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DIY Decor: Boxwood Wreath Meets Chalkboard

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Posted by  Abby Branham

Back in September I posted 10 DIY Fall Wreaths to Decorate Your Front Door.  I made one of the wreaths for our front door, the Felt Leaf Wreath for Fall by Lia Griffith, and shared it in my Fall Home Tour (check it out!).  Since that turned out so well, I decided to try the Simple DIY Boxwood Wreath by My Fabuless Life too, because I have always loved boxwood.  It’s simple, classic, and green – a perfect pop of clean, natural color.  Because my front door is already set for the Fall, I decided to hang my simple boxwood wreath over a chalkboard as an inside decoration.  Looking at it now, it is also kind of perfect for the Christmas holiday.  I hope you like it, I was happy with the way it turned out.

materials

  • Boxwood Garland (I bought fake garland from Hobby Lobby (50% off, $10!)
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Green Wire Pipe Cleaners to match the color of the garland

constructing the wreath

For whatever reason, I never went back to reread the original tutorial by My Fabuless Life before I started constructing this wreath.  I knew it was a fairly straight forward tutorial, but I think in my mind I combined some of the tutorials I had been reading for various DIY Boxwood Wreathes that  I included in my September post.   So, here’s what I did, which worked just fine and was really easy.

First, I wrapped the entire Embroidery Hoop with the green wire pipe cleaner.

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Next, I pulled “clippings” from the Boxwood Garland, placed them on the wreath, and wrapped them into place with the green pipe cleaners.

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displaying the wreath

I bought an interesting shaped chalkboard from Hobby Lobby (again, I got it on sale – love that place!).  I attached my Simple DIY Boxwood Wreath to the chalkboard, and the only thing left to do was to think of something to write on the chalkboard.  This chalkboard and wreath are displayed as you walk down a flight of stairs to exit our home.   Because this is displayed so that people see it on their way out, I wanted to write something to brighten all of our days. I went with “You are loved!”, because knowing that gives me the strength and courage to face everyday.  I will update this with a lovely message for the holidays in a few weeks. Did I just write weeks? Eek!  I can’t believe it is coming so quickly!

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13 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

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Posted by Abby Branham

I’m always looking for hands on sensory activities to nourish my daughter’s developing minds, bodies, and souls.  Today’s post is no different and is devoted to all things Fall.  Honestly, I hand picked these activities because I am excited to do them too!  The best part is that most of the materials are found in nature, and what is more invigorating than a walk in the crisp, Fall air to collect your craft supplies. These crafts can be adapted to make them age appropriate for any child.   Click on the subject headings in pink to go to the tutorials for each activity.

Autumn hand print tree by arty crafty kids

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Leaf People Fall Craft by Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Leaf Sun Catcher by Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Create a Fall Wreath by Toddler Approved

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Leaf Rubbing by KC Edventures

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Fine Motor Fall Yarn Wrapping by Cutting Tiny Bites

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Autumn Mobile by Red Ted Art

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Apple Stamping Tree Craft by Crafty Morning

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Contact Paper Sticky Wall Fall Tree by I Heart Crafty Things

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Fall Leaf Prints by Meaningful Mama

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No Sew Felt Owl Finger Puppets by Arty Krafty Kids

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Felt and Pine Cone Elves by Lia Griffith

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create a simple bird feeder by button jar

And last but not least, I am sharing the bird feeder activity that I wrote about in my 7 Rainy Day Activities For Kids post earlier this year.  This one is an oldie but a goodie and it is a calming, fun activity for the entire family.  I’ve done this with pine cones, which are more decorative, but using a cardboard tube from a paper towel roll is probably easier for toddlers.

The supplies you’ll need are:

  • center cardboard tube of a paper towel roll
  • spatulas
  • baking sheet
  • bird seed
  • twine
  • parchment paper
  • freezer bag

Set out the baking sheet as their work space (aka, mess catcher). Put some peanut butter in a bowl that will be easy for toddlers to scoop.  Use a spatula to scoop and spread the peanut butter on the cardboard tube.  Next, put bird seed on the baking sheet, and shake the seed so that it is evenly spread.  Now roll the tube through the seed.  The seed will adhere easily to the sticky peanut butter.  Punch holes in the tube to attach the twine. Roll the tubes in some parchment paper, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze them.  I do this to freeze the peanut butter so that on a hot day it won’t drip off of the tube immediately.  I love to put these out in the winter time, but you can put them out whenever you like.  Be sure to find the perfect spot for your simple bird feeder, hang it, and observe as new feathered friends arrive.

We love quietly watching the birds come to our window.  We have a lot of sparrows. Birds are very interesting and entertaining creatures, and, fortunately or unfortunately, squirrels can be too!

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DIY: Make Your Own Chalkboard

DIY: Make your Own Chalkboard!

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Posted by Alicia Sell

One of the most practical projects that we did for my mom’s home office renovation was a custom chalkboard.  It was her only design specification, and she asked that it be REALLY BIG so that she could keep track of her real estate business to-do list.

We shopped around but had a hard time finding one that was the right size and in the right price range.  So we decided to make one.  It was really easy and has a big impact on the space.  One of the things I like so much about the chalkboard is that it is both functional and pretty, which is a win-win!  Also, I am happy to report that it gets regular use and is one of Sarah’s favorite parts of the office.  Here are a few pictures to remind you what the chalkboard looks like:

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Chalkboard Paint Tips

Before I go into the chalkboard DIY instructions, I wanted to answer a couple of questions I have been asked about chalkboard paint.

First, I get asked if there is a brand that is best.  There are a lot of options available and although I have only ever used two brands, I think they are all fairly similar in quality.  The paint we used for this project (Valspar) cleans up really well with just being wiped down with a chalkboard eraser or a damp paper towel (just don’t get it soaking wet).

The second question I have been asked is if chalk paint is the same thing as chalkboard paint.   This is a good question because they are not quite the same thing.   There is a nice explanation about the difference between the two paint types on DIY Mommy’s blog (she even has some homemade recipes for making your own chalk paint and chalkboard paint!).  The good news is both paints are very versatile and can be used on so many different material types, including drywall, wood, metal and ceramics.  Here are a few cute ideas I found online specific to chalkboard paint to get your creative juices flowing.

Tools

Valspar Black Chalkboard Paint
Plywood
Paint roller
1×4 wood trim
1×2 wood trim
Miter saw
Nail gun
Hillman Group Hangman Picture Hanging System

DIY Chalkboard Instructions

Start by measuring out your plywood to the size that you would like the chalkboard to be.  (Our chalkboard was 2×3 feet.) Lightly sand the plywood to remove any loose splinters.  Wipe down with a slightly damp cloth to remove any loose dust.

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Using a paint roller, apply an even coat of the chalk paint to the sheet of plywood.  You can also use a paint brush for application, but the roller was fast and efficient for our project.  We applied three coats of paint to the plywood.  Make sure that you allow the paint to dry completely between coats.

While the paint is drying, measure out how large the wood frame needs to be.  Cut the 1×4 and 1×2 pieces of wood to size.  You will have four pieces of 1×4 and four pieces of 1×2 to make your frame.

Using a miter saw, cut a 45 degree angle at the top and bottom of each piece of 1×4 and 1×2. Use a nail gun to secure the 1×4 pieces together.  Once they are secured and form the rectangular frame, use the nail gun to  secure the  1×2 pieces to the outside of the 1×4 frame.

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You can paint the frame or stain it to give the chalk board a look that best fits your home.  We painted the frame white for the home office renovation project.

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Hillman Group 18 Hangman Picture HangingOnce the frame is done drying, secure the plywood to the back of the frame.  Now you are ready to hang the chalkboard up! The chalkboard can get heavy, and since it is functional it is really important to have a heavy duty picture hanging kit.  We swear by the Hillman Group Hangman Picture Hanging System.  It is very sturdy and is so easy to install.  The best part?  They have a leveler built into the hanging system so you hang it up right the first time.

That’s it!  The entire project can easily be done in a weekend.  Do you have any homemade chalkboard projects in your own house?  We would love to see your creative ideas so feel free to share them with us via email at buttonjar3.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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DIY: Upcycled Poolside Chairs

DIY: Upcycled Poolside Chairs

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Posted by Katie Gambone

Craft Frenzy Friday
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pin_lifeguardchairCalling all lifeguards!  Or just people who enjoy sitting on lifeguard chairs by the pool and pretending- I’ve got a fantastic DIY for you.

Today’s post features a project that I have been wanting to do for a while.  My best friend Tina and her husband Eric moved into their new home a little over a year ago.  One of the many nice features of their home is their pool, which their daughters Tabitha and Marlena love to play in. Sitting next to the pool are these two chairs, which were left by the home’s previous owners.   They are extra wide and were just screaming to me “Please make us into amazing lifeguard chairs!”

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DIY: Scrap Wood American Flag

DIY Scrap Wood American Flag

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Posted by Alicia Sell

Randall and I have moved 7 times in the 15 years that we have  been married, and while the things we pack has changed greatly over our many moves, there has always been one thing that goes with us everywhere.

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Our scrap wood bucket.  I have begged him to throw out the scraps.  Donate them.  Whatever works for him. But he just can’t part with it.  He says there is always a purpose for it.  I can’t knock him because that is how I am with my pile of scrap paper (we each have our oddities).  So this summer we had our annual argument about cleaning out the garage and throwing away the scrap wood and he said “I have some ideas of how I am going to use it this summer. I swear we are going to make something with it.”

And you know what?

We did! We actually  made a few projects that I will share with you, but I thought this one in particular was really creative and a good summer project.  It was also supposed to be finished by July 4, but you know, better late than never.   Today I am sharing with you our DIY scrap wood flag.

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