Hope you had a great weekend! Mine went by in a flash. I had the inaugural session of “crafts and cocktails” with a dear friend, accompanied my daughter to a birthday party, had a double date, did a ton of laundry, suffered through the Super Bowl, and bought myself some flowers!
I don’t usually buy myself flowers, but some hydrangeas from Trader Joe’s were too beautiful to pass up. With the awful weather we’ve been having here, I thought I could spend $6 for a little pick-me-up.
And . . . I had the perfect Valentine’s Day vase to put them in – a vase made from a leftover Folgers coffee canister!
- Folgers coffee canister
- Burlap ribbon (mine was just under 6″ wide, and it was almost the perfect height for the canister), or fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Multi-surface acrylic paint
- Painters tape
- Pouncer or paint brush
- Decorative accents of your choice (I used felt heart stickers and bakers twine)
- Paint around the top of the Folgers canister unless you want the red of the container to peek through where your burlap (or fabric) doesn’t cover. Then, cut your burlap (or fabric) to size and hot glue it to the Folgers canister.
Mark out your design with painters tape. I kept mine really simple because I knew I’d be adding other decorative elements, but you could get as elaborate as you want.
Apply your paint. I recommend using a pouncer (the brush pictured below), for this type of paint application.
Once the paint is almost dry, remove your painters tape.
Add any other decorative elements you like! I chose felt heart stickers and bakers twine since Valentine’s Day is coming up. The stickers are easily removable, however, so I can switch up the look of this vase anytime I want.
Add flowers and enjoy!
So easy, right?!?
Are you sick of Valentine’s Day-related posts from me?
I hope not! But if you are, I’m really sorry. I just can’t get enough of this holiday . . . and I have about five million Valentine’s Day projects up my sleeve. So much to do, so little time!
Today I am excited to show you one of those projects – a super easy “XOXO” banner that I put together in about 25 minutes.
I just adore the multi-color metallic chevron wrapping paper that was used for the pennant portion of the banner. I found that when I wandered into Paper Source after an unfortunate trip to the repair shop next door to have my smashed iPhone fixed. The paper is extremely thick and beautiful – not at all like regular wrapping paper. I’m trying to find other uses for it in my home because I love it that much.
Anyway, I’m not lying when I say it is really easy to make a banner just like this. If you want one, here’s what you’ll need:
- The pennant and heart shape template (you can download it here – you’re welcome!)
- Bakers twine or ribbon in the desired length
- Mini clothespins (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
- Cardstock and/or wrapping paper in the patterns and/or colors of your choice
- Sharpie (I used gold metallic)
- Scotch Tape
- Acrylic Paint (to paint your clothespins)
- Optional: vellum (I used tiny strips of vellum at the tops of my heart cut-outs so the clothespins wouldn’t obscure the tops of the hearts)
- Print the pennant and heart shape template. It will be easier to use if it’s printed on cardstock, but regular copy paper will work, too. Cut out those pieces.
- Trace the shapes onto the back of the paper you’re going to use for each piece. I used six hearts and five pennants.
- On your heart pieces, write the letters of your desired message with your Sharpie. I wrote on four of them – “X,” “O,” “X,” and “O.” I then outlined each of the hearts, including those without letters, with dashed lines.
- If you choose to do so, attach small strips of paper with tape to the back of your heart shapes. This will give the clothespins something to attach to that won’t obscure the shape of your hearts. This is where I used vellum. (Note: if you use vellum, do not glue it to the back of your hearts. The vellum will curl and distort the shape of your hearts.)
- Paint the faces of your clothespins your desired color.
- Cut your bakers twine or ribbon to the desired length. Hang in desired location and affix your heart and pennant shapes.
With the insanity of Christmas and preparing for house guests, I failed to post that our basement renovation is almost finished! We have beautiful, livable space, and all that’s left ’til this project’s done are some tiny finishing touches (like quarter round in the laundry room, a hand rail down the stairs, etc.). I am planning a “before and after” post soon because I can’t wait for you to see it.
In the meantime, I’ll give a little teaser by showing you what I’ve been working on in the playroom area of the basement. While shopping at Ikea for some toy storage units and nothing else. At all., I spotted the Riktig Curtain Hooks, which are $2.99 for a package of 24. These little pincher clasps are cute, and I grabbed a set because I knew I could use them in some way to display my kids’ art projects in their playroom.
A couple of days later, here’s what I came up with:
This project was super simple and inexpensive, and I love how my kids’ art is prominently featured in their playroom. I also like that their projects added an instantaneous jolt of color to the room.
Here’s how I made this art gallery. . . .
First, I painted four wooden stars with gold acrylic craft paint. Once that dried, I applied a topcoat of Martha Stewart Glitter Paint in Florentine Gold. Michaels has a wide variety of wooden shapes, ranging from circles to squares to letters. You could choose any shape you like and customize with paint to fit your decor.
I hot glued those ribbons to the back of my dry stars.
Then I hung the finished stars and ribbon on the wall with 3M Command Strips. Once that was done, I added my kids’ art to the ribbon with the Riktig Curtain Clips.
The clips are easy to open, so I can add and remove art as new projects find their way into the backpack and/or are created at the kitchen table.
My kids love seeing their work displayed, and I love that there’s some color on that blank wall. My husband loves that the entire thing cost less than $12 to make.
How do you display your kids’ art in your home?
Last month my mom came for a quick visit, bringing with her two blank canvases, a throw pillow and a paint chip. She then tasked me with creating some “art” to hang in her newly refreshed guest room. In the way of guidance, all I had to go off of was this pillow and paint chip. I haven’t even been in the room since it was redone.
I first decided to try some string art, which would read “Rest Easy.” I have been wanting to try string art, I thought the planned statement was appropriate for a guest room, and I liked that it was gender neutral art. I painted my canvases and got to work.
And then I failed. Miserably.
First off, and as I suspected, you can’t really do string art on a canvas. The material is too thin. You really need to do this on wood, using nails.
I tried using push pins and stabilizing them with ticky tack on the back, but it didn’t work. Once I got the string on, the push pins started wobbling and pulling all over the place. Also, it was pretty much impossible to remove the printed letters from underneath the push pins without disturbing them and messing the whole thing up.
I abandoned this idea after one letter.
My canvas was now full of tiny holes forming the outline of the letter “T.” Great!
Luckily they were easily filled with some more acrylic paint. No big deal.
Back at square one, I then decided to go the trusty scrapbook paper and Mod Podge route. (How many times have you seen this picture on Pinterest?!?)
Pulling from the colors and design elements within the throw pillow (note the simple leaf pattern along the border and the clover pattern in the center), I made some shape templates and cut scrapbook paper accordingly. I then played around with layouts, painted some gold lines on my canvas, and Mod Podged the heck out of my scrapbook paper shapes.
Okay, mom, are you ready to see your new art? Drumroll please . . .
A closeup of the “leaf” art (which, upon further reflection, reminds me of Orla Kiely’s famous pattern!)
And now, the “clover” art.
Mom, I really hope you like your completed canvases. I also really hope that if you don’t, you won’t write me a comment about not liking them. Instead, please pretend that you like them, “Pin It,” and then either hang them up just when I come visit or tell me that you think they look better in my house and that I should keep them.
If you need some “art” for your home, give the scrapbook paper and Mod Podge canvas a try. Super easy, inexpensive and fun!
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