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Easy DIY Display Box

Can you believe it’s almost the end of April??? We’re getting down to the last of our spring inspiration and I am so excited to have Natalie from Fern & Maple joining us today to show us a super cute way to display some of the small items you may find around your home. See the full project and don’t forget to enter to win one of the three prizes from our party sponsors! 

Hi Rocky Mountain Bliss Readers! I’m Natalie, I blog over at Fern & Maple, where I share all things party-related as well as DIY projects and seasonal crafts.

I’m so excited to be participating in this Spring Craft Blog Party! Today I’m showing you how I made this super cute, super easy, DIY toy figurine display using an ADORNit shadow box kit.

Around this time of year I start spring cleaning my children’s rooms. Stepping on their toys reaches critical mass post winter hibernation and I like to sort and organize.

Both children have started collecting mini figurines and my daughter has just got into Pokemon, and particularly Pikachu.  As a child I looooooved collecting things so I’m thrilled she does too, but not when her collection is all over her floor, lol!
If you have children who love collecting too, then this DIY display box project is just right for you! Continue Reading…

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Spring Flower Box Tutorial

I love projects that use up scraps and this spring flower box from Sheri at Hazel + Gold Designs is perfect for using up some of the wood scraps you have left over! This is a super easy woodworking project and if you don’t have access to a saw you could even ask the folks at the hardware store to do your cuts for you. Read the full post below and don’t forget to enter our blog party contest for the chance to win a prize from one of our amazing sponsors!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be a part of this Spring Blog Party! My name is Sheri and I own Hazel + Gold Designs. I’m a maker and DIY-er and love to share my ideas and hopefully help others to realize they can do anything they put their mind to. I’m happy to team up with other bloggers for this fun Spring Craft Blog Party and share some great craft ideas with you!

I have a fun project for you that I think many of you DIY-ers/crafters could build, even if you haven’t done a lot of woodworking. I tried to keep it fairly basic and yet still pretty and functional!

What I love most about spring are all the flowers and the new growth of everything around me. I wanted to bring that feeling into my dining room, so I chose to build a centerpiece holder that I could add some jars and flowers to and that would look cute and rustic. I wanted to do it differently than any others I’ve seen, so I had to walk away from the computer and all the ideas there and just do it my way. Anyway, all the details below; hope you love it!

Supplies:

  • Wood boards – here is what I used: Scrap 2×4 for the bottom at 12” length. Two 1×6” boards at 12” length for sides. Two 1.6” at about 4.5” (cut to fit) length
  • Vinyl cutter and vinyl OR purchased vinyl stencils
  • White paint
  • Gold paint
  • Wood stain
  • Orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Nail gun
  • Jars – sizes that fit inside box
  • Flowers, real or faux

Prepping the wood:

To start out I cut down my boards. For this project I used a lot of scrap wood that I already had in my wood shop. If you’re not a woodworker, it’s possible to get the store to cut your boards to size, or ask a friend who has a saw. I used white wood on this as it is inexpensive and doesn’t need to be fancy wood unless you want it to be. It’ll still look great. I didn’t sand at this point because I will do that later. If your wood is really rough, you may want to do so where you will be painting the design.

Cutting stencils:

I used my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine to cut my vinyl stencils. They actually had a great design in their shape library, so I just used that and cut out enough to do the whole project. Again I just used scrap vinyl I had in my supplies.

Painting Design:

After the stencils were all cut out, I applied them to the wood. A few tricks here: I didn’t want to waste my transfer paper, so I just used some masking tape. It’s a bit sticker than transfer tape, so it can be difficult, but it worked okay for me. It keeps the vinyl where it needs to be, I just had to be more careful when removing so that it wouldn’t pull the vinyl up with it. Once the vinyl is on, always go over it with a scraper and some point to push it down and help it adhere fully to the wood. When painting the first layer be sure to use a stippling technique, not wiping the paint on, so that it reduces the chance of seeping under the vinyl. Finally, I chose to do the white under the gold. Gold can be somewhat transparent and this helped it to stick out from the wood much better than without the white and having the gold soak into the wood.

Removing stencil:

Once the paint has dried, go ahead and remove the stencil, peeling it up carefully. Be sure that it is not pulling up the paint. I had no problems with this at all, but it depends on what type of paint you use.

