DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decoration

DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decoration

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It feels like Halloween was yesterday and here we are in the middle of November already! I am one of the hold outs who waits until after Thanksgiving to decorate my entire home for Christmas but I have been doing some crafting! These adorable mason jars will be headed to my vendor booth as our Holiday Open House is this weekend. Aren’t they adorable? I’m sharing with you today how to make your own.

If you are a farmhouse decor lover like myself you probably have a collection of mason jars. As much as I love them plain, they are perfect to use for holiday decor.

First gather your supplies:

-Mason Jar (I used a Half Gallon size vintage Ball Jar since my bottle brush tree was large)

-Bottle Brush tree (I used a vintage one from a thrift store but you could purchase new ones from a craft store or online)

-Faux Snow Fluff

-Extra Fine Glitter (Mine is iridescent)

-Bells

-Ribbon

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Next tear off a piece of the faux snow and stuff it into the bottom of your mason jar. Since my hand was too large to reach the bottom I used the end of a wooden spoon to stuff it down. Make sure it’s as flat and even as you can get it so your tree stands upright.

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Then I sprinkled some glitter all over the snow. Next time I would use a piece of paper under the jar to catch my overage. Cleaning up tiny pieces of glitter is not a good time!

Then I sprinkled some glitter all over the snow.

After that insert your bottle brush tree into the mason jar and sprinkle a little extra glitter on the tree itself. You can never have too much sparkle!

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After that tie your bow and add your bells. I had difficultly getting my burlap ribbon through the opening on top of the bell so I used twine. The ribbon is covering it up. Your project is complete!

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DIY Desk Makeover Using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Paint Sprayer

DIY Desk Makeover

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Today I am sharing with you a desk makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Luxe Gray. If you have not heard of the One Step Paint before it’s fabulous! It requires no prep work (which is my least favorite part of painting furniture!) and dries to a soft chalky finish.

While shopping for items to stock my vendor booth I found this desk at our local Goodwill. It wasn’t pretty but the price was right. The problem was it was covered in scratches and badly needed a makeover. I knew it was the perfect project for my new paint sprayer.

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At first I was a little nervous about using the paint sprayer. I had never used one myself before and when my husband used a different brand at our last house it wasn’t pretty. Our siding ended up with little speckles of deck stain all over it! A friend advised me to watch some of the videos on Amy Howard at Home’s Facebook page. I’m a visual learner and this worked out really well for me. The sprayer is easy to use and put together. Thinning the paint with 10% water (I used a red Solo cup for this part) makes it the perfect consistency for the sprayer. Clean up was a breeze! A little dish soap and warm water did the trick. It was very easy to disassemble and I liked that they include a lid for the paint cup in case you need to use it again later.

I started out by practicing my spraying technique on the drop cloth until I adjusted the stream to my liking. Using a back and forth sweeping motion I applied the paint to the desk. The coverage was so good that I only needed to use one coat of paint!

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The over spray was not as bad as I expected but I definitely recommend wearing safety googles. I wore my glasses and ended up with speckled lenses.

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There was extra paint left in my sprayer after I refilled the cup so I also painted this little half moon table. I went back over one spot where I did not have an even coat and you can’t even tell that it was completed afterwards. One Step Paint dries very quickly and the paint sprayer gave it a nice smooth finish.

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When I was done I thought the desk needed a little more. Using a sand paper block I distressed the edges and used some leftover dark antiquing wax to add in more character.

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The paint sprayer saved me so much time and effort. It’s a game changer and I will be able to complete many more projects in a day! Now I am looking around my house to see what else could use a little freshening up!

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It doesn’t even look like the same desk! I am so happy with how it turned out! What do you think?

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DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

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Hello friends! Long time no post! Summer has been jam packed! Between getting inventory ready for my new vendor booth, vacation and spending time with the kids before school starts back up I have not had the extra time to do anything for myself! I have missed blogging!

Today I am sharing how I turned two plain unfinished wood crates into vintage looking crates with character and charm.  I have had these wooden crates from Michael’s for a few years now. Originally I had planned to build a DIY nightstand for my oldest son’s bedroom. Instead we purchased him a new bedroom suite from IKEA so the crates sat in the closet holding assorted craft items. My vendor booth needs some display pieces and I thought these crates would be the perfect solution. These crates are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

I tried out a new to me product Better with Age by Amy Howard at Home. The results blew me away! What an amazing difference! Better with Age is thinner than a stain. It works by reacting with the tannins in the wood to turn raw wood into an aged finish. In only 10 minutes I had a vintage style crate! Unbelievable! Now I want to use it on everything!!!

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First I sanded the crates lightly so the Better with Age would soak into the wood more effectively. This is recommended on the back on the can. Using a bristle brush I quickly painted on the solution. You can see on the third strip of wood where I have not applied it yet. The change is instant! Be sure to go back over any drips immediately or they will remain on your project. Unlike stain there is no wiping afterwards. Although this product is water based and contains no VOC’s, it can still be an irritant so wear gloves. Better with Age has no odor! That is a huge plus for me as I am very sensitive to chemical smells.

