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Showing posts with label Painting. Show all posts

Monday, November 11, 2019

Snowman made with Birch Logs

This is so cute and rustic! 

Great way to add some winter decor to your home!

  • Birch Logs, 1 large, 1 medium, 2 small, and 1 slice. 
  • 1 Wood dowel (1/4 inch)
  • Drill with a bit slightly bigger than your dowel
  • Wood Glue
  • Fabric for a scarf and bow ( I used Flannel)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue
  • 2-3 Small Black Buttons
  1. Get your logs cut and sand them if needed. If you find a small one with a branch piece sticking out you can use it for the nose. 
  2. Drill a hole half way through the center of your largest log. Drill a hole, in the center, all the way through the medium log, 1 small log, and the slice. Drill a hole half way through the last small log. 
  3. Now put the dowel through and stack your logs large, medium, small, slice, and small. Add wood glue in the drilled holes if you would like it to be sturdy. You may need to cut down your dowel to make it the right length. 
  4. Paint on a snowman face. I just did the the eyes because I had a branch piece for the nose and didn't want to add a mouth. If you do not have a branch sticking out just paint on a carrot nose. Make it the way you want!
  5. Use your fabric to make a scarf and a small bow for the hat.
  6. Glue on your bow for the hat and the buttons. 
  7. Now you are done and have a cute little snowman to decorate with or even give as a gift!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

DIY Wood Trees

These wood trees are so cute and easy to make. 

Perfect for some holiday decor!

  • 1x2 furring strip boards
  • Saw
  • Small nails and hammer or a nail gun
  • Acrylic paint

  1. Start with cutting your boards. These don't need to be any specific size, you can make them and small or large as you want. I start with the center tall board. My trees are about 18 inches tall.
  2. Next cut the branch pieces. The top one at 3 inches, and then add 1 inch to the next one each time going down (3in, 4in, 5in...). For the base I cut 4 boards, 5 inches long. 
  3. Now you can nail your tree together. Start by nailing the base piece on, like shown in the image below. Next add the branch pieces on the center tall board, hang the base over the end of your table space so the boards lay flat. Be careful!
  4. Now that you have your tree put together you can add some paint to the front side if you would like. Another option would be to stain the entire tree a dark brown or even leave it natural. 
  5. Now you can place your trees in your home or outside for some cute decor. I like to put mine on my upper cabinets in my kitchen. To add a little holiday cheer you could add some small lights or mini ornaments to your tree. If you decide you want to put your outside, it would be best to seal the wood and paint. 

Scarecrow and Snowman Double Sided Porch Decor

This Scarecrow and snowman reversible porch decor is so cute. Flip it to the scarecrow for the fall season and then to the snowman for the winter. What a fun project to make! 


  • 1 1x10 Pine Board cut at an angle (height 40in)
  • 2 1x2 Pine Boards (length 13in)
  • Nails and Hammer or Air Nail Gun
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Clear Satin Spray Paint
  • Twine String
  • Buttons 
  • Greenery for Snowman Hat
  • Leaves and Flower for Scarecrow Hat
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue

  1. Cut Board and lightly sand if necessary. 
  2. Nail the small boards towards the top at an angle. If you cut the 1x10 at an angle, then measure from the top to your small board to make the angle is the same. 
  3. Paint one side white with a black hat for the snowman. Then paint the other side light brown with a dark brown hat for the scarecrow. Let the paint dry good before painting the other side. 
  4. Add the details! I painted a face and scarf on the snowman. I Added a shirt, overalls, and face to the scarecrow. 
  5. After you are done with all of the painting, you will want to do a clear coat over it all. I use clear satin spray paint to seal it for the outdoors. 
  6. Warm up your hot glue gun. I added the twine string with a bow, buttons on the overalls, and leaves and a flower to the hat on the scarecrow side. Add buttons to the belly and winter greenery to the hat on the snowman side. 
  7. Place inside or outside to decorate for the fall season and then flip it over for the winter season. This is also a great gift idea!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Fish Craft for Summer

Gone Fishing!

What a fun craft for the kids to make during the summer. On the days it's too hot out and we are stuck inside it is the best time to make a craft! 



  1. Get all materials ready on a washable surface. 
  2. Cut our a fish shape from one color of construction paper, and a bobber shape out of a white paper. 
  3. Paint the top and bottom of the bobber red. We did both sides so when we hang it up it can spin around. 
  4. Next paint and decorate the fish, on both sides if you would like. We used a sponge roller to create a splattered look on the fish. Next we glued on the glitter just in the spots where the fins would be. We also did glitter for the eyes. 
  5. After all of the paint and glue is dry, use the hold punch to make a hole in the end of the fish and the top and bottom of the bobber. 
  6. Tie the fish and the bobber together and then hang it up!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Watercolor Snow Painting

When it's to cold to go out and play in the snow you bring it in! My kids loved painting the snow!

  • Watercolor paints
  • Brush
  • Waterproof container or plate
  • Water in a dish
  • Snow

  1. Set up paints and water.
  2. Put snow on a plate or in a dish. 
  3. The kids will have to get their brush and paints wet to start painting.
  4. Have fun!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Apple Tree Apple Print Painting

Apple Tree Painting with Apples

  • Paper
  • Brown, Red, & Green Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Forks
  • 2 Plates
  1. Get all materials ready. Cut the apple in half and poke a fork in each half to use a handle. 
  2. Using the brown paint and brush, paint a tree with branches. 
  3. Put some red paint on one plate and green paint on the other. 
  4. Using one apple, dip it into the green paint and use it like a stamp to create the leafy area on your tree. 
  5. Next use the other apple. Dip it in the red paint and use it like a stamp to make some apples on your tree. 
  6. Make as many paintings as you want. When finished throw the apple away and clean up your materials. 
  7. Let your painting dry and then hang it up!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Exploding Paint Craft with Alka Seltzer

This was so much fun to do! The kids had a blast and I did too!

