An uncle of mine used to make tin lanterns by hand and though these aren't as ornate as those, they are a pretty cute version on the cheap! So before you toss those empty cans in the bin, maybe take a gander at this little repurpose number! You can punch any design of your choice into an old can, place a light in it and you have a lantern! All you need is a couple cans, a drill, and a light, and you're in business!We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
I’ve done really good with curbing my “buy-and-hoard” tendencies at the thrift store. But when you find thrifted pathway lights like these, and then upcycle them into fall-inspired DIY lanterns, I have a renewed appreciation of my “buy-and-hoard” ways.
I bought these old path walkway lights many months ago from the thrift store.
I gasped when I found them because I knew how amazing they could be once you get past the dirt and discoloration. They turned into great upcycled Fall-inspired lanterns!...
I was fortunate enough to have my current house given to me by my parents when they built a new home to downsize and so my mother wouldn’t have to climb stairs after living with near crippling back issues for over 30 years. My house was built in 1990 and the original owners used a LOT of wallpaper and loud colors. Instead of dealing with removing wallpaper, my parents painted over most of it which worked, but now that I’m trying to update everything I’m painstakingly removing it and painting fresh. My laundry room was a very bright, sunny yellow and had a “wedding ring” quilt patterned wallpaper border around the top under the crown molding. It also had those white wire shelves above the washer and dryer and I’ve never been a huge fan of those so I knew something had to be done. Since my laundry room is just inside from my garage entrance, we had one of those racks with coat hooks to hang our jackets on as we came in the door. I had a small three-shelf bookcase that I converted into cubbies to hold our shoes. This 6’x6’ space was not cutting it as a “mudroom“ so I decided to convert an empty space in my laundry room into a locker area.
We have a very small pantry, and it was becoming filled with boxes and bags of dried foods. I like to prepare a lot of our meals from scratch, so there is a need for a variety of different dried goods to be here at the house at any given time. I've seen how people display them neatly in glass jars that are all the same and it looks great, but I found a way to great a similar look, but without spending nearly as much money.
I am a wine drinker, I mean I really like my wine. So like most people, I mean those who choose to keep their corks rather than throw them out, I “stored” my corks in decorative glass hurricanes, bowls, whatever I could find to hold them. I always had the intent to do something with them.I've made yard stick bulletin boards & place card holders but this was my favorite ever – a wine cork wreath. This wreath takes a little time but will last as long as you want. Mine weathers the elements on my front door & even made it through a move with very little damage that I was able to fix easily.
Sometimes fall decor and I don't jive.
Whaaaaat?!?! You may ask. Well don't freak out too much. It is just because I am always so sad to let go of the bright, bold summer colors of summer for warmer and more traditional tones and decor.
So I don't. I do a more modern take on fall. I do that by mixing the colors I love with fall elements. It's taking me and inserting fall into my decor instead of fall inserting itself into my decor. Got it?...
I had the hardest time this year deciding on Christmas gifts to give my grandparents and my boss this last year. They all like when I make them something, but I didn’t know what in the world they would like me to make and didn’t want to fill their homes with useless junk they feel obligated to keep because I made it for them. Been there, done that before. You guys do not want to see what I gave people a few years ago for Christmas. SO embarrassing. It was in my early DIY years….
So, anyway, last minute (like seriously three days before Christmas), I decided to make them wooden lanterns.
I spent almost my entire Christmas break (every spare moment I had) in the shop whipping these up. It was a fun (yet time consuming) project (because you have to let all the wood glue dry after every step). ...
Here's a project that is inexpensive, yet looks nice and can be used for any season, or just to have as part of your home decor. What's even better is that you're turning something as mundane as Dollar Tree frames into useful lanterns! Candle lovers, this one is for you! :)We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
Handmade wooden lanterns are cool and fun to make. They look great inside a home, on the porch, or around the fire pit. It only takes a few tools and you can easily get lumber at a home improvement store or use scrap lumber. These make great gifts any time of the year.
This weeks Hometalk Helper Challenge is to create a Halloween project. A few months ago, I picked up an ornate gold-painted framed mirror. I had no idea until today what I was going to do with it. I decided this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use the mirror frame and try a few new techniques.
Have you been wanting to update your piano and turn it into a statement piece in your home? It turns out, that using chalk paint, makes painting your piano an easy and inexpensive DIY project that anyone can do. The piano I painted was a free hand-me-down from someone who knows my father-in-law. I know of many people who have found free pianos via Craigslist if you are in the market.
I wanted to do something different with my master bedroom walls. My original plan was to build a super original and rustic headboard, but that would take time, money and skills I didn't have, so I decided to stay in my comfort zone: paint. And I couldn't be happier with the result.
I have always done a lot of entertaining at home but have never had a proper bar. Which meant I was always digging through cupboards to find my bar supplies when friends were over...and not always finding what I was looking for.I finally decided to get a fold up bar cabinet that would give me easy access to everything when I needed it, but not take up much room when I didn't. The problem was that all of the cabinets I liked were really expensive.
This week’s challenge was to update or create an item used for summer decor or play and make something that could be used for fall or other decor. I came up with several things I could do, but I finally decided on one that I had wanted to redo for a while. I had a solid, white wood bowl on a pedestal with a square base. It is just a simple wood bowl, that I have used outside for a while. I loved it the minute I saw it and knew it would be perfect for an outdoor table centerpiece. I used it outside on a table with a blue candle and seashells. I used the decorated bowl all of the spring and summer months. During the fall, I used an orange candle and burlap pumpkins. During winter, I used it with a red candle and pine cones on the outside table. I still love the wood bowl, but I am tiring of the solid white color. I also decided I wanted to use the bowl inside and change up outside too. I love the farmhouse, country, chippy, shabby chic, and so on look. So, I decided to shabby my wood bowl for a different look and bring it indoors to use for a change.
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Hi friends! My name is Mauri and I blog at TheAmericanPatriette.com where I share ideas for all things home to help women bring beauty into their homes and ultimately make them places to gather. This particular project has been the most popular tutorial on my blog to date. I hope you love making it to bring some warmth, beauty, and a reminder of Truth into your home during the Christmas season! Here are the basic steps, but you can find the full details, including the specific materials I recommend, on my blog. Here's the finished pro