Dorm room decor – desk accessories

deflecto trio

Make dorm room decor – desk accessories out of basic office supplies.  It is really easy to do an everything you need is in the office supply section.   The featured products from Deflecto.  I was sent the pieces and asked to use my craft supplies to change them up a bit.

The featured products for the Dorm room decor:

Supplies to make the Dorm room decor:

  • Decorative tape
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • plastic button or flower

I wanted to do something that could change as the student changed so I used  Scotch Expressions Masking Tape.  In my mind the the project needed to be quick, easy and easy to change.  The one inch tape fit perfectly on the picture frame.

deflecto craft frame

 

To make the flower on the frame.  I double the tape over so it stuck on itself.  I then cut little petal shapes out of the tape.  I hot glued them into a flower shape and then adhered the plastic flower in the center.  You could add this shape to all of the pieces if you want.

I covered the 4 drawer box and the name plate with the same tape.  I lined up the pattern on the tape so it looked like a continuous pattern.  Covering all three pieces and making the flowers took about 30 minutes. This is definitely a craft for almost anyone with any skill set.  You can purchase Deflecto at many office supply stores and on Amazon.   Use 350301 or 350301CR for the cube if you are searching on Amazon.

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15 minute Lanyard

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15 minute sand art necklaces

Sand art necklace

Recycled jar harvest terrariums

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Make harvest terrariums, miniature earthy scenes with berries, flowers, and moss.  This recycled jar craft  is the perfect accent for your fall table or gathering.  It is a fun project that you can do with the kids using found objects or bits and pieces from other left over crafts or decorations.  Use the basic concept to create terrariums with all sort of different themes.

Materials for harvest terrariums:

  • Recycled or purchased wide-mouth quart jars
  • Wooden items, two each: acorn finial, 2”; candlestick, 1-7/8”x1-15/16”; oval, 2-1/2”
  • Off-white script patterned paper
  • Artificial fall greenery: orange berries, purple berries, purple floral stem, Spanish moss
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 1-1/2”
  • Tags, 1-1/2”x3-1/4”, two
  • Wrights Simply Creative Topaz Seed Bead Wire

Tools for harvest terrariums:

  • Rubber stamps: Impression Obsession Leaves, Hero Arts Bird Branch Alphabet, Anna Griffin Alphabet
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Honey Brown, Antique Green, Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Gold
  • DecoArt Duraclear Varnish
  • Florist wire cutters
  • Adtech Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

serrated knife, sanding block, paper trimmer, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for harvest terrariums:

1.  On covered work surface, remove lids from jars. Paint one lid, one finial, and one candlestick Honey Brown. Paint remaining lid, finial, and candlestick Antique Green. Paint ovals Burnt Orange. Thin Raw Sienna with equal part water; lightly paint tags. Let dry. Ink tag edges black; set aside. Mix gold paint with equal parts varnish; dry-brush lids and wooden items. Sand edges of ovals to lightly distress. Use ink to stamp leaves in center of ovals.

 

2.  Use paper trimmer to cut 1-1/2”x12” strips from patterned paper; adhere around bottom center of each jar. Lie jars on sides and adhere ovals to paper strips. Let dry.

 

3.  Use serrated knife to cut foam ball in half. Cut pieces of berry and flower sprays and inserts ends into round ball halves, then remove. Apply tacky glue to ends of sprays and reinsert into holes. Use three to four individual stems per ball cut between 3” and 4” length. Place generous amount of glue on bottom of ball. Carefully place ball with floral pieces into jars, securing ball to bottom of jar. Fill bottom of jar with moss, making sure foam ball is completely covered. (Note: Use paintbrush handle or scissors to position moss on bottom of jar.)

