My Decor & Cool Spaces post for this month is up over on the Red Barn Blog! This time I took on the challenge of finding a way to display kids artwork that blends well with the rest of our wall decor.
Have a spare crib mattress laying around? A lot of parents do once their final baby graduates from the toddler bed, so even if you don’t have one free right now, chances are someone you know… or someone on Craigslist does.
Scott and I came up with this easy project that turns a crib mattress into a beautiful dog bed, perfect for big dogs or for smaller dogs to share. It’s easy to customize it to work with any decor.
Head on over to the Red Barn Blog to get the full tutorial. It’s an easy weekend, beginner builder project.
My February post for the Red Barn Blog’s Decor & Cool Spaces column is up. Check out how I turned some kitchen storage into a system that takes advantage of vertical wall space in a nursery to organize diapers and diapering essentials. Click through to see the whole post.
At last! The 2nd half of our Barn Door project is up for those of you looking to recreate this look on a budget. For the first half- the Barn Door TRACK Tutorial, go here.
The following is just the tutorial for the doors.
At Home Depot (or Lowes), buy 11 1″x4″x14′ pieces of pine. Have them cut them in half for you, leaving you with 22 1″x4″x7′ pieces. Having them do this for you will make the pieces easier to get home in your car or SUV.
If you don’t have a table saw, have them cut 3 of the 1″x4″x7′ pieces in half lengthwise, leaving you with 6 1″x2″x7′ pieces. If you have a table saw, you can do this yourself.
Take one 1″x2″x7′ piece and one 1″x4″x7′ piece and stack them next to each other on top of a 1″x4″x7′ piece that has been coated in glue. About 2″ of the 1″x4″x7′ piece will be hanging off the bottom 1″x4″x7′ piece. (That bottom piece will be serving as the frame of the door at the front).
Screw the 2 pieces on top into the frame piece below. (The point here is that you’re screwing these pieces in from behind the door so you can’t see it from the front.) Refer to diagram (the yellow squiggly lines represent the frame pieces covered in glue). Do the same thing for the other side of the door.
Flip the end pieces over, with the frame side up. Line the rest of the vertical pieces up between them according to the picture, with a narrow piece in the middle.
Measure the distance between your two vertical frame pieces to come up with the length of the 3 other horizontal frame pieces. These should be between 19 1/8″ and 19 3/8″. The measurement will vary based on how accurate your cuts were and natural variation of the wood, so it’s important you measure to see what precise measurement you’ll need.
Where you lay your middle, horizontal piece is up to you. We have ours a little off center, and it’s 34″ from the bottom of the door to the base of the middle, horizontal piece. That’s really just a stylistic choice.
Be extra careful to make sure your vertical boards are lined up and square, then apply glue to the back of each horizontal frame piece, place on top of the vertical pieces and let it dry completely (overnight). After it’s all dry, the glue should be strong enough to hold the pieces of the doors together enough for you to carefully flip the entire door over (get some help with this), and then screw the vertical pieces into the horizontal pieces from the back.
After this, putty up the holes in the back and sand them down, then give the doors whatever sort of treatment or stain you desire.
We’ve also illustrated how to affix the DIY Barn Door Track that we posted last year to these doors. If this is confusing to you or you want more information, refer back to our original DIY Barn Door Track Tutorial. We’ve detailed how to hang the doors over there, too.
Please let me know if you have any questions, but please leave them in the blog comment section and not the Facebook comment section since I don’t receive notifications for those.
A million apologies it took so long to get this up. Per usual, Scott is a perfectionist and wanted it to be perfect before we published it. He’s so fantastic at illustrating stuff like this. I hope you find the tutorial helpful!
Procrastinators, relax! There is still time to come up with something cute for your kids’ Valentines, and I promise it will look like you spent way more time putting it together than it will actually take.
What you need:
9 x 12 sheets of felt (each sheet makes 2 pouches)
Ribbon (each pouch requires 6 inches of ribbon)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Crayons (each pouch holds 8)
Color My World printable Valentines (download here)
Start by folding your sheet of felt in half, lengthwise, and cut down the middle.
Cut a piece of ribbon 6″ long, and wrap it around the front of the felt, one inch from the top, securing the excess on each side with hot glue to the back.
Fold the felt 4″ from the “top”… or bottom at this point? The edge where you put the ribbon closest to.
Run a bead of hot glue along each 4″ edge of the pouch (sides only, not the top) and adhere the sides together.
If you have pinking shears, use those to slightly trim the other edge of the pouch.
With regular scissors OR pinking shears (whatever you’re working with), cut the corners of this edge at an angle.
Fill with 8 crayons.
Most crayon boxes seem to come in multiples of 8. See how easy I made it for you?
Pro Tip: Buy in bulk and save. Michaels has all Crayola products for buy one get one 50% off right now, including mega boxes of 120 crayons.
Tuck top flap into the ribbon.
