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Mon makes things: Storage Ottoman DIY

Mon makes things: Storage Ottoman DIY
I love crafts. I love DIY. My biggest DIY crush? Furniture redoing/making. I can't get enough. I am currently in the process of replacing my hand-me-down couch, and wanted a new coffee table or ottoman to replace my cheap and wobbly IKEA table that I broke in college a few years ago. I loved the storage capacity and the fact that it was on casters, but I really needed something boyfriend could put his feet on... Now, prepare yourself... **I got my crates from Michael's using those wonderful 50%-off coupons, so my crates were less than $7 a piece (gotta love coupons!). Build the Structure:Arrange your crates like so: Place one crate on the floor/work surface so that the opening is facing down. At this point, your table will look like this! Upholster a Top: Now your table has become an ottoman! Finish the Ottoman: Lay down a drop cloth to protect your work surface. Flip the whole thing right-side-up and admire your work! But seriously, look at that! Related:  Home Decorating

Inspiration For Moms: I Finished It Friday: Canvas Wall Art I found this art on Pinterest and I thought it was so elegant and yet so simple... Upon further review, I found out that the company resides is in the United Kingdom and charges 295 pounds (which is...gasp.... $486!!) for this lovely artwork. Oh, did I mention that they don't deliver to the United States. At that price...I think I will gladly go to plan B. I took a few trips to my favorite Hobby Lobby with a few 40% off coupons and gathered my supplies. -3 art canvases (sized 11x14) -13 wood letters (for the words love, laugh, live) -spray glue -spray paint First, I measured out all my letter placement. Then I sprayed the glue on the back and placed each letter on my canvas. Final step...the spray paint. And it really is that easy folks! My version set me back about $25 bucks and I love it! Linking to:Tatertots and Jello Home Stories A to Z

TUTORIAL: Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art - Last week, I posted a preview of the simple, inexpensive wall art my mom and I created. Now I’m excited to show you how you can make a one-of-a-kind coffee stirrer masterpieces too! I’m big on projects that anyone can do. And this is one of those projects. If you can smear paint on wood and use scissors, you can make this easy art. Here’s all you need to get started: 1. Additional Supplies: 5. Okay, first things first. So, once you’ve got your palette, it’s time to paint your frames and your coffee stirrers! My mom and I did our painting as the sun was setting, which is always a questionable decision. I was going for the reclaimed driftwood sort of look. Once your coffee stirrers are painted, it’s time to trim them to fit into the frame(s) you’ve chosen. I found the quickest way to do this is to measure one stick to be the length you need it and then use it as the guide for trimming all the others. After I finished the set of three, I realized I didn’t like the red splashes of color.

DIY String Art Tutorial I’ve been seeing tons of string art popping up all over the web and decided to try my hand at a piece of my own. I really didn’t want to mess with hammers and cutting wood and all that though, so I used cork board instead. Easy to work with, light weight and cheap! What’s not to love? Here’s what you’ll need: {Before I started this project, I unrolled the cork boards and placed a bunch of heavy books on them to straighten them out a bit. Each piece of cork board is only about 1/32″ thick – definitely not enough to hold a nail stable. You can download my template for the word “dream” here. Reinforce the spaces between the “e” and “a” and “m” with some additional tape. Center your template out on your cork board. I really wanted the look of a white background for my string art so I decided to paint the cork. When the paint dried, there was a little bit of buckling of the top layer of cork board and I could see where I had missed spots with my hot glue. Now the fun part – stringing!

