Hi! Today's post is about these awesome onesie stickers I made for my sister and her baby boy. I must admit, this project would've turned out better with my new Silhouette machine. But you can use the principles I've shown in this blog to make your own. I will not be sharing a link to download the superhero photos and the corresponding months. You can find these character online yourself and make your own. It's so easy.
-Canva (or designing software, I guess Microsoft Word will work too)
-Card stock paper (I used 2 sheets)
-Scrapbook paper (I used 4 sheets)
-Scissors of cutting machine
-Glue or double sided tape
First, I created the design for each sticker on Canva. It's pretty basic (but I like basic). Circles with text and a picture inside them. I only found 6 superhero characters I really liked. I wanted them to look child-like since this is for a baby. So I simply created the first 6, then I copied them and changed the numbers. Since this post is about how to create these stickers, I won't explain how to use Canva. Let me know if you'd like a tutorial on how to use Canva though. It's pretty easy (which is why I LOVE it).
Each of these circles are about 3" x 3". Then I printed it out on my card stock paper and cut it out.
At this point, your sticker isn't going to look that interesting. That's where the scrapbook paper comes in! Choose a design of your choice. My Mom bought this for me when I was creating my son's decorations for his nursery (Note, you should totally check it out! It's so cute). I haven't found a use for it until now. Thankfully I have it for this project. I haven't seen that many superhero theme ones.
Each of these circles are 4" x 4". Luckily for me, I have a tape roll that is 4" in diameter. Score!!
Create your outlines and select which character you want on the paper. Or just use your machine...creates a neater, more professional look.
In the photo below, you can see that I made sure none of the same characters were on the same design (the ones on the far left are being taped onto the circles cut out below). I wanted to make sure they each looked different. Also, I chose designs that weren't too bold; no text that would make you look away from the month and the character part.
After you've cut out both parts, simply tape/glue them together. Ta-da! Your own superhero onesie stickers. Ok, I guess they aren't stickers. You can add tape onto the back if you want that feature. Your baby will only wear these for a few minutes while you take pictures anyways.
These are super easy and way cute! And you only paid for the scrap booking paper. If you use scrapbook paper you already have, you didn't want to pay a cent for these! You're welcome!
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I really want to show this off! Look how beautiful is this!! It's my first Sillhouette project! First time using the machine. They weren't kidding when they said there is a steep learning curve.
Unfortunately, I don't have any other pictures of this project, but I can go through a quick tutorial and share some links I used to create this.
-White Construction paper (6 sheets)
-2 sheets of light blue paper
-2 sheets of dark blue paper
-Double sided tape
First, you'll go to this site: Holly Brooke Jones to download the template for the snowflakes. There are two separate sheets. Then on your cutting machine, you'll cut 3 copies of each sheet. This was the longest part, seeing this was my first time.
(I will not share how I used my machine, there are plenty of site to help you with that. I might share a tutorial later...but not now)
Afterwards, my snowflakes curled, so I placed under a book to flatten them out. It kinda worked... Oh well.
Next, you'll need to print out the template for your bunting. I got mine on this site: The Spruce. Then you'll print it out on the light and dark blue paper and cut it out.
From there, you'll tape your snowflakes onto the bunting. Use a variety of sizes on the bunting. I suggest only using 2-3 snowflakes for each bunting. Use double sided tape. Once that looks just the way you want it, punch holes in the corners of the bunting and string it with twine, tie the ends into the loop, and hang it up!
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Wow....it's been so long! Sorry guys! I accidentally let the time slip by! I can't believe it's been so long!! Well...I'll probably do two posts this week to make up for it. Can't make any promises though....
Had a super fun time making this project. It's pretty simple, though the cutting take a long time. If you have a cutting machine (Silhouette or Cricut) PLEASE use it. It'll make it look super nice. And then you don't have to buy vinyl (yay for being cheap!!).
