Cure winter blues with these springtime crafts

Hey hey! While Susan is being a rock star at training, she asked me to do a little guest post! I thought I would share a round up of crafts to spruce up your home for spring since I am so ready for some sunshine and flowers! I’m Jamie! And I blog over at C.R.A.F.T. C.R.A.F.T. is a nifty little acronym for Creating Really Awesome Free Things. I make things for your home (peace sign wreath), wardrobe (painted shoes), kitchen (fried Oreos), and kids (iron on vinyl onesies)! Here is my cheesy school girl picture, don’t laugh. (More about me here!)

Jamie at C.R.A.F.T

CRAFT Valentines Day

Here are 6 spring time crafts that you can make now!

1. Stepping stones make any garden more personal! These are fun to do with kids and make awesome gifts for mom, dad, or grandma!

How to make stepping stones

2. A dino planter brightens up the inside!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

3. Just in case it’s still cold out, entertain the kiddos with this foam board memory game while you craft!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.
4. Craft up an outdoor tic tac toe set for outdoor entertainment!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

5. Fancy up your fence with marbles!

Spring crafts at C.R.A.F.T.

Spring time crafts at C.R.A.F.T.
Oh and here are lots more C.R.A.F.T. projects for you to check out! And if you need some more spring inspiration, here are really awesome 23 DIY spring wreaths! Thank you again, Susan, for all that you do!

Craft projects that don’t look like a preschooler did them

I have a confession to make. I am craft-challenged. Just ask my sisters about December’s gingerbread house competition (spoiler alert: I lost), or the graveyard of self-made wreaths in our basement.

Now hold the phone. (Yes. I realize that expression shows my age.) ;) I know what you’re thinking. How can I be craft-challenged when I write a blog filled with DIY decorating, organizing and home improvement projects?

Well, I’ve discovered there’s a big difference between gluing microscopic eyeballs on a snowman ornament versus remodeling a room. One requires fine motor skills and the other simply requires a high tolerance for drywall dust and public meltdowns. That’s my theory anyway. ;) If any of you have insight on the difference between crafters and DIYers, I’d love to get your feedback.

Despite all the disappointing craft projects I’ve attempted over the years, I have managed to squeeze out a few good, craft-ish ones. So I thought I’d showcase those today. Click on the project title to be taken to the full tutorial.

1. DIY laundry room sign

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2. Driftwood candle holder

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3. Pottery Barn knockoff DIY birch candles

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4. Family Rules sign from scrap wood

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5. Wooden block letters

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6. Faux metal wall letters

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7. Stenciled table runner

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8. Hair accessories holder

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So would you say you’re a better DIYer or a better crafter? :)

Dumpster-rescued chair redo and a different way to strip varnish

A few years ago, my dad rescued some office chairs from a dumpster. This solid wood beauty was one of them:

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OK, so maybe “beauty” wouldn’t be the best way to describe it, but it definitely had potential.

This chair sat in our basement for a couple of years, also serving as my stepladder for painting projects. So it definitely got some added wear and tear from that. ;)

Last week, I finally got around to refinishing it. My goal was to paint it to look like the metal chairs that are so popular right now in home decor catalogs, such as this set from Ballard Designs:

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Below is a short video highlighting the technique I used to create a similar metallic finish, along with details on how to strip off old, stubborn varnish and paint using the HomeRight® Digital Temperature Heat Gun.

The paint I used for this project was a combination of Warm Silver, Smoke, Pewter and Black Pearl from the Modern Masters® Metallic Paint Collection. (I applied Warm Silver first, then a combo of all of them for the final two coats, mixed together to achieve my desired finish.) I used the least amount of Smoke, so you could probably forego that color if necessary.

After a few short hours of work, I now have a modern-looking, high-quality furniture piece I can use in a variety of ways around our house.

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What do you think of the finished product?

Special thanks to HomeRight for sponsoring this post, and to Modern Masters for providing the paint needed to complete this project. As always, all opinions – and sweat equity – are 100 percent mine.