Saturday, February 11, 2017

DIY Faux Cotton Boll Ball

Who doesn't love natural cotton right now? The price for anything cotton is a bit pricey though. When I got to looking for more natural cotton items online I decided to make my own. I've seen others make their own cotton stems but, I wanted a sphere/ball. The Dollar Tree sells a bag of 3 for a $1 and a bag of cotton balls is cheap! This cost about $1 or less to make!


faux cotton boll ball


faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball

You will need a Styrofoam ball, hot glue gun, cotton balls and pine cones.

 faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball

Take 3-4 pine cone petals and hot glue them to a cotton ball.

faux cotton boll ball


faux cotton boll ball

You will them put some hot glue on the Styrofoam ball and hot glue the cotton ball with the pine cone petals to the Styrofoam ball. I poke the pine cone petals into the Styrofoam ball for extra support.



faux cotton boll ball

This is a picture so that you can see the pine cone petals poked into the Styrofoam ball.

faux cotton boll ball

Push them into the Styrofoam ball.


faux cotton boll ball

faux cotton boll ball


 Just keep doing this until you have  filled the whole ball! Doesn't it look realistic?

faux cotton boll ball


 You could add a hook or ribbon to these and hang them....so many possibilities!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kitchen Desk Area Makeover

Wow!! It's 2017! December was a crazy month for our family. We closed on our first home, had a baby girl join our family (#4), Christmas, and New Years! It's been three weeks since our little Ava was welcomed into the world and I've been trying to balance mommy hood and projects around the new home. First project checked off of the longggggg list was our desk area in the kitchen.

I still want to rip out the counter top and do the wood planks as the counter top but I'll wait to do that part. I painted the cabinet with a custom mix of Annie Sloan's chalk paint, Old White & Provence. Topped it off with a dark wax and sealed with General Finishes top coat. I wanted to spend as little money as possible so, I used what paints I had on hand.



This is what the before looked like. Sorry for the phone picture and I started painting when I remembered to take the "before" picture!







I looked at several different shelving options and wasn't finding the right thing. I wanted a chunky farmhouse style shelf that didn't cost a fortune!! It had to be deep as well to hold a 10" box. I found the perfect thing...a 2"x6"x12' Home Depot will cut wood for free so, if you have your measurements you won't have to pull out the saw. I planked two cuts together to create a deep shelf.




I sanded & stained the boards. I found the "L" shaped brackets in the hardware isle for $1.98 each! The decorative ones in the closet isle are $8 each and they don't even look good! I intended to have two large shelves above the corkboard but the second one didn't fit and my husband thought the wall would look too cluttered with one more large shelf, which he's right. 


My shelves cost a total of $21! I still have one larger shelf too that didn't fit.








You can see in the above image the dark wax didn't go on as intended. It had a lot of large streaks. After washing out my paint brush it was still wet, I painted over it with the same color paint that I used for the cabinet. 
















I am more than happy with this transformation!!
The corkboard is from HomeGoods, the wire file folder holder is from Old Time Pottery, the shelving material is from Home Depot, and the hardware is from Lowes.



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

DIY Dollar Store Spell Book

Every year for Halloween I set a small table out on our front porch with candy for Trick-or-Treaters since we are out trick-or-treating ourselves. My kids were so disappointed last year with the lack of Halloween decorations in the neighborhood, so I decided to step up the decorating a little this year!

This whole table set up will go outside on our front porch the night of Halloween and in the last few pictures you will see different candles...flameless ones from the Dollar Tree for safety!  I'll be blogging the rest of our outdoor Halloween decorations later this week. 



I started with a black hardback book from the Dollar Tree and removed the paper cover. Open the book to a half way point and paint both sides with white paint. I used chalky finish paint in white. It helps cover the writing in the book but it also gave the pages a nice curl on the edges when the pages dried.


You can see the pages curling here! You could even paint more pages to make the book appear thicker with more curled pages.


I found two spell images online that I liked and printed them out.
Cut them to size and take a tea bag that has soaked in hot water and rub it all over your paper. I left a few darker "puddles" in spots on the paper to give more of an old feel.




While the paper was still wet I ripped the edges of the paper off & then let them dry. I didn't wait for them to completely dry but at least 10 min. While they were drying I burned the edges of the two pages with a lighter. Once the papers had dried some I used a mix of glue & water to attach the paper spells to the book pages! Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of these three steps. 

The book pages around the tea died spells were still white, so I rubbed the tea bag in areas on the book as well.











The Dollar Tree has these flameless candle sticks that are just perfect! 



I love the way it turned out....For $1! I'll make a cute little sign for the candy bowl Halloween night with a saying to take just one candy or you'll be cursed with "Never wanting candy again!" 



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