Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chalkboard Labels from Dollar Tree

By now, I'm sure you have seen tutorials on how to make your own chalkboard labels or how to paint chalkboard labels on containers. But, I've got them beat! Chalkboard labels from Dollar Tree!! Already made and 16 in a package for a buck - HOLY COW! That's my kind of crafting supply - cheap and lazy - that's how we roll.

We used a border punch, and as you can see, it isn't exactly even, but still looks good as far as I'm concerned. The label was primed with regular chalk first (cover the label with chalk using the side of the chalk, and wipe it all off), then we used chalk markers from GroopDealz for the actual printing.

 Here's the package that we found on the school supply aisle at Dollar Tree -





I love the labels our our cheapie containers.  Make's them look a little more upscale and they fit right in with my current Chalkboard Obsession.  

Check out my Chalkboard Obsession Pinterest Board for lots of other cute ideas! Just click on the picture below to go right to the board.






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Monday, August 4, 2014

Bridal Shower Favors - Mix it With Love

I don't know that we could have pulled together Christine and Josh's shower without all of the wonderful ideas we found on Pinterest! Including these awesome wooden spoon favors by Something Turquoise.

We followed their step by step tutorial - Find It Here and added a custom tag for the soon 2 be Mr. & Mrs. Wilkinson. Ours are in pink and yellow (the brides favorite colors) but you can make them in any color. All of our spoons came from Michaels Arts & Crafts and were .99 each.  I was lucky enough to purchase them when they had a 25% off your entire purchase coupon.

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I have to say that the tag was my favorite part of this project! We've provided a template for you to customize for your own favorite couple.  Just save it to your computer, upload it to PicMonkey, add the lucky couples name and you have your own custom tag to use for any wedding favors.

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We also added the date of the wedding to our tag, cut it out with a 2" circle punch, inked the edges, punched a small hole in the top and tied it on with white cotton yarn.

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According to the tutorial, you should be able to wash and use these spoons without loosing any glitter. I'm not sure if I would use them to actually cook with, but they sure look cute in my countertop utensil holder.

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Such a quick and easy bridal shower for your bride to be! Wishing you all a wonderful week!


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Bridal Shower Chalkboard DIY and Free Printable

I can't believe it has been over a month since we have posted something on the blog! We have been so busy getting ready to host a bridal shower for Leigh's BFF.  They have known each other since 1st grade and have remained the best of friends all these years. So get ready for Wedding Shower overload because we have lots to share!

Everything turned out just like I wanted it to and the soon to be 
Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson loved it!

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They were greeted at the front door with this awesome chalkboard that Leigh's Dad made for us from a re-purposed cabinet door. We picked up the door at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $3. He added legs and chains to it to make the perfect chalkboard.

Here's what it looked like before it was painted - 

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I spray painted the chalkboard dark brown and rolled on two coats of chalkboard paint. Next we designed the layout in PicMonkey using some great chalkboard fonts that I found on Dafont.com We used Chalk Hand LetteringReturn to Sender and Bergamont Ornaments fonts and designed the layout using PicMonkey. 

Here's the layout for you to use - all you will need to do is open it up in PicMonkey and add the correct number of days until your Bride and Groom tie the knot!

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I am lucky enough to have a computer projector to use to project the image on to the chalkboard, but I've also seen tutorials on Pinterest showing you how to use chalk to transfer the image.  I haven't tried it but it looks pretty easy to do.

I used Chalkboard Markers for this project that we found on GroopDealz.


The markers made it so incredibly easy to do and to make them look a little less perfect and more chalk like, I used cotton swabs to go over each line immediately after marking it.  This smudged the edges a bit and gave it a more vintage feel.  Here are pictures of the sign in progress - 



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I am so in love with this chalkboard and the Bride & Groom loved it so much that they asked to use it for the wedding (which just tickled me pink!).

Some of you might not have access to a chalkboard or projector, so we thought you might like a chalkboard printable to customize for your own.  Again, all you need to do is upload it to PicMonkey and insert the correct numbers.  Another great idea would be to just print it out on paper, as is with no number, insert it into a frame and use a dry erase marker to write the number on it.  That way you could use it as a daily count down.  I think this would be a fantastic little gift for a bride to be!

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We are looking forward to using this chalkboard for many more parties and holiday decorating. I'm already thinking about what we will put on it for our annual Halloween party! Now that the wedding shower is done, we've already started talking about our plans for this years bash! 

Stay tuned this week for lots more Wedding Shower DIY's!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Frugal July 4th Mantel and Banner made with Napkins

This is a repost of our 4th of July mantel from 2012.  It is still one of our favorite projects and it all started with a package of cocktail napkins from Hobby Lobby. 


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I bought them intending to Mod Podge them onto glass jars and was starting on that when I had an Epiphany! (that's one of Leigh's favorite words so I try to use it as often as I can!) The napkins would make a great banner for the mantel too!  So I simply opened them up and laid the twine in the middle and secured them with tape.  I also used red tulle and blue satin ribbon tied on to the twine.  I glued the napkins together too so that the ceiling fan wouldn't make them flutter.  This was super easy and turned out great - of course, you couldn't put it outside, but it works great on the mantel.

Cheap and Easy - two of my favorite things!

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I made the flag holder out of an oatmeal container.  I covered the container with scrapbook paper, then used a hole punch to punch 6 holes in the top.  I covered the top with scrapbook paper too and then turned it over and cut slits in the paper inside each hole for the flags.  The flags came from Target's dollar spot and were 3 for a $1 - score!


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I love how my fan folded center piece turned out.  I almost bought a wooden one at Kohls a couple of weeks ago and am so glad now, that I didn't.  It is just 3 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper that I fan folded and then glued on to a strip of black foam board.

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Then of course, the thing that started it all - Mod Podged candle holders using napkins and tissue paper.  I also used a printable from The Scrap Shoppe Blog that I found on Pinterest.  It was the final touch to my Frugal Fourth Mantel Scape.

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All in all, I think it turned out great and I'm definitely going to start looking for more napkins to use to make banners with.  Occasionally I do come up with an original idea!

Happy July 4th to everyone and thank you to all the men and women through the years that have made this -

The Land of the Free, because of the BRAVE!

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