Sunday, December 18, 2016

DIY Ornament Wreath

The holiday season is here and what better way is there  to start off than a DIY project?!
I have been seeing these ornament wreaths all over the place and thought it would be a great, easy, and fun DIY project! 

Here's what you'll need:
• wire hanger
• ornaments
• bow 
• hot glue gun 

I bought the ornaments (6 packs)  and the bow at the dollar store so the total cost of this project was around $7
If you already have some of the supplies even better! 

First you take a wire hanger to shape your wreath. This also comes in handy when hanging it on the wall.

Bend the wire hanger into the shape you would like your wreath. I decided to go for the classic circle, but you can probably make another shape if you wish.

I purchased 6 packages of these ornaments from the dollar store in small and medium sizes. You can use the hot glue gun at this point to glue the caps on the ornament to make them more secure. I did not use hot glue for mine and they were fine. A few of them popped off but I just reattached them without the glue.

You begin to thread the ornaments onto the wreath as if you were beading a bracelet. I tried to thread the same on each side to make sure the wreath was even. 

This is what the wreath looks like once it is finished being threaded with all of the ornaments. 

I also purchased this bow from the dollar store and it fit perfectly. After attaching the bow my wreath was ready to hang! 

You can decorate the wreath however you like with multiple bows or flowers but it may be easier to hot glue those types of accessories. 

Here is a picture of the final project hanging on the wall! This project was very easy and took about an hour to complete. If you decide to hot glue each ornament I would set aside another hour for this DIY. 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project and love your wreath as much as I love mine! 

Please let me know if you have any questions or if there are any other DIY projects you would like me to do a tutorial on. 

Happy Holidays!!! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DIY Star Wars canvas!

My nephew is a big fan of Star Wars and wanted me to draw him a picture to hang on his wall. I had an extra canvas laying around and decided to paint one for him instead! This was a quick and easy project and you can choose any image to paint.

Supplies needed:
1 canvas 
Pencil to draw outline
Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
Metallic spray paint (optional)

The first thing I did was spray paint the canvas in a metallic silver to get the shiny background. 

I then used a pencil to draw the outline of the image. If you are not the best at drawing you can simply print out any image you are choosing to draw and then trace the outline on the canvas. The impression of the pencil will create an outline for you to re-trace in marker or paint. 

I then used black paint to draw the outline of the storm trooper. Originally I left the metallic silver as the background but then decided to go back and fill it in white. 

I finished by painting the letters and touching up any areas that needed a second coat.

Easy project and a one of a kind to hang on the wall! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DIY fire pit

I live on an acre and love any excuse to be outside and enjoy the space. My boyfriend and I wanted to build a bonfire for us and our friends to enjoy smores by the fire. We saw many DIY ideas on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It came out perfect and everyone loves to enjoy time surrounding the fire!

We purchased these center blocks from Home Depot for $1.15 a piece. I would say purchase 20-36 depending on the size you want. You can use two rows or three rows. We also purchased a bag of gravel for the bottom of the bonfire. You can make it bigger or smaller depending on the size you are trying to achieve. You can purchase a fire pit but they are much more expensive and I like how it was something we made together! 

Place the center blocks in a circular shape or any shape you want. You can stack them right on top of one another or stager them like you would bricks. We used 12 each row and made two rows. We put 6 more on the top like it shows in the pictures but it is not necessary. 

After you put them in place you can fire it up and enjoy time with friends and family and some smores! 

DIY benches

My last post showed how to make a DIY fire pit and thus post will explain how to make benches. We used our around our fire pit but you can use them anywhere you wish. 

DIY Pallet garden

I have been seeing a lot of vertical gardens and thought it would be nice to create one myself!

This looks great in my yard and I have started to grow my own vegetables and herbs that I can use for cooking!

I got my pallets from Walmart and Home Depot. They place their unused pallets behind the store. I asked them if I could purchase some and they said they are free. I am not sure if certain stores have different policies or not. I have also heard you can get them at Whole Foods. 

I bought a cheap can of paint and they mixed the color of my choice. I thought teal would be a nice color. didn't get any special paint because they are going to be outside. Any indoor/outdoor paint will be fine. The full gallon cost $15 but I believe for the 3 pallets I could have gotten away with half a gallon. 

In order to create a pocket for the plants I used cardboard and mesh material. Do this before painting. You cut the cardboard in a rectangular shape the size of the space in the pallets. Using the mesh you staple it on the outside on the back and the front. This creates a holder for the plants.

This close up shows the mesh in the front stapled. The cardboard is then placed on top of the mesh in the middle as a base to hold the plants. I did not use the mesh or cardboard on the bottom section and just planted those plants in the ground. 

You need to be sure to buy plants that can be planted in a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Most plants have the depth labels on them.

