Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:48:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Simple DIY Luminaries http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/simple-diy-luminaries/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/simple-diy-luminaries/#respond Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=63525 There’s something about a twinkling light in the winter that is just magical — Christmas lights, starlight, candles, luminaries. Even the faintest glow just feels cheery and welcoming on a cold, dark night! Of course, you can add ambiance any time, to any occasion, with a set of little luminaries. Try one of these that […]

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There’s something about a twinkling light in the winter that is just magical — Christmas lights, starlight, candles, luminaries. Even the faintest glow just feels cheery and welcoming on a cold, dark night! Of course, you can add ambiance any time, to any occasion, with a set of little luminaries. Try one of these that we love!

Remember to be smart — use battery-operated LED lights, or if you use an open flame — NEVER leave it unattended!

Easy DIY Luminaries

We just shared these easy paper house luminaries during out 12 Days of Handmade Christmas, courtesy of Ananda over at A Piece of Rainbow

paper house luminary free patterns - A Piece of Rainbow on @Remodelaholic

plus Ananda has another set over on her site, too! Perfect for a little (or large!) luminary village.

paper house luminaries - A Piece of Rainbow via @Remodelaholic

And since paper is an inexpensive supply and easy to come by — why not make a papercut star lantern? Hang it, set it on a mantel or shelf, or set it in the window! Me and My DIY has the template plus different designs for you to try.

cut paper star lantern luminary - Me and My DIY via @Remodelaholic

Craftberry Bush shows you how to transform plain paper into faux birch bark to make these lovely lanterns!

faux birch bark luminaries DIY - Craftberry Bush via @Remodelaholic

Or you can use a craft knife (or an electronic cutting machine like a Cricut) with these templates from A Piece of Rainbow to make a lovely statement, any time of year!

easy papercut floral luminaries - A Piece of Rainbow via @Remodelaholic

Keep it suuuuper simple and wrap translucent paper and ribbon around a glass pillar filled with holiday lights! (via Martha Stewart)

easy twinkling vase luminaries - Martha Stewart via @Remodelaholic

Looking for something even simpler? Okay, just use a battery-operated paper lantern to dress up a table centerpiece or shelf: (via Weddbook)

paper lantern centerpiece via @Remodelaholic

Or you can pick up glass globe light fixtures at the hardware store (or the thrift store!) — just toss a string of lights inside and you’re all set! (from Home Depot)

globe light winter luminaries by The Home Depot via @Remodelaholic

Pressed flowers and leaves are a lovely way to remember vacations or even just seasons past — press them between wax paper sheets to make your own floral luminary! (instructions from Mother Earth Living)

pressed flower luminary - Mother Earth Living via @Remodelaholic

Take advantage of the frozen winter and make some ice luminaries to decorate your walkway or porch!

These from One Little Project are so easy it’s ridiculous!

easy ice luminary balls - One Little Project via @Remodelaholic

And I love the leaves and berries in these ice luminaries over at A Piece of Rainbow.

diy ice and berries luminary - A Piece of Rainbow via @Remodelaholic

So, which kind of sparkle will you add to your winter decor?

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Easy DIY Rustic Log Bookends http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/easy-diy-rustic-log-bookends/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/easy-diy-rustic-log-bookends/#respond Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=63428 Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt.  I like adding natural elements into my home decor, especially wood.  I love surprising uses for wood, like this neat half log bookend found here.  The natural character of wood grain is so unique and beautiful.  Source   How to Make Rustic Log Bookends Materials Dried Log – suggest at least […]

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Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt.  I like adding natural elements into my home decor, especially wood.  I love surprising uses for wood, like this neat half log bookend found here.  The natural character of wood grain is so unique and beautiful.

Recreate gorgeous natural wood log bookends with this simple step by step tutorial.

 Source

 

How to Make Rustic Log Bookends

Materials

  • Dried Log – suggest at least 8″ in diameter and at least 4″ thick
  • Sandpaper
  • Polyurethane
  • Paint brush

Step 1

Find a wood log.  The wood should be dry, it is best if the log has been cut and been drying for about a year or longer.  Otherwise the moisture in the wood could cause issues with the finish over time.

