Today I’m sharing this REALLY EASY garland over at Lil Luna, do stop by!!!!
Today I’m sharing this REALLY EASY garland over at Lil Luna, do stop by!!!!
Art is essential in helping make a house a home. It brings warmth, environment and adds your personal stamp into your home. However, I’ve been having the hardest time finding art work I love and when I do it costs hundred of dollars!
I have one wall in my living room that was large and bare. I’m not afraid of empty walls, but as this wall faces you as you walk in the front door of our house I felt it needed something to fill the space and at the same time not distract from the focal point wall of the room. I wanted something neutral, large and simple. Sarah, being the artist of our family convinced me we should try something on our own.
For supplies I purchased two 40″ x 30″ canvases from Hobby Lobby. They cost $22 after using 40% off coupons. We used these $1 brushes from The Dollar Tree. Sarah loved the sheen of this paint she used in her bathroom, so we decided to use it again for this project. Naturally, I needed a gold color too :)
I was a little nervous, but Sarah told me just to go for it! The great thing about painting on canvas is you can always paint over something you don’t like after it dries.
We simply painted brushstrokes of gold and silver, some thick chunky strokes and some faint, wispy ones. We just kept on going until we were happy with the look. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong.
My front room gets a lot of light and I just love how reflective this paint is. The new artwork makes the whole room ‘glow’ in sunlight.
Although, you can’t exactly call this a masterpiece I am more than happy with how they turned out. For under $30 per canvas, and an hour of time I got exactly what I needed for this empty space.
Thanks for all your help and encouragement sis xxx
Today I’m sharing this cute DIY over at Lil Luna…
Be sure to come check it out, it’s a perfect favor to hand out at your New Years Party!!!
We’ve been trying to add a little more rustic into our usual glam Christmas decorations this year, so we decided to make some twiggy snowflakes.
Here’s the steps of how we made them:
1. Gather sticks and snap them to get the size of snowflake right for you.
2. Glue gun together.
3. Add layers of twigs, to make your snowflake.
4. Paint desired color.
5. Sprinkling a little glitter over the wet paint never hurts!
6. We used string to wrap around the center of our snowflakes for extra support (see top pic).
7. Hang with traditional snowflakes to add a little whimsy to the mix.
How have you mixed up your Christmas decor this year?
One of my favorite things about our home is all the closet space! Absolute heaven after living in an apartment with hardly any storage. There are closets in every room, including the family room!
Instead of using it for DVD’s and games, I needed the space for extra dishes.
The closet contains all of our kitchen things we don’t use everyday. It works really great as it’s located next to the dining room and helps keep the kitchen from being over-crowded.
All of the white dishes were getting lost in the white blank space, so I used this magic cover up I found at wally-world to create some contrast.
I used two rolls at $1.97 a roll, and love that I can just peel it off when I’m ready for something new. Loving this $4 change! Have you been doing any fun projects around the house lately?
Do you guys remember when we did the mini composition book makeovers (see HERE)? We thought it’d be fun to do them again but this time with a Thanksgiving twist.
How cute would this be for a little thanksgiving favor?!
We used basic craft paper, but you could even use a paper bag. Black ribbon, and a rub-on transfer to create the look. Again, see HERE for full instructions.
I think it was Oprah that introduced me to the idea of writing down what I’m grateful for, but the hymn “Count your Many Blessings” has been a favorite since childhood. When we remember our blessings, it makes life easier don’t you think?
We really enjoy this holiday. Good job America, Thanksgiving is a great idea! :)
This post brought to you in part by, Gygi.
We are so excited about the little trick or treats we’ll be giving out this year!
We found everything we needed for Halloween at one of our favorite stores, Gygi.
This is what we used:
little bitty treat bags $4.50 for 20 bags
Vanilla taffy $7.99 for 3lb bag
Washi tape $2.99 (in store)
(click HERE to link to all the items)
We put three taffies in per bag and closed it off with a strip of washi tape. One bag of vanilla taffy, three packets of little bitty treat bags, and one washi tape roll will make about 60 trick or treats, which works out to be around $.40 each.
So tiny and adorable!
We think they’d also make a perfect party favor.
As always, don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on their site. You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping! Holler!
Today we’re sharing this DIY falling leaves garland at 6th Street Design School.
Head over if you’d like to learn how to make your home nice and shimmery for the next few months!
When we were little our Gran would throw a party every year for her Birthday and Halloween. She went all out with decor, which always included silhouettes of footprints creeping up the walls and ceilings.
We made our own version this year by making a stencil from outlining one of Brad’s shoes onto black craft paper and staggering them up the wall with tack.
Brad thought it was weird and creepy..exactly what I was going for! I might creep myself out too much to have these in the house until Halloween, but perfect for a party don’t you think? How would your household react?
Oh yeah…time to start blogging about Halloween! Enough with the heat already! Last week we got together, got a little giggly at the thought of the next season ahead of us, and then created this…
We gathered a few bits and bobs from around the house; acorns, pine cones, ribbon etc, got the old can of black spray paint out and got to work.
One great thing about the heat is the spray paint dries so, so fast! No need for patience in 100 degree weather!
Then, we simply tied all of the items onto a thin piece of black ribbon…
We are in love with the all-black theme…so chic! This project couldn’t have been easier and would be perfect to do with children to get them excited for the months ahead. Yay for autumn!
Recently we’ve had lots of birthdays, weddings, graduations etc… so we’ve been in need of lots of cards.
This simple design of just gluing on a bow and handwriting a little message couldn’t be easier.
It probably costs only 20¢ holler!
Putting on a movie and making a batch, can feel really organized and productive, I love it.
When I first came up with this idea I thought I was genius, but then I showed Em and she was like “that’s already all over pinterest!”
