DIY Book Ends

Back to school time! Time to restock the desk area for homework assignments and school projects. Add cute set of DIY book ends to perk things up. 

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to create a monthly themed project. This month’s challenge is “Back to School”. A bit of a ‘challenge’ when your nest is empty but these will work in grand-baby boy’s nursery too. ;)

What I used: 

  • 4  wood blocks 
  • wood glue and clamps
  • scrapbook paper and scrapbook cards
  • multi-surface acrylic craft paint and foam brush
  • gloss finish decoupage and foam brush
  • {thin} washi tape
  • letter A
  • letter Z
  • hot glue gun & glue

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial

What I did:

Start with applying a bead of wood glue to each block to create an “L” shape. Clamp, wipe away any excess glue and let dry. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Once glue was dry, I removed the clamps and applied a ‘white wash’ look using a foam brush and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. I only applied one coat so that the wood grain still showed through. Let dry. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Cut scrapbook paper to size for inside of the “L” shape and the outside of the vertical wood piece. I used scrapbook paper and cute patterned scrapbook cards. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Apply a coat of decoupage to one side at a time as a glue. Place scrapbook paper onto decoupaged surface. Smooth out air bubbles. Apply another coat of decoupage over the scrapbook paper, sealing it. I brushed on the decoupage in the same direction as the wood grain. Repeat decoupage + scrapbook paper to all sides. Decoupage will go on with a ‘milky’ look but dry transparent. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Add washi tape to sides, smooth out bubbles/make sure it’s adhered. Apply a coat of decoupage to seal. *There’s also the option to apply the decoupage before the washi tape to act as a ‘glue’. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Apply a second coat of decoupage to all surfaces. I let mine dry overnight. 

Attach wood “A” and “Z” using hot glue gun. Wouldn’t they be cute with succulent planters, plastic animals, vases, figurines instead too? 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Once hot glue sets, you’re good to go!

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Ready for keeping school books within easy reach and an organized desk top. Useful, functional book ends that coordinate with your home office, library, reading room, craft room, nursery or homework station…love it!

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Teachers – It’s time to start planning for the new school year and Michaels has all of the ideas and supplies you need to create a one-of-a-kind classroom, plus you get a 15 percent discount on all classroom purchases!

In addition to the products available for teachers, parents and students can find organizational tools to keep on track throughout the year as well as project ideas to personalize school supplies

Check out Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Board to find fun and creative project ideas to kick the year off right! 

As a member of the Michael’s Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

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DIY Burlap and Spool Key Keeper Tutorial

Michael's Raw Bar

As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to participate in monthly craft challenges. This month’s project is a DIY burlap and spool key keeper tutorial. 

DIY Show Off key holder

I don’t know about you but I LOVE craft supplies like cork, burlap, unfinished, twine, jute…all things “natural and earthy”. I feel like I could just start a collection of natural materials with no crafting plans…they’re all just so pretty! But since this isn’t blog isn’t titled  “Hoard Show Off”, let’s get to the ‘how to’!

DIY Burlap and Spool Key (or jewelry) Keeper Tutorial

(Because we all have a habit of misplacing our keys on occasion, right? Some more than others. Ahem, “Mr. DIY”)

DIY key holder supplies at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • stretched burlap canvas
  • natural wood cutout (I chose a key but I saw the cutest bird cage cut out at Michael’s too)
  • cork letter
  • wooden spools
  • twine and scissors
  • optional: acrylic craft paint (black) and foam paint brush
  • hot glue and hot glue gun
  • picture hanging hardware or 3M strips

What I did:

1. Paint the accessories and let dry. I painted the wooden key decal and spools black. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Wind twine around spool. Cut twine and secure with hot glue. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Attach accessories (wooden key decal, cork monogram and spools) to stretched burlap frame using hot glue. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Hang and display near door. I nestled mine inside of a regular picture frame.

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Keep keys within easy reach or hang in a in closet, the bedroom or bathroom for hanging necklaces, beads, bracelets, hair ties, etc. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it? Perfect for your own home (and sanity) or a great handmade housewarming gift idea. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

On August 8th, you’ll find these and MORE fun accessories at Michael’s new “Raw Bar”. Tons of unfinished, natural craft supplies for your next DIY craft project. 

Michael's Raw Bar Michael's Raw Bar

I’m a member of the Michael’s Makers team which means I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

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Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I participate in monthly DIY challenges. The challenge I chose for July is DIY decor with a DIY wall mounted lantern hanger. 

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Materials I used:

wall mounted hanging lantern materials

Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger supplies

Here’s what I did:

1. Stain the wood plank by brushing stain on in the direction of the wood grain, let sit a few minutes and wipe away (same direction) with clean rags. Let dry one hour.

