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DIY Cause Bracelets

A few months ago one of my best friends daughters was diagnosed with leukemia. Thankfully she is responding well to treatment so far and her prognosis is very good. There was a huge outpouring of support for them and a benefit was planned early on. Aside from attending the benefit and rallying some of our friends for a donation, in true DIY fashion, I wracked my brain for something special I could do for my friend to show my support. Since I was addicted to making bracelets at the time (and still am), I decided to make my friend some DIY cause bracelets. The official support color for leukemia is orange, and since they would be going through treatments for over two years, I figured they could use some stylish accessories. Both of her daughters are girly girls and and love jewelry.

DIY Cause Bracelets

Some of these I’ve done tutorials on before, and a few I have yet to post on. I was in a bit of a hurry to get them all finished in time for the benefit, so I didn’t take the time to do step-by-step photos on the new ones. I will in the next few weeks though.

 Circle Inspiration Bracelet Circle Inspiration Bracelet
My friend, her daughter and their whole family have shown amazing strength through this whole process, so I thought the “strength” charm was very fitting.
 DIY Tube Wrap Bracelet DIY Tube Wrap Bracelet
This one was a great stylish addition, easy
to make and great for layering and blending
into a regular wardrobe.
 T-shirt finger weave bracelet  T-Shirt Finger Weave Bracelet
I made this bracelet for each of the girls.
For the one going through treatment, I
figured it would be comfortable to wear.
Because they are close in age, it seemed
like a good idea to have them get matching
ones.
 Macrame Knot & Bead Bracelet  Macrame Knot and Bead Bracelet
I haven’t posted a tutorial on this one yet,
but I will son and will update this post with
the links. I originally tried to make this for
my friend, but I cut the leather too short,
so it ended up being for her daughter.
 Paracord Bracelet  Paracord Bracelet
Tutorial to come on this one soon. I made
this one for the dad. It doubles as a
survival bracelet since it’s about 9 feet of
parachute cord, so I think that made it
acceptable guy-wear.

I will say, orange is a tough color to find in leather cord. I was able to order it from LimaBeads.com. The parachute cord is a little easier to come by. I ordered mine from Amazon.

DIY Cause Bracelets

My friend’s family still has a long road ahead of them, so any positive thoughts and prayers you can send their way are appreciated. I pray their daughter continues to respond to treatment and they maintain the strength and amazing fighting spirit they’ve had in them since the start of this battle.

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Stenciled Garden Rocks – Great Gift for Mom!

Spring peaked out this weekend for a brief visit and we took advantage of it to do some outdoor projects. I pinned this stenciled garden rock idea from BHG.com over a year ago. I can’t remember why I didn’t get to it at the time, but I knew I wanted to do it for my mom as a gift for Mother’s Day. She enjoys gardening and has spent a lot of time getting the beds in her yard to look picture perfect. My grandma had the most amazing flower garden, so my mom comes by it honestly. I unfortunately seem to have a black thumb so far, but I’ll keep trying!

Stenciled Garden Rocks with Monogram

This project took me less than an hour once I had my stencils created.

Supplies:

  • Garden rocks with flat surfaces
  • Stencils
  • Painters or masking tape
  • Newspaper or other paper for covering your rocks
  • Spray paint made for outdoor use

Rock selection: You can use any type of rocks that are not very porous. I used some we had in our yard as well as some I purchased from our local garden center. The largest was about 10 inches tall x 6 inches wide. A few were about 7-8″x5-6″ Larger would also work well. I probably wouldn’t go much smaller.

Stenciled rocks - selection

Stencils: I created my stencils with my Silhouette Cameo. If I hadn’t, I probably would have cut my stencils out of contact paper. The original instructions said to use regular paper and spray adhesive. I would be a little concerned about the sticky residue from that. For the monogram, I used the Times New Roman font from my computer. For all other shapes like the leaves, I found them free online by searching Google images.

Stencil Placement: Place and adhere your stencil on your rock. Then to protect your rock from overspray outside of your stencil, use painters tape or masking tape to secure sections of newspaper around the outside of the stencil to cover the rest of your rock.

Stenciled Rocks - monogram stencilStenciled Rocks - monogram stencil covered

Stenciled Rocks - maple leafStenciled Rocks - Elm Leaf

Paint: Using spray paint made for outdoor use, lightly spray over your stencil in even strokes. I did 2-3 coats depending on the paint color/rock color combo. Wait 10-15 minutes between coats. For colors, I used black, copper, and cream.

Stenciled Rocks - painted

Finish:  Once mostly dry, remove your stencils and paper. I like removing while it still has a light tackiness to the paint. I feel like I get a cleaner line.

I made a “B” monogram for my mom and then a large maple leaf and cluster of elm leaves.

Stenciled Garden Rocks with Monogram

Then I decided to use up the rest of the rocks I had selected to make some for our own yard. For us I made an Iowa Hawkeye (Go Hawks!), an “H” monogram, and a cluster of maple leaves. Other ideas I considered were “Est. 2000” for our wedding year or our address.

Stenciled Rocks - Monogram and Hawkeye

How about you – are you making any handmade gifts for Mother’s Day?

Other Ideas for Mom:

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Vintage Wood Tile Letter

I found a vintage looking tiled letter from Spicher and Company several months ago. I pinned it on my Initial Decor board on Pinterest and periodically as I’ve been working on my monogram mantle collection, I’ve revisited it. The original is on the left and my recreation is on the right. It’s not exactly the same, but I think it achieves a similar feel.

Spicher and Company Vintage LetterVintage Wood Tile Letter

I kept my eye out the last few months for something I could use to replicate the tiled concept. I found this wood tile board at Walmart. I rarely go there, but I happened to stop for some Easter treats a few weeks ago, and decided to peruse the craft aisle. I’m glad I did!

