Hey everyone! The other day Daryl and I reinforced the chicken coup with extra chicken wire. We ended up having a few scrap pieces left over and I thought I would save them for a project. I have used chicken wire on organizers before, but I thought it would be fun to use some in an accent with a matted frame. This project is really easy and super fast to whip up!
Here’s What You Need:
*8×10 Frame ( I bought mine at Target)
*Chipboard (Like a cereal or cracker box)
*Double Stick Tape
*Regular Acid Free Tape
*Ruler and Pencil
*Box Cutter or X-Acto Knife
*Photo or art print (the photo I used was a 4×5)
The first thing you need to do is measure and cut your chipboard. Cut the outside dimensions to an 8×10 size. Cut the inside opening to a 5×7 size. Mark out the 5×7 to be centered in the middle. Cut out the shape with your knife.
Next cut your burlap to be about an inch larger than your mat. Center your chipboard mat onto your piece of burlap. Run your double stick tape along the right and left sides at the outside edge. Fold the excess burlap to the back and tape down. Next, fold over the top and bottom and tape down to the backside.
Now, cut an “x” in the mat opening with the knife. Then cut the flaps down to about a half inch from the chipboard. Apply double stick tape to the burlap and fold back and tape down to the backside of the mat opening. Now you should have a burlap covered mat.
Next, cut a piece of chicken wire with your snippers to be a little smaller than 8×10″. Flatten the wire out the best you can and tape the chicken wire down to the back side of your mat.
Lay your photo face down on the table and then lay your mat face down over the photo. Center the mat over the photo so it is centered in the mat opening. Tape the photo to the chicken wire in the middle. To finish off, add white paper to the backside, slide your matted picture in the frame and close up the back.
I love this frame! It is a great way to display one of my favorite photos of my Hannah Banana. This project was super easy! It took me all of fifteen minutes or so to make, and it was fun! I love using fun mats in my frames! IT is one of the easiest home decor diys that can really make an impact in a space! I used burlap, but it would be fun to use a cute fabric or paper to cover your mat with as well. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project! Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I cannot believe that it is just about the end of the month already! Spring will be here before we know it! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year, ya know! To carry on with my “love” theme for this last week of February, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite sweetheart color. So, this week I have compiled a lovely group of vintage finds for you in some of my favorite shades of pink! Here are some of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all just so lovely! I LOVE the dresses! Of course, I love them all though. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! I think I may have mentioned before that I am planning on creating several mini e-courses this year. Well, I am very happy to announce that my first e-course, Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course, is now up in my shop. This fun and simple course features four eclectic sweater DIYs. Each project features step by step instructions with photos to help guide you. It’s a great way to breathe new life into those old sweaters lurking in the back of your closet. You can find the Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course in my shop Here for only $4.99. I hope some of you will give this little course a try. It’s fun and easy!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I am very happy that we are now ushering in February! It is one of my favorite months! I love to decorate for Valentine’s Day! One of my absolute favorite color combinations is soft pink and bright rosy red! It’s a very lovey-dovey combination don’t you think? I have compiled a little collection of vintage finds in lovely pink and red hues to share with you all today. Take a peek:
Aren’t they all fabulous! I LOVE them all! I love the pleating details on the pink dress, so cute! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with some Vintage Valentine’s finds. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the new year! It is getting really cold here this week, and there is talk that it could possibly snow. I love it when it snows! This week, I compiled a little collection of vintage finds that are themed around snowy winter whites. Here are my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all, especially the cardigan and milkglass! I hope you all have enjoyed this wintry collection! Be sure to check out all of these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! You will love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
Hi guys! A few months ago I came across some shabby Christmas tablecloths at a show and just had to have them! I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my holiday crafting this year. I didn’t really get the chance to use them in my decor this year, so I thought I would use them in my wrapping. Drawstring bags are really easy to make and they make sweet little gift bags!
Here’s What You Need:
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
Drawstring bags are really easy to make, and you can make them to your own dimensions easily. To make them like mine, you want your length to be longer than your width. My largest bag is 15×18″ and my smaller bag was 8×13″. Measure down three inches from the top on both sides and snip into the fabric by about 1/4″ where marked. Place your front and back pieces right sides together. Begin stitching at the first notch you make near the top. Stitch down the first side, across the bottom, and then back up the other side stopping at the other notch in the side using a half inch seam. Press open the seam allowance. Now you want to top stitch the seam allowance closed on each of the four sides. Fold the top of the front side of the bag and the back of the bag down by 1/4 inch, then fold the top down again so that the top is folded under to just above where the side seams start. Top stitch close tot he edge on the front and back sides forming the casings. Press your bag. Now fasten a safety pin to one end of your ribbon and feed it through the casings in the top of the bag. Pull the ribbon through and keep a long loop on the opposite side, so you have equal lengths of ribbon on each side. Cut the loop. To close the bag, scrunch the bag up and tie each side with the ribbon in a bow.
