SHABBY CHIC MASON JAR DESK SET

Mason Jar Desk

One thing that I love to do is to make ordinary things look pretty. I mean, if we’re going to have things around, why not make them look nice?  So today’s idea shows you how to take regular old mason jars and turn them into an elegant, shabby chic desk set comprised of tack, pen and pencil holders. They’re sure to jazz up any workspace!

Something else I love is options.  I am slowly getting my office/craft room together and have decided to go with a pink, blue and white color theme.  The beauty of making things yourself is that YOU get to pick the colors that YOU love!  Pick three different colors, or do them all the same.  It’s completely up to you!

TO MAKE THIS DESK SET, YOU WILL NEED:

  • Mason Jars (number and size of your choice)
  • acrylic craft paint (colors of your choice)
  • paintbrush (I used the foam kind)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • sandpaper
  • clear sealer (the spray type)
  • labels of some sort (I found these beauties at Joann’s and also saw them at Hobby Lobby)

~ I PAINTED MY JARS USING  THIS GREAT TUTORIAL BY LINDA OVER AT MASON JAR CRAFTS LOVE.~

WHEN PAINTING YOUR JARS, THERE ARE TWO IMPORTANT STEPS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT OVERLOOK.

Clean your jars THOROUGHLY with rubbing alcohol before painting.  When they are new, they have some type of film on them that prevents the paint from sticking.

Secondly, let your jars dry overnight to let the paint cure.  Patience is key if you want the paint to stay adhered to your jars.  And who wants to spend time making them beautiful just to have to do it all over again?  It will be tough, but you can do it!

AND JUST LOOK HOW BEAUTIFULLY THEY TURN OUT!  AREN’T THEY WORTH THE WAIT?

 

mason jar pen holder

You can make your jars hold anything you want.  I happened to need one for pens, one for pencils and one to hold the tacks from this DIY custom bulletin board.

I found these silver labels near the mason jar supplies at Joann’s.  I saw them recently at Hobby Lobby as well.  They’re great because they are self-adhesive and it is easy to print labels in a font you like and insert them right through the front.  More options!  Yay!

And there you have it!  A shabby chic mason jar desk set that YOU made, in the colors YOU want!  Now don’t be shy, display them proudly!

MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

Are you looking for a gift for Mother’s day that is easy to make and customizable?  If so, then today’s DIY project is for you!

WITH JUST A FEW SUPPLIES AND IN UNDER AN HOUR, YOU CAN MAKE A MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME FOR A SPECIAL MOM IN YOUR LIFE!

The best part is that you get to pick the colors, patterns, and pictures that will suit her taste, so you will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your special lady!

When I was at the craft store a couple of months ago, scrapbook paper was on sale 6 for $0.99!  I took a look to see if there was anything that caught my eye.  The papers that I chose were all near each other and complemented each other so nicely that I decided to pick them up.

I get inspiration for projects from all kinds of places.  Sometimes it’s Pinterest, sometimes magazines, but sometimes I get inspiration from just walking into a craft or home decor store and seeing what catches my eye. That was the case with this frame.

MOTHER’S DAY DECOUPAGE FRAME

TO MAKE THIS PICTURE FRAME, YOU WILL NEED AN UNFINISHED WOODCRAFT FRAME, SCRAPBOOK PAPER IN THE COLORS AND PATTERNS OF YOUR CHOICE, DECOUPAGE MEDIUM, A SPONGE BRUSH, A COORDINATING EMBELLISHMENT AND A PICTURE.

If you have never attempted to decoupage before, don’t fear!  It is relatively easy.  My 9-year-old daughter decoupaged this wood peace sign for her room while I was making the frame.

Because you are just ripping the paper and gluing it on as you go, there is no exact right way to do it.  A couple of times I touched the wet paper and got a hole, but I just passed down another piece over top of it.  If that happens to you, just go with it.  No one will ever know…I promise!

Start by ripping strips of paper for the frame. Once you have some paper ready, use a sponge brush to apply your decoupage medium to the area where you will be working.  It dries pretty fast, so applies it one section at a time. The decoupage medium is essentially glue, so after you apply it to the frame, apply a strip of paper.  Now apply another one, making sure they overlap and the frame doesn’t show through. After you’ve applied a few strips of paper, apply a coat of decoupage medium over top.  Dip your finger in water and smooth out any bubbles.

WORK QUICKLY BECAUSE THE DECOUPAGE GLUE DRIES PRETTY QUICKLY.  ALSO, IF YOU FUSS WITH THE PAPER TOO MUCH OR GET IT TOO WET, IT WILL TEAR.

Continue adding strips of paper until you have achieved your desired look.

Once you are finished applying the paper, smooth a layer of the decoupage medium evenly over the entire frame using the foam brush to seal it. Once it is dry, add your embellishment and your photo and you are done!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOMS OUT THERE!  I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED DAY!

DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD

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I am getting ready to make the transition back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for the past several years.  Part of this transition includes getting my home office together.

