DIY Wall Art: Sparkly Confetti

Posted on June 1, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

I was so happy with the way this DIY wall art project turned out, I decided I needed to try another variation on it.

This project is super easy to do and so inexpensive. I think I spent under $10 for all the supplies. The canvas is really the most expensive part, but if you look around or aren't too picky about the size you can usually find a good deal.

The supplies you'll need:

  • canvas
  • tissue paper
  • glitter paper
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush (or paint brush)
  • white paint (optional)

The optional prep-step is to paint your canvas with a coat of white arcylic paint first. I had to do that last time I did this project because I felt my canvas was a little grey, but this one was nice and white so I skipped that step. Side note: I've stopped trying to get all the kitties out of my DIY photos. They just love getting involved! Especially Marshall, he was all up my business during this one.

First, cut out a bunch of circles from the tissue paper and glittery paper. You should be able to find glittery paper in any craft supply store in the scrapbooking section. I used a penny and nickel as a template for my circles. If you fold the paper over on itself several times, one cut will give you a bunch of circles.

Next, arrange the confetti on your canvas to get an idea of where you want it to go. I liked how it looked when I concentrated more of the confetti in one corner and had it spread out across the canvas.

Once you're happy with the placement, start gluing them down with the Mod Podge. It works best if you spread some on the canvas first, lay the circle on top of it, then add another layer of Mod Podge on top of that. When all the confetti is glued down, add another quick coat of Mod Podge to even it out.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I even unknowingly matched my nail polish to the design! Guess I had pink dots on the mind this week. This would look great in just about any colours though. I'd love to do dark blue tissue paper with gold glittery paper.

But pink really goes with Barney's fur.

Like I said at the beginning, this was based on a previous art project of mine, so if you like this one be sure to check out DIY Wall Art: Bubbles.

Note: My husband read this post and he wants you to know that we are aware of Barney's "weight issue". He's on a special diet and we try to get him to run around but he's just a big boy. Soon he'll have a whole house to run around in. And Barney would like to point out that this is a very unflattering angle.

Neon Embroidered Card

Posted on May 30, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Ever since this post I basically haven't stopped stitching cards. I have a stock pile for the next time a birthday, shower or wedding happens! I thought I would share with you one of my favourite patterns that I've come up with recently. Hope you like it!

The design is stitched on black cardstock to really make the colours pop. I also added a piece of white paper on the inside since writing on black paper is hard. It will also hide the back of the stitches.

If you're unsure about how to start stitching cards, click here to see full instructions that I outlined on a previous post. There are lots of photos to follow along with.

Wouldn't this make a great card for someone who just got engaged? Or maybe you want to tell someone you think they shine like a diamond.

Pair the card with a super-bright neon envelope and you have a really unique card. If you like this design, get the pattern and colour guide RIGHT HERE! Happy stitching!

DIY Paper Flowers

Posted on May 11, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Paper flowers are a fun little craft to decorate gifts, table tops, wedding favors, or make a whole bouquet. You can also string them up to make a garland.

There are tons of ways to make paper flowers, but this is my version. I used a slight variation of these on top of my wedding favors.

Supplies:

  • tissue paper
  • yellow or orange cardstock
  • scissors
  • tape
  • pencil

  1. Cut a strip of tisse paper about 9" x 26" and fold it in half lengthwise.

  2. Draw a wavy line on the paper starting with big waves and gradually getting smaller and closer together.

  3. Cut a small strip of cardstock about 2.5" x 0.5".

  4. Make a series of small cuts into the paper that go almost to the bottom.

Fold the cardstock in half, then in half again and place it on the end of the tissue paper starting at the small waves. The small waves will be in the center of your flower.

Start scrunching the tisse paper around the cardstock stamen. Don't just roll it, scrunch. (That's the technical term.) It helps to have a kitty sit on one end, but it's not required.

Secure the paper with a bit of tape and trim off the excess on the end to make it look pretty.

Embroidery: Part 1

Posted on May 7, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Embroidery is one of the first crafts I learned. Like most girls, my mom taught me and her mom taught her.

I've always found it very relaxing and fun even though I've had to deal with my friends laughing about how I'm a 26 year old granny! I think part of the problem is that there are very few modern embroidery patterns. Sure, there are definitely a few designers that are leading the way, but I thought I would offer up my designs for you too.

I've got 3 more designs planned, all within the same color family, that I will offer up on my blog as I finish them. So download this and collect them all. I've designed them so they'll look great hanging together.

Included with the PDF pattern, you will find color suggestions. I used a split stitch with 3 strands of floss for the whole design and I'm planning on using the same stitch for the other designs. A straight stitch, back stitch or stem stich would also work well. My fabric is a fairly heavy heather grey cotton with a bit of stretch. So click here to download the free pattern. Hope you enjoy!

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