DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~Seashells, Wood, & A Pineapple Wall Display

Let’s talk pineapples, shall we?! They’re pretty much a staple item right now with home decor. The next time you go into a home decor store count how many pineapple decor items there are, it’s quite a bit.  Do you know what pineapples symbolize? They actually represent “hospitality”, so whenever you see one within a home you know your stay is going to be very welcoming. 😉 That’s A LOT of pineapple talk right there.

As you can imagine, I wanted to incorporate a pineapple into one of my DIY projects. I also have a ton of reclaimed wood that I shared about in a previous post. The seashells look great with wood as they create a natural worn & distressed beachy look. So, this Friday I created a wall display that incorporates seashells, wood, & a pineapple layout (hence, the title). 13aa4bcf-9694-445b-94f1-46e584d72c04

I guess this is Part 2 of Beach Treasures turned DIY. You can visit my first beach treasure DIY post here.

Little Johnny and I went on another beach trip. There were so many seashells just waiting for us to collect. Of course, I collected them and actually did a “blue print” within the sand of my DIY plan. I knew I wanted to incorporate something with a pineapple layout, and seashells work great for the outline. (Johnny helped for a little bit, but  was very distracted by the huge ocean waves!)

{Supplies}

  • seashells
  • red, yellow, and green colored rocks (you can find a bag of them at Hobby Lobby)
  • wood (any wood will do, many craft stores have wood that’s already prepared for hanging on a wall)
  • scissors
  • pieces of burlap
  • craft paint stick
  • Americana Chalky paint in the color lace
  • chalk

{Steps}

For your wood piece, the easiest thing would be to get already prepared wood that’s ready for hanging from a local craft store. I decided to use my reclaimed wood for this project and made my own wood hanging display. I’ll be honest, I was figuring it out as I went (BEST way of learning if you ask me), in the end it turned out pretty decent. PLUS, this gave me the chance to actually use some power tools, perfect timing for this project too because my grandparents are in town and they helped to show me a thing or two. 🙂

Sidenote: The “real” pineapple you see staged within the picture was purchsaed by my Papa. He helped me add more character to this project and used the “real” pineapple as a reference. Love it! 🙂 21aba815-8ee9-4814-bea3-ae4d23fe14d2

I’m going to make the steps of creating your own wood hanging display into a new blog post, so stay tuned for one coming soon. (This DIY post would be extremely long if I wrote the steps to this as well.)

Back to the actual steps…

1.Take your chalk and draw an outline of your desired pineapple shape.

d4425b06-3042-4fd2-ad7f-f119d56b4c362.Lay your seashells and colored rocks on the wood to your desired shape for your pineapple.

3.Hot glue your sea shells and rocks one by one (epoxy or tacky glue will work as well).

4.Take 5-8 pieces of burlap and cut the end so that it  is pointy.

5.Hot glue the burlap onto the top of the pineapple outline.

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6. I used chalk to free hand the wording onto the board. I pulled up the type of lettering I wanted on my computer for a reference, then I just traced away on the wood using my chalk. There’s more to this quote, but I was getting tired and did not feel like adding on more.

8. Then I took my Americana chalky paint int the lace color and went back over the outlined letters. 1e44a7a7-103a-49ba-8141-204990dc5429

 

7. Once the paint was dry (10 minutes), I used sandpaper to sand over the actual words. This makes it look like it’s engrained into the wood.

Just forewarning this project did take a little longer then I planned, mainly becuase of creating my own wood hanging display as well (totally worth it though).

Happy DIY Friday!

Wishing You Well,

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DIY Friday~upcycling a clipboard and turning it into a chalkboard menu

Hey everyone! If you haven’t noticed I’m pretty obsessed with all things rose gold and things with a chalkboard finish! This Friday I am seriously in LOVE with my chalkboard menu for the kitchen! It’s another easy peasy DIY project for busy moms! Plus, as a bonus it’ll help you to stay organized in the kitchen along with meal planning. You probably already have a few of these items lying around your home, so grab your clipboard, command hooks, chalkboard paint, and hot glue gun & let’s get started!

