Jingle Bell Door Accent ~ Tutorial by Hilani

Handmade by Hilani

DIY…I mean, it doesn’t get any better then starting a “Do-It-Yourself” project and feeling accomplished when you’ve completed the task, no matter how long it took.  

When I stumbled upon theDIYshowoff blog I can estimation over an hour was spent browsing and admiring all of Roeshel’s and her husband’s work, plus those of her fellow DIY lovers.  Having almost a year under my belt with a website, 18+ months on Facebook , I’m kind of new to the world of blogging.  But I’ll tell you, this Mom of two boys, and an owner of a Small Business is having so much fun meeting new people, and being inspired.

I’m honored to be here, and share with the theDIYshowoff lovers a tutorial I created for {Jingle Bell} Door Accent.

It’s an under $5.00 craft:
I just love the sound of Bells during Christmas.  I have them on frequently used doors throughout our home.  

I’ve been holding onto a great find from the $1 ribbon bin at Michael’s, until I have just the right project for it.  This “Merry Christmas” ribbon, which was right up my alley due to it’s price and vintage appearance was a great find.  

I was browsing the isles, at our local Hobby Lobby, when an idea called out at me.  A canister of vintage/rustic bells called my name from a 50% off shelf.    I decided, that moment, I was going to create a Door Bell accent with them and the ribbon.  I excitedly dropped them into my cart, and while hearing their distinct Christmas jingle, my creative wheels started spinning…”What exactly should this craft look like when I’m done?”

I remembered, while driving home, that a week prior I threw in my cart a bag of wooden Stars from the clearance section at Michael’s.  That too was a great find because the set of 4 stars were only $0.47.  Below is a tutorial on making this Jingle Bell Door Accent.  
 
Project Time:45 minutes – 1 hour (Ideal for naptime)

Supplies Needed
Purchased Items:
Ribbon $1.00
Bells $4.99 (mine were 50% off)
Wooden Star ($0.47 clearance)
Scrap Fabric – Two contrasting colors or One (FREE)

On Hand Supplies:
Craft Glue
Close Pin
Pencil
Rag (for sticky fingers)
Damp Paper towel

Step 1:
Trace on wrong side of fabric for Front fabric choice, if using two different prints.
Step 2:
Free Hand an additional trace line about 1/2 an inch larger, for cutting, around the actual star size.
Step 3:
If using a second fabric, trace on right side of fabric the star. Otherwise, trace a second star on your first fabric making two star cut-outs. One larger and one exact.
Step 4:
Get Glue and Star ready for gluing. Place wooden star on wrong side of Fabric and cut slits into into corners of fabric for easy folding over.

Step 5:
Apply Glue to wood and begin folding over fabric.
Step 6:
When corners fold over, cut off excess fabric.  To adhere the corners from lifting, smooth over extra glue with  your finger.
Step 7:
When finished this is how the right side should look.  Turn over with wooden Star exposed upwards, and apply your second fabric star on top.
Step 8:
Grab your bells and ribbon. Cut Ribbon 30″ long, or more, you can always shorten your tails. Be safe, cut longer. :0)
Step 9:
Find the middle point of your ribbon. Apply glue to the center of the star on the fabric. Wrap your ribbon around the star. Place glue at the top of the star, between the two ribbons, to merry them.  Hold them together with a cloths pin. 
Step 10:
Count out 11 – 12 bells and begin to thread them on the ribbon. Thread 1 bell on each strand and the third bell onto both strands.  Continue to thread until you’ve used all bells.
Step 11:
Find a door to hang them from for ultimate drying of glue (while cloths pin still attached).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires you to make one to fill your home with sounds of Christmas!

If this inspired you, I’d love to know. Be sure to visit me at my Blog and join in on my many creative outbursts!

DIY Holiday Highlights and Ballard Knock Off Christmas Trees by Attempting Aloha

Aloha DIY Showoff readers!
I‘m Charlie (pink, not blue), and I blog over at Attempting Aloha. :)Today’s going to be an easy tutorial on how to gussy up your plain-Jane small Christmas trees. And it may involve kitty litter…
Like most crafters with a love of home decor, I’m a faithful subscriber to Ballard Designs. And I LOVE their Christmas stuff. Their prices make me roll my eyes, though.Exhibit A:
Ballard Designs
Cute little 3′ tree in a nursery sack with some twinkle lights. I’m thinking, “It’s Ballard, so this is probably like $45.”  WRONG. Try more like $99. Seriously?  Who buys this stuff???!!!  And will they adopt me?? Just kidding.Kind of.Someone who actually purchases from Ballard would probably scoff at all my attempts to knock them off. lolBut it’s not going to stop me from trying!  So here’s what I came up with.First, I found this awesome store here called Christmas Tree Shops. When I first saw it in July, I thought, “Strange that people would buy Christmas trees in July and even stranger that that store is ginormous.”  But then I got one of their mailers, and their store has EVERYTHING. It’s like a Dollar Tree but with more home decor and only slightly more expensive. It’s awesome!Anyway, when November rolled around, their mailers included…wait for it… CHRISTMAS TREES! Go figure, right?They had a 20% off entire purchase coupon, and these 4′ flocked trees were marked $10 each. I snagged the last two (on November 2) and brought them home (along with my pre-lit 6.5′ tree for $39). Total cost for two small trees and the pre-lit tree = $48. Awesome!I originally intended for these little guys to go on my front porch and was going to just leave them as is (cuz sometimes I get the lazy bug). But when I put the poor things out there, they toppled right over with the tiniest of breezes. Lame.WARNING:  I craft at night while my three kids are sleeping. Most of my “how to” pics are dark and may or may not have been taken with my iPhone… ;)
So I knew I needed to beef up their bases, and I knew the Ballard way had to be hacked.I had some burlap that I had purchased from Hobby Lobby. I believe it was $4.99/yard. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. And don’t forget to print your 40% off coupon. You can always find them on their website. :) I knew I needed something heavy in mine to weight it down. We have some rocks in the yard, but it was cold, and I wasn’t in the mood to play scavenger hunt. So I searched our garage. WOW!  There’s a whole stash of failed bunny supplies in here!! Sweet! We have a rabbit, and our girls want to keep his cage in their bedroom, but he really stinks. So my husband keeps purchasing all this stuff to try to see if it will help the cage smell better. None has yet satisfied him. So I was VERY happy to find some scented kitty litter AND a ginormous bag of cedar chips. Awe. Some. The cedar chips alone would work if you’re not trying to weight down your trees (ie, if you’re keeping them indoors), and that HUGE bag cost $7 at Walmart in the pet section.
If you cross your eyes at this pic, it looks less blurry. ((cough cough))
 I knew the kitty litter would go right through the burlap holes, so I first took two plastic grocery bags and layered one inside the other and then place the tree stand inside the two like this:
STEP 2:  Pour in some kitty litter (or whatever other thing you’ve chosen to weight down your tree if you’re using them outdoors). You can skip this step if you’re keeping them indoors.
STEP 3:  Add cedar chips to bulk it up sufficiently.
STEP 4: Take the two sides of the bag handles, and tie them in a knot as tight around the base as you can.
STEP 5:  Pick up the tree (holding on to the bag also, so the tree doesn’t come out of its stand) and place it in the middle of a piece of burlap. I didn’t cut my piece until after I had it wrapped up, so I don’t know how large they were, but I would guess 1/2 yard to 3/4 yard. It will depend on how bulky you make your base and how much excess you want sticking out around the top.STEP 6: Take a piece of jute and wrap it around a bunch of times (real tight). Be sure to keep your first end a little longer, so when you’re done wrapping, you have something to tie the two sides together with. I left mine in a simple bow. You could, of course, embellish with a flower or something.STEP 7: Cut the excess burlap down until it looks even and just how you want it. :)
I liked their twinkle lights, but I decided to keep them off and added these pinecones that I scored for $1 also at Christmas Tree Shops.
I simply hot glued them on. All 85 of those bad boys.
Once I had mine indoors, I decided I really liked them by the fireplace, so they’re staying there this year!
Who knew kitty litter would come in so handy in home decor, right?Ballard definitely has one on me as far as staging and photography goes, but at a savings of $170+ ($85 PER TREE)?? I’m pretty proud of mine. 
Feel free to stop by and visit anytime. We love tourists!! 
Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,Charlie 
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  • DIY Raggy Fabric Vines by Lesli ~ My Old Country House

    Guest Blog Post -
    Lesli from My Old Country House 
    - My Raggy Fabric Vines!
    HI, this is Lesli DeVito, from
     and I am thrilled to be a Guest Blogger for
     Roeshel 
    on the DIY SHOWOFF. 
    I have loved getting to know Roeshel
    and she is one of those amazingly generous
    Blogger Sisters
    who has helped me share my little fledgling blog 
    with everyone!
    When Roeshel asked me if I had any Holiday DIY ideas to share
    I knew immediately what I would show you.
    …but first, true confessions.
    I confess…I have a
    “LOVE/HATE”
    relationship with Holiday decorating.
    There, I said it.
    With three kids, who are getting bigger every day…
    decorating for the holidays means
    More work…
    MORE stuff, MORE clutter, 
    MORE clean up.
    But more than anything, I think the reason why I get a bit 
    apprehensive is that every year…when Dec 1 rolls around,
    and  I pull those boxes out
    I have to take a deep breath and sigh 
    as I realize how FAST the years are going.
    Too fast. Just too fast.
    It, for me is bittersweet.
    There you have it.
    …and yet…when my home is all done. 
    …all decorated, and the tree is up.
    I LOVE IT!
    I ADORE IT!
    I wake up every morning before the kids get up, make my coffee
    and sit and just stare at the tree.
     It is almost
    like a meditation.
    and I LOVE LOVE LOVE 
    to listen to my Christmas music…
    everywhere,
    until
    the kids beg me to stop.
    Last year, in the interest of saving a few pennies
    on Holiday decorating,
    I started making these Raggy Fabric Vines 
    and this year I am selling them at
    my friend Jill’s annual Holiday craft show! 
    They are super dooper easy, and fun to make.
    so here is your tutorial!
    DECORATIVE RAGGY VINES
    Time to make – 30 minutes to 1 hr/each.
    supplies needed:
    1. scissors
    2. fabric scraps or yardage (approx 1/2 to 2/3 yrd per vine)
    3. rope- I use twisted sisal rope that I got at Lowes, about $6.50 for a 100ft roll.
    4. cutting board or surface to work on.
    (warning- this is a very “thready” craft, you will want to do a vacuuming afterward…but it is all worth it!)
    Instructions:
    gather your supplies…
    …score your fabric on the sides and then tear into long strips. The width is up to you. I usually do about 1.5 inches
    stack your strips
    …and then cut them into the length you want. For smaller vines, 6″ will do, forlonger, fatter, raggier vines, 12″- 15″ strips is good.
    …tie off the end of your rope pieces. I cut mine pieces about 70″ each and then tie off about 1 foot on either end.I used white duct tape to secure the ends.
    …lay your fabric piece under the rope
    tie it on…
    …and so on and so on…until you reach the other end! You can design a patternor do it all the same…have fun with it!
    I love Greenery.
    The look of it…the smell of it. I LOVE IT!
     I usually put it everywhere, on the mantles, on the porch and
    stair railings…over the windows. 
    But as much as I love it….it can get expensive.
    What I LOVE about these Shabby RAGGY fabric vines is that
    we can use them over and over again, every year.
    They have become part of our Holiday decorations.
    Part of our tradition.
    …on the stair railing…
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    …along the mantle…
    …over the windows. I have even done these in pastels and have used them to decorate kids rooms…the possibilities are endless!
    anywhere….
    So go grab yourself some rope and some fabric and your other supplies and have fun! 
    It is a great craft to do with the kids of all ages! 
    They can put them in their bedrooms or give them to the teacher for a gift!
    My 2 year old niece even helped me stack the fabric this past weekend!

