{31 days} paper bag flowers

 

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 ~secondhand and created~

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I absolutely LOVE sunflowers and love this craft.

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It’s perfect to add a neutral early fall touch to your decor, but packs a punch by being 3 dimentional.

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I used a few in baby girl’s room with some tissue paper puffs leftover from her first birthday party!

Click here for an awesome tutorial {it looks like she uses lunch bags, but I used full size brown paper grocery bags}.

{You can also read my original post happy paper flowers  from January 2013}

home is….{31 days} secondhand, created paper flowers.

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{31 days} flash card art

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~secondhand, created and thrifted~

You need:

  • flash cards
  • background paper (I chose a paper bag)
  • frame
  • scissors
  • glue
  • sharpie or pencil

Cut paper to fit frame.

Arrange flash cards.

Glue into place.

Place into frame.

Hang on your wall.

I also made this one where I added the year we were married, the year the little guy was born, and the year baby girl was born.

home is…{31 days} secondhand, created and thrifted fun with flash cards.

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{31 days} mason jar pendant light

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~created~

This is actually an update to one of my most popular posts of all time as well as one of my most pinned posts on Pinterest.

We had existing pendant lights in our kitchen, and I was getting tired of the shades so I cut some holes in mason jar lids and used the mason jars as “shades”.

After posting a photo of my kitchen on Instagram, I decided to write my first ever tutorial for a mason jar pendant light!

{I find my light kits at IKEA, but you can find something similar in the lighting section at Lowes or Home Depot}

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: After noticing that air needed to be vented from the jar somehow, I added some vent holes to the top by tapping extra holes in the lid with a hammer and nail.

{You can also read my original post {diy} mason jar pendant light from July 2012} 

home is…{31 days} a created mason jar pendant light.

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{31 days} a handpainted sign

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~secondhand and created~

I had old boards that the previous owners of our home used for a floor in a makeshift greenhouse. They had been sitting around for almost 5 years and I decided to do something other than use them for firewood.

I didn’t take photos for a tutorial, but here are the basics:

  • found a font I liked
  • printed it the size that would work (trial and error here)
  • traced over the edges with a ballpoint pen that left an indentation in the wood
  • penciled in the indentation
  • painted inside the lines

I’ll need to put another coat on the paint, but I was anxious to get it up on the fence. I just screwed the boards into the fence.

This is what I call “the best seat in the house”. It’s where I sit and share my coffee with Odyssey or watch the kids play (if I am not playing with them).

We have lots of campfires…on outdoor movie nights, just to have smores, or to enjoy and evening with friends and neighbors.

You could do the same thing with different words and any size piece of wood and use it in your home or in your outdoor space.

home is…{31 days} a secondhand and created sign.

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{our yard} pallet xylophone

I’ve had 3 pallets in our backyard for almost 3 years.

I had one idea for a project and it just didn’t end up working out.

So, the pallets leaned against the fence for the kids to climb on and look over into our neighbors yards.

Until a couple weeks ago.

I took a jigsaw and a dremel saw-max to the pallets.

Now, I have a few projects in mind for the pallet parts and pieces.

Here is the first one…

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…pallet parts and pieces…

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…power tools…

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…paint…

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…and a puppy dog helper.

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{You can see another spray paint project that I have been working on…trying to add more color to the backyard!}

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Once all the boards were painted I just screwed them into the partial pallet.

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I just lightly spray painted the pieces so that they have a weathered look.

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The final product makes me smile.

home is…pallets, paint, and power tools.

 

 

wild thing…

I am the mom that does not give candy to the kids classmates on Valentine’s Day. Believe me, my kids eat plenty of treats and that is why I try not to give them on Valentine’s!

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The little guy is really into animals, so I wanted to incorporate that into the valentine’s he gave to his friends.

I searched Pinterest and found some great ideas…you can see them on my valentine’s day board.

This is what we came up with…

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I used perforated business card paper and printed the saying on them.

We tore them apart, punched two holes in the paper, the kids signed their names on the back (make sure to do this before you tie the animals on, but after you punch the holes) and tied each animal on with twine!

I found the animals at JoAnn Fabric, but you can also find them at Michael’s.

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The kids loved them!

Also, here is our no candy valentine from last year…

{home is what you make it} color my world valentines

My favorite part of valentines day was spending time in the kids classrooms…

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and Lorelai’s homemade valentines…

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When I was assembling the animal valentines, Lorelai asked me for paper and tape and ran up to her room. She made her own valentines using her own crayons and some pictures she cut out from a book.

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I love that she wanted to create and give on her own.

We stamped them with a “homemade with love…” stamp and signed her name.

home is…homemade from the heart.

lighting up the world

Globes.

They are everywhere.

Really, they have been the last few years.

A few weeks ago mother in law emailed me asking if I had seen the February issue of Country Living because a project looked  similar to the globe lights I was selling in my etsy shop, colton+cadence, last year.

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When I finally got around to buying a copy it was similar, but not the same. {I love the idea of drilling the holes and may give this a try if I find a globe thirfting}

Then, when I flew to Colorado last weekend I picked up the new Vintage Style magazine and found another photo of a globe light just like the ones I was selling on etsy.

The fact is, I wasn’t the first one to come up with the idea.

I mean, I had it in my head, made one for a graduation gift a few years ago, and then started selling them on colton+cadence.

When I started selling them on etsy, there wasn’t anybody else selling them, but I did see a few photos of similar lamps on Pinterest.

There are still only a handful of shops that sell them and I am not sure why.

Maybe it’s because they are so easy to make on your own.

Anyway, they seem to be HOT right now, so I thought I would share my tutorial {originally posted in August 2013} on how to make them once again.

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It’s much like my tutorial for the mason jar pendant light, but easier!

Supplies:

  • globe
  • pencil
  • exacto knife
  • light kit (i get mine at IKEA)

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How to:

1. Cut globe in half…most globes are made of cardboard or chip board and are put together as two pieces at the equator. You can cut along the equator with an exacto knife, but there usually a supporting ring of thick chipboard at the equator that you cannot cut through. I actually put pressure on the equator (with my hand, elbow, or knee) like you do with those pop open cans that cinnamon rolls come in. I do it all the way around the equator…careful not to crush the globe…and it usually comes apart on it’s own without any cutting!

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2. Trace around your light socket at the top of the globe and cut a hole with your knife. There is usually a metal ring in between the layers of the chip board at the top and bottom of the globe (where they usually attach to their stands). This is usually the same size as the socket, so if you hit metal, just cut to the outside of the ring and you should be OK.

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3. Insert your light kit into the hole and secure.

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4. Insert light bulb. I always use a low wattage (40 watt) or fluorescent bulb for safety since the globes are made of paper.

You can also embellish you globe on the inside or outside like I did with these…

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home is…making the world a little brighter.