Yes, You Can Make Your Own Lanyard!

And it’s so easy!!! These would make great Teacher gifts for all those who have worked so hard this past year. The nice thing about making your own, is you can customize it any way you want!

You are going to need:

  • 11/2 inch ribbon
  • Heat and Bond and iron
  • ‘D’ ring and hook
  • Sewing machine or fabric glue

The first step is to find some cute ribbon! That’s not hard to do! I found two coordinating ones. I actually ordered the Star War and Yoda ribbon from Etsy, but I have bought several from Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I like the 1 1/2 inch the best, but 1 inch would work also. Cut your ribbon in 1 yard lengths.

Here is where you have a couple of choices of ways to attach you ribbon together. I used Heat and Bond. You could always sew the ribbons together or use fabric glue to attach them. I cut a piece the same length of the ribbon.

I laid the Heat and Bond on each edge of the ribbon and ironed it on. Follow the directions on the package. I ironed over each side slowly to make sure the glue is bonded well.

Once the ribbon has cooled peel off the paper backing.

Lay the other ribbon on top and iron the two together. Again, I iron over it slowly to attach the two ribbons together.

Once the ribbon has cooled, lay the ribbon flat. At the ends, place the back side on top of the front side. It kind of looks like an exclamation point.

Slide a ‘D’ ring over the end of the ribbon.

I ironed on another small piece of Heat and Bond on the bottom of both pieces of ribbon and ironed them together.

I also used a little bit of fabric glue to just make sure the pieces wouldn’t come apart. I have also sewed some of the ends, which makes it a little neater.

Here are a few of the others I have made.

Do you see something similar about them? Haha! I am selling these at the vendor fairs with Lauren while she sells her Disney trading pins.

When I was a teacher, I wore these every day! They sure come in handy!

I would love to know if you try this out! Let me see what pattern ribbon you use! Have a great day!

A Fun Way to Use an Old Frame

Good morning! I have a new project for you today! Lauren and I have been participating in some local vendor fairs and virtual fairs. She has been selling Disney Trading Pins and I am making boards to display the pins on. It’s been fun selecting all the different colors and characters. Of course, this doesn’t have to be done with Disney characters, but anything you like! Let me show you how!

I started with a frame from a thrift store. It doesn’t matter what kind of picture or if the frame is scratched. I like to look for frames that are a little different or have a design in them. I liked this oval one, because the curved ones are a little harder to find. This frame is just a plastic material.

The first step is to take apart the frame. Throw away the glass (unless you have another awesome idea to use it for!). I keep the back. It is good to use for tracing on the cork board and also to give extra support to the whole thing in the end. Make sure to keep any screws too.

Be sure to wipe off and clean your frame before painting. Then decide what color you want to use. I love the Rustoleum 2X Spray Paint. Since this frame is such a smooth surface, I used a primer first to give the paint something to grip. Once the primer was dry, I sprayed 2 light coats of the green.

This is where your back piece come in handy. I bought this corkboard from Hobby Lobby. I laid the back on top of the cork board, traced around it and then cut the cork with scissors. Depending on the thickness of the cork, you might have to use a razor blade. I found that 1/4 to 1/2 inch cork is the best. I really just depends on how thick your frame is and how thick of cork will fit inside and still be able to get the back of the frame back on.

For this board, I picked Tinkerbell. I looked up Tinkerbell silhouette in Google and then picked the one I thought would be easiest to cut out, without to much detail. If the design is too detailed, it’s difficult to be able to cut it out cleanly.

Once the design is cut out, place it on your corkboard. It might help to tape it down if you are afraid the paper might move too much. I used black acrylic paint to fill in the design.

I use a small brush that is pretty flat on the end. I start by daubing around the edge of the design and then I go back and fill in the whole design. Be sure to hold down the edges of the paper as you paint, so the paint doesn’t leak under. You may have to go over some of the edges with a small brush to smooth and even them out.

Doesn’t she look cute?! I love the bright green!

I’ve been making quite a few of these lately. Here are a couple of others. You can see that I used all different size frames and colors.

Princess crown…

and small oval.

These are fun to paint and the designs are endless! What would you put on yours?

My Christmas Home Tour

Good morning! We are part of the way through December already! Are you ready? Is your shopping done? I think I am done, but there always seems to be something else to buy! I do have my decorations up, so now I can sit back and enjoy. I hope you enjoy the little tour today!

I collect these little birds from Target, buying one each year. I set them up right in my entryway this year. I bought the birdcage at a yard sale, the wreath and white trees came from the 99 Cent Store. The white runner came from Hobby Lobby and is soooo soft! I love to just rub my hand across it each time I walk by.

Turning into the living room, I set up my frosted tree. I usually decorate this with a very coastal look, but this year I wanted to do something different. I kept the same white, silver and gold colors, but added in woodland animals. I bought about $20 worth of new ornaments at the 99 Cent Store, but the rest were pieces I already owned.

Ok, a penguin isn’t really a woodland animal, but he was too cute to not include!

