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DIY Rustic Farmhouse Pedestal Part 2

I hope you loved part 1 of the diy rustic farmhouse decor I posted last week.  DIY Rustic Farmhouse Pedestal Part 1

I know I kept you waiting long enough on part 2 so here it is! Rustic Farmhouse Pedestool Pt.2  

In this tutorial I painted and distressed a metal candle stick that I picked up at a thrift store. Candlesticks are one of my key items to look for at thrift stores. They are so versatile and can be used and decorated in so many ways!!

Painting and Distressing…

So, after I gave it a base coat of Waverly Chalk paint in the color White. I used a smaller brush and Waverly Chalk paint in the color INK. Next, I dipped just the tips of my brush in the paint. I offloaded it so there is barely any paint on the brush. Dabbing onto a plate that I was using for a pallet and the craft paper on my desk. I know messy huh. ?‍♀️ The paint on the brush should look dull and dry.  With a light hand, I work in one direction, I apply the paint in random areas of my metal candlestick. Just as I did before in part 1 with the metal container.

After that, I used some sponges that I get from Amazon and Dollar Tree. I cut them into ¼’s so they are easier to work with. Now, I just used some Waverly Chalk paint in the color INK and got some paint on my sponge, then I offloaded the paint that is on my sponge, just use something to get the excess paint off the sponge. If you have ever done the dry brushing technique, you know what I mean. Once I got my sponge offloaded, I began by lightly dabbing paint all over the surface of the pedestal. I turn my sponge a bit each time, just to make it look distressed and natural. Oh, and make sure you let your paint completely dry after each paint process, so you don’t get any smearing or mixing of colors. Trust me I know!! ?‍

Putting it all together…

Once everything was completely dry, I used some E6000 around the edges and then went over that with my hot glue. I attached it to the bottom of the metal container.  The E-6000 helps to give it a good secure, long lasting hold, but it takes 24 hrs. at least for it to completely bond, so I use the hot glue to give it a quick temporary hold while the E-6000 sets up.

And that’s it!!! You have a beautiful Farmhouse décor piece that you can display in your home all year long and decorate it many ways.

I hope you enjoyed this project and tutorial. Please leave me some feedback on what you think!
Thanks so much!

Since Waverly paint is exclusive to Walmart and may be difficult to find, here are some alternatives you can use that I recommend:

and here are the sponges I used you can’t beat the price of the  Dollar Tree Sponges especially when you can cut them up into chunks and use them for lots of projects. 

DIY Crafts Upcycled Projects

DIY Crackle Effect

Give your crafting projects a little something extra with this simple DIY crackle effect.

I love working with mixed media and giving my projects an aged, distressed, look. There are several ways to do that. One of my favorite techniques is to create this simple DIY crackle effect.

I know a way to achieve this look without spending a dime at the craft store for crackle medium.  You won’t believe how quick and easy this method is and you probably already have what you need in your crafting supplies.  I love saving money and using what I already have at home to create easy and beautiful home décor and craft projects, so this should be no surprise when I tell you what I used. (HINT: its only two ingredients✌) This technique takes a little bit of practice. (a little luck won’t hurt either?)

What you will need… 

There is more than one type of glue product that will work for this technique, My DIY mode podge works great for this ? or School glue, Mod Podge wood glue, craft glue, etc…

Your work surface of course..

Two paint colors of your choice.

A hairdryer or heat gun (optional)

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Ok so let’s get on with this simple DIY crackle effect.

I had previously used this piece of board for another project so I already had my base color on my board as you can see from the photos. Of course, you will need to begin by painting your surface with your base color and letting it dry completely.

base color
base color


TIP* I like to use my hairdryer on this step to speed up the drying time. (most crafters are impatient when it comes to this step so it’s no surprise ?) You can totally skip this tip and just let it dry on its own. (I promise not to judge! ?)