 

4.  Adhere acorn finial to top of jar lid. Adhere candlestick to bottom of jar, carefully centering jar on wooden candlestick. Use ink to stamp sentiments on tags. Use decorative branches and leaves from stamp set to embellish sentiment. Cut 8” wire lengths; tie around acorn finial. Thread one wire end through tag to secure.If you like this fall craft you might be interested in these:

Dresser makeover – Fab Furniture Flippin’

 

A Dresser makeover – Furniture Flippin’

fab furniture flip chalky paint

I like to paint and furniture is one of my favorite substrates to paint upon.   If I can find old pieces with great detail I am very happy.  This piece was found at a St Vincent De Paul when my friend Pam and I went looking for a few pieces for her dining room.  A soon as we saw this piece we were sold.  We knew it had great bones and was well made. It was not a question of if we were getting the piece it was who gets to be the one to take it home.  Well somehow I was snookered into taking it home painting it for her.   And that is okay, because Pam is so hard working and goes out of her way to help so many people and is often under appreciated.  I thought it would be nice to do a little something extra for her.

Then I decided to enter it in a contest called The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest with the theme of “icing on the cake”.
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I picked my “icing” the clear glass knobs  from  d lawless hardware.   They have a wide assortment of knobs pulls, lighting and other makeover items that are high quality and reasonably priced.

The contest is organized by the gals above.  I plan on entering more of their monthly contests because painting furniture makes me happy.

Michelle’s posted a Homework Cubby to her site that is very creative.

Evey posted a buffet to her site that is charming.

Interested bloggers should contact Stacy (info@anastasiavintage.com) or Evey (info@eveyscreations.com) for participating in future contests.

Supplies for the Dresser makeover

  • Vinegar/water mix old cloth
  • Decoart Chalky Finish paint– Treasure, New Life
  • Chalky Finish- Clear Creme Wax, Dark Brown Creme Wax
  • Decoart Two inch round bristle brush
  • Sand paper

    Pam furniture before

Instructions for the Dresser makeover:

Clean the piece inside and out with a vinegar water solution and an old cloth. Remove drawers to paint separately.  You can use wax or vaseline to cover small areas where you want paint or wood to show through.
how to distress furniture

Paint on green paint in the areas you want it to pop through.

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Cover the piece in blue paint.  Sand any rough or thick spots. Sand off spots where you would like to highlight.  I painted the metal handles but added crystal knobs to set off the details in the wood work.  They were my “icing” on top.

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You can see a close up of the glass knobs that were sent to me.  I also ordered a few more knobs to be used on my next projects.  I really enjoy bringing new furniture to life and that fact that Pam found 3 more pieces on our shopping trip I know I am going to be busy for a while. I have two pieces but I guess they will have to wait until I finish hers first.

fan blade beach signage

fan blade art
beach signage

Make fan blade beach signage.  Repurpose ceiling fan blades to create a unique beach accent. Personalize with found shells or other beach treasures. Paint the blades in nautical colors or your favorite beach color combination.  You can use found objects or purchase them from a craft store.

Materials for fan blade beach signage:

  • Repurposed wooden fan blades, three
  • Jute twine
  • Assorted seashells and sea glass
  • Acrylic rhinestone

Tools for fan blade beach signage:

  • The Crafter’s WorkshopMarquee Letters Stencil (TCW300)
  • Jacquard Lumiere Paints: Pearl Turquoise, Metallic Copper, Neopaque White
  • Jacquard Tee Juice Black Medium Point Permanent Marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic supplies for fan blade beach signage:

  • sandpaper, scissors, soft cloth, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface), ruler or measuring tape

Directions for fan blade beach signage:

  • Sand blades and wipe with soft cloth. Make sure blades are clean and free of dust.
  • On covered work surface, paint two blades Pearl Turquoise and one Metallic Copper. When dry, use Neopaque White to drybrush surfaces. Let dry.
  • Use stencil and black marker to stencil “Near the Sea, We Forget to Count the days” or sentiment of choice. Stencil one letter at a time, letting letter dry before moving on.
  • Arrange shells and sea glass as desired on end of blade. Use adhesive to hold in place on blade. Let dry thoroughly before handling. Adhere rhinestone on top of seashells. Let dry.
  • Position blades on work surface. Use marker to mark holes for drilling along top and bottom of each blade, approximately 2” in from edges. Drill holes in blades.
  • Thread jute twine through holes, attaching blades together. Knot ends to secure. To hang, thread 24” length of jute twine through holes on top blade;knot ends on back.Hang and enjoy your newly repurposed ceiling fan blades.

Mermaid themed party invitations

Make mermaid themed party invitations for your next party.

mermaid themed party invitations
Mermaid themed party invitations and paper decorations

The mermaid themed party invitations and decorations were created from art I ordered online.  I saw an print that an artist friend created and I emailed her and asked if I could buy an image for party invitations and decorations.  We agreed on a price and I made the invitations, thank you notes and food labels from her art work.  She sent the art to me pre-sized and ready for me to print.  The decorations for her party were based on the colors in the image she sent.  I used cream muslin and polymer clay starfish that my mom and I made. Her online store is whimsyville.com
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 Mermaid theme party invitations and decorations
The food for the mermaid themed party was labeled with beachy ocean sounding names.  You can use the list we created or you can make up your own.  Several of the children attending keep Kosher so I kept the menu as close to Kosher and kid friendly as possible.  It was pretty easy to do.  To make the crab sandwiches I cut mini croissants in half.  Placed a couple of cheese slices in-between and added two toothpicks with google eyes.
 beach party decorations
 Our menu is below:
Shark Teeth – cheese cut into triangles
Fish & Chips – gold fish pretzels and potato chips
Sea Cucumbers – cucumbers
Seaweed Dip – dill dip
Crab legs – carrot sticks
Sand Dollars  – tortilla chips
Seaweed Skewers – grapes on a skewer
Whales – Whale crackers
Crab Crossing – croissants with cheese and googlie eyes on toothpicks
Ocean Water – Blue raspberry kool aid
I used www.picmonkey.com to arrange the images before printing. It is a free online service. I also printed the titles for the food from there too.  Sticking with creams and browns, I used kraft card stock as the base.

Supplies for Mermaid themed party invitations and labels:

  • white card stock
  • kraft card stock
  • Adtech Adhesive tape runner & high temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Rick Rack from Decorative Trimmings
  • buttons 
  • mini clothes pins
  • jute cording
  • Starfish Tutorial here
  • toothpicks
  • google eyes

Making the mermaid themed party invitations  is pretty  easy – just cut and layer the images on card stock. Use a tape runner to adhere the layers and a little ribbon as accents.

autumn inspiration throw pillow

autumn inspiration throw pillow

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Make an autumn inspiration throw pillow using rich wool felt appliqué leaves and inexpensive muslin and ticking fabric come together in perfect harmony for a beautiful autumn accent. Embellish with a wooden sentiment circle and fabric flowers, or leave center bare for a more basic design.

Materials for autumn inspiration throw pillow:

  • Fairfield Home Elegance Pillow Form, 14” square
  • Black ticking fabric, 1/4 yard
  • White muslin, 1/2 yard
  • Wool felt, scraps: green, beige, red
  • Prima Tasha Midnight Fabric Flowers, two
  • Adhesive-back gem stones
  • Wooden circle, 3”
  • Royal and Langnickel Autumn Sentiments E-Z Rub-on Transfers
  • Jeweled brads

Tools for autumn inspiration throw pillow:

  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Hand drill
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Snow White
  • Adhesives: The Warm Co. Lite Steam-A-Seam; Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

    Basic Supplies for autumn inspiration throw pillow:

scissors, ruler, pencil, rotary cutter and self-healing mat, iron and pressing cloth, straight pins, wax candle, sanding block, fabric marking pen, sewing needle, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

 

Instructions for autumn inspiration throw pillow:

1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 7” squares from white muslin and two 7” squares from ticking fabric. Place one ticking fabric square and one muslin square, with right sides together, on work surface. Sew together using 1/2” seam allowance. Repeat for remaining two squares. Join squares together patchwork style as shown by sewing seams together to create pillow front. Steam seams open with iron and pressing cloth. Trim seam edges as needed. Cut one 14” square from remaining muslin (for pillow backing) using rotary cutter and mat.

 

2.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt to fusible webbing using iron.
3.  Access patterns by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print patterns. Transfer leaf shapes onto paper side of fused felt; cut out. Peel paper from leaf shapes and pin on pillow front, positioning leaves on center of each ticking stripe or muslin square as shown. Use iron to fuse in place, removing straight pins after adhering.
4.  Use sewing machine to straight stitch edges of leaves in place.