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After just a few minutes I could not believe how different my crate looked! As it sat and dried for a little while the color darkened slightly.

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It went from an ordinary and plain to something that I would find at a barn sale.

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Due to the grain of the wood each crate turned out differently! I love that. Vintage pieces never look the same.

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I couldn’t help myself and also applied it to an apple bushel basket and a piece of wood for a future craft project. A little goes a long way and I still have so much left in my can. My barn door to the laundry room may be receiving some too!

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After the crates dried I wanted them to look more like the vintage crates that I already own. Both of them have lettering stamped on the ends. I recreated the look with stencils and a little craft paint.

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I blotted the excess paint off of my brush before adding it to the stencil. Bleeding around the edges of the stencil was done intentionally. True vintage farm items are never perfect. Once the painted on lettering was dry I quickly used my sanding block to smooth it over. It took the sheen off of the paint and make it appear more authentic.

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I can not wait to use these in my vendor booth to display pillows and other goodies! PVA was chosen for the lettering as the shop is located in Powhatan, VA. If you are in the area visit my booth at the Vintage Antique Shack!

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Thrift Games: DIY Chicken Coop Sign

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I am so excited to be participating in Thrift Games hosted by Charleston Crafted. We were challenged to do a thrift store makeover on an item meant to be used outdoors with a $15 total budget. It wasn’t easy with such a small budget but I was able to meet their challenge. I only had to purchase one item as the painting supplies were leftovers from previous DIY projects. My total amount spent was a whopping $3!!!!

We have been wanting to decorate our chicken coop since we built it two years ago. It’s functional but I want it to be pretty too. My mother bought me a garden flag but that is as far as we have gotten. I really wanted a cute sign for them and was looking for a way to re-purpose an item to make one. My kids and I stopped at Goodwill earlier in the week and found this hideous wheat motif melamine tray. The price tag was $4.25 but when we got to the register the cashier let us know that green tags were 50% off. After donating to round up I ended up paying $3!

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When I got home I went through my crafting supplies and found black chalk paint that I had leftover from the boy’s bathroom vanity makeover. You can see that post here if you are interested. I also found a gold paint pen that I had laying around.  Since chalk paint requires no prep work I just started painting. It took two coats and I used a fan to help speed up the drying process (I am impatient!)

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While the paint was curing I went to the computer to print out a graphic for a stencil. I decided to go with The Chick Inn (yes super cheesy but I think it’s cute). PicMonkey allowed me to create the sign using the Design feature. For the font I went with Bilbo Swash Caps and then reverse imaged it with the rotate tool. Once I printed it used regular white chalk and rubbed it on the back on my paper. The paper was then laid chalk side down onto the tray and I used a pen cap to trace the words.

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You can see how the chalk transfers the wording onto the tray. I then used my paint pen and traced over the chalk lines. When I was finished I wiped away the excess chalk.

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For the bottom section I wanted an outline of a chicken but knew there was no way I could freehand one. I used a free clip art chicken silhouette and printed it. Since it was too large I trimmed it to fit with my scissors and then traced it with the paint pen.

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Here is the finished product! I think my girls approve. Since it will be hung out of the elements I did not use a sealant. If it were going to be exposed I would recommend using one.

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St. Patrick’s Day decorating – Farmhouse style

 

St. Patrick's Day Farmhouse style

St. Patrick’s Day Farmhouse style

For some holidays I feel like a little goes a long way. For example St. Patrick’s Day. Many of the commercially available decor is shiny and bright which is not my style. Being part Irish I want to celebrate but I do not want my house to look cheesy or tacky. A few simple touches is all that I need. Green is already an accent color in my house (like this dresser) so I do not want to go over the top. In my family room I added two fun printables.

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My go to website when I am looking for decor ideas is Pinterest. This free printable is available from Blooming Homestead. She has several colors and patterns available. Under her Printables tab she has pages worth of goodies!

http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2011/02/st-patricks-day-printables.html

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On the mantel I have a sign I printed out years ago. Unfortunately I can not remember the source and could not find it online. Normally I am practically a professional Googler (I made that job up) but it is no where to be found.

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My dining room was the other space to receive a little Irish touch. This Erin Go Braugh sign was supposed to be a door hanging but I clipped off the string and attached it to my cotton wreath. I lied. I do own ONE bright and shiny decoration…

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Using a suction cup I attached this cute Shamrock I found at Ross several years ago to my antique window. It also had a welcome sign attached and was meant for a front door but I altered it. I think a simple shamrock is cute all by itself.

The kids and I of course wear green so we don’t get pinched and the younger boys love having the leprechauns make trouble in their classroom. We don’t do an all green dinner as we avoid food dyes. Natural ones just don’t pack the same punch. Spinach or salad as a side works well enough for us! No corned beef here either but I do love cabbage (sauteed in bacon grease of course!) How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Please check out my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board for more ideas!

https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/st-patricks-day/

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http://happilyeverafteretc.com/category/welcome-home-wednesdays

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DIY project: Upcycled wall art

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Normally I am the donater/thrower outer type but something told me to hold on to this piece. I love a good DIY project. I knew I could transform it into something new even though it took me 6 months to figure out what it would become… This framed W came with two other picture frames that were used in my gallery wall upstairs. The grand total for all 3 pieces was $4! They were on clearance from Kirklands during one of their green tag sales. If you have never been to their green tag sale they mark things down to 75% off the original cost. I always check the clearance section when I stop in. I have found several great pieces over the years for a fraction of the original cost. (For my NJ friends Kirlands is not related to Costco. It’s a separate company. Check out their website!)

