French Country Pillow DIY & Win a Trip to Paris!

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
I cannot believe that my year of being a Michaels Maker is getting close to the end. This is my next to last project and I get to share with you about how you can win a trip to Paris! We had to create a Parisian inspired project and I created this French Country Pillow. If you create your own Paris inspired project, then you can enter to win that trip to Paris (more details at the end of post).

Easy to make French Country Style Pillow | happy together
This pillow is a really simple diy project that can be done in 30 minutes or so. I found this really pretty linen pillow where the photo frames begin. It was in plastic bag and flattened so it didn’t stand out much. I happened to see it and discovered it was a pillow. I knew it would be perfect to use for a French Country look.

French Country Pillow DIY Supplies | happy together
Here are all the products I used:

French Country Pillow DIY Step 1 | happy together
Begin by taking the pillow out of the packaging. Then remove the pillowcase from the pillow. Place a plastic bag inside the pillowcase to prevent the paint from leaking onto the back side.

French Country Pillow DIY Step 2 | happy together
Position the stencil in the middle of the pillow and tape in place.

French Country Pillow DIY Step 3 | happy together
Squirt some fabric paint onto sponge brush. Dab paint over stencil making sure not to stroke the paint on. If you do strokes, it has a higher chance of getting under the edges of the stencil. This stuff dries really fast, so once you are done, remove the stencil and wash off what you can from it.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Giving the paint a little bit of drying time, make four tassels. I wrapped the yarn around my hand 10 times and cut the yarn.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Then I cut a long piece of yarn and tied it around the yarn making sure it was closer to one end. Then I wrapped the yarn around again and tied two more knots for extra security.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Next cut open the loops on the other end and trim the edges even. Repeat three more times.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Take your embroidery thread and needle and pull it through the loops on the top end. Tie the two ends together leaving enough to sew the tassels on with.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together Then sew on a tassel to each corner of the pillow case and trim extra thread off. Embroidery thread holds up better than spool thread so that is why I chose it. And that’s it!

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together Now it’s your turn!  That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.

What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!

If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.

How awesome is that? See all the details here.

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This post was created in partnership with Michaels. Affiliate links have been used. All opinions stated are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Happy Together.

 

Air Plants in Vintage Metal Springs

Air Plants in Vintage Springs for Decoration | happy together
We all know what a plant person I am by now. I just love them. In fact, yesterday I spent a few hours weeding our flower beds and prepping some garden stuff and it felt so good! Working with plants/nature is one thing that can really help me out when I feel in a funk. It brings me joy. That being said, we found a local garden center that is my new favorite. So far we had only gone to box stores and they are good, but this little locally owned place (Greengate Garden Center)  had so much more! I was super excited to see their variety of succulents and air plants. I bought a burro’s tail and these two air plants.

Air Plant Decor | happy together
I immediately thought of putting the air plants in these vintage metal springs I had seen for sale at my favorite local antique store (La Trouvaille). It turned out to be a perfect fit! I stuck them in our faux fireplace, which I’m working on filling with old books, for these pics.

Air Plants on Kitchen Shelf | happy together
But with two little girls running around, they are living more on a shelf in our kitchen so they can survive. If it was up to me, I bet our house would look like a jungle haha. Have you found a creative way to display your favorite plants?

-jess

No Sew Cord Cover DIY

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
I have one more home decor project to share with you this week before I kick off a needed sewing week (my first blogging love). One of my good friends, Ashley, was blessed to move into an awesome new house last year. It’s been so fun watching her decorate and make (her dining room table, shelves, etc) many things for her home. A few weeks ago she was talking about figuring out how to cover up these cords and I told her to let me come up with something. It would give me an idea to blog about and she would get a free cord cover from the deal. She more than gladly accepted.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
I went looking for some inspiration and was happy when I found this Pottery Barn burlap cord cover. My friend loves Pottery Barn style so I knew she would like this.

