Thursday, October 28, 2010

Felt Jack-O-Lanterns

I thought it would be fun to decorate pumpkins with my son and some of his playgroup friends, but I didn't want to do that because it didn't seem like a unique idea. So, I came up with a toddler-friendly version of making jack-O-lanterns. I thought it would be fun to have a pumpkin that the kids can decorate over and over again, kind of like paper dolls or Mr. Potato Head. That way, they could have fun with it more than once. So, I got the following materials for each child: 1 piece orange felt, 1 piece black felt and a small piece of green felt. I figured that the moms could cut out all the pieces of a pumpkin for their child and then the kids could have fun "dressing up" their pumpkins with different shape eyes, nose and mouth. Felt sticks to itself and is really cheap, so it was the perfect material to use for this project. 

I just used an old piece of cardboard to make a pumpkin shaped template. 

Don't use any adhesive to stick the felt down permanently. The kids will have fun changing the face of their jack-o-lanterns!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Decoupage Canvas

These are a couple of gifts that I recently made. The first is using a small blank canvas and a wallet sized photo. The second project is using a 8x10 canvas and 5x7 photo. Working in layers, you apply Modge Podge to the entire canvas and glue down your paper. Then, apply another layer of Modge Podge and add your photo and embellishments. Make sure to apply a finishing coat or two of Modge Podge to the entire piece and let it dry over night. Add some ribbon and a wire to the back and your done!

I made the one on the right for my in-laws. The project on the left is my friend, Lynette's. 

A gift for my sister, Trisha. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Baby Boy Album

Using a Creative Memories Pale Blue Coverset, 8x8 pages and the Discover Baby Boy Kit, I created this cute baby album for a friend. All she will have to do is add pictures of her precious baby boy.

Rustic Cardboard Album

Thanks to my good friend, Emily, I created this cute display album using only cardboard, a little bit of twine and some scraps from my scrap bin. Lucas's Antiquities photos were perfect for this rustic album. Daddy is going to love displaying it on his desk at work.