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Rustic Framed Quilt Blocks

Today is my due date! This is one of a few posts I wrote up ahead of time since I could possibly be extremely busy. After those posts I will be taking some time off from posting regularly for obvious reasons. I’d love to say that I will still be able to share something once a week, but I’m not going to worry if that doesn’t happen. Anyway, besides the shelf seen in this previous post, the last nursery project I have to share are these rustic framed quilt blocks. Going along with the rustic farmhouse theme I had in mind for the nursery, I knew quilt blocks were a MUST in the decor. I was inspired by this nursery post in which neutral quilt block printables were used, but I decided I wanted to actually sew a few myself. The only block I had already decided on was the Ohio Star one, but after looking through many more I ultimately chose a Flying Geese Square and Single Wedding Ring to round out the blocks. I wanted the finished blocks to be a 12×12 inch square, and used this guide to help me cut the triangles the correct way.

Once the quilt blocks were done, my husband cut, put together, and stained the frames for them. I’ve been a bit too clumsy to want to be near any kind of saw, so I smartly delegated that to him, and he was more than happy to help out. He used 1×3 pieces of wood, wood glue, and a frame clamp to piece the frames together, then stained them using this gray Minwax stain. I had bought super cheap 12×12 scrapbook frames for the glass, so these wood frames were just attached to that so there would be glass protecting the fabric. I absolutely adore them in the nursery! The colors and style are the perfect touch for this room. From L to R the blocks are: Ohio Star, Flying Geese Square, and Single Wedding Ring.

Rustic Baby Headband Holder

It’s now less than 2 weeks until my due date (yay!), so in honor of that I will be sharing some baby-related projects over the next few weeks. Most of them will be things I made for the nursery, but possibly a few other little projects here and there, depending on the time frame and schedule that is pretty unknown at this point. Anyway, today I wanted to share the darling rustic baby headband holder I created to hold some of our baby’s headbands. She has so many that there is still a small compartment in a drawer with more in it, but I decided to showcase the ones that match the colors of her nursery, neutrals and lavender. Since we live in a rental, we are unable to paint the walls, so it worked out that everything I made actually looks good on them, because I would have gone with a different color!

Only 3 (well more if you’re counting the headbands) things are needed for this project: a rustic piece of wood, some nails, and a way to mount it to the wall (I used a Command strip). For the length of board I used, about 18 inches, I decided I wanted to have 10 headbands displayed, so the very first thing I did was lay the nails out on the board to figure out where I wanted them placed. Next I marked the location with a pencil, and finally I hammered the nails part of the way into the board, leaving plenty of room for headbands to hang off. After mounting it to the wall with Command Strips, I then just had to pick the headbands to hang off of it, and that’s it!

It was super simple to make, and went along perfectly with the farmhouse/lamb nursery idea I had. This same project could be used to hang bow ties for a little boy, necklaces, keys, really anything you can think of that needs hanging! I just love it!!!

Rustic Necklace Holder

I’ve had a need for a necklace holder for some time now. I decided to take my necklaces out of the bead organization box they were in, and figure out a way I could display them…well most of them (I have quite a few…). I wanted something rustic/farmhouse-themed, and didn’t really have much money to spend on something. Then, I had an idea. When I take pictures of cards I place them on a backdrop made of several boards of weathered wood. One of the boards doesn’t look like the rest of them, and I always leave it out of the picture because of that. This was the perfect board for this project. I bought those weathered boards from Hobby Lobby a few years ago, though now the style is popular enough that they can be found in other stores too. The only other thing I needed were hooks to actually hang the necklaces. These were found in a pack of 100 for about 2 dollars at Home Depot. Some hardware stores actually have them loose for even cheaper, but I settled for the box.

The first thing I did was lay the hooks in front of the wood piece to see how many hooks I wanted and how far spaced they should be, then I marked a single black dot above each one. Next, I needed to drill some “prep holes” where each dot is, to make it easier to screw in the hooks, since it’s nearly impossible to do without that. Be careful when doing this, because I accidentally broke the drill bit about half way through (luckily it only cost a few dollars, but still).
After the holes are drilled, I could then screw in each of the hooks. The first few turns were easy with just my fingers, but by the end I needed to use pliers. I hung it on our chest of drawers with Command Strips, but, someday when we’re not renting, I would like to actually attach it better to a wall. I really love how simple, and inexpensive, it was to make! And my necklaces look good on display, rather than kept in a box 🙂

Homemade Headboard and Nightstands

It’s about time I share the headboard and nightstands we built earlier this year! My husband did most of the work, but I was a pretty good helper 🙂 Technically this wasn’t our first building project (we had already built a planter), so building wasn’t completely new to us. Lucky for us, this time around we had a miter saw and Kreg Jig to use! We decided to stick with pine as our wood, but had a difficult time finding good pieces. I kind of wish now that we would have spent even more time and gone to more places to get the best wood pieces, but we can’t change that now, only remember it for future projects. Anyway, we started both of these projects in November! It’s been a fun project to work on,



We started with the headboard, which came together beautifully. From a builders’ prospective, there aren’t many mistakes on it at all, which is great with this being our first time building actual furniture. And just like most DIY furniture builders these days, we used a plan from Ana White. Someday we want to build the rest of the bed, isn’t it perfect?! Anyway, I first wanted to paint the headboard white, but with our sheets and quilt being a cream color I didn’t think that would look good (and didn’t want to remake a king quilt and buy new sheets), so we decided staining would look the best. But as we looked into it, we started to wonder if our pine would stain as nice, especially since we had a hard time finding good pieces. The color that kept coming to my mind was gray, but after searching on Pinterest and Houzz I couldn’t really find a gray painted wood headboard, only fabric ones, so it was hard to picture if the gray would really look good on wood. After much indecisiveness we decided on gray, and boy am I glad because it looks lovely on the headboard!!! Not to mention the gray will really complement our cream sheets and cream, purple, and green quilt.

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Now the nightstands are a little different. We knew they’d be harder to build, and since we didn’t have the best of wood they ended up not fitting together as well as we’d hoped. As far as the plan goes, we used a combination of this plan and this plan, in addition to modifying a few things (like another shelf!). The part I was the most worried about (the drawer) ended up working out great, but the shelves didn’t fit very well. The night we brought them in we discovered they were just barely too wide for our room! Back to the workshop they went, where my husband narrowed them to fit better. He also fixed the part of the shelf that was a little messed up, so now they are perfect!! We went with the same gray for the top and the shelves as we did the headboard, but supplemented it with a slightly creamy white. I love the two-toned color scheme!!! They aren’t perfect, but I love them anyway!

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