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Apply a coat or two of polyurethane and let dry. It goes on with a milky look but dries transparent.

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Attach hanging hardware to the back. I did two; one on each end.

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Flip to the front stained side and attach the curtain rod brackets using 1/4″ screws (the screws that come with the brackets will be too deep). I measured and marked the center bracket first then measured the center from the edge to the center bracket on each side for the other two ‘hooks’.

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Adjust the brackets to fit the depth of hanging a lantern on the hook. 

6. Hang or secure to the wall. 

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. Hang lanterns. Add candles, use as mini display cases to showcase your favorite small decorative items or use lanterns as mini-greenhouses for succulents or small plants. 

DIYShowOff Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger Greenhouse tutorial at diyshowoff.com

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com  

I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.  

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Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal

Summer time in our home = lots of entertaining and hauling out the fancy glass beverage server for homemade lemonade is a must. Labeling glass containers lets guests know exactly what they’re consuming.

Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal Label Tutorial

DIY lemonade recipe vinyl decal on beverage glass

Materials:

  • Glass beverage server
  • Happy Crafters Glossy Adhesive Vinyl (mint)
  • Transfer paper

Tools Needed:

  • Vinyl cutter (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • Scissors

What I did:

Open up Silhouette Studio Designer software. Choosing the font tool, write up a label. Simply the name of the beverage or ice. I included my lemonade recipe too. 

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Load the vinyl, color side up into the machine. Adjust blade settings for adhesive vinyl and “send to cut”.

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Unload vinyl, trim design if needed and weed away vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Apply transfer paper to the vinyl. Rub with a credit card. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Peel away backing (vinyl will transfer, showing reverse on the transfer paper).

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Place sticky side of the vinyl/transfer paper design to the glass. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Tip for curved surfaces: Stick the center of the decal first. Apply by working from the center point out. I found it easier to carefully tear the transfer paper on each end between text to avoid wrinkles. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Mix up your beverage recipe and serve!

DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com

Party time!

DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I’ll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it’s going to stay throughout the season.  DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I'll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it's going to stay throughout the season. DIY vinyl decal for lemonade recipe

Visit The Shabby Creek Cottage for another fun summer vinyl project!

summer-mantel at The Shabby Creek Cottage

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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4th of July DIY Ideas

16 Patriotic 4th of July DIY highlights from That DIY Party at diyshowoff.com

There have been so many awesome 4th of July projects linked up to That DIY Party lately! So I gathered up a collection of 16 red, white and blue, creative patriotic ideas to “show off” for inspiration just in time for celebrating Independence Day! 

1. Patriotic Paper Rosette Wreath at Little Red Window

1. Patriotic Paper Rosette Wreath at Little Red Window
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Fourth of July Paper Rosette Wreath at Little Red Window

 

Do you have a creative patriotic DIY to share? Pop over to the weekly That DIY Party to link up and show off.

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com

DIY Birdie Garland and Fun in the Sun Blog Hop

It’s here! Summer! Perhaps not officially just yet but these warm months and longer days cheer my soul. I love summer! Let’s celebrate with a summer blog hop! Visiting from the beautiful summer bedroom at Town and Country Living? Welcome, friends! I’m so happy your here!

I’m participating with an easy summer DIY:  badminton birdie garland. 

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Materials:

  • ribbon
  • plastic badminton birdies (check the dollar store!)

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Tutorial:

1. While length of ribbon is still attached to spool, create a loop (for hanging) and knot.  DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Remove caps off of all birdies (mine simply popped off).

3. Using the package (or ruler) determine distance between each birdie (starting from the knotted loop).

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Fold ribbon and ‘snip’ with scissors your measured mark. Just a small snip will do.

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5. Place snipped area of ribbon over ‘peg’ on birdie top. 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

6. Replace birdie cap. 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. Repeat steps 3-6 using all of your birdies. 

8. Then simply measure same short ribbon distance one last time, add a few more inches. Cut ribbon, create a loop and knot for the end. 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Hang! Summer outdoor family game themed. Super cute (easy and cheap too)! 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY Birdie Garland / Summer Blog Hop DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff How to make a birdie garland at diyshowoff.com

Follow along the entire Fun in the Sun series by heading over to At the Picket Fence for some outdoor inspiration and by visiting the links below for summer recipes, crafts, projects, decor and more!

Fun in the Sun Blog Hop

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

DIY Show Off

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a link up party and awesome cash giveaway! 

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Upcycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

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Going green? It’s great to have reusable shopping bags handy. How about one that’s DIY, upcycled and customizable? All the better! 

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

YOU CAN NOW SHOP AT MICHAELS.COM online! YES! Find a project, simply add the supplies to your cart or shop for similar supplies for your own spin, check out and begin your DIY project the day your materials arrive at your home! You can now purchase all of your favorite arts and crafts supplies on any computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also check out what’s trending on Michaels Pinterest page by scrolling and shopping through the “Favorite Pins” section. Free Shipping on $50+ at Michaels.com.

This upcycled t-shirt market bag project from Michael’s was the perfect inspiration.

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My take on the Upcycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

Materials I used:

  • short sleeved sport gray adult medium t-shirt
  • black parachute cord 
  • black distressed iron on letters
  • gray thread 

upcycled tshirt tote back supplies  

Skill Level: Easy

Project Time: 30-60 minutes

You’ll also need:

  • scissors
  • sewing machine (optional) 
  • needle
  • iron

Michael’s Coupons: 

What I did:

1. Start with a washed, dried, and ironed t-shirt then flip inside out. 

easy tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Next sew the bottom hem of the shirt closed using a sewing machine (you could also do this by hand).

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Cut off the sleeves.

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Cut off the neckline (squared).

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Flip t-shirt right side out. That easy – it’s a bag! 

The following steps are optional. Use your imagine to come up with your own creative take on it!

6. Embellish! I chose to use iron on letters (apply to t-shirt according to package instructions) but you could also decorate with fabric paint and/or stamps as shown in Michael’s instructions. 

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. Cut two 12″ pieces of parachute cord and knot each end of each piece.

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

8. Using a needle and thread or sewing machine, attach the parachute cord for bag ties between each of the handles (at one knotted end). 

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

All done! Place near the door, ready to toss in the car for shopping.

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Cute, cute, cute! Love it! Easy to do with so many possibilities…love that kind of DIY, don’t you?  

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Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Share the Love: Free Printable Valentine Gift Tags

One month until Valentine’s day! Time to start thinking about cute Valentine’s craft ideas! Today I’m sharing some cute Valentine gift tag printables as a part of the Share the Love Blog Hop hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things). Visiting from sweet Lucy at Craftberry Bush? Welcome friends! I’m so glad you’re here! 

Share the Love Hop

Baby, it’s cold outside in my geographical location in February so how about adding a package of hot cocoa to a dollar store mug, toss in some DIY decorated marshmallow stirs and attaching a cute “You melt my Heart” tag. 

free valentine printable

Awe. Heart warming! Heart melting! They’re printable. They’re free! And they’re cute! 

You Melt My Heart Valentine Prinatable

Click here to open and print. 

Marshmallow Stick Treats

Great for accessorizing these gifts too:

  • chocolate
  • bath melts
  • candles
  • melted snowman cookies
  • snowman ornament

free valentine printable gift tag

Next up on the Share the Love Blog Hop is Vanessa at Tried and True with a super cute project & printable!

Share the Love Hop

Visit all 16 blog friends for even MORE free Valentine Printables! 

1. Jamie: “You mean the world to me!”

2. Lucy: “I love everything you dew!”

3. Roeshel: “You melt my heart!”

4. Vanessa: ” Thumb-body Loves You!”

5. Lindsay:  “You blow me away!”

6. Jamie: “You’re o-fish-ally an awesome friend!”

7. Kelly: “No matter how you slice it, we make a great combination!”

8. Lindi: “You rock!”

9. Andrea: “You’re the write one for me!”

10. Abbey: Valentines Day scavenger hunt

11. Jenna: “We’re 2 of a kind!”

12. Emily: “I like you a latte!”

13. Bethany: “You’re just my type!”

14. Caitlin: “You’re sweet!”

15. Colleen: “You’re a deer to me!”

16. Julia: “You are the bomb!”

Easy Ornament Craft – Pipecleaner Christmas Tree Bells

Christmas is nearly here! These DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bells are super easy and a fun last minute craft…with a rich velvet-y look and real ringing bells. They’d be so cute in a variety of colors to coordinate with any Christmas theme. 

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Bell Ornament Materials: {all supplies found at Michaels Craft Store}

  • pipe cleaners
  • mini Styrofoam cones 
  • small bells
  • hot glue
  • mini star tree topper ornaments (or thrifty costume jewelry)
  • fishing line/ornament hooks
  • optional: straight pins with color/ball heads, ribbon, embellishments – be creative!
  • optional: Krylon Glitter Blast

Tutorial:

Starting near the bottom of the cone, I simply pushed in my pipe cleaner and spiraled around the cone, again tucking the pipe cleaner’s end into the Styrofoam. Repeat as needed. I used three colors to create an ombrè effect. I even braided a few different colors for a different look. I didn’t, but you can use hot glue as needed.  DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Add a smidge of hot glue to the top of a bell and insert into the bottom center of the Styrofoam cone to create a ‘bell’ tree trunk. PipeCleaner Christmas Bell Ornament

Embellish: using hot glue or straight pins, add a tree topper or pipe cleaner monogram.

DIY Christmas Ornament

Spritz with Krylon Glitter blast for a little sparkle. 

Easy. Simple. Pretty. Fun.  DIY Christmas Ornament Craft Then..frame your creation with a pretty Christmas ornament frame.

Christmas ornament frame

 

Mechelle’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest.

Mechelle's Christmas Tree

DIY Tinsel Ornament Tree Christmas Decoration

With a Merry & Bright theme going on in the family room, I needed a colorful Christmas decoration to add to my existing decorative accents which is what inspired this tinsel ornament tree tutorial. This tutorial is a part of the fun Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop! More fun holiday links below! DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial  

What I used: tinsel ornament tree materials

  • cardboard cone
  • tinsel garland
  • optional: ornaments (I used three different sizes)
  • hot glue/gun

DIY tinsel ornament tree craft tutorial

Tutorial:

Starting at the top,  add a dab of hot glue near the pointy end of the cardboard cone and attach one end of the tinsel garland.

Wrap the cardboard cone. Pull garland tight for a fuller look or just enough to cover the cone…it’s up to you! I pulled mine tighter and used the entire string of tinsel garland.

Secure the end of the tinsel garland to the cardboard cone with a touch of hot glue.

You could be finished at this step if you like the look! Or use hot glue to add in ornaments (I removed the metal hangers). 

Remove the metal hanger from a favorite ornament, add a dab of hot glue and attach to the top of the tree.  tinsel ornament Christmas tree instructions

All done…definitely “merry & bright” AND easy!

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial Happy! Right?  colorful Christmas

 

Family Room Makeover

Christmas Home Tour

See more Christmas crafts, decorating, DIY and recipes at the Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop…

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Christmas Extravaganza Schedule

Mint Chocolate Cream Torte from Cupcakes and Crinoline

Easy Four Ingredient Snowball Cookies from Yellow Bliss Road

Holiday Napkin Apron from Jojo & Eloise

DIY Eyelash Yarn Christmas Trees from A Place for Us

Yarn Candy Canes from Lolly Jane

Chocolate & Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats from Ella Claire

Tinsel Ornament Tree from DIY Showoff

Sequin Ornaments from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fuzzy Christmas Trees from Two Twenty One

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Town & Country Living

Pom Pom Snowball Wreath from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Christmas Craft Round Up from Debbiedoos

DIY Boxwood Napkin Rings from French Country Cottage

Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree from Setting For Four

Easy Dollar Tree Wreaths from Domestically Speaking

Frosted Pear Ornament from Sand & Sisal

Friday – it’s your turn! Link up your fun Christmas ideas!

Elaine’s Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Elaine's Christmas Tree

Custom DIY Decals – vinyl holiday labels

I don’t know about you but the change from fall to winter contributes to dry skin and having a bottle of lotion constantly on display isn’t exactly decorative so why not whip out a vinyl decal/label using a fun shape and text? I used my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl but you could substitute craft paper, glue, contact paper, decorative tape and/or stickers. It’s a cute DIY gift idea too. Here is what I did:

DIY gift set idea

Materials:

  • Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion (Dollar General) – you could also make your own and use a glass bottle or jar
  • Gold Vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • Transfer paper

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

Remove front label. I left the back label adhered so there was no mistaking the contents and ingredients. The front label pulled away clean for me but some may take a little elbow grease.

lotion bottle decal tutorial

Using my Silhouette Studio software along with a previously purchased deer shape and helvetica font, I created a design measuring small enough to fit on the front of the lotion bottle (roughly 3 x 3 inches).

Load vinyl color side up. I changed my blade settings for cutting vinyl and sent to ‘cut’. 

cutting vinyl decals

Weed away all ‘negative’ vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

deer decal

Add a piece of transfer paper to the front side of the vinyl decal and rub with a gift card or credit card.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Pull away the wax paper backing.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Place the vinyl decal/transfer paper onto the front of the lotion bottle and rub the design with a a gift card.

lotion label decal

Peel away the transfer paper. 

Vinyl lotion label decal DIY

Add a coordinating bow if desired. Now you have cute guest room accessory.

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Or create a holiday gift set by adding a super easy DIY ring/jewelry holder.

