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funky wall collage DIY

April 29th | decorating, DIY

I found the cutest/funniest/sweetest plaque at a thrift store last week. I really like the reminder of the golden rule–it’s a simple way to love others, right? And I liked how funky it was for my wall collage.

I invested $1.49 into this project. Not bad!

First, I spray painted the plaque yellow.

Then I covered the plaque with a black, water-based paint. Once the plaque was covered, I used a damp paper towel to wipe off all the excess black paint. This leaves the letters darker and antiqued.

That’s the finished product below. Doesn’t it look EXACTLY LIKE THE ORIGINAL? I had to laugh. It’s slightly more yellow and less gold but the difference is not much at all. Oh well!

The collage wall is above our dining room table.

It’s a little bit random and I’m fine with that.

Below is a simple centerpiece on the dining room table. You can see the plaque in the background.

This is the room we hang in when we have company or bible study. Wanna come over for dinner?

diy: turn a rug into a bag!

April 17th | DIY

Hello friends! I have a fun EASY diy today. I found this rug at Ikea for $3 and I thought it would make a cute bag. It doesn’t require a sewing machine–check it out. 

How to make a tote out of a rug!

Supplies:

- 2×3′ rug (I got mine from Ikea for $3!)

- leather or faux leather core {to hand sew the sides}

- 4 yards of thick fabric or trim (for the handles)

- fabric glue

- knife or tool to make holes in the rug

Directions:

- Fold the rug in half  and poke holes along the sides, going through both layers. Space them about an inch apart {or closer if you want a tighter seam}

- Thread the cord through the holes and leave a little room at the top if you would like your bag to fold over like mine. I just knotted the cord at both ends

- Glue the trim to the bag starting at the bottom. When you get to the fold, cut a slit in the rug to feed the trim through. Repeat on the other side.

It’s that simple! Fill yours with all of the necessities for a day at the beach or a fun picnic in the park!

Seriously fun, right?!

diy: painted candy bowls

February 6th | DIY

Remember puffy paints? I was the puffy paint QUEEN back in junior high. Good memories!

I have a fun DIY for you today!

This project is so simple and is perfect to do with kiddos!

Supplies Needed:

- Plain bowls ($1 at dollar tree)

- Variety of colored enamel paint (we used Americana 3D Gloss Enamels)

Than let the fun begin! We free handed the bowls and came up with some fun designs. Having a tip on the end of the paint will make it easier to decorate the bowl but, a paintbrush can work as well.

Fill the bowls with valentine’s candy–yum!

So fun, so easy!

I’m helping the boys get all their valentines ready to exchange at school. Did you see these adorable printables from last year?

I think I may plan a fun valentine’s breakfast for my family. Do you celebrate valentine’s day with your family or friends?

DIY: lace teepee

January 21st | decorating, DIY, thrifting

Today I have such a fun and adorable lace teepee DIY! We used this DIY for my most recent Valentines collection photo shoot and it turned out great! I am excited to share this with you and hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.

Supplies needed:

- (4) 6 foot dowels, with a hole drilled in 3-4″ from the top (you can get this at any hardware store)

- Twine

- Lace tablecloths/sheets

- Ribbon

The first step is to arrange the poles how you would like them to stand. Than take the twine and string it through one of the drilled holes in the dowel and tie it. Continue doing this so that you connect all the poles together. Wrapping the twine around multiple times will allow for the teepee to be stable.

Next wrap the lace tablecloths/sheets around the dowels, arranging them to hang nicely. (If the lace tablecloths/sheets are slipping off the pole you can use fishing line and tie them to the poles)

For some extra flare we tied a variety of ribbon to a string and placed it around the top of the teepee, to give it a more whimsical look.

This is an easy and cute way to spice up any outdoor seating area or kids room. The possibilities are endless! Kids and adults will love this! Where would you put your whimsical teepee?

Also, with any purchase today, get a free I love you tote!!

 

hello being together

December 23rd | DIY, hello monday

The cousins are here from England and we’ve been having a blast. We still have a week and a half together. We are soaking up the time and loving it! Last week the we spent a couple days in San Francisco, a day in Avila Beach and two days at Disneyland.

A couple days ago the kids painted air dry clay with gold paint and decoupage covered in glitter. How about some hellos for a brand new week?

Hello glitter! {And hello finding glitter even after days of trying to clean it up.}

Hello air dry clay and cookie cutters. I love getting creative with the kiddos.

Hello sunset at the beach. We’re having unseasonably warm weather and taking advantage of it.

Hello lazy mornings and coffee. My favorite kind of morning.

