PB Inspired Christmas Wall Art

I am thrilled to be participating in this blog hop featuring DIY Christmas projects. I knew right away that I wanted to make a PB inspired Christmas wall art.

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This HOLLY JOLLY SIGN WALL ART from Pottery Barn was the inspiration for my wall art.

My wall art was made with 1″ x 2″ boards for the frame and 4″ x 1/4″ boards for the slats.

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I wanted the corners of the frame to be mitered, so I used my Ryobi Miter Saw to cut 45 degree angles on the 1″ x 2″ pieces.

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After the frame pieces were cut, I ran them through my Ryobi Table Saw set up for dado cuts, creating a groove to slide in the 4″ x 1/4″ boards.

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I wanted my wall art to have an old, rustic look, so I didn’t worry a lot about any gaps or imperfections in the wood.

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I used a rubber-tipped hammer to tap the slats into place.

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The frame was attached together at the corners with wood glue and the Ryobi Airstrike Narrow Crown Stapler.

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Now that the board is fully assembled, it’s time to paint!

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I chose to spray paint the entire assembled board with several light coats of a deep red spray paint.

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I designed the word art in Silhouette Studio® and cut out the word shapes on removable vinyl.

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Once all of the vinyl words were in place, I painted over the entire board with an off-white latex paint.

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While the white paint was still wet, I carefully removed the vinyl so that the words would be the red background color.

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Lastly, I lightly sanded the entire board and then using a dry brush, lightly brushed over the red word art to give it an aged appearance.

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Now head on over to see what my DIY friends have made!

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DIY Vintage Sled- Fynes Desings

Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree- Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art- DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity- My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders- Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign- Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story
Advent calendar- Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates- Pink When
Joy wood slice sign- Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor- Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display- Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree- Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 356 Days of Crafts
Wood gift tag- Being Spiffy

I am sharing this project at Inspiration Monday, Monday Funday, Project Inspired, The Scoop, From Dream to Reality, Wow Us Wednesday, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Creative Spark, Inspire Us Thursday, The Handmade Hangout,

Painted Dresser with Milk Paint

Black is the new Black. At least for me! I don’t think it was intentional at first, but black seems to be the accent color in my home.

So when I found this dresser in serious need of a makeover, I immediately knew I wanted to paint it with Miss Mustard Seek Milk Paint in Typewriter.

Miss Mustard Seed describes Typewriter as an off-black or soft black.  It is named for the black color traditionally found on antique typewriters.

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Let’s get right to the after photo and then I’ll tell you about my tips for working with MMS (Miss Mustard Seed) Milk Paint.

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First of all, I decided that since the top of the dresser was in pretty good shape I would just sand off what was left of the finish and then restain it. I used Dark Walnut by Minwax.

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The rest of the dresser got a good cleaning with TSP followed by a thorough rinsing and drying.

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If you don’t want a “chippy” look (which I didn’t), the MMS Milk Paint line has a Milk Paint Bonding Agent to that you add to the milk paint mixture.

The Milk Paint Bonding Agent allows Milk Paint to adhere to metal, glass and painted, varnished or lacquered surfaces.

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Even though I would distress the edges of the dresser, I did not want an overall chippy appearance. The sides of the dresser were a just a bit glossy and I was afraid the paint might not adhere well  there and turn out flaky and chippy, so I added the bonding agent to the first coat of milk paint.

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Use a mixer or blender of some sort to mix the milk paint. Stirring with a spoon or using a whisk didn’t get out all of the lumps for me. I have an old immersion style blender that is dedicated for paint mixing.

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If you don’t have an old one, maybe keep an eye out for one at your local thrift store.

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As you are painting, stir the milk paint with your paint brush as the paint tends to separate as it sits.

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Also, since I can rarely finish painting a piece of furniture in one sitting, I store any leftover mixed paint in a little mason jar with a securely closed lid.

After the second coat was dry, I distressed the edges a bit with a sanding sponge.

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Instead of wax, I decided to try out the Hemp Oil to finish the dresser. Hemp Oil is all natural, so it’s great for to use if  you are sensitive to chemicals.  Hemp Oil will absorb into the painted surface and give it a durable finish.

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I simply just wiped on with a clean cloth and wiped away the excess.

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I just love how this dresser turned out. Dan was a little jealous when I said it was going to my daughter’s house for my grandson’s bedroom.  “Typewriter” by Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is definitely my new favorite and I’m sure I’ll find more furniture pieces to makeover with this paint.

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Have you used MMS Milk paint? What is your favorite color?

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DIY Paper Organizer

Remember when I mentioned my little obsession with card stock? Well, I’ve done something about it.

