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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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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DIY Ribbon Memory Board Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I’ve been a busy little bee and have a few crafts to share with you!

I made three ribbon boards while on my little crafting binge!

IMG_0136Once my ribbon boards are complete, I’m going to hang them in a collage type of arrangement on my bedroom wall.

My bedroom is pink, green, and navy blue, so I picked fabrics that would complement my color palette!

IMG_0132The white fabric I chose has a subtle paisley pattern to it.  So cute!

IMG_0125Here are the supplies for my pink gingham board.

DMC floss color: B5200 – white

I couldn’t decide what width ribbon I wanted to use.

IMG_0208I eventually decided on the 3/8 inch ribbon.

IMG_0131Here are the supplies for my white ribbon board.

DMC floss color: 3840 – light blue

IMG_0281Half way through the project I changed my mind on what color and width ribbon I wanted to use.

I finally decided on a 3/8 inch cornflower blue ribbon.

IMG_0121Here are the supplies for my blue, floral pattern board.

DMC floss color: 151 – light pink

IMG_0175I decided on 3/8 inch ribbon for this board too.

IMG_0111Supplies:

  • Canvas (2 – 11 inch x 14 inch, 1 – 12 inch x 24 inch)
  • Buttons (7 for the smaller boards and 11 for the large board)
  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Ribbon (3/8 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scotch tape
  • Staple gun
  • Needle
  • Scissors

IMG_0138First, iron your fabric.

I have a steam iron, so I let my fabric dry while I prepped my board for its fabric.

Next, cut two rectangles of batting to the size of the canvas. IMG_0141Using the staple gun, staple the batting down in each corner of the canvas. IMG_0143Use little batting scraps to cover up the staples. IMG_0149Lay your fabric face-side down and place the canvas (upside down) on top. IMG_0152Wrap the fabric around the edge and staple the fabric to the back. IMG_0155Pull the fabric taut over the canvas and staple on the other side. IMG_0157When doing the sides, pull taut and fold the fabric like you’re wrapping a present before stapling it to the back of the canvas. IMG_0163Repeat on the other side.

I trimmed my fabric after taking this picture.  If yours looks like mine, you might want to do the same! IMG_0167When you turn your canvas over, this is what it should look like.

Now comes the frustrating part! IMG_0177Cut your ribbon and lay it out in a design similar to this. IMG_0180Use Scotch tape to tack down the ribbons where they intersect.

The next step involves flipping the board over, so you want the tape to hold the ribbons in place. IMG_0187Use the staple gun to staple the ribbons in place.

When stapling, pull the ribbons taut and at an angle, so they smoothly fold over the edge of the canvas.  Does that make sense? IMG_0197Use embroidery floss to sew on the buttons.

You want to create tufts, so make sure you pull the thread really tight. IMG_0198The first five buttons are the easiest!

The other two are much more difficult because the wooden part of the canvas is in the way.

If you have patience, you can still sew on the buttons like I did. Simply pull the canvas away from the wooden backing and sew underneath.

If you lack patience, you can just hot glue those buttons in place. IMG_0304Once your buttons are in place, the project is done!  IMG_0301The pink gingham board turned out so cute! IMG_0307My finished white and blue board! IMG_0310All three boards!

I absolutely love how these turned out!

I can’t wait to hang them up on my wall!

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DIY Personalized, Polka Dot Canvas

Hi guys!

Several months ago, I made personalized canvases for both of my grandlittles! (I’m getting so old!)

Today, I’m going to show you how you can make one too! DSCN3603Supplies:

  • Canvas (I believe mine are 5″ by 7″)
  • Paint brushes (One big and one small)
  • Round, foam stamp brush
  • Gold Sharpie
  • Paint
  • Pencil

DSCN3614Here’s a close-up of the brushes I used. DSCN3608Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint:

  • Wedding Cake – High Gloss
  • Greek Tile – Satin
  • Gold – Metallic

I apologize for the blurry picture!

DSCN3064Start by painting your canvas(es).

I always like to give mine at least 2 or 3 coats of paint.

DSCN3069Use the foam stamp brush to add gold dots randomly on the canvas.

The stamp brush isn’t perfect.  It’s easier and will end up looking cleaner if you only use a small amount of paint on the stamp brush.  After stamping, you’ll have to fill in the circle with your small paint brush.

DSCN3078Now, add white dots on top.

Since we’ll be writing names in the middle of our canvases, try to avoid putting the dots there.

DSCN3086You’ll have to give the dots several coats of paint to make sure that they are opaque.

Only use the stamp brush for the initial dot.  Use your paint brush for the subsequent coats of paint.

DSCN3100Before writing the names on your canvas(es), practice on some paper!

DSCN3089First, I wrote the names in pencil.  Then, I traced them with the gold sharpie.

After writing the names, our project is complete!

DSCN3098So quick, so easy, and very Kate Spade! 😉

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Birdies on a Branch

Hi everyone!

