Monogram Wall Art with Styrofoam

I try to add a piece of monogram wall art to each of my foyer gallery walls.  See each wall is a gallery of each of my kids….so three walls and three kids!  I add their initial to the display just for a little something fun.  For my daughter, I let her pick her favorite colors (purple and green) then I got to work.

Monogram Wall Art -- use Styrofoam, fabric, and a little paint to create a one of a kind monogram wall art piece that will look great in your home.  Click to get the full instructions.

I started with some drop cloth material, a piece of Styrofoam cut to size, a large “R” stencil cut on my Silhouette, Americana paint in Wisteria, and a stencil brush.  You will also need embroidery thread, a needle, ric rac, and hot glue.

 

Monogram Wall Art -- use Styrofoam, fabric, and a little paint to create a one of a kind monogram wall art piece that will look great in your home.  Click to get the full instructions.

I used the stencil and a couple of coats of the Americana paint on the letter using the stencil brush.  I then removed the stencil.  

Monogram Wall Art -- use Styrofoam, fabric, and a little paint to create a one of a kind monogram wall art piece that will look great in your home.  Click to get the full instructions.

I filled in the “stencil” areas (or where the breaks in my letter were) by hand.  I threaded my needle with white embroidery thread.  I was inspired to create a piece of art that was a combination of paint and embroidery by a fabulous book from Lark crafts called Doodle Stitching: Embroidery and Beyond.  There are some fabulous ideas in the book and I just wanted to break out my needle and get to stitching!

Monogram Wall Art -- use Styrofoam, fabric, and a little paint to create a one of a kind monogram wall art piece that will look great in your home.  Click to get the full instructions.

I used the thread to stitch all the way around my letter.  I then wrapped the Styrofoam block like a present and used hot glue to secure.

Monogram Wall Art -- use Styrofoam, fabric, and a little paint to create a one of a kind monogram wall art piece that will look great in your home.  Click to get the full instructions.

I wrapped the block in green ric rac and yet again used hot glue to secure.  A simple loop hot glued to the back is all you need to hang.  Because this piece is made from wrapped Styrofoam it is super light.

Monogram Wall Art -- use Styrofoam, fabric, and a little paint to create a one of a kind monogram wall art piece that will look great in your home.  Click to get the full instructions.

I am calling this portion of the gallery wall done….what do you think of my monogram wall art?

Monogram Wall Art -- use Styrofoam, fabric, and a little paint to create a one of a kind monogram wall art piece that will look great in your home.  Click to get the full instructions.

Some products were given to me by companies to use in my crafting.  All opinions and projects are my own.

 

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.

 

Spring Decorating with @weronthenet

I am taking a pause from wedding week just for this morning.  I will continue on this afternoon as well as an extra special MEGA round up of DIY wedding ideas tomorrow.  So don’t go away!
When We R Memory Keepers had a call for guest designers on their facebook page…well…I jumped at the chance.  I was sent a package of goodies and was allowed to create anything I wanted.  I made a great spring art sign that is perfect for your home.  ”April showers bring May flowers” and now you can display that saying in your own home.
 

Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers

 
I was sent an assortment from their Simply Spring collection.  I also used some glue dots, 3D adhesive mount, baker’s twine, and a shadowbox frame from my stash.  

Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers
 
I added some striped paper to the back of my shadow box first using some glue dots.
 

Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers

 
I used a paper frame from the supplies and cut another piece of paper to size.  I added four 3D adhesive mounts to this combination.  
 

Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers

 
This was placed in the center of my striped paper.  I then used an embellishment from the package that says “April showers bring May flowers”.  I used two 3D adhesive mounts stacked on top of one another on both ends.  

Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers
 
I placed this in the center of my frame.  I then tied baker’s twine into both holes of the embellishment.  
Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers

I ran the baker’s twine between the frame and the dotted paper.  I then secured this with glue and cut off the baker’s twine.

Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers
 
I placed the entire thing inside the shadowbox frame.  It was ready for display.  This is such a quick and easy project but it looks amazing.  
Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers
 
I made a spring themed vignette in my foyer with the art and some other elements.  You can also find instructions for the state love art seen below that I made last month.  I love spring decorating!  It just makes the whole house feel like it is full of sunshine and ready for warmer weather.  Have you started decorating for spring yet?        
Spring Art Sign with We R Memory Keepers

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Valentine’s Day Decor

As promised yesterday, I have a little Valentine’s Day decor to show you today.  I made a little vignette in the foyer to celebrate the love of the holiday.  I went with a pink and aqua color scheme that I adore.  

valentines day decor

I started with an “X” and “O” that I found at a thrift store.  I painted them in white and hot pink.  The color is Tutti Frutti from Decoart in case y’all are wondering.  If you follow me on instagram I gave a little sneak peek of the painting process.  

 

valentines day decor

Of course the state love art that I made yesterday was added in.  It can live in your home well past Valentine’s Day but it does make a wonderful piece of “love” art.

valentines day decor

My middle daughter made this paper mache bowl in art several years ago.  I usually pull it out and display it for Valentine’s.  I added some scrabble letters to it this year.

valentines day decor

The two pieces of mail are true vintage pieces picked up at Bella Rustica this year.  Along with a couple of skeleton keys that I scored on Top Hatter.

valentines day decor

I pulled in a piece of aqua vintage Pyrex and filled it with wooden thread spools.  I laid the ones that still have aqua or pink thread on the top.

valentines day decor

Those pink heart picks actually came from the Dollar Tree.  They are perfect tucked into an aqua mason jar.

valentines day decor

I made the rustic heart sign last year from barnwood.  I used the “X” and “O” to cover up the bottom this year.  Along with the stuffed owl that I got off etsy a while back.  

valentines day decor

I am in love (ha!) with this little vignette.  It is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without decorating my entire home.  It almost makes me wish I could decorate my entire home…almost…

valentines day decor

 

DIY State Love Art

It is probably no secret that I love Tennessee.  This one is for all of you that love the state you are in now or a state you previously lived in.  Pay homage to your state with my DIY state love art.  It only takes a few minutes to make one of these fabric art pieces.  Plus come back tomorrow to see how I used this to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

You will need:

  • printout of the outline of your state
  • printout of a small heart to fit inside
  • bold print fabric
  • white burlap
  • white fabric for backing
  • frame
  • paint
  • craft knife
  • Mod Podge

 

Apply Mod Podge to the back of your bold fabric and allow to dry.  This will ensure that when you cut your state out of the fabric it will not fray.

Cut the state outline and heart from the paper.  Then use your craft knife and paper template to cut the same shape from your fabric.

In the meantime, if your frame is not the color you like paint and allow to dry.  Mine took a couple of coats of white.

I used the cardboard that was already in the frame.  I applied two layers of white fabric onto the cardboard with Mod Podge.  This will ensure that your cardboard will not peek through your burlap.  I used my Mod Podge roller to smooth my pieces of fabric.

Add your burlap to the top of the cardboard.  I just used hot glue to secure the edges.  Put the burlap covered piece into your frame and center your state.  Use hot glue to hold your state into place as well.

That easily you have a state love art piece to center your Valentine’s Day decor around.  Actually this one will probably stay out all year in my home.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I used this as an excuse to add decor to this table.  Come back tomorrow to see the results.

 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Faux Antler Wreath

I hope this post finds all of you well especially those on the east coast.  We just have a little wind leftover from the storm which is nothing in comparison.  
Time for a Pottery Barn knock off!  I fell in love with one of their faux antler wreaths.  I actually saw it on Pinterest and knew it must be mine.  But at $100 that was not going to happen.  Time to make my own!  
faux antler wreath from the pottery barn
Ready for a side by side comparison?  And yes I even made my own faux antlers and I am going to give y’all a tutorial for those as well.  Here is the Pottery Barn version and my version…
faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

Pretty good I think!  So what will you need?
For the wreath:
  • Wire wreath form (mine came from Consumer Crafts)
  • Pinecones (I got some plain ones from my yard and some white tipped ones from Consumer Crafts)
  • Spanish Moss (had on hand)
  • Hot Glue
  • Twine
For the antlers:
  • Clay (I used air dry)
  • Metal coat hangers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Water
  • Paint in various colors
Let’s get started on the antlers first.  I saw some faux antlers on Pinterest some time ago and wanted to give them a try.  I just did not have a place for them until I saw the Pottery Barn wreath.  The antlers that inspired me where these from Crafterberry Bush.  I ended up doing a lot of research on making antlers from clay and I loosely followed the tutorial on Crafterberry Bush.  I ended up using metal coat hangers instead of sticks.     

