Beautiful Bridal Gift

I guess I am just in that stage of life where everyone around you is getting married and having babies. I love it! I have so many projects on the go I can’t even keep up.

 

Being a bridesmaid is a true honor. And I feel like hand-made gifts are always more special for occasions like this.

 

I have seen so many beautiful photos of a wedding dress hanging in a window or doorway, with the perfect lighting, and thought how much better it would look draped off a bedazzled wooden hangar – duh!

 

So I whipped up this little gift (I already had everything at home but you could easily do this for about $5).

 

Supplies Needed:

– Wooden hangar

– Alphabet stickers

– Ribbon

– Scissors & lighter

 

Supplies

 

And the rest is pretty darn easy!

 

Using the stickers, I wrote “bride” but you could put her name or some other word that means something to her (just make sure it will fit).

 

close-up 

 

Then I added some ribbon on the top – this is where the lighter comes in – make sure to seal your edges or it will fray…. Trust me. Also a little tip on cutting ribbon so it looks pretty… cut it on an angle!

 

uh-oh!

 

And there you have it folks, a suuuuuper easy, but lovely little gift!

 

the final product

 

 

Crafting Cards

With Valentines day around the corner, I thought I would share a quick post about crafting cards.

I used to spend hours making cards by hand (yes, cutting the various layers of paper, finding the perfect embellishments, adding sparkles etc.) and everyone loved them, but I found that I just couldn’t keep up – especially around the holidays. So I started buying cards (at the dollar store) and jazzing them up!

What exactly do I mean by ‘jazzing”? Well, you can find some pretty cute cards for $1 and with just a few supplies (also all from the dollar store) you can really turn it into something special, for a super reasonable price!

Supplies Needed:

  • Card of your choice
  • Modge-Podge (or white glue)
  • Toothpicks
  • Sparkles
  • 2 pieces of plain paper (for catching your sparkles)
  • Embellishments of your choice (jewels, ribbon etc.)
  • Other (scissors, hot glue gun, lighter – to seal ribbon edges)

Supplies

Here are the steps for one I did for a (gender neutral) baby shower.

Before:

Before

  • First, lay your card on top of one piece of scrap paper.
  • Then using a toothpick, dipping the very tip into the modge-podge, trace over the desired area (I traced over the words “First Baby”).
  • Next, very generously cover the area with your sparkles (don’t worry we will save the extra)

covered in sparkles

  • Then turn and tap the card onto the scrap paper so all the extra sparkles spill onto the paper. The sparkles really stick to the glue well; you might just want to give the card a light ‘blow’.

ooohhh, ahhhh

  •  To save your extra sparkles, place your sparkle container on the second piece of scrap paper.
  • Lightly fold the paper with the extra sparkles, and pour the extra back into your container. I make sure to put my container on the other piece of paper in case I miss or spill when pouring, because I can just do it again from that paper.

 saving sparkles

But of course I didn’t stop there… Using a hot glue gun, some ribbon and gems, I also added a bow on the giraffe’s neck.

Voila:

 look how cute that is! 

And here are a few more I did…. For a friend’s birthday, and what got me started on this whole thing… Valentines day 🙂

more cards!

happy birthday

valentines 2014

An owl figurine for the little one’s new room

I happened to come across this gold owl figurine in the Halloween section at HomeSense for $7.99 when I was there just ‘browsing’ (I don’t know if I have ever left that store empty-handed)?…

owl1

Anyways, I didn’t really like the tacky gold-flaked exterior, and definitely not for little A’s room so out came the spray paint and scrapbook supplies…

owl2

This literally took me 5 minutes to paint, I let it dry for a couple of hours, and then busted out my scrapbook supplies as I felt it just needed a little something extra… so I heated up the glue gun and attached the little paper flower.

owl