Category Archives: Decorating

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box

Our table works hard for us. We eat all our meals together here, Emma does her school work here and Brendan colours. We craft and we sew and we create here.

When I started gathering things for our fall table, I knew I didn’t want it to take up a lot of space so it would still work with our everyday activities. I also wanted to be able to remove it quickly in case we needed to clear the table for a big project.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box

I’ve had my eye on rustic wood boxes lately and decided that it would make the perfect base for our fall table. So I called Dan at work and asked him if he could bring a pallet home for me, the more worn the better (he’s always seeing pallets by the side of the road on his way home from work). Sweet guy that he is, he brought one home for me that night.

After assessing what boards we thought would work well for building we started pulling it apart. We decided the four main supports would be great for the sides of the box (the outside two even had a stamp on the sides) and some of the thinner pallet boards we thought would work well for the bottom of the box.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Cutting the boards

The hardest part of this project was trying to get the pallet apart without breaking all the boards in the process. After working with the crowbar and hammer for a while with very slow progress and lots of broken boards, Dan decided to take the circular saw to the rest of the boards on the back, cutting them between the cross boards and pulling out the nails and any remaining wood with the hammer.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Taking apart the pallet

That sped things up considerably and we were left with just the front boards to remove. We wanted to save a few of them for the bottom of the box, so we didn’t want to cut them any shorter, but now that the back pieces were off we were able to clamp the pallet to the work bench and use the sledge hammer to remove the rest of the boards. A few of them broke in the process but they came off pretty fast and we were able to save enough of them for the bottom of the box.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Taking off the boards

Using the pallet wood definitely made the project take a little longer at the beginning to get it apart (I think we spent about half an hour on it before we were able to start building) but if you can get some beautiful weathered wood from it and factor in the time you save from not having to stain or paint it, it’s not so bad.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Cutting the pieces

After we had all our wood ready we laid it out on the work bench to figure out what size we wanted to make it. We decided to keep the box as long as the boards themselves (which was 30 inches), so that we wouldn’t have any new cuts on the ends of the box that would show. Then we put a few thinner pallet boards in between them and decided that we wanted the box about 10 inches wide. So Dan cut two end boards 8 inches wide from one of the extra middle boards. He also cut two corner pieces from the same board to go inside the bottom of the box at the ends to give us something to attach the bottom boards to.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Screwing the box together

After we had cut all the wood and made sure it would fit together I put some fine grit sand paper in my sanding block and lightly sanded each side of the wood to take any rough edges and splinters off. Then Dan used our Kreg jig to drill two pocked holes in each corner of the end boards and screwed them together to make the sides of our box.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Putting the box together

To finish it off we nailed the small corner pieces of wood to the side boards, 1/2 inch up from the bottom of the box so the bottom boards could still fit underneath it. Then we turned the box over and screwed each of the bottom boards to the corner wood pieces to attach them.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Screwing the bottom boards in

After it was finished I filled it with white pumpkins, squash, pine cones and a few smaller gourds for our fall table. So easy and pretty.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Fall centerpiece

I love the weathered wood against our table and the rough waviness of the pallet boards. The stamped ends are such a beautiful little detail.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Stamp on pallet board

I’m thinking it will lend itself well to the change of seasons and could some in handy for parties and get togethers as a serving tray for plates, napkins and silverware or to corral a drink station.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Close up

We’ve had it set up on our table for a few days now and so far it has proved to be both pretty and practical for us. There’s still lots of room on each side of the table for place settings or colouring books. But now we get to look at this while we’re there.

Building A Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box - Decorated fall table

Linked to: Centsational Girl, The Inspired Room.


Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial

Fall is here now with its cool, crisp air and beautiful colours. I’ve been puttering around the house, bring out our extra blankets and enjoying some yummy spice teas. I love cozying up our home for the cooler months. I was looking through my fabric stash last week for some fallish fabrics when I came across this piece of light brown wool.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Wool Fabric

It was a little scratchy for everyday use, but it had great shape and texture so I thought it would be perfect for a fall fabric wreath. The kids were already part way through their nap time so I wanted a simple, pretty way to put it together that wouldn’t involve a whole lot of time intensive cutting and pinning or gluing. So if you’re looking for a quick, cute project, this is for you.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Supplies


  • Fabric (I used 2/3 of a yard of scrap wool from my fabric stash)
  • Wreath form (mine was 12″)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun and a couple glue sticks

Step 1. Cut a thin strip of fabric about 2 inches wide.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 1 Cut Fabric Strips

Glue one end of the fabric strip to the wreath form and start wrapping the wreath with the fabric.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 1 Wrapping Wreath Form

When you get to the end, secure the strip with a dab of hot glue. Now you won’t have to worry about any green peeking through between the fabric after your wreath is finished.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 1 Wrapped Wreath Form

Step 2. Cut a second wider strip of fabric (mine was 10″ wide).

