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DIY Rustic Log Slice Chalk Clipboard

January 28, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Log Slice Chalk Clipboard DIY Rustic Log Slice Chalk Clipboard
This adorable DIY makes the perfect display for a fun print or sweet message. Find cool clips and create custom clipboards for your loved ones. This is a great gift or fun project for your own home. You’re sure to love the finished results!

Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10 and Up
Difficulty level: Beginner

Things you’ll need:
Large Clip
Chalkboard Paint
Foam brush
Paint brush
Medium log slice
Picture hanger
Hammer

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting the front of the log slice. Use a foam brush to cover the surface in a thick, but even, coat of chalk paint. Leave ½ inch empty space around the edges of the slice.
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2. Use a small paintbrush to paint a smooth line around the edge of the log slice. Let the first layer of paint dry completely.
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3. Apply a second layer of chalk paint using a foam brush and allow it to dry completely.
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4. Once the paint has dried completely, rub a piece of chalk across the surface of the log slice. Use a damp cloth to clean the surface.
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5. Attach a push-in photo hanger to the back of the log slice.
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6. Use a nail to secure the large clip to the front of the log slice.
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Upcycling: Transform an Old Clay Pot into a Rustic Twine Beauty

January 26, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

clay pot upcycle Upcycling: Transform an Old Clay Pot into a Rustic Twine Beauty
This upcycle project makes it easy to transform your old clay pots into something cute and modern. It’s amazing what a little paint and jute can do for an old gardening tool!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Clay Pot
Jute
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
White acrylic paint
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. The first step is wrapping the entire base of the pot in jute. Start by applying a small drop of hot glue to the base and attaching the end of the piece of jute.
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2. Apply a line of hot glue around the base of the pot and start wrapping. Use hot glue throughout the surface of the pot as necessary.
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3. When you’ve finished wrapping, trim the jute and use hot glue to secure the end to the pot.
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4. The next step is painting the top rim of the pot. Use a paintbrush and white acrylic paint to cover the surface.
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5. Add a second coat of paint to surface and make sure that your brushstrokes are all going in the same direction.

How to Make a Puzzle Wreath

January 23, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

How to Make a Puzzle Wreath How to Make a Puzzle Wreath
If you have children, then you know these two things about kids and puzzles. Kids love puzzles. And kids loose puzzle pieces. It’s just a fact of life. But don’t despair, as much as kids love puzzles, they’ll love a puzzle wreath for their play space and you’ll love to have a way to use up all those sad puzzles that are no longer complete!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Puzzle pieces
Wire wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint

Things to do:
1. Heat up your glue gun, high temp glue works best here, allowing you to spread glue over a section of the wreath and work without the glue drying to fast.
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2. Run a bead of glue around the outer edge of the wreath and then press puzzle pieces into the glue, working in 2-3 inch sections.
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3. Once you’ve covered the outer ring, repeat the process with the inner ring.
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4. Once the inner and outer ring are covered, glue puzzle pieces to cover the center, using the edges of the puzzle pieces on the inner and outer rings and the center rings to get good coverage.
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5. When the entire wreath is covered, place the wreath on a covered work surface in a well ventilated space and spray with several coats of paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next. Add coats until the whole wreath is well covered.
6. Once the wreath is dry, add a bow to decorate or hang just as is!
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DIY Simple Twig Hangers

January 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Simple Twig Hangers DIY Simple Twig Hangers
Having spent some years living deep in the woods, I love having the feeling of trees around me. And now that I’m a city mouse once again, I miss having the forest at my fingertips, so I take any opportunity I can to bring the feeling of the woods in to my house. These twig hangers are a fun way to have a little of the outdoors inside while displaying and organizing some of your things. While these can’t hold heavy items, they are perfect for light and pretty things, as much art themselves as they are a way to display it.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Birch twig sections
Foam mounting tape
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut sections of mounting tape to cover one end of each stick and press them in well.
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2. Remove the backing from the tape and then press them into the wall firmly. Allow the tape a few minutes to set up before using the hangers.
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DIY Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder 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.
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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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Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard

January 14, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Wood Slice Clipboard Easy DIY Rustic Wood Slice Clipboard
This log slice clipboard is the culmination of rustic glamor. I made several and covered the wall behind my desk. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of the forest by the lake.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wood slice
Clothespin
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Moss
Gold spray paint
Glitter
Craft Glue
Picture hanger

Things to do:
1. The first step is spray-painting your clothespin gold. The gold adds a glamorous accent that complements the rustic wood perfectly.
2. Once the clothespin is dry, add gold glitter to the bottom inch using craft glue.
3. The next step is prepping the log slice. Mine looked a little plain, so I added fake moss to the outer edge using hot glue.
4. Attach the clothespin to the front of the log slice using hot glue.
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5. Add the picture hanger to the back. I used push-in picture hangers, but because the wood was so dense, I found that it worked best to use hot glue to attach it.
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Upycle: DIY Gold Accent Candleholder

January 13, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Gold Accent Candleholder Upycle: DIY Gold Accent Candleholder
This fun upcycle project is a great way to bring the glamor of gold accents to your home! Try making different shapes with the tape to create a unique set of candle holders to light up your space in an elegant fashion.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mini Glass Candleholder
Painters Tape
Metallic gold spray paint

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering the surface of the glass candleholder with painters tape. Create a unique design, such as stripes or triangles, and use the tape to mark them out. If you’re making a striped pattern, be sure the lines are straight.
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2. Go outside and spray the entire surface of the candleholder with gold spray paint.
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3. Allow the paint to dry and then remove the painters tape to reveal your gold accent candleholder!
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How to Make Doily Wall Hanging Decor

January 10, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

Doily Wall Hanging Decor How to Make Doily Wall Hanging Decor
This DIY is a wonderful way to display your beautiful doilies. Attach them to metal hoops and showcase the craftsmanship on your wall in a rustic-chic way that is absolutely adorable!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
6-inch gold metal rings
Doilies
Wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Jute

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching the doilies to the metal hoops. Cut a 2-inch piece of wire and slide it through the edge of the doily, wrapping it around the gold hoop. Repeat this step until the doily is secured on all edges.
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2. Once you’ve attached the doilies to the metal rings, it’s time to connect them. Apply a small drop of hot glue to the ring and attach a piece of jute. Allow the glue to dry.
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3. When the glue has dried, wrap the string around two rings, tying them together. Trim any excess jute and use hot glue to secure the end. Repeat this step until all the rings have been joined.
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DIY Rustic Wall Jar Vase Hanging

January 8, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

DIY Rustic Wall Jar Vase Hanging DIY Rustic Wall Jar Vase Hanging
This DIY is inspired by the rustic trend in home décor. It is the perfect piece to complement your living space, creating a fun accent detail that you’re sure to love. I loved this project so much, that I made one for my house and several for my friends.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age Range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Distressed wood (pallet board)
Picture hanger
2 – Mason jars
Jute
Dried flowers
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching the picture hanger to the back of the board. Use a hammer to pound it in a ½ inch from the top of the board.
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2. Cut a 3 ½ foot piece of jute and lay it under the board, tying it 6 inches from the top.
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3. Lay the Mason jar on top of the knotted jute and wrap the jute around the Mason jar, securing it with a bow.
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4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the second Mason jar.
5. Arrange your favorite dried flowers in the jars to create a cute display.
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Wood Burned Tree Twig Decor

January 6, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Burned Tree Twigs Wood Burned Tree Twig Decor
Wood burning, which is technically called pyrography, is, I’m going to warn you, pretty addictive. Once you get started, you’ll find all sorts of things to add little decorations to with a wood-burning tool. This project is the perfect example, turning simple chunks of birch branch into beautiful, mid-century inspired winter decor.

Time required: 20 minutes
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Birch branch logs
Wood burning tool and tips

Things to do:
1. Plug in your wood-burning tool with the chisel tip attached.
2. Set your branch sections on a counter to decide which side you want to decorate.
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3. Begin by burning a straight line down the center of the area you want your tree, this will be the trunk.
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4. Add an outline of the shape you want: A square, triangle or upward leaning branches are all good places to start.
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5. Add small details like additional branches or dots to finish.
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