No, I didn’t get rid of it. Well, actually I did give away some of it. But for the rest I desperately needed something to get it organized.

Soooo, I got my DIY on and made this handy dandy wooden paper organizer to fit inside the cubbies of my shelf!

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I was so excited to get it in the cubbie and try it out that I didn’t even finish sanding the rough edges or paint it yet! (By the way, the storage unit is actually called a room divider. I got it at Costco a few years ago, but this idea would work for any similar storage unit.)

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To make it, I first measured the dimensions of my cubbies. They measured just under 13 1/2″ square.

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I found some leftover 1/2″ MDF in my wood pile and cut  a 13 1/4″ square using my Ryobi 10″ portable table saw.  I then made dado cuts into one side of the wood spacing them about an inch apart. Since I don’t yet have a dado blade for my table saw, I just lowered the blade to cut into the wood half way. I made two cuts right next to each other to make a groove wide enough to hold the divider pieces.

The dividers were made using 1/4″ boards cut to 13″ x 12″.

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Half circles were cut out using my new Ryobi Jig Saw.

It was actually my first time using a jig saw. Be honest – you can tell, can’t you ; )

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The cuts look a little better after some sanding.

There are five more cubbies in that storage unit. I think I’ll need to make at least one more paper organizer. I told you I have a bit of an obsession with card stock!

 

DIY Personalized Gift Tags

One thing that I always run out of every year is gift tags. I decided that it’s not going to happen this year. I decided to make a bunch of personalized gift tags well in advance so I’m ready.

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I’m not one of those super organized people that starts Christmas shopping early and has all the gifts wrapped and ready before Thanksgiving. Are you? If so, I hate you ; ) Not really, but I’m jealous. Every year I vow that next year will be different. That I will start shopping in October and be done early. Yeah. Right.

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I know me. It won’t happen. So when I’m hurrying and scurrying wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, at least I’ll have gift tags!

But maybe, just maybe by taking baby steps – like making my own gift tags early – that a pattern will develop. One step at a time.

So how did I make these gift tags? I’m glad you asked?

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Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut tag shapes out of white card stock. Then I cut frame shapes with an initial in each center using Silhouette’s printable gold foil.

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I made the frame shapes by creating an internal offset and then I made the two shapes a compound path. You can download my free cutting file for Version 3 or Version 2. (for personal use only)

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I made initial tag for everyone in my immediate family.

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And I think I might have gone overboard with how many I made for the grandbabies! Or not.

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Since we’re talking about Silhouette, did you hear there’s a new Cameo?

new silhouette cameo Here’s a link to a video explaining what’s new

Starting tomorrow, the new Silhouette Cameo will only be available online at the Silhouette Shop for the first week or so and they expect them to sell out quickly.

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath

Confession: I have a weakness for paper. Pretty paper and card stock. My paper of choice is double-sided card stock. I just can’t help myself.

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Hello. My name is Jeanie and I’m a double-sided card stockaholic.

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Can you relate?

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I guess it doesn’t help that I receive daily emails from not just one but two daily deal sites tempting me with the latest and greatest patterns and colors.

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So when the chance to participate in this month’s Silhouette Challenge came up, I took it as a challenge to use up some of that lovely card stock.

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This is probably about the billionth time that I’ve made these paper medallions (my favorite is the Christmas Tree), but they’re just so dang pretty! And so easy to make. Especially if you use your Silhouette to cut perforated lines in the card stock for you. Accordion folding card stock without perforated lines is possible, but the folds would have to perfectly straight and creased. I honestly don’t have the time or patience for that.

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And since you probably don’t have the time or patience for that either, I’m including links so that you can download the files I made.
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Feel free to adjust the spacing between the vertical lines and the position of the horizontal lines. Version 2, Version 3 (For personal use only)

Never made paper medallions? Here’s a quick little picture tutorial for you.

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I told you it was easy!

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I hot glued buttons into the centers.
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To make the wreath, I covered an old wire wreath frame with a roll of burlap ribbon and just started hot gluing on the paper medallions.

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I made various sizes of medallions and just kept adding layers, making sure to overlap the edges.

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I love how it looks on my salvaged wood chalkboard.

