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Monday, April 2, 2018

Monthly Baby Photo Display

My niece Gia turns 1 tomorrow and we celebrated her birthday this weekend.  As her Aunt/Personal Photographer, I've taken a growth picture of her every month since she was born.  And that wasn't always easy, since I moved in the middle of the year and my camera was packed for about 2 months!  

For her party I was excited to find a fun way to display her photos - it's pretty amazing to see how she's grown!  So I found this inspiration picture on Pinterest.

This is one of those projects that looks simple to put together, but really is several little projects in one.

For this project you'll need:
a frame (I would have loved an old window with more character, but I ended up just using a frame I had)
numbers - which were harder to find than I expected.  I found these at Michael's
tiny clothes pins (12)
glue dots (or your preferred sticking method)
felt for flowers (whatever color(s) you want)
felt for leaves - I really wanted to find a moss green color for my leaves, but I looked at Hobby Lobby and Michael's and they just have deep forest green, normal green and lime green)
ribbon - I used pink ribbon to hang the numbers/photos and green ribbon for the flower garland
hot glue gun

To make the flowers I first cut a circle.  For the large flowers, I used a whole sheet of felt and just cut as large a circle as possible.  You can use anything as a template - a bowl, CD, cup, etc.

Then I spiral cut the circle, freehand with a wavy cut.  Leaving a small circle at the center.

Then I started from the outside of the circle and wrapped it around each other.    You're supposed to hot glue as you go, but I was doing it while watching TV and just wrapped them without gluing.  They stayed together fine and then I hot glued them later, just some of the outside layers and the circle to the bottom.

I cut leaves freehand.  It's ok if they have a non-uniform, organic shape!

To put everything together, I laid everything out.

I cut 3 strands of the pink ribbon to be a couple inches longer than the edge of the frame.

Then I used glue dots to stick the numbers to the corresponding pictures.

Then I used the clothes pins to pin the numbers to the ribbon.  Then taped the ribbon to the edge of the frame.

Then I hung the frame on the wall so I could create the flower garland on the frame.  I cut a long strip of green ribbon and taped it to the frame.

Then, using hot glue, I added placed flowers and leaves on the garland.  And, of course, burned my fingers because I have a super hot mini glue gun. 

I was excited with how it turned out!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Upcycled Bunny Face

This weekend, I was shopping at Goodwill and they had a bunch of Easter decorations out and when I saw this, I knew it would be the perfect thing to upcycle and hang in my entryway!

I taped the wire and spray painted it, but it didn't fully cover the paint underneath, so I painted with white acrylic paint and that worked great.  I sanded the edges for a rustic feel.

I painted the tiny wooden heart pink and cut up the floral stems and played with what I liked together.

Then I hot glued everything on and I LOVED how it turned out!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Family Photo Book for Toddlers

My nephew Kellan, who will be 2 years old in March, loves seeing pictures of his family, so I decided to make him a family photo book of his own for Christmas!

I visualized a brightly colored book - just like other kids books.  So I researched the idea of "green screen".  I use Corel Paint Shop Pro and I found a tutorial about using the "color changing tool" - instructions.  

Then I planned ahead and bought some green poster board at Dollar Tree.  When all my family was at my house for Thanksgiving Eve, I took a picture of each of them in front of the green poster board.  Then I wrote out my plan for the color layout of the book.

In the editing software I cropped to square (since I knew I wanted an 8x8 book) and changed the color of each picture.  




Me (Lyndi)



For the inside layout, I put each picture on a page by itself and on the opposite page, I put the name of each person.

The finished product was so fun and colorful and the perfect size for a toddler.  Kellan loved it!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Unicorn Face Wall

I wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a unicorn face wall, because when I made this one, I had a lot of questions that I couldn't find answered by people who had created them.  I used this tutorial by The Sway and their free templates to make my flowers and this tutoria by Ash and Crafts for the leaves.TIP #1: YES, you need 9 sheets of 8.5x11 cardstock for each flower. That includes the petals and the centers.  If you want to make your centers a different color, you would need 16 sheets of the petal color and 2 sheets of the center color.  

Each leaf is made from a half sheet of cardstock, so decide how many leaves you want.  I freehanded the ears.  I couldn't find an eyelash template, so I created one, which I'll share with you below.  I cut it out of 8.5x11 black cardstock and then put it together with glue dots.  

For the unicorn horn, I considered several different materials, but ended up using gold posterboard found at Hobby Lobby.  So a final materials list (if you are creating the exact same thing I had) is:

18 pieces of light pink 8.5x11 cardstock 
9 pieces darker pink 8.5x11 cardstock
3 pieces green 8.5x11 cardstock
2 pieces black 8.5x11 cardstock
1 piece white 8.5x11 cardstock
1 piece lightest pink 8.5x11 cardstock
1 gold posterboard

TIP #2: HOW TO HANG THE PAPER FLOWERS.  I was going to a venue that I had never even seen before and I would only have 30 minutes to get everything for the party set up.  So I knew I needed to plan ahead how I would hang the flowers, which are really large and really fragile.  So here's what I did.  I got out my drill and a small drill bit and drilled through the center part in the back.  Then I put a floral wire through the holes and twisted it pretty tight to make a hanging loop.  Then I bought command hooks (since it's a venue, I knew I couldn't use nails or tacks).  I don't think it's a perfect method, because as you can see, the center flower leaned forward more than I wanted, but it was the best I could come up with.  

I loved how it turned out - it was the perfect focal point for a 6 year old unicorn birthday party!!



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