    Thank you Roeshel for inviting me to be a Guest Host 
    on the DIY Showoff
    I have loved sharing this easy and thrifty 
    Holiday craft with you
    and your wonderful followers.. 
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone!!!
    I invite you to stop by
    so we can share my ART and more decorating ideas!

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    Today I woke up to the aroma of this sweet holiday breakfast…

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    Make-Ahead Blueberry French Toast Breakfast

    And after looking outside to see this:

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    I sat around in my warm fuzzies all day long…

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    Mesmerized by this glowing site…

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    Watching Christmas movies…

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    Sometimes listening to Christmas music…

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    Sipping warm holiday cheer…

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    Smelling these in the oven…

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    Occasionally, with my design loving streak, I tweak this and decide it looks good just the way it is…

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    And I’m especially thankful for the entire reason for my Christmas spirit…

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    Wishing you a very Merry Holiday Season!

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    French Cottage Bedroom Makeover

     Lee Caroline Art
    Hi, my name is Lee and I’m fromAuckland, New Zealand, the country with 4 million people and 40 million sheep :)…I’m  aprofessional artist and adore interior design, crafts, cooking, fashion and I’m addicted to Houseand Garden magazines so much so that I have copies that go back to early 1970′s. I stumbledupon Roeshel’s gorgeous blog a few weeks ago and I’m so excited and honoured to feature asRoeshel’s guest post today.
    Twenty months ago I returned to NewZealand from 14 years living abroad in Brunei, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. I bought a small littlecottage in a seaside suburb of Auckland called “Mission Bay”.  Its a wonderful location butyou pay a lot of money for property around this location and all I could afford was a boxy littlebrick house on a very tiny section. However, I knew that I could make this house really desirableand I am gradually working through it one room at a time adding character and making it feellike a home. Today I’m sharing the makeover of what was a very boring small master bedroom. My bedroom does have a little en suite and walk in wardrobe which is a great bonus,however I needed to do something to make my bedroom feel special.   
     

    My favourite places on earth are Italyand France, with this in mind and the idea that I love anything French I decided to buy someold French shutters (yes from France!) and use them as a headboard. The shutters are duck eggblue which is my favourite colour for the moment.  Wallace Cotton a lovely homeware shop in Auckland, providedthe bedlinen for me to take some pretty shots of the bedroom once it was completed.  Iam sharing all my photos with you today including a before and after shot of the bedroom.The “before” shot was the previous owners’ look prior to me purchasing the property.

     
    My design board
     
     My gorgeous pair of distressed French Shutters.
     
    I added a sconce between the shuttersas I felt the gap was a little wide. However, I needed this space to balance the shutters againstthe width of the bed. 
     
     Paradiso quilt from Wallace Cotton
     Simple steel bedside tables that were originally bought for the living areabut didn’t look quite right. I think they are perfect in the bedroom.
     
    I love the seersucker pillow for added texture
     My mother gave me this lovely Royal Albert cup and saucer I adore thecolour as I am mad about “duck egg blue”
     
     I used a lovely linen for the Roman blinds in a neutral beige and whitecheck
     
     
     
     
    I hope I have brought some inspirationto you, a simple addition such as the old shutters can make a plain bedroom into a fantasyescape to France!  
     
     
    Have a great weekend
    Lee oxo
    Poppy (my little Schnoodle)
    poppy

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    DIY Project Parade ~ Custom Chalkboard Paint Tutorial and Edging Tips

    I recently came across Christina’s chalkboard paint post from Designing by Numbers in the DIY Project Parade (thanks for the inspiration, Christina) and remembered that I had bookmarked Martha Stewart’s chalkboard recipe with grand plans that kept getting pushed back.  So, the next day I headed to True Value for supplies. (The True Value in Sarver, PA has a ‘mascot’…the sweetest dog who greets customers at the door, with a roll of duct tape in his mouth. Adorable.)
    Our basement stairwell is a blank canvas.  Lots of plans, just needed to get started. 
    BEFORE
    I wanted a navy chalkboard so custom chalkboard paint was the solution. 
    Color:  Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
    I started with having my primer tinted.  Primer doesn’t really tint well, so the closest I could get was a bright periwinkle, but every little bit of pigment helps.
    To make my project go quicker and because ceilings are high/scary and complicated, I use an edger. 
    The secret to using this little treasure is dipping it into the paint at angle, keeping the wheels out of the paint. 
    Then drag across up the ‘ramp’ of the paint tray to get off excess paint…
    I “sneak up” on where the wall meets the ceiling and then move from side to side. (Don’t just smash down near the ceiling and start side to side.)  I also ‘smooth’ out the bottom of the edged paint line to keep it from dripping/building up and making a visible line. So: touch the edger to the wall below where you’re going to run your edging, then come back and smooth the line made from the bottom of the edger.
    For high up/hard to reach places, I added an extension and stood on a ladder at terrifying heights (remember to keep as little as possible paint towards the side of the edger with wheels)…
    Once the primer is applied and dried, it’s time to move on to the next step.

    The recipe calls for 2 tbsp. of non sand grout for every cup of latex paint. Here’s the conversion for making one gallon of chalkboard paint:
    2 tbsp. for 1 cup
    16 cups in a gallon 
    = 2 cups (32 tbsp.) of non sand grout in one gallon of paint

    I used a 5 gallon bucket for mixing.
    I alternated adding paint then a bit of grout (thanks to Christina for the tip). Then stirred.  Repeat until all paint and grout are mixed.
    I used a paint stir. Tilting the bucket helps get the grout/paint mixed that sticks to the sides of the bucket.
    The consistency is thick.  There are small clumps…keep stirring (a mixer-bit on the drill might be more helpful).  I did have a few bumps…but we’re not picky. Most dissolved or smoothed out with a paint brush (a little bit of a pain but overall – it was worth it). If we were perfectionists, we wouldn’t have bought an old fixer-upper farmhouse! This wall will actually be partially covered up (future project) and then a couple of years down the road, it’s being torn out when we get to the big basement renovation. The solution is to lightly sand between coats. 
    Make sure you use a drop cloth and wear old clothes. Consistency is thick and splatters will occur. (Thankfully we have stairs waiting for slate tile…so although I was careful, it didn’t matter). A mask is preferable too. The fumes were on the strong side. Use same edging technique as mentioned above. 
    I used a foam roller for the larger/middle task of painting the wall. 
    Once I finished the wall, I put the lid on my bucket and my paint tray/roller in a baggy and let the wall paint dry overnight.
    first coat, drying…
    In progress but looking good!
    Second day, second coat.  Next…the hard part. Rub the entire wall with the side of a piece of chalk. 
    Then erase.
    All set to accept chalk board writing!
    More on our stairwell transformation coming up – you’ll never guess what we have planned.

