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DIY Personalized Mugs

Here’s a fun one. My mother has drank coffee since I can remember. In fact, I remember making her coffee when I was young, and carefully trying to walk with the cup back to her bedroom without spilling it, to wake her up in the morning. My brother and I both did this all the time. So now, I’m older, and I, too, appreciate coffee. So when my mother asked for coffee mugs this year for Christmas, you know that I had to make something, and it had to work with my non-existent budget. 😉

So here we go!

What You’ll Need:

  • Mugs from a thrift store, white or light colored
  • Sharpies or Porcelain Pen
  • Oven

So this is super simple. Get some mugs from a thrift store. Our local Salvation Army has plenty of houseware items like this, and I scored a set of four matching mugs for less than 2$. My husband and I have somehow managed to accumulate what seems to be hundreds of Sharpie markers, so I had no problem there. (BUT I did end up buying paint pens, and I’ll explain why later).

Clean your mugs and remove any stickers from the store. I ran mine through the dishwasher and sanitize cycle. Find some quirky sayings, or your favorite quotes, or anything you want to write or draw on your mugs. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, go ahead and draw or write on your mugs.

Once your oven is heated up, use a shallow pan or cookie sheet to place your mugs on. Then pop them in the oven and wait. I heated mine up for 30 minutes. The first time. I say the first time because after I pulled out the first mug and let it cool for an hour or two, the sharpie scratched right off when I used my fingernail. This freaked me out a little, so I bought those paint pens. HOWEVER, after I did the other 3 mugs with the paint pens, and I was ready to clean the first mug off and try again, the sharpie wouldn’t come off! I scrubbed it, and ran it through the dishwasher and it wasn’t coming off. EVENTUALLY, using LOTS of elbow grease and a “scratchless” scrubby sponge, all of the sharpie came off and I redid the mug with the paint pens to match the others. (But it was apparent to me, that the sharpie method was just fine!)

On the other three mugs, I did use 350 degrees for one hour and I recommend leaving your mugs overnight before throwing them into the dishwasher. They ARE dishwasher safe! (Especially if you use the paint pens)

Have fun! These are really fun, and if you have older kids, they can make some, too, for the perfect permanent artwork. 🙂

-Roxanne, LWMM

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DIY Boys T-shirt

DIY Skull TShirtSo I was on Twitter and happened to see this project for a DIY skull tshirt for boys, that had actually been adapted from this project.

However, I didn’t like the results of the first project and was worried my son would end up ripping the fabric with the second, adapted tshirt project. So, I adapted that one into my own! 🙂

Needless to say, kids grow fast. Super fast. Ridiculously and super-humanly fast. Their clothes don’t last long. So this tshirt project sounded great, because it was reusing old shirts. However, when I thought about it, I realized if I used old shirts, my son would, maybe, get to wear this thing once. So I used two old shirts of mine. They were just old unisex shirts that I had used for yard work. Nothing special and I was getting rid of them anyway.

So here’s what I did;

What You’ll Need:

  • Two T-shirts
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Stencil or design
  • Washable marker or chalk
  • Sharp scissors

First things first; if you’re using a shirt with any graphics, turn it inside out. I had a red shirt and a white shirt. I liked the idea of white showing under the red, so I had to flip the red one inside out because it had a logo on the front.

After flipping the shirts to their desired side, I sewed my shirts together. I hand sewed along the seams down the arms, around the arms, along the bottom seam, and along the back of the collar. I didn’t want to fuss with one cut up, holey shirt in my washer, so I sewed them together.

DIY Skull TShirt

Stitch along the seams of both shirts to keep them attached. I sewed them using black thread to have it stand out.

Now came the fun part; you’ve got to draw a design, or else use a simple one from the internet. A friend of mine suggested using pumpkin carving templates, and that sounds marvelous. I free-handed a skull face onto some blank paper.

DIY Skull TShirt

Create a stencil by drawing out your design on paper, then cutting out the pieces you want to use as your stencil. Use chalk or a marker to trace this image onto your shirt.

Once you’ve got your drawing or template, you need to transfer it to your shirt. I did this by cutting out my drawing and using it as a stencil. I just happened to have chalk, so I used that to draw the stencil on the shirt.

