diy father s day gift ideas

DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas

Hey sweet friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Before we begin, I wanted to remind you to follow along with me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so you don’t miss another post!I can’t believe Father’s Day is just around the corner! In fact, it’s a little over 2 weeks away, so if you need some inspiration for that perfect Father’s Day gift, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re gonna talk all about a couple of very fun and creative ways to make those wonderful daddies feel special! First, I’ll show you how to make a gallery-wrapped canvas photo, and then we’ll talk about how to make a really cool, distressed-leather journal. Both of these ideas don’t cost much at all, AND they’re so easy to make! I’d say that’s a win/win! Let’s get started!DIY GALLERY-WRAPPED CANVAS PHOTOHere’s what you’ll need:canvaswooden-handled sponge brushdecoupage (I used the matte finish.)your favorite photo(s) (preferably a photo of that special daddy or hubby in your life) printed onto regular computer paper

diy mother s day gift ideas

DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Hey sweet friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Before we begin, I wanted to remind you to follow along with me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook, so you don’t miss another post!Today, we're going to talk about some really fun and gorgeous gift ideas for your beautiful mama, mother-in-law and/or grandmother! (Pssss....You might even fall in love with your DIY goodies and end up wanting to keep them for yourself!)These DIY gifts are inexpensive and super-easy to create, and you could even make some of these gifts with your children! Let's get started!DIY Upcycled Vases

diy mother s day gift ideas

DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Hey sweet friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Before we begin, I wanted to remind you to follow along with me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook, so you don’t miss another post!Today, we're going to talk about some really fun and gorgeous gift ideas for your beautiful mama, mother-in-law and/or grandmother! (Pssss....You might even fall in love with your DIY goodies and end up wanting to keep them for yourself!)These DIY gifts are inexpensive and super-easy to create, and you could even make some of these gifts with your children! Let's get started!DIY Upcycled VasesHere's what you'll need: pretty scrapbook paper empty cans (such as chips cans, hot chocolate cans, soup cans, or crepe mix cans) modpodge (I used Americana Decoupage by DecoArt in the matte finish.) wooden-handled sponge brush scissors paper plate, paper towel, chip clips (optional)First, make sure your cans are cleaned out on the inside first. In other words, you don't want any hot chocolate powder creeping onto your pretty paper! Not that I speak from experience or anything (ahem). ;)Second, loosely wrap the paper around your can to make sure you've got enough of it to go all the way around, and then trim a neatly finished edge to your liking. Third, using your sponge brush, spread the mod podge onto the can, one section at a time. Immediately after, carefully line up your paper onto the glued layer of the can, stick it on and smooth out any air bubbles. Continue with this step until the entire can is covered. (Here's a helpful tip: Chip clips are great for holding the paper to the container while it dries. Give it a few seconds, and then move it to the next section, as seen in the pic below.)Now, spread another layer of mod podge onto the outside of the paper to help seal and protect the paper. You'll be shocked at how easily this paper adheres to the can! Let this glue completely dry for at least a couple of hours or overnight.You might want to take it a step further and add some pretty washi tape to the edges of your containers. I added some sparkly-gold, glitter tape to a few of these cans and then applied the mod podge over the outside of the tape. The crazy thing is that this glue dries clear, so the sparkly glitter will look as if there's no glue at all!Now, you're ready to add pretty flowers to your vases! If you choose to use real flowers, be sure to insert a mason jar inside the upcycled vase, because some of the vases won't be able to hold water, such as the chip cans. If you don't like that idea, you could just add fake flowers, which is the route I chose! ;)Here's another idea for a diy, upcycled farmhouse-styled vase: Take some ticking fabric remnants, an empty container and modpodge, and follow the same process that I mentioned above, and you'll have a beautiful, rustic vase!DIY Hymn Canvas ArtHere's what you'll need:a hymnal (I bought mine at a thrift store.)canvas fabricmod podgewooden sponge brushthin strips of balsa wood (I went with the really thin strips, so they'd be easy to cut. The exact measurements for each strip were 1/16"x1"x24".)juteblack chalk paint or chalkboard painthot glue and hot glue gunscissorsFirst, take your scissors and cut a small slit into the fabric, and tear your fabric (to give it that distressed look) to the desired length and width. Next, carefully tear out the specific hymn that you'd like to display. Pour about a tablespoon-sized amount directly onto your canvas, and spread the glue out to fit the width of your hymn.Immediately after you spread the glue, place the sheet music onto the canvas, and gently smooth it out.Don't be alarmed, you'll probably be able to see through to the other hymn on the backside since it's wet, but that's okay. Once it's dry, the back will disappear! (Or at least mine did!) ;) As far as dry time is concerned, give this process at least a few hours to dry, preferably overnight.Okay, so now you're ready to make this an actual hanging sign! All you have to do is measure out how long you want your balsa wood strips to be. I cut mine to have about an inch overlay on either side of the canvas.Then, using your sponge brush, paint the chalk paint all over the wood strips. Let dry. Once they're dry, hot glue the wood to both the top and bottom of your canvas.Afterwards, hot glue some jute to the back of the wood for hanging.DIY Wood Bead Garland with TasselsHere's what you'll need:wood beads (I got mine at a crafts store for time's sake, but you can get about 200 for around $8 on Amazon!)jutescissorsThis project is probably the easiest of the three! And it's so beautiful!First, you'll want to make your tassels. Start by wrapping jute around something that's a few inches wide, such as a book, a cell phone, or even the palm of your hand.I used a thick piece of cardstock and folded it in half to make it more sturdy. (I was in the car with my hubby, and we were driving to an awesome estate sale when I did this project! So, I'm sorry for the dashboard in the background. Okay...back to this tutorial.) ;) Next, I wrapped the jute around this cardstock about 15-20 times, until I was happy with the thickness of my tassel. Before sliding the jute off the cardstock, I slid a long piece of jute (a little longer than you want your garland to be) through the middle of the tassel and then tied a knot.Next, I slid the jute off the cardstock, and then tied another piece of jute around the top of my tassel (about 1" down from the top) to hold it all together and tied a knot.Now, it's time to make the garland! Slide the wood beads down through the jute and through the knotted end of the tassel. Keep adding the wood beads until you have the desired length for your garland. Once you've finished your beaded garland, go ahead and make another tassel, and add it to the opposite end of the garland.That's it! How gorgeous is this?! I love mine and will be making lots more in the coming weeks for Mother's Day and end-of-the-year teacher gifts! I just hope none of the special mamas in my life and our kiddos' sweet teachers aren't reading this post!! ;)I hope this post has inspired you in some way to add that special touch for a Mother's Day gift by making it yourself and/or with your kiddos! Do you have a favorite? If so, which one? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!Have a great day!You might also like:Rocking Chair Makeover: From Tired to Refreshed!Easy and Thrifty DIY Moss RunnerDIY: How to Transform a New Chicken Feeder into an Aged Plate Rack

