DIY Faux Fern Hanging Tin Basket♥

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Hello!

I am starting to feel desperate ready for spring! I miss the warmth and I miss gardening so much!

The sunshine has started to peek through the grey and snow, which has been a wonderful, welcome change, since we had snow last week.

…and If you know me at all, you know that I hate with a passion immensely dislike snow.

I only like snow on one condition: I don’t have to go anywhere and I can just watch it through my window while drinking hot coffee, while simultaneously cranking the heat to 85 degrees…

…then I guess snow is okay… 

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My last post was a really fun haul from Goodwill, and I found so many awesome treasures that I was eager to decorate my home with!

I found this galvanized hanging tin for a few bucks and I was in LOVE! My back door needed some decor to liven it up, and I knew this would be perfect!

The tin already had some dusty, gross, moldy, foul, daisies in it when I picked it up, and I threw them away in checkout.

No shame!

My vision for the tin was starting to emerge once I cleaned it up!

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I first wanted to remove the graphic all together, but it wasn’t coming off super well so I conceded.

I instead decided I wanted to age the graphic a bit by burning the edges and use a tea stain method.

( Tea staining is very easy! Fill a mug with only a few tablespoons of boiling water and add any black tea bag, once it is steeped you can use the tea bag to create a stain on most paper and fabric surfaces).

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I let the tea dry for a few minuets (a hairdryer helps speed up the drying process), and then I proceeded to char the edges of the paper a bit with a lighter.

I picked up a big bundle of faux fern leaves for .99 at Goodwill on a separate trip. They were in great condition and looked very lifelike!

I stuffed a few medium sized balls of newspaper into the hollow tin, this way I could hot glue the stems to the paper to create an anchor, (you could also use Oasis or Floral Foam but I didn’t have any).

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I didn’t have a method of gluing them in the tin, but I did try to use the largest ferns in the back and then the more whispy, smaller ones in the front.

Before I knew it, I had the cutest little fern arrangement for my back door!

Voila!

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I think it’s really sweet, simple and cheerful!

I love how it brightens up my back door!

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Until next time,

♥Shelby

Easy DIY Pasta Gift Basket-Wedding Gift ♥

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Hey Stranger!

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It’s been awhile! I wanted to make this quick post today before I head off into the crazy busy week ahead full of life and work, but also some fun!

I have been to quite a few weddings this summer, and although it is fabulous eating so much free cake  drinking free champagne  celebrating with everyone, it does get pricey after a while buying so many congratulatory gifts!

Also, the whole registry thing is fun in theory, but most of the close family and friends buy all the cute “home decor” stuff first, and no offence, but there is no way I’m buying you a plunger and shower rings as a gift when that is all that is left over on the registry.

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Instead I will make you this:

Isn’t it cute!?

My concept was: “Eat, Drink, and be MARRIED!”

For this basket I assembled:

Two Bags Fancy Pasta Egg Noodles (Mushroom & Spinach)

Two Jars Of Classico Pasta Sauce

A Good Bottle of Red Wine (this is a $9 Merlot)

A Porcelain Pasta Strainer

Two Super Cute Dish Cloths

…and of course a card!

*You could also always add a package of fresh herbs, a couple wooden spoons, or even a brick of fancy cheese!*

This put me back about $24, and I think that price is perfect, (especially if you don’t know the couple that well).

This gift is personal, useful and very memorable!

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Happy free cake eating  celebrating!

♥Shelby