Crayon Wreath Tutorial

Remember how I love wreaths? Well, when my little guy's preschool teacher's birthday rolled around, I thought I should make her a wreath. I had seen crayon wreaths all over the Internet so I tried it out.
Here's what you will need.

2 Embroidery Hoops: Different sizes. Make sure the difference in size will accommodate the lenghth of the crayon being glued to each.
Box of Crayons: The number of crayons will depend on the size of your hoops. 96 crayons were perfect for my project.
Hot Glue Gun
Cute Ribbon: I used ribbon with a ruler print for a school setting.

First, I divided my crayon colors into groups because I prefer my colors on the wreath to nicely transition into one another.

Next, I started gluing the crayons onto the hoops by color. I did a dot of glue on each hoop where the crayon should be placed and stuck them on! Make sure that the flat parts of the crayons are closer together than the pointy tips.
Continue with the gluing all the way to the end and... Ta-Da!
I got a little careless around the greenish area so I ended up with a little funky looking section, so be sure to line your crayons up on your wreath more like the orange and red sections pictured above. Good luck!

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I fell in love with all these cute pumpkins and all the amazing fabric options! It's a big ticket and low budget decoration, as it uses a small amount of fabric for each pumpkin. I just love them! I found this cute tutorial that is pretty much the exact way I did mine.

Ahhh, I love em!


Toddler Halloween Skirt & Trick-Or-Treat Bucket

This skirt was so incredibly easy, and I made it in just over an hour. Totally worth your time, because it'll be stinkin adorable on your little lady!

It's just three panels, basted and gathered , then sewn to one another. The waistband is just a casing with 1/2" elastic. I'm so happy with it! I made it just big enough that she'll be able to wear it two (maybe three) Halloweens.
This trick-or-treating bucket was super easy too. It's a re-purposed ice cream bucket (not too hard to come by for me) covered in black felt, and stamped with a template from my Cricut. Her name is on the other side. I lined the top of the bucket with ribbon, then tied ribbon knots all along the handle. Super quick, super cute, and would be a fun craft with older kids who can tie knots! Can be used year after year.


Halloween Wreath

 I am on a wreath kick.  I love them...I want them...I NEED them...
So I decided I would make my own Halloween wreath.
All you need is:
a wreath frame,
black satin ribbon,
funky Halloween color ribbon.

First, wrap the black satin ribbon around the wreath frame.  Don't underestimate how much ribbon this takes.  I used about 20 yards.

Next, take all your fun colors and cut them in pieces about 6 inches long.  I would cut one first and tie it around the wreath to make sure it's the length you want before cutting all the ribbon.

Then tie the ribbon in knots all the way around the frame.  You don't have to go in an order or follow a pattern.  I just used whatever piece of ribbon I though would look good.

And.... ta-da!  You get a funky little wreath perfect for greeting those little trick-or-treaters!


I'm Committed!

With Christmas just 96 quick days away, I've got to step up my game! My mom has always been so amazing with her Christmas planning; finishing up her main Christmas shopping by Halloween, it seems. She's always as cool as a cucumber all Thanksgiving, and gets to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas because she's so pulled together.

My hope is to be basically ready by Thanksgiving this year. To achieve this, I've got to get started now (since my favorite gifts to give [and to receive, by the way] are handmade)! Alexis' main gift from us is going to be a table playhouse. These are not a new idea, so our generation of mommies can't take credit for this idea. Check out this Vogue pattern from the 1970s!

I'm sure you've seen these all over blog land, and I've fallen head-over-heels for this one from Homemade By Jill.

Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?

I love the idea of using felt because you don't have to finish edges, and it's so much easier to add embellishments that kids can detach, thanks to velcro, and actually play with. I'm considering making the body out of a cotton material, then adding the felt accents to that.

Thoughts? Tips?

All her little carrots, ears of corn, and apples come off. I love it!

I'm confident Alexis would get hours and hours of play-time with hers. And, it's so much cuter than that cardboard box she played in for 6 months!