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

I cut the coat hangers and shaped them into three different “antler like” shapes.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

I then covered my shapes with aluminum foil making sure the tips are pointed and the end is not.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

I then covered the shapes in air dry clay until I was happy with the results.  Again making the tips pointed and the end not.  I took an old paint brush and stippled the ends and a few places along each antler.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

When all three were done I left them to completely dry for over 24 hours.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

I really thought I might have a craft fail after this.  They cracked y’all.  I was upset but forged on.  I took a little water on my hands and smoothed each antler out.  The one on the left below has been smoothed and the one on the right has not been.  It worked!  I had to do this twice for each antler letting it dry in between.  I did have a few small cracks after that but the paint worked to fill those in.  Also notice that my wire came out of the bottom of one.  You can just snip that off with some side cutters.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

Now for paint!  I am not an artist y’all.  I just pulled up the Pottery Barn picture on my computer, broke out a few shades of white and brown, and experimented.  Don’t be afraid.  Just break out your brush and get started!  The worst that can happen is that you paint over it and start over.  I played around until I was happy with the results.  Are they perfect?  Nope.  But they are pretty!

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

Now for the wreath.  I made mine inside of a box cause this gets messy!

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

Cover the form loosely with spanish moss and LOTS of hot glue.  You can see that not all areas got covered but that is okay.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

I then took a few plain pine cones from the yard and used hot glue to adhere them to the form randomly.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

I then took my white tipped pine cones and filled in around the wreath until I was happy with the result.  Again adhering with hot glue.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

Then take your painted and dry antlers and just tie them onto the wreath with twine.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

This one is ready to hang on your door to invite in all of your fall guests!

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

This one would also be awesome with a red bow for Christmas.  Seriously this may be my favorite wreath ever!

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

A word of caution — your antlers are NOT made to get wet.  I have mine on a door that is protected by a glass storm door.  Please do not hang outside or your antlers may melt away.

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

I hope y’all have enjoyed this wreath as much as I have and will make your own!  This one would be good for fall, Christmas, winter, really any season!

faux antler wreath from the pottery barn

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Baker’s Twine Pumpkins

These were first seen over at Crafts Unleashed.  I decided to blog about them here as well in case y’all missed them.  They are probably my favorite fall project this season.  These baker’s twine pumpkins are simple, timeless, and can really go with any home decor style.  Have you made any of your own yet?  What are you waiting for?
bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

Materials you will need:

My materials were supplied by Consumer Crafts but all projects and opinions are my own.

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

Begin on either the top or the bottom of your pumpkin.  I actually started on the top of the small pumpkins and the bottom of the large one.  Coat a small area in Mod Podge and begin to wrap in twine.  This craft is messy as you will get Mod Podge on your hands but I found it was the best adhesive for the baker’s twine.  You can pretend you are in school as the Mod Podge peels off your hands and looks like skin.  Please tell me you did that too?
bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

Keep wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.  Be sure to put your twine tight as you wrap so you don’t get any gaps.  Using lots of Mod Podge worked best because the surface is bumpy and can be hard to work the twine around.  Push your twine down next to the row before it as you work your way up.

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

On the smaller pumpkins, I actually left the stem alone.  The end of the twine can be tucked under the stem on this end.  I really liked the natural appearance of the stem on these.

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

The larger pumpkin got a green baker’s twine stem as well as the orange on the body.  The larger pumpkins especially take a while.  Pop in a movie before you start on this project.

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

Within the span of a movie, I had a large pumpkin and five smaller ones.  Enough to add to this display and make a very cute baker’s twine touch to my fall decor.  I think it was well worth it, don’t you?

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

Intimidated?  Don’t be!  Start with a small mini pumpkin and some Mod Podge.  Wrap the small ones until you get the hang of it.  Then you can dive head first into a large pumpkin.  One large roll of baker’s twine will easily do a large pumpkin so don’t worry about running out.

