Wood Wall Art with Cricut Iron On

I love collage walls and every time we move (thanks Army!) one of my favorite projects is reconfiguring our photos and art in to our new home. With a piece of scrap wood and my Cricut I can create wood wall art to fill those inevitable gaps in my collage!

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I love iron-on, and putting iron-on material on wood has become my newest obsession! Quicker, cleaner and easier than stenciling or vinyl - using iron-on allows me to create inexpensive home decor in just a fraction of the time. {FTC disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links - if you make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.}

WOOD WALL ART

With a piece of scrap wood, Plaid paint and some Cricut iron-on you can create custom wood wall art in just a few minutes! This project took about 20 minutes (not including drying time) and is the perfect way to fill those awkward gaps in your collage walls.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

1. Measure wall space and cut block to size.

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2. Paint wood block and let dry (may need several coats).

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3. Scale image (I used this thankful image) in Design Space to fit block and cut iron-on. Remember to mirror your image!

4. Weed image and place on wood block.

5. Use EasyPress to apply iron-on to wood block using the recommended settings chart on cricut.com. They list wood as one of the materials!

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6. Remove clear film.

Wood Wall Art with Cricut Iron On

7. Drill hole in the back of the block for the nail and nail to your wall.

Wood Wall Art with Cricut Iron On

This was such a game changer for me - I can't tell you how many hours I've spent in the past trying to reconfigure my collage walls to fill the gaps. Now I can save time and stress and add some additional wall art to my collection!

This week I'm teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers to share our love for iron-on - and give away some goodies in the process. I hope you'll join us!

Create Custom Party Favors with the New Cricut Maker Bundle on HSN

Hang on to your hats because there is a new Cricut Maker bundle premiering on HSN July 11th! With an exclusive rose gold color and ALL of the adaptive tools this just made my heart go pitter patter, so I grabbed my Knife Blade and Scoring Wheel bundles and created these easy custom party favors perfect for any occasion.

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Custom Party Favors with the Cricut Maker

Already have a Cricut Maker? On July 11th HSN will premiere a Scoring Wheel bundle and a Knife Blade bundle for those of us who already have a machine and are ready to take the next step in our creativity. I used the embossed foil papers and metallic gold leather to create these party favors, and I am loving the results! Custom leather initials and custom box sizes and shapes? Yes please! {FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. This means I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you if you make a purchase.}

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cricut Maker (exclusive Rose Gold bundle on HSN)
  • Design Space project
  • Pink and White Foil Embossed Paper (from the Scoring Wheel bundle)
  • Gold Metallic Leather (from the Knife Blade bundle)
  • Single Scoring Wheel
  • Knife Blade
  • Fine Point Blade
  • Strong Grip Mat
  • Light Grip Mat
  • ribbon

HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM PARTY FAVORS WITH THE CRICUT MAKER

1. Select "customize" when you open the project in Design Space, This will allow you to change the size of the box and select the initials you want to use. 

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2. Hide the initials by clicking on the eye next to the images in the box. This will allow you to cut multiple boxes.

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3. Lay your embossed paper face down on the light grip mat and select mirror image in the mat screen.

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4. Insert Single Scoring Wheel (it has 01 on the tip) and follow the instructions on the screen.

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5. Once the Maker is done scoring, you will be prompted to switch out the Scoring Wheel with the Fine Point Blade.

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6. Once you've switched out the blade, complete the cutting process, then repeat for as many boxes as you need.

7. When you are ready to begin cutting your initials, replace the Fine Point Blade with the Knife Blade.

8. Hide the box image in Design Space and unhide the initials, then change them if desired.

9. Place the leather shiny side down on the Strong Grip mat and select mirror image in the mat screen. NOTE - you MUST cut one inch off of the leather so it will fit under the star rollers.

10. Select 4-5 oz Tooling Leather as your material in Design Space (the setting for Metallic Leather currently still defaults to the deep cut blade).

11. Cut the letters and remove them from the mat.

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12. Fold the box edges in at the score marks.

