Easter Succulent Garden

Remember that one time last year when I made a wire cloche for a succulent terrarium/garden? It’s a miracle! I haven’t managed to kill the plants! I love that succulents are so hardy, nearly fool-proof. Well, for Easter, I’ve done a little re-arranging in my little succulent garden. 

DIY wire succulent garden

{DIY wire cloche for succulent garden}

It’s still alive and thriving but it was looking a bit neglected and sad (okay, so some of the plants didn’t make it) but I took a few minutes to freshen it up for spring, trying to make up for my non-green thumb. I saw something similar somewhere one time but for the life of me, can’t find it now to properly credit that glimpse of inspiration. Here’s what I did: 

Easter succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

  • I added water so the soil was wet. I broke up the compacted soil with a fork then added half of an empty toilet paper roll. I covered it with soil and pebbles then added a rock to the side…just like Jesus’ tomb. 
  • Using twigs from my yard and scrap floral wire, I created 3 little stick crosses and tucked them near the back. 

succulent garden for Easter at diyshowoff.com Easter succulent terrarium at diyshowoff.com Easter succulent garden - diyshowoff.com He is Risen succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

When Easter decorating becomes bunnies, eggs, chicks and candy overload (which I do love too, don’t get me wrong!), it’s nice to have a sweet reminder of the true reason for celebrating Easter. He is risen! 

Jesus' tomb succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

 He is Risen, indeed. xo 

He is Risen! succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

 Update: Here are links to some more (thanks for sharing, Graziela!)

DIY Alphabet Burlap Cork Board Message Center

Hello DIY friends! One of my favorite stores is Michaels - although it’s one of those stores that I can’t run in for just one thing because I end up with a cart full of the cutest decorative accents and more materials for my craft stash. You too, right? Well, Michaels just announced the addition of pre-cut craft fabric to the thousands of creative products available in its stores, providing us with one-stop shopping for DIY projects. This is BIG HUGE news when you live in a smaller city with only one local fabric store! While I was there, I also discovered that Michaels sells a complete line of sewing supplies as well…this cuts my shopping time in half. One store instead of two. Bonus!

DIY burlap message center

Michaels supplied me with this awesome stash of fabric as a part of a promotion for their new line of home decor fabric. Isn’t it darling? 

Michaels fabric line

The alphabet burlap is ADORABLE! and a perfect match for my craft room so I decided I would make myself a burlap covered corkboard message center to help keep me organized. Cork board, Chalk board, Clip board AND burlap? That’s what I’m talking about! A fun combo!

Materials:

  • 36″ x 24″ framed corkboard
  • Crafty Cuts alphabet burlap
  • 4 pieces of thin wood trim (Michael’s also sells a small miter box & saw)
  • Black spray paint (or you could probably get away with one can of chalkboard spray paint)
  • Spray adhesive
  • 3 clipboards
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Hot glue (and hot glue gun)
  • Embellishments
  • Push pins

Corkboard/Chalkboad/Clipboard Message Center Tutorial:

DIY message center

1. Measure and (miter) cut small trim pieces to fit inside of the corkboard’s frame. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

2. Iron burlap. I used my iron’s highest setting and sprayed water (not steamed) to get out wrinkles. Iron both sides. 

ironing burlap

3. Measure inside of corkboard frame and cut a piece of the burlap to those measurements (mine was 34.5″ x 22.5″). If you subtract 1/4″, it will save you from having to trim the fit later. If it’s a smidge small, it’s okay (and actually better) and will be hidden by the added wood trim later. Set fabric piece aside. 

alphabet burlap

4. Spray paint the corkboard frame and trim pieces black. I was okay with imperfect coverage for a distressed look. (You could also sand edges when dry.) No need to tape the corkboard since it’ll be covered later. Let paint dry. 

DIY burlap corkboard message center

5. Give the cut burlap piece a coat of spray adhesive on the back side.  (I do this outside because of the overspray but be mindful of the wind direction blowing the adhesive spray mist as well as when picking up the sticky burlap, not to touch/fold which mine did but easily quickly pulled apart.) Immediately move to step 6.

DIY burlap covered cork board message center

6. Working from the middle out, smooth the burlap over the corkboard (inside the frame). It’ll be reposition-able right away if needed. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

7. Next I used hot glue to attach my small mitered trim pieces over the burlap edges, right next to the inside of the corkboard frame. This covers the edge of the burlap.

DIY burlap covered cork board

If you need to re-cut a mitered piece or accidentally scratch the black paint finish, simply fix it with a black Sharpie.

