10 Spring DIY Ideas

My Spring DIY plans are spring cleaning. I have yet to get started but my word for Spring is “purge”. The biggest obstacle is time, isn’t it? It’s the perfect excuse to put things off and it weakens the motivation for tackling my to-do list. Today I’m going to share some past Spring DIY while in real life I force myself to just begin the task of cleaning out, filling boxes and bags even if it’s just a corner of a space. Better to start small somewhere than not at all. Enjoy these Spring DIY projects in the meantime…

10 spring DIY ideas @diyshowoff

This spray painted branch was one of the easiest DIY projects ever. Materials: tree branch from the yard and spray paint. Result: a pretty pop of color and a fun centerpiece. 

Spring Branch Centerpiece

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

 Grab a blank pillow cover and give it a touch of Spring with stencils and paint, glue and pompoms. An easy way to refresh a room! 

Spring Bloom Pillow Cover

Spring Pillow Cover at diyshowoff.com  

I scored these rubber boots at Kmart a few years ago. Add some vinyl decals for a little Spring personality. Or fill with flowers! Maybe you have a child who’s outgrown a pair or keep your eyes peeled at the next thrift store stop. The perfect way to infuse “April Showers bring May Flowers” into your wardrobe or decor. 

Decorate your Rain Boots

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Create a pretty Spring floral arrangement, add some French accents for a SpringTime in Paris vignette. 

SpringTime in Paris  decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

Yardsale season is nearly here. Keep you eyes open for an old chandelier. Get it prepped for summer blooms now rather than holding off until the last minute. 

Chandelier Planter

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Barefoot, sandal, flipflop weather will be here before we know it. Time to de-winterize those feet. Pamper your skin with a homemade exfoliating sugar scrub then treat yourself to a pedicure. 

Lavender Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

Time to work on sprucing up the patio and outdoor areas. Collect some teacups for a cute spin on small planters or bird feeders.

Teacup Succulent Planters

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

Teacup Sconce Birdfeeder

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

It’s also a good time to think ahead to your herb garden. Mine will be utilized for the 3rd year in a row. I love having fresh herbs within reach. 

Pallet Herb Garden

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Hosting a Spring party? Entertaining? Put a little extra thought into the prep work for your celebration.

spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Looking for more Spring ideas? I’m betting you’ll find some linked up to That DIY Party this week or join in by linking up yours to ‘show off’. Happy Spring, DIY friends! 

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DIY Keepsake Mother’s Day Gift

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge is all about Mother’s Day and this project will be for celebrating my daughter who’s now a mom too (Ali, don’t look! lol). I couldn’t resist scooping up this opportunity to get creative and practice a little DIY influence on the littlest one in our family by making up a DIY keepsake Mother’s Day gift.

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Materials we used:

  • MAKE Market LED wood plaque kit – LOVE (Alphabet Soup Collection) available at Michaels’ Craft Store
  • 2 colors of paint and 2 foam brushes (or sponges)
  • painter’s tape

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What we spent: Under $15

Time we invested: Less than an hour (+ paint drying time)

What we did:

1. We protected our work surface and applied a thin coat of paint to his little hand then carefully pressed it to the wood plaque. We washed his hands immediately and let painted handprinted plaque dry. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Using painter’s tape, we secured the stencil to the plank sign, lining up the word “love” so we could see the drilled holes in the empty stencil space. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Next, with a foam brush we applied paint to the stencil (using a sponge technique using a little paint…don’t glop it on or it will seep under the stencil) to paint on the word “love”. We removed the stencil, filled in any spaces and let the paint dry. 

4. Last, we pushed the string of LED lights through the drilled holes from the back side and added 2 AA batteries. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

5. The kit comes with hanging hardware and foam/felt for protecting the wall. Attach according to packaged instructions. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Very simple. Very cute. And a special keepsake from baby to mom. Display on a shelf or add to a gallery wall. So sweet! 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Those little LED lights provide a powerful glow in the dark! Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

mothers day challenge #michaelsmakers Michaels has everything you need to craft the perfect handmade gift that will make Mom’s day! Grab your coupon, shop and get creative. Handmade gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day!

If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts starting at 10 a.m. EST April 1, 2016:  

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Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Spring DIY Inspiration

Ready for spring? YESSIREE! Bring it on! I recently did a sponsored ‘party’ for Michaels, a Papercrafting Party Décor Mini Challenge using the expanded assortment of Recollections™ Craft It™ party décor items. Take a look at the photos for ideas for your next spring gathering. Some affiliate links included below. 

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orange essential oil infused chocolate dessert cups filled with chocolate mousse spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores  

Make up chocolate ‘shot glasses‘ (SO many great ideas for these!) by melting chocolate, adding essential oils and pouring into silicone molds. Fill with chocolate mousse. I’ve tried two versions…a more complex recipe using heavy cream, etc. and an easy pudding/whipped topping recipe. The first was a little too rich (but so good) but I prefer the second ‘light’ version.  spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party-13 spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Essential oil infused white chocolate bunnies (just add 4-5 drops of essential oil (I used orange Vitality essential oil) to melted white chocolate. I only recommend Young Living essential oils. spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Glass milk bottles are perfect for serving essential oil infused water (and a must for citrus essential oils).  

spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Have something creative with a spring theme to share? Link up to That DIY Party to ‘show off’ your hard work! 

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Happy spring, DIY friends! 

Happy Easter, friends!

Note: Due to Easter Sunday, That DIY Party will be published Monday, March 28th. 

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Dear DIY friends: Wishing you a Happy Easter holiday weekend filled with many blessings! I’m so thankful for your friendship. Sending up a prayer for DIYShowOff fans for health & happiness. xo

~Roeshel

DIY Easter Ideas

Easter arrives early, the last day in March! I have yet to sit down and think that far ahead yet so here are some past DIYShowOff Easter projects in the meantime…

Cute Easter DIY ideas @diyshowoff

Easter succulent garden

He is Risen! succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

 

how about succulents nestled in Easter eggs

 

 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

 

DIY aromatherapy snuggle bunnies for an Easter basket

Snuggle Bunnies Tutorial - DIY warm/cool/aromatherapy with essential oils) rice packs @diyshowoff

 

a dip-dyed-look Easter craft

 

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a personalized Easter basket liner tutorial

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

 

Looking for more creative Easter ideas? Check out That DIY Party!

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LOVE wall art canvases tutorial

Since I happen to be addicted to browsing the aisles at Michaels fairly often, when I saw the beautiful rustic letters, I envisioned replacing the thrift store find of a gloomy stormy ocean painting above the fireplace (which I do love) to something a little more fun for spring. 

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

LOVE wall art

What I used:

  • rustic eclectic L-O-V-E letters
  • linen canvases with antiqued bronze nailhead trim
  • hot glue
  • adhesive velcro strips (for hanging)
  • FrogTape® for leveling/mapping out placement

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

What I did: Pretty simple! I attached the letters to the stretched linen canvases by applying a generous layer of hot glue to the back of each letter. It doesn’t get much easier than that for DIY!

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Hanging tips: I used my level and a pencil to make a light ‘cross’ (vertical/horizontal) line in the center of the area I wanted to display my canvases. Using FrogTape, I created an evenly spaced guide and secured my canvases to the wall using adhesive velcro. Then removed the tape. 

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Perfect for Valentine’s day a few weeks ago, appropriate for all year long, any season! I love the fun chippy antique-looking letters with our rustic fireplace surround with just a touch of color to freshen up the neutral tones. 

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cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Spring Succulents Arrangement

Spring is right around the corner (so they say) and I couldn’t be cheering any louder! BRING IT ON! …with a spring succulents arrangement!

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Michaels’ Makers’ March Challenge is all about spring floral and decor and you know Michaels’ has everything you need to fill your home touches of succulent spring decor! I wanted to pack up the entire spring floral department to create a flower market. Prettiest peonies that I cannot kill. For.real. And a new line of fab boho decor to boot! Go! Arm yourself with coupons!

This trip I simply settled for succulents and a few spring accents but I see another shopping trip in my near future. After the gloom of winter, I’m ready for happy spring buds and bouquets and freshening up each room with some happiness and color. How about you?

Okay, on to the spring succulents arrangement tutorial and pretty decorative accents, eh?

