3/4 solid pecan sanded with 1 coat wood sealer and 2 polly
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I love old road maps and have a stash of them at home that I keep for crafting. They are cheap craft paper, that can really add interest to a project. One of the most popular map crafts on my post is my pretty map roses.This time I decided to make some fun map buckets that I used as plant pot covers. They only took 10 mins to make and are waterproof as well as looking funky.
DIY Projects DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered LetterThis DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter is a great personalized gift for any music lover in your life! Read on to see how easily I created this W!This Post Contains Affiliate Links. Any time you purchase a product through my links, I receive a small commission. Several years ago, I bought a large W at Canton Trade Days. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do with it, but had been looking for an oversized W for a while.We, my husband and I, both come from musical families.As a matter of fact, both of us are musical or were musical. Jake played the Tuba and was drum major for his high school band and for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in his younger days.I took over as the pianist at my church in TX when I was 15. I traveled with Life Action Ministries for a couple of years while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I still don’t know, honestly. Since then, I’ve played keys and sang in a variety of praise teams and choirs. I think I’m officially in retirement from all that, though.Back to the large W I bought in Canton…To incorporate it into my decor, I took an old hymnal that belonged to my grandmother, who was a self-taught, very talented pianist, and decoupaged a variety of hymns all over it. It ended up being a beautiful decor piece in our kitchen 3 houses ago!My husband’s dad spent about 42 years as a music minister. He had a beautiful baritone voice and had a heart for people like no one else I’ve ever met. He could make a friend everywhere he went! He was also a talker!After he passed away in 2014, after a long battle with kidney cancer, my mother-in-law gave me the hymnal he used every Sunday morning to lead the choir. The intent was for me to use the pages of that hymnal to create her a hymn covered W. A few years ago, I even bought a large W to tackle this project but ended up using the W I bought on my own mantle. Oops!So here I am, almost 7 years later and I still haven’t made her W. Well, after today, that’s no longer the case!We’ll be meeting her at the beach in June to celebrate her birthday. She’s also moving into a new house toward the end of the summer. I’ll hand-deliver this gift to her, that’s no longer a surprise!This decoupage hymn covered W will be the perfect birthday/housewarming gift for her.(Debbie, act surprised when I give this to you in person!) 🙂My intention was to complete this project for a DIY gift round-up last month, but in true Jen Wade fashion, I forgot to order my W and it didn’t arrive until after the challenge was over.You ready to make your own hymn covered letter?!DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter Supplies:
I collected a few pieces of beautiful, authentic barn board some time ago from my parents’ farm and it took me a really long time to figure out what to do with them…One ended up as a sign to use in pictures for my sister’s gorgeous old-world-style wedding.I used another piece to make my DIY painted flower box. (Which you can check out right, here!)
A scrap of 1x6" stood forlornly in a corner in the garage. I had to make it into a project! Here's how I transformed it into lovely home décor!
I had a blank wall in my entryway that was screaming for something. I also needed a place to hang guest's coats. And I had no usable floor space left for a standing coat rack. Plus, my front entryway is not even designed well for a standing coat rack. And......I had this wonderful strong piece of wood I had grabbed outside of my husband's office building (yes, in the dumpster/trash area). I actually found it when I was collecting pallets for another project I was doing. Here is the final result of my project:
One of my very first yard projects was to create a planter bed and then my husband and I made pathway adjacent to it. Our plan for the backyard was to create a deck at one end of the path. However, our plan changed and now we are breaking down the path! Of course I can't just toss the Irish Moss I had planted between pavers. I will transplant them to the front yard and show you how!
We recently gave our 70s kitchen a complete makeover. It needed work on everything: cabinets, floors, walls, molding. I also built an island and made a passthrough/breakfast bar. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it! We are very happy with the outcome.Today I'm showing step-by-step how I painted the kitchen cabinets. (I'll also be posting on the DIY island and breakfast bar that we added.)I am including the video if you'd rather watch that.
I realized the other day when organizing my holiday decor, that I only had a sad little box of patriotic decorations. I decided that I needed to add some more red, white & blue decor. Here I will show you how I turned a pair of American Flag Swim Trunks into an easy DIY USA sign.
Hey there! I’m not sure if any of you also suffer with terribly sensitive skin, but this is one of the cleaning product hacks I have found that tremendously help my sensitive skin! Home made laundry detergent, and a fairly natural one at that! I love this detergent! I’ve been using it for almost a year! I work out daily, my husband works on Diesel engines, and we have a six year old, and dogs... stains, smells, and grime run deep in our laundry, and this detergent tackles it all! 3 simple, easy to find ingredients and some optional essential oils, and you have a powerful, natural, cleaner that can tackle the biggest messes and smells! I’ll also throw in a few other natural cleaning extras along the way!
I was asked by a friend if I could give a small vanity she was given a makeover. It was not in the best of shape and was missing the mirror and a knob for one of the drawers.I knew I had some chalk paint in my workshop that would be suitable for this vanity. She did not want anything fancy, so this project is not as unique as other projects you will find on my website. My idea was to paint the vanity using chalk paint and I would add some wallpaper to the drawers as a feature.
