Easy DIY: 3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards

3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know by now that I have been loving acrylic place cards and plaques over the last few months! I love the surface texture and how sleek and chic they look when painted. So, today I’m sharing my top 3 uses for acrylic place cards with you!

3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

For starters, I’ll share with you where I like to get my place cards! My favorite shop is UNIQOOO. They have their own website, but also have a ton of their products available with Prime Shipping — I’m a huge fan of Prime, so I always like to make my purchases through Amazon!

All of the projects outlined below are very simple! All can be accomplished with a paint brush, acrylic paint, and a paint pen. Simply paint your desired pattern on one side of your acrylic place card, wait for the paint to completely dry, flip your place card over, and write your message on the “blank” side. And ta-da! You are all done!

3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards

Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Place Cards

The most obvious answer — place cards! Add a little spice to your weekly family dinner or jazz up a holiday celebration with a few personalized place cards! Because of the pandemic, my family was unable to spend Easter together this year. Instead of getting together, we all contributed a little bit to a holiday meal that my parents delivered around town. My contribution? Place cards!!

Since Easter, my family still has not been able to gather for a holiday meal, but once we can, we will be bringing our matching place cards together for a long-awaited family meal! Also, I will probably end up making place cards for Christmas and other holidays as well! They’re just too cute not to have a whole collection!

For this project, I used UNIQOOO’s rectangle acrylic place cards along with Liquitex Green Gray acrylic paint, and a gold, oil-based paint pen.

Acrylic Holiday Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Holiday Cards – Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Etc.

Add some flair to your next holiday greeting! I used an acrylic place card to make a Valentine for my sweet niece (who LOVES the holiday). As you can see here, she is quite tickled by the greeting! I also have it on good authority that she likes to carry around her special Easter place card too!

For this project, I used UNIQOOO’s rectangle acrylic place cards, along with Liquitex paints, and a white, oil-based paint pen.

Acrylic Holiday Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I also recently made a birthday “card” for one of my friends. I think this little hexie would be adorable as a gift wrap addition too! A little double sided tape on the back and it would adhere to any gift quite nicely!

I will definitely be using these to make fun gift tags when Christmas comes around too! Stay tuned for that in a few months!

For this project, I used UNIQOOO’s hexagon acrylic place cards, along with Liquitex paints, and a white, oil-based paint pen.

[Related: Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card]

Acrylic Tokens of Encouragement - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Words & Tokens of Encouragement

Last but not least, my absolute favorite way to use acrylic place cards is as tokens of encouragement! I absolutely love motivational quotes and other little sayings as a means of inspiration! Right when I need a little boost of encouragement, a meaningful quote always pops up on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest feed, which I love!

These little tokens are my way of being that bit of inspiration in my friends’ lives

These cheerful lemons and monstera leaves are my current favorites! They’re just so happy and fun and bring an instant smile to my face! I actually filmed a few lettering videos featuring each of these and shared on Instagram if you’re interested in taking a look! Here is the lemon video and the monstera leaf one.

Acrylic Tokens of Encouragement - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I also created a collection of white, blush pink, and gold tokens of encouragement, which I mailed to work colleagues for Valentine’s Day! I’m not sure where each lady placed theirs, but in my head, they’re sitting on their desks as a simple reminder that they rock at their jobs and to keep shining bright!

Again for this project I used, I used UNIQOOO’s rectangle acrylic place cards along with Liquitex paints, and a gold, oil-based paint pen.


Now, the above are just 3 uses for acrylic place cards! There are so many other great uses that I haven’t explored yet! When I come up with new ideas, I’ll be sure to share on Instagram, so make sure you give me a follow if you haven’t already!

[Related: Easy DIY: Hand-Lettered Door Mat]

3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: Hand-Lettered Doormat

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

It’s been a long while since my last crafting tutorial, so I’m very pleased to be sharing this super easy (and I mean super easy) DIY hand-lettered doormat with y’all today!

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies

  • Plain Doormat (I got mine at Target, but you can also get them on Amazon)
  • Large Paint Brush
  • Outdoor Acrylic Paint
  • Paint palette (I went the paper plate route)
DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

DIY Hand-Lettered Doormat

I knew from the get-go that I wanted my doormat to say “hello” on it. Tons of other short words would be cute too like “hey” or “hi” or “love” or anything else really!

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

There are only a few steps to this project:

  1. Decide on your word
  2. Trace it out (if you’d like)
  3. Paint your word
  4. Go over your word with one more coat of paint
  5. Let dry
DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

After I decided on my word, I eyeballed my mat, and then started free-handing. Originally, I was going to trace out my word but then decided that it would be easier to just go for it.

If you would like to trace it out before you start, then I’d suggest using a Sharpie to do that. Write lightly and make sure that you cover your line completely with paint.

When painting your mat, keep in mind that your word doesn’t have to be made up of one fluid stroke. Mine is made up of hundreds (I don’t even think I’m exaggerating here) of tiny, short stokes back and forth.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Almost done!

After you’ve painted the basic lines and shape for your word, load your brush with paint, turn it sideways (like in the photo above) and continue to paint over your lines to darken them up a bit.

It’s much easier to create a dark line with your brush turned sideways. The doormat is very rough, so by loading your brush with paint and turning it sideways, you’re able to get lots of paint down in the cracks and crevices.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

After darkening each letter on my mat, I stood up on a chair to create some distance from my mat. I found it so much easier to gauge the color density from far away than to gauge it from up close.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once you’re happy with the look of your hand-lettered doormat, you’re all done! My paint recommended that you let it cure for 48-72 hours. To be safe (and because I’m a little lazy), I let mine dry for over a week. It would be pretty awful to put your doormat out early and then end up tracking wet paint through your house.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to drying times!


