Easy DIY Yardstick Star

kona stain yardstick star

easy diy yardstick star

Hi there! It’s Melissa from The Happier Homemaker again and I’m excited to share a super easy little DIY decor project with you today!  A few weeks back I was at Lowe’s on a Saturday morning (isn’t that where we all are on the weekends?) While shopping around I saw a bucket of yardsticks in the paint section and had a stroke of inspiration to create this adorable little yardstick star for my mantel! This was one of my favorite types of projects (simple and inexpensive) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Materials

  • 3 wood yardsticks
  • Saw (I used a circular saw but almost any type will work)
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain

Instructions:

materials yardstick star

Use a saw to cut each of your yardsticks in half at the 18″ line. Set one segment aside so you have 5 total pieces to work with. [Read more...]

How to Install a Brick Wallpaper Mural + Giveaway

Installling Brick Mural Wallpaper | Pretty Handy Girl

Tips for Installing Brick Wallpaper Mural | Pretty Handy Girl

Today I can’t wait to show you how to easily add dimensional interest to a focal wall in your home. Installing a Brick Wall Mural is definitely a DIY project you can tackle if you have a friend or two to help you. When Wallpaper Direct contacted me to offer to let me try some of their products, I was still a bit wary (having stripped my fair share of wallpaper.) But, then I stumbled upon the white brick wallpaper and saw how cool it looked. I decided to give it a try and let them send me a wallpaper mural specifically for my son’s bedroom. But, let’s back up. Remember last week when I admitted to being a procrastinator? Well, this is what I started with:

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After staring at Nickelodeon green for 6 years, my son and I decided it would be calming to paint the walls a soothing gray. And, I thought it would be really cool to create a loft look by installing a giant wall mural of white brick. (Note: The large mural panels has since been discontinued, but you can purchase white brick wallpaper that looks very similar and may actually be easier to install by yourself.)

I ordered the mural and it arrived safely to our house in a few days. I quickly organized a few friends who had installed wallpaper to help me.

Installling Brick Mural Wallpaper | Pretty Handy Girl

To install a wallpaper mural, you’ll need a few tools.

Materials:

  • Wallpaper application brush
  • Squeegee
  • Platforms or step ladders
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Wallpaper mural
  • Wet rag
  • X-acto knife
  • Two DIY friends who are also wallpaper experts

Prep Work:

Before wallpapering your wall, clean it with a mild cleanser (diluted TSP is wonderful, but you can use regular multi-purpose spray cleaner.) Patch any holes or imperfections with spackle (joint compound). After the compound has dried, lightly sand the wall. [Read more...]

DIY Lollipop Stand

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lollipop stand

Happy Spring folks!  Jaime here from That’s My Letter back to share a fun DIY party decor idea: make your own lollipop stand.  I promise it’s fast and easy and adds tons of charm and sweetness to any party.

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This lollipop stand holds a ton of lollipops – 52 to be exact!  You could probably even use this stand for cake pops.  (The tutorial for the ‘celebrate’ script sign can be found here.)

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Materials:

lollipop stand supplies

  • 1 – 1 1/4″ wood dowel x 11″ long
  • 1 – 1×5  cut to 4 1/2″ (or any scrap wood 4 1/2″ square x 3/4″thick)
  • white gloss spray paint
  • sandpaper
  • 1 – 2″ wood screw
  • countersink bit
  • 5/32 drill bit
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • drill
  • glue
  • scotch tape

Instructions:

Step 1: Mark the center point on the 4 1/2″ square wood base. [Read more...]

Knock off Garden Table

Knock off Partridge Garden Table Tutorial

Knock off Partridge Garden Table Tutorial

I often find myself searching online looking at furniture and decor on sites that I consider full of unique items.  I recently came across the Anthropologie Partridge Garden Table and fell in love.  The creative use of old mismatched legs was awesome.  Then I saw the price; a mere $ 148.00.  As cool as it is, spending that much for a plant stand is way more than I could ever justify.  I knew I could make it cheaper and am excited to show you how to make your own!

