20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial

 20 Minute Baby Dress - illistyle.com

My family are all currently awaiting a new arrival to our already crowded bunch. My cousin (grandchild #7) is expecting his first baby with his girlfriend – a girl and we are all super thrilled about it. Now that little Ella is due to make her arrival any day now I thought I’d share a few projects we’ve been working on for her, starting with this super gorgeous little shirred dress I whipped up in literally 20 minutes the other day. I’m in love with the gorgeous black and white stripes and with the ribbon ties it makes it super easy to put on and take off if by any chance Miss Ella decides to use it as a vomit rag. I also added a super cute sequin letter ‘E’ to the front which I’ve got listed as a new item in my shop available for purchase! (I’ve also got an exclusive illistyle deal below!)

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For this cute little dress I used what I already had on hand and it took me literally 20 minutes to make and I’ve got plenty of material left for more as well as lots of un-shirred knit for other projects!! For this dress I used pre-shirred knit/jersey but you could easily purchase some elastic thread and shirr your own but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of shirring and I wanted a quick and easy sewing project. Along with the knit/jersey, you’ll need some ribbon or fabric scraps for ties, pins and a sewing machine! It’s that simple – so let’s make ourselves a dress with this 20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial!

You’ll need:

· Knit or jersey fabric
· Elastic thread (if your fabric isn’t pre-shirred)
· Ribbon or scrap fabric
· Item of similar sized clothing (to get the right size)
· Pins
· Scissors
· Sewing machine
· 20 minutes!

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1. Start by laying your item of clothing down on your fabric. I used a little vest we picked up for Ella. Mark where the garment ends and fold it over so you have double thickness at the right size. Add 1 cm for seam allowance

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2. Measure how long you want the dress to be. I based mine on the theory that most babies are 19-22 inches long and made mine 14.5 inches + 0.5 inches for seam allowance. Mark your measurements with a fabric marker or pins.

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3. Cut out your fabric. Make sure your fabric is smooth and even.

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4. Double fold your hem up and pin in place. Don’t pull or stretch the knit/jersey just work slowly and carefully. You can choose to leave the hem unfinished since knit doesn’t fray but as this was a gift I chose to hem for a more professional look.

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5. Sew your hem, backstitching at the start and finish. Some tips for working with knit: don’t pull! Place your fabric under your machine foot and start sewing, let the machine move the fabric for you and just guide it in the right direction with your hand. And take your time! It doesn’t have to take exactly 20 minutes!!

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6. Pin your fabric right sides together and sew down the edge. Make sure you backstitch at the start and finish.

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7. Cut your ribbon. I chose to cut mine about 10 inches long but depending on the age you can make this longer or shorter. I would have probably made it a bit longer so that they can be tied in bows.

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8. Pin your ribbon onto the tops of the dress, making sure you line them up on each side.

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9. Sew in place. Backstitch over this a couple of times. Since this will be on the shirred section of the dress it doesn’t matter if the stitching is a little wonky as you won’t notice it with the shirring! Tie up your ties and YOU’RE DONE!!

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CONGRATULTIONS!! You just made yourself a pretty new dress! The great thing about this dress is that it is SO versatile – you can make it for any age, from newborn to adults and the process is exactly the same!! I hope you liked this tutorial and I’ll be back next month with another one – in the meantime feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hi! I’d love to have you over!!

- Danielle


Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial

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Happy October!!!! Let’s kick this month off with a little Fall Decor.  I created this Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial for you guys.  I know you might be thinking… “Fall AND Nautical? What?” Lemme explain: I love nautical decor.  I love fall decor.  Some people think the two styles aren’t compatible … I beg to differ. Lots of natural woven elements, white, the boat paint-by-number, and the round mirror (think port hole) make it nautical.  Pumpkins, leaves, and black chevron say fall. The elements all work together because neither is over-emphasized.  Plus, white on white is dreamy, am I right?