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

spring succulents arrangement

(or succulent robin’s eggs and no, that’s not a recipe for breakfast)

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

What I used:

  • paper mache´eggs
  • acrylic craft paint (robin’s egg blue and something dark like espresso brown)
  • paint brushes (one with short bristles)
  • X-acto knife/utility knife
  • faux mini-succulents
  • optional: hot glue
  • decorative accessories: ceramic egg crate, pitcher/vase, your choice of gorgeous blooms from the floral dept.

What I did:

I ‘cracked’ my paper mache´ eggs using an X-acto knife, cutting them in half with a zigzag pattern. 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

I pulled them apart. If the paper pulls away, great! If it stays attached, great! Go with the flow. Mine pulled off. I used the plastic layer instead.

Color the outside of the eggshells with paint and let dry. 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

This next step is messy. Apply dark paint to a short bristled paint brush. Using your finger to fan the bristles, splatter dark paint onto the outside of the eggshells. My brush had longer bristles, so I got more of a 1980’s splattered paint look but it’s okay! And again, you’ll make a mess. Brown paint isn’t pretty under your fingernails either. But it does wash off. Let paint speckles/splatters dry.

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Then fill eggshells with succulents. Hot glue if desired. Place into the pretty ceramic egg crate or a nest. Tuck them in floral arrangements. Decorate for spring! So cute! 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Awe, look…newly hatched spring succulents! So proud!

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Are you ready for spring? Time to freshen up your decor with spring florals and some new decorative accents! 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Looking for more inspiration? Visit Michaels’ new Floral Market! It has over 500 new blooms (FIVE HUNDRED!) and freshly picked projects make this the prettiest spring ever! Swap out a few decor pieces, add a lovely floral arrangement. Completely transform your home for the fresh, new season.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!

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Win a Trip to the Makers Summit Contest! I would love, love, LOVE for a DIYShowOff reader to win and join us at this fun event!!! Simply upload a photo of YOUR personalized project! Details at Michaels.com/madewithmichaels. See the highlights from last year here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBl7FidG6q4

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Not sure where to begin? Take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts by visiting the talented bloggers below:

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Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa Teacher Valentine

CUTE! Chocolate Peppermint Awesome Sauce - "You Melt My Heart" Valentine gift idea using Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil @diyshowoff

A last minute unplanned blog post but these Valentines turned out so cute, I had to share! Little one has four sweet teachers at daycare and we made up these cute chocolate peppermint hot cocoa Valentines this week with a bottle of chocolate peppermint sauce (so good! Add to hot cocoa, ice-cream or desserts). I’ve included a few affiliate links to the products I purchased/left over supplies from a Love & Romance themed Essential Oil Make & Take Out open house event). 

Chocolate Peppermint Awesome-Sauce Recipe

CUTE! Chocolate Peppermint Awesome Sauce - "You Melt My Heart" Valentine gift idea using Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil @diyshowoff

Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to a 2 oz. container. Top off with chocolate syrup and shake to mix.

CUTE! Chocolate Peppermint Awesome Sauce - "You Melt My Heart" Valentine gift idea using Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil @diyshowoff  

Add a label. Optional: tuck into a paper cup with a package of instant hot chocolate, candy, gift card, coordinating straw for stirring and shredded paper filler. Embellish with decorate tape and stickers.

CUTE! Chocolate Peppermint Awesome Sauce - "You Melt My Heart" Valentine gift idea using Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil @diyshowoff

Then make up a bottle for yourself!

CUTE! Chocolate Peppermint Awesome Sauce - "You Melt My Heart" Valentine gift idea using Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil @diyshowoff CUTE! Chocolate Peppermint Awesome Sauce - "You Melt My Heart" Valentine gift idea using Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil @diyshowoff

You Melt My Heart printables DIY valentine

I only recommend Young Living essential oils. The premium starter kit is now on sale for 10% off! Use enroller/sponsor #1836762 at youngliving.com for extra gifts from me personally. Email me at [email protected] for more details. 

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#TBT Valentine DIY

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day or get love & romance crafty? Traveling back in time a bit today to remember past DIYShowOff Valentine related projects. #TBT!

This is really any time of year, but I think it’s a great gift idea for Valentine’s day too…felted soap

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers How to Make Felted Soap @diyshowoff.com #michaelsmakers

And a cute “Owl You Need is Love…and chocolate” Valentine vignette

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Who says Valentine’s have to be red and pink? A pretty blue Valentine display

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A striped “Love you more” valentine sign

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Are you passionate about essential oils? Make up some essential oil infused lotion bars with this DIY recipe…

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff

How about a little Valentine decorating inspiration. It doesn’t take much to add a few sweet accents…

Valentine decorating Valentine kitchen Valentine wreath Valentine Mantel

Valentine printables!

