Party Stash: Custom Display Cards

With the holidays just around the corner,  I am amping up my party stash. What’s a party stash you ask?? It’s the collection of all things awesome that lives hidden deep within my craft room which I use for decor, parties or other celebrations. (Or, as my brother would say: crap.)

A few years ago I made these DIY Place Card Holders which I use all. the. time. Decorating, holidays, parties, baby showers, wedding showers, etc. I typically just use a small piece of cardstock but I thought some new cards were in order for the recent shower that I threw for my brother and sister-in-law.DIY Display CardsI purchased a few arrows from the Silhouette Studio store and chose a few other embellishments then printed them on some thick gold wrapping paper I had in my stash.

Silhouette Aarow DesignI chose purple and green cardstock squares (also from my stash) and glued a white paper square on each one for labeling.

Display Cards

I mixed and matched the embellishments onto the squares and glued them in place. Easy and simple!
Make your own display cardsCustom Display Cards

Let’s Tie the Knot

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of throwing my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law a wedding shower in Waco, near our home town. It was a wonderful day that I cannot not adequately describe in words so prepare for picture overload!Let's Tie the KnotShower DecorFood DisplayWedding ShowerHostessesWedding Shower GiftsOpening GiftsGift Table Gift DisplayBride & Groom

Love you guys! Can’t wait to celebrate your big day in January!

Wood-Burning 101

We are back from a heart-filling, exhausting weekend celebrating the upcoming marriage of my little brother and his beautiful fiance. My family and I threw them a shower in our home town on Saturday and in so many ways we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from our friends and friends that feel like family. It was a sweet time of reminiscing on old memories and making new ones.

But enough of the sappy stuff and onto the decor! I’ll have a full recap later in the week (I forgot to dump the photos on my computer when we got back. . . oops!) but until then, here’s another little preview.

Let's tie the knot

Let’s tie the knot, what do ya’ say??

My mom has owned a wood burner for years and has always offered to let me borrow it so when I started dreaming up ideas for the shower I took her up on the offer! If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I love taking sticks from my yard and giving them a new life ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ). This project is no exception, only this time my ‘sticks’ were quite a bit larger and as per usual, had a good, crusty bark.
Logs
The hubs helped me slice them into 2″ thick slices and then I set to work with the wood burner.

Sliced wood logThis post is aptly named because as you might have gathered, this was my first pass with the wood burner and although I’m no pro, I did learn a few things along the way.

This is the wood burner I took and never gave back borrowed from my mom and similar to a hot glue gun, it was fully heated after about 10min.

Tip #1: do this OUTSIDE. 1) if you do it indoors you could burn your house down and, 2) if you do it indoors it will SMELL like you’re burning your house down.

Wood burning toolTip #2: sketch out your drawings BEFORE you start burning. I chose to do this on a separate piece of paper but I’ve also read that you can draw directly on the wood with pencil and then burn over it.Wood burning plans

Tip #3: the tortoise wins the race. In other words, be prepared to slllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwllllllyyy burn each letter/design. Trust me, easy does it.Wood Burning from thefrontpoarch.comTip #4: if your wood is uneven (like mine) it might be easier to do a quick ‘outline’ with your burner and then go back and slowly burn it. This worked well for me since I had so many letters!

Wood burning - take it slow!

After about 30 minutes, I had this masterpiece!
DIY Wood Burning

Wood burned log

4 Awesome Tips for Beginning Wood Burners

 

Gold Rush

You may have noticed. . . but I’ve been on a gold kick lately. . . .

Like this Remote Caddy Upgrade,

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lots of things in our Master Bedroom Reno,

Jewelry Display from thefrontpoarch.com Master Reno 3 Master Reno 2 and this DIY Mustache Wreath.Make your own mustache wreath! thefrontpoarch.comI haven’t always been a fan of gold but the more I use it, the more I love it.

I love these Dipped Branches,

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail I LOVE my golden pumpkin, Fall Painted Pumpkin this Circle Garland has a special place in my heart, Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnailand of course I’m still swooning over the Tassel Garland I jut made.
Make your own tassel garland - thefrontpoarch.comAny colors you’ve been swooning over lately?

DIY Tassel Garland

Have you guys seen these beautiful tassel garlands that have been floating around Pinterest for months now? I have to say, I’m in love. I’ve been itching for an excuse to make one and I finally broke down last weekend and made one.

DIY Tassel Garland front thefrontpoarch.comHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • tissue paper – 1 sheet makes 1 tassel
  • scissors and/or and exacto knife
  • cardboard (to cut on)
  • glue gun
  • straight edge – I used an envelope, a ruler would be better
  • string/yarn

Supplies for Tassel GarlandStart by separating out 1 sheet of tissue paper, fold it half one length wise and width wise. Grab your exacto knife and straight edge. . .