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The woven Nautical ball garland is easy to make:

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1 package Large Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 package Small/Medium Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 length thick Hemp (available at Amazon)
Thread (neutral color)

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Sew the woven balls onto the hemp. In order that the balls do not slip on the hemp, sew the balls to the hemp by pushing the needle through the hemp and then wrap the thread around the hemp.  This will ensure the balls will stay where you put them.

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Pair the garland with white pumpkins, leaves, and anything white and you can call your fall mantel decor done for the season!

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What’s your design asthetic? Does Nautical + Fall work for you?

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DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates

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Hey yo to all the My Little Pony fans out there!  If you have ever dreamed of being Twilight Sparkle or any of her pony friends? Well, now you can!  I made these felt masks for Ava’s 5th birthday (if you wanna check out the other MLP crafts I made, check out this post.)  And because I L.O.V.E. love you guys, I made printable templates so that you can make them too! Check em out- DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates (10/17/14 All Masks are viewing and printing correctly, please let us know if you experience any trouble and we will fix ASAP):


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Felt in desired color (indicated by photos above)
Printable PDF of desired Pony Mask (available by clicking desired Pony Mask above)
Fabric Glue

Black Sharpie

General Directions:

1.Click on desired mask
2. Download PDF
3. Print PDF
4. Cut out peices
5. Using a pencil, trace around peices, onto felt
6. Using fabric glue, attach pieces to main mask
7. Using sharpie, draw on lashes as shown in photos above
8. Using glue, attach string
9. Wear with Pony Pride

All of the masks can work for kids and adults.  I realize that Rarity looks funky around the eyes in the photo above, if you are making the Rarity mask for an adult, please feel free to widen the eye holes in order to get your peripheral vision back.  Also, you will want to cut the top of Rainbow Dash’s head to connect to her ear (as shown), this will serve as the backing for her bangs. Trust me, it is a necessary thing.

All of these masks are free for personal use.
I would love to see the photos of your masks!
Tag @illistyle in your FB / Twitter / Instagram photos!

Who are you gonna be for Halloween?

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How to Make a Tissue Paper Tassel Banner

Hi guys! Welcome to day 3 of My Little Pony Week here on illistyle.  If you missed day 1 or 2 you can find them here and here. Today we are talking about how to make a tissue paper tassel banner like this one I made for Ava’s 5th birthday. This banner looks great and sis o so festive.  I have seen for sale online and in stores for sale for a LOT of your hard earned dollars… but why, when you can make so easily and tailor it exactly to your party’s color scheme/theme.  Here’s how we do it:

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Tissue Paper in desired colors (3-4 is usually enough, unles syou want each one a diffrent color – which is cool too)

Instructions (to make one tassel):

1. Take one sheet of tissue paper and lay flat

2. Fold in half toward you

3. Fold in half to the left

4. Fold in half again to the left

5. Cut up the folded edge of tissue, stopping 1.5″-2″ from the top seam

6. Fold in half a third time to the left

7. Repeat Step 5

8. Cut line up the middle of the tissue, stopping 1.5″=2″ from top

9. Unfold tissue

10. Starting from the side, tightly roll the tissue along the middle (uncut) portion of tissue

11. With tissue in a cylinder shape with tassels at both ends, graps the tissue at top of each tassel and twist

12. As you twist the tissue a natural loop should form, go with that

13. Secrure loop by twistting tissue back on itself

14. Repeat as needed

15. Hang all tissue pompoms from a string

16. Get this party started

What colors would you use?

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(PS don’t forget, I will be back tomorrow with DIY Cutie Mark Temporary Tattoos for you guys!)

My Little Pony Birthday Party

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Ava just turned 5. (Insert obligatory mommy freakout of “Where did the last 5 years go?”statement here.)  She has been WAY into My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic for well over 6 months.  If you have a 4 year old girl, you might want to jump on this train. It’s actually a pretty amazing show.  I love the message of friendship and all that entails: honesty, charity, and forgiveness. So Ava wanted a My Little Pony Birthday Party, and that’s what she got! Check out all the fun things we did, and the things I made THEN stay tuned throughout the week for tutorials on each, cuz you know I love you. (FYI some links maybe be affiliate, cuz I know you love me.)


