Easy DIY Idea for Wooden Painted Serving Tray

This easy painted project is quick to put together for last minute entertaining or a special handmade gift! Post is sponsored by Deco Art and Joann’s Fabric and Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Easy to make Polkadot Serving Tray

Easy DIY Painting Project

I am always on the hunt for new things to paint! When I came across this wooden tray at Joann’s and immediately fell in love with it! It’s small enough that it can be used on a table for a pretty vignette, and it’s easy to store when it’s not needed. Love it in these neutral colors that will be a fun accent to any decor. Here’s how you can make your own polkadot tray!

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Painting supplies

Supplies Needed:

• 14″ Wooden Serving Tray from Joann’s Product #8162174

•Americana Acrylic Paint in Lamp Black, and Titanium White

•Americana Decor Metallics Paint in Champaign Gold

•Paint brushes: I used #15 flat paint brush 3/4″ wide, #4 flat brush 1/4″ wide and a #2 round brush

•Water, paper towels and painting pallet or paper plate

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Directions:

  1. Paint the tray with the Lampblack paint with the flat paint brush. (get it through my affiliate link here)
  2. I did not paint the back of the tray but you could if you choose.
  3. Paint the gold trim with the #4 brush. (buy thorough my affiliate link here.) The brush is just the right width to paint the edge of the top. You may need to give it two coats if needed.
  4. Paint the polkadots with the #2 round brush. (available through my affiliate link here.) Dip your brush in the Titanium white paint, and paint the dots in rows, or in a random pattern. Have fun! Easy DIY Painted Serving Tray|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

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Sometimes the simplest projects are the most interesting! I have always loved polkadots and I will have lots of places to use this tray.

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Easy to make Polkadot Serving Tray

For right now, it has a new home in our entryway. A vintage photo and some pretty flowers make a lovely presentation for guests. Thanks to Deco Art for sponsoring this post!

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If you love this idea, check out these other posts:

Paint Your Own Unique Sunburst Ceiling Medallion

How to Make a Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Blue Painted Vintage Dresser

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

 

 

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How to Make Budget Curtains for Any Room

Budget curtains can be hard to find if you pay retail price. Here are my best tips for making them yourself in just a few simple steps. This post contains affiliate links from which I will make a small commission should you decide to purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog in this way.

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Here we are back again for week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week our dining room renovation includes Window Treatments! Here’s what we have covered so far:

Week 1: Design Plan

Week 2: Paint

Week 3: Ceiling Medallion

Click on the links above to see the progress!

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Dining room before the One Room Challenge

 Curtains That Only Look Expensive

New curtains have been on my to do list for this room for a while. I dread a large project like this because it’s expensive and time consuming. However, this one turned out to be less expensive than I anticipated.

Here’s my story: Since I had my fabric picked out since week one, it was going to be easy to go and buy it at the store. Problem was they were sold out when I got there. Not good!

The Fabric Deal

After browsing the clearance rack of decor fabrics, I came up with two options. One was a lovely teal priced at $4.00 a yard. What a great deal! Option two was a lovely Waverly fabric floral print priced at $13.00 per yard. Not so cheap, but I really liked it.

I took both bolts to the counter and asked the clerk why one was so much more than the other. Turns out the Waverly floral was incorrectly priced. It should have been marked 80% OFF!!! Calmly, I explained that I wanted to buy the entire bolt, before she could come to her senses and charge me more.

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Yes, I bought 7 yards of this fantastic Waverly cotton decor print fabric for $2.60 per yard. I have a total investment of about $12.00 with these curtains! It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Overall, the print is a wee bit darker than I had planned. However for $12.00 I will make it work. I am in love with this print!

You will see in this photo that I also have white sheer curtains. They were my first purchase for this house and I decided to keep them as is. I used small suspension rods to hang those curtains inside each window well. You can get yours from my affiliate link here.

