DIY Charm Packet. Do you know what that is? It’s not a secret, but a fun new product that has inspired a group of bloggers to have a challenge ~ a DIY challenge. With a fabric charm packet. So stick around and I’ll show you what this DIY charm packet challenge is all about.
Charm Packet Challenge: Easy DIY Project
Who watches Survivor? Next Food Network Star? Top Chef? Iron Chef?
We all love good~natured, fun competition. So I have one for you this week.
We had a wonderful time getting to know each other, laughing, and making a few crafts. Karianne graciously gave everyone a couple of the charm packets from her 2 lines of fabrics (Simply Eclectic and Sweet Tea) designed for Hoffman Fabrics. Someone came up with the idea for a challenge and this idea was born. Voting starts today and you can see all the projects and vote by clicking on this link.
Use the fabric samples, called Charm Packets, from Karianne’s line to create a DIY Project. I’m in, what fun!
So, what is the first step?
I wanted to use letters.
I wanted the project to be something I would actually use after the challenge.
I wanted it to be pretty.
I unpacked all the fabric samples and laid them out to see the colors and patterns. There were 40 total squares and each fabric square is 5″. There appears to be about 10 patterns in 13 different colors. I easily saw that there were several fabrics that were in my favorite colors of pink and blue, all of which were in different patterns. There were 6 of those. Good start. I set them aside.
Since I wanted enough “letters” to spell something meaningful, I needed more fabric. The one color that pulled the pink and blue fabrics together was black. There were 6 samples in black, each with a different pattern. That gave me 12 “letters” to play with.
These were the leftover fabric squares. You can see the patterns and the other colors in the collections.
After thinking for a few days, I came up with a phrase that I liked. I hope to have a designated office someday, not just 2 feet of space on a kitchen counter, so this phrase described what will one day be my office. Now we were in business. My idea was jelling; I could see it in my mind.
In addition to the fabric, I would need (I purchased my supplies at Hobby Lobby):
- the letters ~ 4~inch wooden letters in the right letters to spell out my phrase. Each pack held 2 letters so I needed 8 packs to get all my letters. 8 @ $1.99 = $15.92
- a canvas ~ to be the backboard for the letters. 1 @ $14.99 (50% off) = $7.50
3. glue ~ to attach the fabric to the letters. On Hand.
4. paint ~ for the canvas. On Hand.
5. Frog Tape ~ for the canvas. On Hand.
5. glue ~ to attach the letters to the canvas. On Hand
- I decided to use my Loctite Spray Adhesive to attach the fabric to letters. Since it has been way too hot to spray outside, I made my own “spray tent” out of cardboard and packing tape. I thought it was a clever idea.
2. I placed a letter inside the box and sprayed the top.
3. I attached the fabric to the letter, making sure that it was smooth across the top. I had already laid out the fabric squares to get the best pattern and variety on the letters.
4. After all the fabric was attached to the letters, I used regular Elmer’s Glue and a small brush to glue the fabric to the sides of the letters. First I cut off excess fabric and cut slits and curves to account for bends and curves in the letters.
I found that one of my small kitchen spatulas worked well to press and hold the fabric to the glue. This was a bit tedious, but I was watching Wimbledon matches at the same time, so it wasn’t too bad.
- Next I worked on the canvas. I knew that I wanted to paint the canvas to add interest and contrast with the letters. Fortunately, I had Annie Sloan’s Antoinette, a pretty soft pink left over from another project. I love this color and knew it would work well with the fabric on the letters.
2. To give the canvas a “framed” look, I used Frog Tape to create a 1 1/2~inch border.
3. Then I painted the canvas. It took just one coat of paint. The Annie Sloan covered the canvas beautifully.
4. When the paint was almost dry, I removed the Frog Tape.
5. Finally, it was time to attach the letters to the canvas. I measured to center the letters and used Super Glue to attach the letters to the canvas.
DIY Charm Packet Challenge ~ The Big Reveal
When the project was completed, I was really pleased. Isn’t it great when a vision and a plan come together?
Did you guess what my phrase is?
For now, I hung the canvas in our laundry room ~ which is not my #1 happy place. Until I have an office, the colors and patterns in the fabric make me happy. And when I see the sign, I’ll think how it will hang in my office one day. My purchased supplies cost $23.50.
Thank you so much to Karianne for designing these lovely fabrics and being the force behind this challenge. If you want to purchase the fabrics, you can find them here.
I hope you love my project and will give my DIY Charm Packet Challenge 2 thumbs up!!
Super Important ~ Starting Thursday, tomorrow, you can view all the projects and start voting. So please check back in tomorrow and vote.