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DIY Fabric Covered Lamp Shade

 

DIY Fabric Lamp Shade

I’ve had two shade-less lamps sitting on a console table by the back door for a good 6 months. They combined two trends … geometric style and a gold finish. In someone else’s house, they would have looked great as they were. But in my house? Not so much. So, after staring at them for half a year, inspiration finally struck and I decided to spray them a fun color. Read More

DIY Wall Valentines

Beckham + Belle: DIY Wood Wall Valentines

Within minutes of taking down our Christmas decorations, my daughter was all over me about when we would be decorating for Valentine’s Day. She takes after her momma, that one. We came up with these wall valentines as a functional decoration, just for her room. And, honestly, I think they could work all year round, at least with the decor she’s got going on in her room. We’ll probably gift a few of these as well, in place of the traditional candy and card.

This is a great project for using up wood scraps, craft paper scraps, etc!

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DIY Wood Wall Valentines

Supplies
1 12×12 piece of plywood or particle board
Assorted paint (spray paint optional)
Assorted craft paper
Photos
1 12×12 piece of heavy paper for template

Tools
jig saw
drill
sandpaper
paint brush

Start by making your template. Take your heavy craft paper or card stock and fold it in half lengthwise. Draw half of a heart along the fold. Cut template.

Trace onto plywood/particle board.

Pull out your jig saw (this is the fun part). Slowly and steadily cut the heart shape out of the wood.

Sand edges to remove any splinters or rough spots.

Using your drill with a 3/4″ drill bit, drill a hole into the top middle spot on the heart (as pictured). Sand lightly to smooth.

Now you’re ready to paint. For the initial coat, I used spray paint, but you can use whatever you have. 
Decorate the hearts however you like! We used painter’s tape and craft tape to add the stripe detail.

And used mod podge for the heart that used craft paper as the accent. 

For the letters, we created a stencil using my Silhouette machine and some vinyl.

DIY Wood Wall Valentine
Have fun!
DIY Wood Wall Valentine

$3 Halloween Decoration

I’ll be honest. I don’t love Halloween. I like it, but it’s definitely not my favorite holiday. For this reason, I’m a little stingy when it comes to shelling out money for Halloween decorations. Come Christmastime, money feels like no object. But Halloween? Not so much.

During my weekly trip to Target, I wandered into the Halloween section and immediately spotted some cute and spooky skeletons in cages. The size that I wanted was going to run me about $25 and as I looked at it with my DIY-er eye, I realized I could probably make something very similar for a couple of bucks. And so I did. Here’s how!

Supplies

15 ft of 1/4″ dowel rods
2 equally sized pieces of scrap wood (my pieces were about 7.25×5)
16″ plastic skeleton (Dollar Store … Target has them too, but you’ll pay a little more)

First, cut your dowel rods into 18″ lengths. Stack your two end pieces of wood and mark holes every two inches or so (stacking them will make sure that your holes line up when you insert your dowel rods).

Make sure your hole pattern is the same on the sides that are across from one another. Using a 1/4 inch drill bit, drill all the way through the one board and part-way through the board underneath (the board underneath will serve as the top).

Drill a small hole in the middle of the under-side of your top piece, and secure a small hook to hang the skeleton. (This step is not pictured)
This part takes a little patience. Insert your dowel rods into the bottom end and then carefully line up the dowels with the holes in the top end. You could put a bit of glue in the holes if you really wanted it to be secure. I’m using this decoration for a couple of weeks in a location that is out of reach from the children, so I wasn’t too worried about building something super sturdy. 

Spray with black paint – two coats is ideal. Hang your skeleton from the installed hook and pose as desired. 

$1 Halloween Decoration

File this one under “stupid easy”. Every year, I stock up on cobwebs at the Dollar Store, to be used for outdoor decorating purposes. For $1, you get a ball of cobweb and several little black spiders. My daughter wanted to do a Halloween project, and with it pouring rain outside, I needed to come up with something we could do inside. We usually have random sticks kicking around the garage as both kids like to collect them when we go on walks. So, with sticks and cobwebs in hand, we devised a mobile project!

Supplies

Small branch
Black paint
sparkles, optional
1 package of cobweb/plastic spiders from the dollar store
Fishing line

Directions

Start by spray painting your branch. If doing the project with a child, as I was, use washable black paint and let him/her paint the stick with a paintbrush. If using sparkles, sprinkle on while the paint is still wet. Once dry, flip the branch over and repeat paint / sparkle process on the other side.

When both sides are dry, use fishing line to create hanger for mobile.

Stretch cobwebs on outreaching branches.

