Painting Wicker Furniture

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
Summer weather is officially here for us and we are spending a lot of time outdoors. I have noticed that some of our outdoor furniture is starting to look a little rough and was in need of some love. I received some of that wonderful chalky finish paint c/o DecoArt and decided I would try using it to paint the wicker chairs we have. They have weathered many years out in the Florida and Louisiana weather. Originally they were green then I spray painted them yellow. Now it was time for them to have yet another makeover.

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As you can see, there were many places where the paint had been worn off. We try to keep these under the awning but my kids like to drag them around and then they get rained on or stay in the sun for longer than they should.

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I used the Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting as the base for my color then added some of color Treasure to get this blue color. I tried to make one chair darker than the other but in the end they look pretty similar.

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
I wiped down the wicker furniture and trimmed off pieces that were broken. You can sand down spots if previous paint is chipping off, but I didn’t feel the need to and it turned out wonderful. Once it was dry, I painted on one coat of the paint with a regular paint brush. I was really happy with the coverage after the first coat and only did a second coat on the edges that had seemed to get the most worn.

Painting Wicker Furniture | happy together
Lastly, I finished by painting a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish to protect the paint from the weather.

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I know that spray painting would be an easier thing to do to paint something like this, but I just love the finished look of the chalky finish paint. And quite honestly, I am starting to really love that hand painted look more on my outdoor furniture than a perfectly sprayed paint job. I feel like it adds more character. You can see other types of things I have painted using this type of paint here and visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

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Placemat Pillows DIY

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
We have a ton of pillows around here but there’s always room for more. Especially since my littlest is currently all about making pillow forts e.v.e.r.y single day. So when I saw these adorable placemats on clearance at Target for only $1.48 each, I figured why not add a few more pillows for her to use?

How to make pillows from placemats | happy together
I sewed up three pillows in two different ways. It took me about five minutes to make each one and that is with taking pictures! A seriously easy project when you need a few accent pillows.

Materials For Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
You will need:

  • Placemats (one for each pillow if it is double sided and two for each pillow if it is not)
  • Stuffing
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Seam ripper (for double sided placemats)
  • Scissors
  • Pins (optional)

Placemat Pillows | happy together
Let’s start with the double sided placemats. As you can see in the picture above, they are two pieces of fabric already sewn together.

Placemat Pillow How To | happy together
Take your seam reaper and open up a few inches on one of the longer ends.

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
Fill it with as much stuffing as you like. I used about half a small bag of stuffing for each pillow because I like them fluffy.

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
Sew the opening shut by hand or using a sewing machine. Trim thread strands. When using the sewing machine, push the stuffing away from opening and put needle as close as possible to left side. You will need to hold onto the pillow with both hands while going through the sewing machine. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your sewing.

Two Placemats For a Simple Pillow | happy together
For placemats that are not double sided, you will need two to make a pillow.

Sew Together Placemats | happy together
Place the placemats together with wrong sides facing. Pin together and sew all around, leaving a few inches open at the middle of one end.

Making Pillows | happy together
Fill with as much stuffing as needed and sew the opening shut.

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
Then that’s it! These would be easy to embellish with tassels or even iron-ons (before sewing). I thought the one with the flowers would be perfect to add a cool phrase onto. If you make some, share using #happytogetherbyjess.

Happy weekend!   -jess-

Placemat Pillows | happy together

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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Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
This month’s Michaels Makers Challenge involved us creating a projecting using the new denim craft line at Michaels. I will not lie. I’m not the biggest fan of denim outside of a few wardrobe pieces. This might have been the hardest challenge for me so far! They have some cute products, but I could only think of smaller scale projects. I wanted it to be something I would like and would keep or gift to someone. I was inspired to create these award ribbons from my daughters love of animals. She has a few vintage horse ribbons in her room and I knew she would enjoy these for her stuffed animals or to wear as an accessory herself.

Fabric Award Pin DIY | happy together
They are fairly simple to make and would be cute as a party favor/gift topper too.

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To make your own you will need:

  • Fabric Tape
  • 1.5″ Cover Button Kit
  • Tags
  • Ribbon
  • Other trims as desired
  • Felt
  • Pen/Marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins if desired
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (not pictured)

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
First you will need to trace the button cover on the felt. Cut one piece out for each ribbon.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Use your fabric tape to cover the top of the button cover. Make the design however you like, just make sure there is enough extra on the ends to go to the back.

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Push all tape ends to the back.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Snap in the backing of the button.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Use tags to create the ends of the ribbon. Glue on any extra trims you might like.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Glue each bottom piece to each other.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
If you would like to add a ruffle, start by gluing one end of ribbon to edge of felt circle. Fold a little and glue in place.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Continue doing that until the whole circle is covered.

Back of Award Ribbon Pin DIY | happy together
Then glue on the bottom tags to the back and glue the felt circle on top. Glue on a pin back if  desired. Then you are all done :)

Denim Display at Michaels | happy together
If you are looking for these products you can see all the new denim products only in stores at Michaels. They came out with some interesting things like denim paint. I don’t know that I would ever use it, but I find it pretty awesome they can make a paint look like denim. PS: Michaels Makers readers are getting the inside scoop on an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter.

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

Little Hearts Crochet Pattern

Little Hearts Crochet Pattern | happy together Any one else have yarn scraps galore? I do and I am trying to use them up, so I decided to create a little hearts crochet pattern to help in that process. I used all types of yarn and ,as you can see, that effects the size of the heart.

Scrap Busting Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together These are really easy to crank out and can be used to make garlands, use as present toppers, make hair accessories with, and the list goes on. So why not just sit down one day and make a bunch to have on hand for when needed? I do that with various projects and it always comes in handy when I need a quick little gift for something.

Supplies for Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together To make your own little hearts you will need:

  • Yarn (the thinner the yarn the smaller the heart)
  • Crochet Hook (the smaller the hook the smaller the heart; I used a size F)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Printable Pattern here if needed

Terms: ch= chain; sl st = slip stitch; sc= single crochet; dc= double crochet; hdc= half double crochet

Here are the main pattern instructions all together and then below I match them up with the pictures for anyone who would like to see it step by step.

    1. Ch. 4, sl st in 1st ch. to form ring
    2. 7 sc’s in ring, sl st in 1st sc
    3. ch. 3, 2 dc’s in same stitch as sl st from step 2
    4. hdc in next sc.
    5. sc in next sc
    6. sc, ch 3, and sc in next sc
    7. sc in next sc
    8. hdc in next sc
    9. 2 dc in next sc., ch. 3, sl st in same sc as the dc’s
    10. Fasten off and weave loose ends

Tip: You can tighten the center of the heart by pulling on the beginning yarn strand if desired. I recommend doing any time after you have done the 7 sc’s in the ring. That way you have enough room to make those stitches first.

Steps 1 thru 9 Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together 1. Ch 4

2. Sl st in 1st ch to form ring

3. 7 sc’s in ring, sl st in 1st sc

4. Ch 3

5. 2 dc’s in same stitch as sl st from step 3

6. hdc in next sc

7. 1 sc in next 2 sc’s

8. ch 3

9. sc in same sc as in last sc from step 7

Steps 10 thru 15 Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together 10. sc in next sc

11. hdc in next sc

12. 2 dc’s in next sc and ch 3

13. sl st into same sc as in step 12. Fasten off.

14. Use needle to weave in ends.

15. Trim excess yarn.

Crochet Hearts to Make | happy together