Monday, July 11, 2016

CRAFT :: Emoji Coasters [IKEA Hack]

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Hey there everyone! 
Guess what? I am back with my last EMOJI craft from that epic EMOJI party we had for my daughter's 13th birthday! As you know, I have shared all of the fun from the party including all the details, the party pack collection, decor ideas as well as separate posts about the EMOJI PILLOWS the girls made plus the EMOJI OREO POPS and the POO EMOJI BROWNIE BITES, I made, so make sure to check those out if you somehow missed them. ;)
It was such a great party theme and one that you could do so many creative things with that it was hard to narrow down which to try and craft. In the end, I think I ended up cutting out about three other ideas I wanted to do for her party but you know how it goes . . .so many ideas, not enough hours in the day right? ;) 

Anyway, as you know I have a massive love affair with IKEA and am constantly there so when we saw these coasters, well . . . an idea was born! We love how they turned out and this could totally be a craft idea you could have the kids do during an emoji party if you wanted. We painted them ahead of time though and had it as part of their favor bags to take home.

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The great thing about making these coasters is you can choose which of your favorite emoji faces to paint . . . the possibilities are endless! 

So here they are, come see just how easy they are to make:

1. gather all of your supplies . . . you will need:  
the two pack of IKEA coasters, a couple paint brushes and the colors of paint that you will be using - depending on which emoji faces you are painting. 

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2. for the emoji faces we chose, we first painted the inside and edges of the coaster with our yellow paint. Let it dry. Side note: they dried super fast!

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3. we painted all of the black parts of the face next. Let dry.
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4. the white details we painted on next and allowed to dry. Some of the designs, this was it and others we did a final step of color.
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5. if you have chosen any of the emoji faces with some color, like this laughing face emoji, then you would paint the blue tears last. 
I also painted the heart eyes emoji for the party and the red hearts were painted last too.
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They are so simple but turn out so cute! All of the girls loved them and were using them all night at the party.
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This is another perfect DIY craft for an emoji party or an emoji sleepover. This particular craft would be great for the younger kids to do as well- they will love making these.

What emoji face would YOU paint on a coaster, given the chance? Please let me know below . . .

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

CRAFT :: Nautical Rag Wreath

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Hello there! 

It's the middle of summer and what better time to get your 'craft on' and make something fun! Am I right? Today I am sharing how simple it is to make a nautical wreath for your home or front door using the fabric rag method and trust me, it's super easy to do!

Since my daughter is home for summer break, I love being able to craft with her and see what ideas she comes up with too. She enjoys to craft right along side of me so of course ANY chance I get to craft with her is always a good time. ;) After her thirteenth birthday this year, we decided to start on her bathroom re-do since we had already tackled her bedroom makeover and this was the other thing on our list for her, so she suggested making a wreath for her bathroom to match some nautical items we picked up the other day when we were shopping at Michaels. She found an anchor art print to go in her new bathroom so she thought making a wreath with an anchor would be fun to match as well. Great mind that kid of mine has! ;)

So we picked up a few supplies we needed, while there and we would like to share how we made it with you . . . 

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Let's see just how easy it is to make this fun Nautical Rag Wreath:

1. Gather all of your supplies! We used a flat wreath form, your fabric color of choice, jute twine, scissors, a wooden anchor or other wood item to paint, paint and paintbrushes.

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2. The first she did was paint the wooden anchor – white paint on the front and the sides a darker teal blue. She then did some shading on top too (for dimension).

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3. Next, you will take your fabric and cut them into 1 inch wide strips by 7 inches long. To do this, I used two fabric quarters to complete the wreath, folded each in half and then made small cuts about every inch and then pulled the fabric to “rip” it to get the rag look. Hope that makes sense but if not feel free to email me. You can choose to pull off all of the loose threads from tearing the fabric or leave them – the ‘look’ is totally up to you! 

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4. To create this look, simply tie each piece of fabric you tore around the wreath form, into a knot, until you have it about three quarters of the way filled. (like photo below). This will take a little bit of time to complete but it’s not hard. We tied these in the front but play around with different looks . . . perhaps the knot on the side. 

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5. Next take a piece of jute, tie in a knot and simply keep wrapping it around the remainder of the wreath and then tie off. 

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6. Cut off a piece of jute (ours was probably 80 inches long) and tie together so you have one big circle. Fold over into fours and then place under the wreath form and loop through to create this look below that will allow you to hang it on a wall or perhaps a front door, even. 

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7. The last step to your fabric rag wreath, is to tie your painted anchor on. We placed ours off to the top left.

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That is it! What a cute wreath right? She was so excited to have something new to match that anchor art we bought for her new bathroom decor and I promise to have a full reveal on my blog when we finish it. But for now I can always hang this on our front door to enjoy this summer! I will mention that this project is NOT hard to do but it does take a little time, so make sure to allow for that. It would be a perfect craft to do while you are perhaps watching a movie . . .tie all of those fabric pieces on and before you know it, it's complete!

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Super cute right? Have you ever made a wreath using the fabric rag method? Do you think you will make your own now that you know?
I would love to know . . . ;)

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This post was originally published at Design Dazzle on June 6, 2016. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


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Hello there and welcome to JULY! July? Seriously - did I really just say J-U-L-Y? Yikes this summer is flying by! Am I right or what? ;)

But at least I still have V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N to look forward to this month!!!! YAY! I am a little psyched as I am doing TWO vacations in one and will be gone for over 2 weeks so I am pretty excited to take some time off and relax, as this girl needs it sooooooo bad! No worries though as I have lots of fun posts to share and you will never know I'm gone, as I will pop in every couple days, while sitting on the beach (because that's how I am).

But before all of that happens, I need to finish up all of my work, including sharing what y'all were loving in June! I think you all enjoyed the freebies this past month and being able to print them out as a TON of you took advantage of doing so - hope you enjoyed them all! ;) Let's take a peek at what ideas I shared this month and you can catch up and check in on them now, if you missed them the first time around! ;)

So let's see what the top 5 were for last month, shall we . . .  

:: TOP POSTS for JUNE 2016 ::

FREE Father's Day Cake Topper + Dessert Table Idea

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FREEBIE :: HERO Art Print - Father's Day Printables

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ART PRINT :: Shine Your Light & Let the Whole World See

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FREEBIE :: Father's Day Art Print

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ART PRINT :: Summer Summer SummerTime

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Well would you look at that? Do you see the "common thread" among all of these posts that were your favorite? Yup . . . they were ALL hand lettered! YAY - this makes my heart so happy as lettering is MY jam and I love incorporating it more & more onto the blog here, so I am so thankful you all are loving it! Thank you! 
As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope are having a fabulous summer!!! Here's to making the rest of the summer as memorable as can be!
So now you are all caught up on some of the most read posts here on my blog. Hopefully you will take a moment to comment below to tell me what
YOUR favorite was this month?

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