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Painted Fall Burlap Banner

This Painted Fall Burlap banner was created as a sponsored post for DecoArt

I was holding out to post anything Fall or pumpkin-y until September...I made it!
I do not do a whole lot of seasonal decorating...
but banners, those are easy to swap out and store!
I decided to start off Fall with my latest banner.
Seriously I am turning into the banner lady -
but people keep asking for them and I keep making them..so there ya have it.
Fall Burlap Banner 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

Now on to the banner! This banner begins like my "We Love School" Banner but has so much more to it. To me Fall is about texture, rich colors and a feeling or warmth. I think through the use of layers of paint and pattern and the texture of the burlap I have accomplished this feeling in this banner.


"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


Transferring Images to Wood: Displaying Family Photos

I grew up surrounded by family photos.
I always found it reassuring to see the faces of family gracing our walls.
 About 9 months ago, I "de-personalized" our house in preparation for a move.
Although I did not have a lot of family photos out to begin with,
those that were, got packed away.
Well, things changed (for now) and I decided,
"as long as I live here...it is going to look like I do."
So back out the photos came!

I guess I never realized how much I missed having the photos on display, and more importantly how much my kiddos missed them. I have a Family Heirloom Wreath that I adore, and as I began to think about what I liked about it, I realized I like my photos to be displayed in unusual ways...and so I began this project.

At Christmas I experimented with transferring images to wood with gel medium. It was a present for my Dad and they ended up leaving early and before I could grab an "after photo"...but let me tell you I LOVED the effect. I knew that my new photo display would be made using this method. 

(This project was originally shared on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

 For Image Transfer to Wood
  • Wood plaques in various sizes. You can cut them yourself but I purchased mine at Michael's. I think the big one (approx 8 x 11) was $3.00 and the smaller ones $2.00 (approx 6 x 6). I used three larger ones and two smaller ones.
  • Matte Photo Paper (and photos)
  • Printer (Ink Jet)
  • Gel Medium. I used Golden Regular Gel (Matte)
  • Paint brush
  • Spray bottle and water 

For Painting/Embellishing
  • Accents - this all depends on your preference and the final look you want
  • Paint or stain (I used DecoArt American Acrylic in Ebony and Varathane Wood Stain in Weathered Gray)
  • Upholstery nails
  • Sandpaper

For Assembling
  • Nails or wood screws. I used 1 1/4" screws - just be sure they will go through both layers but not entirely through the top layer.
  • Screwdriver/hammer/drill
  • Dust/Brush off the plaques
  • Print the photos out on Matte Photo Paper (I used the store brand from Staples and it worked great). It took tie for me to find the right combination of photos. Only 1 of these is professional. I used my favorite photo for the kids.
  • NOTE 1: I wanted to do this project all in Black and White or Sepia, but tried one and was not in love with the result. I had done color before and so I decided to stay with color. I saturated the color a bit for a stronger effect.

  • Trim off any excess of the photo if necessary to fit the size of the wood you have.
  • Protect your work area
  • ON THE FACE (PRINTED SIDE) of the photo, apply a liberal coat of Gel Medium all over. The better the coat of gel medium, the easier it will be to transfer the image and remove the paper.
  • Match up the edges and lay the photo FACE DOWN onto the wood (you will be looking at the plain white backing of the paper).
  • Let dry for at least 8 hours.

  • Using a spray bottle, saturate the back with water - you will be getting the paper wet and then rubbing it off with your fingers (or a towel). You will need to re-apply water through the process. It will take 2-4 "stages" to get the paper backing all removed.
  • After the first spray, I am usually able to peel off "sheets" of the paper. After that more rubbing is necessary.

  •  As you rub/roll your fingers the paper comes off, revealing the image on the wood.  It took my about 4 runs at the paper. 

From there, you can decide how to finish your plaques.
You can sand the edges or all over for a more distressed look...
You can use Distress Ink to finish it off...
You can simply paint the edges a solid color...
it is totally up to you and dependent on your style!

  • I will tell ya, that my final product does not necessarily look like I though it would. I decided to stain the edges, letting my brush just slightly hit the top edge of the wood/photo...
    • BUT I was impatient and my wood was not dry enough (after removing the paper)...and the stain bled onto the photo a lot more than I anticipated...and it looked too much like it just bled...
    • SO I pulled out the black acrylic paint and with a drier brush, "hit the sides" (here and there) and swept the paint onto the edges and corners of the photo. 
  • I went heavier on the corners to cover the bleeding. 
  • While this was not exactly the effect I had in mind, in the end it sort of looked like an old film negative and it grew on me.
  • Once it was dry, I used a piece of sandpaper to slightly distress the edges and parts of the photo.
To Assemble (once dry)
Of course each photo can stand on its own as well...I just wanted something a little different.
  • Layout the photos to get the look you want.

