Sorority Canvas

This semester I helped some of my sorority sisters out who were getting littles. I asked for the new littles favorite colors and used those colors in the canvas for them. Once completed I gave the canvases to the new bigs to incorporate in what else they gave to their littles. I received inspiration from this pin (which only led to the pic, so if it’s yours let me know).

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My supplies:

  • 8″ x 10″ canvases
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint pens
  • Foam and paint brushes

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What I did:

  1. Painted the background color of the canvases, navy for one and yellow for the other.
  2. Traced a circle in the middle using a bowl from my kitchen cabinet, then filled the circle with that color, either white or teal. Both colors needed multiple coats to hide the base color completely.
  3. Added the small dots with paint pen.
  4. Left them alone for a little while so that the middle was completely dry, then wrote the delta in lower case script using paint pen.
  5. Finally wrote alpha and chi in print upper case letters.

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Hope this gave some of you a little inspiration! These canvases may become my go to sorority sister gift. Have you done a similar project? Show me below!

Bri

Trick or Treat Yo’ Self

It’s halfway through October and that means fall is in full swing and Halloween is quickly approaching. I visited Michael’s and found some cute Halloween crafting surfaces. I chose to purchase a little wooden candy corn piece to put onto a canvas. Then after searching Pinterest for a cute Halloween saying I settled on “trick or treat yo’ self.”

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My supplies:

  • 8″x10″ canvas
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brush and foam brush
  • Candy corn piece from Michaels
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

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What I did:

  • Using a foam brush cover the entire canvas in purple paint. I used three coats.
  • Use a paint brush and gold paint to paint the words. I had to go over the words multiple times because of my thin brush and paint.
  • When all of this was dry use the hot glue gun to spread glue on the back of the candy corn and place it on the canvas. Ta da!

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This was a quick project that is brightening up the apartment kitchen. All in I spent under $3, because I already had the paint and brushes. I also think that the bright purple color worked great for Halloween. Have you made some Halloween projects? Post pics in the comments below!

Bri

Give Thanks

Last week it finally began to feel like fall outside and I realized that there was very little fall decor in the apartment. I knew that I wanted to do something that said, “Give Thanks,” and after a Pinterest search I found this free printable from Shanty 2 Chic.

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Over a year ago I saw some slanted canvases at Michaels that seemed like an interesting project. A few months ago they were put on clearance, so I gave in and bought 2 of them that were 8″x8″. I knew these would be perfect to paint and place on the side tables because they can stand up.

My supplies:

  • 8×8 slant canvas
  • Brown acrylic paints
  • Black and white paint pens
  • Foam brushes

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How I did it:

  1. First step was to make the ombre background. I did this by drizzling the khaki color on the top half and the Territorial Beige color on the bottom half. Then I used a foam brush, started at the top and went down. I didn’t think the difference between the top and bottom was enough, so I drizzled some Nutmeg Brown on the bottom and mixed it in.
  2. After the background dried I used my white paint pen to write the words. I had to go over it a second time after it dried.
  3. Once the wording was complete I used the black paint pen to make 4 loops around the words.
  4. I chose one of the loops to draw the leaves on. I basically just drew a thin heart around the line then filled it in. Waited for it to dry, and it was done!

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This was definitely an easy project and I finished it pretty quickly. I’ve also done some Halloween and Christmas projects this week, they’ll be up soon. Hope you find some fun fall inspiration!

Bri

Instagram Frame: Big & Little

Crafting for a new little can be expensive and very time consuming. I was preparing to take twins in the Spring 2016 semester, so I definitely had to save time and money whenever it was possible. I stumbled across this pin deep in the midst of big little crafts on Pinterest. (The pin led to this Her Campus article, so if the pic is yours, let me know!)

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My mind immediately went to the $1 frames at Michaels that are square, just like the one above. I had a few on hand to use for littles, so I decided to turn them into the logo for the Instagram app (the old one).

My supplies:

  • $1 square frame from Michaels
  • Black & silver paint pens
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam brushes and paint brushes

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How I did it:

  1. Painted the tan color over the entire frame twice using the foam brush
  2. Painted the brown over the top also using a foam brush (but leaving the left corner empty for the rainbow stripes)
  3. Carefully used paint brushes for the colored stripes, at least 2 coats for each color
  4. Drew the square lens and filled it in with a black paint pen, then made the silver heart with another pen
  5. Carefully wrote Big + Little at the bottom with black paint pen

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When I gave the frame to my little I wrote “Picture Loading” in the middle. After we took pictures at big little reveal I had one printed as a 4″x4″ and gave it to her to put in the frame.

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Because I ended up with only one little I got to keep the second frame and then decided to make more of them. In June 2016 I went Washington DC for a research conference and got to sightsee with friends and then my family visited Russia in July 2016.

See those frames here: Square Frames: DC & Russia

Hope you enjoyed this post! Show off your own work below, I’d love to see it!

Bri