We all have wedding keepsakes. Yes even those of us that have been married for over 20 years. Mine were put away in a box in my closet. I have been meaning to do this project for a long time and finally set aside some time to get it done. I created shadowboxes with all of our wedding mementos inside. This is a great way to get them out of the box and into a location where we can see them daily![Read more…]
You can enjoy rustic farmhouse decor both inside and outside your home. However you may not realize that the same furniture can pull double duty and give you that rustic look you crave in both places. I ran across these gorgeous metal farmhouse chairs and knew that they could work both on my porch and in the foyer. I thought I would share both options with you to inspire your own farmhouse home decor. This post is sponsored by the Better Homes and Gardens Collection at Walmart however all projects and opinions are my own.
I completed the decor in my foyer….well….at least for now! I thought I would share my farmhouse style foyer plus a great farmhouse style bookshelf I found that y’all will love. This post is sponsored by WalMart and the Better Homes and Gardens collection of products however all projects and opinions are my own.
I have been doing some update in our small foyer. I have a few pictures for y’all this month then stay tuned cause I have big plans for this entire area later. I have wanted a big comfy chair in this room for over 10 years. Well y’all I finally got it! And it is way more affordable then you would imagine. This chair is from Sauder and fits perfectly in my space where I am trying to mix farmhouse style with more modern prints.
You can take old cardboard boxes and turn them into this fabulous metallic gold arrow in 15 minutes or less! Follow along below for the instructions. This is part of a series of 15 minute recycled crafts for Craft Lightning. Be sure to check out the ideas from day 1, day 2, and day 3 if you missed them. There are also tons more ideas at the bottom of this post so be sure to read all the way to the bottom.
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!
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.
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.
I am calling this portion of the gallery wall done….what do you think of my monogram wall art?
Some products were given to me by companies to use in my crafting. All opinions and projects are my own.
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?
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.
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.
I then glued together my Styrofoam pieces using toothpicks inside to help secure together.
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.
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.
I used the natural shape of the worn wood to work my “puzzle”.
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.
I used my arrow standing up in front of one of the gallery walls in my foyer.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those pink heart picks actually came from the Dollar Tree. They are perfect tucked into an aqua mason jar.
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.
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…
- printout of the outline of your state
- printout of a small heart to fit inside
- bold print fabric
- white burlap
- white fabric for backing
- craft knife
- Mod Podge
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.