I love these bags! They are so easy to whip up and the prints of vintage tablecloths are divine! You can easily make these to fit your own gifts. The greatest part is that the gift inside will come with it’s own bag to keep it safe when storing. I hope some of you all will give this one a try! It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back in a little bit with some printable Christmas tags! Until then…
Hi everyone! Welcome to day eleven of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! Today I am going to show you how to make a fun patched camera strap. I love vintage feed sack fabric and have dozens of little scraps. I had so much fun picking out my little scraps to embellish my strap with. This project is really fun to put together, and it is fast to whip up as well! Here’s the How-To:
*Vintage Feed Sack Scraps
*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat
*2″ Webbing or an Old Belt
*Camera Strap Hardware Kit (Here)
*Sewing Machine and Thread
*Leather Needle for your machine
Start off by gathering your scraps of fabric. You need to cut them into two inch squares with your rotary cutter. You will need about 15-18 of them depending on how long you want your strap. Once you have cut your squares, you are ready to patch them together. Take two squares and lay them face to face, then stitch up one side with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Take another square and lay it right sides together with the second square from the piece you just stitched. Repeat with your other squares, stitching the side to the previous square until you have one long piece and all the pieces are stitched together in a line. Press open all the seams. Now, fold the edges under towards the backside of the fabric by a 1/4″ and press down. Next, cut your webbing or belt to be the same length of the patched strip of scraps. Lay the hemmed strip of scraps face up onto the webbing and pin down. Top stitch the fabric strip to the webbing, stitching about an eighth of an inch from the edge all the way around. Next, cut four leather scraps to be 2.5×3″. Cut a notch on each side of the bottom. Now, with wrong sides together, stitch down the side of the leather ends, rotate your needle and stitch down the next side. Cut two pieces of skinny webbing to be about 10-12 inches. Sandwich the end of the webbing into the bottom of the leather end, and stitch across the bottom, then stitch back up the other side. Repeat with the second leather end pieces. Now, insert the webbing into the top of the leather ends on each side, sandwiching the webbing in between the leather pieces. Stitch across the top. You can choose to keep your ends the size they are, or you can trim the sides down to the width of the webbing. Next, load your hardware onto each side of your webbing. Now you are ready to add it to your camera.
I love this strap! It’s so cute! This would be a fantastic gift for your photography enthusiast! It’s easy and inexpensive to make too. I think I may have to make another one for my camera so I can enjoy one too! I love how easy it is to customize this strap too, just by the colors and fabrics you choose. You guys should definitely give this one a try for an easy to please holiday gift or yourself. I’ll be back tomorrow with my last diy gift project. Until then…
Hi guys! Welcome to the first day in the series of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts 2013. For the next twelve weekdays, I am going to be sharing some DIY gifts to make for just about everyone on your list. Today I am kicking off the series with a fun and funky Retro TV Frame. This frame is really pretty simple to put together and it makes a great gift for those hard to shop for guys in your life. You can whip up this fun frame in less than an afternoon.
Here’s What You Need:
*Small Shadowbox Frame
*Thick gage Wire
*Vintage Radio Knobs
*Chipboard or matboard
*Drill and drill bits
The first thing you need to do is drill the pilot holes you need in your frame. Measure the wire you have and drill two holes in the top the same size in the middle. Next measure the knob bolts and drill a hole for each into the face of the frame about half way down on the right side. Next snip the brad feet off of the purse feet you have. Glue the feet to the bottom of the frame evenly laid out. Then glue the knobs onto the front of the frame. Snip a couple of lengths of wire about 5″ to 8″ long. Roll the top under with a pair of round jewelry pliers. Then glue the wire into the top of the frame where you drilled the holes. Now you need to make the mat. My frame came with a mat, but you can cut your own from matboard or chipboard and an xacto knife. Mine was basically an 8×8″ mat with a 4×4″ opening. It was made to sit in the back of the frame on a lip. I wanted it to be flush with the front, so I trimmed it down the width of the lip which ended up being about an eighth of an inch on each side. Now Cut a piece of burlap to be a few inches bigger all the way around than the mat. Lay out the mat face down onto the burlap and lay out evenly. Run a bead of glue onto one side of the mat and press down the burlap. Then tighten the fabric around the mat to the other side and glue down. To make the corners, press the corners in towards the mat at a diagonal. Fold over the corner and glue down doing the same with each corner. Lay your mat face down. Cut an “x” with your xacto knife in the opening area of the mat cutting the burlap into sections. Fold back each of the four sections and glue to the back of the mat. Lay your mat into your frame and center. Run a thick bead of hot glue all the way around the edges of the mat where it meets the frame to hold the mat in place. Now you are ready to add your photo to the back and close the back up and hang.
