Category Archives: DIY Projects & Crafts

Photo Transfer Project (step-by-step)

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Preserve your memories by transferring your favorite photos to boards…then add vinyl lettering to complete the project.

This project is not difficult, but it does require several hours of drying time.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Board (I used this DIY board from Uppercase Living)
  • White craft paint
  • Foam brush (for paint, gesso and ModPodge…I rinsed out brush between uses)
  • Gesso gel medium (I used one that I found at Michaels)
  • Rag
  • Disposable bowls (for paint, gesso and ModPodge)
  • Photo printed out on regular printer paper from a laser printer with the image mirrored
  • Vinyl lettering (I used this love expression from Uppercase Living)
  • Burnishing tool (plastic…like an Uppercase Living transfer tool or Pampered Chef scraper or a library card)
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The supplies you’ll need: board, paint, brush, gesso, rag, disposable bowls, photo from laser printer (printed in reverse), vinyl lettering, burnishing tool.

STEP ONE

Paint your board with white craft paint and allow to dry completely.

STEP TWO

Print out your photo on regular printer paper. You must use a laser printer (not an InkJet). When you transfer your image, it will be mirrored. Therefore, if you want your completed project to look like your original photo, simply mirror the photo before printing by using the “flip horizontal” choice in your tools menu. Size the photo to fit your surface. (You can cut it to size at this point or trim off the excess after you’ve applied the photo to your board.)

STEP THREE

Paint the top surface of your board with gesso. Paint the front of your photo with gesso. Apply the photo to the board with the photo side facing down. Carefully smooth out any bubbles using your burnishing tool. Wipe away any excess gesso. Allow to dry for at least four hours.

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Paint the front of your board and the front of your picture with gesso.

STEP FOUR

After at least four hours have passed, take a warm damp rag and lay it on top off the board. Leave it on for about five minutes.

STEP FIVE

Remove the rag. Using your fingers dipped in water, make small circular motions on the board to remove the top layer of paper, almost as if you are sandpapering the surface.

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Dip your fingers in water and rub in a circular motion to remove the top layer of paper.

It’s a little messy. 🙂 Continue to do this until the cloudiness disappears. (I did several rounds, letting it dry in between.)

STEP SIX

When you’ve removed the top layer of paper and the project is completely dry, apply a coat of ModPodge to the front of the photo/board. Repeat two times, letting dry about 15 minutes between coats.

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When you’ve removed the layer of paper, allow to dry then apply ModPodge.

STEP SEVEN

It’s vinyl time! Choose an expression from Uppercase Living like the one here or custom design your own using the MyDesign Tool (choosing your font, size and color). You could customize the place and date for your photo (such as “Cape Cod 2016”).

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Position vinyl expression.
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Remove backing paper from vinyl expression, adhere to surface, then remove transfer tape.

Need tips on applying vinyl? Check out my post with how-to videos.

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Enjoy.

For more vinyl expression inspiration, please visit http://beth.uppercaseliving.net

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How to Install Vinyl Lettering

Would you like some helpful hints for installing vinyl expressions?

Here is a professionally made video that shows you how it’s done.

And here’s one my youngest son made of me.  🙂

Please contact me if you need assistance!

 

Spring Block Project

I know it’s snowing, but we can still think spring, can’t we?

Positive Walls with Beth Golik

Materials:

· “Spring” vinyl expression in Bright White (item #17320 from Uppercase Living®)

· Sandpaper

· Craft paint in spring colors

· Wood blocks (cut from scrap wood, select pine or MDF board). Shown here, 3.5” select pine board from Home Depot cut as follows:

  • 3.5” x 2.5” – two needed (p and g)
  • 1.75” x 3” – one needed (i)
  • 1.75” x 5.25” – one needed (s)
  • 1.75” x 8.5” – one needed (branch)
  • 2” x 2” – one needed (r)
  • 3” x 3” – one needed (n)
  • 3” x 2” – one needed (bird)

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Instructions:

· Cut wood according to dimensions listed above

· Smooth edges and surfaces of blocks with sandpaper; wipe clean

· Paint blocks according to picture (or choose your own color combo)

· When paint has dried, cut vinyl pieces and apply to individual blocks. (To apply vinyl, remove backing paper, apply sticky side to block surface, smooth with…

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Jingle All The Way

Here’s a fun DIY project that will make a thoughtful gift for friends & family and add a festive touch to your own home.

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Add the vinyl expression shown here to a shadow box for a fun and festive piece to display year after year. Add jingle bells…a little or a lot!

Here’s how to create one for yourself or to give as a gift.

Choose the “Jingle All The Way” expression in your color choice from Uppercase Living. (Order here.) Choose the 10″ x 10″ expression for a 12″ x 12″ shadow box.

Apply expression to the front of the shadow box. You can get shadow boxes at Michael’s and other craft stores. (Here’s a video that’ll show you how to apply decorative vinyl.)

Fill shadow box with jingle bells. (There are lots of bell options on Amazon.) You can use any color you’d like…and even use different colors to represent each generation in your family.

Here’s another idea for using Uppercase Living vinyl on shadow boxes.

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Nativity Scene – DIY Project

‘Tis the Season for making handcrafted projects…perfect for gift-giving or for your own seasonal display. I like to do this project with friends — and even with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups. Combine the making of this Nativity Blocks project with the reading of the Christmas story (and maybe throw in a little Christmas cookie eating), and you have the perfect gathering this season.

