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DIY Twine Decorative Accent Balls

23 Mar

So whenever I go visits stores with home accessories I feel like I always see these decorative balls. I mean… these things are everywhere! Me being the cheapo that I am, refuse to pay $3-6 per ball and decided that I’d make my own. I wanted to make ones that were #1 easy and #2 had texture. So I made these:

The steps for these little guys were basically the same process as the twine light fixture that I made here. These were actually slightly more tricky than the fixture because they were so small, but overall I’m pretty happy with the end result maybe not the container they are in…. that probably needs to be changed out. Anyway… on to supplies:

  • Mod Podge (I LOVE this product)
  • Gardening twine or whatever you want to use. String or yarn would work well too.
  • Ballons
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Container for glue

Not to bore you with unnecessary details, but quite simply the process was this:

  1. Mix glue with a little bit of water just to water it down slightly.
  2. Blow balloons up and place on top of cut up toilet paper roll as a “stand”. I blew them up to different sizes for a little mixture.  (PS: if you haven’t blown up a balloon up in a while, get ready. I totally forgot how hard it was to blow little balloons up! My cheeks were all sore. I’m such a baby!
  3. Cut lengths of twine long enough to manage, and one by one, place into glue/water mixture. Pull out of mixture and ring a little out (otherwise it gets a little hard to manage).
  4. Start wrapping! I wrapped most of them randomly trying to go over the blank spots. Two of them I did wrap a little different (top left of the first photo). I like that way too.
  5. After you have them wrapped, set them back on their little stands to dry overnight. The funny thing is that one of the balloons deflated in the middle of the night and the shape turned out more like an egg.
  6. Once they are dry, pop the balloons and pull them out.

That’s just about it! Like I said, it was super easy and I think it turned out really cute!

I only made 6, but since these weer actually pretty easy, I may make some more depending on the container that will be their new home. We’ll see. Have a great weekend!

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Door Decor Inspiration

29 Feb

Happy Leap Year everyone!

So first of all, I have made some MAJOR progress on one of my home goals, I’m just not quite ready to post about it. I honestly think that it’s turning out better than I expected! I also swear that I have been doing all kinds of other crafts in between my crazy work and volleyball schedule, but again haven’t been able to gather the pictures and everything, so stay tuned for those next week.

On to today’s post.

I noticed the other day that I still have my winter wreath that I made here up on my front door still. And while I still love it, I don’t really feel like it’s winter anymore (maybe that’s because of the weather has been in the high 50’s to 60’s the last couple weeks). I’m just ready to see something new when I come home. So in order to find my inspiration, I took to Pinterest. Here are some of the super cute ideas that people had out there: I really just don’t know which one to make! Maybe I’ll just make them all 🙂

Any other cute ideas out there that I might want to entertain for a nice spring door decoration?

And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest! I am a pinning fool these days!

Coffee Filter Crafts

4 Nov

I don’t drink coffee. I used to like it when I was little with TONS of creamer (the flavored kind) and sugar. Now I just don’t drink it at all. But I have to admit, while putzing around trying to dig up inspiration, these little filters have given me, and lots of others apparently, lots of inspiration. So today I thought I’d post some of the cool things I’ve seen people do with coffee filters (and see if anyone else has any other ideas too!).

Coffee Filter Lamp Shade- I really wish I had somewhere to use this b/c I LOVE it! Check out how Sarah over at Northwest Hospitality did this cute craft.

Coffee Filter Wreath– Designers at Lowes created this little beauty. I think I will make it this year.

Coffee Filter Christmas Tree– I think if I made this I would keep it stark white and use bright green (citrus color) buttons and some silver. More my color palette. But check out the great step by step here Crafts by Amanda.

Okay so apparently that’s all the crafts I’ve found thus far that are post-worthy (since everything else was roses and butterflies).  Any other ideas?

Silver Leaf Lamp

18 Oct
I love lamp. Yup… I said it. But I really do. In fact I actually have like 5 lamps in my back bedroom that I’m not sure what to do with, but that I loved (or got at a REALLY good deal) and I’m not totally sure what to do with them.  Anyway, I found this sad little guy at a flea market near my house for $3. While the appearance is a bit sad, it still works and I loved the shape so I picked it up.

Lamp before

I have attempted silver leafing 1 other time  here and I SWORE I’d never do it again… but since I still had almost an entire package of the leafing left, I thought I’d try it again. So here’s the step by step:

Step 1: Fix the lamp! No shocker here, but I got our my trusty hot glue gun and glued… and glued.. and glued again. Probably not the best way to do it, but since this is a lamp that we won’t be using every day, it’s fine.

