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DIY Mineral Paint Hardcover Books

DIY Mineral Paint Hardcover Books

One of my favorite things to decorate with is hardcover books. In my opinion, they bring a space to life and make it feel cozy. My favorite way to decorate with books is by stacking them in vignettes. I usually stack 3 books laying down to act as a pedestal for an item I’m displaying.

DIY Painted Books

I was recently at a thrift store that was selling boxes of old library books for $1.50 each, so I stocked up!! Granted they weren’t “pretty” books, but with a little paint, they could be.

Thrift Store Books

To give these books a makeover, I painted them with a foam brush and Fusion Mineral Paint that I purchased from Amazon.  

I like using mineral paint for this project because it dries fast, and doesn’t have a strong paint smell. I personally love the look of neutral books, so I used a color called Raw Silk, but you could paint these any color you want. Fusion offers a great selection of colors.  

DIY Painted Books

I started by painting the front and back covers.  Depending on the color of the book your are painting you might need several coats. For example, in the picture below I was painting a red book a neutral color which took about 4-5 coats to cover the red. 

Tip – When I look for books to paint I pick out the ones with fabric covers and embossed titles on the spine.

 

DIY Painted Books

Once the cover dried, I opened the book with the spine facing up so I could paint the spine of the book.

DIY Painted Books

The last step is to open the front and back covers and paint the inside rim of the book. I like to place a piece of paper under the back cover to avoid getting paint on the book pages.

DIY Painted Books

Since I purchased old library books, many of the page edges had a date, and the name of the library stamped on them. This doesn’t make for a “pretty” book, so I decided to paint the book pages gold so you couldn’t see the stamps.

To do this, I used Fusion Metallic Pale Gold Paint that I purchased from Amazon and a flat artist brush.  

Note: Painting the pages could cause them to stick together making the book unreadable. I would only recommend doing this to a book you are using for decor purposes only. 

Painted Books
DIY Painted Books
DIY Painted Books

That it!! Super simple, right?

Make sure you let the paint cure overnight before stacking the books together.

Painted Books
DIY Painted Books
Easy DIY Rosemary Clay Pot Candle Holder

Easy DIY Rosemary Clay Pot Candle Holder

I love bringing the outdoors in, and these little Rosemary pots are a creative way to spice up your winter decor.

Supplies

3″Grapevine Wreaths 

Small Grapevine Wreath

You can also purchase at a craft store like Hobby Lobby.

Grapevine Wreaths

3.5″ Clay Pots- Make sure the pots are 3.5″ inches tall because the candle votives are 3″ in height.

The ones I have pictured are sold out, but the same pot is available in a purple color which I also love.

Wakefiled 6 Piece Pot Set

Here are some other clay pot options.

Terra Cotta Clay Pot

Valencia Round Pot 

Samll Pots

3″ Candle Votives – My favorites are the battery operated Luminara votives.

The candlelight on these look so real!

Luminara Votive Candle – Set of 2

Votive Candles

Fresh Rosemary from the garden – Make sure you cut at least a 10″ long clipping.

If you don’t have a Rosemary shrub in your garden, I recommend you get one. We take cuttings from ours all the time for cooking and craft projects. Rosemary is also an excellent shrub to have in the garden to repel mosquitos!!

Rosemary

Steps

  1. Once you have gathered all of your supplies, put the batteries in the candles and set the timer to the desired setting.
  2. Place the candle votive in the pot.
  3. Take your Rosemary clipping and wrap it around the wreath. Use the end of the rosemary and push it between the wreath to secure in place. (You can also use a glue gun to secure in place by placing a small dab of glue on the bottom of the wreath).
  4. Place the wreath on top of the pot and you have a DIY candle holder that will make the house smell great!   
DIY Candle Holder

I also love to use these to create a fun tablescape when I have company coming over.

Easy DIY Rosemary Clay Pot Candle Holder
DIY Candle Holder

I hope I have inspired you to find fun ways to add candlelight to your home. With a few fresh clippings from the garden and some clay pots, you can spice up your winter decor by bringing the outdoors in. 

