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It’s Back! The Trade & Made Challenge

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trade and made supply

It’s baaaack!  I’m sure you guys remember the craft challenge that Laura from A Girl Who Makes and I created last year, trading boxes of supplies with the proposition to create something out of the contents – using only the contents – and share the tutorial with our readers.

Well, the response from both readers and other bloggers was astounding, so this year, we’ve invited a group of fabulously creative bloggers to join us in the second annual Trade & Made . All of their ingenious projects (with tutorials) will be connected to a central Trade & Made website (which was created by the super talented Gloria from Little White Whale Studio) which you can utilize as a central place to check in on all of the projects.

Today, across the web, participants are revealing the contents of their boxes, all of which have been kindly donated by some amazing sponsors: Michaels, For the Makers, Clear & Simple Stamps, Specialty Bottle, and DecoArt.

Take a moment, head to Trade & Made.com and familiarize yourself with each participant, because in one week, on Wednesday, July 31st, they’ll each be debuting a project for you!  Exciting, isn’t it? Ok, here’s what we’ve included in each box:

tradeandmade supplies

 

What do you think I’ll create from these pieces?  What would you create?

I suppose you’ll have to come back next Wednesday to find out what me and 12 other talented bloggers are creating!

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DIY Secret weapon

perfect gold spray paint

The questions I get emailed and asked the absolute most aren’t about the camera I use or decor in my home… it’s about the gold spray paint that I prefer.  It’s no secret that I use it in a fair amount of projects because a little shine never hurt anyone and I love neutrals.

I will admit that I bought 6-7 different gold spray paints and sprayed them all next to some gold foil to fill in gaps on a table project I was working on.  I choose the variety that matched best to the foil and started using that color exclusively.  For me, it’s the Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint.  It’s not too yellow, not too green, it’s the perfect match to real gold I can find.

So, I wanted to share it with you all today.  I use it so much and reference it even more, so if you’re looking for the perfect coat, here you are! And after you’ve got your secret weapon in hand, here are some favorite projects to make with your gold paint.

ONE magnetic office organization is perfect for a small space. TWO angled candlesticks are a little rustic and a little glam. THREE don’t throw out your avocado seeds.  Instead, dry them and transform them. FOUR a party isn’t a party without some confetti (on your champagne glass). FIVE this one doesn’t use gold spray paint, but the gold inspiration art is still one of my faves.

Have a GLEAMING Tuesday!

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Lucite Bookend DIY

DIY lucite bookends

You all know by now my difficulty to adopt too much color into my life and my house.  I made these amazing bookends earlier this year and although I love them, they won’t do in every room in my home.  I needed something sleeker, neutral.  I dreamt up these acrylic and gold bookends and after making them, I like them more that I ever anticipated.

These bookends totaled out at around $9 for the whole thing and boy are they cute!

DIY acrylic bookends

diy acrylic bookend

They’re minimal and chic, let the books show off their colors, and are so easy to make.  Here’s the full tutorial and material list.  Continue Reading…

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Fun with Fireworks + a giveaway

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firework table cover

Ok, some might call this tie dye, but I’m calling it fireworks. This washed down blue tablecloth is perfect for covering any folding table, getting your group ready for the 4th of July celebrations this week. It’s MUCH cheaper than buying one and would be a fun project for the kiddos (outside, of course).

The ‘cloth’ part of the tablecloth is actually canvas dropcloth from The Home Depot. It is so much less expensive than buying yardage from the store (shoot, it’s cheaper than a flat sheet) and it comes in squares, rectangles, and ‘runner’ sized (for hallways) but I like to think that size is actually for a banquet 6ft table! A little ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and some fabric dye (I used RIT navy blue) and that’s all it took.

fireworks table covering

firework tablecloth

firework tablecloth workflow

ONE pinch up a few inches of canvas and form it into a cone. TWO tape the cone together tightly with the painters tape and ensure the bottom of the tape strand is secure. THREE do this all over your cloth. FOUR dunk it into your dye bath and agitate for 15 minutes.

Materials:

  • 6′ x 9′ canvas dropcloth from The Home Depot
  • 1 bottle of liquid RIT dye (you can find this at a craft store or at walmart) mixed with 6 gallons HOT water
  • 1 roll of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • 1 big plastic storage tub (I used an 18 gallon)

fireworks tablecloth

cloth fireworks

I love that the end result is a little less traditional and kind of whimsical. I did a very casual beer and BBQ style dinner to go with the laid back nature of the ‘firework’ tablecloth.