Here's what you need:
Cutting device (craft knife or cutting machine)
T-shirt (color and size up to you)
Iron and ironing board
A piece of cardboard
Fabric paint (color of your choice)
Get a photo of the design that you want. I chose the VIPKID logo below because I work with this company (I've been so tired this month getting up at 2:30 every day...part of the reason why I haven't been blogging as much). I love this job so much and I wanted to look more like I work with the company. I found this tutorial online with someone else. But this just needs to be shared with everyone multiple times. You know, having the freedom to make any kind of shirt you want? Heck ya!
Get your freezer paper and cut it out to 8 1/2"x11". You'll print your design onto the non-glossy side of the paper (the glossy part is what sticks the paper onto your shirt...). I estimated what size I wanted my shirt to be (and it worked!). Unfortunately, with this tutorial, you're limited on what size your design can be. But maybe you can print out multiple parts of you design to make it bigger. Get creative.
Now, we must cut out the design. This took me about a half hour to do, because I was cutting with my craft knife. In the image below, you see the complete project. Not bad, but definitely looks homemade. Since this logo is only going to be about a quarter inch big on a computer screen or tablet, I'm not too worried about it.
What's not in the photo above is the cut out of the letters in the box or the space for the letters A, R, and D. But you will need to cut them out individually and place them off to the side. I have them, I promise.
Now, place your logo onto your shirt and iron it on. Get your piece of cardboard (I cut out a piece of cardboard from a box I had just lying around) and place it in your shirt. Probably prevents sticking, but I don't want to find out.
I used the wool setting on my iron. Don't forget to put on the little parts that make up the letters like A, R, and D. I set it on the shirt for a minute just to make sure it was on. I didn't want the paint to bleed through the lettering.
Now it is time to paint! On the tutorial I saw before, I read that you only need 4 coats of paint. I did six (just in case, the paint didn't look like it was covering the orange enough). Don't do six. Just stick with 4. I had a really hard time peeling off the paper when it finally got dry.
Well, after I finished painting. I let it dry overnight. I did this project pretty late into the evening. It seemed like an easy thing to do.
The next morning, I eagerly started peeling off the paper to see my creation. But like I said before, I put on too much paint. It became very hard to peel it off. I ended needing a tweezer to get the little parts. So, learn from my mistake. That's we share things, right? To learn from each other? I hope so...
Ta-da! My very own VIPKID shirt! I'm pretty proud with it, seeing this is my first shirt. I learned some things, made mistakes on the way. And now you've learned from them too! Again, I'm not too worried about how homemade it looks because on a computer screen, you can't tell.
Thank for reading! Shout out to Teacher JulieAnn. You can see her tutorial here. Her shirt also looks nicer. This post is not meant to take away from what she wrote, but to add onto it. It gives extra pointers so that your shirt will look amazing.
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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I know I did. You how holidays get the better of you? Totally did for me and I had a great time! Well, this craft is super easy and can be used for anything! I made these for my sister’s baby shower.
You will need:
-Colored paper for your choice (any size will do, the larger the paper, the larger your pinwheel)
-Double-sided tape or glue
-Printouts for whatever you want to decorate your pinwheel
As written above, I used an 8”x11” sheet of paper for this project, and it was about 8” diameter. But if you use something larger, your pinwheel will be larger too. Simply fold your paper about an inch to a half inch wide, then fold it the opposite way. Repeat this over and over again until you’ve folded the entire paper. Just like you see above on the right.
Once you’ve completed the fold, fold the entire paper in half, just like you see on the left. Then tape the paper together. You can glue it, but I hate glue. I hate the mess. So I used tape. But please use double sided tape, please learn from my mistakes.
Now its time to move on to the second sheet. Then tape it all together. Please forgive me. I didn’t have double-sided tape the time I made these and it does show ?
For this pinwheel, I used 5 sheets of paper. I didn’t like the four corner look. This banner below has 4 sheets of yellow and 1 sheet of black.
As you can see, I created my own version of a hook, Again, put on with tape. On the right image below, I created a second pinwheel.
