Top 5 Spring DIY Decor Ideas

Hi Everyone! Here are my top five favorite Spring Crafts we made this year. These go beyond Easter and some can be used all year round. Keep reading for more details.

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Spring Block Letters

One of the first projects we made was to welcome spring and make these block letters. I was ready to take down Winter and Valentine’s decor and put up something with bright colors. These letters were the ticket. We used 2×4’s and stained them. Then decoupaged spring time scrapbook paper on each one. I used ready made letters and flowers to embellish each block. This was a fun project. I am thinking about turning them around and decorating Americana “Summer” on the backside. I’ll keep you posted if I do this. More info can be found here: SPRING BLOCK LETTERS

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Nature Inspired Spring Wreath

Another favorite project was this spring wreath. I had a Berry Wreath on here for Christmas/Winter/Valentine’s. I love how simple and clean this looks for Spring. I used a ready made grapevine wreath and embellished with a birds nest and purple heather. I used my wooden tray as a backdrop. More info can be found here: NATURE INSPIRED SPRING WREATH

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Rustic Lace and Burlap Angel

This cute neutral colored angel can be a part of your decor all year round. Mom made here with a more rounded bottom and a round ball for her head. Except for the burlap flower, lace and raffia she is fairly primitive in design. More info can be found here: RUSTIC LACE AND BURLAP ANGEL

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Garden Angels

We made these garden angels before things started turning green. I love to put angels in my flower beds and flower pots. They are very comforting symbols to mix in your home and garden decor. We also made one with a stake to put in flower pots. More info can be found here: RUSTIC WOODEN GARDEN ANGELS

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Turquoise Jeweled Wooden Cross

Crosses are another year round home decor. This one is special to me since Mom made it and turquoise is my favorite color. I love the cross jewel in the middle with tiger’s eye and turquoise nuggets. More info can be found here: TURQUOISE JEWELED WOODEN CROSS

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Thank you for for reading about my top five spring crafts so far this year. I am going to be working on some chicken wire projects coming up. So stay tuned please. Happy Spring!

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Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse

Are you into Recycling? Repurposing? Upcycling? Turning trash into treasure? Here’s a paper craft for you. Recycle and Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls into Shabby Chic Paper Pocket Purses. These little paper holders would be great for gift cards or any small treasures. How about making one for Mother’s Day? Put a little note inside telling your Mom how special she is to you?

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I was inspired by Gi Kerr from YouTube. She made the cutest little pocket purses. Please go look her up where she makes these in real time. She gives detailed measurements and instructions. She is awesome!

Please visit my Youtube and see a time lapsed video and walk through of my paper purse. Click Here.

Here are a few pictures of my process.

It takes three rolls to make one purse. You can turn your purse landscape or portrait. I am still working on my portrait one. I cut and prepared six rolls because I am making two purses. Cut your rolls in half and get them wet under the faucet. I sprayed with hydrogen peroxide. You can also wipe down with sanitizer.

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Let them dry. I placed mine under some heavy tile to keep them flat until I was ready to use them.

I followed Gi Kerr’s advice and covered the inside portion with book pages and then inked them with Ranger Distressed Ink Oxide in Vintage Photo. I also used touches of Green and Teal inks. I used a regular glue stick to keep the paper on. I also used Mod Podge in areas that did not stick very well. I recommend sewing the edges. My sewing machine is still in the attic so I just used glue for this one.

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For the most part, I just used Elmer’s Glue Stick. Then Mod Podge for the edges that did not hold well with the stick.

Below are two pictures of the accordion sides. I like the word Gi Kerr calls them. Concertina. The sides make this little purse hold more ephemera than it would if we just glued the sides straight onto each other. I used coffee stained card stock to make the accordion sides. Next time I plan to use plain paper.

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I grunged the sides with Oxide and Ink.

To make the fold over flap I attached an aqua lace ribbon. You want to leave room (leave a gap) so the flap folds down easily. I grunged the ribbon with Ink Oxide to match the paper. I also trimmed the bottom with the same lace ribbon.

