DIY Easter Cross Decoration

Hi Friends! I have done quite a few posts on my love for wood boxes. You can use them for so many things all year round. (Check out my post here on more ways to decorate with a wood box!)  Easter is coming up in a few weeks so I decided to use my wood box centerpiece to display the true meaning of Easter. This is an easy and cheap DIY Easter cross decoration that you could put anywhere! DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial

For my post on how to build the wood box click here.  I made burlap signs for every season and on the back side of one of them I made this one.  Cut out heat transfer vinyl with a Cricut or other cutting machine and apply it.  You can check out a tutorial on applying vinyl to burlap by clicking here.

Only thing left to do is add the crosses.  I found some sticks outside and tied them together with jute twine by wrapping around where the sticks cross.  So that the crosses stand up straight I put floral foam in the box first.DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial

Then I just pushed the crosses into the foam.DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial

Then all you need to do is add moss and some rocks on top of the floral foam.

DIY Easter cross decoration tutorial

That’s it!  Crazy easy, right??  These would make great centerpieces or mantel decor.  Where would you put it?

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Check out some of my other DIY easy Easter decor by clicking here!

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DIY Easter Wood Sign Tutorial

Hi Friends!  I have been busy creating table decorations for our church’s Ladies Night Out.  Next month is Easter so of course I’m doing everything pastel, crosses, bunnies and eggs.  I am hoping to do all this on a pretty low-budget so I had to get creative.  The one thing I knew I wanted to do was make little Easter themed wood sign decorations to put on all 12 tables.  This was a fun easy project that cost me next to nothing!  I just used spare wood I had in my garage and bought a few little chalk paints.  Hope you enjoy this easy DIY Easter wood sign tutorial.DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Materials for DIY Easter Wood Sign


I went through my wood pile and found a bunch of small pieces of wood that were about 4.5×7 inches to 5.5×9 inches and lightly sanded them.  DIY Easter wood sign table decor

For the designs, I found bunny silhouettes and added them to Cricut design space.  Since I needed to make a lot of these, I ended up using contact paper as stencils since it’s much cheaper than vinyl.  I cut the designs out with my Cricut on the vinyl setting.  If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can just print out a picture, cut it out, use that to trace onto the top of contact paper, and then cut out the design with scissors.  These aren’t very intricate so using scissors would work fine!DIY Easter wood sign table decor

I painted some of my boards with chalk paint and some of them I stained with Minwax dark walnut or Rustoleum weathered gray.  This will end up being the color of your design (bunny or cross).  I picked two neutral colors and painted my boards with them.  Allow them to dry.DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Since I was using contact paper and it doesn’t tend to stick very well, I sprayed a light coat of craft bond on the wood.  Let it dry for 2-4 minutes and then apply the contact paper, smooth it down, and remove the transfer tape.

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Paint over the whole board with what ever color you want the background to be.  I used an assortment of pastel yellow, pink, purple, and light blues.  I don’t paint all the way to the edges to give it more of a rustic look.

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Then peel the contact paper off – trying not to get paint everywhere!

DIY Easter wood sign table decor DIY Easter wood sign table decor DIY Easter wood sign table decor

A few of mine dried a bit sticky from the craft bond, so I lightly sanded the top to get rid of it.  I knew these wouldn’t get handled much so I wasn’t too worried about it.

I sanded the edges and corners with a fine grit sand paper to age them some and then sprayed them with polycrylic.  This is how they all came out.DIY Easter wood sign table decor

I then added some embellishments – glued on cotton balls for tails and added some ribbons around bunnies necks.

To stand them up, I had a long rod that was 3/8 inch across.  I cut it up in 2 inch pieces with my jigsaw.  I used a 15/32 inch drill bit and drilled a whole half way through the back side of the wood.

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I dipped the small rod in wood glue and pushed it in the whole.  I tapped a few in with a hammer if they were stubborn!  Let those dry and then they’re ready to go!  You can paint the back of your boards too.  DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Here are most of them, ready to go!  Stay tuned on posts about the rest of the centerpieces!

