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“IT’S A LOVE WITHOUT END, AMEN” – WOODLAND NURSERY SIGNS

"it's a love without end, amen" woodland nursery signs

Learn how to make these DIY woodland nursery signs! Inspired by George Strait’s song – Love Without End, Amen – and the endless love shared between a parent and their child.

"it's a love without end, amen" DIY woodland nursery signs

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When designing our son’s nursery, I had been seeing all sorts of wood signs available on Etsy with cute phrases and woodland animals. Being a natural-born DIYer, I had instantly already made the decision to make our own woodland nursery signs.

For me, DIY isn’t always about saving money, but putting in the time and love to make it. This is one of those instances.

We wanted something special that served as a reminder of a simple, yet cherished truth each day.

And that is how these woodland nursery signs came to be.

"It's a love without end, amen" woodland nursery signs

Country + Christian. That pretty much sums up the genre of music that plays in this household. So when I was trying to figure out what words to paint onto our son’s woodland nursery signs, I thought what better words than those from George Strait’s song – Love Without End, Amen.

Those four words say everything. Everything about the endless love shared between our son and his daddy, mommy, and Heavenly Father.

After having completed our floating corner shelves, we made sure to add some black bears to continue on with the woodland theme in our son’s nursery.

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Use vinyl instead of paint and a stencil.
  • Customize the signs with a different animal, flowers, trees, etc.
  • Forego the chains and hang the signs arranged either horizontally or vertically.
  • Use 1×4 project boards for clean 90 degree edges.
  • Rip the rounded edges off of 1×4 furring strips with a table saw to get clean 90 degree edges. Rip .25″ off each side. Boards will then be 3″ wide instead of 3.5″.

TWO WAYS TO MAKE THE STENCILS:

There are two different ways to make the stencils: using a Cricut or by hand with an X-Acto knife (or something similar).

If making the stencils by hand, you can download your free printable here and follow along below. But I personally would highly recommend the Cricut seeing as how it is much easier and will save you a lot of time!

SUPPLIES:

HOW TO MAKE WOODLAND NURSERY SIGNS:

STEP 1 – MAKE THE CUTS

1×4 CUTS

We used the width of the 1×4 to help determine the size of the signs. Going based off of the 3.5″ width of the boards, we cut the 1x4s to be 14″ long and placed 4 boards together for each sign to make a 14″ x 14″ square.

Using the 1×4, we cut (4) 14″ boards for each sign, giving us a total of 12 boards.

1×2 CUTS

Rather than having the signs lay flat against the wall, we chose to float them using 1×2 furring strips.

Using the 1×2, cut (2) 11.5″ boards for each sign. There will be a total of 6 boards.

STEP 2 – PREP THE HARDWARE

Before assembling the signs, I attached one eye screw into the top and bottom of each 1×2 board.

NOTE: The bottom sign will not need eye screws on the bottoms of the 1×2 pieces.

I went ahead and measured out (4) 4.75″ strands of the chain to go between the signs, and (1) 8.25″ strand to go across the top for hanging. Using needle nose pliers, I opened the links of the chain to separate the strands.

STEP 3 – ASSEMBLE THE SIGNS

Laying 4 of the 1×4 boards on the ground, I placed 2 of the 1×2 boards perpendicular along the back – 2″ in from each side and 1.25″ from top and bottom.

Using a drill, we screwed (4) 1.25″ screws through each 1×2 board to attach the 1×4 boards.

You could choose to attach the chains now or wait until after staining and painting.

construction of woodland nursery signs

STEP 4 – STAIN THE SIGNS

If you have seen our ultrasound picture frame and DIY pipe shelf posts, then you already know we decided to use Minwax Red Mahogany for our stain color in the nursery. This stain perfectly matched the top of the dresser we were using, not to mention we already had a leftover bucket of it from my dad, and eliminating the need to buy new stain!

We have since switched to and highly recommend this non-toxic brand! They even have a craft stain that is made for this kind of project.

Don’t forget to sand the signs according to the staining instructions before eagerly reaching for that staining rag! Something we have failed to do in the past and have since learned from our mistakes.

STEP 5 – MAKE THE STENCILS

To make the stencils, I simply used some cardstock paper and my Cricut to easily make custom designs specifically for this project.

If you do not have a Cricut, you can get the printable version here and cut them out with an X-Acto knife. But I personally would highly recommend the Cricut seeing as how it is much easier and will save you a lot of time!

stencil placed in desired location on sign
Lay the cutout pieces on the signs to get a visual for where you want them located.

To get started with your Cricut, you will need the Cricut Design Space app on your computer and the Woodland Nursery Signs project file.

If you need help setting up the file and going through the cutting process, check out this post for a step-by-step tutorial.

stencils placed on wood sign in preparation of painting
Place your stencils where the cutouts were located in preparation for painting.

STEP 6 – PAINT THE SIGNS

The colors chosen were the same as those used in our nursery painted wood letters. All I did was mix the paints to get the desired shades of gray. Below are the colors used:

Once I had my paint colors, I laid the paper stencils in place on each sign and began to paint.

I was careful to keep paint out of both the seams and knots in the wood as I wanted those to remain stained and highlight the natural character of the wood and signs.

"It's a Love" woodlands nursery sign completed
"Without End" woodland nursery sign completed
"Amen" woodland nursery sign completed

STEP 7 – INSTALLATION

At this point is when I chose to attach the strands of chain to the signs.

