Gourd creations by Maggie Criss
Published April 7th, 2013 10:18 AM
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Old books. We all have them. We've all seen them. In this case, my neighbor dropped me off a set of enclopedias from the 1980's that were about to go out with her garbage. Rather than see them destroyed, I thought, what I could I with them?Turn them into home décor of course! But they would need some work.....let's get to it!
Do you love the farmhouse look of old Feed Sack Fabrics? Here is an easy way to make your own Vintage Feed Sack fabric using a drop Cloth.If you are like me and love the vintage feel of old feed sack fabrics, here is an easy way to make your own fabric out of a drop cloth, a stencil and paint. You can use the fabric for so many projects. I’ve used mine for re-upholstering a deconstructed chair, tea towels and pillow covers. Here is a deconstructed chair post to help you avoid the mistakes I made.
Are you in love with Harlequin patterns? Do you know MacKenzie-Childs merchandise? I simply adore all that. Love black and white patterns …super classic and elegant way to decorate and of course dress. I am looking at terra cotta pots right now. Always wanted to make a Gumball Machine or a Snow Globe but could never find a right size of a glass container until now ….so I thought. Shall we make a terra cotta pots gumball machine in this stunning black and white pattern? Let’s go to work and create MacKenzie-Childs look alike home decor pieces in harlequin pattern diyThings you need to make Gumball/Snow Globe machineThis post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you purchase from one of the these links I will make a small commission, but rest assured you will not pay more for any products. Terra Cotta pot with its matching saucer (actually 2 saucers) Glass container Wooden bead PaintHot Glue Gun with glue sticksPaint brush
I have wanted to add some warmth and texture to this room. I love the paint and trim color but wanted to give the space more visual interest and a cottage/coastal feel. Then last week, we were adding some replacement pieces of cedar shake shingles to the outside, and a lightbulb went off! If I used it as an accent wall, it would look pretty and would add the perfect amount of cottage vibe.
Beautiful Buffet Redesign with Woodubend, Paint Couture, and Posh Chalk Pigments
Welcome to week 6 of the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge! This week not only will we share a sneak peek of the bathroom progress, but you’ll also learn how to make an affordable barn door for the bathroom.If you’re new here, WELCOME! You can learn more about us here. As a reminder you can easily navigate through each week of this coastal inspired bathroom project.-1st week: The Design Plan-2nd week: How To Install Shiplap the Easy Way-3rd week: How To Tile a Shower-4th week: How To Grout Tile stress free!-5th week: How To Install a Hexagon Bathroom Floor Tile-6th week: you are here.
The week's Tutorial Challenge was to use a lightbulb in our DIY project. I decided to make a gourd basket for a low centerpiece. My son went by Dollar Tree and bought me six harvest picks. I had the other supplies. My 7-year-old granddaughter spent the night and she provided the labor I needed! Together we created a simple yet bountiful basket for the first Autumn dinner.
I think just about everything you can imagine has been done to a pumpkin in the name of decor. Some are fabulous, other's...meh. Heirloom varieties are gorgeous all on their own. Some are freaky looking and covered with warts, others already possess beautiful colored mosaic patterned skins. As far as this gardener is concerned... the best way to decorate pumpkins is to decorate WITH them. Here's some pics of my favorites this year.
This past Wednesday, November the twelfth, Juan V and I worked together in my garden, taking down the Halloween decorations that we had put up in the garden in honor of that holiday* and replacing them with an array of gourds as well as winter squashes in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The result of part of our efforts is indicated by the lower arrow that is superimposed on to the picture seen in the image posted below. [* http://www.hometalk.com/5239170/halloween-decorations-garden-pumpkins]
I will be honest with you, when I first tried to do this project I could not get it to work the way I wanted. I spent a couple of very frustrating hours trying to stick wet springy bark to pots, using a variety of glues to no avail.To make a Birch Bark covered pot like ours you will need some pieces of bark, a terracotta pot, elastic bands and PVA glue. We also painted the rim of our pot with a cream acrylic paint.
Around Christmas I fall in love with wine cork crafts because they are some of the easiest and most fun DIY projects out there. You can check out my little Christmas trees projects. I love the versatility of craft ideas that wine corks have inspired. That's the reason I did this project too. Ever since a saw this idea a know a had to do it some day. Wine cork crafts are the proof never to throw anything just yet, you never know where you can use it. I'm sure you've seen this succulent wine cork magnets project somewhere before, so I'm just giving you my version.
