Lumberjack Kids room Tour – Projects using the Cricut Explore *photo heavy

January 28th, 2015

Welcome to my blog, The Project Girl! This room design is part of a competition! If you love my son’s lumberjack room, I am hoping that you will take a second to go and vote for me on the Cricut Facebook Page (you don’t need a Facebook account). Thanks so much for your help, every vote is greatly appreciated!

The big day is here!!! 6 Weeks ago I was given my Cricut Design Star Challenge FINAL round assignment. The 5 finalists were to re-decorate a room with the help of the cricut explore, $1000 budget, and $500 in Cricut supplies.  Off to the races through Christmas, and New Years, and CHA, and ALT! It’s been a really busy 6 weeks for me, but all the late-nights have paid off and I’m soooo excited to reveal my room makeover to you! I have 2 boys and I was just loving this plaid/lumberjack craze so much, that I created a lumberjack themed kids room! With bunk beds!

PIN this room to save it for later! 

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Cricut also asked me to create a video to go with the room reveal. Check it out here (disable pop-up blocker to see):


(this is totally my first video and I edited it and everything. scary!):

Lets back up to the before… wah wah. Cute bedding! but pretty much an empty room. The byproduct of moving 6 months ago. theprojectgirl-lumberjack-room-before

It’s still airy and bright, but so much more pazazz and I love how all the white and black make all the plaid and buffalo check just pop. I also want to take this moment to point out that I designed the duvet covers and used black iron-on to create the patterns on them. They totally MAKE the room, but so many people I’ve show them to think that I bought them!
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The desk area is so great. I actually had purchased the desk a few weeks prior to this assignment, and was so incredibly happy that I picked the right color! The brackets I had ordered 6 months ago from West Elm clearance. This room was totally meant to be!theprojectgirl-lumberjack-room-desk

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to do a bunk bed was for the loft space beneath. The perfect place for a little cozy reading of all our favorite baby lit books. My boys love it so much already.

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Red traditional Mantel with Noel banner and scallop glitter banner

December 29th, 2014

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I decorated my basement mantel with decorations I had lying around from years past. I love bright red for Christmas and definitely feel like it fits in better with the decor downstairs. I did want to freshen it up with a banner, and I had these gorgeous glitter letters from My Mind’s Eye.

I created this banner with the same process I used for my star banner a few weeks ago. This time I used these gorgeous book pages from an old copy of Heidi that my kids had already torn a few pages from.
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I especially loved this chapter heading for a christmas banner.  I hand-cut the papers into this pocket shape and then hot-glued on the rosettes and glitter letters. theprojectgirl-noel-mantel-glitter

I wanted to sew this banner instead of string it through holes. I have this gorgeous chartreuse ribbon, and I didn’t want it to cover the book pages, so I placed it under instead. theprojectgirl-noel-banner-ribbon

To keep everything in place for sewing, I used just a few little dabs of glue from my glue runner.

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On each end, I folded the ribbon over, and tacked it down with more glue.

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Once I had all the flags tacked with glue, I ran the whole thing slowly through the sewing machine.

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And then placed it on my mantel.

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I wanted to finish off the mantel with one more small banner. I grabbed these glittered confetti circles from My Minds Eye, and sewed them down the middle.

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Then I folded and glued them with my Ad tech permanent glue runner to create a scallop banner.

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I placed that across the whole mantel to finish off the look. The stockings are from Pottery barn, and the garland is one that I have used before from Joanne Fabric & Craft. I wrapped it in some gorgeous burlap ribbon that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year, also from Pottery Barn.
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Click here to see my upstairs mantel

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Handmade Garlands & Doily Trees

December 29th, 2014

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I just love white on white on white for Christmas this year. I’m also working on keeping things simple. So I created a few simple DIY banners to put the finishing touches on my Christmas Mantel.

This Crepe paper banner is super fast, cheap and easy. I just bought a roll of cream crepe paper (for $.99!), and gathered it by bunching and pushing it through the sewing machine. Easy peasy!

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I created a tiny felt flag banner using my Cricut Explore to cut a sheet of white felt. The best way to cut felt with a Cricut Explore is to iron-on Heat n’ Bond to the back. You’ll need to peel the backer paper off, and press the bonded side down on the mat.
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I cut a ton of little diamonds out of the mounted felt. These are 1.25″ tall.

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I used white thread to string the triangles. A thin white twine would have been a bit easier to work with.
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I placed each diamond about 1/2″ apart, and then folded them down into triangles and pressed them with my iron.

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I love the sweetness of the final banner.theprojectgirl-felt-flag-banner-greenery

For the scallop banner, I sewed 2″ circles down the middle, and folded them over. And the ball banner was a super affordable pom pom banner from Michaels.

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I also created these super simple doily trees to finish off my little villages houses by cutting a 12″ doily into quarters.

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And then used some hot glue and my Ad Tech High Temp large format glue gun (my fav!) to glue it cut-end to cut-end. I do recommend possibly using a low-temp, or using a finger guards when glueing thin paper with holes.

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And there you go, doily trees!theprojectgirl-doily-tree

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Check out more pics of my Christmas Mantel:

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