Quick Wall Make Over

Need some quick tips on how to add some character and charm to a boring wall?  Grab some frames, a few fun finds and off we go! I have a small wall with a phone jack, motion detector box, light switch and the thermostat and it needs some camouflage!  Check out how I solved my problem, maybe it will inspire you with a creative idea. (And I have a quick tip on hanging pictures;)

Ok, I know it needs help.  I want to cover, hide, and camouflage all my problems.  I found my inspiration walking through Jo Ann Fabrics clearance, a round carved wooden object! Now, I had a plan.

A friend a given me some frames she did not want, so I made it part of my plan.  Got out the camera, have an idea to make a M (for Mike, my husband) using nails and washers, a J (for Jacki) using magazine rosette flowers(check my tutorial on magazine rosettes), and I needed an AND.

Not bad, I like it.

A pretty piece of scrap booking paper and the magazine rosette flowers, done.

Another piece of pretty paper, a small frame (from my friend) and found AND by cutting the letter out of a magazine and the cookie cutter pic also.  Now it time to put it in the frame.

It looks better in person.  But it works for me.

Now for that motion detector box (we do not need to get to it often) I want to hide it, but still need to be able to get to it.  So I bought a 12″ by 12″ canvas frame, it’s just canvas over a wooden frame so the back is hollow and will hide the box.  Painted the sides to match wall (wanted to look like it was floating) found a piece of scrap booking paper and Mod Podge to the front.

I just made the cork H and it will work great on the wall.  So where do they all fit?  I find that by making news paper cut outs the size of objects you want to hang, and here is a big tip, mark were the hanger is on the paper.  Tape each piece in place until you have each piece in the perfect spot.  Let’s hang pictures…

Now I know where to hang each piece.  With the paper template taped to wall in just the right spot, it so quick and easy.

Remember you marked where is hanger is.  Mark that spot with a pencil and hammer your nail.

Remember to mark each picture or object to make it easy and fast to hang. When you have it the right place, mark with pencil.

Hammer in your nail….done.

So much better.  Did you notice the thermostat! It’s just a frame without the glass.

Looks good to me, solved my problem for less than $20.

Hope you have been inspired to be creative!

Framed Button Wreath

This is so pretty and can be made using things around the house – scrap booking paper, extra buttons, some ribbon scraps, a frame (this is the perfect opportunity to use a frame that doesn’t have the glass!).

Materials:

  • Frame with out glass *square shape I think works best; I’m using a 10″ square frame
  • White buttons different sizes
  • Tacky glue
  • Decorative paper that finds into your frame (wrapping or scrap booking paper)
  • Piece of card stock that will fit in frame
  • Scrap piece of paper for circle pattern
  • Optional: 3 small red jingle bells, hot glue, red ribbon for bow

Directions:

Cut your decorative paper and a piece of card stock to fit in your frame. Glue the decorative paper to card stock (this is just to give support the buttons get heavy), cut a 3″ circle from scrap paper for the center guide to make the wreath.  Place on your decorative paper, and get your buttons ready.  Start by gluing buttons around the circle.

Remove the center pattern circle, and keep building your wreath.  Use different sizes and do not worry it there are spaces, we are going to make a layered ring on top.

Keep gluing, adding glued buttons on top of each other.  Let dry when you have the wreath enough buttons.

Let dry (remember, Tacky glue dies clear!).  Place wreath paper into frame.  Make a red bow for the top of wreath (I like wired ribbon), and glue in place.  Hot glue 3 small red jingle bells off to one side. (No bells? How about red buttons?)

This wreath is fun and easy to do, it can be made in any size.  Look around for old square frames and start gluing buttons!  How adorable will this framed wreath look in your home or maybe as a special gift?!

Try green buttons on some pretty white/silver paper?

Jingle All The Way Holiday Shadowbox Decoration

This adorable decorated shadow box frame is a simple gift that anyone would love or the perfect decoration for your mantel, bookcase or wall.

