Pretty Custom Water Bottle for Back to School

Finding a pretty water bottle can be expensive. Here’s how you can update an old bottle to look like new! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosures page for a complete list of disclosure rules.

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Argyle Painted Water Bottle

Pretty Custom Water Bottle

It’s fun to customize your back to school supplies with your kids. That way your children will always know which items belong to them. This project is fun for the whole family and is quick and easy to make. Your kids will love getting ready for school with this crafty project!

I started with these pretty paint colors from Americana Decor. I added in a bit of True Blue (Navy) at the end of the project that isn’t pictured here. Sometimes you change your mind at the last minute! Creativity is rather unpredictable you know.

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Water bottle painted with Blue Haven and Pearl Medium

Custom Water Bottle Supplies:

Stainless Steel Water Bottle (mine came from the thrift store)

Americana Decor Acrylic Paint Blue Haven

Americana Decor Acrylic Mulberry

Americana Decor Acrylic Calypso Blue

Americana Decor Acrylic True Blue

Paint Brush Size 20 Flat

Script Liner Paint Brush #1

1/4″ wide (6mm) Painters Tape (Mine came from Menards)

80 Grit Sanding Paper

American Decor Multi Purpose Sealer

Americana Decor Pearlizing Medium

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Argyle pattern with 1/4″ wide painters tape. Tape is applied in 1″ intervals.

Custom Water Bottle Directions:

  1. Sand the water bottle lightly with 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
  2. Combine Multi Purpose Sealer with Blue Haven Paint and Pearlizing Medium.
  3. Paint entire bottle with the Blue Haven paint mixture. You may need more than one coat if your original bottle is a dark color. Dry thoroughly with a hair dryer.
  4. Apply painters tape at a 45 degree angle on the bottle, keeping the pieces 1″ apart as pictured.
  5. Add more rows of painters tape going in the opposite direction, resulting in a diamond pattern.
  6. Load the #20 paint brush with Calypso Blue paint and Pearlizing Medium. Paint the row of diamonds, then rinse the brush and repeat for the second row with the mauve paint. Repeat the process for the remaining rows. Dry paint with a hair dryer. Remove tape.
  7. Using #1 Script liner brush, make small “stitches” on each diamond in an “X” shape with the Dark Blue Paint. Let dry completely.
Paint rows of alternating colors in the diamond pattern.

 

Water bottle after tape is removed.
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Argyle Painted Water Bottle

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Thanks to Deco Art and Michaels for sponsoring this post!

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10 DIY Back to School Ideas

Suddenly, summer fun is over and we are transitioning into school year routines!  It’s not a fun change for anyone, but a little DIY project always improves moods. Here are some great ideas that will make this back to school season more fun and less stressful for the whole family! 

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Are you looking for a fun DIY to get the kids excited for back to school? Jane & Sonja over at Sustain My Craft Habit made these cute pencil cases using only Duck Tape and an empty cardboard box! It’s super easy, and it takes one more thing off that never ending school supply shopping list.

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This chalkboard is quick and easy to make! It’s a great place to jot down daily reminders, to-do lists, or even jokes to start the day with a smile!  Check out the how-to on Designers Sweet Spot.

10 DIY Back to School Ideas|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com Here’s a great way simplify the morning rush to school. The kids know exactly what to wear, and you have peace of mind that they are ready for their day! Take a look at the easy instructions over on Little House of Four.

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Teachers have a hard time getting back into the routine of school too! Keri at Shaken Together put together these cute back to school gifts to help them ease back into it. Fill the mason jars with tasty treats, or various school supplies they may need throughout the year!

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Have you ever been rushing around to get one child to football and another child to music lessons, all while keeping the others happy in the process? Then you realize you forgot a crucial piece of clothing or equipment needed? This DIY will solve that problem! Keep the bags ready and grab them on the way out the door.  (Or better yet, just keep them in the car!)  Check out Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for all the details.

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The nightly homework battle just got a little easier! This little lap desk I made over on Designers Sweet Spot is a great place to work on projects, or to keep your books open while you study. The best part is that the materials used were things that were already laying around the house!

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Here’s another cute back to school gift from Ribbons & Glue! You can grab all the supplies for this easy DIY while you’re out school supply shopping for the kids!

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These would be a fun first day treat for the kids in your life! You could even send them in the mail to add to the excitement. Get ideas on what to put inside over at Lemon Thistle.

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Are you needing some inspiration for those first day of school photos? What about these cute grad year tees? Mandy at  Sugar Bee Crafts has some great tips on how to make this project quick and easy!