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White Sheer Curtain Panels

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My method for making your own designer fabric curtains:

How to Make Curtains:

  1. Purchase Waverly floral decor fabric 54″ wide (affiliate link). Measure your window length, then add 9″ to get the correct yardage. DOUBLE the amount to have enough fabric for two curtain panels.
  2. Cut fabric to desired length (window length plus 9″).
  3. Make a hem for the side seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance, repeat again to clean finish raw edge.
  4. Finish the top edge by folding under 1/4″ on raw edge, stitch. Fold over again 5″ and stitch.
  5. Hem bottom edge by folding under 1/4″ on raw edge, stitch in place. Fold over again 5″, PIN in place. Hang up to window and adjust length as needed. You should have a slight break in the fabric at the bottom where the curtain pools on the ground under the window.
  6. Sew bottom edge, press.
  7. Hang on large wooden curtain rings.  I prefer curtain rings that clip to the fabric, they are fast and easy. These are the ones I use (affiliate). Hang and enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out the other posts in the link up this week on Calling it Home.

Here’s the next part of the renovation schedule:

Week 4: Table Improvements

Week 5: Wall and Lighting Decor

Week 6: Accessories and Final Reveal

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20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween

Halloween and fall festivals are right around the corner.  Costumes are so fun, but they can get expensive fast.  Here are 20 of our favorite DIY kids costumes for this fall season. 

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Coordinating costumes can be so fun! However, they only last for so long. Pretty Plain Janes created these cute spider and spider web costumes for her children (plus, the tutorial is amazing).

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This costume is just too much! I don’t think anyone besides a cute little girl could get away with this one. Check out hello, Wonderful for all the details on this Cotton Candy costume.

20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comMy Modern Met shares some great tips on how to transform your little guy (or girl) into a regal knight.

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Doc McStuffins is such an adorable costume. Bonus, you might even have everything you need for this costume already! Green and Gorgeous made one quick trip to Walmart to complete this look.

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Speaking of easy costumes, here’s another one! DIY Danielle decided to make this costume for her son who isn’t a huge fan of the whole costume thing. Great compromise!

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This costume is a cute one, and also looks incredibly comfortable! Head over to April Golightly for all the details (plus some free printables)!

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Dr. Seuss will always be a classic. Homemade for Elle made this easy (and I mean EASY) costume that will only take a few minutes to whip together.

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A Mad Scientist costume with an easy badge? Rays of Bliss did a great job on this fun look!

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Here’s another costume you may be able to create from things at home. This Magic Man look by DIY Candy might be one of the easiest costume ideas we’ve come across.

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A tiny little chicken, what could be cuter?! Lovely Morning shares all the details for this cute look over on her blog.

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Lots of little boys love Star Wars (and girls too), here is a fun Luke Skywalker costume from More Than Thursdays.

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Do you have an extra mens t-shirt laying around? Then you have just about everything you need for a witch costume! Dazzle While Frazzled created this cute costume using less than four items.

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Birds that are similar to this have been popular for a few years now.  But most of the time, popular means expensive.  Here is a cute look alike made by The Home I Create to save you a few dollars.

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Is your child requesting a truly unique costume this year? Look no further! This DIY Octopus from Giggles Galore is the answer to all your searching.

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This costume took less than 2 hours to finish, and that’s including dry time! Design Dazzle has all the details over on her blog.

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Buzz Lightyear looks like an impressive costume that took lots of effort to put together. But, you don’t even have to like sewing to create this one! Fun at Home With Kids also includes lots of helpful pictures to make this costume creation a breeze.

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A bull in a china shop?! This is the perfect costume for a toddler (especially one that doesn’t have an opinion on what they dress as). Merriment Design decided that this costume was perfect for her rambunctious 2-year-old.

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Every little boy seems to go through a Thomas the Train stage.  If you have a tiny fan in your home, this is perfect! Little Red Window did all the hard work for you, so you don’t need to put in unnecessary work to create this costume.

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Rainbow Unicorn, how cute! This costume is perfect for your little girl, especially if she already has a ballet leotard. Check out the excellent tutorial over on Shwin and Shwin.

Have you created a cute halloween costume for your child (or yourself)? We’d love to see it!

 

Check out these other fun roundups:

15 Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup

15 Fall Porches to Inspire Your Decor

Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

10 Beautiful Farmhouse Bathrooms

 

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Three Things We Love About Winter Wreaths

Winter Wreaths make me smile every time I walk in and out the door. Here’s three things ideas for  beautiful wreaths that you will never forget. (And no, it’s not to early to think about it!)

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Winter Wreaths for All Seasons

It’s great to have a different wreath for every month of the year. However, very few of us have room to store them all, much less remember to change them with the calendar. This Winter Wreath will last all season and keep you smiling every time you see it.

