Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rustic Christmas Centrepiece

A trip to Lens Mill Store in Cambridge to look for wedding ideas with Laura turned into a great find for me.  My sister spotted these spools, and said come on girls, you can think of something to do with these.  Well the challenge was on.  I loved the worn patina and how rustic they were, of course.  Give me a minute, and I will come up with something!
The next day as I scouted around the house, Handy Husband suggested the lid of my Cheese box, another Christies Antique Show find.  He is not just another pretty face.  The tones of the lid, complement the spools perfectly.  There were so many options!              

           Handy husband cut down 2 of the spools to create 3 different heights ( and now there are 2 smaller pieces waiting for reincarnation) and with the glue gun I randomly fastened them to the lid of the box. I had all kinds of shiny "stuff" ready to go, and some evergreen and lights, but it just wasn't working for me.

Many attempts later, and yes, a time where I threw up my hands, and said, "This isn't going to work" I took another look around at my collection and decided that shiny wasn't the look I was after. Natural suited the spools far better. I had a package of mini ornaments from last Christmas that I had purchased for another project that never got off the ground, and they were the perfect colours. 
Add in some texture with decorative balls that I was replacing in the family room anyway, some big pine cones, and a string of battery operarted lights that I got at my all time favourite gift and "idea" store, Heartstrings, some tea lights in the top (they fit perfectly, I love when a plan comes together) and I have the perfect rustic centrepiece for my island and our upcoming Christmas Open House.

The cost was very minimal as I recycled most pieces.  The spools were $3.99 each and the string of lights $14.99, and the best part is it is unique!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hanging Pinecones

 Hanging pine cones is super cute and it was easy and cheap.

Take yarn and tie it to the pine cone and then tie it to the ribbon. Then fold the ribbon and tie another pinecone to then end.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thrift Store Shelf

So I got this little shelf at Goodwill for $2.50 (it was originally $5.00 but it was a 50% off day) It was super cute and I figured I could jazz it up. Here's how.

 I cleaned and primed the shelf white.

Then I used some paint I already had and painted it blue.

 I got a roll of this adhesive paper from the Dollarama (where else do I shop?) for $2.00. So I cut and stuck the paper to the back of the shelf.

 There you go now you can use this guy for anything you want to display or organize.

 I decided to try and get my nail polish collection under control.

What you need:
Shelf $2.50
Primer Free
Paint Free
Wallpaper or adhesive paper $2.00 (You could also use scrapbook paper and glue it to the back of the shelf)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Outdoor Christmas Planters

Okay so its that time of year again, CHRISTMAS. Thinking about decorating outside? On a budget? I have just the thing $12.00 Christmas planters.
While I was at a greenhouse that sells a lot of amazing Christmas decorations I came across some Christmas planters,and they looked amazing but they were $75.00 A PIECE!!! No chance I was spending that kinda dough so I made up my own. Here's how.

 These are my planters that I use all year around. I think I originally got them from Canadian Tire for about $12.00 a piece. They were still filled with dirt from the summer.

 I bought the really long sticks from Dollarama for $2.00 a bunch. I bought 4 of them. Then the pine branches were from the green house and they were $6.00 a bunch and I got two.

So the sticks from the Dollarama were really long so I just snapped them in half and put them close to the "back" of the planter.

Then I took my bunches of pine and and also stuck them in the planter in front of the sticks.

The red ribbon was from Dollarama for $2.00 each. The silver Christmas balls are plastic and they were extras I had. I was looking for Christmas balls with sticks attached to them and I found them. They were selling them at Walmart for four little balls it was $5.39. No thanks. So I came up with an idea.

Skewer sticks, hot glue gun, and plastic ornaments. Just take the plastic hanger part off, then put a bead of glue at the hole of the ornament and stick the skewer stick into the hole. There you go cheap and easy.

Then I stuck the sticks with the balls attached, into the planter.

I took the ribbon wrapped it around the planter and tied a knot.

 I had extra lights so I wrapped them into the planter and there you go nice festive front doorway now.

What you need
2 planters-I reused my summer planters
4 bunches of sticks $2.00 each
Pine branches $6.00 each
Ribbon $2.00 each
Silver balls free
Lights free
Total for 2=$ 24.00

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christmas Ornaments

Twine and String Wrapped Christmas Ornaments

So when I was at the dollar store I was very upset to find that all the Christmas decorations were kinda, let's say, tacky! So I was looking at these glass ornaments with white dots on them and thought I could change those up pretty easily.
All you need: Any sort of Christmas Ornament
I used liquid stitch for this one which is just a glue
Yarn, twine, or string to wrap around the ornament


So just start at the top of the ornament and glue while you wrap the string around.


Before and After

Continue until you are done then snip off the end. These are going to add great texture and warmth to my tree this year.

Friday, November 18, 2011

DIY Headband

 Another Dollar Store find. This was so simple, it literally took me about 30min to finish this.

What you need:
Fabric Ribbon $1.00 (Dollarama)
Rhinestone gems $2.00 (Dollarama)
Pearl gems $1.00 (Dollarama)
Liquid Stitch $ 5.49 (Wal Mart)

These are the rhinestones and pearls that I got for this project.

Put the gems in a nice pattern and then you can start gluing them on. Once everything is done and you are happy put it in a safe place and wait 24hours for the glue to completely dry. Then that's it. All done. You could also use this for a sash on a wedding dress or a bracelet. The options are endless.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Paper Mache Christmas Ornament

Okay so this year I am planning on doing an earthy natural looking tree with lots of textures and different shades of earth tones. So I made this paper mache Christmas ornament. VERY EASY and cheap. It would be a great craft to do with kids. 

All you Need:
Glue $1.00 (Dollarama)
Book $2.00 (Dollarama)
Christmas Ball Ornaments $1.50 (Dollarama)

So this book was about golf i think.... Anyways I knew it would be great for this project. You could also use a old book that you don't particularly like. So cut out the pages and then cut the words in strips. I used in the beginning one line of writing per strip but that was taking WAY to0 long. So then I did two lines of words per strip and it seemed to work out great. 

 Then just mix you glue with the water in a bowl. I just guessed on how much glue and water I needed. It worked out. I probably used 1cup of water and 1/2c of glue.

 Then just start dipping your strips of paper into the glue mixture and place on your ball ornament. Let dry overnight and there you have it. Very fun, cheap , and an unique way to update a Christmas Ornament.