Tuesday, April 5, 2011

my sister is the master of the universe! AWESOME tool sign tutorial!!

All I can say about my sister is she is A-to the-MAZING. and has NO BLOG??? WHAT?!? She agreed to let me publish a mini tutorial about this A-to-the-MAZING sign she made for my nephew's bedroom. Tell me this does not ROCK LIKE FRAGGLES!?!! Without further ado: MEET THE INCREDIBLE DORA!!


Hello taidye readers! This is Tai's seastar Dora and I am feeling super honored today to be featured on Tai's craft-tastic blog! I'm starting to feel star struck around her now that taidye has an amazing 100 followers! WOOT!! Just so you know - I think you all rock like fraggles!

A little about me, I'm a married 27 year old mother of two INSAINly adorable toddlers. My son, Tyler is 4 and my daughter Rachel is 2. I've recently developed a love of Alphabet Photography and am making my own collection of letters. I've done live, laugh, love, and family - but then decided I needed to go all out kid style. Here's my first Kid-Alpha-Tography result!



Here is what I did: First I painted cardboard in nice bright colors. I found tools that looked like letters and took pics of the tools on the cardboard. I used Gimp to do the editing because you can saturate by color, I saturated the background of each pic so it was nice and bright. (Gimp is just like photoshop, only a free download, love-love-love it!).


The photo plaques I used are a 5x7 (I couldn't find 4x6 - but on the yard stick i think it looks good). You have trim the pics because the plaque itself is 5x7, the mounting space is a bit smaller. You can find the plaques in all shapes and sizes these came from Joann's but you can find them anywhere, hobby lobby, michael's... Anywho - I distressed the plaques with small crowbar and a hammer, then stained them with ebony stain.


I had to lightly sand the finish off the yard stick before I could stain it. I only coated it enough to make it look 'dirty'. I evenly spaced the photo plaques on the yard stick, drew a pencil line and applied wood glue. Then used some finishing nails (2 on each plaque) to add extra security. It's heavier than it looks.


After they were attached I put mod-podge on the plaques and attached the photos. VOLA! I've debated putting hooks on the ends of the yard stick and hanging it with some 'industrial-ish' chain. Haven't decided yet...  <3 ~Dora


sooo...Like I said, she rules. I take NO credit here. I will be sure to pass along and comments or questions you have for her though so dont forget to leave some love!




29 comments:

Two Shades of Pink said...

This is absolutely adorable and so creative! Look at you and your sister being so incredibly cute. And rock like fraggles? Made me totally laugh. (And TOTALLY loving you glorifying Jesus). Congrats on 100 followers too. N0w I am officially done. :)

Rachel said...

I love this idea, such a great idea for little boys.

Kristina said...

This is very cute!!

~*Jess*~ said...

That is AWESOME!!!

Bethany said...

Dora and Tai you both rock like fraggles! Love your stuff! Dora I am going to have to get with you to get one made for Brycn.

Katrine said...

This is awesome, well done!! Super creative!
Love, Katrine

Amy said...

Adorable! What a clever idea, and it's perfect for a little boy. Thanks for sharing!

Amy
http://oneartmama.blogspot.com

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I.love.this! And it looks like your son does to!

Thanks for linking with What little boys are made.

Patricia L said...

I like the idea of using bold backgrounds. I've done some typography stuff, but stuck to white backgrounds. Found You @ Bubbly Nature.

Heidi @ Mom's Crafty Space said...

My boys would LOVE this! Hmmm, I wonder what I can round up for an S though...

Thanks for the idea! :)

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Very cool. My son would love something like this. i am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

I love this!!

Mrs. Quach said...

Your sister is THE BOMB!!!! That is awesome!!!!

Sommer said...

Oh migosh that is darling! I love letter made from objects! I would love to have you share this at my VIP party this weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-10.html

Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady said...

Yes, I love this too! I have taken pictures of random things that look like letters - and this is one of the neatest ideas I have seen! The tools are brilliant.
Thanks for sharing!
craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

This is truly great!!! LOVE IT, original and all. I don't see CraftOManiac linked anywhere. If I am mistaken I apologize. Thanks, Jen

D.I.M. Incorporated said...

This is awesome!

miss amomynous said...

this is PERFECT! i'm so using this idea for my son's room!
http://miss-amomynous.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE this!!! I have been trying to think of a neat personalized idea for my sons room and I think this is the winner!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Jami said...

What a lucky little boy!!! This is the greatest idea! I hope you'll stop by the Tuesday To Do party and share it!

http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/tuesday-to-do-5-and-4-list-makers.html

Smiles!
Jami

Karen the Savvy Suburbanite @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb said...

It's hard to find and make boys projects- this is so cleaver- I started a new link party- workshop wednesday- I hope you will link up your project goobyecityhellosuburbs

Robin@thesweetestpear said...

Your sister does rock! I love this, and hope to make it for my nephew's upcoming birthday. Thanks so much for sharing!

Melissa said...

that is awesome!!
I really wish I could think of tools to do E d w a r d with or even just eddie?
<3

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Hey Tai!! I really love this sign your sister made - thanks so much for linking it up to Think Pink Sundays!
I featured it today in the Crush of the Week post! :) http://bit.ly/fDzze8

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured this on my blog today!

www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is the cutest boy's project ever! I love!

theteo5 said...

I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow. Come swing by and see it!

Rachel
http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

Teri "Terrific" said...

Fantastic idea! Tweaked a bit for garage/shop sign would be a nice Father's Day gift from children.
Thanks for the idea; thanks to Mod Podge Amy for sending me here.

Teresa said...

Crazy creative! My boys are 18, 21, and 24...think they're too old for these? Ha-suppose so, but must remember this idea for possible future grandsons (?). Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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