Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Mini Pennant Banner

About a month ago, I made over my laundry room.  Some may find it a little odd to jazz up such a small space, but I absolutely love the result.  In fact, instead of dragging the clean clothes out to the loft to fold on the floor, I enjoy folding them right then and there on top of the washer.  It's such a happy place! :)

Before I unveil the full makeover, I thought I'd show you how I dressed up a backless frame.  It's sits on a shelf that I added purely to hold really cute decor, ha.  Here are the materials I started with.  Luckily, I had everything in my crafting stash!

I decided to paint polka dots on each of the pennants.  I used the eraser end of a pencil as my paint brush. :)
Once I had all the pieces painted, I stapled the twine to each end of the frame.  Then I used mini clothespins to attach the pennants.
Done and done!

I can't wait to share the rest of the laundry room with you soon!
-Ashley


Monday, November 10, 2014

Old Frame Turned Serving Tray

Can you believe it's November?!  Where in the world has the time gone!  I feel like if I as much as blink, I'll be ringing in the New Year.  Ha!  I need life to slooooow down, just a little.  Alright, moving on. :)

For the longest time, I've been wanting to take an old and forgotten picture frame, add pallet boards and transform it into a super cute rustic tray.  I found the perfect frame and couldn't wait to start lining up my boards.  Here is what I started with.
Unfortunately, as I embarked on this project I realized the pallet boards were too thick for the tray and therefore a no go.  Bummer.  Luckily, I had bead board left over from the Halloween signs!  I took measurements and got to cutting.
Then I started layering my paint.  First with a buttercream yellow, then with orange
I gave the frame a couple coats of the yellow as well.
Looking good, right? :)

Wanting to add a little something extra - I used scrapbook paper to make paper leaves and decoupaged those right onto the tray.  I then outlined them using a gold paint pen.  This helped give them a little pop.  And finally, I transferred the word "thankful" to the center of the tray.  I used black acrylic paint to fill it in and finished it off with a gold outline.
I used the same scrapbook paper to decoupage the entire backside of the tray as well.

Simply add your hardware and there you have it!  Since I won't be entertaining this year, I decided to display the tray in my bookshelf and I just love it! :)

-Ashley