This project is sponsored by ScotchBlue Painters tape and if you guys aren’t inspired to create, maybe a plethora of ideas in the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop will help!  A group of bloggers from around the web all got together to show off their stuff and what they could create with ScotchBlue.  What would help you get creative?  Another Home Depot GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY you say?  Well, let’s do it!

We will giveaway $75 to The Home Depot to one lucky reader.
To enter this giveaway, please leave a link to your favorite summer DIY or painting project in the comments below for a chance to win a $75 Home Depot gift card!

Entries must be posted by next Monday, July 8th, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random.

*Limited to readers in the U.S. only. Entries for this giveaway are made on the House of Earnest comment page and by sharing this giveaway via social media. Winner will be contacted by email once entries close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. Total retail value is $255. This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue Painters Tape. All opinions and creations are my own.

Other projects on the blog hop are here!!!

Centsational Girl – Textured Panel Dresser Makeover
Thrifty and Chic Framed Stencil Wall
The Design Confidential DIY Concrete Color Block Painted Tables
Sand & Sisal Faux Etched Glass
The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard
PB & J Stories Dipped Effect Outdoor Bench and Front Patio Makeover
In My Own Style How to Paint Outdoor Furniture
Making this Home Embellish with a Paint Border
Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover
DIY Game Table

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Oceanic Urchin DIY

DIY gold urchin

I posted last week about the uptrending ‘oceanic’ pieces that have been catching my eye lately , so I knew I wanted to do some sort of DIY surrounding the theme.  Not only is the gold urchin super on trend, but it’s crazy easy and clean up is so simple.

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gold urchin workflow copy

ONE cut a 3″ foam sphere in half TWO snip wooden skewers into lengths ranging from 2″ to 4″ and everywhere in between. THREE stick your skewers into the domed portion of your foam.  Make sure that each skewer appears to be originating at the same central point.  FOUR spray your urchin outdoors on a few sheets of Bounty paper towels.

gold urchin DIY

Do you want to hear the best part of this post (not that the urchin isn’t awesome)? To help you get your DIY on, we’re giving away (drumroll please) some Bounty of your own and a $250 to the Home Depot!  Crazy awesome!

faux gold urchin DIY

gold urchin clean up

The people at Proctor and Gamble (who sent me some Bounty to clean up my mess) and Home Depot want you to keep on creating, so we’ve teamed up on this amazing giveaway.  It’s easy to enter!

To enter, leave a comment below or share this giveaway on social media (the come back here to comment letting me know you did!).  Something like, “Enter this crazy awesome giveaway on @houseofearnest” would be phenomenal! There is a potential for two entries per reader.

Entries must be posted by next Tuesday, June 25st, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. This giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified,

*Limited to readers in the U.S. only. Entries for this giveaway are made on the House of Earnest comment page and by sharing this giveaway via social media. Winner will be contacted by email once entries close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. Total retail value is $255. This post has been sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and the Home Depot.  All opinions and creations are my own.

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Magnetic Office Organization DIY

office organizer

When office organization becomes customizable enough to blend in with the rest of your decor, then I’m in.  These galvanized air vent caps can be easily painted to any color you’d like, hung on simple tacks, and with a couple mighty mini magnets, turn themselves into your new center of organization.

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office org workflow

magnet office organizer

I’ve hung up anything from wash tape to a wall paper swatch I love, to a couple cards for restaurants I’d like to remember. I honestly think this is one of the easiest projects that makes one of the prettiest impacts.  If you’re not comfortable hitting up your local hardware store for some duct caps, just use the lids of those christmas cookie tins that you have nothing else to do with.

office organization

Is there a little nook in your home that could become an instant office?

 

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Indigo Nation DIY

stars and stripes napkins

I had so much fun with this DIY over the weekend and I have been biting at the bit to share it today.  It was one of those, ‘will this look as cool as I’m envisioning or will it fall flat’ moments and I was SO happy with out it executed.  I didn’t want the shapes to look too cookie-cutter 4th of July, but to take on a more American heritage vibe.

