Hello! Welcome to Day 11 of The 12 Post of Christmas, where 12 blogs have come together to bring you a variety of amazing Christmas projects for $24 or less. So if you like to spend hundreds of dollars on each of your holiday decor items, then this post isn’t for you. But if you like cute, cheap, and easy projects then stick around and I will show you how I created an adorable wood shim Christmas Tree for less than $2.00.
– Wood Shims – (I used Nelson Wood Shims, 1.25-in x 7.75-in.)
– White Paint
– Paint Brush
– Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
First, lay out all of the shims and brush them with one nice coat of white wash.
I mixed up a solution of equal parts water and white paint. This seemed to give the wood a whitish look, but I loved how you could still see the wood grains through it.
Once the paint dries, it’s time to assemble the tree. This process may sound a bit confusing, but trust me. It’s a breeze.
1. Start by hot gluing a few of the wood shims flat on top of one another. Make sure to line up the narrow ends, which this will be at the top. For the trunk piece. you will want to glue it about 1 1/2 inches down from the top of the other glued pieces. It should stick out a little bit from the rest.
2. After the trunk is in place, glue the next shim on top of the trunk. Line up the narrow end with the top of your tree, not the trunk piece you just placed. Continue to glue shims directly on top of each other. For balance, you will want an equal number of wood pieces on both sides of trunk. (I went with 5 on each side.)
3.For the base, take two shims and glue them together. You will want the narrow end to line up with the thick end. This will create an even foundation for your tree to stand on. (A leaning tree might not be quite as cute in the end.)
4. Finally, attach the tree trunk to the base with a dab of hot glue and you’re done! Yay!
This project is a fun modern spin on a traditional Christmas tree decoration. What do you think? I think I am in LOVE!
If you have not yet, be sure to check out all of the other amazing projects for the 12 Post of Christmas.
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With all of the horrible things happening daily in the news, every now and then, we can all use a reminder that there are still good people in this world. This is my story about a very wonderful stranger I had the pleasure of meeting.
Last summer while shopping a garage sale, I purchased an awesome vintage crate. I had no real plan for it, but couldn’t just leave it sitting there. As I was walking to my car, a very nice lady who was just walking up asked if I knew if there were more of the same at the garage sale. She was looking for a few crates to use for her daughter’s vintage themed 1st B-day party. I told her I didn’t think there were, but if she wanted to buy the one I had just purchased off of me for the same price I paid, I would be more than happy to sell it to her. (As I really didn’t need it in the first place and wasn’t quite sure how I was going to explain bringing another crate in our home to my husband.) She took my offer and the crate went to a good home with an actual purpose in mind for it. As I was helping her load her car, she showed me a beautiful old bassinet she had just snagged at another sale. She was planning on using it for the b-day party as a place to put the gifts. I told her how much I loved it. We chatted for a few minutes about the b-day party plans and I shared with her that Erin and I have a blog together. She ask if I would be interested in the bassinet once she was done with it. Of course, I told her YES!
Several months later I received this email from her:
This might sound strange, but I met you at a garage sale this summer. (You let me buy from you the crate that you just purchased.)
As we were leaving I showed you an antique pink bassinet. You gave me your website and said you might be interested in this item.
Now, months later, it’s sitting in my garage and taking up space. It is free to you if you can come pick it up.
Let me know if interested, thanks!
I had completely forgotten about the bassinet until I had heard from her. I was so excited! I made arrangements with her immediately and picked up my new bassinet.
Once I got it home, I realized the pink was pretty and all, but it didn’t exactly match the decor in my home. So, it was makeover time.
First, I mixed up a white-wash of equal parts white paint and water. It took three coats of this concoction to rid this entire piece of pink. Honestly, I chose to white-wash it vs. painting it because I was also white-washing another project simultaneously and laziness kicked in.
Finally, I let it dry and it was done. Ah, a neutral color to decorate with. Yay!
This basket has already had a few purposes in our home.
We used it to keep Christmas gift out of the reach of little hands. You may have seen this in our Christmas Home Tour.
After that, it became storage for Christmas tissue paper, bows, and embellishments.
Currently we are using it as a planter for a few extra veggies that didn’t fit in our garden.
I am not sure what the future will hold for this antique bassinet, but I will always hold this sweet gesture from a complete stranger close to my heart.
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Hi and welcome to Emily’s home! Come on in!
This is the decor of our entryway. I’m a pretty simple gal, so my decorating tends to reflect that.
One night, I was having the hardest time going to sleep. I decided to do a little chalkboard doodling in our playroom and was extremely pleased with this tree I drew.
In our Kitchen/Dining Room area I have hung my DIY Advent calendar. This has been a huge hit in our house. Saying my boys love it, is probably an understatement.
I am still keeping things simple here with my wood shim Christmas Tree.
Some of my favorite ways to decorate is with touches of nature found right in my very own backyard.
Styling this fireplace and mantle brought me so much joy, that I felt the need to spell it out for everyone to see. Do you like our dollar store stockings hung by the chimney with care? I think they add a nice pop of color to our very neutral Great-room.
Take a real good look at this pic. My two boys in the same photo! This almost never happens!
These two Santas are very special to me. Our grandpa had mad wood working skills and had cut these
badgood boys out. Our mom painted the one on the left and the 10-year-old version of me painted the one on the right. (I know what your thinking, that I was a real prodigy, huh?) Our mother passed away when I 12 and these little guys became mine. When I was in my 20’s and moving all around the country, so did these Santas. I make sure they make my holiday decor cut every year.
I found that this antique bassinet is a great way to keep our wrapped gifts safe from curious little fingers.
My oldest son keeps telling me we NEED more Christmas decoration. To keep his holiday spirit up, together we added little festive touches to his room. His favorite part is that he got his very own tree.
Well, that’s it for the tour. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you!
Today’s post is coming to you from Katie, blogger from Little House of Four, who will be sharing an amazing project that will knock your socks off! We love Katie’s blog and her awesome ideas and we are so excited that she is sharing this DIY Herringbone Box.
Hello Elizabeth Joan Design readers! I’m Katie and I blog over at Little House of Four. I am completely thrilled and honored that Emily and Erin asked me to guest post on their blog today.
If your house is anything like mine then I’m sure you have a “drop zone” somewhere. You know, the place where school papers, mail, spare change, keys, phones and all the little odds and ends get dumped on a daily basis. Our drop zone tends to be on the kitchen counter right next to the side door. I was determined to get this space more organized and functional. My plan was to make a storage box that would keep the phone wires at bay and the clutter under control.
What You’ll Need:
– Two 1 x 4 boards (mine were 3 feet long and for measuring purposes I’m including the exact dimensions)
– Wood glue
– Chop saw or hand saw
– Stain and a brush
– Drill and drill bits
– Decorative nails
What You’ll Need to do:
Cut all the wood pieces that you’ll need to make your box and sand all edges.
Attach the bottom piece to both side pieces using wood glue and clamps.
Then, attach the end pieces (3 1/2 x 4 1/2).
Measure and glue the two smaller pieces in place.
Once everything is dry, stain the box with your favorite stain. I like to use Jacobean since it’s a nice dark stain that still allows the grain of the wood to show through.
Drill two holes in the back for phone cords and two holes in each side for rope handles. You can also add nails to the front of your box like I did.
For the herringbone pattern, you’ll need to cut wood shims down to size and then glue them to the front of the box. After the glue is dry apply the same stain over the shims.
My husband travels a lot for work and is always needing change for parking meters. This little wooden box works perfect to not only store and charge our phones, but also to hold all our spare change.
I love the detail and unevenness that the wood shims add. It’s just enough texture to add interest to the box without going overboard.
You can find many more simple and inexpensive DIY projects, organizing tips, recipes and keep up on our garage, mudroom and kitchen addition over at my blog, Little House of Four.
Thanks so much, Katie, for sharing your creativity with our readers!