Free Valentine Printables

Valentine mason jar treats

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

past Valentine DIY features

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff

and one sweet Valentine baby…

Valentine's Day baby photo 2015 @diyshowoff #clubfeet

To be honest, I feel as if I rarely give Valentine’s day a second thought so digging through the archives and finding this much to share is a surprise to me but then again, even just 1-2 little things over the course of at least 5+ years does add up. Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? Make Valentines for your little ones or Valentine’s Day gifts for loved ones? 

Christmas Home Tour

Hello, fellow DIY holiday lovers! I LOVE this time of year! You’d think that my premature head start on having our Christmas tree all decorated before Halloween would mean, it’d be Christmas in every room in our home by now, a huge Christmas extravaganza in the DIYShowOff house because that’s usually how I roll…Christmas in nearly every room. However, the truth is, I’m going with less is more this busy holiday season. 

Birds & Berries

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge     

Why would I even?! No worries! It’s not that I’m feeling all bah humbug. It’s not that I’ve lost that DIY feeling. I’ve found that I’m prioritizing in other ways this year. I’m enjoying spending time with family, sharing my passion for wellness through essential oils, soaking up all the time with those I love that I can get (we’ve had another cancer diagnosis in our family and it’s beginning to feel like an epidemic…time with family is so precious. It just makes me realize how short our time together is and that it’s never guaranteed). I’m cherishing friendships, celebrating birthdays, taking a breather from projects (it’s our plan to get back to it full force with bathroom and basement/man cave remodels in 2016), getting ready to pack for a relaxing much needed vacation…just keeping busy in ways that reduce stress and put the focus on “life” and giving and loving.

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

So this year, it’s ONE tree, not three. This year, it’s a family room all cozy and Christmas with the rest of the house simply clean, healthy and comfortable. This year, it’s more about the spirit of Christmas. About seeing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a 1 year old, about making Christmas magic for others through actions, help, wellness, love. 

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Don’t get me wrong – I’m certainly enjoying everyone else’s Christmas decorating eye candy from talented blog friends’ Christmas home tours blog hops and the creativity linked to the weekly That DIY Party. Because my pin-finger is getting a work out! And I’m drooling over all that Christmas beauty too! 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

So in the spirit of blogging and all things holiday, to show a little participation on my part, I’ll share a little DIY Christmas past with you today! Here are some of my favorites:

Christmas Home

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome Red and Gold Christmas Tree Christmas decorating

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff rustic vintage Christmas tree Christmas sitting room DIYShowOff Sitting room at Christmas rustic Christmas sitting room mason jar Christmas centerpiece Christmas kitchen decorating

 

Home for the Holidays

Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff

Succulents & Spruce

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff  

Ombre Christmas

ombre christmas tree decor ombre tree skirt  

More favorites: 

eclectic Christmas family room @diyshowoff #BSHT eclectic Christmas family room @diyshowoff #BSHT Christmas pantry at DIYShowOff Christmas office half bathroom Christmas vignette eclectic colorful Christmas Christmas centerpiece Christmas bathroom decor Christmas guest bedroom guest bedroom Christmas DIY Christmas Lamp stair landing Christmas time DIY Christmas Card Holder   colorful Christmas decor farmhouse christmas home tour white Christmas

How about some holiday DIY Ideas? Check out the DIY project gallery!

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DIY Vintage-Look NOEL Wall Art

‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa-la-la-la-la-la”…well, I did that once. Holly is quite scratchy! Ouch! Guess what?! Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com are hosting a Home for Christmas themed blog hop! Oh my Christmas! Time to belt out your favorite Christmas carols, top your cocoa with some marshmallows and to get inspired! Grab your slippers and get your pin-finger ready while you’re at it!

Home for Christmas

Once the Christmas tree was all decorated for the holidays,

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge  

I needed a little holiday cheer for above the mantel. The stormy beach portrait that’s there most of the rest of the year really wasn’t going to work.  So I decided on a “NOEL” idea for filling the empty space. Did you see the cute wooden circled monogram letters at Michaels? I knew I wanted to do something with them. This is the perfect project!

