DIY sign: How to transfer letters

Thinking about Christmas yet? Me too.

Started Christmas shopping yet? Ha! You make me laugh…neither have I

Well guess what, here is a (VERY) easy tutorial to get you started and in the Christmas spirit (YAY!) You can make signs for your neighbors, friends, co-workers, family, cousins, uncles, the Grinch, practically anyone.

(OooOOooooO….and I’ll tell you a secret….come closer….this tutorial isn’t just for this sign………it’s also a tutorial for transferring letters to wood!!!)

Cool beans, I know!

I made this one for a friend who is practically in L O V E with music. She sings it, writes it, plays it, gosh she’s good! And she will probably say something cause I put her name in here but oh well, 😊

“Hello Miss Hannah!”

Okay, are you ready to be filled with DIY knowledge? Here is how:

what you need

 

 

 

  • Wooden board as your sign
  • Paint
  • A phrase printed out in your desired font (like above)
  • Pencil

how to make it

 

 

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Start by making your sign. I glued 3 different pieces of wood together to make a sign 9.5” x 9.5”. Just use basic wood glue and let dry completely.

Next step is to paint it. Pick a very basic light color as your background. I choose white, and then did my letters in bold colored paint.

Let the paint dry completely (this is always so hard for me. I’m not exactly the most patient crafter in the world)

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Here is the part I was telling you about…

HOW TO TRANSFER ANY FONT TO WOOD:

Print out your phrase.

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Flip over the paper and cover the entire back of the word with pencil graphite. Do this to all of the words.

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Yep, THAT easy!

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When you lift up the paper, the graphite on the back side should have left a faint line. (I darkened the photo so you can see it on the screen)

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That’s how you transfer, now all you have to do is fill in the letters with sharpie or paint. I did paint. You have to go nice and slow but the turn out is lovely dear! I also distressed it with 120 grit sandpaper.

Add a saw tooth picture hanger to the back if you would like it to hang, and voila! You are done sugar plum! Hey that rhymed!

Wait for it…… Wait……Wait……ok,

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it! 😄

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Let me see yours!

Have super fun and enjoy.

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DIY Edible Sand-Dough

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Hot cocoa, football, sweaters, lots of layers, snow, Christmas music, and so much more comes with the winter season! And though you can always curl up next to the fire with a good book, a little reminder of summer is always nice. Keep the kids entertained by bringing a little beach into the home!

This recipe for play dough reminds you of the gritty sandy beaches and is great because guess what! It’s edible! It won’t taste very good but because it contains no sand or harmful chemicals, it is safe for kids to accidentally have a taste. :)

Want to make some?  This is what you need:

  • 1/4 c. water + 1 tbs.
  • 2 tbs. oil
  • 1 c. corn meal
  • 3/8 c. of salt (which is half of 3/4)
  • 1/4 c. flour + some if needed

Place the water and oil into a bowl and then add in all of your dry ingredients.

Mix well.

If it is still too liquidy, sprinkle some flour on top and knead. If it is too dry, add about a half tablespoon of water at a time. Do this until you achieve the desired consistency.

This sandless sand-dough will keep in an airtight container or plastic baggie.

And for some extra fun, add in some seashells!

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Enjoy!

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Donut matching game printable

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I’m slowly but surely falling in love with donuts! There are so many things to make on Pinterest that involve donuts! Maybe I should fall in love with some sort of vegetable or salad… but that thought only lasts for a moment or two when the mere notion of a donut comes to mind :)

Sweet little poofy things with silky smooth icing on-top…and, oh yes! Sprinkles! You can’t forget the sprinkles!

Today is a little DIY/printable that involves donuts!

You can do this with your little one and depending on how many you print out, you can make this matching game easier or harder. :)

YAY for donuts! Let’s get started:

All you need for this project is scissors, a hole punch, white card stock, and this printable right here.

Simply print out the donut pages on the white card stock so the ink doesn’t show through.

