Wooweee! Can you say sparkly?! We recently did a crazy ONE DAY makeover on our Craft Studio in Savannah’s house (for the time being) and we have got some crazy awesome tutorials for you guys then we’ll show you the full reveal! It’s just so “us” I can’t even stand it. First up, this DIY Sequins Wall Art sign! With over 2000 sequins that we pinned on by hand, this baby is a showstopper! It is a little time consuming (maybe 3-4 hours) but SO worth it and surprisingly easy!
Materials: (*affiliate links)
- R-tech Foam Insulating Sheathing (say what?) It’s basically rigid insulation from The Home Depot. Check it out here. It was $12 for a 4×8 sheet.
- Gold Spray Paint* (Wouldn’t be a Classy Clutter project without it!)
- Approximately 1200(ish) (40mm) Gold Sequins. We got ours from Hobby Lobby (here). Each pack had about 50 sequins and we had 20-something packs. It was super hard to keep an accurate count but you need 50-60 per square foot, depending on how close together you place them.
- Sequins Pins (1250 or so) We got these from Hobby Lobby (here) too.
- Serrated knife and/or box knife
- Letters for whatever word you choose for the center. We picked INPSIRE because that is our number one goal with Classy Clutter… to inspire someone, somewhere. It seemed fitting for our office space.
- 3M Mounting tape – available here.*
First, cut your foam sheathing to size. Measured our desk and opted to make it a tad smaller so it would sit centered over the desk. Then we cut out the rectangle on the inside to fit the INSPIRE letters. The size for the cut out will depend on your word choice.
Next, spray paint your board and letters using RustOleum gold metallic spray paint (our fave!) Allow to dry. Sorry we didn’t get pics of cutting and spray painting. We did this project in the middle of the night.
Next, lay your sequins out to figure out spacing. You can do it in a grid-like pattern or place them offset (like we did). Once it’s all said and done, it all kind of looks the same because the sequins pick up so much light you can’t really tell.
Use the pins and pin the sequins to the foam board. This is the part where you grab a helper and crank up Taylor Swift and get busy. It is pretty time consuming but it goes by fast since it’s so easy and monotonous.
When you’re done, use a level (or your phone with the level app) to mark where it should go with a pencil. Then, use 3M extreme mounting tape (the heavy duty kind!) and hang it on the wall. Once the sequins frame part is in place, hang the letters. Start with the center letter and work out so the whole word stays center. We used black vinyl to cover edges of the foam but you could even use duct tape or leave it alone. Then, tada!!! You’re done!
This would be SO cool in a girl’s room, bathroom, dressing room, for parties etc! We love it in our office and can’t wait to show you the rest of the studio space!
If you like a bold feature wall, check out these awesome walls that are all renter friendly! High fives!
It’s always great to be back here at Classy Clutter… greetings from the Ciburbanity Tundra! This is the time of year when spring bulbs start showing up in the grocery stores, summer clothes appear in catalogs and yet… 20 inches of snow still taunts us from outside. My mind is on greenery and fresh flowers, but it’s way too soon to be outside… unless dodging frostbite and testing wind chill is your cup of tea. For $5, our table is now one step further to flowers and pastels and spring!
It all started when I saw these 5 little glass containers at Goodwill. (If I’m being honest, lots of things actually start at Goodwill…)
To give the jars a little color, I started by taping off the top portion and giving the lower edge a coat of Rustoleum’s Key Lime Green Gloss spray paint.
In an ideal world, I would have foraged some beautiful raw piece of wood, sliced it into the perfect size and used that for the base. But… my world is snowy. So I looked in my wood stash and grabbed a board that looked like the right size.
I used my sander to really take down and round the corners to soften the whole thing. And then I reached for my go to ‘stain': white vinegar and steel wool. It’s a flat aged gray that I love and it’s a fraction of the cost/ hassle of store-bought stain. There’s not a technical term for it, but ‘leaving well enough alone’ is not something I’m very good at. So I painted the sides of the board with Antibes Green Annie Sloan chalk paint.
These jars are square so I didn’t even attempt to cut out a hole for them *in* the board. Instead I used the heaviest epoxy I had on hand. Following the directions on the package (being careful of fumes, etc.) these were sturdy and ready to go in an hour!
I love the way that edge of color echoes the stripe of color on the vases. I also love that the green is a different shade… to me it adds some richness and depth.
This is already one of my favorite spring additions around here. I’ve been staring at my new centerpiece trying to ignore the sounds of snowplows driving by outside.
