Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts


Duct Tape Vacation Journal

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from Scotch Duct Tape. I love creating new projects and I hope you love this one.
My family will be doing a lot of travel over the next few months.We are getting ready to move to Texas and making a lot of last minute sightseeing trips and visits to friends before we hit the road. And, I don't know about you, but my kids like to collect stuff when we travel. They save ticket stubs, magnets, brochures...and they LOVE maps. When we get home, what do I have left but a pile of stuff...but not anymore. I designed these super kid friendly and durable "Vacation Journals" for each kiddo to keep their "souvenirs" and information organized and in one place. And, oh yeah they work well for adults too!
Duct Tape Vacation Journal from 504 Main #scotchducttape


Nautical Knot Vases

Nautical has always been on of my favorite trends.
If I was brave I would break our the fabulous vintage shots of me in my nautical attire...but I am not that instead I will show you my more modern and on-trend take on Nautical, one of the hottest looks for the season!  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website.

Nautical Knot Vases from 504 Main


Rainbow Peek-a-Boo Star Bunting (Die Cut)

Almost every week, my daughter asks me too make something for her teacher or classroom. Once I dared question her about this, to which she replied "You are the crafty one, think of something?" (Yes, there was attitude, but it was also pretty darn funny).
This week she wants something for St. Patrick's Day. So, I got out my Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Die Cutter and got started on a cute Rainbow Bunting.


How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar

I have been experimenting with new and natural ways to stain or age wood.
First I tried Apple Cider Vinegar...and now Balsamic vinegar.
I an so LOVING the colors these different vinegars give the wood.
How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main
I have done many projects with these "stains,"
but for now I just want to share the technique.
Just like the apple cider stain...this one is so easy!
How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

  • (Real) Steel Wool  (I used 0000 grade)
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Jar
  • Gloves
  • Paint brush ( it does not have to be a good one)
How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

NOTE: Different vinegars will produce different finishes and I did some research about aging with balsamic vinegar. Apparently it is supposed to give you a greenish color...but I would not color my color green at all!

  • In a 2 cup+ glass jar, I placed 1 steel wool pad and 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 cup water. Because balsamic vinegar is more expensive and comes in smaller bottles, I mixed it with water to make it stretch further.
  • Put the lid on the vinegar/steel wool mixture and let it sit...mine sat for about 1 week before I liked the intensity of the color. I tested it every 24 hours to see the color.
    • I suggest trying the stain on a scrap piece (or similar) wood after 24 hours...if that is not the desired effect...48 hours...and so on
    • EDIT: The less you let the mixture sit the lighter the stain. If you are looking for a particular color, I suggest testing the mixture every 24 hours until you see the color you desire.
  • When my concoction was ready (to my liking), I gave it a quick stir.
    • Some suggest straining out the steel wool. I did NOT...there was not much left - bits and pieces...but I really did not care they were in there.
    • If necessary, transfer smaller amounts of the stain to a smaller glass jar to work with- it is easier to handle that way.
    • Be warned...the smell is pretty is vinegar! I just did this all outside. The mixture smells, but I do NOT notice a lingering scent on my project.
    • NOTE: Now, protect your work surface - it may stain concrete or whatever is comes into contact with.
  • Wear gloves - seriously - WEAR GLOVES. My hand are even more aged right now!
  • Use the paint brush and brush on the vinegar all over. 
  • Let dry.
  • Rinse the wood to remove any residue from the steel wool. It may lighten the stain a it. You can always reapply another coat to darken it up. 
  • Below you can see the difference between what the stain looks like when wet and then when dry.
How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

Just to refresh your memory and show you the difference between staining with Apple Cider Vinegar and Balsamic is a quick comparison photo: 

How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

It is pretty great color...
and I cannot wait to show you the projects I have done!
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Burlap Canvas and Wood Wreath with Monogram

Yesterday I shared a Monogrammed Burlap Canvas project
And, well,once I start thinking about a project I just cannot stop myself.
I just fell in love with these small burlap canvases and the laser cut wood doilies...
and I had to make another personalized project.
That is where this wreath came in!
In the past I have made burlap canvas wreaths using old family photos and absolutely love the look, so this is a perfect addition to my home.

Burlap Canvas and Wood Wreath by 504 Main with @michaelsstores and @hometalk


Easy Valentines Using Foam Plate Printing

At my daughter's elementary school we have an Art Docent program to acquaint the kids with different types and methods of art and to also get hands on time in our art room. A few weeks ago, we did this type of a project and I instantly fell in love with the technique and look of using foam plates for creating printing "plates."
Valentines Using Foam Plate Printing by 504 Main


How to Make Pretty Paper Cake Toppers

I truly enjoy making fabulous birthday cakes for my kids, husband, family...
and friends if given the chance. I have made bowling pins and balls,
solar systems, trains, flowers, and giant cupcakes - to name a few.
Recently however, I have been baking up Bundt cakes and angel food cakes,
(a little less frosting!)
and had to devise new ways to decorate them!
Paper Cake Toppers by 504 Main

I am enjoying the simple simplicity of a beautiful cake adorned with pretty paper.
It is so easy and so versatile...and everyone seems to love it!


DIY! Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands

I have admitted before that I am not the biggest fan of Valentines Day...
BUT I do like hearts...
and I do have a little girl who thinks Valentines Day is amazing!
So..I have been doing some Valentine crafting.

Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 MainLast year someone gave me a HUGE jar of red and white pipe cleaners
and I have been itching to make some hearts with them...
so that is just what I did!

Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

This is pretty simple...
so lets cut to the chase!

Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors (or wire cutters)
  • Optional: Bakers Twine or ribbon
  • Optional: Heart cookie cutter (for shaping hearts)

Now there are two options when making the hearts. Here they are!

Here is the first option.
1 - Fold the pipe cleaner in half - this is the top indent on the heart
2 - Wrap the end down and twist them together.
3 - Hold the bottom, and using your fingers round out the top n either side of your original fold.
4 - All done!

Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

But I thought some people might have a bit of a harder time forming the out came the cookie cutter, and the second option.
1 - fold the pipe cleaner in half - this is the top indent on the heart.
2 - Lay a heart cookie cutter on the table.
3 - Hold the fold into the heart indent at the top, and wrap one side down to the bottom, and them the other - you will be using all of your fingers for this...but it is totally doable.
4 - Twist the two ends together once (if you are planning to link them) or 2-3 times if they will be "stand alone" hearts (like on the bakers twine example). There may be some excess, depending on how large your cookie cutter is.

Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

To Link:
  • Start with one heart; with a second heart, gently untwist the bottom (doing your best to keep its shape); Hook one side through the complete heart; add another complete heart to the other side; twist the bottom of the second heart back together. Continue this pattern until you have the desires length.
  • Finish by trimming excess pipe cleaner.
NOTE: as you link your hearts be consistent as to if you are going to hook on top of the previous heart or from below. This goes for both sides. It prevents it from twisting all weird!
Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

To String on Twine:
  • Trim excess pipe cleaner of the bottom
  • Just simply add the finished hearts to the string and hang - the hearts will be free to move around. If you do not want them to move around, twist the string around heart heart once or twice or make a knot.
Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

I just love the sweet simplicity of these little hearts.
They are sweet as garlands on the fireplace, mirrors,
picture frames, party backdrops...
mine are on an old window on my porch!

They are so easy to make that even my girlie is making them...
our house will be covered in pipe cleaners!

Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

What's your favorite Valentine Craft?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Pretty Paper Rosettes: A Centerpiece Accessory

I love to throw a PARTY!
No seriously, I would probably have a party every night, for any reason...if I could! After many years of planing parties and wedding for other people, I delight in entertaining my friends. I love to create intimate environments full of unique touches. I like my every day occasions to be special but not overdone, and this idea for centerpieces is a perfect example of something that is so easy to put together but has great impact. I used if for Christmas (even thought we might have eaten dinner in our jammies!) and will be using it for New Years and through the winter...and well, knowing me even into the Spring!

Pretty Paper Rosette Centerpiece Accessory by 504 Main


Easy Gifting: Mason Jar Flour Sack Towel

I have had my eye on this fabulous Mason Jar Graphic
from The Graphics Fairy for quite awhile.
I made myself a flour sack towel with this graphic and
was thinking that as we enter the holiday season,
these towels would make a great gift -
who doesn't love mason jar (no one I know!)!
I decided to make them for our annual Favorite Things party
and I made a few more for simple gifts and hostess gifts.

Mason Jar Flour Sack Towel by 504 Main

These towels are really easy to make...and do not cost too much...
but look like they do (the best kind of present!)!
You can package them in a mason jar
(I used the Ball Heritage Collection (new blue jars))
or tie them with some bakers twine...
or come up with your own presentation.
However you package them...
they are sure to bring a smile to the recipients face!

Mason Jar Flour Sack Towel by 504 Main

  • You will need: computer, color printer, and an iron/ironing board
  • Mason Jar Graphic from the Graphics Fairy
  • Flour Sack Towels. I usually purchase mine at Smart and Final but you can pick them up at stores like Target too. (on average they are about 1.50-2.00 each)
  • Printworks White T-Shirt Transfer Paper (this is my favorite brand), I have purchased mine at Target in the past or you can get T-shirt transfer paper at office supply store and Amazon. (about 60-70 cents per graphic is you use 5 x7 printouts you can fit 2 images on each sheet)
Make It!
  • I always wash and dry my towels first. They usually need to be pressed as well.
  • Download the mason jar graphic.
  • Using your preferred computer program, open the image and position it for printing. (I open with Windows Picture Gallery)
  • I am able to get 2 - 5 x 7 images on one sheet of transfer paper.
  • Print the image when you are satisfied. (refer to the directions on the package and your printer for specifics)
Mason Jar Flour Sack Towel by 504 Main
  • Heat up your iron. 
  • Press the towel.
  • Fold the towel in half, and if desired press a crease in the center.
  • Cut around the jar, as close to the image as possible. I do not like to leave a lot of "blank" transfer paper around the edges...trimming makes for a cleaner look.
  • Place the trimmed image face down in the center of the towel (use the crease you ironed in to help) and about 4-5" up from the hem. (see photo collage below)
  • You should refer to the package directions...but here is how I do it.
  • Some of these papers recommend you place a thin fabric or towel over the back of the image (essentially sandwiching the image between 2 towels). But I find the results are just fine pressing it directly on the towel (You should test it with your own iron and paper). Iron the image, pressing down firmly and keeping a constant motion cover all areas of the image (be sure to get those edges!). You may need to go over the areas multiple times (but really it only takes about 30+ seconds to transfer the image.)
  • While the image/paper is still warm, being in the bottom corner and peel the paper backing off the image.
  • I make these towels all the time, and while, over time, the image may fade a bit (it takes a long time), I have not ever had an issue with the image withstanding washings and regular use.
Mason Jar Flour Sack Towel by 504 Main
Simple as that all done.

Mason Jar Flour Sack Towel by 504 Main
Now to package them in a cute mason jar:
fold the towel so that the image is visible,
but there is little white left on the sides (about 3-4" wide),
and beginning at the opposite end from the image
(with the image face down) roll the towel, kind of tightly.
Simply place it in the jar, and put on the lid!
(I used a cupcake liner to decorate the lid)
Mason Jar Flour Sack Towel by 504 Main

These cute little towels make a great gift and are so easy to make, and cost about $6 when packaged in the mason jar!

Do you have any go-to gifting ideas?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Burlap Table Runner for a Turkey Tablescape

A few weeks ago, I was visiting my parents in Southern California,
 and jumped at the opportunity to go shopping at the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store 
by their house for the supplies for this project.
My head was spinning...I had so many ideas.
I saw burlap...
I saw yarn...
I saw gorgeous papers...
I saw ribbon...
I saw, well everything!
I had a vision (sort of)...and now  I had the supplies.
It all eventually came together with a
Burlap Table Runner
 for a Turkey Tablescape. (#turkeytablescape)