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You guys know that I love to make special gifts for people.  It is just fun to give.  Creating gift packaging is fun and I love to use things like Mason Jars, other glass jars and I am now I love these gifts in a can.

These ideas are more fun than traditional gift wrap and bags and many times are cheaper than the regular packaging.  So gifts in a can that are budget friendly?   Heck yes!!

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

Gifts In A Can

These are always such a blast because people don’t know how on earth you got these gifts inside the can without popping the top!  They figure it out but it is a mystery at first!

And these tin cans with the pop tops come in many different sizes so usually finding one to fit your small gift isn’t a problem.  Okay are you ready to get started?  Let’s go!

Supplies Needed:

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Can of fruit or veggies with pop top

Can opener (I used the Pampered Chef one but any that cuts the can without the sharp edge will work)

Scrapbook paper for decorating (I am using the new Moxxie Easter line)

Bakers Twine (I got these awesome little packs of three colors at the Dollar Store)

Paper cutter/trimmer

Hole Punch – this is my favorite hole punch.  It can punch thick or several pieces of card stock and cardboard.

Corner Rounder

Powder Puff Ink (midnight confessions)

Adhesive

Super Glue

Things to put inside the can.  Mine is all Easter Candy this time.

 


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Preparing The Can

Use the can opener and open the bottom of the can!  Do not pop the top at all!

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Empty the contents of the can into a bowl for later,  remove the label and wash and dry the can thoroughly.  You don’t want your gifts to smell like oranges or whatever was in there, right?

Then you have this!

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Prepare To Decorate

Cut a strip of paper wide enough to cover from top to bottom and long enough to wrap around the can.  In my case, the bunny paper needed to be 3 inches wide and about 10.5 inches long.  This gave me a nice overlap to glue.

I also cut pieces for a tag.  You could use a fun sticker or a chalkboard tag, whatever you like.  I am in love with this paper with the bunny border.  It was perfect for this!

I also used my favorite Powder Puff ink to ink the edges of all of the pieces.

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Adhere the long strip of paper to the can.  I place some adhesive at both ends of the wrong side of the paper and wrapped it around.  Be sure to get it right side up!  I almost put it on upside down.  Ooops!

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 


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Adding The Finishing Touches

You are almost done.  I wrapped some of the baker’s twine several times around the top, punched a hole in the tag pieces then tied it onto the side of the can.

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Filling them up is the next step and the fun part.  Remember to put the contents in from top to bottom.  I started some smaller pieces of candy, then added a plastic egg with jelly beans and placed some candy around the egg.

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Then the Easter Grass at the top, or bottom of the can!

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Be sure all of the stuffing is inside the can and not sticking out and super glue the bottom back on!

You are done and you have just created the cutest, little gift in a can!

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I think they turned out cute.  They are for my grown kids.  LOL!  They still like to receive a fun gift for any occasion and I still like to give them something.

If you like this be sure to pin it for later!

 

I love to create fun packaging for cute, handmade gifts. This is so fun it is Gifts In a Can Check it out at www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial about making a gift in a can.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

If you like fun gift ideas, check out these posts too!

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

How To Create The Perfect Shopping Day Survival Kit - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to create cute gifts for people and this one was so cute. Come see how it all came together!

Create a Gift In a Jar - www.michellejdesigns.com - This is the perfect gift for anyone who has a little stress in their lives. It is an instant pick-me-up. Show them how much you care!


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Let me ask you a question.  Do you dye Easter eggs each year?  I don’t.  And I must be a terrible mom because I don’t remember dying eggs with my boys very much either.  It seems like a messy craft just so the eggs can be eaten the next day.  This is along the lines of how I feel about Christmas cookies too.  But this year my friend Lori asked if I would dye eggs with her.  For some reason the dyed eggs sounded like a good idea.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Silk Tie Dyed Eggs

She sent me this link and thought we could try using silk ties for dyed eggs.  What?  Silk ties?  I was immediately intrigued and wanted to try it out.

I needed ties.  They have to be silk ties too.  My dad used to wear ties all of the time.  I asked if I could if I could look through them and have a few.  He is 82 years old and hasn’t worn a tie in about 12 years but he could only spare two of his ties.  Really?

