DIY Nursery Wall Decor

I’ve been giving our guest room a bit of a makeover to include a little nursery space for my very first grand child who is scheduled to arrive next month. I can’t wait! You guys, a sweet baby boy will be here soon! I’m so excited, I can’t stand it! 

Materials: I found this old oval wall art at the thrift store for 3.99.

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I had the wrapping paper and felted deer head (used in our stairwell/landing makeover originally. I looked and it’s no longer for sale…sorry but I did see awesome paper mache deer heads at Michaels that would work well too…plus you can paint/decoupage to coordinate with your room.). So this is a thrifty treasure for me…just $3.99 for the dusty framed print + shopping the house since I had the spray paint on hand already too. 

What I did: Gave everything a good cleaning and removed the backing from the frame (set aside). 

I spray painted the frame gold and let it dry. 

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I traced the oval backing onto chevron wrapping paper. I did glue the wrapping paper over the print on the front. However, it’s not required if you’d like to preserve the print.   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

Then just reattached the backing to the frame. 

DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

I hung it on the wall and hammered a nail in the center to hang the felted deer head and added a DIY banner…just card stock, Project Life cards (scrapbook section at Michaels) and twine. I added a string of mini LED fairy lights too. 

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More details and the guest room/nursery reveal coming soon! 

And yes…it’s crazy here. From Halloween to baby shower to some Christmas decorating, a guest room/nursery makeover, an entire home before/after in progress (family members), always Young Living recipes, events and sharing my story, and another small apartment nursery nook. There’s a LOT going on and DIYShowOff is ALL over the place! You may want to subscribe to get reminders to check back often! ;) 

Have a great week!

Scenic Pumpkin Jack-o-lantern

Inspired by a picture of a pumpkin diorama from Country Living that I stumbled across on the Michaels’ Halloween Pinterest Board, I couldn’t resist making up a scenic jack-o-lantern of my own. *This post contains affiliate links. 

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Materials I used (all purchased at Michaels Craft Stores with the exception of stick trees and rocks): 

scenic faux pumpkin jackolantern tutorial @diyshowoff #trickyourpumpkin

  • faux pumpkin
  • carving tools
  • black acrylic craft paint
  • sky blue glitter craft paint
  • 4 small foam paint brushes
  • plastic toy wolf
  • moss
  • styrofoam disk
  • hot glue/gun
  • fall garland
  • tree-like sticks from the yard
  • small rock
  • small wood disk (for full moon)
  • white acrylic craft paint
  • glow in the dark paint
  • tiny faux pumpkin
  • small battery operated light
  • 3M adhesive velcro

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What I did:

Using chalk, I drew a circular shape onto the front of my faux pumpkin, then cut out the shape using small carving tools. Then I cleaned the dust and pieces out of the pumpkin.

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Using a foam paint brush, I painted the inside of my pumpkin black. I brushed on the dark glitter coat over top and let paint dry. 

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While the paint was drying inside, I attached a decorative fall garland with mini leaves and acorns to the outside using hot glue. 

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I painted the wooden disk white, followed by a coat of glow in the dark with a few ‘pounces’ of the dark glitter paint using my foam paint brush (not shown). Let dry. 

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I inserted the styrofoam disk into the bottom of the pumpkin. I left the plastic wrap on the styrofoam disk. Optional: I used some mini-pinecones to fill in the gaps along the sides.

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Then I topped it off with moss.  

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I carefully poked sticks (I found some in the yard that had sort of a ‘tree’ look) through the moss/styrofoam to create “trees”. 

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I then secured full moon to the back using hot glue. You could do this before adding the trees. I waited so I could decide the placement behind the trees.

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I added a piece of adhesive velcro to the back of the small battery operated light (don’t cover the on/off switch). It’s adhered to the “roof” of the pumpkin. The velcro attachment allows me to remove the light to turn if off and on. 

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I finished it off by adding rocks and a wolf. 

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Display! Isn’t it fun? I’m going to raffle this one off at a local event but may just have to make one for myself too…maybe with a different scene: mini hale bales and a scarecrow or a ‘nevermore’ theme with ravens or a graveyard scene with tombstones. What about you? 

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The Michaels social team is working on a #TrickYourPumpkin sweepstakes. Crafters just submit their pumpkin creations via Instagram any time between Oct. 4th through 31th, 2014 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels gift card and Plaid products each Friday throughout the month of October! What would you do with a $250 Michaels’ shopping spree?

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Michaels would love to see your pumpkin creation! Post your pumpkin project on Instagram (using #TrickYourPumpkin #sweepstakes and tagging @MichaelsStores). Simple! Good luck! 

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*I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this project. 

