Decorated T-Shirt Crafts

Remember this skirt? I failed to mention that I burnt the iron-ons when I put them on it last time, so they fell off after the first wash (and the pictures!). Recently I added a piece of another t-shirt I had but didn’t like to wear as a top. I’m all set for any future patriotic holidays now. Or maybe a homecoming in the near future?

For the shorts I made here I decided to paint a little mustache on them. I had to cut out a few stencils until I got one that I liked. I taped it on and dabbed on the fabric paint and let them dry.

I think my sister will love these, she came up with the idea, but she doesn’t get them until her birthday!

The dress that I made a different sister was dressed up with this flower pin. The tutorial and better pictures are here.

See Also:
Make Your Own Iron Ons
Iron-On Embellished Skirt
T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

Vinyl Swirls Behind Coca-Cola Sign

My husband and I really like Coke stuff. He works for Coca-Cola now, but even before then we were decorating with Coke bottles. You might have seen my Coca-Cola Bracelet from a can and my Coke can necklace too. When I found a 1990 Coca-Cola button sign at The Desert Peddler I knew I wanted it because of the looks and the year (year I was born). My husband said I could go get it and I did. After hanging it I noticed two holes that weren’t noticeable before. (Our house was painted when we bought it, we have just been using pictures and stuff to cover up the marks and holes.)

With the leftover vinyl from my car stickers I decided to make some swirls that would cover up the holes and make my Coke sign stick out a little more. The red on red isn’t my favorite but I really don’t feel like repainting my kitchen right now. (Or maybe I do, but I feel like I need to wait for my husband to come home and decide on the color for me)


I first drew some swirls on a piece of cardboard, and held it up to my sign to see if that shape would work. I then folded my vinyl in half so that I knew how much space I had to work in, and I copied the swirls to one side of my vinyl (on the back). I perfected them and traced some of the lines with a sharpie.

I then folded my vinyl in half again and used clothespins to hold it together while I cut it out. I used scissors to cut it out, but next time I think I need to try practicing with an xacto knife. It would probably be easier.

After the swirls are cut out, they need to be put up on the wall. Start where the three of them meet, and get a little bit of each one to stick to the wall by peeling back a little bit of the backing and pressing it down with the included popsicle stick. After that, work on pressing down one swirl at a time. After one swirl is pressed down I found it easier to rip off the backing from that swirl to get it out of the way. Continue doing this until all the swirls are pressed to the wall.

So far I’m pretty happy with the way mine turned out. Up close you can see how rigid some of my cuts were, but from far away it looks fine.

Some Other Decorating Ideas:
Vinyl Car Decor
Painted Wall Quote
Once Upon a Time Closet Doors
Ruffled Curtains

Writing on the Wall or the Closet

I was recently watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix and on the first episode they show a glimpse of Emma’s front door and it was awesome! I wanted to copy it, and then the day after I stumbled upon this tutorial on how to do it at applestone drive.

I wanted to make it unique and special to us and I made my husband choose the song. He chose Whatever You Like by TI. He tried to choose another song afterwards that had prettier lyrics or whatever but I had never heard it before and would rather a song that we actually know, even if it is a hip hop song!

I used masking tape to make my lines so that there was less pencil to erase, and I found that alcohol on cotton balls takes off the pencil really well if you mess up. (It also takes sharpie off really well too)

I thought it turned out ok but if I were to do it again I would leave the masking tape on there for the entire time (I took it off after I pencilled everything in.) I also probably wouldn’t waste my time pencilling anything on, I was trying to copy another font but in the end it turned out alot like my handwriting is usually. I also wish I had written a bit smaller.

Other personalized decorating ideas:
Painted Wall Quote
Ruffled Curtains
The Finished Nursery
Painted Charger Plates

Pinned It, Did It: Toddler Activities

My son is a young toddler (15 months) and has been needing some stimulation. It’s still a little hot to play outside all the time so I decided to try some of the activities I pinned.

Paper Tube Car Ramp

Time Spent Preparing:1 minute
Materials Cost: A few cents for Tape, tube was technically trash
Time it Entertained:10 minutes
Clean-Up:Painless

Ten minutes is alot for a toddler to spend on one activity, atleast for mine it is. He loved the car ramp. He played with it the first time for about ten minutes and then was bored and went to something else. I left it out and after his nap he came back to it for a few more minutes until he figured ripping it off the couch would be more fun.

Finger Painting Inside of a Zip Lock Bag

Time Spent Preparing:2 minutes
Materials Cost: A few cents worth of paint, paper and ziplock bag
Time it Entertained: 2 minutes
Clean-Up:Painless

I hate wasting my ziplock bags, I try not to use stuff that just gets thrown away. With that just as a side thought, this activity wasn’t very entertaining for my son. He may just be too young. I won’t be trying this one until he’s a bit older.

Preschool Activities

I recently have posted a couple of preschool activities over at Arizona Mama. With the cute little girl I watch we made some Penny Pictures and our own Memory Match. These are both great activities to do with your little ones, so take a look. I got the greatest compliment from Melissa, another writer for Arizona Mama in a comment saying that she used the penny pictures to entertain her toddler. It’s always good to hear about your ideas being used!

Click here to see the penny pictures.

Click here to see the DIY memory match.

Decorations for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

I found inspiration on Pinterest to paint cardboard to make party props. My idea was to have a huge caterpillar hanging on the wall, but I went a little smaller scale this time.

My first price of art I was too excited about and I showed it off before it was finished, see it here.

This big fat caterpillar was done by my sister. She drew it out and painted it all herself. She tried to make each color match the book by mixing them.

These ones I did myself. I really liked the way they turned out, I’m stalling at throwing them out.
Another sister of mine came over the day of the party to help decorate. She put streamers up everywhere for me. Everything looked great around the house!

Painted Charger Plate

I made this over a year ago, but I never posted it. I don’t have a place that I love for it yet, it sits on a crowded shelf for now and for the past year. I need to re-arrange some things and put it somewhere I love.


I recently stenciled some more plates and hung them in my dining room, so you can use the tutorial that I posted it over at Arizona Mama to make your own. Check it out here!

Lollipop Favor Display


For our Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party, I wanted to give out homemade lollipops but I failed at them, and don’t have time for trying them again. Instead I bought some suckers.

(Grandma: the recipe was fine, I just didn’t understand “hard crack” and I think they were the wrong temperature. They tasted good still!)

The preschooler I watch loves to paint, she helped me pain most of our decorations for this party. We both painted these lollipops to look like the ones in the book. She also paired the suckers, ribbon and painted lollipops together while I tied them.

Materials:
Cardstock
Acrylic Paint
Ribbon
Lollipops or Suckers
Cereal Box
Basket

Directions:
1. Draw lollipops on cardstock and paint them.

2. Once they are dry, cut out the lollipops.

3. Cut small pieces of ribbon.

4. Tie the lollipop pictures to the suckers.

5. Paint a cereal box green. We could have added a second coat to make it look a bit better, but we went with the quick and easy way this time, and only did one. We also only did the top half.

6. After the cereal box is dry, stuff it with crunched up newspaper.

7. Use a knife to make slits for the suckers to go into. Stick the suckers into the holes and put the box into a basket. Any other lollipop pictures can be taped to the front of the cereal box.

Now it’s ready for the party table. Thanks for checking this out, I hope you come back after the party to see the other details!


Boy's Shoes Decorated with Tractors

My little one is getting very mobile, and will hopefully be walking soon. I am trying to get him used to the idea of shoes for when he has to wear them out. We found these cute ones at the store for only five bucks. I loved that they were plain and could be personalized.

Materials:
Canvas-Type Shoe
Materials for DIY Iron-On(Fusible Webbing, Fabric, Fabric Marker)

Directions:
1. First you need to make your DIY Iron-On. This one was drawn on with fabric markers and then cut out around the drawing.

2. Next, stuff your shoes with some. Crinkled newspaper or rolled up socks both work great.

3. Place your iron-on where you want it, and iron it on. The iron will have to set on the same place for at least ten seconds.

That’s all it takes to add a statement to little man’s shoes. Thanks for checking it out! If you enjoyed this project, feel free to subscribe to see all of my future posts.

Finished! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Art

I am getting into full on birthday planning mode, for my son’s 1st birthday. We chose the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for the theme. So far I made a couple of invitations, and a party hat proto-type.

I saw these neat party decorations on Pinterest, and it sparked the idea that I could paint anything on cardboard to make awesome and cheap party decor. See the ideas at Pam’s Party Planning.

Anyway, I was able to get the cute little girl I watch to help me paint (it was an amazing distraction for her!) a couple of scenes from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We are going to add the words from the book that go with each page (In the light of the moon, a little egg…. yes I just wrote that down from heart! and On Sunday, out of the egg…). We are also going to add an ultrasound picture to the left side and a newborn picture to the right side. This will be put up on one of the tables at the party for decoration and so we can all be amazed that he has grown so much in a year!

I plan on making more cardboard decorations, we just did this one today and I was too excited about it to wait to share! Thanks for looking, and I’ll be updating it when it’s finished.

UPDATE: I finally put the pictures on, it looks great!