RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH TUTORIAL

I have enjoyed bringing you collections of 4th of July Printables and 4th of July Wearables Tutorials from lots of talented bloggers and crafters so far this week!  You can also check out Ten 4th of July Decorations to Make {with tutorials}.

PATRIOTIC WEEK CONTINUES TODAY WITH A RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH TUTORIAL

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I made this wreath to hang on the inside of the back door in my kitchen for the 4th of July this year.  I hope you enjoy it!

{On a total side note…  My son is in a Silly Science summer camp at the library this week, so that’s where I am working on this post.  I just looked down and saw strings of hot glue from my glue gun on my skirt. Sometimes I’m out and look at my hands and realize there’s black paint under my nails.  Yep…I’m that lady}

Now on to the tutorial!

TO MAKE THIS SPARKLY RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH, YOU WILL NEED:

      • a wire wreath form (I used a 10″ one because I have an oddly small door leading out to my deck)
      • 1-2 rolls of 15-foot red burlap ribbon, depending on how full you want it (I used just over one roll)
      • glittery foam stars or other patriotic embellishments
      • hot glue
      • ribbon for hanging

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First, unravel the spool of red burlap.

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You are going to cover the wire wreath form with the burlap by going over and under the rings in a weaving pattern.

Start by inserting the burlap under the first wire ring from the center of the wreath.  Weave it over the next ring, then under the next.  Pull it through until you come almost to the other end of the burlap.  Leave a little extra there (about 3 inches) so that it doesn’t get pulled back into the wreath form when you fluff the burlap.

Now that you have woven the burlap over and under the rings of the wreath frame, pull the burlap so that it is loose, making loops or puffs.  Adjust them until they are about as big as you’d like.

Now weave the burlap back through the wire circles on the wreath form, this time coming from the outside to the inside.  After you arrive at the center, pull the burlap loose and fluff it up.

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Repeat this process to finish attaching the burlap to the wreath, fluffing as you go.  The pattern is like a basket weave, so if you went over a wire when working toward the outside of the wreath, you will go to that wire when working your way back to the center and vice versa.

I would recommend going out or back 4 times in each section of the wreath for small and more times for a larger wreath form for a nice full wreath.

If one side of your wreath looks less full than the other, glue your embellishments on the side that is less full to fill it in.  That is what I was going to do with my wreath and was even thinking about including that tip in this post as I was working, but I guess I was just so darn excited about getting those sparkly little stars on that I glued them on the full side.  Doh!  Not that big of a deal, but it did make for another trip to the craft store for a second roll of burlap to fill it out.  {In reality, I was in a rush trying to get all the stars glued on before heading out for Silly Science Summer camp…so is the life of a crafting mama…}

Once your wreath is at a fullness you like, secure the end of the burlap by tucking it underneath one of the wires on the back of the wreath.  If you have extra burlap and need to cut it, you can glue it down on the back using a line of hot glue so it doesn’t unravel.

And then it’s time for my favorite part!  Add your sparkly red, white and blue stars.  I used hot glue which worked fine for these stars because they are very light.  If your embellishments are light, hot glue will work fine, but if they are heavier, like larger wood stars for example, you can attach them to clips and then clip them to the wreath or use twine or string to tie them on (if you don’t mind seeing the string), or even glue string to the back of the embellishment and then tie it around the back.  Hot glue alone will not hold heavy embellishments on your wreath for long… (ask me how I know)

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I was thinking that the stars looked like little starfish (I know, I know “sea stars”) floating in a net when I was attaching mine.

Lay out the stars in a pattern you like on your wreath and then lift and glue them one at a time to preserve the pattern you chose.

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Lastly, you can add a hanger to your wreath.  Because of the open wire of the wreath form, you can hang this wreath using a nail or you can use an over the door wreath holder as well.

I chose a coordinating ribbon and glued it into a loop around the wreath form on the back.  I used a flat tack to secure it to the top of the door.

And there you have it!

YOUR VERY OWN STAR SPANGLED WREATH!

You might also like the Blue Burlap Monogram Wreath or this natural colored Burlap Wreath!

4TH OF JULY WEARABLES TUTORIALS

If you missed yesterday’s post, “4th of July Printables” be sure to check it out for lots of unique, FREE printables!

WELCOME BACK TO PATRIOTIC WEEK AT MY WEEKLY HABIT!

