Crafts by Courtney https://www.craftsbycourtney.com How-to Crafts and DIY Parties Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:17:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.7 DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-hello-fall-welcoming-sign/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:17:12 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11904 DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign
Today I'm showing you how to make a DIY Fall Welcoming Sign. All you need are a couple supplies to get started on this simple Fall Sign.
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DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Hi everyone, it has been a whirlwind of a week here in the Sanchez house and it’s only Wednesday.  With all the prepping for holidays projects, kids football games, and school events.  It’s non stop.  But I LOVE it!

Of course I’ve been getting the house ready for Thanksgiving. It has to look perfect. So one of my last Fall home projects is this DIY Fall Welcoming Sign for your front entry way.  It’s a nice welcoming sign for my friends and family to see when they walk in the door and enter my front living room.

If you follow my blog then you know I’m all about a DIY Sign project for the house.   I went and counted and I’ve done 19 sign projects on my blog.  I really think I should make a quick round up post for everyone.  I’ll add that to my to-do list for sure!

So onto the project!

DIY Hello Fall Sign Supplies:

  • Cameo 3
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Paint
  • Wood Shadow Box

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 1 – Paint Shadow Box

I went through my wood supply stash and found this shadow box that has been sitting for awhile now.  I really needed to finally use it.  I grabbed some white acrylic paint and paint gel stain.  I painted the edges first with the stain, then went around the rest with the white acrylic paint.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 2 – Find Stencil

After searching the Silhouette library I found the perfect design for my Fall sign. That was probably the hardest part!  I was able to go in a mess the the color theme that I wanted to use.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 3 – Cut and Weed Stencil

Next I cut my stencil with vinyl on blade setting 1 with my Cameo 3.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Then I weeded it.  Now I have the PERFECT stencil for this project!

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 4 – Add Transfer Tape

To add your stencil you are going to need to put some transfer tape on top. I cut the transfer tape to size. I added to the top, then peeled the back off.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 5 – Add Stencil

Now you can add your stencil to the shadow box. Since the back is sticky is will stay put while you add your paint.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Gently peel the transfer tape off.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 6 – Paint Stencil

Now the fun part, adding our paint!  I picked some bright vibrant colors for my Fall sign.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

I did a total of two coats, letting each coat dry 10 minutes.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 7 – Remove Stencil

Finally let’s pull our vinyl up to reveal our AMAZING sign!

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to start decorating with my new Fall sign!  These colors absolutely POP in my house.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

What do you think? Have you tried making a DIY Sign before?

Honestly once I got started I had this sign made in a little over an hour, gotta love that!

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my DIY Fall Welcoming Sign post.  If you have any questions about making the sign shoot me a quick e-mail and I’ll get right back to ya!

Have a blessed Holiday season!

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Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/fall-painted-pumpkin-wall-art/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/fall-painted-pumpkin-wall-art/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:27:58 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11711 Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art
Looking for the perfect Fall craft? Add this DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin project to your holiday to-do list this Fall Season.
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Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Hello friends, today I’m sharing a new wall art project I just finished over at the Darice Blog.  A Fall Painted Pumpkin! I will show you an easy way to create a hand painted look using a stencil created with my Silhouette Cameo.

What I love most about this project is how the pumpkin really POPS against that black canvas.  Black canvas projects are popping up all over the place now. I think we are going to be seeing a lot of black canvas wall art pieces, especially around the holidays.

So grab your supplies and let’s get started!

Fall Painted Pumpkin Supplies Needed:

Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 1 – Make and Cut Stencil

Since it’s Fall I really wanted to go with a pumpkin for this project.  But you can pick any type of style you like. I found this stencil on the Silhouette library, #274516.  I sized it to fit the size of my canvas 9×12.  Then I cut it on blade setting 3.

Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 2 – Weed Stencil

After I cut my stencil, I used my “handy dandy” weeding tool to weed my stencil.  Now I have the perfect stencil for this project.

Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 3 – Add Stencil

Next, I added the stencil to my canvas using transfer tape. Make sure to smooth is out with either a credit card or scraper tool.

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 4 – Pick Your Colors

Now let’s pick our paint colors!

