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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Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I love giving gifts, but I’m not so great at giving cards with them. I’m more focused on the gift itself (gifts are my love language after all) than I am on the card, so if you do happen to get one from me, consider yourself lucky! All that is soon to change though with this super easy DIY washi tape birthday card. With a few supplies and a few minutes, you can make the cutest candle card to accompany any celebratory gift!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Washi Tape Birthday Card

Take one greeting card and set it down open side toward you.

Next, take one piece of washi and place it in the middle of your card about halfway up.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once you have your tape where you want it, trim as close to the card as you can without cutting into the card. If you do accidentally cut into the card, that’s okay! I definitely did once or twice!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Continue placing and trimming tape until you reach the edge of the card.

I added my patterned tapes in random order, but you could do an alternating pattern or something like that if you’d like! That would be super cute!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you reach the edge, you may notice that your last piece of tape extends beyond the side of the card.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If that’s the case, trim the bottom as usual and also trim the tape on the side.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Now that you have one side done, start adding tape “candles” in the other direction. As you’re adding tape, make sure to vary the height of each strip.

There’s no rhyme or reason to how I varied my tape height. I just kept shifting up and down.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you get to the other edge, trim the excess tape off the bottom and the side just like before.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you’re all done adding tape, your card should look something like this.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Take the yellow marker and begin adding teardrops (flames) above each candle. Leave a little bit of space between the bottom of each teardrop and the top of each candle.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Your card should look something like this when you finish with the teardrops.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Begin adding wicks to connect each candle with its flame.

Start a little below the center of each teardrop and draw a straight line down to the top of each candle. Be careful not to touch your black pen to the washi tape.

Work your way across the card until each candle has a wick.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Ta-da! Look how cute your candles are!

Now, you’re all set to add a message to your washi tape birthday card and give it to a friend!


Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes


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Holiday Freebie: DIY Printable Valentines

Holiday Freebie: DIY Printable Valentines - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Hello, everyone!

I’m coming at y’all today with a very exciting freebie! If you’re a newsletter subscriber, then you’ve already seen these printable valentines! If not, you should sign up for my newsletter so you can get first access to releases like this!

Holiday Freebie: DIY Printable Valentines - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

This week’s adorable freebie features five printable valentines — three with honey bees and two with conversation hearts!

I love all five, but I’m partial to the honey bees! They are just TOO CUTE!!

You can sweeten up your cards by taping a piece of candy on the inside or outside of each valentine! Actual conversation hearts are an acquired taste so I wouldn’t suggest those but they would go quite nicely with the second set of cards! 🙂

[Related: Happy Valentine’s Day Art Print: Free Download]

Holiday Freebie: DIY Printable Valentines - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Before I give you the freebie file, there are a few things I’d like to say.  I spent a lot of time designing and creating this printable, so please be kind when you use it.

  • Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes printables are for personal use only
  • You may not re-sell, re-distribute, or claim this work as your own
  • If you post this on the Internet, please give the credit to Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes and link it back to my blog (www.pinkbowstwinkletoes.com)

Enough of the heavy stuff! Now it’s time for the fun! For best results, I recommend printing these cuties on cardstock.

I’m providing you this printable in both a PNG and PDF file format.  I’ve found that the PNG prints richer colors than the PDF.  It’s up to you which file you use though!

To download the PNG file on desktop:

  1. Click on the image above
  2. Click “view full size”
  3. Right click and save image
  4. Open saved file and print
  5. ENJOY!!

If you skip step 2 and don’t click the “view full size” button, the image will save in a much smaller format and will print incorrectly.

You can download the PDF version here, PBTT Printable Valentines.


Don’t forget to tag me in any and all Instagram posts featuring my printables! (@pinkbowstwinkletoes and #pinkbowstwinkletoes)  I would love to see how you’re using them! :)

I’ll be back again soon with more printable fun!

<3 Natalie


Holiday Freebie: DIY Printable Valentines - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Holiday Freebie: DIY Printable Valentines - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Holiday Freebie: DIY Printable Valentines - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Stamped Greeting Cards: Easy DIY

Hello Crafters!

Those of you that follow me on Instagram (if you’re not already, follow me @pinkbowstwinkletoes) have seen several posts in the last few weeks featuring some homemade greeting cards.

I love how all of my greeting cards have turned out, so I figured I’d write up a little tutorial for you all!

When I say making these cards is super easy, I mean super duper easy peasy!  You can make several cards in 10 minutes or less!

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Supplies:

  • Cardstock (I used white, but you can use a color if you prefer)
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Ink pads
  • Stamps
  • Markers (I like Staedtler Dual Tips)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)

Step 1:

Take a sheet of cardstock and cut it in half lengthwise creating two strips.

Step 2:

To make a folding card, fold each strip in half.

To make flat cards, cut each strip in half.

I’ll be making both types of cards in this tutorial!

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Here are the stamps I’ll be using for my cards.

I bought these at Michaels several years ago. The season was changing, so everything in their spring collection was one sale.  I went a little crazy (who doesn’t love clearance?!) and bought every stamp set I could find from this collection.  I have about eight packs! 🙂

I love the watercolor ink look, so I’m using two pink inks and an orange one for my first owl.

Step 3:

Take your ink pads and apply each color randomly to your stamp.