I have been searching high and low to bring to you a variety of 4th of July wearables tutorials.  I think we’ve got the kids, ladies and even Fido covered!  You will find lots of DIY patriotic things to make and wear including t-shirts, shorts, dresses, necklaces, hair accessories, flip-flops, a dog collar and more!  I hope you enjoy this 4th of July Wearables tutorials as much as I have!

4TH OF JULY WEARABLES

NO SEW WAVING FLAG SHIRT

I love that this sweet shirt is “no sew”!  She uses ricrac, ribbon, and hot glue to whip this shirt up in a snap!
gingerlymade.com

BANDANNA FLAG T-SHIRT

Turn red, white and blue bandannas into this fun flag shirt using Heat n Bond.  Great “no sew” option for boys!
sugarbeecrafts.com

4TH OF JULY STAR NECKLACE

Learn how to turn polymer clay, Mod Podge, and glitter into this unique and festive 4th of July necklace.
2girlsin2cities.com

4TH OF JULY STATEMENT NECKLACE

See how to creatively combine old and new elements using ribbon in this red, white and blue statement necklace tutorial.
mycuprunnethover312.blogspot.com

SHORTS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

Use fabric paint to turn plain shorts into patriotic pants!
gingersnapcrafts.com

PATRIOTIC TUTU

Learn how to make this tutu in less than an hour for about $7 (with enough supplies left over for three more!)
jensidea.blogspot.com

RUFFLED AMERICANA DRESS

Use your sewing machine to turn a Walmart dress, red interlocking jersey fabric, and a white tee into this sweet ruffled dress.
sweeterthancupcakes.com

RUFFLED SKIRT

This one requires some skill on the sewing machine.  If you are an experienced sewer, try out this adorable red, white and blue skirt tutorial.
mama-says-sew.blogspot.com.au

FELT HAIR CLIPS

Jessica at Cutesy Crafts uses a die cutter to cut the shape of the felt for these hair clips, but you could cut out a similar shape by hand as well.  These look nice on a clip and would also look great attached to a headband.
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MULTI-RIBBON HAIR BOWS

Learn the technique that will have you making these bows in about 12 minutes a piece.
locksandlocksofhairstyles.blogspot.com

DIY RIBBON FLIP FLOPS

You can make these easy flip-flops with the kids for under $5.  All they have to be able to do is tie a knot!  My daughter had fun making a similar pair using fabric strips last summer.
aboutamom.com

LIBERTY CROWN

Have fun making and then dressing up as Lady Liberty this Independence Day!
spoonful.com

DOG NECKERCHIEF COLLAR

Don’t forget about the dogs this summer!  I love when dogs wear bandannas!  This neckerchief combines a bandanna and collar in one!  For beginning sewers.
http://folksyhome.com/

PARADE WANDS

This last tutorial isn’t exactly a wearable, but I thought it was cute and wanted to share.  Kids love having something to do and waving this wand while standing to wait for or watching the parade is just the ticket.
eighteen25.blogspot.com

CHECK BACK TOMORROW WHEN I’LL BE SHARING A STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL OF MY OWN ON HOW TO MAKE A PATRIOTIC WREATH!  SEE YOU THEN!

WICKER CHAIR MAKEOVER

We have a little covered (porch wanna-be) stoop on the front of our house.  On that stoop is a wicker chair.  We actually use it when I am out front with the kids or when one of us is waiting for someone to come.  The chair was in our sunroom at our old house but has been living outside since we moved into this house seven years ago.

This chair has seen better days.  I didn’t want to buy a new one, so decided to spruce up this one.  It cost me about $10 in fabric and $8 in spray paint.  When I saw the look-alike Casbah Chair selling for $120 sans cushion at Pier 1 Imports, I felt even better about this little wicker chair makeover!

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TO MAKEOVER A WICKER CHAIR LIKE THIS, YOU WILL NEED:

  • A wicker chair
  • 2 cans of gloss spray paint (if you get the color right the first time)
  • A cushion (you can buy a new one or cover an existing one)
  • Outdoor fabric (if you are recovering a cushion)
  • Sewing machine (if you are recovering a cushion)

I will let you in on a little secret…  Well, it’s not much of a secret at all.  I really do not enjoy sewing things.  At all.  I love doing DIY projects and making things using all different kinds of methods and techniques, but for some reason, this machine has become my nemesis.  So if you see any sewing in any project I am doing, I promise you it is very basic.  I dare say I couldn’t handle much more.  Even super basic sewing projects have a way of getting messed up.

