Golf Themed Birthday Card

My nephew is a sports fanatic.  If you let him, he would play outside all day long, non-stop.  His most recent obsession is golf so I made that the theme for his card on his 7th birthday.

Check out the YouTube clip to see the “making of the card”!

I kept it simple and full of color. 

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I used 5 different pieces of cardstock: green grass, blue clouds, bright white (pole), red glitter (flag), and black for the hole. 

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On the backside of the green grass cardstock, I simply sketched quick “grassy” looking lines and cut along those lines to give it a realistic grass effect.  I placed the grass over a piece of blue clouds cardstock and then attached that to the actual card.  The rest of the card was very simple.  I cut out out a long rectangle as the pole, a small circle for the hole, and a glittery triangle for the flag.  Finally, I added a fun little #7 to the flag and used my own handwriting for the message.

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The Easiest Wall Art You’ll Ever Make!

I am not joking when I say this is the easiest wall art to DIY.  I have dabbled with the whole canvas, spray paint, sticker letters, mod podge version of wall art.  But, when you’re in a bind and you need a fast and personalized way to create some wall art, THIS is the way to go!

You will need:

  • quote
  • 3D sticker letters
  • access to printer
  • frame

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Pick a quote or phrase to type onto a Word document.  You’ll also decide which word you want to “stand out” with your 3D sticker letters.  This project was for my nephew’s nursery.  My other 7 year old nephew said this to my sister a few days after she had the baby; it was the cutest thing and I knew right away I wanted to do something with this quote! 

Print out the quote, attach the sticker letters and place into the frame.

 This is a great way to create a personalized gift for a baby or bridal shower.  It’s inexpensive and truly requires no special skills.  What would your wall art say?!

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Framed Poster Collage

My nephew’s first birthday was in April, so my sister went ALL OUT for his first birthday bash.  For the main decoration she created a simple and modern photo collage of all his first, super important events that took place during the past year: first happy bath, first photoshoot, first wedgie, etc.

She went to Walmart.com, photo section, and selected the poster option.  Then, followed the simple uploading instructions-you can select up to 30 photos!  

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 The poster allows for a caption to be displayed on the poster, as you see here “Miles’ Year of Firsts”.  

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Once she uploaded the photos (she had HUNDREDS to choose from) and got the poster printed at Walmart, she simply wrote a short caption next to each photo using a Sharpie pen.

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The end product was a hit!  She included both sentimental events and silly ones: first ride in the car, first photo with his Great Grammy, first wedgie, first photo with Santa (he was scared for his life). 

This project can be used for any special event; wedding, milestone birthday, graduation.  The frame was $12.99 at Walmart and the poster cost less than $13.  If you’re really trying to be frugal, get a poster board from a craft store and attach printed photos using a tape runner.

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DIY Onesie Makeover

I didn’t think it was possible to make onesies any cuter, but I’m here to tell you it is!  Last week, Kristin jazzed up a onesie using a patterned fabric and a sewing machine.  This week, I’ll show you how to jazz up a onesie using little pom pom balls and a needle and thread.

You will need:

  • onesie
  • needle and thread
  • pom pom balls
  • scissors

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I recommend washing the onesie in baby safe detergent prior to giving it away as a gift.

Pick out the colored pom pom balls you want to use.  Thread your needle by placing one end of thread through the eye of the needle (the hole).  Pull the thread through for about 6-8 inches of thread.  Cut thread and tie the ends together in a knot.

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I chose to place the pom pom balls near the neckline of the onesie.  I see it as the baby version of studs or spikes on a woman’s blouse. Starting INSIDE the onesie, push the needle through the material and then through the center of the ball and pull firmly.

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Then, take the needle and push back through the center of the ball and through the material again.  Repeat this process several times until the ball is securely attached to the onesie.  You should secure the thread on the inside of the material by knotting the ends as close to the fabric as possible.  Trim the ends of the any loosely hanging threads.

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Repeat this process for the other pom pom balls.

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This is very simple for those who don’t have the patience to learn how to use a sewing machine (ME).  Another idea is outlining the shape of a heart with buttons or pom pom balls.

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Jazz up a onesie

Yesterday I went to a baby shower and decided why not post some of the fun things I like to gift.  So, this is very simple if you are a beginner, all you need is a threaded sewing machine. You can pick any color onesie, fabric, and any shape/silhouette.  Jazz it up even more with buttons, rhinestones, ribbons, etc.

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You will need:

  • Onesie
  • Fabric
  • Fusible webbing
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine

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First, pick what you what shape you want.  If it is something you can’t easily draw, look online for a silhouette and draw it, like I did with the whale shape.  Once that is drawn, you will want to iron (on medium heat) the fabric onto the fusible webbing.

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Then, either cut the shape out from memory or use the drawing and place it on top of the fabric (connected to the webbing) and cut the shape out.

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Next, peel the back of the webbing off and place it where you want it to be on the onesie.  Once you have it placed perfectly, place the iron (still on medium heat).  When it is heated, it will be difficult to peal off, so, make sure you have placed it where you want it before ironing.

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After it is ironed, you will just want to sew around the shape, about 1/16 of an inch from the end.   This will have a better hold and not allow the ends to fray very far.  When this has been done, the onesie will hold up better in a washing machine.

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Hope you had a whale of a time (corny?).  Well you’re done.  Now go put it on a cute baby!!!

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DIY – Leather Earrings

I wanted to make something with the leftover leather I had from the Urban Outfitters inspired necklace I made a few weeks ago.  I decided to make a cute pair of simple, funky earrings that are sleek enough to wear to work, but cool enough to wear out on the weekend.

You will need:

  • leather
  • stud earrings
  • super glue
  • scissors

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Cut out your desired shape in the leather.  I chose a long, thin triangular shape.  You could do an oval, square, rectangle, etc.

 

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Next, simply apply a fair amount of super glue onto the stud earring and firmly attach the leather pieces onto the stud.  Let dry for several hours.

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I love how they turned out and they literally took me 5 minutes to make.  I can’t wait to see what I come up with next using that same $5.99 piece of leather!

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DIY – Tank Top Quote

Since I’m all about personalization, I decided to make a tank top with the quote “Mermaids Are Real”.  I had about 17 other ideas I was throwing around, so there will definitely be more to come!  This project took me a whopping 10 minutes to make, and cost about $6.

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You will need:

  • a shirt
  • iron-on letters $5.99
  • iron/ironing board

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Heat your iron on a fairly high setting and prepare your letters.  Because this shirt had horizontal stripes, I didn’t even need to use the ruler to line up the letters.  Simply place your iron-on letters onto your shirt in whatever way you want it.  Once they are lined up, place the iron directly on top of the letters for about 10 seconds and release.  Repeat this several times until you test out the letters and see that they are starting to stick.  DO NOT SLIDE THE IRON ACROSS-THIS WILL CAUSE THE LETTERS TO SHIFT.  I suggest doing one word at a time; it just makes it easier and ensures the letters don’t shift. Once the letters begin to stick, you can start sliding the iron over to ensure they are completely attached.

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Turn the top inside out and slide the iron over the area where the letters are for reinforcement.

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You’re done!  But, because I’m an OCD-paranoid-freak-of-nature-perfectionist, I tend to go over the letters several more times to make sure those babies are attached for good!  Get creative with  this, make it as personalized as you want.  A quote from a movie, your initials, an inside joke, a phrase, etc.

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