Painted Shoebox Wall Decor

Designer: Halsey Bishop

Rescue shoebox lids from the recycling bin and transform them into painted chevron wall art.


  • Assorted shoebox lids
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • White spray primer (such as Krylon Color Master Primer)
  • Transfer paper
  • Semigloss spray paint: white and desired colors (such as Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paint)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chevron pattern

1. Working in a well-ventilated area, cover your work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth. Lay the shoebox lids on the surface, and spray the top and sides of each lid with primer; let dry.

2. Enlarge the pattern, onto white paper. Lay transfer paper over the primed shoebox lid and place the pattern on top. Using a pencil, trace the outlines of the chevrons to transfer the lines onto the top of the shoebox lid. If needed, reposition the pattern to make chevrons wider or to add rows of chevrons. Continue marking chevrons until entire shoebox lid is filled with a chevron pattern.

3. Place strips of painter’s tape in areas you wish to remain white.

4. Spray shoebox lid and sides with desired color of spray paint. Let dry. Peel off painter’s tape.


Hanging Herb Garden

Designer: Anna Marino

Up to 12 herbs can grow in this clever hanging planter.


  • 47×50″ piece of chalkboard fabric
  • 2—35×38″ pieces of landscape fabric
  • Tape: masking or duct
  • Heavy-duty sewing thread: black
  • Heavy-duty sewing machine needle
  • Crafts knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal straightedge
  • 112“-diameter dowel 50” long
  • Chalk
  • Herb starter plants


1. Lay chalkboard fabric right side up on work surface with 47″ sides at top and bottom.

2. Referring to the Fabric Marking Diagram, measure 612” from the top edge of the fabric. Using a pencil, mark an A line across the width of the fabric.

3. Measure 512” in from each side edge and mark D lines along the length of the fabric.

4. Measure 5″ down from the A line and mark a B line across the fabric from D line to D line.

5. Measure 512” above bottom edge of the fabric and mark a C line across the fabric from D line to D line.

6. Measure 11″ below the B line, and mark an E line from D line to D line. Measure and mark another E line 11″ below the first E line.

7. Measure 9″ from a D line and mark a vertical F line from B line to C line. Measure and mark two more F lines so all are 9″ apart, making a grid of 12 rectangles.


1. Referring to Diagram 1, measure 5″ from the top of each grid rectangle and mark a 6×1″ rectangle in the center (112” from D Line and F Line). Repeat for each rectangle.

2. Turn fabric over with right side facedown. Measure 412” from the bottom edge and mark a line across the width of the fabric.

3. Referring to Diagram 2, lay one piece of landscape fabric on the wrong side of the chalkboard fabric with a 38″ edge of the landscape fabric centered along the marked line. There should be 4″ space between chalkboard fabric and landscape fabric edges along each side. Tape all landscape fabric edges to wrong side of chalkboard fabric.

4. Turn chalkboard fabric over with right side up. To secure layers, stitch on marked 6×1″ rectangle through both fabric layers in each of the 12 grid rectangles (Diagram 3).

5. Place layered piece with chalkboard fabric right side up on cutting mat. Using a crafts knife and a straightedge, cut through center of a stitched 6×1″ rectangle as shown in Diagram 4, angling cuts to each corner of stitching; cut right up to, but not through, the stitching. Repeat in each grid rectangle.


6. Referring to Diagram 5, fold under the cut edges inside each 6×1″ rectangle to make an opening. Topstitch around each opening through both fabric layers. Repeat for all 12 grid rectangles.


7. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Repeat Step 3, positioning the second piece of landscape fabric on top of the first.

8. Turn layered piece over with chalkboard fabric side up. Stitch along all D and F lines; then stitch all B, E, and C lines to complete grid.

9. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Turn and sew a 12” hem along each side edge. Sew a 1″ hem along bottom edge.

10. On wrong side of chalkboard fabric, measure and mark 612” from top edge (same as A line on front). Fold top fabric edge down to A line. Sew edge in place to create a hanging sleeve.

11. Insert dowel into hanging sleeve. Label each grid pocket using chalk. Insert herbs starter plants into grid slits. Embellish with chalk lettering as desired.

Beaded Snowflake Wall Art

snowflake-patternsDesigner: Jann Williams

You’ll get a flurry of compliments when you make these beaded snowflake beauties.