Since my home is more coastal, I like to combine my coastal style with my Fall decor. So I wanted to go with a light colored pumpkin.  I used a Premium Acrylic Paint for this project.

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 5 – Add Your Paint

Finally it’s time to start painting.  I really wanted this project to feel like it was hand painted so I used various shades of green for the leaves to create that effect.

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

For the pumpkin I used a titan buff, titanium white, warm grey and carbon black. With all the shading this pumpkin turned out perfect!

Create a Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

I really didn’t have a strategy for painting my pumpkin. This was my first time attempting a project like this, I just added my titan buff paint first, then I started shading with different colors.  I let some of the black from the canvas show through.

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Step 7 – Remove Stencil 

Now it’s time to remove the vinyl and see your creation! I didn’t wait for the paint to dry, I pulled the vinyl off immediately.

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Voila!!

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Finishing Touches

Creating a stencil is a great option with a project like this, especially if you don’t know how to draw or paint like me.

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking our my latest.  I’m pretty excited with how this Fall painted pumpkin turned out.  I hope this inspires you to try it yourself.  I really thinks this can be done with so many designs in the Silhouette library.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Looking for another Fall Sign Project?

I made this Fall sign last year using my Silhouette as well.  Heading over and see the full tutorial!

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Simple Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for Kids https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/simple-toilet-paper-roll-pumpkin-craft-for-kids/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:50:17 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11730
How to make a quick and easy Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin craft with kids. Only a couple supplies needed for this DIY Fall craft.
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I’m excited to share this FUN and SUPER easy Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft I made over at the Darice blog last month!  I always love adding touches of each holiday to my kids rooms, so this year I wanted my kids to make a new pumpkin craft.

I’ve seen these toilet paper roll pumpkins before, but I REALLY wanted to make this a fun kids craft using a bandana.

It’s so simple, even a kid can do it and all you need are a couple supplies.  Plus, once the kids are finished they can display their pumpkin in their bedroom like we did!

Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Supplies:

  • Bandana
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Holly Leaves
  • Hot Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Large Toilet Paper Roll

Simple Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Step 1 – Lay out Your Bandana

Let’s start off by having the kids place their toilet paper roll in the center of the bandana.

Create a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Then tightly pulling over one side and placing the fabric in the center of the toilet paper roll.

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Then repeat this process on other side.

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Now work your way around the pumpkin, and make sure you tell the kids the pull their fabric tightly.

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Quick Tip: Make sure to use the LARGER size toilet paper rolls for this project.  It makes the pumpkins look so much fuller and better!

Step 2 – Add Your Stem

Now let’s add the stem of the pumpkin!  Since we want our pumpkin stem to be a little bigger, I decided that hot glueing several cinnamon sticks together would make the perfect pumpkin stem. Plus it will smell great!! Bonus!

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

If you have younger kids working on this project, assistance is required with a hot glue gun.

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Now firmly place your sticks inside the center of the pumpkin! We did not need to hot glue it into place.

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Step 3 – Add Leaves

Now it’s time to finish this pumpkin by adding some leaves to the stem.  Again just add a dab of hot glue to the back of the leaf and place it on the stem!

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Now your little one has the perfect pumpkin craft for Fall!

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

This is a great project to work on with a large group of kids, like a class or a small group of kids for a Fall party.

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Just a couple more touches and my boys room will be ready for Fall.

Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

Since this kids project turned out so perfect, I decided to make one for myself as well using the buffalo print bandana.  I adore the buffalo print pumpkins, it will fit in perfectly with my Fall decor.

Simple Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

I love the idea of making this a fun family project as well.  Each member of the family can pick out a bandana and make their very own personalized pumpkin.

How to make a Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Craft for kids

There you have it, a quick and easy (non messy) toilet paper roll pumpkin craft you’re kids can make in no time!  As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project! I have lots more Fall crafts I’ll be posting soon.

