4 Nov 2015

DIY Wooden Wall Hanging

I think I may have an obsession with wall hangings!  I have another wall hanging to share with you today and I think you'll be surprised to find out what I used to make it.  It's also a project that is really simple and quick to make which would make it perfect to make for someone for Christmas.  Is it too early to bring up Christmas?

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you probably already know that I really love natural wood and pastel colours in my decor.  This little wall hanging definitely has both of those.  I originally made it for my fall home tour and I was hoping that my little "artwork" would look like an abstract take on some feathers or a bird's wing.  I'm not sure if I succeeded, but I think it turned out kind of cute. :)

 I chose to use white and a minty green sparingly in my wall hanging to create little pops of colour. The top part of the hanging is made from a scrap of grey wool felt.  Actual wool felt is so much nicer if you are able to source it.  For those of you that live in the Toronto area, you can buy wool felt scraps from The Felt Store by the pound for a reasonable price.  

These are what I used to make the body of the wall hanging.  They're really big craft sticks (like the popsicle sticks kids use to spread white glue).  I found them in the kids craft section at Michaels.  They also had a smaller size which would be great to make a mini version of this wall hanging.

I didn't take photos while I was making this wall hanging in the middle of the night, but took some photos after the fact and I think you'll still be able to get the idea of how to put the wall hanging together.   Here's the how to:



34 large wood craft sticks (I found mine at Michaels)
craft paint in a couple of colours
Wool felt approximately " x "
Wooden dowel 
Hot Glue
Utility knife

How To:

1)  Paint a few craft sticks in the colours you have chosen.

2)  Use an utility knife and straight edge to cut two craft sticks in half lengthwise.  You will need these pieces on the edges of the hanging (you can see a close up of the half pieces in the photo above).

3)  Roughly layout all the craft sticks in the shape of the wall hanging to determine where you would like your painted sticks to be.  (you can use the picture of my completed project as a guide if you would like).  When you go to layout the pieces you will start at the bottom and work up (i.e., start with two craft sticks and then lay three on top and then four, etc.)  You'll want to stagger the pieces so that you end up with the scalloped pattern.
4)  Once you've figured out your pattern, you are ready to begin gluing all the craft sticks together.  You'll have to carefully move each row out of the way as you work from the bottom up to attach the rows one on top of the other.  I used a ruler as a guide for the placement of each craft stick (there is about a 2" reveal of the bottom of each craft stick - see photo above).  Once you've set up your guide, glue the backside of the three sticks that will lay on top of the first row (two initial sticks) to attach them, then glue the backside of the four pieces that will lay on top of the three you just attached, then glue five pieces on top of the four, etc.  When you get to the widest portion (5 pieces wide in my wall hanging), you will start incorporating the half pieces into every other row to keep the pattern going
5)  Sew a pocket at the top of the felt for the dowel to slip through.  If you don't want to sew you could always glue the felt directly to the dowel.

6)  Glue the bottom of the felt square to your craft stick assembly the same way you did when putting the craft sticks together.  To help get the felt straight, I drew a line a 2" from the bottom of the top row of craft sticks to use as a guide.  

7)  Insert the dowel into the pocket you made in step 5 and attach a string to either end of the dowel for a hanger.

I hope you like this little DIY.  I had fun coming up with a project from some pretty simple materials.

1 Nov 2015

November Calendar

Happy November!  Here is this month's printable calendar in a lovely blush pink stripe.  I hope you like it!

Click on the image below to download your copy of the calendar. **for personal use only please**

30 Oct 2015

DIY Woodland Superhero Costume

I think this may be the cutest and most fun sewing project I have worked on in a long time.  It's Teddy Bear day at my oldest's school today.  The kids are to wear clothing with teddy bears on it or dress like a bear.  I decided to make a bear superhero costume for my little guy and I think it's a perfect way for a boy to dress up on teddy bear day.  I must admit that my "teddy bear" looks more like a woodland bear on purpose.  I wanted to add to our fox costumes from a couple years ago and to possibly make another super rabbit or hedgehog sidekick for little brother as well.   We'll have a team of woodland super heroes around here!  I did make a sidekick for my son to take to school with him, but since I just finished it last night, it didn't make it into these photos.  It's a knit super hero doll for which I made a matching super bear costume.  I'm sure I'll take photos of the doll soon and add one or two to this post.  I'm also hoping to share the knitting pattern/DIY for the doll here on the blog as well.  For now, I have the big boy costume to share.
The costume is based off of a couple patterns that I modified.



For the mask I used this template (it's actually three different woodland animals), but the bear mask is missing the eyeholes?  I used the eyehole band from the racoon though to make the blue superhero mask for my bear and was able to get the eye placement from that.  I simply rounded the fur edges from the racoon mask to match the rounded edges of the bear face and ended up with a perfect little mask for my mask. :)

This is how I put the mask together:

1)  Cut out the pieces using this template:  2 base bear masks (use the racoon mask for the eye placement), one nose piece (I rounded the top edges slightly), one snout piece, two inner ear pieces, and the blue "mask" piece (use the raccoon eye strip from the template and round the edges to match the bear mask), one strip of elastic (if you are worried about having a continuous loop for a young child you can substitute with some ribbon or cut the elastic in two and add velcro to hold it together)

2)  attach the elastic band:  I sandwiched each end of the elastic between the two bear pieces at the location of the eyes and zigzagged through all three layers on both sides.  the zigzag stitching will be covered up by the blue mask piece.

