Friday, October 2, 2020

DIY Strawberry T-Shirt & Halloween Costume Ideas

Yesterday we showed you how to make an R2D2 t-shirt costume. Today we are showing you how to make a strawberry t-shirt. This would be so cute paired with a red or green tulle skirt!

The process is the same as the R2D2 shirt and can be applied to a lot of different costume ideas using iron-on sheets.

You will need the same supplies: free cutting templates, scissors or cutting machine, red or pink t-shirt, iron, and iron-on sheets (we used white and green). We also used a yellow button.

First, cut out your shapes using the templates. We traced the leaves on the paper and cut them out using scissors. We used our cutting machine for the seeds.

Then, arrange the pieces and iron them onto the shirt. We also sewed a little yellow button in the center of the flower.

That's it! We hope you enjoyed these simple t-shirt costume ideas. Here are a few other fun costume ideas that would be easy to make using iron-on sheets: playing cards, BB8, robber, magic 8 ball & pizza, and more!

Don't forget to check out yesterday's R2D2 shirt too. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Easy DIY R2D2 T-Shirt Halloween Costume Idea

Do you like to make your own Halloween costumes? We love using our creativity to come up with ideas, especially when our kids have something in mind that can't be found at the store. It can be really fun and save you some money too!

Today and tomorrow we are sharing 2 simple t-shirt costumes using iron-on sheets, our favorite product for making Halloween costumes. They come in a variety of colors and can be cut into any shape you want.

To make your own R2D2 shirt, you will need cutting templates, scissors or a cutting machine, a white t-shirt, iron, and iron-on sheets (we used blue, black and metallic silver).

First, trace your pieces onto the iron-on sheets or cut them with your cutting machine. We did a some both ways.

Next, arrange the pieces on the shirt. We suggest doing one layer at a time.

Last, iron on the pieces. Easy, huh?

We love how versatile these iron-on sheets are. This would be a fun shirt to wear after Halloween too. The nice thing is you can wash these and the iron-ons are permanent. Make sure to check back tomorrow to learn how we made the strawberry shirt!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Fall Centerpiece with DIY Velvet Paper Flowers

September is here! We are starting to think about decorating for fall. One of our favorite fall craft supplies is velvet paper. We have used it for fall leaves, masks, cards and more.

Today we are sharing a floral centerpiece we made using velvet paper. There are many colors to choose from. So, we chose colors that go with our fall decor this time.

We love making paper flowers. But, velvet paper adds a more lush and realistic texture.

To make your own floral centerpiece, you will need velvet paper, floral wire, and a hot glue gun.

You can make your own flower shapes or use some of the many free ones available online. We used this template for the honey colored spiral flowers, this one for the simple little rust colored flowers & large ivory flower, and this one for some of the leaves.

Attach the flowers to floral wires and wrap the wires in strips of velvet paper. Then you can bend the flower stems to arrange the flowers however you want.

We hope this gives you some ideas for decorating and you will try incorporating velvet paper into your decor this fall.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Encouraging Handmade Cards

We absolutely LOVE getting cards and letters in the mail. So, one of our favorite things to do when we need a break is make some encouraging cards to brighten someone's day. These cards were put together in no time.

We used the Bold & Beautiful Variety Pack. We love how everything in these packs coordinates so well for scrapbooking, cardmaking, or papercrafting. The quotes in this pack are perfect for card making and are sure to uplift the receiver.

What is your favorite quote? Do you send handmade cards?

We hope you're having a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

4th of July Craft Using Tie Dye and Iron-ons

4th of July is going to be different this year, there's no doubt about that! We are in the midst of COVID-19 and many festivities have been cancelled. However, we still think it's fun to get dressed up and celebrate, even if it's just with your own family.

Today we're sharing an idea that's simple, easy and fun to do with your family. All you need is a plain white t-shirt (bib or whatever), tie dye, iron-on letters, and thin paint brush.

First, dip your brush into the tie-dye and "paint" on some fireworks. Don't be intimidated here! It's really simple. Just draw lines bursting from a center point. We also added some simple stars and dots.

Now you can arrange your iron-on letters how you'd like. We chose to spell "little firecracker". You can spell whatever you want.

Iron your letters on as instructed on the back of the package. Heat from the iron will make your iron-ons and tie dye permanent.

Done! Now we just need to find a baby to wear this.

We hope you have a Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Easy DIY Tie Dye

Summer is here and tie dye is so hot this year! You can find in everywhere in the stores. But, have you ever tried making your own tie dye shirt?

