diy // autumn floral crown

DIY :: Autumn Floral Crown by The Arrow House

Floral crowns make me swoon. And I think every girl should wear one once and a while (or every day, if you wish)  //  They're just so magical and whimsical. I mean, if wearing a flowery wreath of beauty around your head doesn't make you feel like a fairy princess, I don't know what will.

To make your own floral crown, you'll need just a few simple supplies.

  • floral stem wire (enough to wrap around your head and/or wrap two smaller pieces together like I did)
  • green paddle wire
  • strong scissors
  • fresh or fake flowers (I used fake so my crown will last longer. And my local craft store had all their autumn flowers 60% off!)

 

To start, form the crown base by using the floral stem wire (make sure it fits your noggin!) Then attach your first piece of greenery/flowers by wrapping an inch or two of paddle wire around the base and the greenery.

DIY :: Autumn Floral Crown by The Arrow House

Do this in two or three spots until the plant feels secure.

DIY :: Autumn Floral Crown by The Arrow House

Continue adding more greenery to your base.

DIY :: Autumn Floral Crown by The Arrow House

Keep going until you're happy with the final product.

DIY :: Autumn Floral Crown by The Arrow House

And done!

DIY :: Autumn Floral Crown by The Arrow House

Happy Monday!

painted ornaments

Painted Ornaments :: The Arrow House

Good morning, friends! I'm going to keep this brief because I'm running a little late on time so this is going to be a picture only tutorial (and because it's amazingly simple).

I hope you don't mind.

Oh and FYI, it's easy peasy so don't sweat it.

All you need are...

  • Plain ornaments (pictured below). I got mine on sale at Michaels.
  • Paint
  • Brushes
Painted Ornaments :: The Arrow House
Painted Ornaments :: The Arrow House
Painted Ornaments :: The Arrow House
Painted Ornaments :: The Arrow House

Happy Thursday!

diy magnetic chalkboard

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

I am super pumped to finally be sharing this DIY chalkboard today! For it being my first time working with chalkboard paint (shocking, isn't it?), I'm fairly pleased with the results. What makes this extra special is that it's not only a chalkboard but also a magnet board! So you can write notes AND put up cute pictures (like these Instagram magnets I got in my stocking last year) How neat is that?

My finished board is sitting up on the mantel for Christmas but I can't wait to use it for other things throughout the year!

To make your own, you'll need:

  • Rough Cut Wood Circles
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Magnetic Paint
  • Brushes
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

To start, sand the wood surface (if needed) and begin applying your magnetic paint. Paint 2-3 coats, following the instructions on the container.

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

After the magnetic paint is dry (about 24 hours), start to apply your first coat of chalkboard paint over the magnetic paint. Let dry for about an hour and then apply your second coat. Again, just follow the instructions listed on the bottle of paint.

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

After the chalkboard paint has fully dried, prep the surface by rubbing chalk all over the entire surface, then wiping it off with a dry cloth.

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

Now you're ready to write on your board!

*Helpful Tip: Sharpen your chalk with a pencil sharpener for a finer point. It makes it easier to write and add detail!

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

And don't forget that you can add pictures + magnets to your board as well!

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

Any chalkboard enthusiasts out there? I'd love to hear about projects you've tackled this year!

Happy Tuesday!

a holiday home.

A Holiday Home :: The Arrow House

Our house is all decked out for Christmas + I am loving it! I'm convinced that it makes everyday things (like folding clothes) more magical. No joke. Next time you're folding laundry, sit by your Christmas tree. You can't say it wasn't more enjoyable that way.

Anyways,

It was such a treat to be able to decorate our first home for the holidays. Especially the fireplace. This Florida girl is all about fireplaces. They're just so cozy and you can "beautify" the mantel to whatever suits your fancy. This year, I went "craft crazy" but I totally dig the way it turned out and love the fact that it was inexpensive. Win win.

Christmas Mantel :: The Arrow House
Christmas Mantel :: The Arrow House
Rustic Chalkboard :: The Arrow House

Don't you just love this rustic chalkboard? This was my first attempt at making one (which made me incredibly nervous) but I couldn't believe how easy it was! Want to make your own? Details coming to the blog next week!

Christmas Mantel :: The Arrow House

Ok so, I love this deer and I saw it at Target a while back but kept telling myself I didn't need it BUT once I realized it would go perfectly on my mantel for Christmas, they were all sold out (at least at my Target) so I went to the next town over and they had ONE left. You better believe I snatched that thing up.

Oh and love that tassel garland? Super easy. You can find the tutorial here.

Holiday Home :: The Arrow House

And this little guy. He's my favorite. He loves the tree + waves at it every morning. How cute it that? Ugh. No words to describe how much I love this child.

Holiday Home :: The Arrow House
Holiday Home :: The Arrow House

It's blurry but I love this one! Happy boy.

Holiday Home :: The Arrow House
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Holiday Home :: The Arrow House
Holiday Home :: The Arrow House

Happy Friday!

diy cd case

DIY CD Case :: The Arrow House

How sad is it that this is my first post in over a week? I find it quite discouraging. I guess it's my own fault.  I'm still learning how to manage my time as a mommy and follow through with all the ideas floating around in my head. It's seriously hard to do. Our little man started teething again this week. I can just barely see those top two teeth start to push their way through. Poor bubs has been a mad drool machine. I honestly haven't seen that much drool in while. Wow. There I go again. Mommy talk.  I feel like I should excuse myself but really, it's fine to talk about it because you know what, I'm a mommy. That's who I am and that's what I do all day. There's no shame in that.

DIY CD Case :: The Arrow House

This week I finally got around to a project I've had on my to do list forever. I honestly don't know why it took me so long because it's incredibly easy to put together. I'm a photographer so I'm always looking for a cute way to package up my client's pictures. I originally saw this idea on the blog A Beautiful Mess and loved how simple it was. 

To make your own you'll need: 

  • A paper bag
  • Sticker paper
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Clear Goodie/Treat Bag
DIY CD Case :: The Arrow House

Start by sliding the CD of your choice down into the paper bag. I used a clear CD case for extra protection.

*If you have a nice printer, you can try printing your logo or a design onto the paper bag. I tried this before using the sticker paper but my cheap printer wasn't a fan of the paper bag and kept getting jammed.

DIY CD Case :: The Arrow House

Next, simply fold the top half over + then tie it up nice and pretty!

DIY CD Case :: The Arrow House
DIY CD Case :: The Arrow House

You can add a sticker logo like I did or even string a nice tag through the twine. Have fun with it + make it your own!

And as you can see, I didn't end up using the clear plastic treat bag. I felt it took away from the rustic look of the case. If you found a fun way to incorporate the plastic baggie, I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Monday!