There are many reasons that people prefer to take their shoes off before entering their home. Cleanliness and custom being the top two. For those of you who do, we’ve created a quick and classy entryway shoe rack that comes with a bonus of aromatherapy, so not only is there a place to hang your shoes up, they smell better when you put them back on! And last but not least, we have three lovely printables you can frame above your shoe rack to remind visitors. If you’re interested in other ways to make your feet smell sweet, check out our How to Cure Smelly Feet naturally with our DIY Foot & Shoe Spray and also learn why Going Barefoot is Best!
Entryway Shoe Rack Supplies
NOTE: You can of course make your own rack with wood and hooks. We took the short cut and used a coat rack!
- Coat Rack with 6 hooks ( this exact one was used).
- Felt, white and grey
- White 1/4″ Ribbon
- Glue of choice ( Quick Grip was used)
PDF Comes with ALL three in 8×10 and 5×7 size
Print out the templates and cut them out of felt.
We used grey and white for the flowers, leaves and centers. It gave a crisp clean look. Glue the centers onto your flowers.
Glue the leaf onto the back of your flower as shown.
Cut 3″ strips of white ribbon.
Loop and glue as shown.
Place a dab of glue onto the top back of the leaf. Stick your ribbon onto the glue.
After it dries you will hang your flower onto the bottom hook of each set.
You can use any oil you choose to place on your flowers. I use Tea Tree.
This charming kitchen wall decor cost us $1.00 to make. Dollar Tree carries these bright plastic plates and platters regularly. The set we did for our kitchen, assuming you have trouble with basic addition, was $3.00. I actually cheated a bit and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut vinyl letters for my kitchen set. But that’s just a perk if you have one.
These are so easy and fun to make and you can fill your kitchen with whatever words you choose! If you’ve been following along you know this is part of our Outdated Kitchen Transformation. Make sure you check out our last decor addition to the project. Our Chicken Wire Frame Memo Board with Faux Succulents. It’s pretty unique!
Kitchen Wall Decor Supplies
NOTE: If you own a Silhouette cutting machine you can of course easily make your own words easily out of vinyl. You can also buy ready made letters at the craft store. The most inexpensive way is to use colored paper and card stock and cut your own. You can use our patterns or make your own on a printer.
- Plastic plate or platters
- Card stock , colors of choice
- Precision Scissors (these are small scissors great for cutting details. This is the best set I have found.)
- Colored paper for text (you can use card stock, I just preferred the flatter paper)
- Glue stick, or other method of attaching letters to plates
Choose a plastic plate size, shape and color.
Print out your words of choice or create your own on a printer and print them out.
Place the letters on a colored piece of paper and carefully cut each one out.
Lay out the words as they will be placed for gluing.
A glue stick works very well for this project as it allows you to slide them for adjusting as you go along.
Coat the back of each letter.
Place them on your plate or platter. If needed, slide them with your finger to align.
For the flowers, print out the flower templates.
Cut out the size you need. We used the smaller two.
Cut the small slit into the middle that allows for overlapping two petals together to make a single petal and give the 3D effect.
Place glue on one next to the cut you made into the center of your flower, then overlap the petal next to it onto it completely, turning two petals into one.
Add a dob of glue and add your center circle. You can trim the double petal with scissors if needed.
Glue onto your platter. Add leaves if desired.
This is the set we did using vinyl cut from a Silhouette Machine to match our kitchen.
We supplied the same text so you could do something similar with your own flowers as flourish.
I always wanted a chicken wire frame memo board and when we did our kitchen transformation, I decided to add one into my new kitchen. We’d used chicken wire once before in a really popular Dream Catcher Vision Board but this one was meant to be kitchen oriented, though I throw in a little twist using a pinecone craft succulent craft we did recently. It turned out gorgeous! I even made my own mail holder from a Malt-O-Meal box. The entire thing was a wonderful upcycle project. Fill yours with whatever pleases you!
Chicken Wire Frame Supplies
- Large Frame. We used an old rough wooden one we had lying around.
- 1″ size chicken wire to cover frame 24″x25″ roll
- Staple gun (I own this inexpensive stapler and brad nailer and its great. Manual but strong.)
- Mail Box Metal Label Holder
- X-acto Knife
- Spray Adhesive
- Glue gun
- Washi Tape
- Clips with Hooks These are PERFECT for using on your bulletin board and for a variety of other things! We used one to hold our notepad on.
- Pencil with tiny cup hook
- Small white clothespins
Please visit our Pinecone Craft post for details on making these.
- Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
- Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
- Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
- Moss, if desired for containers
We had an old rough wood frame that we decided to use for our chicken wire frame. Roy cut some chicken wire to fit it.
Then he stapled it in place around the edges.
We did this backwards and painted it after we put the chicken wire on.
Next we made our pinecone succulents. It’s very easy to do and we have detailed instructions on our Pinecone Craft post here.
After our succulents were made and painted, we cut small circles out of felt to attach them to our chicken wire.
Place a large amount of hot glue on the felt circle.
Place it where you will be putting your succulent.
Push your succulent down onto the felt while pushing the felt with glue onto the succulent. Use something, if needed, to help push the felt so you don’t get burned.
This shows all of the succulents attached.
I decided to add moss in between the succulents.
I just poked it down in between and didn’t use any glue. It’s a messy job I suggest you do outside.
Next, I designed a note pad and pencil to hang on the board.
A tiny hook screw was twisted into the end of the pencil eraser.
I was painted silver and Washi tape was wrapped around the end.
We covered the top of our note pad with Washi tape to match.
I was originally going to use a binder clip and somehow rig a hook onto the chicken wire to hold the memo pad.
Then I remembered I had these awesome Clips with Hooks. They were perfect!
I wanted to have a pouch on my board to hold mail until we had a chance to open it. A Malt-O-Meal box was the perfect size.
I measured it and marked it how I wanted with a sharpie marker.
Then cut it with an X-acto knife.
I chose a color of scrapbook paper to cover it with.
I laid the box on the wrong side of the paper and carefully traced it.
Then I made two of the main folds.
At this point I pulled out my spray adhesive and gave the front and sides of the box a quick spray.
Then I pressed the paper carefully onto the box aligning the folds. I decided not to cover the back as it would not show.
I then proceeded to cut and fold the bottom paper.
I used stick glue to hold it in place.
Any extra was trimmed off.
On the top side I carefully decided where to make the cuts so I could fold the paper down and glue it into place while trimming away the excess.
I used a stick glue to do the seams.
For the finishing touch I added a metal label holder. It was bronze and I wanted silver so I used a little rub ‘n buff on it.
I glued it onto the front of the box and made a hole for the screws and pushed them through. Then I printed a label that said MAIL on my computer to insert into it.
I found a plastic hook and glued it upside down on the back of the box so I could hang it on the board. I could have also used felt to glue it on but I wanted the box to be removable.
I’m a keepsake person. Not to be confused with a hoarder, mind you. I’ve saved things from my own childhood and my children’s childhood through the years. I don’t keep every little scrap of paper they ever brought home. Only the best and most special things are kept and then filed away by year in a large plastic tub. My kids are all grown now and one of their greatest pleasures is going through those tubs. I even saved recordings of them talking when they were little. And I’ve done a post on How to Make a Keepsake Dog or Puppy Paw Print. Even with all I’ve saved, there are some things I wish I’d kept. Like the key for every house we ever lived in. I’ve seen people do awesome displays with those but that just never even crossed my mind.
