DIY Handpainted Sign + Free Printable Template

[pinit]DIY Hand-painted #reclaimed Wood Sign tutorial and printable cut file or traceable template @savedbyloves #verseprintable #Love #valentinesday [pinit]

I am loving making signs these days.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided to go with this love Corinthians verse, which is great all year round, but particularly so now.  For the detailed tutorial on how to make this sign, see our Rustic DIY Wooden Sign Tutorial.   Below you will find the Photoshop file I used.  The tutorial just linked  shows how to transfer the file to wood and hand paint it.  I used my cricut with the file below to make a stencil.  You can do either with the download.

Corinthians love verse printable template from @savedbyloves

Click the image to bring up the full size version and either print to transfer like I showed you in the tutorial linked above, or use as a cut file.  I use Sure Cuts A Lot for this.  Not sure if that is still available, but I do know that it doesn’t work with newer Cricut machines.  Good luck!

Corinthians Love Verse Sign DIY

DIY Starburst Dollar Store Pencil Wreath With @Floracraft

[pinit]DIY Starburst Christmas Wreath with Dollar store supplies and @FloraCraft @savedbyloves[pinit]

I am a member of the Make It: Fun® Team. This DIY Starburst Christmas Wreath is sponsored FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam. All opinions are honest and mine, like always.

Incorporate the chalkboard craze into a fun starburst Christmas wreath made with dollar store Christmas patterned pencils and a FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam wreath form!  This project is easy, quick and cheap.  Use it for gift lists, holiday greetings or a letter for santa!


Flora Craft Dollar Store Christmas Wreath DIY


FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam wreath form

Dollar Tree Christmas Pencils

Hot Glue Gun and Sticks

Cardboard cut in a circle the size you want your chalkboard

Burlap Wire Ribbon

Black chalkboard paint

one inch foam or paint brush


How to make a Christmas Wreath

 Put a dab of hot glue on the end of the pencils and shove them into wreath at varying depths.  It doesn’t matter if the eraser comes through to the center of the wreath because you are covering the hole with your chalkboard later.

Make a starburst wreath

Continue all the way around the wreath.

Make a Chalkboard Wreath

Paint your cardboard with chalkboard paint and let dry.  I did 2 coats, sanding lightly between.

How to make a chalkboard Christmas Wreath

Tie your burlap ribbon in place, then hot glue your chalkboard circle.  Hang and enjoy!

Dollar Store @FloraCraft Starburst Wreath DIY

For more inspiration on creating with FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam, please also check out Crafts n’ Coffee or follow the hashtag #MakeitFunCrafts.

DIY Hand Painted Christmas Sign with Printable

Merry and Bright DIY Sign with printable template and video[pinit]

These hand painted rustic signs are a little addictive, and pretty easy to make.  Pam from Little Red Porch came over and showed us her technique in this  DIY Rustic Wood Sign .  I made a video showing you how to use Photoshop to print your text in sections so you can tape them together for transferring large art to wood in this Americana Chalky Finish Paint Sign Tutorial.  Today I am sharing this Merry and Bright sign, as well as the text file for you to print off to create your own like I showed you in the links above mentioned.

Merry And Bright Handpainted Christmas Sign


To download the printable, right click the thumbnail and the full resolution file will pop up for you to print.

 Merry and Bright Printable Template


Easy DIY Number Vintage Plate Wall

[pinit]Make a Number Plate Wall @savedbyloves[pinit]

I saw this idea in Flea Market Magazine and had to give it a go.  It is super fast and easy, and costs not much.  You don’t even need to buy plate wall hangers.  I will be showing you a cheap way to display your plates on the wall using safety pins!

DIY Plate Wall


Collect old plates from flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales

E6000 Industrial Glue

Safety Pins

Numbers cut from Scrap paper

Glossy Accents or other craft glue


Plate Wall Tutorial

Glue your numbers onto the plates.  I cut mine from scrapbook paper using my cricut.  I measured each plate diameter to determine what sizes to make the numbers.

How to Hang A Plate

Using E6000, glue safety pin onto back of plate, making sure it is centered so your number hangs upright.  Let dry overnight.

DIY Tutorial Numbered Plate Wall

Hang on wall in desired design.  That is it!