The three little snowy owls on this wreath are from my faux winter bird collection. They remind me of my children.  Innocent and adorable, awkward and precious. They make me smile. When our kids were little we read a story about baby owls and they just loved it. We read that book over and over again. Now that the kids are grown I can look back and remember those times with these cute little decorations that will be fabulous all winter long.

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Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath

  1. Reuse your old winter decor. Even if you live in a warm climate, you can DIY your winter decorations. Buy a few special things that you love each year, then reuse them. The fur on this wreath came from a Christmas Tree garland I used last year. You can repurpose last year’s tree decor for another season or two in some other way without having to break the bank. This is one of my best secrets, I often reuse my decor over and over again season after season.
  2. Layer different textures together. The fur and feathers blend together in this wreath. Add some glittered ribbon and some shiny pearls and everything becomes even more interesting. Contrasting textures in the same colors scheme will stand out, look unified and seem like they belong together.
  3. Add some three dimensional elements. The ornamental “Winter” sign at the top is a Christmas ornament turned on it’s side. The Winter letting is painted with white acrylic paint on a piece chalk board adhesive and applied in the frame.

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Supplies Needed:

Here’s the exact recipe for this diy project:

  1. 14″ foam wreath
  2. 2 yards faux fur garland
  3. 3 small snowy owl floral picks
  4. 1 1/2″ gold ribbon, 1 yard
  5. 2 large pearl Christmas Tree garlands
  6. Beaded frame ornament
  7. Adhesive Chalkboard sticker
  8. White acrylic paint pen or small painting brush
  9. Floral pins

Directions:

  1. Wrap the fur around the foam wreath covering the entire wreath. Pin in place with floral pins.
  2. Wrap the pearl garland around the wreath. Secure with more floral pins evenly around the form.
  3. Trim the owl picks to 2″ stems. Insert them into the wreath form, you may want to glue them in place with craft glue.
  4. Tie a bow with the glittered ribbon, secure under the owls.
  5. Write the word “winter” on the chalk sticker in paint. Let dry. Cut sticker to size and insert into the frame. Secure frame in place at top of wreath with more floral pins.

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Here are some more fun craft ideas:

31 Days of Pintrest DIY: Day 16 Christmas Wine Bottles

Felted Wool Ornaments

DIY Gold Snowflakes

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Timepiece Christmas Ornament

 

 

 

Adorable Kids Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Kids love a special bag to capture all their loot from the big Halloween event. This simple bag is charming and not a bit scary to make.

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Trick or treat loot bag with my favorite squeaky rat.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Remember going door to door as a kid? Each year we had a different bag, sometimes it was as simple as a homemade fabric bag. This adorable bag is easy to make with two different fabric scraps and a bit of leftover quilt binding.

The bag has plenty of space for treats, plus it is easy to pull closed to keep all that good stuff from spilling out!

The top of the bag is full of glow in the dark eyes, how fun for the littles to play with in the darkness! I used less than a 1/4 yard of fabric of each print for this project. These fabrics came from JoAnn’s. You can order them through my affiliate link here:

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The secret to the bag, is that it has a plastic bottom that allows the bag to retain it’s shape. The plastic is nothing more than the bottom of a gallon milk jug.

Bag Directions

  1. Cut out main fabric, two pieces, 11 ” wide by 15″ long.
  2. Stitch side seams with right sides together.
  3. Stitch 45 degree corners at lower edge of side seams. Turn right side out and press.
  4. Cut Cat’s Eye fabric to size (4 1/2″ wide x 11″ long), use pinking shears to trim lower raw edge.
  5. Sew right side of contrasting Cat’s eye fabric to the wrong side of bag fabric with 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out.
  6. Top stitch 1 1/2″ away from edge seam.
  7. Top stitch again 1″ away from first row of stitching to create drawstring casing.
  8. Insert quilt binding. Use two pieces cut to 24″ each,  sew ends together with zig zag stitch.
  9. Cut milk jug bottom to a height of 4″. Insert into fabric bag. Enjoy!

Looking for more help with this project? I will be doing a Live Facebook demonstration of this project tomorrow! Sign up for my Facebook notification here.

Love this post? Here are more creative ideas:

7 Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

Tea Towels with Appliqué

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Peach Skin

Simple Pillow Tutorial

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