Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Day Tin Box Keepsake Tutorial

So, Clairebear came home  from school with a note from the teacher, this year, they are asking the kids to bring to school a home-made carrier for their Valentine's. It calls for "creativity" and to use whatever they want, paper, fabric, paint, etc. 
Claire really wanted to make something in fabrics, but quite honestly, I JUST finished cleaning after making a large project for my brother {baby bedding, total flashback, I started my online business making those, but that was a long time ago}; and the idea of pulling out fabrics, coordinates, batting, trims, ribbon,  thread, etc etc etc, made me cringe.
I was able to convince her to utilize the leftover wall paper we had from our last project! {thank Goodness!} and she was on board. This project can be as simple or as complicated as you'd like, depends on how adorned you'd like your box.
We have been holding on to some tin mini suitcases we purchased at a craft store a couple of years ago {you know how it is, you are browsing, and then see something on sale, don't really need it, but can think of a project for the Holidays, grab it! The Holidays come and go, and no project! Ah, the story of my life! lol}, grabbed those, grabbed my leftover paper, some adhesive backed felt {for lining it}, trims {grabbed all I had, needed to see what would look best}, pencil, scissors and a glue gun.

First, mark and cut the pieces of wall paper that will go on the top and the bottom of the tin, do the same for the felt.
Follow instructions to install the wallpaper {basically wet, place, smooth}. Wait for the wallpaper to dry {about an hour ... theoretically speaking, my "little crafter" was not as patient, so, we really just waited about a half hour, and were really really careful}.
 Grab the felt and place it inside the box {this is only if you really want it lined, it's not 100% necessary}

Select some cute trim for the sides {after a lot of arguing, Claire selected the ball trim in pink} and this is where you grab your glue gun and glue that puppy up.
Add ribbon wherever you can, I just made 2 cute bows on each side of the handle, to make it extra girly!

And I am done! We talked about using paint, more felt, add Claire's name to the top etc, but, I am a fan of simplicity, and this is, well, simple! I hope you can use this as inspiration to make your own version! Have a lovely weekend!

Here is the "visual instruction" for those of you who don't like to read {like me!}

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wood Picture Frame Tutorial

This was such a fun and easy and fun {x's 2} project, that I am going to have to do it again and again. You can literally use this idea for all holidays and home decor! But, for now, let me show you what I did and why!

Valentine's day is coming up, and in my household, it is not exclusive to Hubby and Me! My kids always want to do a little special detail for their best friend, or, what's even sweeter, to each other.

This year, we decided it would be fun to decorate picture frames, seriously, this is probably going to be the shortest tutorial ever, just take a peek at the images below, and get your really short shopping list ready:

What you will need:
  1. Wooden craft picture frames. {You can purchase these at most craft stores, and some big box stores}.
  2. Wall Paper {I ordered a couple of sample sizes from my shop in +Spoonflower} The specific ones I used were Bunting Hearts and Vintage Hearts
  3. Paint {I used acrylic}
These are your basic goods, you can add embellishments like stickers, ribbon, good from the Scrapbooking isle etc!!

 PS. Gluing the wallpaper to the frames is super easy, and the product comes with instructions, all you need to install it is a sponge and some warm water, super easy!!!

Hope you have fun making these! Enjoy!

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