When our son was just a baby, we did not have the 8.25″ chain along the top of the sign in order to hang it. We simply used some nails to hang the signs by the eye screws at the top of the first sign.

Once our son became mobile and getting into everything, we wanted the signs to be more childproof. So we added the 8.25″ chain along the top and swapped out the nails for two drywall anchors and screws. Then we used the needle nose pliers to open two of the chain links of the hanging strand to wrap them around the head of the screw.

closeup of screws and drywall anchors used for hanging the woodland nursery signs

woodland nursery signs hanging on wall of nursery
I apologize for the horrific photo quality… I didn’t realize just how terrible this photo was until after we moved.

These signs make me beary happy (sorry, I had to) and I love that they have so much meaning to them.

I am a big advocate of decor having meaning or a story behind it, otherwise how much purpose does it serve? If there is no sentiment, there is no sentimental value. Therefore, it is essentially just there for looks and easily replaceable.

I treasure these woodland nursery signs and I hope they bring inspiration for your own treasured nursery decor.

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DIY PAPER MACHE DEER HEAD

diy paper mache deer head

Learn how to make this DIY paper mache deer head for free using items around the house! Perfect for a woodland nursery or kids room!

DIY paper mache deer head

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While out shopping for our son’s nursery, I came across this $15 paper mache deer head at Hobby Lobby. I could have just bought the deer head, I could have used a coupon, but me being my stubborn self said, “I can make that.”

Let me preface this with the fact that I have probably only done paper mache once back in grade school…

After completing our ultrasound picture frame and wood letters, I wanted some way to add dimension to the collage wall we were doing in the nursery. This DIY deer head was a wonderful addition with its neutral tones and antique flair of the newspaper and twine!

DIY paper mache deer head on collage wall in woodland nursery

Zero planning went into the making of this project, and my process may seem like a mess. Nonetheless, it worked and I didn’t even spend a penny to complete this project! All of the supplies was either free – newspaper and packing paper – or items we already had – twine and Mod Podge.

My logic was this:

I will make it and love it. – OR – I will hate it and it only cost me the time to make it.

Thankfully, the former was what happened!

Zero planning. Zero dollars spent. One happy mama. One good looking deer!

front view of diy paper mache deer head in woodland nursery

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Add floral to the crown of the deer’s head for a girl’s room or nursery.
  • Use this pre-made paper mache deer head and simply decorate!
  • Cover only in brown paper for a more neutral look.
  • Remove the antlers for a doe or try a different animal.
  • Use as an art project and have your kids help make it!

SUPPLIES

If you do not want to make the form from scratch, you can purchase a ready made paper mache deer head and skip to Step 3 for how to decorate!

STEP 1 – PAPER STRIPS + MOD PODGE

We had mounds of packing paper leftover from our previous move with the Navy, so I decided to put at least a tiny portion of it to good use!

I used scissors to cut my paper into strips. I later found out the the pieces of paper will lay smoother if torn rather than cut. Either way works!

strips of packing paper

I cut both 1-2″ strips for my paper mache and 4-6″ strips for creating the overall base form.

To thin the adhesive, I placed some Mod Podge in a bowl and added some water to get the thinner consistency to dip the paper strips in.

STEP 2 – FORM THE BASE

Y’all are going to laugh so hard when you see my process for how this paper mache deer head took shape! I am not exaggerating when I say that I was completely winging it on this project and seeing where it took me.

HEAD + NECK

To begin, I grabbed two brown paper lunch bags and stuffed them with packing paper. I roughly shaped them into a head and neck, and tied them off. You can use whatever you have to tie them off – rubber band, tape, glue, staples, string, etc.

brown paper lunch bags stuff with packing paper to form head and neck shapes of the deer head

ANTLERS

Next, I formed the base of the antlers by twisting a 4-6″ wide strip of packing packing into a curve and wrapping it in smaller paper mache strips.

I did the same with smaller portions to form the points of the antler and attached them to the base of the antler by wrapping with smaller 1-2″ wide paper mache strips.

EARS

The ears were simply flat pieces of packing paper that I rolled up the sides of to form the rims of the ear. I used the hot glue gun to glue the rolled up sides to prevent them from unrolling before applying the paper mache.

formation of paper ear for the deer head

FORM THE BASE

After I had all of my pieces, I then attached them all to form the base. Starting with the base pieces, I glued the head to the neck portion. I twisted some more 4-6″ wide strips of packing paper and wrapped them along the top and base of the neck to form a natural tapering shape.

base form of paper mache deer head showing the tapering of the neck

Next, I created and attached the detail pieces. I glued the ears onto the head and crumbled up some small bits of paper to form mounds for the eyes and nose.

I know, it looks pretty bad right now. Keep going, it will get better!

Dipping the strips of 1-2″ wide packing paper into the glue, I began laying the strips onto the base. I used the strips to taper and smooth the details of the face until the base was covered and I was happy with how everything looked.

paper mache deer head covered in brown packing paper

The antlers were the last pieces to be glued onto the head because of their weight. Once I glued the antlers on, I had to prop them up while they dried.

Notice my glue bottles playing the role of structural supports!

STEP 3 – PAPER MACHE THE NEWSPAPER

Now that the foundation was made, it’s time to move onto the decorating portion! Considering our son was a Navy baby, I found it fitting to use Navy newspaper articles to decorate the deer head for his nursery!

I cut the newspaper into 1-2″ wide strips for my paper mache and thinned out some more Mod Podge.

Dipping the strips of newspaper into the glue, I began laying the strips onto the base. Continue until the base is covered in paper mache newspaper.

When working with newspaper, be careful not to overwork the paper. The ink can smear if brushing the surface with a sponge brush, rubbing the surface, etc.

Make sure to paper mache the base of the neck (the part that will be against the wall) with packing paper strips to strengthen it for hanging.

STEP 4 – APPLY THE TWINE

Once all of the paper mache was complete and dry, I then used a hot glue gun to attach the twine to the antlers.

I started from the base of the antlers and worked my way up, venturing off the base of the antler onto each point.

At the top of each point, I wrapped the twine until it filled in the space, glued it down at the center of the point, and trimmed off any excess.

Then, I went back to where I left off on the base of the antler and continued up the antler with a new strand of twine.

I repeated this process until the whole antler was covered in twine.

At this point you could choose to add floral! If we have a little girl at some point, I plan to add floral to the crown of the deer’s head and possibly intertwine some into the antlers.

STEP 5 – HANG ON THE WALL

My original plan for hanging the deer head onto the wall was to attach it to a wood plaque like a taxidermy deer head.

But, I was in a pinch to get this on the wall in time for some baby photos that were being taken in our son’s nursery.

What I ended up doing was simply poking a hole into the back of the deer’s neck and hung it on the wall through the use of a small command hook. It got the job done and I was happy with it!

DIY paper mache deer head hanging on wall in woodland nursery

I gotta admit, I was very happy with how this turned out especially when I didn’t have a clue what I was doing in the process! And I especially love how this project didn’t cost me anything! You can find more of our nursery projects below!

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HOW TO PAINT DISTRESSED WOOD LETTERS

DIY Painted Wood Letters

Learn how to easily paint and distress wood letters for your baby’s nursery with this simple tutorial! These DIY painted wood letters are a great way to add a personal touch to any room!

DIY painted wood letters, how to paint distressed wood letters

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If you caught my post earlier this week on our ultrasound picture frame, then you already had a sneak peek at these painted wood letters!

Every nursery needs baby’s name displayed somewhere in the room! I feel like it’s almost obligatory to display baby’s name, initials, or birth date in some form.

The inspiration for this project was a collage wall I wanted to do above the dresser. I needed letters that were proportionate to both the ultrasound picture frame I had made and the space available within the college area.

I found these wood letters that were the exact size I needed to fill the spot! When it came to what colors to paint the letters, I chose to use a picture frame that was going to be used in the nursery as the inspiration.

This is a very simple project that adds a personal touch to any room! Continue below to find different ways you can personalize a space through variations of this project!

DIY painted wood letters

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Use large wood letters to hang above a crib or bed.
  • Use paper mache letters to stand on top of a dresser.
  • Mix and match sizes of wood letters to create a monogram.
  • Use numbers to paint their birth date.
  • Have a painting party with your kids and let them paint their own letters!

SUPPLIES

STEP 1 – PAINT THE WOOD LETTERS

When it came to the colors used, I mixed paints I already had from another nursery project to get the desired shades. These are the colors I used:

Next, I gave each letter a nice even coat of paint using a paintbrush.

Don’t forget to paint the sides of the letters!

unfinished wood letters

I have a before picture, but forgot to take one of just the letters painted solid…

STEP 2 – DISTRESS THE PAINTED WOOD LETTERS

Once the letters were dry, I took a dry paintbrush and placed only a small amount of accent color paint on the brush.

Accent colors used:

  • Gray accents for white letters
  • White accents for gray letters
  • Lighter brown accent for brown letters

I lightly stroked the dry brush across the letters until each letter had the amount of distressing wanted.

Be sure to distress the sides of each letter where needed!

painted and distressed wood letters

STEP 3 – HANG THE PAINTED WOOD LETTERS

After all of the paint was dry, it was time to hang the finished letters!

Since I wanted the wood letters to lay flat against the wall and they did not come with any way to hang them; I chose to use command strips to attach them to the wall.

Simply press and hold a command strip to the backside of each letter. Then press and hold the letter against the wall. Easy peasy!

DIY painted wood letters hanging on nursery wall using command strips

We had these letters hanging in our son’s nursery for over a year before we moved and removing them was a cinch. Zero damage to the wall and they held up great! Plus, this is a great option when renting because it’s less holes in the wall that you have to fill when you move out!


Easy, right?! I loved being able to personalize our son’s nursery with a fun and simple project! Check out some more of our nursery project’s below!

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Happy Crafting!

We would love to see your finished project! Is your baby’s name displayed in the nursery? Comment below or tag us on social media to share with us!

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DIY ULTRASOUND PICTURE FRAME

DIY ultrasound picture frame

Display those precious ultrasound pictures with a window pane frame! This DIY project is very simple and a sweet addition to any nursery.

DIY ultrasound picture frame

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We are going to kick off our nursery series with a super simple DIY project! Seriously, this is quite possibly one of the easiest DIY projects ever. If you are not much of a DIYer, there is a ready-to-go option for you in the supplies list!