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Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/spooky-lawn-flamingo-vulture-for-halloween/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 23:24:33 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11653 Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween
Looking for none scary Halloween decor? Then you'll love this DIY Lawn Flamingo Vulture for your yard! Two easy steps and your done!
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Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

I am so excited to share my latest project with you guys… A Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture I made at the Darice Blog!! At the beginning of the Summer I bought two metal lawn flamingos for my front flower bed.  I just love them and get so many compliments when friends come over.  So I wanted to create a quick DIY Halloween craft using these flamingos.

I’m from Florida so of course lawn flamingos were a staple in most yards.

I think this flamingo vulture will look great sitting on my front porch for Halloween! I may even make more depending on the holiday.  I might need an Santa flamingo welcoming everyone during Christmas.

So let’s get started!

Lawn Flamingo Vulture Supplies Needed:

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

Step 1 – Paint Your Flamingo

I used the DecoArt Outdoor Living paint for this step.

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

I painted the backside of the flamingo with the outdoor living paint.  I only needed to add two coats.

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

This paint works great and really holds up against bad weather. I used it on my DIY hose stand last year.

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

Step 2 – Add Feathers

Now let’s add our feathery boa!

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

All I did was wrap the boa around the neck, no glue was even needed!  If the boa get’s messed up I can just switch it out no problem!

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

I would recommended keeping this on the porch away from the rain just to be on the safe side.

Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

Now I’m ready to take it outside and display it!

DIY Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween using DecoArt Outdoor Living Paint

I’m pretty pleased with how this project turned out.  It’s a fun take on Halloween decor, but totally fits in with my coastal style.  If you follow my blog then you’ll know I’m all about fitting in coastal style with each holiday.

Create a Spooky Lawn Flamingo Vulture for Halloween

As always thank for stopping by!  If your looking for another fun POP of color Halloween project then check out this tote bag I did last week.

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DIY Halloween Tote Bag https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-halloween-tote-bag/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-halloween-tote-bag/#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:10:34 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11634 DIY Halloween Tote Bag
Halloween is right around the corner so I wanted to share my latest Halloween craft, a DIY Halloween Tote bag. All I needed was my Silhouette Cameo and some fabric paints.
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DIY Halloween Tote Bag

Hello everyone, today I’d like a share a new DIY Halloween Tote Bag I made over at the Darice Blog last month. As I’m sure you’re aware of this new Halloween trend using pastels, glitters and bright colors.  It’s everywhere and I’m loving it, really who wouldn’t love a cheerful Halloween!

I’ll show you how to turn a simple tote bag into a fun fashionable piece for your Halloween season.  All you need is some fabric paint, tote bag and a cutting machine.

Since this is such an easy project I love the idea of turning this Halloween project into a fun girls craft night, add some wine and your set!

So let’s get started!

DIY Halloween Tote Bag Supplies Needed:

DIY Halloween Tote Bag - Getting Started

Step 1 – Add Cardboard

Because we don’t want the paint to bleed through, you will need to add a cardboard piece in your canvas tote. I had a VERY thick piece of cardstock that I was able to use perfectly.

DIY Halloween Tote Bag

Step 2 – Cut Stencil

I made my stencil using my Silhouette Cameo, but any cutting machine will work.  I found the image in the Silhouette library – Design ID 225870. I made sure to measure out the tote and size my image to fit.

DIY Halloween Tote Bag

Step 3 – Weed and Add Stencil

Next I weeded and transferred my stencil to the canvas tote.

DIY Halloween Tote Bag

Step 4 – Fill in Stencil

Now the fun part, adding our fabric paint!  I love this paint, last month I made this Farmhouse Apron using this paint and a Darice apron.

DIY Halloween Tote Bag - SoSoft Fabric paints

I used a “hand dandy” sponge brush to add my paint. Only one coat is needed and it dries within 5 minutes.

DIY Halloween Tote Bag

DIY Halloween Tote Bag

DIY Halloween Tote Bag

Step 5 – Remove Stencil

Now it’s time to gently pull up our stencil.  With this vinyl and paint we have no bleeding! WOOHOO!!

DIY Halloween Tote Bag

Look at how AMAZING this turned out! But it still needs something extra….

Create a DIY Halloween Tote Bag

Step 6 – Add Garland

Pom pom garland! I went through my pom pom garland stash to find the best coordinating color.

Create a DIY Halloween Tote Bag for Halloween

I used my “trusty” glue gun to add the garland across the top of the tote bag.

Create a DIY Halloween Tote Bag for Halloween

Create a DIY Halloween Tote Bag for Halloween

Voila, all finished.  I had this halloween tote bag made in less then a hour.  It took me longer to decide on what image I wanted to use!

Create a DIY Halloween Tote Bag for Halloween and Trick or Treating

Create a DIY Halloween Tote Bag for Halloween and Trick or Treating

If your loving this bright and cheerful feel of Halloween, then check out this Halloween Neon Sign I made last year.

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project.  If you have any questions about this Halloween Tote bag just let me know!

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Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/thanksgiving-and-halloween-reversible-sign/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/thanksgiving-and-halloween-reversible-sign/#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:45:48 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11781 Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign
Looking for ways to get your home ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving entertaining? I made the perfect Fall reversible sign for both holidays using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Matte Metallic paint.
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Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Hi friends, today I’m sharing a new Fall project… A Reversible Sign, perfect for your Thanksgiving, Fall and Halloween decor/entertaining.  I’m all about entertaining during the Fall season.  I usually host the Friendsgiving dinner at my house and a Halloween party as well.  What’s most important about entertaining…  The decorating of course.  We all decorate so we can entertain and have everyone over to get that special Fall feeling when entering your home.

I wanted to create a reversible sign just for that.  When I have the annual Friendsgiving dinner I will use the Grateful side.  Then when I have my Halloween party I will use the Trick or Treat side. You can set it up next to your party table, food display, or even when they walk in the door, it’s the first thing they see.

As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt product.  This month our challenge was doing a Fall Entertaining project using their Chalky Finish paint and paring it with the Matte Metallics.

So on to the craft!!

Supplies Needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz – Vintage
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz – Yesteryear
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz – Everlasting
  • DecoArt Matte Metallics 2oz – Aged Bronze
  • DecoArt Matte Metallics – Soft Silver
  • DecoArt Matte Metallics 2oz – Charcoal
  • DecoArt Matte Metallics 2oz – Turquoise
  • DecoArt Matte Metallics 2oz – Rose Gold
  • Paint Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Cutting Machine
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Paper
  • Wooden Pumpkins (ACMoore)

Fall Reversible Sign

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Step 1 – Paint Pumpkins

Let’s start off by painting your first coat on both sides of the pumpkins.  I used the Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint for this step.  Honestly out of all the DecoArt products this is my absolute FAVORITE!

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

I went with a lighter blue to go with my coastal Fall theme and a gray for the Halloween side.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Each side only needed two coats of paint.  This paint dries pretty quickly.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Step 2 – Dry Brush Pumpkins

Next, I wanted to just dry brush my white chalky paint on.  I lightly went over both sides with my paint brush.

Then I painted the bottom stand of the pumpkin solid white.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Once my paint dried I lightly went over the pumpkin with sandpaper.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Step 3 – Cut Stencil

Now the fun part picking out and cutting your stencils.  I always find great stencils in the Silhouette library.  I made sure to weed and ad transfer paper on top.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Step 4 – Add Stencil

Once I transferred my stencil over I made sure to use my “hand dandy” scrapping tool to rub any bubbles out.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Step 5 – Transfer Stencil

Lightly pull your transfer paper off, so not to tear your vinyl or pull up any vinyl.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Step 6 – Add Paint

Now the fun part… Adding our paint!

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

I made sure to pick out the perfect Halloween colors for this project.

  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen 2oz – Aged Bronze
  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen 2oz – Soft Silver
  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen 2oz – Charcoal
  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen 2oz – Turquoise

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

I did a total of three coats, letting each coat dry a couple minutes.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Step 7 – Remove Stencil

Now it’s time to pull your stencil up and reveal that awesome sign!  You can really see the metallic effects from this paint.

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Repeat Process

For the Thanksgiving side I repeated the same process.  But I used the Rose Gold paint.  Which I think may be my favorite!

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign

You can really see how great the metallic shows in person.

Finishing Touches

Once everything was dry, it’s time to display.  You can use the “Grateful” side for September and November, and the “Trick or Treat” for October.

Create a Thanksgiving and Halloween Reversible Sign using DecoArt Chalky Finish

Honestly I don’t know which side I like better, they both turned out great!  This is a great reversible sign for the Fall season.

Create a Halloween Reversible Sign using your Silhouette Cameo

I also paired this project up with a couple pumpkins I got from the Dollar Tree that I used some of the chalky finish on.  I pulled out the steam and added a simple succulent to the top! Perfect for a Fall table setting or just place around the house.

How to make a Reversible Sign for Fall

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project… A reversible sign for Fall and Halloween.  Please let me know if you have any questions on how to make the sign.

If you’re looking for more Fall inspiration using the chalky finish paint, then check out this succulent pumpkin I made a couple years ago.

Lydi from Lydi Out Loud made some great faux concrete place card holders for her Thanksgiving table setup!  Make sure to head over and check that out!

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Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/colorful-wooden-bug-box-craft/ Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:37:57 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11392 Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft
Hi everyone, today I’m sharing a cute and super fun kids craft…  A Colorful Painted Wooden Bug Box. I did this project for Darice during the Summer, but this is a project that can be done in the Fall as well.  We still have LOTS of bugs here in NC in he Fall. This craft is so […]
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Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Hi everyone, today I’m sharing a cute and super fun kids craft…  A Colorful Painted Wooden Bug Box. I did this project for Darice during the Summer, but this is a project that can be done in the Fall as well.  We still have LOTS of bugs here in NC in he Fall.

This craft is so cool and I love that the kids can customize it with any colors they wish.  It’s a perfect project for kids of all ages! They can paint their bug boxes then go around together, explore and find bugs to learn about.

So let’s get started!

Wooden Bug Box Supplies Needed:

  • Unfinished Wooden Bug Box
  • Plastic Insects
  • Studio 71 Paint Brushes
  • Studio 71 Paint Trays
  • Craft Paint

Originally I wrote this post as a Summer Camp or VBA craft for Darice. 

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Step 1. For this step really let the kids explore their creativity.  I would make a couple example bug boxes and set them on the table for a little inspiration, but other then that let them have free range.

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Using thin paint brushes really let’s them create the small details on their bug box.  I have invested in nice brushes for my VBS kids, that have lasted years.  Just leave cups of water on the tables for them to add their brushes to once they’re finished.  Then you can have your camp helpers wash the brushes to keep them like new.

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Make sure to have lots of fun color options for the kids to pick from.

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Step 2. Now it’s time to make these little bugs bright and colorful! This is an optional step, but I think the kids would have a blast painting some bugs, especially if you have the time.

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft - Summer Craft

For this step I did a total of three coats, letting each coat dry 5 minutes.

how to make a Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

Once you have all three coats painted, it’s time to add some details.  They can get pretty creative with this step as well! You could even add some glitter paints to the tables.

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft - kids craft

Now these adorable bug I can handle!

Bug Craft

Once they’re all finished you can take the kids around and start exploring for bugs!

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft for kids

See how many different bugs the kids can find outside.

Summer fun kids craft

Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

DIY Colorful Wooden Bug Box Craft

This is a great Spring, Summer and even Fall project to work on with the kids.  I have three boys and they are ALWAYS exploring for bugs around our property.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Fall Textured Vase Makeover https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/fall-textured-vase-makeover/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/fall-textured-vase-makeover/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2019 17:58:37 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11728 DIY Fall Textured Vase Makeover
Fall is here and what does that mean, new Fall decor projects to make! Today I'm sharing a easy to do vase makeover using DecoArt's textured paint and a vase from Goodwill.
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DIY Fall Textured Vase Makeover

Hi everyone!!  I’m sharing a new project I made over at the DecoArt blog.  It’s September, so what does that means….  Time to start decorating for Fall of course!  pumpkins, Pumpkins and more PUMPKINS! With any change of season, I love incorporating coastal touches into my holiday decor.

As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt product.  This month our challenge was doing a Fall project using their texture paint.

So I decided to give a large vase I found at Goodwill for $5.00 a makeover using the textured paint.  I decided on using the champagne colored textured paint, because I knew it would fit in best with my Fall color scheme, but also anytime of the year.

So let’s get started!

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Texture 8oz – Champagne
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz – Whisper
  • Small palette knife
  • Paintbrush

Fall Textured Vase Makeover

Easy DIY Fall Textured Vase Makeover

I can’t believe I was able to give this $5.00 vase such a beautiful makeover. It fits in perfectly with my coastal Fall decor I have going on.

Fall Textured Vase Makeover for a perfect coastal Fall look

I just love how the feel of this wall turned out with the Fall touches! I’ve been working on it for awhile and it’s finally complete.

Coastal Fall decor for the new season

So make sure to head over to the DecoArt blog and see the full tutorial and how easy it was to do!

Full Tutorial Here!!

Last year I made a Fall Sign using the textured paint as well.  One of my friends loved it so much when she came over for coffee and mommy time, I ended up just giving it to her!  She gets a lot of my projects I work on for the house.  Not only do you get to hang out at my house, but you leave with a gift, lol.  That’s a good friend!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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Two Hour Front Door Makeover with DecoArt’s Curb Appeal Paint https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/two-hour-front-door-makeover-with-decoarts-curb-appeal-paint/ Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:38:53 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11677 Two Hour Front Door Makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint
How to give a front door a makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint. I had my front door painted and finished in less then two hours! Two hour front door makeover!
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Two Hour Front Door Makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

The day is finally here, I’m posting my front door makeover!  WOOHOO! I’ll show you how I painted my front door with DecoArt’s Curb Appeal paint in two hours!

I’ve been wanting to paint my front door for years, but was a little intimidated about it. I know crazy right?! But it’s kinda a big deal. I didn’t know what color to choose, if the paint would hold up well.  But after asking other bloggers who’ve used the paint, how they liked it and if it held up well.  All of them loved it and said it held up great, no chipping or fading from the sun.

So let’s get started!

Front Door Makeover Supplies Needed:

BEFORE

Front Door Makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

As you can see this area REALLY needed a makeover.  No curb appeal here at all. But first I had to get those front steps painted, ASAP!

Front Door Makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

After I finished painting the front steps, it really inspired me to get started on that front door.

Front Door Makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

Step 1 – Prep Door

Since this door has never been painted and it’s metal the prep was pretty easy.  I went over the door with a Clorox wipe.

Front Door Makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

How to paint your Front Door with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

Step 2 – Tape Door Off

Next it’s time to tape the door off, since it only has one window on the front this part was pretty easy.  I used Frog Tape brand, which it the best, no bleeding!

How to paint your Front Door with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

Step 3 – Pick Paint Color

This was a pretty BIG decision for me, I went over this for months. Testing out colors.  I love a classic white door, and I think everything POPS against.  The Cape Cod was another big contender, but in the end I decided on the classic black door. Especially after painting the steps, I knew the black was the best fit for now.

How to paint your Front Door with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

How to paint your Front Door with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

Step 4 – Paint

Now it’s time to start painting!! I outlined the door first, then started filling it in.  I waited two hours for it to dry, then added my second coat.  Two coats were all I needed!

How to paint your Front Door with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

With the one bottle of Curb Appeal paint I was able to paint my front door, the top of the front steps, and my parents front door.  This paint covers great!

How to paint your Front Door with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint in two hours

Finishing Touches

To finish the door off I found the “Our Home” plaque at Michale’s on clearance for $5.00.  I put some heavy duty command strips on the back, so I wouldn’t make any new holes on the door.

Front Door Makeover with DecoArt's Curb Appeal Paint

I am beyond excited with how my front door turned out!  I think it makes such a difference with the look of the front of the house.  I usually keep my front door open all day so the black really fits in with the inside of the house as well.

DecoArt has pinned a TON of front door makeovers on their Pinterest page, head over!

If you loved this front door makeover then make sure to stop by and check out how I gave my front steps a makeover with the DecoArt Curb Appeal paints

Thanks for stopping by, I will keep everyone posted on new ways I decorate this area for the holidays!

