Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I love this project! It is perfect for Christmas. I used the plans from Ana White to build the fireplace. It did not take very long, I spent most of the time waiting for stain and paint to dry in the cold wet air.
The supply list is not long nor expensive, this is a good project for scrap wood if you have any. I did not have any long enough for this project so I had to buy wood for this project and I already have a plan for the left over pieces.
SUPPLIES I USED
For specific instructions see Ana's instructions. I followed her plan expect for not arching the 2x12, which I did not have time to do because it started raining while cutting wood. Also, to save money instead of using wood as the background, I used wrapping paper. Next year I will probably add plywood painted black but for this year already owned wrapping paper worked great! Here is the process in photos
Cut Wood ready to be assembled Letting my 7 year old distress the mantle
This is what happens when you don’t watch your 7 year old distressing the wood. I will remember this fondly I am sure , so I used this piece of wood. I can honestly say it is distressed!
Stained mantle piece with Minwax English Chestnut.
Added wrapping paper to the back. I wanted to use plywood painted black but the piece I had was just a bit too small and I did not want to buy more so this is the solution I came up with.
Next I added a few candle lights, the kind like you use in a window. Then I added a nutcracker fire screen my MIL made us several years ago.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010
Noel Wall Art - $8.00
I saw this lovely metal wall art from PB and it was beautiful, large, and it was $149. As much as I liked it I was not willing to pay that much for it.
Then I saw an inspired version at Frugal Flourish. I headed straight to Hobby Lobby to buy the wood letters to make my own. The wood letters are about 12” tall and cost $1.99 each.
This was so easy to make. I took the four letters and I sprayed painted them using Rust-oleum Hammered black paint. I liked the hammered look, it gives the chipboard letters an old metal sign look. After the paint dried I used a heavy duty stapler with 3/8” staples to attach the letters.
I plan on using it on top of an faux mantle I am working on for our Christmas stockings. I should have that posted this weekend. I just couldn’t wait to show you. The final size on this one is 17” by 19”. If you wanted a smaller size Hobby Lobby had several choices in sizes and fonts.
I linked up with these great blogs.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I have had this evergreen wreath for a few years and it was time for an upgrade. Some of the flowers had come off and bow was looking sad. So I ripped off all the decorations and started a new wreath.
I had a box full of the shatterproof ornaments we had used on our Christmas tree when my son was little. I have all blown glass ornaments I normally decorate my tree with and using them when he was little was not an option.
I had seen the beautiful all ornament wreaths and wanted to make one. Since I already owned the evergreen wreath I wondered if I could make it work. I took the wreath and flatten out the branches and took the largest ornaments I had and glued them to the wreath. This was my base to build from.
I then started gluing the ornaments to the wreath. It took a lot of ornaments and hot glue. I used over 60 ornaments and 4 large sticks of glue.
I added mini ornaments and jingle bells to the wreath to fill in empty spots. I love the jingle bells, the wreath is on my front door and it jingles every time we open the door. This is a easy wreath to make, there is no right or wrong way to go. It does take lots of ornaments but it is a great way to use your old and unused ornaments.
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Friday, December 3, 2010
All you need to make a tree or wreath is a wreath (straw or styrofoam) or a styrofoam cone. I used an 18” cone for the one I made. I am thinking of getting two other sizes and making a 3 set. Coffee filters and hot glue are the only other supplies you need. I used 200 filters for the tree.
It was easy to do, I folded the filter in half then in half again. I started on the bottom of the cone and worked my way up. Once you get the bottom layer on it goes pretty quickly. Every so often I would lightly smush the layers down a bit to make sure I was putting them tight enough to have a real fluffy tree. When you are about half way done you are going to think there is no way this is going to look like a tree. Here is a picture of what mine looked half done. (you can see in the photo, I sat in front of the tv for this project, it took about an hour) Once you are done it will need a little trimming to clean up the tree shape.
I have linked up to these great hops.