babymoon: crafts recap

while i spend time with henry, i’ll recap a few make + take posts. the paper dogs are probably my favorite— all you need are cardboard rolls and paint! check out the crafts if you missed them the first time. enjoy and see you soon!

crafts | paper dogs | clipboard | bangles


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2014. make + take: felt camp flag. 
materials: dowel rod, assorted felt, burlap, sharp scissors, leather cord, needle, thread
we chose a camping theme for our son’s room because we wanted a room that would grow with him from infancy to boyhood. inspired by vintage campsite badges, i made three felt flags to hang above his bookcase. the fox ended up being my favorite flag— that’s why i’m sharing it with you today!
camp or merit badges usually have an animal or object in the middle and a few words. i used burlap as a background for the badge and sewed a red heart in the center. then i carefully cut a fox out of felt pieces. you definitely need sharp scissors! i embellished him with puffy paint and attached him to the center.
the baby’s flags have three mottos: be kind, be brave, and be true. i cut the letters out of leftover felt and stitched them to each badge. i posted a picture of the trio on my instagram.
find a dowel rod and choose a color for your flag. fold the felt over the rod and sew it at the top. align the badge in the center and pin it down so it doesn’t move while you sew. you can add shapes or lines to the top and bottom of the flag; i cut triangles out of different sizes.
hang your flag with leather cord, twine, or string in your happy camper’s room.

2014. make + take: felt camp flag. 

materials: dowel rod, assorted felt, burlap, sharp scissors, leather cord, needle, thread

we chose a camping theme for our son’s room because we wanted a room that would grow with him from infancy to boyhood. inspired by vintage campsite badges, i made three felt flags to hang above his bookcase. the fox ended up being my favorite flag— that’s why i’m sharing it with you today!

camp or merit badges usually have an animal or object in the middle and a few words. i used burlap as a background for the badge and sewed a red heart in the center. then i carefully cut a fox out of felt pieces. you definitely need sharp scissors! i embellished him with puffy paint and attached him to the center.

the baby’s flags have three mottos: be kind, be brave, and be true. i cut the letters out of leftover felt and stitched them to each badge. i posted a picture of the trio on my instagram.

find a dowel rod and choose a color for your flag. fold the felt over the rod and sew it at the top. align the badge in the center and pin it down so it doesn’t move while you sew. you can add shapes or lines to the top and bottom of the flag; i cut triangles out of different sizes.

hang your flag with leather cord, twine, or string in your happy camper’s room.


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2014. make + take: wall weaving. 
materials: assorted yarn (the more textures the better), fabric scraps, tapestry needle, loom (homemade or store-bought)
okay y’all, wall weavings are awesome. i have three reasons: one, they are easier to make than you think, and two, they are the perfect pregnant lady craft. i can sit on the sofa, put my feet up, and knock one out in a day. what’s the third reason? they all look terrific and different; once you learn how to loom you can create the symmetrical or random pattern of your dreams.
today’s make + take is more of a show + tell. recently the team at a beautiful mess posted a gorgeously photographed and thorough tutorial, beating any other instructions i could have shared with you. don’t feel intimidated by the number of steps; they are incredibly helpful.
last friday my friend midge came over and we both made wall weavings. midge used my homemade loom and i used a wooden loom similar to this one. we quickly learned that different textures and widths of yarn are ideal; the contrast immediately elevates your weaving from so-so to so cool! plus midge brought her own yarn stash and we had many colors and textures with our combined collections.
i chose ivory, blue, and green as anchor colors for the baby’s room and added small areas of yellow, black, red, and pink. after i completed the weaving, i went back and tied the pom poms (leftover from our wedding) and fabric scraps (the green stripes are silk ribbons cut from a thrift store shirt). i stuck my weaving to a fallen branch from a neighbor’s yard; sophie and i walked by the stick for days before i grabbed it. we’re criminals!
i loved the weaving so much that i promptly made a smaller one to hang in his room. later this summer when my mom visits, she’ll probably ask, “what is THAT?” and i’ll just say, “it’s art.”

