Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Make a cute engagement gift!

Everybody I know is getting engaged and married lately. My future brother in law proposed to a fabulous girl the week after Jeff and I got engaged and my fun loving bestie had a magical Disney proposal just a few days after that!

I wanted to do something fun for them both and I saw this adorable idea on Pinterest that I thought would be really easy to recreate. A ring frame!

 I was constantly misplacing  purposefully leaving my ring in strategic areas around the house. Then a good friend of mine made me (yes, I have crafty friends too!) an adorable ring dish with my future "Mrs" name on the bottom. Now I always leave my ring in the dish and it saves me from having a mini heart attack every time I wake up in the morning!

So along those lines I made my friends custom ring frames!

Things you will need:
A photo frame
Scrapbooking paper of your choice
A printer
A pin/hook/fixture to hang the ring on

Step 1: Find some super cute frames that suit your needs! Take out the cutesy pictures that come in them.
Step 2: Choose a font that looks right for your frames. Make a square that matches the size of your frame (note these frames were 2 different sizes, hence the difference in size on my publisher document below).

Step 3: The next step you can do one of two ways. You can simply print the square onto your scrapbook paper, or you can transfer the font onto your scrapbook using this technique and then paint or draw the font on for a more handmade look. I did one of each.
Step 4: Cut out the paper and put it in the frame.
Step 5: Get together the stuff you are using to act as the "hook". I used little spools that I painted and hot glued onto the glass of the frame.

You could also use a hook like the one in the picture above and screw it into the frame back directly (obviously you would need to be sans glass) or use a push pin like in the Pinterest inspiration photo. Its up to you! I did it this way because I used paper with writing on it and I didn't want it to bleed if it got water on it, so I wanted glass to go over the paper.

Step 6: Affix your "hook" and you're all done!


 My sister had her wedding this past weekend so I'm officially on to working on my own wedding projects! I'm so excited to get started!

I made one for myself with a push pin and it took me 5 minutes total! I love it!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Will you be my bridesmaid? DIY

The day after Jeff proposed I had my bridal party picked out and I wanted to do something special to ask them. There are so many cute ideas on Pinterest so I spent a little while looking and I found something I really liked (pictured below). It was a wine bottle with a personalized label saying "Will you be my bridesmaid?" I liked the idea but I wanted to make the label more "me" so I changed it up a little bit and also made some little wine glasses too because, whats a bottle of bridesmaid wine without an awesome personalized bridesmaid glass to drink it in?


Things you will need:
- Avery labels number 22826, you can get the on Amazon (Prime!) right here.
-Avery label 22826 template, can be downloaded free online from the Avery website, click this link to get there.
-However many bottles of wine you will need
-Alcohol (sadly not of the fun variety....the rubbing kind, though a good glass of Moscato does make crafting more fun)
-A printer
-Microsoft publisher
-Wine glasses to paint
-Enamel paints click here to see the kind I buy (one of these kits will last you quite a while... I've had mine for over a year and I do a LOT of glass painting)

Step 1: Download the Avery template and copy and paste it onto a Microsoft Publisher document. You want to make sure it takes up the whole page exactly, there is nothing more annoying than printing out your project on a label sheet only to find it doesn't match up because you were a little bit off.

Step 2: Find something you like and design your label within the outline of the template. I searched "Will you be my bridesmaid" on Etsy and found some wording that I liked and used different fonts to make it my own. You're going to want to copy and paste your inspiration onto the document so you can look at it as you go along.

As you can see I played around with colors and fonts until I found something I liked. You should do the same, make it your own style!

Step 3: Once you're finished designing your label print them out! I also decided to do a back label for mine, with a photo of me and each girl and the "Established Since" date (the year I met each one). This was pretty easy I just copied the photo and fit it to the template.

Step 4: Take the wine that you got and carefully pull of the labels. I found that its better to take the time to try and get the whole thing off in one pull, it leaves less sticky residue to get off. Once you've got the labels off use the alcohol (the rubbing kind not the drinking kind) to wipe off excess stickiness.

Step 5: Lay your labels on your wine bottle, I would suggest starting at the left or right and working your way over, rather than going from top to bottom. The curve of the bottle makes it easier to do it that way.

Step 6: Jazz it up however you want! My wedding colors are going to be light gray and yellow with chevron touches so I found this perfect yellow chevron ribbon to tie to the top.
The front
My "Established Since" back with the picture
Step 7: Make your own hand painted wine glasses. I won't include directions on how to do that here... you can check out the link to a past DIY on how to do it. This is how mine turned out:

Step 8: Package them up and give them out to your girls! I included a note with mine for each girl.

The finished product on display at one of my bridesmaids' houses.

Have fun and make it  your own. Speaking from experience being asked to be a bridesmaid/maid of honor is very special, but its also a lot of work, so I think its really nice to ask in a special way.

I have some other posts to do soon about DIY engagement gifts (I feel like everyone I know is getting engaged/married so I've had lots of practice!) coming soon!

I feel like it might be weird that the Hobby Lobby manager totally knows me and greets me with "back already?!?" every time I walk in the store?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

DIY Wedding Thumbprint Tree

I made my first wedding DIY! Too soon you say? Too bad, I say! I know we've only been engaged a week but I've been waiting on this proposal for a while so lets just say that I have a seriously overloaded secret pinterest board just waiting to be crafted.

We're going to try and do a very low budget wedding so I'm going to need to make/borrow a lot of things. With all of the weddings happening in my life over the next year and a half (5, counting my own) I'm going to start early and do what I can, when I can! My fiance was out having a boys night last night so I went to Hobby Lobby (I should seriously consider having my paychecks direct deposited there) and while I wasn't planning on starting any wedding crafts yet I saw that they were having a canvas sale and I couldn't stop myself!

For the longest time I've had this idea of a thumbprint tree pinned. I loved the idea because a) I knew I could make it myself and b) I think its awesome because it's something that we won't just put away and never look at again, we can frame it and hang it up in  our future home!

 Things you will need:
-A canvas
-Acrylic paint
-Tree Clipart

A more detailed step by step process on how to make DIY canvas art can be found here. I didn't take as many pictures for this one, but its the same idea, I just used different clipart and designs.

Step 1: Use your computer to make a Publisher document the same size as your canvas (mine was 16x20). Design your canvas the way that you want it. I decided that I wanted to do essentially the same thing as the one you see above, but in different fonts and a different tree. You can find clip art using Google or, if you want to spend a few bucks Etsy has some super cute instant download clip art. I used tree clip art we bought for my sisters wedding programs. The exact one can be found here. You can probably find a cute one on Google for free though!

Step 2: Print your publication. Now obviously you are printing on 8.5x11 pieces of paper and your project is 16x20 so you're going to have to select the "tiled" option under the print set up. This will give you multiple pieces of paper you're going to need to put together with some tape. It seems like a pain, but its definitely worth the extra effort to get it looking how you want it.

My taped together template. Yes I realize I put 2013, but I was just playing around with placement, we aren't sure if this will be our for sure date yet

Step 3: Cover the back of your template with chalk. (I didn't paint the canvas, I wanted to leave it raw but you can paint yours if you want. If you do decide to paint the canvas that should be your first step to ensure its dry by the time you're done designing) I used a light brown chalk and it was almost too light, be sure you take into the color of your canvas into account before you start chalking up the back.... use darker chalks on light colors and light chalks on darker canvases. You might think this seems obvious but you're going to be PISSED if you spend all that time tracing and you can't see the lines! Wipe off the excess chalk from the back of the template with a paper towel.

Step 4: Trace the outline onto the canvas using a pen. The tree outline I used looks really fun and whimsical but let me tell you...... it took a LONG TIME to trace and even longer to paint. Keep that in mind when you're designing a template.

Step 5: Start painting!

You can see how faint the trace lines are, I didn't use a dark enough color
Step 6: Take a Diet Coke/popcorn break and then keep painting!

Step 7: Rinse and repeat! I did a second coat for the tree and then I went and found some birds online I liked and I did the same with those( traced them with chalk on the canvas and then painted them).

I did it with the lettering too. We don't quite know for sure when our wedding date will be/if the venue we want will be available on the day we want so I left that off for now, but it will go on the right hand side once we know for sure.

