Hand Lettering: Water Brush 103

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been quite some time since I posted an article in this series.  I didn’t forget about my Water Brush series, I just switched platforms and forgot to tell you all!  I apologize for that! 🙁

Several weeks ago, I switched this series over to my Instagram Stories.  Every Wednesday, I post 5ish lettering videos of my water brush practice on my Story for my followers to enjoy!

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Two weeks ago, I finished the lowercase alphabet.

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Last week, I started working on numbers and will finish up numbers 5-9 on my Instagram Stories tomorrow afternoon.

Once I finish working on numbers, I’m going to move on to uppercase letters.  After that, I’ll move on to practicing full words!

Follow me on Instagram so you never miss a minute of my lettering journey!

You can follow me on Instagram @pinkbowstwinkletoes 🙂

I’ve been having a great deal of fun recording these videos and hope you all enjoy them too!

Happy Lettering!

<3 Natalie

 

 

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Hand Lettering: Water Brush 102

Hello everyone!

I’ve made a tiny bit of progress since my last water brush lettering post!

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I’ve moved on from the basic strokes to some lowercase letters.

I’m using the Brush Letter Practice Guide from @randomolive.  Her guides are helping me to perfect my letter forms with the water brush!

The Brush Letter Practice Guide comes with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and more!  It’ll take me a month or two to complete the guide, but I’m excited for all my progress along the way!

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I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to get a smaller water brush!  I was able to get my hands on one and made this little comparison sheet for you.

The top, blue strokes are from the new, small brush, and the lower, green strokes are from my original, medium brush.

The difference between the two is slight, but I think it’s making a big difference for me.  I much prefer the smaller brush! 🙂

Here are a few action shots for you!

For some reason, I prefer lowercase to uppercase when I’m lettering.  I don’t know why, but I do!

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I practiced the first five letters of the alphabet.  I’m going to tackle the rest of the alphabet next!  Then I will move on to those pesky, capital letters! 🙂

I’ll be back soon with another water brush update!

Happy lettering! 🙂

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Hand Lettering: Water Brush 101

Hello everyone!

I have an exciting announcement to share with you all!  Those that follow me on Instagram have probably already heard, but for those who haven’t, I’m happy to share with you that I was chosen to be a brush lettering tutor on the Random Olive Tutor Team!

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You can read more about the Tutor Team and the other awesome tutors by clicking here.

Olivia from Random Olive is a fantastic letterer that I discovered on Instagram many months ago.  She does a lot with watercolor and water brush lettering!  I’ve been using brush pens for over a year now and after being chosen for her Tutor Team, I have decided to give water brush lettering a try!

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I’m starting my water brush lettering journey with a few basic supplies:

The Brush Letter Guide I linked above is quite large!  I only printed off the first ten pages or so to start.

I mainly focused on the basic strokes (down stroke, up stroke, and combinations of the two) during my first practice session.

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I started with the basic down stroke page.

Using a water brush is completely different than using a brush pen, so while this exercise may look super easy, it’s actually a tad difficult!

As you can see, I had trouble with consistentcy! That’s something that can be fixed with practice though!

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Here is some of my “U” practice.

It’ll take me a while to get used to all the moving bristles of a water brush!

Pentel makes their Aquash pens in several different sizes.  I bought a medium tip because that is all they had at Michaels.  After this first round of practice, I have decided that a small tipped brush may be easier for me and produce better lettering!

I’ve found the small brush on Amazon and will be purchasing it very soon!

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In the meantime, here is a photo of my first attempt at letters.

As you can see, the medium brush (or maybe it’s just me!) makes the letters rather chunky looking!  I think with a smaller brush, I will be able to produce better letters.

I’ll be back again soon with more water brush lettering updates!  In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for more lettering fun! 🙂

Happy Lettering!

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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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DIY: Happy Birthday Banner

Hi everyone!

I have a super easy, birthday project to share with you today!

It’s my roommate’s birthday this week, so I made a birthday banner to hang in our apartment to celebrate!

IMG_5404Supplies:

  • 4.5 by 6.5 Cardstock Scrapbooking Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic Paint (I recommend metallic!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • Something Angled (I’m using a name tag)

Start the project by deciding what phrase you want to spell out with your banner.  I chose “Happy Birthday!”

Once you’ve decided on a phrase, count out the appropriate number of cardstock pages.

IMG_5405Use your angled object to create the shape of each banner piece.

I’m using a name tag I was given several years ago on my Bid Day.

Lay down your angled piece and trace with a pencil.

