We have been stuck in the house for days…at first it was just a little cough. I don’t like to infect other people so we stayed in. Yesterday we have the whole “should we go to the ER talk” because my 6 year old was so sick and of course my husband responds “oh he will be fine”…and he was thank goodness he is fine, just a bad couch and a little overly dramatic
The other day I decided to put my kids to work and we all painted on my kitchen floor. It was messy, unorganized, chaotic and unbelievably fun!
I am a little obsessed with “pallet signs” which are painted signs you make out of reclaimed wood. Check out my christmas sign here, I am kinda in love! For this sign I found some wood in our yard my husband used for our porch. He cut in short and screwed the back together. I would show you a DIY on how I did this, but I enlisted my husband to do it, it’s the least he could have done, 😉 He is a former wood worker so he knew what he was doing.
This is the back of the sign. My husband laid all the planks down and screw in two planks on the back in order to keep them in place.
This was before everyone got really sick…we had a laughing, paint flying kind of time. And right after this picture my daughter stepped in paint. I had to keep telling myself this was a good idea, haha!
I will go ahead and admit I do not have a artistic bone in my body when it comes to drawing or painting. I used stencils for this project and as you can see I completely messed up the sign by doing the “is” way to far away from the heart so I did another “is” and painted a red heart over the 2nd one. Sometimes you just have to roll with it.
Next on deck are these super cute painted mason jars. I painted them 3 or 4 coats or until they didn’t look transparents anymore. Once they were completely dried I took some sandpaper to them and made them look a little scratched up. The flowers were leftover from christmas and the red sparkly rope I found at Hobby lobby the other day for 90% off!
Growing up back in Louisiana, around Christmas time, large wooden Christmas “cards” would start popping up on people’s yard. They were these elaborate painted signs saying things like “Merry Christmas”, and “Jingle Bells”, ect. I never thought of it as something only the south did, but now that I live in Denver, I can definatley say it’s a southern thing!
I decided I would undertake this job and make our family a “Christmas Card” for our yard, or a “yard card”, haha.
Being the frugal person that I am, I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money so I asked my dad if he had any ole pallets laying around. Of course he did but I suspect you could sporbbaly call your local hardware store and see if they have an extras!
green, red and black paint
stencils (letters and snowflakes)
1/2 yard of burlap
1 spool of ribbon
1 spool of string
So for the entire project, I spent under $15! I saw these on etsy going for at least $80!
I bought 5 inch stencils for my pallet. They fit perfectly, but it would have been a better idea to measure the pieces of wood before hand!
I was going to draw all the letters on beforehand then go back over them with pant but no one’s got time for that! I also added a few snoflakes here and there for extra measure.
I really wanted to use pink burlap but a girl will take what she can get.
I cut the burlap into triangles, no need to finish the ends.
Last I threaded the string through all of the completed triangles and tied it onto the bottom of the pallet.
This part it totally optional but but dad added a stand to the back of my pallet. Fancy isn’t it? I won’t post the how to on this because I didn’t do it. You can always just lean your pallet against your house or whatever but this makes it to wear you can stand it anywhere! Thanks pops!
And there you have it! I put a spotlight in front of ours outside so you can see it at night too!
Some people might say it’s pumpkin season but I am more excited for burlap season! Fall weather just screams burlap so I had to make a table runner for our table. See our 10 ft table was made by my husband from wood given to him from his grandfather. This table is a family heirloom so the last thing I want to do is cover it up with a table cloth. So a tablerunner was born! There are those rare times when something in my head actually turns out better than I had expected and this is one of those times!
Here are the cast of characters:
3 yards burlap
2 yards lace
2 yards gray shiny fabric
chevron ribbon I didn’t use 😉
white paint (not pictured)
and some ABC stencils
So first I cut the burlap to the width I wanted. For most people this will be long enough for their table but for me, it wasn’t. When you cut it just stretch it across your table and if it fits, skip the steps to the part where you sew the fabric onto the burlap.
Next if you do need more length, cut to pieces of burlap that are the same size and width and sew both ends of the burlap together.
Then after sewing it together, trim the edge.
Now turn the fabric right side up and place the seem in the middle of your table. I am not a measuring kind of gal so I just pushed all my chairs up against the table and put the seem right between the middle two. If your burlap is to long on either side, just trim it. I let me burlap hang over the side about 6-12 inches.
Then it’s time to sew the fabric onto the burlap. I cut my fabric twice as long as the width of the burlap because I wanted mine to be ruffled. To ruffle your fabric, sew across the top of one of your gray strips of fabric. Do not back stitch it! Next there will be 2 strings of thead. Pull ONE of them and bunch your fabric as shown above.
Sew the first gray ruffled piece of fabric onto the bottom of the burlap. I sewed mine about 2 inches above the bottom of the burlap.
Then I sewed the lace on top of the first row of gray fabric. You can ruffle this as well or just bunch as you go. This lace was kind of pricey so I had to go skimpy on how much I got.
Then ruffle the next strip of gray fabric and sew on top of the lace. Now you can see there is about 2 inches of burlap on the bottom showing, and about 2 inches above.
Now get out your white pant and stencils. NOTE: as many of you may known, burlap has LOTS of holes in it. They might be small but the paint will drip though so be a doll and place a piece of paper under the stencils. Your table will thank you and so will your husband. So for the other side of the table runner, just repeat steps above. This took me under an hour to complete! If you notice below the cute little heart after the “Give Thanks” saying…let’s just say I got paint happy and was slinging paint left and right because I had a child asking me 100 questions so I added the heart to cover up a splatter.
In the seem of the runner, I placed a few fun things I got at hobby lobby for 80% off! The burlap pumpkins are my fav!