Burlap Pillow with Felt Flower

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Burlap pillow with felt flower.

I saw this pillow tutorial on The Golden Sycamore and wanted to give it a try. I am a huge fan of felt and just adore felt flowers. The flower took about 1 1/2 sheets of felt to make, and I used a 17 inch strip of one inch satin ribbon, and two 17 inch square pieces of burlap. Man that stuff is cheap- like $3.99 a yard at Jo-Ann’s without a coupon! I ended up just sewing the pillow all around verses doing the pillow cover that she does in her post. The cover would definitely be easier since you don’t have to deal with a fluffy pillow when trying to stitch it shut! I was a little worried that the filling would leak out or show because the burlap is loosely sewn, but it wasn’t a problem at all.  All in all, this was a very quick fun project.

Upcycled Dinner Plates

I recently got some new bowls and plates and was about to drop off the old ones at Goodwill, when I realized I could have some fun painting them. I started out by painting the plates a brown color, and when it was mostly dry I used a paper towel to scrape off about half of it (scraping it towards the outside edge). That way, when I painted the yellow and teal on top it had a distressed look underneath. Once that layer was dry I used sandpaper to rough up the ridges. Then I used a white acrylic paint pen to draw the design in the middle. Lastly I sprayed the whole thing with clear sealant and threw some glitter on it. 😉 I’ve still got about twice as many plates left, and I might just throw in some other colors as well and put up a whole wall of painted plates!

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Finished painted dinner plates. I’ll be hanging these in a cluster on my wall soon. I’ve got some more to make…

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Before: plain white dinner plates

Supplies used: various colors of craft paint, paint pen, paintbrush, sand paper, clear spray sealant, and glitter

Supplies used: various colors of craft paint, paint pen, paintbrush, sand paper, clear spray sealant, and glitter

Wall Picture Collage

After spending time revamping all those picture frames, along with collecting purchased ones, I put together this picture collage in my living room.


I used mainly family pics and then threw in some other fun treasures like the two inch ceramic tiles (at the top) and little blue and green frames with seashells glued on them (bottom middle). It worked great filling a large open space on an awkward wall.

Most of the smaller frames I used those 3M Command picture frame hanging strips. Those work great! You can make sure and get the pictures level and know they’ll stay there, plus you can pull them away from the wall and adjust them if you need to. It’s not such a bad deal if you use a 40% off coupon and buy a value size pack at Jo-Ann’s.


The finished wall collage.