Monday, May 20, 2013

A Mantel a Month: Spring Mantel

It's finally time for my spring mantel. This post has been in the works for a while now. I hope you like it!

What's On My Mantel

Left Side

Easy Pastel Spring Candle and candle holder, Paper Medallion Spring Bouquet.


Spring sign (purchased from the Christmas Tree Shop)

Right Side

Washi tape picture frame (project to come), tissue paper flowers with yarn vase (project to come), and Easy Pastel Spring Candle and candle holder.

More Mantels

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Paper Medallion Spring Bouquet

After I finished my Spring Paper Medallion Wreath, I still had a lot of medallions left over. I decided to put together this cute spring bouquet to go with my spring mantel. Here's how I did it!

Materials and Supplies

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Floral foam
  • Lollipop or popsicle sticks
  • Buttons
  • Flower pot

How to Make This

1. Make the paper medallions. 

See the full tutorial that I did for my Paper Medallion Spring Wreath for how to make these.

2. Glue a button to the center of the medallion.

3. Apply hot glue to the lollipop stick.

4. Squeeze the folds of the medallion around the lollipop stick (with the glue still hot).

5. Cut a piece of floral foam and put it into the flower pot.

6. Place the finished medallion "flowers" into the floral foam, to keep them in place.

Place the "flowers" at different levels.

Link Parties

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring Chalk-Bird Flower Pots

Aren't these pots pretty? I made them for the grandparents for Easter. I'm pretty happy with how they came out. What do you think?

Materials and Supplies

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Craft paint (pastel colors)
  • Black craft paint
  • Stencil
  • Foam brush
  • Foam spouncer
  • Paint brush
  • Chalk

How to Make This

1.  Paint on several coats of chalkboard paint. 

I started with the chalkboard paint. However, since the pots are so porous, it took SIX coats of chalkboard paint to get enough coverage. Next time, I would start with a primer or craft paint first to get more coverage.

2. Prepare your stencils.

I bought a wall stencil with three birds. I decided to cut this into three birds so each pot would be different.

3. Tape the stencil to the pots.

Try to get them flush to the pots so there are no gaps.

4. Use the foam spouncer to fill in the stencil with craft paint. 

Use a light touch when you do this so the paint doesn't seep under the stencil. I did three coats of the blue paint.

5. Paint the edge of the saucer rim.

I just dabbed it on with the spouncer. At the end, I tried to draw a straight line with a paint brush, but I'm not sure that was necessary.

6. Untape the stencil.

The lines of my stencil weren't as crisp as I had hoped. I used a paint brush and black craft paint to make the lines a little smoother.

7. Write the name on the pot with chalk.

8. Add flowers or herbs to the pots.

Link Parties
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring Paper Medallion Wreath

I put this pretty wreath together over the weekend and I'm thrilled with how sweet and springy it came out! Here's how I made it.

Materials and Supplies

  • Wreath form
  • Yarn
  • Scrapbook paper (various patterns)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper cutter
  • Burlap
  • Stones (those clear ones from the dollar store)
  • Letter stickers
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

1. Wrap the wreath form in yarn (not shown). 

Wrap the yarn around the wreath. Keep it tight, so none of the wreath shows through.

2. Measure the pieces of scrapbook paper.

I measured a 12x12 paper into 4x6" and 3x6" pieces.


3. Cut the scrapbook paper. 

I used my paper cutter to do it. You could also use scissors.

4. Accordion fold the paper. 

I used two 4x6" pieces to make the larger (base) medallions and 3x6" pieces to make the smaller (top) medallions.

5. Fold each accordion in half.

6. Hot glue the center of the "fan."

Hold it tight for 10 seconds or so. Repeat with the other fan.

7. Apply glue to the outside of the fan.

Match two fans together. Try to line up the ends of each fan and the center portion of the fan. Then glue the other sides of the medallions together to make a circle.

8. Release the two pieces of paper so you have a medallion.

Glue the center folds of the medallion.

9. Make the center of the flower using the glass stones and burlap.

Cover the stones in burlap, then adhere with hot glue. Trim any excess burlap.

10. Glue the large medallion, small medallion, and burlap center together. 

Use your hot glue gun to do this and make sure to hold in place for at least 10-20 seconds.

11. Glue each of your medallion flowers to the wreath.

Make sure to lay them out so they are even across the wreath, or lay them out however it strikes your fancy.

12. Make a "Spring" banner.

I cut pieces of burlap approximately 2x2". I then glued the burlap to the yarn. Then stuck the letter stickers to the burlap pieces. I used some hot glue to stick the letters to the burlap, to make sure they don't fall off.

13. Tie the banner to the wreath.

Then tie another short piece of yarn to the top so you can hang the wreath.

Link Parties

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: This Week's Inspiring Projects!

I haven't been doing the Friday I'm in Love post the last couple of months because I've been so busy with Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter projects. Since I was a co-host of the Ginger Snap Crafts link party this week, I thought this would be a perfect time to bring back the Friday I'm in Love series!

Felt Wreath from Life on Virginia Street
This is such a pretty wreath. I especially love the white wreath on the black door.

Spring Chevron Wreath from Happy House of 5
This wreath screams "Spring" to me. It's so cheerful!

Painted Chair Makeover from A Cultivated Nest
I'm a sucker for painted furniture. I especially like the blue chair with the red fabric. It has such a country chic look!

Birch Bark and Moss Picture from Decorated Chaos
I am obsessed with moss right now. I love the match up of the moss with the birch and the bunny picture. Adorable!

Monogrammed soap dispensers from Southern Scraps

This is a cheap way to make an ordinary hand soap dispenser pretty. I especially like the sharpness of the black monogram on the white soap.

Goodwill Mirror Makeover at Something to be Found
I love a trash-to-treasure type makeover and this one, with it's baby blue paint is really pretty!

DIY Spring Wreath from Ashley's Dandelion Wishes
I am amazed by Ashley's patience and attention to detail in doing this wreath. The end result is really pretty!

Happy Spring Mantel from Inspired Honey Bee
How happy is this? It doesn't get more springy than a bunch of pinwheels!

DIY Topiaries from Days of Chalk and Chocolate
I love a topiary and I'm obsessed with moss balls right now, so I love this project!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this week's link party and for Ginger Snap Crafts for having me as a co-host! Click here to join the party or to see some of the other entries!
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