DIY gifts

I’m sharing the ring holder tutorial today over at Très Frugal – 30 days of DIY Gift Ideas hosted by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl today. Hop over to check it out and to follow the entire series for some great gift ideas. 

diy gifts

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Karyna’s handmade tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Karyna's Christmas Tree

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NeonSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

I do love my Sharpies so I happily accepted the offer to participate in the Neon Sharpie campaign with a fun colorful Halloween project. I used the coupon link shared below to snag my 5 pack at Target…along with more than that of course…isn’t that always the way in that store?

NEW Sharpie Fine Point Neon markers have fun ultra vivid colors in natural light with ink that turns fluorescent in black light.

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial

Materials: 

  • 5 pack Neon Sharpie Markers
  • Wooden shield or route 66/road plaque (I picked mine up at a yard sale but you could also cut your own from thin plyboard or purchase online or in craft stores)
  • White craft paint
  • Black Sharpie

Tutorial:

My plaque is a shield/road route shape but doesn’t it look like the shape of an owl too? Perfect for this project! I gave it two coats of white paint and let it dry.  candy skull halloween owl

candy skull halloween owl tutorial

After a quick online image search to get an idea of candy skull designs, I practiced a few design sketches on a piece of paper.  candy skull owl tutorial

Using a pencil, I traced my camera lens cap for large circle eyes then utilized a few stencils but mostly just doodled with my neon Sharpie markers. I filled in the white surface with designs, shapes, flowers, spirals, etc.  candy skull stenciling

and filled in some more… candy skull tutorial

and more. I tried to keep things symmetrical but being an amateur candy skull artist, it’s a bit off. I compensated here and there with design but a part of having hand-drawn charm is the imperfection, right? It doesn’t jump out and say OFF BALANCE. It’s still pretty! diy candy skull halloween owl tutorial

Sometimes, I walked away when interrupted or at a loss of what else to draw then came back with a fresh look and filled in the design some more… DIY candy skull owl

until I was happy with my overall design. I love the bright vivid colors. So fun!

Next I outlined everything using my black Sharpie… Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

 One of a kind… DIYShowOff Candy Skull Owl

 Isn’t it cute? Perfect for a fun colorful Halloween accent! candy skull owl decor

It’s so cool that the neon marks show fluorescent under a black light too! DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

1$ off coupon (available while supplies last and in select stores) to purchase the 5 pack of Neon Sharpies from Target. Coupon Link: http://coupons.target.com/sharpie-coupons

See more fun Sharpie ideas:



Personalized Trick or Treat Bags

Trick or Treat is coming up at the end of the month. I sure do miss having little ones at home. We don’t even get trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood but I do have two nieces and one nephew, all under the age of 5. With help from FrogTape® and Happy Crafters, I whipped up a little Halloween surprise for them. They’re going to love these personalized trick or treat bags!

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Materials: DIY personalized trick or treat bags

  • canvas/linen tote bags
  • fabric paints
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape (I used all 3 patterns: chevron, wave and scallop)
  • stencils (I created my own stencils using glossy black vinyl and transfer paper from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial: (please pardon the poor lighting…it’s raining today)

Part 1 – Shape Tape

Iron the tote bags to remove wrinkles.

Insert cardboard into the tote bag (to block bleed-through to the other side).

Cut a piece of FrogTape Shape tape a little wider than the bag. Decide placement. Remove half of the strip of wax paper backing from the Shape Tape. Position and press into place. Remove the other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. I found that securing the edges of the tape to the table underneath on the sides, kept my tote bag from sliding around, holding it in place for painting.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Repeat step 3 to create a ‘stencil’ border/line for the design. 

Using a credit card, I rubbed the Shape Tape to make sure it was nice and secure, sticking to the canvas…check closely to be sure the Shape Tape is complete adhered to the canvas. 

Paint! Be careful not to lift the Shape Tape with brush strokes. It helps to move the paint brush from ‘on the tape’ moving to the fabric rather than starting on fabric and pushing paint to the tapeline. 

Remove Shape tape. Nice crisp lines!!! Let the paint dry.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Part 2 – vinyl stencils

Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I created name stencils as well as purchased a few Halloween shapes from the Silhouette American online store. Then sent it to cut to create vinyl stencils.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Peel away lettering and design to create a stencil. Using transfer paper, position vinyl stencil on tote, rub with a credit card and remove transfer paper – leaving the vinyl stencil in place on the canvas.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint and remove vinyl. Allow paint to dry 4 hours. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

*Using a black Sharpie, I traced around the ghost where his white body met with the white chevron. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

Aren’t they darling? Years of use! Machine washable (inside out) after 72 hours. Cute.Cute.Cute! DIY personalized trick or treat bags

 

Now I have three little trick-or-treaters! Treators? What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy?

