Decorating for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I’m going to show you how to create a Christmas designer garland using all items I found at At Home.This post is sponsored by At Home and all opinions are mine.
I grabbed a few garlands at At Home and that is one of the keys to getting a designer garland, use more than one. I chose the 9’ Berry and Pinecone garland and then a simple 9’ Canadian Pine garland. Before fluffing the branches out, twist them together. You’ll want to find your center point and then fold it in half.Above my window in the kitchen, I have two screws that I just leave in year-round. I used my center point and found the center of my window and then I just looped the garland around my screws and then it hung evenly on both sides of the window. I do that for my front door garland as well. Once I have it hung I begin to pull out each branch to make it a fuller garland.I start with the ribbons next. At Home has such a great choice of ribbons and all of them match other decor so that it can coordinate with whatever ornaments and picks you choose. I chose two types of ribbons. I chose a green mesh that has a hint of sparkle in it but it still looks rustic and then I chose a woven red ribbon. They were each 4” wide and make the perfect swag. I take the ribbon and then take a wired branch from my garland and wrap that around the ribbon. It bunches it together and then I do that about every 12-15”.Next, use your floral picks. For this Christmas designer garland, I found some pinecone picks to match the cones in the Berry and Pinecone garland and some glittered berry picks. I pulled them apart so that for every pick I’d get about 2-3 pieces. Don’t be afraid to do that when you’re creating your garland. You don’t want things in one area and then the rest of your garland missing out. You’re easily able to hide the messy parts with the garland. You’re able to just take a branch and manipulate it to how you want it and hide any messes.Now I grabbed these heart and pinecone hanging ornaments. I chose to hang a few from the side but since they have such a great design to just hang, I chose to put others towards the top and have them hang over the window rather than inside the garland. They have such a free shape so I didn’t want to force what they decided to do.Now for the final touch. I found these great winter homes that light up but they’re meant to just sit on a mantle and not hang. They have two holes in the sides of the houses so I threaded some floral wires through those holes and twisted them in the back. I then put them near the corners of the garland and twisted it around the middle of the garlands so I’d get a good secure hold.
Making a Christmas designer garland is so much easier than you think. With At Home you’re able to get all your decorations at a great price and achieve this look in less than 30 minutes. To find your nearest At Home store, click here. At Home does not offer shipping yet so you’ll need to find a local store.
Have you been wondering how to get your tile white or back to its original color? You are not alone. Learn the easiest ways to clean your tile grout by using a little Borax and elbow grease.
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We moved into our home over 10 years ago and why does it feel longer than that? We’re in a 1500 sq. ft. townhome and we’re itching to get us more space. Before we put our home on the market, I need to get this grout clean and restore it back to its original glory. In this post, I’m going to show you the best way to clean tile grout using items you can find at the grocery store.
What is the best homemade tile grout cleaner?
Borax is an excellent and inexpensive way to clean your tile grout. I just make a paste with some baking soda, Borax, and warm water, then scrub. I used a toothbrush for the photos I took in this post but I did end up investing in one of those scrubbers that hook onto an electric drill and I had my floor clean in no time.
Where do I find Borax?
Borax is found in your local grocers’ laundry aisle. It’s usually near the OxiClean or the bottom of the racks. While you’re there, head to your baking aisle to grab a box of baking soda. All in all, this cleaner should cost around $10 to make and you will have plenty to clean your tile grout.
Once I mixed the mixture up into a thick paste, I slathered it onto the grout lines between my tile and let it sit for a minute or two before I started scrubbing.
If your tile grout cleaner becomes thick and nonmailable, just add a few tablespoons of water and it will return to its original state.
I prefer using Borax to clean my tile rather than cleaning grout with Bleach because there are fewer fumes and I don’t get that nauseating headache from the smell. I can clean my grout more efficiently with the grout cleaner tool and some Borax paste.
