DIY Wooden Holiday Signs

I just can’t seem to stop decorating for fall. I had my piano all set up and decorated which is usually enough but then I had to move into my family room and set up a little decorating there too. Call me fall-obsessed! I found some really pretty fall flowers at the Dollar Tree, you’d be surprised at their floral section if you haven’t checked it out already! And they inspired me to create a second vignette.

DIY Wooden Holiday SignsI love how it turned out! My favorite part is the Pumpkin Patch sign, which was so easy to make! I offer this print in my Etsy Shop in both a digital instant download and a printed and shipped physical item. The print is available in three different sizes: 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20. (I used the 11×14 size for my project) All you need to create your own board is the print, some paint, mod podge, and a board cut to size.




I decided to make several wooden signs at once since they are so quick and easy. Boards cut to size (did you know that Home Depot will cut boards for you if you don’t have a saw!?) and then I painted the edges. No need to paint the whole board, all you need to do is cover the edge of the wood!

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I used the same technique from my DIY Wall Art from Gift Bags and used Mod Podge with a rolling pin to glue the prints onto the board. The print goes right to the edge perfectly.
DIY Wooden Holiday Signs*Tip* If you would like to make multiple signs, you can put one print on the front of the board and one print on the back. With a fall print on front and a Christmas print on the back you only have to think about storing one board and when the seasons change just turn the board around!

DIY Wooden Holiday SignsI made four different signs (well, only two since they are on the front and back) and I am really happy with the finished product. I am going to enjoy using them in all my holiday decor!

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You can find any of these prints here:

Autumn Acres Pumpkin Patch: Instant Download or Physical Print

Poison Apple Apothecary: Instant Download or Physical Print

Kringle Farms Christmas Trees: Instant Download or Physical Print

Gingerbread Bakery: Instant Download or Physical Print

These are just some of the many Home Decor Prints I have in my store and I’m offering a special coupon code too! Buy any 3 Home Decor Prints and receive 20% off with the coupon code 3DECORPRINTS. And when you decorate with your prints don’t forget to tag me on social media! I’d love to see your creations!

DIY Wooden Holiday Signs



DIY Cake Stand – A Two Step Tutorial

If a project only takes two steps to complete, can you really call it a tutorial? What if you can complete the project in only one step? I don’t know if tutorial is exactly the right word for this post. It is probably more like super-awesome-incredibly-easy-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-tip! I made a pretty two tiered cake stand and it is a great, easy project that anyone can do. It starts with a candlestick and two plates.

DIY Cake Stand, make your own in two easy steps!Now in my case the candlestick definitely needed a coat of paint. It was a very unattractive blah beige and clashed with the pretty gray and white plates I picked up on clearance at HomeGoods. They are a nice melamine and surprisingly sturdy so they were perfect for this project.




So this is step #1: Paint the candlestick. And if you are working with a glass candlestick or you have one that already matches your plates then you can skip this step! But for me, white spray paint to the rescue!

DIY Cake Stand, make your own in two easy steps!I’m pretty confident you can all figure out the next step on your own. Ready for step #2: Glue the plates onto the candlestick. Mind blowing, I know! You can use any strong adhesive or epoxy to glue your plates, just make sure it is something stronger than regular glue. E600, Gorilla Glue, Weldbond, all good choices.DIY Cake Stand, make your own in two easy steps! And that is all the steps required to make your own pretty two tiered cake stand!




DIY Cake Stand, make your own in two easy steps!Once the glue had dried completely these are great decor for parties or holidays, or just to use around the house. You can vary the sizes depending on how big your plates are and how tall your candlestick is. They would make great stands for cupcakes, a place to hold jewelry or make-up on a bathroom counter, or by the sink as a place for sponges and dish soap. Lots of possibilities for such an easy project!

DIY Cake Stand, make your own in two easy steps!DIY Cake Stand, make your own in two easy steps!



DIY Wall Art- From Gift Bags!

There have been times when I am buying a gift bag for a present and I can’t help but look at all the cute bags and think that they would make adorable home decor! There are so many cute patterns and designs on gift bags, for any occasion or holiday too. Well after thinking about it for some time I decided to just go ahead and make my own DIY Wall Art, from gift bags! And just in time for the Independence Day holiday.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift Bags



I started off with three bags that I bought at the Dollar Tree. You can’t beat $1 DIY supplies! And in full disclosure when I was cutting the bags I accidentally ripped the bag with the heart. Eh, it wasn’t my favorite bag anyway. And since I only spent $1 on it I wasn’t too worried.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsI cut the front off of each bag and then cut out a piece of wood to fit each bag. I’m getting a little embarrassed about how often I say this, but this wood is some plywood we picked up off the side of the road because someone was throwing it away. Why let good supplies go to waste?!

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsBefore I put the bag onto the wood I wanted to paint the sides. I spray painted the sides a dark red and while that dried I folded some laundry. It is like the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous over here.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsThe next step called for the ever useful ModPodge. I applied a thick coat on the board and then laid the bag down on top lining up the edges.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsTo completely seal the bag down and make sure there were no air bubbles I covered the project with an old cleaning cloth and used a rolling pin to really press it down and just wiped off any extra glue that leaked out of the edges.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift Bags



After a few minutes it was dried and ready for the next step. Since the print comes from a gift bag there are two small holes at the top where the ribbon handle came through the gift bag. You could simply cover it up with a bow but I decided to drill through the small holes into the wood and string some twine through to hang up the board.

And done! An easy and definitely budget friendly afternoon project.

DIY Wall Art - From Gift BagsThis DIY WAll Art looks so cute hanging above my entry way table and across from the patriotic display I created on my piano.




I can’t help but think of how many other ways to use this same idea. I just love some of the designs they have for baby gift bags, this could make some beautiful and inexpensive nursery decor. Or themed decor for your child’s room! Or use wedding bags for a master bedroom. And just think of all the pretty gift bags that come out around Christmas time. Yep, this is probably not the last time you will see a project like this on my blog!

DIY Wall Art - From Gift Bags



DIY Gold Glitter Mason Jars

Hello my name is Brie and I have a problem. A mason jar problem. In that I currently have about 1,386 empty jars sitting in my pantry. It is a serious issue and I may need a 12 step program to help me stop collecting jars. Haha, who am I kidding? I’m never going to stop collecting jars. I’ll just find 1,386 new ways to use them in crafts instead. :)

This project was one of those perfect projects that was easy, cheap, and really quick! And I love, love, love the way these jars look.  I may have a new obsession…painted jars. Think of all the different colors! Oh so many possibilities!

The supplies are pretty straightforward. Empty and clean jars of some kind (old spaghetti or salsa jars work great!), tape, and spray paint.

I used two different types of spray paint for this craft, one solid gold and the other glitter. I love the touch that the glitter added to these jars, especially since I was making them with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, but it definitely isn’t a necessary step if you’d like to make it even easier.

I used regular ol’ painters tape to tape off sections on two of the jars with the plan being to paint the entire third jar.

The next step is…wait for it…PAINT the jars! What?!? I know, crazy right? I did two coats of the gold and one of the glitter, waiting about 15 minutes in between each coat.

After the paint dried completely I took off the tape to reveal my pretty, sparkly jars. I love how quick this project was and how great the results are.

These would be absolutely stunning for wedding centerpieces, to use in decorating bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, different holidays, etc. You can add stripes, do them all solid, glitter, there are endless possibilities to do exactly what you want!

So what do you think? Is this a possible craft project in your future?

 

 

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DIY Charging Station With An Old Bread Box

I am sure that most of you are like me in the fact that you have various cords and chargers around your house for your cell phones, ipads, kindles, camera battery, etc.  Lovely cords everywhere! Sitting on our counters or nightstand and hanging out on the end table by the couch. They add so much to the decor, right?  (*sarcasm.) Our “spot” for charging has always been a corner in our kitchen.  It keeps the devices handy and yet out of reach from little hands.  But it isn’t the most attractive.

Kitchen Counter with Cell PhonesTwo things really stand out to me in this picture. One, man do we need a backsplash!  I’d love to put in a pretty tile backsplace….and paint the cabinets….and add hardware….but ya know, $$$.  Second thing is that ugly tangle of electronics!  No one wants to be looking at that mess all day!  Our solution: A DIY Charging Station from an old breadbox!

DIY Charging Station from Yard Sale Breadbox




A few years ago I picked up an old breadbox for a couple of dollars at a yard sale.  It has been sitting in our garage (aka: my husband’s workshop) as a place to store his rags.  I could have sworn I took before pictures but now I can’t find them anywhere! So just picture a worn, unpainted breadbox full of greasy rags. Got that image in your head?  Good.

Our first step was to sand the down the breadbox really well and add in a shelf.  Then my husband cut a hole in the back of the box to allow for a power strip.  The power strip is simply attached with some hot glue.

Power strip in the bottom of a bread boxA  coat of white paint and a new handle really freshen up the whole piece and make it beautiful and functional!  It is the perfect place to store all our electronics when we aren’t using them, for me to charge my camera battery, and it hides all the mess.



DIY Charging Station from Yard Sale BreadboxDIY Charging Station from Yard Sale BreadboxI love projects like this that only take a couple of hours on a weekend, are easy on the budget, and yet really make my home a better place to be.  I think this could easily be replicated in lots of different ways as well!  It doesn’t have to be a breadbox.  If you have any sort of pretty container that you can cut a small hole in the back for a power strip than you can create your own diy charging station.  Be creative and think outside the (bread)box!

DIY Charging Station from Yard Sale Breadbox



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How to: Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can’t Paint!

I’m so excited to share with you this tutorial on creating a watercolor painting…without having to paint!  It really is so, so easy and I know you’ll love the results.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial

This idea started when I began looking for some artwork to hang above the bed in our master bedroom.   You’ve already seen the horrible before picture that was the blank oatmeal canvas of our master bedroom:

Master Bedroom Makeover- The Before

And the big improvement that came from some new bedding and our feature striped wall:

Master Bedroom Makeover, Striped Wall Tutorialand here is where we are today:

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial(Details of the nightstand decor are coming next week!)

It doesn’t even feel like the same room to me!  Every little step gets us that much closer to having our finished romantic, peaceful, retreat.  Here is a close up picture of the artwork, and the subject of the tutorial today.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialI will admit that drawing is one of my talents and since I can draw fairly well I assumed I would be pretty good at painting too.  I signed up for a painting class in college and from day one it was clear that I was way wrong!  Painting is so different from drawing and no matter how hard I tried I could not get my paintings to look like more than messy blobs.  But thankfully there are other people out there who can paint and are willing to share their amazing talents with us! And by using their paintings you can create unique artwork that is all your own!

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialYou’ll want to start by heading on over to Etsy.  Did you know you can buy watercolor clip art from Etsy?  This is clip art that is actual hand paintings done by talented artists that you can then use in your own personal projects.  It is PERFECT for the painting challenged like me!

I bought the Daisies Collection from SLS Lines.  I fell in love with the pretty yellows, soft blues, and creams.  Like I said, these are real paintings down by the owner of the Etsy store and then put in clip art form for you to use.

Daisies Watercolor Clip Art SLSLinesThe files cost only $5.50 which I think is a steal considering the time and talent put into the painting.  After you purchase your clip art you can download it straight to your computer and you’ll find each individual piece in a folder like this:

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialYou have each individual flower, leaf, and even backgrounds ready to use.  I created my “paintings” in PhotoShop by arranging the clip art in layers.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialBy creating three different arrangements I now have three different “paintings.”  I know that a lot of people don’t have PhotoShop so I wanted to show you easy it is to create the same look in a program almost everyone has… Microsoft Word!

Open up a blank document and then click on the insert tab. Select Pictures.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialWhen you choose the option “In Front of Text” you can then place the image anywhere you want on the page, instead of being constricted by where Word thinks you should put the image based on the text fields.

Arrange the clip art to its desired position on the page and use the tools to resize, rotate, or move the clipart forward or backward.  Repeat the previous steps for each layer you add.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint TutorialHow to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial1Do you see how easy that is?!  Once you are done you can print the finished product, frame it, and no one will ever know that it isn’t an actual painting.  And you can create just about anything.  The selection of watercolor clip art on Etsy is amazing.  Seriously, just search for water color clip art and see the gorgeousness that comes up.  None of these shops are paying me to mention their products, they have no idea I’m writing about them, I’m just sharing some clip art that I love and adore.  And remember that while you see the clip art arranged in these pictures, when you buy the files you get each element as a separate item.

Reach Dreams Violet Watercolor Clip ArtThese beautiful violet flowers from Reach Dreams (and actually everything in her shop.  she has gorgeous florals.).  $5.90

Honey Florals Clip Art SLS LinesGah!  How adorable are these Honey Florals from SLS Lines?  I love them.  $5.50  The jar, the cheerful flowers, the cute bumble bee… so many possibilities!

Hydrangea Watercolor Clip ArtAren’t these hydrangeas from kaazuclip stunning?  $5.00 and just as pretty as the real flowers in my opinion.

Cupcakes?  Yep, you can find that too!

Watercolor CupcakesThis Cupcake Collection for only $5.00 from kaazuclip.

Watercolor Cupcakes SetThis cute set for only $3.66 from Scrapstorybook.

You can even buy Christmas (and all other holiday) clip art.  Think of the one-of-a-kind Christmas cards you could create.

Watercolor Christmas Clip artThis is a beautiful Christmas Collection by ReaniDesigns for $10.00.

Christmas Owl Clip ArtPretty sure I need these Christmas Owls from DesignOnALara.  Only $3.50!

Christmas Clipart PackAnd this Christmas Trimmings pack definitely has everything you need for only $4.49 from FRANCEillustration.

I hope I’m getting my point across that you can find basically ANYTHING on Etsy for amazing prices and then easily use it to make your own unique creations.  I love supporting small businesses and finding special and unique items that I can use in my own home and life.  The next time you need some new art work in your home, whether for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc I highly recommend creating your own by using the vast resources available from talented artists who are willing to share their creations with us.

How to Create a Watercolor Painting When You Can't Paint Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

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