{Cowboy Up} Cowboy Party Favors

The cowboy party favors we gave out at Lincoln’s party were one of the simplest aspects of the whole party.  The hardest thing about it was finding enough straight-ish sticks!

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Here’s what you are going to need for each Hobo Bag:

a straight-ish stick about a foot long

a 10″x10″ square of bandana fabric {I used yardage}

about a foot and a half of twine

snack sized ziplock bags

Golden Grahams

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Mini marshmallows

Fill up the snack bag about 2/3 of the way full.  Squeeze al the air out and zip it closed.  You should be able to kind of fold the stuffed baggie in half.

With it folded, place in the middle of the fabric square, on the wrong side of the fabric.  Carefully pull each of the four corners up and secure with the twine.  Tie the twine in a knot and then wrap the twine in a figure eight around the sack and the stick.  Once you get to the end of the twine, tie off in a double knot.

I used both red and blue bandana fabrics, and then arranged all of the Hobo Bags into a vase, making it my centerpiece for the food table!  Double duty!

And my Cowboy Party Favors were a hit…not a single one left!

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{Cowboy Up} DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial

One of my favorite things about Lincoln’s cowboy-themed first birthday party was the fact that everyone got to get in character.  We supplied the hats, bandanas and mustaches for the guests, but our family searched for weeks before the party to find our perfect outfits!

I ordered the girls coordinating outfits on Zulily, but wasn’t sure about them arriving in time, so I made them each an outfit too.  The matching dresses ended up arriving just in time, so Jayna opted to wear that.  Millie chose to wear my outfit though!!  It’s one of my twirly skirts that I sell occasionally on Etsy.  I appliquéd the matching shirt.  Their cowgirl hats are from Tractor Supply.

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Lincoln, on the other hand, was a bit harder to shop for.  I ordered his little cowboy hat off of Amazon, and his boots were an accidental find at Hobby Lobby.  But what was he going to wear?

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

I scoured Pinterest, but couldn’t find a Cowboy Vest that I liked, let alone a pattern.  So I decided to make my own.  First, I got one of his current onesies so I could figure out how big to make it.  I used butcher paper as my “pattern” and eye-balled how wide and tall to make it, taking seam allowances into consideration.  In hindsight, I wish I had added about an inch to both the width and height.  The vest fit him, but he won’t be able to use it for pretend play as a toddler or anything.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Here’s what my final measurements looked like for a size 12 month vest.  Again, if I were you, I think I’d add another inch to width and height for a better fit.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Trace your “patterns” onto your fabric, remembering that you will need two of the front panel…and they need to be mirror images.  When you are finished, the front pieces should fit perfectly.  It’s of if they overlap in the front a bit.  Cut a small dip on the back piece along the neckline.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, use some scrap fabric to  cut a 3″ tall rectangle that is a little wider than the top of the back of your vest.  This will be your fringe panel for the back.  Sew it on with a straight stitch as close to the raw edge as you can {make sure it’s straight!}

Take another 3″ high scrap of fabric and place it under the top of your front sections of the vest. Trace and cut, to form the front panels of fringe.

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

You’ve already sewn the back fringe panel on, do the same for the fringe panels on the front.  Straight stitch the panel to the top of the front of your vest.  Then sew the panel along the diagonal line {down the chest}.  Do not sew the side where the arms are going to go.  Then I sewed the front pieces to the back pieces {right sides together!}, and zig-zag stitched around all of the raw edges.  I made it a wide stitch, and wasn’t too careful and I ended up liking the imperfect-ness of it.  Very Cowboy.

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If you have any other scraps available, feel free to cut out a pocket {a semi-circle} and a triangle of the same width.  Sew the triangle to the straight part of the semi-circle.  Zig-zag stitch across the top to finish the raw edge.  Position your pocket where you’d like it, pin and zig-zag stitch around the semi-circle, leaving the straight part un-sewn for a functional pocket.

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Once everything is sewed on, you just need to cut your fringe!  Cut up to your seams, but be careful not to cross or snip any thread!

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Adorable and really easy, right?  Ok, now for the good pictures.  I’ll let the professional take over from here….courtesy of Rachel Weber Photography.  I’ll take credit for the kid though!

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Cowboy Vest Tutorial for a Cowboy Themed First Birthday Party from Palmettos and Pigtails

Cutest ‘lil cowpoke around!

