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?

Transform Your Christmas Tree Into A Valentine’s Tree

Supplies:

*Small Valentine’s Day Signs

*Picks

*Garland/Banner

*Faux Spray Snow

*Tree Skirt

*Lights

Normally I leave my Christmas tree and decorations up through New Year’s but this year I decided I wanted to do a Valentine’s Day tree and enjoy my tree a little longer. We always get a live Christmas tree for the holidays so I figured why not keep it up as long as possible and get the most of it, right? Now, if you use an artificial tree that’s probably even better as you don’t have to worry about such a mess or your tree drying out. Either way, you will have so much fun decorating it for Valentine’s Day.

Here are some before pictures of my Christmas tree that we had decorated for Christmas. Each year my kiddos get a new ornament with their name and year on it so that is primarily what our tree consists of. I added a little burlap and buffalo check garland, a few little signs from Hobby Lobby and some lights and that was our tree this year.

To start the transformation from a Christmas to Valentine’s tree I simply took everything off my tree. Now I had a blank canvas to start decorating again. This tree looked pretty sad without any decorations on it let me tell ya.

Next I used some fake spray snow that I had on hand from last year to make my tree look “flocked” or frosty. They make actually flocking for trees but I didn’t want to mess with that so I just cheated a bit. HaHa.

Once my snow had dried I added pink lights, Valentine’s garland and some burlap/buffalo check garland that I had on hand.

It’s slowly coming together but still has a ways to go! Next, I started adding in little Valentine’s signs and picks to fill the holes in the tree. I found most of my signs and picks at Hobby Lobby or Walmart. I also had this buffalo check banner that I made last year so I draped that on my tree also. You can see the video for the banner HERE.

The large galvanized hearts that I used for my tree topper came from Hobby Lobby. I also found the red Valentine’s picks at Hobby Lobby so I stuck one on each side of my topper. I then continued filling in the bare areas with various picks and signs until I was happy with how my tree looked! I found this tree skirt on clearance at Walmart for $18. Is this not the cutest tree ever! I think this will definitely be a new tradition in our home!

I hope this will inspire you to get creative and transform your tree into a Valentine’s tree! I am telling you, this was honestly so much fun!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:

*Ritz Crackers

*Peanut Butter

*Chocolate Almond Bark

*Sprinkles(optional)

These peanut butter sandwiches are one of my favorite things to bake during the holidays. They are super easy to make and only take 3 ingredients!

First, I cut the almond bark into squares and then toss them in a saucepan on low to melt. You will want to stir the almond bark often to avoid it scorching.

While the almond bark is melting I start assembling my sandwiches. For this step I simply take two Ritz crackers and spread peanut butter between the two crackers.

Once the almond bark is melted you are ready to start coating the sandwiches. I like to add some holiday sprinkles to mine to jazz them up a bit but you can certainly skip this step if you wanted. Once the almond bark has hardened you can now indulge in a sweet treat! These are perfect for any holiday gathering you may be attending whether it be a Christmas or New Year’s party, an office pot luck or even just on a goodie tray for your loved ones.

DIY Budget Friendly Christmas Gifts

Supplies:

*Oven mitt-Dollar Tree

*Sugar cookie mix-Dollar Tree or Wal-mart

*Cookie cutters-Dollar Tree

*Hot cocoa mix

*Small Christmas container-Dollar Tree

*Candy cane sticks

*Mini marshmallows-Dollar Tree

*Bows/Ribbon

As we all know Christmas can be a very spendy holiday to say the least so I wanted to show you a few different ideas for you to be able create budget friendly gifts. These are great for teachers, secret santas, daycare providers, co-workers, etc. Almost all of my supplies for this came from the Dollar Tree except for my cookie mix and my curly bows which came from Wal-mart and Hobby Lobby.

To start out I simply took the cookie mix and stuck it inside of the oven mitt. Next I used a piece of a curly ribbon bow that I had from Hobby Lobby to tie a cookie cutter to the loop on the oven mitt. I had a couple extra spoons from making these gifts last year so I also stuck one of those in with the cookie mix. How easy is that? For under $5 you have the perfect gift that your loved one is sure to love!

For the next gift we are basically making a hot cocoa bar all in one container. I found these cute little Santa containers at the Dollar Tree. They also had some with snowflakes on them that were super cute and I’m wishing I would have grabbed a few more of these! I instantly knew what I was going to do with this container so I picked up a box of Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix, candy cane sticks, and a pack of mini marshmallows. Who doesn’t love some hot cocoa this time of year, right?

I started off by sticking three packets of hot cocoa mix in my container, followed by three candy cane sticks and then filled the remainder of the container with mini marshmallows.

Next I put the lid on and stuck a cute little bow on top. Whats not to love about this? So cute and fun! I used a bow that I got from Hobby Lobby, but they have gift bows at the Dollar Tree that would be just as cute!

Now, whats even better about these little gifts is that you can get all of your supplies from ONE place. Dollar Tree can be your one stop shop for everything you need for these. Of course if you don’t have a Dollar Tree you can obviously get these supplies at other places so don’t panic! I hope this blog post was helpful and will save you a little bit of money this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

Lacy