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Faux Succulent Monogram

Faux Succulent Monogram

Hey guys! It’s Shelly from Dolen Diaries and I’m back to share my latest obsession!! Faux Succulent picks from Floracraft! Have you seen these yet!?! They are totally cute, look like the real deal, and are completely maintenance free. Floracraft generously sent me some to get creative with and I’m SO excited to show you what I came up with… a Faux Succulent Monogram.

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Supplies:

  • pallet wood
  • Floracraft Succulent Picks
  • Styrofoam
  • jigsaw
  • chop saw
  • wire cutters
  • carpenters square
  • tape measure
  • nail gun with nails
  • pencil

draw base for faux succulent monogram wreath

To start lay out your pieces of wood for the bottom and draw out your monogram outline in pencil. *You could print out a template to trace.

cutting out monogram with a jigsaw tool

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Cut the base pieces out with a jigsaw.

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Lay the cut base pieces out and begin cutting pallet wood pieces to frame the base. Carefully measure each section of your base to make sure that your frame will fit properly. Start with the outer frame and then work on the inner frame. *Each joint is a 45 degree angle so cut each joint piece at a 22.5 degree angle.

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Once everything is cut and laid out start assembling the inner frame.

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Attach the pieces with an air nail gun.

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Here’s our finished inner frame.

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Slide the base around the inner frame and secure into place with nails.

nail the outter frame to the monogram pallet

Attach the outer frame to the base of the monogram piece by piece. Strong man hands come in really handy for this part to make sure the joints are all tightly secured.

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Now you have your finished pallet monogram.

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You really could display this pallet monogram just as it is or slap on a coat of paint or stain to customize it a bit.

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Take some Styrofoam and cut it into pieces and start filling the frame.

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Once the frame is full of foam you’re ready to start working on your succulent pick placement.

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Using wire cutters trim the picks down to fit your monogram depth.

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Push the pick into the foam and

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continue to fill in the rest of the monogram.

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Fill in the blank spots with moss to finish off your succulent monogram.

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Now do a little dance because you love how it turned out. Okay, so maybe that’s just me but don’t you just LOVE it!?!

faux succulent wreath hanging on front porch

I was crushing on my faux succulent monogram so much that I decided to make it into a wreath and hang it right by our front door so I can enjoy it every day! Where would you display your succulent monogram?

Looking for more DIY inspiration!?! Pop on over to Dolen Diaries and check out these projects!

 

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Easy DIY Wall Hanging

Hey guys! It’s Kari from Life PreKARIous. How fun is this Easy DIY Wall Hanging?! I love how it turned out! Have you seen the amazing macrame and weaving trends that are coming back around? I LOVE them, but honestly, who has the time? Not me. But I was feeling inspired, so this is what I made instead. It was super easy and took me a fraction of the time! DIY Yarn Wall Hanging

To make your own, you’ll need a dream catcher hoop (I found mine at Hobby Lobby), yarn, scissors, and some beads.

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Simply cut your yarn into strands however long you want them and tie them to the hoop. You’ll want to make sure to double the length since you’ll be tying them around the hoop in the middle of the strand. You can alternate colors in whatever pattern you want.

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Once the bottom half of the hoop is covered in yarn, go back through and tie a few strands of beads throughout.

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Then, take your scissors and trim the bottom. I trimmed mine into a point. Kind of.

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That’s it! It’s so easy! I just love the bohemian vibe. Don’t you?

-Kari

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Summer Entertaining Kit

Hello Everyone! Heidi here from Home By Heidi  I am excited to be here on The Crafting Chicks today!

The kids are out of school and the warm weather is upon us.  For me that means fun filled days and perfect summer nights of activities and, of course, lots of friends and family! My hubby and I are lucky enough to live by both sets of families. At any given time family might stop by and it’s always so fun to offer them food, a comfy seat and maybe an occasional roasting stick with a marshmallow on it:) I like to be prepared so everyone feels at home! When I saw this long box at Michaels, I just knew it was exactly what I needed for this coming summer!  So the idea began for my Summer Entertaining Kit! Summer Entertaining Kit    I found the box in the nautical section of Michaels. It has hanging hooks on the back, I assume the intent was to hang it on the wall…but I had other ideas! I grabbed it for 50% off (score!)  Each individual box is large enough for plenty of knives, forks and spoons… plus a few extra spaces for napkins and colorful straws. I love that everything is all in one place and that it’s easy to grab when in need.   PicMonkey Collage111 Lately, I have been drawn to the color combination of cobalt blue and yellow!  When I saw these blue and white plates at Target, I just couldn’t pass them by. I love how they go so well with my Summer Entertaining Kit.  I already owned the lemon pitcher; I bought it a few years back at Tai Pan in Salt Lake.
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I am looking forward to all the memories to be made this coming summer. Bring on the outdoor movies, s’mores and bbq’s – we are ready for you!!!