Stretch the cobweb so that it hangs down about 18 inches. Arrange plastic spiders randomly on web.

Or, if you want to do a green version….

Repurposed/Upcycled Garage Sale Wall Mirror

I often tagged along with my mom to garage sales when I was younger. I loved getting extra one-on-one time with my mom, going places with my her that none of my other siblings really appreciated. Even at a young age I appreciated the idea of someone else’s “trash” being another’s “treasure”. While garage-saleing isn’t necessarily one of my favorite weekend activities anymore, I love digging around in an antique store or flea market. I still love going to antique stores and shows with my parents, something that I don’t think any of my other siblings could appreciate. I think as we grow older, we cling to the pastimes that bond us to family and our childhood. So though I prefer an antique store over a garage sale today, I’m definitely not above it. So, when our neighborhood held a garage sale a few weekends ago, I took the babes out for a stroll and poked around.

 

I found this old, pretty hideous (sorry!) mirror at my first stop for $5 and was immediately sold. Sure the current state was less to be desired, but that’s something that I was sure I can change… and for $5, I couldn’t pass it up. So this post is to prove that someone else’s trash (or $5 garage sale item) can be someone else’s treasure!I’ll be a little less specific on the measurements of the length of the wood cuts used to frame in the mirror as they will vary depending on the size of the mirror you are starting with.

Supplies:

  • Mirror & original backing from an old mirror
  • 4 pieces of untreated Pine Wood 3 1/2″ wide x 3/4″ thick, length to be determined by mirror measurements
  • 4 pieces of untreated Pine Wood 1 1/2″ wide 1/4″ thick, length to be determined by mirror measurements
  • Wood Stain (Minwax, Dark Walnut used for my mirror)
  • Polyurethane Clear Satin Finish
  • Wood Glue (Liquid Nails)
  • Wood Screws
  • Wood Saw
  • Sanding Block
  • Electric Screwdriver

The investment of my repurpose on top of the $5 spent for the old mirror, was extremely minimal. If you work with wood often, or have before, you likely have most of the supplies on hand including the stain and poly finish so you may only need to purchase the lumber which here, was no more than $8. A can of stain and poly go a long way and can be used for many projects before you need more so if you do need those to repurpose an old mirror, know that the spend will be well spent.

First things first. Get rid of the original frame, reserving the mirror (obviously) as well as the original backing on the mirror. To do this, carefully unscrew the screws holding the backing and frame together. An electric screwdriver can be used to do this or it can easily be done by hand. (Tip, the original screws can also be reserved assuming the mirror isn’t ancient and they don’t break when removing). Recycle (if possible) the original pieces you no longer need.

Measure and cut the 3 1/2″ wood into four pieces based on the size mirror you are reframing: Add 6 1/2″ to the length of the mirror for the longer sections of wood (these will serve as the top & bottom wood pieces if you intend to hang landscape like mine) and subtract 1″ from the width (sides of the mirror, again landscape). This allows for approximately 1/2″ of the perimeter of the mirror to be supported/covered by the “finished” wood frame.
Sand all edges and surfaces of the wood. Stain with two coats of your choice color. Once dry, finish with polyurethene and allow to dry thoroughly.

Once the stain and finish is completely dry, glue the wood together using Liquid Nails.
Most mirrors are approximately 1/4″ thick therefore wood strips that are 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ thick are perfect for creating an inset for your mirror if you don’t have a tool that can do this for you. (By the way – this mirror was framed without any electric tools with the exception of a electric dill – no electric saws required if you have the patience for a hand saw!). Allowing for a 1/2″ perimeter between the edge of your outer frame and the untreated 1 1/2″ wood, measure, cut, and glue the 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ wood strips on the interior of your frame. This creates a bed for your mirror to sit in.
**Your mirror should sit perfectly inside the perimeter of the untreated mirror frame. If easier, place the mirror accordingly, and glue the strips surrounding the mirror.

 

Secure the untreated wood strips with wood screws.
Once the wood glue is completely dry and the wood frame is secure, set your mirror into the frame. Create a cushion for the mirror with a layer or two of glass/ceramic foam. This can be purchased at most hardware stores in the packing supplies section. This helps to prevent any slipage that may occur and acts as an extra layer of protection for the glass.

 

Using the reserved mirror backing from your original mirror, screw the backing into both the untreated and stained wood.

 

 

Grey loved checking himself out in the finished product…

On the back of the mirror, screw two D-Rings into both layers of wood. (Hub’s hands pictured)
Depending on the weight of the mirror, you will likely want to use dry wall anchors.

 

See…. Garage sales aren’t so bad 😉
-Stephanie