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The Friday Five | Back to School DIY’s

The Friday Five - Back to School DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Pencil Sneakers from Lovely Indeed | Confetti Pencils from Make and Tell | Gobbler Pencil Case from Shiny Happy World | Personalized Notebooks from Design Improvised | Printable Back to School Signs from Elegance and Enchantment

Just a week until it’s back to school time! I must admit, it feels a bit odd not going back into the classroom this year. But just because I’m not going back doesn’t mean I can’t oggle over DIY projects! If you are a seamstress at all, those gobbler pencil cases are particularly fabulous – they’re super popular in the schools right now! ….or at least last year they were.

For a bit more Back to School Inspiration:

Back to School Printable Card | Squirrelly Minds
Print this card for your kid’s new teacher

Back to School Printable Card | Squirrelly Minds
Print this math printable to get your kids back in focus

Back to School Printable Card | Squirrelly MindsFor younger kiddos, print and play a little game to help them remember their colours.

Back to School Printable Card | Squirrelly MindsAlso, check out all these DIY’s and recipes from last year’s Back to School Series!

Happy back to school kiddos!

The Nest: art and pattern downloads and pattern making tutorial with Snapbox

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
All images by Squirrelly Minds.
This post is sponsored by Snapbox. All opinions remain my own.
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Get ready for a long and eventful post guys, cause I have so many goodies to share with you that I’m feeling a bit like Oprah today. Download for you, download for you, downloads for everybody!
It’s no secret that I love to create, but this has been especially true with our squirrelly baby’s nursery. Aside from the crocodile print, I made/designed everything on the wall above the dresser with so much love. Equal to creating, I love sharing my creations with others, because I get that sitting down to make/paint can be incredibly daunting for a lot of people (I feel that way too sometimes). See that moon phase art print and the mint and white triangle pillow? You can have ‘em friends. And for anyone who wants to get creative and make their own pattern in photoshop, Imma gonna show you how.
Yep, today is jam packed full of goodies made with Snapbox, so get ready!

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Our nursery has a subtle space theme, so I created a 16×20 moon phase art print to tie it all in. It took a little (a lot) of tweaking in photoshop to get it just right, but I was so happy with the result. But you know how something can look incredible on the screen, but you build up all these grand expectations so that when you actually hold it in your hands it just isn’t the same? I worried this might happen, leaving me in disappointment due to my own unrealistic dreams. But nevertheless I persevered and sent it off to Snapbox with bated breath.
Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
No word of a lie friends, I squealed when my 16×20 framed art print arrived. I was completely blown away by the quality – it was BETTER than what I saw on screen and envisioned in my head! And honestly, where else can you get a gorgeous, custom frame at that size for only $25.99? (usd). These aren’t IKEA quality frames guys, they’re solid wood with a crisp white finish. Perfection!

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly MindsFree Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly MindsWant your own? Get it! Simply click on the above image to be taken to the art print. Right click and save it to your computer. Then, head over here, upload the image and follow the prompts to order your own 16×20 framed moon phase art print! I love this print because it isn’t nursery specific, so really it will fit into any room of the house. Be sure to send me/instagram pictures of it hanging in your home!

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
And if you have a room that’s in need of a splash of mint, how about a white triangle on mint pillow?

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
I was really excited to develop a simple yet cute pattern to be created into a pillow for our squirrelly baby’s nursery. Much like the art print, I was again incredibly impressed by the quality of the faux suede pillow. It’s super soft (squirrelly baby will love snuggling up with it) and really comfortable when I lay back in the rocker. Knowing I’ll be spending a lot of my time in that chair with all those newborn feedings, comfort is absolute key. But of course, it also has to look good which, in my opinion, it totally does.

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly MindsTo grab your own pillow pattern, again click on the above image to open up the pattern, then right click and save on your computer. Head right over here to select your pillow style, upload the image, then have your custom pillow made just for you. If mint triangles aren’t your thing, you can upload your own photo, and even have text written on it for you. Or, if you’re comfortable using photoshop, why not make your own pattern?
Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Get ready for the lengthy part of the post, because I’m going to show you how to create your very own pattern using photoshop which you can turn into a pillow, an art print, or whatever you need. But I promise, it’s not nearly as complicated as it may look.
Ready to get your learn on? Let’s go!

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 1: Open Photoshop and either go to File-New, or hit command+n to create a new file. Make your file 4×4 inches, and be sure to set the resolution to 300 and color mode to CMYK. Hit ok.
Step 2: Right click on the shape toolbar and select the polygon tool. Select the dimensions you want (I chose 250×300) and type ’3′ for the number of sides. Hit ok.

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 3: Right click your newly created triangle and, if you choose, select “Rotate 90 CCW” to turn the triangle upright. To move the triangle to a different location on the canvas, simply left click and drag to the new position.
Step 4: Repeat step 2 to create another triangle. If you would like to tilt your triangle as seen here, hit command + t (or edit-free transform). You’ll see a box appear around your triangle. If you hover your mouse over any corner, you’ll see a curved line with two arrows on each end. Click and hold, then move your mouse left or right to rotate the shape to any spot you like.
Step 5: Go ahead and repeat steps 2-4 to make as many triangles as you wish. I didn’t want my pattern too crowded, so I only made three triangles.

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 6: Once you’re happy with the triangles, you’ll need to merge the layers. If you have the layers toolbox open, you can do so by clicking the downward arrow in the top right corner, then press “Merge Visible”. Otherwise, you can simply press shift+command+e, or click Layer+Merge Visible.
Step 7: To start the pattern, Click “Filter-Other-Offset”.

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 8: The settings need to be set as shown for a 4×4 inch square. Regardless the size, it’s always half of the original. 4 inches is 1200 pixels, so therefore half that is 600 pixels. Click ‘Wrap Around’ then ok.
Step 9: To put your pattern in the ‘data’base, start by clicking ‘Edit-Define Pattern’

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 10: Name your pattern and click ok. Now save your file as a psd and close it.
Step 11: Now it’s time to create a new image for the item you want a pattern on. In my case, it’s the pillow. Again make sure it’s 300 resolution at CMYK if you plan to print. Make the image the size you need (Snapbox pillows at 18×18), follow all the other inputs as shown and hit ok.

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 12: Fill the background of your image with your desired colour using the paint bucket tool. Make sure the colour you want is showing on the overlapping square.
Step 13: To fill the background with the pattern, go to ‘Edit-Fill’. Make sur ethe opacity is set to 100%, click “Select Pattern” then highlight the one you just made. Click ok.

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 14: Now the pattern has filled your image! If you want, you can stop here and skip to step 16. YAY!!!!! If you’re picky like me, you can make a few extra tweaks. Feel free to disregard the following steps if you’re over the moon happy with your pattern.
Now I’ll show you how to remove, rotate and copy individual triangles, and resize the entire image.
Knowing that the edges of the pillow would be distorted due to its curve, I didn’t want any triangles on the outer edges. All I did was remove them using the brush tool. Just make sure its colour is the same as the background.
Step 15: Now again, you can leave your pattern just like this and it’ll look great! Or you can be picky like me and want to tweak a few things here and there. Remember how I rotated the triangles back in steps 3 and 4? You can do exactly that again with each individual triangle you see. The only difference is you have to highlight the area surrounded the triangle. Press ‘m’, or click on the rectangular marquee tool (it looks like a box with a dashed border). Left click, hold and drag the box over the triangle you want to change, then let go. A box that looks like marching ants should now appear around it. Click command+t and you’re back to step 3 where you can rotate the triangle any way you like. Repeat as much as you’d like.You can also copy and paste whichever triangles you like by selecting it using the marquee tool, then hitting command+J. This will create a layer that you can move around.

Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds
Step 16: Once you’re happy with the layout, first save it as a photoshop file in case you want to come back and make changes in the future. Then, repeat step 6 to merge all the layers. Again, you can leave it just like this or, if like me you want larger triangles, you can resize the image. To do so, click command+t. See those boxes in the corners? Left click on one and hold the shift button, then move your cursor up and down to make the image larger or smaller. When it’s at a size you like, let go of the mouse and shift key, then hit enter.
Step 17: Now it’s time to save. Click File-Save As, and then save as a jpeg using the highest quality options. Now you’re image is ready to be sent off to be made into a pillow, a print, or whatever else you like!
Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly Minds

Once again in case you missed them, you can find the free Moon Phase Art Print and Pillow Pattern for download right here:
Free Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly MindsFree Moon Phase Print Download and Pattern tutorial with Snapbox | Squirrelly MindsHope you all enjoyed our little sneak peek of the nursery, and the goodies that came with it!
I’ll be back in a few weeks with Snapbox and a post called “The Bump”, where I can share my maternity photos with you! They involve tall grasses, the mister making a rare appearance, and the most beautiful dock you’ve ever seen.
See you then!
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DIY | Agate Night Light

Agate Night Light DIY | Squirrelly Minds
I first saw agate night lights on Lulu & Georgia, and again these ones on Uncommon Goods. I fell in love and just knew I needed one for the nursery. Then I saw the price. Don’t get me wrong, I understand a lot of work can go into production and all, but when you can buy an agate slice and night light for about $5 each, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. The result? Perfection. I’m SO happy with my agate slice night light, and kind of want to make a whole whack load in a bunch of colours!

