Sorry Dads. From here on out, every Father’s Day will be celebrated with balloons. Your “Pop” will love it. Get it? I don’t love when balloons pop but in this instance, I’m embracing it. There is no better way to jazz up a gift for Dad than with this super simple Father’s Day craft idea. The prep is easy and the kids can totally have a hand in making a super special moment for Dad.
I’m always looking for ways to add new decor pieces and art to our house. I love the way that adding even a small new piece can change-up the feel of the room. And I love to get the kids involved. Art projects for kids where you display them in the home is a great way to introduce them to interior design. I did this project as a party activity, years ago. I found the leftover canvases and thought I would share it with you. It’s my favorite kind of craft: simple, non-messy and lot’s of personality. This art project, on DIY fabric canvases, also make a great gift for their young friends. We’ve done this several times and the recipient always loves their custom, one of a kind gift.
The fabric canvases are really easy to make. You can use a ready-made flat canvas and just cover it with fabric or you can find a sturdy piece of cardboard and cover them like I did here. I just used Super 77 (my fave spray adhesive – use gloves or you’ll stick your fingers together. Forever) and smoothed on the fabric. Since I made at least 30 of them, with all different fabrics, I used cardboard boxes cut to all different sizes. I found this great Ed Roth Stencil Book (but I love this one too!) but you can always just set out the Sharpies or fabric markers and let the kids free hand something. I really loved using patterned fabric for these canvases because it added so much interest and color. I just made sure to choose prints that would work with a large graphic image, and weren’t too busy with too many colors.
I love using the markers because you don’t really have to worry about dry time and you can add them in to your decor immediately. This worked great as a party project because it was also the favor that they got to take home with them.
The canvases are also really light so they hang easily on the wall with a little DIY string hanger situation on the back. You can even make these for different holidays and add them in as part of your holiday decor.
These would also be great for a playdate or sleepover!
Valentine’s Day IS hearts. Plain and simple. So I made Easy No Sew Fabric Heart Pillows. I wanted to make tiny little heart pillows for my kids but guess what? I hate to sew! I have been exploring alternative methods for fabric adhering lately. Luckily, I had a chance to check out the CHA show (full wrap up of all the cool things tomorrow!) last weekend and was given some supplies that were absolutely perfect for this tutorial. (This post is not sponsored but I do want to let you know that I was given product) While the hold is pretty permanent, I always want to remind you that pretty much all of my crafts are not heirloom quality. The cost is low and these can be tossed after the holiday. Or as I am sure will happen in my house, they will be ripped apart and the stuffing will be thrown at each other like snowballs. That is what happens when you have little boys.
Choose your favorite fabrics, a pair of scissors and for this I used two kinds of fabric tapes: the Permanent Fabric Sheets and the Permanent Fabric Tape. I love these tapes and will totally use them again. Originally I had bought Fabric Fusion to use, but the dry time is too long (well, it’s not really THAT long, but I am a super impatient crafter).
I do not free-hand so I cut several hearts out of paper until I found the perfect shape. Then I made a smaller version to decorate the front of the pillow. I traced the heart on to the fabric (2 hearts for the pillow and 1 small heart for the decoration) making sure to leave an overhang. I removed the backing of one permanent fabric sheet and placed the smaller heart fabric on it, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or lumps. Then I cut out the smaller heart following the outline (Because this is going on the front, I wanted to make sure I could see the tracing. I just tried to cut just on the inside of the line so you wouldn’t see it on the finished pillow).
I turned over the heart and started using small section of the permanent tape. I wanted to make sure that the fabric would hold together but leave an overhang around the edge. I just liked that it looks a little floppy. Once the shape was finished, I started peeling off the back to expose the adhesive. Then I tried to match up the edges as best I could of the second heart and rubbed to get the tape to adhere really well. See that one little open spot at the bottom? That is where you will stuff the pillow.
So then, duh. Stuff the pillow. I bought this enormous bag of stuffing 1) because it was on sale for half off and 2) because I couldn’t find a smaller one. So what that means for you is that I am now going to attempt to stuff everything. Yeah for puffy crafts! Once you have it as full as you would like it, use another small piece of the tape to close off the opening.
He liked them too. If you like things all nice and neat use some pinking sheers or some of that fabric edger stuff that stops the fraying. You know I like my stuff a little messy so these wayward strings do not bother me. And you guys, I heart you. Really I do!
*Full disclosure: I was given these permanent fabric tapes in a goody bag from the show. Which was super awesome because I literally was going to go buy them on that following Monday so this saved me about $16. But then bought the Fabric Fusion for $8 so I’m up just $8. But still! Yahoo!