Jambalaya Boxes It's that time of the year when tourists descend upon New Orleans like a bunch of drunk and shirtless locusts. Middle aged conventioneers with names like Stew and Skip take up with sorority girls, frat boys, and Lousianans alike in America’s spring break: Mardi Gras. Yes, it’s that time of year, but it isn't all bad for the good people of NOLA — they get free jewelry. And by jewelry, I mean beads. Lots of beads. Hippy Ti Yo beads! Mardi Gras is the only holiday I know in which people throw shiny things off of floats and hang said shiny things on trees and doors and fences and anyone who will flash a tata or two. It’s been a few years since I have been to New Orleans for the season, but last time I prepared as best I could by grabbing beads enough for ten people plus half of Jackson Square. This year, considering Fat Tuesday is February 12, I thought it would be fun to mash it with its neighboring holiday—Valentines, on February 14. What will I need? Total cost: $2.50 – $6.00

Mardi Gras Beads Redux: Funkytown Ceiling Lamp Check it out y’all! now I’ll have Mardi Gras in my living room all year round. Wahoo! A couple weeks ago I sent out the message I was hunting for ideas on ways to use old mardi gras beads....lo and behold you sure answered. The first idea that hit-me-in-the-face came from Kelly on facebook, and was soon echoed by LeeLu and Ann (clearly, all three of them knew a good thing when they saw it!).... Just one problem. The compromise? Yeah, well, it’s not as formal as Heather’s chandelier but golly-gee it sure is festive! *Note: The project here is not for those seeking perfection. Materials One wire hanging basket 40+ Strands of beadsBolt of 32gage wire I started out by wiring the edges of the basket with green beads –this helped keep it it looking a little more uniform or “on purpose”....then just went to town swagging and twisting wire around each strand where it hit the wire basket. This project was free and easy --can’t beat that!

Big Easy Mardi Gras Wreath Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, which makes this the Monday before Mardi Gras, aka Lundi Gras. Time to get our bead on. Hot pink wreath from Dollar Store + pipe cleaners + a whole lot of throw beads = instant wreath. Total time: 10 minutes Total Cost: $1 (would have been more if I didn't have a pre-existing bead problem) Looking for an excuse to collect more beads this year? Bon Mardi Gras! Little Birdie Wall Hangings (plus free template Chloe’s little nursery has been a work in process. I’m not sure why it has taken so long….nothing in there has been very time consuming. It has just been a matter of finishing up a few small details up. And the latest addition came from seeing an image on Pinterest but when I followed the Pin, it was a dead end. Does that really bug anyone else? And now Chloe has some simple little birdies……perched above her crib. They sit alone on the wall above her crib but I love the simplicity. The birdies are made from fabric and a button eye. Ooooh, they’re cute. I used Mod Podge to attach them to each canvas, so those little suckers are not coming off. ;) Ahhh, looking cuter already. Want to make some little birdies of your own? Supplies Needed: Template found, HERE. **Keep in mind, the template was made for a 6 inch canvas. Cut out 1 bird body and 2 wings per canvas. Then, paint a layer of Mod Podge on the back side of your fabric bird. Then place down onto the canvas and press down firmly. sponsor

ABC Alphabet Wall My son Jake has just started learning his letters and I thought that an ABC wall in his playroom (full tour here) would be a perfect addition. To make the wall more playful, I really wanted the alphabet wall to have a variety of fonts, sizes and colors. The wall has been a huge hit so far with all of our toddler friends. But a wall like this doesn't just have to reside in a playroom. Here is where I found some of my letters: B - Painted from Michael's H - Cardboard wrapped in yarn I - Michael's N - Michael's letter in empty frame O - Amazon Toy Steering Wheel W - LAX to YVR X - Two rulers Y - Hobby Lobby & - Edie's Lab Z - Mr. The best part about this alphabet wall project is that anyone could make wall art like this.

Just Dowel It | My Chic Life This craft emerged from a classic “me” moment, in which I purchased some bags of square wood sticks at the dollar store just because they seemed like good raw materials, but had no specific project in mind other than “… maybe I can paint them and do … something?” I ended up up painting and staining them to create this piece of wall art that I’m kind of in love with. It looks a bit like a shelf of records or books, and you can customize the colors to fit any decor. What you need: square hardwood dowels acrylic paint, wood stain, or both in a variety of colors (I used bright aqua green, emerald, cadmium red, yellow oxide, and dark orange paints and ebony, walnut, and cherry stains) paint brushes wood glue scrap wood for backing Before you get started: I found these packs of 12″ long square dowels at the 99 cent store here in Los Angeles. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.