DIY Christmas Farmhouse Truck Sign Decor

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The Farmhouse Christmas signs in the stores are so cute…but they are so pricey! This DIY is how to create the sign for less than $5!

If video DIYs are your preferred method, I have one for you here.

Materials we’ll need:

  • Wood plank
  • Pickup truck cutout or printable
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Berries or other accents (optional)

Tools you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint brushes

Now, let’s get it created! The first step it to prep your wood. If they are already primed, stained, etc., you won’t need to do this. If not, prime them white, stain them or create the background in any way you’d like. For this tutorial, I’ll be using a wood plank and a wood pickup truck cutout. The wood background is distressed white and the truck will be the traditional red and black with a green tree.

Allow both pieces to completely dry. Figure out which direction you’d like your truck to face. On the correct side, paint the truck in your desired colors, making sure to allow the paint to completely dry between coats as well as between colors. You could also add your family’s name to the truck door if you’d like it a personal touch.

Place the truck on the wood to determine what area you’d like your greeting to be in. Pencil that in so that you can paint it – or if you have vinyl letting, apply those now. For mine, I added “Merry Christmas” and then added a wreath on either side.

For the final step, we just glue the truck onto the wood. So easy, so budget friendly and so cute!

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I will have a few of these available in the shop here.

 

Please let me know if you decide to try these and feel free to tag me on Instagram @thecozyloftofficial with your creations. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

xoxo

Rhonda

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How to Make Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

I’ve been wanting a quick and simple budget friendly Christmas ornament project and I have come up with a perfect one to do! Now, I’ve not watched or followed any tutorials out there so I don’t know how other people do it. My way is so simple that I didn’t need to look into it further.

These burlap ornament projects began back when I was making lots of burlap flags and had loads of scraps. Since I don’t like wasting things, I gave many away but eventually turned my attention to them to figure out if I could use them for anything. This is one of the things I started doing and they have gone over so well!

This project would be great for kids, though they would need some adult assistance in the glue gun portions.  It would also make a great craft project for Sunday School classes or other events as well. What I love about it is that it can be individualized and custom in any way you’d like to make it!

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To make it easier, I have created this written tutorial  and I’ve also created a “how-to” video here if that works easier for you.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Mason Jar/Canning Lids & Bands
  • Burlap scrap or fabric scrap of your choice
  • Decorative ornament of your choice sized to fit on the jar lid
  • Jute, hemp, satin ribbon or other trim
  • Berries or other accents (optional)

Tools you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Let’s get started! First, take a piece of burlap scrap and cut it to a little larger than the jar band. Put the fabric over the lid and snap the band into place. Thicker fabrics will be a snugger fit and thinner fabrics might require a little glue.

After a few seconds, pull the lid and band apart and cut the fabric a little outside around the indentations of where the ring was and put it back together. This will give the finish a cleaner look but you can bypass this step entirely if you want to attach a felt or fabric backing to it.

Next, cut any hangers or tags off and attach the ornament to the front center of the burlap or fabric using hot glue.

For the berries, those are plucked from the stem. Sometimes these can have white foam showing through. A dot of red craft paint or red marker can fix that right up. Attach those using hot glue. Alternatively, you can use any accents here that you like or that you have on hand but this step is completely optional.

The last step is that we need a way to hang it on the tree. I used a bow that I made of hemp and tied extra hemp around it to use as a hanger but you can do this in a number of different ways using all sorts of different cords, ribbons or other similar materials.

That’s it! It only takes a few minutes to assemble these into a cute and unique ornament. I will have a few of these available in the shop here.

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Please let me know if you decide to try these and feel free to tag me on Instagram @thecozyloftofficial with your creations. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

xoxo

Rhonda

 

 

Farmhouse Snowmen!

I guess I was “Farmhouse” even when Farmhouse wasn’t cool. I’ve had what is now considered Farmhouse decor for many years though I more of an eclectic Farmhouse style because I also love rustic, Shabby Chic and Parisian types of decor. It somehow all works together because it’s cozy. Seeing the name of my business, The Cozy Loft, tells you it’s not just a persona or a gimmick for me…it’s who I am.

I wanted to create some snowmen in the Farmhouse style and as one thing led to another, I searched near and far for Buffalo Plaid fabric for the scarf. Seemingly, it’s in high demand as that was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Sure, I could have ordered it but I’m the kind of person who needs to create when I’m excited and envisioning something. There was no time to waste! Finally, I did find it and I have a photo here of how it turned out:

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Oh I love it! I did go ahead and make a couple of others to join him so that I could have a few listed in my shop:

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You can see them by clicking on the link here. I have another form that I’ve made more of the country/rustic style. He still needs a photography shoot so I’ll share him later on. They delight me! Sometimes it’s difficult to sell things when you want to hoard them all for yourself.  😀

xoxo

Rhonda

Country Farmhouse Decor

How much are you loving the Farmhouse Decor style that’s so popular right now? Everywhere I turn, I am inspired by this decorating trend. It’s clean, yet stylish and personable. There’s no doubt that we owe this to Chip & Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper/Magnolia Market. The design style is perfection…at least to many of us.

Being inspired by something – I mean genuinely inspired by something – is such a blessing! I’m talking about the truly inspired, down deep in your soul, moving kind of thing. Recently, a friend suggested I join a DIY farmhouse inspired group and since then, all sorts of new ideas and plans have filled my head and my notebooks!

If asked, I would sum up the idea of the Farmhouse Style with the warmth of wooden signs that speak of family, practical pieces that have function and a cozy aspect that makes a house into a home. Did I miss something?

Here’s a brand new item coming from The Cozy Loft I’ll have available very soon:

 

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This is a standard size mason jar with a silver lid and I’ve hand painted a goat on there along with some black dots for contrast around the piece. This would be beautiful for kitchen storage and decor or would also be perfect on a desk, vanity or really anywhere your imagination can place it.

I love that I can offer so many things to make others happy. It’s what drives me and what pushes my creativity. Just wait til you see the other new goods I’m working on.

xoxo,
Rhonda