Renters, rejoice! For the month of May, we're sharing DIY projects to personalize those temporary spaces we call home. We're bringing you simple and beautiful how-tos easily achieved with custom removable wallpaper and decals. Peruse our Pinterest board for DIY inspiration for your home!
Archives for April 2013
In the last project in our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower crew member Allie shares an easy tutorial for creating a custom bean bag toss game set for a fun, personalized touch to your wedding day!
For my oldest sister’s wedding last weekend, I knew using Spoonflower to personalize the day would come in handy. When she mentioned wanting a bean bag toss game for guests to play at her wedding on our family farm here in North Carolina, we decided to design custom decals to decorate the boards and matching fabric for the bean bags. It was a super simple project that everyone at the wedding enjoyed! I used a custom stamp with the bride's and groom's initials and the wedding date she created to decorate the invitations as my design element for the decals and designed a floral fabric in similar colors for the bean bags.
I began my project by scanning the stamped image created to adorn their custom invitation. I then used Adobe Illustrator to clean up the image a bit, sized to 20" at 150 dpi, and made the color even throughout the design. To help distinguish teams, I created a blue version, which fueled competion between the bride's team and groom's team.
Once I had cleaned up and sized my design, I uploaded the file to my Spoonflower account. Since I had a bit of extra space on the 30” x 30” decal, I filled that area with smaller versions of the logo, just in case we could just them elsewhere in the wedding.
Applying the decals was super easy – cut out the shape, peel, stick! Sometimes it’s helpful to have a friend when working with large decals, as they tend to stick to themselves. Since they are repostionable, it's is easy to move them around if you don't get them in the exact spot you'd like the first time.
I used the same blue and pink to create a floral design that I had printed on linen-cotton canvas to use for bean bags. Bean bag construction was super easy — just sew little squares, fill with beans, and close!
Our bean bag toss was perfect for my sister's wedding day festivities, complete with boards colored for both a groom's team and a bride's team, but you can create your own game set for family reunions, birthday parties, or other summertime celebrations!
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In this week's contest we asked designers to create fabric using no more than five colors chosen from a palette specified in the contest rules. The theme was sailing. So your challenge for this week is to choose your favorites from a field of almost 250 entries!
The participants this week are:
sailing_ship_scallop by glimmericks
2. 100 Nauts by kathrynzaremba
3. A Sailaway by cison
4. A Southern Lady Sails by
5. A squall by vo_aka_virginiao
6. Ahoy Ahoy! by amel24
7. Ahoy Matey by paragonstudios
8. ahoy there matey by mezzime
9. Ahoy, Mermaids! by ifneedb
10. Alone and Adrift on a Stormy Sea
If you're into a country decor style, you have choices aplenty when it comes to chickens, from fabrics to wallpapers to welcome mats. But what if you're more of a chicken-loving modernist? Where, until now, could you go for your pop art chicken fabric projects? This week we're pleased to congratulate another first-time contest winner, Anna Kuipers, and nine other designers whose work won the most votes in this week's challenge.
The voting totals:
1. 493 votes for Pop_Art_Chickens by aalk
2. 420 votes for Bantams by melhales
3. 402 votes for madhen by antoniamanda
4. 385 votes for Chicken POPs by juliesfabrics
5. 379 votes for Pop feathers by lilola
6. 342 votes for Pop_art_chickens by zaira
7. 322 votes for Chicken Pop Art by mariafaithgarcia
8. 321 votes for Pop Art Chickens by jillbyers
9. 317 votes for Chicken in a Basket by spellstone
10. 316 votes for pop art chickens & mustache eggs by walkwithmagistudio
As part of our April DIY Weddings series on the Spoonflower blog, we're giving away a custom wedding print personalized for a happy couple in your life. One lucky winner will receive a geographic wedding print customized with your choice of cities, names, and date by Etsy artist Evivart. Enter any time between now and Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, for a chance to win. We'll announce the winner on the Spoonflower blog (blog.spoonflower.com) on May 1st. Good luck! The winner of last week's 3-yards-of-cotton-silk giveaway was Wendy Thornburg. Congrats, Wendy! We'll email you tomorrow.