Lori had been collecting silk ties from the Goodwill and thrifts stores so I was excited when she brought over a nice stack of them for us to use.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Supplies Needed: 

I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Eggs

100% Silk Ties- check the thrift stores for cheap ties

White fabric – I used these flour sack towels

String or Twist Ties

Vinegar

Pot

Water

Scissors

 


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Getting Started

First take apart the ties.  I used scissors and carefully cut the stitches along the back of the ties.  Then pulled out the insert and cut any other places that included a lining.

The flowered tie in the pic below is already cut.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Wrap a piece of the tie around the egg and make sure the right side of the tie is against the eggshell.  Get it as tight at you can and use the tie or string to keep it in place.

I actually wrapped and tied before cutting off the extra just to make sure my piece was large enough to cover the egg and still hold on to for tying it up.  They like to slip around a bit.  It is easier if one person holds the fabric and twists it a little while the other person ties it tightly.  Twist ties would probably be the easier way to go.  We just didn’t have any.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The next step is to wrap them in the white fabric.  I just wrapped and tied like I had just done with the silk ties.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Boiling them is the next step.  Place the wrapped eggs into a pot, cover them with water and boil.   I let mine go for 15 minutes.  Lori only boiled hers until the eggs were done.  We did not see any difference in the finished product.  So you can boil longer if you want but it is really not necessary.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Mine started to turn pink as they boiled.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

After the allotted boiling time, we placed them in the strainer and let them cool until we could unwrap them without burning our hands.  We were so excited to see how they turned out.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This was just after I unwrapped them.  Aren’t they pretty?  I just love them.  Then we moved on to the shave cream method.

 

 


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Shave Cream Dyed Eggs

After the silk tie eggs were done we tried one more method to color the eggs.  This time we used shaving cream.

Supplies Needed:

Eggs

Shave Cream

Food Coloring – We used the neon colors

toothpicks

glass pan – we each used a glass pie pan

Getting Started

Start by adding shave cream to the pie pan.  We covered the entire surface about an inch high – ish.  This was pretty fun.

Use the neon food coloring and add drops of color over the shave cream.  I used the blue, green and pink.

Use a toothpick to swirl the food color around in the shave cream.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

If you mix it too much the colors start to blend together and make new (not so pretty) colors like brown.  So just mix a little bit.

Roll the already hard boiled eggs around in the pie pan until they are covered.  Set them aside for a few minutes.  They will be  globby and messy.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Then wipe the shave cream off to reveal your beautiful creations of art!

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I placed all of my eggs together into a wooden basket to show them off!  I love the way they look together.  This was a fun time.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?  Would you take the time to create dyed eggs like these?  After I got them all done I gave them to my neighbor to use in her annual Easter egg hunt she has with her grand kids.  She loved them and was going to tell her grand daughter that she made them.  LOL!  I would love to find one of these in a hunt.

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

And adding a little chocolate is always good too!

I hope you will spend a little time creating beautiful dyed eggs.  It doesn’t matter what method you use.  The process was so fun and we had a great time making a mess and then getting our hands covered with food coloring.  That is what DIY and crafting is all about, right?

If you liked this post be sure to pin it so you can find it again later!

 

Dyed Eggs are not usually my thing but this amazing way of using silk ties to color the eggs is brilliant! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Have fun and thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

 

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

Painted Wooden Eggs

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

Cotton Easter Egg Wreath

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How many of you use stencils?  I love to create my own stencils to use on my furniture, etc. and have done this several times before. You may remember my clock and these great coordinates pillows but today I am using stencils on a sofa table.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating And Using Stencils

This is a post for the Furniture Refresh Challenge and boy did this table need an update.  I love this challenge and I thank Michele from The Shelstring Blog and Sue from A Purdy Little House for putting this together and making the nice graphics for us to use.  It is hard work and time consuming to maintain a challenge every month.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I have always loved this table but the green bottom part just wasn’t what I wanted any more.  You know I have been trying to lighten and brighten our home and this was the perfect opportunity to make over this dark table.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The theme for this month’s Furniture Refresh is acrylic paint.  We are supposed to use acrylic paint somewhere on our project.  I didn’t want to paint the legs with acrylic paint so I thought that stencils would be the perfect solution.  And they would add something special to this table.

