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Planting the Write Way

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So this is probably the easiest project out there. Buy any terracotta pot from a garden supply or home improvement store. These are usually pretty cheap, and prices will vary depending on size. You will also need some chalkboard paint. You can buy small bottles of this in any craft store, but I just go to Walmart. It will be in the craft paint section and usually runs less than $2.00. If you are painting a very large pot, I would buy a couple bottles or the bulk bottle of paint.

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You can obviously write on terracotta pots with chalk as they are originally. However, I have found that the chalk is sometimes hard to clean off of terracotta, plus the black (or any color) chalkboard paint gives it a more finished look. You could use any color chalkboard paint to match the outside decor of your home.

Next, you just paint the outside and inside lip of the pot with the chalkboard paint. Make sure you paint far enough down on the inside so that where you stop will be covered by the soil. Don’t worry about painting the entire inside of the pot, since no one will see this and that would only waste paint.  I do about two coats just to get a good thick layer of paint on.

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Once this is dry, you can fill with dirt and plants of your choosing. I planted some cilantro. You can label these pots with your address if going on the front porch, a cute message, or even label the types of plants you have growing.  You could even write important reminders, like maybe, “WATER ME!!” haha.

*Note – chalk does wash off in water .. So be careful when watering and try to keep the pot under some sort of porch or awning. Although you can always rewrite the message if it washes off.

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Chalk Board Art Wall

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photo (6)photo (5)Looking for a fun way to jazz up a kitchen space or play room? Chalkboard paint is a very inexpensive way to do this. It’s great for entertaining kids of all ages. You can buy chalkboard paint at any place that sells paint, Lowe’s, Home Improvement, even Walmart. Just tape off an area of wall, any size and shape you want. You could even change it up and do a couple circles low to the ground for kids to draw things on. At our house, we just have a large rectangle section of chalkboard in our eating area.

If you like art but don’t feel like buying it, draw your own. You can change up the style from week to week and even change the design for holidays and big events like birthdays, anniversaries, and going away parties. If you are into the more practical side of things, kids can use it for homework, or make a small one in the kitchen to keep grocery lists!

Ruffle Butt Onesie

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 There’s nothing cuter than a baby with ruffles on their bottom! I made this for my niece. The front has a painted flower on it, in the same color as the ruffles on the butt. I painted the flower on using the freezer paper technique described in my previous post.

This project is super easy, and you definitely don’t have to add anything besides the ruffles since they are cute enough on their own. I just added the flower on the front since it was a plain white onesie.

I bought this ruffle ribbon at Hobby Lobby. You can find it in the ribbon section, but it’s with the specialty ribbon that you can buy by the yard. I just bought enough to fit across the onesie three times and then about 5 inches extra to be safe.

To start you need 3 pieces of fabric that are same width as the onesie, with about an inch or so extra so that you can fold under the sides when you sew it on. I sewed each “tier” on one at a time, starting with the bottom, since they kind of overlap each other. Pin the bottom strip on first and fold under the left and right edges so that you get a clean edges. I just match the sides of the ribbon up with the seam on the side of the onesie. Once you have that pinned, just sew all the way across your ribbon with matching thread to secure it on.  Make sure you are only sewing across the back of the onesie and not the front and the back or else you will be sewing  your onesie closed. Repeat with the second layer, which you put above the one you just did. Sew on one more strip of ruffle ribbon and you are good to go!

DIY T-shirt with, you guessed it, more Freezer Paper!

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Hey crafters!

So I made a shirt for my friend’s birthday. This Jimi Hendrix design is pretty intricate, but obviously you can be as simple or complex as you desire! This craft uses the same freezer paper technique detailed in the “Freezer Paper Onesies” post.

This post might seem somewhat repetative but I just wanted to stress that you can obvioulsy make painted designs on other things besides baby onesies! I also want to stress that painting on white fabrics works best in my opinion, and you will probably want to put two coats of paint on. Make sure you put your second coat on before you peel the freezer paper off!

I also made a Johnny Cash T-Shirt which was a little harder since it was on darker fabrics (needed multiple coats of paint).

Freezer Paper Onesies!!

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Using freezer paper for painting stencils on fabric has to be the most brilliant idea ever thought of! Whoever thought of it should have their own holiday dedicated to them. If you’ve never bought freezer paper before, you can find it at most grocery stores in the baking section with the tin foil, wax paper, etc.

Okay so the first thing you do is figure out what design you want to paint on the fabric. The possibilities are endless, from images to font. For the onesies I made I decided to paint a pair of aviator sunglasses. I found a picture online of the sunglasses. I then cut a sheet of freezer paper to the size of normal printer paper (11×8.5 inches). You can then feed this piece into your printer and printer the image you found online. You could also free-hand an image if you’d rather. I printed the image of the aviators out onto the freezer paper. Make sure you are printing to the side of the paper that doesn’t have the glossy texture or else this won’t work.

Once you have your image printed, use a box cutter or exacto knife to cut out your image or words. I want to stress that the “background” of the image (or the 11×8.5 sheet minus the image) is what you are using as your stencil, so make sure you aren’t cutting into this. Take your freezer paper and iron it onto the onesie. The fabric should be showing through the area of the paper you cut out, and this is what you will be painting. Make sure you have something inside the onesie to protect from the paint bleeding through. Now you just paint away (using fabric paint or acrylic paint works too). You can peel the freezer paper off right away or you can wait. I prefer to do it right away but make sure not to get any of the wet paint on any unprotected areas of fabric.