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 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.

diy pet dog wood sign

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.)

diy dog sign with photo

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!

photo transfer to wood diy

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 13th Birthday Party Favors

Hi Friends!  I love throwing birthday parties and more than that I love throwing birthday parties on a budget!  I try to make most everything myself so I don’t have to break the bank celebrating my kiddos birthdays.  As the kids get bigger, it’s harder to figure out a cheap and easy favor to give the guests.  I’m not a fan of the plastic junk toys so I always try to give them something personalized that they will use.  My daughter’s birthday was a few months ago and we came up with these cute and cheap DIY 13th birthday party favors!DIY 13th birthday party favors

They are personalized glass jars filled with a luffa and body wash, but you could fill them with anything!  These would be great for bridal or baby showers too, the possibilities are endless.

Items Needed for DIY 13th Birthday Party Favors:

  • Glass Jars – I got mine from the dollar tree.  If they don’t have them at yours, you can order a case of 24 and they will deliver them for free to your store.
  • Luffas – again I got mine in a 4 pack from the dollar treeDIY 13th birthday party favors
  • Little Bottles – I got theses ones from Amazon (click here)
  • Shower Gel – any kind.  I picked up a big bottle from Marshall’s
  • Vinyl – I use Oracal 651
  • Cricut or any cutting machine – click here for the on that I love

To add glitter to the glass jars, check out my step by step tutorial by clicking here.  Design the names in Cricut Design Space and cut them with a Cricut and apply them to the jars.  I used Cricut glitter vinyl for these and it was not easy to work with:(  I fought with it a lot and screamed at it a lot so if I were to do it again, I would not use the glitter vinyl…  Lesson definitely learned!

For the little bottles, I cut out the name of the shower gel I used with vinyl and applied it to the bottles and added a little ribbon at the top.  Then I just poured in some of the big bottle into all of the little bottles.DIY 13th birthday party favors

That was it!  I put the little bottle and luffa into the personalized glass jar (plus a few pieces of candy) and tied them in a cellophane bag.

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Cute, cheap, and hopefully something they can actually use, right?  Thanks for checking out my blog!

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DIY Wine Sign Tutorial

There are a ton of cute wine signs lately and I decided to try my hand at one for a present for a friend.  These are relatively easy to make and super cute!  Who doesn’t like a sign to hang mugs and wine glasses?  With a few basic tools you can make yourself one of these if you follow my DIY wine sign tutorial!how to tell time DIY tutorial

For this sign you just need two pieces of wood.  One larger piece of plywood cut to the size you want your sign.  Then a small piece that the wine glasses will hang off of.

Other Materials for DIY Wine Glass sign

  • Chalk Paint – I used Sheepskin Chalk Paint found here
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Screws
  • 2 pieces of wood mentioned above
  • Cricut and vinyl for wording  – found here
  • Transfer paper – I use this one
  • Hooks for mugs

Once you have the wood piece the size you want, you can either paint it or stain it the color that you want the words.  I stained the wood first and then I painted it a maroon color.  I stained it because when I distress it I wanted the darker color to show through.  Apply stain with a foam brush, wait a minute or two, and then wipe off extra stain.

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I designed the saying in Cricut Design Space with Samantha font and AR Julian for AM and PM.  I cut out vinyl (Oracal 631) with my Cricut.  Weed the vinyl and then apply transfer tape.  Tape it down with painter’s tape and use hinge method to apply.  For more detailed instructions on applying vinyl, check out my tutorials here and here!DIY how to tell time wine sign

DIY how to tell time wine sign

DIY how to tell time wine sign

DIY how to tell time wine sign

Once it’s applied and pushed down with fingers or scraper, paint the SAME color over the words.  This helps prevent leaking of the top color.DIY how to tell time sign tutorial

After that’s dry, paint the whole board the color you want.DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

Once it’s dry, peel the vinyl off with a weeding tool or utility knife..  You can also distress with sandpaper as little or as much as you want.  Then apply a wax or poly over it.DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

 

You’re done with that part!  So for the small part of wood, I set two wine glasses on it and traced the bottoms so I knew where to drill holes and to see how long I wanted it.wine

Cut off the end with a miter saw or jig saw.  This is mine that I love!

DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

To make sure the holes are even, I used my carpenter’s square and drilled two pilot holes.

DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

Then you need a big drill bit.  I didn’t have a big enough one so I used the biggest one I had and then kind of twirled the bit around to make the holes bigger.  I have since gotten a large drill bit set, so it will be much easier next time!

DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

Then I drew two lines from edge of wood to hole and cut it with my jigsaw.  I had a really old jigsaw but for Christmas I got a bunch of new tools and I love my new cordless jigsaw!

DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

I sanded the holes and then painted the wood the same color as the big board.  Now all you have to do is attach it.  I screwed it on from the backside.DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

Then I added some hooks on the front and that was it!  DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

Not too shabby for my first one!  I wish I had room in my kitchen to hang one!DIY How to Tell Time Wine Sign tutorial

Thanks for checking out my tutorial!

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DIY Etched Glass Tutorial

I’ve been having a lot of fun with etching lately.  If you don’t know, this is something you can easily do at home.  It’s super easy and cheap!  There are so many possibilities of what you can make and these make great gifts.  It doesn’t have to be wine glasses, you can etch anything glass… mason jars, beer mugs, trifle bowls, candles, etc…  Just follow my DIY etched glass tutorial and sit back and admire the beautiful etched glass that you made!

DIY etched glass tutorial

 

Materials for DIY Wine Glass Etching Tutorial

So, let’s get started!!

First thing you’ll want to do is cut out your design on vinyl.  I use my Cricut but you can use any cutting machine, buy something off etsy or even use stickers.  For this project, we are using the vinyl as a stencil so you will want to weed OUT the design.  You’ll want to leave a 1/2 inch to an inch around the design so the cream doesn’t run over.  Here’s my design weeded out with my Cricut weeding tool.DIY glass etching tutorial

Apply transfer tape to your vinyl and then apply it to glass where you want it.  With rounded surfaces, I usually make slits around the edge to make sure it lays down flatter.  I pull on the vinyl a little and stick it down really tight.  Press all around to make sure it is really stuck everywhere!

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Then you can take off the transfer tape.

DIY etched glass tutorial

Since some of the edges weren’t very thick I added some painters tape around to keep the cream from touching the glass where I don’t want it!

DIY etched glass tutorial

Then you’re going to apply the etch cream.  Make sure you do this in a ventilated area, it’s pretty smelly!  Dip a paint brush into the cream and dab it onto the design.  Make sure there is enough to cover the exposed area but not so much that it drips.

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These were some mason jars that I made for my daughter’s 13th birthday party for all the guests to use as cups.

Sometimes I will turn the glasses upside down half way through if they seem to be running a little.  I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.  You can scrape some of the etch off with the paint brush to put extra back in bottle if you want.  Then take it to a sink and rinse off the cream with soap and water.DIY etched glass tutorial

Peel off the vinyl and wash the whole glass.  Then hold it up in the light and admire your masterpiece!  I’ve made quite a few lately.

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For these wine tumblers, I put etching all the way around so it’s kind of hard to take a picture of since you see both sides!!
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diy etched wine glass tutorial

DIY etched glass tutorial

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