*let’s flamingle*

Flamingle from Rescue Your DreamsYes you read that correctly!  When you throw a flamingo themed birthday party for your two year old daughter and know people will mingle around, you of course have a FLAMINGLE!  I was a little apprehensive about finding anything flamingo that didn’t involve a luau. But, it turns out flamingos are quite popular these days.

Here are my Flamingle tips for any party:

  1. Pick at least two colors for your theme. One color can be boring or even overwhelming. I obviously choose pink and used aqua and lime green as accents.  Picking colors for your party makes it much easier to decorate and the party will be more cohesive when the plates, napkins, table cloths, decorations, etc. match.

    Flamingle from Rescue Your Dreams
  2. Have a decorated dessert table. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s very easy and always adorable. I suggest having at least two desserts because not everyone will enjoy the same things. Dust off those cute serving platters or cake plates and your desserts instantly look better! Hang a banner or some decorations behind the dessert table and don’t forget to label your desserts!  I used these adorable printables from Chicfetti.  
    Flamingle from Rescue Your Dreams
  3. Print your own banners as an easy and more personal decoration. I like using my children’s name or their age. There are a gazillion free banners on Pinterest.  Just find what you like, print, and cut!  If there is a theme for your party, like flamingos, look for clip art you can print on card stock to make your own themed banner. Mini Style has these adorable flamingos I used for the banners and in the flowers.
    Flamingle from Rescue Your Dreams Flamingle from Rescue Your Dreams
  4. Make your own personalized T-shirt everyone will adore.  DO NOT purchase one on Etsy!  Save your money!  I once spent $45 dollars on two personalized onesies. While they were very cute, I realized I could have probably made them myself.  Find a cute basic t-shirt and iron on letters from a craft store.  You can create a shirt with their age, their name, saying “birthday boy” or “birthday girl”, or an image matching the theme.  I spent less than $10 and 10 minutes making this one.
    Flamingle Party from Rescue Your Dreams

Rescue Your Dreams!

-♥-Amanda

*diy metal letters*

DIY Metal Letters
Sure I have dishes in the sink and endless amounts of laundry piling up, but I’ve been dreaming about my two favorite things…metal and letters! I am drawn to all things galvanized these days and for years I have an obsession with fonts and letters.  My husband says we have enough words, letters, and quotes around the house, but I say add more! So I did!

I went looking for metal letters to spell EAT for our dinning room and DREAM for our bedroom.  I didn’t realize I would run into so many problems.

  1. Metal letters can be super pricey. I was looking at spending over $50.00!
  2. For longer words, it’s challenging to find all the letters you need.
  3. Finding letters that are just the right size for your space. You may want tiny or super huge.
  4. Hanging metal letters means making lots of nail holes in your walls.  I have a trick to avoid that!

So obviously, I decided to tackle this DIY project myself!  I searched Pinterest and tried many different techniques.  I finally created the perfect DIY metal letters. It may seem like a lot of work, but I promise you it isn’t.  I broke it down into step by step detail so yours will turn out perfectly too! The best part is I spent less that $15.00!!!

Here’s what you need:

  • Letters!  I choose ones made from chip board.  You could pick letters made of flat card board, 3D cardboard, or wood letters.
  • Silver tacks
  • Chrome, black, and copper paint. I choose Folk Art’s Sold Bronze and Silver Sterling.
  • Bowl or paint pallet for the paint
  • Hammer
  • 3M Double sided foam tape.  (You can find it here or anywhere office supplies are sold.)

DIY Metal LettersPlace the tacks where ever you like on the letters and hammer them in. I like using the corners or edges because that’s where two pieces of metal would be riveted together.

DIY Metal LettersPaint the letters black using your fingers. The letters do not need to be perfectly covered. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.

DSC_1207Using your fingers, apply the chrome paint over the black.  Use a circular motion to mimic galvanized metal. Again, it does not need to be perfectly covered.  You want a little of the black to come through. Allow to dry for 10 minutes.

DSC_1217If you do not want a rust look on your metal letters, you can skip this step.  Use your fingers to apply the copper paint around the edges.  Use as much or as little copper paint you want to achieve your rusty look.  I used very little and swiped it along quickly. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.

DIY Metal LettersDIY Metal Letters

And….done!  Now to hang them. Here’s my trick to avoid using nails.

  • Place two or three little pieces of 3M double sided tape on the EDGE of the letters. My pieces were about 1 cm in width and height.
  • Position the letters on your wall.  PRESS LIGHTLY!
  • If one doesn’t look just right, slowly take the letter off.  You can use a box cutter or knife to slowly cut the tape.  This is why you put the tape on the edge.  It will make it easier to remove.
  • Once it looks perfect, you can press the letters firmly to the wall.
  • This tape has never removed paint off my walls and can be taken down months after hanging something.

DIY Metal Letters

DIY Metal Letters

DIY Metal Letters I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own metal letters too! Let me know any tips you’ve found in the comments below.

Rescue Your Dreams

-♥- Amanda

Font on cover picture from Graphics from the Pond

*diy flop*

diy flop...grippy socks

Have you ever seen a DIY clip or found a Pinterest idea and thought it would change your world? I sure have and it was a tutorial on making grippy socks for your kids. For most this is not life altering, but for me it was!  Our downstairs is mostly hardwood and tile, which means lots of wipe outs.

So because the mighty sock gods haven’t created all socks to be skid free, I thought I could fix this problem on my own.  Before running to the craft store, I watched a tutorial clip and followed up on Pinterest to make sure I had everything I needed. My son and I quickly came home and puffy painted his and my daughter’s socks.  We were so excited and could hardly wait for them to dry!

Well folks I’m here to say it was a huge disappointment!  The socks did not become skid free and I would dare say became more slippery.  I even went out two more times to get different types of puffy paint.  Nothing works! Even the puffy paint filled with glitter doesn’t provide any traction.

diy flop...grippy socks

I have even tried covering the entire bottom of the sock with puffy paint.  Nada! The only difference is now my son says all his socks feel funny when he walks.  Bummer! Don’t be fooled or get your hopes up like mine. I am sad to say this is a huge DIY FLOP!

Rescue your sock dreams!

-♥- Amanda

*my endless love for banners*

I have an endless love for banners!  I am so thankful for the creative people on the internet who make my banner dreams a reality.  There are SO MANY FREE printable banners online.  I’m going to show you a few of my favorites and some different ways I have used banners.

I am IN LOVE with the FREE banners and garlands from Chicfetti.  The banners can be edited and allow you to type in the letters you want to use.  My favorite are the chevron banners, which come in 12 colors! There are banners and garlands for every occasion!

free-printable-chevron-banner         pretty-flora-printable-party-banner

For a birthday party, you don’t just have to use a typical “Happy Birthday” banner.   I decorated with this cute YUM banner for my daughter’s first birthday.  We had an ice cream theme and I loved all the free printables from Pottery Barn Kids. I also created this ONE banner from Somewhat Simple for a decoration above the party favor table. This banner comes in a yellow gold with stripes and polka dots. Instead of punching holes and threading string to hang a banner,  simply tape it to some furniture or the wall. It’s much easier and still as cute!

Ice cream banner  Free printable banners

Of course I couldn’t pass up using banners in my children’s photos!  I love these because they were huge, which were perfect for a backdrop. DIY Swank created them in gray too! Click here to print your own.
Free Printable Banners Free printable Banners

I’m into the chalkboard craze and wanted to use a chalkboard banner for my fall decorating. I found a super cute one from Shanty 2 Chic. This site combined my love of burlap and chalkboard by suggesting gluing their banners to burlap. Why haven’t I thought of that?!  But if you don’t feel like printing and cutting anything, I suggest going to Target’s dollar spot.  Recently they have had pre-made burlap and chalkboard banners. Below is the one from Target, but next year I will print one from Shanty 2 Chic.

autumn chalkbaord banner

I hope I have spread a little of my banner love to you!

