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DIY Ballerina Sign

DIY Ballerina Sign

This whimsical floral ballerina sign is an inexpensive craft you can easily make to decorate the walls of a little girls room or nursery.

This whimsical ballerina wall art is an easy and affordable craft you can make to decorate a little girls room.

Wall art can be so expensive at stores. That's why I like to make my own. I recently created this adorable ballerina themed art as a decoration for my girls' shared bedroom and just LOVE the way it turned out. If you'd like to craft one too, you can follow along with these step-by-step directions.

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Materials Needed: 

Step 1: Begin by painting a canvas or wood plaque with craft paint in the color of your choice. The color I used is DecoArt Turquoise. 

How to paint a ballerina sign

Step 2: Load vinyl onto your Silhouette cutting mat.

Ballerina Craft Using Vinyl

Open the free cut file in Silhouette Design Studio and scale it to the right size to fit on your canvas or board. Change the cut settings to vinyl and cut.

Free ballerina cut file

Step 4: Transfer the ballerina shape to the sign. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding the vinyl or it won't stick very well.

Step 5: Remove the silk flowers from their stems and glue them onto the sign to create the ballerina's skirt. I arranged my flowers first to make sure I liked the way they looked, then I glued them in place.

And that's all it takes to create this cute ballerina sign!

Create a ballerina sign using craft vinyl and silk flowers

Here are five variations of this project that would also be fun to try:
  1. Use silk leaves to make the skirt of the ballerina.
  2. Create several different ballerina signs in different colors to make a gallery wall.
  3. Use tulle to create a fabric skirt for the ballerina.
  4. Make rolled paper flowers for the skirt instead of using silk flowers.
  5. Scale the ballerina larger so just her skirt and feet are showing on the canvas.
Ballerina themed wall art that's easy to make

You might also like these craft projects:

Mason jar sign filled with paper flowers
Rolled Paper Flower Mason Jar Sign

A rainbow of 3D paper flowers create the focal point in this room's decor
Giant Paper Flower Window Treatment

This DIY Ballerina Wall Art is a simple and inexpensive craft you can make to decorate a little girls room. DIY sign ideas. Ballerina Craft Ideas
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She's Got Grit Free Printable

She's Got Grit Free Printable

I've got a fun printable to share with you today... and it's free!

Life has been exhausting for me lately. We're trying so hard to finish up our massive kitchen remodel, I work on this little ol' blog like a lot, and it's summer... which means the kids are home 24/7 and we have a never-ending stream of family reunions, picnics, camping trips, and baseball games. Don't get me wrong. I love my life! But it is exhausting. I. AM. SO. TIRED.

That's why I made this print. I needed the reminder that I can do hard things. I'm not perfect, but I've got grit and I'm going to keep on keepin' on. As a mother, as a business woman, as a creator.

And I know I'm not the only one out there who feels this way. So go ahead, download it and enjoy!

This is my little gift to you, my dear online friends, to say thank you for reading my blog, for leaving me comments that cheer me on, and for inspiring me to keep creating and working toward my goals.

The image is set to print in an 8 x 10" format, but you could adjust it directly in your print settings or in a photo editing program like PicMonkey or Photoshop.

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Small Changes, Big Impact Bathroom Makeover

Small Changes, Big Impact Bathroom Makeover

This post is sponsored by Moen.

Sometimes it doesn't take a full remodel to give a bathroom a whole new look. Our upstairs bathroom is the perfect example. We were able to update the whole look and feel of the room without doing any heavy construction. 

Bathroom decorating ideas and framing a bathroom mirror

This is what it looked like before:

Light and Bright Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover

The room was dark and dated.

We started by painting the whole bathroom light gray. Then we framed the mirror with wood, changed out the cabinet hardware and added fresh accessories.

Next, we replaced the old, cheap faucets with gorgeous new ones from Moen's Hamden collection

The old faucets were corroded, cheap, small and had no style at all. Unless you count "bad hotel" as a style... ha!

Aren't the new faucets GORGEOUS?! I love the pretty curves of the handles. They are made with a spot-resist brushed finish that will help them stay looking great, even when the kids splash around.

Bathroom fixtures that are easy to clean

The added height of the spout makes washing my face so much more pleasant. The water is so much easier to reach!

Easy install modern spot resist bathroom sink faucet

We installed the matching Hamden towel ring and toilet paper holder too.

Spot resist stainless steel bathroom fixtures

The accessories featured the Press & Mark system, which took all of the guess work out of hanging the fixtures. They have a built-in stamp that you press against the wall and it marks where the holes need to be drilled. Isn't that the most amazing idea? I was able to hang the hardware in a snap thanks to that handy feature.

Brushed nickel towel ring, towel bars and toilet paper holders

The new towel bar looks so sleek and really compliments the faucets. I am very pleased!

Bathroom makeover

If we had an unlimited budget and unlimited time, we would love to get a new vanity, new floor tile and a new tub surround, but because of these smaller changes, we'll be happy with this bathroom for years to come.

Pretty and easy updates for a small bathroom

Bathroom decor ideas

Last but not least, here's the side-by-side comparison. Isn't it amazing that such small changes can completely transform a room?

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The Trick to Perfect, Crisp Caulk Lines

The Trick to Perfect, Crisp Caulk Lines

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Let's talk caulk for a minute. I like to refer to it as "magic in a tube." As we've been remodeling our home, I am always amazed at the power of caulk to smooth things out and make our projects look finished off and pretty. I've used about 30 tubes of caulk in this home in the last 2+ years and because I've done soooooo much caulking, I've picked up a few tricks along the way.

