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{TUTORIAL} Natural Leaf Cone Tree

After mentioning in my last post the virtues of using natural leaves to make wonderful cone trees, I decided to take my own suggestion and make one! 

With Fall around the corner, fallen leaves will soon be in abundance.  Sadly, one of our shrubs was sickly and didn't make it through our months of triple digit temps and scarce rain, so we now have a supply of leaves readily available.

I picked a small pail full of dry leaves in varying shades from greenish to burnt orange in color and checked them over carefully to ensure they were insect-free.   Didn't want to give any lazy critters a free ride into our home!

The supplies I used were:

~~Cardboard (paper mache) cone
~~Natural leaves
~~Hot glue gun (to attach leaves to cone)
~~Matte Mod Podge(to seal leaves)
~~Soft artist's brush

To begin, I clipped the stems from each leaf to enable them to lay a little flatter against the cone.  Then cut several leaves in half lengthwise and hot glued the halves around the entire base of the cone …

Fall Cone Trees

It feels a bit odd preparing for Fall while our temps have been in the triple digits, but I'm excited about all the natural elements and warm earthy décor that come with Fall decorating. 

This weekend I gathered the cone trees that I've made to display throughout our home and wanted to share with you a few options for making them.

From left to right above, the trees are made using tea stained book pages, soft yellow twine, drop cloth strips, and natural jute string.  I can't take credit for the large grapevine cone tree - it was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

To make the string and twine trees, use a cardboard cone and starting at the tip of each cone and, using a hot glue gun, wrap the string or twine around the cone, leaving no gaps between the rows.  When shopping for string and twine, check all store departments - other than the crafting and home improvement sections, they can also be found in gardening and sporting goods.  And, if you don't find them in a color you need…

{TUTORIAL} How to Make Book Pages Look Old

It's no secret that our home is filled with an abundance of book page décor, and it's only rivaled by monograms and burlap!  But, finding old books that don't smell musty and well ... just OLD, is hard to do.  I love the character of aged book pages, but not the scent of years of being stored in dark, damp spaces. 

Fortunately, years ago I discovered that you can give not-so-old books an aged appearance, thanks to tea staining.

And, it takes very few supplies:

~~Book pages
~~8 tea bags
~~Baking sheet
~~Rectangular dish
~~Paint brush
~~3 cups water

Will show you three different methods for applying the tea to the book pages:  Soaking in tea solution, applying tea solution with a paint brush, and applying tea solution with a tea bag.

The longer the pages soak in the tea solution, the darker they get.  Or, if you're using the brush on method with a paint brush or tea bag, the pages become darker with each application. 

Let's get started!

To begin, preheat oven to 170 …

{TUTORIAL) Wood Picket Shelf

Remember those picket scraps that were leftover from making the wood shutters?  If you missed that post, it's HERE. I used them to make a little shelf.  

Supplies used to build the shelf (click on supply item for sources and/or additional info):

~~5 dog-eared ends of picket boards
~~10" 2x4
~~Drawer knob
~~Cordless brad nailer

Additional supplies used after assembling the shelf (click on supply item for sources and/or additional info):

~~Fine sanding sponge
~~1" disposable paint brush
~~Behr Espresso Beans paint
~~Two D-ring hangers

To begin, I lightly sanded any super rough areas and attached two of the picket ends to the short ends of the 2x4 with the brad nailer.  If you don't have a brad nailer, small nails or screws will work just as well.

Then, attached the three front pickets.

Next, was to drill a hole in the center picket for the decorative drawer pull (didn't get a pic of that step).  Attached the drawer pull temporarily to be sure it was where I hoped it would be.  …

{TUTORIAL} DIY Monogram Candle

Looking for a cute and quick personalized gift or home decor item that's fun to make?  These monogram candles can be custom made for any occasion ... in any candle size and style - from votives to pillars, traditional or flameless.

For this tutorial, we'll use dollar store votives.  They came four to a box and are the perfect size for hostess gifts or party favors.

Supplies used:

~~Votive candles
~~White tissue paper
~~White glue
~~Letter size cardstock (8-1/2"x11")

Votive candles and white glue were purchased at the dollar store.  All other supplies I had on hand.

To begin, design your candle monogram - I used Microsoft Publisher (you can use Word or any other program that you have and are familiar with) and experiment with size and shape by printing a test page on regular paper to ensure the individual monograms fit your candles.

Next, cut tissue paper slightly smaller than cardstock and tape one of the short ends of the tissue paper to the short side (8-1/…