DIY Letter Board Accessories

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It’s my first post in the New Year and this one might already be one of my favorites! Who else has jumped on the letter board train? I love using it in photos for my crafts but it is also really fun to have at home, put up for special events or in photos with the kids. After having it though, I realized that there is not a lot of options for accessories. The stores carry some in the same plastic material as the letters but I am always a fan of mixing textures and what better to do that than with my favs, felt and sparkle!

In this tutorial, I am going to show you a really simple way to make your own custom letter board accessories!



You will need:

  • Small and cheap letter board letters or shapes (I found these emoji ones in the dollar spot at Target!) I say cheap, because you will be covering these up and using them only for the peg piece on the back.
  • Templates or stencils of the shapes you want to create, like these hearts for Valentine’s Day
  • Felt or stiff felt
  • Glitter canvas
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Xacto knife
  • Thin marker

Start by figuring out what shapes you want to use to decorate your letter board and cut them out in the felt and glitter canvas. I cut two pieces of felt out, one for the front and one for the backing and a smaller piece on glitter canvas. Since Valentine’s Day is next month, hearts seemed very appropriate.

Next, take one of your letter board letters or shapes and position it on the felt backing where you would like the peg piece to go. If the letter is too big for your shape, you can cut it down around the peg.ย  Just make sure to leave enough space to add glue later. Lower it just a bit so that you can mark where to cut into the felt. Take your Xacto knife and make a small cut just big enough for the peg piece to fit through.

Push the peg piece through the small hole to make sure it fits and goes through all the way. You can then hot glue it in place. Take your felt front piece and hot glue it on top.

Glue your smaller glitter heart on top and you’re not going to believe this but you are done!

You can make this craft even more simple by finding pre-made shapes in the dollar bins at your favorite stores and just simply gluing it onto the plastic peg piece. I covered the back to give it a more finished look but that is completely optional to its functionality.

Love what you see but don’t want to make it??? This Valentine’s Day set along with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter below are all available in my Sparkle Shop. Look for the Bundle listing of all 3 holidays and as a special gift to all my readers get FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING with orders $25 and over with the coupon code below.






My Favorite Craft Projects of 2017

It’s almost 2018 my friends, and it has been a busy year at A Peace of Creativity. Looking back, this has been one of the most pivotal times in my creative career: from making new friends in the creative social media community, to starting craft nights, opening my Sparkle Shop and designing custom party decor, I cannot be more grateful to be able to pursue my passions.

I am counting down my Top 5 Favorite Projects from 2017 which was no easy feat as I really enjoyed everything I made this year. I would love to hear which one was your fav!

 

5. POM POM & TASSEL KEYCHAINS

Need something bright and colorful to dress-up that boring old bag? These DIY pom pom and tassel keychains were a little thank you for the guests of my very first Craft Night!

 

 

4. PAPER LEAVES CHANDELIER

This gorgeous paper leaves chandelier is the perfect mix of natural, metallic, and geometric and was made for my sister’s Metallic Garden Bridal Shower. It is a beautiful addition to any event or home.

 

3. PIN CUSHION CACTUS

This one I made for my mom and I! Keep your pins stored in this cute yet functional felt cactus pin cushion. A super easy DIY that can be made with a sewing machine or by hand.

 

2. SHELL NECKLACE & HEART OF TE FITI

For my daughter’s favorite movie at the time, make your very own Disney’s Moana necklace that opens and closes and glow in the dark Heart of Te Fiti gem. Free pattern printable and tutorial!

 

1. SUPERHERO HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Of course this one is my absolute favorite. You will want to see our three little superheroes, each with their own sets of powers and ready to save the world!

There is no question that I would not have been able to accomplish so much without your support. Thank you for following along in my journey and I am so excited to show you what I have planned for 2018. Happy New Year!

 

 

Craft Night – Geometric Cork Coasters

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Another successful craft night in the books! A lovely group joined us this past weekend to make their own set of painted, geometric cork coasters. Just like the last event, it was so much fun to see everyone’s individual personality come out in their creativity.

One thing I try to accomplish is to have a variety of methods and choices for each person to feel comfortable in their crafting ability while still feeling challenged and proud of what they make. I supplied geometric stencils made by my handy Cricut, painter’s tape to make your own patterns, and brushes for anyone who wanted to freehand.

