DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday: Mini Round Table Display Made From Mason Jar Lids

There is something about sorting through craft supplies when suddenly an idea pops into your head of a unique way to reuse them.  Recently Little Johnny and I were rummaging through my craft supplies when I came across some mason jar lids and clothespins. I started messing around with them trying to see if I could configure some type of home decor item. First of all, I have been wanting a round coffee table for a while, (don’t ask why, it’s just something that has been on my mind…) So, I guess with that fresh on my mind I thought why not make mini round tables with clothespins as the legs. YOU ALL! It totally worked! I now have 3 cute mini round tables displayed throughout my home which serve as multiple purposes. Don’t judge by my enthusiasm of this very small joy in my life, but it’s definitely the little things that give me excitement!

So I clipped on the clothespins to the mason jar lids for them to act as legs and… WAH…LAH! My very own round table! (One day I’ll get that round coffee table that I have my mind dead set on!)  It can hold tea lights, name cards for the Thanksgiving table, or simply just giving decor items that extra height. The possibilities are endless with these little guys! 🙂 Now, I’m not one to just leave something without that extra painted touch, so of course I went ahead and stained the “legs” and spray painted the “table top” to give a feel of warmth and distressed. Metallic gold with a brush of heirloom white along with dark stained “legs” will do the trick!

Tell me. what is something in your life that truly helps you to “unplug” from the world? What makes your mind just wonder off and not worry about the stress of life? We all have that “something”, and for me it’s definitely focusing on DIY projects. It’s a stress reliever and while I know it’s not for everyone I try to incorporate super easy projects that anyone can make! This is for sure on the top of my list for easy projects!

Mini Round Tables Made From Mason Jar Lids 


{Supplies}

For 3 sets

  • 3 mason jar lids
  • 9 clothespins
  • metallic gold spray paint
  • heirloom white spray paint
  • base primer (optional)
  • walnut wood stain
  • hot glue gun
  • paint brush (for the dry brush technique that makes the edges look “distressed”)

{Steps}

1.Spray paint the 2 parts of your mason jar lids the metallic gold color.

2.While the lids are drying, stain the clothespins (I just dipped it into the can and then used a rag to wipe off the access. It was just easier and it made sure to stain all parts of the clothespins.)

 

3.After the mason jar lids have dried a bit (I probably waited about 30 minutes) take the heirloom white spray paint and lightly spray the paint brush. You don’t need very much paint on it, just enough to apply the dry brush technique to the outer rim part of the mason jar lid. Simply take the brush and lightly brush the edges. You don’t want the whole rim to be painted the heirloom white, just enough so that the metallic gold still pops out. I left the inner part the smooth metallic gold finish. The contrast of the two colors look great! 

4. Take the hot glue gun and attach the two pieces of the mason jar lid.

5. Make sure your clothespins are dried and then simply clip then onto the mason jar lids.

That’s it! You now have a mini round table! I hope you can find a place for these little guys in your own home. While they seem so simple they truly add just the simplest  unique touch to your home decor!

P.S. If you want to view another way I upcycled mason jar lids, check out my >>DIY pumpkin<<

Wishing you well! 

 

DIY Seasonal Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~Distressed Pumpkins Made From Mason Jar Lids

Many people have asked me: Where do you get your inspiration from? I have three answers..

1. Pinterest

2. Craft Stores

 3. Magazines

But let’s face it…Pinterest being the absolute #1!

Even as a DIY blogger I “pin” items to boards and dream about all the creativity that is within this wonderful world of Pinterest. (I mean come on, people plan their weddings from it…so it has to be great!) I’ve come to the realization that I actually do have a “creative side” in me, but the reality is sometimes even creative people need some inspiration. I love trying fun (and easy) DIY projects that I come across. While the world of bloggers is very wide and vastly growing I always want to give credit to ones that have inspired me. I have linked below some blogs I came across that inspired me to create this beautiful mason jar lid pumpkin! The great thing about blogging is we all put our own twist to things, which I came up with a few added details myself to make the process a little easier.