2014. make + take: wall weaving. 

materials: assorted yarn (the more textures the better), fabric scraps, tapestry needle, loom (homemade or store-bought)

okay y’all, wall weavings are awesome. i have three reasons: one, they are easier to make than you think, and two, they are the perfect pregnant lady craft. i can sit on the sofa, put my feet up, and knock one out in a day. what’s the third reason? they all look terrific and different; once you learn how to loom you can create the symmetrical or random pattern of your dreams.

today’s make + take is more of a show + tell. recently the team at a beautiful mess posted a gorgeously photographed and thorough tutorial, beating any other instructions i could have shared with you. don’t feel intimidated by the number of steps; they are incredibly helpful.

last friday my friend midge came over and we both made wall weavings. midge used my homemade loom and i used a wooden loom similar to this one. we quickly learned that different textures and widths of yarn are ideal; the contrast immediately elevates your weaving from so-so to so cool! plus midge brought her own yarn stash and we had many colors and textures with our combined collections.

i chose ivory, blue, and green as anchor colors for the baby’s room and added small areas of yellow, black, red, and pink. after i completed the weaving, i went back and tied the pom poms (leftover from our wedding) and fabric scraps (the green stripes are silk ribbons cut from a thrift store shirt). i stuck my weaving to a fallen branch from a neighbor’s yard; sophie and i walked by the stick for days before i grabbed it. we’re criminals!

i loved the weaving so much that i promptly made a smaller one to hang in his room. later this summer when my mom visits, she’ll probably ask, “what is THAT?” and i’ll just say, “it’s art.”


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2014. make + take: summer camp appliqués. 
materials: wooden embroidery hoops (assorted sizes), fabric scraps, needle, regular scissors, pinking shears, embroidery thread
for the hanger: leather cord, wooden bead, brass washers, fabric marker
back in sixth grade, students took one “exploratory” class each nine weeks to introduce art, woodworking, home economics, and music. i loved art (duh) and woodworking surprisingly entertained me. when i walked into the home ec classroom, i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a blast, too. we cooked a little and sewed a lot (girls and boys). that’s where i learned how to cross stitch.
today’s project is half appliqué, half cross stitch (more like freestyle cross stitching). an appliqué is simply a shape or picture sewn onto fabric. the theme of our baby’s room is “camp [insert his name here]” and i thought campground appliqués would be cute on the wall. first, i stretched leftover chambray/linen fabric across the hoops and secured them tightly. then i cut out the basic shapes of a tent, hedgehog, and fir trees and pinned them to the fabric.
the next part is fun— embellish the shapes with small stitches, similar to cross stitching. i created the hedgehog’s spines and claws using brown diagonal stitches. the trees’ trunks are a neat square of brown stitches. the tent took the longest, mostly because once i got started i didn’t want to stop! the colorful stripes are just back and forth running stitches. secure all your sewing with knots.
after you embellish your art, you may have to readjust the fabric on the hoop by straightening it or pulling it tighter. when you’re finished, use pinking shears to trim the excess fabric on the side of the hoop.
i made hangers for the baby’s art using leather cord. i looped a piece of cord through the embroidery hoop’s hardware and then added small brass washers from an old project. i drew blue designs on beads with a fabric marker (sharpies tend to bleed on wood) and pulled the cord through the beads. knot the top and you’ve got yourself some cute homemade appliqués!

2014. make + take: summer camp appliqués. 

materials: wooden embroidery hoops (assorted sizes), fabric scraps, needle, regular scissors, pinking shears, embroidery thread

for the hanger: leather cord, wooden bead, brass washers, fabric marker

back in sixth grade, students took one “exploratory” class each nine weeks to introduce art, woodworking, home economics, and music. i loved art (duh) and woodworking surprisingly entertained me. when i walked into the home ec classroom, i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a blast, too. we cooked a little and sewed a lot (girls and boys). that’s where i learned how to cross stitch.

today’s project is half appliqué, half cross stitch (more like freestyle cross stitching). an appliqué is simply a shape or picture sewn onto fabric. the theme of our baby’s room is “camp [insert his name here]” and i thought campground appliqués would be cute on the wall. first, i stretched leftover chambray/linen fabric across the hoops and secured them tightly. then i cut out the basic shapes of a tent, hedgehog, and fir trees and pinned them to the fabric.

