Spring Bloom Pillow Cover

I’m still sort of holding my breath, hoping that spring truly has arrived after all of the teasing we’ve had recently. But regardless of the weather outdoors, I love to accessorize just a little bit with spring accents indoors. 

DIY Spring Pillow

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • Accent pillow cover (make your own or purchase from Ikea or H&M)
  • Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter Kit from Happy CraftersThe Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter kit includes everything you might need to get started creating custom screen print designs. This kit includes: 2 oz. bottle of fabric ink in black, 9″ x 3ft roll of stencil vinyl, silhouette hook tool, mixing tray, sea sponge, foam brush, a download card worth up to 10 free Silhouette designs, an idea booklet and instruction guide, and an instructional DVD. With this kit, you have all the tools and materials needed to start creating all kinds of screen printing projects. Pair this with a Silhouette Cameo® or Portrait® vinyl cutter for designing and cutting graphics quickly using your stencil vinyl.

Silhouette fabric ink starter kit

What I did:

Using the Silhouette Design Studio Software, I created a spring design. There’s a promotional card in the starter kit for some fun free shapes but I created the text “Bloom” with a branch shape. 

Silhouette Design Studio spring bloom design

Load the tan stencil vinyl rough side up into the Silhouette Cameo. Adjust blade settings for vinyl cutting. 

Silhouette fabric ink tutorial

Send to cut then remove from the machine.  

Silhouette fabric stencil tutorial

Weed away lettering and shape from stencil. 

weeding vinyl fabric stencil

Peel away the white backing from the glossy transfer paper. Cover rough side of stencil with transparent transfer paper. Burnish using the plastic promotional card (or gift card). 

Silhouette fabric ink transfer paper tutorial

Peel away tan backing from stencil vinyl. 

Fabric Ink Kit tutorial

Place stencil onto pillow cover. Burnish using the plastic card. 

burnishing vinyl stencil

Peel away the shiny transfer paper. 

Happy Crafters Fabric Ink Kit tutorial

Paint design. I used a foam brush for the lettering and a sponge for the branch. 

painted pillow cover tutorial

Once paint is dry, remove stencil. 

painted spring pillow cover

Sew or glue pom pons onto the branches. 

Spring bloom pillow cover tutorial

Slip pillow into the pillow cover and display. Spring is in the air! 

Spring Pillow Cover at diyshowoff.com

 

spring bloom pillow at diyshowoff.com

 

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

 

See more spring ideas in the DIYShowOff project gallery!

spring DIY projects

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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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!)

Mismatched Baskets to Matching Spring Collection

Have a bunch of mismatched baskets sitting around? Why not gather them up and create a matching collection just in time for spring organizing or Easter decorating? 

mismatched to cute collection - basket DIY at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • baskets (thrift stores or your own stash)
  • spray paint
  • FrogTape® Delicate Surface

I first cleaned up my baskets since they were a bit dusty. Then sprayed each basket with a different color of spray paint around the middle/outside and let dry. 

DIY painted basket collection

After 24 hours, I used FrogTape® Delicate Surface to create (and protect) a stripe around each basket. 

DIY painted basket collection with FrogTape

Use a thumbnail or credit card to activate the patented PaintBlock® Technology, giving the edges of the tape a good seal the best you can with the woven basket texture. 

Next I sprayed each basket inside and out with white spray paint. 

You can remove the tape while paint is wet but I forgot and removed it about four days later without any problem.

removing FrogTape

Now instead of 3 junky baskets, I have a set of 3 cute matching baskets all ready for the Easter Bunny…

DIY spray painted basket collection at diyshowoff.com how to make an easter basket collection at diyshowoff.com spray painted basket collection

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

It’s a Spring Thing Link Party and Giveaway!

Let’s share some spring themed ideas! After a strange week of spring like weather with temps near 70 and sunshine one day to snow and 30s the next, I’m thinking Mother Nature needs some spring inspiration. You too? 

14 spring ideas

Check out these spring themed posts from the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers:

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off 

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos 

Now it’s time to see your spring-induced DIY, decor, crafts and recipes. Share your link and thumbnail picture in the link party below to be entered to win! Visit the links for inspiring your next spring related project!

Need motivation in addition to inspiration? How about a chance to win over $1600 in prizes? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

It's a Spring Thing Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Karen Aber Ploransky. Congratulations!