**Side Tip: This project can be adapted to any type of chalkboard item, such as:

  • a to do list
  • a fun doodle board for the kids (especially for long car rides)
  • a mini calendar

Let your creativity come to life! 🙂

Chalkboard Menu

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{Supplies}

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By the way, here’s something that might make you chuckle. While setting up the picture display of supplies I realized after I took the picture that I was missing my painter’s tape. Sure enough, Johnny took it and gave it to his doggy as a chew toy (he loves doing that!) Boys will be boys I guess, right?!

{Steps}

1. use the painter’s tape to tape around the clip area

2. use your rose gold spray paint and spray the clip part along with your command hooks

3. after the clip part has dried remove the painters tape

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4. take your painter’s tape and edge the area on the clipboard where you would like the chalkboard paint to go (I ended up only placing a strip at top, making sure to leave enough room to write the words “menu”. )

5. apply 2 coats of chalkboard paint

6. arrange your command hooks at the bottom

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7. hot glue each hook to the bottom

8. use your pencil to free hand (or you can use a stencil) the word “menu”

9.  use a stencil brush and the chalky lace paint to apply the finish look

**Tip** You can use so many different techinques for the wording. I just used what I had on hand. Here are some other methods:

  • permanent marker
  • paint pen
  • stickers (apply mod podge on top to secure them to the board)

10. write out your menu for the week and add measuring cups to hand at the bottom

 

**optional step** add a pretty ribbon or lace and tie it at top.

That’s it! Now you have an organized (and pretty) way to display your weekly menus. Plus, easy access to your measuring utensils.

You can also use the “clip” part to store any recipes you find in magazines, or you can clip on your written out grocery list.

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Happy Creating! 

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Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Friday~ Upcycling Coffee Cans into Produce Storage for your Kitchen

I’m all about using what you have and transforming it into something totally different! I love thinking about how I can use an item in a different way within my house. Plus, I hate going out and buying more stuff when I can use what I have to create something just like it.

This Friday I actually had a hard time thinking about what I could create, then I saw it. Three coffee cans sitting under my sink just waiting for me to save them from going into the recycling bin. 🙂 Currently my situation with produce is I throw everything into one basket and it sits on my counter. Here’s the thing about that…sometimes I forget what type of produce I have and it spoils. Also, I hate digging for things at the bottom. This week’s DIY project will hep with organizing your produce in a cost efficient way. I know open wired baskets are suppose to be easy for produce organization, but it just doesn’t work for me. Plus I’m all about the shabby chic look! Why not have your produce display look stylish. I’m using three coffee cans and wait until you see the end result! Also, guess what…this is another easy peasy DIY project for busy mamas! 🙂

Produce Holders for you Kitchen

{Supplies}

  • 3 coffee cans
  • 3 round pieces of wood (Hobby Lobby find)
  • chalk paint
  • chalk
  • favorite spray paint color
  • hot glue gun
  • sand paper

{Steps}

1.take off any paper on the coffee cans and wash them

2. make sure they are fully dried and take the sand paper to sand off any paper that wouldn’t come off

3. spray paint your coffee cans (I used 3 coats) make sure to let them dry for at least 5 minutes in between each coat

4. while the cans are drying, take your wood pieces and sand one side so it’s a smooth surface (mine wasn’t as smooth so it was harder to write with the chalk, so this is a VERY important step)

5. use the blackboard chalk paint and apply 3 coats on one side

6. once everything is dried (about 1 hour) hot glue your wood pieces to the front of your cans

7. use chalk to write the produce items for each can

There you have it! An organized produce station in your kitchen!

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If you want more counter space here’s an extra step that I may do in the future.

1.Drill a hole in the back of the can

2. take command hooks and use them to hang your cans along your back splash

**Make sure to get command hooks that hold at least 5 lbs or more.**

If the produce display isn’t your thing, you can also use this idea for…

  • organizing cooking utensils
  • organzing snacks
  • plant containers
  • organzing office supplies or kids crafts

Happy Creating!

What would you use this idea for?

