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Personalized Door Mat


Nothing says “Welcome to our home” like a personalized door mat!

And you’re in luck, because I’m going to teach you how to make one!

I have to admit, I get sucked into the outdoor section at Target and Hobby Lobby and I can barely make it out without a cart full. I love browsing their welcome mats, but I’m always disappointed with the price tag *and* the fact that (because there are only five mats to choose from) my next door neighbor is likely to have the same one I do. Do ya feel me?

The solution: make your own personalized door mat! You get to pick your paint color, the wording and font, and the type of mat you buy. There are so. many. options!

Let’s get craftin’!

Supplies:

  • Plain doormat (easily found at IKEA or Target)
  • Outdoor paint
  • Paint brush (I have found a little stiffer the better)
  • Vinyl stencil (I also like to use card stock too)
  • Transfer tape (be sure to really “un-sticky” it)
  • Painter’s tape

Step-by-step Tutorial:

Using your Silhouette or Circut software, create your door mat design.
Get creative!

Using your vinyl cutter, cut your design and weed the negatives. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you can use stencils found in your local craft store.

Next: It is really important to desticky your transfer tape. I like to pat it on my jeans a few times! Once you have the vinyl adhered to the transfer tape and you have placed your design onto the mat, it is time to get serious! This step can be a little stressful, friends, and it will need your undivided attention.

Make sure your vinyl design is firmly adhered to the mat. It’s time to peel up the transfer tape! I have found it is easier to start on one side and use painters tape to keep that side stuck to the mat as you continue to peel your transfer tape slowly and at an angle. Feel free to trim your transfer tape as you go so it doesn’t stick to something it isn’t suppose too! Once you get it completely transferred, take a deep breath and sip some water because you are probably sweating!

Now is the fun part: paint! Using a slightly stiff brush paint your outdoor paint over your stencil. The bristles really suck in the paint and you won’t have to worry about the paint bleeding. Once you are done painting you can remove your vinyl, stand back, and marvel at your masterpiece!

 

Note: If you prefer to not use vinyl to create your design, use card stock instead! Cut it the same way on your vinyl cutter and simply use push pins or tacks to hold the design down onto the mat while you’re painting. Using card stock may save you a headache since you won’t have to deal with my arch enemy: transfer tape!

 


I’m thrilled to see your creations! Please share your crafting experience on our Facebook page or shoot me an email.

Xoxo,

Jessica

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Patriotic Porch Makeover

Each year, we get the chance to show our patriotic side and bring out the red, white, and blue for all to see… Independence Day. Veterans Day. Memorial Day. EVERY DAY because we’re blessed to live in The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave.

So, in honor of our American pride and since July 4th is right around the corner, I give you the *patriotic porch makeover!* [Cue The Star-Spangled Banner and start waving your tiny American flags]

It’s no secret that I love to decorate and that I’m always looking for creative, budget-friendly ways to spruce up my space! I hope you’ll enjoy these easy, all-American decoration ideas to makeover your porch! Once you’ve got your porch perfectly placed (see what I did there?! Alliteration for the win!), send me a picture! I’d LOVE to see where your creative side took you. Side note: Don’t think you need to have a huge, sprawling front porch to decorate it! Whether you’ve got a big ole rocking chair front porch or a little stoop, own your space and get your decoratin’ on!

Here’s what you’ll need (and where to find it):

Patriotic door hanger or wreath

Star garland (Dollar Tree)

Small American flags (Dollar Tree or Target)

Patriotic picks (Michaels)

Uncle Sam Hat (Dollar Tree)

Patriotic Bow (Dollar Tree)

Mason Jars (Dollar General, Target, Michaels)

Small rocks (Michaels or your back yard)

Battery operated tea lights (Target, Michaels)

Patriotic Porch Makeover Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Wrap the star garland around your porch rails.

Stick the small American flags and patriotic picks into any plants (I have ferns) or flowers you’ve got on your porch. I like ferns or any green plants because they give you a nice POP of color while also keeping your background neutral!

Next, grab those mason jars and fill the bottom of them with rocks. Drop a tea candle in (make sure to turn them on at night for a nice glow!) and add a small American flag or two.

Here’s one of my favorite parts: cut the top and back off of your Uncle Sam hat and wrap it around the base of a plant or flower pot!

Add your patriotic bow to a lantern, bird house, or any other fun item you’ve already got on your porch or sitting around your house! You can even tie it to the end of a porch rail.

Lastly, hang up your wreath or door hanger for the final touch! Now… take a step back… sip your sweet tea… and look at that beautiful porch you just decorated!

I hope all of you enjoy this Memorial Day with your family and friends close by. Remember what it’s all about: the fateful sacrifice our service men and women made so that we could experience freedom like we do.

See you soon!

Xoxo,

Jessica

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Target Dollar Spot Bunny Makeover

When I saw this wooden bunny in Target he jumped in my cart (along with a lot of other things we won’t tell the hubby about)! I knew I had to have him but didnt’ have a plan! Since I own a door hanger business I have my fair share of door décor so I knew putting him on a wreath wasn’t as option! So I busted out some paint and my drill and went to work! Here is what you will need to make your very own bunny décor:

*wooden bunny (or anything else that you love)

*a drill

*a dowel rod

*a wooden block (think scrap wood)

*paint

*piece of ribbon

*hot glue gun

The first thing I did was drill a hole in the bottom of the bunny being careful not to crack the little guy! I then drilled a hole in my wooden block as well. Then my favorite part, paint! I painted all 3 pieces and let them dry. I put a dab of hot glue on each end of the dowel rod to make sure they stayed in place and then put one end in the block and one end in the bunny. After I tied a sweet little bow I placed him on the mantle! The bright pop of color over my fireplace brightens up my whole family room! I just love the little guy!

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Simple and Sweet Pillows

 

Y’all I love pillows! Like really love them! So I was really excited when I got this burlap pillow cover and pillow wrap! If you have a cutting machine you can whip these out super fast! After I designed my image on my computer I put freezer paper glossy side down on my cutting mat. After it was cut I weeded out the image so I was just left with a stencil. Once I got the stencil placed just how I liked it I ironed it on which made it slightly adhere to the pillow. With a make-up sponge and acrylic paint I began to dab paint on the stencil. Once I had the coverage I wanted I removed the freezer paper and voila!! Cutest pillows ever! Don’t forget to place something inside your pillow so your paint doesn’t leak through to the other side! Can you imagine all the different pillows you could make?