It is so fun and simple to tie dye with our pre-mixed, water-based dyes. You just shake the bottle, spray your design, and heat set with an iron after it completely air dries.

We have tried lot's of different techniques and color combinations. But, lately we are really enjoying single color designs.

What are your favorite tie dye color combos?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Simple Thanksgiving Decor

Today we put a little spin on our acorn decor kit! We decided to use all the fun embellishments that come in the kit... gems, paper leaves, paper circles and letters... for another project. So, we were left with only the acorn base.

Instead of tossing it, we glued on some artificial fall leaves and raffia. Then, we cut out the word "thankful" on our silhouette and attached it with spray glue. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Kids DIY Tie Dye T-Shirts

School started this week here in Cache Valley. So, we wanted to do one last fun project with the kids.

All you need for a fun custom shirt is tie dye, elastics, white shirts, and water. First, dampen the shirt with water for best blending and coverage. Then, tie the shirt according to the design you want.

Shake the Tumble Dye and spray it on the shirt. Let the shirt air dry. Last, heat set by ironing for permanence.

For a successful design, we suggest letting kids choose about 3 colors for their design. Also, talk about how they want it to look before starting. In this case, we gave the kids 3 options... bullseye, spiral, or stripe. Each child picked a different design.

The oldest child chose the bullseye design. He wanted his shirt to look like a target. For the bullseye, find the center of the shirt. Pull up from the center of the shirt and tie an elastic around, letting the rest of the shirt hang. Tie elastics every few inches down the rest of the shirt. Spray the tied off sections as desired. He did an alternating red, navy, and sky blue.

This girl chose the swirl design in aqua and hot pink. For the swirl, hold onto the center of the shirt and twist until the shirt is in a fairly tight circle. Tie elastic bands around the circumference of the circle to make pie-shaped sections. Spray the tied off sections as desired. In this case, she just did 4 sections. But, you can do more sections for more colors.

This boy is a big Utah Jazz fan and wanted to do stripes similar to the city edition uniforms. For a stripe design, fold your shirt like an accordion and tie elastics every few inches. Then, spray between the elastics.

So, what do you think, which method is your favorite? Do you think your kids would enjoy tie dye? Do you have any tips for doing this with children?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Pretty Handmade Mother's Day Card with Velvet Paper

If you need a last-minute Mother's Day gift, don't underestimate how much most mother's love cards! A personal card, made by you, with a special message is so appreciated.

We made ours with the Penrose paper pad and lot's of lovely velvet paper. We cut out various flower shapes using our cutting machine. Then, we arranged them onto our paper to make a pretty bouquet.

These kind of flowers really last. In fact, you could make a 3D bouquet for her to decorate with them too... or a wreath would be nice. There are so many ideas!

Pair them with a pretty necklace in a velvet-lined box and you've got the perfect gift. Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful ladies who influence others for good!

Friday, April 19, 2019

DIY Spring Easter Bunny Photo Props

It's Easter weekend! Are you excited for egg hunts and family fun? We are! Don't forget to take pictures.

It's so fun to use photo props. So, we decided to make some Easter Bunny props. We cut bunny ears and noses out of our velvet paper. We love how soft and fuzzy they are!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easy Spring Birthday Treat

Spring and Easter colors don't have to be washed-out pastels. Throw in some fun, bright colors too... Like orange! The orange ribbon is what really makes this pop. Love it!

We found this cute little tube of jelly beans at the store and wanted to jazz it up with some embellishments. So, we wrapped the top in scrapbook paper and attached a tag decorated with floral stickers. Then, we added that sweet ribbon.

Do you ever switch up packaging for gift-giving? It's one of our favorite things. We especially love pretty candies in an equally pretty package.

Happy birthday to our awesome spring birthday friends out there!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring Gift Tag

We found this adorable cupcake at the grocery store and knew it would brighten our friend's day. So, we made a little tag to go along with it, using some of our favorite stickers from the June 2017 scrapbooking kit.

It's nothing to fancy. But, it's so nice to know someone was thinking of you. Do you ever grab an extra treat for a friend when you go shopping?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring Confetti

Decorating for spring is so fun! We love busting out those cheerful colors.

We wanted to use a chocolate bunny for our centerpiece. But, it looked lonely. So, we added a paper doily and some Easter grass. For more color, we punched flowers out of our velvet paper to use as confetti.

You could even cut strips of velvet paper to make your own grass.

Velvet confetti is so easy to make! We love how it brightens up our centerpiece.

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