12 Refreshing Projects to Brighten Your Home

Happy Sunday everyone!  We’ve got a rainy, cold day here in Georgia, and since my little guys took some long {and very needed} afternoon naps, I’ve rounded up twelve fabulous projects for all of us to be a little more inspired this week.  After all, the weather is {hopefully} going to start getting warmer, and I’m sure most of our homes could use a little attention!

12 Refreshing DIY projects for you to brighten your home this spring from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home #DIY #home #decor #features

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DIY kindle case tutorial. SugarBeans

DIY Kindle Case from Sugar Beans

Glitter Terra Cotta Pot

Glitter Terra Cotta Pots from Confessions of a Secret Crafter

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Customized Cage Lantern Light Fixtures from The Happy Housie

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Fun Baby Boy Nursery from Fynes Designs

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Rustic Wooden Table Runner from Home Made Modern

Zinc Top Coffee Table1

Zinc Top Coffee Table from Pneummatic Addict

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DIY Grommet Top Curtains from Tiny Sidekick

Upholstery Tack Candles (52)

Upholstery Tack Candles from Adventures of a DIY Mom

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DIY State Pillow from Michelle Lea Designs

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Reading Nook from Crafts by Courtney

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Nursery Gallery Wall from Creative Ramblings

11 west elm bag

West Elm Knock Off Bag from Delineate Your Dwelling

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Christmas Bulb Wreath

Christmas Bulb Wreath

This post is brought to you by my complete lack of ability to estimate.

#EnglishMajor

It is, however, a project that I’ve wanted to do for some time now.  No, it’s definitely not my original idea {because, trust me, there are tons of these on Pinterest}, but I’m excited to share my version with all of you today.  Maybe it will inspire you to make one of your own!

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

There are several methods to making a Bulb Wreath.  I chose to use the following materials:

Styrofoam Wreath Form {from my friends at Flora Craft}

glue gun and glue sticks {lots of them}

wire ribbon

shatterproof, Christmas bulbs {medium bulbs and mini tree bulbs}

 DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

Now, in the picture, you’ll notice there are three boxes of the mini ornaments and one box of the larger ones.  Well, you’ll need another box of the larger ones too.  Total ornaments used for the wreath?

177.

For real.

To get started, you’ll need to loop a long strand of the wired ribbon around the top of the wreath form.

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

I glued it in place and also popped in a couple of floral pins to make sure it stayed in place.

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

For each bulb, I applied a very liberal amount of hot glue to the metal part {that would usually hold the ornament hook} and poked it into the wreath form.  I did that only with the larger bulbs around the front, inside, and outside rim of the wreath.

Tip: It’s very important to leave your wreath laying flat while working so that it will lay flat against your door.  

By the third picture, I had already used my entire package of large bulbs.

So back to Hobby Lobby I went.

Once there weren’t anymore spots to actually poke the bulbs into the wreath form, I began to glue the bulbs to each other.

177 bulbs and lots of hot glue later, I had this beaut…

DIY your #Christmas #wreath this year and make a Christmas #bulb wreath using shatterproof bulbs via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #FloraCraft

So, this was definitely a bit more pricey than my usual projects, but the way I see it, this is a wreath that I’ll have for many years to come, and had I bought it in the store, I would have paid upwards of $75-$100.

What Christmas decor have you made instead of purchasing this season?

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{upcycled bottle decor}

{upcycled bottle decor}

This is one of my very first posts from the beginning of Wait Til Your Father Gets Home.  I wanted to revisit it with all of my current readers as it’s one of my all time favorite projects, and I think it’s just such a great way to decorate around your home!

Enjoy!

Before I lose you, I’m not talking about displaying all the beer you’ve ever had on top of your kitchen cabinets like so many of my friends did in college.  Although it might have been considered really cool back then, times have changed.  We’ve traded in our beer bottles for baby bottles most days. Recently, we had some beer in the house that came in bottles that were kind of short and stubby.  I thought they were really cute and requested my husband drink them over the weekend so I could use them in a project.  He thought I was crazy, but luckily obliged!

To make Upcycled Bottles, you’ll need:

empty bottles {beer, wine, spaghetti sauce, pickles…possibilities are endless}
jute twine {purchased at Hobby Lobby}
hot glue gun/glue

Upcycled Bottle Decor @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home these #twine wrapped bottles make the perfect decor item in your home for any season #bottles #DIY #upcycle #jute

Basically I started at the bottom of each bottle and tightly wrapped the jute twine around the bottle.  I put a skinny line of hot glue to secure the jute twine down.  I used a mini glue gun on this project and probably used about 4 sticks on each bottle.  That may sound like a lot of glue, but they are small sticks, and I have a huge pack of them, so I didn’t mind.  You could probably just secure the jute twine with a small dot of glue every so often if your glue supply is low.

Pretty soon I had three cute little wrapped bottles.  To add some color to them, I cut a green floral stem that I had leftover from my wreath project and gave them all a new home on our kitchen table.

Upcycled Bottle Decor @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home these #twine wrapped bottles make the perfect decor item in your home for any season #bottles #DIY #upcycle #jute

These three bottles consistently find their way into my decor each season {a lot of times as part of my mantel decor}.  I love how versatile they are and that I can make them look so different by just adding a few new elements to them with each season.

You may have seen them in my…

 Spring Mantel

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Fall Mantel

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Valentine’s Day Mantel

Valentine's Day Bunting

I’m going to be “redecorating” around the house again over the next few weeks, and I’ll be sure to update you then on where the bottles end up.  I’m going to try for a new location this time around!

Upcycled Bottle Decor @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home these #twine wrapped bottles make the perfect decor item in your home for any season #bottles #DIY #upcycle #jute

Have you done any projects lately that cost next to nothing?

