Freezer Paper Stencil Pillow

fabric paint pillow Freezer Paper Stencil PillowI’m madly in love with this vintage bamboo chair I found at emily co. If you’re in the Raleigh, NC area go check out her Facebook page to see all the cool stuff she has in stock.swiss cross diy Freezer Paper Stencil Pillow

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Family Vacation Christmas Ornament

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mod Podge. All opinions are 100% mine.

christmas ornament Family Vacation Christmas Ornament

My son and I spent the afternoon crafting this little ornament made with momento’s from our family vacation to Florida this year. The glittery Mod Podge that we used to glue down and seal the lettering give the ornament a snow globe kind of feel that I love.

We took the boys to Disney this year but of course their favourite part of the trip was  hanging out on the beach searching for shells. Seriously don’t know why we wasted our money at Disney. All they remember from that trip is our day at the beach.

During the trip we smuggled a little bag of sand and some tiny seashells from the beach (I know you really shouldn’t do that). But I thought we could make a little family vacation Christmas ornament for our tree. As the boys get older we’ll always remember that trip to the beach (and wasting about $600 at Disney).
sparkle mod podge Family Vacation Christmas Ornament

For this craft you will need:

  • Glittery Mod Podge
  • clear plastic ornament 
  • sand and seashells
  • scrapbook paper (if you want to add anything else into the ornament)
  • ribbon
  • paint brush

DIY Christmas Ornament Family Vacation Christmas Ornament

To make sure all the letters were even I simply used a piece of tape as my guide (and then removed it after). Simply apply a layer of Mod Podge, lay the letters down, and then apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the letters.
craft seashells Family Vacation Christmas Ornament

The fun part- picking out our shells.

silhouette cameo craft Family Vacation Christmas Ornament

I also added a little Florida State Shape and a pirate ship (we went on a pirate cruise at the beach that the boys loved) into the ornament. I used shapes from the Silhouettes online store and used a tourist map we brought home from our trip to cut out the shapes.

disney christmas ornament Family Vacation Christmas OrnamentI used a funnel to fill with sand. Dropped the shells and the pirate ship and Florida State shape into the ornament. Tie with ribbon and you have a personalized Christmas ornament to remind your family of each of all of the trips you take together year after year.

I think we’ll be making this a Christmas tradition.

If you’ve never worked with Mod Podge  it really is something that every crafter needs to seal, glue, and finish your crafts. You can pick it up at any craft retailer or online hereIf you’re new to decoupage or want to know more, get the basics on plaid’s website here.

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Mini Fabric Bunting

mini fabric bunting Mini Fabric BuntingI have a serious fabric hoarding problem. It’s actually only a problem because we have no space for all this fabric. So I’m always looking for ways to use up my fabric scraps. This mini fabric bunting is the perfect excuse to use up those scraps.

how to make fabric bunting Mini Fabric Bunting

I cut out some shapes with scrap cardboard. Each shape is 2″ wide and ranges from 2-3″ long.

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Sewing Room Pegboard Wall

sewing room pegboard Sewing Room Pegboard Wall

I added a pegboard above my sewing table a few months ago, and I love it. But I decided to jazz it up a bit.
sewing machine silhouette cameo Sewing Room Pegboard Wall

I found this sewing machine image file for $0.99 here and thought why not add a sewing machine.
stenciling preventing bleedthrough Sewing Room Pegboard WallSewing Room Pegboard Wall

Printed it out with my Silhouette Cameo onto contact paper (I use contact paper for all my stencils, much cheaper than vinyl).

And to protect against bleed through I painted the inside edge of the stencil with matte medium. You can pick this up at any craft store in the paint section for about $5. Worth it!

pegboard decal Sewing Room Pegboard WallOnce the matte medium has dried paint your colour of choice and then remove stencil. You’ll have perfectly crisp lines, I promise.

craft paint storage Sewing Room Pegboard WallWhile searching around my craft room for paint for my sewing machine decal I realized these small craft paint bottles were scattered everywhere throughout my house. I rounded them up and stuck them all in an old tangerine crate. Don’t throw those crates out they fit craft paints perfectly! It’s like they were made for a second life as paint storage.

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