If you’ve noticed, they are the colors of Batman and Superman.
I cut out a thing strip of paper and taped it on to the red and blue pinwheel. I know, it looks like a Wonder Woman pinwheel. It’ll look better later. Plus I liked how the yellow divides up the red and blue.
Now you print out your superhero logos to cover up how awful the middle part looks. I suggest using glue instead of tape. Mine kept falling off.
And that’s it! How to make your own pinwheel. Super cute and simple project. Want a cuter, cleaner look? Use scrapbook paper! This took about a half hour to complete and has so many applications!
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Uh.... Happy Thanksgiving? Somehow, November went by so fast. Before I knew it, it was over and I hadn't posted my Thanksgiving background. Nothing super fancy, I just found a few Thanksgiving VIPKID characters I liked and printed them out.
It was also hard making crafts that month because my printer had decided to malfunction. I've gotten a new printer that I like MUCH better. The leaves are from another crafting site. I've used this template for my Fall Leaf Banner. Click here to go to that post for the link to the template.
I also remembered why you don't use yellow paper on a yellow background (see photo on the right). You can hardly see them! No worries, I had enough leaves to fill the space.
Since my last post, I've also changed how I light my classroom, I really like it! Plus it saves energy. I bought two selfie lights and use a lamp to fill in the background. It looks especially nice in my Christmas background photo below. #nofilter
Here is my Christmas background! Shout out to Teacher Sara who created this Christmas tree! I don't know who doesn't love this tree. I was looking through the Christmas Background some of you shared on the Hutong and so many of you used it. It is pretty great. The photo on the left is my first draft. I looked at it from my screen after the first day and decided I needed a little more. So up came Elf Meg and Elf Mike. Then I added my presents.
I've honestly become a little lazy with my rewards, my go-to is now Find the Star. I have so many new kids that it doesn't even matter. The kids have fun with it and it's so easy to make sure you're pacing is still on track. But this present reward is something I created for my Super-beginners. The ones who can't count in English yet and know very little English. I have them up on my background everyday as decoration, so my higher level students have no idea there's stuff behind them (ha-ha!).
Hopefully the photo is self-explanatory. I have the printout of the present and a printout of the gift inside. I wanted things that were generally gender neutral. I've chosen a dog, panda, puzzle, beach ball, and a bike. When it's time for them to earn a star, I pull a present off the wall and reveal what it is (in this case, the dog). The little ones like it because for some of these items they already know what the words are. Then I place the gift (in this case, the dog) back on my background and put the printout of the present on my desk. The gift (the dog) has the velcro, not the printout of the present.
Merry Christmas VIPKID teachers! Have a wonderful holiday! Good luck on the Winter Bonanza! Please Contact Me if you'd like a copy of the present reward I made. For legal purposes, I can't have it posted on my site. Just promise it'll be for personal use.
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If you've never heard of Christmas Crackers before, you are missing out on a amazing tradition. It originated in England, which I lived for a few years. In our family, we take out these bad boys on Christmas Eve and rip them open with a sibling. In store bought ones, there are poppers inside the cracker so that when they rip apart, they make a fun pop sound (I did not opt to do that for mine).
Inside the cracker you get goodies, a paper crown, a toy (the type depends on which cracker you buy), and a super cheesy joke. Ever since we moved to England in 2015, we've done the tradition every Christmas Eve. There was even one year when we were on a cruise during the Christmas and New Year holidays and we're sitting in this fancy restaurant, all dressed up, opening up our Christmas Crackers. All around us are older folks who kept staring at us as we were laughing at the cheesy jokes we shared with one another and wearing our colorful paper crowns. Good times.
So, onto making these amazing crowns. I cannot take credit for this project. This is something I've found and wanted to share with you. I was inspired to do this project by Today We Craft. Click on the name and it'll take you directly to the site where you can read another tutorial for this craft AND download the printable template. As you see below.
