Flower Fountain Planter

Isn’t she a beauty?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This flowering fountain is my favorite planter so far and after looking back, I’ve done a lot of planters over the years…and we joke that I have the complete opposite of a green thumb. Pffft. The DIYShowOff vault is filled with proof (below) that I’m not THAT terrible a gardener. Right? Right.

Okay, onto this year’s planter project….she’s so pretty! A mix of something old, living breathing beauty and a new topper. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

When we bought this old neglected house just about exactly ten years ago, we found pieces of an old fountain in the tall overgrown grass. Or maybe it was weeds or what might have been a garden at one time…but it was like finding buried treasure! And for 10 years, I’ve wanted to do something with ‘her’ but she sort of just sat discarded in that same overgrown area (and that little fenced in mess, well that’s a project for another time) or up against a hidden area of the house as a last priority. Forgotten. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

I bet this rusty, chippy fountain was stunning back in her heyday with her beautiful curves. I imagine she had a bubbling personality with lots of feathered friends. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This year, Russ hefted those cast iron pieces out from hiding and cleaned them up and a plan was hatched. He drilled holes into the basin bottoms and sprayed the interior basin areas with a rubber/latex coating. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then he assembled it, using a cyclone fence pipe to anchor and secure it into place. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

We filled the basins with potting soil, plants and flowers. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Looking good, old girl! It’s worn and old and the top wasn’t quite what it used to be (not sure what it looked like back in it’s prime, but I love that we didn’t spray paint it solid. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then I remembered that I had a decorative artichoke-type accent. It’s resin and perhaps a temporary topper but it’s secured with a blog of concrete (still wet in photos but dried to a lighter shade…still, imperfectly perfect although I may give it a little white-washing) and I AM IN LOVE! Isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she lovely?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

How old do you think she is? I’d guess at least 50-60. The imperfections of age give this girl some history. Just imagine the stories she could tell of homeowners past.

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

She looks like a beautiful tiered cake with luscious flowering/fruit decorations to me!

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Those laugh lines and wrinkles. She’s just as striking today as she once was. At least to a lover of worn and vintage treasures like me. What do you think?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Like creative planters? Me too! Check out these past DIYShowOff projects:

chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

tire planter

tire flower planter decor How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

patio umbrella (bundt cake pan) planter

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

 

tea cup succulents

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

stenciled flower pots

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

sisal rope planters

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com

house number flower pots

house number flower pots

creative planter ideas @diyshowoff  

Summer Cookout Planning: Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused} Popsicles

 

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SUMMERRRRRRRR! It’s my most favorite season of the year! WOOO HOOOO! Break out the sandals and sunglasses and crank up the Kenny Chesney playlist. SUMMER is almost here! For me, Memorial Day is my unofficial official start to summer so let’s start kick off the count down with inspiration for planning your summer cookout with Young Living essential oils. Just so happens, your oily blog friends have organized a fun Summer CookOut event with a blog hop & Facebook party! diyshowoff raspberry lime popsicle recipe summer cookout with young living essential oils

*I’ve included affiliate links where indicated. 

So, my husband is the one who does the cooking around here. I can’t wait to pas along the recipes. (Not that I can’t cook! He just really enjoys it, so who am I to argue? It’s all yours, babe!) Anyway, here is a recipe that ANYONE can do. No cooking or baking skills required! 

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Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused} Popsicles Recipe

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

So, your cook out is a blast! Everyone’s hot and ready to take a break from the bean bag toss, shooting the breeze, horseshoes, splashing in the pool, tumbling on the trampoline and freeze tag. Let’s skip the high sugar content/color dye frozen treats and serve up a batch of super cool Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused of course} Popsicles instead! 

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff  

Here is what I did…

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Blend: I blended both parts listed below INDIVIDUALLY in my Magic Bullet blender.

RASPBERRY PUREÉ

1 c. frozen raspberries // 2 tbs. water // splash of sweetener to taste (I used agave syrup)

LIME eo infused YOGURT

 1 c. organic vanilla yogurt // 10 drops give or take Young Living Lime Vitality essential oil // optional: tsp. lime juice

Assemble: I used silicone popsicle molds but you could use stainless steel OR paper dixie cups

Add a few fresh raspberries,

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fill mold 3/4 way with lime/yogurt mixture, top off with raspberry puree. Don’t forget to insert the wooden popsicle sticks / handles.