Today I'm going to share the secret to getting perfectly crisp caulk lines on crown molding, baseboards, trim and anywhere that the caulk line goes against a contrasting surface.

The secret weapon? FrogTape! This stuff is amazing! All FrogTape® brand painter’s tapes are treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super-absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed and the need for touch-ups. The results are crisp, clean lines... with paint AND caulk.

If you've ever caulked a line between contrasting surfaces, you know what happens... when you go to smooth the caulk out, it smears all over the place. You can end up with a big mess in a hurry. Then you have to find a way to wipe it all off and it just takes forever and makes you grumpy. (Or maybe that's just me.... no?)

There is a better way, friends!!

To get perfect caulk lines with no headaches, follow these four easy steps:

1. Tape along the edge of the molding. In the photo, you'll see that I only taped along the bottom edge of our molding. The top edge didn't need it because I was caulking between white trim and a white ceiling, so the caulk lines don't show. But I really wanted a crisp line between the blue paint and the white trim, so that's where the FrogTape comes in.

2. Run a bead of caulk along the edge you need to fill in.

3. Smooth the bead with your finger.

4. While the caulk is still wet, pull the FrogTape gently away, revealing a perfect, pretty caulk line!

I used the same technique with grout when we installed our tile kitchen backsplash. I wanted a sharp grout line in the seam between the backsplash and the countertops, so I taped it all off with FrogTape, applied the grout, then peeled the tape away. It really is the best way to get straight caulk lines. I'll never go back to the smeary mess of the past.

I'm painting my kitchen cabinets in the next few weeks, and you better believe I'll be taping everything off with FrogTape. It's the only tape I trust to protect my brand new wood floors and marble backsplash from paint bleed.

FrogTape has compiled an inspiring list of 2017 FrogTape® Design Trends. Adding crown molding to our room definitely fits with the "Timeless Touch" trend. I mean, is there anything more timeless than crown molding? If you're a DIY or home nerd like me, go check it out. SO. MUCH. INSPIRATION.

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DIY Felt and Vinyl Alphabet Matching Game

DIY Felt and Vinyl Alphabet Matching Game

A big thank you to Expressions Vinyl for sponsoring this post. Affliliate links may be used.

Hi there my crafty peeps! How's your summer shaping up so far?

I've got a fun and colorful craft project to share with you today. If you've got preschool aged kids or grandkids, this little alphabet activity book matching game has quickly become a HUGE hit at my house. And the good news is that it's super quick to work up and sewing is optional. Anyone can make this book!

Also, Expressions Vinyl is giving away a $50 gift card to their store, so be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to enter. The odds are looking pretty good so far and I sure would love one of you to win!

Alphabet matching game made with heat transfer vinyl

The matching game is shaped like a book and has little felt letter squares that your child can match to the letters inside the book. 

Alphabet Book Craft

The front cover even has a pocket to store all of the letters!

Craft this cute preschool matching game out of felt and heat transfer vinyl.

The blank back page is the perfect place for your child to practice making words.

So fun, right? Let me show you how I made it so you can make one too.

You will need:
Felt Alphabet Activity Book

White Easy Weed Heat Transfer Vinyl
Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl
2 matching felt sheets, approximately 9" x 12"
1 white felt scrap approximately 6" x 7"
26 felt pieces cut into 2" x 2" squares

Step 1. In Silhouette Design Studio, choose a font and type out the letters of the alphabet, then double it since you'll need two of each letter. Size the letters to fit within a two inch square. Helpful hint: Double check to make sure the letter W fits within two inches, since it's usually the widest letter. MIRROR the letters, then adjust the cut settings for heat transfer vinyl. Insert the heat transfer vinyl into the Silhouette shiny side down, then let the machine cut out your alphabets!

Cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl with the Silhouette Machine

Step 2. Once the cut job is done, weed the extra vinyl, leaving the letters stuck to the clear backing paper.

How to use craft vinyl to make words

They should look something like this:

Mirror image, then peel away excess, leaving design on clear backing paper

Step 3. Cut each letter apart.

Tricks for using heat transfer vinyl

Step 4. Save one set of letters for later. Iron the other letters onto the felt squares.

Make a cute felt alphabet matching game!

Step 5. Peel away the clear backing paper and the vinyl should be stuck to the felt.

Peel clear paper backing away after ironing

Step 6. Iron the other set of letters to the two full sized sheets of felt. 

DIY this cute book to teach kids their alphabet

Step 7. Sandwich the two sheets together so that the letters are touching and sew one edge together to make a book. You could also hot glue the pages together if you are sew-a-phobic.

Alphabet matching game DIY

Step 8. Next, go back to Silhouette Design Studio and write out whatever words you would like on the pocket. I simply wrote, "My Alphabet Book" but this would be a great chance to customize the book with a child's name.

If you choose a cursive font, weld the letters together, then mirror the image. DON'T FORGET TO MIRROR!

The cut settings for glitter heat transfer vinyl should be set to BLADE:4  SPEED:4  THICKNESS:18. 

Load the glitter heat transfer vinyl into the machine with the shiny side down, then cut out your design.

Step 9. Cut a pocket piece from felt. Mine was about 6"x 7". Iron the glitter words to the front of the pocket. I sewed a decorative line around the edges of my pocket, but that is totally optional.

Create a personalized felt book for kids

Step 10. Use hot glue to attach the pocket to the front of the book. Run a small bead of hot glue around the left, bottom and right edges of the pocket and DO NOT put any glue on the top edge... or it won't be much of a pocket. Ha ha!

Alphabet Matching Game from felt and craft vinyl

Now you can fill the pocket with all of the letter squares and the project is complete!

Alphabet matching game made from felt

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