Cross Stitch Sign on Wood

 Cross stitch was my very first ever true “craft” that I learned.  So seeing it come back in new ways lately had me itching to do a project.  This one however doesn’t take nearly as long!  My cross stitch sign on wood can be made in just minutes.  This is a part of the design competition with my Cricut Explore however I am not compensated for this post. 

  Make your own cross stitch sign on wood using vinyl and your Cricut Explore.  

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Farmhouse Style Mud Room Organization and Ideas

 I was challenged by Better Homes and Gardens this month to make my home holiday ready and they are sponsoring this post.  For me the flurry of holiday guests sends me into nesting and organization mode.  Around our home, the guests all feel free to just pop in the back door.  Which means instead of entering through our foyer they are coming in through the mud room.  Hmmm…not exactly holiday ready y’all.  So I made it my mission to organize, clean up, and make my mud room ready for any holiday celebration that happens at our home.  

Mud Room Organization and Ideas -- incorporate these farmhouse style ideas into your own home!

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Making a Barn Wood Frame

 I have been secretly working on my mud room for a few weeks now and this week is the big reveal.  I am going to start with a few project posts then I will show you the entire room.  One of the first projects I tackled was making a barn wood frame.  You see I had this plain old builder grade mirror.  You know the one with those awful clips that hold it on the wall?  Well it was time to say bye to those clips and hello to gorgeous farmhouse style.  If you want to be inspired by even more rustic wood projects, be sure to scroll to the end of this post.

 Making a barn wood frame for a mirror -- turn a plain builder grade mirror into something with farmhouse style!

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Style a Bookcase in 4 Minutes or Less!

A few weeks ago I went on a hunt finding a bathroom cabinet. I was rescued and sponsored by Sauder to write this series of posts. I found an amazing bookcase that was perfect for our nautical themed bathroom. I thought I would show y’all that this bookcase is not only for the bathroom. I styled it a couple of different ways and both in under 4 minutes. How? I am about to show you!

Style a Bookcase in 4 minutes or less -- tips and techniques on arranging items in a bookcase or any shelf!

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HUGE Wall Art on a Budget

 We are all on a budget.  But sometimes you need some extra large high impact art for your home.  I have the solution to getting huge wall art on a budget.  You are going to love this project.  You can customize the letters, the paint color, and the stencils to whatever will match your home decor.  This one is super easy to create and will leave you with some high impact art that costs you very little.  This tutorial was originally posted over at Consumer Crafts where I am compensated for my participation in their design team.    Make this HOME art for large impact in any room!  Huge wall art on a budget!

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Rustic Gold Centerpiece

I had this idea to cover barn wood with some metallic gold paint.  It turned out awesome.  But I just couldn’t stop there.  This rustic gold centerpiece was the result.  Use this for a dinner party or even for Thanksgiving.  A few bottles and some barn wood can become this rustic beauty in just a few minutes.  This post is a part of my design team status with DecoArt.  I am compensated for my participation however all projects and opinions are my own.  

Rustic Gold Centerpiece -- mix gold with barn wood for an elegant yet rustic table centerpiece.
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Make Your Own Vintage Labels

 Do you love vintage labels on old bottles and containers?  Grab some kraft paper labels from Online Labels to make your own vintage look-a-like labels in minutes.  I have the free printables for you below and you can use some ink to distress the edges.  Follow along with the instructions below to make your own vintage labels. 

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Spring Cone Wreath

I thought I would share a great alternative to a spring wreath today.  My spring cone wreath can be made in 10 minutes or less and will look great on your front door.  The cones for this project were provided by StyroCrafts as part of a cone challenge on Crafty Hangouts.  Our bloggers are all crafting with cones this week so head on over to see what they come up with!  

Spring Cone Wreath -- a fun alternative to a wreath for your front door.

Want to make your own spring cone wreath?  Watch the video below for the full instructions for the cone wreath as well as a spring tree ornament from 30 Minute Crafts.  We make both of the crafts LIVE for you in less than 10 minutes!    

 

In case you missed any of the instructions on the video, here is a brief recap.

  1. Cover a large cone with wood grain contact paper.  I picked up mine at the dollar store.  Trim any excess with a pair of scissors from the side as well as the top.
  2. Add reindeer moss to the top of your cone with hot glue.
  3. Add in these great burlap flowers from Consumer Crafts randomly in the top.  Secure with hot glue.
  4. Form an 18 inch piece of floral wire into a handle like shape and turn it in (90 degree angle) about 2 inches from both ends.  Push those ends directly into the cone at the top through the contact paper.  Push into the cone about 1 inch down from the top on both sides.
  5. Add a ribbon to the top and you are ready to hang this one on your door.

 

 

Spring Cone Wreath -- a fun alternative to a wreath for your front door.
 
This spring cone wreath makes a lovely alternative to a traditional wreath. Change it up by using fabric dye for the flowers or a different pattern of contact paper.  The possibilities are endless y’all.  What will you do with this spring cone wreath idea?
 
Spring Cone Wreath -- a fun alternative to a wreath for your front door.
 
Portions of the products used in this tutorial were provided to me free of charge.  All opinions and projects are my own however.

 

Handmade Gift: Family Tree Ornaments

I am continuing with my handmade gift series today with some family tree ornaments that will please almost anyone on your holiday gift giving list.  This tutorial takes old or new photos and turns them into heirloom ornaments.  A perfect addition to any tree, gift, or add them to their own special tree like I did below.  This tutorial was actually on Crafts Unleashed last year but I thought y’all would enjoy a repeat performance.
 

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

First, you will need some black and white pictures.  I used a variety of old and new pictures.  I converted them all to black and white on my computer and had them printed at the local drugstore.  I think my total was around $4.  I actually printed more than I needed.  The “ornaments” are going to use are a variety of shapes and I was unsure how the pictures would look in them.  Better to have too many then to have to run back to the store to print more pictures.
 
Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.
 
In addition to pictures, here are the supplies needed to make your own handmade Christmas ornaments and family tree:

 

 

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

I started with my pile of pictures and determined which photo would look best in each metal object.  I trimmed my pictures to where they would fit inside and removed any ribbon that came on the metal objects.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

The pictures did not sit all the way down inside of the metal objects.  I made them where they would sit slightly inside but not all the way on the bottom.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

First up is to coat the pictures with two coats of Mod Podge (matte or gloss).  Allow them to dry in between coats.  Note that I also used the Mod Podge to hold the picture inside of the metal object, so I used excess Mod Podge where ever the picture touches the metal.  This is shown in the picture below.  I allowed the Mod Podge coats to cure overnight before going onto the next step.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

After both coats of Mod Podge have dried completely, it is time to use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.  This product will add a dimension and luster to your project not found with regular Mod Podge.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

The ornament on the left below only has two coats of regular Mod Podge applied.  The ornament on the right has the Dimensional Magic.  This is what it will look like wet.  Apply an even coat on all of your ornaments and allow to dry.  I find that leaving it to dry overnight is preferred.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

I added a ribbon to each ornament.  Either threading it through the already present hole, or using hot glue to adhere to the back.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.


I then pulled out my mini tree and decorated it.  First layering on rusty stars and jingle bells tied with jute cording.  Then adding on all of my family tree ornaments.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.


I made my little tree tell the story of my husband’s family.  From  years gone by all the way to present day.  This is a fun and memory filled addition to our Christmas decor.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

Each ornament in this collection has a special meaning to us.  I can imagine giving a collection of these to someone for Christmas.  You know the gifts that make the recipient cry….this would be one of those.

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

Grab your pictures and get started on your own set of heirloom ornaments today.  Make a set for mom, grandma, or anyone else special on your holiday gift giving list.  My handmade gift idea of family tree ornaments is sure to put a smile on their faces.

 

Handmade Gift:  Family Tree Ornaments -- show you loved ones that you care this holiday season with some handmade Christmas ornaments.

Have you missed any of our handmade gift series?  Visit all of the links so far:

 

Stay tuned for even more handmade gifts!
 

Everything is Better in a Mason Jar Free Printable Art

Y’all seem to love my free printable mason jar art so much I came up with another version.  Everything is better in a mason jar.  You all think that too right?  Grab your free printable art below to display in your home.  Have you missed my other mason jar printables?  Be sure to print my mason jar firefly art and my money can’t buy happiness but it can buy mason jars art.  Now for the next version.

Everything is better in a mason jar -- print this FREE printable art today!

Click on the image below or head over to download my free printable here.  Then you can print your own version up to 8 x 10.  Frame it, hang it, display it, but most of all enjoy it!  

 

Everything is better in a mason jar -- print this FREE printable art today!