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Jewel Tone Christmas Pinecone Trees

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DIY, HOLIDAYS, TABLETOP
on December 6, 2016

 

Hi friends! I’m here today to share a fun holiday project with you – Jewel toned DIY Pinecone trees! 

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the December Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go!

This month our material was pinecones. Pinecones are such a great crafting tool, especially during this time of year. And, since I have Christmas on the brain, a Christmas project is exactly what I’m sharing today – jewel tone pine cone trees!

These couldn’t be more simple to create and the materials to make them and very inexpensive, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area that has pine trees. Or rather, I live near an area that has a ton of pine trees. My son takes therapeutic horseback riding lessons on a farm nearby that happens to have an over abundance of pine trees and cones. During his last lesson, I arrived toting my own bucket! #anythingforcrafting

I love, love the popular bottlebrush trees that are so popular these last few Holiday seasons but more than the shape and texture of the trees I love the colors! This project was inspired by these.

To make some yourself you’ll need:

  • Large pinecones – about 10-12
  • Medium weight, brown cardstock
  • Cone pattern – I used this one here and printed it out on my computer
  • Glue – glue gun and regular purpose craft glue
  • Pruning shears
  • Paint in your choice of colors
  • Matching glitter(optional)
  • Clear spray

1. If you are using outdoor pinecones, start by baking them on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will kill off any varmints! Then, carefully remove the “petals” of each pinecone at the base.

2. Create your cones using varying heights according to the template instructions.

3. Using a glue gun, attach the petals point side facing towards you and down, starting at the bottom and moving around the bottom edge. Continue to add petals, moving upwards in rows, spacing them out evenly as you work until you’ve completed the tree.

 

4. Paint the trees in the color or colors of your choice. Let dry.

 

5. If using glitter, dot each petal with all-purpose glue and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

 

I love how these turned out and am so excited to display them on my dining table this Christmas!

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For even more amazing Pinecone projects, check out the other projects for December!


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Looking for other Holiday related posts? You might be interested in these!

DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses
DIY Christmas Crackers

 

Festive Master Bedroom 



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Thanksgiving Etched Glass Mirror

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DIY, HOLIDAYS, SILHOUETTE PROJECTS
on November 1, 2016
Use this simple tutorial to create an etched mirror for Thanksgiving using etching cream and vinyl stencils. You’ll find yourself pulling out this “Gather Together” mirror year after year to complete your Thanksgiving decor.
Hi, Friends! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween night and that you were all able to sneak your favorite candy from your trick-or-treater.. not that I would do that! Ah, who am I kidding? #candyfiend. And, thanks for all of the love on yesterday’s wallpaper post! Every single time I walk into my would-be Game Room, I break into a happy dance! Only nine days left – but who’s counting?
I’m here today to share a fun and easy etching cream project just perfect for all of your Thanksgiving decor displays!
How to create an etched glass mirror

 


The first Tuesday of the month means it’s time for the November Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month. Last month, you all voted for our group to create something about glass etching – which reminds me; be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go! *Contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information. 

STENCILLED ETCHED MIRROR USING ETCHING CREAM

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

GETTING STARTED

The stencil design is found in the Silhouette Store and needs no editing.

How to etch a mirror using etching cream
Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

I cut the stencil from vinyl and removed the center of the letters and leaves. Using transfer adhesive paper, I transferred the vinyl stencil to the center of the mirror.

Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

Using a small brush, I applied an even coat of the glass etching cream over the stencil on the mirror and let stand for 5-6 minutes. Next, I removed the cream with a damp cloth. I wasn’t able to run water over the mirror as it had a paper backing, but the cloth did the trick.

Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

Then, I removed the vinyl, leaving the etched pattern behind! At first, I was a little concerned that I’d not left the cream on long enough the etching does not show on wet glass – but once the mirror dried, I could see the design.

Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

My etched glass mirror will be just perfect for my Thanksgiving display in a few weeks.

Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

Now, we need YOUR help! Take the survey below and tell me what you want to Create with Me for December!

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For even more amazing etched glass projects, check out the other projects for November!
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Christmas Centerpiece – Love Create Celebrate
Numbered Vases – My Life From Home
Etched Glass Mug – Our Crafty Mom
Etched Vase – Little Bits of Home
Song Lyric Artwork – Refresh Living

Want more Silhouette projects? You might like these.

