How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

These mounted Stag Horn Ferns add a little green to any room, look great in a grouping, and are easy to make.  I made these for my Rustic Scandinavian Living Room Makeover Reveal last week -see it here if you missed it,  and I wanted to share How To Mount a Stag Horn Fern.  I think they add a rustic feel, and are a great way to create the feel of a deer head, in a more updated way.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

Materials:

  • Stag Horn Fern
  • wooden tree slice
  • picture hanger
  • green wire
  • four screws
  • screw driver
  • moss
How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern:

1.  These Stag Horn Ferns are called this because their beautiful fonds remind people of deer horns.  They look great mounted on a wall and it’s easy to take them from potted plants to mounted ferns.  The first step is adding a hanger to the back of the wooden tree slice, so that you can easily hang it some where when you’re finished.  I used a couple of picture hangers that screwed into the back.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

2.  Next, you want to add the screws to the front.  These will hold the fern in place so you want them to be a little larger than the plant.  Screw them into the wood, but make sure about 1/2 inch is exposed, so you can wrap the wire around it easily.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

3.  Now remove the excess dirt from the roots of the stag head fern.  Use your fingers to gently pull away any extra dirt, without damaging the roots.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

4.  You must determine the top of the fern.  Each plant will have a small rounded leaf at the top -this is the female part of the fern and fern will survive best of this leaf is at the top when it’s hanging.  The fern has three kinds of leaves in total, the female rounded one, then the stag horn type ones that grow upward, and then the less jagged ones that grow facing down.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

5.  Wrap the roots in moss, including the back of the plant that will be right against the wooden tree slice.  Then set the plant in place against the wooden tree slice and use wire to tightly attach the plant to the backing, wrapping it around the screws to secure it.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

6.  Use a little extra moss to cover the screws.

7.  To water the fern, it’s recommended that you take the fern down and submerge it a sink or tub of luke warm water for about half and hour and then let it drip dry awhile before hanging it back up.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

I’m really pleased with mine.  This is the first time I’ve tried to grow them, and I’m not sure how easy they are to keep alive.  Mine here inexpensive -around $7 each, so they weren’t a huge investment -comparable to cut flowers I thought.  I’ll try my best to keep them alive. 😉  I love the way they look, especially all grouped together.

With easy Mounted Stag Horn Ferns, life really is a party.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: Week 5 One Room Challenge

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

One of the keys to decorating a neutral room is to add lots of texture to keep things from feeling cold, and to add interest so it isn’t boring.  When I decided on an all white and neutral colour scheme for my One Room Challenge living room and eating area Rustic Scandinavian Makeover, I thought it would be fun to add texture with some DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows.

The One Room Challenge is a six week challenge, where guest bloggers decorate a room and share their progress each week.  This is week five, and we’re almost there and on to some of these finishing touches.  If you missed it, you can catch up here:

Week One -Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Design Inspiration and the Plan

Week Two -Painting, What A Difference

Week Three -DIY Shiplap Expert Tips from a Contractor

Week Four -Fireplace Makeover

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

Attempting macrame brought back memories of my childhood.  I remember my mom and her friends making owl wall hangings and plant hangers, even a hanging end table.  In fact, when I mentioned to my mom that I was going to be trying some macrame, she told be all about the class she took when I was a baby, and the next time I saw her she gave me her old instructions booklets from the 70’s.  I’m not so amazed that she still had them, I’m more amazed that she was able to find them, haha.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I worked from some YouTube videos, and found seeing how to make the macrame really helpful.  For the DIY Macrame Bunting on the fireplace I used this video from The Crafty Ginger, and for the DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging I used this one, also from The Crafty Ginger.  She’s really clear in her instructions, and makes it all pretty easy, even for a beginner life me.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I was surprised how quickly these projects went.  One evening even for a first timer like me, should be enough to complete them.  I used Natural Cotton Small Cord from The Fringe Market.  They have the most beautiful fringe and cording.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

The fringe at The Fringe Market inspired another project -beautiful DIY Fringe pillows.

DIY Fringe Pillows

I ordered several different cotton fringes from the Fringe Market -it’s hard to choose because they have so many gorgeous ones!

