The Crafty Social: A Fall Inspired DIY Workshop


In a previous post I mentioned about how I was in the middle of preparing for this event. It is time I can finally announce The Crafty Social! It is a fall inspired DIY workshop that I am hosting here in southwest Louisiana through the Women’s Ministry at my church. It will consist of four DIY projects (all supplies included except for scissors and no crafting experience necessary!), snacks, and giveaways.  If you are local, you can register here. If you are not local, you can still participate and purchase the limited edition t-shirt and wait for the DIY posts that I will share mid October covering a few of the projects so you can make them at home. The above video is a closer look at all the projects. Clark Miller of Zoe Photography helped bring my vision to reality for that. It turned out so good!

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The first campaign for this t-shirt will be open until Monday, September 11, for orders. This allows for those who want to receive it before the event to get it in time. As soon as it is over, I will start another campaign for it though. That one will be open for orders until October 9th. There are a few color options available. Below are the four projects that we will make together. A few of them have color options that you will be able to choose from when you register. The first is these cute pumpkin mason jars. I made four, but there are six colors to pick from.

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The second project will be this tassel key chain.

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The third will be pinback buttons. Each participant will create three (one being The Crafty Social collectors pin and the other two being selected during the event).

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The fourth and final project will be this fall felt banner. There are three color options available for this project.

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I do hope you can join me for The Crafty Social 2017 DIY Workshop. And if not, I hope you consider purchasing a limited edition t-shirt and then coming back to check out the tutorials later in October. Be following along on social media #thecraftysocialworkshop -jess

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Corbel Wall Lamp DIY

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I love when a project turns out even better than what I was hoping for! That is what happened with this corbel wall lamp diy. Miss E’s room has been mostly done for a while, but she’s needed some type of lighting for reading at night. I was on instagram and saw these wall lamps in someone’s foyer, and I instantly remembered these bookends I had bought at Magnolia last year. I just bought them because I thought they were pretty but then didn’t know where to put them. Lo and behold, they were the perfect thing to make these with! And good news! No electrical knowledge needed ;)

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To make your own you will need:

  • Corbel (I used these corbel bookends)
  • Lampshade that is size appropriate for corbel (I used these lampshades)
  • Mason Jar Lamp Adapter (small mouth/wide mouth…. use the size that would look best on the corbel you use. I used the small mouth ones)
  • Strong Adhesive (I used E6000)
  • Optional: Spray paint and cord cover (you can easily make a diy cord cover like I did too)
  • Hanging hardware of your choice
  • Tools: staple gun and tools necessary to attach hanging hardware you chose

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First do any preparation to the corbel that is needed. If you are using antique ones, you might need to clean it up, repaint, etc. Since these were technically bookends, I had to scrape off the black things, sand it down, and change where the hanging hardware went.

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This next step is optional, but I wanted to spray paint the top of the lamp adapter a bronze color (I used this). To make sure the cord didn’t get any paint on it, I covered it with a plastic bag and taped it in place. I also taped over the on/off switch and put a paper towel in the top to protect the light bulb socket.

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Once the paint dries, glue on the lamp adapter. Make sure to try it in place with the lampshade first though. You want to make sure that the lampshade won’t hit the wall when it’s in on. When the glue has dried, you can use a staple gun and secure the cord down in a few places. If you would like to add a cord cover you can find them already made or you can make your own. I just used burlap ribbon with metal in the edges. I hand sewed it together over the cord and then scrunched it up. The metal edging keeps it in place so it keeps that scrunched up look.

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I am so impressed with the finished product and it didn’t take long at all. Let me know if you make one. I would love to see one of these made with different types of corbels. Share on social media using #happytogetherbyjess Happy creating! -jess

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Old Door Bench

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The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and I’m loving our front porch right now. Last fall we worked really hard to put in a flower bed and I felt like our porch needed a little more. In an effort to reduce some clutter in our garage, I followed an old door bench diy I found here. Isn’t her bench so lovely? The door I used wasn’t quite as thick so I had to reinforce mine some.

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Adding extra wood made my bench not look quite right though. The beautiful chippy paint and the brand new wood just weren’t really working for me. You can see pictures below of how it looked originally. So I painted mine black even though I will miss the original color.

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I also wanted to show you a little something I did to keep the pillow in place. It gets really windy where we live and I knew it would want to fly away, so i threaded a piece of fishing line through the back and tied it in place! You can’t see it at all unless you are up close. Oh, and this was an old outdoor pillow I covered with a kitchen towel from Hobby Lobby. I’m excited to watch the plants continue to grow and bloom this spring. -jess

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A DIY Board and Batten Wall

Board and Batten Wall DIY | happy together One of my favorite diy’s I have done in my home has got to be this DIY board and batten wall. I did it all on my own and it was a lot easier than I thought it might be. I love how it makes the room feel more open and allows the chandelier to really stand out. I first looked and looked at all the board and batten type tutorials there were online to see how I would tackle mine.

