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How to: Make a Decorative Leaf Mobile

by Rachel Mae Smith

DIY Fall Leaf Mobile
It's not often that I decorate my home for fall (aside from the classic pumpkin, of course). Perhaps it's because I tend to go budget-big for Christmas, but seasonal decor usually sits on the back burner during this time of year. Well, not this year. Things are about to change because I figured out a way to decorate for next to nothing! Chances are you already have everything on hand now too. 

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How to: Make a Colorful Geometric Welcome Mat

by Rachel Mae Smith
DIY Geometric Welcome Mat
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

It's the time of year when we're all spending more time outdoors than inside them. Keep the threshold separating the two cheery and functional with this geometric welcome mat!     

What you'll need:

 

  • Coir door mat (available on Amazon or at IKEA)
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint and brush

 

DIY Geometric Welcome Mat
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

Start by taping off your design. If you're making the same pattern that I did, I recommend using a ruler to help with initial placement. It also helps to start on the outside of the triangle shape and build your design inward (from biggest to smallest).

DIY Geometric Welcome Mat
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

Paint! To really make sure your paint is applied, it helps to almost stamp it into the mat verses painting in brushstrokes.

DIY Geometric Welcome Mat
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

Once dry, peel the tape, put on your porch and enjoy!

Photo: Rachel Mae Smith
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How-To: Hand Lettered Birch Plywood Wall Hanging

by Rachel Mae Smith
How-To: Hand Lettered Birch Plywood Wall Hanging
by Lemon Thistle

I've seen similar projects to this before, but always with fabric, never with wood! If you're looking to create a a custom and unique piece of wall art for your home, then why not make a hand lettered plywood hanging?! You don't need to be a calligrapher to make this project look good (thank goodness). With a few simple steps, and some light power tool action, Lemon Thistle shows you how to make something beautiful, and budget-friendly, to spice up your walls.

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How-To: Dishwasher Safe Decorated Mugs

by Rachel Mae Smith
How-To: Dishwasher Safe Decorated Mugs
by Rachel Mae Smith

If you're looking for a budget friendly project for Mother's Day, or just want something new for your own home, then you'll want to make these dishwasher safe painted mugs! The project really only takes 20 minutes (plus bake time), and you can even find plain mugs at the dollar store. Here's how: 

What you'll need:

- ceramic mugs
- Vitrea 160 paint + marker
- brush
- oven

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As long as you have the right paint for this project (and bake when done), you shouldn't run into any troubles with your mugs. You can decorate them anyway you like, but to get the same look as mine, start by applying your color base. The paint appears a bit thin on glazed ceramic, so it may have a transparent feel to it depending on how thickly you apply it. Let each coat dry before adding additional color.

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Once the color is dry, you can go back over it with your Pebeo marker to add a pattern. 

Once you're satisfied  with your design, put in the oven and bake for 40 minutes at 325 degrees F. If you don't bake your mug, the design will not last. Once the forty minutes is up, turn off your oven and let it cool down with the mugs inside (so they don't break).

 

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And that's all there is to it! Your design is now permanent and dishwasher safe. 

by Rachel Mae Smith
by Rachel Mae Smith
by Rachel Mae Smith

 

 

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Before and After: Mid Century Side Table Makeover

by Rachel Mae Smith
Before and After: Mid Century Side Table Makeover
by Sarah Hearts

Confession: I've always be jealous of people who can take an old piece of furniture and turn it into a quality piece in their home. More so than ever after I came across this before and after by Sarah Hearts. I've seen this style of table here and there at thrift stores, but never wanted it in my home as is (and I didn't know what to do with it). Turns out, you don't have to go overboard to make something look beautiful. A few...

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How-To: Neon Triangle Photo Frames

by Rachel Mae Smith
How-To: Neon Triangle Photo Frames
by Rachael Mary

Sometimes a traditional picture frame just doesn't cut it or do a photo justice. Despite for obvious reasons, this explains why I am so in love with these triangle frames by Rachael Mary. Not only are they such a unique and fun way to display photos, but they also double as great accent pieces. Perfect for adding a pop of color to the shelving in your home. Absolutely a must-try DIY!

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