Hello friends and thank you for visiting today! I hope you all had a good weekend. This past weekend we celebrated my little girl's second birthday. I can't believe she is turning two..sniff..sniff...tear...tear. In honor of the birthday girl and her love for Minnie Mouse, I thought it would be cute to have a Minnie Mouse party. One of things that I made for the party was a Minnie Mouse topiary. I really wish I could share all of the crafts I did for the party but I haven't had a chance to edit my pictures.
If you have read this blog long enough you know that I love buy most of my supplies at the Dollar Tree.
I found some stryofamo balls at the Dollar Tree and painted them with black craft paint.
I also put a styrofoam ball in the terracotta pot (also bought from the Dollar Tree) and then painted the pot white.
Once the paint on the styrofoam was dry I hot glued the small styrofoam balls to the bigger ball to create Minnie's head and ears.
I added a little basket shred to cover up the styrofoam ball in the pot. The basket shred can also be bought at the Dollar Tree.
I really loved how they turned out and I think they were a cute addition to my two year old's party!
I feel like I should rename my blog, "The Dollar Store Queen". I seriously love the dollar store as much as chocolate cake and I LOVE chocolate cake! I have been wanting to update this little awkward corner in my daughter's room into a little book nook before she was even born. I found the perfect sized wooden signs at the Dollar Tree. I wanted to do something book themed and thought it would be cool to have the name of the places of books.
Here is what the signs from the Dollar Tree looked like before I painted them. I wish this house ran on island time. :)
The first thing I did was sand the back of the sign and then spray painted. No need to do anything with the front of the sign because it is going on the back of the wall. I used several different colors for the sign and just used what I had on hand.
I wanted to make the signs look handmade but not too handmade. I looked at several tutorials on how to paint letters and I was really interested in using the chalk method to transfer the letters. Another thing that I wanted to use was font that was true to the book. I found several free fonts that I download to my computer and used in MS Works (it will work for MS Word as well). Here is the list of fonts I used for each sign.
Once you have downloaded the font you can install it to your computer. I created a shortcut on my desktop. You just need to right click on the zipped folder and create shortcut. Once the folder is on the desktop you can right click and you will see the option to install and there you go. You can then go to your word processing program and type up your signs. How to paint the sign by hand:
First let me start off by saying that this was my very first time painting letters. I am not a very good painter at all, so with that being said if I can do it anybody can do it. Step 1: After I determined what font I wanted to use I borrowed some black sidewalk chalk from my little babe and flipped my paper over and applied the chalk to the back. Step 2: Once I had chalked the back I then centered and taped the paper to the wooden sign and began tracing the letters with an ink pen. You need to make sure you are pushing down hard enough or go around the letters a few times to make sure the letters transfer. Step 3: After you have transferred the font to your sign you can begin painting. I used a smaller brush with kind of a tip to control my brush strokes and used craft paint for the letters. You can find craft paint brushes and paint just about anywhere. I usually get mine from Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart Step 4: I started off in a corner of the letter and realized that I needed to make sure my paint brush always had paint, not too much paint but enough to fill in the letter. You will know if you have too much paint because it is harder to control your brush strokes.
I think I painted the signs to look pretty close to what the font was. I was really worried that this was going to be one of my craft fails, but I think it turned out o.k.!
I used 3M Command strips to hang the wooden signs on the wall and I have a Stanley bubble level app on my iPhone to level my pictures. I love that app!
Awe, it makes me happy when I look at this wall! The best part is that this project only cost me $5.00 and some cents. I only had to buy the signs.
Hello everybody, welcome back to another edition of What I Wore Wednesday! Things have been a little crazy around here lately. We are trying to get our outside work done before my little girl's birthday party in a few weeks. We have so many projects going on right now that I can't even begin to tell you what we have been doing.
I can't believe Mother's Day is this coming weekend! This month is already flying by! I have been so busy with our outdoor clean up that I almost completely forgot. This year I wanted to give the mothers in my life something that comes from the heart. I had seen these flower pot picture frames around Pinterest a few years ago and decided to make them for my mom and mother-in-law using the grandchildrens' pictures.
I found these itty bitty terracotta pots at the Dollar Tree about a month ago. I had no clue what I was going to do with them. I tend to buy things because they are cute and cheap. I am glad I did buy them because they were perfect for this project!
I also had bought these styrofoam 2" balls there for another project that I never got around to. They just happened to fit perfectly in the tiny terracotta pots
I then had these green wooden sticks that somebody was giving away for free at work. I think they might have been used for planters? They were perfect for my project. I just pushed the stick into the styrofoam to create the stem.
I used my Cricut to cut out the flowers for the pictures, you could probably find a flower pattern or use stencils to create a flower if you don't have a die cut machine.
Once the flower has been cut out you can trace your picture to fit the flower frame. You will need to leave a little extra of the picture so you can glue it to the flower. If it's cut exactly to the size of the flower you won't be able to attach the picture to anything.
Once you have your picture glue to the flower you can take glue the flower to the stem (stick).
I then used some basket box and bag shred from the Dollar Tree to cover up the styrofoam ball.
Once you have you that all done you can decorate the terracotta plant however you want. I used a little Kraft paper and some ribbon for mine.
I think these would also be cute for a wedding shower, you can use the groom and bride's engagement picture. Or maybe for a party you can use them at table cards. The possibilities are endless. I hope the moms in my life like it!
Do you have any special projects you are working on for the moms in your life?