Upcycle a dollar store clipboard

dollarstorecraft, washitape, upcycle, homedecor, clipboard, diy


It has been far too long since we did a dollar store upcycle don’t you think?
Well I am excited about this quick & easy DIY clipboard, it makes such a pretty
spot for notes, ideas, fabric swatches, pictures or anything to land and be seen.

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How to paint patio furniture the easy way

how to paint patio furniture, diy home decor, summer decor, patio decor

I mentioned recently that I am doing a quick (well, hopefully quick) makeover on
our back patio for summer.  The challenge is to clean up and restore the existing
patio furniture that has taken quite a beating over the past 5 years.  And add some
accessories, lights & pillows that will make my space feel like a backyard retreat
perfect for a summer evening!

If you are repainting plastic, just make sure and use
a spray paint that adheres to plastic as well as metal, wicker etc… I ended up using
two cans of spray paint.  Better to buy more and have a bit leftover.  The more area
you have to cover the more paint you will need.

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How to make a framed chalkboard + and some “yester-decor”



This is a pretty fast project & one that I have done before, but I had to share the before/after as it is
always so fun to see the power of a little paint & work!



I am convinced that one can never have enough of the following, feel free to add to this list:

  1. Spoons (we seem to run out every day)
  2. Diet Coke, it’s the real editor here at twelveOeight
  3. Thrift store money
  4. Jo-Ann’s, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby coupons
  5. Time to spend on Pinterest
  6. Time to spend reading
  7. Craft supplies of ALL kinds
  8. Chalkboards

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DIY Cake Stands

I am really loving color right now, especially against a clean, light background.  It’s so fresh and pretty,
there aren’t a whole lot of things more refreshing than the vibrant colors of springtime.
Do you remember the antique white stands  I shared last fall? They held my shabby fabric pumpkins and
I have used them non-stop since then.  I used different supplies to make them this time and love the way
they turned out.  And they were not only budget-friendly but super easy.
Here is what I used…

Upcycled Picture Frames-Creating Art For Free | Amy with The Blissful Bee

Sometimes you have a bunch of old frames lying around the house and you just don’t know what to do with them all! I know I find myself running into this problem, and the other day I decided to do something about it.


I dug through my old frames and picked the simplest one I could find. First, take out the glass, then cut your scrap fabric to size and tape it (or glue it) to your cardboard backing.

The next step was to spray paint the shell. I used some satin spray paint I had left over from another 
After the spray paint dried, I glued the shell onto the fabric backing. 
And tada! You’re all done:) Now you’ve created some decorative art for free!! 
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Amy I love this idea! I have a huge box of old picture frames that could have a new lease on 
life now.  Thank you as always, for sharing your creative ideas with us-

Rustic-Glam DIY Christmas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blueprint Social for Martha Stewart Crafts
by Plaid. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you ever like to mix something simple with something gorgeous
Kind of like wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry with your favorite jeans.
Pearls and cowboy boots.
Burlap and a little bling.
Martha Stewart Crafts gave me just the inspiration 
to mix rustic with sparkle, here is what I came up with.
I used two Dollar Tree glass vases attached with E-6000 to two glass candle holders,
also from Dollar Tree to create the Snowflake Hurricane Lights.  Using the matte
decoupage finish first as a base to which I smoothed the cut-outs over, then as a 
sealer once they were dry.  I love that the matte finish gave the glass a lovely frosted
finish once it was dry.
Don’t you love it when a project really goes like you were hoping?
Next I used the Martha Stewart Crafts gilding sheets and adhesive to apply a super glimmery 
silver finish to two votives.  I have not used this before and it was really easy (my fave.)
Below is what the glass vases with candle holders attached looked like before I 
applied the matte finish (which by the way is dishwasher safe!)

I used a dark graphite spray paint to first paint the stand below that is actually
an old cake pan attached to a tall inverted flower pot.  After it was dry, I used
a bit of sandpaper to remove some of the paint.  I applied a coat of the gilding
adhesive first, then once is was dry to a tacky stage, applied the silver leaf
sheets by pressing and smoothing them over the surface all around the stand.
It as so easy and fun! Martha Stewart Crafts line can be found at Michaels 
or in Plaid’s online store too.  
I am just loving silver and white mixed with natural materials like burlap and wood right now.

