#Re-Purpose: DIY Holiday Decorations

Guest blog by: Heidi and Brent Kruse

With the holidays quickly approaching, some simple holiday decorations made out of the cabinet door frames, buttons and fabric seemed like a fun project to tackle.

We prefer to work with what we’ve got, so we usually round up as many things as we can from our stash of reclaimed materials that we have lying around. This meant we only had to purchase buttons and some picture-hanging hardware for this project.

To begin, we sanded and painted these unfinished cabinet door frames with two coats of antique white paint followed by a coat of brown glaze, which gives them an aged look.

Since we weren’t working with a cabinet door that had a panel in it, we had to make our own. Luckily, we had some scraps of drywall lying around that worked perfectly!

The plan was to wrap the panel in burlap, but burlap has a very loose weave which meant the drywall was going to show through. To remedy that, we painted the drywall with a few coats of a similar color of paint as the burlap — a turquoise, in this case

Once the paint on the drywall was dry, we wrapped the burlap around the drywall and then placed it in the frame.

Before we started applying the buttons, we wanted to paint the letters onto the burlap. It’s very difficult to cover every space with round buttons, so painting the letter onto the fabric first in a similar color to the buttons allows for small areas of the fabric to show between the buttons while still maintaining the solid shape of the letter. To transfer the letter shape onto the fabric, we simply printed letters from our printer and cut them out. Using a red marker to match the red paint we were going to use next, we traced around the letter to get the shape.