diy floral monogram {a tutorial}

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I love the idea of taking a plain jane crafting item, in this case, simple paper mache letters, and turning it into something awesome. And, yes, these letters are easily improved by pulling out the good ole Mod Podge, but I wanted to do something a bit more….

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Materials:
paper mache letter
floral foam
fake florals
hot glue

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Step 1: Gather your materials. Using a sharp knife (and keeping your fingers out of the way!), carefully and slowly slice off the top layer of your letter. I used a bread knife, and it took about a minute or so. And, again, be careful! I don’t want to be responsible for any crafting-related ER visits:)

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Step 2: Using a butter knife (what is it with me and my use of knives in this project?), slice off pieces of your floral foam to insert into your letter. Hot glue these pieces firmly in place.

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Step 3: Take your fake florals and snip off the flowers, leaving about an inch or so of stem. Start placing them into your foam. As you can see, I started with the larger daisies, and then filled in with the smaller flowers.

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Cute, right? This is going to go over Eleanor’s crib in an off-white oval frame. I can’t wait to get it up!

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Thanks for reading!

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DIY brushstrokes painted pillow {a tutorial}

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Happy Monday! I apologize for my blog being quiet last week–Summer has, so far, been quite busy (all in a good way, but still). Today, though, I have a DIY painted pillow tutorial for you all! Hope it makes up for my silence:) You may remember my painted pillow tutorial from a couple of months ago…while I liked the concept, I wanted something a little less colorful, with a little more white space to better blend in my my living room’s decor. I made two of these, in about an hour, and I love them! Here’s the how to….

For these pillows, I used white Ikea pillow covers, and a selection of craft paint (navy, turquoise, kelly, gray, white and yellow).

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Using a paintbrush (I used the end of a foam brush, one per color), dip it into your paint, and make simple brushstrokes randomly across your pillow covers. I started with my darker colors, and let them dry before applying my lighter colors to avoid excessive bleeding and blending of colors. I varied the length and direction of my strokes, aiming for a random, whimsical pattern. Here they are about halfway through!

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Add paint until you are happy with your pillow covers, let dry, and insert pillow forms. Easy as pie.

 

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Is there any easier, more impactful way to update a room than with new pillows? I think not. I love the color, texture and pattern that these beauties add to the space!

Happy day, Lovelies!

linking to:
the diy dreamer

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27 favorite ric rac tutorials

Hello, hello! Today, I’m sharing another (my 30!!) crafty compilation post, where I compile DIY tutorials and crafts that all use a versatile, inexpensive, and just-plain-awesome craft product. And today, it’s all about ric rac! If you have a collection of ric rac that you just don’t know what to do with, or you’re just looking for new ideas, this post is for you…

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Accessorize, Embellish and Decorate

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ric rac flower tutorial from craftiness is not optional
ric rac rosettes from the crafting chicks 
ric rac rose ring from the ribbon retreat
ric rac bunting from i {heart} naptime
strawberries and ric rac garland from simple serendipities
ric rac birthday cake from living locurto
ric rac dahlias from knick knacks and ric rac
spring zig zag ric rac pillow from flamingo toes
zig zag table runner from knitty bitties
ric rac headband from wildflowers and whimsy

clothing

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sweater redo from tatertots and jello
retro ric rac apron from flamingo toes
 girl’s ric rac dress from craftiness is not optional
spring dresses/skirts from make it and love it
ruffle skirt from mommy by day…crafter by night
ric rac pocket dress from probably actually
spring girls skirt from icandy

Gifts

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ric rac napkins from the purl bee
ric rac receiving blanket from sew much ado 
ric rac dishtowels from sew 4 home
ric rac crayon rolls from skip to my lou
burp cloths from just another hang up
ric rac placemat and napkin from kirsty
needle notebook from schlosser designs
ric rac tissue holder from the cottage home
pocket pillowcase from just another hang up
ric rac pillow from color chic

What’s your favorite way to use ric rac?

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