Wanna see some of my other odes to spring? Last week I shared this antique-ified dough bowl:
This fun copper hose bucket doubles as an ottoman here:
Or just make a beautiful grocery store flower arrangement (read: budget!):
- FOR THE COOKIES:
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 cups flour
- FOR THE FROSTING:
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
- food coloring, optional
- sprinkles, optional
- FOR THE COOKIES: Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla & eggs. Mix until combined. Add the baking powder and flour and mix well.
- Shape the dough into a circle/ball & wrap in saran wrap. Cool in the fridge overnight or for several hours.
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. (I prefer them nice & thick about 1/2″ but anywhere between 1/4″ -1/2″ is good.) Use a 3″- 3 1/2″ circle cookie cutter. Place circles on a parchment lined cookie sheet. (These cookies spread a little while baking, so they don’t do well when cut into other shapes)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes (depending on the size of your circle) or until bottoms are a very light brown. Check at 8 minutes & DO NOT overcook or they will be dry. Take them out right when they are done and don’t look wet on top.
- FOR THE FROSTING: Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 4 cups of the powdered sugar, the milk, vanilla & almond extract. Beat till smooth and creamy. Add the remaining sugar, one cup at a time until desired consistency. Add food coloring if desired.
- You can pipe the frosting on the cookies or use a knife. I piped it on, then smoothed the top with a knife.
- NOTES: If you don’t want to roll out the dough and use a round cookie cutter, you can roll the chilled dough into balls and press down with your fingers. They won’t be a perfect circle, but it does cut out the rolling step and covered in frosting, nobody will notice. If you do this, bake for less time as they will be a smaller circle. (See picture below for comparison)
- Recipe Source: Lucy Jane’s Best via L&L (I added almond extract to the frosting)
Welcome to the first party of February!!! We are so glad you’re here! Are you new to the party? Leave a comment and let us know! We’d love to check out your blog! Like always, we will be pinning and sharing our faves across our social media and Pinning to our group board! Do you follow us on Pinterest? Please do!
Pom Pom Garland from Love Grows Wild
Valentine Word Search from The Happy Scraps
Dresser Makeover from Refresh Restyle
Dinomite Valentine’s from Like the Cheese
Salty and Sweet Popcorn from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Printable Minecraft Valentines from Simple as That
Pop Rocks Fizz (Non Alcoholic) from The Casual Craftlete
Happy New Year from Ciburbanity, Classy Clutter readers!! Decorations are put away, the kids are back in school, and I’m ready for some projects! I will preface this entire tutorial with the words: I am not a sewer. I mean, I CAN sew, but… quasi-straight lines are about my limit. So take this whole thing with a grain of salt and leave comments with technique suggestions! That said, I LOVE this monogrammed pillow I made for my daughter, Martha. Did I mention it took no time whatsoever?
I love this project because it used fabric remnants of which I have many! Your first step is choosing which fabric you want. I opted for three different ones, but no reason you can’t go with one fabric all over.
Using a ruler and a fabric marker, I traced out my letter “M”. I allowed for 3/4″ seam all around. Cut your letter out of both top and bottom fabrics.
For the sides, I wanted something that was a little wider than 3″ so I cut strips of the 3rd fabric 4 1/2″ wide (the excess is for the seam allowance). This letter took two strips of fabric each as wide as the bolt of fabric.
Start by placing the right sides of your fabric together and pinning the side strip to the top of your pillow. This gets a little tricky around any corners. The technique that worked for me was to fold over the fabric of the letter, and then to fold over the side fabric lining up the edges. I know. I’m making ZERO sense… hopefully the photos will *maybe* help explain?
I found that it was easier to sew one side at a time rather than one continuous seam all the way around the letter. Pin the second letter to the side piece in the same way. By now, each corner might not feel as awkward, but it might… sorry this tutorial isn’t more clear. #Fail. Sew the last piece in place leaving one corner free to stuff your letter.
I used more than 1/2 a bag of Polyfil, but obviously stuff as much as you’d like! (This letter is about 14″ tall.) Hand or machine sew the last seam after you’ve stuffed the pillow to your satisfaction.
I was tempted to include the ball fringe from the materials photo, but sewing around the edges was just tricky enough that I bailed. Maybe the next letter will get trim, but for Martha’s “M”, I think the three fabrics are detail enough!
It’s a nice little complement to the kids rocker I recently reupholstered (2015 is the year of upholstery for me…). Any goals or plans for 2015! The year is young, folks!
Here are a few of my other attempted sewing projects… as long as it’s only a straight line, then I give myself a B+.
Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping
- 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon all spice
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 eggs, beaten lightly
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla*
- cherry pie filling, optional
- FOR THE CRUST: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9″ cake pan or springform pan. Mix together the crust ingredients. Press into the bottom of the pan.
