DIY I Love You Sign

Learn How To Make Your Own I Love You Sign

Perfect for a proposal, Valentines Day or any day you feel like celebrating love!

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Hey, everyone! If you’re interested in how Jimmy made our I love you sign when he popped the question, then please keep reading.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Supplies:

  • 1/2 inch thick wood, Size pends on how big you want the sign

  • In pencil the words are written out “I Love You”, you can even use a stencil

  • 100 Christmas Lights

  • Black Paint

  • Paint brush

  • Drill with 5/16 drill bit

  • Sand Paper

  • Ruler

Instructions:

1. Print and cut out the I Love You  printable. Lay on top of the wood and trace using your pencil.

2. Grab your ruler and mark a dot every 1 1/2 inches along the pencil lines of the letters.

3. Using the 5/16 drill bit, drill holes at every mark along the I Love You letters. Then sand the wood until it’s smooth.

4. Using your paint brush grab the black paint and cover the surface of the wood.

5. Flip the board over and stick one Christmas light bulb in every hole.

And that is it!

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WE’RE ENGAGED!

We’re Engaged!

This Young Couple Got Engaged In Their Old Home

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Last Friday, began like any normal day for Jimmy and me; however, little did I know a big SURPRISE was coming my way. A friend of mine came to pick me up and head over to Hobby Lobby to help pick out curtain rods and etc. As the night came to an end I was heading back home to what I would believe to be an empty house, as Jimmy works nights.

I open the door and I see a shadow moving, fearful that someone may have just broken into my house, a voice quickly said it’s me, Jimmy! He grabs my hands to pull me back into the house and as we entered the living room I see a hundred tea lights lit, rose peddles on the floor, champagne bottle on ice, and my favorite chocolate covered strawberries!

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After the proposal and I calmed down, I realized Jimmy had two GoPro cameras running to capture this moment. We had discussed getting married for so long and I knew it would happen soon, but did not know it was going to happen that night. I’m still in awe of him and the work he put into that night, into building our first home, and he puts into our relationship.

This house was our first real venture together and for us to get engaged in our living room was the perfect way to take on our next venture!

So you know what’s next right? Planning the wedding and this Bride and Groom will be showing you all our DIY wedding projects.

Our next blog post we’ll be sharing how Jimmy made the I Love You Sign for the proposal!

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DIY Fall Basket

Fall Decor

DIY Fall Basket:

Dollar Store Outdoor Fall Decor

Fall Decor

Fall is in full swing here in NY and we have just put away all of our Halloween decorations from our Haunted Cemetery. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check out our post here. Well, anyways back to the first Fall DIY post and what makes it great for the most part it’s either free or from the Dollar Store!

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Difficulty Level: Easy

Supplies:

  • Large flower pot/large bucket (decorative or Rustic, designers choice) we already had this on hand, so it was free.
  • Leaves (fallen off the tree)
  • Leave ropes (dollar store)
  • Sunflowers or any fall flowers of your choosing
  • Christmas rope lights (we had this already, no need to be fancy with the type of lights)

Direction:

  • First it all pends on how much leave ropes you were able to get your hands on. Personally, we only bought two for this project. The #protip to this is stuff the large bucket/flower pot with leaves from the floor to fluff it up. It “A”saves money and it gives it that authenticity to this fall decor. 
  • Next in a circular set-up place, your leave ropes and then your lights and mix them all up. 
  • Lastly, add all your flowers, pumpkins and etc. 
  • And that is it our friends, light that baby up and enjoy your inexpensive fall decor.

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Our Fall Favorite Drink Perfect For Any Get Together

Our Favorite Fall Drink

Okay, so it’s been roughly a year since our House Warming Party. Now, I only bring this up because we made a sangria that was such a HIT!!! It’s perfect for any get-together, just make sure you make it in some form of pitcher or spout container that others can just pour for themselves 🙂

Ready for it… Caramel Apple Sangria! That’s right, I said Caramel Apple Sangria. Sound unbelievably delicious? It is.

It’s officially FALL now so that means that we can dive head first into all that the season has to offer, right? So while some may be sipping on a hot apple cider, we’re creating some Caramel Apple Sangria.

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Caramel Apple Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup
  • 4 apples, chopped

Instructions

  1. Chill your white wine and sparkling apple cider.
  2. Once cold, mix together wine and cider and add ¼ cup caramel syrup.
  3. Chop approximately 4 apples into small cubes and add to sangria.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Let us know what your favorite fall drinks are!!

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Our First Haunted Halloween Cemetery

“Lost Souls Cemetery”

Our first Haunted Cemetery was a success! We had tons of kids and adults visiting and we enjoyed every minute of it. Granted we had been planning this since August and finally it all worked out. Check out pictures from our day and we layout each prop that was made by us.

