Spring into Essential Oils – special offer for DIYShowOff readers

Is what you put into your body important to you? Me too! ‘m pretty sure by now that you’ve heard a lot about essential oils, right? ::groan:: and ::eye roll:: <— that was my initial reaction too! lol! What IS all the fuss about? Let me share it with you as short and sweet as I can why essential oils are all the rage for me personally. (Some affiliate links below.)

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When I first heard, I thought it was some temporary popular trend and I tuned it out. la-la-la-la-la!!!!!! But nearly 3 years ago on a blogging retreat, two of my blog buddies shared essential oils with me…I have a bit of an issue with traveling which causes some uncomfortable side effects (you don’t want to know) and the essential oil shared made all the difference! Oh.my.good.NESS! If it worked for that, how else? In my world at the time, my mom and sister were going through treatments for breast cancer. I was ready and open to making healthier choices. Baby steps. Just starting somewhere. 

Essential oils have been around FOREVER and I know that lately they’re ALL THE HYPE but I believe it’s because word of mouth spreads faster these days via social media. They aren’t new. And specifically, Young Living has been around going on 30 years! I was still practically a child (and I’m a grandma now!). That’s not anything bright and shiny and just born. And “Young Living” is THE BRAND everyone wants. Because guess what? Not all essential oils are created equal! What I really love about Young Living is their Seed to Seal Guarantee. They aren’t just buying from a supplier and slapping on a label. Young Living controls the process of planting, harvesting, distilling, bottling, labeling and shipping from their own farms and partner farms from around the world with high standards and lots of testing. In fact, Young Living is the #1 essential oils company in the world. I am confident that I am getting the best quality essential oil. One other quick point about Young Living…unlike buying a cheap oil from Amazon or WalMart or even TJMaxx (be aware: even a label with 100% pure doesn’t mean that’s the case), I love that I have support, resources and testimonials from personal experiences to help guide me on my oily journey. I’ve never had to work about my health but now I’m empowered to research, to learn more and to embrace wellness. When someone tells me they tried an essential oil and it didn’t work, I’m pretty sure they tried a fragrance or lower grade, not the quality of Young Living essential oils. 

Nostalgia: Something that is really important to me … creating an environment for my sweet grandson that’s FREE of toxins. Know what else I really love? You know how a certain scent will take you back to a really special memory? I love that he is going to associate those amazing good scents like lavender or clove/cinnamon with his grammy. 

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What is an essential oil anyway? My first uneducated thought: “oh, some air freshening junk that maybe helps you relax, snake oils for hippies”. An essential oil is the substance created by plants for protection against damage, injury, predators, environmental/weather changes. And they work for humans (oh and my dog and that horse too) in much the same way. Whoa! I certainly never imagined that essential oils had powerful health benefits. What? Why haven’t we heard about them before? Why didn’t I know that I could grab an essential oil for relief or health support in so many ways without the synthetic chemicals or side effects? The answer to that is an involved blog post for another day but just because I never knew, doesn’t mean it isn’t so. Essential oils were one of the first medicines! I’m learning so much and I’m so thankful that my friends DID share with  me because it’s made a HUGE difference in our lifestyle, our health, our finances and our home. 

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Again, why Young Living brand? The history, the quality, the support, the selection (hello essential oils, personal care, supplements, cleaning products and so much more – toxin free products I use every day!), the opportunities (ask me how I’m going to the lavender farm for FREE this fall and how I’ve passed up my blogging income, especially when I vowed I would NEVER promote one of those work-from-home type companies). It’s rewarding having the opportunity to help others make healthier choices too. I see how it really is changing lives. And because I see that for myself personally, I really can’t help but to shout it out to you on my blog on occasion or from the top of my lungs on Facebook! “YOU need these oils too!” 

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SO here is what I recommend:

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…just dip your toe in by purchasing the premium starter kit. Just try and see. This gives you the biggest bang for your buck with NO obligations. It’s the best way to give essential oils a good fair shot to see the benefits for yourself! For $160 (+tax/shipping) you get:

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  • A diffuser: You’re going to want to diffuse your essential oils into the air so you can breathe in those health benefits and support! What I love: unlike a candle, there are no toxic chemicals or synthetic fragrances. I get to choose the scent I want to diffuse…something uplifting or relaxing, something immune boosting or cleansing, etc. AND I get to control the strength. A drop or two for sensitive noses, more for a POW – my house smells amazing! The diffusers are constructed of a medical grade material that will not break down with the use of essential oils. It also comes with a 1 year warranty. Spring into Young Living essential oils @diyshowoff Grab a premium starter kit at youngliving using enroller/sponsor #1836762 and receive an awesome welcome bundle! Embrace wellness!
  • 11 bottles of essential oils: Peppermint (cooling, great for after exercise, occasional head tension, supporting a healthy digestive system), Frankincense (supports healthy skin, meditative/spiritual, promotes a sense of well being), Lemon (energizing and cleansing), Purification (eliminates odors, a few drops with water in a spray bottle makes a great outdoor spray), DiGize (a must have for supporting a healthy digestive system), Thieves (supports a healthy immune system, very popular oil that because of it’s awesome power is also used in YL’s household cleaner concentrate, bar soap, hand soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid and dishwasher powder, dental products, hand purifier, etc. too – it’s SO good!), Lavender (relaxing and calming and awesome for all.things.healthy.skin!!!), Copaiba, PanAway (smells like IcyHot, great for after exercise), RC (supports a healthy respiratory system!), Stress Away (enough said!).
  • Sample sachets to share with friends.
  • Sample bottles and cards to share with others.
  • Sample Ningxia Red (super juice – POW!) 
  • A lifetime wholesale membership – sounds scary but there are no obligations to order ever again. But if you do want to, you now have access to 24% off retail prices! Hurray! Spend 50 pv ($around $50) per year to stay an active member or … hey, go inactive. There is no penalty. You just don’t order again, you walk away free and clear.
  • Friendships and support!
  • The potential to share with others and to make a paycheck – it’s just there, hanging out, yours for the taking IF you want it. No requirements. No monthly quotas. You never HAVE to ‘sell’ or share or speak a word to anyone if you don’t want to. But if you do, you might just get an accidental paycheck! Let’s discuss the details. It’s not like your usual work-from-home multi-level marketing company.
  • Access to a Rewards program IF you decide you love you oils to pieces and can’t live without MORE! Completely optional. I love it because I get things I used to buy at WalMart (but now a chemical free version) and my essential oils delivered to my door and I earn rewards BIG TIME (shopping spree!) but that’s just me. I’m talking about not just essential oils but our toothpaste, household cleaner, deodorant, laundry detergent, lotion, supplements, etc. You have the choice. Decline immediately, sign up if you want some other time or never join it. Up to you!
  • FREE GIFTS! ORDER NOW THROUGH 4/30/17 and receive a welcome bundle from DIYShowOff (that’s from me to you personally!) WHILE SUPPLIES LAST that includes my favorite educational material so you’re not left in the dark. Hey, those oils aren’t going to do anyone any good sitting in the box. Don’t be intimidated or overwhelmed…we’ve got you covered. I really want to get you all set up and ready to love your essential oils!
  • FOR A LIMITED TIME: I will also be providing a natural Himalayan salt lamp (actual product may vary but approx. 5 to 7 inches, 4 to 7 lbs. like the one shown).
  • GIVEAWAY ENTRY: Order the Premium Starter Kit by midnight 4/15/17 and be entered to win the spring floral centerpiece shown! *(US friends only. Long distance buddies….Young Living is worldwide! And I have something comparable for you!). I will get notification that you placed an order. Email roeshel at gmail dot com with the words “WOW-wee” to claim this welcome bundle. 