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: (I’ve included some affiliate links so you can find the supplies easily and to maybe add a little jingle to Santa’s wallet.Ty!)

  • extra large monogram wreath letters N – O – E – L 
  • craft paint and foam brushes (I chose berry red and forest moss)
  • paper towels
  • velcro picture hanging strips
  • TransTint dye (Note: a bit on the pricy side, but this dye is AWESOME! It’s water based so it’s not oily and makes for a gorgeous wood stain. Tip: Easiest clean up ever! Just let brush dry and hide styrofoam cup on a shelf in the basement/out of the way. Dye will evaporate. Simply add water and resume use on your next project!) That bottle is going to last YEARS! 
  • paint or chip brush

What I did: 

1. I gave each letter two coats of paint and let dry. Note: One coat/dry brushing would actually look fantastic too! I wish I was a little more carefree. One coat/dry brushing means step 4 is going to look WAY better…so adopt a technique as if you’d had an extra cup of eggnog. Tip: If hanging in a grid pattern and using two colors like I did, paint the N and L the same color and the O and E the same color to avoid one color on the left, one color on the right. Mix it up!  

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

2. Sand the edges, distress as desired. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Next, add a drop or two of TransTint dye to water in a styrofoam cup, more TransTint dye for a darker tone if desired. TransTint dye WILL stain fingers and work surface. I recommend wearing gloves and protecting your work table with layers of newspaper or a tarp or old vinyl table cloth or if you live in a warmer climate (lucky you…make up the guest room for my impending arrival!), work outside.

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Dip the brush into the TransTint dye, tapping excess from the brush. Randomly brush, fling, stipple, drip (get messy and creative – have fun!) the TransTint dye onto the painted wooden letters. Wipe away or dab with paper towels as needed. Sprinkle TransTint to create a  “dirty, worn, aged” finish. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

5. Let dry TransTint dye dry overnight. 

6. Optional: Secure a small holiday wreath to the “O” with a ribbon for a touch of texture. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Hang and display using velcro picture hangers. You might want to grab a level while you’re at it. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

I love the worn, aged finish. Vintage goodness! What do you think? 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

See MORE holiday DIY and decorating inspiration from these sweet and talented HomeTalk friends:

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3 Ways to Wrap Odd Shaped Objects – Holiday Hack Challenge

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

The Michaels’ Makers December Challenge is “Holiday Hacks”, how to creatively tackle everything the holidays might throw at you! Some helpful ideas for making holiday prep go smoothly. And I’m sharing 3 ways to wrap odd shaped objects. For example: a toy that’s got part of a box package, jewelry and a stuffed animal/ball.

these odd shapes…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

now look irresistible…

#michaelsmakers #makejolly Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Challenge: How to Wrap Difficult Objects

1. Gift wrap idea with a little handmade DIY touch: create a gift using a gift. Add jewelry or small gifts to a fillable ornament (this one comes in two pieces that snap together) with some filler (crinkled shredded paper or pine & berries). Embellish with a hook and bow. Almost too cute to open, isn’t it?

these…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

wrapped this way…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects  

Love that jewelry shown above? Me too! Shop HERE (affiliate link). Don’t forget to grab the coupon below!

2. DIY! Create your own custom gift bag using your supply of wrapping paper for difficult shaped objects. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Instructions: 

  1. Gather supplies: wrapping paper, scissors, tape and gift.
  2. Cut a piece of wrapping paper that fits around the gift.
  3. Fold paper so seams meet in the center.
  4. Tape seam.
  5. Fold bottom up, making sure that the folded area fits the depth/width of the gift. 
  6. Open folded area and shape paper to create a diamond.
  7. Press seams with your fingers to create diamond shape. 
  8. Fold down top and bottom of diamond to meet in the center, overlapping a bit. 
  9. Tape seams. This creates the bottom of the gift bag. Tape well!
  10. Open gift bag.
  11. Place gift into the bag.
  12. Fold top down.
  13. Tape the package closed. 
  14. Embellish with ribbon, bow, tag. 

All set for giving!

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

3. And the obvious: A gift sack! Not just any ordinary gift bag, this adorable gift sack (available at Michaels) is a cuter option than the traditional gift bag AND something that will get use year after year. A re-usable gift! Love it! Perfect for oddly shaped gifts OR toting your stash of gifts on the go. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Cute, right? I love gift wrapping and these ideas are so helpful when it comes to solving the challenge of oddly shaped presents. Want to see more Holiday Hacks?

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

  • Michaels has so many holiday project ideas with instructions at Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more.
  • Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas from more creative Michaels’ Makers on the Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.
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*I received a Michaels gift card to complete this challenge. All ideas are my own. 😉

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DIY Thanks Sign Tutorial

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? It’s a bit late for this tutorial but there’s always filing it away for next year. Make up this easy sign to add the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving decor. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • 12 x 24 piece of plywood
  • FrogTape®
  • paint and foam paint brush
  • wooden letters
  • hot glue (or wood glue and clamps or screws)

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

What I did:

1. Paint wooden letters if needed and let dry. Mine came from the craft store dollar section pre-finished. 

 2. I taped off stripes using FrogTape Multi-Surface. I made a larger stripe in the middle to create a darker background since my letters are lighter in color. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Using a plastic card, I burnished the edges of the tape to ensure crisp clean lines. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Next I applied a coat of paint. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

5. While paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape. Then let the paint dry. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

6. I secured my letters using hot glue. 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

I love this quick and easy piece to add to my Thanksgiving vignette: 

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

easy Thanksgiving sign tutorial @diyshowoff

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

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Holiday Dinner Recipes

Hosting dinner this holiday season? Love the benefits of your essential oils? Add them to your holiday cooking! Here are some mouth watering recipes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Pumpkin Pie:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Lemon Butter Green Beans: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Orange Glazed Honey Ham:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Southern Cornbread Dressing:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Sweet Potato Casserole:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Turkey Injection Sauce:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Ultimate Gravy:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Enjoy!!! 

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12 Days of Christmas Essential Oil Infused Bath Soak Ornament Gifts

Every time of the year is a good time to share essential oils and Christmas is the perfect time to whip up your own DIY homemade gifts. 

12 Days of Christmas

essential oil infused bath soak ornament gifts

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Supplies: (some affiliate links included)

  • epsom salt
  • your choice of essential oils (I only recommend Young Living brand)
  • 12 mini fillable glass ornaments (only use glass ornaments when using citrus essential oils)
  • small decorative Christmas tree
  • battery operated lights
  • ribbon and twine
  • Sharpie
  • mason jar
  • funnel (paper cones work well because you can snip the point to fit into the small ornament opening)

Instructions:

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

1. Add 2 level (or just under level) tablespoons of epsom salt to a mason jar.

2. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil. 

3. Screw on lid and shake, shake, shake it up!

4. Remove top from glass ornament. Using the funnel, transfer contents of mason jar to glass ornament. You’ll have to tap. I recommend holding the ornament/funnel over the mason jar. 

5. Attach ornament lid and embellish with ribbon.

6. Label ornaments using a Sharpie.

7. Tie ornament onto tree with a piece of twine.

*Repeat steps 1-6 for each essential oil. You may want to wash/rinse/dry mason jar between each use when creating a different batch. 

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Gift giving ideas:

1 – Give the entire 12 days of essential oil infused Christmas tree to a busy friend who could use some quiet ‘me’ time. Yes…it’s perfectly acceptable to keep it for yourself! Display the tree on the bathroom counter! The battery operated lights provide just the perfect glow for a relaxing bath soak. Set the mood with soothing holiday music. 

2 – Or display the tree at your next holiday essential oil 101 class or holiday party. Bam! Instant guest favors, gifts or prizes.

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

3 – They make cute gift-toppers/accessories too!

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

A special gift just for YOU! Embrace wellness this season, prepare for winter! Get a the DIYSHOWOFF HOLIDAY BUNDLE (free gifts!) when you purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit using member #1836762 at youngliving.com. Why? Everyone I know who has taken that step to get started has no regrets and turns from skeptic to believer! Let’s get these drops of oil into your home! 

See more fun holiday essential oil gift ideas from these sweet blog friends: 

DIY essential oil Gift ideas @diyshowoff

Check out these other great DIY gift ideas using essential oils!

Young Living essential oils are so loved and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom if you want it, but no obligation! I’d love for you to join us! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. So excited to hear from you!

Young Living at diyshowoff.com