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*I’m a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad. This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. As always, the opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. See more DIY from the FrogTape® blog squad.

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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DIY Vinyl Pumpkin Decals

With the girls all grown up and on their own, I have little desire to carve a pumpkin to create a jack-o-lantern. And my pumpkin carving skills are a bit juvenile so I’m loving this alternative to carving…my pumpkins look so pretty! 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

Materials:

  • large glossy adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • transfer paper  
  • pumpkins

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

1. I purchased a deer silhouette and frame from the online store and sized them in my Silhouette Studio designer software to fit my pumpkins.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

2. Then sent my decals to “cut”. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

3. Peel away (weed) the negative part of the design.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

4. Cut transfer paper to size. Peel away wax paper backing and smooth transfer paper into place.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

5. Rub design with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

6. Peel away paper backing from the vinyl decal, transferring it to the sticky transfer paper. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

7. Position on pumpkin and lightly rub decal with a credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

8. Peel away transfer paper. This might get a little tricky because of the pumpkin’s uneven surface. You may have to use your fingernail to help with the transfer.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

9 .There are also wrinkles in my vinyl decal…but it doesn’t take away from the design. I just smoothed it down the best I could using my fingernail and credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

All done and so cute! SO many options. I noticed that the Silhouette America online store even had sets of eyes, noses and mouths for jack-o-lantern faces. A monogram or spooky ghost or black cat would be great too!

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

See the tutorial for the candy corn here.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

Linking up to the Lettered Cottage, Pumpkin Party and Cuckoo4Design Pumpkin Parade

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Easy Fall Decor: Decoupaged Glass Jars and BottlesTutorial

Fall DIY: The mornings have been chilly so there’s no denying that fall is right around the corner and that has me thinking of fall decorating despite the fact that I’m hanging on to every last bit of summer. This year, I have a beautiful fall vignette consisting of vintage inspired bottles filled with feathers, dried cotton stalks, autumn leaves and dried silver dollar plants. The plain bottles could use a little embellishment and Martha Stewart pizzazz. 

Easy fall decor at http://diyshowoff.com

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts/Plaid and BluePrint Social. If you follow DIYShowOff on Instagram, you know I recently received this fun supply in the mail:

martha stewart crafts

I chose to utilize Martha Stewart Decoupage and the cutest botanical birds cutouts for this project.  

Materials (available at Michael’s Craft Store):

Martha Stewart Decoupage

  • Martha Stewart Decoupage – I used the Durable Gloss Finish which perfect for this project since the formula is durable, top-rack dishwasher safe and for use on multiple surfaces! Imagine the possibilities!
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Botanical Birds Decoupage Paper Cutouts – so cute! Be sure to check out the other designs too!
  • Glass bottles, vases or jars – I recycled some from around the house.
  • Soft bristle paint brush.

Tutorial:

1. Clean glass with rubbing alcohol. 

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

2. Roll bottle of decoupage on table to mix.

3. Working quickly, brush on Martha Stewart Decoupage onto glass surface with a small craft brush.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

4.  Brush decoupage onto back of paper cutout.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

5. Place paper cutout onto glass.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

6. Apply another layer of decoupage to the paper cutout and surrounding glass. Let dry 1-2 hours.

Fall Birds Decoupage Glass Tutorial

7. Repeat above steps 3-6 again after 1-2 hours. Now it’s ready to display but allow 28 days cure time for washing or heavy use. 

Aren’t these awesome?

natural fall decor

It dries transparent! The botanical birds are the perfect decorative accent to my fall display. 

Easy fall decor at http://diyshowoff.com

Much more fall-festive than plain bottles and so easy to do! 

easy fall decor craft  

See how I used Martha Stewart Decoupage and paper doily cutouts on my lampshade makeover

Sharing at the Fall Nesting Party.

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*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Decoupage as a part of a Blueprint Social Campaign. I received product and compensation for sharing my experience with my own craft project and tutorial in my own words. 

Framed Pet Silhouettes

I love silhouette shapes, don’t you? In need of some sort of framed art in our hallway, I decided to whip up some silhouettes of my pets to frame.

