Make Something Monday: Three Burlap Crafts To Make Before Spring

I love anything burlap. I love burlap almost as much as I love farmhouse signs and quotes. As I was thinking of January post ideas, I thought I’d share some easy, cheap and adorable burlap crafts with you.

1. Framed burlap initial print

All you need are some old picture frames, some 8×10 burlap sheets, a printer and a graphic from The Graphics Fairy or WeddingChics.com (this is where I got mine).

Cute and easy! And it makes a fantastic wedding gift.

2. Clip photo displays

For this one, you just need 8×10 picture frames with no glass, 8×10 burlap sheets, hot glue gun and a small binder clip or clothes pin.

See it on the bottom? I have two of these and they match my initial print.

3. Burlap candle wraps

All you need for this one is burlap ribbon or 8×10 burlap sheets cut into strips, pillar candles, lace and hot glue.

Wrap your burlap around the candle and glue it. Then, do the same way with the lace. I position my candles so you can’t see the lace but I photographed them so you could the seam.

4. Fake grain sack

All you need is a graphic from The Graphics Fairy, some 8×10 burlap sheets, a printer, and a picture frame. You can read more about this one here.

5. Burlap covered books

Get some burlap fabric or burlap 8×10 sheets and cover some old books with it. Such a cute, versatile look!!

I hope you enjoyed this project idea gallery! Happy crafting!

Setting a Christmas Table

Christmas will be here before you know it. Typically, we’d be planning our get togethers and deciding who to invite and what to prepare. Of course, this year, Covid has changed EVERYTHING. No dinners, no gathering and NO typical celebrations. Enter Zoom and intimate family gatherings within your bubble.

BUT. Just because your family gatherings have been drastically reduced and nothing is as it usually is, it doesn’t mean things have to be boring. In fact, they can still be amazing.

So, how do you set the perfect Christmas table?

1. Start with a beautiful centerpiece

Our centerpiece is simple but pretty. We have a rustic wood box that I made awhile back. The box is filled with vases of greenery, candles, pine cones and Christmas ornaments. There’s just something about the reflection of candle light on the glass vases and ornaments that makes the room seem so cozy.

2. Use some festive linens

These holly placemats are pretty, yet simple. Plain placemats would work well, too. The plaid cloth napkins you see are actually tea towels, but no one will ever know that if you don’t tell them.

3. White dishes for the win!

I love Christmas China but separate sets of dishes for each holiday take up an amazing amount of space. I prefer to use my everyday white dishes and spruce them up with some chargers in Christmas colors.

4. Add an unexpected detail

These sweet little wreaths were found in the Target Dollar Spot last year. Aren’t they cute? I love how detailed they are.

Even though your gatherings this year are far from what you usually plan, they can still be beautiful.

Have a beautiful Tuesday, friends.

Dollar Store Christmas Decor

If you’ve been a reader here for very long, you know a few things about me:

1. I love signs with quotes and verses

2. I have champagne taste on a tap water budget

3. I am addicted to the dollar stores.

Have you been to Dollar General lately? If you read my post about their fall decor, then you probably have already checked out their Christmas decor. If you haven’t, you should. It’s cute and cheap, which is how I like my decor.

These tree skirts are adorable and would look great with any farmhouse themed tree. You could easily remove the red snowflake from the first one if you wanted. And who doesn’t love red ticking stripe? Such a classic look.

This burlap stocking is so cute!

I love a cute Santa ornament and this fellow is rather unique with his dark outfit. There were several Santa’s.

These lanterns are beautiful and no one will ever know they are from a dollar store.

I bet you knew I’d put a red truck in here somewhere! Check out this advent calendar.

You know I love wood signs- here are three pretty ones.

And these big, old bells would be amazing on a wreath.

I hope you enjoyed these Christmas dollar store finds as much as I did! Have a wonderful Monday!

24 Days of Christmas: Socially Distant Christmas Activities

This year has been challenging. In addition to figuring out how to work at home, school at home, and entertain two bored kids, we also had to reconfigure all of our holiday plans. Some things we could not change: a good portion of my family lives out of state and we were unable to visit them or gather with them. We have made the best of it via Zoom and FaceTime.

We faced yet another challenge as well- how to entertain ourselves and our kids, but safely. We typically have several Christmas traditions we enjoy, but many of them aren’t possible. We can’t ride the Country Christmas Train at Denton Farm Park and we can’t see Santa, but we can do plenty of other things.

Here is a list of safe and fun ways to celebrate Christmas from a safe distance.

1. Drive through Denton Farm Park and enjoy the Christmas ligjrs

Many of the things we love most about Denton Farm Park are currently closed due to Covid. We can’t ride the train, go into any of the buildings, or ride ponies. You can drive through the park and look at some beautiful lights. You can purchase refreshments and craft items.

And best of all, there is a live nativity at the end of the driving tour.

2. Visit Tanglewood, Festival of Lights

Some features of Tanglewood are currently closed, such as the gift shop and stables, but you can still drive through the park and enjoy the lights.

3. Make delicious treats at home

Make some hot chocolate, some Christmas candies, or decorate some Christmas cookies. Enjoy some sweets in the comfort of your own kitchen.

4. Read or watch Christmas movies

Do you have a favorite Christmas book? A treasured Christmas movie you watch over and over again? Take it out, dust it off and enjoy it. Have a movie marathon in your Christmas jammies.

5. Call or Zoom with your family and friends

These are difficult times and we can’t safely gather. That leads to loneliness and depression for many of us. Call your loved ones and check on one another often. Zoom is a poor substitute for an in-person visit, but it is a safer option, and you can at least see one another.

Stay safe this holiday season!! Please comment below with your favorite socially distant Christmas ideas.

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!