Friday, 27 September 2013

DIY Large Letter Stencils

            I had some left over paint from my nightstand project, and I have wanted to make some artwork that matched.  I have seen this kind of artwork all of the place, and I wanted to create my own, but of course without paying a large price tag.  Thanks to an amazing sale on canvases at Michael's, I was able to get all the supplies I needed for this project for under $10!  Sweet!  Keep your eye out for sales and coupons.  I live by them!  For only the price of the four canvases I was able to make this artwork for my bedroom that perfectly matches my nightstands.  I love it! 

            In order to create the letter stencils I had to get a little creative, but in the end they were so easy!  And you can use any font that you want.  All you need is wax paper, a thin marker, and masking tape.  Everyone has those lying around their house, right?  Let's get started!

1.  Trace your letters using any font and size that you want onto separate pieces of wax paper.  (**hint** Make sure you don't make the lines too thick, because you don't want anything to accidentally transfer onto your canvas.  Or you could just cover the opposite side with tape...)

2.  Cover and fill in the letters with masking tape.  I had to clean up some of the edges by simply cutting them with scissors.  The nice thing was was that I didn't have to do anything to any of the long straight edges.  The curvier your font the more cutting you will have to do...

3.  Carefully peel the letters from the wax paper and place on the surface of your choice.  I placed mine directly onto my unpainted canvases.  

4.  Paint.  (**hint** Make sure before you paint that you rub down the edges really well to insure that no paint sneaks under the tape.)(**another hint** Paint in many small layers instead of laying the paint on really thick.)(**hint #3** He he, just kidding.  Paint away!)

5.  Let dry.

6.  Peel off stencil.  

It's that easy!

Have you completed this project?  Let me know how it went!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


Fitness has always been really important to me.  I was a competitive gymnast for 15 years and was even lucky enough to be able to do it at the college level.  Since my gymnastics career ended, I have been trying to find things to help me stay in shape.  But as many mom's out there know, sometimes fitting in a workout can be a challenge (unless you count all the lifting and running around after a busy 2 year old as a workout).  Sometimes I need a little motivation.

I recently found this wonderful organization that can help all you busy mom's (and any person for that matter) to either stay in shape, or even get you started on the path to becoming physically fit.  Plus, while you participate you are helping to support a good cause (the National Alliance on Mental Illness and/or Scout Troops 8 and 942).

The premise behind the Month-A-Thon is that by the end of the month you will have completed an entire marathon.  This isn't a marathon a week, or a marathon every two weeks, but 1 marathon a month, doing just a little each day.  I can do that!  Anyone can do that!

Check out their Facebook page, and get started today!

If you have any questions you can always contact Month-A-Thon at:   

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Owl Nursery Printables

"Star Light, star bright, first star I see tonight."  This adorable printable art set is now available!  

As with any of the designs at Puddle Designs, everything about this is customizable.  The colors of the owl can be changed to better match the color scheme of the room.  The sky can be lightened or darkened.  I can even add or take away stars if you want.  Just to name a few options.  

Any size is also available!  Print as 8x10's and display them in their own frame.    

Or print as 5x7's and display them all together in the same frame.  So many options!

Like 'em?  You can find them at Puddle Design on Etsy.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

DIY 3-D Decorative Letter

 I hate spending money on decorations!  I don't know how many times I have mentioned that, but I just cringe when I look at the prices on many home decorating items.  

Now, don't get me wrong, if I had unlimited funds, I would probably go out and buy everything Micheal's, Hobby Lobby, and that beautiful boutique down the street have to offer, but who has access to that kind of money, huh?  Ok, I can think of a few people, but that's not the point.  

For us little people, what are we supposed to do to make our homes feel like home?  Three simple little words:  Do. It. Yourself.  Yeah baby!  I love DIY projects.  

We had all these random boxes lying around, and I was having a hard time justifying throwing such nice boxes away (can you say "Hoarders!").  Lucky for me, lightning struck my brain, and I came up with this craft idea.  I have been wanting a big "R" for our wall, but have had the hardest time finding one that was big enough.  And then if I did, it was WAY more expensive than I wanted it to be.  So, I decided to make one... and here's what I did.

All you need for this project is:

cardboard boxes

razor blade
jute twine

Step-By-Step Process

-  Free hand or print off any letter of your choice and transfer it to a piece of cardboard.  Make sure it is the size that you want.  Mine was about 1.5 feet tall, and completely free handed.

-  Cut out letter.  Using cut out letter as a stencil, trace additional letters on your cardboard boxes.

Here is my stencil, and some of the tracing. 

-  Cut out each additional letter.  *Be careful not to cut your carpet, or table...!*

-  Stack letters and glue together.  Clamp or place some heavy books on the letters while they dry.

After lots of cutting (and lots of mess in my living room), here are all the layers glues together.  It took 9 letters to get to my desired thickness of just over 1 inch.

-  When glue is dry, wrap with jute twine until entire letter is covered.  This step may take some time, so put on your favorite movie and wrap away!  

The final cost for this entire project was about $7, and that includes the silk flowers.  Not too shabby for a custom 1 1/2 foot tall 3D letter.

Have you completed this project?  Let me know how it went!  
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