Nativity Blocks

You’ll need the following materials:

Vinyl expression #19904 from Uppercase Living in your color choice (whipped creme shown here)

Blocks cut to the following specs, painted in your color choice.

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Click here for the how-to video.

Enjoy!

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Fall Decorating That’s Not Too Scary

I love decorating for Halloween! No, not the gory, creepy, make-you-scream type of decorating. I love bringing in lots of orange and a little tiny bit of spooky.

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Fall Mantel

Here’s my mantel featuring orange lights with black metal accents. And a gauze ghost that graced our front yard one year. (I think I need to make him again…he was quite the sight!)

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Gauze Ghost

Some of my favorite pieces are from Uppercase Living. Here are a few:

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halloween - on orange board in frame
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Halloween - happy halloween in frame
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Halloween - beware in frame
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Of course, you have to have a way to organize your fabulous fall decorations in the “off season.”

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Click for tips on organizing and storing Halloween decorations

Happy Halloween!

The Finishing Touch

How seriously cute are the picture boards you’ve seen on Pinterest?

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Decorate a board, add some interesting knobs or hooks, and proudly display your beautiful photos or meaningful momentos. {The star boards pictured on this page are available for a limited time from Uppercase Living and provide the perfect backdrop for your personalized project. Click on any photo to see size and pricing information for any of the expressions on this page.}

Let’s take it a step further, though. Here are a few unique and creative ways to hang your favorite photos.

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Use twine and clothespins to pin your photos (instead of hanging them from the knobs).
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Add paperclips to a bold-patterned grosgrain ribbon for a simple picture-hanger.
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Here’s another project with the twine/clothespin combo.
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Don’t limit yourself to photographs! You’ve earned the medals and the badges…display them with pride!

 

 

Tote-ally Organized Shelves

My Dad is a very handy guy. He can take an idea, sketch it out, then bring it to life with some power tools and several trips to Home Depot.

bins 1Eleven years ago (when my parents were visiting to spend time with their newest grandbaby), he transformed an area of our basement into the ultimate storage tote shelving unit.

Suddenly, we had a place to store all of those “things” that we wanted to keep, but didn’t want sitting out all the time. Halloween decorations are, of course, in the orange and black bins. Christmas decorations are easy to spot in the red bins with green lids.

bins 3As our boys grew, the storage rack (which is EXTREMELY sturdy) became a jungle gym. They would climb up to the top and then shimmy hand over hand across the I-beam on the ceiling. It also made an awesome fort; remove a few bins and add blankets, pillows and flashlights.

bins 2Let’s talk about organization for a moment. The outside of each bin is labeled with a number using Uppercase Living vinyl. Here’s where you can really take your basement “stuff” to a new level of organization. We created a spreadsheet where each bin number corresponds with an overall category (e.g., #5 = Halloween). Then, the contents of each bin are listed on the spreadsheet next to that bin’s number. (You can use index cards for this, too.) Need to find your white Christmas lights for a party you’re having in July? Refer to your chart to find the Christmas bins (yes, there are half a dozen!) then narrow your search to see which of those six bins has “lights” listed in their contents. Now you only have to dig through one bin, not 25.

Do you use totes like the ones pictured here for storage? How do you keep them organized?

 

Buckeye Bank {acrylic block project}

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Need a graduation gift for an Ohio State bound high school senior? Looking for something to give a Buckeye fan of any age? This acrylic block bank is easy to make and all supplies are available from Uppercase Living. Here’s another idea: fill with buckeyes for a graduation table centerpiece and tie with a scarlet and gray ribbon.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

STEP 1: Remove backing paper from the “O” 011 013 014 015

STEP 2: Smooth onto acrylic block and then gently remove transfer tape.

STEP 3: Cut around other vinyl pieces so you can get a better visual on placement.

STEP 4: Remove backing paper, smooth vinyl on to block and remove transfer tape (for leaf, circle and the tiny mocha brown embellishment).018

STEP 5: Finish project by punching out slit to make the block into a bank. Or, pull the front and back halves of the block apart, fill with buckeyes, and snap back together (to make a centerpiece for a graduation party).023

Spring Block Project

Materials:

· “Spring” vinyl expression in Bright White (item #17320 from Uppercase Living®)

· Sandpaper

· Craft paint in spring colors

· Wood blocks (cut from scrap wood, select pine or MDF board). Shown here, 3.5” select pine board from Home Depot cut as follows:

  • 3.5” x 2.5” – two needed (p and g)
  • 1.75” x 3” – one needed (i)
  • 1.75” x 5.25” – one needed (s)
  • 1.75” x 8.5” – one needed (branch)
  • 2” x 2” – one needed (r)
  • 3” x 3” – one needed (n)
  • 3” x 2” – one needed (bird)

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Instructions:

· Cut wood according to dimensions listed above

· Smooth edges and surfaces of blocks with sandpaper; wipe clean

· Paint blocks according to picture (or choose your own color combo)

· When paint has dried, cut vinyl pieces and apply to individual blocks. (To apply vinyl, remove backing paper, apply sticky side to block surface, smooth with fingers or burnishing tool, carefully remove transfer tape).