My daughter did something for me recently that was such a unique idea I wanted to share it in case others might want to do it at some point in the future. As part of our kitchen transformation, she removed wallpaper that had been in the home I’m pretty sure since the 70’s. We’re talking retro-city. Wall to wall fruit and berries and such. She did all the work herself and stripped it off and painted the kitchen a lovely eggshell. What I didn’t know until the next day was that she had taken a swatch of the old wallpaper and framed it for me and hung it in the kitchen as a reminder. It almost brought a tear to my eye. So I wanted to share that little tidbit in case any of you have the same opportunity in the future and might want to do the same thing. Eventually the swatch will go in our family keepsake box but for now it will hang on our wall for several years at least, a reminder of years past.
If you’ve always liked succulents but didn’t want the hassle of watering them or the tediousness of making them from paper, this pinecone craft will amaze you! In a matter of minutes you can have a bowl full of stunning succulents you never have to touch again. They just sit there looking pretty. Since they don’t need watering they can be also be used in a huge variety of fun ways. If you enjoy flowers in general that are low care, you might also enjoy our Felt Flowers in 5 Minutes, our DIY Paper Flowers in 5 Minutes and our Coffee Filter Twinkle Light Flowers.
Succulent Pinecone Craft Supplies
- Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
- Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
- Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
- Moss if desired for containers
APPLE BARREL ACYRLIC
RUST-OLEUM SPRAY PAINT
Gather your supplies.
Cut the top and or bottoms off your pinecones.
This may require pulling out some of the pine cone scales to be able to reach in to the core. You can use both tops and bottoms of a pine cone as both look appropriate.
Once you have your pieces, paint as desired either by hand or spray painting.
As you can see, the bottoms and tops both resemble succulents.
Fill your container with moss or stones if desired.
You can now arrange your “succulents” inside.
Have you ever had a time when you’re really in the mood for some sort of change in your home but your budget just won’t allow for it at the moment? #raisedhand Well, this is where our geometric door decorations come in handy. For the price of a roll of Washi tape (About $3.00) you can have an awesome looking closet door in 15 minutes or less. And it’s a pretty sizable statement piece to boot! Plus, it’s easily removable, which makes it perfect for rental homes or if you’re the type of person who likes to change things frequently.
Speaking of cheap ideas with big effects, we’ve also got another Washi Tape idea that will blow you away. It’s our Huge Wall Calendar. You’ll also notice a really large $100 bill decor item. That was an upcycle made from a piece of throw away foam that comes in furniture. (Waste not, want not!) You can get the pattern and instructions for that Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea Here.
Geometric Door Decorations Supplies
NOTE: DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL TAPE. It does not work. It stretches and falls off. This comes from experience. Ü
We suggest using a piece of paper and drawing out your design ahead of time and then just copying it with your Washi tape onto the door. Placement does not have to be exact.
We made this cheap wall decor lightning bolt from a piece of foam that came packed in some furniture but the foam board you buy at the store works just as well. Most Dollar Stores, Craft Stores and Walmart carries it. You could literally make any design but this one went in our daughter Amy’s chic office and the lightning bolt fit her decor perfectly. This is one of those upcycles or basic crafts that costs next to nothing but looks phenomenal! If you’re looking for more great inexpensive ways to decorate, check out our DIY Cash Statement Piece and our Anti-Bad Vibe Shield, both made from foam board!
Lightning Bolt Cheap Wall Decor Supplies
- 40mm round gold sequins (we purchased ours at Hobby Lobby for 1.99 a pack)
- Foam board, 22″ x 28″ or any size you want your lightning bolt.
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-acto Knife or utility knife
There are three patterns. One is just a small example to look at so you can draw your own large one. The other two are larger version you can print out and tape together and use as an actual pattern.
Example to Copy 18″x11″ 24″x15″
Gather your supplies.
We upcycled a piece of foam packing that came in a small piece of furniture we ordered.
However, foam boards you buy at most stores will work fine also!
Trace your lightning bolt onto your foam board whatever size you like then cut out with an X-acto knife.
Begin at the bottom and add the sequins overlapping each row slightly. Try to cover all your foam.
Continue until all the lightning bolt is covered.
This particular lightning bolt was hung in a fun chic grouping in my daughter Amy’s office.
Don’t throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and, in this case, you’ve got a Modern Geometric painted dining table. Pretty amazing transformation isn’t it? This is part of our “Buff Your Stuff” series whose sole purpose is to inspire you to transform old things into new! Or even new things into different things! The key word here is “transformation”. And boy did we accomplish that in this case. So look at all the photos below and get inspired! This project was completed by our daughter Amy whose home is a masterpiece filled with before and afters! Check out some of her other spectacular ideas such as How to Turn a Working Console TV into a Piece of Art , DIY Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea and Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors.
Painted Dining Table Photos
This is the table as it was purchased from a thrift store.
First thing we did was add some yellow to the metal bottoms.
Next we painted the legs and edges of the table black. Then the side boards teal. The triangles you see are cut from black Washi tape and stuck on. Done!
The two chairs were purchased from Hobby Lobby. They are very sturdy, just make sure to buy them on sale. Everything at Hobby Lobby rotates on sale. Plus every week there’s a 40% off printable coupon on one item! You’ll see it at the top of their site here.
Just a quick before of the dining room area.
And an after photo complete with wall decor. The pug painting was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.
This shows our first attempt at using thrift store chairs. It was a FAIL. Ü
Doing a contact paper countertop makeover has been a popular way to inexpensively cover up an old ugly countertop. Granite contact paper is typically used as it resembles a real granite countertop and while if done well it looks awesome, this comes with a variety of inherent problems. Well, we’re going to show you how to fix almost all of them on one fell swoop! And if your looking for other great inexpensive fix-up ideas check out our Frugal DIY Bedroom Makeover Ideas and our Classy Living Room Ideas on a Budget.
PROBLEMS WITH A CONTACT PAPER COUNTERTOP
- Seams. There’s no way around having seams and even with pattern matching they tend to show. With granite paper you can’t match patterns and they show up more. Accept it.
- Water can get under the seams. If it does, they will start to peel up.
- It’s easily damaged because, well, it’s paper. In a kitchen you can’t cut on it or put anything hot on it. In the bath room no curling irons can touch it.
- Edges peel up. If your countertop has a straight edge as the one shown below, the paper will peel away easily where it meets together when anyone rubs against it.
- Be careful. You just have to be careful because it can be nicked with anything sharp or discolored easily.
Those are some pretty big issues considering all the work you go through to put the stuff on. And it does take a good bit of work. But we found a way to make it more sturdy and long lasting. You still can’t set extremely hot things on it or cut on it but water and peeling should not be an issue which is the biggest problem in a bathroom.
NOTE: This is best done in bathrooms mainly because you can’t cut or place hot things on it even with our method. However, if you’re really careful in your kitchen, go for it!
How To Make a Contact Paper Countertop Last
Water Based Polyurethane Gloss Finish. Because it’s water based it doesn’t harm the contact paper. It seals over the seams and edges so water cannot get in. It protects the surface and all your hard work. The only type I found is linked below and made by Rust-Oleum. A little goes a long way. It’s a bit pricey but we use it for all types of things such as my post on how to build a Large Surface Home Office Desk. Buying it in the two quart package can save you almost $15. This is of course optional. You can just treat your contact paper with great care. But if you have kids or just don’t want to worry about being extra careful you don’t have to use it. But if you have edges of your counter like mine, I’d still suggest gluing them somehow as they will find a way to peel just from leaning against them.
FYI This does make it more of a permanent thing. You cannot easily remove the paper later. You would have to do some light sanding to get through the gloss.
Contact Paper Countertop Supplies
NOTE: Once companies realized people were using granite contact paper to cover counters they raised the price of that type so its a bit more costly. Buy enough to cover your counter. If you’re using a pattern that you can match you’ll need more. One roll “barely” did my small countertop.
- Granite Contact paper or other Paper of Choice.
