DIY Hand Painted Wood Sign

Earlier this week I told you about my trip to Hawaii. I’m still dreaming about it. Since I couldn’t bring the beautiful beaches back with me I thought I should do something to bring a little bit of ALOHA into my house in the form of this hand painted wood sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

I started sprucing up my powder room a few days ago when I realized I’ve had the same decor in there since my first house almost eight years ago (#didijustadmitthat #suredid). I’m planning on a colorful beachy style so I’m starting it off with this aloha sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The sign. It is just three wood planks glued together and secured using another small plank and some finishing nails.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The color combo. These colors are just samples that I had in my garage from previous projects. I wanted a colorful and beachy look and I love the coral, yellow, mint combination.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The process. The process of making the sign was really simple. Pretty much just paint brush strokes of the different colors all over the board. I started with coral. Note: If I did it again I would start with the lightest color and move on to the darkest to prevent wasting any paint.

*Make sure to allow for drying time between colors*

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Take the second color and randomly brush on the paint to fill in some of the blank space.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

With the third color fill in the rest of the blank space. At this point you can also paint over any space where you feel like one color is too over powering. You want to really concentrate on the middle section as that is where your lettering will be.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Using transfer paper I placed the vinyl lettering on the painted board. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the vinyl lettering. The font is KG Eyes Wide Open.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Then I painted one coat of white paint over the entire board. After the paint dried I peeled off the vinyl lettering to reveal the perfect multicolored sign.

DIY Painted Sign

It’s just so cheerful and is a gazillion times better than that old powder room decor. I can’t wait for the rest of the space to come together. But seriously, can I just have a multicolored hand painted wood sign for every space in my house now? This was way too fun!

Happy Friday friends!

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Handmade Mother’s Day: Painted Burlap Canvas

I am so excited to share with you, my Painted Burlap Canvas

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersdayThere are seven days until Mother’s Day! I am honored to be a part of  the Handmade Mother’s Day Series coordinated by my friend, Kelly from Live. Laugh. Rowe. Ten blogs are bringing you fantastic gifts to make for mom!

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

There are so many wonderful projects. You will want to be sure to head over to the save the date page and catch up on all great projects.

Before we jump in, you have to check out the lovely birth stone necklace Kristen, from Capturing Joy, created.

I wanted to create something for my amazing mom that had a personal touch but would also go with her decor. I decided to do a painted canvas with burlap and to personalize it with special dates. The date she became a mom and the date she became a grandmother (or Mimi as we call her).

To create your own Painted Burlap Canvas you will need: a canvas (I scored my at the thrift shop for a few cents), craft paint, burlap scrap, stencil, paint brush, and thumb tacks.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I started by painting my canvas aqua. My mom loves the color and it goes with her decor. We are both aqua-holics :)

Next I cut a piece of burlap approximately 8 in by 10 in (not exact).

Stretch the burlap to keep it taut and pin it in place with thumb tacks.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I created my stencil using my beloved Silhouette Cameo.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I used painter’s tape to keep the stencil in place.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

Using minimal amounts of paint, lightly brush on the stencil with paint. I used an off white color. I pulled the stencil off before it dried because I didn’t want my stencil to stick to the burlap.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I absolutely love the way it turned out. It’s personal and pretty and I know my mom is going to love it!

Tomorrow, be sure to catch up with the fabulously talented Crystal from A Pumpkin and A Princess to see what lovely handmade creation she is sharing!

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DIY Vintage Inspired State Flash Cards

During my mom’s most recent visit we headed up north to Solano Beach to do some window shopping. They have some fantastic shops along Cedros Avenue in downtown Solano Beach if you are ever in the area. One shop had some awesome industrial inspired items including old mail bags, locker baskets, and vintage flash cards. I fell in love with some of the state flash cards. They were so cool! Today I want to share with you my DIY Vintage Inspired State Flash Cards.

DIY Vintage Inspired State Flash Cards

Since I didn’t buy the flash cards that day (the price was too steep at $5 each), I wanted to make my own.

How fun would these vintage inspired state flash cards be as a home decor piece?

I thought I could do something really fun with these vintage inspired state flash cards by getting one for each of the states my husband and I have lived since we’ve been married.

DIY Vintage Inspired State Flash Cards

These are very similar to the ones I saw in the shop. You can even purchase them here.

DIY Vintage Inspired State Flash CardsI found them to be really easy to replicate. I found images using my Silhouette Cameo and printed them onto the cards. I am sure you could find the images elsewhere and print them that way as well.