the next part is fun— embellish the shapes with small stitches, similar to cross stitching. i created the hedgehog’s spines and claws using brown diagonal stitches. the trees’ trunks are a neat square of brown stitches. the tent took the longest, mostly because once i got started i didn’t want to stop! the colorful stripes are just back and forth running stitches. secure all your sewing with knots.

after you embellish your art, you may have to readjust the fabric on the hoop by straightening it or pulling it tighter. when you’re finished, use pinking shears to trim the excess fabric on the side of the hoop.

i made hangers for the baby’s art using leather cord. i looped a piece of cord through the embroidery hoop’s hardware and then added small brass washers from an old project. i drew blue designs on beads with a fabric marker (sharpies tend to bleed on wood) and pulled the cord through the beads. knot the top and you’ve got yourself some cute homemade appliqués!


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2014. make + take: road or sky. 
materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, needle, scissors, embroidery thread, vehicle figurines
i am kind of obsessed with making sorting mats. i use them often in my classroom for math and science activities. for extra durability, i sewed two sheets of foam together to create each mat and used felt to make the scenery. as part of our community unit we discuss jobs and different vehicles and i thought it would be fun to play with them on a miniature road or sky. i cut roads, houses, and trees for the “road” mat, and the “sky” mat only needed clouds and a runway.
the little vehicles are part of a safari toob collection. they’re one my favorite brands of plastic figurines along with schleich, a german company that specializes in lifelike animals. i should make mats for dogs and cats next, don’t ya think?

2014. make + take: road or sky. 

materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, needle, scissors, embroidery thread, vehicle figurines

i am kind of obsessed with making sorting mats. i use them often in my classroom for math and science activities. for extra durability, i sewed two sheets of foam together to create each mat and used felt to make the scenery. as part of our community unit we discuss jobs and different vehicles and i thought it would be fun to play with them on a miniature road or sky. i cut roads, houses, and trees for the “road” mat, and the “sky” mat only needed clouds and a runway.

the little vehicles are part of a safari toob collection. they’re one my favorite brands of plastic figurines along with schleich, a german company that specializes in lifelike animals. i should make mats for dogs and cats next, don’t ya think?


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2014. make + take: paper dogs. 
materials: paper towel roll (or bath tissue rolls), permanent marker, craft paint, assorted paintbrushes, glossy mod podge
the trio of unsavory characters belong to my dog gang. they’re sophie (the pug), mungo (the boxer), and smiley (the boston terrier). one day i will write stories about them for a children’s book series. sophie’s the boss, mungo’s the muscle, and smiley’s the silly one.
i made the paper dogs over a year (or maybe two years) ago, long before i started sharing crafts on the blog. i remembering seeing paper owls on pinterest and and thinking, those would be doggone cuter if they were pups!
find an empty cardboard roll and trim to size if needed. using your fingers, pinch the top part of the roll and push down to create ears. it took me a few tries to line up the ears just right.
use a sharpie and outline details for the dogs like eyes, snouts, noses, whiskers, and patches. paint the dogs with acrylic craft paint. apply multiple coats for light areas like eyes and chests. allow the dogs to dry. the next day, finish the dogs by adding a coat of mod podge.
aren’t they adorable? i lined them up on a shelf by michael’s desk, but if you have little ones, the dogs would make even better finger puppets.
this make + take is approved by sophie. bow wow wow wow wow!

2014. make + take: paper dogs. 

materials: paper towel roll (or bath tissue rolls), permanent marker, craft paint, assorted paintbrushes, glossy mod podge

the trio of unsavory characters belong to my dog gang. they’re sophie (the pug), mungo (the boxer), and smiley (the boston terrier). one day i will write stories about them for a children’s book series. sophie’s the boss, mungo’s the muscle, and smiley’s the silly one.

i made the paper dogs over a year (or maybe two years) ago, long before i started sharing crafts on the blog. i remembering seeing paper owls on pinterest and and thinking, those would be doggone cuter if they were pups!

find an empty cardboard roll and trim to size if needed. using your fingers, pinch the top part of the roll and push down to create ears. it took me a few tries to line up the ears just right.

use a sharpie and outline details for the dogs like eyes, snouts, noses, whiskers, and patches. paint the dogs with acrylic craft paint. apply multiple coats for light areas like eyes and chests. allow the dogs to dry. the next day, finish the dogs by adding a coat of mod podge.

aren’t they adorable? i lined them up on a shelf by michael’s desk, but if you have little ones, the dogs would make even better finger puppets.

this make + take is approved by sophie. bow wow wow wow wow!