{You can follow Plaid online and Martha Stewart Crafts below
for tons of great holiday and gift-giving inspiration}
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Candy Cane Canning Jar Ring Wreath

Bayberry Candles, old-fashioned hard candies, fruitcake, Shiny-Brite’s galore, and
enough tinsel to cover a dozen trees was the stuff that a kid from the 70’s remembers
at Christmastime.

Moon boots, feathered hair, and rainbows covering everything offered many
options for a roller-skating, Bonnie-Bell wearing, Love’s Baby Soft smelling tween.
Once the perfect outfit had been selected, tree shopping could begin.

Everyone on the block had a ginormous wood paneled station wagon that got about 4 mpg.
Every family would load up and head out in search of the perfect tree.  Once the perfect
tree had been found we returned filled with glee as the ornaments were retrieved from
the basement.

Christmastime had officially begun.

We never had an excess of funds available at Christmas, but you never would have
known.  My Grandma Edith would roast a huge turkey, make her famous ambrosia,
and slip away into the kitchen to make the best divinity you have ever laid eyes on.

This is no batch of divinity, but it’s my take on the fabulous canning jar ring wreaths 
we have been seeing around blogsphere for a while now.  Also perfect for your wedding and fit your prom dress.
I tried incorporating green
or red and white ribbon, gingham, and burlap but nothing looked better than leaving 
this little wreath au naturual.  
Here is what I did…



I had quite a few rings that were already white so that saved a step.  Otherwise, they can
be spray painted bright white.  The remaining rings I spray painted red, and allowed them
to dry well overnight before I used a bit of fine sandpaper to shabby them up a bit.

And the rest is super easy, paint, string, hang.
You could get down with your bad self and add some bling, washi tape, ornaments,
or just keep it simple like mine.

Have you begun working on Christmas preparations yet, or perhaps still recovering
from Halloween?

{More Christmas fun}

Hope this finds you well friends,
thank you so much for reading

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DIY Striped Dropcloth Table Runner | with Krista from The Happy Housie

Hi everyone!! 
It is Krista from The Happy Housie back again and I am so excited to be here today 
sharing this super easy (and thrifty!) DIY Dropcloth Table runner with you!
Halloween House Tour Dining Room with hand sketched sharpie pumpkins at thehappyhousie
For this project you will need:
  • a dropcloth (or similar fabric)
  • scissors
  • painters tape (I used Frog brand)
  • spray paint in your colour of choice – I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black
I started out with a plain ol’ dropcloth that I picked up at my local hardware store.
 I think I paid about $15 for a 4 foot by 12 foot piece.
 That translates to around $4 a yard, give or take.

I cut one long strip 18″ wide and 84″ long (because my table is 72″ long 
and I wanted an overhang on each end). I let the edges fray naturally because 
I don’t plan to wash this, but you could definitely sew the edges or use some 
no-sew hemming tape to secure them first. 
I used Frog Tape to tape out my lines, spacing them evenly by using a spacer piece 
that I moved as I taped my way down the length of the runner.
Then I sprayed away with my flat black spray paint and let it dry about an hour… Done!!
dropcloth painted table runner by thehappyhousie
The perfect addition to our Halloween table, though I think it will transition nicely 
into regular ol’ Fall come November.
Dropcloth Table Runner by thehappyhousie
I have a few other Halloween and Fall Projects I would love to share with you- 
hop over and visit me at The Happy Housie to see what I have been up to lately… 
like how I made these hand sketched oil sharpie pumpkins:


Black and White Hand Sketched Sharpie Pumpkins at thehappyhousie collage
Thanksgiving table outside with fall centerpiece at thehappyhousie
Halloween House Tour open door at thehappyhousie 
And if you want to know what the next Fall or Halloween project might be… 
check out my board A Fall Chill and All Hallow’s Eve on 
Thanks Tanya for having me here today! 
It is always so much fun to connect with you readers of twelveOeight!
Thanks for reading!
 And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.

Halloween Chalkboard Candy Bowl | Amy from The Blissful Bee

Hey guys! It’s Amy from The Blissful Bee and I’m here today with a simple halloween DIY project! The other day I made a quick trip to my local $1 store looking for some cheap halloween decorations that I could turn into a project. One of the many items I bought was this adorable little metal bin. Right when I saw it I knew I could turn it into a fun candy bowl.


My plan was to give it some sort of chalkboard makeover. I already had most of my supplies on hand from past projects – chalkboard spray paint, painters tape and some scull themed ribbon. I picked up some white chalk for just .89 cents and was ready to begin! 

