November 1st, 2015
My favorite part of being a Michaels Maker last year was designing a tree for the Dream Tree Challenge 2014. So I was so excited when a new tree appeared on my front porch a few weeks ago.
I wanted to create a tree that felt light and airy this year and I was inspired by the Christmas Mantel I created for my house last year and wanted to keep it simple and all white.
So I went shopping at Michaels and found so many lovely white ornaments to get me started.
One fun thing I did this year was add globe lights to my tree. This is the first year I’ve seen them available at Michaels and they are super affordable compared to buying them at Pottery Barn. I love how they light up the tree and brighten the room up at night.
The pom pom garlands are the same ones that I used on my Christmas mantel last year, they are in the kids craft section. I used 14 of them on my tree.
The geometric ornaments added the perfect touch of modern. I created them with lollipop sticks from the candy making section of Michaels – and a lot of hot glue!
For my wall decorations I wanted some extra-large geometric stars. I used mat board from the framing section at michaels. The big one is 30″ tall and the small ones are 20″ tall.
My favorite part of decorating for Christmas is the magical feel at night when all the lights are out and the christmas tree lights are glowing softly. Now that Halloween is over I can get excited about all the fun parts of Christmas!
Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.
October 1st, 2015
I totally have a thing for making halloween costumes. I love how its like a unconventional materials challenge on Project Runway, and you can just velcro and glue gun your way into the final because it doesn’t have to last for more than a night. Something about this gives me the freedom to just dive in and make whatever I want like our family Yo Gabba Gabba Costumes, or last year’s Mummy costume. This year I was inspired by Studio DIY’s Fries before Guys costume and wanted to make a mini version for my fry loving toddler.
You don’t need a lot of materials for this project. I picked up spray glue, but I ended up using hot glue for everything. The fry box is made from ONE red science board poster, the fries I made from some 2″ upholstery foam and large folded felt sheets from the felt section at Michaels.
To make the box, you’ll need to do some basic measuring of your child. I decided to go about 21″ wide and 16″ tall for the front section. I sketched the basic shape, using the concave area of the front to also make the convex area of the back.
Then I used a ruler and an xacto knife to cut along my straight lines. The curved lines I just went for it (I do have a lot of experience with an xacto knife though, so be careful!)
Once cut, I had my front and back pieces. I layed them over each other and trimmed any difference on the sides to that they are the same exact width. To measure the sides, I marked the height of the back and the height of the front on another piece of my cardboard, and then cut the front measurement at a slight angle, and scooped up from the front measurement to the back measurement. I did this once, and then traced the finished board onto a second board and cut out a mirror-image version of it.
Then I grabbed my trusty large-format glue gun from Ad tech. I always sing its praises, but I just love using large glue sticks – and you’ll need a lot of glue for this project.
On the frontside of my frybox, I didt want the cardboard to show through, so I cut a stray piece of my red cardboard and glued it on. To glue on the sides, I ran a bead of glue up the length and then held the side piece in place until dry. Once dry, I reinforced with a lot more glue on the inside seam I repeated this on the other side and the front. And seriously this thing is bomb proof – or toddler proof, iIm not sure which is worse. Either way, its seriously solid.
For the straps, I measured some ribbon around Leo’s shoulders and glued it in front, cris-crossed it and glued it in back. I used pieces of cardboard to reinforce the glue bonds to keep them from being stressed out.
This whole box process took about 60 minutes. And boy was Leo excited to try it on. He might have worn this box a few hours each day while I was making the fries.
For the fries, I used some 2″ foam that I had lying around. It was green so there was no chance of spray painting, but luckily I found some big 36″x 36″ felt sheets at Michaels. To cut the foam, I used a large xacto knife with a scalpel blade. I drew lines 2″ apart on both sides of the foam and then ran my blade 2 cuts deep on each side. This took forever.
But the results were well worth it. I cut the felt to width. The length wasn’t quite long enough but that doesn’t matter since you cant see the bottom of the fries. I tried a lot of trial and error on getting the edge of the fries looking great. I did find that with hot glue and synthetic felt that the glue bonds to the felt and once dry you can cut off excess felt and have a crisp seam. I ended up using this method two ways. The first was folding the felt over the top of the fry, then gluing the “wings” together, letting the glue harden and then cutting them off. Then wrapping the felt sides over and gluing to the leftover flap, and again cutting away excess once the glue had hardened.
Another slightly easier version of this, is to glue the felt all the way around the fry but leave an extra 1/2″ of excess at the top. Then cut a 2.5″x2.5″ square and hot glue all the way around the opening, making sure that the felt gets plenty of hot glue, and (carefully) pressing the felt square into the wrapped-around felt. Once hardened, all excess can be cut off and your seams look like this:
To glue in the fries, I really just used A TON of glue, and some left-over foam as spaces and reinforcements so that the fries are well supported. I was surprised how well the glue holds, but seriously this is rock solid. Both my boys ran around in it for a few hours and its in great shape.
I hope you like my DIY kid fry costume, now check out all the DIY costumes from the 49 other Michaels Makers:
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September 30th, 2015
I’ve been wanting to make a super colorful project with all the Minc foil colors and thought a fun fall wreath would be a great project. This was pretty quick and easy with my cricut explore and some free SVG files.
Minc Foil Applicator
Minc toner sheets
hot pink foil
rose gold foil
12″ wreath form
Ad tech glue gu
First I cut a bunch (34 to be exact) 3.5″-4″ of leaves on my cricut. I used the minc toner sheets, as well as papers from a minc paper pack.
Then I ran them through the minc machine in all the pretty colors of foil. I used gold, rose gold, mint, teal, and hot pink. The Minc papers really do a great job picking up the foil. I thought the foil coverage was really great on all my leaves.
I bought a simple mdf wreath form from Michaels, and used my favorite full-sized Adtech glue gun. If you don’t have a full-sized glue gun, you really should invest in one. I love not running out of glue every 15 seconds like the mini glue guns. This one switches from high temp to low temp, so its pretty much the best glue gun ever.
Using my glue gun at low temp, I glued the leaves onto the form. I shaped them as I went for a nice 3D feel.
When it was all done, I added a burlap ribbon bow and loop on the top for hanging.
I love how it turned out and I love how bright and fab it feels.