DIY Wall Hangings

We redecorated our sitting room this year. It started with fixing the ceiling, which had a hole in it from someone sticking their foot through it when we were renovating the bathroom upstairs. Isn’t it fascinating how one project can lead to the next one? Haha. Well, after living with a hole in our ceiling for an embarrassingly long time, we finally got to fixing it. Nothing is easy in this old house because there’s a layer of drywall over the original lath and plaster, so it’s always a really big mess. Additionally, nothing is straight, so that’s another adventure.

However, our ceiling went from this

to this

in a day and a half with three of us working on it (and two of us are not very experienced and one of us is over 70). Seriously, if you need to re-do your ceiling, this is definitely something to consider. (Here’s a link to a DIY blog that has more information.) So much time and back-breaking work saved on mudding and taping and sanding, not to mention how much easier cleanup was!

Since all the furniture was already out of the room and it’d been nearly 9 years since we’d painted that room, I decided I may as well paint the room, too. I went with a light neutral grey, but it took us a couple tries to get just the right colour. I put down 2 coats of primer because we had it and a wee little bit of the red was peeking through after the first coat. Primer is like 1/2 the price of paint, so you may as well use that to get full coverage. The first colour we chose ended up looking too cool in the room, so we went back to the store and had the second can of paint we had bought (that thankfully we didn’t need to open) and had them re-tint it to a warmer grey. It’s amazing how our eyes can trick us. As I was painting the second colour, I asked Mr Evangelist’s opinion and he said, “It looks brown” (he did not want brown). And to be fair, it looked much warmer than the first colour. But after the first wall was painted, I knew it was going to be ok. He was out at the time and I texted him, “You are going to be shocked at how not-brown this looks.”

So, now the room is grey. Here’s a photo of the wall and the finished mantle (another project I finished for this room this summer). It’s really hard to get a good picture of the colour of the room; as you can see in this photo, the light really affects how it looks. Anyway, I like it, it’s very neutral, it’s lighter in there, and we’ve added some pops of colour. While I’m still thinking about the love seat, I’ve also started thinking about the walls. And right now, wall hangings are pretty fun and trendy and I think it might just be the right thing for this room. Check out some of these patterns and let me know what you think I should put in the room.

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I could go simple and trendy with this diagonal fringe The Les Cayes Bobble Wall Hanging. It’s an easy/intermediate crochet pattern, so if you’re new to crochet, it would be a great project to try out your new skills!

I’m not sure this round crocheted wall hanging pattern with flowers is going to fit with the rest of the decor in the room, but I still think this one is really fun and it might be nice in a bedroom or hallway… Definitely something to keep in mind.

The Eleanor Wall Hanging crochet pattern can make 4 different styles of wall hangings, which makes this pattern super versatile. I love how it has a narrow and mini version so you could basically make a wall hanging for any little space in your house!

This one caught my eye because it has that beautiful mustard yellow in it. It really just got me thinking that maybe I could come up with my own simple design in the bobble stitch similar to this That’s Amore Wall Hanging pattern, which would look super sweet hanging in a nursery.

Now, macrame seems to have made a bit of a comeback. For me, this is definitely a throwback to my 1980’s Girl Guide days and I don’t think I’ve done macrame ever since. I did, however, have a solid year or two of complex friendship bracelet making, so I think it wouldn’t be so hard to pick up some macrame to make this macrame wall hanging pattern.

So far, I think this Adirondack Wall Hanging is leading the pack for me. The mustard colour is just perfect to go with the pops of colour we’ve put in the room and the natural colours and scene would fit in just perfectly with the rustic accents that we have in there. Time to go pick up some Thick & Quick!

Here’s another easy crochet pattern for a lovely boho wall hanging. I love the way this one is styled with the hats on the wall. It’s definitely a style I appreciate, but I think I would feel like a big phoney with a styling like this. Also, why is there a garlic braid hanging on this wall with the hats and tambourine? Who stores their things this way? Anyway, that pattern is pretty cool. Make that.

My friend Orsi is a beautiful crochet pattern designer and she has recently started designing tapestry crochet. This might be pushing my sensibilities a little bit, but I also enjoy a bit of whimsy in my house, something interesting that sparks some conversation. I think this Crochet Alpaca Wall Hanging definitely has the potential to be that point of interest in the room.

Are you considering a DIY wall hanging for one of your rooms? Which direction do you think I should head with my wall hanging? If you want to make one of these or think about it later, pick up one of these great patterns or pin it for later!

Crocheted and macrame wall hangings patterns. Great collection of tapestry crochet and boho macrame wall hangings! Can't wait to make one of these!
the Les Cayes Bobble Wall Hanging easy crochet pattern for boho decor. I love the long tassels. This would work so well in so many spaces! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Crafty crochet boho round wall hanging pattern. Round like a dream catcher. DIY your own wall decor!  #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Eleanor wall hanging crochet pattern with full tutorial and lots of photos. Comes with four different styles and sizes! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Adorable crochet bobble stitch crochet pattern for this heart wall hanging, perfect for the nursery. I need one in this mustard colour! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Macrame wall hanging, perfect boho wall decor! I haven't done macrame since I was a kid! This looks so fun. #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Gorgeous simple mountain scene crochet pattern in the this Adirondack Wall hanging crochet pattern! I'm going to make this for my living room! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
Super simple and easy crochet wall hanging pattern. Perfect DIY boho wall decor! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist
How fun is this Alpaca Wall Hanging crochet pattern? This would be such a fun conversation piece for our family room! #crochetwallhanging #bohowallhanging #macrame #macramewallhanging #crochetwalldecor #crochetpattern #craftevangelist

Beautiful Wreaths for Every Month of the Year

I have a thing for wreaths. I have made a few. I want to one day have wreaths for every season, maybe even different ones for every month! (But where would I keep them?!) Anyway, I have these really lovely french doors in the front of our house and I have 2 hanging spots for wreaths up there, and sadly, I only put wreaths up a Christmas-time. But I’ve found some great inspiration for when I get it together to get wreaths up there year round.

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January

I love this gorgeous, simple spring wreath with lovely cream-coloured berries! Perfect for winter after Christmas is over.

February

As much as I love pink and hearts, I’m not all that interested in super sappy-wreaths hanging on my front door, so this twine-wrapped wreath with pink felt flowers is my kind of Valentine’s Day wreath. Perfect for February!

March

I love this green “Lucky” wreath, which is perfect for St Patrick’s Day, but also fine to leave up for the whole month of March, since it’s not so obviously decked out with St Patrick’s Day paraphernalia.

April

Look at these matching Easter wreaths for my double french doors! Perfect! This would really add some spring life to my front door!

May

This wreath full of tulips would be perfect for Mother’s Day and the rest of May! So springy and full of colour!

June

This is a little bit of an unconventional wreath because it’s more like a pot of flowers, but it’s so fun, bright and cheery, full of gerbera daisies and greenery!

July

Now, I live in Canada, so we celebrate Canada Day on July 1, and this one is not actually a finished wreath, but a pattern for only $2.50. Get the pattern here.

And because so many of my readers are in the US, I’ve picked 2 wreaths for July, so that my American friends can view the beautiful wreaths for Independence Day (I must say, SOOOO many more options of July 4 wreaths than Canada Day wreaths, so I might be a little jealous). I love this Americana Wreath, so classic.

August

My August wreath pick is this lovely faux boxwood wreath with a monogram. Get your customized monogram and choose your colour. This wreath works for year-round use and is super classic.

September

I love this sunflower wreath! Gorgeous! I wish I had time to make one just like it! Check out all the wreaths for every month of the year that craft evangelist has found!

I love yellow and I love sunflowers! This Sunflower Wreath is my September pick for a lovely sunflower wreath to remind you that summer isn’t quite over yet!

October

I’ve decided to go with a Halloween-themed wreath for October, even though Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. I love this adorable spider web wreath, an understated, classic Halloween-themed wreath.

November

So, for the Canadians, we’ll kindly wait until November for the Thanksgiving pick. I love this Thankful wreath, a beautiful wreath to celebrate fall and Thanksgiving and the beauty and abundance of the season.

December

I’m not sure if this beautiful paper red rose & pinecone wreath will be suitable for outside or not, but IT IS SO GORGEOUS. Such a lovely classic wreath for Christmas-time! It’s too bad I already have Christmas wreaths, because I would totally get a couple of these. They’d look so good on my white french doors!

I hope all the wreaths I’ve found will give you some inspiration for making a wreath of your own, or just picking one up from one of these fantastic Etsy sellers! So many gorgeous wreaths! One day I’ll have one for every month of the year!

I love this gorgeous, simple spring wreath with the lovely cream colored berries! Perfect for late winter or early spring before the leaves have come out yet! This would look great on our front door! Check out all of craft evangelist's beautiful wreath finds!
Adorable Valentine's Day wreath. Twine wrapped with felt flowers, perfect for February. Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!
Fun "Lucky" wreath for St Patrick's Day. I love that this isn't so over the top St Paddy's Day decor, but perfect for spring. Check out all of craft evangelist's wreaths for every month of the year!
Big, bright matching Easter wreaths, perfect for double front doors like mine! Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!

I love this beautiful tulip wreath, perfect for Mother's Day! Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!
I love this idea for summer door decor in place of a wreath... a bouquet of flowers for your front door! So pretty! I love Gerber daisies! So pretty... Check out all of the wreaths that craft evangelist found for every month of the year! PDF crochet pattern for this fun Canada Day wreath. Great craft to make for Canada Day! Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!Super classic Americana wreath for 4th of July decorating ideas. I love the classic look of this military inspired Independence Day wreath! Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!Monogrammed faux boxwood wreath, classic wreath for any time of year. Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year

I love this sunflower wreath! Gorgeous! I wish I had time to make one just like it! Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!

Classic Halloween wreath. This yarn-wrapped spider web wreath is perfect for Halloween! Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!

Love this Thanksgiving wreath with "Thankful" banner. I love these grapevine wreaths. Beautiful sunflower. Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!

Stunning Red Christmas wreath with paper flowers and pine cones! Lovely classy Christmas wreath! Check out all of craft evangelist's wreath finds for every month of the year!

Farmhouse Style

We bought an old house almost 8 years ago, right before we had our third child, so it’s been pretty overwhelming. It needed some work. We did some work. It needed more work. We did some more work. It needed more work. We did some more work. We’re kind of tired of doing work, but it still needs more.

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We’ve taken a little break over the past little while, but now I’m planning and dreaming again. We’re not really sure this house is going to work for us over the next 10 years, but we need to get some stuff finished up before we try to sell it. One of the important projects is getting our family room renovated properly. There are some ceiling issues from a leaky roof and window that we got fixed up and the flooring needs to be replaced as well. There’s a wall we might take out, but we’re still on the fence about it.

I think our family room would look great decorated in a farmhouse style. I already have some great plans for a DIY project for our table. It’s a double-pedestal oak table, with 2 large leaves. It can seat 10 people when fully expanded. I’m hoping to do this to it:

I’m not a big fan of really obvious fake-weathered things, but I like the rustic vibe of some farmhouse style. Check out these awesome Etsy finds for some pretty awesome farmhouse decor. I’m totally going to try to DIY some of these, or maybe even splurge on a few of them!

I love this rustic chalkboard calendar. I’m a big fan of the chalkboard look, as you may know.

There’s also this beautiful giant clock! I think I might be able to make one of these myself with this tutorial by Gather & Flourish.

I made a similar doily rug to this one for my bathroom, but I improvised a lot with on the pattern, so this way you actually have a pattern if you want to make one yourself. Here’s mine:

Beautiful doily rug made from recycled t-shirt yarn created by craft evangelist

I made this bathmat out of recycled t-shirts!

The same person who designed the doily rug pattern also created a pattern for these lovely crocheted baskets, which I think are absolutely adorable and fit in so well with farmhouse style decor or any decor, really! So sweet!

I’m sure I’ll have some other great farmhouse decor finds for you, since it’s really trendy right now and I’m just getting started with my ideas. You can check out my Farmhouse Style Pinterest Board for more Farmhouse Style inspiration!

This farmhouse style chalkboard calendar would look so great in our family organization hub! I love the chalkboard idea... start fresh each month! Gorgeous clock! This handcrafted farmhouse style clock will add a country feel to whatever room you hang it in. It's made of re-purposed pallet wood with hand painted numbers. The wood is a dark Brazilian rosewood (has a slight tint of red) stain with white numbers & hands.Beautiful crocheted rug pattern. These doily rugs look so cute! Love them! Make it yourself!Gorgeous chevron crochet basket pattern! Love it in this subtle white! Lovely handmade decor storage option! Sweet fruit basket idea!

Ying Yang Dish

There are always so many great crochet patterns you can find on Etsy. This one is stunning. I can’t wait to try it out sometime! I think it would make such a lovely gift for a friend; it would look great on a dressing table to hold jewelry!

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Look at this stunning crochet pattern for this little Ying Yang Jewelry dish! So pretty and delicate! I think it would make a lovely handmade gift idea for Mother’s Day!

Gorgeous crochet pattern for this unique ying yang jewelry dish, found by craft evangelist

Click here to get the PDF pattern download. It’s always nice having a downloadable pattern to print and read while you crochet. Nice to take with you anywhere and make notes on some real paper. As handy as the internet is, sometimes it’s nice to have some old-fashioned paper to reference and write on!

I love these gorgeous yin yang jewelry dishes and now I can crochet one myself! Here's a great, detailed pattern for these intricately designed decorative crochet bowls! Great find by craft evangelist!

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DIY Growth Chart

This is a great idea to make your own growth chart for the kids! I love that you can take this with you when you move! I made one like this for my kids & it’s great! Everyone loves to measure themselves!

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