Staining:

Next, I stained the wood. I always use a rag for this application, because I can soak one side of the rag with stain and wipe it on, then use the cleaner side of the rag to wipe off the excess stain. Be sure to wipe it completely off the painted area so that the gold still shines through. Stain all the boards completely. Let dry overnight if possible. At least 8 hours.

Distressing:

To distress the edges I just used my orbital sander. It has a speed setting, so I always lower that in order to control more easily how much it sands off at once. I go around all the edges and corners, then quickly and very lightly sand over the entire face of the wood. I’m not sure what expert distressers do, but this works fine for me.

Glue and Nail:

Now it’s time to put the box together. I always use wood glue and finish nails for these types of things. There isn’t ever going to be a lot of pressure on the box or weight, so glue and nails (finish or brad) will hold it together just fine. If you’re a woodworker you can use any type of joinery, but again, I was trying to keep this basic for the rest of us. Anyway, I glue and clamp them, then add a couple nails to help hold it together. I usually let it dry awhile then remove the clamps and nail more if needed.

Finish:

I actually didn’t do a shiny finish on this box, though you could. I want it to get more naturally distressed whether by use or by exposure (sits in sunny room, may put it outside) so I didn’t add a poly. If you want to, my favorite is polycrylic. It is water-based and comes in different sheens and I just love how easy it is to use and how well it works.

Add décor:

Alright, the box is finished! Finally, add your jars and flowers or whatever else you are putting inside your box and ENJOY! I just love mine.

Hope you like this project! Please share photos if you make one of your own! Have a happy springtime and remember to enjoy the flowers and sunshine amidst the rain.

Thanks friends!

You can find more of my projects on my blog at Hazel+Gold Designs! (For example tutorials on the art piece and serving tray seen against the wall in the finish photos, and even that gray console table!)

Find me on social media too, I’d love to interact with you there!

Thanks again for reading! Have a happy spring!

–Sheri

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Easy DIY Herb Planters

It’s the perfect time of year to start your herb garden and I can’t wait to put together my own set of Herb Planters using Amanda’s tutorial! See the full project below and be sure to head to the bottom of the post to enter to win a prize from one of our Spring Party sponsors.

 

Hello! I’m Amanda, and I blog over at The Kolb Corner, where I share all things related to the home from DIY projects and seasonal crafts, to yummy recipes, meal plans and even decorating tips. My husband and I try to stick to a budget when it comes to keeping our home, so everything I make and share focuses on frugality.

I’m so excited to be participating in this Spring Craft Blog Party! Today I’m showing you how I made these super cute, super easy, easy DIY herb planters for my deck. I love having fresh herbs on hand throughout the Spring and Summer to use in all sorts of recipes. These labeled herb planters are not only cute, but they’re also practical! If you have a hard time keeping track of what plant is what, or losing the little plastic tags that come with your plants, then this project is for you!

Easy DIY Herb Planters

Items You’ll Need:

•Plastic pots

•Painter’s tape or transfer tape

•Spray paint in color of choice

•Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine

•Vinyl (color doesn’t matter)

•Weeding tools

•Herb plants or seeds of choice

** If you don’t have a Silhouette or something similar, you can still do this project using alphabet stickers

First, clean the pots really well to make sure there is no dirt or grime stuck to them.

Next, open up Silhouette studio and type the names of the herbs you are planting. I chose herbs that I use a lot of; Oregano, Chives, Cilantro and Basil. Be sure to pick a nice chunky font for this project. If you choose a script or something with thin strokes, it may be hard not to get bleed through, and it will also be harder to pull the vinyl off later on.

Once you have the names and fonts chosen, cut them out onto the vinyl. You could also use contact paper for this, but I felt like the vinyl stuck to the plastic pots better, therefore making bleed through a little less.

When the names are cut, weed out any excess vinyl until you only have the letters left. Using painter’s tape, transfer the vinyl letters over to the plastic pots. You do this by lying a strip of tape over the letters, then carefully peeling the backing away from the vinyl.

Carefully peel the painters tape away from the letters, leaving them attached to the plastic pot.

Now you are ready to spray paint! Give the pots a few good coats of paint, letting the coats dry between applications. I love using the Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer because it sticks to plastic really well.

Once the paint is dry and hardened, carefully peel up the vinyl labels. I used my weeding tool for this, but tweezers can also work well.

Plant your herbs as you normally would and stand back to admire your hard work!

I love these easy DIY herb planters, and the same tutorial would work for labeling any type of planter. Or you could put some kind of cheeky saying on them too for a bit of fun! I’m excited to have fresh herbs again, but it seems I’ll have to wait just a bit longer since I chose to grow mine from seed. It has just now warmed up to where I can plant them in my neck of the woods. Luckily I chose varieties that grow quickly!

If you love this project, you can check out my other DIY projects here!

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How To Create a DIY Living Wall for your Home

With the weather warming up and outdoor plants starting to come back to life, spring is the perfect time of year to add some greenery inside your home. If you’ve ever been worried about finding a home for small plants, this tutorial from Tahni at Urban Cottage Living is perfect for you! See how you can add a rustic plant holder in your home and don’t forget to enter to win a prize from one of our amazing party sponsors at the end of the post. 

Hi, I’m Tahni from Urban Cottage Living where I’m living a big life in a small home. In 2015, I downsized my life and now call an old 920 square foot cottage home.

I’m excited to share with you my DIY living wall. Recently, I updated my little bedroom and adding a living wall was the perfect way to include lots of plants and a piece of art at the same time. Plants give off lots of oxygen for good sleep and they are pretty and peaceful.

I made my living wall out of reclaimed fence boards, but you can make yours out of reclaimed barn wood, pallet wood, or even new boards if you want.

The following step-by-step instructions include supplies to build three 26 x 4.5 x 5.75 boxes. You can adapt the measurements and the number of boxes for your living wall design.

Supplies

  • 4 fence boards – mine were 5.75 inches wide and 6 feet long
  • 2 2×4 boards – mine were 6 feet long
  • A bottle of wood glue
  • 1 1/2 inch finishing nails
  • Picture hangers
  • Molly screws
  • Phillips bit screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Water-based Polycrylic in matte
  • Paintbrush
  • Pond liner or heavy-duty trash bags
  • Potting soil
  • Plants

Tools

  • Scrub brush
  • Dishsoap
  • Measuring Tape
  • Saw – I used a chop saw
  • Hammer
  • Stapler


Cut

  • Fence boards – cut six pieces 26 inches long and six pieces at 3.5 inches long.
  • 2×4 studs – cut six pieces at 25 inches long. Note, you will want to adjust the length of your 2×4 boards if your fence boards are a different thickness than .5 inch.

Wash

If you are using salvaged boards like I did, make sure you wash them really well. I scrubbed mine with a firm brush using dish soap and water. Allow them to completely dry.

Dry

Let your boards completely dry after washing.

Assemble

On a flat surface, lay out your 2×4 stud with your end pieces. The 2×4 is going to be the bottom of your box.
Run a zigzag line of glue along the 2×4.
Tip: Using a 2×4 as the bottom of your box instead of another fence board, is because it is thicker. This will help hold your box together better.


Place one of the 26-inch boards on the glue, lining up the bottom and then ends flush.

Nail with six finishing nails to secure.

Flip over and repeat keeping the end pieces in place to keep the box square and level.

Glue nail your end pieces.

Seal

Allow the glue to dry completely.

Brush a coat of Polycrylic on your boxes.

Allow to completely dry and repeat.

Allow to completely dry.

Tip: Sealing your boxes will bring out the grain and character in the wood. This will give a similar look to as if the boards were wet.

Add Hooks

Decide what side of the box you want to be the front.

Set the box front side down on a flat, solid surface.

Measure one inch from the outside of the box lining the hook to be right at the top.

Mark the holes with a pencil.

Using the screws that come with the picture hangers, attach to the back of the box.

Attach Liner & Hang

Staple pond liner or heavy duty trash bags to the inside of your boxes one inch below the top.
Measure where you want your boxes to hang, mark where the wall screws need to go.
Install your wall screws using molly screws if necessary.

Tip: Fold the pond liner under one-inch to give a clean look. If you are hanging directly on sheetrock, you will want to use molly screws to hold the weight of box once filled with dirt and plants.

Add Plants

Play around with the layout of your plants before you plant them.

Fill the boxes with potting soil and plants

Water the plants

Tip: You may want to unhook the boxes from the wall and take them outside or to the garden shed for planting the plants.

You can find more DIY projects, organization, and design for living a big life in a small home at my website, Urban Cottage Living


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