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Create Your Own Holiday Deer Head Graphic T-Shirt — DIY Project

Here is Gabrielle wearing the deer t-shirt. Easy DIY holiday gift idea!

Okay, I’ll admit I started with Bigfoot, then I decided not everyone is a huge Bigfoot Fan (not sure why, but true) so then I decided my friend’s would love deer shirts for the holidays. So here is an easy DIY T-shirt project you make can make for your friends and family. Make a deer, a snowman, a turtle, bigfoot…whatever your heart desires! (Maybe even a heart!)  Enjoy! Joanne

Here is Gabrielle wearing the deer t-shirt. Easy DIY holiday gift idea!

Here is Gabrielle wearing the deer t-shirt. Easy DIY holiday gift idea!

DIY Deer Head T-Shirt Joanne Palmisano

Using self-adhesive drawer lining paper (mine happens to be polka dotted), I printed out a picture of a deer head and then cut it out. Then I outlined it on my drawing lining paper. Then I cut that out. Phew!

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If you want — you can use a tiny bit of photo adhesive to keep the paper deer head from moving on the liner paper while you outline it with a pen. Up to you!

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Okay! So here is the deer head cut out on the self-adhesive drawer lining paper.

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Now, I’ll get the t-shirt ready. Note about the t-shirt. I went to Goodwill bought a bunch — washed them all. Then I found out that some take the bleach and some don’t. So pick t-shirts that have mostly cotton in them — that will up your odds to making this a success. Then add some cardboard inside the t-shirt so when you spray it — the bleach does not go through the back. Make sure to do this in a protected area (wearing work clothes).

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Now take off the protective backing from the deer head — and adhere it to the t-shirt.

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Make sure it is straight and centered before you press it down — if not, lift it back up and do it again. Then press all the sides down firmly.

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I added bleach to an old spray bottle. I like the misting type bottles. As you can see, some t-shirts turn colors right away and others will take about 10 minutes. Go light on the spray-just a few spritzes — you can always add more later.

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Let them dry for a while, then pull up the adhesive. If you are careful, you’ll be able to use it again and again.

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Once done, wash them in cold water and dry them. DO NOT WASH THEM with anything else — just together. Make sure not to get the bleach on anything before they have been washed and dried. Every t-shirt will bleach differently. Some will bleach white, red, or off-white…totally depending. So make a bunch. Have fun!

I’d love to see what you make. Send picture to my facebook page!


T-shirt DIY by Joanne Palmisano

Feel free to link HERE! :)






12 Holiday DIY Décor Ideas From Your Basement & Garage

Sometimes you don’t have to go any further than a closet, basement or garage to create some new and interesting holiday décor or gift ideas! Here are 12 decorating and gift items I made from stuff around the house! Take about BUDGET FRIENDLY!  Enjoy! Joanne

old staircase spindle ornaments copy

Here are some old stair spindles I had in the basement. I cut them and pulled some berries from a fake fall wreath. Instant Christmas tree ornaments.

Holiday dishtowels always get pulled out each year. This year, I tea dyed a couple and added some vintage ribbon I had in my sewing kit. I gathered the top a little, sewed the ribbon across it and created an instant apron.

silver and green wreath

Fake greenery and left over holiday décor — plus some plumbing handles I found in the garage. Glued them all on a wooden wreath (can use cardboard circle) and voilà — Christmas wreath for your front door.

Holiday DIY by Joanne Palmisano

You know the plastic and ceramic colorful figurines, Santa’s, angels, snowmen, that sit in the bottom of your holiday bin? Get your silver and gold spray paint out — glue on a hanger (I used some left over craft bells) and more tree ornaments.

Wreath Christmas MISFIT TRINKETS

This is what I call the bottom of the holiday bin wreath. Seriously! I pulled all my Christmas bins out and grabbed all the broken ornaments, scraps of ribbon, pieces of fake berries and even a holiday necklace (the hanger) and created the WREATH of MISFIT TRINKETS…which hangs on the door on the island of MISFIT TOYS. :)

For all your coastal lovers — who doesn’t have a box or two full of shells you collected? Well, I just cut out a cardboard shape of a seahorse and glued on shells. A fun gift DIY for the cottage owner or beach lover on your list.

metal holiday ornaments joanne palmisano

We had even more plumbing handles in the garage. Add some ribbon, spray them and a little glitter and these become industrial style holiday décor.

Holiday DIY table setting place holders

This is really scrounging around the basement. More holiday figurines, some wine corks and left over tile from a project. Create some table setting name place holders.

table runner holiday

Dozens of mismatched glassware, jars and vases — not to mention a garland of fake greenery pulled apart and a old scarf and I’ve created an instant holiday table runner.

