DIY Floral Faux Wallpaper + Silhouette Giveaway

Glam Bathroom Makeover

It’s no secret that I’m head over heels in love with my Silhouette Cameo. I tell people I use it on a daily basis and I don’t think they believe me but it’s true. I even have a special setup in my craft room where I ran the power cord through my craft island so it’s always ready to go! It is my “go-to” crafting tool. That being said, this was key element in designing my floral faux wallpaper for my bathroom that I showed you yesterday. If you missed that post, check out my glamorous bathroom reveal here.

 

Floral Faux Wallpaper

It goes without saying that the faux wallpaper is the focal point and the BEST part of this tiny little bathroom. I was inspired by the Oh Joy! Wallpaper. Unfortunately, the cost of the wallpaper was way out of my budget for my little bathroom makeover and it had a shipping time of 3-4 weeks. I’m way too impatient for that.

 

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The wallpaper got my creative brain going and I realized, I could probably recreate the same look with my Silhouette machine and some gold vinyl.  That’s exactly what I did.  Since I sell vinyl decals on Etsy, I had enough gold vinyl in my stash to cover every wall in my house but decided against it. ;) I live with 5 boys in my family and I’m not sure they’d appreciate that very much. I’m lucky they didn’t mind the uber girly bathroom. Surprisingly, they all think it looks awesome! Yahoo!

Here’s what I did to create the Floral Faux Wallpaper.

First, I opened my Silhouette Studio Design Software and searched for a flower that I loved. There were so many options but I fell in love with the Dahlia flower since it resembled the Oh Joy! wallpaper so closely. You can purchase that flower shape here for $0.99.

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Next, I placed the flowers in different sizes on a 12×24″. You can see that I left a few hanging off of the space so only half of the flower will get cut out when I ran my vinyl through my machine. I did this as to not waste the empty space and I used several “half flowers” on the wallpaper. You’ll see that soon.

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Next, I ran my vinyl through my Silhouette machine. It took a few short minutes to cut out all of the details on the flowers. This is where I got really excited because I could envision exactly what it was going to look like. When it was done cutting, I headed to the bathroom and just started peeling them off of the backing paper and sticking them on the wall. I started in the corner and just alternated which sizes of flowers I used. It was really fun to see it come to life.

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I obviously needed several sheets so I ran another sheet of vinyl through my machine while I stuck these on the wall. By the time I was done applying them, the, next sheet was ready to go. I repeated this until I had enough flowers for the entire wall. Can you tell worked on this right after I put the kiddos to bed?  The toothbrush and bath towel left out were a dead give away. ;)

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You can see close up that my walls are slightly textured but once it’s all put together, it’s not noticeable at all. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even notice it until I took the close up shot! Either it’s very minor or I have terrible eyesight. Definitely both. ;)

Use petals to fill empty space on the wall.

As I was applying, I noticed that it needed to be “filled in” I didn’t like the white negative space left as I started putting the flowers on so I decided to use the negative space left over from cutting the flowers and “fill in” that space with the petals. I love that it looks more polished and complete with the petals in between each flower.

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I repeated applying flowers and filling in the space with petals until the wall was done. It took me about 1.5-2 hours for the whole wall. Can you imagine how many hours if I hand painted or stenciled this??? Not to mention, it’s totally removable so this is PERFECT for renters like me!

DIY Floral Faux Wallpaper

Sorry for the close up of the toilet! haha!

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Easy DIY Floral Faux Wallpaper Tutorial

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We will have a few fun projects made with our beloved Silhouette machines this week and we will announce the winner Sunday, November 2nd. You’re going to LOVE Savannah’s project tomorrow!

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DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe – Last minute gift idea

This DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub is seriously amazing. I’m kind of obsessed with it. Sugar scrubs are so beyond easy to make and anyone would love this gift. 

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DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe 

4 cups of sugar

6 candy canes

2 tsp of Peppermint extract

1 cup of baby oil

*yields 7 (8 ounce) mason jars

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Instructions

In a blender, blend the candy canes until they are completely crushed. You do not want too many chunky pieces of candy because that would hurt in a scrub! Make sure it’s pretty fine. It should resemble the consistency of the sugar. 

In a large bow, mix all ingredients and divide equally into the jars. 