First, I tapped off the top portion of the metal bin. I then flipped it over and gave it a coat or two of chalkboard spray paint. After I gave it about 10 minutes to dry, I wrote “Boo!” onto the chalkboard portion of the bin. I then tied a bow to one of the handles with my ribbon and was done! See? Simple, right? 
I filled my candy bin with some Lifesaver mints (for two reasons): 
1. I love them!
 2. I liked the white contrast against the orange and black bin. 
If you liked this makeover, make sure to stop by The Blissful Bee over the next few weeks for a ton of Halloween themed projects! I will also be involved in a Halloween Home Tour on October 17th and 18th, so don’t miss it!! You can also find me here: Bloglovin | Facebook | Instagram | Google + Thanks Tanya for having me – always love stopping by:) 
How fabulous is this idea?!
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome Halloween ideas
with us Amy, I always love to see what you are working on 🙂


Witchy Chevron Jar Lantern and Halloween Blog Hop & Link Party!!

I am so excited to share a super easy Halloween Project with you, and we have 
a fabulous Halloween Project Parade Blog Hop & Link Party that just opened today!
Your projects will show up on TEN blogs at one time, and we will all be sharing your
awesome links on social media all month too!!
The party runs from October 3rd thru October 31st.  Weeks of Halloween fun!!

Here is what I used to make this Witchy Halloween Chevron Lantern:

  • One extra large pickle jar or empty, clean jar
  • White spray paint
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Frog Tape
  • Mod Podge (matte)
  • One foam brush and one foam paint pouncer
  • Image to attach to lantern
  • Black and white twine
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Color printer and white cardstock

I began by applying one coat of white spray paint all over the outside of the jar.  Once it 
was dry I used Frog Tape to create a chevron pattern around the jar, then applied orange 
acrylic paint with a sponge pouncer.  After the orange paint was dry I used sand paper all
over the painted surface to distress the paint.  I removed the dust left behind from the glass
and carefully cut out the image you can find here for this cute flying witch.
I found this oh so cute printable at The Three Sweet Peas, click on the link below to print out:
Using a thin coat of Mod Podge all over the back of the trimmed image I applied it to 
the front of the lantern, and smoothed out any bubbles to make sure it would adhere 
well to the painted glass.  I used a bit more Mod Podge around the edges of the image
and smoothed again to seal it.  Next I tied a few pieces of black and white twine around the 
neck of the lantern and placed a few flame-less votives in the bottom of the lantern to 
make it glow.
What do you think? Isn’t the fun scrolly witch looking good flying in the orange and 
white chevron sky?
I love her so much, right now she is inside, but when I decorate for Halloween this week
she is going to take her place of honor on our front porch next to our door.  
Oooh I love Halloween!! Are you ready to show off your Halloween spirit?!

I am SO excited to see what you link up and share!! I will be Pinning, and sharing your
projects on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest too, ok you know what to do now…

And now for the Halloween Project Parade Blog Hop & Link Party!

Let’s get hopping with these fabulous Halloween Projects below! 
{ Stop by and follow along with these creative projects and inspiring blogs }
Show us what you have been creating by joining in the Halloween Link party below. 
We will be showing and sharing them on social media – so link up!

Halloween Project Parade Blog Hop & Link Party Halloween Collage 1 - 650

Copper & Glitter Pumpkins | Homework – Follow her on Pinterest and Google+
Spider Garland | Oh My! Creative – Follow her on Pinterest and Google+

Halloween Collage 2 650

Mummy Wrapped Utensils | Lemon Tree Dwelling – Follow her on Pinterest and Google+
Candy Corn Cupcakes | It’s Always Autumn – Follow her on Pinterest and facebook

Halloween Collage 3 - 650

Witchy Chevron Lantern | twelveOeight – Follow her on Pinterest and Google+
Thrifted Halloween Chevron Spider Art | The Happy Housie – Follow her on Pinterest & Google+

Halloween Collage 4 - 650

Owl Wreath | Persia Lou – Follow her on Pinterest and Google+
Apothecary Style Trick or Treat Jar | My Love 2 Create – Follow her on Pinterest and facebook

Halloween Collage 5 - 650

Simple Straw Vase | Daisy Mae Belle – Follow her on Pinterest and Google+
Embellished Paper Mache Witch Hats | Pink When – Follow her on Pinterest and Google+

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties