DIY autumn burlap banner

Last year I decided my mantel needed some sprucing up, so I took about 15 minutes to create a burlap banner using some simple burlap ribbon and twine. It hung over the fireplace during Thanksgiving and satisfied my need for something easy and fall-like.

DIY Burlap banner | TheMombot.com

But this year, I decided it needed a little somethin’, somethin’ – especially because the burlap sort of blends in with the tiles surrounding my fireplace. So I went to town creating a stencil of the word “autumn” and painting it on my banner using white acrylic paint. The result was enough to make me go “yippee!” It looks 10 times better than it did last year and the upgrade literally took me 30 minutes.

DIY autumn burlap banner | TheMombot.com

DIY autumn burlap banner | TheMombot.com

Feeling in the mood for a little autumn DIYing? To make this banner in under an hour, here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies:

  • Burlap ribbon (mine is 6″ wide)
  • Twine/Hemp Cord
  • Big needle (I used a large plastic crochet needle)
  • White acrylic paint
  • “Autumn” stencil template (download here)
  • Xacto knife

Here’s how:

  1. Cut 8″ pieces from your 6″ ribbon (or adjust to size according to your ribbon width). If you’d like, vary the bottom edge of each piece to create different shapes like mine (some at an angle, some in a triangle point, some with an inverted triangle).
  2. Thread your needle with the twine and sew a couple of stitches through the top edge of each banner piece (make sure not to get too close to the edge since burlap unravels; 1″ is a safe margin). Keep threading banner pieces until you have achieved your desire banner length.
  3. Cut out your stencils with an Xacto knife from the download provided above, or make your own. My letters are about 3″ x 3″ in a serif font (Hoefler Text).
  4. Lay each letter stencil on top of a banner piece one by one and paint over the stencil with white acrylic paint and a wide brush. I used a stippling effect (dabbing up and down inside of sweeping side to side) when painting to keep my paint within the stencil. Each time you paint a new letter, lay down a fresh piece of newspaper or scrap paper underneath because burlap is very porous and the paint will soak through each time you stencil. If your banner has more than 6 pieces, you’ll have to center the word “autumn” and surround it with blank banner pieces.
  5. The best part is you get immediate satisfaction – since the banner needs to hang to dry, you can put it up in its final resting spot and enjoy it right away!

Need a visual?

Here’s a quick little video tutorial that I put together for the stenciling/painting process of the banner. It’s not rocket science, but sometimes a visual helps!


How to make a burlap autumn banner from Amy Taylor on Vimeo.

DIY fall decor

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Ahhhhhhhhh, fall.

Though I have fully embraced it now, in early September/October I was so enjoying the warmth of summer that I resisted the onset of fall for quite some time. I was loving the feeling of the sun on my skin and the ease of throwing on a simple dress and some sandals and heading out the door; so as the leaves started to turn and the temperature dropped, I began to pout.

But I think I’ve finally come full circle. This week I lit the fireplace for the first time since last winter, I made chili and lit a pumpkin pie scented candle, and suddenly all seemed right with the world. The crisp, cool air is growing on me and I think I’m finally ready to pack away the swimsuits and pull out the boots – and the fall decor.

Now that Halloween is over, I can focus on sprucing up the house a bit for fall and Thanksgiving. I have to be honest, I am not a huge fan of Halloween decor… in fact, I pulled it out this year to decorate, but then I ended up taking it all down and replacing it with fall decor pretty much immediately. It’s just not cute and I don’t feel like it makes my house homey, so I resist it. But now that Halloween has come and gone, I can go all out for fall and not feel guilt over skipping ahead.

I’ve been keeping my eye on some DIY projects for fall and slowly making a to-do list. For starters, I am loving some of the ideas below. From a wreath for the front door to a Thanksgiving-appropriate banner, I intend to have this house autumn-ready in just a couple of weeks.

Have you started decorating for fall yet?

DIY Fall Decor | TheMombot.com

Little Bo Peep and her sheep {Halloween 2014}

Good news! Little BoPeep has found her sheep!

Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, Halloween 2014 | TheMombot.com

Coming up with costumes this year was pretty easy. I had found a little lamb costume last November at Pottery Barn for $22 (originally $69) and quickly snatched it up for the baby I was cooking in my belly. If you ask me, there’s no cuter lamb than my little Graham (yes, it rhymes).

Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, Halloween 2014 | TheMombot.com
Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, Halloween 2014 | TheMombot.com

I knew Mia wanted to be something extra girly this year after last year’s Dora debacle, and I still have some influence over her so I talked up Little Bo Peep pretty hard and told her about all the ruffles and lace she would get to wear. It was an easy sell. Lincoln has no opinion yet as to what he wears, so he too, would be a sheep.

Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, Halloween 2014 | TheMombot.com

I purchased Lincoln’s costume from Chasing Fireflies, knowing they had a cute sheep one, and Graham’s was already bought, so that just left me Mia. Little Bo Peep costumes are pretty lame on the whole. There are some gorgeous ones on Etsy that run about $50-70, but that was a little out of my range considering she would only wear it for one day. So I decided that hers would be the only costume I made this year.

True to form, I made it last weekend… I had such big intentions to make it in mid-September, but one thing after another prevented me from doing so (and by “one thing after another,” I mean procrastination). When I finally went and got all the fabric and sat down and sketched something out, it actually came together pretty quickly.

Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, Halloween 2014 | TheMombot.com

I made the whole thing from scratch, using her regular clothes to create patterns. It was my first time making a circle skirt (success!) and my first time making a shirt with sleeves for such a little person. I almost threw in the towel a couple of times trying to sew those darn sleeves in. But in the end, it all worked out even though I made some modifications along the way.

She absolutely loves it, which is all I needed (it’s just too bad she’s so camera-shy… she said sarcastically). I am pretty happy with it too, and oddly enough, I even enjoyed making it – you know, except for the sleeves. I also decided to forego the traditional bonnet that Bo Peep wears and I think that helped keep the cursing to a minimum…

Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, Halloween 2014 | TheMombot.com
Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, Halloween 2014 | TheMombot.com

Now we get to party hardy at Mia’s school this morning and then go out for trick-or-treating tonight. Which means mom needs to sweat and curse twice today (and I already did that yesterday for these photos) while trying to dress three kids in costume… yay. Have I mentioned how much I looooooove Halloween??

The candy I steal from the kids after they go to bed almost makes it worth it. Almost.

DIY faux deer head (for under $50)

DIY faux deer head for under $50 | TheMombot.com

I have become ridiculously obsessed with deer heads. Perhaps its my Michigan roots, or perhaps I just got bit by the deer head trend. Either way, I’m too far gone.

Over the course of a few weeks, I started seeing pictures like these on the web that had me drooling…

home trend: faux deer head, antlers, taxidermy | TheMombot.com
1. West Elm | 2. Bliss-athome.com | 3. TheDesignerpad.com | 4. Rainonatinroof.com | 5. Mathewsfamilyhappenings.blogspot.com

And I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Suddenly the space above my fireplace seemed very empty and in need of a friend. The problem? These faux deer heads usually cost $99+. It wasn’t exactly in my budget, so I started doing some digging around.

Turns out, you can DIY one for under $50 – and people all over the internet are doing it!

Here’s how…

Purchase this 8 Point Buck Deer Head Bust Wall Hanging (a little rustic in all its painted glory) for under $50. At the time I purchased it, I bought it from a different seller for $33.50 plus $9.49 shipping, so I spent $42.99 total. It doesn’t seem like that option is available anymore, but prices on Amazon change all the time. There are plenty of sellers right now selling it for under $50. The size of this deer head is perfection (not too big, not too small) and it’s made of resin, making it both lightweight and durable.

DIY faux deer head for under $50 | TheMombot.com

You’ll also want to pick up some spray paint. I used Krylon’s glossy white spray for the head and metallic spray in Caramel Latte (satin) for the antlers. You could also paint the antlers a glossy white if you want it to be monotone, or something crazy like black, pink or yellow (which I almost did). The beauty of this deer head is that the antlers already come detached, so painting them a different color from the head is simple (and you can always repaint them later if you change your mind without even detaching it from the wall!).

Set out your pieces and spray paint that sucker.

DIY faux deer head for under $50 | TheMombot.com

Hang on wall. Attach antlers. Done.

DIY faux deer head for under $50 | TheMombot.com

In hindsight, I wish I had sprayed the head with some primer first to make the glossy paint stick a little better. This particular head has fake hair that is quite detailed, so getting the paint in-between all the crevices took about 4 or 5 coats before I was satisfied with the coverage.

