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DIY: Fabric Button Earrings

7 Jun

Better late than never, this is a little craft that we did on Mother’s Day. These earrings are super easy to make and can be done in an infinite amount of styles!

First, gather your supplies. You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice (each set only requires a very tiny amount of fabric, so scraps will do)
  • Jewelry glue
  • Pliers (optional, but easier)
  • Scissors
  • Earring posts and backs
  • Cover buttons (Make sure to buy the kit with the mold and pusher. They look like this and come in lots of sizes.)

The button backs have a little loop on them (used to sew them on to something that would normally have buttons!), which you’ll need to remove. Do this by squeezing the loop with pliers or scissors and wiggling it off.

Next cut a small fabric square a bit bigger than your button. The button package comes with a guide to help you determine the right size. Here is mine:

Now it is time to use the mold. Put your fabric (print side down) and then your button (front facing down) in the mold. Then tuck the fabric edges around the button and place the button back on top. Use the pusher to press it all together.

You will think that it won’t work, but I swear, it tucks all that fabric neatly inside the button! If it is not smoothing out, you may need to trim your fabric to a smaller size. Here is mine after using the mold:

Now all that you have left to do is glue the posts to your earrings using jewelry or metal glue. I recommend putting them a bit toward one edge, rather than dead center, as I found it to be more comfortable to wear this way. Make sure you place them evenly on both pieces so that they look symmetrical in your ears.

That’s all. It takes less than 10 minute to make your custom earrings! Experiment with different fabrics or even layering two colors (works great with lace)!

DIY Felt Flowers and a Fall Wreath

23 Oct

Since we are planning to host our first Thanksgiving this year, I set out to “fall-ify” our house this weekend with a little fall decor. One thing on my wish list was a fall wreath for out front. I knew I didn’t like fake, silk flowers or leaves, so I was looking for something a little different. I found lots of cute wreaths with fabric flowers on Etsy and decided to try to make my own.

DIY fall wreath with felt fabric flowers

After searching tutorials for no-sew fabric flowers online, I decided felt flowers would be easy to make and had a look I loved.

Here’s how to make no-sew felt fringe flowers.

Supplies:

  • A few sheets of felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Optional: Floral wire for attaching to wreath or other items, grapevine wreath

Felt Flower Supplies

The first thing you’ll want to do is cut strips of felt. The longer the strips, the bigger the flower. For the finished flowers you’ll see in this project, the largest took the full length of the sheet (11 inches) and the smallest was about 7 inches. The width is up to you, but my strips were about 1.5 inches or so. Your lines don’t have to be perfectly straight.

felt strip

Now, cut your strip into fringe leaving just a very small border of solid felt along one end. The more fringe, the more petals.

felt fringe

Roll up your felt strip and use hot glue to attach the end. I then also squeezed some hot glue in the middle and between the layers so that the roll stays tights.

rolled felt flowerWhen the glue has set, turn over your flower and fluff out the fringe. That’s it, you have a pretty little fringe flower.

DIY felt fringe flower

For this flower, I repeated the same process with a tiny, tiny felt strip to make a little center for the flower. You could also use a small felt circle, a little felt roll or even an embellishment like a button or a rhinestone. Just hot glue it in the center.

no-sew fabric flowerIf you are putting your flowers on a wreath, like I did, you can add some floral wire to the back of your flower to stick it into the wreath. I wrapped it around the base of the flower and then secured with a bit of hot glue. Then just wrap the wire around the branches of your wreath (if using a grapevine wreath) or stick them into the foam wreath base. If your wreath will be exposed to the elements, you will probably want to secure the flowers with a bit of hot glue.

Alternatively, you can attach the flowers to a pin, a headband or just about anything and you have an easy DIY accessory.

easy diy felt flowers

Experiment with adding leaves and other elements to your flowers. To make the flowers multicolored, roll stacked strips of different colored felt together.

I purchased the grapevine wreath for less than $5 at Michaels. The felt rang it at $0.29 a sheet! This is a very affordable fall craft. The craft store sells lots of fun decorations to add to your wreath. I added a few feathers to mine.