During my pregnancy I was shopping for the nursery of course and found this cute chicken wire window frame in the clearance section at Michael’s. Who doesn’t love some good old fashioned chicken wire?!

At the time, I did not know what I wanted to do with it, so I took a picture of it and left it sitting on the shelf. Then the little light bulb went off in my head…

Each window pane in this frame was the perfect size for ultrasound pictures!

Our ultrasound pictures were residing on the refrigerator at the time, but I knew I wanted a way to display them in the nursery after our son was here. So I went back and got the frame.

I failed to take a picture of the frame before staining it, but here are some random close-ups I have showing the unfinished wood.

Seeing as how it was an unfinished wood frame, the first decision to make was whether to stain or paint the frame.

Considering the ultrasound picture frame was going to be hanging above the dresser, we decided to match the wood stains. The dresser we were using in the nursery was one I had from college and it has a dark red mahogany colored wood top.

With that being said, we figured a weathered stain with gray tones would probably not pair well with the rich red mahogany tones of the dresser and went with the matching route. Plus, we already had a gallon of Minwax Red Mahogany my dad had given to us previously, which meant this project just got cheaper with one less thing to purchase!

This was probably the fastest DIY project we have ever done, but certainly a favorite. This ultrasound picture frame serves as a sweet reminder of those blissful pregnancy days and how much our little boy has grown.

DIY ultrasound picture frame

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

Paint the wood instead of stain.

If you don’t want a project that involves staining wood, you could use this window pane frame instead.

Could use a glass window pane frame instead of chicken wire and mini clothespins.


SUPPLIES

  • Unfinished Wire Window Frame
  • Wood Stain (I recommend this one for crafts!)
  • Staining Rag
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Ultrasound Pictures
  • Scissors

HOW TO MAKE AN ULTRASOUND PICTURE FRAME:

STEP 1 – STAIN (OR PAINT) THE FRAME

As I mentioned earlier, we chose to match the stain with the dresser being used in the nursery. At the time, I had used Minwax Red Mahogany, but would now highly recommend using this craft stain.

This craft stain is specifically meant for crafting projects such as this and is non-toxic, zero VOC, and no odor! All of which is a huge bonus for me considering I would always get migraines after working with conventional paints and stains.

stained wire window frame with some stain on the wire

We used a sponge brush to apply the stain which I have to admit was a big mistake! The stain got all over the chicken wire when trying to apply it to the inner portion of the frame. Based off our experience, we recommend using staining rags!

Apply the stain and any additional coats until you reach the desired color. Allow for adequate drying time between each coat.

STEP 2 – PREPARE ULTRASOUND PICTURES

Once the frame was stained, I cut out each ultrasound picture that was going to be displayed in the frame.

Here’s a tip, DO NOT try and laminate the ultrasound pictures!! I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea. This was the result…

ruined ultrasound picture due to laminating, picture is now solid black

Thankfully, I tested an awkward ultrasound picture of my ovaries first and not a picture of my growing baby boy!

Learn from my mistake. Say no to the temptations of the laminator for this one.

STEP 3 – HANG YOUR ULTRASOUND PICTURES AND THE FRAME

As I was meandering my way through the same clearance aisle at Michael’s, I found these teeny tiny clothespins. Obviously, because I thought they were adorable (and on sale) I bought them. Well this time I can actually thank my impulse buy!

case of assorted mini clothespins

These mini clothespins were actually part of the inspiration for turning this unfinished chicken wire frame into an ultrasound picture frame. They offered me a means of attaching the pictures to the frame.

I chose to use the two natural wood tones in the kit to go with the staining of the wood frame and the overall color scheme of our son’s nursery.

ultrasound pictures attached to chicken wire with mini clothespins

Then I simply clipped one on each side of the pictures to attach them to the chicken wire.

All that’s left is to hang the finished frame in the nursery!

When it came to hanging the frame, I wanted it to be hoizontal and lay flat against the wall. The hangers that came with the frame were positioned to hang it vertically. All I did was remove the hangers and use two nails to hang it by the frame and wire itself.

Done!


Isn’t this such a fun and easy project?! I loved being able to find a way to display our son’s ultrasound pictures in his nursery!

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We would love to see your baby’s ultrasound pictures! How did you display your baby’s first pictures? Comment below or tag us on social media to share with us!

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DIY HEART GARLAND

DIY Heart Garland

Learn how to make a DIY heart garland with our free printable and Cricut file. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and Valentine’s decor!

DIY Heart Garland

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Love is in full bloom! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there must be something in the water. I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing loads of engagements and pregnancy announcements lately. And you know what that means – weddings and babies!!

With every wedding comes a bridal shower and with every baby comes a baby shower, both of which need decorations! Why not make decor that can be used for both?! Plus, this heart garland works perfect for Valentine’s Day! I am currently using this garland and this door decor in my home for Valentine’s Day!

This garland project came about when I was helping to plan a close friends bridal brunch. I knew I wanted to keep this garland for future use, so I decided to stick with neutral tones to use it for other purposes.

I chose to use pink and gold glitter scrapbook paper in addition to some natural colored brown wrapping paper with gold dots. The shimmering neutral tones and twine used in this garland pair beautifully for a subtle farmhouse look.

close-up of diy heart garland hanging on a wall

We have had this heart garland for a couple of years now and I am still finding more ways to use it!