Shout Out to These Blogs! 

thecountrycook.com

craftsbyamanda.com (great name too! 😉 )

Now, onto all things pumpkin! 🙂

Distressed Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin


First off, let’s talk about how easy it is to make anything related to pumpkins! The good news about these beauties is that not one of them looks the same! Every pumpkin has it’s own unique shape, lines, and distinct characteristics (hence why you probably see so many things made into pumpkins!) Mason jar lids are perfect because they have that round shape, along with allowing that “distressed”  feature to stand out. You all know how much I love the shabby chic/distressed look, so this was a perfect opportunity to go ahead and attempt just that! Plus, I found a new love of spray paint color! (Antique Gold is my new fav!)

{Supplies} 

  • 15-20 mason jar lids (the outer ring part)
  • 1 center part of the mason jar lid
  • hot glue gun
  • lace, ribbon, or string (your preference)
  • Antique Rose Gold spray paint
  • sand paper
  • two wine corks
  • optional (decorative leaves)

{Steps}

1. Start off by spray painting all the mason jar lids with the Antique Gold finish!

2. Wait about 15 minutes to let it dry and use sand paper to lightly sand off the edges to reveal the “two tone” look.

3. Grab your lace, string, or yarn and thred all the lids through

*****NOTE: Make sure all mason jar lids are aligned the same way.*****

4. Pull tight and tie a double knot.

5. Take 1 wine cork  and place it into the middle so that the lids are sitting upright.

6. Use the center part and hot glue it to the bottom so that it acts as a base.

7. Once the base is dried, flip it over and hot glue the 2nd wine cork in the middle, which will act as the “stem”.

8. Either cut the excess string/lace off OR use it as a decoration on top.

9. OPTIONAL: Add decorative leaves on top to give it a pop of color!

Here’s another video I did with a tutorial of all the steps! 

How cute are these?! You can use them all over your home AND they can easily transition into your Thankgiving decor, maybe even as a table centerpiece! I hope you all enjoyed this fun project and it inspires you to get your creative juices flowing!

Cheers to the weekend!

Wishing you well, 

~Amanda

DIY All Natural Products

DIY Friday- Easy DIY Air Freshener for your Home

Can someone please explain to me why Mason Jars are so appealing?  Lately I’ve found a new obsession! (I tend to do that.) Think about all the ways you can use Mason Jars…candles, storage for food, coasters, container for diy scrubs, flower vase, supply orgnaizer, and so much more! I stepped away from the wood, paint, and tools for a bit to focus on a different category of diying.

This Friday I’m sharing with you an easy way to make your home smell fresh & clean all within a Mason Jar. I’m taking you through the steps of how I made my own air freshener using baking soda, essential oils, and a few other added natural ingredients that are completely optional.

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I had a fabulous helper as well! I’m telling you, Little Johnny’s future wife is going to seriously LOVE me, haha! I mean this kid enjoys cooking, “chores”, and apparently now he LOVES to whip up a homemade all natural air freshener…

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I learned the trick of “baking soda absorbs everything” since I was a young girl. I even remember it being in our fridge! This is the secret to keeping the smell of the essential oils alive & going throughout your home.

There’s something about walking into your home where you’re immediately welcomed by a lovely smell. I chose to create a fresh & clean fragrance to use within my living room, but this recipe (really it’s just baking soda mixed with your favorite essential oils) can be used with any combination of oils.

I wish there was a “smell button” on the computer…maybe that’s where we’re leading our next generation to create…;) Let’s hope, right?!

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I had this Mason Jar already painted using an ombre technique, but I just didn’t know what to do with it, so I decided why not use it for this project! You can totally just skip the spray painting part.

So, what’s the steps? Well, it’s really easy and I have to be honest I definitely didn’t measure anything, just kind of guessed. The thing that I love about this is it’s not an overwhelming fragrance. You can make a few different combinations so that each room has a different smell.

I feel as though giving your home a certain fragrance in each room is essential to setting the mood & feel of what your trying to create for each room. Every fragrence within a home gives off a different sense of character, feel, and can also bring back many memories.