 Now all we need are some thumbprints!

I'm so excited to start making things for my wedding and start getting things together for my closest friends' weddings! I did a super cute DIY "Will you be my bridesmaid?" gift for all the girls I'd like in my wedding, but I can't post them until everyone gets theirs!

Stay tuned! The year and a half of wedding extravaganzas has begun!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Turn!

I haven't posted anything lately because I've taken a little break from Pinterest projects....It's been crazy busy and I just haven't had the time.

Never fear, my sister's wedding is less than a month away and I've got a few things I need to get done.

That and the fact that I'm going to have a TON of projects in the future! (Not so) Grizley Adams proposed this weekend! (He shaved his beard for the occasion so I'm going to have to find a new nickname for him).

Fiance pretending to be regretful.

I've already started planning a sweet DIY for my "will you be my bridesmaid" gifts. Once I send them out I'll make a post and give you a step by step on how to make your own!

The Proposal Story: He had been hinting around hardcore for a while so I knew it was coming. I was convinced it was this weekend until my sneaky cousin got involved and CONVINCED me he had a big plan for later on. She asked me and Grizley Adams to stop by and take some pictures of her and her fiance for their upcoming engagement shoot because they were arguing about where to have it and they wanted some "samples" at a mansion on the creek (I probably should've seen through this but she is a terrible liar so I totally believed her). We walk up on a dock and I start talking to them and out of the corner of my eye I see him get on one knee. He says "I surprised you! I'm not one for speeches, but you've been my best friend for three years and there is no doubt in my mind that I want to spend the rest of my life with you and I want that to start today.....Will you marry me?" Of COURSE I said yes! Then he turns me around and my bestie and her boyfriend are standing behind us taking pictures.

Everything was caught on camera and we have tons of pictures from when he got on one knee to when it finally sank in about twenty minutes later. It was fantastic. Then later we went to dinner at our favorite little restaurant with all of our family and friends. It was the perfect day!

Anyways....we're going to try to stay super budget conscious so that means a TON of DIY projects!  If any of you married ladies out there have any tips or advice please feel free to give it!

How to make  your own chalkboards on the cheap coming soon!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Petal Icing on a Cake and Bachelorette Party!

I've made tons of cakes for a lot of different reasons and I think the easiest way to make your cake look awesome on the cheap is to ice it in an awesome way. It takes a little bit of time and patience, but it makes you looks like a super skilled cake expert and its ridiculously easy!

Here are some pictures of cakes I've done in the past. You can leave it plain and it looks awesome or you can add candles, a topper, bunting.....whatever your little heart desires!

I made one for my sister's bachelorette party this weekend so I took a few pictures so I could show you guys how to do it!

Things you will need:

-2 boxes of cake mix/stuff to make the cakes
-2 Circular cake pans, your choice of size
-Whipped cream cheese icing
- Powdered Sugar
-Food coloring (optional)
-Icing spatula (smaller is better)
-Whatever you want to use to decorate the top
-Gallon Sized Ziplock bags

Step 1- You'll need to make 2 round cakes, you can use whatever size you want, however big (or small) you need. I used 9 inch cake pans and Betty Crocker cake mix because I'm lazy super busy and don't want to have time to make them from scratch. You can make it from scratch if you want, more power to you Martha Stewart! Which ever way you decide to do it, make sure you THOROUGHLY grease your pans so the cakes slide out when you're done, thats really important!

Step 2- Bake your cakes.

Step 3- Once the cakes are done, flip them out of the pan and use a long knife and cut the tops off of the cakes, so that they lay fat once they cool and get stacked.

Step 4-While you're waiting for the cakes to cool, put the icing into a bowl (I use 2 cans on a cake like this) and add food coloring (if you want it to be colored). I also add about a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, this makes it stiffer and its easier to do the icing technique. Keep the icing in the fridge until you're ready to use it.

Step 5- Once its cooled, put one cake on whatever its going to lay on (a plate, cakestand, whatever) and then put a layer of icing on top of the first layer. Stack the second cake on top. Once you have the cakes lined up how you want them put on a thin layer of icing. I call this the "crumb layer" because there will probably be those annoying little crumblies in it. But that's ok because you're going to add another layer anyway and you wont be able to see it.

Step 6- Take a gallon sized plastic ziplock bag and snip off the corner, not TOO much because you don't want the dot size to be too big. Fill the bag with icing and make one column of dots down the side of the cake. After you have ONE column take your spatula, put in on top of the dot, push down and smear to the right. Do with each dot in the column. Then make another column of dots and repeat.....over and over and over again. Then once you get all the way around do the same for the top of the cake.

- After you do about every 2 dots you'll want to keep the icing bowl nearby so that you can wipe the spatula on the edge and get all of the excess icing off. This will make sure you get a clean swipe.

- If your icing starts to get runny its just because its getting too warm. Take a break and stick it in the fridge for about 10 minutes. OR you can keep another bag in the fridge and when one starts to get runny swap them out.

-When you come full circle and get back to where you started there will be a little seam. My suggestion is to use a butter knife and smooth it out the best that you can. Make this the back of the cake so no one can see in photos :)

Step 7- Decorate as you see fit, add your topper, candles, etc and let the icing set overnight.

Step 8- Bring your cake to whatever event you made it for and stand back while everyone compliments you on what a culinary genius you are! You can tell them its Betty Crocker or you can pretend that you belong on the next episode of cake wars....totally up to you!

This was the end product for my sister's bachelorette cake....pretty hilarious if I do say so myself. I call it Hot Mess Barbie.


So that's it for making a petal cake but I also wanted to share some fun pictures of the bachelorette party we had this weekend. Its so nice when all the hard work you put in on all these little details come together and pay off!

We got so many compliments on the homemade tee's I made! And we got a ton of attention walking through the park, people shouting at us and congratulating my sister, Epcot was definitely a great place to have it. Everyone had a blast and the food and (many, many, many, many, many) drinks were all delish!

It rained all morning and we got SOAKED, but it cleared up and we drank through the bad weather!

The bride on our way up in the decorated Bachelorette-mobile   

You can really see the t shirt in this picture from Germany, where we indulged in several beer flights with new friends

Everyone who came to Epcot on a ride while we we're waiting out the rain

We all got matching ponchos but they we're see through and people were sill loving our shirts through them!
Once the rain cleared it was beautiful and a perfect day for drinking around the world (this was Chinese beer)
The going out photos from that night.... well lets just say that what happens at Disney, stays at Disney.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Make your own Table Numbers!

My sister's wedding is coming up FAST and she needed some help putting together table numbers. Shes doing really tall arrangements so she wanted something big so that they aren't dwarfed by the centerpieces. She said she found something she liked for a total of $150 on Etsy.....I told her I would save her some money and put something together for her for MUCH cheaper.

She said she wanted tables numbers in frames so I went to the dollar tree and lucked out. I found these 11x14 picture frames which were the perfect size and I knew exactly what I wanted to do right away. The theme of her wedding is "winter wonderland" so I picked out some snazzy white glitter scrapbooking paper (that looks like snow) at my favorite store (Hobby Lobby) and got to work.

Things you will need:
- Dollar store frame (your choice of size)
- Scrapbooking paper of your choice
- Posterboard (optional)
- Cardstock
-Spray Paint
- 3M 150 grit sandpaper
- Scissors
- Computer
- Printer
- xacto knife
- Double sided tape

Step 1: Before you do anything else if you dont like the color of the photo frame, you'll need to spray paint it. If you're going to spray it you have to sand it a little bit first. You have to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick really well. (Be careful though, you dont want to scuff it up so much that you can see the scratches through the paint. This is why I used #150 sandpaper....its not really gritty and won't scratch too much.)
Then you can lay out your frames and spray them. Here are some tips to get a nice, even coat...
#1 Hold the tip of the can at least 6 inches away from the object your spraying

#2 Hold the tip down and spray as you move your hand fairly quickly across the object once. When you get to the end of the object stop the spray, repeat 2 or 3 times but not too many. You dont want to glob too much paint on too soon, thats when you get nasty drips or peeling....you'll have to do at least 2 coats so just be patient.

