ – 1/2″ spaces to paint. Tip: if you use an even number of vertical taped washi strips, you will get an even number of spaces to paint. This is ideal if you are using 2 paint colors for the lines and don’t want a color to repeat. If you don’t get even lines, no worries. Just paint that extra line with gold paint. I chose to go this route.

- Use your finger to press down all the tape spots. Be sure there are no bubbles along the tape edge where paint can bleed under the tape.

- Let’s get painting! This first paint step is optional, but I like it. If you’d like a bit of gold for the undercoat (that you can see from the inside of the glass) paint 2 – 3 layers of gold paint on the vertical paint spaces (letting each coat dry about 20 minutes).

- Next up, paint a layer of white paint over all the gold. The gold paint is a bit transparent and this will help. Let this layer dry about 15 – 20 minutes.

- On every other stripe, paint 1 – 2 coats of blue paint (letting dry about 15 – 20 minutes in between coats). On the remaining white stripes, add more coats of white (if needed). Note: if you have an uneven number of stripes, paint your gold stripe now. You’ll probably need to paint 2 layers of gold. Let dry 15 – 20 minutes.

- Peeling off the washi tape can be a bit tricky. If you let the paint on the glassware dry completely, the paint may tear off when peeling off the tape. Pull the tape off with in 30 minutes of the last cost, very carefully. OR, use an x-acto knife to trace along the tape and paint line.

- When the tape is off, let the glassware dry completely. I suggest overnight. Tip: if you notice any spots the paint may have bled under the tape, you can use the tip of your x-acto knife to scrape it off.

- You have two options to make your paint job permanent. The Martha Stewart Paint instructions say you can let the pieces dry for 21 days, or bake them. In my experience baking has worked better with this paint. I haven’t had much luck with waiting 21 days, plus I’m inpatient. Hee. Here are the Martha Sterwart Paint baking instructions: “When oven curing, make sure your piece is completely dry before setting it in the oven. Be careful to not allow any painted surfaces to be resting or touching anything while in the oven and start with your piece in a cool oven before turning it up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and baking for 30 minutes. Allow your piece to cool completely before handling.”

You’re done! Give as an awesome hostess gift with some bubbly, or keep for yourself and toast to YOU for a job well done!

Happy New Year!
- Chelsey


Style Spotter Editor

Just In: STUDIOPATRO Tea Towels

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and if you’re still scrambling for a gift, take a look at designer Christine Weber’s new tea towel collection—and her fab idea of using a towel as gift wrap.

Rustic Linen Tea Towels, $24 each; studiopatro.com (Plus, check out her Apron Sets. You get a handmade wooden spatula, apron, and tea towel for $88.)

 

Photos: STUDIOPATRO

 

– Joanna Linberg, Assistant Editor BHG