Tag: home decor

Personalized Door Hangar

If you know anything about me, you know that I am a sucker for a good deal. Hence, my recent Groupon addiction. They are now partnered with Ibotta, the awesome app that gives you cash back for groceries. So far, my deals have ranged from 5-30 percent back on my purchase. I found this personalized door hangar a few months ago. What a gem!

Personalized Door Hangar

I had to order it. There was a coupon for it AND I got 30% back with Ibotta. There was no way that deal was going to get by me. It did take a while to get to me. I am fine with that. It is cut from a single piece of wood and the quality is quite impressive. I am willing to wait for a worthy product. Though beautiful in it’s original state, I knew that I wanted o spice it up a bit. My front door is black, so I decided to paint it a tealish color to make it pop a bit. I also tied on several paper flowers. I hot glued pieces of twine on the flowers and tied them on rather than gluing them straight to the wood. This will give me freedom to change the embellishments up in the future without damaging the product.

Personalized Door Hangar

Here is a better look fro a few steps back. Please pardon the condition of my door. It is in dire need of a paint job. That is on my to-do list for next week. I am on a little vacation, so I have time for projects. What a great feeling!

Personalized Door Hangar

What I also love about this is something that I didn’t even think of until my husband pointed it out. It looks super cool at night!

Personalized Door Hangar

The traditional wreath on my door has officially been replaced. I definitely recommend getting on of these next time you see a deal running for them on Groupon!

Personalized Door Hangar

Glade Candle Upcycle – Part 2

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Glade Candle Upcycle - cheerfuldreamer.com Let me start by saying that I had a lot of fun making these! It also got rid of five of the jars in the empty candle box. The best part is that I sold these on Etsy the same day I listed them! This completely justifies my hoarding things. I don’t know why I hoard craft supplies… I blame my mom. She has a problem 🙂 but I love her anyway. One day I shall inherit her immense collection of candle jars, empty canisters and old magazines. I should stop, she is probably reading this. I love you, mommy! Anyway, you only need a few things for this project: Twine, sequins (I think gold looks really nice with the neutral color of the twine) and hot glue. You can do this on any type of candle jar. The nice thing about Glade jars is that they are small and uniform. It won’t take forever covering this like it would a big jar from Yankee Candle or something. The easiest way to remove the wax from the jars is to fill them up with piping hot water and let them sit. I just fill up a tea kettle and pour the water once it is boiling. It is much safer than pouring the water from a pot on the stove. The wax will slowly become dislodged and float to the top. Most of them will do this on their own, but you may have to pry a few out. I just used a wooden skewer on the ones I found to be difficult. Glade Candle Upcycle - cheerfuldreamer.comGlade Candle Upcycle - cheerfuldreamer.comGlade Candle Upcycle - cheerfuldreamer.com After that, wipe them out with a little Goo Gone to remove any residual wax and you will be good to go! Some of the jars may have a bit of black on them from their previous use, but that is very easy to clean off. I like to do large batches at a time. It is a great time saver when you are doing projects and already have a stash of clean jars set aside. Glade Candle Upcycle - cheerfuldreamer.com I started by covering two jars completely in twine and one just in sequins. After that I made two of them have patterns using both materials. I would advise that if you make these, you just use small tea lights in order to prevent a flame from touching the top and catching your twine on fire. I use LED tea lights to be safe. Glade Candle Upcycle - cheerfuldreamer.com What other kinds of materials do you think would look good on these? I am always looking to make more and would love to try out some of your suggestions!!

**The product links that I have provided are affiliate links. If you buy the product, I get a few cents. That being said, I only list items that I myself have or would purchase and use.

Personalized Cutting Board

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Personalized Cutting Board - cheerfuldreamer.com

One of the great things about my mom is that she loves handmade gifts. I’m not talking macaroni necklaces and refrigerator drawing, but nice quality handmade things. Lucky for her I am crafty. I wanted to make something both different and meaningful for her and I got the idea for this cutting board. I thought it would be neat to put a recipe on it, but quickly realized I could not pick from just one of the great women that were close to her. Instead, I chose one from each of my grandmothers and one from my great grandmother.

