Framed Trophy Plates for Granddad

This past Friday my Granddad passed away.  His heart has been broken ever since Grandmom passed away 2 years ago, and he has wanted to be with her ever since.  Our family is happier knowing that he went peacefully with family at his side, and is reunited with his true love that he missed so much.

Back when we visited my aunt and uncle in Florida, my aunt Beth gave me a bunch of trophy plates from some of my Granddad’s golf trophies.  When he moved from their house to an apartment, my mom & aunt spent lots of time going through everything in the house and cleaning it out.  While all of the trophies didn’t make the move, they removed the trophy plates to keep the memories, just like I did back in 2014 with my soccer trophies for my sports display projects.  This was the perfect time to do something with them and honor him.

Framed Trophy Plates, pt. 2

What you’ll need:

  • 16″x20″ frame
  • 8″x10″ frame mat
  • 8″x10″ photo
  • Trophy plates
  • Windex
  • Glue
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Black vinyl
  • Transfer paper
  • 1 felt pad

All of the trophy plates were from various golf tournaments & trips my Granddad participated in, so I decided I wanted to put a picture of my Granddad playing golf in the middle, and the trophy plates around.

When mom came in town for SEWE she brought the cutest picture of Granddad playing golf to use.  I had the photo blown up to be 8″x10″, we found a mat for an 8″x10″ photo with plenty of room for the trophy plates around it and then a 16″x20″ frame for the mat at Hobby Lobby.

gdad-frame-01gdad-frame-05 First, I needed to get the trophy plates in shape.  We used a rubber mallet on a piece of wood to flatten some of the plates that were bent.  Hunter put a hard back book on top of the trophy plate when using the rubber mallet for some to help remove the wrinkles on the softer plates.gdad-frame-02When the plates were mostly flat, I used Windex and a paper towel to clean them all off.  One was even from 1971 (and needed a nice polish)!  Then I placed the picture on top of the mat and arranged the plates around the photo to figure out the layout.  I left some room at the top & bottom to add his name and a quote.gdad-frame-03To make sure I was accounting for the frame overlapping the mat, I took the glass out of the frame, taped the picture to the mat, and put it in the frame.  Then I arranged the plates back on the mat where I wanted, and glued them down in place.gdad-frame-04It’s no secret I have terrible handwriting, so I was definitely using my Cricut to cut out letters on vinyl instead of trying to write the name and quote myself – for everyone’s sake.

I found a quote by Arnold Palmer that embodied Granddad: “Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” I mocked up the quote and his name in Design Space, cut everything on some black vinyl, then weeded it.gdad-frame-06Then I put the transfer paper on top of the quote / name, pulled away the backing, and applied the letters to the frame mat.gdad-frame-07Because the trophy plates are thicker and I didn’t want the glass right on top of them, I decided to use a felt pad to help.  I cut the pad into several smaller pieces and added 6 to the edge of the mat so the glass would sit on them and leave a lil space to protect the plates.gdad-frame-08I put the glass back in the frame, added the mat (with everything on it) and was done!
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We lay Granddad to rest this week and his golf frame will be at the reception afterwards.  Life won’t be the same without him, but I know the Jack & Nancy show is going strong in heaven 🙂

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Semi Homemade: Magnolia Welcome Wreath

I have wanted to make a magnolia wreath and garland for at least a year now.  Maybe it’s the Southern in me, or the magnolia trees on my grandparents’ yard (that my Granddad hated), but I just love them.  I’ve tried to find some fake magnolia sprigs that I could use, but they’re always so expensive, so I was thrilled when I found a wreath for practically nothing last week.

Semi Homemade Magnolia Welcome Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Magnolia wreath
  • Wooden phrase sign
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors

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Okay, ready for the simple, semi-homemade part?

Cut 2 longer pieces of floral wire, and thread them through the hooks on the back of the wooden sign.
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Place the wooden sign on the wreath where you like it, fasten the floral wire to the wreath, and twist it to secure it.magnolia-wreath-05

Boom. You’re done. And you’ve maybe spent 15 minutes on the whole thing, including shopping.magnolia-wreath-04

Hang the wreath on your door, and stand back to admire your $28 wreath that Joanna Gaines would be proud of.  It wasn’t as hands on or DIY as I anticipated, but I’ll take savings anytime  😉

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Oyster Shell Tree Topper

This year we made the switch to an artificial tree, and an unintended consequence was getting a new tree topper for it.  Last Sunday night I came up with what I wanted to do for a new one and shared the process on Instagram’s story feature – so here’s the written version!