- X-acto Knife
- Yard stick
- Vinyl Squeegee or something with a very smooth edge to press with. A credit card works!
- Rust-Oleum Polyurethane Water Based Gloss Finish Heavy Use (This is the best deal by far) Single Quart Normal
- Good quality paint brush or foam brush. If you’re doing a larger area you might use a foam roller.
This job could be done in a day and ready to use the next day but you’d need to start early to allow yourself to get all the coats of varnish on.
How Long It Took Me
(I’ve never done this before.)
Covering small bathroom vanity: 2 Hours
Clear Coat: 1 day due to drying time of 2 hours in between each of three coats.
Should you decide to not use clear varnish grab one of our free reminders to print and/or frame and set on your countertop! Photos of them printed up are at the bottom of post. Various sizes!
- Scrub and clean your countertop thoroughly and wipe with a clean dry cloth. You want to make sure there is nothing left on it to make the contact paper not adhere to the surface.
- Having someone to help makes it go much faster and makes the paper easier to handle.
- This project takes patience. If you hurry it up you’ll mess up.
This is what our bathroom looked like before we repainted our walls. The house must have been a rental because at some point they had painted over wall paper. Sad but true. For the moment we were looking for a quick fix up so we did a little sanding and hole filling and added a new coat of paint. Eventually we’ll redo the entire bathroom the “right” way and also replace the vanity but for now we were looking for a quick inexpensive facelift. The walls had been painted here. But the counter top still needed some work. It appeared that some past owner had also painted the countertop. It wasn’t too bad of a job, however, they went over everything including the part of the back splash that was metal. I debated what to do and finally decided I would paint the metal parts metallic silver. I chose Martha Stewart’s metallic silver as it’s close to the real thing.
I masked off everything with painters tape.
I probably didn’t need to do the inside parts as those would be painted over anyway but I was thorough.
I painted two layers of silver paint on all the trim parts, allowing it to dry in between coats.
It looked quite a bit better in my opinion.
Now it was time to start on the counter top itself. I grabbed my roll of granite contact paper.
There will be some measuring involved on parts but for the larger areas you just unroll and start. Again, your surface should be cleaned spotless and free of any soaps etc. so that the paper sticks well.
The trick is to make sure you have no bubbles and that it’s even as you lay it out. Use a credit card or something similar to help smooth it down as you go.
When you come to the sink you will carefully press up to it and down into the area around it. Because our sink was curves as many are we were only able to go so far and then needed to start cutting small slits that allowed us to press the paper closer to the sink. Cut a large hole out for the sink, making sure to give you plenty of paper to work with on all sides.
Notice how I cut the paper and moved on. At some point you might run out of paper and have to make a seam. I did not due to how short my counter was. If you do have to make a seam you can decide ahead of time where you might want to have it fall for atheistic purposes.
Once I had my paper laid longways across my counter, I’d go back and do the detail work around the rest of my sink. I make small slits with my X-acto knife, part way down and NOT TOO FAR, just enough to allow me to push the paper around the edge of the sink and curve it around as shown.
Again, you want no bubbles. This might require some lifting and re-positioning. It takes patience and time. Go slow.
You want your paper tucked tightly next to your sink.
More slicing down to allow for the curve. Again, do not go down too far.
Trimming off extra.
Moving onto the other side.
The front edge.
The paper was not deep enough to go to the back which is where I thought I would rather have my seam as apposed to having a seam vertically down my sink. I decided this would show much less.
I cut a piece of paper a bit larger than the area and moved it around to determine where the pattern was the “best”. Remember you can’t match granite exactly.
I then put it in place and rubbed it down.
My piece was going to need a seam at some point. I decided right behind the facet was perfect.
After it was in place I carefully trimmed it with my knife.
I cut the pieces for the backsplash and added and trimmed those, seaming if needed.
I was now ready to trim around the sink. I trimmed a bit high to start.
Then I went back and trimmed it where I wanted it. You’ll notice my sink has a brown area where it was caulked years back. I plan on re-calking around it, so that’s fine.
I bought a tube of waterproof DAP acrylic latex silicon caulk.
I squeezed out a bead around my sink.
Because it is water based I wet my finger slightly.
Then I smoothed it out. Don’t use too much water or it thins it out too much.
If you mess up, you can quickly wipe it off with a damp rag and add more.
Make sure to wipe off any extra with a damp paper towel.
I now have a nicer edge to my sink.
I now need to cut the pieces to go on the edge of my counter. I cut them larger and added them on.
Corners like this are tricky and these areas problematic if the contact paper is not sealed with something as they tend to come up if leaned against.
I then trimmed the sides.
As an added precaution, I dabbed some clear glue under the corners.
Now comes the part that makes your new countertop last. The clear finish.
I added a light coat of this everywhere on my counter where I placed the paper.
Make sure its brushed on evenly. Let it dry 2 hours or until its not tacky. I then added another coat, it dry as before and added one more. Once the last coat is on, let it cure 24 hours and its set!
You now have a beautiful new countertop that will last a good long while.
Here are some close ups to show the details.
The seams are noticeable but because of how the human eye works, most people won’t see them unless you point them out!
You can choose to use this humorous poem to set on your counter or tape to your mirror if you don’t use the clear coating. Or even with it!
Here’s a more standard reminder. Both are a free download on the top of this post.
We’ve found yet another wonderful way to upcycle candle stick holders and turn them into a beautiful classy display for motivation quotes, ten of which we provide free below. This is a perfect match to go with our New Years Resolution Ideas Kit & Casual Resolutions. Change them in and out as desired. But that’s not all! Use it to display photos. Or how about artwork your children draw for you? You could also use it as a fancy note holder. Make different styles for each room. Give them as gifts! These candle stick holders can be found in a variety of styles and types at most thrift stores. You might remember seeing other ideas we used them for such as our Beautiful Classy Jewelry Stand and our Fun Upcycled Portable Recipe Holder. Who would have thought you could do so much with such a tiny object!
Motivational Quotes Stand Supplies
- Candle Stick Holder (Brass and glass ones such as ours can also be found at thrift stores and dollar stores.)
- Primer Spray Paint (This might be optional but since I was painting glass and I had some, I used it.)
- Gold Paint I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold as it has a true gold look.
- White Paint
- E600 Glue or glue of choice
- Bobby Pins, 2″ size
- Wire Cutter
- Round Wood Ball with Flat Surface to fit your dowel.
- Dowel 3/4″ Average NOTE: This can vary with your holder and some can hold a variety of sizes of dowels. I chose a 3/4″ size for mine but I could have gone larger or smaller.
Ten 5″x7″ High Resolution Prints (pdf)
Though its free, we always appreciate donations.
Gather your basic supplies.
Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some.
I added white on the bottom of my candle stick.
I painted the rest of it metallic gold. I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.
I painted the stick and then the wood wall.
Squeeze glue into the bottom but only a small amount as you don’t want it seeping up the sides when you push your dowel down into it.Set the dowel down into the holder. NOTE: You will have to find a way to keep it from leaning while it dries, depending on the type of holder you have.
You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.
With a pair of wire cutters cut the bobby pin on the middle of the second curve up then cut it on the bottom at the same spot. Try not to bend it too much.
This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting. You can easily slip a paper in the top part.
Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip.
Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown.
Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.
If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.
Cut out your quotes from our free download packet.
We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder.
They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.
Bring a little magic into your home with this snowy mason jar craft made with good old fashioned Epsom salt! Even children help make them and use the salt to mimic snow. It’s very safe. Add a real or battery operated candle in your jar when it’s finished and set them in your windows or on your fireplace mantle. Or give them to neighbors as a holiday gift. They are inexpensive, unique and they’ll love them! You can see some of ours on our Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Decoration mantle post along with other gorgeous ideas like our Twigs n Twine Wooden Reindeer. For cheap, awesome ideas we’re the place to go!
Snow Mason Jar Craft Supplies
NOTE ON SALT: The salt can come in different forms. Some is more crystallized and icy looking, other types is more flaky like we used. All of it is safe as it can even be eaten. It will fall off your jar a bit. you can use a clear acrylic sealer if desired to help prevent this.
- Mason Jars, Any Size
- Epsom Salt, 1/4 cup per jar
- Mod Podge
- Red Pom Poms
- Brown String
- Candle, real or Battery Operated on Timer
- Clear Sealer (OPTIONAL to help seal on salt)
- Holly Pattern Below
Holly & Poem Gift Tags Download
Gather your supplies. This shows a quart size mason jar but I ended up using a pint size.
Epsom salt comes in different textures. This is how mine looked. Place it in a cup ready to sprinkle.
I placed my jar over a paper plate for quick cleanup afterwards.
Working quickly, brush Mod Podge down the sides of your jar. You want an even, slightly heavy coat.
Make sure to bring it down around the curved part of your jar. Notice there are some extra heavy areas. I smoothed those out.
I had my Epsom salt ready in a cup and sprinkled it over my jar while turning it. A little goes a long way.
Dump the extra back in for another day, another jar.
Cut out your leaf pattern and trace your holly leaves.
Cut where shown and glue them together to make a curved effect.
Wrap your twine around the jar and tie, gluing two holly leaves underneath it.
Glue on three small red pom poms for berries.
Choose your tag of choice if your giving your jar as a gift. Print and cut it out.
Attach some ribbon.
Add it to your jar.
Add in a real candle or battery operated candle and display!
I’ve never liked putting holes in my doors and I was also never a fan of those metal or plastic over the door wreath hangers either. When I learned how to hang them with ribbon, I’ve never looked back. Then I took it a step further and created by own little system involving large thumbtacks and tiny corks for storage. I feel so organized now! My door remains hole free and I can match my hanger if I want so it blends right in. We have a tutorial for the Peace Wreath below which I think works for any time of year, depending on how you tweak it. We also have a Burlap Wreath made from an embroidery hoop which I think is quite clever so check that out!
How to Hang a Wreath Supplies
- 1″ wide to 2″ wide ribbon to match your wreath and/or door. 1 1/2 yards will most any wreath.
- Thumbtacks Extra Large are really nice for this purpose
- Small .25″ corks size #000 (for storing your thumbtacks in your ribbon)
I used some wide burlap to hang one of my Christmas wreaths with. Using ribbon, the sky is the limit.
Glue your tack to your ribbon which attached onto your wreath.
When storing your wreath, push a tiny cork into the push pin.
Keeps it safe and keeps fingers from getting poked.
This is how we store our Peace Wreath.
For this Spring wreath I used a 1″ piece of white ribbon which blends right into our door.
It took about 1 1/4″ yards.
Reach up and push one pin into the ends of your ribbon to secure it above the frame. That’s it!
In case you need an extra example this is one using our burlap hanger.
Depending on your color choice of ribbon it can blend in very well.
You won’t believe how gorgeous your mantle can be with these homemade Christmas decorations! Some of them cost pennies to make and we’ve got a free elegant quote you can download to add into the mix. Our mantle is made of things we created through past posts with a couple new items tossed in. We’ll link to each item below. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your handmade decorations, created with love, staring back at you from a beloved spot in your living room. Many will be handed down and become keepsakes. Keep that in mind as you create them.
Homemade Christmas Decorations Used
How To’s can be found for the following items:
New Items Added
These items were added and most literally took minutes to make!
I found two old frames, an 11×14 and an 8×10, and painted them bright red. For one I glued on two ribbons and attached two gold ornaments. For the other I printed out the quotation we designed below and framed it.
Snowy Mason Jars (Full Post Tutorial Coming December 13th!)
I’d seen these done online and wanted to add a couple to my mantle. They were so easy. All you do is paint on a coat of Mod Podge them and sprinkle on some Epson Salt! I glued on brown string and cut some leaves off of some old artificial greenery I had and added that. Then I added in two battery operated tea lights.
Grabbed a few sticks from the back yard and painted them gold!
Most people know how to make snowflakes from paper . There is a site where you can get patterns for these very beautiful ones. I purchased the entire CD but they have some free ones on this page. You will need some nice detail paper scissors for cutting these snowflakes.
8×10 Printable Quote
Download and print the pdf. Place your 8×10 frame glass centered over the paper text. Trace around it and cut out the quote. Insert it in your frame.
A blank slate!
With the lights off. This is our little chalkboard countdown.
Our Christmas spider post has a lovely little printable poem that comes with it.
These little wooden reindeer cost virtually nothing to make!
Make sure to grab this free printable quote on this post!
Brighten up your holiday with these beautiful poinsettia lights made using twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper and some floral tape. They are just gorgeous and add a touch of magic to where you place them.
Poinsettia Lights Supplies
NOTES: LED Lights are COOL TO THE TOUCH and VERY SAFE. Also, we found some red and green glittery tissue paper at Walmart in the party section.
LED White Twinkle Lights w/green String (Get a GOOD brand that lasts. The ones linked to are not glass and will work great.)
Red & Green Tissue Paper (We used 12 sheets each of 20″ x 20″ (33 sq. feet for each color) and it was just enough to make 50 flowers. Possibly a few more.
Awl or something with a point to poke a hole in the tissue flowers with
Free Poinsettia Pattern
Video Of Poinsettia Assembly
NOTE ON STORAGE: Tissue paper is very delicate so DO NOT STORE WHERE DAMP. Store them carefully in a box with lots of room.
This is all you need!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at time. FYI don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around. Start cutting out!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at a time. FYI, don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around.
For each flower you will need three red and two green leaves.
Your finished Poinsettia!
Get all your items ready in an assembly line.
Layer the flowers as shown, making sure to keep them centered.
Using an awl or something sharp and pointy, poke a hole into the very center of your leaves. Wiggle the awl to make the hole a little larger.
The hole made using the awl.
Carefully push your light through the hole all the way down to the base. This will require a small amount of tearing. Just don’t tear it too much!
The underneath side of your flower.
Fold all your leaves over like a sandwich.
Try to fold them in the other direction, then scrunch them together.
Take a few inches of floral tape and start wrapping the base, squeezing it tightly as you go.
Keep wrapping as you move down.
The tape is very waxy and holds perfectly. If it tears just add more.
Carefully pull out the petals a bit.
Your finished Poinsettia!
What’s more festive at Christmas than a wreath and what fits the meaning of Christmas more than a Christmas peace wreath complete with a peace on earth quote? All you need is some inexpensive garland, some burlap, hot glue and foam board. You could even use cardboard for the wreath base instead of foam board. We also show you the best way ever to hang wreaths that doesn’t use a wreath hanger and doesn’t put a nail hole in your door! While you’re here, check out our Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer and our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats!
Christmas Peace Wreath Supplies
NOTES: Cardboard can be used in place of foam board.
- Foam Board 20″ x 30″
- X-acto Knife
- Scotch Tape for pattern
- 24 feet green garland This is all Amazon currently had in stock. We purchased a 50 foot batch at Walmart for $8. You can try the Dollar store too.
- Burlap 12 plus 2 feet burlap, 2″ to 4″ wide. We used a glittery type similar to this one.
- Brown Twine
- Hot Glue Gun
- Large Thumb Tacks (I use the large for hanging all my wreaths though regular tacks can work but are less strong. They are an awesome, no-nail way to hang a wreath!)
- Tiny Cork I buy a package and use the tiny ones for my wreath storage purposes. They are perfect as you will see below!
- Small gold or copper Christmas balls – Check out the Dollar Store for these.
- Small wood plaque 3.5″x 5″ These sizes were the best fit, however we supplied quotes for a variety of sizes.
- Gold Paint
- Mod Podge
- Printable quote below
- Printable pattern below
Downloads Pattern & Plaque
Peace Pattern (pdf)
You will need two pieces of 12 foot garland and one piece of 12 foot burlap. They will be braided so you will need to hold them together on one end. I used a binder clip tied to a chair to help out.
Because you will be dealing with extra long amounts of items, you can wind them up if needed while you are braiding them. It is, however, very helpful to have one or two other people help you.
Because our burlap was so wide we opted for a different type of braid. I’m not sure what it is called but we took a video of it below so you can see how we did it. You can use whatever type of braid you like, just make sure to not make it super tight.
Here is a video showing how we “braided” ours.
Next you will print out your peace sign wreath pattern and tape it together.
After taping it together, cut it out.
Place your pattern over your foam board or cardboard and trace it.
Using an X-acto knife cut out your pattern. You are welcome to paint your cardboard or foam board to make it match better. The goal, however, will be to make sure that your braid covers the peace sign entirely so that none of it shows through.
You will start to hot glue your braid onto the foam board, again, making sure it covers the peace sign completely.
Glue the ends under.
Make sure to use enough glue to hold the braid down.
Once you have completed the circle you will carefully cut off your braid and tack the end with glue. You will use the remaining parts to make the peace sign feet, gluing them on as you did the circle.
To make the plaque, print out the quote and cut it out.
Paint your plaque gold.
Glue on your quote and Mod Podge over the entire plaque.
Add on the brown twine.
Add on any decor you like.
To hang your wreath, add a strip of burlap glued firmly to the top, barely enough to reach over the top of the door.
We used plastic balls and clipped off the part that stuck out so they could be glued onto our burlap.
Our plaque was glued on.
Two balls were glued on above the plaque.
A line of hot glue was placed along the top edge of the burlap to keep it from unraveling.
A large thumbtack was placed on the top for hanging. Glue the thumbtack onto the burlap.
This shows how it will hang on the top of the door. No nail needed! Place a tiny cork on the end of the thumbtack when not in use.
Burden baskets come from various Native American culture. They were used for gathering crops and once a woman returned home she would hang her basket on the front door. Native American’s consider their home a sacred space and the basket was a symbol that visitors were to leave all worries, anger and other negative emotions in the basket before entering in order to protect the space. The saying “leave your burdens at the door” originated from these baskets.
Burden Basket Supplies
- Small roundish basket to fit on an 8×10 plaque (4″ or 5″ high) You can find these easily at thrift stores!
- 8×10 wood plaque
- Sharpie Paint Pens OPTIONAL I used them for the smaller triangles to make nice lines.)
- Mod Podge
- Sawtooth Picture Hangers OPTIONAL
- Embroidery Floss (OPTIONAL if desired to wrap feathers)
- Hot Glue
- Printable poem below
You can get the poem in various forms included in our free download below.
Gather your supplies. We cut the handles of the basket we found. It was 4.5″ tall afterwards.
Our 8×10 plaque was purchased at Hobby Lobby. Even at regular price they are inexpensive. Michael’s and some Walmart’s carry them also.
You can paint your plaque however you like. We went with a tribal geometric design and marked off the plaque where we would paint.
Measure each side area and paint the colors of your choice.
Using paint with a little added water, paint triangles onto the basket.
Cut out the poem that you choose.
Mod Podge the poem on and then over the entire plaque.
A paint pen can help get straighter edges depending on the surface of your basket.
Use a sufficient amount of hot glue to affix the basket to the plaque below the poem.
Our first choice would have been longer feathers with darker tips but this is all we could find. We used some very watered down paint to paint the tips of them. They turned out fine!
We held them together with a tiny dab of hot glue, then wrapped them with embroidery thread.
We keep these sawtooth hangers to use for plaques. All you do is hammer them in!
Hang your plaque on your front door or beside it where everyone can see before they enter in.
Quickly & inexpensively decorate your door or walls with this darling owl burlap wreath! All you need is a little burlap material & one side of an 8″ embroidery hoop! We decorated it with our Whimsical Wood Slice Owls. They are so easy to make, you could make one for each season!
If you’re looking for other simple wreath ideas, check out our Inexpensive Fall Wreath!
Burlap Wreath Supplies
- 8″ Wood Embroidery Hoop
- Burlap Material (not too thick so it can be tied easily)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon for hanging, 1/2″ Wide
- Material scissors OR a Rotary Cutter (Makes it go much faster!)
OPTIONAL DECOR FOR THE BURLAP WREATH
You can decorate the wreath however you like or use our specific idea below.
- Small rectangle piece of wood 3.5 x 2.5 (for sign)
- Wood Slice Owl Decor with Whoo Goes there Sign (3″ slice)
- Twig 8 to 10″ about 1/2″ thick
- A few fake leaves
- Paint for wood
- Mod Podge for label.
This is all you need for the basic wreath itself. (And you only need one of the rings!)
Cut approximately 35 1″ burlap strips approximately 12″ long. We trimmed ours an inch or two after completion so the burlap would stick out more.
I started with regular sewing scissors then pulled out my rotary cutter. Much faster if you have one!
You may be able to use less or need more of the strips, depending on the type of burlap you use.
Take a strip and fold it over as shown, under the hoop.
Pull the bottom two ends through the loop.
Cinch the strip up.
This is how it should look.
Repeat the process with each strip, pushing them close together as you go.
Trim the strings that show on the inside. The outside strings are supposed to show.
Make a whimsical owl and gather an 8″ stick, a few artificial leaves and your plaque, printed sign and ribbon for hanging.
Glue three leaves onto your stick, or as many as you wish, then glue your stick to the bottom of the wreath, aligning it so that the owl can site just behind it, glued to the inner wreath itself and appear to be sitting on the stick.
Carefully place your stick across the bottom of the wreath. Attach leaves. Using a large amount of hot glue, glue the bottom of the owl so that it sits just behind the stick, nestled on the inside of the wreath itself.
Again, the owl is not glued to the stick itself but onto the inner wreath just behind it.
To give the owl a bit more stability you can glue part of a tongue depressor to the back of the owl and the wreath itself.
Add a few leaves around the wreath.
Attach a ribbon for hanging.
Paint your wood plaque.
Cut out the downloaded label and Mod Podge it on.
Attach it to a piece of burlap and hang it to the top of your wreath.
Make this simple wood slice owl decor with a single wood tree slice and some felt! They can be used to adorn just about anything! Put them on a wreath, make a door hanging or centerpiece or make a small one for a pin! You can create them in any color scheme you want and use them year round! We used one of these owls for our Embroidery Hoop Burlap Wreath. And if it’s owls in general you like you’ll probably also enjoy our Quick Owl Handwarmers!
Owl Decor Supplies
- Wood Slices (Ours were approximately 3″.
- Felt colors of choice
- Hot Glue Gun
- Free Pattern below (comes with a variety of pattern sizes)
Gather your supplies.
Cut out the patterns to fit your wood tree slices.
Cut out the felt pieces using the patterns.
The owl is now ready to be assembled.
Glue your pieces on according to the photos.
Make sure to get all the eye circles in place. You can use less if desired.
Glue the final items on including the layered wings.
Make them in any color you want!
Check out our Burlap Wreath we used a little owl for!
Make this easy & inexpensive fall wreath with some wood slices, hot glue and cardboard. Then you can glue on a few artificial flowers or greenery you might have. We used our Five Minute Felt Flowers. If you enjoy wood slice projects you’ll also love our Wood Slice DIY Room Decor.
Fall Wreath Supplies
- Wood Slices (Ours were approximately 3″ or so in diameter.)
- Hot Glue
- Utility Knife
- Cardboard Piece to use as base
- Any decor you want to glue on or our 5 Minute Felt Flowers
Cut or buy wood discs. The ones shown are about 3″ in diameter.
Lay them out ahead of time to determine the size and pieces you will need.
Cut a cardboard ring to glue your discs onto. Make sure it does not stick out around the wood.
Hot glue your discs into place one layer at a time using a large gob of glue.
Overlap them as shown for the second layer.
Make sure the top pieces are centered between the two beneath them.
The finished wreath will be very sturdy.
The back of the wreath.
You can now glue on whatever you like. It takes very little to make it pretty.
We used three felt flowers and a couple of felt leaves.
Finished wreath on our front door.
This simple dream catcher has extra special meaning. Taken from an old story, it carries the idea that while you sleep, the butterfly gathers up all negative energy, thoughts and dreams and cocoons them up, then carries them far away on its wings and drops them off. It then returns and when you awake you are filled with wonderful energy and love. There is a special poem to go with it which can be hung beside it or given rolled up as a scroll for a gift. Either way, children and adults alike will love it! You might also want to check out our Dream Catcher Vision Board post which combines two wonderful ideas into one!
POEM: This poem is a printable in the free download packet. Frame and hang it next to your dream catcher or roll it up and tie it with a ribbon and give with the dream catcher as a gift.
Special Thanks goes to Jessica Serrano-Gregg who shared the wonderful butterfly story which was one her abuela (grandmother) taught her as a child. We adapted it for the poem.
Dream Catcher Supplies
NOTE ON FRAMES: We used an 8×10 oval frame from Walmart. If you can’t find one of those, you could use any square or 8×10 frame and simply put scrapbook paper as the background and center your butterfly on it.
- Mainstays 8×10 Oval Black Frame (We used this exact one.)
- Frame choice on Amazon.
- 12×12 frames on Amazon
- Cardstock scrapbook paper with gold in the mix
- Feathers (we used 10)
- Metallic Paints For frame we used Martha Stewart’s Gold for the feathers and Martha Stewart’s Champagne
- Cream or Ivory Paint
- Hot Glue
- Cord/String for hanging feathers
- Pattern and Poem download below
Download Patterns & Poem
Gather your supplies.
Paint your fame if needed. We chose a cream color.
After your paint dries give it a solid coat of Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold or something similar. Her metallic and pearl paints are amazing!
Print and cut out the butterfly templates. Because the poem speaks of the color “gold” you may want to keep some of that color involved. We used a solid gold glitter type sheet for the largest butterfly.
We traced our large butterfly on the back of our sparkle paper and cut it out.
The other two butterflies were cut out of matching cardstock.
Cut 8″ pieces of cord that will hold your feathers. We used 10 feathers and attached three to each of the outside cords and four to the inside cord.
Paint the ends of your feathers with a metallic gold paint.
Glue three feathers along each cord, one below the other.
These are the final feather groups ready to attach to the frame.
One set of butterfly templates should fit inside the oval 8×10 frame as shown. (You can do this other ways too and just center them in the middle of a normal frame.)
Use a small amount of hot glue to tack down the butterfly wings inside the frame edge. In this set up there is no backing sheet on the frame.
Fold your other two smaller butterflies so they bend upward.
Glue the smallest one onto the mid sized butterfly as shown.
Then glue them to the center of the largest butterfly.
Glue the feather pieces to the bottom inside of the frame spacing them evenly.
For the final touch, cut out the mini butterflies.
Fold them as shown.
Glue them onto the feather groupings.
Make this framed keepsake dog or puppy paw print to have forever and memorialize your furry friends. It’s both classy and meaningful! It doesn’t matter what size your “puppy” is. It makes a beautiful gift for family, friends or your children. (I’ve been told its great for kitty cats too!) You might also enjoy learning how to simply and inexpensively make personalized dog bowls or make sure your little guy or gal is styling with our 5 minute puppy bow ties!
Puppy Paw Print Supplies
IMPORTANT: Dogs that have longer fur will be next to impossible to get a clean paw print unless the fur is trimmed. Also, many dogs do not like their feet touched. Don’t ever force your dog to do something that scares them.
Gather your supplies. You can use regular paper but watercolor paper gives a much nicer print and finish!
Paint your palm gold, making sure to cover it well.
Make sure there are no gaps in the paint.
Make sure you plan ahead for your frame so you know exactly where your hand needs to be placed. Press your hand down firmly on the center of the paper. You may need to take your other hand to help with pressure. It’s a good idea to do some test runs to know exactly how much pressure to use.
The final print.
Feel free to touch up any gaps if needed.
Take your little pups paw and press it into the ink. Do some test runs on the paw print also before doing the final.
Press the paw in place.
Frame your art and hang!
Depending on your age you might remember having a console TV when you were growing up. They were big televisions with a wood case built around them and were considered a piece of the furniture. Times and TV’s have changed but you can still find these at thrift stores, which we did. This one was $20 and it worked! We decided to give this old TV a modern look for our living room. It’s used solely for gaming. This is part of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where you take old things and make them new! You might especially enjoy our makeover, Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors.
Console TV Makeover Supplies
- White and yellow paint
- Silver paint for handles
- Painters tape
This is the $20 TV we found at Salvation Army.
We chose our colors and then taped off areas. The main console was white and we used yellow as a contrast. The gold handles were removed and painted silver.
This is how it turned out!
It’s the perfect gaming TV.
Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download of our own patterns below. (In both pdf and Silhouette Cutter format!) These will work on pint size or quart jars. The lovely paper rose that you see can be made using our simple tutorial 5 Minute Beautiful Paper Flowers. We also found a better way to tint those jars! So make sure you view How to Paint Mason Jars Easily with Less Mess.
- 1 quart and 1 pint mason jar
- X-acto Knife
- Regular white paper to print the graphics on
- Battery Operated Tea Light
- Printable patterns below
- Spray adhesive
Gather the few supplies you’ll need.
Painting the jars. What we did and suggest NOT doing. For the jars shown we placed some Mod Podge into a bowl and added a squirt or two of white paint. We then brushed it onto the sides of the inside of the jar. The result was not nearly as nice as we wanted. Though it looks great lit up in the dark, in the light it looks messy. So we tested another method that we suggest using instead.
A better method to paint your jars.
Because we were unhappy with our original jar painting, we did some testing. Then we created a post on how to paint mason jars which you can check out before moving on to the rest of your project.
You can cut out the graphics in minutes using an X-acto knife.
They’re now ready to place in your jars.
In order to hold the images inside the jar used a light spritz of spray adhesive.
Carefully put the image inside the jar, pressing it into place.
We placed a small amount of moss in the bottom of the jar and set our battery operated tea light on top of it.
Batteries for these lights are very cheap. The ones I use and linked to under supplies are on a timer.
For the top of the lid we used a 5 Minute Paper Flower.
Glue your twine around the edge of the lid.
We added an extra little flourish tied on with some twine.
You can decorate your own Mason jar lights however you wish!
We made this classy upcycled $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Total Cost? ZERO. However, you can also buy sheets of foam cheap. The “frame” you see around it is actually a piece off of an old coffee table. But you could easily make a wood one or just hang it as is.
The fancy cupboard you see underneath of our cash art? That’s one of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where you take items you already own and give them a face lift. Check out our Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors post!
Cash Wall Decoration Supplies
NOTES ON FOAM SHEETS: Our foam sheet was in a box from a shelf we ordered. It was used as packing. We used it the size it came (24″ wide x 12″ tall and 1″ thick) and it had a nice texture. When buying foam sheets just make sure they are firm. We link to some below on Amazon but have not used them ourselves and our unsure of the texture. We suggest finding a sheet at a craft store or possibly Walmart. You can make it any size you want.
- Foam Sheet (please read notes above) Sheet 1 Sheet 2
- Black Paint
- Teal Paint
- Paint brushes
- Sharpie Marker
- Purchased Enlarger, Enlarger #2 (Uses light to enlarge images to then trace)
- X-acto Knife & Tape (if your do a stencil)
Enlarging or Stenciling the Graphic
You can either enlarge a smaller copy of the bill using a projector of some type or you can print out the larger 24″ bill and make a stencil.
ENLARGING WITH A PROJECTOR: If you have an enlarger you can place a small graphic underneath it and then it shines it up on the wall for tracing. You would hang your foam and then align the lighted graphic and trace it with a Sharpie marker. Then taking black paint, paint inside the area traced. We have an older model of this model projector. Its very handy for things like this.
STENCILING: You can also print out the 24 inch version provided. It will print on 3 sheets which you cut out and tape together. Then cut out the black areas with an X-acto knife. Lay the stencil over your foam and trace inside the cut out areas with a Sharpie marker. Remove the stencil and paint in the areas you traced with black.
Small size bills for using a projector. (pdf)
Large 24″ bill. .
This is one of the foam sheets that came inside a shipping box as packing. It was just the right size for our $100 bill. (24″ wide x 12″ tall and 1″ thick)
To stencil on your graphic print out the large 24″ dollar bill.
Cut the left and right margin off the middle piece.
Take the right and left pieces and match them up. The paper prints with a small overlap. Tape the pieces together across the entire back seams.
This is the fully taped bill.
Cut out your bill, then using an X-acto knife but out the stencil as shown. You will remove all the white parts.
Paint your foam board. We used a teal to match the decor. Take a black Sharpie marker and trace your graphic onto the board using either a projector or a large stencil as discussed above. Then paint in the black areas you traced on with a small brush.
We framed ours only because we had a piece of wood from an old coffee table that was the perfect size. We painted it gold.
Then we hung them on the wall. Instant glam and great money vibes! You can see how we created that beautiful cupboard from an old piece of furniture in our post Refurbished Furniture with Modern Colors.
Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you’ve got a gorgeous statement piece! This is one of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where we take things we own and give them a whole new look. And what a dramatic difference this one is! This is an older unique piece of furniture, that in all honesty, we have no idea what it was originally meant for. But as you can see, with a little sanding and some paint and a few extras it became a lovely storage piece. Our tutorial for a $100 Bill Wall Decoration Idea was the perfect accent piece to place above this piece as you’ll see below!
Refurbishing Furniture Supplies Used
- Sanding paper or tool (We used this great little sander)
- White paint
- Teal paint (links are not exact brands we used)
- Gold paint for accents
- Metal corner brackets
- New knob (We purchased ours at Hobby Lobby)
This is the original piece.
The top flips up for more storage.
We did a quick sand.
Then we decided how we were going to paint it. We chose a vibrant teal and white.
We used some basic hardware to spice it up, painting the corner brackets gold. This shows the final knob we chose after testing out another style you can see below.
We painted the bottom portion of the feet gold.
The wood bar under the lid was also painted gold as were the metal brackets.
We also have a tutorial for the $100 Bill Wall Decoration Idea!
Make these beautiful DIY paper flowers in 5 minutes or less! Use them in your crafts or decorating. Attach them to a lamp shade. Even use them in your hair! They are quick and almost free to make and they can adorn just about anything. Download our free pdf template and you’ll have a dozen made in no time! (There’s a silhouette file too if you own that machine!) These would go beautifully on our clothespin craft container or our lovely upcycled string dispenser! FYI: We have a specific craft coming up next week that utilizes them in a very unique way so stay tuned or better yet subscribe to our posts!
DIY Paper Flowers Supplies
Cardstock for flowers and leaves
3/16th dowel, or anything about that size for wrapping the flowers. We used the end of a paint brush!
Downloadable Flower Template
4 Different Sizes (pdf)
Print out the free template and firmly hold it over a piece of cardstock while you cut it out on the lines.
Starting with the outside end begin to wrap it around a small dowel or the end of a small paintbrush. A pencil can work but its a bit too large and makes it difficult.
Once you get to the end you will have the other ends round piece left.
The rest of the flower will sit on this “base” as shown. FYI even if you let go of the flower it will stay together.
Place a glob of glue onto the base.
You need to use enough glue to attach the entire flower.
Press your flower down carefully, twisting it in tighter if needed.
Hold it for a few seconds. (This is what the hands of a crafter looks like… covered in paint!)
That’s how to make DIY paper flowers! Cut out your leaves and glue on if desired.
This simple Dr. Seuss themed sign is part of our Over the Door Decor series: Easy plaques you create to send you out the door with a smile. We all could use a little confirmation as we make our way out into the world each day. Why not make a beautiful piece of art in the process? Get your FREE DOWNLOAD below and keep an eye on our site for many more Over the Door Decor projects including our last one for all Game of Thrones fans… a Hold the Door over the door plaque.
Dr. Seuss Art Supplies
Note: basswood is a thin light wood. You can find it at craft stores. The one’s shown were purchased at Ace Hardware for $3.00 each. You could use any type wood that is this size though it would require normal hanging hardware.
- Craft Basswood 4″ x 24″ x 1/8th (or .125) “
- Cardstock, pink, yellow, teal, light blue
- Hot Glue gun and lots of sticks (used to make balloons)
- Craft string, pink and yellow
- Mod Podge
- Paint, pink and white
- Masking tape
- Free printable below
Begin by painting the wood board a solid white.
When dry, apply the masking tape at an angle across the board, horizontally.
Using the pink paint, cover one side of the board up to the tape line.
Let dry and remove tape.
Cut the circle pattern out of the FREE DOWNLOAD.
Trace 2 circles onto each of the pieces of colored cardstock. Notice we are only using 7 circles.
Using the hot glue gun, apply a ring of hot glue just inside the traced line.
Continue circling towards the center until the initial ring of hot glue is filled.
Let the hot glue dry thoroughly.
Once dry, cut out the hot glue circles. Cut very close to the glue so that the paper is not visible from the front.
Take the remaining part of the FREE DOWNLOAD and cut out each word individually, leaving approximately a 1/4-1/2 inch of white paper around the letters.
Test out the placement of the words on the board and arrange as needed.
Once satisfied with the layout, remove 1 or 2 words at a time and cover the board in Mod Podge. Be sure to cover the entire board.
Place words back into place and cover with Mod Podge. *Keep in mind that, depending on the printer, this may cause ink to smear on the printout! If smearing is a concern, simply press the words onto the Mod Podge and do not cover them with additional Mod Podge*
Cut seven 6″ sections of craft string, alternating colors.
When the board is dry, arrange the balloons. Make a small dot on the board at the center of where each balloon will be placed.
Lay the craft string pieces onto an easy to clean surface and cover with Mod Podge, twisting the string to ensure all sides are coated.
Place one end of the string on the dot that represents the center of the balloon. Holding in place, work the string into it’s desired shape. Hold until dry.
Once the string is set, cover it generously in Mod Podge to ensure that it stays in place. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Once the strings are dry, heat the glue gun back up!
Place a ball of hot glue onto the back of each balloon.
Place the balloons over the ends of the strings.
Notice that the balloons are not confined to the board. Having them overhang edges adds to the ‘3D art’ look of the plaque.
When complete, hang above the door (or anywhere) for a motivational daily reminder that is sure to send you out into the world with a hop in your step!
You won’t believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding! You can even use those small bottles of craft paint though you might need two or three. You’ll seldom see such an amazing difference for such little time and money.
Fireplace Makeover Supplies
- Brush to clean the bricks thoroughly before painting.
