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The Friday Five – Mother’s Day DIY’s

The Friday Five - Mother's Day DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Mother’s Day Wreath from Look What I Made / Calming Rose Sugar and Salt Body Scrub from Sprouting Healthy Habits / Printable Mother’s Day Card from Key Lime Digital Designs / Calendula Infused Body Oil from My Life Cookbook / Heart Thumbprint Necklace from That’s What Che Said


Just a couple days until Mother’s day, do you have plans? If you’re looking for a quick DIY for gifting, here are some great options for you. I for one want to make myself that body scrub. How relaxing….

A happy mother’s day to all you momma’s out there! I’ll be joining the celebrations with you next year!

Print | Farmer’s Market Tote Bag

Printable Farmer's Market Notebag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
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As summer draws nearer, I get more and more excited for farmer’s market season. I always make sure to have my own bag on hand, but I wanted to create one specifically for the occasion. So off I went to pick up some farmer’s veggies to create a printable collage on my sprout.

Printable Farmer's Market Notebag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
Sprout is an incredible computer program especially useful for creatives. In the computer is a scanner, projector, and 3D camera. The computer automatically cuts out the background around the image, making it really easy to overlap them into a collage. Scanning is dead easy, and while the software takes some getting used to, it’s super handy once you get the hang of it. Keep reading to learn how I made the tote and get the download below.

Printable Farmer's Market Tote Bag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly MindsI tried scanning the collage as a whole (already arranged on the mat) and individual pieces. I liked the latter more as I could manipulate each piece in the program to the size and rotation I wanted. The image quality and colour is pretty incredible, and the fact that it negates all the background space and makes it transparent makes it SO much easier to use each image.
Printable Farmer's Market Tote Bag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly MindsI love how the screen and mat interact with each other. By touching an image and dragging in a downward motion, an image is transferred onto the mat where it can be manipulated. I’m not going to lie, I felt like I was in the future.
Printable Farmer's Market Tote Bag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly MindsSince Sprout is an HP computer, it has the full range of stock fonts to use, but you can also download your favourites. I added text, reversed the image and bam, I had an iron on printable for my new farmer’s market tote bag!
Printable Farmer's Market Tote Bag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds
Coming home with my fresh produce and bread in my new tote bag! (You can’t tell with this skirt, but I promise I do have a baby bump going on).
To make your own, download the pdf below, print onto iron on sheets and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to iron it onto a canvas tote bag.

Printable Farmer's Market Notebag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly MindsPrintable Farmer's Market Tote Bag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds

Printable Farmer's Market Tote Bag with Sprout by HP | Squirrelly Minds

What would you create with a Sprout?


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The Friday Five – Gold DIYs

The Friday Five - Gold DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Gold Foil Brush Stroke Pillow by Sugar & Cloth on Design Love Fest / Gold Striped Planner by One O / Gold Accented Headphones by Fall For DIY / Desk Calendar by Anna Bode / Faux Crystal Pendant with Gold Leaf by Adventures in Fashion


It’s no secret that I love gold, so I’m naturally drawn to gold DIY’s like a magpie is to paperclips or other shiny objects. I’m well accustomed to using gold spray paint or gold leaf to get that shine I so love, but I was so excited in my search to find gold silk screen foil. WHAT!???? Now I want to turn all our fabrics gold!
Watch out mister, the gold invasion is coming.
Happy weekend everyone!

DIY | Animal Head Mounts

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds
If you saw this picture on instagram a few days ago, you may have thought I had gone insane. I promise my insanity is in the name of art/DIY.

The lovely Colleen of Lemon Thistle invited me and 5 others to participate in a DIY challenge (scroll down to see their fab creations) – head down to the wood crafting aisle and turn an item into a DIY. My item? Wooden bases. I enjoy taking items that serve one purpose, and using them for another. When I saw a bin with a bunch of bevelled round wood pieces the idea struck – plastic animal head mounts. There’s no way I would mount a real animal head on my wall, but a plastic one? Sure! I found a similar mini version in a bag of 6 wooden bases. A perfect fit for mini plastic animals.

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly MindsThe total time for this project is about 1 hour, 45 minutes of which is drying time. It’s certainly something you can do in an afternoon and have fun magnets/wall decorations for the evening!
Ready to cut off some animal heads? …plastic ones that is….
Let me assure you, no actual animals were harmed in the making of this DIY.

Now let’s create!

Materials

  • Wooden base pack
  • Plastic toy animals
  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Gold spray paint
  • Adhesive removable mounting squares or adhesive magnetic strips
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

steps

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds1 Use a sharp knife on a cutting board to cut off the heads of your animals. For thicker necks, you may wish to wear a glove and press firmly down on the flat side of the knife to push the blade through. When selecting toy animals, try to go for a softer plastic as it’s easier to cut through. If your animal has large antlers, make sure you cut the neck at an angle so that, when mounted, the antlers won’t press against the wooden base.
2 Paint your wooden base and your animal head in the colour(s) of your choice.
3 Cut your adhesive mounting square and/or magnetic strip to size and place on the back.
4 Use a glue gun to adhere your animal head to the centre of the wooden base. Allow to completely dry before adhering to your wall or magnetic surface.

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds
These can be mounted either on a wall with adhesive backing, or use magnetic strips to create fun fridge magnets! (My personal favourite option). Also you don’t have to stick to just gold like I did. Maybe a white base with a gold head, or perhaps neon pink everything!

Check out all the other fantastic craft wood DIY’s out there today!

DIY Mini Animal Head Mounts | Squirrelly Minds

Nalle’s House: Mid-Century Modern Ball Clock | Squirrelly Minds: DIY Animal Head Mounts | Persia Lou: Inkodye Wood Wall Art | Annabode: DIY Bud Vase | Lemon Thistle: Birch Plywood Wall Hanging | Petite Modern Life: DIY Craft Wood Shelves | Brave New Home: DIY Wooden Modern Cuckoo Clock

So go to the wood craft section and get making!

Which DIY are you itching to try?
Yes…I just rhymed.

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