DIY Patriotic Pineapple Door Hanger

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I love pineapples because they are so versatile. We have several pineapple designs: A Quatrefoil Pineapple, a Striped Pineapple, and a Tropical Pineapple.
I am so excited to put a patriotic spin on our unfinished pineapple blank! 
The supplies used in this design were

This is a great project for a DIYer. Make sure you check out our free Pineapple Printable Template.

 

Watch me make this sign!

June 27, 2019 by Natasha Ross

New Home Sign

 

Tonight I’ll be making a new HOME.Design.. 

Supplies 

HOME Sign Kit

Paint

Super Glue

Gorilla Glue 

Twine 

CHIP Brush

Velcro

 

This is a super easy project. Watch me make it on FaceBook Live- Video will be uploaded tonight 

 

Don’t worry we are also offering this one as a ready made sign. It’s great for a gallery wall, a side table display, shelf, etc. 

 

Get your finished sign here

 

 

 

 

June 11, 2019 by Alex Blanco

My Favorite Polka Dot Painting Hacks

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    Does painting polka dots scare the “H E double hockey sticks” out of you??

    Well girl, I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to be scary. I love polka dots and it is my favorite pattern on my signs. Polka dots can be intimidating! Once you get started, it is actually the easiest pattern.

    When I first started out,I felt the same way you probably do. I was always trying to figure out things like … Where do you put ‘em so that they don’t look crazy? How do I make them look like they flow? I was constantly getting myself in what I like to call “a polka dot dilemma”.

    You may be thinking what is a “polka dot dilemma”? You know how it is when your polka dots are too close together, too far apart, or they just turned out looking really janky. So, how do I not have a polka dot dilemma? Over the years I’ve come up with a couple of tips to turn your polka dot nightmare into a polka dot dream.  

    Let’s talk about a few different methods you can use to help you figure out polka dots and feel more comfortable using them.

     

    These are my tried and true tips for painting polka dots that I’ve learned over the years.

    Get to know your brush: I like to determine the size of the polka dot I’m making. This will let me know the size brush I need to use. The larger the polka dot the larger the brush you will need. You can use any type of brush from flat to round. My favorite brush for making polka dots are round brushes. Maybe you are thinking that you don’t know the first thing about brushes. You don’t have to worry, because I’ve got you covered!

    Find my favorite brushes here

    Check out my resource list over on my website for a fill lost of all my favorite supplies. https://www.simplyadorablecreations.com/pages/resource-list

    Start on the edge of your sign: One sure fire way to get yourself in a polka dot situation is to start your first polka in the middle of your sign. From my experience, it’s best to start on the edge of your sign and work your way across. This will ensure that your polka dots flow throughout your whole sign.

    Paint Your Polka dots in a triangular pattern: Your polka dots should always form a triangular pattern. You start with one triangle and keep forming them. You should start noticing that all of your polka dots are flowing together on your sign.

    Think the letter C while you’re painting: I move my brush in a C pattern. I start by painting a letter C on my sign and then I connect it with a backwards C. This will help you make sure your polka dots are a round shape.

    Now that you know the dos and don’t, check out my favorite methods to paint polka dots!

    Freehand

    One method to paint polka dots is the plain old free handed method. I’m talking getting up close and personal with your brush and just doing the darn thing! This can be kind of overwhelming for some painters, especially when you’re first starting out. Remember, practice makes perfect. This method is actually pretty fast once you get the hang of it.


    Foam Circle Sponges: These are awesome because they already come in the shape of a polka dot. They come in a variety of sizes and are super simple to use. They have come in handy for me when I have a lot of polka dots to complete.

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    Trace your polka dot: You can use any object with a circle bottom, like a paint bottle, to trace your shape for the polka dots. I like to use a chalk marker or plain old chalk to trace the shape. Pro Tip: Use colored chalk that matches the color of the polka dots your painting your sign. Be sure to not use a super dark color or permanent dark colored marker. If you do it will be hard to cover the traced line with your paint. If you’re using chalk, you can just wipe it off with a wet rag after painting. No one will ever know you traced your dots. If you like structure and planning your dots out beforehand, then this may be the way to go.