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Spring Mantel Decorating

I don’t know about you but I’m so over winter and ready for spring, flowers, warmer weather and longer days. And to help welcome spring into our home, I set about decorating the mantel to spring ahead into the next much anticipated season – spring!

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Looking for a big backdrop for seasonal decor? Simply wrap a large canvas with wrapping paper or fabric. Leave it as is, attach glittery garland or a pretty wreath and you’re good to go (and super easy to swap out for every season without having to store art work, not to mention lots of options for the perfect size and coordinating colors).

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Gather up those ceramic bunnies from the thrift store and give them a coat of spray paint for your spring themed vignettes. 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

 Display a nest full of faux eggs in a bird cage…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Add a cute little birdhouse…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

A mix of twigs from the yard and faux branches in a vase add a touch of spring and balance…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

The tulips and daffodils aren’t poking up through the ground yet, but a fresh bouquet of spring flowers indoors will chase away the winter blahs.

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Are you ready for spring?

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas

Check out more spring inspiration in the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hop!

It's a Spring Thing

It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers

 ~ Monday ~

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

~ Tuesday ~

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off (you’re here!)

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

~ Wednesday ~

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

~ Thursday ~

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos

~ Friday ~

It’s a Spring Thing Linky Party… come share your Spring décor, recipes, crafts and more!

Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Share the Love: Free Printable Valentine Gift Tags

One month until Valentine’s day! Time to start thinking about cute Valentine’s craft ideas! Today I’m sharing some cute Valentine gift tag printables as a part of the Share the Love Blog Hop hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things). Visiting from sweet Lucy at Craftberry Bush? Welcome friends! I’m so glad you’re here! 

Share the Love Hop

Baby, it’s cold outside in my geographical location in February so how about adding a package of hot cocoa to a dollar store mug, toss in some DIY decorated marshmallow stirs and attaching a cute “You melt my Heart” tag. 

free valentine printable

Awe. Heart warming! Heart melting! They’re printable. They’re free! And they’re cute! 

You Melt My Heart Valentine Prinatable

Click here to open and print. 

Marshmallow Stick Treats

Great for accessorizing these gifts too:

  • chocolate
  • bath melts
  • candles
  • melted snowman cookies
  • snowman ornament

free valentine printable gift tag

Next up on the Share the Love Blog Hop is Vanessa at Tried and True with a super cute project & printable!

Share the Love Hop

Visit all 16 blog friends for even MORE free Valentine Printables! 

1. Jamie: “You mean the world to me!”

2. Lucy: “I love everything you dew!”

3. Roeshel: “You melt my heart!”

4. Vanessa: ” Thumb-body Loves You!”

5. Lindsay:  ”You blow me away!”

6. Jamie: “You’re o-fish-ally an awesome friend!”

7. Kelly: “No matter how you slice it, we make a great combination!”

8. Lindi: “You rock!”

9. Andrea: “You’re the write one for me!”

10. Abbey: Valentines Day scavenger hunt

11. Jenna: “We’re 2 of a kind!”

12. Emily: “I like you a latte!”

13. Bethany: “You’re just my type!”

14. Caitlin: “You’re sweet!”

15. Colleen: “You’re a deer to me!”

16. Julia: “You are the bomb!”

Happy New Year!

I know, I’m a day late but Mr. DIY and I were recovering from New Year’s Eve. Not in the way you might think. We’re not party animals but we did stay up to count down and watch the ball drop meaning we were up past our usual bedtime. But anyway, Happy New Year, happy 2014, friends! No confetti or noise makers but my written sentiment is just as celebratory!  newyear2014

Do you make a new year’s resolution? I don’t because more often than not, I’m good to go for a few days before I forget or give up. But I do like the idea of a word of the year (inspired by Layla at the Lettered Cottage). Just one word. Just for me. For focusing on goals, thoughts and plans for the new year.

Earlier this week I shared a tutorial for a glitter iron-on vinyl decal. iron on vinyl glitter decal tshirt tutorial

Did you see it? Now don’t go thinking I’m all crazy when I say my word of the year is “horse”. Are you laughing?! Did I hear a snort?

