Posts about my eco-friendly projects, crafts and artwork.

DIY Coat Rack from an Antique Header

Want to create a unique place to hang your stuff? Grab an antique header, throw on some metal hooks and you've got yourself a DIY wall mounted coat rack!

Do you love unique home decor that is earth conscious and doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Then this DIY wall mounted coat rack is for you! Want to create a similar piece that still has its own personality? Read on to learn how I made this simple, yet funky, place to hang my family's stuff at the end of the day.

There's something to be said about waiting to complete a DIY until the perfect components fall into your lap. After we moved to the farmhouse (our temporary residence until our sustainable home build is complete), I knew we needed another coat rack.

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How To Paint a Christmas Tree Sign

Looking for holiday decor projects? Try this Christmas tree sign, which uses eco-friendly materials and is just as green as a Christmas tree!Every year I like to do a tree-inspired holiday decor DIY. Last year it was my mason jar snow globes and this year it's a Christmas tree sign made out of words. And the words I chose? Why, lyrics from "Oh, Christmas Tree," of course.

I used the same method to paint this Christmas tree sign as I did for my love arrow sign, which I originally learned how to do here. I thought a video of how to create a handpainted sign - holiday-related or not - would be helpful so I made one... just for YOU!

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How to Make a Pumpkin from Old Book Pages

Fall is a time of colourful leaves, crisp air, harvests and... DIY pumpkin crafts! Here's how to make a pumpkin from old book pages. Happy Autumn!With Halloween fast approaching, and American Thanksgiving on its way, I keep seeing cute DIY pumpkin crafts everywhere. And I'm not talking about construction paper Jack-o-Lanterns. I'm talking about DIY pumpkin crafts for adults. Because adults like crafting too, you know? You can also add this project to the easy pumpkin crafts column. Adults may like to craft, but adults don't usually got a lot of spare time.

Now, with the exception of Christmas, I'm not usually a seasonal decor kind of person.

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10 Simple Eco-Friendly DIY Projects for Your Home

Want to green your home decor and help out the planet? Instead of buying new, try these ten eco-friendly DIY projects. Simple, sustainable... and super fun!Some people DIY because they love the process.

Some people DIY to save money.

Some people DIY because it's eco-friendly.

And some people, like me, DIY because of all three reasons! Here are ten simple eco-friendly DIY projects I've tackled over the last five years. I hope they inspire you to do all kinds of cool things yourself.

To create, to save money and to save the planet!

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How To Make a Simple Paper Orb From Old Book Pages

Learn how to make this simple paper orb from old book pages. You could also use old newspaper, magazines, flyers - or any other paper product!I'm currently redecorating my living room after deciding to keep out some of the nature-inspired decor items I had used at Christmas. You may recall (depending how closely you pay attention... don't worry, there won't be a quiz) that I also incorporated books into my holiday decor since I have oh-so-many of them.

In fact, I have so many books that one of them dropped off a shelf the other day and smoked me in the face.


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Mason Jar Snow Globe

Mason Jar "Snow" Globe by Of Houses and Trees | Looking for winter craft ideas? How about foraged twigs for "trees," pieces of lace for "snow" and a reused mason jar "globe"? Kind of precious, right?Oh mason jars, will your versatility ever end? Years ago while searching for winter craft ideas I saw a project similar to this on Pinterest and knew I had to make my own version one day. I mean, miniature trees inside a jar? Kind of precious, right? Plus - you know I have to point out - that if you reuse old jars from things like homemade jam, pickles, etc, paired with foraged twigs, then what you have is an eco-friendly Christmas craft!

So, if you're on the lookout for winter art and craft activities - here's what you'll need to make your own mason jar "snow" globe.

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How to Make Legwarmers Out of Old Socks

DIY Leg Warmers by Of Houses and Trees | Leg warmers aren't just for dancers. They keep the legs toasty and also look kind of cute, no? Here are two ways to make DIY leg warmers out of old socks!

Leg warmers - they're not just for dancers. Whether you love the look of them, or just hate being cold, I bet you're thinking a pair of DIY leg warmers sounds pretty cozy right now.

As a dancer myself, I wear leg warmers because I discovered the way to bypass my achey post-baby knees is to keep them super toasty.

But I also wear leg warmers when I'm not dancing because, well - they're kind of cute, no?

Although I do own a few pairs of store-bought leg warmers, I also have several pairs of DIY leg warmers made from old socks.

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Poetry Artwork with text from The Lorax

Poetry Art by Of Houses and Trees | Love literature as much as you love making creative things? Then this poetry art project - featuring a poem using text from The Lorax - is for you!

If you love literature as much as you love making creative things for you home then this poetry art project will tickle you pink green. (This is a blog about green living after all!) When I was in university I took a few poetry courses as part of my combined English and creative writing honours degree. One of the assignments - called erasure poetry - really stuck with me and I thought it would be a cool way to create some simple DIY artwork for my newly arranged shelf library.

