Pocket Frame Tutorial
Want an easy way to change up your decor? Use a Pocket Frame! These frames from American Crafts have a detachable magnetic top and two tracks to slide in a variety of inserts. The hardest part is deciding which inserts to use since they're all so cute! (Hello there is even a shiplap one!) The best thing is that you can easily change out the insert with whatever season or mood you're in. In this tutorial I make three different designs to use for one of the frames. They were so easy and a lot of fun to make! I kept them simple, but you can of course add on any embellishments you want.
1) The first step is to paint your frame! I used acrylic paint from Vicki Boutin, but any acrylic or craft paint will work fine. I mixed a few together to create a fresh mint color that just says spring to me! I painted all the sides and the top of the frame. I didn't paint the back or the inside of the frame since they won't be seen. I'm all about saving time!
2) I started on the first design and painted the wooden hello. I used a little bit more of the darker green so that the hello would really pop out.
3) While waiting for that to dry, I started the second design 'oh happy days'. This is from an insert kit so it came with the words and the shiplap background piece. All I had to do was glue the words on. So easy! (Just don't burn your fingers with the glue gun as I did. Actually it would be easier to not use the glue gun at all. Tacky glue works just great!)
4) When my hello was mostly dry, I glued that onto the insert paper that I chose. I glued this paper onto a piece of cardboard to make it sturdy. (You can see me doing that in the video with a piece from the packaging.)
5) For my third design I painted the 'be kind' words in pink acrylic paint. I chose a wood paper to use as the background, and backed it with cardboard. I used tacky glue to attach everything.
And that's it! These inserts are very quick to make!
We're dreaming of warmer weather with these DIY spring wreaths! (Yes it's currently snowing as I write this!) These wreaths are simple, cheerful, and the yarn gives some nice texture. Customize to your liking with different colored yarn and whatever flowers/greenery you have on hand.
For the first wreath, this is what you'll need:
First I wrapped my white yarn around the wooden hello by starting with the 'H'. You can keep it thinner by wrapping only one layer close together, or you can make it more rustic looking (haha!) like mine and just wrap it all over until it looks good. I decided not to go in between the holes for the 'e' and the 'o' because I didn't have patience for that. But you totally can! It would look great either way.
Next I hot glued some of the ends where the yarn was slipping off. Especially at the tops of the l's. (You could probaly be more efficient and do this as you go, unlike me ha!)
Then I hot glued the word to the botton of the grapevine wreath. Make sure to glue in several places to keep that guy on there good!
Finally, I added in the greenery and flowers. Most of those I was able to just stick in the wreath and they were pretty stable. I only had to glue a few pieces. And that was that! Well besides having to spray paint my wreath hanger because it was Christmas red. White looks much better! To see my amazing yarn wrapping technique that I just made up, please watch the video below!
The second wreath is even simpler. I used a chunky yarn this time, in a lovely green color called Deep Moss. I wanted to keep this wreath more natural looking with earth tones.
This is what you'll need:
This wreath is so quick to make! I loosely wrapped the chunky yarn around the left side of the grapevine wreath. I wanted to still be able to see the twigs in some places. Experiment with yours to see how you want it! Then I tied the ends and tucked them in. I hot glued the large burlap flower on first, and then glued on the button on top of that. Lastly I glued on the fabric flowers, slightly overlapping each other. That's it! Now my door is more cheerful even with all this snow. I would love to see the wreaths you make! Upload them to our project gallery or tag us on social media :)
Winter String Art Tutorial
Most people get at least a little giddy at the first snowflakes tumbling out of the sky, but let’s be honest, once we’re a few months into the knee-deep, freezing cold winter we just want to cozy up with a hot drink and write off any anything that requires bundling up and heading outside. You might have a few cleaning and organizing jobs that you’re dying to tackle, but just in case you’re feeling more crafty and less like working--we have the perfect DIY project for you!
If you haven’t heard of string art yet you are really missing out. It’s as simple as weaving string or yarn around a pattern of nails, but it transforms any design into an awesome piece of artwork and doesn’t take long to complete. You can create anything from hearts to logos to your dog’s portrait, but in the spirit of all things winter we have the perfect snowman idea for you.
Here’s everything you need to get started:
----> Also nails (any kind with a small head, 1 inch or smaller) and a hammer!
1) First, take your wooden plank and sketch out 2 snowmen (if you are having trouble you can find snowmen online to print, cut out, and trace). We did one of them bigger and one smaller, but you can do whatever sizes you’d like. Add a line across the bottom of your snowmen to act as the “snow” on the ground.
2) Grab your nails and hammer them into the wood, spacing them evenly around the edges of your snowmen and making sure they are each hammered in the same depth (not all the way into the wood - leave space to wrap the yarn around).
3) Now grab your white yarn, and starting from the left side of the wood, begin wrapping the nail on the “ground” followed by each nail around the edges of your first snowman. When the outline is complete, begin crossing the yarn between various nails to “fill in” the first snowman. Continue to any nails on the ground line between your snowmen, and then outline and fill in your second snowman. You will finish and tie off the white yarn on the right edge of your wood.
4) Every good snowman has a scarf, so next take your navy yarn and cut 2 pieces that are several inches long each. Tie them around 2 nails, or the “necks” of your snowmen, and make sure to leave an inch or two for the tails on each end.
5) We’re almost there! Use your glue to add a button onto each of your snowmen’s scarves, and then take a few more buttons to glue on for their hats. We used 5 buttons for the bigger snowman and 3 for the smaller one.
6) Finish off your craft by putting the “let it snow” winter stamp (or whichever saying you like best) onto your stamp block, ink it with the white ink pad, and add the words to the bottom of the wood.
You’re all finished! Now you have the perfect piece to make your home a little extra wintery, or, better yet, use it as a gift to brighten someone’s day! Happy crafting, and if you need the list of supplies once more, here they are:
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