Tissue paper, exacto knife and straight edge. . . and cut 1/2″ strips in your tissue paper.

Cut the tissue paperWork your way across until the entire piece is cut into strips. I did this both with the knife and scissors and I have to say, scissors make the process much easier and faster. You’ll probably get more precise lines with the exacto knife but it does take a good bit longer.

Cutting tissue paperWhen you get done, unfold your tissue paper so that it looks like a giant centipede.

(Before you do this, plug your glue gun in so it will be ready.)

Open Tissue PaperNow start rolling.

Do your best to keep the roll as tight as possible but know that it will still look great if it gets a little loose.

Roll Tissue PaperWhile you’re rolling, you’ll notice that the tassels start to twist together. Stop every few inches and untwist them, otherwise you’ll have a tangled mess at the end.

Untangle tissue paper

Now that the whole thing is rolled up, begin twisting the center part, twist until the 2 sides kind of fold over to make the tassel.

Twist the two halvesFit your tassel over your string or yarn and then grab your glue gun. Add a small drop in the middle of the fold and press and hold until the glue is set.

Glue onto stringNow, if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, ‘1 sheet of tissue paper?? That doesn’t seem like it would make a very big tassel.’ You (and me) would be wrong. I made my first tassel a ‘double tassel’ and this is what it looked like.

Only use 1 sheet of tissue paperIt was HUGE.

So let me save you the hassle, 1 sheet is enough and in fact, you may even want a half sheet.

Attach all of your tassels to your string and you’re all set!

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Glove Box Organizer

If you’re like me, the contents of your glove box usually look something like this:

Stuff from my glove boxCoupons, tire info, maps. . . .and who can ever find your insurance when you need it?

For several years now I’ve been making these Glove Box Organizers for our cars and today I’m sharing them with you!DIY Glove Box OrganizerHere’s what you’ll need:

  • A small file folder, I buy mine at the dollar store for $1
  • Label maker or pen
  • Current contents of your glove box

Receipt organizer, label maker and stuff fom glove boxSort through your pile of paperwork and decide what labels you’ll need to make. I went with Insurance, Tires, Napkins, Coupons and Maps.

Print labels using your label maker or write on the little paper inserts that come with your file folder. Oh, and be sure to spell insurance correctly! Douh!

Labels for glove boxPack your file folder with its’ contents and you’re all set!

Glove Box OrganizerNow when your husband someone needs to find the insurance quickly, you’ll know exactly where it is!

Easily find your insurance cardWe keep one of these in both of our cars and use them frequently!

DIY Glove Box Organizer

Paint those Pumpkins

Can you believe that Halloween is next week? Say what!? I know, I’m still putting my fall decorations out. . .

Speaking of which, I finally bought some pumpkins last weekend and today one of them got a little face lift.Paint those pumpkins - thefrontpoarch.comI started with this beauty and grabbed my current favorite can of spray paint: gold.

PumpkinIt got a generous coat on one side and then I set to work on the monogram.

Gold PumpkinI painted a P for Poarch although you could go for P for pumpkin as well.

Paint your own pumpkinsThe finished product went on my porch with some other fall decor and there you have it!

Fall Painted Pumpkin

Paint those pumpkins - thefrontpoarch.comEver painted any pumpkins of your own??

 

Make your own: Dipped Branches

Remember that one time I got some sticks from my yard and turned them into a faux mantle and then they got recycled again into driftwood art?

Well I’m at it again with these custom dipped branches.How to make Dipped Branches from thefrontpoarch.com

I started with several branches that I picked up from around my yard.

Branches from the yardThey got trimmed and cut down to size and then separated into 2 piles based on size.

Trimmed BranchesNext, I chose my paint colors; purple, green and gold. I haven’t told you this yet but I’ve dreaming of painting my living room in a peacock color scheme and I know these will fit it well when I do. They’ll also probably make an appearance at the upcoming bridal shower.

I set up my paint station again, just like I did for my dipped votives and set to work.

Painting StationIf you’re doing this at home, as a part of your paint station you’re going to need a place to hang the drying branches. I have a wire shelf just above my laundry area which I used to hang my branches on.

Start by tying a piece of fishing line (or string) on the ‘top’ part of each branch. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be tight enough not to slip off. If you have a lot of bark like I did, this won’t be a problem!

Tie fishing line on branch

If you have spray paint, towards the ‘bottom’ part of each branch, tape off where you want the dip line for the first color. 
Taping off BranchesThen paint away! I found it less messy to hold the stick vertically and spray downward toward drop cloth.

