Felt Message Board

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I’m really excited about this project. You have probably noticed these guys popping up pretty much everywhere. My older sister is using one for my nephew’s first day of school picture (you know the one where mom’s are finding something that the kid wears or holds in every photo, every year, for like ever).

Anyway, here’s what you need:

  • 9″ X 11″ frame- you’ll need a picture frame with a bit of depth to fit all the stuff inside
  • 36″ x 12″ piece of black felt
  • Quantity 36 -3/16 inch thick SQUARE wood dowels 12″ long.
  • 1″ White plastic letters (I ordered mine on Amazon- here)
  • Pencil?
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife

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Cut the wood dowels- Let the frame backing be your guide for shape and cuts.

  • Quantity 2: 10-15/16″
  • Quantity 34: 8-15/16

 

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Check and make sure the dowels are long enough to work in your frame.

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Next build a simple rectangle (the two longer dowels as the long side). Lay out the shorter dowels onto the longer dowel frame- try to get them spaced 1/8″ apart. Continue to check spacing throughout all the steps. If the spaces aren’t right the letters will not fit or alternatively, not sit.

Once you have the spacing down, you can start gluing the shorter dowels to the dowel frame. Keep the picture frame backing and your dowel frame separate. Don’t glue together.

 

Now start tucking the felt between the bars. Begin at one end of the frame. Use a ruler to tuck the fabric into the slats. Hold down the slats as you go so the felt doesn’t pull out as you move.

Test your letters and make sure they hold. If the spacing is good, flip the frame over and trim the access fabric and add hot glue to the dowels and felt.

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You’re almost to the finish line- put your felt frame into the picture frame and add the frame backing. Swivel as many of the clips as will fit into place (it’s okay if it’s only the top and bottom swivels). If the two side clips don’t fit you can bend them back and forth until they break off.

Add a message and go crazy!

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Lucite Bath Tray

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This lucite bath caddy follows the same simple process as the lucite square tray on the blog with one extra step! Follow along for the instructions.

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Here’s what you need:

Measure, mark and drill holes into the plastic sheets. Attach the handles to the sheets. You may have to adjust the screw length depending on the thickness of the sheet. My handles came with break-away screws.

Some DIY projects added window moulding to line the outside of the tray. I ordered the WRONG moulding so instead I had to improvise. I took apart an old cheap Walmart plastic poster frame that I had lying around.

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I sprayed the frame pieces, cut to size and then used gorilla glue to adhere the plastic frame to the tray.

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My friend came to visit and I set mine up in my spare bathroom with sample toiletries for her.

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The Velvet Choker

Full choker

As much as I hope you can’t stop wearing your first choker, here is another one to add to the mix. Again everything is under $10.

Supplies

Here is what you need:

  • A 50cm (20 in) piece of velvet
  • Scissors
  • A large gold jump ring (I took mine off of an old key ring).
  • Needle & thread
  • Jewelry closures

Let’s get started:

Cut your velvet in to two equal pieces.

Cut

Place the hoop on top of the opening of the velvet ribbon.

Layout Choker

Pull the ribbon through and sew a couple of stitches so the ribbon is attached.

Sew Ring

Do the same thing to the other side. It should look like this when you are done with this step.

Ring Finished

Next I folded over the ends about a centimeter and sewed it so the ends would be a little thicker for the clasps.

Finish Sew

Add the clasps on the end. Mine were pretty simple so I just used good tweezers.

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Voila! Now you have two badass chokers to style as you please.

Finished Choker

Rope Basket

I have noticed how great a simple rope basket is for laundry, magazines, or the crap you want to hide when your guests come over. Target has a bunch of options if you are not looking to make one but I was looking for a navy combo that I couldn’t find anywhere.

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So I thought give a DIY rope basket a go. During the planning phase, I considered doing a no sew basket that required pretty much rope and hot glue. The results look great but I’m not convinced the basket holds together.

This is my version a little bit of glue combined with some sewing.

Here is what you need:

  • Natural Cotton Piping- 25 yards
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Basket or bin to use as mold
  • Needle and thread in desired color

Let’s start with the base. Coil the rope in your desired shape, gluing along the way.

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After you have that part put together add some stitches throughout.

Then begin coiling the rest of the basket. Again, gluing along the way. Stop every so often to sew reinforcements so you don’t have to awkwardly reach in and poke around once the basket is basically done.

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For the last two or three layers do not glue or sew the sides. Leave a gap. These will be your handles.

Finish the top layer with a generous amount of glue.

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Congrats-now you have a beautiful decorative basket!