Friday, December 13, 2013
Since seeing this tutorial on Tatertots and Jello, I have wanted to make a lid wreath.
Click on over to read the tutorial there, but I'll share what I did that made it easier. First, I painted my lids all white. It took two coats. Don't worry too much about it. You can do a quick job of this. Perfection isn't necessary.
Since I was using 4 different rolls of washi tape, I divided my lids into 4 groups and started wrapping each one in tape. I didn't have any trouble with my ends sticking, but if you did, a dab of hot glue would do the trick.
To form the wreath I strung the lids on a piece of twine and pulled it tightly together. I was having trouble getting the tight circle with the lids so I ended up threading each end all the way through the circle. So (if that doesn't make sense) each end of the twine goes all the way around the circle. After that I was able to pull the ends and tie a knot to easily make the wreath.
I added my hanging twine and ribbons and that was it! It hangs on our white pantry door (second picture) and I love the pop of color in the hallway. I would love to have one hanging on all the doors!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
If you have been reading for a while, you know how much I love our huge chalkboard in the kitchen. It really was a quick and easy project!
We decided to frame it out. You could easily paint your whole wall and that looks great too. This wall flows into another area so there isn't a definite cut off.
We (my hubby and I) decided how large we wanted the chalkboard to be and then taped it out on the wall. I painted 2 good coats of the paint. All I needed was a quart. Jason stained 1x4 boards to match our living room floors. He assembled the frame on the floor first using brackets and then hung the whole thing on the wall.
For the shelf, I just had him stain a scrap board we had in the garage. I was the perfect length. I like the look of the metal brackets to secure the shelf. Plus we had them in the garage. But they are seriously cheap. As in maybe $2.50 for both of them.
Here it is decorated for Christmas. You can read about the tree here. And how I painted the desk here. And the banner and Silent Night sign are available in my shop and ready to ship quickly if you need a quick last minute gift!
This year...because I was late with the advent calendar...I wrote a bucket list on the board. Most days I choose something from the list that will fit in our schedule.
I love the look of the chalkboard. I think it has a Pottery Barn look to it with a less-than-Ikea price!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The decorations I love most are often the simplest. I recently added a tree branch to the breakfast area and I couldn't love it more! It was so easy to set up and only took about 10 minutes!
First you will need to go exploring and find the right branch and a tall vase or container to put it in. I found the vase at Target and the branch on the ground at the nature preserve. It was a little long but a quick trim (me stomping the end off at the edge of the deck) and it was just right.
Plaster of Paris. You need this. It's easy to mix and will hold the branch well. I just used what I had laying around from mixing my chalk paint so I didn't have enough to fill the bottom of the vase. Quick fix: Mason Jar! I mixed the plaster of paris in the jar as directed on the container, stuck the branch in, and placed it where it could lean on the wall while the plaster hardened.
I love what it adds to this corner of the kitchen! It may move around the house, but this tree will in our house year round! I'm thinking I may need another one in the bedroom.
This little guy was my Grandma's. The kids are sure that their Grandma (my mom) must have touched him when she was little because this one has no magic.
I hung some gold bulbs and these glittery snowflakes. They are actually gift tags I found at Target on clearance last year.
I have wanted to add some glitter to the tree but have held off. I know I'm going to want to use this year round.
What an easy way to bring in some nature this season!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time for Tips and Tricks again! Last week our most pinned post was
Thanks so much for linking up! We love what a great resource for inspiration this party is becoming! Grab a cup of tea or coffee and visit the hosts and follow them somehow!
Let's move on to this week. Our theme is Christmas Decor. Here are a couple of ideas I'm linking up:
Now link up your awesomeness!