Upcycled Kids Art Station

Each season, we have at least one contestant that consistently produces great work, places in the top three each week and wins a number of challenged along the way. This season Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, definitely earned that spot.

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Today, Crystal is sharing a tutorial for the project she entered in our final round – an upcycled kids art station.

Upcycled Kids Art Station

I want to say a huge thanks to Tauni for hosting SYTYC! It has been so fun competing in this season and congratulations to Lynda on her big win!

This little art station was so fun to make!  It took me a pretty solid 2 weeks to finish it with all the painting and painting and painting, but it was worth all the effort.  My kids have really been enjoying it and it is so fun to watch them create!

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To make this art station I used an old end table that I have had for years but don’t use anymore, a large frame I picked up at the thrift store, and some chairs I bought on craigslist.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I tried to pick a fun kid friendly color palate, but wanted colors with a bit of a vintage feel to them.  All these colors came from Lowes.  They turned out just like I pictured them in my head and I think they look perfect with the green walls in my dining room!

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

My favorite part of the whole project is the desk!  It was too low for the chair I found so I made it some new legs.  The old legs were used as a template to taper the new legs so they looked a bit fancier.  Then some more scrap wood was used to add the drawing paper to the side.  The table ended up being the perfect width for my 18” roll of paper so the wood just got bolted on the sides.  There is a hole drilled part way through the front piece and all the way through the back piece so a large wooden dowel can be inserted to hold the paper.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

After the wood working was done, the table got a few coats of paint.  Then the top was taped off for the chalkboard paint to be added.  Finally I added some new hardware for the drawer and a little handle to the side to hold the chalk.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I cut some peg board t fit the frame and painted both the frame and the board.  Painted peg board is a bit of a pain to paint, all those little holes plug up with paint.  After paint I used a screwdriver to clear the paint out of any plugged holes.  I bought some assorted peg board hooks at the hardware store and played around with hanging everything until I got a layout I liked. 

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

The spice rack at the top is from IKEA, it got screwed on through the peg board holes.  I used some old baby food jars and screwed the lids to the bottom, I learned the hard way that you really need you used 2 screws for that!  To hang the sketch pad I strung a rope through the holes and tied it at the back, the pad can be hung over the rope and easily taken down for drawing.  I also used some old tin cans for markers and pencils.  I cut paper to fit the outside and stuck it on the cans with Mod Podge.  Then I drilled a hole near the top of the can and they hang on hooks.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I cut a piece of wood to about the same length as the frame.  Added some hooks and hung the board from the bottom of the frame.  The hooks hold some buckets I picked up for $1 at Target to keep crayons,play-doh, and stamps.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I wanted to create a little art gallery for my kids work so I painted three clip boards yellow.  Then I taped off the clips and spray painted them black.  I used some Command Strip picture hangers to hang them on the wall.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

Finally, I sanded, primed, and painted the chairs and my little art station was done!

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial - 11What a great project! Thanks Crystal!

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Thanks to those of you who voted in our last challenge. We continue to have record numbers voting in our weekly challenges and I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have our competitors projects seen by so many…

For those of you who are visiting from Pinterest today, welcome. SYTYC is a craft and DIY competition. Each Monday we feature themed projects created by our competitors. Please help us out and cast your vote…

The winner of our scraps challenge is Crystal.

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Crystal’s on something of a roll having picked up our In the Kitchen Challenge with her chalkboard serving tray

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

And then picked up our Fall Challenge with her reversible fall pillow

Reversible Pillow Case

Today Crystal is sharing her rainbow baby quilt tutorial.

Scrap Rainbow Baby Quilt

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

I am so excited I get the opportunity to share another tutorial with you! Thank you so much for voting for my scrappy quilt!

I really enjoy quilting. I made my first quilt when I was 17, it was a king size quilt for my bed at college, not something I would recommend for your first quilt! These days I mostly stick to baby quilts.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

This quilt would be a great project for a beginner, it is easy to make and the end result is stunning. I know some people are a bit intimidated by the idea of making a quilt, but trust me, if you can sew a straight line, you can make this quilt!

Scrap Baby Quilt

For the front of the quilt and the chevron on the back you will need some 5” x 5” squares. The easiest way to cut squares of fabric is with a rotary cutter, a self healing mat, and a quilting square. The number of squares of each color you will need is listed below:

White: 56

Red: 5

Orange: 9

Yellow: 14

Green: 14

Blue: 9

Purple: 5

You will also need two rectangle for the back, one that is 35” x 7” and one that is 35” x 26”, and a piece of quilt batting about 36” x 40”.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Once you have all your squares cut, draw a diagonal line across all of your white squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Lay one white square on top of a color square with right sides together. Sew on both sides of the line you drew, ¼” from the line. Repeat with all your squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Cut along the line between the 2 seams so you end up with 2 squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Press the seam away from the white side. Repeat with all the squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Next you will sew the squares into 10 rows of 9 squares. To sew the squares together, place 2 squares right sides together with the color side of one square lined up with the white side of the other. Sew along the side; continue adding squares until all nine are sewn in a row. Press the seams open. Refer to the drawing below for the color order of each row.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Once you have all the squares sewn into rows, sew the rows together. Press the seams to one side.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Take the remaining squares and line them up to create the chevron pattern using three squares of each color. Sew them into two rows like the ones shown in the drawing below. Then sew the two rows together. Sew your large rectangles for the back on either side of the chevron.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Next you will sandwich the batting between the 2 quilt layers. I like to use a basting spray to hold everything in place while I quilt. You can find basting sprays in the quilting section of any fabric store.

Lay your quilt top out face down on the floor. Spray the back of it with a basting spray. Spread the quilt batting over the quilt top. Spray more quilt basting spray on the batting then spread the quilt back face up over the batting.

Quilt all three layers together by sewing straight lines along the vertical and diagonal seams of the quilt. I find that a walking foot is really helpful for this step, it helps move all the fabric under your sewing machine foot.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

After you finish quilting, bind the edges of the quilt. I used a double fold binding that is machine sewn to the front and hand stitched to the back. You can find more tips on quilt binding on my blog HERE.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am seriously blown away by the talent this season. Every week there are several tutorials that I am interested in seeing and I’d have a hard time selecting my favorite…It makes it kind of nice to know that you get to pick more than one “favorite” up until nearly the end.

Fall Decor Challenge

This week, I am excited to share Crystal’s fantastic reversible fall leaves pillowcase tutorial.

Crystal QuoteCrystal’s projects have always ranked high, but you’ll probably remember her for week one win and chalkboard serving tray tutorial.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

In any event, she’s back with another great tutorial for her week four win!

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am so excited to be here sharing the tutorial for my reversible fall leaves pillow with you! I have to admit, I was a bit shocked when I opened the email from Tauni informing me I had won. Every project in the fall décor line up was so great, I feel really honored you chose mine!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

I have seen reversible pillows before, but they always have one design on the front and one on the back. I wanted this reversible pillow to have the second design hiding on the inside. That way if the pillow falls off my couch or somehow gets flipped over, I don’t end up with a Christmas pillow in September.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

This same concept could be used to create a pillow for any holiday. Or you could even just pick two different fabrics. Then when you get tired of one look, flip to the other.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

To make this pillow, I used an off white home décor fabric and some craft felt to make the leaves and holly. You can choose any fabric for the front; I recommend something with a bit of weight so it holds up better. The envelope closure on the back is the same for both sides so if you choose two different fabrics for the front, make sure you choose something that coordinates with both for the back. The fabric for the back also needs to be one without a right or wrong side, meaning both sides of the fabrics look the same. Solid home décor fabrics are a good choice for the back.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

The first step is to determine the size your case needs to be. I had a pillow from Ikea for my insert, the tag says 20” x 20” but when I measured from seam to seam it was really more like 19”. So I ended up making my case for a 19” x 19” pillow.

