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Freestyle Friday: The Princess Room

20 Jan

Every Friday(fingers crossed) I plan to post creative craft ideas done in a weekend.  Today’s post is one I am very excited and yes, Mama proud of.  For Christmas my 5 and 4-year-olds got their own room.  They affectionately call it the “Princess room.” You will see why in a moment.  At first, I had planned on doing a garden themed room however my 5-year-old changed my mind.  My husband and I are making it a priority to teach our girls they are “princesses” in the Lord’s royal court.  We want them to know just how special they are to God, us and the world.  We believe when we do this they will never compromise because they know who they are.  Thus, this is what led us do doing a “Princess” themed room.  My 5-year-old and I were talking one night. I asked her who she was. i was expecting for her to say her name, but instead she said “I am a princess.” I was on a major budget(as usual) with this project.  But with Christ as Lord over my shopping we pulled off a great room makeover, the girls love and happily show off to visitors to our home. Here are a few of my favorite things about this project:

Paint It: I painted the room in a peachy pink and mint green color.  I am so happy about the peachy paint stowed away at my parents home in my Dad’s workshop.  The mint green paint, used in the background of the built-in shelves cost just $3 bucks! Hallelujah! Tip: When shopping for paint check the paint clearance section at your local hardware/home improvement store.

Masterpieces on Display:  I purchased these wood blocks from Michaels  and covered them in princess themed scrapbook paper with a clothespins attached, so the girls can hang up artwork. I got the idea from Little Miss Momma’s Blog. This is so easy and super cheap to do!

 Ballerina Princess:  Every little girl wants to be a ballerina, right? I scored this from Hobby Lobby for less than $6. It has a crack in it and talked the manager into giving me an extra discount.  It may not completely match the colors of the room but nonetheless it adds a little pop to the decor.

Yes, You can write on the wall: I am so into chalkboard paint. I blame Pinterest! I have seen so many cool chalkboard projects. I purchased a can of chalkboard paint from Lowe’s for about $13. I did not want to do the classic square but several different shapes. I think we will add more.

Switching things Up!: I decorated all the visible outlet covers with “princess” themed scrapbook paper. I had a good bit left over from the previous project. I posted step by step instructions here.

On Display: Overall what I love about this room are the shelves which can with the house when we purchased.

And finally at the built-in desk around the trim I placed these wall decal Princesses. Mt daughters were so delighted about this find from the dollar tree, yes I said the dollar tree!

So what do you think? Did I do a good job?

In His Super Grace

Ro:)

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Freestyle Friday: Get Yo’ Craft On!

18 Nov

 Today, we are repurposing an old t-shirt and turning it into art.  I had this really great Christian t-shirt.  Unfortunately, like most mothers I was wearing it while doing the laundry and you guessed it, I got bleach over it.  However, I refused to throw it away with hopes I could do something really cool with it.  Well, I found a great use for using the graphic from my bleached out shirt and turned it into artwork for my home office/bead room.  By the way, this is totally super easy to do. 

Here is my shirt. I loved the “Heiress” and Roman’s 8:17 scripture. I felt like royalty in this shirt. 

My "bleached out" shirt, hole and all.

This is the list of supplies: 8×10 Canvas, I scored this one at Michaels when they had the buy one get one for a penny.  Mod Podge, my favorite craft supply, the Mod Podge rolling-pin(a must), matching acyclic paint in gold and silver or any color of your choice and tacky glue.

The "royal" court

 The first thing I cut out the design on the shirt and then I used these color acrylic paint which I got on a super deal again at Michaels.

I poured out the paint on a paper plate and pulled out the canvas to paint.

I used an old (dry) dish cloth, first using the gold paint  in a dapping technique on the canvas. Make sure to not use too much paint.

This is the finished product.  I really like the hint of white that stills shows through. It almost looks like an “antique.”  I used the same technique as above with a pewter silver color to go over the gold parts. It was a great addition.

Now you want to take your t-shirt and measure it on the canvas. You can make it wrap around or cut it exact.  I cut it directly around the letters however, I think next time I do this I will just cut around the words.

Take a liberal amount of Tacky Glue and coat the area where you will place the shirt.

Take a rolling-pin like the one Mod Podge sells and roll out all ceases or dents in the shirt. I love this little tool. A great investment.

Roll Baby, Roll!

Once it dries which will be about 15-20 minutes. I pulled back out my old (dry) dish cloth and added some more acrylic paint.

Final touch which is my favorite part. I really like Mod Podge. This stuff is like a crafters drug of choice. (Just Say Yes!) Take a black sponge brush, you can find these in the art department rather cheap at any craft store. Dip in the Mod Podge, I used the Gloss which is a glue and sealant all in one. Brush across shirt area and canvas.  I let this dry overnight, you don’t have to but it was late at night and I had to get to bed.

The Final Touch: Viola! You have just taken a shirt and repurposed it into artwork. You’ll think twice now before throwing them away now won’t you?

 

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