December 11th, 2012
A while ago I came across pretty gold dipped feathers on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea. I thought it would make a cute DIY for the holidays, and the colors also last through winter and beyond. I decided to make a garland, and it turns out it’s been done before, but I still love how it turned out! Here’s how I made it…
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December 9th, 2012
Here’s my latest post for The Neighborhood: a simple handmade gift idea! This body scrub is perfect for winter and has a fresh, invigorating scent to help wake up in the morning (I love the combination of peppermint + coffee!).
Head on over to The Neighborhood for the full post and get the easy instructions.
Happy gift making! :)
December 1st, 2012
Well I know it’s December 1st, but have you made an advent calendar yet? It’s not too late! Here is the advent calendar I made this year as part of a post for The Neighborhood. The calendar is a fun twist on a traditional advent calendar in that each day features a different act of service! It’s a simple way to make sure you give back this season and I had fun coming up with all of the ideas.
Plus, I designed it as a free printable so head on over to The Neighborhood to check it out and download!
Besides the printable, all you need is a bulletin board (or something to display everything), mini kraft envelopes or sacks, and white card stock. I also painted the frame of the bulletin board white and lined the back with black paper so that the envelopes really stand out. There are so many other ways you can personalize it to your fancy. :) I love that the stripes on the printable and numbers make it a little graphic and modern.
Hope you’re inspired!
P.S. The Neighborhood has been cooking up some great DIY ideas for the holidays this year, so be sure to head on over to get inspired!
November 6th, 2012
So I thought it would be fun to make some colorful magnets to brighten up our refrigerator. I like to keep ours fairly clean with a few photos and inspiration. This is a such an easy DIY that makes an otherwise mundane surface a little brighter! Here are the details…
Craft paint suitable for wood (I love Martha Stewart’s)
Hot glue gun
Washi tape (optional – but it’s fun to add pattern!)
First decide the designs you’d like for your magnets. (Or you can wing it, like I did.;)
Using painter’s tape, tape wherever you wouldn’t like paint to appear. Paint, let dry, and repeat.
To add washi tape, simply put a piece where you’d like it leaving the edges hanging off. Then, use an x-acto knife to cut away any excess. It’s also fun to layer washi tape over dried paint!
Once paint has dried, use a hot glue gun to glue magnets to the back of your wooden nickels.
And voila! You have some cute little magnets.
I just love how they turned out! Hope you’re inspired! :)
October 23rd, 2012
Happy Tuesday! Today I’m excited to share an easy and practical DIY for the home : natural room scents! You may have seen this idea on Pinterest and I’ll be the first to admit that’s where I got the idea. We go through lots of candles around here and this is such an easy, inexpensive way to get the same result. These three fresh scents are made of simple ingredients you might already have and they are perfect for this time of year! Plus, one even has two purposes (um, apple cider, anyone?)! Keep reading for full instructions…
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August 29th, 2012
I recently made a DIY confetti tablecloth for our Blogs and Books event and I thought I’d share the DIY as a sneak peek before I post photos from the event. :)
I thought this project would be perfect for the book The Happiness Project because rainbow polka dots are just plain happy! I followed instructions from Jenny on Oh Happy Day. It’s really quite simple: purchase a white tablecloth (or white sheet like I did) and fabric paint in the colors of your choice (I used these from Martha Stewart). Then create circle templates from card stock by tracing a small round object and cutting out a circle (or use a big circle hole punch if you’re crafty and have one!).
Paint randomly spaced circles with your templates to create a confetti appearance. If you’re lucky enough to have a big empty room with a wood floor, you can spread the tablecloth on the floor. If you’re in a small space like me, you can drape it over a table and chairs. The trick then is patience: make sure the paint dries before you move the tablecloth to work on another area! I did this over the course of several days.
What do you think? I realize that due to my orderly nature, my dots are rather evenly spaced, but I love how it turned out. :) It’s just so happy and looking at it instantly lifts my mood.
Hope you’re inspired!