I painted them after I finished attaching the cardboard and mesh and then plants the plants last. 

I had an old desk that I also painted to sit other plants on top to add to my garden.

Last thing I did was buy little accessories to add pops of color. 

This is a fun project and it turned out beautiful. I hope you enjoy your pallet garden as much as I enjoy mine! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY canvas art

Hello All!

Today I'm going to give you instructions on how to make this piece of art that would look great hanging on any blank wall!

My friend just bought a new house and asked me to paint this picture below for her! She found this picture on Pinterest.

What you'll need:

•Set of four canvas ( I bought a pack at Joann Fabrics on sale for $7.00 )
•Acrylic Paint for base (color of your choice)
•Black paint
•Black paint marker (optional)
•Acrylic paint for the leaves

First thing I did was paint the canvases the base color. My friend that I was making this for chose blue to match her other items in her living room. 
I laid an old towel down to prevent making a mess. 
These are the brushes I used!
After I finished all 4 I let them dry over night.

 The next day I outlined the body of the giraffe with a pencil very lightly.

Before getting ready to outline the second piece I lined the two up together in the position they would be if they were hangin on the wall. This helped me to make sure the lines matched up.

It was easier for me to outline the bottom of the giraffe next.

After the bottom was done I lined up the canvases. I made sure they matched up with the finished outline and made adjustments as needed. 

I used the body of the giraffe again to line up with the canvas for the neck and proceeded with that outline in pencil.

Last to be outlined was the head of the giraffe. I forgot to take a picture of the head outlined in pencil but this is it outlined in black. I drew the leaves on and left it in pencil since I was going to paint them white.

Next I outlined over the pencil in black before filling it in. I bought a black paint marker at Walmart for $1.00 and it worked perfect. You can use a thin paint brush but it will take much longer.

I lined them up in between each outline as they would be hanging on the wall to make sure they were matching up. If yours doesn't match up perfectly don't worry. You can just use the black paint to even it out when you are finished.

This is the finished outline

The marker didn't take too long to dry so I filled it in about an hour later. Again I lined them up in between to make sure they matched up with the additional paint on them. 

This is a close up of the head finished with the white leaves. I used a thin brush for them and some of the head since the giraffes spots are smaller. I had to paint two coats of the white to make it thick enough. 

And then you have your finished product made by you! I love having art in the home that I have made because it is more personal and you can smile everytime you walk by!!

Hope you enjoyed this DIY! Leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions or just to let me know what you think! 

Have a great day!!! 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Photo Booth Props

So I made a DIY photo booth for a friends engagement party! It was so easy to make the props I thought I would share. 

First I will start with the booth it self. I bought some foam board and cut it too look like a Polaroid picture and just wrote on the bottom "Engagement Party". It was hung from the ceiling and was definitely a blast for everyone to use at the party! 

There are also different ways where you can have a photographer or rent a reel photobooth for your wedding but they can get pricey.

I've also noticed that the props are pricey too if you buy a bundle of them or they go back with the photo booth rental. I made mine and I can reuse them time and time again! 

What you'll need:
-foam paper (found in the craft isle)
-Popsicle sticks
-craft glue

First I had to decide what props I wanted to use. 

I drew on the foam paper mustaches, top hats, lips, glasses, ties, champagne glasses, necklaces and much more. Whatever you want! If you are having trouble deciding or you have a certain theme you would like to meet you can just google ideas.

If you aren't very good at drawing you can print out images to trace onto the foam paper. 

Second I cut the foam pieces out with the scissors and glued them onto the Popsicle sticks! Then you are finished and ready to invite your friends and start taking pictures!! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

DIY Bridal Shower

So a friend of mine is getting married and I am more than happy to add my touch of creativeness to decorate! 

She wanted a wine theme so I thought that burlap, corks, and of course wine bottles would be the perfect touches!

Her new last name begins with an S so we took olds corks and cut them in half to not use as much and to fill in the spaces! The letter was $5 and the corks were saved from before. You can also buy a package of corks at a local party store.

The burlap came in a roll that was $10 and was well enough to last and have extra instead of buying material. It also came in the perfect shape for the banner I planned on making!

I used white acrylic paint and a paint brush for the letters. You can also buy stencils if you do not feel comfortable painting them yourself.

The banner pictures! 

This was a canvas also purchased at michaels that I used a black paint marker to write wishes for the bride and groom!

This small easel chalk board is from Michaels as well and I just wrote a little quote with a chalk market!

The wine bottles were a very nice touch for a case with pretty flowers inside.

I also used the chalk markers to write the different types of cheese on the platters! You can't drink wine without cheese!

The final product! It is not only a good decoration for the bridal party but something she can save for years to come!

The final product of the banner! 

Here are pictures of the final bridal shower outcome!

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