DIY Paper Mache Recipe: How to Make Paper Mache Clay & Paste

Paper mache gets the rep of just being craft related, but you can actually make some pretty awesome home decor pieces. Paper Mache is so versatile that the possibilities are endless with it. It’s especially good for halloween and Christmas decor props.  These mediums are so easy to make, you going to laugh at the length of the directions for each. There is really nothing to it.  Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won't cost anything to you! Check out my full disclosure policy for more info. Materials Needed for the Paper Mache Paste 6 cups flour 1 cup white glue (like Elmers) 1 cup liquid starch (my homemade ...

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Homemade Liquid starch

Yes i know my blog is about DIY furniture, decor, and interior design. However this hack is germane to my paper mache recipe. This homemade liquid starch recipe is super easy to make, which is awesome if you don’t want to buy it.  If you don’t know what liquid starch is, let me school you for a bit. It’s usually found in the laundry detergent aisle. It is used to give body and add stiffness to clothes after washing. It’s also a good adhesive which adds a bonus to the already glue like paste. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won't cost anything to you! Check out my full disclosure policy for more info. You Will ...

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DIY Wedding Welcome Sign on Wood (free template)

Wedding season is upon us and you're planning a rustic bash. Scrolling thru Etsy and you're loving those awesome welcome wedding signs, but your jaw drops at how much they turn out to be. Or perhaps money is not the issue and you're down to the wire, and can't really wait 3 to 6 six weeks for delivery. If you have a somewhat steady hand and a bit of patience you can totally have this done within a few hours if not less. Lets start the DIY rustic wedding welcome sign The Wood Base for the DIY Wedding Welcome Sign Obviously you're going to need a base for your sign. For this tutorial the sign will be 36'' x 22''. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will ...

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How to Create a Mood Board / Design Board for Interior Design (Free)

Are you a home decorating blogger and not sure how to create a mood board for a project? Or you're not a blogger and just need a way to get your ideas for a remodel visually in front of you. If you're familiar with them you may have seen mood boards or design boards on Pinterest. Do you ever wonder how the heck they do that? I know I did. I scoured the web to figure out how exactly did they do that. And actually there are a lot of ways that you can create them, but many popular ways require softwares that cost some good money or require a membership. I stuck my hand in my pockets and only cute white moths fluttered out. Was differently not going to spend more money after the chunk that's was thrown down for the web hosting and other crap ...

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How to Paint a Room, Pretty Much Fool Proof

Everyone has that one room in their house that needs some loving. The easiest and quickest way for a face lift is to paint it. I'm dead serious, you will be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint will do. But a lot of newbies don't have a freaking clue as to what to do and where to start. I know I was there once. I mean yea you need a brush and paint, but girl (or boy) do you know the plethora of brush types and paints are out there. Not to mention the extras that you don't know if you need or not.Its not that complicated I assure you. Why you ask? Why should you listen to anything I have to say. Well for staters not only did we paint our 2.7k+ square foot house by ourselves, but my hubby has been doing this for most of his adolescent and ...

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The Ultimate Guide on How to Pick Out Wood Boards

So you’re at Lowes or Home Depot to pick up some wood for a project you saw on Pinterest. If this is your first time picking wood you probably did the same mistake I made and probably a few other first time woodworkers. Can you guess what that mistake is? It's not knowing that you picked out some warped boards. I wish I knew about this when I first started woodworking. Or maybe I did, but can’t remember. My high school woodshop class was probably 10 years ago and the teacher was like “oh my god your a girl don’t touch anything. You will hurt yourself.”If only he could see me now. Anyway, here is my first post on basic woodworking series. You're probably wondering what is a warped board. To be frank its exactly as it sounds. It's a board ...

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Mood Board Monday: Modern Rustic Italian Patio Design

In the spirit of summer and the need to be outside, I was inspired to design our patio. Believe me that baby needs a little loving. We pretty much just use the grill real quick and that's it. However, its time to give ourselves a reason to chill outside and enjoy summer day or night and hopefully I can inspire you. For this mood board I am going with a modern rustic Italian vibe for the patio space. I want you to feel the warmth and boldness that the mood board invokes. The moment I open the patio doors these feelings should just hit you in the face or at least a slight slap. I am mixing wood tones with cold concrete to give it that modern edge, but still keeping that cozy and serene feel with the fabric used in the pillows and ...

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DIY Kitchen Island with a Drawer (Free Plans)

Yes!!! A order has come in and this one was a fun one to do. I love islands so much. They give a kitchen a center for a place to converse and adds more storage. Big impact. So when I got the order for this little baby I was excited. It is a 4ft by 3ft island similar to the desk I have done before. However not only did they want a shelf, but they wanted a drawer on it as well. My eyes lit up. Of all the furniture I have done I have not created a piece with a drawer. To get started on this DIY kitchen island with a drawer I need to get a good idea of how it was going to look. Below is a sketch of the piece that I was to create. After a while she decided to change the side brace design. Below is the revision sketch. Disregard the dimensions ...

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Affordable and Durable Farmhouse Kitchen Rug Runners

I have been on the hunt for some good farmhouse kitchen rug runner. The style of my kitchen is a rustic Italian farmhouse vibe and need to break up the sea of dark floors. One challenge is to actually find one in the plethora of choices. I mean its not like they say Farmhouse kitchen rug runner.  Some other obstacles I'm dealing with a kid who for the life of me can not stop dropping a single thing and a dog who loves to be in the kitchen with dirty paws scavenging. I get a lot of questions on where can I get an affordable good runner, or what style of runner will match my farmhouse kitchen. So I figured while I'm on this journey I will show what to look for and what I find that will fit in to that farmhouse look your going for and can take ...

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3 Quick and Easy DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Are you lucking out with finding a father's day gift this year? I know I am, its just around the corner and I have nothing. Uggghhh. Okay its time to starting turning the wheels in this mommy brain. Okay I got it. Actually I got three. 3 easy DIY father's day gift builds that are super easy and the most time it will take is a day.  DIY Father's Day Gift #1 So the first DIY is a no brainer. A sign. Signs are a good way to show how much you care for the man in your life wether it be your daddy or husband. Yes I'm 30 and I still call my dad daddy. Not quite sure what kind of sign to do? No worries I got a few examples down below that will help you decide what to make for your father's day gift.  Funny saying There is nothing ...

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