Say what? Horse?! Nay (neigh?), really? Yep! This is how my brain works: Choosing a word for 2014 has been on my mind. And when I was working on a project for the glitter iron-on vinyl tutorial…I procrastinated. My glitter monogramed stockings didn’t happen so a plan B came into play. And I happen to really like graphic t-shirts right now so my project plan changed to dressing one up. I didn’t want a Happy New Year t-shirt. Ya know? I mean…there’s a really small window of when that’s wearable. So it got me to wondering what the Chinese zodiac symbol for 2014 is and I discovered: it’s the year of the horse. (It got you wondering along the same lines, right? No? It’s official. I’m weird.)

Anyway - I’m not really sure what all that means. I mean, according to the Chinese calendar, I’m a dog. But 2014 is the year of the horse and then it got me thinking of 4 things that horses symbolize…

  • grace
  • inner strength
  • freedom
  • treasure

What do you mean treasure doesn’t relate to the horse? My word. My symbolism. K? Of course I don’t own a real live horse but I’m pretty sure they’re expensive to have. That means $. And $ is treasure, is it not? See…I’m rational and in my right mind. So there you have it. My word for the year. HORSE. Let me explain a little more or if no one is reading, at least journal for reference so I don’t forget and whinny and gallop all of 2014 instead. (I can’t get that sweet prancercize lady out of my head now. Not sure what I mean? Search youtube. You’ll want to be able to identify prancercize moves in my upcoming DIY videos. Kidding!) Ahem. Back to the reason for my choice of word of the year:

  • Grace. Okay, I admit it, I lack coordination and you really won’t see me practicing prancercize. I don’t possess grace in that sense. But I’m more specifically referring to God’s love and mercy. That grace. Because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in everything else that’s going on, “horse” is going to remind me to devote more time to Him. 
  • I often tend to be quiet, unsure of myself, indecisive. I need to harness some inner strength (it’s in there somewhere, right?) to change the things I consider my weaknesses. I don’t know why I’m the way I am but those things about myself get on my nerves. It looks like they’re not going to change on their own so I’m counting on some inner strength for courage to change. That will lead to this:
  • In 2014, I’m working on being free of anxiety, worry and lack of confidence. It doesn’t come naturally, so freedom from those weights is a biggy. 
  • Treasure. This relates to how I want the people in my life to feel. Isn’t it so easy to take those closest to us for granted? It doesn’t happen on purpose but it happens nonetheless. I want to remember to be thoughtful and to let others know how much they mean to me, to know they are treasured. And just so you know, in case I haven’t told you in a while, I treasure you for taking the time to stop by, for reading along (you’re still here, right?), for being supportive, for your friendship. You being here is this blog’s biggest treasure.

Did you notice the first letter of those four things? G-I-F-T. Along with ‘horse’. Because last but not least, I want to apply the old saying “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” to my life. In other words, most of all…every day is a gift and I’m going to be grateful for that gift for every.single.day.  grateful

 

So every time I see a horse this year, real or not, I’ll be thinking of grace, inner strength, freedom, treasure, the gift of life. 

Does that explain “horse” as my word of the year? Make sense? If not…just process it it a little more. And if you still just don’t get it, it’s okay. It only has to make sense to me, really. Last year I just made a list of goals (not all were accomplished so it’s spilling over into 2014 too!). 2012, my word was “keep“. What’s your word of the year?

Wishing you the best year ever!

~Roeshel 

Ps. Today would have been my dad’s 72nd birthday. I sure do miss him. He did have horses and I do cherish memories of horseback riding with him. Fond memories when it comes to remembering laughing with my dad. Not so fond when I remember not being able to sit comfortably afterwards.

Pps. I actually have 3 horse figurines/statue-things and was going to include pretty horse themed vignettes for your viewing pleasure and to help this post make a little more sense or at least more tolerable but it didn’t happen. I apologize. But I bet you’ll see them in my home and decorating throughout the year! And then I’ll edit this post and add them in. If I don’t forget. Maybe I should have considered “elephant”, huh? An elephant never forgets. ;) 

Merry Christmas, DIYShowOff friends!

Merry Christmas, friends! I hope you have an amazing and happy holiday surrounded by family and friends, full of laughter and love. 

Merry Christmas

I’m taking a few days off to celebrate with my family and will see you soon! I invite you to take a look around at the DIYShowOff Project Gallery or DIYShowoffHomeTour for some DIY inspiration for 2014. Thank you so much for your friendships, kindness and support this past year. You’re the best part of blogging! xoxo

That DIY Party – Holiday Time

Hi everyone! All set for the holidays? Have some last minute finishing touches to attend to? Ready to show off your holiday DIY?

