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show & tell: handmade ideas, how-to’s & tutorials

by @according2kelly on August 3, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we are baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go, you just have to keep reading…

now that we’ve spent literally weeks playing filling your pretty little heads with all kinds of crafty & creative things to make, bake & sew, it’s time to play show & tell. be sure link up YOUR best handmade gift ideas, how-to’s & tutorials below. let’s gather all of the best handmade gift ideas in one handy-dandy place.

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crafted with love printables from eighteen25

by @according2kelly on August 2, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. but, don’t worry, we aren’t quite there… yet. be sure to stop by tomorrow for the big finale. one final wrap up of EVERY project. & don’t think i am going to let you escape without doing any work. so be prepared. tomorrow i will be asking YOU to link to your best homemade gift ideas, how-to’s & tutorials, to share with all the world.

so today, our featured blogger or should i say (bloggers) are the sisters jennifer, jamie & jodie – the fabulous ladies behind the the fabulous eighteen25. what good is a crafty & creative handmade gift, if you don’t have a crafty & creative tag to go along with it?

this sheet of 6 printable tags are the perfect finishing touch to any handmade gift. & don’t worry, skip to my lou is featuring “sewn with love” tags & a southern fairytale has “from the kitchen of:” tags… so, really & truly, we’ve got you covered.

in order to make these tags your very own crafted with love gift tags, simply download the pdf HERE, or save THIS jpeg to your computer. then handwrite, or use your favorite photo editing software to add your name. & don’t worry if you don’t have photoshop (or something similar), you can even use picnik (a free photo editing software). simply upload THIS jpeg to picnik, choose you photo to edit, click on the “create” tab, then the “text” tab. type your text, select your font, color & font size (i prefer something basic like “arial”, or if you have the paid version “ff market” is cute too, in the color 86B545 – it’s green & matches just perfectly!), save it to your computer & viola! perfectly personalized gift tags!

for more great ideas visit jennifer, jamie & jodie at eighteen25. stopping by there is always such a treat. tons of kid’s crafts, delicious goodies, but my personal favorites are their free printables. teacher & pretty much any kind of “appreciation” printables, treat jar toppers, “to do” frame & so much more.

about eighteen25: born + raised (and still here) in vegas. us three sisters grew up in a little brick house on the east side of town. the number hammered onto our mailbox was 1825. we live only miles from each other now and get together as much as possible to play. with 11 kids between the three of us, the more playtime, the better.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the girl that always manages to bring a smile to my face, jessica of happy together. jessica writes…

Have some of these?

Lots of Hoops

Well, did you know that you can totally customize them for yourself?

A Plate Full of Beautifuls

It’s so much better to have things that make you stand out in a good way because no one else has them.

Stacked Up

You get to put your own personality into it. Your favorite colors. Your favorite yarn. And the list goes on and on.

All Together Now

It’s really easy to do and looks cute too. See?

Knotted Earrings On
Trim Earrings On

I have totally been rockin’ these since I made them. I go through a love/hate relationship with hoop earrings, but right now I’m in the love phase.

Knotted Hoop Earrings

Here is how to cover them in thread by knotting. You will need thread (or you could use yarn) and a hot glue gun.

Knotting with Thread

a. Cut a long piece of embroidery thread place the middle of the strand underneath the earring. Make a knot.
b. You can hook the earring onto something like your shoe to help hold it in place if you like. I also stuck it in between my knees to help.
c. After the first knot is made, one strand will be to the right and one to the left.
d. Take the piece on the left side and slip it under the earring to the right side. Then take the original piece on the right and slip it under the earring to the left side.
e. Now the strands look like they are coming from underneath.
f. Tie a knot. Continue repeating d-f a few more times. Then, dab some hot glue on the end of the hoop where you started knotting. Slip the first few knots over it to help secure it. Then continue on with knotting until you completely cover the hoop. End by dabbing a small amount of hot glue on the end and putting the knots over it. Cut the ends off and dab a bit of glue over that spot where you cut them.
*You can change the color as well to create a striped look. Just simply take a new color and knot it where you did the last knot, but making sure to knot over the previous colors strands. Knot over the other color a few time them trim them. You can also do this if you run out of thread and need to add more.

Crocheted Hoop Earrings

For these, just grab a crochet hook and yarn of your choice. The size of your hook and yarn will determine the final look.

