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Shoe Rehabilitation
October 15, 2012, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing, rehabilitate

Shoe Rehabilitation

My daughter has these slip on shoes that she really likes, but they are coated with hot pink glittery stuff. After being worn by a kid for a while the glittery stuff is coming off in places and leaving behind white spots that used to be hot pink.

After they got bad enough I decided I couldn’t ignore it anymore and needed to do a little rehab on them to help them hang in a little longer without embarrassing anyone too much. So I got my sharpie that was the same color as the shoes and started coloring the white spots.

Before:

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After :

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Of course I still need to cut off the dangly threads before we can call these shoes REALLY rehabilitated, but the white spots are gone. I suppose I could’ve added more glitter to the sharpie spots, but these shoes didn’t have much more time in them before they were outgrown.



Make Canvas Shoes Glittery
October 3, 2012, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing

Make Canvas Shoes Glittery

My youngest daughter is such a girly girl. She loves all the stereotype girly things. So I decided to make her some glittery shoes.

Starting with a plain pair of white canvas shoes, fabric mod podge, fabric glitter, and a paintbrush I mixed the mod podge with the glitter. Then I painted the mixture onto the canvas part of the shoes trying to heavily coat it while still coating it evenly.

Before:

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After:

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She really enjoyed them and they held up well to wear and tear.



Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments
December 30, 2010, 11:01 am
Filed under: Around the House, Crafts, embellishing, painting

Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments

It’s that time of year again, time to make holiday ornaments. This year the kids decorated popsicle sticks, aka wooden craft sticks, to look like snowflakes.

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I think they turned out really well and were super easy to make. First I spray painted white all of the sticks that we would be using. No way I wanted to turn this into a huge multi day painting projects with small children.

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Once the sticks were painted a little dab of wood glue in the center allows you to stack 3 sticks on top of each other fanned out to look like an asterisk (*). The kids could help with this step although I did take the liberty of realigning them somewhat to make them more even.

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After the glue was dry I used some glitter spray paint to give it some extra umph.

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Once it was all dry we used embellishments from the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby to decorate them.

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3 ornaments made by 3 kids:

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They were so easy and turned out much better than I had hoped!



Stencil “Liquid Gold” Onesies
October 7, 2010, 5:50 pm
Filed under: Breastfeeding, Crafts, embellishing, painting

Stencil “Liquid Gold” Onesies

I decided to make some breastfeeding related onesies to donate to my local La Leche League group.

First I printed my design and text I desired onto transparency “paper”. Then I used an exacto knife to carefully cut out the printed design to create my stencil.

Once the stencils are ready, a piece of cardboard placed inside of a plastic bag is put inside of the onesie to keep the paint from bleeding onto the backside of the onesie. The cardboard is needed to keep the stencil surface flat, and the plastic bag is needed to keep the paint from gluing the shirt to the cardboard. It is best to tape the stencil down to avoid it slipping around and losing it’s place. If you are doing multiple pieces of clothing it is important to wipe the backside of the stencil between uses. Otherwise you will transfer paint from the previous shirt onto the next one.

The design I chose was “I *heart* liquid gold” because breastmilk IS liquid gold. (Ask any mom who pumps at work just how much each hard-earned drop is worth and she’ll say more than it’s weight in gold!)

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Using fabric paint and a sponge carefully sponge the paint onto the stencil and shirt. *it’s always a good thing to get your technique mastered on an old piece of fabric.*

Don’t put too much paint on your sponge or it will bleed beyond the stencil a lot. Ideally you sponge over the design a second time only a few minutes after your first coat. It seemed like this strategy eliminated a lot of the bleeding and the sticking that happens when the stencil stays in place too long.

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Now you have a great new onesie for your baby to advertise it’s favorite thing!

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Footprint Ghost Shirts for Halloween
October 3, 2010, 10:20 am
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing, painting

Footprint Ghost Shirts for Halloween

Last Halloween my youngest was almost 1 and her daycare teachers made these fun footprint ghosts. White footprints on black construction paper. They have been one of my favorite school-made keepsakes. This Halloween we made the same thing but as shirts. I wanted to have all three of my children put a footprint on each of their shirts. We began with black tshirts and fabric paint. I mixed up a few different paints I had that included white, glow-in-the-dark, and glittery.

All of the kids took turns stamping their footprint ghost onto each of the t-shirts.

Then we added a moon and stars to each shirt with glow-in-the-dark paint.

All that is left is to draw ghost faces onto the heel part of the footprint. Easy and fun!



Making Fireworks Shirts for the 4th of July
July 4, 2010, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing, painting

Making Fireworks Shirts for the 4th of July

We made these fun fireworks shirts for 4th of July. The kids had a good time stamping out their individual fireworks. I must give the credit where it belongs…the idea is from Family Fun magazine. Here’s a link to their instructions: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/fireworks-shirt-661910/

We decided to use pink shirts for the girl’s shirts and blue shirts for the boy shirts. I have to say that while the blue shirts are more 4th of July-ish, the fireworks show up so much better on the pink shirts. I dug thru my bag of fabric paints and pulled out some paints to use to create our fireworks.

We used glow in the dark, white, red, blue, green, glittery silver, glitery clear paints, and glitter.

Using pipe cleaners we made our stencils.

The instructions had you dipping the pipe cleaner stencils into paint on a plate. I found that this didn’t work very well. It required lots of paint. It caused the fuzz to sop up and hold lots of the paint; therefore, wasting it. What worked better was to draw lines of paint on the stencil, and then we lightly touched the fabric with the stencil rotating it with each touch.

Ta Da! And the kids were able to help! 🙂



Embellishing Kid’s Backpacks
June 7, 2010, 8:07 pm
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing

Embellishing Kid’s Backpacks

 I found these great small backpacks at Hobby Lobby. They’re just the right size for the kids to take to daycare instead of a diaper bag…much smaller than a standard backpack. Small enough that even my 1.5 year old can handle it. They only come in 2 colors: pink, blue. With 2 daughters and one son we ended up with 2 identical pink backpacks. Therefore, we needed a way to easily keep them separated. Daddy is, after all, the one who is doing the daycare drop-off, and we know how easliy daddies can get confused. 😉

I got some iron-on appliques of flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies to put on each of the girl’s backpacks. There were so many cute options that it was almost impossible to choose.

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Appliques for the backpacks

Appliques ironed onto the backpacks

Easy peasy! 😀




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