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2014. make + take: bouquet box. 
materials: wedding bouquet, bouttonniére, faux insects, faux bird, dried moss, wooden display box
after a wedding, many brides wonder, what do i do with my bouquet? it’s customary to save it— you could place it in a tissue lined box or carefully press the flowers in a journal. i’d been itching to make a display box, so i carefully snipped away and created something special we could see everyday.
when we arrived home, i put my bouquet and michael’s bouttonniére in a dry, semi-dark corner of our dining room. i read online that hanging the bouquet upside down was an option, but i wasn’t sure if the flowers would preserve well. my bouquet was composed of two giant dahlias against a large bunch of mixed greens (leaves, baby’s breath, and ferns), and the dahlias were very delicate. surprisingly my method worked just fine. the dahlias shrunk but kept their unique colors, and michael’s billy bobs looked just like new.
instead of saving the entire bouquet, i utilized pieces of it to create a woodland display box. i saved a few leaves and sprigs of fern and baby’s breath, and of course, i kept the dahlias. i layered a bag of mixed floral moss on the bottom of the box followed by the greens. then i arranged the dahlias and michael’s bouttonniére.
i bought the tiny butterflies and chickadee at joann’s for a cute, lifelike touch. it looks like the bird is quietly sitting in the garden waiting for an aphid or ladybug.
we placed the bouquet box on our bookcase in a shaded corner. chopping up a wedding bouquet might not be right for everyone, but it was right (and lovely) for me.
if you missed it, check out our wedding photos here.

2014. make + take: bouquet box. 

materials: wedding bouquet, bouttonniére, faux insects, faux bird, dried moss, wooden display box

after a wedding, many brides wonder, what do i do with my bouquet? it’s customary to save it— you could place it in a tissue lined box or carefully press the flowers in a journal. i’d been itching to make a display box, so i carefully snipped away and created something special we could see everyday.

when we arrived home, i put my bouquet and michael’s bouttonniére in a dry, semi-dark corner of our dining room. i read online that hanging the bouquet upside down was an option, but i wasn’t sure if the flowers would preserve well. my bouquet was composed of two giant dahlias against a large bunch of mixed greens (leaves, baby’s breath, and ferns), and the dahlias were very delicate. surprisingly my method worked just fine. the dahlias shrunk but kept their unique colors, and michael’s billy bobs looked just like new.

instead of saving the entire bouquet, i utilized pieces of it to create a woodland display box. i saved a few leaves and sprigs of fern and baby’s breath, and of course, i kept the dahlias. i layered a bag of mixed floral moss on the bottom of the box followed by the greens. then i arranged the dahlias and michael’s bouttonniére.

i bought the tiny butterflies and chickadee at joann’s for a cute, lifelike touch. it looks like the bird is quietly sitting in the garden waiting for an aphid or ladybug.

we placed the bouquet box on our bookcase in a shaded corner. chopping up a wedding bouquet might not be right for everyone, but it was right (and lovely) for me.

if you missed it, check out our wedding photos here.


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2013. make + take: advent calendar clippies. materials: wooden clothespins, adhesive foam squares, scrapbook paper, white paint marker, scissorshappy thanksgiving eve! it’s been a little quiet on the blog this week as we’re housekeepin’. michael installed tub guards in our bathrooms, and i reorganized our bookcases and mantle. we also used some of our wedding money and bought a beautiful, brand-new… coffee table. we’re big spenders!last year i made an advent calendar for michael and lined the numbers up on our shelves. it was his second calendar because i made him one the first year we were dating. this year i declared it an official family tradition and decided to make reusable clips. i can quickly put the clothespins on any bag or package regardless of size.i used silver glitter scrapbook paper, but you can choose any color or print under the sun. cut twenty-four small circles and label them using a paint marker (puffy paint works, too). allow them to dry. stick a circle onto each clothespin with an adhesive foam square.after you’ve collected the advent presents or candy, label them with a clothespin. sit back and smile as your loved one counts down to christmas.