Materials:

  • Shadow Box Frame (any size)
  • Wrapping Paper or Holiday Card Stock (that will fit into frame)
  • Stickers (any size) to spell out “Jingle All The Way”
  • Jingle Bells that will fit inside the shadow box frame
  • Ribbon
  • scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: Large jingle bell for bow

 

Directions:

Remove back of shadox box frame, cut holiday paper or wrapping paper to fit back of frame.  Fill inside of frame with bells (make sure the bells can move around inside), put the frame back on the frame.

Cut a piece of wax paper the size of your frame, and arrange the stickers “Jingle all the Way” on the wax paper.  This way you can see how the letters will fit and look on the out side of the frame.  Now stick the stickers in place on the glass.

Tie matching holiday ribbon around the outer side of frame, making a bow on top and add extra larger bell to bow.

This frame I used a sticker tree for the I in jingle, glued a bow with hanging bells from the top and add snowflakes.

Wooden Clothespin Painted Santa Ornament

A little paint, a little time and you have these adorable Santa ornaments for your tree or gift bags!

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ package of 30 (sold in craft stores)
  • Acrylic paint: red, white, black, flesh tone
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Snow-Tex Glittering Snow (sold in craft stores in with the paints)
  • 20 or 18 gauge wire
  • Star wire garland
  • Clear Gloss Varnish (sealer)
  • Optional: fine sandpaper, old shoe box, toothpick(s), Q-Tip

Directions:

I have found that on old shoe box works great as a drying rack for this project, but totally optional. If find that the wooden pins to be rough, sand with fine sandpaper. Paint the upper ball and part of one side of the front (see picture below),you will need at least 2 coats.  With red paint, paint around the white in front and the back, you will need at least 2 coats. Make a small oval with flesh tone paint on the white side (see picture below).

We are going to make 2 little eyes, I have found that using a toothpick makes this easier than a small brush.  Dip the tip of the toothpick into black paint and make little eyes (try it on scrap paper to check your size). Mix a little red and white to make darker pink for his mouth, and paint just a little oval (see picture).  Now add more white to your pink, making it lighter for his rosy cheeks, I like using a Q-tip to paint on his cheeks.

We are almost finished – let’s add a little personality1 Dip a toothpick into white paint and make a very small dot in each black eye (try it on scrap paper to check your size).  With small thin brush or the tip of the toothpick give Santa 2 eye brows.  Ok he does look just a little funny, but stay with me….

With a Q-Tip or brush add more white paint around his head, making it look like fur? At this point check to size of his painted mouth, if too large paint some white around to make it the size you like.  Load a small paint brush with white and make his mustache, at just two strokes, from the center out left then from the center right. Let dry.

Paint on a coat of gloss varnish (sealer) and let dry.

For Santa’s beard I like using Snow-Tex Glittering Snow. With a paint brush, apply Snow-Tex below his mouth and down.

Cut a piece of wire 20 or 18 gauge about 12″ long, string a small bell on,twist bell in place.  I like to curl wire around paint brush or pencil, then wrap around top twisting wire in place (don’t worry if it looks funny we are going to cover it).  Take a piece of wired star garland about12″ to 18” long and wrap ends to curl around paint brush or pencil, now wrap/twist to top of Santa covering wire.

Santa is ready for the tree or to decorate gift bag. Ho ho ho!

Painted Wooden Clothespin Snowman Ornament

These little snowmen will add charm to any Christmas tree or gift box!  They are quick and simple, and make a great project to do with the kids!

 

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ (package of 30, sold in craft stores)
  • Red or Green felt for hat
  • Acrylic paint: white, black, orange, red and or green
  • Clear Gloss Varnish
  • String or ribbon for hanger
  • Thin ribbon (to tie on hat)
  • Paint brush
  • Black Ultra Fine Sharpie
  • Glue (I like hot glue)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: small jingle bell, sequin snowflake, Twinkle Crystal by DecoArt (glitter paint),fine sandpaper, toothpick, Q-tip

Directions:

Paint the wooden pins white (you do not need to paint the top ball part because the hat will cover it). If needed, sand with fine sandpaper; sometimes the sides are rough so just smooth with a little sanding.  It will take 2 or 3 coats of white paint, I have found that an old shoe box works great for a drying rack (you are going to want to make more than one). With black paint make 2 eyes (look at picture below for placement) and with red paint make a simple scarf, one stroke from the right side, one stroke from the left, small circle (knot) then two separate strokes down make tales to the scarf (hope that makes it easy).

Make a carrot nose with orange paint, let dry and add rosy cheeks.  Mix red and white to make a soft pink, I find it easy to use a Q-tip as the brush, just a quick up/down.  My next little trick is to use a fine line Sharpie pen for the smile, just 4 or 5 little lines and lets add some personality by adding 2 little eye brows with the Sharpie (wasn’t that easier than a thin paint brush).  Now for the white in his eyes, looks hard but it’s not, dip the end of a toothpick into white paint and make a little dot in each eye(you might to test out the size on scrap paper first).  After drying, paint with a coat of Crystal Twinkles (glitter paint…I love this stuff!). Let dry and paint with a coat of gloss varnish.

Let finish with the hat, cut a piece of felt 2″ by 3″. Fold up one side of the 2″ side and glue, glue hat on the snowman.  String a small jingle bell on to thin ribbon and tie tight with a knot around top of hat, you may need to cut a little off.

For the hanger, side or glue thin ribbon or string through tied ribbon on hat. Glue a sequin snowflake on hat.  You are finished!

How many of this cuties are you going to make?  They are great for the Christmas tree, and fun tie on to a gift bag or box!

Paint With Plastic Wrap on Ornaments

Painting with plastic wrap gives these ornaments a new look.  This is a simple way to recycle and refresh your solid colored ornaments.  It’s so easy that the kids are going to want to make some with you!

Materials:

  • Glass or plastic plain ornaments any size
  • Acrylic Paints – I’m using red, dark green, metallic 14K gold
  • Plastic wrap or cut up plastic shopping bags
  • Paper plates
  • Clear Gloss Varnish and paint brush
  • Optional: gloves, decorative ribbon and glue, piper clear or string

 

Directions:

This technique can be done on glass or plastic ornaments.  I had a box of gold ornaments, and painted one red for my sample today.

I’m using a pipe cleaner to hang my ornament, to make it easier to work.  On a paper plate pour out your first color, you want to start with the darkest color and work to your lighter colors.  I’m starting with dark green.  Tear off a piece of plastic wrap about 6″ to 8″  (like Glad Cling Wrap) and squish it up and rub in the green paint.

You might want gloves, it is a little messy.  With the paint on the plastic wrap, go up and down on the ornament moving the plastic wrap around with your fingers.  This will make different designs, you do not want to rub or do a back and forth movement.  Do a little or a lot of color it’s all up to you.  I just did a little because I will be adding a new lighter color.

The next color I’m using is gold. Make sure the paint is dry, it does not take long.  Wash hands or change gloves, pour out your next color on to a paper plate.  Tear off  a new piece of plastic wrap, and do the same up/down motion, moving the plastic wrap around with finger.  Cover the ornament with as little or as much as you want.

Let dry and coat with clear gloss varnish.  Then finish by adding decorative ribbon around the top. I love to use them on the tree, but they are also great filling a bowl or tall vase to decorate around the house.

The color combinations are endless, check out the paints in bronze and copper next time you’re at the craft store!

 

Holiday Felt Wreath

This beautiful simple wreath is made from felt circles, and can be made in an afternoon.

Materials:

  • Foam Ring (I used12″ ring)
  • Felt 1 1/2 yards
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins: pack with 300 or more (pins with plain heads, no colored tops)
  • 6″ piece of ribbon (for the hanger)
  • 3″ circle pattern

Directions:

Make a 3″ circle pattern from paper or card stock and use your circle pattern cut circles. I cut about 280 circles for mine.  If your scissors are sharp, try cutting 3 to 4 circles at a time.

One circle at a time, fold in half, then fold again.  Push straight pin through tip of felt, then push into the foam ring.  You will want to keep them close together,  try a few to see how close you like them. It took me about one hour to finish.  The great thing about using pins, you can move and adjust the felt pieces, making them closer or change the direction.

To make a hook to hang your wreath, cut a piece of ribbon about 6″ long, using two straight pins make a loop for hanging.