Due to my sewing limitations, I found a simple way to recover the existing cushion.  I used the envelope method outlined here.

Once your cushion is covered (or you bought a new one), it’s time to paint your chair.  I was going for a very dark gray.  I chose a color called “dark gray,” but this is how it turned out…much lighter than I had wanted.

When you’re DIY’in it, things don’t always turn out the way you want the first (or second) time.  So I just went back to Lowe’s and picked another color.  They didn’t have a dark enough gloss gray without going to black, so I went with “dark walnut.”  It’s so dark that you can barely tell it’s brown.  I sprayed two cans worth of the new color over the “not-so-dark” dark gray color.

Let it dry thoroughly, add your cushion and call it a day!

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YOU’VE GOT YOU A BRAND NEW CHAIR!

CREATE YOUR OWN LEGO STOP MOTION MOVIE!

DO YOU HAVE A LEGOMANIAC IN YOUR HOUSE?

My son has been becoming more and more interested in LEGOS. He’s 6 now and is starting to build things himself and has even been retreating to his room on his own to play LEGOS from time to time.

While on a recent trip, a friend told me about how he made stop-motion videos using LEGOS with his Boy Scout group. Stop-motion animation is one of the types of cinematography used in The LEGO Movie(the other is CGI.)  It sounded like something I wanted to give a try with my son.  So two days ago, I searched for apps on my iPad.

MY SON AND I USED THE FREE APP, “STOP MOTION STUDIO BY CATEATER, LLC” FROM THE APPLE APP STORE,  TO CREATE OUR VIDEO.

I would recommend installing your app and checking it out beforehand so you have an idea of what you are doing before your little guy or gal starts “helping.”(For your sanity’s sake)

Then it’s time to think up an idea for your movie. I asked my son come up with an idea.  You can find lots of ideas by searching “LEGO Stop Motion Videos” on YouTube. He was very excited about it because it was “his movie” and “his idea.”  If it is your first time making a stop motion video, I recommend keeping it simple and using only one or two characters.

WE HAD FUN CREATING OUR FIRST MOVIE AND ARE HAPPY WITH THE WAY IT TURNED OUT, BUT THIS PROJECT TAKES TIME AND PATIENCE.  WE TOOK 104 PICTURES TO PRODUCE OUR 20 SECOND VIDEO.

My son recently got this LEGO set that includes the Batwing and the Joker’s Steamroller plus a bunch of guys, so he wanted to use them in his movie. He decided to have Batman encounter the Joker and take him out.

Once you’ve decided on characters and a plot, find a place where you can set up the scene. It is important that you have a good camera angle and a sturdy place for your iPad. This is important or your pictures will turn out blurry and your video won’t be as smooth. For us, this was the hardest part of the whole project…gently pressing the button to take the picture without disturbing the whole iPad.

Once you set up your scene, just start taking pictures, moving the figures every so slightly before you take the next.  We used some poster putty on the bottom of the figures for some of the poses. You can see it in our movie, but it was our first one, so I wasn’t too worried about it.

You just keep going like that, one picture and tiny movement at a time. You can press play at any time to see your progress. Overall, I thought the app was pretty easy to use.

After you are all done with your pictures, you can even record sound. You can put your movie to music, too, if you’d like. You can get fancy and fade in and out and you can even add a title screen. We kept ours pretty basic since it was our first one and my son was satisfied with our end product and ready to be done and show it off to Dad.

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PREPPY STRIPED FILE CABINET MAKEOVER

A few years ago, my mom gave me a file cabinet that she didn’t need anymore.  We needed one, so I was happy to get one for free.  The problem was that it was dark green with wood-tone trim.  It didn’t match anything.  That hadn’t really been an issue because it has been stashed in my basement, out of sight.

BUT NOW THAT I AM ATTEMPTING TO PULL TOGETHER AN OFFICE/CRAFT ROOM, I THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO SHOW THE OLD FILE CABINET A LITTLE LOVE.  IT WAS TIME FOR A FILE CABINET MAKEOVER.

First things first.  I had files hanging in the top drawer but just stacked on the bottom because the wire part where you hang the folders was broken.  I was able to fix that easily after taking a trip to Office Max. They had a couple of different options for replacing that part.

After the inside was fixed, I moved on to the outside.