The dirt lifts up almost immediately and turns your homemade tile grout cleaner almost a brown tint. You can continue using it for a few more areas and then I would recommend making an entirely new batch of the grout cleaner.
I recommend when choosing a tile and grout color, go for something warm and almost camouflage – black even – so that every bit of dirt doesn’t look like it doesn’t belong there. I never did seal my tile either when we built our home so that is something else I would change. If you do not have the drill attachment, it does take a bit of elbow grease but the fact that the grout is now the same color it was 10 years ago is a miracle all in of itself. I won’t clean my grout any other way now – well unless my mom pays someone to do it for me.
Have you wanted to get the Fixer Upper sytle in your home but don’t know where to start?
World Market is a great resource to get the farmhouse look.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love the Fixer Upper Style and what I love most about it is the industrial meets farmhouse style. World Market is an excellent place to get all your Fixer Upper style needs so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Fixer Upper items. Just click on the photos and it’ll take you to the item.
Again, World Market has some of the funnest things around when you’re looking to implement the Fixer Upper style in your own home. What’s your favorite Fixer Upper item?
Fixer Upper is one of my all time favorite HGTV shows. Learn how easy it is to create this Fixer Upper style sign for your kitchen using your Cricut.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.
First, begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black, to begin with, and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.
The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great on your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
This quick and easy Mothers Day wreath makes the perfect gift. It’s the perfect addition to your door in the Springtime.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’m so excited to be joining in on another Craft Lighting. I’ve made so many easy crafts that are darling and make the perfect gift for anyone but today we’re going to make the perfect Mothers Day gift by making an easy Mothers Day Wreath with cupcake liners and some ribbon.
Wreath Form (try to get a similar color to your liners)
This mothers day wreath was so easy to make. Just buy a bunch of cupcake liners and the best place to buy bulk is online. I grabbed these ones at the dollar store and I bought 8 packages which was more than enough for a 16″ wreath form. The reason I like these ones is because they are not a true white, they are more of an antique finish and almost have a wax paper consistency.To begin, take one of your liners and grab the bottom and pull up so that it creates a longer, skinnier liner. Place some glue on your wreath form and quickly add the liners. Repeat this as much as you like. I chose a lot of liners because I want a full wreath but you go for it however full you want it. I also suggest you use the low temperature on your glue gun or else you’ll end up with a lot of burns…just talking about a friend of mine.You’ll leave a space blank and add your flowers. I grabbed my faux poppies from Michaels and removed them from the stem. I placed quite a bit of glue on the back of the flower and pressed. I began with my flowers and added my leaves as I went to fill in the spaces. Once your flowers are arranged how you like it, add in more liners to complete the look. Next take some ribbon, I love this muslin ribbon and it matches the antique look I’m going for. You can take long strands and tie them together in the middle so you have a sort of tail looking ribbon or you can take extra tong strands and tie them in a bow. I like the look of flowy ribbons so I did the first option. I think that with this muslin ribbon it looks better the longer it is. Cut the ends on a diagonal and then attach it to your wreath. You can also do this a number of ways by just gluing the knotted part of the ribbon to the underside of the form, you could also tie your ribbon on beforehand and then glue all the liners to the form. Again, this is your project so do it how you like.Once it’s dry and complete, give it to your mama. I know my mom will love her Mothers Day wreath and its something that looks great all year round. I’d love to see your creations so tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Happy Mothers Day!
Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects and gather more inspiration for the perfect Mothers Day gift that won’t take you a lot of time!”“
Nothing is cuter than the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, learn how to make this farmhouse baby nursery art inspired by the book.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.
I love Malakai’s nursery decor above his crib. It’s eclectic, kind of farmhouse and it’s all the right tones. For this project I’m going to show you how to make this ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ baby nursery art sign using your Cricut Explore. And I’ve include the .png for you to save to your computer and upload it to your Cricut Design Space using this method. Let’s get started!