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DIY Easy Burlap Bunting

One of the simplest and most versatile projects I’ve done so far is my burlap bunting.  I originally made this for Lincoln’s Nursery, but then ended up using it mostly for my craft show booth.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

It was super easy to make….took me about 10 minutes total!  So now that I’ve been planning Lincoln’s Wild West Cowboy Birthday Party, I decided I could use a little more.  So Millie and I made a little more this week.  It was the perfect project for her to help with because it is very hard to mess it up!

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

You’ll need a strip of burlap, the width depending on how long you want your flags to be.  Use a ruler to draw triangles across the burlap.  Where applicable, I pulled some of the burlap strands out after cutting, to reduce fraying.  You’ll also need some painter’s tape, white paint, a paintbrush, a glue stick, a length of twine {long enough for your completed bunting}, some newspaper for underneath your burlap, and a hot glue gun.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

 Divide your cut triangles into two equal stacks….one will be striped, one will be polka-dotted.  To make the polka dots, simply dip the end of your glue stick in paint and transfer to your triangles, evenly spacing out the dots.  Let dry completely.

For your striped triangles, use your painter’s tape, starting at the top, to make evenly spaced stripes down the triangle.  Paint the spaces in-between the tape, making sure you have even coverage and you paint over the edges of the tape {to create crisp lines}.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

When still wet, peel off your painter’s tape and let dry completely.  Using the hot glue gun, draw a line of glue along the top edge of the back side of your triangles {alternating striped and polka dotted}, and glue down the twine.  I left about an inch in between each triangle so they would have plenty of room to fold on top of each other for storage.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

And tada!  After this quick and simple burlap bunting project you have a beautiful piece of decor just waiting for a place on your mantle, door, wall, etc.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

Stay tuned next week to see how I used the bunting at Lincoln’s Cowboy party!

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{From the Archives} Custom Name Blocks DIY

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.

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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.

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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!}.

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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!}

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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!

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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!

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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!

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DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Bubblegum Necklace

I have a confession.  I have become an online shopper.  I say that like it’s taboo.  My thoughts immediately go to a childhood friend’s mother…who I would catch watching HSN in the middle of the night, phone and credit card in hand.  But I guess it isn’t strange at all nowadays…even downright thrifty, with the online coupons and daily deals sites.  I’m even an affiliate at zulily.com, Jane.com, and Pick Your Plum.  And let me tell you, it’s dangerous.  They have really cute stuff on there.  Stuff you didn’t know you wanted or needed.  And you better get it now, because it will be gone in the next five minutes and you will never see it again.  Ever.  But this marketing strategy has worked like a charm on me because I have purchased more items online this year then I have in stores for the past 5 years!

 One of the items I’m seeing over and over on these online sites is bubblegum necklaces for little girls.  They are big, chunky, brightly colored round beads that have patterns on them, and are hung close to the neck.  Like, a little girl version of the southern pearls.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

And online, these silly things are like $14.99.  Nope.  I figured there had to be a way to easily make them on my own.  And with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it was the perfect excuse to make some bright green ones.  Lincoln will have his DIY Shamrock tee-shirt, and my girls will have their own Leprechaun Pearls {I’m officially coining that phrase…}

Leprechaun Pearls cost about $4 to make for a total of 4 DIY St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces {with many materials left over at the end too!}, and take about an hour and a half including baking time.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

You’ll need:

An old cutting board {that may get stained from the clay}
A sharp knife
A shallow dish {for rolling balls in glitter}
A jelly roll pan
Some ribbon or yarn
Some glitter
A paperclip
Parchment paper or foil to create and bake on
Sculpey Clay {or other oven bak clay} from craft stores

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Your clay will come in packages that have four rectangles in them.  Cut those apart with your knife, and then divide each rectangle into four smaller pieces.  Each of the smaller pieces is how much clay you will use for one bead.

Roll the 4 small pieces into balls.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

If you want, divide the small pieces in half and combine two colors gently.  When you roll it into a ball it will create a marbleized effect.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Roll some of your balls in the shallow dish of glitter.  Roll the ball with glitter in your hands again, so that the glitter is gently pushed into the clay {this will prevent a glittery mess each time your daughter wears her necklace}.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

So pretty!  If you are a little OCD like me, make sure you have enough of each design to create some pattern for your necklace.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Open one end of your paper clip, and use it to poke a hole in each bead.  You want to move the paperclip around inside the hole to widen it enough for your ribbon/yarn to go through.  There shouldn’t be any hole shrinkage in the oven.  Spread all the beads out on foil on a jelly roll pan {a cookie sheet with edges}.