Rescue Your Dreams

-♥- Amanda

*how to make a Spring to Summer wreath*

Does your front door need jazzed up?  Don’t buy a boring wreath at a store!  Make one yourself!

How to make a Spring to Summer Wreath

I love this colorful yarn wreath!  It will transition from Spring to Summer perfectly! Here are the ALL the steps you will need, from designing the wreath to making the flowers. Please don’t get overwhelmed with all the steps!  I’m showing you how to make 5 different types of flowers.  You can simply master one type and fill your wreath with those!

Step One: Gather all of your supplies. (Wreath, yarn, fabric, felt, ribbon, scissors, and glue gun.)

Supplies for Spring to Summer Wreath

I wanted to make a yarn wreath, so I chose a Styrofoam wreath and thick gray yarn. Twine would be adorable too!  If you want an easier project, you could buy a twig wreath instead.  I chose coordinating fabric and felt to make my flowers.  I have three different fabrics and five different pieces of felt.  I could not pass up using this yellow chevron ribbon.  And last, but certainly never least, you will need your trusty glue gun!

Step Two: Make your yarn wreath.  (Or skip this part by using a twig wreath.)

This step is the easiest, but the longest.  I suggest sitting in front of a good movie to help pass the time.  Hot glue the end of the yarn to the wreath.  Start wrapping the yarn around and around… and around and around the wreath until it is all covered.  This is why you buy thick yarn; it covers more surface area. Although this is tedious, it is darling once it’s finished.  I’m so glad I made it!

Step Three: Make rolled cloth flowers.

Making rolled cloth flowers  Making rolled cloth flowers  Making rolled cloth flowers

1. Cut a long strip of fabric about an inch and half thick. The longer the strip, the bigger the flower.

2. Fold each side into the center,  so the sides touch in the middle.

3. Fold that part in half as well. You can tie a knot on one end or iron the fabric so it stays in place.

4. Start wrapping the folded fabric around itself in a circle.

3. Add a dab of hot glue as you go, so the flower will stay in place.

Cloth flowers

Here is another great tutorial for making these flowers.

Step 4: Make braided cloth flowers.  These are one of my favorites! Lots of color and dimension.

Making braided cloth flowersBraided Flowers

1.Take three coordinating fabrics and cut them into long half inch strips.

2. Tie the ends together in a knot.

3. Braid the pieces together.

4. Starting at the knot, wrap the braid around and around the knot.

5. Add a dab of hot glue as you go, so the flower will stay in place.

Step 5: Make Felt Roses. These are extremely easy!

How to make felt rosesFelt roses

1. Cut a circle out of felt.  You could trace a bowl, but I just eyeballed it. The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower.

2. Starting from the outside, cut a swirl until you reach the center of the circle.

4. Pick an end and start winding the felt around and around.

5.  Add a dab of hot glue as you go, so the flower will stay in place.

Step 6: Make two toned felt roses.  These are sooo super cute!

How to make two toned felt rosesFelt roses

1. Follow the EXACT same instructions as above. Easy huh?

2. To make a rose with two colors throughout, roll two felt swirls together at the same time.

3. To make a rose with a different colored center, make a tiny felt rose first.  Then, take a larger felt swirl and wrap around the small rose.

Step 7: Make felt chrysanthemums.

Cutting felt chrysanthemums   Making felt chrysanthemums   Making felt chrysanthemums

1. Cut a long piece of felt about and inch and a half thick.

2. Fold the ends in half.

3. Pick a side to cut. To make little looped chrysanthemums, cut little slits in the folded part of the felt. To make square petaled chrysanthemums, cut little slits along the outside edges. (See pictures above.) For tight petals, cut the slits close together.  For big petals, cut the slits far apart.

4.  Start rolling the the folded felt around itself.

5. Add a dab of hot glue as you go, so the flower will stay in place.

DSC_2470

Here’s another great tutorial on making these flowers.

Step 8: Make felt leaves.

