Day of the Dead La Calavera TShirt with Stencil1

Greetings fellow stencil enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to share a new project that I recently created with Stencil1 for Dia de Los Muertos!

Calavera Tshirt

I absolutely LOVE all of Stencil1’s creative and stylish stencils, but this La Calavera stencil with the sombrero is one of my absolute favorites! I embellished a plain black t-shirt with fabric paint and glitter and then added these adorable studs and pom poms to the sombrero brim – a fun little detail that takes this wearable art project deep into the KITSCH zone!

Enjoy this new project tutorial showing you how to recreate this festive Day of the Dead t-shirt at home!

What’s Needed:

  • Pre-Washed Plain T-Shirt (or you can add this design to a Tote Bag or Throw Pillow)
  • Stencil1 La Calavera Stencil
  • Fabric Paint in 2 Colors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Stenciling Paint Brush
  • Embroidery Thread & Needle
  • Sewing Thread & Needle
  • Studs
  • Glitter
  • Masking Tape
  • Ruler
  • Stick Pins
  • Craft Mat

Gather up all your supplies.


Place a craft mat inside the t-shirt to prevent the fabric paint from bleeding though to the other side.


Position the stencil in place with masking tape, using a ruler to center the design.


Carefully stencil the base color of the design onto the shirt.


Allow paint to dry and then accent the design with an additional color to add interest.


For a super snazzy skull adhere coordinating glitter to the accent color with fabric glue.


Then carefully remove the stencil and allow the design to dry. Take a moment now to clean your stencil and admire your awesome stenciled design!


Now you are ready to embellish!


Roll up the sleeves of the t-shirt and secure the rolls in place with some stick pins.


With some coordinating embroidery thread, whip stitch the sleeves for an added homemade design accent.


Then you’re ready to apply the pom poms to the brim of the sombrereo. Stitch each individual pom pom in place and then secure them each with a drop of fabric glue. You’re going to want this piece to be made well to withstand all the wild Day of the Dead parties you’ll be attending!


If glitter and pom poms, just aren’t enough bling for you, then go all out and…


Add some STUDS!


Alternate studs and pom poms along the brim of the sombrero! Set aside to dry and then go out and rock your La Calavera t-shirt in style!


Feel free put your own spin on this project by adding beads, bling or switching up the stitching on the sleeves! You can use these same techniques on all sorts of creative projects with your favorite Stencil1 stencils! Their diverse assortment of designs are super inspiring, and it’s so EASY to create great projects with awesome Stencil1 stencils! The creative possibilities are truly endless!

In addition to Day of the Dead, Stencil1 also has you covered for HALLOWEEN! Click HERE for some more spooky stenciled inspiration!

Be sure to visit Stencil1 online today to shop their extensive collection of stylish designs for your next DIY project!

AdTech Super Low Temp Cool Tool Kit Product Review

Greetings crafters and hot glue aficionados! Today I am super excited to tell you about a cool new tool that kids and clumsy crafters alike will go totally bonkers for! Introducing the new SUPER Low Temp Corded Cool Tool Kit from Adhesive Technologies!


This new glue gun is designed with safety in mind, therefore making it my top pic for crafting with kids! The Cool Tool heats the glue sticks at a temperature 75 degrees lower than traditional low temp glue guns. The finger friendly CoolGlue sticks that it uses are perfect for all sorts of creative and DIY projects at home, school and for general repairs around the house too! The design of this glue gun leaves only a small portion of the metal nozzle exposed, further minimizing the chance of accidental burns.


The glue is a little hot when it comes out of the gun, so you still want to avoid getting it on your fingers or touching the applicator tip. The recommended age for unsupervised use of the Cool Tool is 12, but many of us moms use glue guns with our younger kids under adult supervision and (until now) with great apprehension!


So next time you even think about doing a hot glue project with your kids, be sure to reach for the Cool Tool from AdTech! After all, we all want to share the joy of crafting with our kids and avoid unnecessary injuries!

The Cool Tool Kit comes with 10 CoolGlue Sticks which are great for bonding all sorts of materials including foam project bricks, as you can see in this architectural model my son has in the works!

Find AdTech’s new Super Low Temp Cool Tool at Michaels and Joann stores and online at!

DIY Zipper Embellished Binder with AdTech Hot Glue

Are you over the back to school rush? Already got the back to school blahs? Well reinvigorate your passion with your own customized school supplies! With AdTech hot glue, you can easily transform a plain 3 ring binder into a work of functional art!

Embellished Zipper Binder

Express your individuality as you strut down the hall in style with this festive and fun zipper embellished binder! Visit the AdTech Make Something GREAT blog today for a full step-by-step project tutorial! And while you’re at it, be sure to check out the coordinating zipper embellished lunchbox project!

