I saw this print awhile back, and loved what she did, but knew I didn’t have the time to do it.
So I took this route instead and wanted to share it with you!
16×20 canvas(they sell them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby) I got mine in a two pack for under $5 each at Hobby Lobby
Black Acrylic Paint
Printer and Paper
You’ll start with a clean canvas like this:
Paint it black. You’ll have to do a couple of coats for good coverage. I always use the cheap foam brushes for projects like this because they are inexpensive and wash up really quick if I don’t throw them out.
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Apply Modge Podge to the back of the print and let dry. Once dry, apply it to the top and around the entire canvas including the edge.
That’s all! Super quick! You could also use printables like we framed here and paint the canvas any color you wish! The possiblities are endless!
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So I envisioned taking beautiful pictures of this project and having a detailed post. Truth is, I threw this together on my living room floor while watching football with my husband and taking a break from a sick baby. It’s that easy!
Wooden Beads(Hobby Lobby has them for under $2 for a bag that had at least 8). My stepmom passed these along to me!
Ribbon(thin, inexpensive spool)
As you can see in the photo above, I wanted to make one with painted beads. The beads are painted, but need to be touched up then strung onto creme ribbon. I like the natural look too so I added some unfinished ones to some sage green ribbon.
When you add the beads, make a knot before and after each one. To get this chunkier knot, I had to make a loose knot then add another one on top of that one and tighten together. It took a little playing around to get the right size, but you can do it! I thought odd numbers were best so I added five beads.
My model wanted to be silly!
I made the ribbon extra long so it hangs lower on me than it is on A in this picture.
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Aren’t chalkboards fun? I love the fun they add to any space.
This project is again, super easy to do and doesn’t involve any sewing!
12×12 Birch wood(at Michael’s-they have various sizes. This one was under $4)
Get out the drill(or if you’re not comfortable, ask your husband) and drill two small holes at the top. I drilled about an inch down and a couple inches from the center.
After you drill these(make sure they’re large enough to string ribbon through), sand it down lightly to make it a little smoother(I forgot this step because I wasn’t anxious to paint it for you!)
Paint it using chalkboard paint. If you don’t want to buy a whole can of it, Michaels has these little bottles of it for under $2. I’ve been pretty happy with the coverage overall. Great for small projects. I applied a few coats because I didn’t use a primer.
Once it’s completely dry, string a piece of ribbon through the holes to hang it. Make sure it’s completely dry so you don’t get paint on the ribbon. Then rub a piece of chalk all over it to season it. As you can see, I almost forgot this part. Hold the chalk sideways to get the most coverage.
Decorate it as you wish!
Make sure you don’t skip the light sanding. I really need to go back and sand it then apply another layer of paint. You can see it’s pretty rough and not wiping off very well unless you get the rag wet. You can also see the knots in the wood, but I think the sanding would help hide those.
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Button Bobby Pins
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I’m so excited to kick off this series with these simple button bobby pins. They are so fun and easy to make and really add a lot to your hair! Since I’ve made them, I’ve found myself adding it to otherwise blah hair and loving the results!
I was lucky enough to score a tin full of vintage buttons, but you can find buttons at any craft stores or even Walmart for a few dollars. Bright colored ones are cute for little girls, or for a little more sophisticated look, opt for something like these below.
You will need:
Bobby Pins(I got mine at Sally Beauty Supply because I know they hold really well) $1.50 for 60
Buttons, felt, and a hot glue gun
When I first decided to make these, I saw this site which gave me some direction(Go check it out, she has some really cute button clips!). I know hot glue can pop off easily, but I was using what I had on hand. A friend suggested using E9000 glue which would hold really well.
It’s fun to try a few different styles of buttons. To the top of the large red button above, I glued a smaller decorative white for added texture. If the button has a shank(the hole that sticks up) I was able to run the bobby pin right through the shank then glue around the edges.
The first step was to glue the buttons together to get the look you want. Then slip a piece of felt between the bobby pin…
This is what the back of the button will look like:
These are so simple to make and go really fast. My kids are usually around(not the baby) when I’m making these. They either hand me stuff or make patterns with the button stash!
A few completed buttons.
These would be a great addition to any gift for girls of all ages! Get creative with your button pairing and have fun with it!