2013. make + take: advent calendar clippies.

materials: wooden clothespins, adhesive foam squares, scrapbook paper, white paint marker, scissors

happy thanksgiving eve! it’s been a little quiet on the blog this week as we’re housekeepin’. michael installed tub guards in our bathrooms, and i reorganized our bookcases and mantle. we also used some of our wedding money and bought a beautiful, brand-new… coffee table. we’re big spenders!

last year i made an advent calendar for michael and lined the numbers up on our shelves. it was his second calendar because i made him one the first year we were dating. this year i declared it an official family tradition and decided to make reusable clips. i can quickly put the clothespins on any bag or package regardless of size.

i used silver glitter scrapbook paper, but you can choose any color or print under the sun. cut twenty-four small circles and label them using a paint marker (puffy paint works, too). allow them to dry. stick a circle onto each clothespin with an adhesive foam square.

after you’ve collected the advent presents or candy, label them with a clothespin. sit back and smile as your loved one counts down to christmas.


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2013. make + take: skeleton sam.
materials: white foam sheet, black foam sheet, tacky glue, scissors, sharpie pen
our halloween budget is very small; we buy a few pumpkins and candy. growing up, my mom bought even less. but one thing hasn’t changed— i make my own decorations.
i created the skeleton with leftover foam from another project. i cut a rectangle for his body and then quickly cut some bones. with a few dab of tacky glue, he was done! i named him sam.
in my classroom, i have the same activity in the art station except the kids use extra pieces of construction paper. they’re allowed to make their own skeletons by cutting and gluing whatever and however they like. it’s a fun activity that gets them in the mood for halloween and supports scissor and art skills.
make a skeleton sam (or a skeleton sally) of your own. happy halloween!

2013. make + take: skeleton sam.

materials: white foam sheet, black foam sheet, tacky glue, scissors, sharpie pen

our halloween budget is very small; we buy a few pumpkins and candy. growing up, my mom bought even less. but one thing hasn’t changed— i make my own decorations.

i created the skeleton with leftover foam from another project. i cut a rectangle for his body and then quickly cut some bones. with a few dab of tacky glue, he was done! i named him sam.

in my classroom, i have the same activity in the art station except the kids use extra pieces of construction paper. they’re allowed to make their own skeletons by cutting and gluing whatever and however they like. it’s a fun activity that gets them in the mood for halloween and supports scissor and art skills.

make a skeleton sam (or a skeleton sally) of your own. happy halloween!


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2013. make + take: land or water. materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, scissors, animal figurinesi’ve mentioned in previous make + takes that i love hands-on activities for kids. the trick to keeping children busy is giving them intriguing activities or games.my class enjoys sorting mats. you can make the mats for pretty much anything (ex. day or night, heavy or light). i created the land and water mats with foam and felt. i used foam as the base because it’s flexible and tacky glue works well with it. for the “land” mat, i cut out some trees, rocks, and bushes, and for the “water” mat, i cut out a big blue ocean with fish and plants and rocks at the bottom.the little creatures are part of a safari toob collection. i can’t tell you enough how much i’m obsessed with safari toobs. i’d buy every single set if i could. the objects feel durable and come in bright and fun colors.the purpose of the game is simple: sort the pieces for land or water. then play with them as you wish. my students like the different animals, and i’m happy that they’re sorting and staying busy. win win!

2013. make + take: land or water.

materials: foam mats, felt, tacky glue, scissors, animal figurines

i’ve mentioned in previous make + takes that i love hands-on activities for kids. the trick to keeping children busy is giving them intriguing activities or games.

my class enjoys sorting mats. you can make the mats for pretty much anything (ex. day or night, heavy or light). i created the land and water mats with foam and felt. i used foam as the base because it’s flexible and tacky glue works well with it. for the “land” mat, i cut out some trees, rocks, and bushes, and for the “water” mat, i cut out a big blue ocean with fish and plants and rocks at the bottom.

the little creatures are part of a safari toob collection. i can’t tell you enough how much i’m obsessed with safari toobs. i’d buy every single set if i could. the objects feel durable and come in bright and fun colors.

the purpose of the game is simple: sort the pieces for land or water. then play with them as you wish. my students like the different animals, and i’m happy that they’re sorting and staying busy. win win!


