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DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Hello there! I know things have been a bit quieter than usual here. Real life has been crazy and we’ve been keeping busy! There are lots of fun and exciting things going on behind the scenes, and I can’t wait to share those with you! In the mean time, I’m hoping to be getting back to my normal blogging routine. Especially since my favorite season is just around the bend! 

Football is back, and school is back in session. It’s still in the 90’s here, but that didn’t stop me from wearing my boots to church yesterday! :) I love Fall and everything that comes along with it! I’m just starting to get ready to decorate for the season. I’ve kept my decor fairly traditional the last couple of years, but I’m thinking of switching things up a bit. I’m going for more of a “modern lodge” look for Fall. 

I love deer and antler everything right now. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful antler candle holders in catalogs this season, but they have ranged anywhere from $60 – $250. Hello. No. I think you see where this is going now. 

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Yep! I decided to make my own! I found some faux antlers at Hobby Lobby and grabbed 2 bags of wooden candle cups. 

I placed the antlers on the table where I plan to put them so I could plan where I wanted the candles to sit. Once I had the placement set, I attached the candle cups to the antlers with E6000 {my favorite adhesive!}. I put the glue on the bottoms of the cups and let them sit for at least 5 minutes before placing them on the antlers. Letting them sit a little while helps them adhere to the surface better. I let them cure for over 24 hours. 

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

I wanted my candle holders to have a modern twist, so I planned on painting them white. I did a coat of spray primer first, and then finished them off with white spray paint. 

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I’m so excited with how these turned out! I can’t wait to show you how I incorporate them into my Fall decor. :)

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Are you ready for Fall, or are you still holding on to the last bits of summer?

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DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space


Y’all. I can’t stop making stuff. People ask me sometimes how I have time to do all of these different projects, and the truth is I just can’t quit. I love makin’! #cantstopwontstop

So, of course, when my sister and brother-in-law moved into a new house, I started desperately trying to find out what I can make for their new digs. I try to at least be practical in my making. I’m not about creating an abstract sculpture that they have to pull out of the closet whenever I come over. I wanted to actually make something that would be useful to them. 

Their front door opens right up into their living room, so they don’t really have the space for a full on entry way. The coat hanger I made for our own small entry space has served us really well. It is so nice to have a place to keep bags, coats, and the dog leash. So! I decided to make them one too! 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

These coat hangers are actually really easy and affordable to make. You can customize them for any space! Our coat hanger is about 4 feet wide. The wall space near the door in my sister’s home is minimal, so I went with a 2 foot poplar board {about $2 at your local home improvement store}. 

 These coat hangers are actually really easy and affordable to make. You can customize them for any space! Our coat hanger is about 4 feet wide. The wall space near the door in my sister’s home is minimal, so I went with a 2 foot poplar board {about $2 at your local home improvement store}.

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceYou will also need wood stain, drawer pulls or knobs {these are from Hobby Lobby, but World Market and Anthropologie also have an awesome selection!}, and a Dremel Mirco 8050.  This tool is so handy. It’s light weight, cordless, super precise and easy to use. It’s definitely not just for “power tool people”.   It is the only tool I used or really needed to complete this project. {You can get your own on Amazon for just $89}.

You will also want to grab a pencil and tape measure. Your first step is to measure and mark where you want the knobs to be, and then drill the holes. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceThe knobs I bought are long screws with nuts that you tighten to secure. Once the coat hanger was done, I cut the excess screw off. I still needed to carve a bit of the wood out for the nut so that the board would sit flush against the wall. I found a carving accessory from a Dremel rotary tool I’ve had for a few years and stuck it on my Dremel Micro 8050. I flipped the board over and carved a space around the hole until I could snugly fit the nut inside. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceNext, I took a sanding tool to smooth out the edges and corners of the board a bit. This makes it look a bit vintage and not like a brand new piece of wood. If you’re going for a more distressed look, you can beat up the board some to make it look older and worn. {Isn’t that LED light fabulous? Every tool should have a light to help my again eyes see what I’m doing!}. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceOnce the board is ready to go, stain the wood in the color of your choice and allow it to dry. For this coat hanger, I used Dark Walnut by Minwax. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceOnce the stain is dry, all that is left to do is put in the knobs and cut off the excess screw. It’s much easier than it sounds! It was really easy to slice the screw off with the cutting blade. I turned the Dremel Micro 8050 up to the highest level of power and the screws fell off in seconds. Just be sure to wear your safety gear! Sparks will fly. :) 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceNow you are ready to hang your new coat hanger! Simply screw the board into the studs {Or use wall anchors to secure. Make sure they can sustain a good amount of weight}. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceI think the hanger looks great in my sister’s new living room! It’s the perfect space-saving-catch-all for purses, work bags, coats, and leashes! 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceEven Milo, my nephew-pup, approves! Just look at that smile! :)

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DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

 

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House Warming Gift Basket

Hi y’all! Did you have a good weekend? We celebrated my baby sister’s graduation in Austin with the whole fam! It was the first time we’ve all been in the same place at once in a while and was such a happy weekend! My sister has worked so hard to get where she is and I’m so proud of her!

We crashed my other sister and brother-in-law’s cute new house! They took such good care of us and we were so relaxed, it felt like a bed & breakfast!

Buying and moving into a new home is such and exciting experience. It is also stressful and expensive! There are so many little things you end up needing to buy and it all adds up. When someone I love moves into a new home, I like to make up a gift basket full of little things they might need. 

House Warming Gift Basket

It is such an easy and practical gift to put together. Even the “wrapping” is a gift in itself! I grabbed a long media basket from Target {perfect for holding extra rolls of toilet paper or corralling items in the pantry}, a package of sponges, some hand soap and room spray with pretty packaging, a hand-stamped dish towel, super glue, a seasonal candle, a bottle of wine and “wine-out” {just in case!}. You can put anything in the basket that might come in handy. I bought everything at Target, but the dollar store is also a great place to check for goodies to fill the basket.

House Warming Gift Basket

Before arranging my loot in the basket, a laid the foundation for making it pretty with some colorful tissue paper. Then I got to arranging by starting with the larger items first. Once you do that, you can fill in empty spaces with the smaller items.

House Warming Gift Basket

House Warming Gift Basket

Finish your gift basket with a cute tag. I used some leftover scrapbook paper, a paper doily and washi tape to make a tag. I tied it on with a bit of baker’s twine.

House Warming Gift Basket

What kinds of things would you put in a house warming basket?

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House Warming Gift Basket