Freeze: I froze mine for about 24 hours (made the day before, frozen overnight and eaten the next afternoon) then removed them from the silicone molds. A double recipe shown below in the freezer. Recipe above makes 4 pops.

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Decorate: Garnish with fresh raspberries and lime slices…it’s perfect to have them on hand for your essential oil infused ice water! 

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Wouldn’t it be fun carrying out a tray of these at your next summer cookout? Or how about that summer time Essential Oils 101 or fun make & take this summer? You’ll be the COOLEST hostess ever! 

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Ps. Lime is my most favorite Vitality essential oil! Lime IS summer ZING! I add it to my ice water, my Ningxia Red and Zyng and how about a mojito?! Oh yea! Then there’s garden fresh tomatoes and homemade salsa. And don’t forget the margarita popcorn too!

margarita popcorn recipe

I know it sounds like a strange combo but oh my goodness! It’s so good! 

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff raspberry lime frozen yogurt

MORE ideas & recipes:  Okay, onto the SUMMER COOKOUT SERIES! Let’s see what our favorite oily bloggers have whipped up! Then don’t forget to stop and hang out with us ‘virtually’ at the SUMMER COOKOUT FACEBOOK EVENT tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

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Visit these sweet blog friends and their amazing recipes & ideas:

Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies at UnSkinny Boppy

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade at One Project Closer

Cowboy Caviar with Lime Oil Dressing at Making Lemonade Blog

Fruit Kabobs with Citrus Dip at One Project Closer

Raspberry Lime Popsicles at DIY Show Off 

BLT Salad with Creamy Lemon Chive Dressing at Weeknight Dish

Tuscan Pasta Salad at Shaken Together

Orange Smoothie at Here Comes the Sun

Grilled Chicken with Citrus + Ginger Marinade at The Turquoise Home

Citronella Candles at Practically Functional

Speaking of cooling off this summer, check out this DIY Cooling Mist too!

Keep calm & cool off! DIY cooling spray @diyshowoff  

DIYShowOff May welcome bundle: Friends, lime, essential oils and sunshine! YOU NEED them!  Get the Premium Starter Kit (11 essential oils + diffuser + a 15 ml bottle of Tangerine as the May enrollment promo so 12 oils!) HERE and I’ll personally send you the May 2017 DIYShowOff welcome bundle which includes my favorite educational material $10 Amazon gift card and a Lime Vitality essential oil valid through May 31, 2017 while supplies last. *US friends only. 

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But wait! There’s more! Young Living has a May enrollment bonus so that’s 13 bottles of essential oils all said and done when you order the Premium Starter Kit using enroller/sponsor #1836762! 

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Easter Egg Hunt Mantel

Do you have certain family traditions for celebrating Easter?

Spring Easter egg hunt mantel @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers #makeitwithmichaels #ad

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.

Spring Easter egg hunt mantel @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers #makeitwithmichaels #ad

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! 

butterfly garland Easter egg hunt banner sign

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. 

DIY marbling kit

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

water magic powder mix

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

paint marbled egg tutorial

Roll craft egg into the mixture.

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Then set on rack to dry.  

DIY marbled craft Easter eggs

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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*This post is sponsored by Michaels. All opinions, photos and love for Michaels (you know you love them too!) are my own. 

Spring Easter egg hunt mantel @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers #makeitwithmichaels #ad

DIY Engraved Glass Vase

It’s almost wedding season and DIY/handmade gifts are so special, aren’t they?

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

Do you love personalized/engraved gifts as much as I do? Well, we’re big Dremel fans (gotta love tool that doesn’t intimidate AND we actually have a “Dremel workshop” in our basement…that’s a post for a different day). I recently had the opportunity to try the Dremel Maker Kit which comes with 3 awesome tools: an engraver, a torch (wood burning/soldering) and the much loved rotary tool!

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

Anyway, today I’m going to share a little about the engraver. I have a bridal shower to attend next month so I wanted to practice personalizing glass. 

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • glass jug/vase (mine had a nice flat side)
  • Dremel engraving tool (affiliate link
  • tape, Sharpie, water, paper towel
  • I made up this ‘stencil’ – right click image below, save image/upload into a word document, resize to fit your project and print. 

bloom graphic

What I did:

Print and cut out a design. Now, you can go all landscape scenery with trees or mountains or a portrait if you’re a pro but I went with the word “BLOOM” (font is ‘typewriter’) and a dragonfly silhouette (Picmonkey) –  something easy for a beginner. 

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

I taped it to the inside of my vase and traced the pattern with a Sharpie, then removed the paper stencil.

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

Then…put on your safety goggles and engrave away! It’d probably be helpful to secure your vase to the table with a clamp but I didn’t have any problem holding it in place with one hand and engraving with the other. I started with the lowest setting but traced over my design after kicking it up a few notches to #4. 

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Wipe away dust and Sharpie with water and paper towel. 

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Ta-da!

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I LOVE the end result, don’t you? It’s so cute! Now I’m ready to engrave.all.the.things! Look out! 

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

Psst. You’re going to want to play with the entire set. We did a little wood burning…(hold that torch vertical!) 

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and some soldering…

Dremel soldering

so stay tuned to more Dremel-creativity in the near future! 

Join me for a Dremel Facebook chat/Q&A and interview THIS Friday, March 31th at noon EST.

*This post is sponsored by Dremel. Images, opinions, tutorial and Dremel-love are all my own. 

Easter DIY ideas

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way! Enjoy this round up of past Easter DIY Show Off ideas :

essential oil snuggle bunnies hot/cold pack

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

Easter succulent garden

He is Risen! succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

easy t-shirt Easter basket liner

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

floral Easter basket arrangement

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

succulent eggs

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

dip-dyed inspired Easter egg painted-dip-dyed-eggs

Pop over to see more spring DIY inspiration

Spring DIY ideas @diyshowoff

or visit That DIY Party for more ideas from favorite bloggers (you’re invited to link up yours!)!

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DIY Spring Decor

It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring! Finally! I’m so in love with the longer days, the sunshine and warmer temps. It’s motivation for Spring cleaning and decluttering, refreshing and creativity! Isn’t it? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some past DIYShowOff Spring decorating projects: 

Spring floral centerpiece – I love fresh flowers but a new silk/faux arrangement lasts longer! Zero maintenance.

spring floral centerpiece inspiration

Spring succulents arrangement – succulents in robins’ eggs…so cute!

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

Spring entertaining – it’s almost time for outdoor gatherings! Can’t wait!

spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Spring mantel – this past mantelscape had so much charm, didn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve decorated my mantel for Spring but I’m working on one for this year. Check back with me April 1st (and I’m not April-fools-ing). 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Spring bloom pillow cover – I know I have this somewhere! 

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

Springtime in Paris vignette -ahhh. Spring, love, blooms!

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

Spring branch centerpiece – this is about the EASIEST DIY ever! Grab a twig or branch from the yard and give it a coat of spray paint. Add a mini-nest and some eggs. Cheap! Cheap!

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Spring centerpiece – add a twist. I love this artichoke nestled in there. 

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

How are you freshening up your home for Spring?

 

Spring Floral Centerpiece

SPRING floral centerpiece? “What the heck, DIYShowOff?! It’s still winter!” I know. I know! But I’m not a fan ::whine:: so let me indulge in thinking ahead to warmer days, fresh air and specifically, a spring with no snow. Okay? Okay! haha! For real, my Michaels Maker Challenge for February is “spring florals” so let’s embrace that pretty theme by collecting inspiration for the next upcoming season, starting with this gorgeous spring centerpiece! My inspiration was a spring theme around this beautiful Indigo Luxe/Aria (Celebrate It) wired ribbon: blues/indigo and navy, purples/eggplant and plum, oranges with white. Not colors I’d normally coordinate but oh my – how pretty, you guys! Right? Hey, Mr. Moss bunny thinks so! Look at his content expression… 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Okay, so it might be February, but there is a breath of fresh air, happy florals and spring in the aisles of Michaels Stores! Michaels has over 1,800 blooms & greenery in their new Flower Market, including trendy succulents and real-touch flowers. 

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spring floral centerpiece tutorial

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff  

Materials I used: 

  • grapevine basket
  • moss bunny
  • wired ribbon (2 1/2 in. x 3 yards)
  • florals 
  • floral tape
  • optional: hot glue or twine

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Tools: wire cutters

What I did: (Yes, in the event that you spy micro-fleece in the images below…I create in my pajamas. Doesn’t everyone?)

Unravel the ribbon, snip the ends to make them pretty. Get approval from the cat, then proceed to the next step.

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

(I cut out a “v” in the ends of mine) and find the center of the ribbon. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Starting at the spot where one side of the handle meets the basket, tuck the ribbon into the grapevine. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Repeat along each side, meeting at the other side where the handle meets the basket. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Secure ribbon to basket with hot glue or like me, simply weave twine in the ribbon loops inside the basket and tie. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Tie a bow where the ends of the ribbon meet at the handle and embellish with a flower if desired. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Using wire cutters, separate floral bundles. I have 2 pretty pre-assembled store-bought bouquets. I keep those intact and add more flowers to them for more color. Not shown: secure bouquets by winding floral tape (grab your decorative washi tape in a pinch) to bind stems. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then tuck bouquets inside of the basket. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Nestle in a moss bunny…

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Display on dining room or side table. Now it’s beginning to look like spring!

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

I think it’s the perfect decorative accent and spring centerpiece to display starting right after Valentine’s Day up until Memorial Day.

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

This smug moss bunny agrees. How about you?

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Even the back side is looking good…

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I’m loving the unexpected color assortment…

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And know what else? I’m really tempted to head back to Michaels for all of this romantic spring decor to finishing the look. ::drool::

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String beginning today at 10 a.m. CST, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ spring floral project ideas.

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Like this? Please pin it to your favorite Spring Pinterest board for future reference and then give it a shout out on social media if you’re so inclined. Sending you a BIG virtual thank you hug!

Happy almost-spring, friends!

spring floral centerpiece inspiration

 

That DIY Party

That DIY Party is back for a fresh new week of showing off DIY creativity. Link up your latest craft or home improvement or DIY post below and/or browse the links for inspiration. 

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DIYShowOff weekly recap: 12 Valentine’s Day DIY ideas!

Valentine's Day Inspiration

 

Follow That DIY Party highlights on Pinterest for easy repining of favorite That DIY Party ideas and links. 

 

Party time: Let’s get this party started! 

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DIY Valentine Ideas

Looking for a fun weekend Valentine inspired creative project?  Something made with love by your own two hands? Here are a few past DIYShowOff ideas: 

DIY felted soap tutorial

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

DIY essential oil lotion hearts

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff

LOVE wall art canvases

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

You Warm My Heart Teacher/Hostess Gift Idea (chocolate peppermint awesome-sauce)

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

free you melt my heart printable gift tags

Free Valentine Printables

owl you need is love and chocolate

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Valentine mason jars

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

DIY vinyl decal table runner for glass top table

Valentine dining room decor Valentine table decor

homemade hug essential roll on blend

Need a hug? Make it essential oil-infused with this DIY homemade hug roll on recipe @diyshowoff. #feelbetter

heart ribbon wreath

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keepsake handprint gift

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

DIY striped love you more sign

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

and some more Valentine decorating …

Valentine kitchen Valentine decorating DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel Valentine wreath Valentine Mantel

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? 

Do you send out love notes or small gifts?

Celebrate all things love and glitter and Valentine’s day crafty?

Hand Dipped Holiday Marshmallow Treats

You can find me over with Jen at TaterTots and Jello today sharing the details about these quick and cute hand dipped marshmallow treats as a part of her Happy Holidays 2016 collection. 

hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas

Here I’m sharing a few optional ideas to accompany my guest tutorial there and affiliate links below. 

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Gather up your supplies and see the full tutorial at TaterTots & Jello

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hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas

 I also added the following Young Living essential oils to my melted candy. Add 2 drops each and stir:

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  • Orange Vitality
  • Nutmeg Vitality
  • Cinnamon Vitality 

hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas

Next year I’m going to use candy canes or peppermint sticks and add peppermint Vitality essential oil to my melted chocolate. Smaller marshmallows would be perfect for dipping into hot cocoa. 

All wrapped up and ready to gift. Perfect for parties, make & takes, hostesses, teachers and stockings. 

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Last Minute Homemade Gift: DIY Bath Salt filled Ornament

Grab the following supplies and whip up a cute last minute handmade gift!

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

DIY Bath Salt filled Ornaments

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

Material I used:

  • glass fillable ornaments (Michaels)
  • Epsom salt
  • your choice of essential oil (lavender is a good one!) 
  • embellishments: ribbon, tags, stickers, decorative tape, pine clippings

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

What I did: Add 1/4 cup of epsom salt and 3-5 drops of essential oil to a mason jar. Put on the lid and shake to mix. Using a funnel, fill ornament. Decorate. 

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

Cute hostess gift, make and take craft project or door prize or stocking stuffer. 

 

Learn more about essential oils HERE

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. 

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff I decided to make that window into an open doorway. 

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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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The original front door (below). home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

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! 

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

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…

home office makeover before and in progress @diyshowoff

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! 

Magical Mistletoe Greenhouse

A fun popular Christmas tradition is kissing under the mistletoe. A sprig of the plant or a kissing ball is hung at Christmas time and those caught standing beneath it can expect a kiss. 

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

And for December, the Michaels Makers December Challenge is to

  • make it joyful
  • make memories
  • make it simple
  • make the season bright
  • make it in 1-2-3
  • make holiday magic
  • make it fun
  • make it in under 30 minutes

Making this magical mistletoe greenhouse checks nearly all of those boxes!

#makeitmerry

Display the magic of a romantic moment! What a treasure for merry memory making! And making up this mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece is as easy as 1-2-3. Let’s get started!

I used these supplies from Michaels Craft Store:

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

  • glass jar with wide opening – I love this one with a cork lid!
  • potted silk greenery
  • faux white berries
  • burlap ribbon and twine
  • fairy lights and batteries
  • stickers
  • glue dots (or hot glue) 

Tools I used: 

  • scissors
  • wire cutters

Time it took me: 15-30 minutes

What I did: 

  1. Cut a piece of burlap ribbon to fit around the bottom of the glass jar (to hide the light pack. Secure with glue and twine.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  2. Install batteries into fairy light battery pack and place into the bottom of the glass jar.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  3. Trim down faux plant if needed and add white berries. I cut them with wire cutters and inserted into styrofoam and place plant into bottom of the glass jar (in the center of the string of lights).  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  4. Embellish with letter stickers spelling “mistletoe”.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

I love the greenhouse look! The glass enclosure, cork lid and fairy lights make it more special than it’d be without, doesn’t it? It’s a unique specimen and a magical way to display a faux floral arrangement.

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

The holidays are a time for family, friends and memories.

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

The glow from lights on the tree, the aroma of Christmas cookies fresh from the oven or the perfectly wrapped gift – these are things that make the holiday merry.

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And in a world where it’s become super-commercialized, it’s the time of year when a personal touch means so much.

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

Michaels is the place that helps us fill every moment with love, joy and the pride of do-it-yourself creativity and handmade gifts. 

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

Michaels has everything you need to make your holiday merry. For more quick and simple DIY holiday ideas, check out the projects on Michaels.com.

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Looking for more holiday inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY holiday project ideas.

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Handmade Holiday: Essential Oil Infused Honey Gift Ideas

Handmade holiday gifts are the best, aren’t they?! Just knowing that someone put in so much time, effort and love into creating a gift gives it a special touch. 

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I especially love a ‘useful’ gift, not to mention I really want those I love using non toxic products. One of my favorite things about my essential oils is the ability to feel better when everyone is feeling “yuck” and this Thieves tea recipe works so well to support a healthy immune system. It’s now our must have, go-to – especially at this time of year. I want my friends and family to experience the same benefits. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Handcrafted gifts are unique treasures, thoughtful, unexpected and personal. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

What I used (affiliate links)

Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

What I did: (pardon my DIY room makeover in progress manicure!)

  1. Add honey to individual jars. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  2. Add about 7-10 drops of Lemon Vitality essential oil. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  3. Add 5 drops of Thieves Vitality essential oil blend. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  4. Mix well. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  5. Cap jar, secure a honey dipper with ribbon and decorate jar.
  6. Decorate a coordinating paper cup. 

I love the above Thieves tea recipe because it supports a healthy immune system – something very IN DEMAND this time of year!

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

MORE IDEAS:

Mix it up with different essential oils from the Young Living Vitality line! Ideas: bergamot-honey, peppermint-honey, lavender-honey, cinnamon-honey, orange-honey, etc. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Recipients: 

  • A perfect gift for anyone: a cup of holiday cheer and wellness for teachers
  • co-workers,
  • a Secret Santa gift exchange,
  • friends and family for the holidays.

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • Have a few on hand to grab and go for the hostess of your next holiday party.
  • Party favors or they’re a sweet idea for that make & take party you’re hosting!

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Did you know bergamot is the flavor for Earl Grey tea?

  • Makes a fun stocking stuffer,
  • a sweet make & take recipe or prize!
  • It’s a great gift to have on hand for when you learn that a friend (or 10) are feeling under the weather from via a Facebook post. Simply drop off this sweet get well gift (after you’ve Thieve’d yourself first, of course).  

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

More gift set ideas:

  • attach a bottle of Vitality essential oil
  • tuck it away in a mug with some organic tea bags, homemade hand purifier, Thieves Cough Drops and lip balm
  • or a plate of homemade cookies
  • or chicken noodle soup. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • Give it a warm winter wishes theme by adding your essential oil infused honey and cup to a gift bag with warm fuzzy socks and a good book or holiday ornament. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • If you’re an essential oils business builder, tuck in your business card and a coupon with a special offer or invitation to your next event. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

It’s a great gift that’s going to get some use, probably before the year is even over.

Looking for more essential oil infused handmade holiday gift ideas? You’ll want to check out these blog friends and their creativity…

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Holiday Room Spray | Essential Oil Infused Honey | Scented Pine Cone Trees

Winter Hand Scrub | Peppermint Patties | Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Icing

Scented Wood Slice Ornaments |Bath Bomb Ornaments | Dry Shampoo

Homemade Scented CandlesEpsom Salt + Shower Poof Starbucks Cups

Don’t miss the fun! Join us on Facebook for a handmade holiday event HERE

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Thanksgiving Inspiration

Crushed for time but want to add a Thanksgiving touch to your existing decor? Snag these free Thanksgiving printables, toss them in an existing frame and display. 

Grateful Eat Drink Thank Full printable Give Thanks printable

How about taking the time out to create a cute decorative DIY wishbone or mini-wishbones for place settings.

DIY Anthro Inspired Wishbone Decorative Accent

Oh man! How about this oldie! The next time you see some thrift store art in fall colors, grab a Sharpie and give it a Thanksgiving vibe…

Thanksgiving decor Give Thanks vignette give thanks wall art thanksgiving cornucopia

Are you a fellow essential oil lover? Remember to share your sentiments and oils with family and friends by adding a special essential oil favor/gift to Thanksgiving dinner place settings. I recommend Young Living

5 must have Thanksgiving essential oils

Give thanks tablescape… 5 Thanksgiving essential oil blends @diyshowoff 5 Thanksgiving essential oil blends @diyshowoff 5 Thanksgiving essential oil blends @diyshowoff 5 Thanksgiving essential oil blends @diyshowoff 5 Thanksgiving essential oil blends @diyshowoff

And if you’re free this week, there’s still time to make up this easy DIY Thanksgiving sign for your Thanksgiving inspired vignette.

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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with abundant blessings, dear DIY friends! So grateful for your friendship! xo 

 

 

Halloween (essential oil infused optional) Marshmallow Treats

Hosting a Halloween party? Me too! And these (essential oils optional) treats make the cutest edible party favors! 

So cute! Halloween (essential oil infused optional) marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #makeitwithmichaels

Shopping List: (All supplies except marshmallows and essential oils are available at Michaels).

  • Wilson (Halloween) Decorating Kit (shown: jack-o-lantern and witches/ravens)
  • Recollections BOO Paper Straw Kit (or 24 color coordinating straws)
  • Celebrate Treat Bags (4x2x9.5 in, 25 count))
  • Wilson Candy Melts (I used orange and black)
  • Essential Oils (orange = Tangerine Vitality / Clove Vitality, black = peppermint Vitality) – I recommend THIS BRAND
  • Coordinating Ribbon
  • Jumbo Marshmallows

Time frame: about an hour. 

What I did: 

  1. Melt candy melts according to package instructions. (I use a glass mixing bowl/4 cup glass measuring cup.)
  2. Add 1-2 drops of essential oils and stir. (Frequently stir mixture with butter knife, keep mixture to one side/tilted for easier marshmallow swirling.)
  3. Poke straw into the center of a giant marshmallow.
  4. Swirl marshmallow into candy melt mixture. (Imperfections are cute! No need to be so serious about it. Aim for one pretty side.)
  5. Remove excess candy melt from bottom with a butter knife. 
  6. Place on wax paper. 
  7. Add candy decorations while candy melt surface is still wet. 
  8. Let cool completely.
  9. Add to treat bag and tie closed with ribbon. 

So cute and tasty too! So boutique-looking, right? Your guests will love them!

So cute! Halloween (essential oil infused optional) marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #makeitwithmichaels

See The Raven inspired Halloween party decor post for more ideas. 

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels

See the Monster Make & Take for free printables

Halloween essential oils Make & Take ideas, graphics and printables @diyshowoff Halloween make & take ideas @diyshowoff

More Halloween make & take inspiration: 

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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

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff

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.

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff

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.

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff

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

So cute! Halloween (essential oil infused optional) marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #makeitwithmichaels

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels

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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That DIY Party

Happy Labor Day weekend! Is yours filled with labor or fun and picnics? It’s a mix of both around here. And it’s That DIY Party time!

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I really need to get back into my DIY groove but here’s a peek at some real life in the meantime. 

Harvest time: 

hops

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grapes

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{yes, that’s a baby man bun…those first locks and curls are so hard to cut, aren’t they?}

And no first day of school for this 1-year-old but here’s a cute video of his first time playing a harmonica. I bet you can’t watch without a smile. Have a happy week! 

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I know mostly everyone is ready for all things fall and pumpkins but I’m a summer-lover still hanging on ’til the very end! I bet we’ll start seeing some fall related DIY and decorating!  It’s That DIY Party time! Share your links below, browse the links for inspiration. 

Fun Fact: This is actually the 471st link party at DIYShowOff! WOW! 

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Faux Beam: home makeover progress!

It’s been a while since I shared an update of the progress going on at mom’s house. It’s still a work in progress but wait until you see how far along things are coming, especially since their current home sold in less than 24 hours of being on the market. TIME TO HUSTLE! Disclosure: We received product in exchange for this review. Take a look! 

Before:  Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

The living room before was narrow with a outside concrete wall separating what may have been a sun porch. See the green wall above? That’s the living room area and where it ends. See the red room below? That’s the sun porch(?) on the other side…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

and the fireplace wall before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

After…To make the living room space larger to accommodate our family gatherings, the concrete wall was removed. I love how the space is now flooded with light with the concrete wall gone, new drywall in place, a wood-planked ceiling in progress and the installation of sliding glass doors. 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

But now there’s an eye sore on the ceiling. There’s no missing that big steel beam in the photos above.

And now there’s not…WOW!

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

…it’s a gorgeous rustic wood beam with iron accents. Right? 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

That’d be quite labor intensive not to mention expensive. Want to know a secret?

We received this amazing product from AZ Faux Beams. It’s a faux beam! “Old Timber” in ‘walnut’ to be exact. It’s lightweight and fake but looks SO real! And it’s stunning! 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

What it is: A hollow lightweight resin with a rustic wood look! What?! No way! Yes. It really is! 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

What we did. And by we, I mean my mom and I did the measurements, design/color selection and ordering. Butch and my brother Christopher did the manual labor involved with installation. Oh, we supervised too. 

  1. Measurements. 
  2. Order.
  3. Cut to size, shave inside down if needed.
  4. Install.
  5. Secure.
  6. Caulk and add decorative trim. 

Isn’t it gorgeous? It draws your eye to their pretty planked ceiling and compliments the beautiful rustic ceiling fans. Check out AZ Faux Beams to see all of the options! Let’s take a look at repeat before and after shots: 

“Before” (two spaces separated by a concrete wall)

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

Same angle “After” (wall is gone and there is an addition of a half bathroom on the right…for guests and quick access once the swimming pool is installed outside those sliding glass doors).

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

after (wall removed)

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

 before…looking from the kitchen

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

after, standing in that  widened doorway

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

Crazy transformation, right? I promise it’s the same space! The story continues! 

Next up: Moving in is right around the corner. I can’t wait to show you the complete before and afters of the entire house from gut to renovation to reveal. 

 

Red, White and Blue DIY Ideas

How about some red, white and blue DIY ideas since Independence Day is right around the corner? Click the images below to be redirected to the original blog post.

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

And some fabulous festive highlights from my crazy talented blog friends who gave permission to be featured by linking up to the weekly That DIY Party. Simply click the image to visit the original post for more details, to pin to your patriotic Pinterest board and to say “hello”!

patriotic table setting american eagle art outdoor bar patriotic mason jar porch light jar cabinet door flag patriotic crate side table patriotic cookie cake

Fun and festive! See MORE by following along on the DIYShowOff Patriotic DIY Pinterest board!

 

DIY Hand Purifier Teacher Appreciation Gift

One of the perks of having essential oils and {make & take party} supplies on hand is having last minute gift ideas. I whipped up this DIY hand purifier for Teacher Appreciation Gifts for the little one’s daycare workers. Affiliate links listed below. 

DIY Hand Purifier – teacher appreciation gift

DIY essential oil infused hand sanitizer spray recipe @diyshowoff

What I used: feel free to alter the recipe according to your stash of essential oils (use a cleansing/purifying blend). 

What I did:

I added the following to a 1 oz. glass spray bottle: 5-7 drops of Thieves essential oil, 2-3 drops of Melaleuca, one squirt of V6 then a pinch of epsom salt (to help keep oil + liquid mixed). I then 1/2 filled with distilled aloe liquid, topped off to where the bottle starts to curve at the neck of the bottle with witch hazel. Secure lid, shake and spray. Embellish with decorative tape and a label. Tie on a handwritten note with pretty ribbon. 

“Thanks you for your helping hands.” 

DIY essential oil infused hand sanitizer spray recipe @diyshowoff

Learn more about Young Living essential oils here

DIY Floral Arranging

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge: Attend a class at Michaels craft store. Take a little time to indulge yourself with some “you” time, learn new skills, get some tips, spoil yourself with something handmade with love or whip up a handmade gift. Gather your friends and make it a girls’ night out.

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

Were you aware that Michaels offers craft-themed classes?! There are so many to choose from – from painting to knitting or crocheting to paper crafting to jewelry making, kids’ crafts, floral arranging and more. I found most classes were free, only the cost of supplies. A great way to try a new skill or craft, a fun way to set aside time for yourself or to get together with friends. Productive too – you walk home with something you create! 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

I simply enrolled online (I chose the project DIY floral arranging) then showed up at the scheduled date and time with my friend, Dana. 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

We started with shopping to purchase the materials needed for DIY floral arranging from a printable supply list. The twist: choosing flowers and a container with our own preferences for a custom DIY floral arrangement. Our instructor, Brittney, was close by to answer questions and make suggestions. 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

The printable class description and supply list when I signed up online for the class provided me with a coupon too – 10% off our entire purchase. Score!

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging) How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging)

Our class size was 6! So fun and what a joy to see the creations! Because of the shopping, we sort of worked in two groups of three, our group getting an early start so I did miss out on seeing the other groups’ finished projects but from what I could tell, they choose some pretty unique supplies too (a tall glass cylinder with burlap and neutrals, a birdcage with ivy and a glass lantern with sea shells)…so fun that you have the option to choose what appeals to you personally. I was there at 6 p.m. and home by 8 p.m., a small time frame and a little indulgence…me time!

When I’ve done floral arrangements in the past, my techniques have varied: 1) buy a pretty bundle of silk florals/bouquet, place it in a vase and call it a day to 2) snip the stems with wire cutters and haphazardly, errr..’artfully’ arrange them in a container. The “handpicked bouquet” technique (haha), kind of like this one last spring:

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

So, getting some ‘professional’ tips was a welcome help!

DIY floral arranging tips I picked up at the class:

  • Secure floral foam to the bottom of a vase/basket/container using hot glue/glue gun to keep the arrangement secure.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Separate stems using wire cutters to desired height. 
  • Michaels’ has a “pick machine” which gives floppy wireless stems a pointy edge to place in foam. So cool!  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Starting with the center, poke a stem into the floral foam then work in “triangle” placements (threes) around each stem.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Slightly bend wire stems to give flowers a more life-like look. Real blooms are heavy and droop, faux florals have strong wire stems. Give it some “life” by ‘curving’ the wire stem.
  • Camouflage foam with moss or stones. Use picks to secure moss.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, making acquaintances with new people too. And I now I’m excited to display a pretty centerpiece perfect for spring. 

Have you attended a local class at Michaels? Did you even know about them? What would interest you most? I plan on attending more for sure, opening a whole new world for making local friends who share my passion for DIY and taking a couple of hours on occasion to improve my crafting skills or trying something new. 

Here are a few floral arrangements from class. Pretty, right? 

Our inspiration from Michaels: 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers

Dana’s: I love the copper accent with turquoise, purple and green!  

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips) How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

A pretty spring collection from Maggie…

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips) How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

Mine: I’m in love! I’m inspired to add a few more spring buds.

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips) spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips) spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips) spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

 

And that artichoke! ::swoon::

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

Michaels offers free classes in their stores! You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies. Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

See more Michaels’ class experiences from these blog friends:

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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

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

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

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden  

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