How to Make A Rustic Farmhouse Centerpiece

I love my garden.  The only problem is I just don't have a place to display my fresh cut flowers, until now.  I've been needing a new centerpiece for my dining room table and today I'm going to show you how I made this rustic farmhouse decor from my dining room table.

I'm updating my home by myself, one project at a time.  Since I just updated a terracotta pot for my potted plants I needed something for my cut flowers.  

This project ended up being a no-cost beginner project.  I used some leftover lumber to make this project.  I had this planter box completed in less than an hour (plus time for the stain to dry). 

You can download the complete supply and cut list that also includes the entire step by step process below.

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This farmhouse planter can be used year round.  I love that all you need to do is update the flowers.  Right now since my tulips are in full bloom this is a perfect springtime centerpiece for my dining room table.

If you don't have fresh flowers to use, you can use faux flowers and switch them out every so often to update the space.

Since I've been updating our home one project at a time, I end up with pieces of wood that just aren't big enough to use for this or that.  That's why this is so perfect because I just needed a few feet of wood to complete this project.

DIY home decor 

This is DIY home decor anyone can do.  If you've never picked up a hammer before then this is a perfect project to start with.

You don't need special equipment to make this rustic farmhouse centerpiece.  I do have a miter saw and I did use it to cut the wood down but you only need a handsaw to do this job.

Supplies you'll need

Gather up the supplies you'll need.

  • 1 1x6x4 ft. cedar plank 
  • 1/4" 6x2 craft board
  • 1x3x1 board
  • wood glue
  • finishing nails
  • stain
  • sandpaper
  • saw
  • tape measure
  • 3 mason jars
  • eye and ear protection
  • face mask
  • gloves
  • paintbrush or rag for stain
  • hammer

It seems like a lot of stuff but really a lot of the supplies are things you'll only buy once.

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Make the cuts you'll need.

Once you have gathered all of your supplies it's time to get to work.  Make all of the cuts you need:

  • 2 cedar planks cut @ 12"
  • 2 cedar planks cut @ 5.5"
  • 1/4" craft board cut @ 13"
  • 1x3 cut @ 12"

That's it.  The cedar planks are going to be the frame.  The craft board will be the bottom and the 1x3 will give the mason jars a little height.

Assemble your planter box

Now it's time to assemble.  This is by far the best part.  

I couldn't believe how quickly this came together. 

The first step is to glue the 1x3 to the 1/4" craft board then nail it into place.  Make sure that the 1x3 is centered, this will be important when you are fitting this to the bottom.

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Once the bottom has been assembled it's time to make the box.

Since I don't have a nailer I wanted to make sure that everything stayed where I wanted it so I started the nails.  I tapped the nails on the end piece.  Here are a few examples:

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Adding this step helped me with keeping the wood straight.  I followed the same steps to assemble all four sides.

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Now it's time to add the bottom to the box.

If you centered the 1x3 then you'll have a perfect snug fit.

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Once it's placed on the box, it's time to secure it with glue and nails.  

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Here's how it looks all assembled.  This is the perfect size for your pint sized mason jars however you can use different sizes.  

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It's time to sand!

Before adding stain you'll want to sand any raw edges.  This should go by rather quickly.  

Once you've sanded your box it's time to stain.  I use a stain/poly mix so I don't have to do 2 steps.  The color I used was esspresso.  Use any color stain you want for this process.

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Creating your centerpiece

Make sure to allow your planter box to dry overnight.  I actually waited 2 days before I brought this inside because I added a heavy of stain.

I added 3-pint size mason jars to the box and then went out to the yard and harvested some tulips for my brand new dining room table centerpiece.  

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The great thing about this box is you can put this anywhere, use any type of flowers or plants, and use this year round making your home fit the seasons.

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You can watch the short video below to see how I put this together.

If you're ready to make this on your own, download the free plans below.

This project was one of the easiest and quickest projects I've done.  With a little bit of leftover lumber and about 45 minutes of time I was able to build this planter.  

I would love to know if this is something you'd build?  Let me know your plans for this planter in the comments below.

Have an amazing day and thank you so much for stopping by.

Jenn

How to paint terracotta pots with a twist

We are in the process of updating our entire home.  I recently came across a few Terracotta pots that were not being used.  I decided to paint them and add a little twine to give these terracotta pots a farmhouse rustic feel.  A few weeks ago I made an over the toilet shelf that needed to be accessorized and I thought these would be perfect for this shelf.