#3 Dont hold the tigger for too long over one spot, it gets drippy and looks terrible.... this is why they call it spray paint not drip-all-over-the-place-because-you're-too-lazy-to-do-two-coats paint

Step 2: While the first coat of your paint is drying take your scrapbook paper and size it to your frame. My frames were 11x14 and standard scrapbooking paper is 12x12 so I cut my paper to 11x12 and then cut an additional strip to tape to the bottom to cover the whole frame......

....Let me save you OCD people some trouble.... if you do it this way there will be a line and it will bother you and make your eye twitch.....

I know you can't realy see it SUPER well but right under the 2 there's a line.... and it drove me crazy.... so I changed my design up a little bit to compensate. Now if you're using like an 8x10 or 5x 7 frame this is a moot point, since you can just cut your scrapbook paper down to size with an xacto knife...(I highly suggest using a ruler and really measuring the right way to save hassle in the future)

If you want a big frame then you can solve this problem by getting some posterboard and creating a matting in the background. I cut an 11x14 piece of gray posterboard and cut my scrapbook paper to 7x10 to leave about  a two inch border all the way around.

Tip: I would definitely suggest that you do enough of each step for all the tables at the same time. I made a total of 8 table numbers so I cut 8 pieces of poster to 11x14. Then I cut 8 scrapbook pages to the right size. Then you're going to cut 8 numbers (see next step). This way you can just assemble everything all at once.

Once you've done some cutting go outside and spray another coat of paint on your frames you multi-tasker you!

Step 3: Find a font that you like and size your table numbers to fit on your scrapbook paper (I did 6x8 letters). Then print them out. Then transfer the numbers to the cardstock you want to use. If you're not sure how to do that go here and find out how!

Step 4: Cut out the numbers carefully!

Step 5: Assemble everything. Put your scrapbooking paper in the middle of the posterboard (I highly suggest that you use a ruler and MEASURE where the middle actually is....) and adhere. I used double sided tape on each corner. Remember this is going in the frame so it doesnt have to be cemented on there, it just has to stay in place. If you have a smaller frame and don't want to use matting you can skip this step all together.

Step 6: Put double sided tape on the back of your numbers (you'll probably need to cut the tape to fit) and place these in the center of your scrapbook paper (I didnt measure this, I just eyeballed it).

Step 7: Go grab your frames once they're good and dry, put the glass in, add your table number, put on the back, and shazam you've got yourself a table number.

I spent a grand total of $2.36 per table number. You can't beat that!

So take your wedding theme, find a scrapbook paper that fits with your colors and design, and go to town! Use a posterboard backing or don't, do whatever looks good for you! I'm of the belief that there's no need to spend all kinds of crazy money on stuff that's going to sit on a table for one night of your life. And...now you have frames to keep afterwards and put all your wedding pictures in afterwards!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paint the Town Red Bachelorette Party Favors

This was a super easy, cute little favor I put together for the favor bags for the girls coming to my sister's bachelorette party. They took no time at all.

Things you will need:
-Hot glue gun and glue
- Tulle
- Nail Polish (one for each person)
- small tags
- small ribbon
- Fine point Sharpie or paint

Step 1: Peel the labels off of your nail polish. If there's sticky stuff on the outsides of the bottle rub it off with alcohol and a paper towel.

Step 2: Take your tags and write on them however you want. You can use fun fonts, you can do it free hand, you can experiment with color, its up to you! My tags were wood and when I tried to write on them the fine tipped sharpies I used bled all over them, so I used a coat of paint to help.

Step 4: Use the ribbon to tie the tag onto the nail polish, tie a nice cute bow :)

Step 5: Cut your tulle and layer it to the thickness you want it at (I folded mine in half and used two pieces, so it was 4 sheets).
Step 6: Put a few dots of hot glue on top of your nail polish. Start at one end of the tulle and scrunch it up, laying it in the glue as you go. It should end up scrunched up tight at the top, only covering about half of the top of the polish.

Thats it! Wipe away any hot glue spiderwebs, trim the tulle if you think you need to and you have a super simple, easy, and cute favor for your girls!