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The scrapbook paper already had a pink butterfly on it. I love maps and butterflies so this paper was perfect.
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I used Tim Holtz quotes with sayings that matched my theme of maps and journeys.
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I made three tags to go inside the little purse. There is room to journal on the front and on the back.
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I had to mix in some floral pieces.
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These were the quotes I used.
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I painted a safety pin teal and used an old price tag and Tim Holtz stamp to add interest to the top left corner.
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The closures were made from two paper discs attached with small brads. A sheer ribbon is used to fasten it.

I am falling in love with paper art. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind. They take on a personality of their own and even though you are creating it…..it creates itself. I hope I inspire you to try to be creative with paper.

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Rustic Wooden Garden Angels, Simple Farmhouse Style

These angels will look over your garden and bring you happiness as you look at them. It’s that wonderful time of year, where we get to spend time outside playing in the dirt, planting pretty flowers and yummy vegetables.

Leave room in the Garden so the Angels can Dance.

The simple lines of these angels are what makes them so desirable. They were painted by diluting acrylic paints with water and “washing” over the wood with white, brown and aqua.

Collage of Pictures of Wooden Garden Angels
Teal or Aqua Colored Wooden Garden Angel on a Garden Stake.
We made one with a Garden Stake. Two different options.
Teal or Aqua Colored Wooden Garden Angel that stands on its own.
“Washed” with Teal/Aqua paint.

These angels stand on their own with a block in the back as you can see in the photo below.

White Washed Wooden Garden Angel that stands on its own. Picture shows the backside block that holds it up.
This little block makes they stand up nicely.
Brown Colored Wooden Garden Angel that stands on its own.
“Washed” with brown paint.
White Washed Wooden Garden Angel that stands on its own.
“Washed” with white paint.
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We added a twine necklace and that was all the finishing touches they needed.

Thank you so much for reading about our Garden Angels. They look great on the fireplace too. These are all year round decor. Indoor and Outdoor too.

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Easy Gift Card Or Pocket For An Art Journal

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Learn how to fold and make this Loaded Vintage-Look Gift Card. This one has a vintage vibe, but I hope to inspire you to make one too with a theme of your choice. You could give this as a gift as is or you could put it inside a junk journal. Journaling is a great way to be creative. You can be creative with your Paper Art and also with your Writing.

Keeping a journal is also a great way to deal with grief and/or depression. Don’t forget……Writing is another form of Creating!

I was inspired by one of my favorite YouTubers for this cute Pocket that could also be a gift or a greeting card. Let the circle of inspiration continue. I’ll post her channel name and the video name at the bottom of the page. Please go check her out.

Here is a Short Video with a quick walk through. Click Here.

This paper is from my favorite collection that I bought at Hobby Lobby. The Paper Studio, Haberdashery. You can find these half off at least once a month.

I started with a scrapbook page I loved. It was a 12×12 and I cut it down to regular copy size. The example on YouTube is even smaller. These scrapbook pages are thick and the backside is plain brown as you can see when I start folding it. Pictures of the supplies are down at the bottom of the blog page.

This is the first fold.
This is the second fold.

Please refer to the video linked above for the final fold. There are two ways to do it and the video is much better at showing how. As you make the final fold, put the two “mountain peaks” at the top and fold the two bottom pieces in toward the center.

When I was finished folding all my favorite images had disappeared. So I selected another same exact paper and made several inserts to go inside all the pockets. The first one I made was the tall tag for the back pocket. I wanted it to be strong so I doubled the layers. Below is a picture of how I was determining to place a charm on it. The inspiration piece used metal grommets and a bracelet chain. I did not have that option so I used buttons and an old necklace with beads. I added a quote “With brave wings she flies.” It became a vintage butterfly theme.

Working on the tall insert for the back pocket.
Here are two of the finished inserts.

The second insert is two butterfly images from the same booklet of scrapbook pages. I just cut them to fit into the second pocket and added “Don’t forget to fly” quote at the top. The quotes are from a Tim Holtz collection pictured below. On the right side of the pocket I glued another butterfly that would show even with all the inserts inside. I also made the back more sturdy and used Liquitex Gel Medium to double side a portion of the backside. Below is a picture of the pocket after adding the butterfly on the right hand side.

My next step was to make a small tag for the next pocket. I knew I wanted a tag with lace and ribbon to grab onto as I pull in and out of the pocket. I had a wooden tag just the right size. So I inked the raw wood and then added a butterfly, quote, lace and ribbons. I may or may not keep the charm attached to the ribbons. For now it is weighing them down and keeping them all together for the photos.

Small tag for one of the middle pockets.

For the small front pocket I knew I wanted a flower of some sort. But I wanted to put a scrap snippet on it. Snippets are made from little scraps of anything. I used lace, paper and two buttons. These are fun to make and use up some of your scraps.

I ended up putting the snippet to the side for easy movement in and out of the
pocket.

Below is a picture of a flat lay with all the components. I added lace edging around the two main pockets and inked all the edges front and back with Ranger Distressed Oxide in Vintage Photo. I worked on this off and on for a whole weekend. I used my stash. I didn’t want to go “buy” anything.

Flat lay of all components.

Below are some pictures of the supplies I used. I also used Mod Podge, Gel Medium and Fabric Tack.

I used about 3-4 different partial sheets of this paper.
I used three of these quotes and inked them with Ranger Distressed Oxide in Vintage Photo.

YouTube Inspiration: Quick and Easy Junk Journal Pocket, Junk Journaling Tutorial, Loaded Pocket for Junk Journal by PinkMonarchPrints

I think this would be a GREAT gift for youngsters birthdays with a gift card in one of the pockets. How about graduation? Mother’s Day? Your daughter or sister’s birthday? I just see endless possibilities.

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Rustic Lace and Burlap Angel

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My Mom loves to make crosses and angels. I think many people like to have these comforting symbols displayed in their homes and gardens all year long. Here is a neutral colored little angel that could be displayed all year long.

Rustic Brown and Beige Angel with Lace and Burlap.

When we start with a blank wooden cutout the options are endless. With this sweet little angel we decided to stay very neutral and rustic. I think it fits in with everyone’s home decor all year long.

Rustic Brown and Beige Angel with Lace and Burlap.

Mom painted the wings and head beige and the body was stained with diluted brown acrylic paint.

Rustic Brown and Beige Angel with Lace and Burlap.

For embellishments she added a simple, rustic bow of twine and raffia.

Rustic Brown and Beige Angel with Lace and Burlap.

We didn’t have a small enough doily so we made a collar of coffee stained lace. We then added the burlap flower with a button in the middle.

Rustic Brown and Beige Angel with Lace and Burlap.

My favorite part of this angel is the shape of her wings. I hope we inspire you to create and decorate your home for the seasons and for comfort. I love to be surrounded by comforting home accessories. The OXFORD DICTIONARY defines comforting as:

Comforting = “serving to improve a person’s mood or restore a sense of physical well-being.”

Comforting = “serving to alleviate a person’s feelings of grief or distress.”

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Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny

Hi Everyone! Here is another decoupage project. Decoupaging is definitely a way to go to get a custom one-of-a-kind look. This may be our last bunny for the season. Easter is upon us.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

We decoupaged this bunny with fabric on both sides. The hardest part was choosing which two fabrics to use. Then choosing a paint color for the side edges.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

Mom cut the bunny out of some thick wood we had on hand. She also did the decoupaging. I then painted the sides and sanded it and put the bows on it. I think he turned out so cute! I had painted the sides white, then green…..then yellow won out.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
The top ribbon with the flowers on it is extraordinarily beautiful. It is sheer with flowers and on top and around the edges.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
Here is the green side. It has a smaller ribbon.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

This little bunny could be put on a kitchen island and seen from all sides. I love that it is reversible.

I hope this project has inspired you in some small way. That’s what this blog is all about. Sharing of ideas. It keeps Mom and I busy and filled with purpose. We don’t make a lot of money doing this but that is okay. It is just fun.

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Decoupaged Stand Up Easter Egg

Hi Everyone! We are here for home decor and crafting inspiration. Here’s some Easter Decor and decoupage inspiration.

