Weaving a Hanging Wall Decor Piece on Cardboard

Saturday, January 14, 2017 0

Lately on my Instagram I’ve been seeing all kind of beautiful woven pieces being sold on Etsy. I follow the accounts for inspiration, of course, and challenged myself to make one. You see, purchasing one can cost me as much $50 or even more depending on the size…. I can’t pay that. I won’t. After all, weaving is something that I remember learning back in about third grade in art class.

Maybe with some patience I can tune back into those third grade weaving skills…

I like neutral colors. Soft looking. Texture. Ooh la la. I want to bring beautifulness to a bedroom. 

 

Here is a pictures of my finished product.

I scoured the internet for the perfect tutorial. And I found several. I was on the search for easy. Not only easy but something that doesn’t require special tools (since I don’t have a loom and don’t really want to purchase one at this time).

I went to Walmart and then later Michaels Arts and Crafts Store with coupons in hand, of course!!!

I never buy anything at any arts and craft store without a coupon. 

 

 

If you are looking to weave a decor wall piece. Do it! It was cheap. Easy. And best of all, it was finished in just a quick weekend. Don’t worry. It doesn’t take the entire weekend. Just a few hours here and there during the weekend. 

Rather than write in detail all the steps of how making it, I’m sharing with you two of the websites I used to make mine.

  1. The Weaving Loom does a great job of teaching exactly how to make a loom out of card board. 
  2. A Beautiful Mess shares easy to follow basic instruction on weaving. It also includes instructions on making those beautiful tassals at the end!

Have fun!!! Enjoy these tutorials! Soon you will have a beautiful new textured wall decor hanging piece. 

 

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DIY Distressing and Aging Terra Cotta Pots

Saturday, October 22, 2016 0

It’s time to add a little farmhouse look to the front porch.

Vintage looking items… antiques… distressed. Anything old and farm like. Let’s go with pots. I’ll attempt to distress in the easiest and cheapest way possibly my flower pots. Would you agree that there is just something that attracts the eye to an old looking flower pot?

While I was at my moms house, I found some old empty terra cotta pots and I brought them home not knowing exactly what I would do with them at that point in time. Now, they sit on my front porch with my fall decor. They fit in flawlessly with my pumpkins and antique decor. All I did was add a little acrylic paint and voila!… I’ve now got myself some aged and distressed (or so they appear) terra cotta plants. 

Here is a picture of my boring pots before placed on a paint drip cloth ready to be distressed.

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What you’ll need:

Terra Cotta Plant Pots

Drip cloth (or plastic, paper)

Acrylic paint (I used white, tan and brown colors)

Sponge brush (or regular brush)

Cup with water

Sandpaper (optional)

 

First, place your paints on a flat disposible surface such as a plastic or paper plate. I used the box lid shown in the picture above. I placed a small amount of each paint on there but did not mix them. 

Next, wet your pots and leave them soaking wet. Do not dry off. I used the water hose in my back yard. 

Dip your brush in the water and leave it wet by not shaking off the excess water. The combination of the excess water on the flower pots and brush will help dilute the paint and make it slightly runny. Paint (or smear) the paint not the wet terra cotta pots. Blend the colors together on the pot to get your desired color. Allow the pot to dry. 

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That’s it! If you would like to thin out some of the thicker painted areas, once it dries you can sand it softly with some sandpaper. 

Here is one of my finished distressed and aged Terra Cotta Pot! I am very happy with it on my porch. 

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DIY Painting a Brass Colored Fireplace Screen

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 0

Ok, so the color gold is beautiful and I love to wear it as jewelry BUT…. let’s just say it doesn’t really go with my desired farmhouse look I want in my house. The existing screen at my house is just that, its gold and a  little dated in my eyes. This means it must go. I decided to keep it but transform it with a little spray paint. Instead of purchasing a new one, I simply painted it. And the paint worked incredibly well!

 

Before:

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We bought our new house and the previous homeowners left their old fireplace screen behind. That’s great you’d think! One less item to buy. After all, it’s not an ugly fireplace screen by any means. Unfortunately for me, the brass color simply did not match any of my decor. 

I decided that I’d try and paint it just to see if I could make it work. What’s the worst that could happen? I don’t like it now. Worse case scenario, I still won’t like it after. 

 

Here’s an AFTER picture:

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Painting my fireplace screen was easy! And I ended up loving it in this black color. I think it looks great.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

The cost of the spray paint was just $3.88.  I got my spray paint from Lowe’s. I had the drip cloth at home from previous painting projects but I also originally bought it at Lowe’s. 

The steps to painting are incredibly easy! First, you’ll place your drip cloth outside in a well ventilated area. I used my back porch. Remember that you’ll leave your fireplace screen outside for a little while during the drying process (that won’t take long, I promise). So, place it out of your way. Place your fireplace screen on the drip cloth. 

 

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Just shake the can and spray evenly. Pay close attention to corners as you spray. You can flip it over later after it dries to paint the back side. I didn’t. I only painted the front side that can be seen. I’m perfectly happy with just painting the front side.

 

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So, instead of throwing out that fireplace screen that is not your color of choice. Simply spray paint it.

Total cost of project $3.88.

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