Holiday Mailbox DIY Joanne Palmisano

What to do with that old metal mailbox? Create a holiday card holder! Paint the whole thing white, then using painters tape and some gold spray and you have instant stripes! Letters to Santa is another way to use it!

chalk paint holiday DIY coasters Joanne Palmisano

Scrap lumber cut into coaster size, then add some chalk paint and draw on some fun holiday shapes! These make great holiday DIY gift ideas as well.

Holiday wool pillow DIY joanne palmisano

And old wool blanket, a left over pillow and a piece of a moth eaten hunter’s jacket (washed first, of course). I just hand stitched the pieces of wool together to give it a rough edge look! Instant holiday pillow with a hunter plain stocking on the front! Ta Da!

costume jewlery upcycled into christmas tree ornaments by Joanne Palmisano

Here are 19 MORE Inexpensive, rustic holiday ideas DIY’s I made for DIY NETWORK!

Special Holiday Offer on Salvage Books

BEST BOOK DEAL EVER! The Publisher (W.W. Norton) is offer a holiday special- 40% off when you buy both books. Use code…HOLIDAYSS…at the checkout! Get this great deal while it lasts!  Thanks.  Happy Holidays! Joanne

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Ideas by Joanne Palmisano


Nature’s DIY Ornament, Acorn Hearts with Red Ribbon, Weekend Project

Perfect timing! It’s Friday and if you want to get out into the woods this weekend and pick up some acorns, pinecones and twigs to make some holiday décor here is an easy DIY you can make with the acorn caps.  (Plus, 19 more DIY’s below!)  Have fun! JoanneAcorn Heart Ornament by Joanne Palmisano

First, find some eager souls to join you in the woods to find the acorns. Bring the large dog that looks like a bear…that’ll keep folks away. Thanks to my sister, Julie and my daughter, Gabrielle, we collected a ton of acorn caps.

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I washed and dried all my acorn caps but that’s optional. Look how many we got!

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I used an old cutting board (to drill into), a drill with a small bit, wire cutters, and some galvanized steel wire-easily found in the picture hanging section of the hardware store.

Then slowly I drilled a hole in each of the acorn caps — which took the patience of a Jedi! Drill close to the center. Then string on the wire, changing which direction they face sporadically. (Of course, you don’t have to make as many as I did.)

Twist the ends of the wire together with the wire cutter pliers and tuck it under the end of the heart. Then form the heart with your hands — the wire is very malleable. Then get some old ribbon (I cut my in half) and hang near the top of the heart and tie.


I also made an extra large one to sit on top of my extra large vintage dictionary. You probably can’t see it but the page is opened to LOVE — I know — corny. :) It’s like a folk art piece. I used cooper wire on this one.

WANT TO SEE MORE HOLIDAY DIYs? I just finished a bunch for DIY NETWORK.

costume jewlery upcycled into christmas tree ornaments by Joanne Palmisano

Here is just one of the 19 Rustic, Inexpensive, Holiday DIY’s I did for DIY NETWORK. Check them out here.



DIY Holiday Gift- Make Your Own Stone Cheese Platters


Here are the finished products-soapstone and marble cheese platters. Great holiday gift idea!

How much fun am I having making holiday DIY gift giving crafts with my husband and daughter! Rarely can I get them to work with me on my DIY’s but this time Steve suggested it! Say what! “I’m sorry… did you say you wanted to make DIY cheese platters for gifts for our family and friends?” Well, not only are we making those but we’re putting together some fun crafts for his company’s holiday craft fair sale. Our table is going to rock with vintage signs made by Gabrielle, stone cheese platters and trivets by Steve and I and of course some fun wooden coaster made by me!  So get creative with your family this Thanksgiving weekend!

Here is the pile of left-over, scrap stone pieces we had. We had the soapstone left over from our kitchen counters and the scrap marble pieces I picked up at my local stone yard — they always have scraps in the back.

Steve rented a wet tile saw from Home Depot. We have a small one but the stone was pretty thick so we decided a heavy duty one would be better. Don’t me intimidated by this saw — it is pretty easy to use. Lots of easy step by step instructions online and the hardware store will also give you some directions.

Using the guide on the tile saw, Steve lined up the stone and gently starts to cut the rough edge off. Some of the stone pieces we had only needed one side to be straightened out.

As you can see Safety comes first! Look how handsome he is! A couple that crafts together, stays together :)

So here is the pile of stone pieces after they have been cut. Now it is time to soften the edges.

Using a wet sanding block specifically for tile, running the water over it as you go, sand down the edges to give them a rounded feel. Scrap out the stone dust from the sink after — better it not go down the drain.

We used super slider feet for the bottom. And some seriously strong glue. Then I pressed them into the back — at the four corners.

I laid them all out on beach towels, with the bottom facing up, to make sure it dried completely before I added the feet. Once you put the feet on, use glue as well as the self-adhesive on the back of the feet. Then stack a piece of stone on top of it to ensure it adheres to the back. Let dry for a few hours before finishing it up.


