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DIY Luxe Fur Pom Throw

diy fur pom throw

I have loved all of the fur pom throws I’ve seen around the webs over the past year or so and have always loved how girly and lavish they feel.  Pom poms are awesome on their own, but in fur they really shine.  I’ve always wanted to try and make one of these throws and I thought this time of year was the best to give it a try and give it to someone really deserving of a unique and elegant gift.

I couldn’t be more excited to share this DIY holiday gift with you guys. Granted, I didn’t ‘make’ the body of the blanket, but making existing things better and more beautiful is almost just as good as making something from scratch (in my mind at least).

homemade fur pom throw

homemade pom throw

The other options in the market are crazy pricey (like, over $150), but my version is under $30.  Thats enough of a savings to make one for a gift and one to keep! (keep!  keep!)

Here’s how we did it!  Continue Reading…

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DIY Monogram Wreath

DIY monogram wreath

I’m clearly loving monogrammed things this Christmas, and my wreath is no different.  I created this ‘S’ wreath to go in my entryway, hanging from the mirror, but have experimented with it on the back door as well (since I’m trying not to neglect the back of the house).  I find monograms are inherently preppy, which isn’t really me, but I love being a little over-the-top for the holidays.

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It’s actually a super easy DIY although it looks fairly complex.  All it takes a few quick materials and 30 minutes!   Continue Reading…

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Handmade Holiday: The Blanket Cape

blanket cape diy

We’re back again with another fabulous idea for a handmade gift.  Like I’ve said, my family has a $25 cap on gifts between my sisters and brothers, so I really have to get creative sometimes! This project is one of my all-time favorites.  I bought myself a blanket cape at a cool boutique a few weeks ago and when I got it home and wore it, I kind of just discovered it was a blanket with a notch cut out of it.  I was torn between feeling silly for spending big bucks on it and feeling delighted that it’s something I could easily make – and share with you!

The blanket cape trend has been around for a few years now, but it’s really starting to mainstream recently and this DIY makes it easy to make and easier to wear (as opposed to the straight-up rectangular versions).

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I’ve worn mine belted, hanging open, or draped across one shoulder.  Its a versatile addition to anyones wardrobe and makes leggings and a t-shirt look pretty chic.

The best part of the whole project is the price!  A $19 blanket from Home Goods and a little thread was all it took.  Best yet, it’s super easy and takes a total of 20 minutes to make.  Who on your list could you see wearing this beauty?

turn a blanket into a kimono wrap

This project does require some sewing, but if I can do it, you can do it too… my sewing is an absolute atrocity.  So, if you have $20 and 20 minutes to spare for someone you love?  Continue Reading…

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Handmade Holiday: Monogram Copper Candle

embossed monogram candle diy

I hope you’re as excited as I am! Today is the first day in our ‘Handmade Holiday’ series!  We’ll have five gifts which you can make, but look good enough to pass off as store bought.

Monogrammed things are absolutely perfect for this time of the year.  When giving someone a gift, a monogram says, “I thought about YOU”.  It also says, “I didn’t get this out of my gift stash.”  Not that I have a gift stash….

handmade holiday copper candle

I mentioned it in my gift guide, but I get so crazy about why some candles are so expensive.  I would imagine that I has to do with the quality of the ingredients, but some $200 candles just don’t seem worth it to me.  I felt that wrapping a great smelling mall-brand candle in a beautifully shiny monogram would do the trick to make a ho-hum gift seem so chic.

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Want the full how to?  It’s next!  Continue Reading…

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Dried Orange & Cinnamon Garland

dried orange garland

Yesterday, I shared the first post in my Christmas decor, my porch, with you all.  On the mini trees and strung throughout the green garland, I had a handmade dried orange and cinnamon garland that was a cinch to make.

Not only did the garland adhere closely to my colonial theme, but it is much less expensive than lots of the garlands out there on the market and it smells amazing (win – win – win).

Today, I’ll show you the easy steps so that you can make your own.

colonial tree with orange garland

dried orange slices christmas dried whole oranges

dried orange slices

Slice a few orange in 1/4″ – 1/2″ slices.  Arrange them on a non-stick surface or parchment paper.  Set them in a cool oven and turn the temperature onto the lowest setting your oven will allow.  Mine was 170° F.  Leave the slices in the oven for about 5 hours, then shut the oven off and leave the oranges in there overnight or until completely cool.  They will be fairly dry, but will continue to dry out over time.

whole dried oranges

Using a paring knife, slice the oranges vertically being careful to cut the majority of the way through the skin without cutting the fruit inside.  This will help the moisture of the oranges to escape while drying out and it looks pretty! Arrange the oranges on a non-stick surface and put the pans in a cool oven.  Set the oven temp as low as your oven will allow (again, mine was 170°).  Leave the oranges in the oven for 48 hours.  Yes, two whole days.  Turn the oven off after 48 hours and leave the oranges in there to completely cool down inside and out.  I left mine in the over for another 24 hours.

dried orange christmas garland

When your oranges are dry, you can use them anyway you’d like!  I strung some together using an upholstery needle and twine.  The twine helps the oranges stay put on the garland since it has a rough texture.  Alternate the oranges with large cinnamon sticks.  I found that the cheapest and best cinnamon sticks were at World Market or in the Mexican section of the grocery store (NOT in the baking aisle.

You’ll be happy to see that I’m using this garland throughout my decor and there is more in store to show you tomorrow in my entry way (and pomegranates too – watch out!)

 

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Punched Metal Hurricane DIY

geometric hurricane diy

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

diy moroccan wedding poof

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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