Decorative Knob Gallery Wall

Who said knobs are just for dressers, drawers, and cabinet doors?  For me, knobs became the perfect design element to help display four of my favorite wedding photos.

I had the perfect vision for a gallery wall – white slightly distressed frames, ropes, and black and white photography.  The idea looked perfect in my head but when I finally hung the frames, all I could focus on was the screws used to hang the rope on.  I even painted the screws the color of the wall to blend in but I could still only focus on was the screws.

That same week, I was browsing around one of my favorite local design stores call HD Marigold in Towson, MD and saw a bowl filled with various knobs.  I did not go into the store looking of a solution for the gallery wall but once laid my eyes on those knobs, I knew instantly they were the perfect accessories to complete my vision.  I love when that happens!

Do you want achieve a similar look?  All you need is a few supplies!

Supplies: 

  • Frames
  • Knobs
    • if the knobs do not come with screws attached, you can pick up metal headless fasteners (also known as a Dowel Screw) at a hardware store
    • Bolts
  • Manila Twist Rope – Natural
  • Steel Staples
  • Staple Gun (or hammer to nail rope to back of frame)
  • Single Hole Clasp D Ring Hangers with screws
  • Optional: Drywall Anchors

 

Steps:

  1. Measure rope to desired length and cut
  2. Carefully remove glass from the frame, turn frame over and measure/mark location for the Single Hole Clasp D Ring Hangers
  3. Screw in two ring hangers on back of frame on opposite sides
  4. Thread twisted rope through the ring holders and carefully secure to frame with the steels staples
  5. Place glass back in frame and insert photography
  6. Measure location on wall where you want the frames to hang
  7. Screw knobs onto the dowel screws and secure with bolt
  8. Drill hole into wall and insert knobs
    • Depending on how heavy the frame is and if you are hanging frame directly over the cavity section of the wall, use drywall anchors to create additional support
  9. Hang frames and you’re done!

As Always, Live Creatively – Xoxo Joyce

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Reviving Light Into Your Forgotten Candles

We all do it, even the most organized amongst us. We have an item (or a few) we have not or barely used that we save for the “just in case I might need it” situations. For me, it’s six white candles purchased in 2011 that were used once in October of 2012 during a power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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I’ve moved five times (for career opportunities) since I purchased these once used candles and yet they are still with me.  I only recently came across them while I was packing to move and I thought to myself “maybe I will find a place for them in the new home”.   But if I am being honest, I know they will just end up in a storage box again.  So I knew it was time to repurpose them from plain old candles into something new!

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First, I took a trip to Dollar Tree and picked up a few $1 glass bowls.

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Then I made a quick stop at Target for laundry detergent but passed their crafting section and you know how that goes.  It is nearly impossible to leave Target with only the items you thought you came for but it was a win-win because I was able to pick up the supplies I needed.

Supplies:

  • Glitter – Got extra glitter for future projects because who doesn’t need extra glitter?!
  • Mod Podge glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Brushes 
  • Acrylic clear sealing spray (already had this at home)
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Not Pictured: Acrylic Clear Sealing Spray

Now it was time to start!

Glitter Glass Bowl Instructions:

  1. Wash off glass bowls and use painter’s tape to mask off areas that should not be glittered.
  2. Use foam brushes to apply Mod Pudge glue to bowl.  Be sure to apply an even coat of glue to avoid clumping. 
  3. Sprinkle glitter onto the glued area (Tip: put a container under where you will be sprinkling the glitter to save any excess).
  4. Once applied, use bristle brush to lightly pat glitter into the glue.  Add additional glitter if needed.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Once dry, spray with Acrylic clear sealing spray. Let dry again. 

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Wax Candle Instructions: 

  1. Clean off candles you are going to melt down.If you do not have any old candles, you can always purchase packs of candles at Dollar Tree.
  2. Use a Double Boiler to melt wax.I didn’t have a double boiler so I used one pan and one pot to make my own and it worked perfectly!  Add water to the pan and insert the pot – bring water to a boil.  
  3. Add candles to the pot to melt.I added the candles one at at time.
    • Be sure to carefully remove the wick and place aside to be used later for the new DIY candles.
    • As the wax melts, the color might change but do not worry. As the wax dries it will return back to the original color.
  4. Cut wick to desired length and place the wick in the glass bowl.  Center it as best you can and secure in place with a spoon (or similar item).
  5. Once melted, carefully pour wax into glass bowls.I used a glass measuring cup.
  6. Optional Step – Add drops of your favorite essential oil scent.I used Lavender from Young Living – approximately 20 drops in each bowl.
  7. Let Dry then Enjoy your new Decor!

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As Always, Live Creatively – Xoxo Joyce