DIY burlap wreath for the garage entrance

I am officially reporting in that I have – so far – survived The Great Garage Disaster. Last week, I was able to get everything cleaned up on one side; paint the walls and the ceiling; and even sneak in a fun, little craft project, which I’m sharing with you today.

Sometimes you’ve just got to get your craft on to keep your sanity, right?

If you recall, the door from our garage into the house has a vinyl sign on it that reads, “Welcome Home.” However, the piles of junk we previously had to wade through to get to the door were, uh, maybe not so welcoming.

So after I cleared out the junk, painted the walls and scrubbed down the door, I was ready to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the door to truly give it that welcoming feel.

I started with a foam wreath form.


I wrapped the whole thing in burlap and secured the end with spray adhesive.


To embellish this Plain Jane burlap wreath, I created little rosettes, which I free-form cut out of felt pieces and fabric scraps.


I stacked the felt/fabric pieces on top of each other, with the largest cutouts in back and the smallest in front. I secured all the pieces together by stitching a button in the middle.

DIY-wreath-sewing-rosettesI made eight different rosettes in various sizes and colors to complement the color scheme I’m going for in the garage. Some of the rosettes I cut with regular scissors; others I cut using pinking shears.

After the rosettes were put together, I attached them to the wreath with spray adhesive.


Finally, to personalize my wreath, I spray-painted a “P” silver and used velcro with adhesive backing to attach it to the wreath. (I bought the wreath, burlap, felt and letter from Walmart. All other supplies I had on hand.)





Who says you can’t get crafty in an industrial space? ;)



This project took me a total of one hour to complete and cost about $15 in supplies.

Have you done anything special to create a welcoming entrance to your home?

DIY back-to-school survival kit

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Elmer’s and Wet Ones, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CraftandCleanUp

I was recently perusing the aisles of Target looking for a back-to-school gift for my daughter’s second grade teacher. It was one of those rare moments when the kids were not with me and I could actually, well, shop rather than spend my time keeping them from tearing down displays, disappearing under clothes racks, or eating something off the floor. In other words, it was a good shopping day. :)

I found an Elmer’s glue and Wet Ones combo pack in the back-to-school section, which made me think of the perfect project that my 7-year old and I could do together: a back-to-school survival kit for her teacher. 

I bought the combo pack, gathered some other supplies from around the house, and went to work. (This combo pack is available in select Target stores only, while supplies last.)


We started with an old cardboard box.


Measuring five inches up from the bottom, we marked the box all the way around. 


I used an electric knife to trim it to size.


I also cut out a gift tag from a discarded piece of the box.


The next step was to wrap the trimmed box in fabric. To determine how much fabric was needed, we laid the box on the fabric, traced the bottom, then measured out 10 inches on each side. Since the box height was five inches, using 10 inches of fabric allowed it to wrap over the top of the box and down the inside. The only thing that wasn’t covered was the bottom of the inside.


We sprayed the box with adhesive and began wrapping the fabric up and over the box. We were extra careful when working around corners, making sure the edges were covered. 



We glued a piece of black felt to the bottom of the inside of the box, hiding the seams and giving it more of a finished look.


We also embellished the top of the box with washi tape. My crafty sidekick glued a black button to the inside of the box. It was used to attach the gift card string to the box.


I sprayed the homemade gift card with chalkboard paint and let it dry.


After writing on the tag with a chalkboard marker, we dipped the edges in glue and glitter.



When done, we used the Wet Ones to easily remove all the glue and glitter from our hands.


Finally, it was time to fill our kit with goodies, which included candy, tea, tissues, bath products and a mug.


School starts next week and we are now officially on our way to being ready. Are you?

Thrifty DIY knockoff planter

Since the budget-friendly backyard patio plans were put into motion recently, I have been on the hunt for two outdoor planters for the new concrete stair.

There are so many beautiful choices out there. But some of them are a bit pricey. For example, my favorite is this Fiberglass urn from Lowe’s:


But two of them cost nearly $160; that’s just not in my budget right now. So instead, I decided to try to replicate a similar look at a fraction of the cost.

I picked up two of these black urns at Lowe’s for around $10 apiece:


I primed them using the spray primer I had on hand.


I would actually recommend choosing a gray or white primer if you’ve got some handy, or if you’re purchasing primer specifically for this project. (One full can should be enough.)

I then sprayed each planter with a coat of Rust-Oleum American Accents® Stone Spray Paint in the Sienna Stone color. It took two cans total (one for each urn) but I was careful to not waste a single drop.


After the paint dried, I created a white glaze using one part white paint to three parts water. I brushed it all over the “stone” finish, letting the glaze settle into the crevices.

I wiped off any excess and added more glaze where necessary. My goal was to replicate an aged/pickled finish reminiscent of Tuscan-style stone.


Finally, I sprayed on a generous coat of outdoor-friendly urethane to protect the planters from the elements. (The stone spray paint is made for indoor use only.)

Here is the final result:


I realize I didn’t replicate the look of the more expensive urn exactly, but I’m calling it close enough.


The best part is that my urns cost less than half the price of the Fiberglass versions. Including the cost of paint, my project adds up to about $25 per planter.

Now I just need to find some colorful flowers for my new planters. Stay tuned to see them in all their glory when I unveil the completed budget-friendly backyard patio renovation soon.

Do you think I got close enough to nailing the look for less?

I’m linking this up to My Repurposed Life.