The downloaded template (see link above)
8x11 scrapbook paper (1 for each cracker you make)
Scissors (or cutting machine)
Tape or Glue
I bought several sheets of 8x11 scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby (no affiliate links here, just sharing). Then printed out the template onto the blank side of the paper, for obvious reasons. On the template, it tells you to print on A4 paper, but 8x11 is also fine, you just end up with a shorter cracker than what is standard. It won't affect the width.
You can easily cut this by hand, or you can cut with your Cricuit or Sillouette machine (I just got one for Christmas, I'm so excited to use it!!). On the template it tells you where to cut and where to fold. If you are doing this by hand, fold first and then cut. It'll save you the headache.
Once you've finished cutting, you are ready to tape this sucker together! If you are using tape, use double-sided tape. Put the glue/tape on first. Then roll it up, and line up the paper. I usually stuck the middle piece together first, but if you're having a hard time lining it up, start with an edge. But either way you do it is fine, as long as it's lined up and sticking together.
You're cracker is almost done! Now is the fun part! Tie up one end with ribbon first, then place whatever goodies you can fit into your cracker (I just stuck with candy, maybe I'll put in a cheesy joke next year). Then tie up the other end.
Your cracker is done! Yay! A simple, fun gift you can make for your friends and family. Keep in mind that the ends won't completely shut because of the nature of the paper, so don't put anything tiny inside. Standard "fun" sized candy is OK.
On the other site, they say that you can add additional decorations to your crackers, but I like to keep things simple and let the design on the paper do the talking.
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Hey, VIPKID teachers! It's been a while, huh? Sorry about that, it's been one of those months. I never knew I would hate Daylight Savings. Our family is still trying to adjust. Especially me. I did create a new background. I'm thinking it might need a little tweeking, but here it is: Dino's Bakery.
Pretty simple, the fun part is when you add the food rewards. I have several that I use regularly.
Hello Kitty Food
My favorite part is Hangry Dino.
I collected the parts from different sites and sources. The chef Dino and angry Dino is from a Facebook Group that I am a part of, VIPKID-Videos and Props. If you havent, you should join, they have SO MANY printouts. I’ve made some of mine, but now I can find whatever I need on that site. Its especially great for holiday themed Dinos (post coming on that soon...). So thank you all for your contributions, even if you're not named.
I printed out the knife and fork from the internet. I just found a photo that I liked. Same with the oven. I’m not at liberty to post these photos on my site for copyright reasons, but you can easily find them online.
Last, but not least, the banner. Its so cute, huh? I found it on this site: The Cottage Market It’s free to download, yay!! On the PDF it has one letter on a page, what I did to save paper on printing was take a screenshot of the letters I wanted and then resize them on Microsoft Word. That way, I easily got the size I wanted.
After that, you just cut it out, punch holes in the upper corners, and string it on your choice of string or twine.
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This was one of my favorite projects to make. It was also my first SUCCESSFUL modge podge project and lead me to discovering Canva, which is one of my favorite sites I use for my crafting.
As you can see, one side is for Christmas and the other Thanksgiving. But I’ve recently found that the Thanksgiving side is also suitable to use for any other time of the year because it matches the colors in my living room.
If you want to be super technical, the project two me two months to make because I completed the Thanksgiving side first and waited until I had more time to work on the Christmas side.
So, how was this wonderful idea conceived? It was that time of year when you start thinking about Christmas and gifting; October. I wanted to be frugal in my gift giving this year and craft my gifts to my family and friends. I was looking around Hobby Lobby for ideas and stumbled upon the wood frame. I have always loved the following quote:
“Gratitude turns what we have in enough.”
It always spoke to me because sometimes the difference between someone who is happy in their life is gratitude. It’s such an important trait to have.
Anyways, I saw the wood frame, thought of my beloved quote and the idea was born.
Here's what you need:
-Wooden frame (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
-2 Designed scrapbook papers for the background
-2 Plain sheets for the text
-Paintbrushes (just 2)
-Acryllic paint of your choice
I purchased the scrapbook paper for the background and another one for the text. I love how craft stores allow you to purchase a single sheet. As much as I loved this design, I knew I’d only use it for this project.
