Saturday, October 3, 2015

Boo-tiful Creation

So I thought of this cute craft that I could do and I had it mulling over in my head for awhile until I finally decided that I needed to be made into fruition. I had drawn up an idea of how I wanted it to look and then my little girl and I went to the craft store where I polished up my drawing and added and took things away from my initial idea. Then last Sunday I took a "me" day and crafted and watched my idea come together. Ok...tired of me talking about this idea, but not telling you the idea. :)
So I had this thought to put together a BOO sign and make each letter a monster. I also want to do a SCARY sign with the same idea. but that will have to wait awhile.

 The B I made into a witch, the O into a Mummy and the second O into Frankenstein
I used acrylic paint and added about 3 coats of paint (i think) This is because the letters I wanted at the craft store were all sold out so I had to get the pre-painted letters which made it a kind of pain to paint. I had to do a layer of color and then I had to do another layer of texture and then another of layer to cover up the rest of the white. Then it was just spot coating after that.

The base was a little easier to paint but took a few coats of paint as well. It was an unfinished base so the wood soaked in a little of the paint but I think this one only took 3 coats of paint. Then I drew the webs on with a pencil and used it as a guide. It was just a lot easier that way. I used a thin paint brush with black paint to paint on the web lines. After it dried I was able to erase the visible pencil marks that remained.
 For the chevron pattern on the B, I actually used a black chevron washi tape. This was my first time using washi tape; I was very happy with how super easy it was to use. It looks so great and it was a lot easier to get clean lines and have them match up with the tape as apposed to paint. The witches hat I confess I did not make. I went the easy route and pick up one of those mini witch hat headbands in the closeout section. I just cut the headband off and hot glued the hat onto the B. I was going to try and have the hat at an angel, but I wasn't sure what would happen to the hat if I started to gut it. So I just left it. I did find the cute little black cat and put that beside the witch B as well. However before I was able to glue it to the board, a certain pair of little hands got a hold of the cat and I haven't been able to find it yet. :p
The mummy was super easy. Since the letters were already painted white I didn't have to do much painting with this one. I just cleaned up the sticker and glue residue it left then I glued the googly eyes on and started wrapping the O with medical gauze. Wala it's done. :)
 The Last remaining O I used the same washi tape from the witch as the hair for the Frankenstein O. Then I just added a few stitches. I would like to add bolts to the side of the O but I currently don't have a way to get them in since our drill broke. So he will remain bolt-less until I can fix it. :)
  And there it is, my BOO sign. I am very excited about how this turned out.
 And after I got it off my cluttered table and on the shelf it looked even better. ;)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Getting Back to Crafting

I don't know if I am just finally getting settled in from the chaos of this year or if its because the holiday season is right around the corner. Whatever the cause the crafting bug has bit me again and I must head its call. :p I have started a little small but I am in the process of something bigger. So here is the project I did yesterday.
I found some spiders in our Halloween stuff that were still in their box never been used. I knew I had some magnets in with my crafting stuff so I decided to cut off small pieces of magnets and use hot glue to glue them to the spiders.

The pictures are pretty self explanatory. :p but to be a good little blogger... :p
The spiders had a hollow center so I filled it with the hot glue and just went over the top of the spider and added glue to its "head". Then I placed the magnets on top of the hot glue and after getting burned a few times I actually used the handle of a fork to press the magnet so it would dry firmly into the glue.
After the glue was all dry and the spiders had cooled down, I placed them onto the front and back or our front door. The rolled up magnets I used are not that strong so if you are wanting to do this project I would suggest going to the craft store and to purchase a good strong set of magnets. These magnets will work for this year but I will probably have to replace them either at the end of the season or before I put them out next year. They were a quick and easy decoration to make that looks Super cute on our front door. Plus the fact that I had all the stuff so it was free doesn't hurt either. :)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Better Late Than Never

Before we moved I had a Christmas Advent Calendar in the works and a burlap Christmas tree waiting on the side lines. I was able to go through some of my craft boxes and found them again and decided I wanted to finish them. The burlap tree was a craft day project that I didn't get to do because I was in charge of my teaching at my own craft table. The lady told me to just do a search on pinterest for DIY Burlap Christmas Tree. Well I did....and got about 5 different ideas. So I kinda took all those ideas and my own and just winged it.
So I used a Styrofoam cone covered in paper, I was suppose to cut 3" squares of burlap, I actually cut them a little larger and ended up regretting it.
 Glue the squares into triangles, they don't have to be perfect, in fact I found the less symmetrical they are the better.
 With hot glue you glue one of the ends of the triangle onto the cone in any pattern you would like. All the way up the cone.

 At the top I added pine-cones, but you can add a star, burlap bow, whatever you would like. I think it turned out ok, but because I rushed through this so quickly and didn't take the time I needed to be careful and precise I am not as excited about the results as I would have been. I think I am going to try this again but not rush through it and maybe even try a different method.

The advent calendar that I did I really LOVE! I think it turned out beautifully and I am very pleased with it.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

More Snowman Fun

 Before we moved, my crafting buddy and I was able to get together and have one last night of fun. We made these cute little snowmen. I wasn't able to finish mine completely till we made the move and got things sorted a bit. But I really like how they turned out.
 I was also able to finish my monogram snowman as well. I don't think I like the white A though. I might re-paint it red.
 Overall it has been a good crafting experience. :) I now have all my crafting stuff back so I will be able to make more things, and I will try and do a better job at posting about them.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

The end of the semester is right around the corner and I have been itching to get my hands on crafting again. I have 2 projects lined up for this weekend (hopefully) and I just finished this guy.

Isn't he CUTE!!!! Plus so much fun to make. He is made out of a rough wood (sorry I don't know which kind). His nose, hat brim and star are secured with screws. The base is a solid block and has a triangle to attach the snowman to it. I used a heavy staple gun to secure the pine boughs and ribbon to the star. His mouth is bent wire secured by heavy staples and his eyes are fabric tacks. Oh and then of course the vinyl lettering on the hat. Sorry I didn't take pictures of the whole process, once I got started I was so happy to be crafting again I just did it and forgot to document. I will try and do better with the other two crafts.
I hope you enjoyed. Happy crafting everyone!

Oh and my daughter had a fit when she saw him she was so excited. But promptly refused when daddy asked if it was olaf. "Nope, he's just a snowman." :p

Monday, August 11, 2014

Birthday Gift

I made this gift super last minute. ( I think it was about 15 minutes before we had to leave.) I realized that we didn't have a gift for our sister in law so I found a frame with just it's glass and went through my vinyl to see if I had a cute saying, luckily I did. So I cleaned the glass, applied the vinyl and sealed up the glass edge with my hot glue gun. Here is what it looks like.
 Overall I think it turned out really well and she really liked it. :)