I hope y’all enjoyed this super easy hand-lettered doormat tutorial! You know how much I love crafting, so I hope to be back again soon with another fun project!

Are you interested in more hand lettering fun? Check out my Top 5 Favorite Lettering Supplies.


DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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DIY: Hand Painted Bubba Keg

Hi everyone!

Today, I’ll be sharing a Bubba Keg painting tutorial with you.

Bubba Kegs are very popular for college road trips and Woodser parties.  Some of my friends and I are going on a road trip to LSU in a few weeks, so I decided to paint my friend a Bubba Keg for her birthday.

I painted myself a Bubba Keg when I went on this same road trip two years ago, so I don’t have to worry about painting myself one for the trip this year!

IMG_5309Supplies:

  • Bubba Keg (I got mine on Amazon)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Modge Podge (I know it’s really called Mod Podge!)
  • Paintbrushes (in various sizes)
  • X-acto Knife

IMG_5312Martha Stewart Crafts:

  • Wedding Cake
  • Champagne (optional)

Buttercream:

  • Sapphire
  • Plum Polished
  • Petunia (optional)
  • Seaway
  • Darling Teal

As you may have noticed, I only ever use Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint, but Jo-Ann’s just came out with this new Buttercream line!  I couldn’t resist giving it a try!

IMG_5316Start by applying painter’s tape around the edges of the metal.  The metal portion is the only part of the mug we will be painting.

I went ahead and covered the entire handle as well.  I didn’t realize until after I took this picture that it would need to be protected too!

IMG_5317We’re going to use the white paint as our base coat.

IMG_5324Add three or four coats of white paint.  You want to completely cover the “Bubba” logo that is printed on the metal.

The idea is to create an even layer of paint for your design to be drawn on top of.

IMG_5326Once the white paint has dried (give it an hour at least), begin painting with the light turquoise.  IMG_5329This project is all about building up the color, so we’ll need to add several coats of each paint.

IMG_5335Add three or four coats of paint, until you’re satisfied with the opaqueness.

I let the light turquoise paint dry overnight.  I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before I began painting on my design.

I chose Ikat for this project!  Ikat is so pretty and super easy to paint!  If you’re also a fan of Ikat, you can continue on to read about how I created my design.  If you don’t like Ikat and would prefer another pattern, go for it!  Feel free to skip ahead to the end where I go over how to seal off and finish the Bubba Keg!

IMG_5336I wanted the blue paint to be the star of the show, so I’m going to use it for the larger portions of the Ikat design.

Start with a decent amount of paint on your brush and paint a rough diamond shape.

IMG_5339Add a tiny bit more paint to your brush.  Hold the brush perpendicular to the mug and begin dragging out the paint.

It’s okay if the sides aren’t symmetrical!  They aren’t supposed to be!

To see a video of the Ikat painting technique, click here.

IMG_5343Continue painting the diamond shapes all around the mug.  I ended up with six of them.

It’s okay if the distance between each diamond isn’t the same.  None of mine are!

IMG_5347Now we’re going to add little half diamonds between the large ones.

Start with the dark turquoise and paint a triangle.

IMG_5350Just like before, hold your brush perpendicularly and drag out the paint.

IMG_5351I chose to alternate top and bottom with the dark turquoise!   I think it adds a little something to the design!

IMG_5356Do the same steps as above but use the purple paint now.

IMG_5359We’re going to go back later and paint over these to make them look better and more opaque!

IMG_5362Once you’ve painted all of the diamonds, let the mug sit and dry for an hour or so.

IMG_5369Once the mug has had time to dry, go back and paint over each diamond with a smaller brush.

IMG_5451The smaller brush allows you to repaint each “spike” without messing them up and painting “outside the lines.”

I went over each of my diamonds twice. I wanted them to be super opaque!

After repainting, let the mug dry for several hours.  We don’t want any wet paint when we go to seal it!

IMG_5453Now comes the Modge Podge!  I know I call it the wrong name, but just roll with it!  Modge Podge is way more fun to say than Mod Podge! 🙂

Use a larger brush to apply Modge Podge all over your design.  I like to paint horizontally in one direction.

You can see some small chunks of Modge Podge in the picture.  Try your best to get all of those off before the Modge Podge dries.

If you’ve never used Modge Podge before, don’t get too concerned over the streaky whiteness that appears after applying it!  That will go away as it begins to dry!

IMG_5456After a few minutes, most of the whiteness has disappeared!

Add two or three coats of Modge Podge to the mug.  Wait at least 30 minutes between coats.

IMG_5458Once the Modge Podge has dried, we’re ready to finish of the Bubba Keg!

As you can see, quite a bit of paint got in the little crevice between the painter’s tape and the metal we were painting on top of.  We want to make sure that the paint on the mug isn’t glued to the painter’s tape!  That could make for a serious disaster!  We do not want all of our hard work ripped off!

IMG_5459To avoid such a serious disaster, we’re gong to take an X-Acto knife and cut the paint away from the tape.

Take the knife (it fits perfectly in the little groove) and add a little pressure while running it around the entire mug.

IMG_5464Do the same with the tape on the bottom.

IMG_5468Once you’ve peeled off the tape, our project is complete!

I absolutely love this color palette and the way the mug turned out!

I’m sure my friend will love it too!

Happy Crafting!!
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