DIY Easter wood sign table decor

DIY Easter wood sign table decor

DIY Easter wood sign table decor

Pretty easy, right?  You can do it!

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DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial

My front door really needs to be repainted but it’s been raining so much that I need to wait a while for that project.  So instead I decided to make a wreath to update the door a bit.  This is a super easy wreath to make that doesn’t cost very much either.  Keep reading for a DIY spring wreath tutorial!

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

For the sign inside, I used a spare piece of wood I had lying around.

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

I made the file in Cricut Design Space and then cut it out on vinyl with my Cricut.  After I weeded it, I transferred it to the wood and brushed on some mod podge.DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

After it dried, I brushed paint over it.  After the paint dried, I peeled the vinyl off.  For a more detailed tutorial on making signs click here.

 

For the wreath, all you need is a grapevine wreath (I used a coupon at Joann’s and got it for $2-3!), a couple artificial greens, spring twigs if wanted, floral wire, and cotton stems.  I ordered mine from Magnolia Market!  First time I ordered from the Fixer Upper store itself and they came in a lovely box all wrapped nicely with a thank you note for Chip and Jo.DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

I first attached the sign.  I put two nails in the back and tied wired around them and then tied it on the back of the wooden wreath.DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

I laid the flowers on top to arrange them how I wanted.  I put the two greens down first and pushed the stems into the wooden wreath and wrapped floral wire around it.  Then I laid the cotton stems down and secure those also.DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

For the bow, I wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon around the wreath first.

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorialFor the bow itself, I cut out two pieces of ribbon and folded each side into the middle.DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

I used a zip tie and placed it on the bottom and then placed both folded ribbon face up on to it.  Then pull the bow together with the zip tie.DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

I cut another piece of ribbon and folded it in an angle and put it on the bottom.  These will be the wings.  Then I cut a small piece of burlap, folded it in thirds, and then wrapped it around the middle of the bow and angled ribbon and hot glued it on.  (Sorry, hard to take pictures while I had a glue gun in my hand!)

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

I hung the wreath up so I could make sure the bow would be on straight.  Then I just hot glued it on!  DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

That’s it!  On the door it went.  I will be able to switch out the spring color accents every season so it will be used year round!

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

DIY grapevine spring wreath tutorial

 

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DIY Farmhouse Table

Hi Friends!  Part of my dining room makeover was figuring out if I even wanted to have a dining room table.  We rarely eat in the dining room and most of the time my craft stuff ended up all over it.  In the end, we decided to sell our table and hutch and that I would build a DIY farmhouse table.  Of course, I scoured Pinterest and in the end I built this beautiful table with Ana White’s free plans inspired by a ZGallerie table.  I absolutely love how it came out!  It looks amazing in my new dining room.  To check out my post on my dining room update click here.

Ana White DIY farmhouse table

This bad boy was a labor of love and I have a nasty bruised big toe to prove it!  I’ll pass on some free advice… this is heavy!  Do not be impatient like me and try to move it by yourself.  I tried to flip over the tabletop and it landed on my big toe… ouch!

Check out Ana White’s free plans here to get .the full tutorial!  She has so many amazing plans on her site, so you’re welcome if you’ve never checked her site out before!

If you haven’t used a Kreg Jig before, don’t be scared, it is super easy!  It allows you to  make pocket holes quickly and easily.  Then you attach the boards together with pocket hole screws.  You can get one for $40 on Amazon by clicking here.  I just use a regular clamp with it.  Since all the wood I was working with was 2 inches thick I didn’t even have to change the setting.  Just clamp it on, drill a hole, loosen, slide down board about 6 inches and drill again.  Repeat, repeat, repeat!  That’s all there is to it!

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Once you have all the pocket holes you attach the boards together with pocket hole screws found here.  I actually love these screws.  They screw in so easily that I use them for when I’m drilling straight in like on the legs of the table.kreg jig table tutorial

For the table leg beveled edges, it was  bit tricky.  You need to cut the 2x4s on the side.  Cut one side at 30 degrees then measure 38 inches (or whichever length cut you’re on) and cut the other end at 30 degrees (not parallel ends!)  After the first cut measure 1 1/4 inch from the long point and draw a line.  Then change your miter saw to 45 degrees and cut the small part off.
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Then for the other 2 cuts I laid the first one on the top and traced it.

