DIY Directional Sign

Our whole wedding was onsite at the Island House, so we needed a sign to let guests know where the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were — Plus it was another opportunity to bring some of our wedding colors in.  This Wedding Wednesday, I’ll explain how you can make your own directional arrow sign for less than $15.

DIY Wedding Directional Sign

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden arrows
  • Blue & white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Planter pot
  • Foam cube
  • Rocks
  • 1″ Dowel
  • Wood stain
  • Scrap fabric
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Drill
  • Piece of burlap

I found some plain, wooden signs at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars and painted them various shades of blue with acrylic paint I had on hand.  I wanted more of an ombre effect, so I started with the darkest blue, and then mixed a little white in to create a lighter blue for the 2nd arrow, and even more white for the third and lightest blue arrow.

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When the blue paint was dry, I sketched out the words ‘ceremony,’ ‘cocktail hour,’ and ‘reception’ on them in pencil, then painted over it in white paint.  I tried to do it in the same font as the save the dates & napkins too — gotta stay consistent!

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Now I had to figure out the post part.  I had a silver pot that I had planted basil in the year before, so I cleaned that out and decided to use it as the base, with some sort of wooden post in it.  I headed to Michael’s and got a foam cube, and wooden dowel to put inside.

The dowel was still raw wood, so I stained it using the pecan wood stain that we had in the garage with two coats.  Once that was dry, I brought it inside and started to assemble.  I put the foam cube in the planter pot, added some rocks & shells around the foam cube to add some weight to the bottom and prevent it from falling over, then pushed the dowel into the foam to create the hole that the dowel will sit in.

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After realizing that a hammer and nails was not the most efficient way to get the arrows attached, I switched up my gameplan and pulled out my drill.  I screwed the 3 arrow signs to the dowel using 1 1/2″ screws that were long enough to go through the wood, but short enough that they didn’t go through the other side of the dowel.  Also make sure the signs are in the order you want, and spaced evenly.

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Finally, put the dowel back into the hole you created in the foam, and cover that up with some burlap. You now have a directional sign!

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We put this on the property by the walkway so guests knew where they were going as they arrived.  The funny thing was we ended up not even needing the bottom — the ground was soft enough to just push the dowel straight into the ground.  At least we had a backup plan though!

WILDS WEDDING-WILDS WEDDING-0200View More: could customize this for just about any party, or do different cities with arrows pointing to where they are.  The options are endless!


Wine Cork Wreath

It was just a matter of time before I made a wine cork wreath considering all of the wine cork crafts I make, as well as all of the wreaths I’ve made.  The process may have been expedited when I was talking about making one of these wreaths with my co-worker Marianne, as well as my aunt Beth within a week.  Well, here you have it!

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What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks!
  • Wooden wreath form
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine

The thing I like about wine cork crafts is how easy and quick they are to make.  Every craft (except for the wine cork tree) takes a matter of minutes if you have the corks handy, and this was no exception.

The first thing I did was actually not related to wine corks — I tied a piece of twine around the wreath, which will make it easier to hang later without putting too much stress on the corks.
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Now to the corks!  Get your wreath form, plug in your hot glue gun, and have lots of corks ready. First, I arranged the corks on the inner part of the wreath form to make sure they fit nicely.

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You can tell there’s a little space between a few, but overall they fit great.  Next, glue the corks to the inside of the wreath, one by one.  I applied a line of hot glue to the cork, and made sure that was the piece that attached on the inside of the wreath, as follows:

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Then I did the same thing for the outside of the wreath.  Again, for the most part the corks fit and filled the wreath nicely, but you can see a few spaces.

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The fun part was then filling in the middle with more rows of corks.  Instead of laying them all out and then gluing them, I just went for it and started gluing.  I glued both rows at the same time (inside cork, then outer cork) to make sure they fit together within the space nicely.

Slowly make your way around the wreath, just gluing away..

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Finally, you’ll get to a point where you’re done!  Of course I had a spot where a cork wouldn’t fit, so I ended up putting one in sideways to solve that problem.

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After looking at it, the sideways cork bothered the OCD tendencies in me, so I had to fix it.  I removed the cork, cut it in half, then glued the 2 halves into the wreath in the same direction as the others.

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Much better!  The wreath looked too plain to hang like that, but I couldn’t decide what else to do to it..

Full transparency: I made this wreath in November, but wasn’t ready to take down my cotton boll wreath yet, so it ended up sitting on the floor in our office for a few months.  When I was ready to switch them out, I had to decide what else to add to it.

After pulling the wreath back out and looking at it on our table, I decided I wanted to add “Cheers” to it (seemed appropriate considering the wreath is made of corks).  I looked at the craft stores to see if they had any wooden letters with cheers already done that I could just paint, but alas, no.  I grabbed the last small canvas I had (~4″ x 8″) and decided to paint a sign instead.