Up next in our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower crew member Caitlin shares two simple tutorials using decals to add a special touch to your wedding day.
There are lots of ways to add a personal touch to your wedding. For my own wedding almost four years ago, I made many of the day's decorative elements, including fabric bunting which I turned into a quilt, and boutonnières made from ribbon and buttons. With Spoonflower decals, there are lots of fun and simple projects that you can create — using a custom design of your own or one from the Marketplace — to add a personal touch to your important day. Below are two simple tutorials to make table numbers (something I didn't DIY for my own wedding, but wish I had!) and cupcake toppers with decals.
- Spoonflower decals, printed with your own design or something from the Spoonflower Marketplace. I chose an awesome vintage floral by Melody Miller for my projects.
- Numbers printed out from a home printer.
- 6 ½" x 8 ½" chalkboards, available online and in craft stores.
- Scissors and pencil.
1. Choose a font and print out the necessary numbers for your tables. For my numbers, I used a font I downloaded from dafont.com, and sized the numbers to about 5 ½” tall, to fit comfortably onto the chalkboards.
2. Cut out each number and trace it onto the decal’s paper backing. Since you’ll be using numbers, be sure to reverse them when tracing so that when they’re cut out, they’re facing in the right direction.
3. Cut out each of the numbers and apply to your chalkboards. One of the great things about Spoonflower’s decal is that it’s repositionable, so you can move your numbers around and re-stick them until you have them in the spot you want.
1. Cut your decal into ½” strips. Cut each strip into a 3 ½” piece.
2. Wrap each strip around one end of a toothpick.
3. Trim the end of the decal. You could trim it at an angle or to a point, or cut a triangle out from the end.
4. Stick into your cupcakes (or slices of pie or donuts!).
Will you be using (or have you used) decals for any of your wedding projects? If so, please share your ideas in the comments below—I’d love to hear about them!
About Our Guest Blogger
When she’s not working behind the
scenes at Spoonflower, sourcing fabric, Caitlin can be found
quilting in her home studio or blogging over at Salty
As you may know, here at Spoonflower we've managed to run fabric design contests every week, without fail, for over four years without repeating a theme. The strain of coming up with new ideas for contests never shows, however, which is why we invite you — without comment, please — to vote now in our competition for chicken fabrics created in the style of the Pop Art movement.
The participants this week are:
chicken by tiina_laas
4. Aha! Pop
Art Chicken Pox by vo_aka_virginiao
Flock by jenimp
Filet Humor by charldia
7. Bantams by
hens by sef
Chicken by dk_designs
Here in North Carolina we've got more sowing going on these days than sewing, as the spring weather right now is just perfect for gardening. But when the crafting bug does strike, we now have the perfect fabrics for the season in the form of the top ten from our Gardening Tools contest. Congratulations to first-time winner Alisse Courter of Brooklyn for her winning fabric!
The final results of voting were:
1. 582 votes for Garden Tools by alissecatherine
2. 562 votes for garden by dennisthebadger
3. 522 votes for Gardening at the allotment by ebygomm
4. 466 votes for My rustic garden by cjldesigns
5. 463 votes for My Garden Sketchbook by pattyryboltdesigns
6. 452 votes for Jardinero by luisbruna
7. 428 votes for Gardening Tools Advertising ~ Green by retrorudolphs
8. 381 votes for spring gardening by kociara
9. 377 votes for Garden Delight by einekleinedesignstudio
10. 349 votes for In the Garden by molipop
The most recent post in our DIY Weddings series was a brief tutorial about creating custom-printed pocket squares out of cotton silk for the groom and groomsmen. So this week's giveaway is for three yards of custom-printed cotton silk from Spoonflower. If you've never tried our cotton silk before, it's a lovely fabric: 55% cotton / 45% silk, with a soft sheen on the printed side. It has a beautiful hand and drape. The winner need not use the silk for the pocket square project, of course, and can choose to select someone else's design from the marketplace if that is her or his preference.To enter the giveaway, fill out our entry form via the link below sometime between now and Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013. We'll announce a winner on Wednesday. And congratulations to Gigi Larkin, the winner of last week's giveaway of $150 gift certificate from our friends at The Green Kangaroo.