Smile Pillow
DIY Ottomi Coasters
DIY Collectors Plate

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon! xoxo

Lighted Haunted House Canvas

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DIY, HOLIDAYS
on October 4, 2016
Hi there! So, once I’m in Halloween mode decorating mode, I can’t just pop back out of it. After last week’s Halloween tablescape it’s safe to say that I’m firmly in Halloween decorating mode,  so, today I’m here to share a fun little canvas Lighted Haunted House! I’ve been coveting those fun Marquee style art and thought it would be such fun to have a spooky mansion all lit up against an eerie sunset… I hope you’ll agree!  

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and survived the Monday after. We had a lovely time visiting with family and enjoying an oh-so-fancy pizza party. Sometimes you’ve just got to eat out of a box – Sunday was that day for us. If the kids had had their way they’d have been eating their pizza round that Halloween table but I wasn’t quite ready to share it yet.  I’m hoping I can keep it around until our annual party, but I’m not sure it’s going to last that long. 

To add to the fun, the canvas project I’m sharing today is part of a new challenge that I’m participating in – the Create with Me challenge, hosted by Little Bits of Home and Love Create Celebrate.

Create with Me is a unique challenge where YOU, our favorite readers of all time, have a vote in what product we use to create something each month. As well, you can get in on the fun, too, by making your version of the item with the most votes and posting to Instagram tagging us at #CreatewithMeProjects over the next few weeks! How fun is that?! I can’t wait to be a part of this every month! Make sure to place YOUR vote for next month before you go – we’ll announce the winning vote next week – and take a look towards the bottom to see what my talented blogging friends came up with for their canvas. 

Now, onto the project! For this project I used the following:

1 – 10×10 stretched canvas
X-Acto knife
LED light string – mine was battery operated
Acrylic craft paints – red, orange yellow and black
Paint brush
Tape – to attach the LED light string
A Haunted House stencil – mine was a foam cut-out from a previous Halloween party craft

I’m not much of a painter. I can paint stencils and faux finishes on walls extremely well, but for some reason, painting pictures is not a strength for me. This makes me a little sad because I’d LOVE to be good at it. Even at that, this wasn’t all that difficult to pull off – even for a less than stellar painter. 

In an effort at full disclosure, I have to tell you that I painted my sunset twice, which is why I have black streaks throughout the sunset. This was a happy accident! The nice thing about canvas is that you can paint over it if you aren’t happy with your painting. The not so nice thing is this doesn’t work if the paint is still wet. Ahem.  

So, enough chatting, let’s get to it. Here is what I did. 

First, I traced my haunted house out onto the canvas using a pencil. I added the horizon freehand – my stencil didn’t include one and I wanted to put my eery little tree on the hill beside the house. 

Using the knife, I carefully cut the windows out by slicing through the canvas, ensuring to cut off any stray strings. 

Then, I painted. I started with red along the bottom and went slightly over the pencil line of the house and ground. 

About half-way up I switched to orange, using the brush to blend down into the red and adding black to give the impression of a darkening sky. 

I continued with the orange until right near the top, where I changed to yellow, blending down towards the orange and across. I let the sunset dry. 

Next, using a small brush, I outlined the house, windows and door, and the horizon in black. Using a larger brush, I filled in the house and hill background with black. Again, I let it dry. 

To finish the painting, I added the moon in yellow, apply the paint in a circular motion and not entirely covering to give it a bit of dimension, then added the little tree free-hand and one little bat. There might have been more bats, but I discovered painting teeny bats freehand is a wee bit more challenging than I thought. One bat is just perfect in my book! 

Once the paint was dry, I turned the canvas over and attached the light string. I used painters tape (ha!) because it was readily available – it just happened to be in the drawer closest to me – and because I haven’t any intention of permanently attaching a light string. If you are attaching the lights more permanently I would use a canvas tape. Or, you can cheese out like I did and it will look just as lovely and no one will know that you used painters tape unless you have a blog and you tell everyone.. wink, wink.

The lights had a thin wire string and were easy to work with because I could bend them in the direction I wanted them to go. I picked them up in the Target Dollar Spot for $3.  I turned the wires in and around so that the bulbs rested in the windows, taping the wire as I went. Finally, I taped the battery box to the bottom of canvas – fancy stuff, I tell you.  

All in all, despite my painting abilities, this project was a ton of fun! Thanks for stopping by! But wait, before you go, be sure to check out the other entries for Create with Me – Canvas! 

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