Anyway, since our last name starts with an S  the W wasn’t going to work for us. I was going to find a W last named family to give it to but since I’m a fan of burlap and liked the wood look frame I changed my mind. I am glad that I did! In addition to being cute and easy to do this was a quick project to complete. This entire DIY project took me a grand total of 5 minutes which is important for those of us with little ones. It took me longer to write this post!

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The W was easily removed using a flat head screwdriver. Luckily it did not tear the burlap underneath. It did pull it out in a few spots so I tucked it back under using the tip of the screwdriver. No big deal. I could have recovered it using holiday themed scrapbook paper if I was not able to salvage the burlap.

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This cute rustic Christmas tree ornament was on sale at JoAnn’s for $5. Here is the link if you want to purchase one. http://www.joann.com/makers-holiday-wood-tree-ornament/15039118.html#pmax=10&prefn1=collection&prefn2=type&pmin=5&prefv1=Natural&prefv2=Ornaments&start=1

Using scissors I just snipped off the hanger part. A little hot glue secured it to the frame and it’s done! Normally I dread using my glue gun. This is the first hot glue project in a long time that I completed without missing any fingerprints!

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I think it turned out great and I’m very pleased. This year I changed over to a more rustic Christmas decor in the family room. The ornament goes perfectly with that style. You could use any kind or style of ornament in this project as long as you have a flat spot to attach it to the frame. Anything round or heavy would be extremely difficult to attach with hot glue. Stronger adhesives like E-6000 would probably work.

The next time you are out shopping look for inexpensive or ugly wall art to upcycle. Places like Goodwill and yard sales have plenty that need to be rescued and given a makeover!

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I will be posting a tour of our house decorated for Christmas soon! Be on the lookout!

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DIY Chalkboard Tray from an old frame

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I love re-purposing old items into something new and functional. I used to have this wall art from Hobby Lobby hanging in my old house. It had a plaster fleur di lis cemented to the middle of the wooden frame. Unfortunately it did not survive the move and came unglued. I decided to throw away the fleur di lis as it was not really my style anymore and kept the wooden frame knowing I would eventually figure out what to do with it.

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Inspiration finally struck the other day. I love trays. I own several already but they are all very large and bulky. This one is the perfect size and weight for the kids to carry. I also made it into a chalkboard so I can write a little message if I choose to.

Here is how you can make your own:

One large frame or lightweight piece of wood

Chalkboard paint and foam brush

Painter’s tape

Handles and screws

Sandpaper

I only needed to purchase the handles and screws. Everything else I already had on hand. The total out of pocket cost for me was $8 and I still have a bunch of screws left for other projects.

 

First I took my sanding block and smoothed down the board. I also sanded off the old glue until it was flat with the rest of the wood. It left a stain on the wood where the glue used to be but that’s ok. The chalkboard paint covered it.

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Next I taped off the bottom part of the frame with painter’s tape. If you are a neat painter (which I am not…) you can skip this part. If you are using a piece of wood instead of a frame you can tape off a square or rectangle to paint. The rest of the instructions will be the same.

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Then I painted the bottom using my chalkboard paint. It took two coats for this project. This picture was taken after the first coat. For this project I had a sample size pot of chalkboard paint. It was just enough paint in the little jar. I bought it at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago and had in my craft stash. I always use a disposable foam brush and disposable bowl for small painting projects. The foam brushes are inexpensive and do not leave brush marks when dry. It’s also a plus for lazy people like myself as there is no cleanup involved.

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After that I put the handles on. I decided where I wanted to place the first one and used my ruler to make sure I had the same exact placement on the other side. I normally try to eyeball things but there was no margin for error on this project. If I messed up it would not be an easy fix.  I found these handles at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Bargain tip: Never buy knobs and pulls for full price unless you need them right away. Every few weeks they go on sale for half price. Hobby Lobby has a huge selection and I always find what I am looking for there. If they do not have the quantity that you need in stock an employee can order more for you. They will honor the sale price and call you when your order arrives at the store. I had to do that for my son’s dresser that I chalk painted. Unfortunately these handles did not come with hardware so I had to buy screws at Lowe’s to use with them.

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Repeat the same thing on the other side and you are done! Wait for the paint to dry and it’s ready to be used.

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This tray is the perfect size to sit on the bench in my family room. It will be a great coaster for when we have parties or to bring snacks into the family room for the grownups. I’m a mean mom and only my husband and I are allowed to eat in this room unless we have company. White couches + kids with food=giant mess.

My kids told me that they will be delivering me breakfast in bed using my tray on Mother’s Day.  They are very excited to use it.

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