How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand

This home decor DIY looks store bought, and it’s highly customizable too! The best part is that it cost me $10 to make! I still can’t believe how great it turned out. The trick is buying the craft wood at Hobby Lobby when it’s 50% off – which happens frequently, and already having paint or stain that you can use to finish it. I also had the wooden beads on-hand, but they’re not spendy. I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this DIY, and I know I’m not the first to DIY a farmhouse riser, but my design and approach are so easy, there’s no cutting wood, and it seriously turned out so beautiful. My husband was very impressed and made several comments about how nicely it turned out. That’s the thing about this DIY, it really looks amazing, has character, and it doesn’t have that obvious handcrafted feel like some DIY projects can have. I’m so excited to share how to make a boho farmhouse riser stand and I hope you will try this one out. I think it would make a wonderful gift too.


How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand – Supplies

To start, let’s get you set up with everything you’ll need. Here’s the supply and tool list to help you gather everything you’ll need onto your work surface. Keep in mind that this project involves dry times and stepping away from the project for long periods of time, so be sure to use a work area that can be left alone to complete over a few days.

  • 2 boards – with the decorative routed edge if you want to add wooden beads for a boho look (Any size and shape will do, but mine are 11.5″ by 8.75″.)
  • Pack of wooden candle stick holders (these are the feet for your riser)
  • 15 mm wooden beads
  • sanding sponge/paper
  • 2″ Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • brush, sponge, or rag to stain
  • Farmhouse stain
  • Whitewash stain
  • polyurethane (for durability and water protection)
  • string or twine
  • Screw gun
  • drill bit with counter sink
  • clamps

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand – Video

I’ve included steps and photos below to create this boho farmhouse riser stand, but I share some additional tips in my video and sometimes watching steps can make the process easier to execute yourself. This DIY riser couldn’t be any easier to make, but you’ll want to do the steps in the correct order to save time and hassle.


How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand – Tutorial

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
The first step is to sand off any rough spots or slivers.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
On the underside of one board (the side with the price tag), mark the spots for the feet. I measured the diameter of the wooden feet, divided it in half, and made sure that my mark would keep the feet completely on the board.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
Drill each marked spot and use a drill bit with a countersink so that the screws don’t stick out of the board. Drill in enough to sink the head of the screw, but not too deep. I practiced a few times on scrap wood to get the feel.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
After your board and feet have pilot holes drilled, first partially screw the screw into the board and then line up the foot and screw until tight.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
With all four feet screwed on, then add wood glue to the top of the board and add the other board face down so that the routed edges are facing each other. Then clamp and allow to completely dry.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
While the glue is drying, string enough wooden beads to fit the circumference of the riser, making sure to add a few more than you think you’ll need and leave enough string to tie off later.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
Once the glue is dry, stain the riser and the beads with the Farmhouse stain.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
Once the stain is dry, glue the wood beads to the riser, one side at a time. Once a side is dry, glue another side, tying the string on the fourth side. Cut the string once the glue is dry.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand
Once the glue is dry, I added one coat of whitewash stain. Once the whitewash stain is dry, I added a polyurethane finish to protect the top surface for wear and tear.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand

That’s it, so simple and pretty! You don’t have to use wooden beads, but they’re a nice detail. You can use taller or shorter feet, or different sized boards. You can paint the riser or leave it natural – whatever you prefer. I think this DIY project makes a great gift and I intend on making a few to give this holiday season. If you like projects that are easy, that you can do quick steps for and then walk away for periods of time, you’ll love this one. Each step by itself is easy and quick, but the drying time takes time. I think I got my money’s worth on this $10 DIY. I absolutely love how it looks and I love that there’s now sawing required. If you like DIY home and craft projects and decorating inspiration and ideas, be sure to subscribe to my blog. You will also receive my free eBook on shelf styling which includes my easy-to-follow recipe for designer styled shelves. Thanks so much for checking out this post. Be sure to Pin it for later.

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand

How to Make a Boho Farmhouse Riser Stand

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

There are several ways to upcycle empty food jars, but I hope you will love this new way that is inspired by Pottery Barn earthenware. Anytime I can get the Pottery Barn inspired look with furniture or decor, for less, I’m happy! This technique is so easy, it’s paintable, and requires no prep to the glass jars. Just wash your jars but no need to remove labels. There is something so unique and pretty about these DIY Pottery Barn inspired vases! I love that they make perfect gifts, or they can be used in your shelf styling or tabletop styling.

I created a YouTube video to show you the process and just how straight forward it is. Be sure to listen to the audio because that’s where I explain the texture and technique that you see me doing in the short video. I realize that not everyone will want to purchase the CelluClay product, and I have good news – I think the same texture can be accomplished by soaking and straining paper egg cartons, maybe newspaper as well, but then you have to add an adhesive (like glue or flour and water). I’ve seen people boil down toilette paper to create a paper mache base too, but with the history we’ve had with TP shortages, maybe stick with CelluClay. If you use a little less water, I think you can smooth the surface better after applying it to the jar. If you like an even thin layer, apply smaller amounts at a time. This will take longer, but you’ll be able to control the thickness better.

This product and craft would be fun for kids to do too. They could make a vase, let it dry, and then paint it. Or you can use a little less water and mold it into a shape – I haven’t tried this myself and you may need to have something to help prop up the final piece to hold its shape, but it could be fun to try. You could also take an old toy and cover it with CelluClay to give it a new strange life for kiddos to really use their imagination. I’m contemplating taking one of the old Barbie dolls and covering it to create a Barbie statue for Quinn – we’ll see. At any rate, your imagination is the limit and it’s a fun product to work with.


DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

In case you don’t check out the video, here are the basic steps:

  • Follow the CelluClay instructions – 1 lb. of clay with 4 cups of warm water
  • Break apart large chunks of CelluClay before mixing with water
  • Use hand to blend and mix CelluClay and water
  • Once the water is even dispersed, apply handfulls to the outside of the glass jar
  • Gently press and push the mixture evenly around the glass. Be sure to cover all spots
  • Leave an uneven organic edge around the top OR create a faux lip around the top
  • Allow to completely dry, 24-48 hrs.
  • Leave natural or paint
  • The dried product isn’t waterproof, but you could try spraying it with polyurethane if you wanted it to last.

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase – YouTube Tutorial


DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

That’s it, so easy, right?! There are several ways to paper mache, but I really like this unique texture, it doesn’t slide off of the glass, and it’s not very messy. And I couldn’t be happier about repurposing these gallon sized pickle jars! Don’t you think a pretty vase and some flowers make a lovely gift? Be sure to subscribe for my email list and receive your free shelf styling eBook~

Easy DIY Fall Garland

Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Fall Garland

After finishing my Z Gallerie inspired DIY canvas painting, I thought it would be cool to use the dry brush painting method onto a faux fiddle leaf garland. It wasn’t cool, it was a big fail – it looked so bad and was not what I wanted at all. So, after a quick brainstorm, I went back to a simple, tried and true technique to save my Pottery Barn inspired DIY fall garland, and now I LOVE it! You can do this technique to any faux plant, and in whatever colors you need!

Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Fall Garland

This “simple” project was supposed to be fun, easy, and beautiful… and it is all those things, but it didn’t start out that way. I decided to add a little fall décor to our bedroom and wanted a large-leaf garland to add some fall colors and the element of nature. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for garland in all the right colors with the right vibe, I decided to makeover a bright green garland I found online. Seems easy enough, right? But if you’ve ever tried even one DIY project then you know that it usually doesn’t all go according to plan. And that’s OK because then we learn, grow, blah blah blah. But no, seriously, it isn’t fun when a DIY bombs, but in this case, I was able to revive my idea, and in the end, create something beautiful.

I searched high and low for a large fiddle leaf garland, and I was elated when I found this one on Etsy. The seller ships fast and it came in a box where it wasn’t squished – I highly recommend this Etsy shop. You may even have an old garland on-hand that needs new life, you can use any faux garland that you want. Before I started, I gave each leaf a light dusting using my blush chalk spray paint. I wanted to mute the bright green and create a rougher texture for the rest of the paint to stick to. You could you’re your garland with any color, but hold the can further away than normal and keep it even.

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The first technique I tried came from the dry brushing technique that worked well on my Z Gallerie inspired canvas wall art project. Watered down acrylic paint does not work and dry brushed acrylic paint also doesn’t work on garland. However, the cream acrylic paint did fade out the bright green leaves OK, but I didn’t want all the leaves the same color so I had to figure something out.

I considered adding more acrylic paint to the leaves, but when I remembered my left-over spray paint, I went that route. I ended up using a blush chalk spray paint, gold, and rose gold. If my light green leaves wouldn’t have looked good after my failed painting attempts, I would have picked up some mint chalk spray paint to add a soft green. I’m sure I couldn’t replicate this garland even if I tried, but I’m happy with my mistake. And in the future, I will just start with spray painting and save myself the mess and trouble of trying techniques that don’t work on faux plants.

I left my spray-painted garland outside for about 3 hours and that was long enough to air it out. I knew that this garland would be near our heads while we sleep so I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any leftover smell on it. I’m thinking this six-foot beauty will decorate our mantel next year, the front porch, or maybe the entryway… so many possibilities. I hope you enjoyed this post on my diy fail to something fabulous. If you’ve had a fail to fab project, please share in the comments below. Thank you!

Coming soon: Amazing Anthropologie Inspired Lamp Makeover

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