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Great Gift Idea: Personalized Stool

24 Dec

Christmas is right around the corner, so I thought I’d give all of you an early Christmas present. My lovely sister-in-law is a crafting queen, so I asked her to share some of her most recent projects with us. She has created four festive items for this time of year, and I’ll share one each day (in her own words) from now until Christmas!

Project 1: Personalized Stool

I found this stool at a garage sale for .50 cents! I wanted to use it in my classroom when I read to my students at the carpet. However, it needed a little makeover! After browsing on the internet at personalized stools I compiled some ideas together and came up with this end result! It looks great in my classroom and my kids love it! It was very easy to make you just need to be patient the more detailed you get!

To make this stool you will need the following materials:

  1. Stool( garage sale and Wal-Mart are great places to look)
  2. Acrylic paint in your choice colors
  3. Feather boa
  4. Hot glue gun and glue
  5. Painters tape
  6. Black and white paint pen
  7. Sharpie marker

Step 1: Begin by painting each leg. I used painters tape to create the stripes. You will need to use several coats. After you coat the legs with your background color then you can accent with polka dots in a contrasting color. To create the circles I cut out a circle using cardstock, traced it onto the leg and then painted it.

Step 2: Paint the top of the stool. After your background color is painted then you can accent with your polka dots. I just used a bowl to create the larger circle border. Then traced it with paint pen and added white dots.

Step 3: Personalize! Print off your name using the computer. Lay the paper on the stool and trace over it with the sharpie. It will bleed through. After, go over it with the black paint pen to perfect it. You can then use your white paint pen to accent all of the dots and letters.

Step 4: Spray your stool with the acrylic sealer and let dry.

Step 5: Use your hot glue gun and glue your boa underneath the seat of the stool.

Great Gift Idea: Personalized Bench

23 Dec

Christmas is right around the corner, so I thought I’d give all of you an early Christmas present. My lovely sister-in-law is a crafting queen, so I asked her to share some of her most recent projects with us. She has created four festive items for this time of year, and I’ll share one each day (in her own words) from now until Christmas!

Project 1: Personalized Bench

One of my friends is having a baby boy, so I wanted to make her a personalized gift for the nursery. I found this unfinished bench at Michaels’, used a coupon and bought it for 10 dollars. She loved this gift at her baby shower and it looks so cute in her son’s cowboy themed nursery! (watch the slideshow at the end to see all the steps)

Materials Needed to create bench:

  1. Unfinished bench ( I found mine at Michaels’)
  2. Acrylic paint
  3. White and black paint pens
  4. Bandana
  5. Acrylic Sealer
  6. Painters Tape
  7. Paintbrushes

Step 1: I painted each section in the colors I wanted first with several coats. To create the wood look I taped it off with painters tape and painted it a solid brown, then went over it with a mixed white and light brown to create the effect.

Step 2: To create the cow print I free handed these misshapen circles with the black paint pen on both sides of the white!

Step 3: I painted the bandana print with black and white paint pens. This print was free handed, but you can always copy and trace it using a self made stencil. Or, you can trace it onto paper, lay the paper down, use a sharpie to make the print bleed through, then trace it with the paint pen. You use this same technique when placing the letters on the stool, and the side symbols. I found the symbols on Google and printed off the letters from Microsoft word. Lastly, spray the bench with sealer!

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Great Gift Idea: Personalized Clipboard

22 Dec

Christmas is right around the corner, so I thought I’d give all of you an early Christmas present. My lovely sister-in-law is a crafting queen, so I asked her to share some of her most recent projects with us. She has created four festive items for this time of year, and I’ll share one each day (in her own words) from now until Christmas!

Project 2: Personalized Clipboard

As a first grade teacher I am always looking for personalized items for my classroom! When looking around online they are always so pricey! So, I decided to start making my own and you can too! I made this clipboard for less than 10.00!

To make this clip board you will need the following materials:

  1. Black and white paint pens
  2. Acrylic paint in whatever colors you like
  3. Ribbon of your choice
  4. Sharpie marker
  5. Unpainted clipboard ( you can find these at Wal-Mart for cheap!)
  6. Acrylic Sealer

Step 1: Paint the clipboard front and back in which ever background color you like. You will probably have to paint several coats to get the desired look.

Step 2: Create a circle template out of paper or any item around the house that makes a perfect circle. Trace with a pencil your circles on the board. When finished, paint the circles your random colors of choice.

Step 3: Once dry, take your white paint pen and accent your polka dots as you see done in the picture. You can also take the black paint pen and create the swirls randomly.

Step 4: To create your personalized name on the back simply print off your name off of a word document and cut it out. Lay it down on your clipboard and trace it with a sharpie marker. When you lift up the paper you will see some came through. Then you will take your black paint pen to complete the name.

Step 5:  Spray your clipboard back and front with acrylic sealer and let dry!

Step 6: Tie your ribbon in a knot through the silver hole used to hang the clipboard!