DIY Circle Picture Frames

One of my favorite projects in Lincoln’s nursery is the set of three circle picture frames I made for the wall above the rocking chair.  Although I would definitely say the room has more of a “vintage” theme {if any!}, there are also some nautical notes scattered here and there.  And I think the circle frames give a nod to that a bit by subtly mimicking portholes.  I’m even thinking about lining the edges with rope, perhaps.

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The hardest part about this project for me, was picking out the scrapbook paper for the backgrounds, and choosing {only} three photos from Rachel Weber’s Newborn Photo Shoot.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

- 3 wooden circles {I actually got 6 of these and used wood glue to secure two together to make them a little thicker}

- 3 plexiglass sheets

- 3 sheets of scrapbook paper

- 3 five by seven photos

- Modge Podge and sponge

- 3 frame hangers

- 12 tacks

- sharpie

- Kobalt glass cutter and/or X-acto knife

- 150 grit sanding sponge

- measuring tape or ruler

- straightedge

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

If you want to make your circles a little thicker, use the wood glue to secure two together.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

 Put something heavy and flat on top and let glue dry completely.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Cover one side of your wooden circle with Modge Podge and secure your scrapbook paper to it.  Be sure that any imperfections in the wood are on the back, not under the scrapbook paper.  Use your X-acto knife to carefully trace around the circle to cut the paper.  I didn’t push down very hard, but rather gently cut around the edge several times, and you can see that the paper still ripped a bit on the edges…so be gentle!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I then covered the front of the circle {over the scrapbook paper} with Modge Podge to create a protective barrier, and give it a little shine.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use some wood glue to secure a frame hanger to the back of the circles…make sure you position the hanger how you want your circle to hang.  My striped circle ended up being a little crooked, and it drives me crazy! {Dave assures me that no one will notice unless I point it out, so I’ll never tell you!}

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The sheets of plexiglass that I got at Hobby Lobby were the bigger size above {not sure exactly what size they originally were}.  Use the sharpie to measure out a 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 rectangle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use your glass cutter or X-acto knife and the straightedge to score the plexiglass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Gently cut over the lines three or four times.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

You should be able to use your straightedge to carefully break the plexiglass along the scored lines.  Be careful, as the edges will be rough.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use the 150 grit sanding sponge to gently sand the edges of the plexiglass, only moving in one direction.  Also, be carefully to sand completely straight along the edge, so you don’t scratch the front of your glass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Carefully position the plexiglass over your photo, taking care to be sure your photo will be straight when you hang your circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I found that by gently sticking a tack on the edge of the circle, aligning it with where the center of my frame hanger was, helped me center my photo and plexiglass on the front of the circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then use the tacks to secure the corners of the plexiglass.  This will allow you to change out the pictures as often as you’d like!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

And thanks to the Panoramic setting on my iPhone, here’s a picture of the whole room!

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{Guest Post} DIY Painted Rug

Howdy, y’all! I’m Olivia from DIY Mother and I’m excited to be able to share one of my DIY projects with you, thanks to Shara being a bit busier lately!

I’ve been wanting to take a stab at the painted rug trend that’s been happening for quite some time now, but I was never confident enough and was kind of afraid I’d ruin a decent rug. But then I found an amazing deal on a simple, solid color, low-pile rug at the hardware store and I knew that even if I messed it up, I could at least use it outside.

While I’m not LOVING the rug on its own yet, I will admit that it looks pretty good around furniture in a clean room. I might end up moving it to our deck, but for now, it’s staying in the nursery. If you want to see any of my other projects, visit DIY Mother! Also, I’d love to know if you’ve successfully done a painted rug.

Materials you’ll need:
Low-pile rug
Acrylic paint (I actually used a combination of acrylic paint and spray paint and preferred the spray paint.)

I was on a budget, so I managed to find a 6×8 ft. indoor/outdoor rug for less than $30. It’s probably better suited for outdoors, so I’d recommend looking at others if you’re looking for strictly indoor use.

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I have a 6-month-old daughter with a pretty bare room, so I wanted to do a fun geometric print for the rug. I measured where the center of the rug was, and spaced my triangles out from the center. I used regular painter’s tape to mark off each triangle.

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Then, I started painting inside of the triangles. Don’t worry about purchasing textile medium-unless you don’t like the stiffness of dried paint. I, personally, don’t mind the stiffness.

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When they were finished, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the end product. Even though I love simplicity, I thought it needed something extra. So I decided to turn the triangles into “banners” running across the rug.

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That required me to connect the triangles to one another, which proved to be much more difficult than taping off the triangles.

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When it was all said and done, I was pleased with the final result. IF I could have done anything differently, I probably would have been more mathematical when measured out the banner part of the design. I tend to do everything by eye, but this isn’t one of those designs you should eyeball. Lesson learned. The baby loves it!

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Olivia from DIY Mother

Olivia GlendaleHowdy! I’m Olivia. I’m a 20-something year old mother to two rambunctious little girls, and wife to a handsomely handy contractor. Our family purchased our first home last year, and since then we’ve been embarking on any DIY renovation project we can dream up; I’ve also become a bit of a decorating nerd.

Somehow through all of the madness happening in our home, I still manage to find time to blog about our DIY and my personal decorating experiences. When I have 30 minutes to myself, I’m usually listening to 60’s girl groups (The Crystals, The Ronettes, you name it) or looking up pictures of Ryan Gosling. I take my free time very seriously.

{From the Archives} DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List

School is officially out.  My parents {who stayed with us for a week to help with the baby} are officially gone.  Dave has gone back to work.  And now I am home with three children by myself.  All. Summer. Long.    Luckily, we have a couple of weeks of Vacation Bible School and cheer camps and such.  But what about the rest of the summer?  I needed ideas!  

So I brought out the Summer Bucket List we created last year and Jayna was occupied for over 30 minutes putting the “puzzle” of the words on the cookie sheet.  And viola! Instant ideas for simple activities this summer!  Here’s my post from last summer on how to make your own Magnetic Summer Bucket List.

So, you’ve finished writing your summer bucket list.  You know, a list of all of the places and activities that you’d like to do this summer?  Well, for this post’s sake, let pretend it’s done {if it’s not and you need ideas, check out mine….or this one….or this one}.  How on earth are you going to display it?  And be able to cross things off on it in a functional way?  And have it NOT get lost under a pile of bills/magazines/children’s drawings?   I came up with this AWESOME way to display our Summer Bucket List!DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List - PalmettosandPigtails.comIt’s like magnetic puzzles pieces that the kids take off each time the complete an activity, and literally place in a bucket. Cheesy, I know.  But so far, it has been a tremendous hit!DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List - PalmettosandPigtails.comWant to make one?  I made mine in about an hour.  The most time was spent on deciding which fonts I wanted to use.  Do you recognize the chalkboard bucket?  It’s the same one {from the dollar store} that I painted to use with our Disney Countdown Chain and Disney Countdown Activities.DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List - PalmettosandPigtails.comStep 1: Go to www.picmonkey.com and choose “Edit a Photo.”

Step 2: Open any photo that you have.  Click on the “Overlays” button on the left hand side.

Step 3: Click on “Geometric” and choose the rectangle shape.  Use it to completely cover your photo.  Change the color to white.

Step 4: Click on “Text” from the left side, and, in SEPARATE text boxes, type out all of your activities.  Change the fonts as you please.DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List - PalmettosandPigtails.comStep 5: Move your activities around and change the fonts and sizes as needed to fit into your picture.

Step 6:  I chose some little pictures {the pig, fire, and the cricket} from the “overlay” tab on the left hand side.DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List - PalmettosandPigtails.comStep 7: Once you have everything where you want it to be, go back and choose some colors! {click on each word to edit}DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List - PalmettosandPigtails.comStep 8: Print onto magnetic paper.  Don’t forget to UNCHECK the “fit to frame” box.

Step 9: Cut out each activity.  I tried at first to cut rectangles around each activity, but found that it was much better to do it “puzzle style” and make some of the shapes different {for the sake of having to put it back together after you cut it apart!}.DIY Magnetic Summer Bucket List - PalmettosandPigtails.com10. Reassemble your magnetic Summer Bucket List puzzle on the back of a cookie sheet {I spray painted mine and hung it with ribbon on the wall}, or on the fridge.  I wanted mine accessible so we could pull the activities off easily, but not TOO accessible where the kids would mess with it.

Step 11.  Start enjoying your summer!