Once you have traced the image onto your shirt, then you just have to cut out the image out of the top shirt. If you cut both shirts, you’ll end up with just a bunch of holes! After I made mine, I realized it might have been easier to cut out my image BEFORE sewing the shirts, but oh well. 🙂

Once everything has been cut out, I sewed along the image. Not only did this look cool (to me), but it will help keep the shirts from being torn up as easy. Use your own judgement, but this is what I did. 🙂

DIY Skull TShirt

Sew along the image to help keep it from tearing up.. if you want.

Now you’ve made a skull t-shirt! You can use any image, but after this one, I suggest using something with big holes, like the eyes in my skull face. Those teeth were HELL to cut out and worse to trace! It WAS worth it, but I will be making two more shirts, and I am avoiding intricate designs!

These would be great for Christmas gifts, and totally personalizable. If you use a sewing machine, these would be super quick and easy. They look a lot like some shirts I’ve seen at a major retail store. I loved the look. 🙂

Have fun!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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Make a Diaper Wreath – Baby Shower Idea

How to Make a Diaper Wreath!

The finished Diaper Wreath

Are you going to a baby shower and you want to give her something that is a little different? Or are you planning one for someone and maybe you don’t want to do a diaper cake? Try a diaper wreath! A what? Yes, a wreath! Its really easy and just different enough to make her smile.

So, here we go!

How to Make a Diaper Wreath

What You’ll Need:

  • Wire Hanger
  • Count 96 diapers (I used newborn size)
  • Rubber Bands
  • Decorations (like toys or pacifiers, or ribbon)

First things first, get that wire hanger into the shape of a wreath. Its pretty simple, just pull down on the bottom and pull around the wire until its a rough circle. I doesn’t have to be perfect, but a circle is the shape we need.

Once you have the hanger into a circle shape, its time to add the diapers! Okay, its easy, I promise. Roll up the diapers from a short end, and wrap a rubber band around it once.

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom view

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom view

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom

Making a Diaper Wreath, bottom

Now, place the diaper on the hanger, wrapping the rubber band around the hanger, then the other side of the diaper.

Making a Diaper Wreath, top view

Making a Diaper Wreath, top view

Great! Now, roll up another diaper, and wrap a rubber band around it once, then place it on the OPPOSITE side of the hanger from the first diaper and repeat the previous steps to get that diaper to stay on the hanger. Also, make sure to push those diapers toward the hook on the hanger to make them fit tight against one another. Keep doing this ever-so-often to get a uniformed look.

Got it? Okay, now all you have to do is roll and wrap the diapers alternating from either the top or the bottom of the hanger each time, so the diapers will sit on the wreath properly. I managed to use all 96 (it was tight!), but if you can’t, don’t worry! Brand new Momma won’t mind getting the leftovers in a bag.

TA-DA! You have your diaper wreath! Now all you have to do is attach the toys or ribbon or whatever you want to add to it. I used Floral wire to attach teethers and a stuffed toy this momma registered for. I added a ribbon on the “hook” for looks. She loved it. 🙂

How to Make a Diaper Wreath

How to Make a Diaper Wreath

If you have any ideas or want to share yours, feel free to do so! I’d love to see them!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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How to Make Decorative Wall Letters

So I had this horrible blank space that I was told is called a “soffit”. I didn’t care what it was called. It was a glaring blank, white space in my kitchen and something needed to be there. STAT! I decided that I wanted something cute. I thought about quotes, and words, but I settled on our family name, Roark (pronounced Row-Ark). Once I settled on that, I had to figure out how to do the letters on my, yep, that’s right, non-existent budget.

Here’s what I did.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Trace paper
  • Pencil
  • Exacto/Box Knife
  • Computer
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Super Glue
  • Paint

I absolutely LOVE the font that Twilight uses, so I decided to open up a word document and size up the letters to the size I wanted to use. Choose a font that you like, and go with it. I used the trace paper and traced the letters from the computer screen. *Note* Be SUPER careful if you have a soft screen, you can damage the pixels!