This project actually combines two different poetry techniques - erasure and cut-up.

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Yellow and Grey Toddler Bedroom

Yellow Toddler Bedroom by Of Houses and Trees | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!Here it is friends. The moment I've alluded to on several occasions - my eldest daughter's bedroom reveal. This room is like a vortex that continuously sucks me in. I mean, it's a super happy fun place that I never have to drag my three year old to as she flails about wildly. Nor visit on numerous occasions during what I refer to as "not so quiet time" because she needs help dressing ponies in their Grand Galloping Gala regalia or requires me to find a teeny doll shoe in the explosive mess of toys.

The thing is, this yellow toddler bedroom truly is a super happy fun place.

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Yellow Tree Dresser

Yellow Tree Dresser by Of Houses and Trees | I have a thing for trees. And also tree dressers. Here's another tree dresser project I tackled. I think it looks pretty good if I say so myself!

Yes, I have a thing for trees. Obviously. And apparently I also have a thing for painting them on dressers, because this is my second tree dresser project. This is going to be more of a "teaser" post than a full-fledged one. (Meaning a few hundred words long and not a novella.) To come - a much bigger and more detailed post that will feature the entire room this tree dresser resides in.

I wanted to share the before and after, but somehow the before photos that I am absolutely certain I took have vanished without a trace.

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Baby Superhero Onesie

Baby Superhero Onesie by Of Houses and Trees | One-of-a-kind baby superhero onesie featuring baby Batman – hand drawn by the extremely talented Devin Patterson. Next up? A baby Catwoman toddler t-shirt!

Devin and I are nerds. If you know us, then you know this. We adore fantasy and sci-fi movies and have been known on occasion to pretend we are ninjas. We geek out over superheroes, routinely discussing them. Mostly it's me asking him extremely detailed questions about lesser-known characters and seeing what he can recall from his comic book collecting youth. We have both avoided ever playing Dungeons & Dragons for fear of falling into an obsessive vortex and never being able to climb back into the real world. So yeah... nerds.

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Love Arrow Sign - Handpainted During Labour!

This love arrow sign was handpainted while I was in labour with my second child. Here's how you can make one too! Contractions not required...All you need is love – or so the song goes. But in the case of this handpainted love arrow sign all I needed was 23 hours of slow labour and nothing to do with my time other than distract myself with online yoga and crafts.

I had started this DIY a couple of weeks before I had my second daughter (who is three weeks old today). I first had to paint the 1x4 with several coats of white paint before I could stencil on the letters. Once that task was completed all that was left was the actual painting of the letters.

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Neutral Soft Green and Beige Baby Bedroom

Neutral Baby Bedroom by Of Houses and Trees | A neutral baby bedroom using soft green and beige creates a soothing, relaxing space for both the baby - and the parents!

Even though I finished this room going on three years ago, I've never posted photos of it in its entirety. But this particular space in my house has certainly been on my mind again as of late since bambino numero dos is only days away. I spent a lot of time in this room with my first baby. I slept the first six months of her life on a cot next to the crib. I've always said that's exactly why I designed it with myself in mind. Because I'm selfish like that. Which is totally fine with me.

As you can see, I definitely didn't go the pink versus blue route.

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How to Make Vintage-Inspired Mounted Key Art

Key Artwork | A white porcelain key, burlap backing and lace all come together in this vintage-inspired mounted key artwork. A super easy DIY for a super cute decor item!I love when random items come into your life and inspire you to make something crafty. This white porcelain key was attached to a Christmas card my lovely sister-in-law made for my family. It had a piece of sisal twine on it and was meant to be a tree ornament, but I had another idea.

I thought some skeleton key wall art would be a nice addition to a gallery wall I'm currently working on (more on that project later) so I grabbed a few supplies from around the house and threw this mounted key artwork together.

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Beautiful Grey and White Antique Chair with a Modern Vibe

Antique Painted Furniture by Of Houses and TreesThose of you who were my Facebook friends back in March 2014 may remember a little fabric survey I put up for an old chair that I had acquired and planned to refurbish. (Check out my friend Val's store Fabric For Less for beauties just like this one!) I had ordered the winning print promptly after the votes were tallied and then... nothing. Well, not nothing exactly as there has been child rearing, writing, teaching, dancing and many other around the home and yard projects tackled in the two years and nine months since.

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Tree Branch Mobile

Tree Branch Mobile by Of Houses and Trees | Super charming and whimsical DIY tree branch mobile made with a spray-painted poplar branch, stuffed birds and fishing line.

Along with catching up on blogging in general, I need to catch up on blogging about all the DIY projects I did before my daughter was born. True, I've done a few homey things since she came into my life that blessed September day, but for the most part it's been 16 months of laundry, dishes and more laundry (and of course playing!).