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Wooden Creamsicle Door Hanger

Hey guys! It’s Kari, from Life PreKARIous. I am SO ready for summer! How ’bout you? I love decorating for summer. Fall and Winter seem to get all the attention, but Summer decorating is really where it’s at! Just look this fun Wooden Creamsicle Door Hanger!

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Here’s what you’ll need…

(sandpaper and painters tape, too)

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I had some left over bead board from my play kitchen project , so I used that. I just drew my design right on the board and used my jigsaw to cut it out.

Wooden Creamsicle Door Hanger

Once I had them cut out, I used painters tape to tape off every other line. I used spray paint to paint them. After the paint was dry I removed the tape, sanded the edges and distressed the paint a little.

I used my jigsaw to round the end of a paint stirring stick, then attached it to the back with wood glue for the popsicle stick.

Wooden Creamsicle Door Hanger

Once the glue was dry I added a burlap bow using my glue gun.

I made a few and couldn’t decide which one I liked best.

Wooden Creamsicle Door Hanger

I even added one to a wreath I had. I love it!

Wooden Creamsicle Door Hanger

Now, after all that hard work I think we deserve an actual ice cold creamsicle. 😉

-Kari

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DIY Farmhouse Style Wood Box

Hello, Crafting Chick friends! I’ve missed you guys! If we haven’t met yet, I’m Shelly from Dolen Diaries where I share my love of all things creative and creating with the ones I love. Today, I’m sharing arguably the easiest {no joke} DIY project you’ll ever do! I’m completely obsessed with this DIY Farmhouse Style Wood Box and you’re going to fall in love, too!

DIY Farmhouse Style Wood Box

Supplies:

  • 1 fence board 1 x 6″ x 6′ {we used reclaimed fencing we found on the side of the road}
  • hammer
  • galvanized roofing nails
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • carpenters square
  • chop or cordless saw

reclaimed box pieces

Cuts:

  • 4 – 11.25″ {2 sides & 2 bottoms}
  • 2 – 12.75″ {sides}

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Take one of the 11.25″ and both of the 12.75″ sides and set them up to be nailed together.

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Put two nails in each end of the 11.25″ board.

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Nail one more the 11.25″ boards to the other end of the box to create a frame.

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Lay the last 11.25″ boards next to each other to create the bottom of the box. Slide the frame over the top of the “bottom”. The bottom will fit really tightly so you can set it up on end.

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Nail through both of the longer sides of the box to attach the bottom to the frame.

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How much do you love this little farmhouse style wood box!?! I love the rustic personality of reclaimed wood, don’t you!?!

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I loved this DIY Farmhouse Style Wood Box so much that I had to have 2 more!! These farmhouse style wood boxes are a must have for the summer! They make for a dreamy country summer chic buffet.

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Or a sweet background for a sweet summer photo. They would be darling filled with a mason jar herb garden or even used as a planter. I have a hard time NOT thinking of ways to use them. Hmmm…I may be becoming a crazy farmhouse style box lady.

Pop on over to Dolen Diaries and check out my other DIY projects & crafts! See you next time!

 

 

 

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DIY Button Push Pins

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Hey! It’s Kari, from Life PreKARIous. I have been super busy working on my office space lately and I am loving how it’s coming together! The latest edition was this coral frame that I turned into a small cork board. Did you know that coral stain is a thing?! I didn’t until about a week ago and it is amazing! I LOVE it! Of course, I needed some fancy new push pins to go with it, so I made these easy DIY button push pins!

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Ever since I can remember, my dad has collected buttons… DIY Button Push Pins

So I raided his stash and picked out a few of my favorites and simply glued a tack to the back of each one.

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I used epoxy because that is what I had and I wanted to be sure that they would be sturdy since I will probably be using them a lot.

DIY Button Push Pins

Some of the buttons that look like this had to be trimmed on the back in order for the tack to lay flat. I used wire cutters.

DIY Button Push Pins

They turned out great and it only took me about 5 minutes (not including drying time). I loved it so much, I made my mom a corkboard, too, and gave her a few of these cute push pins for Mother’s Day, along with some new pictures of my kiddos!

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Stop by Life PreKARIous to see the other fun Mother’s Day stuff I’ve got going on!

-Kari

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Boy’s Superhero Bedroom

Ah!!! It feels good to be back! And a big thank you to The Crafting Chicks for having me here.

I’m Ali from Dream Crafter and I am SOOOOO excited to share my boy’s new room with you! When we first moved into our new home I was so hesitant to paint any walls or decide on any decor…because I’m wishy washy and can’t stick with anything. My boys really wanted a super hero room and if anybody knows me, they know that I LOATH character themed things. I don’t let me kids wear Mickey mouse or Disney paraphernalia. I don’t have anything against them. In fact, I love all those movies! Lets just say that its not my styyyyyyle.

Thats when I had to get creative with this room. I didn’t want anything permanent because knowing my boys they would want something different in 6 months and I also had to steer clear of the character room. So, without further adieu, I present my Boy’s Superhero Bedroom!

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I love how this whole room came together. Bit by bit I just pulled stuff from my house that was just laying around and I actually did the whole room for less than 40 bucks. Boom! Let me give you the tour…

First off, right behind their door when you walk in I hung all their superhero capes.

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I actually got this little star hook at a garage sale about 5 years ago. It was originally white with brown stain so it looked like country stars. When I realized I’m not a “country-style” kinda person I put it in my basement. When this project came up, I remembered the little star hooks and immediately went downstairs and dug it out of a box and painted it red.

Next, obviously, we have the polka-dot wall.

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When I told my husband I wanted to put polka dots all over my boys’ wall he just about had a heart attack. I think he was picturing some girly dots in his sons’ room but I had a different vision. He told me not to, but I knew once I put it up he would see my vision and admit that I was right…and he does like it! All I had to do was start and then he was convinced it would be manly enough. Muahahaha!

These dots are actually vinyl dots that I cut using my silhouette. I literally just drew a circle about an inch and a half diameter and then copied a million of them onto my design board. Then I just cut my black vinyl! This is perfect for renters or for mind-changers like me since its not permanent and easily removed.

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I started out by measuring them every 6 inches and trying to use a level to mark where they should go. And then they were crooked anyway. Its super hard to get them straight but after a while I just started eye-balling it and they turned out to be more even then when I was actually measuring. Go figure.

I love how it turned out plus it makes for the perfect superhero photography backdrop. :)

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Next is the curtains. I am not a huge fan of spending 40+ dollars on curtains. Its just fabric after all. So I got out two flat twin white sheets from my linen closet and purchased a flat navy blue one. Then I just cut a strip out of the blue one and sewed it onto the white ones. Then I just hung them using clips and a rod I already had. (Hint: hang your curtains high and wide to make your window look bigger!)

In the corner by the window I also made this mask holder:

mask board

I actually made this a LONG time ago and I got the arrow and supplies from The Wood Connection. I did a post for them about a year or so ago and I was originally using this to hold my boys bow ties and ties (see that HERE). Turns out its much cuter for superheroes. I also made the masks in a different post which can be found HERE.

On the other side of the window I hung this sign that I made:

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The “Arise from the dust my sons, and be men” can actually be found in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 1: 21. It has always been a special scripture to me and my husband and I find it especially fitting for this superhero room where I want my boys to learn what being a man really is: Rising above what the world tells you to be and being a Godly man. Ok. Enough about the meaning.

I made this board from an old sign I had (with different vinyl lettering). It used to be bright lime green. I peeled off the vinyl, painted it red and cut my own white vinyl with my silhouette.

The little chair is something that my husbands grandma made from him when he was little. The fabric is a little 90’s but its a sentimental piece. Plus who doesn’t love little recliners for kids?!

Next is the bunk beds.

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These were also something we already had. I got them from the Wood Connection furniture store a few years ago and stained them myself. Then my husband put them together. The bedding is from Ikea and that red plaid blanket was a D.I. find. Score!