This wreath can be in any color that will go with your color scheme – the possibilities are endless with your fabric and color choi

 

 

Easy Sew Turkey

These fabric turkeys will add festive charm to your table scape, mantel, or bookshelves.  You will need basic sewing skills for these cuties, but don’t worry – it’s not too tough for a novice.  They are made from a simple pattern, only 2 pieces, and the size is very easy to change (bigger, smaller, fatter!).  Get your sewing machine out and gather up some fall fabric!

Materials:

  • Turkey pattern {DOWNLOAD PATTERN PDF HERE}
  • Muslin for body of turkey, 4″ by 13″ for 1 body
  • Fall fabric for tail, 6″ by 12″ for 1 tail
  • Matching felt 6″ by 6″ (to tail)
  • Matching DMC floss or thread for tail
  • Paint: black for eyes, red for gobbler
  • Tooth pick
  • scissors
  • Sewing machine with matching thread to turkey body
  • Stuffing
  • Rice
  • Glue or hot glue
  • Buttons and blush make-up with Q-tip

Lets make a turkey.  Trace and cut the turkey body (cut with fold on bottom).

For the turkey tail you will need one match piece of felt and 2 pieces of fall fabric. Sew around the turkey body with 3/8 seam allowance.  Ok stay with me, I know it looks odd.  Two more seams and done! We are going to make him stand up.  Flatten bottom to make a room to make a seam (I sewed these seams in dark thread making it easier to see).  Hard part done, and I know it still might not look right…but it is.

With scissors cut a slit in back.  And clip with scissors around turkey body.  Turn right side out.  Now do you see what is happening….he will stand.

Fill bottom half with rice (or what ever you might have) and fill upper part with stuffing.  Stitch closed, this is the back no one will see this side.

Now for his tail.  Cut the fall fabric and felt, I cut all 3 at the same time.  Pin all 3 together to make it easier to hand stitch.  You will need to layer the pieces as showed in picture.  I like to use DMC floss, but thread can be used.  Quick stitch around tail through all 3 pieces.  Glue tail to back of turkey body (I used hot glue). With black paint make 2 eyes and maybe eye brow, I find using a tooth pick makes it so easy.  Just dip the tip of the tooth pick in your paint to make the eyes and a quick stock for brow.  If you’re not sure, practice on scrap fabric or paper.   Now red for the gobbler.  I used felt for his beak, paint will also work.

Buttons can be glued on; on one I cut fabric circles and just stitched them on.  One last step – with a Q-tip rub a little make-up blush on his cheeks.

Felt Napkin Rings from Paper Towel Roll

If you have crafting children or one who wants to try out a fun craft, this might be it! I have made these out of felt, but scrapbook paper or construction paper would work great too.

Materials

  • scissors
  • felt or paper (I used felt in brown, light brown, tan, green and orange)
  • glue or hot glue
  • Paper towel roll
  • DMC floss or thread (optional) and needle
  • Optional: Leaf template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}

Cut the paper towel roll into 2 1/2″ pieces. You could get 4 pieces or rings from one roll.  Cut the dark brown felt so it will cover the roll and glue in place.

Download the leaf pattern (or make your own).  Cut out the leaves from light brown and green (each ring will have one of each).  A fun idea would be to let the kids paint or color paper leaves.

With DMC floss or thread, stitch on leaves.

Cut a strip of tan felt that will fit around the napkin ring.  With floss or thread quick stitch down the center.  Glue around each ring.  From the orange felt cut strips and make a knot in center.  Glue one green and one light brown leaf on each ring, and add the orange tie.

These napkin rings will add that special charm to your table, and your kids will be so proud to have their creativity on display!

Quick & Easy Festive Fall Candle Holders with Beans

This is a quick and easy way to add a touch of fall to your table.

I did a layer each of popcorn, dried red kidney beans and dried green split peas, then tied hemp around the the vase.  Check out the dried bean section in the grocery store on your next visit.

This candle I glued a band of the dried green split peas on the candle, then tied hemp around it.

If  you have left over dried beans, let the kids make Christmas ornaments (it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas decorations, is it?!?).  Glue beans to card stock or post board cut into shapes, then spray paint.

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