12. Thread ribbon through the holes in the box and pull taut - that will close the box.

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13. Tie the ribbon in a knot, then thread the ribbon through the leather letter and tie in a bow.

create custom party favors

I hope you'll join us on July 11th on HSN for a day filled with gorgeous projects, great deals, and tons of fun! I'll be taking over Cricut's Instagram Stories to show you what it's like behind the scenes as we get ready for the big launch - come hang out with me and get in on the fun!

WHY DO I NEED THE CRICUT KNIFE BLADE AND SCORING WHEEL?

If you already own the Cricut Maker you know that the creative possibilities are endless. From the thousands of images available in Design Space to the hundreds of different materials it can cut, your imagination is the only limitation. Now with the Knife Blade you can add even more materials - including thick chipboard, balsa wood and mat board. Think of the project possibilities!

The Scoring Wheel gives you extra deep, clear scores on a variety of materials so you can create everything from custom gift boxes to three dimensional art. It will take your paper crafting to a whole new level!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wood Spoon Garden Markers

This post first appeared over at The Crazy Craft Lady where I'm a contributor. With some inexpensive spoons and acrylic paint you can create colorful wood spoon garden markers for your garden that are practical as well as pretty!

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

WOOD SPOON GARDEN MARKERS

These wood spoon garden markers are the perfect way to bring a little creativity to your garden! I love color - and this was a great way to use some of my "leftover" paints.

Want an inexpensive way to store those acrylic paints? We turned a cabinet door in to the perfect paint shelf. {FTC disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you.}

SUPPLIES NEEDED

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

HOW TO MAKE WOOD SPOON GARDEN MARKERS

1. Wrap washi or painters tape around the base of each spoon.

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2. Use a foam brush to paint each spoon (I chose the paint colors to “match” the vegetable/fruit).

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

3. Let dry. A tall cup easily fit six spoons at once! Paint a second coat if necessary.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

4. Cricut has a cartridge called Freshly Picked that has over a dozen different plant names ready to cut - so it took me less than five minutes to create these. Don't have a Cricut? Stickers would work just as well.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

5. Remove tape from spoon and add plant names. PS...normally I would use transfer tape for vinyl, but these were small enough that I just peeled them right off and applied them to the spoon.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

5. Add a layer of outdoor Mod Podge to each spoon.

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts

These colorful wooden spoon plant markers will help you identify the plants in your garden and get you ready for the riot of color that your fruits and vegetables will bring! Happy planting!

wood spoon garden markers - Kingston Crafts
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How to Get Started with the Cricut Knife Blade

The Cricut Knife Blade is here! Created for the Cricut Maker machine, this powerful tool is going to bring your crafting to a whole new level. In just a few quick steps you'll be ready to cut materials you never could have imagined!

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If the Cricut Knife Blade has been on your wish list (or if you've got one in your hot little hands) this blog post will walk you through a few easy steps to get yourself cutting. And here's a little secret - if you make it to the end I've got a little materials giveaway to share!

{FTC disclaimer: I received some items in the post free of charge, but the opinions are mine all mine! This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a commission if you purchase something - at no additional cost to you.}

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH THE CRICUT KNIFE BLADE

Before you can start creating with the Cricut Knife Blade there are two important "first steps" to prepare your machine. It does not matter which one you do first!

1. Calibrate the Cricut Knife Blade

Once you've received your blade you will need to calibrate it to your machine. This can be done in just a few minutes and all you need is a clean Cricut Mat and a piece of copy paper from your printer!

2. Move the Star Rollers

Did you know those little white things on the metal bar were called star rollers? Me neither! They are - and they need to be moved to the right on your machine before you can start cutting thicker materials.

CREATING YOUR FIRST PROJECT

Now you are ready to cut with your Cricut Knife Blade! You will need a few supplies to get started:

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Strong Grip Mat (12x12 or 12x24)
  • masking/painters tape
  • Brayer (not a "must" but so so so helpful!)
  • thicker material (I'll go over the specifics in a later post - but you can use materials up to 3/32" thick) I used the new Cricut Chipboard that is AMAZING!

I'll be sharing several Knife Blade posts over the next few weeks including:

  • Top ten things to know about the Cricut Knife Blade
  • What materials can be cut with the Cricut Knife Blade
  • How to change the Cricut Knife Blade
  • Five supplies you need when using the Cricut Knife Blade

But I would love to hear what you are interested in learning! Let me know what your Cricut Knife Blade questions are - one fabulous person will receive a sampler of some of the materials the Knife Blade can cut along with some of Cricut's newest releases (Iron-On Designs anyone?)!

I can't wait to see what you create!

How to Get Started with the Cricut Knife Blade - Kingston Crafts

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath

This post first appeared over at The Crazy Craft Lady where I'm a contributor. Looking for something to do with that leftover ribbon? Grab a hot glue gun and a foam wreath to create a DIY rainbow ribbon wreath - perfect for birthday parties, kids crafts, classroom decor and more.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

DIY RAINBOW RIBBON WREATH

I am a ribbon hoarder. There. I said it. So when I had the chance to make a "rainbow something" I knew it would involve ribbon. I had a foam wreath left over from this project and in just a few minutes was able to create this fun rainbow ribbon wreath!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

HOW TO MAKE A DIY RAINBOW RIBBON WREATH

1. Use the knife to cut the foam wreath in half. Note – a craft knife is too small to give a clean cut, so be sure to use a large kitchen knife.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

2. Use a pen to mark five lines evenly spaced across the foam - that will be the color sections on your wreath. These are just to give you a rough idea of where to stop and start.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

3. Start at one end of the rainbow and hot glue your first color to the back of the foam. Don’t worry about trying to get the ribbon exactly to the edge – both ends will be hidden by the paper clouds you are putting on at the end.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

4. Wrap your ribbon around the foam several times (amount will vary depending on the size of the wreath). Make sure that the ribbon overlaps itself and pull tight as you go.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

5. Once you get close to your first pen mark, make your last wrap around to the back of the foam and hot glue the ribbon down. Trim the excess.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

6. Overlap your second ribbon color on the edge of your first ribbon and adhere with hot glue.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

7. Repeat the steps until your rainbow is complete.

8. If you’ve got a die cutting machine or large die you can easily create paper clouds with white cardstock. I used my Cricut! Don’t have a machine? You can free-hand cut a cloud or there are plenty of free images available on line that you can print out and use as a template.

9. Use glue dots to adhere the clouds to the wreath.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts
DIY Rainbow Ribbon Wreath - Kingston Crafts

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Drafting Table Makeover with Cricut

We took an old drafting table we found at a yard sale and transformed it in to the perfect table for my studio by creating custom stencils with Cricut and adhering them with my Xyron Creative Station

Drafting Table Makeover with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

DRAFTING TABLE MAKEOVER WITH CRICUT

{This post first appeared over on the Cricut blog where I am a contributor.} My husband Don and I love to bring new life to old furniture. I was looking for a new desk for the studio and when we found this drafting table we knew we had to turn it in to something special! {FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products free of charge. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a little something if you buy an item - at no additional cost to you!}

SUPPLIES NEEDED

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DRAFTING TABLE MAKEOVER

1. Start with a clean, smooth surface.

We bought this drafting table at a yard sale. The top was so eroded and covered in glue that we built a new top to fit right over the original. If your desk or dresser or table has a decent top - you can just sand it smooth and you will be ready to go!

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut
Custom Drafting Table with Cricut- Kingston Crafts

2. Paint the top with the color you want to see through the stencil. Even though you will not be stenciling the entire area, be sure to paint the whole tabletop to ensure an even topcoat.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

3. Open Cricut Design Space and select any single-layer image or font to create your stencil. The possibilities are endless!

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

If you are creating a word stencil, do the following before you cut:

  • Size your letters.
  • Make sure each word is “grouped.”
  • Make sure each word is a different color, as this will ensure that each will cut on its own piece of cardstock.

4. Cut cardstock on your Explore. Remember: the color of the cardstock you use doesn’t matter, so use a shade that’s not your favorite.

