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The Friday Five – Top 5 Concrete & Metallic DIY’s

The Friday Five - Top 5 Concrete & Metallic DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Gold dipped concrete earrings by Fall For DIY / Concrete Votives by Monsters Circus / Cement coasters by A Daily Something / White concrete pots by Zana / Ombre concrete candleholders by Homey oh my!


There’s something about the roughness of concrete mixed with the glam of metallics that I just can’t get enough of, and these DIY’s have me absolutely swooning. I haven’t worked with concrete yet (aside from laying down flooring in the basement) but I’m anxious to try some of these DIY’s out. I’m thinking they’ll make great Christmas presents don’t you? No time like the present to get started!

The Friday Five – Top 5 Vase DIY’s

The Friday Five - Top 5 Vase DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Painted vases by Hearts a Flutter / 10 Minute Vase DIY by The Crafted Life / Concrete Vase DIY by Hege in France / Gold Succulent Vases by We Lived Happily Ever After / Copper Candlestick Holder and Vase DIY by Monster Circus


Truth be told, until recently all of my vases were just mason jars. Only recently have I been acquiring proper vases, but I still don’t have enough. I’m itching to try some of these Vase DIYs though and expand my vase collection! With all these new vases I suppose that will mean we’ll need to have more fresh flowers in the house. Oh darn…

There’s also this milk carton vase I made last year – complete with a video.


On another note, you may have noticed a few changes around here on the blog (sidebar and pages mainly). When I last maintained my personal blog called Blue Glass, I used to change the design every month, sometimes multiple times a month. I’m a bit ADHD when it comes to web design, so having this same style for a few years is driving me batty. I’m in desperate need of a total site overhaul but just don’t have the ability to do so yet. So to keep my web designer self satisfied, expect little tweaks here and there.

Happy weekend everyone!

DIY | Cut Out Typography Posters

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds
When I saw this photo from Sugar & Cloth’s office tour on Glitter Guide, I instantly fell in love. My next thought? “I could make that”.
And so I did. My own version of it anyway, mainly because my cutting machines aren’t large enough for poster paper and because I love to add pops of colour. I only intended to make one poster, but it was so addicting I ended up making four. And guys, I’m probably not done. Don’t be surprised if you find an instagram picture of my entire studio covered in these things!
DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds
If you have a paper cutting machine (I used my Silhouette) then this DIY is super easy. All it takes is a bit of typing (with the perfect font of course), cutting, glueing, pasting. Voila! Oh, and searching for those perfect phrases of course. Since I have these up in my studio, I wanted quotes that would motivate me to work hard and have fun. I loved the quote from the original poster “things are about to get really good”. Don’t you just feel excited about the future reading that!? I then went on to create posters for “Make it happen”, “Go get it girl”, and “Throw kindness around like confetti”, because honestly that’s just the best imagery ever, especially when the poster has real confetti.
DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds

You could certainly leave the poster with just the text, but I wanted to jazz mine up a bit with glitter, confetti, gold leaf and adhesive gold foil. It adds a bit more interest to the poster.
I offer the templates for each of the 4 posters below, but if you make your own there are just a few things to remember
1. the simpler the font the better
2. cursive fonts do not work well
3. be very careful when removing the cardstock so as not to rip the lettering.

Ready to make your own? Let’s do it!

Materials

  • Cardstock
  • Silhouette templates and machine (or equivalent)
  • Mod Podge and/or double sided tape
  • Various decorative (shiny) items

Steps

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds1 Cut out the selected type (downloads below) according to machine instructions
2 Carefully remove the cardstock from the plastic, making sure not to rip any of the letters
3 If necessary, use tweezers to remove any delicate parts
4 Place cardstock on a flat surface – use a folded piece of paper if you want to easily collect the glitter/confetti/whatever you’re using
5 Lightly brush on some mod podge. Alternatively, you can use double sided tape
6 Sprinkle glitter/confetti over the glue/tape until it is entirely covered. Shake off the excess glitter/confetti
7 Hang using masking tape or washing tape on the back of the poster

Other options: Apply the same method for the gold leaf, except apply small amounts of glue at a time and use tweezers to carefully place each bit of gold leaf on top, until you have as much as you desire. For the gold foil, simply cut the sheet into a desired size (mine is 4 inches), remove the backing and carefully adhere to the bottom of the page.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could still make a cut out poster, but you’ll want to use a short quote and very simple, straight lines. Use a ruler and pencil to write out your phrase, then a ruler, exacto knife and cutting mat to cut them all out.

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds

Click on the ‘download here’ buttons to download your desired individual template, or the ‘download all here’ at the bottom to get all four. Please note – these are silhouette files, so you’ll need a machine to make them work.

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds
DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds
DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds
DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds
DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds
DIY Cut Out Typography Posters | Squirrelly Minds

Warning, you may find making these posters highly addictive.

I mentioned how the quotes I chose make me feel good and get motivated!

What quotes motivate you?

DIY | Back to School Series with Pars Caeli and Frock Files

Back to School Series with Pars Caeli and Frock Files | Squirrelly Minds
It’s day 4 of Back to School Week, and we have two more DIY’s that’ll inspire you to get ready! Because really, school will be here before you know it. Eek.
Back to School Series with Pars Caeli | Squirrelly MindsKids love opening their lunch boxes to special notes from mom and/or dad. MJ of Pars Caeli has this fantastic DIY for a whiteboard version – no more wasting paper! Check out the DIY here.

Back to School Series with Frock Files | Squirrelly MindsGot a high school or college student who needs a little study area face lift? These DIY mouse pads from Joy of Frock Files are a great way to liven up the work space and get that studying-mojo flowing! Hop on over here to see how you can make your own.

Back to School Series | Squirrelly Minds
Woah! There we have it! 7 DIY’s, Printables, and Recipes perfect for getting you back into the school spirit!

Tan of Squirrelly Minds – Printable Math Game
Rachel of The Crafted Life – Colour blocked pencils
Lidy of Hello Lidy – DIY sequin planter
Sara of Confetti SunshineBack to School Printable
Lyndsay of Coco Cake LandApple pie donuts
Joy of Frock Files – Custom mouse pad DIY
MJ of Pars Caeli – Lunchbox Whiteboard

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