I made this sign and it was super easy! So easy I did not even take pictures along the way. I need to do a better job of taking pictures as I am doing my projects, I will work on this!
So all I did was use a piece of leftover particle board from my pantry shelf redo. My amazing husband and father-in-law redid the shelves in our pantry a year ago, someday when I actually have a clean and organized pantry I might show y’all, but not today!
I took the rectangle piece of board and spray painted it red, it took about 3 coats to fully cover. Then after allowing it to dry for 48 hours, I cute out CHRISTmas with my mother-in-laws Cricut and placed the stencil on the board. Then I just used cheap acrylic craft paint to paint inside the stencil. I used a foam brush and purposefully left the white paint uneven. Once I painted inside the stencils I pulled the stencils away. There where a few spots my brush bumped outside the stencil but I was able to wipe the white paint away.
And that is it! The sign is simple and that is what I love about it!! Merry CHRISTmas!!
PS Check back tomorrow morning to see where I will be doing my first guest post and be sure to check back tomorrow afternoon when my very first giveaway goes live! It is a good one!!!
I have heard about Freezer Paper Stenciling on many other blogs. I was not exactly sure what that was till I watched Cheri from I am Momma Hear Me Roar. Cheri has an excellent video tutorial that answered all my questions. After watching her video I felt like I was ready to try freezer stenciling, I was just not sure what I was going to try it on. Then while picking up the glass vases for my Thanksgiving Mantel at the Dollar Store I found a dark brown place mat. This was one of the place mats that has double fabric and stitched around the sides.
Somewhere when I first starting look at craft blogs I saw where someone took a place mat, opened up a side added stuffing and sewed shut to make a pillow. I wish I knew where I saw this but this was before pinterest. I probably bookmarked somewhere but I cannot find it anywhere.
So when I found my place mat I knew I wanted to try Freezer Stenciling on the place mat and then I wanted to open and add some stuffing to make a pillow.
I printed out Happy Thanksgiving in block letters and traced onto my freezer paper and then cut out with an Exacto Knife. Then I ironed on the freezer paper, painted the letters to match the colors on my Thanksgiving Subway Art that is sitting on my mantel.
The top picture is the place mat I started with! Can you believe the bottom is the pillow and it cost me a $1.00!! I love DIYing!!!
I also found these place mats on clearance so I grabbed them to make some more pillows.
In all I made 4 pillows for $8.50!!! Love a good deal and a little DIYing!! I am thankful for all the creative inspiration out there!!
Over the weekend I finally finished my Fall “Mantel!” Now I use the term “mantel” loosely as the area I am referring to is the half-wall between the family room and playroom but “mantel” is just easier!
So here it is!!!
I wanted to do some more but I also need to start working on Halloween so that I can have all that done and ready to go by the end of September. So for this year this is all the Fall but this is a start! I am excited to have pretties sitting on the flat surface instead of stacks like usual. I truly hope this will keep me from stacking on this space, we will see.
Here is a break down of what is up and links to the projects either here on my blog or a link to the blog where I found the idea.
1. A FALL sign I made last year. Super easy just mod podge and leftover scrapbook paper.
2. Painted Mason Jars
3. Fall Paper Flower
4. Fall Frame
5. Fall Subway Art - Free download! (this is the only money I spent on the mantel, I paid for the printing, everything else was done from what I had on hand!)
6. Felt Leaves – I found these on Made, Dana has a great tutorial and they were super easy! I strung together 6 leaves to make a garland across the top. These will be on the only pretty “falling” leaves we will see here!
So there you go Fall Mantel is done! Thank you for this blog cause with the blog I actually followed through on the project and finished! Enjoy the pictures and I hope this inspires you to get some Fall into your home!
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I love Mason Jars! They work for all kinds of things, they are cheap and I think just charming! My favorite thing is to use the mason jars that spaghetti sauce comes in, at least the Classico Sauce I buy has awesome jars!
So I wanted to use a couple mason jars in my fall decor but I wanted them to look different than just clear so I painted the inside of two jars. I used paint leftover from painting my kitchen (the rustic muted yellow) and from painting the boys’ room (the milk chocolate brown).
So simple just pour some paint into the clean and dry jar, move the jar around coating all sides, tip over the paint can and allow the extra paint to drip out. Set on a piece of cardboard upside down and allow paint to drip out. Move the jars every few hours and the next day jars should be dry. DONE! How easy and cheap was that!!!! I consider this a ZERO cost project as I buy this sauce all the time and just save the jars and the paint was leftover!
Now to how I am going to use these babies! I have big ideas to decorate this flat surface on the half-wall between our livingroom and playroom. As you can see when it is not decorated it is used as a pile station!
This drives me nuts!!! And yes I am not afraid to show you all of the reality of our house!! It is by no means perfect! It is a lived in house for sure!!! So I started thinking that at Christmas I put decorations and thus no piles show up, so I though I just need to keep it decorated with the seasons/holidays. I am working on different Fall Decor for the area and then will transition it to Halloween and so on! I am super excited about the finished project and will keep you posted!!
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