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THIS IS WHAT I HAD TO WORK WITH…

Since this thing needed a complete paint overhaul, I figured,

“WHY NOT DO SOMETHING FUN?”

SO I DECIDED ON WIDE STRIPES LIKE A POLO SHIRT.  PINK AND WHITE STRIPES.

First, I painted the whole thing white. This took at least three coats of spray paint.  It was cold out when I did this project, so I worked in my garage.  It is important to have good ventilation and I would recommend wearing a mask because there was a lot of spray paint involved in this project.

After the white paint is good and dry, measure out how wide you’d like your stripes to be.  Use a ruler and a level to mark straight lines and use painters tape to tape them off.  Make sure the tape is on the part that you want to stay white.  I made my stripes approximately 5 inches wide.

Then cover the part you want to stay white with newspaper to avoid overspray.

Spray on 2-3 coats of pink paint to make your stripes.

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Once the pink paint is somewhat dry, carefully peel off the tape and paper and there you have it!

BLUE BURLAP MONOGRAM WREATH

THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT THE BOND CREATED BETWEEN TWO FRIENDS WHO ARE PREGNANT FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE SAME TIME.

The friend to which I am referring and I met when we were doing some extra schooling to become certified elementary school teachers.  We were both living far from our hometowns and we became fast friends, but I believe it is the bond we share from experiencing pregnancy for the first time together and supporting each other every step of the way that has made us lifelong friends.

We spent a few years in the same area until I moved with my family to another state about five hours away.  A couple of years later she moved to another state…on the other side of the country.  But to me, she is like family and we never miss a beat.  We talk all of the time (thank goodness for unlimited long distance!) but we just don’t get to see each other in person so much anymore.

SO THAT IS WHY I AM BEYOND EXCITED AND OVERJOYED THAT I AM GOING TO VISIT HER AND HER FAMILY FOR FIVE DAYS!

And wait…it gets even better…

She just had a baby!  I am so excited and honored and overjoyed that I get to share in this time with her and her family!

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SO SINCE I LAST VISITED HER, SHE AND HER FAMILY MOVED INTO A NEW HOME AND WELCOMED BABY #4 INTO THEIR FAMILY… SO I THINK THAT HOUSEWARMING AND BABY GIFTS ARE IN ORDER!

As a (late) housewarming gift, I will be giving them the blue burlap monogram wreath pictured above. To make this wreath, you will need:

  • a wreath form
  • 15 feet of burlap ribbon
  • a wood or metal letter
  • burlap flowers or other items to decorate the wreath
  • a hot glue gun

To cover the wreath, simply wrap the burlap around the wreath form, keeping it (mostly) smooth as you go.  Use a small amount of hot glue to glue the start of the burlap ribbon to the wreath form.  Then just start wrapping, trying not to overlap the burlap too much or you won’t have enough to go over the form twice. It is best to wrap the burlap around twice so that you don’t see the wreath form through the burlap.  If you come up a little short, just glue the decorations on over that part.

Once you come to the end of the burlap, simply hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.  If your burlap doesn’t end at the back of the wreath, glue it down and then cut off any extra so that it looks nice and neat. After your wreath is covered, arrange your letter and decorations on the wreath until you find a layout that you like.  When you do, go with it and glue those puppies down!

Add a ribbon or wreath hook for hanging. And that’s it!  Now give your creation to someone special or hang it on your own door!  This one is a gift, but I have the supplies to make a similar wreath in yellow and gray and that baby will be hanging on my front door!

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Check out a different style of burlap wreath here and a whole Pinterest board of burlap wreath inspiration here!

SHABBY CHIC MASON JAR DESK SET

Mason Jar Desk

One thing that I love to do is to make ordinary things look pretty. I mean, if we’re going to have things around, why not make them look nice?  So today’s idea shows you how to take regular old mason jars and turn them into an elegant, shabby chic desk set comprised of tack, pen and pencil holders. They’re sure to jazz up any workspace!

Something else I love is options.  I am slowly getting my office/craft room together and have decided to go with a pink, blue and white color theme.  The beauty of making things yourself is that YOU get to pick the colors that YOU love!  Pick three different colors, or do them all the same.  It’s completely up to you!