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How? Just go to YoungLiving.com. Be sure that my member#1836762 is in the enroller and sponsor spots, choose your Premium Starter Kit and you’re all set! Want recommendations for more or to learn how you can get free products with your order? Contact me for more info and I can walk you through the sign up process. 

I’m excited for you to join an amazing oily family filled with so much love and support and fun! Can’t wait!

*This blog is sponsored by DIYShowOff & Young Living Essential Oils (Independent Distributor). The information on this blog is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Easter Egg Hunt Mantel

Do you have certain family traditions for celebrating Easter?

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Everyone in our family has a holiday they host and somehow we ended up with Easter. Each year, our Easter gathering includes a traditional Easter dinner and an Easter egg hunt…

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and we always do a cheesy family photo too. 

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Make it the best Easter with Michaels! They have everything from eggs & baskets, to bunney décor and more!

My April Michaels’ Makers’ challenge is “Easter decor” so I decked out our mantel with an ‘egg hunt’ theme.

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DIY ‘egg hunt’ banner – construct a pretty festive banner for any occasion with this tablet of pre-cut paper banner pieces, alphabet stickers and ribbon.

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I also added a string of butterfly garland. Quick, lightweight, perfect! 

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DIY faux marbled eggs – Gather supplies: craft eggs and a marbling kit (it works for paper and fabric too! So fun!) Follow the instructions provided with the kit. 

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Add 1 magic powder packet (there are 8) to 8 oz. of water in the tray and stir.

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Add drops of paint and swirl to create a design and color pattern.

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Roll craft egg into the mixture.

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Then set on rack to dry.  

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So pretty!  DIY marbled craft Easter egg tutorial

And of course I snagged all of my decorative accents to finish off the “Egg Hunt” theme at Michaels including the rustic numbered cubby shelf, wire egg basket, bunny (….for peeps’ sake! How cute is he?!),

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potted cabbages (darling!) and these grass squares that clip together…perfect for ‘hiding’ eggs!

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All set! 

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Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ Easter project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. CST: 

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Furniture Shopping

I was recently invited to check out our local CORT Clearance Center and since the big DIY room makeover goal this year is our unfinished basement remodel/man cave, I decided to give them a visit. Shopping for discount furniture is on our radar and I’d never been to their store. Have you? @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff I enjoyed the selection of high quality CORT Certified furniture. I was surprised to learn that CORT’s furniture quality is higher than other discount brands with more durable fabric and stitching and real wood instead of particle board, etc.  CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff There was a large selection to chose from too! From bedrooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff to living rooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff to dining rooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and office furniture. CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff So many beautiful textures CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and a selection of neutral colors CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and bright fun colors (something for everyone) CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and decorative accessories CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff along with the affordable budget friendly pricing at your local clearance center. There’s an option for extra discounts when you buy furniture in sets or take advantage of the “home to go” packages. That option makes furnishing an entire room less challenging, especially when you don’t know where to begin.  CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff   What an awesome investment for people looking to furnish and decorate a room! There’s also a CORT certified 90 day guarantee – where they will repair or replace defective product within 90 days of purchase. Gotta love a company who stands behind their name!   CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff A big thanks to Jeanne and Aaron for the warm welcoming greeting and assistance! CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff Have you ever visited a CORT Clearance Center near you? Did you choose a room package? What were your thoughts? 

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Floorté Vinyl Plank Flooring from Shaw

More progress on the enclosed porch turned room makeover! When I visited Shaw Floors headquarters last summer, I had the opportunity to see all of their amazing high quality flooring products from awesome waterproof carpet to beautiful hardwoods to unbelievable waterproof planks. So much thought and innovation goes into the design behind the scenes!

The many features of a product called Floorté caught my eye. 

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Floorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw is a luxury line locking durable, waterproof flooring option and I am in LOVE! 

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First, remember the ugly before picture from when we removed exterior siding and turned an exterior-interior window into a doorway…

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to the after drywall/trim/paint and light fixture…it’s beginning to look like a different room altogether, right? That’s the plan! 

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to some floor prep work…

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to the installation of the Floorté. I chose the design “Antico” from the Classico collection. It’s a beautiful distressed-inspired look with gray/brown wood tones. I think it resembles weathered wood.

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Did you catch the durability demonstration video on Instagram? 😉 

Our installer, Mike, subcontractor from A&S, knocked out this installation in half a day!

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Next step is for us to install shoe molding and to complete decorating but I couldn’t resist putting up the curtains. I just need to make a few decisions on this room’s purpose then tweak the fine details so more on the final reveal coming soon, but in the meantime – isn’t she lovely?!

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Stay tuned for the final before and after room reveal with this gorgeous Floorté flooring! 

There’s a Hole in the Wall!