Pottery Barn Burlap Cord Cover
Here is a picture from the Pottery Barn site of their cord cover in use on a hanging light.
Supplies needed to make this project:

  • Large Burlap Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Snap Fasteners (amount needed depends on length of cover; find them in the sewing section)
  • Hammer

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
I first went to find some burlap that I wouldn’t need to sew at all. I couldn’t find a plain burlap ribbon that didn’t have such an open weave, but I did find this printed one. I looked on the other side of the burlap and you can’t see the print, so I knew this was the winner.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Once you find your choice of covering material, cut a piece that is longer than what you need to allow for some gathering. I think I added something like two extra feet to this one. Then fold both ends in towards the inside and hot glue in place.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Next, use your fasteners kit to add snaps to both sides.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
The kit should tell you all this, but you push the pointed piece through,

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
then add the snap on top of it correctly. Place the blue tool on the bottom, matching up the piece into the hole.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Then close it, matching up the snap into the other hold. Place on ground and gently hammer. It pushes the sharp ends into the snap so it will be secure. Continue to do the same side of the snap desired down on side of the burlap. I kept them a few inches apart, but I would add even more if I did this again.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Add the opposite part of the snap to the other side. Just make sure that you put them on in the way that when they close they overlap the fabric.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Like in this picture above.

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off
Go over your cords and make sure there are no unnecessary ones there. Their setup had two extra cords that we just rolled up and put in the basket. Then snap your cord cover in place. {Take not that the weave on burlap isn’t super strong, so when taking the snaps apart to remove the cover be careful. You could rip or distort the burlap if not careful.}

No Sew Cord Cover | happy together Pottery Barn Knock off

The good thing with this is that when I got to the place where the cords meet from all different things behind that table, I was able to snap around them to make it work. It doesn’t take long at all to make and can be used to cover many different types of cords. My friend is very happy with how it turned out, so it’s a win over here! Then to add even more cover up, I grabbed one of the toy baskets, added a blanket and some pillows on top, and put it in front of the outlet. It can be moved when the kids need their toys or quickly put back in place when desired.

-Jess

 

 

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
I love marquee lights and succulents. Need I say more? I received these awesome marquee letters by Heidi Swapp c/o Michaels last week to create something with them and this is what I made.

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
These letters are so fun and it was nice to not have to make marquee letters by hand for once. They are on the smaller side, but they are very perfect for decor and table top decorations. Each letter comes with an extra cut out paper that you can cover in glitter, paint, etc. and just slip it right in. Or of course, you can also trace it and add in some new paper. I wanted to make something to go in my bedroom using my husbands and my name’s first initial, hence the W (for Will) and J (for Jess). I wanted to add some more greenery to our room and new that adding real succulents to this project might be hard to keep up. Fortunately, there are so many faux succulent plants that look very real now a days.

Here are the basic supplies you will need to make a similar project:

  • Marquee Letters
  • Frame big enough for your letters to fit in
  • Chicken Wire
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Wire Cutters
  • A Piece of Felt
  • Scissors
  • Faux Succulents
  • Moss (kind from craft store)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
I first started by stapling on chicken wire to the back of the frame. I then cut off the excess wire on the edges, pushed down the exposed ends, and hot glued a small piece of felt over every sharp end. It helps prevent the wall from getting scratched and hurting yourself on the wire.

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
My frame was originally white, but I chose to spray paint it gold (I used Krylon Premium Metallic 18 KT Gold).

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
Now put your marquee letters together. Decide if you want to decorate them or not before adding the lights. I tried adding glitter, paint, and different papers, but I felt it kind of hid the letter when surrounded by all the plants. So I kept mine just plain white. Determine how you want to arrange your letters and then hot glue them to the chicken wire. I glued every wire that touched the outer sides of the letters. It really holds well but also comes off easily if you make a mistake. Like I did. I reglued this W three times. Sigh…..But, I finally got it on right haha. Also, make sure the battery pack is sticking out so you can get to it easily to add/replace batteries and turn off and on easily. Don’t worry, they tuck right into the wires at the end.

