artsy-fartsy mama: May 2016

DIY Dog T-Shirt


Dressing your pet doesn't have to be expensive. Make your dog or cat a custom t-shirt from a basic onesie and vinyl!

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

I'm a sucker for clothes on animals. I think it's both adorable and hilarious. However, it does get surprisingly expensive to dress your pets!! My dog, Lulu, often wears a vest to wear on walks and owns a few shirts from the Target dollar spot for holidays. After trying a onesie on her just for fun, a lightbulb went off. With some onesies and Expressions Vinyl, I can now make Lulu her own little wardrobe without spending a lot of money...

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

I found that a newborn onesie fits my 7-8 pound Chihuahua Pinscher perfectly. You'll probably need to do some measuring and test out different sizes to determine what will fit your dog (or cat!). You can purchase new onesies, or check out the thrift store and save some money to make a shirt for your pet!

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

Fold the onesie in half lengthwise. Cut straight across the onesie above the leg seams (yellow dotted line in the image above) to create a straight-edged shirt. If you'd like the shirt to go a little farther up on the belly (which could be a better option for male dogs), make a cut similar to the red dotted line.

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

Fold the cut edge over about 1/4", then fold over another 1/4" and pin in place. Sew a zigzag stitch all the way around to hem the shirt. Now it's ready to be customized!!

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

For our dog's shirt, we decided to use black glitter heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. I came up with a design using Design Space and cut it out with the Cricut Explore machine.

Here's some tips for cutting heat transfer vinyl with a Cricut Explore:
  • Mirror your image before cutting! The vinyl will be placed with the clear carrier sheet down, so if you don't mirror your image the design will be backwards after it's cut.
  • To cut Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, switch the dial to Custom and select Iron-On, Glitter from the drop-down menu.

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

After the vinyl has been cut, you'll need to "weed" the vinyl. Start by carefully peeling away excess vinyl, or the largest parts of the design that you won't be using, with your fingers. For smaller areas like the insides of letters A & R, you'll need to use the weeder tool.

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

Now the design is ready to be placed on the shirt! The heat transfer vinyl has a tacky liner on top of it so that you can place the vinyl on your project and keep it in place. Center the vinyl on the shirt and iron it on.
  1. Set your iron to the cotton/linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. (If you don't place the liner side up, it will stick to your press cloth.)
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth over the design.
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the shirt over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  7. If you have any vinyl that didn't stick or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  8. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

Doesn't Lulu look adorable in her new shirt? The vinyl holds up great in the wash. If your vinyl appears to be coming off at all, you can iron over it again and it should re-stick.

What would you put on a shirt for your pet?

How to make a DIY Dog T-Shirt from a onesie at artsyfartsymama.com

The awesome vinyl in this post was provided by Expressions Vinyl. All opinions are my own.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I'm so glad you're here and hope you are ready to party. I am so inspired by everything linked up at the party each week, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts least week!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Coconut Creme Ice Pops by Simply Stacie
DIY Donut Bracelet by Oh My! Creative
Homemade Snow Cones: 3 Ingredient Syrup Recipe by Hoosier Homemade
DIY Earphone Holder by Giggles Galore
Ribbon Art by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Mixed Berry Tart Recipe by The Jenny Evolution
Fabric Covered Mini Notebooks by Sparkle Living Blog
Strawberry Mocha Trifle by My Suburban Kitchen

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DIY Baby Tees


Babies are so much fun to dress and shop for! So, needless to say, I could easily spend way too much money on my niece's wardrobe. With a little help from my Cricut Explore, I created some adorable baby tees for less than $5 each! Now that little girl will always be dressed in style, and her mom and I have a little more money to spend on baby toys instead! 

DIY Little Stinker Baby Tee from artsyfartsymama.com

You can find tops in all different colors and patterns for $3-4 from the Garanimals line at Walmart. We chose to make 4 different tops, and this Little Stinker Tee is my favorite! I typed up the words in Design Space and added the cute skunk from the Trendy Tshirts cartridge.

I cut the design out of black glitter iron-on vinyl and attached it to the shirt. If you haven't worked with iron-on vinyl, it's really simple to use! It washes really well, which is important when it comes to baby clothes!

When cutting iron-on vinyl with your Cricut Explore, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
  • Mirror your image before cutting. The vinyl will be placed with the clear carrier sheet/"pretty side" down, so if you don't mirror your image, it will be backwards after it's cut.
  • Iron-On Lite Vinyl can be cut using the Iron-On setting on the dial.
  • To cut Iron-On Glitter Vinyl and Flocked Iron-On Vinyl, switch the dial to Custom and select Iron-On, Glitter from the drop-down menu.

