Goodwill Lantern Upcycle

Goodwill lantern upcycle

I love Goodwill. It’s like a goldmine with all its discarded goodies. Among these goods was this roughed up lantern. Look at the chipped paint and ugly flowers. Ugh. That has to go.

Goodwill lantern purchase

It’s definitely in rough shape but I knew I could save it, so i bough it… for $2.99! I immediately went to buy spray paint and headed home to beautify it.

lantern improvement supplies

Lantern improvement supplies

  • paper (optional)
  • pencil (optional)
  • scissors (optional)
  • razor blade (optional)
  • spray paint
  • old lantern

If you can remove the glass, the first four supplies aren’t necessary.

cover lantern glass with paper

Step 1: remove or cover the glass

If you’re lucky enough to find a lantern with removable glass, then celebrate and remove it because this project just became a lot easier. I spray painted the outside before I realized I could take the glass out. Duh!

If you can’t remove it, measure it, cut paper to that size and tape it on. You’ll have to repeat this on the inside as well.

 

spray paint the lantern

Step 2: spray paint the frame

Spray paint your lantern and let it dry.

Flip it and repeat until the whole lantern is covered.

 

Use a razor to clean lantern glass

Step 3: remove spray paint from glass

If you get spray paint on the glass, don’t worry! It comes off. Get yourself a razor blade, hold it at a 45 degree angle and, with light pressure, scrape away the paint. Be careful not to scratch it.

You might want to clean the glass before decorating it.

Goodwill lantern upcycle

Since it’s fall, I added some craft pinecones and turned on my flameless tea light. It’s beautiful!

lantern decor

Don’t pass up the “junk” in thrift stores. There’s a lot of value in the old and unfinished. Sometimes you have to rummage for them, but they’re there.

Happy crafting, and upcycling!

DIY Farmhouse Wood Sign

diy farmhouse home sign

As some of you might know, my husband and I are now homeowners, so I’ve been more compelled to decorate. There’s no one to tell me I can’t put holes in my walls or paint them fun colors. Why not, then?

One of my latest projects is this cute farmhouse style home sign. This is a multi-season one. Every spring, fall, winter and summer I can swap out the bow for a different one, making it just as festive as the previous season. I like those kinds of decorations because I don’t have to find storage space for them.

Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial below.

 

farmhouse home sign supplies

Farmhouse sign decor supplies

I also got the small home wood piece at Michael’s but couldn’t find the link for it. You can find it in the wood section.

 

home wood sign

Step 1: paint wooden home piece

Choose a multi-seasonal color, like yellow, and paint your wooden home piece.

Yellow is great because it works with spring, summer and fall. I might have to stretch it a bit for winter but I’m sure I can make it work.

 

home sweet home wood sign

Step 2: glue home onto your sign

Now, hot glue home onto the palette sign.

 

home sign craft project

Step 2: tie the bow

I tied four bows and glued them together to make the bow in the picture above. I also used two different colors of ribbon to spice it up a bit.

Choose a corner and hot glue your ribbon onto your sign.

 

diy farmhouse home sign

Hang it and you’re done! Home sweet home 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments

Happy crafting!

How to Fix Saggy Couch Cushions

I’ve had this couch for nearly a decade and the cushions are super saggy, as you can see in the photo on the left. The structure of the couch is pretty good though, so I wanted to try to find a way to salvage it. There’s no use in spending a few hundred dollars on a new couch when this one just needs some love, right?

It was easy to fix it. All you need is some stuffing, cushion wraps and 20 minutes. I should warn you though, if you have sensitive skin like me, you might want to wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt. I get rashes after touching anything scratchy, cushion wraps were no exception.

 

poly-fil and cushion wraps

Supplies to Fix Your Cushions

  • 10-20lb bag of Poly-fil
  • Cushion wraps

If you have a sectional, you’ll probably need 20lbs of Poly-fil. My couch probably used less than half of the 10lb box. but now I have left overs, so When my couch gets saggy again, I can fix it quickly.

You can get the materials from JoAnn Fabrics. I advise waiting for a coupon. I got 20% and was able to fix my couch cushions for $70. Much more appealing than buying a new couch.

 

couch stuffing

Step 1: fill the back cushions first

Starting with the cushions against the back of the couch, pull off the cover and begin filling it with Poly-fil. Stuff it until it’s full, but don’t overdo it. You still have to get the cover back on.

