Crocheted Nativity

What a whirlwind season it’s been. I have to admit to being sad to see it coming to a close. In this week’s final challenge, you selected Erica’s amazing crocheted nativity set as the winning project.

This is Erica’s fourth win.

Crocheted Nativity

This Crocheted Nativity Set is probably one of my favorite things that I have made. I really love the way it turned out.

Learn how to make this crocheted nativity set.
Crocheted Nativity Tutorial

When I was trying to think of what I could make for the finale of So You Think You’re Crafty I went back and forth on what kind of project I wanted to do. I thought about making some kind of quilt or something but every time I thought about it I kept coming back to crochet. I feel like although I enjoy sewing and doing other crafts, crocheting is the most representative of me and of my blog.

Visit 5 Little Monsters for the full Crocheted Nativity Tutorial. 

DIY Photo Stand

It’s no surprise Erica’s awesome DIY photo stand took the prize in our paint challenge this last week. The project was lovingly pieced together and serves as a wonderful inspiration piece.

DIY photo stand. I love that this is made from scrap pieces. She shows you exactly what to use.

DIY Photo Stand via 5 Little Monsters

Erica’s inspiration was drawn from a wooden photo stand she was given as a gift. It was a bit larger, but similar.

She loved the idea of having something to set on her desk and display all of the pretty, inspirational quotes she loves. This DIY photo stand allows Erica to change out the quotes as often as she wants!

The best part? Erica created this stand out of pieces you can buy at the craft store – no special tools required.

Hope on over to Erica’s site – 5 Little Monsters – and pick up the tutorial.

Upcycled Kids Art Station

Each season, we have at least one contestant that consistently produces great work, places in the top three each week and wins a number of challenged along the way. This season Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, definitely earned that spot.

Stitched by Crystal Quote


Today, Crystal is sharing a tutorial for the project she entered in our final round – an upcycled kids art station.

Upcycled Kids Art Station

I want to say a huge thanks to Tauni for hosting SYTYC! It has been so fun competing in this season and congratulations to Lynda on her big win!

This little art station was so fun to make!  It took me a pretty solid 2 weeks to finish it with all the painting and painting and painting, but it was worth all the effort.  My kids have really been enjoying it and it is so fun to watch them create!

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To make this art station I used an old end table that I have had for years but don’t use anymore, a large frame I picked up at the thrift store, and some chairs I bought on craigslist.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I tried to pick a fun kid friendly color palate, but wanted colors with a bit of a vintage feel to them.  All these colors came from Lowes.  They turned out just like I pictured them in my head and I think they look perfect with the green walls in my dining room!

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

My favorite part of the whole project is the desk!  It was too low for the chair I found so I made it some new legs.  The old legs were used as a template to taper the new legs so they looked a bit fancier.  Then some more scrap wood was used to add the drawing paper to the side.  The table ended up being the perfect width for my 18” roll of paper so the wood just got bolted on the sides.  There is a hole drilled part way through the front piece and all the way through the back piece so a large wooden dowel can be inserted to hold the paper.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

After the wood working was done, the table got a few coats of paint.  Then the top was taped off for the chalkboard paint to be added.  Finally I added some new hardware for the drawer and a little handle to the side to hold the chalk.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I cut some peg board t fit the frame and painted both the frame and the board.  Painted peg board is a bit of a pain to paint, all those little holes plug up with paint.  After paint I used a screwdriver to clear the paint out of any plugged holes.  I bought some assorted peg board hooks at the hardware store and played around with hanging everything until I got a layout I liked. 

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

The spice rack at the top is from IKEA, it got screwed on through the peg board holes.  I used some old baby food jars and screwed the lids to the bottom, I learned the hard way that you really need you used 2 screws for that!  To hang the sketch pad I strung a rope through the holes and tied it at the back, the pad can be hung over the rope and easily taken down for drawing.  I also used some old tin cans for markers and pencils.  I cut paper to fit the outside and stuck it on the cans with Mod Podge.  Then I drilled a hole near the top of the can and they hang on hooks.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I cut a piece of wood to about the same length as the frame.  Added some hooks and hung the board from the bottom of the frame.  The hooks hold some buckets I picked up for $1 at Target to keep crayons,play-doh, and stamps.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

I wanted to create a little art gallery for my kids work so I painted three clip boards yellow.  Then I taped off the clips and spray painted them black.  I used some Command Strip picture hangers to hang them on the wall.