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After doing all of my research, I decided that I wanted to leave the crown molding and baseboards on and that I wanted to cover up the wall since it is textured. I looked online at Lowes and decided to go with the tempered hardboard panel (found here) to cover up the wall. For only $8 for each 4’x8′ panel, and the fact that it’s very thin, make it a no brainer. It is a bit flimsy and I found it a difficult to cut, but a jig saw ended up working the best for cutting it. I also looked at different widths of wood to decide what size I wanted. I chose to go with the 4″ width (which is actually 3.5″ wide). And to save some money, they have these wood pieces called firring strips that are 1″x4″x8′ for less than $2 each! (PS….they have firring strips in a few other widths too). The only thing with them is that they are very rough. You save some money, but you have to do a bit of sanding and you have to usually look through the pile to find good straight pieces.

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Here is a before picture of my dining room. It was the perfect spot to add a feature wall! First, I wiped down the wall to make sure there were no spider webs and dust.

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Then I figured out how I wanted to put the hard board on. I made sure to make it as even as possible because my goal was to make sure the seams were all covered by wood strips for a seamless look. I used a jig saw to cut holes for electrical sockets and used these spacers on the outlets to make them stay in place well (MAKE SURE to TURN OFF electricity before messing with any type of electrical outlet etc.). Then I used liquid nails on the back of the panel and nailed it in place using finishing nails in my nail gun.

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I had to trim down the side of one panel to make it fit. I didn’t make the best cut, but I knew it was small enough to be covered. I also had to cut two panel pieces to fit the top. Again, I tried to line up seams to make it easier for covering. At this point, I figured out the design. I know……. maybe something to do first, but I just wanted to do it after I saw where the seams where. So I started with designing the seams being covered and went from there. I began with putting straight pieces on the bottom above the baseboard and the top below the crown molding.

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I added some wood glue to the back of all the wood pieces before nailing in place with nail gun.

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After the top and bottom, I started on the left and worked my way over with all the vertical pieces. The width of the wall and the width of the wood didn’t allow for exact distance in-between each one, so the two outer ones are the same and then the middle ones are the same. Fortunately, you can’t even tell the difference when looking at it. Then I cut all the horizontal pieces and put them in place. I used some wood filler to cover up some gaps in-between the wood and then caulked every single edge…. the edges by the wall and inside each box. After the caulk dried I used Sherwin Williams in Creamy to paint with. This is the color of the trim so it blends in nicely.

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I plan to do a half wall version of this in our laundry room next. And, maybe down our hallway too! lol I would highly recommend this type of project if you want to add some charm to your walls. -jess

DIY Dining Table

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This diy dining table has been one of my biggest projects to accomplish for our new home. It took me a really long time to research and determine which plans to follow and what color to stain it, but I finally just went for it and am glad I did. I was a little intimidated to be honest. I had never used a kreg jig before, but decided it was time for me to learn it and now I use it all the time. When researching what I wanted to make, I knew I wanted it to be long enough to fit eight chairs. I had painted the six chairs from our older table and then had bought two clear chairs from Hobby Lobby that I cover with a fur like rug (lovingly referred to as the viking chairs by some of our friends). I also wanted it to be so the chairs didn’t hit the table legs in some odd way. When I finally came upon this rustic farmhouse table plan I knew it would work for what I wanted and didn’t look too complicated for a novice builder like me.

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It really didn’t take that long to put together, but I did make a few changes. I added an extra 2×4 piece to each of the end parts to make it taller. I just felt there wasn’t enough leg room without it. I also decided to just use 1″x10″x8′ wood for the top instead of the 2″x6″x8′ for a few reasons. The table was already getting really heavy so this made the table lighter and I didn’t have to put as many boards on the top since the ones I used were wider. I also decided not to add the two end pieces on the table top to save me some time. I just put all the boards together and once I attached them to the frame, I ran the saw down the edges to make them perfectly straight and even (thanks to my friend Ashley for that tip ;), then finished them off with a little thin piece of wood for a polished look. I would highly recommend this plan because it’s on the easier side and you can easily customize it. There is just one more tip. In step 2 when assembling the ends, I would use more screws when attaching the leg posts. Just trust me on that one lol, it’s something I wish I had done after accidentally having the table fall when attaching the second side end to the table rails. Either that or make sure to have someone help you during that part.

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Now for the stain, I saw this post and fell in love with the look! Half Minwax Provincial mixed with half Minwax Weathered Oak. Mine didn’t turn out quite the same, but that’s because I was using different wood. I think if I had done a different mix ratio, it might have looked more like theirs but oh well. I’m happy with it and love my new diy dining table that can now fit even more guests. -jess