At the time, I couldn’t find a Christmas scrapbook paper I liked. And seeing that you only see one side at time, I figured I could come back later.
Now, the design itself. I must admit that I used Microsoft Word to create this. My brother is a film editor and is well-versed in Adobe Photoshop. For me, it’s hard to get past the interface. I spend 5-10 minutes looking around and then my brain has had enough and I have to leave. Two years earlier, I was getting married and wanted to find a cheap option for wedding invitations. So what did I do? I designed it on Microsoft Word.
I'll just spare you from having to look at it. It wasn't bad, but it's not on the same level of what I can create now. My brother was a little embarrassed for me. Oh well, everyone who has gotten married knows how busy you can get and I was planning my wedding AND was going through the busiest time of year at work. You just make it work.
Ok, back to my craft. I simply googled the quote for design inspiration, took what I liked and played around with it. Overall, I’m happy with the design but I knew there was a better way to make more designs like this. More on that later.
Overall, the project is simple, with lots of room for flexibility to make it the way you want, and then come out with a pretty result you can’t stop looking at. That’s what I love about crafting.
Yes, I had to paint the frame. I actually started off with a lighter brown. Once the first coat started drying, I realized it was not the color I wanted. For the second layer, I added a little bit of black to the brown I was using and it was perfect! After the coats were done, I stenciled out the frame onto the back of the scrapbook paper. I creased the paper in order to get it to shape around the base. You can stencil and cut the paper before you paint the frame, it doesn’t matter.
Overall, with lots of attention, it worked out really well. If you are nervous about cutting too much off, get the initial stencil and then cut it out larger than what you marked it as. Then when you double check to make sure it fits, you have more to cut off. You can always cut off more, but you can’t put it back on. Another tip, if you paint onto the front of the frame, it will hide the fact you accidentally cut off too much.
Now, the modge podge. Like I said, this was my first successful modge podge project. A few of the other ones I had made previously look fine, but there are air bubbles :( At this point, I had only been seriously crafting for a couple of months and this was more ambitious project of mine.
As you can see, it’s turned out beautifully. Now, here’s my trick: don’t put the podge on the paper, but on wood frame itself. I found that when you place podge on the paper, it starts to curl, making it difficult to spread on the whole paper evenly. Also, you want a decent coat of podge and you can’t get that when you spread it on the paper. However, if you can put on the paper and make it work for you, more power to you, but I prefer putting it on a hard surface.
First, I placed on the scrapbook paper and then the design. I chose to not to spread podge on top of the paper because I didn’t want the glossy finish. A benefit of putting podge on top is that it gives it a protective seal which will prevent the paper from peeling off in the future. I decided to take my chances. Give it 5 to 10 minutes to dry before you put this top layer on or else you WILL get bubbles.
Oh, I did spread the podge on the paper when I put the paper with the text on the scrapbook paper, I guess the success I had with the scrapbook paper gave me confidence to try spreading the podge on the paper instead of the hard surface. It is a smaller paper and that's easier to handle.
Now, the knob on top. It’s removable so it wasn’t on when I stenciled and podged the paper on the frame. When I placed it back on, I knew something was missing. So I pulled out my handy-dandy twine! I bought this months ago for a project and is now one of my favorite products for my crafts. I use it for all of my banners. Best purchase I have ever made.
The bow was inspired by a photo block I saw at my aunt’s, which also had a bow tied on top. Most of the time when you see bows tied on top of projects like this, there’s multiple strands of ribbon with many colors. Not what I wanted though, simplicity usually works best for me. Plus it’s easier to match with the other side of the reversible when you chose something simpler.
I was so excited with how this turned out! I could finally podge on a piece of paper onto a project and make it look beautiful, it was a big step in my crafting. There was a victory dance involved in celebration.
