Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Get Crafty {Art Hoops}

There was a blank little spot in the corner above Dylan's rocking chair that was just begging for a little love. Over a few months I saved up a few favorite frames and collected bits of art that I thought would go perfect in his room.

From left clockwise:
Embroidery Hoop Art (Tutorial after the jump) with a card from when he was first born. Clip with orange ribbon & elephant cut out that I made for Dylan's first birthday.

My Mom gave me this handmade art of my small handprints when I was just a year and a half old - I put it on top of a piece of linen for texture.

Simple & sweet tree family - three to represent us. I found this cutie on Etsy//FreshOrigins

Smaller Embroidery Hoop Art to showcase Dylan's 20 week ultrasound.

Little yellow frame was the very first touch of color in the room when I was pregnant with baby boy. The adorable owl cross stitch  was handmade by Ryan when he was a youngster! His Mom found this little treasure and knew I would be elated to have it.

I found the orange glass frame at Target and the owl family on Etsy//FreshOrigins

The last frame was a thrift store steal that I painted white to hold the sweet hand stamped letterpress poem by A.A. Milne the creator of Winnie the Pooh. I got it for Dylan's first birthday present on Etsy//RawArtLetterpress

I love the way the rocking nook turned out! The orange and yellow gave it the perfect pick me up of color, and the nostalgia makes me smile every time I look at it.

How To: Art Hoops

  • Embroidery Hoop(s) I chose two of varying sizes. Mine were wooden from a previous project where the wood was exposed, but since you are covering them, the cheaper plastic version would work just fine!
  • Fabric Scrap(s) I got a clearance bundle of fat quarters at Hobby Lobby and there was plenty for the project.
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Four Clothespins
  • Twine/string (any color or type will do!)
  • Plug in your glue gun and let it start heating up
  • Cut one piece of fabric per hoop. I preferred a raw edge, so I started the cut about 2" wide and ripped the length of fabric I needed.
  • Glue one edge of the fabric at the top of the hoop and start wrapping tightly, making sure to overlap a bit so the hoop doesn't show.
  • If you wrap tight enough you will not need to glue anywhere but the edges, but a dab of hot glue every few inches before you wrap will make sure the fabric doesn't budge.
  • Once the hoop is covered, glue the other end down and cut off the excess.
  • Pick a spot where you want the string to cross. I did horizontal lines, but criss cross would work as well! Tie one edge to the hoop the put a dab of hot glue on the inside on top of the knot. 
  • Cut off the excess string.
  • Clip with a clothespin until it is dry. 
  • Pull very taut and tie the remaining side, gluing and pinning until you have the preferred number of lines.
  • Find something cute to hang and be creative with what you use as clips!

Be sure to check out Dylan's Nursery Tour to see the rest of his room!

Thank you Kim for the feature in Good Morning Sunshine!

Thank you Rachel for the feature in Cure For the Common Mondays!


Anna@Directions Not Included said...

This is such a great little idea. Looks nice!

Christine said...

This looks great!!! I thought the first pic was an inspiration pic at first but no it's the real thing! Great job girl!! Love that little owl and the linen background on the hand prints is such a good idea!

Franchesca said...

holy gorgeousness. I MUST try this!!!! Thank you for the sweet tutorial!!! Love the way yours turned out :)

Stephanie said...

I love this so much! Especially how you displayed your hanpr ints! Love. And the little yellow frame... Adorable!

Casa De Luna said...

The color and content of your collage are perfect for a kids room. It's always nice to have art that is meaningful on the walls of your home.

Michelle Elkins AKA Mickey said...

Thank you for this! Trying to find something for my girls room that has a blank spot! LOVE ALL of this!

smithpeasinapod said...

Thank you ladies!! You are all SO sweet. If you give this a try please let me know so I can come see your creations!!

Christa aka The BabbyMama said...

Super cute :)

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

What a great idea! I love the little ultrasound picture. The whole wall is great. Thanks for sharing. I am featuring this at Lines Across My Face this week.

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

So sweet and cute!
You were featured today!
Come grab a button!