Terracotta pots are very inexpensive however they're bland.  I've been buying indoor plants and needed planters to put them in. I came up with a plan to paint these terracotta planters but with a twist.

In this post, I'm going to show you how I painted these terracotta pots plus how I added a little twine to them to give them a farmhouse feel.  Since I'm updating my home to a modern farmhouse feel I thought this would be a perfect project to add to my bathroom and laundry room.

The great thing is it doesn't take many supplies and I was able to make this in a day (including dry time).   I've put together a checklist, shopping list, and step-by-step workbook for you if you'd like to print it off and get started.

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Updating our home has been a slow process but it's coming together.  I started in the bathroom and was in desperate need of some accessories.  I want our bathroom to feel bright and clean so I thought adding a few plants to the room would do the trick.

Since I had all of the supplies to make this, this project turned into a no spend DIY project.  Since this rarely happens I was so excited to get started.

Painting Terracotta Pots

Painting terracotta pots don't take any special equipment.  For this project, I used common supplies that I already had around the house.  

If you do want your terracotta pots to be outside I do recommend that you seal them with a clear waterproof sealant so you don't worry about the twine coming off.

If you'd like to see me paint this terracotta pot I did create a video that is located at the end of this post.

Supplies you'll need

The supplies you'll need to create this terracotta pot are:

  • Terracotta Pot
  • White craft paint
  • White craft glue
  • Foam brushes
  • Twine (any color you want)
  • A plant to put inside
  • Cardboard to protect your table
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Starting off

You'll start off by collecting your supplies and then paint the pot with a coat of paint.  Allow the paint to dry completely and then add another coat of paint.  I added 2 coats of white paint to this pot.

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Once the paint is completely dry

It's time to add the twine.  I used some craft glue but you can use common white school glue for this (I ran out...).  Add a good amount to the pot itself before you start adding the twine.  

I painted the terracotta pot with some craft glue before I added the twine.

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Wrap the twine around the top band of the terracotta pot.  Keep adding glue so the twine is saturated with glue.  The is a sticky process but you need to have enough glue on the twine so this will work.

Keep going pressing the twine together so you don't have any gaps.  You'll want to repeat this process until you have 2 layers of twine on your terracotta pot.

Allow this to dry completely.  I set it aside to dry overnight so I knew that the twine was going to be completely dry.

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If you want your terracotta pot to be weatherproof

If you want your terracotta pot to be weatherproof, once the terracotta pot has dried completely then you can add a coat of clear weather sealant to your newly decorated pot.

Make sure you do this process if your pot is going to be outside.  The craft glue will not hold up to the weather.

Now that everything has dried completely you're ready to add your plant to your terracotta pot.

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I've put together a short video showing you how I painted this terracotta pot plus all of the steps until the end.

Are you ready to make this yourself?  If you have one or five terracotta pots laying around your home you can create this awesome transformation too.  I've put together a list of materials plus a step by step tutorial you can refer to. 

Click the button below to print out the free workbook plus gain instant access to my free resource vault filled with all of the free printables I offer on my blog in one place.

I was really happy with the end result.  This terracotta pot looks so great in my bathroom and laundry room.  By adding the twine I felt like it had a rustic farmhouse feel.  

Having all of the supplies at home made this a no cost project however, if you don't have the supplies at home this project shouldn't cost more than $7.  Which means this is a very inexpensive home decor project.

I would love to know if this would be something that you'd make to spruce up a room in your home.  Also, would you make any changes?  Let me know in the comments below.  

Have an amazing day!

Jenn

How To Make A Farmhouse Wall Sign This Weekend

Farmhouse decor is everywhere right now.  It’s online, on tv, in the stores, everywhere we turn farmhouse decor is there.  To be honest, I’m quite obsessed with it right now, thank you Chip and Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper).  However, I’m not obsessed with the price tag. If you remember I created this over the toilet shelf.

I’ve been wanting a home sign to place in my entryway for a while but I just couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for and if I did I didn’t like the price tag ($50 or more!).  

In this post, I’m going to show you exactly how I was able to create this home sign in a weekend for about $10.  This farmhouse wall sign was simple to make the hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry and the stain to set because you’ll want to hang this in your entryway as soon as you make it.

I also created a complete workbook for you to print out and use as a guide.  It includes the shopping list, cut list, and the step by step instructions so you can make this yourself.