- FOR THE FILLING: Mix the cream cheese till soft and creamy. Add eggs, sugar & vanilla. Beat till creamy. Pour onto crust. Bake for 25 minutes (the center should look almost set).
- FOR THE TOPPING: When the cheesecake is done baking, remove from the oven & increase the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the sour cream, sugar & vanilla. Pour over cheesecake and bake for 7 minutes at 450 degrees. Let the cheesecake cool completely then cover & chill overnight in the fridge.
- NOTES: *I used a clear vanilla for the topping. If you don’t it may tint the topping a darker color. It will still taste great but if you want a pure white, use clear vanilla. The hardest thing about making this cheesecake is remembering to make it the day before you need it. It is not good unless it is fully chilled (overnight is best!)
Here are a few more recipes on Baked in Arizona:
Hi Classy Clutter friends! I’m Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow, and I’m super excited to be here today sharing this fun DIY Boys Valentine’s Day Shirt.
I love making custom tee’s for my boys, usually for holidays or if I need something specific and can’t find one I like in stores. My favorite method for making custom t-shirts is with freezer paper stencils. If you haven’t tried them yet be sure to add it to your crafting to-do list. This DIY Boys Valentine’s Shirt is pretty easy to make, so let’s get started.
T-shirt, Walmart – Target – and American Apparel all have great prices
Fabric paint, DecoArt SoSoft brand is my fave
Cutting machine or Xacto knife
Cutting mat if using the cutting machine
Round foam pouncer paint brush, medium and small
Small detail paint brush, optional
Note: If you don’t have fabric paint you can use acrylic paint with fabric medium mixed with a 2:1 ratio per package instructions.
I own a Cricut Explore cutting machine, and love it. It allows me to take my own custom images and upload them into their Design Space software and create a cuttable image easily. After creating my cuttable file and sizing it to fit my t-shirt I just hit GO on the machine. When using freezer paper to cut a stencil with a machine be sure you place it shiny side down on your mat.
Once the image is cut you can weed out the pieces and set them aside for a second because you’ll need them again.
Note: If for some reason you don’t have a cutting machine you can cut the image by hand. Simply print our your design on a piece of paper, lay the freezer paper over the image and using a fine tip marker or pencil trace your image. Then cut carefully on a cutting mat with your Xacto knife.
Using a ruler be sure your design is centered shiny side down on your t-shirt, you can use a small piece of masking tape to hold the freezer paper in place on the shirt until your ready to iron. Just be sure to remove the tape before you actually iron anything.
Once you have the large outline piece centered hold in place and carefully press it with the iron. Do not move iron around in circular motions, it’s best to lift and move it. Iron for a few seconds until it’s mostly adhered.
This is where your negative pieces that you weeded will come back, you can use them to fill in the whole design to be sure everything is aligned. Ironing each piece back in place for a few seconds until the image is whole again.
For the white on the jaws I needed 3 coats of paint, the black lettering only needed about 2 coats. I used red on the small heart and just used a small paintbrush to apply it.
Let your design dry 5-10 minutes between each coat, and let it dry for 24 hours before washing or wearing.
At this point you can leave the design alone and be done. Or you can be like me and grab a small detail brush and some more of the black fabric paint and add a finishing detail to the edges of the shark jaw.
There you have it…a custom and fun DIY Boys Valentine’s Shirt! These shirts can be washed in cold water, turned inside out and dried on normal heat in the dryer. Over time they will get a worn look to them which makes them even better.
I love Valentines Day because it is all about pink, hearts, & best of all LOVE! Valentines Day is a day to show the people we care about how much we love them. There are so many ways we can do this. We can send them a box of chocolates, give them a heartfelt Valentines Day card, or even surprise them with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers! Growing up, one of my favorite ways to celebrate Valentines Day was to go what we called “heart attacking”. Basically this would consist of cutting out a bunch of paper hearts and putting them all over someone’s door! You can heart attack a bedroom door, office door, or a front door, doesn’t matter!! Still has the same effect, making your loved ones feel LOVED! In this Fun Valentines Day Printables set I have included heart designs that you can print off, but you can also add even more by cutting hearts out of construction paper or card stock!
After you heart attack the people you love, you can also print out a copy of the Fun Valentines Day Printables for yourself! I used mine as photo props to snap pictures of the kids to send to relatives. You could also use them to add a little Valentines Day decor to your home, office or craft room!
Hi friends! Just popping by today to wish you the Merriest Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! We hope you have the best time with family and friends and enjoy every minute left of 2014! We also wanted to send a quick THANK YOU to all of our friends, readers, blog friends, brands and amazing companies that have helped us grow this year! We are truly thankful for each and every one of you! Happy, happy holidays!