504 Main by Holly Lefevre: DIY
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Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts


How to Make the BEST (and easiest) Hairbands on the Planet

I am always in need of a hairband...gotta keep the hair out of the way of crafting and cooking, right!? I also sleep with my hair in a ponytail. So, yes, I have a big need for a good hairband! I honestly never even thought to post this idea until I was talking to a friend and she thought I was brilliant...
so I will share my SECRET with you (wink, wink)!
How to Make the Best and Easiest Hairband on the Planet by 504 Main


DIY Football Field Tray! PLUS $200 e-Card GIVEAWAY PLUS Quarterback Sweepstakes

My husband loves his football, and this year I was given the opportunity from coupons.com to create a DIY tabletop perfect for that "Big Game" coming up. I am sure he would be happy with a couple bowls of chips...but {gasp!} what do that when you can easily create a fun football themed tabletop complete with a
DIY Football Field Tray!
(keep on going..there is a tutorial for the tray PLUS an AWESOME giveaway for you!)
Football Field Tray by 504Main/Holly Lefevre


"We LOVE School" Banner Tutorial

I am a little banner obsessed.
If I can make a banner for an occasion...I do.
Last week I had a small Back to School party 
and made this super cute "We {heart} School" banner for decoration.
It is pretty simple and has a rustic, vintage feel.
And I kind of love it!
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  • 7-8" strip of burlap (should be the width of the fabric). Each "flag" is about 6", so 7-8 should give you plenty of room to trace this and cut them out correctly.
  • 8 oz White Paint. I used DecoArt American Acrylic in White Wash (NOTE: This takes a lot of paint. the 2 oz. bottle may not get all your flags painted - my photo below shows a 2 oz. bottle, but I recommend more paint.I used over 3 2 oz. bottles)
  • 2 oz. Black Paint, I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Ebony
  • 2 oz. Red Paint I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Primary Red
  • Stencil for letters: I used DecoArt 3" Simple Script Alphabet
  • Paint Brush (I used an old cheapo paint brush for the burlap)
  • 1-2 smaller paint brushes for the letters and heart.
  • Hot glue/Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • 2 yards Heavy twine or jute

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Cut out 9 flags from the burlap.
  • To cut flags:
    • Make a simple template using a cardboard box (like a cereal box)
    • Draw a square, 4" wide and 6" long
    • At the bottom center (2" in from either side) measure up 2" on the center line.
    • Connect the bottom outside points to the 2" point you just marked.
    • Cut the flags.
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  • Protect your surface and layout the 9 flags.
  • Paint each flag. You may have to dab at the flags and brush to get the paint in the burlap. The finish is not "perfect." Let dry. You may want to pick them up after a few minutes to ensure they do not stick to the protective surface underneath (for example, some of the cardboard stuck to the back of my flags).
  • Optional: Once dry, if you want a more finished back as well, paint the back. Again, pick up the flags to ensure they do not stick to the protective surface underneath.
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  • Once dry, use the stencil and the black paint to add your words. With this size stencil and flag, the tops of my letters were about 1 " down from the top of the flag, and centered horizontally.
  • Hold down the stencil with your fingers and paint the individual stencils onto the flags.
  • For the heart I just drew a heart and transferred the outline to the flag, and painted it with red paint.
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  • Once all the flags are dry, line them up. They should be right next to one another with very little or no space between the flags.
  • Heat up the hot glue gun.
  • Cut a 72" length of rope/jute/twine.
  • Find the center of your rope and match it up with the center of the banner, so that you have enough rope left on each side to hang the banner.
  • Run a line of hot glue along the top edge of the banner/flags and press down the rope into the hot glue (The banners are pretty stiff after painting...sewing is possible, but VERY difficult).
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All done!
A cutie-patootie banner to celebrate Back to school!

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My kiddos have already started school...what about yours?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Angels and Monsters in the Garden (Outdoor Fun)

This is a crazy easy and super fun project that (almost) anyone can do...and it is pretty cheap (and I have shared this before here...but it is too good not to share again!). I first did this project with my son when we moved into our house 8 years ago. I had quite a few of (single) fence pickets left over from our "keep the doggie from jumping the fence project," and we knew no one in the neighborhood yet so my imagination was the source of entertainment for my son.
We loved being outside in our garden, so we grabbed our fence pickets, paint, and all sorts of other objects and goodies and made garden angels.
This is a more recent recreation of that project!
(I was not a crazy blogger back then)


Easy Fix for Damaged Wood (How To)

I recently found out I am moving...
so I have been CRAZY cleaning, tossing, sorting, and fixing...
everything that we have not fixed in the last eight years
Please tell me I am not the only one who does this!

Image credit: iloveotto / 123RF Stock Photo
I also have the uncanny ability to buy houses with really big master bathrooms...
but they are usually DUDS!
We spruced this one up a bit for the sale...
but we have never done anything about this door.

(Oh yeah...here is a "warning"...
from here on down these pictures are not pretty...I tried.)

OK, first let's be honest...my door is ugly.
It is never going to be pretty...but it can be prettier.

