On Friday night I was starting to panic because I was still short on an idea for a cost effective DIY housewarming gift for some very dear friends of ours. Buying a new home - and more, buying your first home- is a very big milestone. We had plans to celebrate with our new
In desperation I started running down a list of things I could buy with my average $8 budget. Some flowers, a small houseplant, a loaf of bread, dollar store wineglasses, inexpensive tea towels.. all fine options but not my style. I am DIY to the core and it seems bizarre after all these years to think of going to a store, buying an item and just giving it to someone as is, haha.
My sewing teacher had suggested me buying (or making) our friends a guest book for their home. I remembered my parents having guest books for their home. I liked the idea but I couldn't shake the feeling of it being outdated.
So I went online looking for some decent DIY guest book ideas when I saw this one. It's intended for a wedding, but I loved the simple and very personal idea.
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Yet there was no reason I could think of that this very same idea could not be applied to new home guest book to end up with the same beautiful wall art.
So I gathered some supplies:
- one medium sized canvas from the dollar store ($2)
- two green ink pads ($1.50 each) from the craft store
- brown paint (on hand)
- paint brushes (on hand)
- my Cricut cutting machine and self adhesive vinyl (on hand) or some artistic ability
I began by using my Cricut machine to cut out the couples surname and the year they bought their home. I just stuck the vinyl letters down right on the canvas.
Next I cut out an image of a tree, sans leaves, from my Cricut. Since I did not have any brown vinyl on hand I used the negative image as a stencil and painted the tree with on hand brown paint. If you use a stencil approach as I did be very sure that it is stick down well right around you image to prevent the paint from bleeding under. I also recommend feathering the paint on lightly and into the center of the image.
Finally I pulled off the vinyl stencil and added the two tones of green ink pads I bought.
Taa-daa! Complete gift for $5! I think it is pretty darn cute and will look awesome with the thumbprints of their friends covering the tree.