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DIY, Farmhouse-Styled Decor Using Thrift-Store Finds

I wanted to share with you a little about how I like to incorporate farmhouse style in my own home using inexpensive finds from the thrift store. (If you’d like to watch my live video on this very post, scroll down to the bottom for the direct link!)I’m going to show you how to use your creativity and think outside the box when it comes to decorating your home using thrift-store finds! Here are 3 ideas to get you started!1. OLD BOOKSThe book covers in the image below definitely don’t fit “style-wise” in our home, but the pages have the perfect patina to them. I found these old books for 25 cents each at a local thrift store. The solution? Tear the bindings off!

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Easy DIY Easter Eggs

Hey friends! Before we begin, I wanted to remind you to follow along with me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so you don’t miss another post!Thanks for stopping by today! I’m so happy Spring is in the air. It’s been here for quite some time now, but today is the OFFICIAL day of Spring! Woohoo! I go into hibernation during the winter, but when Spring comes, look out world….It’s my favorite time of year!!So, to celebrate, here are some easy and colorful ideas for diy Easter eggs!

diy and thrifty spring tablescape and mantel

DIY and Thrifty Spring Tablescape and Mantel

Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I'm so happy you're here! I'd like to share with you all about our Spring tablescape and mantel. There are lots of EASY and AFFORDABLE diy projects and beautiful farmhouse goodness sprinkled throughout our Spring decor. I hope this post inspires you in some way to make your home beautiful for Spring, one project at a time! Before we start looking at these photos, don't forget to follow along with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, so you don't miss another post!

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Easy Whitewashed, Stenciled and Faux Concrete DIY Pots

Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I'm going to show you how to make your "don't wanter" pots look gorgeous and trendy! And if you have any questions regarding this tutorial, you're more than welcome to email me, send me a DM or watch the live video tutorial that I did on this very post on my Facebook page.

5 diy garlands under 5 each

5 DIY Garlands Under $5 Each!!

Hey y’all, and thanks so much for stopping by! Today, I’m going to share with you how to make a variety of garlands, and they’re all under $5 each!! But before we begin, I wanted to remind you to follow along with me on Pinterest, HomeTalk, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so you don’t miss another post! Also, if you’d like to see the live video I did on HomeTalk’s Facebook page regarding these exact garlands, click on the direct link below, which will take you to my blog post that has this video link. I hope you enjoy them! There’s an explanation on how to make each garland, plus you get to learn a few other techniques in this tutorial! Okay, let's get started!

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Quick and Easy DIY Spray-Painted Lamps

Hello friends! For a few weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of matching lamps for our master bedroom….Lamps that had pretty curves for the right price!
My goal was to get a steal of a deal…no more than $15 each. I realize that’s cheap, but I also knew that, with a little patience, I could find what I was looking for. So a few weeks ago, I found these beauties at a yard sale! The man was selling the lamps for $5 each. But since I wasn’t certain that the lamps worked, I offered $4 for the PAIR, and he said yes! Can you believe it?! I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that when I plugged them in at home, they’d actually turn on. Aaaaaand….they did! Score! Sometimes it doesn’t always work that way (regarding electronics at yard sales), but yay for times when it does!!

diy killim pillow cover using unexpected items

10-Minute, DIY Killim Pillow Cover Using Something VERY Unexpected!

Hey friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Before we begin, I'd love for you to check out my post on how to turn a new chicken feeder into an "aged" plate rack! But don't go there yet!! Please read this fun tutorial first!
Today, I wanted to share with you about thinking outside the box and looking for inexpensive ways to add fun decor to your home. More specifically, let’s focus on using something we don’t normally think to use as a pillow cover: placemats!
So, the other day, I was perusing the clearance aisles at Target, and saw these lovely placemats on clearance for a little over $1. I grabbed two, knowing exactly what I wanted to do with them….turn them into a pillow cover!

The Rustic Boxwood
The Rustic Boxwood
About meWelcome! My name is Katie, and I love all things farmhouse with a little shabby chic and French charm! Scoring amazing treasures at yard sales and giving new life to any tired piece of furniture or space in a home gives me the butterflies. I blog all about these topics and more at TheRusticBoxwood.Com.