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters

1. Create & Babble // 2. Lil Mrs. Tori // 3. unOriginal Mom // 4. Zanaree // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. One Dog Woof // 7. Cupcakes & Crowbars // 8. Living My Given Life // 9. Architecture of a Mom // 10. Put A Bird On It // 11. Just Add Paper // 12. Weekend Craft // 13. Silhouette School // 14. Minted Strawberry // 15. My Paper Craze // 16. McCall Manor // 17. Chicken Scratch NY // 18. Mama Sonshine // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. From Wine to Whine // 21. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 22. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 23. The Thinking Closet // 24. Simply Kelly Designs // 25. Sandpaper & Glue //

Easy Light Fixture Makeover

In order to keep my powder room makeover on budget, I decided to keep the existing light fixture and just give it an easy makeover with spray paint. Have you priced bathroom light fixtures lately? Updating your light fixtures by spray painting saves a nice chunk of change.

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There was really nothing wrong with the light fixture that the previous owners had installed. I just preferred a darker color to coordinate with the other hardware in the room.

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This isn’t the first time that I’ve used Rustoleum’s Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, so I knew that it would work perfectly for the light fixture. See how I used it in my kitchen makeover, too.

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And while I was at it, I spray painted the door knob, hinges and screws, too. Why buy new when the old will do, right? Well, the old with a little updating, that is!

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Here are a few tips to remember when spray painting light fixtures and door hardware:

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Obviously, you’ll want to carefully cover what you don’t want painted with painter’s tape.

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Poke holes into cardboard to hold the screws in place.

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Be patient and spray several light coats for even, non-drip coverage.

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Scuff up hardware with sandpaper first before spray painting. And remember to paint both sides of the hinges. My hinges were previously painted white so I had to remove that old, bad paint job first. I just put them in an old pot with simmering water and the paint peeled off easily.

I’m very happy with how the light fixture and door hardware looks and even happier with how much money I saved by just updating them with a little spray paint.

Could a light fixture or maybe some door hardware in your home use a spray paint makeover? I have two outdoor light fixtures that are screaming for a spray paint makeover.
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Frame a Mirror with Clips in 5 Easy Steps

Plain, frameless mirrors. How boring! I have been wanting to frame my bathroom mirrors since, well, forever. Since even before the powder room remodel. It seems like such an easy DIY that practically anyone could do and makes such a dramatic difference.

However, there was one problem. My mirrors are attached with those little metal clips.

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Since I was unable to find a tutorial that dealt with those pesky little buggers, I was left to my own devices (which isn’t always a good thing – but this time it worked out) and came up with a way. So if you’ve been yearning to frame your clipped on mirrors, I gotcha covered!

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When there’s a will, there’s a way!

Here’s how to frame a clipped-on mirror in 5 easy steps:

Materials:

  • wood trim (I used baseboard trim)
  • miter saw
  • utility blade
  • small chisel
  • paint or stain
  • Liquid Nails adhesive
  • measuring tape
  • painter’s tape

STEP ONE

Measure the outside dimensions of the mirror.

STEP TWO

Cut the wood to the dimensions measured at a 45 degree angle

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Place the piece of wood against the mirror and mark the location of the clips with a pen or pencil. Using a utility knife, carefully make slices into the wood between the marks.

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At this point, you can use a small chisel to make a small recess into the wood.

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STEP 4

Paint or stain the frame pieces, being sure to paint or stain the back of the wood, too.

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I used the same Modern Masters metallic paint that I used on my interior doors.

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STEP 5

Apply Liquid Nails adhesive to the back of the frame pieces, then place the frame pieces in place on the mirror.

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To keep the frame in place while the adhesive is drying, use strips of painter’s tape.

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Since there is space between my mirror and sink, I wedged some scrap pieces of wood in that space to keep the frame from slipping while the adhesive dried.

diy-framed-mirror-createandbabble.com There you have it! An easy way to frame your bathroom mirrors, even if they have clips. A framed mirror looks so much better, don’t you think? And it’s such an easy DIY.

Thankful Banner

Back in the Spring, I found a new use for an old shutter. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of that old shutter because I gave it a new, fall, look. I simply switched out the Spring banner for a Thankful banner – perfect for Thanksgiving. Maybe you’ll want to make a quick and easy Thankful Banner for your Thanksgiving Day decor, too. I promise, it really IS fast and easy.

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I made the banner using my Silhouette. I created the banner shapes in Silhouette Studio and am happy to share the cutting files with you. You’ll find links to download the files at the end of this post.

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Since I seem to have quite the collection of scrap book paper and card stock, it was a great way to use up some of it. I used a light brown American Crafts 80# card stock for the background banner and a patterned paper from Bella Blvd called Thankful.

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I cut the letters out of Silhouette’s black Adhesive Card Stock.

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My home is already decorated for fall and this will make a nice Thanksgiving Day addition to the existing Fall decor.

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I’ll probably just make a few adjustments to the top of the bookcase that is my faux mantel.

You may download the Silhouette cutting file for Legacy Version here and the Version 3 file is here. These cutting files are for personal use only.

