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DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils (and a Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I was provided a free stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.

Hey friends! Remember the Paisley Drum Table, Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers, and The Stenciled Bookshelf? It's no secret that I'm pretty much obsessed with Cutting Edge Stencils! The stencils take an average piece of furniture and turn them into one-of-a-kind art pieces. Big news: they have a new Holiday Stencil Collection and they are oh-so-cute! This week I had the opportunity to try the Reindeer Craft Stencil and I made an adorable, huge "ornament!"

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils


What You Will Need:

1. Cutting Edge Stencils' Reindeer Craft Stencil

2. A large embroidery hoop

3. Burlap or a fabric of your choice

4. Paint. I used a red fabric paint that I had left over from my Paint-A-Pillow Stencil Tutorial, but any paint will do.

5. A small foam roller. I love the mini dense foam roller that Cutting Edge sells for only $1.95!

6. Two disposable plates or a paint tray

7. Glitter

8. School glue

9. Hot glue / hot glue gun

10. Scissors

11. Card stock paper


How To Do It:

1. Pour a little paint onto a disposable plate or paint tray. I like to have two plates -- one for loading paint onto my roller, and then another to "unload" a little paint from my roller. Unloading the paint before going over your stencil will help prevent bleed through. If you have too much paint on your roller, the paint will bleed underneath the edges of the stencil.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

2. Position your stencil onto your fabric. I used paint tape to secure mine in place.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

3. Paint it!

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

4. Carefully remove the stencil. Then, allow the paint to dry.

5. Once the paint has dried, put your fabric into your embroidery hoop and center the design in the middle of the hoop. Make sure the screw part of the hoop is at the top, too.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

6. Now it's time to make the top of the "ornament." Simply cut your card stock paper into the shape of the top (I'm unsure of the official name of this piece of the ornament haha!).

7. Glitter it! I just used school glue and silver glitter that I had on hand. If you're not into glitter, you can skip this step.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

 8. Hot glue the top of the ornament to your embroidery hoop. This will hide the screw part of the hoop, too.

You're done! Pretty simple, right? Now you just have to hang it up! I hung mine outside of my front door (pictured above) and I love the way it pops on the brick. For fun, though, I staged it above my faux fireplace mantle, too!

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils


Want to win a stencil of your own!? 

Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away one free stencil (up to a $50 value) to Revolutionaries readers! Enter through the rafflecopter below in order to win!



Giveaway Details:

The giveaway will end on December 1, 2015 at 12:00 am EST. After I announce the winner, the winner will have three days to claim their prize. If the winner has not claimed their prize after three days, I will choose another winner. The winner must be 18 years or older to win and a US resident with a US mailing address.

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

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I know that I bring home some a lot of ugly pieces of furniture, but sometimes I feel like people have too much faith in me. Let me explain further -- my Mom bought me this lamp at a garage sale:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

One look at it and I thought, "No amount of paint in this world can make this lamp cute." 

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

I mean, you guys know I love vintage, but it's so flower-y and just... bad. 

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

I let it sit in my garage for a few months until inspiration hit.

Here's how I turned this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan:

1. I removed the hideous lamp shade. It was already cuter!

2. Then, I taped off the parts of the lamp that I didn't want to paint (like the part where the light bulb goes in).

3. I planned to distress the details of the lamp from the beginning, so I did a base color with flat black spray paint.

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

4. After the black dried, I sealed it with a spray matte sealer. I sealed the black because I only wanted the black to show through when I distressed it later on. Otherwise, you might get some of the yellow, too... and no one wants that.

5. Then, I painted on two coats of General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint. I wanted something with low sheen and a subtle color -- Persian Blue was perfection.

6. Once the milk paint dried, I lightly distressed the details of the lamp.

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
The white still popped through in some places, but it still looked fantastic!

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

7. I sealed the entire lamp again with a spray matte sealer.

8. I added a new lamp shade (that I got at Goodwill, still in the plastic.. score!).

The after just amazes me:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

A side by side comparison:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

So. much. better. Right!?

More DIY lamp before and afters:

Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp
Ugly Owl Lamp Redo / Bedroom Lamp Redo / DIY Chalkboard Light Fixture

Linking up to these awesome parties:

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#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!

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Remember when I posted in September that a new series was coming soon called "#RentalProbs" and then I didn't write about it until January? Yeah, me either. Sometimes life gets crazy, I suppose!  I feel like I've finally settled into the new rental house with my roomie, though, and we've already started updating a few things. I wanted to start this series because it can be so frustrating to live in a rental (especially as a blogger/DIYer), but it doesn't have to be! This series will have multiple posts and possibly reader features of rental before and afters if you guys are interested!

First up:

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!

Not digging those lovely off white or builder beige walls? Here are 10 DIY projects you can do when you can't paint:

**Please pin all photos from their original source**

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!

1. Bring color in through furniture and rugs.

This might be a given, but I love adding pops of color and personality to my home with bright pieces of furniture. Paint your dresser aqua mint, buy a colorful accent chair for your living room, or paint your dining room table. Another practical way to bring in color is adding rugs! I've found practically all of my rugs at garage sales, thrift stores, and Craigslist for less than $50. You might have bland walls, but you'll at least have furniture and rugs that draw your eye away from them!

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Chasing Paper]

2. Try removable / temporary wallpaper.

I write this reluctantly because, truth be told, I'm too chicken to try removable wallpaper. I'm so scared that it would leave a residue or it would be my luck that it wouldn't come off at all. Even so, there are removable wallpaper companies like Tempaper, Chasing Paper (pictured above), and Casart Coverings that make me want to be brave. Has anyone tried removable wallpaper before? If so, leave a comment below!

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Crazy Wonderful]

3. Create your own "temporary wallpaper"with paper.

If you're a chicken like I am, you can create your own temporary wallpaper with bulletin board paper like Shelley at Crazy Wonderful did. My roommate in college basically did this same concept except with wrapping paper and it turned out awesome! This seems like a safer version of the removable wallpaper / fabric option because I know Command Strips work really well and I've never had a problem with them leaving residue or damaging the walls at all.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Effortless Style]

4. Make fun stripes with electrical tape!

Aren't the stripes above from Effortless Style amazing? You would never guess that the stripes were created with 2" wide electrical tape. Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. suggested using electrical tape on your walls, too, but she created different patterns and shapes with hers! There are so many possibilities and patterns you can create.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Apartment Therapy and One Kings Lane]

5. Wall to wall curtains!

It might sound strange, but you can curtain an entire wall (even if there aren't any windows on that wall). This treatment adds color, texture, and warmth... or it might be your only solution to cover up Spiderman (click on the link to read a hilarious story from View Along the Way).

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo on right via Urban Outfitters]

6. Hang fabric, a tapestry, or a quilt.

Urban Outfitters has a ton of awesome tapestries that you can hang on your wall! My favorite is the Kerala Tapestry (pictured right) because it has a vintage vibe. You could also achieve the same look with an old quilt or create your own "tapestry" with a drop cloth and paint. I suggest hanging them with clear tacks (like I did with my drop cloth backdrop) because tacks have smaller holes than nails (aka less damage to the walls).

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Wit & Whistle]

7. Create a huge photo mural.

Cover one wall with a DIY photo mural like Wit & Whistle did! I love the way the black and white print warms the space and adds interest to an otherwise plain wall. She even shares how you can create your own photo mural with any photo of your choice!

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via HGTV]

8. Install a fabric feature wall!

HGTV shares this fabulous tutorial on how to install a fabric feature wall and it totally fascinates me! Select a fabric of your choice, and with the help of liquid starch, you can create an awesome focal wall! According to the tutorial, it leaves no damage on your wall when you're ready to leave your rental or just switch things up.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photos via Classy Clutter, Abby's Vinyl Wall Art Etsy Shop, and Girl Loves Glam]

9. Use vinyl wall decals!

All of the wall art created above were made with (drum roll please)... vinyl! Yes, completely removable vinyl. Classy Clutter designed her own DIY floral wallpaper (pictured left) with gold vinyl and her Silhouette Cameo, while Girl Loves Glam made a simple geometric vinyl design for her wall (pictured right)! For those of you not interested in the DIY route, there are several Etsy shops that sell pre-made and custom vinyl decals like this trendy chevron kitchen blacksplash from Abby's Vinyl Wall Art (pictured in the center). I've used vinyl before, so I know first hand that it doesn't leave any damage on your walls.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo credits going clockwise: Two Twenty One, 6th Street Design School, Revolutionaries, and DIY Home Design Pins]

10. Cover the walls with art!

There are sooo many incredible DIY wall art ideas! In my own home, I created an embroidery hoop wall art collage (pictured bottom left) and it added so much fun and personality to my living room. I also have a vintage-style gallery wall in my bedroom. If you don't want the commitment of a gallery wall, try a photo ledge like Two Twenty One did (pictured top left), that way you can easily change out the art (and there will be less holes in the wall). You can also make large wall art with a shower curtain or frame wall paper! Can't put any holes in the wall? Lean your art against the wall like the photo in the bottom left!

What would you add to the list? Leave your ideas in the comment section below and I'll add them to the bottom of this post! You can also take a picture of your own #RentalProbs and post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #RentalProbs!

What other #RentalProbs posts do you want to see? Right now I'm planning on:

  • When the floor is ugly
  • When the kitchen is hideous
  • When the bathroom is beastly
  • When there's no storage
  • When the lighting is outdated

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Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;