Ahhh, the long days of summer are here.  I absolutely love the warm sun on my skin, outdoor play and water activities.  Really, I love everything about the summer months.

I’m so excited to have teamed up with some fun ladies to share a few summer DIY ideas!  We are just dipping our toes into summer right now, so it’s the perfect time to add some summer style to your home.

9 Creative Summer Ideas to bring summer decor home! Some great DIY home decor ideas to check out!


I chose to do a Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece with a burlap + lace table runner.  Can you believe I chose farmhouse style??  I know, y’all are shocked 😉

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

My favorite part about the centerpiece (aside from how pretty it is!!) is that it can be easily moved.  I don’t know about you guys but I have little hands eating at my table that will instantly destroy anything within reach.

I mean I’m talking record speed destruction here.

I can pick this centerpiece up, burlap + lace runner included, and either slide it back out of destroyer reach or completely move it off the table for, say, spaghetti night 🙂  Mama win!!

The container itself I picked up at Michaels.  It was originally priced at $16.99, which I didn’t think was too bad for 5 jars and wooden container, but I had a 40% off coupon, too!

Other supplies needed:

For burlap + lace runner, all you need is burlap and lace.  And scissors 🙂

I started by painting the wood with white chalk paint.  Take the jars out, first!

It doesn’t have to be perfect by any means.  You’re going to distress it next so the more texture and streaks, the better.

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Once it was dry, I used some medium sandpaper I had lying around to distress the wood.  I focused heavily on the edges and corners.  I also made sure to add some distressing to the top of the wood, since that would be the area most exposed.

 

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Once I was satisfied with how the wood looked, I started working on the glass jars.  Really, they could have stayed clear and been beautiful.  But, I wanted to add just a little color to the centerpiece without being too bold.

I started by adding some of the Brook colored vintage decor paint into the bottom of the first jar.  The paint was pretty thick so I added a little water.  {This step may vary depending on what type of paint you use}

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Using a super precise ridiculously messy procedure, I proceeded to swirl the paint around the inside of the jar, until all the sides were coated.  I then dumped the remaining paint into the next jar and continued on like this until all the jars were coated.

Look at my hands in that picture!! *face palm*

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

After everything was dry, I sorted through all my faux flowers to see which would look best.  Since, I knew I wanted it to look simple and farmhouse-style, I chose the same greenery I used to make my Simple Farmhouse Wreath and Simple Farmhouse Frame.  Apparently I like to make simple farmhouse projects….

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

I arranged into each jar:

  • 1 long green stem
  • 2 short green stems
  • 1 white flowery stem

Then, it was onto the lace and burlap runner.

Being the craft supply hoarder that I am, I had burlap (from Michaels) in my stash.

I set it out on my table to see how big to cut it {this will be different depending on your table length}.  I ended up cutting right along two creases because I really didn’t want to have to iron it.  You guys, that’s so embarrassing to admit right there.  True story, though 🙂

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

I also have two GIGANTIC lace curtains I got from my SIL.  Can you tell I have a problem yet??  I may actually be a craft hoarder.

I laid them out over the cut section of burlap and (since they weren’t wrinkled) cut a section that I thought had a nice pattern.  I just eyeballed the measurements, cutting the lace about 1/2 inch more narrow on each side as compared to the burlap.

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

I wanted the ends of the burlap to be torn and look more rustic.  Burlap actually is made up of all these little fibers woven together.  So, if you pull a fiber at the end, you can pull it the whole length of the runner, leaving a nice frayed edge.

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Once I pulled about 3 fibers out on each side and frayed the ends, I used the scissors to just polish it up a bit.  There were some parts that weren’t even and I tried to make it as straight as possible.

And, that’s it!  I love how it turned out!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

I think lace and burlap look so beautiful together.  The contrast of the elegant lace against a more rugged looking burlap is a match made in craft heaven.

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

I thought about adding some additional decor elements to the tablescape.  But, I wanted it to be truly simple.

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece. This is so pretty and an easy DIY to add farmhouse style and fixer upper style to your home. Summer DIY decor project plus links to other great summer DIY decor projects!

I hope you guys love it as much as I do.  I feel like it adds the perfect summer touch to the table.


You guys HAVE to check out what these other amazing ladies made.  There are so many creative summer ideas and these ladies are simply the sweetest.

9 Creative Summer Ideas to bring summer decor home! Some great DIY home decor ideas to check out!

 

9 Creative Summer Ideas

{from left to right, top to bottom}

Summer Matching Game – Free Printable // Wellies and Lemonade

Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece // Making Joy and Pretty Things

Summer Mantle Inspiration // Sunshine and Munchkins

Summer Coffee Table Styling // Flourishing at Home

DIY Summer Wreath // Checking in with Chelsea

Front Porch Summer Decor // Restyle It Wright

Farmhouse Style Summer Tablescape // Craftivity Designs

Summer Tray Makeover // North Country Nest

Summer Entertaining Tablescape // W. Collective

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16 Comments

  1. zan

    Sarah, this is really pretty and definitely can be used for any season. I mean, how frugal would that be?! I think the price for the jars are reasonable – I love finding great deals like this at Michael’s and other related stores. Adding paint and putting your own personal touch on it was such a great idea!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks, Zan!! I love finding pieces at Michaels that can easily be updated to make them your own. I didn’t even think about using it for multiple seasons, great idea!

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  2. Kristi

    SO, SO cute Sarah! And that sign on your wall is adorable!!!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks, Kristi!! That sign was actually my first DIY project I made a few years ago that made me realize I love to DIY. It’s actually been moved to our bedroom since I snapped these photos, since that is where the barnwood shelves went!!

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  3. Lora

    I love the combination of lace & burlap. Elegance with rustic 🙂 I love the way you updated the centerpiece, the white paint paired with green sprigs of florals is a natural and pretty choice.

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  4. colette @ restyle it wright

    Looks great Sarah! I love finding new ways to use old things like those curtains you had on hand! Adding the paint to the vases was genius and really achieved that farmhouse look.

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks, Colette!! I have 2 giant bags filled with old lace curtains from my SIL so I’m still trying to figure out where to put them all. This seemed like the perfect place for them 🙂

      Reply
  5. Kelly

    This is such a cute idea and I cannot wait to try it out! I love the painted milk glasses and the rustic plant holder. Nice work!
    Best,
    Kelly

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  6. alina

    I love that lace! The bottles turned out so well. Sometimes it’s difficult to picture how to do a pretty diy with stuff that you might have around the house already until you see something like this and really boosts your inspiration.

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  7. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    This is so pretty! I love simple projects that make a statement! I am definitely going to have to try painting some bottles or jars soon (I have about a million Mason jars, no lie). Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Chelsea Wolf

    I don’t understand anyone who buys something at Michael’s without a coupon! They make it too easy! And I totally get kiddos being lightning-fast at the dinner table. How can someone so tiny be so fast?! Love this idea and since I, too, am a crafting hoarder, I have some leftover burlap that I just might use to create something like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks Chelsea! Yes, Michaels makes it all too easy to both spend more money but save at the same time. I’m glad I know another craft hoarder 😉

      Reply

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