Saturday, September 29, 2012

Memo Board - Tutorial

Our most recent room makeover for Designing 4 Hope was in Springfield, Pa.  In Laura's room we had to make 2 large, narrow memo boards to cover up some openings to attic space.  They needed access to the attic so we decided to make the boards to hang in front of the openings. 

They sure add color to the room and a place for Laura to put pictures of her friends and family.

First, we cut 2 pieces of 1/2" plywood to 24" wide x 60" high.  We used batting for puffiness, which was rolled onto the board.  

Next, we placed the pink fabric on the batting and smoothed it nicely and stapled it to the back of the board.  We used 1/4" staples and an air stapler with a mini compressor.  Definitely a hand saver!

Care was given to each corner as the fabric was folded around and smoothed for a neat, clean look.

We used small strips of blue painters tape and measured 6" all the way around the boards.  1/2" purple satin ribbon was run from mark to mark and stapled to the back of the board.

This was done in each direction until it was full.

A staple was put in at each point where the ribbon crossed.  This was to give the board that puffy look and to hold where the buttons were to be glued on.

A variety of different sized white buttons were placed on the spots to get the placement we liked.  

All the buttons were then hot glued on to cover the staples and to finish the look.

This project was completed by our awesome volunteers from Vanguard.  They did so much for this makeover and we totally appreciate all their efforts!!

See how cute it looked in the little reading nook in Laura's room?  One is mounted on each side of the dormer to block the access to attic space...

~ Darlene

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thrift Find ~ Lantern

In our travels today, we stopped at an Antique Mall in Bally, PA where Nick and I found this great lantern with a SALE sticker on it for $5!  I thought he would say "Nah" but to my surprise, we came home with this great lantern!

We stopped at Lowes and bought some Valspar Satin spray paint in Whipped Apricot. 

After washing and scuffing the lantern lightly, I took it out to the wood pile (my handy spray area) and sprayed it on all sides, inside and out.
Doesn't it look great???  The lantern even has glass panels on all 4 sides. They are so clean, you can't even tell they are there...but they are!

Great find!!!

~ Darlene

Monday, September 10, 2012

Jute Wrapped Beer Bottle

My weekend Pinterest-inspired project was a simple one this week inspired by this pin by Everyday a la Mode.

Going through the recycling, I found this cute little bottle from our local fav brewery, Victory Brewery.  I didn't like covering up the funny little monkey on the label, but my creative side won this one.

My next post will be using the cute little monkey bottle to do this project by Picklee by making it into a vase.

I used regular thin jute and started hot gluing it from the bottom of the bottle going up.

While you are gluing, pull the jute slightly so it is nice and tight around the bottle and the rows are close to each other.  Be careful to not start a spiral and keep the rows as horizontal as possible.

Finished bottle
I love how it looks paired with my antique decoy.

~ Darlene
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Easy DIY Craft Ribbon Organizer Tutorial

 This is a basic tutorial for a ribbon holder.  This is such an easy way to make a holder for your ribbons and can be adjusted for any size that fits your area.  Make 1, 2, 3, 4 or even more.  I still need another one!  My walls were not finished yet when I hung them but here is how they are made...

Purchased a 1" x 5" x8' and 1" x 2" x 6' piece of pine wood. 

Cut Wood to these lengths:

2 @ 1" x 5" x 34 1/2" ~ (Bottom and Back Pieces)
2 @ 1" x 5" x 5 1/4" ~ (End Pieces)
1 @ 1" x 2" 34 1/2" ~ (Front Piece)...the picture says 1 1/2" but that is obviously incorrect

Nail the Bottom Piece to the Back Piece by laying the Bottom Piece down and butting the Back Piece up; nailing from the back of the holder.  Nail the Front Piece to the front, top of the Bottom Piece.  Nail the End Pieces to the ends.  All done nailing.

Fill nail holes with wood filler and prime and paint.  You can paint with a brush or spray paint.

Hang by screwing right through the holder or you can add hangers on the back.  Make sure you hit a stud or use mollies so it doesn't fall off after you fill it with all your pretty ribbons!