Okay, because I’m a crazy lady, I decided to tackle a room makeover in December. In my defense, it’s just a little room so it shouldn’t disrupt our entire holiday season or anything, right? Right! Well, I’ve always been told “it’s the thought that counts” and I’m going with that thought. 

We have this odd enclosed porch area off the open pantry…see that door on the left? open pantry at diyshowoff.com

The one with the curtains? That’s the original front door to this old house. And where does it lead? To a warm and inviting entryway to our house? 

No. A homeowner from the past enclosed the porch and rerouted the door to the side. We enter our home through the back French doors on the patio.  We do not have a real front door or curb appeal and that’s a dream for another day but we did recently put in new windows AND insulated the outer walls. And this room reached my puke-point. It looked like a room from an episode of Hoarders. A true junk room. I’m over it. It’s something you don’t see on a blog every day. The ugly truth. Well, enough is enough. 

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Oh, and that room has this window at the bottom of our stairs in our living room always bothered me. An exterior window INTERIOR? Don’t you just love nearly 100 year old houses? Weird. Oh, “let’s look out this window at the sunny day” … (::cue horror movie music::) … it’s a room piled to the ceiling with JUNK. NO! Just no. Merry Christmas to me because it’s going away! 

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Did you even notice it had exterior vinyl siding on two walls? Looks like an option for insulation from a past home owner. 

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Down to the original siding from 1927… but those other walls? Ugh. they’re staying for now. 

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And the siding has been removed and drywall installed. It’s starting to come together. No matter what, anything is better than it was and I’m looking forward to a bright fresh new room. 

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Those other two crazy walls with planks and hunter green trim overload are too involved to change out now (moving windows and doors to install drywall is more involved than we can deal with at the present time, so fingers crossed that paint tone down that in-yo-face trim circus! 

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And the floor? That hideous green painted concrete has to go. New product: Floorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw and I can’t wait! More on that coming up. Floorté is a luxury line locking durable engineered waterproof PVC flooring option. More on that coming up! For now, there are some decisions to make…

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And someday, when a new beautiful front door is in the budget, this room will grow up to be a real live front entryway, a foyer! But for now, I’m claiming this space to create more square footage, to make it useful space. I’m still on the fence about it’s purpose though. I’m leaning towards den/home office.  

Stay tuned for more progress! 

At Home: Christmas Tree Farm Inspired Decor

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la!

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Goal: Freshen up the Christmas decor in our dining room. And boy oh boy, At Home did not disappoint! Christmas tunes were cranked, hot cocoa within reach, cinnamon/ orange/pine essential oil being diffused, shopping bags unpacked. Let the holiday decorating begin!

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Welcome to our Christmas tree farm inspired dining room. Just a few touches from At Home to some of our existing Christmas decor made all the difference in making our dining room a Christmas destination. I am in love! 

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Baby’s favorite: the boy was all heart-eyes over us putting this big red metal truck into the shopping cart. 

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My favorite: Cut Your Own Christmas Tree sign – this sealed the deal on my tree farm theme. I love it’s charm. ::pitter patter:: 

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You guys! Do you have an At Home store near you? Well, we have a brand new At Home store in Pittsburgh! Yes!!!!!! So exciting! I couldn’t wait to check it out and I received some gift cards towards my purchase in exchange for a review so we made a recent visit to check it out. 

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It took some time to narrow down which direction with decorating I wanted to go! Because…so many fun themes, a huge selection and the prettiest holiday displays for inspiration. 

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We may have spent more than 2 hours in that store. Thankfully, baby boy was as entertained and captured as I was.

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But, I finally made some decisions and settled on a Christmas tree farm theme. I couldn’t wait to get home to deck the halls! 

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Join me for a  bit of faux al fresco twilight dining Christmas tree farm picnic style. You bring the eggnog, I’ll bring the cookies!

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Use the store locator to find an At Home close to you! 

Touch of Christmas shown above from At Home: 

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The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party

My Michaels Makers challenge for October is “Halloween Party” and what a fun time shopping the aisles of Michaels for accessories. From cute and friendly to creepy-spooky, they have everything you need to host an awesome monster-bash! 

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Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is a poem often noted for its supernatural atmosphere, making it the perfect theme for your next Halloween party… The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff

Shop for fun accents with Victorian, modern bold patterns and creepy Halloween vibes. Connect the variety of design styles with a black and white color palette. 

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Journals make the perfect party favor for this author and poem – inspired party.  The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff Popcorn is the perfect snack to serve while ‘The Raven’ is just the right length to read by candlelight via candelabra… The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels

Nevermore Tree Centerpiece (an oldie by favorite craft)

Materials:

  • Vase, container, urn. 
  • Small branch (desired size that fits your container). Choose one that has several branch-offs to look more like a tree.
  • Black spray paint
  • Styrofoam cone
  • Handful of dry moss. Other options: shredded newspaper, crinkled paper
  • Accessories: faux crows/ravens, plastic spiders, cotton spider webbing, ribbon
  • Optional: hot glue

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Tutorial:
1. Spray-paint branch black and add a touch of black to dried moss and let them dry.
2. Using the bottom of my tree branch, I poked a hole into the circular side of my cone. Insert the Styrofoam cone into container with the circular side/hole facing up. You can secure your foam to the container. I didn’t.
3. Insert the branch into the Styrofoam hole. Secure with hot glue if needed.
4. Cover styrofoam with dried moss, crinkled paper or shredded paper. Glue into place if desired.
5.  ACCESSORIZE: String dried moss and spider webs to branches (drag the spider webbing). Attach ravens. I used black twist ties to attach some of my crows, others are just propped on branches. I did use hot glue to attach a few plastic spiders and added a couple of snips of sheer ribbon here and there for a little added whimsy.

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Whether you’re into spooky sights, playful pumpkins or giggling ghouls, Michaels is your Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Headquarters and has tons of ideas for DIY costumes and décor.

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Make up some cute candy coated marshmallow Halloween treats for party favors!

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Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers Boo-It-Yourself Halloween ideas on the Michaels blog or by viewing the links below on Monday, October 3rd at 11 a.m. CST:

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Metallic Striped Christmas Tree Tub

Looking for a new idea for your Christmas tree? Grab these things:

metallic striped Christmas tree tub tutorial @diyshowoff

  • large galvanized beverage tub
  • gold spray paint
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Use the FrogTape to create stripes or a pattern on the galvanized tub. i just applied mine without exact measurements. Wouldn’t triangles, x’s or chevron be pretty too?

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Using a plastic card, burnish the edges of the tape. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

I covered the handles with sandwich baggies and taped them in the ‘up’ position. Spray paint the tub. I positioned mine upside down. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

As soon as you’ve finished, carefully remove the FrogTape. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Let paint dry. Remove sandwich bags from handles. 

Add a tree stand, assemble and decorate the tree. 

Christmas Tree striped tub tutorial @diyshowoff

Since our cat likes to roll around on tree skirts, I love this option.

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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.

Gift Ideas for the Cook

Mr. DIY’s favorite hobby is cooking. Yes I know how to cook but he ENJOYS cooking. So while he doesn’t get home from work until around 6 p.m. every evening (and I work from home), he still does the cooking. It’s his way of unwinding. Am who am I to stand in his way? 😉 Cooking is his passion. He’s even been known to arrive home from work early when he has a new recipe he can’t wait to try. Cooking utensils, small kitchen appliances and gadgets are always great gift ideas for those who love to cook. 

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Gifts for the cook Inspired by Macy’s cookware buying guide

  1. Garlic Rocker
  2. Fat Separator
  3. Bamboo Steamer
  4. Round Ravioli Stamp
  5. Asparagus Pot
  6. Adjustable Potato Ricer
  7. Nonstick Ebelskiver Pan
  8. Food Mill
  9. Nonstick Grill Basket

And yes, I have lots of photos in my files for sharing his recipes. It’s getting him to take a moment to write them out that’s the challenge. I’ll keep on him. 

*This post is sponsored by Macy’s. As always, opinions are my own. 

Casual Winter Fashion

What’s on your holiday wish list this year? 

Just because I mainly blog about do-it-yourself home improvement/decorating and my ‘work’ uniform mostly consists of yoga pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, paint clothes doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy ‘cleaning up’ too. Most days:

DIY clothing

I’m definitely a girl-y girl with a love of clothes, fashion, make up, jewelry and shoes. Some days:

Roeshel

In fact, since my purchases throughout the year mostly consist of home decor, home improvement projects materials, craft supplies and of course my essential oils and gifts for others, holidays are reserved for adding a few pretty non DIY related gifts to my wish list.

And since I no longer have the need for a business or business casual wardrobe, my style has evolved into something more casual and fun. Instead of heels with a business suit, now I’m loving my heels with jeans (distressed are my favorite) and a warm sweater, fun jewelry and pretty accessories. THOSE are my winter must haves. 

So when Macy’s sent over this Casual Winter Outfit inspiration and I could totally see me wearing this, I knew I’d love to share it and to be able to pin it to my wish list Pinterest board. This year when I opened my closet to dig around for cold weather appropriate attire (brrrr…it’s snowing, you guys!), I felt as if my summer clothes outnumbered the cooler weather ensembles. Shuffling seasonal wardrobes around is definitely on the to-do list. 

funky-casual fashion

Inspired by Macy’s winter fashion guide

  1. Fringed Cardigan
  2. Green Necklace
  3. Floppy Hat
  4. Dior Lip Glow
  5. Distressed Jeans
  6. Clinique Mascara
  7. Suede Booties

LOVE the look! What about you? Gathering ideas for your holiday wish list? Thinking you need a few more cooler weather options in your wardrobe? I’d love to hear what’s on your wish list. 

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Macy’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NeonSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

I do love my Sharpies so I happily accepted the offer to participate in the Neon Sharpie campaign with a fun colorful Halloween project. I used the coupon link shared below to snag my 5 pack at Target…along with more than that of course…isn’t that always the way in that store?

NEW Sharpie Fine Point Neon markers have fun ultra vivid colors in natural light with ink that turns fluorescent in black light.

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial

Materials: 

  • 5 pack Neon Sharpie Markers
  • Wooden shield or route 66/road plaque (I picked mine up at a yard sale but you could also cut your own from thin plyboard or purchase online or in craft stores)
  • White craft paint
  • Black Sharpie

Tutorial:

My plaque is a shield/road route shape but doesn’t it look like the shape of an owl too? Perfect for this project! I gave it two coats of white paint and let it dry.  candy skull halloween owl

candy skull halloween owl tutorial

After a quick online image search to get an idea of candy skull designs, I practiced a few design sketches on a piece of paper.  candy skull owl tutorial

Using a pencil, I traced my camera lens cap for large circle eyes then utilized a few stencils but mostly just doodled with my neon Sharpie markers. I filled in the white surface with designs, shapes, flowers, spirals, etc.  candy skull stenciling

and filled in some more… candy skull tutorial

and more. I tried to keep things symmetrical but being an amateur candy skull artist, it’s a bit off. I compensated here and there with design but a part of having hand-drawn charm is the imperfection, right? It doesn’t jump out and say OFF BALANCE. It’s still pretty! diy candy skull halloween owl tutorial

Sometimes, I walked away when interrupted or at a loss of what else to draw then came back with a fresh look and filled in the design some more… DIY candy skull owl

until I was happy with my overall design. I love the bright vivid colors. So fun!

Next I outlined everything using my black Sharpie… Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

 One of a kind… DIYShowOff Candy Skull Owl

 Isn’t it cute? Perfect for a fun colorful Halloween accent! candy skull owl decor

It’s so cool that the neon marks show fluorescent under a black light too! DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

1$ off coupon (available while supplies last and in select stores) to purchase the 5 pack of Neon Sharpies from Target. Coupon Link: http://coupons.target.com/sharpie-coupons

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Quick Resource for Easing the Painting Process

There’s progress in the laundry room! The walls have been painted!

It’s always helpful to take a little refresher course before starting a project and of course our DIY blog friend, Lindsay from Makely Home, does a great job with the Glidden “Show Me How” videos (she’s such a natural). 

Since I do a lot of painting, I always have paint supplies on hand but when I ventured down to the basement this time, I noticed that my angled brush had seen better days. And I have to tell you, when I’m ready to paint…I want to do it right then. No shower, no make up and no desire to run to the store. So these tips for cutting in and getting clean lines were super helpful! 

Then I followed up by rolling the “w”…

It doesn’t matter that I’ve painted dozens of rooms. Taking 1 minute to review those two videos ensured my DIY process went off without a hitch. See all of the Glidden Show Me How videos here

Embarrassing half of the laundry room before…I couldn’t take that chaotic mess or naked flooring any more! laundry room before

In progress (patched walls)… laundry room progress

Now…I chose a white base since this room is in the middle of the house with no window and no natural light.  laundry room walls

Nothing too exciting to show but it sure feels exciting! My walls look beautiful. So fresh and clean and one step closer to being done. And yes…there’s a fun bold painted wall design coming up then onto the baseboards. I’ll share the floor this week too. Stay tuned!

Because there’s so much “life” going on outside of DIY Show Off, the laundry room progress has been slow but hoping to get things going a little faster to get ‘er done! 

This post is sponsored by Glidden. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control and fun giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Kate from Just Cute Kate! Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you! 

With the cooler temps fast approaching, we’ll be firing up the furnace as well as installing some much-waited-for new windows. Good bye drafty old house! Helloooo efficiency! As you know, I am not a fan of winter and cooler temps. When winter arrives, you’ll find me blogging all bundled up in layers.

So when Honeywell asked if I’d review and share the new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, I watched the videos, read the specs, slept on it and decided it was something I couldn’t live without. Simply calling out “hello thermostat” (do you say that with a Jerry Seinfeld “Hello Newman” accent or is it just me?) and asking it to adjust the heat from across the room is well, “cool”! Isn’t it? Maybe “hot” is a better word in my case. In addition, if I turn the heat down before I leave for the day, I can log into the Total Connect Comfort app from my smart phone and adjust the settings to arrive home to a roasty toasty house. I love the ‘remote start’ on my car and this seems to be along the same lines for me…an awesome way to get through winter. Another bonus? I can customize it to accent my home decor! I’m eagerly awaiting the “clean house” command! 

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I should be getting it in a few weeks and I’ll let you know all about the installation and convenience first hand. 

See more details here: Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

One thing I do love about winter? The holidays! How about a little shopping spree to get your holiday shopping started?

$100 Amazon gift card giveaway!

  • Leave a comment below with your suggestion for a voice command that you wish your thermostat could fill. Cook dinner? Transport me to Aruba?
  • Giveaway starts when this post publishes and ends Wed., October 9th at midnight EST.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.
  • Open to US residents 18+ only. 
  • Good luck!

 

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DIY: Removable Decorative Window Frame

DIY MAGIC WINDOW ART TUTORIAL

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas network, I’m participating in the September “window treatment” challenge. I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to complete my project…addressing this bathroom window:

DIY Removable Decorative Window Frame Tutorial

Our main floor bathroom has a window that sits high up (no one can see in and the view out is of the treetops). The window is not framed. I’ve tried a curtain on this window, but with it sitting so high above the toilet tank, it just doesn’t look right.

bathroom window

This project would be great for window privacy too!

Materials I used:

  • 1×3 pine boards to create a frame
  • Flat corner brackets
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Wood filler
  • White paint (leftover Valspar Signature in satin finish)
  • Picture frame hanging hardware
  • Screen (36″ wide)
  • FrogTape
  • Staples
  • Stencil
  • Craft paint
  • White vinyl table cloth
  • Vinyl decals

Removable decorative window frame: 

I started with creating a frame for my window using the 1×3 boards, corner brackets, Gorilla Glue, wood filler and paint. It’s best to miter the joints, add glue to the joints and brackets (be sure that screws are not longer than depth of frame). Fill joint lines with wood filler and lightly sand once dry. Prime/paint frame.

DIY removable wood window frame

Cut screen to fit inside the wooden frame with enough room to fold under borders and to staple to the back side of the frame.

  Removable window frame DIY

Stencil a design on the screen and let dry. I used Cutting Edge Stencil’s Allium Gladiator Flower Stencil (it sort of looks like dandelions and butterflies). FrogTape was essential in working with the screen by holding it flat and in place. Once paint is dry, staple screen to back of frame. 

removable decorative DIY window frame tutorial

You may think to stop here but when I hung the frame (in the daylight), the stenciled design wasn’t visible. It simply looked as if I only framed the window.

So I cut a piece of white vinyl table cloth to size (a bit bigger than the inner space of my frame with an extra inch around the borders to staple it into place) then I added vinyl decals to the white tablecloth. (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a bike and quote.) You could also try a light colored/patterned fabric or paint your own design on canvas…just remember that your stenciled screen will show when it’s dark outside.

removable decorative DIY window frame tutorial

I stapled the white tablecloth into place. 

Simply hang on nails using the sawtooth picture hangers. Easily removable – as simple as taking a picture off the wall.

Before…

bathroom window

During the day, the bike and quote show up…

bathroom window covering

and at night, the stenciled screen shows up as well…

DIY window frame

It’s easily removable for when I want to open/access the window and lets in a lot of light during the day. Yay! Love the result…window dressing, window frame and art. What do you think?

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for a mini outdoor makeover challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

DIY Wire Cloche SucculentTerrarium

Succulents make for a great indoor/outdoor centerpiece. I’ve been using this wire cloche succulent garden as a centerpiece on our patio coffee table all summer. I love that it requires little maintenance. 

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

DIY wire cloche succulent terrarium tutorial:

diy wire cloche succulent garden

Materials I used:

  1. Miracle Gro Cactus & Citrus Potting Soil
  2. Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
  3. Chicken Wire 
  4. Allen & Roth Round Serving Tray
  5. Pebbles
  6. Sand
  7. Finial
  8. Tools: Needle Nose Pliers & Wire Cutters
  9. Assorted Succulents
  10. Plastic Planter Liner
  11. Decorative Rocks & Accessories (not shown)

What I did:

In the plastic planter liner, I layered pebbles, sand and topped with the potting soil. Then planted the succulents and added decorative rocks. And placed the plastic planter liner into the round serving tray.

DIY succulent garden

I measured the diameter of the plastic planter liner and decided on the height of my wire cloche and using wire cutters, cut out my shape to create a cylinder to go around the terrarium.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

I cut the wire so that I’d have little wire “tabs” to secure the shape up along the side.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

To make the top (roof) of my wire cloche, I used a large round clock as a circle template (the biggest circle size I could cut from my chicken wire width) and cut using wire cutters.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

I cut a straight line to the center of the circle and created a ‘cone’ shape top for my terrarium and again used the small cut chicken wire tabs to secure my shape. Then I spray painted my cylinder and top.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

Once dry, I used an extra piece of wire (a twist tie will work) to attach a finial to the top. Glue and screws weren’t working so this takes some playing with, but the wire cloche is light so lifting it from the garden will be easy to do, even if it’s simply twisted in the chicken wire. 

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

And using the same technique with ‘tab’ piece of wire from the cylinder, I attached the “cone” (sort of like a “roof”) to the cylinder.

DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

Then just slip the wire cloche over the terrarium.

DIY wire succulent garden

Here it is on the patio:

succulent patio garden

See more patio and outdoor projects in the DIY Show Off Project Gallery

And more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete a DIY terrarium project, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

Kids’ Plastic Picnic Table Makeover

As you know, we entertain a lot in the summer, hosting quite a few family picnics. Guests include my 3-year-old nephew and 2 and 4-year-old nieces. It was decided that I needed a kid’s table and mom scored a Little Tykes picnic table at a yard sale for me for $15. Hurray for yard sale season (and moms)!

How to paint a child's plastic picnic table  

But when you don’t have a yard full of fun brightly colored kids’ toys; the red, blue and yellow looks out of place, not to mention it was faded and a little worse-for-wear. 

kids picnic table before

I decided a little makeover was in order. 

Materials:

  • Spray primer (2 cans)
  • Spray paint (2 cans for all over) I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
  • Another can for decorative purposes (optional)
  • Spray clear coat
  • FrogTape
  • Vinyl decals (I made my own using supplies from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial:

First, I lightly sanded the picnic table with a fine grit sandpaper and gave it a good spraying with the pressure washer. (Thanks, Steve!)

washing picnic table

This also comes apart some how, but I couldn’t figure it out so I didn’t bother. Apply a coat of primer: 

DIY plastic picnic table transformation

Then spray paint:

painting plastic picnic table tutorial

I let it dry and ‘cure’ for a few days. 

Using my FrogTape, I created a rectangle (table runner) outline on the table part of the picnic table and taped off the rest of the table top. 

child's picnic table makeover

Using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Design Studio software, I created and cut out the letters for a dinner time prayer.

Silhouette Studio designer software

Happy Crafters

I applied the sticker type vinyl letters to the center of my rectangle and made sure FrogTape and vinyl letters were pressed down securely.

kids picnic table makeover

Then gave it a coat of spray paint in Rustoleum’s Lagoon. (I used a large piece of cardboard to shield the benches.)

painting plastic picnic table

I peeled away the FrogTape and decals while the paint was still wet. I still have blue fingernails to prove it. 

picnic table makeover

I let that dry for a few days (in my vehicle mostly since it’s been raining off and on so much)…which is why I had no choice but to be patient as well! Then I used my FrogTape again to create a border around my “place mat” and filled it in with DecoArt’s Patio Paint. Then peeled away my FrogTape and again…let it dry for a few days.

painting kids plastic picnic table

I had to touch up the paint here and there. Then sealed it with a spray clear coat (satin finish) and let that dry.

clear coat

Much better! And a sweet little reminder for the little ones to pray before digging in. 

childs picnic table makeover after

 

We tested it out over the fourth of July. Now it fits in with our patio…

plastic picnic table makeover

*This sponsored by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.

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 *Vinyl provided by Happy Crafters.

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Ombre Stenciled Flower Pots

This is definitely the summer of DIY flower planters at DIYShowOff, isn’t it? We’ve always been so busy with projects INside the house, that decorating outside hasn’t been a priority but this year, I’ve been especially happy to celebrate summer. I wanted to spruce up the yard a little with some colorful flowers and flower pots and that’s exactly what I’ve accomplished. I do promise (I think) that this is the last DIY flower pot project of 2013.  

Stacked Stenciled Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial

Materials:

  • Terra cotta flower pots (5 different sizes from smaller to bigger)
  • DecoArt Patio Paint (1 Blue Jay Blue, 1 Robin’s Egg Blue, 1 Blue Bahama, 2 Cloud White, 1 Woodland brown)
  • Vinyl stencils (I created mine with my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from my sponsor, Happy Crafters). 
  • Krylon Clear Coat
  • Rebar (mine is 42″)
  • Potting soil and flowers
  • Optional: Curtain rod finial (I found mine at a thrift store and spray painted it white)

Ombre flower pots Tutorial:

I purchased three colors blue and two bottles of white patio paint to create 5 colors in styrofoam bowls:

  • Blue Jay Blue
  • 50/50 Blue Jay Blue and Robin’s Egg Blue
  • Robin’s Egg Blue
  • 50/50 Robin’s Egg Blue and Blue Bahama
  • Blue Bahama

deco art patio paint

For each pot, I started with one of the base colors above. Using a foam brush, I started on the bottom, “feathering” the paint. I then elevated my pots to make painting/drying easier. 

painting terra cotta flower pots

Then added white to the paint and feathered another row on the same pot, working my way around the pot.

And added more white and repeated.

ombre flower pot tutorial

When the bottom was dry, I flipped the terra cotta pot. Then added more white to my paint and finished all the way to the top and a little down into the inside. 

I did the above steps for each paint color for each terra cotta pot.

Then I mixed all of my left over paint together and painted the insides of my flower pots…

painting flower pots

then flipped and painted the bottoms and let them dry overnight. 

painting terracotta flower pots

Next, using my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from Happy Crafters, I created vinyl stencils with this little quote:

Your mind is a garden.

Your thoughts are the seeds.

You can grow flowers.

Or you can grow weeds.

making sure that the sizing was correct for each pot. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils.

Happy Crafters

Since I’m using the vinyl as a stencil, I peeled away the lettering.

creating a vinyl stencil

Applied the transfer paper and peeled away the wax paper like backing…

vinyl stencil

and applied the stencils to my terra cotta pots. Since the pots are curved, I found it easiest to apply each line of stencil text individually. Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper.

applying vinyl stencil to terra cotta

Next I filled in the lettering with brown patio paint.

stenciled terra cotta pots

I removed the vinyl stencils as soon as I was done painting and let everything dry for 72 hours according to the patio paint’s instructions.

painting and stenciling terra cotta pots

Then gave the insides and outsides a spray of protective clear coat. 

sealing painted terra cotta pots

Once that was dry, it was time to plant! I even tried to find flowers in purples ranging from dark to light for more ombre effect…  purple ombre flowers

And followed Beth’s instructions for stacking my flower pots at Home Stories A to Z utilizing rebar.

stacking terra cotta pots

 

Watered them too. 

stacked ombre flower pots

Then topped off the rebar with my finial…

finial

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

Colorful and happy! More DIY planter tutorials:

How to Make a Chandelier Flower Planter

pink-chandelier-planter

 

How to Make a Tire into a Planter

tire flower planter decor

 

How to Make House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

 

How to Make a Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

free standing pallet herb garden

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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!

2 DIY Tire Flower Planter Projects

I recently needed new tires (don’t even look at the tread…it was bad)! This is a great idea for upcycling! The July Challenge for Lowe’s Creative Ideas is Outdoor Art so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies. 

DIY Tire Flower Planter Tutorial

tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff

My summer home tour revealed a sneak peek of a super easy DIY outdoor decorating/planter. DIY tire planter…

barn party patio

See it?

party patio

There on the wall? Isn’t it happy?

tire flower planter tutorial

Materials:

  • Old tire
  • Valspar spray paint (color is Exotic Sea)
  • potting soil
  • flowers.
  • I already had some leftover fabric weed barrier from the pallet herb garden and some packing peanuts on hand.
  • Optional: chain and s-hook.

I gave the tire a good scrubbing with soap and water and let it dry. 

upcycled tire planter

Then gave it a couple of coats of spray paint (paint + primer). Let dry. 

tire flower planter tutorial

Next we used a  (correction) 1/2 inch drill bit to drill 6 holes into the ‘bottom’ of the tire for drainage. This takes a sharp bit and a lot of pressure (as in I tried but had to have my husband take over). It also produces a little smoke. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Then lined the bottom with a piece of fabric weed barrier and a few styrofoam packing peanuts.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Time to plant! 

I used this arrangement for the wall mounted tire planter…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff  

and these for the hanging tire swing flower planter:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

The drainage holes work! Specifically one of the six really works…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

When we’re entertaining, I move the wall mounted tire flower planter to the interior wall of our covered patio. It’s simply hanging on a big humungous sturdy nail. When the party ends, the tire planter is moved to an exterior wall for sunshine and rain/watering. It’s awkward but not too heavy or difficult for moving around to maintain.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

I loved it so much, I needed one to hang in our magnolia tree:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Doesn’t it look beautiful hanging with my DIY chandelier flower planter in the background? 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

To hang from a tree: Use chain (double hanging length, add about 10″ for in the tire and more for the size of your tree limb). Wrap chain around tree branch and secure end pieces inside of the tire with an “s” hook. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Pretty!

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

*After I stood back and admired my completed project, I decided to see if it had been done before and of course! You can see this idea at Recaptured Charm too. Sharing at So You Think You’re Crafty.

More planter ideas:

chandelier-planter-feature

House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project. The tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. DIY results may vary.

(thin) DIY wall art

We have a sliding door in our dining room…

eclectic dining room

It slides to the right to open. Which means, I can’t hang most things like framed art or a clock or mirror in that space if I want to slide the door open. Shown above…I can’t push that door any further than the mirror, otherwise, the door will knock it right off of the wall.

Earlier this week I shared a DIY foamboard project that I used as a fun gallery wall template/background…

foamboard wall art tutorial

Which made me think…foam board is lightweight AND thin and would work great in our dining room. Perfect wall art material fitting behind a sliding door.

This is how I also know that painting foam board isn’t such a great idea. It warps and bows but I’m still loving my project.

Using FrogTape, I taped off alternating stripes, making sure to press down the edges securely to activate the PaintBlock Technology (to keep the paint from seeping under the tape). 

FrogTape Wall Art

Then painted my stripes. (I think using a Sharpie or decorative tape would be a better option.)

DIY foam board art

I then removed my FrogTape. It did remove the paper backing in places which is what gives my finished project an aged, distressed look. Even though it didn’t go according to plan, I didn’t give up. 

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I created vinyl decals (flatware silhouettes and the letters “D I N E”). Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters

applying vinyl decals

Then I used a glaze to ‘stain’ the bright white stripes and the areas where the paper pulled off with the FrogTape. 

diy foam board art

So where the paper pulled away gives it a distressed look:

distressed dine sign

My foamboard is bowed so I did try adding weight for a while with books. Fail. It didn’t help. But I hung it up anyway using command strips. Even with the warping, it’s still a great fit behind the sliding door…

easy DIY dining room art  

With the sliding door open…

dining room sliding door wall art

Not bad, right? Lesson learned: don’t paint foam board but I do love that it’s lightweight and thin so I’ll definitely be creating another DIY foam board project for this space. Perfect behind my sliding door. 

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Cheap and Easy DIY Temporary Accent Wall/Wall Art/Gallery Wall Template

I’ve been working on creating a “summer carnival mantel” for the “Fun in the Sun” Blog Hop. I wanted a background that was “NO COMMITMENT” and decided foamboard + FrogTape would do the trick. 

foamboard wall art  

Materials:

  • tri-fold {display} foam board
  • FrogTape

*I’m a member of the FrogTape blog squad and this is a sponsored post.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Tutorial:

I simply alternated FrogTape stripes on each of the 3 sections of the tri-fold display foamboard…

foamboard  

foamboard FrogTape wall art

I wrapped the tape around the outer edges and used my thumbnail to secure the tape edge into the fold for a clean line into the inner creases. 

FrogTape Wall Art

All done! FrogTape green worked out to be a great accent color for my colorful and eclectic summer carnival theme (have you seen my multi-color curtains in the family room)?

family room

Best part? Totally re-usable for changing up decor! Try wrapping paper, fabric, vinyl decals…add interest, color, pattern, texture. Great for rentals. So many options! *Note: Paint is not a good option and will warp foamboard.

Hanging:

The thing I loved about using this as a background for my ‘fun house’ mirror wall was that with the foam board laid out on the floor, I arranged the mirrors and frames. Then marked where I wanted things to hang with a pencil.

tracing wall gallery

Since it’s super light weight, hang with Command Strips.

hanging foamboard  

It’s nice that the command strips allow for moving around to be sure the foamboard is level.