If you’re using a light ink and several dark ones (like me!), I suggest using the light ink first and then applying the dark inks.  Going in that order prevents you from ruining your light colors with dark ones.

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Step 4:

Stamp it!

I chose to use this owl on a folding card, so I stamped my image on the right side of the opened card.  I find folded cards easier to stamp when they are opened up.

Step 5:

Add your message!

I like to take a ruler and draw a pencil line before I go in and add my copy.  If I don’t add a line, I always end up writing on a slant!

Step 6:

Add a fun message on the inside of your card!

On the inside of my card, I’m going to write something along the lines of “That’s owl speak for…”

I’m going to repeat steps 1-6 and make a flat floral card now.

I mixed orange and coral red ink for this one.

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I love how these two inks look when mixed together!

I added “Yay” to this card!  I think it’ll be very cute for celebrations and such!

I also decided to make a blue and green owl!

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This time, I stamped the owl on a flat card!

There are so many fun “owl” sayings out there, that I’m bound to use another one when I send out this card! 🙂

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I hope you all enjoyed this super duper easy peasy tutorial!

If I weren’t taking photos while making these cards, they would’ve taken me less than ten minutes to make!

Happy Crafting!

<3 Natalie

 

 

DIY Bridal Shower Guessing Game

Hi everyone!

I have a crafting tutorial to share with you today!

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve shared a craft with you all! Unfortunately, I haven’t done all that much crafting recently.  Hopefully, I’ll be doing more this fall and winter though.  🙂

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Today, I’ll be showing you how to make these adorable lips and mustaches that go along with a guessing game that I put together for one of my best friend’s bridal shower!

I played this game at my sister-in-law’s bridal shower a little over a year ago. My version is a little different than what one of her bridesmaids created for her.  I’ve taken elements from her version, some questions I found online, and a few of my own designs to create the version I’m sharing with you today.  I hope you like it!

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Supplies:

Before beginning this project, find out how many people are expected to attend the bridal shower.  You are going to need two dowels per person! I didn’t take this into account when first purchasing my dowels, so I ended up having to make a second trip to the craft store!

There are three different methods to making the game props.  This tutorial will mostly be for the more involved (a little more difficult) method that I used, but I have also outlined the easier methods below

Option 1: Print the Outline Printable onto colored cardstock and then cut out the individual lips and mustaches. Once all the lips and mustaches are cut out, simply hot glue them to the end of the wooden dowels. Now skip to Step 7!

Option 2: Print the Solid Fill Printable onto white cardstock and then cut out the individual lips and mustaches. Once all the lips and mustaches are cut out, simply hot glue them to the end of the wooden dowels. Now skip to Step 7!

Option 3 – The method I used:

Step 1: Print the Outline Printable onto white cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out two or three lips and mustaches to make traceable stencils.

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Step 3: Use a pencil to trace as many lips and mustaches as you can onto pink/red and black cardstock.

After tracing an entire page, the original, white template was a little worn down.  At that point, I switched to one of my other cutout templates.

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Step 4: Cut out all of the lips and mustaches!

Step 5: Once all the lips and mustaches are cut out, go around the edges of each shape and erase the leftover pencil marks.

This can be tedious work, so I suggest you find a friend (I enlisted my mom!) and try not to do all the tracing, cutting, and erasing in one sitting!

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Step 6: Once all the shapes are cut out and the pencil marks are erased, use hot glue to attach the shapes to the wooden dowels.

Be careful not to apply too much hot glue.  The sticks are small and the paper isn’t all that thick. Too much glue could cause the paper to warp and glue to ooze out the sides of the dowel and the bottom of the shape.

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Once the glue is dry, you can arrange all your pretty props in a vase!

Step 7 (or you can do this before Step 1):  Ask your bride and groom a series of questions.

Your questions can be along the lines of favorites (favorite foods, favorite movies, favorite music, etc.) or they can be questions about the couple’s relationship (first date, first kiss, the proposal, etc.)  I’ve played the game both ways and each way is very fun!

These are the questions that I asked:

  1. Who initiated the first date?
  2. Who initiated the first hand hold?
  3. Who initiated the first kiss?
  4. Who said, “I love you” first?
  5. Who met their future in-laws first?
  6. Who popped the question?
  7. Who will cry on the big day?
  8. Who keeps a cleaner car?
  9. Who is better in the kitchen?
  10. Who picked the honeymoon location?
  11. Who wants to have the most kids?

These are pretty generic questions that would work for any couple.  If there’s something specific that pertains to your couple, then you can add those questions in and maybe subtract a few of mine!  It’s up to you!

How to play the game:

Give every party goer both a lip and a mustache.  Once everyone has their props, you’re going to begin asking the questions to the group.  After you ask a question, party goers will hold up the lips if they think the answer is “bride” or they will hold up the mustache if they think the answer is “groom.”

For example, if they think the bride initiated the first date, they would hold up their lips and if they think it was the groom they would hold up their mustache.

I’ve played this game twice now, and both times it was tons of fun!  The crowd always has a great time and sometimes they come up with their own questions and just start shouting them out!  It’s very entertaining!!  🙂

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Here’s my setup from the bridal shower.

Along with the Lip and Mustache guessing game, I also had two paper games and prizes to go along with those games.

I had so much fun with the games at this shower and several party goers said they loved them too!  That pleased me quite a bit!  🙂

Until next time, I wish you Happy Crafting!

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