 

 

Ceiling Medallion Wall Art

8 Sep

Ok, so this great idea to use ceiling medallions (which totally make me swoon) as wall art has been floating around for a while. This amazing shot showed up via Better Homes and Gardens a few months ago and I kicked myself for never having thought of such a simple idea. What a great way to add a pop of color, and you can find tons of fun pieces for under $100 each.

Ceiling Medallion Wall Art

Well, Country Living has taken it to the next level with a monotone, textured wall art design. I love the subtle yet special effect it creates. It reminds me of a swanky hotel – especially when done in all white as it is here.

Subtle Ceiling Medallion Wall Art

Which look do you prefer?

Tin Can Centerpieces

26 Jul

As long as we’re on a spray paint kick… how cute are these tin cans used as flower vases in a centerpiece? Paint them any color you like!

Tin Can Vases

You can also drill holes in the cans to make candle holders. Here’s an example that was used as a table number at a wedding, but they can be drilled in any pattern. Shabby chic and eco chic!

Tin Can Candle Holders

Images: 1. Vases, 2. Candle holders

DIY: An Easy Way to Repurpose Lamps

24 Jul

Here’s something I never knew until recently: lamps are expensive! Like way more expensive than I think they should be. The hand-me-down brass lamps in our bedroom were driving me crazy – they were just plain outdated and certainly not our style. So, I decided to try a little trickery. I spray painted them white. A little bit of paint and some modern, drum shades and they were as good as new lamps. I highly recommend this technique.

I don’t have any “before” pictures of my lamps (I did this project before I started blogging), but you know the type. They looked similar to this:

Brass Lamp

Now, they look like this:

White Brass Lamp

It’s good to remember, when you are shopping for home decor, that almost anything can be painted. So, when you find a great deal on a fun accessory or an old lamp at the thrift store, try to imagine what it would look like painted black, white, silver, or a bright color that pops.

One of the best examples of this is these pink birds from Antonio on Design Star.

Pink Geese

Thinking about things this way opens up a whole new world of options and can also help you repurpose items you may have otherwise discarded.

Happy painting!

Pretty Paper Party Decorations

20 Jul

Paper Flowers
The talented crew at Amy Osaba Event and Floral Design – who provided the amazing flowers and decorations at my own wedding – crafted some charming decorations for a local cafe, Sun in my Belly. The most amazing part? All you really need to recreate this look, which would be perfect for a summertime party, is paper. Yep, paper. And some artistic talent.

Paper Party Decor

Hanging Paper Fringe

The walls are covered in hand-drawn paper flowers, lots and lots of paper fringe is strung across the ceiling and even the tables are covered in butcher’s paper – which makes for easy post-party cleanup!

This decor was also part of a local wedding event, The NotWedding.

DIY: Succulent Terrarium Wall

18 Jul

My house, built in 1930, came with a unique feature – an outdoor, built-in shelf. Our educated guess is that this shelf actually used to be a door (many houses in our neighborhood have two front doors), which was walled up at some point and converted into a decorative shelf. I remember the first time we looked at our home and I thought ‘What a cool feature, I can’t believe the current owners haven’t done anything with it.’ Fast forward two years and I still had an empty outdoor shelf, begging me to figure out how to decorate it.

outdoor shelf

I decided to fill the entire shelf with rows of succulent terrariums. I would have really liked to do a vertical succulent garden, but with the area being more than six feet tall, it would have required a LOT of plants. So, terrariums it was.

I ordered my supplies from an oft-overlooked source: the dollar store. With Dollar Tree Direct, you can order bulk supplies online and have them shipped directly to the store for free pickup. This is huge, considering shipping would have cost me almost as much as the supplies themselves! I used these glass vases (three cases) and some decorative rocks (one case).

The rest of my supplies came from Etsy – mail order succulents that were priced better than I could find locally – and The Home Depot (cactus soil).