DIY Custom Name Blocks

I love, love, love making things for new babies.  As much as I know those mamas truly want something that they registered for, I just cannot resist creating something of my own to give to those babies as well!  And one of my favorite things to give are these adorable custom name blocks.  They take some time and planning to make, but are so worth it!

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You can buy the blocks {which I believe are 4 inches in height} at Michaels or AC Moore.  Use a coupon!  I also use a variety of scrapbook paper sheets for the background, stickers and letter pads for the letters, numbers and embellishments.  The hardest part is finding different things to put on each side, while keeping with a central theme of colors and embellishments.

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

First step is to paint your blocks a solid color.  I almost always use brown.  Make sure they are completely dry before doing anything else to them.  Meanwhile, trace and cut out a piece of cardboard to fit onto the side of your blocks, you’ll use this to trace squares onto all of your scrapbook paper to create backgrounds.

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

Go ahead and cut out your letters and embellishments.  You’ll need letters for the first name, ABC’s in chronological order, numbers in order, and then either random letters or letters for the last name {if it happens to be the same number of letters as the first name}.  Plan out all of your sides for your blocks. I line mine up under each block, so that I can find good matches for background/letter/embellishments, so it all flows.  Two of your sides will just need scrapbook paper, because you will be adding photos to those sides later on {it makes a great 1st birthday addition to add photos from throughout the year!}.

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

As you are “mapping” out each side of your blocks, take into consideration where each letter will be located on the blocks, and make sure your colors are evenly spaced.  You also want to make sure you are glueing on the letters in the correct direction.  You may think that’s a no brainer, but it’s easy to mess up if you don’t have a system.  I use post it strips to help plan {and make sure everything is facing the correct way too!}

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

I line all mine up and modge podge one side of the entire set at a time.  I do all of the backgrounds first, making sure that they are completely dry.  Then I start modge podging the letters/numbers on, one set at a time.  So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  Let them dry. Flip all of the blocks {in the same direction}, and modge podge R, O, S, I, E {in this case}.  Let them dry.  Flip all of the blocks {in the same direction}, and modge podge A, B, C, D, E.  And so on.  I like my letters and numbers to be on opposite sides of the blocks, my first and last names {or random letters} on opposite sides, and then I just modge podge backgrounds on the sides, so the new Mama can glue on pictures of the baby later.  Again, make sure all of the letters/numbers/pictures on each side are facing the same way!

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

See in the picture above that I did a horrible job paying attention to letter location?  Now that E just bothers me!  Learn from my mistakes people!

Once you get everything glued on and it’s significantly dry, use some rough sand paper {or a sanding block} to sand down the edges of the blocks, and the sides of the background papers.  You want it smooth and seamless!

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, use a painter’s sponge to dab a little of the same color paint over the edges…covering the edge of the block and the edge of the background paper.

You can see in the picture below that I was a little heavy on the paint around the pink 1 side, but it was a little better around the green words side.  So err on the side of less paint on your sponge.  See my blank side on the left?  That’s for mama to modge podge pictures of baby onto later.

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And that’s it!  Let your paint dry, and your custom name blocks are ready to give away!  Here’s some of the others I’ve made….notice my letter placement and if the direction of each side matches!

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

If you end up trying this, link up your post or picture, I’d love to see yours!

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Flowertown Festival and Craft Show

Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Flowertown Festival and Craft Show here in the Lowcountry.  With 200,000 visitors over the three-day festival, and 200 vendors, it’s one of the biggest Craft Shows in the Southeast…and one of the highlights of my year!

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It’s so popular, that it’s hard to walk, let alone with strollers.  So I was happy to be off of the main path a little and on the sidewalk, where it was a little less crowded.  And, I was by the food court and bathrooms {always a choice location when you are 9 months pregnant!!}.

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This was my first major craft show….I usually just do local neighborhood and church craft shows.  So I was completely unsure of exactly how much inventory to have on hand.  I worked for months every night washing, sewing and folding my burp cloths, carseat carrier cushions and door hushers.  I had some set-backs with my  sewing machine functioning and obtaining certain fabrics, but in the end, I feel like I had just the right amount of inventory.  I sold out of some things, but still have enough left to restock my Etsy site until after the baby comes.

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At first I was intimidated by the sea of professional white tents and permanent display racks that all the booths around me had.  But after talking to some of the other vendors, and realizing that this is their career, and they spend every weekend traveling to festivals around the south, I realized that they are on a completely different level than I am, and I better quit comparing myself to them!