3)  Place all the rest of the pieces on the mask (you can see a closeup of the assembly further in the post below) and stitch by hand/machine through all the layers.


I found this darling pattern for the cape.  The size I made was just a little longer than the 4T.  

I customized the cape to include the bear symbol which consisted of a circle of interfacing, a circle of striped fabric, a felt bear silhouette and a felt letter. 
  • The bear silhouette was cut from the mask template above.  I just added a rounded bottom.  
  • For the /s/ I printed an enlarged letter in Helvetica font.
Here's how I put the cape together:

1)  Cut out your cape pieces using the pattern above and the pieces for your symbol

2)  Assemble the symbol:  Iron on the interfacing to the back of the fabric circle.  Hand/machine stitch the bear symbol to the centre of the circle followed by the letter on top.  Once all the pieces are together use a very tight zigzag/satin stitch to attach the symbol to the outer fabric of the cape around the edge of the circle. (you can see a close up of the symbol assembly above)

3)  Follow the tutorial for sewing the cape.

**Please remember to be safe when your child is wearing a costume:   Supervise your child whenever they are wearing a costume/mask.  Do not let your child sleep in his/her costume**
My little one was so excited to wear his costume and boy, did he ever get into the super hero leaps!  I had so many pictures of him jumping.   The funny part about it is that he has never watched any superhero shows and doesn't really own any licensed superhero toys.  He just knows that superheroes fly and save the world.  He also had his trusty sidekick Nalle (whose name means "teddy bear") right there with him.

19 Oct 2015

A Twelve Year Wedding Anniversary DIY

First off I can't believe that I've been married for 12 years!  For our anniversary this year Hubby and I decided to DIY something together in lieu of gifts.  You know you're devoted DIYers when... Apparently, on your twelfth wedding anniversary you are to give each other silk and/or linen to represent comfort/luxury.  I had this Marimekko Luovi fabric that I purchased from EQ3 for half price in my stash and had been wanting to make something out of it.  It worked perfectly for our 12 year anniversary since it is linen.  I also wanted to try to make a wooden hanger for it.  We had a couple of hiccups along the way, but I think it turned out beautifully in the end.  
You may remember this wall hanging from my fall home tour and/or Instagram.  I love how the deep blue works so nicely with the blush pink for fall/winter.  A couple of extra details that I added to my fabric wall hanging are the brass screws that hold the two pieces of wood that sandwich the fabric in-between and a gold leather cord.  The gold ties in well with my DIY hanging planter too.  

Below you'll find the how to:

finished measurement 28" x 41"

1. Gather your materials:  
a) wood strips (we used  1"x 2" maple boards that we had on hand that we cut in half lengthwise {step 3} to make four 1/2" x 28" boards, but you can find thinner boards in the hardware store and avoid this cutting step
b) 4 brass pan head screws slightly longer than the thickness of two boards and 4 matching nuts
c) 1 meter of fabric (my fabric is Luovi by Marimekko).  You will be able to make two wall hangings from a meter, but you need the buy a full meter for the length even if you are only making one (depending on the pattern of your fabric).
d) Leather cord (1/2 meter)
e) hot glue
f) power tools:  table saw(optional depending on the wood you choose), saw & power drill with drill bit corresponding to your screw size
g) sewing machine or iron-on hemming tape

2.  First start by sewing/hemming your fabric.  Cut your fabric to the desired size (be careful to cut a perfect square or rectangle so that it hangs straight).  Then finish the ends (I used a serger)and sew a 1/2" double hem on the sides.  **You can get away without sewing by using fusible (iron-on) hemming tape to hem the sides and the ends.

3.  Prepare your wood rails.  If you are using a thicker piece of wood like we did, go ahead and rip the boards in half to create four boards (skip this step if your wood boards are already thin enough).  Then cut your boards to a length just slightly longer than your fabric (I added about an inch to the fabric width measurement: 27"(fabric width) + 1" = 28").  Finally, drill a whole on either end of each of the 4 boards to accommodate a screw at each end (the holes on our wall hanging are about 1.5" from the ends).

4.  Attach your fabric to the front top and bottom boards.  The screws will hold the fabric, but to keep it taut I found that gluing it along the entire length helped (I used hot glue).

5. 6. & 7.  Assembling the wall hanging:  Once the fabric is glued to the top and bottom boards, place the wall hanging facedown on a work surface.  Cut the hanging cord to your desired length and tie knots on the ends.  Position the cord behind the fabric along the top board to your desired position. 
Layer the back boards over the backside of the fabric sandwiching both the fabric(and the cord for the top).  Insert a screw through all the layers and tighten them together using the nut. (step 7).  The knots on the end of the hanging cord will protrude past the back board (step 6).  I found that a couple dabs of hot glue prevented the cord from sliding side to side (step 6).

Now you're ready to hang your art!

I really hope you enjoyed this project.  It ended up be a fun way to remember our 12th wedding anniversary.

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