Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ornament Wreath

Most of you have probably seen this wreath tutorial making its way through the blogosphere, well I am no exception! When I saw how easy it was so make I had to try it myself!

All you do is take a wire hanger, bend it into a circle, untie the wrapping at the top, and slip on ornaments! It couldn't get any simpler! I got all of my ornaments and the wire hanger from the Dollar Tree! The check out girl even gave me the hanger for free!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thanksgiving Sign

I have had a few 2x4 scraps laying around from my headboard project and finally decided what I want to do with them: Holiday Signs!
Money is tight right now and so I vowed to complete this project with only what I already had on hand (and this was TOUGH because my friend text me this morning to tell me our local craft place, Porter's, was having a SALE today! Gah!)
I started by painting the edges of my wood with some green paint (because I was planning on distressing it and wanted some color to show through) Next I spray painted the entire thing brown, because it is Fall, after all.
*SIDE NOTE #1* I keep a stack of cardboard outside our apartment for painting projects and someone took them(!) so I had to use newspaper to spray paint on. Well Rexburg is especially windy this time of year and the newspaper flew up on my wet paint and stuck to the board. It was not pretty! I switched from newspaper to wax paper after that.
*SIDE NOTE #2* Paint takes so long to dry in the cold, I had no idea! Does anyone have any solutions to this? I don't want to give up painting until Spring, but I don't want to risk painting in the apartment...
Anywho, while my brown paint was drying I cut out letters out of scrapbook paper. I just printed them first and then used it as a stencil while I cut.
I mod podged the letters on the 2x4, distressed the edges of the board, and added a fun orange ribbon (leftover from my wedding!).
What do you think?

Fall Tree

A few weeks ago I was at Porter's (our local craft store) and they had all of their Fall decorations up. They had the cutest display of a small pine tree with twinkle lights and these great little wicker pumpkins. I remembered that we had bought a mini Christmas tree last year and decided to try my hand at making my own Fall Tree!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Upholstered Headboard

My friend Stephanie and I made these upholstered headboard together. It was a really simple process and I LOVE how it turned out! We more or less used this tutorial except instead of foam (which would have cost $100+ !!) we used a couple layers of the egg carton style mattress topper (the smooth side out). Even though we used the same process our headboards look so different! Here is my version, and you can see photos of how Steph's turned out here.

Mod Podge Stool

This little stool was a $2 D.I. find in major need of some TLC!
I started by sanding it and spray painting the entire thing baby blue. After it dried I mod podged a cute piece of scrapbook paper to the top and mod podged a ribbon around the border! I really love how it turned out! The day after I finished this project one of the legs on my nightstand broke and so this little stool is currently filling its place until I can find a new one!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Photo Album turned coupon book

If you know me you know I have gotten sucked into couponing!
It is so hard to keep all of those pesky coupons organized, until now!
I bought this old photo album from DI (our local thrift store).
I bought a cute fat quarter from Porters, our local craft and fabric store, and used mod podge to cover it down.

Now all my coupons are neatly organized!

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

I don't know about you, but I HATE throwing away magazines! They always end up in a pile on my coffee table collecting dust! Here is a cute solution:
I made this handy little magazine holder from a cereal box I was ready to throw out! It only took me 15 minutes to cut the top, glue some cute paper down, and make a label for the spine!
It feels so good to be organized and hey, I even recycled something!

Dresser Makeover

I was given this old dresser by a friend who was moving out of state. As you can see it was in pretty bad shape!
After sanding it down (which made it soft like butter!!) priming, painting, and adding new hardware it is a beauty!Don't you just love drastic before and after picture??

Fun with tiles

One one of my DI trips I notices all of these ceramic tiles, they were in all sorts of sizes and ranged from $0.25 to $1.00

I had seen this post about turning tiles in coasters and tried my hand at it using scrapbook paper instead on tissue paper Here is another tile, but much larger! I just used mod podged a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper down for the background and traced and cut out the "A"!

You can see how we have it displayed in our room here.

Frame Makeover

I found this lovely clown painting at DI (a local thrift store) for $10.
In my opinion I paid WAY too much! But I really liked the details on the frame!
I sanded off the gold paint and gave it a nice coat of dark brown paint...I then wrapped the clown in this fabric I found to match our living room curtains...
and don't mind the fact that the frame was coming apart at the corner there! I fixed it!
Originally I finished it off by hanging a metal star wreath in the middle by a ribbon, but it wasn't sitting well with me, so I opted for this instead...
After garnishing it with a few fun Hobby Lobby accessories, I think it turned out pretty cute!