Agate Night Light DIY | Squirrelly Minds

Green / Pink / Blue / Purple

I picked up my agate at my local (down the road, woohoo!) rock and gem shop, but they only had creamy/purple colours. That was fine by me, but I couldn’t write this without letting you know that agate slices come in ALL sorts of bright colours! If baby is good to me and let’s me craft during nap time, I think I’ll order some bright agate slices to make several more of these beauties.

Agate Night Light DIY | Squirrelly Minds
They’re surprisingly easy to make, and I’m sure the process can only be improved upon. It took me a couple tries to get the gold right. Originally I used a gold leaf marker, but it was a super dull gold that barely showed. So I decided to stick to the source and went for actual gold leaf. It looks close enough to melted gold like the original night lights!
Agate Night Light DIY | Squirrelly Minds
Most of the DIY time is in the gold leaf application, and then letting it sit overnight, with active DIYing time is about 45 minutes. So pop on a gilmore girls episode (my current Netflix guilty pleasure) and let’s get started!

Materials

Agate Night Light DIY | Squirrelly Minds
  • Agate slice
  • Night light with a flat surface
  • Gold leaf
  • Tacky glue
  • Krazy glue
  • Paint brush
  • Clamps (not pictured)

Steps

Agate Night Light DIY | Squirrelly Minds
Step 1: Apply a small amount of glue along the edge of your agate slice, then brush it evenly to create a thin layer
Step 2: Place a piece of gold foil on the glue and gently press it down with the brush or the hard end of the brush. You may also have to tap it lightly with your fingers, then rub the edges to get off any extra flakes. Repeat steps 1 and 2 all the way around the agate slice.
Step 3: This step is optional, but you can carefully apply another thin layer of glue on top of the gold leaf to create a seal. You may have to do touch ups with more gold leaf as it has a tendency to bunch up and come off with too much handling.
Step 4: Apply krazy clue on your night light. My nightlight was fairly flat, but it had higher ridges, so this is where I placed the glue as that’s what the agate slice would first come into contact with.
Step 5: Place your agate slice into position and press firmly.
Step 6: Attach clamps to hold your agate slice and night light into place. Leave it to fully adhere for at least for 2-3 hours, preferably overnight.
Step 7: Plug into your wall and enjoy!

Agate Night Light DIY | Squirrelly MindsI love walking into the nursery and seeing a tiny little light beaming from the wall. Ours is an LED night light with a sensor (seen on the bottom), so it automatically turns on when it gets dark. It’s just so pretty!

What colour agate slice night light do you want to make?

The Friday Five | IKEA Hacks

The Friday Five - IKEA Hacks | Squirrelly Minds

RAST side table from Lindsay Stephenson | Vittsjö shelves on Style Me Pretty | Tarva dresser on Smitten Studio | Bestå shelf unit on Sugar and Cloth | PS 2012 side table on Kristi Murphy

I’m a big fan of taking something that’s plain and utilitarian and making them your own, which is why I love IKEA hacks. Sadly, my own IKEA ‘hack’ failed yesterday. We picked up a second hand ‘poang’ chair for $10. “Score!” we thought. We took it apart, sanded and painted it white (when I say we, I mean the mister) and bought the Isunda Grey cover to replace the nasty green corduroy one it came with. Last night were finally ready to put our squirrelly babies rocking chair all together.
….the frame and cushion didn’t fit.
Turns out the second hand chair we bought wasn’t a Poang after all but a very similar version. Guys, my pregnancy hormone levels rose to that point where I was very well near in tears and cranky the rest of the night. We’re on the hunt for another (proper) poang chair, because we’re going to make it work damn it! And soon, cause I gotta get this nursery done…
We’ll also be repurposing the ribba picture ledges for book ledges instead, and I have to say I’m very tempted to hack a side table for the nursery…not like I don’t have enough projects on the go…

Have you successfully hacked IKEA?

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