Friday, September 30, 2011

Alphabet Set


Alphabet sets are fun ways to teach kids their letters, and learn to spell words. Our design team member Mae Armstrong created an alphabet set for her niece for Christmas. Impressively, Mae makes all her family's Christmas gifts! Here's a step-by-step on how to create this adorable and useful project. 


Here is what you need:





  1. PSA Essentials "Vanilla" Peel and Stick Stamp Set
  2. PSA Essentials Stamp Tool
  3. PSA Essentials Stamp Setter
  4. PSA Essentials Black Stamp Pad
  5. 1-3/8 " Circle Puncher
  6. 1 1/2" Wooden Disc (26)
  7. Card Stock Paper (Used orange to match my retro fabric)
  8. Modge Podge Glue & Brush
  9. Natural Twine
  10. Retro Fabric (Amy Butler)

Mae suggests stamp each letter as a set to minimize confusion. It makes organizing much simpler when you do it that way.   
Use the 1-3/8" circle punch and center each letter inside the hole and punch away. 



Here's the first set:



Keep going and complete the second and third sets. Mount each card on the 1 1/2" wooden disc. Lay them out before applying the glue.






Brush the back of your card stock with glue and place it on top of the wooden disc. Then brush a light coating to secure. This step also adds a nice matte finish on top of each letter. Let it dry for a few hours.





Mae made a simple drawstring bag to hold the letters in. She used the cute retro fabric (from Amy Butler's fabric line) and natural twine (Target find from last year). She used laser jet friendly fabric sheets and typed up "Cate's Alphabet Set", trimmed and sewed all the sides down. 





This was linked up to Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Creek Cottage! 

The Shabby Creek Cottage


4 comments:

  1. super cool! I love this project!

    Anne

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  2. What a great idea. I especially love that Amy Butler fabric, perfect choice!

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  3. great, great project...we adore crafting handmade gifts in our home, too!

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  4. Love handmade gifts and these are a perfect learning tool. I've fallen in love with Mae's creativity. Thanks for sharing her with us.

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