Cut 2 squares of fabric that are 1” bigger than your pillow and 2 rectangles for the back that are 1” bigger than the pillow in length and half that plus 3” in width. For a 19” x 19” pillow I used two 20” squares and two rectangles that are 20” x 13”

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Cut your leaves from felt. I first sketched a leaf on paper to use as a template when cutting. My leaves are about 1.5” wide and 2.5” long. To cut the holly berries, I traced a nickel on a piece of paper you use as a template. Pin your leaves in three rows on one of the pillow fronts, and then sew them on with a contrasting thread.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Repeat with the holly leaves on the other pillow front.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Finish one long edge of the rectangle by folding the edge over ¼” and then another 1” and topstitching along the folded edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay your fall leaves front face up and place one of the rectangles on top with the folded edge up. Line up the three unfinished sides with the edge of the pillow front. Lay the other rectangle on the other side with the folded side down. Line up the raw edges with the edge of the pillow front, the finished edges of the rectangles will overlap in the middle. Pin around the edges and baste stitch all the way around the pillow ½” from the edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay the Christmas side of the pillow case face down on top of the pillow backs. You should have the fall leaves on the bottom, the Christmas leaves on top, and the back pieces sandwiched in the middle. Pin around the edges and sew with ½” seam allowance leaving a 3” opening. Make sure the opening is not right where the leaves are. Clip the corners close to the seam to reduce the bulk. Turn the pillow through the hole you left open. Fold the raw edge in and hand stitch the opening closed.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Your pillow is done! You should have fall leaves on one side and holly leaves on the other. Thanks again for voting for my fall leaves pillow!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Thanks for sharing your awesome project Crystal! 

P.S. If you’ve got a little boy, you can’t miss Crystal’s shark trick-or-treat bag. My boys think it’s “totally cool.”

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

I am so excited about this season – from our initial try outs, through week one and on to week three, the projects have been out of this world AMAZING. Seriously. There isn’t one project turned in that I wouldn’t be proud to feature!

In the Kitchen Challenge

The voting for our “In the Kitchen” challenge was supremely close last week. I don’t know that it’s ever been this tight. In the end, you decided that we would see Crystal’s chalkboard serving tray tutorial.

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There were some really great kitchen projects so I was excited to find out I had won, and I am really excited that I get to share my serving tray tutorial with you!

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

This tray is so cute for breakfast in bed or for entertaining.  It also looks great hung on the wall as a message board when you aren’t using it as a tray.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

To make the tray you need an old cabinet door, I got mine at a shop that sells used building supplies.  You can also find them sometimes at yard sales or thrift stores, or if you or anyone you know is redoing their kitchen, snag one!  Or if you can’t find one anywhere, you can buy new sample doors at the hardware store.

You will also need two cabinet door pulls for the handles and a drill to put them on, chalkboard paint for the center, and paint for the outside.  I used two shades of green on mine for a distressed look.  The bottom coat is a dark green (Wild Rice by Behr) and the top is a light green (lemongrass by Martha Stewart)

Chalkboard Serving Tray

Tape off the center panel of the door and paint the outside of the door with the dark green.  After that coat dries, paint a couple coats of the light green.  I found it worked best to paint with my tray on top of a box, that way I could easily paint the top and all the sides.  Once the paint dried, I flipped my tray over and painted the back with the light green.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

Once the paint is dry, distress it by sanding it some.  Focus more on the edges and corners where it would naturally distress more.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

Find the center of the short side of the cabinet and mark where to drill the holes for your handles.  Drill the holes and screw your handles in place.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

The last step is to paint the chalkboard paint on the center panel following the directions on your paint can, mine said to prime then paint.  I used a small brush to get into the corners and a foam brush for the rest.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

Once the paint dries your tray is ready to use!

Chalkboard Serving Tray TutorialThanks for voting for me! I hope I get to hang around for a while this season and maybe even share some more tutorials!

*If you have a serving tray, you’ll definitely need something to serve. Be sure to head over to Stitched by Crystal and pin some of her AWESOME treat recipes!

Stitched by Crystal RecipesPeanut Butter Cup Cookies | Orange Coconut Truffles | Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting