Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

I have wanted a great wreath on our door since taking down all of the holiday stuff. After searching high and low and everywhere in between, I wasn’t able to find one that oozed charm and simplicity so I settled on decided to make my own.

I knew what I didn’t want it to look like, but I couldn’t picture what I DID want. For inspiration, I turned to Pinterest (where else?!) and found so many adorable coffee filter wreathes. Oh the things you can do with common household supplies… I love it!! While I thought a full frilly wreath might be too much for the Mr. to handle, when I saw this, I knew I was on to something.

Off to AC Moore I went for a grapevine wreath and house numbers.
$7.87, some paint and a bit of hot glue later I had this:

With minimal supplies and just an hour of time the wreath was done.  Not too shabby… rather, it’s just shabby enough!!

Since the numbers are what took the most time because of the crackle finish, I thought I would actually highlight that aspect rather than the flowers since there are tutorials all over the web for those. I wanted something that looked found but I didn’t have time to browse antique stores for a 6, 3, and 0. Crackle is all over everything – outdoor décor, picture frames, even finger nails, so it was easy to decide upon that finish. I ran across some crackle medium at the craft store for $8 which on its own was not that bad but since all I wanted to paint was three 4” letters, that just didn’t seem cost effective.  I did some searching and found that you can do crackle with Elmer’s glue… SAY WHAT?! Yes, you read that right. Elmer’s glue will create a phenomenal crackle finish!

Materials needed:

  • Elmer’s glue (wood glue, all purpose, school… any will work)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water (if desired)
  • Sponge brush.


  1. Sand/prime object if necessary
  2. Paint the object with a thin base coat of paint; this is the color that you want to see through the crackles. Let dry completely. (about 10 minutes, give or take)
  3. Paint a thick, gloppy (gloppy is a word J) coat of glue. Allow it to get tacky and thicken up a bit but do NOT let it dry.
  4. Immediately paint the main color; this is the color that will eventually crackle. Try to paint in one direction, which I personally found to be a bit difficult considering I was making a 3-dimensional object, but do your best!
  5. Step back and let it dry. This will take a good 10-30 minutes to completely dry on its own. You’ll gradually see the crackles begin to form which is fun in its own right. (I lack patience entirely, so I pulled out my blow dryer and put it on a low setting to speed up the process)
  6. Enjoy the crackly goodness and use for whatever finished project you want! Since Elmer’s is not waterproof, you NEED to waterproof it with a clear coat, but that’s not necessary if it won’t come in contact with water.

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While perusing some pins last night I found a random, but darling, idea for a Christmas tree garland. Yes, I know it’s a bit late to create a new decoration, but making a garland that combined two sentimental elements was more than I could resist.

The holidays were always a very special time with my grandparents and I have been trying to come up with some type of Christmas ornament to honor their memory. For my Pop-pop, my solution was a traditional Polish glass ornament and for my Nanny, I had originally filled a glass ball with some of the teeny tiny buttons from her collection but it seemed to lack something special. I think the button garland is a better alternative because not only did she have a large collection of buttons but she was also the one who taught me how to crochet (plus it’s super duper cute!). Now, I haven’t crocheted in about 10 years, but I immediately went to town and even with my lack of recent experience it was an incredibly simple project.

How-to: Crocheted Button Garland

Materials needed:

  • An assortment of random buttons in the color scheme of your choice (I used a little over 100 and my chain is around 23 feet))
  • Yarn of your choice (can’t be too thick/fuzzy but needs to be durable)
  • An appropriate sized crochet hook (dependent upon the yarn you choose)


  1. Thread all of the buttons onto the yarn
  2. Create a continuous chain for about one foot
  3. Pull up one button and create a stitch around it to keep it in place
  4. Crochet a 1-2” chain (about 5-10 stitches)
  5. Pull up another button and stitch around it
  6. Crochet another 5-10 stitches
  7. Repeat, repeat, repeat
  8. Finish it off with another foot or so of chain stitches

