DIY Neon Sign for Kids

Hello We R fans, it’s Aly back with you today sharing a recent kids craft I created for my daughter’s room. She’s worked so hard this school year and learned so much! She’s reached her academic goals, so I wanted to surprise her with something fun to decorate her room.

DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

She’s our little fish! She loves to swim and is on our local swim team. She’s also really obsessed with narwhals right now and her name is Faith, so I decided to grab my Big Happy Jig and a few colors of Neon Wire and this is what I came up with!

DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Big Happy Jig and Neon Wire

To create these designs I started by checking out our dedicated Happy Jig Instagram freed (@werhappyjig). That’s where I found the narwhal template–score! I pulled up Instagram on my laptop to make the template large enough to follow easily.

DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Big Happy Jig and Neon Wire

Then, I used some other word templates on the IG account that have the letters I needed to piece together my daughter’s name. The waves are a design I created on my own with a little trial and error.

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I used some coordinating Happy Jig wire to hold sections of the designs together to help keep their shape. I’m really happy with how they all turned out!

DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I grabbed a 12×18 poster frame from another project I never started (yes, I have a few of those lying around in my office). I filled the frame with a 12×18 sheet of white poster board. Then I used dimensional clear adhesive dots to attach two of the designs to the frame, and wrapped the battery packs around the back of the frame to attach them out of sight.

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I hung the frame on the wall with some Command Hooks, and then placed the waves on the desk leaning against the wall. I put a plant next to the saves to hide the battery pack for the wave. There are lots of creative ways to hide those little guys!

DIY Kids Neon Sign by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love that the battery pack has four setting: Off, On-Solid, On-Flashing, and On-Rapid Flashing. That means my daughter has plenty of options for her new room decor.

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My daughter is done with school on Friday and I can’t wait to surprise her with this when she gets home from the last day of school!

Supplies:

Big Happy Jig
Neon Wire–Pink Vibes
Neon Wire–Electric Blue
Neon Wire–White Out
Sticky Thumb Dimensional Adhesive Dots

DIY Framed Home Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a lovely photo frame perfect for this time of year! Believe it or not, but I made this project with a very small set of We R Memory Keepers tools. Which goes to show you just how powerful and helpful We R tools can be!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I have always loved the phrase; the best is yet to come. With all the alphabet stamps I seem to have accumulated over the years, I thought, why not mix and match the letters and make my own custom panel?

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

See, I knew I could make it all the stamped letters line up perfectly with the We R Memory Keepers Mini Precision Press. Love the confidence you can have going in to a project with great tools!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To highlight the words “best” and “come,” I used block letter stamps. To line the spacing between the letters up precisely, I placed my letter stamps down on my panel of patterned paper and then picked the stamps up all at once by placing the We R Memory Keepers Mini Precision Press plate over the top. Each and every time I stamp the word now, everything will stay exactly where I want it! (Might be a good time to consider making a bunch of cards with this phrase, as long as I have the words lined up…)

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After placing my phrase inside a frame with a few layers of beautiful patterned papers, I knew the project needed some dimension. Looking around my desk, I noticed a simple set of circle dies sitting next to my We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution. Let me share my fun party trick with you and show you how to create 3D flowers and leaves from a simple circle!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After die cutting my circle, I cut into the circle in a spiral towards the center. You can round off the harsh corner with your scissors to make a smoother flower.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Begin rolling the paper from the outside towards the center. I find that to get a tighter roll, using the end of one of my stylus tools assists greatly.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the paper is rolled, allow the edges to be free to open into a flower shape. Apply a glue to the bottom of the flower and hold in place for a minute or two until the glue sets.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Second part of my trick? Use the same circle die to create leaves!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Cut a piece of patterned paper with the circle die. Mix up the sizes for fun variety in the leaves. Then place the die over half of the circle and pass it through your We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution again.

Also, use a bit of tape to hold the die in place. Otherwise it may slip during cutting and turn out not the way you expected.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Voila! A leaf! Go ahead and bend the leaf in the center to add dimension. Or, add ink along the edges.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What favorite quote would you create with your We R Memory Keepers Precision Press? And are you going to try out my party trick for flowers and leaves?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Precision Press
  • Mini Evolution
  • Trim & Score Board

DCWV:

  • Subtle & Sophisticated Premium Stack

 

 

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath

Hi there We R friends! It’s Aly here on this lovely Monday morning sharing some Big Happy Jig inspiration with you. I’ve noticed a lot of large wire handlettering in home decor, wedding decor, and event decor on the interwebs lately, so when I saw the Big Happy Jig was coming soon I was so excited to DIY that cool look and incoporate it into my own home! Check out what I made with the new Big Happy Jig!

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve wanted to make a hoop wreath for a while now, and the large scale wire handlettering possible with the Big Happy Jig lends itself perfectly to this trend.

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Big Happy Jig works just like the smaller size Happy Jig, only on a much larger scale. It comes with a booklet full of instructions and 20 templates for making fun shapes and words. It also has all the pegs you need, wire cutters and some wire to get you started. You can also use the 80+ free template available on our @werhappyjig Instagram account.

We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig

I love that for a teen or tween bedroom decor or party you can create your designs with battery powered Neon Wire too!

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I picked up the gold hoop wreath at my local craft store, hot glued some silk flowers and greenery to it, and then I left some extra wire at each end of my word so I could wrap it around the hoop to secure it. Place a little dot of hot glue under the wrapped wire on the back of the hoop to keep it from sliding around.

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This project is ideal for home decor, Valentine’s Day decor, wedding decor and more. I’m so excited about the possibilities with this awesome new tool!

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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Supplies:

Big Happy Jig
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Ribbon Cutter