Paper Flower Centerpiece

My sweet little granddaughter just had her first birthday and we celebrated this past weekend at a party in her honor. My daughter asked me to help out by making some decorations for her “cute as a button” birthday party. Did you see the invitations that I made? Since buttons were the theme of this party I made a paper flower centerpiece with button centers for the buffet table.
I made it by first cutting out a lot (and I do mean a lot!) of flower and button shapes using my Silhouette Cameo.

Once all of the flowers were cut and assembled, I hot-glued them onto jumbo-sized bamboo skewers.


Then I took a leftover piece of a 1″ x 3″ board and marked 2″ increments with a dot of a marker.


Next, I drilled holes at each mark using a drill bit close in size to the skewers.


Once I had all of the holes drilled, I cut down 1/3 of the skewers by about 3 inches, and another 1/3 of the skewers by about 4 inches.


I cut them to different heights so that all of the flowers could be seen. Shortest in the front row and tallest in the back row.


After I was happy with the placement of the flowers, I took them out so that I could paint the 1 x 3 board. I used leftover lime green paint. Now how many people can say they have leftover lime green paint??? Acrylic craft paint would work well also ; )


And here’s the birthday princess sitting in front of her colorful paper flower centerpiece. I also made her dress and fabric flower headband.


But I can’t take credit for the cake. Isn’t it sweet!

I had to include one more photo of the princess in her birthday dress. It’s McCalls pattern – M7037 if anyone is interested. Warning: it’s fully lined and has a zipper. But if I can make it, you can too!

Vinyl Wall Decal

Today’s post is sponsored by The Decal Guru. The Decal Guru provided the wall decal, but all opinions are my own.

The baby’s nursery is almost done. And I can’t wait to show it to you. I have a few projects to put some finishing touches on and I hope to finish it up this weekend. But in the meantime, I want to show you one wall. Remember when we filled in the grooves of the paneled walls? Well here’s one of the reasons we did that. We wanted one wall decorated with a large vinyl wall decal.

The Decal Guru Wall Decal

When The Decal Guru asked me to choose a vinyl wall decal, my daughter and I were in the planning stages of making over the nursery and thought the Cherry Blossoms and Birds Wall Decal would be perfect. And we were right! The colors in the wall decal coordinate perfectly with the colors in the room.


I think my daughter’s favorite part of the decal is the birdcage. Isn’t it sweet with the little hearts! I love the attention to detail that is evident in this vinyl wall decal.

I think someone else likes it, too! As you can probably tell already, there’s no shortage of pink in this room! But with two older brothers in the house, it was time for some pink!


As my daughter can tell you, the decal was very easy to put on the wall. I helped her put up the tree and the next day she added the birdcage, birds, and flowers.


Every time I walk in that nursery I smile when I see that pretty tree with the pink blossoms. Aaahhh yes, Spring will be here soon. But not soon enough, I know!


When the baby wakes up, this is her view.


In addition to wall decals, The Decal Guru also makes decals for cars, iPads, and MacBooks.

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I was extremely happy with my experience with The Decal Guru. The instructions were super easy to follow and the vinyl is high quality and is sticking to the wall very well. My favorite thing about vinyl wall decals besides the fact that they provide a fabulous look without spending a ton of money and time, is that they are removable. So when Miss Melanie gets older and decides she’s had enough pink, it can easily be removed. But that will be a while. She just turned one!

How to Make Decorative Storage Boxes

You know those cardboard or paper mache boxes that are sold in the craft stores? Well I was thinking that I needed to make some sort of decorative storage boxes for the top of the armoire that I’m building for the baby’s room. So with the help of Mod Podge and some scrapbook paper, I made two decorative storage boxes to hold all of the little miscellaneous baby items. You know all those little things that tend to get lost in the top drawer of the dresser.


The pretty boxes were quick and easy to make. Here’s what you need to make them:

  • paper mache boxes
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • brush
  • paper cutter


First, gather up all of the supplies. For the large oval box I used two sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. For the small oval box I used two sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 paper.


Cut strips of the paper that match the height of your box from the bottom of the box to the bottom of the lid.


You don’t want to attach paper on the part of the box that is under the lid or the lid may not fit back on the box.


Brush on a generous coat of mod podge to both the box and the backside of the paper.


Use the brush to smooth out the paper, removing air bubbles as you go. Brush on a thin coat of modpodge over the paper. Continue adding strips until the box is covered the whole way around.