Various Ways to Use this DIY Heart Garland:

  • Hang on a wall as a backdrop for photos!
  • Pair with streamers for a party!
    • Pink + White streamers for bridal shower or Valentines Day.
    • Pink + Blue streams for baby shower or gender reveal.
  • Use as a decorative garland on fireplace mantels and stairways.
  • Decor in a nursery or little girls room.
heart garland with pink and white streamers

Two Ways to Make the Hearts:

There are two different ways to make these Valentine’s hearts: by hand or using a Cricut. I highly recommend the Cricut, I absolutely love mine and it is much faster at cutting than me!

If making the hearts by hand, you can download your free printable here and follow along below. Simply skip Step 2 and Step 3.

SUPPLIES

STEP 1 – PLAN THE GARLAND

Determine the number and length of your garland. I made a total of 8 strands of garland and each strand at 6′ 8″ long.

Next, plan out how many hearts you want on each garland. I placed 7 hearts on each and alternated their locations every other strand.

diy heart garland haning on a wall

Calculate how many pieces need to be cut. If using one-sided paper, each 3D heart will need 4 pieces in order to make them double-sided. Only two hearts are needed for double-sided paper.

For my hearts, I used scrapbook paper and wrapping paper that were only one-sided. Therefore, each heart needed 4 pieces. I preferred this because it made the the hearts stiffer and more sturdy.

STEP 2 – SET UP THE CRICUT FILE

Open the Cricut Design Space app and connect your Cricut machine to your computer.

Open the Heart Garland project file.

Duplicate or remove any hearts needed to fit on your paper size and arrange on the canvas. Press the “Make It” button in the top right corner.

diy heart garland Cricut file

STEP 3 – CUT THE DESIGN

Select your material size in the left margin. You may have to rearrange the final cut layout on this screen. Press “Continue” in the lower right corner.

select material size in cricut design space

Follow the prompted instructions on the screen to ensure your machine settings are ready.

Place the paper on the machine cutting mat and load the mat into the machine by pressing the double arrow button on the machine.

select settings to cut in cricut design space

Press the Cricut logo button on the machine to begin the cut.

After the cut is complete, unload the mat with the double arrow button and load a new sheet of paper onto the mat. Continue cutting the design until you have all the pieces required.

Once you have enough hearts cut out, unload the mat and press the “Finish” button in the bottom right corner.

finish cutting in cricut design space

STEP 4 – ASSEMBLE THE HEARTS

It takes two hearts to create one 3D heart. If using one-sided paper, paste together two matching pieces to create a double-sided heart.

Mix and match the hearts to find combinations that you love and place them into pairs.

For every pair of hearts, cut a line down the center from the top to the middle of one heart, and the bottom to the middle of the other heart.

cuts used to join the hearts together

Slide the two hearts together to form a 3D heart and place a string of glue down the seam. Place the 3D hearts upside down to dry.

Once dry, lay the hearts along the twine to determine placement. I placed each of my hearts 8″ apart and shifted the pattern down by 4″ for every other garland.

Lastly, attach the hearts to the twine with glue at the seam and let dry.

hearts attached to the twine with glue

Hang up the strands of hearts and enjoy your new DIY heart garland!

How did you use your DIY Heart Garland? Share it with us! Tag us on social media with your creation!


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VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITION FOR KIDS

Start a Valentine’s Day tradition with your kids! Share something you love about them on their door with this free printable and Cricut Project file.

Valentine's Day tradition for kids

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The most important thing we can do as parents is to love our children deeply and make our love known to them. In honor of this love, we have decided to start a new tradition in our home for Valentine’s Day!

For the 14 days of February leading up to Valentine’s Day, write something you love about your child on a paper heart and place it on their bedroom door.

These decorative hearts serve as such sweet, visual reminders for children each day on the love that is shared in the home. These sentiments are one of the first things they see in the morning and one of the last things they see before bed. Your children will be reminded of your love day in and day out.

A friend of mine inspired me with these Valentine’s hearts after sharing that she had decided to start this fun tradition with her family as well. This is such an easy project, but makes a big impact on your children. Your children will look forward to you adding a new special something you love about them each day.

Make this Valentine’s Day truly special for you and your family with this sweet tradition!

Two Ways to Make the Hearts:

There are two different ways to make these Valentine’s hearts: by hand or using a Cricut. I highly recommend the Cricut, I absolutely love mine and use it quite often!

If making the hearts by hand, you can download your free printable here! Simple trace, cut, and paste the decorative hearts.

If using a Cricut Machine, continue below for the tutorial!

SUPPLIES

STEP 1 – SET UP THE CRICUT FILE

Begin by opening the Cricut Design Space app and connect your Cricut machine to your computer.

Open the Valentine’s Hearts project file and choose which heart design to start with first.

open the Valentine's Hearts Cricut file

There are three images present:

  • Valentine’s Heart (a large simple line heart)
  • Scalloped Heart – Front (a small simple line heart for pasting on top of the scalloped heart)
  • Scalloped Heart – Back (a large scalloped heart for pasting behind the small simple line heart)

The layers are located in the right margin of the canvas. You can hide the layers you are not currently using to cut by clicking on the eye button next to the corresponding layer. I cut one heart design at a time and hid the other two.

hide the layers not currently cutting in Cricut file

Duplicate the design to the desired amount that will fit on your paper size and arrange on the canvas. Press the “Make It” button in the top right corner.

duplicate the layers in the Cricut file

STEP 2 – CUT THE DESIGN FOR THE VALENTINE’S HEARTS

Select your material size in the left margin. You may have to rearrange the final cut layout on this screen. Press “Continue” in the lower right corner.

select material size in cricut design space

Follow the prompted instructions on the screen to ensure your machine settings are ready.