IMG_5408Cut along the pencil lines.

Go ahead and cut all of the banner pieces now.

IMG_5412Once you’ve cut the pieces, it’s time to hole punch them and then paint the letters.

I painted my letters in a basic font. I didn’t want anything too complicated.  A low maintenance font makes the project much easier to complete!

If you’re not comfortable free handing the letters with your paintbrush, draw them lightly with pencil first and then paint over the lines.

IMG_5414My paper pack came with many coordinating paper options, so I picked my favorites and alternated them for this project.

IMG_5421Now it’s time to string the letters together.

Thread the ribbon in and out of each punched hole. I like to fold the end of the ribbon in half, so it fits nicely through the holes without giving me much trouble!

I would keep your ribbon on the spool while threading the letters.  That way you won’t encounter the problem of too little or too much ribbon on each end.

IMG_5426To make sure that each banner piece stays in its place, I like to add a little bit of Scotch Tape on the backside of each piece.

Once each banner piece is secured, the banner is ready to hang!

IMG_5444I apologize for the weird lighting.  I took this picture three different times throughout the day, and this is the best I could get!

I promise the banner looks fantastic in person though!

I’ve made a few of these over the years for different occasions.  They’re great for any celebration you may have!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial!

Happy Crafting!!

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Easy DIY: Floral Monogram Puzzle Pieces

Hi everyone!

For the past three years, I’ve made monogram puzzle pieces for my sorority’s (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Big Little Reveal.  We welcome each new Little to the Lazy Daisy Family with a monogram puzzle piece that connects to their Big’s piece.

They’re super cute and pretty easy to make, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

IMG_5122Supplies:

  • Wooden Puzzle Pieces (Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
  • Wooden Letters
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Pencil
  • Bowl

IMG_5124Acrylic Paint:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts
    • Scottish Highlands
    • Wedding Cake
    • Chamomile
  • Americana
    • Primary Blue

IMG_5126Start by using a bowl to trace a half circle on the puzzle pieces to create the center of the daisy.

IMG_5131After tracing the center, draw some flower petals.  Since the puzzle pieces are meant to connect, I like for my petals to overlap.

These two pieces are meant to connect to two other pieces that I made previously.  You can see a tiny sliver of my Little’s piece in the upper left hand corner of this photo.

IMG_5135Painting time!

I like to start with the yellow and then move on to the white.

I paint right over my pencil lines.  After a few coats, the pencil marks will no longer be visible.

IMG_5136Here are the pieces after the first two coats of paint.  As you can see, the pencil lines are still somewhat visible.

IMG_5177Add at least one more coat of white paint, which will bring you to three coats of white.

There should also be three or so coats of yellow paint on the centers.

IMG_5180While you wait for the flowers to dry, begin painting the wooden letters green.

These will also require three coats of paint.

IMG_5197Now it’s time to add the blue paint!

Americana is a much thinner paint than Martha Stewart, so more coats are necessary to achieve an even application.

I like to have a few Q-tips handy at this point.  Whenever I get blue paint on the white, I quickly lick a Q-tip and clean up the mess!

IMG_5201I ended up using three coats of blue to achieve an even application.

IMG_5204It’s very important to remember to paint the edges of each puzzle piece.

If the sides aren’t painted, the puzzle pieces will look unfinished.  Nobody wants that!!

IMG_5222Once the puzzle pieces are dry, begin preparing the wooden letters.

When gluing wood to wood, I like to apply Tacky Glue with a paintbrush.  I like to make sure that the items I’m gluing will not detach.

IMG_5232Once you glue on the letters, the puzzle pieces are complete!

I absolutely love the way these look!

In reality, both pieces with the letter J connect.  I took a square picture though, because I thought it would be cuter! 🙂

Happy Big Little and Happy Crafting!!!

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Watercolor Wednesday – The Adventure Begins

Hi everyone!

I’ve been looking for a new craft for a while now and have decided to try out watercolor!

Since I usually post on Wednesdays and watercolor starts with a “W,” I have dubbed this little adventure “Watercolor Wednesday.” I won’t be posting a watercolor article every Wednesday (because I’ll probably forget), but I will be posting several each month!

Get excited! IMG_3920Jo-Ann’s had a ton of 50% off coupons floating around last week, so I decided to go ahead and pick up some watercolor supplies!

They had a big, pretty pack of 24 watercolors that I really wanted to buy, but I was sensible and chose to buy the small (way less exciting) 12 pack.  If I get really good at watercolors, you better believe I will go back and buy the big pack of paints!

I also bought a paint palette (all my other ones are gross and not good for pictures), some paint brushes (I have lots of paint brushes, but I use them all for acrylics), and some watercolor paper. (I really needed this. I don’t have any other watercolor paper lying around!) IMG_3965I began testing my skills with some doodles and brush lettering.

If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should), you would know that I took up brush lettering earlier in the summer.  Conveniently enough, those skills transferred over, and I feel somewhat confident in my ability to letter with an actual paint brush! Yay! IMG_3966I really love how my little lemon turned out! Too cute!!

After painting such an adorable lemon, I got confident in my skills and decided to paint a phrase. IMG_3968Now this right here is what happens when you aren’t paying attention to your work!  Such a sad, sad typo!

I was paying more attention to Gilmore Girls than I was my words and ended up making a fatal mistake! 🙁

I actually caught the mistake as soon as I finished the “e” in “dream” but decided to just go ahead and finish it anyway. Next time I’ll pause my Netflix when I’m working on something semi-tedious!

Lesson learned!

I hope you enjoyed this little intro to Watercolor Wednesday!

I’ll be back next week with (hopefully) no typos! Bow signature pink

DIY – How To Paint an Ikat Canvas

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy painting tutorial to share with you today! IMG_2913Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Flat paint brush
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

IMG_3119Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint

  • Hummingbird
  • Twilight Blue
  • Mother of Pearl

Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

  • Sterling

IMG_2916Start with the blue, pearl paint and evenly place little dots of paint across your canvas.  Be sure to stagger your dots!

I squirted my paint dots right out of the bottle to ensure that the dots were relatively even in size.  I didn’t want one dot to have significantly more or less paint than any of the others. IMG_2918Using your paint brush, make a rough diamond shape where each paint dot is located. IMG_2923Continue making the rough diamonds. IMG_2926 Once all the blue diamonds are completed, go over each of them with a little bit of the white pearl paint.

We’re just trying to add a little extra sheen. IMG_2932On the right side of each blue diamond, add a smaller, silver one. IMG_2934 Make the assumption that the pattern continues off the canvas and paint silver diamonds to the right of where the assumed blue diamonds are.  Does that make sense? IMG_2940Continue painting the silver diamonds off the edge of the canvas. IMG_2944Add small green diamonds (the same size as the silver ones) to the left of the large, blue diamonds. IMG_2946Add small, green diamonds on top of the large, blue ones.

The pearl and metallic paint aren’t as opaque as I’d like them to be, so I added a couple extra coats of green and silver paint.

Once, you’re satisfied with the opacity of the paint, the project is complete! IMG_3021I really love how this project turned out!

So pretty!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

How To – DIY Upcycled Glass Candle Jars

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, little upcycling project to share with you today! IMG_2817Supplies:

  • Cleaned out candle jars (or any clean glass jars)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Coordinating decorative trim
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint

  • Frost Translucent – Wedding Cake
  • Gloss Transparent – Pink Hyacinth

IMG_2826 We’re going to start by cleaning our jars with rubbing alcohol.

I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol, so I dug through my first aid kit and found this alcohol wipe to clean my jars with.

The rubbing alcohol is supposed to make the paint adhere better to the glass. IMG_2830I have two different size candle jars.

I’m going to paint the smaller one pink and the larger one white. IMG_2837Now, we’re going to start painting.

Like I said above, I’m going to paint this jar pink. IMG_2850 After two or three coats of paint, I still wasn’t satisfied with the color, so I added a bunch more! IMG_2857I believe this is after seven or eight coats of paint.

I’d never used glass paint before, so I wasn’t sure what the final product was supposed to look like.

I wasn’t exactly satisfied with my painting at this point, but I decided to stop and let the paint dry. IMG_2866While the pink paint was drying, I started on my white, beach glass jar.

I only gave the white jar two coats of paint.

The gloss and frost paints are quite different, so I didn’t feel like I needed to add as many coats to the white jar. IMG_2894I set my jars aside to dry and noticed the pink jar becoming more transparent and quite a bit prettier! YAY!

At this point, I decided to add some fun decorative trim to each jar.  I dug through all my craft supplies and came up with some great options! IMG_2974This hot pink, crochet trim will be added to the pink jar.

I got this pack of scraps from Hobby Lobby several years ago, and as you can tell, most of the pretty colors have been used up! IMG_2970I bought these adorable, little trim packs from the dollar section at Michael’s several years ago, and now I’m finally getting some use out of them!

