DIY Wall Art

Hello, friends! With my sister's wedding now over (tear) I have been enjoying coming home after work and not diving into any planning or decorating. But I always start to feel restless when I am not productive so I am happy to be returning to DIY projects and home décor. I have promised myself that I will finish any projects that I have yet to complete and for anything new, I am trying not to spend by using supplies I already have on hand (we'll see how long this lasts :).

Today I am sharing some simple DIY wall art I created. I found my inspiration from this Target Style print.

I picked up a couple of blank canvases from the dollar store (which yes, this was a purchase but justifiable because they were only $1). I had black paint on hand as well as a small circular foam sponge. I used painted tape to create a 1.5in border around the canvas. I dipped my sponge into my paint and wiped off the excess. I started in the top left corner, overlapping onto the tape. I sort of smudged and dragged the sponge as I didn't want to create perfect circles. I worked my way across stamping left to right. I completed this in rows down the length of the canvas until I reached the tape along the bottom and then removed the tape immediately.

You could leave your print as is but I decided to frame mine using a spare 1x2 I had in the garage. I made a really simple frame, not even using 45 degree angles at the corners, instead just overlapping the wood along the top to attach to the sides. I used a table saw to make my cuts and attached using an air nailer. I stained my frame using Minwax Dark Walnut prior to inserting the canvas. I used a few nails to secure the canvas to the frame as well.

See, super simple right? I think TK was laughing at me when I said I was making wall "art".  But I am super happy with it and have it hung proudly in our dining room.

For my next piece, I used a smaller canvas and painted it using Behr Poppyseed leftover from my master bedroom accent wall.

Next I grabbed an empty toilet paper roll from the recycling. Yes, you read that right. I dipped the end of it in some white paint (Behr Ultra White semi gloss I have on hand for trim and what not). Again, I used a stamping "technique" and covered the entire canvas in rows of white circles.

Again I didn't want perfect circles or placement so I was careful not to get too much paint of the paper towel roll and only lightly stamped it on the canvas. You can see that a few have a heavier outline but I like that each one is a bit different from the next.

I also chose to add a frame to this guy but you could obviously leave it as is and it would look great. I had a pressure treated 1x1 in the garage and I used the same method as above to create a frame and attach it to the canvas, the only difference is I did not stain it.

Again, really easy!  A 4 year old could make these (sans frame) and you would never know that I didn't grab these from Homesense since abstract is in!

So there you have today's super easy and inexpensive idea for your own wall art! Grab some $1 canvases and any paint you have on hand and get creative :)

Jess xx

 

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe

Today I am sharing my super duper easy DIY mason jar snow globe. This takes only minutes to complete and you may even have all of the materials lying around your home. I made my first mason jar snow globe several years ago and still love pulling it out every year with my Christmas décor!

To make your own snow globe, you will need;

-a mason jar with a lid

-small dollar store tree

-Epsom salt

-hot glue gun


I started by trimming the top of my tree slightly as it was a touch to tall for my mason jar. You can use whatever size jar you want but I only had this size on hand.

You are then going to attach the bottom of the tree to the inside of the mason jar lid with hot glue.

Pour Epsom salt into your mason jar approx. 1/3 full.

I held my jar sideways to allow the salt to make room for the tree as I attached the lid.

Screw your lid onto your mason jar and flip upside down so that the salt falls around the tree. You can adjust your salt and tree as needed. I had to take my lid off a few times to get the positioning right.

And now you have a mason jar snow globe :) I don't add any liquid to mine as I like the simplicity of this. You could add a plastic toy car or animals to create a winter scene if using a larger jar.

Great for gifts or stocking stuffers or simply decorating your home. Enjoy !!

Jess xx