Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Our Valentine’s Day Family Tradition

I am so excited to share the Valentine’s Day tradition we started last year with you! Last year was our first Valentine’s Day as a family of three and with a four month old my hubby and I didn’t really get up to much, not that we went all out in years prior either, but last year felt much different anyways due to the babe.

If anything, adding to our family has made our love grow and change in ways we never could have prepared for, and it is a beautiful thing. Last year the contrast of being a family of more than two really resonated with me and although I am not usually super organized and we don’t have a ton of traditions per se, I started one that I think we will easily be able to stick with over the years!

Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Obviously over the years Bryn’s and mine hand print probably won’t change a whole lot but I am so excited to even see how much bigger Hudson’s hand this year compared to last & I get goosebumps thinking about how there is a good chance Hudson’s hand will also be bigger than mine one day & maybe even bigger than his Dad’s too!

The thought of the hand prints we will add to this as our family grows really excites me too & since it is such a simple project I know this will be one of few projects I will actually keep up with!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A canvas or thick paper of your choosing – at least as big as the biggest hand involved :)

Acrylic paint

Paint brushes

I got all of the above from the dollar store, so not only is this cute but super affordable!

We did colour last year but I think this year I want to do black, white & grey or gold so I can put it up in the kitchen or living room without clashing with the other decor around, I will add a picture when we do it on Sunday!

Instructions:

I think this is pretty self explanatory, but just in case, start with the biggest hand, paint with colour of your choice and press it down well onto the paper or canvas.

Let dry for about half an hour and proceed with the next hand in size with a contrasting colour.

Continue through to the littlest hand, let dry and frame or mount as is!

Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Let your heart over flow with joy, love and gratitude for the family you have!

If you already have those supplies and are feeling crafty, here are a couple other easy DIY ideas, here and here.

Happy Love day this weekend loves!

DIY Play Kitchen - Imaginary Sails Blo

Up-Cycled Furniture: DIY Play Kitchen

I am so excited to share this DIY Play Kitchen with you guys! It is such a fun project and I just love how completely customizable it is! I did a relatively simple one without a back or back splash, but really the sky is the limit, I have seen ones that are quite big made out of whole entertainment units with back splash tile etc. to match their actual kitchen! I chose to do a small and simple one so 1) I would actually do it and not get overwhelmed with the scope of the project and 2) it was for my niece and my sister didn’t want or need a gargantuan one ;)

When I first started looking for ideas to make this, I got a little frustrated because there was nothing giving exact instructions unless you were buying a certain new night stand from Ikea. As I worked my way through this project I realized quickly that you really can’t make exact instructions for someone else because the way the hinges might work, etc. will vary a lot depending on the piece of furniture you start with. I really love the idea of up-cycling old furniture and it is a lot more cost effective, there is also the bonus of finding a piece to use with extra character like this one, I fell in love with the feet (and it only cost $15):

Side Table DIY Kitchen - raw

Once I found the night stand I knew next I would need to find paint and a reasonable sized bowl for the sink and had a few ideas for the tap (a few that I have seen used are upside down silver painted letters: “J” or “L”, an actual old tap from a used supply store which I wanted to do but the only one our local re-store had was rather hideous). I actually used an over the door hanger from the dollar store and it was perfect, I also got a small shallow bowl from the dollar store for the sink as well.

So from those supplies you can see this is shaping up to be a pretty inexpensive project, there was one item that I kind of splurged on though which brought the price up a little, which is FAT Paint Chalk paint, I chose it for a few reasons though and only used about 1/5th of the can so I have lots left for other projects which I am excited about!

I love the chalk paint because it goes on easily and covers well, the surface prep necessary is minimal, it is low VOC and comes in great colours, I picked “apple”. I also think it’s great to support local companies, I knew this company was Canadian but didn’t realize they were so close, in New Westminster! I also purchased the clear top coast for added durability. For the “burners” and “dials” I used the black and silver acrylic paint I had on hand, from the dollar store too.

DIY Play Kitchen - Chalk Paint

So the first thing I did before painting the Play Kitchen was cut out the hole for the sink, my hubby drilled the starter hole and I used the jig saw to cut the hole. It wasn’t perfect but the rim of the bowl/sink hides that.