I love to upcycle and reuse old maps, they are very affordable craft paper. There are so many fun things you can do with them. One of the most popular things I've made with them is beautiful roses (see here).This time I've used my old maps to create some beautiful moths for fun faux taxidermy wall art. You can give these as a gift if you use a map of somewhere special.
Hanging a rug as wall art is an excellent way to cover a large area of wall in your home with a new texture, I love that instead of another hard surface on the wall like framed art it can add some softness to the walls & sometimes in a less expensive way if you aren’t hanging anything precious. I recently found this rug for $5 (at 5 below) & knew I had the perfect place for it…and you can probably already tell it wasn’t going on the ground! I put a plan together to hang this rug as wall art & it worked out so perfectly that I had to share it with y’all because I just love sharing a good DIY ( you can see them all here).
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
This wall hanging is a fun project that can to add color and cheer around your home. The basic form is created with sticks or dowels and can be enhanced with wrapped yarn or twine. As long as you have access to sticks, this mandala can be a great addition to your house for little to no cost!
I always HATED my kitchen cabinets. First, they were 42" high, and I am short. My bottom cabinets were full. But I could reach and use only 2 shelves in the upper cabinets. The other 2 shelves in each wall cabinet were empty. Second, the wall cabinets were narrow, 11 inches deep. My dinner plates would not fit. My plate racks would not fit either. My storage containers and jars would not fit. Why did I need the wall cabinets?
Raised garden beds seem to be the in thing in gardening these days and there are lots of options out there to purchase but they are pricey . A 4x4 bed averages around $50, and let's face it that's not alot of space for a garden. My mom wanted to expand her raised bed this year and after searching for decent size ones and not finding any reasonably priced I decided to make my own. I remembered seeing roofing panels a lifetime ago when you could actually go into a store... Still not open here in Ontario Canada. Anyhow at the time I thought that would make an awesome raised bed. So I did some online shopping/ curbside pickup and got me a some roofing panels.
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.
I'm a Southerner & we Southerners love a good front porch!No Southern home is complete without a fern or 5. But every year like clockwork, the urn planters I have my ferns in seem extra dirty.That's not a good look especially since they are on the front porch on either side of the front door. Plus it's just not good feng shui.So every year, I pull out the petroleum jelly & a rag & get to work cleaning them. I knew there had to be a better way so this year, I tried something new.
Today I’m sharing How to Build a Wooden Garden Trellis or Free Standing Obelisk Pyramid, using a reclaimed porch railing that was discarded after a recent porch update. These easy, step by step instructions, will keep your new plants vertical and off the ground. I began looking for a some inexpensive ways to build a trellis or free standing obelisk and finding some reclaimed wood was the perfect solution.
I found myself scrolling through market place on Facebook when I came across a fire surround for £10 I Messaged the seller and arranged to collect.I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at first but knew it would come in use.My day off work came around with nothing to do I went into the shed, I found an old wallpaper I had bought and never used aswel as a foam dado rail I found on ebay over a year ago, I brought everything into the dining room. I had wallpaper paste in the cupboard aswel as scissor and a Stanley knife. Within 4 hours I had completely changed the look of the dining room. I'd picked up the grey eggshell paint for another project a few weeks back so had everything I needed. My total spend for this project was £10 even if I had bought everything at once it still would have come in under £50
My mom got this hammock at Kroger few years ago! It was only used for a short while when she intially got it, then it sat in her yard, in the weather for years, and as things do, it deteriorated over time. I always thought it was such a cool hammock because the stand folds up for easy storage, and the hammock is supported by two chains so it’s much easier to sit in than the traditional hammocks that have a single chain to support each end! Follow along on how I gave this old gal a new life!
Here we go again, I am making over another thrift store find! This candle holder is one of those items I bought because it was only $1.00 and I knew someday I would do something with it! Well, someday was like YEARS later HAHA! I had kind of forgotten about it and I also wasn’t set on what I wanted to do with it, so it got pushed to the side. The other day I was organizing some of my craft stash and had it all piled and one thing sitting next to another and it all fell into place….I am not sure if that happens to you, but it does to me! All. The. Time! This came out better than anything I had envisioned for this candle holder! Come join me while for this thrifted candle holder makeover!
This Dollar Tree Patriotic Straw Vase is one of the easiest DIY’s EVER. Last year I made this patriotic wreath (which was also super easy) using Dollar Tree paper straws and this year I decided to try decorating a Dollar Tree vase using the same straws.
We have a large wall by our backyard patio for which we need large wall art. And, I mean LARGE! Last week, I gave our front porch swing a mini-makeover. We are loving our new front porch sanctuary and are now turning attention to the back patio. Time to add some “zing!” to the back as we did to the front. (See last week’s porch swing makeover here.)
I had this armoire in my one bedroom at the cabin and the brown was not working. It had been years and I was putting it off. Call it lazy, or just not inspired, but either way I didn't want to tackle it till now.I'm so glad I did!First step that everyone knows, wash it down and prepare for sanding.