     

    Make a stencil: If you have a cutting machine like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut, you can create a polka dot. This is a great option for paint parties or to hand off a sign to an assistant or family member. They also give you a crisp clean finish to your polka dots. If you are OCD about your polka dots being the same size, then this is the method for you. Pro Tip: I use Oracal 813 to make my stencils. You can get several uses out of it and it is not super expensive. I highly recommend these for your paint party guests. It’s a great and easy way to get people to feel comfortable with doing their own thing at your parties.



    Don’t forget to check out all of my favorite supplies and tools for crafters over on my Resource List. https://www.simplyadorablecreations.com/pages/resource-list


    I hope all of these tips help you solve your polka dot dilemma. They are not that bad. I know that you can make awesome polka dots. So let me know if this post was helpful and share with me your polka dot tips in the comments. If you are a visual person check out the video version of this post here.  Until next time, keep it, crafty girls!

     

    June 05, 2019 by Natasha Ross

    Summer Decorating Ideas For Your Front Door

     

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    I don't know about you but it feels like summer. My kids are home from school, we've cranked up the grill, and the neighborhood pool is open for business.  And OMG it is H-O-T hot outside. Even though the official first day of summer is still about a month away, I am declaring that summer has officially begun. Have you decorated your home for summer yet?

     Here are some of my favorite trends for decorating your home inside and out this summer.

     

    1. Don't be Scared of a Little Color 

     A pop of color never hurt anyone and Summer is as good of a time as any to add some color to your front door. Whether it is a colorful Summer Wreath or Door Hanger. 

     

     

     

     

    2.Fruit is trending

     Fruit is not just for eating, it's also for decorating. And I'm not talking about your nana's fruit table centerpiece. I mean on your door. The top trending fruits for summer are lemons, watermelon, and pineapple!

    3. Welcome your Guests 

    What better way to let your guests know that they are welcome than to greet them with a Hello, Hi, or Welcome before they even reach your door.

     

    4. Paint Your Front Door 

     If you are tired of the dame old boring black door like I am, paint your front door htis Summer. I did a poll over on my Facebook page and was surprised to find out that many are skipping traditional door colors and opting for color. The most popular colors for doors were turquoise, red, gray, and navy.

     

    5. Revive your Welcome Mat 

    A quick fix to jazz up your front door is to add a welcome mat!. I am loving the trend of layering door mats.
    Check out this post for inspriration on how to layer door your door mats and brighten up your front door. 

     

    6. Monograms Never Go Out of Style

     If you have followed me for any length of time, then you know I love monograms. They are timeless and can be used for any season. Did you know that you can change our the bow on our Circle Monogram Door Hangers. Let's say you have a white monogram door hange. One way to update your sign for summer is to change out the bow and add a bit of color to the sign. 

     

     

     

    May 28, 2019 by Natasha Ross

    April Facebook Live Event

     

    Thanks for joining me for my April 2019 10 Days of Facebook Lives Event. 

    I challenged myself to do 10 straight days of Facebook Lives with a couple of goals in mind:

    • Get better at lives. They say the more you do them the better you get.
    • Show you behind the scenes how I make some of your favorite designs
    • Give you a sneak peek of new Summer Designs that are available to purchase on the site.

    You can come here for a recap of each day and the supplies used.

    Be sure you are following me on FaceBook to watch the event live and on Instagram to watch the nightly afterparty recap!

     Day 1

    We're painting a new pineapple design.

    Get the pineapple shape template free here 

    Join our VIP Email Club to get a free template each month

    Purchase your own pineapple here'

    Day 2

     Spring is here so why not  add these pretty flowers to your door décor.