Crocheting A Hoop Earring

a. Yarn over hook.
b. Place hoop over yarn by hook.
c. Yarn over hook (I grabbed the little strand as well to cover it up)
d. Pull top loop (or in my case, two loops) under bottom loop.
e. Place crochet hook under hoop.
f. Yarn over hook and pull back under hoop. Now you should have two loops (in my case three because I was still using the small beginning strand too, but it ran out soon and I clipped it off). Pull the top loop under the bottom loop. Repeat e-f until covered.
*After crocheting over the hoop a few times, I dabbed some hot glue at the end of the hoop where I began and put the yarn over it to secure it. Do this again at the end. If the yarn ends are sticking out (like below), glue them down too. I kind of wrapped mine a bit then glued them.
Finished Crocheted

With Trim

You can easily add a trim to the earrings as well. Here I just hot glued on a mini pom-pom trim. You could glue some pretty ribbon on or whatever you might have in your stash.

Fabric Wrapped Earrings

And, how easy to use up some leftover fabric than this? Just cut some skinny strips of fabric to begin with. Then hot glue the end of it at one end and start wrapping the fabric around. Continue placing hot glue on hoop to help hold the fabric in place.


for more great ideas visit jessica at happy together. there you will find a plethora of tutorials. everything from scribbled flower t-shirt how-to’s, quick & easy glass dessert stands, & look a like ribbon & pearl necklace.


about jessica: my name is Jessica and I am blessed to be a Coastie wife, to stay home with my daughter, and craft on the side. I have a blog , Happy Together, where I share my crafting endeavors, tutorials, and more. I also have an etsy shop (www.ohsohappytogether.etsy.com) where I sell my patterns and other things.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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tiered trays from joy’s hope

by @according2kelly on July 31, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the cute & darling (because they really are two totally different things), colorful & bright, julie of  the blog joy’s hope. julie writes…

Tiered Tray Tutorial

A rainbow of Dollar Tree goodness has descended upon my house.
Meet the new family of tiered trays.
I have a feeling they might just make you smile.
Then want to have a party.
Or organize your jewelry.
Or desk.
But first you need to head to Dollar Tree and pick up:
One tube of Super Glue Fix-All Adhesive,
three silver-esque trays,
two crystal-esque candlesticks,
per tiered tray that you plan to make.
Be warned.
You will want to make many more than just one.
Many, many, more.

On your way home stop by your fave hardware or craft store to get
spray paint,
spray primer &
a mask.

This is stinky business.

Also get a canvas tarp if you don’t have one.
Canvas tarp: $20.
Husband happy that you didn’t spray paint the patio: priceless.
Best investment ever.

First spray the front and back of each tray and candlestick with primer.
Sort of an annoying step, but so very worth it, considering how shiny and smooth they are.
This will help the color stick and stay on through what is sure to be many a use.

Then start your rainbow party.
Two to three light coats is the way to go.
Be patient.  Spray paint dries fast, but drips and goops if you get all crazy and lay it on too heavy.
Spray the bottoms of the trays too, since you will be able to see them, if even just a little.

The starfish has nothing to do with this project.  It is just another casualty of my need to change things. Nothing is safe when I have a can of spray paint in my hands.  White starfish on a white shelf.  Lame. Sunshine yellow starfish on a white shelf.  Awesome.

Mix and match the colors together to find what combos you like the most.
I thought that I would like them all together.
I don’t.
Which is weird since I adore un-matching things.
But this was a bit too…
Too something.

I also thought that I would leave some of the candlesticks clear, but as usual, I can’t refrain from the paint.

After trying a few different glues, I was happiest with Gorilla Super Glue.
J/K!!!

Apparently if you want your tray to hold more than air and if you ever want to touch it or move it, DO NOT use Gorilla Super Glue.  It is awesome for many other uses.  Tray making, not so much.

I went back to Dollar Tree and picked up a tube of Super Glue’s Fix-All Adhesive.  It is amazing.  Stinky, but amazing.  E-6000 is another great choice of adhesive.  Stinky though.

Run a bead of glue along the bottom of each candlestick and then press it to the center of the bottom of two of the trays.

Let dry.

By using the candlesticks upside down, you get more useable area on your trays.

When the glue is dry, flip it over and attach the third tray on top.

Again, let dry with added weight for better adhesion.

When this tier is dry, add the other tray and candlestick beneath it.

Let dry.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Smile, smile, smile.

I really only meant to make one tray.

But how could I resist these colors?