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2013. make + take: cutesy clipboard. materials: brown clipboard, ribbons, neat paper, washi tape, acrylic paint, foam brush, glossy mod podgewhen i first began teaching, one of my room parents made me an adorable clipboard using mod podge glue and floral scrapbook paper. i liked it so much that i began making copycats during vacations. this summer, i upped the ante by creating a “contemporary” clipboard with old kate spade wrapping paper.pick out cute paper (wrapping paper or scrapbook paper work best) and you’re ready to start! first, trace the shape of the clipboard on two pieces of paper. for the “front” side, you can trace and cut the excess paper around the metal clip, or you can trace it to just under the clip like i did; my way is much easier. cut out the shapes for the front and back and leave aside.using a small foam brush, cover the back of the clipboard with mod podge. carefully align the “back” paper with the clipboard and lay it on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. wait 15-20 minutes before working on the front.apply glue to the front of the clipboard. align the “front” paper around the clip (or directly under under it). lay the paper on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. let the clipboard dry overnight. prop it against something so it doesn’t stick to your table.to make my version, paint the upper part of the clipboard around the metal clip. it’s okay if you smear a little paint on the top seam of paper. allow the paint to dry. use a piece of washi tape and cover the line between the paint and the paper.loop complimentary colored ribbons through the metal clip. use the board for a to-do list, seating chart, or weekly lesson plan. if you want extra credit, make some for your fellow teachers! :o)

2013. make + take: cutesy clipboard.

materials: brown clipboard, ribbons, neat paper, washi tape, acrylic paint, foam brush, glossy mod podge

when i first began teaching, one of my room parents made me an adorable clipboard using mod podge glue and floral scrapbook paper. i liked it so much that i began making copycats during vacations. this summer, i upped the ante by creating a “contemporary” clipboard with old kate spade wrapping paper.

pick out cute paper (wrapping paper or scrapbook paper work best) and you’re ready to start! first, trace the shape of the clipboard on two pieces of paper. for the “front” side, you can trace and cut the excess paper around the metal clip, or you can trace it to just under the clip like i did; my way is much easier. cut out the shapes for the front and back and leave aside.

using a small foam brush, cover the back of the clipboard with mod podge. carefully align the “back” paper with the clipboard and lay it on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. wait 15-20 minutes before working on the front.

apply glue to the front of the clipboard. align the “front” paper around the clip (or directly under under it). lay the paper on top, smoothing the surface for air bubbles. allow the glue to dry before adding a second coat over the paper. let the clipboard dry overnight. prop it against something so it doesn’t stick to your table.

to make my version, paint the upper part of the clipboard around the metal clip. it’s okay if you smear a little paint on the top seam of paper. allow the paint to dry. use a piece of washi tape and cover the line between the paint and the paper.

loop complimentary colored ribbons through the metal clip. use the board for a to-do list, seating chart, or weekly lesson plan. if you want extra credit, make some for your fellow teachers! :o)


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2013. make + take: wedding hangers. materials: wooden hangers, miniature chalkboards, sharpie paint markeri’ve been working on a lot of wedding crafts, and i’ve been having a lot of fun. now that we have our big details squared away, focus returns to sweet little things. last week, i made these hangers for my gown and michael’s suit. they won’t serve much purpose besides being a photo prop for a few minutes. but the thought of them holding our dressed-up best makes me grin.this is an easy project anyone can make with decent handwriting. i chose two of our oldest wooden hangers and paired them with mini chalkboards. i used a white sharpie paint marker and carefully lettered mr. and mrs.looking back, i should have lightly sketched the letters in chalk. i was incredibly lucky that i didn’t smudge the paint. maybe i have a new career as an impromptu graffiti artist. :o)

2013. make + take: wedding hangers.

materials: wooden hangers, miniature chalkboards, sharpie paint marker

i’ve been working on a lot of wedding crafts, and i’ve been having a lot of fun. now that we have our big details squared away, focus returns to sweet little things. last week, i made these hangers for my gown and michael’s suit. they won’t serve much purpose besides being a photo prop for a few minutes. but the thought of them holding our dressed-up best makes me grin.

this is an easy project anyone can make with decent handwriting. i chose two of our oldest wooden hangers and paired them with mini chalkboards. i used a white sharpie paint marker and carefully lettered mr. and mrs.