Boo. I hate not being as original as I think I am, but I still love this project and can’t believe it cost under $2 and only took about an hour. I’m really loving it above our bed.
To Make You Will Need:
10″ cardboard circle (just cut from shipping box, free!)
7″ mirror (got mine HERE, and used 40% off coupon so about $1.25 per mirror)
About 40 paint stir sticks (just ask for them at Home Depot, I offered to pay, but they were happy to give for free…yippee)
Glue mirror onto cardboard circle
Then start glueing the sticks onto the cardboard, aline with mirror as much as possible
If the last one is a tight squeeze, just sand down to fit
First layer all done looks like this:
Then just start the next layer, trying to center between 2 sticks at a time…
And that’s it! All done, and looking beautiful!
If you wanted to it would look great painted, but I was loving the natural wood look.
Worthy of an hour don’t you think?!
Today over at Lil Luna we’re sharing a Christmas in July craft, a Service Advent Calender…
Come over and see us!
My nephews have been into origami lately, isn’t it amazing what you can create with a piece of paper? I’ve seen little stars on strings of lights, and after googleing origami stars I found THIS site with very easy instructions for any type of star you’d like. I fell for these 5 pointed ones.
I was playing around with just ordinary white paper while practicing but to my surprise they turned out cute enough to use, and complimented my simple patriotic banners perfectly. Again, I’m loving the not-so-over the top patriotic look. Do you like it too? Or are you missing the red and blue?
In a couple I decided to hole punch around the edges.
A great project to do with bigger kids, or even the little ones could help decorate them once they were made.
Can you believe this was the result of 25 sheets of plain paper?
Decorations don’t get thriftier than this!
(Again, instructions found HERE)
candlestick + hot glue + plate = very cute cake stand
Large Cake Stand: $15 ($9.99 candlestick, $4.99 plate)
Small Cake Stand: $7 ($4.99 candlestick base, $1.99 plate)
These cakestands look great and cost a lot less than buying a comparible sized cake stand. I also bought extra plates to use as magnetic boards on our plate wall. Love Ikea! Have you been loving anything from Ikea recently?
I have been dying to get some things up on the walls around here and saw these cute salad plates at Crate + Barrel that caught my fancy. I decided to try making them for our family room wall.
I bought a few different sized plates from the thrift store, sat down in front of the tv and got to work. I outlined my designs in pencil and then went over my design with a black sharpie.
This was super quick and easy and if I didn’t like the way it turned out I cleaned the plate with all-purpose cleaner and paper towel and started over.
I read on Pinterest you can bake the design at 350 for 30 mins, but I decided to skip this step so I can wipe off, and change the designs without buying new plates.
I used my handy-dandy command strips to attach the plates to the wall, so I can change the arrangement around without marking up the wall.
Fast, inexpensive and easy, it’s amazing what you can get done while watching tv! I think this would be a great project to do with kids this summer. Have you given sharpie plates a try get?
Today we’d like to share how to make these super simple bulletin boards that we’ve had great success with.
Here’s What You’ll Will Need:
Cork Board/ Sound Choice Board
Scissors, Ruler, Exacto knife
1. Measure frame and cut board to fit (if the frame has a backing you can trace that size). We buy the 4′ x 8′ sound choice board from the hardware store or cork boards from the thrift store for our board.
2. Make sure the board fits in frame after cut, not too snug because the fabric will need to wrap over the board and take up a little space.
3. Use cut board to measure how much padding you’ll need. Cut to same size.
It should look like this:
4. Staple padding onto board.
5. Use your board to measure and cut fabric allowing about 1 1/2 inches on each side.
6. Start with a long side and staple back fabric. One staple about every 2 inches.
7. Next, staple the opposite side. Be sure to pull it so there’s no wrinkles.
8. Now for the edges. Follow these photos…
They should look something like this:
When you’ve stapled all around your board should look something like this:
9. To finish, simply staple to the frame so it’s secure.
Playing around with size, fabric choices and nailhead trim to get the exact look and function you want for your space is great. We especially love them in our offices and by our by our entryways. Check out Sarah’s HERE.
We hope you enjoy creating your own boards and loving them as much as we do!
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
We hope you’re having a relaxing day will those you love! Today we’re sharing an easy peasy project that you could whip up in no time.
When we were cleaning up from making the patriotic napkins, we thought our scrap paper looked kinda cute. So we made a simple banner by just hanging them on twine with mini cloths pegs.
The black and white is a modern twist on patriotic decorations, but still feels festive with the stars and stripes.
Oh how I love easy free projects! This would be a fun to involve kids too. :)
We had so much fun last week making these star and stripe napkins. A patriotic summer is about to begin next week with Memorial Day and we thought this would be a perfect craft to embrace the months ahead. It’s so easy it could be a perfect activity to do once the kiddos are out of school.
You Will Need:
Foam Craft Brush
We used this clip art and printed it to use as a template for our potato stamp.
We then cut the potato in half and cut around the template to create a potato stamp.
Next, we painted the stamp with our fabric paint using a foam brush.
After applying paint to the potato we tested it onto a piece of paper. We found we liked to do an initial stamp on paper and then stamp the remaining ink onto the fabric napkin until we needed to apply more paint for an overall uneven look.
(By the time we were done stamping our star napkins we had lots of stamped scrap paper. Stay tuned for another project using this scrap!)
Next up was the striped napkins. We applied painters tape to make our stripes and then painted in between the tape. Again, we didn’t want a totally uniformed look so we roughly painted our stripes.
We felt like little girls again stamping with our potato stamps and now we’re ready for summer barbecues with these summery napkins. Fun and easy are always our favorite crafts!