My Little Pony Happy Birthday Banner (with cut files)

My Little Pony Happy Birthday Banner with free silhouette and cricut cut files - illistyle.com


DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland & Giant Confetti

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DIY Cutie Mark Temporary Tattoos

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DIY My Little Pony Masks with printable templates

 My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates - illistyle.com

We also had super cute MLP items that I bought… cuz mama can’t make everything. Am I right? Here’s some other cuteness:

My Little Pony Cupcake Rings


Pin The Cutie Mark on the Pony Game

My Little Pony inspired Friendship Bracelets (All supplies available at Michales)
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Sidewalk Chalk
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It was a great day.  Gluten Free Cupcakes, kids running everywhere + making a huge mess. Toys, games, rings, temporary tattoos, masks. Pony EVERYTHING.  Hasbro even sent over a special gift from Princess Celestia herself. Totally the highlight of Ava’s life right there.

It was a blessing to have a home large enough to hold all those people (large + small) and to be together having a great time. If you are wondering why there are no photos of the actual party, it is because I consciously chose not to take photos of the party itself. I wanted to be present with my daughter, family, + friends.  I did all this work because I wanted my little one to have a memorable birthday, but I know that if I were MIA the whole day taking photos or staging photos… that is what she would remember. Her feeling loved and celebrated was the point of the day and having Mommy missing would not accomplish that goal. So, I sacrificed a few blog photos in order to give her the love and attention she deserved on her special day.


Are you a MLP fan? A Brony?

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DIY Chalkboard Teacher’s Gift Idea

 DIY Chalkboard Teacher's Gift Idea - illistyle.com

Happy Monday! If you enjoyed Friday’s Back To School Party with the Caffeinated Crafters, that’s good, because I am back with more school-related stuff :) Don’t shoot the messenger, but tick-tock loves, the school year is about to start, yikes!  If you are wondering what to get the new teacher, I have a cute tutorial for you with this DIY Chalkboard Teacher’s Gift Idea


1 – small chalkboard (this is the one shown, $2 at Michaels!)
1 – wooden, pre-painted apple shape (again, Michaels, $0.98!)
3 – No.2 Pencils (Sharpened to proper lengths to fit as shown)
Ribbon (1-2 designs)
Tape (Washi/Masking/cello)
Hot Glue Gun (not shown)

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1. Remove existing black string from chalkboard

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2. Position first ribbon across the top of chalkboard, covering the pre-drilled holes that the original black string hung from.  Use tape (washi/masking/whatever you have on hand) to hold the ribbon in position.

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 3. Flip chalkboard over and hot glue the ends to back of board.  Secure the second ribbon to the back of board just outside the existing pre-drilled holes, again, use the glory that is hot glue.  Once dry, flip to front and remove tape.

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4. Sharpen pencils to appropriate lengths to fit on chalk board

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 5. Using hot glue, secure pencils and pre-painted apple as shown below.

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6. And ta-da! You now have a super cute DIY Chalkboard Teacher’s Gift for the first day of school!

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Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift with Free Printable)

I’m excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift with Free Printable). I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party.

I love these fold over elastic hair ties and I am sharing this simple gift idea:

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Did you catch my oh-so-funny pun in there? “Tie one one,” get it? (For those of you who are like, “uh, no I don’t get it…” lemme ‘splain: “Tie one on” is a term that means “to get drunk” but we are using it to refer to hair ties instead. So if you are giving this to a friend who doesn’t drink, this might not make sense to them.  This is a good gift for a drinker or non-drinker to give to a friend who drinks.)

This is an easy gift that can be pre-made so you have it on hand. I got these specific hair ties at Target but you can get the original Emi-Jay brand here.  I made the printable in 3 different sizes and 10 diffrent color-ways so you can find the one that works for your hair ties.