5. Carefully remove negative and positive images from your mat - you will use both sets.

6. Run the positive images (the letters) through your Xyron Creative Station. Be sure you are using repositionable adhesive - the machine comes loaded with permanent adhesive.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

7. Use the negative image to determine where you are going to place your stencils and loosely attach with masking/painter’s tape.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

8. Peel letters from backing and place each letter inside its negative image. Firmly rub around the edges to ensure complete coverage, and then remove the negative image.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

9. Use a stencil brush to tap (not brush!) the top color around letters. This will add an additional seal to the stencils.

10. Paint the entire desktop in your top color. You may need to do several coats, and be sure to leave time to dry between coats. Be SURE to watch this one minute video where you will see me in all my non-showered, bra strap showing, baseball hat wearing glory. I'm pretty sexy. ;)

11. Gently peel letters away from desktop… and behold! Cover the entire desktop with sealant if desired.

Drafting Table Makeover with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

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Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress

Create custom onesies in just a few minutes with pre-made Cricut Iron-On Designs! Looking for last minute baby gift ideas? Want to create inexpensive but custom onesies? Then these babies are for you! See what I did there?

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress! Kingston Crafts

The new Cricut Iron-On Designs come in two sizes - large and small. They have so many fun designs (there are currently 50 available) and the small ones are the perfect size for custom onesies. Don't have little ones in your life? You can make custom tote bags, t-shirts, home decor and more in just minutes. {FTC disclaimer - This is a sponsored post but the opinions are mine all mine! This post also contains affiliate links which means I will earn a little something if you buy an item - at no additional cost to you!}

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress

I've said before that I avoided Cricut projects involving iron-on because I HATED using an iron - until the EasyPress came to my rescue! Now I put iron-on on everything. Even wood! These new iron-on designs are incredibly easy to use - if you are new to crafting or just short on time pick up some to keep in your stash and have gifts ready in minutes.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM ONESIES

1. Turn on and set EasyPress (see recommended settings for temperature and time).

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2. Remove iron-on designs from packaging and cut apart. I cut them with the backing just in case I didn't use them all, so I could save them for another time.

3. Lay onesie on your top of your EasyPress Mat* and "pre-heat" the onesie. It makes the surface nice and smooth and ready for your iron-on design!

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4. Apply iron-on design to front of onesie.

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5. Use EasyPress to apply heat to iron-on design. The instructions on the packaging were for 50 seconds at 350. If you are using the EasyPress Mat I'd reduce the time to 35-40 seconds. You can always add a little more time if you need it, but 40 seconds was plenty for me!

The instructions also suggest flipping the item over and ironing on the back for a few seconds - I did that too!

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6. Wait a minute or two for the iron-on to cool and then remove the liner. If you are used to warm peel (removing the liner right away) like me...then cold peel will freak you out a little bit. ;) It will be a little stiffer to remove than you are used to but trust me - it is better to wait for these to cool!

*The Mat has been a game changer for me. I was using towels before - but the iron-on goes on SO much more smoothly and evenly now!

Now find a cute baby and get them in some cute custom onesies! Click on the photo for the link to the narwhal and twinkle twinkle little star - the bow and "hello I'm new here" are sneak peeks of the New to the Crew collection coming soon!

This would be a fun (and easy and inexpensive) baby shower party activity - what a great gift for the mom-to-be! These Cricut Iron-On Designs come in a variety of themes (they aren't just for custom onesies!) so grab some to keep in your stash to create custom gifts and projects in no time. Enjoy!

Thinking about an EasyPress? Then check out my review of how EASY the EasyPress is to use!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Easy Custom T-Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On

Hooray! Cricut has just released patterned iron on and my little customizing everything heart couldn't be happier! Today I'm going to share some tips and tricks for creating an easy custom t-shirt in just a few steps with the new Cricut Patterned Iron On. {FTC Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cricut and contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission. #ad #CricutStrongBond #CricutMade #Cricut}

love honor and old bay tshirt

We're moving to Maryland in six days. I should be packing, calling utility companies, taking care of work deadlines...but instead? I'm making t-shirts! This shirt is a play on the old "love honor and obey" wedding vows...since the Army is moving us to Maryland and of course I would follow Don anywhere!