DIY Vintage Inspired State Flash Cards

The paper I used was just brown/natural cards stock. Very sturdy and gives a vintage look.

DIY Vintage Inspired State Flash Cards

Here are all four of my vintage inspired state flash cards. I love them! I am saving them for a wall art project in my master bedroom. I love the sentiment behind these flash cards and they are even better homemade!

And if you are like me and love anything vintage be sure to check out some of my meaningful vintage trinkets.

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Glitter Sign: A New Years Craft

Happy New Years Eve! Anyone throwing a party tonight?

I wanted to squeeze in one last project I thought you all might enjoy. This is a super easy last minute New Years sign that you can whip up really fast and will be a great addition to your New Years decor for that party tonight! glittered cheers new year sign making home base

I made this sweet sign using a canvas I had laying around but you can just as easily use an old piece of wood, card stock, just anything you have on hand.

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The first step was to create a stencil. I did this using my Silhouette Cameo. I cut my stencil out on vinyl which was a huge fail because it does not stick well to the canvas. In the future when using canvas I’ll just cut out some much less expensive construction paper as a stencil :)

Next, and I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of this one. I painted the canvas a metallic white color to give it a shimmery look.

making home base glitter new year sign

After allowing the paint to dry, you’re ready to place your stencil.

You’ll want to be sure to place your stencil straight. I did this by drawing the faintest of lines with a pencil onto the canvas. Once you have your lettering placed, you can paint on a layer of mod podge. Since I had a hard time getting my vinyl to stay put on the canvas, the mod podge helped it to stay in place.

After that layer dried, I did another layer of mod podge then added on my blue glitter as I went along. I did a letter at a time because I didn’t want to the glue to dry before I got the glitter on there. I allowed it to dry for an hour before peeling off the vinyl.
cheers new year sign making home base

I love the way it turned out. I added it to my New Years Vignette and it’s the perfection addition to my New Years decor!

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[DIY] Dec. 25 Canvas Pillow

It’s non stop Christmas around here. Miss P and I are having a blast. I’ve been working on so many decor projects that I’ve totally slacked on my homemade gifts. Anybody else? Luckily today’s project is so quick and easy that it takes no time to whip up. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve seen a sneak peek of this canvas pillow. Well today, I’m going to show you how to make one of your own!

I have been wanting to try out some heat transfer paper for the longest time now. Thanks to the black friday deal I was able to nab some at a decent price. When it arrived I took it out of the box right away and immediately got started on this pillow!

Supplies:

1/4 y. canvas fabric and coordinating thread  (The pillow measures only 12×12 so it doesn’t take up much fabric at all.)

scissors

pillow stuffing

black heat transfer material

stencil

Start by cutting two squares approximately 12×12 in. Since you aren’t fitting a pillow form, the size can be as big or as small as you’d like, just be sure to cut your squares the same size.

Cut and place your heat transfer material onto fabric according to your package directions.

Once the transfer has been ironed on, you are ready to sew. With right sides facing together, sew edges leaving a small gap at the bottom to stuff. After the pillow is stuffed you can either do a blind stitch to close your gap or use your sewing machine. I used my sewing machine.

That’s it! Now you have a lovely holiday pillow to adorn your sofa with! So festive right?

Want more holiday craft inspiration? Check out all my holiday projects here!

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[DIY] Chalkboard Countdown Sign

Hi friends! Are you still with me? I hope so! Please excuse my absence. I just spent 10 days back home visiting family. It was a great trip but of course, I needed a vacation from my vacation. I took a few extra days off to get my house back in order and my kiddo back on schedule. How about you guys, how was your weekend? I hope all of you had a fabulous VETERAN’S DAY holiday!

I’m excited to share a new project with you guys! This fun and simple DIY Chalkboard Countdown Sign is just too easy and functional not to share.

In my house, it seems like we are always counting down to something. Holidays, birthdays, visitors, vacations, HOMECOMING. And with deployments it’s always easier to count down to one event at a time. Small milestones makes 7-8 months seem more manageable. Mil spouses, am I right?

This cute little countdown sign is for everyone and for all occasions!

I had been wanting to play with chalkboard paint for awhile so I ended up painting an old wooden sign we had laying around the house with chalkboard paint. I originally hung it up in our gallery wall plain. I wrote little notes on it here and there but it needed something more.

The old wooden sign had white lettering on it so it took about three coats of chalkboard paint to cover.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the countdown graphic.

It’s such a quick and simple project but it’s really a lot of fun!

For now, we are are counting down to Christmas, but there is a big ol’ day next year we’re pretty excited about.

What are you counting down to?

 

 

 

 

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