Print your tags and attach them with ribbon. You could also print them on sticker paper if you want to stick the labels on the jar. I did 2″ sticker labels for the lids.

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Merry Christmas friend PEPPERMINT Sugar Scrub

Download and print your labels below:

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Merry Christmas, friend tags

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I made 12 jars for my girlfriends for under $17.  That’s a little over a dollar a jar! Can’t beat that for a last minute gift for your friends. 

Have a very Merry Christmas friends! 

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DIY Glittery Confetti Garland – So easy and cute!

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2014 is right around the corner! Celebrate the New Year with this DIY Glittery Confetti Garland. It is SO easy to make and such an inexpensive, gorgeous project!

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 I used a 1 1/2 circle punch to cut out all the circles. I got glitter paper from Joann’s, just make sure you don’t use too thick of paper. I cut out 3 pages worth of circles.

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 Then its time for the fun part… sewing! It’s way easier then it seems. Just start feeding your circles into the sewing machine. I left a little bit in between each circle.

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 It’s that easy!! It makes the perfect garland for any event or even everyday decor.

For more gold, glittery inspiration, check out our 50 amazing New Years ideas!

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DIY Glittered Polka Dots and Mermaid Party Decor

My poor Silhouette has been working over time the last few weeks. Between Halloween Party invitations, planning our 10 year High School reunion decor, to my little girls 5th birthday party. That machine has done wonders for me. This past weekend was my daughter Leesie’s 5th Birthday party. It was  such a fun party! I was first just going to get some pizza and a bounce house and call it good, instead 2 days before the party I had a burst of energy and decide to do some decor. Leesie picked a mermaid party theme and I got to work. Today I am just going to talk about a part of the decor and next week I will finish up with part two. 

Like I said before I used my Silhouette Cameo for this project and I also used the new Double-Sided Adhesive Starter Kit

This is what I did…

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I cut out and glittered blue and aqua “bubbles” and I stuck them onto the garage to add a little more texture to the party decor.

This was sooooo simple. 

First I got the Double-Adhesive Starter Kit which had everything I needed including the glitter!

 

(P.S. I love the glitter that came with the kit because it very fine.)

 

I cut out the circles using the Silhouette Double sided adhesive… then I began to glitter, which is always my favorite part!

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Then, I simply peeled off the back and stuck the “bubbles” to the garage to finish off the backdrop of the main party table. I am obsessed with the way it turned out!

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I wish I would have done my Dot Wall with glittered dots instead of just gold dots. Lets be honest… I will have glittered dots in no time. But really…. how cute would this be in a little girls room or playroom.The double adhesive paper is amazing… the possibilities are endless! 

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This post is brought to you by Silhouette America. We were given products to try but, as always, all opinions are 100% our own.

Gold Polka Dot Wall

I love any good, and cheap decor idea. Then add gold to the mix and I am sold! I love that if you are renting, this is the perfect idea for inexpensive, removable wall decor!

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Let me tell you how I did it and the few things I would have done differently.

Materials:

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I started to cut out 2 inch circles then I changed my mind, although it could have been done I knew a much fast way to get the circles cut out perfectly. I used the Silhouette Cameo if you don’t have one already, you should ask Santa for one! It’s one of my all time favorite and most used craft tool! Believe me, its worth every penny.

Anyways, here are my images I created on the Silhouette software.

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 I sent the contact paper through the machine and within a short time it was done.

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On my wall, I wanted the dots and some empty frames I had laying around the house and so I first hung all the frames then I started to place the dots.

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 The contact paper was not staying on the wall that great and so I used my debit card to help the dots stay better.

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In only 15 minutes the whole wall was done!

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 This is what the corner of my dining area now looks like. I have made a few changes at my house and I am excited to share them with all of you. Stay tuned for my new house tour.

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I am beyond happy with the way it turned out. I love a quick, cheap and easy project.

One of the things I would have done different is instead of contact paper, I would have used gold vinyl. You can make them yourself with this vinyl or even easier, purchase the pre-cut dots here! You can do this whole wall around $10!

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Custom Rhinestoned Dance Bags

My two girls just started dance. They are both in tap and ballet which means they both need a dance bag. I searched high and low for an affordable and cute dance bag. The cheapest I found that I liked was $19.99. There was no way I was going to pay $40 for dance bags on top of the new taps and ballets and tutus I had to get.

