"The Butcher", aka Cameron, doesn't really live up to his last name. There is no meat cutting or anything that has to do with blood or slaughtering in his life, but we always thought it would be the best ongoing laugh if he ever became a surgeon. "The Baker", aka Ashley (me!), thinks she can bake, but for some unexplainable reason, her cupcake business just didn't quite take-off. We'll blame that on the mass amounts of people following the same dream. Together, Cameron and Ashley have bought their first home. A home of our dreams? Well, it isn't a dump by any means, but it definitely needs some taste. Although, individually, Cameron and Ashley could strip any screw they come in contact with, together, they can actually accomplish big projects with the right direction, some creativity, and a fair share of bickering.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY Front Door Rustic Decor

Moving on to another rustic-like DIY project.  Some Pinterest ideas inspired me to jazz up my front door in the non-holiday months, so I kind of just went with my own ideas and it turned out so cute!!

What you need:
~Cardboard letter (got mine from Hobby Lobby)
~Hot glue gun
~Sharp scissors
~Empty picture frame
~Burlap or ribbon

First, I worked on wrapping my 'B' with twine.  This isn't as easy as it may appear at first, and I think depending on the letter you choose, you may have to use your own creativity at times to make it all come together.  But, I first wrapped the straight areas first, using hot glue to secure the beginning and then more to secure where I ended.

As I got to the rounded edges, the twine wasn't wrapped completely around. This is where you kind of have to be daring and creative. I was kind of lucky because it came out exactly how I pictured.

I then trimmed some of those loose twine hairs.  After the more difficult part is over, all you gotta do is glue the letter to the frame of your choice. I got my rustic frame from Hobby Lobby. At 40% off it was only $8!!  After gluing my letter to the frame, I wasn't decided whether or not to add more to my decor.  I bought twigs and ribbon, but decided to leave it as-is.  Rather then using satin ribbon to hang my frame with, I picked burlap (since I had left over from my last craft) and created a side knot with it.

I wasn't a fan of the frame sliding around and not staying centered as the door opened and closed (or should I say SLAMMED!), so I put those wall hook sticks on the 2 lower corners so that it stays put.  LOVE my new front door decor... simple, but very inviting =).

DIY Burlap "FAMILY" Banner

A theme to many weddings, bridal showers, nurseries, or professional portraits that has become ever-so-popular is "rustic".  Everywhere I look, I see brides wearing cowboy boots, babies rooms decked out in old wood, and I see these cute little burlap banners that make awesome props to professional photos for families or engagement settings.  It is a VERY easy project...

Here's what you need:
~Burlap: get it from a fabric store (comes in different shades)
~Thick Sharpie
~Sharp scissors
~Large triangular stencil (homemade mine)
~Large alphabet stencil
~Hot glue gun

First, take your triangle stencil to trace and cut out your banner pieces.  In this case I needed 6, but of course cut as many as you need to spell out what you would like.  "LOVE" is a popular one for engagement photos. As you trace the triangle, be careful as not to press hard and not to drag the pen/marker.  Burlap stretches very easily, so pressing too hard makes for imperfect lines.

Next, stencil out your letters on each of the banner pieces and fill in the letters with a sharpie (can be any color, but I think black, brown, or red works best).

Then, lay out the twine over the top of your banner triangles (letters face down).  Place a line of glue about a half inch from the top of the triangle and fold over.  Yes, your fingers may get a little hot since burlap isn't the thickest material, but you'll be fine... I promise!!!

Finally, add a little touch by gluing some cute bows on the ends.

Originally, I used my banner for a family photo shoot:

And then decided that it would look so cute on my fireplace while not in use: