Fun {DIY} Flower Pens

display

These pens are so easy to make and they also add a nice decorative touch to any room. I made some for the first time a few months ago and I recently decided to make some more. This time around I used some bright, Spring colors. I found most of the materials for this project at the dollar store {including that cute little flower pot}. You can find the directions for how to make these flower pens by clicking here. Just a little something fun to hopefully brighten your day!

flower tops

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood

DIY Canvas Photo: Under $10

I love to display pictures around the home and I recently discovered how easy and inexpensive it is to create your own canvas photos thanks to Pinterest! I spent a little time looking at some of the different methods other’s have used and I decided to go the “mod-podge” way. Here’s how I did it:

materials I started with a blank 16×20 canvas, a 16×20 photo that I developed for $5.99 at my local Costco, black acrylic paint, matte mod-podge and some foam brushes.

black paintI used black paint to cover the edges and about an inch around the front of the canvas.

mod pod frontThen I covered the canvas with a layer of mod-podge, placed the photo on top and pressed it down with a clean cloth to get rid of the bubbles. Once the picture was in place, I used a foam brush to cover the photo with both a horizontal layer and a vertical layer of mod podge….and don’t worry because it will look white at first but I promise it will dry clear!

resultSee 😉 it dries clear and the mod-podge just gives it that canvas look. Just let it dry and that’s all there to it!

final displayThe best part was getting to display this handmade canvas in my home! It’s always a little more special to have a part in creating something and it’s certainly a whole lot cheaper than having one made professionally.

right view

By the way…

The picture cost $5.99.

The canvas cost $3.00.

 I already had the other supplies.

my total cost = $9.00!!!

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Have fun creating!

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood

Holiday Fabric Wreath

I was inspired to make my own wreath this year after seeing one made of fabric on etsy.  What a creative idea! It cost me about $7.00 and a few hours of my time to make this wreath.

first the supplies…

wreath supplies

I only needed a few items:

10″ Styrofoam Wreath

Holiday Fabric (1/4 yard of each fabric)

Scissors

Fabric Mod Podge

Foam Brush

then a little mod podge and cutting…

fabric strips

First I used a foam brush to cover the back of the fabric with a thin layer of Mod Podge. This will prevent the fabric from fraying at the edges and will also make it a little stiffer so the fabric will hold up better on the wreath. Once dry, I cut the fabric into strips. I made my strips about 13″ long x 1″ wide.

finally a little tying…

Finished WreathI tied a ribbon in the middle of the Styrofoam wreath for hanging purposes and then I started tying on the fabric. I used a criss-cross type pattern so the the fabric would fill-out the wreath evenly.  I used about 70 fabric  strips total.

Project Complete!!!

side view outside

Front View Outside 2

The final result:  A festive wreath that is sure to brighten up any home this Holiday Season!!!

Note:  Since this wreath is made of fabric it may not do well in an area that is exposed to harsh weather conditions.  If you have a covered patio that is mostly protected from the snow then it will probably do fine.  Otherwise, it makes a great indoor decoration. 

hannah

(C) 2012 Pocketful of Motherhood