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    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
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    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

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    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD 

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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    Pretty Painted Stairs by Beth ~ Unskinny Boppy

    Hi everyone! I’m Beth from Unskinny Boppy. First I’d like to say a big “Thank You!” to Roeshel for allowing me to have the honor of guest posting here on her inspirational blog. I appreciate the opportunity to share my project with you guys. Today I’m finally ready to reveal my painted basement staircase (and the new board and batten!)Six months ago my basement staircase resembled something from a maximum security prison. 
     unfinished basement steps 
    Dark, dank and sort of scary with unfinished concrete block walls and cheap grey indoor/outdoor carpeting. It was not exactly a warm and welcoming place to be. Today it’s been transformed with a little bit of paint, putty and some 1x4s! Check it out:
     Board and Batten on staircase 
     Months ago I had pinned a photo of Jonathan Adler’s painted beach house stairs , and I knew that was the look I wanted to try to replicate. I do believe I got very close to my inspiration project.Here is Jonathan’s design: 
    And here is mine: 
    how to paint wooden steps 
    Let me back up just a minute here and say that I have a bit of a paint sample addiction. Whenever it is time to choose paint colors for a room I agonize over the paint fans for hours, then we make a run down to the local Sherwin Williams and buy their $5 quarts of sample paint. I firmly believe the best way to tell if you really like a paint color is to get as much of it on the actual wall as possible. After living in this house for 18 months and painting almost every room in it (and some rooms twice!), I’ve acquired quite a collection of paint samples. It might even be a borderline hoarderish tendency since I refuse to throw any of them away. They sit on a bookcase in my basement just in case I find a piece of furniture (or stairwell) that needs a coat of paint on it. Here are all the samples I used for this project. Yeah… 
     
    Since this staircase is basically the first thing my husband sees every day when he arrives home from work, we wanted it to be a brighter and more cheerful space. Plus, the basement is in the process of being remodeled so it was hard to imagine leaving that ugly carpeting on the staircase with all new paint, sheetrock, and trim throughout the rest of the space. So one day my husband ripped all the carpet up with his bare hands. Of course I have no photos of this event since he simply came upstairs and announced “Carpet’s up!” And I was all, “WHATthewhat?!?” Well, allrighty then. This is what they looked like for a few months during the construction process. Sexy, huh? Not at all creepy.
      
    So, what do you do when you have a set of bare wooden steps that have been toe’ up from the flo’ up and fifty quarts of Sherwin Williams paint samples in various shades of blues and greens and greiges? You paint a blue/green/greige rainbow, of course! And that’s just what I did. Every stair riser got a different paint color. I’m kind of ashamed to admit I could have painted about three more sets of stairs and not used the same sample twice.
     white and blue basement stairs 
    Before painting I had to pull out all the staples left behind from the cheap carpet. A pair of pliers made short work of that job. Then I went behind with a tube of spackle and filled in the holes and crevices in the wood. You can tell from my photos that I wasn’t exactly a perfectionist about the putty job. I missed some spots and I really need to touch up the paint again, but I’m ok with them just the way they are. They have more character this way. At least that’s what I tell myself. In reality I’m just too lazy to go back and finish the job.  
    For extra gripping power on the stair treads, I recommend using Sharkgrip Slip Resistant additive to your paint. You simply mix this stuff into your paint and shake it up, and when it dries it makes the floor super-skid resistant. Nothing slippery about these painted floors.
      sharkgrip 
     Here is the view from the top:board and batten walls 
    I’m considering getting a runner to give the treads a little bit of color. For now, I’m still lazy good with the white. I also adore the board and batten finish on the staircase. That part of the project was done by my painters while they were finishing the other trim in the basement. I cannot claim the B&B as my own DIY project, but the stair paint is 100% me! And my knees were happy to get this project completed. Since no DIY project is complete without a good Before and After photo, here is mine:
     stair painting Before and after photo 
    I hope you guys enjoyed my new basement staircase reveal. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that I will be able to have a FULL basement remodel reveal on my blog within the next few weeks. I’d love for you to visit my blog and see it when it’s done! 
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    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

    DIY Clay Ornament Tutorial by Tammy from Type A

    Happy Holidays to all of you at The DIY Show Off and thanks Roeshel for inviting me to be a guest!  When Roeshel asks you to be a guest, it’s one of the biggest compliments a blogger can receive, I love her and her blog!  Thanks for the invite!
    Type A
    I’m Tammy from Type A, your basic wife, mother, crafter, painter and blogger.  I love blogging and all the new folks I have met it’s been a fabulous creative outlet for me.  I have two amazing children and one adorable puppy.  My hubby works in Afghanistan as a contractor so I wear all the hats, even the unflattering ones!
    I hope you enjoy my ornament tutorial.

    All of the tools can be bought at your local craft store.  I bought some of mine online, because I was too lazy to drive to Joanns, but in my defense it’s pretty far away and it saved me in gas.
    So here I have my cookie cutters, clay, clay rolling pin, embossers and awl.  The only other things you need are a pan to cook the clay on and some twine to make a hanger for the ornament.
    I used gold polymer clay, the kind you bake, not the air dry variety.  The reason for this is simple, the baked kind comes in many more colors, and I wanted gold.  You can use any color you like.
    Cookie cutters are the perfect tool for working with clay and come in a variety of sizes.  I wanted doves so I bought a 1.75 in and 3.5 in cookie cutter.  I have a smaller tree so the 1.75 in ornaments are perfect for me and don’t require as much clay to make them.  Two packs of clay made 12 ornaments, where1 pack of clay made 3 of the larger ornaments.  Which were a gift to my sons second grade teacher.
    First you roll out your clay till it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick, then you can emboss it with any design you like.  Then I take a cookie cutter and cut the shape out, I use my awl to make the whole for the twine.
    Bake for 30 minutes at 230 degrees.  Let them cool and then you can run string through them.  Pretty easy really,  however the clay isn’t all that soft so your hands and triceps with get a workout rolling it out!
    Ta Da, the finished oranment!  I love these, my son helped me make them and they are inexpenssive, not to shabby to look at either!
    Here are a few pics of my Chirstmas Decor all done up!
    Happy Holidays!!!!