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Plus, my little red tailgating tent and my bright yellow door with my pricing and items listed on it was the perfect way to stand out amongst all the white tents!  My door is one of my favorite props.  Not only does it display exactly what I’m selling, but it also shows one of my door hushers in action!

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I’m also so glad that I used brightly colored gift bags with my logo and business info on the front.  I felt like it made my stuff look more professional, and I had more than one person make comments like, “Oh THIS is where those pretty bags are coming from!”

*Craft show hint….have a few bags already opened up with gift paper inside, so when you make a sale you can just grab one of those, rather than fiddling with gift wrap!  Be sure to stick a business card or two in the bag too!

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The bunting, left over from the one of the baby showers I hosted, was the perfect addition to my rustic decor.  I just love how it all turned out!  I also scattered my business cards in groups of three throughout my displays, and saw that most people took one with them!

*Craft show hint….don’t put all of your inventory out at once, it can be overwhelming.  Plus, buyers want to think they are buying one-of-a-kind merchandise!  Also, adding a little sign with your story gets people intrigued by you!  I had lots of people read mine and seem more interested in my products {and blog!} after reading!

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The weather ended up being perfect.  Friday was a bit windy, but it countered the hot sun, so it was heaven to sit behind the tent and soak it all in.  Saturday was sunny and warm, and Sunday was cloudy….but the rain held off!  The perfect weekend for a craft show!

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{From the Archives} DIY Spring Wreath

Here’s one of my favorite DIY projects from the archives….just in time for Spring, which seems to finally be popping up!  A DIY Spring Wreath!

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I was challenged about a month ago, by my mother, to make a spring wreath. And because I have nothing better to do, it kind of got pushed to the bottom of my To-Do list.  But then, I remembered that I would much rather craft, than wash windows.  So, it got pushed back up to the top!

I saw lots of cute spring wreaths on pinterest, and decided to keep it simple and cheap, with materials I already had.

So, I decided to use some foam (from Lowes) duct-taped together to make my wreath form, and some left over packing paper from our move.  My goal was to use the paper to create some shabby-chic-ish southern inspired (Magnolias, perhaps?) flowers.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I crinkled up the paper and wrapped it around the wreath form to completely cover the grey color.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

And then I cut the paper into strips.  I folded the strips accordion style width-wise, so I could cut more circles out at a time.  I cut three sizes of circles.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

My circles were a little sloppy and uneven, but it didn’t matter at all in the end. And as I worked, I decided that the wreath needed a little color.  But I still liked the idea of a white base to the wreath.  So I decided to color just the edges of each of the circles purple (perfect for the Lenten Season!).

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

After coloring ALL of those circles, I started crinkling.  I actually got Jayna’s help…she crinkled and reopened my flowers, and then I glued the three layers together.  Then I topped it with a little crinkled scrap of paper in the middle to be the flower’s stigma.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I used a hot glue gun to glue each flower onto the wreath form, in close proximity to each other, so they kind of all scrunch together.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

And I left a little gap at the top, so that when my mom hangs it, her wreath hanger won’t squish the flowers.  I put a little smiley on the back so it would be easy to find.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

But then I decided that I needed a bow to make it look a little more complete (and elegant!).  I had a hard time finding ribbon that I liked, so I bought some thick, crocheted lace instead.  I made a bow and tacked it in place with hot glue.  Perfect….shabby chic!

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

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St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

In the spirit of planning ahead {3 days counts, right?}  I thought I’d share the little St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt that I plan to use on Monday.  Jayna was all talk about last year’s crazy mischievous leprechaun today in the car.  Personally, I was kind of hoping she would forget some of his hi-jinx, so I could repeat some of them….but noooooooo….my sharp-as-a-tack 5 year old wondered aloud what silly thing the leprechaun would do this year.

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt from Palmettos and Pigtails

I found a ton of different scavenger hunts on Pinterest, but ended up making my own clues.  Do you want to use them too?  Our leprechaun’s name is Pete {it rhymes with lots of words, which comes in handy!}, and he left these clues to help the kiddos get ready for school, WHILE still playing the game!

