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Top DIY Projects of the Year

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Reader's Favorite Projects from 2017top projects of the year

It's that time of year when I like to take a look back at what projects YOU favored from DIY beautify the past year.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A very Merry Christmas to you!

Merry Christmas

The Best Tools for Every DIYer's Toolbox

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

My TOP 5 favorite DIY tools, why I find them essential, and projects I've made with them

Cast Iron Skillet Apple Crisp

Friday, December 15, 2017

This post is sponsored by Southern Kitchen. All opinions are my own.

Classic apple crisp is baked to perfection in a cast iron skillet and is the perfect comfort dessert for cold winter evenings!

Thrifty Farmhouse Sign Ornaments

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Leftover wood pieces become charming farmhouse signs to hang on your tree!

Friends, welcome back! Today is the monthly Thrifty Style Team post, where each member of the team shares something thrifty and inspiring with you! There is so much talent in this group, it's fun to see what everyone comes up with each month!

Christmas in the Kitchen

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Updates to the kitchen and some Christmas touches

mini gingerbread house

Farmhouse Christmas Tree

Friday, December 8, 2017

A farmhouse Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments

farmhouse Christmas tree

Welcome to the 3rd annual My Home Style Blog Hop - Christmas Tree Edition, hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living. If you're visiting from Houseful of Handmade, welcome! I'm the last stop on the tour, so you'll definitely want to start at Stephanie's bohemian tree and work your way through all the homes. You'll find links at the end of this post to all the other bloggers who are sharing their Christmas tree style. It's truly amazing how many different looks a Christmas tree can have, and each participating blogger matched their tree with their home decor! I'm pretty sure you'll be inspired.

Peppermint Iced Scones

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DelightfulMoments #CBias

A tasty scone recipe with a peppermint mocha twist, perfect for the holidays or anytime!

peppermint iced scones

Dollar Store Shiplap Ornaments - Cozy at Christmas

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to Make Inexpensive Shiplap Ornaments from the Dollar Store

dollar store shiplap ornaments

Welcome back!

It's all things Christmas over here and today I'm sharing a tutorial for these inexpensive shiplap ornaments!

These jumbo ornaments started off life as Dollar Tree they were just a buck each!

I was drawn to the corrugated metal ornament tops and decided to give them a diy beautify dose of farmhouse charm!

I'm sharing the tutorial today as part of the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour. It's a week-long tour filled with lots of great ideas for you to replicate at home! You'll find all the links and participating bloggers at the end of my tutorial.

Affiliate links are included for your convenience; my full disclosure policy can be found here.


  • jumbo cardboard ornaments from Dollar Tree (I'm not sure if you can find these at other dollar stores or not) 
* Note: if you're unable to find these ornaments, you could use these large rounds or even these


These jumbo DIY ornaments started life as cute decorations from the dollar store. The shiplap marks are just painted on and it's hard to see, but there's quite a lot of glitter.  I decided to give them a whole new look.

dollar store Christmas decor

I used pliers to carefully remove the metal tops because I planned to reuse them.

remove metal tops

Then I took a sanding sponge to knock back the shine and the glitter. Here's a before and after.


Next I gave the pieces 2 coats of white chalk paint. I used Dixie Belle Paint Company Chalk Finish Furniture paint in Cotton and it went on like a dream! This paint has very little odor which is nice when you're painting indoors!


The next step was to recreate the shiplap lines. Remember, this ornament is just thick cardboard, so I couldn't actually cut through it.

I marked lines with a straight edge and used my Dremel tool to create the look of shiplap planks by just moving the Dremel along my straight edge at each marked spot. I'm not sure what the tip is called that I looks like a piece of pointed sandpaper! Anyone know?

I didn't press hard enough to cut, just enough to remove the paint and make visible lines.

mark lines

score lines

Now that my base was done, I created some designs in PicMonkey and uploaded them to my Silhouette cutting machine.

I cut each design out of matte black vinyl and used transfer tape to perfectly center them on my large ornaments.

DIY shiplap ornaments

I carefully reattached the tops, and now they're ready to hang on my tree!

Here's a closer look.

close up

They have a real chippy farmhouse feel and best of all, they add the look of shiplap!

better not pout ornament

Fixer Upper style ornament

They're absolutely perfect on my farmhouse styled Christmas tree, which I'll be sharing later this week.

shiplap ornaments

Go ahead and PIN THIS IMAGE so you can refer to it!

DIY shiplap ornaments
It's time to take a look at what the other ladies have created for Cozy at Christmas. The links are below, I hope you visit them all!

Cozy at Christmas holiday tour

I hope you find lots of inspiration and creative ideas here; there's only 20 days until Christmas!

If you missed it, I shared a Farmhouse Guest Basket on Monday that includes a 20% discount to diy beautify readers. Be on the lookout for a yummy recipe tomorrow, and my farmhouse tree later this week.

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This blog's content is for entertainment purposes only and is not professional advice. By reading this blog and attempting to recreate any content shared on it, you assume all responsibility for any injuries or damages incurred. Read my full disclaimer here.

Disclosure: I received products from Dixie Belle Paint Company that I used in this post, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

The Perfect Guest Basket for the Holidays

Monday, December 4, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerrySpritzmas #CollectiveBias

Put guests at ease and keep the bathroom smelling fresh all season long with a pretty guest basket!

holiday guest basket

Friends, we're going to get real here today and talk about an embarrassing topic, a topic that nice girls usually don't discuss in public!

The subject today is poo y'all and you're going to need your sense of humor. So if it's still sleeping, go pour yourself another cup of coffee and come on back. 

I'll wait 😊