Sunday, February 27, 2011

"M" is for Memory Match

Memory match game turned into a birthday banner (and more!).



In our house when my kids are done with a toy that still has life the options are:
1. save for Lily
2. donate
3. repurpose

This memory match game got the repurpose option.


The dimuative little wooden square was just too cute to give away so I made girl #2 a birthday banner.

Here's how I made the banner:

1. Lightly sand animal off the front and wipe with damp cloth:


2. Apply paper using mod podge, once dry sand off excess paper around edges:


3. For the lettering I printed mine onto cardstock and cut out a square shape to mimic wood block:
(I'm sure those swanky machines have a bazillion options for vinyl letters which might be easier.)



4. Apply letter using mod podge and seal up paper:
(Repeat this process for other side!)


* At this point I sanded again and wiped with stain for a rustic, worn look but you could stop here.

5. Pre-drill hole into center of top edge for screw eye hook:
(I used a 1/16" bit.)



6. Screw in eye hook:


7. Thread onto string (I used jute rope) and hang:


And I can easily untie the rope to change out the name for girl #1 when it's her birthday.
And the back side is boy colors for buddy boy's birthday.

A little birthday decoration made from a memory match game.


The before and after:
 
Of course I didn't stop there.
With the extra blocks I made a banner for St. Pat's:
(On the back is Christmas.)



And a monogram tag for some friends:


Be sure the think twice about your kids toys before you do away with them - all those little pieces can be repurposed into something great!


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Friday, February 25, 2011

DIY Easter Goody Bags

Easter goody bags


These are for Buddy boy's classmates at their Easter party.


Here's how I made them:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DIY Turf Runner

A turf runner for Easter.


Turf on the table for real, does it look like grass?



Martha thinks so, she sells it in the Grand in Road catalog for $59 plus shipping for a 18"w x 72"l piece.
(You can see it here, I couldn't get the picture to copy.)

I paid $11 for a 3' x 12' piece.  Enough to cover my entire table two times over.


Simply cut to size and glue the edges under for a finished look.




Turf on the mantle too, why not?


Here you can see the edge glued under:

Definitely looking like grass now:


All the animals have a soft place to graze:


Friday, February 18, 2011

"C" is for Coasters

Coasters, coasters everywhere!


I've been a busy bee making coasters.


Numbered coasters.




Shamrock coasters.



They're all packaged up for sale in my Etsy shop here.



Just in time for St. Patrick's Day.


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