The colors for the office will be navy, white and pink, so you will see that theme in some of the upcoming projects.  When doing your project, you will choose which colors and patterns you like best for your space!  That’s what I love so much about DIY projects.  You can customize things to your exact taste and specifications.

TODAY’S PROJECT INVOLVES TAKING AN ORDINARY OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD AND TRANSFORMING IT INTO A DECORATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL PIECE.  WE WILL BE MAKING A DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD.

To make this bulletin board you will need a standard office bulletin board (mine was given to me for free), fabric to cover the bulletin board, decorative thumbtacks (the ones shown are from the Dollar Store), a hot glue gun, scissors, and flowers or other decorative accents of your choice.

DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD 1

 

THIS WAS A PRETTY EASY PROJECT AND I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE IT START TO FINISH IN ABOUT AN HOUR.

The bulletin board shown here is 24 inches by 36 inches. One yard of fabric covered it perfectly. If your bulletin board is a different size, make sure that you buy enough fabric to overhang each side by about six inches.

Tip:  Iron the fabric before you get started to remove the creases the best that you can.

Then line up the fabric using the pattern as a guide to make sure it is straight. If you choose a solid fabric, even easier!  You won’t have to worry so much about the pattern is straight.

Once you have your fabric lined up, determine the spacing for the thumbtacks. You can do a mathematical equation of some sort to make sure they are perfectly spaced or you can use the fabric pattern as your guide. I used the points of the chevrons as a guide for the thumbtack placement.

After you are finished placing the thumbtacks along the top, carefully smooth out the fabric and repeat the process along the bottom, being careful to smooth out any bumps in the fabric. Just leave the excess fabric to hang for now.

When adding the thumbtacks to the sides of the bulletin board, it didn’t work out that I could use the points of the chevron pattern as a guide. In order to have some uniformity, I measured the distance between the tacks along the top and bottom and used that same spacing for the tacks on the sides. Again, make sure that you are smoothing the fabric as you go along. If it starts to bunch up, simply remove the last few thumbtacks, smooth the fabric and start again.

DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD 2

When all of the thumbtacks are in place, it should look something like this:

Once the fabric is secured in place with the thumbtacks, it is time to fold the fabric over the frame and secure it to the back.  If you have a lot of extra fabric, you can cut it so that there is just enough to cover the frame and hot glue it to the back of the bulletin board.

I made a diagonal cut at each corner so that the fabric folded neatly at the corners and there wasn’t too much bulk on the back of the board.  Too much fabric may cause the bulletin board to hang away from the wall.

Once the fabric is neatly folded over, put a line of hot glue along the edges of the fabric so that the fabric adheres to the back of the bulletin board.  Take care to leave the hangers on the back of the bulletin board exposed if you intend to use them for hanging your new custom board.

Once that is done, the only thing left to do is to embellish your bulletin board with some decorative accents.  Simply use hot glue to adhere them in a position that you like.

And that’s it!  You get a big bang for your buck with this project.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to customize your space in about an hour!

DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD 3

PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

Last year, my daughter requested a Paris-themed birthday party.  She had a party the previous year, so we decided to go for a more low-key Parisian luncheon with a few friends in our kitchen this time.  Ooh, la la!  Magnifique!

I purchased a download from the store on Etsy for the invitations and decorations shown above.  It was sent right to my e-mail and I was able to print out exactly what I needed.

I printed the invitations which included a boarding pass and passport on card stock and sent them to the guests.

We decided on boas as party favors for the girls.

PARIS BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCHEON

They made their own lip glosses and took them home also.  I got the supplies for that from Etsy.

We chose black, white and hot pink for the colors and used decorations that I printed from the Paris party pack that came with the invitations and some things from my daughter’s Paris-themed room.  We also added some fresh, brightly colored flowers.  The plates, silverware, and tablecloths are from the Wal-Mart party section.

A local grocery store happened to have French soda on special and I added paper straws in fancy glasses that we already had.  The French soda looked fun, but most of the girls didn’t care for the taste.  (I didn’t really like it either, but it looked fun!)

Our menu included some simple finger foods:  Turkey and cheese sandwiches cut into flower shapes, pizza muffins, mini croissant dogs and fruit.

Guests made their own ice cream sundaes and we served cookies and cupcakes that we made for dessert. I scooped the ice cream into the cups and put them in the freezer before the party.  It really made it easy when it was time to clean up the food and start serving the desserts.

I stacked one cake stand on top of another to make a stand to display the cupcakes.

We used a lot of what we already had and kept it to just a few girls this year, but it was fun!  It may not have been Paris, but our daughter and her friends enjoyed pretending it was for the afternoon!

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

My family and I are going to Disney soon!  This is a trip that my husband and I have always wanted to take with our family.  I went to Disney World when I was about seven and my husband went once when he was in college.  This will be the first time we will all go together.  It will also be our kids’ first times on an airplane.  We are all very excited!

We are leaving in less than two months, so we are watching all of our Disney movies and getting together little souvenirs and things for the trip.  When I was buying supplies for our scrapbooks, I came up with the idea of making this autograph book for my daughter to collect the character’s signatures.