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Friday~Save your wine corks! {Mini Succulent Wall Display}

This Friday I’m using what I have around my home to make a super easy DIY project. PLUS wine corks & succulents are my current fav! I’m upcyclding the wine corks and transforming them into mini succulent holders, so cute! I have been collecting my wine corks for a while and I was trying to figure out a unique way to use them. While pinteresting (so funny that this is now something you “do”) I came across these cute succulent holders just using wine corks. It was meant to be used as a magnet, but I wanted to take it a bit further. I recently bought paint and had a paint stick sitting right on the table. My creative mind just clicked and I put these two ideas together. So, this Friday it’s another really easy DIY project for busy moms. We’re making a mini succulent wall display. Surprisingly propagating succuluents is easy to do, and it’s a plant that doesn’t require too much tender loving care (perfect for busy moms).

{Supplies}

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  • favorite color spray paint
  • favorite ribbon
  • paint stick
  • hot glue gun
  • 3 wine corks
  • small binder clip
  • 3 succulent leaves
  • knife

{Steps}

1. spray paint your paint stick with your favorite color. I used a cotton candy pink and lightly sprayed the white paint on top to make it a bit lighter.

2. use your knife to cut out a hole in the middle of the wine cork

3. pour a small amount of dirt into each hole and place a succulent leaf inside

4.take your binder clip and place it at the top of your paint stick

5. tie a ribbon at the top

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6. hot glue your potted wine corks to the paint stick

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That’s it! Super easy and so adorable.

Do you have a favorite DIY project that involves upcycled items?

Happy Creating!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Friday~ No Sew Pillow Case

Pillow cases are such an easy quick fix to switching up your decorative style. They also add a great “pop” of color to your decor. I have been wanting to add new pillow cases in my living room, but they tend to be expensive, PLUS I always thought it would fun to make my own. Here’s the problem…I don’t have a sewing machine. So I searched and searched for a “no sew” pillow. I found some where you did this crazy knotted tie in the front, but I figured I would probably have a “Pinterest Fail” with that! Then, I came across this GENIUS idea!

canvas bag+pillow stuffing+hot glue gun= NO SEW pillow case

GENIUS, right?!

I bought everything at Hobby Lobby for about $12 to make 2 pillow cases, plus I still have stuffing leftover to make another one!

Best part is this took about 10 minutes for me to make 2 pillows because it’s pretty much already done for you! Just add the stuffing and glue the top!

No Sew Pillow Case


{Supplies}

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  • canvas tote (these worked out perfectly because I love polka dots, and the simple word “hello”, plus gold is a wonderful touch!) I bought these at Hobby Lobby, but any canvas tote will do.
  • stuffing
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • binder clips (not pictured)

{Steps}

1. cut the handles off the bag.

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2. fill the bag with stuffing, make sure to stuff your corners first

3. take your top seam and fold down, then start to hot glue together

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4. as you are hot gluing use binder clips to keep the areas you glued in tact while they dry

5. once you get to a small opening left, put a little more stuffing in

Wahlah! That’s it, you now have beautiful pillows to add within your home decor!

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Happy Creating!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Friday- Wine Bottle Vase

Okay ladies, grab your empty wine bottles (you may have to do some drinking here…:) ) and get ready for some DIY FUN! Did I mention this will be great last-minute DIY Christmas gift?

Wine Bottle + Picture+ Embellishments= A Unique & Creative Vase

{Supplies} 

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  • mod podge ( I went with the matte finish)
  • paint brush
  • wine bottle
  • scissors
  • embellishments (optional, I bought this gold sequence fabric at Hobby Lobby for around $2 and the memories sticker for $1)
  • photocopy picture (I went to Office Max and had them photocopy an already printed out picture, this size is a 4X4)

{Steps}

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1.use the mod podge to glue your embellishments on  (you can also spray paint the bottle as well)

2. let it dry

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3. use the mod podge to glue the photo copied picture onto the wine bottle

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4. use the mod podge again to put a top coat on the picture, which will act as a sealer

5. add some flowers to it and you’re done!

  • Quick tip about the flowers, I bought these at the Dollar Tree and lightly spray painted them with a rose gold finish.

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Happy Creating! (and a Merry Christmas!)

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Friday- Wine Bottle Tiki Torch

It’s Friday again folks, so that means HAPPY DIY FRIDAY!  Why not be creative with something that you probably have right in your recycle bin…wine bottles. 

