I was inspired by another crafter to paint and stencil over burlap sooo…
Dollar Tree 6”x 6” sign with beaded hanger (Love these – they come in natural wood and black)
Christmas tree wood cut out – come in a pkg. of 5, I think)
I have a stash of burlap bag so used a piece of one
Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “January” (or any brand of white chalk paint will work)
Farm cow image printed on card stock
I hot glued the burlap on the back side of the sign. Worked well but next time I think I will use Emer’s adhesive spray. You could turn the sign back around later and have a different sign so I might glue burlap on both sides next time and do a reverse stencil of some kind in the natural burlap for a different look.
Update: I did do the back, too, stenciling a farm cow. I now have 2 signs in one!
I used the natural frame. I dry brushed a bit of white paint over it and the beads for a little different look.
I then used scotch tape and taped the Christmas tree onto the burlap to help hold it and daubed white chalk paint all around the stencil and the burlap.
That’s it! How cute! You can hang on the wall or even on a tree. These would make cute stocking stuffers Zoe Christmas gifts. Great project to do with kids.
Our neighbors gifted these to us along with the fan/light fixture, another fan, and the fan blades for both. You’ll have to check out what I did with some of the fan blades already!
I have made two lanterns so far.
The first one I decorated for Christmas. I wanted a top for it and found a bell ornament that worked perfectly. I painted the light cover to match the bell. I used a candle plate with faux snow glued to it. I “planted” 3 trees to represent a Christmas tree farm and added a little red truck ornament and a tea light with a 6 hour timer.
Once the lantern was in place, I added the red berry garland.
I went Shabby Chic with the second one. I was stumped on how to make a lid for this one. But then I noticed one of my cans of spray sealer would work if I cut it down. I did that and painted it inside and out with our brand of chalk-style paint Missouri Limestone Paint Company in Vintage Linen and added a prism cut drawer pull.
I glued the lid to the top of the cover with hot glue and E6000 and used metallic aged brass wax to distress.
I also painted a small mirror, distressed it with sandpaper and added a touch of the metallic aged brass wax.
The lantern sits over a hydrangea bloom I dried and a tea light with a 6 hour timer.
Now, to think up another lantern or two or three to make. 😁
Meet Gus, Gertie, and Georgie, my latest project. They are a happy garden ghost family….not scary at all!
Who knew when I bought a small ceiling fan with short blades at a yard sale several years ago, one of the blades would become Georgie. My original intent was to paint the blades for my grandson’s bedroom with a bunk bed, but never got around to doing that. So Georgie and his three friends have been patiently waiting for some action.
Then, along comes our neighbors doing some remodeling, and gifts us with a ceiling fan and a ceiling fan with lights. I’ve already started making lanterns with the light covers, and am now the proud owner of two different sizes of fan blades from this gift. 🤗
So what’s a crafter to do? And then it hit me….. make some spooky? families for the yard. I put them up against a door and Yes! I could see a dad, mom, and kid. Can’t you?
1. Prep – I cleaned them thoroughly with Windex, my go to cleaner.
2. I filled in the holes with KwikWood, my favorite wood repair putty, just so I’d have more of a finished look when finished. After all, who wants a ghost with holes in his head?
3. Once the filler was dry, I sanded it and scuffed up the blades front and back with 220 sandpaper.
5. Next, I free hand drew their faces on a piece of card stock and cut them out to use as stencils. I traced the faces onto the blades with a pencil, then used a black oil-based Sharpie paint pen to color them in.
6. I didn’t want them falling over in the garden and getting hurt so Danny found 3 4×4” blocks about 4” tall and screwed them to the wood blocks. These happened to be left over pieces of treated lumber he had stored away in the shed. He left a bit of the treated lumber showing just so the fan blade would be resting on the ground.
7. My final step is spraying them with Varathane SPAR Urethane to protect them from the weather. Fan blades are a manufactured wood product (MDF). Even though they won’t be out in the weather for a long period, this will help keep them nice for many Halloweens to come.
And here they are again! They seem so happy to be in the garden. I’m a fan! How about you? 🥰
I’m now making two more families. These are for my kids. The first set is complete and has been delivered. We have Dad, Mom, sister, brother, and can’t forget the family dog.
Our granddaughter helped screw each one to a block of wood so they would stand up without falling over. A girl is never too young to learn to use a power tool.
We put mom and dad on a bit of a slant toward the kids. And here they are!
Today is September 30th and it is a beautiful Fall day in Missouri ….. the perfect day to make a Halloween decoration for my Halloween Deck Display “Tree”. See my summer garden and fall displays below.
I used the photo above to help guide me when drawing the faces on mine below. FYI – if I can do this anyone can. We sell our paint in 2 oz ($3.99) containers that are perfect for projects like this as well as other sizes. Message me if interested in a porch pickup of paint. We can also ship.
I’ve been seeing the Dollar Tree Felt Pumpkins, Leaves, and Acorns used as stencils on the Dollar Tree gray door mats. This morning, I used the leaf one to create this beautiful door mat. You can do it, too!
