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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Front Porch Tour & DIY Paper Lanterns

Welcome to our front porch.

It's a long ranch style porch, which I love!

See my new DIY topiaries! 

The succulents in the small white pot on the left and the ones in the tall silver pot I purchased a year ago at a yard sale for $2 each, pots included! I love them and they are so easy to look after.

I also made these cool paper lanterns last night from left over white scrapbook paper.  Then I attached white streamers (also left over from kids parties), and the silver diamonties I also had in my stash of crafty stuff. 

So, they cost me nothing to make and look so pretty blowing in the breeze.

Hubby also helped me make the large cardboard stars, which I sanded and then coated in clear spray varnish. 

My beautiful lounge room white Plantation Shutters are visible from the front of the house, and are what drew me to this house when we were looking to purchase.

I plan to paint the turquoise pots white, as I did with all our other pots yesterday! 

This wooden garden bench I scored at a yard sale for $10 and painted white.  I'd love another one for the other end of the porch.

The drop cloth rag wreath I also made a few nights ago. 

I'd like to swap the door mat out for a more neutral one.

I think our porch is looking great and will set a great backdrop for Christmas.

x Julie

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Display Cabinet Make Over Number Four!

Do you remember this cabinet?

Maybe you remember how it originally looked after I added old sheet music backing in January this year ...

And then it's second make over to white in March this year ...

And it's third to green in June this year...

And now it's fourth (and please God), it's final makeover to white again this September ...

I love this cabinet, but it is hard to see what is in it with the glass doors so I decided to remove them to make it more open. I've kept them in case I want to reattach them later on.

Then a few coats of white chalk paint, some distressing and a few coats of clear varnish.

Ahhh... so much better. :)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

DIY Drop Cloth Topiary Trees

I found a few ideas on Google for DIY topiary and thought I would try to make my own for outside our front door.  

I'm thinking they might even look pretty at Christmas decorated with fairy lights.

Here is what I used:
1. A piece of wooden dowel 180cms long for $6, cut in two, from Bunnings Hardware.
2. Hubby had some scrap blocks of wood and he drilled a hole in each to secure the dowels.
3. Two terracotta pots at $13 each from Bunnings.
4. Two styrofoam balls 15cm diameters each from Lincraft at $3 each.  I would have preferred 20-25cms, but these were the largest I could find.
5. Lots of dress pins.  I'd say about 150 - 200.  I had to buy more pins for approx $5.
6. Drop cloth off cuts that I had in my stash. I cut squares 10 x 10cms.  I didn't count, but I'm guessing there were approx 150 for both balls.
7. White undercoat and top coat paint, from my paint supplies.
8. Garden pebbles free from our garden.
Total cost approx $50.  If you have some old pots on hand you could half this.

To make your trees, grab one of your 10x10cm fabric squares and fold the sides in as pictured.

Then fold the bottom corner up to meet the top one.

Place a pin in the centre of the top of the folded fabric, approx 2cms from the peak.

Push the pin fully into the ball.

Fold the fabric over to cover the pin and press down to gently crease and hold the fabric in place.

Continue adding folds of fabric until the entire ball is covered.

Now look at your ball and decide where you want to insert the dowel, then remove one pinned piece of fabric.

Now on to the stands. Cut your dowel in half and drill holes the same width in some scrap timber to create stands.  This is how they will look in your pots.

Next, paint your pots and dowels.  I used Zinsser 123 undercoat.

Then I used 2 coats of Dulux WeatherProof white paint as I thought this would provide extra protection from outside elements, and I had some spare. 

Next I put the stands in and filled the pots with rocks from our garden. I then swiped a white paint brush over the top of the rocks to give them a roughly painted appearance.

Then place your styrofoam balls on top of your dowels and push down. I had to pull some of the styrofoam out of the holes so the dowels would go in.  Make sure your ball heights are even in both pots. 

As my pots were a bit larger than my finished balls, I decided to add a burlap bow to the dowels to balance them out a bit more.  I simply made the bows from webbing, then tied them on at the back with some left over drop cloth.

And here are the finished topiaries in my entryway.  

The great thing about these topiaries is that you can change up the tops if you like by simply removing the balls and adding something else. 

I can't wait to set them up on the front porch.

x Julie 

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Chalkboard Rose Hook Hanger

I had been thinking of hanging some hooks in the foyer for a while, but then decided a chalk board might come in handy too. 

So I came up with this.  

I used an old picture frame and painted the frame white, then distressed with sandpaper and coated in clear varnish. 

Then I painted the insert with DIY grey chalk paint.  

Now I can write things I need to remember to buy or do when I go out. 

I purchased the rose hooks about a year ago for $2 and simply screwed them to the frame.

So total cost of this project was zero.

And I know my new foyer chalkboard rose hook hanger will get plenty of use. :)
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