Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paper Doily Art

Paper Doily Art


This is a great craft to do for a Girls' Night In. It is easy, relatively quick to make (as long as you aren't too indecisive), and quick to dry if you have a blow dryer to use.

Materials:

  • Canvas, size of your choosing
  • Paper doilies (These were nearly impossible to find in stores, so I ordered 3 different sizes from Amazon)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • painting sponges (like these)
  • Mod Podge, matte finish (we used almost a whole bottle for 6 pieces of art)
  • blow dryer

All you have to do is paint the doilies and decoupage them onto the canvas. Dry the entire canvas and then add another coat of Mod Podge. Let dry over night. 

Tips: The doilies are very delicate. Do not paint them with strokes. Instead, lightly load your sponge brush and dab the paint on. The doily will dry rather quickly. If it doesn't, then you are using too much paint. Too much paint will cause the doily to curl too much and/or tear. It is better to do 2 light coats if you want to achieve as darker finish. Most of us only did 1 light coat, though.

Applying the Mod Podge is much easier if you just use your fingers, rather than the paint sponge. Put a generous amount of Mod Podge in the center of the doily and use your fingers to smooth out the doily. Add more Mod Podge as needed. Save all your edges and corners for last and trim if necessary. 


Decisions, decisions. What colors should we choose? 


Laying out our painted doilies, trying to decide on placement. 






Many of use ended up mixing our own colors. A little of this, a little of that. Just make sure you mix enough, because it is nearly impossible to recreate the same exact shade!



Works in progress

A few of the different color combinations....


Racheal's finished piece for her daughter's bathroom (still has to fully dry).


My finished piece to hang in my half bathroom. (Amy made one with similar colors.) 


Brenda's finished piece to hang in her living room. 


Jeree's finished piece for her daughter's bedroom...or crafting area... or bathroom. Still undecided. 
Variations:

Smaller canvas (8x10) with lettering for my kitchen. 


Glass "potpourri" bowl for the bathroom. 

I'd love to hear some feedback. Did this inspire you to make your own doily art? 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Tulle Spring Wreath

I bought roughly 20 yards of tulle to decorate for my daughter's owl-themed first birthday party. I decided that I needed to find some creative ways to use up all that tulle!

This spring wreath is SO very easy to make. If you can tie a knot, then you can make this wreath.

Materials:

  • Tulle, cut to desired length (I cut strips approximately 12 inches long.)
  • Foam wreath
  • scissors
  • wooden letter (you can spray paint it to your desired color if you'd like)
Directions: Cut strips of tulle. Tie the tulle around the foam wreath. I tied 2 pieces together at a time. Position the knots on the outer most part of the wreath. Use tulle to attach the letter and to create a loop to hang the wreath. Fluff out the tulle and trim pieces if necessary. Easy, huh?


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Owl Themed First Birthday Party

The Invitation:

Party info was printed on the back. 

The Decorations:

Pom-poms made from tissue paper.

Tulle, paper flowers, and owls
Close up of the paper owls


More tulle and pictures of the birthday girl

Paper flowers, marshmallow candy pops, L is for Lilly and an ultrasound picture


















Close up of the marshmallow candy pops, arranged in a bouquet



The Cake:

The very top was Lilly's smash cake.




Hand-sewn Attire:

Simple pillow case style dress over tights and a onesie

Cake smash outfit: appliqu├ęd number 1 on a onesie and tutu


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Shark Birthday Party

I'm finally getting around to blogging about my son's 4th birthday party. He opted for a shark theme, so here's what I threw together for him and his friends...

The Invitation

Shark Hooded Jacket


Cupcakes with shark fins and life preservers...
The Birthday Boy had a special cupcake just for him.






"Shark Sighted: Enter At Your Own Risk"

Balloons

shark fins for party guests to wear
favor bags by simpleoctober
shark-ka-bobs



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