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I was at Hobby Lobby and I found some cute little side canvas bag for $9.99 a piece then they were 50% off. I could not bet that price even if I just used the plain pink bag but I had to make them “cuter” and more personalized. Using the Silhouette Cameo and the Rhinestone Kit I rhinestoned each bag for the girls.

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 I did the same thing as THIS PAST PROJECT Here are still a few pictures…I first created the image through the silhouette program

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I used the smallest letters offered on the silhouette program since I had pink size 10ss rhinestones.

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Here is what Millie’s bag looks like

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Here is Leesie’s bag

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Here are the girls ready for dance with their bags full of ballet shoes and a water bottle.

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This project was soooooo quick and easy I finished both bags in less then 30 mins and I love anything custom! What do you think?

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DIY Magnetic Chore Charts

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It’s summer time and let’s face it, Summer can get hard with kids falling out of their routines and habits they created during the school year. This DIY Magnetic Chore Chart is super easy and really effective for kids!

Screen shot 2013-06-29 at 7.05.17 PM First, you’ll need your Silhouette Shapes. The cool thing is that with the Designer software, you can purchase shapes and alter them to be exactly what you need. The possibilities are really endless with the Designer Edition software. If you don’t have it already, you need to get it asap! You can purchase it here.

We used these two chore chart shapes: Shape 1, Shape 2. There are a few more but these are the ones we chose that suited the needs of our children’s age/skill levels when it comes to chores and responsibilities.

Next, you’ll design you “chore” images to your linking. We loved the look of the colored background with a white “chore” image.

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For this part, don’t forget to have your circle background image set to “Cut” and your shapes (toothbrush, toilet, etc.) set to “no cut”. We also changed the line color to white so there wasn’t red outline.  PS. The new crosshairs feature on the Designer Software is awesome for making sure everything is totally lined up and even. Sometimes “eyeballing” it doesn’t work so well with digital design. ;) If you’re unfamiliar with the software, check out this video to see what I mean.

Next, you’ll print and cut your designs. Make sure you have your “print registration marks” checked and print out your images.

Then, using regular cardstock, you will print out your design. Once printed, you will feed your cardstock (on your mat) back into your Silhouette and it will scan for the registration marks and cut your design.

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Then, repeat the cut with the magenetic paper. One side is coated with adhesive so once it is cut, you will simply peel off the backing and adher the cardstock to the magetic paper.

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Finally, attach it to your refrigerator!

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Is that not the cutest dang chore chart you ever did see? We love it! It’s so perfect for the kiddos at this age. Heck, kids at any age!

Wanna make your own?! Silhouette is running an incredible promotion right now and you can get your own for a smokin’ deal!! We’re also in love with the Designer edition software and if you’re going to have a Silhouette, the software is a MUST!

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DIY Herringbone Stenciled Table

 

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I’m super excited to share with you one of my favorite roadside finds/makeovers! I am a sucker for gold then you pair it with the beautiful wood stain and fuh-get about it! I love it!

herringbone table BEFORE.jpg I found this cute little table left abandoned one day. Immediately, I had a project in mind before I even scooped it up and put it in my car! I was shocked that someone would get rid of such a sturdy cute little table! Maybe not everyone is a furniture hoarder like me! ;)

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First, I wiped it down really good and removed all of the gunk off of it. Then, I used my Silhouette and made a herringbone stencil out of vinyl and stuck it on the top.

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Once I attached the vinyl, I took some gold metallic spray paint and sprayed the top of the table. I really love the wood tone in this piece so I just opted to paint the top only.

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Next, I rolled a coat of polycrylic over the top to prevent any spray paint from getting scratched off over time. That’s it! Quick, easy and super cute if you ask me!

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Gotta love free furniture and free projects! Have you found any good roadside finds lately? What did you do with it?

