Faux Animal Head Trophies

 I love the look of a white faux animal head on the wall.  I thought I would have some fun and make some miniature ones with wood toys.  Make these faux animal head trophies for any room in your home.  Your son might love a dinosaur head on his wall.  Paint them any color to go with your home decor as well.  This one was first posted over at Crafts Unleashed but I am posting it again here in case you missed it. 

 Faux Animal Head Trophies -- a craft tutorial on making your own whimsical animal heads from wood toys.   

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How to Make Letters for Home Decor

Are you all ready to learn how to make letters for home decor?  This quick and easy project will allow you to make home decor letters for your home.  Will you do initials?  Or spell a word?  Grab a few supplies and make gorgeous typography art for any room in your home.  I actually made these CREATE letters for the Darice booth at SNAP! Conference but more on that in a minute.

How to Make Letters for Home Decor -- make your own large letters to display anywhere in your home.

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Chevron Stripe Pillow Cover

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I thought I would add a chevron stripe pillow cover to my craft room.  Yes a chevron stripe pillow.  Just a few stripes not the entire pillow.  How do you get just a few chevron stripes on fabric?  FrogTape® Shape Tape™ of course!  You can see more in this FrogTape how-to about the amazing FrogTape® Shape Tape™.  Now lets make one great chevron stripe pillow cover.

   Chevron Stripe Pillow -- use special shaped tape to make chevron stripes on a fun pillow cover.

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My Craft Room Tour and tons more next week!

It is here y’all!  My craft room tour is ready for you to view.  I have been working hard to convert a now extra bedroom into a usable space.  My college aged daughter moved out last fall and this room has been a mess ever since frankly.  It is finally ready for you to view and me to work in y’all.  Check out tons of pictures of the space below.  Then stay tuned all week as I will have links to over 30 craft room tours for you.  Come back each day for the full tour schedule and links!  It starts tomorrow and continues all week.    

The tours have started!  Don’t miss any of the craft room tours.  Click for the tours from day 1, day 2, day 3 day 4 and day 5.

Organized Craft Room Tour -- a tour of a fabulous craft room with tons of ideas for organization.  Plus a ton more craft room tours linked!

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Chalky Painted Nightstand

My chalky painted nightstand is completed and I just couldn’t wait to share it with y’all.  I am so happy with the way this project turned out.  It has been almost three years since I painted the last nightstand that was here and I was ready for a change.  It turned out to be a transformation that was just what my bedroom needed.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

I picked up a small dresser at a second hand furniture store for $65.  It is solid wood and the shape was perfect for my needs.  However the paint job that they had given it to try to sell it was…um…not my style.

 

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

I used Americana Chalky Paint from DecoArt to give the entire piece a makeover.  I painted the chest itself with Everlasting and the drawer fronts with Vintage.  This post is part of my design team status with DecoArt however all projects and opinions are my own.  The chest was already white so just going over it with one coat of chalky paint was sufficient.  It took two coats of vintage to cover up the day glow red on those drawers however.  

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

Once the white chalky paint was dry on the chest, I used a brocade motif stencil also from DecoArt on the top.  I used a removable adhesive sprayed on the back to ensure clean lines.  Then the chalky paint in vintage applied to a stencil brush.  Make sure to use a very dry brush and apply light coats when using a stencil.  Remove your stencil as soon as you are done painting.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

Now for the hardware on the piece, I loved the size and shape of the hardware on the original but they are painted wood and I was not loving the look.  So I grabbed some silver metallic spray paint from Krylon and gave the hardware a few coats.  It did the trick!  The hardware was perfect in a shiny silver.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

After the entire piece was dry, I applied two coats of Americana Creme Wax to protect the surface and give it a bit more shine.  NOTE:  When starting with chalky finish paint for the first time, be sure to read the tips and techniques page and watch the instructional videos.  I moved my nightstand into place and loaded it up with fun vintage treasures.  It is the perfect height to use as a nightstand and all of those drawers offer up storage that was desperately needed in this room.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

I am in love with how the stencil on top turned out.  It breaks up the top and adds detail to the otherwise plain piece of furniture.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!
 
And there are those spray painted knobs.  Pretty great huh? Much better than painted white knobs on this piece.
Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!
 
I also organized 40 plus years of photos in this space while I was cleaning and organizing my bedroom.  You can read more about the labels used in my organized craft closet post.
Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

Now my chalky painted nightstand and a stack or organized photos have their homes in my bedroom.  The bonus?  It does not look like a cluttered wreck.  Gotta love that.

Chalky Painted Nightstand -- check out the before and after on this painted night stand.  Love the color combo!

This post is part of my design team status with DecoArt.  Product and payment were given to me in exchange for my participation in the program.  All projects and opinions are my own.

Vintage Quilt Flower Wreath with Burlap — LIVE Video Tutorial

I am live crafting tonight with +Carolina Moore of 30 Minute Crafts.  We are creating wreaths in 10 minutes or less!  What kind of wreath can you create in 10 minutes?  My vintage quilt flower wreath with burlap ribbon can be made that easily.  

Make a wreath with flowers made from vintage quilt pieces in 10 minutes or less!  A quick and easy wreath that anyone can make.
 

Watch live below as I use a plain wreath form given to me by Styrofoam Crafts and transform it into a gorgeous wreath to hang in your home.  
 

 
Here is a close up shot of the completed flowers for y’all.  I don’t think you could properly view them on the video.  This time I just used hot glue to assemble my flowers but I have made something similar by sewing them together.  
 
Make a wreath with flowers made from vintage quilt pieces in 10 minutes or less!  A quick and easy wreath that anyone can make.
 
I hung my wreath on a small vintage ladder I found at the antique store.  I added it to the wall above my vintage ladder quilt hanger.  
Make a wreath with flowers made from vintage quilt pieces in 10 minutes or less!  A quick and easy wreath that anyone can make.
 
If you enjoyed this wreath video be sure to check out the entire wreath HOA schedule for live wreath videos all week!  Follow along and watch all of the videos on Crafty Hangouts.    
 

Quick and Easy Woven Mirror Knock Off in 15 Minutes or Less

I am continuing quick crafts week with a great woven mirror that you might have seen in your favorite home decor catalog.  Yep it is knock off time!  This week is Craft Lightning so this is a super fast knock off as well.  What is Craft Lightning?  Occasionally I team up with Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and we bring you an entire week of crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  If you have missed any of the fun this week be sure to check out the features from day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.  Also stay tuned as we have one more feature post going up this afternoon and I am going to have a special wrap up for y’all tomorrow.  Now lets learn how to make a woven mirror.  I love taking thrift store cast offs and turning them into something that looked like it stepped outside of the home decor department.  My latest mirror from a plate charger is one example of this.  Read on to learn how I made this beauty for only $1.  

 

 
Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage
 

First of all my inspiration.  I have seen tons of rope and woven mirrors around and have been in love.  I put together a little inspirational collage for y’all below.  I love each of these mirrors but some of the price tags are…let’s just say…out of my range.  So I went on a thrift store hunt.  
 

 

Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage

Sources:  Zinc Door, Bixby and Ball, Kirklands, Pottery Barn
I found a woven plate charger at Goodwill for $1 and knew I could make it awesome.  I actually had a small mirror at home left over from another project.  These types of mirrors are only about $1 if you don’t have one at home.  Look at your local craft or dollar store to find one of your own.   

Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage
 
My favorite adhesive for these types of jobs is E-6000 .  I have not met anything this glue will not work on.  
 

 

Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage
 
I applied the E-6000 according to the package directions and weighted down the mirror to dry.  I left my project to cure for a full 24 hours before touching it.  
 

 

Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage

Now here is a bit of an unconventional tip for you.  I have been using this method to hang plates on my walls for years and knew the same method would work for this mirror.  Just take a small piece of ribbon…

Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage

Then use your hot glue to adhere a loop to the back of your finished woven mirror.  It is simple, easy, inexpensive, and most importantly it works great.

Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage
 
All that was left was to hang it on the wall.  
Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage
 
So simple yet amazingly gorgeous.  I love getting that big store look on a tiny budget.  
Woven Mirror Knock Off from a $1 Plate Charger at The Country Chic Cottage
 
Stay tuned as we wrap up Craft Lightning week today and tomorrow.  I hope y’all enjoyed this quick and easy woven mirror knock off and will make your own in 15 minutes or less.  

Restoration Hardware Key Shadow Box Knock Off

I have been infatuated with skeleton keys for some time.  I really wanted to frame some to hang up in my home.  I finally settled on the key shadow boxes from Restoration Hardware.  But at $99 each they were not in the budget.  Let me show you how to knock off a pair of these for less than $10 so you can have you own  key shadow boxes.  

restoration hardware key shadow box knock off

First let’s go back a bit to how I settled on the Restoration Hardware version.  I stalked Pinterest for framed skeleton keys and came back with a variety of results.  

 

restoration hardware key shadow box knock off

Clockwise from top left:  Restoration Hardware, Young House Love, Bella Home Fashions, One Kings Lane
 
The Restoration Hardware version won my heart y’all.  So how could I make them on a budget?  Break out your craft supplies ladies and learn how to make your own knock off.  

restoration hardware key shadow box knock off

I started with a couple of prints from the thrift store for around $1 each plus some reproduction skeleton keys from the flea market for $5.  So I spent $7 total for my key shadow boxes.

restoration hardware key shadow box knock off
 
First remove all of the contents from the frames.  We are not going to use the glass or the pictures.  Just the frame and the backing.  Next something had to be done to age the frames.  Start with some wood stain.  Mine is oak stain from Folk Art.  Put some stain on a paper towel.  

restoration hardware key shadow box knock off
 
Apply to your frame, wait about 30 seconds, and wipe off.  The frame on the left below has had stain applied while the frame on the right is just as it was from the thrift store.  
restoration hardware key shadow box knock off
 
We are not quite there yet so on to step 2.  Mix equal parts black craft paint and water.  Paint this mixture on your entire frame and wait about 30 seconds.  
restoration hardware key shadow box knock off
 
Again use a paper towel to wipe away.  You can repeat this process until you get the look you want.  The frame on the left below is complete while the frame on the right just has the stain applied.  Much better.    
restoration hardware key shadow box knock off
 
Allow your frames to dry.  In the mean time, cut some canvas material to the size of the backs of your frame.  Then use spray adhesive to apply the canvas to the frame backs.
restoration hardware key shadow box knock off
 
Once everything is dry, assemble the frame then use E6000 to attach your keys to the center.  Wait at least 24 hours for the E6000 to dry.   
restoration hardware key shadow box knock off

Then hang your new key shadow boxes in your home.  I had most of my supplies on hand but I definitely think you can make a pair of these for less than $10 by stalking your local thrift stores and flea markets.

restoration hardware key shadow box knock off

I actually hung mine up in the bedroom next to my knock off decorative mirror from a plate charger.  Knock offs gotta stick together right?  Plus I can smile at these each night before I go to bed.  Win – win.    

restoration hardware key shadow box knock off

Hunger Games Love Quote Sign — Hanging It Up

Remember my Hunger Games Love Quote Sign?  I finally got around to hanging it up!

hunger games love quote barn wood sign

Now I love it even more.  I get to see it last thing before I get into bed at night and first thing when I get up in the morning.

hunger games love quote barn wood sign

It has actually been about 2 weeks but I am just now getting around to telling y’all.  I will say that the sign still makes me swoon.  I am just that much in love with this project. 

hunger games love quote barn wood sign

It is the perfect addition to our bedroom.  Now to get around to reading that last book in the Hunger Games series.  Have you read all three yet? 

hunger games love quote barn wood sign
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~Angie~

Hunger Games Love Quote Sign in Barnwood

I have fallen for the Hunger Games.  I have so far devoured the first and second book.  I will be heading to the movie soon.  I saw a sign on Lolly Jane and fell in love with the quote.  But I had to put my own spin on it…of course.  So I make my Hunger Games love quote sign in barnwood.  I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you…

hunger games quote sign barnwood

Don’t you just LOVE that quote!  Yes even if you are not a Hunger Games fan….the quote is beyond amazing!  Hubby helped me piece together two pieces of barnwood scraps…

hunger games quote sign barnwood
It is assembled similar to a pallet as pictured….
hunger games quote sign barnwood

I cut vinyl using my Silhouette.  I used rules to lay it out straight on the sign.

hunger games quote sign barnwood

After the letters were laid out, I went over each one making sure it was firmly down on the wood.

hunger games quote sign barnwood

I wanted a rustic, worn look.  So I knew I would be using a dry brush technique.  So I didn’t do anything else to my letters.  Otherwise, you may want to add some mod podge around them to ensure that paint does not sneak under.

hunger games quote sign barnwood
Dry brush technique you ask.  Well get the very very minimum amount on your brush and then tap some off.  This is my brush BEFORE I start painting.  You don’t see ANY globs of paint.  
hunger games quote sign barnwood

Then I would start away from the letters.  When doing the letters I would start in the middle and go out.  

hunger games quote sign barnwood

I actually went over each letter twice.  Both VERY VERY light coats.  This is after the second….

hunger games quote sign barnwood

Then came the moment of truth.  I started peeling my letters back very carefully.  It almost took my breath away….I loved it immediately.

hunger games quote sign barnwood

This one will go above my bed but frankly I could not wait to share it with y’all.

hunger games quote sign barnwood

I am in love with this sign and the meaning behind it.  It may well be my favorite project to date.

hunger games quote sign barnwood

A few letter close ups so you can see just how great they came out with this method….

hunger games quote sign barnwood

hunger games quote sign barnwood

I let the letters and words go over the seam in the middle.  Frankly, I love the seam too!

hunger games quote sign barnwood

A bonus with using true barnwood…..the imperfections….gorgeous imperfections….

hunger games quote sign barnwood

hunger games quote sign barnwood

Let me know if you are inspired to make a sign of your own.  Now, how many of y’all love the Hunger Games as much as I do?

hunger games quote sign barnwood
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