Memorial Day Craft: How to Make a Paint Stick Flag

Memorial Day Craft: How to Make a Paint Stick Flag

Are you looking for a super easy and cheap folk art craft to do with your kiddos? Look no further than your local hardware store. Paint stir sticks are cheap and can be used to make so many cute things.

In the picture below, you will see everything needed to make a paint stick flag:

Simply glue your paint sticks together like this: lay two paint stir sticks vertically and glue the remaining sticks horizontally so that they cross the vertical sticks. I used hot glue for this, but craft glue may hold better.

Once the glue is dry, paint your sticks to look like an American flag. I used white star stickers, but if you’d prefer, you could paint or draw your stars.

So there you have it- a folk art inspired wood stick flag!

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Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

I love the look of a farmhouse flower garden. You know the kind- the ones that feature old junk in a creative display?

For today’s Pinterest roundup, I’d like to share some of my favorite farmhouse flower beds. I think you’ll enjoy these as much as I have.

Greenest Way

How pretty is this sweet little wheelbarrow with all these beautiful flowers growing in them? Now I need to find a pretty old wheelbarrow so I can make this.

Onechitecture

There’s something so simple about this old rusty pulley and bucket that I just love. Those white blossoms look great with it, too.

Pinterest

Who wants to give me an old, rusty wash tub? I just love this floral arrangement.

Funky Junk

I thought this old tool box just looked really cool as a flower box.

So there you have it- don’t throw away that rusty junk in your basement. Put it in your yard and incorporate it into your landscape.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

I really like the look of moss topiaries but I don’t like how much they cost. Thankfully, you can DIY them pretty cheaply.

I went to “blue big box store that starts with a ‘w'” and bought the things you see above. I also collected two sticks from my yard (not pictured).

I then painted the outside of the terra cotta pots with white chalk paint.

I painted them on the inside, too.

Then I glued a little styrofoam ball to the bottom of the pot and shoved one of the sticks from the yard into it. This forms your topiary base.

I covered the “base” by gluing Spanish moss to it until it was well covered.

I then took two more styrofoam balls, glued Spanish moss to them, and attached them to the top of the sticks.

There you have it. Two farmhouse inspired moss topiaries for less than $20.

Cheap, easy and cute- my favorite type of craft.

Have a great week!

Creating a DIY Rustic Coat Rack

Creating a DIY Rustic Coat Rack

We had an awkward blank wall in our bedroom that was just begging for some rustic charm. I thought about buying a coat rack, but I couldn’t find what I wanted at the right price.

Then I found these super cute drawer knobs at Hobby Lobby. I loved the detail and “antique” look of them.

I immediately knew that I wanted to use them. I went to the garage and grabbed a scrap board. I stained it using Minwax Mohogany.

I then measured the board and marked where I wanted the knobs to go. Next, I drilled the holes.

I then inserted the knobs and screwed the bolts and washers to the board.

Now I no longer have an awkward, empty space, and a handy, cute new place to hang clothes.

What rustic DIY projects have you done lately?

Create a Fixer Upper style sign…for cheap!

Create a Fixer Upper style sign…for cheap!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love Fixer Upper. I’m always impressed by what Joanna puts together and I always love seeing the final product.

Have you ever visited the Magnolia Market website? There are so many things on there I’d love to buy, but we are trying to save money AND live with less.

I’ve recently been coveting this bakery sign:

I was set to order one but then noticed the pile of scrap wood in my garage. I instantly knew I could DIY one of these signs.

I created the letters in a font type and size I liked, printed them out and cut them out. Then, I painted the board white and traced the letters.

I then filled them in, taking care to make the letters look a little aged to add to the sign’s rustic charm.

I then attached a hanger to the back and displayed it in my dining room.

What Magnolia/Fixer Upper style craft have you completed lately?

Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Our kitchen had this awkward window above the sink, which looked into the dining room. It was random and weird, and I couldn’t decide what to do with it. I thought about putting a cafe rod and curtains there, but I really didn’t want to do that.

I wanted something more unique. I spotted some scrap wood in my garage and I had an idea: why not create some simple, rustic shutters? I measured the opening and cut the wood. Then, I bought some cute hinges and handles.

Here they are all laid out but not actually put together.

I constructed four shutters with crossbars like this:

I then painted them white, as you can see.

I attached the hinges on the insides of the shutters so I could accordion close them into the sides of the opening.

I absolutely love how much character these simple, rustic shutters add to our kitchen.

What rustic DIY have you recently created?

Free Easter printable art

Free Easter printable art

This week, I decided to depart from my usual Monday craft activities to bring you some free printable art.

Easter is quickly approaching and I’m a sucker for typographical art- why not combine the two? I’ve created two super cute options just for you- and if you want to download them, just right click on the print of your choice and save to your device.

Have a wonderful week.