    Purchase your own flower here

    Purchase flower template

    Purchase blank 

     

    Day 3

    Cactus Door Hanger

    Let's paint a cactus!

    Purchase your very own cactus here

    Purchase  cactus template

    Purchase Cactus Wood Cut Out to make your own

    Watch on FaceBook. 

      Day 4

    We're painting a colorful Striped Hello Summer Sign. This design is available in two different shapes. Each sign can be customized in colors that match your Summer Decor.. 

     

    Purchase the Circle Hello Summer Sign

    Purchase the Square Hello Summer Sign

     

    Day 5

    I can't believe we're almost half way done with our 10 days of Facebook Lives. Let's make some signs for mom tonight. Make sure you shop our Mother's Day Sale this weekend.  

    SHOP SALE

    Day 6

    We’re having a Paint Pour Party. Join me and my kids Rikaia and Kameron as we channel our inner Bob Ross

     

    Day 7

    We’re Live in the Cut Shop! Rodney is showing off our new CNC and cutting the popsicle that I’ll be cutting on day 8.

    We are adding more and more Unfinished Cutouts   and templates to the website which for our crafty and maker friends 

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    Day 8

    Let’s paint a popsicle!

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    Purchase Pineapple PrintableTemplate 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DIY Personalized Craft Apron

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    If you are anything like me,I would bet you are a messy painter. I usually end up with paint in my hair and worst of all on my clothes. I can't tell you how many shirts or pants in my closet have paint on them. So I did what any smart crafty mama would do, I went out and got myself an apron. But who needs a plain old apron when you can jazz it up with a little color and pzazz! So Silhouette Cameo to the rescue. In under 30 minutes, I now have a cute apron that saves my clothes from paint and helps me promote my business.

     Here are the supplies I used:

    Apron

    I found these super cute aprons on Amazon that are available in a variety of colors.

    Heat Transfer Vinyl  

    I got my vinyl for this project from Michaels because I did not want to wait on it to be delivered. If you have a day or two to wait, I would recommend that you check out on Amazon or order from one of the online sources in my Ultimate Crafters Resource List.

    Teflon Sheet   

    Silhouette Cameo

    I use this to cut my design. You could also use other cutters like teh Cricut Maker.

    Silhouette Cutting Mat 

    Weeding tools 

    Iron: Any household iron will work.

     Here's how I did it. Or, you can watch the video below for the tutorial.

    1.Select the design of your choice. A great way to find a design is by searching on Etsy. If you are using a cutting machine like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut be sure to search for a design that comes in a "svg" or "dxf: format. I also love searching Hungry JPEG for designs and fonts. You could get lost searching through all their beautiful designs.

    2. Import your design into the software of your choice and size it appropriately. I used a Silhouette Cameo to cut my design.

    3. Cut and weed the design. Each machine will vary on the settings to use to cut your design. Make sure you do a test cut to determine if adjustments to the default cut settings need to be made.Tip: Make sure that you mirror your design prior to cutting. Also, be sure to place your vinyl glossy side down or dull color side up on the mat.

    4. Place the design in the desired location and cover it with a Teflon sheet. The teflon sheet helps prevent the heat transfer vinyl from getting stuck to your iron. If you do not have one you can use a towel. Make sure you turn your iron on and to the highest setting. Do not use the steam setting.

      5. Press the design on high heat using all of your weight while moving the iron across the design. Do this until you see the vinyl adhering to the apron. Peel off the clear backing and voila, you have a monogrammed apron.

       I used this item as a treat for myself and honestly to save myself from having to go out and increase my wardrobe to make up for all the paint covered clothes. These personalized aprons would also be a great gift for your favorite crafter, a baker, or even Mother’s Day.

      If you do not have a cutting machine. Don't worry you can still complete this project.  I have found ready-made iron-on transfers at Hobby Lobby and Micheals that you can use to personalize your apron.

      If you loved this fun DIY craft idea, be sure to follow me on Facebook for more live craft sessions.

      Until next time remember,a craft a day keeps the cray cray away!



      April 04, 2019 by Natasha Ross

      My Favorite Chevron Painting Hack

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      Chevron is one of my favorite patterns to paint on my door hangers and DIY projects. I love chevron but chevron is not a big fan of me. I tried to paint them free hand. Let’s just say the results were not pretty. There is something about the angles that I can’t get right. I was never good at geometry in high school. Next, I tried to take my favorite Scotch Painters Tape and make my own chevron pattern. No matter what I did, the pattern never lined up. So I racked my brain, searched online, and finally, I came across Chevron Painters Tape by Frog Tape. Girl, can we say game changer.

       

      I use this chevron painters tape on a lot of my signs that have a chevron pattern now.  I love the dimension that it adds to my Math Door Hanger. Check out the time-lapse video made of me making my Math Door Hanger.

       

      Here are the pros and cons I have found since using the chevron tape:

       Pros:

      • It’s a definite time saver. It’s super easy to place the tape on my sign and paint the pattern. That means there's no more guessing about whether the pattern lines up.
      • Whenever I use this tape I always end up with super sharp lines on my project.
      • There is no sticky residue.
      • One roll goes a long way.because the tape is reusable on multiple projects.

       Con:

      • It’s a little on the pricey side. This is my opinion. You have to gauge if the headache in making your own chevron is worth the price. One way to account for that cost is to reuse the tape on multiple projects.
      Don’t take my word for it. I would try it out for yourself. I think it’s totally worth it because it takes the guesswork out of chevron. If you try it out, let me know what you think about it.
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        March 20, 2019 by Natasha Ross

        More Valentines DIY Fun and a Giveaway!!

        Valentine's Monogram Circle Door Hanger

        So just in case you thought I was through with fun Valentines Projects, I have another good one for you.  I love a good monogram. I monogram all the things. This project will be perfect for your door for Valentines on into Spring. 

         Guess what,  I teamed up with a group of crafty lady's to bring you guys 10 Days of Creative Valentine's Facebook Live Series.  Not only do you get 10 great projects, we spiced things up a bit by offering a GIVEAWAY! That's right, we are giving away a $90 Amazon giftcard that would be great to purchase more craft supplies. Because there is no such thing as too many craft supplies, right!

        To enter the Giveaway, click here!

        *Giveaway ends 2/13/2019

        You can purchase the kit or finished door hanger for this project here

         Here's a supply list:

        • Door Hanger Kit  ( kit comes with Cirlcle, Heart, and Monogram)
        • Red, Black, & White Craft Paint (can be purchased at any craft store)
        • Paintbrushes  (You'll need 3 Flat Brushes and smalll Chip Brush, this is one of my favorite sets)
        • Gorilla Glue
        • Aluminum Wire
        • Painters Tape ( I like Scotch Brand Sharp Lines)
        • Sealer ( Rustoleum Matte Sealer)
        • Ribbon
        • Scissors

         If you don't have time to wait on the kit, here are some alternatives

        • 15in Circle Round
        •  Heart Blank & Monogram : Visit Hobby Lobby or Micheals Craft Aisle

        Painting the sign

         

        Finishing up the sign

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        February 03, 2019 by Natasha Ross
        DIY Valentines Door Hanger Kit

        DIY Valentines Door Hanger Kit

        Question? How do you decorate your door after Christmas? I know,I know, you just took down your Christmas decorations,and it's not exactly Spring. What in the world can you put on your door?  Why not decorate for Valentine's Day? So, I was inspired to make this DIY Valentines Heart Door Hanger Kit!

        You Can Purchase the Kit here.

        Or, buy it already made here.

        If you like to get jiggy with a jigsaw, make sure  to get out FREE Heart template!

        There are numerous ways that you can paint this sign, but you can watch the video below for to learn how to do a super cute design.