IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

The original plan for Sawyer’s IKEA Billy Bookcase was very different than how it turned out. I would say that around half of my ideas change shape from the original idea – that’s a part of design and planning, sometimes plans change. In my mind, the bookcase would have no glass, and cane webbing in place of the glass. Then when I actually purchased the IKEA bookcase, I realized that the glass was incased in between the wood doors. And I wasn’t going to break out the glass so it was staying put. After unboxing the door, I realized I only had about 1/18 inch of wood to staple the cane webbing into the wood… um what?! The cane bookcase idea wasn’t going to work. As usual, I went to the Internet to brainstorm other possibilities for the IKEA Billy Bookcase boho hack. Jen of City Farmhouse actually paints right over the glass – her bookcase unit turned out beautifully, check it out here. I considered decoupaging paper and fabric, stapling fabric, contact paper, and peel and stick wall paper. I ordered some free contact paper samples and knew right away that paper wasn’t going to get us the boho look. We needed texture! Sawyer has had a burlap pin board for several years and she wanted to keep it with her new room design, so we decided to try out some burlap fabric in the bookcase.


IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack – Tutorial

The steps are easy and straight forward. In fact, there are probably many other ways to attach fabric to cabinet doors, but this is how I did it. You can also check out my short video to see how easy it is, but here are the steps:

  1. Measure the cabinet door and determine how much fabric or burlap you need to buy.
    (I only needed three yards for this 8′ bookcase because the burlap is 45″ wide.)
  2. Cut the burlap in half and iron out any creases.
  3. Apply double sided tape around the inside of the bookcase, right against the edge of the wood frame near the glass.
    (The tape is just to reinforce the edge of the burlap and help keep it in place. It may not be necessary at all.)
  4. Use a small nail and lightly hammer the nail into each corner of the wood to make a start for the thumbtack.
  5. Then carefully hammer a flat thumbtack into the shallow nail hole until it’s flush with the wood.
    (I evenly placed 10 thumbtacks around each cabinet door.)
  6. Add door hinges and attach doors and handles to the cabinet.

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack – Video

Be sure to watch the entire video from start to finish. It’s short and the end shows how I organized the inside of the bookcase, shelf by shelf! Also, please hit that Like button!


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IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

Full disclaimer: It’s not perfect. There, I said it! I didn’t cut the burlap perfectly straight, I didn’t cut the burlap correctly (just google it), and I didn’t finish the burlap edge with a stitched edge or glue – nothing. But it still looks good, it works well, and it really does look cool in-person. This bookcase is a place for my daughter’s stuff and even though it’s organized stuff, it’s not stuff that she wants to look at all the time. So, covering the glass doors with inexpensive burlap was our fix. I love the idea of painting these doors, but that style wasn’t as good as a fit for this room. We could have found a different cabinet for her things, but we wanted a tall and slim bookcase to do the job – and the IKEA price couldn’t be beat. The point is, this worked for us and I hope it inspires ideas to help make your furniture or design work for you. Design plans don’t always pan out, so be encouraged that you’ll find a solution that works well and looks good too! And I’m always happy to help brainstorm possible ideas, so leave me a comment or shoot me an email!

If you don’t want clear glass doors on your cabinet or bookcase, there are lots of different techniques to consider. Using burlap is just one idea to consider and it was really easy to install and it’s not permanent. If we remove the burlap, tacks, and tape, there will be 10 tiny tack holes left, but we’re not worried about those. If you like this side of my teen daughter’s room, you gotta check out the other side with her bed. I created boho farmhouse shiplap with a plant shelf – it’s relaxing and soothing~


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Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

For our first Christmas in Northwest Arkansas, we’re living in our temporary apartment with all our Christmas decor in storage. As much fun as it would be to buy new decor and ornaments, I decided to get creative and let nature inspire some handmade ornaments. Last year, our home was decorated in a merry and bright theme, meaning all the bright colors, glitter, and embellishments you can imagine. This year, I was drawn toward the complete opposite style with nature themed items and lots of neutrals and natural colors. I’m pretty certain I’ve never not had Christmas red in the mix, but this year is an exception. Each year is different and I enjoy trying new things (decor-wise) so let’s go over our simple nature inspired handmade Christmas tree ornaments!

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

  • Dried orange slices (thinly slice an orange, lay slices on a rack, bake at 200 for around two hours – flipping the slices after the first hour)
  • Pinecones (lightly brush craft paint on the outer edges, and tie to tree branches with ribbon)
  • Feathers (I used these white feathers leftover from Quinn’s Halloween costume and glued them to clothes pins)
  • Twigs (gather twigs, let dry, and spray paint any color)
Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Handmade stocking tags by: Blessed Crazy TX Nest on Etsy!

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Handmade stocking tags by: Blessed Crazy TX Nest on Etsy!

Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

The girls love they way the tree turned out even though they miss their Christmas ornaments. Quinn loved hanging the orange slices – she thought it was so cool to have fruit on our tree! I found some more awesome handmade ornaments to add to your Christmas tree decorating inspiration. Be sure to also visit these blogs and check out all the great stuff they have to offer:






Nature Inspired Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Thank you so much for checking out my nature inspired Christmas tree ornaments and the other gorgeous handcrafted ornaments! It is so satisfying to use what I already have and create something new. I love showing my daughters that they can be creative, use their imaginations, and do whatever they set their minds to – even if it is just for tree decor. My hope is that you not only enjoy the holiday season, but you enjoy the little things along the way, like decorating the tree, making a wreath, or making gift tags. If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe to receive a new decorating/diy email once a week and so we can stay connected~


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Adorable DIY Boho Plant Stand

This adorable DIY boho plant stand is a new favorite project. Now I can throw together a little stand for anything at any size I want. The boho style is so versatile and can be infused into a room a little or a lot and still serve an important purpose – that purpose is adding texture and nature into a room design. Texture and nature both add warmth and comfort to a space. I love this adorable DIY boho plant stand because it has great texture and it’s straight from nature!

Adorable DIY Boho Plant Stand

The top of the plant stand is just a tree slice. You can find these quite easily, but before you buy one please check your local Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist listings for free wood slices. Yes, free! I found free ones in my area and it made me realize that I should be checking for free stuff locally before buying lots of different stuff. Anyway, you can also find tree slices at Hobby Lobby and use your 40% off coupon which is nice (approx. $7). When all was said and done, each boho plant stand came out at around $10 each for me to make, and only because I didn’t get the free wood slices. I still feel really good about creating my own plant stands for such a great price – have you seen how much little wooden plant stands are selling for? Well, $10 is a steal plus you can customize it!

I created a fun little video to show you just how easy it is to whip up. If you’re a visual learner, check out my video. If you like it, please click the thumbs-up. If you love it and want more, you can subscribe to my channel. I post one video a week – nothing spammy.

Here’s a list of the tools you can use to create your own easy DIY boho plant stand:

  • Hand saw
  • Sand paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Electric screw driver (drill and screw bits)

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Here’s a list of the items you will need to create this boho plant stand:


There are some additional things you can do to customize your boho plant stand. You can paint the bottom half of the plant stand legs to add a color block look. This will add a modern and youthful edge to your plant stand design. White paint is the most common, but you can choose any color you like. Another option is to remove the bark from around the tree slice. I used a flathead screwdriver and hammer to chisel the bark off. It was actually sort of fun and didn’t take long. However, I was left with ridges around my tree slice, but you could sand it down for a smoother look. In fact, you can just lightly sand to remove potential slivers, or you can use a circular sander to completely smooth the surface edge. Another option is to seal the wood slice. You can use a wood oil for a natural look or go for a super glossy sealer to add some modern shine to your stand. There are so many ways to further customize this plant stand, use your creativity and personal style to create a boho plant stand that works for you.


Here are the steps to create your own easy DIY boho plant stand:

  1. Measure and mark your dowel to cut three legs.
  2. Cut the dowel at a 10-degree angle and do not turn the dowel between cuts – this will ensure that each leg is angled slightly out. You don’t have to have angled cuts, but I prefer this look.
  3. Lightly sand the cut edges of the dowel after cutting.
  4. Pre-drill a hole in the center of each dowel – only on one end.
  5. Screw the top center of your T-bar bracket to the dowel.
  6. Once all three T-bars have been attached, set them onto the wood slice with the bottom of the T-bar pointing to the center of the wood slice.
  7. Using a pencil, mark the open holes onto the wood slice to know where the screws will go. For now, remove the T-bar brackets.
  8. On the wood slice, pre-drill the marked holes.
  9. Add the T-bar brackets back to the wood slice, and screw each bracket onto the wood slice.
  10. Finally, stand up your plant stand and twist the legs a bit so that it sits flat. Decorate!


What do you think about our new ‘command center’ dry erase board?! You can select the size you want, the layout, various board options, and the frame color. I just love it! Our last name is printed across the top, each family member has their own section for reminders and future appointments, and we have a notes and chores section too. I’m not that great at meal planning because I’m a terrible cook, but there’s a week space at the very top that I like to use to plan some meals for us — I can only do one week at a time when it comes to meal planning so this is perfect! I found this amazing dry erase board on Etsy and it shipped really fast and securely. You can fully customize this amazing dry erase board by Circle & Square Decor.

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This boho plant stand is such a fun and easy project, even cute to give as a gift! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Each week I publish a new post, so be sure to subscribe to get updates.

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DIY Wood Crate

I had some leftover wood after making the pallet headboard. There were just enough boards to make this crate. So, I literally slapped this one together and the long and narrow design works great for my fall tablescape. In hindsight, I wish I would have used a table saw to have nice squared corners, but the jigsaw was quick and did the job.

Pallet boards usually have a rough side, so I placed the roughness inside the box. I also did a little sanding to reduce the chance of me getting slivers while I assembled the box. Once the wood crate was assembled, I knew the possibilities were endless. This crate will first be used for my fall centerpiece and then maybe Thanksgiving and Christmas too. It’s just the right size and it’s a great width to hold these mini pumpkins.


Instructions

1. Measure and draw your cut lines on pallet boards.
You will need four boards of the same length.
Measure and draw cut lines for two end pieces.
2. Use a jig saw (not perfect cuts) or table saw (for clean straight lines) to cut the six pieces.
I used two boards to create the bottom of the crate,
but you could use more to make a wider crate.
3. Cut two to three pieces to stabilize the bottom of the crate.
Just measure and draw cut lines.
I used 1.5” thick pine boards.
4. After all your boards are cut, use a brad nail gun to attach the pine boards to the bottom boards of your crate. Use several brad nails. This is the foundation.
5. The final step is to attach the end pieces. Again, use several brad nails to
attach the side and end pieces. Sand any rough edges. You’re done!

Tools
Pallet boards
pine board
jig saw or table saw
measuring tape
pencil
brad nail gun

I love how the lighter natural wood looks in contrast to my black table and the bright pumpkins. The crate is simple and a unique way to hold pumpkins, apples, pine cones, anything you can think of. I added some faux leaves to fill large holes around the pumpkins, and then a few handmade pom poms to add texture and whimsy. And now my pallet is completely repurposed and recycled!

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