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
Gather many faux succulents/greenery and a big bag of moss.

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
I first played around with the bigger plants to see where I wanted them to be. Then I hot glued them in place. I tried for a natural “things are growing crazy everywhere” kind of look. Keep a few of the smaller succulents out if you like to add as fillers after you put the moss on. Tip: Work with frame sitting up. It allows things to sit as they will once on a wall and the ends can stick through the back until it’s time to cut them off.

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
Now just add the moss on. I literally just stuck it on. I made it as flat as possible and tried to use the pieces instead of the very loose stuff. It stayed in place very well. Make sure to fill in all the extra areas like inside the letters and all.

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
Flip the frame over and hot glue over the wires where the moss is. I felt like the moss was in pretty well since this won’t be a moving piece, but the extra hold is good. Use your wire cutters to trim off extra ends of the plants that stick out too far. I tried to stick some plant ends back through the wires where possible too.

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Clean all your mess up.

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together
Add the batteries and see how it all looks. It truly has a glamourous feel to it. It makes me think of those fabulous hotels in California I see in pictures on instagram. This would be great for a wedding decoration that would later be perfect as home decor. Would be great for a party as well. What would you make with these marquee letters?

-Jess

Marquee Letters and Succulents Frame DIY | happy together This post was created in partnership with Michaels. All opinions stated are my own. Affiliate links have been used. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Happy Together.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
One of my favorite types of DIY are the kind where you take something that might not look of value to many and turn it into something new and useable. So I was super excited when DecoArt challenged me to use their Multi-Surface Acrylics on something that could easily be found at places like flea markets, etc.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
I had a friend offer me some old doors a few weeks ago and there was one that I knew would be perfect for this project. Look at how beat up this door was!

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
It looks like it should go to the dump, but I saw that there was still some life left in it. In fact, I plan on using this as a garden door one day. I wiped down the door real good and took off the tape to prepare it for painting.

Here are all the supplies I used for this project:

  • Door with large opening
  • Chicken Wire
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paint(s) of choice. I needed almost 6 ounces to coat each side of the door twice. Amount needed will depend on how large your surface is.
  • Paint Brush and other supplies needed to paint (drop cloth, cup for paint, paint cleaner, etc)
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pliers
  • Optional: Wood for inside of door, Glue, Clamps

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
I chose to paint each side of the door a different color. I used the soft jade on one side and coastal waters on the other.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
The directions suggest at least two coats of paint, so I did two coats on each side. It has very good coverage. If this was a door that I would actually be using as my front door, I would have done one more coat just to really cover it well. I let it dry overnight. The good thing is this paint is self sealing so there’s no need for primer or separate sealer. And the paint is for indoor and outdoor use. Awesome right?

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
My hubby cut out four pieces of wood that I glued on the inside opening. This door’s middle was foam and I didn’t want that showing. I used a strong glue to glue the wood on and used some clamps to keep them in place while it dried. I let that glue dry overnight as well. Then I stained the wood with a natural stain according to instructions on the can. After that dried, I stapled on the chicken wire using a staple gun. Then I used wire cutters to cut off the extra wire. If you want, you can use pliers to twist the ends so they don’t poke out. I’m even thinking of going back and putting  thin wood strips all around the back side to completely enclose the wire ends.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
I love how it turned out! I’m still waiting to find the perfect vintage hardware to go on it (that is also in my price range!). I know that will add to this project even more.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together
And of course, once I have a garden area that I can make all my own, we will fix the side door crack and add this to the garden fencing. For now we plan on keeping it in the kitchen and putting photos and our children’s artwork on it. Always look for the possibility in things. They just might surprise you! See more Multi-Surface Acrylic crafting ideas and inspirations here. -Jess

I parterned with DecoArt for this post and received compensation for doing so. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Happy Together.

DIY Chicken Wire Display Door | happy together