Christmas DIY party

Here’s a recap from DIYShowOff this week in case you missed something:

Easy DIY Christmas Tree Bell Ornaments

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

 

Christmas Ornament Frames

Christmas ornament frame

Polka Dot Christmas French Doors polka dot door

a few of my 2013 favorite things

DIYShowOff Beauty Favorites DIYShowOff Favorite Accessories Tea Time Favorite

Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest - link up your tree for a chance to win $100
Christmas-Tree-Contest DIYShowOff

Party time! Let’s see your DIY projects!

DIY Show Off

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Libby’s Christmas Tree for the Christmas Tree Contest & Party

Libby's Christmas Tree

Easy Ornament Craft – Pipecleaner Christmas Tree Bells

Christmas is nearly here! These DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bells are super easy and a fun last minute craft…with a rich velvet-y look and real ringing bells. They’d be so cute in a variety of colors to coordinate with any Christmas theme. 

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Bell Ornament Materials: {all supplies found at Michaels Craft Store}

  • pipe cleaners
  • mini Styrofoam cones 
  • small bells
  • hot glue
  • mini star tree topper ornaments (or thrifty costume jewelry)
  • fishing line/ornament hooks
  • optional: straight pins with color/ball heads, ribbon, embellishments – be creative!
  • optional: Krylon Glitter Blast

Tutorial:

Starting near the bottom of the cone, I simply pushed in my pipe cleaner and spiraled around the cone, again tucking the pipe cleaner’s end into the Styrofoam. Repeat as needed. I used three colors to create an ombrè effect. I even braided a few different colors for a different look. I didn’t, but you can use hot glue as needed.  DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Add a smidge of hot glue to the top of a bell and insert into the bottom center of the Styrofoam cone to create a ‘bell’ tree trunk. PipeCleaner Christmas Bell Ornament

Embellish: using hot glue or straight pins, add a tree topper or pipe cleaner monogram.

DIY Christmas Ornament

Spritz with Krylon Glitter blast for a little sparkle. 

Easy. Simple. Pretty. Fun.  DIY Christmas Ornament Craft Then..frame your creation with a pretty Christmas ornament frame.

Christmas ornament frame

 

Mechelle’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest.

Mechelle's Christmas Tree

Decorating French Doors for Christmas – Part 2

There’s no place like home for the holidays! I meant to share this sooner but wow, the days are flying by! Part 1 of decorating our exterior French doors included beautiful pine garland and wreaths…

Lynch Creek Wreath Lynch Creek Farm Holly Wreath fresh pine garland and gold key fresh pine garland and gold feather garland and ornaments

but paired with Part 2 really completes the look and guests from the real life holiday home tour just loved it! Do you know Shelley from House of Smiths? You do now! That girl is so creative! And while it’s closed for the holidays, you’ll want to check out the House of Smiths Designs for some cute cute cute decorative vinyl accents to start the new year. You’ll notice the addition of metallic polka dots with SO many cute ideas.

Christmas French Door

My mixed metallic polka dots are a part of my holiday door decor but they’ll definitely be lasting until well into the new year too…imagine patio accents in gold, silver, bronze to go with our aged bronze patio furniture or metallic balloons for a summer party on the patio. I can’t wait…they won’t be coming down anytime soon.  

Mixed Metallic Christmas Decor polka dot door Polka Dot Vinyl Decals Mine came on large sheets in different sizes. Application is just like applying stickers, only easily removable!

Christmas French Door Decor Pretty and festive! 

Lenzie’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest Lenzie's Christmas Tree

Ornament Frames

Ever want to draw attention to a special ornament on your Christmas tree? Why not frame it? Christmas ornament frame

I used FrogTape® and acrylic craft paint to give mine a fun ombrè look for my ombrè Christmas tree. Here’s how: ombre ornament frame supplies

Tape off the middle section of a frame using FrogTape. I pressed down on the edges of the tape with my thumbnail in order to get a crisp clean line.  ornament frame tutorial

Then I painted the top and bottom sections using my lightest paint color on top and the darkest on the bottom.