Supplies Needed

I am including some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Chalk Paint – I used Rustoleum’s new Chalky Finish Paint in Linen White

Acrylic Paint – I used black Anitas All Purpose Acrylic Paint 

Stencils Or a Silhouette Cameo to create stencils

Stencil Brush

Paint Brush

Sanding block

Getting Started

The first thing I did was dust off the table and clean it up.  Then I gave the bottom portion a couple of coats of the chalk paint.   This paint covered nicely but I felt it need a few coats.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I sanded in between coats to help create a smooth finish.

Then I created the stencils using my Silhouette Cameo.  It is really easy to make your own stencils if you have a machine like this.  The Cricut would do the same thing.

I swore in my last stenciled post, the Irish Blessing Table that I would never use the vinyl to create stencils again.  But I tried it this time and it worked like a dream.  I am not sure why I had such troubles before.

The three stencils I made this time were simple and easy.

They were:

  1. live simply.
  2. dream big.
  3. laugh lots.

I used Times Roman font and tried to make them all about the same size in length and height.  It is easy to manipulate the size with the Silhouette Software.

I was able to cut them all out of a 12 x 12 sheet.  This is the screen shot from my Silhouette program.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The cut settings were set to vinyl and I had the blade set on 2.

After weeding out the letters I stuck them carefully to the table starting with the center stencil.  This helps to get things centered.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The black acrylic paint was perfect for this part of the project.  Remember with stencils to always wipe most of the paint off your brush after you load it each time.  It is easy to get it under the stencil if you have too much paint.

Let the paint dry completely then sand and distress if you like that look. I like the distressed look so I went for it.

 

 


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What It Looks Like Now

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The wood top against the white linen paint really brightened it up and gave this table a whole new look.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This new table looks much better in the space than it did before and I am in love with it1

If you like it be sure to pin it for later!  And Follow Michelle James Designs on Pinterest!

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Be sure to stop by everyone’s blogs and check out their acrylic paint makeovers as well.  Here are all of the before pics.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I am excited to see what they look like now.  The links are below.  Have fun and enjoy!

Shelstring Blog

A Purdy Little House

Makin My Apartment A Home

As always, thank you for stopping by today!  I always appreciate it.

Michelle

 

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I have been wanting a cotton wreath for some time now.  They have become popular since Chip and Joanna Gaines, from the HGTV show Fixer Upper, brought the farmhouse look into the public eye.  They decorate with pretty, white ship lap and add a mix of rustic metal, wood, and greenery to create the perfect decorated room.  I just love it.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

Easter Cotton Wreath

I have once again teamed up with Oriental Trading for this post.  Can you believe this cotton wreath is from them?  I am telling you they have stepped up their game and have added some great products for home decor and crafts.  This is one of my favorites.  If you haven’t been to their site in a while check them out.  Some of the things I like to search are the mason jar items.  They have the different lids that can help to hold flowers up or even hold a picture as well as other fun glass farmhouse products.  Or I like metal items.  There are some fun lanterns and don’t forget my awesome metal ornaments I had out during the holidays.

You know that I love the farmhouse look and these wreaths are super popular.  I have made the Easter decor temporary on this cotton wreath so I can take it right back to it’s original form when Easter is over.

Pretty nice, right?

Here is what you need to complete an Easter cotton wreath of your own.  I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Supplies Needed:

Cotton Wreath

Easter Print Bandanas or Easter Egg fabric (I ordered the Easter Print Bandanas from Oriental Trading but they are out of stock right now.  You can search for them on the site and when they are back in they will show in the search.

Burlap Ribbon

Thread

Batting

Pinking Shears

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Fabri-Tac Adhesive

Starting Out

These are the Easter Print Bandanas.  Aren’t they cute.  I am having fun using these as fabric to make other Easter Decor.  I am working on a table runner that I hope to show you soon.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

For the cotton wreath I used the egg bandana and cut out several different colors using the pinking shears so they would not ravel.

I also cut out a piece of cotton batting to go behind each of the eggs.  I made them a little larger than the egg so the batting  would show.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Using the sewing machine I stitched the eggs to the batting.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Adding everything to the cotton wreath is the next step.  We start with the plain wreath.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Then add the ribbon and the bow.

