DIY: Buttoned Fleur-De-Lis

Buttoned Fleur-De-LisI was inspired to make this DIY project after I found a picture on Pinterest from the Gather Love Tumblr account. I especially loved doing this DIY project because I used all of my grandmother’s buttons, so it added a special factor to this decor piece.

What You’ll Need:

  • One picture frame (I bought mine from JoAnn’s but you can find one anywhere, such as Michael’s)
  • A small piece of fabric (measure according to your picture frame. I chose a neutral color so that the buttons would stand out.)
  • Buttons (LOTS of buttons — I used my grandmother’s buttons that my mother has kept in her sewing drawer for years!)
  • A hot glue gun (and extra hot glue sticks)
  • Spray adhesive glue
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stencil of a fleur-de-lis (I Googled “fleur-de-lis” and found one I liked, printed it off, and cut out the fleur-de-lis).

*I bought all of these things (except the buttons) at Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store. You can find any of these items at any craft store, such as Michael’s.

Step 1: Carefully remove any cardboard or glass from the picture frame.

Step 2: Measure your fabric so that it fits the size of the picture frame glass.

Step 3: Use your spray adhesive glue to spray the piece of glass from your picture frame. Make sure to get the corners, but don’t spray too much so that it’s soaking wet. Then, carefully place your fabric onto the wet piece of glass. Smooth out any wrinkles and make sure it sits well on the glass and covers every corner. Cut the excess fabric around the piece of glass once the glue has dried (wait several minutes).

Step 4: Place your fleur-de-lis stencil (I printed mine off of Google and cut out the fleur-de-lis) onto your piece of fabric. Trace your fleur-de-lis with a pencil.

Step 5: Once you have all of the buttons you want to use (and you’ll need a lot) figure out where you want to place them inside your fleur-de-lis. I used a neutral color scheme and a large variety of texture and style for my buttons. I worked on small sections of the fleur-de-lis to see which size buttons fit where. I recommend that you DO NOT lay out all of your buttons and then glue…it makes it easier to do one section of the fleur-de-lis at a time.

Step 6: After you have placed your buttons where you want them (and where they fit), use your hot glue gun to glue the buttons to the fabric. Repeat this step until you’ve filled up your entire fleur-de-lis! I added extra buttons on top of other buttons so that every bit of space was filled up.

I hope you enjoy this piece of art as much as I do!

xoxo, Megan

DIY: Puff Paint Painting

DIY final puff painting

I was inspired to create this puff paint painting when I stumbled upon the Virginia and Charlie Blog via Pinterest (link below)

http://virginiaandcharlie.blogspot.com/p/my-projects.html

On the Virginia and Charlie Blog, she used a white canvas with a white design. I absolutely loved this design, I’m a sucker for all white as well as neutrals. However, my room has a bit more pink in it and I decided to try and make this project my own. I used white and red acrylic paint until I found the pink that matched my pillows. I paired my canvas with gold puff paint because I’m obsessed with anything that’s gold.

DIY Puff Painting

What You’ll Need:

  • A canvas (you can choose any size you like!)
  • Wax paper
  • Mod Podge (you can get this at your local craft store or Wal-Mart)
  • Puff Paint (you choose your color!)
  • Acrylic Paint (you choose your color!)
  • A paint brush (for acrylic paint)
  • A foam brush (for Mod Podge)
  • A plastic cup (to pour your Mod Podge in)
  • A piece of blank computer paper
  • A pencil

Step 1: Create a design — I copied the design I found on the Virginia & Charlie Blog. Draw your design with a pencil onto your piece of blank computer paper. You can create any design you want! I would recommend keeping it fairly less-complicated.

Step 2: Once you have drawn your design onto your computer paper, place a large piece of wax paper over your computer paper and, with your pencil, trace your design onto the wax paper.

Step 3: After you have traced your design onto your wax paper, get your puff paint ready! I made sure I had a small dry paper towel and a slightly damp paper towel just in case there was any mess-ups! Puff paint tends to splatter or “burp” sometimes…and I am a crazy, huge perfectionist. Trace your pencil marks on your wax paper with your puff paint let it dry! The puff paint needs quite some time to dry, especially if you made your lines thick. Which FYI draw your lines pretty thick! Thin lines are hard to peel off and sometimes break (you’ll find out).

Step 4: While you’re letting your puff paint dry, you can mix up your acrylic paint (if you’re using two colors) to pick out the color you want to paint your canvas. Once you have your color, paint your canvas, then let it dry…this will take a while. You can paint your canvas any color, even a pattern! Get creative!!

Step 5: This is the fun part…at least for me it was, I’m as easily entertained as a child. Once your puff paint is completely dry (you can lightly touch the edges to see if it’s dry) peel your puff paint design off of the wax paper and place it onto your canvas (once your canvas is completely dry). Place your puff paint design where you want it to be on your canvas.

Step 6: Once you have placed your design in its proper place on your canvas, pour your Mod Podge into a small plastic cup so that it’s easier to dip your foam brush into. Then, dip your foam brush into your Mod Podge, pick up one of your puff paint designs, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto your canvas, and then place your puff paint design onto the wet area. Repeat this glueing process until your design is completely glued onto your canvas! Then wait for it to dry. Once my entire die sign was completely dry, I planted over it with a thin layer of Mod Podge so that it would all stay in place!

Hope you love your Puff Paint Painting as much as I do! It’s such a fun and easy craft! You can paint a design or write a quote, the options are endless! I can’t wait to make more for my apartment.

xoxo, Megan

DIY: Sharpie Mugs

Hello fellow craft lovers!

One of my favorite hobbies is doing Do It Yourself projects. There are so many things that you can create for half the price (or less!) of what you could buy them for. In college I made many DIY projects because I was on a tight budget. I created canvases for my “little sisters” in my sorority. I also created decor for my room! You can create so many things if you take the time to do it, and it doesn’t ever take too long!

Today, I will be teaching you how to make a Sharpie mug! I was originally inspired to make these when I found many cute mugs on Pinterest. There were some mugs that said “his” and “hers,” and there were others that said “Don’t talk to me until I have my morning coffee.” There were a lot of cute and funny mugs! I kept wondering where they bought them, but then I decided that I didn’t really need to spend money on a coffee mug, when I could create one!

Hence the Sharpie Mug DIY project. I made these mugs for my friends for Christmas this year! This was a SUPER easy project and turned out really great! I’m looking forward to trying different colors and designs in the future. For this mug design, I was inspired by Kate Spade New York products, so I incorporated the gold polka dots into my design and my friends’ first initials so that they were personal gifts.  This is a really fun and easy DIY project and a great gift idea!

DIY Sharpie Mug materialsWhat You Need:

  • Sharpie (I chose gold, but you can use any color that you want!)
  • A mug (I bought mine for $3.00 at Wal-Mart, I couldn’t find any white mugs that I liked at the Dollar Store at the time, but that is also a great, and cheaper, option!)
  • An oven

How To Make Your Sharpie Mug:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Think of a design that you want for your mug. — You can get ideas from your favorite designer (my design inspiration is Kate Spade, but Mara Hoffman could be a fun and challenging design also!) or you can Google “designs.” Or you could also think of a favorite quote to write on your mug!
  • Draw your design on your mug with your Sharpie(s).
  • Make sure to go over the design a second time, maybe even a third, so that it won’t fade and it will look extra shiny! Press hard with your Sharpie to be sure that your design comes out well.
  • Place your mug(s) in the oven once it’s ready at 350 degrees.
  • Set your timer for 30 minutes.
  • Once 30 minutes have passed, let your mugs cool for about 15-20 minutes inside the oven. Don’t forget to turn off the oven! Do not touch the mugs until they have had time to cool, they will be very hot!!

And voila! Your DIY Sharpie Mug is complete!!

DIY Sharpie Mugs

DIY Sharpie Mug

Enjoy!

xoxo, Megan