While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. ombre ornament frame tutorial striped ombre ornament frame tutorial

Then I taped off the middle section and followed the same steps. painted ombre ornament frame tutorial Christmas ornament frame tutorial

The frames serve as custom color coordinating ornaments themselves but they also draw the eye to the “framed” ornament. Christmas ornament picture frame  Do you have a favorite or meaningful Christmas ornament? eclectic colorful Christmas

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Bumble tree submitted by Courtney for the Christmas Tree Contest

Bumble

That DIY Party time – holiday DIY home

Goodness! Don’t look at the count down to Christmas! It’s coming up FAST! Is your home all decorated for the holidays? Well, it’s time ‘show off’! 

Christmas DIY party

I’ve had a busy week. Here’s a recap! I’d love for you to take a look or pin to view later! Thanks, guys!

Easy DIY Customizable Monogrammed Mirror

One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

 Quick DIY Tinsel Ornament Tree Craft

DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial

 Christmas Decorating the French Doors

Lynch Creek Wreath

 DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour {part 2}

eclectic colorful Christmas Christmas dining room table

 Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest - link up your tree for a chance to win $100

Christmas tree link party

Tiffany’s tropical Christmas Tree

Tiffany's Tropical Christmas Tree  

Coming up this week: ornament frames, easy & fun ornament craft, Part 2 of decorating the French doors and a Favorite Things of 2013 blog hop. 

favorite things blog hop and party

Party time! Let’s see your DIY projects!

DIY Show Off

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Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop and Link Party

What a fun series with so much holiday inspiration! 

Christmas Extravaganza Collage  

Here’s a quick recap: 
Easy Four Ingredient Snowball Cookies from Yellow Bliss Road snowball cookies Yellow Bliss Road

Holiday Napkin Apron from Jojo & Eloise WorldMarket-holiday-dinner-napkin-Aprons-jojoandeloise.com_

DIY Eyelash Yarn Christmas Trees from A Place for Us eyelash yarn trees - A Place for Us

Yarn Candy Canes from Lolly Jane yarn-candy-cane-decor - Lolly Jane

Chocolate & Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats from Ella Claire Christmas Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats - Ella Claire Inspired

Tinsel Ornament Tree from DIY Showoff DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial

Sequin Ornaments from Fox Hollow Cottage sequin ornaments - Fox Hollow Cottage

Fuzzy Christmas Trees from Two Twenty One fuzzy-christmas-tree-cones Two Twenty One

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Town & Country Living TCL-Christmas-Decorating-Ideas

Pom Pom Snowball Wreath from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia snowball pom pom wreath - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Christmas Craft Round Up from Debbiedoos 12 craft projects - DebbieDoos

DIY Boxwood Napkin Rings from French Country Cottage boxwood napkin rings - French Country Cottage

Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree from Setting For Four Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree Decor - Setting for Four

Easy Dollar Tree Wreaths from Domestically Speaking Christmas dollar tree wreath Domestically Speaking

Frosted Pear Ornament from Sand & Sisal Frosted-Pear-Ornaments-Sandandsisal.com_

Mint Chocolate Cream Torte from Cupcakes and Crinoline Chocolate-Mint-Cream-Torte Cupcakes and Crinoline

Now it’s your turn! 



Melinda’s Christmas Tree

Melinda's Christmas Tree

DIY Tinsel Ornament Tree Christmas Decoration

With a Merry & Bright theme going on in the family room, I needed a colorful Christmas decoration to add to my existing decorative accents which is what inspired this tinsel ornament tree tutorial. This tutorial is a part of the fun Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop! More fun holiday links below! DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial  

What I used: tinsel ornament tree materials

  • cardboard cone
  • tinsel garland
  • optional: ornaments (I used three different sizes)
  • hot glue/gun

DIY tinsel ornament tree craft tutorial

Tutorial:

Starting at the top,  add a dab of hot glue near the pointy end of the cardboard cone and attach one end of the tinsel garland.

Wrap the cardboard cone. Pull garland tight for a fuller look or just enough to cover the cone…it’s up to you! I pulled mine tighter and used the entire string of tinsel garland.

Secure the end of the tinsel garland to the cardboard cone with a touch of hot glue.

You could be finished at this step if you like the look! Or use hot glue to add in ornaments (I removed the metal hangers). 

Remove the metal hanger from a favorite ornament, add a dab of hot glue and attach to the top of the tree.  tinsel ornament Christmas tree instructions

All done…definitely “merry & bright” AND easy!

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial Happy! Right?  colorful Christmas

 

Family Room Makeover

Christmas Home Tour

See more Christmas crafts, decorating, DIY and recipes at the Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop…

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Christmas Extravaganza Schedule

Mint Chocolate Cream Torte from Cupcakes and Crinoline

Easy Four Ingredient Snowball Cookies from Yellow Bliss Road

Holiday Napkin Apron from Jojo & Eloise

DIY Eyelash Yarn Christmas Trees from A Place for Us

Yarn Candy Canes from Lolly Jane

Chocolate & Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats from Ella Claire

Tinsel Ornament Tree from DIY Showoff

Sequin Ornaments from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fuzzy Christmas Trees from Two Twenty One

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Town & Country Living

Pom Pom Snowball Wreath from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Christmas Craft Round Up from Debbiedoos

DIY Boxwood Napkin Rings from French Country Cottage

Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree from Setting For Four

Easy Dollar Tree Wreaths from Domestically Speaking

Frosted Pear Ornament from Sand & Sisal

Friday – it’s your turn! Link up your fun Christmas ideas!

Elaine’s Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Elaine's Christmas Tree

Decorating French Doors for Christmas – Part 1

This year with the real life home tour, I wanted to decorate the patio French doors with some fresh greenery to welcome the ‘holiday home tourists’ first thing before even walking in the door. Christmas porch I’ve added a few fresh greenery sprigs from our own mix of pine trees in the backyard to fake garlands, wreaths and centerpieces in the past (note: holly is scratchy business…ouch!). So having a selection of wreaths and garlands delivered right to my door from Lynch Creek Farm was such a great idea…less work, less stress AND gorgeous wreaths and garland. My order arrived right on time. Lynch Creek Farm Delivery They’re so full and smell so good! These are a great gift idea too! Lynch Creek Wreath Here is the selection from Lynch Creek Wreaths that I started with:

Lynch Creek Farm

  1. Mixed Garland - A lush full garland combining the fragrant scent of fresh cut Western red and incense cedar with sweet-scented white pine. 
  2. Mixed Holly Wreaths - a mix or aromatic noble fir, incense cedar and juniper with accents of holly, pinecones and red velveteen bow. I swapped out the bow for a sheer gold one.  Lynch Creek Farm Holly Wreath
  3. Traditional Wreaths with designer snowbound bows - overflowing with noble fir, juniper and incense cedar, topped off with ponderosa pine cones and your option of a designer hand-tied bow. Lynch Creek Traditional Wreath

Don’t you just love love the teeny-tiny twinkle lights? I also added an assortment of mixed metallic shatter proof ornaments, snowflakes, etc., some I had on hand, a few purchased from a dollar store or on sale. fresh pine garland and gold bird fresh pine garland and gold feather fresh pine garland and gold key garland and ornaments I attached the garland to the door trim using ‘s’ hooks. Wreaths are hung using over-the-door wreath hangers because they’re on the heavy side. The mixed metallic ornament clusters are secured using floral wire.  Christmas door decor Isn’t the result so beautiful, lush and festive? Trust me, it smells as good as it looks too!  Lynch Creek Farm Wreaths I’ll be back to share another pretty detail I’m adding to doors for Christmas. Can’t wait to show you!

*Disclaimer: I received the fresh holiday greenery shown above from Lynch Creek Wreaths in exchange for my review. As always: opinion, experience, photos are my own. I only share items I truly love and think you’ll love too!

Patricia’s Christmas Tree

Patricia's Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest

O’Christmas tree, O’Christmas tree….I’ve just finished decorating 3 or 4. If you celebrate Christmas, more than likely you decorate an evergreen tree (real or artificial) with ornaments, lights, garland, odds and ends, handmade or store-bought. It’s a Christmas tradition in our home. Throughout the day, the Christmas tree stops me in my tracks. It’s a moment when I’m reminded to Rejoice! I’m celebrating the birth of my savior. 

When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year. 