Can I tell you a secret? Numerous sellers on Etsy are selling this exact deer head spraypainted white for $85-$150. Look at how much money I just saved you! Of course, if you aren’t a DIYer, then you can certainly buy one already done. White Faux Taxidermy also has some really lovely options at decent prices, though they are smaller in size.

But back to my little creation… The kids named “her” Ruby. She looks so friendly, don’t you think? She’s already dressed for fall, and you better believe she’ll be wrapped in a scarf for the holiday (my husband is shaking his head at me right now).

DIY faux deer head for under $50 | TheMombot.com
 
DIY faux deer head for under $50 | TheMombot.com
 
DIY faux deer head for under $50 | TheMombot.com

 

 

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DIY children’s watercolor art (for a rainy day)

It’s cold and rainy here in Colorado. Technically it’s still summer, but fall is creeping up on us and bringing us a light snowfall in mid-September (what??). I’m already dreading the days of being stuck indoors with 3 kids and no where for them to run free…

So today I’m thinking about finding a project that they can do indoors that will benefit us all and keep us happy amidst the gloomy weather. I pinned a couple of these ideas a while ago for DIY watercolor art from your kid’s creations, and I’m loving the thought of putting them together. Not only will the kids have a blast doing them, but it will keep them occupied (read: mommy stays sane while trying to get some work done), and in the end, I’ll have a new piece of art to hang in our hallway. Everybody wins!

DIY artwork from children's watercolor creations | TheMombot.com
{source: kate bullen }
 
 
DIY artwork from children's watercolor creations | TheMombot.com
{ source: playful learning }

 

Now I just have to get a pot of chili going on the stove and a fire in the fireplace and this day will be a lot more cheery than originally anticipated. Perhaps you’re not so bad after all, fall.

 

DIY Dora and Boots costumes

DIY Dora and Boots Costumes | TheMombot.com

Last year my daughter insisted on being Dora for Halloween. I happily obliged, knowing it would be an easy costume to put together. And then I realized I could make Lincoln a Boots costume and all would be right with the world.

Let’s not talk about the fact that when I put Mia in her costume come Halloween day, she cried and said she didn’t want to be Dora. Oh, 3 year olds.

Anyway, their costumes turned out cute and I convinced her to wear it in the end (even though when I went to pick her up from school she wasn’t wearing her shorts and was prancing around in white tights completely pantsless).

The Dora costume was really easy to pull together. I planned on buying it all, but couldn’t find orange shorts anywhere (surprising…), so I ended up making them. Here’s what I bought/created for her costume:

DIY Dora and Boots Costumes | TheMombot.com

DIY Dora Costume Supplies:

  • Pink t-shirt ($6 from Amazon)
  • Black wig ($7 from Target, they do actually make official Dora wigs here)
  • Orange shorts (DIYed: I used a current pair of shorts she owned and made a pattern, then made them with orange knit fabric and elastic)
  • White tights
  • Official Dora backpack ($11 on Amazon)
  • Pink shoes (technically, Dora wears yellow socks and white shoes, but I would never buy my daughter white shoes because they would be instantly trashed and I couldn’t find yellow socks anywhere, so I decided to go my own route – plus the tights were necessary due to cold weather)

DIY Boots Costume

For Lincoln’s costume, I decided I would make the entire thing. I used all fleece, knowing it wouldn’t be too expensive, it would be warm for nighttime trick-or-treating, and I wouldn’t have to hem it.

DIY Dora and Boots Costumes | TheMombot.com

To make main costume piece:

To make the costume, I wanted a one-piece outfit, so I used a pair of his pajamas to create the pattern. To do this yourself, just fold the front piece of the pajamas in half down the center front and place on top of fabric folded in half. Match up the center front of the pajamas with the fold in the fabric.

Then trace around your pajamas. I added about a 1/2″ all the way around since fleece doesn’t have as much give as the knit in the pajamas, and then another 1/2″ for seam allowance where necessary (everywhere but neck, wrist cuffs and pant cuffs).

I followed the same process to create the back piece of the costume using the back side of the pajamas as the pattern, but then I added 1/2″ at the center back and cut down the center back so that I had two pieces. I did this so I could insert the tail and so I could add in a velcro panel to close the costume.

DIY Dora and Boots Costumes | TheMombot.com

Before I sewed the front and back together, I cut a yellow oval out of fleece for the belly on the front side, pinned it in place, and stitched around the edges to attach it. For the back, I pinned the tail in the appropriate place and then sewed the two back pieces together halfway up (starting at the crotch, ending around the lower back). The tail is just a rectangular tube made from yellow and purple fleece, turned right side out. With the top half of the back, I sewed velcro on each piece to create a closure (see image above).

DIY Dora and Boots Costumes | TheMombot.com

The red boots:

I would have preferred to just buy red boots, but couldn’t find any, so I made boot covers from red fleece instead. I could have attached these to the costume, but decided it was easier not to. I used paper to create a pattern piece by laying it on top of the boot and molding it, drawing and cutting (it was all very scientific). Once I had a piece of paper that adequately covered the top of his foot, I used it as a pattern piece and cut out my red covers. They were two pieces; one that covered the foot part of the boot, and a rectangular piece that wrapped around the height of the boot, closed with velcro and tucked into the top of the boot. They were pretty poorly made, but I knew he’s only be wearing them once, so I didn’t really care.

The hat:

The hat was a little difficult. I used a winter hat that Lincoln already owned as the pattern, but I discovered later that the hat no longer fit him and was a bit small, so I had to add in a panel at back of his head to make it fit (as you can see in the photos). I also had to add seams to insert the ears and Boots’ little hair piece. To make the ears and hair piece stand up, I created them out of two pieces of fleece, sewn together and turned right side out, and then inserted shapes cut from plastic template sheets for stability- it worked like a charm. I would give more details on how I created the hat, but it was truly a “make it work” moment, so I wouldn’t be of much help… My best advice is to find a hat in a similar shape and trace it as a pattern.

Because I didn’t have to hem anything, the costume didn’t take long to make. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked for the one day that he wore it! And in my opinion, he looks pretty darn cute.

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Stylish staircase babyproofing: An update

Stylishly babyproofing your staircase and railings | TheMombot.com
cushioned hand rails  |  DIY half-door baby gate

You might remember a while back when I shared some stylish ways to babyproof your house and, more specifically, your stair railings. That’s what led me to create a railing guard from poster-sized sheets of plexiglass that I purchased at Hobby Lobby for $6 each, some frosted glass spray and some clear zip ties.

babyproofing staircase with plexiglass | themombot.com

The project was mostly successful, functional but a bit of a bust visually. The frosted glass spray turned out rather blotchy on the plexiglass and within about 6 months of hanging them, we had 3 cracks in various spots on the plexiglass. It wasn’t quite thick enough to withstand my running, bouncing, hyper kiddos. However, no one fell through the railings, so I guess that’s a bonus…

After walking past the cracks that I had covered with packing tape to prolong their life (quit judging me), I decided it was finally time to switch out the plexiglass and come up with something newer and better. That’s when I realized, hey, couldn’t I just use wood? Of course, it would have to be lightweight so that it could be held by zip ties (our railings are made of metal so we can’t drill into them), but it seemed totally doable and a lot sturdier.

I planned on purchasing some masonite board, knowing it was lightweight and came in big sheets. When I got to Home Depot I realized that they also had sheets of MDF board and they were lighter in weight and only $3 a piece – bingo!

Stylishly babyproofing your staircase and railings | TheMombot.com

I purchased 3 of them, along with some paint and some new zip ties (you can buy these in different strengths; mine are made to hold up to 75 lbs).

Although no light can pass through these boards like it could with the plexiglass (one of the reasons I loved this idea so much), I was able to paint them and add a little more color to our walkway. We used the same method to hang them: cut boards to size, drill holes in corners, string zip ties through the holes and tighten around railings. We also cut the last couple of boards to fit the upper staircase angle.

It probably took my husband and I about 45 minutes to hang the boards and we didn’t even fight because the process was easy (bonus). It is much sturdier than our original plexiglass solution and I like the added color to the staircase! I also feel a little more secure knowing the kids can’t punch through it, and it’s nice knowing we probably won’t have to replace it anytime soon.

Stylishly babyproofing your staircase and railings | TheMombot.com

All in all, it was a successful upgrade and an excellent lesson learned.

 

Boy’s tribal-inspired nursery

You guys, I finally finished up Graham’s nursery and got around to taking pictures of it. Luckily I finished before he graduated college (ok, he’s only 3 weeks old, so I’m sort of exaggerating). It was a really long process, and especially difficult because I was simultaneously working on a shared bedroom for our older two kids and I was all prego and tired. But praise Jesus, I finished (though there are always little things popping up that cause me to think, “Hey, I should do that in the nursery!”). Sometimes Pinterest is more of a hindrance than a help…

I am sure in a matter of weeks this room will be a nightmare covered in dirty spit-up rags, laundry and baby toys, so best I take pictures and share them now before my three little hooligans get the best of it.