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

Materials:

  • Diamond Double Knot Fringe 6.5 in -Natural Cotton
  • Scalloped Lace Fringe 3 inch -Natural Cotton
  • 1 inch Natural Cotton Loop Fringe
  • 4.5 inch Extra Thick Textured Brush Fringe -Natural Cotton
  • Micro Skirt Fringe
  • Cushion Cover

How To:

To make the pillows, I used some linen cushion covers in an off white colour to match the fringe.  I just cut the fringe to the width of the pillow, with a little bit of extra so I could fold it under for a nice clean edge.  I pinned the fringe in place before sewing to keep every thing lined up evenly.  I stitched it to the pillow cover with my sewing machine, make sure to back stitch the ends carefully to ensure that the fringe doesn’t unravel.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

It’s a really quick and easy sewing project -and you could even use fabric glue for a no-sew option.  So quick and they have so much impact.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I love how they turned out, and add so much texture and interest to the room.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I’m wrapping up a few final projects in the living room and kitchen eating area, but we’re definitely in the home stretch of the this One Room Challenge. I’m just about to start adding in the finishing touches like art, plants and flowers.  I can’t believe how different it looks, and I can’t wait to share the big reveal with you next week.  Be sure to check out everyone else’s progress this final week too.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

With DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows, life really is a party.

The Fringe Market provided the cording and fringe for this project.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thanks so much for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.

How To Make A Pussy Willow Spring Wreath

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

A few weeks ago I made this pretty spring wreath out of some pussy willows I found growing near my house, and I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make.  Depending on where you live the pussy willows may still be out, or you can purchase them for this project.  It does take quite a few to make it, but it’s really easy to put together, and looks so amazing.  It’s the perfect spring wreath for your door.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Materials:

To make this DIY Pussy Willow Wreath you’ll need,

  • pussy willows -I cut a whole garbage full of branches
  • garden clippers
  • wire
  • wire cutters
  • a grapevine wreath to use as a base

How To Make a Pussy Willow Wreath:

1.  To make this wreath, you begin by cutting your pussy willows into short lengths, about a foot or less in length.  You want them all to be around the same size.

2.  Once you have them all cut down, divide your pile of pussy willow pieces into four groups, this will help you divide them evenly around the wreath, and not run out or have a lopsided wreath.  Each pile should be enough to do a quarter section of your wreath.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

3.  To begin added the pussy willows to the base grapevine wreath, gather a small pile of pussy willows and lay them on your wreath, and wrap wire around them to secure them to the wreath (it’s best to use a dark wire for this project like black, brown, or green so it blends into the background).  Then, apply another small pile overlapping the first pile and continue to wrap with the wire.  Work your way all the way around the grapevine wreath base.  On the final few piles, make sure to tuck them under the branches of the first ones you added.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

7.  If you like, you can embellish the finished wreath with a small nest, mini eggs, and some moss.  It’s a lovely spring detail.  I used wire to attach mine, hot glue would also work well.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Also, be sure to create a little hanging hoop with the wire at the back of your wreath before you tie it off.

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This wreath was really easy make, and turned out even nicer than I thought it would -love it when that happens.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

I hung mine on my front door and added a few other fun details.

White spring planter 8

I planted my urn with some spring bulbs and pansies, and used more pussy willows in the middle.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

At the side I switched out the faux snow in the lanterns for some more spring like moss and pinecones.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

And I added more pretty pansies.  The bunny is the perfect spring accessory.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Along with my birdie that is.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that a morning dove built a nest so quickly in my grapevine one afternoon that I didn’t have the heart to try to remove it once she started sitting on it.  I think there must be some eggs in there since she sits there most of the day and night.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

I’ve named her Gertrude, Gertie for short.  She’s very quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t make a mess.  All good qualities in a new neighbour.

Her nest is directly above the front door, but at least it goes with the spring decor!

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

With a pretty new Spring Pussy Willow Wreath, life really is a party!

Fireplace Makeover -One Room Challenge Week 4

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

Today I’m sharing with you my Fireplace Makeover, and all I can say as I enjoy it now is why didn’t I do this sooner?