My Big (Sister in my sorority) is graduating soon, so I made her a cute, little “going away” present.

IMG_9599Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_9602DMC Floss Colors:

  • 703 – green
  • 840 – light brown
  • 958 – medium turquoise
  • 964 – light turquoise
  • 838 – dark brown

My dark brown thread has clearly seen better days!  It’s a jumbled mess right now!

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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the birdie motif we will be using.

IMG_9609Print out the design and trace over it with a Sharpie. I like to use the Ultra Fine Point ones.

IMG_9613Use your pencil to trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_9615We’re going to start by using the green thread and Back Stitching the leaves.

IMG_9618You can use whatever stitch you like, but I think the Back Stitch looks quite nice!

IMG_9622We’re going to start stitching the birds with our light turquoise thread.

I chose to use the Stem/Outline Stitch for this portion of the project.

IMG_9625I like to try and stitch all the portions that are the same color at one time and then move on to the next color.

IMG_9628Now, on to the medium turquoise.

IMG_9631The Stem/Outline Stitch is so pretty!

IMG_9634I love the little swirls!  They make these birdies so much cuter!

IMG_9642Finish up the bird bodies and move on to the beaks.

I used the Satin Stitch for both beaks.

I don’t love the way the little bird’s beak turned out.  I’ll get over it though!

IMG_9645Using the light brown thread, Back Stitch the branch.

IMG_9649Using the dark brown thread and the Back Stitch, create the nest.

IMG_9652Stitching the nest was the hardest part.

My pencil lines were all jumbled and hard to see.  I ended up just placing the lines wherever!

IMG_9655Continuing with the dark brown thread, use a French Knot for each eye.

IMG_9679And there you have it!

Our cute, little birdies are complete!!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Texas Monogram!

Hi everyone!!

My little sister (in Kappa) turned 19 a few weeks ago! I had no idea what to make her for her birthday, but after creeping on her Pinterest, I found the perfect present!

She’s a Texas native and LOVES everything Texas, so I decided to make her a Texas monogram!

ImageIf you’d like to make your own Texas (or any state) monogram, follow my instructions for a perfect and personal gift!

Before we begin, we must gather our supplies!

ImageSupplies include:

  • Wooden Texas cutout (I got mine here)
  • Acrylic paint (I used three colors)
  • Monogram printout (you can get one here)
  • Pencil
  • Super fine point Sharpie (as fine as possible)
  • Thin tissue paper
  • Tape (Painter’s or Scotch)
  • Paint brushes
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Wooden circle cutout
  • Greek wooden letters (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Clear nail polish (top coat)
  • Thin quilt binding or ribbon (Make sure this is the width of your Texas cutout.  We will be using it to cover the raw edges.)

Now that we’ve gathered our supplies, let’s begin crafting!!

ImageFirst, we are going to paint our Texas white.  This step is completely optional.

The fabric I chose to use was a little see through. I painted the Texas white so that the brown wood color wouldn’t show through my fabric.

While the white paint is drying, paint your wooden circle and your Greek letters.

Be sure to give each item a couple coats of paint!

Next, we will prepare our monogram!

ImagePrint your monogram from here or create your own!

You want the monogram printout to fit on your wooden circle as evenly as possible (does that make sense?)  You might have to print the monogram out a couple of times before you get the sizing right.

Once you’ve printed your monogram, place a sheet of tissue paper on top and trace in pencil.

After tracing, center the tissue paper on your wooden circle.  Make sure it is even on all sides (or as even as you can get it!)

Once centered, tape into place.  Because the circle was so small, I had to tape it on the back.

ImageTake your Super Fine Sharpie and trace over your pencil lines.  Try to use a Sharpie color that is close to the color of your paint! It’s a lot easier to cover the Sharpie line if the colors are similar!

ImageAfter tracing, lift up one side of the paper to see if the ink has transferred.

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You want the lines to be as light as possible, but you still want to be able to see them.

ImageNow we are going to take a darker (or lighter) color and paint inside the lines.

I like to keep a few Q-tips on hand in case I have a spaz attack and paint outside the lines!  Simply lick (or use water if you don’t want to use your spit!) the Q-tip and wipe up the paint!  If you do this quick enough, you can get up all the paint without leaving any stray marks.

ImageAfter this dries, give it a second coat and straighten up your lines.

Next, we’re going to modge podge (Yes, I know it’s called Mod Podge, but I don’t say it that way!) the fabric onto our Texas.

I ironed my fabric before modge podging, because my fabric was FULL of creases!

Cover the Texas cutout completely with modge podge before placing the fabric on top.  Once you’ve placed the fabric, pull it taught so there aren’t any bubbles.

Once it’s pulled taught, place under a book or another heavy (flat) object while it dries.

ImageOnce dry, cut the excess fabric away leaving at least an inch around the edge.

Now, go around and cut strips all along the edge.

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Be sure to cut more strips around the dips and curvy parts.  The more strips you cut, the tighter the fabric will fit and the nicer your project will look!