All of these colors are great and would be perfect for my white jar.

I decided to go with the aqua/mint set because I thought it would complement my pink jar quite nicely! IMG_2981For the pink jar, we’re just going to hot glue a small piece of trim around the top edge.

I tried to be as precise as possible when lining up the ends of the trim. The picture makes the ends look all jumbled, but I promise they look pretty good in person! IMG_2977The white jar is a little more involved.

We’re going to start by adding a piece of the aqua, velvet ribbon around the top edge of the jar. IMG_2984Next, we’re going to make a bow.

Cut a short piece of velvet ribbon to make the bow.  I think my piece is 4 inches or so.

Cut an even smaller piece for the center of the bow.  I think mine is 1.5 inches long. IMG_2986Fold the longer of the two pieces in thirds and glue in the center. This will form the body of the bow. IMG_2989Now, we’re going to glue the center ribbon around the bow. IMG_2992Flip the bow over (the seam should be facing you) and glue one side of the smaller ribbon to the center of the bow. IMG_2993Now, wrap the ribbon completely around the bow and glue on the back right next to where you glued it in the previous step. IMG_2995Here’s the finished bow! So little and cute! IMG_2999Put a small dot of hot glue over the ribbon seam on the jar.

The bow should be glued right where to two edges of the ribbon meet, covering the seam completely. IMG_3005Once the bow is glued on, our upcycled jars are complete! IMG_3013I LOVE LOVE LOVE how these turned out!

My lip products look adorable in them!

The colors pop fantastically!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

DIY Shabby Chic Hanging Chalkboard Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I’m sure some of you are getting tired of my embroidery tutorials, so I have something else to share with you today!

IMG_0478Supplies:

  • Wooden plaque (I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Paintbrush
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Staple gun
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scotch tape

IMG_0483Start by painting your plaque.

While the paint is drying, we’re going to move on to making the bow.

IMG_0484Without cutting your ribbon, make a loop.

Be sure to leave a long tail.  The tail will be used to connect the bow to the chalkboard.

IMG_0488Here’s a closeup of the first loop.

IMG_0492Now, add a second loop.

IMG_0496Add a third loop.

IMG_0500Add a fourth loop.

All of the loops should intersect, and the finished product should look like this.

IMG_0502With your needle and thread, stitch all the loops together.

I like to use two stitches and make a little x/+.

You can cut the ribbon now.  Just make sure you leave long tails.

IMG_0505Now take your thread and loop in between the top two loops.

IMG_0512Pull the thread taut to bunch up the ribbon and bring the top loops closer to the center of the bow.

IMG_0515Do the same for the bottom half of the bow.

IMG_0517Pull taut.

IMG_0521Wrap the thread around the bow and stitch through the center a couple of times before tying and cutting off the thread.

IMG_0524Set the bow portion aside.

Cut a 3 or 4 inch piece of ribbon from your spool.

IMG_0527Fold the ribbon in thirds and hot glue together.

I like to only glue a tiny bit of the end portions so that the ribbon doesn’t become stiff in the middle.

IMG_0529Turn your bow upside down (the back should be facing you) and glue one end of the little ribbon in the center.

Have the top side of the little ribbon facing you and glue the bottom side (the side with the seam) down.

IMG_0533Wrap the ribbon around the center of the bow.

IMG_0534Pull taut then glue down.

Once the glue has dried, you can cut the excess ribbon off.

IMG_0539Turn your bow over, and this is what it should look like!

So cute!

My ribbon was wired, so I was able to “fluff” the loops and arrange them how I wanted.

IMG_0541Back to the wooden plaque.

I’m a weirdo about chalkboard paint, so I gave my plaque at least seven coats of paint!

The bottle says you only need two, but I like to cover all my bases!

IMG_0551Once your plaque has dried, turn it over and place your bow upside down on top of the plaque.

IMG_0552Adjust your tails until you have them even and right where you want them.

Once they are in the correct place, use a little scotch tape to tack them down.

IMG_0557Use the staple gun to attach the ribbon to the plaque.

IMG_0559Once the staples are in place, you can cut the excess ribbon.

IMG_0563Turn your plaque over and it’s all ready to use!

IMG_0565I put mine on the back of my front door for reminders and little notes!

I didn’t want the chalkboard banging around when the door opened and closed, so I actually hung it with command strips and used little tiny hook to hold up the bow.

IMG_0567I couldn’t be happier with the way this turned out!

It perfectly matches my shabby chic apartment decor!

IMG_0572Happy Crafting!

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