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor


The rest of the items on my fall display include:

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

Add these to your home for fall and to impress your Thanksgiving guests.  They will be amazed at your little creations!

bakers twine pumpkins fall decor

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Angie

How to Spray Paint a Rug

I am on a spray painting kick this week.  Something about the nicer weather makes me break out the cans.  Today I am spray painting a rug.  A rug??  Yep an indoor rug!  Ready for the how to?  Start with a REALLY ugly rug that you don’t care to ruin.  Yep there is mine on the left….

I figured I couldn’t make it WORSE.  So I went for it.  I spray painted the entire thing gray.  Just regular old Krylon I had on hand….nothing special about it.  Then I wanted stripes.  My extra fancy method for making stripes??  Oh yes…cardboard…

I just made various widths in white and an antique brass metallic.  All colors I had on hand.  No rhyme or reason to the width of my stripes at all.  I was loving it after the first few stripes so I kept going.

Now, if you walk on this barefoot it IS a bit “crunchier” than it was before.  But the difference in appearance makes me forgive the crunchy steps.  I mean it is gorgeous!  And I did it all with stuff I had on hand…freebie!

So have you ever done something crazy like spray paint a rug?  Is yours a little crunchy?  Anyway to get rid of the crunch?

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~Angie~

DIY Vintage Labels with Bo Bunny and PSA Essentials

An old bottle with a great old vintage label….is there anything better?  Want to turn your cast off bottles and jars into treasures?  Create your own vintage labels in a few minutes with Bo Bunny scrapbook papers and PSA Essentials stamps.  Ready to see how?  Oh and maybe to swoon over the awesomeness that you will see when it comes to this paper.
DIY Vintage Labels

I gathered up my stamps and scrapbook paper.  The paper is from the Weekend Market collection by Bo Bunny.

DIY Vintage Labels

The labels came out of sheets like the following one…swoon worthy I am telling you.

DIY Vintage Labels

But before we make labels, just look at a few more sheets of paper in the collection…

DIY Vintage Labels

This one with the rulers had my heart racing!  Gorgeous!  I can see an entire table top with these sheets of paper mod podged to it…

DIY Vintage Labels

But back to our labels.  I cut out various labels from the Bo Bunny papers…

DIY Vintage Labels

I gathered various jars and bottles.  Some are vintage but others are from pickles, pimentos, or anything else we are eating out of glass containers.

DIY Vintage Labels

Just apply mod podge to the back of your DIY label and adhere it to the jar.

DIY Vintage Labels

Some of the labels were blank, so I added words with my PSA Essentials stamps….

DIY Vintage Labels

Or just my initial on a mini label…

DIY Vintage Labels

Other ones just needed put on the jars as is…

DIY Vintage Labels

There is such a wide variety on the papers that it was easy to fill an entire shelf with goodies…

DIY Vintage Labels

This project is truly trash to treasure…

DIY Vintage Labels

All of the jars found a home on the top shelf of this vintage cabinet…

DIY Vintage Labels

Of course they do not all have to be grouped together, but they do make a nice statement in my foyer…

DIY Vintage Labels

Are you absolutely in love with the Bo Bunny paper?  Head on over to PSA Stamp Camp to find even more projects using Bo Bunny! 
I received product from Bo Bunny and PSA Essentials for free but all ideas, opinions, and projects are mine.
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Rustic LOVE Sign from Barnwood

If you have been around here any time at all, you know that I love barnwood signs.  I didn’t have one yet for Valentine’s Day.  So I just had to make one.  My rustic love sign….
I cut out a heart from brown paper.  The letters came from a pack of post it letters for poster board signs.  
For this one I tried out the crackle finish from Martha Stewart.  It is available at The Home Depot.  I will warn you that the directions say to apply over a primer.  I didn’t.  I wanted the barnwood to show through the cracks.
 The Martha Stewart product is THICK.  It needs to be applied like spackle with a putty knife.  I just used my pieces to mask the area off I did not want painted.  I did not even tape them down or anything.
Apply an even coat and then sit back and watch the magic.  As it drys, it crackles!  Lovely chippy paint in one simple step.
 You can see the crackle in this up close pic.  Plus the barnwood peeking though!  Yippee…..I heart rustic…
 I added this to my Love banner and DIY tobacco basket…. 
 I will talk some more about this area and Valentine’s Day decor next week…y’all stay tuned!


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