Place the paper on the machine cutting mat and load the mat into the machine by pressing the double arrow button on the machine.

select settings to cut in cricut design space

Press the Cricut logo button on the machine to begin the cut.

Once the cut is complete, unload the mat with the double arrow button and press the “Finish” button in the bottom right corner.

finish cutting in cricut design space

Repeat the process above with the other layers until you have all of your necessary pieces.

STEP 3 – GATHER AND PASTE THE HEART PIECES

Mix and match the pieces to find combinations that you love! Simply grab a glue stick and paste the coordinating pieces together.

Valentine's Day tradition for kids, paste hearts together

STEP 4 – WRITE YOUR LOVE NOTES!

Grab a pen and write love notes to your children! Hang the hearts on their doors with tape and enjoy your new Valentine’s tradition!

P.S. These aren’t just for kiddos! Show your spouse some love and surprise them with a love note each day too!

Valentine's Day tradition for kids, write love notes to your kids

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HOW TO MAKE A BATHROOM CURTAIN

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Learn how to sew a bathroom curtain the easy way! A simple way to add privacy with one curtain panel and one hemline.

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When it comes to a bathroom, privacy is preferred and a giant window tends to contradict that preference. The abundance of natural light is appreciated, but the lack of privacy is not.

My grandma has this beautiful rain textured glass window in her bathroom, which is technically intended for privacy, but falls below her comfort level. She wanted to add a curtain that would still allow natural light to come through without feeling her neighbors can see her!

There was one problem… any bathroom windows are not standard windows and do not have compatible curtains to go with them.

She found a curtain on the clearance rack for just $5 and it was the right size to fit the width of the window. The only thing needing to be done was to shorten the curtain panel – a lot. That’s where I come in.

how to make a bathroom curtain

She asked if I could hem the curtain for her and of course I said yes – I love any excuse to sew! Plus, this was much easier than building thirteen jasmine trellises for us and both of my grandmas, which ironically was another project to enhance privacy.

This bathroom curtain is a very easy project that provides a lot of functionality to the space. My grandma was ecstatic to hang her new curtain and said it makes the bathroom look finished.

Continue below for the super simple tutorial! All you need is about thirty minutes of time and you can have a custom curtain for the bathroom.


SUPPLIES


HOW TO MAKE A BATHROOM CURTAIN:

PIN + CUT THE FABRIC

With the curtain panel hanging up, determine the length you want the curtain to be by pinning up the excess. This method allows you to get a visual of the finished length before cutting or sewing.

Once you have determine the length, you now need to determine what size of hem. We decided on a broad 6 inch hemline which was the same as the window ledge depth. The 6 inch hem would be in excess of the window measurement to allow for some gathering at the bottom of the curtain.

how to measure a curtain to hem

Find your measurements:

For example, the window is 46 inches tall + 12.5 inches for the hem (6 inches + 6 inches + 1/2 inch).

Next, measure out the desired length starting from the top of the curtain and mark where the cut needs to be in several spots across the panel. Cut off the excess.

IRON THE HEM

Fold over the bottom edge 1/2 inch to the backside of the curtain and press. Then fold the bottom edge again – this time folding over 6 inches – and press. This hides the raw edges within the hem and leaves us to work with clean edges.

ironing a curtain hem

This is when I loved using my acrylic ruler. I simply measured where my fold needed to be, slid the ruler out from underneath the fold, and pressed. The ruler provided me with a straight 6 inch span to press and I repeated across the width of the curtain.

Pin the hem in place.

pinning a curtain hem

SEW THE HEM

I chose to quickly sew a zigzag stitch down the raw edge of the fabric to help prevent the fabric from fraying. This step is not necessary, but something I chose to do as a precaution since I had not worked with this fabric before and did not know what to expect in regards to fraying.

Adjust your stitch length to match that of the existing stitches on the curtain. I like to test the stitch length on a scrap piece of fabric to avoid ripping out the thread from my project.

With the inside of the curtain facing up so you can see the folded hem, sew a few of reinforcement stitches. Continue sewing along the folded edge and finish off with a few more reinforcement stitches.

A reinforcement stitch is sewing backwards and forwards over the same stitch. I typically do anywhere from 3 to 5 reinforcement stitches together.

how to sew a curtain hem

HANG THE CURTAIN

Iron or steam your finished curtain. If you have a bathroom window like this one, use a tension rod to quickly and easily install the curtain. Hang and enjoy your newfound privacy!

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WATCHES + RANKS: A GIFT FOR HIM

Need a gift idea for the man in your life? Learn how to make this custom storage box ideal for housing military ranks, watches, cuff links, and jewelry.


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My husband, Chris, was on his first deployment when I made this military rank box for him. I wanted to make something special as a gift for when he got home and had come up with the idea several months before he even deployed. However, I chose to play it safe and wait until he was away to work on it so he wouldn’t accidentally find it!

