Turn buttons into beautiful: DIY framed monogram

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Creating a Home, Home Crafts | Posted Saturday, June 9, 2012

I’m over at my friend Selina’s blog (Creative Juices for Decor) this week sharing one of my favorite DIY crafts: a button monogram. Come join the fun!

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Finger Paint follow-up

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Kids Crafts | Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mom 4 Life, Wendy sent me the following email after reading my “Artwork worth framing” post and was willing to share the project she created with her son.  Thanks for sharing Wendy!

“Hi Heather!  I read your blog and I have shopped at M4L before.  I really enjoy your blog.  Not only how you share your family and experiences but also your fun ideas.
I made the finger paint recipe and used it to create teacher gifts for my son’s preschool teachers at the end of the year.

I purchased reasonably priced 8 x 10 frames that included a mat. I made the finger paint and then Grady decorated the mats. Instead of giving the teachers a picture of Grady, I printed out the “One Hundred Years From Now” poem.   It was such a cute and easy gift.

I’m attaching a picture of Grady and one of the completed projects!  Thanks again!  Wendy”

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I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Baby wipe butterfly craft

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Kids Crafts | Posted Monday, July 12, 2010

Ashlyn and I recently made some colorful butterflies using just a few simple art supplies and we thought you might have fun doing it too.  Here’s how:

What you will need:

-One baby wipe (a paper towel might also work if you don’t have a baby wipe on hand)
-Paints & brushes or fingers (markers could also work instead of paints)
-One pipe cleaner

Start by decorating the baby wipe with paint or markers.  The more color the better!  The colors will “bleed” into the wet wipe and create a beautiful effect.
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When the wings are decorated to satisfaction, bend the pipe cleaner in half, wrap it around the center of the baby wipe and twist.  Finish it by bending the tops of the antenna.  Allow the butterfly to dry and enjoy!  If desired add a magnet and hang on your fridge.

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DIY: Mason jar pin cushion

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Home Crafts | Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I had a little sewing box.  It was cute.  It held everything I needed, except for a lot of things, because although it was cute, it was tiny.  Most of my crafts are not tiny.  I decided I needed a new sewing box, this time not quite so little.  I found my new sewing box at a local thrift store for $2.50.  It is a small , old suitcase. In the past it was probably used for toiletries and therefore should be very excited for a change of view that will now include things like embroidery thread and sewing needles.

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Just a few days after finding my new sewing box, I also found a book at my library filled with fun craft projects including a fun easy pin cushion craft using mason jars.  I took on the challenge of making my own pin cushion and want to share it with you!

You will need:
-scissors
-a piece of fabric
-thin cardboard (such as a cereal box)
-pencil or pen
-cotton fill
-hot glue gun and glue
-Mason jar
-Mason jar lid
-Mason jar ring

1) Trace a circle the diameter of your mason jar lid onto a thin piece of cardboard and cut it out.

2)  Next, trace 2 separate circles onto your fabric.  The first is the same diameter of your cardboard cut out and the second is about 1 inch wider than the first.

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3)  Cut out your two fabric circles.

3)  Place your larger fabric circle face down on your work space.  Top with some cotton fill and then the circle cardboard (use enough cotton fill to be fluffy but still allow you room to glue the extra fabric to the bottom side of the cardboard).

4)  Using your glue gun, adhere the extra fabric edges to the bottom of the cardboard.

5)  Glue your smaller fabric circle on top of the exposed cardboard creating a finished look for the underside of your pin cushion.

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6)  On the underside of your Mason jar ring, apply hot glue to the inside edge of the rim and quickly press the assembled cushion into the lid, until the cloth side is fully visible above the ring’s rim and the underside of the cardboard is flush against the rim.

7)  Fill your jar with sewing or craft supplies and top with your new pin cushion lid!

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I got so excited by how cute my first pin cushion turned out that I made a second (one for my straight pins and one for my embroidery needles).

I then decorated two lids in exactly the same manner only without the cotton fill just because I thought they looked so cute.

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I am totally thrilled with the end result and am ready to conquer new crafts with my re-purposed handy dandy sewing box!

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Memory Tree Do It Yourself Project from Repurposed Fabrics

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Home Crafts, Moneywi$e, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day! Today is the perfect day to tell you about (quite possibly) one of my favorite crafts of all time.  The overall cost of this project is very low because most of the items are re-purposed from fabric you already have in your home (or can easily get from a thrift store).  I can’t wait to share it with you!

I found it in the book Handmade Home Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures which I got from my library.  I have already renewed my book once and I am not yet ready to give it up, there are just too many great crafts inside!

Here is how to make your own:

1)  Start with a linen background that is approx. 17″x17″ square.  You could use a number of fabrics or even an old bed sheet–be creative!

2)  Next, use brown fabric (felt, cotton or corduroy work well) for a tree trunk (there is a template for the tree trunk in the back of the book).

3)  Use fabric glue to cover the back of your tree trunk.

4)  Adhere your trunk to your 17″x17″ background fabric of choice.  I used a muslin fabric but as I said before, you could use part of an old bed sheet too.

5)  Using fabrics that are meaningful to you, cut out leaf shapes (again, the 2 templates for the leaf shapes are in the book).  Here is where you can get creative.  You could do a tree for your child using clothing that they have outgrown, one for a grandparent using old ties or scarves.   I decided to make a family tree using fabric from each of us.  As soon as I explained what the project was to Hunter and Ashlyn, Hunter quickly asked me, “Will we have some leaves for Sawyer?”.  I love that he voiced what was already on my heart.  Our leaves for Sawyer are represented with a maternity shirt that I remember wearing during his pregnancy (see below) and the tie from the adorable HodgePodgerie snap tee that we had saved of his. It was bittersweet to cut up his outfit but I love having it represented in a way that we can enjoy it every day in our home.

6)  Arrange your leaves in the position you like best around the trunk and adhere them to your background using the fabric glue.  Some thin fabrics may need to have the glue applied very carefully as it may bleed through the fabric (you may wish to test a scrap piece first if you are unsure).

7)  Optional: use embroidery thread to embellish your leaves by running a thread down the middle or outline around the outer edges of the leaves.

8)  Find a frame that matches the decor of your home and enjoy!  Another option would be to hem the edges finishing them off and then add loops to the top and hang it from a dowel rod.

I was so excited about this project that I was asked to share it with our Mothers Of Toddlers group at church.  Below are some photos from all the creative trees that the ladies made.  They are all so different and beautiful in their own way.  One was even made from mismatched socks!

After making my tree I decided to do this project with my mom as an early Mother’s Day craft.  We gathered up some old ties from my grandfather (her dad) and scarves from my grandmother (her mom) and together crafted her tree.  I forgot to take a photo of the final result but she liked it so much that she took it with her to Minnesota where she is currently on vacation to show her friend.  This makes me think it was a hit:).  I think this project would be perfect to give a mom or gra
ndmother for Mother’s Day, enjoy!

Do you have any fun crafts to share? I would love to hear what you are doing for Earth Day today or if you have a fun Mother’s Day project to share!

Looking for some fun Earth Day deals? Head on over to the Mom 4 Life facebook fan page.  We are going to be announcing special discounts on our Go Green! products throughout the day!

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