DIY burlap covered cork message center

8. Embellish as desired. My mitered edges surprisingly were a great fit after the mitered cut fix above, but these adorable flower embellishments attached with hot glue would work for covering a not so professional {tricky cuts!} mitered fit too. 

flower embellishments

9. Clipboards: Remove metal clip hardware, coat with chalkboard paint, let dry and repeat a second coat and let dry. 

chalkboard clipboard

10. Season chalkboard by rubbing the length of a piece of chalk over the complete surface then erasing. 

seasoning chalkboard

11. Re-attach clips. I found that using a twist tie to hold the clip open then lining up screws made reattaching the clip to the board a lot easier (because of the spring in the clip). Once screws are in place and tightened, remove twist tie. 

reattaching clipboard hardware

12. Embellish chalkboard clipboards if desired. I numbered mine and added some cute stickers. 

decorating chalkboard clipboard

13. Hang! Corkboard should come with hanging hardware but large Command strips will work too. 

alphabet burlap message center

It’s perfect for my black, natural, vintage inspired craft room. Lovin’ it!

craft room

There’s a lot of “stuff” in this room but it is clean and organized!

craft room / home office

I was provided with fabric and a Michaels gift card to complete the challenge. Michaels.com and Michaels Pinterest Boards feature project ideas that use fabric, including throw pillowslamp shadeschair seat covers, and bracelets. Laminated burlap, a Michaels limited exclusive, can be fed through most home printers to add personalized messages and images to fabric projects…I want to try that next!

Earthy Essentials Party – Contest and Highlights

The DIY Club Anniversary Celebration is still going on through Saturday, April 30th.  Have you had a chance to check out the creative links in each party?  Here are some fun and inspiring EARTHY ESSENTIALS projects to get you motivated. You can find all of these projects linked up in the linky below (find the image and visit the link for the original post full of details, tutorial and more pictures).

{ burlap }
   
   
  
{ jute/twine }
    
  
{ drop cloth }
  
{ canvas }
  
{ linen }
   
An Earthy Essentials themed party!  ”RUSTIC ELEGANT COUPLE’S SHOWER”
One lucky Earthy Essentials party participant at The DIY Show Off will win a fabulous prize pack from the generous folks at Canvas Corp. - so many fun products to spark creativity and a blog full of TONS of crafty inspiration. 
Psst. Guess what! There’s a Canvas Corp. Burlap Party going on as well!
Here are the items in the Canvas Corp. Earthy Essentials Prize Package valued at $95! Imagine adding this awesome selection to your craft stash:

Stretched Canvas 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 4″x4″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 12″x12″ {1}
Stretched Burlap 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Burlap 6″x6″ {1}
Mini Canvas Triangles {3}
Mini Canvas Tags {3}
Mini Canvas Heart {3}
Mini Canvas Round {3}
Mini Canvas Diamond {3}
Mini Canvas Star {3}
Canvas Round {5}
Canvas Rectangle {3}
Burlap Triangle {3}
Burlap Tag {2}
Mini Burlap Square {3}
Mini Burlap Round {3}
Mini Burlap Heart {3}
Mini Burlap Star {3}
Mini Burlap tag {3}
Mini Burlap Triangle {3}
Mini Clothespins black {1pk}
Mini Clothespins red {1pk}
Clothespins white {1pk}
Jute Rope
Jute Rope Light Natural
The DIY Show Off

Party Details:
DATES: Party is open April 16-30, 2011.

TO ENTER: Link up as many of your own new or old BURLAP, CANVAS, LINEN, JUTE AND TWINE DIY related posts using the linky below.

ELIGIBILITY TO WIN OR BE FEATURED:  Be a follower and include the Earthy Essentials party button in each linked post. 

PRIZE: 1 randomly drawn winner will be selected from the eligible posts to receive the Canvas Corp. prize package (shown above).

***This linky is for projects using ONLY the following materials:  CANVAS, BURLAP, LINEN, TWINE, JUTE.  See you Sunday for the DIY Project Parade – open to all DIY projects. If you notice your link has been deleted – check to be sure you’re linking to the correct party. This linky is for Earthy Essentials ONLY.  :) Link DIY projects not related to Earthy Essentials to the DIY Project Parade.  
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This party is only 1 of 4 celebrating the 1 year anniversary of The DIY Club. Check out the daily giveaways at The DIY Club site and link up to the other 3 parties hosted by my fellow DIY Club friends…
***Psst.  Don’t forget about the WORD WHIPPED GIVEAWAY (enter here)

Earthy Essentials Features – Pillows!