DIY Play Kitchen - Cutting out the sink

DIY Play Kitchen - Bowl Sink

From there I painted two coats with the green chalk paint and then needed to figure out what exactly I needed or wanted to do from there… the fun part!

I painted a silver back ground with a black border for the “stove top” (the coffee table seemed like a reasonable work bench :D), and my hubby who has a much steadier hand than mine did the burners later, you can also do 3D burners with a round of wood or something if you prefer.

DIY Play Kitchen - Stove top

DIY Play Kitchen - Stove Top

I went to home hardware and got the rest of the components, a spring curtain rod kit for the little curtain $3.99 (it comes with the necessary hardware), for the tap handles I bought two of the basic “12 point handles” $4.49 each, a magnetic catch to keep the “oven” door closed $4.59, and little hinges $3.99. I had previously found stove knobs from the re-store and cleaned them so they looked like new, you could also buy them new from an appliance store if you have something very specific in mind and cannot find it used.

I had a mis-step in my planning (as usual) and forgot about the shelf so we had to get creative the night before our Christmas morning with our niece and improvised, using random items in our garage. I also bought some matching drawer liner to make the shelf pretty, and also to apply to the back of the Play Kitchen, so depending on where it is placed it is still pretty from all sides!

All in all, this project cost less than $80 CDN!

Magnetic Catch to keep the Oven closed:

DIY Play Kitchen - Magnetic Catch

DIY Play Kitchen - Magnetic Catch

Shelves:

DIY Play Kitchen - Shelf

DIY Play Kitchen - Shelf

Here are a few photos of the finished product, I hope this has been helpful and has given you some inspiration for a project of your own! Sorry the photo quality isn’t great, I had forgotten to get some finished product photos until my sister was ready to load the car up and head home with it – oops! If you love it, please pin and share :) if you have other questions, please feel free to contact me, my email is imaginarysails@gmail.com, or DM me on Instagram!

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Play Kitchen - Back with drawer liner

DIY Play Kitchen

DIY Kids Play Kitchen - up-cycled bed side table from Imaginary Sails Blog

Some other DIY projects I have done are hereand here!

 

 

 

Part Two – 3 Easy Nursery DIYs Under $10

Here is a super fast and super easy to make a lovely personalized addition to your nursery, or kids room, or even for a living room! You can use the initial of the first or last name – I love the idea of the last name letter for newly weds! I love the diversity, your options are truly endless and with a quick swap of the paper behind the letter you have a brand new look to get mileage out of! I made this for my son’s nursery and since then also made one for my niece and included three options for the background because options are a girls best friend. Right?!

Paper Background options

 

Supplies:

All of these supplies can be found at the dollar store, even the frame. If you have an exact frame that you want to do this with not found at the dollar store I will admit this project will probably cost more than $10, but not much more!

  • Picture frame of choice
  • Scrap book paper – some other options, especially if you have a rustic look going on in your nursery (drool!) would be brown packing paper or even burlap.
  • A paper cutter – my new favourite thing since I can’t cut in a straight line very well. Scissors and a measuring tape or ruler will work too of course!
  • Acrylic Paint in your colour of choice. (Optional – you could leave the wood raw if that is more the look you are going for, or even stain it!)
  • Paint Brush
  • A wooden letter
  • Double sided tape or crazy glue. I cannot be left unsupervised around crazy glue – bad things surely will happen, so I opted for double sided tape. You could also use a hot glue gun depending on the picture frame, mine had plastic rather than glass so hot glue seemed like a bad choice…

Imaginary Sails - Framed Letter Easy DIY Supplies

 

Instructions:

First cover the surface you are painting on. Paint or stain the letter and leave to dry – probably at least an hour.

While the letter is drying measure the size of the frame and cut  the scrap book paper accordingly using your scissors or paper cutter. I did four options so in the future I would already have some options I loved, I also would do this if it is a gift because it’s awesome.

Insert paper into your frame, and tape in place if necessary, replace backing onto the picture frame.

Once the letter is dry, attach it to the OUTSIDE of the glass or plastic of your picture frame, this way you can change out the scrap book paper behind it as often as you want with no fuss, I have seen a similar project where the letter was fastened to the paper but what fun is that?

That’s it! Now hang it up where you’d love to see it or wrap it up for the lucky recipient!
Imaginary Sails - EASY nursery DIY

If you haven’t seen it yet, the first part of this series can be found here.