Wood tile board

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Wood tile board
  • Acrylic paint – cream and black
  • Letter stencil
  • Foam brushes
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Rag
  • Wood or craft glue
  • Spray finish (matte or satin, not glossy)

First I removed the tiles from the frame. I taped together the tiles on the side I wasn’t planning to paint, making sure to fit them very close together. Then I painted the front side with two coats of the cream paint.

After the cream paint dried, I centered my stencil on to the wood tiles. I made my stencil with my Silhouette Cameo. (Ignore the spray paint in the 2nd picture here, I thought I was going to use spray paint rather than acrylic, but I realized spray paint doesn’t work too well on unfinished wood).

wood-tile-tapedwood-tile-letter-stencil

Then I painted two coats of black acrylic paint over the front of my tiles and front and back of the wooden frame. When the paint was mostly dry on the tiled pieces, I carefully removed the stencil. There were a few small spots where the black bled through the stencil, so I touched those up with cream paint and a fine tipped paintbrush.

Wood tiled letter - painted stencilWood Tile Letter - remove stencil

After the paint was completely dry, I used a fine grit sandpaper to sand over the tiles and front and back of the frame. I sanded a bit harder in a few places around the top and a few tile edges because I wanted it to look like natural wear.

Wood Tile Letter -sandingWood Tile Letter - sanded

Using a clean towel, I wiped off the sanding dust. Then it was time to glue on the tiles to the frame. I kept the tiles taped together with the painters tape. On the inside area of the front of the frame, I put a thin layer of wood glue down and spread it with my foam brush. Then I laid my tiles on top of that. I set a pile of books on it overnight to let it dry.

Wood Tile Letter - clean upWood Tile Letter - glue

Finally, I sprayed a poly coat on both sites. I sprayed the back and sides first and once dry, flipped it over and sprayed the front. It’s tough to get a good picture right now because the weather has been gray and gross – the flash isn’t doing any of my projects any favors. Once we get some sun shiny days on the weekends, I’ll try to take some new shots.

Vintage Wood Tile Letter

I started putting my monogram collection on our mantle this weekend. I’m getting close! I have one more to make and one picture to change out. I’m really liking it so far though, and it feels good to be close to done!

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Circle Inspiration Bracelet

On one of my many trips to Michael’s recently, I ran across these inspiration word circles that I knew would be perfect for a gift I was working on. Using some suede cord and a toggle clasp I already had, this circle inspiration bracelet took about 15 minutes to make.

I practiced on the Inspire version that I made for myself and then made the Strength one for a friend.

Circle Inspiration Bracelet - InspireCircle Inspiration Bracelet - Strength

Supplies:

  • Circle charm
  • Suede lacing cord (I used 3.5 times my wrist size)
  • Bar and ring toggle clasp (or other clasp)
  • Bead glue (optional)

Circle Inspiration Bracelet Tutorial

Instructions

  1. Cut your cord in half. Take one piece and fold it in half.
  2. Put about 2 inches of the folded portion through the center of your circle charm. Bring the ends up and through the loop. Pull it tight.
  3. Repeat on the other side with your remaining cord.
  4. If you’re using a bar and toggle ring clasp, put both ends of the cord through the smaller ring on  the ring part of the clasp.
  5. Measure to your wrist and tie the two ends together in a half knot where you want the toggle to fit. Repeat on the other side with the bar part of the clasp. Before you tie the knot, make sure to measure to your wrist again to ensure the right fit. I like mine not much bigger than my wrist.
  6. Pull the knots tight and clip the ends close to the knots.
  7. (Optional) Use a little bit of bead glue on your knots to secure.

I have a few more circle charms left, so I’ll be coming up with something for those soon. Now if Spring would just come and stay for good, I’d be able to wear all these bracelets!

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Monogram Scrabble Tile

It’s me… back with another monogram project. Are you sick of them yet? I’ve got too many ideas and have now had to move on to my first initial. This one was inspired by a lot of Scrabble art I’ve seen floating around Pinterest, most of them combining names and words together. I used to play Scrabble a lot with my grandparents when I was growing up.  We’d spend the night on New Year’s Eve and have a little competition mixed in with the party hats and ginger ale. I decided to make this monogram Scrabble tile for my office rather than for the mantle gallery of “H’s” I’ve been working on lately.

Monogram Scrabble Tile

Supplies:

  • Wood Block (I found an 8×8 basswood block at Michael’s)
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Stencil for your letter and number
  • Clear spray topcoat or Polycrylic finish

Monogram Scrabble Tile - supplies

To create my stencil, I used my Silhouette Cameo. I Googled what font is used for Scrabble tiles. For the most part the results came back as various forms of News Gothic – which I don’t have on my computer. I found some free Scrabble-like fonts at Fontspace. I used Tilez. If you’re going to create your own using fonts you already have on your computer, you can look up the value of your letters here.

Monogram Scrabble Tile - Stencil

After placing my stencil where I wanted it, I painted two coats using black acrylic paint and a foam brush. You can see I accidentally went outside the stencil. I thought I was going to have to scrap this one.  I think I have something like this happen on nearly every project I do, so frustrating. I pulled out my finger nail polish remover and a q-tip and was able to get most of the paint out.

Monogram Scrabble Tile - Paint

I removed the stencil and I let the paint dry for about an hour. Then I sprayed 3 coats of the clear poly finish, waiting about a half hour between. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, the finish is shiny but not glossy.

Monogram Scrabble Tile

It fits perfectly in my office. I tried to take a good picture of it in my office, but the lighting wasn’t good, so I’ll try again when I have my better camera at work.

Check out my initial decor board on Pinterest.

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