December 17, 2015
It’s almost the holidays, and it’s time to think about your table decor! We wanted to come up with something simple and easy to share with you. Several of those who write for clutch came together to do a winter styled shoot filled with simple, natural holiday decor ideas.
Our location was the beautiful Sorella, located in Evington, Virginia, just outside of Lynchburg. I adore their barn, and the net hay loft hanging from the ceiling is so unique and offers a fun element to incorporate into decor. I also gathered vintage items – glasses, china, serving pieces and accessories – from Estates & Consignments to create the feel of a curated collection.
You will see several DIY projects, too. Natural items, such as pinecones and black walnuts (still encased in their large pods) were collected and sprayed gold and silver to both add texture and continuity. Place cards were designed using metallic tulle and ribbon to tie up a painted pine cone, which was topped off with the first initial of its recipient. So lovely and simple!
Also be on the lookout for our yarn orbs, paper tube ornaments and cork snowflakes, which are all DIY projects with full instructions on the blog. So fun! I hope you enjoy this fun collaboration of holiday decor ideas.
October 19, 2015
One of fall’s pleasures is cozy time spent with a warm drink – either on the porch, by the fire, or on the sofa. No matter what your beverage choice, these wooden coasters will protect your furniture and add a bit of fall flair to your decor.
Wood slices – cut your own or purchase from a craft shop
Computer, printer, and paper
Clear acrylic wood sealer
- Purchase wood slices from a craft store or cut your own from a tree branch and sand if needed.
- Select desired fall images and save to a Word document. The images shown are from www.thegraphicsfairy.com.
- Cut a sheet of wax paper slightly larger than a sheet of printer paper. Put the waxed paper on top of the printer paper, fold the excess wax paper over the edges of the printer paper, and tape in place on the back. This step is necessary to prevent the wax paper from jamming the printer. Print images onto the wax paper, being careful not to touch them as the ink will easily smear.
- Cut images out, being careful not to touch the ink. Place the image ink side down on the wood slice and rub with a credit card to transfer the image to the wood.
- Seal wood slices with acrylic spray sealer to protect the images.
- Place coasters on your table to enjoy this fall.
- Drill a hole in the top of a wood slice, and use it as a gift bag decoration.
- Display a coaster as part of a fall vignette on a table or a mantel.
- Entertain children by having them count the rings to see how old the tree was when it was cut down.
May 21, 2015
We adore Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea. Her blog is filled with ideas and DIY projects. She is one of our clutch regular writers, and Paula always has fun DIYs.
Summer is the perfect time to celebrate with patriotic decor, especially with upcoming holidays such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day. Whether you are honoring a special day or recognizing a family member’s military service, craft a red, white and blue patriotic wreath for your door, mantel or office.
- 16” wire wreath form
- ½ yard each of red, white, and blue fleece
- Rotary cutter, quilter’s ruler and cutting mat (Or a ruler and scissors)
- Cut each color of fleece into 1” x 6” strips.
- The wire wreath is divided into eight segments. Three segments will be blue with white “stars.” Three segments will be red and two will be white. Starting with red, tie strips of fleece to the form, one at a time.
- Fill in one section of the wreath completely with red strips and the next completely with white strips. Continue alternating colors until three red and two white sections are filled.
- The remaining three wreath segments will be blue with white strips added to form “stars”. Start by adding four rows of blue to one section. On the fifth row, alternate blue with white strips, and then add two more rows of blue strips. On the next row, alternate white with blue strips. Add two more rows of blue strips. After that, add a row alternating blue with white strips, then add two rows of blue strips, and then add a row alternating white with blue strips. Continue with pattern until the three sections are nearly filled. End the third section with four blue strip rows.
- Hang your wreath and enjoy!
Love this idea? Here are a few more ideas for this type of wreath.
- Felt or fabric could also be used to construct a wreath.
- Make a wreath in colors that match your home’s decor.
- Construct a “school pride” wreath using your favorite team’s colors.
April 2, 2015
Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the temperature is high. It’s summer, and gardening season is in full swing. Why not add a special touch to a flowerpot for use in your home or yard? This craft would make a great gift with a pair of garden gloves, clippers, seeds and sunscreen tucked inside the pot.
- Flowerpot and saucer
- Paint and brush
- Paper towels
- Printable graphic
- Tissue paper
- Mod Podge
- Clear spray sealer
1. Put a small amount of paint on the paintbrush, and dab the brush on paper towels to remove most of the paint. Brush paint on the pot and saucer to create an aged, weathered effect.
2. Tape a piece of tissue paper to a sheet of printer paper, and print a graphic from your computer on the tissue paper.
3. Peel tissue from printer paper, and cut closely around the graphic.
4. Brush a small amount of Mod Podge on the pot where the graphic will be applied. Apply image using your finger to smooth out any wrinkles. Brush Mod Podge over the graphic.
5. After the Mod Podge dries, spray clear sealer on both the inside and outside of the pot to protect the image and paint.
Get Creative with Other Ideas
- Decorated pots filled with pretty flowers would make a great centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower.
- This craft is perfect for kids! Let them pick out their graphic, print it out, and have fun making their own pot to keep in their room.
- Decorate pots with a school logo, and use them for decorating a tailgate table at games.
- Paint pots in a seasonal color, apply a seasonal graphic and fill with treats for a perfect hostess or neighbor gift.
Special thanks to our columnist, Paula Skulina, for this DIY. Check out her blog Sweet Pea for more great ideas!