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.
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.
And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.
I then sewed the open end together.
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?
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?
I was in search of something new and cute to hang behind the crib, but it had to be inexpensive and cute.
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?
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.
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!
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:
We measured it around another long, thin board we found and painted the back board white.
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.
We reattached the framing pieces.
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.
We cut out the stencil and placed it on the sign. We then traced the stencil.
And then we filled in the traced stencil.
We then attached D-ring hanging hardware to the back of the frame and called it finished.
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.
Have a wonderful week! Join us again Wednesday for a look at our newly organized bathroom vanity.