Materials

  • 3 different banister Spindles or table legs
  • 10″ clock face round
  • Wood Glue
  • Nail Gun
  • Wood Filler
  • Painters Tape
  • Three different colors of Paint
  • Sliding T-Bevel Square
  • Miter Saw
  • Spray Paint (Rust-Oleum Rustic Mist)
  • Spray Paint (High Gloss Sealer)

Round Legs

Instructions

1.  Lay  out the spindles and decide which sections will be used for the legs. [Read more...]

Pretty Waterlogue April – Photo a Day Challenge

Pretty Waterlogue April | Photo a Day Challenge

Pretty Waterlogue April | Photo a Day Challenge

Hey y’all, I’m in the mood for Spring and beautiful things around my home. How about you? Let’s have a little fun together this April, okay?! In the process, it will help you brighten up your home with some beautiful original art. Are you in? Here’s the scoop: Starting April 1st, I would love to inspire you to join me in a Pretty Waterlogue April challenge!

If you recall, I turned some vacation photos into beautiful watercolor paintings for my sons’ bathroom using Waterlogue. And I know that you can also have beautiful paintings for you home just as easily!

How to Mat a Picture Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

The concept is simple, if you use an iPhone, download the Waterlogue app (it costs $2.99, but is well worth it).

Then follow these simple directions:

1. Starting April 1st, snap one photo daily (or email a photo to yourself from your photo library) and turn it into a Waterlogue masterpiece.

Pretty Waterlogue April | Photo a Day Challenge

2. Share your photo with me by following me on Instagram and tagging me (@PrettyHandyGirl) in your photo description. Also, use the hashtag #PrettyWaterlogueApril so you can share, follow and see other participants photos.

Once a week, I’ll pick my favorites and share them on the blog.

Pretty Waterlogue April | Photo a Day Challenge

At the end of the month not only will you have 30 original art pieces to choose from, but you might also be chosen to win a fabulous prize pack from me! I’m still working out the details, but it will be awesome, it will encourage you to create more art, and you will love it…I promise!

Who’s up for the #PrettyWaterlogueApril challenge? Share this idea with your friends by spreading this graphic on Instagram:

Pretty Waterlogue April | Photo a Day Challenge

There should be no excuse for anyone to not have beautiful personal art in their own home!

Pretty Waterlogue April | Photo a Day Challenge

See you in April!

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Disclaimer: I have no connection with Waterlogue. They have no idea I am holding this challenge. I just thought this would be a fun way to get creative, follow more of you on Instagram and build up your art collection!

 

How to Stain a Basket

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how to stain an old basket

I admit it, I’m a basket addict!

Baskets are one of the best ways to organize and accessorize your home but they can be very expensive when purchased new. Thrift stores are a great source of affordable baskets but they are often out-of-fashion colors and can have missing or broken pieces. Today I’m going to show you how to take those old, thrift store baskets and make them a beautiful accent piece for your home.

Materials:

  • super glue
  • hand broom
  • stain
  • paintbrush

Instructions:

The first step in fixing up an old basket is to clean out any dirt or debris using a hand broom. Be thorough on both the interior and exterior.

before old thrifted basket staining

Next inspect your basket for any broken pieces. Use super glue to repair any areas that may need it. [Read more...]

How to Cut an Art Mat Like a Pro

How to Cut an Art Mat Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Cut an Art Mat Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

Want to save some money and mat your own prints and artwork? It’s not hard, but having the right tools will really help you cut a straight, clean and beveled mat.

I’ve been giving the boys’ bathroom a little updating and one of the things that I wanted to do was add some artwork. Because the bathroom has predominantly blues and whites, I’ve been sticking with a coastal theme. I decided to create my own art using photos of the ocean.

