Monday, June 23, 2014

Frugal July 4th Mantel and Banner made with Napkins

This is a repost of our 4th of July mantel from 2012.  It is still one of our favorite projects and it all started with a package of cocktail napkins from Hobby Lobby. 


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I bought them intending to Mod Podge them onto glass jars and was starting on that when I had an Epiphany! (that's one of Leigh's favorite words so I try to use it as often as I can!) The napkins would make a great banner for the mantel too!  So I simply opened them up and laid the twine in the middle and secured them with tape.  I also used red tulle and blue satin ribbon tied on to the twine.  I glued the napkins together too so that the ceiling fan wouldn't make them flutter.  This was super easy and turned out great - of course, you couldn't put it outside, but it works great on the mantel.

Cheap and Easy - two of my favorite things!

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I made the flag holder out of an oatmeal container.  I covered the container with scrapbook paper, then used a hole punch to punch 6 holes in the top.  I covered the top with scrapbook paper too and then turned it over and cut slits in the paper inside each hole for the flags.  The flags came from Target's dollar spot and were 3 for a $1 - score!


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I love how my fan folded center piece turned out.  I almost bought a wooden one at Kohls a couple of weeks ago and am so glad now, that I didn't.  It is just 3 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper that I fan folded and then glued on to a strip of black foam board.

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Then of course, the thing that started it all - Mod Podged candle holders using napkins and tissue paper.  I also used a printable from The Scrap Shoppe Blog that I found on Pinterest.  It was the final touch to my Frugal Fourth Mantel Scape.

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All in all, I think it turned out great and I'm definitely going to start looking for more napkins to use to make banners with.  Occasionally I do come up with an original idea!

Happy July 4th to everyone and thank you to all the men and women through the years that have made this -

The Land of the Free, because of the BRAVE!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Easy DIY Pallet Window Box

One of the projects that I've had on my to do list for quite some time, has been making a window box for our outdoor shed.  The only time you really see the shed is when we are swimming in our above ground pool.  Since this was the third year for our pool, I decided it was time to, as they say in Texas, "Git Er Done".

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Here's the window before we put up the window box - plain and boring - especially since we see it all the time in the summer.


And here it is after - 

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Much better, don't you think?

We started with an 18" plastic planter from Walmart for $7.97.


Then cut 6 pallet boards 24" long.  Each section of board was reinforced with metal brackets that we had on hand from a previous project.  We mixed new pallet wood with old and weathered wood.  The new wood went on the bottom and ends.  


Here is the finished box - 


As you can see, we weren't too worried with it being perfect since it was made out of pallets.  I was going for a vintage rustic look! We put it up on the shed with black metal brackets from Lowes that were $4.97 each.


After we put it up, I decided that the raw wood on the ends needed a coat of stain to help it look old and rustic.  The wood would have ended up that way eventually, but I wanted the rustic look now! And my family can tell you that I'm not known for my patience!

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Next I want to spruce up the flower bed below the box and then add a trellis to each side for jasmine to grow on.

Then our little shed will start to look more like a little cottage instead of the junk catch-all! 

Don't you think I need the trellis on each side? Mr. Crafty just rolled his eyes when I brought it up.  What do you think? Help me out here - please?

Wishing you all a fantastic week!

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tiki Bar Update

We finally had sunshine here on Saturday, but of course it poured down on Sunday! But at least we were able to enjoy it for one day.

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The Tiki Bar is complete now with the addition of two stools and these cute little Tiki plant stake guys that I picked up at Dollar Tree.

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Gotta love Dollar Tree! They add just the right amount of "Tiki Chic" to 
our Red Neck Swimming Hole.

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We are looking forward to many more beautiful summer days spent in our little piece of backyard paradise!

Wishing you all a fantastic week from Crafty In Crosby!


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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tiki Bar for the Redneck Swimming Hole

The Redneck Swimming hole is back in business this year, although we've only been in it twice because of all the rain and cool weather! Can you believe that Houston didn't hit 90 degrees in the month of May? Crazy and scary 'cause that probably means that this summer is going to be horrendous!

After being inspired by this great bar on Pinterest, we knew what our swimming hole was missing - a TIKI BAR!!!!

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I've been waiting all week for the umbrella to come in so that I could take pictures of the bar to share with you! Wal-mart had some awesome tiki umbrellas but they cost almost $90 !! We found this little beauty on Amazon for only $19.99 plus $5.99 shipping!  What a deal and it is the perfect size for our little bar.

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The bar is made out of 2 old pallets that I had, a piece of wood for the top, 2-12 x 24 ceramic tiles for the top and bamboo plant stakes.  The bar itself cost $35 to make.  That included 2 cans of spray paint, metal brackets to join the pallets, Liquid Nails to glue the tiles on and the two tiles.

Here are pictures of the bar before it was painted and the tiles glued on top - 

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After cutting off about 8 inches from each pallet, we screwed them together and then added the brackets on the side for more stability.

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After the bar was screwed together and the top screwed on, we spray painted it a dark brown and then glued on the tiles with Liquid Nails.

 Before placing the bar out by the pool, we placed 2 metal tree stakes where the bar was going and lifted the bar down over them.  This keeps everything safe and secure so I don't have to worry about it tipping over.

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The bamboo was cut to fit, then each piece was held up to the bar, holes drilled into it and affixed with finishing nails.  Mr. Crafty had the great idea to use the leftover pieces to make the patterm on the front and that was the perfect finishing touch!

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This bar isn't made to last a lifetime, but if we get a couple of years out of it, I will be very happy! Now if we could just have a week of sunshine and no rain, we would be able to enjoy it!


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