Spring DIY projects: Chalk-painted mason jars

Does anyone else collect wayward, neglected mason jars? Does a box of mason jars on a store shelf speak to you like it’s begging you to buy it? Well, maybe that’s just me.

I’m kidding, of course. Sort of. I have a shelf full of empty mason jars in my pantry. They’re all different brands, sizes and shapes and I love them. I store things in them, give them away filled with goodies for gifts and make things with them. Recently, I combined some mason jars with another favorite of mine.

Chalk paint.

Chalk paint makes the letters and details on a mason jar pop. Chalk paint makes a mason jar more than just a mason jar. It makes it decorative and pretty. Chalk paint also makes you walk, talk and speak foreign languages. Actually I’m just kidding about that last part.

Just apply one layer of paint first. You won’t like it after the first coat dries, but just like a lot of projects, it does have an ugly phase. Give it 12 hours to dry and apply a second coat.

And then you can use your jars for whatever you’d like. We use them to store pencils, markers and crayons.

Or we sometimes use them to show off spring flowers.

Or just put them on your shelf and enjoy them.

The possibilities are pretty endless.

Have a great week! Join us Wednesday for a little room refresher, family style!

Cute and affordable Christmas decor…at Dollar General

Christmas Decor

I know I said I’d never post a Christmas post before Thanksgiving. And I tried not to, I really did. But everywhere I go, I see so many pretty Christmas things and I just can’t help it. So for that reason, I am going to share some of my recent finds in our local Dollar General. Everything is simple, cute, and very affordable.

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Y’all know I am a sucker for the little red truck trend. I love the little red truck with Christmas trees in the back for Christmas and filled with pumpkins for the fall. I managed to find this cute melanine tray for $2 and also this cute little plate. I did end up buying the tray.

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I may still buy the plate.

I also found an entire aisle of super cute ornaments for just a dollar each. I’m definitely going to buy some of those buffalo checked stocking ornaments. The little initial ornaments would be cute for decorating packages.

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There are also a number of cute tree skirts for $5-$10.

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I am also strongly considering buying this Christmas tree topper. A rustic tree would be so cute with this on it and some burlap ribbon.

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I would really like to have this pretty table runner, and for $6 I think I will.

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Our kitchen really needs these dish towels, too.

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These make such cute hostess gifts for holiday parties and they are super cute for your own use, too.

 

What super cute Christmas finds have you stumbled upon?

A super simple fall wreath…and it’s made from a pool noodle!!

A Super Simple Fall Wreath

 

I just made a super cute, super simple fall wreath for my back door, and I made it using items from the Dollar Tree. Even my wreath form, which is nothing other than a POOL NOODLE!

I simply bent the ends together, hot glued the ends together, and wrapped a bit of duct tape around the joint to hold it together.

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I then completely wrapped the wreath frame in burlap ribbon, hot gluing it as I wrapped each piece. I used about 4 rolls of ribbon and several glue sticks.

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I then affixed a pipe cleaner to the back of the wreath as a hanger, and then affixed the flowers to my wreath form.

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I am terrible at making bows, so my aunt made one for me. I then attached my bow to the wreath and hung it on my porch.

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Not too bad for a $12 wreath 🙂

 

 

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones! Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute. I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet. I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows. I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!! And I made six of them in different sizes. And then I hung them on our tree. Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

Farmhouse Fridays: Dollar Tree Upcycles

Farmhouse Fridays: Dollar Tree Upcycles

I was packing up my classroom for the summer when I noticed an abundance of these things:

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I used to use them a lot to organized cabinets at my old school, but I really don’t use them as much as I used to. I got rid of most of them, but looking at them gave me an idea.

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I already owned some white chalk paint and some book plates and gold spray paint. I peeled off the stickers, wiped them down with a little rubbing alcohol, and got to paintin’.

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Two coats of paint later, I decided the bright colors were sufficiently covered, and I attached these gold book plates to the bins and stacked them.

 

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I’m loving them, and since I’m in the middle of shopping for a smaller desk, I’ve decided to use them in my craft cabinet in the meantime. I’ll show you all my newly organized craft cabinet next week.

Have an awesome weekend! Join us tomorrow for giveaway results and tips on simplifying your meal planning.