Welp! Thats all for the tour today! If you want a little sneak peak of what the room looked like before, here is a little looksy…

before

Pretty sad huh? And look how tiny that window looks!

To keep up on how the rest of my house transforms follow along at Dream Crafter or on my Instagram @dreamcrafter101.

-Ali

Boys super hero room

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Fresh Spring Centerpiece

Nothing says Spring quite like fresh flowers and…asparagus! Ok, maybe not asparagus, but look how great it looks in this Fresh Spring Centerpiece!

Fresh Spring Centerpiece

Here’s what I used:

-Flowers
-Asparagus
-Rubber bands
-Jute Twine
-Scissors

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I got the tulips from Walmart for less than $5! First, I arranged the flowers how I liked, put a rubber band around them to hold them in place and trimmed the stems to the height I wanted. Make sure that your ends are all the same length so it will set evenly on a table.

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I used a toilet paper roll to add a little structure and to keep the tulips in place. Next, I trimmed all the asparagus. I used another rubber band around the toilet paper roll to hold the asparagus in place. Then I started adding the asparagus around the toilet paper roll.

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Once all the asparagus was in place, I tied jute twine around the top and bottom and removed the rubber band.

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I love tulips, but you could use any kind of flower and it would look great! I can’t wait to use this on my dining table! Heck, I might even cook! Make sure you come over to life preKARIous and see what other fun stuff I’ve got for Spring!

-Kari

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Happy Easter Inspiring Printable

Encircled in the Arms of My Love Inspiring Printable

 

You know that we love to share an inspiring printable with you the first Sunday of each month and I’m so happy it’s my turn so I can wish you Happy Easter Sunday!    I sure hope that your Easter has been wonderful so far.  Mine has been spent with family and friends being reminded of the amazing gift our Savior gave to us.

I found this quote:

“At this Easter season we are reminded of why we love Him and of the promise He makes to His faithful disciples to become His beloved friends. The Savior made that promise and told us how, in our service to Him, He comes to us. … ‘Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love’ (D&C 6:20). I experienced the joy of coming closer to the Savior and of His coming closer to me most often through simple acts of obedience to the commandments.”

—Henry B. Eyring, ““Come unto Me”

I loved the scripture quoted and wanted to have it to remind me that I can be encircled in the arms of His love.  That thought is so beautiful to me.  I hope you enjoy it too and have made the printable available below.

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All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.  For personal noncommercial use only.

Here are some other prints that will help inspire you.

General Conference Cash from Somewhat Simple for all those participating in LDS General Conference.

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The Most Important Work printable from Lil Luna

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True Happiness Printable from Jamie

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DIY Jewelry Dish

This post is sponsored by Polyform Products. All opinions are my own. DIY-Jewelry-Dish

I’m always racking my brain trying to think up fun creative gift ideas, especially for Mother’s Day.  I was trying to think of all the things that I would love and decided I really needed a Jewelry dish.  I decided that my mom would love a DIY Jewelry Dish that my girls made for her.  What a fun keepsake this would be.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Polymer clay
  • tin foil or wax paper
  • butter knife
  • rolling pin
  • oven safe bowl

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To get my little helpers started we washed our hands and made sure our work surface was clean.  Place a sheet of tin foil or wax paper under each set of hands.

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I let my girls each choose 2 colors, and we cut them in half, leaving the other half for another project.

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The clay can be pretty hard so you’ll need to knead it out lots.  My helpers were pretty good when the clay wasn’t as rough, but some of the clay did require a little more adult help.
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Once they had the clay in a more pliable state, we were ready to roll each piece into a snake.  The fun is starting.

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We took each snake piece and started to coil it.  Then connected the next color as we continued wrapping.

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My girls had so much fun with this.

Then I took the rolling pin and flatted it all out.

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Now you could be a perfectionist at this part and make sure it’s even everywhere, but I wanted this to show that my girls made it.  The imperfect is perfect to me.

Take the flatted clay and lay over an oven safe bowl.

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I also placed the bowl on a cookie sheet so it was easier to move.

You’ll bake this at 275 degrees F (130 C) for 30 minutes per 1/4″ of thickness.  I think I cooked mine for about 40 just for good measure.  Follow directions on the clay packaging.

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Once you take it out of the oven, you’ll want to remove it from off the bowl.  It can start to stick if you let it cool on there too long.

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Throw some jewelry in there and you are all set.

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