Cut the log into a manageable piece, about 8″ diameter and 4″ thick.  This will most likely need to be done using a chainsaw.

Recreate gorgeous natural wood log bookends with this simple step by step tutorial.

Cut the log into half.

Recreate gorgeous natural wood log bookends with this simple step by step tutorial.Cut the log half into half again (or quarters).  Again this can be easily done with a chainsaw, or use a band saw for a more fine cut.

Recreate gorgeous natural wood log bookends with this simple step by step tutorial.vStep 2

Use a chisel and remove any excess bark from the outsides.  Start with 80 grit sandpaper, and sand sand sand!  Sand the cut faces until smooth and the cutting ridges are removed.  Finish sanding with 120-150 grit sandpaper.

Remove all of the excess dusts, a vacuum hose works great.  Applying polyurethane to bare wood can really accentuate the natural beauty of the wood.  I used Varathane Polyurethane satin a water based polyurethane recently on a table, and it turned out beautifully.  Using a brush, apply polyurethane to all sides of the wood.  Allow the polyurethane to dry and add additional coats according to the label.  I typically like to apply 2-3 coats.

Once the sealer has cured, typically a few days.  The bookends will be ready for use.

Recreate gorgeous natural wood log bookends with this simple step by step tutorial.

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DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card Holder http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/diy-pallet-wood-christmas-tree-photo-card-holder/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/diy-pallet-wood-christmas-tree-photo-card-holder/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:15:42 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=64127 The other day, as random bits of past projects littered the floor and I tried to gather them up and put them away, it struck me. These scrap pieces of pallet wood are almost perfectly graduated in size. I wondered what would happen as I started to arrange them on my garage floor into the […]

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DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card Holder @Remodelaholic

The other day, as random bits of past projects littered the floor and I tried to gather them up and put them away, it struck me. These scrap pieces of pallet wood are almost perfectly graduated in size. I wondered what would happen as I started to arrange them on my garage floor into the meaningful pattern I was sure was there.

You guys.

I hate to throw things away. I know it borders on hoarding but at times like this I totally feel justified.

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card Holder

How to Make a Pallet Wood Christmas Tree

So there I sat laying out pieces of pallet board like a child laying out blocks feeling quite proud of myself when I realized I could totally make a Christmas tree out of these pieces. I didn’t know what I would do with it once I did but the pieces were practically begging to become O’ Tannebaum and who am I to refuse?

I grabbed another spare bit of cedar from those raised garden beds from last spring to attach all of the pieces to.DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderI even thought this broken piece made the perfect trunk.

I used my staple gun to attach the pieces but if you don’t have that, wood glue will do. Also, if you don’t have scrap piece stockpiled like I do these are easy cuts for your electric saw.

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderAfter I’d made my pallet wood Christmas tree I just kind of stared at it for the next several days. I wasn’t sure where we were going from here, O’ Tannebaum and I, but I knew it wasn’t an advent calendar because I already have one of those. Then I realized the thing I need this time of year, more than anything, is a place to display holiday photos.

Now.

Maybe you are better parents than me but I must confess that I often take a lot of pictures this time of year that never see the light of day. Even ol’ pics with Santa and that’s a shame.

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderI decided I’d add some clothes pin for clipping on the pics (or Christmas cards) but any kind of clip will do. I attached mine with wood glue.

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderI also dressed them up with a red Sharpie.

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card Holder

I decided the top of the tree needed something so I painted a wood slice (from yet another project) with chalkboard paint and painted on a little star. I love how the black works with the weathered wood and little pops of red.DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderOnce all of that was dry I attached a little D-hook hanger to the back and I was ready to go!

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderThis project will take you a day, at most, and you’ll have an adorable place to quickly put your holiday memories on display.

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderEven that rouge picture with Santa that’s still in the drawer from last year. Oh. Is that just me?

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderA clipping from this year’s tree, a feather one of the kids gathered from the yard…

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card HolderAnd what about all of those photos you took for the Christmas card this year?

DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree Photo & Card Holder

How do you display your favorite holiday memories?

For more Christmas projects or photo display ideas please check out my DIY Advent Calendar and my Pallet Photo Frames below.

My DIY Advent Calendar…

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DIY Pallet Photo Frames

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You can also paint a Christmas tree advent calendar:

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or build a wooden tree ornament holder:

DIY Crate and Barrel Ornament Display Tree @Remodelaholic #knockoff #Christmas

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Modern Xmas – Fun & Eclectic Holiday Decor http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/modern-xmas-fun-eclectic-holiday-decor/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/modern-xmas-fun-eclectic-holiday-decor/#respond Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=63931 Hello and happy December! It’s hard to believe the end of the year is upon us already, isn’t it? I’m Dawn, from DesigningDawn.com, back again with another monthly mood-board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve missed any of my previous inspiration posts here on Remodelaholic, you can always check those out here. This month, I’ve […]

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Hello and happy December! It’s hard to believe the end of the year is upon us already, isn’t it? I’m Dawn, from DesigningDawn.com, back again with another monthly mood-board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve missed any of my previous inspiration posts here on Remodelaholic, you can always check those out here.

This month, I’ve been thinking a lot about Holiday decor, as have most people. I love traditional Christmas decor, full of burgundy and forest greens, creams and gold. But you see so much of that this time of year, that for my mood board this month, I really wanted to branch out to some more unexpected and modern Christmas decor inspiration. I started by rounding up some inspiration images below. I think there is  a lovely holiday feel to them all, even though none have a ‘traditional’ seasonal style.

 Found on blog.purehome.com

Found on blog.purehome.com

 Found on thesweetescape.ca

Found on thesweetescape.ca

 Found on huntedinterior.com

Found on huntedinterior.com

 Found on thealisonshow.com

Found on thealisonshow.com

 Found on ravelry.com

Found on ravelry.com

 Found on littlemissmomma.com

Found on littlemissmomma.com

 Found on hisugarplum.blogspot.com

Found on hisugarplum.blogspot.com

 Found on tatertotsandjello.com

Found on tatertotsandjello.com

 Found on uktv.co.uk

Found on uktv.co.uk

You see what I mean? Isn’t it fun how festive they feel, despite having a modern spin on a classic Christmas? I wanted to create that same feeling with my mood board this month, and I came up with the collection below: A Modern Christmas, with fun, eclectic decor.

Modern Xmas: fun and eclectic holiday decor | DesigningDawn @Remodelaholic

Click here to shop this mood board and see product sources

Tips for Modern Eclectic Holiday Decorating

The easiest way to get an updated Christmas look is to start with an updated color pallet. In the mood board above, I did use red and green, but not the deep burgundy and forest green of a traditional holiday color scheme. Instead, I swapped them out for shades of spring green and persimmon to echo the Christmas feeling, but in a brighter tone. Then I threw in aqua and gold to round it out. The aqua works well, bringing in the feeling of ice and snow, and gold (or anything sparkly) is always a safe bet around the holidays!

To keep it modern, I also steered clear of traditional Christmas patterns, like fair isle, and opted instead for bolder geometric graphics like broad stripes and number motifs, which are fun all year round, but tend to bring to mind Advent Calendars as Christmas approaches.

The clean lines of the furniture in the room help keep it feeling updated, and I decided to echo that in the rest of the decor too. Like a simple graphic garland and those amazing brass wall hooks. How great would your stockings look hanging from those babies?

As always, thank you to the Remodelaholic team for having me here each month. If you like what you see, be sure to visit me over on my blog, DesigningDawn, or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. I hope you have a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday season! See you in the new year!