 In this post, I’m going to show you exactly how I was able to create this home sign in a weekend for about $10.  This farmhouse wall sign was simple to make the hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry and the stain to set because you’ll want to hang this in your entryway as soon as you make it.  #farmhousedecor #farmhouseentryway #diyhomedecor #diyfarmhousedecor #diyentrywaydecor #diyhomedecor #woodsigns #woodworking #woodcrafts #woodworkingprojects #woodworkingideas #homecrafts #homecraftsdiy #homecraftideas #homedecorideas #homedecorideas #homedecordiy

Farmhouse style decor

Creating your own farmhouse style decor doesn’t take any experience or crazy equipment.  I want you to know that if I can make this sign anyone can.

With the price tags of the farmhouse decor being so pricey it’s important to find ways to create cheap farmhouse decor.

This is a cheap and easy diy home project

Do you have to be a diy’er to make this?  No way!

All you need to make this project yourself are:

  • 2 cedar planks (that are a $1.50 each!)

  • Wood stain

  • Paint (navy blue and white is what I used)

  • Boxwood greenery

  • Letters (or stencils to make this even cheaper)

  • 2 handles (optional)

  • Hot glue

  • Wood glue

If you have the paint, stain, and glue at home then you’ve made this project even cheaper.

Since I did have everything except for the boxwood greenery, letters, and wood at home it made it very simple and cheap.

The most expensive piece was the boxwood greenery.  However it doesn’t take much of the greenery to make so I’m able to use it in other projects (coming soon).

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I couldn’t believe how quickly it came together.  I spent about 40 minutes total on this project. But with paint, stain, and glue drying times this project does take a couple of days to make.  I’ve created a video tutorial of the whole process below.

To download the cut list, shopping list, and complete step by step tutorial click the button below.

Cut the cedar planks

The first step is to cut the cedar planks to the desired length.  How I determined the length was spacing the letters 2” apart and giving 4” from the edges so there was room to add the handles.

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Attach the 2 boards together

The next step was to attach the 2 boards together.  I used some wood glue and clamps. Since the wood glue takes a while to dry I wanted to get to staining so I added some temporary clamps to the back so I could stain the wood without worrying about the wood not sealing.

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Stain

Once the boards were clamped together it was time to stain.  I like to allow the stain to dry over-night because I use a stain/poly mix.  This also allowed the glue to dry completely.

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Making the letters

Now it’s time to paint the letters.  To give the letters a distressed look I painted them navy blue first and allowed them to dry.  It takes about an hour for the letters to dry completely.

Then I went over the letters with white paint.  Once I painted them white I allowed them to dry overnight.

**To make an even more distressed look to the sign you can sand the cedar planks after the stain has dried completely.  

Assembling the Farmhouse Home Sign

Now that everything is dry it was time to distress the letters.  To do this I took some 80 grit sandpaper to the letters and sanded to give it that distressed look.  Once the letters were the way I wanted them it was time to assemble.

I measured exactly where the letters would go making sure that I made enough room for the ‘O’ that I will make out of the boxwood greenery.

I nailed the letters to the cedar planks with finishing nails.  I also used some hot glue to help hold them.

Attaching the boxwood greenery

Once the H, M, and E were attached it’s time to create the ‘O’.  Using hot glue and working in a circle making sure to hide the stems as much as possible I was able to create the O.

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Attaching handles

I purchased these 2 handles at Lowes on clearance for $.97 each.  I pre-drilled holes, this is an important step so you don’t split the wood.  Attached the handles and the sign is ready to be added to the entryway (or any space you’d like to place it).

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To watch the video tutorial you can enjoy that here.

All in all this project was very simple.  Farmhouse decor is very simple to create on your own.  With a few supplies, you can have this sign (or something similar) in your home.  To make this sign yourself you can download the design workbook. This workbook includes the complete shopping list, cut list, and step by step instructions.

Still unsure if you can make this sign?  

Where can I get all of the supplies and do I need big saws and drills?

I purchased almost everything for this project at Lowes.  If you have a home improvement store close to home they’ll have everything there.  I did purchase the letters and greenery at Michaels. If you’d rather shop online here are a few links to get you started:

  • Wood glue

  • Hot glue

  • Hardware

  • Letters

  • Boxwood greenery

  • Finishing nails

  • Stain

  • Paint

  • Paintbrushes

The tools I used to make this were:

  • Miter saw (you can use a handsaw if you’d like)

  • Drill (you can use a screwdriver but a drill does save time and it’s easier)

  • Eye protection

  • Ear protection

How much hands-on time will this take?

I only spent about 40 minutes total creating this sign.  Most of the time it was sitting and drying. The stain and glue take about 12-16 hours to dry completely so allowing this to sit overnight was perfect.

