ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME

Meeting Monique

Yup, that’s me! It’s nice to meet you!

Monique is a very shy (introvert) person. I’ve always  been since I was a little girl. I mean I do talk, but just around people I’m completely comfortable with. On the plus side, I am a great listener, so if you ever need to vent I am all ears! Growing up, I spent my days tracing and drawing. I guess you can say I have a thing for art. Photography also came into the play, I had an interest in taking photos. At least, I thought I was a photographer back then. I would go to school with my little boxed camera (you know the disposable one that you needed to take to CVS to have the film developed. . .Yep, that’s the one!) My mom would always take me to have the film developed. Being so anxious, I couldn’t wait to share the photos taken of classmates, friends, plants, the sky, and even the ground. 

Hi there!

Interest Sparked

Growing up, my dad worked in concrete construction. He even had his own small business that was named, Heard It’s Smooth Concrete Construction. Whenever he checked on a job site, my little sister and I tagged along in his white chevy pick-up truck. I loved seeing his job sites, but I hated the travels which were most of the time long. For me, it was always such a thrill to see his work, whether it was of a parking garage or the start of a basement for a future home. As we drove around, he would always point out to my sister and I where he completed a job. I may not have known it then, but now I can see how proud he was of his accomplishments.

Blacktop poured by my dad and crew!

Living back  off the road down a slightly long graveled path or as I always told friends “we live back in the woods.” What used to be an old dirt graveled road has become a smooth and less bumpy road, thanks to my dad. He poured our concrete driveway, the back patio, and even the sidewalk leading to the front door. I was in awe of how cool it is to do things yourself and be your own boss. As you can see in the picture below the front sidewalk is a mixture of rocks incorporated with the stepping stones that were there before. 

Oh, we’re off to see the wizard. . .

Why Blog?

Blogging is a new factor in my life. One, I never thought of doing until I remembered I used to have a wordpress account in my early 20’s for another purpose. Then I thought, “Hey! Why not give blogging a try?” Seeing other talented moms of many get it done and excel with their blog motivated me to begin my own blog journey. Though it is not an easy venture, it has been a fun and engaging learning experience.

Personally, the loneliness you may have by being a stay at home parent. If you’re anything like me, a mom who moved away from your family because of your fiance job or lost contact with old friends, then you understand how lonely it can be at times. I thought of using my blog as a personal outlet to express feelings and emotions, but then again who wants to read about my feelings, lol. Though, I do hope to share my artwork, home decor, mini crafts, woodwork, and little home projects with you.

Farmhouse Unique

Originally, I wanted to name my site “Home with Monique,” simply because my time is spent mostly at home with my youngest. Unfortunately, someone already had the name on twitter. So being quick on my toes, I created the name “Farmhouse Unique” with the slogan “Home with Monique.” Farmhouse Unique was created based on the fact that I love farmhouse styles. A little bit of rustic charm and the inspiration from Joanna Gaines had me sold and in love. Who knew shiplap was a thing? Not I, but I love it! It is quite beautiful and I would love to incorporate it into my home one day. As we all know “you must start somewhere and work your way up!”

Ideal Home

On this journey, I will slowly, but surely transition my home into my ideal farmhouse dream home. Though, I fear my ideal dream home won’t fully be displayed in our current home for multiple reasons, I will do my absolute best to achieve the possible.

My ideal home is a one floor ranch style with a beautiful front porch. The front porch would include wooden cedar post, shutters, and frontdoor. I love the look of cedar wood! The cedar look would be accompanied by a navy blue painted stucco, brick, or siding with white, but this is just option 1. Option 2 still includes the cedar wood, but the home would be painted white or  cream. There would be large front windows. Upon entering the home, the foyer would be roomy and open with built-ins for storage and sliding barn doors. Walls of shiplap. On the opposite wall there will be a beautiful farmhouse console with decorative items. A gorgeous open concept living area with a gorgeous mantled fireplace. A large spacious kitchen with a grand island with all the bells and whistles including my farmhouse sink I dream of having. A bright sunroom that could also be my art space. An office space with tons of built-ins for books. The children’s playroom that would also act as their livingspace. A warm cozy master bedroom with a spectacular view of nature’s finest. Omg! The master bath will have my freestanding tub (my ultimate desire) or a claw foot tub would go nicely too. Of course, double vanities will be preferred. Don’t forget the walk-in closet with built-in shelving units and drawers. Oh, and the closet’s secret compartment! To sum it all up, 5 bedrooms with 3 and a half bath. Perfect lighting throughout the home would be lovely! Omg, herringbone pattern is a must either the flooring or with the backsplash in the kitchen and bath. I simply adore it! The gracious green lawn with a beautiful landscape. 