After seeing so many posts on diy garden globes, I just had to try it. I started searching for old bowling balls but all I found were priced too high. Then little by little, it all came together and and I now have six garden globes that I just love. Hope you do too.
After getting locked out of my house once, I vowed NEVER AGAIN! So I combined two trendy DIYs- stepping stones and mosaics- and added a secret key hider underneath. Click HERE for the full tutorial...including my secret trick for a fool proof stepping stone!
Who doesn't love a great thrift store find?! Whenever I get the chance to go to the local "Bargain Barn", I am never disappointed. This time around, I found a large mirror on sale, but I wasn't loving the frame. Nothing a little paint and elbow grease can't fix!
Here's an easy diy that you can make for yourself or give to someone special in your life. Perfect for an outdoor patio or porch in the summer or indoors anytime. Visit my Projects Page to see tons of fun and easy handmade and diy projects.
When the sun is shining, I love to sit in my little town garden sipping a few cocktails with friends. Last week it finally felt that summer was on it's way so I decided to cheer up my outdoor space with an upcycled happy hour cocktail window. Here I'll show you both how I made my Happy Hour window and the cute cocktail caddy to go with it.
Air vent covers aren’t built for looks. At least the builder-basic ones aren’t.We had a standard white cover on our air exchange vent in the basement.When the wall was white and it was mostly used for storage, I didn’t notice or care very much:
I have the perfect way for you to use up some of your old game pieces! With just a few supplies, I made these DIY Rock Garden Markers and they turned out adorable. I have a bag of random game pieces that I’ve collected over the years. I have lots of Monopoly houses, that turned out to be perfect for this project.
Learn how to take a chippy old wooden door and turn it into a beautiful desk for your cottage farmhouse home office.
One of my least favorite chores has to be cleaning out the bathtub. It’s so awkward to reach into and scrub clean all of the surfaces. I’m not crazy about using smelly harsh chemicals and most natural cleaners that I had tried just didn’t cut it or required a fair amount of hard scrubbing. Well a few years ago I stumbled upon this method by doing some of my own experimenting, and I have been cleaning my bathtub this way ever since. All you need is three simple ingredients that you most likely already have at home. Read below to find out what my secret is to get the cleanest bathtub... with zero scrubbing required!
Can I tell y’all how much I love to create cutesy crafts? These super sweet and kinda sassy Patriotic Clay Pot Love Bugs went together in just about 30 minutes with simple supplies from Dollar Tree (and my craft stash)! Get the kiddos involved and then have some family fun time, being creative.
The other day my mom gave me some Pothos stems that she had recently propagated. If you don’t know what propagating is, it’s when you grow new plants from an already established plant. This is done by cutting of one of the stems and placing it in a jar of water until it grows roots. Once the roots have sprouted you can then plant it and grow a whole new plant.This is such a cost effective way to fill your home with beautiful live plants, and is also a lovely way to share new plants with family and friends. Below I explain the steps that I used to plant and propagate my new Pothos stems.
Do you have a few pieces of old wood laying around? Are you looking for something to do with them? Come see how to build a birdhouse with scrap wood! With a little bit of imagination, you can turn that old pile of wood into something that your bird friends will love!
I finally got around to doing something about my curtains. I found these at the thrift store years ago and gave them a makeover, but was ready for a change. We moved the furniture around in my room and we now have a fireplace under the window. The fireplace will be getting a makeover soon also, so any ideas are welcome! I wanted curtains that would close over the fireplace and that’s when these DIY Romantic Ruffle Curtains were created!
I am so excited to finally share our DIY Tufted Headboard with you. I’ve had many requests for this blog post, and I do apologize it took me so long to get this posted. I wanted to make it as detailed as possible, which required the help of my hubby because let’s be honest… he did most of the work. 🙂
Welcome to another resin project.Today's project can be completely make from scratch by following along on here or on YouTube but I also have a couple of cheats if you're feeling a little less adventurous.I work with a resin brand called Rockstar Resins who have given me a code to share with you guys so that you can get 10% off along with free shipping on any order with them. I'll link all the details below.
Our front porch had no privacy, it faces the neighbours' windows on one side and the street on another. Also, because it was so open, the patio furniture often got wet from rain and faded from the sun. I’d been mulling over the easiest way to address these issues and after eight years I finally tackled it.