The cute girl at Sew Much Ado made this adorable one for her little boy. Boys need playhouses too!


DIY Growth Chart

I have been wishing I had a growth chart for my little guy for quite some time. After searching in stores and online with no success in finding something that I liked enough to buy, I decided to make my own.

This is probably the easiest thing I have ever made.... and I love it!
I love how simple and rugged it looks. I also like how it looks like a ruler. Want to know how I did it?
Here we go.

First, I made a little visit to our local Home Depot and picket up a smooth, knotty board. When I got it home, I placed it against the wall, above the base board and marked where 1 foot would be. That was my first mark. Then, I proceeded by making marks every 1/2 foot with a pencil. If you look closely, you can see the markings on the board above.

Next, I asked my friend, Terra to cut some vinyl for me: black, simple font, numbers 1-6, 11 dash marks. This is what she came up with. It was perfect!

Next, I rubbed on all those little numbers and dashes on the appropriate marks.

And now we have a finished product. It's cute enough to put inside, but we decided to hang it in the garage.

Now, we can mark the little man's height on every Christmas, birthday and first day of school. Awesome!

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More Crazy for SPRAY Paint

Hi! This is Shannon. I have been MIA from this blog for quite a while and my beautiful sister, Tori has been the sole contributor for months now. I love her. Anywho....I have a love/hate relationship with crafts. When I love them, I LOVE them. When I hate them, thinking about crafting makes me feel sick in my tummy.
With that said, when fall and winter holidays are on the horizon, I start to get the crafting itch. Thus, the sudden desire to actually post on the blog! YAY!
Alright, enough blabbing. Let's get to the purpose of the post.
Shortly after Tori published THIS post on Shenanigans, I called her to tell her that I had done the EXACT same thing in my house. I got so tired of looking at my decor and I felt the desire to freshen up the colors in my kitchen. I wanted to throw all of my decor in the garbage and start from scratch. (Sometimes I do that.) However, I resisted the urge and thought about how I could make myself like my stuff again. SPRAY PAINT came to mind. I spent the next few hours gathering all the stuff I was tempted to trash and painted it.
Here's what I came up with.The star needed a re-do. I love the color.

I sprayed these things Ivory to go in a flower arrangement.

I sprayed the little hook to hold my cute apron that Tori made for me.
Did you know you can spray paint wicker baskets?

Remember THIS plate? Well, I was tired of it so I soaked it in warm water to take off the mod podge and added this cute little vinyl bird instead. I also sprayed the stars ivory and the little LIVE thing.

It's amazing what a little paint here and there can do to brighten up a room.


A New Favorite!

You may have already heard of this website, but it has nearly changed my life! It's called Tip Junkie. Laurie is THE tip junkie! I can liken it to a gigantic linky party, that's archived, organized, and focused on economical/DIY. In addition to the ideas that came to me on this site, I got exposed to many new blogs, including one that sang to my heart, named I Heart Organizing. Are you kidding me??? How did I not know this one existed?! Another new treasure is Living Locurto, where she shares amazing printables, recipes, party planning, and home decor ideas.

Just after spending time in the "free printables" section of Tip Junkie, I have seen tons of resources for a variety of themed birthday parties, home organization, childrens' activities, home decor, gift ideas, and many more things! Here are just a few of my many, many faves:

Cute recipe cards for homemade play dough. Great for a hosting a playgroup activity!

This ridiculously cute birthday party printable pack

And for those of you who are already thinking of Halloween (ummm, I totally am!), Tip Junkie put 20 great Halloween resources all together in one list here. It's a fantastic collection! You MUST check it out!

One final website I'm featuring today is Sprik Space. She is so kind to share a ga-jillion beautiful, free printables for home decor and holidays.

I downloaded this one because I recently started singing this song to my little lady. The first time I sang it, she got super still and quiet as we were cuddling on the couch, and she said, "That's a pretty song, mommy."


Guest Post and Tutorial- Amazing Wall Art!