Cut the donuts out and then using a hole punch to be able to get the scissors through, cut out the middle. This part is optional, but it sure does make them look like donuts! :)

That’s all

HOW TO PLAY:

1. Mix up the donuts and lay them out randomly upside down without knowing which one is where.

2. Going clockwise, pick two donuts and flip them over. If they don’t match, then re-flip them.

3. If they match, then that player gets another turn. Do this until all of the donuts are flipped over.

(There is only 2 of each color but to make it harder, you can print out enough to  make 4 of a color)

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Starbucks Card Holder

Who likes coffee?

*587 million people raise their hands*

“I thought so.”

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Today’s DIY is a cute little gift card holder for your favorite cup of jo. It can be customized to any color because guess what…It’s made out of paint chips!

Yea, it is basically free to make, here is what you will need:

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-3 paint chips mine were: Sunspark, Dark toast, and Gamma green

-Starbucks cup sleeve

-embroider thread

-Some fun colorful arrows

-Glue stick

-Scissors

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Oh yeah! And a Starbucks card to give to that special person

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I started by gluing my brown paint chip to the back of the green one to cover up those holes. (I assume those are paint testing holes or something. Anyone?

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Then, I glued my yellow chip to the front of the green.

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With matching (or not) embroidery thread, wrap the coffee sleeve a few times and tie a bow. Glue this down. Seal the bottom edge of the sleeve with a little glue so the card does not fall out.

Add some arrows for a little extra cuteness and BAM! Easy peasy

Let dry completely and you are done!

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DIY Coasters – Monopoly Money Coasters that is

I think it is wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.
-Steven Wright
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lol, I love this quote! So true, isn’t it? I found it while looking on the internet for Monopoly coasters!
Now, you have probably seen this kind of tutorial all over Pinterest.
A tutorial for DIY coasters
Whether you have or haven’t seen them, I want to show you how I made my Monopoly ones.

I got the sudden inspiration to make coasters when I started to redo my lil’ bro’s room. If you have been a littlebrighteyes.net follower for some time, you know that I made a promise to redo his room into a “cool” room. He wanted a game room/man cave, and of course you are supposed to eat in a gameroom/man cave, right? Well, I wanted to be prepared for any drink or food that would enter the presence of the soon to be “cool” room.

Solution…Coasters!

These couldn’t be your run of the mill foo foo coasters either, they had to be teenager quality….but I also couldn’t spend 30 bucks on coasters…So I made them myself.

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What do you think?? Huh? They look really great in person, and a perfect fit for the game room theme I was going for.

They take a little waiting time, but the finished product will be fantastic!

what you need

 

 

What you need

  • White biscuit tiles 4”x4” as many as you want coasters (they only cost 18 cents each!)
  • Mod Podge (the small bottle will work)
  • Spray Acrylic sealer (Matte)
  • Brushes
  • 4×4” pics OR Monopoly money
  • Hot glue gun
  • Felt for the underside of the coasters

how to make it

 

 

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UPDATE: I attempted to find pictures on the internet and blow them up to the size I needed, (to make plot coasters) but every time I touched a picture with mod podge, it smeared. The monopoly money worked a billion times better.

Start by covering the glossy side of your tiles with Mod Podge. Without getting glue on the front side of the picture yet, position the money onto the tile and rub out all the bubbles. Overlap the money by adding mod podge to the underside and placing onto the tile. Let dry.

Put Mod Podge over the top.

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Once dry, add some more Mod Podge. And do it again- I did 3 layers of Mod Podge

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Don’t worry, I can just imagine your face right now…the Mod Podge will not dry like this, it will dry clear ;)

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See?

Once you have done 2-3 coats of the Mod Podge, spray on 2 coats of acrylic sealer, allowing it to dry in-between coats.

I know, I know, it takes forever for this stuff to dry…like 5 whole minutes!!! Who can wait that long!? Is anyone out there a patient crafter? If you are, maybe we can have lunch together, so I can learn some things -Ha! ;)

Let the coasters sit and fully dry for 24 hours before use.

Voila! Congrats- You made it!

Remember, don’t submerge these cute cool fellas in water.

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Do you like them?? What kind of money pattern did you put on yours?

Let me know by sharing a pic on Twitter @DIYCaroline or Facebook @Sweet16inStitches

Peace out!

I felt “cool” when I typed that

:)

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