Love Stencilled Pillow – a quick and easy way to breathe new life into a plain pillow.
Love Stencilled Pillow – Free “Love & Life” Template – I’ve been on the search for the perfect pillows for our living room for over a year now. As you can see, it’s a very monochromatic room (which I like in this instance) but it really needed a pop of colour. I picked the blue colour from a painting that’s on the wall over the piano on the opposite side of the room. I love the blue vase on the coffee table but I’ve have had so much trouble finding pillows with a similar blue. I was open to anything really but I had no luck. Finally, over the weekend, I found these simple pillows for only $9 each. I brought them home and threw them on the couch – perfect. Well, perfect except that they were kind of boring. I was thinking about adding lace or ribbon but that’s not really our style. Finally, I came to the conclusion that a simple word stencilled in white would work beautifully (and if Michael didn’t like them I would just flip them over).
I picked up some fabric paint, created a template for the words ‘LOVE” and ‘LIFE” in Adobe Illustrator and got down to business. I’m pretty happy with the final result… and it seems I don’t need to turn over the pillows. 😉
- Acrylic craft or fabric paint (I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Craft Paint in Wedding Cake White)
- Vinyl (approx 12″ x 12″ for both words) with a sticky/adhesive backing (use whatever extra scraps you have – I used chalkboard vinyl because I have extra)
- Cutting machine or xacto knife (and some patience)
- ‘LOVE’ and ‘LIFE’ template – download svg file, ai8 file or pdf here
- Pouncer (small-medium size)
- Download the printable template (above).
- Cut out your letters using a cutting machine or by hand with an xacto knife so that you have just the negative of the word (see photos in second row down).
- Place the vinyl template carefully over the pillow so that it’s centred and exactly where you want it – smooth the vinyl down so that there are no places where the paint can get under the edges.
- Pour out a bit of your paint and dab some paint on the pounce, whiping off any excess. Gently dab the pouncer on the pillow in the letter space. You want it covered well, but also not too caked on. Complete all the letters this way. Set aside and allow paint to dry completely.
- Gently peel off the vinyl. Once the paint has air dried for 24 hours, go over the letters with an iron to set the paint permanently (put a thin towel over the pillow to cover the painted letters while you iron).
- Place the pillow into position, stand back and admire.
Fun perler bead stud earrings – so easy, kids can make them.
Fun Perler Bead Stud Earrings – We love craft perler beads – you know, those fantastic and inexpensive little beads that can be arranged in any shape or pattern you desire! A little heat, and they stick together like magic! We’ve had a huge tub of them for a couple of years now and we’ve made all kinds of fun projects. My daughter enjoys making cute little purses, shoes and flowers and then gives them away to her friends and classmates. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of
toys supplies come in, including stud earring findings and, in all honesty, I totally forgot about them until I was tidying my office yesterday. My intent for these stud findings were to make some cute little earrings for Noelle but I had no concrete plan for them.
At some point yesterday afternoon, I was putting something in Noelle’s room when I saw the big tub of beads and a light bulb went off in my head… fun earrings that Noelle can make herself using perler beads. Mission on! We sat down and started picking out our colours (yes, I wanted to make some too). Being that my daughter is still only 6 years old I wanted to keep the designs petite for her little head but you could make and size and design you like.
- Craft perler beads and bead peg board (usually comes with perler bead set)
- Stud earring findings (buy from Michaels or online)
- Kitchen parchment paper
- Glue (I used non-toxic Weldbond)
- Place the perler beads on the pegboard so the holes in their middles sit on the pegs. Make sure all the beads are touching at least one other bead so they can be fused together.
- Pre-heat the iron to a medium-heat setting. Do not use the steam function.
- Place a piece of kitchen parchment paper over the design and apply the iron to the parchment paper and rub gently for about 15-25 seconds until you can see through the parchment paper that the plastic beads have started melting together.
- Set beads aside with the paper still attached, and allow to cool (5-10 minutes).
- Lift the parchment paper off and check to make sure all the beads are fused together (if they aren’t, repeat step 3 but for a little less time).
- Now take your stud earring base and place a small amount of glue on the end, just enough so that it doesn’t bleed out over the edge of the base too much. Press gently against the back side (the side you used the iron against) and nudge the earring base into your preferred position. Allow to dry completely (I definitely didn’t wait long enough and the finding came off when I tried to put in Noelle’s ear so try to be patient).
Washi Tape Garden Tags
This week we’ve had incredible weather in Victoria. Warm, sunny weather means I’m out in the garden getting everything planted. Usually when I’m planting seeds, I simply use craft sticks to identify the veggies in each row but today I ran out of sticks right in the middle of planting. I searched around my house and garage but couldn’t find anything else. As I was looking, I noticed the washi tape tags on my iphone cord (see post here) and an idea popped into my head… why not use washi tape on wooden shish kabob skewers (which I have a ton of).
It’s super easy to make these garden tags. Here’s a really quick run down:
- Find a few different designs of washi tape
- Cut a strip of washi tape about 4 inches long
- Place the top of wooden shish kabob skewer in the middle of the sticky side of the washi tape and then fold the tape in half so that both sides meet and stick together
- Cut into the end of the washi tape to make a little “V” and give the tape a pennant look
- Write on the tape with a permanent Sharpie marker
- Put the stick into the ground in the area you want marked and identified.