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Majority of the figures in our cemetery were either made or modify because they were broken (we picked them up from Craigslist) and they were very inexpensive. Let us know which figures you would want more of a description on how we made them.

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Halloween Cemetery Breathing Grave

Halloween Cemetery Coffin with Animated Skeleton ( Animated was store bought and modified)

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Tomb Fog Machine ( Tomb was made out of styrofoam box, we hand carved it and placed a fog machine inside, also used water bottles that were frozen in substitution for dry ice to keep the fog smoke down to the ground) Top piece however was store bought, we glued it to the top

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Zombie/Monster (Jimmy built this Animated Figure)

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Pallet Picket Fence: We used pallets that we found off of Craigslist for free. First we disassembled the pallets, drew out the size and shape of the fence we wanted. Next we took a wood finish stain to make it look weathered and vola! (Granted their are more steps in-between, but again let us know which decoration you would want more details on)

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Boarded Up Cardboard Windows: Literally disassembled a few boxes and then cut strips of card board pieces and crissed crossed them up. Once the layout was done we took black spray paint and blacked out the “window. As for  the “wood” pieces they were a mixture of black spray paint and white paint. #Protip use an old/dry brush and dip it in the paint, allow it to run across the cardboard piece in a streak like way. Remember it’s halloween, the idea is it’s not supposed to look perfect.

 

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DIY Halloween Candles

DIY Halloween Candles to add to your Halloween decor

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Hey, Everyone, whose excited for Halloween ?! Well then let’s get this blog started! This blog post will be focusing on the Spooky Halloween Candles that are perfect for either indoor or outdoor decor. We will provide you two, yes two different variations of the Spooky Halloween Candles. One will be rated a level of Easy and the other Difficult

Here is a reminder of the level of difficultness we rank our DIY projects.

Easy: (anyone can do it)

Difficult: (Requires some skill/knowledge of tools, tools that may be a typical household may not have)

Very Difficult: (Requires skills/knowledge of tools)

Let’s begin with the paper towel roll candlesticks.

SUPPLIES:

  • Paper towel rolls & toilet paper rolls
  • LED tea lights
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Spray Paint
  • White paper/cardboard
  • White/cream acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic container
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wood scrap big enough to accommodate all your candles 

MEASURE AND PAINT TUBES:

Your paper towel tubes will be the bodies of your candles. To make them more realistic, measure your paper towel tubes and cut them to a variety of sizes. However, it’s best not to cut them down to less than six inches, or else the candles will look stubby. You can create as many candles as you want, depending on how much space you want to fill in your room.

Next, you will want to spray the multipurpose adhesive spray paint on all rolls. This is a good idea as this will make the rolls hard and perfect for holding the LED tea lights. Once this is dried apply a layer of white paint. Allow time to dry.

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CREATE WAX DRIPS:

While we may not be using real candles, we still want our cardboard creations to look as authentic as possible, and that means making them look like they’ve been used and partially melted.

To do this, fire up your hot glue gun WITH CAUTION—never touch hot glue or the tip of the gun.

Apply drops of glue to one end of your cardboard tube, making sure to apply glue all around the rim. An average “wax drip” will be anywhere between half and inch and two or three inches, but you can also add drops that go all the way down the candle. It’s good to stagger the lengths so they don’t all look the same. Also, be careful not to let the glue get on the inside of the tube; it will make it difficult to insert your LED lights later.

Give the drops five to ten minutes to set–DO NOT touch them until they are dry and cool!

Since glue is not as porous as cardboard, simply brushing paint onto the drips can often result in flaking and streaking. Pour some paint into a small plastic container. When your glue has set, dip the end of your candle in the paint and allow it time to dry. This will provide a clean coat and make your drops blend in more with the rest of the candle.

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SETTING THE TEA LIGHTS:

This is where you will want to take either your computer paper, but we prefer tiny cardboard pieces. You will want to make them the same size as the opening and create an X. Hot glue the two cardboard pieces and wait for them to dry. Place your tea lights accordingly.

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CREATING THE BASE:

Lastly, stagger your candles, however, you would like and trace with a pencil their exact location on your wood base. Now feel free to adjust your base to your preference, either stain the wood base or paint the wood base. It’s really all up to you.

Vola ! Version One complete.

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PVC Halloween Candles

While it’s possible to make candles using paper towel rolls or cans, you may want something sturdier. PVC pipe is a good choice (assuming you have the tools to cut up the pipe).

Difficult: (Requires some skill/knowledge of tools, tools that may not be in a typical household )

Please follow same step and directions as the Paper towel version.

Remember to stay safe and have fun!

 

 

 

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DIY HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN PALLET SIGN

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Halloween is coming and we are counting down the days with this easy Halloween pallet art!

Halloween Pallet Countdown

This will mark the first year Jimmy and I set-up our house in all it’s horror glory at our new house. We actually have been building and planning for this year’s Halloween back in August, and yes, we are those people, hahaha. 