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial

Finally, I sanded, primed, and painted the chairs and my little art station was done!

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial - 11What a great project! Thanks Crystal!

Upcycled Girl’s Vanity

Were you as excited about this season’s amazing projects as I was? Seriously. The competition was stiff!

Lynda Oh So ShabbyToday Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, is here to share her final project. This upcycled girl’s vanity is the project that won the competition for her!

Upcycled Girl’s Vanity Tutorial

Super excited and a bit shocked that I made it all the way to the end!  There were so many great crafters I was honored to have competed with all of them and glad to have made some new friends along the way!

If you have been following along this season, you’ve probably noticed that most of my projects were some sort of furniture repurpose. It’s my true passion!! I have dabbled in many creative projects, but working with furniture is what makes my heart go pitter patter. The feeling of accomplishment when I see the before and after is like no other.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this little gem on Craig’s List for $25. This cute little old couple was moving and I almost felt bad only paying $25.

Here she is before….

Upcycled Girls VanityAnd, here she is after….

Upcycled Girls VanityThis last project wasn’t one of those, “Ok, I think I am going to do this and that” type projects. I stared at her (I always call my furniture pieces HER) forever. I knew I wanted her to be really pretty.

I stared and stared, but it just wasn’t coming to me. I knew I wanted the piece to have some sort of metallic – either gold or silver – finish,  but I wasn’t sold on one over the other.

So, off to Hobby Lobby to walk the isles in search of some inspiration! While in the fabric isles, I came across a fabric I have ALWAYS wanted to use but never had that “right” project for it. There is was staring at me. My inspiration!

I didn’t take a before pic of the fabric, but here it is…

Upcycled Girl's Desk

Once I had my inspiration set, I cleaned the vanity and chair completely then I primed the entire piece with Kilz primer.

After that I painted it with a combo of American Accents Heirloom White and Blossom White.

I painted all the accents with gold metallic paint. This was the first time I had used this type of metallic paint – it was so awesome to use. It went on like butter

GOLD1The top of the vanity looked so lonely and needed some jazzing up! I taped a stencil on the top of the vanity and with a Sharpie marker colored on pink polka dots. Voila! Personality!

Upcycled Girl's DeskAnd, with that she was done and the finale project was finally finished. Bitter Sweet for sure!!!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

Thanks again to everyone that voted for me this entire 10 weeks, I had so much fun!

Hopefully you’ll come visit me sometime at Oh So Shabby!

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial

Each and every week I look forward to opening my email and checking out our contestants amazing projects – they are all so creative!

Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has really outdone herself every single week. I’ve no doubt its why she’s done so well in the competition. Lynda’s Pumpkin Challenge win is her third win of the season and I am excited to share her Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower tutorial with you today!

Oh So Shabby QuoteLynda’s first win came in the Back-to-School Challenge with her kids back-to-school station in the first week of the competition.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So ShabbyHer second win came during our Birthday Challenge. If you missed her awesome first birthday highchair tutorial, be sure to check it out.

First Birthday Highchair


Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial

I am still in shock that I took the first place in this round!  I was afraid I wouldn’t even make it through.  Sometimes I feel like my projects are too wacky for people to relate to.  Thank you so much to everyone that voted!!

I had soooo much fun with this Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower!!

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial #Halloween #PumpkinI initially wanted to do a Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin. I was hoping when I went on Pinterest I wouldn’t find much however, the Cinderella Pumpkin was sooooooooooooo overdone… So I decided to go with Rapunzel and lo and behold – ZERO Pinterest projects. Yeah I had a winner!

Rapunzel PumpkinSo, where to start… The roof. I thought I had a great idea to hot glue pumpkin seeds on to this old tin man hat I bought for my hubby a few years ago that he refused to wear. Great idea right like a shingle roof??? Yeah, well 3 hours later, 348 hot glued pumpkin seeds using 15 glue sticks she was finally done!

