Patriotic Door Decoration

I’ve been pinning tons of stuff for Memorial Day/4th of July and when I saw this pin, I knew I could easily recreate it. Not to mention that I could make it for way less than $50. I got all my supplies at Hobby Lobby and honestly the most expensive things was the mesh for $7.99 and I used a 40% off coupon on that.

Patriotic Door Hanger

Supplies

  • 3 wooden stars .99 each
  • red, white & blue paint .77 each
  • patriotic ribbon $2.99
  • patriotic mesh $7.99
  • paintbrush $4.99 (I got a big packet of different brushes & used the foam brush to paint the stars, and a small brush for the letters)
  • Drill
  • Floral wire (had this on hand)

Directions

  1. Paint stars solid color & let dry
  2. Paint outer edges and letters onto stars & let dry
  3. Drill hole in top of all 3 stars, drill hole in bottom of U and S
  4. Use ribbon to create loop for top of hanger.
  5. Thread ribbon through stars and knot behind star to have them hang
  6. Loop mesh 3 times then twist with floral wire to create bow. I used this video to learn.
  7. Take some extra floral wire and twist the bow onto the loop at top of hanger.
  8. I also sprayed mine with some acrylic sealer, but I don’t think it’s going to make any difference

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I am so in love with how this came out and it’s perfect to keep up all summer long! I’ve already been asked to make some more and I have tons of leftover supplies so all I really need to buy is more stars to make another.

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Bachelorette Survival Bucket

As you all know my sister had her Bachelorette party last week. I had seen a “barf bucket” on Pinterest and while I didn’t think the name was very cute or a fun gift to give someone I knew I wanted to give my sister something small since I will also be celebrating with her while we are in Punta Cana. I went to Hobby Lobby to get a few things for the evening and happened to see a black bucket in the summer section and immediately came up with an idea. The Bachelorette Survival Bucket, which can be tailored to the bachelorette’s taste. I happened to have some rhinestones and little hearts left over from my days of making phone cases so I glued those onto the bucket using E6000 glue. For the writing on the bucket I just used the liquid chalk markers that I got for the chalkboard we would be using that night and let it dry for a couple of hours. I got shredded paper for the bottom of the bucket and then bought small things she would need throughout the night.

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Basket contents:

  • Listerine Strips
  • glitter hair ties
  • makeup wipes
  • travel size Tylenol extra strength
  • travel size Tums
  • monogrammed tissues with her new last initial
  • sleep mask
  • her favorite candies
  • 4 cans Red Bull silver edition (her current favorite)

You can literally just go to Walmart/CVS and pick up small goodies that you know the Bride will need throughout the night! We were all very happy that I included the makeup remover since some of us forgot ours and no one wants to go to bed with makeup on!

Since this week is all about weddings check out the destination wedding thank you cards I made as well!

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DIY Thank You Cards

In case you need a reminder my sister’s wedding is less than 2 weeks away! She put together welcome bags for everyone for when they check into the hotel and she needed to make thank you cards to put with the bags. Me being the anxious person that I am I came up with a rough draft of a thank you card that I have to say I am pretty pleased with. We are meeting Thursday night to make changes and of course to fix the colors since I just made a quick guess when I made it.

Thank you cards are a huge part of weddings whether they are destination or not. I used picmonkey to create this which is available to everyone for FREE. I left hers very simple since it is a smaller destination wedding, but the possibilities with this card are endless and you can also upgrade on picmonkey to Royale and get even more cool features. I haven’t bit the bullet and bought it just yet, but I think I may need to if I want to keep making cards!

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I made the card using a 4×6 layout, but you could make it any size. We plan on printing these ourselves on card stock and then more than likely attaching them to the welcome bags with some ribbon. These are super simple to make, but if you have any questions or would like to see some ideas please feel free to email me at amelahouris@gmail.com!

 

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Cupid’s Wreath

I know I said I keep an eye out next week, BUT I just couldn’t wait to show you this cute wreath I made! I recently found this wreath on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make one ASAP. I know it’s only January, but every year I feel like Valentine’s Day gets looked over. While I liked Mrs. Polly Roger’s original wreath that she made, it felt a little busy to me and I also wanted to incorporate my favorite color. The best part of this wreath is that everything is from the Dollar Tree! I already had my mod podge and glitter, but you can buy good ole white glue and red glitter at Dollar Tree as well.

Cupids Wreath Supplies

Start by brushing glue on all of the clothespins (keep the clothespins on the cardboard it comes on!) You only need to glitter one side of the clothespins so go crazy with that glitter! While that is drying you can cut the inside of the pie plate out, you will only need the outer rim. You are going to take the felt hearts off the rings that they are attached to. You can keep the rings for other projects on Mrs. Polly Roger’s, but I didn’t have a need for them. I used 18 felt hearts to go around the pie tin. Once the clothespins are dry you can then start pinning your felt hearts around the pie tin, making sure to cover the tin. Then you can take either red or pink large table scatter and use a little hot glue to hide the holes at the bottom of the felt hearts. Then with your hot glue gun you can glue the smaller table scatter hearts to the tops of the clothespins.

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When all’s said and done this wreath cost me $5 to make and I can actually make another one bringing the price down to $2.50! I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day this year and this is seriously helping me get in the mood. Every year we always keep Valentine’s Day low key and this year is no exception, we will be in Punta Cana the week before for my sister’s wedding, but decorations help me really enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank.

What’s your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? I plan on making some Valentine’s Day treats next week so keep a look out for those!

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DIY Ornament Wreath

Last year after Christmas I had an idea in my mind of the crafts I wanted to make for the next holiday, this saved me major moola as I was able to buy a lot of things on clearance that I knew I would need. Of course waiting for things to go on clearance means you don’t always get exactly what you want. As most of you know, if you follow me on instagram, I am recently obsessed with gold. Last Christmas I made a coffee filter wreath with gold accents and I think that’s where it all started. In my dream world the ornament wreath for our door would be all different shades of gold, but alas those ornaments were long gone so instead I got brightly colored pinks, greens and blues. This is by far the easiest & cheapest craft I’ve done recently. Hobby Lobby currently has all of their Christmas items on sale for 50% off so you should be able to still keep this inexpensive AND get the colors you want!

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I took a wire hanger from my husbands closet and used pliers to pull it apart. From there I hot glued to tops on all of the ornaments to make sure that they didn’t fall off the wreath once placed. Once all your tops have been hot glued you can start sliding the ornaments on the hanger whatever way you like. I tried alternating colors but as you can see once they all bunch up a lot of the similar colors look like they were placed right next to each other. I used about 40 ornaments to make this, I bought 2 25 count cylinders of ornaments because other projects I saw said I would need about 80. I think it depends on your hanger. Looking at my wreath in the house I thought it was going to be way too small, but once I placed it on our door I was happily surprised. Once you have all your ornaments on your wreath you can take your pliers and twist the end around again. I had Mr. H help me with this part and the hook part actually broke off so he had to really be creative. He made it work and saved me the step of putting on a bow to hide the part that doesn’t have ornaments!

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This is a seriously quick and easy way to add some holiday cheer to your house, inside or out! I would love to see the wreaths that you all come up with this year. I have so many fun and festive things coming up on the blog so keep checking back for more cheerful ideas!

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Fall Bucket List

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Why yes, I am writing this post with my Cider Lane candle burning next to me (fall obsession numero uno) I have been going crazy these past couple weeks writing every little thing down on a post-it that I can think of that I want to do this fall. Here’s my ever growing Fall Bucket List:

  • make caramel apples (all homemade)
  • pumpkin picking
  • pumpkin carve-off
  • apple picking
  • bake an apple pie
  • go to the Topsfield Fair
  • build haunted gingerbread houses
  • make crockpot apple sauce
  • visit the Big E
  • Visit Maine Lighthouse Day
  • Go to Newport Mansions Food Festival
  • See the Return of Pumpkin People
  • make caramel corn

Let me know what’s on your bucket list this fall, especially if it’s something I missed!

Pinterest Project – Pallet Table

Here it is August and I’m just now bringing you this awesome pallet table, BUT in my defense we did start the project in June and finish in July. I’m just a slow poster! Last fall when we were cleaning up outside and putting all of our summer stuff away a terrible tragedy occurred (and oddly enough, not for the first time). Our glass table shattered into a million pieces. I didn’t worry about it too much since we weren’t going to be using it anytime soon anyways and I already been inspired by this post to try making my own table for the next summer. Well Mr. H being the best husband ever came home one day with TONS of pallets for me to choose from. I was pretty excited and decided that any table we made had to be pretty big as we are always hosting outdoor BBQ’s for everyone during the summer. After all was said and done we had this beauty!

 

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We used 4 pallets for this & I decided that I didn’t want to leave the pallets natural so I stained them in the color “Ebony” and let me tell you how horrible it was getting all the nooks and crannies! I HIGHLY suggest staining before you put anything together as it will make it easier to maneuver the pallet to get the harder to reach spots. You don’t have to stain the table but to me it just looked more pulled together. We bought 4 wheels from Home Depot (they said they could hold up to 100 lbs I believe) We wanted the table to be easy to move since we are hoping to bring this with us once we move into a new house. To connect the pallets together we used a 2ft 2×4 and screwed it into both pallets seamlessly. We weren’t very scientific when it came time to figure out how tall to make the table, we literally stood by another table and measured my leg! We used 6 4×4’s for the legs as we wanted to make sure the table was stable and wouldn’t wobble at all. Home Depot will cut the 4×4’s for you if you have your height figured out before you go and buy them which is great if you don’t have a chop saw to use at home.

I absolutely love the table and it has worked great for the cookouts we’ve had so far! People we’re a little concerned about things falling through, but suprisingly nothing did! Mr. H and I both agree that we should cut a hole in the middle for an umbrella but alas I think that may be for next summer as my mind is already on fall projects! It’s hard to keep my mind on summer when everyone is posting about fall, as much as I love fall (it’s my favorite season ever, along with everyone else it seems) I think I’m going to wait until at least September to say it has arrived. I will let August be summer………for now.

I know this wasn’t super detailed so let me know if you have any questions, but truly this project is super easy and can be modified to fit anyone’s needs!