In an effort to use the Cricut, I decided to cut out a ‘cheers’ stencil on card stock to use when painting.  I cut it out, taped it to the canvas, then painted around the letters until I was happy.  I ended up using blue spray paint, then splattering silver and light blue acrylic paint on top.

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I removed the stencil, touched up the letters with a white paint pen, and hot glued some twine to the back so the sign could hang.  Cheers sign, done!

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Finally, I hung the wreath and the sign on the door.  I was worried the sign would blend into our black front door, but it still contrasts nicely.

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And how nice does it look with our new front light?  We had been planning on replacing the faded plastic lights by the front and back doors, and Hunter surprised me with new lights last weekend!  Seriously, it’s the small things like lights, new numbers on your door, a coat of paint, and a cute wreath to freshen up the front of your house!

Now what can I make with the wine corks Laney just brought me…?

Update: A few corks have fallen off after either being in the heat or hanging, so I ended up reattaching them with liquid cement, Goo.  This seems to have done the trick and is a stronger hold!


Football Painted Jars

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone!  Hunter is pretty excited because the Panthers are playing in it (he’s had quite the year for his football teams, right??) and I’ve decided that I would like the Panthers to win as well… because the Falcons already beat them, ha.  Okay so in the spirit of the Super Bowl, I wanted to share an easy last minute football craft for anyone hosting a party, and realized I never shared the football jars I did last year!

Football Painted Jars

What you’ll need:

  • Jars
  • Brown & white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

Yup, just three things you probably have around the house, and about 30 minutes and you’re good to go.  I even knocked out 2 birds with one stone, and used the leftover cans and jars from the sweet corn salsa I made for the same party.

Wash out and dry your cans, then paint the outside in brown paint. I found that 2 coats were just the right amount needed to cover any blatant brush strokes.  Once the brown paint is dry, paint on the laces with white paint.  Told you it was easy..

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I originally made these for our house warming party last year, and they have basically come out any other time people have come over, and football was on (aka from September to January).  They hold utensils, and straws and add just a little bit of fun to the food table.


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Happy football, commercial, and halftime show watching!


Paint Dripped Vase

I’ve said this a lot of times, but sometimes I have an idea and just want to execute it — whether it seems like a good one or not.  I had an idea to throw some paint in a jar, let it drop and see if it would be a fun vase… so here it is!

PS – I already had all these items on hand, so this cost $0. Always a win.

Paint Dripped Vase

What you’ll need:

  • Jar
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper towels
  • Oven

After we finish pasta sauce, I’ll soak them in water to pull the labels off, wash them, and keep them for crafts — so I believe this jar used to hold alfredo sauce.  Pull your jar out, and make sure it’s clean.  Then choose a color of paint you want to drip down it.  I went with blue — shocker.

Squeeze some of the blue paint into the bottom of the jar. You’ll need enough to make it drip down the sides, but not too much where everything is coated, so it’s a balance.

Turn the jar upside down and tilt it, so the paint starts going down the sides.  You can turn it to control where the paint drips some, but ultimately it’ll do what it (and gravity) wants.

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Once most of the paint is dripping down how you like it, fold a paper towel and put the jar on top of it – still upside down – to dry.  If you don’t like how the paint drip looks, you can wash it out and start over.

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I wanted the paint to be somewhat permanent and not wash away when water is put in it, so I followed the same directions when painting wine glasses to bake it:

Let the paint sit and dry for 4 days on your paper towel.  Bake the jar for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.  Pull it out of the oven and let it cool.

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If you want to have multiple colors or layers of paint in there, then you would just repeat the process for each color (if you did all the colors at once, they’d blend together).

I ended up getting a similar, but different shade of blue and repeating the process on top of the first layer. Once the jar is cool for the last time, it’s ready to become a vase.  Fill with water, and some flowers, and you’ve got a funky vase!

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Since you can choose any colors to do this with, you can get really creative and make custom ones for whatever room or event you want!  What colors would you use in a paint dripped vase?

Ombre Canvas Art

Our guest bathroom is filled with blue themed stuff from my apartment, that will be updated in the future, but until then, I needed something for the space above the toilet.  Shelves were out, since we’re going to make some for our bathroom, so I decided to do a cheap art project on a canvas.

DIY Ombre Canvas Art

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Blue (or another color) paint
  • White paint
  • Paint brush

Start painting the top of the canvas with the blue paint.  As you slowly go down the canvas, add more and more white to your brush.  It’s not really rocket science, but try to blend the paint as you go down until you’re happy with it.

Finally, I used a sharpie to write ‘be our guest’ in a bombshell font.  Then I hung it on the wall — the project was done in an hour!