Customized State Wall Art using Stencil-Masks

Hey everyone,

Natalie Wagstaff here with you today. I don’t know about you guys, but I like to leave my Independence day decorations up for all of July. To ring out the end of the month I have made a frame with my state and a few cute words, Land That I Love- from our National Anthem. To get started I gathered:

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red acrylic craft paint

light ivory acrylic craft paint

charcoal acrylic craft paint

two 1″ foam brushes

wood glue or craft glue

a vinyl applicator

Brooklyn Alpha Stencil Masks from Hazel & Ruby (can be found at Michael’s craft store)

Chalk Art Alpha Stencil Masks from Hazel & Ruby (can be found at Michael’s craft store)

a pin or needle to help pull up stencil masks without tearing

I cut the state of Utah in vinyl from a Silhouette Cameo, the pattern was $0.99 from their website.

an 8″x10″ frame, I chose a white distressed one

a piece of 7.75″x9.75″ mdf wood

I started by sanding my mdf wood, I bought this from The Home Depot, they will cut any size you ask. After it was sanded I double checked that my stencil masks would fit all on the wood where I wanted them to, then I painted just the front with three coats of light ivory craft paint. After the paint dried I applied my stencil masks and the Utah vinyl, to be sure that no paint would seep underneath the stencil masks I lightly smoothed out the masks with my vinyl applicator taking care to not tear the letters by pressing too hard.

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Next I peeled off the transfer tape that was over the vinyl Utah. Then I started painting charcoal acrylic paint over the entire board, it took about three coats as well to cover up all of the light ivory paint.

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Before I peeled everything off I added a little bit of red acrylic paint over the opening of the heart in the Utah vinyl. I proceeded by peeling off the stencil masks first and cleaning them with baby wipes, then reapplying them back to the backing they came on to keep them nice and organized.

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I chose to remove the glass from the frame then used wood glue to glue my masterpiece to the frame. And voila, patriotism for your land!

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Pretty Book Covers with Hazel & Ruby Project Paper Rolls

It’s Thuy with My Paper Pinwheel and I am sharing with you today a fun project for those old books you have lying around the house.
Books with pretty covers can come with a pretty price tag but I am going to show you a inexpensive way to jazz up those old books you were going to toss out!
With the start of school starting up, we have been cleaning and organizing and I notice several beat up books that were in horrible shape so I grab several rolls of the Wrap It Paper in various designs and started take those old books and traced around them using the white side of the Wrap It Paper.
I then wrapped my paper around my books and used tape it keep it together. I love how my books turned out and to think I was going to purchase a few books from a local store for decorative purposes that would have easily cost me $25.00-$35.00 dollars each!
Wrap It Paper would also be great for using as book covers for the kiddos headed back to school.
Don’t forget!  You can find our Project Paper Rolls at Michaels Stores, nationwide.
Be inspired.  Live Handmade.
Thuy Bui


Garden Party >>> DIY Mushroom Party Decor

How fun are these little mushrooms?!  This is such a quick and easy way to decorate a dessert table.


Hazel & Ruby has the cutest candy apple red polka dot tissue paper and re-usable stencil masks!
I made a quick trip to my neighborhood Target and grabbed some foam cups, bowls, mini cups and red muffin liners.


Cut out circles about an inch bigger than the bowls.
To create your mushroom tops, apply some Mod Podge and stick the paper to the bowl.
Place the tops on to the upside down cups.
Next I cut out some triangles and and grabbed my letters.
Spell out your phrase then give it a quick coat of paint.


When you remove the stencils it creates such a cute effect!
Throw on a table cloth, sheet moss and Gnomes from the garden.
 Load it up with delicious treats and get ready for the stampede!
Cute and easy…just how we like it!