Jamie

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Cinnamon Apple Sauce Dough

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

As I get older, I find myself re-creating Christmas traditions I remember as a child. A favorite Christmas memory I have growing up is making Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments with my grandmother. I remember it like it was yesterday; My brother and I sat at my grandmother’s kitchen counter and let our imaginations run wild, making ornaments for the tree and sculpting fun things like candy canes and stick figure animals. It’s such a fun memory that I will always treasure.

I’ve wanted to make cinnamon ornaments for several years and there just never seemed to be a good time to spend the day making them. This year, I decided it was time to pull out my grandmother recipe and let my imagination run wild, just like I did growing up.

Cinnamon Appleauce Dough

Start by putting 2 cups of ground cinnamon in a large bowl.

Add 1/4 cup of ground cloves.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Mix in 1/2 cup of applesauce.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Mix the cinnamon, cloves, and applesauce together with a spoonula.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Stir in one cup of all-purpose white glue. 

Mix together until the dough becomes thick and sticky.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

 Press the dough into a ball and let it rest on a piece of parchment paper for an hour.  I like to place mine in the refrigerator to rest. I found it helps the dough not seem so sticky when you are trying to roll it with the rolling pin.  

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Once the dough is done resting, you are ready to roll it out.

I use a stainless steel non-stick rolling pin and a Roul’Pat silicone pastry mat when rolling anything out. 

Sprinkle your work surface with cinnamon and roll your dough out to about 1/4″ thickness. 

This is where you let your imagination run wild! 

You can sculpt shapes with your hands, use a knife to design different shapes, or use cookie cutters. I like to use a mixture of small cookie cutters, and large cookie cutters .

I decided to do mostly gingerbread and stars this year.🌟

Using a straw, or any other small sharp object, poke a hole in the top of the designs that are going to be ornaments. On the small, ornaments I actually used a tool that came in a pumpkin carving kit I bought last year.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Once you have used up all the dough, place in the oven on a cookie sheet, or drying rack and cook at 200 degrees for 2 hours.

Tip: If you are cooking on a cookie sheet flip them a few times while they are in the oven so both sides are exposed. 

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Tie with twine and enjoy the amazing smell on your tree. 

I also like to use them on my Christmas packages. 

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

I made some large gingerbread and candy canes to display around the house.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

I used a glue gun to give some eyes out of raisins.

Cinnamon Apple Sauce Dough
Cinnamon Apple Sauce Dough

If you want to get really creative, you can make a garland like the one I made using orange slices, cranberries, bay leaves, and the small cinnamon ornaments.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough
Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Garland

This is such a fun project to do with family and friend. I’m so glad that I took the time this year to make these. They smell amazing, and who doesn’t love the sentiment of putting homemade ornaments on the tree. These last several years, but making these every year will be a new tradition at my house.

  

Happy Holidays,

Jamie
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DIY Vintage Style Hanging Poster

DIY Vintage Style Hanging Poster

This past weekend when my hubby and I made a road trip to Waco, TX, we found this unique store called Honey’s Home+Style. They had a fun assortment of Cavallini vintage style wrapping paper that reminded me of the beautiful antique botanical prints and maps that are so popular.  Unfortunately, these can be difficult to find and are usually very pricey. I couldn’t believe that this beautiful paper only cost $3.95 a sheet. I ended up picking a fun History of Birds print and a map of Paris knowing that I could easily make a fun hanging vintage style poster out of them. 

If you don’t have a local retailer that sales this paper you can purchase it online here

To get started you will need:

  • 2 dowels – I used 5/8″
  • glue gun
  • twine
  • staple gun
  • wood stain (optional) –  I used General Finishes black stain

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     1. Cut dowels 1″ longer than the poster (leaving you 0.5″ either side of the print).

     2. Stain dowels if desired and allow to dry completely.

     3. Place a thin bead of hot glue along the bottom of the print and attach to the dowel. Alternatively,   you can also use staples to attach the print to the dowel. Repeat this at the top of the print

 

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4. Tie a knot at the end of the twine and staple on the back of the print 1″ from the end of the dowel. Thread twine to other side and repeat step.

 

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It’s that easy!!

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Here is the Paris poster I made.  🇫🇷

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Not bad for a fun vintage style hanging poster that cost $7.50 to make 🙂

Happy DIYing!!

Jamie