Friday, March 23, 2012

pinterest pretty much rocks

 my title says it all.

in addition to the millions of amazing items i get to look at (think art, creepy but intriguing items, jewelry, funnies, etc.....some of which i should post some time), pinterest is full of awesome tutorials and inspiration for craft projects.

behold...the craft projects.

the "love" message board
i really loved this one.  hubby and i always need new ways to be mushy with each other.  so i took an 8x10 photo frame that i had and made a background using scrapbook paper, sticker letters and ribbon.  velcro and a dry-erase marker later, and we had our message board.  i hung it just inside the door to the garage, which is a high-traffic area in our house.  hubby and i leave little messages to each other, like the one below:
from me: i love you because raphael is your favorite "engine turtle" just like me!
(little buddy calls them "engine turtles" instead of "ninja turtles.")
i even drew a picture of raphael's head.  hubby added the cape and pectorals.  hehe.
from hubby: i love you because you're trying to be a better wife/mother.
aw, what a sweetheart.

lately, my little man has been obsessed with everything space.  from buzz lightyear, to mickey's clubhouse rocket, to watching "the universe" on tv.  we even made an awesome construction paper solar system to hang from the ceiling in his room.  he got a space shuttle for his birthday, and anything he can get his hands on becomes a rocket.  so when i saw this on pinterest, i knew i had to make him one.  (and princess, because she'd like one too.)

the tutorial i linked to previously was more inspiration than a how-to for me.  i did a lot of things differently--cheaper, faster, and longer-lasting.  i saved some 2 liter coke bottles (we go through quite a few of those in our house, since i'm addicted to coke, hehe) to use.  the tutorial suggests priming and spray-painting them silver, but i hot-glued foil to them.  faster (i didn't have to let it dry) and cheaper (i already had the foil and hot glue).  i also used red, yellow and orange ribbon for the flames instead of the crepe paper the tutorial used.  i knew crepe paper would be destroyed almost immediately with my kids.  the ribbon can't be ripped, and it was less than $1.50 for it.  i used black grosgrain ribbon for straps, attached the bottles to a piece of cardboard (also wrapped in foil) and used another piece of black ribbon to hold it all together.  the blue ribbon i added so little buddy would know which one was his--the one i made for princess has ribbon with flowers on it instead of blue.

talk about a hit!  the first day, little buddy had me pick him up and "fly" him around the house at least fifteen times.  princess didn't care as much, but i'm glad my little boy likes his jet pack.  and they're pretty cute, if i say so myself.

the spiderweb eye makeup
so, as most of you know, i'm nuts about halloween.  and anything that could be considered spooky, creepy or macabre.  (i don't do anything too gory or horrifying, and i absolutely refuse to watch scary movies.)  so last halloween when i found this i loved it. 

hubby's work has a huge halloween bash every year and they turn the office building into a giant trick-or-treat alley for the kids of the employees.  i got an awesome skeleton bride and groom shirt at walmart that had spiders and spiderwebs on the sleeves, put plastic spiders in my hair, and did this to my eyes.  took a few minutes and looked pretty awesome, in my opinion.
this is not my eye, for two reasons: my photos did not turn out that great, and i don't post pictures of myself on this blog.  :)

the felt christmas tree and ornaments
i saw this idea in october and made it to put away for christmas.  it was so cute!

i don't know about those of you with little ones, but my kids have a fascination with christmas ornaments.  they don't stay on our tree.  for christmas last year (2010), the ornaments migrated up the tree until the bottom third or so was totally empty by christmas day.  this year, the kids helped me make this felt christmas tree.  this was "their" tree, and they could play with the ornaments and redecorate it whenever they wanted.  so anytime a little hand touched an ornament on the big tree, we redirected them to their own tree.  it worked pretty well, i think.

this project was inexpensive, too.  green felt (i think i got a yard and a half, and it was only about $2) and a package of multicolored felt squares (about $5ish, i don't remember exactly), hot glue and glitter puff paint.

i cut out the tree from the big piece of green felt.  using my cookie cutters, the kids helped me pick out shapes.  i traced them onto the felt, cut them out and glued them to circles, stars and hearts.  embellished with a little glitter puff paint, and voila.  felt sticks to felt, so i didn't have to add anything to the back of the ornaments.

it was a lot of fun to make, and the kids really enjoyed picking out their favorite shapes.  we even traced their hands for a couple ornaments.

the popsicle stick snowflake
this was a fun one the kids could help with when they were so bored they were driving me crazy....darn that winter snow.

get a package of popsicle sticks (we used the big ones....i would advise the little ones, because we really had to maneuver to get the door shut with the big ones).  paint them white (this the kids loved doing).  we cut out round pieces of cardboard in different sizes (see pic), painted them glue, hot glue, hot glue and a giant snowflake was born.  i tied a piece of ribbon to it that we already had to hang it on the door.  it ended up lopsided and not as cute as the one in the tutorial, but hey--it was fun and my kids loved it.  plus it was something cute to go on our door in between the christmas wreath and valentine's wreath.

the easter egg garland
we put up our easter decorations a few days ago, and i realized just how few decorations we have.  i also decided to weed out some of the, uh, not so cute decorations...and we had about a million mismatched plastic eggs.  so i kept the nice ones for the easter bunny to fill, and used the rest to make this garland.  so, yes, the garland is mismatched, but i kind of like it that way.

i used the skinny skinny ribbon that is about .50 a roll (i already had it) and threaded it through the ends of the eggs.  most of them already had the holes, and in the rest i just poked a nail through the ends.  at the ends of the strands, i used ribbon i already had to make cute bows.  it adds color to our living room and i think it looks good.  (plus the easter bunny appreciates the lessened cost of filling all of those eggs.)

the easter egg wreath
i have to admit this is one of my favorite ones.  i already had this idea in my head before i saw it on pinterest, and then seeing it just made me want to do it even more.

 most of these wreath tutorials require a wreath form.  the foam and styrofoam ones are actually pretty expensive at craft stores. so instead, i cut out a circle of cardboard the size i wanted.  the eggs came from walmart--less than $5, and i got two different sizes.  i started by gluing two rows of eggs on the base, then a row on top in the middle.  the eggs i had left over i glued in random places to fill it out.  pink ribbon--i already had it--glued to the back as a hanger and in a bow on the front.  super easy, super fast, and really cute.  it is so fun and bright on our front door.  i LOVE the way it turned out.

there have been other fun projects from pinterest, but i'm not always great at taking photos. 

any of you find some fun things on pinterest that you've made?  please share!  i always love a good project.

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