Mason Jar Mugs

I’m about to show y’all how a little bit of money and a little bit of paint can go a long way during big little week. As part of big-little gift week I wanted to also make something for my big who was becoming a grandbig. While I was at Ross one day I came across a four set of these mason jar mugs by Home Essentials.

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I decided to decorate one for each of my littles and the new grandbig.

My supplies:

  • Black enamel paint
  • Gold enamel paint
  • Paint brushes

This was a very easy project. I used paint brushes to write “Little” or “Gbig” and then their first initial in black enamel paint. After that I used the gold enamel paint to make dots all over the mug. After waiting about 20 minutes for the paint to dry I baked the glassware (not the lids) following the instructions on the paint bottles.

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After they were allowed to cool down I included these mugs in the first day of gifts for my littles and filled them with their favorite candy. The possibilities of using enamel paint and glassware are endless. Have you ever used enamel paint? Drop a picture in the comments below!

Bri

 

Mountain Quote Canvas

During browsing on Pinterest I came across a pin that I knew I wanted to recreate. The picture came from an Etsy Shop named Kaylees Canvas Decor.

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The perfect opportunity came when I was thinking about what I should give my little for her birthday. Though once I was done I wanted to keep it for myself.

My Supplies:

  1. 12″ x 12″ square canvas
  2. Acrylic paint
  3. Black paint pen
  4. Foam and paint brushes

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My steps

  1. First I created the ombre effect on the canvas using the white paint at top, the key west color in the middle, and the aqua color on the bottom. I started with my foam brush at the top and made my way down.img_0259
  2. I used a paint brush and black paint to make the outline of the mountains before using that and a foam brush to fill them in.
  3. The last piece was to do the wording. I always find this the most difficult step. For the  printed lines I used a paint pen but to get more fluid movement on the script lines I used a thin paint brush.
  4. After waiting for it dry I was done! Wrapped it in some pretty wrapping paper and gave it to my little.

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After seeing my finished project I definitely wanted to keep it, especially because my room involves similar shades of blue. My little loved it however, which made the project worth it. Have you done a mountain canvas? Or maybe used this quote on something else? Drop a pic in the comments below!

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

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

Kate Spade Inspired Greek Letters

I took a little in the Spring 2016 semester and I couldn’t have been more excited! During one of our gift-giving occasions I gave her these decorated Greek letters. I’d like to say that they were all original, but I got the idea after browsing Pinterest and seeing this pin (which doesn’t link to anything, so if it’s yours let me know!):

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Find this pin here

I made it my own by first, using my sorority’s letters, and then also changing the design just a little bit. The final product was these letters:

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My supplies:

  • The wooden 8″ Greek letters, bought from 5:5 Online Boutique
  • White, black, and gold glitter blast spraypaint
  • White, black, and gold paint pens
  • Painters tape

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For the Alpha

  1. Spray paint the letter white and wait to dry
  2. Spray a second coat of white and wait to dry
  3. Add gold and black dots with the paint pen

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For the Delta:

  1. Spray paint the letter with Krylon glitter blast in gold
  2. Wait for it to dry
  3. Spray a second coat of glitter

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For the Chi:

  1. Spray paint the letter white then wait for it to dry
  2. Spray a second white coat and let it dry
  3. Cute painters tape into thin strips and lay on the letter
  4. Spray black spray paint over the letter and wait to dry
  5. Remove tape and correct trouble spots with paint pens

These letters might have been the easiest craft I’ve made for my little… How have you designed your own? Leave pictures in the comments!

Bri

 

Mickey Silhouette Clipboards

My big, Cassidy, was recruitment chair in Fall 2015 and decided to do a Disney theme! As a birthday gift I made her a Mickey Clipboard. My close friend Hannah is the secretary in my sorority, so I made her a Mickey Clipboard for her birthday, using the two colors that remind her of Disney: light blue and gold.

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The two quotes that I used were:

  • “Dreams can come true, it we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney (Cassidy’s black, red, and silver one)
  • “I only hope that we don’t lose sigh of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” ~ Walt Disney (Hannah’s blue, gold, and white one)

My supplies:

  • Clipboard (I ordered this 3 pack from Amazon)
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paints (the black, white, red, and blue)
  • Paint pens (the silver and gold writing)
  • Spray paint (gold glitter and clear)
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brushes
  • Circular objects to trace

How I did it:

1 – First I took the clipboards and sandpaper outside and sanded off the shiny finish. This allows the paint to actually stick and stay on the surface. I wiped them down afterwards in order to get all of the dust off.