Click on any of the following colors to be taken to that free PDF printable:

Grey (shown above)
Light Blue

As for the other creative ideas, a lot of these gifts are versatile for any occasion, and can be a to gift to your friends, family, or even that gal that you’d like to get to know better. Even more fabulous–most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}

Are you ready for some inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After


free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

Follow Capturing Joy with Kristen’s board Birthday Gift Ideas on Pinterest.

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Framed Family Tree

Family Tree Print

Hi everyone, I am Danielle from Glitter Bug Blog I’m so excited to be posting my first tutorial as an illistyle contributor!! Today I’m sharing my Framed Family Tree project I completed for my mum as a Mother’s Day gift (which I paired with a portrait of my brother, myself and our 3 dogs and a beautiful giant Chrysanthemum plant). I have been wanting to do a family tree for some time as I wanted it to take center stage in our yet to be established lounge room gallery wall but with a large family on my maternal side I was struggling with ideas. I found this family tree download on Martha Stewart and decided to have a go.

Family Tree Print

I absolutely love how this Framed Family Tree turned out and my favorite part is that it cost me $0.10 to make!! I already had all the supplies on hand so all I needed to do was have the tree printable enlarged and it all came together fairly quickly. My mum loved how it turned out and I love the simplicity of it. So let’s make ourselves a Framed Family Tree – for 10 cents!!

You’ll need:

Martha Stewart Tree Print (enlarged to A3 size, which is a US Tabloid 11″x16″ )x
A3 size photo frame
Double sided tape
PVA glue
Thin paint brush
Glitter (optional but I think it adds a special touch)

Step 1:
Start by printing the Martha Stewart tree onto A4 (standard US Letter 8.5″ x 11″) paper and having it enlarged to an A3 size (or whatever size you please)

Family Tree Print 

Step 2:
In Mircosoft Word (or any document program) type each member of your family in your desired font and size.
Include the family name and ‘Established’ year in a fancier script. Print onto cardstock and cut neatly into small rectangles. (I found it easier to arrange the names into their appropriate family groups. I was also worried I wouldn’t have enough room to do everyone separately so I grouped couples together to save space.)

Family Tree Print

Step 3:
Squeeze a small amount of glue onto some scrap paper (paper plate etc.) and using your thin brush a light coat onto a few leaves sporadically all over the tree with the glue. Sprinkle with glitter and dust off. I used silver and black glitter so I did each color separately to avoid mixing the excess.

Family Tree Print

Step 4:
Cut a small square of double sided tape onto the back of your names. I used a large strip for the Established & Family name square but strips half that size for everything else. (please ignore my orange backed card – desperate times ;)

Family Tree Print

Step 5:
Arrange your names on your tree but don’t remove the backing paper yet! Group them together in their appropriate families. Once you’re happy with how it looks, remove the backing paper and carefully stick them to the tree.

Family Tree Print

Step 6:
Place in your frame and enjoy!

Family Tree Print

I love how easy this project was and I was even more pleased at the cost. If you didn’t have the supplies on hand then I would estimate that this would cost you about $10, but even still that is a great price for such a personal item. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I’ve loved being over here on illistyle and I can’t wait to be back next month. Feel free to stop by my blog Glitter Bug anytime I’d love to have you.

I also wanted to take a minute to share a fun little treat for the illistyle readers. If you’ve been by my blog before you’ll probably know I opened my own Etsy store; Dear Chantilly selling handmade accessories a few months back and have been filling it up with lots of great goodies the past few weeks. With the 4th of July coming up next month I wanted to give my American peeps (I’m Australian) a little discount code so you can stock up on some pretty accessories for yourself, your daughter/s or nieces for the upcoming festivities or for any other occasion!
Use the code: JULY4TH to get 15% off your order. This special code runs from 11th of June 2014 until the 18th of June 2014. In order to receive your items in time for the 4th of July.

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