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DIY:: Burning Wood

I originally saw this burning wood look at a friend's office and decided I wanted to go it myself. I didn't want to spend tons of money on thick wood so I opted for the 5 gallon stirring sticks at Walmart. I bought 50 of them for $14.

At first I was going to recover my desk with it, but didn't like how it ended up looking, so I decided to opt for recovering my coffee table instead.

Let's get started!

Materials Needed:

*Wood

*ChopSaw

*Protective eyewear

*Butane torch

*Wood Glue

Step 1:

Cut your wood in several different sizes. (I first cut off all the handles of the stir sticks, I would suggest doing the same if you decided to go with the stir sticks.)

Yes I know, I'm naughty for not wearing protective eye wear (hence my eyes being closed while cutting). DON'T FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE!

Step 2:

Light your butane torch and just start burning the edges. I did it outside and it was quite fun- especially to see the different designs in the wood. It was kind of like painting. The best part is there is no rhyme or reason to burning. Just go with the flow! 

 Oh and did I mention it smells so good (If you like the smell of burning wood)

Step 3:

Here's your finished product! No go find something to cover by using wood glue and gluing it down!

Make sure to send me your pictures of your burnt wood project! I'd LOVE to see it!

For more fun wood diy projects, check out Top Reveal's awesome article here for 17 DIY wood projects!

RESTORATION HARDWARE INSPIRED: Vintage Map

Old vintage maps are a really cool way to decorate your walls and are becoming more and more popular. If done right, you can have an amazing map to display in your home for a fraction of the cost.  Here are some design ideas.

Maps To Buy:

Restoration Hardware 

L'Isle's 1720 World Map

 $2495 

Restoration Hardware 

1588 World Map

 $695-$950  

Materials Needed:

*Picture

*Printer

*Paper

*Frame

*Nails

*Hammer

*Scissors

*Tape

*Glue Stick

*Computer

I have a friend who is from New York who asked me to redo his room with a Victorian style theme. Luckily I was able to find a 1800's Victorian map of Long Island to hang over his bed. I thought this would be a fun surprise for him and add some flavor to his room.

How To:

Step 1:

Pick a map or any picture you want to enlarge and save it to your desktop.Make sure you save the biggest copy you can because you are going to blow it up. The bigger it gets the more blurry it will get. {I used google search to find pictures of maps}

Step 2:

View picture using Paint!

Step 3:

Time to set up the printer:

File----->Page Setup----> Orientation: 

LANDSCAPE

----->Scaling: 

FIT TO

 ___ by ___ pages. {This is where you have to decide how big you want your picture to be.}

Step 4:

PRINT!

Step 5:

Lay it out on the floor to make sure you like how it looks. If you do then cut out all the white trim around the paper and glue/tape together on the back side if you want it one big picture. If not then skip the taping part and put each page in frames.

Step 6:

Frame and Hang!

TOTAL DIY PRICE: $5-15 depending on the frame you buy! :)

DIY:: "Darling, I love you...." canvas print

If any of you have been in my favorite store

Alice Lane

you have probably seen this art work and fell instantly in love just like I did! If you haven't then you probably saw it pinned on

Pinterest

and fell instantly in love with it there.   And if you have been living under a rock and haven't seen until now, I'm sure you just instantly fell in love with it. 

When I saw this at Alice Lane I knew I wanted it in my house. It would also be great at a gift! So I meandered over to the price tag and it is $400!!! It was right then I decided I would be making it.

 Original can be found and purchased 

here

.

$400

$359

So let's get started!

Materials Needed:

*2 stretched canvas found at 

Hobby Lobby

  (DON'T FORGET YOUR HOBBY LOBBY 

COUPON

!)

*Paint brush

*Black acrylic paint

Guys this is so easy! Just grab your supplies and paint away! I decided to add a little black to my edges to give it more character. This would be a great gift for someone you love and takes 5 minutes!