Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?

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Make a tray from an old picture frame

Make a tray from an old picture frame

I have had this old picture frame for ages, and while I knew I could make something cool with it, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do.

I had painted it green at some point. I initially thought about painting it another color, but I found some old scrapbook paper that matched the color perfectly.

I found some really cool drawer pulls in a basket of junk parts that we never seem to throw away. I promptly drilled some holes in the side of the frame.

I brushed the dust away and then made two more holes on the opposite side.

I then screwed the drawer pulls to the tray.

I am pretty pleased with my cute little tray. It’s currently brightening up a corner of our office.

What upcycle creation have you made lately?

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

I was in search of something new and cute to hang behind the crib, but it had to be inexpensive and cute.

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I love this sign at Magnolia, but it was a little more than I wanted to pay… and since Waco is over 1,000 miles away, shipping would be pretty expensive as well. Cue the DIY side of my brain.

I bought a piece of foam board, and got to work. I used a computer to create a large poster with the verse I wanted, and I sent it to a local print shop.

I then Modge Podged the poster onto the foam board.

After it dried, I popped it into a barn wood frame. While I could have used less white space, I have to say I like how this sign turned out.

Plus, it looks great hanging behind the crib.

What recent DIY have you completed?

Simplify Saturday: Prioritizing Projects

Simplify Saturday: Prioritizing Projects

We’ve been blogging here for a good five years now, and in that time, we’ve had a lot of questions from readers. One question we’re often asked is this: “You all seem to always be doing something to your house. How do you do so much?” Today I’d like to share how we prioritize our projects.

1. Do projects a little at a time

We just did a small remodel of our master bathroom. We replaced mirrors, hardware and light fixtures. We eventually plan to replace the bathtub and surround and flooring as well, but it simply isn’t in the budget right now. So we started with the cheapest, easiest items on our “master bath to-do list” and we completed those.

2. Find cheaper options for the things you want to do

We love carriage house garage doors, but we neither need nor want to buy a $2,000 garage door at the moment… so we took to Amazon and ordered faux Coach house door hardware and a faux window kit for $50. We spent far less money something that looks like the real deal.

3. If you can DIY it, do it.

Custom closets are expensive, but my dad and I built this closet organizer ourselves for $100. It only took one day and it was a fairly simple project. We saved a lot of money by doing it ourselves AND it was a lot of fun.

4. Before you do any part of the project, ask yourself these questions:

1. Who will it benefit?

If it’s something that will benefit everyone in the home, bump the project up higher on your to do list.

2. Can I do the project in phases, or must I do it all at once?

If a project must be done all at once, but it’s small, it’s probably OK to raise it on your list. If it’s a big project and you can’t do it in phases, it’s probably expensive and should be lower on your priority list.

3. Do I need to do it, or just want to?

Projects that you want to do, no matter how much you want to do them, are never as important as the projects you need to do.

5. Save money for the things you can’t afford right now

Even if you can’t afford the things you want at the moment, save money until you have what you need.

How do you all prioritize projects?

Have a wonderful weekend.

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

I found a neat looking basket in the discard pile at my job.

Yes, I trash pick. #notashamed

I liked this basket because it had feet and I liked the shape of it. It was also in great shape. I thought it would make a cute planter.

I promptly painted the basket white with some chalk paint.

I let the paint dry and painted a second coat of white chalk paint.

I then popped in some boxwoods and I thought it was perfect!

This thing would be cute with some faux apples in it for fall, or some mini gourds. I can’t wait to see how many different ways I can decorate with it!

Have you turned any trash into treasure lately? Comment and show me your projects!

Make it Monday: DIY Farmhouse Sign

Make it Monday: DIY Farmhouse Sign

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This week, my daughter and I were trying to think of the perfect sign to hang behind our piano. I knew I wanted something “music-themed” and I wanted to try to make something. We went through our scrap wood pile and found this:

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We measured it around another long, thin board we found and painted the back board white.

 

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We then pulled the framing pieces off and cut them to the correct size. I chose to make it easier on us and not miter them. We then stained the framing pieces.

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We reattached the framing pieces.

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When we were thinking of something to put on the sign, we decided on a quote from one of our favorite hymns, “How Great Thou Art.” We quickly created a stencil on our Silhouette Cameo.

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We cut out the stencil and placed it on the sign. We then traced the stencil.

And then we filled in the traced stencil.

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We then attached D-ring hanging hardware to the back of the frame and called it finished.

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I was really pleased with how this turned out. I can’t wait to get our family room painted so we can hang it up! I’ll surely show it to you when we do.

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Have a wonderful week! Join us again Wednesday for a look at our newly organized bathroom vanity.

Make it Monday: How to make a farmhouse wooden planter box

Make it Monday: How to make a farmhouse wooden planter box

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I tried a thing, and it didn’t work. I tried to build some box shelves for my bathroom, but I really wasn’t getting the desired result. So instead of wasting $40 I spent on lumber, I decided to repurpose it. I used two boards to make pipe shelves in our bathrooms (which I will show you soon), but then I had all these other boards.

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I have been crushing on those simple stained wood planters that people use as centerpieces, and fill with all sorts of seasonal goodies. So I decided to give it a go.

To make a planter box, you will need:

1 1X6 board, at 34 inches long

2 1X4 boards, at 36 inches long

2 1×4 boards cut at 6 inches long

Wood screws

Drill bits and drill

Screwdriver/ phillips drill head for power drill

Wood glue

Wood stain in your desired color. I chose Minwax Dark Walnut

 

My first step was to lay out my materials and make sure I had everything I needed.

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I then began attaching my 36 inch 1X4s to the sides of the 1X6 board. This will create a box with open sides.

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Next, I closed in the open sides with the two six-inch 1×4 boards.

If you have any nicks, holes, or splits, you can fill them in with wood filler. I wanted a rustic look, so I didn’t fill in a lot of the holes. I wanted it to be a little beat up.

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Next, I stained my little planter box. I used Minwax Dark Walnut and I applied two coats, with 24 hours drying time between the coats of stain.

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After letting my box dry completely, I discovered it was the perfect length and width for my dining table.

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I filled it with boxwood plants, green hydrangeas, boxwood spheres and green apples.

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And then I hit up Pinterest to drool over all the pretty ways people decorate these wooden planter boxes.

Take a gander:

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Decor Innovation

How cute is this planter with the white mason jars and greenery? So simple and so pretty!! I may steal this idea for my own home.

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Must Love Home

Here is a cute Christmas idea that you could use all winter long. I love the icy branches and pine cones up against the wood stain.

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The North End Loft

Here’s another super cute Christmas/Winter idea. Those candles and red berries are too cute.

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The Idea Room

Since fall is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this beauty. I love the candles, the berries, the pumpkins…I love everything about it.

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Sophia’s Decor

Here is a great spring or summer idea…are you noticing a pattern here? Florals, filler, and candles. Doesn’t get any better than that.

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Far Above Rubies

…Unless you put fresh blooms in it, of course. Isn’t this pretty?

 

If you make a farmhouse wooden planter box, what will you put in it? Comment below and share with me!