DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

June 16, 2014 AT 6:00 am 12 Comments

 Summer time is here, and I am so excited to be outside on our back patio grillin’ and spending time with my husband and four boys.  We love to eat out on our back patio, so I have been sprucing it up the past few weeks.  (I will be sharing a “reveal” of my back patio on my blog soon, so be sure to follow along.)  Smile

Since we will be eating outside a lot this summer, I thought it would be fun to make some colorful mason jar lid coasters for our patio table.

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These coasters were so easy and inexpensive to make!

All you need is:

  • Wide mouth mason jar lids
  • Thin sheet(s) of Cork
  • Stamp of your choice
  • Permanent Ink Pad
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint (color of your choice)

 

Step One:

Trace mason jar lid onto the cork and cut out circle.  (I found these pre-cut cork coasters at Hobby Lobby which made it even easier to cut out.)

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Step Two:

Hot glue mason jar lids to the metal ring bands.

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Step Three:

Spray paint mason jar lids the color of your choice.  (I decided to use some red spray paint I already had.)

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Step Four:

Stamp the cork circles with permanent ink.

I found my stamp at Michael’s, and I used my black StazOn ink pad.

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Step Five:

Hot glue the cork inside the painted mason jar lid.

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Step Six:

Enjoy!

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Aren’t they cute?!

I just love them!

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And you could create so many different versions of these coasters.

If I was hosting a UK (University of Kentucky) party, I could paint the lids Kentucky blue and stamp a wildcat paw on the cork.  GO CATS!  Smile

If I was hosting a graduation party, I could paint the lids black and stamp a graduation cap on the cork.

If I was hosting a wedding party, I could leave the lids silver and stamp wedding bells or the couples monogram on the cork.

See?!!!  The possibilities are limitless!

If you make some for yourself, I would love to see what you create!

P.S.  I had these wide mouth jar lids left over from another project I recently completed on my blog.

Painted Mason Jars!

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You can see how I completed that project HERE.

 

 Have a blessed day!!!

 


 


Easy Teacher Gift Idea

April 29, 2014 AT 10:07 pm 1 Comment

So, last year I waited until the last minute to get my kids’ teachers an end-of-the-year gift.  (Truthfully, it happens every year.  I know.  I’m terrible.)

I had over 10 gifts to make, so I wanted to do something quick and easy.

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I bought some canning jars, dollar store baskets, polka-dot straws, lemonade, gum, and yellow flowers.  I wanted the gift to look bright and summery.

I snapped the photo above quickly on my phone thinking, “maybe I can share this on my blog next year?!”  Smile

So I apologize for not having better pictures, but I am just throwing this idea out there to ya!

I did snap a picture of me making holes in the top of my canning jar lids with a hammer and screw driver.

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Oh, and one more of the paper straw that I put inside the canning jars…

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But that’s it.  I was rapidly trying to put these gifts together so the picture taking stopped.

I put about half of the jars in baskets as gifts, but I left the other half alone for Jonathan’s middle school teachers.  For his teachers, I just put some of those little individual-sized lemonade packets inside each jar, and tied a note to the straw that said, “Have a Sweet Summer.”

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For the baskets, I wrote “Hope your summer is as sweet as you!” on a card and stuck it in the flowers.

So easy, but fun!

Here are a few more teacher gift baskets that I found on Pinterest that I thought you might like…

Sunny Side Up: Teacher Gift Ideas

The Lovely Cupboard

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Free and editable printable at Skip to My Lou.

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great staff/co-worker gift ideas

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Have a blessed day!!!


 


Custom Leather Portraits by Tergus Fax

April 29, 2014 AT 8:13 am 3 Comments

Y’all, I get to brag on my beautiful sister-in-law today!!  I have been wanting to share her amazing talent with you for some time!  Smile

My husband has two beautiful older sisters, Ida and Sarah.

They both get their beauty from my beautiful mother-in-law, Elizabeth.

Here is Ida with her mom…

They are partners in crime. Smile  Ida creates one of a kind leather portraits, and her mom frames them for her.  A dynamic duo!

Ida created her first leather masterpiece when she was 18 years old.

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Over the years, she has continued to perfect her craft, and it shows in her portraits.   This one that she created of Adam Levine blows me away.  I’ve seen it in person, and it is amazing!

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See if you can guess who these celebrities are?…

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Did you get them right?

They are Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lucille Ball! Smile

 

Ida is great at sculpting celebrities, but she can do custom work as well.

She created this custom leather portrait for a lady in Georgia.  It was created from a picture of her mom and dad.  Her mother had passed away, and she was giving it as a gift to her father for his birthday.

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She had a request from a customer who had lost her beloved cat…

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Ida created this one-of-a-kind piece of art from that picture…

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I LOVE this adorable portrait that Ida did of her own dog.  The detail in his face just kills me!\image_1

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I think these leather portraits are so creative and unique and would make great gifts for someone special.

 

If you would like Ida to create a leather portrait of your favorite person or pet, you can contact her by clicking HERE.

You can also “like” Tergus Fax on facebook HERE.

And you can visit her website, TergusFax.Com, to see more of her amazing work!

Click on the “eye” icon on the top of the wooden frame on her website to view her gallery.

Have a blessed day!!!


 


Submerged Color Mason Jars {#LowesCreator}

April 3, 2014 AT 6:37 pm 35 Comments

I am absolutely in love with the submerged colors trend right now.

Don’t know what that is?  Don’t worry…I didn’t either until last week!  Smile

I AM in love with all the shades of blue, especially aquas lately, but I had no idea they were called “submerged colors.”  I think it has to do with “water” colors, hence “submerged.”

Go figure.

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As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was given the challenged to do a project using submerged colors.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I wanted to paint some large mason jars in beautiful shades of blues and greens!

When I decided to paint my mason jars, I googled it, and it lead me to my friend, Tonya’s blog.  She had recently painted some mason jars for a bridal shower, and I like how she painted the jars black first.  So I decided to do it too!  {Thanks, Tonya!}

 

I bought some mason jars, and then went to Lowe’s to get some cans of paint in different shades of blue that I liked.

The names of the colors are:85201 Gloss Exotic Sea, 15310 Koi Pond Satin, 86007 Flat La Fonda Mirage, 85208 Tropical Rain Forest

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Next, I spray paintde the mason jars with one coat of black.

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{Sorry for the grainy pictures.  It was dark and rainy when I took these pictures.}

Next, I spray painted the jars in different colors.  I sprayed them once upside down.submerged color mason jars

When they were dry, I turned the right side up and gave them one more coat of paint.

Aren’t they pretty?!!

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I wanted the “Ball” logo to show up well, so I  lightly sanded the paint off until I could see it.

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You can see how I sanded the two on the right in the picture below…

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I love how pretty they look all lined up on my mantle with hydrangeas in them!

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The different hues of blue add such a fresh feeling to my living room.

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As you can see, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.  Smile

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I also lined them up on my coffee table for fun!  You can see my aqua throw and pillows in the background.  I told you I am loving these colors right now!

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This project was so easy and so inexpensive!  It can be done in no time at all!

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Have a blessed day!

 

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*This project was sponsored by Lowe’s, but all creative ideas and opinions are 100% mine.


 


DIY Burlap Canvas Art {Pinterest Party with ME at Michaels!}

February 10, 2014 AT 10:32 am 2 Comments

Hey friends!

I’m sharing a DIY Burlap Canvas Art with you today…

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But first…

I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in a Pinterest Party with Hometalk at Michael’s in Lexington, the Lowry Road location, and I am hoping you will join me!!!

I would LOVE to meet some of my local readers and have fun crafting together.

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So here are the deets!

* Join ME, Hometalk, and Michaels for a Pinterest Party!

* Feb 16th, 1pm – 4pm  at the Lowry Road Michaels store in Lexington, Ky.