See this post for a full tutorial on making your own set with painter’s tape.

After some festive drinks and treats, everyone got right to work. The focus in the room was intense and you can see why below!

Look at what they made!

At each craft night so far we have had a variety of people with different crafting and artistic levels. Some consider themselves not crafty at all while others are semi/professional. One of the best things about these nights for me is to not be able to see the difference at the end of the night. Being creative and crafty are more of a state of mind when you see someone expressing themselves through what they make and I hope everyone that attends has more confidence at the end of the day to say that they are!

For tips on hosting your own craft night, see here.


Interchangeable Emoji Bookmark

If you have been following along, you know I am a huge fan of thoughtful gift making. The challenge of thinking of the perfect gift can be really difficult but the reward of giving something meaningful makes it worth it.

This emoji bookmark was perfect for my brother-in-law, Cole. Not only does he still read actual books (which is rare in these e-reader times) but he is a master at figuring out the perfect emojis to go with his photography. Seriously, it is an art form on top of his art form. Just take a look here.

Without going into too much detail about how the actual emojis were made, I wanted to give you my patterns for the bases and the basic construction on how to make the bookmark interchangeable.

Get your free base patterns HERE. Print out, cut out and then use as a guide.

In each of these photos, you can see the different layers of each emoji to give you an idea on how to put them together. If there is an emoji you love that is not pictured here, all you need to do is print it out on at the size you want, cut it out and use it as a pattern and guide.

Don’t you hate when you forget to photograph something! I am sorry to leave this little lantern out but the pieces are pretty simple, with a middle, top and bottom on a square base.

When all of your emojis are completed, grab some elastic and hot glue a plain base in the middle. Hot glue the scratchy side of a small velcro circle to the middle of the base and the soft side of those same velcro circles to the backs of all of your emoji bases!

I know it’s hard to believe but that’s it! You can make your emojis as detailed or as simple as you want.

As someone who loves options this bookmark is the perfect way to express your vibe for the day without even having to say a word. And for someone like Cole, a photographer and arts educator, I hope this is just another way that he can visually express himself!

Paper Leaves Chandelier

Sick of the shower posts yet? No? Great! This is a really good one. Out of all the decor for that party, this paper leaves chandelier was by far my favorite and the showpiece of the room. I love the natural versus metallic and geometric look and it fit the style of decor perfectly.

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You will need:

I grabbed these amazing and FREE leaf patterns from Lia Griffith. You can get them here. I added some octagons to the mix using both the pink and metallic rose gold cardstock.

Aren’t they beautiful? They look so life-like and delicate.





I used 2 equal sized pieces of the leather cording to tie on the hoop at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock areas. I then made a loop with another smaller piece of cording to connect the longer pieces. This is how the chandelier hung.

Now to begin adding the leaves and strings of octagons. Put a thin line of hot glue on the stem of each branch and jiggle the end of the fishing wire into it. Hold it there while it cools and then cut to the desired length. For the strings of octagons, sandwich the fishing line and hot glue between two matching pieces. Start at the end and work your way up every 1-3 inches. Double-knot them to your hoop. To secure add a drop of hot glue on top of each knot on the hoop.

Add in as many or as little as you would like. Utilize the different shades of cardstock and different styles of branches to make sure the details don’t get lost as they are so pretty!

Isn’t it gorgeous??? Not only would this work for a party, but it would make for lovely home decor.

Check out the rest of A Metallic Garden Bridal Shower here.





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Mason Jar Favors

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Did you catch those adorable little mason jar favors on my last post, A Metallic Garden Bridal Shower? Mason jars are the way to package things these days but it can be challenging to dress them up while staying in line with the guest of honor’s tastes. Here’s how we did it.

My sister, Emily made these gorgeous gem shaped soaps and we knew that they deserved something beautiful to be packaged in.

She found the cutest, little mason jars. We added some white and gold shred inside which held and protected the soap gem perfectly.

For the top of the jar, the good folks at Cream City Ribbon sent me some of their gorgeous ribbons in the colors, Copen, Copper and Kraft with Cream. I wish you could feel these. They are super luxurious and elegant while having a paper-like, artisanal feel. I knew they would give the favors a touch of fancy while still having an understated beauty, just like my sister, the bride-to-be’s tastes!

To make the bow, I cut pieces of ribbon about 6 inches long. Using craft glue tape, I glued them into loops.

I brought the loop down in the middle and wrapped a small piece of ribbon around the middle.

Aren’t they adorable? This type of bow can be difficult to make look elegant if you don’t have the right type of ribbon and the Cream City Ribbons worked perfectly. I almost want to make little hair bows out of them!

Using my handy Cricut, I cut out octagons with a heart and the couples initials. The bow was glued right in the middle.

And that’s it! Wasn’t that super easy? Not only are they so cute on their own, but they look amazing all lined up in rows together ready to be taken home and enjoyed.










Pom Pom & Tassel Keychains

Did you catch those pom pom and tassel keychains at my Craft Night? Well, they were a super easy DIY favor I gave to everyone who joined in all of the making!

When we returned from vacation in Cabo, Mexico, I was so inspired by all of the colors in their handmade pom pom and tassel items that I went straight to the craft store and picked up these yarn skeins with super bright color gradients.

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For this craft, you will need:

Now, you don’t “need” to buy a pom pom and tassel maker BUT I did try and make them using the hacks you can find online and let’s just say I was happy to invest the <$10 for each of these items to make my life a little easier.

The directions on the back of the pom pom and tassel maker packages were fairly good but if you prefer to try your own method, Pinterest has some great tutorials.

When you make your tassel, make sure to leave enough string on top to add your pom pom and any beads you want to use. You will also be tying the lobster clasp to that string so make sure to factor that into the length as well.


  1. Thread your string into a large needle.
  2. Add your beads and use the needle to push the string through the center of the pom pom.
  3. Add more beads on top if you wish.
  4. Double-knot the end of your string to the jump ring.
  5. Attach the jump ring to the lobster clasp.

*I did not do this, but would suggest adding a little hot glue to my knot on the jump ring as mine already untied. But I think adding the glue should do the trick. Thank goodness for the glue gun!

These keychains look especially good attached to your black bags because of how much the colors pop! Add them to your beach bag, your car, your purse or backpack or give them away to friends!






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Pin Cushion Cactus

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It has been way too long since I have made something for me.ย  So long, in fact, that I cannot remember what the last thing was. I have been looking for ideas for a super cute pin cushion now that I have started sewing again and when I came across some felt cacti, I knew I had a winner. Cacti and needles just go together perfectly, plus it is super cute and something you would not mind to keep out as decor.

Disclaimer: I apologize for not always putting my supplies in the photo but a lot of what I come up with are last minute light bulb moments. ๐Ÿ™‚



You will need:

  • Green felt for cactus
  • Pink felt for flower
  • Glitter canvas for flower (I am obsessed with this stuff)
  • Mini yellow pom poms
  • Mini pearl beads (not pictured)
  • Embroidery floss or sewing machine
  • Fiberfill
  • Small clay pot
  • Styrofoam for inside pot (not pictured)
  • Rocks to cover styrofoam (not pictured)
  • Hot glue

p.s. Check out these amazing iridescent colored scissors! I have been looking for some fun, unique craft scissors, especially for all the craft photos I take and I could not resist these.

Cut out 6 pieces of green felt into oval like shapes but with a flat bottom.ย  The length could be as tall as you want it, just make sure the width is about as wide as your pot. Using your sewing machine or by hand, sew together two pieces at a time around the arc leaving the bottom flat side open. Repeat with the other 4 pieces to make 2 more pairs. Take all 3 pairs of sewn green felt, layer them on top of each other and sew them together with a line right down the middle. For thinner wool felt, I was able to use my machine, but for craft felt, I had to sew it by hand as it was too thick.

Using a chopstick or pencil, stuff your cactus sections with the fiberfill.ย  You should have 6 sections to stuff.ย  Make them nice and full to give your pins something to hold on to.

To make the flower, I used 3 different types of flower shapes to layer on to each other. (It is not necessary to have the hole in the light pink flower. I made it thinking I was going to do some things differently but ended up not needing it.) Hot glue them together and stick the little pom poms on top. Take your little pearl beads and glue them onto the spines of each section.ย  You could use the ball pins for this part of the decor as well, but I wanted mine to be a more permanent feature of the cactus.