After I decided how I wanted to display them, I taped them to a piece of computer paper and made a copy to ensure the original recipe cards were not damaged. I then grabbed a piece of carbon paper and traced the recipes onto the board. (My apologies for the lack of pictures. I was in the crafting zone and didn’t even think about it.) After that I grabbed some wood burning tools and got to work.

Burning the words on was the most tedious thing that I have ever done. Seriously. I wanted to give up on the project three words in, but I kept chugging along. It would probably have been easier with a steady hand, but I was all over the place. It took forever for me to finish this. I really thought that it would be easier, but I do attribute some of that struggle to the cutting board that I picked out. I chose a bamboo board. It is nice to look at, but once I started burning I realized that it wasn’t truly flat once you got through the surface layer. There are pretty deep grains and lines in there. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose a plain wooden board.

The happiness it gave my mom is priceless, though and I am so pleased that she loves it as much as she does.

Sharpie Coasters

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Sharpie Coasters - cheerfuldreamer.com

My inner kiddo loves coloring. I’m surprised it took me so long to try out this projects. I have been hearing about sharpie coasters for a while now. The concept is pretty simple. Just color your coasters with sharpie markers, drop alcohol on them and seal them once they’re dry. BOOM! Easy peasy. This is a very inexpensive project to do, especially if you have a lot of sharpies around the house already. The coasters cost fifteen cents each at Lowes.

I grabbed a few markers and did a rough chevron pattern. The only thing I changed after I took this initial picture was add a few black stripes.

Sharpie Coasters - cheerfuldreamer.com

To get the alcohol out, I just stuck a straw in the bottle and brought out a few drops at a time. I did one layer and once it was dry, hit it with more alcohol on spots that seemed untouched.

Sharpie Coasters - cheerfuldreamer.com

It is very important that you spray it with an aerosol sealer before you use any Mod Podge. This will keep the colors from smearing. I used three coats to make sure nothing would be wiped away.

Sharpie Coasters - cheerfuldreamer.com

I can’t wait to put these to use! I think I will probably gift them. Have you guys tried this before? What worked for you?

Paper Project 4: Vase Redo

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Paper Vase Redo - cheerfuldreamer.com

A friend of mine got married a few years ago and had her centerpieces in these really nice glass vases. As a thank you for helping her set up for her reception, she let me have them. Score! I haven’t done much with them, but have had them tucked away for a project such as this.

The most time consuming part of this was cutting out the strips of paper. I cut the strips out in sizes ranging from one line to four. I used a paper cutter which made it much easier. Using scissors would have been way too tedious. Yikes. I would have gone nuts.

So, cut your strips out like so:

Paper Vase Redo - cheerfuldreamer.com

Then just start gluing! I used my old favorite, Elmer’s glue. There are so many adhesive options out there these days that many people turn their noses up at the stuff. I don’t care if it is the same glue that I used in kindergarten. It works! Not to mention that fact that it is CHEAP. I always buy a bunch of bottles when it is on clearance after back to school time.

I glued all of the strips on until a single layer covered the entire vase. After that, I glued more layers on, trying to make it not look too uniform. Like I have said in the previous projects, don’t use too much glue. It will cause the paper to crinkle and look bad.

Once it was completely dry, I hit it with two coats of spray acrylic sealer. I let it dry overnight and topped it off with a coat of matte finish Mod Podge. Because I sealed it with the spray beforehand, I did not have to worry about the Mod Podge making the paper soggy.

Paper Vase Redo - cheerfuldreamer.com

I haven’t put anything in the vase yet. I think some bright red flowers or something bold like that would look really nice.

Glade Candle Upcycle

Glade Candle Upcycle - cheerfuldreamer.com

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I know that I have said I am not a hoarder… but I have A LOT of empty Glade candle jars. Like maybe a few boxes. I actually might need an intervention. I just tell myself that as long as I keep coming up with projects like this, it is all okay. You might remember my first candle redo. It was so much fun to do AND I sold it on Etsy. That totally justifies everything. Right? Right.

Anyway, this is a very easy project and you can make it in any color to match the décor in your home. To get the candle wax out of the jars, all I did was pour boiling water in the jars until it came loose. Then I did a once over with some Goo Gone and I was ready to craft.

Using a hot glue gun, I adorned half of each candle with sequins and think yarn. I thought it would be cute to do the opposite pattern on each of them. It is as easy as that my friends!