Posts Tagged ‘Home Decor’

Aug. 2011 3

Guest Post: Table Coasters

My friends over at Factory Direct Crafts have given me a break this week and prepared a tutorial for you. They are super cute…check it out!

Guest post by Jennifer Richards

How to Create Homemade Table Coasters

I have always enjoyed creating decorations and crafts to use around the house. Instead of decorations, I’ve decided to make some drink coasters which are very useful during the summer months. These are a great way to keep your table in great condition while enjoying a nice cold glass of lemonade or ice tea. I found this great tutorial, which explains how to create your own homemade coasters on the Factory Direct Craft blog. This guide is great if you would like to create these coasters yourself.

For this project you will need blank ceramic tiles, lightweight fabric, hard coat modge podge, foam paintbrush, clear glaze spray, pinking shears, felt, scissors, and craft glue. I was able to find great deals on craft supplies necessary for this project at their store.
1. Cut your fabric into squares that are one half inch smaller than the tiles. Once you have these ready, trim the edges.

2. A thin layer of Modge Podge should be spread on the top tile and then place the fabric square so it rests smoothly on the tile. It should be centered so you can see the tile all around the piece of fabric.

3. Next, apply a small coat of Modge Podge over the tile and allow it to dry.
Tile Coasters5 Tile Coasters
4. You should then spray two coats of glazy to seal the coaster. Only apply the second coat once the first is dried.
5. The final step is to cut a small felt square. This square should be smaller than your tile and glue them to the bottom of each coaster. This helps prevent your table from being scratched.

Dec. 2010 15

Last Minute Holiday Decor

Are you as bad at being on top of decorating for the season as I am? Well if so, it’s your lucky day! Today, we have a double holiday post!! So exciting. So to start off we have a simple ruffled tree skirt. And to follow we have a guest post from the very talented Sandy of Common Wealth Staging on how to make Rustic Christmas tree (insert to the left is a close up).

Lets start with the tree skirt. I have a small tree; it’s only 4.5′. This will still work for a larger tree, but you may find you want a wider ruffle or something to make up for the size differential. Also, I made this pretty fast. It took me maybe an evening after work. I think it would have been even faster but the fabric I used for the backing was terrible and shifted a lot !

What you’ll need

-2.5 yards Red fabric (about 44″ wide)

-1/2 yard green fabric

Since my pictures turned out less than stellar, I’ve done some illustrations of the step.

1. Cut 2 squares out of your red fabric 44″x44″ (so you use the whole width of your fabric)

2. Fold into quarters

3. Using a ruler, measure a 22″ arch starting from the corner, so you’ll end up with a quarter circle

4. Cut off excess

5. Measure a 2″ arch the same way as step 3, cut off excess

6. Making the ruffle:

6A. Cut 4 strips 4″ wide. Use the whole width of the fabric

6B. Sew strips together, press open seams

6C. Fold in half, wrong sides together, press

6D. You can either ruffle the length or pleat it. I pleated it because it was much faster, and it lays flat that way

6E. Either option you choose (ruffle or pleating) should bring your length down by about half. You are going to have more than enough to go around.

7. Pin ruffle strip to right side of one of your red circles

8. Pin the other red circle to the right side of your circle/ruffle combo. You should have a sandwich: red, green, red.

9. Pin along the inner edge as well. Sew outer edge and inner edge at 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave the long straight edges open.

10. Turn right side out. Press.

11. Tuck the raw edges in on each of the straight sides.

12. Top stitch around everything (long edges, outer edge, inner edger)

All done, so pretty!

And now for the guest post! Today’s post comes from the lovely and talented Sandy of Common Wealth Staging. She has a keen eye for design and quick do-it-yourself projects that lends itself perfectly to her staging and redesign business. (She’s also my mom  :)    )

Rustic Christmas “Trees”

Here’s how they were created-
First– put your coat on!  One of the best parts of this project is a hike in the woods.  Fortunately, we have parkland behind our house and a ready supply of branches.  There were also piles of cuttings dragged through to the woods by neighbors who pruned their trees.  So, I selectively dragged some of them back out.
Select some willowy branches for filler and some stronger branches to hold ornaments. I found some that still had a few leaves on them. They were fresh cuttings, therefore stronger than brittle dried wood.
Next, fill a planter with sand, I used one 50 pound bag.  Here’s the trick- in the center insert a length of PVC pipe to corral your branches and help keep them upright.  I bought a piece with a 4″ diameter opening in the center for $2.00 at the hardware store.  Then insert the branches, cutting to a pleasing length, filling in with the more willowy branches as desired. I covered the sand with leftover burlap and a few lengths of grapevine.  You could also cover the sand with pinecones.
Finally decorate.  Glass ornaments are really nice and an uplight at the base of your “tree” will provide dramatic lighting at night.  During the day sunlight lights them up nicely.
Enjoy!
Apr. 2010 21

Wooden Mirror Art

When I moved into my apartment 3 years ago, I really wanted art work to compliment my bedding. Since I didn’t feel like lugging my pillows around town to find a perfect match (that may not even exist), I opted to make my own. I found these super great mirrors (in pine) from Ikea (on sale for $2 at the time).

I mixed acrylic paint to match the colors of my bedding: light green, brown, and cream. Then I lightly stained the wood with some watered down chocolate brown paint (yes, I know that’s really painting it, but bear with me). Then I roughly drew out my designs on the frames in pencil. Next I painted the designs, making 3 frames in each color. The painting process took me quite a while since it was all really fine detail work.

When I was done I hung them up directly across from my bed in 3 columns of 3. I staggered the columns because I wanted it to take up more space.

If you aren’t artistically inclined (or don’t want to put in the hours) here are some ideas to simplify the project:

  • Paint the frames solid colors
  • Use painters tape to create different striped patterns (see picture wall for example)
  • Try painting poke-a-dots, swirls or other simple patters
  • Use stamps to create patterns

I kept my frames matte because it matched the room better. If you’d rather have shinny frames, add a coat of polyurethane.

Mar. 2010 24

Picture Wall

When DC got hit with a blizzard in December, I decided it was time to finally tackle a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time: a picture wall.

I had bought these wooden frames from Michael’s for $1 each. I picked 4 colors that I thought complimented each other: metalic brown, copper, gold and green. Then, armed with painter’s tape and foam brushes, I began to paint the frames. **Note: foam brushes are key because it eliminates brush strokes so you end up with an evenly coated surface.** I painted all the frames solid colors and then added strips and other straight-lined patterns. I chose straight-lined patterns because it was a nice crisp look. Due to multiple coats, drying time, and all around laziness on my part, the whole project took about a week. In the end, I like the outcome. It’s really adds personality to the space, and the pictures are easy to change out.

You’ll notice in my pictures, I’ve blocked out the actual pictures in the frames. I did this because I wanted the focus to stay on the frames, not the people in them. Also, there is a large frame that I bought that is in the center of the picture wall. I blocked that out because it wasn’t one that I made.

A Tip:

These frames come with a hole drilled in the back that you can use for hanging. I highly suggest not using these. Instead, invest in some picture hangers. It will save you the headache of trying to make the frames hang level.