TO MAKE THIS DESK SET, YOU WILL NEED:

  • Mason Jars (number and size of your choice)
  • acrylic craft paint (colors of your choice)
  • paintbrush (I used the foam kind)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • sandpaper
  • clear sealer (the spray type)
  • labels of some sort (I found these beauties at Joann’s and also saw them at Hobby Lobby)

~ I PAINTED MY JARS USING  THIS GREAT TUTORIAL BY LINDA OVER AT MASON JAR CRAFTS LOVE.~

WHEN PAINTING YOUR JARS, THERE ARE TWO IMPORTANT STEPS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT OVERLOOK.

Clean your jars THOROUGHLY with rubbing alcohol before painting.  When they are new, they have some type of film on them that prevents the paint from sticking.

Secondly, let your jars dry overnight to let the paint cure.  Patience is key if you want the paint to stay adhered to your jars.  And who wants to spend time making them beautiful just to have to do it all over again?  It will be tough, but you can do it!

AND JUST LOOK HOW BEAUTIFULLY THEY TURN OUT!  AREN’T THEY WORTH THE WAIT?

 

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You can make your jars hold anything you want.  I happened to need one for pens, one for pencils and one to hold the tacks from this DIY custom bulletin board.

I found these silver labels near the mason jar supplies at Joann’s.  I saw them recently at Hobby Lobby as well.  They’re great because they are self-adhesive and it is easy to print labels in a font you like and insert them right through the front.  More options!  Yay!

And there you have it!  A shabby chic mason jar desk set that YOU made, in the colors YOU want!  Now don’t be shy, display them proudly!

MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

Are you looking for a gift for Mother’s day that is easy to make and customizable?  If so, then today’s DIY project is for you!

WITH JUST A FEW SUPPLIES AND IN UNDER AN HOUR, YOU CAN MAKE A MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME FOR A SPECIAL MOM IN YOUR LIFE!

The best part is that you get to pick the colors, patterns, and pictures that will suit her taste, so you will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your special lady!

When I was at the craft store a couple of months ago, scrapbook paper was on sale 6 for $0.99!  I took a look to see if there was anything that caught my eye.  The papers that I chose were all near each other and complemented each other so nicely that I decided to pick them up.

I get inspiration for projects from all kinds of places.  Sometimes it’s Pinterest, sometimes magazines, but sometimes I get inspiration from just walking into a craft or home decor store and seeing what catches my eye. That was the case with this frame.

MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

TO MAKE THIS PICTURE FRAME, YOU WILL NEED AN UNFINISHED WOODCRAFT FRAME, SCRAPBOOK PAPER IN THE COLORS AND PATTERNS OF YOUR CHOICE, DECOUPAGE MEDIUM, A SPONGE BRUSH, A COORDINATING EMBELLISHMENT AND A PICTURE.

If you have never attempted to decoupage before, don’t fear!  It is relatively easy.  My 9-year-old daughter decoupaged this wood peace sign for her room while I was making the frame.

Because you are just ripping the paper and gluing it on as you go, there is no exact right way to do it.  A couple of times I touched the wet paper and got a hole, but I just passed down another piece over top of it.  If that happens to you, just go with it.  No one will ever know…I promise!

Start by ripping strips of paper for the frame. Once you have some paper ready, use a sponge brush to apply your decoupage medium to the area where you will be working.  It dries pretty fast, so applies it one section at a time. The decoupage medium is essentially glue, so after you apply it to the frame, apply a strip of paper.  Now apply another one, making sure they overlap and the frame doesn’t show through. After you’ve applied a few strips of paper, apply a coat of decoupage medium over top.  Dip your finger in water and smooth out any bubbles.

WORK QUICKLY BECAUSE THE DECOUPAGE GLUE DRIES PRETTY QUICKLY.  ALSO, IF YOU FUSS WITH THE PAPER TOO MUCH OR GET IT TOO WET, IT WILL TEAR.

Continue adding strips of paper until you have achieved your desired look.

Once you are finished applying the paper, smooth a layer of the decoupage medium evenly over the entire frame using the foam brush to seal it. Once it is dry, add your embellishment and your photo and you are done!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOMS OUT THERE!  I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED DAY!

DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD

I AM VERY EXCITED TO START POSTING HERE ON THE NEW SITE!  THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

I am getting ready to make the transition back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for the past several years.  Part of this transition includes getting my home office together.

The colors for the office will be navy, white and pink, so you will see that theme in some of the upcoming projects.  When doing your project, you will choose which colors and patterns you like best for your space!  That’s what I love so much about DIY projects.  You can customize things to your exact taste and specifications.

