Little House of Four - Creating a beautiful home, one thrifty project at a time.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

How to Make Pumpkins Using Coffee Cup Sleeves

Create the perfect natural pumpkin using cardboard coffee cup sleeves!


I can't tell you how many mornings I rush out of the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand.  I have all intentions of drinking it hot, but by the time I let the dog out, get her in the crate and get the kids packed up and out the door my coffee is cold.  Who can relate?

I make my coffee in to-go cups (because I'm too lazy to wash out mugs, ha) and never end up using the cardboard coffee sleeves that come with the cups and lids.  Who needs them anyway when your coffee is never hot?  I was getting ready to throw all the extra sleeves in the recycling bin when I got an idea, pumpkins!  Don't you love when inspiration strikes out of nowhere?

diy pumpkins, fall, cardboard pumpkin
You've seen the mason jar lid pumpkins before, right?  These little cardboard sleeves were perfect for getting a similar look and they were absolutely free for me to make. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

How to Get the Modern Farmhouse (with a touch of Industrial) Look!


I always have a hard time defining my style, but if I had to put a name on it I'd say it's a bit modern, a little farmhouse and a touch industrial.   I prefer to mix styles and think it's the best way to express your individual personality and make your home unique.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with mixing modern brass fixtures with vintage inspired tile or pairing thrifted furniture with shiny new pieces.   What matters is that you create a home that you love and that is true to your own individual style.

Modern farmhouse entryway, modern farmhouse

Our house is in no way shape or form a "farmhouse."  You won't find any chippy painted furniture, burlap table runners or cow prints on the wall.  It is however, a traditional rancher that was built in 1978 that lacked some serious updating.  When we moved in over 12 years ago it was still rockin' much of its original 70's charm.  From ceiling fans with floral globes to original moldings, wallpaper and light fixtures, our house was definetely dated and in need of some much needed love. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How to turn Dollar Tree art into an easy farmhouse tray


What's better than an easy Dollar Tree makeover?  A Dollar Tree makeover that only takes 3 steps to complete!  


I know I usually post my Dollar Store DIY projects on the first Monday of the month, but this month you're getting two projects instead of one.  I'm just going to assume you don't mind.   Last week, I shared how to transform a clear Dollar tree vase and this week is all about making an easy farmhouse tray. 

Dollar tree, farmhouse decor, dollar tree makeover

I kind of went on a little Dollar Tree binge recently and ended up coming home with quite a few items.  I was too excited to let them sit, so I whipped out a couple craft supplies and got to work.  


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Beautiful Decor and Inspiration from Hobby Lobby


If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that my hubby took the kids away for the weekend and Ellie and I had the house to ourselves.  I spent the weekend eating ice cream, binge watching The Following  (have you seen it?  It is SO good!), redecorating, crafting and shopping at one of my favorite stores, Hobby Lobby.  It's a dangerous place to be when you don't have kids hurrying you through the store. 

If you haven't been to Hobby Lobby or don't have one close by, you are seriously missing out.  It's a decorators and crafters dream store all in one.  Seriously, this place is amazing! 

Decor from Hobby Lobby, Farmhouse Decor, Farmhouse, Hobby Lobby
I did a little damage and bought a few new decor pieces and materials for some upcoming projects.  I couldn't help it, items just kind of jumped off the shelves and into my cart.  Don't you hate when that happens?  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

12 Affordable Projects For The Perfect Farmhouse Look


Do you love farmhouse style?  Do you love affordable and thrifty projects?  If so, you'll love these twelve affordable and easy farmhouse projects!  

12 affordable farmhouse projects, farmhouse, DIY, Decor
It doesn't matter what skill level you are or what tools you own.  Creating a beautiful home doesn't have to be expensive or take a lot of time and effort.  These beautiful projects and ideas are easy, affordable and will give your home the perfect touch of farmhouse style. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Easy Black and White Dollar Tree Succulent vase




Happy Monday!  So, I totally goofed and planned my Dollar Store DIY makeover for today, but it's really not the first Monday of the month.  Whoops!  If you are new to my Dollar Store DIY series, I share a Dollar Store upcycle the first Monday of every month.  (If you wanna play catch up you can find all my past projects here.)  This month, it looks like you're getting a Dollar Store makeover a week early :) 

Modern Dollar Tree vase makeover

For this month's project, I took inspiration from my friend Leigh Ann from Houseologie (and her beautiful tea pot makeover) and updated a clear Dollar Tree vase into a fun succulent planter.  The best part is, if you are a regular DIY'er you should have all the supplies needed for this project right at home.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

12 of The Best Plug In Wall Sconces (no electric required!)



The other day I shared the progress I've made on our master bedroom makeover, which included new plug in wall sconces.  I've always loved the look of wall sconces, but the thought of hardwiring lights seemed a bit too daunting.  We (ahem, my husband) has changed many light fixtures in our home, but I would be pressing my luck if I asked him to move or add electrical.  So with a strong desire for sconce lighting in our bedroom, I set out in search of the best PLUG IN wall sconces.

the best plug in wall sconces, wall sconces, lighting
I was really torn between brass and oil rubbed bronze for our bedroom, but ended up settling on these bronze beauties.  I snagged them during a sale, but they are still a great deal even at full price.