Teacher Appreciation Gift & Gift Card Holder // FREE Printable

Craftivity Designs | 21 May 2015 | Be the first to comment
This is the first year I've had a child in school, and consequently, the first time I've put together a teacher appreciation gift.

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Gift Card Holder with FREE Printable by Craftivity Designs

We wanted to give them something nice, that they could use -- but also something a bit personal.

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Gift Card Holder with FREE Printable by Craftivity Designs

Supplies

scissors
twine
access the FREE printable files {5x7 print & gift card holder}

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Teacher Appreciation Gift and Gift Card Holder with FREE Printable by Craftivity Designs Each printable has guidelines to show you where to trim the paper. 

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Gift Card Holder with FREE Printable by Craftivity Designs


Cut the 5x7 print to size and frame. I love these 5x7 unfinished wood frames {mine are from IKEA, the link is similar} and keep a stack on hand for gifts. Depending on the gift; I'll either paint, stain or leave it unfinished.

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Gift Card Holder with FREE Printable by Craftivity Designs


After you trim and fold the gift card holder, use some sticky tac to hold the gift card in place.

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Gift Card Holder with FREE Printable by Craftivity Designs

To "tie" it all together {see what I did there, haha}, I stuck the gift card along the edge of the frame and used twine to hold it in place.

Simple. Quick. Thoughtful. Useful. Plus, this is a gift we can can use again. I hope you enjoy the FREE printable and have a teacher you can share it with, too.

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DIY Painted Aztec Console Table

Craftivity Designs | 18 May 2015 | Be the first to comment
We've got another new addition in our entryway, besides the map wall. There is a narrow spot right next to our front door that is perfect for a small console table -- and while it has been in this spot for awhile, it finally got a makeover.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

I picked this table out for $12 at a consignment shop. It had a faux marble top with stains and let's just say my mom and Erica were skeptical. When I brought it home, Mike was not a fan either.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs
I gave it 3 coats of Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Charcoal {affiliate link} and it was already looking much better.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs
The "painted" Aztec pattern was actually completed with a chalk marker {affiliate link}. To start, I found some inspiration online for the Aztec design. I used this print from Fancy That Design House.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs
It made sense to start in the middle, so using a ruler I measured it out and marked the center with a dot. From that point, I started drawing. If it was a small line, like that diamond, I would just freehand it. If the lines were longer, I would use a straight edge for my guide.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

One of the things I really like about this chalk marker {affiliate link} is how solid the coverage is when you color in a shape. It's not as opaque as paint; but much more opaque than a regular piece of chalk.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

I wanted this design to feel hand painted and casual so I didn't worry with painter's tape to make perfect lines. The chalk marker {affiliate link} gives it that hand drawn look, too.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

To protect the surface, I added several light coats of my favorite clear spray paint {affiliate link}. I stopped adding coats once I could scratch my finger across it without causing any marks {a very technical method, right?}.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

This table is a great landing spot for items that we need to take with us when we leave the house. I don't keep much on it because we use it often.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

Underneath the table we keep a basket of shoes for the little guy.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

You might recognize some of the wall art from this post about decorating with items that are meaningful to your family. Each of the pieces above our $12 console table are special to us.

DIY Painted Aztec Console Table by Craftivity Designs

The Aztec trend isn't something I'd want an entire room decorated in; but I like this small dose of it. Have you been into the Aztec trend? Do you have a not-so-pretty piece of furniture that could just be waiting for a makeover?

Check out these other projects from our Entry:

DIY Map Wallpaper
Mini Gallery Wall
Picture Frame to Coat Hooks
Mirror Makeover with Paint

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | 15 May 2015 | Be the first to comment
The weekend is finally here! Will you be working on any home projects this weekend?  If so, check out these great ideas from fellow bloggers to give you a little inspiration!



1. I'm definitely a lover of all things fun, bright and colorful which is why this colorful kitchen from Oh Joy! caught my eye. Stop by here to see how you can create a set of DIY colorful canisters to give your kitchen more personality.

2. Going to IKEA this weekend?  Pick up a set of storage boxes and then give them a great makeover using this tutorial from Katie at Little House of Four.

3. Do your walls need a pick-me-up?  Grab a canvas and some paint and create your own DIY ikat art. Visit Colour Saturated Life to see the step by step details.

4. Have some fun with your table settings by making your own tie dye napkins.  Check out My Sweet Savannah to see how you can make a set of napkins for your next dinner party!


That wrap's up this week's collection, have a wonderful weekend!


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Dining Room Makeover // The Reveal

Craftivity Designs | 13 May 2015 | 6 Comments so far
Last Christmas I shared a mini-reveal of our Dining Room Makeover; but we were waiting on our ceiling light to ship. It arrived, we finally got it installed {it wasn't an easy one} and now you get to see the whole space!

5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

As a reminder, here is where we started. It already had beautiful wood ceiling beams, a gas fireplace and three big windows for tons of sunlight. I also liked the crown molding, trim detail and the creamy color on the top half of the walls.


The dining room is located to the left as soon as you enter our home. The previous owners used it as their living room; but that didn't make sense for us. Our long farmhouse table wouldn't have fit in any other room in this house.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs


Plus, we love having a fireplace in our dining room.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

I know that painting brick is a bit controversial -- and I do like brick inside homes when it's in the right space. In this room, though, I wanted the space to feel light and bright. The red and brown brick just made the room feel so much darker -- and after one only coat of white primer, I knew that painting the brick was the right choice.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

White also lets your accessories be the focal point -- and this is a mantle, after all. What fun is decorating a mantle when the accessories blend into the background? The same goes with wall art, if you love to collect art, white walls might be a great choice for you.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

The color palette is simple. This is the main room we entertain in, so I wanted it to be the type of room that I could decorate for any party theme and not worry about "working with" the decor. Grey, white and black are pretty flexible. There are some small doses of blue and green; but they could easily be switched out with other accent colors.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Our hutch is on the wall nearest the kitchen. This makes prepping serving dishes, or setting the table, quick and simple.

5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

I always like a pretty room; but function has to come first. After hosting a party or two, it was clear that we needed more serving space besides just the center of the dining room table. We "shopped the house" and brought in a buffet that was being used as a TV stand in our family room. The buffet is flanked with two chairs in case we need additional seating.

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs


Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs


We've got art throughout the dining room; but the final wall has a special display with some of our favorite photos. It's a collection of vacation photos that we've taken and then had printed on canvas in black and white. Why are they in our dining room? Well, they've become great conversation pieces. Our guests ask about these photos more than anything else in our home {& it was the same way in our last home}.


5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs


Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Of course, no dining room would be complete without a place to share a meal together. This table was one of our first big purchases as a married couple and we specifically wanted something that could seat 8-10 people. It does the job; it's where we eat, chat and play games with visitors. We chose a statement light to highlight the table as the center -- and most important piece -- of this room.

5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs


Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

5 Decorating Tips in a Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover // Neutral Color Scheme // by Craftivity Designs

That may have been a bit of a picture overload; but we are just so pleased with this space and I'm excited to share! I'll share all the sources, tutorials and previous blog posts in a follow up post next week -- but if you have a question in the meantime, feel free to ask.




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