DIY Paint Splatter Jeans

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Jessica and her daughter went crazy with paint! It was the first, and maybe only time, Gabriella could throw paint around and cover her jean skirt with non-washable bright colors. It’s a must-do project for any color and paint-loving kids.

Get all the details here at Momtastic.

 

 

Modern Woodland Nursery

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We ran across a photo of a modern woodland nursery on Mary Gaspar’s instagram account, and found it unique and beautiful. We were intrigued to learn more about the design elements and how it all came together. Luckily she is sharing all the details with us! When we found out Mary is the mother of three girls, we were instant friends, because we know all too well what it’s like to grow up in a house full of women.

Mary is not only a mother to three amazing girls, but also an artist, and has a good eye for interior design, too. We love that she used a mix of store-bought and DIY pieces to bring the whole Scandinavian look together. It’s a cozy black, white and neon pink retreat her daughter can grow into. As moms, sometimes we get so excited to hear the words, “It’s a girl,” we use all the pink, tulle and ruffles we can, and then 4 years down the road, the room requires a makeover. This room is relevant for infants, toddlers, children and tweens.

Mary shares details on her youngest daughter’s room, the inspiration and how it all came together…

Violet is my third little girl and when we found out the sex I was thrilled (again!) cause well, girls are the bomb, and as one of 4 sisters, I know how awesome a house of girls can be! I am an artist and also have a great passion for interior design, which is seen in my home (my play space for decorating)! I had done my other daughter’s room, which they share, in a very girly English Garden theme. I wanted to do something a little more modern and contemporary in feel this time around.
I took my initial inspiration from my own work. I am doing a lot of black and white painting and I draw a ton of inspiration from nature. My work also has a bit of a contemporary edge. That’s when I came up with the idea of doing a “Modern Woodland” theme with a palette of black, white, gold and neon pink. I love the look of Scandinavian inspired decor so I set out for a white crib and flokati rug to start.
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The walls were already painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Moonshine”, a lovely gray, that I use throughout my home. I had a green gingham glider from my other daughter’s nursery that had seen better days, so I added a slipcover in white and presto…looking brand new! I also had a large changing table in a honey brown from a prior nursery that my mom and I took on as a DIY project. We used Annie Sloan chalk paint in white and gave it 3 coats. I changed out the knobs into the sweetest little brass sleeping foxes.
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It’s a small room (11 x 9 ft) and I knew I needed some small, stylish yet effective shelving. I found the arrow shelf and sprayed it gold. That really set the tone for the gallery wall. I framed some of my own woodland inspired drawings, and did a couple of fun DIY crafty wall hangings, like the “Love” sign, made out of wire and bungee cord. The deer silhouette I drew on velvet craft paper and mounted on an oval wooden plaque, and the Animal Head Plaque was ornaments from Land of Nod affixed to wood!
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The room has become my most favorite…a cozy, inspiring retreat for children and adults alike. I love that the decor I have in here will most certainly grow with her. I would use many of these pieces in any other spot in our home, as well!
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Vendor Love
Babyletto Crib: All Modern
Blackout curtains, flokati rug, gold pouf, crib skirt, pink lucite floating shelf and changing pad cover: Land of Nod
White slipcover for glider: Wayfair 
Lamp {feathers were a DIY addition}: T.J. Maxx
Cross Blanket: Modern Burlap
Fox Brass Knobs and Owl hook: Anthropologie
Little gold mirror: vintage
Heart Mirror: Homegoods
Embroidered Deer Pillow: Etsy Shop Sweet Pea and Olive
Crib sheet: Pehr Designs
Art
Let Her Sleep art print: Samantha Ranlet, By Samantha
She Who Is Brave art print: Lisa Congdon
Gallery Wall
Felt Ball Garland: Benzie Design
Giant “V”: Land of Nod
Deer head {spray painted gold}: Homegoods
All other art: Mary Gaspar Art and Etsy shop

DIY Pegboard Art

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Pegboard is the source of so many amazing art projects and organizational walls. We’ve seen them accessorized with hooks, baskets, jars, letters, ribbon and photos. But one specific pegboard in an art classroom really caught our eye. The colorful, bright DIY pegboard with an inspirational quote was made by one creative and talented art teacher, Sam Mizwicki. The quote by Roald Dahl says, “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Well, this colorful piece of DIY pegboard art radiates like a sunbeam, which gives us good thoughts…and we’re hoping it makes us look lovely.

Sam is sharing all her tips in a how-to tutorial below. Thanks, Sam!

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Materials:

  • Peg board
  • Pencil
  • Yard stick or ruler
  • Acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape

Directions:

  • Step 1: Purchase the pegboard in a big sheet from Home Depot. It was quite inexpensive for the size of the piece. You can also find some in white, but I liked the brown look.
  • Step 2: Use a table saw to cut pegboard down to desired size, or ask the nice employees of Home Depot to cut it for you.
  • Step 3: I used the concept of perspective here, where every line goes back to the vanishing point. Find the center of the pegboard and make a little dot. All lines will end at that point (the vanishing point).
  • Step 4: Start at the perimeter of the pegboard and divide up into sections of whatever size you prefer. You can measure it out to make it exact or just wing-it! I measured mine out to be a bit more precise. I used a pencil to make a little dot to mark each section.
  • Step 5: Use a yard stick or ruler to draw a line from the outer perimeter dot to the inside vanishing point dot. Continue this until you have filled in the whole space. Press lightly with your pencil because it makes it easier to erase.
  • Step 6: Next comes the fun part, painting! I used acrylics. Since I am an Art teacher, I have quite a collection of all different types of acrylics. A more heavy bodied acrylic will need less coats of paint, and can add a bit of texture. You can always water them down a bit. I used different sized brushes to get into the small spaces. Painters tape or masking tape can you keep straight lines, and avoid bleeding into another section. Just be careful when you pull off the tape, because the paint may come with it. If you stick the tape to your pant leg before applying it to the board, it will make it a little less sticky, which may help avoid the dried paint being pulled off.
  • Step 7: Fill in all sections with paint. Get creative with the colors. I used rainbow colors, but you could try different values in the same color family or black and white.

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  • Step 8: Sketch a paper template of the banner with a quote. Trace your sketch onto the pegboard, and recruit a friend to cut it with a jigsaw. Sharp curves can be tricky with a jigsaw, so keep that in mind when designing the shape of your banner.
  • Step 9: Paint a white acrylic coat on the banner. Gesso will work here too.
  • Step 10: Find a quote that you like, keeping the space of the banner in mind.
  • Step 11: Freehand the letters, or print them out in a Word document to do a transfer. It is often easier to start with the words in the middle and work your way out, so you don’t have too much or not enough space left. To transfer letters, use graphite paper or just a pencil. Run your pencil on the back of the printout. Press hard. Then lay the letters down where you want on the banner. Use a sharp pencil to press hard on the outline of the letters on the front. This will make a transfer of the letters that appear on the banner. It is like making homemade graphite transfer paper. The letters might be faint,  but you can always trace over it.
  • Step 12: Use a paint pen or sharpie to trace over your lettering.
  • Step 13: Hang the banner from the painting. I used a ball chain to hang the banner. You can find this at any craft store for a few dollars.

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DIY Brushstroke File Folder

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We’re still crushing on gold over here. We just can’t get enough of the shimmery, metallic metal.

We also are trying to master the art of brushstrokes. After dabbing into the paint this weekend, we’ve come to the conclusion that brushstrokes are so versatile and subjective, anyone can do it. You can do this particular project in under 5 minutes.

Our new DIY brushstroke file folder keeps us organized {ok, Jenna doesn’t need it because she’s uber organized, and maybe not Jessica because we’re not sure the word organization is in her vocabulary}, and it’s a piece of art all-in-one. We are no van Gogh, but now we have a fashionable desk accessory, and for us, that’s enough.

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Materials:

  • Metallic gold paint
  • Flat paintbrush
  • File folder

Directions:

  • Dip your brush lightly in the metallic paint and gently stroke the file folder, applying heavy to light pressure.
  • Add brushstrokes in every direction on the file folder.
  • Let dry.

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search for your awesome art print via hello tosha, courtesy of bing and the alison show

{photography via j. sorelle}

DIY Teacher Gift Ideas

When you shop for your school supplies this year, think outside the backpack, and be inspired by them for future favors and gifts. Some very talented people came up with some very adorable DIY ideas…

Gumball Pencil, Paisley Petal Events

Hi-Liter Teacher Gift, One Charming Party

Crayon Favors, One Charming Party

Milk and Cookies Recipe Card {Report Card}, The Sweetest Occasion
{free printable here}

Crayon Art, Apartment Therapy


Pencil Vase
{a lovely teacher gift filled with fresh flowers}, Love of Family and Home

{images via Paisley Petal Events, One Charming Party, The Sweetest Occasion, Apartment TherapyLove of Family and Home}