Don’t ya just love it! It is such an easy project and can be really customized by the fabric and color choices of the frame. My frame was plastic, but I wanted it to look more antique than the smooth black it came in, so I rubbed gold paint onto it. This gift is great for your hubby, your dad, brother, or friends that are so hard to shop for. It’s quirky and fun. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try. What are you all making this Christmas? Handmade gifts are so fun! I’ll be back in a little bit with another fun gift idea. Until then…
Hi guys! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food and being with the ones you love most! I just wanted to pop in for a bit to let everyone know that I have added a couple of craft kits to my Store this weekend! I have been wanting to add kits to my shop for a long while now, but finally got my butt in gear and I have my first two kits available as of tonight. Now you can buy a handmade kit to make your own Vintage Inspired Ball Jar Ornament or a sweet DIY Vintage Hanky Bracelet. These kits are great! Everything but the glue is included for you, and prepped so you can just grab your glue, open the box and have at it! I am really excited to finally be sharing these two with you! Both the bell jars and the hanky bracelets are two of my favorite projects ever! There will be many more kits to come in the future. Also, I am always happy to create a custom kit for most any of my projects that you see here on my blog. So if you see something that strikes your fancy, contact me and let me know. I am happy to make a crafty kit just for you.
In other shop news, it is officially black Friday, and even though I don’t usually get all caught up in the shopping holiday, I wanted to add an extra special coupon for all of my followers. For this weekend only please enjoy 20% off of your total order from my store. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout. I will also be sharing a coupon for free shipping with a minimum $20 purchase on my Facebook Fan page for my lovely Facebook followers. Go on over and check it out by clicking the facebook icon above my profile photo.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! XOXO!
Hey guys! Welcome to day five of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am going to share with you how to make these fun angel tassels. These sweet little angels can be displayed on a shelf or strung by ribbon and used on the tree as an ornament. These little darlings are fun and easy to make!
Here’s What You Need:
*Wooden Round Doll Heads
*Ribbon, Fabric Scraps, etc
*String or floss
*Drill or Dremmel and Small Drill Bits
*Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
*Jewelry Pliers and Wire Cutters
*Screw Eyes (Tiny)
*Ribbon for hanging
The first thing you need to do is pre drill the holes in the head for the screw eye and halo. Drill into the center top of the head with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw eye. Drill into the back center of the head for the halo with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the wire for the halo. Draw in the eyes with your micron pen, and then paint on the hair, lips, and cheeks. Set aside to let dry. Take a piece of cardboard or a small book and lay a piece of string across it at the top. Starting at the bottom, wrap your tulle ribbon a bunch of times around the book width ways. Cut tulle ribbon and wrap other ribbon or trim around the book. Scrunch the ribbons towards the middle, and take the ends of your string and tie around the top of the ribbons around the book. Then at the bottom cut through the bottom loop of the ribbons. Trim the bottom of your cut ribbons if needed. Fluff out your poof. Now, heat up your glue gun. Place a liberal amount of hot glue on the top of your poof. Glue the center of your doily to the top of the poof. Then glue the wooden head to the top of the doily. Next, you need to make the wings and the halo. Take the end of the wire, and bend about 1/2 inch at a right angle. Make a large loop to the left. Bring the long end of the wire and loop it around the other end of the wire. Loop the wire again this time to the right, and loop it around the center a couple of times and snip excess wire. To make the halo, take the end of the wire and bend a 1/2″ or so at a right angle. Then, about an inch and a half up make a loop and another right angle so it is parallel to the bottom where it will insert into the head. Loop the wire around the end of the loop where it meets the beginning of the loop and loop it around the straight part a few times. Snip. Add a dab of glue to the back of the head where you drilled the hole for the halo. Insert the halo into the back of the head. Glue the wings to the back of the doily up near the head. To finish off, screw the screw eye into the top of the head where you predrilled a hole. Cut a piece of ribbon, loop it through the eye, bring both ends together and tie a knot.
Aren’t they just so cute! I am not so good with faces, as you can tell some of them are kinda wonky, but they are still fun and festive. I think I am going to display a few of these on my tree this year and a few on a shelf. I hope some of you will give this one a try. They are really fun to make! I will be back tomorrow with another fun Christmas craft. Until then…
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.