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Okay! Stop Dreaming and Wake-up to Reality. . .

Sighs! Yeah, that’s definitely not happening with this home, but hey it’s okay to dream. This home may lack the space that’s required to build my ideal home, but it does offer minimal projects I can tackle just to make it a little more homey and a little more farmy. Decor is always a game changer and my go-to to improve our family’s home. Now you know more about me, feel free to drop a comment below and share a little about you. Thanks for meeting Monique!

Simple changes can make everything right!

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5 Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day DIY

5 Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day DIY

Happy March Y’all! Yes it’s a new month that shares a holiday with tons of shenanigans, green clovers, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, and the luck of the Irish. Yep, you guessed it, St. Patrick’s Day! Since  I’m literally always last minute doing DIY craft for the holiday season, I put together 5 simple, easy, inexpensive decor crafts to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. 

  1. Clover Wreath

Materials:

  • Clover Shape Board (Dollar Tree)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Tray

Instructions

  1. Paint the clover the color of your choice. (Note: It may require two coats of paint.)
  1. Let it dry.  
  1. Dry brush another paint of choice to give it a weathered and/or rustic look (optional.) 
  1. Tie a ribbon, string, or twine to loop and hang.
  1. Buffalo Check Clovers
2 of 4 handmade clovers!

Materials:

  • Clover Template or Heart Shaped Object
  • Buffalo Check Fabric (Walmart Pre-cut Fleece)
  • Filling
  • Scissor
  • 4 Small Wooden Dowels
  • 4 Small Wood Slices
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks

Instructions:

  1. Find and print out a clover template online, use a heart shaped object to help you draw out your clover like I did, or just free hand it all together. 
  1. Next, cut out the clover and lay it on top of the fabric. 
  1. Use a fabric marker to trace around it and then cut out the fabric clover or just cut it out while holding the clover against the fabric without tracing like me. (Note:There should be 6 cutout clovers in all to make 4 plush clovers.
  1. Match up two cutouts and use the hot glue gun to adhere the edges on the clover, but leave an opening to stuff the inside of the clover. Repeat for the other three clovers. (Note: I used remindings scraps from the fabric cuts made.) 
  1. Take the wooden dowel and attach it to the wooden slice. Insert the other end of the dowel into the clover and hot glue to close the clover. Repeat for the reminding 3 clovers. (If you desire, you could stain the wooden dowels with a lite paint and water mixture like me.)
  1. Lucky Charm Garland
Simple enough!

Materials:

  • Twine
  • St.Patrick’s Day Coins (Dollar Tree)
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

  1. Cut twine to desire length and then make a loop and tie a knot at each end.
  2. Measure 3.5 inches from the knot and hot glue the first coin and then place another on the other side holding both coins tight until the hot glue settles.
  3. Measure 7 inches from the first coin and place the next 2 coins with hot glue. Repeat this process for the remainder length of twine. (Note: If desire add more decorative items to make it your style.)
  1. Painted Canvas
You’re my lucky charm!

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint Tray
  • Clover template
  • Paint Pen 

Instructions

  1. Paint the canvas background a desired color.
  2. Use a clover template or draw clovers by hand if needed
  3. After the canvas has dried, trace the template.
  4. Select your paint color and paint the clovers.
  5. Use a paint brush or paint pen and write the word “Lucky”. Replace the “U” with a horseshoe.
  6. Dry brush your desire paint.

5. Chalkboard Prints

Materials:

  • Chalkboard
  • Chalk, Chalk pencil or Chalk pen for a permanent option.

