DIY: Mickey & Minnie Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine’s Day.

After searching the last couple of weeks for the perfect Valentine’s Day card for Blair, I gave up. I couldn’t find one… I know there are tons of cards out there, but most of them are too cheesy or just dumb, so I decided to make one myself.

Now, Blair and I are HUGE Disney fans. We love everything Disney – Blair even proposed to me at Disneyland! So it made sense to me to make something Mickey and Minnie related for Valentine’s Day…

To make a Mickey and Minnie Valentine’s Day Card, you’ll need:

  • A blank white card with an envelope *You can buy a pack of them at Walmart.
  • Black Sharpie
  • Red scrapbook paper
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Images of a Mickey Mouse silhouette and a Minnie Mouse bow *I used simple ones I found off of Google – You’re just tracing the basic shape so they don’t need to look wonderful.
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Simply adorable!

To make the Mickey Card, just:

  1. Trace the Mickey silhouette onto the blank card with a pencil
  2. Carefully cut along the tracing

Then, to make the Minnie Bow:

  1. Trace the bow shape onto the piece of red paper
  2. Cut out
  3. Outline the bow shape with a Sharpie *Time to get creative! My bow is far from perfect, but I looked at a few bows online and just mimicked the outlines I saw.
  4. Glue the bow onto the inside right ear

Finally:

  1. Put your special message inside the card. Just make sure it is something from the heart!

After finishing this project, I literally got butterflies in my stomach. It makes me beyond happy and I’m so excited to watch Blair open the envelope and see this. I know he’ll LOVE it and I can’t wait to give it to him!

Lauren

Update: He LOVED it!

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Why I’m Thankful for 24 Hour Shifts…

Yesterday.

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My Makeup Bag!

It’s days like those that I’m thankful that Blair had a 24 hour shift. Now, it’s weird for me to say that because I hate them for the most part, but yesterday was different. It was chaotic to say the least and the only way to properly end it was by doing crafts while laying in bed eating strawberries and chocolate chips while not caring if I dropped a chocolate chip on our white linen bed. Ya, it was just one of those days…

Since my original plan of doing a sewing project was thrown out the window practically within 30 minutes of waking up, I knew I needed to get my mind off what it was worrying about. That’s when it hit me what I wanted to do. I wanted to add a felt heart to my makeup bag.

A while back I had pinned something just like this from Etsy. It’s simply adorable and I’ve wanted it for quite a while now – so last night I just decided to make it myself. To begin I just grabbed my makeup bag . It’s big, waterproof, lined and has an outside pocket (perfect to store all of my brushes). It’s actually a toiletry bag from an Army supply store called Ranger Joe’s, but it is by far the most perfect bag to use for makeup – I love it!

Anywho, To Make a Felt Heart ACU Makeup Bag, you’ll need:

  • An ACU toiletry bag (You can buy one here or at any Army supply store)
  • A sheet of felt in the color of your choosing
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle

This is by far one of the easiest and quickest projects an Army wife can do to spruce up anything digicam.

The steps go like this:

  1. Cut a heart shape out of the felt sheet
  2. Position the heart where you want it on the bag *I used a little bit of spray adhesive on the back of it to make it stick to bag while I did the next step
  3. Using the embroidery thread, sew the heart onto the bag
  4. Knot the thread and take a step back to admire your adorable Felt Heart ACU Makeup Bag!

See how easy and simple that is?! Not only is it adorable, but it ends up being way more cost effective to make it yourself. Score! 🙂

Lauren

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Left Bag: Etsy makeup bag for $25.
Right: Ranger Joe’s toiletry bag for $12.99.
*Just add a DIY felt heart with embroidery thread yourself and save over $10.

DIY: Ranger Beads

A.k.a. Pace Counters.
Since moving to Washington, I’ve realized that most people up here consider 50 degrees outside to be practically summer. I never understood this until recently though when the clouds split, the sun came out and the air was crisp, yet warm. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the perfect temperature to go hiking.

While I ended up staying inside doing some much needed laundry, I decided that next time the sun came out and the weather was nice that I would be prepared. So that next weekend, Blair and I made some pace counters for us to use when we do decide to go out on a hike.

To Army guys, pace counters are also known as Ranger Beads. When going out on their 4+ kilometer ruck marches, Ranger Beads help them keep track of how far they have gone and how much farther they may have to go. At a Army surplus store, these little guys can cost up to $13, where as this DIY comes out to be about $1 a piece. Talk about a bargain, right?!

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The quick explanation on how to use a pace counter goes like this: There are 1000 meters to every kilometer – so every 100 meters you walk you would slide a meter bead down to the bottom. When you get to the point that you would slide the “10th bead” down, you have gone a kilometer! So go ahead and slide 1 kilometer bead down, and reset your meter beads back to the top.

*While dependent on the length of your stride, my husband and his buddies average about 65 steps per 100 meters (1 meter bead).

**There IS NOT a 10th meter bead! But when it is time to pull that “10th bead” down, you are going to pull a kilometer bead down. So, 10th bead = 1 kilometer bead!

To make these, you’ll need:

  • 550 Chord (a.k.a. Parachute Chord) divided into 25 in. sections (remove the white inner strings to make it less bulky)
  • 13 Black Pony Beads
  • Tweezer
  • Scissor
  • Lighter
  • Ruler

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After folding a 25 inch piece of 550 chord in fold in half, make a knot about an inch down. *This will make the loop for you to be able to hang it on belt loops or ruck sacks.

  • Step 1.Then take the ends and cut them at a narrow angle. You’ll want to carefully reconnect the loose strings of each end by warming it with a lighter and pressing it firmly together with your fingers. *TIP: Make sure to not cut too much away from the ends – you’ll need all of the chord!
  • Step 2. Add the 4 kilometer beads and knot the section off. Leave enough space to slide the beads up and down and to be able to tell which ones you have slid down already! *TIP: Use the tweezers to pull the chord ends through the bead.
  • Step 3. Add the 9 meter beads. Again, leave space to be able to slide them up and down. Then finalize the whole thing off with the last knot.

*TIP: Sway the lighter under each knot as you go to tighten the knot. Since the 550 chord shrinks under heat, this will prevent the knots from ever moving!

This is one of those DIY’s that the second one is always better, so don’t worry if the first one isn’t perfect. With the cost of all the supplies being so cheap, practicing on the first one won’t make you bankrupt! I’m excited to make some for myself that aren’t so Army-ish – maybe a pink one or something like that. But in the end all I can say is that I’m really looking forward to the sun coming out one of these weekends so I can try this little guy out with Blair on one of the many Washington hiking trails nearby!

Lauren

*This post was influenced by Army Ranger Beads on instructables.com.