DIY Pumpkin Stencils

DIY Pumpkin Stencil Tutorial 

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Materials:

  • Pumpkins
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • Wax paper
  • Spray Paint

DIY pumpkin stencils materials

1. Adhere pieces of FrogTape to wax paper.

2. Using a pattern (I made mine from a piece of paper), freehand or by tracing shapes; create stickers. 

3. Cut out stencils. I folded a few of mine to create more.

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4. Remove wax paper backing and apply your DIY FrogTape stencils to the clean, dry surface of a pumpkin.

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5. Use your thumbnail to burnish the edges of the tape and to smooth out creases.

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6. Tape off stem if desired. Spray paint pumpkin.

FrogTape pumpkin stencil tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Paint dried really fast for me since I just did a light coat with some of the pumpkin showing through in most places. After just a few minutes, remove stickers/stencils. 

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Display!

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Thrifty Bathroom Counter Organizer

 

Thrifty bathroom counter organizer (this would be cute on a desktop in my home office too)… bathroom organizer at diyshowoff.com  

Materials:

  • Thrift store scores: mismatched vase, ceramic jar with lid, tiny dish and tile trivet
  • RustOleum FlexiDip (removable rubber coating in gray) or spray paint

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How to: Clean and dry ceramic pieces. Apply 4-6 light even coats allowing 5 minutes dry time between each coat. Let dry overnight. Optional: Glue pieces together with an epoxy glue. Rubber coating is removable (within three months) when adhered to plastic, metal and glass…pretty cool! 

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That’s it. I love the matte color, texture, that if I had used something ‘precious’, I’d be able to peel away the rubbing coating, and that it’s waterproof too. 

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See the bathroom reveal here

Silhouette Scrap Wood Wall Art

I recently shared the DIY coat rack we’re now utilizing in our sitting room above a vintage trunk used as a bench…

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See who loves to rest here? It’s a tiny little Italian greyhound named Rosie…

DIYShowOff Coat Rack and Sign

One more picture. She’s just so stinkin’ cute!

DIYShowOff Coat Rack and Sign

and I’m loving this scrap wood turned silhouette art placed above it. Rosie approves! DIYShowOff Wood Plank Wall Art

Materials I used:

  • scrap 1 x 6 pine boards 
  • RustOleum Ultimate Wood Care (kona)
  • RustOleum Ultimate Polyurethane
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • picture hanging hardware
  • vinyl decal (I used a greyhound shape)
  • white acrylic craft paint

What I did:

I cut my pine boards so that they all measured the same 30 inches long then sanded the edges. 

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Next I used wood glue and clamps to create a large wood plank canvas. Let dry. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I applied my vinyl decal to the center of my wood canvas, burnishing the edges using my thumbnail. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Then using a foam brush, I applied the stain in the same direction as the wood grain.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

After a few minutes, I wiped away the excess stain, again in the direction of the wood grain, with an old rag. Let dry one hour.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Then I removed the vinyl decal. I was hoping that there wouldn’t be any seeping but there was. No problem! Change of plans. Sometimes DIY doesn’t always go according to plan. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I used a small craft paint brush and white acrylic craft paint to fill in the unfinished portion of the greyhound stencil. Let dry.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I then applied a coat of the polyurethane over the stain, brushing on in the direction of the wood grain. Add picture hanging hardware to the back and hang to display.

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Perfect complimentary wall art for above the coat rack. 

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Wood Plank Wall Art @diyshowoff

DIY Book Ends

Back to school time! Time to restock the desk area for homework assignments and school projects. Add cute set of DIY book ends to perk things up. 

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to create a monthly themed project. This month’s challenge is “Back to School”. A bit of a ‘challenge’ when your nest is empty but these will work in grand-baby boy’s nursery too. ;)

What I used: 

  • 4  wood blocks 
  • wood glue and clamps
  • scrapbook paper and scrapbook cards
  • multi-surface acrylic craft paint and foam brush
  • gloss finish decoupage and foam brush
  • {thin} washi tape
  • letter A
  • letter Z
  • hot glue gun & glue

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial

What I did:

Start with applying a bead of wood glue to each block to create an “L” shape. Clamp, wipe away any excess glue and let dry. 

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Once glue was dry, I removed the clamps and applied a ‘white wash’ look using a foam brush and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. I only applied one coat so that the wood grain still showed through. Let dry. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Cut scrapbook paper to size for inside of the “L” shape and the outside of the vertical wood piece. I used scrapbook paper and cute patterned scrapbook cards. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Apply a coat of decoupage to one side at a time as a glue. Place scrapbook paper onto decoupaged surface. Smooth out air bubbles. Apply another coat of decoupage over the scrapbook paper, sealing it. I brushed on the decoupage in the same direction as the wood grain. Repeat decoupage + scrapbook paper to all sides. Decoupage will go on with a ‘milky’ look but dry transparent. 

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Add washi tape to sides, smooth out bubbles/make sure it’s adhered. Apply a coat of decoupage to seal. *There’s also the option to apply the decoupage before the washi tape to act as a ‘glue’. 

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Apply a second coat of decoupage to all surfaces. I let mine dry overnight. 

Attach wood “A” and “Z” using hot glue gun. Wouldn’t they be cute with succulent planters, plastic animals, vases, figurines instead too? 

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Once hot glue sets, you’re good to go!

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Ready for keeping school books within easy reach and an organized desk top. Useful, functional book ends that coordinate with your home office, library, reading room, craft room, nursery or homework station…love it!

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Teachers – It’s time to start planning for the new school year and Michaels has all of the ideas and supplies you need to create a one-of-a-kind classroom, plus you get a 15 percent discount on all classroom purchases!

In addition to the products available for teachers, parents and students can find organizational tools to keep on track throughout the year as well as project ideas to personalize school supplies

Check out Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Board to find fun and creative project ideas to kick the year off right! 

As a member of the Michael’s Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

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Glitter Iron On Vinyl Decal Tutorial

Many of you have asked how my sister is doing and guess what? She’s finally completely “all done” with her treatments! Hurray! Confetti & champagne! My hero! And my hero’s superpower is “hope”…

DIY glitter iron-on decal tutorial at diyshowoff …and like most heroic milestones, it’s an occasion for a celebration, right?! Right! Well, that’ll be coming up in just a few weeks when we celebrate her birthday with a super-hero themed “Bobbi-fest” but in the meantime, I whipped up a cute breast cancer survivor shirt. 

What I used:

What I did:

1. Using my Silhouette design studio software, I created a design using text and a breast cancer ribbon, keeping the overall size in mind for a good fit on the shirt. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

2. Right click each part of the design and choose “flip horizontally” to mirror the text and image. 

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3. Load the vinyl shiny-side (pink glitter side) facing down into the vinyl cutting machine. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

4. Choose glitter/flocked iron on adhesive from the drop down menu in the cut settings. Adjust blade settings. (Always do a test cut first to ensure the blade doesn’t cut too deep or too shallow.)

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

5. Hit “cut”.

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

6. When cutting is complete, remove from machine and peel away excess vinyl. Weed away the vinyl surrounding the design. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

7. Following the iron on’s printed instructions, I laid out the shirt on an ironing board and smoothed out the wrinkles. Place vinyl onto shirt.

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

8. Cover with a cotton dish towel or cotton fabric and iron, applying pressure 25-30 seconds and then moving to the next spot on the design and repeating. I used the highest setting on my iron (no steam).

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

9. Slowly peel away the transparency. (If letters peel away too, repeating step 8, applying more pressure/holding a few seconds longer.)

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

Ta-da!

Hope is my super power breast cancer iron on decal tutorial

Despite nausea and having tests done the same day, she agreed to model my handiwork. Isn’t she beautiful? {I love how despite not feeling 100%, she smiles. And how her hair is growing back with curls!}

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Now that the treatment is behind her, she’s free to focus on recovering, building up strength and feeling better every single day. Thanks for your prayers! xoxo

Glitter is so difficult to photograph. It’s a more uniform and sparkly than shown above. 

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*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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DIY Burlap and Spool Key Keeper Tutorial

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As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to participate in monthly craft challenges. This month’s project is a DIY burlap and spool key keeper tutorial. 

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE craft supplies like cork, burlap, unfinished, twine, jute…all things “natural and earthy”. I feel like I could just start a collection of natural materials with no crafting plans…they’re all just so pretty! But since this isn’t blog isn’t titled  “Hoard Show Off”, let’s get to the ‘how to’!

DIY Burlap and Spool Key (or jewelry) Keeper Tutorial

(Because we all have a habit of misplacing our keys on occasion, right? Some more than others. Ahem, “Mr. DIY”)

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Materials:

  • stretched burlap canvas
  • natural wood cutout (I chose a key but I saw the cutest bird cage cut out at Michael’s too)
  • cork letter
  • wooden spools
  • twine and scissors
  • optional: acrylic craft paint (black) and foam paint brush
  • hot glue and hot glue gun
  • picture hanging hardware or 3M strips

What I did:

1. Paint the accessories and let dry. I painted the wooden key decal and spools black. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Wind twine around spool. Cut twine and secure with hot glue. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Attach accessories (wooden key decal, cork monogram and spools) to stretched burlap frame using hot glue. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Hang and display near door. I nestled mine inside of a regular picture frame.

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Keep keys within easy reach or hang in a in closet, the bedroom or bathroom for hanging necklaces, beads, bracelets, hair ties, etc. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it? Perfect for your own home (and sanity) or a great handmade housewarming gift idea. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

On August 8th, you’ll find these and MORE fun accessories at Michael’s new “Raw Bar”. Tons of unfinished, natural craft supplies for your next DIY craft project. 

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I’m a member of the Michael’s Makers team which means I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

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Quick DIY Lamp Makeover

A recent thrift store score inspires a new addition to our family room. 

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Materials:

It goes without saying but I simply taped off the parts I didn’t want sprayed with paint using FrogTape.

DIY lamp makeover at diyshowoff.com

I gave the lamp a few light coats of spray paint (allowing dry time between each). 

DIY lamp makeover at diyshowoff.com

Then I removed the FrogTape while the last coat of paint was still wet.

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Finally, I topped it with a new lamp shade. 

A quick new lighting accent in our family room….

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Keep your eyes open at yard sales and flea markets this summer. Snag a lamp for cheap and give it a new look to freshen up your existing decor. 

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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.

Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I participate in monthly DIY challenges. The challenge I chose for July is DIY decor with a DIY wall mounted lantern hanger. 

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Materials I used:

wall mounted hanging lantern materials

Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger supplies

Here’s what I did:

1. Stain the wood plank by brushing stain on in the direction of the wood grain, let sit a few minutes and wipe away (same direction) with clean rags. Let dry one hour.

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2. Apply a coat or two of polyurethane and let dry. It goes on with a milky look but dries transparent.

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3. Attach hanging hardware to the back. I did two; one on each end.

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4. Flip to the front stained side and attach the curtain rod brackets using 1/4″ screws (the screws that come with the brackets will be too deep). I measured and marked the center bracket first then measured the center from the edge to the center bracket on each side for the other two ‘hooks’.

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5. Adjust the brackets to fit the depth of hanging a lantern on the hook. 

6. Hang or secure to the wall. 

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7. Hang lanterns. Add candles, use as mini display cases to showcase your favorite small decorative items or use lanterns as mini-greenhouses for succulents or small plants. 

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DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com  

I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.  

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Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal

Summer time in our home = lots of entertaining and hauling out the fancy glass beverage server for homemade lemonade is a must. Labeling glass containers lets guests know exactly what they’re consuming.

Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal Label Tutorial

DIY lemonade recipe vinyl decal on beverage glass

Materials:

  • Glass beverage server
  • Happy Crafters Glossy Adhesive Vinyl (mint)
  • Transfer paper

Tools Needed:

  • Vinyl cutter (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • Scissors

What I did:

Open up Silhouette Studio Designer software. Choosing the font tool, write up a label. Simply the name of the beverage or ice. I included my lemonade recipe too. 

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Load the vinyl, color side up into the machine. Adjust blade settings for adhesive vinyl and “send to cut”.

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Unload vinyl, trim design if needed and weed away vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

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Apply transfer paper to the vinyl. Rub with a credit card. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Peel away backing (vinyl will transfer, showing reverse on the transfer paper).

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Place sticky side of the vinyl/transfer paper design to the glass. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Tip for curved surfaces: Stick the center of the decal first. Apply by working from the center point out. I found it easier to carefully tear the transfer paper on each end between text to avoid wrinkles. 

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Mix up your beverage recipe and serve!

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Party time!

DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I’ll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it’s going to stay throughout the season.  DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I'll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it's going to stay throughout the season. DIY vinyl decal for lemonade recipe

Visit The Shabby Creek Cottage for another fun summer vinyl project!

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*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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DIY Table Markers for the 4th of July

We’re hosting a family picnic to celebrate Independence Day. This easy DIY adds a patriotic touch of red,white and blue to the 4th of July theme.

DIY 4th of July Picnic Buffet Table Markers

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Gather up:

  • scrap wood (mine are 1 x 6 x about 10 inch pine, 2x4s or 4x4s would work too)
  • a few wooden stars
  • acrylic craft paint
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (chevron)
  • chalkboard labels
  • hot glue

Tools needed:

  • sandpaper/sanding block
  • craft paint brushes
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

1. I sanded and cleaned up the wood scraps. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Next, I gave each 2 coats of white paint and let dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Once the white paint was dry, I applied FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (I used the chevron pattern) in three strips, starting with the top, then the bottom, then centering the third between the top and bottom. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the tape to activate the PaintBlock® Technology. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Then just paint the area not covered by tape. I used a combination of red and blue. I did two coats.

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

6. Carefully remove the tape while the paint is still wet. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. I painted the wooden stars and let everything dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

8. I applied a small bit of hot glue to the back of each star and attach to the painted chevron wood background. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

9. I stuck on some chalkboard labels. 

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Time to set the table! 