Ievel

 

foamboard wall art

Nail through the foam board for placement of mirrors, frames or art.

hanging gallery wall

Then display! Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘summer carnival’ mantel…

DIYShowOff summer carnival mantel

And when I’m ready to change things up like I usually do, I can cover the foam board for a completely different look.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Neat, right?

Why I love this project:

  • Easy.
  • Cheap.
  • Lightweight.
  • Great for gallery wall template.
  • No commitment.
  • So many customizable options.
  • Re-usable.

See the summer carnival themed mantel for more pictures. 

summer carnival mantel

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DIY Outdoor Giant Dice Game (LCR)

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I have the option to participate in monthly challenges. One of the themes to choose from for June is DIY Outdoor Games. Our family spends a lot of time together in the summer months at mom’s pool and at our home for cook-outs and bon-fires. Having a few games on hand makes get-togethers fun. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

I decided to make a giant version of a new-to-me dice game called LCR. Lowe’s supplied a gift card to complete this project. I think this would be a great summer DIY hostess gift too! 

DIY giant LCR dice game

Materials I used (can be altered using some leftover supplies too):  

  • Scrap 4″ x 4″ 
  • Sandpaper/sanding block
  • Stencils (3 “L”s, 3 “C”s, 3 “R”s and 9 circles). I created my own but Lowe’s also sells vinyl letters or you could draw/paint them free-hand. 
  • Rust-Oleum’s High Performance Enamel (gloss black)
  • Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane spray
  • 2 boxes of large canning jar lids (total 24 lids)
  • Rustoleum’s Self Etching Primer
  • Rustoleum’s Spray Gloss Protective Enamel (red)

TUTORIAL

Dice: 

1. Measure and cut cubes from the 4″ x 4″. Note: A 4 x 4 will more likely measure 3.5 inches, not 4 inches. My cubes are 3.5″ x 3.5″. I used scrap wood since 4″ x 4″ beams come in 10 foot pieces…although that’s great option for making these as hostess gifts this summer! 

cutting 4x4 DIY dice game

2. Sand edges and surfaces of each cube. 

sand wood cubes DIY giant dice game

Note: You can paint dice any way you choose: All one color with a different color lettering, color the lettering and leave the dice wood-toned, staining the wood and painting the lettering, etc. I will probably try something different with my next set so they’re each unique. 

3. Apply vinyl lettering/circles: one L, one R, one C to each die (the real game set shows them all beside each other on 3 face sides), then apply 3 circles to each die. Make sure to press them down securely. 

DIY LCR dice game tutorial

4. I elevated my dice and used a roller to apply my paint. Once dry, I flipped each die and painted the bottom side. 

giant LCR dice

5. Peel away vinyl stencils.

outdoor dice game tutorial

6. Once dry, I sanded each die for a distressed look then wiped them clean with a damp cloth. 

giant LCR dice game

7. Spray each die with a lacquer/clear coat sealant and let dry. 

sealing DIY dice

Chips:

Spray each side of each canning jar lid with self etching primer (allowing to fully dry on one side before flipping and spraying other side). Repeat with spray gloss protective enamel. Each coat takes a long time to dry, especially around the rubber seal of the canning jar lid. I found working outside helped speed up the drying process. 

DIY giant game chips tutorial

Time to Play!

DIY Outdoor LCR Dice Game Tutorial

Game Rules:

  1. Each player starts with 3 chips. 
  2. First player rolls the dice. 
  3. L = give a chip to the player to on your left. C = give a chip to the center pot. Roll an R = give a chip to the player to on your right.  Roll a dot = keep chip.
  4. Pass the dice to the player on the left for their turn. 
  5. You roll as many dice as chips you have (if 4 or more, roll all 3 dice).
  6. Losing all of your chips doesn’t mean you are out of the game…the game changes quickly! There is a chance another player will roll an L or an R and pass more chips to you. 
  7. Last person possessing one chip wins the center pot. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

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Decorative Baseboard Trim Tutorial

Family room DIY started with installing new baseboards (super easy tutorial) with bulky 1×5 boards…

DAP Dyna Flex baseboard caulking tutorial

and includes plans of beefing up the baseboards too. This project is sponsored by FrogTape. In an effort to “practice”, I choose to give it a trial run in our half bathroom.

powder room

The result: success!

trim and tile

Here’s what I did:

easy DIY decorative baseboard tutorial

Before, baseboards are a nice chunky size with shoe moulding.

baseboard before

I measured each width and cut my skinny decorative trim to size (yes, tricky mitered cuts…you may want to purchase extra trim. Thankfully this skinny decorative stuff is inexpensive).

I used the spacing of my level to hold the trim in place. For a bigger room, I’d pencil a level line for leveling up trim while nailing into place.

beefing up baseboard trim

Using my nail gun and level, I nailed the trim into place.

attaching baseboard decorative detail

Then caulked the cracks using DAP paintable caulking. Tips for caulking trim:

  • Use FrogTape on the wall right next to the trim for a clean line.
  • Dip finger in water and smooth caulk. Have paper towels on hand.
  • Remove FrogTape before caulk dries. Then let caulk completely dry before painting.

After the caulk was dry, I reapplied FrogTape to the wall and to the floor, pressing down where the FrogTape would meet the paint line to activate the Paint Block Technology (keeps paint from seeping under the tape).

decorative baseboard tutorial

Paint baseboard, wall and new trim. I used a primer + paint. And did two coats.

painted decorative baseboard

Remove FrogTape by pulling away from the trim while the second coat of paint is still wet.

FrogTape

All done…beautiful thick easy baseboards with architectural detail.

easy decorative baseboard tutorial

Before:

baseboard before

After: easy, cheap and gorgeous!

trim and tile

DIY decorative baseboard trim

Definitely happening in the family room next…well, unless I decide to do a board and batten. DIY decisions, decisions. 🙂

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Chandelier Planter Tutorial

About a month ago, we hosted a BBQ for our family – filled with good food, a fun gardening project and great times…stuff special family memories are made of.

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

I started the prep work in advance, so that the fun part of planting flowers was the only concern on the part of my guests.

How to Make a Chandelier Planter

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