12 Days of Handmade Christmas: DIY Emoji Onesies

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

Most people are into spring cleaning, but for some reason fall always puts me in the mood to attack my closets, cabinets, and pantry. Maybe it’s because I know we’ll be spending so much more time indoors, or maybe it’s because the thought of starting a new year makes me think of my grandma’s words: “The way you spend New Year’s Day is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year.” Yikes!

In cleaning out our closet, I found a bunch of things we had bought in Kona’s early days–well intentioned things that didn’t work out. Among them was a pile of onesies we had hoped would work in place of a cone following her spay. Since Lindsey’s youngest is six months old and the onesies are 6-9 months, I thought I’d send them her way–but plain white? Boring.

Although we live across the country from each other, Lindsey and I are constantly in contact. Ask either of our (poor, neglected) husbands and they’ll tell you that smoke practically comes out of our phones from all the furious texting we do. We can have long stretches of conversation just by emoji. So what could be more perfect than passing that pictoral dialogue on to the little ones? This is a great, inexpensive DIY gift for the littlest ones on the “nice” side of your list. Or the naughty side, depending on the emoji you use.

And you all know how I feel about iron on crafts. Oh. So. Easy.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

Supplies:

Printer
Iron Transfer Paper
Onesies
Iron

Instructions:

1. Search for the emoji that you want to use on your onesies and place them in a printable document (Word, Photoshop, InDesign). Print them out according to the transfer paper instructions.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

2. Cut out the emoji leaving just a hint of a white border around the edge.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

3. Pre-heat your iron on high (no steam) for five minutes. Lay your onesie down and smooth out any wrinkles. Place the printed design face down onto the onesie. If necessary, place a pillowcase between the paper and the iron (the transfer paper instructions will let you know if this is necessary). Apply pressure as you move the iron slowly over the transfer sheet/pillow case. Use the instructions that came with the heat transfer paper for guidance on timing.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

4. Allow everything to cool completely, about 10 minutes. Carefully peel the paper backing off to reveal your design.

Iron Transfer Projects on Frock Files

P.S. Love iron transfers like I do? Check out my DIY Typographic Mouse Pad and DIY Confetti Pillowcases.

 

Don’t miss the other 12 Days of Handmade Christmas!

December 1 – Rustic Wood Chalkboard with Living on Love
December 2 – Fabric Candy Cane Ornaments with Crafty Mally
December 3 – Cookie Jar Snow Globes with Tag & Tibby
December 4 – DIY Bath Caddy with Down Home Inspiration
December 5 – “You Are Home” US Ornament with Natalie Creates
December 6 – Fat Quarter Cloth Napkins with That Moxie Girl
December 7 – Painted Decor Blocks with Classic Play
December 8 – Footprint Reindeer Aprons with The Caterpillar Years
December 9 – DIY Hostess Gift with Buzzmills
December 10 – Emoji Onesies with Frock Files
December 11 – Dried Fruit Ornaments & Garland with Maker Mama
December 12 – Salt Dough Frame Ornaments with Small + Friendly

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Autumn Refresh: Gold Night Stand Hack

Bedside Table Hack | Frock Files

Before unveiling our full makeovers next week, Heather and I are each showing off some handy work that we put into our new rooms. In my inspiration board post, you might remember a gold table from Anthropologie. I toyed with buying that table but in the end I needed to spread that money out across my other decor needs.

I originally fell in love with the idea of a round, gold nightstand after staying at the Refinery Hotel. You can just make it out in the photo below. It was generously sized and perfectly proportioned.

Hacking the Too Small Nightstand | Frock Files

After a bunch of hunting around, I couldn’t find anything with the same tabletop radius–particularly not within my budget–so I ended up hacking one that I found at Home Goods. It was the right color and I liked the classic lines, and at $30 it was also the right price. But when I put it next to the bed, it was laughably small. I’m one of those people who keeps a lot of things next to the bed, so I needed room for my phone, a book, a glass of water, and a vase. One magazine would have overwhelmed this table!

Hacking the Too Small Nightstand | Frock Files

So I took some measurements and decided that I wanted a tabletop that was about 22″ in diameter, and off I went to the land of plenty: Amazon. Here’s how I finally got the table that I wanted without breaking the bank:

Supplies:

Table base
22″ table top
Spray paint primer
Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel (Gloss)
Drop cloth
Screws
Screwdriver

Instructions:

1. In a well-ventilated area, lay out a drop cloth and place your table base and table top on it. Spray each with a good layer of primer, according to the directions on the can. Follow immediately with a light layer of gold paint. Get a drink while you wait 10 minutes to do the next coat.

2. Follow up with a second, heavier layer of gold paint. If you’re satisfied with the coverage, wait 90 minutes to two hours for the paint to dry before applying the crystal clear enamel.

3. Lay the tabletop face down and center the base on top of it. Using metal screws and an electric screwdriver, attach the two pieces together. If you’re not keen on screws or you don’t have an electric screwdriver handy, you can use a strong adhesive like Liquid Nails instead.

Bedside Table Hack | Frock Files

That’s it! I can’t tell you what a game changer it is to finally have a night stand with sufficient space–and at a sufficient height. We used to have low nightstands and I was constantly knocking things off of them with the blankets. Pretty and functional? Be still my beating heart.

Next week we’ll be showing off the before and afters of our completed rooms! Until then, you won’t want to miss Heather’s DIY over at The Caterpillar Years, where she’ll show you how she brightened up her wall with fabric-covered cork that doubles as a place to post little reminders and cute mail.

