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Day 3: Chalkboard Canvas with Interchangeable Banners

I HAD to create something fun today, because quite frankly today was kinda a blah day around this ‘ol house. And what I created made me smile. REALLY REALLY smile. It was easy and happy and just lifted my mood. I have decided that chalkboards are one of my biggest weaknesses.

Today I made this to bring some “Summer” decor into our home:

But I didn’t stop there!!!

I saw and pinned this creation on pinterest: http://www.kellehampton.com/2011/11/ill-take-holiday-craftastic-for-400.html a while ago & knew that it would definitely be one of the first crafts I made because, as I said before, I have become smitten with all things “chalkboard”

So, out came my 12×12 canvas, a can of chalkboard spray paint and some fun scrapbook paper scraps.

After taking it out to the garage (yes, I opened the garage door first!)  and giving it three coats of paint (and oh so patiently waiting for it to dry before applying the next coat, not a hint of sarcasm here… )

I had a chalkboard coated canvas. And then I decided to “cuten” it up a little ( is that a word?). I figured out how I wanted my banner to hang and then I nailed in two teeny, tiny nails to the back of the canvas so that I could easily change out the banners to match the season, my mood, or an occasion.

Here’s the banner I made for July 4th (and yes, I’m still going to display it, BECAUSE I figure I can still get away with American Flags being displayed around the house for a few more days….. right?)

Cute. Cute. Cute. I cut each little banner piece by hand, but after making three banners, I have decided that a trip to Hob Lob is in order for my future banners (there’s gotta be a “banner” punch, right?).  I tied a little loop on the end of each piece of twine before attaching the scrapbook banner pieces to ensure that I liked the length. I used a glue stick to attach each piece of scrapbook paper to a piece of twine and then simply hooked the little loops onto the nails that I had hammered into the back of the canvas

In addition to the Summer one (that I will display as soon as it’s no longer OK to have my Independence Day Decor out..he he), I also made one for the upcoming new school year (as class Mom I think I’ll be bringing this to Ella’s new teacher as a Welcome Back to School gift when we find out who she’ll have on Meet the Teacher night- what a simple and cute gift to bring).

When I make banners for myself and our home for the different holidays, I’ll make an extra one to give to her teacher so she can also update her boards with the seasons.  I would love to see what you make…. be sure and leave me a message and a link to your creations!!

Thanks Kelle for such an awesome pinterest project! I had fun making it my own and creating the little banners. I think I’ll hold you responsible for bringing me Chalkboard Joy & a smile today!

:-) , Kirsten

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Day 2: Scrapbook Flower Canvas Art

My daughter’s room has been a project in the making… and thanks to Pinterest, we’ve been having lots of fun creating art for her room together. I’m still trying to figure out her “exact” theme……. her idea is that a perfect room for her would be blue & glittery – filled with horses and flowers and butterflies and Harry Potter (my 7 year old is growing up and is experiencing her first “crush” on an actor…. blech, why can’t our little ones just stay little?)……… hmmmmmmmm……

Thanks to my brother-in-law, I learned that making a room glittery is as easy as painting and throwing handfuls of glitter on the wall. A glittery blue room is now checked off the list. And Ella is in sparkly heaven.

Now, for today…… to begin incorporating the rest of the ideas (somehow??) ….

Ella & I needed a project that would be simple to do together (Yep!, I LOVE Mommy/Daughter craft days) and of course, Pinterest delivered the perfect idea.

And here it is….. our  Masterpiece: Scrapbook Flower Canvas Art hanging on Ella’s glittery blue wall.

Here’s the beautiful inspirational canvas I found on Pinterest. http://itsdoable.squarespace.com/blog/2012/1/23/its-doablethe-flower-wall-art.html Thank you Crystal for your Pinterest inspiration!!

Both are perfectly lovely, huh? So, Ella and I followed Crystal’s instructions (well…. mostly!)We used a 20×20 canvas which we didn’t paint  (because Ella decided that she also wants lots of white in her room….. and the “decor” list  of  “wants” just keeps growing – argh….) and we used 4 different types of scrapbook paper. I also used a glue stick to lightly stick the papers to the canvas before applying modge podge. It worked wonderfully and I am in LOVE with how our creation turned out. Ella, my 7 year old sweetheart (most of the time- HA!),  cut out all the leaves by herself. And she also placed most of the leaves where she thought they looked best. We just hung it on her wall, and she’s already had 2 friends come over so that she can  show it off! Yep!, it’s THAT cute (at least in our opinion)….. I would love to hear your feedback!

Happy Pinning!,

Kirsten

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