Amy is my super talented friend, who always amazes me with her ability to recreate virtually anything she sees! I'm dying over this Wall Art she created, and now she's sharing her secrets with us! Here she is...

Hey Shenanigans readers!

My name is Amy and I am kind of new to this blogging business. I finally gave in and decided to explore the world of blogging a few months ago. I admit I am a craft blog stalker. I marvel over all the wonderfully creative things everyone makes and blogs about. You can check out my Pinterest boards where I have started to pin all the fun and crazy things I have found.

Tori and I met when we both moved out to St. Louis so that our husbands could start medical school. We have been craft buddies ever since. When I showed Tori my latest art piece that I made for my living room she insisted on me sharing it with the blogging world. She asked me to do a guest post. I have read enough blogs to know that this is a big deal. I feel so honored!

I call this my multi-canvas art piece masterpiece!

This is a partial tutorial since I didn’t take any pictures during the process. And most of the canvases are painted more or less free hand. Sorry. But I did draw some diagrams to help you visualize some of the steps on how to make your own canvas. And if you are artistic in the least bit, which you probably are if you are following craft blogs, you can paint these things if you use a template or stencil.

There are several ways to approach this project; some may be easier than others or even easier than what I did. I just jumped right in without thinking too hard about the process.

One day as I was browsing all the talent out there on craft blogs I came across this DIY art piece at Project Nursery. I really liked the multi-canvas idea and thought I would make something similar. I am a stay at home mom and married to a medical student, so we are on a tight budget. I couldn’t afford to just go out and buy 9 canvas pieces. A 12”x12” canvas (with a 40% off coupon) costs about $5 each. I decided to make my own ‘canvas’ instead since I could make them for just under $2 each (with my 40% off coupon). If you can afford to buy the canvas, I would strongly recommend it.

Supplies that you will need:

· (5) 20”x30” Canson Art Board – It is about 1/16” thick and has a slight tooth.*

· Ruler

· Pencil

· Eraser

· X-acto knife

· Cutting Mat

· Elmer’s Glue

· Dark Brown Paint (Edge color)

· Green Paint (Accent color)

· White Paint

· Paint Brushes of various sizes

· Card Stock

· Cricut machine (not required)

· Items to make your own stencil (optional)

*I bought my art board at Hobby Lobby. It is sometimes called illustration board as well.

Making the Canvas:

Using a pencil and ruler draw (2) 12” squares on the back side of each art board. This will give you 10 squares (1 extra in case you mess up.) Then in the remaining space on one of the art boards draw (20) 1”x12” strips. In the remaining spaces on a second art board, draw (20) 1”x11 7/8” strips. You will have 40 strips total.

Place a cutting mat under the art board and using the X-acto knife cut out each square and all of the strips.

You are going to make a shallow box which will become your canvas.

On the back side (wrong side) of the art board, place a small line of Elmer’s glue along one edge. Place a 1”x12” strip with the tooth side facing out perpendicular (90 degrees) to the 12” square along the edge. Hold in place for a few minutes until glue become tacky and strip remains in place. Repeat with another 1”x12” strip on the opposite side of the square.

Now glue the 1”x11 7/8’” strips on the 2 remaining side of the box as you did in the previous step. Now you can see that cutting the strip 1/8” shorter allows these strips to fit perfectly inside the other 2 strips.

Repeat for each 12” square canvas. Now you can see why it would be easier to just buy the canvas if you can afford it.

After the canvas has been assembled, allow to dry overnight. Then paint the edges of the canvas. I painted the edges of my canvas a dark brown since the wall I put them on was a medium brown. You could also use black paint.

I decided to use some of the original patterns from Project Nursery and then found some other images that I wanted to use for the rest of the canvases on the internet. I just Googled things like ‘modern art’ or ‘damask’. You can use any patterns your little heart desires.

Line Canvas:

For the line canvases, cut out (16) 1/4” thick strips from 12” cardstock to use as a template. Arrange the strips on the canvas as desired and trace with a pencil.