Bake for an hour at 275 degrees.  Let cool completely.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Measure your ribbon around your daughter’s neck, and then add about 6 more inches to the length….you can always trim it after the beads are on.  Fold the ribbon in half to find the middle, and working your way from the middle, lace your beads.  I laid all mine out in order beforehand.  I highly recommend tying a knot in between each bead, to keep them in place.  Also, you may want to use a lighter to seal the ends of your ribbon to prevent fraying.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

And that’s it!  SO pretty!  The beads should be really hardy…my girls have dropped their necklaces several times and we haven’t had any breakage.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

The project was a hit because even the little ones could do it {with a little help rolling into balls}.  The little boy next door even came over and just made “marbles” instead of beads.  Obviously, these will be choking hazards so keep ’em away from kids under 3!

We are excited to make more of these in different colors!
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{From the Archives} DIY Mr. Potato Head Felt Board

This is one of my favorite posts.  I love the kids.  I love the party theme.  And I love my readers….who clearly also love this post {or at least they love Mr. Potato Head!}, because this is one of my most read articles!  Take a trip down memory lane with me today!

June 2013

A couple of weekends ago, Millie’s boyfriend turned two.  I say boyfriend, because:

a) she looks forlornly out the window waiting for him to come home each day,and b) I caught the two of them canoodling over dinner the other night!Seriously though, I love this little boy!  Isn’t he adorable!?!  And his mama threw an awesome “Toy Story” Themed birthday party for him, complete with “Toy Story” jump castle {see it in the background?}.  Did you notice the “Woody” and “Jessie” outfits?

All that was missing was a party game, so I volunteered to make a Mr. Potato Head Felt Game {kind of a twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey?!}.   And I couldn’t believe how easy it was to do.  I started with a large piece of felt that was the size of the easel we’d be putting it on.  I then “sketched out” with a skinny marker on felt, one half of the Potato Head.  I’m terrible at making things even, so then I folded the felt in half and cut on the line I had drawn, creating a mirror image on the other side {and a perfect Potato Head!}.

I hot glued the blank potato head onto the background felt, and cut little slits at the top of the background, where I tied ribbon through to attach it to the easel.  The greatest thing about felt {other than that it sticks to itself}, is that it doesn’t fray!!DIY Mr. Potato Head Felt Board and Toy Story Party from PalmettosandPigtails.comI used the Mr. Potato Head toys that we got at Disney as my model.  Then, folding all the rest of the felt in half {to make everything even}, I sketched and cut out eyes, a red nose, mustache, feet, ears and mouth.  I did the same for the hat as well, adding a second layer of a black felt strip to give the lip of the hat a little dimension.  I also added black pupils to the eyes.  I’m not the greatest artist, so I tried to keep it simple!  And I didn’t even attempt to go authentic on the hands….five fingers and I was happy!I don’t think anyone actually played the game, but the kids had a lot of fun creating silly Potato Head faces!

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{Guest Post} Peppermint Cake-In-A-Jar Recipe

Betsy’s back today with another delicious recipe for you!  Just in time for the holidays!  I had one of these the other day…and it was the highlight of my day!  Delicious!  Take it away, Bets!
Hey there! With the holidays suddenly super close, I thought I’d share a quick and easy homemade gift perfect for teachers, neighbors, etc. I started making these when one of my closest friends moved to Texas to be a traveling nurse and said how she missed my cakes and cupcakes. I wanted a way to send her a cupcake from time to time without having to worry about the frosting getting all messed up and the cake drying out. Thus, the cake-in-a-jar was born!

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsI first saw these mini mason jars when Shara gave me a little jar of honey butter when she was up in Maryland this fall. It was delicious, and when I finished it off I wanted to send her back the jar with something in it (one of my favorite little niceties to practice!). I had been thinking about trying to cake-in-a-jar thing for my Texas friend, so I decided to use Shara as a guinea pig for sending these in the mail because the little jelly jars were a great size. I went out and bought some extras so that I could make more than just the one going to Shara. I found them in a 4 pack at Target in their small canning area. Hobby Lobby {on sale for .99 each this week!} and craft stores also have them.

