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DIY Rustic Starburst Wall Art

Posted in CRAFTS, CREATE WITH ME, DECOR, DIY, OFFICE, WALL ART
on January 9, 2017

Wow, that weekend went by a little too quickly, didn’t it? We received a whole lot of snow for our area over the weekend which had all of the kids screaming, “Yay!” all except for the youngest one. In his mind, it is mandatory that a snowman is built on a snow day. So far, the snow has remained too powdery to make one, despite our multiple trips outside to attempt to coax it into even a measly snowball. Tell me I’m not the only person thinking of googling “how to make a snowman with powdery snow”? The worst was when we’d just convinced him we’d try again in the morning, and my daughter came in singing “Do you wanna build a snowman..?”. Seriously. Ah well, maybe we’ll have better luck today – You know we’re ready with carrot, coal, hat, scarf in hand! 






In between trips outside, I got in a little crafting and was able to pull together this fun, simple, DIY Rustic Starburst Wall Art for the January Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite before you go.

 

This month’s challenge was to create something using natural wood: twigs, sticks, and other natural materials. I took this literally and went with twigs – at this time of year, our many trees and shrubs mean my yard has an overabundance of them in all different colors and textures. I love how they all come together in this starburst pattern in an almost ombre effect. 



I used thin branches from my crepe myrtle tree, azaleas, and our river birch. You don’t want branches that are too thick or too brittle.. it will make it difficult to cut. 



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To create this Rustic Starburst Wall Art yourself you’ll need the following: 

  • Foam board
  • A glue gun
  • Twigs 
  • Pruning shears
  • 1″x4″x6′ pine (if adding a frame)
  • stain in your choice of colors

First, cut your foam board to size. I cut a 14″x22″ piece in half. Then, cut your branches into 1″ pieces. 


To create an offset starburst, draw a starting point in the bottom left corner, then glue a twig facing out from the center of my point. 

Begin gluing twigs about 1/2″ apart in a spiral pattern, moving outward. Each line should be about 1″ from the last until you’ve completed the entire board, leaving a 1/2″ border around the edges.  



I chose to add a simple frame to my piece using 1″x4″ scraps of wood and stained the frame with a dark mahogany stain.  

And that’s all there is to it, except for finding a place to display it! 

I hope you can find time to make one on your snow day or hope you at least have better luck with your snowman! 

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Jewel Tone Christmas Pinecone Trees

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DIY, HOLIDAYS, TABLETOP
on December 6, 2016

 

Hi friends! I’m here today to share a fun holiday project with you – Jewel toned DIY Pinecone trees! 

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the December Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go!

This month our material was pinecones. Pinecones are such a great crafting tool, especially during this time of year. And, since I have Christmas on the brain, a Christmas project is exactly what I’m sharing today – jewel tone pine cone trees!

These couldn’t be more simple to create and the materials to make them and very inexpensive, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area that has pine trees. Or rather, I live near an area that has a ton of pine trees. My son takes therapeutic horseback riding lessons on a farm nearby that happens to have an over abundance of pine trees and cones. During his last lesson, I arrived toting my own bucket! #anythingforcrafting

I love, love the popular bottlebrush trees that are so popular these last few Holiday seasons but more than the shape and texture of the trees I love the colors! This project was inspired by these.

To make some yourself you’ll need:

  • Large pinecones – about 10-12
  • Medium weight, brown cardstock
  • Cone pattern – I used this one here and printed it out on my computer
  • Glue – glue gun and regular purpose craft glue
  • Pruning shears
  • Paint in your choice of colors
  • Matching glitter(optional)
  • Clear spray

1. If you are using outdoor pinecones, start by baking them on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will kill off any varmints! Then, carefully remove the “petals” of each pinecone at the base.

2. Create your cones using varying heights according to the template instructions.

3. Using a glue gun, attach the petals point side facing towards you and down, starting at the bottom and moving around the bottom edge. Continue to add petals, moving upwards in rows, spacing them out evenly as you work until you’ve completed the tree.

 

4. Paint the trees in the color or colors of your choice. Let dry.

 

5. If using glitter, dot each petal with all-purpose glue and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

 

I love how these turned out and am so excited to display them on my dining table this Christmas!

Don’t forget it, Pin it! 

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For even more amazing Pinecone projects, check out the other projects for December!


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Looking for other Holiday related posts? You might be interested in these!

DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses
DIY Christmas Crackers

 

Festive Master Bedroom 



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Thanksgiving Etched Glass Mirror

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DIY, HOLIDAYS, SILHOUETTE PROJECTS
on November 1, 2016
Hi, Friends! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween night and that you were all able to sneak your favorite candy from your trick-or-treater.. not that I would do that! #candyfiend

 

Thanks for all of the love on yesterday’s wallpaper post! I’m just tickled every single time I walk into my would-be Game Room! Only nine days left – but who’s counting?

Today, I have a simple glass etching decor DIY for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season that I hope you’ll enjoy.


The first Tuesday of the month means it’s time for the November Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month. Last month, you all voted for our group to create something about glass etching – which reminds me; be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go!

Using my Silhouette, vinyl, glass etching cream and an old mirror I had hanging around, I was able to create something perfect for a Thanksgiving vignette.

The stencil design can be found in the Silhouette Store and needed no editing.

 

I cut the stencil from vinyl and removed the center of the letters and leaves. Using transfer adhesive paper, I transferred the vinyl stencil to the center of the mirror.

Using a small brush, I applied an even coat of the glass etching cream over the stencil on the mirror and let stand for 5-6 minutes. Next, I removed the cream with a damp cloth. I wasn’t able to run water over the mirror as it had a paper backing, but the cloth did the trick.

Then, I removed the vinyl, leaving the etched pattern behind! At first, I was a little concerned that I’d not left the cream on long enough – the etching does not show on wet glass – but once the mirror was dried, I could clearly see the design.

My etched glass mirror will be just perfect for my Thanksgiving display in a few weeks.

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For even more amazing etched glass projects, check out the other projects for November!
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Christmas Centerpiece – Love Create Celebrate
Numbered Vases – My Life From Home
Etched Glass Mug – Our Crafty Mom
Etched Vase – Little Bits of Home
Song Lyric Artwork – Refresh Living

Want more Silhouette projects? You might like these.

Smile Pillow
DIY Ottomi Coasters
DIY Collectors Plate

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon! xoxo

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