Bride + Bride’s Mates Tank Tops

Y’all have no clue how much I missed crafting the last few weeks during the whole packing / moving event. It really relaxes me, so imagine not being able to relieve stress when it’s at an all time high… that’s why I had friends and wine instead ūüôā

Anyways, my friend Meg’s little brother is getting married soon and she wanted to make some nautical tank tops for her future SIL’s bachelorette weekend in Rhode Island. Meg sent me some examples of what she liked on Pinterest and we got to work!

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Bride + Bride’s Mates Tank Tops

What you’ll need:

Meg ordered all the tank tops from Target and just had them shipped to my house. ¬†Target and Old Navy are great for bachelorette tanks ūüėČ

Alright, open Design Space and start working on your design. ¬†I wrote the text out in all uppercase in Rooney font, and 8″ long. ¬†The plan was for Bride to be cut in navy blue htv (on a white tank), “Bride’s Mates” to be in white htv (on navy tank) and the anchor to be in gold, with a glitter gold anchor for the bride’s tank top.

Since the items are cut on different heat transfer vinyl colors, you’ll have to cut them all separately. ¬†I like to maximize as much of the vinyl as possible, so I’ll rearrange the shapes or letters on the preview screen before cutting, like so:

Once everything is cut out on the different vinyls, it’s time to weed out the excess!

The final step is to iron the letters and anchors onto the tank tops. Put the iron on cotton or high heat, press it on the htv for a few seconds until the HTV starts attaching to the tank top.

When the HTV is attached, the tank tops are done!  

So I started making the tanks before the move and got 5 done before I had to pack up all the supplies. ¬†Well we happened to move these supplies and more to Meg’s house (again, my friends are awesome) so we had a little wine and I put her to work to finish the remaining tanks so she could get them in the mail on time. ¬†She did great ironing everything on while I weeded! ¬†And how cute did these turn out?

Can’t wait to see all the girls rocking their tanks in a few weeks! Hope this gives you some ideas for your own nautical bachelorette weekend – we all know I loved crafting for mine ūüôā

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Misc Bachelorette Crafts

I seriously had a blast at my bachelorette weekend in Savannah — thank you to ALL who made it so special and fun! ¬†Today I’m sharing a few of the other¬†little crafts and gifts¬†that my sister and I collaborated on.

Drink Glasses

Lauren was super excited about having a mimosa bar on Saturday morning, so we decided we wanted some fun cups that everyone could use on the beach, and take home for later.  We found these great recyclable shatterproof plastic wine glasses on Amazon that were shipped to my house.

The hardest part was coming up with what to put on them. ¬†We couldn’t decide¬†between a quote, or design, but ultimately ended up with anchors and names.

Thanks to the Cricut, I just designed the anchors, cut & adhered those to the glasses, then cut everyone’s name in white, and layered them on top of the anchor.

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To keep with the colors Lauren wanted to use, I printed gold anchors and put those on all the extra glasses we had.  The best part: making 24 custom shatterproof wine glasses only cost ~$30!  The extra ones will be perfect for the boat or beach too.bach glasses 04

There was a little bar area on the side between the main living room and dining area, so we cleared off the bottom two shelves and put the glasses on there for everyone to take.  (Link to make the banner here)IMG_5061

Anchor Garland

After making the banners, I had some leftover card stock, and anchors that had been cut out and discarded. ¬†This got me thinking that if I cut out more anchors, I could tie them to twine and make a garland! ¬†So that’s exactly what I did…

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One of the strands was inside in the living room, and the other went on the porch, by the big outdoor eating table.

Sunglasses

Beach = sunglasses, and Lauren ordered some cheap blue ones online for everyone.  I had just gotten some gold chrome vinyl in, so we decided to put the event hashtag (that she so cleverly came up with) on the side.bach_shades 01bach_shades 02

The sunglasses¬†were perfect to wear on the Savannah slow ride¬†and we got some cute pics of them on.IMG_0011IMG_0014By the way, I have been waiting ever so patiently to share all of this. ¬†We started working on all of this¬†back in January, and Lauren has been laughing¬†at me knowing that I had already drafted a post to share it all… ¬†Needless to say, I’m still loving the Cricut ūüôā

Bachelorette Banner

The one upside of¬†my sister¬†living far away, is that she needed some of my help to get stuff together for my bachelorette weekend. ¬†Since she was flying down, and I live close to Savannah, it was easier for me to make some stuff for it. ¬†And we all know that¬†I was actually thrilled to have an excuse to play with the Cricut ūüôā

Lauren had a bunch of ideas of decorations she wanted, and sent me links to them. ¬†One of them was a banner that said “Last sail before the veil.” ¬†I was pretty excited to make my own version of it and one Friday night¬†my sister and I were designing and making the banner together via pictures and texts, hundreds of miles apart.

Bachelorette Banner

What you’ll need:

  • White & navy cardstock (6 pieces each)
  • Cricut
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Tape

First, I needed to come up with a strategy to make the banner.  I decided to get navy and white card stock, and layer it so the top layer had cut outs, and the back was solid, with those colors alternated whether it was text or filler between words.

Next, I made a banner template in Design Space. ¬†They had a basic flag¬†shape that I liked, and I resized it to work with the 12×12″ sheets of card stock I bought. ¬†Ultimately, I wanted to get 6 “flags” per sheet. ¬†I used the Cricut to cut¬†19 plain white flags, and 3 plain navy flags on the card stock, and laid them out on the floor.