Christmas Tree Contest

I love so many different styles and our home reflects my indecision…I mean: appreciation for a variety of decorating styles. Here is a look at the trees in the DIY Show Off home:

Traditional with red and gold in the living room:

Red and Gold Christmas Tree

{Christmas Home Tour}

Fun ombrè in the family room:

eclectic colorful Christmas

artificial Christmas tree trunk cover tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIYShowOff ombre Christmas tree no sew ruffled ombre tree skirt

And vintage, natural and burlap in the dining room:

rustic vintage Christmas tree

Tomato cage Christmas tree in the sitting room:

tomato cage Christmas tree

 

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE CONTEST IS Mechelle’s Christmas Tree with over 700 likes! Congratulations, Mechelle!  Mechelle's Christmas Tree

How to show off your Christmas tree: 

Share your Christmas tree photos/blog posts by linking up. CHRISTMAS TREES ONLY PLEASE! Show it off in the party below by adding your picture and linking to your permalink blog post. You must include this backlink: http://wp.me/p3Su5W-3dv in your post to enter or here’s a convenient html code to add to the end of your blog post:

DIYShowOff

Christmas tree with the most “likes” on the linky party below wins a $100 either via PayPal or in the form of a Visa gift card for some after-Christmas sales shopping or for a first DIY project of 2014. 

Contest starts now and ends December 25th at midnight EST. Winner will be announced shortly after. In the event of a tie, another blog post will be written and DIY Show Off readers will choose the winning tree. DIY Show Off may choose the final winner if necessary. Links not Christmas tree related will be deleted. Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ only.

Non-bloggers may submit a photo to thediyshowoff@gmail.com with “Christmas Tree” in the subject line {DIY Show Off will link your photo and reply with your entry #}. Please also leave a comment below so I know to look for your entry in my spam folder. 

Please include the button with a link back at the bottom of your post to share the party and Christmas tree trimming inspiration with others. Thanks!



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DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour

Hi everyone! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

The countdown to Christmas is certainly on! If you visited the home tour last week, this may feel like a bit of a dèjà vu moment but please bear with me…the pictures are different, there are MORE! and I’ve changed some things around for the Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tour series hosted by the White Buffalo Styling CoLet’s get started! 

Welcome via the Back Patio

Lynch Creek Farm Wreaths

Christmas porch

 

polka dot door Christmas French Door Decor

Christmas Kitchen

farmhouse Christmas kitchen

(see full kitchen makeover here) christmas kitchen vignette Christmas kitchen nook   mason jar Christmas centerpiece   Christmas kitchen at DIYShowOff   Christmas kitchen   Farmhouse Kitchen Christmas

Enchanted Winter Wonderland Dining Room 

rustic glitter Christmas mantel natural Christmas tree Christmas mantel   Christmas dining room table

{frosted mirror makeover tutorial}

Frosted Mirror Christmas Mantel rustic Christmas dining room

{dining room makeover} Christmas centerpiece Christmas tablescape rustic vintage Christmas tree Christmas place settings Rustic Glam Table Setting

and Sitting Room

rustic Christmas sitting room

{sitting room makeover} Christmas sitting room DIYShowOff

{painted upholstered chairs} Christmas candle centerpiece

{no sew drop cloth script curtains} tomato cage Christmas tree

{tomato cage Christmas tree} Christmas sitting room Sitting room at Christmas

a quick stop to the Bathroom (not in the literal sense)

Christmas bathroom decor

{bathroom makeover}

Christmas bathroom

Traditional Living Room

Red and Gold Christmas Tree Living Room Christmas Christmas decorating Christmas living room vignette Christmas in the living room Christmas living room Christmas living room mantel Christmas mantel

Just a little holiday cheer in the Guest Room

Christmas bed Christmas guest bedroom

{guest bedroom before and after} Christmas trunk night stand guest bedroom at Christmas blue Christmas

Merry & Bright in the Family Room

Christmas family room

{family room makeover}

eclectic colorful Christmas

{Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – ombrè Christmas tree}

Ombre Christmas Tree

 Easy velvet-y Christmas Tree Bell Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornament Craft

non traditional Christmas family room

{no sew ruffled tree skirt}

ombre tree skirt Eclectic Christmas decorating

Ornament Frames Christmas ornament frame

Christmas office colorful Christmas decor

 tinsel ornament Christmas tree

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial  

Powder Room

Christmas half bathroom decorating  

{powder room before and after}

half bathroom Christmas vignette

and a sneak peek of the Open Pantry to be revealed in January…

Christmas pantry at DIYShowOff

Need more details on what’s shown above? Check out the DIY Project Gallery for detailed posts and tutorials or leave me a comment below and I’ll get right back to you! Thanks for taking another look at our holiday home tour. Let’s call it a ‘Holiday Home Tour 2nd edition‘ to participate in this awesomeness:

blogger stylin' home tours

Yep – hosted by the lovely Lindsay. Christmas inspiration all week long! If you’re stopping by for the first time today from all of the gorgeous inspiration from The White Buffalo Styling Co., “welcome friends!” It’s nice to e-meet you! I’m so glad you’re here!

