Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Candlestick Glitter Chalkboard Signs

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This year has been so different than any other Christmas in my adult past. I have never been one to make many things as far as Christmas crafts go. I usually buy most of my stuff at the store and just decorate. One or two things might appear here and there that I made, but that's it. This year...well, I know I have at least 12 things already thanks to the Christmas Crafts Series a couple of weeks ago, plus the other couple I have shown you. I don't why it's been so different this year...but it has. I'm going to allot it to having a cute little toddler that likes to paint :) It gives me a great opportunity to make fun things with her by my side making a mess. lol
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!
So, here's another fun little craft that can be used for almost any holiday of the year. All you have to do is erase the Christmas/Winter stuff and put "Boo" or something similar. Add another sign, get rid of one, etc.

The supplies I used:
Cut wood from the craft store
Candlesticks (You can get these at the dollar store, I found these ones at Michaels)
Paint
Painter's tape
Chalkboard Paint
Glitter
School glue
Hot glue
Ribbon

First, I painted all the wood and candlesticks. These wood blocks already came beveled when I bought them, so they worked perfect for signs.
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!

Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!
 After the paint on the wood blocks dried, I taped off the top square.
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!
 Then spray painted it with some chalkboard paint.
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!
 For the bottom of the candlesticks, I decided I wanted a dipped glitter look. So, I used a small paint brush and brushed on some school glue then sprinkled on the glitter.
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!
 I learned this trick years and years ago...to keep glitter on, hairspray it.
Great way to get glitter to stay on!
To make it easy, I used a chalkboard pen and wrote what I wanted on the wood blocks. I then hot glued the block onto the top of the candlestick. I made sure to put it on the top edge of the candlestick since the block wasn't wide enough to cover the hole where the candle is supposed to be.
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!
 I then tied some ribbon around it to make it more festive.
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!
 It's fun adding a little handmade touches into my Christmas decor. And I'm sure in years to come, especially with another set of helping hands on the way, I'll just be adding more and more :)
Chalkboard signs made from candlesticks and wood blocks. Dipped in glitter to add a little shimmer!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Faux Driftwood Noel Sign

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Ever have a blank wall that you don't know what to do with? Well, this was designed for my big, blank wall...but, short story short, it has never seen that big, blank wall since it looks too good on this one :) Eventually...hopefully...I'll find something else for the wall lol. Until then, it'll just continue to annoy me.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 I'm really digging my new technique to make new wood look old. I decided that it makes it looks like driftwood since there's a ton of gray tones. I wanted a soft look for my front living room this Christmas, so this look worked perfectly. You can find the tutorial on how to do it here.

I went back to my childhood with this decor also :) I wasn't in the mood to search for a stencil large enough to fit the wood and I'm definitely not good at free handing. So, you'll see what I came up with below :)

Here's the supplies I used:
4 pieces of 1x12 wood cut at 15"
Weathering wood technique (paint and stain)
Printer/paper
Pencil
Ruler
Craft paint
Berry garland
D-ring for hanging

For the first step, I just weathered the wood. I then stained the edges with a darker stain.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
I placed the d-rings in the center on the back for hanging. You'll want to do this now, rather than at the end so you won't mess up your garland.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 For the letters, I printed out the N, E, and L in all caps as big as I could on a normal sheet of paper.  I then turned over each paper, grabbed the pencil and started coloring in around the outside lines of the letter. For the most part, you can see this through the backside.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 Once that was done, I lined up the paper on the wood where I wanted the letter, face up this time. I took the pencil again and started tracing the outline of the letter...really hard. Like, really really hard and going over the lines multiple times.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 I was then left with a perfect outline of the letter on the wood. I love this transfer method :) I don't know what I ever did this with or for when I was younger, but somehow it stuck with me.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 Since I didn't have a stencil to stop my paint from going out of the lines, I used a ruler instead and lined it up against each line and then painted into the letter next to it. This technique would obviously only work with straight lines. If you have a pretty scripted and rounded letter, then you would be best off to outline the line again with a paint pen.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 I then filled in the rest of the letter with the paint.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 For the "O", I used the berry garland and hot glued it in a circle on the wood.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
I love how this turned out; it is such a great soft feel.

Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
 Here it is in the front room. The color (or lack there of) ties into the pillows perfectly. I thought it might be too much next to the gallery wall, but I think the scale is large enough that it works.
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!
This would also look great all on one row. If I had ended up putting it on the big, blank wall I would have done all one row. Oh well, maybe next year :)
Faux driftwood noel sign made from new wood using an awesome technique to make it look old. Plus, no stencils required for the letters!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Light Up Deer Silhouette

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with Silhouette. All thoughts, ideas, projects, and opinions are my own.

Happy Friday! Today is the night before Saint Nicholas Day at our house where Sinterklaas comes and visits :) It's a Dutch tradition that we decided to carry along in our house even though we are far from the Netherlands. In our version, we put wood shoes (clogs) by the fire for the little one and then put carrots in it. The carrots are for Sinterklaas' reindeer to eat, but we just have our pup Max do the eating :) Then in the morning, there's a gift by the shoes. It's super fun to have something like this in the middle of December so it breaks up the long wait you have until Christmas.

DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Today I'm going to share with you a really simple craft that uses a cute deer head silhouette found in the Silhouette Design Store (which by the way, all the designs are 50% off until the 8th!). I don't know if any of you use a Silhouette machine, but these things are so amazing! You'll probably be seeing a few more posts featuring their designs and products. They integrate so well into home decor.
Here's what you need for the project:
Silhouette Portrait
Deer Silhouette
Silhouette Stencil Material
Burlap canvas (found at crafts stores)
Paint
Battery Powered Light Strand (I used just 10 lights)
Razor
Ribbon/felt
Hot glue
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
First off, get your design and cut it out on your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait onto the stencil material. I made sure the head was as big as I could get it but not too big to fit on the burlap canvas.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Once it was cut out, I grabbed the negative space of the deer stencil and placed it on burlap. I pressed along all the edges really well. The burlap tends to not like stuff to stick to it :)
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
And since the burlap doesn't like to hold stuff so well, for the painting, I started on the stencil part of the edges and pushed in with the paint, rather than doing the opposite and pushing the paint towards the edges. This helped prevent bleeding. Really though, the stickiness of the stencil was amazing...even on burlap.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

I finished the painting, then waited for it to dry and did one more coat. When I took off the stencil, I got all perfect lines with no bleeding. Amazing :)
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

For the next step, mark where you want your lights (literally or just in your head), and cut a small X with your razor blade. Not too big though, just enough for the tip of the light to stick through.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Stick all the lights through your holes. This is how my back looked:
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Now for the scarf. I just grabbed some scrap fleece I had lying around, but you can use any type of fabric for this. I just cut two pieces the same size and then hot glued the ends onto the deers neck and tied them together.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Done!
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
I love how festive this looks :) Plus, it will still be cute decor outside of the holiday season without the scarf and lights.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Christmas Home Tour

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Happy December! I can't believe I'm even saying that. I feel like it went straight from July to December this year. It's crazy how the older you get, the quicker time flies. My mom thinks that time is actually getting shorter....I'm not sure about that :) Anyway. Since it's December, that means it's time for my holiday home tour! If you check out the bottom of the post, I also have links to more home tours from other awesome bloggers. There's 35 of us this year...that's a lot of inspiration!

Up first is our entry way. I absolutely love our staircase and how the living room peaks through the arch. I made it pretty simple this year by just stringing garland and putting wreaths where they mean the banister. Nothing too crazy.
 And here's the living room. I went back and forth a ton on the decor for the tree. It's actually silver and white, but all you see is white :) I strung some beaded garland for the first time ever. I'm still not sure about it, but it's kind of stuck there now lol.
 I also decided to do something a little different and add a "Merry Christmas" in wood letters. I was hoping to get larger letters, but you have no idea how hard it is to find all the letters you need to spell Merry Christmas.
As for the mantel, I feel like this is the most simple Christmas mantel I have ever done. These are the lanterns that I found at Home Depot for like $10 each at their end of Summer clearance. I did have the wreath just hanging by itself, but it looked too small, so I added a frame behind it which tied the whole thing together perfectly.
 As for the dining room. Truth be told, it has sat untouched since last Christmas...well, since after Christmas (I didn't have the Christmas decor still up :) ). I just haven't decorated it for months and months, so I wasn't feeling much inspiration to do anything more to it. But, I figured it would be nice eating on a cute festive table and not one that just had randomness on it. This is probably the cleanest my dining room has been since last Christmas also :/
 I have had these hanging pine cones for years now. I usually put them on on the stairs, but decided to hang them from the light to add a little 'height'. I'm definitely not used to having such a low tablescape, so the pine cones were perfect to shorten the empty space. I was sure that the hubs would say something negative about them, but he surprised me and actually liked them hanging from the light. Figures :)
 I had a ton of mason jars left over from the babes 1st birthday party earlier this year, so I put them to good use and lined them all up between some garland.
 I placed salt in them and then tea lights. They'll look gorgeous all lit up at night :) The 'runner' they are on is just made from cedar planks painted white. It gives it a nice rustic look.
Now for my front room. I had so much fun decorating this room this year. I was going for a ski chalet type look. All nice and white and cozy with lots of plush textures. I made sure to use my faux sheep skins where ever I could. These things are only $10 at Ikea :) I also brought in other textures through the pillows.
 This is my little "Charlie Brown tree". It's the perfect size to add a great outdoorsy Christmas type atmosphere to the room. And I'm loving this pillow :) It makes me happy how furry it is lol.
 I decided to go one step further this year than any other year and actually 'decorate' our guest bath. I never do this. But, I thought the newness of it deserved something special. Nothing big, just a wreath and some flowers.
And there you go! I'll be sure to share some of the projects later on with you, like that "Noel" sign in the front room.

Here are the other home tours from Monday, Tuesday and today. They'll be going all week! To catch all of them, just click here.
Monday Christmas Home Tour Collage
Tuesday home tour collage
 
wednesday home tour collage
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