Welcome to the Woods is a blog for the homemaker in you. It features decor, DIY projects, crafts, and design tips for your home on a miniscule budget. It also has many ways to save money, financial advice, and parenting tricks to improve your overall life. If you're a DIY-er, a decorator, a parent, or just like to save money, you will love this blog.
You might remember my DIY lamp shades and repainted lamp base I completed two years ago. I’ve been contemplating a different style lamp for a few months and am excited today to show you what I came up with! In this DIY glass table lamp tutorial you will learn how to drill through glass, how to deconstruct a hanging light cord to be used for lamp wiring, and how to attach an IKEA lamp shade onto any lamp using the bulb!
To get started drilling through glass, you need the right kind of drill bit. I purchased a set of diamond crusted drill bits from Ebay for only $5 (free shipping)! The catch was that I had to wait 5 weeks for delivery…
Drilling Through Glass
While I did create a video tutorial you can see below, the basic concept here is to drill slow and steady while keeping your drill from getting overheated. The trick is to drill in water. I created a circle with play-doh and poured water into it, switching the water frequently as I drilled.
After a lot of back and forth, I finally broke through the glass and had a hole for my lamp cord! The lamp hardware I am using for this lamp is HEMMA from Ikea. They are meant to be for hanging ceiling lamps, but I found this tutorial for deconstructing them on Youtube. I actually bought two of these for $5 off Craigslist a couple years ago. They have been waiting for the right project…
DIY Glass Table Lamp Tutorial
DIY Glass Table Lamp Tutorial - YouTube
To attach the shade, I bought two of these light bulb clamps from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. This was the best price I could find anywhere online for this adapter. You could also just buy a uno-fit lamp shade if you were doing this project. However, I had Ikea drum lamp shades I had picked up at my local Habitat for Humanity (for $2!) a year ago that I planned to use. Since the lamp shades have a typical metal assembly on top that is meant for a finial and harp, I needed the light bulb adapter to save the day!
Costs + Materials
Since I already acquired many of these items for cheap in the past, my materials for this DIY were overall inexpensive.
I have two new lamps for my living room that cost me a total of only $45!
Compared to this similar set on Amazon, I got a steal of a deal!
I hope you enjoyed my DIY glass table lamp tutorial! Please share the love and pin!
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I’m back today with a really easy solution for blanket storage in your living room space! This metal and wood DIY blanket ladder is modern and sleek. I used leftover conduit from my stair railing rebuild (yes, it has been sitting in the garage for a year and a half) and old pallet 2 x 4’s to construct this project.
I did not make this blanket ladder very tall because I did not have a free wall to lean it against. If you made your’s taller, you would have even more rungs to hang blankets, throws, rugs, or whatever. This project is very versatile: use it for hanging towels in the bathroom or attach wire baskets to the poles with S-hooks and create a vertical organizer!
Now that we have a space for our blankets and throws, the living room is more peaceful and stylish! If you have not yet followed my Facebook page, go do so now! I will be showing on Wednesday another way to use ladder storage in your bathroom LIVE with Hometalk at 2 pm CST.
Lastly, do not forget to PIN that perfect image of my metal and wood DIY blanket ladder. Until next time!
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Last week I went “live” in the new Welcome to the Woods Facebook group to showcase a trick I sometimes use to make signs. Perfect hand-lettering on wood signs can be achieved by simply employing a projector to display the text on your sign as you trace. I made this sign using the projector method…
I put together a quick 3-minute video tutorial for readers to understand the process.
Projector Sign Making Trick for Perfect Hand Lettering - YouTube
I like to use canva.com for designing text layout and font selection. You should check it out if you do not already know about it!
I also really prefer Sharpie paint pens for hand lettering signs because you get way more control than using a paintbrush and paint. This 5-pack of oil-based Sharpies is cheaper per pen than any you will find in the store and has all the best colors.
To be honest, I only recently discovered this trick myself so I am excited to share it with you and continue using a projector to make signs in the future. Maybe I will even start selling them?!
Please pin this image to share this fun idea with the world!