 

Step 2: fill the seat cushions

The seat cushions are much harder to stuff. My advice? Don’t take the whole cover off. Cut the cushion wrap to the size you need and push the edges to the front of the cushion. Try to smooth it out as much as you can.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a couch that looks like it’s brand new. Look at the difference! It’s crazy!

re-stuffed couch finished

Add some pillows and you’re good to go.

Happy… crafting? Is that considered crafting? Happy home improvement? We’ll go with that.

DIY Farmhouse Style Tissue Box

DIY farmhouse tissue box

I never really thought about my tissue boxes, until recently. When grocery shopping, I typically just grab a pack of them and check out. But this week, I noticed there were a few more options of more appealing boxes. Why?

Unless the design on the tissue box is neutral or very simple, it will never match the room they’re placed in. Everyone has a different style and it’s reflected in their home. So, tissue boxes are now becoming more than boxes, they’re becoming home decor.

I liked this idea and wanted to make a container that I could reuse. One that always looked the same in the room. So I decided to make a farmhouse style container for my living room.

Want to make one? Follow my step-by-step guide below.

farmhouse tissue box supplies

Tissue Box Supplies

You will need the following supplies to make your own.

  • rope
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • hot melt glue sticks
  • cardboard container

I used an old Trader Joe’s coffee container to hold the tissues. You could use a Mason Jar or any other vertical container you have. You can find the rest of the materials at your local craft or hobby shop.

Step 1: glue the rope to the container

Using the hot melt glue gun, adhere the rope to the container. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top.

tissue box lid

Step 2: cut a hole in the lid

Now, we need to make space for the tissues to come out. Cut an X shape in the middle of the lid.

Step 3: roll up the tissues

Roll the tissues up and place them in the container.

Pull the tissues out from the center of the roll and up through the hole in the lid.

DIY farmhouse tissue box

When you’re finished, you will have your very own tissue box that will remain a consistent piece of home decor in any room you choose.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

Autumn Craft: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

DIY leaf relief painting

This month’s Craft Challenge theme is autumn. My goal is always to create something different and exciting for each of these challenges and this month is no different. I struggled a bit with this one because I’m not quite in the mood for fall yet. It’s sunny and 90 degrees in my area and leaves are still green. I haven’t quite hit the sweaters, boots and pumpkin latte craze yet.

To get there, I did a brainstorming session with a friend (thank you, Aarika). We kept coming back to leaves. Do you remember doing leaf coloring in 2nd grade? You put a leaf under a piece of paper and color over it with a crayon to bring out the texture and outlines? We’re going to make the adult version of that today.

It’s a really fun project, and I really enjoyed making it. I’m going to paint several more this week and frame them for some festive decor. Follow the tutorial below to make some of your own!

 

leaf relief painting materials

Materials needed for leaf relief paintings

  • foil
  • leaves
  • sponge brush
  • acrylic paint
  • paper towns
  • thick paper
  • craft bond / adhesive
  • light grit sandpaper or steel wool

Supply notes:
Go outside and find some leaves, flowers or other plants.

Make sure the paper you choose is pretty thick. I used paper from a mixed media notebook. You can also use watercolor paper, bristol board or some other variation.

Choose steel wool over sandpaper if you can.

 

painting workspace

Step 1: set up your workspace

Usually, this isn’t part of my tutorial because your workspace is a given. However, this one can get a little sticky (pun intended).

Make sure you lay down newspaper or paper towels all over your work area if you’re working indoors. Craft bond is pretty sticky and it takes some time to get it out of clothes, off your skin and table.

Crafter’s tip: If you’re working over wood like I am, and happen to get the adhesive on your table, dab some vegetable oil on a towel and wipe it up. The oil releases the bond on the wood. Make sure you use cleaning products to wipe up the oil when you’re finished!

 

texture for painting

Step 2: adhere paper towels to the paper

Spray the adhesive on your thick paper and cover it will a paper towel.

I used paper towels with swirl designs because I wanted extra texture for the  background. You don’t have to use a bold texture if you don’t want to.

 

leaf base

Step 3: adhere the leaves

Spray the adhesive again and press the leaves into place.

 

foil cover nature art

Step 4: adhere the foil

Spray the adhesive again and press a sheet of foil overtop of the leaves.

 

leaf relief with foil

Step 5: bring out the natural texture

Ball up a paper towel and press lightly over the veins and outlines of the leaves and their stems to bring out the texture. Be careful not to rip the foil.

