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 all, Martin here with you this week. Holiday gatherings are supposed to be cheerful occasions, right? Well, tell that to my mother who, although she’s hosted our family event every year for the last twenty years, still freaks out each December because she thinks her home is never guest-ready. Of course she doesn’t have the time or the budget for a complete renovation overhaul—nor does she need to go to that extreme. But, as I always do this time each year, I listen to her concerns and offer up some advice—and my DIY assistance, and we narrow down her wish list. This year, it’s her walls.
She has some faded and stained walls in the main bathroom and the guest bedrooms that could use some fresh paint. But if she paints those walls, she’ll want to repaint the whole house (believe me, I know my Mom) and there’s not enough time for that. So I said, “How about let’s add a small-scale does of rustic charm to those walls?” Using weathered wood-look Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s, we’ll create focal points that will draw the guest’s eyes away from the rest of the ugly walls. Here’s what we did.
Weathered Wood-look Headboard
For a warm, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create a headboard in each of the bedrooms to make the guests feel comfortable. Installing Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s is literally a one-person job. The planks are lightweight and install with a light construction adhesive. So there is no need to find and mark studs, or hammer and nails. These Accent Planks are the perfect alternative to real reclaimed wood because you don’t have to worry about the planks splitting—or splinters falling on your guests while they’re snoozing. Each kit covers 15 square feet and includes ten 4.5” x 4’ planks, and is available in four colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Reclaimed White, and Whitewashed Pine. Or you can choose the Multicolor kit which include 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey, and 3 Reclaimed White planks. For complete instructions, check out this blog post.
Bathroom Accent Wall
For a warm, cozy, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create an eye-catching herringbone wall behind the vanity in the main bathroom. Because these Accent Planks from Lowe’s are moisture resistant, they’re the perfect product to use for high-moisture rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. In addition to being lightweight, they come prefinished, and there’s no major wall prep that needs to be done first. And, I saved the best part for last: they’re completely removable and replaceable because they’re installed with Command Strips™ from 3M.
Obviously, a complete room-by-room renovation before the holidays is out of the question, but these projects are quick and easy, and won’t bust the wallet. You still have plenty of time to get these projects done. For more Accent Plank inspiration, check out the rest of Design Next Door blog. Here’s to gearing up for the holidays! Thanks for reading.
Hello fellow DIY devotees, Martin here, and I’m uber eager to share some of my favorite projects from years past that make amazing holiday gifts for your near and dears. The good news is, these projects aren’t overly complicated at all so you still have plenty of time to get them made, wrapped, and under the tree, and they all use Inteplast’s moulding and trim products.
This necklace holder is the perfect gift for your wife, girlfriend, mother, or sister, or you can give it to anybody to use as a key rack or a dog leash holder, and it’s doable for even a beginner DIYer. Using Inteplast’s casing and moulding products in a wood grain or white, which you can find at Lowe’s or online at Houzz.com, you can make it any length you want. You can find all of the instructions and materials you’ll need here at our original post.
Bottle Opener Cap Catcher
We’ve all got that person on our Christmas list who loves craft brew beverages (like me!). This PVC bottle cap opener and catcher is the perfect gift to outfit a special someone’s deck, patio, or outdoor entertaining space. This DIY favorite uses Inteplast’s white trim product. Check out this post for instructions and materials.
Picture Frame and Kid’s Frame and Storage
I made these gallery-inspired frames using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding for my sister last year so she could show off my niece’s budding artistic talents. The best part about their prefinished moulding is that it’s easy to wipe clean without getting splinters!
Flower Vase Holder
This is one of my favorite projects. I made it for my mom for Mother’s Day and my Aunt Janie fell in love with it, so guess what she’s getting for Christmas this year (hope she doesn’t see this post). This flower box with Coca-Cola® glass bottle vases is made out of Inteplast Building Products PVC trimboard product. I love working with their Trim products because they’re the perfect sustainable wood-alternative, which means Aunt Janie can put poinsettias in these vases for years to come. This project might be a bit more detailed, but it’s still doable for all skill levels. You can find the instructions and materials list here.
We’ve made so many great projects in the past, there’s no way to feature them all. Here are some other great handmade gift ideas like a dog feeding station, wine rack, or a picture rail. Check out all of our inspiring projects on Design Next Door.
Hope you make out ok with the project. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Hello again, Martin here. The outside temperatures may be unseasonably warm, but that’s not going to defer the holiday entertaining schedule that’s about to get real. My family, my girlfriend’s family, and my friends and neighbors are big into get-togethers during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, which translates into lots of great feasts and lots of amazing wines and spirits. This time of year, wine is the perfect hostess and holiday gift. But with all of those brand new shiny bottles collecting on your countertops as your guests bring them in; it’d be nice to have extra storage that also let you show them off. Well, have I got a project for you. Not only is this PVC wine rack a perfect gift idea, if you’re an entertainer who likes to serve wine, it’s one of those projects you’ll want to make and keep for yourself.
This is wine rack is so easy to make, here’s all you need to do:
Gather these materials:
First, if I don’t have all of the materials I need, I head out to my local building supply store. You can buy Inteplast Building Products PVC trim at your local Home Depot, or you can check out this retail locator from Inteplast Building Products to find a retailer in your area.
Next, I make four marks, every 10” on the 1 x 4 PVC trim board. Then, on the table saw, I make miter cuts (45 degrees) at every 10” mark.
Once I have the four pieces cut of the PVC trim cut, which will become the wine bottle holders, I roughly line them up to make sure they fit together. This also helps me determine the size of the backer board. Now, I’ll cut the 1 x 10 PVC trim board to 29” long and 9-1/2” wide.
All of my pieces are cut and ready for assembly. I’ll first mark where the bottle holes will be drilled. Starting 2” from the end, I’ll mark the center for the first hole, and then from the center of the first hole, I’ll measure over 3-3/4” for the center of the second hole. I’ll need to repeat this for each of the other three pieces. Check out the diagram at the end of this post for more detail.
Next, apply PVC cement on the edges of each bottle holder, and press them in place on the backer trim board.
After you’ve applied the PVC cement, wait about 3 minutes until it’s dry, and then flip it over and permanently attach with 1-1/2” screws, starting at the edge. Apply three screws for each PVC bottle holder trim piece. Start from the sides and use a straight edge as a guide for the middle screws.
Now you’re ready to hang it on the wall. Using a stud finder, locate the stud. Mount the rack with a screw on the top and one on the bottom, 1” from each edge. Make sure you are going into a stud, you don’t want your wine collection to end up on the floor!
That’s it! Your finished project can hold up to 8 bottles of wine.
Once you’ve got all of your materials and tools gathered, this project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two tops! Hope you make out ok with the project, and as always, I’m ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
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.