From Home Depot-
Rust-Oleum:
Sun Yellow Gloss
Berry Pink Gloss
Key Lime Gloss

From Michael’s-
Valspar Petrol Blue- Silk

The Valspar is my new boyfriend.  Not only is it the best color EVER, but it covered even better that the Rust-Oleum which actually covers pretty dang well.

I heart you Valspar.

{Keep in mind that these trays are
NOT food safe or dishwasher safe.}

But don’t let that stop you from using them for parties.  You just need to be a little careful and creative. I plan on using cupcake liners, doilies or scrapbook papers underneath the food, to keep my guests from dropping dead at our parties.  That would be brutal on our already expensive homeowner’s policy.

But mostly they are going to be eye candy organization.

I think even a stack of bills would become suddenly delightful on one of these beauties.

I can’t decide which one is my favorite.
My husband can’t decide if I have gone tray crazy.
Perhaps I have.
But that is just fine by me.

Peace out, girl scouts.

for more great ideas visit julie at joy’s hope. she’s fun & cute, & makes you wish she was your new bff. if you don’t mind my making suggestions, i just know you are going to love her accidental chalkboard tutorial & her recipe for salted caramel cupcakes – yum!

about julie: Hi. I’m Julie. A nerdy, Jesus loving, recovering Diet Pepsi addict. I am all about flip flops on rainy days, English literature, going to the movies alone and anything turquoise. I can’t be in the same room as someone eating a popsicle and the smell of ketchup or bananas makes me gag. I used to hate the color pink, but now have a houseful of girls. I am married to a youth pastor, wish I was still a teenager and would go back to high school in minute. I look forward to the day when vampires are “so 2010″ and am not ashamed to admit my love for Star Wars or the fact that I pretend that Dave Matthews is my boyfriend. I am a horrible sleeper, have a compulsive need to sew something every day and fight with my A.D.D. on a continual basis. I hate talking on the phone, or talking in general, but am the best listener you will find, fiercely loyal and way too sensitive for my own good. I don’t remember the last time I was bored and having a day with nothing to do is what I dream about. I may or may not need to enter a twelve step program for spray paint addiction. My blog makes me look much craftier, cooler and funnier than I actually am. {DrewB. is responsible for making me so sassy.}

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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fingerprint pendants from the crafty crow

by @according2kelly on July 30, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is none other than the always-amazing cassi of the crafty crow – the original children’s craft collective & the always-inspiring bella dia. cassi writes…

Fingerprint Pendant Tutorial 14 fingerprint pendant

You probably have a handprint of your little
one recorded in plaster somewhere but it’s not
exactly something that you can carry with you.
With this fingerprint pendant, you can create a
precious keepsake as well as a one-of-a-kind
piece of jewelry!

*click on pictures to enlarge*
1 fingerprint pendant
Materials:
white polymer clay*
32″ waxed string or your preference**
round wood toothpick or skewer
smooth round-bodied pen
trimmed plastic lid
wax paper to work on
2 fingerprint pendant
1: roll a small ball of clay (about a ½” in diameter)
3 fingerprint pendant
2: use your round pen as a rolling pin and gently
roll the ball to ¼” in both directions
4 fingerprint pendant
3: using your “rolling pen” create an oval shape
5 fingerprint pendant
4: shape the upper portion of your pendant as
seen above – I use my pinkie fingers
6 fingerprint pendant
5: use the wood skewer to make a hole for
stringing; roll the skewer between your fingers
at the same time as you rotate it around the
hole to get it nice and smooth
7 fingerprint pendant
6: take your child’s finger and press down into
the clay to make a nice clean print
8 fingerprint pendant
7: once your happy with the print it’s
ready for baking
9 fingerprint pendant
8: use your plastic disc to transfer the pendant
to your baking sheet; follow the directions for
your clay; for mine, I
bake it in a 275˚ oven
for 15 minutes
10 fingerprint pendant
11 fingerprint pendant
9: after the pendant has cooled you can string it;
fold your string in half and put the loop through the
hole from the front to the back then pull the two
loose ends through the loop and knot the loose ends

If you would like to add a sealer then do
that before stringing. Make sure you use a
light coat or the fine print lines will be lost.

(This pendant is different from the one pictured in the
previoussteps and is not my preferred oval shape.)

12 fingerprint pendant
10: All done and ready to wear!

These little pendants are great as ornaments too!

*I experimented with several kinds of
polymer clay and found that Original Sculpey
and Craft Smart (from Michael’s) worked the
best to get a detailed fingerprint. Also, they
are a bit softer so you don’t have to mash
your child’s finger for the sake of art.

