Friday, April 27, 2012

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String Printable

When I saw this idea on Pinterest it was just a brown gift bag with jute wrapped around it, and a handwritten sign.  I loved the idea, but wanted to jazz it up a bit.  When my daughter-in-law recently had a birthday I thought it would be a good opportunity to to do it for her present.  Here is what I came up with:





I like to use photo paper to print on for a more professional quality.  Another idea would be to print out on a rustic brown paper.


I made two different versions on one page. Both include a "To and From" tag.




Just right click your mouse on the printable and save it into your pictures.  You can resize it in your word processing programs.

You can copy my idea of punching two holes at the top and the bottom and tying it, or come up with your own ideas.  I would love to see any unique ways that you have used this sign gift tag.

Here is another fun gift tag that can be used for a "Date Night" gift:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Decorate Your Mug With a Sharpie to Look Like an Anthropology Mug

Decorate Your Mug With a Sharpie To Look Like An Anthropology Mug
This is such a fun project.  

With all the fun colors that Sharpie makes, there are no limits.  This would make a great Mother's Day, or Father's Day project.  What parent wouldn't love a hand drawn mug from their child?

Here's My family decorating mugs at a family reunion:

I used an orange sharpie oil based marker, drew on a fun design.  The oil based sharpie lasts longer.  

Sharpie Oil-Based. I learned the hard way; these are actually the type of sharpie you need for all those bake @ 350 to make a super cute mug ideas!:

If it's not an oil based marker it will wash off the first time you wash it.

First I drew an orange pattern all over the mug.

 Then I drew the letter "h"for Holly.  

Baked it at 350 deg. for 1 hour. 

Then I hand washed the mug and so far nothing has washed off.  I'm sure that in time it will, but the designs on store bought mugs seem to wash off with time.  I hope this works for you also.

It's that easy!
This is my version of an Anthropology mug, but you could do anything! 

Here are the mugs that my family came up with:

I would recommend hand washing it. 

Here are anthropology's versions:

Here is a simpler version that I did:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Layered Seasonal Subway Art Pictures

A Layered Seasonal Subway Art Picture

Here are some examples of the layered subway art that I have done. 

Right now the Halloween,  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter, Easter, St. Patrick's and Valentines ones are free. 

Just scroll down and you can copy it. 
If you click on the picture to make it bigger then you can save it into your pictures, or you can copy and paste it.

Here is a project that I found on pinterest. I saw a subway art sign that I really liked. I thought it would be fun to try to make my own:

I liked the one on pinterest, but I thought it would be cute to add layers to it.  First I started out with a very simular base of phrases in many different colors that reminded me of spring.  Then I started layering birds, butterflies, flowers etc.  I distressed them to give them a transparent effect. 

My daughter and I had just watched "The Sound of Music" the night before, so I thought it would be fun to put
"These are a few of our favorite things" on the top layer. 
I am really happy with how it turned out.

Fourth of July Subway Art:
Since I had so much fun making that one I decided to make more.  Here is one for the Fourth of July:

Here is the America printout:

Summer Subway Art:
And then I did one for summer.  Check it out:

Here is the summer printout:

"Time for School" Subway Art:

All Hallow"s Eve (Halloween) Subway Art:


Thanksgiving "Turkey Day" Subway Art

Free Christmas "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" Subway Art

FREE  Winter Subway Art

Valentine's Day Subway Art
Here are some matching printouts for napkin rings, gift bags, gift tags, place cards and garland.  Just click on the link below:

St. Patrick's Day


A Flip Flop Wreath

A Flip Flop Wreath

This is my version of a flip flop wreath that I saw on pinterest.

While shopping at the dollar store I saw these brightly colored flip flops.  I remembered a wreath that I had pinned on pinterest that was made out of flip flops, sooooo that meant that I HAD TO MAKE ONE (of course!)  While I was there, I looked around to find things that I could add to my wreath. 

Here's what I bought:
6 pairs of flip flops
1 multi-colored lei
A wooden Beach House sign
2 bags of small beach toys

O.K., I bought more than that, but that is all I ended up using.  The rhinestones I already had.  So here's what I did.  First I cut out the base of the wreath from card board.  I traced around a large round bucket:

Then I cut it out.  Notice that it does not have to be perfect.

Using a glue gun I glued six of the flip flops evenly around the frame:

Then I placed the other six flip flops going the opposite direction:

After that I added the Beach House sign, the toys and the flowers from off of the lei:

Lastly I put a rhinestone in the middle of each flower.  I used the string off of the Beach House sign and glued it on to the back.  Then I hung it on my door.  I think it turned out cute!

My wreath has been so popular that I made another wreath for a friend.  This time I used striped flip flops and laid them out side by side.  It turned out cute:

Here is a fun way to decorate a gift bag with the flip flop theme:

Decorate flip flops with ribbon and beads:

 Make a snowflake wreath

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A "Ready To Pop" Baby Shower Printable

A "Ready To Pop" Baby Shower Printable

For my daughter-in-law's baby shower I used the theme "Ready to Pop"
I centered everything around popcorn.
I used popcorn containers for the prizes.  I mixed caramel corn with pink M &Ms, and any other pink candy that I could find. Put the mixture in a plastic bag.  Tied it with a pink ribbon and then put it into a plastic popcorn container and added the "Ready to Pop" tag below.  If the person is having a boy, then change it to blues

Then for the table I made these place cards, treat bags, and napkin rings:

For the treat bags I added PoP Rocks along with some other goodies.

Napkin Rings:

Place Cards:

Treat Bags:

To find out how to fold the treat bag go here

Here's a tip for a more professional finish.  I print mine out on high quality ink setting, plus I print it out on a shiny photo paper.  It didn't even look homemade! 

Another tip is if you save it as a picture, you can go in through your photo editor and use the auto fix.  It makes it a little more brighter and crisp.   If you save it in between each time you use the auto fix, it will allow you to auto fix it several times for a darker image.

My flowers were in a popcorn bowl with the "Ready to Pop" sign in it.
I printed out these signs in various sizes and used them wherever I could think of.
If you want a copy just click on the picture, then right click and "copy" or "save as".

Here's a larger version of the sign:

Everyone loved it and it was a lot of fun.

I found some really cute baby shower games at frugal fanatic's blog.
Just click on the picture below to check them out:
I just wanted to give a shout out to my friend Holly (no relation) who made
these cute pacifier balloons:



Here are some other cute printouts from HollysHome: