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!

Framing Vintage Quilt Squares

A few weeks back I framed some vintage quilt squares as art in my bathroom.  I realized I never shared it with y’all so I thought I would show it off a bit today.  They make me smile every time I walk past them.  That is the kind of art I want in my home.  Don’t you?

Frame vintage quilt squares as art in your home.

I just took a couple of quilt squares given to me by a great friend.  I found some chunky wide frames at the thrift store that they would fit in.  Then I gave the frames a bit of a white wash for a worn look.  

 

Frame vintage quilt squares as art in your home.

I just added in the quilt squares then put my art on my bathroom wall.  They live right beside my vintage cabinet in that room and I love the quirkiness that this area gives to my home.  It is the perfect place to display some vintage treasures.

Frame vintage quilt squares as art in your home.

Do you frame anything odd or unusual as art?  Vintage quilt squares are my weakness.  I look at every one as a piece of art.

Rustic Wood Arrow DIY Tutorial

Make your own rustic wood arrow with this DIY tutorial.  Arrows are popping up all over the place it seems.  They are in home decor everywhere I turn.  So y’all know I had to have one of my very own.  I used Styrofoam and wooden tobacco sticks to make this great home decor item.  Learn how I made my version below then pull together some things to make your own version. 

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

 
 
 

Lets get this straight right now.  We have more rustic wood on our farm than I could probably fit in my house.  I posted the picture below on Instagram asking for ideas for these tobacco sticks.  They are old, worn wood that look amazing.  That natural beauty and patina just sitting in a pile waiting for a project.  But what project?

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

The ideas posted on my Instagram picture really got my wheels to churning.  I came up with the idea for a rustic arrow and I could not shake it.  I had to make a rustic wood arrow….had to.  I broke out my Styrofoam and made some templates from paper.

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

I used an electric Styro-cutter given to me as part of the Craft Test Dummies team to cut the arrow shapes as per my templates.

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

I then glued together my Styrofoam pieces using toothpicks inside to help secure together.

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

I painted my entire arrow using a dark brown paint.  I knew that there would be gaps in the rustic wood and I didn’t want white Styrofoam to show through those gaps. 

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

I then grabbed a saw, some tobacco sticks, and a whole lot of patience.  This project was sort of like a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces did’t exactly all match up.  I wrapped my entire Styrofoam form with wood first then used tobacco sticks to fill in the front portion. 

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

I used the natural shape of the worn wood to work my “puzzle”. 

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

I literally just used LOADS of hot glue to secure my pieces to the Styrofoam.  Seriously there are quite a few glue sticks in this one.  After I got the project to this point, I flipped it over and used even more glue on the Styrofoam seams on the back. 

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

I used my arrow standing up in front of one of the gallery walls in my foyer. 

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

This is a great way to add a rustic touch to any space.  My rustic wood arrow is the star of my entryway.  Now off to figure out more things to do with those tobacco sticks.  What would you make with them?

Use reclaimed wood sticks to make this extra large rustic wood arrow for your home today.

 

DIY Decorative Canvas plus more Thrift Store Challenge Fun

I am back with another thrift store challenge video today.  This time I am going to show y’all how to make a DIY decorative canvas of your very own from a thrift store cast off.  This project is simple but allows you to have wonderful customized canvas art around your home for a fraction of the price.  Y’all be sure to head on over to Crafty Hangouts for even more Thrift Store Challenge videos and fun this week.  
 
DIY Decorative Canvas -- turn any canvas art you can find at the thrift store into a customized piece of art for your home in under 10 minutes.  Come see how I turn some gorgeous scrapbook paper into fun art for my home all for $1!
 
 
 

I am joined by Carolina from 30 Minutes Crafts for this great thrift store challenge video.  See how to make my DIY decorative canvas plus a thrift store project from Carolina all in under 10 minutes.  Great right?   Come watch the great video below.  
 
 
Now be sure to stalk your thrift stores for great canvas art that you can cover up with this method.  I love using the vintage looking paper from Bo Bunny for my projects but you can choose any style you like.  This method is versatile enough for any style home.  Make yourself some DIY decorative canvases today.
 

DIY Decorative Canvas -- turn any canvas art you can find at the thrift store into a customized piece of art for your home in under 10 minutes.  Come see how I turn some gorgeous scrapbook paper into fun art for my home all for $1!

 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister

I am here today with a fabulous Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister that you are going to love.  I am lucky enough to have DecoArt sponsoring occasional posts using their product.  Grab your paints, a thrift store canister, and lets get painting.

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

 

First lets compare my version of the canister to the Pottery Barn original.  Not bad for an $87 savings huh?   

 

 
This journey started with an obsession with the PB original.  I loved it but could not afford to pay almost $90 to store my dog treats.  (What?  Can you?)  So I stalked my thrift stores, garage sales, anywhere I might find a canister on the cheap.  After weeks of searching, my eyes landed on the beauty below at a thrift store for $2.  Oh yes…sold.
 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

Boy it doesn’t look like much there does it?  It was right out of the 1970s and was in need of a new home.  I first painted the entire thing with an off white paint from DecoArt.  The lid received a coat of the same color paint just a very light coat.  Then it was time to paint that decorative detail on the front.

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I printed out an extra large copy of the PB version and grabbed my graphite paper.  I traced the PB image right onto the front of my canister using the graphite paper.  No it is not perfect but the lines are close enough for me to paint in a facsimile of the original. 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I play around with blues and blacks until I landed on a paint color I loved.  I then started filling in the lines I made on my canister with paint.  I kept my picture of the original version close at hand and tried to mimic the brush strokes.  The writing at the very bottom was hardest of all.  I actually traced the letters with a blue fine line marker before painting them. 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!
 