Branch spray painted goldImmediately hang the branch to dry and repeat with the remaining branches. I chose to work with one color at a time, first I did gold (which took 2 coats). . .

Gold Dipped Branches

. . . and then purple and green. For branches that you’re actually going to dip into a paint can/bucket, you don’t need to tape off a ‘dip’ line, just dunk away! You’ll notice that on my purple dipped branches I did use tape because my purple paint can wasn’t very tall so I used a brush to help me out on the first layer. First coat - dipped branchesAfter the paint dried for 24 hours, I dipped a 2nd and on some even a 3rd layer of paint and just like that they were done.

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I’m still looking for an appropriate container for the larger branches to call home but until then I’ll just enjoy these beauties.

How to make Dipped Branches from thefrontpoarch.comWhat fun things have you made out of material found in the great outdoors?

 

How to: Gold Circle Garland

I have the great honor of throwing a wedding shower for my brother and soon-to-be SIL next month and the preparations have already begun! One of the things I’m dreaming up in my head is a backdrop behind the food table so we can have beautiful photos of the day. The backdrop began to take on some real form this week with this custom gold circle garland.How to- Gold Circle Garland from Leah @ The Front Poarch

I decided to go for gold to act almost as a neutral and provide a little bit of shimmer and I am not disappointed, I love how it turned out!

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Here’s how I did it: I found some wrapping paper that I really loved at Hobby Lobby so I rolled it out and laid my Silhouette cutting mat (12×24″) on top.Fit wrapping paper to Silhouette mat

Lucky for me, since the wrapping paper was marked with 1″ guide lines, I was able to cut a perfect rectangle.Wrapping paper on Silhouette matIn Silhouette Studio, I chose a circle that was about 1.8″ square and then in the replicate window I used the fill page option.

Creating circles in Silhouette StudioOnce the cutting was done, I was immediately in love!

Gold CirclesPretty gold circles. . .

Silhouette cut gold circlesI cut 8 pieces of fishing line that were about 8′ feet long which gave me about 6′ to add the circles on and plenty of room to tie the circles to the photo backdrop (which has yet to come together). Starting from the bottom of each piece of fishing line, I glued 1 circle pair and then worked my way up, leaving about 1′ between circles and putting 6-7 circles on each line.

(Sorry for the blurry photo, my resident photographer wasn’t home.)

Put glue one circle, place fishing line in the glue, place another circle on top. Repeat.

Glue circles togetherI let the garland dry overnight there you have it!

Circle Garland

More shower decor is coming soon!

How to- Gold Circle Garland from Leah @ The Front Poarch

DIY Fridge Labels

This goes out to all the obsessive compulsive organizers out there. . .

That’s right, you read correctly, I labeled my fridge.

And I’m proud of it too!

Use vinyl to label your fridge - thefrontpoarch.comFor all of you out there who just did an internal happy dance, here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Ideally you would start with a nice, clean, organized blank slate such as this.

Fridge BeforeBegin by deciding what you want to label and where you’d like the labels to be placed. This will help you determine the size and font of you lettering. As you can tell from my first photo, I went with more general titles i.e. butter, and left out the part about my midnight-snack stash of dark chocolate chips.

In Silhouette Studio, I chose the font called KG Eyes Wide Open because it was a script font but the embellishments weren’t over the top. I decided to go with a script font because I thought it would be easier to peel and stick 1 word at a time versus peeling and sticking individual letters. (More on that theory later on.)

Once my text was correct and I had adjusted the size as I wanted it, I used the weld feature (bottom arrow) to ‘weld’ the letters in each text box. (If you don’t do this you’ll end up with a script font where the letters aren’t actually connected and trust me, it is a PAIN.)Design labels in Silhouette StudioNow comes the fun part, applying the letters. I would very much like to tell you that I found a fool-proof method to apply them and it will take you just a few seconds to do the entire thing but alas. . .I have not made such a discovery. I used a combination of my hook tool and transfer paper and worked slowly to apply each word.

Fridge with labels - thefrontpoarch.comI would recommend wiping off each surface just before application so that any lingering moisture won’t come between you and awesome labels.

Fruite & veggies labelBack to my choice of font, even though I chose a rather robust script font, the vinyl was still really difficult to get transferred over in one piece. I think if I had to do it over again I would choose a block font and apply it by drawing a level line with a dry erase maker or something. (Side note: the problem with the transfer paper is that the bond between the vinyl and the fridge is much weaker than between the vinyl and the paper. This means that when you try to peel the transfer paper off the vinyl almost always comes with it. Make sense?)

Lunch & Dinner LabelsOver all though, I am in LOVE with the finished product!

Fridge labeled with vinyl letteringThink you’ll ever label your fridge?