TODAY’S PROJECT INVOLVES TAKING AN ORDINARY OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD AND TRANSFORMING IT INTO A DECORATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL PIECE.  WE WILL BE MAKING A DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD.

To make this bulletin board you will need a standard office bulletin board (mine was given to me for free), fabric to cover the bulletin board, decorative thumbtacks (the ones shown are from the Dollar Store), a hot glue gun, scissors, and flowers or other decorative accents of your choice.

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THIS WAS A PRETTY EASY PROJECT AND I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE IT START TO FINISH IN ABOUT AN HOUR.

The bulletin board shown here is 24 inches by 36 inches. One yard of fabric covered it perfectly. If your bulletin board is a different size, make sure that you buy enough fabric to overhang each side by about six inches.

Tip:  Iron the fabric before you get started to remove the creases the best that you can.

Then line up the fabric using the pattern as a guide to make sure it is straight. If you choose a solid fabric, even easier!  You won’t have to worry so much about the pattern is straight.

Once you have your fabric lined up, determine the spacing for the thumbtacks. You can do a mathematical equation of some sort to make sure they are perfectly spaced or you can use the fabric pattern as your guide. I used the points of the chevrons as a guide for the thumbtack placement.

After you are finished placing the thumbtacks along the top, carefully smooth out the fabric and repeat the process along the bottom, being careful to smooth out any bumps in the fabric. Just leave the excess fabric to hang for now.

When adding the thumbtacks to the sides of the bulletin board, it didn’t work out that I could use the points of the chevron pattern as a guide. In order to have some uniformity, I measured the distance between the tacks along the top and bottom and used that same spacing for the tacks on the sides. Again, make sure that you are smoothing the fabric as you go along. If it starts to bunch up, simply remove the last few thumbtacks, smooth the fabric and start again.

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When all of the thumbtacks are in place, it should look something like this:

Once the fabric is secured in place with the thumbtacks, it is time to fold the fabric over the frame and secure it to the back.  If you have a lot of extra fabric, you can cut it so that there is just enough to cover the frame and hot glue it to the back of the bulletin board.

I made a diagonal cut at each corner so that the fabric folded neatly at the corners and there wasn’t too much bulk on the back of the board.  Too much fabric may cause the bulletin board to hang away from the wall.

Once the fabric is neatly folded over, put a line of hot glue along the edges of the fabric so that the fabric adheres to the back of the bulletin board.  Take care to leave the hangers on the back of the bulletin board exposed if you intend to use them for hanging your new custom board.

Once that is done, the only thing left to do is to embellish your bulletin board with some decorative accents.  Simply use hot glue to adhere them in a position that you like.

And that’s it!  You get a big bang for your buck with this project.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to customize your space in about an hour!

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PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

Last year, my daughter requested a Paris-themed birthday party.  She had a party the previous year, so we decided to go for a more low-key Parisian luncheon with a few friends in our kitchen this time.  Ooh, la la!  Magnifique!

I purchased a download from the store on Etsy for the invitations and decorations shown above.  It was sent right to my e-mail and I was able to print out exactly what I needed.

I printed the invitations which included a boarding pass and passport on card stock and sent them to the guests.

We decided on boas as party favors for the girls.

PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

They made their own lip glosses and took them home also.  I got the supplies for that from Etsy.

We chose black, white and hot pink for the colors and used decorations that I printed from the Paris party pack that came with the invitations and some things from my daughter’s Paris-themed room.  We also added some fresh, brightly colored flowers.  The plates, silverware, and tablecloths are from the Wal-Mart party section.

A local grocery store happened to have French soda on special and I added paper straws in fancy glasses that we already had.  The French soda looked fun, but most of the girls didn’t care for the taste.  (I didn’t really like it either, but it looked fun!)

Our menu included some simple finger foods:  Turkey and cheese sandwiches cut into flower shapes, pizza muffins, mini croissant dogs and fruit.

Guests made their own ice cream sundaes and we served cookies and cupcakes that we made for dessert. I scooped the ice cream into the cups and put them in the freezer before the party.  It really made it easy when it was time to clean up the food and start serving the desserts.

I stacked one cake stand on top of another to make a stand to display the cupcakes.

We used a lot of what we already had and kept it to just a few girls this year, but it was fun!  It may not have been Paris, but our daughter and her friends enjoyed pretending it was for the afternoon!