Wooden Chalkboard Sign

chalkboard-sign

A piece of scrap plywood can become a birthday sign that doubles as wall décor following this tutorial from Jaime at That’s My Letter.  The chalkboard finish makes this sign very versatile. Hang it for a party like Jaime did and then later add it a bedroom or playroom as wall décor. No doubt kids would love to change the message for tea parties, restaurant, and other pretend play.

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Popsicle Stick Art

popsicle stick wood art

Ginger from Literally Inspired turned to popsicle sticks to add some character and personality to her master bathroom. “Popsicle sticks?” you may be wondering. You heard right! Ginger cleverly constructed a piece of wall art by painting and cutting popsicle sticks and then arranging them in a pattern on a canvas. It’s really cool how the wood looks like it’s woven together.

popsicle stick wood art

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Stenciled Ampersand Pillow

stenciled ampersand pillow

It’s no secret that I have had a slight obsession with making my own pillows. I have also enjoyed the flexibility and savings of creating with stencils, so in my book you can’t really go wrong with a stenciled pillow {wink}! Jessica from Mom 4 Real shows how easy it is to make your own custom pillow using an easy peasy freezer paper technique.

stenciled ampersand pillow

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Aged Steel Cabinet

faux steel ikea cabinet

Tricia from Simplicity in the South had a locker cabinet from IKEA hanging out in her storage building that she knew could be transformed with “a little paint, inspiration, and determination.” Tricia outlines all the steps she took to take the look from that of a locker room to a high-end catalog. I just love this finish! You’ve got to check out the close-ups to really appreciate the beautiful patina Tricia achieved!

faux steel ikea cabinet

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Wooden Popsicle Set

diy wooden play popsicle set

“P” is for popsicle, and “A” is for absolutely adorable! There’s no other way to describe this wooden play popsicle set from Jamie at That’s My Letter. While the Pottery Barn Kids inspiration may cost only $24, Jamie points out that it’s on backorder and is not personalized like her tasty treats. Plus, that’s still $24 more than you’ll spend if you’ve the scrap wood and craft paint on hand to make your own. Wouldn’t this be an awesome handmade gift for a birthday or Christmas?

diy wooden play popsicle set

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Give Thanks Plates

give thanks plate

These adorable “Give Thanks” plates from Dannyelle at Life Is A Party would make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table this year! They are super easy to make and require only a glass paint marker and cheap plates. I know you are thinking that you’d totally mess up trying to write on a plate, but with the glass paint marker you can easily wash off all those “oops” moments.

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Ruffled Crib Skirt

diy tiered ruffle skirt

Ilene from Come On, Ilene! fell in love with a ruffled crib skirt for her baby-on-the-way’s nursery. With gray and white dominating the space, Ilene felt the ruffles were the perfect girly touch. Here’s what she has to say: “This project was fairly simple. It just took a long time to cut, serge, ruffle, pin and sew all the layers of ruffles together. I loved how it turned out though! It was the perfect finishing touch to my new crib!”

diy tiered ruffle skirt

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Striped Vintage Suitcase

striped vintage suitcase

Vintage suitcases have been crazy popular lately. Kelly from The Lily Pad Cottage found a set of pretty striped ones from Pottery Barn she loved but were, of course, expensive! Thankfully the thrift store doesn’t charge $140 for their suitcases {wink}, and Kelly was able to make her own with tape and paint. Here’s from Kelly: “For $6 versus $140 you can get the same look for your house. The best part is you can customize the colors to match your decor!”

striped vintage suitcase

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