wall art

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 11.7

Hello all! I hope November has introduced itself kindly this year–I know here at least that winter chill turned on like a switch. I love the cold though, so I’m not going to complain–unless it doesn’t snow soon. Then I’ll complain. I’m feeling particularly earthy today, so I thought I’d share some recycled wood projects for the crafts-people out there. Good luck!

 

First of all, project aside, this puppy is absolutely adorable. Build this fun modern pet bed for your pooch with this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I love the bright colors and bold pattern, but you can make it blend with your decor just as easily!

 

 

Looking for a fresh spin in your living room? Try this recycled barn door coffee table from Cleverly Inspired. Bring a bit of rustic flair inside your home and get a fun hand-crafted piece all in one!

 

 

For a more subtle wooden touch, try these pallet wood wall pieces from Craftberry Bush. I like the subtle, washed-out look and the relaxing, brown tones showing through underneath–perfect for adding some calm to your room.

 

 

These wooden crate stairs from Funky Junk Interiors are so unique and fun! I absolutely love this idea. Hit a couple antique shops or thrift stores and see if you can find some fun crates to incorporate into your new stairwell!

 

 

And lastly, if you’re looking for that missing piece of flair in your bedroom, take a look at this modern headboard design from Fresh American Style. While the completely white look soothes, funky mix-matched colors would add some oomf to your space!

 

 

And there you have it. Until next time, Style Spotters! Happy crafting–the trees thank you!

 

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.18

Hello again, friends! This week I wanted to share some ideas for re-purposed wood projects, because I think those kinds of pieces are some of the coolest ones out there. It’s cheap, it’s creative, it’s fun, and it’s hard to beat that mix of old style and new flair.

 

Take a look at these amazingly easy dyed bamboo placemats from The Homesteady next time you’ve got a half hour to spare. I love their bright, simple, earthy look, and so will all of your dinner guests.

 

 

If you’re looking for some extra storage options around the house and have an old ladder hanging around in the garage, try this ladder shelf idea I pulled off of Refresh Restyle. It puts a fresh twist on an old piece of hardware almost everyone has handy but never uses.

 

 

For a more creative project idea–and one your kids will love–grab some branches from the yard and make some of Tonya Staab’s  tree art. It’ll be a fun afternoon for the kids, and a piece of their art you’ll want to keep forever.

 

 

I think these repurposed wood cut-outs from Primitive and Proper are super fun and full of character. If you’ve got the right tools and a decent drawing hand, customizing different shapes or outlines would be a cinch!

 

 

And finally, can we just talk about how absolutely awesome this tree house from Say Yes is?? I’m convinced I should probably build one ASAP (cue handy husbands/boyfriends/significant others everywhere). Who decided adults were too old for tree houses, anyway?

 

 

Get building while these crazy summer days last!


Chelsey Andrews

Photo Canvas DIY: 2 Ways

Do you love photo canvases, but don’t really have the budget to buy them? Well today I’m going to share 2 ways you can make these neat creations without breaking the bank. The first way we’ll use iron-on transfer paper to transfer an image to fabric, then print onto tissue paper and Mod Podge the image! Trust me, it’s easy. They are great gifts, or just keep them for yourself to decorate your home.

Iron-on Fabric Photo Canvas DIY

Supplies:

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 1/2 yard of white fabric
  • fabric iron-on paper
  • iron
  • high quality photo
  • scissors
  • staple gun and staples

Directions: 

- Let’s start with printing our photo onto the iron-on transfer paper. Set up your photo on your computer. Flip it horizontal so the image is “backwards”. The image will iron-on the correct way when transferred to fabric. Note: if you don’t have a printer, you can take an image to a local print shop. I’ve brought my iron-on transfer paper to a local printer in the past and they printed on it for me. Just call them and ask. You can also ask them to flip the image for you, if you’re not sure how.

- Iron-on the image onto the fabric (following your iron-on transfer paper instructions). Let cool and peel back paper. Trim the fabric to an 11 x 11 square.

- Center the image on the front of the canvas. Carefully flip over and staple the fabric onto the back of the frame. Fold fabric corners on the top and bottom of the frame. Note: if you mess up and the image isn’t even over the canvas, just pull out a staples and start over.

- You are done! The cool thing about this project is you can use an old canvas frame. Have a painting you don’t like anymore? You can just staple this fabric over the painting. Just pull the fabric off if you get tired of the image.

Total cost: under $15

Mod Podge Tissue Photo Canvas Diy

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 8.5 x 11 printer paper
  • 8 x 8 image
  • white tissue paper
  • painters tape
  • acrylic sealer spray
  • Mod Podge
  • paintbrush
  • white acrylic paint
  • printer

Directions:

- Let’s prep the picture. Carefully smooth out and tape the white tissue paper onto the printer paper (you’re printing onto the tissue paper). Put it into the printer and print your 8 x 8 image. Let the printed image dry completely. Note: while taping the tissue paper onto the printer paper, make sure the tissue is very smooth. If it’s too wrinkly it will print weird.

- In a well ventilated area wearing a mask and eye protection, spay a very light layer of acrylic sealer spray onto the printed tissue image. Let dry for an hour. Carefully remove the printed tissue paper from the printer paper. Trim the sides of the tissue paper (leave a 1/4 inch border around the image).