Trace the SAME pattern on both of the canvases. Use the first canvas that has the lines drawn on it to mark the location of the lines for the second canvas. To do this, lay the blank canvas flat and placed the lined canvas on top with the top edge against the face of the other canvas so it is at a 90 degree angle along the top edge of the blank canvas.

Mark the locations of the lines at the top of the canvas. Flip the upper canvas over and move it to the opposite end to mark the locations of the lines at the bottom of the canvas. Using the cardstock strips as a template, draw the line pattern on the second canvas...

Using the green paint (or your accent color), paint the lines on one of the canvas. Use the white paint to paint the remaining areas of the canvas to hide any smears or mistakes. You have to commit to the white paint; you can’t just touch up here or there otherwise you will be able to see where you painted the white. On the second canvas, paint the lines white and the background green. When hanging the line canvases, rotate one canvas 180 degrees.

Circle Canvas:

To make the circle canvas set I used my Cricut to cut out 2 1/2” diameter circles, but you can use anything with a 2 1/2” diameter as a template. Start by lightly drawing a grid on 2 of the canvases. Draw a very light vertical line down the center and then draw light lines 2 3/8” out from each line so that you have 5 vertical lines.

Find the middle of the canvas horizontally. Draw a very light line 1 3/16” above the center and one line 1 3/16” below the center. Then draw a light line 2 3/8” away from those lines.

Find the center of your circles by either folding them in half or drawings lines through them. Place the circle template on the canvas with the center of the circle at the intersection of each line. Trace the circle. The top and bottom rows you will only need to trace half of the circle, as the other half hangs off the edge. Repeat for the second canvas.

On one canvas, paint the circles white and the negative space between the circles green. On the second canvas, paint the circles green and the negative space between the circles white.


For these canvases, I just free handed the lines with a pencil and then painted the canvas. I am sorry that there is no template or an easy way to do it.


For these canvases I printed off the image on cardstock at the scale I wanted. I cut out the basic shape as a template and traced the outline of the flowers onto the canvas to get the placing. Then I free handed the details.

For those of you who do not feel comfortable free handing the design, you could make a stencil. To make a stencil, print of the pattern at the desired scale. This will take some trial and error and the image may need to be cropped in order to get a larger scale.

Place a transparancy over top and trace with a marker onto the transparancy. Using an X-acto knife, cut out the pattern. Then lay the transparancy onto the canvas and trace the pattern onto the canvas.

Tori said that she has also found a make your own stencil kits at Walmart. Live.Love.Craft has a tutorial on a DIY stencil.

I found the image for this canvas on Lucky Art

The image for this canvas came from Graphique Gallery.

Damask Pattern:

This is the canvas that almost made me lose my sanity. I am not sure if it was just because it was the last one I made or if it was just so detailed.

Find a pattern by serching Google Images for ‘damask’. You can use any damask pattern you like. I found this damask pattern by searching ‘ green damask.’ The image I used is from a website that is no longer available but the image is still on Google. I printed this pattern off at a slightly larger scale than what originally fit on an 8 1/2”x11”. I cut out the overall diamond shape. I drew a few light vertical guidelines so that all the diamond shapes would line up. Then I traced the diamond shape onto the canvas. After that I went back and free handed the detail and painted it. Once again, you can make your own stencil.

Assembling the Masterpiece:

Once all your canvases are complete, hang them on the wall using 2 nails spaced approximately 4” apart with a 2” space between each canvas. Make sure you use a level so that all of your edges line up and the canvas hangs straight. I initially used one nail per canvas. I accidentaly bumped one canvas trying to hang the last canvas up and they all came falling down. (One of the corners got dented and I just about cried.) Using 2 nails makes them more stable.

Then step back and admire your work! You better believe I did…and do almost every day. If you worked that hard on something, don’t be afraid to show it off.

Thanks for letting me share my latest project with you and thanks for putting up with my first ever attempt at a craft tutorial. Hopefully this has inspired you to do something creative. Have fun!

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