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

We have two pets in our home…Lalka, our ragdoll cat:

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CocoRosie, our Italian greyhound:

rosie italian greyhound

Actual pictures of them are something I haven’t framed but black silhouettes on burlap are just about as sweet!

how to make a framed pet silhouette

Materials I used:

  • Two 8×10 picture frames
  • Burlap
  • Silhouette textured adhesive cardstock from Happy Crafters

What I did:

1. I cut out two 8×10 pieces of burlap (and ironed them using my irons highest setting and spritzing the burlap with water (not steam) on both sides).

burlap craft

2. Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I purchased a cat and greyhound silhouette from the Silhouette store and created two designs for cutting, one of an 8 x 10 matte for my white adhesive card stock and a dog and cat measured to fit inside of the matte on black adhesive card stock. I also saved my designs to cut out more adhesive cat and dog shapes for making handmade cards (using the adhesive card stock is like making your own custom stickers and adhesive labels).

pet silhouettes

matte

3. Then adjusted the settings according to the “adhesive card stock” option and sent to the Silhouette for cutting. 

cutting pet silhouettes

4.  Then simply peeled away my designs and placed them on the burlap. Easy peasy! I like that the adhesive keeps my designs in place on the burlap. 

adhesive cardstock

Italian greyhound silhouette

5. Then framed and hung them up on the wall. 

framed burlap adhesive cardstock pet silhouette tutorial

So cute!

Do you have pet art in your home? I love whimsical pet silhouettes. Remember my Italian Greyhound t-shirt?

DIY chevron greyhound applique

Who knows what I’ll embellish next! I don’t have a pet accented throw pillow yet. It might be next on the list. :) 

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This post was sponsored. Happy Crafters provided the adhesive card stock. As always, opinion, experience and tutorial are my own. :) 

DIY Alphabet Burlap Cork Board Message Center

Hello DIY friends! One of my favorite stores is Michaels - although it’s one of those stores that I can’t run in for just one thing because I end up with a cart full of the cutest decorative accents and more materials for my craft stash. You too, right? Well, Michaels just announced the addition of pre-cut craft fabric to the thousands of creative products available in its stores, providing us with one-stop shopping for DIY projects. This is BIG HUGE news when you live in a smaller city with only one local fabric store! While I was there, I also discovered that Michaels sells a complete line of sewing supplies as well…this cuts my shopping time in half. One store instead of two. Bonus!

DIY burlap message center

Michaels supplied me with this awesome stash of fabric as a part of a promotion for their new line of home decor fabric. Isn’t it darling? 

Michaels fabric line

The alphabet burlap is ADORABLE! and a perfect match for my craft room so I decided I would make myself a burlap covered corkboard message center to help keep me organized. Cork board, Chalk board, Clip board AND burlap? That’s what I’m talking about! A fun combo!

Materials:

  • 36″ x 24″ framed corkboard
  • Crafty Cuts alphabet burlap
  • 4 pieces of thin wood trim (Michael’s also sells a small miter box & saw)
  • Black spray paint (or you could probably get away with one can of chalkboard spray paint)
  • Spray adhesive
  • 3 clipboards
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Hot glue (and hot glue gun)
  • Embellishments
  • Push pins

Corkboard/Chalkboad/Clipboard Message Center Tutorial:

DIY message center

1. Measure and (miter) cut small trim pieces to fit inside of the corkboard’s frame. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

2. Iron burlap. I used my iron’s highest setting and sprayed water (not steamed) to get out wrinkles. Iron both sides. 

ironing burlap

3. Measure inside of corkboard frame and cut a piece of the burlap to those measurements (mine was 34.5″ x 22.5″). If you subtract 1/4″, it will save you from having to trim the fit later. If it’s a smidge small, it’s okay (and actually better) and will be hidden by the added wood trim later. Set fabric piece aside. 

alphabet burlap

4. Spray paint the corkboard frame and trim pieces black. I was okay with imperfect coverage for a distressed look. (You could also sand edges when dry.) No need to tape the corkboard since it’ll be covered later. Let paint dry. 

DIY burlap corkboard message center

5. Give the cut burlap piece a coat of spray adhesive on the back side.  (I do this outside because of the overspray but be mindful of the wind direction blowing the adhesive spray mist as well as when picking up the sticky burlap, not to touch/fold which mine did but easily quickly pulled apart.) Immediately move to step 6.

DIY burlap covered cork board message center

6. Working from the middle out, smooth the burlap over the corkboard (inside the frame). It’ll be reposition-able right away if needed. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

7. Next I used hot glue to attach my small mitered trim pieces over the burlap edges, right next to the inside of the corkboard frame. This covers the edge of the burlap.

DIY burlap covered cork board

If you need to re-cut a mitered piece or accidentally scratch the black paint finish, simply fix it with a black Sharpie.

