Macrame Air Conditioner Cover

We have an old air conditioner in our sun room that works great but isn’t very pretty to look at. I made this macrame cover for it. It hides the a/c unit and matches the boho style of the room.

Before – The Old ugly air conditioner in full view.

First I built a simple box that slides over the air conditioner. I then stapled a piece of cotton rope to the top of the cover and made a macrame screen with square knots. I couldn’t find any macrame cord locally so I used cotton clothesline I found at the hardware store.

Macrame Screen covers the ugly air conditioner

I am so happy with the way it turned out! It was such an easy project. Love how it covers up the air conditioner while still allowing the air to circulate.

If you make one for yourself I would love to see it! Tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

Handmade Cloth Doll – free face cut file

I may have all boys, but I have few little nieces who I get to sew all things girly for! For my niece’s 2nd birthday I decided to make her a handmade doll. I had so much fun making her! This is where my fabric hoarding comes in handy – I always have an abundance of little bits of fabric I can’t bear to part with.

I used Amie Scott’s Free Ragdoll Pattern for the body of the doll.

I am terrible at hand embroidery so I decided to use heat transfer vinyl for the doll’s face. I made a cut file for the eyelashes and mouth. Free download available below! I ironed the vinyl on the face before sewing the doll together.

The eyelashes measured about 2.5 inches across and the mouth about 0.75 inches wide.

Such a fun sewing project to experminet with texture and fabric. Go make one for all the little girls you know! If you make one please tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog. I would love to see what you created!

DIY Baby Footprint Ornaments – Made with Cricut

These baby footprint ornaments are my new favourite ornaments on our tree! I am going to show you how easy these were to make with my Cricut.

First step is to scan your footprints. (I had a good cry while looking through the baby books….how do they grow up so fast!) I then uploaded the image into Cricut Design Space. I selected simple image and removed the white space so only the footprint remained.

Save your image as a cut file and insert onto the canvas. I added each child’s name to the ornament as well. Cut out your vinyl and apply to your ornament!

A quick, easy keepsake ornament for your tree! Now go dig out those baby books, there is still time before Christmas to whip up these ornaments.

I would love to see yours if you make some! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog

Free Stranger Things Cut File

This freebie is for all the Stranger Things fans! Anyone who has watched Season 3 will be familiar with Scoops Ahoy, the ice cream shop that Steve works at. I love their uniforms! I created this cut file inspired by Scoops Ahoy and am offering it as a free download.

I made a t-shirt for my hubby using navy blue HTV. Love this Bella and Canvas ringer t-shirt, their shirts are so soft! I purchased the blank shirt HERE from Blank Clothing

Click on the link below to download the free cut file. Included files are SVG, PNG, and PDF. You can also print the PDF file and frame it. Perfect for a Stranger Things party or to hang up on the wall!

I would love to see what you make with this cut file! Tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog so I can see your creations!

Mini Plant Stand Tutorial

I picked up some plants for the boys’ teachers and wanted to make mini plant stands for them. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I put together a little tutorial for you below if you’d like to make one too.

You will Need:

1 – 1/2 inch wood dowel

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing fittings

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing caps

Wood glue

1/4 inch wooden dowel pins

*I made these for a 5 inch plant pot. Remember to measure your pot and adjust accordingly. *

First you will need to cut your dowel.

8 – 4 inch pieces

1 – 5.5 inch piece

2 – 2.5 inch pieces

Next drill a hole through the center of the 5.5 inch dowel piece and glue the dowel pin in place. Drill holes in one end of each of the 2.5 inch dowel pieces. Put some wood glue into each drilled hole and insert dowel pin. Allow glue to dry completely.

Now you will assemble the legs of your plant stand. Insert 4 inch dowel pieces into top and bottom of the copper plumbing fittings and put copper caps on bottom of the legs.

Once your glue has completely dried you can assemble the plant stand. I just love how the wood and copper look together! I stained one stand and left the other unstained – I couldn’t decide which I liked better.

If you make one tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your mini plant stands!

Funny Food Pun Valentines – FREE PRINTABLE

My 11 year old requested class valentines this year featuring some of his favourite foods – tacos, pizza, and bacon. Totally the way to a pre-teen boys’ heart! I love that he is still into Valentines day and had fun coming up with these punny food designs with him.