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DIY Birdie Garland and Fun in the Sun Blog Hop

It’s here! Summer! Perhaps not officially just yet but these warm months and longer days cheer my soul. I love summer! Let’s celebrate with a summer blog hop! Visiting from the beautiful summer bedroom at Town and Country Living? Welcome, friends! I’m so happy your here!

I’m participating with an easy summer DIY:  badminton birdie garland. 

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Materials:

  • ribbon
  • plastic badminton birdies (check the dollar store!)

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Tutorial:

1. While length of ribbon is still attached to spool, create a loop (for hanging) and knot.  DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Remove caps off of all birdies (mine simply popped off).

3. Using the package (or ruler) determine distance between each birdie (starting from the knotted loop).

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4. Fold ribbon and ‘snip’ with scissors your measured mark. Just a small snip will do.

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5. Place snipped area of ribbon over ‘peg’ on birdie top. 

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6. Replace birdie cap. 

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7. Repeat steps 3-6 using all of your birdies. 

8. Then simply measure same short ribbon distance one last time, add a few more inches. Cut ribbon, create a loop and knot for the end. 

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Hang! Summer outdoor family game themed. Super cute (easy and cheap too)! 

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Follow along the entire Fun in the Sun series by heading over to At the Picket Fence for some outdoor inspiration and by visiting the links below for summer recipes, crafts, projects, decor and more!

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Upcycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

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Going green? It’s great to have reusable shopping bags handy. How about one that’s DIY, upcycled and customizable? All the better! 

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This upcycled t-shirt market bag project from Michael’s was the perfect inspiration.

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My take on the Upcycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

Materials I used:

  • short sleeved sport gray adult medium t-shirt
  • black parachute cord 
  • black distressed iron on letters
  • gray thread 

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Skill Level: Easy

Project Time: 30-60 minutes

You’ll also need:

  • scissors
  • sewing machine (optional) 
  • needle
  • iron

Michael’s Coupons: 

What I did:

1. Start with a washed, dried, and ironed t-shirt then flip inside out. 

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2. Next sew the bottom hem of the shirt closed using a sewing machine (you could also do this by hand).

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3. Cut off the sleeves.

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4. Cut off the neckline (squared).

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5. Flip t-shirt right side out. That easy – it’s a bag! 

The following steps are optional. Use your imagine to come up with your own creative take on it!

6. Embellish! I chose to use iron on letters (apply to t-shirt according to package instructions) but you could also decorate with fabric paint and/or stamps as shown in Michael’s instructions. 

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7. Cut two 12″ pieces of parachute cord and knot each end of each piece.

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8. Using a needle and thread or sewing machine, attach the parachute cord for bag ties between each of the handles (at one knotted end). 

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All done! Place near the door, ready to toss in the car for shopping.

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Cute, cute, cute! Love it! Easy to do with so many possibilities…love that kind of DIY, don’t you?  

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Party Favor Jewelry Dish

Looking for an easy DIY party favor idea? These melamine appetizer plates with vinyl decals make a cute little gift!

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What I used:

What I did:

Measure flat center area of plates. Mine allowed for a 3.5 inch square design. Open the Silhouette Studio Design software and create words using font/text in a size that fits. I created six different designs.

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Load adhesive vinyl into the vinyl cutter color side (vinyl side) up. 

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Adjust blade setting for vinyl. 

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Weed away excess vinyl from the design. 

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Apply transfer paper over the vinyl lettering. 

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Cut into individual designs. 

Rub the transfer paper over each piece. I just grabbed a hard plastic name tag with a straight edge. You could also use a credit or gift card. 

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Peel away wax paper backing, transferring vinyl to the transfer paper. 

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Place onto plate. 

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Rub with plastic card and remove transfer paper. 

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Simple but so many options. Try different colors, different fonts, personalize with quotes, monograms, shapes or words. 

Cute inexpensive gift to include with a card or gift basket or to use as party favors. 

Perfect for keeping tabs on jewelry, paperclips on a desk, keys in an entryway, spare change in the laundry room, Q-tips in the bathroom, etc. 

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*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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Decorate Your Rain Boots!

April showers bring May flowers! Dress up your rain boots by creating custom vinyl decals. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

 

Materials:

Rain boots before:

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What I did:

I created a design with umbrellas, rain clouds, raindrops and text in my Silhouette Design Studio software. Be sure to measure design area on boot and size vinyl design to fit. 

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Insert vinyl into the machine, vinyl side up. Adjust blade settings and send design to cut. 

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When cutting has finished, unload vinyl from machine. Weed away the excess vinyl that’s not a part of the design. 

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Apply transfer paper to vinyl. Rub with a credit card. 

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Remove wax paper back, transferring vinyl to sticky transfer paper. 

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Place vinyl design onto rain boot. Rub with a credit card to transfer the vinyl to the boot.

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Slowly peel away transfer paper.

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Remember in step 1 where I mentioned measuring and sizing. Oops. I was a bit off. So I peeled up the vinyl, like stickers, and re-placed them for a better fit (not over a seam). 

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Now I have cute custom rain boots! I also tested the vinyl adhesive using water and the vinyl is still “stuck”! 

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Lots of fun options to play with! Raining cats and dogs, dance in the rain, your name or a cute and trendy design. What would you create for your rain boots?

*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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DIY Cart Rescue/Furniture Makeover

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Do you have old furniture just taking up space in the basement, garage or attic? Or maybe with the start of yard sale season right around the corner, you’ll spy a fun furniture piece to flip…keep your eyes open! The other day I spied an old metal cart collecting dust so I decided to give it a purpose. It once belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Time to dust the cart off, give it life and make it useful.

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Materials:

  • Old metal cart
  • Pine planks (I purchased three 1x3s and one 1×4)
  • Wood stain and sealer
  • ProBond Advanced

What I did:

First I cleaned up the cart a bit. I was going to spray paint it but it really wasn’t in bad shape (finish wasn’t original – it had been spray painted in the past) and I sort of like the few scratches and scuffs, making it look old and not brand new. Sometimes imperfections are perfect, right?

before…

cart before

cart before

Then I set about measuring and cutting the wood planks to fit the top and what looks like support for a bottom shelf. 

measuring

After deciding placement of the planks, I marked, sanded and cleaned each one. 

I stained each wood plank a rich beautful color. I brushed the stain onto all sides with a foam brush (in the same direction as the wood grain) and wiped away with a clean rag then let them dry for an hour or two.

Last step! Just glue and clamp the wood planks into place. Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is designed for gluing mixed materials like wood planks to the metal cart (porous to non-porous materials) without expanding, creating a foamy residue and making a mess. Awesome! Let the glue dry 24 hours. 

I applied a sealer to the wood to protect the finish and add a little shine.

Loved once again…

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Beautiful new wood top and shelf:

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Now what was once just junk now serves as a side table (or would that be center table?) in our family room.

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DIY Window Shelves for Plants

I recently shared my craft room tour. And as a little reward for cleaning up that chaos and getting organized, I treated myself to a little DIY project. I love one of the windows in this room. Here’s how it looked in the past:

vintage craft room

The window shown above nearly reaches from floor to ceiling and with the two different sized windows in the room (one tall window with trim original to the house/one high small window with no trim), window treatments always felt tricky or lopsided. 

So why cover that beautiful trimmed tall window at all? It faces the back of the house, it’s a second story window and it’s not a room for dressing or a need for privacy. I’ve always wanted to put shelves on a window for plants. Plenty of sunshine should assist in changing my luck with plants, right? 

Here’s what I did…

Materials:

  • (3) 1 x 4″ pine boards for shelves
  • (6) shelf brackets
  • Minwax Polyshades (Ebony)

I decided where I would attach the brackets to the window trim to calculate the measurement of my shelves.

measure

Then cut my shelves. 

window shelving tutorial

Sanded the rough edges and wiped them clean. 

window shelving tutorial

Then brushed on the Polyshades using a foam brush. I let it sit for a few minutes then wiped the stain away and let dry. I did all sides. (I may apply a wax finish to the wood shelves for further water-proofing but I was on a bit of a deadline.)

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Next I marked the holes for the brackets and drilled a pilot hole.

window shelving tutorial

Then I just screwed the brackets into the window trim/pilot hole (can always be patched with wood filler in the future). *Use a level to be sure they’re ‘level’. 

window shelving tutorial

Attach the wood shelves to the brackets with screws (be sure these screws are smaller than the shelf thickness so the screw doesn’t poke up from the bottom).  

It adds a bit of privacy without a long drapy curtain panel but still lets natural light into the room.  

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It’ll take some maneuvering/removing plants to open the window but the shelves don’t interfere with the function. 

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before

vintage craft room

after

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Baseboard Trim

Yesterday I shared how I installed grouted vinyl floor tiles in the bathroom and today I just wanted to share a little baseboard trim tip. I re-used existing baseboard trim because it’s the old wide original trim in good shape. See how to easily swap out your baseboards here and a little tip for easy decorative trim detail here.  

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I gave it a good scrubbing and a little scuffing with sandpaper.

Then reattached the baseboard trim using my nail gun and brads. Countersink the nails, fill with wood filler and sand. 

Next I sealed all of the seams with caulk – where the trim meets the wall and where the shoe moulding rests against the baseboard. I use DAP paintable caulk for windows/doors/trim.

FrogTape® Mult-Surface tape applied to the wall ensures a nice straight line without caulk smears. Apply the tape horizontally above the baseboard onto the wall. Use your thumbnail or a credit card to activate the PaintBlock® Technology.

DIY caulking baseboard trim

Cut the tip of the caulk tube at an angle (the larger the hole, the bigger amount of caulk-age, so I prefer to keep the cut on the small side. Holding the caulk gun at an angle so that the flat end of the cut hole faces the seam where the baseboard meets the wall, run a bead of caulk. 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

I fill my FrogTape container with a little bit of water. With a wet finger, smooth the caulk. I work from left to right and since this is a small space, I worked in an entire section (about 4-5 ft. at most). You’ll have a lot of excess (remember to have those paper towels handy). 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

Then peel away the FrogTape starting at a bottom edge and pulling up and away from the caulk. 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

Nice clean line! Repeat until all top baseboard seams are sealed. 

Now repeat the caulking steps (without the painter’s tape) where the shoe moulding rests agains the baseboards. Once dry (about 30 minutes), it’s time to paint!

Paint is Dutch Boy’s Cabinet and Trim paint. I used FrogTape where the shoe moulding meets the floor to prevent getting paint on my nice new grouted vinyl tiles. Using my thumbnail, I again activated the Paintblock Technology, then painted my trim. After the second coat of paint, I removed the FrogTape while the paint was still wet. 

painting baseboard trim

The vanity: I could have cut the baseboard trim so that the vanity sat flush against the wall but since the countertop had a little play (it sat out from the vanity about an inch), I attached scrap (stained) 1x4s cut to size to the back of the vanity, so that it would hide the gap and rest above my baseboard. (Also…one of my baseboards was good and glued as well as nailed to the plaster wall…I feared created a bigger more involved mess with pulling it off.) Now my countertop rests against the wall and is flush with the front of the vanity with no overhang but I don’t believe there’s a law or rule that says the countertop must protrude from the vanity. Is there? It also gave me a little more wiggle room for the tight fit plumbing. 

bathroom vanity and trim fix

Good as new! I love fresh, clean, white baseboards.

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I used my FrogTape along the door frame and window trim too. 

bathroom makeover after

 

If you missed it, you can see the complete before and after bathroom makeover here

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DIY Grouted Vinyl Floor Tiles

I recently shared the transformation of our upstairs main bathroom. I’m so in love with the complete change, especially the floor.

It looks so much like marble tiles, doesn’t it? But those are vinyl floor tiles with vinyl tile grout. The look without the cost or maintenance and shorter installation time. 

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Why I chose to go with grouted vinyl floor tiles? Because it’s a temporary solution for us (temporary as in 4-5 years or maybe even a little longer). It’s not for everyone but down the road I have plans on replacing the old tub and shower surround with a slipper tub/shower and at that time, I do plan on using real tile on the floor, under the tub and on the shower walls so in the interim, grouted vinyl tiles were a budget friendly and easy DIY solution that I plan on enjoying every day. The best part? I was able to truly do-it-myself and installation only took one day. It looks professionally done and real! You’ll see mixed reviews and negative comments when researching but I couldn’t be happier and love it!

Materials:

Supplies:

  • box cutter/utility knife
  • rolling pin
  • bucket with water
  • sponge
  • rag
  • float
  • putty knife

What I did:

The old vanity and toilet were removed. For us it’s because we were replacing those anyway. I recommend at least removing the toilet to get underneath. We also removed the shoe moulding/quarter round trim from around the room. I then removed the old vinyl flooring. I did cheat a little on this part. I hired my nephew to help me scrape off the old vinyl floor paper backing that was glued to the subfloor. That was the most labor intensive part. (Note: I removed the old vinyl flooring because it was peeling up around the perimeter of the room. If it had been secure, level and in good shape, I would have placed my vinyl tiles over it.)

removing vinyl flooring

Start with a smooth, clean, level, dry surface. Since this space was prepped for vinyl previously, the subfloor seams were sealed and it was level. Once all of the glued paper was removed and the floor cleaned, I simply started placing my vinyl tiles. I started with laying the full (un-cut tiles), using a staggered pattern. Since such a small amount of the tile is actually visible in this small space after placement of the vanity and toilet, I started with the first full tile placement at the doorway and worked my way back into the room. I made sure to pay attention to “marble veining” so that the pattern all ran the same direction. 

installing a vinyl tile floor tutorial

Simply peel away the paper backing (these things were super tacky!) and place the tile onto the subfloor. I used 3/16 inch spacers between the tiles. I marked my tiles 6 inches in on the edge of each tile with a pencil to assist in laying a straight design.

vinyl floor tiles

Having a supervisor on hand keeps you focused as well as replacing the spacers repeatedly.

Once all of the full un-cut vinyl tiles were in place, I moved onto what I thought was going to be the difficult part. Cutting the tile was way WAY easier than I anticipated. I simply used a utility knife blade to ‘score’ the cut line then snapped the tile. That simple. I didn’t have to apply a lot of pressure or go over it repeatedly with the utility knife.

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There were a couple of tricky cuts around the door frame, heat register and toilet so having a little more tile than needed came in handy. 

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Finish. Stand up and admire your tile. No cuts with a wet saw but you’ll be so proud of how good it’s looking! 

Looking good! Ready for vinyl tile grout!

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I removed the spacers and rolled over the vinyl tiles with a rolling pin to make sure each tile was secure and in place. Then?! The best part – no waiting for mortar to set…move straight to grouting!

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Have a bucket with water on hand (replace dirty water frequently with clean water) and work in small sections from the back wall working backwards towards the door. I worked in 2ft. sections because the grout dried fast. I used a putty knife to apply the grout to the float. Then used the float to “smoosh” the grout into the joints between the tiles. Sometimes I found just using the putty knife or my finger worked in some areas. I wiped away the excess grout with a wet sponge (squeeze out all of the water) then followed cleaning up the water/grout with a wrung-out wet rag where needed before moving onto the next section. I cleaned away all of the extra grout and wiped up water as I went along. 

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Let dry 24 hours before light use. I also went over the floor with a wet rag after 24 hours. We replaced the toilet and vanity and re-attached the baseboard/trim after about 48 hours.

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That’s it! I am thrilled with the result! 

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

I’ve had questions about how this has held up. In the one month that it’s been done, it’s holding up just as well as it looked the first day but I can’t say about long term yet. There is plenty of leftover grout. I made sure my container has a good seal and will keep it on hand just in case repairs are needed. This bathroom is being used daily and so far so good! I’ll check back in with a review in a few months to let you know if anything has changed. 

See the complete before and after bathroom makeover here

Disclaimer: This post describes my first time experience, what I did and what worked for me. Results may vary. 

How Wonderful Life is While You’re in the World – DIY sign tutorial

I think this lyric to “Your Song” by Elton John is the perfect accessory to the world map in our family room.  DIY sign

Materials:

  • Adhesive Vinyl – Happy Crafters
  • Transfer Paper
  • Scrap Wood Plank
  • Acrylic Craft Paint

Tools: Silhouette Cameo, scissors, gift card/credit card (for burnishing/rubbing), foam paint brush

Tutorial:

Paint scrap wood plank. Mine is is a 1×3 about 46 inches in length. Let dry. 

Using the Silhouette Studio software, I created my design utilizing “felt marker” font.  Silhouette design studio

Load the vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo vinyl side up and ‘send to cut’. Be sure to adjust the settings for vinyl. 

There are two ways to use vinyl as a stencil. If painting the letters, weed away the letters to create a stencil. I wanted to paint my sign (not the lettering), so I removed all of the negative part of the design, leaving the vinyl letters (like stickers). DIY sign tutorial

Apply transfer paper, sticky side down directly to the vinyl decal. Transfer paper ensures that everything is lined up properly when ‘transferring’. You could apply the vinyl in the same way you’d apply stickers, but keeping a straight line is a challenge!

Rub the transfer paper with a credit card or gift card to ‘transfer’ the vinyl to the transfer paper. Remove the wax paper backing.

Place vinyl (sticky side down) onto the wood plank. 

Rub with a gift card. 

Remove transfer paper (it may be a little tricky…I peel it away slowing, almost creating a crease in the transfer paper to get the vinyl decal to stick to the painted wood. 

Make sure all letters are nice and stuck. 

Paint the sign. I did a light coat using a sort of dry brush (foam brush) technique for a worn look. DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Before paint dries, carefully remove vinyl lettering.

Optional: sand and/or glaze for an antiqued, distressed look. Seal. Hang using picture hanging hardware or Command velcro strips. 

Perfect for a little Valentine sentiment, too. What song lyric would your sign display? How wonderful life is while your in the world. DIY Sign Tutorial

 

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Tips for Making a DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving Unit

I recently shared the open pantry before and after reveal and the star of that DIY ‘show off’ is definitely the industrial pipe shelving… Industrial Pipe Shelving  As a part of the January Creative Storage challenge for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, today I’m sharing a tutorial on what we did to use as tips for creating your own.

THIS IS LONG and sounds confusing BUT if you’re making one of your own, I think being detailed will help make the plan, design and build easier along with other tutorials and tips you may come across in your search for how to make DIY industrial pipe shelving. 

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