DIY Keepsake Mother’s Day Gift

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge is all about Mother’s Day and this project will be for celebrating my daughter who’s now a mom too (Ali, don’t look! lol). I couldn’t resist scooping up this opportunity to get creative and practice a little DIY influence on the littlest one in our family by making up a DIY keepsake Mother’s Day gift.

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Materials we used:

  • MAKE Market LED wood plaque kit – LOVE (Alphabet Soup Collection) available at Michaels’ Craft Store
  • 2 colors of paint and 2 foam brushes (or sponges)
  • painter’s tape

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What we spent: Under $15

Time we invested: Less than an hour (+ paint drying time)

What we did:

1. We protected our work surface and applied a thin coat of paint to his little hand then carefully pressed it to the wood plaque. We washed his hands immediately and let painted handprinted plaque dry. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Using painter’s tape, we secured the stencil to the plank sign, lining up the word “love” so we could see the drilled holes in the empty stencil space. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Next, with a foam brush we applied paint to the stencil (using a sponge technique using a little paint…don’t glop it on or it will seep under the stencil) to paint on the word “love”. We removed the stencil, filled in any spaces and let the paint dry. 

4. Last, we pushed the string of LED lights through the drilled holes from the back side and added 2 AA batteries. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

5. The kit comes with hanging hardware and foam/felt for protecting the wall. Attach according to packaged instructions. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Very simple. Very cute. And a special keepsake from baby to mom. Display on a shelf or add to a gallery wall. So sweet! 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Those little LED lights provide a powerful glow in the dark! Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

mothers day challenge #michaelsmakers Michaels has everything you need to craft the perfect handmade gift that will make Mom’s day! Grab your coupon, shop and get creative. Handmade gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day!

If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts starting at 10 a.m. EST April 1, 2016:  

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Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

LOVE wall art canvases tutorial

Since I happen to be addicted to browsing the aisles at Michaels fairly often, when I saw the beautiful rustic letters, I envisioned replacing the thrift store find of a gloomy stormy ocean painting above the fireplace (which I do love) to something a little more fun for spring. 

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

LOVE wall art

What I used:

  • rustic eclectic L-O-V-E letters
  • linen canvases with antiqued bronze nailhead trim
  • hot glue
  • adhesive velcro strips (for hanging)
  • FrogTape® for leveling/mapping out placement

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

What I did: Pretty simple! I attached the letters to the stretched linen canvases by applying a generous layer of hot glue to the back of each letter. It doesn’t get much easier than that for DIY!

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Hanging tips: I used my level and a pencil to make a light ‘cross’ (vertical/horizontal) line in the center of the area I wanted to display my canvases. Using FrogTape, I created an evenly spaced guide and secured my canvases to the wall using adhesive velcro. Then removed the tape. 

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Perfect for Valentine’s day a few weeks ago, appropriate for all year long, any season! I love the fun chippy antique-looking letters with our rustic fireplace surround with just a touch of color to freshen up the neutral tones. 

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Personalized Magnetic Artwork Display

 

The Michaels’ Makers’ February challenge has an “express yourself” theme with a campaign called Made by Me, A to Z and it’s all about personalization, showcasing projects that take raw materials and transform them into something that’s completely personalized. The new Make Market line includes materials  from galvanized metal to distressed wood, acrylic, fabric and chalkboard! Something for everyone … or even everything for someone. There’s so crafting goodness to choose from, it’s hard to decide!

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I treasure little one’s creations, artwork and photos so I decided to personalize a space in the nursery for displaying his art work and photos. 

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Here’s what I snagged from the Alphabet Soup collection in the Make Market aisle at Michaels:

I personalized a galvanized magnetic memo board with vibrant paint colors to match the nursery decor…

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the magnets are so cute!

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

And added magnets to the back of F-U-N chalkboard letters for displaying on galvanized chargers/plates. These will work for magnetic play time in the future too. 

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

Cute, colorful, personal and custom to our nursery (future playroom)…

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

  • My favorite part about crafting is putting a personalized spin on a project. Whether it’s decorating with marquee lights or crafting an initial that represents your family name, Michaels has made it easy with their new Alphabet Soup by Make Market™ line of products. SO MANY DIFFERENT LETTERS! 
  • This collection of surfaces, letters, frames and more come in modern, eclectic or rustic styles. From natural and finished woods, to a variety of metals, resin and patterned styles, the possibilities are endless.
  • If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts! Visit these fun projects for more inspiration (starting today at 11 a.m. EST): 
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DIY Vintage-Look NOEL Wall Art

‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa-la-la-la-la-la”…well, I did that once. Holly is quite scratchy! Ouch! Guess what?! Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com are hosting a Home for Christmas themed blog hop! Oh my Christmas! Time to belt out your favorite Christmas carols, top your cocoa with some marshmallows and to get inspired! Grab your slippers and get your pin-finger ready while you’re at it!