I used cream and green felt to make little leaves.  You can draw it on the felt first, or just cut with scissors.

Step 9: Time to Assemble! 

Arranging flowers on wreath

1. Arrange the flowers and leaves on your yarn wreath. I like to group similar flowers together. Once you have the arrangement you like, hot glue those bad boys on.

2. Wrap your ribbon around one side for visual interest.  You could also cut a little strip to glue on the back to make a hanger for your wreath.

You did it!  Doesn’t it look amazing?  So much better than anything you could buy at a store!  Now go proudly display your wreath on your front door or fireplace.

Spring to Summer Wreath

Rescue your Dreams!

-♥- Amanda

*headbands*

One great thing about having a girl…decorating her head! I LOVE headbands, but they can get super pricey.  You buy some, then two weeks later her head is bigger or you don’t have one to match the super cute outfit you just bought.  I have found the solution….just make it yourself! You can make them as simple or elaborate as you want. Sometimes I make my own flowers, which I will include in a later post, or sometimes I just buy them at the store.

You really only need a few items to make gorgeous headbands.  Go to the scrapbook section of a craft store and look for embellishments.  I was able to find a set of six soft flowers for $3.00.  Find bows or flowers in the sewing section.  You aren’t the first to make headbands and there are TONS of choices.  The back of the flowers will need felt to insure it is soft on your child’s head.  You can buy pre-cut felt circles or simply buy a sheet of felt and cut it to the size you want. The last thing you need is elastic ribbon.  You can find them in many colors, patterns, and widths.

Supplies for headbands

Here’s what you need to do. Wrap the elastic ribbon around your child’s head to get an accurate fit. From that point on the ribbon add about 1/2 inch.  Get you trusty glue gun and glue that extra 1/2 inch onto the other side to make a circle headband. Figure out how you want the headband to look.  One big bow, a group of three flowers, two at a diagonal…what ever you’d like. Arrange your flowers right where you just glued. This will cover up the glued seem. It’s OK if the elastic ribbon doesn’t go straight through your flower or bow. Once your embellishments are attached cut a piece of felt to cover the back of the flowers or bows.  This will not only make it soft and seamless, but will also secure the items you just glued.

items for 3 headbands

Want two head adornments in one? Buy a bow that is also a clip.  For this headband, you will not need felt. Once the circle headband is made, cut a little strip about 1/2 inch depending on the width of your ribbon. Glue that little strip perpendicular to the headband, like making a letter T. Now wrap that piece around back and glue.  Now you can slip the clip in and out!

Headband a clip example

Presto!  Three super easy super cute headbands! Want to know the best part?  Now when your child’s head is too big, all you have to do is cut the ribbon off and and a bigger one.

3 finished headbands

Rescue Your Dreams!

-♥- Amanda

*banners*

Oh how I love banners! They can make any party festive or any room whimsical.  I’m using them for my children’s playroom.  I want them to say, “play”, “learn”, and “imagine”. There are many options for banners.  You can have them created on Etsy, but they are too easy to spend that kind of money!  The easiest way to create a banner is to buy a pre-made banner from Target’s party spot.  They have several colors to choose from.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the color or pattern I wanted.  So, I hopped over to Hobby Lobby to figure out a solution.

I purchased 6×6 scrapbook cardstock squares, but you could use any kind of scrapbook paper.  I also bought some beige twine.  At home, I collected my scissors, maker, rubber cement, ruler, and three hole punch.  For the letters, I created circles in Word and used a text box to insert the letters I needed.  This way you can pick any font and color. You could easily write the letters with a permanent marker though. You may need to get them laminated to insure durability.

Supplies for banner

First, I found the halfway point on my square of scrapbook paper.  I used my ruler and marker to make a triangle.  Then I cut out the triangle and put two holes across the top.

Banners

Second, I cut out the letters I made in Word and glued them on the banner triangles.

Letters for banners

Third, I wove the twine in between the holes to create my banner. Presto…cute banners!

Play bannerimagine banner

Rescue Your Dreams!

-♥- Amanda