To make one of your own, you will need a small spiral-bound sketchbook (mine is 3.5″ by 5″ and is from Hobby Lobby), white cardstock, Disney-themed scrapbook paper, Disney sticker(s), coordinating ribbon and a glue stick or glue dots. I like the sketchbook because it has nice thick, white pages that a Sharpie won’t bleed through.

I downloaded the Disney-looking font named “Walter” for FREE here and printed “Morgan’s Autographs” in a Word document and printed it on white cardstock.  Of course, you can personalize your project however you wish.  I used the font size 28 for my book.

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

The first thing I did was to trace the front cover (up to the holes for the binding) onto a piece of Disney-themed scrapbook paper that I bought at a JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store. You could do the same thing for the back of the book, but the back of mine was plain so I just left it that way.

I then broke out a crafting blast from the past, my Coluzzle.  It is kind of like a swiveling X-Acto knife with stencils that cut shapes out of paper.  I have had it for a long time and don’t even know if you can still buy them.

You could use something similar or can just cut a shape out of your scrapbook paper so that your personalized wording shows through like this:
Glue the papers together, then glue them onto the front of the sketchbook.  Add a sticker or two if you’d like.

And then I added two different types of coordinating ribbon to the spirals.  I cut the ribbons on the diagonal and just tied them into knots along the spiral binding.  Do this until it is as full as you’d like.  Then seal the ends of the ribbon by carefully passing them through a flame to prevent fraying (as long as you’re an adult).  You can also use a glue-like product designed to prevent fraying, but I’m not a big fan of them.  In my experiences, they were messy, smelly and stained the ribbon.

And there you have it! One personalized Disney autograph book. The only thing left to do is to have fun collecting the autographs!

DISNEY AUTOGRAPH BOOK 2

My daughter had a blast collecting autographs when we were there! It was the best vacation! I wish you many happy memories on your trip!

BURLAP WREATH

I love getting ideas and inspiration from there for everything from home decor to recipes to crafts.  Today’s post is going to cover this burlap wreath I made to hang on the back door leading to my deck.

A couple of years ago, I made a larger burlap wreath for my front door.  I used the smaller 10″ wire form for this one because I have an oddly narrow door in between two windows that lead out to my deck.  The larger wreath was just too big for that space.

For this project, you will need a wire wreath form, a spool of 4-inch burlap, some ribbon for hanging and some embellishments.

I bought some different accessories so that I can change the theme of the wreath throughout the year. Although I have changed it a couple of times, I usually leave it with the white burlap flowers.  They should have everything you need at your local craft store. I got most of the supplies at Michaels this time, but have also gotten similar items at Joann Fabric and Craft Store and Hobby Lobbying the past.

Don’t forget to use a coupon!  If you have a smartphone, all three stores have apps that give you coupons right on your phone! You can usually use the coupon on your phone in addition to a regular coupon.  Double score!!

To get started, I unrolled the burlap and started weaving it in and out of the wire rings on the wreath form similar to the way it is done in this tutorial.  You just kind of go in and out, smoosh it together and fluff.  Really, that’s pretty much all there is to it, but if you’d like more detailed instructions, she does a good job of explaining how to do it step-by-step here.

BURLAP WREATH 1

Here is what it should look like as you start to get around the wire form. If you have extra burlap left over when you come to the end, just cut it off.  I secured the end by weaving it in and out of the wire a few times. Now it’s time to embellish and add your ribbon for hanging.

I got lucky and found these adorable white burlap flowers at Michaels and they already had clips on the back.  That was perfect for this project because that makes it easy to switch out the embellishments for the seasons or holidays. So I just clipped them on where I thought they looked good!  Easy!

You can also secure embellishments by tying with jute or twine or you can also hot glue them on.  It just depends if you are going to want to switch out your embellishments.  I have done it all three ways and they all work out just fine.

Now it’s time to attach a hanger.  I chose some wide ribbon that I already had and tied it onto the wire wreath form on the back like this:

I could not hang this wreath with a plastic or metal over the door wreath hanger because there is not enough room between the door and door frame on this particular door, so I stuck two tacks into the top of the ribbon and stuck them into the top of my door.

This secured the wreath well.  It’s still hanging and that door gets a lot of action. So there you have it!  A quick, easy, inexpensive, cute and versatile project…my favorite kind! You should be able to complete this project in about an hour. Here is another wreath that I made for a hostess gift to help get your creative juices flowing…

One last tip: Just be aware that hanging the burlap in direct sunlight (on a front door, for example) will discolor the burlap.  It turns kind of yellow.  It is fine if you don’t mind that, but if you’d like to preserve the brown color of the burlap, I would recommend hanging it out of direct sunlight.

Also, if you are making a wreath using the larger wire wreath form, you will need a second spool of burlap. I hope you are inspired to give a burlap wreath a try for yourself!  If you do, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know how it turned out!

BURLAP WREATH 2