Spring Decorating & DIY Fabric Butterflies


| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

Only two more days till the first day of SPRING and we are more than ready for it after all this snow and cold wet weather. Evan is already asking about swimming so I put him to work decorating eggs for Easter.

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I found some fake craft eggs at Micheal’s so I could let him go without worrying about breaking. Unfortunately I overlooked the directions on the bottom saying not to add water to the dye…so they turned out a little light. He didn’t care much (since usually it’s the activity rather than the end product he likes) so he and Noah happily added more color to them with markers.

Decided they needed more color and Noah even got to color some...yeah for fake eggs! #easter #eggdecorating

I decided to make another mesh wreath but as I finished it I realized it still needed something. So I thought I’d just pick up some butterflies from our NEW Hobby Lobby. Things are never that simple right? I couldn’t FIND any in that entire store. Maybe they were sold out or more likely I overlooked them anyhow necessity is the Mother of invention so that’s how I ended up making my own…

HOW TO MAKE FABRIC BUTTERFLIES

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This is similar to the technique I used for my watercolor prints – just using different fabric and a few more techniques.

Supplies:

Cheap Taffeta or Satin (Taffeta works best since it’s thicker)
A butterfly image (the one I used is here, but you could use any you find)
Freezer Paper
An iron
Computer & Inkjet printer
A candle
Spray Enamel
Acrylic paint & brushes (optional)

STEP 1:

Iron your freezer paper (shiny side down) to the back of your fabric. Then cut it into a 8.5×11 rectangle (I find it’s easier to cut both once they’re ironed together).

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STEP 2:

Scale your butterfly image to the size you want. Mine were 6.5 and 3.5 inches. Then feed your fabric into your printer so the image prints onto your fabric.

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(Those bubbles didn’t effect the printing at all and went away when I peeled the backing off)

STEP 3:

With the freezer paper still attached cut out your image (I realized later this would have been a perfect project for my Silhouette Cameo’s Print and Cut feature).

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You could be done now if you wanted but the next few steps make them more durable and realistic looking.

STEP 4:

Peel off your backing paper! Then using a candle lightly melt the edges of your fabric – this will keep them from fraying but will also cause them to curl.

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The more heat the more they will curl so I only just melted the interior edges to seal them but I let the outer edges curl more.

Then fold it in half and melt the folded edge. DON’T let it burn. The melting will give it some dimension from the body.

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A Couple of Safety Notes: I like to use a tapered candle so I don’t have to stick my hand down in something to get the edges close to the flame. Also you may want to have a blow of water close by in case it catches fire. The polyester helps it curl but that’s because it is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE so use caution.

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STEP 5:

To help seal the ink (since it would run when it got wet) and also make them a little more stiff, I sprayed both sides of my butterflies with spray enamel (also good for keeping cheap jewelry looking new).

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STEP 5:

This is totally optional but I wanted to add some more color to my butterflies so I used a tiny amount of acrylic paint and rubbed it on them to make them pop. I thinned my paint with water so it would blend better.

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And that’s it… FabricButterfliesFINAL

Then you can glue them to floral wire to add to wreaths or flower arrangements or perhaps add them to hair clips for girls for Easter.

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Family Wall Gallery Printables


| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

If you follow me on instagram you know I recently replaced my gallery wall art. It was about time since it was all Christmas-themed.

I still loved the black and white with the gold. I created this Fruit of the Spirit print. I’ve seen a lot of “Family Rules” artwork but I like this reminder better. It’s for me as much as it is for the kids (especially the “patience” part). Alongside that I created a simple family crest with our four intials.

New art...thought it was time to replace the Christmas stuff

I also created a “Family” definition print and a piece with our geographical coordinates.

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Want them for your own?

Download the Family Definition Print

Download the Fruit of the Spirit

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Kids


| Parties

A mommy friend recently mentioned that the average Valentine’s spending for a married couple is something like $35. That’s probably about right since we will be spending the holiday at home with carry out because two kids at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day = the least relaxing thing ever. But they sure are cute (this year’s school photos turned out much better than last year’s). Big brother   School picture

Both boys had a Valentine exchange at school so I stocked up on Dollar Store stickers and stamps for their classmates – I got everything for both classes for $5.

I also made some personalized cookies.

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I don’t have as much time to bake as I used to but I like to still make these for special occasions. The most time consuming part is flooding them…

Evan got in on the decorating too. Noah didn’t do any decorating but he did do some taste testing.

"Cookie-ing" for E's party tomorrow

He made my husband a card that was going to be a “surprise” but he didn’t really understand the part about not telling Daddy so it would actually be a surprise and wanted to give it to him the moment he walked thru the door. :) It may be less “romantic” to celebrate with kids but it’s just as much fun.

Here are some other fun ways to celebrate with kids.

Raisin Valentines

Raisin Treat Boxes

Valentine's Day Pink Ombre Cake

Pink Ombre Cake

Toddler Coloring Card with Insert

Toddler Coloring Card

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Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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