DIY Floral Trunk Decor

DIY Floral Trunk Decor

I am so excited to be teaming up with Hobby Lobby for this sponsored DIY project that is perfect for summertime decor.

Using florals is one of my favorite ways to decorate for Spring and Summer. I was walking through the Wood Pile aisle of Hobby Lobby which has so many awesome raw wood pieces that are great for any DIY lovers. The first thing I spotted was this wooden trunk and immediately envisioned its summer decor potential. Isn’t it funny how sometimes seeing one single item can spark a whole project? My wheels started turning and I’m thrilled with how it all turned out!

Supplies:

  • Wooden Trunk
  • Small Wooden Sign
  • ModgePodge
  • Scrapbook Paper – I needed two sheets
  • Paint
  • Florals

Don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!

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Steps to Make it:

Step One: Take off all hardware on the wooden trunk

Step Two: Paint Trunk, inside and out. You can use any type of paint but I chose the chalky spray paint to make it simple and quick.

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Tip: I never love the texture that spray paint leaves, by lightly running sandpaper over it after each coat has dried will help smooth out the finish.

Step Three: Modge Podge scrapbook paper onto the inside of the top of the chest and trim excess with exacto knife or scissors. The paper bubbled up for me so I took my palm sander to it to give it an older and more distressed look.

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Step Four: Put the hardware back on to assemble the trunk.

Step Five: Arrange any faux florals in the chest. I loved these wild flower looking stems I found in the floral section and tried to buy colors that complimented the scrapbook paper.

Optional: I picked up a small wooden sign in the same woodpile section to make small sign for the vignette. I designed and printed a cheat sheet for me to use as a stencil. Using graphite paper, I just traced over the design to give me outlines. Then I just filled in with acrylic paint. I think this small detail really finished off the floral trunk decor!

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This was a simple and quick makeover for this trunk and would be great sitting on a dining table, console table or anywhere you’d like to spruce up for summer! I have mine in my dining room so it’s the first thing you see when you walk into our house!

You can customize this DIY floral trunk to suit your style by painting the trunk with different colors or techniques, using scrapbook paper that compliments your home and using any type of florals that really fit the style you are going for!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

Succulent Place Setting Card Holders

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I was wandering around Marshalls the other day and found the cutest set of 9 faux succulent photo clips and just couldn’t pass them up. It was one of those items that I knew if I left behind I would regret. I found the same ones available online HERE although check your Marshalls, TJMaxx and Home Goods because they were only $14.99 when I got them. (affiliate link)

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As some of you know, I am a huge succulent lover and also just a huge greenery lover in general. I thought these would make adorable place setting card holders.

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One of my sweet Instagram friends @mimivcalligraphy saw my IG story and offered to make a set of place setting cards for each member of my family which was amazing because my handwriting isn’t worth displaying.

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So here is just an example of what I was thinking, I just set the table for my husband and I but can’t wait to have the family over to do a full table setting with these! I could see them being great for displaying photos or cute printables when styling shelves or areas of the house. I also thought they would be great for birthday parties to use with a centerpiece sharing photos of the birthday boy/girl. There are just so many ways to use these and I definitely feel like they were a good purchase!

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Here are all the sources:

  • Table Runner HERE
  • DIY Shiplap Charger Plate tutorial HERE
  • Plates HERE
  • Green Dessert plates – thrifted
  • Succulent Card Holders HERE
  • Handwritten Place Setting Cards HERE
  • Tool Box – Estate Sale find
  • Greenery – IKEA

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To the Woman Whose Heart Desires to be a Mom on Mother’s Day

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I’ve shared our journey through infertility and the recent loss of our two babies HERE and I’m very fortunate to have several friends who have either been through the tough journey or are going through it right now to stand alongside me. It can be such a lonely journey and still often feels that way.

Mother’s Day can be a really tough day for most women who so badly yearn to be a mom. It’s a day that celebrates what your heart most desires which can be very painful. Of course we all celebrate our own amazing mothers but it doesn’t take away the pain and desire of wanting to be a mother yourself.

The truth is even after going through this journey, I still don’t know what to say to women struggling to start a family other than I am sorry. But I wanted to share with you a Facebook message that someone sent me after we lost our two babies and I found so much comfort in and I hope you will to.

YOUR best is coming. You will not be given some consolation prize in the end for enduring this hardship. The very best thing for your family is still ahead. Whether that’s adoption, with help from doctors or natural or a mix, the timing and situation is the very very best thing FOR YOU. You aren’t being punished or deprived, your best is coming.

I feel a love for you because I know what your heart is going through and know what God requires of those He allows to experience something like this. Knowing that your best is coming, or knowing that there is a plan that we just can’t see now doesn’t mean it’s easy or make you feel better when you are in the trenches of it. But someday it will be over, your heart will heal, and what you are experiencing now will be a faint memory. Hang in there and know you are not alone. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

This message was from a stranger and I couldn’t even explain how much I appreciated those words. So today, if your heart is breaking, I hope those words give you some hope for your future. I love the Casting Crowns “Just Be Held” song where it says “your worlds not falling apart it’s falling into place” and I am claiming that for each one of you today.

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