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsSo, to start off I just made a batch of cupcakes. I made sure not to fill them too full with batter because I wanted them fairly level to the wrapper and flat not domed. I used a box mix because I wanted to do red velvet for a Christmasy look and red velvet is a pain to make from scratch and knew Shara wouldn’t judge me anyway.

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsAs they cooled, I made a batch of vanilla buttercream. My buttercream recipe starts with these below and then I add things to customize the taste:

1 cup butter
1 cup Crisco
1 2lb bag powdered sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

For this batch, I added peppermint extract and a handful of peppermint chips {I found these at Target in the baking aisle}.  For chocolate, omit the vanilla extract and add about a cup of cocoa powder {to taste}.

Peppermint and Red Velvet Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsI also made a batch of chocolate ganache for an extra special touch. Here’s the super easy chocolate ganache recipe I found online a few years ago:

1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream

Microwave heavy cream for 1 minute, stir, then again in 30 second increments until it bubbles. Add chocolate chips and stir, stir, stir, until you have delicious thick ganache. I could eat this by the spoonful!  And added to chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, it’s decadent!

Chocolate Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsOk, so I got too excited by the ganache while I was working on Shara’s cake-in-jar. I knew I needed to let it sit for a bit to set up, so I left it alone while I cut each cupcake in half and started laying the bottom layers into each jelly jar.

Peppermint and Red Velvet Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and Pigtails

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsThen I poured in a layer of ganache. It was great that it was still liquid enough to pour, but I really should have waited longer for it to set up because it made for a less attractive side view of the jars as you will see in the pictures.

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsNext I took some of my vanilla peppermint frosting and piped it into the jar on top. If you don’t have a piping bag, I’d recommend using a large Ziploc baggie with a 1/2″ hole cut in one corner to help make sure you get a nice clean, even layer in each jar.

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial, with bonus recipes for ganache and buttercream! Palmettos and PigtailsThen I layered the top half of each cupcake on top and squished it down in a little bit.   Some were a little shorter than others so any that had a little extra space before putting the lid on I layered one more thin layer of frosting and sprinkled a few extra peppermint chips on top. The rest I lidded just as they were.

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsFor Shara’s I made sure to get it in the mail right away. I packed the box with blankets I was sending to Lincoln anyway, and she said it made it just fine! Yay! For some of the others and other batches I’ve made since, I got cute and decorated the jars with a little ribbon and flower sticker. These would be great Christmas gifts with a little Christmas ribbon on them!

Cake-in-a-Jar Tutorial: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsI’ve also since made these with scraps from larger cakes I’ve made instead of a batch of cupcakes. After leveling a regular round cake that I had made for another occasion, I just cut holes in the excess cake using the jar lids as a guide.

Use scraps from homemade cakes to create Cupcakes-in-a-Jar: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and Pigtails

Use scraps from homemade cakes to create Cupcakes-in-a-Jar: The perfect neighbor or teacher gift! Palmettos and PigtailsIt’s a fantastic way to use up cake scraps {without eating them yourself!}, and show a little love to your mailman.  Or your bus driver.  Or your favorite blogger. {Just sayin’!}

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DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Where, oh where has my October gone?!?!  Y’all, we have been so busy!  Between the normal holiday craziness, and several impromptu trips, I am feeling very scattered!  And addition to all of that, I just signed on for TWO big craft fairs in November.  Yes, the same November that is 4 days away.  What the heck am I thinking?!?!

So, bear with me as I attempt to find time to tell you all about our travels, edit photos, carve pumpkins, make Halloween costumes, and prepare for craft shows {with some new items in the inventory!!}.  Hang with me these next few weeks, because it’s gonna get good!

This morning, I have a super quick tutorial that I’ve been dying to share with you.  I stumbled across these DIY Fabric Pumpkins on Pinterest a while back, and have just now gotten around to making them.  And let me tell you, once I picked out the fabric and realized how easy they were to make….I couldn’t stop!  Even Jayna made a couple!

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Like I said, I found the tutorial over on My Blessed Life.  She’s got dimensions for the fabric and a terrific step-by-step process with pictures.  Her pumpkins are also much cuter than mine {she added ruffles and leaves}…maybe I’ll go back and embellish mine later.  But for now, I’m focused on ease and speed.

