Personalized Initial Photo Canvas {a tutorial}

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I am so excited to share this project with you all today–I just love how it turned out and it’s so simple to make! The gifting possibilities, too, are endless…this would be perfect for a baby gift, a family holiday gift, or even a wedding present (just use the couple’s last initial)! So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Mod Podge Gloss
foam brush
canvas (I used 8×10)
photo paper

Step 1: The first step is to go into your word processing program (or Photoshop, if you have it), find the font you want to use, and print out the initial of your choice on 8×10 vellum paper. Here’s a screenshot of my image right before printing. As you may be able to see, I used Gil Sans Ultra Bold for my font, 750 pt. Other fonts that would work well for this project are Berlin Sans and Impact, both of which came with my Microsoft Word Program. Basically, you just want a heavy, chunky font. Print out your letter on vellum (use a light gray color for printing, instead of black), and cut your letter out.

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Step 2: Print your photo out onto cardstock or photo paper. Take your vellum letter and position it over your photo, moving it around until you are happy with the placement (the portion of the image that shows through the vellum is what will be displayed on the canvas.

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Step 3: Cut out your initial. You may be able to do this with scissors, or you may need to use an x-acto knife and mat to get a clean cut.

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Step 4: Take your initial and apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back. Position onto your canvas and press firmly. Let dry completely.

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Step 5: Apply three thin coats of Mod Podge to seal. This is one project where multiple thin coats are preferable to fewer thick coats. Let dry completely between coats.

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And there you have it! There are so many amazing ways to customize and be creative with this project, everything from using a black and white photo to painting the canvases a bright, bold color before applying the initial.

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felt & glitter wreath {a tutorial}

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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love making felt wreaths (and here , here and here). I wanted to make an updated version using this beautiful turquoise felt I found at Hobby Lobby and decided to add some glam with some gold glitter. I love the effect, and think it’ll go beautifully with my holiday decor this year.

felt (I used 6 pieces for this wreath)
straw wreath (mine is 10″)
Mod Podge
hot glue

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Step 1: Cut your leaf shapes out of your felt. I did this by first cutting my felt lengthwise into stripes about 1.5″ wide, then cutting the strips into pieces about 2.5″ wide, and then cutting those rectangles into leaf shapes. I used sharp scissors and was able to cut through several layers of felt at the same time to make it go a bit faster.

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Step 2: Time to start hot gluing! Pick a point on your wreath to begin, and, working around your wreath, layer your leaf shapes, making sure not to leave any part of your wreath form visible…

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Step 3: Bring on the glitter! I chose just to add glitter to only one section of leaves, but you can glitter-ize as many as you’d like. I used a post-it note to protect the felt surrounding the leaf I was adding glitter to. I used a foam brush to add Mod Podge to the leaf, added some glitter, and then gently tapped the wreath to remove the excess.

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Let dry, and you’re done. Wreaths are one of my favorite things to decorate with, and I’m so glad to have one more in my arsenal!

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely Monday!

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felt ball ponytail holders {a tutorial}

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Happy Monday! I have the sweetest tutorial for you all today; these felt ball ponytail holders are simple and so, so adorable (as is my little model, obviously). I created them with three different felt balls, but you could easily do this with single balls for something a bit simpler and easier.

felt balls (you can find them here)
ponytail holders
hot glue

Step 1: Take your felt balls, choose your colors, and hot glue them together. Let cool.

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Step 2: Take your trio of felt balls, and hot glue to a ponytail holder. Glue liberally so that they won’t come apart when you’re putting them in your little one’s hair.

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This is so simple, it’s barely worthy of the word “tutorial”, but they turned out so cute, I just had to share!

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Thanks for reading!

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