Category: DIY Primitive Decor

Cinnamon Stick and Pip Berry Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

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This delicate pip-berry and cinnamon-stick tree decoration is the perfect addition to your primitive holiday decor. Change the bow color to make the look your own!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Dried cinnamon sticks
Pip berry garland
Ribbon
Rusty tin star
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Place two sticks together at an angle and wrap with the embroidery floss. Hot glue this in place.
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2. Repeat with the other two corners.
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3. Wrap with the pip-berry garland.
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4. Wind the garland all the way to the bottom. Glue the rusty tin star to the top.
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5. Tie a bow with the ribbon and glue to the bottom of the tree.
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DIY Primitive Mason Lid Ornament


Decorate your tree with a primitive touch, using rusty tin cutouts and a mason jar lid. The resulting mason lid primitive ornament is quaint and adds a comforting touch to your holiday tree.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 +

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar lid
Rusty tin angel cutouts
Hemp twine
Burlap fabric sheet
Green acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue

Things to do:
1. Remove the inner part of the mason jar lid.

2. Paint the lid green and allow it to dry.

3. Cut a circle of burlap that’s about 1/2 inch larger than the inner part of the mason jar lid.

4. Drape the burlap over the lid center and pop into place. You may use some hot glue to secure it.

5. Glue the rusty tin cutouts on top of the burlap.

6. Wrap the lid with the hemp twine and glue in place. Make a loop with the end of the twine, and hang from your holiday tree!

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DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamp


Light up the night with this rustic Mason jar candle. In a few simple steps, you can transform an ordinary household item into something beautiful. Try your hand at DIY with this home decor craft for beginners.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Lid with hole
Wick
Lamp oil
Oil scent

Things to do:
1. Remove the lid from your mason jar.

2. Fill your mason jar with lamp oil. Use a funnel if necessary.

3. Add several drops of essential oil to add a nice scent.

4. Slide the wick through the hole in your decorative mason jar lid and screw it on tightly.

5. Display tour candle and enjoy!

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DIY Primitive Inspired Mason Jar Vase


A bit pretty, a bit primitive. This skeleton key/primitive mason jar is simple to make and will add a lot of sophistication to any decor.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Skeleton key
Jute twine
Natural jute ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Unroll the jute burlap ribbon and wrap around the mason jar, cutting it to fit.

2. Fold the ribbon in half width-wise and cut along the fold, making the piece narrower.

3. Use one of the pieces from Step 2 and wrap around the jar, hot-gluing in place. Next, pull some twine off the ball and glue one end to the burlap, about an inch from the top.

4. Continue wrapping the twine around the jar as shown. Cut the end and hot glue it in place.

5. This is what it looks like when you’re done wrapping the twine.

6. Cut two pieces of twine long enough to wrap around the jar mouth and tie into a bow. Slip the key onto the two pieces of twine.

7. Tie the twine with the key around the mouth of the jar.

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DIY Decorative Moss Ball Bowl


Spruce up your primitive decor with this elegant bowl of decorative moss-covered balls. The bowl looks best with three balls inside, but you could also opt to make two. You can make these in larger sizes for larger containers as well.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Rusty tin star bowl
3 – 2″ styrofoam balls
Natural dried sheet moss
Silver sequin pins

Things to do:
1. Open the bag of moss and pull a handful apart to make it easier to apply to the styrofoam ball.

2. Form the moss over the ball and pin in place in various locations with the sequin pins.

3. Continue pulling and shaping the moss and pinning it to the ball.

4. Once the ball is covered, repeat steps 1-3 for the other three balls. Add them to the primitive tin bowl, and you’ve got a great primitive, decorative item for your mantel or bookshelf!

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DIY Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder


So here’s a craft truth, mason jars are the most useful thing on the planet. They really are. If you were to peek inside my home you’d find them being used a vases and kitchen storage and paint jars and drinking vessels. They hold buttons and knitting needles on my desk, potpourri on my mantle and candles in my bedroom. So why not in the bathroom? And if a mason jar alone is a useful thing, it is even better with a flower frog lid attached to the top!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Flower frog lid
Toothbrushes
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry your mason jar and then screw the flower frog lid onto it.

2. Test your toothbrushes to make sure they will fit into the holes. Some modern toothbrush handles may be too bulky for the squares of the lid. If this is the case, simply clip the wires between two or four adjoining holes to create a larger space. Using the flog lid keeps the heads of your toothbrushes from touching and germs in their place!

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Primitive Decor: Rusty Tin Bell Wreath

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There’s nothing quite like the sound of jingle bells to remind you that it’s Christmas time, which makes a jingle bell wreath the perfect way to decorate your front door this winter that way every time you open the door, the tinkling will remind you of the season. This wreath uses rusty tin bells which will continue to age nicely as it graces your door though the winter weather and will look charming with any decor.

Things you need:
1 bag of 3/4 inch rusty tin jingle bells
3 inch Rusty tin bells
3 feet of 18 gauge Rusty tin wire
Needle nose pliers
2-3 inch wide ribbon, – about a yard

Things to do:
1. Thread on bell onto one end of the wire and push it 1-1/2 inches up from the end. Bend the wire up and around to secure the bell in place, leaving a tail free to connect the other end once the wreath is finished.
2. Starting at the other end, begin threading bells onto the wire one at a time, allowing the bells to stack, working them down as tightly as possible so that they surround and almost hide the wire.
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3. Continue to thread and stack until you have filled up about 2-1/2 feet of wire. Loop the wire around into a wreath shape and thread the end of the wire through the loop created with the first bell. Wrap tightly and trim the wire.
4. With the remaining piece of wire, tie together the two larger bells and wire them onto the wreath to cover the join.
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5. Slip the middle of the ribbon under the larger bells and tie a large bow just to the side for a splash of color.
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How To Make a Simple Silhouette Picture

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Antique silhouettes, in today’s decor, are considered elegant artifacts of times past. Historically, owning a piece of artwork was the prerogative of the rich, so limners, or portraitists, created paper cut, black and white silhouettes to make portraiture more accessible to the poor, rural and less sophisticated. In fact it was known as the poor man’s miniature”. They were displayed prominently in the home and considered very desirable. The year 1840 brought with it a new invention, the daguerreotype, which caught on quickly as the hot new trend of its time, and rendered obsolete the quaint art of silhouette picture-making. With updated techniques, silhouettes are making a comeback. More and more people are hiring others, or learning themselves, to make these elegant portraits.