    Thanks again Roeshel for letting me a guest!

    Reminder:

    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

    Administrative Update

    Thank you all for your patience this week! We have fixed the problem with our RSS feeder and you should receive the complete update via RSS today. We apologize for the inconvenience and wish you the happiest Holiday Season! ~The DIY Showoff, Technical Support

    DIY Holiday Highlights Linky Party and Styrofoam Wood Chip Tree Tutorial

    Wood Chip Tree Tutorial


    Materials:

    • 2 Styrofoam Cones, two different sizes
    • Hot Glue
    • Wood Chips (Grilling section at True Value)
    • PVC pipe fittings, 2 different sizes
    • Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint (sparkly brown)
    • Paint, stain or dye
    • Small Star (holiday pick from craft store)
    Tutorial:

    1. Spray PVC pipe fittings. Let dry.

    2. Attach pipe fittings to bottom of styrofoam cones with hot glue.

    3. Using hot glue and starting at the bottom, glue wood chips around the Styrofoam cone.

    4. Continue working upwards in layers.  Find the right pieces is like putting together a puzzle. I liked using pieces with bark for texture.

    Note:  The Weber wood chips were cut on an angle. Gluing the angle and attaching to the cone, made the chip stand out a little.
    Note: Thin wood chips can be snapped which is helpful for placing on curved surface.
    5. Paint or stain the wood chips and let dry.

    6. Add star to top by poking wire into Styrofoam or secure with hot glue. Embellish if desired.

    My inspiration was the West Elm seagrass tree but due to a shortage of sea grass in western PA, mine turned out different but not in a bad way…

    Simple. Pretty. Natural.
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    Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

    DIY Present Pillows by Linda from It All Started with Paint

    Present Pillows Twine on couch (550x413) (2)

    I’m honored to be blogging to you today from The DIY Showoff. Thank you Roeshel for this amazing opportunity to be a guest contributor on your blog.  You, your readers and your followers have been so very kind to me … and an amazing source of inspiration and instruction.  About 13 years ago, I made ‘present pillows’ for our home.  They were jewel-toned with gold bows.  Seriously, those were the hot colors of the day splashed across the catalog pages …

    Present Pillows (3)
    … my creations (and photos) were a little rough around the ages in my pre-blogger days …

       … and the very pages where the inspiration for this project first sparked. It was either Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel that featured ‘present pillows’ in a photo shoot.  They weren’t for sale.  Just a prop.  But it was a prop that I knew I needed in our home for the holidays …Those jewel-toned present pillows were literally loved to death by my children and were ‘recycled’ many moons ago.  Then I happened upon that picture above (the baby holding those pillows is now in high school) and decided it was high time to bring back the present pillow.This time around I jumped on my new passion of using drop cloth as fabric.  With a $10 Menard’s rebate, I picked up a 4’ x 9’ drop cloth for under $5. Then I grabbed a bunch of different ribbon options.  They were all marked 50% off and if I don’t use them in this project I’ll put them to good use elsewhere …

    Present Pillows Materials (550x413) (2)

    The first step was to wash the drop cloth with detergent and fabric softener.  And then dry with a dryer sheet.  I actually ran mine through the washing machine twice.  It’s amazing how much it softens it up.I made two present pillows that are 8” x 6” in size.  That meant I cut 4 pieces of fabric (tops and bottoms) 7” x 7”; and cut 8 pieces of fabric 9” x 7” for the sides.I cut  — well, more like tore – the top and bottom pieces first.  If you make a small cut in the drop cloth like so …

    Present Pillows Tear 1 final (550x413) (2)You can then tear it and end up with a perfectly straight line …Present Pillows Tear Final (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Tear 2 (550x413) (2)When all the cuts (tears) were made, I pinned the pillow “sides” together …Present Pillows Sides (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Pinned (550x413) (2)…and stitched them up…Present Pillows Sew (550x413) (2)

    In an ideal world, I would add a zig zag stitch on the edges because the drop cloth frays so easily … but since these are seasonal pillows, I skipped that step and instead pressed open the seams …

    Present Pillows Press (550x413) (2)I pinned the top on next, matching up the corners …Present Pillows Top Pin (550x413) (2)

    When sewing the tops and bottoms to the sides, when you get to a corner you need to lower the needle into the exact corner and lift the footer …

    Present Pillows Sew Top (550x413) (2)

    Pivot the fabric and spread the boxing around the corner … lower the footer and continue sewing. Repeat at each corner.

    Present Pillows Sew Top 2 (550x413) (2)I clipped the corners, pressed open the seams and turned right side out ..Present Pillows Clip Corner (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Press Open (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Press Top (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Turned (550x413) (2)

    Then I pinned the bottom on the same way, only this time when I stitched it up I left an opening for the stuffing …

    Present Pillows Opening (550x413) (2)

    … and speaking of the stuffing, mine is from a ‘deconstructed’ $9.99 body pillow from Target.  And no, really, I didn’t get that great money-saving tip from a fabric and craft store employee …You can slip stitch the opening closed … or do what I did and sew it shut using the machine …Present Pillows Sew Open Close (550x413) (2)Present Pillows sew open closed (550x413) (2)All that’s left to do is dress them up with some twine and rosettes ….