DIY burlap covered cork message center

8. Embellish as desired. My mitered edges surprisingly were a great fit after the mitered cut fix above, but these adorable flower embellishments attached with hot glue would work for covering a not so professional {tricky cuts!} mitered fit too. 

flower embellishments

9. Clipboards: Remove metal clip hardware, coat with chalkboard paint, let dry and repeat a second coat and let dry. 

chalkboard clipboard

10. Season chalkboard by rubbing the length of a piece of chalk over the complete surface then erasing. 

seasoning chalkboard

11. Re-attach clips. I found that using a twist tie to hold the clip open then lining up screws made reattaching the clip to the board a lot easier (because of the spring in the clip). Once screws are in place and tightened, remove twist tie. 

reattaching clipboard hardware

12. Embellish chalkboard clipboards if desired. I numbered mine and added some cute stickers. 

decorating chalkboard clipboard

13. Hang! Corkboard should come with hanging hardware but large Command strips will work too. 

alphabet burlap message center

It’s perfect for my black, natural, vintage inspired craft room. Lovin’ it!

craft room

There’s a lot of “stuff” in this room but it is clean and organized!

craft room / home office

I was provided with fabric and a Michaels gift card to complete the challenge. Michaels.com and Michaels Pinterest Boards feature project ideas that use fabric, including throw pillowslamp shadeschair seat covers, and bracelets. Laminated burlap, a Michaels limited exclusive, can be fed through most home printers to add personalized messages and images to fabric projects…I want to try that next!

Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

I recently shared a tutorial for Silhouette Fabric Interfacing which is great for creating fabric appliqués.

silhouette fabric interfacing tutorial

Silhouette’s heat transfer material is another great option, especially when you don’t want to sew around a larger design or a lot of lettering. As a member of the Silhouette affiliate program, I had the opportunity to try the Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit. I was not paid to share this tutorial but did receive the starter kit and receive a small percentage of sales generated from this month’s Silhouette Sale when readers use code “SHOWOFF” at checkout at Silhouette America. Promotion ends June 15th.  Here are this month’s awesome deals:

Silhouette June Promo

If you’re a DIY Show Off social media fan, you may know that last year my mom battled breast cancer (doing great!) and just recently my younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is so brave and keeping a positive spirit. I’ve purchased her several fun t-shirts with sayings like “I pay my oncologist big bucks for this hair style.”, “Does this shirt make me look bald?” and “Save the Hooters.” She has a great sense of humor and is very social. She has a close group of friends who’ve nicknamed her “princess”. She also has an amazing sweet heart and her big concern right now is how others are affected by her diagnosis. So, I decided a “Keep Calm. Princess always lives happily ever after.” t-shirt would send a reassuring message to her social group. 

heat transfer starter kit

The Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit comes with:

  • 3 sheets of smooth heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of black, teal, dark pink)
  • 2 sheets of flocked heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of white and yellow)
  • Silhouette hook
  • exclusive download card good for 10 heat transfer designs
  • idea booklet and instruction guide
  • instructional DVD

Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

Tutorial: 

1. Download the heat transfer designs from the Silhouette online store. (I chose a design I already had on hand instead but love that bicycle!)

silhouette heat transfer shapes

2. Create design in the Silhouette Studio. 

silhouette studio keep calm princess

3. Right click on each individual element of the design and click “FLIP HORIZONTALLY” to create a mirror image. 

silhouette studio mirror

4. Send to cut. Choose Silhouette Heat Transfer (flocked or smooth…I used smooth).

silhouette heat transfer cut

5. Load paper shiny side down and adjust blade setting as recommended (2).

loading heat transfer paper

6. Cut and unload. 

7. Remove negative heat transfer. 

removing negative heat transfer

8. IMPORTANT: This is tricky with intricate designs and lettering. Be sure you’re in a well lit area so you can see the cut lines and utilize the Silhouette hook to remove small pieces of negative area when necessary. GO SLOW! 

I did remove some of what I shouldn’t have and had to improvise…let’s not dwell on my imperfections. If you have the extra materials, you may want to do a “practice run” before your true project, especially if it’s your first time and if you’re creating a gift. 

7. One side will be sticky with a backwards design. The other side is shiny and readable. 

8. Place heat transfer/transparency sticky side down onto shirt or tote or dish towel.

keep calm silhouette heat transfer

9. Iron using a towel or scrap fabric between the transparency and iron according to directions. 

ironing silhouette heat transfer

10. Slowly remove sticky/shiny transparency. (If some of the design is still stuck to the transparency, replace and iron again.)

silhouette heat transferring

Ta-da!

silhouette heat transfer starter kit

Imperfections and all, I think she’s going to like it! 

breast cancer tshirt

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