  • Flip the wood over (back side showing up - and yes - I am messy - you could paint the back as well if you want.).
  • I marked up equal amounts (1 1/2") on my smaller wood plaques to determine the placement of the larger wood plaques and to keep things lined up.
  • Screw in screws (or hammer nails) from the back. My screws went in 5/8" from the edge and 1 1/2" in from the sides.
Once dry and assembled,
You can add other embellishments - like upholstery tacks or metal findings

When it is time to hang these beauties, the options are limitless...stack them on a shelf, create a grouping on a wall...or as I did I created an asymmetrical design - that just night resemble an "L"- my monogram.

If you like to display your photos in unusual way,
you might be interested in my family heirloom wreath
Or this sweet canvas that I built a frame for.

How do you display your family photos?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
(This project was originally shared on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke


Mason Jar Valentine Vases (14 Days of Crafting Love)

You may not believe your eyes...I have another Valentines Project!
I am tickled pink with how this turned out!
And there is quite a story behind it!

   Way back last  year I started this project...
I loved it beyond belief.
Then I made a big mistake...
It was cold and wet outside, really cold and really wet.
I was not being careful - I was being impatient.
I thought it just need one more coat and it will be perfect...
well that perfect crackled and crinkled and ruined my sweet vase.
I may have shed a tear...or screamed.
And there was not time to start over...so I scrapped the idea.
But I had to try again...I will not be defeated
(but it may take a year...or two).


Fingerprint Heart Pots

February is a crazy month in this house -
lots of birthdays and anniversaries and celebrations.
For a moment I will blame February craziness on my lack of
Valentine's hoopla or enthusiasm in the past years...
but apparently this year, I am making up for it!

These sweet fingerprint heart pots look adorable on my porch.
I planned on these pots being gifts, but I think I need to make more
because I cannot part with them!

I am obsessed with a lot of things lately...but when it comes to gifts..live plants have stolen my heart: succulents, mini herbs, miniature roses, ornamental grasses - I am not picky...I love it! And I have quite a few gifts to give...so I need a sweet planter right?


Inspired Bulletin Board

I have always loved to surround myself with picture and trinkets that inspire me,
make me smile or giggle, or that I just simply like.
I have always had a bulletin board in my room or home.
I consider it to by my ever-evolving mood board.

So, my other 3 bulletin board are full or kid stuff,
household stuff, funny stuff, but I wanted a board just for me!
One full of my favorite things to inspire me and only me!

You can stylize the board any way you want...here is what I did.
  • Bulletin Board, any size you desire ( got mine for about $6 at Walmart)
  • Pretty paper to decorate the frame...from Aaron Brothers. They have an amazing selection of single sheet (oversized) decorative papers...LOVE!
  • Paint in your choice of colors. I used DecoArt: Spice Pink, Grey Sky
  • Stencils: I used DecoArt alphabet script and polka dot accent
  • Decoupage medium such as Mod Podge

  • Stencil Brush
  • Paint Brush (for decoupage)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Masking tape or blue painters tape (I used masking tape, but next time I will use the painters tape. The masking tape may stick too much and pull some of the cork off...the painters tape is much more gentle.
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife

Accents (optional)
  • Lace/small fabric trim
  • Large pearls
  • Tim Holtz Metal Corners (purchased at Aaron Brothers)

(You can stencil the bulletin board first or you can do the frame first...there is not advantage or disadvantage to either way...you just need to wait for things to be dry) 

  • STEP 1: Start in one corner (makes it easy to keep level and line up) with the polka dots and begin stenciling with the Grey Sky and a stencil brush. I made a frame (of sorts) on each side of the bulletin board, just as wide as the stencil.
  • Step 2: Find the center of the board, horizontally and vertically and then determine the placement for your letters/words based on the center and how many letters are in your words. Use Painters tape (or eyeball it) to mark when the words are so they will be level.
  • Step 3: Line up your stencil and start painting using a stencil brush. I used Spice Pink and Grey Sky for the words I chose.

  • Step 4: Cut your over sized paper into 2" strips (you may need them to be wider depending on the size of your frame) 
  • Step 5: Apply decoupage on one portion of the frame at a time and line up strips of paper with inner edge of the frame. Press down and if necessary, use the edge of a craft knife or knife  to tuck in the edge between the frame and cork. Wrap the paper around the back side of the frame and trim with craft knife.
  • Step 6: Continue to apply the strips of paper until the frame is covered. Depending on the size of the frame, you may need to overlap paper edges. At the corners, fold matching edges into 45 degree angled to miter the corners and match them up.  
  • Step 7: Once all the paper is place, use the decoupage and coat the entire top of the frame with 2 coats, letting dry between coats.

  • Step 8: Add embellishments as you desire. I used some small. 1/4" crochet trim I had, large pearls and the metal corners from Tim Holtz to dress up my board. Just a little Gorilla Glue and we are good to go!

Now add your favorite things and be inspired!

How do you stay inspired?
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disclosure: at various times some of these items were provided to me by the companies. I have fulfilled those posting obligations and now as using them because they are awesome.