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Fall Decor Fast and Easy

Here’s a quick, easy, and cheap way to decorate for Fall. Use what you already have and make a few minor adjustments. Let me give you an idea.

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The photo on the top is a metal flower that I bought this past spring. I wasn’t too crazy about the paint job at the time but I liked the overall look of it and knew I could easily repaint it any color that I wanted. Well you know how that goes, right? Life happens and I never did repaint that flower. Until now.

I took another look at it the other day and the light bulb went off! I can paint that to look like a fall flower. See….my procrastination paid off this time! Uh, that usually doesn’t happen.

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With mustardy yellow petals and a brown center, I can make it look like a Fall flower. A sunflower. Sort of.

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I added these two DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to my sample pot of yellow paint to get a more fall-like mustard yellow and got to painting. No need to be neat and precise here. Just brush it on.

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After two coats it’s looking better already.

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What’s up with the basket of buttons? I was trying to figure out what to use for the center of the flower. Sun flower have brownish seeds in the center so I went looking for brown buttons.

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And all I could find were these 11 little, brown buttons. Not enough. I went on a scavenger hunt through the house looking for anything that I could use. Dan later gave me a great idea. Where was he when I needed him?!?

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Then I remembered seeing this! A brown, stretchy, wide, bead belt that was in a bag of I-don’t-know-what that I was saving for well… I don’t know. In case I needed it some day. I don’t know what some day I would ever wear that belt seeing as I have no waist – but that’s a different story. Anyway, it was just in a bag of junk that I hadn’t thrown out yet. See! Procrastination wins again!

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I snipped the elastic cords of beads and knotted the ends and just hot-glued them into the center of the flower. (Don’t be jealous of my manicure)

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Perfect. It works perfectly as Fall decor. It was fast, easy, and cheap. My kind of decoration.

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To get rid of the hot glue strings, I blasted it with hot air from a blow dryer.

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I bet if you look around your house you’ll find something that you can easily turn into Fall decor.

Oh, I almost forgot! Want to know what Dan’s idea for the center was? Beans. Dried beans. That would have worked, too!

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How to Make a Growth Chart Ruler

Making one of these growth chart rulers has been on my to-do list for a long time. When I received an email notification that my daughter sent me three Pinterest pins that were images of growth chart rulers, I got the hint ; )

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At first I thought I’d make one for each of my grandchildren, but Dan thought it would be better to have a family keepsake with all the kid’s growth recorded on one ruler. Smart guy.

So without further ado, here is how to make a growth chart ruler – or at least how I made one.

You will need:

  • a long board
  • black sharpie
  • painter’s tape
  • measuring tape
  • a straight edge
  • sand paper
  • stain

For the wood: I happened to have a piece of 1 x 6 x 6. Ideally a 7′ length would be better. I felt safe with the 6′ length since no one in my family is over 6 feet. Watch, now my grandson will end up over six feet just because of Nanny’s 6′ board ; ) how-to-make-growth-chart-ruler-by-createandbabble

The first thing I did was place a strip of painter’s tape down the middle of the board. Then I marked off the 12″ mark lightly with a pencil

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Then I drew a line against a straight edge from the painter’s tape to the edge of the board with a black Sharpie. (Quilting square are handy for so much more than quilting, you know!)

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Next, I placed a second strip of painters tape down, covering about half of the length of the 12″ marks. Then I made Sharpie lines at 6″ intervals. I repeated that same step for the inch marks. I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures of that!

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Once all the lines were drawn, I took the board outside to finish it. Laying it across the railings on the deck made it easier to stain and stencil. (I need saw horses: in case Santa is reading this ;)

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I just placed the paper stencil down on the board and traced inside the edge with a black Sharpie then filled it in using a thicker Sharpie.

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Now for the stinky part. Yes, I mean stinky as in it smells bad. Really bad. It’s homemade stain that’s supposed to make wood look aged. I put some steel wool in a jar with vinegar and let it sit on my counter for a couple of days. And listened to it hiss and moan. I’m serious. It was making noises. I took off the lid because I was afraid it was going to explode or something. Anyway, after a day or so it makes this stinky solution.

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So wearing two pairs of rubber gloves, I rubbed said stinky solution on the board and this is how it looks after one coat.

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Two coats. And the stink does go away after it’s dry. Thank goodness.

Have you ever tried the stinky stain? I was hoping for more of a gray, weathered color. Maybe I let the steel wool in too long, But in any case, I like how the ruler turned out. And if my grandson grows to be over 6′ tall…well my daughter will have to add an addition to the ruler ; )