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt from Palmettos and Pigtails

There is one more clue, which is the finale, that I don’t have a picture of.  Click here to download them all for yourself!  Or, click on the above picture.

Pot of Gold printable from http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com

I found the above picture of a pot of gold from Pot of Gold printable from Modern Parents Messy Kids  and printed and cut out two of them.  Then I traced the outline onto green construction paper and stapled around the edges, leaving the top open to fill with “gold” {I’m thinking some yellow m & m’s to take in their lunches}.  Click here, or on the picture to go to Steph’s site to print out the picture.  She also has other clues that she made on there, if you want some other options.

Have a wonderful weekend and a lucky day on Monday!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial

We’ve been having a crazy February.  Between hubby traveling, sicknesses that just won’t quit, and numerous guests in town, we are just CRAZY around here.  But even though Jayna didn’t get a birthday party this year, didn’t mean we didn’t celebrate all. week. long.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Ever since seeing it in the theaters, Jayna {like every other little girl in America}, has been bitten by the Frozen bug.  Anything Elsa, she adores.  And that’s all she wanted for her birthday.  An Elsa dress-up dress.  But after scouring Amazon, Disney and Target, I couldn’t find a single Elsa dress-up dress {in our budget, that is!}.  So what choice did I have, but to make one!  So I figured I’d share with you my Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial.

I was amazed at how simple it really was to make.  I’ll tell you how, but pay attention to my asterisks, as there are some changes that I would recommend making {I would, if I made this dress again}.

Materials:

  • a yard of blue fabric for the bodice ****I do not recommend using the sequin fabric like I did….it gummed up my needles and took me forever to sew through.  Any other slightly stretchy fabric should be fine****
  • 6 yards of white tulle
  • 6 yards of blue tulle
  • about 18 inches of a thin elastic for the straps and headband/crown
  • measure around the chest {under armpits} for your 3/4 inch elastic length.  Jayna was 23 inches
  • measure around the waist for your 1 1/2 inch elastic length.  Jayna was 22 inches
  • two packs of glue-on sequins, sparkles or snowflakes
  • a yard of trim {I liked that mine looked like snowballs} or boa material for straps and crown
  • blue/coordinating ribbon in the same length as your child’s waist {mine was about 22 inches}

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Starting with the bodice.  Measure the length of your child’s torso, from armpits to hips.  Add 3 1/4 inches to account for your elastic.  As for the width, use the entire yard of fabric….it’s going to be bunched on the elastic.  Spread out your fabric and pin and sew your short sides together {right sides together}.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, fold the bottom and the top edges toward the middle of the bodice, leaving about 1/2 or so bigger than  the width of your elastic.  Pin around the entire bodice and sew a “sleeve” that you’ll slide your elastic into.  Be sure to leave an opening for elastic insertion!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

When you are finished sewing your little tube, attach a safety-pin to one end of the elastic and slowly pull it through to the other side.  When both ends of the elastic are showing, carefully sew them together, and then sew the opening of the fabric around them closed.  The fabric will naturally bunch up, but feel free to work with it a little to make the bunches even.  Do this on both sides of the bodice, to create a tube top.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

****Now that I have seen this outfit on my daughter, she is always tugging at the bodice to keep it down over her belly.  I recommend possibly forgoing the bottom elastic and sewing the boric directly to the tulle skirt to create a dress instead!  No more belly button shows!****

Flip your bodice so that the thicker elastic is at the top.  Figure out where your straps are going to go and pin your strap elastic there.  Jayna’s straps are 9 inches long.  Since this project was a surprise for her, I used one of her tight-fitting pajama shirts to lay under the bodice to serve as a “model” for where the straps should fall on her shoulders.  Sew your straps to the inside of the bodice.  Secure well.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I attached the “snowball” trim to the elastic straps with a wide stitch.  I glued four of the larger snowflake “gems” just under the straps on the bodice, to cover up my stitching there {I was making sure the straps were really secure, so my stitches were pretty obvious on the outside}.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

And viola!  You are done the bodice.  On to the tulle skirt.  First, I took my blue ribbon and sewed it to about 3 inches of thin velcro.  My girls grow out of dress up clothes like it’s their business, so I wanted to make sure this dress fit for a while!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, I folded the 6 yards of tulle in half, width wise, and used a straight stitch along the raw edges to create the ruffle.  For details on how to make a ruffle, click here.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