The free printable PDF features 3 different designs on 2.5 x 3.5 inch valentines. Simpy print at home on white cardstock or send to your local copy shop to be printed. I always send mine to Staples to be printed. It is cheap, easy, and saves my colour ink!

Click here to download the FREE PRINTABLE

Do your kids hand out just cards or do you usually give candy along with your cards? My youngest is in preschool and I find that they don’t always give candy, but a small toy/sticker/pencil with their cards. For my older boys in elementary they like to give candy along with their cards.

Free Printable Handmade Gift Planner

Christmas is fast approaching and one of my favourite things to do is make handmade gifts for friends and family.  I try to make at least one handmade gift for each of my boys every year. The key to getting them under the tree is starting early.  I’m terrible for this and usually spend the morning of Christmas Eve sewing, crafting, and knitting to finish up gifts.

This year I created this Handmade Gift planner to get organized and keep me on track.  I am giving it to you as a free download! You can keep track of the tutorial and patterns you plan to use and the supplies you need to have on hand to create your handmade gifts.

Click the photo below to download your FREE PRINTABLE HANDMADE GIFT PLANNER.

What are you planning on making for gifts this year?

The Greatest Showman party invitation ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

Anyone else a huge fan of The Greatest Showman?!?  I love that movie!  The album has been on repeat since I saw it.  I designed this Greatest Showman party invitation and am offering it as a free download! See the the download link below to download the printable PDF file.

The Greatest Showman invitation free printable.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”  – PT Barnum

I’m planning to throw a Greatest Showman party for my 9 year old in the Spring. It is his favourite movie.  Since the movie is based on the circus I am planning on circus food, decor, activities and of course lots of The Greatest Showman music!

Circus Food Ideas

  • popcorn
  • hot dogs
  • cotton candy
  • mini donuts

Circus Activity Ideas

  • Stilt walking (with our homemade stilts)
  • tightrope (planning to set-up the slack line for the kids to use)

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO GET THE FREE PRINTABLE INVITATION

Get the FREE Greatest Showman Printable Invitation HERE

Tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog so I can see your Greatest Showman party!

Be sure to check out my The Greatest Showman Party idea board on Pinterest for lots of great inspiration. So many fun circus party ideas!

Chalk Painted Floors ~ free cement tile stencil download

The original linoleum floors in our main bath were just the grossest pee yellow colour. We aren’t ready to do a full reno of the bathroom but I couldn’t live with them any longer. Here is the before picture. Ew!

I decided to try painting them with chalk paint. I designed a stencil based on my favourite cement tiles and cut it using my Cricut machine.  Scroll down for the free cut file! I am thrilled with how they turned out!  They are a huge improvement over the pee yellow linoleum.

I first gave the floors a really good clean and then painted the entire floor in Rustoleum Chalked Linen White.  I let that dry overnight and then Stencilled on the cement tile pattern in Rustoleum Chalked Aged Grey.  After letting it dry overnight again I put on two coats of a clear coat polyacrylic sealer. They have held up amazing well!

I used my Cricut to cut the stencil.  You can buy stencil material for your Cricut/Silhouette machine.  However I found some clear plastic file folders at the Dollar Store that worked great for stencil plastic. If you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette machine you could print off the PDF version of the stencil and cut it out by hand.

Click HERE to download the FREE CUT FILE for the cement tile stencil!

If you have ugly linoleum or tile floors give this a try!  Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your project!

Stenciled Shirt using Vinyl and Acrylic Paint

It’s the last Day of School! I managed to finish my teacher gifts (late) last night and love how they turned out. I thought I would quickly share one of my favourite ways to make t-shirts.

I do love using heat transfer vinyl, but if I want a more distressed look to my design or I just run out of vinyl, I stencil my design on with acrylic paint. Acrylic craft paint is permanent on fabric as long as you heat-set it. I just make sure to give it a good press with a hot iron and it holds up in the wash just fine. I sometimes add just a tiny splash of water to thin the paint if I find it is too thick. Don’t worry if the paint seems a bit stiff when the design dries, I find it softens up after you wash it.

I cut my design out on adhesive vinyl using my Cricut machine. It is a bit time consuming to weed and place the vinyl, but the adhesive vinyl works great as a stencil.

Next time you run out of HTV give this method a try!