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Cut Large Fabric Strips

Fold the fabric strip a couple times over and glue the end of it to the wreath form.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Fold Fabric

Open the folds of the fabric and start wrapping it loosely around the form, arranging the folds as you go.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Wrap Fabric Keeping The Folds

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Wrapping Large Fabric Strip

If you run out of fabric before the wreath is covered simply glue the end of the first strip to the back of the wreath and glue a new fabric strip on top and keep wrapping.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Adding the Second Large  Fabric Strip

When the wreath is covered, secure the end of the fabric strip to the back of the wreath with hot glue.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 2 Finished Wrapping 1

Step 3. Cut a thin strip of fabric and fold it in half for a hanger. Glue it to the back of the wreath with a bit of hot glue.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 3 Fabric Hanger

Fluff the folds a little to make sure they aren’t crushed.

Simple Fabric Wrapped Wreath Tutorial - Step 3 Finished Wrapping 2

Then go find the perfect spot for it and enjoy.

Linked to: The Inspired Room, The Lettered Cottage.

Choosing Fabric For A Shared Kids Room

I’ve been looking around at bedding for the kids on and off over the summer, trying to decide what we want to do. We are anticipating transitioning Brendan to a big bed soonish and moving them both to a bunk bed (which Emma is so excited for!). Since we started work in their room I’ve been thinking that a bunk bed would really fit well in there and open up their floor space even more for play.

Kids Room After - Landscape view

I’ve looked around at all sorts of colours and patterns and lately I keep going back to a homemade striped quilt (sort of like this or this). I love being able to pick and choose the fabrics and the imperfect handmade feel appeals to me.

The past two weeks I’ve been playing around with fabric and mix and matching patterns online, trying to decide what to put together for the kids room. Emma requested pink on her bedding so I found this beautiful Amy Butler print called Pressed Flowers in Carmine that she and I both loved so that became our starting off point.

Amy Butler Cameo Pressed Flowers In Carmine

I decided to try this handsome Moroccan Lattice print in Clementine from Michael Miller for Brendan’s main fabric. I’m hoping the pink and red combination will play off each other well.

Michael Miller Moroccan Lattice Clementine Fabric 1

Then I brought in some navy blues to balance out the warm colours, a few more patterns and some fun etsy pillows and this is where we are today.

Girl’s Bedding Mood Board

Girl's Bedding Mood Board

1. Whale pillow. 2.  Pink flowered fabric. 3. Navy striped fabric4. Black ticking fabric. 5. Polka dot pillow. 6. Purple and tangerine fabric.

Boy’s Bed Mood Board

Boy's Bedding Mood Board

1. Bike pillow. 2. Lattice print fabric. 3Navy striped fabric4. Black ticking fabric. 5. Stripe pillow.  6. Polka dot fabric.

So now I need to order some fabric swatches to feel and play around with before taking the leap. I’ve done quite a few different kinds of sewing projects before but never a full sized quilt so that part feels a little scary. Mostly because of the machine quilting, which I’ve only done a little of, so I’ve been waffling a bit. But I’d also love to be able to do it and I think the kids would love them so I probably just need to go for it. Because how much fun would these be on their beds?

I’m thinking of pairing them with matching neutral cotton blankets for extra warmth and a fun pillow or two. And maybe the black ticking for their curtains?

Black Woven Ticking 2

Not sure yet what to do for them. We’ll have to see where we end up. But I love having a good reason to play around with pretty fabric.

Have you ever ordered fabric online? What’s your favourite way to pull together fabrics for a room?

A Bunch of Peonies

The peonies are finally in bloom. We have one huge plant in our backyard and I’ve been watching the buds get bigger for the past month or so and they just opened last week.

Peonies in bud

I love peony blooms. I cut a bunch of them to bring inside and they prettied up the living room for us.

Peonies on coffee table

I love how fresh flowers brighten up a room and make things feel extra special.

Peonies close up

It’s so nice to be able to walk outside and cut a few blooms for the table. Hello summer!

Peonies in livingroom