While deciding what decor to put in the nursery, I knew I wanted it to be simple, homemade (if possible), and have a modern farmhouse style. Once I picked a color scheme I figured out quickly what I wanted to make and was able to get to work. Above the crib I wanted something with color (since our crib is white), but yet lightweight in case it fell down. Bunting was the perfect solution! I collected lavender and gray fabric from a few places including Joann Fabrics and Sew to Speak, also some I had leftover from the king quilt I made a few years back. To make the shape of the bunting pieces I used the triangle from this Silhouette store shape set with a width of 5 inches and cut two triangles per bunting piece that I wanted. I put the wrong sides together (the non-print side), and sewed them together like the diagram below.
Once I had all the pieces I wanted, I lined them up next to a long piece of 1/2 inch wide bias tape, then pinned them in place, sliding each bunting piece between the two sides of bias tape. Finally I sewed them with a 1/4 inch allowance, and trimmed the tails so they wouldn’t be too long, then hung it up above the crib. Completely darling!
The second part of this post is about the felt ball garland I made to go under the wall bookshelf. Have you seen felt balls before? Using felt balls is one of my favorite ways to decorate, whether it be in a garland, poured into a mason jar, or scattered on a flat surface. They can be found at craft shows, or various places online (like Etsy!), and I have a small collection of colors already 🙂 Anyway, I found a purple variety pack via the website, Jane, that I used in combination with some lavender and mini cream colored felt balls I already had. The pack came with white bakers twine and I only needed a thick needle to push through each felt ball until the garland was complete. It’s a very simple decoration to make, and looks SO cute!
For years I had saved 6 green bottles from a fancy drink to use for a craft I had envisioned. Well, it took until last year before I finally used them to create a cute spring/summer decoration! It was so simple to make…all I needed were the bottles, chalkboard vinyl, a Silhouette machine (though the vinyl could be cut out by hand if a Silhouette or Cricut isn’t available), decorative flowers, and a chalk marker (or regular chalk). I picked my favorite decorative box to cut out with the vinyl, then attached one to each bottle. I also wrote one letter each of the word
“spring”, as well as put one flower, into each bottle. After spring is over, just erase all bottles but the first one, spell out summer, and fill with summery flowers (like daisies or sunflowers!). I haven’t tried it in autumn or winter yet, but since both of those words are 6 letters as well, these bottles could be used year round! In autumn you could use wheat or darker flowers in them, and in winter you could put winter berries or some kind of decorative branches. The possibilities are really endless! (Flowers are from Michael’s Crafts).
When it’s a new year, it’s time for new calendars, and what’s cuter than desktop calendars?? I found mini easels at Hobby Lobby and knew that I had to turn them into calendars. These are from a few years ago that I made for my in-laws. One of them is full of teeth for my FIL who is a dentist, and the other is a sewing theme for my quilting/sewing loving MIL. The teeth are die cuts from a local scrapbook store (before I had my Silhouette) that I just drew faces onto, and the sewing die cuts are ones that I stamped, colored in, and cut out of cardstock. I found mini calendars online to print, then glued them all onto small pieces of cardstock, and voila! They can be modified to any theme you want, are simple to put together, and make a darling gift as well.
One of my favorite Silhouette accessories to use lately are the vinyls. There are numerous projects that you can make using them, and most of them so simple! Most of the projects you can find online that have to do with chalkboard vinyl involve labels for things (which I do love and have made), but there are also other fun things that can be made with it. Here are a few of the crafts I’ve made so far using my chalkboard vinyl, starting with the label crafts. First is using vinyl to label a canister or other container.
Second is using it to label a memory jar! Each year we can add the current year to our memory jar that is filled with memories from the year. On New Years Eve we will read them and reminisce about the great year.
And now for a chalkboard vinyl craft that isn’t label related….a birthday card! I made this for my nephew who turned 2 a few months ago. Since the front is chalkboard vinyl I included two pieces of chalk for him to draw with. This could easily be modified by not including the birthday sentiment and the number 2, into a simple portable chalkboard for road trips or car rides.
There are numerous more! I’m sure I’ll have fun coming up with more ways to use chalkboard vinyl as well.