Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | October 24, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Welcome to Kick-Off Friday! Let's check out this week's round-up of weekend project ideas:



1. Check out A Beautiful Mess for a fun & quick weekend project involving craft sticks, a mirror, and spray paint!

2. If you're heading to IKEA this weekend, be sure to pick up an Expedit so you can create a beautiful DIY card catalog like this one created by Corey from Sawdust 2 Stitches.

3. While you're painting your nails this weekend, use a little extra polish to create your own set of DIY marbled planters.  Stop by Oh Joy! to see the step by step details.

4. I'm not much on decorating for seasons but I love this wooden hexagon pumpkin that Randi from Dukes and Duchesses created--too cute!  Go here to see how to make your own.

That wraps up this week's collection, be sure to come back next Friday for more great ideas!  Have a wonderful weekend!


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A Simple Tip // DIY Watercolor Portraits

Craftivity Designs | October 23, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Did you know that you can create a watercolor effect with your own photos?

DIY Watercolor Effect -- easy to do with simple tools -- Craftivity Designs

I used the Watercolor Filter {Filter -> Artistic -> Watercolor} in Photoshop Elements; but there are other ways to achieve this effect using more basic programs, like the Waterlogue App or the free Photo Editing program called "Gimp."

You may have to apply the effect several times to get the desired look. I applied the filter 3 times and then made the image slightly transparent {at 70%} to achieve that faded, watercolor effect.

DIY Watercolor Effect -- turn photos into art -- Craftivity Designs

We've got a lot of architectural and landscape art in our Dining Room, so this is a nice personal touch.


Do you have any precious photos waiting to become a work of art?

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15 Classic Wreaths made with Natural Materials

Craftivity Designs | October 21, 2014 | Be the first to comment
 There are so many natural items that can be used to make a beautiful fall or winter wreath. Take a walk through your backyard or visit the local farmer's market and see what you can create.

Acorn Wreath



Boxwood Wreath 



Simple Corn Husk Wreath 



Folded Corn Husk Wreath 



Frayed Corn Husk Wreath 



Magnolia Leaf Wreath 



Dried Magnolia Leaf Wreath 



Split Pea Wreath 



Pine Cone Wreath 



Popcorn Wreath 



Gourd Wreath 



Pumpkin Wreath 



Twig Wreath 



Embellished Twig Wreath 



Wheat Wreath 



When we find beautiful wreaths, we pin them to our Pinterest board. So, follow along if you'd like to see more! Have a beautiful fall day :)


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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | October 17, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Happy Friday everyone!  Let's check out this week's collection of great project ideas from the blogging community...

































1. Do you have a chair that could use a little pick-me-up?  If check so, out All Things Thrifty to see how she gave this chair new life!

2. Bring a bit of fall to your entry way with this adorable DIY painted burlap flag.  Go here to see the step by step details and pictures.

3. Change up the traditional chalkboard by swapping out a quote for a cute set of deer antlers complete with paper flowers!  Check out Jones Design Company to see more.

4. If you're looking for room makeover inspiration, definitely check out this beautiful little girls room on Little House Blog--so so pretty!

That wrap's up this week's set of ideas.  Be sure to share in the comments below or on our Facebook page about the awesome projects you will be tackling this weekend!


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Hanging Planter Covers and "New" Patio Furniture

Craftivity Designs | October 15, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

Back in the early spring I purchased three hanging ferns. I wasn't crazy about the green plastic pot they came in; but the price was good and I figured that I could replace the planter eventually.


I mentioned a few weeks ago that we've been working on the exterior of our home, specifically the porch, since it has been nice and cool here in Kentucky.


The shutters and doors are all a deep forest green and paired with the beige siding it feels pretty traditional. Our long-term plan includes dark grey shutters; but in the meantime we are trying to eliminate some of the forest green and introduce more black and grey tones. The white rocking chairs in the above photo have already gotten a glossy, black makeover.


So, it seemed that black would be an obvious choice for our planters, too.


Here's what you need:

  • Tote Bag // Amazon // $3.50
  • Foam Brush
  • Fabric Paint // Amazon // $6.50 {I purchased my bottle at Joann's with a coupon}
  • Painter's Tape
  • Elastic Cord // Amazon // $2.80 {I ended up not needing this}
  • **amazon links are affiliate links  
     

Important Note:

I originally purchased tote bags from Wal-Mart without measuring the diameter of my planters. The bags were too small and did not work. After I measured them, I chose between several options on Amazon and these fit really well -- so well, in fact, that I didn't even have to attach them. My plan had been to use some elastic cord, similar to this, around the top of the tote bag to hold it in place.

How to: 


First, tape off your chosen design. I went with basic stripes and taped the tote bag directly to the floor. This kept it from moving around as I worked.


When painting fabric it's best to "seal" the edges by dabbing along the tape lines or brushing away from the tape towards the center of your painted area. Fill in the rest after you've painted the edges.

Let the paint dry and repeat on the opposite side. 


Once the tote bag is completely dry, slide it over the planter. Mine fit very snug and just took some tugging to get it over the planter. If your tote bag is loose, use some elastic cording to hold the top of the bag in place near the rim of the pot.


Hang your new planter and enjoy!!

We only have two spots to hang a plant, so the third fern is placed in our seating area -- flanked by one of the newly painted rockers and our other "new" piece of patio furniture -- a thrifted settee.


That leopard print settee is from Miss Molly Vintage, a booth at Feather Your Nest in Lexington. It was $60 and when I saw her list it, I knew it would be perfect between those two rocking chairs.


Of course, the leopard print brings in a little more black, as well!


I'm searching for some outdoor pillows; but it may be too late in the season to snag some on clearance {that I really like, anyway}. If I don't find any, mom will be recruited for some more DIY outdoor pillow covers.

Our porch is feeling a little more fresh, though the fall decor is helping with that, too.


Hopefully, I'll be back in the next week or two with our newly painted front door!

Are you updating your exteriors any this fall? What projects are on your list?

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