    Present Pillows Twine on couch (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Twine 2 (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Twine (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Twine on porch (550x413) (2)Or, if you prefer, with some ribbon and bows …Present Pillows Country (550x413)-2 (2)Present Pillows Country table (550x413) (2)And, just because I couldn’t resist, I used a $2 fleece remnant to make a Tiffany blue pillow box …Present Pillow Tiffany Box Kitchen(550x413) (2)Present Pillows Tiffany close up (550x413) (2)

    I’m not a huge jewelry person, but even my heart skips a beat when I see that robin’s egg blue all wrapped up with a simple white ribbon …

    Present Pillows Tiffany 2 (550x413) (2)

    Thank you Roeshel for hosting my project!  And “Happy Holidays” to all you DIY Showoff followers. If you happen to find yourself here through my blog, please be sure to check out all the great posts, projects and creativity featured on The DIY Showoff … 
      

    12 Days of Projects {Glass, Mirror, Clear Edition}

    MIRROR/CLEAR EDITION
     

    Surely by now you’re aware of the 12 Days of Projects sponsored by Dutch Boy and Krylon going on at the DIY Club, the color themed painting event. I love being able to reference and enjoy the different parties organized by color with all of my DIY Club pals! Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Glass/Transparent/Mirror edition. I’m not going to go into what colors “mirror or clear glass” are…that’s way too complicated to think about, let alone answer.  I think we’d all have to “reflect” on that one.  {haha!} But anyway…

    The magic of Krylon’s Looking Glass paint makes DIY mercury glass and mirrors reality and Glitter Blast is the perfect DIY supply for the holidays.
    Votives sprayed with Krylon’s Looking Glass paint inside, Glitter Blast on the outside…

    mixed with {store bought} faux mercury glass pieces…
    How about you? Do you have a glass/mirror project post to share?
    Link up for a chance to win!
    MIRROR/GLASS PAINT
    HOLIDAY LINKS ONLY!

    Rules:

    12 days

    12 blogs

    12 colorthemed parties

    HOW TO ENTER:
    1. Each of the 12 parties is open for one week, from 12:01 am the day it’s posted to 11:59pm one week later, on the dates indicated (today, 12/7  for the party here, right now!)
    2. Link up one or more project tutorials that correspond to the color/finish for each party. THIS PARTY IS FOR MIRROR/CLEAR.
    3. You may link up multiple projects to multiple parties.
    4. Be sure to include the party button in each post that you link up.
    RULES TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN:
    1. Must be an original project tutorial created by you.
    2. Must involve the use of paint.
    3. Must involve the color or finish indicated for each party.
    4. Must have the party button in each linked post.
    • After all of the parties are closed, we will post a TOP 12 finalist list at the DIY Club onDEC 16.
    • The winner will be announced on Dec 20.
    • One winner will win 2 gallons of Dutch Boy paint and 6 cans of Krylon spray paint.

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential


    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking


    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans


    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry


    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper


    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun


    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off



    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri


    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main


    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage


    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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    Christmas DIY by Randee's Organized Chaos

    Hi!!!  I am Randee from 
    Randee's Organized Chaos
    I am SUPER DUPER excited that Roeshel allowed me to be a guest! My life is in constant CHAOS but I would not have it any other way! I am married to a wonderful man and I have two AWESOME children!  I constantly CrEaTe my own CHAOS and I always think “what have I done?” but it always works itself out and turns out to be TOO STINKING CUTE!!!

    I am featuring a few of my favorite projects and recipes. I hope that you will stop by and add a little CHAOS to your life! I like to talk about my family that is the CENTER of the chaos and all of my favorite projects that I am knee deep in!! You might learn a few tricks from MY CHAOS! 
    (The complete tutorials can be seen by clicking the links below.)

    My first project is my NO SEW RUFFLED TREE SKIRT… 
    Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL???
    I have a small “OBSESSION” with burlap!

    Another one of my NO SEW projects:  
    Last but NOT LEAST…..

    These are without a doubt AWESOME!  I think EVERY SINGLE person on my list this year will be getting some of these.  They will make GREAT teacher gifts! ;)

    THANKS again for having me! I hope that following along with my CHAOS makes you realize that EVERY family has a little bit of “CRAZY” which makes us all NORMAL!!!  ;)
    Reminder:
    12 Bloggers,
    12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ 
    A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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    Kitchen and Laundry Makeover by Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane

    Hi, everyone! 
    I’m Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane, and I’m pretty thrilled about having the opportunity to post on The DIY Showoff. Roeshel, thank you so much for inviting me to share my kitchen and laundry room with your readers!At 11 Magnolia Lane, I blog with two of my girlfriends about a little bit of everything. We all have our “niche” area, and mine seems to be home decor and DIY stuff (maybe because we move so often–I’m a military wife). Obviously, it’s hard to cram all the horrible “before” and awesome “after” pictures into one short post, so stop by and visit for the full story, and tons of pictures, on both my kitchen and the laundry room re-do’s. 
     **KITCHEN** 
    The kitchen HAD to be done first. Dark, dreary, and dated–how is that even possible for a house built less than ten years ago?–I knew before we bought the house that I’d be painting the cabinets white.
     
    (You can see more of this home and kitchen HERE.) 
    But, after our move earlier this summer here was the kitchen I had to start with. I added a shelf bracket (trimmed to fit) and molding to create a built-in look.”

    It took even longer than I thought it would (almost 5 weeks!), but I added trim, feet,
    and other details like new lights and new kitchen faucet to make things look more built-in
    and custom, and I am thrilled with the look. I have a long list of things that I still want
    to do, of course, because projects are never really done, but I have at least another
    year and a half before we move again–plenty of time! 
     **LAUNDRY ROOM* 
    I compromised on the laundry room because I liked the rest of the house (well, except for
    the kitchen, of course). Situated under the stairs, it was cramped, awkward, and UGLY.
     I spend huge quantities of time doing laundry (don’t we all?) so I knew this room had
    to be one that I enjoyed being in. Here’s the ugly before…
     
    This was an inexpensive redo because all I bought was a metal storage cabinet, a new rug for
    the floor, and the lumber and trim to make cafe-style shelving. Everything else I gathered
    from around my house, which wasn’t hard, because I am a flea market, garage sale, and
    thrift store queen. Here’s the awesome “after”…
    I have to give a shout-out to Jones Design Company’s painted wallpaper tutorial, which
    was so simple even I could follow it. Time consuming, to be sure, but I love the result.
     And I hid the mess in my under-the-stairs area in a vintage metal cabinet. When I
    can’t squeeze through to get into the space, I know it’s time to go on a diet!
    I scored the rug at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon–it ties everything together.
    Shabby chic hooks repurposed as an ironing board hanger,
    and a close-up of the painted wallpaper.
    Thanks so much for letting me share these rooms with you!
     And please stop over to 11magnolialane.com and say Hi! 
     