There are some beautiful and creative projects utilizing burlap, linen, canvas, twine, jute, etc. are linked up. You guys are amazing! I promised some highlights so here we go!  Earthy Essentials Pillows! 
Charlie at Attempting Aloha always has such cute DIY and this full flower linen pillow is no exception…
Do you love ruffles as much as I do?  I’ve been on a ruffle-shirt kick lately.  I think it’s going to spread into my pillow collection.  Check out this super cute ruffled linen pillow by Midwestern Sewing Girl, Maggie…
Oo-La-La!  
Revamped
NUMBERS!
I love DIY PB-knock off everything. Affordable, creative and pretty! 
So does Melis at the Joys of Home Education. Her PB-inspired pillows:
Using linen and fabric pens, check out these beauties from Mr. & Mrs. B!

Monogram Addiction – one of my many!
Angie from The Cellar Door Stories works magic with burlap + a sharpie. Super easy and awesome!
She sparks my creativity.  I’m inspired – I see a project in my near future.
Crafty Burlap Bag to Pillow at Liz Marie Blog…
Brilliant! Burlap and Ribbon Weave Pillow from The Country Chic Cottage!
LOVE this!
Angie at Country Chic Cottage is the design diva of burlap pillows!
Awe! How cute are these?  Mr. & Mrs. Burlap Pillows at
Love.Laugh.Sew.
I love them!
Love these from Red Cupboard Designs
BURLAP IN COLOR!
And how very fitting!  Another blog with the perfect name and header for the party!  
Best Friends:  Brittany (Red) and Kathy (Blonde)
Red, Blonde and Burlap
Look how cute this red burlap pillow with burlap rosettes is….
Sweetest little black burlap pillow at 
Messy Mimi…
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Keeping with a “love theme”…isn’t this dropcloth LOVE pillow the perfect accent for this beautiful chair at 
Crazy Wonderful?
and I’ve featured this before but I just love the mix of these big rosettes and burlap…
See more Earthy Essentials link at 
and link up your ideas old or new!  It’s so sweet to have so much natural-element inspiration all in one place for future DIY ideas. 
Which is your favorite?  Inspired?  Make an Earthy Essentials pillow and link up to enter the Earthy Essentials giveaway!  

Thank you so much ladies for sharing your pretty pillows!  Grab an “I’m Featured” button if you’re interested in ‘showing off’!  :)

Earthy Essentials Party…twine/decoupaged eggs

I’m posting a tutorial today at the DIY Club using these materials:

Deco Art Decoupage (comes in gloss or matte)
Twine
Paper (book pages or scrapbook paper)
foam brushes (found at Rockler)
Cute cardboard tag from CanvasCorp.com
Krylon satin white
Gorilla Glue
to create these cuties…

 Display in apothecary jars or in nests.

See my full Decoupage Eggs tutorial at 
JOIN THE EARTHY ESSENTIALS PARTY  with your new or old “earthy essentials” project or see the creative links AT 

Earthy Essentials Party Time!

It’s time for the 
Here at The DIY Show Off, I am hosting the Earthy Essentials linky party as a part of the DIY Club Anniversary Celebration! That means all things canvas, burlap, linen, twine, rope and jute related!  I’ve seen some amazing projects out there using these materials! 
I‘ll be sharing and featuring some Earthy Essential DIY tutorials linked below as well as a few of my own DIY projects using earthy elements over the next two weeks.  Taking a look back, here are a few I’ve shared…
One lucky Earthy Essentials party participant at The DIY Show Off will win a fabulous prize pack from the generous folks at Canvas Corp. - so many fun products to spark creativity and a blog full of TONS of crafty inspiration. 
Psst. Guess what! There’s a Canvas Corp. Burlap Party going on as well!
Here are the items in the Canvas Corp. Earthy Essentials Prize Package valued at $95! Imagine adding this awesome selection to your craft stash:

Stretched Canvas 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 4″x4″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 12″x12″ {1}
Stretched Burlap 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Burlap 6″x6″ {1}
Mini Canvas Triangles {3}
Mini Canvas Tags {3}
Mini Canvas Heart {3}
Mini Canvas Round {3}
Mini Canvas Diamond {3}
Mini Canvas Star {3}
Canvas Round {5}
Canvas Rectangle {3}
Burlap Triangle {3}
Burlap Tag {2}
Mini Burlap Square {3}
Mini Burlap Round {3}
Mini Burlap Heart {3}
Mini Burlap Star {3}
Mini Burlap tag {3}
Mini Burlap Triangle {3}
Mini Clothespins black {1pk}
Mini Clothespins red {1pk}
Clothespins white {1pk}
Jute Rope
Jute Rope Light Natural

The DIY Show Off

Party Details:
DATES: Party is open April 16-30, 2011.

TO ENTER: Link up as many of your own new or old BURLAP, CANVAS, LINEN, JUTE AND TWINE DIY related posts using the linky below.