For each pumpkin, you are going to need a rectangular piece of fabric, some batting, a couple of big glass beads or rocks, a stem, and possibly some twine or string if you want ribbing.  As for the fabric sizing, the closer your rectangle is to a square, the “rounder” your pumpkin will be {like the big orange or the small multi-color chevron above}.  If your rectangle is long and skinny, your pumpkin will either turn out fat and kinda flat {like the black checked or the orange dotted}, or tall and skinny {like either of the yellow}.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

The very first pumpkin I made, I had a long skinny piece rectangular piece of fabric.  I sewed the long sides together to create a long tube {right sides together!}, then I turned it right side out and hand-stitched a gather along the bottom of the pumpkin, pulling the ends of the thread {I used embroidery thread for durability} together and tying, in order to “close” the bottom of the pumpkin.  Then I filled it with batting and a couple of rocks at the very bottom {just to weigh it down a bit}.  I then hand stitched another gathering stitch around the top and pulled the strings to “close” the top of the pumpkin.  I wrapped string around the pumpkin, top to bottom, to attempt to make the ribbing on the pumpkin.  And lastly, I hot glued a branch for the stem.

Fail.

My fabric had been too tall and skinny, and so everything was just off.  He kept falling over, and his ribbing wouldn’t stay put.  He’s lucky he made it into my photo shoot at all!  My second attempt was another tall and skinny pumpkin {the other yellow one}, but I made it slightly wider, and it turned out a little better.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I cut a few more tall and skinny rectangles, but this time I stitched them closed along the shorter sides, which created short, squatty, flat pumpkins.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

So much cuter!  I think these ended up being my favorite!  I used a long quilting needle and embroidery floss to sew up and down through the middle of the pumpkin, to create a tufted look.  On the My Blessed Life site, she said to use plastic bags to stuff inside the pumpkins.  I tried that {in the spirit of recycling}, but found they were very noisy, and hard to “sew” through in order to do the tufting.  So I stuck to the batting and rocks {which are easily navigated}.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Finally, I tried a couple of “square” pumpkins, with my fabric being just about square in dimensions.  So cute!  Although I did notice that the size of the stem needed to match the size of the pumpkin.  I had used the same branch for all of my pumpkins, except for the “Baby Round.”

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

She turned out very cute, since her stem was more perportionate to her body.  Next time I think I will use a variety of sticks for the pumpkins.  But overall, I was very pleased!  The whole “patch” took me about a half an hour to fumble through, and Jayna helped too!

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DIY Headband Holder Tutorial

My oldest daughter‘s hair is a hot mess.  We have been growing it out for years, and it is always in her face.  I’m not sure how she stands it.  A single strand of hair in my eyes drives me up the wall….I guess she takes after her father!  Now that her pesky bangs are finally just about grown out, I’ve been allowing her more opportunities to wear headbands.  In the past, they’ve been vetoed because they didn’t hold the mass quantity of hair out of her eyes…and not being able to see her eyes is my pet peeve!

So for the past few months, we’ve been slowly collecting headbands.  Her favorite ones are the thick plastic ones, covered in fabric or ribbons.  My favorites are satin tubes of fabric that have wire inside for twisting around her head.  It gives her kind of a retro look, while still keeping bangs in place.  However, because they are not your typical semi-circular “headband shape,”  they are kind of annoying to store.

So I came up with a quick storage solution for all of the headbands, no matter what width, size or style.  I used an empty oatmeal container, and made it so the lid was still able to function, so it’s handy to keep brushes, hairbands and barrettes inside as well.

DIY Headband Holder with Storage from Palmettos and Pigtails

I cut the scrapbook paper to the size of the canister, and then used the Modge Podge to adhere it to the container.  I did a layer of Modge Podge over the outside of the paper too, to provide a little more stability and protection for the canister and the paper.

DIY Headband Holder with Storage from Palmettos and Pigtails

I also used a piece of scrap ribbon along the top, just to fancy it up a bit {I secured it with hot glue}.  You can see in the photo above that the container lid is still fully functioning for storage purposes.

DIY Headband Holder with Storage from Palmettos and Pigtails

This size container is the perfect width for plastic and fabric covered headbands.  For the wire covered headbands shown above, I just wrap them around and twist them in the back to secure.  Now Jayna’s headbands are all in one place, with some unexpected extra storage in the middle!  And it took me about 10 minutes total {including drying time!} to make this DIY Headband Holder!

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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.

DIY Round picture frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

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!}

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

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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