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Tutorial: How to hang to your Tea Towel Calendar

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My 2015 Tea Towel Calendars are now for sale in my Spoonflower Shop. But, if you’d like to make it look super polished when you hang it up, simply follow these instructions.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Tea Towel Calendar

• 4, 18″ pieces of wood from Home Depot. They look like this. And cost about 46 cents a foot. At my Home Depot, they were located with all the lumber. I also had Home Depot cut them to 18″ for me.

• string, about 12-15″ long. I used black nylon that I purchased from Michaels.

• super glue (I purchased mine here)

 

Directions:

1. Iron Fabric.

2. Trim edges to be 1/4 inch on all sides. I used a clear ruler and a rotary cutter.

3. Fold sides and iron. Only the left and right sides. Leave the top and bottom straight.

4. Sew a straight line from top to bottom, so that the edges are nice and finished. Or you could glue them with fabric glue.

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5. Iron the whole thing again.

6. Measure 2 inches on each side of the back wooden dowel and mark it with a sharpie. This is where your string will go, so that it’s even.

7. Put a few dots of super glue on your back wooden dowel. Put your string first, then the top of your Tea Towel Calendar.

8. Add a few more dots of super glue and add your other wooden dowel, making sure all is aligned. Press down tightly to set the glue. So it’s like a sandwich. (See below)

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9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 for the bottom of the calendar

10. Tada! You are finished! Easy as that!

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I’d love to see your finished product! #2015TeaTowelCal on instagram!

Free downloads with Petite Lemon!

I just had to share with you a few freebies that I’ve recently done for Petite Lemon!

The first being these adorable Circus Embroidery Rings.

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They are super easy to make and can be done in an afternoon with your little one.

And the second freebie is this fun coloring page for your little one. Go here to download the file!

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There’s a lot more of these freebies to come, so stay posted on the Petite Lemon Blog, where you’ll find lots of inspiration for your nursery!

Day 7: Anthropologie Inspired Gift Tags

I know this one isn’t a printable, but I thought it was worth sharing! As some of you may know, I love Pinterest. I often get swept away by all of the beautiful images and yesterday I found myself loving these ceramic gift tags by Molly Hatch for Anthropologie. I also noticed that they aren’t available to purchase any more either, so I thought, why not make my own for FREE! They are super easy to make and the best part is, you probably have everything you need to make them at home!

 

 

1. First start by following this recipe for the salt dough. I halved the recipe and it made 2 large cookie sheets full.

2. Roll the dough out to about a 1/4″ thick. Cut out small circles, about 1.5 inches. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, try a small cup. Then punch out a small hole at the top using a straw.

3. Next, using stamps (if you have some) impress them into the dough. If you don’t have stamps, just skip this part.

4. Bake in a 300*F oven for 25 minutes.

5. Let cool for 15 minutes.

6. Using sand paper, sand down the tops of the tags. And wipe off with dry towel.

7. Using a small sharpie marker follow the imprints from the stamps, or just wing it. The rougher looking the better I think.

8. Add twine, tie knot near tag. (I got my twine at Home Depot). Add to any gift to really add some personality!

 

I’d love to hear if any of you have made these before. Oh, and stay tuned for tomorrow! I’m adding some new printable wrapping paper to my shop (see below) and one of them will be free in tomorrow’s download.

 

Gratitude Gift Box-Free Download

This is the last of 4 free downloads for Thanksgiving. I thought it would be nice to make a gratitude gift box. To make: Print it out, Cut it out, Glue it together. Then, fill it with something you are grateful for. Maybe you write a nice note to a friend and add some of their favorite treats inside. Enjoy!

 This box template is for personal use only and not for resale.

GRATITUDE GIFT BOX

Halloween Owl Mask- DIY Printable

If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween Costume, look no further! This is a super easy Owl Mask that will take you from plain old “you” to super cool “owl”. I’ve included two different sizes, so feel free to print one for both you and your daughter. I would love to see pictures of how they turn out!

 

This mask is for personal use only and not for resale. Enjoy!

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Snow Cone Birthday Party Inspiration Board

Ok, Susan (from Freshly Picked), you asked and I delivered. Not that I consider myself a party planner extraordinaire, but I do love a good challenge. Especially when it involves one of my favorite Summer treats. I was inspired by this photo on Pinterest for the color palette. I just thought it screamed SUMMMER PARTY!!!

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Start by making the party favor bags. I would just use brown paper lunch bags and then print these fun labels, that I designed onto blank sticker paper and close them. (You will need Avery 2 inch Round Labels, product number 22807). Buy some bulk candy and add these adorable little snow cone barretts and you’re set!

 

DREAM OF THIS

Repeatable Snow Cone Pattern that could be printed on fabric and used for napkins, or a table cloth. I also think it would be fun to draw on butcher paper a pattern similar to this one below and let  kids color while waiting for other guests to arrive.
 

 

 

DECORATE WITH THIS

Ez from Creature Comforts has the cutest tutorial for snow cone paper garland. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Ez in person, she is so sweet and so personable. I’m so glad we met! And her blog is just as sweet as she is.