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Do you know someone that needs some back to school inspiration? (Or maybe it’s you!)  Check out Eighteen25 to give those notebooks a great upgrade!

 

There you have it! 10 easy DIY projects that will inspire you to get a happy start to the school year!

 

 

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How to Make a Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Hand Painted Signs add so much charm to your farmhouse decor! This sign is easy to make even if you have never painted anything before! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Micheal’s Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, please see the disclosures page.

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How to Make a Hand Painted Rustic Sign, Step by Step

Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Rustic signs are all over the place, I have seen so many beautiful ideas on Pinterest lately! However, I am not one to go with the flow. I prefer more color, so many of the signs that I have seen are monochromatic. Color makes all the difference to me!

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I chose to work with yellows and greens to coordinate with my colors on my front porch. This sign will take me into some fall decor, and I am so happy with how it turned out!

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Supplies Needed:

•Pre-finished Pallet sign from Micheal’s Craft Store

•Americana Deco Premium Acrylic Paints (also available at Micheal’s)  in the following colors:

Americana Premium Acrylics — Burnt Sienna — DTA09
Americana Premium Acrylics — Cadmium Yellow Hue — DTA44
Americana Premium Acrylics — Carbon Black — DTA37 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Viridian Green Hue — DTA25 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Yellow Oxide — DTA15 
 
•Paint Brushes in the following sizes:
#2 script liner brush    
#20 flat brush
3/4″ Scruffy Brush    
#14 flat brush 
•Mason jar with water for rinsing brushes
•Artist pallet or paper plate for mixing paints
•Paper toweling, paper plate or artist pallet for mixing paint
•Artists all purpose media notebook for practice painting
•Optional: artist’s easel

Painting Directions:

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the 3/4″ scruffy brush with Burnt Sienna and Black paint.  Use a dollop the size of a quarter on the pallet of each paint. Place the two paints with 1-2″ between paints on the pallet. Dip the corner of the brush in the brown, the other corner into the black paint. Stroke the brush back in forth on the pallet working the paint into the brush. Continue adding more paint and stroking until the bristles of the brush are almost full of paint to the top of the bristles.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a circle by dabbing the brush with the paint on the sign, placing the circle in the center of the sign. Keep the light brown color to the outside of the sign, being careful not to mix the colors as you work the circle shape. Reload brush as needed. Paint another circle inside the first blending the colors slightly together and refining the shape of the circle. Set brush aside when finished, let dry slightly.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the #20 Flat Brush with the Yellow Oxide and Cadmium Yellow Hue as described above. Be sure to keep the colors separate as you load the brush.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint the petals of the flower by placing the brush at the edge of the circle, pressing down and stroking out. Turn the brush slightly at the end of the stroke to get the pointed tips of the petals. Keep colors going the same direction, darker yellow on the top of the petal, lighter color to the bottom as you stroke around the flower. Overlap each petal slightly as you work. Reload your brush as needed.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Reload the brush again with the yellows. Paint a smaller flower to the lower right of the first, leaving the center empty.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a second layer of petals on top of the first. Place the ends of the petals between the first row of flower petals to fill out the design. Do the same second layer of petals on the small flower as well.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Use the #14 flat brush with Cadmium yellow and Viridian Green Hue, for the same technique above on the greenery. Stroke the green leaves on the back of the flower, working from the center area out. Twist your brush as you work to make the points of the leaves as you did the petals before.

•Using the #2 Script liner brush loaded with Yellow and Green, stroke the stem for each flower.

  1. How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Next Load the #14 flat brush with Cadmium Yellow and Viridian Green Hue as described above. Stroke the large leaves. Reload and make smaller leaves if desired. Change to the #20 flat brush and make leaves larger in the same colors. Let dry completely.
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•Plan your letting for the sign. I practiced painting on paper before beginning on the pallet. Mark where you want your lettering to go on the sign with a pencil. Tip: It’s easiest to mark the center of the sign with a pencil, then place the center letter of the word over the mark. Fill in the other letters to the right and left of the C. Add a few squiggles to take up the rest of the space. Load the #2 Script liner brush and paint the letters with black paint.
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How to Make a Braided Fall Wreath, Easy to Sew

This easy to sew fall wreath is a great way to use up your fabric scraps. This would  also make a great beginner sewing project. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. For a complete list of rules, see the disclosures page.

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The first time I made a wreath like this was in the Girl Scouts in 5th grade. It’s crazy how some things stick with you over the years. At the time, I was new to sewing and this was my very first sewing project. I’ve been hooked on sewing ever since.

The wreath is made from 3 “sleeves” of cotton batik quilting fabric in beautiful fall colors. It would be easy to make different colored wreaths for different seasons, but I must say I love these rich warm colors. The sleeves are braided together and attached to a grapevine wreath with some twine for a rustic farmhouse feel.

This little door is in our entry way. It leads to no where but a closet. This is a small storage area under our stairs that we use for off season items like Christmas decorations and winter shoes and boots. I love the little quirky parts of an old house like this!

Here’s what you will need to make your own wreath:

Fall Wreath Supplies Needed:

1/4 yard cuts of three fall colored batik fabrics (yellow, brown, green)

•Sewing machine and thread

•sewing needle

polyester fiberfill stuffing

•plastic 12″ ruler

•large safety pins

•Scissors or rotary cutter and mat

12″ grapevine wreath

•twine

•faux eucalyptus branches

•gold ribbon

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Fall Wreath Directions:

  1. Cut 5″ wide strip from each one of the fabrics the length of the goods (in this case it was 44″ wide).
  2. Fold the strips right sides together, in a lengthwise direction. Sew across the short end and down the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  3. Repeat for each colored strip.
  4. Turn the fabric sleeves, right side out. Press.
  5. Stuff the tubes with fiberfill stuffing. Use the plastic ruler to push the stuffing into the bottom of the tube, and fill it 1″ from the top edge. Pin the raw edges together temporarily with a safety pin.
  6. Pin the top of the stitched tubes together with a safety pin. Whip stitch them together with a needle and thread. Remove safety pins, leaving bottom edges free.
  7. Conceal the stitches by folding one of the tubes over the stitching. Then proceed to braid the three tubes together as shown in photograph. Form into a wreath shape, pin bottom edge together with top of wreath. Whip stitch in place to form the wreath shape with needle and thread. You may need to twist some of the tubes a bit to hide any seams that may show towards the back of the wreath.
  8. Flatten the wreath against the 12″ grapevine wreath. Weave twine in and out, around the wreaths to hold them together. Add bits of eucalyptus and a gold ribbon bow if desired. Hang with another piece of twine.

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How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters

Old jeans are always in my fabric scrap box. Here’s a quick project using up cycled jeans! This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

Craft Some Seriously Cute Coasters

I love small crafty projects. I try to keep a stash of them going for the moments when I just don’t have that much energy to create or when I am frustrated with my progress on a larger project. It always feels good to accomplish something small, I always feel satisfied with completing a small project even if it’s only a little bitty thing.

For example, I had fun making these simple coasters. We have needed coasters in our living room for quite some time, our kids are always leaving glasses of water on the table that sweat and mark the wooden surface. The struggle is REAL! I prefer fabric coasters because they soak up the moisture and are unbreakable.

I took a sewing workshop at a blog seminar earlier this year and this is what we made. I loved them! They are so simple to make, and what a great idea to use recycled jeans! The circle template comes from a quilt pattern by Nancy’s Notions. You don’t necessarily have to make an entire quilt, this project is great for a beginner sewer or when you are short on time. It’s easier than you think, here’s the rundown:

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Seriously Cute Coaster Supplies:

•various scraps of denim fabric, light and dark colors about 1/4 yard of each light and dark denim

•Denim Circle Rag Quilt Plastic template from Nancy’s Notions

•5″ batik print quilt squares in shades of aqua or green

•Heavy weight fusible interfacing, about 1/4 yard for 5-6 coasters

•Fabric glue

•Navy or black thread

•Sewing Machine

Seriously Easy Directions:

  1. Cut the interfacing in to 5″ squares. You should have one piece of interfacing for each quilt square.
  2. Cut around circle template on the denim with a quilters rotary cutter or a pair of sharp scissors.  You will need to have one denim circle for each quilt square.
  3. Fuse the interfacing on to the back of the quilt squares.
  4. Position the quilt square in the center of each denim circle, wrong sides together. Add a drop of fabric glue to keep the two in place. Pin edges of circle on to top of batik fabric square. 
  5. Stitch 1/4″ away from raw edge of denim through all thicknesses of fabric, stopping and starting each line of stitching at corners. Press when through.

You can wash the coasters after you have made them to get that unravelled look on the edge of the denim. For now, I have not washed mine, but I am sure I will eventually. Easy Peasy! Don’t forget to Pin this project!

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Sewing a Fleece Robe

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How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

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