The lid can be done in two ways. Well probably more than that but these are the two methods I use. First I cut strips of paper to the depth of the lip of the lid and applied the paper in the same way as the box.


Then trace the lid onto the backside of the paper using a pencil. Cut out the shape with scissors, then apply the paper to the top of the lid using the directions above. Trim with craft knife if necessary.


The other method I use is to cover the top of the lid with mod podge, then place the mod podge covered lid down onto the backside of the uncut paper. I smooth it out, let it dry, and then using my scissors, I cut into the paper from the edge of the paper to the lid. (see photo above)


Then I flip the lid over and fold up each “tab” and cut off the excess. Next I brush mod podge on the rim of the lid and smooth down each “tab”.


The second method creates sort of a pleated look. I chose to cover this box lid rim with large ric rac adhered with hot glue. Get creative with decorating your boxes. Use buttons, ribbons, lace or even those self-adhesive pearls would be pretty.

So what’s up with that glass jar in front of the box you ask? Well, I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a “handle” for the box lids. I thought about looping ribbon or twine then I spotted this Dollar Tree jar that I had and the wheels starting turning. Can I use that lid as the handle?


Why yes. Yes I can! Even though it kinda looks like a percolator in the photo above.


I traced the lid onto the lid (yeah, I know ; )


The I cut out the hole with a craft knife . . .


The jar lid fits snugly in the opening and there’s a little lip on the glass lid so it’s pretty secure. I then painted the inside of the glass lid with white paint to make it less percolator-looking ; )


Coming up with an idea for a handle for the bigger box was more of a challenge. Because I wanted the two boxes to be able to stack, another jar lid was out of the question. I needed a handle that could lay relatively flat. Then I remembered that I saved two beaded handles from a paper gift bag that I received a few years ago. All I had to do was find them ; )


An hour later the bigger box has a pretty, beaded handle that can lay flat.


(I KNEW I’d come up with a use for those beaded handles ; )


Though She Be But Little

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” This quote by William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the quote that my daughter chose for me to use for a piece of wall art for the nursery. It is so appropriate for Melanie’s nursery since she is a tiny little girl with a big personality ; )


Usually when I make signs, I use the vinyl letters as a stencil but this time I decided to use the actual vinyl lettering for this piece. I used gold metallic vinyl. The old frame has been used in a few different projects. I can’t remember the original color of the frame since I’ve painted it so many times ; ) But I braved the arctic temperatures and went outside to give it a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint. That was the quickest spray paint job I’ve ever done . . brrrr.


Luckily, I had a piece of plywood that was just the right width to fit in the frame. I just had to give it a quick cut on my table saw to match the length of the frame. Once it was cut, I rolled on a coat of white primer and then a coat of white paint.


While the paint was drying, I designed the layout of the quote in Silhouette Studio. I love that you can adjust the page size to any dimension that you need. Since my wood measured 24″ x 30.5″, that’s the size I made my “page” in Silhouette.


From there I typed out the quote, played around with different fonts, and adjusted the sizes.


Once I was satisfied with how it looked, I changed the page size back to 12″ x 24″ (the size of my vinyl). Then I grouped each line together and rotated them to fit on the page.


Now it’s time to cut the vinyl.


No problem weeding big letters like these!


I used a yardstick and a level to keep my lettering as straight as possible.


I’m thinking about adding a pink border around the inside of the frame so it will tie in with gold and pink accents in the nursery. Speaking of the nursery. It’s not done yet. This winter weather has played havoc with my nursery makeover plans. That and having a busy day job work schedule have thwarted my plans of having it done in January or February.

Plus I’ve been working on a huge build project for the nursery. Want a sneak peek at what I’m building?


I’m building a HUGE armoire. The “building” part is almost done. I just have a few more shelves to make and door hardware to install. Then I can finish the priming and then paint it.

Print & Cut Birthday Invitations

We can hardly believe that almost a year has gone by since my granddaughter was born. Since we’re about to celebrate her first birthday, my daughter asked if I would make the party invitations. Well of course I would! My daughter has had a secret Pinterest board for baby’s first birthday ideas practically since Melanie was born ; ) She shared that board with me and the theme she liked best was “cute as a button”. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make these “Cute as a Button” print & cut birthday party invitations.


I designed the 5″ x 7″ invitations in Silhouette Studio using some cute fonts, a purchased digital pattern, and a button file from the online store.

print and cut birthday invitations

The patterned top and bottom borders were made by filling two rectangles with the patterned paper.