I laid the ribbon around the wreath in “waves”.  This means I pinched the ribbon in places around the wreath to form a nice pattern of ribbon.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

When I liked the way it looked,  I twisted the ribbon.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Then tied it onto the wreath with thread at each twist.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

I did this at every twisted spot until it was all secured to the cotton wreath.  Then I tied the bow onto the top to hide where the two ends of ribbon meet.  I liked the look of this too but still wanted to add the Easter frills!

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Using the fabri-tac to glue the eggs onto the ribbon and to each other.  I did not glue them to the wreath itself.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

 




 

 

Adding wreaths is the perfect solution for this space.  They hide the wires that holds the mirror up perfectly.  This cotton wreath could be a little bit larger but I love it just the same.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

What do you think?

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Happy Easter Bunnies and Eggs

There are two more items on this table from Oriental Trading.  If you are not a DIY’er these Easter items are perfect.  I did not have to do anything to them.

The first is the Happy Easter bunny decor.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

This close up photo shows the bright colors and hand painted look.  It really brings my Easter vignette together.  The colors match everything I have done here to it makes me happy to just set it in front and let it set the Easter tone.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Easter Egg Tree

I love this tree.  It was the first items I picked from the Easter items.  The sparkles and the colors are too fun.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

Can you see the sparkles?  I just love it.  And, SO FAR the cats have not bothered any of it.  Well, one day when we came downstairs in the morning the teal, tin bunny from Dollar General was on the floor.  We are not sure which kitty was the culprit but we have a good idea.

Chloe was the first down that morning with us and she approached the tin bunny very slowly and cautiously.  Who knows it may jump up and attack her.

She slowly got past it then ran to the kitchen for safety as fast as she could.  LOL!  Cats are funny.  They have been really good about the decor and I am lucky.

Some cats, namely my friend Peggy’s cat Spike, would probably have destroyed the entire thing by now.

He loves to check things out then proceed to play like a kitten!  It is funny….but not funny at the same time.  Poor Peggy she can’t have nice things out just for decoration.  They usually become a Spike toy.

 

This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

 

I hope you like my Easter display.  Don’t forget I am not quite done with Easter yet and will be showing you my table runner as I mentioned before and there could be a few other surprises as well.  Who knows.

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This cotton wreath is perfect for the farmhouse look I like. I changed it up and made it perfect for Easter! www.michellejdesignscom

After Easter I will remove the Eggs and make it into genuine farmhouse decor!  Won’t that be fun?  I hope you will stop back to see it.

In the mean time thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Michelle

 

 

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Paint Chip Bunny Canvas

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April Freebie Kit

This is for 2015 but the little cards are so cute to print and use for cards or Spring/Easter Decor!

 

 

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I am excited to show off some of my new Oriental Trading products this week.  Today I will be showing you how I used their wooden eggs to create the perfect farmhouse Easter egg decor.

Oriental Trading sent me some fun Easter products to play with in exchange for this post but all opinions are 100% my own.

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Painted Wooden Eggs

As I was browsing the Oriental Trading website it hit me that I was going about my search for Easter fun all wrong.  I wanted something I could craft into Easter decor, not already made and ready-to-go Easter decor.  After all, that is one of the reasons you come to my blog right?  You like to be inspired to create!  So I changed the way I was searching and found some great things.  One of the first products I found for this were these wooden eggs.

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

These guys actually made their debut in my vintage colander post last week but I did not write about painting of the eggs.

I love these guys but wish they weren’t flat on the bottom.  Although this made them easy to paint it doesn’t look quite right in the bowl.  I still love them and have thought of some more great ideas for these eggs.  Such as:

  • Small Easter Gifts – the top comes off and you could fit something small inside
  • Egg cups for your Easter table scape.  With a cute, short candle stick adhered to the bottom and the lid off, these would probably hold a real, hard boiled egg and be the perfect egg cup.
  • Candle holder – Instead of the egg, use candlesticks to create a fun candle holder

I wanted a “basket” full of eggs so that is what I did!

Supplies Needed

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Wooden Eggs

Chalk Paint in different colors

Grunge Glaze or Wax

Pencil with eraser

Paint brush




Getting Started

I removed the tops for painting.