I found two photos that I took of the boys from past vacations and emailed them to myself. Then I saved them to my phone and ran them through the Waterlogue app (only available for iPhone right now.) The app turns any photo into a beautiful watercolor painting. I’m seriously addicted to this app right now.

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After running the photo through the app, I emailed myself the new photo. Then all I had to do was open it on my computer and print it onto Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper. The paper has a watercolor paper texture and produces beautiful images.

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper | Pretty Handy Girl

And viola! Instant meaningful art!

How to Mat a Picture Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

Luckily I already had frames on hand to use for this project.

How to Mat a Picture Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

Before cutting the mats, I painted the frames with Annie Sloan Paris Grey and finished them off with Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen. Then I distressed the edges of the frames.

Now, about matting that artwork…

How to Cut an Art Mat Like a Professional:

First, choose a firm and flat surface to work on. Hopefully you have a self-healing cutting mat to cut on top of. If not, you can use thick chipboard or scraps of linoleum, but be careful that you can’t cut through to your work surface.

Materials:

A Note about Cutting Blades:

When cutting mats it is imperative that you have a fresh blade. I sometimes have to use 2 blades per mat. So, don’t be shy about swapping that blade out. If a tip breaks off, it’s going to drag on the mat and won’t give you a clean cut. (Discard old blades by wrapping them in tape to avoid personal injury.)

How to Mat a Picture Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

If you don’t own a mat cutter, you can cut your mat window with an x-acto knife, but you won’t achieve a good clean bevel. Typically, if you cut 2-3 of your own mats, your tools will pay for themselves! The Logan mat cutter I use runs about $50 for the guide and cutting handle.

Instructions:

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Plans for a Master Bedroom Makeover

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Do you know that book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Yeah? I feel like I’m literally living inside that book, only the title is, If You Give a Blogger a King-sized Bed. It was inevitable. We finally made the switch to a king size mattress. Without getting into too much information (because I will be sharing with you in the near future, the mattress we chose and why it is the LAST mattress we will ever have to buy), we decided to upgrade to a king size mattress. When we brought the mattress in, we found out we needed to rearrange our room. And when we rearranged the room, we realized that our new arrangement would cover up the dandelion wall mural that I painted. And, since we were covering up the dandelion, we might as well paint the walls. And if we were painting the wall, wouldn’t it be cool to have dark walls with a white bed? And if I wanted a white bed, I needed to build a new bed. (Because, you know me…I have to build my own bed, instead of buying one.) And after I built the bed and put it in the room, I’d realize that we needed new curtains, new bedding, new….well, you get the picture right?! If you give a mouse a cookie…and on and on. Who understands these trickle down DIY projects?

I began pinning some inspirations for our bedroom.

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Some of my favorites are: [Read more...]

Simple Vases using Radiant Orchid {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

Radiant Orchid Vases from Recycled Cans & Jars | #upcycling | Pretty Handy Girl

Radiant Orchid Vases from Recycled Cans & Jars | #upcycling | Pretty Handy Girl

There I was digging things out of the recycling bin again. Pretty Handsome Guy gave me a raised eyebrow, but he knew better than to question my motives. I had that idea bulb flashing over my head, and I was ready to transform some jars and tins. With Springtime just around the corner, it was time to force a little vibrant color into our home. I introduce to you the cheapest way to bring Radiant Orchid color into your décor! If you have recycled jars and tins, you are set!

Materials: 

Radiant Orchid Vases from Recycled Cans & Jars | #upcycling | Pretty Handy Girl

Optional: Gold vinyl stripes or washi tape

Instructions:

Clean out your jars, bottles or tins.

Coat the exterior of your recycled vessel with primer. Allow to dry.

Radiant Orchid Vases from Recycled Cans & Jars | #upcycling | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint each bottle and tin with radiant orchid paint. Allow to dry. You might need two coats depending on the coverage. [Read more...]

