Making one-of-a-kind gifts

This week, we will be making one of my favorite gifts to give! Over the holidays this year I made about 10 of these for my friends and family. They are very easy and take only about an hour from start to finish. Drumroll, please! Chevron canvases are the craft of the week!

The supplies needed for this project include a canvas of any size (I used an 8×10), a ruler, a pencil, acrylic craft paints, paint brushes and something to put the paint in. I love these small trays from Walmart!

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The first step of this project is to draw horizontal lines across your canvas. These can be any length apart, but the more lines you have, the more chevrons you will end up with. I usually do 2 inches apart, but this time I did 1.5 inches.

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Following that, you will draw vertical lines across the canvas to make a grid. Make sure your horizontal and vertical lines are the same distances. For example, if you did horizontal lines 2″ apart your vertical lines would also be 2 inches apart.

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Then, you will connect the corners of the boxes in a zig-zag pattern. A line should be drawn from the top left corner to the bottom right and then on the next square from the bottom left to the top right and so on. Each row should follow the same pattern.

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The last thing before you paint is to erase the horizontal and vertical lines you drew, especially if you are using light colors or made heavy marks. This seems pointless, but it will provide you with a more polished look in the end. Make sure when you’re erasing to leave all of the diagonal lines you drew; they are your chevron template.

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The next step is to break out the paint and start having fun! I find painting to be very relaxing, so I love this part. You can use any color you choose and in any order you choose. This is completely up to you! Some of the ones I’ve made previously have been to match people’s dorms, their favorite colors or the colors of their sorority or social club.

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I find that three coats are required to give a rich-looking color to your canvas. With lighter colors, sometimes four or five looks best, but I always do at least three to make sure the color looks even and vivid.

After one coat, as you can see, the colors look streaky and bland.

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The finished product is much more bold!

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Inspired by: Casa CullenRuche, and Mommy is Coocoo

I hope you’ve been inspired to get creative and create your very own wall decorations! Which colors would you chose? Do you think a smaller or larger chevron is cuter?

BONUS PROJECT: These are two of my favorite variations on the basic chevron canvases. The first is to add glitter over any of your colors. Simply Mod Podge straight onto your canvas and then shake the glitter on top of it. After 20 minutes, shake off the excess and repeat the process. This gets very messy, so I recommend doing it in a garage or outside. The second variation adds personalization using a wooden letter, available at Hobby Lobby for around $3. Paint the letter any color your want and then hot glue it onto your finished canvas. It’s so simple, but it adds an extra special touch!

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Top five things every crafter needs to have on hand

Today, we’ll be looking at the five essential crafting supplies that everyone needs to have on hand at all times. You never know when inspiration will strike, and keeping these five crucial supplies on hand will ensure you’re always ready! All of these supplies are available at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, and most are also available at Walmart. If you’re wanting to stock up on these supplies, Michaels and Hobby Lobby usually run specials on at least one of them each week, so check your local ads for the best deals!

1. Hot-glue gun

This is the first thing every aspiring crafter needs. A hot-glue gun can fix anything! You can use it on practically any surface to bond, but it is also good for the soul. Anything that is wrong in your life can probably be fixed with a therapeutic hour of hot gluing crafting!

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2. Canvases

These are pretty basic supplies and come in tons of sizes. These can be used to paint anything on and are perfect for making last-minute gifts with! These are relatively inexpensive and are readily available at craft stores!

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3. Mod Podge

This is the mother of all craft adhesives! If hot glue can’t fix it, then bring in the Mod Podge. This gooey, weird-smelling adhesive is perfect for adhering paper or glitter to surfaces. It is the secret to the perfect collage!

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4. Glitter

This is arguably the most necessary part of crafting. Things with glitter make people happy. Glitter is universally needed for crafting, and almost every project can be improved with a little bit of sparkle. Glitter is best used with Mod Podge as its adhesive. Glitter comes in so many colors, but I like to keep a simple silver or white on hand for most projects!

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5.  Acrylic craft paints

These versatile little bottles of paint are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. They come in every shade of color you could ever want. Whether it’s the perfect shade of purple to show your Bison pride or the right shade of blue to match your new bedspread, these little paints come in the right shade. This paint can be used on wood, canvas, and even as body paint! Just be careful, though; this won’t wash out of your clothes!

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Are there any other essentials that you can think of? Do you agree with all of these selections? Let me know in the comments!

BONUS ITEM: A trendy container

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Having somewhere to store all of these supplies is crucial, and it can be tough to find the perfect container. These market totes are the perfect carry-all for all of your essentials and can be personalized with your name or initials.

 

 

Not so basic photo frame

This week, we’ll be making a craft that has to do with displaying pictures! We’ll be making a customizable frame that can be modified to match any type of decor. This project should be all about what you want! I hope you can use my ideas to spark a project of your own.

You’ll need the following supplies this week: a wooden photo frame, acrylic craft paint, a ruler, brushes and masking tape or painters tape. This project is super-easy to do, but looks very chic. The colors you chose are completely up to you, but I do recommend using glitter paint to achieve a glamorous and fun look for your frame!

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The first thing to do is to paint the frame the color of your choosing. I used a medium-sized brush and it worked perfectly. I ended up doing three coats of paint in order to make the color look rich.

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Following painting, the frame needs time to dry. Once your frame is completely dry, you can begin taping off the stripes. I made my stripes one inch wide. I started from the top and measured down an inch. I taped a piece of masking tape down. Once I had that piece down, I measured down from the top of it an inch and placed another piece to make an inch-wide strip. The two pieces of tape were overlapping to create the inch-wide section. Repeat this process all the way down the frame, making sure to press down firmly on the edges so no paint leaks under the edge of the tape. Because you’re making stripes, you can simply stretch the tape across the center hole where the photo goes to keep all of your stripes level and to avoid excess work taping!

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Once it is all taped off, it’s time to bring in the glitter! I like the glitter paint for projects like this because it is less messy and it is also a more subtle sparkle. You’ll still be able to see your original color underneath the sparkles. Simply paint between the lines you taped off to make the striped pattern with the glitter paint. This time I used a slightly smaller brush so that I was able to be precise with what I was doing.

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Once you’ve allowed the glitter paint to dry, it is time to take off the tape! The tape should come off easily, but be careful not to pull if off too quickly or too hard, as that could pull small flecks of paint off, too. Once your tape is off, you have a beautiful new frame to gift to a friend or keep for yourself! I think this one might make a wonderful present for my Big!

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Inspired by: Shanty 2 Chic

How will you customize this with your favorite colors? Do you like the glitter paint?

BONUS PROJECT: The photo I put in the frame is from Walgreens. They offer collage prints with multiple photos on one print. This is similar to apps that are on smart phones that can put several photos into one Instagram or Facebook post. These prints start a $0.33, which is the best part!