-Dawn

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Looking for more ways to make your Christmas decorating a bit more unique and outside the traditional? Try these:

Colorful Christmas Decorating

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Hot PINK Holiday and More Non-Traditional Holiday Decor

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Colorful Christmas Ideas

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New Year, New You Giveaway http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/new-year-new-you-giveaway/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/new-year-new-you-giveaway/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=64150 Christmas is just around the corner, and then New Year’s will be here before you know it! If you’ve been enjoying as many tasty holiday treats as we have this season, you might already be thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution to re-commit to your health and fitness in 2015. If that sounds like […]

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Christmas is just around the corner, and then New Year’s will be here before you know it! If you’ve been enjoying as many tasty holiday treats as we have this season, you might already be thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution to re-commit to your health and fitness in 2015. If that sounds like you, we have some great news! We’re collaborating with some of our favorite bloggers on Pinterest to offer a fun giveaway designed to help you meet your health and fitness goals for the new year. We’re calling it our “New Year, New You” Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive ALL of the following prizes:

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PLUS, the winner will also receive a $200 Amazon gift card to cover any other supplies to help you commit to a healthier lifestyle in 2015!

–> That’s over $1,600 in prizes! <–

Before you enter, we’d like to introduce you to all of the incredible bloggers who helped make this giveaway possible!

Click on the name of each site to check them out.

  • Living Well, Spending Less - Living Well, Spending Less is all about the adventure of finding the Good Life on a budget… because a life well-lived is not so much about what we have, but who we are!
  • Kids Activities Blog - Kids Activities Blog is overflowing with fun crafts, art projects, games and activities for kids- most with contents from your kitchen junk drawer!
  • The Dating Divas - Each Monday, the Divas offer a fabulous date idea already completely planned out for your upcoming weekend. Throughout the rest of the week, they offer FREE flirty tips, tricks, tutorials, & darling printables to keep the romance alive and the sparks flying’.
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  • Mod Podge Rocks - Mod Podge Rocks is a collection of tutorials and how-tos featuring the world’s greatest decoupage medium. Come visit Amy for tons of inspiration.
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  • Remodelaholic - If your goal is to make your house a home, then come to Remodelaholic.com. They will teach you the best ways to update yourhouse and design and decorate your home on a budget. Go from builder-grade to beautiful with their help.
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Free Printable New Year’s Eve Party Coasters http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/free-printable-years-eve-party-coasters/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/12/free-printable-years-eve-party-coasters/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:15:12 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=64112 Hi Remodelaholics! Michelle from Elegance & Enchantment and Enchanted Prints here— thanks for having me back! I hope you had the chance to check out the fun Thanksgiving Leftover labels that I shared last month. I’m very happy to be back to share some pretty party printables for New Year’s Eve! With all the Christmas preparations going on, it’s hard […]

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Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink Coasters

Hi Remodelaholics! Michelle from Elegance & Enchantment and Enchanted Prints here— thanks for having me back! I hope you had the chance to check out the fun Thanksgiving Leftover labels that I shared last month. I’m very happy to be back to share some pretty party printables for New Year’s Eve!

With all the Christmas preparations going on, it’s hard to think beyond December 25th, and New Year’s Eve really has a way of sneaking up on us!

Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink Coasters

This month, I’m sharing this set of four party coasters for you to pass out to your family and friends, as you drink something bubbly and ring in the new year. As far as DIY projects go, they don’t get easier than this!

Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink Coasters

Simply print the PDF download below, save to your computer and print on heavier paper or card stock. They can easily be trimmed out with a pair of scissors or an x-acto knife. The PDF is set up with four coasters/page, so you can print as many as you need.

Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink Coasters

Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink Coasters

If you’re looking for more New Year’s Eve party printables, you can head over to my blog to grab these printable champagne labels along with a customizable party invitation.

Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink Coasters
Toss around a little confetti, and you’re ready to party!

Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink Coasters

Free Printable New Year's Eve Party Drink CoastersDownload your printable New Year’s Eve coasters here

You can find the printable invitation and champagne bottle labels here

Fonts used to create this month’s printables are:
Trade Gothic Bold Condensed 20 // Burgues Script // Trade Gothic Extended

Need any last minute Christmas printables, like gift tags, party props or stickers? Grab them for free here.

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Find more New Year’s Eve party ideas here:

Great New Year’s Eve Traditions

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32 Awesome Ideas for New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve Pin Pic

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