The next step is applying the crackle medium (school glue, Mod Podge, wood glue, craft glue) whatever you choose will work. I used my DIY Mod Podge that I made previously (see link above. ?) The thicker the crackle medium is applied the larger the cracks will be. I prefer the larger cracks because I like more of my base color to show through.  Once the crackle medium is applied, it needs to sit and begin to dry. NOTE* DO NOT ALLOW THE CRACKLE MEDIUM TO DRY COMPLETELY!  The crackle medium needs to be tacky to the touch. This will give the best results in the next step.  If it gets too dry the crackle technique will not work. (see why I said it can take some practice to get it to work?)  Stay with me, you can do this!! ?

Crackle Medium applied
applied crackle medium

When the crackle medium is tacky to the touch, you can now apply the topcoat. I went with white as you can see from the photos.  Apply the topcoat quickly, in one direction, and DO NOT go over it with the brush too many times. Once it is dry completely you should see lots of pretty crackling all over the surface of your project.


white top coat
after topcoat has been applied


The end results
It will look something like this








Now wasn’t that easy? The end result is so pretty.  You can use this Simple DIY Crackle effect method on more than just wood too. Try it on some upcycled glass bottles it looks amazing!

You may also like this faux wood finishing technique:

How to Make Your Own Salt Paint to Create a Chippy Beach Cottage Finish

DIY Crafts

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Tree Ornaments

Don’t you just love Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Tree Ornaments??

My plan was to make a rustic garland for my fireplace mantel. I decided to use these little wooden trees that I picked up last year from Dollar Tree. However, as I was working on them they just sort of morphed into these adorable DIY  Farmhouse Christmas tree ornaments. I can’t wait to hang up on my tree this year. These are so easy to make it’s almost sickening. (not really but you get it. ?)

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What you will need…

Wooden tree cutouts.

Wooden Beads I get them from Amazon. I use the 20mm

Mod Podge you can use my DIY Mod Podge recipe found here

Jute rope or twine.

Tissue Paper, napkins, or whatever you want to use to cover your wooden trees


Piece of plastic wrap or a sandwich baggie

Fine grit sandpaper.

A yarn needle or tape

How to make the wooden Christmas tree ornaments.

After opening the package and laying out all the tree cut-outs. I applied a thick even coat of mod podge to one side of a tree cutout. (repeat this process for all 5 tree cutouts.)

after first coat has been applied and has dried

Start by placing a piece of tissue paper over the tree cutout.

Before rubbing out the wrinkles, be sure to wrap your finger with plastic wrap.  This little trick helps to remove all the bubbles and wrinkles without tearing the tissue paper. (I know it sounds crazy, but it really works, give it a try.)? After that,  Sit it aside to dry and move on to the next tree cutout until they are all covered and smooth and dry.

Now, it’s time to apply the next coat of Mod Podge.  A thin even coat works best, then set aside to dry and move on to the next cutout.  If you prefer to add another layer of Mod Podge make sure the previous layer is completely dry first. ✔?

Now Let’s wrap up this project!

Next, sand the edges of the cut out to remove the pieces of tissue paper hanging over.  This makes nice smooth edges. *Tip: you can use a fingernail emery board to sand any hard to reach areas that you can’t get with the sandpaper.

Don’t forget to poke through the tissue paper covering the hole that is already in the tree cut out, with something pointy.

rough edges after second coat of Mod Podge
see the difference in the edges after sanding?


Now, taking my jute twine I measured out a long piece and fed it through the hole at the top of the tree cut out.

Next, pull both ends of the jute up even and held them in one hand and fed them through the end of the yarn needle.  Tip: you can use a piece of tape wrapped around the tip of your jute to help feed it through the hole in the bead. Finally,  I put the yarn needle through the hole in each of my beads. Then I just tied a knot at the end of the jute and that’s it.

Guess What?…

You now have some adorable DIY Farmhouse Christmas tree ornaments to hang on your tree or wherever you would like to give a little whimsical touch to your Christmas décor.

so cute when finished.

P.S.  Here are some fun posts I think you will enjoy

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