I literally had a blast styling and playing with these guys and now have them adorning my dining room.  They’re just lovely with a natural indigo ikat look.  I couldn’t be happier (is it crazy that napkins make me this happy?  You should ask me about coasters…).  Anyway, you have a whole month to do this one, so you’ll definitely have time to get your own before the holiday.

DIY stars and stripes napkins

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hand patterned napkins

Styled with neutral white plates, greenery and silver touches, I love the feel the whole table creates.  Can’t you just imagine sitting around outside in dusky candlelight?

I’m really getting carried away here.  The full tutorial is very easy, just a few key steps will ensure vintage Americana success.  Continue Reading…

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Script Copper Wine Toppers

copper script wine corks

There are few things I like more than wine.  I claimed this past weekend that my major food groups were wine, cheese, tomatoes, olives, and coffee.  Aside from my personal feelings about it, I think that a good assortment of wines at a gathering can offer a ton variety while not being fussy.

These script copper toppers are like a pretty peachy color, reminiscent of rose gold and are so easy to make! They’d be perfect for a party during which people are in and out of the wine often and need a heads up as to which variety is which.

I made these four in about 30 minutes as the copper is pretty soft and easy to manipulate.  Copper wire can be found in an art or craft store (mine’s from Blicks). The toppers are just stuck into chiseled down plain corks.  You could use some that already come tapered, or just take a knife to some that you’ve saved like I did.  The trick is that you don’t want the corks to be too tight since the toppers aren’t really to use for pulling, but are more decorative.

twister wire wine corks

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copper wire wine corks

I, of course, took some liberties with the abbreviations.  You could also just do a generic ‘cheers’ too. There are just a few quick steps  Continue Reading…

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Gold Angled Candlesticks

gold blocked candlesticks

Color blocking is big, but you guys know me, I’m not so huge on color. I decided to execute the trend with gold and grey weathered wood to keep it neutral, but still relevant. The angular lines on these ‘gold blocked’ candlesticks make a piece of 2″ x 2″ hardware store lumber way more modern and worthy of any table centerpiece or mantle.

What I love about this candlestick project is that the nice guys at the hardware store cut them in the lengths I wanted (3″, 5″, and 7″), so all I had to do was make the holes for the candles and get to the painting! Here are the materials I used!

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gold blocked workflow

ONE using a 3/4″ drill bit, carve out a hole on the end of each piece of wood.  TWO sand the pieces until they’re smooth. THREE stain the wood with a light grey ‘sunbleached’ stain.  FOUR tape off in your desired pattern and spray with gold spray paint.

Like a lot of my projects, I really like that there are so many customizations possible.  How would you customize this easy project?  Lots of color?  High gloss?

Let me know!

 

 

 

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Neon Rope Coasters

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I love buying materials that I like even if I don’t (at the time) have a plan for them.  This project was one of those cases.  While scavenging the aisles at the Home Depot, I found some masonry rope that was the perfect neon pink!  I bought it with little idea what I was going to do with it and got to brainstorming.

I created these little woven coasters because the contrast with the light wood is so pretty and modern.  They’re perfect to have on hand for summer to brighten up even just a simple tray of water for guests.

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neon rope coasters - house of earnest

neon coaster workflow

ONE cut the sticks to 2 3/4″ lengths.  TWO securing the ends of three sticks in a hardback book, and pressing down very firmly on the book, start weaving the rope through the sticks, leaving a long tail at the beginning which you’ll use to add a few more rows to the beginning end once you remove it from the book.  After each row, be sure to scoot the ropes tightly toward the book and tighten. THREE continue in this method, one row then push & tighten throughout the whole length of the sticks.  FOUR once you’ve reached the end, remove from the book and use your beginning bit of rope to add a few rows to the start.  Secure both ends on the bottom with glue.

The light weight wooden craft sticks can be found at a craft store with the dowels and the rope is found with the other ropes and chains in the hardware store.

two material neon coasters - house of earnest

It took me about 30 minutes to make all four, so it’s something you can do on an afternoon in just no time!  I think this would also be a fun project for teen girls if you have any of those running around your house.  The colors can be switched up too, there are all types of crazy colored ropes at the hardware store and doing this with jute or bakers twine would give a really natural tonal look as well!

Give it a go and let me know how they turned out!

Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday!

 

p.s. A BIG thank you to everyone’s supportive comments yesterday!  You guys light up my life!

 

 

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