DIY Numbered Plate Wall

DIY Faux Wood Pallet Sign With Foam

[pinit]How to Make a Faux Pallet Sign @savedbyloves @floracraft[pinit]

Remember over the summer when I shared how to make a faux wood pallet American flag from foam?  Today’s project, much like the flag, uses  Smooth Finish™, a paintable coating for FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam to create what looks like wood pallet art, but weighs much less and doesn’t require power tools!  Follow along and see how to create this “LOVE” faux wood pallet piece.

Make a Faux Wood Pallet Sign


Flora Craft Products

Smooth Finish™

Make it Fun® Foam 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheets


Foam Cutter (you don’t have to have a special cutter, but it makes the process much easier)

Serrated kitchen knife waxed with candle or soap if you don’t have a foam cutter

Antique white chalk paint

Mod Podge Mat Finish

Antiquing glaze

Lint free cloth

Yardstick/straight edge and sharpie

Craft stick for stirring

Putty knife or spatula

Pre cut Chipboard letters or Die cut machine and cardboard

Black Screws


Making wall art with styrofoam

I used three 6 inch planks for my wall art piece.  That means I cut the 12×36 inch pieces in half long ways.  Use a straight edge and marker to draw the line.

How to Cut Styrofoam

 I clamped two of the foam sheets together to cut them in half both at once.

How to Use Smooth Finish

Stir the Smooth FInish with a craft stick and apply with putty knife to foam.

How to Paint Styrofoam

Once the Smooth Finish is dry, paint with your choice of paint color.

How to make a DIY pallet sign

How to glue styrofoam

Insert connectors (about 3 for each connection site) and glue along entire slat edge.

How to attach styrofoam

I prepared my letters by cutting several of each from cardboard and gluing them together with paper cement.  I cut one each out of coordinating scrapbook paper, glued that as top layer, and sanded/inked the edges.  I used clamps and scrap wood to apply pressure to glued planks and let that dry overnight.

MakeItFun Foam Faux Pallet Project

I used short black screws for aesthetics, and glued letters to planks using Fabri-tac.  I hung my piece by piercing it with a single nail in the wall.  That’s it!  I adore my new piece!

Visit  Sharon at Crafts n Coffee Blog for great tips, tricks and project ideas using foam.

Revamp a Mirror into A Coat Rack for Your Entryway

[pinit]DIY Coat rack from Mirror #chalkpaint @savedbyloves[pinit]

With some scrap wood and chalk paint, you can revamp a junky thrift store mirror into this handy, distressed entryway coat rack.  This entire project was pulled off for less than $10!  I am always in need of more shelves for my pictures and knick knacks.  When I saw a similar mirror in Ana White’s book of woodworking projects for the home – “The Handbuilt Home”, I it called to mind a mirror I picked up at a garage sale for $2.

How to Revamp a Mirror

Ana White Wood Working Plan

This is the picture of Ana’s Version from the book.

How to Build a Mirror

All I did was use pallet wood scraps and cut 3 planks to fit the width of my mirror, using my mitre saw.  Two of the planks I placed perpendicular at the bottom and one horizontally at the top for a bonus shelf.  Using my scroll saw, I cut out the decorative shelf brackets for the top and bottom shelves.  To attach the shelving pieces to the mirror, I used my Kreg Jig for pocket holds, and wood glue.  The brackets I placed with my Ryobi Air Strike Nailer and wood glue.  I painted the mirror with Annie Sloan Paris Gray Chalk Paint and sealed with clear wax after sand distressing.  To finish, I added three coat hooks I picked up from the hardware store.

More of SBLC’s woodworking adventures:

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Halloween Party Decor with FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam

[pinit]Decorative Mesh Halloween Wreath[pinit]

*NOTE:  I recieved product and compensation for this project.  All opinions are mine and honest.

With just a month until Halloween, it is time to get down with some creepy decor.  Today I am going to show you how to do just that with a little help from Make it Fun: Crafts.  Using Design It:® Simple Style® Decorative Mesh and Burlap with FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam we will create a festive orange rosette wreath, perfect for your Halloween festivities!