The laundry sitch has been particularly hairy of late because our washing machine is on its way out (and BTW, this is our second laundry machine to futz out on us this year).

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Blue and Orange Master Bedroom

Blue and Orange Bedroom | Love unusual colour combos like blue and orange? How about a blue and orange bedroom! Gorgeous orange curtains and pops of turquoise transform a blah space.Enough has been said about New Year’s resolutions. I’m not going to add to the cacophony. But I will say this – about myself. I make resolutions all the time. Spring resolutions. Birthday resolutions. Morning resolutions. Sometime I keep them. Sometimes I don’t. One of my current resolutions is to blog more. Why? Because I like putting stuff out there. Perhaps the current state of social media will be the downfall of us all, but I like that we live in a Pinterest-y world where people share ideas and creativity flows from one home to another.

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How to Build a Simple Ottoman Toy Box

Ottoman Toy Box | Instructions on how to build a 36" wide x 36" wide x 18" ottoman toy box. Serves multiple functions as a storage box, a coffee table and a statement piece.I can't take all the credit for this DIY project as my most loveable and talented husband was the one who actually built this ottoman toy box combo, but we did design it together (amidst much ruler waving and pencil scribbling) and I selected the fabric and foam padding and wrapped this bad boy (girl?) up.

As is usually the case, the task at hand was not quite as easy as I initially imagined because we wanted as few seams as possible and I couldn't manage to wrestle all the fabric into my sewing machine facing in the correct direction. The answer? Hot glue gun.

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How To Make a No-Sew Burlap Laundry Sack

Here's an easy, cheap and fun way to make a no-sew DIY laundry bag. All you need is a pillowcase, a burlap sack, some sisal twine and a few safety pins!Here's an easy, cheap and fun way to make a DIY hanging laundry bag. Well, it's fun if you're a DIY nerdwad like me.

All you need is a pillowcase, a burlap sack, some sisal twine and a few safety pins.

Bonus if they're old and rusty like the ones I found in my stash. Yes, I have a safety pin stash - don't you?

Keep reading for directions on how to make a laundry bag out of a pillowcase and a burlap sack!

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How to Make an Easy DIY Rocking Chair Cushion

Prefer an old fashioned wood rocker to an oversized glider for your nursery? Learn how to make an easy DIY rocking chair cushion out of quilt batting.Sometimes fabric starts it all. When I was working on my daughter's room - before I knew she was a girl - I was looking for neutral colours and prints that didn't outright announce: "Hi! I have a penis/vagina!" I've talked about my dislike of pink in a previous post. I'm an earth-tones gal through and through.

So, when I saw this graphic floral with its greys and greens and browns I just knew I had to have it. (I had to have it so bad, in fact, that I forgot to check the price tag... oops.)

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Super Adorable Baby Superhero Art for a Nursery

Want gender neutral, but still unique and quirky nursery decor for your upcoming bundle's bedroom? Check out this hand drawn baby superhero art. Kapow!When decorating our nursery, I knew that I didn't want to a) go the whole pink or blue route, and b) spend a ton of money on all the bells and whistles the world tells you that you need when having a baby. I wanted things to be neutral and simple, but still unique and fun.

So I requested some hand drawn baby superhero art from my husband/best friend/partner in all things both criminal and not. And - as always - he delivered something quirky... and friggin' adorable.

Can you guess who these superbabies are?

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Handpainted Tree Dresser

Handpainted Tree Dresser by Of Houses and Trees | Before and after of a DIY furniture refinishing project featuring a dresser with a handpainted tree.

My most recent excuse from being away so long is I was cheating on this blog with another. But, we've patched it up and I've promised it will never happen again. (Though, we all know, once a cheater always a cheater...) Onwards!

I love old furniture. The lines. The detail. The character (and by character I mean, of course, sticky drawers). But sometimes it just looks, well... old. It's scratched. It's dented. Someone wrote on it with a black sharpie. The colour is all wrong. Good thing there's this newfangled invention called paint!

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Of House and Trees Blogger Archive

Featured Image (bloggerarchive-Wikimedia-freetoUSM)If you're looking for my older posts (or just trying to navigate away from this site and over to Pinterest... you know, where the real magic happens) they are currently still hanging out on my old Blogger site. After much trial and error, it turns out the best way to import my previous posts to my new site is to do so manually. As in reconstructing them one at a time. Good thing I wasn't a very prolific poster in those days as it is time consuming work! So the old posts will be gradually moseying their way over to their new home on the new and improved Of Houses and Trees site, but in the meantime try and drop by to say hello – even blog posts get lonely in their old age.

And while you're there don't forget to comment as your lovely and thoughtful words will be imported with each post...

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