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Once you’ve cut all your strips, it’s time to modge podge them to the sides of the Texas.

DSCN1806Paint a little bit of modge podge on the edge, place your strips over the modge podge, and pull taught.  Fold the strips onto the back and tape into place.  Make sure they are pulled as tightly as possible when you tape them down.

DSCN1807Go all around the edges modge podging and taping into place.

Once the edges are done, let dry.

DSCN1810When you turn your Texas over it should look like this!

Once the sides are dry, remove the tape and modge podge the remaining pieces of fabric onto the back of the cut out.

After all of the modge podge has dried, we are going to glue ribbon (or quilt binding) around the edge of our Texas.

My cutout was about 3/8 inch wide, so I used a 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon.

DSCN1814Use your hot glue gun to glue the ribbon around the edges.  Try not to use too much glue or you will create weird lumps or glue will come oozing out the sides and ruin our perfect project!

If the hot glue does ooze, take your fingernail and stick it between the ribbon and the Texas to remove the excess glue. (This might hurt you if you haven’t burned yourself with hot glue as many times as I have and built up an immunity!)

After gluing ribbon on the edges, it’s time to add a bow around the top square part of the Texas.

DSCN1823We’re not actually tying our bow onto the Texas.  We’re tying our bow separately and then gluing it on.  Doing it this way gives us more control over the bow’s appearance and allows us to attach it more securely.

Take a piece of your ribbon (I used a 5/8 sheer) and glue one strip around the top of the Texas.  Make sure you only glue the ribbon on the back, especially if you’re using sheer ribbon like I did.

Once glued, take some thread or string and tie a little knot around the ribbon to cinch it.

Take your ribbon and tie a bow (like you’re tying your shoe!)

Once you’re satisfied with your bow, take some clear nail polish (I used top coat) and paint the backside of the center knot of your bow.  This will help keep the bow from coming undone.

While waiting for the top coat to dry, go ahead and glue your monogram and Greek letters onto your Texas cutout.

DSCN1825After the top coat is dry, hot glue the bow onto the cinched part of the ribbon.

Once your bow is glued, you are finished!!!

DSCN1837Jessica, my little, absolutely LOVED her Texas!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to leave a comment!

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DIY Monogram Canvas!

Hi everyone!

I’m in a sorority, and my big sister’s birthday just passed!  This year I decided to make her gift instead of buying it!  I went on Pinterest for crafting inspiration and decided to make her a monogram canvas!

Before we start our project, we need to gather our supplies.

ImageSupplies include:

  • Print out of desired monogram
  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint (I chose three different colors)
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Tissue paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie (As fine of a tip as possible)

We’re going to start our project by painting our canvas.

I chose to paint mine yellow with lighter yellows swirls around the edge.

ImageWhile the paint is drying, prepare your monogram.

This website is a great place to print your monogram for free.

Once you print out your monogram, you’re going to lay a sheet of thin tissue paper over-top of the monogram and trace it.

ImageOnce your canvas is dry, use painter’s tape to tape the tissue paper to the canvas.  Try to center the monogram as much as you can.

ImageTake your Sharpie and trace over the pencil lines.  You want the Sharpie to bleed through the tissue paper and create a fine line on your canvas.

I chose to use a yellow Sharpie because my canvas is yellow.  I recommend using a color that is fairly close to the color of your canvas.  If you use too dark of a color, you might not be able to cover the line with your paint.

Next, we’re going to peel up the bottom-half of the tissue paper to see if the ink has transferred.

ImageWhen checking the ink, make sure you only peel up one side of the paper.  If your lines aren’t dark enough, you can very easily lay the paper back down and trace over it again without worrying about the placement being off.

Once our monogram is traced, it’s time to paint.  Painting the monogram can be quite tricky, so make sure you don’t have too much paint on your brush and use small strokes.

Here’s the finished product!

ImageI hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Happy crafting!!!

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My First Post!

Hi! My name is Natalie and I’m a sophomore Advertising major at the University of Florida. Go Gators!

I LOVE to craft, so my blog will focus on all the crafts I have made and all the crafts I want to make.

My friends are always asking me for crafting advice, so I thought blogging about my experiences would be fun!

As you might have guessed, I love bows!! I started making bows in my dorm last year and I haven’t stopped since.  I make them for everything! You name an event and I’ve probably made a bow for it!

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These are some of my favorite bows! My favorite bow at the moment is the white, lacy one in the center. (I’m wearing it right now!)

I will also be posting pictures of my crafts in use.  I make bows and other crafts/costumes for different social events I attend with my sorority, so I will be posting pictures of those to show how I use my crafts and how you might want to use yours!

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My blog will also feature reviews on the subscription box I receive, Julep Maven.

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I’m expecting a box in the mail soon, so a review will be posted shortly after I receive it!

I’ve had a lot of fun writing this first post, and I can’t wait to write more!

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