After the roof was done I cut out the windows on the pumpkin and sprayed the whole thing with silver metallic spray paint.

Rapunzel PumpkinThe shutters are actually really thin Balsa Wood that I got from Hobby Lobby.

rapunzel Pumpkin TowerI cut it into “shutter shapes” then stained them.  It was actually very easy.

Rapunzel Pumpkin To make the log I found look like a “tower” I drew bricks on it with a pencil.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tutorial Then I added some vines and flowers…..

Rapunzel Pumpkin TutorialLast I added a part of a Christmas Ornament to the top of the roof.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower TutorialUnfortunately, two days after the project was done the pumpkin was full of mold!!  If you decide to make a Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower, make sure you use a styrofoam pumpkin you can pick up at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am seriously blown away by the talent this season. Every week there are several tutorials that I am interested in seeing and I’d have a hard time selecting my favorite…It makes it kind of nice to know that you get to pick more than one “favorite” up until nearly the end.

Fall Decor Challenge

This week, I am excited to share Crystal’s fantastic reversible fall leaves pillowcase tutorial.

Crystal QuoteCrystal’s projects have always ranked high, but you’ll probably remember her for week one win and chalkboard serving tray tutorial.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

In any event, she’s back with another great tutorial for her week four win!

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am so excited to be here sharing the tutorial for my reversible fall leaves pillow with you! I have to admit, I was a bit shocked when I opened the email from Tauni informing me I had won. Every project in the fall décor line up was so great, I feel really honored you chose mine!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

I have seen reversible pillows before, but they always have one design on the front and one on the back. I wanted this reversible pillow to have the second design hiding on the inside. That way if the pillow falls off my couch or somehow gets flipped over, I don’t end up with a Christmas pillow in September.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

This same concept could be used to create a pillow for any holiday. Or you could even just pick two different fabrics. Then when you get tired of one look, flip to the other.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

To make this pillow, I used an off white home décor fabric and some craft felt to make the leaves and holly. You can choose any fabric for the front; I recommend something with a bit of weight so it holds up better. The envelope closure on the back is the same for both sides so if you choose two different fabrics for the front, make sure you choose something that coordinates with both for the back. The fabric for the back also needs to be one without a right or wrong side, meaning both sides of the fabrics look the same. Solid home décor fabrics are a good choice for the back.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

The first step is to determine the size your case needs to be. I had a pillow from Ikea for my insert, the tag says 20” x 20” but when I measured from seam to seam it was really more like 19”. So I ended up making my case for a 19” x 19” pillow.

Cut 2 squares of fabric that are 1” bigger than your pillow and 2 rectangles for the back that are 1” bigger than the pillow in length and half that plus 3” in width. For a 19” x 19” pillow I used two 20” squares and two rectangles that are 20” x 13”

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Cut your leaves from felt. I first sketched a leaf on paper to use as a template when cutting. My leaves are about 1.5” wide and 2.5” long. To cut the holly berries, I traced a nickel on a piece of paper you use as a template. Pin your leaves in three rows on one of the pillow fronts, and then sew them on with a contrasting thread.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Repeat with the holly leaves on the other pillow front.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Finish one long edge of the rectangle by folding the edge over ¼” and then another 1” and topstitching along the folded edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay your fall leaves front face up and place one of the rectangles on top with the folded edge up. Line up the three unfinished sides with the edge of the pillow front. Lay the other rectangle on the other side with the folded side down. Line up the raw edges with the edge of the pillow front, the finished edges of the rectangles will overlap in the middle. Pin around the edges and baste stitch all the way around the pillow ½” from the edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay the Christmas side of the pillow case face down on top of the pillow backs. You should have the fall leaves on the bottom, the Christmas leaves on top, and the back pieces sandwiched in the middle. Pin around the edges and sew with ½” seam allowance leaving a 3” opening. Make sure the opening is not right where the leaves are. Clip the corners close to the seam to reduce the bulk. Turn the pillow through the hole you left open. Fold the raw edge in and hand stitch the opening closed.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Your pillow is done! You should have fall leaves on one side and holly leaves on the other. Thanks again for voting for my fall leaves pillow!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Thanks for sharing your awesome project Crystal! 

P.S. If you’ve got a little boy, you can’t miss Crystal’s shark trick-or-treat bag. My boys think it’s “totally cool.”

Halloween Spider Wreath

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but honestly it makes me a bit schizophrenic. While a part of me appreciates the beauty of the season and creates a burning desire for classy fall decor, the other part of my dives right on in to Halloween!

I think this may be a Utah thing. I once read that we Utahns tend to spend more on Halloween than nearly any other state. Now THAT, is a topic we could dive into for some seriously psychoanalysis…

I don’t know, does anyone else have the same struggle?

I had really planned on showcasing a fun fall decor craft today, but the dark side won out. I blame it on the cute girls over at My Sister’s Suitcase.

Spray painted wreath via My Sister's Suitcase

I was surfing Pinterest and came across Holly’s black Halloween wreath. I loved how it turned out.

Since I have a little twig wreath spray paint experience of my own

DIY-White-Winter-Wreath-via-SNAP..jpgI was suddenly itching to spray another one…And, well, I am sharing a dark Halloween spider wreath tutorial with you today.

Maybe I will share that fall decor craft in November, when I am ready to put the Halloween away???

Halloween Spider Wreath Tutorial

Easy Halloween Wreath via SYTYC.comI am really excited by how this wreath turned out, especially because it was so darn inexpensive and easy to make.

Halloween Spider Wreath

Square Twig Wreath – I found mine for $3
Black Spray Paint
Black Hydrangeas
Black Glitter Spiders
Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding, Gold
Heidi Swapp – Color Shine Iridescent Spritz, Gold Lame
Black Grosgrain Ribbon
American Crafts Glitter Tape, Brown Sugar, 5/8-Inch
Classic Calico 3 Laser-Cut Wood Veneer Shapes-Banners 23/Pkg
Alphabet Stickers or paint

The first thing I did was work on the base of the wreath.

Halloween Spider WreathI used a partial can of black spray paint I already had on hand…It really didn’t take that much to cover the wreath. I was done with both coats in about 30 minutes.

Halloween Spider WreathYou can see it actually covered the wreath pretty well.

I wanted to use the hydrangeas on the wreath form, but the black on black didn’t really stand out. No worries…It gave me the opportunity to use a product I’ve been dying to try Heidi Swapp – Color Shine Iridescent Spritz, Gold Lame.

Halloween Wreath Heidi Swapp Color ShineI love the sparkle in Heidi’s sprays and I’ve been waiting to use them on something…

Halloween Wreath Flowers Using Heidi Swapp Color ShineI popped the flowers off the stem and then sprayed them with the gold spray. I didn’t cover every little bit, so the contrast between the black flowers and gold spray really makes the petals stand out. I love it!

I had found these glitter spiders a few weeks ago for three bucks. I am sucker for anything with glitter and so I snatched them up. I am so glad I did.

Halloween Wreath SpiderAgain, I wanted them to pop off the black twig wreath. I also wanted them to tie in with the flowers and decided to add a little gold. I dipped each of the spider’s legs into a little pot of Martha Stewart’s gold leafing paint.

Halloween Spider WreathIt provided just the touch I was looking for.

Up next was assembly.

Halloween Spider WreathI glued the hydrangeas down on one corner of the wreath and then added the spiders.

Once I was done, I decided it needed a little something else. I spray painted some mini flags black and added some alpha stickers to spell out Happy Halloween. I placed the letters on some gold glitter tape with glue.

I secured everything on the wreath with a little hot glue. I think the whole project took me about two hours – most of it dry time for the paints!

Halloween Spider Wreath

Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial

Guys, I don’t have an eye for good junk. It stinks.

I love seeing the fun finds some of my friends like Mandi, KariAnne and Brooke seem to come up with on their trips out. You better believe after seeing Ariean’s bathtub to sofa project, I will be stalking her finds as well!

