For a Craft with Bailey / Painting

 

     Good morning! For Brett's birthday back in February, Bailey and I made a sign for him!

     I really just wanted her to get to finger paint, but unsurprisingly, she was more interested in creating handprints on anything but paper! We still got a few good ones on the sign though!

     She did love the paint though, so I think we'll have more large scale paint projects in the future. Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

To Paint Pumpkins

 

     Hi there! Yesterday, we painted our pumpkins! It's the first real time Bailey's had the chance to participate in painting and carving pumpkins, and she loved it. Cat carved her pumpkin, and I opted to just paint ours, but we helped Cat separate the seeds from the goop and roasted those, which was another first! I still don't have a ton of love for the insides of pumpkins, but the seeds are delicious and Bailey had a blast.

       I went for this mudcloth design, but Bailey decided to go abstract, per the usual. I still think hers turned out the cutest.

     To get a clean, white base for the pumpkins, I just spray painted a couple first. I was going to do another mudcloth design on the larger pumpkin, but Bailey got to it with her brush first, so I just let her go to town on two instead of one!

     The finished trio! It was the ideal day to do this project, what with the weather being just perfect enough for Bailey to only wear a diaper and not ruin any clothes. She did manage to get a little paint in her hair though, but those are the hazards of toddlers and paint. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

To Paint a Rug

 

       Good morning! I know, that is a really random post title. However, I literally did paint my rug last night, because I was tired of the boring white basic rug and wanted a particular style. I've been pining for a pretty patterned rug for our living room, but I'm not willing to pay the amount of money rugs cost, even for small ones like this 3'x5'. The cute ones are $50-$100, and since I'm obsessed with many decor and design items, that price range is just not in my budget. I have clothes and other fun things to buy, and since this rug was free from the Salvation Army, I settled for it for awhile. It was still bothering me though, the rug's dullness. I craved something interesting, since I look at this rug every day. Alas, I decided to just paint the pattern I wanted with acrylic paint. I'm aware that it's not fabric paint, and also not sealed. So it can't get wet unless I choose to seal it, but for now, I don't plan on it serving any other purpose than just looking pretty. It was really easy to do, and only required a couple of steps. Check it out below!

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Materials Needed:

- rug

- acrylic paint and brush

- pen

Directions:

- Stencil out the pattern you want with your pen, and paint it! Let dry overnight before putting down for use and enjoy!

To Make Coasters

 

     Hey there! This DIY is super easy and the end result is kid friendly. A little backstory: I had made ceramic coasters last year, and the second I placed them out and around the house, Bailey immediately threw one to the ground and it broke. I should have seen it coming, but didn't, and after she broke a little bowl I had put out with air plants in it by doing the EXACT SAME THING, I gave up. Now, everything within her reach is made out of either wood, cloth, or plastic. A few weeks ago, I realized I had enough felt scraps to make a couple of felt coasters! I wish I could've made four, and will probably buy more felt for that purpose, but for now, two will do. Check out the DIY below!

Materials needed:

- Felt

- Felt glue

- acrylic paint

- a paint brush

- scissors

- a small bowl for pattern tracing

- a pen or marker to trace your circle pattern with

Directions:

Step one - Trace out four circles using a small bowl, or you can do other shapes too. Whatever you like!

Step two - Glue two circles together and press to set. Repeat for second coaster.

Step three - Once dry, paint a pattern on your coasters! This one is just short, quick brushstrokes. Enjoy!

To Make a Throw Pillow

 

     Hi readers! I've got a great and cheap DIY for your Sunday. To start off, I'll explain my situation to you. When we moved into our little house last summer, we discarded our old couches and bought nicer ones from Craigslist. It was awesome! I hated our old couches and they were torn in a couple of places, it was time to move on. However, our new set included the pillows the owner didn't want anymore. Now, while Brett, always the pragmatic one, was fine with the new pillows, I was not. Two of them are a brown suede that matches the couches, and that's o.k.! They are soft and aren't horrible to look at. However, there was a third accent pillow that was floral, plaid, and brown-toned. All in one pillow. That's real, folks. Obviously, I had to come up with something to replace or cover it. Any replacement was too costly for what some people thought was a "perfectly fine pillow" (insert roll eyed emoji here). The covers, though, weren't too bad at all. Then, once I decided I didn't like any of the prints offered at the low price of $5.99, I realized I can just paint it! Most of the prints I had my eye on were minimalist anyways, so it all became clear that I should just DIY it. I'm not a sewer either, so picking out a fabric and sewing a cover was out. Luckily, I already had acrylic paint, and I picked up the cover at Hobby Lobby, so I was good to go.

     I highly recommend this project, especially if you are stuck with finding the perfect print like I was. This was very easy to do, and only took a few minutes (drying time not included). I've been talking about this pillow for days now, it's made me so happy. Amazing, what one little change can do for your psyche. Overall, and mostly because of the pillow, I am very happy with how our living room is starting to turn out. Please do this DIY, the decorator in you will be eternally grateful!

Materials:

- canvas pillow cover (this one's from Hobby Lobby)

- acrylic paint

- a sponge to cut into a stamp, or any stamp you want to use!

Instructions:

Step one - Cut out your shape from your sponge. I am all about the triangles and geometric shape right now.

Step two - Dip your stamp in your paint, and press onto the cover. Do any pattern you like! I did a symmetrical approach to add a clean touch to the sometimes uneven triangles. Yes, with a sponge stamp, the triangles look a little rough, but I think it gives the pillow a more laid back look than if every triangle were identical and perfect.

Step three - Let dry completely, and stuff your pillow in. Voila, happiness in pillow form! (Very real, people)