After commissioning, he had been talking about needing to get some sort of box to store his ranks in. His solution, or at least the temporary one, was a plastic CD box… total guy move right there. I knew that wasn’t going to work because I wanted his ranks to have a special place for two different reasons. Not only will the contents of this box signify the time he spent serving our country, but it will also house the ranks my mother passed down to him from one of our fallen, LTJG Cole Patrick O’Neil. You can read more about why these ranks play an integral part in our story, Tragedy Turned to Treasure, in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families.

He was ecstatic when I gave it to him and I somehow managed to not spoil the surprise the entire time he was deployed. This rustic rank box was honestly the most exciting gift for me to give to my husband; it was sentimental for both being handmade for him by his wife and for what resides inside.

Not only would this be the perfect gift for military ranks, it is also great for a men’s watch and jewelry box! This really was a fun project! Continue below for the tutorial!


MATERIALS

  • Unfinished Wood Jewelry Box w/ Glass Top
  • Box Knife + Sandpaper (if removing some dividers)
  • Painters Tape (if laser etching glass)
  • Wood Stain (<< Highly recommend this one in Special Walnut! *See instructions below for more info.)
  • Staining Rag
  • Gloves + Mask
  • Black Peel & Stick Craft Felt
  • Polyester Fiber Fill
  • 1/4 Yard of Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Needle + Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Glass Engraver (optional)

GLASS ENGRAVING

If you plan to get the glass engraved, begin with this step first and remove the lid from the box. I was in college studying architecture when I made this project for my husband; therefore, I had access to a laser cutter within the architecture wood shop to laser etch the glass for me. Some architecture colleges allow non-students access to the laser cutter for a fee in addition to completing a safety test.

If you have a very steady hand or want a handwritten look, you could try a handheld diamond-tipped engraver, but be sure to practice on a scrap piece of glass first! Otherwise, you could go to a glass engraving shop and have them professionally engrave the lid.

NOTE: If a laser is being used to etch the glass, cover the wooden edges of the lid with painter’s tape. The tape prevents the wood from getting any burn marks.

UPDATE: If you are not sure how to go about getting the glass engraved, feel free to send me a message or comment below and I would be more than happy to help! A friend of mine actually has a laser cutter and may be able to help us out!


REMOVE DIVIDERS

Before applying the stain, remove any wood dividers in the box that might be in the way for what it is meant to store. For example, I removed one divider on the right side of the box to create a larger space for Chris’s shoulder boards to fit in. You may want to do the same if watches are going to be stored in the box.

Be very careful when removing any of the dividers – you don’t want to break the ones you want to keep! Use a box knife to gradually wedge down between the pieces. I admit this is when my dad stepped in to help. I needed some pure manpower because the dividers in my box had been, what I believe to be were, industrially adhered together!

Once the pieces are detached, use the box knife to shave down any glue or wood residue to get a flat surface. Sand the area if necessary to achieve a smooth finished surface.


WOOD STAIN

Select your color of stain and remove any hardware from the box and lid. At the time, I had used Minwax Special Walnut, but would now highly recommend using this ECOS Paints Special Walnut. This wood stain is specifically meant for crafting projects such as this and is non-toxic, zero VOC, and no odor! All of which is a huge bonus for me considering I would always get migraines after working with conventional paints and stains.

Use your staining rag to apply the stain to the exterior and interior of the box. Apply additional coats until you reach the desired color and allow for adequate drying time between each coat.

I decided against applying polyurethane since the box will not come in contact with anything that would require it to be sealed. Also, I loved the unsealed look that the special walnut stain gave the wood; the color has a dry and slightly weathered vintage look.

Again, the Craft Stain by ECOS would have been ideal for this project because it incorporates a top coat resin that gives a subtle sheen and eliminates the need for a top coat altogether.

NOTE: Read all the directions on each product before use. Remember to stir the stain before use, do not shake. Always wear a mask and gloves when applying stain or polyurethane along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.


FELT LINING

Use a ruler to measure the interior surfaces you want to cover with felt while taking into account the thickness of the felt. Cut out the felt pieces, remove the paper backing, and adhere the felt inside the spaces. The peel and stick felt makes this quick and easy!


FABRIC CUSHIONS

Add 1” to both the length and width measurements of each space to get the dimensions for your cushions. This 1” addition accounts for ¼” seam around and ½” extra material both ways to make your cushions fluffy.

Cut two pieces of fabric for each cushion and lay them face-to-face. Hand stitch or use a sewing machine to sew your ¼” seam around. I did not have my sewing machine at this point and chose to hand stitch the cushions.

Leave a 1” opening and pull the fabric through the opening to turn the fabric correct side out. Fill the cushion with polyester fill to the desired thickness and complete your seam across the opening.

Place the cushions in their cozy spaces and reattach the hardware onto the box and lid.


You’re done! Whether you made this for a service member to store his ranks or a husband to store his watches and cuff links, you now have a handmade gift any man is sure to love!

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THRIFTY KITCHEN APRON HOOKS

thrifty kitchen apron hooks

Get more use out of your kitchen aprons with this thrifty hack. Use items you already have to make them easily accessible in your kitchen.

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A couple of years ago I was out shopping with my mom when I found this horseshoe towel rack. Of course I had to buy it given my dreams of one day owning a horse and all! It makes perfect sense right?

Between college and the Navy, I have been living in rentals and as you can figure all come equipped with towel racks. Therefore, my amazing horseshoe towel rack sat wrapped up in paper in the closet until one day I would have a home where I could use it.

After my husband and I got transferred to our current duty station, I was determined to figure out how I could put my towel rack to use when I unpacked it from the moving boxes. I bought the thing because I loved it; therefore, I wanted to use it.

Of course it took me a while to figure out what alternative use a towel rack could serve until one day it hit me!

A little back story here.

As we were unpacking and hanging things up, I stared at a blank wall in our kitchen wondering what on earth to do with it because it had THIS….. cue horror music

how to hide an unsightly telephone wall jack

That’s right folks, a telephone jack AT EYE LEVEL for a wall mounted phone (or at least that’s what we think it is). Do they even make phones like that anymore??

Why base housing installed this in a home only seven years old is beyond me. And of course the jack is in the worst location possible – smack dab in the middle of the wall – but I digress.

My solution to hiding the phone jack was with a canvas picture my parents gave us as a wedding gift. It was a magical moment seeing the beauty of canvas wall art cover up the ever so dreaded phone jack. No one ever has to know that jack exists… minus the fact I am announcing its existence with this post.

how to hide an unsightly telephone wall jack

Our canvas was looking pretty lonely on the wall by itself and I was unpacking kitchen boxes when I stumbled across my aprons.

Our aprons have always been neatly folded and stored in a kitchen drawer in hopes of being used; nevertheless I manage to forget they are there. So instead of my aprons taking up valuable kitchen drawer space and never being used, I realized I had found the purpose for my towel rack!

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Knowing the aprons would ultimately not get used if it was a hassle to get them on and off the rack, I needed a quick and easy way to hang them. My solution – shower curtain hooks!

As a result of our many moves, we had some extra shower curtain hooks sitting in the linen closet not being used. They were certainly not doing us any good just sitting there and the color of them worked well enough to go with the towel rack, thus a decision was made!

The hooks have a ball at the end of them to hold up the aprons, but other styles of shower curtain hooks will work too. If you have small children who might knock the aprons off onto the floor, then I would recommend using a ring or “S” style hook.

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Our kitchen apron display has led us to wear our aprons now more than we ever have in the last few years. It is a great way to save valuable drawer space as well as a fun way to add functionality and decor into your kitchen!

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DIY CHALKBOARD WINE BOTTLES

Recycle your wine bottles into budget-friendly and versatile decor. All you need is a little bit of wine, cheese, … and chalk!

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If you are like me, then you probably have a small stash of wine bottles and corks in hopes of doing something creative with them one day. These chalkboard wine bottles are a creative and versatile decor option that work great on a wall shelf or fireplace mantel!

I stumbled upon this cute project when searching for some wedding gift ideas. Between the expense of airline tickets, hotel stays, and a rental car, we honestly didn’t have much in the budget for a wedding gift. You can look at it as our main gift was getting to be there to celebrate with them!

After some Pinterest inspiration and some ideas of my own, I ended up pairing these chalkboard wine bottles with a chalkboard serving tray and wedding date pillows for some handmade wedding gifts!

The idea of using chalkboard paint on wine bottles creates tons of versatility in the project. With three bottles you can write initials for bedroom decor or baby showers, his and her initials for wedding showers, “JOY” for Christmas, etc.

In addition, you can swap out seasonal floral to give them a fresh new look all year long! Flowers, branches, dried floral, Christmas tree clippings, etc. Using the same decorative items year round, but simply changing it up a tad for every season, is such a great way to stay in budget with home decor.

Now, this tutorial is going to be rather straight forward, but here it is none-the-less!

how to make chalkboard wine bottles

SUPPLIES

  • 3 Glass Bottles (wine, champagne, cider, etc.)
  • Floral (live, dried, faux, etc.)
  • #28 3-Ply Natural Jute (Mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Chalkboard Paint (This is our favorite paint brand!)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Wax Paper
  • Chalk

PREP + PAINT

The first step is to determine which three glass bottles to use. I say three because of the rule of three; items arranged in odd number groupings is more aesthetically appealing. In addition, I chose to use varying sizes to add dimension; two of the same size wine bottles and one spiced cider bottle.

Remove the labels and any residue from the glass until the surface is free of any gunk. Wash and dry the bottles.

painted chalkboard wine bottles

There are two ways you could go about painting the bottles: liquid paint or spray paint. I had some liquid chalkboard paint on hand from my chalkboard serving tray and decided to use that.

When working with either liquid paint or spray paint make certain to work with THIN coats; otherwise, you will end up with paint drips running down the sides of the bottle – thanks a lot gravity.

Apply additional coats until you reach the desired thickness of chalkboard surface, allowing for adequate drying time between each coat.

I chose to not paint the bottom of the bottles; therefore, I was able dry them upright on wax paper. The wax paper works great by preventing any sticking to the bottles surface when dry.

DECORATE

Let your creative side shine and start decorating your bottles! I kept mine simple and only used jute to remain versatile for everyday decor, holidays, and other occasions.

Use a hot glue gun when adhering the jute and periodically apply beads of glue while wrapping the jute around the bottleneck.

decorated chalkboard wine bottles

After the decorating is done, grab some chalk and test out your new chalkboard surface! Finish them off with dried or faux floral.

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