Category Archives: diy decor

diy: no-sew outdoor pillow case [using an old shower curtain]

Happy day to you!  I’m over at Homecoming today sharing how I made these easy no-sew [still refuse to use the sewing machine!] outdoor pillow cases.  I guess you can classify this as another IKEA hack as they are made from an old IKEA shower curtain.

no-sew outdoor pillow case from a shower curtainSwing on by and check it out!

signature_hugs_amylinking up to:  Remodelaholic


a plastic pot gets a rustic makeover

I’m so excited to share this latest project with you!  I’m sure at least 95% of you reading this have at least one plastic pot in or outside your home.  I’m the queen of hoarding these.  I have no clue why, because my preference is terra cotta.  But who can resist the wallet-friendly price of plastic!  Not this mama.

My latest DIY victim was our plastic pot holding my beloved fiddle leaf fig.  I don’t have any glorious story of why I came up with this idea, other than I hated the way this pot looked+I had all the supplies on-hand and nicely hoarded away in the garage+I got a crazy hair you-know-where to give something in my house a makeover.  Call it DIY-addiction!

a plastic pot makeover using burlap +mod podgeThis is such a simple project.

Supplies:

  • Mod Podge [matte finish|for all surfaces]
  • Burlap
  • Paint Brush
  • Jute String
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

To start, cut your burlap to the length of your pot and add an extra 2″ [inches] to each end.

Next, paint on a coat of Mod Podge, working in sections.

plastic pot gets a makeover using burlapOnce you have a nice area covered, place your burlap over the Mod Podge.  Be sure the edges hang over a bit.

makeover a plastic pot using burlap and mod podgeBrush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the burlap [it appears white in the above picture, but dries clear].

Keep repeating this process until you have covered the entire pot.

a plastic pot gets a makeover using burlap and mod podgeNow trim off any excess [I obviously measured wrong, as I had a ton to trim].

Because my pot is curved, my burlap was not sticking to the bottom of it.  So I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge around the base of my pot and applied a little pressure to get it to stick.

give a plastic pot an easy makeover using burlap and mod podgeThis is where it started to get a bit messy.  Be sure you have a paper bag handy!

After the Mod Podge was dry [about one hour], I tied some jute string around the base of the pot.

plastic pot makeover using burlap and mod podgeMy original idea was to tie the string around the base so my burlap pot would have a scrunched look to it, sort of resembling a bag. But, I had about 1/3 cup of Mod Podge left and decided to wrap the string around the entire pot instead.

So I wrapped my jute string around my pot in a crazy random way.

give any plastic pot a refresh using mod podge and burlapThen I brushed it with some more Mod Podge.

makeover any plastic pot using burlap and mod podgeAfter another hour, this baby was hard as a rock!

The last step is to glue down the top edge.  I fired up my glue gun and then applied a line of hot glue inside the pot.

burlap and mod podge give a plastic pot a makeover

I pressed the burlap onto the glue with the tip of the glue gun, so I didn’t burn my fingers [I say that after burning my fingers countless times!]. use burlap and mod podge to makeover a plastic potA few seconds and it’s good.  Once your top edge is glued down, you’re done!  I love the way this turned out and love how custom it looks.  It adds some nice texture to the dining room.

store bought plastic pot makeover with burlap and mod podgejute string burlap and mod podge give a plastic pot  makeoverplastic pots makeover with burlap and mod podgeplastic pot makeover using mod podge and burlapa plastic pot makeover using burlap and mod podgeAs I said before, I had these supplies already hoarded away in my garage.  But, if you were to purchase everything here is a breakdown:

plastic pot [20"x20"]…$14.97

all-surface matte finish mod podge…$4.79

burlap…$6.74

jute string…$2.33

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TOTAL COST:  $28.83

Not too shabby for something that looks so sweet.  I have plans to do this to a few other pots laying around.

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tutorial: how to make 3-D picture frames

3d picture frames created from gutter guards

I must admit that when I [completely unintentionally] left you hanging after last week’s post I wasn’t prepared for all the sweet comments and creative guesses that were headed my way.

I asked you in that post if you could figure out what these funky 3-D picture frames were made of.  I loved all the guesses [they ranged from hamster wheels to metal garden fencing].

Well, are you ready to know?

Drum roll…..

These are made from vinyl gutter guards!  Yep, nothing more than some vinyl strips you shove into your gutters to prevent them from getting clogged with leaves and debris.  I stumbled upon these a couple weeks ago while hunting for a couple bricks to make my son’s dinosaur bookends.  The modern design caught my eye and the price for a 3ft piece wasn’t even $2.00.  I threw a few in my cart and brainstormed all the way home what I could make out of them.

After my recent entry way makeover I was in need of some modern, b+w art that didn’t over power the walls.  I thought these gutter guards would make the perfect picture frames and here is how simple it is to make a few…

how to make 3d picture frames from gutter guardsNow this part was the most challenging for me…choosing what pictures to use!  I have thousands of pictures of my kids, dog, family, etc and deciding which ones to put up on the wall was crazy.  I managed to grab a few favorites and made a b+w copy of each on our printer.

make 3d picture frames from gutter guardsNow simply determine how large you want your frame.  I made mine various sizes and cut each strip of the gutter guard to size.

3d picture frame made from vinyl gutter guardsNow simply wrap the gutter guard closed [I overlapped about 0.5"] and secure each end with a small zip tie.  You will use 2 zip ties per frame.

3d picture frames made out of gutter guards3d picture frames made from vinyl gutter guardsJust snip off the excess of the zip tie and you’re done with your frame!

Now lay your b+w copy on a flat surface and lay your picture frame on top.  Trace with a pencil around the outside of your frame then cut out the b+w picture.

make 3d picture frame from gutter guardsTo secure the picture to the frame I ran a thin bead of hot glue [it dries almost immediately] around the edge of the picture then secured the frame to it.

I chose to paint a few frames black and repeated all the above steps.

3d picture frames made from gutter guardsThese weigh next-to-nothing so to secure them to the wall I simply used a couple pieces of double-sided tape.

I have to admit that I’m pretty much over the whole gallery wall thing, but I love the way this one turned out.  It’s a modern, Scandinavian look that I just adore [right now].  I feel I should always say that since I change taste so rapidly.

create 3d picture frames from gutter guards make a 3d picture frame using gutter guardshow to make a 3d picture frame using gutter guardsmake 3d picture frame using gutter guardsThis project cost apx $5.00 and I think it’s worth every penny.  My favorite part [other than those sweet faces]  is asking friends+neighbors who drop by to guess what the frames are made out of.

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