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DIY Toddler’s Superhero Cape

Halloween is coming up fast (as is my baby’s due date, oh my), and I’m finally forcing myself to start thinking about a costume for my daughter. I’ve actually never been a huge fan of Halloween myself, but there is something about toddlers all dressed up in costumes that is so adorable, so I’m finding myself a little more enthusiastic about it this year.

I asked Brownie what she wanted to dress up as and she said “Super Brownie!” I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to make a superhero costume for her. This is what I’ve come up with so far:

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It was actually much easier than I thought. You just cut out the shape and from there on it’s just a matter of hemming really. My newly honed sewing skills (I recently made my very first quilt) helped.

Materials and Tools for Superhero Cape:
3/4 yard square of fabric
contrasting grosgrain ribbon
chalk
string
tape
sewing machine and thread
iron and ironing board
superhero logo
fabric glue

You start off with a square of fabric (mine was about 3/4 yard in width of a satin material I found in the remnant pile, just about perfect for a 2-3 year old).

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Then you rig up a little contraption by taping the end of a string to the floor and tying the other end to a piece of chalk. The string should measure the width of the fabric.

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Draw a quarter circle using the chalk and string (doesn’t have to be perfect).

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Draw another curve for the neckline. This one doesn’t have to be a quarter circle, just a slight curve will be fine (the more curved it is the harder it is to hem, just FYI!).

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Cut out your shape and you’ll have something like this above.

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Iron and sew a hem on all sides (on this side I doubled over the raw edge but on the selvage edge I just left the raw edge since it won’t fray. You can use hem tape or fabric glue if you don’t want to sew the hems. Oh and then trim your threads after (unlike me in the pic above).

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Sew on a length of ribbon to tie the cape on. (You can really see the sparkles in this pic. Love this fabric!)

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Use fabric glue to attach your choice of superhero logo. It could be made of felt or good ol’ fashioned paper. In my case I used a couple of foam hearts that I glued together. Or you could just tape it on so you can change the logo later.

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As you can see I did get a lot of puckering on my seams. I probably didn’t have the thread tension right…whatever that means…

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…But Brownie doesn’t care! She loves her superhero cape and asks to put it on every day. She especially loves the subtle little sparkles in the fabric. This was a fun and easy project that I cranked out in about an hour!

Now I have to get the rest of the superhero costume together. I’m thinking, a matching SuperGirl tutu and headband?

What is your kid (or you) going to be for Halloween? Do you like to make your own costume or is it just easier to buy?

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DIY Wine Rack (Riddling Rack)

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UPDATE: Instructions and diagrams for building your own DIY wine rack are here!

We still have family in town so things are still a bit crazy, but I’m taking a few minutes to tell you about the awesome Christmas present my husband made for me. I love getting handmade gifts — the thought and effort behind them make them so meaningful.

I had wanted a way to store wine for a while and I had been trolling Craigslist for wine cabinets, but the problem was, we just didn’t have a good place to put a wine cabinet. Chris solved this problem by building a wine rack and mounting it to the wall. It took him a couple afternoons to build, sand, and finish it, and then he wrapped it and hung it up like this (sorry about the grainy pic):

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I got to tear the paper off on Christmas morning and reveal this beauty:

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This style of wine rack is called a riddling rack. It’s how wine bottles were stored when making sparkling wine — the wine bottles were turned and the angle increased every day, although nowadays few winemakers do this manually anymore.

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Chris made this out of redwood fence pickets that he cut, nailed, and sanded. He finished it off with his own homemade Danish oil mixture (1 part oil-based polyurethane, 1 part boiled linseed oil, and 1 part mineral spirits) which gave it a protective finish but kept the natural look of the wood.

It’s not perfect, and the bottles sometimes hang at slightly different angles because of the different bottle shapes, but it works, and I really like it. It is hung on the wall near the “bar” area (although we only have whiskey right now).

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I experimented with moving the “bar” table under the wine but it made the sofa seem lopsided on that wall, so I went with it as is. And we finally hung some art and our wooden masks from around the world in that corner.

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Chris has promised that he will walk me through the tutorial on how to make this riddling rack soon…so stay tuned for that!

UPDATE: Instructions are here!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/winter holiday. We didn’t host any big events this year…only Christmas breakfast, so I kept things simple:

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Just a red and white runner, some mercury glass votives, and my everyday white plates. It was a beautiful morning and the light coming in through the sliding glass door (that we recently installed) was lovely.

Lots more projects to work on in 2014!

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DIY Glitter Monogram Ornament

I was doing some Christmas shopping the other day at the mall and I saw these cute glitter monogram ornaments — I thought they would be an easy thing to recreate at home. Speaking of Christmas shopping, I picked up a BUNCH of super cute Jonathan Adler stuff from JCPenney on clearance at 50-75% off today! I did buy myself a little something but got a few gifts for friends as well. I love that feeling when you get a great deal! Go get yourself something cute from his Happy Chic line at JCP before they’re all sold out!

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So this ornament. Super easy to do with just a few materials from the craft store. I bought these wood letters from Michaels at about $1.50 each. I used some Mod Podge, gold paint, and glitter that I already had on hand for a frugal but pretty project. These monogram ornaments would be a sweet host/hostess gift or pre-Christmas present too.

The cast of characters: Martha Stewart’s Specialty Finish in Vintage Gold from Home Depot (or any gold craft paint), Mod Podge, Glitter, a paintbrush (a 1/2″ chip brush works well), wooden letters, sandpaper, and a power drill.

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Drill a hole in the corner of the wooden letter using a power drill. Then sand the wood lightly to remove any rough spots.

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Paint a coat of gold paint on the wooden letter.

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Allow the paint to dry (about 30 minutes). Important: prop the wooden letter up on something so that the paint doesn’t make it stick to the paper. I used some…chocolate that I had lying around.

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When it’s dry (about 30 minutes) the paint is shiny and beautiful. But it only gets better.

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Paint on a thin, even layer of Mod Podge over the whole letter.

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Prop it up again on some chocolate 😉 so the Mod Podge doesn’t stick to the paper as it dries. Then sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle, glitter to your heart’s content.

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Try to cover the letter evenly. But don’t worry about any white parts that might still show through — the Mod Podge will dry clear, and the gold paint underneath will camouflage any thin areas. Let it dry until the Mod Podge is clear and dry (about an hour).

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Tap off any excess glitter (you can pour it back into the bottle of glitter for next time). Thread a ribbon or string through the hole and tie a loop (I find it helps to put a piece of tape on the end of the string before pushing it through the hole to help it go through without fraying). And you’re done!

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It’s a super easy project that requires next to no artistic skill! This DIY glitter monogram ornament takes very little hands-on time — you just need a safe place to put it as it dries. Make a few for your family and friends!

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Don’t forget to check out my other Christmas crafts!

Holiday Crafts

 

DIY Christmas Tree Skirt

Festive Holiday Wreath

Peace and Joy Banner

Have an awesome holiday season!

Sharing at SavvySouthernStyle and TheBlissfulBee!

Upcycled Tea Canister Gift Box

Here’s a quick little craft I worked on today during Baby Brownie’s nap.

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It’s just a pretty gift box that you could fill with candy, small toys, crayons, LEGO, artisanal soaps/bath bombs, special ornaments, etc…

I had this old tea canister and was going to throw it away…

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But it was so sturdy and such a nice little tin that I wanted to reuse it in some way.

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I cut some scrapbooking paper to fit the sides and glued it on with a simple glue stick. I added a few dots of hot glue along the corners just to make sure it was really stuck on there.

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Then I used my handy scrapbooking materials to add some decorations. I added some fabric tape, and a chalkboard label that I stuck on some white cardstock and then cut out. Then I stuck the label on using some foam squares to make it more 3-dimensional.

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I cut out a piece of glittery green cardstock to fit the lid and glued it on. And I added two little stars I punched out of cardstock with a craft hole puncher.

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I wrote my giftee’s name on the label using a chalk pen (she can erase it and reuse the tin for anything, writing the contents on the label), and filled it with chocolate.

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That’s a cute little semi-handmade present that would be perfect for a teacher, neighbor, or friend. You could fill it with anything…stickers, candy canes, homemade caramels, even (gasp) tea!

Festive Holiday Wreath

It’s December! Which means it is time for peppermint hot chocolate, fuzzy slippers, twinkling lights, and cozifying! This is such a beautiful time of year with so much inspiration — I only wish we could capture that feeling of creativity throughout the rest of the year.

Our home is getting cozier and cozier. Last week we installed a heat pump to replace our 40+ year-old electric furnace, which means that now we have affordable heat for the winter! Chris has added rigid foam insulation to most of the exterior walls, which means that the heat stays inside MUCH more than before. We have our Christmas tree up and we’ve had a few wood-burning fires in the fireplace, and I’m starting to get serious with decorating and crafting! There’s less than a month till the big 24, so there’s lots to do!

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I made this simple wreath from a craft store grapevine wreath form, and some ribbon and shiny plastic balls from the dollar store. Anyone can make this wreath with some inexpensive materials, a glue gun, and an extra half-hour. I hung mine on top of a chalkboard that we have in our kitchen and wrote “Tis the Season” inside the wreath.

I love the earthy texture of the grapevine contrasting with the glamorous shiny ornaments. And I’m still in the midst of my love affair with navy =).

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Materials

Small grapevine wreath ($3)
Two colors ribbon, about 2 yrds each ($2)
Shiny plastic ornaments, mini and small sizes ($3)
Glue gun and glue

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1. Wrap the two ribbons around the wreath form, overlapping with each other. Secure ends on the back of the wreath where they won’t be seen, either by tying a knot or by gluing with the hot glue gun. Cut off excess ribbon.

2. Tie a bow with the two remaining pieces of overlapping ribbons (just a simple regular bow, nothing fancy). Hot glue it to the wreath form.

3. Snip off any hanging string from the ornaments and glue them on the wreath, arranging them as you see fit. It looks nice if you alternate using larger and smaller balls. You can remove any ornaments carefully by peeling off the glue after it has dried. When you’ve arranged the ornaments to your satisfaction, add extra glue to secure them.

4. Tie a loop of ribbon at the top of the wreath to hang it. Tadaa, you’re done!

You can use any extra ornaments on your tree and extra ribbon for tying up presents, so this project really comes in at less than the $8 upfront cost. Simple and easy, just the way I like it!

Check out these other holiday crafts!

Holiday Crafts

Peace and Joy Bunting

DIY Christmas Tree Skirt

What holiday crafts are you working on this December?

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