Instructions

  1. Decide what to write and/or draw.
  2. Free hand it!

Ha! That last one was easy, right! Just adding your own sense of style makes everything uniquely you. I hope these last minute DIY gave you great ideas and helped you create awesome craft decor. Be sure to share how your project turned out in the comments below, I would love to see them. As always, until next time!

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My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 4

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 4

Happy Sunday beautiful people! We are getting close to the end of our Valentine’s diy craft decor. Our next craft is , The Golden Arrow. This diy craft is one of my favorites simply because the color palette used. Now, presenting, “The Golden Arrow.”

The Golden Arrow

Materials & Tools:

  • Heart Valentine’s day sign from dollar tree
  • Heart Valentine’s day sign with an arrow from dollar tree.
  • Scrapper
  • Sandpaper or sanding block
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Gold spray paint 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Twine
  • 1 Flower
  • Goo be gone
  • Scissors
  • Putty knife
Valentine’s sign removed. Saved for another project.

Step 1: Using the putty knife remove the sign, and then use scissors to remove the ribbon.

Step 2: Using sandpaper or a sanding block, sand the blotchy spot until it’s smooth, then wipe the sand dust away.

Step 3: Apply your paint using a paintbrush (I use white chalk paint.) It may require two coats of paint. 

Gold arrow.

Step 4: While allowing it to dry, I sprayed Goo be gone onto the arrow and let that sit for 5 minutes. Next, I scraped the glitter off the arrow cleaned it with soap.and water, let it dry, and then spray painted the arrow gold.

Tip: After lightly dipping your brush into the black paint, wipe excess off onto a paper towel before brushing onto the heart.

Step 5: Letting the arrow dry, I used a dab on black paint and dry brushed paint onto the heart to that get the weathered look.

Step 6: Take the arrow and hot glue it onto the edges of the heart. 

Step 7: Add a flower (this is totally optional,) and then add twine to hang it.

This is beyond my favorite and I am simply pleased with how this craft has turned out. Look love, you made it more than halfway through our Valentine’s crafting journey. One more day ahead, it’s bitter sweet! If you are just tuning in, have a look at craft #1, craft #2, and craft #3. Until tomorrow, my loves!

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My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 3

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 3

Hello my fellow crafters! Here’s to a new day and a lovely craft to share. Today, I’m sharing my third craft. Hurray, we’re halfway there! Making each craft has been fun and frustrating at the same time, (my son barely lets me do anything, lol.) Today Valentines craft is called, “Jar of hearts,” just like the song by Christina Perri.

Jar of hearts

Materials & Tools:

  • Glass jar (I used 2 from Dollar Tree)
  • Twine (optional)
  • Glittery Vase Fillers (optional)
  • 1 construction paper or vinyl
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gluesticks
  • Knob(s)

Step 1: Wipe your jar clean (soap and water, or rubbing alcohol will do.)

Step 2: Fold your paper in half. Use scissors to cut-out a heart shape. If you are doing more than one jar, cutout as many hearts as you need. Also, if you need to draw your heart out, go for it!)

Note: If using paper take tape to adhere to both the heart and the jar. This will be tricky when it comes time to paint your jar. I suggest using vinyl to avoid getting paint between the heart and the glass.
I mixed my white and dark pink to get my light pink color. It took 2 coats of paint.

Step 4: Once your heart is attached. Choose your paint color and begin to paint your jar.

Step 5: After allowing the jar to dry, remove the heart. Since I use paper, paint got in between the jar and the heart. It wasn’t too bad, I just scraped the excess paint off by using a toothpick.

Step 6: This next step is optional. Fill the jar with a filler. You can use rocks, sand, lights, or even add a candle. 

Finish jars of hearts, so I thought!

Step 7: With or without the lid while using hot glue, you can choose to wrap twine or a ribbon around the top, and then tie it into a bow. 

Now pose for the camera. . .click, click! You’re Jar of hearts is complete to add to your beautiful Valentine’s day decor. Be sure to send your pictures of your crafts via social media or email. I would to see them! What would you do differently? Let’s chat in the comments below!  

If you haven’t already have a peak at craft #1 and craft # 2. Until tomorrow my loves!

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My Top 5 Valentine’s Day DIY Craft: Part 2

My Top 5 Valentine’s Day DIY Craft: Part 2

Hey loves! Who’s ready for day two of the Valentine’s day decor diy? Me, me! If you’re new here, welcome! Today, I’ll be sharing my next Valentine’s day craft. I’m calling it “the heart box!” Shall we begin…

The Heart Box

Materials & Tools:

  • Art decor box (dollar tree find)
  • Metal heart (retrieved mines from a dollar tree sign)
  • Twine (dollar tree)
  • Ribbon (dollar tree)
  • Paint (your choice)
  • Paint Brush 
  • Hot Glue Gun 
  • Gluesticks
  • Sandpaper or Sanding Block
Decor box found at The Dollar Tree in the Valentine’s Day seasonal section.

To get started, take the box and scrap the flower off (your box may differ as there are different prints sold at The Dollar Tree.) I used scissors to complete this process, but I suggest using a putty knife. Grab sandpaper or a sanding block and sand the area so that it’s smooth. Be sure to wipe the area clean, free of dust. 

Sanding to smooth the area. Don’t forget to wipe the residue off.

Next, I mixed my three paints together as I did in my previous post (see here) to get my desired pink color. Use a paint brush to brush on the paint, then allow to dry.

After drying, add a dab of  hot glue to secure the tip of the twine to the back of the box. Next, wrap the twine around 4 times. Cut, and then glue the twine to secure in place. Repeat for the remaining 3 sides. 

Applying hot glue to the metal heart, place it to the center of the box. Cut your desired length of the ribbon of your choice and make it into a bow. Add a dab of hot glue and place the bow at the top of the box. There’s your beautiful Valentine’s Day diy decor piece! Another simple and easy win!

I hope you all enjoyed! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out “The Love Sign” in my previous post. Tomorrow, I will introduce my next diy Valentine’s Day decor! Until next time loves!

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My Top Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 1

My Top Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 1

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Love is here and forever true. 

Aww love…love is in the air, is it not? Today, I’m going to share one of my top 5 Valentine’s diy crafts that was crafted over the weekend. The other crafts will be shared over the next few days. Each one is inexpensive, simple, and easy to do. Majority of the materials are found at Dollar Tree. So let’s get started!

The love sign

Materials & Tools:

  • Twine (if desired)
  • Paintbrush
  • 1 wood board (this board came from Home Depot …it was leftover from a previous project)
  • Paint tray
  • Paint (color of your choice)

Since I didn’t have a pink that I preferred I mixed white chalk paint with a magenta pink and added a little orange to get the lighter pink hue I applied to the sign.

While allowing the board to dry completely, I sketched out the lettering “L-O-V-E” onto 4 sheets of paper.

Sketch out the letters, and then laid the paper flat on the board to lightly trace over with a pencil.

After the board dried, I then laid each sheet onto the board and lightly traced over the letters one at a time with a pencil, so it will show the imprint on the board. 

After removing the paper, I then treced over the letters with a sharpie paint pen.

Next, remove the paper and outlined over the imprint with a sharpie oil based paint pen in gold, and then filled in the letter. Repeat for the remaining letters. 

For the finishing touch, I wrapped twine around and tie it into a bow. If you would like to be more creative add lights, ribbons, and/or floral to add more beauty. 

Sweet and simple! Until the next craft my darlings!

What’s your favorite thing about Valentine’s day? Is the kiddos exchange Valentine’s cards at school? Crafting? Decorating? Baking? Cooking a nice dinner?Planning a romantic evening? Writing a sweet poem? Picking out a gift? Receiving a gift? Showing your love how much they mean to you? What is it? Let me know in the comments below.

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How to Build a Baby Gate: 10 Step Process

How to Build a Baby Gate: 10 Step Process

Welcome to the new year of 2020! I hope you all had a great New Years Day! I’m starting the New Year’s off by finishing the build of my second baby gate.

I was in desperate need of a gate since my little mister has successfully climbed over and through everything I’ve used to block his way; a chair,  a large basket filled with blankets, a large pillows, and even bean bag chairs. All were epic fails!

Honestly, I’ve been putting this off for a while now. With so much to do and so little time, things just haven’t been getting done. Now that the holiday season is over, I was finally able to build the gate and can’t wait to start my next project.

Mommy’s travel buddy and I took a ride to Home Depot to gather supplies. We gathered about 6 common boards, hinges, and a lock only to find out that I purchased the wrong boards and lock this time, (this is what happens when you’re short on time and in a rush.)

The lock is smaller than the one I purchased last time, while the boards are much wider and longer than the common boards I used in the previous build of my first  baby gate.

Sighs…No matter though!
I just improvise. 

Different boards mean different gate and I’m fine with that! 

Let’s build!

Materials used:

  • 6- 1 x 5′ x 8′ Common boards
  • Hand saw (suggest a mitre saw or circular saw)
  • Nails & Hammer (Brad Nailer if desired)
  • 2 Hinges
  • 1 Lock
  • Wood stain of your choice
  • Polyethylene (if desired)

Tools used:

  • Hand saw (suggest a mitre saw or circular saw)
  • Sander
  • Drill and/or screwdriver
  • Sponge and/or paintbrush

Step 1: Measure the length between the wall of your stairway or wherever you choose to place your baby gate. Then subtract an inch or 2 off to compensate for the board(s) that you will be attaching to the walls to help hold up the gate. 

Note: This is where I made a mistake by not examining and remeasuring the area before I measured and cut. It wasn’t too much of a disaster,  but it would have saved me from cutting one less board.

Step 2: Measure and cut the boards as you need to equal the width. 

Note: I used the same measurements from my last baby gate diy, but this time with lesser boards and a different style gate.

My Measurements:

39″ width × 33″ height

Step 3: After cutting, sand each board before assembling. 

Note: You could wait to sand until after you assemble. It’s your choice, but I chose to sand everything now.

Step 4: Lay the backframe and spread each board out as equally as possible. Then lay the front frame across on top, making sure they’re aligned with the backframe. 

Note: For the front frame, one board at the top, while the other is at the bottom. See picture below for layout.

2 boards for the front frame; 5 boards for the back frame.

Step 5: Use wood glue and apply a small amount to one board on the back frame. Next, hammer 2 nails to secure the front frame to that board. Repeat the step for the remaining boards.

Step 6: Stain your wood if you dare. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label and allowed it to dry 24 hours before applying polyethylene. 

Note: I used Rust-Oleum American gel stain.

After apply the stain, I allowed the gate to dry 24 hours before apply polyethylene.

Step 7: By following the instructions on the label, apply polyethylene. Also allow 24 hours to dry.

Step 8: Depending on the placement of your gate, you may need to screw one or two board to the wall using 3 drywall screws on each. 

Note: Based on the placement of my gate, I only needed to use one board.

Step 9: Use a drill or a screwdriver to attach the hinges.

After attaching the hinges.

Step 10: Last, but not least, use a drill or screw to attach the lock bolt. 

Note: Based on my placement of the gate, I only used one board for the wall to latch the gate onto. I then attached part of my lock to the gate and then the door frame of my kiddos playroom. (See picture below.)

Lock attached to gate and door frame. Yes, I know it’s a little crooked, but it works!

It was definitely time for another baby gate. I am so thrilled to have finished this project and I’m ready to take on the next one. So with the New Year finally here, I hope to plan accordingly and finish projects one at a time. The bigger projects may occur once a month, while the smaller projects can vary from once a week to every two weeks. Stay humble, plan, and enjoy your year of 2020!

The finish product! As you can see, one board is used to hold up the baby gate, while part of the lock is attached to the door frame.

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The Kiddos Made a Christmas Countdown Calendar!

The Kiddos Made a Christmas Countdown Calendar!

Hi everyone. It has definitely been a busy week getting to share a few mini diy crafts and activities with you. If you recall from one of my previous post, The Kiddos Made a Stocking Ornament, I did promise to share their next workshop. This weekend, the girls made a Christmas Countdown Calendar. 

Unfortunately, I had over scheduled some outings and couldn’t take them to the workshop, but I was able to pick up their kits from Home Depot so we could tackle their project at home.

