Friday, July 17, 2015

Wedding Countdown Wood Blocks

Last month I shared my Honeymoon Travel Journal gift since we were into wedding season. But what if you are looking to make an engagement gift instead. I have the perfect gift that could be used for any special event. I made Wedding Countdown Blocks for our friends' surprise engagement party. I thought it would be a fun way for them to countdown to their wedding next year. This could be easily made to countdown to a new baby, Christmas or any other big day!

I found my small blocks as well as my long block at Michaels. You will need four small blocks and one long. I used a foam brush and craft paint to paint them dark blue. Pick your favorite color. Make sure to allow your block to dry before flipping it over to paint the other sides. You will probably need to paint a couple of coats. 

Now it's time to add your stickers. You could also use a paint pen to write on your numbers as well.  In order to get all the numbers, you will need to make your blocks with a certain number combination. I love the tutorial on Something Turquoise for the layout. On each block, you will need to sticker or paint these numbers:

Block 1 - 0,1,2,3,7,8
Block 2 - 1,2,3,4,5,6
Block 3 - 1,2,3,4,5,6
Block 4 - 0,4,7,8

Just realize that your 6's will also be used as 9's for the countdown.  You will also have a couple of blank sides on your last block.  You can use this space to add a heart or a picture of a diamond ring.  I drew in a heart with my paint pen on mine.

You will also need to add your wording to your long block.  I used Days Until I Do, but you could use whatever works for you.  If you're doing it for the birth of a new baby you could use Days Until Baby!  Or if you'd like to reuse this for different occasions, you could always use Days Until the Big Day.  That way you could use your Countdown Blocks to countdown all the big moments in your life!  I like to start with my letters in the middle of my block and space them out evenly towards both edges.  You could also trace your block onto a piece of paper.  Then practice your saying on this paper so you can get your wording spaced out just right before writing it on your block.

If you are using stickers on your painted blocks, you will quickly discover that they do not stick that well. Not it's time to add the Mod Podge. Using a foam brush, add your Mod Podge to each side of your block, allowing it to dry before moving on to the other sides. Apply a couple of coats until your numbers are secure. 

You can also add a layer of clear acrylic spray paint to seal your blocks.  This may make them a bit less sticky if you are having a problem with that.  

I think this was a fun gift for my surprise engagement party.  It was also great decor for the party if you would like a little decoration on the gift or cake table.  Whatever the event, these Countdown Wood Blocks are the perfect way to build the excitement for the big day!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day Mini Canvas Art

Father's Day is this weekend!  You didn't forget did you?  I'm sure you have the perfect gift for Dad, but if you are still looking for that last minute gift to make with the kids, then I can help.  My girls and I decided to make Dad his own collection of mini art.  We all made our own little masterpiece to give him.

To make this a quick and easy DIY craft, we used mini canvases and Sharpie markers.  You could sketch your design with pencil, or just jump in with your doodling.  I actually found my four pack of canvases at Ross, but you can also find them at JoAnn's or Michaels.  Choose just a few color Sharpies or go for the full rainbow.

Everyone had their own ideas of what they wanted to create.  I love how they all go together in their own way.  

Dad will love each and every art piece, because he will know that it was made with love from the heart.  

 I helped my youngest by sketching a heart that she could color in.  Afterwards, we traced around the outside of the heart with black to sharpen the look.

On Father's Day, Dad will have the perfect collection of art to hang to remind him just how special he is to his family.  
Happy Father's Day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Honeymoon Travel Journal Gift

We're into June.  That means we're right in wedding season.  If you've seen any of my other posts, you know that I like to make wedding gifts (or really any occasion gifts) for the lucky couple.  I really believe that making a gift from the heart means a little bit more and hopefully it will mean more to the recipient if they know the thought and effort you put into it.  I decided to make a Honeymoon Travel Journal for the newlyweds to document their fun trip.

I found my blank notebook at Walmart in the office supply section.  I liked the fact that it had the rubber band closure as well.  I found my maps in an atlas that I purchased at Goodwill.  I used the atlas to make my Hometown Heart Map Canvas as well.  Another great wedding gift!  You will need a bottle of Mod Podge and a foam brush to create your travel journal.

My newlyweds were actually traveling to two places for their honeymoon.  I used a heart template to cut out two small hearts around the two areas that they were  traveling.  You could also just cut one heart if they are visiting one location or you might have three or four if they are going on a cruise with multiple destinations.  Another idea would be to cut out a heart to represent both of the bride and groom's hometowns.  I printed a sticker with the words Our Travel and centered it on another circle of map.

I placed my hearts and title circle onto my journal, using a bit of mod podge on the back of them to keep them in place.  After they dried, I used my foam brush and brushed a layer of Mod Podge over the whole front of the journal.  Allow to dry and repeat this process until you feel your map pieces are secure.

I also glued a manila envelope to the inside front cover of the journal.  This allows the couple to drop in ticket stubs or other souvenirs.  Perfect way to keep track of those little items while on the go.

The newlyweds loved their Honeymoon Travel Journal.  I know they took it with them to journal their trips and document all the fun times they had.  This is a great gift from the heart, that is simple to make.  Who do you know that would love their own personalized journal?

You may also like:

Hometown Heart Map

Wedding Initial Canvas

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Beer Cap Shadow Box for Father's Day

Father's Day is almost here.  I'm not sure what your Dad likes to do, but both my Dad and my Hubby enjoy a beer now and then.  They both also like to try new and different beers.  If this sounds anything like the man in your life, then maybe you should make him his own Beer Cap Shadow Box!  This is a fun and easy DIY gift for the beer lover!

You can find ready made shadow boxes that have the slot on the top or even the sliding top, but they can get pretty expensive.  You should be able to make your own for much less, especially if you utilize one of those handy 40% off coupons that many of the craft stores offer.

You can purchase any type of shadow box.  Mine was about an 8x10 size, perfect for a shelf top beer cap shadow box.  Using a Dremmel, we used a cutting tip to make our rectangular hole in the top of the shadow box.  After getting the right size, we sanded the inside of the cut to make it smoother.  Test your slot to make sure your beer caps will slide in easily.

Now you have a beer cap shadow box, but it may be a bit boring.  You could stencil a saying on the front of your frame or even a picture.  I decided to use beer stickers to add some interest to the front of my shadow box.  Pair it with a six pack of beer and Dad will be ready to start his beer cap collection with his new beer cap shadow box!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last Day of School 2015

The last day of school is here!  I've been looking forward to this since the alarm went off on the first day of school!  Now that it's here though, I'm kind of sad.  Look how big my little Love Bug has gotten!

The last few days of school are always so fun too.  Lots of field trips, special projects, parties and events make it exciting to get up to go to school.  If it was this fun all year, we wouldn't even need a summer break!

This summer is bitter sweet since my oldest is graduating from 5th grade and will be heading to middle school.  Kind of scary!  I know she will do great, but I'm a bit nervous about all that comes with the change.  I remember my time in junior high.  School work was the least of my worries.  I'm just hoping the transition goes smoothly.

This sweet girl really has grown over the last five years!  

It's so fun to see the changes throughout the years.  Now it's time to move on to the next chapter.  If anyone figures out how to slow down time, please let me know!  Until the fall, we are going to enjoy every minute we can.  Happy Last Day of School!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dance Pictures 2015

Dance recital time is almost upon us.  That means it's picture time!  Costume Day is always one of the girls' favorites.  It's the first time they get to try on their costumes.  Picture Day is the first time they get to be stage ready with hair and make-up as well.  It can be a long day, especially now that all three of my girls are dancing.  We had eight different call times throughout the day.  It took some planning to fit in all of those, plus a volleyball game and three soccer games.  It was a crazy day, but between my husband and I shuttling everyone, we made it to everything.  Take a look at how cute all of their costumes are!

West Side Story - Ballet 

Head in the Game - Hip Hop

Walking on Sunshine - Jazz

On My Own - Lyrical

Ice Age - Tap

Cinderella - Ballet

1st Recital!

Just Posing!

Allouette - Ballet

My Little French Girl

We Go Together - Jazz
And the Photos we bought from the Photographer

Can't wait for recital weekend!