DIY Summer Floral Wreath

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Using the same process as I did for my Fall Wreath, I went for warm pinks and oranges in this summer wreath.

Supplies Needed:

  • Styrofoam floral wreath
  • Faux flowers (look for sales at Michael’s to get up to 75% off)
    • You’ll need a good sized bouquet full
  • Wire cutters

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1. Cut your flower stem about 1/2 inch from the flower to you have enough to go into the Styrofoam.

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2. Arrange your flowers around the outside of the Styrofoam to get a sense for where you want everything. Begin by sticking the short stems into the foam. Place the flowers close together so the wreath looks full.

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3. Make sure the side and outside of the foam is covered. You may need to arrange the flowers slightly by sticking the stems in at a different angle.

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4. I chose to highlight a large orange flower by placing it at the top. You can choose ribbon, a bow or nothing, depending on your preference.

5. Hang it loud and proud for everyone to see!

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DIY Wine Cork Key Holder

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I love wine, so I have a lot of corks saved up. Last year, I used my stock to create a cute key holder to hang up near the door. Surprisingly, one DIY wine cork project can take up a lot of corks!

Supplies needed: old frame, plywood, paint, hot glue, wine corks, storage hooks

  1. Get a piece of wood cut to fit inside your frame. I went to Dixieline to have this done.
  2. Paint your frame – I chose black.
  3. Paint the piece of wood white or whatever color you choose.
  4. After the paint dries, place it in the frame.
  5. Hot glue wine corks to the top of the piece of wood. You can do as many or as few rows of corks as you want, but you may need to cut some of the corks so they will fit in perfectly.
  6. Paint your word or phrase and let dry.
  7. Drill 3 tiny holes below the words and make sure to space them out so you can hang keys or sunglasses easily.
  8. Finally, screw the storage hooks into the tiny holes.

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Updating an Old Coffee Table with a Little Paint

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If you read my post about my farmhouse coffee table, you’ll know I had some unused light green paint that I wasn’t sure what to do with. After we moved in April, we bought new living room furniture and moved my old coffee table into the guest room. The gray paint matched my shabby chic dresser, but I wanted to brighten up the room with another color…this green was perfect!

Turns out I used the wrong type of paint when I originally primed and painted this coffee table a couple years ago. Luckily Matt’s new palm sander came in handy when I decided to give it a fresh look and turn it into a bedside table.

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DIY Warm & Fuzzy Valentine Bags

IMGP9095Instead of handing out candy or pre-made valentines, here’s a quick and easy way to make your co-workers, family and friends feel appreciated and loved this Valentine’s Day.

Personally, I’m taking care of co-workers with a little activity called “Warm & Fuzzies”. We did something similar in high school where each person added their name to the top of a sheet of binder paper. Then, everyone in class wrote something nice about that person on one line. And then you get warm and fuzzy feelings when you read them back…hence the name Warm & Fuzzies.

We have a team of 12 at work, so I randomly assigned each person 6 other team members. They will write something nice about each of their assigned people on a note card.

To stick to the Valentine’s Day theme and make it more fun, I made cute little bags to hold the note cards, which cost me about $6 total. These can be used for collecting regular valentines and candy as well. You can probably figure out how to make them just by looking at the pictures, but here are instructions just in case:

Supplies Needed:

Construction paper or poster board
Sandwich bags
Sharpie
Glue Stick
Scissors
Note cards

Instructions

  1. Pencil out the shape of a heart on the construction paper. Once you’re satisfied, cut it out and use this as a template for the rest.
  2. Write each person’s name on a heart.
  3. Glue each heart to the top of the sandwich bag.
  4. Have some fun with glitter or whatever else you want to decorate with!

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Shabby Chic to Farmhouse Coffee Table

I bought this table off Craigslist for our new place because I loved the super light green color and the shabby chic look. Unfortunately, the type of paint that was originally used was a stain attractor. Literally the first hot cup of tea I set down left a stain. And let’s not even talk about any red wine that runs down the side of the glass.

Enter Matt. This was exciting news for him because he now had an excuse to buy a palm sander. Yippee! Off to Home Depot we go to pick out the perfect light shade of green for out table, a palm sander, and maybe a couple other gadgets for Matt while we’re at it.

Once he started sanding, we realized that we had some solid, beautiful colored light wood under there just waiting to see the light of day. Turns out, the wood happens to match my kitchen table almost identically. Voila! Shabby chic table turned farmhouse style coffee table. One week later, Matt tests out the top coat by spilling an entire glass of red wine. No stain! Hallelujah!

Now…what to do with that light green paint…

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