Succulent Plants

Building the terrariums was simple – though a little bit messy. I definitely recommend working on this project outside! You simply layer some stones on the bottom (for drainage), top with soil, add your plant, cover the roots with a bit more soil and then surround the plant with your decorative rocks. Make sure that you use quick-draining soil specifically designed for succulents (like cactus soil). Succulents need very little water and traditional soil, which is designed to retain water, can actually cause the roots to rot. I found that the best way to get the second soil layer in around my plants was to use a spoon. Because my containers were very tall and narrow, it was hard to get down in there otherwise.

Building a terrarium

Some instructions for terrariums include adding a layer of activated charcoal. This can help keep your terrariums from getting stinky, and is especially important if you have an enclosed container. Since mine were open air and will live outside, I skipped this step. Also, I forgot to buy charcoal. So there’s that. If you are making a closed terrarium, add the layer of charcoal between the bottom rock layer and your first batch of soil.

Here’s the finished product, our outdoor succulent terrarium wall. I also filled a few vases with just the decorative rocks and a tea light, which will be pretty to light up at night if we’re having friends over.

Succulent Terrariums

Succulent Terrarium Wall

Terrariums on Shelves

Amazing Back Porch Makeover

7 Jul

Dear Jaime Morrison Curtis: I want your life.

A shipping palette daybed, fun hanging decorations (look to be inspired by Confetti System) low maintenance succulents, dreamy music (ok, the music isn’t really part of the makeover). A backyard oasis, for sure.

To My New Backyard (A Love Letter) from Jaime Morrison Curtis on Vimeo.

Check out more details on this totally adorable, pretty much 100% DIY back porch makeover on Design*Sponge.

DIY: Tea Towel Curtains

30 Jun

I wanted to put up a curtain over my kitchen window, but I was having trouble finding anything that I liked in my color scheme (black, white and yellow). Most kitchen curtains, for lack of a better description, are limited to “country-fied” or “grandma” styles. Seriously, Google it and you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s rough out there for poor, old kitchen windows.

I wanted fun. I wanted colorful, modern, whimsical, statement making kitchen curtains. My kitchen has very limited wall space, so curtains are one of the few ways to bring style to the room. I decided to make my own curtains. Here’s the problem: I don’t sew. Not even a little bit. Like maybe if I tried really hard I could sew a button back onto something but usually I’d just throw it away. So I needed no-sew kitchen curtains. Enter: the tea towel.

Tea Towel Curtains

My tea towel kitchen curtain, Hipstamatic-ed.

A tea towel is basically a dish towel, but cuter. And usually thinner. I bought one on Etsy (where else?) and then had to figure out how to hang it. I decided to make a faux clothesline. So, back to Etsy for some decorative clothespins. I used 3M Command Strip hooks to run the line (a very thin, silver floral wire that I happened to have already) between my two kitchen cabinets and hung my towel in front of the window.

Yes, it’s not quite the same as a curtain. But it does what I need it to do, which, primarily, is to look good.

Easiest DIY ever.

For those that are scoffing at the tea towel – because we here make our gin and tonics with lime – the towel’s designer hails from New Zealand, where lemon is apparently the tradition. Anyway, a lime wouldn’t match my decor.

DIY: Custom Media Stand

27 Jun

Media Stand

One of the first projects in my family room refresh was to find a solution to pretty up our TV stand. The media stand couldn’t have been a better deal – it came for free with our TV. But it left a bit to be desired in the looks department. I searched and searched, but was never able to find an affordable media stand that fit in our small corner, held our large TV and looked pretty all at the same time.

So, what to do? DIY. I decided to make a simple front for our TV stand that would hide the cable box, DVDs, video games and other various electronics cluttering up our family room. It had to be fairly light so that we could move it to access our equipment as needed. We also purchased a little device that will allow us to use our current remote (from the cable company) without line of sight.

The project was fairly simple and costs less than $50 (depending on the cost of your chosen fabric). I purchased some lightweight particle board from the hardware store, and had them cut it to fit the front of my existing media stand. I also bought a few yards of yellow chevron fabric. I then simply attached the fabric to the particle board with a staple gun. The particle board is about half of an inch thick and can easily stand on its own, but we’re going to attach it to the media stand with some heavy duty Velcro just in case.

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