Trash to Treasure Farmhouse DIYs
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I could not be happier that the week is coming to an end. I had so much going on this week and I was only able to get 2 posts out. But this one is a great way to end the week, at least for me.?
You know there are always things in our homes that we think of discarding without a second thought. Perhaps it’s leftover items from a previous project. Maybe you have empty containers, or things that just get forgotten over time and we forget that they’re even there.
No, just me? ?
Well, my dear friend Casey over at Coffee with My Sunshine invited me to co-host her “Using Trash to Create Treasure” Challenge on her YouTube channel. Of course, I was happy to oblige. She and I started YouTube about the same time and it has been so great to help each other along the way.
The premise is simple, take whatever might be considered “trash” around your home and make treasure out of it.
I went looking around my home and here are a few things I found (I did find more afterwards, but they aren’t pictured below).
- Cut poster boards from a project my husband did last month, that was leftover.
- Leaves from when I did my Valentines topiary and wreath and only used the roses.
- An old yankee candle that was completely used up and some cardboard crosses from packaging when I purchased some glass bowls from Dollar Tree.
I think I had a good base to start from.
I knew I wanted to create a farmhouse sign from the poster board. It looked like a chalk board so the first thing I did was get my Poplar boards that I always have on hand from Home Depot.
They come in 3 foot lengths and are only $1.05 a piece! Perfect for quick DIY’s.
I cut them so that they would fit slightly around the poster board.
I stained them with my favorite wood tint in Walnut. The reason I love this wood tint so much is that it is water-based and it doesn’t smell like stain so it’s perfect to work with in the winter months cause there are no harsh smells and you can use it indoors easily .
After I was done, I set that aside to dry and started working on the greenery. I took the leftover leaves from my Dollar Tree bushes and I took a round piece of heavy duty floral wire from the Dollar Tree that I already had.
I cut it to make one round piece and glued the ends to close it.
Then I glued leaves all around it to cover all of the purple.
I took more leaves and folded them in half in order to cut them into smaller leaves (to resemble like a boxwood leaf). Then I began gluing them all over the round piece.
If you have more than one color of leaf, the better it will look. I kept adding until I was happy with how it looked.
After my little wreath was done, I got the poster board and I added beautiful ticking stripe ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I had on hand, to one end of the poster board. I secured it by hot-gluing it to the back.
It was time to assemble the sign so I took the poplar boards and placed them faced down on the table.
I got some large craft sticks that I had, cut off the rounded ends and hot glued them on the sign in order to hold the pieces together (no power tools required since this sign is very light in weight).
Okay so next I added some more of that ribbon to the wreath.
I placed it on top of the first ribbon and hot-glued the top piece over the back of the poster board as well.
Then I added the frame (but didn’t glue it to the poster board yet).
It should look like this…
Then came the real fun!
I have had a Cameo for a while, just hadn’t had the time to use it, and today was the day!
I created the Spanish version of “Bless Our Home” and I was so excited to finally create my own personalized sign!
Which leads to a QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT!
Remember, when I said I will be opening my own online shop this year? Well, one of the items that I will be selling is decals for signs!
But that’s not the best of it, I haven’t seen anyone creating signs in Spanish or even Spanglish so I thought it would be perfect to be able to do that for my Spanglish community! I will have English, Spanish and Spanglish decals in my shop and I am so exited.
There are a lot of things I have to take care of and learn behind the scenes, but I am hoping to release my first designs in the next few weeks, fingers crossed!
Okay, so back to the finished sign!
Here she is!
I noticed that when I hot glued the poster board to the back of the frame I accidentally did it a little high and the work “Bendice” is kinda close to the frame, but hey at least it’s just poster board and I can always fix it later.
I mean look at that mini wreath! ?
They were leftover leaves people!
I was so happy with how this turned out!
But wait, there’s more Trash to Treasure!!!
I created 3 more projects for the collaboration.
A ticking stripe etched glass candle Hurricane from the Yankee Candle Container (you can etch glass so easy with this).
I also created this Swiss Cross sign with the cardboard “crosses” and even more trash that I found when I was creating it.
This girl keeps ERRRRTHANG!
And then finally a heart made out of corks, more of the black poster board and ribbon.
If you love these, you can watch the tutorial on how I made them below.
More Trash to Treasure Farmhouse DIYs
Etched Candle Hurricane: 5:33
Swiss Cross Sign: 8:28
Cork Heart: 10:44
I hope you enjoyed this Trash to Treasure!
I will see you in the next one!
Until then, adios!