Friday, December 23, 2011

Ornament Pillow and Magnetic Chalkboard

This year for Christmas Mendy asked for some Christmas decorations for their new house. They moved into a beautiful house this Fall and how fun to start fresh with Christmas decorations!? How cute are they in front of their new house!?
I ended up making Mendy a few things and bought her a cute glitter snowman...just in case she was not into getting everything homemade for Christmas.

I fell in love with an ornament image that I saw online. I really wanted to make it into a pillow. I used the freezer paper method to screen print the image onto brown linen. If you haven't ever screen printed a multi-color image, it is pretty fun and very simple with the right image.
Screen shot 2011-11-23 at 1.44.11 PM
I started out by ironing down the image outline and two non-touching pieces from the inside and painted the exposed linen. (I forgot to take pictures of this step...epic fail....but, you will get the idea) I was really excited to find these Simply Screen paint bottles at Hobby Lobby for $2.99. They had lots of colors to choose from and I didn't have to buy the large speedball jars for like $8.
After the first paint was dry, I peeled the remaining freezer paper inside the image outline.
Then I ironed on the pieces of freezer paper over the first parts that I painted and painted the remaining exposed linen.
After it was all dry, I peeled off all the freezer paper and heat set the entire image.
I did a quick sew around the image in a square and just kept raw edges. I love the way it turned out! I love the bright colors and how it can go with traditional or non-traditional Christmas decor.
The second project I did for Mendy was make her a magnetic chalkboard frame. These are all over the blog-world and pinterest this year and I was dying to make one. I bought this not so cute picture at goodwill because I liked the frame.
I taped off the edges
sprayed it with magnetic paint
then sprayed with chalkboard paint
then prepped it by rubbing chalk on its side and wiping it clean
and voila! Finished Product! (Insert someone who has good handwriting)
It looks great in Mendy's remodeled kitchen!
Picnik collage
I also decided to throw in a subway art printout like I have in my house. This is the easiest Christmas decoration. Definitely go here if you want one for your house!


Misty said...

are you using a cricut or a silhouette to cut out the image for the pillow? or is it free hand?

kristen said...

i love the pillow and the redo of the kitchen and the chalkboard! love it all. can't wait to visit mendy and alex!