Spring Bloom Pillow Cover

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

DIY Spring Pillow

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Materials:

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

Silhouette fabric ink starter kit

What I did:

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

Silhouette Design Studio spring bloom design

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

Silhouette fabric ink tutorial

Send to cut then remove from the machine.  

Silhouette fabric stencil tutorial

Weed away lettering and shape from stencil. 

weeding vinyl fabric stencil

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

Silhouette fabric ink transfer paper tutorial

Peel away tan backing from stencil vinyl. 

Fabric Ink Kit tutorial

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

burnishing vinyl stencil

Peel away the shiny transfer paper. 

Happy Crafters Fabric Ink Kit tutorial

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

painted pillow cover tutorial

Once paint is dry, remove stencil. 

painted spring pillow cover

Sew or glue pom pons onto the branches. 

Spring bloom pillow cover tutorial

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

Spring Pillow Cover at diyshowoff.com

 

spring bloom pillow at diyshowoff.com

 

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

 

See more spring ideas in the DIYShowOff project gallery!

spring DIY projects

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

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Mismatched Baskets to Matching Spring Collection

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

mismatched to cute collection - basket DIY at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

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

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

DIY painted basket collection

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

DIY painted basket collection with FrogTape

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

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

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

removing FrogTape

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

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

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

It’s a Spring Thing Link Party and Giveaway!

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

14 spring ideas

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

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off 

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos 

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

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

It's a Spring Thing Giveaway

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

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Spring Mantel Decorating

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

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

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

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

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

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

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

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Add a cute little birdhouse…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

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

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

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

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Are you ready for spring?

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas

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

It's a Spring Thing

It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers

 ~ Monday ~

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

~ Tuesday ~

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

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

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

~ Wednesday ~

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

~ Thursday ~

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos

~ Friday ~

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

It’s a Spring Thing Favorites

As I look out the window at the snow flurries (yet again!), I’ve decided to look for spring elsewhere…

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Over the past month, four blog friends (me included) hosted “It’s a Spring Thing” link party, sharing our own spring DIY projects:

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  1. Emily: driftwood & clay candlesticks at Merry Pad 
  2. Roeshel: indoor spring fairy garden at DIY Show Off
  3. Lana: infant’s magnetic playhouse at Making a House a Home
  4. Kim: bar makeover at Design Thoughts blog

and rather than look at the cold and snow outside, I diverted my eyes to the “It’s a Spring Thing” party and compiled a list of inspiring favorites. Take a look:

favorite-diy-spring-projects

  1. Moss covered star and birdhouses by a Diamond in the Stuff
  2. Spring welcome sign by Inspired Honey Bee
  3. Mason jar/heart door hanging by Your Creative Friend
  4. DIY butterfly bell jar by the Pin Junkie
  5. DIY succulent planter by Liz Marie blog
  6. Spring umbrella flower door hanger by The Weekend Country Girl 
  7. Spring flower arrangement by Mod Vintage Life
  8. Terrarium tutorial at Pieced Pasttimes

Thanks to the above talented ladies for taking the time to share their inspiring spring projects and to everyone who participated by linking up!

You can find all of my SPRING related projects in my holiday/seasonal project gallery

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Miss the party and have some spring DIY to share? Link up at the weekly ‘THAT DIY PARTY‘!

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Paper Mache Easter Egg craft

A day with freezing rain isn’t my ideal spring day, but it is still officially winter. Spring. In like a lion, right? ::groan::

Fortunately, this dip-dyed {painted} paper mache Easter egg craft is a cheerful easy DIY project which aided in averting my eye from the cold, gloom and sleet outside.

painted-dip-dyed-eggs

I don’t think you really need a tutorial. But, since writing up a “how to” is what I love to do, I’m going to tell you what I did anyway. ;)

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Materials:

  • Paper mache eggs
  • FrogTape
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic craft paints

Wrap FrogTape around the paper mache egg to create a faux dipped line. Using my fingernail, I rubbed the edge of the tape to activate the Paint Block Technology to prevent paint from seeping underneath the tape, to create a crisp clean line.

FrogTape-on-paper-mache-easter-egg

Then I simply painted the bottom of my paper mache eggs using different spring-inspired colors:

painted-paper-mache-egg

Pull away/remove FrogTape while paint is still wet. It’s a little tricky! After I was done, I thought: “I should have used a set of tongs or something to get a better grip on my egg.” #hindsight

removing-FrogTape

Allow paint to dry. (I just set mine on the cellophane paper mache egg packaging.)

Decorate!

dip-dyed-painted-paper-mache-easter-eggs

Do you decorate with Easter eggs {faux or real} this time of year?

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Joining Lana over at Making a House a Home for “It’s a Spring Thing” linky party where she shares her sweet little DIY playhouse for her little guy.

diy-play-house by Making a House a Home

There’s another It’s a Spring Thing link party too! Fun! I’m joining the party by linking up with my best blog girlfriends too.

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What are you working on? You’re invited to link up & share!
Joining the party with Amanda too!
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This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.

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Spring Decorating

Five days until spring officially arrives but who’s counting? This girl! I’ve been ready since January. Not to mention, Easter Sunday is only a little over 2 weeks away too and we’re hosting. So, time to start decorating, starting with the dining room and a little Easter vignette…

chocolate-easter-vignette

easter-buffet

I dusted off my DIY Pottery Barn inspired Happy Easter eggs from two years ago for the occasion and put together a centerpiece…

pottery-barn-knock-off-easter-centerpiece

DIY Pottery Barn inspired decorative Easter eggs tutorial

Pottery-Barn-Happy-Easter-eggs-knock-off

Just reading the message on my DIY spring sign makes me think of spring sunshine.

DIY-spring-sign

and an indoor fairy garden in a miniature greenhouse has me just itching to see green outdoors…

fairy-garden

Okay. It’s my birthday today, so let’s have a party! :) It’s my turn to host the Countdown to Spring party. Last on the list, but that means it’s nearly spring!

countdown to spring

I’ve had so much fun collaborating with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Sand & Sisal, Domestically Speaking and It’s So Very Cheri. Did you see their spring projects too? Check them out!

countdown-to-spring-collage

Are you decorating for spring or Easter or even St. Patrick’s Day? Let’s see your spring goodies!  Link up your spring décor, mantels, recipes, crafts… you name it… as long as it’s spring related, please share!



It’s a Spring Thing Link Party (and a Spring Terrarium)

While Mother Nature is taking care of bringing green back outdoors, I’m adding a little green to our indoor space. Now, I don’t have much of a green thumb but ever since I scored this beautiful Victorian-style terrarium/miniature greenhouse at an antique shop, I’ve been wanting to create a small fairy garden.

Materials: (with some affiliate links)

spring-terrarium-tutorial

Putting it together: Because my terrarium base is a wooden tray, I kept my plants in individual containers. I started by lining the bottom of my terrarium with foil topped with moss. I potted the small house plants in pretty planters and placed them throughout my terrarium. Since my plants aren’t of the flowering variety, I added spring color with a floral pick from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Pebbles create a winding path. Then ‘decorated’ with my accessories. More terrarium tips here.

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Aren’t the fairies sweet?

fairy-garden

It’s not easy photographing glass. :(

glass-terrarium

Finally, I got to add the beautiful terrarium top…

Fairy Garden Terrarium

I keep the terrarium in our sitting room where it gets plenty of sun and do remember to water the plants about once a week and a month later – they’re still alive! Maybe I’ll be a gardener yet!

See more of my spring projects on the DIY Project Tutorial page

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It’s no secret around here that I’m suffering from spring fever.

Joining the Easter Crafts & Spring Link Party at HoneyBearLane.

Thanks to Lana from Making a House a Home invited me to join the It’s a Spring Thing series. It’s a Spring Thing!

Join these blog friends for It’s a Spring Thing party! Here’s the schedule:

clay_driftwood_candlesticks by Merry Pad

  • This week: Share your spring projects HERE (below)!
  • March 19th: Lana at Making a House A Home - wonder what it will be?
  • March 26th: Kim at Design Thoughts - can’t wait to see!
  • April 2nd: We’ll each be sharing Spring Favorites/Highlights from our parties.

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What are you working on? Share your spring projects (from now until the end of March) in the party below.

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DIY Spring Sign

It’s March! And that means spring is right around the corner I hope. Even though I’m looking at snow flurries, a little spring decorating is in order. I’m impatiently waiting and well, why not prepare to welcome spring when it arrives? A new DIY spring sign always gets motivated to decorate and a catchy spring phrase reminds me it’s almost time to celebrate warmer weather and longer days!

“Something in the air this morning made me feel like flying. . . “

Spring Flight

-Eileen Granfors

spring-diy-sign

For this project, I gathered

  • an old canvas
  • acrylic craft paint
  • my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software
  • my Silhouette Cameo.

Since I had messed up the canvas with a previous DIY fail (yes, it happens!), I gave it a coat of soft blue acrylic paint to cover up my error to create a blank slate. The texture of the failed project shows through a bit, but imperfection is charm and a little texture isn’t such a bad thing. :)

diy-canvas-sign

I created my spring stencil using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software which allows me to select fonts, sizes and shapes to create a stencil template. Then simply ‘send’ to cut…

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Since I’m using my vinyl as a stencil, I removed all of the letters (these can also be saved to use in the same was as stickers or transferred directly to wood or glass as a vinyl transfer).

weeding-vinyl

Use transfer paper over top of the stencil to transfer the vinyl stencil to the canvas. Rub into place and peel away the transfer paper.

DIY-transferring-vinyl

It’s not quite that simple. Vinyl doesn’t stick so well to canvas, so it takes a lot of patience. Go slow.

diy-vinyl

The stencil is all ready to go.

diy-vinyl-on-canvas

I filled in my lettering with white acrylic craft paint. Since the vinyl does not have a great seal, I’m using my stencil as a guide and filling in the letters with a little bit of paint on the brush, pressing down the vinyl as I work on each individual letter. Slopping it on, will get under the vinyl.

diy-painting-sign

Next, I carefully removed the vinyl stencil as soon as I finished painting and let my canvas dry.

removing-vinyl-stencil

Then just collected some of my favorite spring-y decor and created a vignette around my DIY spring sign as a focal point. Good bye winter blues!

spring-Silhouette-DIY-sign

Hello spring!

Silhouette America is running a crazy spring special you won’t want to miss! Just use the code “SHOWOFF” at checkout {affiliate link} now through March 8th to take advantage of the discount prices.

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I’m ready for spring, all ready! How about you? Open up those drapes, let the light in and decorate!

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Looking for more spring ideas?

Joining the Easter Crafts & Spring Link Party at HoneyBearLane.

The Countdown to Spring party is underway.

countdown to spring

and being hosted by MaryAnn from Domestically Speaking this week with her gorgeous spring-inspiring mantel. Here’s a sneak peek…

spring mantel at Domestically Speaking

Check it out!

DIY Spring by Real Southern Living

Hello, DIY friends! As I embark on traveling VERY far south today, I’m excited to introduce you to Stacey from Real Southern Living.

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Today Stacey is sharing her previous spring DIY to spread a little spring fever your way:

Spring Bunting Flags – No Sew

Spring DIY Decor RealSouthernLiving.com

Moss Topiaries

Spring Decor RealSouthernLiving.com

Hydrangea Hanging Bucket

Hydreangea Bucket RealSouthernLiving.com

Fabric Scrap Garland

Spring Fabric Scrap Garland RealSouthernLiving.com

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath RealSouthernLiving.com

So many pretty ideas and Spring things! You can find more from Stacey at Real Southern Living, her online home. Thanks for sharing your creativity, beautiful DIY and lovely home with us, Stacey!

Speaking of spring

countdown to spring

Kim at Sand & Sisal is kicking off the next week in the Countdown to Spring series with her DIY {20 minutes or less} Spring Wreath.

Sand and Sisal Spring Wreath

Countdown to Spring {mantel inspiration}

Thinkin’ spring! I don’t know about you, but I’ve had just about enough of the cold, snow and shortened days. I’m ready to think spring! Bring it on!

I will be decorating soon. Let’s take a look at last year’s spring mantel…eh.

spring mantel

This year, I’m going with a more neutral, natural theme. Here are some beautiful spring mantels from last year that really inspire me for decorating this year:

Decor Chick Spring Mantel - cute nests with pretty robin’s eggs displayed in apothecary jars and under cloches…does it get any sweeter?

decor chick spring mantel

The Lettered Cottage Spring Mantel - Layla’s spring mantel, feels just like spring reminiscent of melting snow and brand new spring green spouts.

the lettered cottage spring mantel

Craftberry Bush Spring Mantel - collected, precious, vintage memories mixed with new life.

craftberry bush spring mantel

Songbird Spring Mantel - take a peek…you can almost smell spring in the air.

songbird spring mantel

Creatively Living Spring Mantel - relaxing and cheerful, isn’t it?

creatively living spring mantel

Funky Junk Interiors Spring Mantel - throw on your rain boots, grab your umbrella. Time to take inventory in the garden…

funky junk interiors spring mantel

AND for more inspiration, the Countdown to Spring Party starts today. Perfect timing to catch spring fever.

countdown to spring

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia kicks off the party event with her beautiful DIY topiary…

Have a great weekend, DIY friends! 

 

 

Easter Highlights from DIY Show Off Project Parade

There have been some awesome ideas linked up to the DIY Project Parade these past few weeks and since I’m hosting Easter for my family this year, I’m ready to put together a plan. Here are some creative last minute ideas I’m loving:

easter centerpiece

{gorgeous BHG inspired Easter centerpiece at the Sweet Survival}

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Tissue Paper Pouf Wreath Tutorial

I’m taking a small break from family room painting to do some crafty fun today. I love tissue paper poufs but hanging them doesn’t always fit with my decorating. This is a great alternative and perfect for spring.

tissue paper wreath

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Spring Mantel & 3D Love Letters wall art

I love spring and we have been having some ah-mazing nearly summer-like weather with lots of sunshine and warmer-than-usual temps. Nothing lifts my spirits more than open windows, fresh air and no snow. It’s motivation to do-it-yourself (that’s a verb, right?) something pretty, colorful and fun. A spring mantel:

DIY spring mantel

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March 2012 Pinterest PinFest – Spring!

DIY Show Off Pinterest PinFest

It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month and time for the Pinterest PinFest. With all that Pinterest has going on, I’m only including images of my own projects today. You do have permission to pin my images. I’ve decided to change the party a little. New linky party rules detailed below.

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DIY PROJECT PARADE and Valspar Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Sue b. Congratulations, Sue!

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It’s time for the DIY Project Parade and I can’t wait to see what’s been keeping you busy. Have a touch of spring fever? Easter is right around the corner and it’s not too soon to decorate. This week, when reviewing Valspar‘s new line of spray paint, I created a faux-chocolate centerpiece to welcome spring.

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