Fall Chevron DIY

Earlier this week, I shared my fall home tour. Did you happen to see the DIY chevron “Fall in Love” plaque on the mantel in my family room?

colorful fall mantel

Tutorial:

DIY Fall chevron Art

Materials:

  • Scrap wood
  • FrogTape® Chevron Shape Tape
  • Paint (I used glossy Krylon cherry red spray paint, turquoise DecoArt Americana Desert Turquoise acrylic craft paint and a gold spray paint)
  • Fall stencil (I created/cut a fall vinyl stencil using my Silhouette. Leaf damask design from Silhouette America online store.)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Wood Stain 

Here’s what I did:

1. I sanded the edges of my scrap wood (left over from a shelf DIY).

2. I spray painted my wood plaque red and let dry for about an hour. 

DIY Fall Art

3. Starting at the top of my plaque, I applied the FrogTape® Chevron Shape Tape. Cut to size, remove half of the wax paper backing, place Shape Tape, remove other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. 

DIY Fall Art

4. and just kept adding rows by placing the zig zag design exactly as my first piece and just eye-balling the distance. To get a chevron pattern, line up the zig zag.

5. Using my thumbnail, I made sure the edges of the Shape Tape were secure. 

6. Then painted my chevron using turquoise craft paint. I did three coats to completely cover the red paint underneath. 

DIY Fall Art

Tip: Elevate the wood using the tape container to paint sides.

DIY Fall Art

7. I peeled away the Shape Tape after the third coat of craft paint while the paint was still wet and let it dry. 

DIY Fall Art

8. Once dry, I sanded the the entire plaque for a bit of distressing.

DIY Fall chevron Art

9. Then brushed on the wood stain, let it sit for a few minutes then wiped it off for an aged look.

DIY Fall chevron Art

10. Once everything was dry, I applied my vinyl stencil and taped the edges of my wood plaque with FrogTape® Multi-surface.

11. Then spray painted the design using gold spray paint. 

12. Remove tape and vinyl stencil.

DIY Fall chevron Art

It perfectly coordinates with my red/aqua fall mantel display…

DIY Fall chevron Art

red gold turquoise fall mantel 

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DIY Serving Tray Makeover

DIY Serving Tray Makeover:

chevron Shape Tape tray

I found this old serving tray hanging on a nail in our basement stairwell. We’ve been in this house quite a while and I’ve never noticed it. lol! In my defense, I’m talking about the dark creepy stairwell to the 80+ year old scary basement (I prefer to use the newer stairwell).

before: scratched up

serving tray before makeover

It was the perfect project to try out the new chevron pattern Shape Tape from FrogTape which also comes in a wave and scallop pattern. FrogTape sharp paint lines and fun patterns…gotta love that!

Both sides of the try got a good spray of paint + primer in gold. I let it cure/dry for a few days.

spray paint tray

To get a perfect chevron zig zag, you’ll need to cut identical pieces (not just cut off continuous pieces from the roll of Shape Tape). 

FrogTape chevron Shape Tape

Then peel away one side of the backing…

chevron shape tape

smooth into place…

FrogTape chevron Shape Tape

and remove the other side of the backing and smoothing the adhesive into place. 

Shape Tape

Be sure that all tape edges are secure…

chevron FrogTape Shape Tape

I taped up the handles so they’d remain protected/gold too…

FrogTape

then sprayed a top coat of “ocean breeze” by Krylon and removed the tape once the spray paint dried for a couple of hours. Nice crisp paint lines! 

removing Shape Tape

Ta-da! Love it. Although Bri thinks it’s a pretty tray with “bacon” decals. Hey, I love bacon so all is well! ;) 

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Now it’s a serving tray that coordinates with our guest room

guest room

Serving trays are so fun to makeover.  I still use the one I did a few months ago all.the.time. Trays make great photo props.

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Frogtape serving tray

Great for not only serving, but more often – displaying vignettes on a coffee table or side table. 

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Chevron Reindeer Games sign tutorial

DIY Chevron Reindeer Games Sign 

DIY colorful Christmas chevron reindeer games sign

It’s officially time for Christmas decorating in our home! I know! By blogging standards, I’m late to the game. With a family room makeover in progress, it’s at a point where plans for completion can be put on hold until after the holidays and I can still decorate that room to be pretty once I put away the ladder and some tools. I really loved the chevron garden sign I made for summer {here}. I decided I wanted to create a fun colorful Christmas sign incorporating some of the fun colors in the fabric I chose for the curtains.

Remember the tabletop I replaced on the kitchen bar for the apartment? {If not, you can see my post on my DIY wood plank kitchen bar top.} Time to recycle it! I knew it’d be a great material for a DIY sign one of these days. Tabletop to holiday decoration. Why not? To prep for making a sign, I scuffed up the finish with sandpaper and gave it a coat of left over teal paint and let it dry. I’ll call it my “canvas”.

This is what the top looked like before:

kitchen island before

Tips for creating a chevron pattern using FrogTape:

It’s hard to explain how to create a chevron pattern words/pictures {next time I’ll do a video} but some tips:

My first row is measured. 5″ strips of FrogTape.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Depending on how it would line up, I creased the edges of the tape (non-sticky side) to create a line for cutting.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Cut on fold.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

I placed the angled side on my center pencil line and cut the bottom flush with the bottom of the canvas and smoothed it into place.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I drew vertical lines with my pencil from the peaks and “v’s” of my first chevron row.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Once my first line was in place, I used a piece of FrogTape for spacing, I worked from the center out by placing another longer piece of tape angled from the center pencil line down to the right pencil line.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Then I pulled up a corner and folded it on the pencil line so I would know where to cut. Most of the time, the pencil transferred to the sticky side of the tape, creating a cutting guide.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I repeated those steps until I reached the top and finished.

I used pink and white craft paint to add more color.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

My plan was to paint the blue area showing green and peel away the FrogTape, but I decided to keep the FrogTape in place. {Paint colors: Benjamin Moore Pacific, DecoArt Pretty in Pink “Hope Pink” and Americana Warm White, Green is FrogTape}

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I chose a reindeer from the online store and my Cameo cut it out {brown vinyl}. I created my letters for “Reindeer Games December 25th” using the software and chose the premium dark red vinyl and LDI Fancy Font. I peeled away the negative vinyl (the parts that are not the design) and applied my transfer paper. I made sure the transfer paper was secure by rubbing with a credit card.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Peel away the backing {the vinyl is transferred to the tacky transfer paper} and place on canvas. Rub the design with a credit card to get it to stick and peel away the transfer paper. In my case, all of the design wasn’t transferring, so I had to be careful and some of my reindeer was applied just as I would a sticker.

I followed the same steps for my lettering, however, knowing that the transfer paper was tricky for my project, I chose to use Delicate Surface FrogTape (the yellow tape) to help transfer my letters. This worked a little easier than applying by hand like stickers and kept my lettering evenly spaced and level.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I haven’t had time yet, but since I have FrogTape and vinyl on my sign, I’m going to seal everything with a coat or two of ModPodge. Ta-da!

Colorful Christmas DIY reindeer sign tutorialNon-traditional. Colorful. Fun. I love it. It fits in perfectly with my eclectic colorful family room.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

What do you think? I just sort of quickly staged for photos so I could share this today. I’ll be re-arranging, re-decorating. In fact, this mantel is even moving to another wall. More on the family room renovation and Christmas decorating coming soon.

colorful Christmas decor

I will attach a saw tooth hanger to the back and hang and rearrange but…I wanted to get this done to share and to tell you something important:

 

*I was not compensated for my review but I did receive vinyl and I participate in the Silhouette America affiliate program and will earn a percentage of sales when you use the code “SHOWOFF” for your purchase. This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Results may vary. 

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Summer Mantel

Time to change out the dining room mantel for the new summer season.

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Something green, something fresh and pretty…

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and I needed a break from the not so fun cleaning routine. 

DIY chevron sign

Decorating and DIY is my reward. {And placing part of my stencil crooked is my mistake…oops! Imperfection – fits with our home’s theme!}

DIY chevron garden sign

Fresh flowers are a gift to myself and a new DIY sign is a gift to our home {tutorial coming right up}.

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Summer is my favorite time of the year. In my garden, sunshine makes my soul happy. :)

Enjoy a beautiful summer weekend!

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Girls’ Chevron Room Reveal

When I first saw Ang’s girls’ sweet room reveal, I couldn’t wait to help her ‘show off’. It’s crammed full of DIY accents and the result is super fun.

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The walls are soft gray,soft yellow and a fun chevron pattern accent wall. The comforters are $20 Target finds (awesome!) and the headboards are a DIY door project…

sweet gray and yellow girls' bedroom makeover

An old hand-me-down accent table…

accent table before and after

gets a fresh coat of paint and new knobs for a cleaned up look and new purpose between the beds…

accent table before and after

Jersey fabric strips from a ruined pair of pants are the perfect shade of gray for a shade makeover…

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Coordinating fabric creates a cute bunting and dresses up an old window frame for wall art with a vintage vibe…

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This old chest of drawers…

before

dresser before

gets a new look from one of Ang’s talented friends

dresser after

The other side of the room is all DIY too!

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See all of the details on the Girls’ Room Reveal and MORE about this lovely family at Slaughterhouse Rules.

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