Watching the temps plunge this week sure does feel like the winter season is finally upon us—which means the holidays are right around the corner. Which also means I’m in a festive mood for some DIYing. If you saw my Fall Sign project post back in October, you know I like my holiday signs. Decorative holiday signs are some of the easiest ways to add creative touches—that aren’t over-the-top—to your front door, front porch, entry wall, fireplace mantel, or anywhere else you want a pop of holiday cheer.
Lately I’ve been using Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for a ton of home decorating and crafting projects as well. So I had some leftovers (from a cool project I’ll share in January) to create this Christmas sign. The planks come in five color kits: Sierra Brown, Reclaimed White, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, and a multi-color kit. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit, which is what I used. Here’s how to do it:
Materials you’ll need:
Being the multi-crafter that I am, I have a handy-dandy Cricut (pronounced cricket) die cut machine, so I made my own “All is Bright” decal. But you can find some amazing decals online in shops like Etsy.
First, I cut the Accent Planks to the length I wanted them. You’ll want to consider the size of the Accent Planks when choosing your frame size so you don’t have to make too many cuts. I had to rip cut one board to fit because I used an existing frame I had. You’ll also want to make sure that the depth of the frame allows for the planks. I actually had to tape the back of mine because my frame was just a tiny bit too narrow. But hey, it’s the back, nobody will see it.
Next, cut your own lettering if you aren’t using a premade decal. If you order your decal on line, make sure the dimensions will fit inside the visible area of the frame. And of course, the same goes for if you are making your own decal as well.
Before you apply the vinyl design to glass, clean the glass well. If there is any debris on the glass when you apply the vinyl, trust me, you’ll create visible bubbles in the vinyl, and once they’re on there, good luck getting them out.
Lay the vinyl decals on the glass and determine where you want to place them. Use a cutting mat or measuring board of some type to make sure that your glass is level and centered before applying the vinyl.
Next, apply the vinyl as directed by the manufacturer. If you are a Cricut user, you know to use your transfer tape.
Then, place the Accent Planks into the frame over the glass. Finally, apply the backing, turn it over, and decide whether you are going to give it away as a gift or save it for yourself. I still haven’t decided, but honestly, it’s such a quick and easy project, I still have time to make another one and keep it for me!
That really is all there is to this project. It’s quick, it’s fun, and there’s no limit to the rustic-looking holiday décor you come up using Inteplast Accent Planks. They’re beautiful, inexpensive, and come without the splinters! So here’s to making a DIY list, and checking it twice, ‘cause there are only a few days left to create for everybody who’s nice. Thanks for reading!
Hello my fellow DIY friends, Andrea here with you this week. This fall project is sooooo easy, you’re gonna say: ”This can’t be all there is to it.” Well, it really is that simple. In fact, you can start on it five minutes before Thanksgiving guests arrive and still have it done in time to cook the Turkey. I wouldn’t recommend waiting until then to do it. But you could if you wanted to.
Last month I tackled a weathered wood-look headboard using Inteplast Accent Planks that I purchased from Lowe’s. I had some planks left over so I decided to do a quick fall décor project. I have a couple more planks left over, so stay tuned for an easy-peasy Christmas-themed project idea coming up next month. So, without further ado…ta-dah, here it is!
Now, I have a Cricut (pronounced cricket, yep, like the insect) die cut machine so I created all of the die cuts. But you can just as easily do this with some wall decals that you can find online in shops like Etsy. Here is a link to decals for the word Thankful , and here is a link to fall leaves decals. Just make sure the size of the decals fit your accent plank, or planks if you use more than one.
For this project, I used an accent plank in Sierra Brown, but there are several other color options to choose from: Reclaimed White, River Grey, and Whitewashed Pine. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit that includes 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White.
One of the best things about these Accent Planks from Lowe’s is that you hang them using Command™ Strips from 3M. That means there is no damage to the wall or the plank when you take it down at the end of the season. Also, if you don’t like where you put it, you can take it down and rehang it somewhere else.
So, here’s all the materials you need:
Then, lay the decals out on the board and determine where you want to place them.
Then, you peel off the backing and apply the decals to the board. Once your lettering and leaves are in place, apply the CommandTM Strips from 3M and hang the sign on the wall.
I promise you, there are no hidden steps that you’ve missed. I told you it was easy. I wish you all the fun and joy of trying this project for yourself. It’s definitely one of those that you can let the kids do as well. See how creative you can get for the holidays. Thanks for reading!
I’m that crazy lady at the pumpkin patch every October scrutinizing every single pumpkin and carrying armfuls to my car. I’ve even been known to snatch a would-be jack o'lantern from an unsuspecting child because I thought it was the perfect pumpkin specimen (okay, I only did that once and I offered her money for it). Why do I have a pumpkin fetish you ask? Because they are the epitome of the fall season in my opinion, so they’re my go-to Thanksgiving decoration must-have. Especially as table centerpieces.
