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!