Friday, June 26, 2015

Reading Nook Decor with The Wood Connection

  It's always such a blast to be a guest blogger for The Wood Connection and I'm so excited to share with you a project I made for my little girl's room. 

I wanted to create a cozy reading nook for my daughter to encourage her budding reading skills. There was some unused space under her bunk bed that was just begging to be turned into a reading area. We put in huge pillows, shelving, fairy lights and a canopy around it so she could have her very own little space to relax and read. 

The nook just needed a few final touches and that's where these fun bookends, banner and wall hang came in. They were the perfect addition to the reading nook. 

Directions for the bookends:
Spray paint candle cups and wood letters gold and allow to dry. Paint both blocks using sea foam acrylic paint and allow to dry as well. 

When all pieces are dry, attach the letters to the blocks using wood glue and attach the candle cups to the bottom of the blocks using wood glue as well. Let dry. 

And that's it for the bookends! Pretty simple, right?

Directions for the banner:
Paint all pieces of banner wood with coral acrylic paint and let dry. Cut out pattern paper to fit the banner pieces and adhere to each piece. String baker's twine though the holes in the banner.

I painted and lightly distressed the box sign to hang on the wall of the reading space. I had a sweet little card that my daughter received for her 1st birthday and I thought it would look darling inside the box sign.

So there you have it! Three extremely quick and easy projects to add a little sweetness to any space. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

Modern Alphabet wood letters
4x6 Photo Block
Candle Cup
Banner Shape Flag
Banner Shape Triangle
Box Sign
Wood Glue
Foam brush
Sea foam blue and coral acrylic paint - available at The Wood Connection
Gold spray paint

Thursday, June 4, 2015

4th of July Tassel Garland


Today I'd love to show you a fun project using Whisker Graphics Middy Bags in a unique way. Middy bags are awesome used as gift bags but they're also so versatile that they can be used to make other awesome crafts as well. Tassels make for great decorations and backdrops so why not add a little red, white and blue festiveness to your backyard BBQ this year.  

Directions: The bottom of the bag will be the top of the garland, so flip it upside down and
cut several thin vertical strips (about 1/2 inch) on the bag leaving about an inch of uncut bag at the top.

After the cutting is finished, accordion fold the bag and punch a hole through the top of the bags. Thread Cherry Divine Twine through the holes. Using adhesive, attach silver glitter stars between the tassels. 

Super quick and easy, right?! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
Cherry Divine Twine
Middy Bags in Red, Blue and Gray
silver glitter stars

Monday, May 11, 2015

End of School Year Gift Bags

I can't believe summer is almost here!  What an amazing school year it's been for our 4 year old.  She has absolutely loved school and adores her teachers. I wanted her to be included in the gift we'll be giving her teachers so I asked if she'd like to decorate the gift bags for them. She can never say no to painting! :)

White Kraft Bags from Whisker Graphics are the perfect canvas to let your little one's imagination run wild.  Our daughter is in love with polka dots and stripes and draws them on everything she can get her hands on.  It was only fitting that polka dots and stripes adorned the gift bags as well. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
White Kraft Bags- Whisker Graphics
Paint- Sea foam, Gold and Coral
Basket shred

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Wrapping Idea

With Mother's Day being right around the corner, I thought  I'd share a couple quick and simple gift wrapping ideas. 

I just love the simplicity of a basic brown and white paper bag and these kraft bags from Whisker Graphics are the perfect blank canvas to dress up. 

For these gift bags, I simply wrapped crocheted lace around the bag and attached vintage ephemera using Natural Solid Divine Twine,  So quick, easy and perfectly feminine for Mother's Day. 

Supplies used:
Natural Solid Divine Twine
Brown and White Plain Kraft Bags
Crotchet lace, vintage ephemera- Melissa Frances

Monday, March 30, 2015

Magical Easter Bunny Door

Hi there!
 I'm so excited to be guest posting for The Wood Connection today. I have a fun project that I think you'll enjoy. 

Spring is finally here and with that comes the magic of the Easter Bunny. My 4 year old daughter was concerned about how the Easter bunny would get into our house to leave eggs and treats. "He can't come down the chimney because that's for Santa  and he's too little to reach the doorknob," she pondered.  We thought and thought about how that old rabbit would get inside our house.  Aha!  A magical bunny door that only the Easter Bunny could open would be the perfect way for him to get in! 

My daughter attentively observes the bunny door in amazement and is counting down the days until Easter. She has even started leaving little offerings of carrots and Easter eggs on the table for the bunny. 