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

The inspiration started way back when when I spotted this arrow fabric from Spoonflower.com. The fabric ended up being the priciest item in the entire nursery at $50 for 3 yards. I used a gift card to purchase all the other fabric at JoAnn’s to make the crib bedding, most of the furniture was handed down from babies number 1 and 2, and Target gift cards purchased pretty much everything else; so spending $50 on fabric didn’t seem like too bad of a deal.

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

You might remember the mood board I put together back in April based on this fabric and the color scheme I was going for. As things progressed, I ended up going much more tribal than originally planned. As I searched Pinterest for ideas on tribal nurseries, I realized it was actually a huge trend right now and I loved all the great inspiration I was finding. 

For the most part, I am happy with the overall color scheme, but to be honest I hate the color of these walls; I wish the yellow was a bit happier and less bland. But since we rent, there wasn’t an option to change them so I did my best to disguise them and work them in.

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

This changing table/cabinet has been around since our first child was born (from Ikea). I updated it a bit with new knobs found at Hobby Lobby and I purchased the rolling cart (also Ikea) to stow diaper supplies and blankets. I made the changing table cover with the arrow fabric from Spoonflower.

These shelves have been up since this was Lincoln’s room and neither myself nor my husband wanted to move them, so we worked around them. They used to house mostly books (as seen here), but I took the opportunity to incorporate some more thematic elements this time around. I created the “Bind my wandering heart to thee” wooden artwork (see DIY here) and I also made the “GTT” initials using paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby, twine and hot glue. The letters were really easy to create, they just took FOREVER.

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

Some of the other goodies on the shelves include an owl from our living room (middle shelf), an owl I found at Hobby Lobby on clearance that I spray painted white (top shelf), an “Oh the Places You’ll Go” print that I made way back when for Mia’s room (see here), a toy drum that we purchased for Lincoln on my first trip to Colorado before we moved here, and moccasins that were handmade by my husband’s aunt for Mia when she was a baby. As you can see, I repurposed a ton of stuff we already owned to fill these shelves; but I love that they all have meaning and a history behind them, and that many of them originally belonged to Graham’s older siblings.

Because the room is small, we decided to put the dresser in the closet; it was a perfect fit and there wasn’t really anything in the closet anyway. My father-in-law purchased and upcycled this adorable mid-century dresser which used to reside in Mia’s room. The drawers are pretty tiny, but it works well for itty bitty onesies.

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

On top of the dresser I am keeping Graham’s shoes, socks, pacifiers and mementos – including an engraved silver plate and spoon given to us by my husband’s work and a piggy bank from Graham’s grandparents.

When it comes to DIYing, I spent a lot of time sewing covers for our existing rocking chair cushions from Lincoln’s nursery, as well as all the bedding – comforter, crib skirt and bumper. I hated doing it, but I did save a ton of money and I was able to use the exact colors I wanted. The fitted sheet is from Target.

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

Graham’s pretty happy in his crib, so that’s all that matters.

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

A few other DIY details came into play around the crib as well. I changed my mind a couple of times on what to do above the crib and finally settled on this manzanita branch that I already owned and was gathering dust in the garage and some triangle garlands made from scrapbook cardstock. I felt like I needed a little more of the nature/tribal element on this side of the room, which is where the idea for the branch came from.

Baby boy tribal nursery | TheMombot.com

I also knew I wanted to do the wire lettering after seeing this “goodnight” lettering from Anthropologie, so I bought some silver wire at Hobby Lobby and went to work. To get nice round letters, I wrapped the wire around a plastic spice jar. I secured the words to the wall with a few tiny nails.

I was going to order the vinyl triangle decals for the wall on Etsy until I realized I could just buy gray vinyl at the craft store and cut them into triangles on my own (duh). So instead of spending about $25 on them, I spent $4 (for the roll of vinyl using a  40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby). I used a rotary cutter and ruler to cut the triangles.

The final elements of the room include the sheepskin rug (which I purchased for $9.99 at Ikea – score!), the wooden side table by the rocking chair from Target and the tribal artwork that I created for above the rocker (available for purchase in my Etsy shop in several colors). I love the sayings on each print: “Be strong, be brave,” “Dream big, little one,” and “Seek adventure, my son.”