For the first DIY project, we will be sharing, is how to create a Halloween Pallet Sign Countdown. Pallets are fairly easy to come by and usually free. So this should not be an expensive project. Please note, the level of difficulty for this project is rated difficult on our scale. So please keep an eye out on the ratings we provide each of our projects going forward. Below, you will see how we rate our levels of difficulty.

The scale has three levels:

Easy: (anyone can do it)

Difficult: (Requires some skill/knowledge of tools, tools that may be a typical household may not have)

Very Difficult: (Requires skills/knowledge of tools)

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 pallet
  • Paint color of your choosing
  • Picture frame hooks (they look like J’s)
  • Computer paper with numbers printed on them 
  • Laminate paper (this will protect them from the rain)
  • Hole puncher
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Jig Saw (to keep that rustic look)
  • Eye protection wear, whenever using any saw. Safety first!
  • 2 old  broomsticks

Step-by -Step:

  • Pallets have three bases cut one of the ends off by using the jig saw, this way you are only left with two bases attached.
    • #Protip If you are okay with the full size of the pallet than skip this step
  • You will want to drill the broomsticks into the back of the pallet. This can be used to place in the dirt/grass
    • #protip if you want to be even craftier, you may want to use PVC pipes to drill them onto the back of the pallet than you can slide the stakes/old broomsticks in and out. Perfect for when removing and storing it away. You are able to screw the screws on an angle to secure the PVC to the pallet or use a Sawzall to make round holes through the PVC pipe for easy access to the screw. 
  • Now comes to easy part, write what you want on your pallet countdown sign. Feel free to use stencils, but take this time to measure out how much space you will need for each word
    • #protip this can be as basic or eccentric, it all depends on the look that you are going for!

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Repurposed Wood Picture Frame

Easy DIY Rustic Picture Frame

Skill level: Easy

Loved creating this really easy repurposed wood picture frame.  We live not too far from the beach and at times Jimmy and I would go either for a run or walk by the beach. One day I came across the piece of wood that was flat but had what I call “character” and thought this could be used for something down the road. Well, that project I would use it for was to create a wood picture frame. Please keep reading if this sounds like an easy and awesome idea. This project makes great for any gifts or home decor, happy crafting!

Supplies:

  • Repurposed wood, or plank of wood size of your choice
  • Wood stain of your choice
  • Hammer
  • burlap
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue
  • Pictures of your choice
  • Carpet nails
  • Acrylic Paint color of your choice
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencil

Step-by-Step

  • Grab your wood stain and paint brush and stain the wood with the color of your choosing. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area
  • After the wood has dried, next grab the burlap and pictures, this is where you will want to glue the two onto each other
  • Next, place the Picture with the burlap onto the wood plank and take the carpet nails and hammer them in accordingly. The carpet nails add an extra touch of rustic to it, don’t you think?
  • After the pictures are settled, grab your stencil, paint and paint brush and you may write a saying if  you have room or the names of the people in the pictures, just like what we did. This is your project do whatever sparks your fancy!
  • Let it dry and that my friend is it!

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One Year Anniversary In Our Renovated Old Home

WoW One Year In Our Old Home!

We can not believe we have lived in this awesome house that we get to call HOME for one year. It is so crazy to think we purchased our first home back in February 2015, and shortly after began the renovation process. Seven long months later we moved in.

Like any homeowner, there are always tons of projects left to do, but taking it day by day is our motto. We have a lot more stories and projects that we would love to continue to share with all of you. Below are some great memories and projects that we would love to share with you, in honor of our one year anniversary!!!

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So crazy to think that we spent so much time renovating and now we are living and enjoy the fruit of our labor. It was totally worth it and if you’re in the middle of your home renovation, don’t worry there will be a light. So keep trucking along, you can do it!!!

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DIY Nautical Deck Themed Decor

DIY Nautical Deck Themed Decor

New Deck Makeover Part Two

Continuing from our first deck makeover reveal we were able to make a few more Nautical Themed Decor and repurpose old Lanterns from our previous home. If interested, then please keep reading.

Nautical Themed Deck

Lanterns- Can be purchased at Christmas Tree Shop, Pier 1, & Pottery Barn

DIY Nautical Pillars-

Nautical Pillars

Coffee Table Decor :DIY Nautical “Faux” Glass Floats from Foam Balls

For Step By Step instructions for where I learned how to make my DIY Nautical “Faux” Glass Floats from Foam Balls, please visit Crafts By Courtney.  Bowl was purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop

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Nautical Wine Coasters

DIY Nautical Rope Coasters

Wine Glass Charms – Can be purchased at our Etsy Shop

Wine Charms

So in NY the weather has been hot and lovely this entire Summer. We’re hoping it holds up for at least the rest of September. This way we can enjoy our lovely deck a little bit longer.

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