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Punched Metal Hurricane DIY

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Candlelight is one of those things that’s always welcome.  In the summertime, we love how candlelight punctuates our warm, romantic dinners al fresco, and when the weather starts to turn cooler it turns evenings indoors into a glowing warmth of family, friends, and holiday.

Beautiful hurricanes are also one of those things that always shocks me with the price! You’ll walk out of any home store paying between $30 and $40 for a good sized hurricane.  That is why I decided to make these lovelies!  I think you’ll agree that they’re as darling as store bought and they’re a cinch to make.

geometric metal hurricane diy

I’ve got the product list and three easy steps after the jump, so let’s get started! Continue Reading…

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Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow

diy moroccan wedding banket

Today, I am bursting at the seams to share this DIY. I feel like I say this every time, but this project has been looming in my mind for a while now.  Ok, so maybe just around 2 months, but still. I doubted whether I could do it with the resources I have in my town and searched online for fringes, trims, sequins, and whatnot.  At the end of the day, I bought one hundred percent of the materials in this project from my local JoAnn’s. Go figure!

Moroccan wedding blankets have been on the design scene for a few years now and are just starting to go more mainstream with offerings at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Pottery Barn. They are all still pretty pricey, however, and the cream pillow from Pottery Barn is still close to $80. Not my version, though.  This beauty came in at just $29 for all the fabrics and trims. It’s a tad pricier than most of my DIYs, but I definitely think it’s worth the cash, sweat, and tears.

 

diy moroccan wedding blanket pillow

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Most of the fun of this project was placing the lines of alternating fringe, sequins and mohair where I wanted.  Although this project is a snap with a sewing machine, you could do it all by hand if you don’t have one since it’s a whole 12 straight lines. I decided to take the help and use my machine this time even though on most projects I spend ample time trying to figure out how NOT to use the sewing machine.  You guys know I hate to sew, right? So I did it anyway for this project because I just wanted to do it that badly.  If you feel the same, keep on reading for the full instructions (and more photos)!  Continue Reading…

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Gold Rimmed Faux Marble Coasters

diy marble coasters

UPDATE: there has been an update to this process based on a few readers having problems!  I’ve highlighted the changes in italics below!

Like most of us, I love carrara marble. I wish every surface in my kitchen and bath could be decked out with the stuff, but then I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in my next house (that’s what I tell myself, anyway!).  In the meantime, I am satiating my marble desires with little decorative hints of it throughout my house.

When it comes to coasters, I hate coasters that are too solid or nonporous to actually work well.  This DIY is so great because it actually uses clay instead of marble which is soft to the touch and absorbent.  Not only does it look like the real thing, but all four coasters came in at under $7 so it meets my ‘cheaper or better’ DIY requirement.

faux marble coaster diy

To make all four it took me under 30 minutes, so it was fairly easy and only took three materials!  See the full tutorial below!  Continue Reading…

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Gold Initial Mug Gifts

gold initial mug gift

Sometimes the best things are the simplest, right?  While initial mugs are everywhere right now and certainly aren’t a novelty, I had a few birthday’s this week and thought that I would take a stab at my own version of the ‘anthro-inspired’ initial mug for some little lavender gifts for two of my girlfriends.

True to my mantra that a DIY needs to be cuter or cheaper than a store purchase these rolled in at just $3 each, or $5 each once you add the lovely lavender.

Anthro Inspired DIY Initial Mug

gold monogram gift mugs

I began this project just for the sole purpose of the gift – no blog intentions – but they just turned out so darn cute that I remade one to show the steps.  The things I do for you guys… just kidding!  Continue Reading…

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Lacquered Agate Box

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I love making things that are lovelier than something I’d purchase.  That is the whole point of DIY no?  For me, it’s either got to be less expensive or more cute.  If it isn’t either of those things, it really isn’t worth the effort. This agate lacquered box is both… prettier than what I would buy and way less expensive.  Would you believe me if I told you that the how project cost less than $20? Believe it.

I will confess, I had this box two other colors before I landed on a light ivory/beige called Light Sand.  I am really really trying to branch out from a color perspective.  First I had it light lavender, but that felt a little stuffy, so I went to a radiant orchid (the color of the year, right?) but that just seemed a little out of control for me.  You guys know me… I’m a black/brown/white/navy/gold kind of girl.  So, I just thought I’d let you know that I tired really hard, but couldn’t do it.  Light Sand it is.  I am beginning to embrace my neutralness.

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I’m in love with the way it turned out and cannot wait to show you all how to make your own! Although there are a few steps, they’re all totally easy and can be done by anyone.  Shall we get on with the tutorial?  Continue Reading…

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Acrylic Gem Cuff DIY

clear acrylic gem cuff diy

Let’s get a little crafty today!  I’ve been excited to do this jeweled cuff tutorial and have been looking forward to getting back from my trip just so that I could do it.  I know that sounds silly, but I was literally sitting on the plane thinking about the colors, shapes, and gems I’d use in this project.

I have a few jeweled up cuffs, but I have a really hard time with cuffs in general because they always just fall off my wrist. This issue is especially true for the acrylic ones on the market since they’re not usually too bendable.

acrylic gem bracelet tutorial

While at my local art store, I was searching for foam core board, but stumbled upon this PVC sheet and thought, “BINGO”!  I wanted to do a cool, totally unique bracelet with a snap closure to fit my petite wrists and I got exactly that.  You know when a project is finished and it’s better than you thought it would be?  That’s happened to be with this cuff.  Here is how I did it! Continue Reading…

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Color Blocked Tassel Napkins

neon tassel napkins

Happy Tuesday, guys!  I hope your morning is off to a great start!  Today (and everyday, really) I was looking for some fun new linen cocktail napkins since my old ones are a little weathered.  I thought with summer just around the corner, some bright party-ready style would be perfect, but struggled to find some with just the right bit of awesome without restrictive patterns.  I found some plain blue ones in my cupboard and thought it was the perfect opportunity to add some festive pizzazz to them instead of buying something new.

I bought the aqua blue napkins a while back but they always struck me as kind of boring, which is why they’d been shoved in the back of my bar, unused.  I brainstormed about ways to make them funky and cool for summer entertaining.

colorful party napkins

summer party napkins

All it took was a little bit of neon thread to pump these up into some seriously stylish party accessories. Tassels are super easy to make (although they do take a fair amount of thread) so hop on to see the full tutorial!  Continue Reading…

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Lacquered Message Hairpins

lacquered message hairpins

So, maybe I have a little thing lately for some European salutations.  Or, maybe after the ‘Bonjour’ doormat, I felt compelled to redeem myself!  Regardless, I’m not usually one for sweet, girly things, but something about the warmer weather and the impending summer makes me yearn for more bright, cheery, feminine details in my life. I have had these hairpins on my editorial calendar forever and kept pushing them back because I didn’t want to take that next step into wearable DIYs (read: fashion), but after such an amazing response to my little Hong Kong fashion challenge, I am so excited to share with you a sweet accessory DIY today. This project takes just a few common items and can be done for less than just a couple cents each.  That’s right… a couple of cents.

These lacquered message hair pins are made from just a few really simple things… alphabet pasta and nail lacquer.  That’s right.  This is mature pasta art at it’s best.

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A lot different than the noodle art you made back in school, right?  I’m thinking that the possibilities could be endless here!  Monograms, names, funny words… unfortunately, pasta art doesn’t come with hashtags, or else I would have definitely done something with those.  A nice, classic LOL would be darling however (can you hear my sarcasm?)

Keep on reading for step by step photos and steps to complete this darling DIY.  Continue Reading…

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‘Bonjour’ Stenciled Doormat DIY

stenciled bonjour door mat Good Morning from Hong Kong!  I just arrived here about ten minutes ago after an uneventful (in a good way) flight.  It was 15 long hours, but I was really tired, so I slept through most of it. I wanted to share this lovely DIY doormat that I made this past weekend while I was trying to spiffy up our outdoor areas during the gorgeous weather we were having, but sometimes my best laid plans go awry. Did you notice that I spelled ‘Bonjour’ wrong on the rug. Seriously, Erin? Of course I look at the rug all weekend and don’t even notice until I’m on a plane above the pacific ocean.  As they’d say in Hong Kong, “aiya”… which means something like, “oh geez”. bonjour doormat DIY Anyway, the photos turned out so pretty and I thought I’d still show you all my step by step, then I’ll whip myself up a new rug once I’m home.  For the full tutorial and material list, Keep on reading!  Continue Reading…

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Tie one on: St Paddys Day Decor

st patricks day party decor

St. Paddys Day is just around the corner (can you believe it?!?) and although I don’t typically go all-out, I like to do a little something.  I have an Irish name (and so does my sister, Colleen), but as far as I can tell, we’re as much Irish as we are French and English and Native American and who knows what else (don’t get me started on Ancestry.com, I could talk your leg off).  Anyways, regardless of my heritage, any holiday that encourages some beer drinking is ok in my book.  And since being festive is one of my favorite things, here is a simple little project for your St. Paddys Day weekend.

This easy shamrock tie is just as cute when gifting a bottle of beer to your party hosts or tied in your hair for that green you’ll need to be wearing.

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To complete this project you’ll only need a couple of things:  Continue Reading…

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