Monday, January 25, 2010

Vintage Inspired Wooden Pull Toy Tutorial

Hello my blogging friends! Since I've been in a nursery decorating mood, I thought I'd share this adorable project today.

Isn't this pull toy darling?? I was thrilled when I received an e-mail from Roeshel sharing what she created with our elephant shape. It's posted on a fabulous blog, the DIY Showoff which is filled with some really great projects.

Please note:: This project is for decorative purposes only. Wouldn't it be sweet up on a shelf or bookcase? And really, it's a pretty inexpensive project for the cuteness that it creates. :)

Wood shape from Say it with Letters
Scrapbook papers
Wood filler
4 wooden toy wheels
2 - 2" screws
washers (she used 8 metal ones)
2 nuts
1 yd. decorative rope
2 wooden beads
spray paint
spray laquer
mod podge
tools: drill, 2 disposable craft paint brushes, xacto knife, or scissors

Trace the wooden shape onto the back side of the scrapbook paper.

Flip wooden shape and trace on the 2nd scrapbook paper.

Cut out paper shapes. Helpful hint - trim smaller than the actual tracing so it doesn't hang over the edges of the wooden shape.

This elephant is meant for a wall hanging and has keyholes in the back for hanging so I filled with wood filler and sanded. ** If you're buying a shape for this project, just ask us to cut it without keyholes. :)
I used a pencil to mark where the wheels would go so that my husband could drill holes for the axles. (She used a mechanical pencil with the lead out more than normal)
Next, spray paint the elephant and his wheels. I used a satin oil-rubbed bronze color. My new favorite color of spray paint! A rich dark, chocolate brown with bronze/gold flecks.

I almost wanted to leave him like this:

But then I remembered my pretty scrapbook papers (I love pretty papers!) So, I used a brush to apply Mod Podge to one side of the elephant...

And the back side of the paper...
And applied the paper to the glue-side of the elephant. Slide it around a little until it's perfectly in place.
Smooth out with a dry towel. I used a wooden skewer to poke through the paper where the drilled holes were and rotated it around a little.
Let dry.
Once dry, repeat the same steps with the other side and let it dry.

Next I used coordinating paper to cut out the elephant ears. Apply Mod Podge to the back side and put in place. Smooth out with a dry towel.

Repeat on the other side.
Once everything is completely dry, I took a clean brush a applied Mod Podge to one side to seal everything up. I use circular motions for texture. Let it dry again.

It dries clear.

Then repeat on the other side.
I then took it outside and sprayed a coat of stain lacquer finish. Once dry, I flipped and repeated.
I used a piece of decorative rope and threaded it through the cut out for the eye for the pull string. I tied knots and used beads. I also used thread and super glue to make sure everything was secure and didn't make the string too long. Again - this is a decorative accessory, not a toy.
This is also hard to explain/photograph. Hopefully you can figure out a way that works best for you or revert to finished pictures.

Once that was done - I was ready to apply the wheels, which I bought at Michael's (1 1/2" wooden toy wheels). Mr. DIY and I made a trip to the hardware store for bolts, washers, and nuts to use as axels. We spent a great deal of time trying to figure out the best way. A dowel rod would also work since it's only for decorative purposes.
And here he is... all done!

It's a lot of steps, but it's so easy! I think it'll be a perfect hand-crafted (with love) keepsake gift.
I think it's absolutely adorable Roeshel! I'm so glad you sent it to me!
Hope you enjoy the tutorial. xo

"A mother holds her children's hands for awhile, but their heart's forever." Unknown

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Peachy-Keen LOVE!

Hello my blogging friends. We got dumped with a bunch more snow this week. Oh my. I can't believe what a snowy winter we've had! The kids are so fascinated with the snow and climb up on the couch to peek out the window to get a look outside.
I have one more design team project so share. I really love the simple and sweet design to Rachel's scalloped heart. I love the outline with the buttons and the swirl and flower are super sweet. She says she's going to add a name to the inner part of the heart depending on who she gives it to. I love that idea!

She also coordinated the hanging ornament with the papers she used on the scalloped heart. Don't you love the touches of bling?? You can visit Rachel's blog for details on the products she used as well as more detailed photos of her project.

And I had someone post a question regarding one of the design team projects. (Bee, I hope you're reading).
She asked what Rachel used to make her letters glossy. Here's Rachel's response:
They LOOK glossy, but really it's Decoupage Gel to attach the paper, which dries Matte, and then I highlighted the flowers and a few details of the pattern with Stardust Stickles after the decoupage Gel dried.
Hope that helps Bee. Thanks for writing.
Have a wonderful day everyone! xo

Monday, January 18, 2010

Love is in the Air at Say it with Letters! Design Team Reveal

It's Design Team time! These ladies BLEW me away this month!! I'll keep it brief because there's *a lot* of pictures to share. :)

They each received either a SCALLOPED HEART FRAME, or the HEART WITH WINGS and they each received one of the HEART ORNAMENTS, from our Set of 5.

Jennifer's up first with this *gorgeous* yarn wrapped scalloped heart frame. I loved it so much, I asked her to do a tutorial. So here ya go. :)

1. Paint the heart shape red.

2. Wrap the heart with red yarn, tying off the ends in the back when you're done. There are holes in the back for hanging this wreath on the wall - just move the yarn aside when you're ready to hang and you'll see the holes. I used push pins to put mine up. :)

3. Using a hot glue gun, add doilies, tags (this one is from Joann's this year if you want the same one), berry picks (from a candle wreath also from Joann's this year), buttons, stick pins, etc.

4. Add a loop to hang, hot glued to the top, if you desire. Or use the keyholes in the back to hang.

Jennifer also has a tutorial on her blog for her strawberry shaped pin cusion (using our heart ornament as the base). Isn't it cute?! And look at the adorable pins she used too.

I love Kory's sweet sentiment on her scalloped heart frame. "I love everything about you". The buttons and rick rack ribbon are perfect finishing touches!

Julie Ann outdid herself on her heart with wings! Using feathers, more doilies (love them!) and I think tulle around the edges. It has such a soft look. Just beautiful!
You should really take a peek at Julie Ann's blog when you have a moment too. She has some amazing projects on the blog.

Rae created a beautiful shabby project with her heart with wings. The soft ribbon, button and flower are a perfect embellishment.

Laurie's is so bright and cheery! I love the fabric embellishments she added and the little bird. And I love how she connected the heart with wings and ornament together! She said it's hanging outside her door inside her screened porch. Such a welcoming sign. You should visit Laurie's shop Trinkets, for so many fun and colorful embellishments and other goodies too.
Next up are all the cutie ornaments, that are *adorable*!
Rae's rick rack doorhanger with sweet quote is nice for Valentine's day or every day.
Kory's is super cute with the wings she added. And the quote makes me sing everytime I see it. :)
And Julie Ann, once again outdid herself! Her cupcake heart ornament with hand embroidery stitching is just incredible.
Aren't they all amazing??! I loved receiving each one of them!
OK, I'm off to spend a little time with my hubby. He just got home and we have a date on the couch to watch 24! G'night all!