Ready to make your own magical bunny door?!
Let's get started!

Supplies used:
Bunny Vinyl
Small Wood Table
Foam Brushes
Paint: Gold, Coral, Cream and Sea Foam
All products available at The Wood Connection

Other Supplies:
Door Hinges (available at Home Depot)
Gold Glitter


Paint a light layer of cream paint across the entire slat sign.  When the board is completely dry, rub the bunny vinyl onto the sign. Paint a thin layer of sea foam blue paint across the entire board and over the stencil. Once the paint is dry, peel off the stencil. Sand the entire board to get a distressed look. 

Paint door hinges gold and allow to dry. Once dry. screw them into the edge of the slat sign. 

Paint a thin coat of wood glue to the egg and sprinkle with gold glitter. After it has dried. use wood glue to attach the egg doorknob to the sign. 

Directions for the Bunny Table:

Paint top of table cream and allow to dry. Attach bunny vinyl to top of the table and proceed to paint over the stencil using gold paint. Paint the entire table gold and let dry. Peel off bunny stencil.

Using a piece of painters tape, tape off two sections on each table leg. Paint the bottom section coral and the top section sea foam blue. 

So there you have it! An enchanting portal from Easter Town right into your very own living room.

There is nothing I love more than to foster imagination and curiosity in children. I think this magical Easter bunny door does just that. :) 

 Thank you so much for stopping by and have Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Umbrella Favors

How about some darling umbrella favors for your Easter brunch? Or how cute would these be for a spring bridal or baby shower? Whisker Graphics makes creating sweet favors so easy with their bright and happy spring colored Middy Bags.  Just looking at all these pretty colors makes me want to go on an Easter egg hunt. :)


Make a cone out of white cardstock. Cut the edges off  a middy bag and cover the cone. Secure the bag around the cone with adhesive. Fill cone with shredded basket filler and goodies.

Tuck a paper straw down into the cone. Wrap tulle around the cone and gather at the top. Secure the top of the tulle by tying Divine Twine around the top. Attach spring label around the cone using Divine Twine.

Thank you for stopping by! 

Supplies used:
Yellow Chevron Middy Bag
Green Horizontal Striped Middy Bag
Pink Polka Dot Middy Bag
Aqua Divine Twine
Green Apple Divine Twine
white cardstock
white tulle
shredded basket filler
paper straws
adhesive- Xyron Mega Runner

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mommy and Me Valentine Party

Last week my daughter and I had a few friends over for a Mommy and Me Valentine Party. We had lunch, made Valentine cards and decorated pink cookies. The little girls had a blast giggling and making things while us moms had fun...well....giggling and making things. ;)

I made each little girl a party hat using a basic cone template and cutting it out using white cardstock. I thought these pink Whisker Graphic bags would be perfect to cover the hats with. I cut the bags in half, wrapped them around the cone and adhered using my Mega Runner. I then attached paper hearts to the front of the hat and added a bit of tissue garland around the bottom and top.  I love how the middle hat looks like pink frosting on a Valentine cookie. So sweet!  

Here are mini goodie bags I made for the girls.  I sealed the top of the bag and turned it on its side, I then cut the side off so it was envelope style and filled it with conversation hearts and pink jelly beans. I embellished the bag with a Sweet Sticky Label, a be mine heart and a mini clothespin.

I made the same bag for the moms by sealing the top of the bag, turning it on its side and cutting the side of the bag off.  I embellished with pink doilies, bingo cards and hearts.

These little bags held stamps, stickers and little heart notepads for the girls to draw on. I tied a little Valentine tag to the bag using Cotton Candy Divine Twine.

Each little girl also received a little love bug to take home. :)

The decorations were simple. I used my Cricut machine and cut out several hearts and attached them to strands of Cotton Candy Divine Twine using glue. After the glue had dried, I hung the strands from the ceiling. It was so fun to see a flurry of hearts hanging all throughout the living room.

For lunch I thought it would be fun to have little bite size foods presented in muffin tins. The girls loved their heart shaped cheese (that's why there are no photos of it in the tins!). We had carrots, grapes, cheese, crackers, oranges and s'more snack mix.  We also had pizza but the muffin tins were such a hit that no one really paid any attention to the pizza!

When the party was over and it was time to go home, each girl received this cute felt envelope to carry her valentines and goodies home in. I bought it from Target in the dollar spot (LOVE that dollar spot!).

 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day! xox