DIY Farmhouse Riser

Supplies:

*1 3/4 Inch Ball Knobs(Hobby Lobby)

*12 Inch Round Panel(I got mine from Menards)

*White Paint

*Paint Brush

*Sand Paper or Sanding Block

*Hot Glue Gun-affiliate link for cordless glue gun I use in my live videos.

This project is seriously so easy I can’t believe I am just now doing it! There are only three steps to this cute little project and anyone can do this.

The first step is to paint your round board and your wooden ball knobs with any paint you prefer. I used a white acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby but seriously any paint will work for this.

Next once everything was dry I took a sanding block and distressed my piece of wood. The amount of distressing will depend on your taste. I like to make mine noticeably distressed as I prefer the more aged farmhouse look.

The last step is to simply glue on your feet(knobs) to the bottom of your riser. I used 4 knobs for mine and it works perfectly. You could also use E6000 to adhere your feet to your riser but I didn’t have any on hand so just used hot glue instead and that worked just fine.

I am so excited to decorate my new riser for the different holidays! What do you all think? Super cute, affordable, and soo easy to do! Just the way I like it!

Reverse Canvas Valentine’s Decor

This project was so fun to make so I knew I had to do a blog post on it! I did this project live on my Facebook page so I attached the video below!

Supplies:

-11×14 canvas

-scissors

-Valentines gift bag(mine came from Dollar Tree)

-paint of choice

-paint brush

-hot glue gun

-assorted ribbon(optional)

-raffia(optional)

https://www.facebook.com/lraedesignhomeandgarden/videos/1212351282488621/

Who would have thought you could make such decor with a plain old canvas, right?

DIY Scrap Wood Scarecrow

You all know I love me some scrap wood projects and I am really excited to share this one with you!

Supplies Used:
*6- 2 1/2 x 40 Inch boards for the body
* 1- 2 1/2 x 26 1/2 for the brim of the hat
*2 1/2 Inch Screws
*1 3/4 Inch Screws
*Drill
*Stake and supports(optional) we used 1/2 in. x 1 in. boards
*Sanding Block(optional to add distressing if desired)

To start off we used saw horses to lay all of our boards on. We laid the board we were using for the brim of the hat across the underneath of the longer boards. You will want to lay all of the backs of your boards facing up when your screwing on the brim of the hat. Once you have your boards how you want them your ready to put the screws in. We used the 2 1/2 Inch screws for this step.

Next we took some smaller pieces of scrap wood we had laying around to make a support for the bottom and added some stakes so we could stick the scarecrow in the ground. Where we live the wind is never ending so in order to have anything not blowing away or tipping over we have to make sure it’s staked down.

We did pre-drill these before putting the screws in to avoid the wood splitting. We used the 1 3/4 Inch screws for this step. Our stakes were 14 inches long and we just cut the point in the ends with a miter saw. Once we had our stakes screwed on we added a 1 inch x 12 3/4 board in between the two for extra support. We also pre-drilled these holes as well. These steps are optional obviously if you didn’t want to stake your scarecrow into the ground.

Now that you have your stakes and support screwed on it’s time to start painting and designing your scarecrow. There are so many different ways to design scarecrows so i’m not going to do that step by step as it’s fun to add your own spin on these kinds of projects.

Here are a few pictures of my scarecrow while I was dressing it up!

I painted my hat and brim and then once dried i used my sanding block to add some distressing.

Next it was time for the face! There are TONS of different ways to paint a scarecrow face so I just did a combination of several different ones that i have seen.

I added some polka dots to his hat and used my Chalk Couture supplies to write “WELCOME” on the brim of the hat. I also added some raffia for the hair. You know I always have to add a bow to my projects so I just used some mustard colored burlap, polka dot burlap and some raffia and made a super easy and cute bow to finish off my scarecrow. Once I was all finished I did spray my scarecrow with a clear coat to seal it.

I absolutely love how this turned out so I also made a mini version to sit on my deck! What do you think? Stinkin’ cute, right?

Lraedesign’s Go To Craft Supplies

Love this cordless glue gun. I use it on almost every project I do.
I love the farmhouse look of adding wood beads to my home décor.
I love me some mod podge…I use both of these depending on the project I am doing and if I prefer a matte or gloss finish.
I like to use raffia on almost all of the bows I make.
I prefer these gorilla glue stick over any other as I feel like the glue holds better.
I like to use foam brushes anytime I am painting or staining.
My go to paint for my smaller projects is the Waverly chalk paint. I usually get mine at Wal-Mart but certain colors are available on Amazon as well.
http://shrsl.com/1slhr
I get a majority of my burlap from the Dollar Tree. My affiliate link above will take you directly to their site where you can find several different patterns of ribbon/burlap. Can you believe you can get a roll of for just $1?
If I am staining a project I prefer to use the Minwax Gel Stain.
I use these Faux Cotton Pods all around my house and on many of my projects as well. Here are a few projects I used them for.
https://lraedesign.blog/2019/05/31/diy-decorative-balls/
https://lraedesign.blog/2019/07/23/scrap-wood-picture-holder/
I love using scrapbook paper and mod podge on lots of my projects to add more color and dimension. I also use a lot of holiday themed paper when I am doing holiday crafts.
I use jute twine for dang near every project I do. I just love the rustic farmhouse look it adds.
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I love to use this for certain crafts projects where hot glue isn’t quite strong enough for the project I am doing. This is also great for projects that are made for outdoors as it can withstand both the heat and the cold.

I hope you enjoyed this and I will add to this as I find more of my favorites!

DIY No Sew Place Mat Pillow

Are you ready to see how to make the easiest pillow ever?  I am in LOVE with how this turned out! I will definitely be making more of these cuties! Not only is this super easy to make, but it only takes 3 supplies to do.

*2 placemats of choice-I got mine at Dollar Tree.

*Small Pack Poly-fil Batting-I got mine at Wal-Mart 45×60 is the size I used.

*Glue gun- affiliate link for the cordless glue gun I use

To get started you will simply place your two place mats back to back.

Next will you go around each side with of the place mats with a line of hot glue, securing each side as you go.  You will want to leave one of the ends open to insert your batting.

Once you have all of the sides secured except one of the ends, you are ready to insert the batting.  I used my whole package of batting.  I just grabbed the smallest bag I could find at Wal-Mart and it fit perfectly.  You could also use the stuffing out of an old pillow you have laying around to fill your pillow if you don’t want to mess with batting.  After you have stuffed your pillow and are happy with how it looks you can secure the last side with hot glue.

I used my pillow to spruce up my patio bench that I recently painted and it is the perfect addition.

DIY Decorative Balls

Why pay more than you have to for cute décor when you can make it yourself for half the price?  I will show you how to make two different kinds of decorative balls on a budget!

Supplies you will need:

*Floramat Moss Mat (I got mine at Wal-Mart)

*2 Foam Balls (Dollar Tree)

*1-2 Packs Faux Cotton Pod Accents-depending on size of foam balls (Hobby Lobby)

*Jute Twine

*Scissors

*Glue Gun (Affiliate Link for my cordless glue gun I use-https://amzn.to/2QzOIlV)

For the cotton pod ball all you have to do is simply start hot gluing the pods to your ball.  Don’t be afraid to use a lot of glue!  I like to use the 2 Inch size for these ones as they turn out quite a bit bigger than you would expect.

Once I get all of my pods glued on and the glue has dried you can go back through and pull the cotton a little bit to fill your gaps. Easy enough, right?

Next for the moss balls I like to use 3 Inch foam balls. The sheet of floramat is plenty big so I like to cut my sheet into fourths.  If you were using smaller sized balls you could easily cut your floramat into sixths and still have plenty.

Once you have your desired size of moss cut you will then peel the backing off of the back and begin to wrap around your ball.  The moss is farely stretchy so don’t be afraid to pull on it to form it around the ball.

I like to cut off any excess moss to avoid having lumps.  Secure any areas that may be sticking out with hot glue.

You can either leave them just like this or you can add twine to dress it up a bit.  If you decide to add twine you will just simply add a dab of hot glue to secure the beginning and continue to wrap the twine around your ball.

When you have your desired amount of twine you will just secure the end down with hot glue and your done!  Now your ready to decorate with your new décor!

Lacy