DIY Pencil Holders for School, Office or Home

Back to school project ideas: How to make a pencil holder or crayon holder via lilblueboo.com #backtoschool #teachergifts #organization

Michael’s asked me to take part in their First Day of School Blogger Challenge….you know I love a good challenge.  I wanted to make something that would get Boo excited for school but also be made as a teacher’s gift or a gift for a writer friend, housewarming present, or even just to organize an office space.  I like projects that might appeal to everyone…..and that can be made by anyone with just a few household tools.

So I made a rustic-inspired pencil/chalk/supply holder for Boo with her name on it….to sit on her desk:

Make a rustic wood pencil holder via lilblueboo.com

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DIY Subway Art Pillows

Subway Art Pillows: DIY Subway Sign inspired pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

I’ve been doing some redecorating recently.  I’m taking photos as I go so I can share the before and after with you.  I’m going from beige/beige/beige to grey/white/black…..crazy right? Ha.  My friend Paul came over to give me some ideas and his first suggestion was to carry over the subway art sign I made a few years ago.  Here’s the sign in our breakfast area:

DIY Subway Art Canvas via lilblueboo.com

 

When I first made this I was inspired by the black and white vintage subway signs from Restoration Hardware (original tutorial here):

Make Your Own Subway Art via lilblueboo.com

 

I loved Paul’s idea of taking it to a pillow as a similar accent.  I picked a few street names that were important to Mr. LBB and I and here’s the result:

Make Your Own Subway Art Pillows via lilblueboo.com

Diesel uses them as a ramp to get up to his perch:

how to make subway art pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

I found a pillow cover with a nice thick upholstery fabric from Ikea….and added the white canvas letters.  They are just slightly frayed on the edges giving kind of a vintage feel:

subway art pillow tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

You could use freezer paper to paint your letters onto a pillow or cut out fabric letters to make your own.  I have a Silhouette machine so it was so much easier to use that to design and cut out the letters….but cutting by hand would work too.  First, I ironed fabric interfacing/fusible web to the back of my white canvas. Any fusible web should work….but if you are using the Silhouette make sure to use the kind that has the shiny clear look to it so it sticks to your cutting mat well:

 

Designing my pillow on the Silhouette machine software (see fonts at the bottom of this post!):

The cutting machine:

 

My canvas was so thick the machine didn’t cut all the way through in places but it was easy to trim:

Silhouette Fabric project via lilblueboo.com

If you don’t have a cutting machine just trace your letters onto the fabric with a disappearing fabric marker and cut them out:

Here my letters are placed onto the pillow cover:

I ironed the letters to adhere them into place (the fusible web on the back is what does this):

Then I carefully stitched each letter with a straight stitch:

 

It’s easiest to sew the letters all at once and then trim the thread in between as the last step:

 

Subway Art Pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

Material & Sources:

Ikea Karlstad pillows in Dark Gray

Silhouette Cutting Machine

Fusible Web

White Cotton Canvas by the Yard


 

 

Looking for vintage subway fonts?  Here’s a list of a few I love!  Links are at the bottom of the image:

 

Subway Art Sign Fonts via lilblueboo.com (links in post) #fonts #subwayart #diy #tutorial #typography

 

amble / underground nf / helvetica / franchise / lane – narrow / copperplate / bebas neue

Free Rhinestone Camera Silhouette Template

I recently upgraded my Silhouette software to the Designer Edition and could not be more pleased. There are so many fun new features but the favorite has to be the new rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates. Import any image into the new software and it will create a rhinestone template for you!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I created an easy rhinestone camera template using the software….or you can just download the one I made at the end of the slideshow:

how to make a rhinestone template via lilblueboo.com

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How to Make Photo Pillows

how to make photo pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

These might look familiar. I’ve made them before….but I made a few more.  I love making photos into pillows, sachets, paperweights….they make perfect gifts….and I even use them as pattern weights. CONTINUE READING

Personalized Name Art (and Animal Print Download)

How to Make Personalized Name Art (with Animal Print Download) via lilblueboo.com #silhouette #diy #tutorial #baby

 

I haven’t made one of these in a while!  I just finished this “Courtney” painting for my niece for Christmas:

 

Here is Boo’s original one I made with a Peter Rabbit inspired theme:

 

They aren’t very hard to make with a little patience because they are done in steps!  Here’s a gallery of ones that I’ve made for some ideas and links to other tutorials:

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The Office Makeover: Craft Storage (Free Vintage Label Download)

Martha eat your heart out. I labeled 70 boxes yesterday with vintage-inspired labels.  It’s part of my big office makeover. I can’t show you the office yet because it’s a disaster. Anyway, it took almost all day to organize the boxes and create the labels but I feel really organized now:

Craft and Art Supply Storage (with free vintage label printable) via lilblueboo.com

The shelves were an early Christmas present from Mr. LBB.  This area is a hallway behind my office….technically it’s a “butler’s pantry” for serving food and storage but it’s the perfect area to store supplies right off my work area.  The wall space above the countertop was just empty space.  The area used to be a huge sunken living room before we remodeled a few years ago. We added a wall at the end of the room to create the storage space.

Here’s what it looked like two weeks ago:

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Silhouette Black Friday Discounts and Giveaway Winner!

Black Friday discounts from Silhouette are here!

 

 

Visit Silhouette today and use code LILBLUEBOO and you will be able to get…

  • 1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus 1 copy of Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition (MSRP $349.98) for $229.99
  • 1 Silhouette Portrait™ for $179.99

silhouette advent calendar via lilblueboo.com
Did you see what I did with the new Limited Edition Silhouette Advent Calendar? You could get one of those for 40% off too with code LILBLUEBOO. If you entered the giveaway for the all new Silhouette Portrait…

 

Kim, email lisa (at) lilblueboo (dot) com to claim your prize.

 

Silhouette Black Friday deals expire November 30, 2012. Rain checks not available. % discount excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait™, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards.

 

Advent Calendar and a Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

I just finished this year’s advent calendar! (it was a lot quicker  than last years!) Now just a little over a week until Boo can start turning them over.  I used the new Silhouette frame and clip system, but mixed it up with…..

….Pen and Paint’s Printable Christmas Countdown Calendar.  Each day it gives us a family activity…..I think my favorite one is leaving a gift for the postman……it reminds me of when my mom used to do that for the trash collectors and mail carriers when I was little: CONTINUE READING

20 Things I’ve Made With the Silhouette

A roundup over at my Babble.com blog: Hey Look at Me! 20 things I’ve made using my Silhouette machine!

Click the image to view the gallery:

 

 

Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via lilblueboo.com #wedding #gift #crafts #diy

I wanted to make something handmade and personal for my friends’ wedding recently and I decided on an oversized wine barrel inspired tray.  I used a precut wood table top from the hardward store. They actually come in several sizes. This was the medium size: CONTINUE READING

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