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    Reminder:

    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main


    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

    DIY Project Parade: Closet Doors – How to Turn BiFold Doors into French Doors

    I love this blog day at the DIY Show Off! I finished up the bi-fold doors. Finally!  Only they’re not bi-fold doors anymore!  Woo hoo!
    The doors before:

    The doors after (see tips on painting shuttered doors here):

    But they were still functioning as bi-fold doors. Bi-fold doors are a great space saver in hallways or for laundry rooms, but not necessary in a bedroom. I wanted them to function as French doors.  Super easy to do!

    (Dressing Room Sneak Peek!)
    Closets Before had curtains for a few years – I hated that wood tone that much!
    BIFOLD CLOSET DOORS become FRENCH DOORS…
    How to:

    The doors were installed as usual in the outer corners. (My doors only have an upper track, the bottom is held in place with a bracket in the corners on the floor – no slider on the floor.)

    Remove plastic that keeps the door on track from the upper inner corner. (The upper outer one near the wall will stay in the original track, remove the other top inner plastic.) Mine look like this:

    Measure where the door closes and magnetic hardware will need to be place for doors to close and catch.
    Start with pilot holes.

    Install metal cupboard door hardware (the ‘catch’ piece) onto the track itself, so it hangs down to meet where the magnetic piece is going to be placed on the actual door.

    Attach the other piece of the magnetic cupboard door hardware to the door itself, making sure that it lines up with the metal piece on the track so it will catch and stay closed. (Mark and drill pilot holes first.)

    These are perfect for keeping the closet doors closed and so easy. Best of all – it doesn’t alter the door itself so if the day comes when you want bi-fold doors again, no problem.  Repeat for all doors (4 in our case).
    Stop the folding action by using mending plates:

    Three on each door near the top, in the middle and on the bottom.

    Mark.

    Drill pilot holes.

    Attach.

    Now the doors don’t fold anymore – but can be easily turned back to bi-fold doors. Permanent for only as long as you want them to be permanent.

    Door knobs are from Hobby Lobby (1/2 off of $5.99 each!!!)

    Big improvement!
    Since this is my dressing room, I liked the freedom to get creative.

    “S” hooks make belts/scarves and accessories easy to find. {Don’t you hate forgetting what you actually do own because you can’t see it or find it?}

    I love that they open out, instead of fold.  I love the new paint job and pretty knobs. And I love that my cat no longer snoozes on my sweaters, covering them in fur!
    What do you think?
    Similar ‘S’ hooks:
    Dressing Room Reveal coming soon with tons of pictures and a few more details on how my clothing and accessories went from being crammed and sharing space with ‘boy’ clothes to having a room all their own.
    Ps. We’re leaving for vacation but I’ve scheduled posts to publish along with some guest posts from some of my creative blog buddies.  Please stop by to give these ladies some DIY Show Off love while I’m away and know that if you comment, ask questions, submit features or email me…I may not get back to you right away but I’d still love to hear from you and we’ll catch up when I return (I’ve been working on another room transformation this past week and can’t wait to share it with you!)

     

    Now – Let’s see your latest DIY project!

    The DIY Show Off
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    2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
     
    3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
     
    4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off
    to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. 
    5.  If reading this in an email, pop over to http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com to see the inspiring DIY projects linked up!
    6. If you have a Holiday link to share, feel free to link up to here too!
     
    7.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week.
    8.  Visit a few other links to make some new friends, get some creative ideas and feel free to leave me a comment. I’m likely sitting here on the computer and could use a happy distraction! 

     

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    Coming up early January 2012…share your best projects of 2011…
    Get Ready
    12 Bloggers
    12 Colors
    12 Days of Holiday DIY
     
    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential
     
    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking
     
    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans
     
    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry
     
    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper
     
    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun
     
    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off
     
    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter
     
    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri
     
    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main
     
    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage
     
    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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    DIY Holiday Highlights turned Blog Hop and Deck the Chandelier with Bows of Holly…uh other Christmas-y Thingies.

    This is our dining room light fixture before just doing it’s job. 
    B-o-r-i-n-g.
    But four years ago when we bought our home with this horror:
    This quick fix was a big improvement: (and it’s not a bad light fixture, just not my style.)
    We have plans to replace it someday when we have $$$ to spend on a light fixture our of dreams…whatever that may be. Maybe something like one of these…
    I like lantern-type lighting but Mr. DIY, not so much. :(  We have one of these ($20 from Habitat Restore that I’m trying to convince him would look gorgeous (for the past year…)
    But until then, I have to live with it and make it work. Here is how I disguised it for Christmas. You could switch it up depending on what you have on hand or with other thrifty baubles and treasures. 
    Add a grapevine wreath to to the underside. Securing with ribbon to the ‘things’ (arms?) that hold the upside-down shade (I’m really struggling for words tonight as I type this…don’t laugh. I hope you know what I mean).
    Look! A giant bird’s nest hanging from the ceiling!
    with newly hatched baby light bulbs…
    I use these candelabras to decorate the top and add candles. 
    (found at an antique/junk store ~ I  love Cappy’s!)
    Add ornaments, hang ornaments from ribbon, add reindeer or Santa or elves or angels or Christmas trees, wreaths, festive candle rings, candles in different sizes…get creative. 
    Oh – In the fall, I add autumn leaves garland…
    Ta-da! 
    I know – there’s not much to think about, but I decided to post anyway in the event you have a light fixture that embarrasses you – I just wanted to show you…disguising it takes it from boring to wow!
    DIY Show Off shout out to my daughter, Bri. Take a look at her beautiful tree!