Chalk paint is one of my favorites so I chose four different colors.  I had a dozen eggs so I painted three eggs one color and moved on to the next color.

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When they were completely dry I used the pencil eraser along with some white chalk paint to create polka dots.  After sanding and distressing just a bit I used my Grunge Glaze to complete the farmhouse look.

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I added some green shredded Easter grass then got these guys into their vintage colander.  Don’t they look pretty?

 

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love them and am so glad I took the time to make something for Easter this year.

 

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This wasn’t all I made from my Oriental Trading goods.  Be sure to stop back to see the Easter wreath I created using the cotton plant wreath and some bandanas!  You won’t want to miss it.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to pin this wooden egg idea for later!

Michelle

 

I had such fun with these painted wooden eggs. I used some chalk paint and grunge glaze to create the perfect farmhouse Easter Eggs! www.michellejdesigns.com

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Hi guys! I have a great vintage colander upcycle that is so easy to transform and looks so pretty now.  The cost was $1 and some paint I already had.   

I was super excited to join this monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge.  It consists of approximately 30 talented bloggers who are like me and love to upcycle thrift store items.  I have to say this may be one of my favorite challenges out there.  

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Sue | A Purdy Little House    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Toni | Small Home Soul      Michelle | Michelle James DesignsMedina | Grillo Designs    Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!




Vintage Colander Upcycle

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This colander came from the thrift store a while ago and it has just been sitting in the garage since.  It was time to give it a new purpose and it is now part of my favorite decor items.

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I wanted the feet and the handles to stay old and a little rusted so it wouldn’t lose all of it’s vintage charm.  I got out the frog tape and masked them off.  It looked like an alien colander for a few minutes.

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Deciding on a color is always hard for me but I love teal and I love to add pops of teal in my decor.  Since I had this paint already so I went with it. It is a Krylon product and the color is Blue Ocean Breeze.  It is a glossy finish as well which is what I wanted.

I placed it upside down and spray painted just the out side of the colander.  It needed a couple of coats but came out looking exactly how I visioned it to be.

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Once I removed the tape, I ended up with the perfect vintage colander bowl.  I am so glad I didn’t paint the handles and feet because isn’t it cute?

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I think it turned out nice and it looks great with my Easter Eggs (be sure to stop back to see how I made the eggs)!  If you like it be sure to pin it and save it for later!  If you are pinning I would love for you to follow me on PInterest because it is fun!

 

I gave this thrift store vintage colander a new look with teal spray paint. Now it is the perfect look for my home decor! www.michellejdesigns.com

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

Michelle


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Hi there!  Have you ever used vinyl stencils?  Around here there was a home party company that made them very popular.  I think they are so nice and if you want to add some instant whimsy or class to your walls then the vinyl stencils are the way to go.

The Simple Stencil is a company that allows you to customize your order.  If you like a saying for a particular space in your home you can go to their online design center and create the color, size and font that you love.  It was really easy to get the perfect size.  The hard part was choosing a design.

If you want a certain set of words like a tagline for your business or something you also create and design your own and they will make it to your specifications.  It really is genius.

They let me choose a couple of different designs and I will be showing one of them today.  They sent the wall stencil in exchange for this post but all of the opinions are 100% my own.  You can read my full disclosure here.

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Vinyl Stencils

When you visit The Simple Stencil website you will see a gazillion designs to choose from.  I wanted a couple of different things.  I wanted something very simple for my living room.  This is where I do a lot of my photos for the blog for the home decor projects that I make and for the holiday decorating.  It is my “mantel” since I do not have a fireplace.

Since it holds my treasures I thought this was the perfect saying for this space.  It is smaller than the width of the mirror but large enough that it holds it’s own with my other “things”.  The black is perfect because it is classic and goes with everything.  Black is usually my go-to color for most everything font related.

The Process

The vinyl stencils come with a backing and a piece of wax paper like material on the top.  This makes them easy to apply.

First, carefully remove the backing and lay the stencil on the wall where you want it to be.  My design was rather long so I had to be careful not to let it stick to itself as I was removing the backing.  Some letters were more stubborn than others.  If the letter started to stick to the backing instead of the wax paper top I just laid it back down and used my thumbnail to press it down a little better.