Things you need:
Camera
Fine-tipped paintbrush
White Apple Barrel acrylic paint
Heavy black permanent marker
Black, fine felt-tip marker
Black acid-free paper
White or ivory acid-free paper, pre-trimmed to fit the picture frame
Small, sharp scissors
Hobby knife and replacement blades
Cutting mat
All-purpose spray adhesive
Picture frame
Photocopier

Things to do:
1. First things, first, please make sure you are working in a well ventilated area. Take photographs of your subject in profile. A plain background is best. Backlight your subject for greater contrast and don’t use the camera’s flash. Print or develop the photos.
2. Using the fine-tipped brush, paint the photo background with the white acrylic paint and allow it to completely dry.
3. Fill in the image with the black permanent marker. Use the black felt-tip marker to exaggerate small details like eyelashes, bangs, curls, hats, jewelry, etc.
4. Photocopy the photo and carefully cut out the image with the hobby knife or small scissors, taking special care around the smaller details.
5. Use the cut-out as a template to trace the image onto the black acid-free paper. Use the hobby knife to cut out the new image.
6. Apply spray adhesive to the back of the image and carefully center and affix it to the white acid-free paper. Smooth out any creases or bubbles with a credit card or your fingers. Allow image to fully dry before framing.

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Bringing Primitive Decor to Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, and a country kitchen is known for its warmth, charm, and hospitality. Anyone can transform their kitchen into a country haven filled with down-home goodness and charming primitives. To do this a few key things must be remembered, but the rest is up to your own imagination.

Make Do and Be Practical
First and foremost, country decorating has to be practical. Look for storage and space solutions that perform their function, but that also have a make do” primitive decor feel. Iron hooks for pots and pans, hanging baskets and bundles of dried herbs and flowers, homespun fabric curtains and table linens, rag rugs, open shelves lined with baskets, and mason jars filled with pantry necessities all recollect a time when mostly everything was made by hand from simple materials, and everything served a purpose.

Of course, today these effects will be both decorative and functional, but remember when decorating your country kitchen that nostalgia is key. Don’t be afraid to mix nostalgia with modern technology: your stainless steel appliances alongside a weathered sideboard, your digital espresso-maker alongside a stoneware crock of primitive wooden spoons; the idea is to evoke nostalgia as well as serve a function.

Build A Little Character to Feel At Home
As Gail Abbott puts it in her book, Shoestring Chic: Extraordinary Style For Less, A [country] kitchen is a far cry from the clinical, minimalist look of many modern designs. Mugs hang from cup hooks, storage jars and jugs compete for space on the countertops, and visitors feel immediately at home when they sit at the fine old pine table.” The more character you can add to your kitchen, the more its users will feel at home. Character, in a primitive country kitchen, comes from small human touches. A bowl filled with warmly scented fixins“. Wooden and rusted pieces such as rolling pins, small buckets, and towel racks. In other words, pieces that appear as though they were made by hand long ago (or that actually were).

Comfort and sensory pleasure are also important components of your country decor. Add comforting details such as cushions, curtains, plants and wreaths, shelf-sitters, and garland or bunting. Handmade soap is a clean-smelling, healthy sink companion that is satisfying to use. A small vintage transistor radio can add another pleasurable dimension when tuned to happy music to cook by. Try to appeal to all five senses as you build character into your decor and visitors to your kitchen will never want to leave.

Create a Primitive Decor Focal Point with a Collection or Furniture Piece
Why not display a personal collection to help pull your kitchen together with a strong focal point? Any collection can make a great focal point as long as its components are country or primitive in nature: primitive dolls, pieces of Americana, baskets, old wooden crosses, and antique trade signs are a few possibilities.

A great piece of old furniture also makes a fantastic focal point, and has the added benefit of functioning as workspace or storage. Things like rustic, barn-wood tables, an antique pie safe, a vintage stove, or a well-worn piece of cabinetry with shelves are all wonderful, functioning furniture pieces that help pull a room together.
Remember to make do, be practical, add character, comfort, and a great focal piece and your kitchen will be transformed into a warm, welcoming primitive country environment for the whole family to enjoy.

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Etched Mason Jar Candleholders

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Etched votive holders have been around for a while and are always pretty on a dinner table, in the window or just about anywhere. DIY your own etched candle holders using cast off jars and create just the look you want!

Things you’ll need:
Jars
Contact paper
Etching cream
Foam brush
Craft knife or die cutter

Things to do:
1. Using your craft knife or die cutter, cut pretty shapes out of the contact paper. You can either make a cut out stencil or use the pieces cut out and etch everything but the shapes.
2. Clean the glasses well and dry completely. Smooth the stencils on where you want the etching to be.
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3. Brush the exposed glass with a thick coat of etching cream and allow it to set according to the manufacturers directions.
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4. Wash the cream away with warm water and remove the stencils. Dry and insert the candles for use.

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