After the feet were dry and I added mineral oil to the soapstone pieces, I added a cheese spreader and ribbon to the stone pieces.

Then I printed some fun pictures I took and made tags out of them by using food cardboard boxes and a glue stick.

Okay, so everyone now knows what they are getting for the holidays. Oh well, it doesn’t change the fact that these are made from our very own hands and they come from our hearts.

Soon, many more of my holiday diy/crafts are going to be LIVE on DIY NETWORK. Hope you follow the blog to make sure to see them!

Hugs, Joanne (and Steve)

P.S. I really hope you get a book or two for your favorite readers on your list. Here a few I recommend :)

Some holiday book ideas for the readers in your family. Chefs, cooks, designers and DIYers will love these books!


19 Halloween Décor, DIYs, Ideas…Simple, Easy and Affordable!

Halloween Projects

I love Halloween…I’m not sure if it’s the crisp fall weather, the smell of the leaves on the ground, or the opportunity to scare little wee ones who come to the door looking for a treat. So of course, I go a little crazy with DIY decorating projects-some scary and some not so scary. Here are 19 simple, easy projects you can create yourself. Some of them I have created for DIY NETWORK, so I’ll link them to their HOW-TO step by steps and some I just made for this Halloween and are so simple, just looking at the picture, you’ll know what to do!  Happy Halloween!

My scariest wishes, Joanne

Want a glamorous Halloween party — look no further than this silver lighted pumpkin topiary… Photo by Susan Teare, Project by Joanne Palmisano for DIY NETWORK


Perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving — the pumpkin topiary with natural looking white pumpkins, is perfect for a fall harvest fronth porch display.

30 minutes…black paint and a carpet remnant and you have created a spooky Halloween welcome mate. Photography by Susan Teare. Project by Joanne Palmisano for DIY NETWORK.

Your very own creepy simple and kid friendly! DIY NETWORK project. Click the picture for the step by step.

Halloween Walkway Laterns from old Picture Frames for DIY NETWORK made by Joanne Palmisano Salvage Secrets Photo by Susan Teare

This is still one of my favorite Halloween projects I’ve made for DIY NETWORK. What a great way to light up your walkway for the trick or treaters…old picture frames, vintage prints and some candles. See the step by step. Lanterns.

Have only a few minutes before your Halloween party guests arrive? Grab an old frame, some yarn, spiders and voila — instant Welcome sign.

Make your own spooky Halloween bar for DIY NETWORK made by Joanne Palmisano, Salvage Secrets Design, Photo by Susan Teare

YUP!! Love making Halloween bars—especially ones that serve TRUTH SERUM!!

This pumpkin topiary might give you the shivers! It looks like a three story spider condo with the momma spider ready to pounce!

Retro Cheveron Pattern Pumpkin Topiary for DIY NETWORK made by Joanne Palmisano Salvage Secrets Photo Susan Teare

Get retro for Halloween — this painted pumpkin topiary — is fun and easy to create!

Design by Joanne Palmisano for DIY NETWORK. For Halloween turn your house into a scary inn with this sign!

I made this fun Halloween mirror with spiders with my nieces…great project with kids. Click picture for an older blog post on the step by step.

Faux Pumpkin Bonfire…a must for any Halloween or Fall Harvest Party! Joanne Palmisano for DIY NETWORK

halloween yarn wrapped recycled bottles joanne palmisano salvage secrets design

I can’t just sit around — so I found some old bottles and jars, and used some left over yarn and created this Halloween table display décor pieces. Bring as a gift to a party or line the center of the table with them! Hot glue and some time is all you need!


Floral Pumpkin Topiary — made with coffee filters… Halloween and Fall Entrance Way display.

Vine Wreath made simple — paint it black — add some spiders!! I loved making this project. So simple. Start with a floral wooden wreath form. By Joanne Palmisano

Halloween Creepy Family Picture by Joanne Palmisano

Printed out a vintage family picture — added some moss and a spider — instant scary family tree! By Joanne Palmisano

Halloween Dream (or Nightmare) Catcher by Joanne Palmisano of Salvage Secrets Design Photo by Joanne Palmisano

Nightmare Catcher!! Old bicycle rim, black and orange yarn and a vintage dollie painted place. Strips of fabric and voila — Halloween wall décor done! By Joanne Palmisano

Halloween Dream Catcher by Joanne Palmisano Salvage Secrets Design

Halloween Dream Catcher by Joanne Palmisano

skeleton vase by joanne palmisano

Spooky Skeleton Vase — You can add flowers or a battery candle — just use skeleton cocktail napkins and some decoupage glue! (Make sure to pull the layers of napkin apart first) By Joanne Palmisano

Left over plywood, screws and some orange yarn — that’s it. This skeleton wall hanging is sure to create a fright! By Joanne Palmisano

Most important! HAVE FUN!!




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