In the meantime, she’s here with her bathtub to sofa tutorial…

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Sofa to Bathtub Tutorial

Hello, SYTYC Readers! Still in shock I won the UpCycle challenge, but so excited to share how I created a fun Outdoor Sofa from an old Cast Iron Bathtub! Are you ready?!

Bathtub to Sofa TutorialHere’s what I started with…An old Cast Iron Bathtub with peeling paint, but in very good condition! No rust, beautiful porcelain interior and all four original claw feet.

Cast Iron Bathtub turned Outdoor Sofa BEFORE {2}

How did I do it? Honestly, not alone. Cast Iron Bathtubs are VERY heavy and the porcelain can chip easily. I was lucky to have the assistance of my husband on this one!

Cast Iron Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa{3}1 & 2. : Measure and mark where you would like the cut out for the sofa. We found it was best to keep the lines straight to make the cutting step easier.

3: Using a Quickie Saw, cut along the lines. Make sure to wear safety glasses and pants. The tiny shards of bathtub are very sharp! My husband cut the majority of this while I kept our little boys away. During the last cut, I held the cut piece to ensure it did not fall down on the inside of the bathtub and chip the porcelain.

4: Smooth the edges using an angle grinder. This creates a nice smooth edge and makes it safe for use.

5: All done! Ready to prep for paint!

Prepping a Cast Iron Bathtub for Paint {4}

1 & 3: Using a hand held scraper, I scraped as much of the old paint as I could. Yes, I wore a mask! Just not in this picture. You also want to find as many little helpers as you can find. In my case, three.

2: After scraping as much as I could, I used Laquer Thinner to remove even more paint. Clearly, all the paint did not come off, but that’s okay! I love the old, already loved look. If this bothers you, you can continue with the paint removal step until all paint is removed.

4: I used Press and Seal (similar to Saran Wrap) to seal down the bottom edge of the tub. It covered the area perfectly and stayed in place during the paint step.

5. I removed the drain. This can be left in place, too.

Yay! We’re getting closer…Time to paint!

Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial

1: First, I sprayed the tub with two coats of spray paint primer.

2: I cleaned the claw feet and sprayed them with primer as well.

3: The feet received a few coats of ivory spray paint.

4: I painted the exterior of the tub with Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer in River Mist (exterior paint in a satin finish.) This only took one coat, but brands of paint may vary. I had this paint left over from our Poolhouse and it just happened to match my fabric perfectly!

Bathtub is finished…Woo-hoo! Now to make it pretty…and comfortable!

To make a comfy place to kick back and relax, I started with a trip to Joann’s to purchase foam and fabric…I did not plan this excursion well, because I went on Labor Day with three small boys. There was light at the end of the trip, though…Lucky for me, the foam and outdoor fabric was on sale 50% off that day! I had NO IDEA foam was so expensive, so make sure to plan that into the cost of re-purposing a bathtub if you ever choose to.

Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial Measure the interior width and length of the bathtub and add a couple inches to the length. It can always be trimmed back later. I wish I would have left mine a little longer so the cushion would have a tighter fit at each end.

Wrap cushion in quilt batting and cover with outdoor fabric. I could have made a slipcover for this, but chose not to. Why? Because I live in a house of boys. We live in the country. There is a lot of dirt. Those three combined means I will be washing this a lot. So, I simply serged around the edges of the fabric (not shown), sprayed it with a couple coats of scotch guard and tucked it around the edges of the foam.
For the pillows, I created simple covers for some extra pillows I had around the house. I measured the existing pillow and added seam allowance, then stitched them up.

For the backing, I used an old slipcover from my sofa in a cream twill. This way, if the color is too bold, I can tone it down with a more neutral look. I may even stencil on a couple of them!
Whew! That was a lot, but all that hard work turned into a beautiful, comfortable and unique piece of furniture for my back patio. Now if I can just get my kids off of it long enough to enjoy it myself!

Cast Iron Bathtub turned Outdoor Sofa AFTER {8}Thank you all so very much for your votes and giving me the chance to share this tutorial! Have a Happy Week!

Bathtub to Sofa {3}

 What a great tutorial Ariean! To see more of Ariean’s great projects visit her site, One Krieger Chick.