First, prepare your wood surface. I used Rustoleum stain in Driftwood (it is now called Sunbleached). It’s the perfect neutral grey and I used it on my Hair Pin Leg DIY Side Table. I then added my base color to the inlay of the wood. I wanted my monster to be light so I painted the base in Ceramcoat Charcoal. Next, you’ll cut your image using the dial setting on vinyl. Using your weeding tool, peel up the monsters body. It’ll leave behind the lettering and that’s what you want.
Next you’ll adhere your transfer tape. I love the Cricut transfer tape because it has a guide on it to ensure you get an even image transfer. I use my scraper to press out the bubbles in the transfer tape. Once your base coat is dry, place the vinyl image where you want it to be and be sure to press extra good while the transfer tape is still over the vinyl. This will ensure that you get a good seal and no paint will seep down. Once you have the vinyl where you want and it’s sealed down onto your wood, slowly peel up the transfer tape. This will now expose the area of the monster that you’re going to be painting. For this color I chose Ceramcoat Quaker Grey.
Before you paint your chosen color of the monster, take the extra time to paint your base coat over the area first. This will give you crisp lines and will help to avoid any bleeding. After the base color had dried over the monster, apply your desired color. I used the stippling method to apply my paint because I wanted a rough texture. Almost mimicking fur. Now wait 20 minutes until it is completely dry before using your weeding tool to remove the vinyl from the wood. I decided to sand it a bit for a rough texture but this is completely optional. I also sanded around the edges of the frame to expose some of the wood.
This goes so well with Malakai’s wall. I’ve listed the sources of the other art below for your reference.
I also love the versatility of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Not only does it look good in the minty green but it’s so functional for daily uses. We recently made Siaki a MLK, Jr. poster board for his biography report. He loved it and so did I because it was so easy.
*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.For this series of Craft Lightning I decided that I wanted something easy. This modern clock DIY took me all of 10 minutes and it was really just painting. I bought this clock at Target for $8 and it came with the modern pieces, I was in love from the start.
I started by spraying my raw clock with some white spray paint and I really loaded it on there. I then took a dry paper towel and wiped most of it off so I had a whitewash finish. Now you can stop here but why would you?I then took some painters tape and taped a straight line down the middle. I used some Folk Art craft paint and a foam brush to give me the bright Chartreuse contrast I wanted.I wanted it to fit in with the Christmas holiday so I added some ‘Have you been naughty or nice’ black vinyl. It can easily be taken off once Christmas is done so that it will fit in with my other decor. I kind of love this. Click here for that Cricut file.
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Thanks so much to our friends at the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company for sponsoring this post.I made these shelves a few years ago using this tutorial and I’ve loved them ever since. They were black and then a grey/white and now I’ve decided to use Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. in Soldier Blue. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to go that dark again but I did know that the shelves needed more of a contrast. I joined the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest this month and the theme was Farmhouse Fun. I had a hard time deciding what project to do but I’ve always known that these shelves have needed a rework for quite sometime.The trick to mixing Milk Paint is getting the consistency right. You want to have a 50/50 mix of powder to water but I have found that using a tiny bit less water and using it warm has always worked well for me. I also like to blend it in an old Bullet mixer so that I don’t have those chunks of powder in my mixture.Paint one coat and allow to dry and then add your second coat. The paint will give you a cracked look and those are the places that haven’t adhered well to the surface. The way to get the chippy look for these DIY farmhouse cafe shelves is to use a metal spackle knife. Just lightly go across the top of your surface and it will scrape off any paint that hasn’t stuck.I then mixed the Safecoat Acriglaze Matte Finish so that it almost resembled glue. I painted that over the top of the milk paint and it almost gives me a look of white wax. It’ll protect the surface while showing off the paint well. There are a bunch of us doing projects this month so be sure to check out Evey’s Creations post and Anastasia Vintage’s post. If you’re interested in joining the FFFC, email email@example.com