  • Paint
  • Small Film Canisters
  • Paper or Canvas
  • Alka Seltzer Tablets
  • Water
  • Outdoor space for easy cleanup 
  • Disposable table cloth, plastic shower curtain, or newspaper. 


  1. Get all of your materials ready.
  2. Lay out the disposable table cloth, newspaper, or old plastic shower curtain.
  3. Lay down your paper or canvas. 
  4. Put some paint in a few film canisters 1/3 full. Add a little water (about 1tsp). Stir or shake it up to mix it. 
  5. Get ready to move quickly. Break an Alka Seltzer tablet in half, put both halves in a canister with paint. Put the cover on quickly and set it upside down on the paper or canvas. 
  6. Stand back, the canister may fly far. The Alka Seltzer bubbles will build pressure and cause the top to pop off and create a fun splatter painting.
  7. Continue to fill and explode the canisters until you have a painting you love. 
  8. Clean up, let your painting dry and then hang it up to show off your work!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hand Print Frame

These were a fun and easy craft to make for Mother's Day. I made these for myself and for my sister. They would be great for a gift for many occasions. 


  1. Get the Frame
  2. Paint one hand, then make the hand print on the frame. 
  3. Make sure it drys before putting it together. 
  4. Place it on a shelve or use as a great gift for a mom, grandma, or family member. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Shutter Flag

I love when I get to restore items that once had true quality and craftsmanship.  These shutters where being tossed out after being removed during a renovation.  I see things for what they can be, not what they are.

To begin..

  • First find some old shutters (I love to garage sale or go to second hand construction stores, they have a wide variety)
  • Sand down and remove any defects you find
  • Prep a surface to paint the base coat, I used white for this flag project
  • Stencil in a star or hand draw into a section of lathe to represent the square
  • Now paint the blue square at the top around the stencil star
  • Find the horizontal lathe and paint two at a time red (resembling the stripes on the American Flag!)
  • I used a Gloss paint to have a high resistance but if you choose a more subtle finish you may need to clear coat over to seal in the paint
  • Find a spot indoors or outdoors to show off your American Pride.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

DIY Painted Welcome Signs

Everyone needs a welcome sign on their front step!



  1. Sand the board to get out any rough spots or marks. Wipe it clean.
  2. Line up and measure out your stencils. You want the letters to be straight, centered and evenly spaced. Then trace the letters.
  3. For the O in Welcome you can draw and paint anything you like. Flower, pumpkin, snowflake, sports ball, etc.
  4. Paint the letters and your design for the O.
  5. Once the paint is dry, paint on a coat or 2 of the polyurethane. Let it dry. 
  6. Place on your front step to welcome your guests. You could even make these as gifts. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Painting Mess Free

My sister did this with her kids for Easter. So Cute!

  • Canvas
  • Paints
  • Plastic wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Paint brush 
  • Black permanent marker


  1. Have all of your materials out and ready to use. Put the canvas on newspaper.
  2. Squirt dots of paint on the canvas.
  3. Place plastic wrap on top of the paint and wrap it around the edges of the canvas.
  4. Let your child rub the paint around. Having the plastic wrap over the paints makes this safe and mess free for little fingers.
  5. After the canvas is all painted, peal the plastic wrap off and let it dry.
  6. To make the bunny footprints, have your child sit in a chair with clean feet.
  7. Paint one foot with white paint. Make sure it is thick so you get the whole footprint.
  8. Stamp the foot on the canvas so their toes are pointing down and there is space for the ears above the heal.
  9. Do the last 2 steps with the other foot or another child's foot. If you have more kids just add 1 foot for each of them.
  10. To add the ears to each bunny, use a paint brush to paint the white long ears first. After that drys a little, add a center pink stripe for the inside of the ears. Use that same pink paint and add a small dot in the center of the heal for the bunny nose.
  11. Once all of the paint is dry you can add the details. Use the black permanent marker to draw a face, write Happy Easter, and add names and ages by each foot.
  12. Hang your canvas and cherish those little toes or you could even give this as a gift.
  • You could do the mess free painting for any occasion and with any colors of paint. 
  • If you do hand or foot prints be ready to clean them off between each. 
  • If your canvas is small enough you could put it into a zip lock bag for the mess free painting. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bunny Kids Painting

I loved how easy this was. My kids had so much fun doing some finger painting with this project.

  • Small Canvas
  • Washable Paints
  • Stiff Paint Brush 
  • Bunny Stencil
  • White Paint

  1. Get all of your materials out and ready and cover your painting surface when you have kids doing the finger painting. 
  2. Paint the whole canvas with all of the colors you chose. Use light colors first, like yellow. If the colors start to mix to much they will turn brown. 
  3. Let it dry completely. 
  4. Pick the spot you would like to put your stencil. Tape one edge down with painters tape. 
  5. Use a stiff paint brush to paint in the stencil using a tapping motion. Do not have a lot of paint on the brush and be gentle so the brush does not get pushed under the edges of the stencil.
  6. Pull the stencil off when you are done painting.
  7. Let dry and enjoy the artwork through the season. 


  • You could use many different paint colors and stencil shapes for this project. For Example; red, white and blue with a star, greens with a shamrock, kids favorite colors with their initials, etc...
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