I decided to hang the stockings on the mantle this year too. I added a couple more deer, a lantern, a lighted tree and a chalkboard.

Down the middle of the table, I lined up several lanterns, added some trees inside along with more woodland creatures.

This old kitchen cupboard belonged to my grandparents in their home. I love to decorate it with vintage style Christmas things. The old light up tree on the bottom shelf came from my grandma on my fathers side of the family.

This is my doggy corner! Each one has a handmade stocking and monogram. As you can see, they already have a few treats inside. I added a few of my other dog decorations on the bench. My daughter gave me the adorable gold and white wooden Christmas tree last year.

Here in my family room, I have my Disney tree! Lauren and I went through all the ornaments and found we had plenty of Disney ones to fill the tree. I love it! Most are mine, but there are also some from both girls.

Old movies and new ones.

Lady and the Tramp is my favorite old Disney movie!

And the iconic castle!

I posted about my village a couple of weeks ago. I set it up in my fireplace this year. I really like it here and I get to enjoy it every day. You can find it here.

Well, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! It’s been a tough year, and I am looking forward to what 2021 has to bring to us. Thank you all for following me. I love to read your comments and looks forward to meeting with you next year too!

How To Make Your Own Dried Flower Mickey and Minnie

Good morning! I hope everyone is safe today. I am in California with all the wildfires, but we are safe where we are. There is just a lot of smoke everywhere plus the heat. I know most bloggers are already putting out there fall decor, but it’s hard to think about when it is still so hot! I will probably wait for fall until September.

Today I am going to show you how I dried flowers and formed them into Mickey and Minnie! You know how I feel about Disney! I had never dried flowers before, and it is so easy!

I went into my yard and cut a few different types of leaves and flowers from various plants. I cut some ferns, leaves, feverfew, blue potato vine, and some white petals of a flower I don’t know. 🙂

I laid out the leaves and flowers on some pieces of wax paper and covered them with another piece.

I carefully laid them in a large heavy book, between the pages. I also stacked a few more books on top just in case.

Do you like my choice of book?

I left the flowers and leaves for a couple of weeks and then finally opened up the book and took out the pieces. I don’t think you really have to wait that long, but I got busy with other things and didn’t get back to them right away. I was so happy with the way the flowers and leaves dried!

I printed out a Mickey head shape just to help me figure out the shape and size. I knew my paper would be a 5 x 7 so my printout was small enough to fit on the paper.

I started with the outline of the Mickey. I laid out the pieces into the general shape. I didn’t glue yet, I wanted to make sure it was formed right first. Once I had the outline, I started filling it in with other bits and pieces.

I cut the fern into small pieces and also took some of the petals off the flowers to fill it in. Once I was happy with how it looked, I started gluing the leaves and flowers onto the paper. I glued on the base pieces and then added a few more on top to feel it in. I also added a couple of large flowers for a bow for Minnie.

I bought a couple of 5 x 7 black frames from the Dollar Tree to hang the pictures in.

I hung them in the guest room, aka Haley’s room, aka the Disney room.

I’m not sure why I thought this would be so complicated, but it was pretty easy! I can think of so many other shapes to use this technique on.

Here is my other Disney wall in the room. I have been collecting ears each time we visit Disneyland and hang them in a black frame. I love this gallery wall!

Thank you so much for coming by today! I hope you have a great week-end!

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Decoupaged Disneyland Map Tray

Good morning friends! I hope you are all staying safe. So much has happened in the last few weeks in our country. I am praying that we will find peace and some resolution to everything that is going on.

I mentioned last time that I am missing Disney, so I created another Disney DIY that is so simple. Here is the link to the Disney Lego Table if you missed it. This time I took an acrylic tray that I no longer wanted and decoupaged it with Disneyland maps. I knew I wasn’t going to be visiting Disneyland for quite awhile, but then Casey from Disneyland Daily posted that she had extra maps if anyone wanted any. She was kind enough to send me two so I could make my project!

I first cut apart the maps. I kept one whole map and then cut out the different lands and of course one with Mickey.

I laid out my pieces on the tray and figured out that they wouldn’t completely cover the tray. I found some of my Disney scrap paper and found some yellow with stars to go around the edges of the tray. I also added white polka-dot paper in the middle, just in case there were some open areas between the pieces when I put them on.

Once I had the lay-out figured out, I used Mod Podge to attach it. I brushed the Mod Podge on the tray where I would place the papers and once the papers were on, I spread another layer of Mod Podge on top.

After I attached the large map, I laid out the smaller pieces and attached each one individually so I could make sure the lay-out worked. I spread another layer of Mod Podge over the whole thing to protect it from any future spills.

Now I’m ready to serve summer refreshments! I added the Disney pitcher and cups I received several years ago as a gift.

Of course, I had to place it on the Disney table! It makes the perfect setting!

I can’t wait until we are able to go back and enjoy the Disney magic, but at least I can keep some of the magic when I use the tray! Thank you all for stopping by today!

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