Print off these free Valentines! (But not actually THOSE… down there. That picture is a low-res version. CLICK HERE FOR THE HI-RES PRINTABLE.)
Not digging your printer quality? Check out places like Office Depot that let you email the file to them and pay online, so all you have to do is swing by and pick them up an hour later. I highly recommend printing them on cardstock.
Cut out and have your kids color them in for a personal touch. I had to help my 2 year old with her name, but she was thrilled to “co co” the hearts.
Slip the Valentine inside the ribbon of each pouch and you’re all set!
I would say it takes about 5 minutes (or a little less) to make one pouch, but you could get that time down if you do it assembly line style for several. That’s how I plan to spend my evening tomorrow. I’ve got 24 to make, and I anticipate dedicating an hour to it.
I hate that I got this up so late in the game, but you know me… the procrastinator. For all you fellow procrastinators looking for a last minute (candy free!) idea, I hope this helps!
I am SO excited to finally make the official announcement that I’m the Decor & Cool Spaces contributor to the newly launched blog for design-savvy parents and kids- Red Barn Blog! It’s the child of book publishing company Gibbs Smith, and I’m super honored to bring my ideas over there.
My first post is up, and it’s my solution to a kids space in our kitchen that is easy to hide- a SECRET Kids Kitchen Chalkboard. Hope you like it!
I think I’m getting a reputation as the crazy wreath lady because people keep asking me to make more. I guess it’s an earned reputation, though, because I never say no and always look forward to coming up with something new!
Like this burlap wreath I created for the launch of Emma Magazine. It was a nice departure from all the tulle wreaths around here.
You can read the full tutorial AND the rest of the magazine, which is full of great holiday ideas, over at EmmaMag.com. Scroll down and click on the holiday issue.
A couple notes that we weren’t able to fit in the magazine tutorial:
1. The best part of this wreath is it gets it’s beauty from imperfection. Don’t stress about cutting the squares perfectly and all to size. Fray the edges of your fabric for the bow a bit.
2. You’re going to feel like you’re messing this up. The squares will lay flat or fall to the side until you get a bunch on there and they start to fluff up. This wreath doesn’t come together until the very end. Just keep working on it. It will be beautiful.
For the rest of the tutorial and the materials list, check out the magazine.
This wreath is based on my Rudolph the Reindeer Tulle Wreath tutorial, but this version is a little less goofy, sporting some on-trend realistic (ish??) looking antlers.
This post will cover how to make the antlers.
What you’ll need:
1 5 yd spool of thick wire (I got mine in the beading section of my craft store)
Masking tape (or painters tape, in my case, since that’s what I had lying around)
2 4 oz packs of Model Magic (maybe get 3 packs, just in case)
Cut one piece of wire to 12.5″ inches long, Fold over .25″ on either side so you don’t have sharp ends.
Wrap it in tape.
Cut 3 pieces of wire to 10″ (final, making sure you fold over the edges if you don’t want sharp ends), 12″ and 8″
Wrap the 10″ wire around the tape-covered wire, about 2″ from the top. Wrap them 12″ wire a few inches below that, and the 8″ wire a couple of inches below that. Line your wooden dowel up about 4″ from the top of your antler, and wrap tape around it and the wire to secure it. You’ll also need to wrap tape around the rest of the wire pieces you just added. It should look like this when you’re done:
Next, wrap and scrunch foil around your entire antler (except 2″ of the wooden dowel) to give it some volume.
Now for the Model Magic.
Let me just pause to say you should thank me for trying paper mache and then realizing what a HORRIBLE idea that was, and sparing you. You’re so very welcome. Actually, you owe Jen from The Martha Project. She’s the one who put the Model Magic idea in my head.
Cover the entire antler (except the bottom 2″ of the wooden dowel) with a layer of Model Magic. I did this by rolling balls the size of my palm, then flattening them and wrapping small portions at a time.
Let them dry 24 hours, then insert them into your reindeer wreath. I definitely recommend using another wooden dowel to pre-drill the holes first, and then use hot glue to keep them in place. This is not a version I would hang on a door since the antlers make the wreath top-heavy. Mine looks quite refined above my fireplace.
And there’s still time to make Thom the Turkey Tulle Wreath.
This reindeer wreath can be done a few different ways, so please feel free to be creative! Eyes and nose on the top? Makes a surprised reindeer. Eyelashes? Turns it into a girly reindeer. No eyes? A more subtle reindeer.
I settled on this look after asking people on Instagram (do you follow me over there yet?) which they like best. And yes, I know his eyes are a little wonky. I’m just going to pretend that’s because I like how goofy he looks and not because I’ve been crafting for 48 hours and simply don’t care to fix them anymore.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the reindeer wreath:
1 14″ wreath form
75 yards of brown tulle on a spool (or the equivalent, cut from 4.5 yards of tulle) cut into 15″ strips
1 large styrofoam ball (I prefer the smooth styrofoam)
1 12″ wooden dowel (can find these in the cake decorating section at the craft store)
Krylon Glitter Blast in Cherry Bomb (or some other way to cover the ball in red glitter – I HIGHLY recommend this spray!)
If you plan to add eyes, you’ll also need:
2 styrofoam balls (mine were the same size as my nose), with pupils painted on them
A handful of toothpicks (you really only need 2, but sometimes they break)
And you might also want to accessorize your reindeer with a large jingle bell and a bow.
There are 2 different types of antlers you can make. For this post, I’m going to use the antlers made from craft foam. You’ll need:
1-2 sheets of white craft foam
2 wooden dowels (the same kind used for the nose)
Pencil & scissors – obviously
First, spray your styrofoam ball you’ve set aside for the nose with the Krylon Glitter Blast (OMG THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!!). I recommend doing it outside, on a tarp. I stuck the wooden dowel into the ball and propped it inside an old water bottle so I could spray the entire ball and not worry about it rolling around. You can do this the day before to be sure it’s completely dry, but you should be okay to use it (carefully) after an hour.
Next, tie the 15″ strips of tulle around your entire wreath until it’s nice and fluffy.
Cut your wooden dowel down to where only about 2″ sticks out from the ball. I use this to secure the nose instead of a toothpick because the nose is sitting right on the front of the wreath, not on top of it. Before you stick your nose onto the wreath, use a piece of the dowel you cut off to “pre-drill” the hole, in a sense.
GLITTER! By the way, a big reason why I love this glitter spray stuff so much is because there is minimal glitter shedding with it. It all pretty much sticks to what you spray it on.
Free-hand your antlers (or check with Google for a template), and cut them out of the craft foam. Mine were about 10″ high, leaving 2″ of the wooden dowel sticking out after I hot glued it to the center back.
If you want to give them so extra pizzaz, you can always cut them out of glittery craft foam, or use some Krylon Glitter Blast in Diamond Dust. I swear these people are not paying me, I’m just obsessed with this stuff.
After your antlers are done, just insert them into the top of the wreath, again “pre-drilling” the holes with another dowel. And there you have it!
Now I have one more version to show you. This guy is a little more subtle, a little less goofy.
I’ll have the tutorial on how to make his more realistic antlers up in just a bit. Make sure you check out my Santa Tulle Wreath, too!
Per the request of many of you, I’m posting Christmasy Santa tulle wreath tutorials today so you have time to make them between now and Thanksgiving.
Oh, and if you’re super ambitious and still looking for a Thanksgiving wreath to make, don’t forget about Thom the Turkey!
IT PAINS MY RESPECTING THE TURKEY HEART TO DO SO, but I entirely understand you actually need, like, time to get this done. See how much I love you all?
I’m going to start with the easiest wreath first.
For this wreath you’ll need:
50 yards of white tulle ON A SPOOL (less yardage, obviously, if it’s from a bolt), cut to 15? pieces
12? wreath form
1 adult sized santa hat
1 scrap piece of ribbon and needle and thread
Hot glue gun, scissors, pen
I based the size of my wreath form on the Santa hat I found. I’d recommend taking your hat with you to look for wreaths, and seeing what size works best.
For directions on how to best cut your tulle, refer back to my Monster Wreath post.
First, place the hat on your wreath and mark where it each side ends on the wreath. Then you’ll only have to tie your tulle around to those marks.
If you have a green wreath, like I do, it doesn’t hurt to quickly wrap some white tulle around it to minimize the chance of the green showing through. If you have a white wreath, you’re good to go.
Start tying your 15″ white tulle strips around the wreath, from one mark to the other. A simple knot will do just fine.
If you are planning to add a mustache to your Santa wreath, wrap and tie a piece of tulle around the wreath, about 2 inches below where the tulle will meet the hat. I did this while still working on the beard, but I actually think it would be easier to wait until the beard is completely done.
For the mustache, cut the remaining 15″ tulle strips in half. Then tie them around the piece of tulle you wrapped around the middle of the wreath. Again, a simple knot is all it takes.
Finally, use your glue gun to secure the hat onto the wreath. I glued both the sides. I took my leftover tulle strips, balled them up and stuffed them into the hat for a little extra volume. Then I glued the front of the hat and the back to the wreath to hold it all in.
To hang the wreath, the best thing to do is to simply stitch a piece of scrap ribbon to the back of the hat. You could try to hot glue this, but I think a needle and thread will make it a lot more sturdy, especially if you’re hanging it on a door that opens and shuts often. Obviously, it doesn’t have to be pretty. I can’t make a pretty stitch to save my life.
That guy was so super simple, right? Want to make him even simpler? Don’t add a mustache. Still adorable. Maybe even more adorable. I think I’m partial to the one without.
As I said before, this is just the beginning! I have 2 more posts coming up today with all the information you’ll need to get started on a holiday tulle wreath asap. Like me over on Facebook or follow me on Twitter to be one of the first to know when they go up.