These are the materials I used. I used our paint brand we own and produce, Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint: Grannies Lace, Old Tin Barn, Bordeaux, English Ivy, and Possum Grape Jam. However, any brand and type of paint should do fine.
I used the side that was more ribbed. On my next one I will use the flatter side. This mat really soaks up the paint. This is the first coat. I eventually did two coats and then a little more to cover well the area that will be under the leaf stencil. The rest can have a more dry brush look.
I then placed the stencil on the mat and just started pounding the Old Tin Barn color on the spines and all around the leaf. You don’t have to do the whole thing at this point. I just did around the leaf area then removed the leaf stencil.
I then continued pouncing the Old Tin Barn color all around.
Using the same brush, without washing it out, I pounced the Bordeaux color on randomly over the Old Tin Barn, trying to blend it a bit.
Using the same brush again, I pounced on randomly the English Ivy color.
Using the same process, I added a bit of Possum Grape Jam color.
This photo shows all the different colors, much like you would see in nature in the fall.
The last step is to take the mat outside and give it a couple coats of the SPAR Urethane waterbased exterior sealer. It says it is gloss, but doesn’t show up gloss on the mat. I don’t think, once chalk-style paint cures for 30 days, a sealer is really needed, but in the meantime I think it just helps protect it a little.
And there it is! A beautiful Fall door mat. The pumpkin and acorn would also look nice.
And here’s my acorn one. I’m keeping this one. It’s pretty appropriate since we have a ton of oak trees (not to mention leaves) in our yard.
This project was so much fun to do. I often write tutorials for my projects, so be sure to follow my blog with you can be notified when I post a new project! Thanks!
One day Danny mentioned we should paint the vintage ironing board we had. I researched some painted boards and was inspired to paint it like a HOME sign. And that was just the beginning.
I had a brainstorm…. and now I’ve been obsessed with it. I decided I would make 7 different “O” wreaths. The buyer of this awesome creation would only have to change out the decoration and wreath I created for them every season or holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day
4th of July/All Flag Holidays
I have gone a bit overboard, I know, especially since I want to sell my creation and will never be able to charge for all the hours I will have into it, but I am enjoying the challenge, so there is that.
After cleaning the board thoroughly, I did a heavy dry brush of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company “January” to give it a nice distressed looking base for the words “HOME”.
I found 8 inch letters (H, M, and E) at Walmart and traced them on the board with a pencil. I left a space for a wreath to represent the “O”.
The beginning of the sign showing the H letter I painted black and my first idea for an “O” wreath using clothespins.
Looking good, but realized right away it would be too time consuming to make 8 of these wreaths.
To get the 8” size I needed, I had to make my own form with wire. With this one I stained the clothespins with a solution of vinegar, used coffee grounds, and steel wool, then glued the clothespins to it with hot glue and E6000. So….scratch that idea.
All is not lost, though. I added a different decoration and sold this one in my booth. But now, I had to think of an easier wreath to make.
My next idea was to use a big mouth canning jar lid. It was the perfect size! So, this time I took the clothespins apart and glued them with hot glue and E6000 as a sample. That made the perfect size. But…..I only had 2 wide mouth lids. Would you believe this whole town must be canning food for the next 10 years? There were no canning jar lids in the 4 different stores I tried.
Turns out, that didn’t matter. The clothespins weren’t adhering well to the canning jar lid anyway. So, scratch that idea.
And then I remembered the small wood slices I bought on Amazon. They were perfect. The clothespins would adhere well to wood, I thought, and they did! So, I am now immersed in “O” wreath making. I am painting these according to the season/holiday.
All the wreaths have a recessed area drilled into the back. We put a screw in the board, but left a bit out so the wreaths could pop on and off. They are a tight fit and take a little work getting them on and off, but they are secure.
This huge project was completed in time and sold the day of the big sale event at Half-Crocked Antiques in Bourbon, MO on Saturday, September 18, 2020. Our booth #25 is inside and downstairs.
It was a lot of work but a lot of fun coming up with decoration ideas for the wreaths.
As a bonus, I decided on the color of paint I’m going to use on my next project, a custom desk.
So….. are you ready! Drum roll. Introducing the one of a kind Vintage Ironing Board Sign with 11 (yes, eleven) interchangeable decorations on wreaths for various seasons and holidays:
I’m not sure why but I suspect that besides finding all kinds of cute ideas I have to try, and the fact I recently ordered 24 pumpkin wreath forms from Dollar Tree and have been searching for ideas on how to use them and get side tracked with more cute ideas to try, I find it takes my mind off the news for awhile.
So today, I’m just going to share pics of some of the things I’ve been crafting and painting lately, since July. Trust me, almost everything I have done here is not original. I saw it somewhere and thought, “I (meaning me and sometimes Danny, my other half) can do that!”