The kit includes:

  • 1 tree shape
  • 2 side pieces
  • 1 base 
  • 2 date blocks
  • 2 long nails
  • 4 short nails
  • 1 sticker sheet

Materials required:

  • Fine sandpaper (optional)
  • Wood glue (optional)
  • Hammer

To be honest I did not use sandpaper because it wasn’t necessary. I forgot about the would glue, but the project is holding together just fine. Before assembling I allowed my kiddos to paint.

After the pieces dry take the base, and place it on it’s side. Next, take one of the side pieces and align it with the side of the base, then hold while inserting one of the long nails. Allow your child to hammer in the nail with your assistance. Do the same for the other side piece.

Flip and lay the project down flat. Add glue if you desire and place the tree shape on top making sure that all sides are aligned. Again, with your assistance allow your child to hammer in the 4 short nails.

Lastly, apply the stickers and insert the date blocks. Just like that the girls have their beautiful Christmas Countdown Calendar! Thanks for enjoying this kids craft from Home Depot. I’ll be writing you soon so stay connected.

Christmas with No Tree!

Christmas with No Tree!

How do you have Christmas without a tree? 

As I mentioned before in Christmas Decor Home Tour , our faux snowed Christmas tree mysteriously got destroyed while in storage. It sucks because I really loved that tree and we only had it for 2 years. Now with the holiday season in full affect, trees can be expensive.  

So What Now?

The mister and I are contemplating on getting a real Christmas tree this year (sap and all), and then after the holiday season purchase another faux tree when they’re much cheaper.  

While that thoughtful solution is still simmering. I came up with another solution. A corner wall Christmas tree made with lights! Haha! It’s truly something new since I had no idea what to do with these extra lights. So, I thought of hanging the lights on the wall.

Materials needed:

  • Christmas Lights 
  • Command strips light hanging clips for outside

To get started, I eyed the layout of the Christmas tree as I placed the command strips on each side of the wall.

Just peel and stick!

Note: To make it easier, use painter’s tape to layout the christmas shape tree before adding the command strips .

After completing that process, I then hook the lights from left to right.

Corner wall Christmas Light Tree

It may or may not be temporary, but it works! It’s beautiful and the kiddos loved it!

To help bring Christmas in for the girls, I purchased two small trees from Target so they can decorate and call their own. Each tree cost $3. The Christmas bulbs cost about$3 from 5 below.and the string of garland with bells cost $1 from The Dollar Tree.

Thank you for taking this Christmas tree journey with us. Happy Holidays and safe shopping!

D. I. Y. Faux Potted Christmas Tree

D. I. Y. Faux Potted Christmas Tree

Hi guys, welcome back! I hope you like my previous post, Christmas Decor Home Tour. As I mentioned, I would share with you how to craft a small potted Christmas tree. It’s short and simple.

Ready to knock out this diy?

The materials needed.

The Materials

  • 1 faux small white christmas tree
  • 1 small galvanized bucket
  • Miniature Christmas bulbs
  • Tissue paper or paper brown lunch bags
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Glue sticks
  • 1 floral piece

Note: Some materials came from The Dollar Tree, others I already had. 

Fold and place tissue paper inside on the bottom (this is optional.) I did this because I didn’t want to hot glue it directly to the bucket just in case I want to change up and use the bucket for something else. I then put hot glue on the tissue paper and place the tree on top. 

Around the tree, insert the brown paper bag inside the bucket. To do this, I open up the paper bag and tore it lengthwise. Crumbled it a little, pushed it down inside bucket and around the tree. Keep adding more until you feel it’s secure. Also, if you don’t think you’ll use the bucket or tree for something else, feel free to hot glue everything to make it more secure.

Nice and simple

Now to decorate or leave it plain?

That is the questioned. . .

Drum roll please! Yes, you guessed it! Decorate!!! You can string the miniatures bulbs if you want, but I chose to take the top of the bulbs and stick them onto the tree. Another way, would be to hot glue them.

Now for the final touch

The final touch with bulbs and floral piece.

Ha, I told you it was short and simple! Guess what??? There are several ways you can decorate it to fit your style. Add some paint, a print, or even fabric. Your options are endless, so go on and get creative!!! Until next time.