November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
With the cold weather approaching, all of us are looking for a way to brighten up our surroundings. These floral letters are creative pieces of wallart and a way to add color to your apartment, bookcase or mantel!
First, here are all of the supplies you will need:
Cardboard Letters: $3 per letter
Flowers: $1 per bouquet
Floral Styrofoam: $6 for bulk package
First, you will need to carefully cut the top of the cardboard letters off. You want to cut them so there is a well for you to place the floral styrofoam in. You may have to shape up the edges after you initially cut the top of the letters off.
Now, start to cut the floral styrofoam to fill the inside of the cardboard letters. If you are using letters with rounded edges like “G”, “R”, or “O”, make sure to fill in all the extra space with small pieces. Don’t worry it won’t look pretty at this point!
After this step you should cut the flowers and use the wire to secure them in the floral styrofoam. The wire of the flowers should be enough to keep them in place. You may need to experiment with different arrangements, so extra styrofoam is useful.
The total cost of this project is about $5 per letter. That is comparable to similar products you would find at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie. These floral letters also make great housewarming gifts!
December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
So after a long hiatus, I have finally had time to refocus back on the the crafty collegiate blog. I do have to apologize though, the pictures for this first project are less than quality. My camera has been experiencing some technical difficulties and I was forced to use my blackberry (yes, they still exist!) camera, so please bare with me.
Being from Cleveland, it is pretty much a given that my family and I have a love for this city. My brother specificially has an admiration for Cleveland sports teams. Also, this project couldn’t come at a better time considering the Browns are on a two game winning streak! (yes, in CLE we are happy with a two game winning streak) This first project can be altered to fit almost all sports teams.. so here goes!
First, the supplies you will need are…
Canvas 5.00 (7×14 Canvas, two in a pack)
Acrylic Paint 2.97 (.99 each)
Paint Brushes Free
Tape 2.00 (any kind of tape works)
Letter Stencils 3.00
Total $10 for each project
Okay, first things first, make sure you have all of your supplies. Then, you have to section off your canvas so your different sections will be symetrical. For the Cleveland Browns design this was pretty simple. It doesn’t matter what size you make each section as long as the corresponding color on the other side is the same size. I used to tape to section off the different section on the canvas, this ensured that I would have straight lines. For the Browns sign I started with the orange first, then white and finally the brown stripes.
TIP! Make sure you allow each section to fully dry before you put tape on them to begin the other sections/stripes. It is also a good idea to wait for the sections to dry before you put another coat of paint on the canvas.
Before you being stenciling, check to see if your chosen word (Cleveland for my project) will fit on the canvas. Also, it’s okay if your letters overlap a bit. In my case, Cleveland wouldn’t fit on my canvas without overlapping. Once the sections/stripes are completely dry, tape down the stencils on the canvas to ensure they will not move while you are painting. Just like the tape, keep the stencils on the canvas until the paint is partially dry.
Once the stencils are removed, you may have to touch up some of the letters. I recommend using a small brush for this part.
As you can see from the picture above, I had to make some touch ups with my canvas. If you want the canvas to have a glossy finish, simply paint a coat (or two) of modge podge on top.
This craft is the perfect inexpensive christmas gift for the sports fan of any age! What sports teams would you use for this project?