Also, if you’re considering making a photo backdrop, use large sheets of butcher paper and a giant cheap paintbrush and paint some diagonal stripes across the back. Similar to the pattern on the back of the invitations. Make sure to do that on the ground though, so the paint won’t run.

EAT WITH THIS

These mini wooden spoons make eating snow cones super fun, plus they’re miniature size just like your guests. You could also serve the snow cones in these mini paper cups. You might even consider painting them a variety of colors on the ends like this.

I’d love to try these gourmet ones from Fresher than Fresh, whose flavors are all natural and made from home. Try mainking your own natural flavorings for snow cones like this one or this one. Oh, and don’t forget the cream! Yes, as in real dairy cream, just pour it on top. Amazing the difference in flavor it makes! Buy it local if you can. (Yes, I’m putting a word in for Dairy Farmers, just because I grew up on one and my parents still live on one with plenty of dairy cows.)

 

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Customizable Invitations, just add your daughter’s name. And Sticker Labels for the grab bags.

 

MAKE THIS

Make a snow cone shaped chalkboard with the list of flavors and your daughters age and birthday.

 

Well, that about sums up what I thought would make a great Summer Snow Cone Party for your daughter! Good luck Susan!

 

 

easy garden markers for mother’s day

With Mother’s Day being just around the corner, I thought it would be good to make a simple gift that didn’t cost much money. Over the past several years I’ve seen some amazing garden markers and have been wanting to make my own. They are super easy to make and only take a few things to make them. Mine don’t look anything near as nice as some of the ones I’ve seen, but they look rustic. That’s not a bad thing.

 

Step One: Purchase some oven-baked clay. I got mine at Michaels for about $8.

Step Two: Cut out and mold the clay to make the markers. Mine are about 6 inches long.

Step Three: Using a stamping alphabet letter set, spell out your letters. I just lightly pressed into the clay. I actually used a metal stamping alphabet set. It can be purchased here.

Step Four: Using a bone folder or your finger, smooth out the top and edges.

Step Five: Bake according to package directions. I used a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Step Six: Using black acrylic paint, paint the letters. Don’t be afraid to get it all over, but make sure to get it in the grooves. Then, using a wet cloth, wipe off all the excess paint.

Step Seven: After paint is dry, spray with a waterproof paint to make sure the black doesn’t come off. Whaaaa laaa! You’re done!

painted easter cookie craft

This is a super easy Easter craft to do with the kiddos. All you need is food coloring, egg yolks and sugar cookie dough to make these bright and playful cookies.

 

Start by making a simple sugar cookie recipe. This is the recipe I grew up with. I’m not sure where my mom got it.

 

GRANNY’S SUGAR COOKIES

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. vanilla

1 3/4 to 2 cups of flour

 

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Add the other ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms. Add only enough flour to make a soft dough. Don’t overbeat because this will cause the dough to become stiff and dry.

Roll onto a floured surface and cut out shapes.

PAINT

Add 3-4 drops of food coloring to one egg yolk. Using a paintbrush, paint the design onto the cookies.

 

BAKE

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

 

lime place setting + a tutorial

Nikki from thesaltypineapple asked me to collaborate with her for a table setting for the month of March. Actually she first only asked for a place setting, but I couldn’t stop there. I had so many ideas and just had to talk with Nikki about them. In the end we decided to do a citrus themed party. I feel like it really came together and it was so much fun spending a few hours at Nikki’s beautiful house in the mountains. I even managed to drive up to her house among the 10 feet of snow that day. Ridiculous, I know!

I got this idea from Jessica Jones over at How About Orange and decided that we should paint on the plates with edible paint. Nikki picked up the paint from a local craft store (or you can make your own) and I painted the triangles onto the plates. I had seen a similar pattern in a book from the library. Plus triangles are super trendy right now and it seemed like the perfect fit.

Nikki is doing the tutorial on how to do the plates, over here.

As for the limes, can you say EASY! You only need three things, limes, a pen and a citrus zester, similar to this one. I love the Zylis Brand and it works really well for this project.

Using a pen draw an initial onto the lime. I used Learning Curve as the basis for the initial. Why? Because it didn’t have too many curves and was easier to carve the letter out that way. Plus it looks super cute on a lime. You could also use lemons or oranges or any citrus for that matter, as long as the initial shows up after it’s carved.

After drawing on the lime, use the citrus zester to carve out the initial on the lime. The best part about doing this is your hands will smell like limes for the rest of the day! Yum!

 

NOTE: Make sure to carve the limes right before your guests get there, otherwise they can look kind of gross. Also try and find the largest and most green limes you can find. The bigger the fruit, the easier it will be to carve the initial.

CAUTION! The zester is sharp, be careful not to cut your finger.

FREE Placemat Setting printable

As promised, here is the freebie for today! This time it’s a 11×17 inch placemat. Nikki and I collaborated on a Citrus table setting a few weeks ago and this is the result. A simple table with fun details.

I have to warn you though, if you’re going to get these printed at FedEx, they can be somewhat pricey…..I paid $2.50 a sheet. So just be careful where you get them printed.

 



 

NOTE: This download is for personal use only. You may not redistribute them in any form or sell them for money. Sorry. If you are going to post about this freebie on your blog, you may do so, but link the original download to this post. Thank you.