ELIGIBILITY TO WIN OR BE FEATURED:  Be a follower and include the Earthy Essentials party button in each linked post. 

PRIZE: 1 randomly drawn winner will be selected from the eligible posts to receive the Canvas Corp. prize package (shown above).

***This linky is for projects using ONLY the following materials:  CANVAS, BURLAP, LINEN, TWINE, JUTE.  See you Sunday for the DIY Project Parade – open to all DIY projects. If you notice your link has been deleted – check to be sure you’re linking to the correct party. This linky is for Earthy Essentials ONLY.  :) Link DIY projects not related to Earthy Essentials to the DIY Project Parade.  

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This party is only 1 of 4 celebrating the 1 year anniversary of The DIY Club. Check out the daily giveaways at The DIY Club site and link up to the other 3 parties hosted by my fellow DIY Club friends…

You're Invited to the DIY Club Celebration and 4 Fun Linky Parties!

The several months, my participation with The DIY Club has been fun, creative, and crazy all at the same time. As one of the Official DIY Gals, I can tell you that there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into The DIY Club. It is an honor and a privilege to work with my fellow DIY Gals, collaborate with talented DIY Club Resident & Dare Bloggers, and be inspired by all of the amazing DIY Club Members who link up every month at The DIY Club Project Party Monthly Contest.
With this special celebration, one party is NOT enough! We have 4 fun and creative linky parties lined up so that everyone can get linked up to one or more. I truly hope you can join us at all 4 parties from April 16th -30th….
Here at The DIY Show Off, I am hosting the Earthy Essentials linky party! That means all things canvas, burlap, linen, twine, rope and jute related!  I’ve seen some amazing projects out there using these materials! Get ready to link your previously created projects or get some new spring projects created using “earthy essentials”!
One lucky Earthy Essentials party participant at The DIY Show Off will win a fabulous prize pack from the generous folks at Canvas Corp. - so many fun products to spark creativity and a blog full of TONS of crafty inspiration. 
Here are the items in the Canvas Corp. Earthy Essentials Prize Package valued at $95! Imagine adding this awesome selection to your craft stash:

Stretched Canvas 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 4″x4″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 12″x12″ {1}
Stretched Burlap 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Burlap 6″x6″ {1}
Mini Canvas Triangles {3}
Mini Canvas Tags {3}
Mini Canvas Heart {3}
Mini Canvas Round {3}
Mini Canvas Diamond {3}
Mini Canvas Star {3}
Canvas Round {5}
Canvas Rectangle {3}
Burlap Triangle {3}
Burlap Tag {2}
Mini Burlap Square {3}
Mini Burlap Round {3}
Mini Burlap Heart {3}
Mini Burlap Star {3}
Mini Burlap tag {3}
Mini Burlap Triangle {3}
Mini Clothespins black {1pk}
Mini Clothespins red {1pk}
Clothespins white {1pk}
Jute Rope
Jute Rope Light Natural
Get your decoupage, white, earthy, and chalkboard projects ready and we’ll see you at all 4 parties starting April 16!
So, will you celebrate with us?

RSVP by leaving a comment below or on the event Facebook page.

The DIY Show Off

I would love it and be honored if all of you would include the button on your sidebar as well!
Please invite your friends on FB & Twitter. It is a party, after all! The more the merrier!!

DIY Burlap & Starfish Wreath

Easy DIY Burlap & Starfish Wreath

Materials:
1 – 8 inch straw wreath (plastic wrap intact)
Approx. 1/2 yard of burlap
1 Starfish
1 Piece of Ribbon (approx. 36″)
Gorilla Glue
Gorilla Super Glue

Tools:
Scissors
Phillips Head Screwdriver

Step 1:  Cut burlap into 4″ squares.  Perfection not required!

Step 2:  Using the screwdriver, make a pilot hole into the plastic-wrap covered straw wreath.

Step 3:  Add a dab of Gorilla Glue into the hole.  This will expand and keep the burlap in place.

Step 4:  Fold a burlap square into 4s (in half and in half again)

Step 5:  Place burlap corner (without an open end) on top of the pilot hole and using the screwdriver, push into the hole and twist. Repeat until the wreath is covered on the front and outer edge, leaving an open area for ribbon/to hang the wreath.

Step 6:  Determine where starfish will go and apply Gorilla Super Glue to the backside of the starfish that will touch the wreath.  Apply pressure and hold for a minute until secure.

Step 7:  Tie the ribbon around the non-burlap part of the wreath.

Step 8:   All done.  Fluff.  Tie into a bow and hang.

Other Options:  Personalize a wreath for any occasion the same technique with different fabrics and embellishments.

See more awesome burlap projects at