You can see my design on the wall with the wax paper top still attached.  This helps to place it on the wall just where you want it.  You can remove and reattach a couple of times to get it perfect.

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 




 

 

The next step is to use the plastic tool they include rub the design onto the wall.  Then start to slowly and gently pull the top paper away.

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When you are done you are left with your wonderful design.

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I decided to spring it up a little bit but this will be coming down right away to make room for all of the Easter project I am working on!  I can’t wait to show you those too.

Anyway, here is the final decorated wall!

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Add whimsy and class to any wall using vinyl stencils. This was easy to apply and is removable when you are ready to take it down. DIY home decor has never been easier. - www.michellejdesigns.com

You can see the clock I did in my Time For A Cool Change post.  I still love it! And I love this new wall decor.  I think I will leave it up for a long time.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Michelle

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  It is still cold here in Northwest Iowa and tomorrow is our annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.  Now it will be all of 45 degrees or something which is a nice day for a parade but still a little chilly.  I have put together a mason jar survival kit for staying warm and happy during these times.

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Survival Kit Supplies and Contents

Mason Jar

Bailey’s Irish Cream

Irish Whiskey

Hot Chocolate Packets

Drinking Glove

Various Pins/Buttons To Wear

Green Shamrock and Bead Necklace

Irish Bracelets

Mints (Andes are the best)

To Finish It Off

Scrapbook paper

Circle punch or Silhouette Machine

Baker’s Twine

Printer for Tag

This is such an easy, little project.  Use the scrapbook paper to decorate any or all of the contents inside the jar.  I wrapped a piece around each of the hot chocolate packets and tied a ribbon and I used my Silhouette machine to cut a 2 inch circle for the top of the jar.  Then I used one more piece to back the printed tag.

Everything else was just added to the jar so it would show from the outside.

The glove went in first because the cuff provided a soft surface for the bottles.  The whiskey bottle is glass.  I did pin a couple of the little buttons onto the glove for some added decor.

After the glove I added the two hot chocolate packets (they are hard to see), the bottles went in front of the hot chocolate then I added the Andes mints around the other contents and placed the necklace on top.

It is jam packed but that is a sign of a good survival kit, right?

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When it was filled to the brim I place a 2 inch circle of the scrapbook paper on the lid and then I used one of the bracelets around the rim of the lid.  I thought it was a nice touch.

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I created the tag in Photoshop Elements then printed and cut it out.  A piece of scrapbook paper a little bigger went behind it and it created a fun back and a nice border.

I punched a hole in the top corner and tied it onto the lid with the baker’s twine.  I added a fun little green beer mug too.  Just for decoration.

What do you think?  Would it help you stay warm and properly decked out with St. Pat’s decor?

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This mason jar St. Patrick's Day survival kit is essential for staying warm and happy during the St Patrick's day festivities. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I hope you liked this post and all of my other St. Pat’s posts.  If you missed them, or you just want to go back and look again click on the links or the photos below!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and don’t forget to wear your green!

Michelle

 

 

There are some amazing St. Patrick's Day projects out there. I am showing you some mason jar decor favorites that you would be proud to make and show off in your home.

St. Pat’s Mason Jar Decor Ideas

I have always wanted to try to make a burlap wreath. I needed something for St. Patrick's Day so I did it! I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. What a great DIY decor project.

Burlap and Ribbon Wreath

I love to DIY Design and create but making my home decor can sometimes be difficult. Shutterfly has made the process easy so you can personalize your own home decor in no time flat!

Design Your Own Decor

I created a DIY Silhouette Stencil using my Cameo machine for this Irish Blessing Table Top. It turned out great but was almost a disaster! www.michellejdesigns.com

Irish Blessing Stenciled Table

A dollar store charger plate and some chalkboard paint can make a lucky St Patrick's Day Chalkboard to add to your holiday decor!

St. Pat’s Lucky Chalkboard Decor

I love personalized anything but these personalized tumblers will steal the show at any party or event!

St. Pat’s Personalized Tumblers

Luck and Leprechauns Marquee Sign - www.michellejdesigns.com - Join me in making this awesome home decor project just in time for the St. Patrick's Day celebration

Luck And Leprechauns Marquee Sign

 

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