It’s REVERSIBLE! We were going to paint this LARGE egg but decided decoupaging was the way to go. One side has pink polka dot fabric and the other side has pastel stripes from a napkin. We always have to have a Plan B because sometimes our Plan A doesn’t work out.

Here’s a collage of several pictures.

The egg stood by itself because the piece of wood is really thick. But Mom added the base to make it sturdier and more substantial. We have a lot of scrap wood we collected from doing other projects and from a fence we are tearing down.

I added the egg hang tags. One has “You Are a Good Egg”. The other has “Happy Easter”. I used my Chalk Couture Transfers. I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer and love using these screen prints instead of stencils.

We bought Easter Colored Ribbon from Hobby Lobby to make the bow on top. I wanted the bow to be seen from both directions. That way the forever home has the choice of which way they want to position the egg when they get it home. The tags can be put on either side or both on one side.

The sides were so thick that they needed some decoration too. Hope you like the polka dots. 🙂
We bought Easter colored fabric from Walmart. The pink polka dot is from one of those packages.

I hope we give you ideas to create projects of your own. My Mom seems to be doing better after the rough year of 2020. She loves to stay busy and loves having a “purpose”. Don’t we all?

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Turquoise and Brown Wooden Cross with Jeweled Pendant

Hi Everyone! We are here to inspire you to be creative. Having a hobby can help you with grief and depression. Here is another craft idea if you are interested.

Turquoise is a very special color to me. It is my birthstone. So this is a very special cross. It has three layers of wooden crosses plus a turquoise and brown (tiger’s eye) stone embellished cross. The stones are faux but they are beautiful!! I will be keeping this cross. It is just beautiful and I don’t think the pictures do it justice.

Mom began with the bottom layer which has a very nice shape to it. But when she put the second layer it really began to look like a work of art. The third cross was added on top because the jeweled pendant didn’t show up against the brown background. It along with the jewel was the pièce de ré·sis·tance.

Here it is sitting on my buffet. It matches my buffet and painting perfectly.
Mom bought this pendant at Joann’s Fabric store. Luckily they were half off when we went. This was the PERFECT cross to put this jeweled cross on!!
Here it is at another angle on my Farmhouse buffet.

I hope we have inspired you to go out and be creative. Even if you don’t have wood to work with you can recycle and repurpose items you do have. Think outside the box and create mixed media which is a combination of painting, collage, decoupage, ink stamping, etc. The possibilities are endless! Just have fun!

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Three Wooden Crosses Made From the Same Pattern

My Mom made three crosses all with the same pattern. Just the colors and embellishments are different. There is a brown one, green one and pink one. I’ll explain how each was made.

The cross below was “stained” with watered down acrylic brown paint. Then a second wooden cross was put on top and dry brushed with tan, blush and gray paint. A jewelry accent was added to the middle. What is unusual about this cross was that Mom used a knife to rough up the edges of the bottom layer cross. It gives it a very rough cut look.

The next cross was painted green and then a scarf was draped around all edges. Mom bought several jewelry pieces at Joann’s. The green stone in the middle of the cross jewelry piece brought this cross alive with color.

The next cross was done the same as the green cross except with a pink butterfly scarf. After resizing this picture is blurry but she made a fabric flower out of the same fabric and put a flower inside that one.

This picture has not been resized so it is a little clearer.

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Wooden Short Easter Bunny with Happy Painted Face

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For the spaces in your home where you don’t have room for a full size bunny, here is a short version. It is just a Bunny Bust. It is just the face and neck with a big bow tie. All bunnies were made with repurposed fence boards. This wood is thicker than privacy fence board however, not quite thick enough to stand alone.

Wooden-Short-Bunny with painted face and ears.  He has a bow and eggs that have a bunny and Happy Easter on them.

Mom made little wooden feet (paw) so that the bunny would stand alone. Mom does all the cutting of the wood. She made a pattern similar to the porch leaners we made.

Wooden Short Bunny.

Between his paws and his bow there was room to add some decorated eggs. I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer so I used two Easter transfers to put the wording on with white chalk paste. I did paint these and then wax them so the transfers would not bleed.

Wooden short bunny

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