looking back, i should have lightly sketched the letters in chalk. i was incredibly lucky that i didn’t smudge the paint. maybe i have a new career as an impromptu graffiti artist. :o)


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2013. make + take: doily cake topper. materials: small doily, metal initials, jewel-it glue, red felt, scissors, needle, thread, stringdo you like cake? of course you do. i have so many favorite kinds of cakes: red velvet, black forest, oreo, strawberry cream, etc. we haven’t settled on our wedding cake; we’re leaning towards a dessert table with a variety of sweets. but at least one of those treats will be a cake.i made this darling cake topper using a crochet doily and leftover odds and ends. the string is actually from a gift bag. i removed the handles to recycle the bag; i thought the string was too pretty to throw away. i found the initials years ago. they’re from a scrapbooking kit with metal letters in two fonts.i sewed a small heart in the center and then i used jewel-it glue to attach the letters to the doily. jewel-it glue is my go-to glue for metal pieces or gems. using matching thread, i linked the string to the heart at the two top points.here’s the dilemma— how do i prop it up on a cake? i think i’ll tie it to wooden skewers. i tend to craft as soon as i get an idea and work out the technicalities later. cross your fingers.

2013. make + take: doily cake topper.

materials: small doily, metal initials, jewel-it glue, red felt, scissors, needle, thread, string

do you like cake? of course you do. i have so many favorite kinds of cakes: red velvet, black forest, oreo, strawberry cream, etc. we haven’t settled on our wedding cake; we’re leaning towards a dessert table with a variety of sweets. but at least one of those treats will be a cake.

i made this darling cake topper using a crochet doily and leftover odds and ends. the string is actually from a gift bag. i removed the handles to recycle the bag; i thought the string was too pretty to throw away. i found the initials years ago. they’re from a scrapbooking kit with metal letters in two fonts.

i sewed a small heart in the center and then i used jewel-it glue to attach the letters to the doily. jewel-it glue is my go-to glue for metal pieces or gems. using matching thread, i linked the string to the heart at the two top points.

here’s the dilemma— how do i prop it up on a cake? i think i’ll tie it to wooden skewers. i tend to craft as soon as i get an idea and work out the technicalities later. cross your fingers.


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2013. make + take: giant pom-poms. materials: yarn, twine, scissors, serving forkon wednesday, i got a grand idea to make pom-pom garlands for our wedding reception. i bought a big skein of red lion brand yarn and set to work.wrapping yarn around a fork is the easiest way to make evenly sized pom-poms. the smaller the fork, the smaller the pom-pom. i used a serving fork because i wanted golfball-sized poms. you could use a slotted spatula for supersize poms (i’m trying that next).wind the yarn around the fork fifteen times and cut the end. thread a small piece of twine in the center of the fork and tie a knot, cinching the yarn. double knot it for extra security. using small scissors, cut the loops on the outer edges of the fork. fluff up the pom-pom. use the twine to tie the poms to a longer string or ribbon for a garland. repeat until you reach a desired length.i used all my yarn and spaced the pom-poms twelve inches apart. my garland ended up being ten yards long. whew! i planned on sharing a photo but i tangled up my work. after scolding myself and straightening out the garland, i carefully put it into a box. don’t sweat; there are tons of examples on pinterest.

2013. make + take: giant pom-poms.

materials: yarn, twine, scissors, serving fork

on wednesday, i got a grand idea to make pom-pom garlands for our wedding reception. i bought a big skein of red lion brand yarn and set to work.

wrapping yarn around a fork is the easiest way to make evenly sized pom-poms. the smaller the fork, the smaller the pom-pom. i used a serving fork because i wanted golfball-sized poms. you could use a slotted spatula for supersize poms (i’m trying that next).

wind the yarn around the fork fifteen times and cut the end. thread a small piece of twine in the center of the fork and tie a knot, cinching the yarn. double knot it for extra security. using small scissors, cut the loops on the outer edges of the fork. fluff up the pom-pom. use the twine to tie the poms to a longer string or ribbon for a garland. repeat until you reach a desired length.

i used all my yarn and spaced the pom-poms twelve inches apart. my garland ended up being ten yards long. whew! i planned on sharing a photo but i tangled up my work. after scolding myself and straightening out the garland, i carefully put it into a box. don’t sweat; there are tons of examples on pinterest.


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