For the pot, an old styrofoam ball happened to fit inside perfectly. I used some decorative rocks to cover the sides of the ball and hot glued them on: hot glue, rocks, let cool, shake off, repeat. This required quite a few layers to get the height and coverage I wanted.When you are satisfied with your rock coverage, add a generous amount of hot glue to the center of the styrofoam and put your cactus on top.ย  Hold it down for a few seconds in order to make sure it sticks. It was so easy, that I made a darker, circular shaped cacti for my mom as a thank you for re-teaching me how to sew. Instead of oval shaped felt, cut out circular ones with flat bottoms for this type of cactus.




Add your pins and you’re done!








Star Spangled Shaker Wands

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Part of the problem of being a crafter is that there is always another tool/toy that you want.ย  Have you seen those awesome clear plastic shaker pouches where you can add confetti and sequins inside?ย  Well, I love them. They are made using a fuse tool to melt the plastic together, which I don’t have but want one day. When I saw the Fourth of July Ribbon Wand from Sweet Rose Studio, ย I knew that there had to be a way that I could make these with the supplies I had. And that’s when I thought, GLUE GUN!

For these star spangled wands you will need:

  1. To start with the shaker top of your wand, cut out a shape template. This star was 4 inches across. Insert it into the plastic sleeve.
  2. Heat up the glue gun and run the tip of the glue gun around your shape template slowly to melt the two plastic layers together. Make sure to do this on top of a heat proof surface. I used a silicone mat on top of my cutting mat.
  3. Fuse all the edges together leaving an opening big enough to put in the confetti and glitter stars.
  4. Cut out your star around the fused area leaving extra plastic around the open section.

Cut out some stars, a little larger than the confetti, out of the glitter canvas.ย  I cut enough to glue them back-to-back so that each side was a glitter side!

Remove your paper template from inside the plastic and insert your confetti and glitter stars, the best part! To seal it off, put your paper template on top of your heat mat with your shaker star on top.ย  You can see the template through the plastic and this will allow you to continue to fuse along the remaining edges with your glue gun. The lines were not as straight and thin as they would be with a fuse tool, but they did the job for this project.

Since this was so last minute, I was not able to find any 4th of July themed ribbon. Using the same confetti, I glued red, white and blue stars to the white ribbon. Figure out how full you want your ribbon wands to be and how long to cut them. I used 5 red and 3 white ribbons about 16 inches long. Take your wood dowel and glue gun the ribbons all around the top.Wrap your thin rope to cover the edges of the ribbon around the top of the dowel and secure with hot glue. Add a generous amount of hot glue to the wrapped rope, wait a few seconds for it to cool a bit, and then attach your shaker star.You are ready for your 4th of July parade!

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Paper Mobile

Whew…do you have that one month where it seems like every other day is someone’s birthday? And not just anyones birthdays, but our twins, both of my sisters, my mom, my husband, mine, a handful of close friends and family… June is our month and it even trickles a little into May and July.ย  I was crafting crazy! One of the last of these is my little sister, Emily.

I wanted to make her something for her adorable post college, #bosslady apartment. I took the opportunity to finally use my sewing machine for the first time since I got it at Christmas. But I wasn’t sewing fabric, I used paper for this super easy mobile!

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You will need:

  • Printed cardstock paper
  • Sewing machine
  • White thread
  • Embroidery hoop
  • String for hanging

Emily recently traveled to Morocco and I felt a lot of these prints were very appropriate. I cut out triangles with my handy Cricut machine because I wanted them to be the same size.

My mom set up my machine and gave me a quick refresher course as I have not sewn for at least 20 years! Putting two pieces together, back-to-back as they were not printed on one side, I ran them through the machine with a straight stitch. Make sure to have extra thread out when you begin so that you can tie the row onto your hoop.For an unplanned, organic feel, don’t worry too much about spacing them equally apart.
After completing each row, I tied them onto the inside portion of an embroidery hoop. Tie string to four equally spaced sides of the hoop and bring them together in the center for hanging.

That’s it! A super modern yet delicate mobile for your home.