I used the color picker in the fill color window to match the colors in the rest of the design. I replaced the “o’s” with the color coordinated button shapes.

diy-first-birthday-invitations I was able to fit two invitations and the registration marks on one sheet of 12″x 12″ white card stock.


Remembering to turn off all of the cut lines (yes, sometimes I forget to do that and the letters start cutting!) except for the 5″ x 7″ rectangles, I placed the card stock onto the cutting mat and sent it through my Cameo for perfect cuts.

print-cut-birthday-invitations To make the invitations even more special, I made cute, little heart-shaped seals for the back of the envelopes.

print-cut-birthday-invitations The heart-shaped button is from the Silhouette online store. I used the same pattern to fill in the background layer and chose the darkest pink color for the top layer of the button.

print-cut-birthday-invitations I cut the hearts out of Silhouette’s clear sticker sheets.

print-cut-birthday-invitations My daughter was so excited when she saw the invitations and the cute heart stickers. She said “you can’t find anything this nice in the stores”. I have to agree. Which is why Print & Cut is one of my favorite Silhouette features.


I hope you enjoyed this little Print & Cut tutorial. In case you didn’t see them, I had also used my Cameo and the Print & Cut feature to make the wedding invitations for my daughter’s wedding a few years ago.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing our print & cut projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Print and Cut Rebus Valentine Tigger Printable Heat Transfer T-Shirt Love You Valentine’s Jar {tutorial} + Print & Cut Blog Hop Valentine BINGO with {FREE} Printable and Cut File DIY Conversation Hearts Temporary Tattoos {Heart} Dance! Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette's Print and Cut Milk & Cookies Valentine's Treat Print & Cut Valentine's Day Banner Old wooden box Love Print and Cut Fabric Labels Be Mine Banner Love is all you need - Print & Cut Valentine Journal Cards Free Printable: Snickers Valentine Tag Labor & Delivery Nurse Thank You Bags Valentine Robot Shirt with Print and Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl Print and Cut Fish Valentines 3D Print and Cut Magnets (And Tons More Silhouette Print and Cut Ideas) Baby Month Stickers with a FREE cut file Super Easy Print and Cut Journal Card Valentines Simple Silhouette Valentine Card Valentine Hugs and Kisses Canning Jar Craft Frozen Inspired Tattoos Be My Valentine Mini Album Print and Cut Valentine Pudding Cup Wrappers - February Silhouette Challenge Print & Cut Birthday Invitations

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Applique Pillow – A Silhouette Tutorial

As I was walking through the aisles of HomeGoods yesterday looking for decorative pieces for the floating shelves that I recently built and installed in my powder room, I came across an applique pillow in the baby girl section that was so adorable. I almost bought it for my granddaughter’s nursery room makeover, but then thought, “hey, I can make that”. Especially knowing how well the Silhouette cuts fabric, I knew it would be easy to make an applique pillow using my Silhouette. And it was.
applique pillow tutorial As soon as I got home, I went through my fabric stash to look for appropriate light-weight cotton.

applique-pillow-tutorial I had quite a few fabric scraps with pink in them that would work with the color scheme in the nursery.

applique-pillow-tutorial In the end, I decided to go with this overall print. With the letters in “adorable” spread out, I could catch many of the different colors and patterns in this fabric.

applique-pillow-tutorial I typed out “adorable” using the Songti TC Font and offset the shape to create thicker letters.

applique-pillow-tutorial After ironing Silhouette Clean Cut Fusible fabric interfacing the wrong side of the fabric, I removed the backing of the interfacing and laid the fabric (interfacing side down) on the cutting mat. Then I switched out the regular blade for the blue fabric cutting blade and cut.

My Cameo did an excellent job of cleanly cutting out the letters.

applique-pillow-tutorial But once I laid the letters out on the white fabric for the pillow cover, it became clear that the letters weren’t “popping” off the white fabric. I thought about sewing a tight zig-zag, satin-type stitch around the edges, but since I used the fusible interfacing I wasn’t sure that the sewing machine needle would be able to get through.

applique-pillow-tutorial Enter Plan B. Sharpie markers! I couldn’t believe that I didn’t have a hot pink Sharpie, so lime green would have to do.

applique-pillow-tutorial It worked! The letters pop off the white pillow cover fabric just like I hoped they would. That’s much better!

applique-pillow-tutorial I grabbed a HomeGoods clearance aisle pillow that I’ve had for a while, removed the cover and it used it as the pattern for cutting out the white fabric.