Are you refreshing any rooms for fall? Show us on Instagram by using #AutumnRefresh. xoxo

Update: Want to see the full bedroom makeover reveal? Check it out here.

DIY Typographic Mouse Pad

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

It’s such an honor to be participating in this back-to-school DIY series with some of my favorite bloggers! Since kids are doing so much work on computers these days, I opted for a tech-friendly DIY with a customizable mouse pad.

When James saw the plain white mouse pad sitting on our kitchen table, his reaction was, “Woah, old school!” But even though I use a cordless mouse that works on any surface, I’ve found that my desk (both at work and at home) are getting terribly scratched up. After lots of searching without finding one that felt quite right, I finally decided that the only option was to make one of my own.

You’ll Need:
  • 1 Single Blank White Mouse Pad (for some reason this listing has a heart shaped, patterned mouse pad where the white one should appear. I took a leap of faith and ordered anyway. Lo and behold, a white one showed up.)
  • 1 sheet heat transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Computer/Printer
Instructions

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

1. Create a design of your own or use the one that I’ve created here. In a design program, flip the image so that it’s the mirror image of what you want to appear on your mouse pad. Print it out on the heat transfer paper.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

2. Lay your design on your mouse pad to ensure that it ends up where you want it.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

3. Pre-heat your iron on high (no steam) for five minutes. Lay your mouse pad face up on a table or ironing board. Put your design face down on the mouse pad. (Some heat transfer sheets require you to lay a pillow case over the mouse pad/design.) Apply pressure as you move the iron slowly over the transfer sheet/pillow case. Use the instructions that came with the heat transfer paper for guidance on timing.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

4. Allow everything to cool for at least 10 minutes. Trim the edges of the transfer paper. Slowly peel the backing off.

Your mouse pad is ready to use! I’m pretty sure I can already hear my desk thanking me for ending the mouse-scratching abuse.

Don’t miss all the other awesome back-to-school DIY posts this week, including MJ’s reusable lunchbox note board, which also goes live today! Here’s a complete listing for you:

Tan of Squirrelly Minds – Printable math game
Rachel of The Crafted Life – Color blocked pencils
Lidy of Hello Lidy – DIY sequin planter
Sara of Confetti Sunshine – Printable back-to-school poster
Lyndsay of Coco Cake LandApple pie donuts + apple toppers
MJ of Pars Caeli – DIY reusable lunchbox note board

Back to School Series

P.S. A special hello to Mrs. Oshiro, my second grade teacher, who I just learned is a Frock Files reader! Mrs. Oshiro, you taught me so much about kindness and creativity, and I am so thankful that you helped to shape my life.

Feather Lei DIY

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

With graduations and celebrations galore this summer, I thought that it might be time to share another lei DIY! It’s tradition for graduates to receive dozens of leis after graduation ceremonies, often piled so high that you can’t tell one graduate from another.

I absolutely love fresh flower leis, but I’m always a little heartbroken when they die. That’s why I love this everlasting one, which is a clever take on the feather leis worn by the royals when Hawaii was a monarchy.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

Materials

1 spool eyelash yarn
1 McDonald’s straw (they’re fatter than normal straws – paper straws also work)
1 bamboo skewer
Washi tape
42″ grossgrain ribbon (1/4″)
Scissors
2 wooden beads

Instructions

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

1. Attach the ribbon to the bamboo skewer and thread it through one of the wooden beads. Leave 3″ of room from the end of the ribbon to the bead, and knot the ribbon so the bead stays in place. This will be the end of your lei.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock FilesHawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

2. Cut a slit at one end of the straw. Attach the other end of the ribbon to the bamboo skewer using washi tape, then thread the ribbon through the straw. Wedge the ribbon into the slit you created in the straw, then secure it with tape.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock FilesHawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock FilesHawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

3. Take the end of the eyelash yarn and tie a knot around the straw. Begin winding the yarn around the straw, pushing down when you get to the top so that it bunches up at the bottom. Once it begins taking up too much space on your straw, push it down onto the ribbon. Continue winding and bunching until you reach the end of the spool of yarn.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

4. Tie a knot around the straw with the final end of yarn. Push it onto the ribbon and remove the straw. Attach the other wooden bead as you did the first one, leaving only 3″ at the end so that both sides are even. Gently spread the yarn out so that it evenly covers the length of the ribbon.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

5. Knot the two ends together and present it to your loved one with a hug and a kiss!

P.S. More DIY projects right this way!

DIY Berry Carton Wreath

I’ve been looking on with envy as friends on the West Coast have posted pictures of their flowers in bloom. Since I just can’t wait for the trees to begin budding here, I thought I’d conjure some springtime inspiration of my own.

This little piece of door/wall decor has already brightened up our home! Even though it’s still freezing here, the pop of color on my walls is a good reminder that spring will be here in just a matter of weeks.

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

Supplies:

1 berry carton
1 branch silk flowers (ranunculus)
18″ string or yarn (Chinese knotting cord)
Hot glue gun

Instructions:

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

1. Cut the flowers off of their stems, leaving about a half-inch of stem.

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

2. Poke a flower through one in the berry carton, starting with the middle. From the backside of the berry carton, create a foundation of hot glue around the base of the flower to hold the stem in place. Allow the flower to dry before moving on to the next one. Arrange as many flowers and leaves as you please!

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

3. Knot your string on one corner of the berry carton, leaving plenty of string to create another knot on the opposite corner. Hang up your little wreath and wait for spring!

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