Perpetual Menu Board

Reusable monthly menu board with magnetic meals - perpetual menu board

Reusable monthly menu board with magnetic meals - perpetual menu board

We were recently in North Carolina visiting with Matt’s family.  While we were there I took the time to visit an old dear friend of mine.  This girl has known me for years!  In fact I just realized it’s been 21 years since I first met her.  Needless to say it’s important to catch up with friends like this whenever you get a chance. While visiting her, I noticed she had an adorable menu board in her kitchen where she keeps track of all of her meals for the month.  Since “What’s for dinner?” is one of Matt’s favorite things to ask me, I knew I had to make one of these menu boards.

Materials:

  • 12×12 Frame
  • Clear Plastic Calendar Page
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Magnets
  • Dry Erase Marker(s)
  • Printer Paper or Card Stock
  • Printer
  • Laminator or contact paper
  • Sheet Metal
  • Magnetic Paint
  • Tin Snips
  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves

Instructions:

Start by measuring the inside of the frame.  (In my case that measurement was 12″ by 12″.)  Using a marker, mark a dot 12″ down from the edge onto your sheet metal.  Repeat this on the opposite side.

Reusable monthly menu board with magnetic meals - perpetual menu board

Use a straight edge (or carpenters square) lined up on the dots and draw a line.  This will be where you make your cut.

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Valentine’s Day Garden Flag from a Placemat

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I love making unique garden flags. My go-to material for these outdoor accessories are Dollar Tree placemats! You read that right. $1 fabric placemats! But, if you don’t live near a Dollar Tree and you have old placemats, you could upcycle them into a Valentine’s Day garden flag!

A few years ago, I made this Let it Snow flag:

Although it doesn’t seam to convince Mother Nature to bring us some white powder, it has held up nicely in the cold and rain. I’ve since set out to create a garden flag for each season. I have a Fall themed flag and a Summer flag. So, why not a Valentine’s Day flag?!

Start by collecting some supplies. Feel free to substitute what you have on hand.

Materials:

  • Dollar Store placemat
  • Ruler
  • Soap sliver (pencil or disappearing fabric marker)
  • Letter stencils (I chose a set by Martha Stewart Plaid)
  • Round paint brush
  • Tulip Fabric paint (white and black)
  • Tulip glitter fabric paint
  • Tulip glitter transfer sheets
  • Fabric scraps (red, pink and white)
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Scrap fabric, towel or rag (for ironing the glitter iron-ons)
  • White thread
  • Scissors

Begin by ironing the fabric you will be using (including the placemat). Use caution when ironing the placemat, the DollarTree ones I bought are polyester and needed a cooler iron. [Read more...]

An Interview with David Bromstad – HGTV Color Splash Host

David Bromstad painting

David Bromstad HGTV host

If I had to choose one HGTV host that I would like to meet in person, that would be a no-brainer. David Bromstad has always been my favorite designer with the transformation talent. With his “push the color envelope” attitude and ever present jovial (and often joking) nature, I think he’d be a blast to meet at a party or maybe collaborate on a DIY project for charity! (A handy girl can dream, right?) The other thing that gains David extra gold stars on my list of celebrities I’d like to meet, is the fact that he’s an artist too.

David Bromstad painting

I am in love with his short painting tutorials on Color Splash. He really knows how to empower others to try their hand at artistic expression.

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You can imagine that I’d be super excited when I received an email asking if I wanted to interview David Bromstad. That email was replied to INSTANTLY! Of course I hoped it meant he was coming to Raleigh, NC and we’d have coffee together and chat. But, you know, that was a dream that didn’t happen this time. Instead, I interviewed David just before the holidays via a phone conversation.

Without further adoration and praise… I have with me (virtually) today: the one — the only — Color Splash host, David Bromstad! Jump on your couches, scream like the Beatles are playing at the Ed Sullivan theater and share my exuberance to have him on the blog today. [Read more...]

Double Ribbon Valentine Wreath

2 ribbon spool

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Hi, this is Cristina from Remodelando la Casa, I’m so glad to be here once again, sharing with you a cute and easy project just in time for Valentine’s day.