* Check out the Pinterest inspired displays at your local Michaels store, buy your supplies, and meet me in the classroom to create your own pin-worthy project. {You can make one of the suggested projects or create your very own Pinterest inspired project.}

You can find coupons to buy your supplies by clicking HERE.

To celebrate, Hometalk is having a great giveaway!

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Now, here’s a quick tutorial of how I made my burlap canvas art.

First, I painted my canvas with white paint.

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Then, I drew lines with a pencil and ruler.

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Lastly, I wrote the words of my saying with black paint.  I had wanted to create a stencil with my Silhouette, but that didn’t work out so I free-handed it.  It’s not perfect, but that is okay. Smile

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That picture of Cy and me was taken when we were dating.  Smile  We dated four months before we got engaged and married 6 months later.  You can read our love story HERE.

I also used a 4×12 stretched burlap canvas to make something for Eli’s room.

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I used a cup to outline the size of baseball I wanted.

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(Yes, we love Duck Dynasty.) Winking smile

Then I used white paint, a sharpie, and a red chalk paint pen to make my baseball.

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You wouldn’t have to use those supplies, but that is what I had on hand.

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Soooo, would you like to party with me?

(Please say yes.)

You don’t have to make a burlap canvas.  You can make these other great projects too.

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If you do not live in Kentucky, you can see if there is a Michaels and Hometalk Pinterest Party in your state by clicking HERE.

ALSO…

Join Hometalk & Michaels for a Craft Party on Twitter!

You’re invited to join Hometalk & Michaels for a Craft Party on Twitter!
Expect laughter, inspiration, pictures, and prizes!

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Time & Date: Monday, Feb 10 at 9PM ET.

How to participate
Use hashtag #CraftParty
Use Tweetchat for easy chatting.

RSVP HERE to enter to win one of six $25 gift cards to Michaels. Winners will be announced at the end of the chat.

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I hope to see you there!!


 


12 Snow Day Activities

February 5, 2014 AT 10:41 pm 7 Comments

Okay, so I didn’t post two days this week. Sad smile

That is not normal for me, but having the kids home from school all week because of snow days is also not normal for me.   SmileIt totally throws me out of sync.

I cannot just sit and work on my computer, or work on any DIY projects for that matter, while the boys are home.  It also doesn’t help that I have been down in my back for almost a week.

I could have stressed out about it all, but I chose not to.  I’m thankful that I could take a “break” with them this week.

They do not have school again today, so I am trying to come up with some new ways to keep them entertained.  I found some very cute “snowy day” activities that I thought I would share with you since a good majority of us are covered in snow.

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These are great for parents, babysitters, or grandparents, and can be used on rainy days as well as snowy ones.

 

Enjoy!!

 

Make some Cloud Dough with just two ingredients.

How to make Cloud Dough

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Create a work of art with Shivery Snow Paint

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How to make Snow Playdough

Snow Day Activity For Kids – How To Make Snow Playdough

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Make a Physical Activity Cube

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Magical Rainbow Treasure Hunt

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Color Hunt

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Indoor Racetrack

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Build with Pipe Cleaners and Straws

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Contact Paper Window Art

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Paper Plate Ring Toss

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Pom Pom Balls Racing

Racing pom pom balls!

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And my personal favorite that I shared on my blog two summers ago…

Station Rotation

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If you have any great indoor activities that you would like to share,

feel free to leave the links in the comments.  Smile


 


Deer Heads and an Electric Knife {for mature audiences only}

December 16, 2013 AT 9:54 am 20 Comments

 

**The Listening Heart devotional book winners will be announced at the bottom of this post.

 

DIY deer head wall hanging

 

Things got a little crazy around here last week as I was preparing for my Christmas Home tours.

So crazy that I took an electric knife to a paper mache deer.

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta do whatch gotta do.

Let me explain my madness.

I was wanting a deer head for my fireplace mantle.

Specifically, this one.