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I sanded the top down in my garage with 120 grit and then 220 grit with my orbital sander.  I put the legs together, the top together, and then moved them into my dining room to put them together.

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Finishing the Table

I painted the bottom half of the table with Renaissance Chalk Paint in Ivory Tower.  You can find it here on Amazon.  I lightly sanded with 220 grit in between coats and sealed it with 2 coats of polycrylic  (found by clicking here).

For the table top, I started by brushing on a coat Minwax Wood Conditioner (find on Amazon by clicking here).  After that dried, I applied a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain.  I brushed on a coat with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a cotton shirt.  I then added a coat of weathered grey on top of it, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wiped off the excess again.

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After everything was dry, I applied 3 coats of a Urethane top coat to seal it.  Whew!  This is now my new dining room and new dining room table!  It’s not perfect but it’s handmade and I love it!Rustoleum weathered grey table

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I also put trim around the windows which added that extra feel of farmhouse and warmth!
DIY farmhouse table tutorial

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DIY Dog Sign with Photo

A few months ago I made this DIY dog sign with photo after we lost our sweet Maddie.  She was a 14.5 year old German Short Haired Pointer that we said goodbye to right before Christmas.  She was our first baby.  My husband and I got her even before we were married and we took her everywhere before we had kids.  I even have a whole photo album of just her (up until kids were born!).  I wanted to have something prominent in our house that we would see everyday, so this is what I came up with:diy dog sign with photo

This was my first time trying transferring a picture to wood and I think it would have come out better on a lighter piece of wood.  I have since done a few more and the lighter wood definitely looks sharper but I am happy with how this came out!

Materials for DIY Dog Sign with Transferred Picture

First you will need to cut out your design onto vinyl.  You will be using it as a stencil so weed out the lettering.  Then attach the vinyl to the wood with transfer tape.  I use the hinge method to apply large designs.  You can click here to read more in depth instructions on applying vinyl with the hinge method.

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diy pet dog wood sign

diy pet dog wood sign

After you peel the transfer paper off and the vinyl is pressed down well, I put a coat of regular mod podge around the edges of the letters to help prevent bleeding under.

After that is dry, paint in the lettering, let that dry, and then peel off the vinyl.

Now on to transferring the photo…  You’ll need a photo printed on regular white paper with a LASER printer.  It will not work with an inkjet.  If you don’t have a laser printer, you can have an office supply store print one for you for pretty cheap.  Size it and cut it to your liking.  (You will be flipping over the photo so if you have any words on it make sure to print a mirror image.  With just a picture it usually doesn’t matter if it ends up flipped.)

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I put my picture on a piece of wax paper so the medium wouldn’t get everywhere.  Use a paint brush to apply the Mod Podge Medium Transfer to the top of the whole photo.   Make sure every little part is covered with the medium.

photo transfer to wood diy

photo transfer to wood diy

Then flip the paper over and put it on the wood sign.  Use a scraper or credit card to gently scrape it down flat.  Some of the glue will come out the edges.  Make sure to wipe it off so it doesn’t dry on the wood.

photo transfer to wood diy

photo transfer to wood diy

Now you need to wait… for 24 hours!!!  For those of us who are impatient, this is the hard part, but just put it aside and do something else!

After 24 hours, you will start peeling it off.  I put a wet wash cloth over it for a minute to get it wet and then started rubbing it off with my fingers.  You can also rub it off with a washcloth or a sponge.

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It takes a while so take your time.  After you think you’re done, wait til it dries and you’ll see a bunch more white fuzzy spots.  Get it wet again and wipe those away.  Sometimes you need to repeat this process several times to get it all off.  I rubbed a bit too hard in a few spots but it kind of added to the aged look!

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That’s it!  After it dries you can add a layer of regular Mod Podge over it if you want.

Here mine is displayed on our family room book case.  Now I get to see the sweet face of our beloved furry friend everyday!

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diy dog sign with photo

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diy dog sign with photo

 

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