Embellished Lunch Bag and Binder

Zipper Embellished Lunch Bag with AdTech Hot Glue

Embellished Lunch BagAre you feeling the “back to school blues” set in?  I’ve created the perfect project to spice up your back to school lunches and chase those blues away! Go back to school in style with the help of AdTech hot glue by customizing your own embellished lunch bag. Begin with an ordinary lunch bag and make it great by adding trendy zipper and button embellishments adhered with super strong AdTech hot glue! Visit the AdTech Make Something Great Blog today for a full step-by-step project tutorial!

Custom ImpressArt Double Doggie Bowl

ImpressArt Dog Bowl Primary Image

This fun and easy customized double pet feeder is the perfect for project to create for your pampered pooches! ImpressArt Metal Stamps allow you to create fabulous custom creations for your fine furry friends! Makes a great gift for Fido’s birthday or welcome home celebration!

What’s Needed:


1) Begin by stamping the dogs’ names onto the stamping blanks. Simply position the blank onto the stamping block with the Stamp Straight Tape and hammer each letter into place. The Soft Strike Pewter material makes it super easy to imprint your pets’ names.


2) Next apply a little bit of black paint to the imprinted letters.


3) While the paint is still wet, immediately wipe it off with a paper towel, leaving paint in the recessed areas. This process helps the names to really stand out.


4) Next you are ready to mark where the holes will go on the bowl to mount these cute little nametags. You can reuse the Stamp Straight Tape to position the nametags in place and mark the holes with a permanent marker.


5) To create the holes, hold a stickpin with pliers and heat the pin with the flame from a lighter. With the hot pin, poke holes through the bowl in the marked areas.


6) Place crystal rivets in each of the holes of the nametags. Carefully apply permanent glue into the holes you made in the bowl and onto the back of the nametags. Position the nametags in place and set aside to dry.


7) Cut strips of adhesive bling with scissors.


8) Apply the strips of adhesive bling to accent the bottom portion of the bowl.


9) Sit back and admire your beautiful customized dog bowl!


10) Fill it up and serve your doggies in style with their very own stylish custom feeder!


*For safety, we advise that you always supervise the use of this bowl by pets that are prone to chewing.

Stencil1 Nautical Headboard Project

Headboard Primary ImageGreetings DIY enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to share this fun tutorial of a custom headboard that I created with amazingly cool stencils from Stencil1!

 Stencil1 was founded by the brilliant street artist Ed Roth, a pioneer in the new stencil and DIY movement. Ed recently brought Brooklyn to Paris in the first ever Brooklyn Pop Up Shop at Le Bon Marche. In other news Stencil1 was voted the 2015 Product of the Year in Home Design! Check it out!

 “If Martha Stewart and Banksy had a love child, it would be Stencil1.” — Brain Pickings

Deck out your beach house, or simply bring the beach to your house with this fun nautical headboard project! Relax year round in the cool ocean inspired surroundings, complete with whales, octopus, weathered wood and nautical rope detailing. Perfect for dreaming about the deep blue sea!

What’s Needed:


1) I created this embellished headboard using two leftover wooden construction scaffolds. I left the two pieces separate for ease of mounting and also in case they someday would be used for two twin beds. You could also create this same look using scrap plywood, pallets, crates or by simply nailing together some wooden boards.

IMG_17042) Whitewash the wooden headboard pieces with a mixture of white acrylic paint and water. This technique gives the boards a nice bleached, beach, weathered look. IMG_17073) Then you are ready to begin the stenciling process. Choose some acrylic paint in cool shades of grey, green, blue and an unexpected pop of orange. To accent this design I chose the cheerful Whale and Octopus Stencil1 stencils! I love them because they are unisex and appeal to people of all ages! IMG_17104) Tape the stencil in position and get started stenciling the aquatic designs onto the headboard. IMG_17125) Use a stiff stippling brush to carefully apply the intricate designs to your headboard. IMG_17166) Once you are done, lift the stencil up to reveal the beautiful design! IMG_17257) Continue the process of adorning your headboard with beautiful aquatic creatures. IMG_17298) For and extra weathered look, use a dry brush technique to add more depth and dimension to your stenciled images in a contrasting color. IMG_17349) Once your stenciling is complete you are ready to add the nautical rope detailing! Simply staple the rope in a winding curving pattern, to the areas between your stenciled designs. IMG_178310) Once you’ve added the rope, you are ready to mount the headboard to the wall behind your bed!

Here are some pictures of the final product in the room and some close ups of the aquatic details! I absolutely love the way this project came out. The Stencil1 stencils made this project super easy and stylish! Be sure to visit Stencil1 online to shop from their wide assortment of innovative stencils for your next DIY home décor project! The creative possibilities are endless! IMG_1795 IMG_1796 IMG_1799