Cuter T-Shirt Idea


This was a shirt that someone gave me, I loved the style of the shirt but it said something weird on it, in a font that made it only fit for kids in high school, and not my style.

First, I found some extra fabric I had laying around (actually a pair of white boxers that had been tossed into my scraps after my husband decided he didn’t like how they fit) and I cut a square out that covered the words.

The next step to making this fabric look cute is to make a stencil. I like to make my own stencils because then they’re personalized and because I don’t have to buy them. To make your own stencil, find an image (or if your artsy, draw one!) on a google image search or clip art. Then put it in word or paint and make it the size that you want it to be on your t-shirt and print it out on the card stock. Then you will cut it out. Keep in mind that sometimes if you don’t use a stencil image that there can be center pieces that will fall out (Think about cutting out an “A” and how you need the middle triangle to be there), so draw lines of parts you need to keep when you cut.

After you’ve made your stencil it’s time to paint it onto the fabric. Fabric paints work best, but I’ve found that acrylic paints still work, they wash fine and only fade a little. I sponged my star shape on and then brushed the silver on around it. I also stitched on a button in the center.

When your fabric is finished it’s time to take it to the sewing machine. I used a zig-zag stitch to keep the frayed ends from fraying too much and sewed a big square around the writing on the shirt.

Hope you can use this idea to make something even cuter!

WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE -Poster Frame Mirror

We saw this idea at a trading post near the Grand Canyon and it was a super cute idea. I may be a little biased but I think mine looks much better, it’s a little less trading-posty/cheesy. I made it for our cowboy themed spare bedroom, but since then it has turned into a nursery.

Materials:
Plywood
Mirror
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Cardstock (or stencils)
Tacky Glue
Hot Glue
Leather Cord
Frame Back

Directions:
1. If the plywood isn’t cut to the size you want, have it cut at the store or cut it at home. I had my husband do it, he’s the best!

2. Use a few browns to paint it like wood. I had a few helpers and we all just swiped brown up and down in random places until it was covered.

3. Make stencils for the words using cardstock or thin cardboard (think: cereal box). Make sure that you don’t cut out the negative spaces. If you don’t want to make stencils, they can be found in home improvement stores and craft stores.

4. Using a sponge brush or a stenciling brush and dab paint onto the stencils. For more on stenciling check out this post here on how I stenciled charger plates.

5. After all the paint is dry, glue your mirror onto the plywood using tacky glue or some sort of super glue.

6. Using hot glue, put the leather cord around the edges of the mirror.

7. Finally, add a frame back and hang on the wall.

That’s all folks! I loved mine, but we decided against having a cowboy room in the house once we did the nursery so my sign was sold for way too little at a yard sale. Hopefully it is well loved and that the one you make will be well loved too!

Love Wall Hanging


I created this wall hanging for our apartment to make it look a little more homey. The frame itself was a bit hideous in the beginning, but I had found it at Goodwill for a decent price.

First, I mod poodged scrapbook paper to the frame.

Next I painted the extra cardboard in the frame black.

The gray and flowers paper you see is just plain white cardstock that I laid out and painted by hand. In the swirls are me and my husband’s names. After painting all the flowers, leaves and swirls I used a silver paint and a stiff bristly brush to lightly texture over everything. These papers were then glued to the cardboard backing.

Next the ribbon was glued to the backing, and the bow tied afterwards.

I made my own stencils from cardstock so that they would last longer than one use. I still have them in a folder. I stenciled “Love” onto the same scrapbook paper used for the frame, and backed them with brown paper. These were then glued on.

The cardboard was then put into the frame, carefully so that the bow would look good and not crushed funny. It was the only thing that hung on the wall in our first apartment, and still hangs on the wall in our home.