The letters and the painting are perfectly imperfect which I think is what makes it look even more authentic.  Remember this is a knock off of a piece that is supposed to look vintage.  Don’t get fussy with your knock off just free hand your painting and have fun with it.  It should look hand painted and vintage just like the original you are trying to mimic. 
 
Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I am using my Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister to store the dog’s treats.  Stay tuned tomorrow as I show you where this one ended up and the changes I have made in my kitchen organization. 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I am a member of the DecoArt core blogger program and I have been compensated for my participation.  However the project and opinions are all my own.

 

Beach Sign Knock Off and a Summer Decor Linky Party

Get ready for some Summer Inspiration with my beach sign knock off as well as a fun summer decor link party below.  You can join in today and link up your summer decor projects at the bottom of this post.  For now, lets grab a paint brush and get started on some summer decor of our own.  I am knocking off a Ballard Designs original today and can’t wait to share my secrets with you.  Don’t be intimidated!  I am going to show you some super simple methods for making this sign that anyone can replicate.  I posted originally about this beach sign on Crafts Unleashed but wanted to put it here in case y’all missed it.  
 
Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!
 
 

First, lets look at my inspiration piece.  It is from Ballard Designs and the website actually says the sign is stretched canvas over wood.  So yes, my version is painted on canvas just like the original.  The original version is 15″ x 30″ and is priced at $179.  I know I can beat that price!
 

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!
 
Supplies needed to make your own Beach Sign Knock Off:
TOTAL = $22.12 (and this is plenty of supplies to make two signs if you wish)!

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!
 
Now lets dive right into our canvas and start painting.  You can actually mix the blue with a little black to make the color darker.  I actually made a custom blue by doing just that.  Start at the top of your canvas and begin painting a solid blue.  Don’t forget the canvas edges as well.  While your paint is STILL WET, apply a little black with a very dry brush and spread across the top.  That will make a few dark areas.  Keep your inspiration picture handy and try to mimic where the dark areas are on the original.  It is important to do this while the blue paint is wet.
 

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!
 
Do the same thing with a dry brush and some white paint.  Again, I picked a few areas that were light on the original sign and brushed on white paint while my blue was still wet.
Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

While you are waiting for your completed canvas to dry, pick a font on your computer that mimics the original inspiration.  Print your BEACH letters as large as you can while still fitting on the canvas.  I used whole sheets of paper and taped them together to fit.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

Once you are happy with your letters and their placement, put your graphite paper under your copy paper.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

Trace around each letter and the graphite will transfer your letters to the canvas.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!
 
Now you can just color in the lines with white paint.  There are a few tips and tricks to remember here.  These letters do not have to be perfect.  Our original inspiration is a very rustic sign so do not worry about getting your lines completely straight.  Use a dry brush with very little paint.  Again, it is OKAY if a little of the blue is showing through your letters.  We are making a rustic sign.
Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!
 
Now we need an arrow.  I actually took some copy paper and made an arrow template that I felt was the right size for this canvas.  I used it as a guide and painted inside of it following the same tips and tricks as given above for the letters.
Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

I then free handed a line all the way around the outside edge of my canvas in white.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

Then I painted freehand four of these rough circle shapes.  I loved how the original appeared to have rusty holes where it had been hanging somewhere for years.  Since I had room, I put four of these holes on mine instead of just two.  Allow your entire canvas to dry before continuing to the next step.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

Now it is time for our secret ingredient…cinnamon.  No, I am not crazy.  Cinnamon makes a really lovely rust on any surface.  Plus, it is so super simple to use, so lets give it a try.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

Spray small areas of your sign with the sealer and while it is still wet, sprinkle with cinnamon.  You can play with different techniques on different areas.  For instance, on my “bolt holes” I sprinkled the cinnamon on the wet sealer then took my finger and traced the circle.  So the “rust” also comes out looking circular!

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

Try a light dusting of cinnamon in some areas.  It gives the appearance that the “rust” is just starting to peek through the paint.  Other areas of the sign I really dumped on the cinnamon to give large “rusty” areas.  You can also experiment with the spray, sprinkle, spray technique.  Spray on your sealer, sprinkle on cinnamon, then immediately spray again.  This gives a whole other look to your “rust” techniques.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!

Keep layering on sealer and cinnamon rust until you are happy with your finished sign.  You can control just how rustic this sign gets.  You can go over the same area multiple times if you are not happy with your results the first time.  When you are finished, give your completed sign a few really good coats of the spray sealer right on the top.  Allow the entire thing to dry and you are ready to display your rustic sign creation.  I would say this looks pretty good especially for 12% of the original price.  Order some canvases today and stock up on cinnamon.  You will want to use this technique over and over again once you get the hang of it.

Ballard Designs Knock Off Beach Sign -- a great technique for getting a rusty appearance on a painted sign easily.  You probably already have the secret ingredient in your kitchen!
 
Now are you ready to link up your summer decor projects?  Today I am joining the following ladies to find the best summer decor around:
 
 
 
 
Party Rules:
1. Please link up any project, old or new, that relates to the party theme: Summer Decor. Any links not related to the theme will be deleted.
2. Please include the party button or text link on your post OR share the party via Facebook or Twitter to help spread the word!
 
 

Summer Inspiration at The Country Chic Cottage
Now grab a button above then link up your fabulous summer decor projects!  Guess who will be pinning from this party this weekend?  Yep this girl!!  Get in your fabulous ideas now!