Home for Christmas

Once the Christmas tree was all decorated for the holidays,

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I needed a little holiday cheer for above the mantel. The stormy beach portrait that’s there most of the rest of the year really wasn’t going to work.  So I decided on a “NOEL” idea for filling the empty space. Did you see the cute wooden circled monogram letters at Michaels? I knew I wanted to do something with them. This is the perfect project!

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: (I’ve included some affiliate links so you can find the supplies easily and to maybe add a little jingle to Santa’s wallet.Ty!)

  • extra large monogram wreath letters N – O – E – L 
  • craft paint and foam brushes (I chose berry red and forest moss)
  • paper towels
  • velcro picture hanging strips
  • TransTint dye (Note: a bit on the pricy side, but this dye is AWESOME! It’s water based so it’s not oily and makes for a gorgeous wood stain. Tip: Easiest clean up ever! Just let brush dry and hide styrofoam cup on a shelf in the basement/out of the way. Dye will evaporate. Simply add water and resume use on your next project!) That bottle is going to last YEARS! 
  • paint or chip brush

What I did: 

1. I gave each letter two coats of paint and let dry. Note: One coat/dry brushing would actually look fantastic too! I wish I was a little more carefree. One coat/dry brushing means step 4 is going to look WAY better…so adopt a technique as if you’d had an extra cup of eggnog. Tip: If hanging in a grid pattern and using two colors like I did, paint the N and L the same color and the O and E the same color to avoid one color on the left, one color on the right. Mix it up!  

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

2. Sand the edges, distress as desired. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Next, add a drop or two of TransTint dye to water in a styrofoam cup, more TransTint dye for a darker tone if desired. TransTint dye WILL stain fingers and work surface. I recommend wearing gloves and protecting your work table with layers of newspaper or a tarp or old vinyl table cloth or if you live in a warmer climate (lucky you…make up the guest room for my impending arrival!), work outside.

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Dip the brush into the TransTint dye, tapping excess from the brush. Randomly brush, fling, stipple, drip (get messy and creative – have fun!) the TransTint dye onto the painted wooden letters. Wipe away or dab with paper towels as needed. Sprinkle TransTint to create a  “dirty, worn, aged” finish. 

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5. Let dry TransTint dye dry overnight. 

6. Optional: Secure a small holiday wreath to the “O” with a ribbon for a touch of texture. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Hang and display using velcro picture hangers. You might want to grab a level while you’re at it. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

I love the worn, aged finish. Vintage goodness! What do you think? 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

See MORE holiday DIY and decorating inspiration from these sweet and talented HomeTalk friends:

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DIY Thanks Sign Tutorial

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? It’s a bit late for this tutorial but there’s always filing it away for next year. Make up this easy sign to add the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving decor. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • 12 x 24 piece of plywood
  • FrogTape®
  • paint and foam paint brush
  • wooden letters
  • hot glue (or wood glue and clamps or screws)

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

What I did:

1. Paint wooden letters if needed and let dry. Mine came from the craft store dollar section pre-finished. 

 2. I taped off stripes using FrogTape Multi-Surface. I made a larger stripe in the middle to create a darker background since my letters are lighter in color. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Using a plastic card, I burnished the edges of the tape to ensure crisp clean lines. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Next I applied a coat of paint. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

5. While paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape. Then let the paint dry. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

6. I secured my letters using hot glue. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

I love this quick and easy piece to add to my Thanksgiving vignette: 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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DIY Halloween Vignette

Decorating for Halloween? I’m not much of a Halloween decorator but I do have friends with October birthdays and these make a great gifts! 

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EASY Halloween Wall Art 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff You’ll need these items from the craft store:

  • stretched burlap
  • felt placemat
  • felt decor
  • glue dots (or recommended: hot glue)

Using lots and lots of glue dots or hot glue, layer and secure the felt placemat onto the stretched burlap canvas (glue dots = temporary and using stretched burlap for another project in the future, hot glue = more permanent). Then secure the felt decoration on top of the felt placemat. It doesn’t get much easier than that! 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff

Halloween BOO Blocks tutorial

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff

Check out my DIY wooden BOO blocks tutorial on the FrogTape® blog squad site HERE!

Do you decorate for Halloween? Just a little or do you go all out?

I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.