Last-minute DIY gift idea

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful Christmas season. We are, for sure, although I wish (as usual) I was a little more prepared.

Today I wanted to share with you a quick, easy and inexpensive holiday gift you still have time to whip up for the folks on your list. šŸ˜‰

You can knock about 10 of these out in less than 3 hours.

Step 1: Order 1-hour prints from Walmart.com.

You can pick up a copy of the free printable I used here. I also like to browse Pinterest for “Free holiday printables.” I chose 4×5.3″ prints at about 6 cents apiece. I rounded the edges of each print with scissors.

Step 2: Find a scrap board to use for the backs of the signs.

I chose these 2×6″ scrap boards from my garden shed.

Step 3: Cut 2×6″ boards to length on a miter saw.

This size is perfect because you don’t have to rip off any of the width. You only need to cut the pieces length-wise.

I cut my pieces about 6.5 inches long. (My prints were 4×5.3″ – or true digital size.) After cutting, I cleaned off the boards really well to prepare them for stain.

Step 4: Stain the pieces.

I chose VarathaneĀ® Wood Stain in Briarsmoke.* I like to brush stain on and allow it to soak in for a good two minutes before wiping any excess off. It creates a more uniform, rich color.

Step 5: Sand the edges of each piece.

This will give the blocks a weathered appearance and smooth any rough edges. I used an orbital sander for this step to help speed things along.

Step 6: Adhere the prints to the wood blocks using Mod PodgeĀ® matte water-based sealer.Ā 

This part always makes me nervous, but the sealer dries clear. I promise. šŸ˜‰

Done! The wood plaques stand up nicely on their own, making them cute decorations for window sills and tabletops at Christmastime.

Have you DIYed any gifts this holiday season? I’d love for you to share your project(s) in a comment.

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A sneak peek at our laundry room redo (plus craft supply organization tips)

Hello friends! We are officially neck-deep in our current flip house project (photos and “before” video coming soon), so I haven’t had much time to work on our own home. But weĀ are this.close to finishing our laundry room renovation, so I thought I’d share the progress with you because, honestly, I don’t know when we’ll get around to completingĀ the final details. šŸ˜‰

Just to recap … we removed a wall leading into our garage storage closet and used that space to expand our laundry room. Here’s what the space looks like before expansion (on a really good day):

Here’s what it normally looked like:

And here’s what it now looks like today:

I still have to install crown molding around the plank ceiling, add hardware to the cabinets, and add a filler piece to the center of the lower cabinets. But other than that, we’re pretty much done. I was lucky to have these prosĀ helping me out with the project: šŸ˜‰

I chose hickory cabinetry to help tie the space in with our hickory floors in the living and dining rooms.

The wall color is Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams (I had it mixed at Lowe’s in Valspar Signature – Eggshell finish).

The flooring is engineered hardwood plank from Wayfair. The accessories are from Hobby Lobby. The countertop is off the shelf at Lowe’s.

What I really love about the added spaceĀ in our laundry room is that I now have an area I can dedicate to sewing and crafting! I’ve already begun organizing my supplies.

I was recently introduced to a cool new crafting product called SugruĀ® Mouldable Glue. A sample was sent to me to try out and review.

It’s a soft-to-touch, flexible, grippy substance you can use to bond ceramics, metal, glass, wood, etc. I used it to help organize my sewing supply drawer in the new laundry space.

I attached the containers to the bottom of the drawer liner to keep stuff from slipping around. It worked like a charm!

Oh, and that pin cushion you see in the bottom left corner of the drawer? I DIYed that in about 5 minutes.

I purchased a block of styrofoam for about 97 cents at Walmart (craft section), trimmed out a piece of scrap fabric, and adhered the fabric to the block with spray adhesive. Done!

I’m excited to finish this laundry room space and load the rest of the drawers up with all my sewing and crafting goodies.

What do you think of the laundry room redo so far? It cost us a total of about $1,500 to complete.

 

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 ā€˜likingā€™ your favorite submission – ooh, I hope it’s mine šŸ˜‰ you’ll be entered to win a package of the same 8 Rust-OleumĀ® 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 inĀ my backyard:

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

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.

Forstner-bit-and-block

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 VarathaneĀ® 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, IĀ 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.

Rustoleum chalkboard spray

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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Stenciled-candleholder

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-OleumĀ 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. šŸ˜‰

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:Ā Iā€™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, opinionsĀ andĀ projects are 100 percent my own. Ā