EASY CUSTOM T-SHIRT WITH CRICUT PATTERNED IRON ON

Easy Custom T-Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On

SUPPLIES NEEDED
Cricut Maker (but this project could be created with any Cricut machine) with Design Space
EasyPress
EasyPress Mat or towel
White Iron-On Lite
Filigree Blue Iron-On Sampler
Brayer (optional)

If you haven't laid your eyes on the new Cricut Patterned Iron On get yourself on over to cricut.com immediately! There are currently nine sampler packs available - everything from florals to watercolors to bolds and more. The packs come with three 12"x17" sheets (one of each pattern). I love that you don't have to buy a whole roll of one pattern - these samplers allow you to create a bunch of different projects from one pack. Onesies, tote bags, throw pillows, t-shirts - this is a game changer!


HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOM T-SHIRT WITH CRICUT PATTERNED IRON ON

Select your project in Design Space (for any of you crab lovers I share this t-shirt design here) and size to fit your shirt.

I cut my letters with White Iron-On Lite and my crab with one of the Filigree Blue Iron-On samples. Don't forget to put your iron on shiny side DOWN and mirror your image before you cut. TIP: I use the Cricut Brayer to give the iron on a strong grip to the mat - ESPECIALLY when I am using one of my older mats!

Once you've cut your images peel off the excess material.

Place the Cricut EasyPress Mat (if you haven't gotten your hands on this yet it is AMAZING) on your work surface then lay your t-shirt over it and place your iron ons.

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Use the EasyPress recommended settings chart on cricut.com to set the temperature and timer based on the material you are using, and get to pressing! (Note: I used two different temperatures - one for the Iron On Lite and one for the Patterned Iron On.)

Cricut has added a TON of information to the settings chart, including whether to do a warm peel (peel off the backing immediately) or a cold peel (let the iron on cool before peeling off the backing). It also now has two separate charts for those who are using the EasyPress Mat and those who are using a towel. I can already tell a huge difference with my projects!

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And just like that - a custom t-shirt! This Patterned Iron On from Cricut is going to change the way you create. I can't wait for you to give it a try!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Personalized Door Hangers and How to Hang Them

In just a few minutes with your Cricut EasyPress you can customize wood door hangers without worrying about your terrible handwriting! 

how to personalize (and hang) door hangers - Kingston Crafts

Do you love those paint and wine nights? Door hanger paint parties? I do - but here's a little secret. I HATE my handwriting. So when they say "now just write (your last name, some cute phrase, whatever)" I just go refill my wine and snacks and wait for everyone else to be finished. I always tell the host "I'll just finish it at home" - but I NEVER did. 

Personalized Door Hangers

Then I figured out how to put iron-on on wood with my Cricut Maker! Along with a little help from my EasyPress and BrightPad I can create personalized door hangers in no time, I am actually USING the door hangers I create, and I am no longer lying to these poor host-y people which means I'll be invited back for more wine. ;)

{FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. This post contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

HOW TO MAKE PERSONALIZED DOOR HANGERS

1. Cut your iron-on on your Maker (or any other Cricut machine) - don't forget to mirror the image and put the shiny side on the mat!

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2. I used my BrightPad to help me weed the image, black is usually hard for me to "see through" but the BrightPad makes it so easy!

3. Lay the iron-on on your wood surface - in my case a snowman door hanger. 

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4. I put a towel down because I wasn't sure about applying heat to something that was painted - but it worked like a dream! Creating a project that is bigger than your EasyPress surface? Just heat the project in sections.

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5. Peel off the backing and voila! A personalized door hanger! Now that you've made it - how will you hang it? I've been using this trick for years and it works on wreaths just as well as it does on door hangers - and it doesn't ruin your door!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Hang the hook UPSIDE DOWN on the back of your door. Add fishing line to door hanger, bring up over the top of the door, tie to Command Hook and cut off excess.

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This is totally gonna be my new thing. I did it for my Fall acorn door hanger too but was too lazy to tell you all about it. Ha!

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And finally - a little "behind the scenes" with my two biggest helpers. 

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bizzy bee and baloo

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