Now the Christmas side. Selecting the scrapbook paper and the quote I wanted was easy. But the design for the quote was the tricky part. I really didn’t want to use Microsoft word again. So I did some research on software programs you can use to create these. I ran into an app called, “Typorama.” I used this program for the design, however, it’s the only one I plan on using it for. It didn’t have the flexibility I wanted and if you want to print it out or share it, you have to have to make a purchase to get rid of the watercolor. Lame. I used a photoshop program I have called, “Photoscape X” to rid of this problem, just don’t tell them.
After some tinkering, I was satisfied and stuck with it, but knowing I’d use something else in the future. You know, that’s the thing about building a skill such as crafting; you make mistakes, make it work, learn from it, and do better next time. And I wouldn’t have discovered Canva. I am absolutely in love with their software and I haven’t even bothered trying other programs. But I think that’s a story for another time. I will say this: after I started using Canva, my printables have become a big part of my crafting. I’ve found it’s something I LOVE to make. It’s my little niche in my crafting.
Stay tuned for more projects and tips on how to decorate your home on a budget.
One holiday done, two more to go! You can find some pretty cute stuff to use for Thanksgiving, you just have to look. I make things easy for myself and use some of my Fall decorations again during this month. I mean, why not, I really like them and you can use them for more than a month.
In this post, I’ll share another set of links to FREE printables I like and use for my own personal decorations.
I had a hard time finding a Thanksgiving banner I liked. I wanted to have a message that went along with the holiday, but my apartment is small, so I have to be careful not to have a banner that is so large it overpowers my wall space. Most of the banners said, “Give Thanks” or “Thanksgiving” etc. There were also designs I just didn’t like. I’m not a huge fan of the vintage look, it’s alright, but it’s not who I am. This particular banner was a great find! I found this on Mimi's Dollhouse, be sure to check it out!
Once you go to the link, you’ll see I didn’t print out all the pages of the banner, I only used part of it. It’s simply because: 1. The letters are HUGE; 2. I didn’t have the wall space. So for me, a simple, “Thanks” felt sufficient. I used a hole punch to cut out the holes I needed to hang it up on the twine.
Thanksgiving Subway Art
I found this free printable on: How to Nest for Less. You guys, the internet is a wonderful place full of so many great things.
Again, a simple subway art modge podged onto a canvas. If you need an explanation of how to modge podge, refer to my DIY Decor: Halloween (Part 1). There were many subway arts available, but this is the one I liked the best. Refer to my Pinterest page for more references.
Fall Leaf Banner
This took a long time to do, but it’s so worth it! I found this printable on A Beautiful Mess.
What I love about this is it gives you the flexibility to choose which colors you want! I used yellow, orange, and red colored paper. I printed one copy of each color. Cutting it out took a long time, so make sure you have something on Netflix to help pass the time. Then, cut out a whole with a hole puncher, string it one your twine, and done!
If you'd like a more complete tutorial, I also wrote about this craft on another site as a guest writer on DIY Craftz. You'll read a more detailed tutorial for putting a printable onto a canvas.
Thanks for reading, guys. I have some pretty fun posts coming up, see you soon!
Earlier this month, we had General Conference. For those who don't know what this is, it is a general meeting where all the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meet up to hear from the leaders of the church (of course, nonmembers are invited to). There were many wonderful talks given during this session.
For my Visiting Teaching Printable this month, I have the opportunity to select a quote from a talk that inspired me. I have chosen Pres. Uchtdorf's talk, "The Three Sisters." It touched me so deeply that it's hard for me to describe it because the thoughts I'm processing are so abstract. Maybe one day I'll completely understand why this talk touches me so much.
But one thing I do know is that I know this quote is true.
If you are interested in downloading this quote, please click on the title below.
Hello! My name is Char. Thank you for visiting my blog, CallCrafts. I am a wife and mother who LOVES to make things. Read tutorials on crafts I've created to decorate my home, for parties, and more! Read more about me in My Story.