Be sure to start the tour there, stop #1 to see Lindsay’s beautiful and inspiring holiday decorating.

Now I can’t promise that next week I won’t have a 3rd edition. I kid!  I think. haha! 

You’re also going to want to visit the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours. It’s the awesome team at East Coast Creative. Head on over to see a gorgeous Christmas by Jess & Monica and tell the girls I said ‘hello’!

Merry Christmas!

See Christmas Home Tour Part 1 in the Deck the Halls {30+ blogger holiday tome tours here too.} Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Christmas Party.

Blogger Stylin’ Holiday Home Tour Full schedule: 

Monday:
 
Roeshel - DIY Showoff 
Jess and Monica - East Coast Creative
Laura - Finding Home 
Sarah - Sarah M. Dorse
Angela - Number Fifty-Three 
Gwen - The Makerista 
Brittany - Brittany Makes 
 
Tuesday:
 
Anneke - This, That, & Life 
Caitlin - Desert Domicile 
Sarah - The Thriftress 
Carolyn - Sweet Chaos Home 
Shavonda - A Home Full of Color 
 
 
Wednesday:
 
Jamie - C.R.A.F.T. 
Lucy - Craftberry Bush 
Michelle - Decor and the Dog 
Whitney - The Curtis Casa 
Kristin - Bliss at Home 
Summer - Simple Stylings 
 Kelly - View Along the Way 
 
 
Thursday:
 
Jenna - SAS Interiors
Chris - Just a Girl 
Michelle - Iron and Twine 
Amanda - Our Humble Abode 
Julia - Cuckoo 4 Design 
Lindsay - Makely Home
Jennifer - Dimples and Tangles 
 
Friday:
 
Traci - Beneath My Heart 
Kristin - Hunted Interior 
Eileen - A Creative Day 
Gabbi - Retro Ranch Reno 
Kristen - KFD Designs 
Jessica - Dear Emmeline  
Sarah - Royal Marigold 
Carmel - Our Fifth House 
 

That DIY Party – Holiday Home Decor

Hi DIY friends! Welcome to That DIY Party! A weekly link party for DIY and holiday home decor. Show off your hard work! 

Christmas DIY party

Note: Yesterday I participated in a real life holiday home tour fundraiser for the Butler County Symphony. What fun! I have to tell you – the pressure was on to finish up the laundry room and pantry to get the first floor ready for people walking through then finishing up the holiday decorating but the reward? Meeting people who seemed to appreciate our hard work and creativity and inspiring people. I am hoarse from talking all day! Don’t get me started on talking about DIY and decorating – my shyness, anxiety and nervousness fly out the window and I don’t shut up! The positive comments and kind feedback were worth every minute of work! If you’re a local friend who visited me yesterday, thank you so much! I hope you’ll visit often and ‘stay in touch’. I loved meeting you face-to-face!

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Frosted Mirror Makeover

DIYShowOff frosted mirror tutorial  

Lighted PVC Candy Canes

Lighted PVC Candy Canes Tutorial DIYShowOff

 Part 1 of our Holiday Home Tour as a part of the Deck the Halls (30+ blogger homes)

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

Reader Show Off: Reader, Jillian has made a couple of beautiful ruffled tree skirts using my ruffled tree skirt tutorial…beautiful! One of burlap and blue for her mom’s gorgeous Christmas tree and pretty ombrè ruffled tree skirt for her own beautiful colorful tree. Thank you SO much for sharing, Jillian! Awesome job! Jillian's Ruffled Tree Skirt - blue and burlap

Jillian's ombre ruffled tree skirt

Tracey’s Christmas Tree

Tracey's Christmas Tree

 Coming up this week:

Part 2 of our Holiday Home Tour! Yes…I’ve changed things up a bit, added more and finished up! Stop back tomorrow to see! See the full schedule at The White Buffalo Styling Co. 

blogger stylin' home tours

and this fun blog hop starts tomorrow too – so many creative holiday ideas you don’t want to miss! Follow #christmasextravaganza to keep posted. 

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest 

Christmas Tree Contest

Party time! Let’s see your DIY projects!

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