Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monthly Craft Challenge: Featuring Monograms

The official beginning of the challenge is tomorrow, when we're all going to link up what we've done. However, my Thursdays are devoted to the Summer Prize Picnic through August, mine is a day early. Stop by after then, to see all the other great monogrammed projects at Heidi's Blue Eye'd Blessings.
This month for Heidi's Monthly Craft Challenge, our assignment was to make something and incorporate a monogram. I ♥ monograms, so I knew I'd be participating. You might have noticed from the ribbon challenge, that we were quickly running out of space to store all of ER's hair clippies. I decided to remedy that situation, by making a new monogrammed princess clippie holder for her with the letter E. This was a quick and easy project; I really happy with the way it came out.

You'll need:

wooden plaque
Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
foam brush
scrapbook paper
stamping ink
wooden letter(s)
varnish ~ or other sealer
wooden crown or other coordinating decoration
hot glue sticks and hot glue gun
craft felt
staple gun and staples

Begin by painting the edges of your wooden plaque a color that coordinates with the scrapbook paper you've chosen. Let dry. If you letter came unfinished like mine did, paint that too.Lay wooden plaque right side down on the back side of the scrapbook paper. Lightly trace around the plaque onto the paper. Cut out shape from paper.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the plaque with foam brush. Carefully position paper on top of plaque. Smooth down with fingers to eliminate any air bubbles. Let dry.

Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge on top of paper and plaque and let dry, so that it is not longer tacky to the touch.

Ink edges of plaque with stamping ink, if desired and let project dry for a few hours. Coat front with varnish to seal.

Trace backside of plaque on to felt, cut out and set aside.
Use staple gun to attach ribbon to the backside of the plaque.

Position wooden letter and wooden crown on top of plaque. When you like the arrangement, hot glue into place. I was really excited to find the one dollar wooden crown I used at Michael's. It's layered with felt and rhinestones, gaudy goodness for a two and half year old:)

Originally I wanted an oval plaque and I intended on putting the crown completely on the plaque at the top with the E underneath. I had to compromise with this plaque but I ended up liking how the plaque kind of looks like it's wearing the crown.
Hot glue felt onto backside of the plaque, this will protect the wall surface from getting scuffed up by the staples.Hang up and admire you handiwork. Be sure to brag to your friends about the custom clippie holder you made yourself!

{Technically monograms are supposed to be two or more letters interlaced to form a symbol, but Heidi's really nice so I think she'll still let me play along☺}

27 Friends Said:

Dawn said...

I love this! So cute! I really need to make bow/clippie holders for the girls-great idea!

Kelli said...

That is so adorable. I love how crafty and creative you are. Thanks for sharing the step by step with pictures.

Mama King said...

You really should consider opening a store! This would make a great gift! All of my girls clips are in a plastic tub. How sad. This is like 100x better!

Sheena said...

That is so cute. I've always wondered what could be done with those wooden plaques at the craft stores. This is a project I think I could even handle!

Crystal said...

This is so cute! I love the princess theme.

Craftzilla said...

Very cute and pretty! I'll have to remember this one for my new niece!

Margaret said...

This is great! Unfortunately my girls were looking over my shoulder. You know my girls. Now they have ideas about what mommy should try & do. But my oldest the realist said it wouldn't look as good as Katie's.

Katie said...

Very cute! I love all the pinky, pink!

Jennifer said...

So girly! Love it! =)

Alicia said...

Oh you monogramaholic this was made for you. Love the girly girl design...& tag you're it!!!!

Annie said...

Beautiful. I love princess theme and my girls room is with that theme.

derek said...

I just found your blog and I think its really cool. My girlfriend loves stuff like this and I've been looking for monogrammed gifts and other personalized presents. Check

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

love the cute princess monogram!! the new header is adorable too! can't wait to see what layout you choose!

have a NICE trip!!!

Sarah Ondracek said...

I jsut came over from Heidi's blog, great project!

Heidi Boos said...

Love it!! So creative and cute. And, don't worry, I'm sure many of us will only use one me! ;)

Your idea is up on my blog for the challenge!

Kelli W said...

SUPER cute bow holder!

Missy said...

This is very cute! I also love your new blog header. Nice.

Maridith said...

Super cute!! Perfect for a little princess with lots of bows!! Thanks for the tutorial too!!

Preschool Playbook said...

This is beautiful.

Bobbi & Noe said...

Absolutely adorable!!!!!

Did you get a new header? I want it. It's sooo cute! said...

That is darling Katie, i love it! I can't wait to see what everyone makes, these monograms are so much fun! I'll be linking.

Sheila said...

Absolutely adorable! I'm adding this to my project to do list!!

amybluestar said...

Very fun. How cute for a little princess!!


Heather said...

Very cute! I really need to get on making something like this for my little girl. We currently have an entire basket devoted to hair bows, but it's filling up fast.

melinda said...

this is one of the cutest projects i have ever seen! its a must do!
thank you for sharing

Xazmin said...

Way cute...I love it!

Bow holders are such a fun way to keep all those hair lovelies organized!

♥ meninheira ♥ said...

It's so beautiful Kattie :)

A big hug from Spain

meni :*

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