I did this 10+ years ago in my other house.
The vanity was ginormous and had water damage from the moisture in the bathroom. Streaky, icky water damage.
I cannot remember where I learned this trick...
but it works...and it simple and cheap!

This works on doors, cabinets, and furniture (at least it has for me)

What You Need:
1-2 Rags (old T-shirt, etc.)
Petroleum Jelly
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What You Do:
  • easy door fixClean the door/surface if necessary.
  • Use the rag and dip it is the petroleum jelly and rub the jelly into the wood where the damage is. 
  • I apply mine pretty liberally (if you have animals...barricade them from the area or you will have jellied animals and hairy doors).
  • Let it stand for an hour or so. It pretty much works right away...but leaving it for a bit does not hurt.
  • Wipe excess of with another rag.
  • Some petroleum jelly residue will remain.
  • You can come back later and wipe it again to get all of the petroleum jelly off.
That is it! Damage gone!
Door (even if it is ugly like mine) looks better!

easy door fix

Bye...Bye...Ugly Wood!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


DIY Hair Chalk (tutorial)

A few days ago we were at a friends house and one of the older girls
used hair chalk on my daughter (with permission of course!).
Jules loved it - thought is was the best thing ever.
I had no idea what it was.
I had seen the girls dye their hair with Kool Aid...
I had seen the cans of spray on stuff...but the chalk thing was new to me.
Of course I had to try it!

DIY Hair Chalk

I asked around and was told you could buy hair chalk at Claire's boutique
and I saw a kit at Target...
but being a DIY,
over the top,
I-have-to-have-more girl that I am...
I wanted lots of colors...lots of colors.

Then I started think...why can't I just use chalk?
No...that won't "stick" enough...ah-ha...
I had an art class flashback...pastels!

DIY Hair Chalk by 504 Main

I did some digging around and thinking (it is amazing what you can think of!) 
all over and discovered this is a pretty simple process!
I also ran across this video tutorial from HauteBrillance and it is really good!

I do have to be honest at first I was hesitant.
My daughter is almost 6....and I wondered if hair chalk was too grown up.
After playing around a bit...I decided it is just plain fun
and I am all good with colorful hair (to an extent)...
and I am waiting for the comment that say they cannot believe I did this on a 6 year old.
BUT my husband even thought it was cute 
(and he is not a creative outside the box thinker!)

Here are some notes:
  • This lasts with good color for about 1 day (maybe 2).
  • It may take 2-3+ days for the color to completely wash out.
  • Do this at your own risk (I see no/little risk... but think for a second...if you are taking senior portraits tomorrow or going to a wedding and multi-colored hair is not appropriate...WAIT until it is over!)
  • The pastels may discolor your clothing while you are applying it...I have not had it happen...but there is the possibility.
  • Different hair colors look better with different colors - experiment. I did this on a blonde girl and a girl with brunette hair...both looked great.
  • I have done this method 2x now! Once as the tutorial states and, last night we reapplied chalk to her hair...I washed it, applied the chalk; blew it dry and braided it for her to sleep in. In the morning we heat set it.
DIY Hair Chalk from 504 Main

  • Pastels (find them in the art supply section). Aaron Brothers has them and so does Michael's and other craft stores...best yet look for a coupon...A set of 24 at my local store was $10.99 and I had a 40% coupon...Yippee! I have also seen sets for as little as $5 without a coupon!
  • Small spray bottle and water
  • Comb
  • Blowdryer
  • Curling iron or flat iron
  • (Old) towel
  • Gloves (optional)

How to Apply DIY Hair Chalk
  • Drape an old towel around the shoulders to protect clothing from the pastels.
  • (Optional) Wear gloves if you do not want you hands dirty. I did not use gloves and it all washed off easily.
  • If you need to, you can section off the pieces and secure with a clip. I found it to be quite easy to start on one side of the head and grab 1" sections (some were bigger, some were smaller). I flipped the hair to one shoulder and worked my way across.

  • Spray the small section of hair with the water. (I did try this twice and the second time...we did it fresh from the shower...so her whole head was wet)

  • Select your color of pastel and working in a downward motion, begin to color the hair, from where you want your color to begin (top) through the end of the hair.
  • You may have to go over the section 2-3 times (I also added some to the back as well).
  • I alternated my colors randomly.
    • NOTE: If you go up and down with the chalk it almost teases the hair. By just going in one direction (down) the hair will be less "teased."
  •  Once you finish with your first section "move" it to the other shoulder and select another section...repeat as necessary.

  • Once you have chalked all the pieces you want...the hair will most likely still be wet.
  • Use a blow dryer and dry the hair thoroughly
  • Once dry, use a curling iron or flat iron to heat set the color (this help it from discoloring your clothing, etc.)

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That's it.
It is fun and actually kind of makes me happy when I look at the pretty colors in my daughters hair. I also may have told her that she is lucky to have a mom who likes to try crazy things!  

Have you tried Hair Chalk?
Would you try Hair Chalk?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
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