5.  On covered work surface, paint front of wooden circle Lamp Black. Let dry. Rub surface randomly with wax candle. Paint two or three coats of Snow White on wooden circle. Let dry. Sand front of circle revealing distressed finish.

6.  Trim around Autumn Sentiments rub-ons and follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply onto wooden circle. Use hand drill to drill two small holes on sides of circle. Place circle on center of pillow and use fabric marking pen to mark tiny dot through center of drilled holes on pillow front. Use scissors to cut tiny slit in marked holes for insertion of jeweled brads. Place jeweled brads through holes on circle and poke slits on pillow; secure brads and circle on pillow front.

7.  Position pillow front and back with right sides together. Sew left, top and right sides together using 1/2” seam allowance, leaving bottom open for turning.

8.  Turn pillow right side out and insert pillow form. Use whipstitch and sewing needle to sew bottom opening closed.

9.  Use gem glue to adhere flowers onto circle as shown. Press self-adhesive gems on circle.

Make a Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair

Make the ultimate bean bag chair with basic sewing skills and in under an hour.  If you have a kid or two a bean bag chair is the perfect play or lounge area accessory.  My 12-year-old son has perfected the art of lounging.  He enjoys reading and gaming and can use this comfortable bean-bag chair for both.  The sumo style bean bag chair can be used in multiple ways.  The kids have made up names for the way the Fatboy style chairs are sat in.  The bags are actually filled with polystyrene pellets, making the chair light-weight and moldable. You can adjust the size to make either a child-size or adult-size bean bag chair.  Mine is a tween size.  Not quite as big as the regular Fatboy and not as small as the Fatboy Junior.  My kids are in love with cuddle fabric and if you don’t know what it is you are missing out!  The first time Shannon fabrics sent me some to work with my kids begged me to make things for their use.  It is so soft and silky.

Giant Bean Bag Chair DIY

Materials for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:

Tools for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:

Scissors, sewing machine, straight pins, thread in a coordinating color, plastic cup and duck tape

Instructions for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:

  1. Sew bias tape along the longest shortest edges to help keep its shape since cuddle fabric is stretchy and has lots of give.  Fold right sides together and sew the two edges with bias tape together to form a tube.
  2. Sew bottom selvage edge closed and sew top selvage edge closed leaving an opening for funnel.
  3. Cut bottom of a plastic cup to use as funnel. Cut a corner of plastic bag.
  4. Use duck tape to hold cup in place.
  5. Pour Poly-fil beans into opening.  Repeat until bag is desired fullness.  5 bags were used for this size.

Poly-Fill bean bag chair filler

I found the best way to fill add the Poly-Fil bean bag was to create a funnel.  You could use a plastic cup, a paper towel tube or something similar.

how to fill a bean bag funnel

Fairfield Processing and Shannon fabrics both sent me the products to use for this project.

 

Halloween patchwork coasters

Fabric Patchwork Coasters patchwork coasters

Make patchwork coasters coasters with the easy sew instructions. Make them any fabric theme or a bunch of random fabric scraps. A great stash busting DIY.  Decorate your holiday gathering table with charming coasters made from fabric scraps.  These are also great hostess gifts.  If you make a bunch of them in one day you can  package them up and store them in the gift closet.  I have a gift closet in my home where I can grab a last minute gift.  It has saved my butt more than a time or two.

Materials for Patchwork Coasters

Tools for Patchwork Coasters:

  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread

Basic Supplies for Patchwork Coasters:

  • scissors, straight pins, needle and thread, iron and pressing surface

Directions for Patchwork Coasters:

1.  Use rotary cutter to cut four 2”x5” strips from each fabric. Cut one 6”x6-1/2” rectangle from green floral fabric for backing.

2.  Using 3/8” seam allowance, pin two strips with right sides together and stitch on one long edge. Press seam open. Repeat with remaining strips to create four-strip panel.

