Sunday, May 08, 2011

DIY Project Parade - Outdoor Decorating

Happy Mother's Day! 

I thought a long time about what to get my mom this year.  I decided to make her two outdoor signs.

My mom's home is the gathering place for summer parties and family get-togethers.  She has a swimming pool and patio with outdoor chairs, bar and dining area. It's right off the basement equipped with everything needed for entertaining (a bar, lots of seating, pool table, etc).  To redirect guests to the back yard, she tacks a handwritten note on the front door to "go around back".  

I made her a sign to lead the way for guests so she doesn't have a tape a note to the front door anymore.   Materials:  a wooden arrow sign, Deco Art Patio Paint, vinyl as stencil and Polycrilic sealer.  

Turn the sign, and it's a welcome to the front door when a pool party isn't going on...

Last year she bought this outdoor fabric:

and over the winter, I sewed new cushion covers for her bar stools and gave her swing a new seat cover, armrests and canopy.  I have no desire to sew again any time soon!  Hardwork!

I used a piece of left over fabric, a wooden plaque, Deco Art Patio Paint and Decoupage to create a fun coordinating sign for her covered patio area. 

See the full tutorial at 
DIY Club

For her birthday...I'm thinking fun outdoor lighting might be in order.  Something like this would be perfect:

Shady Lady Outdoor Atmosphere Pendant

and these outdoor chairs around the fire pit would be perfect too...
Uwharrie Hatteras Chair


Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I'd LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!

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⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Those are awesome gifts and I bet your Mom will love them. Enjoy the day! and thanks for hosting.

Two Shades of Pink said...
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Two Shades of Pink said...

Oops. Deleted my comment. :) Just wanted you to know how incredibly thoughtful these gifts are for your mom and I hope you can tell us what she thinks of them! Such great ideas!

Jenn said...

Your signs are awesome Roeshel! What a wonderful gift! Hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day! :)

Jennifer said...

What a thoughtful gift...I love it!

Blue Velvet Chair said...

Hi Roeshel - I'm back to party this week at #45. It's actually a continuation of a previous hubcap tutorial I had a couple of weeks the wall has bloomed!
Love your Mother's Day signs!

Lindsay said...

Very cute! Homemade gifts are the best in my opinion :)

Delighted Momma

laxsupermom said...

Love that pool party sign! I definitely need to make one for our house. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

Mary Ellen said...

So glad I can finally show off my guest room.

Thank you for letting me show it off~

bee blessed
mary said...

thanks roeshel for the opportunity to post projects and check out new ones! love it!

NYCLQ said...

LOVE the colors and look of the STONE Saloon & Lagoon plaque Roeshel!!! I'm sure they loved their special gifts made with love... Hope you enJOYed a wonderful Mother's day weekend! Thanks for hosting anther great party filled with more great tips and shared projects!

:D Lynda

Life in Rehab said...

I found fantastic outdoor lighting at IKEA- nylon Chinese lanterns that were solar powered. They look very festive in our backyard.

Katie said...

SO many great projects to check out this week!

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