Hello cousins laughing. And laughing some more!

Hello video games and DVDs. Hello cozy blankets and long evenings.

Hello ornaments that will bring back memories in years to come. Such sweet memories!

Hello Christmas! It’s only a few days away.

Hello presents to wrap.

Hello meal to finish planning and stockings to hang.

Hello Monday! This is a BIG week! Are you ready?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there.

diy hostess gift

December 20th | christmas, decorating, DIY

Hi friends! I have another super fun and cute DIY today! Do you remember my post about hand stamped dishtowels? Well here is another fun and functional holiday version!

There are so so many fun holiday gatherings and dinner parties around this time of year and I love the idea of bringing a thoughtful hostess gift. Bring a bottle of wine  wrapped in these adorable hand printed tea towels to your next gathering! Such a simple, fun, and thoughtful gift!

We used holiday stencils and painted organic polka dots with gold paint. So fun!

After the towels dried, we just wrapped them around the bottles with some ribbon and topped it off with a custom ‘my holly’ ornament.

What is your favorite thing to bring to a holiday party?

diy golden feather garland

December 12th | christmas, decorating, DIY

I have another super fun, super easy DIY for you today! Paint dipped feathers are such a fun accessory for a holiday table setting or the perfect addition to your holiday wrapping. We created a fun garland with them that can be used all year around!

Supplies needed:

- feathers

- gold paint

- gold glitter

- gold string or wire

- sparkly garland

With a foam brush pain the top half of the feathers (pretty simple right?!).

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle them with glitter to your heart’s content. Once they are dry, you can flip them over and do the same on the backs, or just leave them as is! We tied them on to a garland and hung it on a cute outdoor table. How would you use dipped feathers in your holiday decorating?

diy box wood wreath

December 6th | christmas, decorating, DIY

Hello friends! I’ve got another project today. This DIY wreath is too easy and too cute!

Supplies needed:

- wooden embroidery hoop

- faux boxwood garland (purchased at Michael’s)

- glitter branches

- wire

- strips of fabric or ribbon

- scissors

Use the wire to tie one end of the garland onto the hoop, then just start wrapping. You want to keep it a bit on the loose side so you can adjust later. Once you wrap the garland all the way around, secure the other end with wire as well.

Tuck the golden branches into the weaved garland. If you wrapped it tight enough they will just say, otherwise you can use the wire to make sure it is extra secure. Tie a strip of fabric around the top of the hoop and you are done!

How cute does it look over a mirror or in a wall collage?

 

 

diy woodland chalkboards

December 5th | christmas, decorating, DIY

You’re going to love this DIY!

It’s a really fun holiday project that you can keep up all year!

Supplies needed:

- wood tree rounds

- chalkboard paint (liquid, not spay paint)

- paint brushes

- paper mache deer (available at most craft stores)

- exacto knife / scissors

- glue gun

- ribbon or fabric strips / tacks or small nails

Paint an even layer of chalkboard paint on the wood rounds. We didn’t paint to the edge and left an organic line for a whimsical handmade feel.

While the paint is drying, it’s time to make the ‘taxidermy’ deer! These are available at most craft stores during the holidays. It would be fun to make your own and use different animals too! We just removed the head (sounds so awful!) with an exacto knife and cleaned up the edge with scissors. It is important that the entire perimeter is flush with the chalkboard.

Once the paint is dried, use a hot glue gun to attach the deer.

Cut a strip of fabric to create a loop at the top to hang.

We are almost done! Break out your best typography skills (or find a talented friend) and decorate your chalkboards to fit the season!

They look great on their own or in a grouping of other fun decor!

Do you like the faux taxidermy look? I love it. And even better, no animals were harmed in the making of this craft!

diy snowflake with heart shaped cut outs

November 26th | DIY, get creative

Matthias and I were cutting snowflakes on Saturday and I accidentally made one with hearts–then of course I was totally excited and proceeded to make a bunch more with hearts! It’s not hard to do–here’s a quick tutorial.

I just used computer paper we already had–it’s easy to fold and cut!

You need a square shape, so just fold up on corner until it meets the edge and crease.

Fold the square in half.

Fold in half again.

And fold in half one more time.

You can see, above the half heart shape is drawn on the folded edges, the triangle shape is on the outer part of the snowflake.

Cut away on the pencil lines {this can be especially helpful for kiddos}

Unfold and you have a gorgeous snowflake with hearts! How sweet is that?!

We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving but my heart is ready for Christmas!

Have you ever made paper snowflakes to decorate for Christmas?