Make Something Special

These are some DIY projects we completed over the holidays.

 

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Refinishing a Rocking Horse and a Dresser

 

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This dresser is special to me because my mom and I picked it out at a flea market years ago in hopes of redoing it to sell. Then I fell in love with it but didn’t know exactly what to do with it. Then life got busy. So this Christmas I decided we need more toy storage especially with another baby coming. So I found a new home for this jewel and decided to finish it.

The dresser had a door over the shelves. So I took it off and put pallet wood where the old shelves were. 

 

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We bought this rocking horse for my son last Christmas at the 127 yard sale in Crossville. I didn’t get around to redoing it before Christmas last year so I finished it this year! It was a hit! It’s the first thing my son goes to every morning screaming, “Neigh, Neigh!”

The rocking horse had googly eyes that I pried off but I didn’t change much about it. 

 I forgot to take a before picture because I’ve had these 2 pieces for years. I thought I had some hidden away somewhere but I can’t find them. Sorry.

 

Refinishing process on both:

  1. Sand

  2. Crackle paint

  3. Paint white (repeat 1st 3 steps until you like the results)

  4. Final Sand 

  5. Wax

Canvases

 

These were very dear, close to my heart Christmas presents we worked on for the grandparents. My mom and mother in law both say every time they see a cardinal “there’s Mamaw”. Plus it was so much fun watching Witt get into painting this year. I was so proud!

 

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  1. I put dots of grays whites and blues and let Witt smear them around

  2. Then I went back and just smoothed them out before it started drying

  3. Dry

  4. Painted his hand with red and stamped it on the canvas

  5. Dry

  6. Then I painted the branch on and the face details

  7. Dry

  8. Then use a fanned out brush dipped in white, cream, and very light gray to dab the snow on the branches

  9. Dry

  10. I cut out the saying “cardinals appear when angels are near” in vinyl on my silhouette then stuck it on but you could paint or write it on with a sharpie. 

Ta-Da

Signs

 

  1. I used plywood that I cut to size with a table saw

  2. Then I found a sheet of “paneling” at Lowe’s I liked even better. So I also cut it to the same size as the plywood and glued them together

  3. Next I cut 2x4s in half and cut the rounded edges off with the table saw

  4. Stained

  5. Then nailed to the plywood and each other with a pin nailer

  6. Next I used my silhouette to cut out sayings or dates in vinyl

  7. Stuck them to the paneling

  8. Then I put a coat of modge podge over the top

Ta-Da

 

 

I just painted the plywood white on a few instead of using the paneling and I painted the red baseball laces on there too. 

You can do it too! Make something special and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects! If you have any questions or ideas send me a message! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!! 

Last Minute Homemade Gifts

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Every year I think, “ I’m going to make everyone homemade gifts this year!”  Then one week before Christmas I’m struggling to finish up or start projects! 

 

Footprint Ornaments

 

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My first project here is very simple, easy, and fast! Also a great tradition to start with your lil babies! We made 5 this year and 8 last year. Great for last minute gifts! You can make them more rustic chic or very kid friendly! 

You’ll need:

  1. Paint – green, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, and cream
  2. Paint brushes
  3. Water for rinsing
  4. Baby wipes for easy, fast clean up
  5. Puppy dog pads (if you have some) or trash bags, etc to keep your floor/ table dry and clean
  6. High chair or bumbo seat – keeps lil feet still 
  7. Wood pieces – you can use blocks, rectangles, or more fancy ones
  8. String for hanging
  9. Drill for making a small hole to hang
  10. String, poof balls, yarn, twigs, hot glue or anything to be more creative – we didn’t use any of this this year but we did last year

Instructions:

  1. Paint, stain or leave your wood pieces natural
  2. Paint lil feet and press the wood onto them
  3. Let dry
  4. Add faces, decorations, hats, antlers, berries, etc. with paint
  5. Let dry
  6. Add embellishments like twigs for snowman arms or matted string for deer tail with hot glue
  7. Drill one or two holes in the top 
  8. Add string to holes and tie 

Ta-Da DONE! 

Christmas Tree Sconce / Picture Frame

 

My next project takes a little more time but still very easy and doable. I followed 

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plans and she does a great job of explaining and doing the math for us! 

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I decided to add a picture clip on the back with hot glue so you could use it as a picture frame or sconce. I also added rubber circles to the bottom so it wouldn’t slide around. If it’s not perfectly flat it keeps it from wanting to tilt (Which happened to a couple of mine.) I used pocket holes on the bottom of some just to add more strength incase they wanted to hang them. 

The funnest part to me is the staining and painting. I stained them all with different stains. Then went back and dry brushed some with white and some with green. Let them dry and sanded the crap out of them. On the lighter ones I used a dark wax to make the crevasses stand out more. They all turned out great. Not one is the same. I think the dark stain with the white paint is my favorite. It looks like old barn wood. 

 

Reindeer Feed Onesie

 

Last I did these onesies for my son and his lil girlfriend. We both have farms and farm names. So I made a silhouette cut diagram. Cut it out on vinyl that I never use and laid it on the onesies (prewashed and dried with no softener.) I used black fabric paint and a makeup sponge to stencil it on. Let it dry 48 hours. Added another coat. Took the vinyl off let it dry for 72 hours. Then washed it! 

You can do it! Get those last minute special gifts done and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects! If you have any questions or ideas to make it even better send me a message! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards!! ❤️