Sticky Business

Since the addition of the Magnet Board (check out  “Stuck on You” from a few posts ago), there has been a dramatic increase in the volume of masterpieces being created and brought home from school. As a result, we now need more magnets! 

A quick search at a few local stores didn’t yield anything I liked. So…off to the CRAFT ROOM! After a bit of rummaging around in what I like to call the ‘random crafty pile’ I came up with the following.

First up…mini magnet photo frames. 

MATERIALS: Mini photo frames, packages of Neodymium magnets (read: SUPER STRONG!), Weldbond  Glue. P.S. Keep the magnets away from your children, they are very strong and if swallowed will mean a break in crafting to head over to the nearest ER.

Mini Frame Magnet Supplies

I removed the ‘stand’ on the back of the frames.

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I then placed a tiny drop of glue on the back of the Neodymium magnets…again, can’t stress enough…be very careful with the magnets. They are unbelievably strong, keep them away from each other or you’ll have a hell of a time getting them apart. Trust me! 

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Let glue dry for an hour-ish then Voila! You have cute little magnet frames. 

Next up…mini magnet photo frames version 2.

MATERIALS: Photo frames with magnets already affixed (I think these were Umbra?) and sparkle tape. You could use any type of ‘fancy-ish’ tape. There are amazing designer duct tapes available now as well.

Mini Frame Magnet Supplies 2I measured and cut the tape and affixed it to the front of each frame. So easy…

I also created a few button and jewel magnets with the Neodymium magnets and  Weldbond Glue. Below is a photo of how they all turned out. Easy, not to mention really pretty, DIY magnets.

Magnets Final

As always have fun crafting and feel free to contact me with any DIY questions! Have a great week!

Make Me Frame-ous Valentine’s Card Display

A while ago I repainted an old frame, it was just hanging around until I decided to use it for this post. Of course, Dahlia helped me pick the colour. “Hot pink is THE ONLY way to go Mommy,” apparently I have a 16 year old trapped in a 4 year old’s body. I didn’t want to disappoint, so I went with hot pink. This particular shade is called Tutti-Frutti from Behr Paints.

I will tackle DIY frame/furniture painting in an upcoming post (note to self…finish that blog post).

Let’s get started! Supplies shown below, fishing wire, mini clothespins, tape and painted frame. Regular sized clothespins work as well, but you might have to use a stronger tape, i.e. Duct Tape, not Duck Tape…I get that question a lot and apparently so do the nice people at the hardware store. Or at least that’s what I’m told.

1 Supplies

I passed the fishing wire through the spring on the clothespins. I went once through the hole, then looped back through to keep them in place along the wire.

2 String mini clothes pins

3 Tape Fishing Wire

I opted for tape to fasten the fishing wire because knowing me, I’ll likely want to re-purpose the frame at a later date. I fastened four lines with clothespins, you could do more or less depending on the size and number of cards you wish to display.

Here is how the frame turned out. 4 No Background

But…here is how it would look if I tacked a bit of fabric onto the back.

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So there you have it. A quick and easy Valentine’s Day card display. As always, feel free to email me with any of your DIY project questions. Happy Valentine’s Day Crafty Friends.

Stuck On You – DIY Magnet Panel

With a busy 4 year old ‘artist’ and a 2 year old ‘apprentice artist’ running around wielding crayons, markers, glitter glue and what seems like an entire forest of paper, my fridge door was getting a bit chaotic. I decided we needed an art display area. Luckily I had a spare and bare wall in the kitchen. This DIY is also great for those of you with stainless steel fridges…guess you’ve noticed magnets don’t work.

Steel…where does one find such a thing? You could go to Home Depot/Lowes/Rona/your Grandpa’s garage etc. I needed a BIG sheet of steel. I called Metal Supermarkets and explained to a nice man named Jay what I needed. I gave him the measurements and he told me it could be delivered the next day (how’s that for service!).

I decided to wrap the steel in burlap (any fabric with a bit of weight to it will work).  I covered the front of the steel with a THIN layer of spray adhesive. Placed the burlap down and carefully laid my giant sheet of steel on top (CAUTION! the steel is heavy and bendy, so you might need some help…good idea to wear work gloves too. Let’s try to avoid a trip to the ER with a severed palm).

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I folded the burlap over the back of the steel and affixed with heavy duty double-sided carpet tape. The burlap was slipping so I needed to pull and tamp down the fabric a few times. I asked the kids to jump on the folded ends for good measure as well.

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Next I placed a few newspapers under the corners of the completed magnet board and created guide holes with a nail and hammer. The ‘guide holes’ are helpful when you’re drilling the magnet board into the wall. Still with me? Did I lose you at guide  holes? It’s easier than it sounds.

Then Hubbie helped me hold the magnet board up against the wall and I went to town with my drill. Because the board had some weight to it, I made sure to pre-drill and insert anchors for the nails. You can buy anchor and nail sets at a hardware stores, just be sure to find out what kind of wall you have…plaster, drywall etc.

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And that’s it! DIY Magnet Board ready for every masterpiece your LO’s (little ones) create. As always, email me with any of your DIY questions.

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Silhouettes – Capturing a Moment in Time

I have always loved silhouettes and hunted for months for someone to create portraits of my children.  While there are a small handful of people around the world keeping this art form alive, the process seemed long and often costly. Let’s be honest, this is a DIY blog…would have been a boring post if I just said “here is Bob, he’ll do it for you”. So I began my DIY research.  I happened upon Tori Spelling’s blog ediTORIal (whom BTW I LOVE!!! it’s ‘whom’ right?), she posted  DIY Vintage Pop Silhouettes and I really liked the idea. I re-pinned her project to my “Bored? Get Crafty” board on my Pinterest if you want to check it out.

I wanted to take a more vintage route so I ‘borrowed’ her idea of printing out my own photos and cutting them to size.  I started by taking profile pictures, printing them out and cutting an outline.

Cut Outline

Then I traced the cut photo onto heavy card stock (white for the first one and black for the second photo). I glued the silhouette onto a contrasting background and then placed it within a cute  die cut frame I found at Michael’s (or as I like to call it…Crafter’s Heaven).  Attach Cut OutSilhouette Isy

I then hunted around for a frame with a white mat (Ikea, HomeSense, Superstore etc.) Ended up finding great inexpensive frames in the home section at Superstore.

Silhouette Collage

And….voila! Easy peasy DIY Silhouettes! Hope you like them! As always crafty friends email me with any of your DIY questions.

 

 

Hi There Crafty Friends!

The Ultimate DIY...Creating your own blog from scratch!

Sitting here working on the Ultimate DIY…getting this blog up and running. I couldn’t in good conscience call myself a DIY’er if I didn’t at least attempt to ‘Do It Myself’.

So check back soon! I’ll announce on my Facebook page ‘Downtime DIY’ when I’m ready.

Thanks for visiting me. Looking forward to sharing all my projects with you.

Riva