I did this to my blue tulle and the white, then made sure they each were “ruffled” to the waist measurement of my child {22 inches}.  Then I pulled just a little of the extra tulle from each of the ends out of the ruffled part.  I layered the two colored tulles on top of each other and pinned it to the ribbon.  The extra tulle that I pulled out of the ruffle got pinned to the middle of the elastic band on the ribbon.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I sewed all the way around the ribbon, making sure to get both layers of tulle in the stitch too. When I got to the elastic, I lengthened my stitch and tension a bit and sewed the thin layer of unruffled tulle to the elastic.  Just enough to provide coverage if the elastic was completely stretched out.  Then I folded both ends of the ribbon over the elastic and tacked.  As Jayna grows, I will be able to undo part of the elastic to give her a little more girth to the skirt.

Then I hot-glued all of the gems and snowflakes to the front of the tulle.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

I used the leftover snowball trim and a tiny bit of skinny elastic to make the headband/crown.

And done!

Very easy, and a great project for beginner sewers…just don’t buy that sequin fabric.  That honestly made this project about three times longer than it should have taken!!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

And Jayna loved it!  Wants to wear it everywhere {including to bed!}.  Now Jayna’s best friend AND Millie both want one for themselves…maybe I should see what other princess dresses I can make!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

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OLAF You Valentine’s Day Class Gift

Every holiday, I flip flop between being a total slacker and a super mom, when it comes to class gifts.  Meaning, I either do the bare minimum {dollar store Valentines and candy canes for Christmas}, or I go way above and beyond {Turkey Cake Pops for Thanksgiving and Snow Dough for Christmas!}.  I’d love to say that I do it on purpose….keep those kids on their toes, right?  But in reality, it just depends on how much free time and energy I have around that particular holiday.

Last year, I did dollar store Valentines.  This year, I was feeling a bit more ambitious.  And I was totally in “Frozen” mode since Valentine’s Day falls right after Jayna’s birthday, and all she wanted this year, was “Frozen” stuff.  So when I saw these adorable Olaf pencil toppers on Pinterest, courtesy of One Artsy Mama, I knew I just had to make them for Jayna’s Valentine’s Day Class Gift.  She helped cut out some of the little felt pieces, while I worked the glue gun.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

I started out by zooming in on the picture on my screen until the pencil proportions were right {yes, I held a pencil up to the screen!}.  Then I held up some white felt to the screen and traced around Olaf’s face.  I did the same for each of the other features….the top part of his mouth, the black part of his mouth, the tooth, and his nose.  I used twine for the hair, and medium sized google eyes.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

For the back, I just eye-balled a little sleeve for the end of the pencil.  And hot-glued around the edge of the curve.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

We found packets of Valentine pencils at the Dollar Spot at Target, and I made up these little tags to print out and attach to the Olafs….Jayna will sign her name on the back.

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

You should be able to right click on the picture below, save it to your computer and print it out from there.  If you have any problems, leave me a message, and I’d be happy just to send you the file!

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

Jayna pointed out that the pencil toppers the perfect size for fingers too!  BAM! Two gifts in one….pencil topper AND finger puppet {that’s how us SuperMoms roll….}

Olaf You Pencil Toppers for Valentine's Day Class Gift from Palmettos and Pigtails

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Girls Night Out!

Last weekend I stole a couple of hours out with my closest girlfriends to attend a sewing class at Five Eighth Seams.  They are a local fabric and sewing store that I simply adore!  They have fabulous, classic southern prints and a whole wall full of adorable patterns.  And recently, I’ve discovered the sewing classes that they offer {including a Mom’s Morning Out, Beginner’s Classes and Kids Sewing!}.

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

The shop is sew cute {hehe}, with finished patterns decorating the walls, stacks of buttons and racks and racks of glorious fabric.

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

We had some serious beginners in our little class, so I was ecstatic that our instructor Stacy was very patient, and did a great job of fixing all of our disasters!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

The class was only $25, was two hours of us chatterboxes socializing and laughing, included fabric to make two infinity scarves, and included instruction and endless patience from Stacy!  Good deal!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

We even had a little extra time to make a couple of extra scarves for our kids.  I’m planning on posting a tutorial next week for the scarves, so stay tuned!

Girls Night Out at Five Eighth Seams - Palmettos and Pigtails

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