 

brush painting technique

Step 6: paint the foil

Using your sponge brush, dab the paint onto the foil like in the image above. You want to lift the brush and set it back down to ensure the paint gets into all of those little crevices.

Then, pull your brush from one end to the other in a typical painting motion. Get rid of the texture the sponge brush created by dabbing on the paint.

Let it dry.

I decided, half way through painting, that I wanted to go with the red paint, so I painted over it a second time with that color only.

I suggest painting on a second layer of paint either way.

Let it dry.

leaf veins through acrylic paint

Step 7: sand down the paint

Very lightly sand down the paint on and around the leaves so that the veins and foil shows through. Be careful not to rip the foil.

This is going to be a very slow process, but it is so worth it in the end.

 

DIY leaf relief painting

When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like the above. I love the way the foil makes all of the lines pop!

Next time I am going to try paper towels with less texture and black or dark blue paint. I really enjoy the red but a higher contrasting color will make the leaves stand out so much more.

The Craft Challenge

This project is part of the Craft Challenge.

Be sure to check out Emily’s craft over at A Pop of Red! She will have her tutorial posted later today.

 

DIY Decorative Photo Frame

DIY decorative wood photo frame

Do you ever get tired of doing everything digitally? Sometimes I just want to read a physical book and print real photographs.

There’s something about holding pictures in your hand and smelling the pages of book. It’s a feeling and an appreciation you can’t get from a device. This week, I was in one of those moods.

For my birthday, a few months ago, a friend bought me a subscription to Groovebook, which is a photo subscription service. You download the app, upload the photos you want, and they print and send them to you. I think I’ve printed every image on my phone.

Now, what should I do with them?? I should share them, right? Yep, I’m going to hang them in my living room!

Want to make one?

materials for photo frames

DIY Photo Frame Materials

  • string
  • paint brushes
  • mini clothespins
  • acrylic wood-safe paint
  • hot glue gun (not pictured)
  • decorative wooden photo frame (Michael’s)

 

painted photo frame

Step 1: paint the frame

Paint both sides of your frame.

Let it dry.

 

strings for the photo frame

Step 2: measure the string

Stretch the string out to the size of your frame and cut 2 pieces (at the same length).

These will be adhered to the frame to hold up the photos.

 

hanging photo string

Step 3: adhere the strings

Hot glue the string to the frame. Hold the string while the glue dries if you don’t want the string to be floppy.

I know, it doesn’t look beautiful, but no one is going to see it. AND it will make a nice bumper between the frame and the wall.

 

DIY decorative wood photo frame

Step 4: photos and clothespins

Clothespin your photos to the string and you have yourself a cute photo frame!

 

You can hang your new decor in any room in your house or give it as a gift.

Tip: print your Instagram photos and hang them up!

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Halloween Door Decor

DIY boo halloween decor

Since I made a non-Halloween-inspired craft last week, I decided to stick with a Halloween craft this time around. Every DIY that I make this month is going to be Halloween-inspired, so if you have any ideas, or just want to see a specific craft, let me know! I’m always excited to hear your ideas.

I found all of the supplies at Pat Catan’s and it costed about $10. I love the character in the Os too. They almost look like pumpkins when painted orange.

DIY Halloween boo door decor

Things You Will Need:
Brush
Letters
Ribbon
Acrylic paint

*You can ignore the DecoColor pens in the picture. I had originally planned to use them but decided halfway through the project that I liked the way the decor looked without it.

boo letters

Step 1
Paint all three letters orange.

Let them dry.

halloween bow

Step 2
While the paint dries, you can make your bow.

Now that I look at the picture, the ribbon looks like cheetah print, but I swear it’s not. They’re bats on an orange background.

ribbon attachment

Step 3
Hot glue some ribbon to the back of the letters so that they hang vertically. Make sure you use A LOT of glue or it won’t hold the weight.

Please ignore the unpainted backing of my letters. No one is going to see it while it’s hanging on my door. Just pretend you never saw it.

DIY boo halloween decor

Now you can tie it to your door with a little more ribbon and you have yourself a cute Halloween door decoration.

If you plan to hang your Boo decoration outdoors, you should spray it with a clear gloss spray to protect it from the weather. Make sure you spray it in a well-venilated area. I’ve made the mistake of not doing that. It’s rough…

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback.