Spring decor: DIY candle holder, cheese tray and more

Hello, friends. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring!

Today I thought I’d share a few thrifty spring decor projects anyone can tackle in one afternoon. (This is part of the Creator’s Studio Blogger Challenge. You also have a chance to win! By ‘liking’ your favorite submission – ooh, I hope it’s mine 😉 you’ll be entered to win a package of the same 8 Rust-Oleum® products bloggers received. Voting is open now until February 22, at 5 pm CST.)

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These projects are derived mostly from this junk pile in my backyard:

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Yes, when shopping for elegant dining room decor, what better place to start than the garbage heap? 😉

DIY candle holder

The first piece I snatched from the pile was a block of wood, a leftover hunk from one of our porch posts, I believe.

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I used my 1.5″ forstner drill bit to cut three holes in the top. Then I sanded the whole piece really well. (Note: As a safety precaution, use a respirator mask and work outdoors when cutting or sanding pressure-treated lumber. More info. here.)

I gave the piece two coats of Varathane® stain, first with Bleached Blue, then Briarsmoke.

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After the stain dried, I applied the Royal Design Studio Springtime in Paris Stencil, using the Pearl Oyster Stencil Creme, to the front and back of the wood block.

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Finally, I filled the holes with votive holders and tealights. Done!

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DIY cheese tray

For my next project, I began with a piece of plywood, which I cut into about a 12″x10″ cutting board. I sanded it really well, including rounding the corners.

Plywood-cutting-boardI sprayed the board with a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray paint.

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Courtesy photo

After that dried, I coated the piece with a few layers of food-safe mineral oil. Finally, I added chalk labels and cheese. Voila! A trendy cheese tray.

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Spring centerpiece

For my final spring decor project for the dining room, I began with a few dusty rattan balls I found in the basement.

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I gave them a coat of either Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect (Gold) or Specialty Metallic (Copper) spray paint.

I also created my own moss balls by using spray adhesive to stick faux Spanish Moss onto craft foam balls. All materials again were found in my treasure trove of a basement. 😉

DIY-moss-ballsI added a coat of Gloss Spring Green, followed by a light coat of Metallic Dark Copper spray paint.

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I displayed the pieces in a wire basket, creating the perfect spring centerpiece for my dining room table.

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What do you think of my upcycled spring decor?

Dining-room-spring-decor

Have you DIYed anything spring yet? I’d love for you to leave a comment and tell me about your project.

Disclosure: I’m thrilled to help spread the word about Rust-Oleum products. I was provided the products featured in this post at no charge. As always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are 100 percent my own.  

Thrifty ideas for your Thanksgiving table

Ooh! I don’t know about you but I am so excited for Thanksgiving!

I’m hosting the meal at my house again this year. My favorite part (besides the family gathering and the eating) is the table decorating. I’ve been conjuring up ideas for my Thanksgiving table decor for weeks now, people. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.

DIY apple candle

DIY apple candle

I am totally doing this project this year for my table. I’ve got all the supplies ready to make three of these at varied heights. These apple candles are going to be the pièce de résistance of my Thanksgiving decor. I’m crossing my fingers they’re not an epic DIY fail. 😉

craft paper table runner

Craft paper table runner

What a simple, yet elegant way to personalize each place setting for your Thanksgiving guests, don’t you agree?

Leaf placecards

Leaf place cards

Got some gold spray paint, leaves and a permanent marker? Voila! 

Burlap silverware holder

No-sew burlap silverware holder

This idea had me at “no sew.”

Thanksgiving mad libs

Thanksgiving Mad Libs for kids

Our 9-year old will absolutely love this! You can grab some other cute Thanksgiving Mad Libs here.

candles

Pumpkin candle holders 

This is such a simple and classic look. Love it!

log candle holder

Log candle holder

This DIY project is just absolutely brilliant!

What special ideas do you have planned for your Thanksgiving table this year?

DIY yard sale wall art

I have been making some really great progress on the “big-boy” room so far.

The wall are painted (Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray) and the carpets are scrubbed. Whew.

Plus the thrift store headboard has been transformed into a plank bed! Be sure to check out the details of that project here.

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Plank-bed-vert

Now I’ve been working on filling the walls. This may just be my favorite piece of DIY artwork yet.

Wallternatives-letters

I created this metallic, monogrammed wall art using three 16×20-inch blank canvases I scored at a yard sale for $2 total! I added metallic paint and vinyl letter decals to complete the look and stuck them to the wall with Command™ strips.

Wallternatives-vinyl-letters

Check out all the details of how I did this DIY project on my Paint+Pattern blog post here.

And don’t forget to enter to win the HomeRight Finish Max and Spray Shelter that is helping me knock out this big boy room in record time.

What DIY artwork are you planning or tackling right now?