Thursday, August 16, 2012

getting crafty

I've been a little Pinterest-obsessed this week.

Okay, who am I kidding....when have I not been Pinterest-obsessed?   If you haven't jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet, do it.  If you don't know what it is or how it works, ask me!

But seriously, this week I've spent more time than normal searching through my boards for ideas that I want to implement into my classroom this year, for decorating ideas, and a few random tips that I wanted to try out.

For the past few days, I've been working for a good chunk of my days getting my room put back together.  Taking a computer break on one of those days was either a brilliant idea or a bad choice....however you choose to look at it.  I'm going to stick with brilliant idea.  The computer "break" ended up being hours spent on Pinterest, which led me to a couple websites (Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook) where you can buy materials that other teachers have made and are selling, or in some cases download free materials.

There were a few things I pinned that I either didn't want to pay for, or couldn't find a link to download anything.  So, I went with the good-old-fashioned DIY attitude. 

I pinned this, but didn't want to pay for the whole pack that this teacher was selling. Really, I just wanted this poster. 

I also saw this link to a teacher's blog, and I thought- great idea- I can make that!

So I made my own versions of these using blank posters that I had from a pack I bought last summer.  It probably took me about ten minutes to make both of these.....and it was free.  Bonus!

Here are the final products.
Sorry it's not a close-up....this was for my instagram photo of the day and I just took one.

I also finished a project I've been working on for a couple weeks now....little by little, I've been collecting and framing things for my dining room wall.

Through another blog, I found this fantastic etsy shop that sells way cute retro prints, many of which are kitchen-inspired.  When I found this one, I knew I had to buy it.  And the coolest part (for me) was that it was coming from the Czech Republic.....where some of my ancestors are from!  Kind of cool to have a little of my "heritage" in my dining room. :)

I'm guessing since it came from Europe, the measurements of the print weren't equal of any standard frame you'd find here.  So I found a frame which was larger than the print that came with a mat, and decided to customize the frame myself.....instead of paying for someone to do it for me. 

Here's how it turned out:

If you are interested in this print, or others like it, go to this etsy shop:

Since I wanted to have more than just one picture in my dining room, I decided to find some cheap frames and fill them with interesting, colorful prints that I could make (or buy) inexpensively.  To offset the cost of this print and the frame itself.  :)

That's when I remembered pinning this:

I followed this blogger's ideas for hanging up a collection of frames, with a few of my own adaptations or ideas of my own.

First step:  lay out the frames on the floor how you'd like them to be on the wall.

Second step:  flip the frames over....carefully.

Third step:  lay a large sheet of something clear or translucent over the frames (the blogger used waxed paper, I used clear cellophane) and mark where the nails will be. 

Fourth step:  tape the "paper" to the wall (I used painters tape) where you want to hang the frames.  I marked where the center of my middle frame was so I could center it on my wall.

I also marked the corners of each frame so I knew the paper was level when I taped it up.

Fifth step:  hammer nails where you marked them, right through the paper.  I didn't hammer it all the way through, just enough to see where the holes need to be.

Sixth step:  take down the paper and hammer in nails for all the frames.

Seventh step:  hang the frames, check them to be leveled, and step back to marvel in your craftiness. 

Here are a few of the things I crafted to add to the wall:

I found this picture of some adorable owl timers on google images, and added the word art to the bottom to connect it to the room.  Plus I can't resist a chance to play around with fonts.  :)

This was a combination of some cute scrapbooking paper and a google image of teacups that I printed and cut out to scatter on the background paper.  I thought both went really well with the large print.

The other two frames had prints that I ordered (nine prints for $10) from this was a store called "Paris Print Shop" or something like that.  All sweet little pictures taken in Paris with a color theme- I chose the yellow and blue theme so I could use them both in my dining room and guest room.   They will show up in another post soon....

 So....just a few of the crafty things I've been up to lately. 
If you've done any fun DIY or Pinterest-inspired projects this summer, I'd love to hear about them!


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