Since that pillow cover had an invisible zipper, I thought I’d take a chance and try to sew one in this new cover. It took a bit of head-scratching and studying of the original cover, but I got that zipper sewn in. It’s not the best-looking invisible zipper, but not too bad!

Once the zipper was in, I sewed up the other 3 edges WITH THE ZIPPER CLOSED!!! Yes, yes I did.

So I pulled out my often-used seam ribber, opened up a seam, opened the zipper, and proceeded to sew up the ripped-open seam. THEN I turned the cover right side out and inserted the pillow form ; )


Adorable, right?

Speaking of adorable, Silhouette just informed of a couple of pretty sweet deals:

portrait bundle

cameo bundle
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How to Make Floating Shelves

Remember my powder room makeover? I never really got around to totally finishing it. Just this past weekend I finally got the second coat of paint on the walls. (Please tell me I’m not the only one with “almost finished projects” around the house.) Now that the walls are painted it’s time install some shelving. I always knew that I wanted to make and install floating shelves similar to these on the blank wall behind the toilet.

how to make floating shelves

So after I got home from work yesterday, that’s exactly what I did. I made a floating shelf. I have two more to make and since these shelves come together pretty quickly, I should have two more made and hung by the end of the week. That’s how quick and easy these floating shelves are to make. And since I have a ton of leftover wood from other projects, these shelves didn’t cost me anything to make. If you have to buy the wood, I would estimate the cost to be less than $20.

Here’s what I used to make my 32″ wide floating shelves:

  • 1/4″ plywood, cut into two 7-1/2″ x 32″ strips (top and bottom of shelf)
  • 1″ x 2″ select pine boards, cut: 2 @ 29″, 2 @ 32″  and 4 @ 7″
  • Ryobi Narrow Crown Stapler
  • Kreg Jig
  • Ryobi Drill
  • 1-1/4″ pocket screws
  • 2″ wood screws
  • wood glue
  • stud finder
  • laser level
  • level
  • tape measure
  • pencil

And here is a step-by-step instructions for assembling and mounting the shelf:


Determine where you want your shelf to be installed. Find and mark the studs with a pencil along the line from the laser level.


Drill pocket holes on the ends of each of the 29″ 1 x 2 boards. (The photo above is from a different project, but you get the idea ; )


Using 1-1/2 pocket screws and wood glue, assemble 3 sides of the inside of the shelf.


You will attach the fourth side (the front of the shelf frame) after the frame is screwed into the wall. It’s just easier to maneuver a drill without the front piece of wood attached.


Attach the 3-sided frame to the wall using the wood screws at the marked stud locations.


Now you can attached the front of the frame.


Assemble the shelf by sandwiching the 32″ 1×2’s between the two strips of plywood as shown in the photo above. I attached my shelf using my narrow crown stapler, but you could also use brad nails. It’s important that all of the edges are even so that it fits snugly over the frame on the wall. I held my breath for this part, but it fit perfectly!

All that’s left to do is sand, prime and paint.

One done, two to go! And then go shopping for some pretty things to put on my shelves.

As soon as the other shelves are done, I’ll be back to work on the armoire that I’m building.  I’ve been showing update photos of the armoire on Instagram.

Disclaimer: These shelves are not built to hold heavy items. I will use them to store baskets of toilet paper, hand towels, and light-weight accessories.

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Valentine’s Day Onesie

I know. I know. I was just saying recently how heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is not just for onesies. So what did I just make? Yep. A onesie. But this Valentine’s Day will be my granddaughter’s first Valentine’s Day and I just HAD to make her a Valentine’s Day Onesie.


I found this cute cut file in the Silhouette Online store (it’s called Love Bird and it’s by Rivka Williams) and thought it would look adorable on a onesie. And since I had never layered HTV before, I thought this would be a good one to share with you. You can learn from my mistake ; ) I used the cut settings for flocked heat transfer material and bumped up the blade setting to 7. (My blade is old so if you’re using a newer blade, do a test cut first.)


I cut out the shapes using my favorite HTV (glitter HTV from Specialty Graphics). If you’ve been a reader here for a while, you know I just love this stuff. See more glitter vinyl projects here.


I pressed on the solid bird shape on the onesie first. MISTAKE: I should have made that shape just a teensie bit smaller by using the offset tool. You’ll see why in a minute.


Next, I placed the bird shape with cut outs on top of the solid bird shape.


Here’s where you can see my mistake. It’s almost impossible to line up the second layer perfectly over the first. If I had made the first shape a little smaller, it wouldn’t be peeking out at the edges. Lesson learned.


Just one heart just wasn’t enough so I replicated the heart that was in the original cut file a few times and adjusted the size.  I also added a heart to each sleeve to mimic elbow patches. I guessed at the placement of those. As you’ll see in the photos below, luck was on my side that time!


And here’s sweet, little, 11-month old Melanie, modeling her new Valentine’s Day Onesie! But she didn’t sit still for long . . .


. . .  and she’s off to explore.


She was more interested in watching her brothers play in the snow than she was in modeling her new onesie! (Check out that elbow heart patch!)



DIY Painted Ring Dish

As a member of the DecoArt® Blogger Outreach Program, compensation for this post was provided; opinions and crafty inspiration, provided by me!

My daughter was just saying the other day that she needed a safe place to store her wedding rings when she’s doing dishes, cleaning, etc. So when Deco Art asked me to try out their Americana Multi Surface paints, I decided to try my hand at painting on ceramic dishes that are a perfect size to hold rings.


Now I am not an artist, so I went very simple for these ring dishes. Dots and stripes. I can paint those!

First, I gathered my supplies. The dishes are called tasting dishes. Aren’t they cute? They are 2-1/2″ square. The perfect little size to hold rings. You’ll also need a paint brush, a sponge brush, and painter’s tape.

Deco Art Multi Surface Paint

And of course paint: DecoArt’s Americana multi-surface Satin in the colors of your choice.


For the first one, I adhered a big, fun diamond ring that I cut out of gold vinyl using my Silhouette.


Then I taped off a wide stripe using painter’s tape, making sure that the edges were well pressed down onto the dish so the paint would not seep under.


Next, I pounced on two coats of the Gold Metallic DecoArt Multi-Surface paint and let it dry overnight.


The next morning I removed the tape and my pretty, new ring dish is ready to use! (Let your finished ring dish air dry, or “cure” for four days. Place the ring dish on a baking sheet, place in a cold oven and bake the ring dish at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool completely and your ring dish is safe to both hand wash and put in the dishwasher)


Since these are so fun and easy to make, I made another one! For ths one, I used the color Flamingo. Isn’t it pretty! With my unsteady hand, I painted dots on the inside of the dish with a small artist’s brush. I might have had better results with a q-tip or eraser end of a pencil. Or just a steadier hand ; )


For this one, I painted one thin stripe on the outside. Maybe I should add another stripe or two?

How would you paint your ring dish?

Americana Multi-Surface paint is available in Michaels. Visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration.


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Baby Nursery Update

Slowly, but surely we are making progress in the baby nursery makeover. Unfortunately, we’ve been bit by the flu bug which has put us a little behind schedule, but I’m still hopeful that this room will be done by the end of the month.

Last week I showed you how we dealt with the painted paneled walls by filling in the grooves with joint compound. The walls are now smooth – for the most part. There are a few places where you can see some grooves, but you have to look very close to see them. So if this is something you think you will try, go back over the grooved areas a THIRD time to make sure they are well covered with the joint compound.

While I stayed home with my germs, my daughter found time to get the last of the drywall dust removed and gave the now-smooth walls two coats of gray paint. Gray is a tough color. It takes some time to find just the right shade of gray. Cory (my daughter) wanted a pure, light, gray. She didn’t want it to appear blue or green. So we did some research. Well actually, I did what I always do: I googled it. I found this article by Lindze of Interior Fun and sent it to Cory.  She agreed that she thought Repose was just what she wanted and immediately went to her local Sherwin Williams and picked up a sample pot to be sure.

perfect shade of gray

I agree, it’s perfect! Thanks Lindze!


Next, we paint the trim. Then we can move on the more “fun” stuff. But we needed a break from all of that “wall work”. After hours and hours of applying joint compound, sanding, cleaning up dust and then painting, we were anxious to do something a little more fun.

We were both dying to see how the vinyl wall decal that I received from The Decal Guru would look on the pretty and smooth gray walls, so we jumped ahead a little ; )


Here’s just a little sneak peek at it. It doesn’t look like much now (no, it’s not antlers!), but trust me, it’s going to look amazing! I can’t wait to share the complete post about that wall decal.


Melanie loves it, too!

There’s still a lot more work to be done: paint the trim, re-stain and re-upholster the cushions of a yard-sale glider, decide on fabric for the curtains and crib linens . . .


. . . and finish my “build” for the room. Like many older homes, two of the three bedrooms in my daughter’s house do not have closets, so I’m building a big armoire. After all, Melanie needs a place to hang all the pretty dresses that Nanny gets for her ; )