Modern Dreamcatcher DIY

I consider myself more J.Crew than hippie, so I pictured what a modern day dreamcatcher would look like. I recreated my own using brass and hot pink to match my daughter's room.

To create your own Modern Dreamcatcher, you'll need two macrame rings like these at Joann and a small amount of thin yarn. I used hot pink from the Lion Brand Bonbon "Celebrate" pack. I used 14-inch and 6-inch rings for this project.

Start by wrapping the yarn all the way around the larger of the two rings. When you get back up to the top, place the smaller ring against the larger and wrap the yarn around both rings to attach. Using a fabric or craft glue, I used this one by Aleene's, adhere the end of yarn to the back of the piece.

Wrap the yarn around the smaller of the two rings for a few inches, centering it on the bottom. When you get to the end, start wrapping the yarn around both rings, spacing it apart evenly. Trip the end and adhere to the back with the same glue.

This project is inexpensive, fast, and easy. Plus, it's great for us renters since it's so lightweight it can hang by a pin. I hope this dreamcatcher works for all my little girl's beautiful dreams!

Personalized Chalk Art Takeout Boxes

Well, Target did it again! Their Dollar Spot had some adorable chalkboard party products. I picked up a wall hanging, easel, and cute-as-a-button takeout boxes.

I pulled out my chalk art kit and stencils to go with my Target finds.

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Pull out your first initial and center it on the box.

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Trace around the stencil with the chalk marker from the chalk art kit.

TIP: If the marker doesn't work right off the bat, press the tip down onto a piece of scratch paper until the ink starts flowing.

You're left with an outline of your letter.

You can leave it as is, cleaning up the edges a bit, fill it in, or have some fun with pattern.

Depending on how brave you are and how many boxes you're making, you can make every letter with a different pattern.

I had so much fun, I went to town on the hanging board and the easel too! It's a Chalk Art Party!

Do you decorate with chalk? Do you freehand or stencil?

Pallet Arrow Wall Decor

I've been meaning to jump on the reclaimed pallet wood bandwagon for a while now, but haven't known which project to make. When I saw these wood arrows from Cherished Bliss, I knew that was the project for me. So I pulled out my pallets from storage and got to work to decorate a neglected wall in my bedroom.

This project is simple and quick. Once your pallet is taken apart, you can have three decorated arrows in a little over an hour!

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Measure the pallet wood to your desired width. Mine are 15 inches, but yours may be larger or smaller, depending on where you'll hang them. Adjust your miter saw to cut at a 45-degree angle. Cut 12 pieces at your desired width.

 

    Decide which side of the boards will face up. Some pallets are rougher than others. Because we're gluing paper to the surface, choose the smoothest side.

    Cut your decorative paper to cover the size of your boards. With your foam brush, spread Mod Podge across the top of each board, covering them with the paper. Press down and smooth out any bubbles.

    With a sander or sandpaper block, sand the edges of the board, separating the paper from the wood. Lightly sand the top of the board, distressing it as much or as little as you like.

    Once all of your boards are distressed, turn them over and line them up, forming an arrow shape. Screw in mending plates with a drill and #6 screws. Repeat this where each board meets.

    Add a sawtooth hanger to each arrow. If hanging them as I did, place at the top center. Turn over to double-check that everything is lined up. Then hang them up, spacing them out a few inches apart.

    I hung mine between the blank space above my desk. They fit perfectly between the window and the wall. Maybe I'll look up more often when I'm working. Where would you put these arrows in your home? Do you have a pallet that's waiting to be transformed?

    For 6 more ideas on repurposing a pallet, check out this post at Hazel & Ruby!