Oyster Shell Tree Topper

What you’ll need:

  • Pre-made tree topper
  • Wire cutters
  • 5 small oyster shells
  • Goop, liquid cement

I found a basic tree topper that I liked at Hobby Lobby for $8 (it was 50% off).  The star shape & twine / natural feel were what drew me to it versus all of the glittery ones, but knew I was going to get rid of the greenery.

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Using wire cutters, I just snipped the greenery off the topper, from both sides.  Then I was left with a twine wrapped outer star, and almost grapevine-like center.
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I went into my oyster shell inventory (yes, this is a thing at our house) and found a few small & flat shells that I could use to put on the star instead.  I applied some Goop liquid cement to the back of each shell, and placed them on the tree topper in a star design.fullsizerender-7

When the shells are all on the topper, let it dry overnight to securely attach.
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Finally, add the tree topper to your tree!  This whole project only takes 5 minutes of work and gave our tree just the right extra touch of coastal 😉  Add in the low cost, and this is the best kind of project!img_0059 img_0061

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Succulent Filled Pumpkin

I was talking to my friend Marianne about pumpkin crafts the other day, and got the idea for a project I wanted to make this year involving succulents.  Taylor put succulents & Spanish moss in a big Le Cruset pot for his Thanksgiving centerpiece last year and that inspired me to do a version with a pumpkin!

Succulent Filled Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Wood slice
  • 1/2″ screws (2)
  • 1″ washers (2)
  • Drill
  • Floral craft foam (depending on size of your pumpkin)
  • Fake succulents
  • Spanish moss

This is another example where I decided I wanted to make something that night, so ran to Michael’s for the craft pumpkins & foam, then Hobby Lobby for the fake succulents after work.

Do you have to use fake succulents? Nope! But I am in this rut where I keep killing any indoor plant (hence the paper philodendron), while keeping everything outside alive, so it was in my best interest to use faux plants, and these look pretty darn real!

I found my white craft pumpkins at Michael’s (yay for a sale!) and got the kind with a cut out on one side so I wouldn’t have to do that part myself.
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I wanted the succulents coming out of the top, so the opening faces up.  Learn from my mistake and realize that with the opening facing up, the pumpkin doesn’t sit flat.  First, we’ll resolve that part.

Get a wood slice (can also be found from your local craft shop) and screw the pumpkin into the slice using washers and screws.  I have to give Hunter credit on the idea to do this, and he helped me screw it in – because I think he just wanted to use the drill.

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Now that your pumpkin will sit up straight, put the floral foam inside the pumpkin.  I had 2 blocks of foam for my large pumpkin, and had to cut one block in half so it’d fit.  There are 1.5 blocks on the bottom, and the remaining half block sitting on top like so:
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Now you’re ready to add your succulents.  Put your succulents securely in the pumpkin by making sure you put the stems through the foam.  Arrange them however you like.  I think I ended up using 9 succulents in my big pumpkin.

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Next add some faux Spanish moss around the succulents to cover the foam.

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Viola – Your centerpiece is ready!  Sorry for all the finished pictures, but I was really happy with how it turned out, from every angle.

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I’m not gonna lie, this is totally my favorite pumpkin project to date – probably because I love succulents and it doesn’t scream fall with orange & brown.  It looks perfect as the centerpiece on our dining table, and will most likely stay there through Thanksgiving!  I’m debating making some smaller ones as gifts too…

After I made the pumpkin, I saw that it fits this month’s #SeptemberFauxFlorals challenge for the 12 months of DIY: Win-win.

Update: Since I had a smaller craft pumpkin and extra faux succulents I decided to make a smaller version.  This time I let the opening face outward and the pumpkin sit upright.  Because the front is a little heavier, I used an oyster shell underneath the pumpkin so it’s sit fully upright on our entry table.  Same great look, but slightly different version!

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PS – You can find all my pumpkin projects here!

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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!

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