DIY Chalkboard Paper (and Free Download)

Boo and I have been working on organizing her toys as part of our “Getting Organized” project. It was too hard to find chalkboard paper around here for labels so I made my own using chalkboard spray paint and regular adhesive shelving paper.

 

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First, I had my Silhouette machine cut out the labels onto a piece of contact paper (you can download the Silhouette template file further down the post):

 

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Next I sprayed a light coat of Chalkboard paint across the labels not entirely covering them. Once that was dry I sprayed a second coat to fill in all the thin areas:

(Note: to keep your paper from curling you can use a glue stick to tack the backing of the labels down onto cardboard or cardstock)

 

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It’s easy to make a large batch of labels at once!

 

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When the labels are completely dry, carefully peel them from the backing and apply where you like:

 

Click below to download my label template for the Silhouette machine:

 

If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can download these vintage labels and use them as a template:

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One of my first projects was organizing Boo’s closet and toys. I like to use clear containers when organizing so that I can see what is in them.  Chalkboard labels keep everything organized with a specific “home” for each type of toy….and as Boo outgrows toys we can easily change the labels to reflect her new ones!

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

 

Stay tuned for more as I get my household in order!

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Jar o’ Elastic Hair Bands

Jar of Elastic Hairbands (using FOE Elastic and Glass Etching) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love these elastic hairbands (or hair ties)…..and with an etched glass recycled jar they make a cute, practical gift too!

 

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On my last trip to L.A., I bought a bunch of foldover elastic (FOE) by the yard (I’ve seen rainbow lots of FOE on ebay if you are looking for a source):

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Still one of my favorites….

I did a roundup on Babble’s New Home Ec today of some of my favorite DIY Subway Sign inspired art pieces I’ve come across recently…..click the image below to be inspired:

 

A Wine Cork Sculpture (A Tutorial)

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

You can breathe a sigh of relief now….my tutorial on how to make a huge wine cork sculpture using just newspaper and wire hangers is finally here. I had to take it easy this weekend so Boo and I set up camp in front of the TV with the coffee table covered in corks and supplies. I let Boo pick the project and of course she chose the TALLEST of all land animals: a giraffe.  A snail or bird would have been much easier to tackle!

 

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

I’ve been collecting wine corks from friends and family this year with this project in mind.

 

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July Tutorial Roundup

 

 

 

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DIY Lace Trim Shorts (A Tutorial)

How to add lace to shorts DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I saw these white lace shorts on Honestly WTF and loved them so much but wanted to make more of an everyday pair. To make mine I took a pair of white jean shorts I bought for our beach trip ($19 from Target) and some plain white crochet lace trim:

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Upcycling Broken China (A Tutorial)

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

 

Ever break a glass or dish you love? Happens here all the time…..and I can never bring myself to throw the pieces away. I always have big plans to one day make a big mosaic wall or table…..but in the meantime I’ve decided to use the pieces for some smaller projects. This jar holds every single piece of porcelain from a Tiffany vase I broke a few years ago:

 

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Lettered Beanbags

Remember these? Click below…..we’ve updated the tutorial!

Monogrammed Canvas Totes (A Tutorial)

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

We are spending time with my husband’s family this week at the beach. I wanted to make everyone something special so I made these extra large personalized beach tote bags.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

They are perfect for carrying all of our beach toys, towels and sunscreen down to the beach.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s easy to keep everyone’s things straight and they all look pretty cute together on the sand:

 

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I bought the large totes at Marshall’s.  You can find blank ones many place on the internet and other suppliers.  I used two methods for these bags to give you a few options!

