What can YOU make from Dollar Tree Arrows?

Want to guess what we made from Dollar Tree arrows? Before I retired, I was a Realtor. So naturally I see possible HOUSES in these little arrows.

Below is a picture after we took the twine hanger off. I bought four of these to do something with. I just wasn’t sure how to arrange them to look like a village.

I placed them how I wanted to glue them together and my Mom sawed the bottoms to all be level. I decided to paint each one a different color and I choose a neutral pallet. I did not want this to be only holiday decor. I wanted more everyday Farmhouse Decor.

Here I am putting them together after my Mom trimmed them.

I knew I wanted shades of gray and shades of tan. This project sat around and wasn’t worked on while we did Christmas Decor. So it took me awhile to come up with something cute. I decided it needed a background. I searched my stash and found the perfect size canvas to use. I did not paint it.

I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer. I have a House Pattern Transfer. So I used it for the “Home Sweet Home” and the little windows and hearts. I used a wooden “Family” from Hobby Lobby since it fit so perfectly.

Home Sweet Home from Chalk Couture Transfer

Below is a picture of the crossover bow I made from gray and tan and brown ribbons.

The neutral colors match my home decor and hopefully many others’ decor too. I may try to sell it or I may keep it. It is really cute.

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Little White Farmhouses

I have a “Home Patterns” Chalk Couture Transfer that I wanted to use on these little houses. I wanted them to look like little Farmhouses. I love the Pennsylvania Amish Farmhouses and Barns. I hope they look somewhat similar.

I am an independent Chalk Couture Designer and I chalked these two on my Chalk Facebook Page. Town and Country Chalk Creations. I’ve inserted a link to the video below.

I think they turned out really cute. I hope to get a large tray to put them in along with some other Green Trees. This particular tree was made from two Dollar Tree Trees.

My Mom and I put two trees together and she wrapped them with the garland from Dollar Tree. With one tree, we pushed all the branches to one side and the other tree we did the same. Then we attached them with wire and glue. She hid the two columns of trunks with the garland.

I had the little galvanized bucket in my stash along with some styrofoam. Mom hid the styrofoam with more garland. It was top heavy due to the bucket not really being big enough or heavy enough. So we improvised and glued the bucket on a scrap piece of wood.

I plan on decorating it. I think it came out cute too since it really only cost about One dollar each for the two trees and garland.

HOME SWEET HOME. Isn’t home what is important right now?

FAMILY is why we are who we are. FAMILY is why we do what we do.

HOME and FAMILY given to us by the Lord’s Grace. The End.

I truly hope you have a wonderful holiday this year. I know so many people feel loneliness and unhappiness during the holidays. I pray for those that feel this way and hope they find peace and contentment.

Reach out to someone you think may feel this way. It may make all the difference in the world to them.

Thank you so much for reading this blog. I hope you read more in the future and go back and read some from the past. Drop me a comment on what you might like to see on my blog. Happy Holidays!

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How to Make My Country Farmhouse Bows

Hi everyone!

For some projects I need bigger bows with tails. Here is a picture of one I made on a Facebook Live Video. I love these Country Farmhouse Rustic Bows.

Below is a link to the video I made. Keep reading for more details too.

I don’t usually make my bows with loops. I go for a rustic or primitive look.

These were being made for my 52 inch WELCOME porch leaner signs. A picture can be seen below.

52 Inch Farmhouse Welcome Sign

I select all the ribbons I want to use. I love ALL my ribbons so this is easy AND this is hard. But I try to select 3-5 that look good together and look good with the project they are going on. Some are thin, some are wide. I try to mix it up.

I almost always use some burlap. I like that Country Farmhouse look.

I use a BOWDABRA…. if…..if…..I am making a bow with tails. Check out this affiliate Amazon link if you want to read more about this craft tool and check out the price. No pressure to buy because you can use clips too as you can see in my Facebook Video.

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Before you put any ribbon on the BOWDABRA, you should put your wire or twine or pipe cleaner in the grooves first. The BOWDABRA will come with instructions plus there are many, many YouTube videos on how to do this. But you can also watch my Facebook Video to see how I did mine. I use twine and for this bow I made my twine extra long to tie around my porch leaner. Below is a picture of the Red and White Bow I made on the Live Video.

Red and White and Burlap…..ready for Christmas!

I put my tails on first. One layer of my tails usually always includes a wired burlap ribbon. Let’s face it. Burlap goes with all colors. We work with a lot of wood. Burlap is the color of raw wood. So when you sand some projects and the raw wood shows through, the burlap matches or coordinates with that wood.

My next tail is a layer of the most desired color and/or designed ribbon. The pièce de ré·sis·tance. In most cases, it is the buffalo plaid. This is such a popular print right now.

I dovetail each end of each ribbon if it is wide enough. If short, I angle the ends.

Two layers of tails on each side is really enough. I did more on the Facebook video but they weren’t needed to make an impact for the project.

I then add my burlap. After the burlap, I add the other ribbon keeping the pièce de ré·sis·tance ribbon the focal point.

When you have all the layers you want, pull the twine tight and tie in the back.

Voila, you have a Country Farmhouse bow.

The Vintage Truck Ribbon was the pièce de ré·sis·tance on this bow. I love Vintage Trucks!

There are many, many ways to make a bow. Please don’t think mine is the only way. I have combined several techniques to reach my favorite practice. You will too after you make several. Happy bow making!!

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So that’s how I make them. I hope you enjoyed and begin to make your own.

Patio Candle Holders Restyled and Reused

DIY

I decided to keep my candles and make them part of my new patio decor.

Below is a picture “before”. I hate to “throw things out”. I like to repurpose or restyle.

I liked the blue but I LOVE the white that they are now. Keep scrolling for more info.

Before the paint….
They already had a chippy affect going on….I wanted to keep that distressed look.

I painted them, sanded them, put fall twinkle lights in them, then put a ribbon at the top.
Here they are……I love them!
I can just see them with Red Poinsettias at Christmas time. If the weather behaves.

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Restyled Patio Thermometer

Not your ordinary Thermometer…..

I had always put my outside thermometer on my back patio shelves. The problem was they are round. They don’t stand up properly. The one I had, I had left in the box so I could prop it up. I have never wanted to put up a nail in the siding of my house to hang one up.

So I came up with an idea to glue it to a board that had black and white buffalo print on it.

I wanted it to match my black and white decor I had chosen as my new color scheme.

I hope this gives you inspiration to do something similar if you have a thermometer that you keep on your shelves too. Keep reading for how I made this board that backs it.

Sitting on my Patio Shelf.

I had several sizes of bead board cut for another project I had worked on earlier in the year. So I chose one that my new rather “plain looking” thermometer would fit on. When Hurricane Laura came through our area, my Mom and I worked on painting Buffalo Plaid on several surfaces. This was one of them. I have a blog post describing the process. I will link it here:

How to Paint Stripes and Buffalo Plaid

I have a Facebook Video explaining the steps you take to paint this process. It is linked below.

It was not easy doing the buffalo print on the bead board. I would recommend a flat piece of craft board such as underlayment.

Below are some pictures I took while I was trying to decide what ribbon to put on as a bow. It was just too plain without some sort of embellishment.

Deciding which ribbon would look the best.

I restyled the two birdhouses next to it so that they would coordinate.

Close Up Picture. This was taken on a day we were happy the temps were below 90 degrees.

Here is the total look of the Shelf Makeover. Much neater than it was before.

Below is a collage of before and after.

Sorry the before picture is so blurry.

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