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Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/front-step-makeover-with-decoart-curb-appeal-paint/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:31:42 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11602
Come check out my front step makeover! A little scrubbing and paint gives these front steps and whole new look! I used DecoArt Curb Appeal Paints for the makeover.
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Happy Tuesday friends, I hope you’re week is going well! Today I’m sharing my Front Step Makeover! It’s been so beautiful here in NC and just makes me want to be outside all day and do projects. I’m 100% a Spring and Summer girl. I could be outside all day long in the Summer.

So one project that’s been on my to-do list is my front steps.  They were built when we first moved into our house, but I’ve never done anything to them.  The past couple years I’ve really been focusing on the inside of the house.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve planted flowers, evergreens, and trees but that’s been about it curb appeal wise.

This year we’ve even added the gravel walkway to the front of the house, which has made a HUGE difference for the front of our house. This was the before walkway.  We just added the pavers as a fast thing when we first moved in.

Since I’ve gotten the flowers beds looking great and a new walkway, I decided it was time to paint the front steps and give the whole area a new look. DecoArt released their Curb Appeal paint last year and I’ve been dying to try it.  So I grabbed a couple colors to choose from and started.

Now onto the makeover!

Front Step Makeover Supplies:

  • DecoArt Curb Appeal Colonial Black
  • DecoArt Burb Appeal Salem Grey
  • Valspar Porch, Floor and Patio Latex Paint
  • Clorox Pro Results – Outdoor Bleach
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint Brush

Step 1 – Clean Steps

As you can tell from the bottom photos these steps really needed a good cleaning!  I used an outdoor bleach I found in Lowes.  It took a couple hours but I got these steps cleaned up nice!!

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

I really wish I would have snapped an after photo of the steps, believe me it was a major improvement.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

Let the wood dry completely for 2 days.

Step 2 – Paint Base Coat

I went over the entire front steps with the Valspar Outdoor Paint.  These steps were really dry and soaked up that paint.  I had to do a total of 4 coats on these steps over several days.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

Already looks like a major improvement.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

Step 3 – Paint Top of Steps

I really loved the white steps but I felt like it needed something extra, plus they were not easy to keep clean out here in the country.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

So I got some of DecoArt’s Curb Appeal Paint in Salem Grey and painted the tops of the steps.  For this step all I needed was two coats of the grey paint, it goes on pretty thick.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

I waited 24 hours between each coat to dry throughly.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

After I finished the grey I really liked it but…. I felt it still needed something extra.

Step 4 – Paint Top of Railing

I just came back from Charleston visiting some family there, well after seeing all these beautiful homes in their neighborhood and talking with my cousin (which she is AMAZING at decorating/designing) we came up with the idea of painting the top rails black.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

I taped off the top and got started.  For this step all I needed was two coats as well.  This time I just waited the recommended two hours before adding my 2nd coat since this area will not get a lot of foot traffic.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

I love that extra touch of black it really ties in the shutters, welcome sign, new light fixture and freshly painted front door.  I will have a full tutorial up on the blog on how I repainted my front door in less then two hours.

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

Finishing Touches

To finish this area off I added some nice finishing touches:

  • Welcome Sign – At Home
  • Light Fixture – Lowes
  • Post Box – TJMaxx
  • Wreath – Darice
  • Our Home Sign – Micheals
  • Topiaries – Wal-Mart

Front Step Makeover with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paint

I think overall this area is a BIG improvement and really gives it some great curb appeal, which it really needed.

How to paint your front steps

I am looking forward to decorating this area for each holiday now!!  Fall is right around the corner!

Front Step Makeover - How to paint your front steps

Front Step Makeover - How to paint your front steps

Front Step Makeover - How to paint your front steps

I never would have been able to give these steps a makeover without the DecoArt Curb Appeal paints.  I think this will do for a couple years until we can add a porch across the front.  That’s the ultimate goal, a porch across the front!

As always thanks for stopping by, make sure to stay tuned for my front door makeover post!!

Also check out DecoArt’s Pinterest board, they have a TON of door makeovers using the Curb Appeal paint to help get you inspired!

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