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Thursday, October 14, 2010

pinecone door hanger {tutorial}

You guys know I'm all about the rustic made chic. So when I saw this pine cone door hanger by Sweet Paul, I knew I had to create one of my own. Considering the number of pine trees in my back yard and the minimum amount of supplies it takes to make this little lovie, I think I have a total of $6 invested in this project. Simple, quick, cheap. Perfect! (that's what she said?)

- 8 well-shaped pine cones
- 8 pieces of ribbon, each 2 ft in length
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- scissors

1. If you're using a thick ribbon (like I am), go ahead and cut the corners off one edge of length so you have an end that's more suited to fit the top of your pine cone.

2. Using a generous amount of glue, attach the trimmed ribbon end to the top of the pine cone. Make sure to hold the ribbon in place until the glue is dry. (Careful, its called a HOT glue gun for a reason)

Once you have all eight pine cones attached to a ribbon, arrange the pine cones by length. This definitely doesn't have to be perfect.
Come down about two inches from the top and tie all of the ribbons together with a knot. Trim excess ribbon from the top end.
Hang on the door and arrange pine cones where you'd like them. Now sit back and enjoy the fall!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mirror, Mirror

I bought an easel-back mirror for the master bedroom several weeks ago. When it finally came in, I realized it really wasn't the right wood shade to match the rest of furniture. Restaining was inevitable. After a little more observation, I also realized that the frame was made of plastic, not wood. Even better! I coated the frame with plastic paint (Valspar makes an awesome spray paint version) then covered the frame with a darker brown to match the rest of the bedroom. So simple!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fabric Artwork

I have the hardest time finding just the right artwork to decorate a room with! This time, instead of spending hours looking for prints or new ideas, I decided to go with another angle - using fabric as a print. It's simple, easy, and usually a super cheap investment!

*Sorry for the grainy pictures. I misplaced my camera and had to use my iPhone*

- Frame for your fabric
- A precut matte board to highlight your fabric
- Fabric print of choice!

Here I'm using a 16x20 frame. It originally came with a matte board, but I wanted more framing around the fabric so I had a local art store cut a new board to frame an 8x10 piece of fabric. Make sure to iron any wrinkles out of the fabric before placing it in your frame!

 Make sure to attach the fabric securely to the frame to keep it from wrinkling behind the glass. A couple of pieces of tape ought to do the trick. Assembly your frame pieces, hang, and enjoy! When you get tired of the print, simply switch it out for another with little to no hassle. Love this look over my bed!