Summer Strawberry Crafts

Strawberry collage

I don’t even like strawberries….

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to “craft” them!!

My mom’s birthday was right around the corner, and I got it in my head to make her a tea towel.  I don’t know why, but I decided that nothing else would do.  And it should be strawberry related, because… sure.

So I created a little design, and thought that I would try the super cheap “print on wax paper” way to print on fabric.  All I can say is that it requires many tries and a lot of… ehemm….patience.

You basically mirror flip your image, and print it out on wax paper.  The ink doesn’t dry, allowing you to press it on to your fabric.  Sounds fantastic!! The problem is that wax paper wrinkles really easily (even when you tape it down to card stock!!!). You anxiously wait as your wax paper prints, eyes getting wider as it starts to come out looking perfect, and just when you are at the end, about to rejoice, it smudges. Ruined.

And after a few too many let downs, someone (not ME) might have said out loud, “Eff this!!” and stormed off to the kitchen to preheat the oven for a pizza pity party.

I documented a couple attempts.  You might call these “pinterest failures”…

Too light….

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Too wet…..

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Too much work…. Over it.

Since I don’t have the ability to screen print at the moment, and time was not on my side to cut out an intricate stencil, I broke down and bought image transfer paper and ironed my design on the towel….

Yes, it’s a little shiny, and yes it bugs me a little bit…. but all that aside, I think it did turn out pretty cute. I added some trim to glam it up a bit for mom’s sake…

What you need:

  • Flour sack tea towel (from your local craft/fabric store)
  • Iron on transfer paper for light fabrics
  • Ribbon or trim (if you want)
  • Fabric glue (for those who don’t have time to sew!)

Instructions:

  • Create your image – you can create your own in photoshop, or even use clipart in Word, or find some free graphics online
  • Once your image is created, mirror flip your image (this is VERY important!)
  • Print out your image on your transfer paper following the package instructions
  • Cut around your design
  • Iron on to your fabric following the package instructions
  • Add trim if desired

Done! A quick and easy way to dress up your oven! Also could be a fun way to display your little one’s artwork!

Strawberry towel copy

For the rest of the present, I found a little berry container, filled it with shredded paper, and stuck in some fancy strawberry jam and a matching mini notepad.

Strawberry present

Since I had extra transfer paper, I saw online that you can use transfer paper on wood too! (It’s supposed to be just for fabric).  I thought, “What the heck, might as well try”.

I found an old wooden box lid, and ironed that sucker on.  It went….ok.

You know…. there’s a fine line between “crappy” and “rustic”.  For my sanity, I’m calling the sign rustic.  It’s all in the staging, people….

Strawberry sign

Probably the cutest berry craft goes to my lil’ toddler who made Nana a card for her birthday.

I printed out a little saying that matched the present theme.

I squished a toilet paper roll into the shape of a heart and held it in shape with a hair band.

Then I let her, “dip! dip! dip!” in her paint.

The perfect way to paint with certain little lady who does NOT like paint on her hands!

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After she was done, I added the little seeds and stems to make the hearts look like berries.

Strawberry Art

“Oh no!!” (for the twentieth time)

Me: “Yes yes, let me get the wipes…”

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A “berry” happy crafting day to you all!!! Enjoy both the failures and triumphs and just call it… “RUSTIC“.

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