Category Archives: Frugal Decor

Frugal decor – Do – It – Yourself projects and ideas I have done and want to share with you. Fun and cheap ways to brighten your home!

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

Wood slabs and mason jars – the current well known 2010’s decor trends!  

I’ll admit that my personality really fits this rustic decor trend! I’m a country girl at heart that loves a rustic or cabin feel to any room. So personally, I’m just thrilled that you find mason jars and wood slabs all over right now! I have a fun craft for you today that is really easy to make – using small wood slabs that you can use as a placemat, centerpiece that can hold a mason jar with flowers, or under a photo as I’m using it!

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

Materials needed:

Wood Slices for DIY Crafts Wedding Decor (you may need 2 packages of this size to get enough smaller slabs to fill your mat)

2.5″-2.8″ Unfinished Natural Wood Slices 

8X12 piece of felt

Hot glue gun

Chop or Miter saw

Cabin Style Photo frame (I found mine on clearance at Walmart)

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

Start by taking your larger 2.5-2.8″ wood slab sizes and cutting them in half.  I used a chop saw for this.  (well actually, my husband wouldn’t let me touch it and he sawed these for me. 😉

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

You will use these bigger pieces as your border.  You need to cut a few of the halves also in half to create quarter size pieces.  Those will be used for the 4 corner pieces.

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

Next, lay out all of your border pieces first before you glue.  You will have to move pieces around a bit like a puzzle to make sure it all fits just right and you may go over the edge a bit off of the felt.  The wood pieces can hang over the felt a bit, just as long as there is a bit of felt to glue the slab on.  You won’t need much hot glue on each piece to stick – just a dab or two on each piece is fine.

I used the color green for my felt, but honestly wish I had gray or brown so that it would blend better with the wood.  If you have a color in your room you want to bring out a bit, then go ahead and use that!

 

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

The next step requires more piecing together of a puzzle so to speak, gluing on smaller wood slab pieces into the center until it fits.  Again, I recommend placing and arranging a few down at a time before gluing them to be sure it fits correctly.  I wish the bag of Wood Slices for DIY Crafts Wedding Decor came with a few more really small slabs, like less than a 1.5cm, to make filling in the smaller places a bit easier.  I ended up purchasing two bags of these so that I could get enough of the smaller sizes (the sizes vary in each bag from 1.5 – 3cm) to fill in the smaller spaces.

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

It’s a great feeling when you get all of the pieces to fit just right and they are each glued in place.  This is a fun and relaxing rainy afternoon kind of craft that brings a bit more of nature into the home!

I love my “cabin” style photo frame that I’m placing my wood slab mat under.  They go together beautifully and look great in my rustic, cabin style family room!

Easy DIY Wood Slab Placemat

Looking for more rustic decor DIY ideas?  Check these out:

Easy DIY Wood Slab & Pebble Photo Frame

Shabby Chic Display Shelf Makeover

Upcycle a Spaghetti Sauce Jar Into This Adorable Decor

How to Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces

Mason Jar Vase With Puffy Paint Flourishes

 

DIY Unicorn Spit Project:  Distressing Wood On An Old Mirror

DIY Unicorn Spit Project: Distressing Wood On An Old Mirror

Today I’m going to show you a new project that involves distressing wood on an old mirror using Unicorn Spit, spray paint, and a thrift store picture frame! I’ve been having a great time recently re-decorating my guest room. I did it very frugally – basically by making over and distressing wood on furniture or… Continue Reading

Free Printable Wall Art For Your Home – 4 Different Options

Free Printable Wall Art For Your Home – 4 Different Options

I love being able to decorate my house with simple and affordable ideas – even if it means just printing out an inspirational message and framing it!  I love upcycling decor projects such as my mason jar light sconces, or updating a display shelf into something a bit more chic for above the bed, but those are… Continue Reading

Get TWO 8×8 Photo Canvases for Just $9 – Personalized Gift Idea!  #CanvasDiscount

Get TWO 8×8 Photo Canvases for Just $9 – Personalized Gift Idea! #CanvasDiscount

This is a sponsored post with Canvas Discount and BraVoMark. All opinions are mine. Looking for a personalized gift idea at a great price?  Then check out CanvasDiscount.com! At Canvas Discount you’ll not only be able to transform your pictures into Acrylic or Canvas Prints, but there are a number of gift ideas you can create. These include… Continue Reading

4 Tips on How To Redecorate Farmhouse Style On A Budget

4 Tips on How To Redecorate Farmhouse Style On A Budget

Farmhouse style decor is everywhere right now.  I myself live on a dirt road in rural upstate NY, and love anything “country,” so I’m in love with this current trend!  But I’m pretty sure whether you live on a dirt road or in a suburban cal de sac, Joanna Gaine’s farmhouse style has become the… Continue Reading

Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl

Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl

  Easy DIY No Sew Rope Bowl Here is another easy DIY project that only requires 2 materials – cotton rope and hot glue!  No sewing required!!  This is a very cute decorative item that can hold numerous items, from fruit to decorative wicker balls.  This would be cute in a nautical themed bathroom holding… Continue Reading

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