While walking through Costco (it always happens there, you go for groceries but come back home with so many things that weren’t on your list!), I spotted some gigantic spools of ribbon that for only 8 bucks, so I grabbed one and my project began taking shape inspired by a wreath created by Jessica.

2 ribbon spool

Materials:

  • One wire hanger
  • 15 yd. wired edge ribbon (1.5″ wide)
  • 15 yd. wired edge ribbon (.62″ wide,  a contrasting color from the previous one)
  • Pliers
  • Awl
  • Small decoration to hang in the center of wreath
  • 2 yd. decorative ribbon to hang the wreath in place
  • Scotch tape or glue gun

Instructions:

Using pliers, unravel the coil on the hanger.  Make a heart shape out of the hanger. [Read more...]

Topsail Beach Condo Renovation

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Topsail-condo-before-after

My stepmom, Diane Chamberlain (the famous author), purchased a fixer-upper beach condo in Topsail Beach last year. She hired my sister, Caitlin, to work her interior designer magic on the place. My sister then convinced me to come put in some manual labor. (Please excuse our sweaty appearance. This was midway through one hot and sweaty day.)

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But, it’s all good because you know I love doing this stuff. And my stepmom gave me permission to stay in the condo anytime it isn’t rented! That’s a deal I definitely couldn’t turn down!

Without further adieu, I’m giving you an all access view of the renovation with before and after images.

Welcome to 118!

before-after-door

I sanded the door down, fixed some of the chipping veneer, painted it and added new numbers and a door knocker.

My sister and Diane picked out the knocker. Sea turtles are strongly linked with Topsail because of the sea turtle rehab and rescue facility on the island.

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When you enter the condo, the kitchen is on your right. The old kitchen had dated formica doors and countertops. None of the cabinet doors were hung straight. And the sink was too shallow. [Read more...]

How to Install Shelves (using Corbels) on a Tile Wall

How to Install Shelves on a Tile Wall (using Corbels) | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Install Shelves on a Tile Wall (using Corbels) | Pretty Handy Girl

After painstakingly tiling my backsplash, I was more than a bit hesitant to drill holes into the tiles to hang the corbels and open shelving. But, I convinced myself to stop being a wussy procrastinating and just do it.

I’m so pleased with how they turned out and I didn’t chip or crack a single tile. In hindsight I really didn’t need to stress this project. It was less nerve-wracking than I had anticipated.

Here’s the full tutorial so you can install your own open shelving on a tile wall!

Materials:

  • Diamond drill bit (the same diameter as the screws you are using)
  • Wood screws to attach anchor board (must be long enough to go through board, tile, drywall and at least an inch into a stud)
  • Drill
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Level (long and a small one if you have one)
  • Pencil
  • 2 regular drill bits (1 the same diameter as the screw + 1 large enough to create a countersink for the screw head)
  • Shelf brackets (I used corbels and a 1″x6″ pine board as an anchor)
  • Kreg jig
  • Pocket hole screws (long enough to attach corbel to anchor board without going through the board)
  • Joint compound or wood putty

Instructions:

Start by determining the height you want your shelves to hang. [Read more...]

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

This is another one of those tutorials that I’ve been dying to share with you! Like sitting on my hands and anxiously waiting to type it out. But after taking 2 weeks off from blogging, I’m back and ready to give you this fabulous tutorial for achieving the aged chippy paint look on your next project.

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

Before I give you the chippy gritty, I want to give you the background story on those gorgeous corbels.

If you’ve been following along, I finally completed my 13 month kitchen renovation. The last task was installing two open shelves on the full tile wall. Finding the perfect corbels to use as shelf brackets was not an easy task. I scoured eBay, Craig’s List and salvage shops. I was really getting discouraged. That was when I met Garlan from Southern Accents Architectural Antiques at Haven. We talked for a few minutes and he showed me some of the corbels he had in his store. There were some wonderful old ones, but I felt a bit like Goldilocks. One was too tall. The other not big enough, but the biggest problem was that I needed four of them. Garlan showed me some new corbels that he had. He told me he has a guy that can duplicate any corbel design and can customize them to meet any size requirements. It was as if the heavens parted and angels sang! I was elated and couldn’t wait to find an image of a design I liked. But, again, the Goldilocks in me couldn’t find the “perfect” corbels. So, I opened up Adobe Illustrator and started to design my own unique corbels.

PHG Corbel Design for Sa1969.com

 

I designed a scroll pattern based off of one corbel I saw, but also added some relief portions inside the corbel. I sent the image to Garlan and a week later he sent me a picture of one of the corbels. It was love at first sight! I quickly approved the initial one and waited anxiously for the corbels to arrive. When I opened the box, they were beautiful and exactly as I had pictured them in my head.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques corbels

I set forth to give them an appropriate aged chippy paint look to fool people into thinking they were actually antique salvage. Here’s how I did it. [Read more...]

Galvanized Tub Storage Bench with Furry Upholstered Lid {Lowe’s Creator Idea}

Galvanized Tub Storage Bench for Kids | Pretty Handy Girl

Galvanized Tub Storage Bench for Kids | Pretty Handy Girl

Every month Lowe’s challenges me to create another unique project to share with you. This month’s challenge was creative storage ideas. Have kids? This is a unique storage solution using a galvanized tub and a furry upholstered lid. It’s the perfect place to store and corral all that kid clutter in your child’s bedroom. The storage tub doubles as a bench and a step stool. Don’t be deterred if you don’t have children, the storage bench could be used for magazine storage and much more!

Grab these materials and tools and follow along with me (and my 13 year old assistant.)

Creating the Galvanized Storage Bench and Lid

Materials for the Galvanized Storage Tub and Lid:

Galvanized Tub Storage Bench for Kids | Pretty Handy Girl

 

Instructions:

Turn the galvanized tub upside down on the plywood. Use the sharpie to mark approximately 1/2 – 1″ out from the edge of the tub. [Read more...]

Pretty Handy Girl’s Christmas Home Tour 2013

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

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Welcome, welcome! I see you made it here from Songbird’s beautiful home. If you are coming here first, be sure to check out Marianne’s home:

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I can not tell you how excited I am to have you in for the tour. Last Christmas we were living in a demolition zone. So, it feels wonderful to have our kitchen complete and be able to focus on decorating for the holidays.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

I’m also enjoying low fuss decorating. Like this fake wreath that looks fabulous when you tuck some live greenery inside (thanks for the idea Colleen.)

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Another lazy decorating trick is to wrap garlands around the chandelier. [Read more...]

Rosemary Wreath, Juniper Garland Tutorial {+ a Healthy Home Giveaway from Filtrete}

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Winter is upon us and with the temperatures dropping we have our windows closed and doors shut. Thus sealing in the stale air and odors. Not to mention cold and flu viruses. Ugh. But, I have a few easy and inexpensive tips to give your home beautiful natural scents and cleaner air. Plus, Filtrete is giving away some healthy home products to help you survive winter indoors. Read to the end of the post to learn how to enter the giveaway.

DIY Juniper Garland Tutorial:

As I was driving through our local shopping center last week, I spotted several juniper bushes that were ripped out of the ground by the landscapers. It was obvious they were getting rid of them. I did what any resourceful crazy DIYer would do and filled my trunk full of the bushes.

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I was just about to drive away as one of the landscapers hailed me down. I totally thought I was about to be reprimanded. Gulp. But, he asked me if I knew they were dead. I laughed and said it didn’t matter because I was going to make garlands out of them. He then showed me the location of the three dumpsters full of more juniper I could have for more garlands! Score one for the crazy DIY lady!

If you don’t have free landscaping waste at your disposal, you can use any trimmings from pine and evergreen type bushes.