Pumpkins offer a versatile table decoration. You can paint them, leave them natural, or carve designs into them. They come in so many shapes and sizes as well it’s easy to make interesting design combinations and arrangements. With all of the commercialism that comes with the holiday seasons, I like to keep things natural. It’s easy to blend in pumpkins with twigs and pine cones and greenery.
I love incorporating the color gold into my Thanksgiving décor because I can easily use the same elements for Christmas as well. I found this amazing gold pumpkin table décor by A Pumpkin & a Princess craft and recipe blog site.
The hardest part of incorporating pumpkins into Thanksgiving décor is making sure they last through November. Over the years I’ve experimented with several different techniques for preserving the pumpkins. Here are some great tips from Miss Kopy Kat, a blogger and fellow DIYer on how to make your pumpkins last longer.
Of course, you know me, I couldn’t do a post without mentioning a PVC project. In keeping with the gold theme, I found this great idea on Pinterest from blogger Carrie on eHow for spray panting PVC pipes gold and making vases and table centerpieces. You can use leaves or spruce sprigs instead of flowers.
I hope these ideas inspired you to come up with an amazing one-of-kind Thanksgiving table. On behalf of Inteplast Building Products, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
To me, there is nothing that says “it’s the holidays” more than a fireplace mantel dripping with stockings. It reminds me of my childhood, sitting in front the fireplace on Christmas Eve, forcing myself to stay away, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the main man in red sometime in the night. We’d wake up the next morning and tear through our packages under the tree, but secretly I couldn’t wait to take down that mysteriously stuffed stocking hanging on the mantel. What memories! But if you don’t happen to have a fireplace mantle to hang stockings from, don’t worry, you can still experience that same magical nostalgia with some crown moulding and a little DIY spirit.
I found this beautiful mantel ledge shelf with hooks elegantly and simply decorated for Christmas on Our Vintage Home Love blog. If you’re looking to make this your holiday centerpiece, place it the room where your family typically gathers and add greenery, bulbs, bows, candles, and of course, stockings. The best part, this shelf system is something you can incorporate into your home décor year round with books, candles, photos, etc. That’s one less thing to take down after the holidays!
You could easily build this crown moulding wall shelf from just four pieces and a few supplies:
These are just dimensions I would use, so buy your materials based on the size of the project you want.
I use prefinished crown moulding whenever I’m working on most of my DIY projects at home. You can buy it at any building supply store like Lowe's or Home Depot. It’s already painted or stained, and it’s so easy to wipe clean – and no splinters or cracks to worry about! There are a variety of moulding profiles to choose from to fit your style. You can use any style of profile of moulding for the front – be as decorative or understated as you want it to be. You can make a generous wide shelf by layering different profiles for a more sophisticated, old-world flavor, or use smaller more narrow profiles for a more modern streamlined look. This shelf attaches directly to the wall to give you a clean floating shelf without brackets.
Thanks for reading! Please share your pictures and ideas on your own holiday decorating tips and design inspiration. Don’t forget to visit my other holiday decorating ideas on Pinterest.
I fondly remember my first apartment – all 550 square feet of it – and my first Christmas tree. With limited space (and a limited budget), I didn’t have room for a 6’ fresh-cut Douglas fir. So, I settled for a 3’ cedar scrub I cut from my parent’s backyard. It didn’t have the traditional, pleasant evergreen smell and feel of a fir tree, but it gave my tiny, grown-up pad just the right festive touch for the holidays; even if I did have to constantly pick the sharp, stiff needles out of my toes.
The other day, when I was searching online for some holiday craft ideas, I came across this cute DIY wooden tree. This would have been the perfect solution for my small apartment Christmas tree dilemma back in the day, not to mention fun to make, and no needles!
My DIY intuition is telling me to build this tree and put outside on the front porch to welcome guests and family in for the holidays. Now, I’m just consumed with ideas of design possibilities like hanging lights, adding a glitter-covered star, painting warm holiday greetings on the “branches”, or hanging some bulbs. You can make it rustic, sophisticated, or as tall or short as you want.
When it comes to building materials for the tree, let your imagination run free. This is the ideal project for upcycling. You could use old wooden pallets or strips of left-over lumber from other projects. Because I use a lot prefinished moulding for my craft projects, I have left-overs that would be perfect for this. Especially since it’s going to be outside during the winter weather of December, prefinished, polystyrene decorative moulding is a good choice because it’s moisture resistant so it won’t rot or mold. You can find it Lowe’s and Home Depot. I love the prefinished polystyrene moulding because it’s so easy to wipe clean and dust, and it’s already stained or painted, and it uses the same tools as traditional wood. Another design opportunity, because the moulding comes in so many different profiles and styles, you can create mini shelves as branches to display ornaments, photographs, or little wrapped tokens of friendship for your guests to take home with them. Wow, time for me to get busy!
If you’ve created a wooden Christmas tree like this, please share your decorating ideas. And don’t forget to check out my winter holidays decoration ideas on Pinterest for some inspiration as well.