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Farmhouse style wreath easel

Hey friends! Today, I am sharing my farmhouse style wreath easel DIY.

Home decor doesn’t have to be expensive or what everyone has from a big box store. I love simple sweet decorating around the house. This farmhouse style craft is something I really enjoyed putting together. I am drawn to neutral decor. So, this means white, wood, black, and pops of green are what I enjoy the most. The pops of greenery around the house really make the house come alive, even if it is fake greenery.

DIY farmhouse style wreath easel

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Supplies you need for your farmhouse style wreath easel project:

DIY farmhouse style wreath easel


Tutorial for creating this farmhouse style wreath easel:

  • Cut a scrap piece of wood to fit within the back of the laser cut frame.
  • Glue it down.


farmhouse style wreath easel

  • Once previous two pieces are dry, glue to the chalkboard easel. This will give the piece some depth.
  • Stain all wood. I used Minwax golden oak. I used a Q-tip to stain the smaller sections of the easel.


farmhouse style wreath easel

  • Using E6000 again, attach one of the curio knobs to the wood plaque. This will need to set for several hours. Be sure to follow the directions on the tube for best results. I love this stuff. It is my go to adhesive any time I need to make sure there is a good adhesion for a long term bond. Again, love this stuff.


farmhouse style wreath easel

There you are.  All done.  Attach some ribbon to your mini wreath (tutorial coming) and hang.

You have created a simple, inexpensive wreath easel.

One of the best parts of this project is that this farmhouse style wreath easel can be used year long just by changing out the wreaths.

Such a sweet little farmhouse style DIY.


farmhouse style wreath easel DIY


farmhouse style seasonal wreath easel


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farmhouse style wreath easel


Other farmhouse style crafts you may enjoy:

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Shamrock Topiaries & Giveaway

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

shamrock topiaries DIY

Are these the cutest little mini topiaries you have ever seen?

Well, that is what my mom said, so I am assuming that the whole world will have the same opinion.

I created them using Lia Griffith Shamrock printables

Lia creates AMAZING crafts and I am so excited to be sharing one of my DIY projects with a piece of her inspiring work.

Here we go with the tutorial on Shamrock Topiaries & Pot O’Gold Giveaway!

potted shamrock topiaries

Here are the supplies to get you started:

Lia Griffith’s shamrock paper printables

Mini terra cotta pots

Mini moss balls

Florist stem wire


Hot glue gun

shamrock paper printables Lia Griffith

This is what your printables will look like fresh off the printer. I recommend using cardstock.

shamrock topiaries

I originally had green/white baker’s twine, but I preferred a thicker twine after the topiaries were put together.

shamrock topiary tutorial

Hot glue your moss ball to the terra cotta pot.

Cut your stem wire to the desired size of the stem you would like. I varied my stem lengths.

Use a pencil to curl the stem wire, then push into the moss ball.

shamrock topiaries assembled


shamrock topiaries tutorial

Hot glue your shamrocks to the top of your stems.

Embellish the top of the pots with tied twine.

shamrock topiary trio

St. Patrick's Day shamrock topiaries

 A huge THANK YOU shout out….

….to the fabulous Lia Griffith for granting me permission to use her shamrock design.

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Ribbon Tree Blocks

winter activities for kids


Hey readers!

We traveled to the Christmas tree farm today.

 It was a whopping 25 degrees!

But, the sun was shining and this activity is a tradition for us,

as for many.

We arrived at the tree farm where Thomas the Train greeted us.

We loaded the train and rang the bell for our bumpy ride to begin.

A heated shed awaited us at our destination with a cozy open fire.

The girls nibbled on a few roasted marshmallows before we ventured out to find that

perfect tree.

And perfect is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

The girls will either pick out a tree that is 12′ tall or one that is brown and sparse.

I love hearing what they notice about a tree…

…and the reason why they feel it is perfect.

But, ultimately the tree of choice is voted on by all.

{such a process}

The tree we brought home this year is so full….

..and bit round in the middle.

Actually, we barely got it through the front door.

We usually opt for a Frasier Fir,

but we brought home a White Spruce this go around.

It smells heavenly.

I can’t wait to show it to you in a few weeks

during the home tour.

DIY ribbon tree blocks

Meanwhile while temps are dropping outdoors,

I have a fun activity you can do with your kiddos.

These tree blocks remind me of our adventures

during the Christmas tree hunt.

And this project allows kids to create their perfect tree to display.

ribbon tree blocks DIY

Supplies you will need:

Scrap blocks of wood


Chalk paint


Glass glitter

glass glitter by Recollections

The glass glitter from Michael’s is a budget-friendly alternative to the pricier German glass glitter. I was drawn to the vintage colors of this glitter.

glass glitter ribbon trees

Start the project by painting the blocks.

I used ASCP in Pure White.

I lightly distressed and sanded the blocks smooth.

ribbon tree blocks with glass glitter

Using the stencil,

trace the pattern of the tree.

glass glitter ribbon trees

Take your Elmer’s glue and apply over the traced pattern.

ribbon tree blocks

Completely cover the glued block with glass glitter.

Shake off excess and let dry.

glass glitter in vintage green

These were so simple for the kiddos to make.

I would suggest kids 6 and up for this project.

My girls needed a bit of help with the tracing of the pattern,

but loved the painting and bedazzling!

A perfect little ribbon tree block to personalize their rooms.

glass glitter trees DIY project

Do you cut your own tree? Leave me a comment on your tradition.

Need more winter themed inspiration?

Hop on over to a few other fun ideas…

…for crafting with your kids

on those blustery days of winter!


Puffy Paint Snowman from Creative Ramblings

Free Kids Winter Activity Printables from Life is a Lullaby

Marshmalllow Snowman from Krafts and Kiddos

Snowmen at Night 3D Art Activity from Melly Moments

Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments from Bumps to Bottles

Printable Snowflake Coloring Pages from What Mommy Does

Ribbon Tree Blocks from Dandelion Patina

Gold Basketweave Ornament

It is all about trimming the tree!

Have you started yet?

There has been a ton of snow here and it just seems like we have skipped over Thanksgiving.

Everyone is in full swing for the holidays.

Bell ringers are at the grocery stores.

Wreaths are ready to purchase.

Christmas trees are discounted at Michael’s.


 Today, I will give you a simple and very inexpensive way to make gold basketweave ornaments.

I will also be sharing a roundup of some of my favorite gold ornaments!

gold DIY ornaments


1. Gold Basketweave Ornament-Dandelion Patina

2. DIY Mercury Glass Ornaments-The Frugal Homemaker

3. Gold + Gilded Woodland Ornaments-City Farmhouse

4. Prisma Wall Decor-Delineate Your Dwelling

5. Gold Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments-The Thinking Closet


basket weave ornaments in gold

Start with a bag of party favors from The Dollar Tree.

gold basket weave ornaments

Paint each favor in metallic gold. I used DecoArt.

gold basket weave Christmas ornament

When dry, apply a pattern with Elmer’s Glue.

Christmas ornament in gold with basket weave pattern

Sprinkle vintage gold glass glitter to cover the glue and shake off excess.  Once dry, add gold thread for hanging.

basket weave ornament in gold

Oh, but wait there is MORE…..


….If gold isn’t your thing,

I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers who know how to ROCK AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

with great ornaments and trimmings.

I am sure you will find something you love! Just take a look below.

Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree

Please let me know in the comments which is your favorite!

Trim The Tree 1

1. Advent Calendar Pocket 

2. Polymer Clay Poinsettia

3. Yarn Wrapped Ornament 

4.  Vintage Green Paper Ornament

5. Trim the Tree Garland

6. Ribbon Stuffed Ornaments

7.  Wooden Star Ornament

8. Melted Snowman Ornament

9. Felt Christmas Tree

10.  Santa Star Ornament


Trim the Tree 2

1. Vintage Map Ornament

2. Yarn Joy Ornament

3.  Embossed Wood Bird Ornament

4. Snow Man Wood Slice Ornament

5. Christmas Garland


7.  Star Painted Ornament

8. Neon Christmas Tree Topper

9. Wooden Spool Christmas Tree


Trim The Tree 3

1. Gingerbread Cookie Ornament


3. Bow Christmas Tree Garland

4. Travel Map Ornaments

5. Homemade Glitter Ornaments

6. Felt Candy Ornaments

7. Make Love Ornament

8. How to Decorate your Tree like a Pro

9.  Joy Ornament

10. Glitter Pinecone Ornament


Trim The Tree 4

1. Scented Gingerbread Ornament

2. Diy Tree Skirt

3. Pinecone Decorative Tree

4.  Wood Slice Ornament

5. Wood Slice Child Silhouette Ornament

6. Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree

7. Mason Jar Lid Ornament

8. Gold Basket Weave Ornament

9. Rustic Christmas Tree Garland


Bird Nest Woven With Charm

Hey friends! A bird nest woven with charm is such an inspiration to me. Today, I am sharing a faux woven bird’s nest and some funky chalk painted eggs. These are fun DIY projects to infuse your home with vintage charm. Let’s bring the outdoors in!

bird nest craft collage

Supplies needed-bird nest woven with charm:


supplies for bird nest

Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue

Instructions for creating a bird nest woven with charm:

    • First, I formed the shell of the nest with the decorative excelsior-leaving a hollow in the middle for my terra cotta saucer.
    • Then, I placed the saucer into the middle securing the shell of the nest in place.
    • I added the floral moss over the top of the saucer.

Instructions for chalk painted eggs:

  • Grab your walnuts. I used 3.
  •  I painted the walnuts in ASCP Duck Egg Blue
  • Let dry.
  • Wax


bird nest view

That is it! This is a very simple inexpensive way to bring the charm of a woven bird nest into your home décor vignette for spring.

Creating a bird nest woven with charm vignette:


vintage urn

I gathered a concrete urn and placed a skeleton key at the top with some Bakers twine.

feathers and key

I love the pattern and texture these feathers bring.

skeleton key

The color of the twine plays off the color in the walnut eggs.

birch branches

Birch branches placed inside an old bed spring.

walnut eggs

A view of the details of the nest. Not your typical blue eggs. But, I love the funky texture and unexpected use of the walnuts.

walnut eggs in nest

bird nest woven with charm

Do you have any craft projects where you have incorporated walnuts in a unique way?

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bird nest woven with charm. DIY Annie Sloan chalk painted eggs

Another craft project you may enjoy:

wreath with pink gray cream cupcake liners


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