Crafts

Abe DIY-ed: Leaf Collage

DIY Leaf Collage

 

Last Monday was a sweet day. I had a burst of energy, and got all kinds of things done around the house. Daniel and Abe worked outside on that industrial table that was in my last post and did stuff around the yard. It never rained that day, which was nice. At one point, Abe came inside while I was washing the dishes and wanted something to do because he was bored.

I don’t know why I’d never thought of this before, but I handed him a container and told him to go collect a bunch of different looking leaves, and then we would make a picture with them. He got super pumped about this mission, and went outside and collected leaves. He came in a few times with a couple, but I told him to keep collecting more (mainly because I was trying to buy time so that I could finish the dishes).

When he finally had what I thought was enough, and I was done with my chore, we sat down with a piece of card stock, some Mod Podge and his leaf collection. First, he showed me all of his favorites, which of course were the tiny ones. Sidenote: Abram LOVES tiny things. Like, the smallest, almost unseeable things. When he was two, he found a very small fake diamond, and he called it his sparkle. He managed to keep that thing for quite sometime, and he was the only one who could find it if it got lost. It’s astonishing to me.

After he showed me his favorites, I had him start spreading the mod podge of the back of the leaves with a small paint brush. I’m the one that organized them the way you see them above, in case you were thinking my son was some kind of leaf collage genius. But he did the collecting and the glueing. When we were done, he was so incredibly pleased and proud of his piece of work. It felt good to see his little satisfied reaction. We set it aside to dry, and he went back outside to play and help his daddy.

I had to run up to Walmart for toiletries and such, and while I was there I found a plain, matte black picture frame for like $3.47. I grabbed it to surprise Abe with. When I got home, I stuck his leaf collage in the frame and put it upĀ on the wall. When he came inside, I showed him, and that happy, little face…. man, there’s nothing like the sight of that face.

Now, anytime someone comes over, he has to tell them about his leaf collage that he made and how mommy hung it up. This was the simplest of projects, and it can cost absolutely nothing, if you already have a picture frame lying around or would rather just washi tape it to the wall. It was fun to look at the leaves and talk about the differences in colors and textures. It wasn’t a lengthy project and it put a smile on everyone’s face.

That’s just a win all around.

Decorative Clothespins/Bagpins DIY

I’ve found over the past year that I NEVER have enough clips for bags of food like chips, rice, frozen veggies, etc. I remember growing up we used the left over clothespins from the line to clip stuff in the kitchen, but there was always a shortage. Soooo… I ordered a 50 pack of those wooden clothespins from amazon. Paid like 3 bucks. Booya.

Well hopefully by the time summer commences, we will have a clothes line up in the backyard. I’ve been thinking about the good ‘ol fashioned wooden clothespins, and how fun it would be to decorate them. If you do have a clothes line, it is just one more thing that will put a smile on your face when you use the sturdy clips to hang your fresh laundry. Or if you are like me and want everything in your kitchen to be cute, then get out these supplies and start creating!

This is a really simple craft to work on! The best part about painting them is that the paint dries super fast, so you don’t have to wait long to add other colors or a second coat. I think this might be one of my new favorite obsessions…. maybe I’ll come out with a fancy new collection of clothespins for my Etsy shop!

Current Projects.

Now that my craft room is a place where I enjoy sitting and making stuff, I’ve been working on some new projects. I’ve been branching out of just the hair/wedding pieces and trying to come up with some other goodies. I’ve gotten requests for things that little boys can use, accessories for men, and a bunch of other stuff.

Elephant Painting

This is a painting I’ve been working on for my sister as a house warming gift. She just moved into a new apartment with her best friend Kelsey. Kaitlyn loves elephants, so I figured I would use that as the theme for the package I put together. I thought about just leaving the painting like that, but I would really like to add some words into the silhouette part. Something really encouraging and motivational without being cheesy. Any suggestions?

hairband

Here’s a wedding piece I’ve been working on. Again, it seems finished but I feel like something else needs to be added to it. I really love the dark coin in the middle of the flower. But there’s just something missing.

fabric wipe holder

So here’s something I thought about doing as a way to tap into the baby boy/girl scene. Up-cycling used wipe holders and covering them with fabric. Maybe even adding custom stitching for names or initials.

There’s some other things I’ve been working on like boys/men’s bracelets and up-cycling old t-shirts into tank tops with meaningful designs. What do you think I should do? What are the projects you are working on right now?