12 Spring Decor Projects

Last night we got hit with snow, but fortunately it wasn't near the 7 inches of fluffy stuff the weatherman predicted. It looked more like two inches to me. And since our weather is warming up in a couple days, the snow will be gone soon. Crazy Chicago area weather! All this makes me crave spring all the more, so today I'm sharing 12 spring decor projects you can make. They're all fairly simple to do. (This post contains affiliate links.) Let's … [Read more...]

Easy Paper Bag Vases

Welcome to the first edition of Celebrations at Home!  The second Sunday of each month I'm joining fellow bloggers to bring you a special celebration of home decor, crafts, or food.  Today's offering is something quick and simple that anyone can do. I think most of us are busy this time of year ... getting kids back to school, canning our tomatoes and other late summer veggies from the garden, doing fall home maintenance chores, and more. I … [Read more...]

DIY Mini Flags

Welcome to another edition of No-Sew Sunday! I'm joining a few other blogging friends to bring you patriotic projects you can do yourself ... without having to do any sewing!  Today is Flag Day so it seemed apropos to host a patriotic theme today. Join us the second Sunday of each month at 6 pm CT for a round of no-sew projects.  My project is super quick and easy and something you can use for the 4th of July. I made a set of DIY Mini Flags using … [Read more...]

DIY Burlap Bird Banner

Another rainy day has ended and more rain is on its way at the end of the week. The rain is great for our vegetable garden, but it's not so good for my mood. I'm getting a little stir crazy with the rain so I worked on some craft projects, like my new burlap bird banner. I love decorating with banners. They add color and whimsy to any corner of your home, and of course, they're always great for party decor. This one was pretty easy to … [Read more...]

How to Make Floating Tea Light Candles

With the holidays around the corner and Old Man Winter approaching, I thought it would be fun to tackle another candle project. I love candles any time of year, but I especially love them when the days are shorter and darker. They make the house feel warm and cozy. Today I'm sharing how to make floating tea light candles and arrange them with flowers for a pretty centerpiece. Candles are really easy to make and I love that you can customize … [Read more...]

DIY Boo Sign for Halloween

Although I love Halloween, I haven't always done a lot of decorating for the spooky holiday. My idea of All Hallow's Eve decor is to turn off the lights and set out a bunch of candles. Then I turn the TV onto the Halloween movie and watch Jamie Lee Curtis suffer through another night of torture. The mood for the evening of Tricks or Treats is set. But this year I decided to have a little fun and I created a DIY Boo sign for Halloween. Sparkly … [Read more...]

DIY Botanic Print Art Project

I don't consider myself much of an artist but I do like to tinker with creating pretty things. At least, I hope they'll be pretty when I'm finished with them. Today I'm sharing an easy DIY botanic print art project. Earlier this month at our local flea market I ran across this beautiful botanic artichoke print and was inspired to turn it into an art project. Here's my finished project, a botanic print framed in book pages. I love botanic prints … [Read more...]

Rummage Sale Wooden Tote Gets a Makeover

Our little town has a huge festival the weekend before school starts. The whole town along with their friends and families swoop down to attend a 2-hour parade on Friday night. On Saturdays, there are oodles of rummage and yard sales. The local Catholic church has the biggest selection and that's where I found my rummage sale wooden tote to make over. Here's what my rummage sale wooden tote looks like after its makeover. It now wears a coat of … [Read more...]

How to Create Pretty Paper Lanterns

When it comes to decorating for parties or special events, I love using flowers, banners and buntings, and paper lanterns. I had white paper lanterns on hand from Easter and decided to alter them a bit for a unique look. I had seen something similar on a wedding blog and felt inspired to create pretty paper lanterns. (These pictures were taken before we painted our front porch.) I decorated my pretty paper lanterns in turquoise and pink using … [Read more...]

How to Make Lavender Candles

One of my favorite scents in the world is calming lavender ... its sweet floral and herbal fragrance with balsamic undertones. One of the easiest ways to infuse its intoxicating scent throughout the home is with candles. I've found that dried lavender doesn't diffuse throughout a room as quickly and evenly as a burning candle. But good candles with quality fragrance can get expensive, so I decided to make my own lavender candles. I've made … [Read more...]

How to Make Handmade Greeting Cards

Last month I had so much fun creating Valentine's Day cards so I decided to make general-use handmade greeting cards. This is such an easy and economical project. You can make a bunch at once and then keep them stored in a drawer until you need to send a card. It sure beats paying $4 for a card at the grocery store! You could also keep the cards out on display to decorate your home. Here's how to make them ...   1. Gather Materials I … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Botanical Print Banner

Today is March 1st and it definitely came in like a lion. The wind was blowing and snow was flying all afternoon! But I'm not going to let it get me down. I made a quick and easy botanical banner to complement my spring decor in the kitchen that I plan to share with you this coming Tuesday for the Seasons of Home - Spring Edition tour. Yes, me and my favorite bloggers are showcasing spring inspiration that's Blooming with Color starting on Monday … [Read more...]

Paper Valentine Heart Banner

I must be going through holiday decorating withdrawals because I've never been as anxious to spruce up my home for Valentine's Day as this year. I guess I really did enjoy decorating for Christmas.  So anywho ... I started making Valentine's Day cards and one thing led to another and before I knew it, I had a paper Valentine heart banner instead. The big hearts were made with blank note cards and were supposed to be Valentine cards. They still … [Read more...]