Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Word Art

A couple of months ago, I was browsing through some of my favorite blogs when I came across this post at Antsi-Pants.  I love the color red and the little sign she did for Valentine's Day caught my eye.  I really LOVE the praise & worship song that has these words in it and what a blessing to see this reminder of just how much God loves us every single day!  I knew that I wanted to make my own version of it for my entryway wall.....just a little bigger.  Here is how I did it....

First of all,  I bought an 18x24 inch canvas (it was 30% off already and I was also able to use a 50% off coupon), and then painted it bright red with acrylic paint.  I ended up having to put 3 coats of paint on it to get it covered, but that is to be expected with the color red.

 Next, with my Silhouette I cut out the words I wanted to use in white vinyl.  I then applied the letters to the painted canvas.  Unfortunately, this was NOT easy.  ha ha!  The vinyl did not want to stick to the canvas very well at matter how much I tried to make it.  That led me to my next step...

Thank goodness for Mod Podge!  I applied 2 coats of Mod Podge over the entire surface (allowing each coat to try thoroughly before applying the next).

Here is the finished product!  I actually really like how the Mod Podge finished it up.  It really makes the red pop and most importantly, the vinyl won't fall off now.  ha ha!

I can't wait to get this hung in my entryway.  Wordart like this is such a fun way to display a favorite quote, saying, etc.... without costing a fortune!  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

$6.75 Wreath


Each season, I try to change out whatever is hanging on my front door, but this year, it’s been bare since December.  B-O-R-I-N-G.  I was lacking inspiration, but then I walked into my local “everything’s $1” store…

I brought home some simple treasures….


…but after ten minutes, I had come up with a wreath that I love!!


The base of the wreath is a pool noodle.  I just put the ends together and taped the bejeezus out of it to make sure it holds for a good while.  I picked a green wreath so if it peeked through the flowers, it would not be blaringly obvious.

The flowers are just flower leis.  They come in packs of 3 for $1.  I used 9 leis total, but I might end up adding another 3, just to fill it in a bit more.

To wrap the leis, I first attached one to the noodle with a straight pin, just to keep it in place, then began wrapping.  when I got to the end of a lei, I use tiny safety pins to attach it to the next lei and kept wrapping.  When I got to the end of the last lei, I removed the straight pin holding the first lei, pinned the first and last together, then moved the flowers around the noodle until I liked the way they were laying.  I did not glue the leis for two reasons – so I can reuse the leis and so I can reuse the noodle.

The whirlygig came on a stick but I did not want that ugly black stick hanging down.  So, I did the next best thing – I cut the stick off so there was a post sticking straight back out of the whirlygig.  I picked the perfect spot on the wreath and stuck it straight into the foam.  If I have problems with it staying in, I’ll put a bit of glue in the hold.

I decided the center needed some flair, so I added a simple metal piece I’d picked up at another local discount store for $1.75.


The noodle is a bit larger around than my wreath hanger is deep, so to keep it from falling off, I cut a slit in the underside of the foam, and pushed the bottom of the hanger into the hole. 

Keep crafting!