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I saw it at a local home décor shop and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, it was sold when I went back to get it.

So I put out an SOS on my facebook page for this blingy little fella, and I got some wonderful responses from everyone.

They found my deer several places online, but they were all sold out too.  Sad smile

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I loved this deer that someone else found, but it was out of my price range.  Like, $200 out of my price range.

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I did a lot of searching on ebay and amazon and google, but most of the deer heads were way too expensive.

Determined to have a deer head, or three, hanging on my fireplace mantle, I decided to get creative. Plus, I was running out of time.  I wanted to have deer heads on my fireplace for my Christmas home tour last week.

I finally found these faux deer at Garden Ridge for about $8 a piece.  However, I only wanted their heads. {You see now where the madness began.}

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I was trying to think of the easiest way to remove their heads, and since my electric knife does pretty darn well on a large turkey, I thought, “Why not a small deer?”  Completely logical thinking.

I had Luke capture the moment on instagram and then leave the room.  I didn’t want to scar him for life.

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It was quick and painless, at least for me.

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It did take me a few tries to get the angle just right.  It wasn’t perfect though.  Of course, I wasn’t expecting any to climb up on my mantel and look at them that closely, so perfection didn’t matter. Smile

For the base, I got these wood slices at Michael’s.  They were originally about $14, I think, but were on clearance for $9.99.  Then I used a 40% off coupon that I had to purchase them.

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You can only use one coupon per item, so I just went through the line 3 times to buy them separately.  Yes.I.Did.  Do you ever do that?

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Then I used some of my leftover chalkboard paint from Lowe’s to paint the wood slices.

Next, I just hot glued the deer heads to the wood.

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Lastly, I used my drill to drill a hole in the back so I could hang them on my fireplace.  If you didn’t want to use a drill, you could just attach a wall hanging clasp to the back.

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Then I hung them up!  It only took me a about 30 minutes to do this whole thing.

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These deer heads are not the shiny, blingy, rhinestone deer head that I wanted, but I love them just the same.  They are different and unique, and they look really cute up on my mantle.

Now, I have to believe I am not the only person who has ever used their electric knife for something other than cutting their food.

‘Fess up! 

What crazy thing have you used your electric

knife for?

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The Listening Heart

Giveaway Winners are….

Yvonne (Carsonshouse@****.net)

and

Bonnie (braes01@***.com)

and

Vicki Westfall

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If you didn’t win, but would like a copy of The Listening Heart for yourself or to give as a gift, click HERE.

 

 **I’m linking this project to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.

 


 


DIY Ornament with Upholstery Tacks!

December 9, 2013 AT 8:09 pm 7 Comments

I love upholstery tacks.

I know they are used mostly on furniture, but you can make a million other things out of them as well.

I loved using them on this magnet board that I made a couple of years ago for my boys’ room…

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And since I had a bunch of them left over, I decided to make an ornament with them.   I call it my “Christmas Blessings” ornament.

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First of all, I bought this wooden plaque for 50 cents from Hobby Lobby.

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Then I spray painted the plaque with some Krylon Satin Dover White that I had left over from another project. You could use any off white paint you may have at home.

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Then I hammered in some bronze upholstery tacks that I bought from Lowe’s for $1.30. I used less than two boxes.

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Nailing in the tacks takes some practice. I had to draw a thin pencil line down the middle of the plaque to help me keep my lines straight.

The tacks are not perfectly lined up, but good enough. Smile

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I left a space at the bottom of the tree for my red ribbon.

Then I used my StazOn Ink (that I already had) and stamped “Blessings” at the bottom of the plaque.

I got the “Blessings” stamp a few weeks ago in the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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Next, I hot glued some jute string to the top of the plaque so I could hang it on a wall or tree, and I hot glued my red ribbon on.

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I loved the way it turned out, but it looked a little too “new” to me. I love the look of old, vintage types of decorations.

So I used my sanding sponge and sanded down the edges of the plaque.