- Grab your canvas and apply a very light layer of Mod Podge. Very carefully place the printed tissue image onto the mod podged canvas. Carefully smooth out the image from the center out. Apply one more coat of Mod Podge over the tissue image to seal the picture. Let dry for a couple of hours.

- Use the white acrylic paint to cover the side of the canvas (to cover any excess tissue that folded over the side). Apply 2 – 3 coats of the paint.

- When the paint is dry, you’re done!

Total cost: around $10

I hope you enjoy! Let me know how this Photo Canvas creating goes!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama 


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Ceiling Medallions and Rosettes as Art

TREND: Ceiling medallions grouped on the wall as art.

This isn’t a new idea, but it is one that seems to be resurfacing and making the rounds again. Ceiling medallions (or to be more accurate, ceiling rosettes, without a hole in the center) can be painted and hung on the wall in a grouping for a fun DIY take on art. They can easily be found online or at big-box home improvement stores, and they’re affordable (usually under $30, and often under $10). Choose your favorite color, get some paint out, and create a grouping of your own!

  1. Vintage Farmer’s Basket, Wisteria
  2. Ekena Millwork Washington Ceiling Medallion, Bellacor
  3. Fypon Belmont Ceiling Medallion, Home Depot
  4. Ekena Lyre Ceiling Rosette, Home Depot
  5. Ekena Millwork Foster Acanthus Leaf Ceiling Medallion, Bellacor
  6. ‘Fresh Pineapple’ Yellow Glidden Paint, Home Depot
  7. Saarinen Tulip Side Table with Wooden Top, NJ Modern or YLiving
  8. Favorite Throw – Solid, West Elm
  9. Söderhamn Sofa, IKEA

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Air Plant Wall Hanger

 

Don’t have a green thumb? Well, I have the perfect thing for you: air plants. Yeah, air plants. No dirt, just the air. They require VERY little maintenance. Just a random spritz of water, or a soak in a cup of water every week or two. Even if you forget the random watering part: they still seem to live.

 

Today I’d love to share a fun DIY for hanging your air plants: Air Plant Wall Hanger. This little wall hanger is low cost and simple to create. It also makes it look like your plants are floating on the wall. Want to make one for yourself? Here you go:

 

 

Supplies to make 1 hanger:
- Three: 3 – 4 inch nails

- Sculpey (or whatever oven baked clay you prefer

- Picture hanger

- E6000 Adhesive

- Clear Acrylic Spray

- Wire (I used 18 gauge)

- Wire cutter

- Pliers

 

Directions:
-  Grab your wire and 3 nails. Cut a 10ish inch piece of wire. Secure the wire near the head of one nail. Add a second nail, at an angle, and tie it on. Add the third nail and tie it on. The nail tips should be spaced 1/2 – 1 inch apart. No need to be perfect. If needed, cut another 10 inch piece of wire to better secure the nails.

 

 

- Use your Sculpey to completely cover the nails and wire. Press the base of the piece on a flat surface, to prep it for hanging on a flat wall.

 

 

- When the piece is covered, follow the Sculpey baking instructions to bake it. Let your plant hanger completely cool.

 

 

- When the plant hanger is cool, use the E6000 adhesive to glue on the picture hanger. I used a triangle hanger (since it was smaller), but you can use whatever you prefer. To keep the triangle a bit more secure, I glued the actual triangle to the base of the hanger. I made sure to leave an 1/8 inch space between the top of the triangle and the base. Let the glue dry for an hour.

 

 

- Since you’ll be misting your air plants every few days, apply a coat of Acrylic Clear Spray to seal the hanger. Let the hanger(s) dry for 24 hours before you hang. P.S. You may notice the hangers look a LOT like chicken feet, ha! You wont notice that once they’re on the wall.

 

 

- Find a special place to hang your newly created Air Plant Wall Hangers and add your air plants. Since I had smaller plants, I put 2 plants per hanger up.

 

 

- Enjoy!

 

 

If you enjoyed this DIY, please feel free to share!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

 


Alexa Fornoff

DIY-ify: Hand-Lettered Artwork

Trend: Hand-Lettered Artwork!

I’ve long been an admirer of pretty penmanship (it was my favorite class in second grade–I still have a secret stash of the blue-line, wide-rule paper at home!), but even I can barely read my own to-do lists. I blame my sloppy script for why I’ve been coveting all of the gorgeous posters and prints covered with beautifully illustrated words.

Laura Graves for Society6, Oh My Deer, Mary Kate McDevitt

And while I want to buy them all, my wallet thinks otherwise…but, good news! With a few free fonts and a normal word processing document, you can create a chic, on-trend poster of your very own.

It’s really simple: Find a favorite font or fonts (free for personal use) at dafont.com, Font Squirrel, or by doing a search for “free handwritten font.” (I used Mighty to Save, Fragment Core, and KG Two is Better Than One.) Download it to your computer, and add it to your fonts. Next, open up a new document, and play around with alignment, fonts, styles, and placement. Try mixing a serif and a sans serif or regular and italic, or keep things classic with one font. It’s up to you! Finally, print out your newly created wall art on a sheet of 8.5×11-inch card stock. To make it even more custom, use washi tape to mount your new masterpiece on top of a larger mat. Frame, hang, and be inspired!

–Alexa Fornoff, shopBHG editor