The most involved step in the process was the first and that’s only because it’s hard to shove a hearty sized yarn through the holes of most buttons. Once you get that down (I taped/rolled the end of the yarn to make it easier), it’s pretty simple. I finished mine without too much of a hassle and still had enough yarn left to make a matching pot holder.  It’s too bad our tree is already decorated because the garland will have to wait until next year to be put to use. That’s okay though because it’s absolutely precious and goes well with our homey Christmas décor.

wrapped around some cardboard to prevent tangles

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I say it all of the time, but I’m addicted to Pinterest. Like, addicted may not even cover what I have. Our internet was out last night and I was so disgruntled that I couldn’t go on Pinterest that I went to bed at 8:30!! I just love finding new and exciting (and random) things to love on there. One thing I found recently were these adorable twig stars. I knew instantly that they would be the perfect accompaniment to our rustic holiday décor and since I had tons of precut twigs from the wedding, I got started immediately.

The process was easy…

  1. Gather twigs of a similar size (or cut them)  — mine came precut
  2. Arrange them in a star figuration
  3. Tie each intersection/joint together with twine/hemp. Start with the 5 inside intersections and then move to the 5 outside points.

I only had 28 branches so I was limited to 5 stars, unfortunately. The directions were quick and easy and took less than 5 minutes total to create each star. While I liked the idea of the start being a wall decoration as it was portrayed in the Pin, I couldn’t fathom putting any additional holes in the walls downstairs so I sprinkled the stars in random areas of decor…


On the mini tree


In a floral arrangement above the sink

On some artwork with ornaments

On the shelves

How would you use these?

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All That Shimmers

…Is not always gold.

I love how whimsical glitter and sequins are but other metallic elements can be very lackluster. If you don’t know what I mean, think the red/gold/green wrappers that are around the poinsettia pots this time of year. BOR-ING!

I picked up the cutest rosemary tree at Home Depot to serve as our secondary Christmas tree (for the kitchen). It’s so quaint and perfect, except for the cheap wrapper around the pot. I was looking for something to go with our rustic, charming Christmas theme –more of that to come– but this screamed “plain-jane is trying too hard.”

Hmm… What to do? What to do? Luckily, I have some TONS of burlap left over from the wedding, so within moments I was chopping off a square from one of the table cloths. I layered that with a cheap ikea saucer to catch any water and then tied it all together with some elastic cording. It was only a matter of 4 minutes before my tree went from dull to darling.

Much better. This little baby will need to wait a few more days before it’s decorated with tiny wood ornaments and homemade garland; I simply cannot wait! Then again, come Black Friday, our real Christmas tree will be up and that will be even more fun to decorate.

‘Tis the season!

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So with all of the weddings from 11/11/11 now gracing my Facebook homepage, it’s making me a little nostalgic for my own (9/18/11).

I had so much fun planning our wedding, so much so that I actually miss it. To save money, as Joe and I bought our house exactly 1 month before our wedding day, I really embraced DIY. One of my favorite projects was the boutonnieres for the men. I found some great tutorials on how to make boutonnieres from Intimate Weddings and the thing I loved most about them was that the bouts weren’t the type that you see on every groom. I knew I wanted to use elements that would last forever– dried twigs/flowers, twine, moss, and fabric, and traditional how-tos just weren’t going to help.

Boutonniere Tutorial
the most relevant tutorial that I found

Thankfully, I found the pictorial tutorial above which laid out the basics (I learn much better through pictures/diagrams than through words when I’m doing something crafty). After assembling my components together into something that I thought looked attractive, I wrapped my way to these beauties:

The finished boutonnieres!

I was able to make these THREE months before our wedding… While I adore live flowers and they have their perks, I certainly could not have done this with as much convenience had I chosen to use freshly cut blossoms. All it took was a small rubbermaid container to keep the bouts uncrushed and free of dust and they added a touch of DIY to the men’s attire on the big day. 
My handsome groom and his handsome handmade bout!

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