Monday, August 30, 2010

Father's Day Gift Idea: Fabric Covered Photo Matte

We love this fabric covered photo matte idea from Delightful Distractions -  a great way to personalise a simple frame. While this tutorial is not specifically for a Father's Day themed frame, we think it would make a beautiful gift for dad! Chose a fabric that reflects his interests, or that coordinates with the photo you have chosen. If you are making this with young children, why not grab some fabric paint and get the kids to paint some plain fabric! 


• a rectangular piece of cotton fabric approx. 11x13 in. or a bit bigger (it doesn't have to be cut perfectly)
• a 8x10 mat - you can either purchase a pre-cut mat or cut your own out of mat board
• spray glue -nothing beats 3M Super 77 found at Hobby Lobby or hardware stores
• a scissor - one you don't mind getting glue on
• a sheet rocking knife with a thin blade... an x-acto knife/craft knife will work, too
• Mod-podge
• small foam brush

The Process:

1.With all your supplies laid out and ready to go, spray the back side of the fabric and the front of the mat with a generous coat of spray glue (outside).

2.Lay your glue covered fabric on a table, glue side up. Carefully place your glue covered mat face down onto the fabric. Make sure to center it, leaving equal portions on each side. Press down firmly all over the back side of the mat. Check the front of the fabric to make sure all air bubbles are out.

3.Cut off the corners of the fabric with scissors... careful to leave only a tiny margin by the corner of the mat (see close-up pic)

4.Pulling firmly, starting next to the corner, pull the fabric up over the mat, one side at a time. Press down, smoothing out all air bubbles.

5. With your knife, cut the interior of the fabric diagonally out, starting in each corner -creating an X. Trim edges.

6. Again, pull fabric up over the edge of the mat, starting in the corners. Pull firmly to ensure that the fabric is tight, especially in the corners. Use Mod-podge on your foam brush to help adhere, if fabric doesn't stick. Once all edges are in place, use Mod-podge to go over the edges of the fabric for extra security and to prevent any fraying. Also pay special attention to the outside corners. These will need a dab of Mod-podge, smoothed down with your finger, also (second photo shows how corner should look before smoothing down).

7. Let dry thoroughly and place in frame!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Father's Day Gift Idea: Screen Print a T-Shirt

Father's Day is fast approaching and we have found the perfect DIY gift idea, from Do-It-Yourself Gifts - personalised screen printed t-shirt! Screen printing is usually expensive, time-consuming and difficult - but Do-It-Yourself Gifts has devised an easy and inexpensive way to DIY a screen-printed t-shirt...

Silk Screen Priting Supplies:

• Embroidery hoop
• Organza (or other sheer material)
• Masking tape
• Fabric paint or screenprinting ink
• Squeegie
• Prewashed shirt
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Mod Podge
• Paintbrush or foam brush
• Piece of cardboard
• Iron

Screen Printing Instructions:
The basic concept behind how to screen print involves pushing ink through a screen that has a design on it. If you block ink from going through the negative space on a screen printing mesh, it will show your screen printing art on your item. Make sense? Sound confusing? Just follow the step-by-step directions below and it will become clear.

Step One
Prewash your shirt to remove factory chemicals, and don't use a fabric softner in the washing machine or dryer (it leaves a slight residue behind on your clothing, and you want the shirt to have a totally clean surface).

Use an emroidery hoop that will be big enough to fit your design within it, and allow the squeegie to move freely inside it. Stretch a piece of organza through the hoop and tighten it. If you don't have organza, you can use another sheer material like an old sheer curtain...the color doesn't matter, as long as it has tiny "holes" for the ink to pass through. Don't spend a lot on your material...check the clearance rack for scraps of fabric or a thrift shop for a sheer curtain panel.

DIY screen printing

Once the fabric is stretched tightly, trim it to fit the hoop. Cover the edge of the hoop with masking tape to keep it from sliding.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Father's Day Photo Frame

This hand-made Father's Day Photo Frame, by Smart Bottom Enterprises, is a great project for kids to create a personal present for Dad! Little ones will love colouring the letters, while you can do the tricky parts like cutting and sticking the photos.

For this project, you will need:
• Card Stock
• Pictures
• Crayons
• Scissors
• Tape
• 6 Paperclips

• You can make your own letters, or you can use these. Just drag them to your desktop and print them onto card stock in whatever size you like.

• Have your kids color each letter before you cut them out. Then trim your pictures a little bit larger than the openings and tape them into place behind the frame. For this set, I cut the opening of the A a little bit bigger to fit the picture. Then I outlined it again with black marker.

• Overlap the letters and glue or tape them together at the back. I backed ours with cardboard, but you really don't need to. Then, open up your paperclips. Attach the small part of each paperclip to the bottom of the back of the frame. For this one, I used glue dots and they worked out fine, but tape will work too.

• Sit it up on the paperclips and you're done!

Cute as can be!

Visit Smart Bottom Enterprises<

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Papers & Plaques

Use those pretty bits and pieces of paper you can't bear to part with for this wall-art project by 
Better Homes & Gardens

Local crafts stores carry inexpensive wood plaques in tons of shapes and sizes. Paint the plaques, cut the paper accordingly, and adhere. Finish with a coat of polyurethane if desired.

Show off your favorite line of papers by decoupaging them to a canvas to create do-it-yourself art. Paint the edges of the canvas to complete the look.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Superhero Father's Day Card

Who's your Superhero? Let your imagination run wild with this DIY Superhero Greeting Card. A fun and quirky card to give to the Superhero in your life - perfect for father's day!


• Comes with 2 sheets of stickers for DIY fun… be inspired to create your own Superhero Dad!
• Card is blank inside… perfect for all your special messages!
• Comes with envelope
• Measurements: 105mm (W) x 147mm (H)

Available from Kikki. K

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pretty Bird Wall Art

With Spring approaching you may, like us, be thinking of ways to revamp your home to reflect the new season! This great tutorial by Blue Cricket Design shows how to create a simple and effective piece of wall art that perfectly reflects the new season!

Supplies Needed:

• Two Canvases
• Permanent Marker
• Printed Birds to trace
• Scissors
• Paint, Wallpaper or Vintage pages to create a canvases back ground
• Glue or Mod Podge

It's easy to find images of birds online by doing an image search. Print your images on card stock or mount them on card stock to create a firm template. Cut them out and your ready to go!

To create some fun texture and interest cover your canvas in Scrapbook paper, Paint or Vintage book pages! To adhere any sort of paper mix two parts water to one part school glue or Mod Podge. Paint your paper with your glue mixture and lay smoothly on your canvas. Once the entire canvas is covered let it dry over night before moving onto the next step.

When it's dried completely lay your two canvases next to each other.

Use a pencil to free hand your tree branches. Be sure to continue your branch from one canvas to the next.

Outline your penciled sketch with your permanent marker.

Color in your branches completely.

Place your bird images on the branches and trace them with a pencil. Remember you can make a bird face the other way by flipping them over!

Color in your birds.

Now we'll add our details! Draw on leaves and smaller branches and color them in. Lastly you'll want to color it all in one last time to insure a deep dark silhouette and to cover up any uneven marker strokes.

Hang them side by side and enjoy!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Printing on Ribbon

This easy how-to by The City Cradle shows how to print on ribbon - a great way to personalise gifts, place-settings, bomboniere and more - the possibilities are endless and the results  are superb!

Materials needed for ribbon printing:
• An injet printer (if you don’t have one they are super cheap to pick up thrifted)
• A length of ribbon (I have found flat/ matte ribbons work the best)
• A small amount of double sided tape

How to print on ribbon:• Print out a copy of the words you would like to appear on the ribbon to check for spacing.
• Cut your ribbon to size and double tape the ends onto your printed paper, be sure to cover the words exactly, text will print on the ribbon exactly where your words are placed.
• Run the paper with ribbon attached through the printer on the heavy paper setting.
• Let dry *Important, do not touch the ribbon for about 20 minutes to insure the ink has time to set.
• Peal off the ribbon and enjoy your creation!

Use your ribbon to adorn a surprise gift, to personalize a birthday card, or to make a stash of exceptionally lovely party labels.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fabric Wall Art

We found this great video tutorial by Craft: Craftzine on YouTube... Helen Fawcett of Whiz Bang Fabrics gives a guided tour of her craft store, with great tips on how to choose fabrics to decorate your home. Helen then demonstrates an easy way to creating an eye-catching wall hanging using fabric! The finished wall hanging looks so good, and is so easy to make, you'll want to fill you entire home with them!

Visit the Craft: Craftzine channel on YouTube for more great crafting videos.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tea Towel Cupcakes

 Yoonie-At-Home recently made these gorgeous Tea Towel Cupcakes for a housewarming gift. We agree they would make a very unique and thoughtful gift for housewarming parties, 
kitchen teas, or even just to decorate your own home!

What you need: 

• Circle Puncher 
• Red and Green Scrap Paper 
• A Leaf Puncher 
• Ribbons 
• Paper Cupcake Liners 
• Toothpicks 
• Double Sided Tape 
• Small Hand - Kitchen Towelettes 
• Packaging Plastics.

The size of your towels will determine the size of your cupcakes. They're supposed to be dainty, so pick rectangular towels. I actually did one at the store to determine the right size (one that fits a cupcake liner.) Do this if you don't want to end up with 2 dozen towels that are wrong in size!

I chose these lovely ribbed kitchen towels. They have a beautiful texture and only RM2 each from Jusco. Usually towelettes come in sets of 4s and 5s and in a range of coordinating colours. Pick one according to your colour theme. And yes, rectangular ones work perfectly. You'll see what I mean.

• Prepare the cherry on top. Punch red circles (the cherry on top), or if you have other cute punches, other printed cupcake toppers will also do. Punch leaves. Enough for the amount of towels you have. Use a double sided tape and sandwich a toothpick with the leaf in the middle. Press and set aside.