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Thanksgiving "Give Thanks" sign

Well Fall is in full swing! It’s nice and cool/cold in most areas and the leaves have changed and fallen! I already completed my Fall Mantel but I wanted to make just one more thing to remind us to “Give Thanks” since that is really what Thanksgiving is all about. This is a super easy and quick craft and I think it adds the perfect touch to any mantel, shelf or it would even be perfect on your Thanksgiving dinner table! 
Here’s how it’s done:

1.  I had a piece of 1″x6″x5′ board I purchased from Home Depot a while ago. I measured 26″ long and marked the wood.

2. Next, I took my jigsaw and cut the board on my marking. If you don’t have a jigsaw, Lowe’s and Home Depot will cut wood for you if purchase it in their store. I got my jigsaw at Walmart for around $20 and I love that I have it on hand for quick cuts like this.

3. Then, I painted the board with Folkart Gold Metallic paint with a sponge brush.
4. I used my Silhouette to cut out the “Give Thanks” vinyl decal. If you do not have a vinyl machine, you can purchase the “Give Thanks” vinyl from my shop, here.
5. Finally, apply your vinyl once your paint has dried! DONE! Told ya, easy huh!?

You can learn how to make the ruffled burlap garland here.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Election Day!
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How to stencil a design on furniture {Biplane Dresser Makeover}

My two little boys share a bedroom and it is a vintage airplane themed room. My kids love airplanes so we knew it was perfect for them. They have loved it! You can see the full post and lots of photos here.
Fast forward… and baby boy #3 is expected to arrive in March!
This bedroom is super super spacious so we aren’t worried about squeezing the little babe and his stuff into the room.  I have a list of about 800 million projects for baby but I needed to start with painting his dresser since we will be losing our warm weather here in New York pretty much any day now.

I looked for a dresser with a “flat front” for a month or so. I knew what I wanted to do with it but finding it was not easy. Craigslist and thrift stores were not helping me out. Then, one day I stumbled into a nearby thrift store “just to check” after the gym one day and there she was! It was marked $55 which is more than I normally spend but I was desperate! Then, I went to pay for it and they informed me it was 40% off! YAY! Made my day!

First thing I did was came up with a stencil for the front. I wanted to cover most of the front using a biplane reverse stencil. I got busy on my Silhouette software and after finding this image online, I was ready to go!

I cut it into two long pieces to make it easier to attach and to handle. Have you ever worked with a giant sticker? They can be tricky so cutting it into smaller pieces is always a good idea!

Next, I stuck the vinyl to the dresser front. I took an Xacto knife and trimmed the vinyl where each of the drawers opened make make sure everything was stuck down properly and everything lined up correctly.
Now, the drawer pulls were kinda tricky. Normally, I remove hardware and paint it separately then reattach. Well, these babies are nailed in really well and I really didn’t want to mess with removing and reattaching them.
So I did it in reverse. I taped off the pull so no paint got inside the drawers. Sprayed them with Krylon’s brushed nickel and a clear coat spray paint. Once it was dry, I taped the newly painted pulls off so I could spray the dresser Navy.
I also taped off the top and bottom strips of wood so a little more wood grain would tie it all together once it was all painted. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. ;)

Here she is all ready to paint. I primed the top with Kilz spray primer since that will likely get the most wear and tear. I don’t prime ALL my pieces but it never hurts to and it’s a really simple step.

I used my HVLP spray gun and air compressor to spray the dresser. I used latex paint and I did several coats of the blue to make sure I had good coverage on the entire piece.  I only used about 1/3 of a quart of blue paint. Dark colors cover well when using a paint sprayer.
Finally, I used my Xacto knife again to go around the edges of the now painted vinyl to make sure it didn’t peel up the paint as I peeled the stencil off. I learned that the hard way really fast. Luckily, my friend, the steady hand, was able to fix the spot I messed up a bit. Phew! Thanks Jen! :)

Ahh! I love it! See the “T” up there on the dresser. Let’s hope he “looks like” the name we picked. I have issues with choosing baby names! haha.

Do you see the stripes I added to the bay window area? The train table will relocate to the developing playroom and Baby “T”s crib will sit in the window area. Learn how to paint stripes here.

I really like the slight distressing I added. I think it makes the clean edges look more finished.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to stenciling on furniture. You could do virtually any design!! All you need to do is find some vinyl in the shape/size you want. Look on etsy or contact me for custom vinyl orders. You can visit my etsy shop here.
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I hope you like it! I am super excited to be getting these baby projects done!
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