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Monday, June 18, 2018

DIY Tie Dye American Flag T-Shirts

I think this would be super fun for an extended family to make together and then plan to wear on the 4th of July!

For this project you'll need:
Dye in red and blue
zip ties
fabric glitter (optional)

Step 1:  You can get the t-shirt wet or leave it dry.  
Step 2:  Gather the shirt into a line and place zip ties every two inches, leaving about 4 inches at the end for the blue part of the flag.

Spray the tie dye - blue at the end and then alternate red and white (no tie dye on the white sections).

Then let dry completely.

Then follow the instructions on the tie dye - which is to "set" the color by drying for 20.

Then we added spray glitter for fun!

Here is the result - 

If you make one - post a pic on your social media with the hashtag #FlagTieDye

Monday, May 7, 2018

How To Paint a Metal Bed Frame

For my guestroom, I searched Pinterest for inspiration and knew I wanted a bed frame that looked like this:

Or like this:

So I kept an eye on Facebook Marketplace and found a few options and found this listed for sale and decided this was it.

I didn't like the gold and there were a lot of areas where the paint had been chipped off, so I knew I would need to refinish it.  One of the reasons I'm doing this post is because I couldn't find that many online tutorials.

Step one was to obtain the bed.  (Which I did, thanks to the help of my parents!) Step two was to get all the materials.

I stood in the paint aisle in Menards FOREVER. In fact, here is my FB post from that day, explaining.
Here are the paints I was debating between.

I always love the look of satin, but I hadn't really painted metal before. For some reason I was worried it would look dull. So that's why I bought the metallic initially and then ended up with satin finish - which turned out to be perfect and exactly what I wanted.

From Menards, I bought:

medium sander
Krud Kutter deglosser
2 tarps
4 cans of the satin finish spray paint
paint handle (which is TOTALLY worth buying)

I should have bought a painting mask, because I could tell it affected my sinuses not wearing one.

Step three is to prep.  So, I carried each piece to my driveway and filled a bucket with water and dishsoap and got out my gloves and an old washrag and cleaned every piece, making sure to get dirt out of detail/crevice areas.

Then I tried both the deglosser and sanding on two different parts and I recommend sanding.  It's easier and I thought it prepped the pieces better.  And it saves you money to only buy one thing.

After sanding, you need to wipe everything down, I think I used a clean microfiber cloth.

Then I started spraying - following the instructions on the can.  A light coat 8-10 inches away.  Slow back and forth motion.  Ok to do the second a few minutes after the first.  I could tell immediately I made the right choice on the finish.

Then I dragged the tarps into the garage and let them cure for 24 hours.

I actually spread the painting out over two days.  The first day was perfect.  The second day had wind speeds of 25 mph - which was NOT GOOD.  First it blows the paint away from it's target, not coating evenly and making you use more paint.  Second, it blows junk onto your paint.  Make sure you check wind speeds before you start painting.

Then I carried each piece into my guestroom and put it together and it's SO EXCITING!  I haven't bought a mattress for it yet, it'll be a work in progress for a while, but it feels good to have this first step accomplished!

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!



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