Peppermint & Lemon Air Freshener

(with a hint of coconut) 

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Combine:

-peppermint essential oil (probably 8 drops)

-2 drops of lemon juice

-about 1 1/2 cups of baking soda

-1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Mix well and place in a Mason Jar. Then use a nail and hammer to poke holes through the lid so the fragrance will ventilate throughout the room. 6d0b2ca3-44cd-4b74-a99f-f3d38d7ecaa1c053c9ef-9e4f-4ebf-b9c8-3e2bc3fe756d

Every few days you may have to shake it up a bit just to get the aromas going again. If the smell is fading, then that’s your que to make a new batch. 🙂

Go ahead, give this a try! It’s an easy one and the best part is you know exactly what ingredients you are breathing in throughout your home. Did you ever think about that? (I know I’m a bit more cautious now since having a little one.)

Happy DIYing! 

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Home Decor

DIY Friday- Mason Jar Wall Organizer

I am so excited to reveal that I have been working on a project for a while in our bedroom. I decided to dedicate a wall to be used as an office space. It’s a work in progress because I am challenging myself to DIY most of the items, along with reusing some of the things I already have. Here’s what it looks like so far.

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Thoughts? I may add a small shelf on the top right, but otherwise I pretty much have the wall complete, so now I’ll be working on the desk and chair. Don’t worry, you know I’ll have a post about this endeavor. Did I mention I remembered to take a before picture? (That’s the best part in my opinion.) 🙂

My DIY project for this week is within the above picture. Any guesses? 😉

Mason Jar Wall Organizer

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This is part 2 of my Orchard Supply Hardware DIY shopping haul! Have you seen my previous DIY post with the fun video of me shopping for the supplies?! Maybe one of these days I’ll come around to actually making a DIY video.

I have it linked for you >>right here. <<

The mason jar wall organizer is so popular right now and from looking online they can range from $24-$35. I was able to complete this project for around $12. I already had the stain for the wood, but the rest of the supplies I was able to find at Orchard Supply Hardware. Plus as a bonus I still have spray paint leftover for another project.

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Too much typing and this ^ picture is absolutely adorable! I had to share!

Now, here’s the honest truth...it did take some “elbow grease” to screw the hose clamps into the wood. It wasn’t an easy task, but once I figured out the best way things started to run smoothly.

Besides that, everything else was easy!

{Supplies}

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Totally forgot to add the screws and backing into the picture…
  • any piece of wood
  • stain (I went with a pine wood stain) OPTIONAL STEP
  • 3 hose clamps (the largest size)
  • 3 mason jars
  • tape measure
  • satin blue spray paint (I decided to scratch the pink spray paint.) OPTIONAL STEP
  • 3 small screws
  • scissors
  • picture hanging backing or wire
  • phillips and flat head screwdriver
  • piece of chalk and permanent marker

{Steps}

1.This is an optional step, but I chose to spray paint my 3 mason jars along with staining the wood. Quick note about painting the mason jars- My paint is starting to chip a little bit because I didn’t use a protective layer. So, I would recomend either adding a primer or polyurethane on top OR maybe just spray paint the inside.

2. Measure and mark where you would like to place your hose clamps that the mason jars will fit into. I used the chalk to make my markings on the wood. img_6105

3. Take your hose clamps and use the flat head screwdriver to adjust them on your mason jar. I chose to place them around the rim. You want the hose clamps to be fairly loose, do not tighten all the way yet.

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4.Remove the hose clamps from the mason jars and position it where you would like to screw into the wood. Use your permanent marker to display where you want the screw to go. img_6107

5. This is where it starts to get a little tricky. Find that “elbow grease” within you and use it! 🙂 I tried using a drill, but it was just too awkward of a position. Anyways, take your scissors and use it to create a larger opening in one of the slits of the hose clamps. Place your screw in the hole and then start screwing it into the wood using your phillips screwdriver. Pictures do a better justice of what I’m trying to relay. 🙂

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6. After you have done this to all 3 hose clamps start placing your mason jars into the clamps and use your flat head screwdriver to tighten them. You can choose to cut off the access on the clamps, or just bend it back like I did. img_6117

7. Screw any type of backing that you prefer. I chose 2 picture hanging pieces. Quick note! It’s probably best to attach your backings before you attach the mason jars. I learned that mistake. img_6116

There it is! You now have a mason jar wall organizer. I am using mine to organizer my office supplies, but there are so many ways you can use this classy wall organizer.

  • decorative flowers
  • bathroom items (q-tips, cotton balls, makeup brushes)
  • candles
  • herbs

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Happy DIYing! 

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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