They: 1. hold a delicious liquid, and 2. are great for DIY projects! What’s not to love!? I even used empty wine bottles as a centerpiece at my wedding reception, that’s how much I see the creativity in these beauties! In the beginning of the summer I created wine bottle tiki torches for my front porch area. I still use them, and I get many compliments. To make it even easier you can get all your supplies at your neighborly Wal-Mart.  Below you will find the steps in creating them.

**After researching materials I found an even cheaper way to complete this DIY project. Stay with me until the reveal at the end…**

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DIY FRIDAY- Inspirational & Decorative Magnets (using baby food jar lids)

So here we are again, it’s a Friday! I know I’m posting this late, but motherhood called today. Moving on…when I was a teacher I always had a Fun Friday activity planned, I mean why not?! It’s the best part of the week! 😉 So I thought since becoming a SAHM how about a FUN FRIDAY for myself and Johnny, we just named it DIY FRIDAY. So here is what we did on this rainy Friday #hurricanehermine (don’t worry we’re completely safe, just windy and LOTS of rain).

For this small DIY project I was able to use most items that I already had around my house. The only item I had to buy was the spray paint, and guess what!? I had a $5 reward that I used on it.(I love Ace Hardwares’s reward program!)  I only had to pay $1.06 for this DIY project! That’s a fun Friday in itself! 🙂

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DIY FRIDAY-coffee table center piece (using baby food jars)

Sorry hubby, but the house chores are going to have to wait…it’s DIY FRIDAY time!

This is probably the simplest DIY project I have ever done. No joke, I didn’t have to ask my husband to come and intervene once! (I usually do with just a few projects).  You only need 7 items to make this.  (8 if you include the adult beverage, but really it’s a must when doing projects).

So here is a quick thing about me…I love any type of jar or glass bottle (just ask my husband). I literally have a collection from mason jars, wine bottles, baby food jars. If they had a bumper sticker that said I LOVE JARS, you would see it on my car. (I think you get the point). Anyone else with me?!

So…with that said… I decided to complete a pottery barn inspired coffee table decor with a little shabby chic twist. Below are the directions and pictures of the steps to complete this DIY. Most things that were used I had lying around in my house. The only items I had to buy for this project were the votive candles, flowers, and little acorns  (Dollar Store purchases). So all together this DIY project cost me $6.39  . SCORE!!!!!! (we all know DIY can get expensive at times)

—Side Note— by the way, I had the wood lying around my house because my husband had a brilliant idea to build a boat…YES, you read that right…yeah, well… the story ends with us having a ton of wood lying around…I think you get the point, so why not use it to complete DIY projects. Thanks for the inspiration, husband!

STEP 1– Gather supplies:

  • long piece of plywood (measurements depend on the size of your table), paint sponge/brush, sand paper, a roll of twine, 4 large baby food jars, 2 small baby food jars, 1 taller glass jar (I saved mine from a pressed juice I received at a juice bar), acrylic glue, American Decor chalk paint, votive candles, and a flower or two
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    I LOVE the Dollar Store!!! Especially for DIY projects!

 Step 2: Wipe down the wood and sand any rough edges

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 Step 3: Paint the wood using American Decor chalky paint (I only used one coat)

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 Step 4: Once the paint is dry use the sand paper to give it that shabby chic look 

 Step 5: Start wrapping the baby food jars with twine

Quick Tips:

  • do not use glue, it doesn’t stick and it’s so messy
  • take the twin and fold the cut piece in half
  • take the middle of the folded piece and wrap it around the jar
  • tie a knot
  • continue this process until the whole twine piece is used
  • double knot at the end, and cut off any excess pieces

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For the larger jar I just tied a bow of twine

around the rim of it.

Step 6: Arrange the jars to your liking on the wood piece

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Step 7: Use the arcrylic glue and place a small amount on the bottom of each jar

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Step 8: Place decorative items in the jars: flamless votives, acorns, and flowers

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There you go! You’re DONE! (Even Johnny loves it!)img_4941

Happy DIY FRIDAY!!!!! Now it’s your turn!