But since the plaque was pine, you couldn’t really see where I sanded it, and it didn’t have that vintage look I was after.

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So I used some Valspar Mocha glaze (that I have had for about two years!), and applied it to the sanded edges with a Q-tip and wiped it off with a paper towel.

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It made the plaque look soooo much better!

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That’s it!

I took it outside and hung it on a tree because everything looks better in the sunshine. Smile

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I love my sweet little plaque!

It is such a great reminder of all the blessings that Christmas holds.

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They have smaller plaques at Hobby Lobby if you would like to make a similar smaller ornament, or use it for a gift tag. I thought you could even do a monogram plaque as a gift!

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I pray that your Christmas is filled

with all the blessings that only HE can give!


 


Inexpensive DIY Hostess or Teacher Gift {Tile Coasters}

December 3, 2013 AT 10:21 pm 14 Comments

tile coasters

 

Several years ago, I posted these DIY tile coasters, and little did I know that they would be one of my most pinned projects on my blog.  I checked that post today, and it is up to 280,000+ pins!  That’s crazy!  In that post, I showed how to make the tiles with napkins or copier paper…

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Well, I still love this project because it is so inexpensive and so cute.

So I decided to create a new look for my old project.

I went to Lowe’s and bought some 4×4 white tiles and some felt pads for the bottom of the coasters.

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Then I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some decorative Christmas stickers, with my 40% off coupon, of course! Smile

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First off, I covered each tile in Mod Podge.  Then I cut the Christmas stickers the length of the sides of the tiles and placed them on the edges.

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Next, I covered then entire tile in Mod Podge and let it dry.

 

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To protect your furniture when you use the tiles, just attach self sticking felt pads to the bottom of the tiles.

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Lastly, to seal the tiles, spray them with acrylic sealer and let dry.

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Then wrap them up in a bow, and you are finished!

 

diy tile coastersOr just keep them for yourself and enjoy them with some hot chocolate.  {wink}

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I have less than $2.00 in each of these sets of tiles.  Not bad, huh?

They are cute, practical, personal, and don’t forget affordable!  Smile

 

Need more hostess gift ideas? The Lowe’s Creative Idea bloggers have loads of ideas for you!

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You can also sign up to receive their free Creative Ideas Magazine for even more inspiration.

Check out their magazine app so you can have inspiration on the go!

And be sure  to follow Lowe’s on Pinterest or on Instagram!

Disclosure:  As a part of Lowe’s Creative Ideas Team, I was provided a gift card to purchase supplies for this project.  I was not told what to create or write.  All ideas and opinions are 100% mine!


 


Stamped Deer Burlap Ornament

November 26, 2013 AT 6:00 am 4 Comments

Hi, y’all!

We are getting a little bit of snow in Kentucky today, and it makin’ me get even more excited about Christmas a comin’ and those geese a gettin’ fat! :)

We are planning on putting our Christmas tree up this coming weekend!  YAY!

So today, I wanted to show you a very simple and inexpensive ornament that I made.

I saw an ornament at a local boutique that I knew I could make for less.

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The supplies were simple:

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First of all, I stamped the deer print on the book page.

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Then I found a cup the right size, drew a circle around the deer and cut it out.

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Next, I glued burlap to a piece of cardboard and cut out a larger circle to place the deer circle on.

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I glued the deer onto the burlap circle and let it dry.

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Then I hot glued the tinsel around the deer circle.

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And created a hole with a hole punch…

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Lastly, I added some red ribbon to create a bow and give the ornament a punch of color.  I also attached a piece of jute string to hang the ornament on the tree.

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So easy!

I think it would be fun to decorate a whole tree with ornaments like these!  Some could be squares and some could be circles.  Some could be stamped with birds or some could be stamped with owls.

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I am hoping to make some more of these myself for one of my trees this year. Smile

I have more simple and inexpensive Christmas projects on my blog.  You can click the button below to check them out.

 

Have a blessed day!


 





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