DIY Hand Stamped Fox Pillow

October 8, 2013 § 8 Comments

Fine and Feathered Fox Pillow DIY

Foxes have always been one of my favorite animals. One of the reasons it was love at first sight when I first saw Krammer curled up at the SPCA was because he reminded me so much of a little fox! That was even my nickname for him. Now that he's gone, whenever I see little fox themed things I think of him! So naturally, I was head over heels for this cute little pillow.

I decided for my version to hand-stamp fabric and use it to make a little pillow case for one we already had, but you could stamp a pre-made pillow case if you don't sew or just would rather. My pillow was a little travel size one and I think it ended up being the perfect size for an "accent pillow."

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Supplies // A pillow case, or fabric to make one. Fabric paint (I used Martha Stewart AP craft paint in Acorn) . A home-made stamp

If you've never made a stamp before, it's really not hard! Here's my stamp making tutorial. If you'd like to do the exact same stamp as me, here's my "pattern". You can use tracing paper to transfer it to your lino. I do suggest putting a backing on your stamp just to help keep things clean and a lot easier to handle. I know some people use plain foam for stamping, but I've honestly never had great luck with it.

If you don't want to make your own stamp you could buy a pre-made one or have one made (there's several great stamp makers on etsy). The original pillow is over $100 so even if you had a custom one made you'd still be way cheaper then the original! You just want to make sure your design doesn't have too much detail. I've found that it's a lot harder to get small details to come out when printing on fabric.

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Once you have your stamp all ready to go, you can use just a regular paint brush to load your stamp up with paint. I just sort of dab it on real heavy and clean up the edges. Use some scrap fabric to try out your stamp a couple times before you start on your pillow case. Make sure you apply pressure to the whole stamp. I usually press down real hard on the whole thing and then go back and apply pressure to each individual area of the stamp.

I juse eye'd how far to spread each one apart, but if you don't trust yourself, or just want it to be real precise, then you can just take a pencil and ruler and mark how far apart you'd like each one. Make sure to have scrap paper under your fabric or pillow case so you can have "run offs."

For those of you who want to make your own pillow case, this is a great turial and the same type I made.

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Fine and Feathered Fox Pillow Cover

I kind of love how you can actually tell it's hand-printed. When I took a printing class my teacher always said that it's good to see that something hand-made – it makes it more unique and one of a kind!

I actually made this for my mom who is re-doing one of the bedrooms in their house, but now I am already planning on making a few or our house too! It'd be fun to do different ones with different animals or different colors to make it interesting.

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This is part of my INSPIRED BY // ANTHROPOLOGIE series, you can find out more about that here.

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Grayscale Corkboard Map DIY

October 7, 2013 § 3 Comments

Fine and Feathered Cork Grayscale Map

When I saw this corkboard map on Anthropologie's website I fell in love! It's so cute and simple, and I knew I had to make it! I've always been a huge fan of black, white, and gray and thought it would be fun to do a whole grayscale version! I love how graphic looking it came out, and it really was pretty easy, it just takes some time and a steady hand.

Supplies
Thin Cork (I got this roll from Hobby Lobby) // X-acto knife // Cutting mat, or other cutting surface // Pen or marker // Black, white, and grey craft paint (optional)

It's easiest to mark out all your cut lines on the back of the cork, especially if you decide not to paint yours. I started by finding a plain outline map of the world on google, and just flipping it horizontal (so it's the mirror image). I copied it onto the back side of my cork with a pen. It was great doing the drawing on the back of the cork, because I could mess up and just draw right over it without pen marks bleeding through the paint.

If you're going to be using it more as a decoration (like me) then don't feel like you have to get it line-for-line perfect. I found it a lot easier to cut out the islands and penisulas when they were a little thicker, so I gave myself a little leeway there!

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Once you're happy with your backwards outline, just go over it gently with an x-acto knife. If you push too hard the cork ends up more jagged, so I just went over it gently a few times and it came out really nice and clean.

If you got your cork in a roll, it may want to curl up on the sides, especially now that it's in smaller pieces, so you can weigh it down with some heavy books and give it a day to flatten out.

Now you can choose to keep it plain old cork, just like the Anthropologie version, or you can do grayscale, or it would even look great in a fun color. It's totally up to you. You can give the whole world polka dots, or stripes, if you want!I just used some painters tape to keep mine up, but if you want to keep yours up more permanantly I'd use Command strips, or something more heavy duty.

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This is one of those great little DIYs that almost anyone can do. You don't have to be good at drawing at all, and you can customize it however you like. You just have to be a little patient, especially if you're doing a bigger one like I did!

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This DIY is part of my INSPIRED BY // ANTHROPOLOGIE series I'll be doing all week – read about it here!

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INSPIRED BY // ANTHROPOLOGIE

October 7, 2013 § 7 Comments

INTRO

I remember going shopping at the mall with my mom when I was a kid, and I don't remember ever being wow-ed by anything. In fact, I found them pretty boring, and they were.I remember the fist time visiting an Anthropolgie being amazed by the fact that a shopping store could actually inspire someone so much! Ever since then whenever I visit an Anthropologie I always make sure I have my camera phone and a little scrap of paper to write notes on, so I can remember all the things I want to re-create or the ideas that displays sparked in my mind.

I was browing their website a few weeks ago and was writing down ideas like mad! Then I got to thinking, it might be a little fun to give myself a little challenge and see how many I could make, and put my own little twists on. Well… I had a lot of fun! So I thought, why not do a whole week, here on the blog, just packed with DIYs and outfits that were inspired by Anthropologie? All this week will be tons of DIYs and outfits, all inspired or re-created from one of my favorite stores!

PS. This project, and none of the DIYs or outfits I will show this week were in any way sponsored by Anthropologie, or anyone else – just inspired!

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