I have seen some extraordinary versions of Pallet style Lantern Holders on Pinterest and have always thought that they were beyond my crafting capabilities. Recently during one of my Op Shop adventures I purchased these 4 handmade Rustic Timber, Metal and Glass Tea light candle Lanterns for $5 each and new that I would have to put my big girls panties on and finally attempt to make what I had always wanted as part of my Decor’.

When Michele’s Pallet Challenge @ came around I knew it was now or never. Being without full physical capacity I did need to get one of my sons to help me with the lifting and the cutting of the pallet however if I did not have a stuffed up leg this would have been a breeze to do on my own.

As you can see the crate I was given for free from a Mattress warehouse is not of the usual size and shape and YAY !! for that because it made it easy for me to complete 4 Lanterns in less than 4 Hours with near to NO work needed to complete.

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All you need for this project is *A CRATE *A LANTERN *CUTTING DEVICES e.g electric saws, jigsaw *OLD RUSTY NAILS *HAMMER *TWINE (THICK) *ARTIFICIAL CRAFT BARBED WIRE.

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As you can see I worked with the crates already set design and roughly measured each before cutting. I left all the old nails in and pulled the spare old nails out to use for hanging the Lanterns on ( I wanted this project to look as rustic, worn and old as possible.

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The only thing I used to secure the 2 length slats together at the bottom underneath in line with the bottom of the lantern was  Twine and the artificial Barbed Wire. Quick, Easy, no fuss, secured perfectly and gives the exact look I was going for.

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I also wrapped Twine and Artificial Barbed Wire around the top part of the slats and used this part as a slide down motion over a hook to hang on the wall and although the pallets were heavy the combination of twine and wire were sturdy enough to hold perfectly in place.

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So what I thought would be too big of a job for me, once realising that I could easily work with the pallets design as it was, I was able to complete a project I never thought I would even attempt. Big Thank You to Michele for The Pallet Project Challenge.

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I am looking forward to popping over to to see what other interesting Pallet projects Have been completed and I am definitely interested in finding some other great projects to complete with Pallets now I have my Big Pants on

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Well I have to admit that I am totally stoked to have been chosen to participate in Michele’s Monthly Project Challenge over at This months Challenge Material/Subject is doors.

Straight away I knew what I was going to do for this project, immediately I was thinking outside the box because my subject has been staring back at me almost every time I paint for over a year.

Being a lover of Roadside Rubbish I had picked up this very old Kitchen door it was straight out of a 50’s Kitchen and I have been wastefully using it as a painting board ever since. I knew eventually that it was going to be turned into our Family Name sign for the front patio to add to our curb appeal and I knew this challenge was the kick up the butt I needed to do it.

For you to complete a Similar Family Sign What you will need is:

Paint – I used a combination of chalk paint, spray paint and paint pens. Sealer– I used Bees Wax with Citrus Oil. An old Kitchen Door or Dresser Drawer. Strong Glue- I always use E6000. Good quality Masking Tape, Different Grades of Sandpaper, something that will allow your door to hang ( I use rope and a staple gun) Accents for decorating as I have with the 3 swallows and artificial flowers.

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As I had been working with this door for so long I had decided to leave some of the muted colours and incorporate them in the final look. First I taped for a Boarder in Blue.

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I then filled in the colour Blocked areas with purple and white chalk paint. Whilst that was drying I printed a mirror image of the Family Name in preparation for my sign.

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I drew and filled in the name using a terrific invention called Pen Paints which I picked up on eBay for $30. After that I started distressing the white boarder areas in a criss/ cross pattern. I then proceeded to distress the rest of the door.

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This is what the Door looks like with the distressing and now a coat of wax and as you can see I have outlined the Font also using Pen Paint.

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And here is the finished Door Ready for Hanging (well Almost) if you are using E6000 for your glue always wait 5 days before hanging something heavy no matter how dry it feels you would be amazed how much the weather can alter the effectiveness. I have now learnt through experience to be extra patient.

Thank you for reading my post, don’t forget to pop over and look at everyone else’s Door Challenge Projects at

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DIY PAINTED PHOTO FRAMES – A Quick, Fail Proof, Cheap Gift to Make For Mothers Day

This post shows you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to paint second hand photo frames and how fantastic they are to gift as presents or to resell at a Market stall. With Mothers day just around the corner this would be a great DIY project to do with your children or to sell at a Mother’s Day Craft SalePhoto 25-04-2017, 2 08 27 PM

The Photo Frames displayed in this post have been painted with white chalk paint, a variety of colored spray paints and some have been decorated using a decoupage Technique. How you choose to complete your Frames is a personal choice. This post is a guide line only.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 21 03 PM

The first fun part of redecorating your photo frames is in the purchasing. All my Frames have been purchased from Op-Shops/Thrifts Shops the prices ranged from 50c to $2 Australian. Op Shops always have a massive collection of Photo Frames for sale and if you are new to op shopping you will be astounded by how cheap the prices are so much that you will never want to purchase retail again.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 09 34 PM

Chalk Paint in Australia is rather expensive however one 500ml tin will last you a long time if only used for small projects. My Spray paints, I only use brands that have a primer incorporated in them and that can be adhered to any surface. Generally I only use Rust-o-leum and Krylon. However White King now have a suitable product available in many colours and it is half the price at $7.95 found at Bunnings. It worked perfect on my FramesPhoto 25-04-2017, 2 14 39 PM

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STEP ONE: Clean all your frames and remove the glass ensuring you remember which glass fits which frame.

STEP TWO: Paint all your Frames and leave to dry. Whilst they are drying The next fun thing is to choose coloured papers and cut to correct size to fit your frames.

STEP THREE: Once Frames are completely dry use your sandpaper of different grades, This being my Favourite part of the project, use the cut of the frame, edges and lines to distress your frame the way you like. I enjoy working with the wood and it’s lines and patterns distressing deeper insome sections than other. If the Frame had an overlaying pattern I rub the sand paper over the top so that the pattern shows through mixed with my paint colour it is very effective.

STEP FOUR: Clean your frames thoroughly ensuring all dust is removed and then rub or spray with you preferred sealer for the frames that are complete, decoupage first the ones that you intend. Then ensemble your frames together with coloured papers and photos and they are complete ready for gifting, selling or displaying.

It’s now time to share your project or comments as I would love to see your choice of DIY FRAMES. If you would like to share your DIY Projects you may like to become a collaborator on my group board PINTEREST INSPIRED DIY PROJECTS. please contact me at

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