 

The first method I used is the freezer paper method. Freezer paper is typically used by butchers to wrap meat because it has a waxy finish on the inside and regular white paper on the outside.  It can be used as a fabric stencil because when the paper is heated the waxy side adheres to the fabric but doesn’t leave any residue on it when removed.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

You can purchase freezer paper at most large superstores. I know for sure that Wal-Mart carries it as well as Dharma Trading.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

First, use an exacto knife and cut out the monogram letters into the freezer paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

After the letters are cut out place the freezer paper stencil face down on the fabric, waxy side down.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Iron the paper (cotton setting) so that it seals to the fabric.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

If your paper rips at all or if you “overcut” any of your letters just use some scotch tape to fix it so ink doesn’t flow through those areas:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Once the paint has dried thoroughly.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

The second method I used was a “one-time” paper screen print. For a one-time paper screen print you need a stretched screen. It can be a silk screen or even just a large embroidery hoop with panty hose stretched tightly. (I recommend investing in an actual  screen, you can use it over and over again….the paper part of this method is what is considered “one-time.”

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used my Silhouette to cut out these initials. Or you can just use an Exacto knife.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used just regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper to cut out the letters:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Place the paper onto the bag:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Carefully place the screen on top of the paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Put a small amount of screen printing ink or fabric paint on your screen and use a squeegee to pull the ink across the image (or I’ve used a credit card as well if you don’t have an actual squeegee). Use enough pressure so the ink goes through the screen. You can touch up any light areas with a small fabric paint brush.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Lift up the screen (the paper will stick to the screen) and you’ll have your finished monogram. Iron to set the paint/ink:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 


 

A few of the finished bags!  They were filled with snacks, magazines, beach toys etc to greet everyone at the house when they showed up!

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

I made one special one for Boo using some of the artwork from our Spring nautical line:

 

 

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Just beachy :)

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

 

Apron Skirts (A Tutorial and Download)

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I’m attacking my fabric stash….and making apron skirts! I have so many novelty prints that look fun mismatched:

 

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Here are just a few combinations I’ve made recently:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Here are the basic measurements I use for skirts (click image to download a PDF version):

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make your skirt the directions are pretty straight forward:

Step 1: Cut 2 main skirt pieces and 2 waistband pieces using the measurements in the chart.
Step 2: Cut one apron piece using the measurements in the chart.
Step 3: Place your two waistband pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 4: Place your two main skirt pieces together so that the right sides are facing each other and sew up the sides as shown using a 1/4″ seam. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.

 

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Step 5 & 6: Take your apron piece and fold one side 1/4″ and then again 1/2″. Press with an iron. Repeat for the opposite side and bottom of apron piece.
Step 7 & 8: Stitch the sides and bottom of the apron with a 3/8″ seam.

 

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Step 9: Turn your main skirt piece right side out and place the apron piece on top so that it is centered in the middle.
Step 10: Place the main skirt piece up inside the waistband piece so that the right sides are together (your waistband piece will actually be upside down).
Step 11: Stitch all the way around the top of the waistband piece attaching all three pieces (main skirt piece, apron and waistband piece. Finish your edges with a zig zag stitch or an overlock machine.
Step 12: Flip the waistband piece back up and iron the seam flat (so that the inside of the seam is pointed upward onto the waistband).

 

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Step 13 & 14: Fold the hem of your skirt up a 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold the hem over 1″ and press with an iron.
Step 15: Fold your waistband down 1/2″ and press with an iron.
Step 16: Fold your waistband down enough to accommodate the elastic width (allow about and 1/4″ on each side). Press with an iron.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 17 & 18: Stitch the bottom fold of the waistband with a 1/8″ seam all the way around but leaving an inch opening to insert your elastic through.
Step 19: Top stitch the seam connecting the waistband and the main skirt piece.
Step 20: Stitch all the way around the hem of the skirt using a 1/8″ seam.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 25 & 26: Using a safety pin, insert the elastic up into the 1″ gap in the waistband and work it all the way around until it comes out the other side.
Step 27: Stitch the elastic closed.
Step 28: Stitch the 1″ gap closed.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished apron skirt! You can also leave the apron off for an easy basic skirt.

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com
I love the contrast of these fun Japanese fabrics:

 

Apron skirt free pattern diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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