2 – Next I applied the base colors. For Cassidy’s it was the black acrylic paint, and for Hannah’s it was the gold spray paint on the back and the white acrylic paint on the front.

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3 – Now it was time to trace the Mickey silhouette and fill it in with paint. I used a coat of white paint and then red for Cassidy’s Mickey, and white then light blue for Hannah’s. Painting over the glittery spray paint on Hannah’s was a weird feeling.

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4 – Now I applied the alphabet stickers on the back, applied Modge Podge over them, and waited for that to dry. When that was complete I moved on to the front side.

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5 – On the front of Hannah’s I took a robin egg blue color and streaked it onto the surface. After that dried I took my gold paint pen and drew the chevron line on the side and the wrote the Walt Disney Quote. On Cassidy’s I wrote her Walt Disney quote and drew the design with a silver paint pen.

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6 – Finally I took the clipboards outside and sprayed them with a clear spray paint from Krylon in order to seal them, make them smooth, and last longer.

These were the perfect gifts for both girls, and they loved the Disney influence. Has anyone else decorated clipboards for yourself or others? Post pictures in the comments!

Thanks everyone!

Bri

Letters

This past weekend I got to go home for the first time since I started college. Only one of my other friends was also home that weekend so we met for lunch at the mall. I had bought everything to make her graduation present months before graduation but hadn’t made her present or given it to her yet. I made it on Halloween and gave it to her with some shower gel and body spray on Saturday. Right before I started this blog I made my letter, so I only have pictures of the B and not the process. These letters are perfect for door or wall decoration in a dorm because you can make them in whatever colors your decor is.

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My materials:

  1. The wooden letters – these ones are 8 inches tall
  2. Paint
  3. Rhinestone Sheet
  4. Paint brush, cup, paper plate
  5. Sharpie
  6. Scissors
  7. Something to hang it with – I suggest Command squares

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When I first began thinking about decorating my dorm I pinned many things that I could potentially do. I also knew that I wanted to make somewhat matching letters for me and my friend. About a month ago I realized I had exactly what I needed to make my own version of the pin below. I made mine without looking at the blog, but I highly recommend looking at the original post if you don’t want to freehand chevron! (Pin here, original blog post at Gettin’ Crafty: Sorority Style)

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To make my B I freehanded chevron onto my letter with pencil. Then I painted 1 coat of the gray paint and 2 with the blue paint which was thinner. While I painting each color I also painted the edges of the letter. When all of the paint had dried I drew Sharpie lines to even out the edges and also to make a guide for the rhinestones. I took a rhinestone sheet – which is like one giant sticker – and using scissors cut a line of rhinestone off of the sheet which I then used to systematically cover the Sharpie lines, cutting off the line at each edge and change in direction with the scissors. After I made sure the rhinestone wouldn’t be coming off I hung my letter on my bedroom door using a Command square behind the top two corners.

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When I sat down to make my friend’s letter I realized that doing chevron on it would be much harder and that just straight lines would make it look classier. So this is before I did anything:

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My first step was to freehand gray lines with paint. I knew that the yellow paint would cover it up but if you’re worried you could draw lines in pencil before painting anything. It only took one thick coat of paint. I also painted the edges where the gray paint was.

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The next step was to paint the yellow lines. The yellow paint was thinner so I used two coats instead of just one. Because I was free-handing with the paint the lines look really bad in this photo but I evened them out in the next step. Once again I painted the edges where the yellow paint was on top.

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The third step was to outline each stripe in Sharpie. Not only would this serve as a guide for the rhinestones but it also straightens out the paint edges. If the yellow paint was really far out of line I touched it up quickly with some gray paint. This was only necessary for two spots.

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The final step was to apply the rhinestones. I used the same rhinestone sheet as with my B and there is still some rows leftover. I used the same process as with the B, cutting off a row and working systematically to apply the rhinestones, cutting the remainder of the row off when I reached an edge. The E was much easier to apply rhinestones to because it was all horizontal lines, not diagonal lines in different directions like the B.

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My friend is sending my a picture of her letter when she hangs up. When I get I’ll put it in this post so you can see how it looks on a wall and not on random newspaper. I gave her the letter with the two Command squares and with some other stuff, but she said that the letter was perfect for her gray and yellow dorm room! I like how both of the letters turned out and plan to make more for gifts but I might try something other than rhinestones. If you have any suggestions for more letters or want to show off your own letter creation, comment below!

Bri