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Now the fun part ūüôā ¬†I needed to cut the flags for the top with the cut outs on them. ¬†These were either going to be letters or anchors. ¬†I added the letter / anchor to my template in Design Space, made sure it was going to cut them correctly, then started cutting.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 3.49.55 PM

After these were cut, I removed the inside part, then put the cut out flag on top of the plain flag to see what it’d look like. ¬†I saved the extra letters and anchors to reuse another way, but you can throw them away if you want. ¬†Of course Cleo had to see what I was doing on the floor… and sit on them.
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Once all of the letter and anchor flags were cut out, I was pretty happy with what they looked like!

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Now glue the top and bottom flags together. ¬†I didn’t have any normal glue on hand, so I used mod podge and a sponge brush. ¬†I think regular glue would be a little less messy though..

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After those were all glued together, I let them dry over night. ¬†The next day I attached them to 2 pieces of twine using tape: ‘Last Sail’ on one piece, and ‘Before the Veil’ on another piece, so they could be hung below each other.bach banner 05

I wanted to send Lauren a picture of the final product, so I taped them to our mantle to see what they looked like, before packing it away.

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After the first banner was done, I had all of the cut out letters saved, so I decided to make another banner!  I cut out some plain white flags, and glued the letters on top (this time using a stick of glue).

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When we got to the beach house, we hung them up before everyone got there!

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Bam! Two banners for the price of one — Not too shabby for $10!

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Decoupaged Christmas Trees

Let the¬†decoupaging¬†continue!¬† Seriously, I’m basically covering everything with maps right now… and can’t stop. ¬†Well, it was about time that I make some map covered Christmas trees to go with the other coastal trees I have, so here are the EASY steps to make your own!

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What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard cones
  • Paper maps
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush

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This is pretty straight forward if you’ve decoupaged anything before. ¬†Start by getting your maps ready – I had to cut a few out. ¬†The “trees” aka cardboard cones I got at Hobby Lobby were tall enough that one map wouldn’t cover the whole thing, so I found maps that were similar and would look good together on the tree.

Once you have all your supplies, and are ready to begin, start by using the sponge brush and applying a light coat of mod podge to the cardboard cone.

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Adhere the paper map to the cone. ¬†You can put a little mod podge on the back first, but I had a little too much on the cone, so didn’t want to over do it. ¬†Slowly press it on the cone, and make sure you get any bubbles or wrinkles out.

I started at the bottom, and worked my way up, so the top map would have the most showing, and overlay the previous one.  Continue to apply some mod podge and attach the maps to the top.decoupage tree_03

The top map is the easiest, because you can lay it out how you like, and just wrap it around until it’s all adhered to the cone. ¬†The last step is to apply a thin layer of mod podge over the map to “seal” it in, and give it a more finished look. Voila —

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Naturally, after I completed 1 tree in black and white vintage maps, I had to do one in color maps to make a pair.

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I ended up putting these on the mantle, to the sides of our tv, and added some vases, a driftwood reindeer, glass buoy and metal tree to go with them. (Yes, that is a stocking, and pillow in front of the fireplace for Cleo. She’s extremely spoiled..) ¬†You can find directions to make the wooden stocking holders here.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, haha! ¬†After I finished the trees, I tried my hand at decoupaging some ornaments! ¬†I had some cardboard ornaments that were much tricker than the trees because of their shape, but they worked (and are now hanging on our tree).
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In all honesty, my favorite decoupaged ornaments have been the ceramic hearts. ¬†I’ve covered these heart ornaments in mostly low country maps, and added twine to hang them with. ¬†The fun part has been making custom orders with specific cities for friends and other customers.

You can find all my ornaments on my Etsy shop!

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Now what else can I decoupage….?

Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

We all know I had to make some sort of pumpkin related craft this season, and here it is.  Last year I made some color block pumpkins, and mummy mason jars, so I had plenty of fall and Halloween stuff to put out, but when I saw this pumpkin on Pinterest, I knew I had to try to decoupage a pumpkin!

Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Design printed on paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush

Apparently when you go searching for craft pumpkins in late October it’s slim pickings. ¬†I struck out at Michael’s, but finally found a few smaller ones at Hobby Lobby. ¬†My goal was to find a larger, white pumpkin, and I left with a short, orange one.

Since I was going to put a map on my pumpkin, I didn’t want any orange coming through, so the first thing I needed to do was spray paint it. ¬†I wrapped the stem in painter’s tape, and used the rest of my white spray paint to¬†get rid of the orange.

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While the spray paint was drying, I printed some Charleston harbor chart maps on normal printer paper since this was what I was going to put on the pumpkin. ¬†When your map is¬†ready, cut it into 1/2″ strips. ¬†If you have a larger pumpkin, then 1″ strips will work, but smaller pumpkin = thinner strips.

Apply a thin coat of mod podge to the back of a strip of paper, then adhere it to the pumpkin starting at the top by the stem.

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Slowly work your way around the pumpkin until the map is completely on the pumpkin.  This gets tricky as you have to work with the curves and indentions of the pumpkin, which is why smaller strips were key for my lil guy.

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Also, try to push out any wrinkles, so the paper is as flat as possible on the pumpkin.  I made tiny folds in some places to try to keep the map lined up as best I could, and conform to the curves.

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I put a second map on the other side of the pumpkin, and filled in the area between the 2 maps with strips of land and water to try to blend the 2 maps together.

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Once the pumpkin is covered in maps, apply a light coat of mod podge on top of the paper to seal it in and give it a finished look.

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There was definitely a learning curve, since I’d never decoupaged anything before. ¬†I got better as I progressed, but as my friend Lisa pointed out, you only need one side to look great! ¬†I’m impressed by people that have crazy patterns and get them to line up perfect with no wrinkles — I must not have enough patience for that.

Now I wonder what else I could decoupage…

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