Materials for Midnight Snowflakes:

  • 12″ square of dark gray wool
  • 6″-diameter vintage metal embroidery hoop
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen
  • Caron Wildflowers embroidery thread: white
  • Embroidery floss: white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Bugle beads: silver
  • Beading needle
  • Snowflake pattern


1. Trace the pattern onto white paper. Lay a piece of transfer paper onto dark gray wool. Lay pattern on top of transfer paper in desired location. Using a stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen, carefully and firmly trace over design lines so design is transferred onto wool.

2. Insert embroidery in hoop, positioning design off center as shown in photo. Pull fabric taut. Stitch short in-and-out stitches, also known as stab stitches, on pattern lines.

3. Referring to photo, stitch silver bugle beads to each snowflake arm with a beading needle and one strand of white embroidery floss.

4. When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1⁄2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line.

5. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.

Materials for Up-Close Flurry:

  • 10″ square of light gray suiting fabric
  • 4″-diameter vintage metal embroidery hoop
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen
  • #8 perle cotton: white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Seed beads: silver and light blue
  • Beading needle
  • Snowflake pattern


1. Referring to Step 1 of Midnight Snowflakes, transfer design onto light gray suiting fabric.

2. Insert embroidery in hoop, centering design in opening. Stitch fly stitches using white perle cotton for each V shape shown on pattern.

3. Using a beading needle and one strand of white embroidery floss, stitch three silver seed beads to each snowflake arm end. Stitch a blue seed bead between every other fly stitch.

4. Referring to steps 4–5 of Midnight Snowflakes, finish back of embroidery.



Paper Christmas Tree Wall Decor


Designer: Sara Perez

Deck the walls with a tree that stars your paper scraps!


  • 12×15″ piece of watercolor paper (or size to fit your frame opening)
  • Frame (ours is 16×20″)
  • Heavyweight cardstock: pale green, mint, forest green, gold, silver glittered
  • Crafts glue
  • 78” star punch

1. Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into strips ranging from 114–112” wide for the tree branches. Cut a 112” square from gold cardstock for the trunk.

2. Glue the trunk to the center bottom of the watercolor paper. Cut one pale green strip to 812” long. Referring to the photo, position the strip horizontally approximately 112” above the bottom edge of the ivory cardstock background for the bottom tree branch, overlapping the trunk; glue in place.

3. Cut a forest green cardstock strip slightly shorter than the pale green strip from step 2. Referring to the photo, glue the strip above the pale green strip, placing it at a slight angle and overlapping the strips.

4. Continue adding strips in the same manner. Alternate shades of cardstock, and overlap strips at alternating angles until satisfied with height of tree.

5. Punch a star from glittered silver cardstock. Glue star to the top strip of tree.

6. Insert tree artwork into frame.

Festive Wall Decor

fallDesigner: Sarah Zimmerman

You’ll never be at a loss for words with this welcoming display, using yarn-wrapped chipboard letters to spell out a greeting!


  • 834“-tall papier-mâché letters: F, A, L, L
  • Yarn: moss green, oatmeal,
    brown, orange
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Burlap
  • Felt: gold, moss green, brown
  • Tapestry needle
  • Hemp twine
  • Wooden frame with 712×912” opening: orange
  • Leaf and acorn patterns

1. Wrap each papier-mâché letter with a color of yarn as desired, using a hot-glue gun to periodically secure the yarn as you wrap. Cover sides and ends of each letter by working outward from the center in a spiral.

2. Trace the leaf and acorn patterns under “Materials” onto white paper; cut out. Cut three leaves from moss green felt. Cut one leaf and one acorn nut from gold felt. Cut two leaves and one acorn cap from brown felt.

3. Use a running stitch and oatmeal yarn to stitch an outline approximately 14” from the edge of each felt leaf, acorn cap, and acorn nut. Hot-glue each leaf to burlap, spacing the shapes at least 12” apart; let dry. Cut around each leaf, leaving a 14” burlap border around each shape.

4. Hot-glue the acorn cap to the acorn nut, overlapping the pieces slightly.

5. Draw four 2″-diameter circles onto gold felt, leaving 12” between circles. Referring to how to make a felt rose, make four roses. Vary the tightness of the rolls to make bigger or smaller roses.

6. Hot-glue one rose and two leaves to the letter F. Hot-glue the acorn to the opening in the center of the letter A. Hot-glue one leaf and three roses to one L. Wrap hemp twine three times around the remaining letter L and tie the ends into a bow. Glue remaining three leaves below the bow.

7. Remove the backing from each frame and securely cover with burlap. Insert the backing back into the frame. Hot-glue a letter onto the burlap backing of each frame.