Boy tribal-inspired nursery | TheMombot.com

I think that about covers it… I am SO happy that the nursery is complete. I love doing these home projects, but I also breathe a huge sigh of relief when they are done and I can move on to something else. Hopefully my little adventurer likes it just as much as I do.

DIY Father’s Day photo gift

DIY Father's Day photo gift | TheMombot.com

This year for Father’s Day, I wanted to give the Mr. something that would help him know just how loved he is, and something that would remind him of his last day as a Father of two (we were induced with Graham the day after Father’s Day).  So when I decided to do one of those cheesy “we love dad” Father’s Day photos, I made sure to get in the shot so that Graham would be included as a still-in-the-womb baby.

Have you got any idea how hard it is to get a photo of two kids under 4 and yourself with the camera on a tripod and no one behind it yelling at the kids to look at them? Yikes. That almost put me into labor.

We tried the previous day to get a picture of us standing together outside, but none of them turned out. At least one of the kids wasn’t holding their sign facing the camera in each and every picture or they were making a weird face – which is not uncommon for my children…

So on day two, we settled in Graham’s nursery (it has the best lighting and is one of the only rooms with a blank wall that we could sit against for a backdrop) and tried again. It worked much better for us to be sitting as opposed to standing since our height difference is so great (something I realized from the previous day’s shoot). To get the picture, I propped the camera up on the floor with some towels, knowing I wanted the blurred floor in the foreground. And then came about 800 “look at the camera!” and “hold up your sign!” and “just one more, I promise!” phrases spoken by yours truly.

DIY Father's Day photo gift | TheMombot.com

I was thrilled when I looked at the film and saw this photo. We were all smiling and you can pretty much tell what each of the signs says, even though Lincoln’s is a little covered. I figured my husband was smart enough to decipher the “dad” on his card (update: he was).

To complete the gift, I had Mia fill out and draw on these free printables from She’s Kinda Crafty. I thought they were super cute and easy for a 4-year-old to complete. I had to resize them to 5×7 to get them to fit in my frame before printing.

DIY Father's Day photo gift | TheMombot.com
 
DIY Father's Day photo gift | TheMombot.com

My daughter was so proud of the help she put into his gift and I know my husband will be proud to show it off at work. We gave him lots of other goodies on Father’s Day too, but this was my favorite. There’s nothing like a heartfelt, handmade gift, don’t you think?

DIY mini pallet art

Mini DIY pallet art

In my quest to find artwork for baby #3’s nursery, I kept coming across this “Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee” wooden art on Pinterest: 

Mini DIY pallet art
{ inspiration picture via ontobaby.com }

I loved that it is both a bible verse and fits the arrow/tribal theme I’ve got going in the nursery. I figured it would be pretty easy to make on my own, so I decided to attempt it.

Transferring words or images to wood or canvas is a fairly easy process, it’s the painting that takes forever. If I had a Cricut, I could make a stencil and it would take no time at all; but since I don’t, I have to do things the old fashioned way. In the past, I have made canvas art by printing on white contact paper and cutting the words out with an Exact-o knife (see here). Then I just stenciled the words on with paint and it was quick – but the cutting is time consuming.

This time, I decided to use a transfer technique instead. Here’s how to do it:

How to Transfer an Image to Canvas or Wood

1. Create your artwork on your computer in the exact size you want and print.

2. Figure out where you want to position your artwork on your canvas/wood.

3. Color on the backside of your paper with chalk (you could also use a pencil, depending on the color of what you are transferring to – chalk worked best for me this time since my wood was dark and pencil wouldn’t have shown up). Do small sections at a time instead of transferring the entire image so you don’t rub it off as you paint.

Mini DIY pallet art

4. Paint inside your transferred artwork.

Mini DIY pallet art

Easy enough, but it did take some time; especially because my font was small and precise.

How to make a wood pallet:

Mini DIY pallet art

I has some leftover 2×4’s that were already stained from Mia’s bunk bed project. My husband used our Kreg Jig to connect the boards. Alternately, you could use two small wooden tacking strips and attach each board to it with screws. I also saw that Hobby Lobby sells pre-made pallets similar to this for less than $10. If I didn’t already have the wood, I definitely would have gone that root to save time and energy on creating my own!

Here’s the finished product:

Mini DIY pallet art