DIY Sparkly Heart Baby Tee from artsyfartsymama.com

For this sweet Heart Tee, I cut out a sparkling gold heart design which is also from the Trendy Tshirts cartridge. Even with the busy heart pattern on the shirt, the gold glitter iron-on vinyl stands out and looks so cute!

Once your design has been cut, weed out the excess vinyl and place it on the shirt.
  1. Set your iron to the cotton/linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, the vinyl will stick to your press cloth.
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design.
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the shirt over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  7. If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  8. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.

DIY Kiss Mark Baby Tee from artsyfartsymama.com

Next, I designed a kiss mark and uploaded it to Design Space to create a sassy and hip tee for the little fashionista to wear. She's always being smothered in kisses anyway, so this Kiss Tee is perfect for her. I cut the design out in a glittery bright pink iron-on vinyl that really pops on the black shirt.

DIY Feed Me and Tell Me I'm Pretty Baby Tee from artsyfartsymama.com

This Feed Me and Tell Me I'm Pretty Tee was just typed up in Design Space and cut out of a multicolored glitter iron-on vinyl. It has me laughing every time I see it, and I couldn't resist making a matching one for her cute mom! My niece looks absolutely adorable her newest pieces of fashion. It was fun to make these for her, and I know I'll be whipping up a whole lot more in the future.

What kind of baby tees will you create?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! So glad you're here, and hope you are just as inspired as I am by everything linked up at the party each week. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts at last party!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Make a Watermelon Shark by Gluesticks
DIY Floral Napkin Rings by Bird's Party
Sprinkle Fruit Dip by Our Table for Seven
Seed Packet Garden Themed Wreath by Worthing Court
Tree Branch Apron Rack by H2O Bungalow
Edible Flower Lollipops by Garden Therapy
Easy DIY Bubble Refill Station by Simply {Darr}ling
Loaded Carnita Skillet Nachos on the Grill by A Little Slice of Us

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! So glad you're here, and hope you are just as inspired as I am by everything linked up at the party each week. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts at last party!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos by More Than a Mom of Three
DIY Fire Pit Cover & Game Table by All Things Heart and Home
Raspberry Amaretto Cheesecake Skillet Blondie by Lemons for Lulu
DIY No-Sew Big-Bow Headbands by Lou Lou Girls
DIY Paper Cupcakes by White House Crafts
Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and Watermelon Popsicles by Sweep Tight
Let's Go On An Adventure Free Printable by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake by Eat Move Make

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Marbled Flower Pots

Marbled Flower Pots Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

If you're looking for a way to brighten up a room without a lot of work, these marbled flower pots are a fun way to do that. This is a fun project that even the kids will enjoy making. Marbled pots also make a sweet gift idea! My daughter and I made some for the grandmas for Mother's Day and they absolutely loved them.

Marbled Flower Pots Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

First, start with some terra cotta pots. Any size will work! We used tiny ones to start out, but will probably start making larger ones really soon. You can find these almost anywhere for cheap.

Marbled Flower Pots Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

First, paint the pots with white acrylic paint. One of my favorites for terra cotta pots is this DecoArt Americana paint in Snow (Titanium) White because it only takes 1-2 coats of paint. The reason for painting the pots white first is to give the marble a bright, blank background so that the colors really pop. If you'd like, you can certainly skip this step and try marbling without white paint. This is a really fun project to experiment with different paint colors!

Since the pots will eventually be filled with dirt, you can leave the insides unpainted, paint the top third, or paint the entire inside.

Marbled Flower Pots Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the pots are dry, choose 2-3 coordinating nail polish colors. Any brand of polish will work, so I'd recommend using ones that you don't use too often, or check out the selection at the dollar store. Try to choose colors that blend well together (get out those color wheels!) and aren't old/chunky. Metallics and even clear, glitter topcoats look fantastic on these pots.

Marbled Flower Pots Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Prep for marbling with a disposable container that is deep enough for the pot to fit in, nail polishes, paper towels, and toothpicks. MOST IMPORTANTLY, be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.

