DIY Garden Flag

Hello there! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!! Mine was a very do-nothing weekend filled with lots of love and sweetness from my kiddos, a dinner out and some precious gifts.  

Today I’d like to share with you my easy-peasy DIY garden flag that you saw in this post

But first, If you follow me on instagram (and you should ;)) you may have seen this pic.  

Yes, at Christmas, when my big kid was home I coerced them into re-doing one of my favorite photos of them when they were little. Truth be told the second one was just as hard to accomplish as the first one – you know it’s hard to get several people to cooperate in a photo!! 
But, it’s precious all the same. Enjoy your little ones mama – they don’t stay that way! 🙂

Okay, enough of that. Back to the DIY. This project was two of my favorite things – easy and free. I went to my fabric stash and grabbed a piece of my go-to dropcloth canvas. 

I measured and cut it to size.  Hemmed all sides and made a pocket at the top to hang from the stand.

I knew I wanted our letter on there so I started with that. I used a technique I have used before to stencil on fabric – clear contact paper

I printed out the letter I wanted and then traced it to the contact paper. Cut out with a craft knife and adhere to the fabric.

You should be careful of the edges as you paint and paint away from the paper edges rather than toward. Take your time and get a good coat on, then peel off your stencil. And ta-da!!

I kind of had a polka-dot them going on with the doormat and the door hanger, so I decided to stick with that. I pulled some bright colors of paint from my stash and these great foam dotters.

In just a few minutes, I had this!!

It’s cute and fun and fills in the space where nothing grows! 🙂 We have had some crazy amounts of rain in the past week so the flag went inside. I plan to try scotch guarding it to see if that will help with the paint staying put if it gets wet. But, even if it doesn’t work out, it was free, sooo, yeah. Thanks for stopping by!!

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Stenciled Entryway

If you follow me on instagram you got a sneak peek at the beginning of this project.  I’ve never stenciled a wall before so this was definitely an adventure!!  But, man oh man do I LOVE the outcome.

Here is the before of the area.  

I painted it when I painted the family room, and in the same color. 

I love the lightness and brightness and it goes well with our ‘mudroom’ wall. But, it was a little bland. 

These walls were wallpapered when we moved in and I think they must have been from the beginning because these walls have no texture. 
I’ve tried my hand at texturing before and I was not that great at it, so I’ve never tackled this space.  

When I was thinking of ideas to spice it up, the image of Pam’s entry kept popping into my mind. 

I love the bold statement her entry makes!! I toyed with lots of ideas (including some more bold graphic looks), but it came down this softer look.  

About 1/4 of the way through the first wall I knew without a doubt I had made the right choice. Don’t you love it when that happens??

I used this large stencil from Hobby Lobby and a small foam roller for most of the job. 

I also used a foam brush for corners, or next to wall and trim. (I would recommend that if you are stenciling a wall for the first time to start with a flat wall with no windows, or doors.)

I mixed my own paint by using the wall paint and adding a sample pot of a darker color I had tested for the walls, and a bottle of shimmer glaze I bought at Hobby Lobby. The shimmer is extremely faint. Like, you can’t see it unless you are right on top of it, but that’s okay.  🙂
One more after shot.

Just enough spice to say “welcome, come on in!” Now, I’m working on the entry outside to make it look as good! If it would stop raining I might get to finish! 🙂

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