Are you ready to make more than just a sign?  Here are a few other DIY projects that take less than a weekend to make and anyone can make this (I make all of my projects by myself).

Related: How to make an over the toilet shelf

I would love to know if this is something that you’ll be making for your home?  Let me know in the comments below.

I'm Starting A 30-Day DIY Home Project

I am updating our home and I’ve noticed how reliant I am on others.  We want something, we go to the store and buy it. If something breaks, we buy a new one.  It has become a life that we tend to need to know less and less.

Our food is prepared for us so we can spend our time on something else.  Our phones remember all of the phone numbers we need to know (and if we don’t have that number we can always google it).

With that being said I’m going to start a 30-day DIY home project and in this post, I’m going to outline the rules and guidelines I’ll be using for the next 30-days.  If you’d like to follow along with me, I’ve created a checklist of what I’ll be using that you can print off and use.

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Making everything from scratch is going to be tough but I’m up for the challenge.  The more and more I got to thinking about everything that is done for me got me thinking about how fragile the system is.

2 weeks ago a transformer blew about 3 blocks from our house about an hour before dinner time.  The longer the power was out the hungrier my family got so we hopped into the car to find the closest place to eat that had power.

As it turned out, we had to go across town to find the closest place to eat that:

  1. Had power

  2. Had seating

  3. Was an edible place to eat

This was the moment that I really started thinking about how reliant we are on “the system” to keep us going.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m going “off grid” or anything crazy like that (hats off to those who have made that change, I’m not sure I ever could).

I just want to take it to one level-making most things from scratch.

So let’s talk rules.  

It’s easy to lose sight of the original goal so I think it’s important to create boundaries.  The goal is to make as much as I possibly can from scratch. However, there are limits to how “from scratch” I can go.

During this 30-day span I’m going to allow myself “ingredients” the reason for the quotes is because many people think of ingredients as just food but I’m going much further than that.

At the beginning of this post, I shared with you that I’m updating our home well I do plan on continuing to update our home over the next 30-days so that will be in the mix too.

What is exempt?

Things that are exempt from my handmade project is:

  • Car maintenance (this I will not even attempt right now and shops are set up to recycle and it’ll probably cost less in the long run)

  • If something breaks and is beyond repair (meaning I tried to fix it but it needs to be replaced)

  • Light fixtures, sinks, faucets, etc. (These are not in the handmade category just like car maintenance)

  • I can use my best judgment (meaning if there’s something that I need that I really cannot make myself I can use my best judgment)

What are things that you can expect from me to be making from scratch?

During this 30-day project I will be:

  • Cooking all of the meals from scratch only using ingredients (like fruits, veggies, meat, flour, sugar, etc.)

  • Any cupboards, furniture, or crafts that I make will be used from “ingredients” (like wood, stain, and the items I need to complete the project)

  • Any new clothes that I need or want (I’ll buy the fabric, thread, etc. to complete)

  • Gifts- will need to be handmade

  • Something that might come up that I haven’t thought about yet - I'll keep you posted.

Where will I learn?

During my handmade project, I will be getting my help from YouTube tutorials and blog posts.  There are so many creative and amazing people sharing their experiences with everyone on the internet, it’s the perfect place to find out how to do things I don’t know how to do yet.

I will be posting along the way.

To make myself more accountable I’m going to be sharing my experiences and tutorials with you.

Each week I will be sharing what I was up to during the week.  What I was able to make, what I purchased, and everything I learned which will help hold me accountable for the next 30-days.

I will also be sharing my daily rundown through Instagram stories giving me another layer of accountability.

Okay, so for the next 30-days I will be holding a handmade project.  Learning how to make more things myself and sharing the results with you.  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and if this would be something you’d be interested in doing.  Remember if you are interested I have the full checklist of things I’ll be using that you can print off below.

Have an amazing day!

Jenn

How To Make An Over The Toilet Shelf In A Weekend

How To Make An Over The Toilet Shelf In A Weekend

Are you ready to build a toilet ladder shelf to solve your lack of storage in your small bathroom?  In this post, I’m going to show you how I build this over the toilet shelf in a weekend with just a few tools and a couple of pieces of wood.

Recently we updated our small bathroom.  One of the biggest problems we face is storage.  Since I removed our sink vanity and replaced it with a pedestal sink I needed something that would look awesome, not cost much, and was able to store the bathroom essentials.

Creating furniture doesn’t have to be scary.  With a little direction and planning, you can DIY bathroom storage without spending much money.