Saturday, January 26, 2013

Glitter Chevron Canvas Tutorial

Two of my favorite things are glitter and chevron so I was very excited to throw a pink and grey chevron themed baby shower.  I knew I wanted something dramatic for over the fireplace and decided I was going to make a giant glitter chevron canvas.  I found several tutorials on Pinterest, but ultimately I combined a few different ideas to make this project work for me.  I'm not going to lie, this project is very intimidating, but with a little patience it is totally worth it.

I started with a 30x40 canvas.  I wanted my chevron to be even and symmetrical (I have a weird thing with symmetry) so I used 5 inches as my measurement since the length and width of the canvas are both divisible by 5.  If I have already lost you I suggest you buy the exact same size canvas and copy me. 

 I started off by marking off every 5 inches along all 4 edges with a small pencil mark.  At first I was afraid to make the marks, but they are super tiny and nobody will ever even notice.  Next, I attached strips of ribbon at each mark from the top to the bottom.  Make sure to pull tight.

Repeat the same step attaching the ribbon width-wise across the canvas, starting at the top (my photo is obvi not at the top, but you get the idea).  Make a small pencil mark at each intersection.  Repeat this step at every 5 inch mark, working your way down the entire canvas.  You are basically making a giant dot grid.

Next you are going to play a little game of connect the dots with tape. 

To get straight lines on the tape I used a rotary cutter on my cutting mat.  Easy Peasy!

Now it's time for glitter!  I bought the chunky glitter from the kids craft aisle at Hobby Lobby.  I was a little nervous it was going to look cheap, but it turned out perfect!  Start by applying a thick layer of Mod Podge with a foam brush, working one section at a time.  Generously apply glitter.  As you can see from the photos, I had to do this entire project inside the house because it was raining outside.  If you can, I would recommend getting your glitter on outside!  I vacuumed for days trying to clean up the glitter!

Next is the hardest past.  Be PATIENT!  Allow plenty of time for the canvas to dry.  Once it it dry shake off the extra glitter and remove the tape.

Finally, enjoy your masterpiece!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pink & Grey Chevron Baby Shower

My friend Jessica is pregnant with her first baby!  I was honored to host her baby shower, along with Ashley & Kerri.  Jessica is having a little girl so the theme of the shower was pink and grey chevron.

Pink & Grey Chevron invitations available here

Oh course I found an excuse to use the chalkboard.  I dressed it up the a pink and silver glitter pinwheel

 Baby Girl Wreath - Ashley and I whipped this little cutie up the night before the shower.  Pretty good for last minute planning!


Butterfly mobile - Instead of attaching it to a ring I tied each string directly onto the chandelier

DIY Glitter chevron artwork.  It turned out amazing.  Tutorial here!

 I went a little crazy with the glitter and started covering EVERYTHING in sparkles, including my husband

Jessica is a true fashionista so we setup a headband decorating station for each guest to create a headband for the baby.  She is going to be one stylish infant!

The popcorn bar was a hit!

Chevron table runner available here

Instead of my signature mustache straw, I made these heart straws.  I love them so much so I decided to add them to my Etsy shop

 Pink Nail Polish Favors

 Jessica & Her Hostesses

Cutest hostess gift ever!  Pink & Grey monogram cosmetic bag, It's a Girl nail polish from OPI, Lorac lip gloss,  and personalized mirror with "Auntie Rachel"