DIY Clothespin Magnets

by on Mar 26, 2012

I typically tend to take on big projects, with the bigger is better mentality. But lately, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the fine details that make a house a home. These darling little clothespin magnets do exactly that. And they couldn’t be easier.

Quite simply, paint the clothespin and then follow the directions below.

5. Glue the final quarter circle to the top of the flower.

You’re done!

Stick to refrigerator and display your favorite pictures.

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DIY Vintage Book Wreath

by on Mar 22, 2012

By now you all know that I’m pretty much obsessed with burlap and vintage books. I just love the natural look and feel of the materials. So when I saw this paper wreath on Pinterest, I knew without-a-doubt I’d be making it.

I love, love, love how it turned out. It’s big and fluffy and adds great texture to my living room walls.

Materials: Wreath-shaped base. I used a straw wreath for its natural materials, but a styrofoam base would work just fine.

Book pages – I used vintage for the weathered pages.

Glue gun – with several glue sticks.

Loosely fold book pages like a fan and then glue at the base.

Slightly fold the base of the page and glue to the back of the wreath, making your way around it.

Apply the next layer to the sides of the wreath. Repeat and cover.

Fill in all empty spaces. Don’t worry about making it perfect. Shorter and longer pages add character.

Add a hook to the back of the wreath.

Hang and enjoy its loveliness!

If you like this project, you might also like our heart garland or decoupaged wine glasses.

Happy crafting!

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Chevrons are all the rage, you know

by on Mar 20, 2012

If you follow design trends, you know that the chevron pattern is EVERYWHERE these days. It’s so in, it’s almost out. There’s something about its simplicity, it’s in-your-face “pattern-ness” that I just love though. I think my living room, which is ultra-traditional, could benefit from the contemporary shape.

Over the years I’ve dreamed up about a thousand DIY projects that either only exist in my mind or sit in varying degrees of completion (or incompletion) in my house. My husband hates it when I get a “new” idea. This one will be easy, I say…SUPER simple. But DIY projects and busy schedules seem to conflict. (And let’s face it, I’m just not that good at them.)

But a simple canvas with painted chevrons…that WOULD be super simple, right? All I need is a canvas, a stencil and some paint. And some time.

Right now I’m in the “dreaming of it” stage…I’ve tossed around all sorts of ideas for color combinations:


I’m kind of obsessed with rainbows right now, so maybe I could marry the two objectives … cool, but probably not for my monochromatic living room.

 

 

 


I like this…all one crazy color that you won’t find in my living room anywhere. But crazy color + crazy pattern might be too much. Kind of like a short skirt and high heels: choose one.

 

 

 

 

This is a pleasing combination of calm + energy. But something might be missing.

 

 

 

 

Maybe it’s an image? Like a bird? Hmm…maybe not.

 

 

 

Ah-HA! Love the slim font overlay. Now for the hard part…

 

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DIY Burlap Banner

by on Mar 13, 2012

I’ve combined two of my current craft faves – flag banners and burlap – to create the cutest ¬†burlap banner I have ever seen.

I love my fireplace, but I’ve struggled with the space above the nook. Leaving it bare is too much empty space, but a picture just wouldn’t work. So this is what I’ve come up with. Of course, all of my inspiration came from around the web, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Supplies:

Burlap

Jute Twine

Scissors

Hot Glue

Cardstock

Directions:

Using a straight edge, trace and cut a triangle out of cardstock. Use it as your pattern to make triangles out of the burlap. Cut out your desired number of triangles. Make two small slits at the top corners of each triangle. On the back of the burlap, secure edges with hot glue (burlap easily unravels, so hot glue holds everything in place). String twine through the slits and tie double knots after slipping through each slit. Hang and enjoy its loveliness.

Cut small slits at the top left and right corners of the triangle. Add a dab of hot clue to the edges of the slits to secure.

String the twine through the slits. Tie knots and then hang.

It's just darling!

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DIY Fabric Wrap Bracelets

by on Mar 6, 2012

Yet another discovery on Pinterest. I love this project, because its simple, inexpensive, and instantly transforms an old or unattractive bracelet.

I’ve had a couple of old plastic bracelets stuffed in the back of my jewelry armoire for years, so when I saw this project on Pinterest, it was kind of a no-brainer. I picked out some fabric and quickly made myself some new jewelry. Like really quickly. Quite simply cut your fabric in a long strip, glue the start of the fabric to the back of the bracelet, wrap, and then glue the end of the fabric to the back…and wah-lah.

Stacking bracelets is pretty trendy right now too, so I paired them with one of my wood bracelets. I love how they turned out. And don’t worry so much about fraying, because it just adds character.

Happy crafting!

Add a dab of glue to the fabric and then place on the back of the bracelet at an angle. Wrap, and then finish with a dab of glue.

They look great stacked upon one another.

 

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A Touch of Whimsy

by on Feb 28, 2012

Lately we’ve been loving scrapbook paper and its many uses. It’s hard to believe paper can come in so many beautiful colors and patterns, but it does indeed.

Several years ago, I inherited an old dingy bookshelf that needed to come to life. It was scratched and had water stains, so I sanded, primed and painted it black. But it needed something more. So I headed to the craft store for some ideas and stumbled upon scrapbook paper in the most darling whimsical patterns and colors. And since Mod Podge (a glue-like substance) and I are like best friends, I grabbed a foam brush and got to gluing.

I left it empty, so you could see how it turned out, but I love seeing it filled with books too.

Cut scrapbook paper to size, and then adhere with Mod Podge.

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