Materials:

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Fresh trimmings
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pruners
  • Gloves

Instructions:

Put on your gloves. Cut your trimmings into manageable sections. Layer clumps together.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Wrap a small piece of floral wire around the clump to secure them. (I should have worn gloves, I totally regretted my actions after having many tiny cuts on my hands.) Continue adding to create a garland rope.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the garland rope to your bannister, mailbox, mantle or wherever you want to decorate with holiday greenery. I used more floral wire to attach the garland to our banister.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Then I added some pretty bows. I wish my blog had smell-o-vision because these juniper garlands have a fresh evergreen scent.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Not bad for free greenery!!!

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Rosemary Star Wreath Tutorial:

Making a rosemary wreath is almost as easy as making a garland, but on a smaller scale. If you have a fresh rosemary bush, you can use trimmings from it for this project. If not, now’s the time of year to purchase little rosemary trees at your grocery store.

Materials:

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Copper pipe (or a coat hanger will work)
  • Fishing line

Optional: Plumbing strap for hanging

Instructions:

Form your copper wire into a star shape. Wrap (or solder) the ends together.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Use small pieces of floral wire to attach rosemary springs to the star shape. Add a plumbing strap on top and feed fishing line through the hole in the strap.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Hang your rosemary star wreath and enjoy the heavenly scent of rosemary in your kitchen throughout the season.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

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Cleaning the Air in Your Home:

Having the doors and windows closed in the winter helps keep your home warm. But, it also traps odors and makes the air in your home stale. You know who else is trapped indoors? Viruses and germs are also trapped inside! Besides frequent hand washing, you can improve your odds of staying healthy this winter by changing your air filters.Use a good quality Filtrete brand filter, like the Filtrete Healthy Living Filter, MPR 1900, to trap viruses and to clean your home’s air.

Be sure to check your filters and change them every 1-3 months to keep your home healthy and your HVAC system running smoothly.

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Filtrete Healthy Home Giveaway:

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Filtrete is offering a special giveaway of two products to help you stay healthier this winter:

A new filtering water pitcher to help keep you hydrated in the cooler and dryer season. And the Filtrete Healthy Living Filter to scrub your home’s stale winter air.

To enter to win this Healthy Home Giveaway. Simply like Filtrete on Facebook using the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you can’t see the widget, click here.)
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How to Make Giant Lighted Ornament Balls

Giant Lighted Christmas Ball Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Giant Lighted Christmas Ball Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

A few years ago we discovered a street in our city that is lit with giant hanging lighted ornament balls. We drove down the street with our low beams on and were truly speechless. It was magical, ethereal and beautiful seeing giant orbs of light suspended in mid-air. Since then I’ve scoured store shelves to find these beautiful lighted spheres. Little did I know that they were truly a DIY project.

This year, our neighborhood decided to hold a workshop to teach anyone who was interested how to make giant lighted ornament balls. You know I was there with bells on ;-). Here’s how to create your own hanging lighted Christmas ornament balls complete with hanging suggestions!

Materials Cost breakdown:

  • Chicken Wire: 3′ x 50′ roll (yields about 12 balls) – $24
  • 3 – 100 light strings of outdoor Christmas lights (green wire is best) – $10
  • Twisty tie from the light strands
  • Poly-braided rope or clothes line rope – $10 per 100 ft.
  • Extension cord: $15
  • Small water bottle
  • Gloves
  • Aircraft sheers for cutting wire

Cost: approximately $37 per ball with extension cords and hanging supplies (not including gloves and shears)

Optional: 

  • Three way plug in adapter $5 (to add more balls to one cord),
  • Extra extension cords
  • Timer

 

Instructions:

Cut a section of chicken wire 42″ long (using a 36″ width roll). Shape the section into a cylinder.

Giant Lighted Christmas Ball Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the ends of the chicken wire by folding the ends over and securing to the opposing side. Stop about 8″ from each end. [Read more...]