- House Paint 1 gallon, semi-gloss, for grout color and brick base. A cream was used for the sample.
- Paints for the brick surface. Typically one or two colors but its up to you. This type of craft paint works great. You’ll need a few bottles. Grey was used for the example.
- Bristle Paint brush
- Wadded up piece of paper bag
- Water-Base Polyurethane 1 quart (optional but a very good idea to keep the paint from wearing off)
Detailed Printable Instructions
Below we show you a close up view of the steps needed to paint your brick fireplace. As you can see it was an amazing difference for ours!
Brush the dirt off the entire fireplace making sure to get into the indentations.
Paint your brick with the color that will be your grout color. Make sure to get into all the crevices due to how porous brick is. Make sure the grout is covered well between the bricks.
You will now use the paint that will be the main brick color. You can add water if desired to make it thinner.
Wad up a piece of a paper bag tightly and dab it into the paint. Blot any excess paint off the bag before starting if needed.
Starting at one side of the brick start dabbing the paint onto the brick.
Determine how much or how little you want on the brick.
This is the brick blotted lightly and evenly.
In order to make it look a bit more realistic either blot more of the same color on parts of some bricks. I chose to use a darker grey to go over the brick in spots. After the coats have dried, it’s a good idea to cover the brick faces with a coat of sealant to help protect the color.
This is my finished brick. Your color options are endless for a fireplace makeover!
Who doesn’t need a little more positivity in their life? Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Customize with your favorite colors and patterns to create a one of a kind work of art in just 5 minutes! A great way to add a little flair to your decor while sending a positive message, this lightweight construction hangs anywhere to keep the negativity away. Don’t forget to check out our multiple FREE downloads below for different color schemes.
If you would like to wear your positive good vibes check out our Good Vibe Necklace made with shrinky dinks!
- Foam board
- Glue stick or spray adhesive
- Scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
- Soda Can Tab, for hanging
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-acto Knife
- Downloaded Graphic
Print the download of choice and cut just inside the black outline.
Cut the scrapbook paper or gift wrap paper of your choice. When the downloaded cutout is placed on the paper, it should have at least an inch of space all around the cutout.
Using a glue stick or spray glue, cover the back of the scrapbook/wrapping paper completely.
Lay the sticky side of the paper onto a sheet of foam board and smooth out any creases.
Cover the back of the download cutout with a glue stick or spray glue. Apply to the center of the previous sheet of paper, smoothing as you go.
Let dry for 1 minute.
Using a ruler and pencil, measure 1/2 an inch around the downloaded cutout.
When complete, there should be a 1/2 inch “frame” surrounding the center image.
Using an X-acto knife, place the foam board onto a cutting board and cut along the pencil line.
When complete, gently pop the shield out.
If any pencil lines can still be seen, gently erase, being careful not to pull up the paper.
Slightly bend the soda pull tab. It is common for the edges of the tab to break, however, the remaining aluminum will still hold the tab together.
Place a small amount of hot glue onto the bottom (solid) portion of the tab.
Adhere to the upper center of the shield. To be sure the tab is centered, use a ruler to draw a line down the center of the back of the shield.
Your Anti Bad Vibe Shield will definitely make a statement!
This isn’t your typical dream catcher! This beautiful, customizable work of art is a daily reminder of your hopes, dreams and aspirations. Fill it with everything that’s important to you and change it out as your dreams come true. It’s so easy to get so caught up in the day to day chaos that we forget what it is that we’re really working towards. Who couldn’t use a little daily reminder of their goals? And with an endless array of fabrics and colors, it’s sure to be an eye-catching addition to any room. Dare to dream big!
If you enjoy the simple DIY feathers in this post you’ll definitely like our Reusable Car Air Freshener feathers! This post also goes along with our other wall decor in DIY Frugal Bedroom Wall Ideas.
NOTE: We purchased a group of Fat Quarters (Pack of 18″ x 22″ rectangles) and used 4 of the 5 patterns given.) The dream catcher is very customizable to your own taste and colors.
- Wood Floral Craft Ring 18″
- Hot Glue gun and lots of sticks
- Chicken Wire with 1″ holes. aprox. 20″ square which will be cut to fit the ring
- Wide craft sticks (we used these to hold the chicken wire in place)\
- Wire Cutters
- Small white clothespins aprox. 2″ long.
- Braided Gold Trim to glue to feathers. Cut into approximately 11″ 13″, 18″ and 22″ pieces.
- Cardstock for feathers
- Feather pattern download below
Paint one side of the wood floral craft ring in the color of choice. We used white to fit with our color scheme.
Be sure to cover the edges of the ring with paint. Apply additional coats as needed.
Cut strips from the fabric, approximately 1-2″ wide and 18-20 inches long.
Keep in mind that the strips will overlay one another when complete. Lay the cut pieces out, overlapping edges, until the desired look is acquired.
The fabric pieces should fill approximately 1/4 of the ring, as shown.
Apply hot glue to the painted side of the ring and begin applying fabric strips.
Layer the strips of fabric about 1/2 an inch over one another, working from one side to the center at the base of the ring.
Once fabric reaches the base, begin at the opposite side and work towards the center again. The final pieces of fabric should be applied over the bottom (middle) of the ring.
Once fabric is applied, flip over the ring as shown.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back of the ring and pull fabric around.
Pull tightly to ensure a smooth finish. Additional hot glue may be needed to hold down rogue edges.
Remember that this is the back and perfection is not necessary.
Lay the piece of chicken wire across the back of the ring and bend flat. Using wire cutters, trim the chicken wire to fit inside the ring. Be sure that the wire is cut as close to the edge as possible without being visible from the front. This gives ample room for adhering the wire to the back of the ring.
Once complete the wire should appear as shown. Be careful when handling wire to prevent pokes!
Using scissors, cut the wide craft sticks in half.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue on top of the chicken wire and press the craft stick pieces down onto the hot glue to hold the wire in place.
This requires a bit of patience as each piece must be held in place until dry to avoid a broken seal.
Little trick: use office binder clips to clamp pieces in place until dry.
Move around the ring, applying additional glue and sticks.
Print the FREE DOWNLOAD onto colored cardstock of choice. We used white and grey cardstock to fit our color scheme.
Be sure to cut inside the black line so that the finished feathers are nice and clean.
Lay the ring right side up and smooth out the fabric pieces. Starting at the center, trim the fabric up to each side at an angle.
This creates a beautiful tapered look when hung.
Measure and cut the braided trim into 4 pieces. (11″, 13″, 18″ & 22″)
Apply a small dab of hot glue to the edges to prevent fraying.
This gives a nice clean end to the trim.
Apply a line of hot glue down the center of each feather cutout.
Lay the gold trim over the hot glue with the finished (glued) end at the tip of the feather. When dry, gently fold the feathers inwards using the trim as the center. This gives them a lovely three dimensional look when they hang.
Gather the ends of each piece of trim and line them up on the ring. Placement is really based on preference. We chose to hang ours slightly off center. Once placed, apply hot glue behind the trim and then hold into place until dry. Be sure that there is 1-2 inches of trim hanging above the hot glue.
Flip over the ring and apply hot glue to the back of where the trim is overhanging. Pull the trim ends through the wire and press into hot glue to hold in place. Pull tight for a smooth finish.
Using wire cutters, cut off half of each pin on the thumbtacks. These little guys can go flying! So be sure to angle the pin downwards, towards the table, when cutting.
Place a drop of hot glue into the pre-made holes on the craft ring.
Insert the cut thumbtack into the hot glue.
Finally, using small clothespins, fill the Dreamcatcher Vision Board with hopes, dreams and aspirations. Check out our FREE DOWNLOAD of positive words to get started!