Step 2: Follow the directions on the package is my #1 recommendation. Anyway, you use the glue sealer and use a paintbrush to wipe all over lamp. This stuff basically looks/works like watered down Elmers Glue. You need to let it set for about 30 mins or so till it becomes clear and very tacky.

Step 3: Use contact paper to pull the sheets of silver off and apply to the lamp. I then used a foam brush to brush over the contact paper and rub it on.

It’s a long , messy and frustrating process, and again I would totally recommend that you read the directions.

Step 4: Take the foam brush and lightly brush over entire lamp to get the excess off. (this will go everywhere.. you’ve been warned).

Step 5: Find a lamp shade (always a tough task on a budget I think). I got this little gem from my fav store, Home Goods… and presto… silver lamp!

Finished Lamp

Here it is in the extra bedroom where is it’s current home. (I’ll post more about this little room later.)

Twine Light Fixture

1 Sep

Hello All! I was really tired of this light fixture in my hallway.

So I was reading some of my favorite blogs and I followed a link to another link (you get the idea) and I got some inspiration to make this bad boy.

 I ran up to my local Hobby Lobby (and $1 Store) and grabbed the items I needed. See below.

Materials needed

Any kind of twine works. I actually used some stuff I used in my garden that was a bit thicker and a bit more rough.  Then here comes the messy part.

Step1: Cut the pieces of twine into pieces pretty much as long as you can manage. Cut at least 20 or so for your first “round”. Get a container that you don’t mind throwing away and fill that up with the Mod Podge. For this little fixture I only used about half of the large one and returned the other one. Then I turned on the TV in the kitchen and I got going.
Step 2: Put a couple pieces of the twine in the glue and pull out. Use your fingers to squeez off the extra glue. And wrap around the ball or whatever item you choose. This is the hard part. It will slide and it’s pretty frustrating till you can get a good base. When you come to an end just try to tuck it under another one and use a little dab of extra glue.  
 

Step 3: Keep going with the twine. You may need to wash your hands off a couple of times b/c the buildup gets pretty bad.

Step 4: Once you get it prettly solid (like above), just let it sit and dry over night. Once it’s dry, poke or cut a hole in the ball. Use the eraser side of a pencil and slowly push in the ball underneath to separate the ball from the twine while the air gets let out.

Step 5: I took the old fixture from above and primed, and painted it with silver spray paint. Then put the bulb in and shove it on in. We were lucky enough to be able to just fit the top part of the light fixture into the hole where I had already cut so we didn’t have to cut another hole.

And then from that you can make this:

 

Ain’t it perty?

Old Door; New Table

16 Aug

Hi there! This is a quick little tutorial on how to make something pretty wonderful out of something pretty ugly.

So we had this old door in our basement.

 The door is on that weird yellow “humidor” looking thing.

With some imagination, tools, and paint, my wonderful hubby made (but I designed and helped paint) this:

Door turned coffee table

I don’t have the step by step photos, but I’ll be sure to do that in the future. Here are the instructions:

Step 1: Make sure door is solid wood! If it’s not this won’t work.

Step 2: Measure according to the size you want. Since we had a glass top of the door and we knew we wanted to use that, we based the design around the 36″x36″ top portion. (really he basically just cut the thing in half more or less).

Step 3: We purchased 2 4″ wooden dowels for legs. He cut 8 pieces 4″ long and 4 pieces 18″ long with his miter saw.

Step 4: Used wood screws to attach the legs in the desired position and screw in 4″ separator pieces. The design enabled us to screw the legs from both sides. Don’t attach the top yet.

Step 5: Paint all pieces. We just used some white paint we had lying around the house from the trim we had painted in the basement. I think we did use some oil based paint on one side of the door b/c oil was already existing and we didn’t want to mix oil and latex. NOTE: We did NOT prime. We wanted it to look rustic so we weren’t worried about paint chipping off and showing the yellow underneath.

Painting tip: it’s easier to just paint right over wood with glass instead of taping. Once the paint has dried some you can use a flat razor and gently scratch off the paint. Tape sometimes sticks and pulls the paint off… and it’s a pain to put on.

Step 6: Attach the top with 4 wood screws.

Step 7: Fill all holes with white wood filler

And Donzo!

Total Cost: $14+tax for the 2 4″ dowels. We had the paint and filler and the door came with the house when we moved in.

All in all it was a pretty easy project and helped us save a ton of money on a new coffee table. Plus it’s the PERFECT size for that room and it had more character.

I love it!