    “…and a peacock in a pine tree!!!!
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  • DIY at Stardust – Decor & Style

    Hello “The DIY ShowOff” readers!My name is Olga from Stardust – Decor & Style and I am just one of you… a fanatic reader and follower!
    I’m a new blogger and I blog about DIY, decoration, makeovers and transformations, house tours and whatever beautiful catches my eye.
    S t a r d u s t   -  Decor & Style
    I can’t describe how honored I am to be here today and share some of my recent projects with you!So grab a cup of coffee, make yourself comfortable and here we go…This was my master bedroom a little after we had moved in. At first it was OK, but then I wasn’t satisfied with the colour and even more I hated this awkward wall behind the bed. I was trying to figure out a way on how to cover it and make the room feel more dramatic. The first makeover that I attempted didn’t turn out as I expected.  It kept me thinking. And then it struck me… curtains + paint + a few new accessories… I had it all in my mind. Well check this out for yourselves:
    BEFORE
    FIRST ATTEMPT OF MAKEOVER
    AFTER

    What a transformation, right? It seems like a completely different room! And it cost me less than $100.00 (except for the light fixture which was somewhat expensive… but couldn’t resist it…you feel me right?)!For more pictures and details please go here
    And then we have the hallway. It was a plain, common, and boring hallway. I’d tried to spice it up with some wallpaper and a mirror from IKEA. Had it like that for about two years. And then one day I decided to do something about it. I ripped off the wallpaper – not an easy job – and painted big horizontal stripes which I lurve! 
    Let’s take a look of the Before and After pics:                                                                            
    BEFORE

                                                                                 AFTER

    Well what do you think? And this project didn’t cost anything at all. The paint was leftovers from previous paint jobs which i mixed all together. And there you have it! I loooooove horizontal stripes!  For the full tutorial please go here.That’s all folks for today! If you want some more you’re most welcome to come and visit Stardust – Decor & Style, where you can also see my balcony update. It would mean the world to me to see you over at my place! 
     Hope you all enjoyed the post.A big Thank You to Roeshel for having me here today! Roeshel you are such a sweetie!Merry Christmas everyone!!!                 
    xoxo

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    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ 
    Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

    Better Homes and Gardens Gifts under $20…

    I love that one of my favorite magazines now has a beautiful affordable product line. Here are some gorgeous holiday gift ideas at awesome prices. “Like” BHG Live Better on Facebook to stay up-to-date on new product announcements, great deals, chances to win products and freebies). PLEASE POP OVER AND TELL THEM DIY SHOW OFF SENT YOU.  :)  Most referred traffic wins (not sure who my competition is but I’d love your help!). 
    BHG Holiday Gifts Under $20
    $4.97 for a Silver Beaded Hurricane.  Who doesn’t love a little glam? This small glittery hurricane comes in silver, gold, red or green and includes 4 tea light candles too!
    $9.97 for this hurricane, festive candle ring and oil rubbed bronze pedestal?!!  Isn’t this festive and so pretty?  A great grab bag gift idea…
    Add a yummy smelling BHG 4″ Warm Vanilla Creme candle for $3.50.
    $15.00. Everyone loves sweet aromas during the holidays. I know certain holiday scents bring back Christmas memories for me. I have an electric scented wax warmer on each floor of our home and I love them. I get a lot of compliments on the scents and a few admirers so for under $20, someone special is getting one of these. It’s so pretty too…
     
    Delicious scented wax melts are $2.00 for a six pack. At this time of year, my favorite scents are Spiced Apple Wreath, Iced Winter Cranberry and Spiced Sugar Plum. My entire home smells so good. Not too strong but heavenly. (The above picture is upstairs in our hallway. As I type this up, I’m sitting downstairs in the living room enjoying hint of Spice Sugar Plums, listening to Christmas music…it definitely inspires holiday spirit!) Tip:  To get old wax out of the dish, let cool then stick dish in the freezer for a bit, remove and wax pops right out. 
    Another small but noticeable positive? I love that everything is packaged square. It makes it so easy to gift wrap!  (Am I the only one who hates misshaped plastic packages? Those definitely call for quick gift bag this time of year instead of being pretty wrapping paper. Getting into one of those packages can be a literal bloody nightmare.)
    Just some great affordable ideas from BHG that make great hostess gifts, grab bag gifts, teacher gifts or something sweet for someone who has everything or is hard to buy for. (Or – every year I buy something and wrap it for the occasion where an unexpected guest stops in…I love being prepared just in case and any of these items are thoughtful and festive.) See something you like here?  Let BHG Live Better know at here ~ they’d love to hear about your favorite.
    Now back to the regularly scheduled…
    The DIY Show Off

    Let’s see your DIY holiday creativity or check out the links for some fabulous inspiration from our crafty blog friends.




    Review is my own opinion in my own words. I received free products in exchange for sharing BHG’s holiday product line, gift ideas and affordable prices with DIY Show Off readers. No twisting my arm to tell you how much I love each of these products.  :) 

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    12 Bloggers
    12 Colors
    12 Days of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec.  pan style="color: #ff6600;">12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

    DIY Holiday Highlights and True Value Pipe Fitting Candle Holders

    Who knew that True Value Hardware sold decorative decor?  Well, mine actually does sell holiday decorations (and TRAINS!), but this is just about the most simple DIY project ever. Just something I picked up while shopping for another DIY project.  It’s got a little industrial character. Just a little creative repurposing that even the most DIY-challenged person (like one who’s brain is already into next week’s vacation)…

    Thick emergency candles
    +

    Pipe fittings
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    (you could even spray paint the pipe fittings but I love mine the way they are)

    Instant Industrial Candle Sticks…
    Restoration Hardware price would be ridiculous.  True Value Hardware price is less than $10 for a set of 3.
    Not just for Christmas…I love unique objects turned decorating and when was the last time men in your family noticed or commented on your decor? I think this one will get an admirer or two. What do you think?

    It’s December – I know you’ve been decorating and working on festive DIY, right?  Let’s see!

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    12 Bloggers
    12 Colors
    12 Days of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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