3.  Cut batting to 4-1/2”x5”; pin to center back of four-strip panel. Using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, stitch quilt lines lengthwise on front of panel, approximately 1/2” apart.
4.  Pin sewn panel to backing with right sides together. Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew around all four sides, leaving 3” opening for turning. Press seams open.
5.  Turn coaster right side out through opening; press with iron. Whipstitch opening closed.
You can change out the material selection to create a variety of looks.  This is a very easy sew project that can be completed in a half hour.  Package with some ribbon and give as a gift or enjoy for yourself.

missing sock sign with hangers

missing socks

Make a missing sock sign with hangers for all those singletons.  In our house we always wonder where do those washed and dried socks go?  Keep pairs together, or ones still needing a match, with this cheerful laundry room sign.

Supplies for missing sock sign with hangers:

  • Walnut Hollow Wood Innkeeper Signboard, 4”x16”
  • Wooden items: clothespins, six; teardrops, 2-1/2”, three
  • Fabric, scraps
  • Adhesive-back rhinestones, 5/8”, six
  • Ribbon flowers with jewel centers, three
  • Heavy-duty wire, 24” length
  • Recycled pop tabs, two
  • Metal screws, two
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Bird Die
  • Alphabet rubber stamps and black pigment ink
  • Hand drill with bit, screwdriver
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Cadmium Yellow, Lamp Black
  • Beacon Adhesives Tacky Glue

 

Basic Supplies for missing sock sign with hangers:

  • scissors, paintbrushes, wax candle, sandpaper, iron and pressing surface, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for missing sock sign with hangers:

1. On covered work surface, paint front of board and clothespins Lamp Black. Paint teardrop shapes Cadmium Yellow. When dry, rub wax candle on front of board and teardrop shapes. Paint signboard Cadmium Yellow and teardrop shapes Lamp Black. Let dry to touch; lightly sand shapes and board to reveal distressed surface.

2. Turn board over. Drill holes on top edges of board (for hanger).

3. Cut fabric scraps into 2-1/2”x6” strips. Machine-sew long edges of strips together to make three 7”x6” rectangles. Press fabric rectangles. Lay fabric rectangle on bird die and die cut three bird shapes using machine. Machine-sew using freeform motion around edges of each bird.
4. Use stamps and pigment ink to stamp “missing socks” at top of board. Let dry.
5. Adhere birds to front of board. Adhere teardrop shapes (wings) on fabric birds. Adhere clothespins to bottom of board.
6. Adhere ribbon flowers onto wings. Press rhinestones on center of each clothespin; spot glue to secure.
7. To hang, use screwdriver to affix screws with pop tabs into each hole on back of board. Insert wire ends through pop tab holes; twist to secure.

Easy Book Thongs Instructions

Easy Book Thongs book thong butterfly

 

 

Book thongs?  No, they are not anything offensive… lol and they are really quick and easy to make.  They are a fun and easy way to keep your place while reading books.   My kids lose the paper book marks and get frustrated when they lose their place in a book.  That is why I came up with a book thong using Oly*Fun and novelty buttons.   You can use a button that is pleasing to your child.  These particular buttons came from Buttons Galore and More.  They have a great variety of novelty buttons.  Oly*Fun craft sheets can be found in Joann Crafts stores.  Most big box stores carry the Craft packs and some even carry it by the bolt.  It is a really functional material.  It is tough like a fabric but can be cut and treated like paper because it does not unravel.

book thongs instructions

Supplies for book thongs:

  • Oly*Fun
  • Novelty Buttons
  • Hair elastics
  • scissors, pencil, ruler
  • Needle, thread and sewing machine

Instructions to make book thongs:

  1. Use the pencil to draw one inch lines across the crafts sheets.
  2. Cut along the line to create 1×12 strips of  Oly*fun.  You can trim them to a variety of lengths for different sized books.
  3. Fold one end of the strip over the hair elastic.  Sew a straight line using an 1/4 inch seem allowance.
  4. Repeat step 3 and trim the edges.
  5. Hand sew on a button on the other end of the strip.
  6. Place around a book and enjoy.

 

 

I made about a dozen book thongs in just around an hour.  They are really quick and easy to make.  If you would like more ideas for back to school check out the links below.

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Quick Teacher Gift

Back-to-School-teacher gift

 

Preschool – Back to School backpack

Back view of Rit Dye back pack