Thanks for stopping by to read how to achieve perfect hand-lettering on wood signs. You might be interested in learning the DIY wood stain recipe I used on this sign which I posted about earlier this week.
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I have mentioned in my previous blog post, DIY Pallet Wood Clock, that I often mix up my own DIY wood stain using vinegar and steel wool. This recipe is easy to use, costs next to nothing, and you probably already have the ingredients you need in your house!
I use this stain on pallets all the time. It is perfect for most softwood and changes new lumber to a weathered wood look. Watch this video tutorial for the recipe and tips for mixing up your stain.
DIY Stain Recipe For Weathered Wood - YouTube
Here are a few questions about the DIY wood stain not answered in the video:
Q. How long does the stain keep in the jar?
A. About a year, I have never tried keeping it longer so I don’t know if it would work.
Q. Does the stain fade or discolor with time?
A. For indoor applications, no. In direct sunlight or outdoors in the elements, yes. After using this stain, I recommend putting a clear protective coat over it like polycrylic or polyurethane if your project will be heavily used.
Q. Does it have a strong vinegar odor?
A. It smells strongly of vinegar the first day and after about two days, it does not smell at all.
Q. Do you have to strain the solution after it sits?
A. Yes, it is recommended to strain out the steel wool particles and any other ingredients you added so the stain does not continue changing color in storage.
Q. How long will the stain continue changing color?
A. The stain applies clear and changes to a darker color for up to an hour. Give it at least an hour before a second coat so you can see what color it is going to be.
This sign has two coats of my DIY wood stain and I love the creamy soft color it developed. While my tape lines for the arrow didn’t come off completely clean, I think this sign was a huge success! Don’t forget to pin!
Later this week I will share part 2 of sign-making with a trick for perfect hand lettering!
In the fall, I taught a sex-ed class called Our Whole Lives (OWL) to preteens at our church. When the class ended, I wanted to make each of the kids a heartfelt gift to remind them of our time together. I had the idea to make owl key chains and I devised a way to cut wood slices for this easy craft! These hand-painted owl key chains were well received and fun to make.
Owl Wood Slice Keychain Tutorial - YouTube
You can see in the video that you can make any size of wood slice keychain by selecting the desired diameter of log to cut on your saw. I sanded the wood slivers a bit after cutting, drilled a hole for a metal ring, and then simply painted my design!
These adorable owls turned out great! I hope you enjoyed watching me paint them in the video. I created the image below for you to pin and share this idea. Not only is this craft highly customizable, but it also costs next to nothing!
Thanks for joining me for this quick post today. I hope you enjoyed these hand-painted owl key chains made from wood slices! Stay tuned for my next project. Be sure to come “like” my Facebook page to join a community of followers and see great DIY content! I recently repainted my teal coffee table LIVE and you will definitely want to watch it.
Also, a lot of you might be new to my blog as my followers have increased a lot in the past few months. I would love if you leave a comment introducing yourself so I can say hi! Be sure to read about me under Meet the Woods and visit my Project List page to find all the DIY and craft projects I have done. I hope to hear from you!
The New Year is upon us and I am feeling really excited about where my blog is headed! Usually, I do not post blog-related articles, but I wanted to share with you guys some of my BIG goals and changes for 2018. The enormous growth I have seen this last year has been so humbling! It has also given me some reason to set definitive blogging goals and shift my tactics so I can give readers and viewers more of what they want. So, with that said, let’s get to it!
Goal 1: Narrow In My Topic
When I first started blogging, I wrote about A LOT of different topics that were near and dear to my heart. I wrote about parenting, DIY home improvement, crafts, interior decorating, frugality, and even financial advice. I used the all-encompassing headline “A blog for the homemaker in you” to try to tie these topics together. However, as my audience has grown, the audience demographic has shifted. The majority of my readers are not interested in child-rearing advice. I already nixed money-saving tips and financial advice from my blog two years ago; now it is time to narrow it in even more.
I will be focused solely on DIY, home decor, and craft projects on my blog. I will still sometimes do big home improvement projects, furniture flips, and building pieces. I want to turn the blog into a tutorial utopia instead of an advice column. I still have not decided yet if I will remove the parenting navigation tab at the top of the website. If you would, please weigh in on that in the comments.
Goal 2: Quality Over Quantity
A few years back, I committed to posting once a week so my regular readers could know what to expect from me. Before then I posted as frequently as possible, 2-3 times a week. As I have taken on more content curating for large Facebook channels and social media promotion, my work-life balance has suffered. For the New Year, I am not going to be posting every week. However, I will post every time I have a creative, charming DIY to share! I want my articles to be high-quality projects and I do not want to be so concerned with how often I post. Although my post schedule might be more sporadic, you can still come back often for inspiring ideas!
Goal 3: Hit 50,000 Facebook Page Likes
I have really enjoyed the community that develops from growing a Facebook following. My readers are interactive and inspiring, sharing their DIY projects with me often and asking my advice. More than any other social media channel, I want to put my efforts towards Facebook to grow readership and create relationships. I have some amazing people who show up on my Facebook page every day to comment and chat with me. Melissa, Yvonne, Lisa, Joy, Kelli, Debbie, I’m talking to you! If I could hit 50,000 Facebook page likes in 2018, I would be over the moon!
Here is where I need your help! I am asking each of my readers to invite at least 5 friends to LIKE my Facebook page. This will hopefully give me a big jump-start towards my New Year goal!
If you aren’t sure how to do this, follow these simple instructions.
Super easy, right!? I would so appreciate your help to reach my blogging goals!
Thanks for reading today, join me this month for a lot of great projects I have coming up. I am redoing a midcentury modern dresser, decorating for winter, making adorable owl crafts, repainting my famous teal coffee table, and much more!
You may have caught me live on Facebook painting a beautiful vintage sled recently. I was not able to fully complete the two sleds I painted that night, so today I am thrilled to show you how they turned out! This post contains photos you can share and pin of this project as well as a shortened video tutorial so you can see how I put everything together. Here is my painted vintage sled tutorial…
I was able to snag a couple vintage sleds from my parent’s farm before Christmas. These wooden sleighs had been in storage for who knows how many decades. I cleaned them with water and lightly sanded the wood before I started painting.
Today I get to reveal all the fun Christmas decor I have put out in my Holiday Home Tour 2017. You might remember from my post all about the Christmas tree that my theme this year is Winter Woodland. You have probably seen each of these DIY projects as I have made them the last few weeks on my Facebook page or in various blog posts. Now you can see where they found their homes throughout my decor.
Birch Wood JOY Sign
First up is one of my favorite DIY projects from this season. My birch wood “Joy” sign is displayed on a prominent wall in my holiday home! See the short video tutorial here:
The sign exemplified my Winter Woodland theme using real juniper for the wreath and painting the reclaimed wood to look like birch trees.
Winter Woodland Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree changed a little since last week. I planned for Winter Woodland to be all white decor, but as I was putting out decorations it just felt too sterile to me. I could not resist sprinkling in red throughout my home. You can also see my sweater pillow cover where I hand-lettered “Merry and Bright” sitting on the chair.
Christmas Tree Winter Woodland Red and White - YouTube
Watch how I put the tree together step-by-step in this video:
Winter Woodland Christmas Tree - YouTube
Holiday Home Living Room
Living Room Holiday Home Tour - YouTube
Decorating with teal can be challenging which is why I was initially thinking of just doing a neutral white color scheme. However, finding ways to just add a little red (like these painted pine cones) made the room come alive!
The lights lit up at night create a magical scene.
I strung lights behind my couch, on a garland around my patio door in the dining room, in our entryway, on the tree (of course), and around these modern shelves that I custom built for the living room.
These shelves hold tons of DIY crafts such as the candle holders, cereal box tree cones, birch bark pillar candles, and more. Past these shelves you can see into the kitchen and dining room where I put together an easy tablescape and centerpiece.
20 Minute Woodland Centerpiece
Again using natural elements that were free to acquire in my decor, I put this centerpiece together in only 20 minutes. It goes well with my Winter Woodland theme because almost everything I used was gathered in the woods.
Feel free to pin as you see necessary!
Front Entrance Holiday Decor
You may have watched me on Facebook Live recently painting vintage sleds. I decorated my outdoor front entrance with these hand-painted beauties! Look for a shortened and shareable video tutorial of this craft coming to my blog next week!
You can also see the planter and red twig dogwood wreath I did in a Facebook live on my page! A handmade touch makes guests feel warm and welcome when entering our holiday home.
I really love how everything turned out this year! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed my Holiday Home Tour and will go back to pin your favorite images!
Today I reveal my Christmas tree and my theme for this year’s decorating! Right after Thanksgiving, I got to work decorating for the Christmas season and I was especially excited for the tree. This is because I got a taller and skinnier artificial tree secondhand after last season. It also came with fancy lights that sparkle and fade! The theme for this year’s Christmas decorations is White Winter Woodland. I teamed up with 50 other bloggers to share our Christmas trees altogether, so for more inspiration scroll to the bottom of this page.
Using primarily white and silver decorations, I adorned our tree with a variety of textures. The new tree has very realistic branches and I absolutely love it!
I clipped the stems long and poked holes in a large piece of cardboard. Then I stuck the stems through and hoisted the cardboard up on cement blocks.
After coating with Rust-Oleum 2X gloss white spray paint (you could do this using any color) I also sprinkled on some glitter. The big beautiful blooms take up a lot of visual space on the tree and provide an amazing effect!
For gifts this year, I chose a rustic look with brown paper wrapping, jute twine, and wooden gift tags. I wanted the presents to go with my White Winter Woodland theme and I think it looks so pretty when the gift wrap goes well with the tree.
It says “Merry and Bright” with the “and” being turquoise. I hand lettered this pillow using these Jacquard paints which are actually washable when used on fabric. I highly recommend them!
You can see I found a home for the “Joy” birch wood sign I created a couple weeks ago. I have so much more to show off my decorating, but it will have to wait for next week! Now, watch the step-by-step process as I explain how I decorated my tree!
Winter Woodland Christmas Tree - YouTube
There is nothing as magical as the kids gathered around the Christmas tree all lit up at night…
Now go check out the rest of the beautiful Christmas Trees in the blog hop!
Today’s post I am going to walk you through how to safely use pinecones from outside in your holiday decor. Then I will use my painted pinecones in an adorable holiday display made from amazing finds at Hollar.com.
I was recently told about Hollar.com by some of my viewers who know me very well. It is an online dollar store and I was totally BLOWN AWAY by the amazing selection of practical and stylish options on their site. It was almost unreal how cheap everything was. After ordering boxes for organizing Stephen’s new office space and a shower curtain for only $3, I got totally caught up in the Christmas decor. Hollar generously provided me with the Christmas decor items for free so that I could put together this post and a Hometalk Live for you all!
So let’s get started with the pinecones! After gathering pinecones outside, you are going to want to bake them at 300 degrees for 15 minutes in the oven.
Baking them does 3 things:
Kills any bugs that might be in them
Dries out the dirt and debris for easy removal
Opens the cone up all the way
Then throw them in a large opening strainer and shake out the dirt.
Look at all the stuff coming off these pine cones into the sink! Yuck!
Next, I painted half with spray paint.
Using a box is best for spray painted pinecones because you can pick up the box to shake the cones around while you coat each side. It also prevents overspray!
Then while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled them with glitter! I love glitter.
Here is my Hollar swag. Seriously, NOTHING at this table costs more than $5! That mirror is 16″ wide you guys. $5! The site is amazing.
For my holiday display, I wanted to show you an aerial version first so that you could see better how I balanced things. I lined up the tea light lanterns in a diagonal line, then I lined up the two metallic trees and faux evergreen trees in a diagonal line the opposite way. Add in the rhinestone deer (my fav) and then mix in natural decor.
Here it is! Gorgeous isn’t it!? I placed cedar branches around the spaces between large decor items and then sprinkled my painted pinecones throughout.
I think just a touch of red makes it look more festive and it still goes with the turquoise that dominates my house. Now, this last picture is perfectly pinnable, so go ahead and share it on your Pinterest!
Thanks for joining me today for this adorable holiday display and easy tutorial for painted pinecones! See you again soon!
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