Decorative Mesh Halloween Wreath DIY


Make it Fun Burlap Garland

 Design It:® Simple Style® Decorative Mesh

 Design It:® Simple Style® Burlap Garland

FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet

FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Cutter

Black wired ribbon or burlap

Hot glue gun



I cut my wreath form from a sheet of foam using the foam cutter (which you can find on the Make it Fun website linked above).  You could also just use a precut wreath form.

How to cut foam

Trace the donut shape onto the foam sheet.  I used two foam circles, one small and one big, for my “donut”.  You could use a plate or other round object.

Styrocutter Tutorial

Cut along the outlines with your Styro Cutter Plus®, like I showed you in my faux pallet flag post.

Deco Mesh Wreath

Wrap your wreath with the burlap garland.  This is to have brown instead of stark white showing through in any gaps that may remain after rosettes are added, as well as to give hot glue something to adhere to.

Make a rosette wreath

Once entirely wrapped, cut burlap from roll and hot glue in place on back of wreath.

How to make a spiral rosette

Cut a 1.5 inch strip of orange Deco Mesh about 10 inches long.  Twist into spiral shape from center towards the outside to make the rosette.

How to make fabric rosettes

Hot glue rosettes onto wreath form until it is covered.

DIY Halloween Wreath

Hot glue black wire ribbon or burlap to the back and secure on nail to hang.

There are tons of ways to use these products in y0ur fall decor.  Make sure to visit Crafts n’ Coffee to stay up to date on products and project ideas!

DIY Rustic Hand Painted Signs from Reclaimed Wood

How to make a handpainted rustic sign from #reclaimedwood @savedbyloves

I was recently blessed to meet Pam, a local talent with a passion for hand painting rustic, inspirational signs.  I have noticed her signs fly off of the shelf (or porch, more accurately).  At the venue where we met, every sign I thought needed to come home with me was on hold, waiting for it’s lucky recipient.  Pam is a busy mom, wife and small business woman who found the time to invite my husband and I into her lovely farmhouse for a day.  As a result I get to bring you this detailed tutorial showing you how to make your own hand painted, distressed wood signs.  Pam has an abundant supply of reclaimed wood and a rocking wood shop at her disposal, but you can make these without all of that.  The best news is I have had several of you ask about die cut machines and how to make stencils for your signs without one.  Pam does this with a cheap text editor on her computer, and a regular printer with black and white ink.  Let’s get started!

How to make distressed wood signs by Little Red Porch @savedbyloves


Easy Mini Pallet Patriotic Canvas Art

Easy diy patriotic wall art #washitapecrafts #washitape #fourthofjuly @savedbyloves


While we are on a roll with patriotic decor around here, I thought to keep the momentum going with a quick and easy washi tape stars n’ stripes canvas.  See how to use craft sticks for a mini pallet on canvas that you can dress up to fit any occasion!

Easy diy patriotic wall art #washitapecrafts #washitape #fourthofjuly @savedbyloves


How to make washi tape art diy

Jumbo Craft Sticks

Fabri-Tac craft glue

An old canvas (can be used; grab one for cheap at a garage sale or thrift store)

Star Template printed to size, and scissors

String, letter stickers, other embellishments

White Gesso

Sponge brush

Acrylic paint in choice of colors

Washi tape in coordinating colors and prints

Scrap white card stock or cardboard

Foam mounting squares or other adhesive


For this project, I updated the Easter Faux Mini Pallet Art I showed you before.  Head to that tutorial for how to make the canvas.

Recycle old art with spray paint

I took the bunny silhouette piece and spray painted with blue Krylon I had on hand.

free star template

 Right click this star image and print to size for your project.

how to make patriotic decor #fourthofjuly

Apply strips of washi tape to scrap white cardboard or card stock.  I used the cover flap for a scrapbook paper pad.  Cut out your star template and tape on top of washi tape stripes where you want your cut out to be.  Cut along template edge to get a washi tape striped star.

How to make easy diy wall art

Adhere to mini pallet canvas with foam mounting stickers.  Embellish with stickers for words, baker’s twine, buttons and more!

For more patriotic project ideas to get you inspired, visit our 50+ DIY Patriotic Crafts, Jewelry and Decor Roundup:

Faux Pallet American Flag With FloraCraft

Make a Faux Wood Pallet Flag using #FloraCraft foam @savedbyloves

You have probably noticed that repurposed pallet decor is all the rage. I have been hooked since the first project I saw, and have created some pallet pieces myself. I will never forget the look on my husband’s face when he came home to find me mounting a pallet to the wall of my studio (Pallet Organizer DIY). His concern was it’s weight, and I have to say, they are pretty hefty.  Some people are opposed to bringing pallets into their homes because of possible toxins, or they don’t have the tools to work with pallet wood. That is why I was so thrilled when I learned about Smooth Finish™, a paintable coating for FloraCraft® Foam.  Learn to create this faux wood pallet flag that you could lift with your pinky, and enter to win a product pack from FloraCraft to make your very own!

DIY patriotic home decor


FloraCraft SmoothFinish

Smooth Finish™

Make it Fun® Foam 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheets


Styro Cutter Plus® (you don’t have to have a special cutter, but it makes the process much easier)

Serrated kitchen knife waxed with candle or soap if you don’t have a foam cutter

Red, white and blue acrylic paint

Mod Podge Mat Finish

Antiquing glaze

White star stickers or stencil

Yardstick and chalk pencil


Craft stick for stirring

Putty knife or spatula

1 inch paint brush

Measuring tape

Medium Grit sandpaper




I divided the foam sheets into three 4 inch wide pieces (36 inches long).  I measured each 4 inches and made my cut line with a sharpie.

FloraCraft StyroCutterPlus

Plug in the StyroCutter Plus and it is ready to cut in 30 seconds.  Be careful, it is quite hot.  The cutter works well, just be sure to let it do the job for you.  If you force it to move, there’s a chance that the wand/tip will snap off. If you don’t have the StyroCutter, you can use a serrated kitchen knife.  Waxing the blade with a candle or bar of soap first will help make the cutting smoother.  Just for fun, I cut one of the lines using my jig saw.  It worked fine, but there was a lot of flying foam dust.  The StyroCutter prevents this my cauterizing at the cut edge.


FloraCraft SmoothFinish

Open the smooth finish and stir with a craft stick.  The consistency is like paste.




 I spread it onto the foam in about 5 inch sections at a time since it becomes difficult to spread and stick as it is exposed to the air.  Spreading in multiple directions helps fill more of the pockets in the foam for a smoother finish.  I wasn’t too concerned about having a perfect surface since I knew I was going for a distressed look, so I worked fast.  The coating was easy and quick to apply.  Each sheet took one tub of Smooth Finish.

I let it dry overnight, but I am sure that wasn’t necessary.  I would say 1 hour would be enough.


DIY Patriotic Crafts

For 13 stripes, each one is 2.75 inches.  I marked and taped them off with painters tape, and taped off the blue square.  I painted with a flat brush using acrylic paint.


I did the blue last.  The stars were cut using my Sizzix machine, out of Duck tape white sheets.  I drew a grid with my ruler and chalk pencil to guide placement.


I wanted my pieces to look rough like pallet wood, so I sanded some edges to make them uneven, and removed paint in random areas to reveal the white layer.  The texture i left with my spatuala, combined with the distressing provide recessed areas for the antique glazing to highlight at the end.


I used StyroGlue since I know not a lot of glues work with foam.  The workbench was the perfect spot for gluing.  I used clamps to keep pieces pressed firmly edge to edge while the glue dried.

It holds perfectly!



I sealed the piece with Mod Podge matte finish.


American Flag Pallet Tutorial

I used Scupley antiquing glaze, which is no longer in production.  Any glaze is fine.  Just apply and wipe away quickly with paper towel.  If there is too much glaze left behind, use a damp paper towel.


Hot glue a loop of twine or wire to the back to hang.  You only need a small nail or tack.

DIY wood pallet flag knock off with foam

I love my flag, and my husband loves it’s weight.  This is a great option if you want the reclaimed wood look, but don’t have power tools or if you prefer light weight pieces on your walls.

Make a Faux Pallet Flag using Styrofoam

A big thank you to Sharon at Crafts n Coffee Blog for introducing me to the world of Styrofoam/Make it Fun Foam.  She shared a piece with me at a conference that inspired me to make this faux pallet flag.  She also sent me the products used in this tutorial, and is standing by to send them to one of you!!

For even more great foam projects to inspire you, check out Make it Fun on Pinterest:

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