Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DIY Easter Bunny Wreath

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hello!  Today I want to share with you this Easter Wreath I made.  I came up with the idea while perusing the aisles at my local Joann store.  I wanted to make a wreath that looked like a bunny, but wasn't over-the-top cutesy.  I know everything in the world you could ever imagine has been done before, so I highly doubt I am the first person to ever do this, but I have not seen one like it.   It was SO easy and can be pretty inexpensive!

Here's what I used:

  • Styrofoam circle.  (I used a 40% off coupon)
  • Bunny ears headband.  I got mine at Joanns (40% off coupon, boo-yeah.) but they can be found at the Dollar Store.
  • Two 6 foot boas, for a total of 12 feet and it *just* fit around the circle perfectly.  You could also use fuzzy yarn, but I wanted mine to be extra fluffy, like a rabbit.
  • Pastel ribbon I already had
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors (to cut tags off of items)

I know my pictures are awesome.  And by awesome I mean completely horrible.  I did this project at night and snapped pics as I went along.  Sorry!

First, I hot glued the headband to the circle.  I left it completely intact, the headband was flexible enough to fit perfectly.

Next, I decided how long I wanted my ribbon, and made a loop out of it.  I smothered the end of the ribbon in oodles of hot glue, on the back of the circle directly in the middle (between the ears).

Then, I hot glued the end of one of the feather boas to the foam circle.  I started at the top, between the ears, on the back and just wrapped it around and around.  I added a little dot of glue every couple of inches or so.  When it reached the end, I used glue to secure the end to the circle.  I then repeated this step with the other boa, starting at the top and wrapping the other direction.

Here is the finished product:

This post was featured over at: Too Stinkin' Cute! Thank you so much to Mary at Too Stinkin' Cute for featuring my Easter Bunny Wreath on her blog and mentioning it on Facebook!  Hop on over to her blog to see oodles and oodles of incredible things! 

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Entry Way: Rug and Plans

Friday, March 16, 2012

Have I mentioned before we have exactly $0 in our budget for any home improvements and decor?  No?  Oh.  Well, we have $0 in our budget for home improvements and decor.  That includes items for my poor, sad entry way.

This is what I am dealing with, people:

Okay so the picture above was actually taken several years ago when we moved in. Currently all of our shoes are scattered in front of the door, the coat rack is busted and has about 10 coats on it. My purse lays on the floor, as does 90% of everything we bring into the house. 

So anyway, I have a long list of things I want to do with this space. One of those things is paint but to paint the entry way we have to paint nearly the entire house since it's all connected. That will happen (oh yes, it will, and all the trim too! BWAHAHA!) but not for a while. So for now, I am going to stick to organizing and accessorizing.

I have been scouring the internet for rugs for some time now and, as we all know, there are so many gorgeous ones out there! Some are incredibly expensive (most of the ones I like are anyways, why is that?), and others are pretty affordable. Well folks, "affordable" is still out of my budget.

I found (or as I like to type in my browser window) simply has the best options for someone like me who wants to spend around about nothing. 

It's a pretty long hallway/entry so I will need multiple rugs, and I have a plan for the square-ish space by the front door. But for now I am focusing on the runner that will be centered along the hallway.

I wanted an indoor/outdoor rug because this area in our home has a ton of traffic, the rug must be durable. It rains a lot here where we live, and our shoes are usually sopping wet when we enter the house. But I didn't want a typical outdoor rug that had no personality. It had to be something different and geometric yet neutral. Something not stark white so dirt wouldn't show easily. In other words, I am not at all picky.

I found this guy and me likey:

Poolside Grey/Bone Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Original price tag was not bad at $38.99 but it was on sale for $33.14 (15 % off). 

Like most of you, before I make any purchase online I always check for coupons.  My favorite coupon site, RetailMeNot, had a link to a 7% off coupon for new customers.  Technically I have ordered from oh-dot-co before but never from my Mrs. B's Hive email address, so after I registered again I kinda sorta was "new".  Okay maybe not, but shhhh, don't tell on me.

So after the sale and my coupon + shipping my grand total was $33.77.

heck to the yeah

 So even though I went $33.77 over budget, I still think it's worth it. 

I can't wait to get this rug paired with this shoe cabinet:

HEMNES Shoe Cabinet from Ikea

While I was out of town not only did I pick up the shoe cabinet, I also found (at a different store) crystal based table lamps that look similar to this one from Target:

Crystal Table Lamp with White Shade

Only mine weren't $55.99 each.  They weren't even $20.00 each.  Mine were.... drumroll please....  $37.98 for TWO.  $18.99 a piece for base and lamp shade.  Can I get an amen?  I found 2 left at Ross and scooped them up so fast.  As I was checking out a lot of ladies were all "oh I love those lamps!" "I want those lamps!" and I just laughed because they were mine. both of them. mine. no mah left fo you. Love that rush!

My to do list for the entry way:

  • New runner rug
  • Shoe cabinet
  • New lamp
  • Tall board and batten with coat hooks
  • New mirror
  • Artwork
  • Paint - haha.

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