There are over 50 here and I probably even missed a few, so I made them into a gallery. But I am sure I have them on my Instagram page and my Facebook page, so if you are curious to see a larger version, and sometimes how I created projects , you can go to:
I made a Day of the Dead wreath from Dollar Tree materials, including the mesh tubing. I love how it turned out but it was a big one and took literally all day to make the wreath and paint the skull. See pic of it at the end. I used this tutorial to make the big one: https://gracemonroehome.com/how-to-make-a-deco-mesh-loop-wreath/
I had a pile of left over pieces of mesh tubing so instead of throwing it away, I used it to create a smaller version. I think it turned out pretty darn cute!
I had a small Dollar Tree Day of the Dead skull painting kit I used for this one. It is approximately 3 1/2” x 5”. It comes with several craft paints, but I chose to use our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint colors instead. I love how vibrant they are, but many chalk paints would work, too, as well as the paints that came with it.
I also made about a 9” wreath form out of 18 gauge wire we had here.
But, if you were going to use new pkgs of the DT mesh tubing, I would get maybe 3 pkgs (1 of each color). DT also may have a heavy wire that you can mold as shown below, and you will need the 3 1/2”x5” Day of the Skull paint kit. You will also need a pkg of pipe cleaners. I chose to use black.
I cut a piece of wire about 22” long.
I formed it into a circle about 9” round, then wove another row around in and out to make it a bit more sturdyand cut off any excess. I crimped the ends so they wouldn’t be sharp.
I wanted to make sure my skull would fit inside. I had already started painting it here. I also ended up removing the little stand as I didn’t need it.
I then cut the black pipe cleaner as needed into 4 equal pieces.
I cut the wire mesh pieces into about 6” lengths. I didn’t have enough purple, so I only did 3 of them to spread out. But if I would have had enough, this is the pattern I would use.
I put 3 colors together and then made 3 loops. I used the pipe cleaner piece and put it around and twisted them tightly together.
I then started attaching them to the wire form. I alternated the cut edges so they weren’t all going on the same direction.
I stopped adding when I got to a point where the skull would fit on the side with no wire showing.
I then painted the skull with colors that would go well with the mesh tubing. I used the black already on it as an outline, painting the face and teeth white, and painted colors inside the black lines. I also painted the back black.
I sealed it front and back with Mod Podge acrylic spray and Mod Podge Pearlized spray to give it a little shimmer.
Danny drilled tiny holes, big enough for the pipe cleaner to to through on the top and bottom and I used the pipe cleaner from the last pieces of attached mesh to hold the skull in place.
And there you have it. A mini Day of the Dead wreath next to the big one I made earlier.
1. I purchased these stone tiles as part of a package at Home Depot. I cleaned the them thoroughly.
2. I usually paint the tops and sides with our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint in “January” as white paint will really help the print stand out. But these coasters were already white on one side so I skipped this step.
3. I chose areas of the napkin that would look good centered on the tiles and cut them a little bigger than the coaster. I peeled off the two white layers of the napkin so that I was left with only the printed part. Sometimes napkins will only have one white layer.
4. For the decoupage medium, I used Mod Podge on this set. I applied a layer over the white paint and while still wet I applied the napkin. I used a piece of plastic wrap to press the napkin into the stone, making sure I had no bubbles.this plastic wrap helps to keep the napkin from sticking to my fingers.
5. Once dry, I used 220 sandpaper to sand the edges.
6. I then used 2 coats of Rustoleum spray lacquer on the tops and sides to seal the napkin. Using lacquer will not reactivate the poly, so no bubbles formed.
I used a painting technique to create a faux galvanized tin look to a plain black coaster holder.
You can see how I did this technique in another blog post, found here.
I enjoyed doing this technique so much I have used it on a variety of items.
I am not a newbie when it comes to painting shoes with chalk-style paint, specifically the brand we own and produce “Missouri Limestone Paint Company”. I’ve painted shoes made of quality leather as well as those that are from cheap man-made materials. Then I’ve worn the heck out of them. This latest pair I painted two coats and applied two coats of salve – all in less than an hour.
Would you like to know how I did it? First, a sneak peek to see the transformation in progress.
I started out by cleaning the shoes well with Windex. This is my go to cleaner for many things I paint.
All the added color on this pair is from our chalk-style paint. This paint is on there for good, trust me. Cleaning didn’t remove it, nor could I scratch it off. I didn’t want to sand it or use chemicals on it, so…. I painted over it. 😏
I also know from experience, our paint does very well on rubber. I painted a Rubbermaid mailbox several years ago….no sealer….and it still looks brand new today. So, I also painted the soles of this pair of shoes, but did not seal them.
I painted the first coat. It dried quickly, but so also helped it along with a hair dryer. You can see the reddish look coming through along with the spots from the original paint splatters. But look! No brush strokes! Our paint (when applied in thin coats), does not leave brush strokes.
It is time to apply the salve. I love Wise Owl Salve and keep it on hand for projects like this.
As you can see, I applied the Wise Owl salve on the left shoe so you can see what a difference it makes.
I applied the first coat of salve and buffed it. Then, I applied a light second coat and just rubbed it in, but did not buff. Remember, I DID NOT use the salve on the soles.
And there you have it! Another pair of shoes given a new life. I promise not to paint in these! I will periodically apply another coat of salve and buff it in.