Fall Wood Crafts You Can Make Right Now

Hi, all! We have begun a renovation project right now and things in our lives and our home are a bit crazy. Instead of walking you through a woodworking project this week, I am going to instead share some simple and easy wood crafts anyone can do.

1. Candy corn from scrap wood- Megan Plus Five

This candy corn by Megan Plus Five is cute and would be simple to make. Plus, I have a lot of scrap wood I could use.

2. Wooden post pumpkins

I found these cute 4×4 post pumpkins on Etsy. I have an extra 4×4 sitting around and this would be super easy to make!

3. Scrap wood pumpkin- The Summery Umbrella

This cute little pumpkin would be easy to make! I like the wood slide stem and burlap bow too.

4. Pallet wood sign

You have probably seen these little pallet signs all over Pinterest. You can make them for every season and holiday- these are especially cute.

5. DIY Wood Block House

I found this super cute house on Pinterest, and even though it’s not necessarily fall, it still would be a super cute addition to your fall decor.

Hope you enjoyed this roundup! We will see you Saturday!

Budget Fall Decor at The Dollar Tree

This weekend, the girls and I visited a new Dollar Tree location with my aunt and grandma. Like most stores right now, they have a mixture of Halloween, fall and Christmas decor…and there are a lot of pretty items to choose from. I managed to buy a few things and I’ve already earmarked a few nice items for Christmas.

Take a look at the pretties I found (and comment below if you happen to make a Dollar Tree visit of your own to share your finds.”

1. Fall themed drinking glass

When I was in college, all of my plates, cups, and bowls came from the Dollar Tree! They sell sturdy, attractive glassware and no one will know where you bought it.

I think these drinking glasses would look great on your fall table for their intended purpose, but I think they’d be cute fall tea light holders, too.

2. Paper party ware

Dollar Tree is a great place to purchase party ware. These thanksgiving themed plates and napkins are just as cute as the $5 you can buy elsewhere.

3. Glass candle holders

These glass candle holders are simple, cute and perfect for your fall table. I love the one on the right!!

4. Primitive poke berries

I’ve bought these poke berry garlands at craft stores for $6-$8 dollars before! These are cute and offered in both white and red. I already have a project in mind for them.

5. Burlap pumpkins and glass pumpkins

I have about a million of these things- they’re so cute and you can use them so many different ways to decorate.

6. Fall themed platters

I have a lot of fall themed plates because as a southern woman, we tend to have a lot of church get togethers. These seasonal plates are nice for taking dessert items to church dinners.

7. Kitchen textiles

These fall themed towels are cute!

I hope you have enjoyed our fall decor picks from Dollar Tree. What cute budget friendly decor have you stumbled upon lately?

Scrap Wood Challenge: A Scrappy Grape Arbor

Hi, all! It’s been a minute. We have taken a few weeks off blogging and social media influencing to figure out our crazy new lives and schedules amongst the covid crisis. We have missed you all dearly but we are glad to be back online.

As you know, my husband wanted me to get rid of the scrap wood pile in the garage. I told him you can’t just get rid of perfectly good wood…you must build something cool with it.

Enter my grape arbor. We knew we wanted to plant grapes next year, but I didn’t want a traditional low grape arbor. I wanted a tall arbor!

First, I dug holes and sunk four 4×4 posts. I then attached the posts with two 1×6 boards on each side (front, back and sides).

I then cut shorter pieces, just a little longer than the width of the sides. I attached them parallel on each side.

Then, I cut pieces for the top and cut them slightly wider than the top of the arbor.

I kept adding slats until I had it finished.

And I cannot wait until we have actual grapes growing from this thing!! Stay tuned!!

Repurpose and Remodel: Restoring a Handmade Porch Swing

My grandfather was an excellent carpenter. He and his brother built me many neat things over the years but my favorite is this porch swing.

It’s handmade, solid wood and heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that in the 15 years since he built it for me, I’ve never had a place to hang it. It’s been in my mother’s basement for years.

As you can imagine, 15 years in a damp basement takes its toll. We had several rotten slats and a rusted chain. We were blessed the frame was still in good shape .

I promptly ordered the things I thought we would need and I got to work replacing the slats that were rotten or warped. I toyed with replacing all the slats but since some were in great shape, I decided against it.

I then gave the whole swing a good sanding with my orbital sander and removed the rusty chain.

I then put two coats of primer and one coat of paint on the swing and replaced the chain with a new one.

My mom got me this arbor for my birthday so I could hang the swing. It’s very pretty and very sturdy. And we know the song isn’t hanging straight- the arbor isn’t exactly level yet. We haven’t anchored the arbor yet because we are waiting to put down some pea gravel to deal with the mud. We also want to cut those bushes but there are birds nesting in them, so we want to wait until they leave.

I’m so excited to have this swing at my house- finally! I miss my grandpa so much so I am happy to be able to have this gift he personally made for me. It looks so pretty hanging from the arbor. It brightens up our yard quite well!!

I can’t wait to finish this area so I can show it to you!!

Five Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and while most of the country is still under quarantine, store trips (and spending money) are not plentiful.

Most of us would agree that the best gifts in life come from the heart and the hand. I would much rather my kiddos make me something than buy me something anyway. My mom and grandmothers would agree. Here are five easy and cute DIYs your mom will love.

1. Back Glue Heart Art

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I’m a big fan of DIY gifts you can keep. How cute are these framed hearts?

2. Picture tile coasters

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These picture tile coasters are cute, easy to make, and inexpensive to create. Your mom will think of you everytime she uses these coasters.

3. DIY Photo Cube

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This DIY photo cube will look cute on your mom’s desk or even on a shelf, or a coffee table. You could even add a hanger to it and use it as a Christmas ornament.

4. DIY Wood Trays

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Get a wood plank, stain or paint it, and add some drawer pulls. Instant wood tray! Your mom will use it often!

5. Sharpie mugs

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There are so many Sharpie mug tutorials on Pinterest you can check out. I personally love this one as most of my family lives in another state. Your mom will smile everytime she drinks her coffee or tea in your DIY mug.

I hope you love our Mother’s Day gift ideas! Stay safe and have a wonderful week. We will see you again on Thursday.