**You can use any type of “string” that you
would like. Satiny rat tail will give it a dressier
look. I like being able to slip the necklace
over my head but if you want it shorter
you’ll have to add a clasp to the ends.

for more great ideas visit cassi at the crafty crow. she’s got more ideas than you could every imagine, including pages & pages of crafts dedicated to christmas & gifts. be sure to check out her HUGE list of free gift tag printables, as well as her DIY book of vintage sewing cards & paper dolls & vintage vertical stripe crocheted blanket pattern.

about cassi: I’m a single mom to the three best kids in the world and we live in the mountains of central Idaho. Our daily life revolves around homeschooling and taking care of our many animals.  Although I’ve been crafting most of my life I began blogging about it in the fall of 2004.  Everyday I feel fortunate to be a part of this generous and supportive crafting community.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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fabric ornaments from mod podge rocks

by @according2kelly on July 29, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of my blogging idols, the queen of all things decoupage  - amy of mod podge rocks. amy writes…

Fabric Ornament Tutorial

I know that right now many of you have little ones at home – they are out of school, it’s hot outside and they are bored. Good news – Mod Podge is here to help. Set your kids at a table with these fabric scrap ornaments and let them go to town. They are so easy and inexpensive, you probably have everything you need already, and your kids are going to have a great time.

Supplies & Tools:

Mod Podge® – your choice of flavors. I used Glitter Gold, Glitter Silver and Gloss

Paper mache ornaments – as many as you want to make
Fabric scraps – I didn’t have any holiday ones specially so I bought 1/8 yard pieces from JoAnn. They were only around $.30 a piece with the sales right now
Embellishments – whatever you have laying around; I used ribbon and buttons
Flat Paint Brush – one for everyone!
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Scissors
Here are the goods. A couple of paper balls and some fabric. Oh, styrofoam works too, but I liked these because the hanger was attached. I have little patience when it comes to hanger-ing.

Cut your fabric into manageable bits – circles, sqaures, octahedrons – whatever! Parents, you obviously might want to do this part depending on the child’s age.

Kids love to get messy, and so do I! Work one or two shapes at a time, putting Mod Podge down on the ball and then placing the fabric squares. Tell the kids not to do too big of an area at once – we don’t want crying when the Mod Podge dries and nothing sticks!

Kids should keep coating and adding fabric. I had a great time! Cover the entire ball.

Use your Glitter Podges to coat the outsides. It’s so fun and it really sparkles. Add as many coats as you like!

Set the ornaments asie to dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Use your Beacon craft glue to add embellishments. I added buttons, ribbon, etc – whatever floats your boat! Again, make sure your glue is child safe if the little ones are going to be attaching embellishments. Set to dry for at least a few hours before hanging on the tree.

Your kids had a great time, didn’t they? This might be good for them to make as gifts for family members. You can even have them Mod Podge pictures of themselves or names on top. And as I said, you can use Christmas fabrics, but it would also be fun to use any fabrics and embellishments you have lying around.

for more great ideas visit amy at mod podge rocks. her site is FULL of tutorials & ideas. you could easily spend hours browsing. but i’d suggest you start with her tutorial for some fun wall art, button art, mod podge screen printing, or polka-stripey tray.

about amy: I am a 33-year-old transplant from Seattle living in Atlanta, Georgia. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. I do all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as I can. In addition to Mod Podge, I love the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Who knew I would love it this much?

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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holiday coasters from i never grew up

by @according2kelly on July 28, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of my blogging favorites – vanessa of i never grew up. vanessa writes…

Personalized Holiday Coasters

Disclaimer: Don’t judge me on my lack of cutting out perfect circles, it hard for me! Also gotta love how I did my Christmas craft OUTSIDE, it is Christmas in July after-all!

I saw this roll of cork-board in the craft store and this idea just came to me and I am so excited. I feel like these personalized Holiday Coasters are perfect for everyone and especially the people on your list that can be hard to shop for; men, grandparents, neighbor gifts, etc. It is in-expensive, easy yet personable at the same time.

Supplies:

Roll of Cork-board OR Slat of Thicken Cork-Board (the slat is more expensive but they you don’t worry about rolled edges that you get from the roll of cork-board)

Craft Knife

Cutting Mat

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

Holiday Paper, Pictures, Art from your Kids, Print out of Personalized Saying, lots of different options!

Directions:

1. Trace the opening of a cup onto the cork-board, I did a regular sized plastic cup and also a “Big Gulp” sized cup to have some coasters that are a bit larger. Also trace the cup size on the photos, paper, etc that you are using to go on the coasters.

2. Cut out the cork-board and also the paper or pictures you are using to attach to them.

3. Mod Podge with a Foam Brush one side of the cork-board and place the paper on top then mod podge over the top of that.

4. Let dry and Mod Podge the top again.

5. Now when using the cork-board that comes in a roll (which is usually much cheaper) you are going to deal with a bit of rolled corners. You can always after they are fully drive put them under some blocks or phone books to take away that problem.

I think it would be cute to pair these with some glasses and a drink that matches the person’s personality and likes (dislikes) along with the coasters. You could put these in a fun see through bag attached to a bottle of Sparkling Cider!

This is what I will be making for neighbor gifts, stuffing stockers and for great grandparent gifts!

for more great ideas be sure to visit vanessa at i never grew up. her site is full of kid friendly crafts, perfect for the holidays… check out her clay necklace, wooden spoon dollies, or her amazing sidewalk chalk tutorial.

about vanessa: Vanessa blogs over at INeverGrewUp.net on everything from healthy family recipes to art projects to do with the kiddos to their brand new backyard chickens! She also runs MomsMakeMoneyBlogging.com and AKickintheBuzz.com her two businesses. She is married to celebrity dog trainer Ty Brown and has 3 dogs and 2 beautiful girls. Currently she resides in Utah. She keeps busy with new hobbies, last month it was to private photography lessons, this month food photography lessons and next month guitar lessons!

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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subway art from tatertots & jello

by @according2kelly on July 25, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger, is the super-amazing, totally-fantastic  jen of tatertots & jello. jen writes…

Hi! It’s Jen from Tatertots & Jello. I am so thrilled to be here!
Thank you Kelly for asking me to join in this fun party! I love Christmas and am always looking for handmade gift ideas. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful gift ideas that will be shared here!

I’d like to share an idea that I had that might make a great Christmas gift this year – Personalized Subway Art. I have been enamored with Subway Art for awhile now. I love the graphic black and white look of it.

One type of personalized Subway Art that you can make would be a Family Sign. This would be a good gift if you have a friend or family member and would like to make a gift for the whole family. You can put each person’s name on the board and then characteristics of that person. The second type of personalized Subway Art you could make would be individual plaques. You could do these for different types of people — family members, friends and even as teacher gifts. 

There are two different ways to make each type of personalized Subway Art.

The first is by printing out paper on your computer and mod podging it onto your board. I took a piece of MDF ( you can also use a canvas if you like). I painted the board black. You can also add some decorative molding to the edges if you want to make it extra special.
Then I went in Microsoft Word and printed out some letters (I used Ariel font — regular Ariel, Ariel Narrow and Ariel Bold). I printed out the fonts to see if they were the right size. Once I decided the right size for the board, I reversed the font out by making the background black, then I printed them out and cut out each word individually. Lay the papers on the board the way you want them to look when you are done. Then take them and lay them out to the side of the board in the correct order. 
**Note — here’s a good tip — use photo paper and print out on the matte side of the paper. If you use photo paper, your black will be blacker.
Then I mod podged the paper onto the board. Once the words were all on the board, I put an extra layer of mod podge over the top of the board.

The second way of making the personalized Subway Art is to use your Cricut or Silhouette and print the words off using vinyl. Then use Transfer Tape and transfer them onto the board. 

I made the smaller boards 8 inches x 8 inches square — but you can make them any size you want! The last thing I did was added a vinyl embellishment or a flower to each board to add a little extra pizazz. 
And you have a great, personalized gift that’s great for birthdays, anniversaries or a great Christmas gift!

Thanks so much for letting me participate! Come over to Tatertots & Jello sometime and say hi – I’d love to meet you!

Merry Christmas (in July)!!!
XOXO
for more great ideas be sure to visit jen at tatertots & jello. her site is full of tons of ideas. be sure to check out her cookie sheet advent calendar, cupcake wreath, burlap wreath, & ruffle necklace tutorial.

about jen:Hi! My name is Jennifer, but you can call me Jen. I love to do anything creative. I like tring new things. I love making something beautiful out of nothing. I love remaking things into something better. I love looking at something and seeing the possibilities. I love my family. I love meeting new friends.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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