Do you have an obsession with wrapping items around your house in jute twine?

Are there any other older projects of mine that you’d like me to revisit with you all again?

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Easter Egg Garland & Mantel}

{Easter Egg Garland & Mantel}

Spring is definitely in the air, and we got a nice hint of it this past weekend in Georgia!  With a new season approaching, I’ve been changing a lot of the decor in my house to get us all in a fresh, Springtime mood.  When I saw these cute Easter egg ornaments at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, I knew they’d be perfect for an Easter Egg Garland for my Spring Mantel!

Easter Egg Garland

To make

Easter Egg Garland

you’ll need:

Easter Egg Ornaments {found at Hobby Lobby}

jute twine

burlap scraps

supplies

I know there are some other items pictured in the supplies photo, but I ended up not using a few of them.  I’m sure they’ll be used soon!

To get started, I put up the length of jute twine that I needed on my mantel for my garland.  I like to hang the garland high enough that my little, climbing toddler can’t reach it.

hang twine

To attach the jute twine, I tied it around some vases on top of the mantel.  This is typically how I attach any kind of garland I make.

I then began attaching each egg ornament by tying it on with a small piece of jute twine.

prep eggs

tie on

Soon, I had an entire garland full of colorful Easter Eggs.  In between every few eggs, I also tied on a scrap piece of burlap to give the garland some more texture.

Easter Egg Garland @ WTYFGH

I love the pop of color that the eggs add to the mantel {and the fact that it can stay up through the end of the month for Easter}.  To the top of the mantel, I added some bright green and purple floral stems and picks to some tall vases and my twine wrapped bottles.

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I also tied on a scrap piece of muslin from my stash.  I’m loving the imperfect-ness of the bows.

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The other side of the mantel holds a tall hurricane vase with our wine cork collection and some yarn wrapped Easter eggs purchased a few years back.

easter mantel

My mantels are typically simple, but that’s what I love about them.  Spring is all about simplicity after all!

How have you decorated for Spring or Easter so far?

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{DIY Your Wedding with the Bridal Collection by David Tutera}

{DIY Your Wedding with the Bridal Collection by David Tutera}

Back when I was planning my wedding in 2009, Pinterest didn’t exactly exist yet {at least I wasn’t aware of it if it did} and my local craft stores didn’t exactly have a whole lot to offer this DIY girl to work with.  Fast forward a few years and WOW!  The products available and the resources to find ideas are off the charts.  Now, I don’t need to plan another wedding for myself as I’m a happily married Mrs., but my sweet cousin is preparing for her big day this coming November.

So, I was thrilled at the thought of being able to help her create some awesome decor for her special day using the new David Tutera Bridal
Collection at Michael’s.  I was lucky enough to receive a sampling of just some of the budget friendly products in the David Tutera Bridal Collection line.  Just look at all these goodies…

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Seriously…we could do some serious bling-blinging with all those rhinestones!

My immediate thoughts for a few projects included a simple, but elegant DIY Card Box and some pretty DIY vases using a lot of the products pictured above.

DIY Wedding Card Box

To make the DIY Wedding Card Box, I used:

a square 10 x 10 inch white cardboard box

Bridal Collection by David Tutera Silver Mesh Roll {bling-on-a-roll}

Bridal Collection by David Tutera Brooch

Bridal Collection by David Tutera Accent Pins

Bridal Collection by David Tutera Self-Stick Shimmer Sheet

floral stems

hot glue/glue gun

To assemble the card box, I found the center of the base and wrapped the “bling-on-a-roll” around it, securing it in a few spots with hot glue.  On the front of the box, on the rhinestones, I added a pretty brooch from the line of products.  Then, around the edge of the lid of the box, I used the self-stick shimmer sheet to add a little bling to the top.  The shimmer sheet was SUPER easy to use and the fact that I could easily cut it to the size I needed was a huge plus!  To the top of the lid, I hot glued two accent pins to act as a handle to lift the lid off the box.

card box 2

I was also eager to use the diamond charm accents as both a vase filler and table accent.  I had a few glass vases around the house and wanted to continue experimenting with the “bling-on-a-roll” and a few more items from the Bridal Collection by David Tutera line.

Around the top of each vase I had, I adhered the “bling-on-a-roll” using hot glue once again.

rhinestone roll vases

Words cannot express how easy this step was.  And the best part was that I only needed a few dots of glue for the entire piece to stay in place.

I arranged some pretty green & purple floral stems and picks and added lots of bling from David Tutera’s collection, including the Pearl Rhinestone Crown Picks and {believe it or not} a package of Hair Snaps!  As a vase filler I used either green spanish moss or the Diamond Charm Accents.

bling on flowers

{Those are the Hair Snaps!  They snapped onto the thin petals of the flower stem, easy peasy!}

floral pins

{Close up shot of the Pearl Rhinestone Crown Picks…I love the sparkle it adds to the floral arrangement!}

card box

There are so many more fabulous products in the Bridal Collection by David Tutera line at Michael’s, I know my cousin will enjoy DIY’ing and making one of the most memorable days in her life both beautiful and affordable!

 

The David Tutera bridal collection includes: Affordable fashion accessories, unique décor elements, floral accents and other embellishments, all designed to help you tell your own special love story.

Adding your own unique touch is a lot easier than you think! It’s all about turning ordinary wedding elements into something special.

Many of the products, like Bling on a Roll and self-stick rhinestones, are very versatile. (For example, you can use either of the above to add sparkle to any wedding decoration or accessory!)

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Darice and The Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Connect with Darice Crafts & David Tutera on the following Social Media Channels…

Become a fan of Darice on Facebook// @Darice_Crafts on Twitter// David Tutera DIY Wedding on Pinterest// Follow @DavidTutera on Twitter

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.