A Whale of a Tale

Laura’s rescue may seem to just be about using a piece of reclaimed wood to make something beautiful, but it’s so much more than that! I got sucked into the story of her grandparents’ hand-built home (where the wood came from) and her parent’s beach house (where the completed piece is going). At Finding Home, Laura is telling the stories and introducing us to a very sentimental and happy whale.


Laura made “Glenda the Happy Whale” to be a new piece of décor for her parents’ New Jersey beach home, which has been rebuilt since Hurricane Sandy destroyed it. She drew her whale shape on a thin piece of plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw to create a template. After gluing and nailing the template to the back of her scrap wood, she started cutting around the template, then sanded down all the rough edges. Laura stained and waxed the whale, then put her on the mantel until she’s ready to make the voyage to her new home at the beach!


To see the complete tutorial and read about Laura’s grandparents, visit Finding Home.

Ampersand Wall Art

Isn’t it crazy how the simplest things can have such a big impact? Alli has a love for ampersands that “runs deep,” and wants to eventually create a gallery wall of framed ampersands. At Alli Renee she’s showing us how she got started with this super easy DIY that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing!

ampersandAlli already had this ampersand from the craft store in her stash, all she needed was a frame. So she grabbed a piece of wood from the garage and asked her husband for a favor. He cut the pieces of wood at 45 degree angles and nailed them together. The final step (I told you this was easy!) was to “add a wall hanger to the back and hang the two pieces up.” I’m already thinking of all the ways I could borrow this idea–great job, Alli!

wood-frame-ampersand See the complete instructions at Alli Renee.

Magazine Page to Art

At The Tender Garden, Alena shares an interesting and inexpensive art project.  It all begins with a thrifted frame and a copy of National Geographic.


To make this minimalist art piece, Alena painted the thrifted frame white.  While it was drying, she selected a photo from the magazine that appealed to her.  Once the frame was dry, Alena reassembled the frame with the photo she’d chosen.  She taped off part of the assembled frame and painted a portion of the frame a pretty shade of blue for a paint-dipped effect.  The result is a unique statement piece!


Get all the details on this artwork at The Tender Garden.

Displaying Children’s Artwork

Raise your hand if you have a stack of children’s artwork in your home that you can’t bear to part with…but you don’t have nearly enough refrigerator space to put on display.  Ummmhmmm, yep, that’s what I thought:  anyone with kids or grandkids has their hands up high in the air!  Well, Jacque from The DIY Village has a terrific idea that may help you save fridge space and show off some of that art you are so proud of.


Jacque’s project started with a little fingerpainting.  After letting her toddler daughter find the joy of smearing paint onto paper with her fingers, Jacque let the painting dry.  Once dry, she cut it into tiny squares.  Jacque glued the squares onto another sheet of paper in a heart shape, using the colorful swirls of her duaghter’s painting to create a mosaic effect.  She framed the heart and hung it on the wall.  Adorable!


For a full tutorial of this project, visit The DIY Village.

So Much Nature Love in this Heart

Emily from Table & Hearth share a tutorial for this neat wall hanging at  Making it in the Mountains.  She made it using some basic craft supplies and some of her favorite things collected from nature:  driftwood and acorns.


For this project, Emily used a lovely driftwood branch as her starting point.  From the branch she hung acorns and beads using strands of yarn.  She selected yarn in variating shade for an ombre effect, and touched up the acorns with gold paint for a bit of glam.  The acorn beaded stands hang at different lengths so that when it is hung on the wall, the acorns form a heart design.  Isn’t that so cool?


Find out how Emily turned a fallen branch and gathered acorns into art by visiting Making it in the Mountains.

“Love”ly Wall Decor

“As I was digging through some of our home decor boxes in the basement I found this frame and started brainstorming what I could do with it,” says Jessie at Imperfectly Polished.  She decided to turn it into art for her master bedroom gallery wall.


First, Jessie removed the pictures that were in the frame, keeping just the frame and the glass.  She used her craft cutting machine to cut out the words, “I Do Still” from gold vinyl, then applied the vinyl to the front of the framed glass.  It’s a gentle reminder that Jessie and her husband would choose each other all over again.  “On days I don’t always remember to tell or show him, now he can see that everyday and know,” Jessie says.  Sweet!


Visit Imperfectly Polished to find out more about this project.

Paint Chip Ombre Art

Over at DIY Candy, Amy came up with a fun way to turn free paint chips into art.  It’s a simple craft project that anyone can do with just a few basic craft supplies, an old frame, and a few leftover paint chips.


For this fun art project, Amy cut out a piece of thin cardboard to fit the picture frame she planned to use.  She used a craft punch to cut her paint chips into inverted arrows, which she arranged and glued onto the cardboard.  She placed them so that each color would have the classic ombre fade going for it.  Once glued, Amy popped it into her frame–easy peasy!


Visit DIY Candy to read more about this free art project.

Upcycled Magazine Wall Art

I just discovered a really cool way to upcycle old magazines and make some uber-cool wall art, thanks to Kelly at Brit & Co.  You have to see this.


Kelly printed off some fun silhouettes (hers have a California theme) and cut them out.  She tore colorful pages out of magazines and rolled them into tight cylinders.  Then, she glued the paper cylinders onto the silhouettes, trimming the excess around the edges.  Finally, Kelly glued each of the shapes onto their own boards and hung them in a whimsical and colorful collage.


Visit Brit & Co. to view the tutorial for this fun wall art technique.