  1. Fill the container with warm water.
    *It doesn't need to be hot, but it can't be cold or else the nail polish will dry too quickly.
  2. Pour the nail polish into the container slowly so it stays on the top of the water.
    *If you pour too quickly, the nail polish will sink.
  3. Using a toothpick, swirl the nail polish colors together to create the marble look.
  4. Hold the top edge of the pot with your fingertips and dip it carefully into the water. Swirl the pot around and the nail polish magically sticks to the pot, looking gorgeous!
  5. Place the pot upside down on paper towels to dry.
  6. After each pot, run a toothpick through the water/nail polish and pick up the excess nail polish off the surface of the water.
  7. Wait at least 10-20 minutes for the pots to dry.
    We let them sit in a well-ventilated room overnight just to be sure.
  8. Fill pots with soil and your favorite plants. No green thumb? There are TONS of faux plants out there that will look fabulous!!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday everyone, and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I'm so glad you're here. I'm always so inspired by everything linked up at the party each week and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Thanks to everyone who added your posts at last party!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Salted Caramel Ice-Blended Coffee by April Golightly
Simple DIY Chipboard Coasters by Just My Little Mess
Crispy Onion Strings by Alisha Enid
Stick and Leaf Butterfly Nature Craft by Artsy Craftsy Mom
Killer Cacti Cocktail Stirrers by Crafty Lumberjacks
Chicken Kabobs with Blackberry BBQ Sauce by Just 2 Sisters
IKEA Industrial Kids Shelf & Toy Bed by Grillo Designs
Meatball Alfredo Pasta by Food Fun Family

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20 Decorated Pots

Brighten up your home this weekend by decorating some colorful pots filled with succulents or flowers!

20 Decorated Pots to make this weekend at artsyfartsymama.com

Painting and decorating inexpensive terra cotta or even rejuvenating an old flower pots from the thrift store is something that you can do even if you feel like you aren't the crafty type. It's a lot of fun to get creative, and it's a great way to spend time with the kids! Decorated potted plants also make great gifts for Mother's Day and birthdays.

So, what are you waiting for?! Here's some inspiration to get you started:

20 Decorated Pots to make this weekend at artsyfartsymama.com

1. Dip Dye Succulent Pot from I Spy DIY
2. Teeny Plants in Glittered Pots from The Pretty Bee
3. DIY Hand Painted Southwest Cacti Pots from Rescue & Relove
4. DIY Succulent Pots from Miss Renaissance
5. DIY Drip Painted Pottery from Clever Nest
6. DIY Painted Planter from The Crafted Life
7. Marbled Terra Cotta Pots from Alana Jones-Mann
9. Neon Dipped Teacher Gifts from Hellobee
10. DIY Mini Face Planters from Sugar & Cloth
11. DIY Tribal-Painted Flower Pots from Laurie Cosgrove
12. DIY Marbled Planters from Oh Joy!
13. DIY Gold-Dipped Plant Pots from Pottery Barn Blog
14. DIY Neon Polka Dot Pots from For the Love of...
15. Glitter Painted Planters from The Crafted Life
16. Brush Stroke Pots from Elizabeth Joan Designs
17. Modern Painted Pots from The Elephant of Surprise
18. Colorful Pot Painting from Edventures with Kids
19. DIY Hand Painted Ikat Pots from Kate Bello
20. Herringbone Vase and Planter from Sparkle Living Blog

Which decorated pot is your favorite?


Free Printable Peanuts Bingo

Peanuts was one of my favorite comics growing up. Needless to say, it felt a bit nostalgic watching the Peanuts Movie with my daughter and to see her enjoy those same characters and laugh along at Snoopy's shenanigans like I used to. For those who also love the Peanuts gang, I've created a free printable Peanuts Bingo for you all to play!

Free Printable Peanuts Bingo is fun to play at parties! Download the set at artsyfartsymama.com

Peanuts Bingo includes all of your favorite characters like Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and of course, Snoopy! The bingo set includes ten bingo cards, so it's easy to print and use for your parties. It's fun for every age to play, and the calling cards include the names of the characters in case you don't know who they are.

(Set includes 10 bingo cards and calling pieces in a single PDF file)

Free Printable Peanuts Bingo is fun to play at parties! Download the set at artsyfartsymama.com

The blank set works a little differently. You get one bingo card with empty spaces (except for the "free" spot). Then you print and cut out the bingo pieces so you can assemble the bingo cards yourself! Just glue the pieces in place and you're ready to play!

This is a great option for little hands that want to be creative or if you have a larger group of people and don't want multiple cards that are the same. The blank bingo set includes all the same characters as the full set, but you can create your own bingo card setup.

(Set includes one blank bingo card, bingo pieces, and calling pieces in a single PDF file)

Game Instructions
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares (candy, glass gems, etc)
2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the blank set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. Have one person choose a calling card and say it out loud, then each player will cover that item on their card with a marker.
4. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the bingo cards and calling pieces on cardstock. All sets are 8.5x11 inches and combined in a single PDF format.

Have fun!! Would love to hear from you if you play using my printables! If you have any bingo ideas you'd like me to make in the future, please let me know.


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