Thursday, May 16, 2013

DIY Bon Appetit Fridge Topper

Back for the second time in a week! Are you proud of me? Aw, thanks. It's a lot easier to be consistent with content since Dan and I have been kicking butt at home and getting all sorts of projects done! Blogging about finished projects is much easier than blogging about ongoing projects.  Today I am excited to show off a really fun DIY project that I was able to pull together in the course of one evening, this DIY Bon Appetit sign!

Cute, eh? I am pretty psyched about how this turned out, and was even more psyched about how simple it was. It was so simple, in fact, that I only used about half the supplies that I originally started with.  Usually when I jump into a craft project it drags on for days because I get into it and then realize I need about six more things...and since I am conveniently located right in the middle of nowhere, I don't get those six things for way too long, and by the time I do get them my original project has been suffocated under a pile of laundry or something, and I've lost one of the original items that I had, so I have to wait again to get my needed supplies...'s a vicious cycle.

But not today! Everything was easy breezy. Check it.

When you walk into our house, the open floor plan allows you to see all the way to the back of the kitchen.  Because of the limited, space, this is great, but it also makes it very important to keep the kitchen stylish and worth looking at.  Our fridge is gigantic, and is the first thing that really catches the eye.  We hadn't lived in our house for long before I started considering how to dress it up a bit. I knew two things: 1.) I love using text in decor, and 2.) I wanted to decorate our kitchen with accents in vibrant, citrus-y colors.

So when I saw these letters for sale at World Market, I fell in love, and quickly decided "Bon Appetit" should grace the top of my fridge. So I bought my "Bon" with a gift card that I'd been holding on to for over a year...

...and then I did nothing for a very, very long time. I just couldn't figure out a good fix for the "Appetit!" I knew I wanted it to be cursive, or script like...but that was pretty much where my ideas ended. But then, oh then, I saw this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess blog, and I knew I had my solution.
The supplies were an easy roundup: heavy gauge floral wire, hot glue gun, fabric strips, craft paper, a pencil, and a tape measure. The only thing I didn't have right at home was the floral wire, and I could pick that up at our local dollar store. Score! I also got silk flowers there, and was intending to go full floral like on ABM, but when I thought it through, I realized my World Market letters had plenty of pattern for the whole kitchen, so I went straight up fabric on "appetit."

First I measured out how long I wanted the word to be, and blocked out that area on my paper.  I wrote out the word "appetit" and got to work on molding my floral wire over top of that. Then I grabbed some yellow fabric I had leftover from decorating my mantel last fall, tore it into strips, and got right down to wrapping and gluing. Bam. Bam. Bam.

A push pin and white thread later, and everything was set. Done. Considering gift cards and whatnot...I think this cost me about $3. That's pretty sweet.

I have a whole bunch of other projects that I am really looking forward to sharing with you, including several more in the kitchen! This one is done, though, so I'm just reveling in that for now.

How about you? Any completed projects that you're going over the moon for?