After tracing the letters onto the cardboard, you cut them out with the exacto knife. Be careful.

cut out the letters

cut out your letters

After I cut them out, of course, I had to paint them a different color. Cardboard brown just isn’t my taste! 🙂

Paint the Letters

Make sure to Paint your Letters

Lastly, I had to figure out how I was going to get them on the wall. I decided on tacks, because I had some thumb tacks in the ever-so-popular “junk drawer”. You know you have one, too! I used super glue to attach the tacks to the back of the letters. Try to get them in the middle of the letter, or wherever the letter will hang straight. Its like a picture frame, if you have too much weight on one side or the other, it will tilt. hang the letter on your finger to figure out which side might be heaviest and decide from there.

Hang your letters on the wall

You can hang the letters on your wall now!

I measured the “soffit” to see how many inches between each letter I needed, and then hung each letter in the middle of that space. Ultimately, this is what I came up with. Since I had a matching blank space on the opposite wall, I made more letters that spelled out “Family”.

There you go! Cheap, easy, and decorative! I’ve had quite a few compliments and have been asked where I bought them. HA!

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How to Make a Gift Card Box Out of an Altoids Tin

How to Make a Gift Card Box Out of an Altoids Tin

How to Make a Gift Card Box Out of an Altoids Tin

Two Christmases ago, I was jobless and broke, but I had a few gift cards I had managed to get before becoming not-employed. I was trying to figure out a way to give them away, but most ways required me to buy a card-holder-card, which just wasn’t in my (non-existent) budget.

So, one day I’m with my aunt who happens to like Altoids. She had a tin in her car, and to make conversation I asked her what she did with the tins when she was done (she likes to recycle as much as possible). She told me she recycled them, and BAM! The idea hit me like a ton of bricks. They might just fit a gift card. So I asked her to start saving them for me.

Now, once I got the tins, I realized I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about decorating them, or changing them, because they are so oddly shaped, but I managed to figure it out, and they were a big hit that Christmas. Everyone saved them to give away again. 🙂 Recycling at its best, right?

So, anyway, let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Altoids Tin (however many you want)
  • Ribbon, and a Christmas Card (one you don’t mind cutting up)
  • Hot Glue Gun

The first thing you’ll need to do is clean out the tin. That candy powder is nice and all, but not for our cards.

Clean Your Altoids Tins

Clean Your Altoids Tins

After cleaning, you need to take the lid off of the tin. I failed to take a picture of this, but its really easy. Just bend back the two metal tabs holding the top on and remove the lid. Once you’ve done that, you can trace your lid onto whatever covering your using. In my case, I chose a Christmas card, but I’ve done them with wrapping paper too, which will have to be another post!

Trace Your Tin Lid

Traced out our Tin Lid

Once you have your traces, you cut them out.

Cut Out Your Traced Pieces

Cut Out Your Traced Pieces

Once you have yours cut out, its time to put them on your tin, like I have done here. I checked that they fit both the top and inside of the tin lid. If yours don’t, just trim and adjust a little at a time. After you have them cut just right, go ahead and glue them on. I used hot glue for this one.

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Now that you have your card glued to your tin, reassemble the tin by putting the lid back on the base, and bend the metal tabs back into place. *Note, if you are having trouble with this, you can use needle nose pliers for better strength and control. Once the tin is back together, its time for the fun part! DECORATING!

I hot glued ribbon around the tin lid, and on the inside of the base, where the card would be.

Hot Glue Your Decorations to Your Tin

Hot Glue Ribbon or Other Decorations to Your Tin

Hot Glue Your Decorations to Your Tin

Hot Glue Ribbon or Other Decorations to Your Tin

It looks good, right? And it’s easy! Now, the bottom of the tin still has Altoids info written all over it, and you can trace out another piece and glue it there, but I didn’t bother to do that on this one.

A Gift Card Box Made Out of an Altoids Tin

A Gift Card Box Made Out of an Altoids Tin, The Finished Product

So, there you have it! How to make an Altoids Tin into a Gift Card Holder. You can use other decorations besides ribbon, and a card, but its easiest. There are other ways to decorate these tins with wrapping paper and even tissue paper, which I will have to do soon and make a post of! If you make one, feel free to share! Thanks for reading!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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