It’s Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Calling It Home where bloggers make over one room of their homes in six weeks.  We’re nearing the end.  If you need to catch up you can check out my previous weeks here:

Week One -Living Room and Eating Area

Week Two -Light, Bright and White

Week Three -Expert Tips on DIY Shiplap from a Contractor

Things are starting to come together, but I have to say at this point I can’t wait for it to be done, and our main floor to get back to normal.  The furniture is here, and the new rug but I’m afraid to put the rug down incase something gets on it before the final reveal pictures in two weeks, haha.  It is all finally coming together.  The fireplace and redoing the harvest table were my last two big messy projects…although now that it’s coming together I think I might add in painting the t.v. unit out white too.  What can I say the more white I add the more I love it.  So onto that newly white fireplace.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

You may remember how it looked before.  It matched the hardwood colour and the stairway beside it, so it worked in Maple.  The thing I always hated about it most was that wooden decal on the front.  It bugged me from the beginning and I always intended to remove it.  I even asked someone to help me years ago.  Although it was maybe 5 years ago, so we’d lived in the house 5 years already and the woodworking friend said that the wood around it had faded from the sun, so there would always be a spot showing where it had been.  I knew then we should go ahead and remove it but he convinced me it would look worse.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

With the One Room Challenge I knew I had to finally get it off.  I took advantage of my woodworker brother-in-law Shaun working on the shiplap –read all about that here if you missed it, and asked him to remove it for me.  I had visions of trying myself and making it worse by marking up the wood around it.  He popped it off in a matter of seconds.  He used a small putty knife to get underneath it, and pry it off.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

It came off all in one piece.  He then carefully pulled out the four finishing nails that had held it in place.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

I sanded it down and debated whether to refinish the one panel where it had been removed, or paint the whole fireplace white.  I never minded the wood, and it did match the rest of the wood floors and stairs.  But, all the inspiration pics of Scandinavian living rooms seemed to have white fireplaces, and in the end I decided to go for it.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

I thought I was being a good, responsible, non-lazy diy-er by taping out the fireplace before I painted it.  It is the same colour as the walls -JoJo Whitewash by Para, but the walls are eggshell finish and I used the semi-gloss on the fireplace.  I wished I’d never taped it along the walls, because although I thought I’d done it really carefully, it was a little too close, and left a thin strip of wood showing between the white of the shiplap and the new white of the fireplace.  And, as I peeled off the tape, the paint was peeling off too!

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

What can I say, I’m a learner.  So, I give myself permission to make silly mistakes, and learn from them.  Hopefully you can benefit from my errors if you’re about to do yours, haha.  I used a utility knife to carefully cut the edge of the tape and paint so that it won’t peel off the paint as I removed the tape.  The next morning I used a little artist brush and fixed up my edges.  No big deal -all’s well that ends well.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

The other big change is that I painted out the brass.  I swear from the time we moved in I meant to get around to this job and it took ten years.  Do you have any little projects like that at your house?  It looks sooo much better, my first thought when I put the painted grill back on was why didn’t I do this years ago?  Oh well, it’s done now and I love it.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

It was super simple to do.  I picked up some matte bbq spray paint -it’s specifically for surfaces that get hot, so perfect for this job.  I removed the brass grills, they just pop off and spray painted them in the garage.   I gave the front and back several light coats, making sure not to go too heavy and cause the paint to run.  When they were all dry I popped them back on -easy peasy.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

Just a few inexpensive and quick changes and what a difference it makes!  If you have a builders fireplace and hate the wood decal and brass now you see how quick and easy it is to update it to something a bit more modern and clean lined.  I’m so glad I finally did mine.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

So, for the One Room Challenge this week I got the fireplace done, refinished the harvest table (which I’ll be showing you soon), we installed the new light in the eating area, and started some macrame.  I’m still thinking about painting the t.v. unit out white too.  I also have to do one more macrame piece, make some pillows, add the rug in, and then it’s on to all the fun finishing touches, like art, and plants.  It’s starting to come together.  We’ll be hosting my youngest daughter’s birthday party this weekend and I just hope the new white couches survive all the ten year old little girls, haha.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

Thanks so much for following along on this redecorating adventure with me, you can see lots more behind the scenes and sneak peeks over on Instagram.  Also, be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge guest participants progress this week.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

With a new white fireplace, life really is a party!

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